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There’s an array of issues around making sure families can find their footing in Cornelius.

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This year’s event will be held on Saturday July 21. Two businesses are Presenting Sponsors this year: PayPal and Champion Tire. This year’s fund-raising goal is $100,000. Thanks to businesses and individuals, Big Day at the Lake is responsible for raising over $1 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters since its inception in 2003. To donate items for the auctions, or for more information about this year’s event, call 704-560-7534 or 704-895-1335. Big Day at the Lake updates can also be found online: Facebook Big Day at the Lake. Buy tickets at https://bbbscentral

‘Sing-spiration’ April 29 at 1st Baptist A “Community Sing-Spiration,” an evening of worship in song with multiple churches, will be Sunday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Performers from Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will be joining First Baptist Church of Cornelius in musical praise. Also included will be Alan Eakin, the crossing guard at Cornelius El-

ementary. He is also a retired pastor and plays classical guitar. Rev. David Judge, pastor of First Baptist, said the inspiration for the event comes from the Community Thanksgiving Service when “we pastors all say that we should do this more often.” The churches are planning more Community ‘Sing-Spirations’ on July 29 and Sept. 30—any month there’s a fifth Sunday.

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Table of Contents Affordable housing We all benefit with first responders, teachers living among us. But How? Pages 4-5

Women in politics Three female candidates may have lost in the local elections, but they are forces to be reckoned with. Page 6

O Catawba! New developments are morphing their way to this crucial artery. Page 8

Show me A Cornelius sports nut, ex-reporter, columnist and former print salesman is the maestro behind an LPGA tournament. Page 11

Eat This Up If you’re a meat eater, you can earn your spurs at Cowboy. Also four places to eat outside. Page 25 NEWS-E …………………………PAGES 12-15 HOME SALES ……………………….PAGES 18-22 MODERN DAD …………………..…...PAGE 24 NEW CORPORATIONS ..........................PAGE 26 SOUNDOFF ................................PAGES 28-30

Jason Benavides put together this month’s cover which honors the late Smithville community leader Eudean Knox and gives a tip of the hat as well to the old Harrell’s 5&10 and Cashion’s Groceries, predecessor of Cashion’s Quik Stops

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Newsmakers Breakfast

Where will the firefighters, police, teachers live? BY ERICA BATTEN A sense of home is foundational to quality of life, according to Chris Ahearn, the new director of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. She was a panelist at the March Cornelius Today Newsmaker’s Breakfast at The Peninsula Club. The topic: affordable housing. Ahearn, a longtime volunteer at Cornelius-based Habitat, said that when residents have a home of their own, they can develop a long-term sense of stability. Neighbors look out for one another. Kids become involved in sports and clubs. Citizens feel they have a stake in town issues. Ahearn also said that homeowners’ ability AHEARN to build equity is an important part of that sense of stability. Panelist John Quinn of the Smithville Community Coalition agreed. “Many of us have our wealth from being in our home,” he said. Homeowners use equity to afford college and other major expenses. The other two panelists, Jim Burbank of the Charlotte-based home building company Saussy Burbank and Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant, echoed the premise that affordable—or workforce— housing is an important topic that needs to be addressed by both public and private sectors. What “affordable” means, how to assess housing needs, how to fund affordable housing, and how best to implement it—those are the sticky details that underlie the issue.

Priced out of our town

“Cornelius housing has priced out the blue collar families for years and its just getting worse​,” one Cornelius firefighter s​ays. Meanwhile, there is a family living on the back porch of a home near Cornelius Elementary School for $900 a month.

“Cornelius housing has priced out the blue-collar families for years and it’s just getting worse.” — Jim Robinette Cornelius firefighter Grant said local government must conduct workforce studies to determine whether needs might be best met through singlefamily units, apartments, or some mix of those. Towns must also consider how population density will impact schools, traffic, emergency serQUINN vices and other infrastructure. “That may evoke some changes in our land-use plan,” Grant said. A 2014 study found that only 10 percent of Cornelius’s workforce lives in town. Among the North Mecklenburg towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville, and Huntersville, only Davidson had a lower proportion of its workforce living

within town limits. Burbank called teachers, police and firefighters “the most invoked group” in the discussion about how to supply workforce housing within a town. The average income for Mecklenburg County teachers was $48,500 in 2015-16, according to CMS data. puts Charlottearea police officers’ average yearly salary below $50,000.

The average Cornelius home sold for more than $350,000 in 2015.

Perhaps teachers and first responders are “most invoked” because of another sticky detail surrounding affordable housing: the “not in my backyard” mentality, sometimes called NIMBYism. Charlotte Observer columnist Billy Maddalon addressed NIMBYism in his recent piece about tiny houses and the city’s proposed Neighborhood Character Overlay Districts. “Charlotte faces a true crisis with its lack of affordable, workforce housing,” Maddalon wrote. “For the purposes of this conversation, if small houses = small incomes and small incomes = undesirables, then small houses = undesirables.” And while the term “undesirables” was not invoked by anyone during the Newsmakers Breakfast discussion, panelists did say that planners should follow the example of other towns that have successfully incorporated workforce housing into the local aesthetic.

Success stories

Charlottesville, Va. is a model for mixed-income development, Quinn said. The architectural integration means that “you can’t tell what’s ‘affordable.’” Quinn said the historically black, “land-rich” Smithville community will get an aesthetic upgrade as part of revitalization efforts. “The path forward is through mixed-income [development]…not to displace people out of their community,” he said. However, the Town of Cornelius has acquired several properties in Smithville because of unpaid taxes. “It’s hard to control the tidal wave of rising land values,” Grant said. There is no single solution because there are multiple problems, Burbank said. “The key for me, from a privatesector viewpoint, is for public money to get in there early,” Burbank said. Towns placing land in reserve for future development can help ease the burden of rapidly-increasing property values on those seeking affordable housing. GRANT Davidson is one of three North Carolina towns— coastal Manteo and another college Continued on page 5

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were built through Habitat for Humanity. In addition to new housing, community impact grants provide emergency repairs, infrastructure, and down payment assistance, all aimed at helping lower-income residents obtain homes and stay in them. Sara Thomas, a board member of Pine Lake Preparatory in Mooresville who attended the discussion, said that diversity supported by affordable housing is key to teaching children about empathy and how to live in an inclusive world. “I can’t force diversity at our schools,” Thomas said. “Our schools are a reflection of our community.”

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town, Chapel Hill, are the others— with an affordable housing (also called “inclusionary zoning”) ordinance. Enacted in 2001, the Davidson ordinance originally required that for every eight new housing units, one of them, or 12.5 percent, had to be affordable. Developers are allowed to pay a fee in lieu of housing, which goes into the town’s modest affordable housing fund. As of last year, 73 units had been built under Davidson’s affordable housing program. And while Davidson’s program is aimed at easing the pressure of rising property prices, developers said they’ve had to personally subsidize the required affordable units-and that this burden will increase as land prices continue to rise.

Real benefits BURBANK

D e s p i t e challenges, panelists and

attendees at the Newsmakers discussion cited both the benefits and the real desire to see local government addressing the issue. When housing is affordable, they said, people who might have spent half or more of their income on housing now have more money to budget for health care and nutritious food. Planning housing in tandem with public transportation may also open financial options as families need fewer vehicles to reach school and work. Previously underutilized land generates taxes. And affordable housing promotes a healthy lifestyle and sense of community.

Jim Burbank pointed to Davidson’s Bailey Springs subdivision’s successful implementation of the mixedincome model. Five out of 17 units

What is Affordable Housing?

A common measure in the U. S. defines home affordability as spending no more than 30 percent of gross income on housing, including utilities. This measure does not take into account other fixed expenses such as health care, transportation, child care, nor does it include debt-to-income ratio.

