Mrs. North Carolina 2014 crowned in Lake Norman

MOORESVILLE – Christy Creson, of Hickory, was crowned Mrs. North Carolina 2014 on Oct. 19 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center. Creson will compete for Mrs. America in August 2014.

Creson works as the head dance team and cheerleading coach at her alma mater, Lenoir Rhyne University.

She used to be a cheerleader for the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Bobcats.

She also owns the Thad & Loise boutique in Hickory. Creson and her husband of six years, Jacob, have a daughter, Elouise.

Ashley Stremme, of Mooresville, was named first runner-up. Stremme won five awards including the evening gown, swimsuit and modeling portions of the pageant.

Adrienne Sulkey, of Huntersville, won fourth runner-up, as well as Mrs. Congeniality.



Our Towns Habitat holds shred events

CORNELIUS – Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will hold community shred events at its ReStores.

Shred documents 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Cornelius ReStore, 20414 N. Main St. or the Mooresville ReStore, 121 Norman Station Blvd.

Police will also be at the Mooresville ReStore collecting outdated prescription medicine.

The event is free, but donations are appreciated.


Town to hold U.S. 21/Gilead Road meeting

HUNTERSVILLE – The town will host its first of three informal public meetings to discuss improvements to the intersection at U.S. 21 and Gilead Road 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 19 at town hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.

Town staff will be on hand to answer questions from residents. They will also talk about plans for the intersection and improving existing conditions near it. Project-related materials will be posted online as they are released at


Upper Ramah Creek Basin plan begins

HUNTERSVILLE ­– Plans have begun for the Upper Ramah Creek Basin Small Area Plan, a long-range land use and transportation plan which will guide the town in future decisions regarding land use, transportation and development in the area.

According to an announcement on the town’s website, the plan is being prepared to help handle anticipated development in response to extension of the Ramah Creek sewer line from Huntersville-Concord Road to N.C. 73 (Davidson-Concord Road).

The town will host public meetings for the project Jan. 9 and March 13, 2014. A draft plan should be finished in April 2014, with a final plan completed soon after.

The project schedule is available online at the town’s website under the “News” section.


Mecklenburg County a ‘high-tech hotspot’

WASHINGTON – An analysis by the Progressive Policy Institute’s Michael Mandel ranked the nation’s 25 best cities to find a high-tech information job.

Mecklenburg County made the cut at No. 23. Mandel’s “Tech/Info Jobs Index” measures counties across the country that created the most jobs in the high-tech information sector between 2007 and 2012. The sector also includes jobs created in the film, news, publishing and telecommunications fields.

Mecklenburg County enjoyed an 8.8-percent growth in “tech/info jobs” in the six-year timeline.

However, the county was one of just 11 on the list who saw losses in non-tech and info jobs from 200 to -2012. Mecklenburg suffered a 1.6-percent loss in jobs during the time span.

Wake County also made the list. Its 18.2-percent rate of tech and info job growth helped the county rank eighth on Mandel’s list.


Realty group to honor humanitarian

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association Housing Opportunity Foundation is accepting applications for its 2013 Humanitarian Award.

Established in 2007, the award recognizes a person, group or organization making a difference in the community. 

The 2013 Humanitarian Award winner will be recognized at the association’s Holiday Awards Luncheon & Annual Meeting in December. The recipient gets a crystal award and the opportunity to designate a nonprofit to get $2,000.

Applications must be submitted by Nov. 6 to be considered. For applications or details about the Humanitarian Award, visit and search for “Humanitarian Award.”


Community buys into crosswalk project

DAVIDSON – Several companies and organizations have sponsored crossing flag stations at crosswalks installed by the Town of Davidson.

After students from the Community School of Davidson created and tested the crossing flag concept at several intersections, town commissioners expanded the flag usage to promote safety. 

The town sought volunteers to sponsor crosswalks to replace missing and damaged flags and ensure flags are evenly distributed between receptacles. 

Sponsors include Bodywork Therapeutic Massage, Bookman Bright, Community School of Davidson, Davidson Day School, Elke and Hermann Langweg, Mayes Harris Realty, St. Alban’s Square Neighborhood Association, Summit Coffee, The GlassHouse Church, The Stuart Family, Troy Ison and Waiting for Maya Book Club.


Grill Doctor hosts Thanksgiving grilling class

MOORESVILLE – The Grill Doctor presents a Thanksgiving grilling class with The Big Green Egg.

The event, dubbed Bon Vivant Culinary, starts at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at The Grill Doctor’s showroom, 378 Williamson Road. Admission costs $40.

The main dish consists of grilled organic turkey, mushroom and leek bread pudding, grilled green beans, grilled potato, cranberry chutney and natural gravy.

The starter dish consists of Parmesan Crisp with Smoked Salmon, Dill Crème Frisch and Caper. Pumpkin Pie with Butternut Squash Anglais Sauce will be served as dessert.

Complimentary wine pairings will be provided.

Register by Oct. 31.

Details: 704-799-6429.


Cornelius to host Veteran's Day program

CORNELIUS – The Town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 will host their annual Veterans Day Program at the Cornelius Veteran's Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall lawn.

The program honors military veterans and those serving in the Armed Forces.

American Legion Post 86 Commander John Washam will lead a ceremony that will include a welcome from Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker, keynote speaker Lonnie Long, 21-gun salute by American Legion Post 86 and patriotic songs by the W.A. Hough High School Concert Choir. 

The event starts at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. 



Nonprofit announces blood drives

CHARLOTTE – Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announced the following Lake Norman-area blood drives for November: 

• Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson.

• Nov. 3, noon-2 p.m., Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.

• Nov. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lowe's Home Improvement, 16830 Statesville Road, Huntersville.

• Nov. 15, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lake Norman Charter School, 12435 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville.

• Nov. 16, 3:30-7:30 p.m., The Grand Theatre AmStar, 206 Norman Station Blvd., Mooresville. Donors get a free movie ticket.

• Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m.-noon, West United Methodist Church at Lake Norman High School, 186 Doolie Road, Mooresville.

• Nov. 23, 2-6 p.m., Regal Theaters Birkdale 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Donors get a free movie ticket.

• Nov. 25, 4-6 p.m., Primrose School of Lake Norman, 173 Raceway Drive, Mooresville.

• Nov. 29, 2-6 p.m., The Grand Theatre AmStar, 206 Norman Station Blvd., Mooresville. Donors get a free movie ticket.

Donors must weigh at least 120 pounds.

Details: 704-972-4700 or