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November Things to do November means it’s time to vote


• Co-Founder of anti-toll group Widen I-77 • Served as Cornelius Commissioner 1993–95 • 30 year Cornelius resident, married to Sherry • Owner of small business – architect


• Fight negative effects of toll lane contract • Increase local town influence • Enhance local & small business viability • Balance development & infrastructure • Maintain quality police and fire protection • Maintain low property tax & utility costs / rate Endorsed by NC Rep. Chaz Beasley, I-77 Business Plan, Co. Commissioner Jim Puckett & others Paid for by the Committee to Elect William Rakatansky

One stop/early voting is under way at Town Hall under a new schedule adopted by the county Board of Elections. Voters can cast their ballots starting Saturday Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 30 to Friday Nov. 3. One stop voting will also be available on Sunday Oct. 29 from 1-4 p.m. The final day for early voting will be Saturday Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cornelius voters will choose five commissioners for the Town Board. The mayor’s race is uncontested,

with Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam running unopposed. Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board Member Rhonda Lennon, a Cornelius resident, is seeking reelection, while Annette Albright and Jess Miller are her opponents. (Amy Moon Hallman’s name will also appear on the ballot for the school board but she is no longer actively seeking the position). Mecklenburg County voters will also pass judgment on a $922 million bond issue for CMS Schools.

AmeriCarna Car Show Nov. 25 The fifth annual AmeriCarna Live car show is Saturday, Nov. 25 at Ingersoll Rand in Davidson. The show is open to all cars; gates open for car entrants at 7 a.m. and for spectators at 10 a.m. Register online for $25 until Oct. 31. Afterwards it’s $30. All of the proceeds from AmeriCarna Live will be donated to the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation and go to support the

IGNITE community center in Davidson for young adults with highfunctioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. More info: www.http://

Cornelius Police host ‘Trunk or Treat’ The Cornelius Police Department will host a community “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enter through the side gates behind the police department for decorated police cars, candy and

Halloween fun. It’s part of Halloween in Old Town Cornelius, hosted by Old Town Cornelius and Bella Love. More info: or

More local events every Thursday:

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 Ace is a large Pit Bull mix who was picked up as a stray in Cornelius. He is sweet, friendly and strong. He would make a great fit for someone who will give him training and exercise.

Spock is new to the shelter. He is a large guy, and has silver and black stripes with white paws. The vet thinks that Spock is about 5 or 6 years old. He is calm and very friendly. Come by for a visit!

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Table of Contents RESPECTING VETERANS The Queen City Honor Flight took Cornelius veterans to see monuments in our nation’s capital. The homecoming here was incredible. Pages 4-5

PEOPLE WHO MAKE US BETTER Lula Bell Houston and Tom Anstrom both led by example at Davidson College. Page 6

ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS There is a variety of resources for adults with special needs as well as parents. Page 8

HOME DECOR Paint that thing. Page 32

READ THIS WITH AN ICE COLD BREW Jon Show, a Modern Dad, takes a look at car shows and beer. Page 33

NEWS-E …………………………PAGES 15-19 HOME SALES ……………………….PAGES 23-29 BUSINESS NEWS …………………..…..PAGE 30 NEW CORPORATIONS ..........................PAGE 31 SOUNDOFF ................................PAGES 36-37

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“Dr. Mike Miltich has worked and studied extremely hard and has effectively served our citizens. He has my support.” —Woody Washam, Mayor Pro-Tem, Town of Cornelius “Dr. Mike has been actively involved in the fight against the I-77 toll project and brings that same level of commitment to every issue before the town board. I urge you to vote for Dr. Mike Miltich” — Jim Puckett, Mecklenburg County Commissioner “One of my favorite qualities about Dr. Michael Miltich is that he listens to his constituents. He has demonstrated the ability to focus on the right priorities for our families and community. He has a successful track record in his first term of getting things done.” — NC Senator Jeff Tarte

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Long after the wars have ended, veterans get the trip of a lifetime and the welcome home they deserve BY DAVE YOCHUM The Queen City Honor Flight in October brought veterans from Cornelius and all around Charlotte to Washington, D.C. where they saw the imposing monuments and memorials erected to their branch-

es of the service or the war in which they fought. Their return home was just as moving. When the chartered American Airlines jet landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport after a full day in the nation’s capital, there was a trium-

phal water cannon salute courtesy of was just a welcome I was not exthe Charlotte Fire Department. pecting.” The drama and excitement took The Queen City Honor Flight seeks off from there. Hundreds of cheering to honor the service and sacrifices of people gave the veterans the home- veterans, say organizers Nico Ianelli, coming many of them never had and Aquesta Insurance executive, when their tours of duty ended. and Cornelius resident Stephanie They risked life and limb to protect Ann Bradley. the freedoms some of us take for This was a massive undertakgranted. They left family and friends ing. There were 160 people on a for months and years, never to return special American Airlines plane the same. that boarded in Charlotte at around To the sounds of a marching band, 7 a.m. There were 100 veterans: 10 cheers and countless thank you’s, from World War II, 22 from the Kohand shakes and waves, the veterans rean War and more than 60 Vietnam arrived like conquering heroes. The veterans. After a full day in Washingwelcome was extended for every vet- ton, D.C., the veterans landed back eran—Navy, Air Force, in Charlotte at about Army and Marines, as 8:30 p.m. well as every war from Honor Flights from World War II to Vietcoast to coast have nam. helped bring more than For Bob Elliott, 89, 150,000 veterans to our the homecoming was nation’s capitol to expe“amazing and breathrience their memorial. taking.” The Cornelius The non-profit orgaresident served in the nization also advocates U.S. Navy during the for veterans and works Korean War. with other states to de“We were not welvelop their own Honor comed home like Flight programs. Honor World War II,” he Flight is supported by ELLIOTT said. The matter-of-fact Rotary clubs, individual retired chemical executive isn’t com- and corporate donations as well as plaining by any means. After three American Airlines. years of war in Korea—and more It costs around $80,000 to run an than 33,000 American casualties—on Honor Flight, complete with escorts, top of fresh memories of six years snacks, food and chartered tour busof fighting during World War II and es in DC. Veterans fly free. more than 400,000 casualties, AmeriThe next flight is May 26, 2018; the ca was suffering battle fatigue. application deadline is April 1. The “It was the start of where people goal next year is to take 80 World were tired of fighting. I didn’t really War II veterans, as well as subseexpect a welcome,” Elliott said. He quent veterans with life-limiting illreturned from the war and quickly nesses. (For more information, visit went off to graduate school at Pur- due and hardly looked back. There were the smiles and tears at By the end of the Vietnam War, the the memorials in Washington, as well return to a divided country was trau- as endless streams of tourists who matic for many veterans. realized what was happening in front Cornelius resident Gene McKinney of them. served in the Marine Corps during Boy Scouts waited to shake hands, the Vietnam era. as did tourists from overseas. There He felt a mix of emotions during was silence at Arlington National the trip. “I was always proud to be Continued on page 5 a veteran…but when we landed, it

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Cemetery where more than 400,000 are buried. The Air Force Memorial is uplifting, while the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is immediately heart-wrenching. The World War II Memorial, which honors the 16 million who served in the Armed Forces, has a scope and grandeur the other memorials do not have. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is contemporary, unlike any of the others, and very nearly puts you in the boots of battle-hardened American soldiers on patrol. The faces are startlingly realistic. “You could feel the emotions at the Korean Memorial…everybody had a hard time…I was humbled and awed by it. It brought back memories,” said Elliott, who is an assistant director of the Lake Norman Marine Commission. “The whole thing was sort of a going-back-in-time kind of experience.” This was a great generation. “It was amazing and breathtaking and very emotional,” Elliott said of the homecoming walk through the crowd.

Natale “Dee” D’Oria, a World War II Navy veteran, lives in Cornelius and joined the Honor Flight

Veteran’s Day events in Cornelius American Legion Post 86 Commander Gene McKinney will be the master of ceremonies at the Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza behind Town Hall at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. The program honors military veterans and those currently serving in our

Armed Forces. There will be a 21-gun salute as well as patriotic songs by W.A. Hough High School Concert Choir. The day will start at 9 a.m. at the Cornelius Arts Center with patriotic arts and crafts, and cookie decorating. Light refreshments will be pro-

Photo by Jason Walle

vided. Thank you cards can be presented to veterans afterward at the 11 a.m. ceremony. Post 86 meets the first Thursday of each month, except July, at 21215 Legion St. in Cornelius. A Veterans Appreciation Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Grace Covenant Church in lieu of the November meeting.

