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Someone once described small-town southern politics like this to me… “It is like water ballet – serene on the surface with a lot of frantic churning down below.” Nothing brings out this type of action more than land-use questions, and Davidson has recently seen multiple acts in this… read more about The delicate dance of town planning
It’s campaign season once again in Huntersville. There are 13 candidates vying for six spots on the Huntersville Town Board of Commissioners, and there will be at least one new member on the board next year since Commissioner Ron Julian decided against running for re-election. (Full disclosure –… read more about Make an informed choice this election
Sheba was in my life for 14 years and 5 months. I remember going to the animal shelter with my boyfriend to look for a pet. After viewing all the dogs that were available, the last puppy we saw was a 10-week-old Chesapeake mixed with a yellow lab. She was grinning from ear to ear and was jumping… read more about BALLARD: Finding Sheba at a shelter
“Big Solar” really likes the senator from North Mecklenburg. That's the gist of Senator Jeff Tarte's latest campaign finance report submitted Aug. 3. Tarte raised more than $55,000 in the first half of this year – a hefty sum for someone in a safe seat during a non-election year. Most of that… read more about Tarte gets big support from big solar
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If last week's column on lobbyists surrounding the Interstate 77 HOT lanes project gave you an upset stomach, this one will make your blood boil. Many readers who follow the HOT lanes issue are familiar with ALEC. For those who are not, the American Legislative Exchange Council is a body made up… read more about ALEC’s ties smooth the way for tolls
Something sinister going on The two recent articles concerning toll lanes point to something sinister going on between Charlotte and Mooresville. When the slowdown hit Exit 28 some months ago, I was struck by the massive backup. A half competent highway engineer or project manager would not… read more about Letters to the editor – Week of 8/6
We use Interstate 77 through Lake Norman as a local road. When it was built 40 years ago, that may not have been the original intent, but with part of U.S. 21 under Lake Norman and NC 115 constricted through downtown Davidson, it is an inescapable reality. For local businesses I-77 is the lifeline… read more about Toll lanes on I-77: wrong for local business
With conflicting reports recently that N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte’s bill to stop the HOT Lanes project is either “dead” or just still in the process of gaining support, one question is getting lost in the discussion. That question is why Gov. Pat McCrory has been so adamant that it’s “too late” to turn… read more about Toll lobbyist ties lead to governor’s office
For years, Davidson’s affordable housing program has been the crown jewel of the town’s progressive planning policies. As one of only three mandatory programs in the state, it is held up as something that makes Davidson special. The program has staunch defenders, and support for the program is… read more about Davidson's affordable housing changes are an improvement
The great hue and cry over whether to build the toll road on Interstate 77 is pretty much a moot point when you take the cover off the book. The real problem is the entire transportation system of northwest Mecklenburg, southern Iredell and Lincoln counties. It is a disaster that is going to… read more about Letter: Growth is the real problem, not the highway lanes
Clean house A majority of the Town of Huntersville commissioners including the mayor have done little lately to advocate for the people that put them in their position. They have built themselves up as power gathers in which helps themselves and people close to them. This latest event with… read more about Letter to the Editor – July 16
Over at my blog, two recent pieces on the intersections of government, business and large projects have produced record numbers of page views. Those pieces were about the Interstate 77 High Occupancy Toll Lanes project generating a lot of recent controversy. However, you do not have to look at… read more about The public-private revolving door, small-town style
That’s effectively the question being asked by a letter received by the town on June 13 from an attorney with the Hedrick Gardner law firm in Charlotte. Writing on behalf of the River Run Courtyard Association – a sub-association of the larger neighborhood – the firm raises several questions about… read more about Is there a phase six of River Run?
By Ryan Golden We all work jobs where we are required to do certain tasks, and to secure our job, do them well. That just changed for a few state employees. The N.C. House voted June 11 to overturn Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of Senate Bill 2, which allows magistrates to recuse themselves from… read more about Local representatives react to the magistrate bill
Filling for this year’s local elections doesn't start for a couple of weeks, but election-related shenanigans already seem to have started in Davidson. As is typical in small-town politics, accusations are made, emails circulate and unfounded rumors fly. One such issue initiating some of that… read more about Narrow Passage starts Davidson election season early
It’s good to be home. When I left Lake Norman Publications two years ago, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever again be spending much time in this beautiful, vibrant lake area. But I’ve missed these newspapers. I’ve been off to one of those big daily newspapers and a statewide business magazine, and I can… read more about Turns out, you can come home again
The veto used to be a powerful weapon in the governor’s arsenal, but recently it has not been an effective one for North Carolina’s chief executives. With veto-proof super majorities in both houses of the legislature, the General Assembly regularly overrides gubernatorial vetoes – sometimes… read more about Bradford, Jeter not to blame for marriage bill override
By Dr. Donna Warren Ask the expert If you have pets, pet insurance may be something that you should consider. Pet insurance began in Great Britain for horses and livestock in the late 1800s. Sweden and Great Britain still led the world in pet insurance policies. Pet insurance… read more about Pet insurance: Is it right for you?
By Ken Fortenberry I nearly laughed out loud last week when throngs of ga-ga media and ego-inflated state officials converged on a section of Interstate 485 to celebrate the long-awaited, often-delayed opening of the final leg of Charlotte’s so-called Outer Loop. It certainly was reason… read more about State builds roads at snail’s pace
It has been 7.5 years since you could get your oil changed in Davidson. Seven and a half years since you could get your car inspected. Seven and a half years since you could get a flat fixed or your car repaired without having to leave town limits. The days of being able to do all those things… read more about Auto repair returns to Davidson
With summer vacation upon us, here's an idea to try something different and save a few bucks. “Cord cutting.” The idea that consumers can live without traditional pay TV service has been bubbling under the surface for years now, but 2015 is shaping up to be the year when the pieces fall in… read more about 'Cutting the cord' with Sling TV
By Mike Russell As a resident of Huntersville for 16 years, I have spent enough time in Interstate 77 traffic that I could have learned a foreign language or two! Since 2011, I have served on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce board of directors and serve as board chair. During these… read more about Chamber chairman addresses toll lanes