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June Things to do

Symphony in the Park with fireworks, June 24 ​The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra ​will “​Celebrate America​“​ June 24​ at Bailey Road Park​with music and fireworks. Organized by the PARC Department, the program​opens at 6 p.m. with children’s activities and concessions. Beer and wine will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.​ ​Singer

Rockie Lynn will perform at 6:45, with the symphony at 8:15 p.m.​ F​ ireworks will immediately follow the Charlotte Symphony’s performance. Limited parking is available in the park, as well as at Bailey Middle and Hough High​. ​Free shuttle service begin​s ​at 6 p.m. Coolers are welcome, but no glass containers or bottles, smoking, e-cigs, pets, tents or open flames.

Now playing in our parks Movies under the stars begins in June. The 2017 Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series kicks of with “The Secret Life of Pets” at Smithville Park. Next up is “The Leo Batman Movie”

at Robbins Park, and then, in conjunction with National Night Out, “Moana” Aug. 1 at Smithville Park. Shows are free and start at dusk, weather permitting. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

LKN Chamber BusinessExpo June 7 at Davidson College The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, the Business Expo at Davidson College, on June 7 will bring more than 2,000 people to the trade show. They will visit more than 150 businesses, as well as a variety of non-profits. Over the course of 16 years, it has become the largest business-to-business expo in the Charlotte region. An expo allows the 900-member chamber to showcase the region’s small business community. “The diversity of the businesses which par-

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Table of Contents

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The water around docks and marinas​ can electrocute you. Page 4

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Will I-77 congestion end with toll lanes?

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On the street where you live

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Food, glorious food

Terrie Tyger shares a yummy recipe for a cold appetizer Page 29

A safe town we live in Crime stats put Cornelius among safest cities in state, nation. Page 32

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Electrical danger lurks in fresh water

Michael Cunningham was electrocuted when the 15-year old reached for a ladder on the houseboat that he had been swimming behind at Stonewall Jackson Lake in Weston, West Virginia. It was later determined that the houseboat had been leaking electric current into the fresh water lake. Eight-year-old Lucas Ritz died at a fresh-water marina on a tributary of the Willamette River near Portland, Ore. When Lucas approached the ladder to get out of the water, he gasped, and rolled onto his back. He was electrocuted instantly. Carmen Johnson was 15 when she died in April 2016, electrocuted by current coming from a metal ladder in a fresh water lake in Alabama BY DAVE VIESER About 10 people in the U.S. die from accidental drowning every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Electric shock drownings (ESD) are a silent killer. ESD happens in fresh water, more so than salt water which is a much better conductor of electric current. In fresh water, the human body is an excellent conductor of electricity. Faulty wiring in both docks and boats can cause nearby water to become energized. When a swimmer comes into contact with the current, it can cause a loss of muscle control, rapid or irregular heartbeat and ultimately death. The source of the electricity is usually either a boat, or machinery at a nearby dock or marina. Oftentimes,

the older the boat or dock, the greater the danger. While there has not yet been any reported ESD incidents on Lake Norman, the danger is very real, according to electrician Jeff Riecken, with EMR Electricians in Huntersville. “We actually have begun doing free dock inspections on the lake to alert everyone about the danger. Last season we did 45 and found two docks that were energizing the water. That’s only 4 percent but if you multiply that percent by the number of docks on Lake Norman, this is a tragedy just waiting to happen,” he said. Problems occur when electrical work at docks is done either by unqualified electricians or by workers who have no formal electrical training. Fortunately, there are several

Dock and Boat Safety Tips 1. Swimming in or near marinas, docks or boatyards is discouraged, since nearby equipment may have energized the water. 2. Have all boats inspected by a licensed electrician. Boats with alternating current systems should have isolation transformers or equipment leakage circuit interrupter protection. 3. Ask marina or dock owners to be sure they have installed Ground Fault units on all shore power ways to prevent ESD deaths. On the dock or at a marina, all circuits should have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter breaker. They will trip and stop any electricity from entering the water. On board the boat, an Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupter will break a leaking circuit to kept electricity from getting into the water. Another way to prevent ESD deaths is through education. To that end, the Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association has recently

pedestals and on all marina wiring circuits. In addition, their facilities should be regularly inspected by qualified electricians who are familiar with National Fire Protection Association Codes. 4. Use a plastic ladder, rather than a metal one, so it won’t transfer electricity into the water. 5. If you feel a tingling in the water, swim away from the dock, which is where most electrical issues occur. been formed. It’s a 501(c) nonprofit organization devoted to saving the lives of those who frequent recreation waters. Awareness is the first step to preventing such a tragedy from occurring. Lucas Ritz’s father concurs. “If today’s knowledge and education on this issue had been available to us, we would not be still grieving the loss of our son.” The association promotes several ways to prevent an ESD tragedy from happening:

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Local stars mix it up June ​8​for Big Brothers Big Sisters Local government representatives, business people and others will duel for tips at the ​Eighth Annual Celebrity Bartending event for Big Day at the Lake Thursday June 8​​at Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails. All tips go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater CharCOTHAM lotte. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Celebrities on deck include Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham, a Democrat, vs Commissioner Jim Puckett, a Republican, in a good natured race to collect the most tips for BBBS.​ Likewise, PUCKETT Sen. Jeff Jack-

son (D) will duel for tips against Sen. Jeff Tarte (R), a former mayor of Cornelius. And then there’s Rep. Chaz Beasley (D) up against Rep. John Bradford (R).​ SISSON ​But it’s not all politics by any means. Other bartenders include WBT-TV fitness personality Nettie Reeves​ , The Range at Lake Norman owner ​​Tricia Sisson, Aquesta Bank’s Laura Engel, attorney Cathy Bentz and Realtor

the basis of roots in the community, Facebook presence and ability to h ​ old up ​when people order up complicated libations​,” ​​she said. (See Page 16) Alton’s professional BEASLEY bartenders stand by to help.​ ​ Presenting sponsors this year are PayPal and Champion Tire.​(See the Big Day at the Lake “Thank You” ad on Page 35 for a full list of sponsors.)​

Island Lake for a ​full ​day of fun each year. This year’s event will be held on Saturday July 2​2​. More than 700 people participated last year. To register as a Boat Host or to volunteer, go to www.

Big Day at the Lake puts at-risk youngsters from Big Brothers Big Sisters and their mentors—also known as Bigs— out on Lake Norman and Mountain

otherwise experience Lake Norman or Mountain Island Lake, recruit “Bigs” and raise money for a worthy non-profit that focuses exclusively on children.


Big Day at the Lake has three goals: Provide a day of fun for at-risk children who would not



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Newsmakers Breakfast

Bus transit played role in I-77 toll decision BY DAVE VIESER The ramifications of constructing toll lanes on I-77, both from a quality of life and economic standpoint, have become a statewide concern, according to County Commissioner Jim Puckett and former Lake Norman Chamber Chairman John Hettwer. “After four years and about 15 trips to Raleigh, we have been able to elevate the toll lanes from a local issue to a statewide issue,” Hettwer said. “The negative economic impact this project could have was the factor which made the most impression to our state representatives.” Hettwer and Puckett were guest speakers at the Newsmakers Breakfast held May 17 at the Peninsula Club. Puckett said the negative consequences over the course of the 50year contract are in excess of $10 billion. The two cited efforts under way in South Carolina to provide interstate truckers with a clearer path through their state to points west and north, bypassing the Charlotte Airport Intermodal Terminal. Those efforts include dredging and expanding the Port of Charleston and spending $300 million on a spur to I-26. Ultimately, it means job growth in South Carolina, not North Carolina. Puckett said extensive delays on I-77 mean local routes are becoming “a black hole” in the trucking industry. “It’s hard to believe that govern-

