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Things to Do

Pounding for Parker Gala Oct. 4 The Pounding For Parker Foundation Gala Oct. 4 at Sweet Magnolia Estate features a live and silent auction, a wine pull, raffles, chef-prepared food stations, wine and beer and live music by Dead Man’s Banjo. Tickets are $100 each, or $800 for a reserved table of eight. Reserved tables provide a designated home base during the evening as well as signage and a unique take-home cen-


terpiece. The evening’s format allows people to mingle and mix throughout the entire event. Organized by the Cowherd family of Cornelius, the foundation helps raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer and improve the quality of life for survivors. Dress is “Gray Matters,” so wear a dressy gray outfit. Tickets are available online:

Let’s throw a food fight

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The Ada Jenkins Center’s 2nd Annual Food Fight—a cooking competition— will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at their facility at 212 Gamble St. in Davidson. The fundraiser features a competition of local restaurants and home cooks in categories ranging from mac-n-cheese to barbecue and dessert. The event, which costs $25 for adults and $5 for kids 14 and under, features beer from Primal Brewery, a photo booth and live music. Buy tickets online at

Meet SoMa SoMa Davidson is the trendy new name for the South Main Street Arts District in Davidson which extends from

around the railroad trestle to Lake Norman Realty’s Davidson office. They’re celebrating with a full day of fun Oct. 6 with kids activities starting at 2 p.m., including pumpkin decorating, face painting, coloring sheets and pictures with a giant scarecrow. For adults there will be an art demo at Wooden Stone Gallery, fall beers and food and drink specials from Carburritos. Davidson Ice House, Restaurant X & Fuel Pizza. Whits Custard will have a new flavor—Bourbon Praline Pecan.

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Adoptable Pets

Open for adoptions Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. Call for appointments 704-237-3602 Charlotte is a young female Pit Bull terrier mix who was picked up as a stray here in Cornelius. She has a soft Brindle coat with white patches on her chest and feet. She has a sweet personality, loves to snuggle and have her tummy rubbed. She likes to take walks and responds well to training.

Duncan is a handsome dark grey and white domestic short hair who was recently surrendered to the shelter, when his family could no longer take care of him. He has a beautiful soft coat and big green eyes. He is very mellow guy and would make a great companion or family pet.

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Charter schools would be learning experience for everyone

Pictured are Kurt Naas, Karen Bentley and Jim Fuller BY ERICA BATTEN North Mecklenburg leaders say Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools responded “in a retaliatory way” after Cornelius and Huntersville opted into HB-514, leaving open the possibility of opening municipal charter schools. CMS officials recently revealed that capital expenditures from the $922 million bond passed last year would go to towns that had opted out. “We were a bit blindsided,” said former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Karen Bentley, speaking at the Sept. 26 NewsMakers Breakfast on charter schools hosted by Cornelius Today and Business Today. Cornelius signed on to the bill with no real intention of establishing a municipal charter school, said Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam.

Pushed into a corner “But we wanted it as an option down the road,” Washam said. “My opinion is that we were pushed into doing something.” The bond covers construction and renovation for the next 15 years. Both CMS and town officials must address the imminent need for new school buildings in northern Mecklenburg County. Huntersville currently has 5,000 new housing units approved for construction; Davidson has 2,000. Cornelius has 400, though roughly half of those are age-restricted and unlikely to affect student enrollment Its geographical situation between the two other lake towns, however,

means that Cornelius would still feel the crunch, if it isn’t already. Hough High School is currently at 116 percent capacity. Huntersville Commissioner Mark Gibbons said the population boom around Lake Norman leaves local leaders with limited options when it comes to schools. They can do nothing, leaving decisions in the hands of the school system. They can work with CMS to try to make schools smaller and more manageable. They could partner with private charter schools. Or, they can create municipal charter schools, which are supported by town taxes and offer preferential admission to town residents. That’s the option established by HB514, which passed into law in June. The bill was introduced by NC Rep. Bill Brawley of Matthews last year amidst similar pressures from population growth in Charlotte’s southern suburbs. The new law differentiates municipal charter schools from state charter schools, which must use random lotteries to determine enrollment regardless of where students live. Opponents of municipal charter schools say they create segregated student populations, partly because the schools can limit enrollment to town residents, and partly because charter-school students often have to provide their own transportation. Bentley was one of a group of parents who sued CMS in the late 1990s

to release the school system from court-ordered desegregation. The parents said race-based policies were unduly affecting decisions on where schools were built and which students were assigned to them.

Overcrowding not new The concern about overcrowding is not new, Bentley said. “This could have been a conversation that we were having around the table 20 years ago,” she said. Panelist Jim Fuller, a Davidson commissioner, said that municipal charter schools would be an “almost insurmountable burden” to town governments, particularly in Davidson whose population is only 12,000. Traditionally, schools require buildings, a full complement of faculty and staff, a nutrition program, athletics and other extracurricular activities, in addition to transportation. However, many of North Carolina’s 173 charter schools—a number that has nearly doubled since the state lifted its charter school cap of 100 in 2012—start off quite meagerly, often with nothing more than one mobile unit and a handful of teachers. Unlike traditional public schools, state charter schools have no curriculum requirements and no restrictions on classroom size or the school calendar. They are not required to provide free and reduced-price meals to students from low-income families. Only 50 percent of charter school teachers must hold a license.

However much charter schools differ from traditional public schools, demand is often quite high. According to nonprofit organization Public Schools First NC, charter school students comprise almost 7 percent of North Carolina’s total public school population. The area’s three major charter schools have a waiting list of more than 12,000 students, Cornelius Commissioner Kurt Naas said. Unlike its neighbors, Davidson voted against opting into municipal charter schools. Mayor Rusty Knox pointed out that although North Mecklenburg schools are not receiving proportional funding from the latest CMS bond, eight new schools were built with funding from the last four bond packages. He said this fight would not have taken place if CMS had asked for what it really needed in the bond referendum last year —$2 billion for new schools, not $922 million. He and Fuller were in agreement around sticking with CMS and continuing to lobby for facilities in North Meck. “Davidson is a town that is committed to education,” said Fuller, who is the husband of a public school teacher. “We thought 514 was not the way to go. Our board agrees with our mayor that CMS is doing a good job, but we can pitch in and make it better.” The Presenting Sponsors of the Newsmakers Breakfast were Dixie Dean and Christina Stone, Realtors at Allen Tate. The Breakfast Sponsors were First National Bank and Master Title. Coffee Sponsors were Davidson Wealth Management, Hood Hargett Insurance and KS Audio Video. Newsmakers Breakfasts consist of discussion and an exchange of ideas with people who make the news. They are open to the public and include full country breakfast. The cost to attend is $12.

Cornelius and Huntersville passed resolutions creating their own Education Option Study Commissions, which would include looking at municipal charter schools

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When the going gets rough, politicians email each other BY DAVE YOCHUM Two strong personalities in North Meck politics have tangled over the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools mess—and they’re on the same side of the issue. Such is the nature of hardball politics, not to mention the emotions around the issue. Cornelius Town Commissioner Kurt Naas and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools board member Rhonda Lennon sparred afKurt Naas ter CMS voted for the “municipal concerns” measure, which cut Cornelius and Huntersville out of new school spending for 15 years because the Rhonda Lennon towns opted in to HB 514. HB 514 allows Cornelius, Huntersville and two south Charlotte towns the authority to create and operate their own charter schools, and limit enrollment in these schools to municipal residents. In response to the CMS move, the two Lake Norman towns each OK’d study commissions that would consider local, municipal charter school options. The first email, from Naas, occurred during the controversial CMS board meeting Aug. 28. Lennon was absent due to illness. Cornelius Today obtained the emails under the Freedom of Information Act. Here’s what Lennon and Naas had to say to each other. Naas sent the first email, and then it’s back and forth.

