Flags commemorate Fourth of July

HUNTERSVILLE – Every national holiday something amazing happens in the small community of Hagar's Ferry just off of Sam Furr Road.

Fifty 3-by-5-foot American flags grace the entrance and along the streets. 

Rick Shinn, who lives in the community, is responsible for the cost, erection and maintenance of the flags. 

“I put the flags out as a gentle reminder of why we celebrate the holidays, and have the privilege to fly them in the first place,” Shinn said. “As it has been said before, the flags fly not because of the wind, but because of the last breath of those who stood and often times died to defend them and our right to fly them." 

Shinn hopes to eventually have more than 100 flags that will cover the entire community for upcoming holidays.

Paint company makes splash in Davidson

DAVIDSON – The consumer division of Valspar, located in Mooresville, will move to Davidson next year as the anchor business for a new three-story office/retail building.

Valspar will move its sales and consumer office that works directly with Lowe's Home Improvement into the Two Harbour Place building, which is under construction at the corner of Griffith and Jetton streets. The move affects 45 employees and is in part due to limited space at the current facility.

“It’s nothing against Mooresville,” Office Manager Christina McCabe said.

She cited liking the idea of the close proximity to the company's customer base and the tight-knit community as reasons for the move, adding there were several aspects of Davidson that appealed to them.

Completion of Two Harbour Place, a 51,000 square-foot-building, is slated for February 2015. Developer Childress Klein Properties is leading the project that is a continuation of the 50-acre mixed-use Harbour Place development started by Childress Klen in 2007. The overall plan consists of office, retail, residential, hospitality and educational uses.

Other tenants in the area are MSC Industrial Direct, Wells Fargo and Homewood Suites.

“This site is part of the 2004 Northeast Quadrant Master Plan – it is exciting to have a new building in town to fill out this area,” Davidson Town Manager Leamon Brice said in a press release. “We’re hoping this development will provide more employment opportunities and services to the citizens of Davidson.” 


Bridge project set to move forward

DAVIDSON – The overgrown grass and barricades in Roosevelt Wilson Park along Griffith Street will finally be replaced in August.

The town was alerted at the end of June that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the application to allow construction of the long-awaited pedestrian bridge along Davidson Pond for public recreational use. According to the FERC documents, the 0.112 acre will be leased to the Town of Davidson to construct the 400-foot bridge with two fishing piers.

The project is set to begin around Aug. 25 through the company Mozeley Construction, which was chosen in April for its low cost estimate bid of $53,000. Davidson Public Works and Project Manager Doug Wright said the bridge is slated to be completed within 45 days following the start date.

Because the pond is considered part of the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project and technically Lake Norman, it has to adhere to all state, local and federal regulations prior to any construction or changes. Last August, the project was halted after crews tore down the old bridge for reconstruction and Duke Energy Company Lake Services representatives warned town officials they were violating rules.

The project has been sitting dormant during the application and project review by two federal, five state and two local agencies. 

Lake Norman Aktion club receives top honor

CORNELIUS – Arc of Mecklenburg County recognized the Aktion Club of Lake Norman as the Mecklenburg County Aktion Club of the Year for its membership activity and service projects.

The club’s projects included a coat drive and contribution to the Ada Jenkins Center Food Pantry.

President Justin Teague was won the Spotlight Award for his achievements and contributions to the club. 

The club, comprised of adults with special needs, meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. The Lake Norman Kiwanis sponsors the club.

“We have a really outstanding group of young people involved in our group,” said Bill Russell, club advisor and president of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. “Their energy and positive outlook is a constant reminder that our only real limitations are those we place upon ourselves.”

Details: 704-892-1922.


Duke Energy to test sirens at McGuire Nuclear Station

HUNTERSVILLE – State, county and Duke Energy officials will test sirens around McGuire Nuclear Station at around 11:50 a.m. July 9 to ensure they are operating properly.

No public action is required during the three-minute test.

The full-cycle siren test is performed quarterly.

The siren sounding is typically a signal for residents to tune to a radio or TV station that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials would use these stations to provide information to the public.


Tillis to open campaign office

HUNTERSVILLE – N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis will attend the grand opening of the North Meck 2014 Victory Office.
The office will work to get Tilis elected to the U.S. Senate.

The grand opening takes place noon-3 p.m. July 12 at 19520 W. Catawba Ave., Suite 112.


Town registers for adult softball leagues

CORNELIUS – The Town of Cornelius will register for its upcoming fall season of adult softball starting July 21 for returning teams and July 28 for new teams.

The Cornelius PARC Department offers adult softball in two divisions: Men's "C" and Co-Ed.

Registration costs $499 per team, plus $10 per non-resident. Team registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the league is full.

Registration will close Aug. 8. Registrants must register by team only, not as individuals.

Details: www.cornelius.org/parc or Cornelius PARC Department, 704-892-6031, ext.161.


Town closes for Independence Day holiday

DAVIDSON – The Town of Davidson offices, including town hall at 216 S. Main St. and the parks and recreation department at 865 S. St., will close July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

The town will re-open July 7 at regular business hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m.