Judge Denies Temporary Halt To I-77 Project

Mar 6, 2015

Superior Court Judge Osmand Smith III on Thursday denied a request by the anti-toll group Widen I-77 to delay the NCDOT’s I-77 widening project north of Charlotte.

The decision came after a day-long  hearing Tuesday at state Superior Court in Alamance County.

The ruling means the project can go forward while the court hears the anti- toll group’s request for a permanent halt .

In a statement on its website the group said it was disappointed, but would push for the permanent injunction.

David Boraks


MOORESVILLEPine Lake Prep is preparing to expand again, by adding a new $4.5 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building and auditorium next to its NC 115 campus, and by developing athletic fields at an off-campus site it plans to buy next month.

To pay for the projects, Pine Lake has quietly begun a $1.78 million fund drive, its second capital campaign since opening in 2006.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office has dropped assault charges against former Davidson College football quarterback JP Douglas, saying it cannot prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt and that he may have acted in self defense. Douglas was charged with stabbing another student in an altercation early Oct. 19 at his on-campus apartment in Jamieson Hall.

AC Milan Trains Secretly At Davidson College

Aug 5, 2014
David Boraks / DavidsonNews.net

Alumni Stadium at Davidson College has been alive with activity over the past few days, but surrounded by security guards shooing away passersby. That’s because players from Italy’s AC Milan – including striker Mario Balotelli and other stars – used the field Sunday through Tuesday for daily workouts while on a pre-season US tour.

Milan’s training sessions were closed to all but a handful of invited guests, including players and coaches from the Davidson men’s and women’s soccer teams.



Davidson College’s long-rumored solar farm drew another step closer this week, when Cornelius-based solar firm O2 Energies filed an application with state regulators for a $10 million solar panel array off Grey Road.

Marine Commission Backs Ramsey Creek Swimming Beach

Jun 11, 2014
David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net

Lake Norman Marine Commissioners on Monday unanimously endorsed to Mecklenburg County’s plans to construct a public swimming beach at Ramsey Creek Park. County officials at the meeting said the project still needs state and federal approval, but that it’s on track for summer 2016 opening – if not sooner.

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A new piece of public art is generating curiosity and conversation in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson. The metal sculpture “Homeless Jesus” by Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz depicts a Jesus in rags sleeping on a park bench in front of the brick sanctuary.

Lincoln Commissioners Reject Solar Farm

Dec 17, 2013

Lincoln County Commissioners on Monday rejected a proposed solar farm on 36 acres near Lake Norman in a vote that followed months of opposition from nearby homeowners who argued it would devalue their property. Commissioners voted 3-1 against Strata Solar’s plans for the site near the upscale SailView neighborhood.


A recount at the Mecklenburg Board of Elections Thursday confirmed that Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain was re-elected on Nov. 5, defeating challenger and former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett by a slightly wider margin than shown in election night results.

In the final official tally, Swain had 2,475 to Puckett’s 2,443 – a difference of 32 votes.

Puckett had requested a recount after the unofficial results on Nov. 5 show him losing by just 26 votes – 2,467 to 2,441.

Lake Norman Solar Farm Faces Opposition At Hearing

Sep 9, 2013
Strata Solar

DENVER – A Chapel Hill company’s plan to build a 36-acre “solar farm” in eastern Lincoln County will be up for a public hearing Monday night at the Lincoln County Commission. Some neighbors of a nearby waterfront neighborhood don’t like the idea, and say they’ll be there to speak out against the plan.

Strata Solar LLC has applied for a conditional-use permit to build an array of 26,000 eight-foot tall solar panels on either side of Webbs Road, near Burton Lane in Denver.