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Exit 28 I-77 Toll Lane Protest

A large crowd of demonstrators lined up at 4 p.m. May 1 along the median of the Catawba Avenue overpass at Exit 28 off Interstate 77 to protest the I-77 express lanes project that will offer motorists a way to avoid traffic by riding a toll lane. The lanes, operated by the Spanish company, Cintra, will span 26 miles from Exit 11 in Charlotte to Exit 36 in Mooresville. The protesters held signs, shouting to motorists and demanding the state do away with the managed express lanes. (Chris Tittel/Herald Weekly photos)

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Relay for Life

The annual Relay For Life of Cornelius / Huntersville took place May 1 at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. The event helps people celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who have died and raise money for the American Cancer Society and its programs. Initial estimates show the event raised $53,000, but people can still donate at http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15SA?fr_id=64644&pg=entry. (Carrie C. Causey/Herald Weekly photos)

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Rural Hill Bark in the Park Festival

The Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival was held April 25 on the rolling green fields of Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. Canines of all shapes, sizes and breeds walked, ran, jumped and fetched everything from rubber toys to flying discs. Some just lazed about, enjoying the free treats and company of other dogs. Several owners watched their pets charge down a portable dock, leap 25 feet in the air, land in an above-ground swimming pool and climb out only to do it all over again. Dogs competed for top honors in several competitions, including smallest dog, largest dog and top dog. There was even an owner-pet look-alike contest. Purina, Harris Teeter, Historic Rural Hill and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation sponsored the festival. (Courtesy of Sarah Gillie and Chris Tittel)

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Torrence Creek prepares for Hello Huntersville

Students from Torrence Creek Elementary School have been preparing for Huntersville's annual arts and music festival, Hello Huntersville, May 9. Fourth and fifth grade students painted words, such as "love" and "freedom", with yellow and purple paint on a white canvas. The Quarter Notes choir practiced a Beatles classic, "Let It Be". The posters will be showcased during the event as the students perform.

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ReCommunity Recycling collects from Lake Norman

ReCommunity Recycling, located in Charlotte, is Mecklenburg County's recycling facility, recycling and reusing day-to-day materials collected from Davidson and other Lake Norman areas. The center has about 10,000 people visit every year for tours where guests are enlightened on the benefits of recycling. The main lobby houses art work, benches and even a chandelier made of recyclable materials. (Courtesy of Sarah Gillie)

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Cort Savage Coffee + Conversation Art Gallery March 31

The Interiorities: A Decade of Inevitable Forms is a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Cort Savage, professor of art at Davidson College. The exhibition is on view in the Van Every Gallery from March 12 through April 12. Savage gave a short gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. during the opening reception March 12. Savage uses 3D printing in the sculpture lab and creates mixed-media kinetic sculptures and rubber-band based sculptures. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie) 

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Boys & Girls Basketball Players of the Year

Lake Norman Publications announced its boys and girls basketball Players of the Year for each of our three weekly papers. Hough High's Luke Maye and Davidson Day’s Maya Caldwell earned the Herald Weekly honors, East Lincoln’s Sage Surratt and Destiny Johnson are the Denver Weekly award winners and Lake Norman High's Hunter Seacat and Allie VanSant are the Mooresville Weekly recipients. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)

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Davidson Community Players 2015 Encore Golden Jubilee

Theatergoers experienced an unforgettable time at the Encore Golden Jubilee event, which celebrated Davidson Community Player's 50th anniversary March 21 at The Peninsula Club. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, raffle, dinner and DCP performances. The fundraising event allows DCP to grow further to better serve the community. Last year’s Encore event raised more than $14,000, helping pay for upgrades to technical equipment. (Photos courtesy of Amy Pennell)

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Hough High School Career Day

Hough High School's Future Business Leaders of America Club and JROTIC hosted their second annual Career Day event March 18 in the school's gymnasium. Professionals from the community shared their career/occupation experience with Hough students. Some of the local businesses that participated were Wells Fargo, CMPD, Duke Energy, CMS, AT&T, Charlotte Living and The Herald Weekly. Representatives from these companies helped prepare students for the professional world by giving them firsthand knowledge about different career paths. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)

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Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Celebration

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty celebrated its entry into the Lake Norman real estate market March 12 at 19825 North Cove Road. Sotheby’s is the latest international realty firm to promote luxury living at Lake Norman. The company, associated with the storied auction house, has recruited top talent, most notably Nadine Deason. Prior to joining the firm, Deason achieved more than $266 million in closed residential real estate sales since 2005 as a sales associate. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)

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Lake Norman Charter outscored Shelby

Lake Norman Charter outscored Shelby by 11 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 78-74 win in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s Class 2A championships. Sophomore Grayson Hickert paced the Knights with 17 points and six rebounds, leading five players in double figures including Barrett Hancock (15 points),Malik McCormick (14), Nick Worthy (11) and Troy Cracknell (10).  The Knights play Mountain Heritage in second-round play on March 2. (Courtney Parlier/Herald Weekly)

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North Meck overcomes Charlotte Catholic

C.J. Bryce helped North Meck overcome a sluggish start in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 4A playoffs. Bryce, a UNC Wilmington commit, his a 3-pointer to close the first half that led to a big Viking run in the second half and finished with 37 points and 10 rebounds. Davion Mintz added 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the 83-61 win. The Vikings host Berry on March 2. (Dana Pianowski/Herald Weekly)

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Davidson wins as Sullivan reaches milestone

DAVIDSON – Davidson College shooting guard Brian Sullivan, a junior, scored his 1,000th career point as the Wildcats trounced George Mason 92-71 in an Atlantic 10 conference men’s basketball game Feb. 11 at Belk Arena. Sullivan, who led five Wildcats scoring in double figures, became the 47th player in Davidson history to reach the plateau. He finished with 19 points, seven assists and sank all six of his free throws. Davidson improved to 16-6 overall and 7-4 in Atlantic-10 games.

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Hough upsets rival North Mecklenburg

The Hough High boys’ basketball team ended a two-game losing streak with a 77-64 upset against rival North Mecklenburg in a MECKA 4A conference game Feb. 10. The Huskies were led by Connor Whipp (21 points), Chase Sweetman (18 points) and Luke Maye (18 points and 17 rebounds). North Carolina coach Roy Williams was in attendance, watching future Tar Heel Maye on Hough’s Senior Night. C.J. Bryce led North Meck with 28 points. (Courtney Parlier/Herald Weekly photos)

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Davidson dumps Duquesne

DAVIDSON – The Davidson College men’s basketball team shot 60 percent from the field to crush Duquesne 95-69 in an Atlantic 10 conference game Feb. 7 at Belk Arena. Six Davidson players scored in double figures, led by Brian Sullivan (23 points), Peyton Aldridge (19 points) and Tyler Kalinoski (16). The Wildcats are 15-6 overall and 6-4 in conference games. (Chris Hull/Herald Weekly photos)