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Election Redux

3 women who lost … won standing in community BY DAVE YOCHUM The three women who ran for Cornelius Town Board—and lost last fall—remain active in local issues. It’s a sign they might be back again. Ava Callender remains active in community issues like affordable housing, community playgrounds and Alzheimer’s awareness; Michelle Ferlauto has been appointed to a county-wide board on women’s issues; and Tricia Sisson will chair the Lake Norman Chamber next year. “You can’t turn it off, it’s not about winning or losing,” Ferlauto said of public service. All around us, women are active in local politics: Two serve on the board of commissioners in Mooresville, two in Davidson and one in Huntersville. In Charlotte, Vi Lyles is the mayor, having succeeded Jennifer Roberts, another woman. There hasn’t been a female commissioner in Cornelius since January

Ferlauto, who has been appointed to the Mecklenburg County Women’s Advisory Board, argued for open meetings of the I-77 Advisory Group despite a vaguely threatenAva Callender, Michelle Ferlauto and Tricia Sisson ran ing phone call. for Town Board in November “I haven’t ruled out running again. It’s not someof 2013 when Lynette Rinker was elevated to mayor. She served briefly as thing I would commit to right now, mayor before being defeated in her bid I will look at my scars and decide,” she said. for the NC House of Representatives. Diversity around gender, color, Women are making inroads in polibackground and sexuality help inform tics all around the country. In 1977, 4 percent of Congress and 9 percent decisions, Ferlauto, a small businessof state legislators nationwide were woman, said. “If the only people you female. Twenty years later, 11 per- surround yourself with are the same cent of Congress was female and people, you’re not really representing 21.6 percent of state legislators were all the people in the town.” Obviously we’ve had some real female. stinkers in the world of decision-makLast year there was an even bigger ing, ranging from the sail and mast jump nationwide: Nearly 20 percent of Congress was female, and 25 per- treatment of the Exit 28 bridge sucent of state legislators were female. perstructure to tolls on I-77—both of

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which were made while women were represented in town government. But the more collaborative nature of women, their risk-aversion and the reluctance to showboat can make for better decisions. “Women tend to become risk-alert under stress and go for the smaller wins that are more guaranteed,” said Dr. Therese Huston, founding director of the Center for Faculty Development at Seattle University. Then, too, running for elected office is not for shrinking violets. No less than Jim Duke, a two-term town commissioner, said Callender, Ferlauto and Sisson are “bright and thoughtful young women [who] brought civility to a process that was nasty from the start.” Saying that the three women will all someday serve on elected boards, Duke said they have “the talent, wisdom and insights that are so much needed in our civil society.”


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Even change changes: Developments on Catawba in flux BY DAVE VIESER A year ago we outlined major developments coming to town: Some have opened, including Arby’s, CATS Park & Ride and Sweet Magnolia Estate. Others are undergoing “changes to their changes,” according to Cornelius Planning Director Wayne Herron. Quick Trip: A 5,700-square-foot convenience store and gas station is still coming to the old Acropolis site but there have been delays because the design for the adjacent intersection was up in the air. The town board approved a zoning change in May last year, but the NCDOT has killed plans for a traffic circle at that intersection, opting instead for something called a “quad/no left turn” design. It’s likely that construction won’t begin for several more months, while the Acropolis awaits the wrecking ball. Alexander Farm: The 54-acre site at the corner of Westmoreland Road and West Catawba went on

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the market in 2015 for $18 million. Charlotte-based developer Leon Capital expressed interest in putting a mixed-use project there but Herron says the company has pulled out. “We’ve been speaking with four or five other developers who have expressed interest in possibly picking

up the project,” said Herron. “One is interested in primarily office buildings at the site; we are also looking at a development which would include a neighborhood park at the site and perhaps a new fire station. We’ll see how this all plays out.” The property is now listed at $12.5 million with real estate broker Gary

Knox, a former mayor of Cornelius. Knox at Catawba: This is one of two projects which will change the look and feel of West Catawba. The 48,000 square foot retail/office project includes enough space for a small- to mid-size grocery store. The property is owned by Charter Cornelius, part of Charter Realty & Development Corp., a well-respected real estate investment, development, and leasing company specializing in retail. Catawba and Nantz: The plan is that Nantz Road will be extended north and east of West Catawba Ave, and extend into a development of some 300 townhomes targeting empty nesters on vacant property adjoining Magnolia Estates owned by BV Belk. At the Catawba/Nantz intersection, the existing old homes will come down in favor of a 30,000 square foot development including a convenience store (likely a fully branded 7-Eleven) as well as a restaurant and a Pet Suites.

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Will a paid fire department become a burning issue? BY DAVE VIESER As the number of emergency calls increases along with the population, some Cornelius leaders are pondering whether they must convert the Cornelius-Lemley Fire Dept. to a fully paid fire department. At the moment, the town’s fire department is classified as a paid department staffed by part-time paid firefighters and supplemented by some volunteer firefighters. As a separate entity from the town, the 73-member force provides fire services like a vendor or contractor to the town. Most of the part-timers are also full-time firefighters elsewhere, predominately in Charlotte. “They really are our heroes,” Mayor Woody Washam said at a recent town board meeting budget discussion. This arrangement is also a real bargain for taxpayers. The base pay is $13 an hour. Cornelius’ rapid growth means more houses, apartments and commercial buildings. And, apparently, another fire station. Town officials

Cornelius Fire Chief Neil Smith: Talking about a third fire station.

discussed a site for Fire Station No. 3 on the 54-acre Alexander Farm on Westmoreland, well east of Catawba, during the Town Board budget retreat in March. A developer is expected to file plans with the town in the near future, according to Planning Director Wayne Herron. Both Davidson and Huntersville are building new fire stations, which

are expected to open soon. Raising firefighter pay $2 an hour would cost about $120,000 in a roughly $1.6 million department budget. Cornelius firefighters are the lowest paid in the region, according to Fire Chief Neil Smith. “During the meeting in early March, I reminded the board that I was the only one that made more than $15 an hour. In ad-

dition, my three deputy chiefs make exactly $15 an hour, so only four individuals out of our force of 73 make above $15 with our base pay being $13 per hour.” Smith is also looking for the town to fund more firefighters to help address the increasing number of calls. Even if the department gets every penny they are seeking in the 2019 town budget, there’s a growing sense among town and fire officials that eventually a more expensive fully paid department may be the only way to go. And with many firefighters working ​already working a second job, the pool of $13-an-hour firefighter candidates is shrinking. “There may be a point in time that our fire department could become a department of the town which could have a major impact on our budget at that time,” said Washam. Reading between the lines, it’s likely that a fully paid fire department would result in a tax increase. Cornelius currently has the lowest tax rate for a community this size.

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BY DAVE YOCHUM The owner of a Cornelius boutique sports-marketing business—he’s a former sports business journalist— will be running the show at the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s Symetra Classic at River Run Country Club in May. It’s a big deal: The three-day LPGA event in Davidson will generate some $500,000 to $750,000 in direct spending by players and visitors. The overall economic impact could be even larger, says Jon Show, the Robbins Park resident who is tournament director. Depending on fan and business support, the Symetra here could easily be bigger than a bass tournament, or a youth-level sports tournament. The purse alone is worth $175,000. There will be 144 players between the ages of 18 and 28. Symetra brings in about 100 guests each night. On the men’s or PGA side, the Web. com Tour is the equivalent of Symetra. Both feature professional golfers who are trying to earn enough money to graduate to the bigger tours. Show is looking for 200 volunteers to pull off the event, which is like a smaller ladies’ version of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Kym Hougham, who ran the Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow for 15 years, was virtually a household word in Charlotte golf circles. Show himself is a sports marketing

guru, with clients all over the country. His company, Show Sports Media, helps businesses, sports properties and athletes leverage media to grow their brands. The 42-year-old Clemson graduate was a reporter at Sports Business Journal. Show is also the “Modern Dad” columnist for Cornelius Today as well as the husband of Michelle. They’ve lived in Robbins Park four years. Show is looking for local and national companies to support the Symetra Classic through sponsorships or playing in the pro-am on May 15. He was PR and marketing director when the event was held at Raintree Country Club. It can cost $100,000 a year to participate in the Symetra Tour, Show said. Because some of the ladies are on a limited budget, he is looking for volunteers to put up players. Volunteer and host information is online at Jon and Michelle have two children, one of them a five-year-old girl. He cares about the world in which she will grow up. Says Jon: “What gets to me is when I stand on the 18th green and hand out the trophy…I want to look out and see a sea of girls who are able to look up and see a positive role model, a professional athlete who has worked her entire life to achieve greatness.”

