Posted on 01 January 2013.
Quite a year wasn’t it? With 2012 now in the history books, we take a look back at some of our favorite stories and photos from last year. Enjoy!
December: Christmas in Davidson
The Willing Travelers from Mooresville sang some righteous gospel music at Raeford’s Barber Shop on Friday, Nov. 30, during Christmas in Davidson. About 25,000 people attended during the three nights this year. Click to see an archive of our Christmas in Davidson coverage. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
November: Gas line construction begins
In November, workers cleared trees off N.C. 73 near Summer’s Walk and the trailer park to make way for a new natural gas pipeline. Click to read more. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
November: Credit cards at the Soda Shop!
Sign outside The Soda Shop advertises a big policy change: They now take credit cards. Click to read our November 29 story. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
November: Quakers open new meeting house on South St.
In early November, the Davidson Friends Meeting achieved the dream of its own meeting house. Here’s the meeting room at the new meeting house in a former home on South Street, next to Davidson Elementary School. Click to read more. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
October: Main Street gets a market-themed mural
Artist David Merck painted a Davidson Farmer’s Market mural outside Summit Coffee this summer. Click to read more. The mural actually required a new town ordinance, since the town had no rules governing murals previously. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
September: ‘Book Garden’ grows next to the library
Artist Lydia Musco installs one of her book-inspired sculptures at the town’s new Book Garden on Main Street in September. The project was the town’s second public art piece downtown. Click to read more. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
August: Temple Kol Tikvah buys Calvary Church
This year, the two local Jewish congregations merged to form Temple Kol Tikvah, whose name means “voice of hope.” In August, the congregation announced it was buying Calvary Presbyterian Church, on South Street, next to Davidson Elementary. Click to read. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
August: Demolition makes way for Mooney’s Corner
Employees from JJ Wade Associates and Town Hall watched from the Town Hall parking lot as the old building at 212 S. Main St. came down to make way for a new building called Mooney’s Corner. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
The South Main Street streetscape is changing as we enter the new year. Mooney’s Corner is going up (left) next to Town Hall. The new four-story, $2.7 million building will house insurance firm J.J. Wade and Associates. This photo taken in early December. Click for stories. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
July: Finishing touches on Davidson College store
Workers installed a sign for the new Davidson College store on N. Main St. at the end of July. The store opened in the former BB&T bank building in August. Click to read. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
July: Double rainbow over Davidson-Concord Rd.
After big storms July 14, a double-rainbow appeared off Davidson-Concord Road. (photo)
June: MSC Industrial announces 400-employee HQ off Exit 30
MSC Industrial Direct’s new 400-employee headquarters off I-77 Exit 30 is expected to spur additional development in the area. The building is going up quickly, as seen in this November photo. The town is developing a new small area plan to guide future growth around Exit 30. Click for our MSC story archive. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
June: W.A. Hough High graduates its first class
In June, more than 400 members of the Class of 2012 became the first graduates of William Amos Hough High School, on Bailey Road. In a ceremony at UNC Charlotte’s Halton Arena, they sang and celebrated, accepted awards and diplomas, and thanked the teachers, parents and friends. Senior class president Ben Craig was among the speakers. Click to read our coverage of the ceremony. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
May: Hough girls win N.C., ESPN crowns Huskies No. 1 in US
A rainbow appeared over Hough High stadium at halftime of the Hough vs. South Meck girls’ soccer playoff game in May. There was something magical about this team. Hough won that game, 4-0, and went on to capture the state title. Then ESPN picked the Huskies as the best in the country (see below). (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
The W.A. Hough High women’s soccer team posed for a picture in June at Town Hall after ESPN named the state championship team as the No. 1 high school woman’s soccer team in the nation. Click to read. (Christina Ritchie Rogers / CorneliusNews.net)
May: CHS announces mental health hospital off NC 73
In July, Carolinas HealthCare System presented new drawings of what a proposed mental health hospital off NC 73 will look like. The hospital was announced in May, on the former Davidson East site. Opponents spent the summer fighting the hospital plan, but by year’s end, they had not filed a promised lawsuit. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013. Click to see an archive of our coverage.