Commissioner Jim Puckett and John Hettwer

ment can screw up this much and most people not to even know or care...but after several years and many meetings, people in Raleigh are finally paying attention,” Puckett said. Whether that means the toll lanes may be canceled is anyone’s guess. Puckett said he has discussed the issue with Gov. Roy Cooper as well as Secretary of Transportation James H. Trogdon. “I’m now convinced they understand that this issue is not going to just go away on its own,” Puckett said. One of the driving forces behind the decision to widen I-77 with toll lanes had to do with CATS and the transit agency’s belief that buses are the best way to move workers from Lake Norman to their jobs in Charlotte. Puckett said powerbrokers in

the regional transportation planning community, such as former DOT Secretary Need Curran, cast their lot with buses when it became apparent Norfolk Southern would not let the Red Line share its right-of-way between Charlotte and the Lake Norman area. “With the chances of there being a northern commuter rail line anytime soon dwindling, they felt they needed to have a lane on I-77 that would give CATS buses or bus rapid transit the ability to have guaranteed travel times” Puckett said. “That is why the toll project is set up to guarantee 45 mph travel times and they must regulate the congestion on that lane by adjusting tolls.” Meanwhile, Mercator Advisors is doing an analysis of the toll lane project for the Cooper administra-

tion, which will include options available to the state. Those would include canceling the project, paying penalties; finish the toll lanes and then buying it out from Cintra; making the toll lanes general purpose lanes; or permitting trucks to use the toll lanes. Another option would be to proceed with the contract as is. Mercator has pledged to look at all consequences and costs in their analysis which is due this summer. Puckett and Hettwer both urged the 100 plus business and opinion leaders in attendance to contact their local legislators and let them know that if the toll lanes are allowed to proceed “they will rip the throat out of our local economy. Puckett also noted that Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger continued to be the biggest barrier to canceling the toll lanes. “He wouldn’t allow the bill which the House overwhemingly approved last June to even be considered and I just don’t know.” Time is tight. August or September will be “crunch time” when the Mercator report will be completed and a decision will follow. Sponsors of the breakfast discussion included Cornelius-based Donna Moffett Accountants & Consultants, Irvin Law in Cornelius and Davidson-based McIntosh Law Firm, as well as Davidson Wealth Management, James Funeral Home and Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate Advisors in Cornelius.


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New water meter​s, transmitters​​on t​ ap for Cornelius readings on the bill instead of one. BY DAVE VIEZER Charlotte Water is in the process One reading will be done on the day of upgrading water meter registers the contractor replaces the register and transmitters in Cornelius. Crews and transmitter, and the other readfrom Vanguard and Itron, a contrac- ing on the normal read date after new the register is intor for Charlotte stalled. ​If customWater, will be ers have concerns, working in the they can call 311 town through anytime with wathe summer reter bill questions placing the older or concerns. components with Water officials new, more accualso noted that rate equipment. Charlotte Water is replacing water me- their goal is to comThe changeter transmitters and equipment. plete the work with over is part of minimum distura system​-wide program to install new 100 Watt bance to grass or flowers near a metransmitters which will be replacing ter box. However, if a meter box is 60 Watt units. The new components​ covered by flowers, grass, or mulch then the meter box lid will be left exshould be more accurate. Workers will have identification posed as required for meter mainte​ badges and will only need to access nance. Water bills are a sensitive issue the meter box outside​ ,​said Cam Coley, spokesman for Charlotte Wa- in Cornelius. In 2009, after a seter. ​ C​ ustomers should not experi- ries of customer complaints about ence any service disruption or any unexplained or unusual “spikes” or changes to the overall amount of increases in water usage, particular​ ​he Peninsula​. A task force l​ed their bill​, although there may be​two ly in T

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by now-Commissioner Jim Duke​ was formed to explore the discrepancies.​It found multiple layers of problems, as well as a systemic bias DUKE against well-heeled suburbs. There were soon wholesale changes in water department​management. The rather unusual arrangement whereby Charlotte provides water and sewer services for Cornelius emerged from an agreement established over 30 years ago. Initially the town had its own water depart-

ment but in 1984, Cornelius, along with Davidson and Huntersville, conveyed their systems over to the city. Despite the concerns in Cornelius over water billing issues, there appears little chance that this arrangement is about to change, meaning the Charlotte City Council, not the town board, will continue to control policy decisions for the area’s water and sewer services. “Due to the infrastructure currently in place, and the potential capital costs necessary to utilize another provider, I believe any change would be unfeasible​” said Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant.

K-2 Academy: Micro school coming to Lake Norman Local education leaders are launching a new private school called the K-2 Academy with its first campus to be in Davidson. K-2 is currently enrolling their inaugural class of 20 lower elementary students from Kindergarten through second grade for the 2017 - 2018 school year. They DONATO will add upper elementary level students in the 20182019 school year. “K-2 Academy is a micro-school designed by a team of doctors in education with specialty in teaching children how to think about thinking as they take control of their own learning,” said Executive Director Adrian Donato. “We strive to teach our young students to adapt knowledge and resolve complexity as thought leaders and change-drivers. Our mission sets the tone of the school and sets us apart from others.” Donato said K-2 Academy will provide a “seamless transition” from preschools and other elementary schools to its K-2 program. “We collaborate with local preschools and elementary schools. We understand their mission, approach and philosophy, and we will build upon each child’s prior learning and enrichment

experiences.” The students who enroll will remain with the same teachers over the course of their years at K-2. In this manner, educators can gain a deeper understanding of each child’s academic and social development. Each class, or “cohort,” as school leaders prefers to call the enrolled group, will have two main teachers: one focusing on early literacy skills, blending in the arts and social studies, the other focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. In so doing, they expect to exceed the North Carolina State Standards and Essentials as they prepare young students for future academic success. “We also draw on assistants, interns, parents, and community volunteers to support small group and one-on-one student learning,” Donato added. Their Davidson location is 605 South St. through a space share agreement within Temple Kol Tikvah, just north of the Antiquity bridge. It includes a 4-acre zone for adventure play and over 2,000 square feet of classroom space. K-2 Academy is also looking in either Concord or uptown Charlotte for a second location. Enrollment is ongoing and 10 months tuition is $1,250 per month or $312 per week. More info: www. or 704-775-1800.

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Police shore up lake patrol with a super-fast 27-footer

Captain Jennifer Thompson on one of the police boats

BY DAVE YOCHUM The lake season is in full swing, and so is the Cornelius Police Department Lake Patrol. For one thing, there’s a new, yearround patrol boat. The 27-footer has performance fins, an air foam flotation collar system, a full electronics package with a dual screen chart plotter, side and down scan sonar and forward facing infrared. It’ll do 55 miles an hour, no problem. The lake is a funny thing. It looks tame most of the time, but in the winter it can be a beast. Summer or winter, there are beasts on the water any time of year: Assaults on the water can happen anytime there’s too much drinking. Sgt. George Brinzey says he likes lake patrol. “For me its all about safety, because people do some incredibly dangerous things and they don’t even realize it,” he says. The Cornelius Police lake patrol will perform a pre-operational safety check for boaters at no charge. “We can come either to your dock or house and do a free safety check,” Brinzey says, explaining the lake patrol is staffed 24-7. Lake Patrol consists of one lieutenant, one sergeant and eight officers. The officers work in pairs on a 12hour shift. There are three boats in the fleet. But, rest assured, officers are not on a boat 24-7

“The way you look at it is the frequency of patrols is based on recreational uses,” Brinzey said. “So Memorial Day to Labor Day will be far greater than Christmas Day.” It means officers are nearby at a lake-

side office in Ramsey Creek Park during off-times, running maintenance, doing paperwork and even some patrolling by land. Peak times in the summer run from 11 a.m. to midnight. Indeed, there may be two boats out on the lake at

any given time, one boat in one part of the lake and one in another part of the lake. A busy Saturday could mean 10-11 hours on the water for the officers. One of the big benefits of Cornelius taking over lake patrol from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police was an improvement in response time. CMP response could be, especially at night. Cornelius promised a 15 minute response rate; it’s average response time is 10 minutes. The difference can be a matter of life and death. When there was a fatal boat crash in Huntersville last month, Cornelius was on the scene in seven minutes. Mecklenburg County commissioners formally approved the transfer of local lake patrol to the Cornelius Police Department back in 2015. An “interlocal agreement” calls for Cornelius police to patrol Cornelius waters, while Charlotte-Mecklenburg police patrol McGuire Nuclear Plant and Cowans Ford Dam.



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Beat the heat with a hand-scooped treat BY ALLEN GUNN When it’s hot, there’s nothing like an ice cream cone. From butterscotch to vanilla—or any number of flavored ices —there’s plenty of choices when you need to cool down in good old 28031. Here’s a look at three places to socialize and satisfy those urges for something cold that you can hold in your hand.