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Salzman wins national TIME Dealer of the Year March 23. Jack Salzman, owner of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Cornelius, has been named the 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year at the National Automobile Dealers Association Show in Las Vegas. The announcement was made by Jacie Brandes, senior vice president of sales and marketing for TIME, and Doug Timmerman, president of Ally Insurance, at the formal opening of the convention. More than 20,000 people in the auto industry attend the annual event. “Ally continues to be inspired by dealers around the country that give so generously to important charitable causes in their communities,” Russi said.

Track record of community support

Salzman and his wife Robin are long-time supporters of such organizations as the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center in Statesville, Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Charlotte, The Shelter of Gaston County,

Make-A-Wish and Big Brothers Big Sisters through Cornelius-based Big Day at the Lake. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Salzman, 55, was chosen to represent the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition; only 47 dealers from more than 16,500 nationwide were nominated. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial under the auspices of the NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan selects one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year. “The most rewarding part of my retail automotive career has been hiring great

Robin and Jack Salzman with a picture from Big Day at the Lake children.

people and investing in their future,” Salzman said. “We pride ourselves on searching out quality employees and providing them with the tools and support they need to grow from entry-level jobs up to top management positions within the company.” A 1980 graduate of Riverview High School in Riverview, Florida, Salzman was the top-rated swimmer in the country for the 200-meter backstroke and competed in the United States Olympic Trials for the summer games in Moscow. He won three sil-

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ver medals for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Salzman accepted a full swimming scholarship to Auburn University, where he received a degree in business administration in 1985. He then went on to earn a law degree from the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. Rather than working with a law firm, Salzman decided he wanted to own his own business after law school and started a cellular phone agency. While partnering with a local car dealership on a successful promotion, the dealer hired him as a sales manager and he has been in the retail automotive industry ever since. Today, he is owner of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealerships in Cornelius and Gastonia. He received the Champions of Diversity award from the Lake Norman Chamber in 2012.

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“We have always sought out great employees regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.,” he said. “As a result of this philosophy, we have been rewarded with extremely low turnover and incredibly caring employees, whom we are able to continually promote to new positions that further their careers.” The Salzmans focus their philanthropic time and attention on three areas: animals in need, children in need and women in need. In its seventh year as exclusive sponsor, Ally has donated $1,000 to the charity of choice for each of the 47 dealer nominees and will provide $10,000 to the nonprofit selected by the 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year winner. In addition, the three finalists, as well as the state Automotive Trade Association Executive (ATAE) who nominated the 2018 winner, will each receive a $5,000 grant for the nonprofit organizations of their choice. All nominees are featured on, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of auto dealers across the United States.

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Police honor officers for heroism, life-saving, vigilance March 23. The Cornelius Police Department has honored nine officers for their accomplishments and dedication to law enforcement. Corporal Collin Rhinehardt and Corporal Robin Watts received their Advanced Law Enforcement Certificates from the N.C. Department of Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. This recognition is the highest award an officer can receive based on law enforcement training and experience. Rhinehardt and Watts both serve on the Lake Patrol Unit. Lieutenant Reggie Vanzant, Sergeant Jonathan Sarver, Corporal Derek Queen, K9 Lex, and Officer Travis Morrison all received the Life Saving Award for their quick action during incidents last year. On Aug. 10, Sergeant Sarver responded to a cardiac arrest call on Amberside Rd. The nature of the call was an elderly female choking on a piece of meat. Sergeant Sarver deliv-

The Cornelius Police Department has honored officers for their accomplishments and dedication to law enforcement.

ered several back blows to the victim which caused a large piece of meat to dislodge from her airway. The victim began breathing normally and was transported by MEDIC to the hospital. MEDIC Crew Chief Kyle Bielan stated had Sergeant Sarver not acted as he did, they would have had to perform CPR on the victim and she may not have survived. On Aug. 11, officers were dis-

patched to a suspicious vehicle call in the area of 22831 Torrence Chapel. While en route to the call, Officers were advised of an unconscious male. Lieutenant Vanzant was the first officer on scene, pulling the subject from the vehicle and utilizing the breathing mask included in the AED kit. Lieutenant Vanzant administered rescue breathes for 6 minutes before Cornelius Fire Department and MEDIC arrived on scene. On Dec. 4, the Cornelius Police Department received a call for service in reference to a suicidal subject at Robbins Park. Officer Morrison, Corporal Queen, and his police K9 Lex were some of the first responders to arrive on scene. They located the subject’s vehicle parked on the side of Robbins Ridge Road, just south of a 12-acre wooded preserve and nature trails area located at Robbins Park. The officers sent canine Lex on a track for the subject. Despite being told they were out of position by the caller, they continued through the woods following Lex’s lead and direction. Approximately 15 minutes after arriving on scene and after tracking several hundred yards through the woods Officer Morrison, Corporal Queen, and K9 Lex located the missing 17-year-old. Officer Morrison lifted the subject up so that they could get the noose off of his neck and lowered him to the ground. The 17-year-old was given some time to recover then walked out of the woods with the officers. The rapid response and efforts of these officers was determined to be directly responsible for saving the vic-

tims lives in each on these incidents. Corporal Christopher Prescott was awarded the Employee of the Quarter for his response to an incident on October 31. At 12:43 am, Corporal Prescott initiated a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation. Upon further investigation and gaining consent to search, Corporal Prescott seized a small amount of methamphetamine and one Adderall pill. The suspect was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Schedule II. The suspect was referred to Cornelius VICE Officers and provided vital information that led to the seizure of one pound of methamphetamine. This has resulted in an ongoing Federal investigation and two suspects are looking at mandatory minimum sentences of 120 months. The 2017 Officer of the Year was awarded to Officer Bryan McGahan. On March 12, 2017, Officer McGahan was dispatched to Bailey Road Park Soccer Field in reference to an unconscious male soccer player. This incident was captured on the Milestone camera system and shows Officer McGahan deploying and using his AED without hesitation on the citizen who had stopped breathing. “There was no complacency in his actions and it was clear that Officer McGahan was fighting to save this citizen’s life,” according to a CPD statement. “Multiple shocks were administered and as a result, Mr. James Thomas Dunworth III (age 34) was revived. These efforts were determined to be directly responsible for saving the victim’s life.”

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Fitness Connection in Cornelius merging with Gold’s Gym March 21. The Fitness Connection gym on Sefton Park Road near Liverpool will close in a matter of months after its merger with the regional Gold’s Gym franchise owner, Carolina Fitness Group. A $600,000 renovation and expansion of the Gold’s Gym facility on Liverpool Parkway and West Catawba is on deck, with plans for additional parking, a new cardio area and a wall of windows facing I-77. Gold’s, which has 2,700 members here pre-merger, has signed a new 10-year lease in the shopping center that includes Big Bite’z, Dollar Tree, Subway and West Marine. Twelve Fitness Connection locations will remain in North Carolina, including six in the Greater Charlotte area. It’s unclear what will happen to the Cornelius facility after the renovation is complete at Gold’s on Liverpool. Financial details were not disclosed. All 2,300 members of Fitness Connection will become members of Gold’s which will honor current contracts. The gym and fitness industry is not for 98-lb. weaklings despite a more health-conscious population. A proliferation of competitors— spurred by relatively easy entrance into this business—has kept prices down. Meanwhile, when equipment gets old, replacements are costly, says business broker Joe Vagnone who has facilitated a number of gym sales.

Vagnone, who is based in Cornelius, said member- and subscriptiondriven business models are where retail businesses are heading. “It makes it easier to get value for your customers and can afford the experience needed for retail to succeed.” Dating back to 1965, Gold’s is a leader in the health and fitness business. There are over 700 locations around the world with more than 2 million members. Members of Gold’s will have access to the former Fitness Connection facility until it closes.