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“I call Jim Duke ‘Mr. Fix It’ because of his organizational skills and no nonsense approach to problem HAVE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT TO: solving. He’s a most valuable asset to our Town and will continue to make a positive difference as part of Town government!” – State Senator Jeff Tarte H Upgrade park and recreation venues “Jim has shownthe realnew leadership the last Park 4 years by focusing on sound scal policy while helping to control H Construct Hoyt Wilhelm at Cornelius Elementary growth. support the arts, parks, and recreation demonstrates his unmatched commitment H FullyHis Staffongoing and Equip LakeofPatrol to Cornelius” – State Representative John Bradford H Expand Police Protection New and Biking Trails “H JimBuild has put hisGreenways federal budget expertise to work in our Town. He’s the hardest working Commissioner on H Plan New– Roads EaseTem Traffic Congestion MayortoPro Woody Washam the Board!” H Maximize the Use of Grants & Save the Town’s Tax Dollars “Jim is the conscience of Cornelius. committed to listening H Pass Strong, Responsive BudgetsHe thatis have Kept Our Tax Rateand the his selless service is unmatched!” – PARC Commission Chair Dr. Scott Higgins Lowest in the Region H New Arts Center toan Old Town Cornelius “JimBring Dukeahas quickly become indispensible asset to the citizens of Cornelius. His knowledge and H Institute Responsible Zoning and Growth Management background are impressive, to say the least, but it is his unwavering commitment to serve every resident that makes him truly exceptional.” – Michael Archer-East Side Community Leader

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Two who put others first remembered BY DAVE YOCHUM Two lives are merging at Davidson College, one cut too short, the other long and full; one white, one black. Both passionate about serving others. The new student resource center on campus is called Lula Bell’s and resides in the already named Lula Bell Houston Laundry. Lula Bell, 94, is a fixture in the African American community in Cornelius. She worked

her fingers to the bone in the college laundry for 60 years. The other life is Tom Anstrom, Davidson class of 2004. Like Lula Bell, he was devoted to his friends and family, gifted with a sense of humor and a strong intellect. He later received a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University. His career included working on or managing

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political campaigns in Virginia and campus with Davidson College VIPs North Carolina, including the presi- and family. dential campaign of Sen. John Kerry Lula Bell’s resource center will proand Tim Kaine’s successful race for vide less-advantaged students with governor of Virginia. professional and winter clothing, Tom died suddenly on April 8, textbooks, food and kitchen supplies. 2015, because of a longstanding Along with resources for all stuheart condition. In his honor, friends dents, the space will host innovaand family created the Tom Anstrom tive and informative programming internship program at Davidson, around life skills, such as financial which provides summer funding to literacy, and systemic social issues, students, particularly those with fi- and will be a centralized hub for all nancial need. students to study, hang out, grab a He would have reveled in the sig- suit for an interview or borrow a pot nificance of Lula Bell’s resource cen- for cooking. ter and its role in building equity and success on campus. Tom believed deeply that fostering equal opportunity was the key to a better world. His parents, Sherry Hiemstra and Decker Anstrom, have generously supported Lula Bell’s resource center, where Lula Bell, sometimes called Mama Lu, washed clothes, flatironed sheets and welcomed students like Tom for 60 years. Students sought her out for advice or to discuss events from the day. Her smile, genuine interest in others and gentle advice were treasured. Lula Bell officially retired in 2004 and then returned to the laundry to work for three more years. She is in failing health now and nearly blind. She no longer sings gospel music at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Davidson, but she did attend the dedication of the resource center on campus in October. Administrators, professors and students lined up to say hello and pose for a picture with her. That night she ate dinner in the elegant Lula Bell Houston, a Smithville resident, worked in the president’s house on Davidson College laundry 60 years

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Clubs, churches, support adults with special needs BY DAVE VIESER “There’s so much warmth in the room when they meet, you don’t need to turn on the heat!” So said Neil Serdinsky of Cornelius, whose 20-year-old daughter Allison was recently named newcomer of the year by the Lake Norman Aktion Club. The Action Club is one of a number of groups and organizations for adults with special needs. At Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, The “HIS” ministries offer alternative worship services every third Sunday morning at 11 a.m. as well as other opportunities to gather, including a fun JEDI Night from 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. every fourth Sunday in the Family Life Center gym. (Info: www. click on ministries)

IGNITE in Davidson is a unique peer-to-peer community center for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. It offers activities, skills training and workshops. There is a parent education meeting on the first Tuesday of every month. (Info: The Kiwanis Club of Lake Norman has sponsored the club since 2006, and Bill Russell, president of the Lake Norman Chamber, has served as club advisor since its inception. “It’s a real joy to see these young people get together each month, and also between meetings, to plan community projects, or participate in various social outings,” he said. Aktion Club members organize winter coat and school supply drives, as well as other group activities aimed at helping others. “It’s all about mak-

ing their community a little bit better,” Russell said. And recognizing the joys of diversity as well as offering the same activities to everyone. Contemporary communities everywhere provide support and services to accommodate people’s differences. Serdinsky and his wife Kristy, who own Massage Heights in Jetton Village, say their daughter Allison adores the Aktion Club. “It provides a way to have her involved with the community,” Neil says. The club gives her a chance to interact at a different level than she ever has before. Allison has Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder that usually results in learning problems and anxiety—and outgoing personalities. In addition to community service projects, club members act as ambassadors to promote inclusion and improve the way society views those with disabilities. Allison’s dad related what happened in June when she received the newcomer award. It was a special moment: “Steve McIllwain, who is the Aktion Club Advisor from Mecklenburg County, was describing the award. My daughter, knowing that the recipient would need to go onstage to accept the award leaned over and said ‘I hope this isn’t me Dad.’ What makes this so heartwarming is that everyone in the room knew that it was her through Steve’s preamble and yet, when they called her name, Allison was completely and genuinely surprised. Once onstage, she was a total showboat! It was great fun and a great group of people.” For more information, contact Steve McIllwain at (704) 3324535, extension 106, or visit www. events/5-lake-norman-aktionclub-meeting.

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Elections 2017 Old Fashioned BBQ

Five of these people will set our tax rate and make Photo by John McHugh

countless key decisions for the next two years


BY KATE STEVENS ore than 110 people came out to hear the men and women running for the Cornelius Board of Commissioners discuss local issues including quality of life, traffic and taxes during the “Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum” at Town Hall. Hosted by Business Today and Cornelius Today, the event gave the public a chance to hear directly from candidates and interact one-on-one before and after. And it was a truly special event, with teary eyes during a rousing rendition of the national anthem. Board incumbents Jim Duke, Dave Gilroy, Mike Miltich and Thurman Ross Jr. face challengers Denis Bilodeau, Ava Callender, Michelle Ferlauto, Kurt Naas, William Rakatansky, Tricia Sisson and Richard Stilwell Jr. on the Nov. 7 ballot. The five highest vote-getters win. The town board will be led by Mayor Pro-Tem Woody Washam who is running unopposed for mayor. Callender could not attend the forum due to a death in her family.

Rev. David Judge, pastor of First Baptist Church in Cornelius, served as forum moderator. Questions were submitted via email and social media prior to the event. Rev. Ellison Bowman, pastor of Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church, gave the invocation. Cornelius Police Sgt. Jonathan Sarver led everyone in “The Star Spangled Banner.” The event was also a fundraiser. Cornelius Today presented the founders of TopDeck Foundation— Bridget and Don Rainey—with a check for $1,000. TopDeck supports the Cornelius Police Department. After opening statements, each candidate had time to touch on subjects concerning managing growth and maintaining the town’s quality of life, how they practice diversity or inclusion and if they support the proposed school bonds. Ferlauto, a mother of two children who graduated from the CharlotteMecklenburg Schools district, said she was against the bond proposal because none of the proposed projects benefit Cornelius.

Voters in Mecklenburg County will be asked Nov. 7 whether they support a $922 million bond referendum to borrow money for 10 new schools, replacement buildings for seven more and renovations at 12 more. But there is nothing planned for schools in the Cornelius area, leading the current town Board of Commissioners to adopt a resolution opposing the bond proposal. To better serve the area’s schools, Ferlauto agreed with an idea that has gained traction in the county’s growing suburban towns—separating from the CMS school system entirely. “I really think that we need to look at possibly forming a Lake Norman County or branching off our schools,” said Ferlauto. Forming a separate county was a thought echoed by Naas, founder of the anti-toll lane group Widen I-77. “Fiscally, politically, aspirationally, we are drifting further and further apart from Charlotte,” said Naas. Despite our different and growing needs, local taxpayers must send money each year to help fund the

construction of a streetcar in Charlotte while leadership in Charlotte acted against the best interests of Lake Norman residents by entering into a 50 year-contract with developer Cintra to construct the toll roads leading from Mooresville to Charlotte, Naas said. Naas then proposed the creation of an exploratory council to create the new Lake Norman County. Rakatanksy, who served as a board commissioner from 1993-95, said he would manage the town’s quality of life by focusing on the most pressing issue facing Cornelius, which he said is transportation. Town transportation needs are not being met, partly because Charlotte has overwhelming leverage on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, the organization that plans large-scale transportation projects for the region, including the I-77 toll-lane project, said Rakatansky. Rakatansky said he would manContinued on page 11

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age growth by insisting development take a backseat to transportation needs for a period of time which would improve quality of life since transportation affects all the services the town provides. Candidates also discussed how they practice diversity or inclusion. Ross encouraged the formation of small groups to come together to discuss issues—especially uncomfortable ones—facing the nation and Cornelius. “We need to look for diversity from the board and diversity in our committees and diversity in our community so we get to know each other, because when we don’t know each other, we won’t talk to each other,” said Ross. Sisson said she values diversity in the workforce of her small business, The Range at Lake Norman, and was awarded the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity Council’s “Small Business Diversity Champion” award in 2012. She said Cornelius’ population is

The Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum raised $1,000 for TopDeck Foundation

made up of 12 percent non-white residents and 51 percent female residents. “I believe the Cornelius town board should reflect that diversity as well,” Sisson said. The candidates also had the chance to discuss tax increases at the forum. Duke and Gilroy said they did not support a future tax increase to build or widen more roads in Cornelius.

