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If commuter rail is on track for Matthews, what happened to the North Line?

Nov. 12. By Debbie Griffin and Dave Yochum. As Charlotte ponders a $4 billion commuter rail between Matthews and Belmont—and a high-speed rail line between Charlotte and Atlanta is in the midst of discussion—it’s more and more clear that Lake Norman commuters are stuck with toll lanes and diminishing prospects for commuter rail. The Charlotte […]

Airport earns international business aircraft standard

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport has landed an international certification for best practices in business aviation ground handlers, including safety management. Concord is only the second fixed-based operator in North Carolina to achieve top honors from the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling. The airport undertook the certification process in 2017, focusing on upgrading equipment, updating the Safety […]


Visit LKN announces hospitality awards

Visit Lake Norman recently announced the winners of the 6th Annual Making Waves Hospitality Awards at an awards luncheon at Rural Hill, one of the top tourism destinations in North Mecklenburg. The winners pictured are: Erik Turnblom, Lake Norman Soccer Club Jon Dressler, Dressler’s Restaurant Mariano Doble, owner of Davidson Village Inn Akeem Mack, Homewood Suites […]

Charlotte Asian Festival's Dragon Boat race. COURTESY OF ANDREA LEE

Four LKN events land on Tourism Society Top 20 list

Four significant special events in Lake Norman—the Loch Norman Highland Games, NC Music & Brewers Festival, Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Race and the Warrior Dash—have been added to the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 list this year. Travel industry leaders select 20 events per month and the Southeast Tourism Society publicizes them throughout the […]

Visit LKN lands top industry awards

Nov. 5. Visit Lake Norman, the convention and visitors bureau based in Cornelius, was honored with four awards for achievement in destination marketing at the recent North Carolina Tourism Leadership Conference. VLN received a Gold Award for best Community Relations for the Ambassador and Internship Program that recruits ambassadors and interns to work in the […]


The business of local airports is taking off

By Kate Stevens​. Expansion and improvement projects are on the horizon at both Concord and Statesville regional airports due to the increasing number of passengers and services offered at both locations. In December, bids will go out for Statesville Regional’s $8 million construction of a parallel taxiway south of the airport’s existing runway, said John […]


Toll lanes are likely to help interstate commerce in SC

By Dave Vieser. While much of the discussion concerning the I-77 toll lanes has been concentrated on the impact on residents and commuters, they will have a profoundly positive impact on trucking between Charleston and Greenville, SC. South Carolina is already stepping up to the plate, says Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett. “South Carolina is […]


Gas pipeline: Sorta like an aorta, oil industry expert says

Sept. 19. By Dave Yochum. UPDATE 11 am. Tom Kloza, a nationally known oil industry analyst, says North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee are “Ground Zero” for what looks like a possible two-week interruption in the flow of petroleum products northward out of Alabama on the Colonial Pipeline. “It will be on for a […]


Airbnb unveils changes to anti-discrimination policy

Sept. 8. If you’re planning a vacation using the online lodging marketplace Airbnb, you can book a place to stay with a clear conscience. The company announced today that it is strengthening its anti-discrimination policy after a report found it had been slow to address complaints from renters that they had been prevented from booking rooms […]

Concord Regional Airport adds Allegiant Air flights to New Orleans

Aug. 30. Allegiant Air announced today that it will be offering nonstop service to New Orleans from Concord Regional Airport starting Nov. 18. As part of an introductory promotion, the low-cost airline based in Summerlin, Nev., is offering a one-way fare as low as $45 to New Orleans. The offer is good for travel on […]