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Thomas Boone is the new senior pastor

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​Cornelius Today will host a Newsmakers Breakfast discussion titled ‘Post-Charlottesville, ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ Sept. 6 at The Peninsula Club. There will be an informal panel discussion as well as questions from the audience, in the traditional Newsmakers Breakfast format. The speakers are: Chaz Beasley, an African-American who is serving his first term in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He represents District 92, which runs from Huntersville west of I-77 south to Charlotte. Woody Washam, the mayor pro tem of Cornelius who is running unopposed for mayor. He is a lifelong member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, as well as the organist for the past 50 years. John Wertheimer, Ph. D., a noted historian and professor at Davidson College. His most recent book is​“Law and Society in the South: A

History of North Carolina Court Cases.”​ T​ ensions have been high around the country after the events in Charlottesville, which saw a young woman lose her life. Less than a day later, the Confederate soldiers monument on Zion Avenue in Cornelius was defaced​.​It has since been cleaned.​ Newsmakers Breakfasts are open-forum Q&As with people who make the news. Anyone can ask a question.​ ​ Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for networking. The buffet-style breakfast gets under way at 7:30 a.m. The Q&A begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 9 a.m. The cost to attend, $12, includes a full country breakfast. Reserve a seat at 704-8951335 with Visa or MasterCard. Sponsors include​Payroll Plus,​Davidson Wealth Management, Donna Moffett Accountants and KS Audio Video. (See advertisement on page 13.)

TopDeck fundraiser is Sept. 9 The TopDeck Foundation will hold a fundraiser called​“Whiskey, Wine & Moonshine” Sept. 9 at a pop-up party space in Hyde Park Storage Suites on Bailey Road. Proceeds will help provide funds for upgrades to police uniforms with new body armor that reduces the weight and heat that

comes with wearing critical safety gear. The event, which costs $50 to attend under early bird pricing through Sept. 5, runs 7 pm to 10 pm. The dress is “Saturday night relaxed.” More info: or call Bridget Rainey at 703-283-8933.

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 Henry is a 2​-year​ -old Pointer who was recently surrendered to the shelter, when his owner could no longer take care of him. He is friendly, well trained, and walks well on a leash. He would make a great family pet or jogging buddy. Please come meet him.

Magic is a​ ​b​eautiful black ​P​ersian​ about seven years old​. He was found abandoned at a hotel a​ nd is very sweet to all the officers and volunteers. Magic ​loves to be brushed, sit in your lap and purr​. Magic likes the kittens at the shelter so he would probably make a good addition to your pet family​.​

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Table of Contents A pastor is called Bethel Presbyterian has a new senior pastor, Thomas Boone. Page 4

2020 vision Reporter Dave Vieser sees what’s coming to Cornelius. Page 5

Hail to the chefs We won’t say local restaurants are getting fat off the surge in dining-out. Page 6

Our town board There are 11 candidates for Cornelius Town Board. We interviewed them all.. Page 8-16

Elections 2017

Home Decor The industrial look: Who says manufacturing is gone? Page 30

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New pastor: Blessings in store at Bethel BY DAVE YOCHUM He may not have met the late Rev. Didi Wayland, long-time pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church and a spiritual leader in Lake Norman for 50 years, but the incoming pastor, Thomas Boone, is a regular guy, highly educated, has a sense of humor and looks like he will follow in Wayland’s gregarious but theologically based footsteps. He’s also a descendant of Daniel Boone, the pioneer and explorer. Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, who likes to be called Tom, will preach his first sermon at Bethel Sept. 17. Bethel has called only four senior pastors over the past 65 years. Boone was selected based on his conservative theology, heart for mission work, engaging sermons and humble personality, all packaged up in a highly educated, experienced and well-traveled package. Didi Wayland, of course, was born in China. (Didi means younger or little brother in Mandarin Chinese.) Boone was born in Texas where his father was a tax lawyer in the oil industry. The family—he is the oldest of three—moved a lot, so by the time he was 18 he had lived in several states and three countries, including Indonesia. He is the first minister in the family. You might say education—and his calling—came organically. “When I was 19 I was at a missions conference for university students. I was studying to be a lawyer like my father. But, at that conference, I helped someone with a pretty big family issue by exploring scripture and praying until 2 a.m. I walked away from that experience knowing that’s what I was supposed to do with my life. Hearing Billy Graham earlier that night didn’t hurt either,” Boone says. He has a B.A. in English Literature from Calvin College and Masters degrees in Divinity (Regent College in British Columbia) and Theology (Princeton Theological Seminary). His Ph.D. in theology is from Loyola University in Chicago. In addition to pastoring Presbyterian churches in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and South Carolina, he chaired the Department of

Rev. Dr. Thomas and Joy Boone

Theology at LCC International University in Lithuania, where he developed and maintained ecclesial relationships between LCC and churches in Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine. Cornelius will be a change, but the frontier/explorer gene in Boone is ready. Unbeknownst to most congregants, the Boones attended a service at Bethel and were taken by the openness and friendliness of the congregation. They came away smitten. “Joy and I felt at home from the moment we stepped into Bethel. The team of people who interviewed me were terrific and we all just clicked from the start. Joy came away from Cornelius and you’d think she was on the Chamber of Commerce. The lake sealed the deal,” Boone said. Religion is important in Cornelius— there are more than a dozen churches in 28031—the Bible Belt and the nation, even though how we practice is changing. Bethel Presbyterian is part of the ECO Presbyterian churches, a movement within Presbyterianism as much as a denomination. It dates back to 2010, when seven pastors were concerned by the declining membership within their denomination—from 4 million to 2 million in 40 years. They worried that growing denominational disputes over theology and bureaucracy took the focus off their pastoral calling. In 2011, they wrote to fellow pastors around the country, asking they would want to join in. There was a massive gathering in Minneapolis, and by 2012, a new denomination was formed. It’s properly

called ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Theologically, the split from PCUSA boils down to two points, Boone said. “PCUSA changed language regarding the lordship of Jesus Christ that created ambiguity around this key theological principal. Second, PCUSA changed language regarding authority of scripture from ‘authority’ and ‘obedience’ to it being a ‘guide.’ The ECO realigned with traditional Reformed teaching on this point,” he said. Just like Rotary, Kiwanis and even traditional newspapers, old-line

mainstream churches are facing bigtime challenges. “There’s so much that seems to be in flux,” Boone said. “I’m in the school of thought that what we’re seeing is a combination of post-secularity—people saying they don’t need organized religion to connect to God—and not adapting to meet the needs of millennials [which are] cause-driven, short-term commitment expectations, minimal financial impact. Add to this that we live in a fluid environment where mobility is normative.” Boone is the man to negotiate the new frontier of 21st century America. He says adaptation will be important. “We don’t have to look beyond Blockbuster and Kodak to see what happens when organizations don’t adapt,” he said. “Speaking of the church, the ECO movement...has adapted by decentralizing leadership, becoming less clergy-centered, defining growth more as partners engaging in their communities for Christ less than ‘coming to church,’ and some other ways while being clear about our DNA. The impact ECO churches are making for Christ across the U.S. and in the world is energizing.”

