Third-graders help Ada Jenkins Center

DAVIDSON – Third-grade classes at Davidson Day School collected 2,539 items for a food drive to benefit the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center.
Third-graders promoted the food drive in several ways, including coloring posters to put up around campus, stapling flyers to paper grocery bags to hand out to every student, giving a presentation at an assembly, and creating a promotion in which students could get out of wearing their school uniforms for bringing in donations.

The classes collected far more than their target of 1,000 items. 


Construction starts April 2014 for Harris Teeter

CORNELIUS – Groundbreaking for Antiquity’s Harris Teeter store begins April 2014, with the store opening in early 2015, according to Cam Finley of Venture Properties, developer of Antiquity.

The 53,000-square-foot store will include a drive-through pharmacy and a Starbucks, as well as serve as the anchor of the community’s retail town center.

Antiquity has been developed to attract everyone from couples, growing families, young professionals and empty-nesters. The average household income within 3 miles is  $108,000. All 489 single family and townhomes are either complete or committed to current builders.

In spring 2014, construction will begin on 86 one- and two-bedroom apartments for ages 55 and older. Potential developers are also discussing the site next to Harris Teeter for an additional 300 apartments. When completed, more than 1,000 households, estimated at 2,300 people will live in Antiquity, representing 10 percent of the town’s population.

In addition to the current Olympic-size swimming pool, the community plans to add an arts center, town green, several mini-parks, a 20-acre linear park adjacent the village, a hiking and biking trail connecting to existing greenways and an outdoor amphitheater. 


Police, fire departments hold angel tree  

DAVIDSON – The Davidson police and fire departments have teamed up to create an angel tree to support families in need this holiday season. 

The tree will be on display 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the town hall lobby. It has ornaments listing a holiday gift. Citizens are encouraged to sign up by Dec. 12 to make the wish come true.

They are also holding a raffle to raise money for dinners for families in town. Buy raffle tickets 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at town hall. 

Prizes include a foursome of golf at River Run Country Club, a framed print by Jim Kerr, dinner for two at the new Port City Club and dinner for two at Brickhouse Tavern.

The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the town commissioners meeting.

“We really enjoy doing the angel tree and raffle each year,” retired police sergeant Scott Misenheimer said. “We deliver gifts and dinners to about 60 families, and we appreciate the support of the Davidson community, including St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.” 

The police and fire departments will deliver gifts and food prior to Christmas.

Details: or 704-892-5131.


Water officials fix stretch of stream

HUNTERSVILLE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services recently restored nearly one mile of Upper Torrence Creek from Reese Boulevard to McCoy Road.

The project, designed to improve water quality, involved reshaping the stream channel to a more natural, curving path, slowing the water’s erosive flow.

Erosion damage along the stream was repaired and a stream bed was reconnected to the floodplain to store excess water during heavy rain. The department also added more plants to the newly restored banks.

Additional stream work is planned upstream.


Police investigate student's charges against teacher

HUNTERSVILLE – A Hopewell High School physical education teacher faces charges of taking indecent liberties with a student, according to the Huntersville Police Department.

The juvenile victim told police that the suspect engaged in flirtatious texting during and outside of school hours and on one occasion engaged in inappropriate physical contact, officials said.

Detectives with the Huntersville Police Department established that probable cause existed to seek a warrant for David Cale Allison, 26. Allison had also served as an assistant baseball coach for the school.

Detectives believe that this is an isolated incident that involves only one student; however, if anyone has additional information the Huntersville Police Department is asking that they come forward.

Details:  Lt. Kevin Johnston or Capt. Barry Graham at 704-464-5400.

Theater group announces auditions

DAVIDSON – Davidson Community Player’s calls all actors, high school-aged through adult to audition for Cinderella.

Auditions run 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., with callbacks by invitation.

Those auditioning should bring a recent picture, resume or list of theater experience and a list of conflicts in January. Plan to arrive at the start of auditions and stay for the entire session. Auditions will consist of theater exercises and cold readings from the script.

This one-hour show, based on the adaptation by Rupert Barber, is part of The Connie Company’s Main Stage season in collaboration with the Community School of Davidson and directed by Melisa Ohlman-Roberge.

Details: 704-892-7953 or


Updated audition dates for ‘Stop Bullying’ 

CORNELIUS – Activate Community Through Theatre has updated audition dates for "Act Now: Stop Bullying," open to teenagers ages 13-18.

Auditions will now be held 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 7 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road.

The show is a series of four, 10-minute plays relating to the bullied, the bully and the bystander. Cast members must be able to miss three to five half days of school. 

Those auditioning should bring a headshot or snapshot and a resume or summary of their experience. 

Details: Wrenn Goodrum, 704-707-6757 or