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Email us up to 50 words about things that drive you insane or witty observations that may prompt readers to spit out their morning coffee. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org Put the word “peeved” in the subject line. Emails will be kept anonymous. We will not publish your name or email… read more about Peeved: Residents sound off on what bugs them
I was reading a New York Times story from about 30 years ago regarding a small town newspaper editor in McCormick, Fla., that riled up neighbors by printing bad news. That newspaper editor not only received death threats, but also a bomb placed in his backyard. “The small town is just not… read more about Lake Norman Publications takes on greater control of region
By Kurt Naas Guest Editorial Last week, Widen I-77 published the results of NCDOT’s traffic and revenue study for the I-77 toll lane project. The million-dollar study (containing 130 pages of expert analysis) concluded the project would support $9 tolls from Mooresville to Charlotte during… read more about Time for straight talk on I-77 tolls
A Denver resident with a successful financial firm in Uptown Charlotte asked me the other day how he could get his company included in next year’s Best of Lake Norman contest. Since announcing our 300 finalists in last week’s edition, I’ve received similar emails from companies across the region… read more about Best of Lake Norman – the power lies with readers
Email us up to 50 words about things that drive you insane or witty observations. Send them to email@example.com Put the word “peeved” in the subject line. Emails will be kept anonymous. The town of Huntersville should be renamed U-Turnsville. I can't imagine doing a U-Turn is a… read more about Peeved: Residents sound off on what bugs them
By John Gillette The key concern people have about boat clubs is, on weekends (the high demand times), how far in advance do you need to plan in order to reserve a boat? During weekdays, boats are widely available. So weekend availability is the big question. The member-to-boat ratio… read more about The key concern about boat clubs – availability
By George Bell Guest editorial My life changed last spring at Grace Covenant Church one Saturday at 7 a.m. when I showed up for an all-men's, free boot camp workout group called “F3.” “I'm Springfield,” the soul-patched warrior said to me as he reached out his hand to give me a fist bump.… read more about Camaraderie gained from working out changed my life
By Paulette Ballard As told by Dr. Herbert Mills A parishioner in New York, where I was in dental school, asked if I could help a Cambodian family with some of their dental care. The mother and father could not speak English; therefore, it was difficult to communicate with them. The… read more about Sharing my services with a family in need
Before man created Lake Norman, he lived off the land. Our European ancestors settled onto the trading grounds of the Catawba Indians. Wilderness gave way to farmland. Neighbors established churches, spawning communities. What I love about history is that you can adjust the zoom level based… read more about Leadership program begins with history lesson
By Jim Fuller, Rodney Graham, Brian Jenest, and Connie Wessner On Election Day, you may find you're offered a hand-out urging a "vote against toll lanes." Here's the problem: You can't. Toll roads aren't on the ballot. Nor can the opposition group's de facto slate of candidates make any impact… read more about Davidson incumbents weigh in on I-77 toll issue
By John Woods Guest editorial As I reflect on 16 years of service, first on the town board and now as your mayor, I am extremely grateful for the support the citizens of this great community have offered me. I am running unopposed in this election, but this election, like every other… read more about Davidson mayor endorses town board incumbents
By Paulette Ballard Moments column As told by Rockie Sain The summer after my college graduation, my girlfriend and I went backpacking in Europe for six weeks. We flew into New York City first. I had not bought my Eurorail Pass (to travel by train in Europe) so we had to go to downtown New… read more about Bad encounters nearly spoil European trip
By Bill Russell Guest editorial On Nov. 5, voters in Mecklenburg County will consider approving $290 million for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and $210 million for Central Piedmont Community College. In Cornelius, voters there will also decide $20.4 million for transportation, parks and… read more about Chamber president says vote yes for bonds
I wasn’t surprised to learn that Dale Beatty was among 10 finalists in CNN’s Hero of the Year campaign. The Iraq War veteran has already appeared on the cover of Time Magazine for the remarkable story of how he lost both legs from an explosion only to come home and create Purple Heart Heroes, a… read more about Help us honor active military, veterans
Readers can submit letters to the editor by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailing to The Herald Weekly, attn: Letters, 209 Delburg St., Davidson, NC 28036. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Food Lion employee thanks community By now, most of you probably… read more about Letters to the Editor - Week of 9/20
By Paulette Ballard As told by Steve D’Agostino from Mooresville My unforgettable moment was just before the start of my senior year in high school. I was seeing a rheumatologist, who was performing numerous tests to determine the cause of my chronic joint and muscle pain. This severe… read more about Football coach offers compassionate leadership
By Kurt Naas Guest editorial For years now, the transportation needs of the Lake Norman area have been a funding afterthought. The genesis of this problem is the organization that sets regional transportation priorities, the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Organization (MUMPO). With… read more about Towns vote for decade of transportation futility
By Paulette Ballard Moments As told by Angie Sizemore of Huntersville: I was excited to begin my first day of kindergarten and looked forward to making new friends. After entering the school and finding my room, I sat down at a colored table. Our teacher entered the classroom,… read more about Teacher thought left-handers weren't as smart
By Del Arrendale Guest commentary Issuing bonds to pay for Cornelius infrastructure has been a point for discussion in meetings I have attended at town hall since 2010. As chairman of the Parks Arts Recreation and Culture Board, and past chairman of the Transportation Advisory Board,… read more about A case for bond referendum in Cornelius
By Justin Vick LKN World Headquarters My third grade teacher didn’t like tattletales. Whenever we got the urge to tell on a classmate, she encouraged us to write anonymous letters and slip them in the pouch of the class “tattle turtle.” One day, I just had to visit the tattle turtle. A… read more about You know what makes me mad?
Muntazir Somji fought back tears on national television as he told the “CBS Evening News” about a 6-year-old Afghani boy’s recovery from eye surgery. The boy is staying at Somji’s Mooresville home this summer. The Lake Norman chapter of Solace for the Children brought Sajad to the United… read more about Nonprofit offers solace for country
By Robert Pittenger Guest editorial We all know strong students who want to go to college, get good-paying jobs and build flourishing, independent lives for themselves and their families. On May 23, I joined House Republicans in passing a long-term solution for the Federal Stafford Loans… read more about Pittenger: Democrats hamper financial aid plan
Mrs. Sarah McAuley Town of Huntersville, My name is William Rakatansky and I am a former Cornelius Town Commissioner who served the Town from 1993 to 1995. My single term was a result of a decision I made not to campaign for re-election because my job at that time was getting more intrusive… read more about Letter to the Editor: MUMPO vote
Dear Commissioner McAulay, The Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MUMPO) Public Involvement Plan states that MUMPO is “committed to meaningful public involvement in the regional transportation planning process. MUMPO believes public participation is not a simple “add on” or… read more about Citizen calls for commissioner resignation
This entire Cornelius Update is focused on the critical I-77 Toll Lanes issue - arguably the most important question currently facing North Meck and one that will fundamentally impact our daily experience and quality of life for several decades to come. Public frustration levels on this issue are… read more about Letter to the Editor: Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy on toll lanes