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October Things to do

Candidate Forum & BBQ is Oct. 6 at Cornelius Town Hall The stage is set. Oct. 6. Eleven candidates. Town Hall. The Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum is a unique opportunity to hear what our 2018-2019 elected officials say about issues facing Cornelius. Buy tickets on (search Cornelius NC). There will be a traditional pork barbecue with all the fixins, a blessing from Rev. Ellison Bowman, pastor of Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church, a patriotic song and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam. It’s a sweet format that’ll keep the candidates on their toes and allow us to get a glimpse into their vision for Cornelius. We will accept questions prior to the event via Cornelius Today Facebook and email: Sorry, no questions targeting individual candidates. While other forums will be held in the evening or split up because of the size of the field, the Cornelius Today forum is lunchtime with a hard close at 1 pm.

RSVP? Yes, you need to. Sign up at (Search Cornelius NC) The price includes a traditional pork barbecue lunch, complete with cole slaw, beans, cookies and a beverage. We will present a check to the TopDeck Foundation, which supports the Cornelius Police Department, at the conclusion of the event. Cornelius Police Sgt. Jonathan Sarver, a talented gospel singer, will lead the assembly in a patriotic song. Rev. David Judge, pastor of First Baptist Church in Cornelius, will moderate the forum. Bridget Rainey, co-founder of TopDeck, will be the timekeeper.

WHEN? Oct. 6, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1 pm WHERE? Community Room Town Hall COST? $9.50

Sign up for American Legion Post 86 Golf Tournament American Legion Post 86 will host a Captains Choice Golf Tournament fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Mallard Head Golf Course in Mooresville. The proceeds will go towards funding various Legion programs including Boy’s State sponsorships, Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies

at the Cornelius Veterans Monument. The entry fee is $340 per team ($85 per player), and includes green fees, cart, lunch and beverages, mulligans, skirt, and a 50/50 raffle. Lunch is at 11 am and play will begin at noon. More info: Randy Wally 704-840-4413, or email

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 Mama is a one year old Pitbull Terrier mix who was recently picked up as a stray in Cornelius. She is friendly,​ affectionate andwould make a great addition to a family. She has already been spayed and current on all her shots.

Mittens is a very small adult female cat. She is very shy and scared of loud noises and would prefer a calm invironment. She is warming up to the volunteers and once she likes you she loves you to scratch her behind her ears!

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Table of Contents Inclusion is a good thing Our Newsmakers Breakfast discussion on race relations helped bring Cornelius race relations out in the open. Page 4

The ultimate scout Tommy Knox has been helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, thrifty, brave...and all that for 50 years. Page 7

They can get in our wallets The winners in the local elections will have say over the tax rate, new development, roads, sidewalks—you name it. Pages 8-14

Elections 2017

Back to school It looks like the Cornelius Town Board this month will vote to oppose the $922 million CMS bond proposal. Page 15

Claire Sherwood makes a wonderful Black Bean Soup that you can personalize with your favorite toppings. Page 33

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Can we all get along? It’s time to ask how

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Newsmakers Breakfast: Rep. Beasley, Mayor Pro Tem Washam, Prof. Wertheimer

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BY KATE STEVENS Continuing to have open dialogues among people with different perspectives on racial issues—and even being uncomfortable during the conversation—are ways to mend our community. “When it comes to the issues of race, issues of diversity, it’s not comfortable,” said N.C. Rep. Chaz Beasley. “It requires us to confront a past that many of us are not comfortable with because we realize how many mistakes we’ve made. The only way we’re going to get better is if we not only address it but we critically discuss it and do so in a way that’s constructive.” Speaking at the Cornelius Today and Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast, Beasley and two other guest speakers, Cornelius Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam and John Wertheimer, history professor at Davidson College, addressed possible next steps after tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., focused national spotlight one year ago. Beasley, an African-American Harvard graduate who int on to get a law degree from Georgetown University, compared the issue to a health scare a member of his family recently faced. “Imagine that we, instead of aggressively addressing that, said let’s ignore it and let’s hope it goes away,” Beasley said. “None of us would take that approach when it comes to our health. None of us should take that approach

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when it comes to the health of our country.” Tensions have been high nationwide after police said white supremacist James Alex Fields, of Ohio, drove into a crowd gathered to protest the “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Klu Klux Klan members in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, killing one person and injuring many others. Fields, 20, has been charged with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit-and-run attended failure to stop with injury, according to local police. The rally was held to protest the planned city-removal of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue but white nationalists were met by counter-protesters. The clashes turned violent and then deadly when police said Fields plowed through a crowd. The issue hits close to home as Cornelius has its own Confederate monument that has been vandalized twice in the past two years. The most recent instance occurred just after the incident in Charlottesville. The monument sits on private property in front of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and is owned by the Mt. Zion Monument Association. Members of the association have not commented. Meanwhile, Gov. Roy Cooper has sent a formal request to move three Continued on page 5

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Confederate monuments from the State Capitol grounds to a historic site in Johnston County. Republican leaders in Raleigh are opposed. The Newsmakers discussion at The Peninsula Club was framed in two perspectives: “If it’s hurtful to one, it’s hurtful to all” and “where does it stop?” Attendees included a mix of whites and blacks. Washam, a lifelong member of Mt. Zion, said the events of Charlottesville were “really eye-opening” for him. He agreed with Beasley that it is time to reach out to each other to encourage discussions that will help improve the quality of life for all residents in Cornelius. Washam said he believes the group maintaining the monument is preserving it from a historical perspective but personally has come to realize there is more to the monument than history. “It’s offensive to some people,” said Washam. “I realize that now. I never thought about that, I guess, until it was defaced the first time a couple of years ago.” See Race relations, Page 6

Community discussions on race begin Oct. 14 More than 120 people who have signed up for small group discussions on race relations in Cornelius and Davidson will first meet in a large group setting at Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. The discussions come out of a prayer vigil organized by Rev. Joel Simpson, an associate pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius, and Rev. Alexis Coleman, the missions pastor at Davidson United Methodist Church. The prayer vigil in August followed the violence in Charltottesville, Va., and vandalism at the Confederal Soldiers Monument on Zion Avenue, across Hwy 115 from Fire Station No. 1 where the 9-11 monument was erected last year. “This will be a time for everyone to come together to meet each other, have a learning time together, and allow each person to meet those who will be in their small group for the upcoming weeks. Each small group will also take the time to determine when and where

Sherry Washam helped people sign up for small diverse groups

they can meet together next as a group,” Simpson said. Ada Jenkins is a fitting location for discussions on race relations. During the Great Depression, ​according to Ada Jenkins executive director Georgia Krueger, the AfricanAmerican community understood the importance of education. When the Davidson Colored School burned to the ground, teacher Ada Jenkins rallied the community to raise funds for a new brick schoolhouse. The school opened for the 19371938 school year. After Jenkins’

death, it was renamed the Ada Jenkins School and served as the educational center for black students until integration in 1966. Mt. Zion is also launching a new discussion series called “Courageous Conversations: Personal Growth In A World of Diversity.” It will be held Mondays in October from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room 209 of the Education Building. Discussions will center on a Debby Irvin’s book, “Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.”

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Race relations

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The Confederate monument in Cornelius was dedicated in the early 20th century during the time of Jim Crow laws and a new state constitution designed to disenfranchise African-Americans and some poor whites, Wertheimer said. Judge Armistead Burwell gave an address entitled “The Ideal Confederate Soldier” during the town’s monument dedication in 1910 commemorating the Confederate soldiers who gave their lives defending their homes and families, said Wertheimer. By force of circumstance, Burwell described these soldiers as defenders of slavery, but not willing advocates, Wertheimer said. But then Burwell added an element of race to the speech, mentioning purity and protection of the home. Burwell called on listeners to be reminded of the ideal Confederate soldier and not only be brave when danger appears but “to protect from taint the Saxon blood that courses in your veins,” Wertheimer said. “It was hard to miss that message,” Wertheimer told the crowd. Beasley said it was important to share stories detailing the complicated history of how local communities and people today came to be. Beasley shared a personal story about discovering the father of his great-great-great grandfather was listed as his owner on the “black”

man’s death certificate. Beasley found other records confirming his great-great-great-greatgrandfather had white relatives who served in the American Revolutionary War and for the Confederacy in the Civil War but whose line died out soon after the War Between the States. In other words, the lineage of Beasley, an African-American, didn’t count. “That’s a story you don’t often hear,” Beasley said. “It’s a story that has been left out of the equation for way too long.” Beasley said the past comes with a complicated back story. He’s only just now became comfortable in sharing the story of his ancestor with others. “Had Charlottesville not happened, I would not have told that story to anybody because it’s really uncomfortable,” Beasley said. Part of the community’s responsibility is to “be willing to complete the narrative, and a part of that is discussing the monuments and discussing what’s not said…” Beasley said. Beasley is in favor of letting local governments, not the state, decide which monuments on public property should come down. The Newsmakers Breakfast was sponsored by Payroll Plus, Davidson Wealth Management, Donna Moffett Accountants and KS Audio Video.