Duke said there is a bond package coming forward that will support the town’s roads needs. In 2013, Cornelius voters passed a multi-million bond package for road improvements with several projects designed to ease traffic on the congested Catawba Avenue. “We don’t need to raise those taxes, guys,” Duke said. Gilroy agreed.

“There’s no need to raise our municipal tax rate,” Gilroy said. Stilwell, however, said he would support a tax increase and wished commissioners raised taxes 10 years ago to give the town better roads and more “niceties” today. “I don’t see any difference if you raise it a penny or two to fix what you really need to do,” said Stilwell. The candidates re-visited transportation issues throughout the forum. Bilodeau said his opposition to the I-77 toll-lane project was noted in the Mercator report and said that he believes Cintra has a bad track record. Instead of the toll lanes, Bilodeau wants to finish the lanes without the tolls, he said. With so many state road projects in Cornelius over the next four years, incumbent Militich said he wants to start looking at what the town will need in the next decade by forming a traffic advisory discussion group. The forum was sponsored by Aquesta Bank, Dixie Dean with Allen Tate Realtors, KS Audio Video and Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.

Denis Bilodeau for Town Commissioner VOTEth

Ready to Serve, Prepared to Lead


H Business Executive and Entrepreneur • 30 years of management experience at a Fortune 500 company • Founded a successful Cornelius based Insurance Agency

H Town and Community Leader • President of Cornelius Cultural Arts Group • Vice Chair of Cornelius PARC (Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture) Board • Past President of North Meck Rotary Club • Smithville Community Coalition Board Member • Treasurer and Board Member of a Large HOA • Cornelius Arts Center Board Member



H Award-Winning Community Service • Rotarian of the Year • Distinguished Rotarian award • 2017 Rotarian Volunteer of the Year • LKN Chamber - Robert Cashion Business Person of the Year

Endorsed by Our Police Officers and the East Cornelius Coalition Paid for by the Denis P. Bilodeau Campaign Committee

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Elections 2017 Bonus Question Jim Duke

Denis Bilodeau Ava Callender

Age: 62 Residence: Watercraft Place Cornelius,NC Spouse: Chantal (34yrs) Daughter: Bridget Son in law: Matthew Burleson Son: Andrew Years in Cornelius:16 Occupation: Retired

What are your top priorities? AC: Protecting property values through safety, low density development and improved traffic patterns. I favor street designs and connectors that promote walking and safe cycling. I will insist on adequate Arts Center parking. I will not vote for mega gas stations that bring crime, toxic benzene fumes and a sharp decrease to neighboring home values. “No” to tolls and “Yes” to extended express bus service! I am honored by your support, and ask for your vote.

Age: 75 Family: Spouse, Carolyn 3 Adult children 10 Grandchildren Residence: The Peninsula Years in Cornelius: 12 Job/Title: Retired, currently Town Commissioner

Top 3 priorities. JD: 1. Aggressively address congestion and traffic issues by funding road projects with a sensible 2018 bond package with no tax increase. 2. Start immediately to protect the wallets of our citizens before the massive 2019 re-valuation comes our way. Do this by organizing a task force of our best minds and communicators to act before, not after it hits. 3. Preserve, protect and enhance our parks and greenways with a solid recurring maintenance budget.

Age: 42 Mother to two kids, Haille (20) Joseph (18) Lived in Cornelius since 2014 Previously, Huntersville since 2006 Sterling Bay Lane East, Director of Operations at Interactive Interiors

School bonds. MF: Our kids deserve better than being left out of a billion dollar bond referendum. To add insult to injury, CMS is stuffing our kids’ backpacks with pro-bond propaganda even though our area won’t see much from the package. Our parents deserve better than being forced to choose between relocating, paying for private school or praying their children get into a charter school. Pay or pray should not be the only choices for education.

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What hasn’t been discussed? DB: As a two-term PARC commissioner, I am keenly aware of the need to plan for and obtain land for future parks and greenways. As Cornelius is close to full build-out, it is time to identify greenspace to keep up with demand. PARC has identified the need for up to five additional neighborhood parks similar to Torrence Chapel and Smithville Parks. We should also add a “maintenance” line item to protect our investment in park facilities and equipment. Parks, bikeways and greenways are consistantly identified as top quality-of-life amenities by our citizens.

Ava Callender, 63 Residence: Twin Oaks 2 adult children Years in Cornelius: 3 Community Volunteer

Michelle Ferlauto

TopDeck Foundation’s Don Rainey, Aquesta Bank’s Jim Engel and KS Audio’s Nathan Ziegler

The Community Room at Town Hall was packed

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Elections 2017 Bonus Question Kurt Naas

Dave Gilroy

William J. Rakatansky

Michael F. Miltich

Age: 51 Spouse: Dee; Daughters – Shannon, Blythe, Ava, Devin 18 years in Cornelius Residence: Torrence Chapel Road Founder & Managing Director, Scale Finance LLC – corporate finance and accounting services

Top 3 priorities. DG: 1. Maintain the lowest tax rate in NC for towns our size. This requires slowing the growth of Cornelius’s Personnel & Operating spending 2. Constrain residential growth (especially high density, down-market multi-family projects)

On diversity. MM: For over 30 years, I have seen 20-30 unique individuals each working day. I’ve seen surnames that I recognize, and descendants of slaves, and have talked with each about their family history. I see residents from every Cornelius neighborhood, of all ages, races, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation. Learning what is important to each helps me fight for every citizen at Town Hall. I care for all unconditionally, giving my best effort to each.

On managing growth. KN: We must make our existing infrastructure more efficient with modern traffic light technology, something I’ve worked on for three years. This Spring Cornelius is scheduled to have a start-of-theart, integrated traffic light system on Catawba, the first of its kind the North Carolina. We need to fix CRTPO. We’ll never get property priority as long as Charlotte’s delegate counts for 46 percent of the vote. We need citizen input in how our transportation dollars are spent by reconstituting the Transportation Advisory Board.

Age: 67 Residence: Norman Shores Drive Spouse: Sherry Browning Son: David Rakatansky Years in Cornelius: almost 30 years Occupation: Principal / Owner, R&M Group-NC, PLLC, Architects

On I-77. WR: The construction should proceed, but delete the tolling equipment. Stopping construction results in many practical issues needing to be resolved, including: stabilizing the construction site; preparing as-built documents defining construction completion; prequalifying bidders (NOT CINTRA), receiving/analyzing bids, awarding the contract and mobilizing the new contractor’s equipment. All of this would take an indeterminate amount of time and unknown cost. Therefore, I would not stop the construction, but I would heavily advocate for “complete and delete.”

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3. Limit government to essential services and prudent and timely investment in transportation infrastructure, schools, and parks.

Age: 65 Family: Spouse Ann, 5 children and 6 grandchildren Residence: Nantz Road Years in Cornelius : 22 Occupation: Otolaryngologist at Charlotte EENT Associates for 34 years

Age: 55 Spouse: Maria and son Stephen (19) Resident of Cornelius since 2005 Residence: Peninsula Occupation: Co-owner of a Corneliusbased manufacturing business

Michelle Ferlauto, Jim Duke, Thurman Ross, Jr. and Woody Washam

Dave Gilroy and Bridget Rainey

Election Day Nov. 7

Dixie Dean was a volunteer server and sponsor

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Elections 2017 Bonus Question Thurman Ross, Jr.

Age: 55 Family: One son Residence: Burton Lane Years in Cornelius: 55 Occupation: Realtor

On Regionalism. TR: We must continue to realize the​ re is power in numbers and keep our communication open with our neighboring towns. We must realize that we all have some of the same issues that affects our region and work not only with our neighboring towns but with county, state and federal government​ s. We all have different relationships with various persons or entities and by working collaboratively, we will only benefit from regionalism.

Tricia Sisson

Age: 52 Spouse: Brian Two Children: Kaitlyn (22), Sam (19) Residence: Delray Drive Years in Cornelius: Small business owner 6 years, residence 2 years (purchased in May of 2015) Occupation: Owner, The Range at Lake Norman National Account Manager, Clorox

On diversity. TS: I value diversity in my workforce and in the teams I manage, and as such, our business, The Range at Lake Norman, was awarded the LKN Chamber Diversity Council Small Business Diversity Champion in 2012. I also served on the LKN Chamber Diversity Council from 2013 to 2016. 12% of the Cornelius population is non-white, and 51% of our population is female. I believe the Cornelius Town Board should reflect the diversity of our community.