Carolina Cones

Located on Old Statesville Road, Carolina Cones has been serving up 44 ice cream flavors in Cornelius for 38 years and is busy, busy, busy when the days get longer. But this familyrun creamery doesn’t stop there and offers other selections such as yogurts, dipping dots and soft serve. Don’t let the full parking lot deter you from unique tastes like cheesecake, pretzel or salty caramel truffle as Carolina Cones makes it a mission to have queue times of no longer than five minutes. Need-to-know prices: Small ice cream $3.56; Medium $3.93; Large $4.39; X-Large $4.62. Add a waffle cone for $.92 or chocolate dipped cone for $1.15. Open every day from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m, stop in and enjoy a family friendly atmosphere.

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between, Pelican’s SnoBalls stretches its wings after a winter hiatus. The powder blue and pink building just east of Smithville Park fields is can’tmiss on Catawba Avenue. The littlest of patrons can enjoy a small snowball for $2 while sizes grow towards an Avalanche, which costs $5. SnoBall enthusiasts are able to select two flavors from 100 different syrups, or add additional ones for an extra $.50. Open Sunday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bruster’s Ice Cream

Why not indulge in a handcrafted dessert from Bruster’s? There are sundaes and splits, shakes and blasts and crunchy waffle cones. Situated in Kenton Place, Bruster’s ice cream is made in-store. There are more than 20 flavors, including Graham Central Station, Banana Peanut Butter Ripple and New York Cheesecake. If you’re watching your waistline, look for frozen yogurt and sugar-free options. Freezes are glamourous slushies made with sherbet or sorbet and mixed with Sprite. Inside tip: Add a scoop of vanilla for a creamier texture. Need-to-know prices: Small Waffle Cone $3.99 (2 scoops); Regular $4.69 (3 scoops); Large $5.49 (4 scoops). Open Monday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

SnoBall: K’Nesha Maddox (left) and Colton Pagoota

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Whose yard is it anyway? May 17. By Dave Yochum. Cornelius is one of those places where some people get their boats detailed as often as their cars. And some don’t. It’s also the kind of place where homeowners’ associations keep things in their neighborhood nice and tidy. And a place where plenty of others yearn to be free of onerous government regulations. The Cornelius Town Board got into the thick of all that when board members voted 5-0 to adopt new rules that limit outdoor storage. A new ordinance puts limits on the size and quantity of boats and trailers in the front yard. Jayne Eve, who lives in a well-kept Craftsman-style home on John Gamble Road, says the new ordinance infringes on her rights as a property owner who consciously purchased waterfront property where there are no homeowner association covenants, codes and restrictions (CCRs) above and beyond basic town ordinances. A resident here more than 20 years, she opted not to move into The Peninsula or Captain’s Point where there are CCRs. “The commissioners went too far,” she says, defending the rights of property owners. “You can keep going on and on…this goes too far and needs to be rethought.” Here’s a little bit of history: The Cornelius Land Development Code Advisory Board (LDCAB) spent months studying different categories

of outdoor storage related to various materials, junk vehicles, RVs and boats. LDCAB members evaluated the pros and cons of front yard storage versus back yard storage and also debated the issue of whether storage should be on the street front vs. the lake front. The advisory panel also discussed people who opt for nonHOA neighborhoods and their rights. The LDCAB decided that Cornelius “should care about all neighborhoods equally and that appearance and property value should be a Town wide concern.” The nature of things Cornelius is that LDCAB reports to the Planning Board and presents their findings for review. It’s then passed up to the Cornelius Town Board. Not wanting to step into a sticky

wicket, the Planning Board reviewed and studied the LDCAB recommendation, discussed the same issues as LDCAB and said no thank you. According to Wayne Herron, the town’s planning director, the majority of the PlanHERRON ning Board members felt the Town should respect the wishes of those choosing to live outside of HOA regulated areas and that it was not in the Town’s best interest to force outdoor storage to the lake front. By a vote of 6-1, the Planning Board recommended denial of the proposed amendMILTICH ment.

Town Commissioner Mike Miltich said trailers and boats in front yards are part of living in a “boating community,” which includes not just boats, but boat trailers and doublewide trailers for two personal watercrafts. Commissioner Dave Gilroy, wellknown as a free market type, took a different view, saying he was in favor of “balanced protection for GILROY the neighbors if you have to live in perpetuity with some kind of craziness in the front yard next door.” What he’s saying is that the new ordinance will prevent the most independent of homeowners from keeping, let’s say, two tugboats, in his or her front yard. Issues at this point include what is and isn’t an “improved” driveway, how much a boat weighs, junk cars vs. crummy cars and where side yards and back yards begin and end. Asked what his personal opinion was, Herron told commissioners it’s a policy issue, “what do we want to do for the town?” “If you desire to reduce the storage of boats, this ordinance will do it,” Herron said. The ordinance goes into effect immediately. It’s not online as yet; Herron said “we revised the wording as directed by the Commissioners last evening, but the revision is being circulated internally to make sure we have the correct wording before make the final version available.”

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Mayor Wes Southern remembered

A picture of the mayor was shown during the Town Board meeting May 15

May 12. Funeral services for Mayor Wes Southern, the mayor of Cornelius from 1993 to 1999, were at 2 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He has passed away May 8 after a long illness. He was mayor during a time of exceptional growth: The population of Cornelius in 1990 was only 2,600; 10 years later it was 12,000. Former Town Manager Bob Race said the late mayor always “advocated for the consumer, in the town’s case, the taxpayer.” Southern left a lasting mark on the Town of Cornelius as a town and also a government. “He would say that at the end of the day, a Town should be in the customer service business first as that is what citizens deserve,” Race said. A successful real estate broker— he launched a commercial real estate business with Race after he left office—Southern remained active in local business until last year. ​​ Southern could also be feisty. Two years ago at the I-77 Call to Action meeting at Michael Waltrip Raceworld, Southern stood up and walked out when a politician known for his ability to embrace both sides of an issue began to address the crowd. The emblems of growth during his tenure as mayor include a new Town Hall, completed in 1999, as well as the annexation of The Peninsula, Bethel Church Road and Nantz Road on the west side of town in 1995, when veteran Cornelius Commissioner Thur-

man Ross was first elected. “Wes was instrumental in my first election,” Ross said. “He sat down and talked with me, made sure I understood what was involved…he helped me in my first campaign,” said Ross, the town’s only African-American commissioner. “Everyone wanted what was in the best interest of the town and Wes always had a way of looking at the big picture. He had a way of bringing a lot of people together,” Ross said. Southern was married for nearly 50 years to the late Carolyn Southern who passed away in 2013. H​e is survived by​​a daughter, ​Sonya (Trevor) Rush of Cornelius, and​a son,​Marcus (Fiona) Southern of Stanley, a​ s well as grandchildren​ , ​ nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam has known Wes and Carolyn for years. “Wes loved his town and worked tirelessly for progress at a critical time. He was a key contributor to initial stages of our downtown redevelopment including our beautiful Town Hall,” Washam said. Southern never lost interest in Cornelius and was helpful to those who followed him in public office. “Wes was a friend to many and will truly be missed by our town staff, business community and this large array of close friends and family throughout our town, region and state,” Washam said. ​

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Another community leader ​puts her hat in the ring borhood, just off North Main Street adjacent to Davidson.

