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December Things to do
N. Meck Christmas Parade Dec. 3 The Davidson Fire Department and Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Department put on the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade every year and it's not to be missed. Literally hundreds of floats, high school bands, horses, tractors, antique cars and civic organizations march, dance and roll down Main Street. Brief description: Awesome. The parade starts in Davidson at 1 p.m. Dec. 3
and slowly heads south into Cornelius where it ends at the intersection of Main Street and Catawba Avenue. It's easy to catch great views from parking lots at places like Carolina Cones, the Chair Factory, Habitat for Humanity and Food Lion. Tons more holiday events online: http://corneliustoday.com/wp/holiday-events-nov-21-dec-25
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N.C. Rep.-elect Chaz Beasley and Rep. John Bradford will be in the hot seat at the Cornelius Today/Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast Dec. 16 at The Peninsula BEASLEY Club. Beasley, a Democrat, was just elected to the House of Representatives in November. Bradford, a Republican, was elected to his second term. Bradford is a former Cornelius Town Commissioner. Beasley is a newcomer to the political scene. He was born in Iredell County, raised by a single mother and graduated from Harvard with honors. Bradford’s District 98 seat was previously held by U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, who was also a Cornelius Town Commissioner. The North Carolina General Assembly long session convenes at noon on
Jan. 11 in Raleigh. Major issues next year include infrastructure and HB2. Newsmakers Breakfasts are an open-forum public discussion with key people in the news; questions are asked by
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Diversity in Cornelius
A black and white call for unity
BY DAVE YOCHUM Some people say that the most segregated place in America is any given church on Sunday. So Union Bethel AME Zion on Catawba Avenue was a fitting place for a community forum on race relations in Cornelius. More than 100 people attended, sharing ideas and experiences that ranged from job discrimination to fear of police stops. “We have racial divide right here in Cornelius,” said Chris Hailey, an African American who is the chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber's Diversity Council. He ran unsuccessfully for Mecklenburg County Sheriff two years ago. Racial tension in America—and Charlotte—is running high. It started in earnest in Ferguson, Mo. two years ago, then came to Baltimore, then a variety of cities north and south ranging from Milwaukee to Charleston. And then, of course, Charlotte’s racial divide was laid bare Sept. 20 when Keith Lamond Scott was shot by a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
Coalition. Smithville is the historically black neighborhood just east of I-77 where Union Bethel is an anchor in the community. “We have the great divide,” the mayor said, referring to I-77. Without fair and equal treat-Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle ment, whether it’s our differences.” schools or sidewalks, resentment Rev. David Judge, pastor of Corne- and anger can breed. lius Baptist Church, was also part of The subtext, though, is the treatthe panel discussion. He called on ment African-Americans fear from churches to do more leading around police. Community members who the racial divide, rather than steer attended the community forum told clear of it. stories of counseling young blacks to “The churches have stepped too comport themselves during a police far out of their leadership roles… stop. churches have gotten together in One elderly black man said his son advance and prepared in advance,” goes to work at 3 a.m. in another Judge said, calling for more activi- town, and the police there follow ties, including joint worship servic- him every day. Ultimately, he was es, to bring white and black church stopped, arrested, but the charges members together. were dropped. His mugshot and ar“It’s hard to build relationships if rest record prevented him from landyou’re not with each other,” Bowman ing a decent job said. For white kids, being taught how Mayor Chuck Travis and Police to be docile and compliant is likely Chief Bence Hoyle were also part of not part of the lexicon of growing up. the panel discussion, which was co- “It’s all about compliance,” Bowman hosted by the Smithville Community
“We have started the conversation, but we’re not really ready for the conversation. Tonight is the start…” officer. A week-long series of riots and marches damaged Charlotte’s reputation as a forward-thinking city—this, in spite of the fact that the city already ranks 50th out of 50 top U.S. cities in terms of upward mobility for those at the bottom of the economic ladder. An online media outlet in Charlotte asked “will Charlotte ever be the same” when the right question might have been should Charlotte ever be the same. Hailey said whites need to get rid of their whiteness and blacks need to get rid of their blackness so that we can all approach each other as people. Rev. Ellison Bowman, pastor of Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church, said to succeed as a society, “we will focus on our similarities, rather than
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said. Indeed, police everywhere—the vast majority of them good cops— are under enormous pressure when entire communities are erupting in violence for long periods of time. “There is a real fear on the part of officers,” Hoyle said. But Travis seemed to have the weight of the world on his shoulders, asking “are we prepared for what might happen in our community?” He apologized, too, for not having a conversation sooner about race relations. But since Scott was shot in Charlotte Sept. 20, there have been meaningful discussions among members of the town government including the police chief. “We have started the conversation, but we’re not really ready for the conversation. Tonight is the start… how do we actually improve affordable housing? We are not unique… [countless] towns are dealing with the same issues,” he said, explaining that Cornelius has rocketed in size from 2,500 a little over 25 years ago to 30,000 now. “We’ve done a really bad job with planning,” Travis said. “We obviously have like two towns, so it creates a challenge, the east side with textile basis, and the west side…with lake living,” Travis said. Solutions will not come easily, the mayor, a nationally known architect, said. The mayor talked about “raising the minimum wage in our towns so you can afford to live in our own towns.” Travis praised neighboring Davidson where new home development, by ordinance, must include an affordable housing component. “We should have an affordable housing program in Cornelius,” the mayor said. “We need affordable housing on the west side of town.” Calling himself a middle-aged white guy, Travis told those who attended “we need your help starting tonight. I will tell you there is a desire to help.” Hailey, the black discussion leader, said: “Lake Norman is not ready…it could happen today, tonight, tomorrow. It is not if it is going to happen, it is when.”
Former prosecutor and FBI agent has advice for blacks in police stops M. Quentin Williams, a lawyer, international speaker, former FBI agent and former federal prosecutor, nevertheless found himself guilty of driving while black in swank Newport, R.I. He was pulled over by the police and handcuffed, having done nothing wrong. As an FBI agent, he was carrying a weapon. Soon, virtually the entire police department was on the scene. The author of "A Survival Guide: How not to get killed by the police," spoke at the community forum on race relations in Cornelius. He offered these tips to black people when they are pulled over by police: 1. Always display that you are a non-
threatening person. 2. Pull over in an area that is safe and has plenty of light. 3. Roll down all the windows in the car and shut off the engine. 4. Remove the car keys from the ignition and, with your left hand, place the keys on the roof. 5. Put both hands outside of your window, palms up. 6. Make no sudden movements and, priot to doing anything, ask for permission to do so. Williams also addressed the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club with a similar message earlier this fall. As a former FBI agent and prosecutor, the AfricanAmerican lawyer has a unique perspective on police and the black community.