Richard J. Stilwell, Jr.

Age: 59 Spouse: Sandra Stilwell Son: Jonathan Stilwell Residence: Magnolia Estates Dr. Occupation: Senior Nuclear Security Systems Specialist for Duke Energy 36 years Years in Cornelius: 29

On diversity. RS: I love Cornelius. I love this region and I love the state of NC! Why?​ Simply put it is the people. You are my people, all of you, and I want only the best for you. You all have equal rights to live in a safe, clean, prosperous environment and I will make sure you have that. I humbly ask for your precious and powerful vote. Thank you from my heart. De Omnibus Dubitandum. La plume est plus forte que l’epee.De Oppresso Liber.

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Commuter rail or bus rapid transit? CATS paws away at both Oct. 19. By Dave Vieser. The Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) fresh look at rapid transit opportunities in the North Mecklenburg corridor will include ideas for both rail and bus rapid transit​ , not just​​ a commuter train​. “The study is not limited to just rail,” said CATS spokeswoman Juliann Sheldon. “CATS will be ex- A proposed Red Line extension Charlotte never even got out of the station in the face of opposition from not just business leaders but Norfolk Southern, owner of the railroad tracks running ploring all transit options mostly along Hwy. 115. based on the wants and needs of the community combined ern, owner of the railroad tracks run- eration include the use of the Norfolk Southern freight line right of ning mostly along Hwy. 115. with current and future land-use.” More than 100 people came to Cor- way which winds its way through the Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy, who has long been a proponent nelius Town Hall for the CATS meet- North Corridor, or new tracks to be of bus rapid transit​, applauded CATS’ ing on local transit options—​a major built either east or west of I-77. Howeffort to consider all options. A pro- topic of discussion with more and ever, Norfolk Southern has thus far posed Red Line extension Charlotte more unpredictable backups on I-77 opposed any use of their right of way, never even got out of the station in and tolls more and more likely just and building a completely new rail line could be prohibitively expensive. the face of opposition from not just around the corner.​ Residents interviewed by Cornelius The rail line options under considbusiness leaders but Norfolk South-

Today at the forum seemed to favor a rail line over bus improvements. “If federal funds are available, I would like to see the rail line built,” said Laura Ferren of Cornelius. Regina Shea, also of Cornelius, agreed, but also said she would support enhancements to the bus system if the rail line option became impossible. Bus enhancement options could include expansion of the existing express bus routes which use I-77, or new bus rapid transit routes and equipment. The study area stretches approximately 25 miles from Uptown Charlotte and includes Huntersville, Davidson and Mooresville, as well as Cornelius. At the conclusion of the study in December 2018, CATS will present its findings to the Metropolitan Transit Commission, which has responsibility for reviewing and recommending all long-range public transportation plans for the region.

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Traffic study planned for Catawba/One Norman

Oct. 17. By Dave Vieser. A consulting firm will conduct a traffic impact analysis (TIA) on a prime 11-acre development site at the intersection of

West Catawba Avenue and One Norman Boulevard. The property owner, Charter Cornelius, is planning five commercial/

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retail buildings comprising a total of 48,225 square feet. The proposal calls for three buildings fronting on West Catawba and two facing Knox Road. In between, a private road with access to multiple rows of parking is planned, and a retention pond/ tree buffer is shown on the northeast corner of the parcel near Knox Road. “We would expect the TIA to be done by the end of the year, after which this proposal will follow the usual approval process from the Planning Board, then back to the Town Board​,” said Planning Director Wayne Herron​.​Kimley-Horn, a leading engineering and planning firm, will do the analysis. Several residents offered comments about the proposal. “I am concerned about the traffic at the proposed entrance on Knox Road, across from Harken Drive​,​” said Phil Davis. “This could be very dangerous.” Charter has held the property for two decades. It is part of Charter Realty & Development, based in Greenwich, Ct. c​ o-​founded in 1993 by Paul Brandes and Daniel Zelson. Charter has acquired and developed more than 60 shopping centers and freestanding properties comprising nearly 10 million square feet with a total acquisition and development cost in excess of $1 billion.

Realtor Debbie Monroe raised concerns about the wildlife on the property. “There are quite a few deer on that vacant site and when building begins I am afraid they will be displaced and wander into neighboring communities.”​She also asked the developer to leave a significant amount of trees standing rather than leveling the site. The Charter property adjoins the Lake Norman Realty office site. Real Estate Attorney Susan Irvin, representing Charter, said they would try and preserve as many trees as possible. “We are struggling to balance the various comments we have received with the needs of our applicant.” In response to a question from Commissioner Dave Gilroy, Irvin said she was not at liberty to disclose the potential retail uses or tenants planned for the project at this time. Charter Cornelius, which has landbanked the property, is part of Charter Realty & Development Corp., a real estate investment, development, and leasing company specializing in retail properties. Charter, which dates back to 1993, has acquired and developed more than 60 shopping centers and freestanding net leased properties comprising nearly 10 million square feet with a total acquisition and development cost in excess of $1 billion. Also at Monday’s meeting, the Board: • Conducted a brief public hearing on a request by Michael Waltrip to sub divide his property on Liverpool Parkway. No public comments were offered and a second public hearing is tentatively scheduled for Monday Nov. 20. • Authorized the creation a Deputy Clerk position to exercise and perform the powers and duties of the Town Clerk if required. Town Manager Anthony Roberts emphasized that the authorization is not for an added person as the deputy would be selected among current employees • Appointed Kathryn McClelland as chair of the Cornelius Historic Preservation Committee replacing Julie Miller who stepped down as chair in August.

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Political signs come and go with wind, landscapers, thieves

Oct. 13. By Dave Yochum. It looks like it wasn’t the Russians trying to influence who is elected to Cornelius’ greatest deliberative body come Nov. 7. Town Commissioner Mike Miltich, a physician, says the dark-haired man who was caught on video stealing his campaign signs was just a regular guy who happened to have been married by a man named “Dr. Mike.” Miltich’s signs say “I like Dr. Mike.” So, naturally, a man who treasures his wedding day needs to have not just one Dr. Mike sign, but two.

Signs get knocked down storms or removed by commercial mowers, according to incumbents Jim Duke and Thurman Ross. Challenger Michelle Ferlauto said her “very first planted sign” lasted little more than a day in downtown Cornelius. When she spots her signs down, she puts them back up, along with opponents whose signs are also down. “I’ve pulled Ava Callender’s, Denis Bilodeau’s and Jim Duke’s from behind the transformers on the corner

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Sign guy caught in the act at KS Audio. He later emailed Miltich an apology

Cornelius Police were called, thanks to a stealth video camera on the side of the KS Audio Video building where the case of the purloined signs unfolded. “The police officer who went to his house reported to me that he had a stream of texts between the thief and the minister ‘Dr. Mike.’ He was basically a nice guy and not political,” Miltich said. The dark-haired man who liked Dr. Mike’s signs had to give them back. Political signs disappear all over Cornelius, but it’s a hazard of the trade, says Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam.v “You just buy extra signs because some always disappear… it’s all part of the experience,” says Washam who is running unopposed for mayor. He has signs up anyway. Miltich says signs cost around $7 each. Candidates routinely place upwards of 100 of them, so each one matters. Favored places are busy commercial stretches, near Town Hall and intersections where cars stop at right lights.

by Jack’s Corner Tap two nights ago,” she says. First-time commission candidate Kurt Naas says “a couple supporters in The Peninsula woke up to find my sign pulled up and thrown on their front lawn.” Nevertheless, he says he’s certain none of the candidates are the culprits. He’s no fan of the signs anyway. “They’re a pain to put in, clutter up the neighborhood and I get a $50 fine for every one I don’t pull up within 10 days after the election. So why do it? Because it’s an inexpensive way to raise awareness. And in a low-turnout election, that’s key,” he says. Sign-stealing happens everywhere. Google “stealing political signs” and you get 1.6 million results. Would-be commissioner Richard Stilwell might have the most sensible approach. He holds his sign when he stands on a busy part of West Catawba or Catawba. No one could possibly take it without a fight.

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Waltrip RaceWorld may be subdivided to accelerate sale Oct. 12. By Dave Vieser​ . ​ After trying unsuccessfully to sell the Michael Waltrip RaceWorld complex on Liverpool Parkway, Michael Waltrip is now looking for town approval to subdivide the 11.5 acres into two parcels resulting in one building on each parcel. The request was discussed in public for the first time at the town’s Pre Development Review Committee Oct.10 meeting. Separately, the two properties ​ are listed at a total of $12.64 million. Together, however, the price on is undisclosed. The building facing the Post Office​ originally housed the late, lamented Movies at the Lake, while the smaller rear building was once a skating rink. A deed restriction prevents the property from being reused as a cineplex. The entire site was purchased by Waltrip and made into Michael Wal- the day after the final race of the trip RaceWorld in 2007. At its peak, 2015 NASCAR season. “If we can sub divide the property, the business employed over 200 workers. Waltrip closed for business it would make it easier to sell,” said

John Cashion, Managing Director of Charlotte based JLL commercial real estate services. Cashion appeared on behalf of Waltrip. “In fact, we already

have major interest in the rear building from a well known gymnastic company.” Planning Director Wayne Herron said the town’s major concern would be the larger front building and the traffic it might generate. “We’ll be discussing this with our town attorneys and the outcome will determine, in part, what our staff recommendations will be on this sub division request.” Reaction from the committee was generally positive. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam “saw no major problems” with the request and Commissioner Dave Gilroy said “lets be as helpful as we can.” In 2015, some observers, including billionaire investor Rob Kaufman, who owned a chunk of Michael Waltrip RaceWorld, said that the best use for the property would be for a housing development. However town officials favor commercial or office development.

