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About 200 volunteers showed up at two locations on Mountain Island Lake on Saturday, Oct. 2, to help take out the trash for the 2010 North Carolina Big Sweep Event…. Read more »

East Gaston crowns its queen

East Gaston crowns its queen

Students compete for Miss East Gaston High title East Gaston High School awarded the title of Miss East Gaston High to student Kaylan Puckett during the March 3 pageant held… Read more »

Young area designer breaks into fashion industry

Young area designer breaks into fashion industry

by Tori Hamby CHARLOTTE – Eighteen-year-old Lisa Huang wants to grow up to be a doctor, but not the kind with a stethoscope and lab coat. Huang, a recent West… Read more »

Officer trades gunfire with suspect

Officer trades gunfire with suspect

by Tori Hamby A gunfire exchange between a police officer and a home invasion suspect in a Mountain Island neighborhood ended after the officer shot the suspect twice. Christopher Michael… Read more »

Newspapers appoint top editor

Newspapers appoint top editor

Glenn Proctor, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and award-winning news media manager, has been appointed executive editor of Lake Norman Publications effective Monday, July 23. In his new role, Proctor… Read more »

Mount Holly Olympian remembers 1972 Games

Mount Holly Olympian remembers 1972 Games

By Kathy Blake MOUNT HOLLY – Bert Freeman has a box of yellowed Polaroids from his athletic days. He has a replica of the belt buckle with the Olympic rings – a gift from… Read more »

Titans football gains momentum

Titans football gains momentum

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell Titans got their 2012 season off to a rocky start by losing four of their first five games. After a 45-24 win on Sept. 28 over Lake… Read more »

Find a mix of past and present  at Brightstar Drive-In Grill

Find a mix of past and present at Brightstar Drive-In Grill

Walking in the door is like exhaling. The green and white checkered floor, the roomy booths and the paper plates holding huge amounts of comfort food make it feel like… Read more »

Health: When should you get a mammogram?

Health: When should you get a mammogram?

by Cliff Mehrtens A key to first-time mammograms is having it done at the right age. Guidelines published by the American Cancer Society recommend women have their first mammogram – an… Read more »

Long Creek woman designs piece for quilt trail

Long Creek woman designs piece for quilt trail

by Courtney Price Marsha McElroy, of the Long Creek area, recently had one of her quilt designs transformed into a pattern for the McDowell Quilt Trail. Mike and Jill Lucas,… Read more »

Guide showcases region’s 32 best trails

Guide showcases region’s 32 best trails

Joshua Kinser has written “Five-Star Trails: Charlotte,” a pocket-sized guide packed with hiking recommendations for 32 of the region’s best trails. The guide includes maps, directions, GPS coordinates, elevation profiles… Read more »

Go fetch: Can your dog do this?

Go fetch: Can your dog do this?

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SPLAT! cakes looks to make splash with coffee

SPLAT! cakes looks to make splash with coffee

MOUNT HOLLY – There’s something to be said for opening a coffee shop in an area that’s never had a successful coffee shop. For Monica Nunn, it’s an opportunity, not… Read more »

Homemade fare  a City Café specialty

Homemade fare a City Café specialty

by Molly Reitter MOUNT HOLLY – City Café is positively cavernous. The quaint outside belies the cathedral ceilings with exposed wooden beams across the expanse of the restaurant. Lights hang… Read more »

Runner dedicated to making life better for homeless

Runner dedicated to making life better for homeless

by Kathy Blake CHARLOTTE – The idea was conceived at a “Lunch and Learn” meeting at downtown Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center in 2008. Meredith Dolhare, a local runner and accomplished… Read more »

Titans fall short of first-round playoff glory

Titans fall short of first-round playoff glory

by Aaron Burns HUNTERSVILLE – Close games were the difference for Hopewell High’s football team in the 2012 season. The Titans had tight games against East Lincoln, Ardrey Kell, Mooresville, Vance,… Read more »

Paranormal team delves into the unexplained

Paranormal team delves into the unexplained

by Lauren Odomirok CHARLOTTE – Tim Bordner’s close encounters with the otherworldly were well underway by the time he was 18 years old. “When I’d just graduated high school, before… Read more »

Black’s Bluewater: Where seafood meets the country

Black’s Bluewater: Where seafood meets the country

by Molly Reitter The restaurant is one part down home country kitchen with sea green linoleum floors and blue checkered tablecloths and one part kitschy seafood joint with huge lobster… Read more »

February events calendar

February events calendar

Feb. 16-17: WAR REENACTMENT Feb. 6 • MARINE COMMISSION: The Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission holds public meetings monthly to discuss issues related to the lake, usually on the first… Read more »

