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February Things to do

North Mecklenburg Rotary’s Pancake Breakfast Feb. 11 The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg will host the 16th Annual Pancake Breakfast and auction Saturday Feb. 11 at Bethel Presbyterian Church. Tickets for this fundraiser can be purchased through the website or at the door for $10. Children under 3 are free. Admission includes all-you-can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon and fruit as well as coffee and juice. Proceeds benefit the Stop Hunger Now program. To donate silent

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The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is coming to the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College Feb. 16 under the direction of Maestro Christopher Warren-Green. The

symphony, which will perform sideby-side with students in the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, will perform Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major and Tchaikovsky’s March Solennelle. Tickets prices range from $5 to $15 and are available through the Davidson College Ticket Office at 704-894-2135 or online at The performance is hosted by Davidson College Music Department and WDAV.

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Tarte looks ahead to another election

BY DAVE YOCHUM Sen. Jeff Tarte says his opposition to the 50-year contract between NCDOT and Cintra cost him his relationship with former Gov. Pat McCrory. “My relationship with Pat was always cordial, but after I-77 became an issue, I was put on an island and cut off…it cost me my relationship with him,” Tarte says. That may not be the worst thing for constituents: Friendship is one thing, effectiveness is another. Tarte has been appointed one of three co-chairs of the six-member State and Local Government Committee in the N.C. Senate, a sign that his star is rising in the chamber where the bill to cancel the contract was defeated by his peers. It may be a good thing for the ongoing fight against the 50-year contract between the NCDOT and Cintra. With the long session under way in Raleigh, the push to cancel the $650 million contract is still very real. “I-77 is not going to go away,” Tarte says, explaining that not a penny of principal is paid until 2033. “It is a contract with a termination provision. It gets more costly and prohibitive as each day goes by.” While construction is well under way, many business and community leaders are convinced that the current plan will not be anywhere near the success NCDOT had imagined. For one thing, big semi-trucks aren’t

allowed in the toll lanes, which means the General Purpose lanes will likely become even more congested. Then, too, the toll lanes are situated such that it will be challenging for travelers to cross the General Purpose lanes to exit at Cornelius hotels and restaurants. People like Bill Russell, CEO of the Lake Norman Chamber, are none too pleased. It’s not about the tolls, per se. The contract is apparently purely onesided, in favor of Cintra. “The Lake Norman Chamber is not opposed to public-private projects or managed lanes, but an application with limited north-south arteries and a 32,500 acre body of water limits any potential success here. We will be meeting soon with members of Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration in hopes of finding an alternative solution to our transportation infrastructure,” says Russell. One of the people business leaders meet with, in addition to John Bradford in the N.C. House of Representatives, is Tarte. “The attorneys who signed this contract should be disbarred. It is malfeasance and gross negligence,” Tarte says. “The general purpose lanes have to fail for the toll lanes to be successful.” “It will be unbearable in six to eight years,” Tarte says, pointing out that he called for a review of the controversial, 900-page contract over two

years ago. “This can only be stopped at the state level.” Tarte explains: “Here’s what I am going to do…the governor, the attorney general, the state auditor and the director of the SBI…I plan to write a letter formally requesting that group of people to investigate all the NCDOT employees who were involved in crafting and executing this contract. Did they properly leave the department, are they in violation of our revolving door statute? All the top six or seven people at the NCDOT are all gone…are they directly or indirectly benefiting from this contract?” The state’s revolving door statute covers six months from end of employment in government. Pointing out that he called Cooper to congratulate him on his win, Tarte says a constitutionally weak mayor or weak governor has power, thanks to their bully pulpit, and the “ability to persuade, and lead others in a vision and a common direction.” Tarte enjoys his role in state government, having also served as mayor of Cornelius. He says he likes “having a seat at the table. But the number one thing I enjoy the most is constituent case work and helping people navigate the bureaucracy in Raleigh,” Tarte says. A people’s conservative, he says “everybody who has an interest in serving should. if you have an interest, throw your name in the ring and

go for it.” Among his primary goals is helping make North Carolina the “most wired state in the Union,” with positive results ranging from early education to secure IDs. But some of the biggest challenges for facing politicians have to do with differences—the gulf between urban sensibilities and rural sensibilities, as well as Republicans and Democrats. HB2 is the poster child of those differences. “The leadership wants to address it…they’re open to sitting down and looking for common ground, but the problem to date is leadership in Charlotte has totally built a wall. There is no openness or leadership to sit down and talk about it. That creates a problem, you cant solve a problem like this by yourself,” he says. Of course, Charlotte elected officials have a different point of view. The political dynamics will change over the course of time with the “browning of America,” Tarte says. There will not be a white majority in 2050 as population growth slows among whites, changing traditional voting patterns and long-held perceptions of what it means to be “American.” Tarte talks about building a new GOP and being open minded. In fact, his district, once virtually guaranteed Republican, is likely to be redrawn because a federal court has ordered North Carolina to redraw House and Senate districts, and to hold special primary and general elections this fall. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Middle District Court sets a deadline of March 15 for the state to redraw 28 districts ruled unconstitutional. Based on the adjacency of the districts, Tarte expects to have to run again, having just spent $90,000 for the November election to defeat two political novices. Our differences have become more apparent than our similarities, Tarte laments. In Raleigh, Tarte tries to be as open-minded as possible, and breaks bread with senators on the other side of the aisle as often as he can. “We go to dinner together…five of us to as many as 16…it’s half and half.” His new committee leadership position bodes well for someone who enjoys dialogue. “I am ready to begin the work of the people,” Tarte says.

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Tonya Rivens: Education and hard work are keys to success family are known as athletes. Mrs. Harry once told me how she admired how “the men were excelling in sports and how the women were excelling in academics.” She was creative when presenting lessons and was not afraid to teach outside the box. Mrs. Harry lived on the lake, a few houses down from my Uncle. Cornelius was a lot smaller and everyone knew their neighbors.

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Tonya Rivens is one of the most well-known products of Smithville and Cornelius. The former on-air traffic reporter for WBT-TV also gives back to the community through the Ausie Rivens Scholarship Foundation. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and recently received Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Citizens Award, as well as the Charlotte Mecklenburg NAACP Gospel Image award. Rivens also hosts a gospel music show on 103.3 FM (Sundays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and is an Associate Chaplain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff Department. In honor of Black History Month in February, we asked Rivens a few questions about her career and how she got where she is today.