Help me Rhonda ...The language of this resolution explicitly directs all future capital funding to be prioritized for towns who did not opt in to HB 514. In other words, it puts Cornelius, Huntersville, Mint

Hill and Matthews at the bottom of the heap for any future capital spending. I cannot speak for other municipalities, but CMS owes Cornelius an explanation, especially given the fact that Mayors Washam and Aneralla were unaware of this until I called them this evening. When are you available to discuss? My preference is this is done in public. I am pretty certain our entire board will be interested in what you have to say. To that end, I’m sure we can make room on our next board meeting... — Kurt

Rhonda responds I am not present at the board meeting. Had I been present I would not have voted in favor of this. I support formation of a municipal advisory group, but not anything else included in this. You should direct you email and request to be briefed to someone who voted for it and supports it. I recommend any one of the 3 At Large Members. My colleagues and staff are aware of my opposition as I do not think it is what is best for building working relationships.... — Rhonda

Kurt is curt As our region’s representative, you are the appropriate point of contact. Reiterating, when would be a convenient time to meet? —Kurt

Ruh-roh: Rhonda responds Let me reiterate that I can’t speak to you about or explain the rationale of something I don’t support. You have myself and 3 At large board members who represent you. The At large voted for this so they would be your best resource. I have passed your request to them this evening. I would be happy to attend a future meeting to give a start of school update to the board, as I have done in the past. However,

I am on PTO next week so it would have to be another time. I think it more appropriate for the Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem to reach out to me regarding scheduling. IMHO your tone in these emails is rather bullying and not well received. — Rhonda

Back to you Kurt I have no relationship with the atlarge members, which is why I am reaching out to you. As far as the mayors receiving notice because if the agenda was online, the resolution was posted an hour before the meeting. Highly disingenuous to suggest that constitutes a good faith effort to communicate and collaborate, words the CMS board is very fond of using. As far as the tone of my emails, it is restrained outrage on behalf of thousands of parents and future parents of Cornelius students who are targeted by this vengeful act. I would think you would be outraged as well. — Kurt

Pow from Rhonda Perhaps you should make an effort to have a relationship with the At Large members. That may be part of the problem. Your “restrained outrage” is an excuse for bullying behavior. If it was the only time I have witnessed it, I might excuse it, but it’s your M.O. Of course I am deeply disappointed in my board, but I warned of these kind of actions back in the spring and throughout this process. I would rather have continued working to find common ground. As far as the lack of notice, it rather reminds me of a Cornelius adding HB514 vote to the agenda at the dais and approving it. With no public notice, no public comment. I will work through Woody and Mike on next steps. — Rhonda

Defensive move from Kurt The only bullying taking place is by

the CMS board, as the Observer rightly points out. [Editorial in the Charlotte Observer: ‘A reckless school board tries to bully the suburbs’] I wanted an explanation, as does the rest of North Meck, and quite frankly am shocked and dismayed that your primary concern is not the issue but the tone of an email. — Kurt

Rhonda has the last word Let me reiterate. I have provided you with information about contacting the At large members who voted in favor of this resolution. This is a little like me demanding that you sit down and tell me why I should support toll lanes when I know you are opposed to them. The only thing I can share is that my colleagues believe this is the right thing to do. I neither understand nor support them in their belief. Call them. Send them emails to them. — Rhonda

The denouement As of our press time, the petulant politicians hadn’t patched things up. In fact, when they came face to face at CMS municipal breakfast in September, they got into it again. Naas said Lennon was still concerned about the tone of his emails. “After getting nowhere with me she snapped, ‘Would you just shut up!’ Her exact words. I told her I’m not going to be talked to like that and walked away,” Naas said. Lennon said she tried to “speak to him in person and express my thoughts about the way he ‘spoke’ to me but he was not receptive. C’est la vie. I have too much work to do as the school board member to let Mr. Naas’ rudeness get in the way.” Lennon, who has remarried and is now Rhonda Lennon Cheek, was re-elected to a four-year term last year. The former Cornelius resident now lives in Davidson. Nass, the founder of Widen, was elected to the town board in November of last year

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Our Town

Parks, arts, recreation and culture We have it all in Cornelius

BY JIM DUKE It’s officially fall: Young and old are out and about using the Town’s very special and incredibly active park and recreation assets. Hard-working souls make our Parks, Arts, Recreation, and Culture Dept., better known as PARC, what it is. But first, a little history.

Two Past Heroes

Hoyt Wilhelm

Carson Cato

You may not know the names Hoyt Wilhelm or Carson Cato, but they play an important part in the evolution of Cornelius Recreation. Hoyt Wilhelm was a Major League relief pitcher who perfected the knuckle ball. He is a Hall of Famer who played and practiced at a small field that was located at Cornelius Elementary. The recently build athletic field at Cornelius Elementary now bears his name. Cato, our mayor from 2001 to 2003, pushed for a bond referendum to purchase large tracts of land for parks and athletic fields. Some $3 million was approved in 2001 when Cato was a commissioner. A portion of those funds were made available for Bailey Road Park. So thank you to Hoyt for putting Cornelius on the sports map and thank you Carson for setting the stage for PARC to grow. The recreational assets that were put in place with Carson Cato’s dream have grown to a huge array of parks, trails, fields, facilities and programs now serving nearly 32,000 Cornelius residents. Making these resources work, keeping them maintained, and continually improving them is the job of our Town Park Department.

Johnie is keeping things up When you have 23 athletic fields, 12 miles of greenways and trails, as well as playgrounds, picnic shelters and two disc golf courses, you’ve got a ton of maintenance. Johnie Northern, our Parks Maintenance Supervisor, has supervised the maintenance of these venues for more than 13 years. With

limited resources and a small crew, PARC Maintenance works miracles keeping things shipshape. Johnie is not afraid of getting his hands dirty and is widely recognized for the quality of his crew’s work and his personal, hands-on supervision.

Chad Cauble, Johnie Northern, Mindi Ellison, and Troy Fitzsimmons

Troy is directing the action At the wheelhouse of our growing PARC Dept. is 11-year veteran Troy Fitzsimmons. Under Troy’s leadership our parks have been refurbished, several new athletic fields have been built and recreation programs expanded to over 600 with nearly 65,000 participants. We now have three synthetic soccer fields that bring in visiting teams for dozens of tournaments and special events. These lucrative

events as well as an appropriately structure fees systems allows PARC to pay for many of the services it provides to our community. I can’t think of any other department that brings revenue to the Town and business to our hotels, restaurants, and other local business. Much of what are PARC Department is today can be credited to Troy’s leadership and the fine work of our PARC Commission.

Mindi creates a difference With a new Arts Center Facility coming, we continue to use the Oak Street Center for all Cornelius’ arts and culture events. Managing a rich and varied arts and culture program is 12-year veteran Mindi Ellison. Whether it is the Easter Bunny delighting our youngest, a pottery class for the artistically oriented or dazzling art exhibits, PARC looks to Mindi to deliver high-quality and popular events. Our Arts Center Program Manager’s work extends well outside

our current center. A stroll around the annual Beyond Walls outside sculpture exhibit at Robbins Park, or a peek at the Library bench where Mark Twain is seated or a look at the sculpture at Cornelius Elementary School will show you just how far Mindi Ellison’s reach extends. She is the A and C of PARC. If you have a little time, drop by the Oak Street Center and say hello to this creative and hard-working young woman.

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Our Town

Chad is making it work Chad Cauble is our Recreation Superintendent. With 9 years of service to the Town of Cornelius, Chad makes sure more than 600 PARC Programs operate without a hitch. Besides all of the athletic, recreational and arts programs, Chad directly manages a host of special events that bring the residents of our Town and our neighbors together for a jolly good time. One of his special talents is coordi-

By the Numbers

nating and partnering with various athletic organizations, schools, and municipal park departments. Chad ensures that Town policies are followed, facilities are available when needed, and programming partnerships enabled. If you need a court or athletic field reserved, you’ll need Chad and his folks to make that happen.

They oversee the action One of the most effective and influential groups of citizens is the Cornelius PARC Commission. This diverse pool of talent and energy, chaired by Dr. Scott Higgins, provides oversight for all PARC activities and facilities. Beside day-to-day operations the PARC Board sets priorities for expansion, rehabilitation and new con-


Total park acreage: 250 Total parks: 14 (and an arts center) Recreation Centers: 2

DETAILS Total number of programs: 616 Participants for Athletics, Recreations, Arts, and Special Events: 65,000 Number of Athletic Fields: 23 Miles of Hiking Trails: 12 Number of Playgrounds: 10 Number of Picnic Shelters: 12 Number of tennis Courts: 7

and there’s

struction projects. The board’s fiveyear Comprehensive Improvement Plan (CIP) contains over 90 separate projects with an estimated cost in excess of $65 million. Each year projects are completed, projects added and new priorities established. This is a big job for a fine group of dedicated individuals.