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139 Heathland Lane

Candi Schuerger Mooresville/Lake Norman (704) 400-1232 Candi.Schuerger

Mooresville, NC 28117

19003 Double Eagle Drive

Cornelius, NC 28031

Offered at $1,425,000

Offered at $1,357,000

Lake Norman views that actually compete with waterfront property. This beautiful home is situated on the 13th hole of Trump National. One-of-a-kind lot with a private setting that is bar none. Cozy/ comfortable floor plan offers an exquisite main level master suite, gourmet kitchen, media, hidden game room with custom features throughout. Screened porch overlooking golf, Lake Norman and wonderful outdoor living areas including pool/spa, fireplace and grill.

This home has it all ... waterfront, pool and golf course property. New roof, gutters and copper flashing installed April 2017. 7,026 square feet on only two levels. Master bedroom on main level. Newer kitchen, all new appliances and new Sub-Zero refrigerator. Open to living spaces. Two bonus rooms. Resurfaced gunite heated pool and spa. Already inspected. Sealed crawlspace. Walk out the front door to a deeded boat slip. Wine cellar/tasting room added. Sealed crawlspace with vapor barrier installed Feb. 2016.

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20318 Pinehurst Drive

Ted Coyer Lake Norman (704) 622-2911 Ted.Coyer

Cornelius, NC 28031

2615 Grey Road

Davidson, NC 28036

Offered at $1,199,000

Offered at $1,100,000

You’ll fall in love with this ranch home the second you see the beautiful views of Lake Norman. Nestled in a small peaceful cove, you will enjoy your morning coffee looking out at miles of lake. The spacious homesite is 0.87 acres and can accommodate a large crawlspace or even a basement. Lots of mature trees in front for privacy, plenty of yard space and in back a large dock with a fantastic gazebo. A great open and flowing floor plan with high ceilings and lots of windows.

Classic farmhouse style custom home with standing seam galvanized metal roof on 7.5 acres in Davidson. Beautiful setting tucked into the trees but just minutes away from Davidson’s historic Main Street and the college campus. Quality and cozy comfort abounds with 5” hardwood floors, huge kitchen with vaulted tongue and groove pine ceilings, farm sink, quartz counters, center island with hickory cabinets. Master bedroom and office on main level.


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14451 Henry Harrison Stillwell Dr

Huntersville, NC 28078

Offered at $1,220,000

Catherine Taylor Lake Norman (704) 453-1596 Catherine.Taylor

Stunning French provincial home built by Augusta Homes perches on a manicured 2.48 acres with a tree-lined yard and extraordinary outdoor oasis. Many extras include wine room, palatial master suite on main, remarkable kitchen with Wolf and Thermador appliances and more. Vaulted study, stone fireplace in family room, furniture quality built-ins, multi-purpose “launch” room, heated pool with waterfalls, spa, cabana bath, stone terrace and screened veranda. MLS#3275926

17701 Springwinds Drive

Cornelius, NC 28031

Offered at $899,000

Dixie Dean Lake Norman (704) 641-1465 Dixie.Dean

Pristine waterfront home in The Peninsula on Lake Norman for less than $1 million. Cited on a wide cove, the home’s lovely open floorplan features a guest bedroom on the main floor. Kitchen with granite and stainless opens to great room with warming fireplace. Dinner on the screened porch, morning coffee on the rear terrace and watching the sun rise over the water from the master suite terrace; what a lifestyle. Lake level features bar, billiard area, additional bedroom suite or office and media area. MLS#3321569

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


2/16/18 $350,000 South Creek Homes to The Rice 2013 Family Trust, 17832 Coulter Pkwy. 2/16/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 303 Bailey’s Glen 2/16/18 $380,000 Francis & Teresa Wasmus to Andrea Howard, 18641 Harborside Dr. 2/16/18 $1,850,000 Jamin Pastore & Natalie Pasquarella to Kathryn Keele, 16915 Shipwatch Pl. 2/16/18 $505,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to William & Betty Seifert, 16022 Lakeside Loop Ln. 2/20/18 $182,000 Dorothy & Kenny Singleton Jr. to Preston & Elizabeth Cross, 17747 Delmas Dr. 2/20/18 $174,000 CRLDC LLC to Jeffrey & Linda Blum, 17708 Jetton Green Loop 2/21/18 $380,000 Steven Jacobs to Jonathan & Kristine Lozano, 9416 Rosalyn Glen Rd. 2/21/18 $292,000 Curtis Warren to Ashley Joswick & Landon Grant, 18307 Victoria Bay Dr. 2/22/18 $351,500 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Claude Hartsell, 16211 Lakeside Loop Ln.

16915 Shipswatch Place, Cornelius sold for $1.85 million 2/22/18 $285,000 Walt & Cynthia Lafferty to Edward Cox, 9503 Rosalyn Glen Rd. 2/22/18 $245,000 Travis & Hope Blankenship to Vicky Brennan, 11354 Heritage Green Dr. 2/22/18 $392,000 Duane & Andrea Jung to Cecilia & Russell Bass III, 18934 Southport Dr. 2/22/18 $187,500 Marion Williams to Maguire Homes Inc., 9450 Cadman Ct. 2/22/18 $216,000 Christiana Trust, a divi-

sion of Wilmington Savings Fund Society to IH6 Property NC, 10958 Shelly Renee Dr. 2/23/18 $172,500 Janice Clarke-Godfrey to Danny Whisnant, 17435 Caldwell Track Dr. 2/23/18 $295,000 Philip Cooper to Christopher Safko & Valerie Wrenbolt, 18208 Harbor Mist Rd. 2/26/18 $222,000 Brendan & Kristin Krebs to Cerberus SFR Holdings, 10519 Meadow Crossing Ln.

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2/27/18 $227,000 Bevan Weston to Rose & John Chesar Sr., 18730 Ramsey Cove Dr. 2/27/18 $190,500 Anthony & Christine Brito to Teresa Schwab, 20101 D Henderson Rd. 2/27/18 $364,000 South Creek Homes to Bruce & Helen Langhorne, 17709 Morehampton Ave. 2/27/18 $251,000 Estate of Mabel Pugh to Jessica Bullrich, 7531 Mariner Cove Dr. 2/28/18 $1,020,000 Gerald & Charlotte Miller to Thomas & Karen Gilchrist, 19824 Shearwater Point Dr. 2/28/18 $290,000 William & Kimberly Smith to Frederick Ricer Jr., 11435 Potters Row 2/28/18 $405,000 Estate of Lynda Lawrence to Ann Marie Hundhammer, 12616 Meetinghouse Dr. 2/28/18 $4,000,000 Jim Kelly to Daniel & Judith Moore, 17240 Connor Quay Ct. 2/28/18 $226,000 Nicholas & Kelsy Davis to Myron & Yessenia Bentley, 18623 Victoria Bay Dr. 3/1/18 $500,400 Adam Slater to Beth Archer, 17807 Prescott Border Dr. 3/1/18 $1,999,000 Ronald & Sharon McAfee to Vincent & Suzanne Pompili, 18410 Balmore Pines Ln. 3/2/18 $190,500 Kathryn & Richard Heitman to David Clatcher & Wiehua Zhang, 8339 Viewpoint Ln. 3/2/18 $1,25,000 Gerard & Kristen Thorez to Gene & Bonnie Hamrick, 17528 Paradise Cove Ct. 3/6/18 $620,000 Lisa Conover to Harlan Hicks, 8708 Preserve Pond Rd. 3/6/18 $379,000 South Creek Homes to Ramasamy Thangavelu, 17745 Morehampton Ave. 3/6/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 317 Bailey’s Glen 3/8/18 $392,500 Roderic & Kimberly Rehfuss to Kristopher & Lyndsay O’Brien, 19125 Brookgreen Garden Pl. See HOMES, Page 20

