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Local stars mix it up June 9 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Local politicians, business people and others will duel for tips at the Seventh Annual Celebrity Bartending event for Big Day at the Lake Thursday June 9 at Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails. All tips go to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Celebrities on deck include Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham, a Democrat, vs Commissioner Jim Puckett, a Republican. It’s a good natured race to collect the most tips for BBBS. Shannon McIntosh, an American auto racing driver who competes in the ARCA Racing Series, is also a bartender, as well as WBT-TV personality Nettie Reeves and Donna Dunlap, CEO of BBBS There are other locally famous bartenders, including: Meredith Fite; Rusty Knox; Lynn Manis; Mary Lee and John McCabe; Thurman Ross; and Tricia and Brian Sisson. Bartenders are selected, in part, on the basis of roots in the community, Facebook presence and ability to be good sports under






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pressure when people order complicated libations. Alton’s professional bartenders stand by. Friends can start tipping Mcintosh online by visiting and put Big Day at the Lake into the search bar. Presenting sponsors are PayPal and Champion Tire. puckett Big Day at the Lake puts atrisk youngsters from BBBS and their mentors—also known as Bigs—out on Lake Norman for a day of fun each year. This year’s event will be Reeves held Saturday July 23. More than 700 participated last year. To register as a Boat Host or to volunteer, go to www. ross Big Day at the Lake has three goals: Provide a day of fun for at-risk children who would not otherwise experience Lake Norman or Mountain Island Lake, recruit B. Sisson “Bigs” and raise money for a non-profit focusing exclusively on children. This year’s fund raising goal is $80,000. Thanks to local businesses and individut. Sisson als, Big Day at the Lake is responsible for raising well over $700,000 during the past 11 years.

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Remember fathers like your life depended on it Page 4


Who’s who in Cornelius’ growing arts scene Page 5


Our Newsmakers Breakfast plowed new ground about farms and economic development Page 8


Making meaningful connections in a fast-paced suburban world Page 12


Al Updike, the man behind Alton’s, shares his recipe for Baby Back Ribs Page 28


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Let’s celebrate dad

Moms get all the awe for bringing us into the world, but father figures deserve plenty of awww for the cool things they do for us without being asked. It comes naturally to them to lend a hand, offer guidance and praise, as well as that gentle word of correction. Harmon Killebrew, the great Minnesota Twins power hitter, explained the difference this way: “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’” Biological fathers, step-dads, grandfathers and mentors are a source of strength all of us have depended on. It’s good to celebrate all those who do their part. We asked Cornelius kids to tell us about those special people who are making a difference in their lives. Don’t forget, Father’s Day is June 19.

Madison Reed, 7 Daughter of Robert Reed Westmoreland

“My father is special because he is like a friend, but more importantly, he is a great father who gives me important advice to help me become a better and more successful person. He also reminds me of John Stamos because he hasn’t aged since he was in his 30s.” Alejandro Sabates, 17 Son of Art Sabates Torrence Chapel Road area

“My dad, Patrick Jackson, is so cool because he always put my mom and I before anything else. He is always there to support me whether it is at the batting cage, at my art shows, or piano recitals. He is my No. 1 fan, always.” Megan Jackson, 17 Daughter of Patrick Jackson Victoria Bay neighborhood

“My daddy is the best. He loves me and reads to me every night. He reads “Curious George” but he always changes the story to make George do crazier things.” Abigail Mills, 12 Daughter of Adam Mills Alexander Chase neighborhood

“My daddy is special because he reads me books at night. I love couch time with daddy and swimming in the pool.” Marin Stafford, 9 “I love going to Panthers games with my dad and watching football and NASCAR races with him on TV. I love it when he takes us out on the boat.” Madison Stafford, 13 Daughters of Troy Stafford Peninsula Cove neighborhood

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Painting a Cornelius Arts Scene

By Suzanne Fulton To paint a picture of the Cornelius cultural arts scene, you’d want primary colors for the primary players: the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group, Bella Love, the Cornelius PARC Dept., and, most recently, the Cultural Arts Center Strategic Working Group. There are also financial supporters, artists and performers and patrons, which, taken together, are building a true cultural arts community. There are standbys in the private sector, including The Warehouse Performing Arts Center and Cafe Elie, an art studio on North Main Street. Here’s a look at some of the major players in the public sector

Town Cornelius. Exhibitors pay to have booths; people interacting face-to-face make it worthwhile to them. Back in April, Warnemunde and business partner Nick Fry presented a partnership request to Town Commissioners that calls for creating an Old Town Cornelius brand, complete with a digital component with a community calendar and an arts media outlet. “We’ve built community, brought people together and made great things happen. We want to go from being the organization that hosts great events to being a company that helps community engage,” Fry said in his presentation. The cost is on the order of $185,000. Fry and Warnemunde requested $35,000 for the initial development of the website, funding for half of the Old Town Cornelius Campaign budget for the next three years—about $75,000 annually—and access to town resources and support. Facebook: Blovecharlotte

Cornelius Cultural Arts Group

Arts Center Strategic Working Group

This group is working longer-term, toward building an arts center downtown. Voters approved a $4 million bond referendum in 2013 to pay for it. While the exact location has not been selected, it could be across Catawba

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PARC Dept.