An interesting contest come November

BY DAVE YOCHUM May 19. Saying that she will “meet the ​c​hallenge of ​balanced ​g​rowth, ​l​ow ​t​axes and ​c​reative ​s​olutions​, f​amily literacy advocate ­​and ​community volunteer​Ava Callender has declared her candidacy for Cornelius Town B ​ oard. ​If elected, she would be the first woman on the town board since 2009 and 2011 when Lynette Rinker was elected. She would be the first female African-American since Nannie Potts who was elected to the town board in 1983. Both Potts and Rinker went on to become mayor. The Cornelius Town Board is important. In addition to setting the tax rate and policy on everything from speed limits on local roads to how many boats you can store on your yard, the board has been a consistent stepping stone to higher office. NC Rep. John Bradford, NC Sen. Jeff Tarte and US Sen. Thom Tillis all served on the five-member board. ​Callender said she wants to make sure that our quality of life keeps pace with growth. “The Arts Center will soon be here; and many businesses are vying to locate in Cornelius. Cornelius is a diverse, growing and vibrant town. Both business and neighborhoods will thrive when we thoughtfully plan for these changes. Smart growth requires that we maintain high standards while securing the amenities that enhance living well,” she said. ​Her intentions became clear when she attended, at her own expense, the ​town government’s ​two​-​day​

”Budget Retreat​” at the magnificent Graylyn Estate ​in Winston Salem. ​No matter how luxurious the setting, the retreats are mostly about middleaged white men discussing the cost of fire trucks, police cars, sidewalks and artificial turf. Callender said she is ​ ”​ confident that the property tax rate should remain low, with the possibility of returning to the even lower rate of 2016.​”​

​Specific ideas​

She has specific ideas, too, including advocat​ ing “for a more robust use of Town Hall​.” Among her ideas are an annual j​ob​ f​air, ​h​ealth ​f​air ​and informational seminars for small businesses and​ s​enior ​c​itizens. She​ said she​ will strengthen ties with small businesses by meeting with them regularly and including a business directory on the Town website. ​Her volunteer experience includes​​ the Cornelius Affordable Housing Task Force, Arts & Science Council North Mecklenburg Advisory Board, Smithville Community Coalition Jobs Committee​and honorary chair of the​Pearls of Service Foundation​​ Fundraiser​. Now retired, the Lincoln University graduate’s work experience include​ s N ​ C Workforce Housing ​s​pecialist, NC Real Estate Commission ​b​roker­​ ​ in­​​charge designation, HUD certified broker, Mecklenburg County Title One tutor​​and Princeton Review SAT Teacher a​ nd​site director. Callender​, who has ​two adult children​, lives in ​the Twin Oaks n ​ eigh-

Right now there is one AfricanAmerican on the Town Board: Veteran Commissioner Thurman Ross. All five town commission seats are up for grabs. Commissioner Woody Washam, who is also the mayor pro tem, has declared his intentions to run for mayor. Sitting Mayor Chuck Travis has not declared, but Washam is a well-regarded leader and top vote-getter. Ross is the town’s longest-standing commissioner. He was​first​elected in November of 1995 and served through December of 2011​. He was re-elected November, 2013​. Commissioners Jim Duke and Mike Miltich have formally announced their plans to file for re-election. Ross will soon make WASHAM an official announcement that he will seek re-election. Commissioner Dave Gilroy told Cornelius Today this morning that he will seek another term; he has served since 2005. Community leader and retired insurance executive Denis Bilodeau h ​as announced his plans to run for town board. He currently serves as chairman of the influROSS ential Cornelius PARC (Park Arts & Recreational Culture) board—Bradford, Tarte and Tillis did so as well—and is president of the​​ Cornelius Cultural Arts Group and a board member of the Cornelius Arts & Community Center. Bilodeau was an early member of the anti-toll I77 Business Plan, and traveled to Raleigh to lobby against the toll plan. He is a former president of the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg, as well as a long-time member of the Big Day at the Lake organizing committee. There are a number of potential

candidates waiting in the wing; the most prominent right now being Michelle Ferlauto, a leader in the antitoll movement and a businesswoman.

Facebook: A likely place for politics

A Facebook page, “Elect Michelle Ferlauto,” is​​ “for​exploratory purposes in hopes that Ms. Ferlauto will run for commissioner as a voice for the everyday people.”​ ​On Wednesday, Ferlauto said she has not made up her mind. As of Friday night, the page had FERLAUTO 186 “likes,”​some of them from politically prominent people, including Mecklenburg County School Board Member Rhonda Lennon, as well as Shea Bradford, the wife of Rep. John Bradford​ , and former NC Rep. Charles Jeter of Huntersville.​ Of course, anyone can “like” a Facebook page. Whether that translates into votes is another thing. And whether anyone runs for office or not isn’t a sure thing until they officially file to run.The official filing for the November elections opens July 7 at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections and closes July 21. Another possible candidate is Tricia Sisson, the owner of The Range at Lake Norman on Bailey Road. On Wednesday she also told Cornelius Today she has not SISSON made up her mind on whether she will run for Town Board. Both Ferlauto and Sisson—as well as C ​ allender and R ​ usty Knox, who has declared his candidacy for mayor of Davidson—attended the Greater Statesville​/​Lake Norman Academy of Political Leadership​ . Presenters included the likes of Tillis and Andy Yates, a leading political consultant whose clients include successful candidates likes Washam and Duke locally as well as NC Sen. David Curtis in Lincoln County and NC Rep. Linda Johnson in Cabarrus.

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As complaints pile up, I-77 sub​-​contractor causes ​gridlock May 16. By Dave Vieser. ​Less than a month after loose steel reflectors became a critical safety issue in the I-77 construction zone, it turns out a dump truck being operated by a ​Cintra ​sub​-​ contractor caused massive gridlock in Cornelius and​​on the interstate May 12. ​The accident happened around 12:30​​ am​in the dark—when the most intense construction is under way—when a truck hit an overhead sign. Traffic was nightmarish for another 12 hours on major arteries like West Catawba, Sam Furr and Hwy 21.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patro​ l, t​ wo of three northbound lanes remained closed on I-77 for over 12 hours while crews removed a portion of the sign structure. The damage was a safety hazard to drivers and was removed before re-opening the lanes to traffic. DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Thompson ​said one of the construction vehicles working in the area caused the damage​,​ delaying tens of thousands of motorists in Cornelius and on the interstate from I-485 north to Langtree Road/Exit 31.

The accident location​occurred​near milepost 32, in the area where crews are working overnight on the toll lane project. This has not been a good week for Cintra. On May 16, overnight toll lane construction work on I-77 in Charlotte ran until 7:45 am because of equipment issues, significantly delaying rush hour traffic. Sugar Creek construction will

be assessed a penalty by the DOT because of the Tuesday delays, according to Thompson. The subcontractor’s insurance com​ pany ​is expected to pay for the sign damage.​“​We are conducting a full investigation to determine if there are additional liabilities​,” Thompson said.

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Yates said, with an open seat on the board plus a number of hot issues, mostly surrounding transportation, he expects even more people to throw their hat in the ring. “I’ve heard rumors of 10 or more candidates including the four incumbents who are seeking re-election,” he said. In a crowded race like this, one YATES of the keys to winning is to stand out from the crowd in a positive way such as for past service, unique qualifications and perspective, endorsements, or your campaign platform. “Certainly being one of only two or three female candidates in a crowded field could be an advantage and a way to stand out from the crowd,” Yates said

​ Balance of power​

The dynamics of local politics are changing, too. Where The Peninsula once reigned in terms of clout, a younger demographic is making itself known in Antiquity. There have been concerns expressed about an all-male town board. “I ​think that little section is going to do good things for Cornelius and bring a blend and change the dynamics of the town​,” said Stacy Phillips, who ​​created the Elect Michelle Ferlauto Facebook page. Her father is Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips. Stacy has been a political consultant to ​Mecklenburg Commissioner Jim ​Puckett, Jeter​and Huntersville Commissioner Mark Gibbons​.​ “The strength of women on the ballot means the community ‘s being truly reflected and, if elected, the board would be so much more relatable to the average citizen,” Phillips said.

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By Allen T. Gunn. “Allen’s gift for Mother’s Day is cleaning out the storage unit.” Simple words said by a mother with such excitement. A simple gesture that means the world. I shrug my shoulders and responded, “If that’s all you want.” Mother’s Day shouldn’t be complicated, even though I have two mothers. It doesn’t take much to please two of the most loving ladies who together adopted me as an infant from a civil war torn and impoverished Guatemala in 1991. My mothers, Nancy Gunn and Mary Allen Watson, have been together 37 years.

They had already done the same four years earlier, going through a grueling waiting process for my brother Thomas. They wanted to share love and extend an opportunity for a substantially better life. For me, it’s been so stereotypical, no matter how different or unique our family appears to the outside world. There have been the usual teenage groundings and great learning moments, but equally a load of laughs. That storage unit is packed full of memories I’ve shared with both my mothers, which is why it is hard to dwindle down the numerous boxes that have moved from North Carolina to Massachusetts and back again, twice over. A T-shirt from the Metallica concert — my first ever — that I nearly missed because my brother and I sat in the wrong section and when Mary Allen arrived we were no-

where to be found, to ticket stubs from various Carolina basketball games I’d attended with Nancy. They are the memories accounted for on Mother’s Day. Nancy and Mary Allen have made them possible by giving me a chance to have my own success that I can share with them. And even though Mother’s Day falls yearly on the second Sunday in May, it’s an appreciation I try to repay every day. Let’s just say I “organized” those memories. —Allen T. Gunn Allen, 26, has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Salford in Manchester, England. His parents are Nancy Gunn, a retired social care worker, and Mary Allen Watson, who retired from teaching at the university level. They remember wordfor-word the call that brought Allen to America. The family lives in Cornelius.

