A sweet 16 gesture

Jessica White, of Huntersville, celebrated her 16th birthday by telling friends not to bring her presents. Instead, she encouraged them to donate supplies for a friend and his unit serving in Afghanistan.

The Hough High School student sent 15 large boxes of goodies to Phil Curran, who is serving his third deployment. Jessica’s family is good friends with Curran.

“It absolutely boosts morale,” said Phil’s wife, Tracy Curran.

Judging from all the treats her husband’s unit received, Curran joked that “there are no Twizzlers to be had in North Carolina.”


Holbrook named principal at Cornelius Elementary 

CHARLOTTE – Jessica Holbrook was named principal at Cornelius Elementary during the Sept. 24 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education meeting.

She will take over as principal Sept. 30.

Holbrook currently serves as assistant principal at Montclaire Elementary, where she has worked since 2010. She was also dean of students there.

Holbrook began her teaching career at Newell Elementary, where she taught second and third grades from 1997 to 2010.


Angels of ‘97 holds 10th annual golf tourney

HUNTERSVILLE – Angels of 97 will hosts its Tenth Annual Puttin’ for A Purpose Golf Tournament in hopes of building on the more than $500,000 raised for scholarships to support high school seniors. 

Angels of ’97 began to honor the lives of five North Mecklenburg High School students who died before graduating in 1997. The nonprofit has raised more than $500,000 for the purpose of providing scholarships and helping bereaved families.

The tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Pine Island. Teams of four will play in a Captain’s Choice Foursome.

Registration costs $100. A banquet follows the tournament.

Interested parties should contact Cami Meador at cami.meador@gmail.com or 704-526-9301 and Mark Greenhalgh at mark@golfshopradio.com or 704-965-8688.

Details: www.angelsof97.com.


Davidson deemed a community that listens 

BOSTON, Mass. – The Town of Davidson was among 16 communities honored for their use of citizen surveys to influence service quality.

Davidson received the Voice of the People Awards for Transportation from the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center.

Those that received the award had a service quality rating improvement that was significantly higher than the rating from their most recent prior survey and larger than improvements shown in all other eligible jurisdictions in 2012.

“We are so pleased to have been honored with these awards,” said

Town Manager Leamon Brice credited the work of Code Enforcement Officer Scott Misenheimer in expressing his gratitude in receiving the award.


Chamber to host North Meck election forums 

CORNELIUS – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum in of the three North Mecklenburg towns, beginning with Cornelius on Oct. 1.

Davidson will have its forum Oct. 15. Huntersville follows Oct. 17. Forums take place 7-9 p.m. at each town’s respective town hall.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools candidates have agreed to attend each forum.

Radio commentator Jerry Hancock will host the forums.

Details: 704-892-1922 or www.LakeNormanChamber.org.


WidenI77 endorses candidates

HUNTERSVILLE – WidenI77, a grassroots movement to widen Interstate 77 with general purpose lanes instead of HOT lanes, has announced its endorsements for Lake Norman elections.

• Cornelius – Del Arrendale, Dave Gilroy and William Sykes.

• Davidson – Rick Short and Vince Winegardner.

• Huntersville – Rob Kidwell, Jim Puckett and Danny Phillips.

The group is planning to put up signs reading “No I-77 Tolls” in high traffic areas on Oct. 5.