Black History Month Celebration Feb. 18

The Smithville CommUNITY Coalition and the Town of Cornelius will observe Black History Month Saturday afternoon Feb. 18 at Town Hall. This year’s program, which runs from 1 pm to 3 pm, will feature presentations from Jan Blodgett of Davidson College and Marshall Lowery, author of “If You Wanna Help the Poor…Then Don’t Be One of Them.” There will be memorabilia, live performances, children’s activities and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. More info: Cornelius PARC Department at 704-8926031 Ext. 192

Who was your most important teacher? Why?

Hansel Harry at Alexander Jr High. Mrs. Harry encouraged me to dream big and to believe in myself. The Rivens family is large. My Mom’s one of 12 children. Most of us live in North Mecklenburg and attended Alexander and North Meck. All of the guys in my

As a rising 12th-grader, my Mom made me get a job at Reeves Brothers, a local textile company, now known as Foamex, which sits at corner of Hwy. 115 and Bailey Road. Her goal was to show me that if I did not pursue higher education and attend college, I would end up working in a textile mill. The job was third shift and I got fired after about two weeks.

Wayne K. Brown, general manager at Power 98/ V101.9 Radio recruited me from the ticket counter of Piedmont Airlines. Offered me the opportunity to work as an intern, said he admired my work ethic, then gave me a job. Continued to give me advice on the business of radio.

You’ve been in radio for 16 years, five years at WBTV, what advice do you have for young people who want to break into broadcasting or a professional career?

Find a good mentor and believe in yourself. Upon graduating from UNCCH, I had a television job offer in Wilmington, but I wasn’t prepared to move away from my family.

Most important advice to young What do you like about your women? career? Make education a priority, work hard— it pays off, have fun, respect others and always help those who are less fortunate.

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I enjoy being able to inspire others, work in the community and show how trusting God can bless you tremendously.

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Book clubs are alive and well, bringing together Cornelius people who genuinely enjoy reading. They also promote friendship, generate intellectual conversation and broaden knowledge. “...And Ladies of the Club,” written by Helen Hooven Santmyer, told the story of a women’s literary club from the 1860s to the 1930s. Santmyer’s book, all 1,300 pages of it, was a bestseller in the 1980s. Peninsula resident Sandy McConnell is a member of the Best Sellers book club. “We used to rely on the public library...Barnes and Noble and the other large book stores helped make available a much larger variety of books,” she says. Then came the internet and e-readers. An app called OverDrive lets you borrow eBooks and audiobooks from your local public library, without leaving your favorite reading chair. Books that before might have been produced in a small run and had a narrow audience are now mainstream and read by millions. “It’s partly social and a lot of fun, as are most book clubs” McConnell says.

Here’s a look at a few of Cornelius’ book clubs:

Best Sellers spin off from an existing book club at Peninsula Yacht Club. “The girls wanted livelier book choices and the group had become a little unwieldy in size,” McConnell says. They meet at The Peninsula Club monthly for lunch and discussion with attendance usually around 20 at each meeting. Recent books: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman; “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty

14 Chairs dates back a dozen years. It meets one evening a month at different member’s homes. As the name suggests, membership is limited to 14 women. They usually read novels, along with at least one classic a year, according to member Theresa Schwab. “One book that had a huge impact on us was ‘One Second After’ by John Matherson. The premise of the book is an electromagnetic pulse attack on the USA and what happens when there is no electricity. It was a great much so that after reading it one of our members at the time put together her own survivor package!” Recent books: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown; “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger Lit Ladies meets monthly at Mulligan’s in The Peninsula Club during mid-afternoon without doing lunch. It is intentionally small as it makes for a completely different dynamic, McConnell says. “This is a more informal group, a split off from Best Sellers. Some of these ladies were interested in books with a little more meat to them!” Recent books: “The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox” by Maggie O’Farrell; “Moshi, Moshi” by Banana Yoshimoto. Cornelius author James DuPont attended a meeting of 14 Chairs to discuss his first book, “Shadow of the Corps.” “It was so great having the author there in person to answer our questions and explain how he came to pen such an interesting book,” says 14 Chairs member Anne McAuliffe. The Cornelius branch of the Mecklenburg Library now has many of their books available through OverDrive, which can be read on Kindle.

How to start a book club Pick theme of the club Meeting time, location Establish ground rules Consider a moderator Consider starting a blog

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New single-family homes coming to Washam Potts

Washam Potts Reserve

BY DAVE VIESER Classica Homes, the builder behind Robbins Park, plans 27 upscale homes on former farmland on Washam Potts Road. The Charlotte-based builder will seek conditional zoning for 7.32 acres a short distance from Westmoreland Road. The development, to be called Washam Potts Reserve, is subject to approval from the Cornelius Planning Board and the Board of Commissioners. A community information meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 in Cornelius Town Hall to discuss the relatively small project. Robbins Park has more than 152 homes. The single-family residences will be between 2,800 square feet and 3,200 square feet, with three bedrooms and a pricetag around $500,000. “We believe the development will fit nicely

into this residential neighborhood, with plenty of open space. It also complies with the town’s land use plan,” said Rich Jasinksi, of Classica Homes. The density for the project is slightly under four homes per acre. Jasinski said the homes would be designed to fill a need in the region “which has a significant lack of single-story ranch-style, age-sensitive structures.” Increasingly, new development in Cornelius consists of infill projects, with higher-priced homes on smaller lots. The days of enormous new neighborhoods like Oakhurst and Heritage Green are drawing to a close. The property adjoins a now vacant but historic home at 9910 WashamPotts Road. Town Planner Wayne

BY DAVE VIESER Abel Zimmerman, the 11-year old son of Jo and Jeff Zimmerman, has won the BMX National Championship in his division held in Tulsa, Okla. Abel’s family traveled with him, and saw him rise from a ranking of 69 at the start of the season to first place. “This was a huge accomplishment for Abel,” said his dad Jeff, a counselor with Iredell schools, “since he had started the season taking second place in the first of four NC state qualifier races. Following this loss, he committed himself to a lot of hard work and it paid off.” BMX is shorthand for bicycle motorcross, a sport that began during the early 1970s when kids began racing their bicycles on motorcycle dirt tracks in southern California. In Tulsa, Abel defeated an 11-year-

old from Las Vegas to win the “Race of Champions” and a California finalist to win Grand Nationals in the 10 Intermediate class. Abel has raced more than two years, ZIMMERMAN and has now transferred to the expert class following the victories in Tulsa. His home track is Hornet’s Nest in Huntersville, and he frequently practices at the UCI BMX track in Rock Hill. The Cornelius Elementary School student, as well as Mom, Dad and brother Eli, 13, live in the Willow Pond neighborhood. One other claim to fame: Abel rode a five-foot unicycle in this year’s North Meck Christmas Parade.