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Tillis Baby Shower back at Town Hall May 16. The Susan Tillis Foundation will host t​he t​hir​d annual Red, White and Bundled Baby Shower June 15​​at Cornelius Town Hall​.​​Everyone ​is asked to bring a baby item to donate​. All items received will be bundled into welcome home packages for newborns of junior enlisted at Fort Bragg​where the ​annual income for​​ families is a​ bout $21,000. ​”​Many of these new parents in addition to having limited financial resources are often separated by distance from family and support systems and often lack the basic necessities just to bring their babies home from the hospital​,” said Tillis, whose husband, Thom, is a U.S. senator from North Carolina. He got his start in elected office on the Cornelius Town Board and went on to the NC House of Representatives before running for the Senate in 2014. Th​e​success of the last two showers has made it possible for the Foundation to broaden its support at other NC military installations as well as veterans’ families. Since its inception Red, White and Bundled has served almost 5,000 families to date. Red, White and Bundled grew out of a visit by Susan to Fort Bragg in early 2015 where she saw firsthand the needs of our soldiers’ families. “These men and women are fighting for our freedom. It seems the least we can do is to ensure a happy homecoming for their new babies,”​ she said. ​The event at Cornelius Town Hall gets under way at 6 pm and finishes up at 7:30 pm. Donation boxes are in the lobby now for those who may not be able to attend the shower. In addition to Red, White and Bundled, the Susan M. Tillis Foundation also provides aid to transitioning service members by providing the proper tools for reintegration into the civilian workforce through its Heroes to Work program. The Foundation also emphasizes the needs of the often forgotten Caregivers of Wounded Veterans through multiple touch points of support.

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Gridlock hit Cornelius May 12 May 12. It looks like it was near gridlock at times this morning on West Catawba as repairs to a sign on I-77 apparently snarled traffic from I-485 all the way north to Langtree Road/Exit 31. Congestion is so bad that motorists have diverted to other routes causing much heavier traffic on Catawba Avenue through Cornelius. Cornelius Police are asking drivers to be patient and alert. “If emergency vehicles come by, please move over,” spokeswoman Betsy Shores said. Two of three lanes remain closed on I-77 North past Exit 31 in Iredell County while crews remove a portion of the sign structure damaged from an accident earlier today. The damage created a safety hazard to drivers and must be removed before

opening the lanes to traffic. NCDOT has been coordinating with contractors with projects on alternate routes to remove any lane closures, including U.S. 21 and N.C. 115, which also have heavy congestion. Backups on I-77 stretch to at least Exit 19 (I-485) and drivers are encouraged to avoid this area if possible. Overhead message signs on I-77, I-85 and I-485 are being used to alert motorists to the closures and to seek alternate routes. Crews anticipate opening the lanes back to traffic this afternoon. Radio traffic reports described miles of tractor trailers lined up from I-485 since 6 am. Whether the sign repair work was an emergency or planned is unknown at this time.

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Proceeds benefit: Pounding For Parker Foundation The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg raised $15,000 toward the cost of the 9/11 Monument at Fire Station No. 1. Pictured are John and Claudia Kepner, Paul Newton, Woody Washam and Anthony Roberts. Supported by Cornelius Today

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Unit 12 4/26/17 $405,500 Peter & Jennifer Gomes to Bruce & Katherine Lau, 21812 Chapel Way 4/28/17 $273,000 Harrison Long & Magan Johnson to Agatha Zapala & Darren Lowman, 19214 Lake Norman Cove 4/28/17 $339,000 Christine Nolan to Homeford LLC, Lot 140 Westmoreland 4/28/17 $310,000 David & Jaycee Staehle to Hoover & Carolina Gutierrez, 19227 Ruffner Dr 4/28/17 $252,500 Elizabeth & Louie Rey to Robin Blair & Charles Blair, 20515 Harbor View Dr. 4/28/17 $114,000 Leora Chai-Lee & Sun Jin Lee to Marcus Maris & Morgan Murphy, 19718 Feriba Pl. Unit D

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5/1/17 $138,000 Grasshopper 3 LLC to Bethel Re Associates, 19701 Bethel Church Rd. Unti 302 5/1/17 $294,000 Mark & Patti Lynn Mahshie to Jeffrey & Wendy Merk, 17727 North Shore Cir. 5/1/17 $714,000 Classica Homes to Christopher & Jennifer Grenier, 9010 Robbin Pond Rd. 5/2/17 $467,000 Dean & Carol King to Russell & Sandra Ferrell, 7411 Mariner Cove Dr. 5/2/17 $1,250,000 Charles & Carol Hord to Randy Humphrey, 19228 Betty Stough Rd. 5/2/17 $245,000 Carly & Jeremy Pasell to David Henderson, 10323 Watoga Way 5/3/17 $165,000 Brandon & Brandy Hodge to Linda Mydlach Trust, 19767 Deer Valley Dr. See HOMES, Page 24

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5/3/17 $224,000 Minhajuddin Mohammad & Rana Iffat to Jason & Tamara Voelzke, 18812 Victoria Bay Dr.

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5/5/17 $355,000 Ann & Kemper Gibson to Frank & Maureen Nowak, 12819 Hazelbrook Ln. 5/5/17 $294,000 Subodh & Sushma Kumar to Thomas & Lynn Cruse, 18315 Victoria Bay Dr.

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Home Sales Davidson 4/21/17 $596,000 Tower Inc. to Sarah Picot, 732Amalfi Dr. 4/28/17 $340,000 Helen & Kenneth Coley Jr. to Tin & Greg Frostbutter, 13006 Claudel Ct. 4/28/17 $595,000 Amy & Scott Dill to Edward & Rita Comstock, 13621 Robert Walker Dr. 4/28/17 $825,000 Jeff & Vallee Bubak to David & Whitney Bere, 19007 Hodestone Mews Ct.

4/28/17 $289,000 Donald & Kimberly Montgomery to Christopher Pie & Elizabeth Johnson, 14012 Helen Benson Blvd. 4/28/17 $250,00 Paramount Realty Investments to John Rose, 1027 San Michele Pl. 5/1/17 $620,000 Michael & Deann Champagne to Christopher & Shelley Frye, 17405 Lynx Den Ct. 5/1/17 $325,000 Michael Young & Marie Sotelo to Michael & Tara Jensen, 136 Morrison Hill Rd. 5/3/17 $850,000 445 Main South LLC to BrandAcres LLC, Unit 400 Davidson @ South Main Condominium

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Cadman Dr. 5/12/17 $174,000 Edward & Julie Jacques to Erin Soloman, 9665 Bailey Rd. 5/15/17 $225,000 Mark & Tama Ellington to Stephanie McNamara & Curtis Campbell, 10502 Glenmeade Rd. 5/15/17 $212,000 David Beason to Daniel & Janine Baetzhold, 16520 Amberside Rd. E. 5/15/17 $700,000 Erin & Robert Hallman to Patricia & David Maruna II, 18521 Balmore Pines Ln. 5/15/17 $372,500 Francine Herrington to David & Caryl Crouse, 18402 Neville Ave. 5/16/17 $192,000 Tracy & Steven DiVerniero to Noreen & James Ianniello, 924

Gardners Way Unit W3 5/16/17 $523,500 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Todd & Tiffani Engel, 15019 Courtside Cove Ln. 5/17/17 $910,000 Beji & Pamela Varghese to David & Laura Ross, 18350 Invergordon Ln. 5/17/17 $300,000 William & Ivy Stroud to John & Karen Alstrup, 8947 Magnolia Estates Dr. 5/18/17 $499,000 Chrysta & Joseph Nestor to Michael & Laura Bosak, 19523 Sunnypoint Ct. 5/18/17 $1,550,000 John & Mary Lee McCabe to Beji & Pamela Varghese, 19401 Peninsula Shores Dr.

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Summer means it’s time to decorate outdoors Here are some tips • Outdoor drapery panels bring drama, design and function to a patio. • Outdoor sectionals and daybeds provide maximum seating, as well as opportunities for different patterns and textures. • Accessorize with lighting. LED lighting sets a mood and gives a finished look.