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Gone in 60 minutes: Landmark building comes down

Sept. 27. By Dave Yochum. An awkward 80-year-old ​building near the corner of North Main and Catawba has been demolished to make way for a mixed-use project that will likely in-

clude a restaurant. The property, which was once a pawn shop and the home of the Blumengarten florist shop, was purchased by Legacy Pointe Properties for $447,500 in April.

The building was torn down Sunday morning; a few minutes after the last brick fell, church bells uncharacteristically chimed during the middle of 8:30 am services. Many years ago it was the

headquarters of locally based Bank of Cornelius. Right next door was Cornelius Savings & Loan Association, making the corner of Catawba and Main the financial capital of Cornelius. Blumengarten has moved to Hyde Park Storage Suites on Bailey Road. Legacy Pointe owners, who are known for high-quality commercial projects, could not be reached for comment. But sources said the town will work a land swap with Legacy to include a parking deck in the project which is adjacent to the Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza. A parking deck is considered crucial to the new Arts Center which will be built just around the corner to the west of the Police Department. Legacy Pointe’s project will represent millions of dollars of new investment in a quickly revitalizing downtown. The Legacy Pointe property and building downtown are currently assessed at $225,700, according to Mecklenburg County tax records.

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18633 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius sold for $1.65 million 9/18/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to These recent property transactions in South Creek Homes, Lot 349 Bailey’s Glen Cornelius and Davidson and Huntersville 9/19/17 $490,000 Hybrid Homes to Brian were recorded by the Mecklenburg County Dunning & Paulina Willingham, 21329 Crown Lake Dr. Register of Deeds.


9/15/17 $395,000 Maria & Jack Curtis to Aaron & Cristi Price, 1502 Lovers Lawn Trace 9/15/17 $123,000 Kimberly Martin to Rosemary & Richmond Burgdoff, 19810 Feriba Pl. 9/15/17 $158,000 William & Darlene McArthur to William McArthur III, 9212 Washam Potts Rd. 9/15/17 $383,000 John & M. Marie Katan to Thomas & Theresa Galletta, Lot 126 Jetton Cove 9/15/17 $225,000 Aliesha & Nicholas Hunter to Alison Knapp, 19528 Makayla Ln. 9/15/17 $605,000 Christopher Tesmer & Michelle Pierce to David & Linda Smith, 8727 Preserve Pond Rd. 9/15/17 $1,650,000 Wililam & Harriet Goodwin to Nathan Fenwick, 18633 Peninsula Club Dr. 9/15/17 $480,000 Rodney & Sue Beard to Fred Cameron III, 7323 Swansea Ln. 9/15/17 $325,000 Michael & Carol Ludinsky to Kenneth & Nadine Erwin, 18111 Coulter Pkwy. 9/15/17 $609,000 Mark & Denis Imhoff to Brett & Lori Scherman, 7535 Windaliere Dr. 9/18/17 $233,000 Megan & Benjamin Griffith to CSHP One LP, 11429 Heritage Green Dr. 9/18/17 $990,000 Woppins Lakeside LLC to Michelle & John Delponti Sr., 17504 Sail View Dr. 9/18/17 $235,000 Carol Rogers to Pamela & William Ziegenfus, 19146 Celestine Ln. 9/18/17 $255,000 Douglas & Adrienne Shoemaker to Cirrus Property Management Inc., Lot 227 Victoria Bay 9/18/17 $340,000 South Creek Homes to George & Rahel Zevan, 11418 Dublin Crescent


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Home Sales

17601 Springwinds Drive, sold for $950,000

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9/25/17 $460,000 James & Katie Flickinger to Daniel & Sarah Finnerty, 14134 Hiawatha Ct. 9/25/17 $424,000 Bonterra Builders to Kriston & Curtis Lloyd Jr., 11018 Skymont Dr.

9/25/17 $328,000 Michael Levin to CSHP One, 12107 Kane Alexander Dr. 9/27/17 $323,000 Marguerite & Frank Burgard to Kendra & Gregory Cooke, 15913 Trenton Place Rd. 9/27/17 $260,000 Suman Gera to Julie Rob-

21329 Crown Lake Drive, sold for $490,000 bins, 15210 Norman View Ln. 9/27/17 $394,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Hever Acevedo & Monica Crespo, 9904 Cask Way 9/27/17 $342,000 Pulte Home Co. to Edward Garvin, 12739 Capitol Corners Dr.

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Home Sales

17109 Freshwater Lane, Cornelius sold for $735,000 Anand Nanda & Chinmayee Panda, 13811 Sunset Bluffs Cir. 9/28/17 $265,000 Karin & Sean Anderson to Jason & Lauren Giamberardino, 17829 Train Station Dr. 9/28/17 $319,000 Pulte Home Co. to Carlton & Ricketa Mangum, 15206 Liberty Ridge Ln. 9/29/17 $425,000 Andrew & Rebecca Parker

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Famed architect joins Cornelius Arts Center design team BY DAVE YOCHUM An architectural team that includes Malcolm Holzman, a “late modernist icon” and a leader in the world of theater and art center design, has been selected to design the new Cornelius Arts Center downtown. Holzman, whose New York City firm is Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, is joining forces with C Design, a Charlotte-based firm that will be the architect of record. Holzman will function as the chief imagineer of the project. Preliminary architectural fees of $166,000—with $100,000 being funded by the state—were unanimously approved by the Cornelius Town Board. Holzman said he hopes to design a facility that provides a memorable experience and exceptional quality. Over the course of his professional career, he has completed more than 150 buildings in more than 30 states, representing some of the nation’s most notable architecture. One of them is ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center in Charlotte, a highly regarded 102,000 square foot landmark learning center. Other credits include stunning and physically welcoming projects such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hamel Music Center; the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas; the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center; Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University; The Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center at West Point; and the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&MCorpus Christi. The first design meetings, including consultations with members of the public, will occur in the next month. The Arts Center is moving along quickly, thanks to the nonprofit entity​chaired by business and civic leader Greg Wessling. An open question is the cost. The town has already purchased the land, as part of a $4 million bond package approved by voters in 2013. The remainder will be raised through private donors, with naming rights for rooms, spaces and plazas being an important fundraising tool. Holzman hinted that it’s possible to

build in more than a single phase, as long as the project is “of value and quality.”

A transformational project

“I am prepared to come to town to talk about the project to assist in the fundraising,” the noted architect said. Next Stage Consulting, a strategic planning and consulting firm for non-profits, has been hired to organize fundraising efforts. “A community only gets to do something like this once every 25 years if they’re lucky,” Holzman said. Robert C. Crane, managing principal of C Design, said the project will attempt to incorporate elements of a century-old cotton gin on the site, as well as state-of-the art studio and performance spaces. The project will also likely give a nod to its neighbors, ranging from the Police Station next door, to the Old Mill building behind it and new neighborhoods like Antiquity, just to the east. Holzman said the downward slope on the rear of the property is actually a benefit.

“The topography is part of the solution,” he said, pointing out that the ancient Greeks almost always took advantage of the topography. “The Parthenon is built on a rock outcropping,” he said.

Dream team

Marley P. Carroll, creative director at C Design, said the design could include local materials in a sustainable manner. Carroll designed the Charlotte Coliseum as well as the BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. C Design has an impressive re-

sume as well. Notable projects include the Concourse A North Phase 1 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, UNC-Charlotte Motorsports Research Building, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Eastway Station and Piedmont Natural Gas Tennessee Operations Center.

tistic director of Lee Street Theatre, the centerpiece of Salisbury’s Rail Walk Arts District. A variety of nonprofit agencies, businesses and government worked together to build the town’s art district. “Everyone worked together to make these projects happen,” Dionne said.

Economic impact

Town officials expect the arts center to provide a powerful economic development boost to the downtown area which so far has dodged the revitalization seen in Mooresville and Concord. Funding for an arts center right now consists of the $4 million approved by Cornelius voters but the arts center itself will cost millions more.