Herron says the Craftsman-style bungalow, a preeminent example of an early-20th century farmhouse, will not be affected by the new development. It is owned by a member of the Potts family, well-known for farming in and around Cornelius for hundreds of years. If the town grants approval, Classica expects to begin site preparation work in late fall, and begin building in early 2018. Jasinski estimates it will take about two years for a full buildout.

Public hearings are tentatively scheduled for Monday March 13 before the Planning Board, and Monday April 3 before the Town Board. Classica is also building singlefamily homes at Jetton Place, behind the Harris Teeter on Old Jetton Road.

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Cornelius veteran sets sights on Boston Marathon

Hollis Hunt running to raise money for homeless children, honor ‘brothers’ who died in Afghanistan

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BY DAVE YOCHUM young Cornelius Army veteran hopes to raise $10,000 for Horizons for Homeless Children in time to run in the Boston Marathon April 17. Hollis Hunt, who runs eight miles at the drop of a hat, says he’s do-


ing this because his wife’s cousin is actively involved in Horizons for Homeless Children, a well-regarded non-profit dedicated exclusively to serving young homeless children and their families. Hunt, 29, and his wife Mary, an occupational therapist for Cabarrus

County Schools, live in Antiquity with their son Wyatt, who is nine months old. “Over the years we’ve learned a lot about Horizons ( and donate to them every year. Not only are they leading the fight against homelessness and social issues in Boston, but they are providing cutting edge research and education in order to assist similar organizations to combat this pressing social issue across the country,” Hunt says. He knows combat, having served in the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion U.S. Army and National Guard for nine years. In fact, Hunt will run in honor of “my fallen brothers from my time in Afghanistan” and the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. “Horizons gave me that opportunity and also a chance to further their cause. I have always had a heart for children, especially underprivledged children, and this is the best chance I have to give back,” Hunt says. He’s raised $2,325 so far toward a goal of $10,000. He has until the day of the historic marathon itself which has been run every Patriot’s Day since 1897. It’s open to runners 18 or older from any nation who have recently completed a standard marathon course certified by a national governing body. But that’s not Hunt. He’s one of 2,500 or more charity runners who run for two dozen charities that will together raise some $10 mil-

lion. So far Hunt has run as much as 14 or 15 miles; he runs two miles in about 12 minutes, eight miles on Mondays, something less two or three other days of the week. He cross-trains on off days, watches his diet—”I eat for fuel”—and works at Whole Foods where he receives deliveries and stocks shelves 32 hours a week. A recent graduate of American Military University with a degree in environmental sciences, Hunt ran cross country and played soccer in high school as well as wrestled. The Hunts met in 2010. When Hunt’s active duty was finished in 2012, he joined her in Cornelius. “We moved away to Charleston in 2013 so I could pursue a career as a firefighter, but felt like home was calling and came back to Cornelius in August of 2015,” Hunt says. “As I pursue career opportunities, I’m soaking up all the time I can with our almost 9-month-old son,” Hunt says, explaining that he still serves in the National Guard. Their son, nicknamed “‘Bear,’ keeps us on our toes.” Hunt, who grew up in Lexington, says this will be his first marathon. The charitable aspect motivates him. “I have always had a heart for children, especially underprivledged children, and this is the best chance I have to give back,” he says.

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BY DAVE VIESER Two established retailers—True Value Hardware and Pike’s Nursery and Garden Center—are planning to open stores in Cornelius on opposite sides of town. Lake Norman/ True Value is looking at Jetton Road extension near West Catawba, while the garden center has picked a site on the east side of Hwy. 21, just south of Westmoreland. Both development applications are in front of the town’s architectural review committee.

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Applicants Bill and Ed Keible are planning a 10,974 square-foot hardware store on the Jetton Road Extension across from Aquesta Bank. “Although the property is already zoned for business, the applicants are requesting major architectural variances,” said Jason Pauling, senior town planner. The variances are needed because the storefront/window area will only be 34.5 percent rather than the 70 percent required by ordinance. Windows on the street facade will be grouped in the center to permit more wall space for retail display. Bill Keible said the project is subject to a successful conclusion of negotiations with the current property owner, listed on county tax records as the Pluer family of Cornelius. Other hardware stores currently

open in Cornelius includes Ace Hardware on North Main Street and Home Depot on Hwy. 21. The closest True Value Hardware store is 15 miles away in Concord.

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Pike Nurseries, which operates 16 retail stores, including two in the Charlotte market, is seeking to build a full service nursery and garden center on the east side of Statesville Road/Highway 21, a quarter mile south of the Westmoreland Road intersection. They plan to develop two parcels which comprise approximately 3.6 acres, Pauling said. The plans include a 10,000 square foot building and a 20,000 square foot indoor greenhouse. In addition to their 16 retail nurseries, Pike has a full-service landscape installation and design division. Pike’s most recent garden center opened during fall 2016 in Matthews; the Cornelius center is expected to be similar in size and design. Pike’s 14 other stores are near Atlanta. The desired location is barely a mile from full service garden centers run by Home Depot and Lowes. Repeated attempts to contact Pike officials regarding the close proximity of the two existing garden centers were unsuccessful. Neither of these projects will require any public hearings, according to the town’s Planning Director Wayne Herron. “Both of these applications are ‘use by right’ situations where the proper zoning is already in place. They will simply need to obtain building permits,” Herron said.