Snapshot: Thomas Boone

Call him: Tom Education: B.A. in English Literature, Calvin College, 1987; M.Div., Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.), 1990; Th.M., in New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1991; Ph.D., in Theology, Loyola University - Chicago, 2006 Family: Wife Joy, three adult children First job: “When I was 13, I and a couple of my friends handed out fliers door to door for a man at my church who was in sales. I remember it was pretty cool to be able to earn enough money to buy a Coke and play Asteroids with money I earned. Guess we all know then I’m the free spirit money type!” First church: “Central Presbyterian in Ft. Smith, AR. I was an Associate Pastor focusing on youth ministry. I suppose Ft. Smith qualifies as a city, but it acts like a small town.” Most recent post: Transitional Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at Fairview Presbyterian Church in North Augusta, SC. First sermon at Bethel: Sept. 17 Mentors: Among others, his parents “have taught me about commitment and being an authentic follower of the Lord. Residence: Cornelius

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2020 Vision: Cornelius is changing fast BY DAVE VIESER During the next three or four years, major transportation projects as well as significant new buildings will have a profound effect on how we live, work and get where we’re going. One of the most significant new projects is at the corner of Main Street and Catawba Avenue where a dilapidated 80-year-old building will be demolished to make way for a mixed-use project. Developer Legacy Pointe Properties, which purchased the site for $447,500, would not 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. Parking is considered crucial to the new Arts Center which will be built just around the corner by the Police Department. Legacy Pointe’s project will represent millions of dollars of new investment downtown, not to mention the Arts Center. Downtown will certainly be com-

ing of age in 2020. Cornelius voters ground or be open for business durapproved a bond package in 2013 to ing the next year, according to Wayne include downtown redevelopment of Herron, planning director. All told, it which the new Cornelius Arts Center represents 71 acres. In addition to I-77 toll lanes, transand arts district are a part. “Ever since that was announced, portation projects will proceed at a interest in downtown and Old Town fever pitch. Phase II widenCornelius has ing of West Catawba been increasing. Avenue from Jetton Multiple transporRoad to Sam Furr tation projects are Road gets under way being discussed next year with propand planned to erty acquisition. The support growth as new roadway will well,” said Mayor have four lanes, Pro Tem Woody but still to be deterWasham. mined is what the There will be a town will do with big new Mama’s Hickory Street extension. the utility lines which Pizza building, a luxury condominium project on run along the road. Burying them is West Catawba Avenue not far from costly. Decisions must also be made about the new Hello Sailor restaurant and a new three-story office building on left turns, although the DOT has althe corner of Bethel Church Road ready agreed that the Jetton and Westmoreland intersections will reand Jetton Road Extension. In all, projects comprising over main as standard intersections with 150,000 square feet will either break left turns allowed. The Sam Furr

Road intersection will be addressed when the state widens Hwy. 73. On the east side of town, a new traffic circle may be installed on Main Street as part of a realignment project near the YMCA entrance. Officials are still weighing the advantages of a traffic signal vs. a roundabout, but change is sure to come, sooner than later, thanks to “bonus allocation” funding via the I-77 toll deal. Farther south, Granite Contracting has started to clear land for the extension of Hickory Street from Main into Antiquity. The $800,000 project should be done this fall. And work will begin soon on turn lanes at Bailey Road and Hwy. 115, and a connector off Hwy. 21 south of Catawba Avenue which, in conjunction with added side roads, will help east-west traffic. Also, look for improvements to the “bookend” intersections of Catawba with Hwy. 21 and Torrence Chapel, alhough the precise timetable and design is not yet firm.

On November 7th - Vote for Experience, Dedication and Service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Re-Elect Jim Duke – Town Commissioner ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ WHAT AREA LEADERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JIM DUKE “I call Jim Duke ‘Mr. Fix It’ because of his organizational skills and no nonsense approach to problem 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 “Jim has shown real leadership the last 4 years by focusing on sound scal policy while helping to control growth. His ongoing support of the arts, parks, and recreation demonstrates his unmatched commitment to Cornelius” – State Representative John Bradford “Jim has put his federal budget expertise to work in our Town. He’s the hardest working Commissioner on the Board!” – Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam “Jim is the conscience of Cornelius. He is committed to listening and his selless service is unmatched!” – PARC Commission Chair Dr. Scott Higgins

“Jim Duke has quickly become an indispensible asset to the citizens of Cornelius. His knowledge and 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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Local restaurateurs have appetite for expansion as economy continues to grow BY DAVE VIESER With a hot local economy, local restaurateurs are expanding. Fresh Chef co-owner Mel Funk has opened his third location in the Cotswold neighborhood in Charlotte, taking out a 10-year lease on the old 2,600 square foot Block and

Grinder space on Providence Road. Funk brought the Fresh Chef concept, which he launched in the Shops at Fresh Market, to Mooresville last year. The restaurant industry is growing faster than much of the rest of the economy, including health care,

construction and manufacturing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says food services and drinking places will eclipse manufacturing in just a few years. Thing is, restaurant jobs pay about half of what manufacturing pays. The growth seems to be in hip, sitdown restaurants, some of it at the expense of tired casual dining chains like Applebee’s, which is closing 135 of its locations nationwide. Tons of us—literally—are working, and we don’t have time to cook. As a portion of our total household budgets, restaurants gobble up about twice as much as they did when June Cleaver prepared dinner—and breakfast—for Ward and the boys. Indeed, local restaurateurs are looking at the Langtree location of Block and Grinder, a higher-end, farm-to-table eatery with some entrees priced well over $30. Meanwhile, renovation work has resumed with a vengeance at the former Rusty Rudder, where the new owners had hoped to have “Hello, Sailor” open for this summer. Compliance issues with the outdoor deck were the major issue which delayed their opening according to co-owner Katy Kindred. “The facility was built some 15 years ago and compliance requirements for issues such as the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) and fire suppression equipment have changed dramatically over the years,” said Kindred. “At one point we were

facing the possibility of having to rebuild the entire outdoor deck, but we negotiated an agreement with the county and we’re now firing on all cylinders towards what we hope will be an October opening.” Husband and co-owner Joe Kindred will oversee the menu while Katy focuses on the design, wine selections and social media. Current plans call for dining inside and dockside, with cocktails boasting a mid-century vibe. The well-known outdoor tiki bar on the dock, which drew many crowds to the Rusty Rudder will also remain part of the Hello Sailor experience. The Kindreds have some solid experience under their belts: They operate the award-winning Kindred restaurant in downtown Davidson. On the other side of town, work is continuing at a fever pitch on Joe Douglas’ Cowboy Restaurant on Hwy. 21, near Bailey Road. Specific menu details are still being formulated but it’s safe to think in terms of what would satisfy a hungry cowboy. The 4,000 square foot restaurant, currently under construction on a three-acre parcel at Bailey Road, is across from 131 Main. Douglas plans a menu with steaks, ribs and some chicken too, all in a fast casual format. “We’re talking about filet, rib eye, quality steaks and everything will be fresh. I’m also going to concentrate on providing a high level of service.” They hope to be open by late fall.


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Mercator toll lane report: Underwhelming from Exit 36 in Iredell County southBY DAVE VIESER One well-known toll lane oppo- ward through Davidson, Cornelius nent called it a “swing and a miss.” and Huntersville into Charlotte with Another local official asked “where’s Cintra’s subsidiary I-77 Mobility the beef?” Indeed, the reaction to the Partners managing the project for 50 draft report from Mercator Advisors years. The options examined by the reon the CINTRA I 77 toll lane contract port included: was clearly not enthusiastic. • Cancelling the contract, and Most who digested the report felt there was a disappointing lack of spe- completing the express lanes using cific cost estimates for the various op- public funds or available financing. • Terminate the agreement and let tions explored by the consultant. CRPTO (the Charlotte Re“After reading the Mercagional Planning Transportator report, several questions tion Organization) determine remain unanswered” said NC if express lanes should be reRep. Chaz Beasley (D-92). “It tained in the improvements. is crucial that our community • Work with CRPTO to detakes the opportunity to comtermine additional ways to ment on the report and push improve mobility in the refor more detail on how to BEASLEY gion. eliminate this toll project.” • Develop plans to negotiMercator, based in Philaate and finance the purchase of the delphia, was hired in April by the express lane contract once it is comDOT for $100,000 to review the conpleted. tract and examine ways to improve The report did not offer specific or end the agreement. The contract calls for adding express toll lanes cost estimates for any option other

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than cancelation, and even those confidence in the project. The report summary can be seen were just approximate ranges. Merby accessing the following cator officials said that there web site: were just too many tions required to generate projects/I-77ExpressLanes/ even rough estimates for the download/mercator-draftcost of each option. report.pdf. “The lack of more cost proComments and suggesjections is a concern,” said tions on the draft report Cornelius Commissioner BRADFORD will be accepted until SepMike Miltich, who attends the tember 9, at the web site monthly CRPTO meetings. A final ver“Sort of like a burger without beef.” Kurt Naas, who has led much of the sion of the report will then be comanti toll movement for a number of piled and presented to the state years, agreed. “I don’t know how any- Turnpike Authority, and eventually one can make important policy deci- DOT Secretary Jim Trogdon. A final recommendation on any changes in sions without some cost estimates.” One area where the report didn’t the project will ultimately be made mince words was the manner in to CRPTO for their decision. NC Rep. John Bradford (R-98) which the project was handled by the DOT under former Gov. Pat Mc- stated the sentiments of business Crory. “The planning process did not and political leaders around Corneprovide sufficient opportunities for lius: “We should continue our quest the public to evaluate the relative to cancel the contract. Our region merits of express lanes and alterna- deserves General Purpose lanes and tives,” which served to undermine not managed lanes.”