Now observing its 20th anniversary, the town’s Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture Department (PARC) hosts art classes and cultural events, often partnering with other groups. To highlight its 20 anniversary, PARC is holding 20 events this year, including “Beyond Walls.” You can get up close and personal with 10 sculptures at Robbins Park, through Feb. 1 of next year. Think of PARC as the Programmer in Chief for the public arts scene in Cornelius. While private galleries like Christa Faut have closed, the Cornelius PARC Dept. runs the Cornelius Arts Center where various exhibits rotate through, all year long. Right now “Talons,” is on display, thanks to acollaboration with the Raptor Center in Huntersville. Visit

A small group of artists and business owners formed the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group (CCAG). The mission of this nonprofit is to “energize, connect and enhance the town.” Current CCAG Board members are: Warnemunde, Katie Dixon and Mike Dixon, the owners of Kadi Fit; see related story, page 12); Andrew Durstewitz, the owner of D9 Brewery; and current president Denis Bilodeau, who recently retired as the president of Aquesta Insurance. “Part of our goal is to raise the visibility of area artists,” Bilodeau said. “Moving forward, CCAG will be the group that provides funding for projects within the town, including donations toward building the new arts center.” Visit

Avenue from Town Hall. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam is a member of the 15‐member Arts/Community Center working group which meets on the second Monday of every month. “We’ve been meeting diligently for five to six months on planning and the pre‐ work to develop a mission statement and budget to send to the Town Board. One of the elements of the cultural arts facility will be some form of theater.” Indeed, there is a dearth of performance space in Cornelius. The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus has grown to 40‐50 members, which means there are few stages large enough for them to perform here. Meanwhile the Working Group plans to establish a 501c3 as a mechanism for fundraising and programming over the coming years. Members of the group, besides Washam, include J. Patrick Bechdol, a principal at DeLoitte Consulting; Carroll Gray, the former president of Charlotte Chamber of Commerce; and Troy Stafford. a partner at DeVore, Acton & Stafford, a law firm; and and Town Commissioner Jim Duke. Greg Wessling, retired senior vice president of store operations for Lowe’s.

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Newsmakers Breakfast

Growth vs. farms: Can the Alexander Farm be saved?

Wyatt (left) and Knox (right) provided a point-counterpoint format to the Newsmakers Breakfast

By Dave Vieser The fate of the 54-acre Alexander Farm was top of mind for 75 people at Business Today’s Newsmakers Breakfast in may titled, “Growth & Infrastructure, What’s Next?” Even before the audience-driven Q&A session began, both Charles Knox, a developer and real estate broker who founded Huntersville-based The Knox Group, and Zack Wyatt, a Cornelius resident who is founder of Carolina Farm Trust, touched on the farm’s future.

“We want to compete with developers for land, buy it, and lease it back to the farming community, to cover the taxes,” — Zack Wyatt Carolina Farm Trust

“They are asking $18 million, a healthy sum for that property, which I think is a bit out of line,” Knox said. “Ultimately I believe the commercial real estate market will determine what a fair selling price will be.” On a peracre basis, the owners are asking about what an Arizona developer paid for the old Cook Farm south of Westmoreland along Hwy 21. That project, called Augustalee, tanked during the Great Recession. The Alexander property was listed last December. Town Planning Director Wayne Herron says he has had no development inquiries. With no developers in sight, Wyatt says he has not given up on keeping the property as a farm. “We all drive by that site every day and so do dozens of school buses filled with our young people. How great it would be if we could preserve at least some of it, and make it into a demonstration farm. It’s the perfect size.” There is some precedent for preserving farms in the state. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy recently protected 318 acres at the Reeves Farm in Madison County, which is located the exact same distance from Asheville as Cornelius is from Charlotte. The project, which took five years to complete, was funded through a combination of state and federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Programs, the state Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and a generous private donor.

Nevertheless, competing for welllocated farmland is no easy task; most of it has been gobbled up by residential development in Cornelius, with infrastructure always a step behind. The rate at which North Carolina farmland is disappearing is alarming. According to the 2012 Agriculture Census, nearly 100,000 acres of land on some 2,695 farms was lost between 2007 and 2012. (The next farm census will be in 2017). The local food movement connects farms and nearby consumers. Benefits range from fresher and healthier food to the preservation of vistas and development that’s more focused on existing infrastructure. Wyatt who is in IT sales, knows his way around agriculture. He grew up on a farm in Virginia and his wife man-’s Kurt Naas asks a question

ages the Davidson Farmers Market. He founded the Carolina Farm Trust aiming to protect farmland and nurture the local foods movement. “We want to compete with developers for land, buy it, and lease it back to the farming community, to cover the taxes,” he said. Several educators in the audience concurred with Wyatt’s sentiments, noting that students learn more in a real-life environment rather than just the textbook in a classroom. When the Alexander property was first listed in December of last year, a preliminary site plan filed with the town included three retail outparcels on the 700-foot stretch facing Catawba Avenue occupying 16,000 square feet; a 56,000 square feet neighborhood retail center east of that, then 50,000 square feet for offices. Townhome housing units were also included in the plan, with lot widths ranging in size from 25 to 38 feet. Local residents and officials immediately expressed concern about the added traffic any type of commercial development would generate. Furthermore, any developer would have to factor in road work anticipated in that area during the next several years, including the rebuilding of the Westmoreland/ Catawba intersection and a possible new Exit 27 on I-77. For now, all eyes will be on the vagaries of the real estate market and whether any developer is willing to shell out $18 million for the site. The Presenting Sponsor for the Newsmakers Breakfast was Duke Energy, while Coffee Sponsors were Davidson Wealth Management and KS Audio Video.

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New flight patterns planned for high over Lake Norman By Dave Vieser The Federal Aviation Administration will implement some new departure and arrival routes for Charlotte Douglas Airport, but FAA officials said the changes won’t increase jet noise over Cornelius. Several years ago a change in runway operations at the airport created a storm of protests over increased jet noise in the Lake Norman area. According to FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Berger, these proposed changes should not increase noise, since the changes occur primarily above 16,000 feet. The impacted routes are for planes arriving from the northeast and departing to the northeast and southeast. It’s all part of the FAA’s efforts to implement its Metroplex initiative, a comprehensive plan to improve the flow of air traffic at airports in major metropolitan areas nationwide. Not everyone is concerned about just noise. Tom McCune, a Cornelius pilot with 43 years of experience, said

the real problem over Lake Norman isn’t noise, it is the vertical distance between private aircraft and commercial jetliners. “Under current FAA regulations, planes coming into Charlotte are flying directly over Lake Norman and the McGuire Nuclear Power Plant at altitudes as low as 4,000 feet”, said McCune, founder of Corporate Fleet Services in Cornelius. “Meanwhile corporate and private aircraft are allowed to fly up to 3,600 feet without talking to Charlotte air traffic control.” The FAA’s Atlanta division, which has authority over Charlotte MCCUNE Airport, disagreed. “Aircraft flying in the area described are in Class B or ‘controlled’ airspace. All aircraft operating within Class B airspace must have approval from air traffic control (ATC) which provides positive separation for all flights. Ad-