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Team Eleven trio: Ray Hutchinson, Teri Lippy and Jack Lippy
Eleven Lakes Brewery taps into thirst for beer
BY DAVE VIESER Location, location, location... Long recognized as the most important factors in determining the desirability of a home, two enterprising Lake Norman residents have expanded that phrase so it applies to beer. Eleven Lakes Brewery will be opening in the Hyde Park flex space on Bailey Road. If all goes as planned Eleven Lakes Brewery will open for business by early next year. It's taken a while for Ray Hutchinson and business partner, Jack Lippy, both from Huntersville, to reach this point. The name comes from the fact that there are 11 major lakes in the Catawba River Basin. "We wanted to have a name that was reflective of our community," Hutchinson said. Hutchinson and Lippy, who are neighbors, did lots of home brewing in their spare time. "We really don't feel the Lake Norman area is oversaturated with craft breweries. We believe they can help make our area a destination point for both residents and visitors alike." The emergence of micro breweries is a national trend. There are over 500 microbreweries and brewpubs in the United States alone; the number of micro breweries increased by over 15 percent during just the past 12 months. Why? "Freedom of choice is
a central value of our democracy and a core tenet of being American," says Bob Pease, president & CEO of the US Brewers Association. "The taps belong to beer drinkers and retailers, not the big producers. If one mega company tries to manufacture or force demand, consumers will rebel." Hutchinson and Lippy latched on to that theory, but their initial challenge was finding the right location. "The process begins with finding a location which is going to work economically for us while also being attractive to our customers," Hutchinson said. At first, they explored local retail areas, such as Antiquity in Cornelius, which was "way too expensive for us." The beer duo went to Hyde Park, a storage/office type facility on Bailey Road near the Cornelius/Huntersville border. "The rent was more palatable and it's an unfinished 'vanilla' part of the building, leaving us with the ability
to put up walls and decorate as we needed." When all the required federal and state permits are received, hopefully by the end of December, Eleven Lakes will encompass more than 2,700 square feet in Hyde Park, including a tap room which can handle up to 49 patrons. Cornelius is part of the brewery renaissance: There were more than 4,000 American breweries in the 1970s; less than 50 by the late 1970s. Cornelius breweries include Ass Clown, Bayne Brewing and D-9 Brewing Co. Popular micro-breweries are all around Charlotte. (Bottle shops, retail craft beer stores, pour beers brewed elsewhere.) The challenge next year for Hutchinson, an art teacher at Lincoln Charter School, and Lippy, a consultant for KMPG in Charlotte, will be to find the time for their favorite hobby at Eleven Lakes. However, they're not worried.
"We've had great cooperation with the neighboring breweries and we believe there's plenty of market room for expansion. I see no reason why we can't all succeed in the years ahead," Hutchinson said. D-9 Brewery cofounder Andrew Durstewitz agrees. "There's room for more breweries in this area. In fact, it will be to our advantage to have several within a short distance of each other, thereby setting up a great destination for brewery fans."
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BY DAVE VIESER Pennies for Progress, the onecent transportation sales tax implemented by officials in York County to fund highway projects around the Rock Hill, Clover, Fort Mill and Hickory Grove area in South Carolina, is getting a closer look from Lake Norman business leaders. The question is whether this kind of a road funding program might work here. RUSSELL Jerry Helms seems to think so. Helms, vice president of Carowinds, explained that Pennies for Progress is implemented in sevenyear intervals and residents get to vote on each segment. "The plan has received increasing support in each of the three votes from our residents, largely because they see the projects being built and appreciate the value of the concept," Helms said at a Lake Norman Chamber Focus Friday discussion in November. LKN Chamber CEO Bill Russell, a York County native, arranged the discussion. "While the I-77 widening project is well under way, leaders of the Lake Norman Chamber continue to believe that the York County mod-
el is still an option for local road improvement funding in light of the gap in transportation funding that exists with NCDOT," he said. Russell said that the concept had been discussed when funding for the widening of I-77 in the Lake Norman area was being considered some years ago. NCDOT officials went with the controversial public-private partnership with Cintra, the infrastructure company that is a unit of Ferrovial, based in Spain. The current tax in York County is expected to collect $160 million for highway projects. It expires April 30, NAAS 2018; a new referendum is set for a year from now. However, several officials from the Lake Norman region expressed reservations about its viability for the interstate widening or acceptance by the region's residents. "If widening the I-77 corridor is not a priority for funding, then we must change how we prioritize," said Kurt Naas, head of WidenI-77, the anti-toll group. "The LKN area should not have to pony up additional money for a project that succeeds on its own merits." continued on page 9
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Toll lane construction will shut down HOV lane Charlotte-bound motorists from the Lake Norman area seeking to bypass the usual congestion on I-77’s three main traffic lanes. The HOV lane splits from the three main lanes when approaching the I-85 interchange, and usually carries just a fraction of the traffic volume found on the other lanes. It is just that spot where the lane will be closed, probably for several months. However, Kurt Naas, head of the anti-toll advocacy group Widen I-77, BY DAVE VIESER Just in time for the holiday season, the state DOT is closing a portion of the southbound HOV lane on I-77 to facilitate construction of the toll lanes between Charlotte and Lake Norman. I-77 Mobility Partners said it would close the HOV lane from I-85 to its end, near Oaklawn Bridge just north of uptown Charlotte.
The HOV lane runs from Exit 18 to Exit 9, and is reserved for cars with multiple passengers. “Candidly, after all these years and one fiasco after another involving I-77, I don’t really expect anything much better than nonsense from the DOT,” said Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy. The HOV lane has been used for
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Naas said he didn't think the sales tax would work for the interstate, but it could be a viable tool for local projects. It's unclear what steps would be needed to implement such a sales tax in North Carolina, though a referendum would almost be a foregone conclusion. Whether voters in Mecklenburg County would be willing to add another cent to their sales tax rate while a sum is also being collected to fund light rail expansion is an open question. One way around that, Russell said, could be to carve out the Lake area communities, such as Cornelius, Huntersville, and Davidson, and have the tax apply only in those areas, perhaps instead of the light rail tax. Cornelius Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam also speculated that such a program would require special state legislation, which could be a difficult task in itself. While a significant number of key highway projects have been completed in York County, the program has not been without its shortcomings. Most recently, it was revealed that county officials are trying to determine how much the county has spent since cost overruns are estimated at $100 million. A study by a residents’ committee appointed by York Coun-
ty Council’s Pennies for Progress Committee also found large overruns on projects from the first two rounds dating back to 1997. "We're adding a new risk analysis to our plans for the projects included in the November 2017 referendum" Helms said "which will hopefully address the cost estimate issues we have encountered previously." Still, the fact that reputable groups such as the LKN Chamber are spending more time researching possible funding options indicates that substituting general purpose lanes for toll lanes on I-77 is still an idea which is alive and PUCKETT well. Indeed, if Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper holds on to his margin of victory, Naas says, "we absolutely will be asking him to cancel the toll contract." And County Commissioner Jim Puckett said that, if all the parts could come together, "I would support it as opposed to the current toll project in a heartbeat."
said the closing was a “non-event. The HOV lanes begin where I-77 is six or more lanes, so they never addressed the Lake Norman bottleneck.” He did say the outcome of the gubernatorial election may change the toll road’s long-range construction plans. “Lake Norman voters took out their frustrations with Gov. McCrory on the toll issue at the ballot box,” Naas said. “Given that Roy Cooper’s victory—if it holds up—is in part due to the toll issue, we will absolutely be asking him to cancel the toll contract.”
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Dobi quarterbacked Bradford team in hard-fought campaign
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“Like any small organization, my job was an amalgamation of many different things… at one level, I was in constant contact with my candidate, so that strategically we were putting ourselves in the best position for success.” —Joshua Dobi
Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and President Ronald Reagain. “The vehemence they brought to their elected positions was legendary, but there was an understanding of what they had to do to get the people’s work done,” Dobi said. “That ability to disagree, yet come to some kind of mutually agreed upon resolution is a good bar for any politician to meet.”
