Hopewell projects helps Howder earn Eagle rank

HUNTERSVILLE – Zachary Howder, of Huntersville Boy Scouts of America Troop 156, earned Eagle Scout Ranking after completing a project near the athletic fields of Hopewell High School.

His project involved building and pouring concrete stairs on the Hopewell Titans fan side parking lot, connecting the parking lot to the baseball fields and football stadium path. He also added six picnic tables for the football stadium. 

Howder graduated from Hopewell in 2013. He also played football there. 

“I am very grateful to everyone who helped me on my trail to Eagle,'' Howder said. He also expressed gratitude for the generous donations from individuals, family, friends and companies. 

He is the son of Mark and Yvonne Howder of Huntersville. 

He began his Scouting experience in the BSA Golden Empire Council in California before his family moved to North Carolina, where he then joined the BSA Mecklenburg County Council.


Kiwanis Club celebrates 20 years

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Kiwanis Club will install 2014 officers and celebrate its 20th anniversary at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Harvey’s. 

With the help of its many sponsors, the club members have raised more than $250,000 and volunteered thousands of hours to local organizations that help children in the community.  

Details: www.lakenormankiwanis.org.


Firefighters put out apartment, vehicle fires

DAVIDSON – Davidson firefighters put out a fire Sept. 24 in the Oak Hill Apartments caused by unattended food left cooking on the stove, according to Capt. Dion Burleson of the Davidson Fire Department.

Firefighters were met by a sounding smoke alarm and a strong odor of smoke outside the apartment. Inside, they found someone asleep on a couch. The resident didn’t have life-threatening injuries.  

Two days prior, firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire at Griffith and Watson streets. Damage was limited to the engine compartment, Burleson said.

Oktoberfest event to benefit dog rescue

CORNELIUS – In celebration of the famous beer festival and all things German, Lucky Dog Bark and Brew will host an Oktoberfest-themed fundraiser for Southeast German Shepherd Rescue on Oct. 5 at its Lake Norman sports bar.

Patrons will be able to enjoy traditional German food and seasonal beer while their pets run off leash or spend time in the full-service grooming salon.

Adoptable dogs from Southeast German Shepherd Rescue will also be on hand for the event, which will take place 4-7 p.m. Proceeds from food sales will be donated to SGSR.

“Southeast German Shepherd Rescue was founded to save German Shepherd dogs from abuse, abandonment, and high-kill shelters,” said Paul Lee, Charlotte area coordinator for SGSR. “We work hard to rehabilitate these dogs and responsibly place them in loving, forever homes so they may never know such physical and emotional pain again.

“For German Shepherds with life-threatening injuries or illnesses, SGSR is often their only hope,” said Lee, who has two adopted German Shepherds of his own. “It is events like this Oktoberfest fundraiser that help us raise money to save as many of these loving, loyal dogs as possible.”


Board approves noise wall design

HUNTERSVILLE – If Interstate 77’s lanes are widened through Huntersville, some residents will have noise walls near the interstate.

The town board, in its Sept. 16 meeting, unanimously approved design elements for two walls, which will be brown with dry stack stone texture.

The two noise walls – one at Stone Hollow and Bexley Commons at Rosedale off Exit 23, and another at The Landings off Exit 25 – must be included in the development of the HOT lanes, Transportation Director Bill Coxe said.

Bids are expected to come in for the lane projects by January 2014. A final contract with a firm, if accepted, will come by May 2014.

“In any road project that requires adding (vehicle) capacity, with HOT lanes in this case,” Coxe said, “You’re required to do a noise analysis on adjacent development. After completing a noise study, it determined those buildings that receive higher noise levels than are accepted by federal standards.”


More chances to meet candidates

DAVIDSON – Davidson residents will have three opportunities this month to meet candidates running for mayor and town commission seats.

