10-year-old wants to grant wishes

CHARLOTTE – Ten-year-old AnneLeigh Twer, the first Junior Honoree of the W.I.S.H. Society, hopes to raise $6,000, enough to grant the wish of a child suffering from a life-threatening medical condition.

In partnership with Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, AnneLeigh will hold a lemonade stand and sell baked goods 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 20 to benefit Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina.

AnneLeigh and Robin Smith-Salzman, owner of the dealership, have partnered with CBS Radio, which will broadcast live from the event.

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram contributes more than $100,000 annually to local organizations. Smith-Salzman was named the W.I.S.H. Society Woman of the Year in 2013.

While the Central and Western North Carolina chapter is granting more than 240 wishes this year, there are 200 wishes waiting to be granted.

To learn more about the W.I.S.H. Society, purchase a ticket for the luncheon or make a donation, visit http://ncwishsociety.org.


Kiwanis Club’s golf tourney nets $10K

STANLEY – Almost 100 golfers participated in the Lake Norman Kiwanis Club's annual golf tournament Aug. 18 at Cowan's Ford Golf Club. 

The club's biggest fundraiser of the year raised nearly $10,000, which will support its mission to help children in the community. 

The winning golf team consisted of Darrell Eggers, Brian Haigler, Eric Key and Shawn Thomas.

Details: www.lakenormankiwanis.org.


Rhodes launches write-in Senate campaign

HUNTERSVILLE – Former state legislator John Rhodes has launched a write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate race, which has pit Republican Thom Tillis against Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan.

Rhodes, a former Republican, is running as an independent.

The real estate broker served two terms in the N.C. House Representative for District 98 from 2003 to 2007. Rhodes was instrumental in the investigation of corruption by former N.C. Co-Speaker Jim Black and other government officials.

He’s against toll roads, Common Core, ObamaCare, amnesty, Agenda 21 and Gun Grabbers.

Details: www.WriteInRhodes.org.


Pittenger holds town hall meeting

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has planned six town hall meetings for late August and early September, including one in Cornelius. 

The town hall starts at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

“Many people wonder if our leaders in Washington are actually listening to their concerns,” Pittenger said. “As your Congressman, I am listening and I am genuinely interested in your thoughts, concerns and questions.”

Details: www.Pittenger.House.gov or 704-696-8188. 


Rotary Club installs new leadership

CORNELIUS – The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg appointed Donna Moffett, of Donna Moffett LLC Accountants and Consultants, as its president for the 2014-15 year.

Moffett joined the club in 1994. She has served in various boards and committee positions and exemplifies the Rotary's Club's motto of “Service Above Self.”

Other leaders include Denis Bilodeau, service committee chair; Marilyn Celenza, membership committee chair; Richard Colvin, sergeant-at-arms; Joshua Dobi, fundraising co-chair; Joanne Ellis, member care; Erika Erlenbach, president elect; Lauren Furcht, public relations chair; David Keith, past president and district public relations; Kevin LaFone, membership; Kevin Mikeworth, fundraising co-chair, Patrick Mizzell, treasurer; Donna Moffett, president; Tricia Sisson, club trainer; Nancy Sweet, secretary; and Sandi Vizner, foundation chair.

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

Details: lfurcht@aquestabank.com or www.northmeckrotary.org.


Firefighters put out car fire at business

DAVIDSON – The town fire department responded to an overnight vehicle fire at Archer’s Wrecker Service off South Main Street in Davidson.

Davidson firefighters responded at 3:10 a.m. Aug. 23, after someone reported a car in the back storage lot had ignited. No one was injured.

They forced entry into the lot and brought it under control within minutes, according to a statement by Davidson Fire Department Captain Dion Burleson.


Tax refund checks returned to town

CORNELIUS – Nearly 1,000 property tax refund checks have not been cashed by Cornelius residents.

A state ruling had the Mecklenburg County tax office relook at all parcels following the 2011 property revaluation, which was considered inflated in some cases. The amount of taxes residents pay to the county and town is based on these values.

Over the past few months, both entities have been sending separate refund checks to recipients if the new property tax values warranted it. Checks account for however many years the residents paid the incorrect amounts.

As of Aug. 12, 996 town refund checks, totaling $31,397.80, have not been cashed, according to Cornelius Finance Director Jackie Huffman.

