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February 2018 • VOLUME 13 NUMBER 5

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Cornelius residents will have a chance to get to know their elected officials during the town’s new “Connecting Cornelius” meet-ups. The first “Connecting Cornelius” event is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 8:30 a.m. at Harvey’s, located at 19906 N. Cove Road, Suite A, near Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails in Jetton Village. Mayor Woody Washam and the Town Board of Commissioners will be available for coffee, questions and conversation during this new monthly event. “Our goal this year is to create more chances to connect with citi-

zens of Cornelius,” said Washam. “We want to keep them informed on all pertinent town issues as well as listen to their ideas, solutions and concerns. As a board, we look forward to a wide range of discussions during these monthly events.” Email Town Manager Anthony Roberts at to suggest topics to be discussed at these events. “Connecting Cornelius” events will be held the first Monday of each month with the next scheduled for March 5 at Harvey’s.

Regional clout: Newsmakers Breakfast Feb. 22 features all 3 N. Meck mayors The three mayors of North Mecklenburg will field questions from the audience at the Newsmakers Breakfast Feb. 22 at The Peninsula Club. The mayors—Woody Washam in Cornelius, Rusty Knox in Davidson and John Aneralla in Huntersville—show signs of cooperating on issues ranging from development to affordable housing, from I-77 to education. Their opinions, especially when they are in concert, are heard loud and clear by political leaders in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Newsmakers Breakfasts are openforum Q&As, driven by current issues and news around us. Anyone can ask a question. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for networking. The buffet-style breakfast gets under way at 7:30 a.m. The Q&A begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 9 a.m. The cost to attend, $12, includes a full country breakfast. Reservations are required. RSVP at 704-895-1335 with Visa or MasterCard.

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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 Tilly is a senior Catahoula mix who was picked up as a stray in Cornelius. She walks well on a leash, is friendly and calm and would make a great companion. Please come meet her.

Tiki was turned in because her owner worked all day and felt this sweet kitten was lonely. She loves to be held and cuddled and likes to play, but given the option, would prefer to be petted or sit in your lap.

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Table of Contents The Burden of Long-Term Care

We shopped till we dropped Thanks to lots of reader input, we price-checked a market basket at Food Lion, Harris Teeter and Publix. The results are interesting. Pages 4-5

Is your retirement prepared for the costs of long-term care? Typically, when people think about the biggest risks to their financial security in retirement, health care costs come to mind. An often overlooked risk, however, is the cost associated with long-term care.

Black History Month A look at the black churches in Cornelius provides insight into our common history.

For many Americans, the term “long-term care” has a new sense of urgency – particularly for the roughly 76 million1 of those in the baby boom generation. But what exactly is long-term care?

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According to Genworth Financial, the average annual cost of a private nursing home room in the United States is $92,378, while a home health aide ran at about $45,760.2 Many people assume that Medicare and other forms of health insurance will cover these costs, but in reality, long-term care is not considered a medical expense, and Medicare will only cover certain aspects.

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Medicaid will help many seniors pay for long-term care, but in order to qualify you will have to spend most of your assets, which is not what anyone had in mind for their ideal retirement.

Eat This Up News from local restaurants, breweries and more. Page 25

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This month’s cover, by Keith Blankenship, includes a picture of Rev. Tony Moreau, assistant pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, at the drive-up imposition of ashes last year

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Long-term care covers a host of varying services that one may need, ranging from in-home care and adult day care to assisted living or nursing home care. It is generally regarded as hands-on assistance that lasts for an extended period of time for those who can no longer care for themselves because of disabilities, illness or cognitive impairments. Regardless of what type of care is required, all forms of long-term care can hit your finances hard.

Are you confident that your finances can withstand the burden of longterm care costs? The Employee Benefit Research Institute reports that the average retirement shortfall for baby boomers is roughly $50,000 – but this rises dramatically when nursing home and home health care expenses are 3 added. With these figures, it’s clear to see why people are worried about having enough money to cover their retirement. At A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC, we are dedicated to providing you with personalized financial solutions and making sure that your plans can provide for you down the road. We are committed to helping you prepare for all of the potential costs you will face in retirement, including health and long-term care. Although retirement planning can be stressful, trying to predict future health expenses doesn’t have to be. Choosing to work with the right financial professional who can evaluate your unique financial situation and develop a plan tailored to you and your goals can help you live more comfortably in retirement. If you would like to learn more about long-term care planning, we invite you to attend one of our complimentary presentations. For more information about our firm please visit and to access to free retirement educational information visit! Warm Regards, John B. Balcerzak CFP® • 704-897-0267 A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any government agency. 1-( 2-( 3-(

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The Price is Right at… The grocery list J ust like the grocery cart comparison you see when entering Publix, the Cornelius Today grocery price check results in Publix having the cheapest total for our list, with Food Lion and Harris Teeter following in that order. Cornelius Today did its pricing at Food Lion, Harris Teeter Antiquity and Publix, with a spot check at Harris Teeter Jetton Cove that showed a slight difference at the meat deli counter and with manager’s specials. The 27 items cost $132.07 at Publix, $133.24 at Food Lion and $149.13 at Harris Teeter representing a $17.06 difference between highest and lowest. We triple-checked the math. Beyond the price differences, the chains have a different feel, with Harris Teeter at Jetton Cove delivering the best experience. More on that later if you’re interested in shopping being an experience rather than just loading up the pantry and refrigerator, and eventually your stomach. You, readers, picked the items Cornelius Today priced with suggestions on the Cornelius Today Facebook page, and a few offered to help shop and share impressions. Thank you! Cornelius Today passes along this advice from readers: watch at the check-out to make sure the prices are ringing up as advertised on the shelves and make sure coupons on items are removed and scanned (some chains train cashiers to go for speed and not remove coupons).

What we did

We opted to have one shopper to ensure the exact items were looked at, and any differences could be noted like with Folgers coffee and Beneful Originals dog food pricing. We did not use sales prices, coupons, specials or MVP or VIC prices. Publix doesn’t use a customer loyalty card program. Not all of the store chains had some brands Cornelius Today was looking for so we did not include those items in the grocery list comparison chart. Food Lion, for example, does not carry Boar’s Head deli meat. The Boar’s Head ham varieties we compared at Publix and Harris Teeter An-

tiquity were $10.99 per pound. Harris Teeter Jetton Cove had fewer Boar’s Head ham varieties and were priced at $10.79, $10.89 or $10.99 per pound. Items that were available at all chains in the same size are in the grid chart. We talk about other items here. Harris Teeter and Food Lion have Keurig brand coffee pods, a box for 10 cups at $9.99 or $8.99 respectively. All three groceries carry other brands of coffee pods for Kuerig machines. Popular brands include Dunkin’ Donut (Food Lion $10.59, Harris Teeter $8.99, Publix $9.49) and Starbucks (Food Lion $8.99, Harris Teeter $9.99, Publix $9.99) boxes for 10 cups.

