Father finds latch box he made 40 years prior

HUNTERSVILLE – Larry Ligo, one of The Children's Schoolhouse's founding parents, found a latch box that he made 40 years ago that is still in use at the school today.

Ligo, an art history professor at Davidson College, visited the school Oct. 5 for an alumni potluck. He was part of a group of Davidson parents who started the school in 1971.

The Children's Schoolhouse will hold its annual carnival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19 on the Davidson Village Green. The fundraiser allows the school to offer scholarships to families that could not otherwise afford to attend.

Parents operate the school, which is housed in a renovated 1925 schoolhouse. They maintain and clean the buildings and grounds, help in the classroom, pay bills, plan field trips, provide community outreach and do all the fundraising.

Details: www.thechildrensschoolhouse.com or 704-892-7724.


Woodlawn seniors become Commended Scholars

DAVIDSON – Woodlawn School seniors Maisie Wills and John Patrick “JP” Shaw, both of Davidson, have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Woodlawn has had 11 Commended Students over the last four years, including one National Merit Scholarship winner.

Commended Students placed in the top 3 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition, which is based on their junior-year PSAT test scores.

Maisie is the daughter of Trey and Anne Wills and JP is the son of Brian and Pat Shaw.

Both arrived at Woodlawn in 2004-05 as third graders and are in the midst of their 10th year as Trailblazers. They are co-editors of Woodlawn’s yearbook, The Mighty Oak.

Wills is a varsity letter winner in both volleyball and soccer. Shaw was the winner of Woodlawn’s 2013 Achievement in Sciences Award and he participates on the local crew team. 


Forum focuses on north Meck education issues

HUNTERSVILLE – The next MeckEd Community Conversation features a discussion of public education issues pertaining Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District 1, which covers northern Mecklenburg County.

Panelists include Board of Education member Rhonda Lennon, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Karen Bentley and N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte. Topics include growth in charter schools and changes to public education funding.

The forum takes place 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Central Piedmont Community College’s Merancas Campus, 11930 Verhoeff Drive.

Details: sphillips@mecked.org


CMS enrolls students for magnet programs

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is already enrolling students for the 2014-15 school year.

New student enrollment is for families interested in the Pre-K magnet Montessori programs, entering kindergarten or older students who will be new to CMS for the 2014-15 school year.

Students must be future enrolled by Dec. 6 to be eligible for the first magnet lottery. The district will start to accept online magnet lottery applications from Jan. 11-Feb. 11, 2014. Students who are enrolled by the Dec. 6, deadline will receive a personalized student assignment notification instruction sheet in the mail during the first week of January.

Families who plan to send their child to their assigned home school do not have to register by Dec. 6, but are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible, so the home school can begin planning for the student’s arrival. Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2014, to be considered for kindergarten.

Families must provide documents to show proof of residency, as well as other forms.

Details: Smith Family Center, 980-343-5335 or student.placement@cms.k12.nc.us.  

Lake Norman Chamber endorses bonds 

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has endorsed more than $520 million in bond packages before North Mecklenburg voters on Nov. 5.

The chamber is encouraging its members to vote for the following bond packages:

• $290 million for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to relieve overcrowding, offer more academic options and improve existing buildings. The packages consists of 17 projects, including three in Lake Norman.

• $210 million for Central Piedmont Community College to expand and modernize its bu8ildings, provide technical training space and add instructional classrooms and lab. The package consists of 10 projects.

• $20.75 million for upgrades to Cornelius roads, intersections and sidewalks; parks and recreation; and town center redevelopment.

“As a Huntersville resident whose business is located in Denver, I understand the regional implications, as does our Chamber of Commerce board, that road improvement projects and basic infrastructure needs of one lake community impacts the neighboring communities,” 2014 Chairwoman Wendy Moran said. “As a chamber of commerce serving 1,000 active businesses members throughout the lake region, we applaud the vision of our elected leaders and planning staff and the proactive actions they are undertaking.”

Moran described the Cornelius and education bonds as critical to planning for healthy business growth of the Lake Norman region. 

Details: www.Corneliusbonds.org and www.VoteYesforBonds.com. 


Cornelius native joins law firm

DAVIDSON­ - Attorney Maren Werts has joined The McIntosh Law Firm.

Werts will primarily practice in the areas of general litigation, business law and business formation.