Of those, 110 are for more than $100, 182 are for more than $50 and 390 are for less than $1.

Residents are encouraged to cash the check. Otherwise, it will go to the state treasurer’s office as unclaimed revenue.

Those who have moved or received only one of two checks may contact Tracy Blanton at 704-892-6031 or tblanton@cornelius.org.


Treasure or clutter? Experts decide

CORNELIUS – The Cornelius Historic Preservation Committee will host Trash or Treasure: What’s in Your Attic 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 27 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

Residents can bring up to two items to have experts weigh in on the history and offer potential value, net certified appraisals.

Acceptable products include ceramics, paintings, books, prints, toys, folk art, collectibles and furniture.

Residents can’t bring weapons, fine or costume jewelry, modern collectibles or collectable cards.

Participants can be awarded for items of special interest and significance, including oldest, most unique, most valuable, most significant to the town and the item that brings the biggest letdown.


Group focuses on North Meck history

CORNELIUS – The public is invited to the first meeting of the newly formed North Branch of the Mecklenburg Historical Association.

Jan Blodgett, of Davidson College, will discuss her project to identify what was covered by Lake Norman and is now “under the lake.” 

The meeting will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave.

The group needs volunteers to help preserve the history of northern Mecklenburg County.  Key areas of need are membership, refreshments, archives and special projects. 

Details: Sarah Sue Hardinger, sarahsuenc@gmail.com or www.meckdec.org.


Women’s club to outline plans for 2014-15

HUNTERSVILLE – The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club will hold its annual kickoff meetings, in which new officers will share project plans for 2014-15 and members will sign up for committee work. 

The Sept. 2 evening meeting begins with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by business at 6:30 p.m. The Sept. 3 daytime meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. with lunch following. Both will be at held at Northstone Country Club.

The philanthropic organization promotes and supports social, educational and civic programs in the community. All visitors and potential members are welcome to attend either meeting. 

Details: Dawn Bradford, gottheteeshirt@bellsouth.net or www.nmwclub.org.


Newcomers group to convene for lunch

HUNTERSVILLE – The Newcomers of North Mecklenburg and South Iredell will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Northstone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Drive. 

The Newcomers Club strives to welcome women of all ages to the community and to offer them an opportunity to make new friends and become familiar with the area. 

Prepaid reservations are required by Sept. 9 by emailing info@newcomersmeck-ire.com

Details: www.newcomersmeck-ire.com.


Hope House Foundation plans hoedown

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hope House Foundation presents a Cowboy Hoedown featuring music by national recording artist Tony Bailey and the Electric Rodeo Band.

The event, which includes dinner, cash bar and auctions, starts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Peninsula Club.

The foundation provides transitional housing and supportive services to women and children homelessness in the Lake Norman area in order for them to secure long-term housing and self-sufficiency.

Details about sponsorships, donations or event tickets are available by calling Kandi Ranson at 704-575-8845.


Library hours changing for September

CHARLOTTE – All libraries in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system will have new hours beginning Sept. 2.

Libraries will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturday.

Regional libraries, including the North County Branch in Huntersville, will also be open 1-5 p.m. Sundays during the school year.

Until Sept. 2, the Cornelius library will remain closed on Thursday and Sunday.


Noise ordinance changes proposed

DAVIDSON ­­– Town police are requesting changes to the Davidson noise ordinance that will make it easier to enforce and offer some leeway to golf courses.

Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller asked during the Aug. 26 town board work session that instead of enforcing the town noise rules by decibel levels, they use distances from a location.

Proposed changes are making noise restricted 75 feet away for residential and commercial properties and 50 feet away for multi-family properties during designated daytime hours. And 50 feet for all entities during stipulated nighttime hours.

Miller requested the change because the department only has one decibel meter that is very expensive and must be calibrated each year. Other options were using applications on cell phones to measure the decibels, but she wasn’t sure it would hold up in court. Changing it to distance allows police a more concrete way of measuring noise that can also be recorded.

Miller said it usually isn’t an issue as many people comply after a warning.

Another major change proposed is to allow golf course employees and contractors to perform golf course maintenance between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. from April 1 to Oct. 15. One example of this is the River Run golf course needing to get the grass ready for last year’s Chiquita Classic when it rained a lot. This offers more time for them to be prepared.

The proposed changes were presented as part of several municipal ordinance updates that will be discussed and voted on in upcoming board meetings.