Special requests

You asked about organic and gluten-free foods. Cornelius Today found a sampling at each. In general, Food Lion, the smallest of the stores, had the fewest selections. Publix offered highly visible organic bananas for 79 cents a pound, or 20 cents per pound more than its other bananas. The three chains carry Eggo frozen waffles in various varieties/flavors in boxes of 10 waffles; only Harris Teeter have gluten-free, which come in boxes of 8. The prices: Food Lion at $2.99; and Publix at $2.67; Harris Teeter at $3.69, including glutenfree. For the cheese lovers in Cornelius, here’s the scoop on what you’ll find shredded in bags. Some of you asked for the Sargento brand in particular, others poopooed that. We priced Sargento, Kraft and the Harris Teeter brand. Food Lion sells Sargento at $2.79 a bag and Kraft at $3.09. Harris Teeter sells both brands for $3.79. Publix sells Sargento at $4.19 and Kraft at $3.79. Harris Teeter brand sells at $3.39 a bag; the buy two and get three free special runs frequently. You asked about nut alternatives to traditional cow milk. Cornelius Today checked out Silk brand nut milks, which come in half-gallon containers. We didn’t include these in the price chart because Food Lion prices were different for various flavors, ranging from $2.99 to $3.29. Publix sold all flavors for $3.13 and Harris Teeter for $3.99. Continued on page 5

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Our readers pitched in

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Size matters

About the differences we noted above in coffee and dog food: The price per 30.5-ounce container of Folgers was $8.99 at Food Lion, $10.69 at Harris Teeter. Publix selections of Folgers were in 24.2-ounce cans for $8.85. Publix displayed a sign saying the price was for 24.2-ounce to 30.5-ounces cans, but only had 24.2-ounce cans on the shelf. That comes to 29 cents an ounce for Food Lion, 35 cents at Harris Teeter and 36 cents at Publix for what we saw on the shelves. The larger size, if Publix had it available, would cost 29 cents an ounce, the same cheaper price as Food Lion. While Food Lion and Publix sell 15.5-pound bags of Beneful Originals dog food for $17.79 and $14.59 respectively, Harris Teeter weighed in with a 31.1-pound bag at $39.99. Per ounce that comes to $1.15 an ounce at Food Lion, $1.29 cents at Harris Teeter, and 94 cents at Publix. A reader who shops at Publix gave the store the highest mark for orga-

nization, having a good number of cashiers and having shelves stocked. Harris Teeter may suffer from rearrangement confusion in the transition to Kroger. All four stores score high marks for friendliness of staff, store cleanliness, cart availability and parking. The Harris Teeter stores designate parking spaces for customers with child and for veterans. Parking at the Jetton Cove store can be chaotic. Food Lion offers cut flower bouquets, but the selection is small. Harris Teeter Jetton Cove has the largest flower and plant section. Most people shop close to home or work, and may drop in several times a week instead of making a weekly grocery trip. So Cornelius Today didn’t travel to Aldi, Walmart or BJ’s Wholesale because they’re not located in 28031.

Shopping experience

Harris Teeter offers the best graband-go experience with a salad bar, Asian and hot food bars for breakfast and later, bakery, in-store pizzeria, pharmacy, extensive cheese selection, cut fruit, bread counter,

prepared sandwiches and like — and a Starbucks coffee shop. Publix offers many of same amenities, some smaller and less flashy. You can get a cup of coffee, but it’s not Starbucks. Publix has a place to sit and eat. At Harris Teeter Jetton Cove, you can buy a Starbucks and sit in the coffee shop area. Food Lion falls short in experience shopping and is geared to a utilitarian visit. No cup of coffee, no pharmacy. If you’re hoping for lower grocery prices in Cornelius, hang that hope on 28031 attracting a Lidl store. When the German grocer enters a new market, competitors including Food Lion, Walmart, Publix, Kroger (which owns Harris Teeter), Aldi and Walmart respond by lowering prices to stay competitive, according to a recent UNC Chapel Hill study. But for now, the Cornelius Today price comparison shows Publix had the cheapest overall total for the items we checked, although some individual items such as ground beef, bagged salad and broccoli were pricier than the competition.

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Rhonda Lennon has a new title at CMS, new name DAVE YOCHUM Rhonda Lennon Cheek has plenty going on: She’s newly re-married and recently elected vice chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education. Both are noteworthy. The largely Democratic board is one of the most influential and powerful boards in the Piedmont—and Lennon is a wellrespected leader in the Republican party. She’s also been a well-known single mom who shared her trials and tribulations—including breast cancer and a foreclosure—on Facebook. “It has been a challenge, but I have been so fortunate to have family and friends to help me with my children,” the Cornelius resident says. Her two oldest are both engaged and getting married this year. Still at home is son Mason, a 10th grader at Hough High. She and Brent Cheek were married Jan. 1 in Las Vegas. This being 2018, the Elvis-themed nuptials were live streamed.

“We currently reside in Cornelius, but we will be transitioning to Davidson during this year. Brent’s support and encouragement certainly gave me the confidence to step into the Vice Chair role,” she says. The three-term board member’s selection by colleagues is an indication of her commitment to “work together for all students in the county and to put aside ideology and work in a nonpartisan manner,” Cheek says. “I know that when Dr. Ruby Jones nominated me, she mentioned that I was the ‘seasoned veteran’ on the board and also a colleague who is direct and straight forward in getting things done,” she adds. One of her ongoing goals is preparing students for jobs that are needed

today and in the future. “This encompasses vocational training and also pathways that incorporate high education, college or specialized training,” she says. Lennon, one of the region’s most influential elected officials, has always been a hard-working, multitasking parent.

“My advice to single parents—be consistent, even when you have to be the bad and good guy. Rely on friends and family to help you. And focus more on the things you can do with your children, rather than things you can buy them. The most precious gift you can give a child is your time and attention,” she says.

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Crafty Burg’r will open a third restaurant this spring in Denver. The locally owned restaurant success story opened its first location in Kenton Place in late 2015 and its second in the Antiquity shopping center last year. The new location is in a Publix shopping center being built at the intersection of Hwy. 16 Business and Hwy. 73. Other tenants include a UPS store and a nail spa. The concept comes out of the owners’ success at Al’s Bar & Grille in Magnolia Plaza. Neil Eibeler, a longtime Newell Rubbermaid executive, could not be reached for comment. Crafty Burg’r is known for its fresh ground beef burgers and craft beers.

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Come to Black History Month event at Town Hall Feb. 24

Torrence Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

BY RON POTTS The Black History Month program at Town Hall each year looks at the history of families in and around the Smithville community. We’ve heard stories from the following families: Connor, Stinson, Grier, Nelson, Rivens, and Potts. We have also featured authors such as Lucy Withers McLean (No More Chicken Feet), Marshall Lowery (If You Want to Help the Poor, Don’t Be One), and the local artist and poet James (Jimmy) Donaldson. We have also had music from long time citizens Rissie Derr Work and the late Lula Bell Houston. This year the story will revolve around three historically black churches in Cornelius and will include history, music, spoken word, liturgical dance, pictures, and memorabilia. The churches are Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church, built 1869; Hunters Chapel United Methodist Church, established 1909 and Union Bethel AME Zion Church, established 1917. The theme for the Black History Celebration is Sharing Out Heritage. The main event will be at Cornelius Town Hall, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Smithville CommUNITY Coalition is partnering with the Town of Cornelius, Cornelius Historical Preservation Committee and Bella Love to provide rich opportunities that week.

Torrence Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Torrence Chapel’s beginnings were like that of most rural churches. It was organized by Rev. Ephraim Torrence before 1869, with a few former slaves. A brush arbor was built near the Township of Cornelius in a small

“Negro settlement” Smithville. A few years later, the Church moved to the present location and built a frame structure in 1869 on a site given by white friends, the Glaspies. The first deed was registered in 1902. The Church has been remodeled several times with a major renovation in 1960. Since then, a Fellowship Hall and classrooms have been added, along with upgrades to the bathrooms and an entryway as recent as 2015. Many of the original family members are still attending the church. The pastor is Rev. Ellison Bowman.

Hunters Chapel United Methodist Church

Hunters Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church was built on land given to the founders by the Gillespie family who owned land which stretched all the to the Catawba River. The first building was constructed in November 1909, approximately .3 miles from the current site on John Connor Road (renamed in 1994 from Beatties Ford Road). The first building was plank board and sat on a leaning rock foundation. Lanterns were used to light the structure and a pot belly stove provided heat. The original bell that still hangs in the steeple was originally supported by a pole which stood in the front of the Church. In 1960, Duke Power purchased the Church to create Lake Norman. Graves were moved from the old cemetery and the Church was rebuilt at its present location. It became Hunters Chapel United Methodist Church in 1968. It holds the distinction of being the only predominately Black United Methodist Church in Northern Mecklenburg County. As with Torrence Chapel, many of the

Hunters Chapel United Methodist Church

Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

original families are still attending the church. The pastor is Rev. Emmanuel Yiadom.

Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

In July 1917, families in the Smithville area made plans to launch a new church in the community. Until that time, most Smithville residents had to travel the 1 I/2 miles to Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church on Gamble Road (now named T In 1917, some families in the Smithville area made plans to launch a new church in the community. Until that time, most Smithville residents had to travel the 1 I/2 miles to Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church on Gamble Road (now named Torrence Chapel Road). They traveled by foot, wagon, and buggy. Some of the founding families were from the Stinson, Grier, Nelson and Withers families. The new church was named, Union Bethel, by Mrs. Mary Withers, wife of Isaac A. Withers. The first pastor of the church was Rev. William Stinson. The first church services were held in the Masonic Lodge on South Hill

Street until the church building was completed in 1922 at its current site on Catawba Avenue in the Smithville Community. Over the years changes were made to the original structure which included renovating the front of the church to add two bathrooms and to convert the two-front door entrances to a double-door central entrance as well as closing the church’s basement, used as a fellowship hall, renovating the back of the church to add a new bathroom and fellowship hall, which was named after one of the founding members, Rev. Byfinue S. Stinson, brother to the first pastor, Rev. William Stinson. The oldest living church member is Ms. Sylvia S. Tucker. At the age of 93 she is still active and vital part of the church. Mrs. Tucker is the daughter of founding members of the church, Elmer and Beulah Stinson. In July 2017 the church celebrated its 100th year and in attendance was Mrs. Kitty Withers Winston, 100 years old, and the daughter of one of the church’s founders, Mr. & Mrs. Isaac A. Withers. The pastor is Rev. Wayne Harris. — Ron Potts is co-chair of Smithville Community Coalition

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Another new church, with Presbyterian roots, opens A Presbyterian-affiliated satellite church from Winston-Salem has opened midway between Bethel Presbyterian Church and Cornelius Presbyterian. Reynolda Church meets at 11 a.m. Sunday in the old Michael Waltrip Raceworld at Liverpool and Chartwell Center Drive. The satellite operation is part of a trend toward big churches that continue to grow by establishing off-site locations. Reynolda officials would not comment, but the church is affiliated with EPC, short for the Evangelical Presbyterian Churches. Bethel Presbyterian is an ECOaffiliated congregation, and belongs to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians​ . Cornelius Presbyterian is a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation. Like a number of denominations, Presbyterianism has divided up over the years around issues like abortion, same-gender marriage and ordaining women. Reynolda itself is part of another trend: Church-growing through satellite campuses, some of which feature near-celebrity pastors beamed in on

Sunday thanks to live-streaming and other technologies. Named for the Reynolds Tobacco family estate in Winston-Salem, Reynolda Church at the Lake has campuses in Union Cross, Clemmons and now Lake Norman. The lead pastor is radio teacher and author Alan Wright, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors in 1984. A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary—he was valedictorian of his class— Wright takes a “good news” approach to theology with praise services and an emphasis on “biblical truth that is rooted in 100 percent grace” and “un-mixed with shame or religious legalism.” Reynolda’s satellite churches have campus pastors and venue worship leaders, Preston Parrish and Joel Tomkinson, respectively, in Lake Norman. Reynolda officials said plans for an ongoing venue are being evaluated and should be more defined in the “very near” future. The address of Reynolda is 20310 Chartwell Center Drive, at the corner of Liverpool.

On Sunday, Come Worship With Us Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 10:30am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 9:30am, 11am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am

Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Worship 11am Love Lake Norman Church 19725 Oak St., Worship 10:30am Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 19600 Zion St., Worship 8:30am, 9:45am, 11am NorthCross Church 11020 Bailey Rd., Ste H, Worship 10:15am Point of Grace Lutheran Church 20700 N. Main St., Worship 11am Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church 21517 Torrence Chapel Rd Worship 10am Bible study each Wed, noon and 7pm Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am


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Music lovers take note: Ethan Regan has a song in his heart BY DAVE YOCHUM Imagine sitting down in Birkdale Village and singing—not an easy thing to do. Fourteen-year-old Ethan Regan started doing it when he was 12. They’ve since shooed him away, but Ethan has the stage presence, voice and talent to busk pretty much wherever he wants. He has just released an extended play album called “Anthem,” which is generating income on apps like Spotify thanks to more than 3,000 live streams. The Hough High freshman is the son of Angie and John Regan who live on River Chase Drive with two more children: Zac, 16, who enjoys weightlifting, snowboarding and track, and Alivia, 11, who enjoys tennis, soccer and singing. Dad is a Van Morrison and Billy Joel fan while Mom gets down with James Blunt and Ed Sheeran. In fact, people compare Ethan’s voice to Sheeran’s, a sensitive singer/ songwriter with a huge following. Ethan got a guitar at age 6, “got good at 8 or 9 and got bitten by the

The Regan family: Ethan (14), Angie, John, Alivia (11) and Zac (16)

bug.” His favorite musicians, besides Sheeran, range from Jack Johnson to the Four Tops and Dion and Belmonts. “He has driven this entire process from start to end. I’ve just supported him a bit with the business end of it but that’s it,” Angie says. He taught himself how to use the music pro-

duction software enabling him to add different musical instruments to his songs. Modest and well-spoken, Ethan plays in a praise band at Huntersville Presbyterian Church. Ethan writes music and lyrics, and performs at places like Summit Coffee and a couple of dozen times a year at the homes of family friends. Song titles on “Anthem,” include “Where We’ll Go,” “Snowflakes” and “Here for a Reason.” “Anthem is a big collection of songs that apply to my life,” Ethan says, explaining that he can picture himself in five years “affecting more people’s lives than I am now. I don’t care about the money,

busk | bəsk |

verb gerund or present participle: busking. To play music or otherwise perform for voluntary donations in the street or in subways. “The group began by busking at New York subway stations”

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because as long as people are loving and listening to the music and it’s changing their lives in some way, I’d

be happy.with a couple of albums...I can see myself being known locally.” A baritone, he recorded the album at NuSOUL Productions in Charlotte and played all the instruments himself, including keyboard and guitar. “It was kind of weird in a booth…it’s fun because you are kind of secluded, with your thoughts,” Ethan says. “The simplicity of it is what makes it is easy to listen to.” Listen for yourself on YouTube by searching Ethan Regan Anthem.

Aquesta expanding into Charleston market Aquesta Bank will open an office in Charleston. The Cornelius-based bank, which had expanded into South Carolina with a loan production office in Greenville S.C., is the only full-service community bank headquartered in Cornelius as well as the largest community bank head-

quartered in Mecklenburg County. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aquesta Financial, which also owns Aquesta Insurance Services.All are headquartered on Jetton Road. Greg Dickinson​, a former commercial lender in Charlotte, has been named market president for South Carolina.

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Potts Street development under review by Davidson BY DAVE VIESER Although the Cornelius portion of​ a big Crescent Communities development has been withdrawn, plans for several hundred units right across the town line in Davidson remain in place, and officials there are reviewing new documents related to the proposal, including a draft Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA). It doesn’t appear any immediate approval will be forthcoming soon​ , but when it happens, this project will have a big impact on Cornelius traffic. It’s happened before: The ​ Bailey Springs project on the other side of Bailey Road from Hough High changed the way traffic flows at Hwy. 115 and Bailey Road next to the Foamex plant. “We are still reviewing this proposal in conjunction with Mecklenburg County,” said Davidson Town Senior Planner Chad Hall. “Concurrently, we are also reviewing the draft TIA. The applicant is hopeful of a Public Input Session in the near future. However we still have several issues with the proposed site plan including connectivity and impervious property.” Roads to and from the proposed Davidson site traverse both towns in an area on North Main Street that sees plenty of congestion due to lefthand turns near the YMCA on Davidson Street and Potts Street near the railroad trestle. A significant number of Davidson residents continue to actively oppose the project, along with some Cornelius officials. “In my 13 years serving Cornelius on this board, I cannot think of a single, more objectionable project,” said Commissioner Dave Gilroy. “There is zero chance it would advance if within, vs. adjacent to, our borders.”