ditionally, aircraft flying on visual flight rules at low altitudes over the area must have a functioning mode C transponder, which transmits the aircraft’s altitude and location to air traffic controllers so that ATC is aware of the aircraft and can provide traffic advisories and safety alerts.” Another veteran Cornelius pilot said, “except for some real old planes, such as a Piper Cub, all the private planes with electrical systems flying in the lower altitudes do have transponders.” So, at least among some pilots, the is-

sue remains up in the air. As for the new routes, the FAA, as it routinely does, conducted an Environmental Assessment of the changes late last year, including three public workshops in the Charlotte area. As a result of the information and comments gathered at those meetings, a finding of no significant impact was determined. The FAA is also expected to announce some additional amendments to flight control procedures at Charlotte Airport sometime this summer.

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Dixon Digs Deep By Suzanne Fulton A holistic lifestyle is important to Katie Dixon, owner of Kadi Fit Lifestyle Design Studio, so she established a community garden out back a few years ago, providing the raised beds and soil. She wanted people to be able to have a plot and grow vegetables. The McFadden family plot, for example, was a focal point of conversation. So when Janet McFadden passed away in April, this community gathered to remember her, say a prayer and erect a garden bench in her honor. Daughter Megan is a yoga instructor at Kadi Fit. The business is all about fostering community. Dixon recalls that in a single weekend in 2011, when the studio moved to a large unit at 19725 Oak St., friends quickly transformed it for classes. Artists and others volunteered their hands and turned the plain white room into a rustic but chic environment. They stripped off the

white paint, created a graffiti wall mural, a dictionary page-clad wall, painted a Betsy Ross American flag on the high ceiling and more. The large room adjacent to the studio, which houses a wet bar, is used by Bella Love for open mic nights and other special events, including a place to meet during ‘Tawba Walks and other events downtown. Dixon believes in a balanced approach to fitness. The studio’s offerings address cardio, strength and mobility. Men and women alike partake in the array. In the beginning, she explained, classes focused on cardio dance and were attended by women. Patrons can go primal—with a punching bag and boxing. Of course there are kids programs, too, including Hip Hop and Break Dance. The path toward owning a studio began when Dixon was 24. She quit an HR position and collaborated with her husband on how to own and run a fitness studio. Kadi Fit opened in 2010; husband Mike

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the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group, a nonprofit that helps bring artists and events together, not to mention people to a part of Cornelius that was dead six years ago. She and Mike presently serve on the board. As a member of the board of the Kilgoris Project, which she said she learned about through Journey Church, Dixon has gained a very personal kind of enrichment. Kadi Fit raised $18,000 to build a school building in Kenya. She made her second trip there in two years in May. Several Kadi Fit instructors went on the first trip. Kadi Fit is on solid footing but Dixon claims that her biggest reward is that her studio “has fostered a tight-knit community, which is different from a lot of other gyms.” Her dream is to expand to other locations, she said.

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Child Development Center plans $1.5M improvements By Suzanne Fulton A single breakfast fundraiser for the Davidson‐Cor nelius Child Development Center brought in $33,000 toward the $1.5 million needed to expand its facility in Davidson. Libby Johnston, director, wants to expand the center from just over 5,000 square feet to 8,300 square feet. The existing facility will be reno-

vated as well. The goal is to add room for 40 children, with total capacity growing to 100 children. “Our playground will be totally renovated with new equipment and our parking lot will be extended,” Johnston said. The project includes four new classrooms, a room for conferences and one for specialists to deliver speech therapy and other

ser vices. The center opened nearly 49 years ago at 242 Gamble Street, just southeast of downtown Davidson. Johnston said the center is full, with 62 children ages six weeks to pre‐kindergar ten. Thir ty families are on the waiting list. The center’s annual budget is $615,000. The non‐profit receives donations from individuals and

businesses, gover nment grants, help from churches and foundations and tuition fees. Checks may be sent to DavidsonCor nelius Child Development Center, PO Box 848, Davidson 28036.

Fundraiser Run is June 17 Our real estate market stays as hot as the summer sun.

Thinking of buying or selling or The Town of Cornelius Run to Remember will take place Friday, June 17, with proceeds benefiting the Cornelius 9/11 monument. Organized by the town’s PARC Dept., the 5K run/walk and fun run will begin at 6 p.m and the 5K race will begin at 6:30 p.m. The course will start in Westmoreland Athletic Complex, and wind along the McDowell Creek Greenway and trails and ponds around Robbins Park. Entry fees are $35 per 5K participant and $5 for children participating in the fun run. Shirts are provided to those who register before May 30. A limited supply of shirts will be available for participants registering after May 30. Packet pick-up will be available race day starting at 4:30 p.m. Info: 704-892-6031or www.cornelius. org/parc

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Will new beach kick sand in the face of neighbors? May 24. Town and chamber officials will be at the dedication of the new beach at Ramsey Creek Park at 11 am today, but not everyone is thrilled with the logistics around the first public swimming area in 40 years. “I wouldn’t have much nice to say,” says Dr. Michael Miltich, a member of the Cornelius Town Board. “I have multiple deep concerns about the implementation.” He and his family live on Nantz Road, where turning left onto West Catawba Avenue hasn’t been a walk in the park for years. A promised traffic light at the intersection has not happened, but Mecklenburg County will pay off-duty Cornelius police to direct traffic when the beach opens at 10:30 am Saturday. Interviews with public officials over when the light will go up drew a variety of responses, from “soon, but don’t print that,” to “I don’t know.” While public swimming in a lake town is a good thing, how it’s happening apparently took the keepers of local infrastructure by surprise. Miltich, the town commissioner and neighbor said, “I have not heard any time table, especially now that the state has given the County a ‘bye.’ I know that the land has to be acquired where the poles are to be placed. Last I heard the owners were cooperating and may be donating the rights of way.” What happened is that the town stipulated that a light be installed along with

the development of a new active adult community on the northeastern corner of West Catawba and Nantz. The new light appears to be caught in the amber zone where government meets government and no one comes out happy.

