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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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
The following was received by The Herald Weekly from the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Chair Mike Russell regarding the chamber's view on the future I-77 managed lanes. The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,000 members and serves Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and the greater… read more about Letter to the Editor: Chamber takes a stand on tolls
Editor’s note: The Herald Weekly received the following letter in support of police: My name is Kate Sirtler, I am 11 years old and I am a fifth-grader at Huntersville Elementary. I am writing this because a lot of people are upset with the police right now, and that makes me mad and… read more about 11-year-old thankful for police
By Nils Lucander What we are witnessing unfold with the Interstate 77 toll lane issue is that profiteers, both foreign and domestic, both distant and local, see that our entire Lake Norman area community is in trouble and trapped in an ever increasing transportation problem. They do not come… read more about I-77 toll lanes part of legal extortion
Politicians at all levels of government had something to say last week about the Interstate 77 toll lanes. Here are a few of the gems collected from cyberspace before and after the project’s financial close amid swelling opposition. In an email to one area resident posted to the Exit 28… read more about Tillis, leaders weigh in on toll lanes
Davidson has a well-earned reputation for being a well-planned town. The town regularly receives awards and recognition for its efforts in promoting walkability, protecting open space and preserving its Main Street area. The most ardent supporters of how Davidson does things are fond of saying… read more about Is Davidson getting too bossy about development?
Once again, the Interstate 77 HOT lanes project has been in the news and not for good reasons. This past week, local elected boards one after the other passed resolutions demanding answers to new questions or asking for outright delay prior to financial close of the contract. On May 11, N.C.… read more about I-77 debt should be ‘junk’
Part 1 of 2: Education, government and nonprofits Women of high stature within their respective fields received the consideration of our 100 Most Powerful Women in Lake Norman, because they have the most potential to influence the community. This week, we focus on 50 women who live or work… read more about The 100 most powerful women in Lake Norman
I’m no parenting expert, but I know a few things about preparing for summer camp experience away from home. I attended a basketball camp every summer from fifth grade to my sophomore year of high school. Here’s some points for parents to consider based on my experiences: 1Build up activity… read more about 15 tips to prepare for a week away
The last column told you about a long-shot opportunity to stop the tolling of Interstate 77 with HOT lanes through a bill submitted at the General Assembly by N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte. Since writing that piece, the project to build toll lanes has gained some momentum in its trek toward financial… read more about New developments arise in toll road saga
Email us things that make you happy, grateful, thankful, blessed or fuzzy-feeling about living here. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put the word “happy” in the subject line. Emails will be kept anonymous. Thank you Mayor Jill Swain for suggesting a happy column, and thank you to… read more about Warm fuzzies: Residents share happy thoughts
Email us about things that drive you insane or witty observations that may prompt readers to spit out their morning coffee. Send them to email@example.com. Put the word “peeved” in the subject line. Emails will be kept anonymous. We will not publish your name or email address. … read more about Peeved: Residents sound off on what bugs them