Tree slide

MORE Community Garden Plots: 65 Fishing Piers: 2 Synthetic Turf Fields: 3 Art Gallery and Ceramics Studio: 1

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The Cain’s gift will be transformational for Cornelius

Bill and Ericka Cain: 30-year partnership in work and marriage continues in Cain Center for the Arts BY DAVE YOCHUM A 30-year partnership in work and marriage is the hallmark of Ericka and Bill Cain. These Cornelius residents are now partnering on the Cain Center for the Arts, the $24 million arts center that will be built in downtown Cornelius. The Cains are donating $5 million toward the construction of the center. With $4 million from a bond issue and other contributions, about $13 million remains to be raised. The Cain’s donation almost immediately generated another $100,000 contribution. “I don’t know how things are going to flow exactly”, Bill stated, “We will keep up with progression and participate by supporting it.” Modest to a fault, the Cains thanked the Cornelius Arts Center board for allowing them to donate $5 million to the cause. They are responsible for growing Financial Independence Group into a $50+ million (revenue) company— one of the largest private companies in Mecklenburg County—but they will be the first to say that their team of 150 energetic and dedicated staff are the ones that make it all happen. For three decades Ericka Cain has acted as her husband’s right-handperson with the company, implementing his highly nuanced ideas, growing the organization from a good idea into a financial powerhouse with serious clout in the insurance industry. FIG markets major insurance carriers to independent brokers, providing not only product, but advisor training and programs to better prepare the advisor to serve the consumer.

A long road to Cornelius Bill Cain recalls, “I came from a lower-middle class family and life was not easy. I decided at a young age that I wanted to live differently.” Bill Cain’s father was a “straw boss” on a telephone company line gang, frequently moving the family from county to county where telephone poles and wires criss-crossed the rural, post-Depression South. Cain attended more than 100 schools before getting his high school diploma. After graduating, Cain decided to become a Baptist minister and attended William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss. He pastored a small church in Greensboro while attending seminary at Wake Forest for a three-year divinity degree. Deciding

he wanted to counsel and teach, Cain went to UNC Greensboro for a doctorate. He taught education psychology at Greensboro. Bill Cain got into the insurance business by accident. Knowing he wanted to help people, Cain started consulting for a small insurance agency. It was not long before he was able to purchase the company from the owner. He found his passion and thus began his career. This passion has grown into FIG today. What started as a seed in 1976 now flourishes as a full-service marketing organization providing an industry blueprint of partnerships between advisors and carriers. The goal is to educate and assist advisors while providing customized retirement plans that


In 2013 Cornelius residents approved a $4 million bond project for downtown redevelopment projects. The need for a community arts center was identified to complement the growing arts district in Old Town Cornelius. The Town has purchased 1.85 acres adjacent to the police station to house the future arts center. The not-for-profit arts organization will operate the facility as “a place for creativity, learning, entertainment and enjoyment.”

meet individual client’s needs. The business grew with the countless hours Bill put in—days, nights and weekends. Ericka came on board in 1987. The daughter of a Merchant Marine, Ericka had been a teacher with a knack for “problem children.” Did that prepare her for life in the world of business? “She married one,” Bill said. They both smiled. “I’m not good at the details... I’m ready to charge forward. Ericka figures out how to do it,” Bill says. “I always enjoy problem solving,” Ericka remarks, “I believe it can be done…with trouble shooting, that it can be accomplished. Each of us has a piece of the puzzle...when we come together we complete the puzzle.” The Cain’s partnership in business and everywhere else will have a historic, transformational effect on Cornelius. The Cain Center for the Arts will be the cultural cornerstone of Lake Norman—as well as an economic development catalyst for downtown Cornelius.

They thanked the town Bill, who thanked the town and the art center board for allowing them the honor of donating, said, “we wanted to see Cornelius become not just a good town but a great town.” The Cains asked themselves what kind of contribution they could make to help beautify Cornelius. “When we heard about the arts center we immediately became interested,” Cain said, explaining it will have “a lasting effect and a lot of influence on children and adults.” The art center will also be a place to meet new people, to talk and to put down their cell phones. “This is the beginning, not the end… It’s not that we’ve accomplished something and it’s over,” Bill said. “We want to reach out to the schools, the community, the region and beyond.” The new center will be built on town-owned property just to the west of the Police Station. It is expected to anchor the revitalization and economic redevelopment of downtown Cornelius. The center will work with the Cains to create a new brand, with plans for unveiling in early November.

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Hydrilla is a growing problem in parts of the lake

Hydrilla by the handfuls in LKN BY ERICA BATTEN It’s a jungle under there. And the natives are getting restless. In this case, the jungle is the mat of hydrilla rapidly spreading in Cornelius coves, particularly around Ramsey Creek. The natives are homeowners and boaters who find their docks and rudders engulfed by the non-native vegetation. According to a report from Charlotte Water, hydrilla forms “nearly impenetrable mats” of growth near the lake’s

surface. It can clog the intake pipes Charlotte Water relies on to supply the region’s household water. For lakefront homeowners and marina owners, hydrilla can choke some of the value out of their investment. The Lake Norman Marine Commission and its partners plan to survey the lake in October or early November to determine the extent of the hydrilla problem. Hydrilla looks innocent enough, especially drifting with the gentle currents of a fish tank. That’s how the invasive plant was first introduced to the United States more than 40 years ago. But with a growth rate of up to one inch per day, hydrilla can take over acres of a lake in one short season. Considered one of the most troublesome aquatic weeds in the world, hydrilla can affect fish populations, microscopic life and water chemistry. It can reproduce from fragments. And hydrilla requires less light than other aquatic plants, so it can continue to

grow for longer periods each day and at depths of up to 30 feet. It is a hazard to boaters, swimmers, and wildlife. Almost 20 years ago in Lake Moultrie, S.C., hydrilla blocked intakes and forced the shutdown of the St. Stephen hydroelectric facility. Charlotte Water not only has to worry about clogging, it also has to consider what effects herbicides will have on the water supply. Hydrilla was first found in Lake Norman in 2004, but the growth was quickly controlled when a population of sterile grass carp was stocked in the affected area. The grass carp, which cost $10 each when purchased in bulk, are the only effective method of controlling hydrilla growth, said Cornelius resident Bob Elliott, assistant director of the Lake Norman Marine Commission, a group of representatives from Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties who address issues of public recreation and safety on the lake. The grass carp are bred to have an


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extra set of chromosomes, rendering them sterile so that the population cannot multiply out of control. In water above 68 degrees Fahrenheit, these herbivorous fish eat continuously and can consume several times their body weight each day in plant material. An initial stocking of 20-30 carp per affected area is needed to begin controlling hydrilla growth. But carp must be added every year in order to replace ones who die off or are lost to fishing activity or spillage into other lakes in the river system. Elliott estimates that 8,000 grass carp would be needed annually to keep hydrilla under control. The carp must be ordered from a specialty producer in Arkansas, and estimating the number of fish needed to control the problem can be tricky. In May, after hydrilla was again detected in Lake Norman, 10,200 carp were released into the lake through a partnership among the Lake Norman Marine Commission, Duke Energy, Charlotte Water and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality in consultation with the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission. According to the N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, carp are relatively low-cost over the long term. While initial stocking costs are about $100 per acre, fewer fish are needed in the following years, and costs average about $10 per acre annually over a period of 10 years. Aquatic herbicides range from $100$300 per acre for each treatment, and are generally less effective at removing growth. Noises, particularly from boats, scare the fish away from areas where they’re often needed the most. Now that boating season is largely over, and hydrilla is entering a dormant season, the carp may have a chance to eradicate more of the weeds. Charlotte Water’s report says that “complete eradication is often impossible but suppression is achievable.” The U.S. Geological Survey reports that hydrilla first appeared in North Carolina in 1980 when it was found in Big Lake at Umstead Park in Raleigh. Now hydrilla is present in nearly half of the state’s 58 sub-basins, including the Upper Neuse, the Cape Fear and the Catawba Rivers.

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Catawba at Knox project takes another step forward after delay BY DAVE VIESER A proposed 11-acre commercial/retail development at the intersection of W. Catawba Avenue and Knox Road, will include more than 41,000 square feet of space, spread among five single-story buildings. The fifth building is new—based on a presentation at the Planning Board meeting Sept. 10—but the project has shrunk from 48,000 square feet total to 41,000 square feet. The developer, Charter Realty & Development Corp., has acquired and developed more than 60 shopping centers and properties comprising nearly 10 million square feet worth in excess of $10 billion. Their new site plan, dated Aug. 31, adds a fifth building to the project and removes an entrance on the west side of the property across from Bank of America, a concern raised in the project’s Traffic Impact Analysis. The plan, which calls for one entrance on West Catawba and two on

Knox Road, is expected to be ready for a full Board review in October. The new site plan includes five single-story buildings: 1. A 4,990 square foot building which will front onto West Catawba Avenue just west of Lake Norman Realty. This building is proposed to house a fast food restaurant, possibly a Chick-Fil-A with a drive through window. 2. A 1,500 square foot building, again fronting on Catawba, but closer to One Norman Blvd. 3. A 4,300 square foot building at the northeast corner of Catawba and One Norman Blvd. All three buildings will feature drive through elements shielded by a wall from West Catawba. 4. A 7,000 square foot building facing Knox Road just past Harken Drive. 5. A 22,400 square foot building set back but still facing Knox Road about midway between the two Harken Road/Knox Road intersections. A supermarket is planned for this structure.