Inscription on Confederate Monument in Cornelius

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50 years of serving

Tommy Knox: Once a Scout, always a scout The Knox family name is so well​ -known in Lake Norman, there’s a Knox Road. Knoxes have served as mayors of Charlotte (Eddie), Cornelius (Gary), Davidson (Russell) and Mooresville (Joe). The beloved “Waving Man” on North Main is a Knox who also goes by Mike. But only one has devoted 50 years to Boy Scouts. Thomas Knox has had a profound influence on hundreds of Cornelius boys from Cubs to Eagles. The former scoutmaster of Troop 72​ at Bethel Presbyterian Church Knox was recently honored for 50 years of service to scouting​. Thomas Brevard Knox—almost universally known as Tommy—organized the troop with men from Bethel Presbyterian and Cornelius Presbyterian Church in 1968. In 1967, he spent the year learning about scouting and working with other troops in the area. Since that time, Troop 72 has served well over 750 local boys​; 95 young men have earned the Eagle

Troop 72 meets in the Scout Hut at Bethel Presbyterian Church at 7pm each Tuesday

Scout rank, a difficult, multi-year undertaking. “The Eagle Scout is the most difficult and highest award in the Boy Scout system, and for good reason,” said Knox, 73. “When a youth takes time to study and work towards the Eagle rank he gains experience in

planning and leadership that will go with him to college and the workplace. It carries a lot of weight on resumes too.” Knox believes scouting remains a very relevant community service today. “It prepares young men for just about anything that life throws

at them,” he says. The organization dates back to 1910; famous Eagle Scouts include film director Steven Spielberg, President Gerald Ford, basketball star and U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Scout traditions like cold-weather camping and building fires help build character, patience and teamwork. Knox said one of the more rewarding experiences was watching scouts overcome their own challenges and build confidence. A large shelter at Camp Grimes in Western North Carolina was built by members of Troop 72 and named for Knox, a retired surveyor. Scouting is not without its funny​ moments. His son, three at the time, packed a toy kitchen sink for a camping trip after he heard someone say “everything but the kitchen sink.” A widower now—Gail passed away last year—Knox also volunteers at Bethel Presbyterian and Habitat for Humanity.

Denis Bilodeau for Town Commissioner VOTEth

A Proven Leader Ready to Serve


DENIS’ PRIORITIES FOR CORNELIUS H Improving Our Town’s Infrastructure Including Our Roads, Parks, and Greenways H Keeping Our Citizens Safe Throughout the Town and on the Lake H Promoting Economic Development and Job Creation H Ensuring Cornelius’ Tax Rate Remains the Lowest in the Region



H Cancel the Toll Contract and Finish Construction of New “Free” Lanes as Quickly and Safely as Possible Paid for by the Denis P. Bilodeau Campaign Committee

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Elections 2017

Eleven candidates have answers: Round two










BY DAVE VIESER Welcome to the second and penultimate chapter of Cornelius Today’s​ Candidates Focus: Elections 2017. This is a big election year in Cornelius as there are 11 citizens from all walks of life chasing five available seats on the Town Board. Next month we will have coverage of the Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum Oct. 6 at Town Hall. (To attend, sign up online at search Cornelius NC). Four of the sitting commissioners—Jim Duke, Dave Gilroy, Mike Miltich and Thurman Ross—are running for re-election, while the fifth, Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam, is running unopposed for mayor.

Chuck Travis is not seeking reelection. This month, we asked all the candidates to answer two questions: 1. What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? 2. Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? These are two of the most important questions which could be asked of our candidates. Remember, these are the officials who control budgeting and spending for some of the


most vital services provided throughout the town, including police and fire protection (both on land and sea), road rehabilitation and well as extension​, parks and recreation ​and planning. Their background and experience will certainly influence vital financial decisions facing the town. Likewise, it seems that everyone in Cornelius has an opinion about our infrastructure, and many of them are unfavorable. In some ways, we are a victim of our own success. Many people want to move to Cornelius to enjoy the lakeside lifestyle and friendly neighbors. Businesses l​ike Lake Norman, too. However, the tremendous growth

Election Day Nov. 7


which the town has witnessed in the past two decades has strained services, including roads and schools. Where do we go from here? What can be done to address this situation? Read the candidate responses and then cast your ballot for those who seem to voice your opinions. The Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum Friday Oct. 6 begins at 11 a.m. in Town Hall. This will be a unique opportunity to hear what our 2018-2019 elected officials say about issues facing Cornelius. Be sure to bring your appetite as there will be a traditional pork barbecue with all the fixins. Tickets are $9.50.

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Elections 2017 Denis Bilodeau

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 experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? DB: I have 30 years of experience managing operations and budgeting as an executive with a Fortune 500 company. In addition, I founded a successful insurance agency headquartered in Cornelius. While it is important to have strong business acumen, I believe it is also important to demonstrate the energy and interest to investigate issues that are important to all town citizens. I am currently in my fourth year as a board member for a large homeowners association, tackling a wide variety of concerns and opportunities. Rounding out my pertinent experience are the valuable relationships I have developed with town staff as a two term PARC Commissioner as well as a demonstrated desire to give back to our community as a Board member for non profit organizations such as Smithville Community Coalition, the new Cornelius Arts Center and President of the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group which presents the Tawba Walk festivals. Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? DB: A plan is in place to address our traffic congestion as a result of our lagging infrastructure. Bonds and grants are being utilized to help fund our road widening and improved connectivity.

While we are catching up on our traffic issues, we must adhere to “smart” growth prohibiting high density projects or those that will significantly impact congested areas of town. As we look to the future, we must consider transportation alternatives including the promotion of work from home options, ride sharing and better utilization of mass transit.

Ava Callender

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? AC: I attended the entire Town budget retreat as a prviate citizen at my own expense. I am also familiar with budgets through course work, real estate (NC designated BrokerIn-Charge) and charitable organization fundraising. I was a Workforce Housing Specialist (local realtor association) and am currently a member of the Cornelius Housing Task Force. Regarding our new arts center, I was a member of the Advisory Board to the Arts & Science Council that studied and recommended an art center for this area. I have years of experience communicating to large and small groups (outreach speaker, 2 library systems). As a certified mediator (Queens County court system) and professional tutor (Title 1 up to Princeton Review), I am a good problem-solving facilitator. I have good research skills and recently compiled US Census data for the Smithville Community Coalition which has Continued on page 10


• 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

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been reviewed and used by several local organizations. Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? AC: We moved to Cornelius for a reason, quality of life. Infrastructure affecting safety, property value, traffic and amenities are critical. First, let’s maintain the infrastructure that we already have. Citizen complaints about sewer gas smells and pot holes should be addressed quickly and not go on for years. Greenway, sidewalk and crosswalk infrastructure must be regularly cleaned, repaired and/or painted. Encouraging small business development, as opposed to new high density residential development is key to maintaining infrastructure. We rely much too heavily on residential property tax. Residential (tax) growth leads to overcrowded schools and snarled traffic. Careful small business cultivation provides desirable services and amenities for our Town, with little effect on rush hour traffic and crowded classrooms. Let’s also get creative with transportation. I propose expanding our express bus service to include weekend days and evenings. Residents should also enjoy regular shuttle/trolley service for local events.

Jim Duke

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner?

JD: Four years on the Board has taught me much about our Town, how it works, and how it serves its citizens. I brought to those four years a rich background in working with people, solving problems, and finding new ways to overcome obstacles. My education and background in financial management and public budgeting has been particularly useful in getting into the details and appropriately allocating resources. I have worked at the Pentagon and the White House Office of Management and Budget. I understand politics, posturing, and processing real information. The variety of positions I have held brings out an ability to size up a problem, people, and circumstances in order to help make them work together for a better outcome. Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? JD: Infrastructure rarely keeps up with growth even when that growth is modest. Unfortunately, folks sometimes don’t recognize infrastructure shortfalls until they create a problem. Infrastructure solutions require significant funds and plenty of lead time. Short sighted people don’t want to invest in problem solving until the problem is upon us. Fortunately, our Town saw the problems coming and obtained bonding authority ahead of the planning and building process. The process is now upon us and we will be widening roads, creating better connectivity, and using every source of revenue available to us. We need to build a sensible 2018 bond package to pay for our share of the future roads heading our way and continue planning for 2020 and beyond. We need to find ways of sharing assets with our neighboring towns and continue to find creative ways to control growth in a fair and sensible manner. Infrastructure includes parks, greenways, and recreational venues. We are hitting home runs on that score.

