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Indomitable John McCurdy: On a wing and a prayer, plus faith, family, friends

Feb. 8. By Dave Yochum. More than $50,000 has been raised so far as John McCurdy, a resident of the Heritage Green neighborhood, prepares to undertake a new life in the same house he has lived in for 20 years. The immaculate two-story home will have ramps for his high-tech wheelchair, wider doorways and a […]

Melissa Cuff, Santa, back: Natalie Zito, front: Ashley Wolfe-Vega

Moms help LKN families by spreading holiday magic

Oct. 16. With a lot of heart, a little magic, and plenty of merry, three local mothers will help families for the second year through the Merry Magic Project (MMP). Last year’s event helped 10 families with 28 kids. This year’s goal is 15 families. MMP was created by Melissa Cuff and Natalie Zito, both […]

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Boat Hosts needed for Year 19 of Big Day at the Lake

July7. The 19th annual Big Day at the Lake on July 22 still needs Boat Hosts. More than 150 Bigs and Littles are coming and organizers say they are short by about a dozen boats. Big Day at the Lake is all about providing a day of fun for at-risk kids in Big Brothers Big […]

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Cancer fighter Adiba Barney plans fundraiser this fall

July 1. For Cornelius resident Adiba Barney, stage 4 metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is deeply personal. She was diagnosed with MBC in early 2015, at the age of 37, 10 years after her initial stage 1 diagnosis. She has made it her mission in life to raise funds for MBC research, and with that show […]

Ada Jenkins Pantry needs

Amidst plenty for many, those with little have the greatest needs. Ada Jenkins’ Loaves & Fishes is currently in need of the following for their food pantry: -Canned fruit (in its own juice, no sugar added) -Box cereal -Laundry detergent – shaving razors -Feminine hygiene supplies -Deodorant -Zip bags-all sizes -Cat and dog food in 3- […]

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Afghan family of six will start a new life in Cornelius

Aug. 20. By Dave Yochum. Cornelius is rallying behind an Afghan family of six that has been evacuated from Kabul by the US State Dept. They will move into an apartment in Cornelius next week. The family includes an interpreter—a 37-year-old father—who assisted US forces and the CIA. Meredith Romley organized a GoFundMe account for […]


Big Day at the Lake on July 24 needs Boat Hosts

June 23. The 16th annual “Big Day at the Lake” event for at-risk kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters will be held Saturday, July 24 on Lake Norman.  The day is filled with fun activities on the lake thanks to Boat Hosts. Not held last year due to the pandemic—2020 would have been Year 16—nearly […]

Mobile Food Pantry Feb. 23

Feb. 19. Union Bethel AME Zion Church is organizing a free Mobile Food Pantry at Smithville Park on Feb. 23 from 3 pm to 5 pm. The church is asking participants sign up beforehand to help ensure health and safety precautions. Responses will not disqualify anyone from participating. The mobile pantry is a partnership with […]


CARE Center executive director receives inaugural Mayor’s Award for Excellence

Dec. 22. Manny Rosado, the executive director at the Neighborhood C.A.R.E Center in Cornelius, has received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for his commitment to our community in the midst of the pandemic and ensuing financial hardship for many people. The CARE Center was established by Grace Covenant Church in 2016, to help connect people […]


Davidson Community Foundation launches new emergency fund

Dec. 21. With eviction protections expiring at the end of this month, and the ability to pay both current rent plus any back rent owed a heavy lift for many, the Davidson Community Foundation is planning its third round of grants to local non-profits in mid-January. —Without grant funding for January and February, the Ada […]