Malcolm Holzman (above) will work with C Design on Cornelius Arts Center, alongside Marley Carroll (below) and Robert C. Crane (right)

Technology is changing quickly in performance art and theater. “The question is when is it going to happen…whether it takes the place of traditional staging or occurs alongside and slowly replaces traditional staging,” Holzman said. “C Design will retain leaders in stage technology…making technology available in multiple locations,” Crane said. The Cornelius Arts and Community Center recently hired Justin Dionne as executive director. Dionne is the former managing ar-

The arts center will likely have a combination of arts and ceramics studios, performance spaces and a gallery. Town officials envision an arts district downtown that could include a redo of the Catawba Avenue streetscape to facilitate festivals. The arts center “Strategic Working Group,” comprised of business and community leaders, put together a vision for the arts center: http://www. View/3754

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New Corporations

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


9/18/17 Hawkins HVAC Distributors Inc., Clyde Dickson, 18821 Halyard Pointe Ln., Cornelius 9/21/17 Flores Motorsports Inc., Ryan Flores, 19717 Playwrights Way, Cornelius 9/22/17 Darbyshire LLC, Joshua T. Knipp, 8221 Village Harbor Dr., Cornelius 9/22/17 Refuge Area LLC, Melissa G. Lynch, 16215 Sasanoa Dr., Cornelius 9/25/17 BridgeBuilder Technologies LLC, Scott Spanbauer, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 9/26/17 My Celebrity Looks LLC, Terayia Farley, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr., #65, Cornelius 9/26/17 South and New Bern LLC, Robert S. Duckworth Jr., 17818 Statesville Rd., #233, Cornelius 9/26/17 TruthLove LLC, Elizabeth Jean Poston, 18824 Nautical Dr., #22, Cornelius 9/27/17 Aliyah Estates LLC, Richard R. Rolle Jr., 9615 Caldwell Cir., Ste. B, Cornelius 9/28/17 Cam3 Enterprises LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 20612 Autumn Breeze Ct., Cornelius 9/28/17 Caspian Transport Inc., Zaur Suleymanov, 19310 One Norman Blvd., Apt. M, Cornelius 9/28/17 North State Fairfield LLC, Christopher Shane Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius 9/29/17 IKN Real Estate LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 9/29/17 Lakeside Insurance Consulting Inc., Brandon Younce, 19208 Captains Watch Rd., Cornelius 9/29/17 Marygrove of the Carolinas LLC, Andrew Hoyt, 19825-B North Cove Rd. #214, Cornelius

9/29/17 RTW Duplex LLC, Gayla Zan Wallace, 17810 Half Moon Ln., Apt. D, Cornelius 10/3/17 Flo Coating LLC, Ryan Flores, 19717 Playwrights Way, Cornelius 10/3/17 Joyful LLC, Stephen Michael Jones, 21548 Lake Point Ln., Cornelius 10/5/17 Carubba Engineering Inc., Thomas C. Jeter III, 18525 Statesville Rd., Unit D-02, Cornelius 10/5/17 North Main Financial Group LLC, Joshua A. Dobi, 20901 N. Main St., Cornelius 10/6/17 Innovative Home Products LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius 10/6/17 Tidemark LLC, James W. Wilson, 16513 Green Dolphin Ln., Cornelius 10/10/17 The Prep Life LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 10418 Caldwell Depot Rd., Cornelius 10/12/17 Nugent Consulting and Marketing Inc., Rachel Nugent, 9335 Portage Dr., Unit 104, Cornelius 10/12/17 VPL 639 LLC, Ruben Garcia Novoa, 18639 Vineyard Point Ln., Cornelius 10/13/17 7 Grace Co. LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 19904 Madison Village Dr., Cornelius 10/13/17 Marlowe Law PLLC, Jeremy Marlowe, 17505 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 180, Cornelius


9/21/17 EquiState Partners LLC, Ge Nae E. Baldwin, 610 Jetton St., Ste. 120-614, Davidson 9/25/17 Housing Academia LLC, Craig S. Hevey, 442 S. Main St., Ste. 13, Davidson 10/2/17 Holsinger Vending LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 18904 Davidson Concord Rd., Davidson 10/6/17 Alchemy Autoworks LLC, Adam Levinson, 19423 Callaway Hills Ln., Davidson 10/6/17 Timber Ridge Camp Inc., Eric Goden, 872 Southwest Dr., Davidson

10/10/17 SPJPS Ventures LLC, Scott Thorson, 21700 Shearer Rd., Davidson 10/11/17 The Classified Design LLC, Joanna Hudson, 15715 Carley Commons Ln., Davidson 10/11/17 Kathleen McIntyre Coaching and Wellness LLC, Kathleen McIntyre, 200 North Thompson St., Davidson

10/12/17 Barvecue Inc., Gary Lee Copper Jr., 20400 Shearer Rd., Davidson 10/12/17 Seth Gandy Golf LLC, Drew A. Richards, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson

New Corporations online at

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Home Decor

Designing for today’s family is less costly, more casual For Sandy Kritzinger, interior design was a logical next step after a career in urban planning. Of course, urban planning is all about space and use, but in her native South Africa, urban planning has a more strenuous design component as well. She has a degree from the University of Witswatersrand​, a large public university system in Johannesburg, and takes pride in listening to clients. Designing spaces for contemporary families is all about traffic flow, uses, infrastructure and places for rest and recreation. And sometimes, pre-existing structures. Like grandma’s buffet. Where a traditional and formal dining room set might not work in today’s open floor plans, a treasured family piece can be updated with paint. Then, too, mismatched chairs can help tug the look into the 2010’s

and quite possibly beyond. Design changes over the decades, says Kritzinger, founder of Cornelius-based Collaborative Interior Design. It’s almost a given that our parents’ and grandparents’ favorites are not going to have the same appeal to Millennials. Heavy dining room furniture, even costly name-brand stuff from the 1970s, may be hard to sell at a consignment store. Ornate chandeliers are very 1990s. “If it doesnt suit your personality, then you need to stop fighting to make it work,” Kritzinger says, explaining that it’s still fun to incorporate family pieces into a new decor. Grandma’s old buffet could become storage for a home office or crafts, or a homework zone. Paint might cost $20. An accent chair from IKEA, Houzz or Wyfair might be less than $200. A rug from Rugs USA can run $250 to $300. Spending a small fortune on furniture isn’t necessary either. “You can get good things at Home Goods or Marshall’s,” she says, “even if you have a ton of money.” The right piece isn’t always expensive. “You dont have to do that anymore,” says Kritzinger, who lives in the Bahia Bay neighborhood with her family. She likes making a space “look and feel awesome—it seems magical to me.” “I like to listen to clients,” she says. Thinking through uses and space as a whole can get everyone on the same page, and create a pleasing space that honors some things past and all things present.

An old buffet can be painted white and fit an entirely new decor

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Kids make a car show fascinating, a cold brew helps too I don’t know anything about cars. Lightning McQueen withMy favorite kind of car is one that’s out the decals. been paid off. I care so little about True fact: Miata transcars that I owned the same Honda lates to “mom’s red goAccord for four cart.” presidential terms. One night afModern Dad I haven’t always ter soccer pracbeen this way. When tice this fall I I was a nine-year-old took him to the in Minnesota during Hot Rods and the ‘80s I loved cars, Hops event held specifically Pontiac at Eleven Lakes Fieros. Loved them. Brewery on BaiHad a preference ley Road. Turns for the GT over the out the storage SE but I can’t reunits behind member why. I think the new brewit was the nose deery are filled sign. Do cars have with all kinds of noses? fancy cars like Things to do: A blue 1960 Ford reflected in Otis Redding’s tour bus at Hot Rods & Hops Jon Show The Fiero was one of the origifeet of cargo capacity? It’s paid off! glorious but Ponnal AC Cobras, which I’m advanced as my analysis gets. They rolled their eyes and ran off My son and his friend appeared tiac stopped making told are very expensive. to check out the Mustangs. again and I suggested that we maybe them after a few years. The parking The monthly event attracts huge should put my wife’s car in the lineup brake didn’t work and a problem crowds and was pretty eye-opening Jon Show lives in Robbins Park with the fuel filter caused engines to even for this non-car-enthusiast. next time. They ignored me but I perwith two potty-trained children and catch on fire and melt the exterior Proud car owners arrive by the sisted. Who wouldn’t want to check out a a wife who travels frequently. The plastic body. dozens to stage their Ferraris and True fact: Fiero translates to “run- Chevys and Fords and Aston Mar- 2009 Honda CRV? In Urban Titanium next Hot Rods & Hops is Nov. 17​. Modern Dad will appear monthly. away car fire.” tins and Jaguars in a loop behind the Grey? Leather seats? Seventy cubic My nine-year-old son knows and brewery. loves cars. He has a preference for Hundreds of people stroll with beer certain model years of Lambos. He in hand to check out the cars, grab can spot a Ferrari in an instant. He dinner from food trucks, play tailgate once asked me if we could sell our games and listen to live music. house, use all the money to buy a My son ran into his best friend and Maserati and just live in the car. ditched me. I grabbed an IPA and I told him it was the dumbest ques- checked out row after row of cars tion I’d ever been asked. that looked really cool, which is the Last week, after tucking him into extent of my analysis. They returned bed, he asked for the hundredth time every so often to excitedly point out the make of my favorite car. I an- what they had seen. I didn’t underswered as I always do, “My Jeep.” stand half of what they were saying I bought it two years ago. I sold but the beer was great. the Accord on Craiglist on a Sunday I found the AC Cobra – of which evening while my wife was on a road- only 998 were made – and texted a trip. We stood in the driveway as the picture to my dad, who has loved the What: Find out what Kiwanis new owner drove it away and my son iconic ‘60s English sports car since does at our weekly lunch meeting asked when I was getting the Jeep. he was a kid. The Cobra had such (no obligation to join!) I told him it was arriving the next poor handling and so many financial afternoon, and then he asked how I problems that Shelby stopped imwas going to drive him to camp in the porting them in 1967. When: Thursdays 12-1pm morning without a car. True fact: Cobra is Queen’s English I told him it was the smartest ques- and translates to “costs $1.2 million Where: Brooklyn South Pizzeria (banquet room) tion I’d ever been asked. so don’t touch.” He has a new favorite car every At the end of the loop I found my 19400 Jetton Rd, Cornelius month, and lately it’s been a Mazda son’s friend’s dad, who has a tinted Miata. A tiny, plastic, cheesy-looking black truck that was parked in the Questions? Call Mary Ann Chandler at 704-490-0883 sportster that was broadly ridiculed lineup with the other show cars. It’s or email by society when it was introduced in been modified to look much cooler the ’90s. It’s like smaller version of than a regular truck. Again, that’s as