Ready to Serve

Denis Bilodeau for Town Commissioner “There’s no one else I trust more than Denis to lead Cornelius into the future and make sound decisions that will protect our rich history and lead this town into the future.” —Case Warnemunde, founder Bella Love Inc “Denis is an obvious choice for the Board given his broad experience in business, a stellar record of service to Cornelius and his ability to get things done.” —Jim Duke, Cornelius Town Commissioner “We need someone in office who is going to stand up for the people and organizations that have been here well before it was the popular new thing. There is no one else I would see as a better fit for the job than Denis.” —Lisa Mayhew-Jones, Smthville ComUNITY Coalition PAID FOR BY THE DENIS P BILODEAU CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

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Elections 2017

Eleven candidates for five seats on Town Board BILODEAU








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BY DAVE VIESER “A ​ ​ ll politics is local​ ,” a common phrase in politics, is certainly true this year in Cornelius where ​11 citizens from all walks of life are v​ ying for five available seats on the Town Board. Unlike ​p​residential, ​g​ubernatorial and other state​wide​offices, Cornelius ​ elections ​ are non-partisan, which means the candidates are not associated with any political party, such as Republican or Democrat, but rather they r​ un as individuals. C ​ ommissioners are elected every two years and all of the board members run the same year. Four of the current commissioners—Jim Duke, Dave Gilroy, Mike Miltich, and Thurman Ross—are running for re-election, while the fifth​, C ​ ommissioner/Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam​ , ​ is running unopposed for ​ma​ yor. Come December, he will replace Chuck Travis who chose not to run again. ​The board will have at l​east one new face​.​Three of the new candidates are women, two candidates are African American and 10 are clearly anti-toll. Three of the challengers have run before. The​five winners will control budgeting and spending for some of the most vital services provided throughout the town, including police and fire protection (both on land and​the Inland Sea), road​s​, parks and recreation and planning. The commissioners also provide oversight on


the electric and water utilities which serve Cornelius. They also set the annual town property tax rate which represents about 1/3 of the average homeowner’s property tax bill. The seven non-incumbents who are seeking office, some for the first time; offer voters a wide range of background and experience. They range in age from 42 to 67​. There has not been a woman on the dais since 2013.

As a service to our readers, Cornelius Today asked each of the 11 candidates to outline in 150 words their responses to these two questions: 1​ . ​ Why are you running for town commissioner? 2​. I​ n your opinion what is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? Th​ e candidates ​ are listed in ​ al-

phabetical order, along with s​ome personal information. Two more questions will be addressed in our October issue.​ We urge you to review the answers provided by the candidates​ and vote. We applaud all 11 of these citizens for donating their valuable time in an effort to make Cornelius an even better place in which to live, work and raise a family.

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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

Why are you running for Town commission? DB: This is both an exciting and critical time for our town. As a 16 year resident of Cornelius, I am thrilled to see the development of our downtown as well as the progress being made expanding our greenways and parks. Infrastructure issues however have impacted our traffic flow and the quality of life in our town. A strong town Board is required to properly implement and manage the many projects needed to move our Town forward. I am running for town commissioner in order to bring my energy and expertise to help address our Town’s needs. My many years of experience as a business executive, homeowners association board member and active community volunteer have taught me to listen, examine the facts and broadly communicate a solid plan of action. I have a passion for all things Cornelius and will bring an appetite for addressing our issues and opportunities. In your opinion what is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? DB: Quite simply, cancel the Cintra 50 year contract! The current plan and any subsequent variations which include tolling and a partnership with an unreliable foreign company are not acceptable. While Mercator’s recent report and request for feedback is helpful, it does not factor in costs outside of the toll

project such as the impact to local businesses and quality of life. Also, while Mercator offers mitigating factors, I believe the merging in and out of toll lanes from exit 23 north will be problematic. The road work should be completed as quickly and safely as possible without the tolling infrastructure. Negotiations should begin immediately to terminate the contract and pay fair market value for the work. Based on recently announced road projects across the state, I believe the I-77 project should have been scored a priority and funds made available for general purpose lanes.

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

Why are you running for Town Commission? AC: Readers, we chose to live in Cornelius for a reason – quality of life! I will work to preserve your safety and property value. Development must enhance our lives - not harm the environment, disrupt traditional neighborhoods and displace residents living in fragile communities. Positive, collaborative relationships with first responders are to be strongly supported. In the early eighties, I organized a conference in Old Westbury, NY. Shirley Chisholm was our keynote speaker. She said it best – “Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth”. I have volunteered in every community I’ve lived in. Serving in local office is on my spectrum of volunteering. Through the years, Continued on page 10

While our business is focused on serving the needs of our clients, we are also passionate about doing what we can to help out in the community. We believe that benevolence in any shape or form strengthens our community and brings people together, which is why we decided to partner with Gradient Gives Back Foundation. The program provides deserving Americans who have fallen on hard times and are at risk of losing their home with one year of mortgage or lease payments. Our hope is that by relieving the selected family of this significant monthly financial obligation, their anxiety may be alleviated and they might have a chance to recuperate and focus on their future. At A4 Wealth Advisors, we believe that moving forward begins with standing up, and we would love for you to join us in lending a hand to a deserving family in need. If you share our belief in providing a hand up, not a handout, we urge you to donate or nominate a deserving family in our community to be awarded one year of mortgage or lease payments. Learn more today by visiting, or calling us at (888) 949-7475 for program details. Fee based financial planning and investment advisory services are offered by A4 Wealth Advisors LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor in the State of North Carolina. Insurance products and services are offered through A4 Capital Management. A4 Wealth Advisors LLC and A4 Capital Management are affiliated companies (704) 509-1141.

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I’ve gathered skills in mediation, planning, budgeting, writing, public speaking and special events. I am a designated NC Broker-In-Charge and have experience as a K – 12 and SAT tutor.Thank you for your consideration. I ask for your vote. In your opinion w​ hat is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? AC: Most local citizens prefer general purpose I-77 lanes. Our voices and votes have certainly impacted the course of political events. We should continue to encourage Governor Cooper, NCDOT and the legislature to terminate the contract; and compensate I-77 Mobility Partners for completed work. The next step is to engage citizens statewide in the conversation. This seemingly local issue is truly an important and compelling state topic. Investment in and management of our roads is crucial to statewide economic health. The resulting political capital of fellow NC citizens joining in, may help this issue be resolved faster. Terminating the contract is a short-term solution. A new regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) must be established. The populations of Northern Mecklenburg and Southern Iredell counties greatly exceed the required 50,000 residents. CRTPO may no longer be representative of our fast-growing region. Let’s have proper representation in place before the next transportation crisis.”

Jim Duke

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

Why are you running for Town Commissioner? JD: Being able to contribute to the future of our Town is exceptionally rewarding and I enjoy communicating with our residents and helping where I can. I wish to continue the good work that we have accomplished over the last four years with the execution of our bond programs and the overall improvements of our recreational venues. In the year ahead, we will be creating a bond package to address transportation issues and begin building an Arts Center that will transform our Town Center. I want to be part of all of that. I know that I have the time to devote and the tools to help the process of managing our growth. I also believe that the openness I bring to local government through my newsletter and our Coffee Chats helps resolve issues and answer questions. I want to continue to do more of that.

CT: In your opinion what is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? JD: I believe that we need to keep the message fresh, respectful, and direct to government entities and elected officials that the issue is the relief of congestion and not convenient access for the few. To do this we need to build general purpose lanes as soon as possible. This is the only step in my view. If modifications to the contract will do that, then let’s free up state monies to build those lanes, convert the toll project to HOV only, and start serving the people instead of profiteers. Regardless of how it is accomplished, we need to be out from under this 50-year contract and our elected officials need to be in touch with the transportation needs of our region.

