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For whom I-77 tolls: Summit planned in next 10 days

UPDATED 6:40 PM Nov. 9. NC Rep. Charles Jeter will convene an I-77 summit within the next 10 business days to hash out ways to fix the controversial toll plan. The divisive issue led to resounding defeats on Election Day for officials like Mayor Jill Swain and Commissioner Sarah McAulay in Huntersville. Jeter said that “in direct […]


Leadership in I-77 opinion battle coming from citizens, companies

“You know, I would actually love to have Jim back. I personally think his contribution to avoiding the tolls could have been similar to the impact he had on Reval. We desperately needed the famous ‘Jim touch’ at NCDOT/CRTPO in recent months/years.” —Corenlius Commissoner Dave Gilroy on former colleague Jim Bensman  Former Town Commissioner Jim […]

Mike Russell is new COO at MadVapes

Mike Russell, the chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, has left Energy United and is now chief operating officer of MadVapes, a $40 million-plus company that was started in Huntersville in 2009. MadVape’s electronic cigarettes help people stop smoking. Mark Hoogendoorn is the founder. The fast-growing company essentially sells liquid nicotine online and […]


Lake Norman Chamber Business Expo is June 4

The Lake Norman Chamber’s Business Expo will be held 11 am- 5 pm June 4 in the Davidson College Baker Sports Complex. Admission is free. Some 180 exhibitors and civic clubs are expected. “We encourage residents, students, employers, managers, employees and retirees to see what kind of products and services businesses offer here at the lake,” said Chamber CEO […]


Opposition to I-77 tolls continues to gain traction. Mooresville Town Board meets tonight

UPDATE. May 18. The Mooresville Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting tonight to consider asking the state to delay the financial closing on planned Interstate 77 toll lanes. Mayor Miles Atkins said there are “too many questions” around the $655 million project. “The state should hold off on its financial closing” with Cintra, the […]