April: New town history ‘One Town, Many Voices’ debuts
http://davidsonnews.net/blog/tag/carolinas-healthcare-system/Ralph Levering and Jan Blodgett offer a wider-than-ever view of town’s history in “One Town, Many Voices,” which was published by the Davidson Historical Society in April. Click to read more. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
April … is for arts
Ben Orroth tries his hand at a pottery wheel with the aid of Davidson potter Melissa Reddick (left) during the April Is for Arts Gallery Crawl on Main Street Davidson in April. Click for more. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
March: Revaluation troubles
Jim Bensman, John Hettwer and Susan Medlin, all of Cornelius, were among the speakers at a March Mecklenburg County Commission meeting focusing on problems with the county’s 2011 revaluation. By year’s end, the commission had hired a consultant, conducted a preliminary review and agreed to revisit some valuations. But commissioners stopped short of calling for a full re-do. Click the image to read our report.
March: Passing of a neighbor puts the spotlight on suicide
A tragedy turned the community’s attention to the issue of teen suicide. After W.A. Hough High School student Jocelyn Desmond of Davidson died March 15, Her parents Alan and Jaletta Desmond reflected on her loss in letters read at her funeral, and shared with DavidsonNews.net in April. ”This is a tragedy, and there is no way to make sense of it. Jocelyn struggled to find peace, and I believe she finally found it,” her father said. Her mother, a columnist for DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net, has written about Jocelyn’s death, grieving and suicide, sharing her story in an effort to help our community grow. (Christina Ritchie Rogers/DavidsonNews.net)
February: Light snow, but we found a snowman
This snowman appeared on a car roof in the Hobbs Hill neighborhood, off Armour Street, after a minor snowstorm in Feb. 20. Click to read more. (Jay Wilson/DavidsonNews.net)
January: Davidson IB site gets new life as Christian school
Lake Norman Christian Principal Sarah Beam worked at her desk in January in the school’s new home in the former Davidson IB Middle School on South Street. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools chose the Christian school as a tenant after the IB program moved. Classes began there in January. (Christina Ritchie Rogers / DavidsonNews.net)
Transportation news in 2012
The proposed Red Line would be a commuter train. (CATS photo)
When it came to transportation, it was a year for planning. Three major projects stand out: the new interchange at I-77 Exit 28, where work could begin late this year; toll lanes for I-77; and the Red Line Regional Rail Project, which has stalled while Norfolk Southern Corp. studies the feasibility of running freight and commuter traffic on its tracks.
DOT planners continued working on plans for high-occupancy toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte. Tolls have been proposed as a way to help pay for widening the highway as many as 20 years earlier than currently envisioned under the state’s long-term transportation project list. Drivers would be able to pay a toll to use express lanes to and from Charlotte. The first phase of the project could begin in 2013. But opponents have emerged to fight the toll plan. They say the area deserves to have the highway widened using state funds now.
The “diverging diamond interchange” will send traffic crossing over to the opposite side of the bridge to improve safety and traffic flow over, onto and off I-77. (Ratio Architects rendering)d
Meanwhile, another project could get off the drawing board and into construction this coming year. The state Department of Transportation will rebuild the Exit 28 interchange off I-77, into what’s called a Diverging Diamond Interchange. In this new way of organizing highway exits, traffic over the highway would cross over to the opposite side to keep traffic flowing more smoothly on and off the interstate. The interchange also will get a $1 million aesthetic makeover, too, with a nautical-themed design that includes decorative bridge abutments, lighting and a mast-and-cable feature that looks like a sailboat. Commissioners approved a contract in December to finish the interchange design of the interchange. The town hopes to put the project out to bid as early as August, the same time the N.C. Department of Transportation plans to seek bids for the entire project. (See Oct. 3, 2012, “Exit 28 will get a makeover when interchange is rebuilt.”)
Citizens and consultants looked at a wall map at Town Hall in May during a workshop looking at plans for toll lanes on I-77. Planners are preparing to hire a construction firm for the first phase of the project in early 2013, but a citizens group late in the year has been working to fight the toll plan. Click to read our most recent story. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)