“I have not heard ANY comments about when the intersection is going to be T’d up as required by their conditional zoning—it just has to be done before the first occupant moves in— and the County has no leverage over

them. Obviously the County doesn’t care about the impact the swim beach will have on the neighbors—they have something new to show off. The neighbors got lucky when NCDOT decided (on their own) that there needed to be a light which caught the County off guard. The Town is stuck without many options—a County Park on State roads,” Miltich said. Garges could not be reached for comment regarding the exact timetable for a traffic light. He said last night the new beach will be the first time in 40 years that residents can swim from a public park in Mecklenburg County. The intersection is already problematic, with residents who want to travel east on West Catawba, turning right, or west, and heading to the Westmoreland neighborhood where they turn around, retrace their steps and head east again. Miltich said the county has agreed to pay for traffic control officers on weekends and holidays when the beach is open. “I find this interesting in that at a beach meeting held at Town Hall a couple of months ago, the County told neighbors not only would there be a light (unless they could change NCDOT’s mind—and now we know they did), but Cornelius Police would do bike patrols to be sure visitors weren’t parking on the roads/yards and walking into the park. I haven’t heard anything more about policing the neighborhood except at the light,” the town commissioner said.

Town manager proposing a 2-cent tax increase; final vote in June May 2. By Dave Yochum. The Cornelius town manager will propose a $21.88 million budget tonight that calls for a 2 cent tax increase. If approved by the Town Board, it would cost the owner of a median-priced $250,000 home about $50 more per year in property taxes. The proposal by the highly respected town manager, Anthony Roberts, comes after considerable discussion among commissioners. Public hearings are set for May 16 and June 6. The board is expected to give thumbs up or thumbs down—or modify the budget—in time for a final vote June 20. The budget and tax rate must be set and in place before the new fiscal year gets under way July 1. Some commissioners are saying

there is no way around the proposed tax increase which literally parallels state spending on local roads. For example, new NCDOT spending on widening West Catawba means a total of about $2.63 million in town-funded improvements like sidewalks and lighting that would run parallel to the roadway. Burying the utilities from Jetton Road to Sam Furr Road is not part of the equation, nor is it under consideration at this point. The cost, in fact, would be in excess of $15 million and there are no plans to beautify the streetscape that way. Even with a two-cent tax increase to 26 cents, Cornelius is still the low-cost municipality in North Mecklenburg: Davidson’s tax rate is 35 cents; Hunt-

ersville, 30.5 cents. In Cornelius, each penny on the tax rate generates about $515,000 a year. What caused this is a change in the way the state schedules road projects. Under the old pre-McCrory system, some local road improvements were years out in the future. The new system has pushed them forward, so that the associated town-funded improvements—the “skin in the game” as McCrory says—must be paid for sooner. To pay for them two, three and four years out, the town manager is hoping to set aside funds via the two-cent tax increase at the rate of $1.03 million a year. A total of some $30 million in projects has been identified by the town through 2020.

While the town can borrow to cover some of the costs, many projects will need to be paid on a “cash” basis, meaning the money must come from the town’s fund balance, which is like a savings account in the bank. That fund totaled $15.9 million as of last June, so it’s clear that there wouldn’t be enough money to cover both the capital projects and burying utility lines. The town has a policy of maintaining a 40 percent fund balance, which helps it maintain a AAA debt rating, and that means lower borrowing costs for projects that can be financed.

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May 18. By Dave Vieser. A troublesome rail crossing on Hwy. 115 just north of Bailey Road will be repaired on Tuesday June 14. The road will be closed from 9 am to 4 pm while crews

from Norfolk Southern and NCDOT complete the work. Temporary detours will be set up for motorists. The line, which brings rail cars in and out of the FXI Foam Plant, has

been causing problems for both motorists and bicyclists due to large spaces between the rail and the highway’s asphalt. The poor condition of the crossing was reported by Cornelius Today in April. That’s good news for those who travel regularly through that area. “The deterioration of the road is awful but most drivers do not realize the damage the vehicles are receiving because they drive too fast passing through the site,” said Nelson Acosta Sr. of Cornelius. During the repairs, Norfolk Southern will remove the old track, lay new track, and then pave between the rails and 10 feet out from each side of the track. DOT maintenance crews will then come in with a contractor to resume the paving operations where the railroad’s work ended. Finally, the DOT crews will repave the road out to at least Norfolk Southern’s right of way, which will address the road’s subgrade issues at this location. According to DOT spokeswoman Jordan Ashley Baker, crews will complete the work in one day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in an effort to avoid impacting morning and evening commuters. On the south end of the road closure, crews will block N.C. 115 just north of Bailey Road to allow access to the main entrance of FXI. On the north end, the road will be closed just south of Meadow Crossing Lane. The detour for through traffic will direct motorists from N.C. 115 to Catawba Avenue, then from U.S. 21/ Statesville Road to N.C. 73/Sam Furr Road and back to N.C. 115. Local traffic will still have access to both Bailey Road and Washam Potts Road. Should inclement weather occur the day of the closure, the work will be rescheduled for the next dry day. In addition to the rail work, DOT officials will look at whether the rail spur needs to be equipped with crossing arms in the future. Such a decision would rest on the number of times the spur is used daily, plus any possible fiscal restraints in the DOT’s 2017 fiscal year budget. For real-time travel information the day of the work, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Susan Tillis hosts Baby Bundle shower May 17. Susan Tillis is hosting the Fort Bragg Armed Services Baby Bundle Shower on Thursday evening at Cornelius Town Hall. Her husband, Thom, a former Cornelius Town Commissioner and NC Speaker of the House, is a US Senator from North Carolina in his first term. Military moms who give birth while their husbands are deployed often have no family nearby. Tillis, who now lives in Huntersville with her husband when they are not in Washington, stepped in to help in a big way. Last year Tillis visited Fort Bragg Armed Services YMCA to learn more about programs and events for our military community, especially junior enlisted. It was during this tour that she learned about the Baby Bundle Program, a free service that was started as joint effort between Womack Army Medical Hospital and the Armed Services YMCA. Many new moms were unprepared. The bundles contain at least a new outfit, baby wipes, receiving blanket, hygiene product for baby, baby rattle, shampoo and conditioner for mom, nursing pads and a voucher for newborn diapers. “This program was a wonderful way for the ASYMCA to show support for our Military Junior Enlisted. Several of whom are between 18 to 22 years old, new parents, and often deployed to the front lines in heavy combat zones,” Tillis said. Last year, the first annual Baby Bundles Shower provided almost 1500 Baby Bundles to new moms.

