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Trial by fire

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Affordable housing—properly known as workforce housing in the world of economic development— will be the topic of the Newsmakers Breakfast March 21 at The Peninsula Club. Workforce housing is a term used by planners and economic developers to describe suitable accommodations for people like first responders, single parents and service workers whose income is not high enough to secure quality housing near their jobs. While soaring property values may seem to float all demographic boats at first glance, the high price of housing can increase burdens on roads and highways, contribute to urban sprawl and cause unforeseen soci-

etal challenges, like driving grandchildren from grandparents. The speakers are Chris Ahearn, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, and Jim Burbank, founder of Saussy Burbank, a Charlotte-based homebuilder. 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. sharp. The cost to attend, $12, includes a full country breakfast. Reservations are required. RSVP at 704-895-1335 with Visa or MasterCard. Sponsors include Allen Tate Realtor Dixie Dean and Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

Hop Into Spring March 24 The Town of Cornelius knows eggzactly what kids want come Easter: A visit with the Peter Cottontail himself. He will be at Robbins Park, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The event is designed for ages 3-12.

Participants can enjoy an afternoon with fun including arts and crafts and music as well as photo opportunities with Mr. Cottontail. Bring your camera and an Easter basket to fill with candy and toy-filled eggs.

Reflections on Vietnam March 3 Joseph Galloway, former war correspondent and co-author of “We Were Soldiers Once…And Young” and We Are Soldiers Still,” will

present his reflections on the Vietnam War, and the men and women who served at the Mooresville Public Library 1-2 p.m. March 3 at 304 S. Main.

More local events every Thursday morning at 6am:

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Open for adoptions Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. Call for appointments 704-237-3602 Charlie is a sweet boy that has to warm up to you (but that usually only takes a few minutes to do). He is active and thinks he is the boss around other dogs. We think Charlie needs someone that has experience with dogs and knows how to socialize him properly.

Felix is an very young male that loves to be petted. He is about one year old and loves his fluffy toys and will chase anything. He is a gorgeous silver grey and white with beautiful blue-grey eyes. His front legs have tiger stripes like his tail and it looks like he is wearing socks.

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Table of Contents Like a house on fire For Paula Wolfe, it was just that. Pages 4-5


Are we bike friendly Cornelius gears up for the Bicycle Friendly Community awards.

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Are Facebook ‘memories’ a whitewashed version of life? Page 24


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Burned out but still strong

BY DAVE YOCHUM January 29 was like most mornings: Paula Wolfe was making breakfast and coffee, getting organized for another day as a popular licensed massage therapist, one of the first in Cornelius. Her historic home, an architectural gem with perfect proportions and a big front porch on Catawba Avenue, was cute as a button—and the subject of a feature in Cornelius Today called These Old Houses. Daughter Rebekah, a student, was asleep. And suddenly there was pounding on the door. Urgent. Yelling. Paula opened the door and, of course, it had to be something crazy, something bad: It was a passerby shouting Getouttheresafire! Fire was indeed raging in an enclosed space in the attic—this, soon after the house got an all-clear during an electrical safety and furnace check. Rebekah ran out, the three dogs and a cat, too, and Paula grabbed her purse, car keys and the big, threefoot-wide, framed copy of the These Old Houses story in Cornelius Today from January of 2007.

And then she ran back in and got her cell phone. “My entire life is on it,” she said in an interview with Cornelius Today soon after the fire. She’s self-employed, one of the goto massage therapists at The Peninsula Club, and meets clients at her massage studio on Main Street as well. Rev. David Judge, pastor at Cornelius Baptist just across the street, took in the mother-daughter duo and provided a place for them away from a gathering crowd, one of whom asked about her need for restoration and clean-up services. TV news

“Keep pet leashes in a certain spot close to an exit.” crews were hovering, intrusive. She texted clients to tell them that she wouldn’t be able to keep her appointments, that her house was on fire. Mother and daughter were doubtless in a state of shock. “I stayed calm enough to grab the picture off the wall, and we just

This architectural gem, which Mose White built in 1901, caught fire the morning of Jan. 29

sprung into action,” Paula says. Paula and Rebekah had left the house with no clothes other than what they were wearing. Friends came, some brought clothing from SteinMart. She was in good hands. Insurance man Roger O’Connell with State Farm in Davidson, “came over and stood with me the whole time. The insurance company has been cool.” A restoration company took her belongings to a warehouse to clean and restore them. Continued on page 5

Cornelius Today featured the house in ‘These Old Houses’ in 2007. This framed copy was the third thing owner Paula White saved.

