Regional group supports Cornelius bonds

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the proposed Cornelius Roads, Intersections and Sidewalk Bonds, as well as Parks and Recreation Bonds.

“Our citizens constantly tell us that traffic congestion, mobility and access are among their top concerns,” said Brian Jenest, chairman of the group and mayor pro tem for the Town of Davidson. “Proactively addressing those concerns – as these bonds will help do – improves the quality of life in Cornelius and the Lake Norman region.”


Cornelius resident graduates Marine Corps boot camp

CORNELIUS – Pvt. Chase Smith, 18, graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp in Parris Island, S.C, on Oct. 4. Smith was one of 92 recruits in Training Platoon 3072 to complete 13 weeks of basic training in Parris Island, where he achieved a perfect CFT score of 300. Smith also earned sharpshooter status.

Smith, a 2013 Hough High graduate, reported to Camp Lejeune for a month at Military Combat Training, and will be stationed out of the Marine Corps Reserve Center in Greenville, S.C., as a Marine reservist.


Truex out of a ride

CORNELIUS – Martin Truex Jr. is officially a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series free agent as of Oct. 14.

Truex’s No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing-owned Toyota team, which lost its NAPA sponsorship for 2014 after an MWR cheating scandal in September, will no longer be a full-time team next year.

Truex, according to a team release, is free to sign with another team for 2014. The Mooresville resident won his first Sprint Cup race since 2007 when he captured a victory at Sonoma in June.

He initially qualified for his second straight Chase for the Sprint Cup appearance, but was kicked out of the Chase by NASCAR following MWR’s race-fixing scandal.


Most Valuable Kids organize fundraiser

CORNELIUS – Most Valuable Kids of Charlotte Metro, a local nonprofit, hosts a fundraiser 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at Café Confidential, 20930 Torrence Chapel Road.

Tickets cost $35 at the door. The event includes a Bachelor/Bachelorette auction at 8 p.m.

Details: Ann, for more details.


Lions Club partners with Tenders for charity

CORNELIUS – The Huntersville Lions Club and Tenders Fresh Food Drive-In will donate a portion of all sales to the Brighter Visions campaign 5-8 p.m. Oct. 25.

The Brighter Visions program provides assistance for the blind and visually impaired citizens of North Carolina.

Members of the Lions Club will be on hand to answer questions about the group’s charitable work.

Tenders is located at 18341 Statesville Road. 


Workshop to reveal secrets to parenting teens

DAVIDSON – Presenter Michelle Icard will teach parents how brain development affects their teen’s eye rolling at Middle School Makeover, a parenting workshop presented by Jewish Family Services.

Topics will include:

• The development of the adolescent brain and implications on how children communicate, evaluate risk, forget things or constantly roll their eyes.

• The adolescent need for risk and how parents can balance a child’s need for independence with a parent’s need for safety and accountability.

• Why adults and tweens seem to hit a communication breakdown around the start of middle school and ways to improve communication.

• How to use social media to communicate.

The workshop is geared toward parents of children from late elementary to high school, and adults working with adolescents.

It runs 9:30-11:15 a.m. Oct. 27 at Temple Kol Tikvah Sanctuary, 605 South St. Registration costs $25 per family.

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Buchanan  elected for National Boy Scout Jamboree

HUNTERSVILLE – Tyler Buchanan, 19, of Huntersville, participated in the National Boy Scout Jamboree this summer at The Summit High Adventure Scout Camp in West Virginia. 

More than 50,000 Scouts and leaders from all over the United States gathered together for the biggest celebration of Scouting. Held once every four years, the national jamboree is a 10-day event with an opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills, and enjoy the outdoors.

Tyler was selected to serve as an assistant scoutmaster from Mecklenburg County.

Buchanan earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2011.  His Eagle project included designing and constructing the fencing and gazebo for an outdoor dining area at the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville. 

Buchanan serves as an adult leader with Troop 42 at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville. He is a graduate of Hopewell High School and is currently a student at Wake Forest University. 

He is the son of Thomas and Kimberly Buchanan.


Covekeepers talk stormwater run-off

DENVER – The Lake Norman Covekeepers will discuss low-impact designs for handling stormwater run-off.

The group will also take a detailed look at a community rain garden.

The group meets at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Shanklin Library, 7837 Fairfield Forest Road.

Details: Ben Benoit, 704-489-6249.