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Cambridge Square on 8 acres on West Catawba near Nantz could have 21 single-family homes priced between $600,000 and $800,000 fronting on an internal neighborhood street. The project was discussed at a public hearing at the Sept. 17 Town Board meeting. According to the application, David Smith of Charlotte is the developer and Landworks Design Group is the engineer/architect.

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I-77 Mobility Partners meets the public: Mum’s the word Gibbons submitted these questions

Javier Tamargo (center), like his compatriots from I-77 Mobility Partners, answered no questions With a stained glass window and a cross as a backdrop, I-77 Mobility Partners presented a few new details on the toll lanes at Huntersville United Methodist Church. Christians in the audience were astonished the presenters were not struck by lightning. Tolls between Lake Norman and Charlotte during peak hours could run $19 per round-trip. The project features “dynamic pricing,” which means that toll lane users will pay more when there is more congestion, and less when there are fewer cars in the toll lanes. During off-peak times, pricing will be lower as well. “We are starting out at $19 and that number may go up,” said NC Rep. Chaz Beasley said during public questions. Rush “hour,” as defined by Cintra, a Spanish company, is 2.5 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon evening—extending from 3 pm to 7. Huntersville Town Commissioner Mark Gibbons asked: “Is it a choice if I’m running late for work and I have to jump into the toll lanes?” He said the $650 million project which gives Cintra the rights of way through Lake Norman for the next 50 years could have been built for $250 million—and you can’t get off at Exit 23 where Novant Huntersville Medical Center is. Daily toll users over the whole

length of the 13-mile project will be paying $20 a day, five days a week. That’s $5,000 a year, he said. The meeting brought new meaning to the word bizarre. Besides sitting in front of a cross and a stained glass window, the Cintra people did not respond to any of the questions posed to them. They were stone-faced except for project boss-man Javier Tamargo who kept a Mona Lisa half-smirk on his face. The I-77 Mobility Partners CEO never said a word. “People have concerns and the concerns have been confirmed by the details given in this presentation,” said Beasley. The meeting began with a detailed report read word for word by I-77 Mobility Partners public relations officer Jean Leier. She won the Public Relations Society of America/Charlotte chapter 2017 Infinity Award for excellence in PR. She did not answer questions from the audience. Cornelius resident William Rakatansky asked a provocative one: “How dare you come to our home and foist your scheme on us?” He also reminded everyone that Cintra has been saying the toll lanes will alleviate traffic congestion. “This is totally false and has been proven to be a lie by Cintra’s own at-

torneys, where they state that the purpose of the toll lane is to provide a reliable ride, not alleviate congestion,” Rakatansky said.

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6 from Cornelius vie for Top Women awards

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Fifteen successful women will be recognized at Business Today’s 2018 Top Women Champagne Reception & Expo, one of the oldest and largest events honoring women in Lake Norman and Cabarrus. Six of the nominees are officed in or live in Cornelius, a hotbed of entrepreneurialism and public service. The six include: Teri Lippy, co-owner and general manager of Eleven Lakes Brewing; Sharon Washam, managing member of Washam Properties LKN; Tracey Stehle, broker in charge at Allen Tate in Huntersville; Starr Miller, owner of Starr Miller Interior Design; Cynthia Team, owner of TEAMCSI Real Estate; and Michelle Hoverson, executive director of Above & Beyond

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Missions and former associate pastor at Grace Covenant Church. Each of them has completed a simple essay question: Define success. A distinguished panel of judges will review the nominations. The panel consists of prior winners, including Cornelius-based Champion Tire executive Shelley Mahl; Visit Lake Norman Executive Director Sally Ashworth; Aquesta Bank Marketing Director Laura Engel. The judges’ criteria includes, in part, leadership skills, progress in achieving business or personal goals, charitable work, length of tenure with an organization, management of import-

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ant projects and involvement in major programs and events. Cornelius-based Business Today has a 13-year-long history of recognizing excellence and leadership in women. Successful women—and men—lead from a position of strength and compassion. All our nominees are successful; the exemplars will be announced at the 14th Annual Top Women Champagne Reception and Expo Oct. 17 at River Run Country Club. Each year two or three women with decades of experience, sometimes retirees, are honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Past winners include the late Lula Bell Houston, who worked in the Davidson College Laundry six decades, and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham as well as Marci Carlyle, a founder of Carlyle Properties in Cornelius, and Ericka Cain, the former chief administrative officer of Cornelius-based Financial Independence Group. Tickets to attend the Champagne Reception and Expo are $45. Husbands, dates, partners, friends are welcome, as well as anyone who wants to network with successful women leaders. To RSVP, call 704-895-1335 with a Visa or MasterCard.

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16439 Jetton Road

Stacey Novak Mooresville/Lake Norman (704) 604-1921 Stacey.Novak

Cornelius, NC 28031

1150 Concord Road

Davidson, NC 28036

Offered at $2,750,000

Offered at $2,250,000

Uniquely designed waterfront estate situated on 1.12 acres of beautiful Lake Norman with incredible long range views. This home offers a stately porte cochere entrance, elegant two-story foyer, open and airy floor plan with a two-story great room, formal dining room, newly designed kitchen with state-of-the-art gourmet appliances, large master suite and beautiful hardwood floors just recently installed. Lower lake level features a second kitchen, media room and billiard area that is perfect for entertaining.

Nothing else like this on the market. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Davidson history. “Knox Knoll” sits atop 6.5 tree-lined acres in the heart of Davidson. This custom-built home features five bedrooms, four and a half baths, formal living and dining rooms, library, sun porch and an expansive patio. Extensive moldings throughout the home complement all rooms including grand foyer and staircase. His and hers master baths complement the large master suite.

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19907 Shearwater Point Drive

Dixie Dean Lake Norman (704) 641-1465 Dixie.Dean

Cornelius, NC 28031

14112 Sarah Ann Stephens Drive

Huntersville, NC 28078

Offered at $1,535,000

Offered at $1,329,700

Amazing lake level waterfront home with approximately 1.8 acres with so much potential. Located in lovely Shearwater Point, a gas lamp community right outside The Peninsula on Lake Norman. With more than 125 feet of shoreline, a park-like setting, endless possibilities, and ready to sell “as is”, its value is inarguable. Step inside and be wowed by the view. The grounds are flat and ready for you to transform into the ultimate lakeside estate.

Find true luxury inside and out of this “rustic elegant” five-bedroom home built by Artisan Custom Homes. Experience diverse plantings and landscape and resort-style outdoor entertaining in a very private, tranquil setting on 3.8 acres with the security and convenience found in a premier gated community. This exceptional home boasts a master suite and guest bedroom on main and lower level second living quarters with ten-foot ceilings. All bedrooms with their own bathrooms. So many spectacular features.


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630 Davidson Run Lane

Davidson, NC 28036

Offered at $1,595,000

Clark Goff Davidson (704) 996-0948 Clark.Goff

Privacy abounds in this lovely custom-built home tucked away on 6.5 perfectly manicured acres. Soak in the tranquil equestrian lifestyle. Only minutes away from downtown Davidson, River Run Country Club, shopping and fine dining. Enjoy campfires and parties in your private barn. This beautiful property is approved for three horses and two separate barns or garage outbuildings. Main home has five bedrooms and four and a half baths. Basement level is perfect for an in-law or guest suite. MLS#3424388

2615 Grey Road

Davidson, NC 28036

Offered at $999,000

Beth Knox Sullivan Davidson (704) 533-3475 BethKnox.Sullivan

Classic farmhouse-style custom home with standing seam galvanized metal roof on 7.5 acres in Davidson. Beautiful setting tucked into the trees but just minutes away from Davidson’s historic Main Street and the college campus. Quality and cozy comfort abounds with 5” hardwood floors, huge kitchen with vaulted tongue-and-groove pine ceilings, farm sink, quartz counters, center island with hickory cabinets. Master bedroom and office on main level. MLS#3326673

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Home Sales These recent property transactions in Cornelius and Davidson and Huntersville were recorded by the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds.