• The River Run Property Owners Association hosts a forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the River Run Golf and Country Club Ballroom, 19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson. Index cards will be provided to record questions by the participants and allow the moderator an opportunity to plan and pose the questions.

• The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce hosts a candidate forum 7-9 p.m. Oct. 15 at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. Candidates will have the chance to make short opening remarks, answer questions from the crowd, and make short closing statements.

• The Residents Association of The Pines conducts a forum for the candidates 7:15-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at 400 Avinger Lane. Former Commissioner Cary Johnston will moderate the forum, which includes candidate responses to voter questions.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce held the first of three candidate forums for the north Mecklenburg towns on Oct. 1 at Cornelius Town Hall. Pick up next week’s edition of The Herald Weekly to find out where Cornelius candidates stand on various issues.

The chamber hosts a forum featuring Huntersville candidates 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Rd, Huntersville

Details: 704-892-1922 or www.LakeNormanChamber.org.


WidenI77 endorses candidates

HUNTERSVILLE – WidenI77, a grassroots movement to widen Interstate 77 with general purpose lanes instead of HOT lanes, has announced its endorsements for Lake Norman elections.

• Cornelius – Del Arrendale, Dave Gilroy and William Sykes.

• Davidson – Rick Short and Vince Winegardner.

• Huntersville – Rob Kidwell, Jim Puckett and Danny Phillips.

The group is planning to put up signs reading “No I-77 Tolls” in high traffic areas on Oct. 5.

Discuss Lake Norman’s water safety

MOORESVILLE – Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins will discuss the safety of the water in Lake Norman with a crowd at the Mooresville Public Library at 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

Perkins, a Charlotte native who joined the riverkeeper foundation in 2012, will outline potential solutions to water quality concerns. Lake Norman, is part of the Catawba River, which has been named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers on three occasions.

Details: Sid Smith, 704-895-5686 or www.lakenormanwildlife.org.


Huntersville Fall Festival coming up

HUNTERSVILLE – Barnette Elementary hosts the Huntersville Fall Festival from 5:30-8 p.m. at the school, 13659 Beatties Ford Road.

The free event includes attractions such as silent auction baskets, artisan and craft booths, arts and crafts areas, carnival games and food vendors. Many activities will also be available for kids.

Free parking is available at Barnette Elementary and Bradley Middle.


National Feral Cat Day is Oct. 16

CORNELIUS – Lake Norman Lucky Cat hosts a free PawBroker’s Jewelry Party 5-9 p.m. Oct. 16 at The Comedy Zone at Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Drive.

The event is in honor of National Feral Cat Day, which recognizes the need to stop euthanizing cats in animal control pounds and shelters. Proceeds benefit Lake Norman Lucky Cat.

Details: Robin Byrd, 704-877-7779 or info@luckycats.org for more information.


Discuss Main and Maxwell Park plan

HUNTERSVILLE – Residents will have two chances this month to talk about the Main and Maxwell Park plan in public meetings.

The first is on-site at Main and Maxwell Park, 103 Main St., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 12. The meeting will be located underneath the shelter next to the red caboose at Main and Maxwell Park.

The second meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.

The park will be paid for by the 2012 Huntersville Park Bonds and a potential North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant. Potential amenities for the park include a new multi-purpose building, spray-ground, bandstand and restroom facilities.

Details: 704-766-2228.


Cornelius hosts park, greenway chats

CORNELIUS – The Town of Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department hosts two discussions on the future of parks and greenways this month.

Updates to the town’s parks and greenways master plan will be talking points at meetings 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 8 and 10 at town hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

Details: 704-892-6031, ext. 160.


McGuire Nuclear Station to test sirens

HUNTERSVILLE – Sirens near McGuire Nuclear Station will be tested for three minutes at 11:50 a.m. Oct. 9.

Residents aren’t required to do anything during the quarterly tests, which make sure the sirens work. County emergency officials will sound the sirens, which are ordinarily a signal for residents to tune to a radio or TV station in their area.