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Former NC Gov. Jim Martin tells politicians a thing or two James "Jim" Martin was the 70th governor of North Carolina, serving from 1985 to 1993
BY DAVE YOCHUM The 70th governor of North Carolina, a Republican, wowed Democrats and Republicans alike with his homespun but ultimately dead-on comments at a recent Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce lunch held in honor of political officials. "If I could do anything, it would be to bring the moderates into both parties," said Jim Martin, the former Republican governor of North Carolina. Homespun or not, Martin may be the smartest person who's ever resided in the governor's mansion. Born in Savannah, he earned a doctorate in chemistry from Princeton University in New Jersey. He did his undergraduate at Davidson College and taught in Davidson until 1972. He ran for Davidson town board and failed in 1966. But when he ran for the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, he won, and served seven years. He earned street cred when he chaired the county board in 1968 in the wake of the Martin Lu-
ther King assassination. He helped push through laws that prohibited the then-common practice among lenders of redlining black neighborhoods. Martin went on to run for the U.S. House of Representatives where he served six terms. He ran for governor of North Carolina in 1984 and was re-elected in 1988, a first for Republican governors. His heyday was back when leaders like Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, a Democrat, and Ronald Reagan, a Republican, were able to hash out their differences with a drink and conversation. Martin, who turns 81 in December, said computer-driven redistricting as well as a shift from traditional national news outlets to the plethora of social media platforms have helped divide and polarize the country in recent years. Districts are either intensely Red or intensely Blue, driving moderates out of not just both parties, but main-
"We just find a social media outlet we agree with, so it just reinforces your view. This is a big factor in the polarization of our country.” —Former Gov. Jim Martin, a Lake Norman resident
stream political discourse and conversation. "We just find a social media outlet we agree with, so it just reinforces
your view. This is a big factor in the polarization of our country," said Martin, a Lake Norman resident. Just as bad, Congress "doesn't live in Washington, D.C. any more." It means the people who govern us don't talk to each other enough and can't strike a middle ground. "They're sleeping on the couch in their offices." "It all makes the parties extreme," Martin said. He had pointers for the younger politicians in the room, ranging from NC Rep John Bradford to Rep.-elect Chaz Beasley, from Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy to Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham. "Learn what the opposition is all about. Take the time to work with your colleagues; you can compromise around the edges," Martin said. Still more advice: "Don't demonize other people. Don't think what's right for you is never wrong for someone else." "Do what you think is right, and most people will appreciate you for doing what you think is right," he said.
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Torrence Chapel/Liverpool: Two sides square off over plan for roundabouts
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have serious trust issues with the DOT. Let’s be sure we are thinking about the citizens first and foremost.” Other local residents struck a more compromising tone. "This is a tough issue for the folks along Knox Road and Torrence Chapel," said Del Arrendale, a former member of the town's Transportation Advisory Board. "However, to clear the DDI log jam you need bridge traffic to be green for longer periods of time. The traffic ARRENDALE engineers know from experience that long greens move more traffic. Rerouting the traffic is inconvenient, but people will actually come out of Torrence Chapel, make a left at Knox, and cross the bridge, faster than they do now." Businesses would also be impacted by any kind of no-left-turn plan. “I think it’s unlikely that the Town Board will select an alternative which eliminates left turns,” said Bill Russell, CEO of the Lake Norman Chamber. “The board members I have talked to are well aware of the hardships that were the re-
sult of the DDI construction and will work to minimize the impact to businesses and residents.” But Russell cautioned that cars can stack up waiting for a left-turn signal, which could send some motorists over to Knox Road after all. Meanwhile, town officials and state engineers are now looking at other options, both short- and longterm, to address an especially challenging traffic situation. Following a Nov. 7 meeting with town staff and commissioners, Kansas-based Rhythm Engineering got the green WASHAM light to continue working on a new computerized traffic light system for Cornelius. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam said it seemed like great technology and he wondered why the NCDOT hadn’t looked into it sooner. Under the system outlined by Rhythm’s Mark Sullivant, traffic light timing is based on real-time conditions monitored by a series of cameras in each signal. They have already installed thousands of their automated signal systems, known as In-Sync, in a number of states, including Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. Suspiciously missing from that list: North Carolina. "My hope is that Cornelius will raise their hand and volunteer as a ‘pilot’ for this proven technology," said Kurt Naas, head of the anti-toll Widen I-77 organization. He had originally contacted the town about this option. Rhythm officials point to their installation of a series of signals along Hwy. 17 north of Charleston, S.C. as one example of the type of work they could do in Cornelius. Sullivant said one major advantage their system has to existing signal synchronization systems such as those used by the DOT is that the signals do not have to be equal distances apart, giving the municipality much more flexibility in the programming process. Rhythm and state DOT officials are expected to meet again with the town staff and commissioners in December.
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Nov. 22. The holidays are difficult for many people, infinitely so for those who are dealing with depression. Dr. John Santopietro, chief clinical officer for behavioral health services at Carolinas Healthcare System, said the warning signs of mental illness “can be subtle and on the other hand not so subtle.” It’s fair—and kind—to ask someone if something is wrong. “You can say ‘I noticed you seem to be having a rough time, I just wanted to ask if
you are OK,” Santopietro said. And then follow up with, “I would hope you would do the same thing for me.” Carolinas HealthCare System’s mental health crisis hot line is staffed around the clock. The number is 704-444-2400. That said, the notion that suicides occur more frequently during the holiday season is a myth. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the suicide rate is, in fact, the lowest in December; it peaks in the spring
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Cornelius couple killed in Huntersville car crash Nov. 21. A Cornelius husband and wife were killed in a car crash Friday at the intersection of Highways 73 and 115 in Huntersville. Bailey’s Glen grandparents Margaret and Thaddeus Cislo died instantly. Huntersville Police have not yet released a report, but in Bailey’s Glen, Peggy, 67, and Ted Cislo are being remembered as an inseparable, active and happy couple. Their son and daughter-inlaw, Scott and Tamara Cislo, live in
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Nantz Road intersection is still a horror show for Cornelius
Nov. 7. By Dave Vieser. The intersection of Nantz Road and West Catawba Avenue is still a mess, as it has been since May, creating both a safety and aesthetic issue for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and homeowners. And it may be weeks before the final improvements and
road realignment will be completed. To make matters worse, an oddly placed curb to nowhere divides the entry lane on the right, making the intersection virtually impassable for cyclists and pedestrians. “The work performed last May made the intersection even more
dangerous as the cones and barrels block vision to the left as you exit,” said Cornelius Commissioner Dr. Mike Miltich, who lives on Nantz Road. He said many of his neighbors had voiced their discontent and frustration with the pace of the project, as well as the condition the road was left in. “This really was a traumatic summer for the Nantz peninsula residents with the torn up intersection coupled with the additional massive influx of new beach goers.” Here’s how this situation unfolded during the past two years: Recognizing that added traffic would be generated by the new homes being built on Nantz Road, as well as the new beach, the town commissioners required Epcon, which is building the new private home subdivision in that area, to realign the awkward intersection as part of their projects’ approval. Simultaneously Mecklenburg County was required to install a traffic signal at the corner, which only has a
stop sign for Nantz Road motorists, and to extend the right turn lane. These requirements were formally adopted in 2015. As a result, Mecklenburg County contracted with Epcon to extend the turn lane as part of the intersection improvements. “Epcot issued a request to have all utilities relocated with the respective agencies in late 2015 and early 2016,” Herron said. They also erected the “standing curb” at the intersection as a guide for utilities to go by for relocating utilities. It’s taken many months, but as of Nov. 1, all utilities, including Charlotte Water, electric, MI-Connection, and Piedmont Gas, have been moved—except for AT&T. “In my most recent conversation with Epcon, AT&T said they should begin their work within two weeks,” Herron said. So, how long will it take for the corner to finally be finished? “Four to eight weeks from the moment AT&T gets started,” Herron estimated. Miltich and his neighbors remain unconvinced. “Since the light was supposed to be in place by Memorial Day, then July 4th, any stated time line now is met with skepticism,” he said.