The Cornelius native has worked 10 years at The McIntosh Law Firm during law school, college and high school.

During her time at the UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill, she performed more than 100 hours of pro bono work for low-income people and also spent a semester at the legal clinic of University of North Carolina School of Law representing domestic violence victims.

“Maren has played an integral role at The McIntosh Law Firm for many years,” Founder Bob McIntosh said. “We are fortunate to have her as our newest attorney. Her commitment to clients, especially local family and friends, reflects the foundation of our firm.”

Details: 704-892-6688 or www.McIntoshLawFirm.com.


Pet-sitting company lands in docu-series

HUNTERSVILLE – Ruth Wenzel, of A Dog’s Best Friend Training and Pet Sitting, was chosen by NASCAR productions to participate in a segment of Dylan Kwasniewskis docu-series, “Flatout.” 

The series follows Kwasniewskis as he tries to live a normal life while pursuing a career as a NASCAR driver.

Wenzel, a Huntersville resident, owns of A Dog’s Best Friend Training and Pet Sitting. She worked with Dylan training Ziggy during filming of a segment for the series.

Details: www.adogsbestfriendtraining.com.


Area businesswomen to be honored

DAVIDSON – A champagne reception and awards ceremony will honor area women business leaders. Duke Energy and Business Today present the ninth annual Top Women in Business awards 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the River Run Country Club, 19125 River Falls Drive.

Admission costs $25. Register in advance.

Details: 704-895-1335.


Verizon stores host food drive

CHARLOTTE – Area Verizon stores are collecting non-perishable food items for Move for Hunger, a nonprofit that distributes food to people in need.

Community members can donate items such as baby food, baby formula, canned beans, canned vegetables, condiments, cookies, crackers, fruit juice, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, soups and salad dressing.

The drive runs through Nov. 11.

The following Verizon locations are accepting food donations:

• 110 McCullough Drive, Charlotte;

• 9821 Northlake Centre Pkwy., Charlotte;

• 8603 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord;

• 7180 N.C. 73, Denver;

• 9705 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville;

• 467 River Hwy., Mooresville; and

• 252 Turnersburg Hwy., Statesville.


Locals graduate from real estate training

HUNTERSVILLE – Six local real estate agents have graduated from Allen Tate Realtors’ Winner’s Edge training.

Joel Drach, Deborah Hudson, Lori McIntyre, Roger Phillips and Tara Trow and Kristin Wing completed the company’s required, comprehensive real estate training program.

The intensive course of study includes the latest in national real estate trends, technology, license law, sales and marketing techniques, integrated with detailed information about the local real estate market. 


Local realtor donates commission to teacher

CORNELIUS – Realtor Aaron Marshall recently gave back 25 percent of his commission through Homes for Heroes to help teacher Kelly Hodson buy her first home.

Homes for Heroes is a national organization offering savings to active and retired military personnel, law enforcement officers, firefighters, first-responders, health care professionals and teachers when they buy or sell real estate.

Marshall is the team leader of The Marshall Team at Keller Williams Realty Lake Norman-Cornelius. The team offers 25 percent off their real estate commission to “heroes” buying or selling property.

Details: www.marshallteam.com.


Chamber helps celebrate openings

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce helped companies celebrate openings recently through a series of ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

• Clif Gentle and Kim Zegil are partners at the Gotta Yoga Lake Norman Studio, 19911 North Cove Road, Cornelius. Gotta Yoga also has a location in the University area.

•  Sandi Vizner opened Lapis Financial Strategies, a firm that deals in health and accident insurance, retirement planning, cash flow management and insurance solutions for a variety of issues. The office is located at 7930 W. Kenton Circle, Suite 260, Huntersville.

• Drew Partridge unveiled CAPbenefits, a health and accident insurance agency that includes medical supplements and annuities among its insurance products. The office is located at 19453 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

James Mathis, director of marketing, heads the Lake Norman office of Consolidated Planning, a comprehensive financial advisory firm focused on retirement and legacy planning. The office is located at 7930 W. Kenton Circle, Suite 260, Cornelius.

• Devan Kline and Morgan Stevens opened a second location of Burn Bootcamp, a personal training program to help mothers improve their health and physical condition. The location is at 19902 N. Cove Road, Cornelius.