Michelle Ferlauto

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? MF: As a member of the I-77 Business Plan, I have worked with many elected officials to address the toll contract as it relates to our local economy. As a volunteer with the Cornelius Police Department, I understand the importance of addressing public safety proactively. As founder of the Lake Norman Transportation Safety Partnership, I conducted a local survey about auto insurance rate increases and safety on I-77. Additionally, the I-77 Safety Summit I coordinated in April of this year resulted in unprecendented direct cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to have nearly 10,000 dangerous lane markers removed from I-77 along with monitoring daily hazards and construction debris. As a parent with two kids who graduated CMS, I understand our area’s frustrations with school related issues. As a citizen, I understand the frustration of electing candidates who will SAY anything to get elected and actually DO very little afterwards. Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? MF: The first step towards a solution, is admitting there’s a problem. I-77 has left us with fallout surface traffic. In addition, the added costs for traffic control with the new Mecklenburg County Rec Center as well as the Cornelius Arts Center, are also

areas of concern without even addressing the parking situation. Ramp meters as suggested and studied by NCDOT, if installed will back up traffic even further onto surface streets exacerbating the issue. Suggestions include telling NC DOT no thank you to ramp meters and see if we can get them to apply the unused funds elsewhere for potential thruways or turn lanes. Also, limiting high density development in areas with severe congestion and aggressively seeking traditional and alternative LONG TERM solutions including forming a new Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization with neighboring cities, with the help of our state representatives and cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Dave Gilroy

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? DG: My experience: • More than 12 years of service on Cornelius’s Commission • Cornelius Planning Board (3 years, beginning in 2002) • Pre-Development Board (2 years) • Land Development Code Board (8 years) • Ada Jenkins Center Board (2 years) • Lake Norman Economic Development Board (4 years) Continued on page 12

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• 911 Emergency Board (former Chair, 4 years)) • Growth Management Committee (1 year – led to our first moratorium on residential growth) • 3 private corporate boards (current) • Former US Army Ranger • 4 daughters in CMS schools and service as Chair, Bailey Middle School Leadership Team • YMCA youth sports coach – more than 45 teams! Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? DG: Two answers. 1. Complete near/medium term key transportation projects (Highway 21 /E. Catawba roundabout; Torrence Chapel roundabouts; Bailey Rd straightening to Highway 21; W. Catawba widening to Sam Furr; Northcross Extension; Smithville connector to Highway 21). All of these are finally teed-up and in-progress 2. Constrain residential growth, especially high density apartment complexes. This is the most important thing we can do to achieve our vision for a distinctive town with an exceptionally high quality of life. Nothing kills quality of life faster than growing housing too fast with the wrong projects in the wrong areas. Big transportation infrastructure improvements take way too long and cost way too much to ignore the residential growth side of the coin. Too many Commissioners have not understood this over the past two decades.

Michael F. Miltich

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? MM: I believe that my medical decision making and ethics training place me in an ideal position to continue serving on the town board. A commissioner cannot accomplish much alone. We need to work together and address the important issues facing our town. During my first term, there were many examples of this, such as my working with my fellow Commissioners for a 25% reduction of the proposed tax increase. I have managed and merged differing opinions in order to obtain desired results. I took an oath to do no harm. That convinced me not to solicit campaign funds so I can be in a position to represent every citizen equally. I will also not accept donations from those who may have business at Town Hall. I believe that political donations can prevent equal access for all. It is just the right thing to do.

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Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? MM: On the growth side, many developments are already approved or can done “By Right.” Further approvals need to be sensitive to infrastructure issues. Exceptions should only be allowed for exemplary projects. To deal with current problems, continue to widen existing roads wherever practical and possible while keeping the concerns of our residents in mind. Use state of the art technology to improve traffic signal efficiency with less waiting. Examine automotive alternates which includes transit/bus, biking, walking, and small single person mobility (motorized scooters, etc.). Strongly advocate with our regional municipalities for local projects at CRTPO. Aggressively pursue state and federal grants. Support a bond package to finance current projects. Start planning the necessary infrastructure now in anticipation of future development. We must also monitor other infrastructure needs such as schools, water/sewer, police and fire protection to be sure they are being adequately addressed as our town population grows.

Kurt Naas

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? KN: As the owner of a local manufacturing business, I understand the burden of over regulation and high taxes and I’ll fight to keep our town

business- and tax-friendly. As the founder of Widen I77, I’ve been our region’s leading voice in completing the I77 project without tolls. Through my five-year effort I’ve forged working relationships with leaders from Statesville to Charlotte and from Lincolnton to Stallings. I’ve led dozens of town halls and fielded hundreds of questions from the public in a manner that’s always been respectful and considerate. I believe elected officials must listen to the public- something I’ve been doing for years. I’ve advocated for transparent government, having uncovered several unsavory aspects of the toll contract. As a result of these efforts I was named the 2015 Citizen of the Year by the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. I remain the only citizen ever to receive the award. Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? KN: First, we need to ask the tough questions about the impact of future development while still respecting property rights. I’ve started doing just that in my Cornelius Corners blog, and I’ll continue that as your commissioner. Second, we need to make better use of our existing infrastructure. One way is improving traffic light efficiency by installing adaptive signal control, a technology that increases traffic throughput by 10-30%. I’ve worked three years to bring this technology to Cornelius, and I’m excited to announce the first installation in North Carolina will happen in Cornelius next Spring! Third, we need to fix CRTPO. This will be a long and complex process, but I’ve already started the work with state and local officials. Fourth, we citizen input in the transportation planning process by reconstituting the Transportation Advisory Board, something I served on for five years before the town board disbanded it in 2013.

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William J. Rakatansky

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? WR: First of all, I have compassion for the people of our town and will strive to do what is best for all residents and businesses. My involvement in my small business allows me to appreciate the struggles that small business owners contend with. My experience as an architect permits me to critically analyze development proposals, and utilizing the other aspect of my business, legal expert witnessing, allows detailed scrutiny of complex issues; all while considering the people of our town as my first priority. In addition, I have been a previous Cornelius Commissioner from 1993 to 1995 which prepared me for a career of service. I have been fortunate to have served in both professional and civic venues in board positions; which have subsequently been recognized by peers and others as using exemplary technical ability to formulate workable solutions to difficult problems. Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? WR: In order to establish the best course of action, we must first determine the base causes of why our infrastructure is severely deficient. It appears that over the years, a combination of factors including growth pressures, developers wanting to flaunt the loopholes in our Land Devel-

opment Code, NCDOT’s solution “du Jour,” and elected officials not challenging development proposals assertively; have negatively contributed to this seemingly impossible issue. Our leaders must be willing to adhere to the strict Land Development Code standards and not deviate from these community developed principles. Despite fully knowing that NCDOT has “shown their colors” regarding the I-77 toll lanes, we must also work with NCDOT to develop “common-sense solutions,” instead of for example, no left turns from Torrence Chapel Road. We also need to advocate with our elected officials serving the State and other cities and towns for time tested solutions for our infrastructure neglect.

Thurman Ross, Jr.

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? TR: My experience over a decade as an incumbent has provided me with meaningful insight and knowledge. I have collaborated effectively with local, regional and federal representatives on issues facing our town. I am a Cornelius native which brings a very different perspective to the board—one that both recognizes history and also embraces growth. Moreover, by running my own small business, I have the experience and understanding of working with difficult issues and solving them. Continued on page 14

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Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? TR: I agree. We must continue to slow our residential growth and look for ways to diversify our tax base. We must continue to invest in our infrastructure. The good news is that citizens and businesses will see $200 million worth of improvements on our local roads over the next 5-7 years. Examples include: The Hwy. 21 roundabout, Torrence Chapel intersection improvements; West Catawba Phase II widening (along with the Hwy. 21 widening from Lowes to Westmoreland); the Northcross Drive Extension; the new Nannie Potts Road Extension; the Gem Street Extension; the Hickory Street/ Hwy. 115 signal and turn lane(s); and the multiple Hwy. 73 widening projects on both ends of town.

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? TS: I will use my 30 years of experience as a business leader known for strong collaboration and strategic planning skills and a proven track record of sound fiscal conservatism to lead and serve the Cornelius community. My success in various management roles in both large organizations and my small businesses can be attributed to my ability to collaborate and

partner with a variety of stakeholders to achieve goals and implement the best solutions for all parties. I have also held leadership positions on a number of boards including The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg, Executive Women of Lake Norman, and Lake Norman Charter School where I was asked to serve as Chairman of the board. As I did in these roles, I will actively listen and collaborate for results that best serve the needs of the residents of Cornelius. Please visit www. to learn more. Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? TS: Transportation and infrastructure improvements are top issues facing Cornelius, and it is through leadership and collaboration that we will solve them in the current funding climate. I have that experience, having counseled my husband, Brian, the former vice chair on MUMPO (now CRTPO) where he successfully lobbied to override Charlotte to bring road funding to the HWY 73 widening from HWY 115 to HWY 21. We have to collaborate with all the towns that vote in the CRTPO. To fix our transportation issues moving forward, we have to have their support and we have to support their needs as they are also facing growth and congestion. The only vote stronger than Charlotte’s is the collective voice of ALL the other municipalities working together on a comprehensive plan for improved roads throughout the greater Charlotte region.

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

What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? RS: Born in Mooresville, raised in Huntersville. Graduated North Mecklenburg in 1976. Lived in Cornelius proper since 1988. A Navy veteran four years. Aviation Electrician Rank E-5. Shop Supervisor. Past small business owner with employees. Family man married 31 years to Sandra with one son Jonathan. Employed by Duke Energy for 36 years. Current position Senior Nuclear Security Systems Specialist. Past position: Security Supervisor responsible for protecting McGuire Nuclear Station from terrorist threat. Highest security clearance since 1977. Commissioner on the Cornelius Fire and

Rescue Commission and Past President of The Mooresville Artist Guild. Past member of the Civitan and Kiwanis civic organizations. Past Habitat Store Volunteer. Member Bethel Presbyterian I support diversity in all aspects but I do not condone hate from any side. I love everyone but I do not respect anyone who has bad behaviors. I am an activist for human rights, fairness and justice for all. Our infrastructure has not kept up with growth. What should we do? RS: Vote out the current Do Nothing Commissioners and do not let in the I-77 Anti-Toll Group’s negativity. Those Commissioners hardly spend money for anything good and are adverse to making any positive decisions for all of the people. Their tactics are to cheapen, delay and kill. For example: They have decided to kill the rest of the I-77 bridge beautification project now because of cost but.... that was the plan from the beginning. All road projects have languished for years under THEIR control. Other town projects as well. What makes one think they are going to change now? They despise fixing any infrastructure or supporting new projects such as Light Rail. When elected I will negotiate with anyone who is sensible and willing to bring unity back to our area and who is open minded to making great things happen for ALL Cornelius Citizens.

