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Map shows unincorporated areas in Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are close to resolving who will provide police coverage in the county's unincorporated areas. Police departments in three towns would take over part of the job, while the county is negotiating a contract with CMPD for the rest. 

  The Cornelius Board of Commissioners has joined Huntersville in opposing the nearly $1 billion bond package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Cornelius board voted 4- 1 Monday night to oppose the bond.

A majority of commissioners say the bond does not provide sufficient new schools to accommodate growth in North Mecklenburg.

A few years before the Huntersville eye cancer cases started to pop up, on the other side of the country in Colorado, 34-year-old Gregg Stracks was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. His wife, Sara Selig, was in medical school at the University of Colorado.

Alex Olgin / WFAE News

There’s a lot of anxiety in Huntersville over eye cancer. Concerns have risen as 20 cases of ocular melanoma have been diagnosed since 2008 in patients with some connection to the area. Whether that qualifies as a cancer cluster is subject to debate, but the number is perplexing since it’s a rare form of cancer. 

Alexandra Olgin / WFAE

An ophthalmologist looking into eye cancer cases in northern Mecklenburg County says he has identified nearly two dozen people with the disease. That’s nearly double the cases identified in April.   

An ambulance leaves North Meck Rescue on one its final calls. The squad closes its doors Friday, June 30.
David Boraks / WFAE

An ambulance pulled out of North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad’s Huntersville headquarters on NC 115, siren wailing. It was one of the squad's final calls before the end of an era, as the squad prepared to close its doors Friday after 58 years.

The Target store on Sam Furr Road in Huntersville was evacuated Monday after a fire broke out in the store.   It happened around 5 p.m.. Three customers and a store employee were treated for smoke inhalation.  No one was seriously hurt.

Map shows unincorporated areas in Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County commissioners have voted to terminate a contract with the City of Charlotte for police coverage in the county's unincorporated areas. They hope Tuesday night’s unanimous vote will persuade the city to let Huntersville and other towns police areas outside their town limits.

The longtime town manager in Huntersville resigned unexpectedly Monday night. Greg Ferguson had been Huntersville's manager for 10 years, and a town employee since 2000.  

Ferguson's resignation came after a specially-called closed session of the Huntersville Town Board.  No reason was given for his departure, which was effective immediately.

Wayne Parker, former headmaster of SouthLake Christian Academy in Huntersville, walks into the Charles R. Jonas Federal Courthouse on July 28, 2016.
David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

The former headmaster of Southlake Christian School in Huntersville was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after admitting to stealing millions of dollars from the school and its affiliated church. Wayne C. Parker, 57, of Mooresville, was accused of spending the money on homes, vehicles, travel and other personal expenses.

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