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Garrick Javidi, a Westmoreland resident, and Derric Worthy, owner of Worthy Dog at Second Friday Oct. 13 in Old Town Cornelius

Zero K fun run: The Rotary Zero-K All Fun/No Run fundraiser brought out political candidates to Second Friday in Cornelius

Tar Heels star Luke Maye threw out the first pitch at Guns & Hoses at Bailey Park

The PARC Department dedicated a new farm-themed playground at Bailey Road Park

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 8:30am, 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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HELP FIGHT SYNOVIAL SARCOMA Lauren fought a long hard battle with Synovial Sarcoma.


t’s been one year since the Lake Norman community lost one of our most respected and beloved members, Lauren Marie Kimsey.

Lauren was a force of nature. Impassioned with the drive to help the less fortunate, she spread her generosity of spirit to many charitable causes. From organizations such as Big Day at the Lake to the Wounded Warriors, Lauren touched many hearts in her ardent support of service to others. After a fierce 6-year battle, Lauren lost her life to a very rare cancer known as Synovial Sarcoma. In honor of her legacy, The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc. was formed in 2016. The purpose of the Foundation is to find a cure for Synovial Sarcoma while improving patients’ and families’ lives through research and medical advancements The Butterfly Run (5K Walk/Run) was established in 2017 by Lauren’s employer, Aquesta Bank, to honor and remember her. At Aquesta, Lauren was Director of Marketing and Public Relations where her influence and infectious enthusiasm was known by everyone in the business community. The inaugural race held on May 20th was a huge success with over 150 participants (including all of Lauren’s co-workers) capped with the release of 400 live butterflies. The Butterfly Run will be continued annually each spring to benefit her favorite charity, Big Day at The Lake, and The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma.

A synovial sarcoma (also known as: malignant synovioma) is a rare form of cancer which occurs primarily in the extremities of the arms or legs, often in close proximity to joint capsules and tendon sheaths. As one of the soft tissue sarcomas, it is one of the rarest forms of soft tissue cancer in the world. The name “synovial sarcoma” was coined early in the 20th century, as some researchers thought that the microscopic similarity of some tumors to synovium, and its propensity to arise adjacent to joints, indicated a synovial origin; however, the actual cells from which the tumor develops are unknown and not necessarily synovial. Primary synovial sarcomas are most common in the soft tissue near the large joints of the arm and leg but have been documented in most human tissues and organs, including the brain, prostate, and heart. Synovial sarcoma occurs most commonly in the young, representing about 8% of all soft tissue sarcomas but about 15–20% of cases in adolescents and young adults. The peak of incidence is in the third decade of life, with males being affected more often than females (ratio around 1.2:1)


To continue to spread her love and generosity, we ask for your kind donation to the Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc. Your gift is taxdeductible. You can donate at or checks can be mailed to the following address: Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc. c/o Aquesta Bank 19510 Jetton Rd. Cornelius, NC 28031

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A special thanks to Laura Engel of Aquesta Bank for organizing the Butterfly Run and Dave Yochum of Cornelius Today and Business Today for ad sponsorship.

The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

How soon will the iconic Cornelius farmhouse be torn down? Online headline, ‘Townhomes, independent living units, commercial proposed for Alexander Farm’ Reaching over 18,000 people on the Facebook page post, this hot topic brought responses from Michelle Ferlauto, Kurt Naas, Dr. Mike Miltich and Richard Stilwill, all candidates for town board, as well as incoming Mayor Woody Washam. Tami: NO! There is absolutely no way our area can sustain this added traffic. Stop the maddness! •

Wayne: No thanks. Time to look for new place to live Cornelius is taking to much history down •

Dave: Wish I could buy it and turn it into a park. •

Michael: These “town planners” couldn’t even plan a swimming area without causing major headaches and now this added congestion will make life even more miserable. •

Lucy: Now apparently there expanding 115 18 inches on each side to start sometime next year. Was going to look into buying somewhere along 115 and now I’m not going to smh •

Angelo: They are desperate for tax revenue •

Pete: They have $15M in cash last Iknew. Its just government greed. •

Sean: The developer has filed the application and is asking the town for conditional zoning but plans are not yet complete enough for the TIA?! “Although the application has been filed, the applicant is not prepared to move forward with the transportation impact analysis (TIA) or staff review of the plan at this time due to potential changes to the plan”

Michelle: Cornelius Commissioner Dr. Mike Miltich, can we stop it in the early stages? •

Sarah: Kurt Naas what do you propose can be done? •

Amanda: Instead of building more homes and stores in Cornelius how about a rec center for children to play and stay out of trouble and interact. •

Christie: Absolutely Amanda, I totally agree but they only want money they don’t care about the kids girl come on now it’s Lake Norman!!! •

Michelle Ferlauto: Meck County will be building a 30,000-40,000 sq. ft. Rec center in Cornelius in the next few years and they are looking for input now from citizens. http://www. •

Linda: That stinks. It would have been a great farmers market, historic site. Just what we need more condos, more traffic.

Michelle: This is awful. This is done by greedy developers that do not live here and feel the impact of over development. I have a lot of other words to say but they are not appropriate to write! •

Michelle: Isn’t election right around the corner? Where are the people running and what’s their take on this? •

Kurt Naas: We can do better. •

Dr. Mike Miltich: This is the first I’ve seen this plan; maybe it’s been discussed by Pre-development (which meets while I’m working). At first glance, it is much more than I was hoping would occur on this site. It has a long way to go before being approved. •

Fall trash update: Leaf collection begins Nov. 1 1. To recycle properly, do we peel the plastic wrap labels off recyclable plastic containers? (Like powdered coffee creamer containers) No need to take the wrappers off bottles or containers. 2. Should empty but gooey peanut butter jars be washed or thrown away? Any food jar should be rinsed out. They don’t need to be spotless, but should have the majority of the food product cleaned. 3. Can an old computer printer or monitor be thrown in the trash? Printers, monitors and electronic equipment should be taken to a recycling facility like North Meck Recycling Center for proper disposal. 4. Should empty sugar packets be recycled or thrown away? Empty sugar packets can be recycled. 5. Should can lids be included in recycling or thrown in the trash? Lids can go in the recycling as well.

Kurt Naas: Sarah, this requires a conditional zoning. Don’t approve the conditional zoning until there is a better mix of commercial and less high density housing. •

Michelle: Kurt, (you) absolutely hit the nail on the head. High density housing = more people = more cars = more traffic on the already taxed “alternate routes” to 77. •

Sarah: Kurt should the developer pay for widening West Catawba in front of their development? •

Woody Washam: We were told that they are reworking the plan prior to submission - this is very preliminary. Way to much residential, not nearly enough commercial and we need Continued on page 37

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more park land as part of proposal. They have a very long way to go. •

Michelle: Woody, thank you for your response. Is there anything the residents of Cornelius can do to express their concerns to the developers? I think the situation bears monitoring because it’s easier to create a mutually beneficial solution PRIOR to approved plans. •

Woody Washam: Once there is a plan submitted, express your thoughts. There will be numerous opportunities. Currently the plan is getting a major rework. Stay tuned... •

Sarah: Michelle, I live in Oakhurst and I know it spills everywhere. Either the town needs to pay for the roads which would increase taxes or tighten the rules and make businesses and developers pay for the widening. •

Kurt Naas: Sarah, the NC Supreme ruled a couple of years ago that general obligations such as roads and schools cannot be borne by specific developments. This essentially negates the possibility of any development impact fees. So, making the developer pay to widen Catawba would probably not pass legal muster. We can, however, make the developer pay for improvements specific to the development, like what we did with the turn lanes at Arby’s. Fortunately the Catawba issue is moot because that stretch is set to be widened in 2020. •

