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In response to drownings, the Joshua Murray boating safety center will open in May

March 18. The Joshua Murray Boating, Safety, Education and Awareness Center is expected to open at Blythe Landing in May with water safety education programs for the public. It will also be a training center prototype for water safety experts statewide. “This space, inspired by our community, aims to educate and empower new and novice […]

Lake Norman water level Oct. 2023

Lake levels: Low, low your boat

Oct. 17. By Dave Yochum. With Lake Norman down more than two-and-a-half feet below target levels, it’s best to be extra-careful out on the lake right now. “You need to be very cautious and some people may have issues getting their boat off the lift depending on depth at their slip,” says Jeff Junker, owner […]

Drowning victim identified

July 17. NC Wildlife has released the identity of the 49-year-old man who drowned late yesterday afternoon near The Sandbar in Lake Norman. Anthony Barnes fell off the back of a personal watercraft, according to NC Wildlife. A spokesperson said he was on the back of the PWC moving from The Sandbar to his own […]

The Diane Shores docks are the staging area

Fire Dept. confirms drowning; recovery under-way

July 16. [Updated] Police, fire and NC Wildlife personnel are on the scene of a drowning in the waters off Bustle and Shearwater near The Sandbar. The recovery operation was underway nearing sunset, a fire official confirmed. The Charlotte Fire Dive Team is on the scene in addition to the Cornelius Lemley Fire Dept. and […]

Drowning victim was 16 years old

July 3. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission says the victim in a drowning accident Saturday was a 16-year-old male from Charlotte who apparently jumped off a sailboat did not resurface. WBTV identified him as Keith Austin, a student at South Mecklenburg High. A GofundMe page has been established to help with funeral expenses. Cornelius Police […]

Letter: Thank you from LKN Marine Commssion

[Letter] June 6. The Lake Norman Marine Commission would like to thank everyone for the response to our lifesaving ring giveaway!  We are distributing the rings to dock-owners around Lake Norman in an effort to prevent drownings—we all know one is too many and drownings from docks are easily preventable. We also want to give […]

Life-ring drive buoyed by Marine Commission

May 23. The Lake Norman Marine Commission (LNMC) is offering free US Coast Guard approved lifesaving rings to owners of docks, piers and boat houses. “It’s a carrot not a stick,” said John Johnson, the LNMC commissioner from Cornelius. The commission, the governing body for Lake Norman and its shoreline area for all matters relating […]


Did you see the C-130 circle ‘Love Where you Lake’ Saturday? Here’s why.

May 15. Cade Redmond, the 14-year-old son of Elise and Douglas Redmond, received the Commissioner’s Award from the NC Department of Insurance during the Love Where You Lake event Saturday at Blythe Landing. Cade is the driving force behind the Devoted Float campaign to place life rings on public docks in Lake Norman. He was […]


Fun and safety: Love Where you Lake event Saturday will launch new policies for rental boats

May 11. In the wake of drownings on Lake Norman last year, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation and Cornelius Lake Patrol are stepping up safety efforts, especially at public boat ramps in Cornelius. The new policies for rental boat companies using the boat ramps at Ramsey Creek and Blythe Landing will be shared at a […]

Changes in location, date for Saturday’s lake safety events

May 4. The venue and time of  the two-part “Love Where you Lake Event” at Blythe Landing Saturday have been changed due to the expected inclement weather —The 9:30am meeting with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation and Cornelius Lake Patrol has been moved from Blythe Landing to Fire Station No. 1 on S. Main. Officials […]