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The two dogs were fine: Penny Lane, a rescue pit, age 2; Barkley, a Westie, age 14; and Tako, a shepherd mix, age 2. A cat, named Janice Joplin, returned after a few days. There were working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, but the alarms never sounded. By the time she was aware of what was happening, there was no way to control it. Virtually all of the family belongings were either ruined by smoke or drenched in water. Her house was built in 1901, making it one of the oldest in Cornelius. It was registered with the Charlotte Regional Film Commission, although

“Keep your keys, purse and phone where you know where to grab them.” no movies were ever filmed there. Paula was proud of the house she bought in 1994. The house retained its architectural details, including glass doorknobs, french doors and the original windows with counterweights inside. The piano she got for her 12th birthday was inside, as well as her high school year book and her dad’s Navy hat. She

was able to rescue the hat, but this is a case of losing most everything. She has an allowance to shop for clothes and incidentals. One of the first things she bought was a toothbrush. They moved into a hotel and then got a two-bedroom at the Residence Inn where they could cook in the kitchen. Demolition on the house began in February. The second floor will have to be entirely rebuilt from scratch, but the downstairs can be saved in spite of considerable damage. And Paula and Rebekah are in a rented home nearby on Pine Street. “I have a place to hang my prize picture now,” Paula says.

Paula Wolfe would like to thank emergency responders and her neighbors who quickly arrived to the fire.

If a fire strikes

• Don’t try to fight the fire if there is a threat to you or your family. • If there’s smoke, crawl to the nearest exit. • Don’t open a hot door. • If your clothes catch fire, remember to stop, drop & roll. • Call for help. Get family and pets out. Love thy neighbor: Neighbors put up this sign on a fence outside Paula’s burned home

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Is a cycling-friendly Cornelius within biking distance? BY DAVE YOCHUM Cornelius is getting serious about making the town bicycle friendly. More than two dozen bike signs are expected to go up this month. The signs will help cyclists—and motorists—get to know five key routes around town. The goal is to make cycling a meaningful way to get from Point A to Point B—and perhaps eliminate some automobile trips. “We look at bikes as part of our transportation system,” says Mayor Woody Washam. Bike paths are also part of a pedestrian-friendly community as well as statewide and regional transportation planning. Washam said bicycle and pedestrian travel is part of the planning for future road improvements, tens of millions of dollars of which are coming in the years. ahead. Four routes will sport special bicycle signage this month: • Eastside Spine: It starts at the YMCA and ends in the Oakhurst neighborhood near 131 Main. • Four Peninsulas: Starts at Torrence Chapel, west on Knox to Charlestown to Jetton and Nantz, and ultimately Ramsey Creek. • Hickory/Antiquity Route: Starts on Hickory and connects to South Street and over to the South Print Rocky River Greenway at Davidson public works • Magnolia Connector: From Liverpool to Magnolia Plaza. There will be about 100 signs—they can be picked up and moved—that will be installed as part of a $300,000 project that includes signs and fivefoot by five-foot pavement markings called sharrows. In the world of economic develop-

Bike lanes, trails and greenways are among the most revered amenities for millennials and Gen Xers

ment and desirable communities that attract employers and employees, biking is hot. Bike lanes, trails and greenways are among the most revered amenities for millennials and Gen Xers choosing neighborhoods and homes. The Town of Cornelius hired Alta Planning + Design to hold a series of meetings with Cornelius residents to learn what we wanted in terms of cycling, and come up with a master plan that includes bike paths, enhanced safety and even education around cycling. The Alta contract cost $45,000, with 70 percent of the tab being paid for by the state. “It’s a quality of life issue,” Washam said. “It’s something that economic development consultants look for when they consider a relocation or a location…and it is something our citizens what.”

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There’s a shrewd, practical side: Taxes on residential property is moderated when there are new commercial ratables like office buildings and light manufacturers. Then, too, if some of us can walk or bike to good jobs, there’s less demand on the highway infrastructure. “We hear it all the time, it came out of feedback we were all getting pretty directly from our citizens,” Washam said. After the bike plan was passed, the feedback was “more than positive.” The community almost can’t get enough, he said. The implementation phase is under way in earnest and the town is applying to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community. BFC awards— which rank cities based on engaging the public, police support and education programs—will be given in May, just in time for National Bike Month. Troy Fitzsimmons, director of the Cornelius PARC Department, sees people coming up from Charlotte to ride bikes and visit microbreweries. The Antiquity Greenway is next in the pipeline and should be under construction this summer once Charlotte Water finishes work on a water main. “If all that goes according to plan, the greenway should be complete by the end of calendar year 2018. What a wonderful Christmas gift it will be for the Town as it will tie in downtown Cornelius with several miles of trails in Davidson,”