Summer officially begins June 21, but our guess is that the creative juices have already begun to flow. Flowers help define and decorate a space, but so does an area rug for the patio or deck, same as you would use one in an indoor space. They’re washable and they’ll

withstand getting wet. Drapes are also cool— they can provide shade, as well as define a space and provide some privacy. Outdoor draperies are often made professionally, but you can DIY out of painters’ drop cloths and a little paint for striping in awesome colors


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that will match or complement your cushions. (You will need to weight them appropriately so the wind doesn’t blow them around.) Whatever you do outside, look for fabric and accessories that will resist fading, mildew and stains. Fun colors like cobalt blue, orange and lime are, well, fun. Brown and a pale blue are more elegant; brown and red are bold. Just like in a living room, a fireplace—a fire pit outside—can be a great focal point. “It also allows you to use your outdoor space longer during the cooler months,” says Allen Sutton, the owner of Southern Decadence.

• Planters and potted plants provide pops of color. They can be rotated inside and out. • Pergola and arbors define space and offer shade. • If you have electricity overhead, consider a “fandelier,” a mix of a ceiling fan and lighting.

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Love veggies and pizza? Terrie Tyger’s cold appetizer is for you Terrie Tyger has a go-to recipe that is everyone’s favorite. “Every time there is something going on, especially at work, I am asked to make it,” says Tyger, who moved to Heritage Green in 2006 from Johnstown, Penn. She works as a national accounts representative/customer accounts administrator at American Tire Distributors corporate office in Huntersville. Tyger grew up cooking. “I especially love baking but don’t find much time to do it these days.” Her passion is for helping those in need, especially children. Tyger is sharing her Veggie Pizza recipe, a cold appetizer. “I first got the recipe years ago from my sister-in-law, Maria. This is a favorite of everyone’s.” Tyger’s tip: “I like to get the vegetable mix in the produce department.”



• 2 tubes of crescent rolls • 16 ounces sour cream • 16 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) • 1 package of dry ranch dressing • Baby carrots • Broccoli • Cauliflower • Shredded three cheese mix

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While rolls are baking, mix sour cream, cream cheese and ranch dressing. After rolls have finished baking allow to cool slightly then spread cream cheese mixture evenly on top. Take even amounts of your vegetables (I like to get the vegetable mix in the produce department), place in food processor and blend into tiny pieces; you will not use your whole bag. Sprinkle your vegetables on top of cream cheese (not too thick) then sprinkle the shredded cheese mix on top of vegetables, cover and refrigerate a few hours at least.

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Business News

Carolina Farm Trust​ r​aising funds for farms

Zack Wyatt, founder of Carolina Farm Trust

Be​fore the farmer’s market or grocery store or restaurant, there is a farmer​, says Zack Wyatt​. T ​ he founder of the Cornelius-based Carolina Farm Trust is working to​protect farmland and foster an ecosystem of

sustainable farming in the Carolinas. ​A June 4 ​screening of ​a film called ​“T ​ he Farmer That Feeds Us​“ will help raise money for the mission of the trust. “Ingersoll Rand gave us a small budget to do the pilot. Pam and Andy Hansen

are graciously hosting the screening at their home in Davidson​,” said Wyatt, a Cornelius resisent whose wife Abby​is the manager of the Davidson Farmer’s Market. Most of ​the ​money​ the trust​ ha​s​ raised so far has​​helped pay for the​​Carolina Jubilee​,​a​music and food festival at Van Hoy Farms in Harmony, north​of Statesville​on I-77. ​“It’s a been a tough road but this year I think will be our break​-​out year​,” Wyatt says.​ ​The Carolina Jubilee​is​a two-day music and food festival dedicated to raising funds to ​help protect​farm land in North and South Carolina. The Jubilee Sept​. ​29​-30 ​will feature blues and funk, as well as ​Americana and folk​music.​ Carolina microbreweries, wineries and farm related vendors also showcase their products—and educate the community​about the benefits of local food.​ So far the trust has donated over ​ $8,000 to local farms​as part of the regional food system​. Wyatt hopes​s​omeday ​the trust can

acquire small parcels of land here and there—they could become community gardens, for example—and larger parcels that could become incubator farms, or continue to be real working farms. In many cases farms are owned by a generation of older people whose children and grandchildren have no interest in farming. At the same time, open land is prized by developers who​ clear it​with no regard to flora and fauna​and plant houses by the hundreds. The primary mission of the Carolina Farm Trust is to provide land access to the Carolina Farming community. The trust also works to assist new farmers getting started. Their ultimate goal is to either work with local community banks and back farm loans or provide funding directly. “Whether it’s helping build a barn, getting a tractor fixed, or help with land infrastructure we want to be there to hel​p​,​​“ Wyatt added. ​​ For more information about the Carolina Farm Trust, go to

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Overall crime rate low but DWI arrests are up BY DAVE VISIER Local news on Charlotte TV often conveys the impression that crime in our area is running rampant. Between murders, robberies and highspeed chases, breaking news can be downright scary. Here’s some refreshing news: The crime rate in Cornelius and adjacent towns is actually quite low. In fact it’s among the lowest in all of North Carolina. The data are pretty much bullet proof: Cornelius is among the 20 safest North Carolina cities, landing 13th out of a total of 107 according a report just released by SafeWise, a home security and safety brand specialist. Cornelius had an average of 1.24 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 13.79 property crimes per 1,000— significantly lower than the national average. The ratings were based on the most recent FBI crime data from 2015 for cities with a minimum population

of 4,000 people. The rankings look good both north and south of town too: Davidson was No. 7, and Huntersville came in at No.18. One area of continued concern is

driving under the influence. According to the Cornelius Police Department there were 85 DWI arrests in 2016. Based upon the arrest rate for the first four months of this year, DWI arrests will be up this year, despite ongoing education programs in the schools, the town and the state. Often, the incidents occur after a night of drinking and the results can be tragic. In June 2012, police found Kevin Sweet’s body lying on Bethel Church Road near Madison Manor Drive. Later, police found the vehicle that witnesses said hit Sweet and arrested 23-year-old Jacob Kost of Winston Salem, who was charged with murder, felony hit-and-run, DWI and driving with a revoked license. Kost had apparently left a bar nearby shortly before the incident. Police in Cornelius continued on page 33

DWI Arrests in Cornelius Per Month

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and elsewhere will usually step up DWI patrols and roadblocks between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. “It would be safe to say that DWI arrests are more common in the late evening or early morning hours due to more social activities and drivers leaving bars which are closing,” said Betsy Shores, spokeswoman for the Cornelius Police. “ H o w e v e r, we have impaired driving arrests during the day too.” In addition to roadblocks and vehicular patrols, Cornelius has installed a closed circuit TV system which feeds real time video to the 911 operators at Town Hall. They can spot impaired drivers and notify patrols. This system has also helped give local police instant information on accidents as well as criminal incidents. The department has also implemented the use of video license plate readers around town

which, according to Chief Bence Hoyle, has already helped solve several crimes. The town’s low crime rate was enhanced by the decision to have Cornelius Police take on lake patrols rather than the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Police Department. “I’ve heard comments on how it’s become quicker and a more helpful presence than what existed before,” noted Town Commissioner Mike Miltich. Despite the low crime rate, police and town officials continue to remind residents to take the basic steps towards safety: Lock doors at all times, secure autos and close garage doors. Regardless of toll lane construction, Cornelius is still readily accessible via I-77 so residents need to stay alert and take note of suspicious individuals or automobiles. The chances of falling victim to any kind of violent crime are slim in Cornelius, as well as Davidson and Huntersville. “Bottom line, the bad guys know our police are watching them 24/7,” said Miltich.

Transfer point between Cornelius and Davidson added to toll lanes BY DAVE VISIER After hearing significant concerns from local officials, I-77 Mobility Partners has added a transfer point for the I-77 toll lanes north of Exit 28. Previously there were to be no transfers into or out of the toll lanes between Exit 25 and Exit 31, a better than six mile stretch. The transfer points are areas where motorists will be able to leave or enter the toll lanes to either use the general purpose lanes or exit the interstate. Numerous local officials had complained that since many people in Huntersville​,​ Cornelius ​and​ Davidson area use the interstate for local trips, the previous design precluded them from even having the option of using the toll lanes​, creating further congestion in an already heavily used stretch of the interstate.