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Kenton Place supermarket will be HT ‘reclaim center’


May 19. By Dave Vieser. Four years after Harris Teeter officials said they planned to convert the closed Lowe’s Supermarket in Cornelius into a new worldwide specialty food store, they have found a very different use for the vacant 49,000 square foot building located on Kenton Place: An internal reclaim center for their regional operation, without any direct customer use. “Harris Teeter will in fact be using this location as a center to process reclaims,” said spokeswoman Lea Ramsey. “Reclaims are out of date or damaged products which Harris Teeter is able to send back to the manufacturer and receive reimbursement.” Work crews were in the vacant building the week of May 9 installing new shelving on the walls. This new use appears to be consistent with town zoning. “As long as it’s an office/retail type use, it would be permitted under the approved zoning,” said Planning Director Wayne Herron. The saga of what to do with the former Lowe’s store began about four years ago when Harris Teeter acquired a number of Charlotte area Lowe’s food stores, including the Cornelius store on Kenton Place, as well as former Lowe’s in Huntersville and Davidson. At the time, Harris Teeter officials

said they expected the Cornelius and Huntersville sites would be converted to “a new innovative format featuring a worldwide variety of wine, beer, specialty foods and other selected merchandise.” The Huntersville Eastfield Road site was converted, but no work was ever done inside or outside the Cornelius store. Several months later, company officials said they were “reassessing” future plans for the store, and soon thereafter, a large sign indicating that the entire 49,000 square foot site was for sale emerged. At the time of the 2012 purchase, veteran supermarket experts as well as local shoppers found it surprising that Harris Teeter would consider opening any type of supermarket less than a half mile from their Regency Village store just west of the intersection of Hwy. 73 and West Catawba Avenue. Over the next several years, the store remained on the market but was never sold nor used. Meanwhile Harris Teeter invested in their Cornelius Jetton Village store, expanding the supermarket to 64,000 square feet, no doubt to compete with the new Publix which opened across Catawba Avenue in 2014.

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May 20. May 20,1775 is when Mecklenburg County founders declared their independence from King George, more than a year before the rest of the Colonies. In that same spirit of feistiness, we asked Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett, two of whose ancestors signed the document, to put his thoughts about I-77 in writing on the eve of this important anniversary. This is also the 100th anniversary of the visit of President Woodrow Wilson for the 1916 Meck Dec Celebration.

There was an exhibit of the original papers that establish the existence and wording of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Friday at the Bank of America Heritage Center in Founders Hall in the Bank of America Building at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets. These papers have never before been exhibited outside of the Southern Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. Here is what Commissioner Puckett has to say about the current state of affairs:

I found it horribly ironic that on May 20, 2015 NCDOT moved up the financial close with Cintra, essentially wedding us to a 50-year debacle. Ironic because it was 240 years to the DAY that two of my forefathers along with 26 others signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence pledging to give all they had up to and including their lives to separate themselves from an overbearing, non-responsive, tyrannical government. The fact that EVERY elected official wasn’t up in arms over the actions of the DOT left me nearly speechless. That said, our delegation in Raleigh has worked hard to make up lost ground and is dong yeoman’s work on trying to cancel this contract and save some hides. One member derisively called the I-77 toll opponents “wingnuts” and likely now realizes the error of his ways. NC Reps. Tricia Cotham and Charlie Jeter have structured bipartisan bills to cancel this contract and the similarity between the two should allow them to find adequate support to cancel the contract

and subsequently deal with any cost. I would remind the Governor and the legislators that Attorney General Roy Cooper has said he would vigorously support NC in court if the contract is canceled and I and others will be trying to determine what Mr. Cooper’s actions would be should he become governor and the contract is still in place. I am hopeful that Messrs. Jeter, Bradford and Tarte will be able to convey to their colleagues the compelling argument so many of us have made in Raleigh and that Gov. McCrory will see the time is right to cancel this contract and protect the future economic development potential in north Mecklenburg and south Iredell while there is still time. Let’s get this done and celebrate one of the great grassroots movements in memory and one that would offer us just a taste of what the results of those brave souls who rejected the British Crown must have known with victory. PUCKETT

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Johnson & Sharon Meadows, 18832 Nautical Dr. Unit 37 4/29/16 $925,000 Charles Bamford & Yvonne Hinson to Patrick & Jennifer Gorman, 18636 Harbor Light Blvd. 5/2/16 $345,500 John & Lisa Wood to RBN Lake Norman LLC, Lot 8 Jetton Cove 5/2/16 $709,000 Judith Albright to Vincent & Whitney Palazzi, 20210 Bascom Ridge Dr. 5/4/16 $342,000 Brad & Adrienne Bowling to Christopher & Ann Howard, 17416 Harbor Walk Dr. 5/4/16 $280,000 Shawn & Sofia Hayes to Rebecca Gauthier, 20215 Beard St. 5/5/16 $155,000 Mary Randall to Daniel O’Connor, 17207 Doe Valley Ct. 5/5/16 $344,000 Catherine Crump to Daniel Yeckley, 21137 Crealock Pl. 5/6/16 $349,000 South Creek Homes to Gary & Mary Wright, 11715 Meetinghouse Dr.