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Nov. 12. Deborah Ann Flowers, 54, of 21444 Country Club Drive, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors by the Cornelius Police. The charge apparently stems from an October 30 party at her home where it is alleged a large number of underage teens were consuming alcohol. As part of the police investigation of the incident, 22 juveniles, including 15 girls, between the ages of 16 and 17, were also issued citations for underage consumption of alcohol. The charge against Ms.Flowers is a misdemeanor which could result in a penalty comprising active, intermediate or community service, depending upon any previous convictions.
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Nov. 14. Two new restaurants, both with strong ties to Cornelius, will be opening next year in prime locations. The old Rusty Rudder space on Henderson Road has a new tenant: Katy and Joe Kindred, the owners of the hit restaurant in Davidson that bears their last name. They will open Hello, Sailor sometime next year after extensive renovations are completed. Joe grew up in Cornelius and lives in
Davidson. His mother, Maureen, is a fixture on the administrative side at The Peninsula Club. And over in Jetton Cove, Charlie Dyer and Joshua McCracken are renovating the former Peninsula China Bistro space in time for New Year’s. The restaurant will feature a variety of American dishes, including “the best salmon,” Dyer said. The space is undergoing extensive renovations.
Madalyn’s opens on Bailey Road Nov. 21. Madalyn’s Coffee and Tea has opened at 9606 Bailey Road, near the 131 Main restaurant. The new facility, formerly occupied by Charlie’s LKN Coffeehouse, has the same “friendly aroma and smile” as the Kenton Place location, according to owner Lewis Jewett. “We have great-tasting freshly brewed Roman’s Roast coffee and brewed decaf roasted right here locally at S&D Coffee, readily available throughout the day so there’s no waiting. We also have a full espresso bar.” Jewett and his wife, Angela, have two children, Madalyn and Roman. Jewett said he wasn’t looking to expand but a “great opportunity”
The original Harvey’s in Huntersville is known informally as H1. When they opened a second location on Liverpool near the post office in Cornelius, it was nicknamed H2. Harvey’s in Cornelius closed last year after difficulties with the lease, but the H2 nickname is already back. “I’m very excited to be back in Cornelius and the feedback already has been overwhelmingly positive,” Dyer said. Kindred opened on Main Street in Davidson in February 2015 and soon landed on Bon Appetit’s list of the best new restaurants in America.
Nov. 8 By Dave Vieser. [11 pm] With 11 of 12 precincts reporting, and a lead of 24,056 to 18,475, incumbent John Bradford has defeated unaffiliated challenger Jane Campbell. This race was supposed to be the most competitive in the area, but Bradford has won a second term in the NC House. He pulled out in front in early voting, and continued to rack up impressive vote totals, including 2:1 victory margins in some precincts. Campbell’s best showing was Precinct 206 in Davidson, where she beat Bradford by a 60-40 margin. Bradford campaigned at Town Hall with his mother Ann today (picture). Bradford is the founder of Park Avenue Properties, a Cornelius-based residential property management and real estate investment firm with operations in three states and eight cities. Prior to starting his own business the Clemson graduate worked for IBM and ExxonMobil. Bradford is one of the standard-bearers of the younger Republican Party and a leader in the anti-toll battle. With an outgoing personality, a quick grin, street cred among the anti-toll forces and $50,000 in his campaign war chest, he clearly was the man to beat in this contest.
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Nov. 8. By Dave Vieser. Following a meeting with town staff and commissioners, Kansas-based Rhythm Engineering got the green light to continue working with the town and the NCDOT on a new computerized traffic light system for Cornelius. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam said it seemed like great technology and he wondered why the NCDOT hadn’t looked into it sooner. Under the system outlined by Rhythm’s Mark Sullivant, traffic light cycle timing is based on real-time traffic conditions monitored by a series of cameras in each signal. They have already installed thousands of their automated signal systems, known as In-Sync, in a number of states, including Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. Suspiciously missing from that list: North Carolina. “My hope is that Cornelius will raise their hand and volunteer as a ‘pilot’ for this proven technology” said Kurt Naas, head of the anti toll Widen I-77 committee. He had originally contacted the town about this option. Rhythm officials point to their installation of a series of signals along Highway 17 north of Charleston, SC as one example of the type of work they could do in North Carolina and specifically Cornelius. Sullivant said one major advantage their system has to existing signal synchronization systems such as those used by the DOT is that the signals do not have to be equal distances apart, giving the municipality much more flexibility in the programming process.
Later, during Monday’s regular town board meeting, the board, by a 3-0 vote (Commissioner Duke was absent), approved the implementation of a salary compensation study which will increase some town workers salaries to a level more competitive with similar positions in surrounding municipalities. The total annual salary cost to implement all the study recommendations is $153,422 which includes $14,577 to implement the study and $138,845 to implement the Phase 2 market study. That includes $39,190
to move employees to the minimum of the new ranges and $99,654 to award market adjustments to move employees closer to the market commensurate with their qualifications. About $115,000 of the $153,422 relates to the police department, where turnover and retention have been a recognized problem. Commissioner Dave Gilroy abstained, saying he was concerned about delving into salaries mid-budget. Pointing out that Cornelius had “perhaps the best police department in the country,” he nevertheless said the salary plan amounts to an “outof-context ask” mid-budget. He said it would be better to look at the big picture during the budget process which gets under way next year. “I can support this if the chief comes back in two weeks,” the self-proclaimed budget haw said. The board voted 3-0 anyway. Police Chief Bence Hoyle was ready for Gilroy, stating: “I wouldn’t be asking what I’m asking for if I didn’t have a funding source, like drug forfeiture funds.”
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Also at Monday’s meeting, the board approved a conditional rezoning which will permit the construction of 48 luxury condominiums at the northern intersection of Kunkleman Drive and Knox Rod, to be known as Watermark Condos. Prices for the proposed condos will start in the $700,000 to $1 million range, said developer Jamie Rolewicz. “Right now, there is nothing in the luxury high end market in Cornelius. We want to change that so people can downsize without downgrading,” he said. Each of the units will be about 3,000 square feet. Mayor Chuck Travis expressed concern about six-story buildings at one point, as well as a lack of an overall rendering of the project and the relationship of the buildings to the topography and neighborhood. Travis said while it is a “really nice project,” it was unclear from the formal proposal what the project ultimately looks continued on page 22
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Home Sales 10/25/16 $285,000 Brian & Shannon Pridmore to Jeffrey Lawrence, 19015 Ruffner Dr. 10/25/16 $265,000 Jennifer & Jason Cox to Natalie & Rick Zoerb, 17523 Harbor Walk Dr. 10/25/16 $137,000 Henry & Jane Fussell to Sherry Latten, 7510 Woods Ln. Unit 32 10/27/16 $216,000 Bette Currie to Meagan Thomas, 19607 Grasmere Pl. 10/27/16 $557,500 Paula Girvan to Joseph & Rosalind Seneca, 17007 Jib Sail Ct. 10/28/16 $328,000 MS Antiquity to Julie & Robert Hedstrom, 1109 Inn Keepers Way
10/28/16 $160,000 Matthew & Sara Ann Oborne to Daniel Noma Jr., 15432 Crossing Gate Dr. 10/28/16 $583,000 Donald & Maria Kostylo to Kristin & Timothy Bryan, 7620 Windaliere Dr. 110/28/16 $650,000 Patrick & Alisha Rohlwing to Robert Jr. & Laurie Lennon, 15913 Robbins Green Dr. 10/28/16 $220,000 Yoo Kyung Nam to Choong II & Yoomee Lee, 18329 Victoria Bay Dr. See HOMES, Page 26
17007 Jib Sail Court in Cornelius for $557,500
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to Charles Kluvers, 21932 Torrence Chapel Rd. 10/20/16 $210,500 Geoffrey & Olan Chan to Melissa Malette, 9236 Ducati Ln. 10/20/16 $180,000 Tiffany Adams to Emily Wright, 9270 Washam Potts Rd. 10/21/16 $1,600,000 Robert & Carol Wimmer to Jimmy Lummus, 22354 Country Club Ln. 10/21/16 $395,000 TPM Properties to Julia Paquette, 20207 Bascom Ridge Dr. 10/21/16 $122,000 Vince & Rosemary Fal-
cone to Audrey Langford, 18809 Nautical Dr. Unit 205 10/21/16 $214,000 Virginua White to Marie Clegg, 9922 Westmoreland Rd. 10/25/16 $125,000 Clifford Parsons to Rachel Trierwiler, 18801 Nautical Dr. Unit 105 10/25/16 $370,000 Kelly & Frank King III to Fergus & Maria Daly, 8703 Westmoreland Lake Dr. 10/25/16 $242,00 Samuel & Janis Schiffman to Michah Kirscher, 1870 Nautical Dr. Unit 204 10/25/16 $1,023,000 Laurie & Robert Lennon Jr. to Enrico Sieni & Monica Moretti, 18001 Peninsula Club Dr. N..