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

Why are you running for Town Commissioner? MF: What Cornelius has become inspired me to run. While on the surface, the city is aesthetically pleasing, gracious and orderly. In reality, the image is similar to someone who whitens their teeth and is seemingly in good dental health but actually has several cavities and needs a root canal. We simply cannot continue on the path of placing our trust in other entities such as the state, the county, etc - and hoping, they will just do what is right. At our core, we face serious issues concerning growth,

transportation and helping our local businesses thrive. We need more active, vocal leadership that isn’t afraid to engage and advocate for our community. The leadership I personally have looked for and not often found, is ultimately my motivation to run. In your opinion what is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? MF: Cornelius should again, actively collaborate with other area towns and Mecklenburg County to lobby, including passing yet another resolution - for contract cancellation with the Governor’s office. The presented options from the Mercator report are not viable legally without first canceling the contract. The state should then immediately begin negotiating the finish to specification that includes trucks. The Town of Cornelius also needs to aggressively lobby for a new Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to represent our area taxpayers transportation infrastructure interests, therefor removing us from the weighted grasp of Charlotte. The process which put us in this debacle to begin with hasn’t been addressed and until seeking actual process alternatives are made a priority, there will be no predictable relief for our community.

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

Why are you running for Town Commission? Continued on page 12

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DG: I have served the 28 thousand citizens of Cornelius for the past 12 years with one primary objective guiding all of my decisions - let’s make Cornelius the highest quality of life place to live in North Carolina and even the U.S. My 12-year voting record clearly underscores my conservative principles - maintain the lowest tax rate in North Carolina for towns our size; limit government to essential services and support for private business/investment; constrain residential growth (especially high density multi-family); drive for the best schools in America. I’ve learned that my voice and vote on this Town Board is really important to making these things happen.

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

In your opinion, w​ hat is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? DG: Cancel Cintra’s 50-year contract allowing them to finish the construction work and get paid fairly for their time and materials, then open the additional lanes as General Purpose.

Why are you running for Town Commission? MM: Caring for others has defined my life and is precisely why I became a doctor. I have taken care of patients and their families, some with four generations that have trusted

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in me, for over 30 years. That’s trust that’s been earned. I’m running for re-election to give back to my community that I care for. I’ve helped Cornelius citizens to “Be Well”; I am now working on helping them “Live Well”. As a physician, I’m trained to listen, to collect and analyze date, to implement a plan, and then to monitor the effectiveness of that plan. I have used these same skills as Commissioner. As an example, in my first year in office, I obtained a 25% reduction in the property tax increase that was being requested, yet agreeing to necessary infrastructure improvement funding. I will continue to work for the best interests of every Cornelius resident equally. In your opinion, w​ hat is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? MM: I will continue to fight this harmful disastrous project. The Mercator Advisors preliminary review of the I-77 Comprehensive Agreement has been released and

is under review. At Cornelius Town Board August 7 meeting, I convinced my fellow commissioners to adopt a resolution asking DOT Secretary Trogdon to address each of the submitted Town’s concerns and comments to be sure all are addressed in the report. I am urging that this discussion occur locally so all of our elected officials and citizens can attend. We will continue to lobby our State officials to correct this mistake. Additionally, our infrastructure needs to catch up to the explosive growth that has occurred. We have to work with NCDOT, our neighboring municipalities and neighborhoods, fund alternate transportation options, combined with sensible development, and most of all, we have to do it RIGHT! I bring critical, forward thinking, and practical skills to the Board.

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Kurt Naas

Age: 55 Spouse: Maria (of 29 years) and son Stephen (19) Resident of Cornelius since 2005 Residence: Peninsula Occupation: Co-owner of a Corneliusbased manufacturing business

Why are you running for office? KN: For nearly a decade I’ve served our community as a citizen on transportation-related issues. From leading the effort to oppose the I77 toll project to serving on the Cornelius’ Transportation Advisory Board, to a three-year effort to install stateof-the-art stoplight technology along Catawba Ave, I’ve been working to improve our town’s mobility. Now, I’m running for office so I can serve our community more effectively as your commissioner. I will use my years of transportation, business and financial experience to be a strong voice for Cornelius. I’m committed to sustainable budgets without resorting to tax increases and I’ll ask the tough questions regarding real estate development while still respecting property rights. I’ll continue to focus on improving mobility. And, as your commissioner, I’ll continue to lead the I-77 toll cancellation effort. So, I respectfully ask for your vote this November 7th. Thank you. What is the next step on the I77 toll lanes? KN: My goal is to cancel the private toll contract and complete the project with general purpose lanes. There are three steps we must take to accomplish this. First, we must convince the NC legislature that this project will strangle the regional and North Carolina economies. These punitive tolls plus

South Carolina’s investment in their highways puts our state at an economic disadvantage. Cancellation is in the state’s best interest, not just Lake Norman’s. Second, the Mercator report states the contract can be canceled for the cost of design and construction. This is not a penalty, but a feasible buyout. We must mobilize public opinion around this option. Third, we must elect leaders willing and capable of continuing this effort. I’ve written hundreds of blog posts, given scores of interviews, led dozens of town halls and made several trips to Raleigh on this issue. I’m uniquely qualified to make this case.


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

Why are you running for Town Commission? WR: Cornelius needs leadership that will represent the citizens’ needs and advocate for essential services, such as roads, police, fire, water/ sewer, electric/communication utilities and schools. As a leader of working to stop the tolls, I saw the I-77 toll lane opposition unite our community like no other issue. I believe the basic functions of government consist of a series of priorities starting with public safety. Representing the people is paramount and government should strive to meet or exceed the expectations of residents and businesses. Our community’s road infrastructure has been ignored by the state and is considerably lackContinued on page 14

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ing in meeting citizen’s needs and development pressures. I saw gaps and failures in our leadership and representation from many levels of government related to the goal of balancing transportation and development.​I will be a strong advocate for improving our infrastructure so that we will have a safe and thriving community. In your opinion what is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? WR: While the Town is limited and can only do so much to represent the people regarding the toll lanes, we can still make a difference through public awareness, media exposure, and public/political pressure. This issue is really a State responsibility, however there are actions and people working on different ways to cancel the Contract, for example, I look forward to the final Mercator Report with costs to cancel or modify the Contract. I also await State Auditor’s Investigation and Audit of the Contract and people associated with the execution of the Contract. There are other actions taking place that may

have an effect on what we finally end up with, however the best way to accomplish our goal is citizen involvement. I am one of many people in the community to work to stop the tolls since 2013 -- and I will continue the fight.

Thurman Ross, Jr.

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

Why Are you running for Town Commissioner? TR: I am seeking re-election be-

cause I like the direction the town is on. I want to continue being part of the process of making and maintaining what Cornelius is and will become. For over the last two decades I have been a part of the decisions that make Cornelius what it is today. From the annexation of the Peninsula to the widening of West Catawba, to making sure we kept our own Library in Cornelius, when they wanted to close it and make us use the regional one. I was a part of the decisions for what the down town is thus far, the decision to buy the option and rezone the land where Antiquity is, the building of the Park Department from not having one. Lowering the tax rate when possible. I would like to continue working on the ongoing infrastructure needs of the town, the Arts Center, and the beautification of Main St. as well as keeping the tax rate low. In your opinion what is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? TR: I would continue writing letters, and phone calls, supporting res-

olutions against the tolls to the powers that are able to make a decisions to cancel the tolls or renegotiate.

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 Continued on page 16

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Why are you running for Town Commission? TS: When we chose Cornelius 6 years ago to locate our first small business, I knew it was the right decision. We recently moved to Cornelius because we love this town, the comfort of the small town feel and uniqueness of roughly 70 miles of shoreline, the most of any of the Lake Norman towns, in a 15 square mile footprint. I have been actively engaged in the community serving on numerous non-profit boards and in Philanthropic organizations, and supporting the business community through the Lake Norman Chamber. I hope for the opportunity to bring my 30 years of business experience and community involvement to the town board to help drive positive change, managed growth and to maintain our low tax structure. I think the fact that I’ve never held political office is a plus, as I will bring the strength of collaboration coupled with a fresh approach of creative solutions.

In your opinion w​ ​ hat is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? TS: I feel the next step is to plan for each of the options in the recently released Mercator report, while continuing to work with the Governor and NCDOT to add general purpose lanes. In planning, we must be prepared for complete cancellation as well as no change to the contract, not doing so leaves us without options for our residents. Town elected officials have an obligation to improve the infrastructure beyond the toll lanes, by allowing more accessible alternate routes. Many of the road projects we need desperately, Catawba Ave widening, Hwy21 and Hwy73 widening, and improvements to Hwy115 are already on the TIP and funded, but many are not. We have to work through the CRTPO to move more projects forward. While we cannot stop working towards a solution on I77, it’s imperative we have plans and work with other elected officials to produce the best transportation solutions possible.