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​Cornelius Board likely to oppose school bonds BY DAVE VIESER The Cornelius Town Board is likely to adopt a resolution opposing the $922 million bond issue proposed by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). The Huntersville Town Board has already come out in opposition to the proposal which will be on the ballot throughout Mecklenburg County this fall. The growing opposition is fueled by the lack of school projects in the northern part of the county which​ continues to grow quickly. “I would support a resolution opposing the CMS bonds,” said Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam. “The growth of this area is substantial and we simply cannot wait years for school expansion. We suffered for many years with inadequate school facilities in North Mecklenburg and must stand up for the needs of our local children and town.” While the package proposed by CMS includes funds for 10 new schools, as well as seven replacement schools, there’s very little for the rapidly growing Lake Norman area. Most of the bond proceeds would be used to relieve overcrowding in the southern

and eastern portions of the county. The board was on the verge of adopting a resolution of opposition at their Sept. 18 meeting but the members were not happy with the precise word-

ing so the measure was tabled. It is likely to be on the Oct. 2 Town Board agenda. “I’ve been to three separate presentations on this, and they were on three

separate planets,” said Commissioner Jim Duke. “It’s amazingly complicated, and frankly I’m not happy with the bond proposal and will probably vote against it.”

‘A Kiss Goodbye’ says hello to big win BY DAVE VIESER “A Kiss Goodbye,” a four-year​ -old Northern Kiss Mare Saddlebred owned by Kim and David Goodrum, was the unanimous winner of the Junior Five Gaited Title at this summer’s World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville Kentucky. Burt Honaker piloted the talented horse in her debut performance, and the Goodrums were understandably thrilled. “We’ve been working with horses for decades, and “A Kiss Goodbye”​ was the best one we’ve ever had,” said Kim Goodrum, who lives with husband and family on Nantz Road. Five-gaited horses are known for their ability to perform five different horse gaits instead of just three: the walk, trot, canter, the rack, and the

David and Kim Goodrum celebrate “A Kiss Goodbye’s first place finish in Louisville this summer.

slow gait. Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship is considered the high

point of the show. The Goodrum’s found their horse during a trip to Virginia where a good friend is a breeder. The World’s Championship Horse Show, recognized as the world’s richest and most prestigious horse shows, attracts spectators and competitors from across the world and includes over 2,000 horses competing for more than $1 million in awards. The show is held every summer in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair and crowns world champion Saddlebreds in different divisions including Three-Gaited, Five-Gaited, Fine Harness, Saddlebred Pleasure, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hackney/ Harness Ponies, Roadster, In-Hand and American Saddlebred.

Thank you for your continued support! “This is a critical election for the future of our town. Sharon and I

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Sept. 19. By Dave Yochum. A 26-year-old Davidson man has confessed to defacing the Confederate Veterans Monument on Zion Street. The monument, erected in 1905 during the Jim Crow era, sits on Zion Avenue in Cornelius, almost directly across from Fire Station No. 1. Cornelius Police say Maxwell Montague Sommer was arrested by Davidson Police after police here took out a warrant. Sommer was charged with Misdemeanor Injury to Real Property. A court date is SOMMER scheduled for Oct. 9. Sommer is a graduate of North Meck High School and studied history at both UNC-Charlotte and the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He was released on $1,000 bond. He declined to comment to Cornelius Today. The Monument on Zion Avenue was spray-painted sometime Aug. 1213 with a bright blue “X” through the words “Confederate Soldiers” carved

in stone more than a century ago. On another side of the monument, the word “NO” was painted over two swords. The monument, which cost $10,000 in 1910, sits behind a recently erected metal fence. It is on private property owned by the Mt. Zion Monument Association, not the nearby church. There is a sign on the fence that warns that video surveillance takes place ’round the clock. The vandalism in Cornelius was reported one day after white nationalists clashed with police and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., home of the University of Virginia. The monument was cleaned almost immediately. Two years ago when it was defaced during the first wave of vandalism in the South, it took days to scrub the granite obelisk. Swastikas were painted on the monument as well as the phrase “Stop honoring white supremacy.” The monument here commemorates the local Confederate dead, not a general like Robert E. Lee. A Confederate Common Soldier statue stands on top of a tall tapered column at parade rest, facing north with his rifle resting on the ground.

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New project from Crescent wrenches opposition from Davidson Sept. 13. Crescent Acquisitions’ rezoning request to build nine homes in Cornelius was withdrawn at the Cornelius Planning Board’s Sept. 11 meeting. About 20 people, many from Davidson, were in attendance and applauded the news. For at least one Cornelius Commissioner, the 295-unit apartment project just over the town border is “a good example of exactly the worst kind of high-density, lower-end residential development for Davidson/ Cornelius.” Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy said clearing a forest in a sensitive watershed area near the YMCA, in order to build apartments, is a “profound disservice to every citizen in our towns.”

Too little payback

Gilroy pulled no punches: “These projects overcrowd our schools, congest our roads and exhaust our public services. They erode our quality of life over time and drive up our tax rates as studies have shown that their demand for police, fire, emergency, and other public services exceed their tax revenue. Here we have an aggressive developer manipulating our planning/approval processes to sneak an awful project through, and the Davidson Town Board is asleep at the wheel and taking a dirt road to a lower quality of life for both Davidson and Cornelius citizens,” he said. In spite of all that, property owners have rights too, and the land just off Main Street to the west of the railroad trestle is ripe for development. Then, too, there’s a demand for affordable housing, and who’s to say that the doors are closed on new projects, or that all new construction consist of high-dollar, single-family homes on one-acre lots. Cornelius Planning Board Chairman Keith Eicher said the application has been withdrawn, which means that the Sept​.​18 public hearing before the Cornelius Town Board has also been canceled. Crescent’s local real estate attorney, Susan Irvin of Cornelius, has not responded for comment.

Crescent developed The Peninsula

Crescent is a well-known name in Charlotte and Cornelius, having developed The Peninsula back in the heyday of massive suburban developments, back when the developer was known as Crescent Resources. Since renamed Crescent Communities, the company is chasing in-fill projects with more flexibility around walking, biking, mass transit and, of course, cars. While it’s still building big suburban, master-planned communities—the River District near the airport is one—Crescent is responding to changes in where people want to live.

Davidson is hot

Davidson, with an emphasis on a walkable streetscape, is a hot commodity right now in the world of residential real estate. Indeed, the bulk of the Potts project is in Davidson.​ Davidson residents were clearly pleased but pledged to fight on. “The joint Davidson-Cornelius citizen opposition will not stop until Crescent pulls their application from Davidson, new Davidson officials are elected, and the vulnerable Potts Property is rezoned single family,” said Melissa Atherton. “Davidson and Cornelius share the same roads, schools and natural environment. We will keep working together to protect our critical watershed.”

Crescent had asked that the item be placed on the Planning Board’s Sept. 11 agenda but the town was ready to hold the item over until October to give the members time to assimilate a traffic study and new site plan.

“This project looks to be crazy high-density residential,” said Gilroy. “It will overload transportation infrastructure in a sensitive area of Davidson and Cornelius, piling yet more traffic on East Catawba.”

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New public works plant coming to Starcreek Drive Sept. 6. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board will borrow $2 million to finance the construction of a new public works facility. The vote was unanimous, and Garanco Construction of Pilot Mountain has already been selected to perform the work. The town issued an RFP last month to borrow $2 million to fund the new facility, said the town’s finance director Julie Niswonger. The town received responses from three banks and BB&T Bank’s interest rate of 2.03% for 7 years was the lowest.” Niswonger also advised the commissioners that the loan can be repaid early if they so desire without penalty. Construction of the facility on Starcreek Drive should start in September and is expected to take eight or nine months. In other action, the town board:

• Received an explanation of the DOT’s feasibility study on ramp signals for Exits 28 and 30 on I-77 from

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Scott Cole, an engineer from the state’s highway division. Ramp signals are red and green lights linked with a signal controller that regulates the flow of traffic entering interstate highways according to traffic conditions. Under questioning, Cole admitted that installing ramp signals for northbound traffic entering I-77 at Exit 28 would back up traffic on the DDI and an extension of the Exit 28 entrance TOVAR ramp would probably be required. Cole also emphasized that the study

was for feasibility purposes only and that the DOT has no budget at the moment to actually install the ramp signals. • Appointed Karen Tovar to fill a vacancy on the town’s Land Development Code Advisory Board. The appointment runs through September 2018. • Set Monday Oct. 2 for a public hearing on a request by Bluestream Partners to annex 51.48 acres of property located on the northeast corner of Bailey Road and Barnhardt Road, in association with the Forest at Bailey’s Glen II, Phase 2 development.