(How the three towns of North Mecklenburg work together will be the subject of a Newsmakers Breakfast Feb. 22 with the mayors of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville.​) The draft TIA which is currently under review recommends improvements, or “mitigation” to several nearby intersections if the project is to be built. According to Cornelius Planning Director Wayne Herron, the recommended improvements do not require an inter-local agreement with Cornelius, primarily due to the fact the intersections proposed for mitigation are controlled by the NC DOT. Herron says there are also sever-

al safety nets that will mandate the needed road improvements, if Davidson ultimately permits the development. “Davidson has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Crescent to mandate all mitigation improvements required by the TIA, and the NC DOT will require all TIA improvements as part of its driveway permitting process. Last, Mecklenburg County will not authorize the development until the applicant agrees to the improvements and will not allow any occupancy until the improvements are bonded or constructed.” So watchful eyes and ears on both

sides of the Cornelius/Davidson border wait to see how this proposed development is handled, especially since in both towns, new officials have assumed important roles on elected boards. It looks like Davidson is paying more attention to development, especially in light of election results last fall. The project has been kicked “back to the developer and the ball is now in their court,” Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox said. “The town will review the developer’s response and then consider scheduling the project for public review.”

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Fog ahead: I-77 Advisory Group’s first meeting still up in the air Jan. 18. By Dave Vieser. The subject of the I-77 Advisory Group’s first meeting came up at the Cornelius Town Board meeting, and initial reaction wasn’t positive—it’s unclear where the first meeting will be held. Earlier this year, the new state administration under the jurisdiction of Gov. Roy Cooper commissioned a fresh study by Mercator Advisors on the I-77 toll lane project. A key facet of this study was the formation of an I-77 advisory committee. The date for the committee’s first organizational meeting has been set for Wednesday Jan. 24, but just a week prior to the meeting, the time and place had not been selected. NAAS Commissioner Kurt Naas summed up the situation at the Town Board’s Tuesday January 16 meeting: “We know the meeting is on the 24th, but we don’t know when or where. And we don’t know whether the public is invited. As soon as I know, you will know.”

In other Town Board meeting news:

Cornelius has adopted and refined their operating regulations, to provide consistency with the town charter as well as to incorporate recommendations from the North Carolina School of Government. The most sigTOVAR nificant change will impact the town’s definition of a Town Board quorum. “We discovered that several of the rules and procedures last adopted in 2008 contradict or differ

from the Town Charter, so we recommended consistency between the two governing documents,” said Town Attorney Karen Wolter. For example, the 2008 COOPER rules count all elected officials including the Mayor when determining whether a quorum exists for purposes of conducting business. Under this measure, four elected officials are required in order to establish a quorum. Wolter recommended using the town charter definition which requires only a majority of members elected to the Board of Commissioners, and does not include the Mayor. Under this change, only three board members are needed to achieve a quorum. The revision was approved unanimously on Jan. 16 and goes into effect immediately. At the same meeting, the board also changed the process for calling special meetings. The 2008 rules allowed the mayor, mayor pro tem or any two board members to call a special meeting. However, the Town Charter gives that authority only to the ayor or a majority of the Board, and that change was also approved. ••• The following members from the town’s Land Development Code Advisory Board were reappointed for another two year term to expire in February, 2020: Bob Bruton, Joe Dean, Chaz Churchwell, Karen Tovar and Laura Pegram. ••• Mayor Woody Washam, who held coffee chats with former Commissioner Jim Duke at the old Acropolis restaurant and then at Lake Town Tavern when Acropolis closed, announced that he will launch monthly coffee chats involving all commissioners the first Monday of each month (subject to holidays) at Harvey’s of Cornelius. The new chats, which start at 8:30 am, begin Feb

5t with Mayor Washam presenting a “State of the Town” report. “Commissioners will cover their goals and aspirations for the town for 2018,” Washam


said. The Coffee Chats will be townsponsored events—with free coffee. Breakfast will be available for purchase. Evening chats will be held quarterly. “This is part of our commitment to communicate with citizens,” Washam said. The coffee chats are a chance to casually ask questions and exchange ideas with members of the town board as well as staff.

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Key transportation board revived; new by-laws adopted Jan. 22. By Dave Vieser. Shortly after his election, Mayor Woody Washam pledged to quickly reinstitute the town’s Transportation Advisory Board (TAB). “Ask anyone in Cornelius what our major growth challenges are, and transportation is sure to come up,” he said at the time. Less than two months later, the town board has adopted a new set of TAB by-laws which Washam hopes will help jump start the board, which withered on the vine during the Rinker administration in 2013, and never met once during the Travis years (2013-2017). Meanwhile, projects like tolls I-77

and the mast and sails on the Exit 28 bridge took on a life of their own. In the TAB’s previous incarnation, we talked a lot but our scope was way too broad, so we didn’t accomplish a whole lot,” said the Mayor who was the TAB chairman for several years. “This time I am hoping we can frame the board’s goals more carefully. We need to get it right and the time is right to make this a success.” The by-laws adopted by the town board on Jan. 16 call on the TAB to: Create and maintain a list of locallevel transportation improvement projects for local bond issue consideration. Working with staff, create a list of

potential projects to propose for eventual inclusion in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). If requested, advise the Planning Board and the Town Board on development applications. Serve as the steering committee for potential changes or updates to the Cornelius Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The TAB will consist of up to six town residents appointed by the town commissioners for two year terms, along with one to two town commissioners, and the Town Manager or designee. When possible, consideration will be

given to ensure membership comprises a broad geographic representation and nominees have demonstrated an interest in transportation-related issues. Town Manager Anthony Roberts noted that while many of the major transportation projects in Cornelius come under the DOT’s jurisdiction, there are some key projects which do not, such as the Jetton Road Extension. Town officials are looking into parking and sight distance issues on this road, and Roberts said “Jetton Rd extension would be a perfect example of a project which this committee could be very helpful for.”

CMS closing again, roads much improved, but drive with care Jan. 18. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are closed one more day, but except for cabin fever and First-World problems—the prepared food counter at Publix was closed for lack of employees—it looks like Cornelius has made it through the snowstorm in fine shape. Roads are mostly clear, including neighborhood streets, thanks to bright sun and tem- PHOTO CREDIT: Karyn Porter took this wonderperatures that reached 39 or ful picture of a chilly Mark Twain at the library 40. Tomorrow will be even warmer: 52 degrees, and then 56 Sat- Friday; Friday routes will be picked up Saturday. Wednesday routes are urday and 59 on Sunday. The town, meanwhile, says Thurs- apparently out of luck. CMS says all Friday evening events day trash routes will be picked up

Police nab a real McCoy 4 hours after robbery Jan. 18. Cornelius Police made quick work out of a robbery at Cashion’s Quik Stop Wednesday on S. Main Street. The suspect, a 42-year-old white man, walked inside, asked for change for a dollar and then reached across the counter and took money from the drawer. CPD commended the employees of the MCCOY busy corner store and gas station for providing de-

tailed information. They were able to provide a partial tag and a description of the getaway car; Harold Lee McCoy was arrested four hours later. Police determined the suspect was driving​a rental car and tracked McCoy down at a residence in Huntersville with the assistance of the Huntersville Police and CharlotteMecklenburg Police. McCoy​, 42, was charged with Felony Common Law Robbery. McCoy was wanted on two felony warrants from Iredell County for Larceny from the Person and being a Habitual Felon. He was transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail.

are cancelled as well as athletic activities. Sub-freezing temperatures are again expected overnight, so it’s anybody’s guess as to how icy roads will be as temperatures here drop to around 21 degrees. Shady spots are the iciest; between 4 and 6 inches of snow fell in Cornelius, depending on where you are. Roads remain slick across much of the state. The State Highway Patrol reported nearly 2,700 traffic accidents from Tuesday night through 3 pm today, and more than 4,220 calls for service. One traffic fatality has been reported in rural Washington County, near Roper, where a vehicle went off the road and overturned in a canal. The occupant of that vehicle died. The driver has been identified as Lee Deshawn Norman, 26, of Plymouth. The cause of the collision is under investigation but the roadway was snow

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covered at the time of the collision. CMS did not announce a make-up day for Friday. The fall end-of-semester exam schedule will resume on Monday, Jan. 22 and conclude on Wednesday, Jan. 24. All three exam days will be early release for high schools. Also: “Watch out: Roads are icy,” “CMS: Closed again, makeup Jan 22, Feb. 19,” “3-5 inches forecast for Cornelius, roads getting icy,” and “CMS closed, weather service says ‘let it snow,’ bread OK.”

