Huntersville native helps with typhoon relief


U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. David Whitehead, a landing support specialist with Combat Logistics Regiment 3, coordinates the loading of water with airman from the Philippine Air Force for transportation at Villamor Air Base on Nov. 12. Marines and sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade are supporting the Philippine Armed Forces in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to affected areas throughout the Republic of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.


Restaurants chip in for United Way

CORNELIUS – Several restaurants are partnering with the Town of Cornelius to support United Way of Central Carolina’s 2013 Community Campaign through the second annual United We Dine for United Way.

The community can visit participating restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner Nov. 14. A percentage of food and drink sales will be given to United Way of Central Carolinas.

Participating restaurants include Big Bite’z Grill, Fork!, Gabi's Coffee Shoppe, Galway Hooker, Harvey’s, Honey Baked Ham, Jack’s Corner Tap, Mama’s Pizza, Prosciutto’s Pizzeria, Pub & Restaurant and Tenders.

Money raised could help provide rent or mortgage payments, mentors for at-risk youth, activities for children, health programs, and support for women and children in the community.


Our Town Habitat ReStores welcome Santa Claus

CORNELIUS – Children can take pictures with Santa at the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Mooresville and Cornelius ReStores.

Photos cost $3.50 each or $10 for three printed on the spot or emailed. Proceeds benefit Our Towns Habitat.

The event takes place 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Mooresville ReStore, 121 Norman Station Blvd., or noon-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Cornelius ReStore, 20414 N. Main St.


Store raises money, awareness for mammograms

CORNELIUS – Fifi’s Fine Resale raised about $3,200 through contests, discounts and in-store promotions during the inaugural 50 Days of Pink campaign Sept. 12-Oct. 31. 

The store matched the balance and presented a check Nov. 5 for $7,500 to Pat McKinney of Novant Healthcare Foundation.

Joanne Wiles, of Davidson’s Bodyworks Therapeutic Massage, won the “Bling Your Bra” contest.  Bras decorated by local business women were displayed at Fifi’s and shoppers voted for their favorite bra with a $1 token. 

The campaign was designed to raise awareness and money so that 50 uninsured women in Lake Norman receive mammograms.



Team excels in robot design at tournament

CORNELIUS – Team DCC (Dream, Create, Complete), a FIRST LEGO team, won a second-place trophy Nov. 9 in the Robot Design category of the N.C. Regional Qualifying Tournament at Pine Lake Preparatory in Mooresville.

The Cornelius-based team ranked fifth overall among 16 teams, giving them the opportunity to advance to the state competition in January at N.C. A&T University in Greensboro.

Team members were Ben Feider, Drew Maultsby, Justin Buckley and Bradley Brown. Beth de Jesus-Buckley coaches the team. Robert Buckley mentors the group.

The team is affiliated with the nonprofit YETI Inc. (Youth Engineering and Technology Inspiration) and seeks sponsorships from businesses.



Hinshaw to discuss changes at CVCC

MOORESVILLE – Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, president of Catawba Valley Community College will give a presentation to the Probus Club of Lake Norman at its Nov. 19 meeting.

Hinshaw will speak about the innovative changes taking place at the college. Under his leadership, CVCC is evolving into a “student facing” college that has earned the attention of fellow educators and students alike.

Coffee service begins at 10 a.m. at Berea Baptist Church, 1015 N.C. 150 with the program starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Probus Club comprises retired professional businesspersons.



Hospice sponsors Light Up a life services

HUNTERSVILLE – Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region will host Light Up a Life memorial services in November and December to honor and remember loved ones.

The interfaith services will be composed of thoughtful readings, beautiful music and candle lightings.

Levine and Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, will host the Nov. 16 service at 2 p.m.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion St. in Cornelius, will host the Dec. 10 service at 6:30 p.m.

Details: 704-375-0100 or


Meeting rescheduled for transportation commission

MOORESVILLE – The Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission has rescheduled its monthly meeting to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Mooresville Town Hall, 413 N. Main St.

The commission cancelled its Nov. 13 meeting.

The LNTC is a joint agency of the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville. Bill Thunberg serves as its executive director.



Teenager asks for doggy donations at 13th birthday party

CORNELIUS – Peyton Lynch wanted one doggone good 13th birthday party. So, instead of gifts, she asked her guests to bring supplies for the Cornelius Animal Shelter.

With the help of her guests, she was able to donate toys, bags of food and other pet supplies to the shelter.

This isn’t the first time Lynch has opted for a selfless party.

Since she was a child, she has either donated her gifts or asked for donations for children and animal charities such as Bright Blessings, Toys for Tots, Ada Jenkins Center and Barium Springs for Children and Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy.


Lions Club to sell Christmas trees at Post Office

DAVIDSON – For those who prefer the scent of fresh, live pine in their living rooms this Christmas, the Davidson Lions Club will be selling Christmas trees in front of the Post Office on Main Street on Dec. 5-7.

Trees will be available to buy 6-9 p.m. The cost is $49 for 6-7 foot trees, $69 for 7-8 foot trees and $89 for 8-9 foot trees. Proceeds support services to the blind.

Boy Scout Troop 58 will join the Lions Club to sell wreaths and other greenery.

The Lions Club will delivery trees.

For pre-orders, contact Kevin Davis: 704-453-4815 or


Donations needed for benefit dinner, auction

CHARLOTTE – Hinds’ Feet Farm seeks donations in the form of an auction item or package for its 23rd annual Checkered Ball on Jan. 25. 

Potential items include gift cards and gift baskets, jewelry, sports memorabilia, sporting and special events tickets, art and other collectibles, home goods, holiday décor, vacation home and timeshare rentals, destination and local vacation packages, day trips and other excursions. 

The live and silent auctions are a major highlight of the ball, which will be held at the Ritz-Carlton. Hinds’ Feet Farm serves adults living with brain injuries.

Its mission is to enable adults to pursue meaningful activities while developing a sense of belonging at home and in the surrounding communities. 

To make a donation to the auction, contact Christine Walls: 704-992-1424 or



Eckerd seeks nominations for Children’s heroes 

HUNTERSVILLE – Eckerd is accepting nominations for the honorees of the 2014 Charlotte Area Children’s Hero of the Year Awards until Nov. 25.

These awards celebrate those who have given their time, talent or treasure to help children in need. Award finalists will be recognized at Eckerd’s Children’s Hero of the Year Gala on March 14 at The Big Chill in Charlotte. This black-tie gala is Charlotte’s largest charity event for at-risk children and families served by Eckerd.

Eckerd is a youth and family service organization that provides community-based services for youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system with the goal of helping them learn skills that will ensure their success in the home and community without further involvement in the juvenile or criminal justice system.

To nominate a hero, contact Hannah Dunham at 704-774-0007 or