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The Protestant Reformation got under way in earnest in 1517 when reform-minded Martin Luther made his theology perfectly clear to an archbishop in the Roman Catholic Church. Luther was also quite the composer, and his music—including “A Mighty Fortress is our God”—is still played to this day in a wide variety of denominations. “Variations on a Mighty Fortress” will be performed by Minnesota native and Iowa-based Luther College instructor Brad Schultz on the mighty organ at Davidson College

Presbyterian Church Jan. 9. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with a meet-the-artist reception hosted by Friends of the Organ afterwards. Performances are free with donations accepted to support the Organ at Davidson’s 11th annual series. Shultz also will perform Bach, Vierne and Sowerby pieces as well as special Christmas selections. In keeping with Luther himself, some of the music is described as “saucy.” Shultz teaches organ, church music and music history.

Economic outlook Q&A with top economist Jan. 19 Sarah House, a vice president and economist with Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, will be the featured speaker at the Cornelius Today and Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast Jan. 19 at The Peninsula Club. Frequently quoted on Bloomberg News and National Public Radio, the Huntersville resident was a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank before joining Wells Fargo. Newsmakers Breakfasts are an

open-forum Q&As with people who make the news. Anyone can ask a question. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for networking. The buffet-style breakfast gets under way at 7:30 a.m. The Q&A begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 9 a.m. The cost to attend, $12, includes a full country breakfast. Reserve a seat at 704-895-1335 with Visa or MasterCard. Sponsors include Davidson Wealth Management, Donna Moffett Accountants and KS Audio Video.

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Drug epidemic strikes close to home The biggest increase in heroin death rates occurred in North Carolina, South Carolina “There were over 700 people at his celebration service at Hopewell High School and the stories we have heard and continue to hear about the love and compassion he showed for others moves us to tears. We also love hearing the funny Hunter stories and there are plenty of them! By all counts, Hunter was an outstanding, bright, friendly individual with a great future ahead. He epitomizes so many of the wonderful young people we are losing to drugs.” —Debbie and Randy Dalton. Their son Hunter, 23, died of a drug overdose in December

BY DAVE VIESER There is a national drug use epidemic that is causing accidental deaths, even among first-time and casual users. It’s happening in cities large and small, including Cornelius. The culprit is opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, deaths caused by synthetic opioids other than methadone increased 72.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, while heroin death rates rose more than 20 percent More than 52,400 people died of overdoses last year—more people than car accidents (37,757) and gun violence (36,252). The reality, of course, is that it’s not intentional. Recreational drugs can kill you. “We are so proud of how many lives our son impacted at such a young age,” the Daltons said. Hunter grew up in Cornelius and worked at Orange Theory Fitness and Birkdale Golf Course.He had a new job in corporate sales at Citrix systems in Raleigh. continued on page 5

The Centers for Disease Control plan: • Improve opioid prescribing to reduce unnecessary exposure to opioids and prevent addiction by training providers and implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. • Improve access to and use of prescription drug monitoring programs. • Protect people experiencing opioid use disorder (OUD) by expanding OUD treatment capacity and naloxone distribution. • Implement harm reduction approaches including naloxone distribution and syringe services. • Support law enforcement strategies to reduce and to improve detection of the illicit opioid supply by working with state and local public health agencies. Learn more at

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As shocking as the statistics are, there is hope. On Dec. 13, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act. The 996-page $6.2 billion act paves the way for more prevention and treatment of addiction, as well as monitoring of opiate prescriptions for pain. In North Carolina, the number of treatment facilities has surpassed 400, with 211 devoted solely to substance abuse. There’s a real need, especially since the worst city in America for opioid abuse according to a study by the Castlight Health is Wilmington. Three other cities in the state make the Worst 25 list for opioid abuse: Hickory (5), Jacksonville (12) and Fayetteville (18). “There are no words which can fill the emptiness in our hearts. But if we can convey one message to parents, it would be this: Please urge your loved ones not to use hard recreational drugs. The people who are producing these drugs lace them with dangerous substances and are no less killers than those carrying weapons in the streets.”

which are frequently over-prescribed. Opioid addicts go to work and church, attend school. They can get stopped in their tracks trying to fill a fraudulent prescription—or die of an overdose. “Too many Americans are feeling the devastation of the opioid crisis either from misuse of prescription opioids or use of illicit opioids,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Urgent action is needed to help health care providers treat pain safely and treat opioid use disorder effectively, support law enforcement strategies to reduce the availability of illicit opiates, and support states to develop and implement programs that can save lives.” “We will treasure our son Hunter as truly a gift from God that we will cherish for the rest of our lives...” — Debbie and Randy Dalton.

12 signs someone has a problem with painkillers • Drowsiness: They may fall asleep in the middle of a conversation or while watching TV. • Change in sleep habits. Sleep may become prolonged or excessive at times, and then shortened if the drug runs out. • Lack of hygiene. Old habits around grooming may disappear. • Flu-like symptoms, like fever and headache. These can be signs of withdrawal. • Weight loss from metabolic changes. • Changes in exercise habits or energy level due to lethargy. • Decreased libido from lower testosterone and estrogen levels. • Reappearance of bad habits like smoking. • Loss of relationships. • Theft. Things may be pawned to pay for painkillers or heroin. • Unexplained credit card charges may appear on monthly statements. • Missing meetings, deadlines, loss of job. Source:

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Top restoration challenges • Leveling the floors. This very delicate job involved lifting parts of the house that had settled. It took weeks to accomplish, Irvin said. • Handicap requirements meant installing a ramp in an aesthetically pleasing way. • Gutting and redoing areas that had been added over the years. • Getting the necessary permits is a long process and can get complicated.