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Board rejects left-turn prohibitions at Torrence Chapel sons-Brinckerhoff to continue working on improvements for this intersection, but without any left-turn restrictions. The 4-0 decision (Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam was traveling) was clearly a victory for the large number of residents and businesses who teamed up over the past few months to oppose the proposed left-turn restrictions. Cornelius resident Russ Lane’s com-

Jan. 18. By Dave Vieser. After twoand-a-half hours of testimony from several dozen speakers, all opposed to eliminating left turns for traffic on Torrence Chapel Road, the Cornelius Town Board unanimously rejected that aspect of a “traffic improvement” plan proposed by the NCDOT. Mayor Chuck Travis asked the DOT and their traffic engineering consulting firm, WSP/Par-


ments were representative of the audience’s opinion. “I think a common sense approach would be to do the development of the traffic circles but keep the left turn lanes. In 10 years or so, if we need to cut the left turns out, we can revisit the issue at that time.” Improvements to the Torrence Chapel/Catawba intersection are needed to speed the flow of traffic across the Exit 28 DDI. The town has been offered $5 million in toll lane bonus allocation funds to apply towards the improvements, but most speakers at the Jan. 17

meeting suggested that the town should turn down the money if it means being forced to eliminate left turns. Speakers and commissioners also asked the DOT to spend more time looking at what improvements could be made to Knox Road, which may absorb additional traffic in the future. Travis said “we’ll continue to work with DOT, and actually address the comments they have to try to make this a plan we can all have. We’ll also work closely with our business owners and make sure they’re happy as well. We have to maintain access to and from their businesses.”

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tives, said lines for “reserved standing tickets” to view the Inauguration are three blocks long. Meanwhile, rain is falling on the Capitol building where the new president will be sworn in at noon today. “People are chanting ‘Trump,’” Bradford says. Streets are blocked with trucks, security is apparent. There were snipers on the top of the Lincoln Memorial last night during the concert and fireworks, he says.

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At one of the Inaugural balls Jan. 21, the Bradfords saw the U.S. Navy Band and the Rockettes, not to mention the President and the new First Lady. “This has been an eye-opening experience for my entire family. It’s been a weekend filled with history in the making. No matter your political party, watching the transition of power from one President to another is humbling,” NC Rep. John Bradford said.

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Cornelius, Davidson women march on Uptown Charlotte

Jan. 21. Women from all over the region, including Cornelius and Davidson, have descended on Uptown for a Women’s March on Charlotte, one of many anti-Trump inaugural marches under way around the country and in our nation’s capital. Brenda Heerdt of Bailey’s Glen marched. “I am 72 years young) and put this day in one of my top experiences. The positive power I felt as we marched in unity was uplifting,” she said Dr. Brigid Morris of Davidson is marching in Charlotte with husband David. “The group of women that I’m standing with is a group called NEW—Nasty Educated Women. The crowd was amazing. Very diverse, enthusiastic and all coming together for Women’s Right/Equal Rights,” the medical doctor said. “Our hope is that this movement continues–first in North Carolina, which we desperately need, and spread throughout the USA.” Hundreds of thousands of women are marching and rallying peacefully in Washington. Former Secretary of State John Kerry was spotted walking amongst crowds of protesters. Natasha Marcus, who ran as a Democrat for the NC House seat formerly held by Thom Tillis, estimates upwards of 20,000 people are marching on Charlotte today. The 1.2 mile route starts near ImaginOn on E. 7th in Charlotte, the Davidson resident said.

The marches come the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration to express deep-seated concerns with the policies of the 45th president. Michelle McConnell of Cornelius is also marching. She says there are groups representing the Inclusion Community, a progressive Methodist-affiliated church in Cornelius, as well as teachers from Bradley Middle School and JV Washam Elementary. Their hand-written signs are as simple as “Donald Trump says things that are not nice,” or “I am a warrior.” Other signs are more involved. Sentiments include “Immigrants make America great.” There were so many people at the march today in Charlotte that some had arrived at the end point while others were still waiting to get started, Marcus said. “It was a crowd full of passion for our rights, our democracy, inclusion, public education, abortion rights, black lives matter, and a rejection of Trump’s vision for America,” she said. “There was no violence, just lots of energy and support for each other,” Marcus said. The Associated Press reports that DC officials say 500,000 people came out for the Women’s March in Washington. That’s about double the amount of people who showed up to President Trump’s inauguration yesterday.


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Jan. 19. Susan Tillis, an accomplished residential real estate executive in her own right and the wife of US Sen. Thom Tillis, will head up Allen Tate’s Davidson office at 103 N. Main Street. In her new role, she will manage branch operations for 13 Allen Tate agents and staff.

Davidson is a prized real estate market, with a consistent high-values across a wide range of neighborhoods including River Run and homes near downtown and Davidson College. Tillis has more than a dozen years in the residential real estate business. She has previously worked as a sales manager and Realtor in the Allen Tate

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Lake Norman office, as well as a recruiter with the company’s professional development team. Prior to her real estate career, she worked as a marketing manager and for an advertising agency. Tillis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing management from Bentley University in Massachusetts. Her husband Thom, who started out on the Cornelius Town Board, was elected to the NC House of Representatives in 2006, defeating an incumbent Republican, John Rhodes, who was voted “least effective” by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Thom Tillis ran for US Senate in 2014, defeating incumbent Kay Hagan. But two years into his term, he has already told Roll Call, the Capitol Hill political newspaper, that if Congress cannot tackle a criminal justice overhaul and other big-ticket issues with bipartisan solutions in the next few years, he might not run for re-election. “I don’t run again until 2020, and if we’re not able to get things like this done, I don’t have any intention of coming back,” Roll Call quoted him as saying at The Washington Post Juvenile Justice Summit. The Tillis’ moved from The Peninsula to a lakefront home in Huntersville. Susan Tillis is active in her community and currently serves on the board of directors for IFB Solutions, the nation’s largest employer of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. She also heads The Susan M. Tillis Foundation, which supports active duty military families. She is a volunteer coordinator in support of the U.S. Armed Services YMCA Baby Bundles project. “Susan is a natural leader, both in the real estate profession and in her community. We know she’ll be a great coach and mentor for agents in our Davidson office,” said Phyllis Brookshire, president, Allen Tate Realtors. Susan Tillis will not be replacing anyone in Davidson. Stephanie Gossett and Angela Standish were “both doing double-duty with Lake Norman and Davidson,” a source at Allen Tate said.