5/6/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 158 Bailey’s Glen 5/6/16 $313,000 South Creek Homes to Rosalind Kida, 13311 Hazelbrook Ln. 5/6/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lto 182 Bailey’s Glen 5/6/16 $235,000 Dana & Marquis Welfare to Mark & Jessica Boesmiller, 10703 Trolley Run Dr. 5/6/16 $363,000 Rita & Michael Igleheart to Christopher & Caryn Klebba, 20336 Cathedral Oakds Dr. 5/6/16 $190,000 Alicia & Ryan Smoot to Frank & Rose Phelan, 10937 Shelly Renee Dr. 5/9/16 $1,700,000 David Smith to Beata Malinowski & Reza Rezai, 16441 Belle Isle Dr. 5/10/16 $271,500 Matthew & Maureen Campanile to Rabitah H. Cricenti, 18816 Nautical Dr. Unit 9 5/10/16 $187,000 Victor Reid to Christopher Meador, 18809 Nautical Dr. Unit 206

5K Race start time is 6:30 p.m. Kid's Fun Run at 6:00 p.m., a short course winding around our new fishing ponds at Robbins Park Packet pick-up will be available race day starting at 4:30pm at Westmoreland Athletic Complex Strollers and pets are prohibited Cost- $35 for 5K participants, $5 for fun run (ages 5-10) Awards will be provided to the top three (3) runners in each age category, male and female. Awards will also be provided for overall under 40, masters (over 40) and grand masters (over 50). No awards will be provided for the fun run. Participants must be at least 5 years old to participate. 20210 Bascom Ridge Drive in Cornelius for $709,000

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5/11/16 $387,500 Rex Walker to Timothy Parsons & Miriam Hines, 19708 Charles Towne Ln. 5/12/16 $401,500 Epcon Cornelius to Thomas Sr, & Barbara Studer, 19431 Greentree Way 5/12/16 $221,000 ames & Jennifer McConnell to FREO North Carolina, 18114 Bluff Inlet Rd. 5/12/16 $520,000 Deutsche Bank to Michael & Kathleen Hagen, 19213 Captains Watch Rd. 5/12/16 $497,500 William & Carolyn Brickhouse to Robin & Denise Pontius, 22007 Lady Glencirn Ct. 5/13/16 $275,500 Jacqueline Biddle to Luis Von-Ebert Palacios-Salguero & Pamela Doxey, 18933 Oakhurst Blvd. 5/13/16 $160,000 Arthur & Dawn Martin to William & Cynthia Morrow, 18736 Nautical Dr. Until 101

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Alton shares recipe for baby back ribs

Alton Updike: He launched a mainstay of the Cornelius restaurant scene in 2010

When it comes to ribs, Alton Updike knows his stuff. The owner of Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails is known for making tasty, fall-off-the-bone ribs. We’re

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replicating them,” he says. He and wife Heather barbecue out at home a few times a week, and if friends are coming over, we only cook outside.” The couple moved to Cornelius in 2004 and opened the restaurant in 2010. Alton has a long career in the restaurant business. He started as a busboy at 15, and went on to the University of Florida where he shucked oysters at a wellknown dive bar. Hooked on the business, he cooked and waited tables at a chain restaurant, then went into management with the Houston’s restaurant chain, later Hillstone Restaurant Group. He opened and ran 131 Main as

kitchen manager and general manager for its first five years. When he found a turn-key opportunity at the entrance to The Peninsula—the old Mia Famiglia space and before that Charleston Chops—he jumped at the chance to own his own business. Business is good. A patio renovation is almost done, with large cedar planters and café lights. “We will be looking to do live acoustic music, and still keep it pet friendly,” he says. There are plans, too, for bicycle racks due to the increase of neighborhood riders dining at the restaurant. Inside, look for new booths and matching dining room chairs. New bar tables and bar chairs are coming later this year. “I’d like to think that our longevity in this location is from hard work and support of family and friends. But the real reason is because the good people of Lake Norman and Exit 28 that have always rallied around us as their neighborhood bar and grill. I hear it daily from folks about how happy they are that we survived the recession, construction and widening of roads. We are a destination location that is difficult to find, so I would like to say thanks to our supporters for helping us build a great family restaurant in Cornelius,” Alton said. On June 9, the Big Day at the Lake “Celebrity Bartending” fundraiser will be held inside and outside at Alton’s. It’s a long-running tradition that brings out a crowd. The fundraiser, which starts at 5:30 p.m, benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.

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Preparation: Mix spices together and generously apply to the ribs Place liquid in a roasting pan,(

the same one you roast your turkey in at thanksgiving.) Position the ribs in the pan on their side, (use a rib rack, or wad up foil into so there is space between the ribs.) Top the pan with plastic, then with foil, the goal is to not let out any steam or moisture. cook for 4-5 hours at 250 degrees, you are looking for fall off of the bone tenderness. from the oven take them to the grill and baste with your favorite BBQ sauce, I recommend mine or KC Masterpiece.

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Williams: A secretarial job launched a 40-year sales career

Gail Williams, the long-time advertising and marketing director of Cornelius Today and Business Today, has been named one of the “50 Most Influential Women” for 2016 by the Mecklenburg Times, a legal newspaper based in Charlotte. The Cornelius resident received the honor at a gala for more than 250 people at the Hilton Charlotte Center City in May. Williams, a Cornelius resident, is a pioneer for women in the advertising business. She began in the Atlanta broadcast market in the 1970s. “I remember telling my first prospective boss, ‘I’m looking for a job that I can really get involved in, where I can grow and be more than just a typist.’ He looked heavenward and said ‘Thank God. You’re hired!’” That secretarial job launched a sales career four years later. “I’ve certainly made mistakes, but none that I think became a turning point. I’ve always been focused on my life and career goals, and never looked back,” says Williams. She worked for TV stations, billboard companies and the Charlotte Business Journal during her four-decades-long career. She is currently the president of the Lake Norman Executive Board, as well

as the former president of the American Advertising Federation of Charlotte. She has also received the Silver Medal Award from the Advertising Club of Charlotte for her work as chairwoman of the National Student Advertising Competition for 10 years. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Business Today at the 11th annual Top Women in Business Awards at River Run Country Club last year. Her most significant achievement, though, was dealing with her late husband’s 2010 stroke. It paralyzed him over half of his body and significantly affected his speech and brain function. “I was able to visit him nearly every day for three years in the nursing home, and continue to run the household and perform my work duties,” she says. Bob Williams passed away in 2013. A retired banker, he founded the Lake Norman Raft Up, which made its way into the Guiness Book of World Records. “As I looked back on the past three years, I felt a deep sense of pride for just putting on blinders and doing what I had to do. It never occurred to me that I would do less. I discovered how strong I really was, and what I could accomplish in the face of adversity,” she says.