That old house on Zion Step back in Cornelius history at Susan Irvin’s new office BY DAVE YOCHUM ew-attorney-in-town Susan Irvin and her husband Bob have transformed a 113-year-old Queen Anne style house on Zion Avenue into an eminently practical law office. But the old Sherrill-Robbins House retains all its charm, wide wood trim, wooden floors and a distinctive wooden cross design in the front


gable. The left front room is now a goodlooking conference room with period-correct architectural details and contemporary chairs. The right front room is the administrative office. A kitchen worthy of “Fixer Upper” is a break room. The balustrade and newel post on the stairway to the second story retain their original elegance. Irvin’s

office has the original fireplace opposite her desk. “This is an excellent example of what preservationists call adaptive reuse,” said Dan Morrill, director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. The commission has voted to recommend the house, which first belonged to Frank Sherrill, be designated a historic landmark. He was one-third owner of the Stough Cornelius Co. which operated a general store that sold all sorts of supplies to farmers and shipped ginned cotton by rail to distant markets. He went on to become president of the Bank of Cornelius and head of the Gem Yarn Mill. In 1927, Sherrill sold his home to Walter Robert Robbins. Mecklenburg

County was overwhelmingly rural back then; agriculture was the driving force of the local economy. While the economy has changed, the Irvins did their best to put the house back the way it was when cotton was king in Cornelius. It almost didn’t happen. Susan was looking for new office space in Davidson for her growing law office which she operated out of her home. A lease on new Class A office space in Davidson fell through, but a chance meeting with Cam Finlay, the developer of Antiquity, resulted in the sale of the house to Susan. “When I came over and looked at it, I said “I have to have it.” The Irvins paid $200,000 for the house early in 2016, and since then have spent well into the six figures on renovations. They live in Davidson and have three grown sons. An attorney for 32 years, Susan Irvin, went to Duke University and got her law degree at the University of Texas Law School in 1983. Susan has mostly done commercial real estate law since then and went out on her own in 2005. She was in the news recently when she was retained to advise a developer who has applied to build a hotel on property on West Catawba across from the Robbins Park development. Irvin’s new offices are a beautiful step back in time. Irvin credits architect John Burgess and Davidsonbased Flat Creek Construction. The house is already a neighborhood magnet. The Irvin’s have had an open house and a neighborhood Christmas party.

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Newsmaker’s Breakfast

Beasley, Bradford agree on issues like I-77, disagree on others NC representatives from opposites sides of the aisle fielded questions for an hour

BY DAVE VIESER The I-77 toll plan was front and center at a Newsmakers Breakfast at The Peninsula Club with NC Rep. John Bradford, a Republican, and Assemblyman-elect Chaz Beasley, a

Democrat. Despite being on opposite sides of the aisles, the two men—both rising stars in their respective parties— showed every sign of getting along, mutual respect and, most important-

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ly, the ability to work together in the State Capitol. Bradford said the toll lane issue is one example where Democrats and Republicans are in lockstep. “My Democratic colleagues from this region and I have and will continue to pool our efforts to address this terrible contract,” he said. Beasley concurred. “We’ll need to work together because the clock is ticking, and there are two other toll lane projects already on the drawing board.” The 900-page contract has been called a fiasco by political leaders from Cornelius Commissioner Dave

Gilroy to N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte, the former mayor. The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to add toll lanes to Interstate 485 and U.S. 74. Beasley, who is an attorney, doesn’t want the same mistakes that were made on the I-77 contract to be made elsewhere. Beasley was elected to the NC House seat formerly held by Charles Jeter of Huntersville, who resigned last spring. He beat his opponent, Beth Caulfield, 54 percent to 45 percent. Bradford, a former Cornelius commissioner, defeated independent Jane Campbell 56 percent to 43 percent. Read more here: The two were the featured speakers at the open forum NewsMakers Q&A which also drew the likes of NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham. Members of the town boards came from both Huntersville and Cornelius. Tarte reiterated his charge that there was “malfeasance” involved on the part of NCDOT lawyers who continued on page 9

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signed off on a 900-age contract with Cintra, the only bidder on the $650 million toll lane project between Mooresville and Charlotte. “Isn’t it strange that virtually all of the DOT legal staff which worked on this contract are no longer with DOT?”, Tarte said. Beasley said the contract is almost totally in favor of Cintra, not the citizens of the Tarheel State. He should know. Beasley is an attorney with Alston & Byrd, a large Charlotte law firm where he has reviewed countless contracts in the world of high finance and public entities. “I know the law firm Cintra used and they are familiar with this type of agreement. It’s almost as if Cintra had written it, while the DOT staff had virtually no experience,” Beasley stated. Bradford also agreed, adding that “one of the problems we have is that representatives from other parts of the state could care less about I-77, so it’s a tough sales job. However, we in-

tend to push our recent bill calling for an independent review of the contract and RFP process when the long session convenes in January.” Bradford’s appearance in itself was a surprise after a series of special sessions in Raleigh that were profoundly newsworthy in and of themselves. For one thing, Republicans bridled incoming Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat. “I’ve been excused from the special session because I really wanted to be here, and I also have local meetings lined up all day,” Bradford said. Bradford defended the bills approved by the Republicans. “I’m a moderate conservative and many of these changes will give us better tools to control spending and oversee state government more efficiently,” he said. Beasley countered: “We in government need to be as transparent as possible.”

burg. “I’d like to see some sort of formula where votes are apportioned by project mileage, not just by population as it is now,” Bradford said. Newsmakers Breakfasts are openforum public discussions with key people in the news. Questions are driven by the audience. The presenting sponsor was Dixie Dean, with Allen Tate Realtors. Carolina Trust Bank, Davidson Wealth Management, Master Title Association and KS Audio were also sponsors.

Regarding HB-2, Bradford said, “No one is pure.” He regretted that the Charlotte City Council failed to annul their ordinance last summer. “The votes were there and if they had moved, we would have done so, too, in Raleigh.” Both representatives also agreed that the composition of the Charlotte Regional Planning and Transportation Organization needs to change. Charlotte holds an almost insurmountable majority of the weighted votes, even around projects that might only affect North Mecklen-



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Who owns this block: Downtown Cornelius is about to change BY DAVE YOCHUM The Cornelius Arts Center planned for the property next to the Police Station will be the cultural center of Cornelius—maybe North Mecklenburg. The new arts district is likely to become a center of real estate activity, too. Indeed, a treasured piece of Cornelius history—the old Doc Washam house on the corner of Meridian and Catawba Avenue—has already changed hands. Many an old-timer was treated there by the late Dr. W.W.