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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.


12/12/17 $393,000 South Creek Homes to James & Carol Demeo, 11512 Dublin Crescent Rd. 12/12/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 335 Bailey’s Glen 12/12/17 $253,000 Mark & Charlene Meschke to Dianne Klekamp, 20309 Harroway Dr. 12/12/17 $900,000 Dennis & Amy Kazmierczak to Jeffrey & Jeannette Gordon, 17538 Sail View Dr. 12/13/17 $300,000 Executors of Estate of Karen Mae Dunron to Donna Dudeck, 18029 Coulter Pkwy. 12/14/17 $281,000 Brian Simmons & David Caldwell to Shawn & Darrell Troxel, 19738 The Commons Blvd. 12/14/17 $407,500 Gary & Francine Nichols to Anand & Rekha Pathak, 19740 Valiant Way 12/15/17 $200,000 Estate of Judith Keeney to George & Laure Bokas, Lot 444 Heritage Green, Cornelius 12/15/17 $295,000 Kevin & Heather LaPointe to Gregory & Barbara Petro, 17711 North Shore Cir. 12/15/17 $750,000 Suzanne & Nicholas Simonette Jr. to Jennifer Dunn, 16704 Yardarm Ln. 12/15/17 $1,680,000 Edward & Robin Sofio to Carl & Cynthia Brooks, 18906 Halyard Pointe Ln. 12/15/17 $288,000 Thomas Lubatty to Janice Little, 21556 Old Canal St. 12/18/17 $189,000 Estate of Marjorie Variano to David & Stephanie Wright, 18832 Nautical Dr. Unit 41 12/18/17 $370,000 Ann & Lawrence Hartley II to Christopher & Rachel Harden, 8920 Lake Pine Dr. 12/18/17 $260,000 Neil & Myrna Karp to Kenneth & Nancy Price, 20586 Harbor View Dr. 12/21/17 $450,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Elaine Woods, 16014 Lakeside Loop Ln. 12/21/17 $478,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC

18906 Halyard Pointe Lane, Cornelius sold for $1.680 million to Jams & Margaret McNamara, 16220 Lakeside Loop Ln. 12/22/17 $455,000 Epcon Nantz Road to Charles & Bonni Morrell, 17009 Courtside Landing 12/22/17 $195,000 Cynthia Cameron to Katelyn Latour, 18824-30 Nautical Dr. 12/22/17 $425,000 Karyn Carter to Pache & Mary Price, 20312 Deep Cove Ct. 12/22/17 $327,500 MS Antiquity to Susan Sherlock, 22362 Market St. 12/28/17 $245,000 Christopher & Deborah Rivera to Marshall Marcela & Jessalyn Jenks, 10524 Conistan Pl. 12/29/17 $370,000 Mary Kazmer to Sandra Beard, 1135 Inn Keepers Way See HOMES, Page 18

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Cornelius, NC 28031

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Chip and Joanna would love this house. So much potential for this waterfront hidden gem in lovely Shearwater Point right outside The Peninsula on Lake Norman. With more than 100 feet of shoreline, a park-like setting, clean as a whistle and ready to sell “as is” its value is inarguable. Step inside and be wowed by the view. Prime location is a short distance from boutique shopping, restaurants, grocery stores and convenient to the interstate. Property is also listed as a waterfront lot. MLS#3338656

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Cornelius, NC 28031

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Pristine waterfront home in The Peninsula on Lake Norman for under one million. Cited on a wide cove, the home’s lovely open floorplan features a guest bedroom on the main floor. Kitchen with granite and stainless opens to great room with warming fireplace. Dinner on the screened porch, morning coffee on the rear terrace and watching the sun rise over the water from the master suite terrace; what a lifestyle. Lake level features bar, billiard area, additional bedroom suite or office and media area. MLS#3321569

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12/29/17 $403,000 Epcon Nantz Road to Stephen & Anita Stahl, 16216 Lakeside Loop Ln. 12/29/17 $491,000 Epcon Nantz Road to

Barbara Zukauskas, 16005 Lakeside Loop Ln. 12/29/17 $450,000 Epcon Nantz Road to Kay & Steven Kiley, 16215 Lakeside Loop Ln. 12/29/17 $220,000 Michele & Ira Carlock Jr. to Rodney & Laree Simmerman, 18821 Silver Quay Dr.

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1/2/18 $187,500 Alice Sowry to Cassidy Nicholls, 10024 Caldwell Depot Rd. 1/2/18 $125,000 Bradley James, Joseph & Pamela James to Leslie & Michelle Calvert, 21622 Aftonshire Dr. 1/2/18 $85,000 Jack & Katherine King to Reyna Echavarria, 19630 Center St. 1/4/18 $221,000 Kevin & Jodi Tarkovich to Jennifer DiPaola, 19516 Shevington Dr. 1/4/18 $353,000 South Creek Homes to Horst & Gisela Wuennenberg, 17737 Morehampton Ave. 1/4/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 315 Bailey’s Glen 1/5/18 $435,000 Robin & Denis Pontius to Kelley & Joseph Gardner Jr., 22007 Lady Glencirn Ct. 1/8/18 $412,000 Rush & Kary Watson to William & Judith Church, 18915 Serenity Point Ln. 1/9/18 $250,000 Ricky & Kaitlin Burke to

Robert & Carol Barnhart, 19927 Lamp Lighters Way 1/9/18 $185,000 Natasha Sandoval to AMH NC Properties, 11508 Heritage Green Dr. 1/9/18 $378,000 Carolyn & William Wiles Jr. to Ronald & Jeanne Mader, 21018 Harken Dr. 1/10/18 $700,000 Kevin Milbredt to Cynthia Cuddihy, 22304 John Gamble Rd. 1/11/18 $345,000 Stephen & Anita Stahl to Noah & Melody Smith, 17201 Hampton Ridge Ct. 1/11/18 $218,000 Lorne Ottinger Jr. to Raymond & Christina Stemel, 20030 Coral Cove Ct. 1/11/18 $150,000 Johnathan & Peggy Coburn, Heather & Charles Toney II to Marisa & Ronald Larimer II, 20109 Henderson Rd. Unit B

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12/13/17 $360,000 Anne Jerands to Catherine & WIlliam Stone Jr., 172 Harper Lee St. 12/14/17 $720,000 Carolina Cottage Homes to William & Karen Stevension, 711 Patrick Johnston Ln. 12/15/17 $327,000 John & Abigail Cleary to Michael & Julia Warren, 520 Ashby Dr. 12/27/17 $360,000 Chesmar Homes to Rodney & Bethany Mathis, 18711 Bartlette Creek Dr. 12/28/17 $773,000 JCB Urban Co. to Timothy & Tonya Sullivan, 836 Patrick Johnston Ln. 12/28/17 $410,000 Debra Morris & Alexandria Elliott to Andrew & Leila Kennedy, 11616 Bradford Park Dr. 12/29/17 $530,000 Glenda Scherer to Stephanie & Bryan Hudson, 19308 River Crossing Blvd. 1/4/18 $420,000 Chessman Homes to Kenneth & April Monroe, 18809 Bartlette Creek Dr. 1/5/18 $585,000 Gary Rodden & Karen Saks to David & Kathleen Tremaglio, 19216 Wildcat Trl.

