Man drowns in Lake Norman

DENVER – A Denver resident drowned in Lake Norman sometime between Aug 13 and 14.

Neighbors told detectives that they saw Richard Terry Locklin, 53, of Dick Wilson Road on Aug. 13 swimming and riding Jet Skis. They last saw him on a bank sometimes used for boats.

Detective Kelly Parris said a deputy was on his way to the home to file a report when the body was found by nearby boaters. Locklin’s body was floating in the water about 45 feet away from the shore.

He was found in six feet of water, and after examining the body and interviewing witnesses, all signs pointed to an accidental drowning, Parris said.

The sheriff’s office is still waiting for the autopsy and toxicology report.

Locklin’s death comes two weeks after officials found 36-year-old Lincolnton resident Elisabeth Anna Burford’s body in Lake Norman after swimming with a friend.


Speed limit to change in Davidson?

DAVIDSON – Town staff and the police department are getting the ball rolling to lower the speeds along Davidson-Concord Road, specifically between East Rocky River Road and June Washam Road.

Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller said she is concerned with the number of greenways, school bus stops and pedestrian crosswalks in the area where speeds switch back and forth between 45 and 55 miles per hour.

The goal is to lower it to 45 and 35 miles per hour, but the town would need approval from the N.C. Department of Transportation.

A similar request was previously denied, but staff hopes with the new development in the area, it will make a difference. The resolution, passed by commissioners Aug. 12, states 72 traffic accidents have occurred between East Rocky River Road roundabout to June Washam Road from January 2008 to July 2014.


Marines raise $2,500 for nonprofits

HUNTERSVILLE – Marine Corps League #1242 Bruce Larson Detachment had a bucket brigade fundraiser on Aug 16 in Birkdale Village.

They raised more than $2,500, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project, Toys for Tots, Disabled Veterans, Boy Scouts of America, Young Marine Program and Hoorah for Heroes.

The league consists of 37 Marines and one Navy corpsman. The detachment is open to all active, retired and honorably discharged Marines and Navy Corpsman and meets once a week.


Hope House gets new leader

HUNTERSVILLE – Debra O’Handley is replacing Fran Mathay as the executive director of Hope House. Handley’s new role will encompass the executive director and program director roles as transitions are made.

Handley is also a board member of the North Mecklenburg Women’s Club and the Blessing Cup Project, and she volunteers for the Habitat For Humanity Restore and Caterpillar Ministries.


Joe Gibbs signs Edwards for 2015

HUNTERSVILLE – Carl Edwards will join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015 to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

He will drive the No. 19 Toyota Camry sponsored by ARRIS Group for 17 races as expands its roster with a fourth team. Edwards ranks eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

He has been racing for 11 years and has won 23 races with 106 top-five and 182 top-10 finishes.

He earned his highest finish in 2011 when he was runner-up to Tony Stewart based on a tiebreaker.


‘Free Market Warrior’ to speak at pub

CORNELIUS – Lake Norman Conservatives will host author and speaker Loren Spivack at Aug. 28 Galway Hooker Restaurant and Pub.

Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and the presentation follows at 7 p.m. Register in advance.


Spivack, a popular economist and political activist known as the “Free Market Warrior,” will share new free market principles.

Details: or 704-763-9113.


Panel explores mental illness

DAVIDSON – Davidson LifeLine invites to “A Community Conversation: Why Robin Williams?,” in which a panel of experts explore mental health challenges in the community.

The panel takes place 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, 218 Concord Road.