Washam, a beloved figure in Cornelius who didn’t retire until his 85th birthday. The Cornelius Jaycees 1971 “History of Cornelius” said Washam’s “genial nature and friendly smile endeared him to all…and twinkle in his eye and affable manner often did more for his patient than his medicine.” He died in 1958. The house, and perhaps more importantly, the property it sits on, was purchased for $340,000 by Corner Oak LLC. The member/managers are Rob-

ert Stamey and Gordon Cashion, according to the N.C. Secretary of State. Gordon Cashion could not be reached for comment. The Town of Cornelius will pay $1.495 million for the 1.85 acre parcel next to the Police Station in January. The property was assessed at $1.1 million during the 2011 revaluation, according to Mecklenburg County tax records. The arts center building will be worth at least $4 million, thanks to bonds approved by voters. The price

tag could ultimately be higher with the help of private fundraising that is expected to get under way in earnest in 2017. There is expected to be an overlay “arts district,” with the art center acting as a centerpiece and catalyst. A “festival street” approach to Catawba between Meridian/Mulberry Street and Oak Street would be both a street and pedestrian plaza area that could be closed for special events. —Stephen Nance contributed to this story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Hall Johnston Heirs Llc - 21328 Catawba Ave. Most recent sale: $0.00 (2009). Assessment: $1,110,800

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

6. Town Of Cornelius - 21410 Catawba Ave. Most recent sale: $0.00 (1920). Assessment: $3,425,500

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

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

16. 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

8. Corner Oak LLC - 19724 Meridian St. Most recent sale: $0.00 (2016). Assessment: $38,600 9. Rebecca Sue Mayhew - 19718 Meridian St. Most recent sale: $36,500 (1995). Assessment: $50,700

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NCDOT says accident rate climbed in I-77 work area usually carries enhanced enforcement and higher fines. That has not happened, despite the sight of “semi’s being flung about by the deep grooving,” noted Miltich. In response, DOT spokeswoman Jen Thompson said work zone speed limits are BY DAVE VIESER If it seems that if I-77 came to a halt more often in the past year because of accidents, you’re right. The number of crashes between Exit 23 and Exit 36 is up 7.8 percent, according to statistics provided by the NCDOT. There were 619 accidents from January-October, 2016, up from 574 during the same time period in 2015. Construction work on the toll lanes began in November 2015, with the full impact felt earlier this year when lanes were shifted and barriers erected, narrowing travel lanes and eliminating shoulders. The increase in accidents came as no surprise to local officials. “This certainly was predictable when they narrowed the lanes and eliminated a shoulder,” said Cornelius Commissioner Mike Miltich. Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Russell agreed. “This is an especially critical situation in the I-77-Lake Norman area because we lack the infrastructure... to handle additional capacity when I-77 becomes impassable because of an accident. If there is a collision between Mile Marker 23 and 36, we often see not only highways 21 and 115 becoming overly congested, but feeder roads such as Westmoreland, Catawba, and Gilead back up as well creating a regional gridlock.” In addition to the number of accidents, the data from the state showed 134 accidents with injuries, up from 131 last year. More than

70 percent of the accidents in both years were rear-end collisions, and another 15 percent were sideswipes with vehicles traveling in the same direction. The most accidents were near exits 23, 25 and 28, consistent with the area where most of the construction has been taking place. Fridays were the worst day for accidents; October the worst month. Speeding was cited as a factor in a significant number of accidents. There was one fatal accident both years. The National Safety Council, which tracks accidents on a nationwide basis, says that 579 people were killed and 24,680 people were injured in construction zone crashes during 2013, the last year for which they have complete data. “Nearly all states have laws that increase the penalties for speeding or committing other traffic violations while in a construction zone.” said spokeswoman Maureen Vogel. “The penalties often involve doubled fines, but also can be a fixed dollar amount. In some cases, the penalty is applicable only when workers are present and/or if signs are posted.” Making the I-77 stretch a designated construction zone is one step which the DOT and its construction partner I77 Mobility Partners could have taken. Last December, Jean Leier, spokeswoman for I77 Mobility Partners said that the NCDOT, in conjunction with the contractor, might impose a reduced “work zone” speed limit of 55 MPH, which

“This is an especially critical situation in the I-77-Lake Norman area because we lack the infrastructure... —Bill Russell, Lake Norman Chamber President

based on recommendations from the DOT’s Work Zone Safety Traffic Control Unit. “The I-77 express lanes project has a work zone speed limit of 55 mph when lane closures or shifts are implemented and signs are posted. Otherwise, the speed limit is 65 mph. There is a $250 penalty for speeding in the work zone,” she said. It was unclear where the 55 MPH signs are, however.

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Davidson on NC Top 5 safest cities list; Cornelius ranks No. 12 overall Dec. 14. The most recent FBI Crime Report says Davidson is among the Top 10 safest cities in North Carolina. A total of 115 communities with populations of at least 5,000 were examined in a recent report from ValuePenguin, a consumer research company that looked at FBI statistics like violent

crime and property crime. Small does not necessarily mean safe. The five least safest communities had populations between 5,000 and 25,000. The sixth-largest city in the research, Cary, ranked as the eighth-safest place overall. ValuePenguin broke down North Carolina cities into three categories:

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1. Pinehurst

Pinehurst offers safety to people and their property. This community, known to golf fans as the home of the famous Pinehurst Resort, had the lowest rate of violent crime and the lowest rate of property crime of any city in North Carolina. In fact, Pinehurst was the only city in this research with a crime score under 400. Both the police and fire departments have won numerous awards for achievements in public safety.

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Elon (population of 9,537) is the smallest community in the top five. It is an approximately 27-minute drive from Greensboro, NC and is home to a university of the same name. It had the third-lowest rate of violent crime and the fifth-lowest rate of property crime of any city in this research. Due to its college town flavor, it had a median household income below the average for North Carolina.

3. Holly Springs

The safest large community ranked third in this research. In addition to

a low rate of violent crime, it had the second-lowest rate of property crime in this research. It is approximately 20 miles from the state capital of Raleigh. Holly Springs is an affluent city where almost 55% of the residents over 25 have at least a bachelor’s degree, and the median household income is nearly $92,000.

4. Waxhaw

This town, whose motto is ‘Proud of Our Past… Passionate About Our Future,’ came in at number four. The police department encourages a partnership between itself and the community. This approach has been fruitful. Waxhaw had the third-lowest rate of property crime in addition to a low rate of violent crime. This community, located approximately 30 miles from Charlotte, had a median household income approximately $28,000 above the average for North Carolina.

5. Davidson

Davidson is the second college town in the top five. The police department’s core values of treating everyone equally and partnering with the community to prevent crime have paid off for Davidson’s residents and businesses. It had the fourth-lowest rate of property crime for North Carolina cities, and Davidson reported a mere eight violent crimes in 2014. This town, located 22 miles from Charlotte had a median household income double that of North Carolina and a very high percentage of residents (66%) with a college degree.