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

Why are you running for Town Commission? RS: Trump and those like him have to be purged from local politics. Republicans who are passive and support him are no better. When will the hate stop? I believe in acceptance and love for all that give it in return. However I do not have respect for those who do not and... right now I see many haters already on our town board and of the towns around us. It has to stop! I will help do that by not letting those who hate and who are selfish have their way without a fight. Our town deserves better. I will ensure full transparency of any meetings. Help me to

be your voice. Allow me to bring reasoning and critical thinking back into politics. Help me stop the pettiness, vindictiveness, and self righteousness of today’s politics and.... I thank you in advance for your vote. In your opinion w​ hat is the next step on the I-77 toll lanes? RS: The toll issue is a minor issue being used by those already in office and those who want to be in office as their only platform and that is just wrong. Those in office should be ashamed of the hate and the bullying they have shown towards Mayor Travis. Those running and who are a part of the I-77 anti-toll group should not condone or support hate but they do. It has to be their way or no way. Exactly the close-mindedness of today’s politics. The toll contract is not perfect but what I see is that lanes are being added now instead of years from now. They should be finished not stopped. If needed, details can be worked out later with reasoning and planning. However I see those who are in opposition now as a hinderance because they have alienated our town and area with the state. Got a question? Send us your questions for Part Two next month. We will pick the two best questions for all 11 candidates. ​ Email corneliustoday@

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Development meetings: 1 for Cornelius, 1 for Davidson Aug. 10. By Dave Vieser. A community meeting at Cornelius Town Hall last night brought out way more Davidson residents than Cornelius residents, but they seemed equally concerned. The vast majority of the project—nearly 300 apartments and townhomes—is located in Davidson where residents have been up in arms about Crescent Acquisitions’ proposal. Crescent is one of the top developers in and around Charlotte. Its projects include older communities like The Peninsula and the new River District, a massive mixed-use development being built with Lincoln Harris near Charlotte Douglas International Airport. About 50 residents from the two towns combed through maps which detailed only the nine single-family homes to be built in the Cornelius portion , but not the 295 units just across the town boundary in Davidson. The maps showed only a gray area for “future Davidson development” where the bulk of the project will be built. This didn’t sit well in a region

where town officials enjoy talking about a seamless, border-free community in North Mecklenburg. “If I were a potential home buyer for one of those nine homes and later found out that there were going to be some 295 townhomes nearby, I would be extremely upset,” said Barbara Bryan of Davidson.

Crescent’s legal advisor was undeterred. “We made it clear from the start that we would not be presenting or discussing the Davidson site plan or taking questions about that part of the plan at the Cornelius

meeting,” said attorney Susan Irvin, who is representing Crescent. “This is really unfair” said Davidson resident Nancy Palmisano. “People need to see the whole picture, and that is not what is being presented here tonight.” But Cornelius law supports a distinct, Cornelius-centric approach. “According to our Code, the format and presentation at the community meeting is totally at the discretion of the applicant , ” said Planning Director Wayne Herron. Pursuant to town law, Crescent must now submit a written summary of the meeting which the Cornelius Planning Board and Town Board can evaluate and utilize in their decision–making process. The schedule for the legally required public hearings is tight, with the Planning Board meeting Sept . 11 and the Town Board just three weeks later on Oct. 2. The dates, however, are subject to change.

Defense contractor will expand Aug. 13. By Dave Vieser. Quantum Technology LLC, a defense contractor which specializes in IT projects, will build a three-story building at the intersection of Bethel Church Road and Jetton Road Extension. The company currently operates out of smaller quarters on West Catawba Avenue, south of Nantz Road. “With the town’s approval, we are aiming for breaking ground around late fall, and opening the new building late next summer,” said owner Adam Jones. He has 16 people on staff currently and says expansion of the workforce is “very possible” once the new building opens. Quantum will have their offices on the second and third floors of the 9,000 square-foot building with the primary entrance from the parking area in the back. The first floor will be leased commercial/office space and will have an entrance from Jetton.

The building will consist of a stone and glass finish as the primary materials similar to the Aquesta Bank building. There will be a large balcony overlooking Jetton Road from the third floor, and another balcony from the second floor overlooking Bethel Church Road. The location is currently undeveloped and zoned Village Center (VC) which permits office buildings. Because Quantum is not providing the required amount of window/glass coverage, the project must have an architectural variation from the Planning Board. Jetton is bustling as an office address. “There’s really not a whole lot of properties left in that area so we’re very glad we will be able to build our new corporate home there,” Jones said. Quantum has been in Cornelius since 2009. “We love this part of Cornelius and feel there is a great growth potential,” he added.

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Vandals deface Confederate Monument in Cornelius Aug. 14. By Dave Yochum. A national debate over Confederate monuments is unfolding again in Cornelius where it emerged two years ago during a wave of vandalism. The Confederate Veterans Monument on Zion Avenue has been spray painted with a bright blue “X” through the words Confederate Sol-

diers carved in stone 107 years ago. On another side of the monument, the word “NO” is painted over two swords. The monument, which cost $10,000 in 1910, sits behind a recently erected metal fence. It sits on private property owned by the Mt. Zion Monument Association. The association did not

return Cornelius Today’s phone call by the time this story was posted. Some years ago, a minister at the nearby church said he wished that nearby trees that fell during an intense storm had fallen on the monument. The vandalism in Cornelius is symbolic of the difficult racial landscape

more than 150 years after the end of the Civil War. It’s unclear exactly when the monument was defaced, but it was reported one day after white nationalists clashed with police and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., home of the University of Virginia. Continued, on Page 19

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One woman was killed after a latter-day Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into the crowds. Heather D. Heyer, 32, was described as “a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised.” It is not clear whether officials will place a tarp over the monument as they did two years ago when it was defaced during a wave of vandalism in the South. It was subsequently scrubbed and fenced. A sign says the monument is under “24/7 infrared camera surveillance.” Here is a story from Aug. 7, 2015: Back in July of 2015, swastikas were painted on the monument as well as the phrase “Stop honoring white supremacy.” The Cornelius Confederate Monument was erected in a different day and time. A history of Mecklenburg County by historian Dan Morrill says “Slavery was a fundamental component of the social hierarchy of preCivil War Mecklenburg County.” In 1860, slaves comprised roughly 40 percent of the local population—6,800 out of 17,000—making Mecklenburg County one of the highest in terms of the number of

“bondspeople” in the North Carolina Piedmont, Morrill writes. The Cornelius monument 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. The rally in Charlottesville was organized in opposition to plans to remove a statue of Lee from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. Members of white nationalist groups as well as the Ku Klux Klan clashed with counter-protesters and police. Here is the Cornelius Police narrative on the incident, which apparently occurred sometime Saturday night or during the early morning hours Sunday: “David Hodson, at 19600 Zion Ave Cornelius NC 28031 reference a damage to property report. Mr. Hodson stated when he arrived at the location he found the Confederate Memorial Monument owned by the Mt. Zion Monumental Association had been spray painted by an unknown subject(s). sometime overnight.” Neither Hodson nor the monument association could be reached for comment

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“Time is running out and we need Aug. 10. It’s been almost a year and a half since the NCDOT asked answers,” Miltich said. Commissiontowns like Cornelius and Hunters- er Dave Gilroy agreed. “As I recall ville to outline suggested changes putting those questions together and in the 50-year CINTRA I-77 toll lane drafting that letter was quite an exercontract. To date, they have received cise, so I am in favor of this.” Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam no response from the state and that has elected officials extremely con- suggested that the town also concerned especially since a decision tact Huntersville and Davidson to on the future of the contract will be look into setting up a regional meeting, since many of the concerns exforthcoming soon. pressed by all three towns An independent review were similar. criticizes the NCDOT for There shouldn’t be any lack of public engagement in resistance from Huntersthe I-77 project. The Mercaville. Mayor John Anarella tor review says several juis already on record as berisdictions responded with ing “very concerned” about suggestions and questions GILROY the failure of the DOT to in March 2016, “but NCDOT respond to the correspondid not provide any formal dence. response.” The letters containing suggested The resulting public furor has brought down a variety of public contract changes were originally officials, ranging from the mayor of requested by the McCrory adminisHuntersville to the sitting governor, tration on Feb. 17 2016, and neither McCrory nor his DOT Secretary Pat McCrory. At their meeting Aug. 7, the Corne- ever responded with detailed anlius Town Board adopted a resolu- swers. Political analysts continue to sugtion asking DOT Secretary Trogdon to arrange a meeting in Cornelius gest that the manner in which the toll so their questions can finally be ad- lane controversy was handled by Mcdressed, before a final decision on Crory, a Republican, ultimately cost the contract is made. Commissioner him tens of thousands of votes in the Dr. Mike Miltich offered the resolu- Lake Norman area and probably the election last November. tion.

