St. Patrick’s parade will brighten town streets

MOORESVILLE – On March 9, Main Street from Iredell Avenue to Institute Street will be blocked off from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in honor of the town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Sanitation department to apply for recycling grant

MOORESVILLE – The town’s sanitation department will apply for the 2013 Community Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant.

The grant provides money for projects that facilitate away-from-home recycling efforts. The sanitation department plans to buy 35 dual recycling / trash cans for the parks and downtown streets for $70,875.

The grant offers an 80/20 match deal for the recycling portion of the cans only. The grant will cover 80 percent of the recycling half, or $28,350, while the town’s 20 percent share will be $7,087. 

 Private companies can sponsor town amenities, teams

MOORESVILLE – The town’s cultural and recreation services department created a “sponorship packet” in the hopes of soliciting private companies to host and sponsor more functions at the town’s parks and gathering places.

The packet explains the town’s transition from a textile hub into Race City USA.

“This will make sponsorship appealing to outside businesses and organizations by giving them a sense of ownership in the towns amenities and facilities,” Daniel Stines of the cultural and recreation services department said.

The packet provides an overview of the town’s amenities including Talbert Recreation Center and the Selma Burke Community Center.

It also invites companies to sponsor area parks or place their logos on youth sport uniforms or dugout signs.

Tournament sponsorships are available, allowing a company’s name and contact details to be added to packets distributed to visitors who attend tournaments held in Mooresville.

Businesses can also sponsor seasonal outings for locals like Movies in the Park of Easter Eggstravaganza.

Details: If interested, call 704-663-7026 or email


Iredell County Cooperative Extension selling hens, roosters

MOORESVILLE – The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Iredell County has brown hens for sale.

The hens lay brown eggs and have been vaccinated for newcastle, bronchitis, fowl pox, and Marek’s disease.

They’re 18 weeks old and will begin to lay eggs shortly after their delivery. They come from Snider Poultry Company in Staley, and those interested can pick them up at West Rowan Farm, Home and Garden, 11575 N.C. Hwy 801, Mt. Ulta, for $6.75 each.

There will also be a limited number of roosters available at the same price.

The cooperative extension can take orders for hens and roosters and pass them along to the supplier. If interested, call 704-873-0507 before March 22. The delivery date for ordered hens and roosters is March 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bring your own crates for transport.

Details: Kathy Bunton at 704-878-3154 or


Town council to partner with UNCC in disability study

MOORESVILLE – The Mayor’s Council for Individuals with Disabilities will partner with a graduate-level public administration class at University of North Carolina Charlotte to create an accessible and welcoming environment for all residents.

Lisa Hammond, risk manager and staff liaison for the council, said the partnership is based on a senior capstone project the students must complete before graduation.

“The students will do research and give us some recommendations for improvements,” she said.

The partnership is “not just about policies or building accessibility but based on a broader picture” including health care and infrastructure needs, public awareness and education and expanding cultural and recreation opportunities as well as workforce development, according to Hammond.

Town’s sewers to receive some updates

MOORESVILLE – The town’s 2013 Sewer Improvement Project is well underway. Commissioners voted unanimously at their Feb. 18 meeting to award a construction contract to Layne Inliner for $326,000 to re-line roughly 4,600 feet of underground, clay and concrete sewer pathways.

“This will mean guys coming in and doing the relining work we’ve asked them to do,” Ryan Rase, deputy town manager, said.

The project will also consist of performing a closed circuit TV inspection of an additional 2,688 feet of gravity sewer and should be completed by June 14.

Hospital auxiliary offers scholarships to seniors

MOORESVILLE – Lake Norman Regional Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary is taking applications for scholarships to be awarded to graduating high school seniors in the hospital’s service area.

The scholarships are intended to encourage the study of and participation in medical and health-related professions. They will be awarded to students who excel in academics, are in need of financial aid, or are a junior volunteer who demonstrates outstanding participation in the program.

Applications are available through local high school guidance counselors or at the hospital’s visitor’s desk.

Students pursuing a degree or certification program in the medical field must apply by April 15.

Students must provide documentation of acceptance into an accredited healthcare education program.


Happy Hatters visit church shut-ins

MOORESVILLE – The Happy Hatters delivered candy and roses on Valentine’s Day to shut-in members of Vanderburg United Methodist Church.

Such sweet gestures aren’t reserved for holidays. The chapter of the Red Hats Society visits nursing homes every two or three months, according to Queen Virginia Brown.

“We’re an organization that allows women to get together to have fun and associate with other people,” Brown said. “We like to get together, go places and help the shut-ins.”