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Pat Riley, president and CEO of Allen Tate, shares forecast BY DAVE YOCHUM Pat Riley, president and CEO of Allen Tate Cos., says ongoing inmigration will continue to support home price appreciation in and around Lake Norman and Cabarrus in 2018. “In-migration, on top of a limited supply of homes under $400,000, puts RILEY additional pressure on appreciation,” he said. The dean of residential real estate in North Carolina said the diversity of our “economic profile” helps put the Charlotte real estate market on steady footing. “When you put transportation, financial services, distribution, energy,

defense, university system, airport, etc. on top of lack of organized labor, cost of living, neighboring mountains and beaches, we are a magnet and will continue to be,” Riley said. There’s no bubble on the horizon, Riley said: “Maybe in the stock market but not here.” Selling homes is a growth industry. Allen Tate reported $5.163 billion closed sales volume on 21,595 closings in 2015. In 2016: $5.45 billion closed sales volume on 22,194 closings. “In 2017, we should be up 2 percent in closed units and up 4-5 percent in closed sales volume,” he said. A lack of inventory is affecting home prices across the country. According to Zillow, housing inventory declined 10.5 percent in the 12 months ended in November. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, North Carolina’s home appreciation rate was 6 per-

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A golf course home at 18300 Incent; South Carolina’s, 7.2 percent. Riley forecasts an average increase of vergordon Lane in The Peninsula 5 percent in 2018, with greater gains has sold for $654,000 after being listat the lower and middle ranges, and ed at $685,000 by Dixie Dean of Alsmaller gains at the higher elevations. len Tate/Lake Norman two months Prices in Charleston, S.C., are “on ago. Assessed at $453,000, the fourfire,” driving up statewide results, he bedroom house has a total of 3,130 square feet of space, with exceptionsaid. Lake Norman area prices could al views of the course, front and rear, pack on an additional 1 percent sim- as well as the lake. Jeffrey Lynch of ply because of the lake. “Remember, all price points are not going up equally due to supply and demand. Under $400,000, properties are appreciating much faster than the upper end,” he said. Of course, as development burgeons post-recession, there’s less and less property left for new homes. “That’s exactly why new con- 18906 Halyard Pointe Lane struction is selling at a 19-30 percent premium,” Riley said. Meanwhile, Baby Boomers are downsizing at an average age of 74, Riley said, “and not wanting to update the last 10 years of their homeownership life contributes to this lack of supply of homes.” Slower new construction right now—about 60 percent of the peak a decade ago—cou- 18300 Invergordon Lane pled with boomers sitting tight, high in-migration and Millennials just settling into their first homes, mean inventory will continue to be tight in 2018. “Tear downs will be a huge part of our future, no matter what price point,” Riley said. “Forty-two percent of properties out there are outdated and not feeling the love.” Rising mortgage rates, he 21413 Baltic Drive said, will actually help fuel the marketplace in the short term. Re/Max Executive represented the buyers. A home at 21413 Baltic Drive has sold for $975,000 after being A lakefront home at 18906 Hal- listed by Neal Crites of Crites yard Pointe Lane has sold for $1.68 Properties at $1.024 million. The million after being listed at $1.725 five-bedroom, four-bath house has million by Lori Jackson at Ivester 5,184 square feet of living area. The Jackson Properties. The 5,483 house, which backs up to the quarsquare foot home, which was on the ry, has a heated in-ground pool and market 173 days, has been updated. a deeded boat slip. The tax value is It is assessed at $1.21 million. Deb- $770,400. Anna Zientek with The bie Jackson with Lake Norman Re- Zientek Group represented the alty had the listing. buyers.



STIP Project Nos U-5765 R-5721 & I-5715: The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a joint public meeting, U-5765 and R-5721 regarding proposed improvements to N.C. 73 from N.C. 16 to Northcross Drive (S.R. 2316) and I-5715 regarding interchange improvements to I-77 and N.C. 73. The purpose of the proposed projects is to improve mobility and connectivity. Two public meetings will be held. The first public meeting is for both projects U-5765/R-5721 and I-5715, and will take place on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Meadowlake Church, located at 6501 Gilead Road in Huntersville. A second public meeting is for project U-5765/R-5721, and will take place on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at East Lincoln Community Center, located at 8160 Optimist Club Road, in Denver. The public may attend at any time during the Public Meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project. The opportunity to submit written comments will also be provided at the meeting or via phone, email, or mail by March 12, 2018. Comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. Project information and materials can be viewed as they become available online at For additional information regarding project I-5715, please contact: Beverly Robinson, NCDOT Project Development Group Supervisor at 1548 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699, by phone (919) 7076041 or email For additional information regarding project U-5765/R-5721, please contact: Wilson Stroud, CPM, NCDOT Project Development Engineer at 1548 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699, by phone (919) 707-6045 or email NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Tamara Makhlouf, Environmental Analysis Unit via e-mail at or by phone (919) 707-6072 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494. Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

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February: So many holidays, but no real fun I don’t like February. If February When I was a kid, I would wake up the morning after Thanksgiving was a cookie it would be oatmeal. and make one of those construc- Bland. Boring. Uneventful. Devoid of tion paper chain link things to count happiness. Why is an oatmeal cookie down the days until Christmas. Each even a thing? Why is February even a month? morning I’d jump out February kicks off of bed, rip off a link, with Groundhog Day and then count exactly Modern Dad and Punxsutawney how much longer I had Phil. Phil climbs out of to wait until I could his hole and predicts an bound down the stairs early spring or long winand tear open prester based on whether or ents. not he sees his shadow. Now, as an adult, I He’s right 39 percent do the same thing in of the time. Just a termy mind when I wake rible success rate, but up the morning after it’s still better than the the Super Bowl. Six percentage of time my weeks until spring. family thinks I’m right – Eight weeks until it’s which currently hovers warm enough to swim around 9 percent. Jon Show in the lake. Ten weeks There aren’t any good until the leaves grow sports to watch in Febback on the trees. Twelve weeks until the neighbor- ruary. Yes, the Super Bowl is awesome but it’s only one night. We’re in hood pool opens.

the doldrums of the college basketball season and a month away from watching any game that really matters. We’re still months away from the NBA and NHL playoffs. The Great American Race? I just can’t get excited about watching 30 cars turn left for 200 laps. Maybe the last 10. It’s too cold to go wakeboarding in February. The sunrise shore fishing doesn’t seem to be as good or consistent as the winter months. Future Man gets tired of trolling the lake with me and catching the undersized spotted bass that seem to plague our February Friday fishing trips. It warms up enough some days to go for cruises in the pontoon, which is nice, but it’s still too cold to go fast. Which is exciting for like no seconds. The kids don’t have any organized activities in February. Basketball season is over for Future Man and spring lacrosse won’t start up until the end of the month. There are still another few weeks until I start coaching the Blonde Bomber’s soccer team. So the kids wander around the neighborhood and annoy the empty nesters by drawing on everything with sidewalk chalk. The only notable thing that happens in February is Valentine’s Day. Ugh. I cook dinner for my wife every night of the year except Thanksgiving. Go out to eat off some overpriced set menu? No thanks. I guess she could cook Valentine’s Day dinner, but the last time she did that we ate tilapia and pineapple on plastic plates while sitting on a blanket on the floor of her apartment surrounded by tabletop tiki torches. I think it was a tropical theme meant to break us out of the February funk. She did wear a grass skirt, so that was cool. What about Presidents’ Day, you ask? Or is it President’s Day. Or Presidents Day. I see it written all three ways and I’m too much of an apostrophe snob to like a holiday that has no widely accepted rule for where to put its sky comma. I do love snow days. I prep for impending snow days with a vigor typically only seen by bridezillas planning their June nuptials. I cook a big pot

of something delicious, load up on hot chocolate, amass enough wood to burn the world’s longest bonfire, whittle sticks and purchase a variety of things to cook over said fire. Alas, I was out of town during the January snow storm. Do you know what the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting for weather this February? Week 1: Rain, then sunny, very cold. Week 2: Sunny, cool. Week 3: Rain, then sunny, cool. Week 4: Rainy periods, mild. The lack of activities in February has nothing to do with my lack of effort in trying to find something to do. I just Googled “Things to do in Charlotte in February” and clicked on the first link. It brought up a listing of concerts including Papa Roach, Weezer, Big Head Todd and the Barenaked Ladies. Apparently musical acts from my college sophomore year CD collection are highly sought after in February. Makes sense. What about the movies, you ask? I love going to the movies with my kids, but they only release very, very, very awful kid movies in February because it’s the dead time between the Golden Globes and the Oscars. This February we’ll be treated to Peter Rabbit, which looks even worse than last year’s offering – Rock Dog. Rock Dog scored this impressive review from a critic: “An excruciating, unendurable stinker from first frame to last.” Sounds like February. I wish I could time warp through the next four weeks and wake up the morning after the Oscars, which is the perfect event to put a coda on February. It’s boring, lasts too long and requires numerous naps to survive. At the end you’re just glad it’s over. See you in March. If you need me I’ll be in the garage or the attic. Organizing something. Modern Dad is Jon Show’s take on life in Cornelius. This 40-something dad lives in Robbins Park with his wife and their two kids: Future Man, their 9-year-old son, and The Blonde Bomber, their 5-year-old daughter.