The change was ​announced​in an email​sent​to ​area ​m​ayors, a copy of which was obtained by Cornelius Today. In the n o t i f i c a t i o n ,​ I-77 Mobility spokeswoman​ Jean Leier, said​:​ “I-77 Mobility Partners continues to work with NCDOT and municipalities along the corridor to enhance accessibility along the I-77 Express Lanes. As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed, we are providing the attached, newest version of the project map.The latest improvements to the project include a transfer area between Exits 28 and 30; and connectivity to I-85 northbound and southbound.”

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New Corporations

S S E N I S U B These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State

Cornelius 5/3/17 Ekeko Distribution Inc., Robert Ageenko, 19116 Statesville Rd., #116, Cornelius 5/3/17 Sigmon Lawn & Garden Center of Denver LLC, Brian A. Mahoney, 21000 Torrence Chapel Rd., Ste. 100, Cornelius 5/5/17 Dyer Project LLC, Charles W. Dyer IV, 19906 N Cove Rd., Ste. A, Cornelius 5/5/17 Medco Atlantic Inc., Robert Ageenko, 19116 Statesville Rd., Cornelius 5/8/17 All Paws Ventures LLC, Daniel LaRusso, 19225 Chandlers Landing Dr., Apt. 307, Cornelius 5/8/17 Campbell Optimization LLC, Stephanie McNamara, 10502 Glenmeade Rd., Cornelius 5/8/17 First Rate Blinds LLC, Ryan Messenger, 20112 Bascom Ridge Dr., Cornelius 5/8/17 Shoreline Solutions LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 21305 Sandy Cove Rd., Cornelius 5/9/17 Consider it Done LKN Inc., Rebecca C. Gauthier, 20215 Beard St., Cornelius 5/9/17 Fight or Flight Training LLC, John P.

Lundsten, 19322 Yachtman Dr., Cornelius 5/9/17 Levack Properties LLC, Marc S. Levack, 19009 Peninsula Point Dr., Cornelius 5/9/17 Sunset Homes LLC, Carolina Venture Corp., 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103-167, Cornelius 5/10/17 Majestic Designs LLC, Nicholas A. Davis, 19520 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 313, Cornelius 5/10/17 RPM Warrior Capital LP, Raymond Michael Pinkston, 20721 Torrence Chapel Rd., Ste. 102, Cornelius 5/11/17 AH Lumberyard LLC, Michael R. Harmon, 18951 Peninsula Point Dr., Cornelius 5/11/17 Exclusive Antes LLC, Pisamai Bounsouk, 20619 Torrence Chapel Rd., Ste. 116, Cornelius 5/11/17 The Outdoor Alliance Company LLC, Jerad Hewitt, 20328 Willow Pond Rd., Cornelius 5/11/17 Southern Homes Title Inc., Ronald Creigh Hill, 18310 Scotscraig Ln., Cornelius 5/11/17 Zewelry Fashion LLC, Reshma D. Kolagad, 18902 Victoria Bay Dr., Cornelius 5/15/17 Bethel BSA Troop 72 Inc., Steve Harper, 19825 N Cove Rd., #178, Cornelius 5/16/17 R Scott Martin LLC, Ronald Scott Martin, 10212 Cladwell Depot Rd., Cornelius

5/17/17 Cornelius Commerce Center Condominium Association Inc., Jamie Roleweiz, 11106 Treynorth Dr., Cornelius 5/17/17 LePage Johnson Realty LLC, Craig LePage, 19721 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius 5/17/17 PIA Holdings LLC, Jennifer L. Page, 18805 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 100, Cornelius 5/18/17 Coiffeur Holdings of NC LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 5/18/17 Ezra Properties of NC LLC, Laura Azran, 18728 Coachmans Trace, Cornelius 5/18/17 Improv Innovations LLC, Christopher R. Barbeau, 18535 Caleb Jordan Dr., Apt. 108, Cornelius 5/18/17 Lake 1 Concepts LLC, Christy Jones, 9216 Westmoreland Rd., Cornelius 5/18/17 Legally Delicious LLC, Roderick M. Wright Jr., 20311 Southshore Dr., Cornelius 5/18/17 Luqa LLC, Patrick McKay Mullen Sr., 16903 Shipswatch Pl., Cornelius 5/19/17 Ace Marble and Granite LLC, Stefan Tripsa, 18709 Ronceverte Dr., Cornelius


Davidson 5/3/17 Forged Timber Co. LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 5/3/17 Saveur the Journey LLC, Aaron Schorsch, 640 Lorimer Rd., Davidson 5/3/17 Two-0-nine Inc., Connie S. Coleman, 209 Avinger Ln., Davidson 5/10/17 Austin-Barnett Realty LLC, Clyde W. Austin Jr., 200-H North Harbor Place Dr., Davidson 5/11/17 The Benison Group Inc., Lisa McTighe, 547 Watson St., Davidson 5/11/17 Goodwon Inc., Lisa McTighte, 547 Watson St., Davidson 5/11/17 Kispatrick Inc., Lisa McTighte, 547 Watson St., Davidson 5/11/17 McLaurin’s Landscaping and Lawncare LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 5/11/17 Popadon Inc., Lisa McTighe, 547 Watson St., Davidson 5/12/17 Advanced Drafting & Design Co., Steven Siniscalchi, 1119 Central Park Cir., Davidson

4/27/17 Alert 5 LLC, Colin Gorman, 219 Lingle Dr., Davidson

5/17/17 Leandre & Josiane Adifon Foundation Inc., Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson

4/27/17 Greenway Holdings LLC, Watson Commercial Development Inc., 568 Jetton St., Ste. 200, Davidson

5/17/17 Raider Consulting LLC, Erika M. Erlenbach, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson

5/2/17 1-2-3 Go Fitness LLC, Cristhian L. Maranchello, 17220 Silas Place Dr., Davidson

5/18/17 Live Healthy Carolinas Inc., Richard J. Kline, 200 Avinger Ln., Davidson

5/2/17 Wine Direct USA LLC, David Dilworth Scholl, 13841 Helen Benson Blvd.,

5/19/17 Lake Norman’s Finest LLC, Cedrick L. Ratliff, 211 Mock Rd., Davidson

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• Provide a full day of fun for kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters • Raise money for an efficiently run non-profit • Recruit mentors for children in BBBS

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Commander: AlphaGraphics of Lake Norman • John and Shea Bradford • Charlotte Ear Eye Nose and Throat Associates - Dr. Michael Miltich • Dobi Financial Group • Jim and Carolyn Duke • Brian Harris and Scarlett Hays • KS Audio Video - Ken Ziegler • Shelley Johnson and Craig LePage • Lake Norman Realty - Abigail Jennings • The McIntosh Law Firm • Payroll Plus • Rose Associates - Kathleen Rose • Troy and Della Stafford • Jeff and Nancy Tarte • Dirk & Heidi Tischer • Brian and Tricia Sisson & Erica Erlenbach Friends: John and Nancy Aneralla • Chris and Sally Ashworth • Rod Beard • Chaz Beasley • Law firm of Bentz and Associates - Catherine Bentz • Blair and Margaret Boggs • Crafty Burg’r • Dixie Dean • Dresslers Restaurant • Tom and Ann Dutton • Angela Higbea • Rusty Knox • Rhonda Lennon • Thurman Ross • Jennifer Stoops • Washam Properties - Woody & Sharon Washam Food and Beverage Vendors: Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails, Big Bite’z, Brickhouse Tavern / Port City Club, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Herrin Brothers Ice, Mama’s Pizza Express, Tenders Fresh Food

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28OH3! The Butterfly Run, supporting Big Day at the Lake, Lauren Kimsey Foundation

Kristen Maxwell, with Aquesta Bank, and Jennifer Pensler handed out water. There were more than 250 runners

Jim Engel speaking at the Buterfly Run in honor of the late Lauren Kimsey. Proceeds benefited Big Day at the Lake and the Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma

Grand Opening of Eleven Lakes Brewing

Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla and wife Nancy joined the Butterfly Run

New Greenway

Larry Riggs and Dei Mercer at the opening of Eleven Lakes Jack Lippy, an owner of Eleven Lakes Brewing, with Debbie and Mike Gennosa

The Caldwell Greenway opening, May 13

Gold’s Gym Fitness Fair

On Sunday, Come Worship With Us

Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 9am & 11am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am 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 8:30am, 11am Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 9:30am, 11am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Sundays 11am

Proceeds from fitness fair at Gold’s Gym in Cornelius benefited Big Big Brothers Big Sisters, the non-profit mentoring program for at-risk children. Pictured are staff from Gold’s: Kaylee Dowde, Kyleigh Bishop, Jesse Fabricant and Andrew Renckens.

