Cornelius student bakes for boxer rescue

Madison Cannon, 11, is a fifth-grader at Cornelius Elementary. She had a bake sale on April 7 at the Lucky Dog Bark and Brew in Cornelius.

Madison began having bake sales three years ago when she wanted to volunteer at a local animal shelter but was told she couldn't because of her young age.

Each year she donates all of the money she raises to a local animal rescue group.

This year, Madison choose the Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, a rescue agency that rehabilitates abandoned boxers and prepares them for adoption for loving homes.

Many times these boxers require extensive medical treatment when they are rescued.

After all the cupcakes, cookies and brownies were sold at her bake sale, Madison donated $500 dollars to the rescue.

Visit for more information about Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue.


Fish consumption advisory for Lake Norman

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, has issued a fish consumption advisory for striped bass and largemouth bass in Lake Norman in Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lincoln, and Catawba counties.

Elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found in striped bass that exceeded the state action level, 0.05 mg/kg.

Because previous studies have shown that largemouth bass in all waters of North Carolina have elevated levels of mercury, this advisory for Lake Norman includes largemouth bass as well as striped bass.

The health department is recommending that pregnant women, nursing women, women who may become pregnant and children younger than 15 should not eat any striped bass or largemouth bass from Lake Norman.

To guard against mercury exposure and potential PCB exposure, others should not eat more than two meals a month of largemouth bass and one meal a week of striped bass from Lake Norman.

A meal of fish is considered approximately 6 ounces of uncooked fish.

PCBs may adversely impact the neurological development of children, the reproductive system and the immune system, and may cause cancer.

Visit for more information on health issues related to fish contaminants.


Mecklenburg Democrats hold 2013 county convention

CHARLOTTE – The Mecklenburg County Democratic Party annual county convention will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 13 at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School, 1601 Park Drive, Charlotte.

Delegates to the convention will elect officers of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, members of the State Executive Committee, delegates to the 8th, 9th, and 12th Congressional District Conventions, representatives to the Congressional District Committees, and the member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections. 

Resolutions will be adopted and the Jim Pierce, Rosa Parks and Young Democrat of the Year awards will be distributed.

The preceding evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 12, will host the second annual Trailblazers and Legacy Reception honoring Democrats who have made great strides in the community. 

The evening will feature hors d’ouevres, wine and honored guests at the home of a local Democrat. 

Donations of $35 are requested and sponsorships are available.

Call 704-525-5843 or email for more information. 


Run Wild 5K & Wild Child Fun Run Returns to Birkdale

HUNTERSVILLE  – Having raised more than $18,000 during its inaugural race, the Run Wild 5K & Wild Child Fun Run will return May 11 to Birkdale Residence Club in Huntersville.

Presented by the African Children’s Project, last year’s Run Wild 5K event drew nearly 1,000 runners, walkers, kids, spectators and volunteers.

The African Children's Project is a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide caring, family-style homes for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

“We exceeded our first-year goal as a result of the generous sponsors and fantastic participants who joined our effort,” African Children's Project Executive Director Melanie Freshour said. “The proceeds enabled us to finance the construction of our first community-based home in Embu, Kenya, that will provide compassionate, holistic care for orphans in a family-centered environment.”

Proceeds from this year’s Run Wild 5K will help support that first home and its first family.

Early registration costs $25 for the 5K and $10 for the one-mile Wild Child Fun Run. The 5K will start at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run starts at 9 a.m.

Online registration is available now at or at Omega Sports, 9749 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.

A family-friendly after party will follow the Fun Run and will include more than 50 speed awards, special team awards and a wide array of novelty awards, such as the Wildest Wardrobe, Largest Pride and Middle of the Pack. 

Run Wild 5K welcomes Omega Sports, Funny Bone Embroidery, Guardway Corporation and several others who have committed to supporting this year’s race.

Sponsorship packages start at just $300.

Contact Freshour at 704-598-7884 for additional sponsorship information.