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12/16/16 $113,500 Peter Tramacera to Diane Braden, 7602 Woods Ln. Unit 22 12/16/16 $305,500 South Creek Homes to Mitchell & Ann Levine, 11728 Mount Argus Dr. 12/16/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 163 Bailey’s Glen

12/16/16 $1,210,000 Patricia Dumser to Ankur Saralya & Devi Thangavelu, 18103 Watercraft Pl. 12/19/16 $143,000 Brenda Rehn to Eric & Ellen Takatori, Martha Shepard, 18801 Nautical Dr. Until 205 12/19/16 $145,000 James & Linda Barnwell to Steven & Deborah Redding, 19843 Henderson Rd. Unit A 12/19/16 $148,000 CRLDC LLC to Classica Homes, 17826 Jetton Green Loop

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10051 Caldwell Depot Rd. 12/21/16 $565,000 Judy & Vance Deal Jr. to Melissa & George Robinson III, Kevin & Blair Cohn, 22226 Country Club Cir. 12/21/16 $256,000 Robert & Pornwisa Wiese to CSH Property One, 18611 Coachmans Trace

12/22/16 $190,000 Eleanor & John Young Jr. to Amy Duncan, 952 Gardners Way 12/22/16 $505,000 Lynn & Danny Skidmore to William O’Donnell, 19505 Sunnypoint Ct., Cornelis 12/22/16 $230,000 Kwabena & Nana Sankofa-Amammere, John & Julie Speas to John & Nicole Martin, 18439 Victoria Bay Dr.

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12/22/16 $204,000 Chris Cooke to Patricia Wolski, 19723 Denae Lynn Dr. 12/22/16 $175,000 Tonya & Richard Steele Jr. to Gregory & Jennifer Shoemaker, 15338 Crossing Gate Dr., Cornelius 12/28/16 $430,000 Craig & Kristin Hurlbut to Carol Jacobus, 20409 Rutledge Bluff Way 12/29/16 $400,000 Verda Adler to Kevin &

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Darlene Davis, 22217 Market St. 12/29/16 $135,000 Westmoreland Lake LLC to Neil Braunsdorf & Elizabeth Bunn, Lot 88 The Preserve at Robbins Park at 9312 Robbins Preserve Rd. 12/29/16 $200,000 Myung & Burdette Pulver Jr. to Jenny Shih, 19056 Natalie Michelle Ln. Unit 6C 12/29/16 $163,500 Dominick & Linda Mazzeo to Regions Property Group, 18640 Oakhurst Blvd. 12/29/16 $3,300,000 Derek & Catherine Brennan to Keith Loranger, 19134 Peninsula Point Dr. 12/30/16 $450,000 James & Carolyn Duke to Joel & Jenissa Switzer, 18601 John Connor Rd. 12/30/16 $358,000 Joel & Jenissa Switzer to Patrick & Shannon Cerza, 20422 Middletown Rd. 1/3/17 $595,000 Cathy O’Nan to Johnny & Johnna Perry, 18023 John Robbins Ln. 1/3/17 $165,000 Philip & Mary Degner to Carrie Lee, 17810 Caldwell Track Dr. 1/3/17 $155,000 John & Jeannette Judge to Domenick & Lauren DeMatteo, 17756 Trolley Crossing Way 1/4/17 $157,500 Tara Donald Gemmell II to Warrior Investments, 18630 Oakhurst Blvd. 1/4/17 $181,000 Darrel & Lynnette Krentz to Stephanie & Adam Jewell, 10215 Caldwell Depot Rd. 1/5/17 $354,000 Jason & Kristin Goins to Verda Adler, 1203 Inn Keepers Way 1/5/17 $150,000 Ryan & Amanda Sheppard to Avon Hill Assoc., 19769 Deer Valley Dr. 1/5/17 $220,000 Gregory York to Mark & Sara Thomas, 22011 Lady Glencirn Ct. 1/10/17 $405,000 James & Tiffany Bratina to Joseph & Jennifer Flaminio, 9314 Standerwick Ln. 1/10/17 $146,000 Bryan & Jill Gantt to See HOMES, Page 21

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12/16/16 $526,000 David & Peggy Horton to James & Anna Prock, 18530 Carnegie Overlook Blvd. 12/22/16 $898,500 Roberta Gaines to Gary &Tedra Maves, 13515 Evening Primrose Dr. 12/28/16 $589,500 Jeffrey Ralston & Andrea Davis to Jennifer & Athos Rostan III, 18895 Hollybank Path 12/28/16 $360,000 John Riley & Jane Hubbell to Brooks Riley, 154 Morrison Hill Rd.

12/29/16 $325,000 Lynn & Harold Hilliard Jr. t Eric & Eden Coiro, 19838 Davidson Concord Rd. 1/13/17 $600,000 Tower Inc. to Sanctuary Properties, 1137 San Michele Pl. 1/17/17 $1,000,000 Sarah & Daniel Norton to Robert & Dina Gerardi, 13514 Robert Walker Dr. 12/29/16 $385,000 Trustrees of Davidson College to Steven Kessler Jr. & Rosemary Molinary, 230 Catawba Ave. 12/29/16 $995,000 ES Johnson Builders to Patrick & Lisa Hirsch, 17605 Stuttgart Rd.

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Michael Maul, 10512 Trolley Run Dr. 1/12/17 $199,000 Ralph Holthouser III to Batrry & Cathy Bogarad, 16917 Doe Valley Ct. 1/12/17 $640,000 Victor & Terri Rente to John & Kristina Corry, 18908 Henry Lee Knox 1/12/17 $332,000 David Barnhardt & Christopher Spry to Michael & Kelly McNulty, 20216 Middletown Rd. 1/12/17 $316,000 South Creek Homes to Howard & Mollie Braverman, 12811 Hazelbrook Ln. 1/12/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 213 Bailey’s Glen 1/10/17 $146,000 Bryan & Jill Gantt to Michael Maul, 10512 Trolley Run Dr. 1/12/17 $199,000 Ralph Holthouser III to Batrry & Cathy Bogarad, 16917 Doe Valley Ct. 1/12/17 $640,000 Victor & Terri Rente to John & Kristina Corry, 18908 Henry Lee Knox 1/12/17 $332,000 David Barnhardt & Christopher Spry to Michael & Kelly McNulty, 20216 Middletown Rd. 1/12/17 $316,000 South Creek Homes to Howard & Mollie Braverman, 12811 Hazel-

NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING FOR THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF NORTHCROSS DRIVE ON NEW LOCATION FROM SAM FURR ROAD (N.C. 73) IN HUNTERSVILLE TO WESTMORELAND ROAD IN CORNELIUS MECKLENBURG COUNTY TIP NO. U-5108 The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed project to extend Northcross Drive on new location from its end near Sam Furr Road (N.C. 73) in Huntersville to Westmoreland Road in Cornelius. The proposed project is also expected to modify existing Northcross Drive and Eagleridge Way Lane. The meeting will take place on Monday, February 13, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lake Norman Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 7921 Sam Furr Road in Huntersville. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the hours mentioned above. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project. The opportunity to submit written comments will also be provided at the meeting or via phone, email, or mail by March 17, 2017. Comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. Project information and materials can be viewed as they become available online at http://www.ncdot. gov/projects/publicmeetings. For additional information, contact Brett Canipe, P.E., NCDOT Division 10 Project Team Lead by mail: 716 West Main Street, Albemarle, NC 28001, by phone: (704) 983-4400, or via email: or Teresa Gresham, P.E., Kimley-Horn Project Manager by phone: (919) 677-2194 or email: teresa.gresham@ 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., Human Environment Section, Public Involvement Officer 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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How to build a gallery wall for your home With a degree from the School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York, Tracy Ray has a keen eye for design and structure. But the Magnolia Estate resident’s career has been focused in specialty retail visual merchandising and store

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What better person to lay out a gallery wall. Gallery walls can be big or small or somewhere in between. Your favorite prints and art pieces will make a unique personal statement. Favorite photos, cropped tight, perhaps, or blown up big, are wonderful reminders of trips, family, special moments. “It’s amazing what you can do with a Restore or Goodwill purchase,” Ray says. Gallery walls also kill the need for cheesy “sofa-size” paintings that are only a step up from paint-by-number scapes of one kind or another. All it takes is a little creativity, patience and some instructions, courtesy of Ray. The directions can be used for all sorts of hanging items, such as clocks, mirrors, photographs and wall décor. Ray says tracing the items you are putting up for exact size is impor-

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Prepare this dish ahead to leave time for romance

Rich Rutsky participates in the annual ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event sponsored by Safe Alliance to help raise awareness related to domestic violence

Rich Rutsky is a self-taught chef and something of a gourmet. “I’m sure that I was affected by Julia Child and her antics on ‘The French Chef’ as much as anyone and I suppose my joy of cooking was an evolutionary process that began and progressed with our enjoyment of eating good food and experiment-

ing with some of the great dishes we have enjoyed over the years,” Rutsky says. He lives in the Antiquity neighborhood with his wife Lyn. The couple moved here in 2011 from the Baltimore/Washington area, having lived there some 40 years. Just down the street in Antiquity

Thanks for the food memories “Favorite memories of childhood include halupki (stuffed cabbage) and pierogi usually filled with cabbage and onions or potatoes and cheese. We regularly attempt to replicate these recipes at home with limited success. On the more exotic side my mother made some kind of chicken dish that included chicken feet. My brother and I had epic battles over the feet. Chicken have only so many feet and this delicacy should not readily be conceded. We usually worked things out. Another interesting dish I remember that I cannot seem to reproduce involved veal kidneys and boiled potatoes. Where does one now buy veal kidneys? I guess I didn’t know how lucky I was when Mom dragged me to the butcher to buy dinner.”

—Rich Rutsky

are their daughter and a 10-year-old grandson and 6-year-old granddaughter. The Rutsky’s have another granddaughter, 23 years old and living in Charlotte, as well as another grandson, 15, who still lives in Maryland with the Rutsky’s other daughter. “So, the total tally for me is one wife, two daughters and four grandkids,” Rich says. Rich was born and raised in a small mill town in Southwestern Pennsylvania called Charleroi, about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh. Growing up with his parents and one brother in an ethnic community—all of his grandparents immigrated from Poland and Slovakia—exposed him to some interesting culinary offerings, ranging from stuffed cabbage and pierogi to chicken feet—a rare treat in light of the fact that there’s only two per bird. Rich served in the US Air Force; was an intelligence analyst at the Na-


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tional Security Agency; was a field engineer for Unisys Corp.; and an Information Technology Management Specialist for the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts in Washington, DC. The couple got to know Washington and Baltimore inside out, including good restaurants and fresh seafood. Indeed, Rich’s recipe for Crab Salad with Mango, Avocado and Fruit Puree was inspired by the great chef Patrick O’Connell, proprietor of The Inn at Little Washington, a world-renowned country inn and restaurant in the town of Washington in Virginia horse country. The Inn is the Rutsky’s favorite getaway; this recipe reflects Rich’s love of crab. It’s a special dish, fresh and vibrant, and makes a good presentation. “It requires no cooking, can be made ahead of time and, if used on Valentine’s Day, allows for more free time for more romantic pursuits,” Rich says. The Rutsky’s have been happily married 45 years.

mix thoroughly. • 2 Cups Jumbo Lump 4. Cover and refrigerate for at least • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (found 1/2 hour or overnight. Before servin Asian aisle of grocery store) ing remove cilantro and add pinch • 2 tablespoons lemon juice of sugar if necessary. • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves (rough chop) - (note; my wife finds cilantro too pungent so I use parsley.) 1. Combine crabmeat, jalapeno, lem• 1 1/2 tablespoons minced jalapeno on juice and fish sauce in medium • 1/4 cup diced fresh mango bowl, folding carefully to prevent • 1/2 cup diced fresh avocado breaking up crab lumps. 2. Using a ring mold about 2 inches Puree: in diameter (I use a piece of PVC • 1 small cantaloupe pipe), place about 2 tablespoons • 1/2 fresh pineapple of avocado in mold and pack down • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (see lightly with back of spoon. note above about cilantro.) 3. Place 1 tablespoon of mango on top • Sugar to taste of avocado and gently press down. 4. Place a final layer of crabmeat mixPreparation ture, smoothing down the top and 1. Puree the melon in a food procescarefully lift off the mold. sor and pour mixture in a medium 5. Repeat the process on remaining bowl. three plates. 2. Puree the pineapple and add it to 6. Ladle the fruit puree around the the melon puree. edge of the molded tower and serve 3. Tie up the cilantro (or parsley) in a chilled. square of cheesecloth and add it to the puree. Add the lemon juice and

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CorneliusCrossword Hello Neighbor Across 1

Large community for active adults, 2 words 8 Previously 9 Noted resident of Baker Street 11 Lakeside areas 13 Before the Middle Ages 16 Breakfast meat 18 Wear away a shoreline 19 See 7 down 23 A long way 24 Honest president 25 Dorothy’s auntie 26 Tom Cruise graduated HS in this NJ town, only one word here 30 A queen would feel right at home, 2 words 34 King 35 King of butterflies?

