Editor,In the coming days, more than 35,000 people are expected to fill the Charlotte region for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Our hotels will be filled and Lake Norman businesses are excited about the prospects of getting a boost in sales. When asked recently what I thought of the… read more about Letter: "Who built this city…"
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Fishing with GusStriped bass are fast becoming an endangered species on Lake Norman.It’s sad, but true, that for the fourth summer in a row, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reports that a major striped bass kill has occurred at Duke Power’s McGuire Nuclear Power Plant on Lake… read more about What’s to blame for striped bass kill?
Editor,I’d like to send this message to the mayors and commissioners of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville:As you all know, the citizens of Mecklenburg County have been challenging the 2011 revaluation. The impact on residents has been clearly stated for more than a year, marked by emails,… read more about Leaders should do more with reval
Local citizens turned out en mass in Huntersville at the National Night Out organized by the HuntersvillePolice Department. Parking at Birkdale Village was scarce as parents attended with their children as they played games and sampled goodies from the vendors. While Birkdale Village was packed,… read more about National Night Out big success for north Mecklenburg
by Cliff MehrtensCollege football recruiting is getting out of hand.Offering scholarships to middle schoolers? It seemed like a cutesy stunt when Southern California coach Lane Kiffin offered a 13-year-old in 2010. Now, sadly, it’s becoming more common.The University of Washington offered an… read more about Hey recruiters, stop dipping in the kiddie pool!
Fishing with GusThe forecast for August is hot with a very high likelihood of catching lots of spotted bass.While summer heat might be bothersome to anglers, it doesn’t seem to keep the bass from biting. On most days, they feed as aggressively as they as they do during much cooler fall… read more about August yields sweaty brows, bountiful hauls
Editor,The staggered four-year terms scheme re-introduced by the Davidson town board would not be “neutral” or apolitical in regard to its implications for individualofficeholders or policy issues.When drawing up the “resolution of intent” for the prospective Nov. 6 referendum, the town manager… read more about Staggered terms could protect elected officials
Fishing with GusBig fish on. Fish lost. That’s the short version of most fish tales.While the time, place, conditions and type of fish vary with each tale, the end result is always the same: big fish on or fish lost.So what is one to do differently if he wants to land a river monster?First, be… read more about Tips to catch trophy fish
Editor,The town of Davidson has decided that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to change the zoning of the Davidson East property after all.A quick review:First, let’s make a questionable zoning change to make developing the Davidson East property more difficult and bring on a lawsuit.Then, let’s… read more about Davidson: Whoops, maybe we shouldn’t have changed the zoning
Editor,As you go about your day Sunday, July 22, my wife and I will celebrate our first year of marriage. This Sunday marks a year of tremendous blessing and growth for us. Our relationship began here nearly three years ago the way many new romances begin – yes, the Internet!I remember being… read more about Glad I met my wife
Fishing with GusEveryone has read notices and plaques posted on the walls of tackle shops, fishing lodges and boat cabins that mention rules and slogans particular to fishing and boating.Most are meant to bring a chuckle. Others might have an underlying meaning.A few apply to the person at the… read more about Fishing has its own unique set of rules
This letter was written in response to the Friday, June 22, meeting of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce:Editor,As a supporter of the type of development the (newly approved Carolinas HealthCare System) hospital will represent, I cannot help but wonder why the short-notice Friday meeting on… read more about Venue to discuss economic development was inappropriate
Editor,My son 7-year-old son Andrew and I attended the First Annual Father/Son Football Camp on June 23 at Davidson College. This was an all-day event at the football stadium at Davidson College and included offensive and defensive fundamentals, a practice game, tips on how to catch and kick the… read more about Kudos to Davidson College for bringing fathers, sons together
Editor,The economic recession has claimed quite a few businesses, and no one has been left untouched by its affects. However, just as the sun emerges after a devastating storm, signs that we have turned the corner are abundant.Perhaps none more striking than last week’s announcement that MSC… read more about Job announcements wake the lake
Editor,I’ve always been fond of the library – but in fall 2008 our financial rug was pulled out from under our feet – and it was in those confusing, fearful days that I found out the importance of our local library.We downsized to a 1200-square-foot house with one closet for five of us. Yep. One… read more about Library is valuable resource for families
Editor:I am not arguing against the concept of a mental health facility in Davidson. Mayor John Woods is passionate in the belief that Davidson owes it to the community at large to provide this facility, and there are certainly many in the community who agree.I do believe that the Davidson East… read more about Davidson East not right for hospital
Growth, change, excellence in education and especially choice have been characteristics of education in the north Mecklenburg area for the past decade. I experienced and observed changes in local schools every decade since 1950. I grew up in the area, attended school at Long Creek and North… read more about The Herald’s 10 years have seen changes in schools
Fishing with GusThis is a fish tale about Rusty Hook, a retired Native American medicine man. Some might find it hard to believe, but there is a little bit of truth in every fish tale.Rusty Hook began handcrafting fishing lures and opened a tackle shop after being forced to retire when his powers… read more about Did medicine man transfer power to lure?
Editor,Two weeks ago, the professional, highly competent public information officer for the Town of Davidson was summarily replaced by a public relations specialist who had been an adviser to Mayor John Woods in his last political campaign. Why does the mayor – or Town Manager Leamon Brice -- need… read more about Who governs in Davidson?
Editor,I believe congratulations are in order to the Davidson Town Board for its skillful handling of the Davidson East property issue.First, the owner of a large parcel of land (Davidson East) along Sam Furr Road encountered financial difficulty, and his lender took over the property. The property… read more about Davidson East financially mismanaged
Editor,News delivered last week at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce that Carolinas HealthCare System plans to build a 66-bed behavioral health hospital in Davidson was welcomed. While it could be argued the former site in Huntersville was appropriate given the dramatic increase in the population… read more about Hospital in Davidson is a great decision for region
Editor’s note: This letter was originally sent to Davidson Mayor John Woods, commissioners and media.Editor,I have been traveling and have just learned of the planned sale of the property on N.C. 73 to the Carolinas HealthCare System for a mental health facility.I guess I am puzzled as to why the… read more about Hospital takes away potential revenue
Commentary by Amanda NetschThe past four years in the Lake Norman area have been an amazing evolution from quaint local towns to a self-sufficient, booming community. A community that shares desirable neighborhoods, family-friendly recreational activities, and state-of-the-art medical facilities… read more about Relay For Life of Huntersville sees growth and change
On May 8, we will have an opportunity to vote on an amendment to the North Carolina state constitution. As proposed, Amendment 1 says: “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized by this state.”There are many objections to Amendment 1.… read more about To the North Mecklenburg Community,
Editor,Next Tuesday, on May 8, voters wield the power to add another significant barrier to non-traditional couples getting equal treatment in North Carolina by supporting Amendment One. Many people are glad of that for religious reasons or other opposition to gay rights. But everyone, regardless… read more about Amendment One won’t protect families