Cornelius 8/17/18 $160,000 Erik & Kristine Braun to Sangita Duggaraju, 18474 Streamline Ct. Unit 30 8/17/18 $511,000 Michael & Cindy Praeger to Bethany Obermoller, 21510 Gulfstar Ct. 8/17/18 $230,000 Markus & Lauren Herrmann to Hansen Family Revocable Trust, 19548 Makayla Ln. 8/17/18 $625,000 Debra & David Moss to Daniel & Quincy Eassa, 21005 Island Forest Dr. 8/20/18 $139,000 Lisa Richardson to Juan & Teresa Vergara, Unit 14 Wood Duck Cove Condominiums 8/20/18 $740,000 Javed Samuel & Charlene Justin to Christopher & Danielle Russo, 18920 Lakehouse Pointe Dr. 8/21/18 $640,000 Clay & Shannon Hooper to Robert & Michelle Sands, 17423 Springwinds Dr. 8/21/18 $167,000 James & Catherine Nickerson to Heverton & Ellen Franceschini, 18741 Nautical Dr. Unit 20 8/21/18 $305,000 David & Krista Ozga to Krzysztof Gacek & Vilma Delafuente, 2073 Waters Edge Ct. 8/21/18 $470,000 Robert & Carolyn Shaw to Terence & Joyce Feir, 12619 Meetinghouse Dr. 8/22/18 $1,085,000 Sharon & Robert McAfee Jr. to Eleanor Mulcahy & Edward Dean, 18200 Peninsula Club Dr. 8/23/18 $539,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Donald & Barbara Johnson, 15012 Courtside Cove Ln. 8/23/18 $429,000 Roderick & Kristin Hart to Thomas Gregory, 22012 Lady Glencairn Ct. 8/27/18 $363,500 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Kerry Rance, 16124

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8/28/18 $353,000 South Creek Homes to Allen Nemric, Lot 325 Bailey’s Glen

8/30/18 $249,000 Meagan Thomas to Nicole Kroeger, Lindsey Kroemer, 19607 Grasmere Pl.

8/28/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 325 Bailey’s Glen

8/30/18 $213,000 Delta Transitions to Sarah Murray, 11407 Talleys Way

8/28/18 $304,500 South Creek Homes to Randy Turer, Bette Turer, 17825 Coulter Pkwy.

8/31/18 $389,000 South Creek Homes to Ilya Yuffa & Valerie Adams, 17713 Morehanpton Ave.

8/28/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 302 Bailey’s Glen

8/31/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 309 Bailey’s Glen

8/29/18 $175,000 Charlene Kluvers to Rent the Farm LLC, Lot 78 Lake Norman Cove at Jetton, 19246 Lake Norman Cove Dr.

8/31/18 $171,500 Korilynne Hodan to Erin Benoit, 17640 Caldwell Track Dr.

8/29/18 $482,500 Estate of Lillian DeVera Goodson to Debra Scott, 17118 Niblick Ln. 8/29/18 $929,000 Scott & Jean Hoffman to Adebola Idowu & Rene Smith, 19433 Mary Ardrey Cir. 8/30/18 $532,500 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Nicole & Brett Begley, 12207 Potts Plantation Cir. 8/30/18 $294,500 Laura DeAssis to Maribeth Chitwood, 17616 Harbor

8/31/18 $375,000 Elaine & Elliott Cuff Sr. to Gary Zimmerman, 17105 Courtside Landing Dr. 8/31/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 341 Bailey’s Glen 9/4/18 $282,000 Chachi & Steffanie Sullivan to Amy & Douglas Cerasi, 20115 Beard St. 9/4/18 $230,000 Stephen & Heidi Longwell to Patrick & Melissa O’Leary, 10605 Danesway Ln.

9/4/18 $470,000 South Creek Homes to Thomas & Jean Rorro, 11131 Bailey Park Nature Dr. 9/5/18 $165,000 David & Susan Houghtaling to Karen Reed, 19827 Henderson Rd. Unit E 9/5/18 $459,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Richard & Eilish Pappas, 12117 Potts Plantation Cir. 9/5/18 $928,000 Young Hoe Lee & Jacqueline to Linda Lowrey, 18328 Peninsula Club Dr. 9/6/18 $188,000 Stephen Elliott to PENSCO Trust Co., 18736 Nautical Dr. Unit 201 9/6/18 $300,000 Chavone Robinette to Daniel & Amy McDonnell, 9825 Caldwell Depot Rd. 9/6/18 $367,000 South Creek Homes to Susan & Phillip Schmidt, 11036 Bailey Park Nature Dr. 9/6/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 368 Bailey’s Glen 9/7/18 $1,150,000 Derek & Janice Oliver to Robert & Lauren Hession, 20722 Eastpoint Dr. continued on page 20

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Home Sales 17325 Connor Quay Ct. 9/10/18 $425,000 Blue Ridge LLC to Parker 1 LLC, 19315 W. Catawba Ave. Suite 102 Cornelius 9/10/18 $789,000 Matthew & Bridget Cameron to Elisabeth Binford, 9120 Robbins Preserve Rd. 9/10/18 $1,100,000 John & Tracy Bradshaw to Jeffrey & Marlee Bodle, 16715 100 Norman Pl. 9/10/18 $850,000 Robert & Heather Lutz to Derek & Janice Oliver, 17015 Jibsail Ct.

16715 100 Norman Place in Cornelius for $1,100,000 continued from page 18

James & Frances Large, 20933 Brinkley St.

9/7/18 $230,000 Kari Bonnes & Jason Dillon to Patricia Lagonia, 19535 Denae Lynn Dr. 9/7/18 $322,000 Daniel & Christina Simms to Justin & Laurie Culvahouse, 18802 Coachmans Trace

9/7/18 $469,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Joseph & Lisa Cataldi, Luz Calderon, 12201 Potts Plantation Cir. 9/10/18 $877,000 Anita Madalozzo to Michael & Annette Rowen,


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Burger to Jamie Kopish, 964 Gardners Way Unit 4 9/13/18 $412,000 Mollie & Ryan Bertoni to Jennifer & Robert Boles Jr., 21225 Baltic Dr. 9/14/18 $235,000 Carissa Vassas & Cem Akpinar to Cheryl Legault, 10620 Conistan Pl. 9/14/18 $215,000 Rita Cheda to Fernando Sarasota & Eira Taylor, 19439 Fridley Ln.


9/10/18 $253,000 Lauren Dudley to Anthony Falletti, 17844 Caldwell Track Dr.

8/17/18 $565,000 Robert & Sheila Allen to Timothy & Clara Driscoll, 170 Clemens Pl.

9/11/18 $292,500 Kristin Hill tro Anne-Marie Parrish & Lydia Parrish, 18629 Cloverstone Cir.

8/17/18 $370,000 Heirs of Ann Trotters estate to John Leggett, 136 Harper Lee St.

9/11/18 $490,000 Holly & David Millsaps to Matthew & Rachel Noreika, 20906 Rio Oro Dr.

8/17/18 $477,000 Robert & Jennifer Von Bremen, Joseph & Patricia Murgo to Eric & Elizabeth Delmelle, 323 O’Henry Ave.

9/11/18 $152,500 KH Homes to Kay Ragan, 19930 Weeping Water Run Unit D 9/12/18 $309,500 Benjamin Sell to Opendoor Property D, 19436 Coachmans Trace 9/11/18 $1,500,000 Kisuk & Fred Twogood to Dennis & Patricia Jones, 18329 Harbor Light Blvd. 9/12/18 $1,315,000 Michael & Sharon Stevens to Leroy Forerester III, Lot 108 The Peninsula 9/12/18 $253,000 Craig & Debra

8/21/18 $268,000 Stephen Lomax to Eugene & Rosemary Berger, 423 Magnolia St. 8/21/18 $275,000 Trustees of Davidson College to Paul & Tia Go, 219N. Downing St. 8/22/18 $475,000 Wayne & Roberta Eckert to Nancy & Henry Neale Jr., 18423 Turnberry Ct. 8/30/18 $490,000 James & Kerry Lemonds to Alexander Rivchun & Rachel Langan, 188 Morrison Hill Rd.

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18328 Peninsula Club Drive in Cornelius for $928,000 8/31/18 $425,000 John & Laurine DeSantis to Loretta Czernecki, 200 Spinnaker Ct.

9/12/18 $506,500 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Brett & Greta McCoy, 17523 Julees Walk Dr.

8/31/18 $550,000 Alfred & Karen Geiger to John & Helen Dahlem, 203 Fairview Ln.

9/13/18 $1,000,000 Jeffrey & Sally Watson to Ram Krishnamurthy & Swathy Ramaswany, 1308 Samuel Spencer Pkwy.

9/4/18 $569,000 Sandra Hartwell to Frank & Suzette Picozzi, 108 Caldwell Ln. 9/5/18 $370,000 Jason McRee to Jeffery & Sally Watson, 136 Spencer St. 9/6/18 $1,647,500 Monterey Bay - Charlotte to Kristofor & Heather Foutch, 17613 Stuttgart Rd.