Visit for more information on the African Children’s Project.


Test drive a BMW to raise funds for young minds

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Kiwanis Club  will hold its "Drive to Donate" from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20 during the Spring 2013 Hendrick BMW Northlake Car Club Meet.

Hendrick BMW will donate $25 for every person that stops by and takes one of its BMWs for a test drive during the event.

The money raised goes directly to the Musical Minds NC’s effort to promote musical education for area youth.

There will be no sales interaction, unless specifically requested.

The amount donated will be doubled if 100 participants go to the "Drive to Donate."

Contact John Aneralla at with questions about the event.


Progressive Pilates raises funds for Angels and Sparrows

HUNTERSVILLE – Progressive Pilates in Cornelius opened their doors on Friday, April 5 for a Healthy Cooking Demonstration with Jill Dahan to raise money for Angels and Sparrows.

More than 30 people tasted some of Dahan’s healthy dishes and sampled wines to go with them.

The event raised more than $850 for Angels & Sparrows soup kitchen in Huntersville.

BellaLove founders speak at Bradford coffee chat

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Commissioner John Bradford will hold his monthly Cornelius coffee chat on from 9:30-10:45 a.m., April 15 at the Acropolis Restaurant near Exit 28.

Case Warnemunde and Alan Sharpe, of Bella Love,  will be attending as the special guests. 

They will be discussing the Cornelius arts movement they are leading as well as their open-mic nights which are quickly growing in popularity. 

The monthly meeting is always the third Monday of each month. It is open to all Cornelius residents who want to visit with a town commissioner and express citizen comments and opinions about Cornelius related issues. 

Meeting details and cancellation notices are posted on Commissioner Bradford's Facebook and Twitter account at @JohnRayBradford.


Cornelius’ own Jeff Tarte will host a Town Hall Meetings

CORNELIUS – Sen. Jeff Tarte will host a pair of town hall meetings open to the public in April.

The first Town Hall meeting will start at 7 p.m. April 12 at Cornelius Town Hall,  21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

The second Town Hall meeting will start at 2 p.m. April 13 at the Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill.


Cornelius celebrates Earth Day at Robbins Park

CORNELIUS – The Town of Cornelius, along with the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, will be celebrating Earth Day from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 20 at Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

The Earth Day activities will include arts and crafts, demonstrations, a nature walk and face painting.

University Turf Management is providing free tree saplings for attendants.

Free legal clinic being held in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE – There will be a free legal clinic for the public from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13 at Tom Hunter Park, 919 Tom Hunter Road, Charlotte.

The event provides an opportunity to ask experienced lawyers questions regarding civil, criminal, employment and family law on a first-come, first-served basis

The clinic will be held at the park at the same time that a park clean-up effort will be taking place.

Attorneys, judges and Hidden Valley residents will volunteer their time to clear overgrown brush and weeds in the Tom Hunter Park.

This effort has been spearheaded by Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell and leaders from the Hidden Valley Association.

Retired Men’s Club searching for new members

CORNELIUS – The Retired Men’s Clubs of America has announced the expansion of its chapter in the Lake Norman area.

RMCA was patterned after Boy Scouts of America with a national organization and local “troops” of, not boys, but retired men.           

The organization started in late 2011 with its founding charter club in the Lake Norman area.

Its purpose is to “serve the needs of active men who have formally retired from their working career, but are far from retiring from life and want to share their energies, knowledge, experiences, talents and fun times together in a social club of like-minded men,” the group said in a press release.

The Retired Men’s Clubs of America Lake Norman Chapter has a world politics, religion and philosophy group to talk over topics of the day.

The group is including local government, church and civic leaders as invited guests to share ideas and current thinking in everything from gun reform to public education to tax laws to the history of the world’s religions.           

The Lake Norman RMCA chapter meet at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays at the Acropolis Restaurant in Cornelius.

The group is looking for new members and is inviting men to attend one of its social breakfast meetings, held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at the Acropolis.

Visit or send email to for more information.