Police host document shredding Oct. 14 The Cornelius Police Department will host a Document Shredding Event in the parking lot of Cornelius Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 am to noon. Sponsored by Shred-It, the event is free. There will be a four bag or box maximum per resident or business. No 3-ring binders or metal binder clips are allowed. Bring documents such as obsolete tax records, financial statements, cancelled checks or any records that you want safely destroyed

to this event. Please do not bring items that can be recycled or trash including junk mail, newspapers, or magazines. Document shredding is an opportunity for the public to learn about the dangers of identity theft and take action in preventing identity theft from occurring in the community. More info: Officer Lawing or Betsy Shores at the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-1363 or visit .

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Gas pains: Irma, hurricanes, tropical storms are new threat Sept. 5. By Dave Vieser. It looks like higher gas prices will be with us for a while in the wake of the devastation in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey. The price of regular gasoline in the Lake Norman area has jumped from an average price of $2.16 on Aug. 28 to $2.60 or more, a 20 percent increase in less than a week. Nationally known oil and gas analyst Tom Kloza, a founder of Oil Price Information Services, says that North Carolina could see another 10-15 cent hike before prices level off after Labor Day. Kloza said he doesn’t see the higher gasoline prices lasting too long. “We’ll be paying much less in November and December.” The one wild card: if Hurricane Irma hits a refinery area. “Then all bets are off.” “Think of it as a garden hose with a greatly diminished water supply,” Kloza said during an exclusive local interview. “The stoppage of fuel from the refineries in Texas and Louisiana has placed price pressure on areas such as

Lake Norman which get fuel from the Colonial Pipeline.” The Colonial Pipeline can usually carry about 3 million barrels of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel a day from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast. Meanwhile, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed executive orders to ensure gasoline gets in and through the state, and that motorists don’t get ripped off at the pump. One of the or-

Greyson Ferrell sentenced to at least 7 years behind bars Sept. 11. Greyson Ferrell, 19, will ambushed​police when they were spend at least seven years in prison called to investigate a domestic viofor shooting a Cornelius police offi- lence report in May 2015. Murray says a second officer fired cer who responded to back at Ferrell. Fera call for assistance rell’s bulletproof vest at his home on Coachstopped the shots, but man’s Trace. the teen was knocked Ferrell pled guilty in to the floor and the othAugust to assault with er officer took him into a deadly weapon with custody. the intent to kill a​nd​ The then 16-year-old assault with a firearm Ferrell had no crimion a law enforcement nal record prior to this officer. S ​ uperior Court incident. The CorneJudge W. Todd Pomelius Police Department roy​ ​sentenced Ferrell turned over the investito 92-123 months in gation to the Charlotteprison, the maximum FERRELL Mecklenburg Police penalty​.​ Fortunately, Lt. James Quattle- Department. ​ It was the first time a Cornelius Pobaum​was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he was shot. Nevertheless, lice officer had been shot in the line he was seriously injured​and hospi- of duty. Quattlebaum recovered completely from the close call. Police detalized. Mecklenburg County District At- scribed the incident as both a domestorney Andrew Murray said Ferrell tic dispute and an ambush.

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However area home improvement stores are stepping up to help those in need from Harvey’s wrath. For example, Lowes Emergency Command Center continues to expedite truckloads of needed clean-up and recovery supplies to Texas, including generators, bottled water, gas cans, chain saws, water removal equipment, insect repellent, shovels, rakes and other tools.

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Home Sales

21009 Island Forest Dr, Cornelius sold for $1,012,500

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

Parrot Homes, 17822 Jetton Green Loop 8/21/17 $503,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to 8/24/17 $154,000 Robbie Jennifer Weir See HOMES, Page 24


8/14/17 $141,500 Valarie Gray to Isabel Pradera, Unit 19727 Alexander Chase Condominiums 8/15/17 $1,012,500 Stephen & Jessi Rosenbaum to Renne & Damon Kosofsky, 21009 Island Forest Dr. 8/15/17 $148,000 Adam & Rachael Wilson to JoAnne Thomiszer, 9113 McDowell Creek Ct. 8/16/17 $92,000 Daniel & Lisa Kunkleman to Jamie Richards, 19619 Center St. 8/16/17 $192,000 Kristine Deboer & Marshal Zalewski to Property Owner 3, 9240 Ducati Ln. 8/17/17 $89,000 Alberk Empire LLC to Esperanza Daniel, 19606 Center St. 8/17/17 $1,690,000 Dianne Robinson to David & Tracy Zartman, 18602 Balmore Pines Ln. 8/17/17 $395,000 VJG & S Associates to Karen Futrell, 17712 Preston Lake Dr. 8/18/17 $440,500 South Creek Construction Inc. to Alice James, 14118 Boden Ct. 8/18/17 $105,000 Bailey Forest Development to South Creek Construction, Lot 11 Bailey’s Forest 8/18/17 $200,000 Gary & Alya Dickens to Kein & Dianne Serpico, 8125 Village Harbor Dr. 8/18/17 $160,000 Nathan & Judith Seamone to Ashley Warfield, 20105 Henderson Rd. Unit F 8/21/17 $740,000 Classica Homes to Green

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1326 South St, Cornelius sold for $300,000


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to Jessica Weiglein, 19905 Henderson Rd. Unit A 8/24/17 $121,000 Nicole Siedman & Michael Palutke to Douglas Styers, 19625 Feriba Pl. Unit B 8/24/17 $277,000 Epic Homes to Heather Matzot, 20257 Harroway Dr. 8/24/17 $300,000 William & Anna Nolte to Edward & Audrey Ostroff, 1326 South St. 8/24/17 $140,000 Fairmount Property Group to John & Virginia Brodland, 17562 Caldwell Track Dr. 8/28/17 $343,000 South Creek Homes to Robert & Sanna Berry, 17816 Coulter Pkwy.

8/28/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 299 Bailey’s Glen 8/28/17 $252,000 Paul Hanek to Mike Gerson, 8813 Washam Potts Rd. 8/28/17 $250,000 Samuel & Gemma Tomanio to Ray & Melissa Williams, 19335 Beaufain St. 8/28/17 $447,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Joy & Thomas Boone III, 15004 Courtside Cove Ln. 8/28/17 $244,000 Carlie & Stefanie Strickland to Angelo & Rachel Prisco, 11238 Heritage Green Dr. 8/28/17 $245,900 Robert & Megan Lehane

19709 Bustle Rd, Cornelius sold for $765,500

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19446 Peninsula Shores Dr, Cornelius sold for $3.225 million


from page 24

to Stuart & Taylor Owens, 18118 Bluff Inlet Rd. 8/29/17 $765,000 Kathy & Lonnie Hanna Sr.

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Ranson, 19501 W. Catawba Ave. Unit 202 8/30/17 $280,500 Rafael Galan & Paula Kastner to Eric & Sun Moulton, 18829 Victoria Bay Dr. 8/30/17 $157,000 James & Linda Barnwell to Joshua Stadtlander, 18801 Nautical Dr. Unit 202 8/30/17 $102,500 Laurin & Edwin Nipper to Scott Hooks & Brian Madeira, 21245 Hickory St. Unit A 8/30/17 $323,000 South Creek Homes to James & Margaret McNamee Sr., 17808 Coulter Pkwy. 8/30/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 297 Bailey’s Glen 8/31/17 $275,000 Brian Collins to AMH NC Properties, 18323 Victoria Bay Dr. 8/31/17 $737,000 Steven & Anne Genske to Meredith & Adam Blank, 16703 Flying Jib Rd. 8/31/17 $123,000 Jeffrey & Stacy Holmes to Andrew & Christi Thompson, 19806 Feriba Pl. Unit D 8/31/17 $3,225,000 Marcelina Feit to Ken Hoffman, 19446 Peninsula Shores Dr. 8/31/17 $444,000 South Creek Construction to Jeffrey & Carol DiCosmo, 17019 Morgan Evans Ln. 8/31/17 $105,000 Bailey Forest Development to South Creek Construction, Lot 18 See HOMES, Page 28

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Old Fashioned BBQ Candidate Forum Meet the candidates for Cornelius Town Commission at the Old Fashioned BBQ and Candidate Forum Friday, Oct. 6 in the Community Room at Town Hall. There will be a benediction, a patriotic song, a meaningful discussion and a barbecue lunch. Proceeds benefit the TopDeck Foundation, which supports our Police Department.