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Fall is in the air, as are festive festivals I love fall festivals. I celebrate the entire experience. I love the corn dogs, arts and crafts, funnel cakes, bounce houses, unruly dogs, temper-tantrum-throwing children, local music acts, kids games, and sitting down on a bench in the shade with a Coke in hand. I’m an

eight year old and a senior citizen trapped in a 42-yearold body. In honor of the autumnal festival circuit, here are the four local festivals I’ve got my eye on this month – and one I most certainly do not. — John Show

All American Dog Show Oct. 6th I’ve never been to a dog show before, but now that we have a dog, and the dog show is in our neighborhood park, and it’s free, why wouldn’t we go? The Cornelius PARC website says there’s a K9 demo – I’m envisioning a German Shepherd attacking a pretend drug dealer, and that sounds awesome. The event description also says “animals deemed unruly or dangerous by Cornelius PARC staff will be dismissed without exception.” Guess that means we’ll need to get a babysitter for the kids.

cause traffic was jammed on I77. The kids fought the whole time. It was a three-hour car trip to nowhere.

food. Whether anyone still had his or her shoes. Do I recommend going solo or with family in tow? My family reads this so I probably shouldn’t say.

Laketoberfest Oct. 20th Carolina BalloonFest Oct. 19-21st The first fall we lived here I awoke one Saturday morning and told everyone to get in the car without telling them where we were going. We drove nearly an hour north and pulled into the rolling hills of the BalloonFest just after 9am as hordes of people flooded back into the parking lot. Confused, I rolled down my window to inquire where everyone was going. Turns out the balloons only go up early in the morning and late at night. We drove the long way home be-

The first year we went as a family and it was pretty fun. The Blonde Bomber cut all the lines for the bouncy houses while we stood off to the side and pretended we didn’t know her. It was cold. We left early. Last year no one wanted to go with me so I went by myself. I hitched a ride with my neighbor, The Big Friendly Giant, and then wandered listening to music and talking to people. The BFG left early with his family and I Uber’ed home. You know what I didn’t do? I didn’t check to see where anyone was. Whether or not anyone had eaten

(Any) Orchard Any weekend in October Nothing says fall like grabbing a sweater on a chilly morn’, tossing the family in the SUV and driving west to pick apples. Heading out in a flatbed truck covered with bales of hay while sipping on a nice warm cup of apple cider. Kidding. The Blonde Bomber gets car sick. You have to shed your jacket halfway

through the day because the temperature has risen 20 degrees. The flatbed truck smells like the barn stalls I used to have to clean as a kid. The cider is just warm apple juice in a paper cup. We stopped at a U-Pick-Em orchard two years ago and it was like a post-apocolyptic food grab with dozens of balding men in cargo shorts using telescoping arms to pick the remaining apples from the tippy top of the trees. Their reward upon obtaining sustenance for their families? A family Instagram selfie. #applepicking #appleofmyeye. Pound sign no thanks.

Hot Rods & Hops October 19th Even if you’re not a car person this monthly event at Eleven Lakes Brewing is awesome. Beer? Check. Cool cars? Check. Kids’ friends in attendance so they have someone to run around and play with? Check. Friend who knows something about cars and can explain them to me so I’m not just walking around saying “cool car” over and over? Check. I live in fear that Future Man is going to dent or scratch or do something even worse to one of those cars. Not enough for me to constantly keep an eye on him but, still, I worry. So that’s my fall festival plans. Will we go to any of them? I’d say there’s a 50/50 chance. I haven’t seen the kids’ soccer schedules yet. Jon Show lives in Robbins Park with his wife, who he calls the “Mother of Dragons.” His 9-year-old son is “Future Man,” and 5-year-old daughter is “The Blonde Bomber.”

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Cornelius 8/6/18 ABCD Inc., Allen Myles Darby, 21320 Baltic Dr. 8/6/18 Girthy Neck Enterprises LLC, Connor McCourt, 21414 Country Club Dr. 8/6/18 Modlin & Londry III DDS PLLC, David Michael Modlin Jr., 19810 W. Catawba Ave. #A1 8/7/18 CASFT LLC, Christopher A. Stiff, 19415 Peninsula Shores Dr. 8/8/18 ARK Group Irving Inc., Noah F. Lazes, 19401 Old Jetton Rd. Ste. 101 8/8/18 ZAG Investments LLC, Kim Garrett, 19825 N. Cove Rd. PMB 221 8/9/18 True Square LLC, James H. Windie, 15909 Robbins Green Dr. 8/10/18 Change of Chains Foundation, Gillian Baez, 20409 Sterling Bay Ln. W Apt. N 8/10/18 HMBL Home LLC, Sean McLaughlin, 22410 Market St. Unit 2327 8/13/18 Luv Brazilian Clothes Inc., Karla Braga Barbosa, 19507 W. Catawba Ave. 8/16/18 NMB Holdings LLC, Michael Macleod, 1111 Inn Keepers Way 8/16/18 Rucker Taylor Baseball Camps LLC, Rucker Taylor, 19600 Grasmere Pl. 8/17/18 HomeOps LLC, William M. Thompson, 19520 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 313D 8/17/18 The Cain Family Foundation, Stanton P. Geller, 17703 John Connor Rd. 8/20/18 JCL Realty LLC, Yuping Liu, 13722 Quiet Brook Ln. 8/20/18 R. Bentley Inc., Ryan Bentley Miller, 17707 North Shore Cir. 8/22/18 12103 Memory Lane Associates LLC, Albert Thomas Owens, 20437 Harborgate Ct. Unit 704 8/22/18 12343 Carrigan Court Associates LLC, Albert Thomas Owens, 20437 Harborgate Ct. Unit 704 8/22/18 13331 Mercer Drive Associates LLC, Albert Thomas Owens, 20437 Harborgate Ct. Unit 704

8/22/18 13907 Cinnabar Place Associates LLC, Albert Thomas Owens, 20437 Harborgate Ct. Unit 704 8/22/18 13932 Cinnabar Place Associates LLC, Albert Thomas Owens, 20437 Harborgate Ct. Unit 704 8/22/18 Baylor Dental Lives LLC, Keith A. Kye, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy. 8/22/18 TKC Group LLC, Steve Burk, 16604 Redding Park Ln. 8/23/18 Tis the Season Spectacular, Rocky M. Cabagnot, 19109 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 200 8/27/18 Loveland Mooresville Properties LLC, Jennifer A. Loveland, 19315 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 104 8/27/18 Planet House LLC, Lisa Sharp Ward, 22003 Lady Glencirn Ct. 8/27/18 Sentry Machinery Group Inc., Catherine M. Bentz, 19453 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. E 8/28/18 Extreme Arrow LLC, Irina Oakley, 8901 Oakmoor Ct. 8/28/18 Morningrise South LLC, Mary Schneider Bowden, 20435 Middletown Rd.

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8/28/18 Performance Safety Inspections LTD., Robert G. Finger, 19900 S. Main St. 8/28/18 Tranquil Earth Designs LLC, Melissa M. Bielec, 9624 Willow Leaf Ln. 8/30/18 Jennifer A. Loveland DMD III PLLC, Jennifer A. Loveland, 19315 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 104 8/30/18 Robert Lavoy Walker DMD II PLLC, Robert Lavoy Walker, 19315 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 104 9/5/18 SSLMR Holdings LLC, Scott B. Byars, 19410 E. Battery St. 9/6/18 Jackie Hanson LLC, Hugh Elkins, 8939 Chagrin Dr. Apt. 201 9/7/18 Tender Care Cleaning Service LLC, Brianique M. Wiley, 19109 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 200

Davidson 8/7/18 LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 15345 E. Rock Ct. 8/8/18 Genny Malloy Photography LLC, Genevieve Clark Malloy, 13724 Helen Benson Blvd. 8/9/18 Chris Johnson Landscapes LLC, Christopher Hampton Johnson, 12703 Windsor Crest Ct. 8/9/18 Ridgeview Ventures Limited Liability Company, United States

Corporation Agents Inc., 128 Vista Dr. 8/10/18 Hollins Grove Homeowners Association Inc., Benjamin McCrary, 442 S. Main St. Ste. 100 8/14/18 LKN HVAC Inc., Dave Fersch, 360 Spring St. 8/15/18 Pavement Pounders LLC, Drew A. Richards Esq., 215 S. Main St. Ste. 301 8/16/18 Ricochet Media Co. LLC, Eric Hilse, 13404 Robert Walker Dr. 8/17/18 CloudAnalytics LLC, Kevin Bernardini, 15435 Holly Trail Ln. 8/17/18 LKN Connects Inc., Jamie L. Cheveralls, 99 Jackson St. 8/17/18 Parkwood Square Community Homeowners Association Inc., Bryan Kuester, 705 Griffith St. Ste. 204 8/17/18 TDO Wealth Management LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St. Ste. 203 8/21/18 Bookman Bright Consulting Inc., David R. Hedges, 126 S. Main St. Ste. 2C 8/22/18 AT Home Benefits LLC, Andrew J. Krumholz, 13525 Evening Primrose Dr.

