by Capt. Craig Price Fish On! I' ve been struggling with how to get a point across to inconsiderate fishermen. Then it occurred to me that maybe I can wrap the message up in some good news, and it won’t sound quite so bad. First the good news. The Lake Norman hybrid striped bass bite has… read more about Be considerate of other anglers
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There’s been a debate taking place in the news the past year about the militarization of police in America. This issue used to be relegated to the pages of Reason magazine and the libertarian blogosphere, but was brought to the forefront by the riots and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after the Michael… read more about Huntersville doesn’t need an armored vehicle
For two years, the Town of Davidson worked on rewriting its planning ordinance. Consultants were hired. Maps were drawn and re-drawn. Multiple hearings were held. It culminated in April when Davidson’s Board approved it with a 4-1 vote. But after all that work, did the effort catch everything… read more about Ordinance rewrite left some holes to fill
Nice or not, mayor still owes residents answers While I find it extremely admirable for a young lady to stand up for someone that has influenced her life in such a positive way (in this case Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain) I did want to address the notion that the ads running in the paper are for… read more about Letter to the editor – Week of 10/9
Wow! Last week was some week in the world of politics. On Friday, we had the “surprise” but really not so surprising announcement that U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner would be stepping down and resigning his seat in Congress. It was a surprise because it came just one day after he… read more about Party disruptions make for a great show
Recently I, as well as everyone else in Huntersville, have been seeing extremely negative things about Mayor Jill Swain. Many of these outbursts present false information about her and what she stands for. While reading one of these articles I began to think about how many ignored things Mayor… read more about Letter to the editor – 10/1
There is a lot of citizen activism going on in the area these days. Some involve big things, such as the efforts to stop the Interstate 77 HOT Lanes or to impact the proposed Catalyst Project in Davidson. Others involve smaller things, such as efforts around changes at the Lake Norman YMCA or… read more about Seek out information about public meetings
Huntersville residents and all North Carolinians of legal drinking age should be allowed the choice to purchase alcohol anywhere it is sold before noon on Sunday. (For the purpose of this column, I’m referring to beer and wine only.) The current reason this choice is not allowed is due to N.C.… read more about Why can't I buy beer before noon on Sunday?
Cornelius commissioners approved a plan to expand parking at the Lake Norman YMCA without adding a cut-through to Church Street. The issue got a lot of residents talking. Here are some of the comments from The Herald Weekly website. Some were edited for brevity. Michael Archer It is… read more about What do YOU think?
Two weeks ago, the Town of Davidson received an updated report on the Catalyst Project – the proposed multi-use facility for the town center that the Town has been working on with the UNC School of Government over the last several months. According to the consultants from the School of… read more about Hotel plan could ruin small-town feel
It is not yet clear how the current investigation into U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s (R-District 9) family company got started. Was it a partisan effort, a disgruntled investor, a whistleblower of some sort? To a certain degree the answer to that does not really matter. What has mattered to… read more about Pittenger’s wealth played a role in elections
Bad first impression As the saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” While most of us area residents have grown numb to the inattentive maintenance of our highways, we need to see them again through the lens of visitors and possible new residents and businesses… read more about Letters to the Editor – Week of 9/4
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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