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Home Sales HOMES
from page 25
10/28/16 $336,000 South Creek Homes to Born Family, 11741 Meetinghouse Dr. 10/28/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 152 Bailey’s Glen 10/28/16 $850,000 Charles & Barbara Wilson to Meredith Frisch, 19601 Stough Farm Rd. 10/31/16 $285,000 Sarah Evans & H. Edmunds Coleman III to Karen LeCorre, 93006 Rosalyn Glen Rd. 10/31/16 $370,000 Cindy & John Kerber Jr. to Shawn & Lori Fleming, 20224 Northport
Dr. 10/31/16 $143,500 Jamie Hedrick to Jeffrey & Brenda Satterfield, 10458 Trolley Run Dr. 10/31/16 $430,000 Deborah & Robert Tavenner Jr. to John & Carolyn Foster, 21401 Crown Lake Dr. 1/1/16 $211,000 Katherine Trego to CSH Property One, 8918 Washam Potts Rd. 11/1/16 $415,500 Debra & Richard SmithJr. to Michael & Jennifer Smith, 21006 Rio Oro Dr. 11/3/16 $681,500 Rohit & Pretti Bodhale to Monty & Catherine Taylor, 18526 Town
18526 Town Harbour Rd in Cornelius for $681,500 Harbour Rd. 11/4/16 $383,000 South Creek Homes to Francis Sideri, 13310 Edenmore Ln. 11/4/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 176, Bailey’s Glen 11/3/16 $183,500 Justin & Trinity Frasure to Audrey Webb, 19311 Courtney Jae Ln. 11/3/16 $325,000 Armando & Joen Ferrari to Kenneth & Maja Ferrari, 21429 John Pines Dr. 11/7/16 $124,000 Estate of Mark Brzezinski to Jeannie Jacobs, 18741 Nautical Dr. Unti 306 11/7/16 $162,500 Keith & Cherie Pickett to
Debra & Jerry Clark, 8934 Rosalyn Glen Rd. 11/8/16 $278,500 MS Antiquity to Jason West & Julie Metzler, 1103 Inn Keepers Way 11/9/16 $264,000 William Minton Jr. & Mary Dickson to Mary & Robert Ladd Jr., 916 Gardners Way 11/9/16 $850,000 Marie & Richard Otero Jr. to Michael & Sharon Kingsley, 19830 N. Bearries Ford Rd. 11/9/16 $185,000 Rhonda Bock to CSH Property One, 9938 Willow Leaf Ln.
15913 Robbins Green Drive in Cornelius for $650,000
See HOMES, Page 27
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18334 Dembridge Drive in Davidson for $515,000
112 N. Lynbrook Drive in Davidson for $384,000
10/28/16 $370,000 Timothy Hartzer & Candice Lichtenfels to Andrew & Susan Beard, 157 Harper Lee St. 11/3/16 $384,000 Mark Sample & Kyra Kietrys to Wesley & Kristina Nagel, 112 N. Lynbrook Dr. 11/1/16 $257,000 Anne Horn & Suzanne Horn to Rosa & Daniel DiSalvo, 14023
gkolrojn, 21514 Gulfstar Ct. from page 26
11/9/16 $264,000 Anne & David Howell to Charissa Klaassen, 10026 Westmoreland Rd. 11/9/16 $340,000 Edward & Sheila Haberberger to Surasak & Kobkaeo Akkaramon-
10/17/16 $515,000 Dana & Marcella Washington to Stephanie & Howard Insley Jr., 18334 Dembridge Dr. 10/19/16 $535,000 Gabriel & Maria Da Cruz to Carlos & Juliana Da Cruz, 13613 Robert Walker Dr.
Helen Benson Blvd. 11/9/16 $367,000 Jacquelyn Beard to Richard & Bobbye Walker, 455 O’Henry Ave. 11/9/16 $309,000 Chessman Homes to Michelle & Caio Campos, 19111 Park Terrace Ln.
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Decorating for the holidays with designer Starr Miller Can you have a festive home without getting a tree?
Miller: Yes, indeed! Sometimes when a family is very busy a large Christmas tree seems a daunting proposition. In cases like this I suggest placing live wreaths on the inside windows with red ribbon. This gives the smell and warmth of Christmas, without the effort of the tree. A smaller tabletop
tree can be impactful as well. Just painting a tree on a wall with tape can be kitschy and fun.
Artificial or real?
Miller: That’s an age-old question. I have a litmus test. If you cover the tree entirely in ornaments, ribbon and decor it really does not matter. The tree is simply a place to put these things and an artificial tree will make it easier by being pre-lit and
having stronger limbs. If the tree itself and the smell of Christmas is the goal that you must have a real tree. An artificial tree with artificial smell is usually not my favorite solution.
Is red always right?
Miller: No! For years I would update my own tree every year with a new color story. Play around. Try elegant, regal purple and gold. All white can be cool and refreshing with flocked greenery and crystal ornaments. These days natural elements have been strong with the feel of the outdoors and burlap. And an all time favorite is black and white with just a pop of gold, silver or yes, red.
Should you cover every surface with Christmas?
What to place around the bottom of the tree?
As a kid we used a white sheet to look like snow. (But it never really did.) I love the look of burlap draped around the bottom of a tree. A galvanized tree collar is new funky and fun. A long sweater throw can look snuggly. Even a formal planter can look wonderful. Hopefully whatever you do it will be covered with presents and good cheer! —Interior designer Starr Miller is founder of Cornelius-based Starr Miller Interior MILLER Design
Miller: I personally like a little "white space." A place for my eye to rest. It helps make the areas that are decorated feel more impactful. I tend to be a less is more gal. Now, that being said, I have a friend that goes all out and there is not one surface safe. There is not a mirror, a painting or even a bathtub that has not been decorated for Christmas. I love going to her home!
What to do in a guest room?