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in Brazil, hint- its capital is Salvador, 2 words Dock site Night before Christmas Ave. intersector “Well ___-di-dah . . .” It may need a boost Annual walking tour highlights history and geography, including natural springs, goes with 19 across Law and Order version Held a session _____ Shores, English county and Brit playwright first name Savings account Positive political response Dentists’ group, abbreviation Funny Kid’s game More skilful

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Arts Center meeting Jan. 30 An important Arts Center planning session that includes the PARC Commission, Planning Board, Architectural Review Board, Historic Preservation Committee and Land Development Code Advisory Board will take place Monday Jan. 30 in Cornelius Town Hall. Town officials say the proper

planning of Cornelius’ future Arts Center/Arts District is one of the most important efforts the town will ever undertake. “Beyond its prominent geographic location in our Town Center, the community and cultural influence of this facility will be felt across all of Cornelius and regionally too,” said Assistant Town Man-

ager Andrew Grant. “Appropriate planning for the center and district requires the knowledge and expertise of various disciplines. Convening the various boards and committees at one time will allow for a great dialogue and exchange that could never be achieved individually.” The meeting will begin at 6:30

pm in the Cornelius Town Hall Community Room, located at 21445 Catawba Ave. Development of a town arts center and district was authorized by town voters in 2013 when they approved a $20.4 million bond package that included $4 million for town center redevelopment, including a community arts center.

1. Corner Oak LLC - 21300 Catawba Ave. Most recent sale: $0.00 (2016). Assessment: $310,800

11. Rebecca Sue Mayhew - 19718 Meridian St. Most recent sale: $36,500 (1995). Assessment: $50,700

2. Richard & Margaret Eggleton - 21304 Catawba Ave. Most recent sale: $33,000 (1986). Assessment: $203,600

12. Misty Lee Brown - 19720 Meridian St. Most recent sale: $30,000 (2003). Assessment: $44,900

3. Cathy B Guthrie - 21310 Catawba Ave. Most recent sale: $90,000.00 (2004). Assessment: $95,200

13. Jack M Reid - 19712 Meridian St. Most recent sale: $0.00 (1994). Assessment: $73,700

4. John Ralph Harlan - 21312 Catawba Ave. Most recent sale: $0.00 (1982). Assessment: $245,600

14. Larry Douglas Starnes - 19706 Meridian St. Most recent sale: $0.00 (1995). Assessment: $61,700

5. Lilyan R Smith Hunter, Miriam Smith Whisnant - 21320 Catawba Ave.

15. Charles Edward Collins - 19700 Meridian St. Most recent sale: $0.00 (2001). Assessment: $60,000

6. Gerald M Potts - 21324 Catawba Ave. Most recent sale: $0.00 (1996). Assessment: $155,400

16. Peggy C Reid - 21405 Gem St. Most recent sale: $0.00 (2011). Assessment: $60,000

7. Hall Johnston Heirs Llc - 21328 Catawba Ave. Most recent sale: $0.00 (2009). Assessment: $1,110,800 8. Town Of Cornelius - 21410 Catawba Ave. Most recent sale: $0.00 (1920). Assessment: $3,425,500

17. Donna Kopter Wallace And Ellen Maria Schober - 21421 Gem St. Most recent sale: $0.00 (2016). Assessment: $67,100

9. Lilyan R Smith Hunter And Miriam Smith Whisnant - 21316 Catawba Av. Most recent sale: $0.00 (1973). Assessment: $39,100

18. Regal Oaks LLC, Antonio E Aiello, Colette Aiello Knox, Charles E Jr Knox And Steven R Knox - (Fractional Interest) 19725 Oak St. Most recent sale: $625,000 (2016). Assessment: $893,400

10. Corner Oak LLC - 19724 Meridian St. Most recent sale: $0.00 (2016). Assessment: $38,600

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14. 16.

3. 2. 4. 8. 10.

5. 6.

7. 9.

12. 13.

17. 18.

Source: Mecklenburg County tax records. Due to an error, the owners of the No. 3 and No. 5 parcels were excluded in the January edition.

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New Corporations

S S E N I S BU These corporations have registered with the N.C. Secretary of State

Cornelius 1/4/17 Interdyne Gama JV LLC, Richard Hester, 20513 Queensdale Dr., Cornelius 1/4/17 Seen Above Media Inc., Holly Mazzia, 20431 Tamara Oak Dr., Cornelius 1/5/17 Dream Hospitality Group LLC, Pragnesh Patel, 10116 Washam Potts Rd.,

Cornelius 1/5/17 JMR Construction LLC, Laura S. Temple, 11106 Treynorth Dr., Cornelius 1/5/17 Oneliance LLC, Mark D. Stevens, 17915 Peninsula Club Dr. North, Cornelius 1/6/17 LifeMints LLC, Tony Hugo Doan, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr., Cornelius 1/6/17 N.I.A.C. Holdings LLC, Nicholas A. Davis, 19520 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 313E, Cornelius

1/10/17 Barbour Health Inc., Sara Barbour, 17234 Poole Place Dr., Cornelius 1/11/17 DNG Consulting LLC, David Neri, 18528 Nantz Rd., Cornelius 1/11/17 Jamie’s Place: Waxing & Skin Care LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 20830 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius 1/11/17 Madison Simmons Homes & Communities LLC, Christopher Shane Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius 1/12/17 Lake Norman IT Professionals, Joseph Miller, 19009 Hampton Woods Ct., Cornelius 1/12/17 Rinvesta LLC, Mylena Kaseman, 18213 Harbor Mist Rd., Cornelius 1/13/17 Burn Boot Camp Chapel Hill LLC, Brian Williams, 21409 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 1/13/17 Hart Foundation LLC, Molly Hart, 16720 Yardarm Ln., Cornelius 1/13/17 Integrity in Sports Foundation LLC, Stephen W. Bennett, 19200 Spring Lily Ct., Cornelius 1/13/17 K Salon LLC, Kathleen Magnanti, 20528 N. Main St., Cornelius 1/13/17 OIB 260 LLC, Anthony B. Bowman, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., #202, Cornelius