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Dec. 14. Woody Washam will throw his hat in the ring for mayor in 2017. The popular mayor pro tem of Cornelius—he has been the highest votegetter in the past two elections—is expected to formally announce his candidacy next month. There’s no official word on whether Mayor Chuck Travis will run for a third term. He ran unopposed in November of 2015, only to be censured by all five members of the Town Board for a stealth visit to N.C. Sen. Phil Berger to express his personal views in favor of widening I-77 with toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville. Travis did not respond

to an email and phone call Tuesday. The town board, Washam included, had already voted repeatedly to stop the 50-year toll plan. Meanwhile NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, himself a former mayor of Cornelius, and NC Rep. John Bradford, a former Cornelius commissioner, also fought to cancel the $650 million toll plan, only to see it fail in Berger’s domain—the NC Senate. Washam has earned the respect of the Town Board which has coalesced around his leadership as mayor pro tem. Washam, a life-long Cornelius resident, has never voted for the toll plan, which the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has staunchly opposed since before the 2015 elections. “I’ve worked hard to try to stop the NCDOT I-77 toll road project by supporting resolutions calling for a 90day moratorium on the toll road and then the de-funding and termination of the contract as well as assisting Rep. Bradford and Sen. Tarte in their

efforts at the state level to stop the tolls and widen I-77 with general purpose lanes,” Washam said. “We have many critical and important issues to work hard on in our town and I will do everything I can to make sure the voices of the people and businesses of Cornelius are heard. I am grateful for the widespread encouragement from both elected officials and citizens to run for Mayor of our great town.” Andy Yates of Red Dome Group is expected to manage Washam’s campaign. Washam was elected to the Town Commission in 2013 coming in first in a field of 10 candidates. Fellow commissioners unanimously selected Washam to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. As Mayor Pro-Tem, Washam represents the Town of Cornelius on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, the Arts and Sciences Council, Lake Norman EDC, North Mecklenburg Alliance and the new Cornelius Arts and Community Center Board. Washam is senior vice president at Carolina Trust Bank.

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Former SouthLake pastor pleads guilty to wire fraud, stealing from church Dec. 21. Wade Malloy, 62, the former pastor of Southlake Church, has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, for stealing money from the church and Southlake Christian School. His partner in crime, school Headmaster Wayne C. Parker, has already been sentenced to 60 months in prison for his role in the scheme which netted him nearly $9 million. According to court documents Malloy conspired with Parker, headmaster of the school, to execute a scheme to defraud SouthLake of between $500,000 and $1 million by embezzling bank funds to pay for Malloy’s personal expenses. According to court records, Malloy and others founded the church in 1991. Malloy became the Church’s first pastor and served in that capacity until 2014. Among other responsibilities as pastor, Malloy was responsible for overseeing the operation and finances of the church. Upon Malloy’s recommendation, the church hired Parker as headmaster and chief financial officer in 1996. As CFO, Parker had control over finances and bank accounts. According to court records, beginning in 2000 and until 2014, Malloy, with Parker’s help, began embezzling School and Church bank funds. Court records indicate that Malloy had Parker issue additional paychecks to Malloy above and beyond what he was entitled to by the terms of his employment. As the scheme progressed over time, in addition to the extra salary checks, Malloy had Parker used church funds to pay for Malloy’s personal expenses that included, among other things, college tuition, medical bills, cars and credit card bills. Malloy, who entered his guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer, was released on bond after the hearing. The penalty for the wire fraud charge carries a maximum prison term of five years and a $250,000 fine.

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Delay installing Nantz traffic light costs county taxpayers $40,000 Dec. 20. By Dave Vieser. Mecklenburg County taxpayers paid nearly $40,000 this past year for police to direct traffic at Nantz Road and West Catawba Avenue because a promised new traffic signal was never installed during Ramsey Creek Park’s first beach season. And last night, town and county officials indicated the problematic intersection won’t have a traffic light until February at the earliest. Meanwhile, to alleviate the massive, traffic-stopping crowds last Memorial Day, the beach will open a week earlier next year. “I can’t believe it’s taken this long to get a traffic light up,” said Mayor Chuck Travis. The AT&T lines have finally been moved, but now Epcon, which is building the adjacent active adult community, and is responsible for doing the road paving, is express-

ing concern over doing such work in the middle of winter. “I told them to be optimistic and to hope for a mild winter,” said Planning Director Wayne Herron. Even so, officials do not anticipate completion before February. Under an agreement with the county, the Cornelius Police Department provided an officer for traffic coverage at the intersection as long as the light is not installed and working. The cost is covered by the county. Mecklenburg County Parks Director Jim Garges and park employees shared a wide range of additional information about the beach’s first season of operation: Total beach attendance was 71,000, with approximately 75 percent comprised of county residents. The beach operation cost the county $258,000 while bringing in some $117,000 in

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revenue. Police calls for service rose from 32 in 2015 to 50 in 2016. There were three closures during the summer for excess capacity; 28 for thunderstorms and one for water quality. Looking ahead, Garges said there will be more concessions next year. He also plans a closed circuit TV security coverage in conjunction with the Cornelius Police. In response to an inquiry from Commissioner Dave Gilroy, Garges said he would take another look at eliminating the weekend fee at Jetton Park. Garges also said that there is no other site on the Mecklenburg side of the lake that could be permitted by Duke Energy for a public beach.

Prior to the report, one resident, Donna Connell, who lives on Yachtman Drive off of Nantz Road, complained about the beach’s impact on their quality of life. “Enough is enough. You need to start thinking about the rights of the residents who live nearby,” she told the commissioners. Residents of Nantz Road have not been able to get to their own houses because of traffic lined up to enter thepark. Also at the Dec. 19 meeting, the commissioners appointed Dr. Scott Higgins as Chairman of the town Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC). Dr. Higgins has served as a member of the PARC Commission since April, 2015.

Cornelius fields new name for park Dec. 6. The new baseball fields behind Cornelius Elementary School have been named in honor of former Major League pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm, who grew up in Huntersville but played many games on an older baseball diamond at the same site. The Cornelius Town Board approved the name at their meeting last night. The famous knuckleballer grew up on a farm that is now in Huntersville, but attended schools in Cornelius back when places east and west of the center of Cornelius and Huntersville were unincorporated Mecklenburg County. The New York Times says the modest, God-fearing pitcher “twisted Yankee hitters into knots.” Wilhelm pitched a total of 1,070 games; he was an All Star five times. A humble, down-to-earth athlete, his knuckleball baffled hitters with its strange twisting motion. WIlhelm mastered the pitch while playing for a number of major league teams, in-

cluding the Giants. Nicknamed “Old Sarge,” Wilhelm also pitched for the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers between 1952 and 1972. Wilhelm, who fought in World War II, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. He was the first pitcher to reach 200 saves, and the first to appear in 1,000 games. Wilhelm passed away in 2002.


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18103 Harbor Light Boulevard in Cornelius for $2,180,000

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

Cornelius 11/10/16 $315,000 Robert & Kim Bowen to William & Nahleena Moore, 19427 Yachtman Dr.

