In the past 3 months, LKNConnect has recognized 3 outstanding citizens in the Lake Norman region for their extraordinary work in helping our community during this time of crisis. (See below to read more and view videos about these wonderful people.)

While we know quite of few people in our area, we are convinced that YOU know more. Share with us your stories about people in the Lake Norman region going the extra mile. We will review your nominations and feature one person per month in this column. —EH Stafford, Managing Editor


To nominate an outstanding citizen or family

Email LKNConnect’s publisher Doug Fitzgerald at

Tell us who you are nominating and why you think they should be featured. Please include:

  • Your name, email, and phone number
  • The nominee’s name, email, phone number and town.

Feel free to include a website link and photos to show this person’s good work.


Previous outstanding citizens



September 2020


Wes Choplin – Choplin’s Steak and Seafood

Margi Kyle, our director of non-profits, interviews Wes Choplin, of Choplin’s Steak and Seafood, our outstanding citizen for September 2020. Wes is providing 700 to 800 lunches per week for children in the Lake Norman area. Click here to read the full article and view the video.





August 2020


Nelson Bass — Blu Star Grill

Nelson Bass and his chef Zack Jenkins from Blu Star Grill in Mooresville, NC have provided over 1500 meals since the crisis began. Click here to read the full article and view the video.



July 2020


The Boutin Family

Chris and Ansley Boutin and their 11-year-old daughter Julia, have been instrumental in helping families in the Cornelius area. Click here to read the full article and view the video.



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