Town approves small area plan for Eastfield

HUNTERSVILLE –  Town commissioners have approved the Eastfield Road Small Area Plan, which town staff had been working on since August 2012 to handle anticipated development once the final section of Interstate 485 is finished.

The board also signed off on the preferred routes for extensions to Everette Keith Road, Verhoeff Drive and Hambright Road.

Huntersville Transportation Planner Bill Coxe said plans for Eastfield Road, as well as road extensions, are beneficial as presented to the town.

“Assuming the economy continues to recover, you’ll see increased development pressure and greater interest in private commercialization of the area,” Coxe said. “Five to 10 years is my best estimate for that.”


Probus Club speaker discuss war music

MOORESVILLE – The Probus Club of Lake Norman will feature a talk by Bob Mullen regarding a U.S. War Department program during World War II to ensure soldiers enjoyed music from home after musicians went on strike over royalty issues in July 1942. 

The program starts at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at Berea Baptist Church, 1015 River Hwy. Guests are welcome. Coffee service begins at 10 a.m.

The Probus Club is comprised of retired professional businesspersons. 


Black-tie event benefits Hinds’ Feet Farm

HUNTERSVILLE – Hinds’ Feet Farm hopes to raise $50,000 in pledges during The Checkered Ball benefit to renovate a three-bedroom home it bought in December 2012 next to its property.

The 1,300-square-foot home, dubbed the Hart Cottage, will be made available to three adults with brain injuries.

The nonprofit will host a black-tie event at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, 201 E. Trade St., Charlotte. The event costs $150 per person, $300 per couple and $1,500 per table of 10.


Cornelius Police arrest suspects in bank robbery

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Police were dispatched to the Bank of America on West Catawba Avenue at about 10 a.m. Dec. 31 in reference to a robbery.  

Two men jumped the counter inside the bank and stole money. They left the scene in a Silver Camaro Convertible with a black top. Witnesses called the police with a description of the vehicle driving erratically. Officers pursued the vehicle towards Huntersville.  

With the help of Huntersville and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the suspects were apprehended near Long Creek Elementary School after they ran from the vehicle.

Cornelius Police arrested Tamir Dion Simmons, 29, and Donovan Roy Walters, 19, of Charlotte, and charged them each with common law robbery, conspiracy and felony possession of stolen goods. 

North Meck Rotary Club plans breakfast, talent show

CORNELIUS – The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg invites the public to help feed the hungry by attending its Annual Pancake Breakfast and Talent Show.

The event takes place 8-11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Road. Breakfast costs $10. Buy them from members of the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg or at the door. 

Proceeds raised from the event will be given to feed people in the community, locally through Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen, which serves a nourishing lunch to those in need Monday through Friday in Huntersville.

It also benefits Seed Program International, which provides seeds to grow food to those in need. 

Those wanting to participate in the talent show need to call Cathy Bentz at 704-892-4098 to register no later than Feb. 1. Prizes will be presented to the top three acts. 

The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg meets at noon Wednesdays at the Peninsula Club. 



Conservationist leader to address covekeepers

STANLEY – Billy Wilson, president of the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, will talk about how his group addresses environmental protection and wildlife preservation at the next Lake Norman Covekeepers meeting.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department, 406 S. Pilot Knob Road, Stanley. Lake Norman residents are invited.

Details: Ben Benoit, 704-489-6249.


Pizza restaurant expands to Huntersville

HUNTERSVILLE – Hawthorne’s New York Pizza & Bar has opened at the former location of CiCi’s Pizza at 14205 Reese Blvd.

The restaurant’s menu includes pizza, salad, wings, pastas and sandwiches.

Hawthorne’s has other locations in Mint Hill and Charlotte, including 7th Street, Highland Creek, Carmel Road and Rea Road.

Details: or 704-992-1661.

Historian discusses trains through North Meck

DAVIDSON – Walter Turner, a historian at the N.C. Transportation Museum, will discuss trains running through Mecklenburg County at a Davidson Historical Society event.  

The free presentation begins at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg Street.


Scout earns Eagle Rank

HUNTERSVILLE – Stephen Hack earned his Eagle Scout rank last month at St. Mark Catholic Church.

Hack, a 17-year-old senior at Lake Norman Charter, set out to become an Eagle as a Cub Scout, more than seven years ago. He’s with Boy Scout Troop 97.  

He credits his Eagle success to all of the help he received from his parents, Scoutmasters and Scouts. Hack described his father, Joe, as the biggest influence.  

“He personifies what a Scout should be and is a model for all,” Hack said during his Court of Honor.  

Hack follows his father, as well as older brother Chris, in obtaining the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn. Less than 3 percent of all Scouts achieve the rank.  

Scouts must complete a service project, among other requirements. He planned, fundraised and installed a large circular garden with retaining walls, plants, mulch and stone pathway leading to a stone statue of the Virgin Mary at the church.