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11/10/16 $393,500 Epcon Cornelius to George & Patrice Winovich, 18733 Daymark Dr. 11/10/16 $187,000 Steve & Rosanna Radmann to Louis Floyd, 18832 Nautical Dr. Unit 42 11/10/16 $129,000 Our Towns of North Mecklenburg-Iredell Habitat for Humanity to Curtis Nivens Jr., 10018 Psalms St. 11/14/16 $312,500 John & Renee Lechko to Joseph & Jennifer Szakaly, 9619 Willow Leaf Ln. 11/14/16 $700,000 Patricia Aycoth to Gina

& Aleck Kilgour, 20617 Bethelwood Ln. 11/15/16 $2,130,000 Kaneel Bay Development to Balasubramanian Palanisamy & Radhai Ramasamy, 20911, 20925 and 20939 Cinnamon Tree Ln. 11/15/16 $334,500 South Creek Homes to Claire Erkman, 11716 Mount Argus Dr. 11/15/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 166 Bailey’s Glen 11/15/16 $252,000 Sara Butler to Susan Dewar, 19019 Natalie Michelle Ln.

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Unit 1D 11/21/16 $605,000 Michael & Julie Hoertt to Mindaugas & Jessica Lydeka, 16611 Redding Park Ln. 11/21/16 $311,000 South Creek Homes to Rose McFadden, 11610 Dublin Crescent Rd.

11/21/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 270 Bailey’s Glen 11/22/16 $362,000 South Creek Homes to Ronald & Sandra Berg, 11606 Dublin Crescent Rd. 11/22/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 271 Bailey’s Glen 11/28/16 $247,000 Shirley Murphy to CSH Property One, 18635 Coachman Trace

11/29/16 $75,000 Michael Knox to 1424 W A LLC, 20015 Mulberry St. 11/29/16 $316,000 Tara & Jonathan McConnell to Brian & Jessica O’Rorke, 8914 Willow Leaf Ln. 11/29/16 $165,000 James Hogan & Kyung Hui Campise to Jenifer Dunn, 171009 Freshwater Ln. 11/29/16 $321,500 South Creek Homes to William & Annabel Gross, 11704 Mount Argus Dr. 11/29/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 169 Bailey’s Glen 11/30/16 $257,000 John & Rebeca Pendergast to Jack Wodock, 20132 Amy Lee Dr. 11/30/16 $151,000 Timothy & Laura Whelan to Sheree Roper, 19835 Henderson Rd. Unit B 11/30/16 $355,000 Peter Veldhuis to Brian Fussner, 1211 Inn Keeper’s Way 11/30/16 $112,500 Kathy Sims to Ruthellen Wise, 21240 Hickory St. Unit D 11/30/16 $405,000 Epcon Cornelius to Barbara Sabo, 18721 Daymark Dr. 12/1/16 $210,000 Mallory Hall to Michael Haffner, 18714 The Commons Blvd. 12/1/16 $424,000 Jon & Dawn Wilson to Ryan Tooley, 19500 Trintella Ln. 12/1/16 $98,000 Westmoreland Lake to Classica Homes, Lot 332 at 9016 Robbins Pond Rd. 12/1/16 $157,205 Hyde Park III to L&R CPC, 10228 Bailey Rd. Unit 309 12/1/16 $315,000 Matthew & Dawn Carroll to James & Jennifer Carr, 1215 Inn Keepers Way 12/1/16 $180,000 Gregory & Pamela O’Connor to Chantal & Christopher Decker, 21314 Country Club Dr. 12/2/16 $2,180,000 Jerry Eller to Jean Riou & Lori Schneider, 18103 Harbor Light Blvd. 12/2/16 $630,000 Flavia Hiatt to Andrew Heywood & Carla Raassi, 16606 Mizzen Ct. 12/2/16 $1,026,000 Stephen & Jessi Rosembaum to Frederick & Carolyn Kim, 21013 Island Forest Dr. 12/2/16 $580,000 Anne Orren to Patrick & Lauren Pleiss, 21113 Island Forest Dr. 12/2/16 $203,000 Ryan Terzian to BKFP LLC 20426 N. Main St. 12/5/16 $185,000 Scott & Rhonda Cribbs to Hany Elgamal & Sara Desoky, 8902 Washam Potts Rd. 12/5/16 $300,000 Ernesto & Stacey Donadio to Nancy Donlon, 7844 Village Harbor Dr. Unit 36 12/5/16 $248,000 Robert Holden to John & Betty Beard, 20582 Harbor View Dr. 12/5/16 $240,000 John & Anna Hathaway to Jennifer Davis, 10417 Watoga Way 12/6/16 $1,220,000 Stephen & Danette Mountcastle to Edwin & Susan Small, 22629 Torrence Chapel Rd. 12/6/16 $395,000 Gayle Thomas to Gregory Knudson & Virginia Manlove, 21817 Chapel Way

12/7/16 $369,000 South Creek Homes to Ludwig family, 13319 Hazelbrook Ln. 12/7/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 184 Bailey’s Glen 12/8/16 $340,000 Charles & Janice Stanier to Linda & William Conley Jr., 18733 The Commons Blvd. 12/8/16 $150,000 Clara Swallows to Clarence Jackson Jr., 20101 Henderson Rd. Unit F 12/8/16 $345,000 Cindy & Matthew Riley to Karen Shafer, 18607 The Commons Blvd. 12/9/16 $100,000 Westmoreland Lake LLC to Robert & Kimberly Bowen, Lot 335 Preserve at Robbins Park at 9034 Robbins Pond Rd. 12/9/16 $518,000 Roger Tisi & Nadine Millar to Emily & Darren Burrell, 20354 Christofle Dr. 12/9/16 $340,000 Darren & Emily Burrell to Bradley & Jill Micallef, 17318 Harbor Walk Dr. 12/9/16 $197,500 Amy Heath to Brian Heath, 17820 Delmas Dr. 12/9/16 $255,000 RK & Carol Nelson to David Beall, 1345 Jacemans Way 12/9/16 $216,000 Kevin Wilson to Amy Cobhan, 8905 Washam Potts Rd. 12/12/16 $135,000 Westmoreland Lake LLC to Gregory & Natalie Sturman, Lot 94 the Preserve at Robbins Park at 9414 Robbins Preserve Rd. 12/13/16 $379,000 Sarah & Nathan Matney to HP North Carolina, Lot 150 Jetton Cove 12/12/16 $540,000 Hurl & Ann Benton to Ashley & Michael Wolfe Jr., 21300 Rio Oro Dr. 12/12/16 $750,000 Frank & Jill Rizzo to Angela Konkle & Robert Valentinsen Jr., 21113 Norman Shores Dr.