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Home Sales

19824 Shearwater Point, Cornelius sold for $1.02 million


from page 18

3/8/18 $260,000 Daniele & Kimberly Kudlik to Cerberus SFR Holdings, 10634 Quarrier Dr. 3/8/18 $255,000 Jerad & Heaher Hewitt to Chad Emmons & Karen Hughes, 20328 Willow Pond Rd. 3/8/18 $334,000 Claude Hartsell to Michael Donoghue, 18581 Vineyard Point Ln. 3/9/18 $360,000 Laura Baslow to Harry & Mitsa Metaxatos, 2-309 Northport Dr. 3/9/18 $312,000 Linda & William Dworak III to Judy Kaiser, 18102 Coulter Pkwy. 3/13/18 $241,000 Jared Gisi & Michelle Grillo to Jeremy & Elizabeth Churchill, 17108 Grand Central Way 3/13/18 $156,000 Amy Whitley to Hallie Collins, 18817 Nautical Dr. Unit 103 3/13/18 $185,000 Michael Barba & Annette Lewis to Erin Blaha, 21000 Academy St. 3/13/18 $525,000 Myrtle LB LLC to 18339 D Old Statesville LLC, Unit 119 & 120 Cornelius Business Condominiums

3/14/18 $450,000 Robert & Kristin Hollister to Stephen Abbott & Rachel Romeo, 21213 Baltic Dr. 3/15/18 $504,000 South Creek Homes to Lawrence & Joyce Dewhurst, 1601 Ayla Ln. 3/15/18 $105,000 Bailey Forest Development Inc. to South Creek Construction Inc., Lot 1 Bailey’s Forest 3/15/18 $537,500 Kathryn Allison to James Hawkins & Elizabeth James, 17113 Players Ridge Dr. 3/15/18 $275,000 Chengirath & Shalini Menon to Emily Ayers & Christopher Bazata, 10716 Trolley Run Dr.


2/16/18 $395,000 Michael & Mary Burke to Aimee & Richard Janawsky Jr., 13807 Helen Benson Blvd. 2/16/18 $363,000 Aimee & Richard

17113 Players Ridge Drive, Cornelius sold for $537,500

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Home Sales

18801 Swanhaven Court, Davidson sold for $531,000


from page 20

3/8/18 $465,000 River Run Limited Partnership to Portofino Management Corp., Lots 1, 4, 5, 11-14 The Summit at River Run 3/9/18 $489,500 Lyvonne & Carrol Ellison to Bradley & Alison Ellison, 17015 Winged Oak Way 3/12/18 $375,000 Kelvin & Abigail Espinal to Daniel & Meaghan Leyh, 18605 Boulder Rock Loop 3/13/18 $400,000 Lelia Blackwell to Davis & Elizabeth Cable, 739 Spring St. 3/15/18 $485,000 James & Andrea Marshall to Kenneth & Tami Engel, 18516 River Ford, Dr.

Janawsky Jr., to Chelsea Viviani & Ernest Pierce, 17327 Summers Walk Blvd. 2/21/18 $601,000 Tower Inc. to Samuel & Chelseanne Smith, 748 Amalfi Dr. 2/23/18 $262,000 Francis & Ellen Loncz to Danny Whisnant, 306 Armour St. 2/26/18 $531,000 William Carrozzella to Donald Grubba, 18801 Swanhaven Ct. 2/27/18 $321,000 Randy & Deanna Barnes to Shawn & Erica Gladden, 13535 Helen Benson Blvd. 2/26/18 $325,000 Kirk & Virginia Bleavins to Alexander & Michelle Mullineaux, 406 Delburg St. 2/27/18 $290,000 Patricio & Melanie Herrera to Johanna Meehan, 15707 Carley Commons Ln. 3/1/18 $250,000 Angela & Jonathan Wiegand Jr. to OfferPad (SPVBorrower1), 813 Kimbrough Square Ct. 3/2/18 $290,000 Stephen & Jayme Young to Nicole & Ronald Hoffman, 13421 Pierre Reverdy Dr. 3/8/18 $450,000 River Run Limited Partnership to Peachtree Residential, Lots 2, 3, 6-10 of The Summit at 17015 Winged Oak Way River Run

18516 River Ford Drive, Davidson sold for $485,000

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Red Dirt Alert

Classica breaks ground for 22 homes in $500K range BY DAVE VIESER Site preparation has begun for Washam Potts Reserve on the south side of Washam Potts Road, a short distance east of Westmoreland Road. According to the developer, Classica Homes, there will be 22 single-family ranch homes on the 7.32 acre plot. Projects such as this are considered “infill development” where homes are built on vacant or underused parcels within an already developed area. “We’re planning on building single-family, three- or four-bedroom residences between 2,700 and 3,500 square feet, with a price starting in the upper $500,000 range,” Classica

up housing is outstripping supply as in-migration continues unabated. The low-supply trend will help define the local real estate market for the foreseeable future. The property where the homes are being built was once farmland. The historic home adjacent to the site will not be demolished as part of this project. At the time of the town board’s approval last spring, Classica officials said they expected to begin site preparation in the late fall last year, and begin building the homes in early 2018. However, Saint says the start was delayed due to what he called “the normal type of permitting issues.” With the new schedule, model

Dixie Dean Welcomes Christina Stone

as her new business partner. CEO Bill Saint said. That’s a hot segment in a hot real estate market. Interestingly, there are fewer of these neighborhoods east of I-77. The median price of homes sold in Cornelius was $258,000, according to Zillow. Demand for mid-price and move-

homes should be ready for customers early next year. The company had said it will take about two years for a full buildout. Classica also developed Robbins Park, as well as Jetton Place, behind the Harris Teeter on Old Jetton.

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

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Modern Dad

A night out with the Mother of Dragons Thank you Nurse Ratched!

Once a month we take our kids to Charlotte to spend a Saturday night with my sister in law – Nurse Ratched. It’s amazing for reasons that require no explanation to anyone who has young children. The Nurse lives in a swanky apartment in Plaza Midwood that has a pool, outdoor TV, fire pits, pool table and a 24/7 coffee and espresso machine that also makes hot chocolate. The kids think it’s a hotel. This past month, to try something new, we swapped places. The Nurse came up here with a dog—for some reason she always has a dog with her but it’s not always hers—and we went to Charlotte for the night. The kids love her and she planned a day/night/morning of activities including—honestly, who cares? We had the night off. Our plan, as devised by The Mother of Dragons: Leave at 3, hit one of the breweries late afternoon, make an early stop at our favorite restaurant (Good Food) before it gets packed, and then check into the Nurse’s hotel and hit a few other spots in Plaza Midwood for drinks and appetizers. 2pm I’m home and ready to go, as directed. Future Man is running around the house with a butter knife and a lacrosse stick. The Blonde Bomber, like my wife, is nowhere to be found. 3pm The Mother of Dragons comes flying in the house rambling about an appointment taking too long. I have three appointments a year—two dental visits and one doctor checkup. She has at least one a week and they’re always running long. The Nurse arrives at the same time with a dog named Skootch, an overweight black lab that tongue lashes

her bowl with such violence that an absurd amount of water ends up splattered throughout our living room. 3:30pm We hop in the car more than an hour late. There was some discussion of taking me shoe shopping, but I manage to avoid it because we’re behind schedule. Plus I already have shoes. Like five pairs, not including cleats. Who needs more shoes? 3:45pm Every brewery in the Southend is PACKED. Like seven or eight deep packed. How are this many 20-somethings drinking $7 beers in the middle of a Saturday afternoon? When I was in my 20s I could barely afford to drink $2 Bud Lights on weekends after 10 p.m. And why are there kids everywhere? When I was a kid the only people who brought kids to bars in the middle of an afternoon were alcoholics—and even they were polite enough to leave the kids in the car. 4:30pm After failing to find a seat at five different breweries we settle on Good Bottle, a bottle shop that unsurprisingly has plenty of seats open at the bar because it’s in a strip mall next to a Penn Station sub shop. I’m pretty sure there’s a book club in the corner drinking coffee. Clearly we’ve picked a hot spot. 5:21pm We roll up to Good Food for an appetizer about 30 minutes earlier than we planned. It opens at 5:30 and by the time we park at 5:27, the line is 20 deep, so we panic and get in line. We’re waiting in line to eat dinner at 5:30 on a Saturday. 5:30pm Doors open and we grab seats at the bar. The host seats every table in the restaurant in five minutes. I order one appetizer and two drinks as soon as we sit down to avoid the crush

