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?
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There aren’t too many things more exhilarating than asking someone you are interested in if they would like to go out on a date with you – especially an occasion as memorable as the prom! Most people only have one or two chances to attend the prom. So the anticipation of having a fun evening… read more about 5 ways to ask your date out
Nervous about the prom? Consider sitting on the couch and absorbing the wisdom of 30-minute sitcoms (22 minutes if you’re streaming through Netflix)! Here’s some popular and coming-of-age TV shows tackled the prom: “How I Met Your Mother” • Number: Season 1, Episode 20 (2006) •… read more about Get prom tips from Netflix
Brice's reign in Davidson wasn't without blemishes Leamon Brice revealed his retirement plans during the March 10 town board meeting – announcing the end of the tenure of the one and only town manager Davidson has ever had. In April, Brice will have served the town for 25 years. When Brice… read more about Looking back on town manager's tenure
Veterinary rehabilitation speeds recovery from injury or surgery Humans recovering from surgery or injury often benefit greatly from physical therapy and rehabilitation. Focused exercises and proven therapies can reduce pain and quickly improve mobility. The same is true for our four-legged… read more about Physical therapy for our furry friends
If you've been watching the news much lately, you are probably aware the Federal Communication Commission has been looking for more ways to control the Internet from the federal level. One of those moves came last week when the FCC granted a petition from Wilson, to preempt a North Carolina law… read more about Good news for MI-Connection?
It has been called a bribe, a sweetener and an incentive, but its official name is the “bonus allocation.” The word you use to describe this pot of money likely depends on whether you support the I-77 HOT lanes project. Regardless, a lot of taxpayer money is in the process of being planned and… read more about Concern grows for bonus road money
With the new General Assembly barely underway, multiple bills have already been submitted that put state lawmakers and some local government officials on a collision course over the authority to make local planning decisions. Senate bill 25 (HB36) - Zoning/Design and Aesthetic Controls was… read more about Bills target local government overreach
By Ginny Grimsley If you’re single and in the market for romance, you probably know at least two things: Online dating is a viable and efficient way to find a potential partner, but dating sites cannot guarantee a perfect match. While a third of all married couples started their romance… read more about What if your dog hates your date?
Significant change will likely be coming to Davidson’s Main Street as private sector development picks back up after the Great Recession and the town contemplates getting into the development game. The recent demolition of the old Davidson Clinic on South Main made apparent that some activity… read more about Changes on the way for Main Street
By Kurt Naas Guest editorial Last month, we took the significant step of filing suit to stop 50 years of tolling on Interstate 77. Our objective is, and always has been, to widen the stretch of I-77 through Lake Norman with lanes free and open to the public. Some folks are concerned that… read more about Stopping toll lanes is just the first phase
By Rick Short Guest editorial With the WidenI77.org lawsuit announced days ago, it's worth taking a few minutes to look back and think about that proverbial question – “How did we get here?” The various issues the lawsuit seeks to address can be grouped into two main categories:… read more about H267: Opportunity lost on toll road accountability
By Larry E. Boppe Special to The Herald Weekly After reading last week’s article, “I-77 toll lanes could wind up in court,” Cornelius resident Larry E. Boppe sent the following response to The Herald Weekly, questioning Widen I-77’s plans if the injunction works to stop the planned toll… read more about Stopping toll roads won't solve problem
By Capt. Craig Price Fish on! After a series of summertime striped bass kills starting about 10 years ago, most local fishermen gave up on Lake Norman striper fishing, including area guides. We all had to accept that it was really hard to catch fish that weren’t here anymore. Spotted… read more about Striped bass experiencing lake revival
Tired of high-priced cable packages that force you to buy channels you don’t want? Do you keep your cable solely for ESPN? Have you already subscribed to Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu Plus and realized streaming totally changes how you watch TV? Maybe you’ve thought about joining the small but… read more about Cord cutting, Sling TV and MI-Connection
The North Mecklenburg Republican Women hosted a private reception Jan. 9 for the newly installed junior U.S. senator from North Carolina, North Meckenburg’s very own Thom Tillis. Less of a hardcore political event than an opportunity for the senator and his wife, Susan, to thank supporters for… read more about Tillis thanks supporters at Republican women meeting
In Corporate America, during annual reviews people are often rated on their “accomplishments” as well as their “behaviors.” Said another way, employees are rated on the “what they did” as well as the “how they did it.” Often times, there is a perception that the “what” side of the equation is… read more about Local government should be transparent
Back in February, there was an unexpected controversy around the installation of a sculpture called “Homeless Jesus” by Canadian artist Tim Schmalz in front of St Albans Episcopal Church. It made international news with the unfortunate tag line of “somebody called the cops on Jesus” when… read more about Finding a Room in the Inn
DAVIDSON – Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. When you write a column like this one that regularly pokes and prods local government to do the right thing, eventually they poke back. That finally happened on the recent column regarding the Town of Davidson’s proposed planning ordinance… read more about Poking the bear aka asking questions
North Carolina has seen one of the more dramatic changes of any state as far as the party of our elected officials is concerned. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a look at how we got here. Most people who follow politics are now familiar with the political map being shown on any news show… read more about How redistricting has affected North Mecklenburg
by Dr. Donna Warren What does a person do when facing the loss of a treasured four-legged companion to old age or sickness? Many of us lost dogs and cats in our childhood, but the responsibilities of now being “the adult” in these circumstances carry a much greater burden. Veterinary… read more about Losing a pet is never easy
Doctor expresses interest in joining Cornelius board By Dr. Michael F. Miltich Guest editorial My brother had a placard at his business that says: "You cannot sell your mistakes for what they cost you." My saying is that “It is cheaper to learn from the mistakes of… read more about Commissioners shouldn’t delay filling vacancy
Davidson’s November monthly town board meeting saw one of the more spirited public hearings in recent memory. Like a stunned boxer taking a flurry of punches in the opening round, the town board and staff did not respond in real-time to citizen complaints about proposed changes to the town’s… read more about Ordinance changes would have wide-reaching effects
A few weeks ago, we told readers about the effort by the Metropolitan Transit Commission to gain support for its upcoming legislative agenda in Raleigh. That agenda included requests for three items: • Legislative permission to use public-private partnerships (P3s) to finance transit… read more about Playing 3-card monte on public-private partnerships
A few weeks ago, we told readers about the effort by the Metropolitan Transit Commission to gain support for its upcoming legislative agenda in Raleigh. That agenda included requests for three items: • Legislative permission to use public-private partnerships (P3s) to finance transit… read more about Playing three-card monte on public-private partnerships for trains
By Rick Short Guest editorial The affordable housing ordinance in the Town of Davidson has been taking punches from all sides recently. As one of only three mandatory affordable housing ordinances in North Carolina (the others being in Manteo and Chapel Hill), the relatively small… read more about Affordable housing ordinance on the ropes?