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17335 Connor Quay Ct, Cornelius sold for $765,000 from page 26

Bailey’s Forest 9/1/17 $116,500 Nicholas & Kayla Manduke to Jackson Carneiro, 19220 Double Egale Dr. 9/1/17 $321,500 Jessica & Kenyon Stanley to Thomas Ziongas, 8812 Magnolia Estates Dr. 9/1/17 $239,500 Patrick Keaton to MaryElaine hart, 2306 Market St. 9/1/17 $280,000 Jorge & Maria Lokuan to Mark Pryce, 20555 Harbor View Dr. 9/1/17 $383,000 South Creek Homes to Phillip & Susan Phelps, 17812 Coulter Pkwy. 9/1/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to

South Creek Homes, Lot 298 Bailey’s Glen 9/1/17 $160,000 Gregory & Jennifer Osganian to Barbara Clacher, 8339 Viewpoint Ln. 9/1/17 $400,000 Richard & Pamela Howard to Terri Mayhew, 17407 Summer Place Dr., Cornelius 9/1/17 $240,000 Margaret & Jesus Yanez to Daniel & Teresa Valk, 19411 Fridley Ln. 9/1/17 $175,000 Gerianne & Mark Cunningham to William Rogers, 9537 Glenashley Dr. 9/5/17 $765,000 David Hodson to Dennis & Terri Duddles, 17335 Connor Quay Ct. 9/5/17 $520,000 Michael & Linda Marvin to James & Alice Sensale, 17112 Niblock Ln.


Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam Moderator: Rev. David Judge, pastor of First Baptist Church Invocation: Rev. Ellison Bowman, pastor of Torrence Chapel Sponsored by:

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17112 Niblock Ln, Cornelius sold for $520,000

See HOMES, Page 30

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Home Sales HOMES

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9/5/17 $202,500 George & Alice Cox, Andrew & Cindy Cox to Charles Bruce, 19602 Whitehaven Ct. 9/5/17 $205,000 Beverly Makepeace to Brian Jackson, 19926 Crew Cottage Ct. 9/5/17 $204,000 Melanie Howell to Cathleen Halpin, 19911 Lamp Lighters Way 9/5/17 $167,500 Jay Greenberg to Katy Adair, 21150 Kimbrough Ln. 9/5/17 $310,000 Eric & Lisa Ritz to Dallas & Anne Lunsford, 20911 Sterling Bay Ln. E. Apt E 9/5/17 $175,000 Michael & Vikki Murphy to George & Laure Bokas, 9306 Robbins Preserve Rd.

Morschauser, 19228 Lake Norman Cove Dr. 9/8/17 $870,000 Alankar & Gita Naik to Gregory & Laura Dienna, 20936 Decora Dr. 9/11/17 $165,000 James Stevenson to Yang Lu, 10641 Trolley Run Dr. Until 170 9/11/17 $210,000 Karen & James Hopkins III, Francis Hopkins to CSHP One, 10215 Bon Meade Ln. 9/11/17 $415,000 TPM Properties to Kathryn & Matthew Williams, 22118 Market St. 9/11/17 $154,000 James Smith to Steven Atkocius,18817 Nautical Dr. Unit 106 9/11/17 $352,000 South Creek Homes to Gail Bettuchy, 1705 Morehampton Ave. 9/11/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 315 Bailey’s Glen 9/12/17 $260,000 Legacy Pointe Properties

Roy & Sara Gangdal, 9603 Willow Leaf Ln. 9/14/17 $486,000 South Creek Construction to Gerg & Gloria Golden, 16027 Ayla Ln. 9/14/17 $105,000 Bailey Forest Development to South Creek Construction, Lot 5 Bailey Forest 9/14/17 $270,000 Carolyn Rosenblatt & Mikol Davis to Christopher Palmier & Diana Cojocari, 18413 Victorial Bay Dr. 9/14/17 $415,000 Alice & Paul Plybon Jr. to Michael Johnson & Emily Goebel, 21133 Crealock Pl. 9/14/17 $1,365,000 Myra & Roy Little Jr. to Kenneth Carnes Jr. & Leslie Wells, 17813 Spinnakers Reach Dr. 9/14/17 $605,000 Michael & Angela Ruch to Jamie & Gary Barber Jr., 18002 Locharron Ln.


18602 Reflection Rook Ct, Davidson sold for $740,000 9/6/17 $340,000 Lynne & Steve Bennett Jr. to Ronald & Vickie McGinnis, 20009 North Cove Rd. 9/6/17 $225,000 Nicole Anastasi to Dawn & Robert James Jr., Unit 8 Silver Quay 9/7/17 $291,000 Thomas & Marla Morgan to Donald Hill, 18302 Victoria Bay Dr. 9/7/17 $251,000 Todd & Bernadette Zielinski to Property Owner 3, 9834 Bailey Rd. 9/7/17 $243,000 Mountain View Investment Group to Clinton & Janene

to B&C Investment Group, Unit 420 Cornelius Commerce Center Condominium 9/12/17 $475,000 Jeffrey & Keri Gajewski to Aliya Gray, 177206 Players Ridge Dr. 9/12/17 $175,000 Amanda Young to John & Jennifer Gerhardt, 18817 Nautical Dr. Unit 204 9/13/17 $210,000 Ted Fitzgerald to Moe Properties, Windward at Holiday Condominiums Unit L 9/14/17 $270,000 Donald & Toni Tregde to

8/14/17 $510,000 David & Lisa Ney to Billy & Tara Strickland, 18905 Elm Row Ct. 8/15/17 $358,500 Kyle & Christina Reger to Penny & Pamela Dunn, 19006 Cypress Garden Dr. 8/21/17 $487,000 Chessman Homes to Mary & William Murren, 18801 Bartlette Creek Dr. 8/21/17 $740,000 Kevin & Angela Casper to Eileen Shatara, 18602 Reflection Rook Ct. 8/25/17 $385,000 Gloria Thiboutot to Theodore Schonsheck, 12314 Bradford Park Dr. 8/22/17 $557,000 Joan Pittman to Jerry & Victoria Lemonds, 17201 Royal Court Dr. 8/23/17 $585,000 Dimitra Collins to Scott & Laurie Harrison, 202 Fairview Ln. 8/23/17 $375,000 Amanda & George Goforth II to Shawn & Molly Campbell, 13623 Helen Benson Blvd. 8/24/17 $522,500 Mohan & Lina Komanduri to Landon & Kaitlan Cassill, 18731 River Falls Dr. 8/24/17 $426,000 Chessman Homes to Brent & Kristina Evans, 18844 Bailey Springs Dr. 9/5/17 $311,000 True Homes to Jon Gerber, 19935 Wooden Tee Dr. 8/31/17 $367,000 Martin & Angela Wood to Therese Kearns, 12321 Bradford Park Dr. 9/5/17 $264,000 Christopher & Sarah Haynes to Wayne & Janice Lewis, 13604 James Ervin Way 9/7/17 $998,000 Janet Saura & Elizabeth Alves to Julie & Peter Sczerbinski Jr., 18921 Riverwest Ct. 9/7/17 $410,000 Dawn & Frank Liggett IV to Noha & Henry Bailey Jr., 513 Ashby Dr. 9/7/17 $1,085,000 Montery Bay Homes to David & Dawn Puck, 15815 Heath Aster Way 9/12/17 $385,000 CLD Davidson LLC To Caroline Latorre, 246 S. Faulkner Way 9/12/17 $339,500 Kelly & Betty Jean McClain to John & Patti Sugg, 12424 Bradford Park Dr.

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New Corporations


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


8/14/17 Tailored Home Care II Inc., Emily Anne Cosgrove, 19109 West Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 8/14/17 Whole Healthy Well by Mel LLC, Melanie Van Heel, 20730 Waters Edge Ct., Cornelius 8/15/17 Brother Tucker LLC, Andrew Tucker, 11410 Potters Row, Cornelius 8/15/17 JAZZ Building Group Inc., Kevin Millbredt, 22304 John Gamble Rd., Cornelius 8/15/17 Lynchburg VA Fitness LLC, Alan Huggins, 21323 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 8/15/17 Murphy’s Home Care of NC LLC, Bryan W. Murphy, 11410 Heritage Green Dr., Cornelius 8/15/17 R S Bodie Services LLC, R Steven Bodenheimer, 19513 Natalie Rd., Cornelius 8/16/17 Strijder Group Holdings LLC, David F. Maruna, 18521 Balmore Pines Ln., Cornelius 8/17/17 Precious Paws Pet Sitting LLC, Laura Gonnerman, 21415 Nautique Blvd., Apt. 201, Cornelius 8/18/17 Assurance Security Group Inc., Thomas J. Falish, 19501 W. Catawba Ave., #220, Cornelius 8/18/17 Lake District LLC, James J. Shalvoy, 18928 Peninsula Point Dr., Cornelius 8/18/17 Z1 Investments LLC, Michael L. Griffin, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 110, Cornelius 8/21/17 Balanced Body Solutions LLC, Christine A. Gepfert, 19508 Feriba Pl., Cornelius 8/23/17 The Mind Resource LLC, Latrone D. Walters, 17105 Kenton Dr., 304 C, Cornelius 8/24/17 CWCL Medical Services PLLC, Eric Chandley, 19905 Catamaran Ct., Cornelius 8/25/17 Cornelius Business Alliance Inc., Cynthia P. Team, 9550 Glenashley Dr., Cornelius 8/25/17 Generate Hospitality and Consulting Services LLC, Michael Schoepke, 11524 Heritage Green Dr., Cornelius 8/25/17 Hendrix Family Planning LLC, Robert C. Hendrix, 19932 Scanmar Ln., Cornelius