11/15/16 $875,000 Kevin Scott Violette Revocable Trust to Brian Yerys & Rebecca Takahashi, 19009 Wildcat Trl. 11/16/16 $286,500 Andrew & Shannon O’Geen to Trustees to Davidson College, 261 Ashby Dr. 11/18/16 $466,000 Christopher During & Catherine Curry to Janine Yordy, 13267 Robert Walker Dr. 11/21/16 $272,000 Boiler Heels to Kevin & Mary Connery, 315 Catawba Ave. 11/30/16 $1,110,000 Enrico Sieni & Monica Moretti to Edward & Danielle Maurer, 18010 Bear Track Dr. 12/6/16 $982,000 Plattner Custom Builders to Christopher Hood & Heather Kaneda, 17647 Stuttgart Rd. 12/6/16 $285,000 Chesmar Homes to Christopher & Sara Schoof, 19107 Park Terrace Ln.

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The beginning of new year is good time to begin an update A new year is always a good time to think about redoing a room, a floor or a whole house. Allen Sutton, the founder of Southern Decadence Design in Denver, says there’s no reason to be intimidated. Flooring, art, favorite pieces and upholstery will suggest a direction to go in. Color choices might come out of something treasured. A pair of chairs in a breakfast room informed the color choices in a recent Southern Decadence makeover of a kitchen and living room. “Inspiration changes from client to client and depends on the space we are working in,” Sutton, a thirdgeneration designer, said. You take your pointers from the architecture of the home or space first, then consider the functionality—how are you going to use the room? Whether it’s more of an intimate space, or more of an entertaining space, Sutton says there may be pieces that you already own that might be perfect in a redone room. A long mahogany table, all formal and elegant, can be re-themed with all new chairs, or upholstered chairs at either end, or entirely different drapes or a table runner. People want to be comfortable in their homes, even if what they ask for are “magazine-ready” rooms with a wow factor. “Clients have a better understanding of design than

before,” Sutton said, explaining that those looks that combine metal, wood and textures are popular. “Eclectic” brings more than one style together, with more unique items that might have a funky vibe. A “curated” look is more formal, more traditional. Sutton likes an accent wall or feature—like a fireplace surround—in a different color. He advises against flat paint on the walls. Whites and grays are still going to be spot on for those who are going for a transitional look in an open floor plan. Color should flow through an open floor plan, but it’s appropriate to add accent colors in carefully considered areas to help define a space. “It there is a natural break in the wall and you can switch the color, it is good to do that,” he said. Washes consisting of half paint and half water are a good means to change the look of a brick fireplace. “If you just paint brick, you lose texture,” Sutton said. Fireplaces, even with TVs over them, are still valid focal points in a room. There is more trim around the fireplace now, including stone, or wainscoting, sometimes made with reclaimed wood Interior detailing, thoughtful finish selections and the right furnishings make for a comfortable and usable space.

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A cup of coffee perks up Bridget Cameron’s chili

Bridget and Matthew Cameron have made their home in Cornelius, in the Robbins Park neighborhood to

be exact. And when Bridget makes chili, neighbors, friends and family are happy. It’s delicious.

“To me, entertaining is all about good food, drink, and spending quality time with family and friends. I always serve dessert too—it’s my favorite part,” Bridget says. The couple has two boys, ages two and four, and walk to Elevation Church as often as they can on Sundays. Bridget grew up in Salem, N.H., while Matthew is a Californian. They moved into Robbins Park a

year ago. They like the neighborhood because of the “parks, ponds, playground, the lake, the proximity to Birkdale and good schools.” The couple moved from San Antonio for Matthew’s job in finance, mutual funds and investments. The two met at San Diego State where Bridget was a journalism major. Now she does corporate events for executives at Oracle, the big computer technology company based in Redwood Shores, Ca. Bridget wasn’t particularly interested in cooking or baking while growing up about 30 miles north of Boston. “It wasn’t until I was older,” she says, when she came to enjoy the magic of cooking with and for family. “I love to entertain with food, wine, beer, sweets,” she says, explaining that she went to the grocery store “I don’t know how many times” to prepare for the holidays with her parents and brother. Her chili recipe, which comes directly from, is thick and spicy. While it’s made with ground beef and sirloin cubes, it’s the beer and cup of “strong black coffee” that help make it really special. It’s best cooked a day ahead and served on the second and third day so all the flavors can assimilate.



• 2 tbsp. vegetable oil • 2 onions, chopped • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 pound ground beef • 3/4 lb. beef sirloin, cubed • 1 (14.5 oz.) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice • 1 (12 fl. oz.) can or bottle dark beer • 1 c. strong brewed coffee • 2 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste • 1 (14 oz.) can beef broth • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar • 3 1/2 tbps. chili powder • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 tsp. dried oregano • 1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper • 1 tsp. ground coriander • 1 tsp. salt • 4 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans

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Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, garlic, ground beef and cubed sirloin in oil for 10 minutes, or until the meat is well browned and the onions are tender. Mix in the diced tomatoes with juice, dark beer, coffee, tomato paste and beef broth. Season with brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, coriander and salt. Stir in 2 cans of the beans and hot chile peppers. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir in the 2 remaining cans of beans, and simmer for another 30 minutes. Recipe courtesy of

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CorneliusCrossword Tune in to parks and rec in Cornelius Across 1

Legendary pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm’s field of dreams, goes with 14 down and 32 across 7 Once round a track 9 Dude 10 Peninsula Club driving area 12 This one is a symphony of sights, sounds, disc golf and playing fields 13 Good scrambled 14 Go out like a tide 16 Situated 17 The biking and hiking loop is marked up to 1.4 miles 22 Bridle strap 24 Wrongly prefix 26 Lot of softball played here, Torrence ____ 28 Radium symbol 29 His transport was a UFO 30 Attorney General, abbr. 31 Stir-fry pan 32 Goes with 1 across 35 Trademark, abbr. 36 The Kiwanis made a splash newswise here in 2016 39 In-flight info, for short 41 Appropriately called “The Galleon,” 2 words 42 Green, in a way

Down 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 11 14 15 18 19 20 21 23 25 27 28 31 33 34 36 37 38 40

Trucker’s radio Either’s partner This park is complete with trails, fields, ponds and art Looking at Winter lake covering Beard or School? A stream runs through it- a Revolutionary War campsite Soccer goal upright Extra wide shoe fitting Goes with 1 across and 32 across Indicates authorship Overall software integration for all the company’s processes (abbr.) Molars and canines “Shop ___ you drop” Melville captain Glen ___ Green It’s on any agenda Past Casting requirement? Like a sheepskin Raise as a sail ____ 4, Toyota SUV Not sweet as wine Shakespearean prince Berlioz’s “Les nuits d’___” __, shucks