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Building for pizza mushrooms Aug. 7. By​Dave Vieser​. The Cornelius Town Board unanimously approved plans ​ for a new Mama’s Pizza building, more than twice the size of the existing facility. B ​ usiness owner Frank Manis, a Cornelius resident, ​plans to erect a good-looking, 5,250-square-foot structure on t​he​ land behind the current restaurant​, which will eventually be demolished. The current building has only 1,652 square feet of heated space, according to Mecklenburg County tax records, and 2,291 square feet overall. The new facility will include an ​ outdoor seating area​, as well as​2,000 square feet f​or an additional tenant. Parking will be in front of the new building​. By​placing the building behind the current ​restaurant, Mama’s will only be closed for about 4-5 weeks​next summer, much to the relief of those who love Italian food. Mama’s Pizza also prepares hundreds of school lunches ​each day for 11 ​local ​charter schools​. Commissioner Jim Duke expressed what was really on everyone’s mind at the town meeting last night: “Whatever you do, don’t change your pizza.” ​Manis agreed to provide space in the new restaurant for art in conjunc-

tion with the town’s arts district. The project application sailed through a series of hearings but at the Aug. 7 hearing, Mayor Chuck Travis and Commissioner Dave Gilroy both expressed concerns about having parking in front, as well as their desire to have a planting strip of trees between the sidewalk and the street. Manis agreed to work with the town on the trees once the state-funded design for Highway 115/North Main Street is complete. “Overall, I like the plan,” said Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam. “It will be a vast improvement.” Also at the August 7 meeting, the Town Board: • Approved a request to rezone approximately 4.87 acres located at 18916 Old Statesville Road from Rural Preservation (RP) to Conditional Zoning (CZ) in order to permit the establishment of a new office for Hodge HVAC. • Reappointed Cheryl Crawford as chair of the town’s Land Development Code Advisory Board (LDCAB) for the upcoming year. • Accepted a $63,844 state grant to fund 50 % of the cost for two traffic officers on the Cornelius Police. This is the final year of the grant.


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Home Sales

17643 Spinnakers Reach Dr., Cornelius sold for $1,060,000 21205 Island Forest Dr. 7/28/17 $380,000 Justin Murphy & Gabriella Alberdi to Shane Winters, 19511 Dufour Ct. 7/28/17 $265,000 Lynn Webster to Barbara MacLean, 17137 Doe Valley Cr. 7/28/17 $146,000 Brian & Kaitlyn Green to Heather Confer, 17733 Trolley Crossing Way 7/28/17 $220,000 Andrew & Janelle Baudo to Nicholas McFalls & Rebecca Spillers, 10307 Bon Meade Ln. 7/28/17 $105,000 Teresa Ferrell to Navegante LLC, 20209 Railroad St. 7/28/17 $2,550,000 National Residential Nominee Services to Steven & Kim Morris,

18930 Balmore Pines Ln. 7/31/17 $380,000 Marian Hooker to Fronia & Nestor Calero Jr., 19238 Dutch Iris Ln. 7/31/17 $230,000 Jennifer & Robert Harkey, Iotha Parker to AMH NC Properties, 18820 Victoria Bay Dr. 7/31/17 $146,000 Celline Therien to Whitney Givens, 21333 Pine St. 7/31/17 $200,000 Judith Arndt to Gene & Barbara Ossler, 9031 Rosalyn Glen Rd. 7/31/17 $235,000 Kari Philbeam & Jeremy Saylor to Gema Zambrano & Danny Pizarro, 9148 Glenashley Dr.

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Home Sales 8/4/17 $199,500 John Pyle to Safari One Assett Co., 10221 Conistan Pl. 8/4/17 $210,000 Peggy Connell to June & Clarence Johnson, 18821 Cloverstone Cir. 8/4/17 $184,000 Natale DiCosmo to Jason Hanyak, 19936 Lamp Lighters Way 8/4/17 $187,000 Daniel Stein to NextGen Properties, 18816 Nautical Dr. Unit 4 8/4/17 $256,000 Brian Morrison to Lauren & Eric Wysong, 18626 The Commons Blvd. 8/7/17 $175,000 Susan Rasmussen to Scott & Charity Ellis, 22013 Torrence Chapel Rd. 8/9/17 $325,000 Kyle & Loretta Riddle to Susan Clayton, 17810 Half Moon Ln. Unit K 8/9/17 $225,000 Susan Sweet to Sangeetha Potu & Jagadish Myana, 17317 Lake Path St.


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7/31/17 $198,000 Brent & Holly Lippy to Peter Blaich, 10548 Meadow Crossing Ln. 7/31/17 $265,000 Keith & Amanda For-

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7/20/17 $525,000 Linda & Arthur Tunstall III to Dan & Teresa Carver, 17632 River Ford Dr. 7/20/17 $409,000 Matthew Miller, Amanda & Cory Bohmont to Mario Hernandez & Natalia Mendoza, 2340 Fairview Ln. 7/20/17 $815,000 Jeffrey & Lora Shealy to Akinjide & Folake Falaki, Lot 45 River Run 7/21/17 $375,000 Rebecca & Michael Drzal to Jeffery & Elizabeth Browning, 127 View Lake St. See HOMES, Page 28






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7/21/17 $690,000 Paul & Cynthia Puglia to Michael & Cynthia Hosey, 518 Walnut St. 7/26/17 $850,000 Dan Trudan to Kevin & Karen Jehl, 16725 Reinsch Dr. 7/28/17 $303,000 Andrew & Meredity Konik to Orlando & Andrea Cruz-Solano,

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If form follows function, then the industrial look is about as functional as it gets. The hip “warehouse-y” look can also unite old and new pieces. It lends itself to open floor plans as well as commercial spaces, with neutral tones, raw wood and metal surfaces. Design cues are vintage industrial spaces and unexpected uses of materials and items. Think Bohemian, contemporary, urban. Light-weight, hangable concrete panels from Dekko can help make your walls look like an old loft or factory. (For DIYers, they’re easily cut with carpentry tools.) Acid-washed and coated concrete floors with contemporary area rugs lend a solid footing to the theme; subway tiles show good taste in the kitchen. Industrial items like a wooden cart—turn it into a coffee table— lend a neo-industrial look to contemporary spaces.

Re-using and repurposing is fun, says Christina Britt Lewis, co-founder of The Redesign Co. in Davidson.” If you find something old, don’t paint it. “Keep it as close to original as you can,” Lewis says. “If you find something you love of no particular value, paint the heck out of it. Hiring a professional could bring the cost of an affordable find up to the cost of a new piece, so paint it yourself.” She recommends Annie Sloan chalk

paint for makeovers. The paint goes right on, no need to sand. The Sleepy Poet antique mall in Charlotte has thousands of pieces with that hip, industrial aesthetic, Lewis says. “Ebay and are great online sources and Sleepy Poet is a fun place in Charlotte to find all sorts of vintage pieces, plus they have free popcorn,” she says. The overly matched and overly puttogether look has some wear on it, Lewis says. Everything doesn’t have to go together. “Make your home tell your story. If you love it, it will work. There are no rules. The more interesting and quirky the collections of things, the more beautiful the home. Anybody can copy a page from a catalog and make a pretty room, but only you know what moves your soul,” she says. When she works with clients, she asks them to place a sticky note on anything that has a sentimental attachment. “On installation day, those are the things we place first. We make sure the things people have collected have a prominent place in their home. Those are the things that express who they are. Those are the things that tell their story.” Lewis says.

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Grass-roots job service worked its way out of a job said co-founder Joe Carbon, who launched HOHT seven years ago with Vickie Stevens, another active Lake Norman Chamber volunteer.



