Lake levels climb after heavy rainfall

Some parts of the Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake areas may experience flooding this week, according to Duke Energy.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning May 8 for eastern Lincoln County, southeastern Iredell County, western Mecklenburg County and eastern Gaston County until 8 p.m.

The Catawba-Wateree River Basin has experienced significant, widespread rainfall recently, significantly raising water levels across the region.

Due to high inflows, Duke partially opened one gate on May 7 at Cowans Ford Dam on Lake Norman, which has been at full pond for most of the week.

Opening the dam caused Mountain Island Lake to reach and exceed full pond. It was about 2 feet above full pond Wednesday morning.

“Due to high inflows, Mountain Island Lake may continue to spill for up to several weeks, dependant on rainfall amounts,” a statement on the Duke website read. “As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions.”

Keep track of lake levels online at

Farmers market celebrates Strawberry Shortcake Day

DAVIDSON – The Davidson Farmers Market will host the annual Strawberry Shortcake Day Fundraiser May 11 from 9:30-11 a.m.,  or while supplies last.

The market will sell homemade strawberry shortcakes for $5 each. They will be smothered with locally grown berries and local whipped cream. The shortcakes and berries will come directly from the Davidson Farmers Market vendors.  

“Strawberries are late this year due to the cold winter and cool spring,” Market Manager Courtney Spear said. “Market-goers are eager for summer fruits, and this Saturday will be a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the sweet nuggets that are blessing the Market right now. And, it will be a great treat for mom on this Mother’s Day weekend!” 

The market is also a great place to find a variety of salad greens, snap peas, radishes, Swiss chard, green onions, cucumbers, fennel, endive, arugula, asparagus, broccoli, and veggie plants. In addition you’ll see other homemade goods such as artisan breads and other baked good; pastured beef, poultry, pork and seafood; soaps and essential oils; fresh cut flowers and plants; and lavender products.

The market is open from 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday in downtown Davidson, next to Davidson Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets.



Support The Bin at wine tasting

CORNELIUS – Winestore in the Peninsula Village Shopping Center will hold a fundraiser to benefit The Bin, which helps provide home goods for families in need in north Mecklenburg and south Iredell counties.

The store will offer a wine tasting from 6-8 p.m. May 17 at 19400 Jetton Road, Suite 204. Tickets cost $15, and $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to The Bin. Tickets can also be used at a future wine tasting event, so customers can support The Bin without having to attend the May 17 event.

The event will also feature raffles for prize baskets.

Details: 704-948-5612.


Cornelius named ‘outstanding contributor’ to United Way

DAVIDSON – United Way of Central Carolinas’ Mooresville/Lake Norman office celebrated a contributor appreciation breakfast May 3 at River Run Country Club in Davidson.

American country music artist Rockie Lynne, a native of Statesville, was the guest speaker. He also sang a few of his original songs for the gathering.

The towns of Mooresville and Cornelius were named among the top 10 contributors to United Way in 2012. Mooresville donated $13,800, while Cornelius donated $5,200.



Republican women host speakers for May 14 dinner

HUNTERSVILLE – The North Mecklenburg Republican Women will welcome two speakers for their next meeting who will discuss the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the N.C. Constitution.

Corey Thompson is a member of the May 20th Society, an organization dedicated to reviving the spirit of Mecklenburg County’s historic roots during the American Revolution. He will talk about the significance of the county’s Declaration of Independence.

Warren Cooksey, a member of the Charlotte City Council, will present an “Introduction to the North Carolina Constitution.”

Meetings are open to the public and held at the NorthStone Club, 15801 NorthStone Drive. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner starts at 6:30. Admission costs $20 at the door. For reservations or more details, email or call 704-340-5511.


Young actors present ‘Puss In Boots’

DAVIDSON – The Davidson Community Players will present a two free showings of Puss In Boots May 10 -11 at the Armour Street Theatre.

The performance is the culmination of the players’ acting workshop. Youth actors will perform the show, which is appropriate for all ages.

Performances take place at 7 p.m. May 10 and at 1 and 4 p.m. May 11 at 307 Armour St.

Find more information about the players and their upcoming performances online at


Auto mall presents street fair

HUNTERSVILLE –  Find face painting, juggling and hot air balloon rides at the free Street Fair Extravaganza May 18, presented by Hendrick Northlake Luxury Auto Mall.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the event features food, prizes, games and entertainment for the family, including a chance to win a weekend trip to Blowing Rock.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill will serve food from 1-5 p.m., and Davidson Day School’s jump rope club and pep band will perform beginning at 1:15.

Hot air balloon rides will be offered from 3-6 p.m. A juggler will present a show from noon-1 p.m.