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Miller: Small trees are great. Wonderful bowls of Christmas treats by the bed are even better! A warm Christmas wool throw at the foot of the bed. A pile of Christmas magazines and books. A wonderful basket of toiletries with a beautiful festive bow. Add an Advent calendar to celebrate the time they spend with you. A Christmas lottery ticket in a welcome envelope on the nightstand. Caption
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KC's beef tenderloin is a crowd-pleaser for holiday entertaining
Kathleen Kercher usually cooks a whole beef tenderloin for Christmas Eve dinner. It's easy and elegant all at the same time. "This recipe is also great for entertaining friends," she says. Known as K.C., she and husband Philip have lived on Mary Ardrey Circle for the past eight years. They moved from the Raleigh Durham area; before that they lived in Connecticut and Southern California. K.C., who grew up in Sarasota,
is a broker-manager with ReMax in Mooresville. She's been in real estate for 10 years because "it is one of the best professions out there." K.C.grew up with three sisters and "we all love to cook." They try to get together at least once a year for a girls trip and will often spend time together cooking and catching up over wine. The Kerchers have four grown children: Geoff, the oldest, lives in Raleigh and is the CFO for a law firm; Lauren works at a mortgage compa-
STEAK TENDERLOIN A LA KERCHER
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Prepare a 4 lb. to 5 lb. beef tenderloin by making it as uniform in size as possible. Start off by letting it reach room temperature before cooking. Pat dry with a paper towel. Coat the whole tenderloin with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper or any other seasons that you enjoy. Roast for 25 minutes then turn off the heat and let it sit in the oven for 15 more minutes. Remove from the oven and cover tightly with foil for 20 minutes and serve when you are ready. The roast can be served at room temperature so you can easily do this before your guests ar-
ny in Huntersville; Bob is the district manager for Sam Adams in Maine; and the youngest, Margaret, is with a PR firm in Nashville.
Christmas Eve is the family's big sit-down dinner. "My favorite entertaining is when all the kids come home and we just spend time around the kitchen island," K.C. says. "I learned to cook like most of us did through a lot of trial and error." To serve the tenderloin, make sure the meat has rested, which helps distribute the juices. To carve, holding the meat steady with a carving fork, and slice across the grain into 1/2-inchthick pieces. Garnish with parsley.
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Crossword puzzle A hull of a lot of streets with nautically inspired names Across 1
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You CAN Take it with You!
30 32 33 34 36 37 38 41 42 43
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Grand cargo ship of yesteryear Professional Doc for a seal perhaps Lake Norman Turkey Trot, for one Almond, cashew, etc. Trees that often line avnues Area of still water Where bad sailors might be sent Also called Beatles “__, I love you” Famous fish for anglers To’s partner Norman and others Romantic sailboat with two or more masts Hillside home feature U.S Navy ranks Projection into the sea Use oars Very large body of salt water Sheltered side Not sweet, as a wine __, shucks
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CPA Lesemann will be installed LKN Chamber chair in January Star accountant Jay Lesemann, the incoming 2017 chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, wants the 1,000-member chamber to be the most powerful resource for small business owners. “Having been in small business myself for 15-plus years, as well as the majority of my clients being small businesses owners, I want our chamber to be the go-to resource for assistance,” he said. He will be installed as volunteer chairman of the chamber at the annual dinner at The Peninsula Club Jan. 20. Lesemann is the former chairman of the North Carolina Association of CPAs, and ran his own CPA firm, Lesemann & Associates, before merging it with Rives & Associates, a regional CPA firm where he is a partner.
Lesemann has a deep background in life, not just business and accounting. He was a single dad, and dealt with all the issues around parenting and holding down a job. But his most defining moment was a car accident when he was 14 years old. While his best friend died, Jay had a fractured neck, third degree burns, a brain concussion and water in his lungs. He was in a coma and spent more than three months at Vanderbilt Hospital. “My car wreck had a major impact on me. I learned an unusual lesson at a very young age—I was mortal, not immortal.” He's a guy you can talk to, about business and life. A former consultant with Price Waterhouse, he was on the NC Association of CPA’s Work/Life Committee. “I was a single dad for a number of years. I always knew it was important to
do things with my kids,” Lesemann says. At his own firm, Lesemann took employee’s family needs into consideration as well, offering flexible work arrangements when needed. Lesemann will keep things happening at the Lake Norman Chamber. His top priorities as chairman are diversity and inclusion. “I want our chamber to be more representative of our business environment,” Lesemann says. “We are a regional chamber—comprised of many ZIP codes. We must continue to think larger than our backyard.” Lesemann sees few limits on the chamber’s growth in the years ahead. “If we provide the services business owners need and want, then we’ll have double-digit growth. When we stop providing value, that is when we lose members.” LESEMANN
Crossword puzzle answers (from page 31)
2016 Drop-off Locations CORNELIUS
Ace Hardware 20510 N Main Street Uncle Bob”s Storage 9225 Westmoreland Road Walgreen’s 19631 W Catawba Avenue Modern Nissan 18615 Statesville Road Jay’s at the Lake 18200 Statesville Road Investor Jackson Properties 21025 W Catawba Avenue Ste 101
Premier Sotheby’s Int’l Realty 19825 N Cove Road
Zoes Kitchen 16735 Cranlyn Road #D
Bluhawk Wealth Management 130 Harbour Place Drive Ste 260
Black Lion North Cross Shopping Center
Flatiron Kitchen 215 S Main Street Peoples Bank 9624-I Bailey Road
North Mecklenburg Senior Citizens 102 Gilead Road
Summit Vitality 442 South Main Street #3
The Learning Experience 16604 Old Statesville Road
Davidson College 102 N Main Street
Spectrum Properties 13801 Reese Blvd #300
Brickhouse Tavern 209 Delburg Street
Gymboree Play & Music of LKN 18505 Statesville Road Ste A-1
Edward Jones Financial 130 S Village Lane
Tropicana 19732 W Catawba Avenue
River Run Country Club 19125 River Falls Drive
Zimmerman Family Wellness 21031 E Catawba Avenue
Huntersville Fitness & Aquatics 1725 Verhoeff Drive
Chocolate Pizza Company 17111 Kenton Drive
Toyota of North Charlotte 13429 Statesville Road
Tenders Fresh Food 18341 Statesville Road
American Legion #321 107 N Main Street
Salon Sibeli 20830 Torrance Chapel Road
Burn Boot Camp 311 Gilead Road
Great Outdoors Play Systems 18616 Statesville Road Bailey’s Glen 12100 Meeting House Place
Walgreen’s 9432 Mt Holly-Huntersville Road
Our Town Cinema 227 Griffrith Street
Stein Mart 20601 Torrance Chapel Road
In Motion Fitness, Inc 19607 W Catawba Avenue Suite 102
The Little Gym 9810 Gilead Road Priority Honda 12815 Statesville Road Ballas Chiropractic 9718 Sam Furr
Tate Realtors 14225 Market Square
Carolina Office Systems 13245 Reese Blvd West #130 Duke Energy 1339 Hagers Ferry Road Alergy and Asthma Center 15940-C Brookway Drive Walgreen’s 16711 Birkdale Commons Pkwy Woodie’s Auto 9745 Rose Commons Drive Crossfit Huntersville 9705 Rosewood Meadow Lane Verigent LLC 9920 Kincey Avenue #200
The Landings 16938 Landing Drive
Blue Harbor Bank 104 N Statesville Road
Physicians Plan 9601 Holly Point Drive
Southwire 12331 Commerce Station Drive
Arium Lake Norman 8701 Pinnacle Cross Drive
Reimels Dentistry 13605 Reese Blvd West
Childress Klein Properties 8015 W Kenton Circle
Ensemble Health Partners 13620 Reese Blvd #200
Childress Klein Properties 16810 Kenton Drive
Northstone Country Club 15801 Northstone Drive
Goddard School of Huntersville 9534 Kincey Avenue
Melange Hair by Jennifer 15800 Northcross Drive #108
True Health Center 10215 Hickorywood Hill Avenue Suite C
Childress Klein Properties 7930 W Kenton Circle
Lenox Salons 11623 Birkdale Commons Parkway
Comfort Inn Suites LKN 14510 Boulder Park Drive
Waterford at the Park 11920 Joleen Court
Lee Lighting 215 Huntersville Gateway Blvd
More locations online at BusinessTodayNC.com/ToysForTots
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28OH3! Big Day at the Lake 13
At the Community in Christ Lutheran Church polling place, Chief Judge Marianne Hendrix said 900 people had voted by about 2 pm, with serious early crowds
Planning for Year 13 is already under way. Big Day at the Lake has three goals: Provide a full day of fun on Lake Norman for at-risk kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters, recruit Bigs or mentors and raise money for a well-run nonprofit.