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UNC-Charlotte economist forecasts continued slow growth in 2017 The economy will continue to grow next year, albeit slowly, according to UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton. “During the first half of 2016, the North Carolina economy seemed to experience slower growth than during the previous 18 months,” said Connaughton. What has been happening in North Carolina during the first half of 2016 has been happening in the U.S. “It seems that after seven years of economic expansion, the economy has begun to slow. The U.S. economy has been expanding for 89 months, which represents the fourth-longest economic expansion

on record,” Connaughton said in his 2017 economic forecast. Wells Fargo economist Sarah House will discuss her 2017 economic forecast at the Cornelius Today-Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast Jan. 19 at The Peninsula Club. Despite an expected increase in interest rates by the Federal Reserve, key indicators are strong, including the stock market and consumer spending. The November Consumer Confidence Index was at 107.1, the highest level since the Great Recession began. “This, along with the general bump as-

sociated with the election, should increase consumer spending over the next several months, providing an offset to increased interest rates,” Connaughton said. But the U.S. economy will not pop in 2017. The North Carolina economy is expected to increase by an inflation-adjusted rate of 2.0 percent next year over the 2016 level. “Positive economic growth in 2017 would represent the eighth consecutive year of economic growth for the North Carolina economy. While this is an impressive trend of growth, the size of that economic growth has been somewhat lacking,” Connaughton said.

Lake Norman Chamber annual dinner Jan. 20

Jon Boggiano, a co-founder of EverBlue, will be the keynote speaker at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Jan. 20 at The Peninsula Club. A eader in the world of entrepreneurial companies, he helped grow Everblue to 90 locations and was recognized as a

Big Day at the Lake

White House Champion of Change. EverBlue, which has offices from Alabama to Utah, as well as Costa Rica and Hong Kong, provides green jobs training for building and construction professionals, including sustainability, green building and energy efficiency.

Crossword puzzle answers (from page 25)



THREE SIMPLE GOALS 1. Provide a day of fun on the lake for children who would not otherwise enjoy the lake.

2. Recruit Bigs, or mentors for at-risk children in Big Brothers Big Sisters 3. Raise money for an efficient, effective organization

He is also co-founder of VersaMe, a device that tracks the number of words an infant or toddler hears throughout the day. Tickets to attend the annual dinner, which is at 6:30 p.m., are $85. For more information, contact the chamber at 704892-1922

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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 11/14/16 AlphaStar Capital Management Insurance LLC, Brian K. Williams, 19520 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 312B, Cornelius 11/15/16 Bald Eagle Project LLC, Joel D. Goodrich, 19616 Coachmans Trace, Cornelius 11/15/16 JML Medical Consulting PLLC, John Michael Lesher, 20341 Norman Colony Rd., Cornelius 11/15/16 SOAK Bubble Bar LLC, Noell Michalski, 18731 Coachmans Trace, Cornelius 11/16/16 FIT Enterprises LLC, Douglas S. Fritz, 19043 Chandlers Landing Dr., Cornelius 11/16/16 Tomboy Princess Embroidery LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 18711 Ruffner Dr., Unit 1G, Cornelius 11/17/16 A&L Solutions LLC, Kristine Ramirez, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 11/17/16 Stableford Consulting LLC, Ricky B. Nicks, 19215 Stableford Ln., Cornelius 11/18/16 Lakeside Custom Tee’s & Em-

broidery Inc., Shelly Ann Hawley, 18700 Nautical Dr., Unit 301, Cornelius 11/18/16 The Mida Group LLC, Alfred Richard Mida Jr., 19721 Bethel Church Rd., #204, Cornelius 11/18/16 On Tap NC LLC, United State Corporation Agents Inc., 19906 Catamaran Ct., Cornelius 11/22/16 Fine Design Building LLC, Michael R. Byrnes, 21451 Harken Dr., Cornelius 11/22/16 PK Holland Brothers LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 11/28/16 4Hines Enterprises Inc., United States Corporation Agents Inc., 20031 Northport Dr., Cornelius 11/28/16 Jimcat Industries LLC, James A. Cato, 20517 Southshore Dr., Cornelius 11/30/16 MML Renovations LLC, Bruce Martin, 21415 Nautique Blvd., Unit 306, Cornelius 12/1/16 Consign-Design & More LLC, John F. Hanzel, 18213 Captains Cove Ln., Cornelius 12/1/16 Lake Norman Ballroom Dance Company, Kenneth J. Abner, 19824 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius

12/2/16 Landon Capital Funding LLC, James W. Surane, 18825 W. Catawba Ave., #150, Cornelius 12/6/16 Gregory Bracht & Associates LLC, Gregory James Bracht, 19721 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius 12/7/16 Atlantic Construction & Roofing LLC, Mary Shannon Wiseman, 19017 Casual Cay Ln., Cornelius 12/7/16 Valley View Property Owners Association Inc., Franklin Hugh, 19421 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 12/8/16 Pet Screening LLC, John R. Bradford III, 21523 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 12/8/16 Shortridge CG LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 19503 Waverunner Ln., Apt. 101, Cornelius 12/9/16 The Bikini Bar LLC, Emily Baker Derrick, 21420 Townwood Dr., Cornelius 12/9/16 European Crystal Exchange LLC, Marianna Gibbsons, 10329 Danesway Ln., Cornelius 12/9/16 Fulcra Trenton LLC, J. Martin McCoy, 21313 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 12/9/16 Liberty Building & Development Inc., John F. Hanzel, 10100 Bailey Rd., Cornelius 12/12/16 Comite de Fiestas Patrias y Tradiciones de Charlotte, Rafael Prieto, 18605 Ruffner Dr., Apt. 3D, Cornelius 12/13/16 Small Bar Matthews LLC, Christopher S. Boukedes, 17044 Kenton Dr., Cornelius 12/14/16 Grandeur Luxury Auctions Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 12/14/16 LKN Boat Storage LLC, Ashley Junker, 18805 Vineyard Point Ln., Cornelius 12/14/16 Waterfront Group Funds II LLC,