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

At least it isn’t gridlock​ ​(Online headline May 12)

​It’s Our Lake, Our Drinking Water

​“Traveled ​two​miles in this mess.​..​ 45 minutes. So glad to be home and not getting in my vehicle the remainder of the evening.​“​ —Jennifer via Facebook​

​“​What a poor writer​:​​‘​I am a Republican and as such I believe that government closest to the people is best.​‘​​What does this contradictory statement even mean? You just got finished talking about how you didn’t want government intruding on property rights, and in the same breath say you want the government close to the people. This is just one example in a rant laden with poor syntax and political biases. Would expect nothing less from the current GOP. Hypocrites with ulterior motives masquerading as the people’s champions​..​.​“​ These comments were posted May 6 re: "It’s our lake, our drinking water​"​

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“This is exactly why we stayed ​ away from 77 when building and chose to stay around 85 up near Concord. I hate having to drive around Cornelius​.”​ —Brian via Facebook

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“Traveling home to ​N​antz R​oa​d from SC today. Didn’t know about lane closures​. Two-hour gridlock at 1​:​30 pm from 485​to I-​77 exit 25. This explains it​.”​ —Jim via Facebook ​“Awful!! Took me an hour to leave from Cornelius to exit 36. What crazy person thought it would be a good idea to put up a sign n close 2 lanes on 77 mid day on a Friday. Nuts!!​“ —Kathy via Facebook

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“We can’t take anymore. We are fed up with our elected officials who only care about shoving as many people and businesses they can into an already crammed area. No planning. No thinking for that matter! We move, by choice, June 1. Counting down the days!” —via We borrowed the headline from “Network,” the 1976 film with Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway.

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Our traffic is nothing compared to ‘Golden Week’ in China.

38 • CORNELIUS TODAY • June 2017 Speeders “I was definitely misunderstood. I have no problem with Jetton Road being 35 mph regardless of who initiated the law. However, I have a definite problem with Jeff Tarte proposing the SHP giving a law abiding citizen driving the interstate at the posted 65 MPH speed limit REGARDLESS of which lane they are driving in. Wow, it is great to know that the maniacs can travel 79 MPH on the interstate that has a posted speed limit at 65 MPH without getting a ticket. We are on in great danger. Preposterous thinking! Similar to I 77 toll road contract going to a Spanish company with known financial trouble.” —via SoundOff link on www.

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​“​Is this one of the ​a​lternate ​r​outes to Charlotte that CRTPO and Vi Lyles say we should find? Can we ride gold carts to Center City Charlotte on it???​“ —Richard via Cornelius Today on Facebook​

Cathy Bentz and husband Al had lunch every Thursday at Acropolis for years

Like the original in Greece, Acropolis was a pillar of community “​When I moved from Florida, almost 4 years ago. That was the only place, where I feel comfortable going on my own. Best of luck to all the nice people at the Acropolis. I miss you already.​“​ —Angela ​via Cornelius Today on Facebook “​ I’ll never forget visiting Acropolis during our first week in North Carolina. The waitress told us it was state law that all hamburgers had to be cooked well done.​“

“Can you confirm that there are plans to connect the new Greenway to the one in Birkdale?​We appreciate SoundOff!” —via Not in the near future.​ Troy​Fitzsimmons, the director of the PARC Department for ​Cornelius, says the long​-​term goal is to connect the new Caldwell Station Creek Greenway to the existing McDowell Creek Greenway​ , which runs from Westmoreland near the I-77 bridge to Birkdale behind the movie theater and over to Sam Furr Road​. ​He says there are significant obstacles in crossing H​wy.​21 and I-77​. Options under consideration include​ a connection v​ia the proposed H​wy.​ 73/21 improvements ​and, longer term,​ building a Bailey Road flyover ​to connect to Northcross Drive.

​ ur town’s Coolness O Quotient is climbing​ (Online Headline May 11)

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Connecting greenways


—Steve via Cornelius Today on Facebook​ “Will miss it so much, have taken my grandson since he was a baby he is almost 14! Went very often!​“ —Diana via Cornelius Today on Facebook​ “​Will really miss this meeting spot. So great for meetings! Need a replacement meeting spot.​” —Anette v​ ia Cornelius Today on Facebook

​“​I walk a lot. But to think it is an​ ‘​economic development engine​‘​ is silly. And by the way, they are about to destroy a greenway with the Northcross extension.​” —Pete ​ via Cornelius Today on Facebook Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant responds: ​“​One of the Town’s priorities in constructing Northcross Dr​ive ​Ext​ ension​is to ensure that there is a safe crossing for the existing McDowell Creek Greenway. The Town has met with NCDOT and its design team to express many priorities to consider as part of its design process. NCDOT has stated that it will evaluate options for the greenway’s safe crossing, including an aerial crossing or tunnel.​“ These comments were posted May 11 re: "Greenways: Our Town’s Coolness Quotient is climbing"​

“​Made sure we had our last lunch there and got some of the chicken lemon soup to take home. Will miss this place a​​lot.​” —Marge via Cornelius Today on Facebook​ “Will be missed, for sure. Thank you for all the great meals and memories.​” —Ellen via Cornelius Today on Facebook Town Commissioner Jim Duke and Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washamhavemovedtheir“CoffeeChat”fromAcropolistoLakeTown Tavern, which has a new manager, Tabitha Cornelius. The next Coffee Chat is 9 a.m. June 5.

It’s Bo Time

“I was happy to see a public shout out on Facebook page for Bo Johnson, who for years has picked up trash along Jetton Road while taking his morning walk. Go Bo!” —via

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s The Duke: Don’t you touch my shrooms

Mushroom danger!

“If we want the greenway to remain green, then the photo of the man holding the morel mushrooms that he collected on the publicly owned greenway is instructive of what NOT to do. The Charmeck greenway rules and regulations are easily found online, but prohibited greenway activities include ‘damage or removal of park property,’ and ‘collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural object.’ Let it be noted that morels are so prized and protected in many places, that if he was to venture on personal property to help himself, it is quite possible that he might find himself looking down the barrel of someone’s rifle, instead of the lens of a friendly camera.” —via SoundOff link on www.

Left lane speed proposal is off-base “I have a definite problem with NC Sen. Jeff Tarte proposing the Highway Patrol giving a law-abiding citizen driving the interstate at the posted 65 mph speed limit regardless of which lane they are driving in. Wow, it is great to know that the maniacs can travel 79 mph on the interstate that has a posted speed limit at 65 without getting a ticket. We are in great danger. Preposterous thinking! Similar to I-77 toll road contract going to a Spanish company with known financial trouble.” —via SoundOff link on www.

Newsmakers Breakfast: How South Carolina is going to eat our lunch. ​(​What happens if trucks can’t use toll lanes...​...Online headline May 8)

“My understanding is they can not use the toll lanes. Makes no sense to make them drive in the congested GP lanes!! But what do I and more than 1/2 the residents that drive I77 daily know.” —Sheila via Facebook​ “​ It means no distribution centers. Ever.”​ —Pete via Facebook “And the jobs....never.” —Steve via Facebook​ “Ironic, there is a new inter-modal distribution already built at CDIAP that will be impacted.” —Tom via Facebook “It means you restrict 90 percent of truckers’ ability who are owner-operators to move freight through a vital interstate corridor for the next 50 years. Truckers are the pawns to create congestion so a foreign company can profit.” —Tom via Facebook “Our leaders have completely failed to understand the nature of the Charlotte region’s economy and are pretending that I-77 is exclusively a commuter road for the wealthy. The irony is that this fiasco will guarantee an I-77 that can never be more than that.” —Steve via Facebook

“It’s not IF trucks can’t use toll lanes, IT IS CAN’T use toll lanes because it’s not being built to handle trucks!!” —Jayne via Facebook

“Go ask Chuck Travis and John Woods. They think tolls are great.” —Richard via Facebook

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