8/25/17 Litill Foss Inc., Douglas Evans, 8820 Magnolia Estates Dr., Cornelius 8/25/17 SpinnerWorks Inc., Richard Nelson Seidenspinner Jr., 16228 Sasanoa Dr., Cornelius 8/25/17 Welsh Psychological Services PLLC, Douglas Lee Welsh, 17105 Kenton Dr., Ste. 201C, Cornelius 8/28/17 Accent Therapy Services PLLC, Jennifer Steedman, 10601 Danesway Ln., Cornelius 8/28/17 Creature Comforts Counseling of Lake Norman PLLC, Cecelia Myers, 19600 Galleon View, Cornelius 8/28/17 Integrity Lending Inc., Joshua Smith, 18137 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius 8/28/17 K & S Shipping LLC, Shannon Ellis, 20505 Sterling Bay Ln., Apt. L, Cornelius 8/28/17 Westside Manor LLC, Jeffrey Wakeman, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 100C, Cornelius 8/29/17 Fairwinds Scientific LLC, Peter N. Lalli, 20220 Amy Lee Dr., Cornelius 8/29/17 Green Needles LLC, Jeffrey R. Wakeman, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 100D, Cornelius 8/29/17 Mangini Rentals LLC, Anthony Mangini, 8625 Forest Shadow Cir., Cornelius 9/1/17 CMP East LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 9/1/17 KH Moore Realty LLC, Kimberly H. Moore, 18524 Mizzenmast Ave., Cornelius 9/1/17 Lake Norman Vacation Rental Association, C. Todd Senff, 19453 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. D, Cornelius 9/1/17 Project Altis, Hunter Ray, 11710 Kenton Dr., Cornelius 9/5/17 Alpha-tie Handyman Service LLC, Tyrone Grove, 20929 Sterling Bay Ln. East, Cornelius 9/5/17 Collaborative Interior Design LLC, Sandra Lynn Kritzinger, 21320 Rio Oro Dr., Cornelius 9/5/17 Meeting Street Towns III LLC, Joseph T. Roy, 19925 Jane Crump Way, Cornelius 9/5/17 Zande Enterprises LLC, Marc R. Gordon, 17664 Caldwell Track Dr., Cornelius 9/6/17 KMG Wellness LLC, Karin Gould, 18948 Kanawha Dr., Cornelius 9/7/17 JMB Properties LLC, Kevin S. Roof, 19100 Mary Ardrey Cir., Cornelius

9/7/17 Urban Realty LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 18710 Oakhurst Blvd., Unit 1C, Cornelius 9/8/17 Ethan Gabriel Roofing LLC, Preston Ashley Hull, 15529 Crossing Gate Dr., Cornelius 9/8/17 Pearl Acquistions LLC, Peter S. Galloway, 15015 Courtside Cove Ln., Cornelius 9/11/17 Benco Productions LLC, Benjamin Joseph Allison, 21115 Cornelius St., Cornelius 9/11/17 Breadlovers LLC, Sascha Menesi, 20326 Colony Point Ln, Cornelius 9/12/17 Allie Hair Studio LLC, Allie Marie Wyman, 20619 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius 9/12/17 DFP Services LLC, Kathleen M. Parks, 18418 Balmore Pines Ln., Cornelius 9/12/17 Wright Angle Consulting PLLC, Ronald E. Wright, 8226 Village Harbor Dr., Cornelius 9/13/17 Icarus Holdings 2 Inc., Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 9/14/17 Homes By Exodus LLC, Brandon Mahaffy, 20265 Harroway Dr., Cornelius 9/14/17 Southern Glam LLC, Victoria Moore, 22007 Lady Glencirn Ct., Cornelius 9/15/17 MBT Real Estate LLC, Melissa Bell Taylor, 18030 Lochcarron Ln., Cornelius


8/17/17 Famous Toastery of Matthews LLC, Richard J. Kline, 215 South Main St., Ste.

301, Davidson 8/17/17 Mainely Ventures Inc., Scott Harrison, 155 Logan Crossing Dr., Davidson 8/17/17 Meili Properties Ltd. LLC, Felipe Navarro, 13333 Robert Walker Dr., Davidson 8/17/17 Nicolle Anderson Properties LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 452 S. Main St., Ste. 125, Davidson 8/22/17 Ellison Properties One LLC, Bradley Ellison, 212 Roundway Down, Davidson 8/24/17 BEGA LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 11017 Hat Creek Ln., Davidson 8/24/17 Danielle Knox Interiors LLC, Danielle Knox, 917 Concord Rd., Davidson 8/31/17 Piedmont Solar Group LLC, Benjamin M. Caylor, 443 Spring St., Davidson 9/1/17 imaginethiz LLC, Tess Levinson, 19325 Callaway Hills Ln., Davidson 9/6/17 The North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Inc., Barbara Heffner, 20001 Callaway Hills Ln., Davidson 9/7/17 LUSO the Movie LLC, Travis Bowman, 19753 Hagen Knoll Dr., Davidson 9/11/17 King Family Growth Partners LLC, Jeff King, 11804 Bradford Park Dr., Davidson 9/14/17 Ellis Redevelopment LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 9/14/17 Ellis Rental Properties LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson

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Tired of silk flower arrangements? Get creative PRO TIP Moss, ferns, plants—think about a nice variety and combine them on a tray or a found object for a unique centerpiece that you refresh when the spirit moves you. It can even include an abandoned bird’s nest, a conch shell, or a favorite McCoy vase. As fall takes on its season more earnestly, consider a gourd or colorful leaves in a clear glass jar. Votive candles are a thoughtful touch; basil might spice things up. You can add detail and personality to a dining table—or a foyer table. A variety of green plants in vintage pots will harvest compliments on a farm table. Here are some pointers: • Try multiple textures and plants.

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Personalize Claire’s bean soup with any topping you desire Claire and Dustin Sherwood, residents here for five years, have two daughters ages four and five and a lot of fun together. Claire enjoys cooking, having grown up in a household with lots of activity in the kitchen and plenty of food. “My parents were awesome cooks. My dad made amazing homemade stir fry meals and sweet sour dishes, barbecue chicken pizzas, grilled lime turkey breasts and my mom makes the best pumpkin cheesecake I’ve ever had,” Claire says. There were six kids, so they were always helping in the kitchen, cutting up vegetables for the salad, setting the table, listening to music and having a good time.

Claire Sherwood: Loves to make healthy plant-based dishes

“We always sat down together as a family to eat which is a memory that is very special to me,” she says.


Ingredients: 1 T olive oil 4 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped 3/4 C diced carrots (about 2 med carrots) 3/4 C diced celery (about 2 ribs) 1 C diced onion (about 1 small to medium onion) 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained 1 3.5oz can green chilies 2 cans low-sodium vegetable broth 1 t kosher salt 1/8 tsp black pepper 1/2 t chili powder 1/4 t cumin 1/2 t dry oregano leaves 1 bay leaf 1 lime Optional Toppings: ​W​e love olives, tortilla chips, chopped cilantro and tomatoes etc.


Place a large stock pot on the stove-top and set to mediumhigh heat. When pan is warm, add olive oil. Add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic and saute 4-5 minutes.

Add in the black beans, chilies, and broth. Stir to combine and then add the salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and bay leaf. Simmer uncovered for about 20-25 minutes or until carrots are tender. Remove from heat. Remove bay leaf from soup. Place soup in a blender. (I use an immersion blender in place of this step which makes it very easy and mess free) Place lid on blender, but remove the stopper in the lid to let heat escape. Place a paper towel over the hole to avoid splatters. Puree soup until completely smooth. Optionally you could pulse until a semi-chunky soup is achieved. Squeeze in the juice from one lime and pulse to combine. Makes about 8 cups * I’ve added other veggies like cauliflower and bell peppers to the soup before and it’s turns out great. Use up whatever veggies you have in your fridge! We also spoon it over some brown rice most the time. * I usually double the recipe so we have leftovers for a few days.

It’s something the Sherwood’s make a priority with their family. They love to be active and outdoors, including walks around Jetton Park. “I love working out at Burn Boot camp in Cornelius,” says Claire, a mom and hairstylist.

The Sherwoods enjoy traveling as a family and just got back from a European vacation. They attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Mooresville where Claire volunteers regularly. Although they have a large extended family all over the country, no one is close by, “so gatherings usually consist of friends or neighbors who come over…and there’s usually lots of kids running around!” Claire loves to make healthy plantbased dishes—“it’s a passion of mine.” This month, the Cornelius Cooks dish is a hearty bean soup. It’s healthy, loaded with veggies and protein, delicious and “super simple” to make. “I mostly make this in the colder months but it would be great anytime of year. I usually make it for an easy weeknight meal,” Claire says. It’s easy to double—and triple—and guests can sample different toppings.