The group has 11 members, including Sandy Bainbridge, Brenda Byrd, Dorothy Ealy, Peggy Garwood, Joan Harwell, Marie Hedrick, Christine Osborne, Barbara Riter, Jackie Schronce, Sue Taylor.


Vow to stop bullying, get ice cream

MOORESVILLE – Cool Learning and Recovery Program has teamed with the Mooresville Ice Cream Parlor against bullying.

Pledge your commitment to help spread awareness of bullying and cyber bullying Feb. 22 at the parlor, 186 N. Broad St. Those who sign the petition get free ice cream.

Details: 704-664-5456.


Road expert endorses managed lanes

CORNELIUS – The need for managed lanes on highways stems from vehicles becoming more fuel-efficient and drivers paying less for roads, according to David Ungemah.

He serves as national managed lanes director for Parson Brinckerhoff. Ungemah addressed the Lake Norman Transportation Commission on Feb. 13 at Cornelius Town Hall.

Lake Norman could see manage lanes – in the form of high-occuprancy toll lanes or HOT lanes – along Interstate 77. Some residents would rather see lanes added without any tolls. 

While managed and general-purpose lanes will perform nearly the same upon in the short-term, in the case of general purpose roads, congestion tends to return back to where it was before the roads were widened, he said.

“There is no mechanism to insure reliability or travel time,” Ungemah said.

The LNTC will convene March 13. Members haven’t set a location. They will discuss public-private partnerships in charge of the I-77 project.


Fire & Life Safety Bowl needs volunteers

STATESVILLE – The Iredell County Fire Marshal's Office needs volunteers for the 19th annual Iredell County Fire & Life Safety Bowl.

The event starts at 8 a.m. March 1 at Mitchell Community College, 701 W. Front St., Statesville.

Details: Misty Sherrill, 704-878-3035 or


Women’s social benefits veterans nonprofit

HUNTERSVILLE – The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club hosts a Viva Las Vegas-themed fundraiser to benefit Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit that helps fix up veterans homes.

The event, which features casino games, appetizers and entertainment, takes place 7-11 p.m. March 9 at Northstone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Drive.

Tickets cost $75 for singles and $125 for couples.

Details: Janice Caesar, 704-948-9435


Series explores future of Presbyterian Church USA

DAVIDSON – Davidson College Presbyterian Church will discuss the challenges facing the Presbyterian Church USA in “The Church in Transition: The PCUSA Faces the Future.”??

The series is as follows:

• March 3 – Richard Boyce, associate pastor of preaching and pastoral leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, speaks on the divide between the liberal and conservative wings.??

• March 10 – Susan Andrews, former moderator of the PCUSA, speaks on leadership and women’s issues.??

• March 17—Carmen Fowler, editor of the Presbyterian Layman, speaks on the conservative perspective.??

• March 24—Tom Currie, dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, wraps up the series and looks toward the future.

The free programs begin at 9:45 a.m. in the church’s congregation house, 102 N. Main St., Davidson.


Online payment system for tickets saves money

STATESVILLE – Drivers who receive traffic citations in North Carolina are saving time by paying citation fees and related costs online at rather than going to the courthouse to pay.

The system accepts payments for traffic and other offenses that will not be contested in court. People can pay with credit and debit cards. ??

“In 2012, over 8,000 tickets were paid online in Iredell County saving the public time and the court system much needed financial resources,” said Iredell County Clerk of Superior Court Jim Mixson. “Traffic citations create one of the highest volume work areas for the courts in Iredell County and having a system to specifically address that workload makes great sense for all parties involved.”

The judicial branch's N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts built the payNCticket system.

The program saved courthouse staff more than 7,600 hours by eliminating the need to manually take receipts. In 2012, more than 123,000 waived offenses across the state were processed via the online system.



Burnette wins award for scoutmaster services

STATESVILLE – Raymond Burnette won the District Award of Merit for his work leading the Gemstone district of Boy Scouts of America Feb. 8. He received the award, the highest the district can bestow, at the district’s annual adult leader recognition banquet.

Burnette has been an assistant scoutmaster for 10 years with Troop 607, which is sponsored by Concord Presbyterian Church in Loray. He also served as assistant cubmaster for five years with Cub Scout Pack 607.

Moreover, he’s been an adult advisor to the Gemstone Order of the Arrow chapter for the past five years and currently works as a unit commissioner, district committee member, and staff member for the Boy Scouts. 

Various adult volunteer leaders were also recognized and honored for their efforts and achievements in providing quality programming for the Boy Scouts of Iredell County.