Hugh Franklin, 19421 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius

Davidson 11/14/16 M & M Productions LLC, Matthew Fuhr, 748 Cotton Gin Alley, Davidson 11/14/16 THP Labor LLC, Tony H. Pope, 19117 Davidson Concord Rd., Davidson 11/15/16 Desirable Homes I LLC, Alan Wordsworth, 19622 River Falls Dr., Davidson 11/17/16 Tim Sigmon Racing LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 11/21/16 Montford Holdings LLC, Watson Commercial Development Inc., 568 Jetton St., Ste. 200, Davidson 11/22/16 Body ReNu LLC, Baybridge Management Inc., 215 S. Main St., Ste. 201, Davidson 11/22/16 Simons Consulting Inc., John F. Hanzel, 13501 Scanlan Way, Davidson 11/23/16 Ecoscape Holdings Inc., Tony H. Pope, 19117 Davidson Concord Rd., Davidson 11/30/16 Darby II LLC, Charles E. Latham Jr., 100 South Thompson St., Davidson 12/2/16 A and Jay Investments LLC, Shirley Traver, 10201 Archer Rd., Davidson 12/6/16 The Brace Place LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 13603 Helen Benson Blvd., Davidson 12/9/16 DIG Marketing Consulting Inc., Rachel R. Mangiapane, 610 Jetton St., Ste. 120, Davidson 12/13/16 AAA Home Group, Angel A. Alvarez, 421 Hamilton St., Davidson

More new corporations are online at

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28OH3! Christmas in North Mecklenburg

Nancy Fisher, Joan Everett poured coffee and cocoa at Point of Grace Lutheran Church

Santa made an appearance at the 2016 North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade

Roman Centurion at Davidson United Methodist Church Nativity

Lula Bell, 93, and her son Edward Miller

LKN Chamber’s parade float

The Grinch who stole Christmas

Hundreds attend Lula Bell Houston’s 2016 Christmas Party

Eudean Knox checks out the dessert table

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

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Still Waiting

I am so sad “I am so sad Acropolis will be closing. I ate there every week with the Newcomers Group of South Meck and played mahjongg. Their food menu was good with so many choices. Our waitress Patty was absolutely wonderful and we will miss seeing her.”

—via’s comment section in regards to ‘It’s official: QT planned for Acropolis/Citgo site’ on Nov. 6

“Still waiting for the Texas report on tolls down there from NCDOT!!” —via Cornelius Today on Facebook in regards to ‘Anti-toll battle will continue in 2017; HB7 won’t get past Transportation Committee’ on Dec. 15

‘Delay installing Nantz traffic light costs county taxpayers $40,000’ “I could have put the light in myself working weekends” “Another light to make traveling on Catawba more of a nightmare than it already is!”

Catawba - Ferry St crosswalk “Glow in dark color signs are useless after dark. Cars must not be able to see pedestrians looking to cross. They don’t stop. Time for a push button to get a red light...” —via anonymous SoundOff link on

Jetton speeds Surveying opinions on speed limits on Jetton is absolutely crazy when it’s only a few of us who are affected by the wanton speeding at Charles Towne. Does the town think kids who use the crosswalk at Jetton Park will respond to the survey? —via anonymous SoundOff link on

“Why is it that road projects involving the county/NCDOT dont get it right the first time? Isn’t there planning for contingencies? If a company had so many issues employees would be fired. But NCDOT seems to get away with so much. The diamond divergence (DDI) was not built right for entrance to I77 North and I77 South. While the north bound entrance was fixed by adding another lane many years later, the south-bound entrance remains dysfunctional. Who designs a road where the major entrance to the main Interstate artery to get to the center city is blocked when just four cars are stopped at the light? Is there no pride in completed projects for NCDOT? Is Cornelius somehow responsible? Who supervises the plan and contractor so that problems like this are avoided? I’ve lived in several states. This by far is the most problematic I have seen for quality road designs.” “Actually according to the report by Park & Rec, they paid $90,900 for Police and over $43,000 for the shuttle bus...lost big money. Guess who gets to cover those expenses???” “Meanwhile our electeds accept this decision with hands in the air. Feckless.” —via Cornelius Today on Facebook

Options? “Seems to me businesses located in NC or considering locating here, give it some deep thought about options...” —via Cornelius Today on Facebook in regards to ‘Anti-toll battle will continue in 2017; HB7 won’t get past Transportation Committee’ on Dec. 15

Washam will run for mayor in 2017 “He’s got my vote” “Go get ‘em Woody”

“Woody has my support” “Great news! Woody will make an excellent Mayor.” —via Cornelius Today on Facebook

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STOP! “Please stop at the crosswalk for Jetton park and please STOP letting your dogs poop on the trail at Jetton park. Pick it up!!! Be responsible!!” —via anonymous SoundOff link on

Hello Sailor Small Towns

Taxpayers have to pay Honestly, I just can’t understand the NCDOT, the Zoning Board & the regional urban planning commission both who allow uncontrolled growth where there is inadequate infrastructure to support the growth. Now taxpayers have to pay for HOV lanes which have already been paid for as NCDOT closes the lanes for another UNANNOUCED period of time. And, they want to prohibit left turn lanes on Torrence Chapel Road… who are these guys – did they ever graduate from Middle School. As an executive of a Fortune 500 company, I would have been fired 22 months ago if I ran an organization such as these. I wish we had competence running these organizations but it seems we must take it in the chin…AGAIN! —via’s comment section in regards to ‘Toll lane construction will shut down HOV lane’ on Dec. 7

“I’m from a small town and moved to Cornelius 25 years ago when it was a small town...Have always loved the feel and charm of the small town atmosphere...I have seen a lot of positives and negatives with the growth of our community...Think someone has missed a great opportunity of turning the disappointing DDI masts into a welcoming, warm glow of Holiday lighting....” —via anonymous SoundOff link on

Responses to “Small Towns” via Cornelius Today’s Facebook: “Duke Energy - Bank of America - two buildings that can light the sky with different colors based on holiday or special events like Panthers to the super bowl. I’m sure there is technology to put lights on the uh-hum, sail mast, so that it can be different colors that make the thing stand out at night. The current uplight does nothing other than let air traffic know there are some white lights on the ground.” “Either decorate or tear them down. No one knows what they represent anyway.” “First off they should be twice as big as they are, they look like the tiny Stone Henge in Spinal Tap!” “I would have loved to see more Christmas spirit at the bridge.” “They could hire Cintra to do that. Then it would only cost about 10 times the normal amount!”

“When I read that the Kindreds were opening a restaurant in Cornelius I was excited. Then I saw the name, Hello Sailor. No one that I know would ever go to a place with a name like that. To us it connotes the wrong kind of place. If they want a nautical name, why not Drop Anchor. Hello Sailor is the absolute worse name. —via anonymous SoundOff link on

Less in the junkyard “I do not necessarily agree that there will be more cars on the road. Some people cannot afford a car, and this will not magically enable them to have one. Autonomous cars = less accidents = less totaled cars sitting in the junkyard.” —via’s comment section in regards to ‘EarthTalk: Self-driving autonomous cars’ on Dec. 10


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