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Sept. 12. By Dave Yochum. A prominent investment advisor from Cornelius has been named as an unregistered promoter in an alleged real estate investment scheme in Colorado. Marlin S. Hershey, a principal at Performance Holdings in Kenton Place, was mentioned in an indictment against Gary Jule Dragul, 55, the president of GDA Real Estate Services LLC, a Denver, Colo., company that uses investor money to purchase and manage shopping centers and other commercial real estate. Hershey did not respond directly to a phone call or email from Cornelius Today and Business Today asking for comment. His attorney responded instead, demanding a review of this story pre-publication, which is against our editorial policies. He did not comment on the Dragul indictment. In Colorado, Denver District Court Judge Martin Egelhoff has signed a temporary restraining order, an order freezing assets and order of non-destruction of records, as well as a preliminary injunction for GDA Real Estate Services. “We allege that the Defendant [Dragul] engaged in a massive fraud by covering up the sale of one of the commercial properties from investors, and commingling the investors’ money from each of the businesses for no legitimate business purpose,” stated Rome. “The actions authorized by the judge’s ruling will allow for whatever assets remain of Mr. Dragul’s fraudulent business practice to be frozen and, pending a favorable result from this case, kept for distribution to those who have been harmed.” Dragul denies the allegations and says he will be vindicated.

At least 175 investors affected The motion submitted for the civil case alleges that between 2008 and 2015, Dragul sold more than $52 million worth of interests in 14 different limited liability companies to approximately 175 investors. Investments were primarily sold in the form of membership interests in these LLCs that acquired commercial real estate using investor funds and loans. One such venture was the Plaza at the Mall of Georgia, which Dragul, through an LLC purchased in 2008 for $25.9 million. Documents provided to investors allegedly contained minimal information and virtually no disclosure of the risks associated with commercial real estate investments. The 22-page indictment claims Dragul and GDA engaged in a “course of business which operated as a fraud, in part, by accepting funds into this investment scheme and failing to disclose material facts to investors prior to making these investments.” The indictment says Dragul “used an unregistered promoter from North Carolina named Marlin Hershey to offer GDA promissory notes. Colorado AG says Hershey ‘approached several victims’ “Based on internal emails, GDA was desperately trying to raise additional operating capital to fund the business,” the indictment alleges. It goes on to say “Hershey approached several of the victims with offerings of GDA promissory notes. He represented that Dragul and GDA were very successful and that Dragul was worth millions of dollars.” Of course it’s possible Hershey was

News from entirely unaware of Dragul’s true modus operandi. Unregistered promoters can get into trouble if they sell securities without being registered to sell them, both in state and across state lines—or aren’t aware of underlying fraud. The Securities and Exchange definition of promoter suggests involvement “in founding and organizing the business or enterprise of an issuer.” The indictment claims Dragul “misappropriated investor funds” for personal use by him and his wife. In one eight-month time period, the indictment charges, Dragul transferred more $3.8 million to his personal accounts, and more than $2.1 million to his wife’s accounts. The indictment says Dragul failed to disclose that he would “use investor funds to pay for his personal expenses, including but not limited to payments

Marlin Hershey to Las Vegas casinos, credit card companies and liquor stores.” Dragul and GDA, according to the indictment, also never told investors of the true risks associated with the investments. They made “numerous untrue statements of material facts” before and after the investments, the indictment says. “The investments remain unpaid and past due,” the Dragul indictment says. Dragul and GDA also “engaged in a course of selective repayment,” the indictment says. According to the indictment, Colorado investors were repaid, while many out-of-state investors stopped receiving payments. The Colorado AG’s indictment mentions investors from Lake Nor-

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man, Shelby and Fort Mill, S.C. The investments range from amounts like $50,000, $75,000 and $125,000 to more than $200,000. Local investors, who spoke with Cornelius Today and Business Today under the condition of anonymity, said they were out hundreds of thousands of dollars.

First investment property at 16 The Performance Holdings web site says Marlin Hershey has always had a passion for real estate, and purchased his first investment property at the age of 16. As “Principal of Performance Holdings,” Hershey specializes in the acquisition of shopping centers and other income-producing real estate assets, second home lot development and mezzanine or debt financing, as well as asset-based lending, according to the web site. Hershey got into hot water with the SEC 11 years ago when Charlotte-based LendingTree was going public. The SEC then said Hershey used insider information to purchase 2,250 shares of LendingTree prior to its acqusition. He was ordered to “disgorge” profits and pay civil monetary damages. No other principals or employees at Performance Holdings were named in the Dragul indictment. Dragul failed to disclose his outstanding debts or the civil suits from former investors, the indictment says. The Colorado indictment says Dragul misappropriated investor funds for personal use by diverting money to accounts held personally by Dragul and his wife, including payments to Las Vegas casinos, credit card companies, liquor stores and travel on a private jet. Prosecutors claim that failing to disclose these facts encouraged investors to continue their investments with him, violating the anti-fraud provisions of the Colorado Securities Act. According to its website, GDA Real Estate Services LLC, has been involved in more than 270 shopping center transactions in 15 states. Investors said they have not received any communication from Hershey around the apparent failure of the GDA investments. He lives in The Peninsula in a home assessed at $1.5 million, according to Mecklenburg County property records.

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of an educational options study commission—the Huntersville board did the same—to study local education options going forward. Mayor Woody Washam said he wants a “small but powerful group” that represents the best thinking in both private and public education as well as charter schools. Commissioner Denis Bilodeau said

the current CMS process for addressing capital needs in North Mecklenburg is unacceptable. “While our Town does not want to be in the business of managing schools, the recent action by CMS leaves us no choice but to evaluate options to meet the future needs of our children,” he said. The ultimate goal of the educational options commission is determining

Denis Bilodeau Sept. 18. By Dave Yochum. Cornelius Commissioner Michael Miltich has a new job no one else wanted: Representing Cornelius on a brand-new committee organized by a school system that doesn’t want to give us any money. It’s more tit for tat in what’s becoming a monumental fight between urban and suburban interests in Mecklenburg County education. On Monday night the Cornelius Town Board approved the formation

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9/11 Remembrance Vigil

Candlelight and prayers Days after the violence in Charlottesville, Va. last year, the Confederate soldiers’ monument on Zion Avenue was vandalized. Joel Simpson, the former associate pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, organized a prayer and candlelight vigil on the Davidson Village Green to bring about racial healing. A second prayer vigil was held one year later on the Green Sept. 20. Sherry Washam was among the attendees.

The Cornelius 9/11 Remembrance Vigil was held in the plaza adjoining the Cornelius Never Forget Monument at Fire Station No. 1. A bell tolled at the moment each of the horrible events unfolded 17 years ago, with a special toll at 11 a.m. for North Carolina first responders who have died in the line of duty. Pictured are Mayor Washam and Cornelius Lemley volunteer firefighter Ricky Overcash. He is also director of public works in Cornelius. The monument faces north, directly at Ground Zero.

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The Little Bakers A check for Big Brothers Big Sisters Laura Engel, who sits on the board of the Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, presents a check for $3,000 to Jim Duke, finance chair of Big Day at the Lake. The late Lauren Kimsey was a longtime Big Day at the Lake volunteer as well as an Aquesta employee. The foundation supports cancer research and BDATL/ Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mmmm, good: Hailey Loma and Ansley Dodson staffed the Little Baker booth at the Tawba Walk.

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Search Even though it’s days away, we’re bracing for Florence Sept. 11. By Dave Yochum. UPDATE 11AM. If the volume of bread and water flying off the shelves at Harris Teeter is a good barometer of what people think about Hurricane Florence, our first major hurricane of 2018 could be a serious weather event as far inland as we are. […] Red Cross opens in N. Meck High; Florence on her way Sept. 12. With Hurricane Florence approaching the coat, North Mecklenburg High School opened at noon today as an American Red Cross shelter for people fleeing the Category 3 storm […] Hurricane Florence shifts south Sept. 12 UPDATED 4 PM. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday as Hurricane Florence draws closer to the coast.[…] Running on empty: Gas supplies spotty Thursday morning Sept. 13. By Dave Yochum. UPDATE 3 PM. Finding gas was hit or miss in Cornelius at 7 am. […] Cornelius declares state of emergency ahead of Florence Sept. 14. By Dave Yochum. With winds picking up around Cornelius, Hurricane Florence is no longer just a concept here. […] Deadly hurricane crawls our way with rain, winds UPDATE 9 AM SATURDAY. By Dave Yochum. Bands of moderate showers and then heavy rain is on its way through Saturday and into Sunday, with rainfall totals of 7-14 inches in Mecklenburg and south; 5-10 in Iredell. […]

Your comments and opinions since 2006 September Online Editorial

Cains make historic donation to Cornelius Arts Center From Melissa Quesenberry Dumbrigue How fantastic. We have loved the Cornelius Arts Center. This is sure to be tremendous.

