Owner Brian Helfrich and retail director Dora Callahan of Summit Coffee in Davidson are opening a new location in an old drive-through bank.
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Many restaurants and bars in North Carolina have closed since the governor banned inside dining Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. But a popular coffee shop in Davidson is doing the opposite - opening a new location.

Town of Davidson

Updated March 11 11:15 a.m.

Ket Barrington was located Wednesday.

Davidson police are asking for help in locating a missing 16-year-old boy.

Entrance to the Ingersoll Rand campus in Davidson.
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Layoffs have begun in Davidson after a merger and spin-off that split big industrial employer Ingersoll Rand into two companies.

With Ingersoll Rand's breakup, signage is changing at the corporate campus in Davidson.
Trane Technologies

One of the Charlotte area's largest industrial employers has split up, in a complex merger and spinoff completed over the weekend. Ingersoll Rand had 1,800 employees at its U.S. headquarters in Davidson before the deals closed.  It's not yet clear how employment will be affected. 

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Living near the city can be loud. Really loud. Even though we can tune the noise out after a while, the constant racket can have serious effects on our health and our environment. That might be why WFAE listener Katrina Lee wrote to FAQ City asking where she might find might Mecklenburg County's quietest outdoor spot.

Orange line shows the boundary of the Bradford Farm conservation easement, which is being added to the Ramah Creek Conservation Area in north Mecklenburg.
Catawba Lands Conservancy

One of Mecklenburg County's oldest, continuously operating farms will be preserved under an agreement announced this week by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. 

Residents and community leaders were asked to help prioritize needs for the area's low-income communities.
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About 200 people from the towns of Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville gathered at Cornelius Town Hall on Thursday night to formally launch a regional campaign to improve economic opportunity.

Updated 5:34 p.m.
The town of Davidson is restricting access to a town park after tests found asbestos in several locations. Town officials say the asbestos at Roosevelt Wilson Park off Griffith Street is from the former Carolina Asbestos mill nearby. 

Miguel Alvalle of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality explains the Davidson "asbestos watch area" to residents Monday at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.
David Boraks / WFAE

State environmental officials want to designate part of the west side of Davidson as an "asbestos watch area." But the renewed discussion about asbestos from an old factory nearby is reviving concerns among residents in the historically African American neighborhood. 

The Interstate 77 Express Lanes are now open between Charlotte and Mooresville. A CATS commuter bus used the lanes Nov. 14.  CATS says it's currently training drivers and buses will start using the lanes soon.

Charlotte Area Transit System is overhauling its express bus service from Northern Mecklenburg County to take advantage of the Interstate 77 express lanes. CATS says it will replace the three current express bus routes with four new routes next month, under a new name — MetroRAPID. 

Will Grier

Will Grier grew up cheering on wide receiver Steve Smith from the stands at Carolina Panthers' home games, where his family had season tickets.

On Sunday, the lifelong Panthers fan from Davidson will make his first NFL start when Carolina visits the Indianapolis Colts (6-8). Panthers interim coach Perry Fewell named Grier the starter after Thursday's practice, an announcement that was pretty much a foregone conclusion after Grier received all of the first-team reps this week.

The developer wants to turn the mill into a commercial center that could have shops, restaurants and a brewery.

State environmental officials have given Charlotte developers the preliminary go-ahead to redevelop a former asbestos factory in downtown Davidson. But they still need to overcome the concerns of residents in the historically black neighborhood around the mill. 

The Metrolina Warehouse in Davidson was an asbestos factory from 1930 to 1960.
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The N.C. Division of Waste Management will hold a public meeting Monday night in Davidson to talk about how a former asbestos mill could be cleaned up and redeveloped. 

Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox and town manager Jamie Justice talked to voters about the $14 million public facilities bond and sale of Continuum cable and internet company, both on Davidson's 2019 election ballot. (David Boraks photo)
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Two mayoral races outside Charlotte - Matthews and Huntersville - saw lively debates over whether the towns should act on legislation that allows them to open their own charter schools.  

Continuum cable truck

Voters in Mooresville and Davidson are being asked to approve the sale of the towns' money-losing cable and internet system, Continuum, on Tuesday's ballot. Davidson voters also will decide on a bond offering to pay for public facilities.

Seven candidates are running for the Davidson Board of Commissioners.


A new classroom wing that will convert Davidson Elementary School into Davidson K-8 School will be ready to take sixth-graders Aug. 26, officials say.

Continuum cable truck

Updated 1:45 p.m.
The towns of Mooresville and Davidson have found a buyer for Continuum, their jointly owned cable and internet system in the Lake Norman area.

Gwen Sherrill and her great-grandson, Cali Williams, 3, pose on the porch of her home on Potts Street in Davidson. She recently got $18,000 worth of repairs with help from the town and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.
David Boraks / WFAE

Affordable housing efforts across the Charlotte region often focus on building new homes. But the city of Charlotte and surrounding towns increasingly are working to preserve existing housing so it's not lost to gentrification. Habitat for Humanity chapters are partners, through Critical Home Repair programs, that are shifting the organization's focus away from home building and toward repairs.

Monday, April 22, 2019

A WFAE Public Conversation about the explosive growth of the Lake Norman area.  We hear from leaders from Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius who are in the trenches trying to get a handle on ever-present construction, congestion, never-ending development and planning for a future in which these three towns struggle to maintain their individual identities while strengthening the region.