Lake Norman

Duke Energy

Duke Energy has asked a federal appeals court in Washington, DC, to review its request for a longer license to manage about 300 miles of the Catawba River in North and South Carolina.

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Mecklenburg County will offer a free shuttle bus to the new Ramsey Creek beach on Lake Norman beginning Saturday, to ease parking and traffic congestion.

Authorities are investigating another drowning on Lake Norman. Cornelius police say 27-year-old Shakira Varner of Charlotte died Sunday after she fell off a private dock.

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Mecklenburg County hasn’t had a public beach in about 40 years. So when the new beach at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius opened two weeks ago, there was a lot of pent up demand.

So many people showed up Memorial Day weekend that traffic jammed nearby streets and hundreds were turned away.  Neighbors complained.  So county park officials will meet with neighbors Thursday to talk about how they're responding. 

Ashley Burgin Propst

The Iredell County Sheriff's office is investigating why a rescue diver died and two others were hurt as they searched for a drowning victim on Lake Norman Monday. 

The three divers were searching in deep murky water Monday afternoon when they had an unspecified "emergency." Two of the divers swam to shore and were hospitalized. But 28-year-old Bradley Long did not resurface.

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Updated Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The first public beach on the Mecklenburg County side of Lake Norman is on schedule to open this weekend, just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.  That's after state and county officials reached a compromise to use local police for temporary traffic control near the park.

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

  A new beach is scheduled to open around Memorial Day on Lake Norman in Cornelius. It will be the first public swimming beach in a Mecklenburg County park in about 40 years, and it may not be the last.

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  More than 150 people showed up at a hearing in Hickory Tuesday night to express concern about the 30 million tons of coal ash stored at Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station, on Lake Norman. Thirty-two speakers quoted biblical passages, read poetry and urged state regulators to require Duke to transfer the ash to new, lined landfills, away from the lake.    

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.

Police to visit neighborhood where woman disappeared

Jun 15, 2014

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.