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Hello Sign


Yes, most of us know Hello Sailor is in the old Rusty Rudder pace, about a half mile down Henderson from West Catawba. Of course, the Kindreds knew that for people not familiar with the location, a sign on Catawba was a must. That’s why they sought—and eventually received—a variance in November from the Cornelius Planning Board. They wanted a 31.1 square-foot, off-premises sign at the intersection of West Catawba Ave and Henderson. The new eatery opened in December. It’s almost February. Hello? Where’s the sign? Hello Sailor’s PR company responded: “The off-premise sign is scheduled to go up on Feb. 1,” said Ashley Miller of Wagstaff Worldwide, a PR firm devoted to communicating the nuances of the travel and hospitality industries. No explanation as to why it took almost three months to erect the sign, however.

Updike opening Table 31 in February

Al Updike, the owner of Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Jetton Cove, says his new restaurant—his first expansion—will open the first week in February. It’s called Table 31 and it’s located in LangTree Lake Norman, at, you guessed it Exit 31 on I-77.

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Sunday Dave and Woody at 5 pm

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See website for upcoming events


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Business News Aquesta declares 20% stock dividend Aquesta Financial Holdings, the parent company of Aquesta Bank and Aquesta Insurance Services, has announced a 20-percent stock dividend. Shareholders of record as of Feb. 9 will receive one share for every five they own, payable Feb. 23. A shareholder owning 1,000 shares prior to the transaction will now own 1,200 immediately afterwards. Aquesta, which trades under the symbol AQFH, said most sharehold-

ers will need to take no action because ownership records are maintained electronically. For those shareholders who have not yet exchanged their old Aquesta Bank shares for the current Aquesta Financial shares, the stock dividend will remain in escrow until the old shares are exchanged. Shareholders electing to receive paper shares pursuant to the prior exchange will now receive additional paper shares reflecting this current stock dividend.

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William H. Cain, president and CEO of Cornelius-based Financial Independence Group, was named Business Person of the Year at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Friday, January 12 at The Peninsula Club. Cain, who is celebrating his 41st year in the financial and insurance industry, employs 146 people, recognized his wife Ericka Cain, the company’s chief financial officer, as well as his family and staff. The Cains moved here from Asheville 20 years ago. The chamber, which installed Joshua Dobi as the incoming chairman, also recognized: • Entrepreneur of the Year: Rob Bennett, owner of Cornelius-based My Aloha Paddle & Surf and Char-

lotte Cycle Boats. • Volunteer of the Year: Tenders Fresh Foods. • Ambassador of the Year: Jordan Bentz with Bentz & Associates. • Distinguished Service Award: Discovery Place Kids / Huntersville. • Outstanding board member: Mike Murphy of ProctorFree • Citizenship & Service Award: Auto dealer Randy Marion. • Community Service: Holly Davis with Holly’z Hope. • Servant Leadership: Sally Ashworth, executive director of Visit Lake Norman Joshua Dobi, the founder of Dobi Financial Group in Cornelius, takes over the chamber’s volunteer reins from Jay Lesemann, who runs Lesemann CPA’s in Huntersville.

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Bill Cain, founder of the Financial Independence Group, received the Business Person of the Year Award at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce gala. Pictured are Bill Russell, Gordon Cashion, Louise Cashion, Cain, Bobby Cashion and Jay Lesemann. The award is named for the founder of the Cashion family business, Robert T. Cashion. Photo by Ocaid Photography.

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New Corporations



These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State


12/11/17 E2:10 College Coaching LLC, Rick Ruffin, 19012 Mountainview Dr., Cornelius 12/11/17 Peninsula Fund Services LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 18204 Moorings View Ct., Cornelius 12/12/17 Best Buy Wheels, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 12/12/17 Corson Products LLC, Thomas Broome, 20468 Chartwell Center Dr., Ste. S, Cornelius 12/12/17 Griffin Insurance Advance Markets LLC, J. Michael Grffin, 18315 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius 12/12/17 Orange Grove Properties LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 12/13/17 Funny Bus Charlotte LLC, Funny Bus LLC, 18927 Southport Dr., Cornelius 12/13/17 Funny Bus Raleigh LLC, Funny Bus LLC, 18927 Southport Dr., Cornelius 12/13/17 Moments of Bliss LLC, Ananda Underwood, 18226 Harbor Mist Rd., Cornelius 12/13/17 Solutions Home Buyers, Jarred Fenlason, 19825 North Cove Rd., #180, Cornelius 12/19/17 Valentina Properties LLC, Valentina Properties LLC, 22410 Market St., Apt. 2419, Cornelius 12/20/17 Fake Handshake LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 19404 Fridley Ln., Cornelius 12/20/17 Mary Ann LLC, Mary Ann Stambaugh, 9227 Island Overlook Ct., Cornelius 12/21/17 BAB LLC, Bruce Houle, 21503 Harken Dr., Cornelius 12/21/17 BM Audits LLC, Brian Monteforte, 20312 Southshore Dr., Cornelius 12/21/17 Dogwood Carpet and Floor Care

LLC, Max Ferreira, 21023 Pine Ridge Dr., Cornelius 12/21/17 Legacy Wellness LLC, Henry Williams Jr., 19825-B North Cove Rd., Ste. 207, Cornelius 12/21/17 McGee3 Investments Inc., James E. McGee III, 20200 Tailwind Ln., Cornelius 12/21/17 Trace-It LLC, James Mullins, 17344 Caldwell Rush Cir., Cornelius 12/22/17 Broke Sherpa LLC, Brandy Hayes, 20624 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius 12/28/17 Chandley Properties LLC, Eric Chandley, 19905 Catamaran Ct., Cornelius 12/28/17 GBAC Rea Farms LLC, Jon Allen, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius 12/28/17 SevenPaws LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 17929 A. Kings Point Dr., Cornelius 12/29/17 ContentMint LLC, Rebekah Brooks, 17715 N. Shore Cir., Cornelius 12/29/17 Pirate Aire Aviation LLC, Christopher Bradley Womble, 21025 Catawba Ave., Unit 201, Cornelius 12/29/17 William Ryan Enterprises Inc., United States Corporation Agents Inc., 20619 Torrence Chapel Rd., Ste. 116-509, Cornelius 1/1/18 Advtrout LLC, Erman J. Evans Jr., 19700 Shearwater Pointe Dr., Cornelius 1/1/18 Bomaid LLC, Erman J. Evans Jr., 19700 Shearwater Pointe Dr., Cornelius 1/1/18 East Coast Landscapes Inc., Toni Michelle Clawson, 19905 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 203, Cornelius 1/1/18 Kee Realty LLC, Erman J. Evans Jr., 19700 Shearwater Pointe Dr., Cornelius 1/1/18 Moondance Marketing Group Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425 Liverpool Pkwy., Ste. G, Cornelius 1/1/18 Robin Antoinette’s Art for ALL, Robin A. Stockton, 19700 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. B, Cornelius 1/1/18 Tweety Bird Inc., Kenda Ransom, 19133 Kanawha Dr., Cornelius 1/2/18 A2Z Partnership LLC, Alan Huggins,