It looks like a buoyant economy— consumer confidence in June rose higher than expected—helped put a Lake Norman job resources group out of work. The board of Helping

Others Help Themselves (HOHT) has decided there is no longer a need to continue operations. “The economy is back on its feet and we’ve run out of people to help,”

HOHT skills workshop The group held numerous job fairs as well as coaching sessions for people who were out of work or reentering the job force. Over the course of seven years, though, much has changed. In addition to rising consumer confidence, job growth is strong, with more than 209,000 jobs coming on in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At 4.3 percent, the jobless rate is approaching full employment. About 200,000 new jobs a month is considered a sign of a robust economy. In April of 2010, the US jobless rate was almost 10 percent. Carbon plans to keep the HOHT website up and running, but “since economies are cyclical, HOHT may

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be called upon again in the future by the Lake Norman community to help others help themselves,” Carbon said. “Maintaining our website ability will be important should a restart ever become necessary.” HOHT had support across North Meck, with an assist from the Lake Norman Chamber where both Carbon and Stevens are ambassadors. Among HOHT achievements: • Created a website and a “job bank” where employers could post jobs and job seekers post resumes and then managed them in order to help employers and job seekers connect. • Monthly workshops to educate and improve job seeker skills with a strong focus on networking. • Encouraged job seekers to attend Lake Norman Chamber events as well as other business groups.

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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


7/24/17 Custom Craft Brews LLC, Scott M. Baron, 11218 Suunto Ln., Cornelius 7/24/17 Kulumo Consulting Inc., Gary Williams, 19012 Kasawha Dr., Cornelius 7/24/17 ZMA Marina Group LLC, Debra L. Agostinelli, 17532 Harbor Walk Dr., Cornelius 7/25/17 Funtiques Boutique LLC, Davis A. Nicholas, 19520 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 313, Cornelius 7/25/17 NC Homes Associates LLC, H. Curtis Needham, 17801 Sedona Way, Cornelius 7/26/17 BVP Holdings LLC, James Pierce, 18005 Whispering Oaks Dr., Cornelius 7/26/17 Peterson Remmey LLC, Ernest B. Remmey, 19619 Weavers Cir., Cornelius 7/27/17 Campaign Counsel LLC, Thomas Trickett, 19119 Brookgreen Garden Pl., Cornelius 7/27/17 DCS/Cyber Security LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 7/27/17 Kairos Chiropractic Wellness Center PLLC, Jannette Rodriguez, 19109 W.

Catawba Ave., Ste. 106, Cornelius 7/27/17 Woodbridge Homeowners’ Association Inc., W. Kendall Foster, 17824 Statesville Rd., Cornelius 7/28/17 Avoda Consulting Services LLC, Erickson Pece, 11233 Suunto Ln., Cornelius 7/28/17 Connection Counseling PLLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 7/31/17 Advisor Club LLC, William Hall, 18720 Jetton Rd., Third Fl., Cornelius 7/31/17 Fund 24-Davidson LLC, Anthony B. Bowman, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., #202, Cornelius 7/31/17 Redmania LLC, James E. Redmon II, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr., #365, Cornelius 8/1/17 Avanti Design LLC, Michael Pennella, 20624 Queensdale Dr., Cornelius 8/1/17 HFD RE LLC, David Modlin, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., A1, Cornelius 8/1/17 MJ & You LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 18214 Captains Cove Ln., Cornelius 8/1/17 SKS Investments of NC LLC, Kimberly M. Clark, 19701 Stough Farm Rd., Cornelius 8/2/17 JQ Office Services LLC, Janice Quinn Freyberg, 18002 Northport Dr., Cornelius 8/3/17 Icarus Holdings 3 LLC, Robert B.

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Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 8/4/17 Tru-Kleen LLC, John Humphrey, 8615 Creek Trail Ln., Apt. 815, Cornelius 8/7/17 Trinity Financial LLC, Granville Jone III, 17433 Tuscany Ln., Cornelius 8/8/17 Left Hand Somm LLC, Christina Cicci, 9552 Glenashley Dr., Cornelius 8/8/17 Painting Carolina Inc., Ryan McBride, 21501 Nautique Blvd., #206, Cornelius 8/9/17 Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 8/10/17 Corona Highway LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr., Cornelius 8/10/17 CS STYLED LLC, Chloe Slattery, 19025 Double Eagle Dr., Cornelius 8/11/17 Charlottesville VA Fitness LLC, Alan Huggins, 21323 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 8/11/17 Harrisonburg VA Fitness LLC, Alan Huggins, 21323 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 8/11/17 Life Innovators LLC, James Cooper, 19520 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 8/11/17 Roanoke VA Fitness LLC, Alan Huggins, 21323 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 8/11/17 Ryan Londry & David Modlin II DDS PLLC, David Modlin, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., #A1, Cornelius

Davidson 7/21/17 Emily Duke LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 7/25/17 Ballentine Consulting Partners LLC, Nancy J. Cable, 503 Northwest Dr., Davidson 7/25/17 Center For Personal Growth LLC, Brenda Alloway, 709 Peninsula Dr., Davidson 7/25/17 The Snapping Turtle LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 15709 Kiser Corner Ln., Davidson 7/27/17 Grundman Investments LLC, Daniel T. Grundman, 5430 Ashbury Ln., Davidson 7/31/17 Lake View Property LLC, Rhonda Renee Pruitt, 1225 Torrence Cir., Davidson 8/2/17 MJR Creations LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 19009 Park Terrace Ln., Davidson 8/2/17 Reafield RKBX LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 14020 Helen Benson Blvd., Davidson 8/3/17 Green Teal Trail LLC, Brian C. Jenest, 312 O’Henry Ave., Davidson 8/10/17 TSG R&D LLC, David W. Stewart, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 306, Davidson 8/11/17 Loving Learning LLC, Jill Coughlin, 18337 Centre Court Dr., Davidson 8/11/17 Rudder LLC, Christopher Plattner, 525 Greenway St., Davidson

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Hundreds attend prayer service on Davidson Green ​In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and vandalism at the Confederate soldiers’ monument in Cornelius, h ​undreds of people attended ​a prayer vigil Aug. 23 on the Davidson Village Green. ​It was a time for prayer, grieving​​ and l​ooking for solutions to strife that should have attended years ago. Jews and Christians participated as Davidson Police maintained a presence around the perimeter.​ ​At the end of the service, attendees signed up to form small but diverse discussion groups t​o promote discussion in the community. The​debate over​C ​ ivil War s​tatues came home to roost when the Confederate Soldiers Monument on Zion Avenue was vandalized ​​ within 24 hours of the violence in Charlottesville. The monument association did not return a​ ​phone call from Cornelius Today. But N ​ orth Carolina—and much of the South—is once again engaged in a national discussion on Confederate monuments and what they mean today. The monument in Cornelius is

dedicated to soldiers who died, not a general. It also sits on private property. Gov. Roy Cooper said the North Carolina legislature must repeal a 2015 law that prevents removal or relocation of monuments on public property. Cities, counties and the state must have the authority and opportunity to make these decisions, he said. “I’ve asked the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to determine the cost and logistics of remov-

ing Confederate monuments from state property as well as alternatives for their placement at museums or historical sites where they can be studied in context,” Cooper said. There are around 120 Confederate monuments around the state. “Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states’ rights. But history is not on their side. We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery. These monuments should come down,” Cooper said. Making the distinction between a monument for the local soldiers who died and Confederate generals who led the War Between the States may be easier for white Americans than it is for African-Americans who are the descendants of slaves. Then, too, erasing history does not escape history. Cooper said: “Our history must tell the full story, including the subjugation of humans created in God’s image to provide the back-breaking labor that drove the South’s agrarian economy.” Will monuments on government-controlled property be moved? It’s highly unlikely: Cooper is a Democrat and Republicans have a supermajority in the legislature.