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Real Estate

In-migration helps drive home prices BY KATE STEVENS Demand for mid-price housing in Cornelius is outstripping supply as in-migration continues unabated. The Lake Norman real estate market is expected to continue this low-supply trend into the foreseeable future, according to local market experts. DataUSA says our population 27,000. The Town’s 2016 Census shows 30,207 residents, and five years out town officials are looking at topping 35,000. Home prices are bound to surge: There’s a labor shortage slowing new construction and renovation as well as the continued in-migration of newcomers, said Pat Riley, president and CEO of Allen Tate Real Estate. “People are coming in droves,” said Riley. Real estate is doing even better than last year, said Abigail Jennings, president of Cornelius-based Lake Norman Realty Co. “Both markets are doing even bet-

ter than last year, as we are seeing the inventory decrease in the $1 million-plus market and sales increasing,” Jennings said. Mid-range homes priced from $250,000 to $499,000 are a hot commodity, Jennings said. In mid-range new construction through July 2017, there is a 6.7

month supply in Lake Norman area compared to a six-month supply during the same time period the previous year, according to data from the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. A six-month supply is considered a balanced market. In resale for the $250,000-$499,000 market through July 2017, there is a

4.1 month supply, down from a fivemonth supply during the same time the previous year. “It’s really hot,” Jennings said. “Homes need to look their very best.” Through July 2017, 431 resale homes ranging from $250,000Continued, on Page 35

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Real Estate Continued from Page 34 Real estate experts encourage homeowners to renovate and $499,000 sold through the update, even if homeowners end of August 2017 comdon’t foresee moving right pared to 347 comparable away, so they will be in a good homes sold during the same position to sell when it is time. time last year, Jennings said. “If you don’t maintain or In new construction, 196 reupgrade at all price points, sale homes priced $250,000people will pass you by,” Ri$499,000 sold through the ley said. end of July 2016 compared to RILEY Then, too, rent is at an all 124 comparable homes sold during the same time period last year, time high and as soon as leases are up, renters may choose to Jennings said. purchase a home before inRiley said he doesn’t see terest rates climb, Riley said. the housing shortage ending Although the Lake Norman for a few years due to Baby area has lately attracted peoBoomers staying in their curple who don’t have to travel rent homes and retiring later to Charlotte for work, once in life, millennials having the construction work on children and requiring more I-77 is completed, Riley said space and new residents JENNINGS downtown workers will again moving to the area. The shortage in construction la- consider the Lake Norman area to live. But the future seems exceptionally bor—after the recession forced many out of the business—has also bright for residential real estate— played a role in the slow-down of especially for sellers in that sweet construction and projects, especially spot between $250,000 and $499,000. since there is a huge premium for “Right now, I see continued, steady growth,” Jennings said. new homes, Riley said.

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A left-hand turn light is badly needed at Westmoreland and Statesville roads. The intersection is also undersized, having no turn lanes. —via Cornelius Today on Facebook messaging

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Regarding our computerized traffic lights, I’ve noticed a major lack of proper timing. There is a lot of time spent sitting at red lights and traffic jams. Huntersville and Mooresville both use left-hand turns before allowing thru traffic to go. Cornelius, completely the opposite, not good. —via Cornelius Today on Facebook messaging

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Time...knowing I’m on my way, close to home, the last mile will take me around an hour. Upon entering home, I look forward to a glass of wine and reading my local paper, Cornelius Today. Still weary from my log-jammed drive home, I come across an article that speaks of utilizing an unused plot of land and adding businesses. These will spew onto over-taxed Catawba. I can feel my still high BP rising even higher. Logic surely isn’t prevailing here. This is what my little city has become. I’m calling my Realtor. Furiously fed up. —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Simple solution? Portland, Ore. built the world’s smallest park

If we continue to build on every square inch of land here in Cornelius, there will be no green space left. Our current state of gridlock will only fester, oozing carbon emissions throughout our open eateries, neighborhoods and the very business someone thought we’d be a better place to have them. At what point is enough, too friggin much? At the corrupt helm of this madness are the gloating people with smiles, thinking they actually did a good thing. Sad... —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on www.corneliustoday. com

Attention bicycle riders

It seems to me that bicycle riders do not understand the rules of the road in the town of Cornelius. You are not a car, therefore you don’t need to take up an entire roadway pedaling at 15 mph. If you are going to do that then, stop at red lights and follow traffic laws. —via

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Published online Sept. 19, (see also page 16, this issue)

‘Davidson resident, 26, admits vandalizing monument’ statue or property (which begs the question of who pays property taxes on the postage stamp of a property). There is a deep mystery behind this old statue and it’s not as innocent as many would suggest. The speech dedicating this statue was given by an old judge who instructed white people not to taint their Saxon blood that courses through their veins (paraphrased). I’ve got a lot of friends in interracial marriages and have happy, functional families. Other parts of the dedication speech were honoring to young kids who fought bravely. I enjoyed those parts. Thanks for covering this subject. I look forward to seeing more on the court case for the kid who spray painted the statue.

From Rei on Facebook: This statue belongs in a museum, not on the streets. I don’t believe vandalism was the right choice to protest, but I understand why he did it. Yes, I understand that history should be remembered, and no, I don’t think the statue should be destroyed or vandalized...but especially because of the history behind it, I don’t think it belongs in our town. The statue honors those who died fighting for the right to own slaves. No matter your political views, I’m sure everyone understands how wrong that is... right? From Barb on Facebook: Good and I hope they don’t go lightly on this misguided little snowflake! From Bob on Facebook: Snowflakes need to grow up. Life isn’t all unicorns and rainbows and sometimes you don’t get your way. From Jim on Facebook: Imagine that, he is from Davidson. Guessed that one. From Nils on Facebook: Lots of good people living in Davidson. From Joe on Facebook: Some believe there is no limit to the destruction they’re allowed to cause in the name of their crusade(s). Not so. Everyone is allowed to have an opinion, and anyone is allowed to disagree or not care. That monument is public property, and by defacing it, you broke the law. If you want to write crap on things, spray your own car or house. From Anne on Facebook: Great to hear about the arrest of the one who defaced the monument. This is no joke. I hope he gets the full extent of law.

Defaced monument

From Tom on Facebook: The majority of these early 1900’s memorials were erected by dying veterans in the memory of the friends, neighbors and relatives that they lost in the war. The same occured at Civil War battlefields across the country. From Brian on Facebook: History tells quite a different story if you understand causation and can see the obvious. From Tim on Facebook: The New South? From Dan via I think that this is a victimless crime and the owners of the statue should press charges if they’re upset about the vandalism. The problem is there is no living owner of the

From David via This young man’s act was nothing more than vandalism. I just hope he does not work in any kind of customer service job where he interacts with customers. Shudder to think what he might do to your food or property if you happen to disagree with him. From Cornelius Today: We received dozens of comments on this story, the vast majority condemning the vandalism and the young man who was arrested. We deleted comments about his mother as well as what could be a photographic hint as to his religious beliefs. We’re obviously all for free speech, but comments that make fun of a religion or an adult’s mother (or anyone’s mother) will be deleted. From Nils on Facebook: Comments that make fun of Davidsonians are allowed though. From Cornelius Today: Yes.


: I have bought property in other states, and my closing was not conducted by a real estate attorney. Why does North Carolina require that an attorney conduct a real estate closing?


: Many aspects of real estate law are State specific. North Carolina has a somewhat unique system that involves a real estate attorney searching and opining on the state of the property’s title to an independent title insurance company or agency. The title insurance company then issues the title insurance commitment or policy, while the real estate attorney conducts the closing, handling of funds, and recording of the documents. A few advantages of the North Carolina JACKSON approved attorney system are: 1. Cost – Involvement of an attorney in the process keeps the overall cost of the transaction down 2. Legal Representation – Attorneys are able to provide legal advice during the closing process 3. Oversight of Attorneys - Attorneys are closely regulated by the State Bar and General Statutes, and most carry malpractice insurance. 4. Oversight of Attorney Trust Accounts - Attorneys’ trust accounts are regulated by both the State Bar and the North Carolina Good Funds Settlement Act These are just a sample of the many benefits to closing your real estate transaction with an approved real estate attorney.

Contact Patrick M. Jackson President, Master Title Agency 8640 University Executive Park Dr., Charlotte


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On Sunday, Come Worship With Us Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 10:30am 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 Love Lake Norman Church 19725 Oak St., Worship 10:30amv

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, Worship 11am

I have read in you paper for many years of Lula Bell Houston and the laundry where she worked fo 60 years that bears her name. She worked there till she was 84 years old. I understood the laundry was going to close, and be replaced with a resource center for the students. I stopped by the new building the other day and the laundry is still open but the Lula Bell Houston Laundry sign is missing. I was told the little break room in back of the building is going to be the resorce center. I hope this isn’t a way for Davidson College to remove her name from the building??????????? Just asking. —Via anonymous SoundOff link on

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ence in the lives of students. ​Lula Bell woke up at 4:15 a.m. so as not to be late for her 6:30 a.m.​ shift at the Davidson College Laundry. S ​ he washed clothes, flat-ironed sheets​and, most importantly, w ​ elcomed students with a friendly smile​. The laundry was named for​ Lula Bell when she retired in 2004​ —and then she work​ed​three more years. Her legacy will live on in an oncampus resource center that aims to prepare students for success at and after Davidson. “Lula Bell’s is a tangible example of the college’s commitment to providing the full Davidson experience for all students,” said Tom Shandley, vice president for student life and dean of students. “We Editor’s note: It turns out t​he Lula are thrilled this center will remove Bell Houston Laundry is becoming identified barriers and also provide a student resource center. A ​ ​name​ leadership and educational opporthat for decades has been ​associated tunities for our students.” with making others feel valued and ​LulaBell, 93, still lives in Smithloved will once again be attached to ville and attends Gethsemane ​Bapa space that makes a lasting differ- tist Church in Davidson.


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