21323 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 1/2/18 Audio Video Smart Solutions LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 1/4/18 BlueStone Psychotherapy PLLC, Thy Nguyen Jones, 17714 Kings Point Dr., Ste. B, Cornelius 1/8/18 Chuprevich Affordable Real Estate LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 20741 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius 1/8/18 Daydream Properties LLC, Cole Miller, 21143 Harken Dr., Cornelius 1/8/18 KAZ Investments LLC, Greg Kasdorf, 19939 Scanmar Ln., Cornelius 1/9/18 AKS Consulting LLC, Amanda Stewart, 18840 Nautical Dr. 61, Cornelius 1/9/18 SJ and AJ Investments LLC, Alan Williams, 20822 N. Main St., Cornelius 1/11/18 Commercial Credit Consultants LLC, Harold E. Ward, 20018 North Cove Rd., Cornelius 1/11/18 Lash 31 Brow and Beauty Bar LLC, William Anthomy, 17036 Kenton Dr., Ste. 103, Cornelius 1/11/18 Southeast Hospitality Solutions LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 1/11/18 Vogel VI Holdings LLC, Douglas Vogel, 19709 Bustle Rd., Cornelius 1/12/18 Lightning Trail Software Consulting LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 19922 Catamaran Ct., Cornelius 1/12/18 MJ Financial Services LLC, Michelle Johnson, 20311 Chartwell Dr., #2182, Cornelius 1/12/18 Pacific Springs LLC, Silvia Zhu, 21620 Old Canal St., Cornelius


12/11/17 Southeastern Hardwoods Inc., Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 12/11/17 Turio Capital Fund L.P., David Phillips, 244 S. Faulkner Way, Davidson

12/13/17 Sampan 3 LLC, Richard J. Kline, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 12/14/17 Better Breakfast LLC, Richard J. Kline, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 12/14/17 Luju Painting LLC, Irisol Gonzalez-Vega, 325 Jetton St., Davidson 12/18/17 TX Land Inc., Myra Holt, 200 N. Harbor Pl., Ste. G, Davidson 12/19/17 Peek Marketing LLC, Drew A. Richards, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 12/19/17 Rich Mountain Lodge LLC, Drew A. Richards, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 12/21/17 MEAH Holdings LLC, Michael Elam, 10948 Hat Creek Ln., Davidson 12/28/17 Carolina Blue Automotive LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 131 View Lake St., Davidson 12/29/17 BriLin Investments LLC, Brian Sheehan, 811 Martingale Ln., Davidson 1/1/18 Falcon Trace LLC, Kathleen M. Goff, 17817 Stuttgart Rd., Davidson 1/1/18 LRA Property Ventures LLC, Tony M. Brown, 15410 Holly Trail Ln., Davidson 1/8/18 Fass Wellness LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 1/8/18 STRATAGEM Aviation LLC, Eric L. Giangiordano, 103 Julia Cir., Davidson 1/9/18 Lavish You Boutique LLC, Lashauna Grier, 3351 Streamside Dr., Davidson 1/9/18 Matter of Time LLC, Andrew Graham, 630 Davidson Gateway Dr., #150-G, Davidson 1/10/18 MEP Water Fund I LLC, Mark Durstewitz, 126 Anniston Way, Davidson 1/11/18 Six Sisters LLC, Richard J. Kline, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 1/12/18 Go Pack LLC, John Stroup, 1336 Torrence Cir., Davidson

New Corporations online at

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online headline Jan. 11, 2018

‘Roundabout likely at key Main Street intersection’

From Barbara B: Trying to imagine how much extra land is required for roundabout and why paying for it with bribe money for toll trap is all right. The “exchange” in the topic in Town Hall was largely to ensure those who know UK is reassigning some of its roundabouts to signaled intersections are underinformed idiots (research in hand notwithstanding). Oh, and is it obvious enough this writer does not trust roundabouts? From Shirley K: Roundbouts seem to be more & more inthe planning of traffic control in our state but many of us could use more information on how to enter them….maybe public service videos on TV would help From Scott B: Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world – the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious in-

jury crashes – much more so than comparable signals. Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system – intersections. The reduction in speed and sideswipe geometry mean that, more often than not, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you usually need a tow truck, not an ambulance.

circle for buses to navigate so any school bus doing a drop off at the Y for before or after school will either have to go somewhere into Davidson to make a U-turn or hop the curb of the roundabout.

From Adam F: Anything is better than what’s currently there. If you’re trying to get from Cornelius St. to Potts St. and there is daytime traffic, you better throw on some relaxing music because you might be there a while. And it’s a shame since it’s the most obvious cut-through to get from Cornelius to Davidson.

From Jeff M: People have no idea how to drive in a traffic circle. I have observed people stopping in the circle to let others in. The first rule of the traffic circle is keep it moving until you exit the traffic circle.

From Chris T: Here is where they will screw this up. Pay attention. It won’t be a big enough

From Amy T: So many close calls at the two Davidson roundabouts because people don’t know what yield means.

From Mark S: A roundabout is a much better option than a signaled intersection. Having watched Griffith Street transform after installing two round abouts was amazing. So much better traffic flow since then.

Modern Dad ‘Kids make a car show fascinating, a cold brew helps too’ (Jan. print edition).

Modern Dad columnist Jon Show

From Barb B: I think Jon is the first guy I ever heard of that had little to no interest in cars!

‘Gas station food for thought, humble apple pie, iKids’ (Dec. print edition). From John D: Great article! I really did enjoy reading it. Thanks! From Sarah A: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! Spot on!

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online headline Jan. 12

​Online headline Dec. 31, 2017

‘Antiquity road show: More delays for ‘EarthTalk: How will climate a project that may have gotten too big’ change affect real estate values?’

From Ellen D: Love the quote in the article by Kurt Naas — way to tell it like it is, Kurt! Thank you!!! Here is the Naas quote: “The proposed development has over twice the number of homes it is currently zoned for, and the TIA fails to account for the increased traffic at Davidson Elementary. Any development looking to cram twice the

number of homes on a parcel via conditional zoning is a tough sell.” From John C: This should not be. When your only exit back to the town you are a part of is through another neighborhood, that is messed up. From Di W: How about NOT trying to build double the zoning capacity? That’s just obscene.

From Skippy: What? I think is this more BS from progressive clowns.

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online headline Jan. 2

‘Town board will weigh in on childcare center on Westmoreland’ From Angelo L: Not good for the community From Barb B: The insanity continues! What do these officials care if residents are against these projects?? Same ol, same ol. I moved here 3 years ago but will list my home in the spring and get away from this area..... just like many others! From Pete C: Great, they just broke the only road in town that actually works From Patrice W: I spoke with two of the larger day schools in Cornelius. They don’t have a waiting list so where is the shortage? FYI this is a pilot program for VCC, they are in the business of charter schools. Commissioner Gilroy was a major disappointment pressuring the

board for a quick vote. Yes, certain members of our board failed us. Their names are Gilroy, Miltich and Ross.

owner does what the town asks him or her to do, can’t he or she develop the property they have paid for?

From Laurie M: Why even bother voicing an opinion. They don’t listen and do what they want to do​.

From Dave M: I think people are losing sight that this whole area will be developed when all is said and done. Having a school go in that location is better than additional retail. The Northcross extension is going to create a bigger traffic headache than anything along Westmoreland but I don’t see anyone complaining about that.

From Patrice W: Regarding the drop-off times they are longer than the minute the school is citing. I observed the drop-off times at Goddard School and they average between 7 to 12 minutes. This time-frame didn’t come from a manual it is an actual observation. From Barb B.: Wonder what special favors they got? Cornelius Today: Respectfully, there’s no evidence to suggest that. Development helps keep taxes down. If an

Cornelius Today: Exactly. What else is going to happen to undeveloped property, unless we pay taxes to purchase and preserve it? From Barb B: Develop, develop, develop, because nothing says beauty more than turning a great little lake community into a concrete jungle.

Online headline Jan. 3

‘Town board splits 3-2 over Westmoreland rezoning’

From Brian S: I still have a problem with the Westmoreland and West Catawba intersection backing up into Westmoreland during the rush hours and coming out of Admiral’s Quarters without sitting there for two to three lights during rush hour which is now standard without the school being there. Cornelius …..FAILED! Town of Cornelius-1.Citizens-0.​​ From Mike A: If you voted for the hypocrite, lip service such as Gilroy will keep shoveling out, then guess what?

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Cornelius Today - February 2018  

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