Bill and Ericka Cain

From Brenda Heerdt The Cains have also done so much for Bailey’s Glen. THANKS!!

From Shelia Brabham Brumlow Sweet people, generous hearts!

From Andrea Keister So wonderful! It doesn’t get much classier than Dr. and Mrs. Cain! From Amy Yelton Lee Love The Cains and what a wonderful gift for the town!!

Why we’ve got gas Sept. 17. By Dave Yochum. Tom Kloza—the nationally recognized fuel whisperer—says you don’t build a church for Easter Sunday. That’s the analogy the global head of energy analysis at OPIS (Oil Price Information Service) used to describe the normally adequate gasoline supply. […] Fortunately for most of us in Cornelius, it’s back to normal Sept. 17 @ 7 AM. It’s back to normal for Cornelius today with Hurricane Florence a nasty memory. Waste collection is a “go” this week but tons of debris will make it a slow go. […]

From Char Walsh Very nice. From Heidi Hickox-Gordon Fantastic. From April Blasier Beckman Thank you. From Mark Becker Awesome.

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My brother cried at my wedding because one-eyed Butkus died From Eileen Jones Wolfe May the dog rest in peace.

Pre-Flo: Duke Energy actively drawing down lake levels Sept.14. By Dave Yochum. From the truly precautionary to the dramatic, we’re preparing in earnest for Hurricane Florence as it draws closer to Charlotte and Cornelius. Duke Energy has “aggressively moved water” out of Lake Norman. […] Several more hours of rain forecast Sept. 15. 11:30 AM. The remnants of Florence are lingering over Cornelius, with plenty more rain expected. […]

From Ann Miltich Awesome gift to our town..Thank you!

From Mary Ann The picture of the dog is hilarious! Thank God The Mother of Dragons is around to keep the new dog alive.

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21 new homes coming to W. Catawba From Greg When is enough ENOUGH? We don’t need more residential areas along Catawba! Traffic is horrible NOW! We need more green space. Why not use those 8.5 acres for a park with nature trails? From Barbara Ann It’s ridiculous. Eleven more days and I’ll be in my new home out in the country and away from the cluster&^%$ here! From Vernette Opheim Barnes Sure it’s all about the expected tax revenue . After all, the city approved an ax throwing bar to open. How about we

get Catawba widened to 73 before anything else gets built! From Anne Marie I’m originally from NY, I moved here from Phoenix five years ago for the small town feel. Now I’m thinking about moving to a tiny beach town Editor’s Note: The Charlotte Observer reported on what’s left among beach towns post-Florence. Search ‘Beach-by-beach update: Some progress after Florence, some problems’ at

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Online Headline Aug. 24

Twin circles at Hwy 21/Catawba put businesses in a box

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From Nils Lucander I hate to say it and I don’t think I’ve ever said anything like this really do need to think about doing some things “like we do up north” (or out west, or east or south) because I tell you....the people designing things around here...really suck at what they do. What needs to happen is....we need to make some tough decisions and nobody wants to do that. So, we end up taking the easy route, which means mostly putting a bandage over a problem instead of getting rid of the problem. From Dave Mancuso All I want is to be able to get on I77 south from Catawba (in front of Wendy’s) without getting stuck behind everyone waiting to go straight across the bridge!! From Eileen Jones Wolfe Has anyone bothered asking our first responders? From Adam Frank Two traffic circles on either side of a diverging diamond? SIGN ME UP. BRING IT ON. I LOVE IT. From Marc Studer Haven’t been to Cashions in years because of getting in and out. Its pointless with this mess. This design I will pretty much just use exit 25. From Brian Stack We can’t drive straight let alone go around and then switch from one side then back again and then go around again. I’m dizzy just writing this. LMAO From Pete Carter I’m getting dizzy thinking about it. Why the heck does

NCDOT have to over-engineer everything? Honestly, it’s not this hard. From Ken A circle should be placed at the 21 and Catawba intersection. This plan looks to be a poor design. If i am seeing this correctly drivers would not be allowed to go straight down Catawba. Traffic is bad enough already and I can’t see how this layout is going to help. If you are going to install a circle it should be at the Catawba and 21 intersection.

Town Board hears from residents opposed to higher speed limits From Jodi Zanolini There’s too much traffic—no need to raise the speed limit— we are driving slower than the speed limit cause there are too many cars on the road to begin with From Patrice Winovich Is everybody in that much of a hurry that raising the speed limit to 45 mph will make a difference? Geez! From Bruce Galinsky It will save 15 to 30 seconds for that mile...that’s it. From Eileen Jones Wolfe Speeding will cause someone getting killed! What is wrong with you people?

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Each month we will take a look at a Cornelius first responder Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online Headline Aug. 29

CMS Board Vote 1-77 Mobility Partners: Mums the word Angers Cornelius From Jeff W. I will never pay to run this lane no matter what, might as well Leaders let the grass grow over it.

From Nicole Sottile Lake Norman Schools should leave CMS all together! It’s ridiculous that CMS is compromised of such a large area.

Sam Rivers BY KRISTEN ENWRIGHT Firefighter Sam Rivers, 22, has all the advantage of youth. The energy that accompanies his age is an asset for stations as busy as the Cornelius Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept. In fact, it wasn’t the physical rigors of the job that Sam said were the hardest, no surprise given his tremendous stature and strength, it was the sleep schedule. “I was up four times after midnight this past Saturday. The aftermath is rough but you get over it,” he shrugged. Rivers’ age should not be mistaken for inexperience either. He has been with Cornelius-Lemley two years, part of our live-in program as he completes his associates degree in fire science at Central Piedmont Community College. Before joining the department, he was a volunteer with Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Dept. for three years. His ultimate goal is to work full-time for a department in Charlotte or Salisbury. Sam recalled one his most harrowing moments as a firefighter when a gas line blew as he searched an attic, scorching portions of his ear and neck, his helmet, jacket and gloves. Fortunately, instinct and a level head got him to safety and his injuries were minor. The image a bystander snapped of the smoke rising off of Sam as he emerged from the home is a reminder that mere seconds and excellent training are often the only things between an exciting story and tragedy. When asked if he wasn’t a firefighter, what would he be, Sam said: ”I have no idea. It’s really the only thing I’m good at.” Lucky for us. Kristen Enwright, a ‘local’ for over 30 years, is an interior designer, Guardian ad Litem and collector of folk art.

Online Headline Sept. 13

From Debbie Monroe Residents have a Mooresville Graded School District tax in addition to their regular Iredell County property tax bill. From Amanda Davis Rittenberry How is it that Morseville has very successfully created their own school district separate from Iredell County Schools? Why is it unreasonable to think that wouldn’t work for Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson? I’m not talking about building charters run by the towns, but an actual separate district. From Amanda Davis Rittenberry I echo Davidson Commissioner Jim Fuller. Leaving CMS weaker is not a good option. If parents want something better for their children than that is what private schools are for. Charter schools are only used as an excuse to segregate those who feel too privileged to go to public schools. The towns should get rid of the charter schools and stay out of that business. Period!

From Jeff S. Bad bad people. YES, I said it. When you cannot answer a single question posed to you, there’s something not right, not open and honest about that... From Matthew What bet did these nerds lose? From Peggy Crawford Maiorano “The meeting brought new meaning to the word bizarre.” From John If they answered no questions, why did we have a meeting?

Editor’s note: I-77 Mobility Partners set up the meeting and said they would not answer any of the questions posed to them. Indeed, they just sat there, hence our sentence about bringing new meaning to the word bizarre. That said, the trio did answer some reporters’ questions after the meeting was over.

Online Headline Sep. 14

Cornelius declares state of emergency ahead of Florence From Alyssa Kelly Uh-oh. From Susan Weinrich Green The worst that could happen is we remodel again. Editor’s note: We received two dozen comments on this story, and 292 shares on Facebook.

Online Headline Sept. 17

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Why we’ve got gas From Patrice Love this gas station, they actually talk to their customers.

Classic Hurricane: 2 oz. light rum; 3 oz. dark rum; 6 oz. passion fruit juice; 6 oz. orange juice; 2 tbsp. grenadine; 2 Orange slices; 2 maraschino cherries. From Carrie Sounds good. From Jeff Finally, meaningful hurricane news. From Jan A necessity after watching hurricane coverage in Charlotte From Eileen Enjoy

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