that’s about to hit the kitchen and bar. The Mother of Dragons is not as nearly impressed with this maneuver as I am. When we go to pay the check 45 minutes later there’s a line of ten people outside and there are five couples standing behind us waiting for a spot at the bar. It’s 6:15pm. 6:30pm Time to check in to the Nurse’s hotel. The couch pillows are fluffed and the living room has the gentle aroma of lavender. When we left our house I’m pretty sure our couch pillows were crammed under the cushions and our living room had the faint smell of hightops and popcorn farts. 7:30pm I take a picture of the sign above the Nurse’s toilet that says Choose Happy, edit it so it reads Choose Crappy, and text it to her. No response. We walk a few blocks down Central to go to Workman’s Friend and, again, it’s absolutely jammed. We find a spot at the bar after two women pound a shot with what smells like pickle juice and then walk away. “Was that pickle juice,” I ask the person next to me? “Yeah, you’ve never had a pickle juice shot?” Nope. 8:30pm I order a Bushmills on the rocks and the bartender asks me if I want Red Bush instead. I explain to the bartender that I’m familiar with Black Bush but have no idea Bushmills has ventured into new colors. He looks at me with the same eye roll as the woman I asked about the pickle juice. I order one. It tastes like regular Bushmills. 9pm We run into a friend and end up staying a little longer than planned because we’re having a great time. The Mother of Dragons is a few drinks deep and I can tell she’s on the ropes. When we were in our 20s things went one of two directions at this point. She either ended up falling asleep or dancing on the bar. We have less than 30 minutes to vacate the premises before two roads diverge and she chooses a path. 10pm We say goodbye to our friend, who’s going out to meet some friends, and we walk back to the Nurse’s. “Out? It’s too late to go out at this point,” asks my wife to no one in particular. She’s chosen her path and I’m

thankful it doesn’t involve me apologizing to the bartender. 10:15pm Back at the Nurse’s place. We had planned to get more food after Good Food but never did, so now we’re starving. I open the cabinets and find a crumbling bag of Tostitos, an energy bar and a bag of coffee. Maybe the Nurse doesn’t even live here? I open the fridge. No leftover takeout. I’m highly, highly suspicious. 10:30? 11:00? Bed 8am Wake up in the darkness, and I mean darkness. The Nurse has blackout shades that we would purchase immediately if we didn’t have human alarm clocks that automatically show up every Saturday to heel us awake in our most sensitive places. I’m starving. 8:30am The Mother of Dragons and I like similar food but disagree strongly about breakfast. She likes coffee drinks with designs in the foam, pastries and those gross things that look like cakes of egg with bread and sausage in them. I require black coffee and gluten. After some back and forth we decide on Sunflower Bakery. She’s underwhelmed by their egg cake and latte but there is an amazing cheddar biscuit egg sandwich in my belly so— you know—compromise. 9am On the road home we repeat our utter astonishment that it was impossible to find a seat at a brewery on a Saturday afternoon. How packed Good Food was at 5:30. How people at Workman’s Friend were drinking pickle juice with booze. How it felt great to get a solid nine or 10 hours of sleep. 10am Pull into the garage and walk in our house. “Did you guys have fun,” asks The Nurse? We had a beer in the afternoon, went to a restaurant without a kid’s menu, hung out with other adults, stayed in a bedroom with blackout shades and had an actual conversation while eating breakfast. We both nodded in agreement. It was awesome. Modern Dad is Jon Show’s take on life in Cornelius. This 40-something dad lives in Robbins Park with his wife—The Mother of Dragons—and two kids: Future Man, their 9-yearold son, and The Blonde Bomber, their 6-year-old daughter.

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Eat This Up


Cowboy mixes retro diner vibe with traditional BBQ roadhouse

Lake Norman foodies have a new hotspot: Cowboy Steak Chicken & Ribs opened its doors in March. The restaurant’s atmosphere mixes a retro diner vibe with a traditional BBQ roadhouse feel. Expect cloth napkins, signature BBQ sauces (all made fresh on site and rotated out every two weeks), hand-spun milkshakes and super-friendly service. Cowboy’s menu offers what diners would expect, including Rotisserie Chicken, Beef Brisket, Bone in Beef Rib, Filet Mignon and Ribeye Steak as well as some unexpected twists: Smokey BBQ Brisket Tacos, Rotisserie Chicken Tacos, BLT Salad, Southwestern Chopped Salad and more. Everything is extremely fresh and flavorful; Cowboy doesn’t have freezers because it is committed to preparing food at its peak. As diners enter, they line up in front of an open kitchen where they are greeted by the smell of smoked meat and freshly baked bread. Coolers display Southern staples (Stewart’s Cream Soda, Cheerwine, and Nehi Peach soda). Orders are placed at a checkout stand and then it’s on to the beverage center. Here diners can choose from sweet tea (for the truly Southern), unsweetened tea, fountain soft drinks, and an assortment of wine and beer, both on tap and in bottles. One of the top sommeliers in the area hand selected the wine choices, and the draft beer choices are all from local breweries: Eleven Lakes, Primal Lager, Ass Clown Pilsner, D9 Hakuna Matata, and OMB Copper. Finally, guests settle into community style seating at both high and low tables, which encourages interaction and adds to the laid-back vibe.

Within minutes a server delivers their food. Need refills or dessert? The server can help with those too. With warmer weather on the way, diners can also choose to eat on the large patio, which features corn hole and a fire pit. And if guests want to take something home for later, the Pickup Counter makes it easy to grab a freshly baked pecan or apple pie, chocolate chunk cookies, French baguette, or French loaf. Cowboy, located at 9515 Bailey Road in Cornelius, is open Monday through Saturday, 11am-9pm. The restaurant is owned and operated by Joe Douglas, the owner of 131 Main.

Saturday, April 14 - 7:00am-2:00pm Good Food - Good Fun

Sunday - Wednesday, 6:30 am - 12 midnight Thursday - Saturday, 6:30 am - 2am Now serving breakfast 6:30 - 12:00pm 7 days a week

After what seems like endless weeks winter, it’s about time to enjoy some of the outdoor dining venues in Cornelius. At Port City Club, their outdoor deck, complete with new cushions, is open seven days a week. Open seven days a week from 11 am on. Meanwhile, Hello Sailor has opened their 3,500 square foot tiered lakeside deck. As with Port City, they are also open seven days a week, starting at 5 on Mondays, and 11 am Tuesday-Sundays. If Irish/English fare is your preference, try Harp and Crown at 19930 West Catawba Avenue. They’re open seven days a week from 11 am, except Sundays when they open at 10 am. Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails has plenty of outdoor seating with good-looking plantings and romantic​ string lights. The comfortable setting is always social. Open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. weekends, and 11:30 a.m. weekdays.

Sponsored by Lake Town Tavern and TNT Decorating

Weekend Entertainment: Saturday Dugi-B at 5 pm

Sunday Dave and Woody at 5 pm

(across from UPS Store)

See website for upcoming events

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• Tuesday Cornhole @ 7:30pm • Wednesday Sugar Ray, Mr. Phil Eggs cooked your favorite way, or Carmen Tate @ 7:00pm Omelettes, Egg Sandwich, Waffles, • Thursday Trivia French Toast, Pancakes, Breakfast • Friday DJ Harper burritos or Quesadillas, Biscuits and gravy • Friday Cornhole @ 7:30pm

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Please join us for the following Easter & Holy Week Services and Activities at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

All are welcome!

Saturday, March 24 Community Easter Egg Hunt 11 am - 1 pm. This will take place on the front lawn (if raining, Family Life Center Gym) Wednesday, March 28 - Holy Week Wednesday Worship Service 6:40 pm in the Sanctuary Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday Worship Service - 6:40 pm in the Sanctuary This service is a remembrance of the last supper of Jesus with his disciples. Friday, March 30 - Good Friday Worship Service - 6:40 pm in the Sanctuary This service remembers the story of Jesus crucifixion and death.