Shannon Vandiver, Mckenna Smith and Rick Monroe campaigning at Town Hall
Veterans Day at Rotary Plaza
Billions and billions of leaves: Arthur Jackson vacuums leaves for the Town of Cornelius
Marine Ron Whisnant stands during the Marine Corps Hymn
Rev. Ellison Bowman’s jacket
The Sweet Magnolia Estate wedding and events venue held a ground-breaking with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce at the property on the big curve on Bailey Road. The owners are Kerry and Stefan Rathmann, who live in Magnolia Estates.
Antiquity resident Jack Wilson salutes the flag
American Legion Commander Mike Puckett and country music star Rockie Lynne
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28OH3! Community Thanksgiving service at Mt. Zion
Sign, sign everywhere a sign
Someone upped a tree in Robbins Park
Community Thanksgiving: Peggy Aspland and choir members from the different churches also performed songs which included ‘Come, ye thankful people, come’
Rev. Ellison Bowman preached the sermon at the Cornelius Community Thanksgiving service held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. The leaders of six congregations participated in the service in one way or another.
Peninsula dog owner in the dog house
On Sunday, Come Worship With Us
Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 9am & 11am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 19600 Zion St., Worship 8:30am, 9:45am, 11am
NorthCross Church 11020 Bailey Rd., Ste H, Worship 10:15am Point of Grace Lutheran Church 20700 N. Main St., Worship 8:30am, 11am Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 9:30am, 11am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Sundays 11am
36 • CORNELIUS TODAY • December 2016
S S E N I S BU These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State
Cornelius 10/18/16 Varsity Digital Aircrew LLC, Thomas H. Hopkins, 9530 Glen Ashley Dr., Cornelius 10/19/16 JW Plastering & Stucco LLC, James Wirth, 9317 Magnolia Estates Dr., Cornelius
10/19/16 Santorini LLC, Tonya G. Steele, 19926 Scanmar Ln., Cornelius 10/21/16 Carolina Risk Advisors LLC, Dustin Rich, 18311 Taffrail Way, Cornelius 10/21/16 Snapdragon Entertainment LLC, Jennifer Retianu, 19425 Heartland St., Cornelius 10/25/16 H&S Business Enterprises LLC, Michael B. Staley, 18311 The Commons Blvd., Cornelius 10/26/16 Statesville Paints LLC, John F.
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Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 10/27/16 CVW Services Inc., Vincent Famularo, 11431 Potters Row, Cornelius 10/27/16 Ivester Jackson Blackstream LLC, Lori Ivester Jackson, 21025 Catawba Ave., Ste. 101, Cornelius 10/28/16 Entertainment Logistics Consulting Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 10/28/16 Leone Lions Gate LLC, Gerard W. McNaugnt, 19721 Bethel Church Rd., #101-A, Cornelius 10/31/16 DD RE Holdings LLC, David Modlin, 22625 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius 11/1/16 Carolina Vacations Properties LLC, Todd Senff, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103-244, Cornelius 11/2/16 Move Fitness LLC, Heather Watkins, 19018 Serenity Pt. Ln., Cornelius 11/3/16 HD Building Company LLC, Emily Derrick, 21420 Townwood Dr., Cornelius 11/4/16 Simply Chic Boutique LLC, Linda Kornegay-Hunter, 17111 Kenton Dr., Ste. 101B, Cornelius 11/7/16 Carolina Extra Ordinary Products LLC, Michael Gentile, 19310 One Norman Blvd., Apt. I, Cornelius 11/7/16 Data-Driven Mind LLC, Catherine Miller, 9834 Willow Leaf Ln., Cornelius 11/7/16 Premier Tool LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 20409 Zion Ave., Cornelius 11/9/16 Bear Ridge Properties LLC, Joe Shipbaugh, 18605 Northline Dr., Unit-1, Cornelius
11/10/16 Facetime with El LLC, Lauren H. Williams, 19825-B North Cove Rd., Ste. 207, Cornelius 11/10/16 MCMD Investment LLC, Roland Christopher Macher, 21227 Island Forest Dr., Cornelius 11/10/16 WK Brewer LLC, Paul H. Bass, 17738 Cotton Patch Ln., Cornelius
Davidson 10/18/16 Lone Pine Ventures LLC, Dorothy Powers Gorman, 219 Lingle Dr., Davidson 10/18/16 Stonebrook Consulting Group LLC, Curtis Roy Pollock, 13527 Davidson Place Dr., Davidson 10/19/16 Idilbi Law PLLC, Jason Idilbi, 509 Spring St., Davidson 10/21/16 4143 Bulrush LLC, Craig J. White, 104 Knox Ct., Davidson 10/21/16 CoLaProducts LLC, Landon Wiese, 1100 Woody Ln., Davidson 10/21/16 Hudson & Lesemann Inc., Anne C. Lesemann, 203 Faust Rd., Davidson 10/25/16 Treadmill South LLC, John Heffner, 20001 Callaway Hills Ln., Davidson 11/3/16 Metta LLC, Tamara S. Dreyer, 215 Twain Ave., Davidson 11/7/16 MBWS Ventures LLC, Scott K. Thorson, 21700 Shearer Rd., Davidson 11/10/16 Cruising Around the Bases LLC, Jessica Friedrich, 10763 Traders Ct., Davidson
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COMMANDERS: AlphaGraphics Lake Norman, AMTdirect, Law Firm of Bentz & Associates, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Asso-
ciates, Dan & Donna Brown, Nancy & Randy Cameron, Chris & Robbie Davis, Dobi Financial Group, John Donoghue, Carolyn & Jim Duke, Julia Holyfield and Thomas Hansen, KS Audio Video, Chris Moen, The McIntosh Law Firm, Novant Health, Lake Norman Kiwanis, Lake Norman Realty, Lake Norman Sporting Arms and Range, Park Avenue Properties, Payroll Plus, Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg, Art Sabates, Daniel Schubert, The Range at Lake Norman, Dr. Nancy & Sen. Jeff Tarte, Allen Tate Co.