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Covekeepers take to the lake

Volunteers from the Lake Norman Covekeepers ventured onto the water May 14 to remove litter that had accumulated along shores and on islands. Patty Korn, site coordinator at the Beatty’s Ford Access, said the 23 volunteers checked all of the islands in Lincoln County–except one with a lot of poison ivy–and several islands in Mecklenburg. The volunteers removed several bags of trash, one bag of plastic bottles, one bag of aluminum cans and several glass bottles. They also collected large

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pieces of wood and floats, a grill top, two large inner tubes, shoes, pool noodles, shotgun shells and other debris. The Covekeepers organize a spring and a fall cleanup each year. Volunteer and outreach coordinator Lauren Kim leads the cleanup efforts. The Lake Norman Covekeepers will hold their next meeting at 7 p.m. May 26 at the East Lincoln Fire Department. Guest speaker Laura Brooks will discuss solar energy applications in the context of water quality and quantity, habitat and climate change.

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Senior News

Is gluten-free right for you?

Gluten-free is almost a buzzword right now. I suggest common sense, and a little education before you decide if it’s right for you. Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, spelt and barley. When flour is mixed with water, the

gluten proteins form a sticky network that has a glue-like consistency. This glue-like property makes the dough elastic and helps bread rise when baked. It also provides a chewy, satisfying texture. Interestingly, the word itself is derived from its glue-like nature.

things as chia, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, or flax seeds, cheese (not bleu cheese), nuts, olives, coconut, avocado, almond milk, coconut, sesame and extra virgin olive oil. These are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are essential for the healthy functioning of your body. Include protein. Good sources include wild game, grass-fed meats, mollusks and shellfish, wild fish and whole eggs. It is important to choose organic, nonprocessed meats as much as possible. But gluten can cause probVegetables are on the lems for people with certain list as well. Leafy greens health conditions including are particularly good, in adceliac disease, gluten sendition to things like ginger, Joanne Ahern sitivity, wheat allergy and fennel, garlic, turnip, radSeniors Columnist some other diseases. The ishes, green beans, alfalfa most common symptoms of and cauliflower. celiac disease are digestive discomfort, Watch your sugar. People who eat tissue damage in the small intestines, a gluten-free diet often find they put on bloating, diarrhea, constipation, head- weight. Hence, it is important that you ache, tiredness, skin rashes, depres- pick something that isn’t packed with sion, weight loss and foul-smelling fe- sugar, even if it is natural sugar. Think ces. of limes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, However, some people with celiac avocado and pumpkin. disease do not have digestive sympFor the vast majority of people, avoidtoms, but may have other symptoms ing gluten is unnecessary. like tiredness or anemia. However, for people with certain According to Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, health conditions, removing gluten celiac disease is an autoimmune disor- from the diet can make a huge differder that makes the body attack gluten ence. Furthermore, the diet is usually in the digestive system. But those who harmless to try. There is no nutrient in do not have celiac disease can still have gluten grains that you can’t get from negative health issues causing them to other foods. Just make sure to choose go “gluten free”. healthy foods. A gluten-free label does If you think you may have celiac not automatically mean that a food is disease, you should consult with your healthy. Gluten-free junk food is still doctor before trying a gluten-free diet. junk food. This makes it easier to get a correct diSo, choose wisely and listen to your agnosis. common sense, your body and learn If you don’t have celiac disease, the about what you eat before you dive into best way to find out if you are sensitive a new way of eating. to gluten is to follow a strict gluten-free diet for a few weeks to see if symptoms Joanne, who lives in Magnolia Esimprove. tates, is the Director of the North MeckSo, just what does a gluten-free diet lenburg Senior Center, affiliated with the Mecklenburg County Park and Rec contain? First of all, it is important to eat plen- Department. She can be reached at ty of healthy fats. These include such 980-314-1127.

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Scene and Heard Exit 28 Protest

Alexander Chase fundraiser

Michelle Mills (left) hosted a silent auction to benefit Leslyn Bodine’s fight against cancer Dee Gilroy and John Hettwer hold up signs at the Exit 28 Protest. Gilroy’s husband, Dave, is a Cornelius Town Commissioner. Hettwer is a former chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

Courtney Shaughnessy and her son Liam, 3, attended the Exit 28 Protest

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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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Austin Byrd, 8, 2nd grader at Corvian Community School displays his project ‘History of the Bicycle’ at the Watch for Me booth. Austin and his parents, Anne and tim Byrd, live in Jetton Cove


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Scene and Heard Susan Tillis’ Baby Bundle Shower

Hooked on Cornelius

Susan Tillis hosted a Baby Bundle Shower to benefit new moms at Fort Bragg

Nate Lin, 8, the son of Alexander Lin and Wen Yen, caught a fish at the PARC Department’s new event, “Hooked on Cornelius” at Robbins Park in May. The family-oriented event included fishing, nature walks, a scavenger hunt and an animal skin and fossil-touching station. It was all part of PARC’s year-long, 20th anniversary celebration. Nate lives on Riverchase Drive with his family.