Meanwhile, we are in the unique position of having a monument erected on private property in honor of the sons of town folk who died in a war they did not start. Mayor ​ Pro Tem Woody Washam attended the prayer vigil​as well as Mayor John Woods from Davidson.​ The vigil was organized by Rev. Alexis Coleman, the missions pastor at Davidson United Methodist Church, and Simpson, a​n associate​ minister at Mt. Zion. “Charlottesville weighs heavy on my heart and the hearts of many people I talk with,” Simpson said. “This is not just about Charlottesville, it is about all communities… and how do we lament together about whats going on in our country and communities,” Coleman said. “We all bear some of the responsibilities of where we stand in our communities today.” People who attended the vigil were asked to participate in small group discussions that will emphasize diversity. For more information, contact Rev. Joel Simpson of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church by email at

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Published online Aug. 14

‘Vandals deface monument in Cornelius’ From ​Barb​: It’s about time people grew the hell up in this country. Our history is our history whether you like it or not. There has been nothing offensive about ANY of these around the country for decades until the race baiters and agitators started their nonsense. Bet all those protesters and those vandalizing couldn’t pass a history test if their lives depended upon it.

From Jeff:​By its very definition, if you commit a crime, you are a criminal. Their motivation in this case is wholly irrelevant.

From Sean: ​ Yet I’m sure you’re grateful for a large number of criminals who broke a whole lot of laws right around 1776.

From Melissa: Right on sister.

From Barb: S ​ ince there is 24/7 infrared camera surveillance I expect we will have an arrest soon???​

From Robert: ​ Slaves who ran to the North committed a crime by running away. Laws are sometimes silly, and need to be broken to fix things that are so wrong.

From Lunda: So very very sad.​

From Nic: ​ Vandalism is always wrong regardless of the intended “message​.”​

From Wayne: Come on people I moved from NY to get away from idiots like the people that defaced the monument again. I only hope you get caught and serve time for the crim

From Susan: S ​ uch disrespect and ignorance!!! They probably don’t have a clue what the history behind this monument is.

From Kevin: Its part of the History that makes America great it should stay.

From Olga: T ​ hink about the Ger-

From Jay: “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” —Abraham Lincoln

Defaced monument

mans putting up statues in honor of Hitler. It was history but do we want to honor that history?

From Richard: Do you see the people that did this as heroes or criminals? What you think about them says more about you than them. Maybe you are part of the problem and not the solution.

From Jeff: I v​ iew vandalism as a criminal act but I also can recognize the emotion that could lead to defacing a confederate memorial, especially this week.

From Paul: ​The hypocrocy is mind boggling.

From Linda: ​Trying to take away our history doesn’t change it!

From ​Maria​: The Civil War was not “just” about slavery. It dealt with states rights to regulate themselves. Please do us a favor and check your history books. Oh wait those are being erased and rewritten. From ​Jason​:​Anyone that thinks America was not propelled into Civil War over anything BUT slavery has no sense of history. It wasn’t generic “state rights” that southern states debated in their legislative bodies before voting to secede. They were mad about the loss of slave states and that they were about to be forced to abolish the practice. It’s about 80​percent​of their conversation.

From Megan: Our family are Cornelius natives; my 79-year-old father just told me that when he was a kid he remembers my grandfather going every year to a gathering to honor all of the lives lost in the war. People used to be very respectful of that memorial. It is so sad that anyone would vandalize it again.

From Ken: ​Find who’s responsible​ and​chain them to it. Hand them a scrub brush. They get food, ​ w​ ater​ and​freedom when it’s clean.​

From Jim: It’s time for everyone to work harder together rather than riots and protest. Which doesn’t seem to accomplish much other than more anger.

From Michelle​:​Lots of people have

CORNELIUS TODAY • September 2017 • 37 had a problem with it for a long time, but no one was listening​.

​From Jonathan: These monuments were built to honor Jim Crow...not the Confederacy. And the people who built them DID want to go back to that time in history.

From Peg: Are those of you calling for prosecution equally outraged when people carrying Nazi flags​ marched alongside those carry​ ing​ Confederate flags in Charlottesville​?


Your comments and opinions since 2006

From Jeff:​That thing needs to go. Every time I drive by it, it makes me remember how divided this state is. It is a tribute to the side that lost the war over the right to own people as slaves based on the color of their skin. All of you supporting the history of this statue are supporting racism, not history.

From Janet: Simply not true! Can’t you get any satisfaction knowing the war was lost, the statutes were erected to honor the lives lost, both white and black. Removing any statue does not change history!

From Jeff:​Calling for prosecution From Miguel: Not in my town... and outrage are not the same thing. typical tho​.​ I may think walking around with a​ N​azi flag makes you an ​------ but it’s also not a crime. From Daniel: Here’s a quote from the unveiling speech of this nonracist statue, “ love home and its purity—and to protect from taint the From Ben: W ​ e cannot change the Saxon blood that courses through past but need to learn from it. All we your veins...” Everybody should read can change is the future by learning the unveiling speech to seee what from our past. this statue was all about.

From Robert: Thanks for finding this. This is about the only truth in this whole discussion. But many people prefer to live in their own la la land and staunchly believe the lies they tell themselves.

ed to own people. If you​‘re OK​with that and memorializing the people that did, then you have some work to do in regards to your humanity.

F​rom Brian:​I agree with Condoleeza Rice​ .​Destroying historical ​From Jim: I​​feel we should keep statues (good or bad) does noththe statues. It is our history. Next ing but erase the chance for future thing the PC groups would want is Americans to learn from the misto eliminate history books and not takes in the past. “I am a firm believteach history in our schools. The his- er in ‘keep your history before you.’ tory of our country has good a​midst So I don’t actually want to rename all​that has happened. We have to things that were named for slave look back and cherish t​ ​he good and​,​ owners. I want us to have to look at as for the bad, we have to learn from those names, and realize what they those events. did, and be able to tell our kids what they did and for them to have a sense of their own history​.”​ From ​Chris​: I​t’s called evolution of thought. It measures how a society becomes more self aware. We expect the same from other societies. I assume you’re against ​S​haria law? Same thing. The ​C​onfederates want-

​Here is a link to the text of Armistead Burwell’s speech when the monument was dedicated Aug. 4, 1910:​ idealconfederate00burw#page/ n3/mode/2up.

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‘Cleansing history at Confederate monument’ your ancestors s​ la​ ves? Although they lost, these statues are a painful reminder that​African American history in this country derives from slavery. Has anyone who supports these monuments ever for a single second thought of this from a different perspective? No, probably not.​ From Mark: T ​hough we should learn from history I believe these monuments should be moved to museums and out of public domain.

​From Lacie: Has anyone considered what it must feel like to be the descendants of slaves and to know that the C ​ ​onfederacy fought to keep

From Nils: Here is what I wish could happen. Southern soldiers and Northern soldiers both suffered tremendously: 600,000 dead and many more injured. Rather than have Confederate monuments and Union monu-

ments, we should have only...Civil War monuments... that honor all the dead because, they were all countrymen. But another issue here that gets forgotten in our white world… Slaves suffered and sacrificed more than all the soldiers did. Slaves not only have no monument to honor their ​a​ncestors​, ​​they had their ancestry stolen from them. Think about that. Most have no clue what country their ancestors were kidnapped from. Think about that as you fret over a fallen statue. So​, ​I think we need to honor our slaves too. They need a memorial. They need recognition. They need everyone to recognize that much of the early wealth and success of our nation​​was built on their backs. In the end we need to honor all those before us who suffered to build this nation we have inherited.

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‘DWI checkpoint nets arrests, drugs’ From ​Tami​:​ Uber is your friend no matter how far you’re going! ​From Jeff: I​ went through this past weekend’s checkpoint. I showed the officer my license and registration and he moved me on through. When they find 18 people with expired tags and 11 with no drivers license, what’s that all about?

​From ​Pete​: T ​ax collectors at work. Nowhere in a free country should you be subjected to warrantless searches without probable cause. Maybe we aren’t actually free at all. sons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and ​From ​Lou​: Keep those drunk seizures, shall not be violated, and no ​w​arrants shall issue, but upon drivers off the road y’all!... probable cause, supported by ​o​ath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, ​From Kim: ​ The right of the and the persons or things to be people to be secure in their per- seized.

​From Laura: I was stopped at that checkpoint and was not searched. I think they only search if they determine reasonable cause after talking with you.

‘No Turn on Red… Still?’ The intersection at Catawba and 73; is there not enough visibility to lift this restriction? You can see for quite a good distance. Please reconsider, police look really bored sitting at Norman Island Drive. Thanks!” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on www.corneliustoday. com

‘Use the sidewalk!’

We have spent a heavy chunk of change on beautiful sidewalks, so why are people always running in the street? I even see women walking their strollers down the road when there is a sidewalk right next to them! —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on www.corneliustoday. com


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