FRIENDS: John & Nancy Aneralla, Arrendale Associates, Chris & Sally Ashworth, Rod Beard, Chantal & Denis Bilodeau, Margaret & Blair Boggs, Crafty Burg’r, Stanley and Shirley Bush, John Cherry, Pat Cotham, Dixie and Mike Dean, Thomas & Ann Dutton, David Fieg, Lapis Financial, Bell & Bell Law Firm, Diane & Dave Gilroy, Griffin Brothers, Dr. Akiba Green, Carol Houle, Tom Hilb, James Hicks, Martin & Bernadette Fox, Jewish Communal Fund, Martin & Cheryl Kane, Lauren Kimsey, Charles & Shelly Knoedler, Nikolai and Kristin Kruger, Rhonda Lennon, Dan & Lindsay Long, Sandy & Mac McAlpine, Maria & Kurt Naas, Vickie & Donald Payne, JD & Ronni Phillips, Robert & Ivonne Reed, Copeland Richards, Dressler’s Restaurant, John & Traci Roberts, Thurman Ross, Modern Salon & Spa, Troy & Della Stafford, DeVore, Acton & Stafford, Tracey & Dan Stehle, Thom & Susan Tillis, Master Title, Sharon & Woody Washam, Lois & Bob Watson, Donald and Patricia Warren, Todd & Pam Wiebusch, Gail Williams in honor of Bob Williams. Tracy & Dave Yochum. RESTAURANTS: Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails, The Brickhouse Tavern, Brixx Pizza, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Mama’s Pizza Express, Port City Club, and Tenders Fresh Food
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38 • CORNELIUS TODAY • December 2016
Your comments and opinions since 2006
Too close for comfort? “The new vet clinic on the other side of the wall of the Harris Teeter deli and prepared food area seems to me to be a health hazard. Sick, mangy animals with diseases just behind the deli wall! I do not like the idea at all… how about others? Also, on two occasions I have parked the car to buy groceries and there is a dog on a leash going No. 2 right in the grass in front of the Harris Teeter… poor planning in my opinion. Publix, here I come!” —via anonymous SoundOff link on CorneliusToday.com
• The town says these are landlord issues
Rusty Rudder replacement (Punctuation: Who needs it?)
‘I-77 mess took toll on McCrory in N. Meck’ “Darn it. I will be the first to say he failed with the toll road but if you truly subscribe to limited government and conservative ideology and still voted for cooper because of that..you missed the big picture. #disclaimer #myopiniononly #dontwanttoargue” “It’s kind of like cutting off your nose to spite your face. I do not want a toll road either but there is more to consider here.” “What has McCrory done to “limit” government? What has he done that was good for the everyday working person?” “Raised taxes on my parents! HB2! Toll Roads! #forgodsakegetPATOUT!”
Speeders are nothing new “I find it interesting that the people of Antiquity seem to complain a lot about all the unpleasant inconveniences that come with living in the middle of an urban area. These people bought homes literally attached to commercial properties and a major grocery store and then cry foul when traffic increases. Speeders are nothing new to Antiquity. Spend any short amount of time in the Lake Norman area and you'll notice it seems to be a majority. It sounds to me, if you don't want people driving by your home in droves, relocate to a more rural area. But instead, the decision is to litter the community with street signs that damage the quaint atmosphere.” —via CorneliusToday.com in response to “Town boasts of economic ‘explosion’ as residents feel traffic pain”
"They probably won't last long because restaurants are for older people that come in and just get a couple drinks ate dinner and go home they don't even need a cab you need a bar and grill with live entertainment tiki bar and people coming off the lake that's going to be the business if I had won the lottery or if I came in with some money I would buy that whole property and make it like it used to be that is a money pit for people that use the lake and the Cornelius area." —Via CorneliusToday Facebook in response to “Two restaurants opening in Cornelius”
“McCrory raised my taxes and claimed he didn’t. Don’t drink the koolaid” —Via CorneliusToday Facebook in response to “I-77 mess took toll on McCrory in N. Meck” on Nov. 10
Acropolis food will be missed Efficient and non obtrusive “Yes! Please listen to this idea which uses advanced technology for signal timing. I have brought this up three times now, only to be told ‘NC does not use this.’ It is efficient, unobtrusive, and probably cost-effective. Hope they will listen and consider this technology as it is wonderful!” —Via CorneliusToday.com in response to “Will Rhythm’smethod prevent delays at Torrence Chapel/W. Catawba?”
“‘The store will have a total of 1520 employees, including five or six store managers.’ Yeah, but will they have the best Spaghetti Bolognese in the Lake Norman area? Boooooooo.” —Via CorneliusToday Facebook in response to “QT planned for Acropolis/Citgo site”
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Letters to the editor Roundabouts “All of these proposals just reshuffle the same cards. The only sensible solution is to extend four-lane Catawba Avenue at least to Westmoreland and add another I-77 access. The Catawba Avenue/I-77 bridge will never handle all of the access Cornelius needs to the interstate while still serving as the primary crosstown thoroughfare!” —Via CorneliusToday.com in response to “Roundabouts for Torrence Chapel/Liverpool get rocky reception”
Danger on Jetton "Many letters have appeared in SoundOff about the rude drivers not slowing down at the Jetton Park crossing. This morning I became one of those drivers, and almost caused a tragic accident. "The sun was bright coming over the side of the flashing light. I do not know how I missed the light, and kept going. I live on Jetton Road, and I travel this road several times a day. I always slow down to 35 or less. A man and his dog came within 10 feet of my car. But he was smart and alert. After watching the traffic, he had entered the right lane from park side. Then he stopped to see if the driver in the inside lane stopped. His wisdom saved us all. I advise all pedestrians to follow his example of watching each lane before entering. "I want to apologize to him from the bottom of my heart. I am sorry and ashamed more than I can express. A great tragedy was avoided by a wise pedestrian. "Request to Editor: Please withhold my name. Thanks." —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail. com
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Why You Don’t Need to Vote BY ROYCE CHEN Each one of us has a distinct and free will. That will, as the founding fathers described it in the Declaration of Independence, is to be freely wielded in the pursuit of happiness. The issue? Each one of us defines happiness differently. It logically follows that we all have different ways to achieve it, and the unspoken condition that we operate upon as Americans is that each one of us knows how best to achieve happiness for ourselves. Let’s say that you like classical music, and I like rock and roll. Great. You’ll listen to classical, and I’ll listen to rock. It’s ridiculous to think that everyone ought to start listening to classical music. Just because voting is what one person considers to be in their best interest, not everyone will feel the same way--and they have the right to freely decide. And just as the founding fathers promised us the freedom to pursue happiness, they also promised us free self-expression. While voting is one form of this, philosopher James Rachels points out that inaction is an action in itself. Anyone in a relationship knows that silence can speak more loudly than a thousand words. Obligatory voting also compromises the virtues be-
hind voting by corrupting voter intent. For example, it may appear virtuous for me to share my toys with my younger brother. However, if I only share them because my mother will ground me if I don’t, I’m not actually being virtuous. Likewise, even if voting is “good,” voters should have the desire to vote as well. Otherwise, they are likely to become embittered and distrustful towards the government. Pressuring people to vote not only threatens free expression, but also strips the act of its virtue by encouraging people to do it for the wrong reasons. Instead of just pressuring people to vote, we must first encourage people to become informed. Just like I might not share my toys with my brother until I realize how happy it makes him, I didn’t decide that I wanted to vote until I realized how democracy works and why the issues in the Oval Office matter. As Americans, we can do better than peer pressure. It didn’t do much good in high school, and it won’t do our nation any good today. —Royce Chen is a freshman at Davidson College. He is from Fremont, CA.
Dems forgot their roots "The Democratic Party forgot who they have historically represented—working-class Americans. And working-class Americans don't navigate the English language in politically correct terms, nor do they concern themselves with refugees half-way around the world when they don't have enough money to repair their cars here at home. That's why this Democrat turned his back on the Democratic Party in this election. On the other hand, Republi-
can leaders accused Donald Trump of not being a "true Republican." Who cares? Not being a true Republican probably helped Trump get elected because Republicans have historically never looked out for the middle class. This election was a kick in the ass to both parties. Democrats need to remember Harry Truman, and Republicans need to redefine who and what they stand for." —Michael Mezquida
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