Lake Norman

Charlotte Observer
12:36 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Lake Norman Hotel Plans Should Be Rejected, Board Votes

The Mooresville Planning Board on Thursday night recommended that town commissioners reject a development on Alcove Road that would include a four-story, 108-room hotel.

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Sunday Headlines
10:35 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Police to visit neighborhood where woman disappeared

Mecklenburg Police are continuing their investigation into the disappearance last week of Bianca Richardson Tanner of Charlotte. On Sunday, members of the department’s Homicide and Missing Persons Unit planned to knock on doors in the 1000 block of Druid Circle, off Stateville Avenue, where she was last seen a week ago. Detectives had planned a 2 p.m. meeting at the intersection of Double Oaks Road and Newland Road, across from the Double Oaks Pool.  A $5,000 reward is being offered in the case.

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5:02 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Marine Commission Backs Ramsey Creek Swimming Beach

Design consultant Jeffrey Smith of Bulla Smith Design Engineering points out the location of a swimming beach that Mecklenburg County plans at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius. He spoke at Monday’s Lake Norman Marine Commission meeting at Charles Mack Citizens Center.
Credit David Boraks/

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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Local News
10:21 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Lake Norman Has Its Own Monster Myth

Normie has inspired T-shirts, boat tours, and his own children's book.

You’ve heard of the Loch Ness monster, but did you know that Lake Norman has its very own mythological monster? And his name is Normie.

Earlier this month, filmmakers of the History channel show, MonsterQuest, visited Lake Norman to check out the myth for a new series called Boogeymen. Matt Myers has been tracking fishing tales and monster sightings for much longer. He runs the website, and he joined WFAE’s Ben Bradford to discuss Normie.

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5:11 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

'Solace' For Afghani Kids In Lake Norman

Twelve-year-old Menhajuldin (Menhaj) Shadab will take back photos of his time in Lake Norman, North Carolina to Kabul, Afghanistan.
Tasnim Shamma

This week, about 20 kids from Afghanistan are flying back home after spending six weeks in the Lake Norman area. They were here to get medical treatment they otherwise would not have received. Some have sustained war wounds from roadside bombs and others suffer from chronic illness. While here, the kids stay with host families.

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4:37 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Public Swimming At Ramsay Creek May Not Start In '14

Here’s an update on a story we brought you a couple of weeks ago, about plans for a public swimming beach on Lake Norman, at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius. It now appears that the new beach may not be open in Summer 2014, as originally reported.

Commissioner Karen Bentley said Tuesday that Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation officials have told her it could be 2016 before a swimming area is open at Ramsey Creek Park, though she says even that is a “fluid date. ”

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Sunday Headlines
10:48 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Coming in 2014: Public swimming at a county park on Lake Norman

This sign could be gone a year from now after Mecklenburg County builds a new swimming beach at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius.

After a longtime ban, public swimming will return to a Mecklenburg County park on Lake Norman next year. Our news partner reports that a new public swimming area at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius could open as early as a year from now, in Summer 2014. 

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Asian Festival
1:04 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Slideshow: Charlotte Asian Dragon Boat Festival

A dragon boat is a canoe-like craft made from wood and fiberglass that is colorfully painted and decorated with a dragon's head on the front and a tail on the back.
Tasnim Shamma

 Thirty-seven teams competed for the top spot at the eighth annual dragon boat festival in Cornelius on Saturday. The teams consisted of up to 20 people and included three rounds of 200-meter races.  Wells Fargo Aquabeasts (Team I) took home the top prize. 

    See the full results here

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Local News
12:21 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Lake Norman Fishing Guide Weighs In On PCB Advisory

A striped bass.
Credit nilsrinaldi, Flickr

If you fish on Lake Norman, you may have heard about a new warning this week from state and county health officials. They advise most people not to eat striped bass from the lake more than once a week, and for pregnant women and children to avoid the fish altogether. It’s because they’ve detected PCB’s in the fish. These chemicals, once common industrial lubricants, were banned in 1979 because they were found to cause birth defects and to be a likely cause of cancer. PCB’s have been a problem in other bodies of water for years, but this is the first warning about them in Lake Norman. So we called Captain Gus Gustafson. He’s been taking people fishing on Lake Norman for more than 20 years.

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Local News
1:02 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Davidson College Project Seeks History From Under Lake Norman

Front page of The Mecklenburg Gazette on Oct. 1, 1959.

The top headline in the October 1st, 1959, Mecklenburg Gazette proclaims “Great Economic Progress is Seen.” A few days earlier, Gov. Luther Hodges visited the Catawba River to set off the first dynamite blast for construction of the Cowan’s Ford Dam – the site of a Revolutionary War battle.

The writer of the story called it the “beginning of a new era in the history of the Catawba River Valley.”

No kidding.

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