Michelle: In the current proposal 150 new “independent living units” and 170 town homes. Hmmm, let’s lowball it and hope those folks are retired and no longer needing to be in rush hour traffic. So of those 300+ households, we will say 100 new cars AT THAT intersection at rush hour. I understand the “plan is being revised.” However the impact even half those units would be

a significant strain on Catawba. Not just for little old me turning left. But how about all of the folks that live in Westmoreland, off nantz Road and in Jetton? If you live in Cornelius I am begging you to pay a lot of attention to this project and hold our elected officials accountable for responsible growth. •

Doug: I feel like we’re doing pretty darned well re: grocery. In about 1015 minutes I can be at five(!) Harris Teeters, a Food Lion, a Whole Foods, a Fresh Market and a Publix. And aren’t we getting yet another store on Catawba by the BofA? If we allow that farm to be paved over for more traffic with no solutions, then we’re at fault. Enough. •

Ken: Town should have bought it and built a park there!!! No more land being made!!!!! •

Bettina: The last remnant of any History.............. :-( •

Richard Stilwell: Let your voices be heard by voting. That is the only way for things to change. •

Angela: Stop! Just stop! Build some roads, turn lanes, Time some lights. Basic infrastructure. Stop building! •

Steven: Schools need to be built vertically to take up less land and it also allows for MORE classrooms. However, build them with ole’ school brick and mortar designs that don t require the architecture “fluff” and waste we see in Mecklenburg now. Also, it would be great if some other non chain or same ole same ole food restaurants came to exit 23!! I know that a “diner” is going where Noodlestasia use to be located in the Rosedale shopping center, but they’re already pricing themselves “out” since they won’t have a HOLD on breakfast choices and it’s not going to be a “greasy spoon” good diner!!! LoL

Online Oct. 17,

‘Traffic study planned for Catawba/One Norman’ Jason: Town of Cornelius, use the money you are paying experts to just widen the road. On One Norman in each direction: Right turn lane, straight lane, and left turn lane do NOT combine them. Dedicated right turn lanes on Catawba as far back as possible. STUDY DONE!!! •

Robert: Great idea for tax revenue but a poor idea at this time until the total traffic situation on West Catawba from The Peninsula to Sam Furr is opened up to four lanes and can handle the current traffic—plus 640 more cars. Do not get the cart before the horse, Town Government. Have some vision for once. •

Tamera: done. We don’t need any more time & money thrown at a study. •

Margaret: The town refused a plan for 39 “over-55” units by developers of Robbins Park which were a benefit to the surrounding community and the town tax rate, as each unit was ap-

proximately $500,000, plus the project didn’t put much strain on the current traffic grid, as well as being approved overwhelmingly by the close neighbors of the proposed project, yet the Cornelius Board turned them down flat, with no consideration of the surrounding homeowners. Now they are considering this debacle? Adding 650 autos? Ridiculous and offensive! •

Elaine: Absolutely ludicrous! AGAIN, the infrastructure to handle yet another 640 cars on the roads of Westmoreland and Catawba, and at that intersection, is not there! Please use more common sense. •

Mike: BS. These clowns only give lip service and the already congested traffic in this once quaint little town. Traffic impact is sure to play a major role in the consideration of developing the property. Added traffic from the development would certainly have an impact on West Catawba, where traffic often slows to a crawl in both directions during rush hour and whenever I-77 is congested.

Online headline Oct. 19,

‘Commuter rail or bus rapid transit? CATS paws at both’

Did you mean chew chew? These goats are on track

Pete: We need more open lanes and stop wasting resources on pet projects that a small percentage of the population will use.

Michael: We don’t need more choo-choos. Stop the nonsense. • Steph: I hope it goes through.

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Meet Betsy Shores, voice of Cornelius Police BY DAVE VIESER When a potential bomb threat near Town Hall brought over a dozen media outlets to Cornelius, Police Communications Specialist Betsy Shores broke away from her vacation to help the department handle media relations, allowing officers to focus on an hours-long​incident​that shut down downtown​. This type of dedication has led the department to

name her Employee of the Quarter. The 37-year-old Buffalo native, who joined the department in 2010, really enjoys her job. “Every day is different when you work in law enforcement; it’s not a typical 8-5 desk job. I enjoy working with the best officers in the area and sharing information with the community.” Another example of her dedication during the third quarter, which runs from July to Septem-

ber, was the development in July of a brand-new event in town called “Cool Off with a Cop.” It brought kids and officers together at Splashville Park.​ Prior to working with the Cornelius Police, Shores, a 2002 Graduate​ of Belmont Abbey College, worked as an event planner for restaurants in Charlotte, for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and also as an Executive Assistant at Charlotte

Center City Partners. She and her husband Tommy have one daughter, Alexa, a seventh grader at Bailey Middle School. The Blue Stone Harbor resident enjoys the role she plays with the Cornelius Police. “Information sharing with our residents is key for our department and I am happy to help with that role whether it’s a crisis situation or community engagement.”

CPD honors lifesaving efforts

Betsy Shores: Part of community-based policing is communicating with residents

The Cornelius Police Dept. has recognized Officer Bryan McGahan and four citizens for resuscitating an unconscious male soccer player at Bailey Road Park. Their actions directly resulted in James Dunworth’s survival of a heart attack. Holly Holsclaw, Kevin Averette, Truett Smith and Craig Conger received Civilian Commendations for their actions in assisting Dunworth until first responders arrived on scene. Officer McGahan was recognized with the Life Saving Award for

demonstrating a high degree of professional excellence and his quick response to saving a resident. McGahan was also recognized as the Cornelius Police Dept. Officer of the Year.

Thank you for your continued support! “This is a critical election for the future of our town. The Washam family wants to encourage each of you to get out and vote this fall and make your voices heard. Vote Early through November 4th at Cornelius Town Hall or Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th! Woody


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Bill & Ericka Cain

Nancy & Randy Cameron John Donoghue

COMMANDER: AlphaGraphics of Lake Norman • Charlotte Ear Eye Nose and Throat Associates - Dr. Michael Miltich • Dobi Financial Group • Jim and Carolyn Duke • Brian Harris and Scarlett Hays • Shelley Johnson and Craig LePage • Kiwanis Club Of Lake Norman • KS Audio Video - Ken Ziegler • Lake Norman Realty - Abigail Jennings • The McIntosh Law Firm • Park Avenue Properties/John & Shea Bradford • Payroll Plus • Rose & Associates - Kathleen Rose • Troy and Della Stafford • Jeff and Nancy Tarte • Dirk & Heidi Tischer • Brian and Tricia Sisson & Erica Erlenbach (The Range) • Stonewall Capital SKIPPERS: Chris and Sally Ashworth • Rod Beard • Law Firm of Bentz and Associates - Catherine Bentz • Denis Bilodeau • Blair and Margaret Boggs • Crafty Burg’r • Dixie Dean • Dressler’s Restaurant • Tom and Ann Dutton • Angela Higbea • Rusty Knox • Rhonda Lennon • Thurman Ross • Brent & Amy Sparks • Jennifer Stoops • Washam Properties - Woody & Sharon Washam MATES: Integrity Heating & Cooling • Freedom Boat Club • John and Nancy Aneralla • Chaz Beasley • Kathleen Byrnes • Martin and Bernadette Fox • Richard and Benjamin Knight • James Hicks FOOD & BEVERAGE VENDORS: Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails, Big Bite’z Grill, Brickhouse Tavern/Port City Club, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Coca-Cola, Dressler’s Restaurant, Herrin Brothers Ice, Mama’s Pizza Express, Tenders Fresh Food, The Harp and Crown

Supported by


for 13 years


$1,024,900 | The Peninsula | 0.54 acres On Golf Course | 3 Car Garage | Room for a pool

$1,650,000 | Waterfront Lot Huge Views | Located in Cornelius



$2,999,000| Waterfront | The Peninsula | New Construction | Completed March 2018

$995,000 | Waterfront | Cornelius 3 car garage| Patricks Purchase

$3,499,000 | Waterfront | Cornelius Private Dock | 4 Car Garage




$380,000 - $659,000 Waterfront Lots - Call for Details

$1,975,000 | Waterfront | 8000+ sq ft | 4 Car Garage | The Peninsula

$1,299,000 | WATERFRONT| Ranch| Huge Views Private Dock| Pool | Covered Patio | Just Listed



$1,085,000 | The Peninsula | Waterfront | Private Dock | Master on Main

$710,000| The Peninsula | Boat Slip 4 Bedrooms | 3 ½ Baths

$2,900,000 | 8486 sq ft | Pool & Hot Tub Gated Community | 7 Car Garage

Lance Carlyle 704-252-0237

Marci Carlyle 704-451-8399

Jim Carlyle 704-252-3047

Terry Donahue 321-402-8543

Terry Byars 704-728-9775

Blaire Cohn 678-591-6621

$4,699,000 | Waterfront | Cornelius Private Dock| Elevator| 10,000+ sq ft

Al Strickland 704-201-7244

Tammy Godwin 704-650-0296

Michael Green 704-954-4489

19520 W Catawba Ave Suite 113 | Cornelius, NC 28031 | 704-895-4676 Office |

Cornelius Today - November 2017  
Cornelius Today - November 2017  

The November 2017 issue of Cornelius Today