Saturday, March 31 Silent Saturday Service 1 pm in the Outdoor Chapel (weather permitting). This is a quiet and reflective service focusing on helping us learn to hope when we cannot see hope. Easter Sunday, April 1 7 am Service Sunrise Service Located between the Sanctuary and the Cemetery in the parking lot. (Free pancake breakfast after) 8:30 am Worship Service in the Sanctuary with special music. 9:45 am Worship Service in the Family Life Center with the Praise Team. 11:00 am Worship Service in the Sanctuary with special music.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church - 19600 Zion Avenue Cornelius, NC 28031 -

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New Corporations


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


2/9/18 Ace Accounting and Bookkeeping Services LLC, Jenny Yaudes, 18934 Balmore Pines Ln., Cornelius 2/9/18 DAP Repair LLC, Paul Barrett, 10308 Bailey Rd., Ste. 408, Cornelius 2/9/18 Spire Music LLC, William D. Anthony, 19510 Jetton Rd., Ste. 300, Cornelius 2/9/18 TRJ Properties Limited Liability Company, Timothy Scott, 16506 Morecambe Dr., Cornelius 2/12/18 Auten Woods Property Owners Association Inc., David Dupree, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius 2/12/18 Spanish Oaks Properties LLC, Joe Shipbaugh, 18605 Northline Dr., Unit 1-3, Cornelius 2/13/18 Formula Exteriors LLC, Matthew Greco, 10609 Conistan Pl., Cornelius 2/13/18 Love Life House of Hope Inc., Rick Ruffin, 17830 N. Statesville Rd., Ste. 220, Cornelius 2/13/18 You Can You Will LLC, Sarah Tuczynski, 22415 Market St., Apt. 1133, Cornelius 2/14/18 Monpal LLC, Rosy E. Brito Rosales, 19011 Long Pond Ln., Cornelius 2/15/18 Blu Robbin Group LLC, Michael Robbins, 17824 Statesville Rd., #112, Cornelius

2/15/18 Goose Creek SC Fitness LLC, Alan Huggins, 21323 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 2/15/18 Greenway Recycling at North Meck LLC, Greenway Waste Solutions LLC, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 110, Cornelius 2/15/18 Summerville SC Fitness LLC, Alan Huggins, 21323 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 2/16/18 A.W.O.L. MC Inc., Steven R. Herbert, 19839 Henderson Rd., Unit H, Cornelius 2/19/18 Ashlock Fortune LLC, Casey Ashlock, 21005 Sterling Bay Ln. East, Apt. K, Cornelius 2/19/18 Keeper’s Quest Inc., Robert Ageenko, 17512 Sail View Dr., Cornelius 2/21/18 Flyleaf Counseling PLLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 2/21/18 Urban Concepts LLC, Rick Ruffin, 17830 N. Statesville Rd., Ste. 220, Cornelius 2/22/18 CSC Capital Management LLC, Christopher Chandler, 20520 Bethelwood Ln., Cornelius 2/22/18 Eagles Nest Winery LLC, William N. Adkins, 19421 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 2/22/18 GRU Remodeling & Design LLC, Jose Tomas Godoy, 20239 Heights Way, Apt. 301, Cornelius 2/23/18 CJ Adams Contractors Inc., CJ Adams, 10804-F West Catawba Ave., Cornelius 2/23/18 High Hemlock Property Owners Association Inc., William N. Adkins, 19421 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 2/23/18 M.A. Moore LLC, Matt A. Moore,

19100 Brookgreen Garden Pl., Cornelius 2/26/18 7135 Statesville Road LLC, 20904 Bethelwood Ln., Cornelius 2/26/18 Bigfoot Denver LLC, Adam Shapiro, 15529 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 2/26/18 Eagles Nest Farm & Nursery LLC, William N. Adkins, 19421 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 2/27/18 AMI BioMed LLC, J. Scott Keadle, 18204 Mainsail Pointe, Cornelius 2/27/18 DRMOMZZZs PLLC, Jayne Gunza McGuire, 20612 Bethelwood Ln., Cornelius 2/27/18 Fincom Holdings LLC, Nolan Combs, 18047 Northport Dr., Cornelius 2/27/18 The Trendy Nest LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 18641 Harborside Dr., Cornelius 2/28/18 Eagles Nest Inn LLC, William N. Adkins, 19421 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 3/2/18 Boating Capital LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 18919 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius 3/2/18 Rogers Core Resources LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 3/5/18 The Village of Sherrills Ford Neighborhood Center Property Owners Assoication Inc., 21000 Torrence Chapel Rd., Ste. 100, Cornelius 3/6/18 Color Design by Bianca LLC, M. Bianca Fregosi, 22415 Market St., #2126, Cornelius 3/6/18 Front Porch Development LLC, Drew McIlrevy, 20217 Church St., Cornelius 3/6/18 The Village of Sherrill Ford – Northside Property Owners Association Inc., David S. Howey, 21000 Torrence Chapel Rd., Ste. 100, Cornelius 3/7/18 Advon Group LLC, Lane McKinney, 18825 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 3/7/18 Belle Vista Group LLC, Kristen J. Slattery, 16340 Belle Isle Dr., Cornelius 3/7/18 LKN Unlimited LLC, Loann Desmond, 20549 Southshore Dr., Cornelius 3/7/18 North Carolina Elite Prep Football LLC, Myron Corey Bell, 12508 Old Westbury Dr., Cornelius 3/8/18 Essexhouse LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 18016 Mulligan Ln., Cornelius 3/8/18 Quality Bus Sales LLC, George E. Eckes, 18010 Lochcarron Ln., Cornelius

3/8/18 TiaLaurice LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 18517 Mizzenmast Ave., Cornelius


2/12/18 Dixon Consulting Group LLC, Michael K. Dixon, 314 Spring St., Davidson 2/12/18 The Tax Man & Family Inc., Robert S. Chertoff, 3433 Market View Dr., Davidson 2/16/18 ECMD Properties LLC, Douglas M. Surratt, 111 Woodland St., Davidson 2/21/18 Vida2live LLC, Brain Rattle, 624 Wolfe St., Davidson 2/22/18 Forfoxfit Inc., Katherine Williams, 9930 Travertine Trl., Davidson 2/23/18 GOAT Properties LLC, Creamer Millovitsch PLLC, 130 Harbour Place Dr., Ste. 270, Davidson 2/26/18 Power House Garage Doors LLC, W. Tate Patterson, 1028 S. West Dr., Davidson 2/27/18 Parq Place LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 139 Logan Crossing Dr., Davidson 2/28/18 Teton Pass Capital LLC, Tory Raether, 201 N. Downing St., Davidson 3/2/18 Barrel Brothers LLC, William Austin Keible Jr., 905 Concord Rd., Davidson 3/2/18 PBJ Partners LLC, Myra Holt, 200 N. Harbor Pl., Ste. G, Davidson 3/7/18 Coach Abell Football Camp LLC, Scott Abell, 184 Morrison Hill Rd., Davidson 3/7/18 Coastal Beach Properties LLC, Gregory Bialek, 19305 Overleaf Ln., Davidson 3/7/18 Monster Fish Media LLC, Matthew Lewis, 17300 Gillican Overlook Rd., Davidson 3/9/18 MRL Group LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 3/12/18 Harlan Management LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, C/O the McIntosh Law Firm, Davidson

New Corporations online at


MECKLENBURG COUNTY TIP PROJECT NOS. U-5767 & U-5771 The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold two combined public meetings regarding the proposed projects to widen U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) from Gilead Road (S.R. 2136) to Holly Point Drive (STIP Project No. U-5771) and from Northcross Center Court to Westmoreland Road (S.R. 2147) (STIP Project No. U-5767) in Cornelius and Huntersville. The meetings are scheduled as follows: • Thursday, April 12, 2018 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall 21445 Catawba Avenue • Thursday, April 19, 2018 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Huntersville Town Hall 101 Huntersville-Concord Road The public may attend at any time during the above mentioned hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project. The opportunity to submit comments will also be provided at the meeting or via phone, email, or mail by May 4, 2018. Comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops. Please note that the same information will be provided at both meetings and no formal presentation will be made. For additional information, contact Beverly Robinson, P.E., NCDOT Project Development by mail: 1582 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1582, by phone: (919) 707-6041, or via email: NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Caitlyn Ridge, P.E., Environmental Analysis Unit via e-mail at or by phone (919) 707-6091 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494. Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800- 481-6494.