Firebirds: Upscale chain shines with small touches

Firebirds: Upscale chain shines with small touches

by Molly Reitter dining@lakenormanpublications.com CHARLOTTE – Executive Chef Steve Sturm holds a beef tenderloin in his gloved hands. It is oblong and cherry red in color. Sturm is explaining how… Read more »

Area teams hope youth serves them well

Area teams hope youth serves them well

by Aaron Burns sports@mimonitor.com HUNTERSVILLE – One word was all Hopewell High baseball coach Chet Greeson needed to describe the key element to his team’s 2013 season. “Consistency,” he said. It’s… Read more »

Duke Energy looks to demolish Riverbend Steam Station

Duke Energy looks to demolish Riverbend Steam Station

MOUNT HOLLY – Duke Energy will begin demolishing parts of the Riverbend Steam Station this fall as part of the company’s fleet modernization efforts. The company retired the four coal-fired… Read more »

Old Stone: A succulent steakhouse in Belmont

Old Stone: A succulent steakhouse in Belmont

By Molly Reitter dining@lakenormanpublications.com BELMONT – Matt Matinata was supposed to be a lawyer. He had only been practicing law for a year and a half when his father passed… Read more »

CoulOak Storm plays in Cooperstown

CoulOak Storm plays in Cooperstown

CHARLOTTE – The 12U CoulOak Storm got to live out their dreams by playing in Cooperstown, N.Y. The team of 11 players, along with coaches Jeff Bright, Greg Cox, Eric… Read more »

Youth get first lake experience

Youth get first lake experience

By Carrie C. Causey news@mimonitor.com MOUNTAIN ISLAND – A Lake Norman tradition expanded to include Mountain Island Lake so youth have more opportunities to enjoy boating and swimming. Big Day… Read more »

N.C. Rep. Jeter to hold town hall meeting

N.C. Rep. Jeter to hold town hall meeting

CHARLOTTE – N.C. House District 92 representative Charles Jeter will host a town hall meeting Aug. 27 at the Mountain Island Lake Library. Jeter will provide citizens with updates on… Read more »

Newton: Inspire youth to change

Newton: Inspire youth to change

By Sarah Obeid sports@mimonitor.com CORNELIUS – More than 20 teams from the Carolinas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. participated in the second annual Cam Newton Foundation 7-on-7 Football Tournament on June… Read more »

Captain’s Cap anchored by fish camp-style menu

Captain’s Cap anchored by fish camp-style menu

By Molly Reitter dining@lakenormanpublications.com BELMONT – Spero Stathopoulos came over from Athens, Greece at 17 years old in 1971 with his parents due to a military coup. He began working… Read more »

10U All-Stars finish 2-2 in tourney

10U All-Stars finish 2-2 in tourney

MOUNT HOLLY – The Mount Holly 10U All-Stars played in the Dixie Youth State Championship last month in Eden. With only two weeks to raise the money, many local businesses… Read more »

Gaston College receives STEM scholarship funding

Gaston College receives STEM scholarship funding

DALLAS – Gaston College has been awarded more than $600,000 from the National Science Foundation for scholarships and supplemental services, beginning in the fall 2014 semester. Scholarships, up to $5,600… Read more »

Whitewater Center offers dining, music and exercise

Whitewater Center offers dining, music and exercise

By Madison Siegfried AandE@mimonitor.com CHARLOTTE – If your go-to restaurant or squishy armchair is not doing the trick, nothing decompresses bottled-up tension quite like a tried-and-true dose of fresh air,… Read more »

Author exposes domestic violence

Author exposes domestic violence

CHARLOTTE – Deborah J. Monroe, a resident of Greenville, will sign copies of her book, “Hurt No More,” at 5 p.m. Aug. 9 at 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. In… Read more »

Author explores personal freedom

Author explores personal freedom

STANLEY – Author Dana Gasperson announces the nationwide release of the new book, “Restored, Second Edition,” where she explores the concept of personal freedom. Gasperson shares how she began the… Read more »

Organizers planning art, music festival

Organizers planning art, music festival

By Jasmine Madjlessi AandE@mimonitor.com MOUNT HOLLY – The seventh annual Mount Holly Art and Music Festival is coming up. Sept. 26 and 27 marks a celebration of art, music, alcohol… Read more »

Politicians point fingers about coal ash policy

Politicians point fingers about coal ash policy

By Carrie C. Causey news@mimonitor.com CORNELIUS – A Greenpeace and Charlotte Environmental Action message to N.C. Speaker of the House and Congressional candidate Thom Tills fell on deaf ears in… Read more »