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I would like to commend the Huntersville Police Department for the fine work they are doing.We were out of town and asked them if they would check on our house, which they did every day. The crime rate in Huntersville is much less than other towns of our size. I credit Chief Phil Potter, all his… read more about Thank you, Huntersville Police
As reported last week, Piedmont Natural Gas is irresponsibly and underhandedly proceeding toward construction of a pipeline across the campus of Davidson College.Several graduates of the college are, or have been, in high government posts at the state (two ex-governors) and federal levels, not to… read more about Davidson College supporters, alumni should protest pipeline
I have lived and operated a business here in North Mecklenburg for the past 25 years. From my perspective, the single most important issue we face that will impact our lives, businesses and community for the next 100 years is the Red Line Regional Rail project.The N.C. Dept. of Transportation and… read more about ‘Get on board’ the Red Line, area’s most important issue
We have lived in Huntersville for almost six years now. We love this town so much.We have three children, CJ, Dawkins, and Ella. Ella will be 2 in April, she was born at the Presbyterian Hospital here in Huntersville. We absolutely love that hospital and its entire staff. Dawkins is 7 and attends… read more about Goodbye, Huntersville, we will miss you all
This letter is in response to an article in the Feb. 17 edition of the Herald Weekly titled “Tax revaluation appeals will continue.”Your article did help clarify the appeal process required of property owners who are unhappy with the recent property revaluation. However, your article left out one… read more about Revaluation process information misleading
William S. Lind submitted this column as a counterpoint to a speech given last week by Randal O’Toole, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. O’Toole condemned the Red Line as outdated and overly expensive.Real conservatives like commuter trains. Why? Because we ride them and we usually don’t ride… read more about A conservative who’s for the Red Line
by Phyllis RozzelleTen years ago this week, Feb. 8, 2002, to be exact, the first issue of the Herald arrived in thousands of homes throughout Huntersville. With the publication of that paper, Tucker Mitchell realized his dream. Those of you who lived in Huntersville during that time, probably… read more about The Herald turns 10
I am writing in response to your opposition of a Behavioral Health hospital being built near your neighborhood.There is no greater responsibility of a parent than to keep your child safe. There are a lot of issues and problems that require our attention, but I am pretty sure that this is not one of… read more about Community needs a mental health hospital
I wasn’t sure whether to get involved with the controversy about the new proposed behavioral health center in Huntersville or not.However, the Monteith residents should know that it is very unlikely that any inpatient would get out into their community once hospitalized. CMC Randolph in Charlotte… read more about Life inside a CMC mental health hospital
Sounds like the start of an old kids joke right? Unfortunately at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the joke is on the kids! On Jan. 10, my daughter was assaulted in the early hours on the North Meck High School campus under the cover of missing and broken lightbulbs. After meeting with the school… read more about How many school employees does it take to replace a light bulb?
The obviously failing Red Line Rail effort championed by our liberal-leaning North Meck mayors in concert with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Department of Transportation is welcome news for taxpayers. The real tragedy however is that this aggressive, extremely… read more about The Red Line’s failure is a good thing for area
Editor,I rely on “The Herald Weekly” as an in-depth, objective source of news for issues regarding the Lake Norman area. But when it comes to the Red Line commuter train, over the course of several articles it’s become clear you have left objectivity at the station.The most egregious example was… read more about ‘Heralding’ the Red Line
Fishing with GusIn the world of bass fishing, a rig can be defined as any combination of line/wire, terminal tackle, gadgets or lures attached in a way that will catch fish.The most popular one for a long time was the Carolina Rig, a bottom-bumping rig primarily used to catch bass on soft plastic… read more about Alabama Rig has proven popular among anglers
Editor,I wonder how many people in Huntersville know that The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority (CMHA) is planning to put an in- and out-patient psychiatric hospital right in between a quiet, family filled subdivision and a public charter school? As a homeowner in the aforementioned… read more about Hospital will only hurt neighborhood’s value
Editor,I attended the Station Area Development meeting last week and came away disheartened. Perhaps horrified is a better word.The stated purpose of the meeting was to garner public input for anticipated development in the area surrounding the Red Line commuter rail station. Unfortunately, it… read more about Red Line is a ‘train wreck’
Real Help for Real Livingby Rev. Tony MarcianoLast Spring my wife and I had boarded a tour bus to visit Brookgreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach. It’s a beautiful spot, and I encourage you to visit it the next time you are at the beach. Just as we arrived, my wife’s flip flop broke, rendering it… read more about How a pair of flip flops reminded me of hope
Editor,Most of you know by now that I had a massive heart attack on Tuesday, Dec. 6. It was called a widow maker as the survival rate is less than 5 percent. I experienced a God miracle. When I told my wife, Janet, I wasn’t feeling well and she suggested calling 911, I told her to just drive me to… read more about I learned God is in control
Editor,Here are our bottom-line conclusions from experience with the Fireboat in Cornelius and a recent fire at a large home on Norman Shores Drive.1. Our first responders performed superbly. They were on the scene in 7 minutes and suppressed this garage fire on Norman Shores completely and safely… read more about Cornelius’s fireboat is a regional asset
Real Help for Real LivingOn Thanksgiving Day, the Charlotte Rescue Mission pulls out all the stops to make that day extra special for our community guests.We begin at 6 a.m. with a hot breakfast. Through the generosity and partnership of the Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, homeless men will be able to… read more about He walked his daughter down the aisle – so what, you say?
Fishing with GusA look at history tells us that seafood was so plentiful, that striped bass, eels, clams and lobster shared the table with turkey at the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving.So the story goes, the Wampanoag Indians not only taught the Pilgrims how to catch fish for food, but also how to use… read more about Tired of turkey? Give striped bass a taste
Fishing with GusThis is a fish tale, because it begins with the words, “This is no lie.”Two brothers had fished for years. Both were competitive, but Larry was the better angler.On a trip to Canada, Larry and Jim hired a guide to take them fishing. Day one was a success, with both anglers catching… read more about Something’s fishy about brother’s big haul
Reader: Myrick puts herself before constituentsEditor,On Veterans Day, it is important to remember and honor the great sacrifices of those who have made our freedoms possible. Far too often, we forget how truly blessed and fortunate we are to live in the United States of America. Through the years,… read more about Letters to the Editor for November 18
by Carroll GrayThree years ago, the four Lake Norman towns adopted an interlocal agreement to create the Lake Norman Transportation Commission. Since then, we’ve lobbied to keep the concept of the Red Line rail project alive, so the issue could be framed for our consideration. The state has played… read more about Moving forward on the Red Line
Fishing with GusThis column will attempt to answer a frequently asked question among anglers: “Why do I see fish on the depth-finder screen, but I can’t get them to bite?”The answer to this question begins with another question: Is your depth finder set to show fish images or arches? Fish images… read more about How to use your depth finder
Now is not the time for massive Red Line debtEditor,Paul Morris, Deputy Secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation was quoted as informing local officials that the initial cost estimate for the Red Line is $450 million and that 50 percent of the cost is to be borne by Cornelius,… read more about Letters to the Editor for November 11