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online headline March 21

‘Fitness Connection in Cornelius merging with Gold’s Gym’

Did you know? Cornelius Police Department

Tracy Lynn Corolla: You have got to be kidding me. There are way too many people in golds gym when I’m there now!!! I can’t image them bringing on MORE clients. Jeez. Adam Knouff: Whoa. Glad I am at Planet Fitness but I guess more coming that way now. No way that many people can fit in Gold’s. Iris Young: Yesssss. Michael Sharpe: Didn’t hear one positive thing about the merger yesterday in the gym. The people I

spoke with won’t be going over to Gold’s and are now looking for other options in the area. Marc Studer: Wait. 2,300 members at one place and they are closing up.

Online headline March 9

‘Honor Flight seeks sponsors, donations’

2,700 at the other place and they are doing 600k renovation. Laura Mitchiner: Someone needs to open the old Birkdale Fitness Center back up.

Calls per year: 24,000 Total vehicles: 58 2017 vehicle miles: 792,624

To Dave Gilroy and the other commissioners who think it’s smart to raise prices on town summer camp to meet demand: My family doesn’t qualify for scholarships because we can thankfully afford camp. But the inexpensive pricing of our town camp meant we spent more dollars in the summer going out to dinner and paying for other activities around town. $195 per week per kid? That means we’ll be spending hundreds and hundreds less at area businesses this summer. Does anyone think these things through? —via • According to the town, the weekly fee for the full day camp (which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekly for eight weeks over the summer) has risen from $125 in 2015 to $195 this year.

Awesome article on the Queen City Honor Flight! Thank you for everything. —Stephanie Bradley, president, Queen City Honor Flight

Here’s the four-year breakdown: 2015: $125 • 2016: $135 • 2017: $165 • 2018: $195 When they first introduced the program the town was uncertain what the demand would be so they set the weekly fee at a low introductory rate” to bring in participants. Summer camp is by far the most popular program PARC offers. The town says their price is reasonable compared to other day camp programs in the area and given the scope of activities provided.

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Name unchanged after business sold in 2016 “Shame on the Griffin family for selling and no name change. It is not the family owned company touted on the web page nor is there any indication of the new owners in the store, which operate 10 minute in and out oil changes, which I choose to never frequent. I have been going to Griffin Brothers for 15 years. Seems fraudulent. The deceptive swindlers got me.” —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail. com • There’s no shame in selling a business especially when the founder is in his 70s. Griffin Bros Tire Sales was sold to Alabama-based Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers almost two years ago. Ginger Griffin, a member of the family responded: It was a very difficult decision to sell Griffin Brothers Tire Sales, but it was the right time for the family to make the change. While the family’s intent and expectation was for the new owner to treat it with great care and at the level of service that GRIFFIN the Griffin family built over the past 55 years, unfortunately with most changes comes some “growing pains.” These have

been voiced to the new ownership and they are proactively addressing them. We look forward to improvements they have committed to make to customer service and operations. Many of our loyal employees are still there and we hope you give them another try. We are saddened that any of our loyal and devoted customers felt let down by the sale or by the service they have since received. We made sure our well-known slogan, “Family Owned, Customer Driven” was no longer used after the sale of the business. And while the history and background of how the company started is still on the website, it does not state that the Griffin family still owns and operates the stores. (We no longer have access to the site). In complete transparency, we honestly thought the name would have changed by now and we have been told it will be changing although we don’t have a firm date. We also understand that there will be a new website by April 1st, which will surely remove any mention of Griffin Brothers or the Griffin family. Thank you for caring about Griffin Brothers and being such loyal supporters. Our appreciation continues.

Online headline March 13

‘Construction of luxury homes under way on Washam Potts’ Amy Thompson: Luxury homes the average family can’t afford • Cornelius Today: Try coming to our Newsmakers Breakfast on Affordable Housing.* Denise Frasier Francis: It has been my understanding that Cor-

nelius prefers commercial development rather than more residential properties. John DiBernardo: I’m just patiently waiting for QuikTrip to open! *See event coverage pages 4-5.

Online headline March 15

‘Team effort: Business alliance aims to help’ Dave Mancuso: It’s a shame that the Exit 28 is Great page bans citizens of Cornelius for nothing more than their affiliation with the Exit 28 Ridiculousness page. Guess our money isn’t

welcome at their businesses either! • We reached out to Cynthia Team, for a response, but she did not respond.


h t i w s t r a t s Find out what Kiwanis does at our weekly lunch meeting (no obligation to join!) Thursdays 12-1pm Brooklyn South Pizzeria 19400 Jetton Rd, Cornelius Questions? Email Neil Serdinsky at

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March print edition headline

‘Is a cycling-friendly Cornelius within biking distance?’

Jackson Sveen: Written by the only human I’ve seen ride a bike across the bridge on Westmoreland Road. Cornelius Today: Human? Daniel Rufty: I sure hope not. Charlotte’s was a big waste.

Bob Behler: Not if the motoring public has to drive at bicycle speed. Not gonna happen! Allison Turner Wilhelm: I hope so. I enjoy riding down 115, it is nice and flat. I just wish the bike path were a bit wider there, but it is really easy to pop down the road.

The View So we’re not allowed to keep boats in our yards, but the Bruster’s at Kenton Place can keep four ugly freezer trailers out year-round. What a nice thing to look at as people enter our town. Commissioners: You wonder why residents question your focus? Regulate the business/growth like you regulate us. —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail. com • Wayne Herron, the planning director for the Town of Cornelius responds:

“The outdoor storage for commercial properties and commercial uses only regulates goods and products for sale. So, as long as the trailers are parked on an approved surface, which they are, they are legal. The Town’s Code Advisory Board has looked at this situation and evaluated the potential of additional screening, but the fact that the property is below the grade of West Catawba, there is not much additional that can be done, within the realm of reasonable regulation for screening and buffers. Staff will certainly bring this situation back to the Code Advisory Board to see if any additional measures should be considered.”

The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg Presents

Annual Charity Golf Tournament Monday, May 7, 2018 Charity Golf Tournament 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Sign In 10:00 a.m. Shot Gun Start $125/person NorthStone Country Club 15801 Northstone Drive Huntersville, NC 28078 (704) 872-9990

Register Online at: Sponsorships Available $150 - $2000 ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS YEAR’S EVENT BENEFIT: Cornelius Park & Rec Benches

The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma Big Day at the Lake 12


Thank you



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

Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg

Bill & Ericka Cain

Jim & Carolyn Duke

COMMANDER: Charlotte Ear Eye Nose and Throat Associates - Dr. Michael Miltich • Christopher and Robin Davis • Dobi Financial Group • Eleven Lakes Brewing - Teri Lippy • Kiwanis Club Of Lake Norman • KS Audio Video - Nathan Ziegler • Bentz & Associates • The McIntosh Law Firm • Park Avenue Properties - John & Shea Bradford • Jeff and Nancy Tarte SKIPPERS: Denis and Chantal Bilodeau • Jeffrey & Amy Sparks • The Range at Denver • The Range at Lake Norman • Rose Associates • Washam Properties - Woody & Sharon Washam MATES: John and Nancy Aneralla • Blair and Margaret Boggs • Pat Cotham • John and Pamela Crutchfield • Tom and Ann Dutton • Brian Harris and Scarlett Hays • Marvin and Carol Lee • Karen Tovar • Bob and Lois Watson • Eric Worthington FOOD & BEVERAGE VENDORS: Big Bite’z Grill, Brickhouse Tavern/Port City Club, Harvey’s In Cornelius, Midwood Smokehouse at Birkdale, Tenders Fresh Food

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Cornelius Today April 2018  
Cornelius Today April 2018