Tawba Walk

Little Frank Piedad did more than his share of work

Time for a brew: Taylor Turner and Brittany Bivins staffed the D9 booth at the Tawba Walk

A crowd of people at Town Hall gathered to help

If your service club has an upcoming project, we’re glad to post an announcement online or in print. If you have a special, highresolution photo of a non-profit project to share, send it our way and we will try to include it. Email:

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Chamber’s HB2 discussion

NOT driving Miss Daisy “I wish the drivers around Cornelius understood why they call it RUSH hour and not ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ hour. So many drivers lack a sense of attention and urgency behind the wheel. When the light turns green, GO! Looking at your phone and waiting 5-10 seconds to go after it turns green has a ripple effect on all of the cars behind you. When you’re making a left at a light, pull into the intersection and be ready to go when there’s an opening...don’t wait back at the white line for an invitation to turn. If everyone had a little more RUSH in their commute, we’d all get where we’re going faster!” —via

Fat shaming: Part 1 “We are in the midst of moving to Cornelius from California, and just received our first copy of Cornelius Today... I was thoroughly enjoying the news of the town we are about to call home. Until I reached page 38. I was appalled... Shame on you for publishing the photo of the gentleman on the jet ski…and shame on the person who submitted it. If it was disturbing your dinner so much, just don’t look... —via

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Fat shaming, Part 2

“It is awful to hear someone talk like this about someone they don’t even know. You don’t know his story and struggles. There may be none, and you may be right, but being mean is not fair. Didn’t someone teach them, ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.’” —via

Development on West Catawba Signs should go “If I was a NASCAR fan visiting Cornelius I’d think that Michael Waltrip Racing’s shop is still open. The signs are still up on Liverpool and in front of the shop. How much MORE does MWR have to be closed before signs get taken down on a business that’s been shut down for many months? City of Cornelius, you CAN do better than this, right?” —via

“It was made perfectly clear by both senators that if they overstep their territory party higher-ups are watching and will mete out Tarte punishment to keep them in line. This is crazy. They all need to be fired if they don’t fight back. By doing this it ensures that whichever party is FORD in power will stay in power and the people will have no voice. Wake up voters!!! Know who you are electing to represent you and then hold them to it. If they don’t perform, don’t vote for them again. I think unhappy voters should switch party affiliation at the upcoming elections and give a loud and clear signal to “Big Brother”—the higher ups—and let them know they are no longer in control. We need to see an equal distribution of party members in the GOP and Democratic party in order to get better representation. The lopsided party represenation is a proven failure.” —via

“Thanks for printing. With the proposed lakefront hotel/convention center, I don’t believe it makes sense to have alternating residential and commercial properties in this section of Catawba.” —via in response to ‘Property owner speaks out after being silence at hearing,’ May print edition

Antiquity retail: Truliant opens, Novant coming Cornelius firm one of six winners at Charlotte “Another dunkin within 5 miles and a harris teeter.... Venture Challenge Makes no sense” —via Cornelius Today’s Facebook page in response to ‘Antiquity retail: Truliant opens, Novant coming’, May 12 online edition

“Go Gators! I can certainly understand the ‘inspiration by place’.” —via Cornelius Today’s Facebook page in response to ‘Cornelius firm one of six winners at Charlotte Venture Challenge’, May 16 online edition

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We have the meat on new Arby’s in Cornelius Let’s vote on the Alexander Farm

Poetry corner • “Thank you to the town of Cornelius and thank you to Arby’s. Ever since the one closed down on Hwy. 73 in Huntersville, I have to go up to Mooresville to eat at an Arby’s and that was a pain in the butt, especially on I-77. Again I’d like to say thank you to the town of Cornelius and Arby’s for their insight. “ • “Gross. Having new fast food restaurants doesn’t add value to Cornelius. Sorry for the negativity.” • “Excellent!” • “Nothing speaks better about commitment to smart growth than fast food restaurants on congested highways.” • “Tolls will cause over flow in alternate routes such as Statesville and Old Statesville.” • “Very unfortunate. I really wish this town would think about good & smart business instead of business that add nothing to our community. Support something local already!!!” • “Ewwww. The news for our town gets worse and worse.” • “Crowding into our single-family home housing area. Wish this stuff would stay out at the exit area!”

—via Cornelius Today Facebook page comments in response to “We have the meat on new Arby’s in Cornelius”, May 11 online edition

Beach traffic “This isn’t a well thought-out plan. The ‘beach full’ sign sounds good but the implementation is going to be almost impossible without...counting cars and flipping signs, continuously. I see people turning on to Nantz Road to see if they can get it in and creating a traffic’s a dead end road.” —via

Turning out of Nantz is hard no matter who you are

“I don’t own a boat to launch, but I have to pay a fee I don’ t go to the beach, but I have to pay a fee I don’ t own a dog, but I have to pay a fee There is no place to launch a boat, but I have to pay a fee There is not a beach to swim at, but I have to pay a fee There is no dog park, but I have to pay a fee Now I know where the money is coming from to pay for the dumb bridge over Exit 28.” —via

I-77 Toll Roads

“I would like to see Cornelius put an idea on the fall election ballot. Cornelius should buy the Alexander farm. It should be restored back to a working farm for grass-raised animals, dairy and for tourism for the kids. Possibly some looms to remind us of our heritage here as a mill town. The ballot would ask for a $15 million bond. Negotiate the price—to lower the bond amount perhaps—keep the name as The Alexander Farm and have funds a available to fix and run it. Profits from the sale of items would go to the town/trust for maintenance and to pay the bond. And if in the future the town wants to build something for the town that may be really needed, this land is preserved. But not for at least 35 years it must stay a working farm.” —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail. com

“This 30-second video shows where Cintra, who is building the toll lane to Charlotte, has gouged out the roads and trucks and cars are struggling. There are daily accidents with jack-knifed tractor-trailers getting tangled up with cars. NCDOT has stated that the way the roads have been gouged out after the lane shift and digging out the reflectors is up to NCDOT standard. This just can not be right. Trucks can’t use the toll lane...but this is one of the most traveled truck routes. You all know all the reasons WHY this contract should be cancelled. Please do what is right. We all paid our gas tax and in return we should have adequate roads. This is not adequate!” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on Video Link:


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Cornelius Today - June 2016  

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