Davidson 12/21/16 Hampton and Hampton LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 12/21/16 Hello, Sailor LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 12/21/16 K & J Management LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 12/21/16 La Petite Maison NC, Misty Butcher, 211 Walking Horse Trl., Davidson

12/28/16 Trey Williams Custom Homes LLC, Frank R. Williams III, 18714 River Ford Dr., Davidson 12/30/16 Heeltop Realty Group LLC, Bonswa D. Banks, 2054 Topaz Pl., Davidson 1/1/17 Aiken Westy Company LLC (AWC LLC), Jason McRee, 136 Spencer St., Davidson 1/1/17 Arden Holdings Inc., Cynthia Lewis, 400 Concord Rd., Davidson 1/1/17 E3 Inc., Hilary Porta, 817 Kimbrough Square Ct., Davidson 1/1/17 Envoy Travel LLC, Crystal Hurley Smith, 6365 Fox Chase Dr., Davidson 1/1/17 Holley Educational Services LLC, Cynthia Holley, 241 Fairview Ln., Davidson 1/1/17 Park Road Writing Associates Inc., Cynthia Lewis, 400 Concord Rd., Davidson 1/1/17 Ramblewood Coffee Co. LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 1/2/17 Chen HEFC LLC, Ron L. Turner Jr., 568 Jetton St., Ste. 200, Davidson 1/3/17 ASG Search LLC, Christian P. Alegria, 748 Cotton Gin Alley, Davidson 1/5/17 Lake Norman Breastfeeding Solutions LLC, Carolyn Honea, 522 Potts St., Davidson 1/6/17 Iron Ventures LLP, David Edmondson, 13612 Robert Walker Dr., Davidson 1/11/17 Good Idea Media LLC, Carrie Sealey-Morris, 600 Catawba Ave., Davidson 1/11/17 JR. III Racing LLC, William F. Glavin III, 452 Beaty St., Davidson 1/11/17 Restyled Residential LLC, Whitney K. Small, 232 O Henry Ave., Davidson

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Greetings nautical Person! “To the anonymous commentator who complained about the proposed name, ‘Hello Sailor,’ for the new restaurant being opened by the Kindred in Cornelius intimating the name somehow connoted an unsavory image, and, as a result, ‘No one that I know would ever go to a place with a name like that,’ I would offer that, while the expression does cause one to consider its salacious use by soliciting men and women trying to entice off-duty members of the Navy, such a connotation hasn’t seemed to negatively affect The Galway Hooker!” —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail. com Multiple meanings make the English language fun. In the case of Galway Hooker, “hooker” refers to a traditional sailboat used for fishing in Ireland. The boats are coated in pitch and the sails are red to dark red-brown. Stuffy critics might want to deep six (throw overboard in water too deep to retrieve anything) their opposition; the name Hello Sailor was registered with the NC Secretary of State Dec. 21 by a Davidson attorney.

Aggressive Driver “Green Mini Cooper coming out of Heritage Green every morning tailgating and driving crazy. Next time you tailgate me and drive irratically I will report you to the police. The speed limit thru the town of Cornelius is 25mph.” —via anonymous SoundOff link on

Lack of tree ordinance aids allergy sufferers

Cornelius, Davidson women march on Uptown “What rights exactly do we not have that men have?? I am equal to any man or anyone else” “The right to equal pay comes to mind” “Don’t know about you but I earned just as much if not more than men when I was in the workforce.” “We were happy to march for Huntersville” “Anti trump march? No, it’s about women’s rights and equality” “We were there! Me and my husband both.” —via Cornelius Facebook page


Keep fighting toll lanes “Every study I have read says these toll lanes will NOT help with congestion, even the NCDOT says so! Our two general purpose and side road lanes are still going to be the mess they are and WILL GET WORSE! Don’t move, SPEAK UP! Please, CALL Governor Cooper’s office and request him to cancel the Cintra contract right now: Constituent Services at 919-814-2050, ext 3. —via anonymous SoundOff link on

“I remember the mayor went on about preserving a tree in Kenton Place at Bruster’s...then why did all the trees have to be torn out for Epcon on Nantz Road, Classica on Jetton and those developments out on Bailey Road toward Huntersville. I’m disappointed that every tree is gone. I saw deer running by my house when they clear-cut for Epcon because all of a sudden they lost their environment.” —via According to Cornelius Planning Director Wayne Herron, if a development is permitted “by right,” there is no preservation requirement. The Town may try to seek and negotiate preservation if the grading plan will allow for it. If a development requires conditional zoning review, the Town can require preservation of any significant and/or historic trees as well as preservation of significant forested areas or tree stands. These regulations apply whether it is commercial or residential. “By right” means that existing zoning matches the proposed project. For example on Bethel Church at Charles Towne Lane, the land is already zoned residential so the builder can erect homes without having a rezoning hearing, or addressing preservation issues. If the land needs to be rezoned to conditional zoning, for example, then the town may address the trees and other preservation issues etc during the hearing process.

Clean your bottles! “I’ve noticed my neighbors don’t clean ketchup and honey bottles before putting them into the recycling container. They are from Ohio. Can we do the same?” —via anonymous SoundOff link We recommend leaving your neighbor’s trash alone, but bottles and jars should be rinsed out as best as possible, regardless of where you are from. “They don’t need to be scrubbed clean but free of most of the food,” says Tyler Beardsley, assistant to the town manager.

Cornelius recyclables checklist:

Sweetener packets: No, paper should be larger than the palm of your hand Prescription bottles: Yes Put metal lids back on glass jars: Yes Put hard plastic lids (No. 5) back on soft plastic jars (No. 1): Yes Lysol and other aerosol cans (not paint): Yes, as long as cans are empty Empty spray paint cans: Yes, as long as cans are empty Incandescent bulbs: No, but they can be recycled at a Mecklenburg County Recycling Center Fluorescent bulbs: No, but they can be recycled at a Mecklenburg County Recycling Center Spiral CFL bulbs: No, but they can be recycled at a Mecklenburg County Recycling Center Broken glass (like a juice glass): No Corks in wine bottles: No Foil Christmas wrapping paper: No —Source: Town of Cornelius

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