Fitzsimmons says. Another project that will get under way this year is the McDowell Creek Greenway extension from Westmoreland to Magnolia Estates. It would be completed more toward the latter half of 2019, Fitzsimmons says. One of the highest priority infrastructure projects is a multi-use path connection across the Westmoreland Road bridge. The town applied for and received federal dollars to apply toward this project, but this is still in the planning stages. There’s no news around a bike path for Jetton Road, which has gotten safer with lower speed limits. Jetton Road Extension is “on our radar close to the top,” according to Washam, “and when we get into our discussions on new bond packages, I’m fairly confident it will be on our list of things to consider.” The road is a reasonable alternative for cyclists—some of whom are pedaling to work—reluctant to ride on West Catawba which was widened between I-77 and Jetton without bike lanes. “We can patch it and fix it or get it right one time which we would have to get in a bond package,” Washam said. Look for more bike-related events in time for National Bike Month in May. Cornelius will partner with the town of Davidson Parks and Recreation to host the Lake Norman Bike Expo and Community Ride May 12.

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Race for Jace: Runners pay it forward for boy with cancer

Warrior Jace is five years old

Three Huntersville Police officers who are running in the Skidaway Island Half Marathon March 24 in Savannah are collecting donations for Warrior Jace and the Thompson Family. Diagnosed with a brainstem tumor back in October, Warrior Jace has been an inspiration to countless people, having endured more than most adults in a few short months. He is the five-year-old son of Jennifer and Eric Thompson. Jennifer is a Cornelius Police captain, while husband Eric is a North Carolina Highway Patrol lieutenant. The Thompsons have massive medical expenses related to Jace’s care at a clinical trial program in Washington D.C. Jace has Diffuse Intrinsic Potine Glioma (DIPG), an aggressive brain tumor found in the base of the brain. Sgt. Brian Luthart, Sgt. Gary Kriss and Officer Steve Lehew are running in the Skidaway Half Marathon in honor of Warrior Jace and the Thompson family. All proceeds will go to the family. For more information, contact Bri-

an Luthart at 704-464-5400 or email him at Donations may be mailed to the Cornelius Police Dept., attention Race for Jace 21440 Catawba Ave, Cornelius, NC 28031

How do you merge gradually in bumper-to-bumper traffic? BY DAVE VIESER Local officials kicked the tires on the I-77 exit scheme and pronounced the plan a clunker at the third meeting of I77’s Advisory Group. “It appears that the design calls for about a half mile of stacking space,” said County Commissioner Jim Puckett. “I can tell you from personal experience that the general purpose lanes will sometimes back up 3-4 miles. They are trying to fit a standard toll lane design into a nonstandard area.” Puckett’s reference was to the fact that many motorists will be using

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I-77’s local lanes to access exits in the Lake Norman area, rather than the express toll lanes. DOT officials promised to look again at the access details for further discussion at the committee’s next meeting.

Merging, by definition, means combining, blending and uniting gradually, which can’t happen when there’s a back-up The key to stacking and merging around exits is room to do so. Merging, by definition, means combining, blending and uniting gradually— something that can’t happen when there’s even a one-mile back-up. Earlier this year, Gov. Roy Cooper commissioned a fresh study by Mercator Advisors on the I-77 toll lane project and the remainder of the meeting was occupied reviewing the various options included in Mercator’s report. Those options will undergo further analysis at the next meeting currently scheduled for March 14. (See related story Page 14). The advisory board is a group of delegates from business organizations and municipalities trying to find a way to fix a contract that has been described by NC Rep. Chaz Beasley as if it was written by Cintra itself. Committee member Mike Russell asked if the access lanes between general purpose lanes and the express lanes would be “robust enough” to handle emergency vehicles and trucks​, since e​ xpress lanes​have not been engineered to handle trucks. DOT officials said they did not know.

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Peninsula Foundation sending more than $100K to charities BY KATE STEVENS For the fifth year in a row, the Peninsula Community Foundation has raised more than $100,000 to distribute to North Mecklenburg County charities to help address the unmet needs of the area’s young, poor, elderly and handicapped. In 2017, the Peninsula Community Foundation raised $117,000 for local charities, said Caroline Stevens, foundation board member. The largest amount of funding went to the Ada Jenkins Center and to providing college scholarships for two high school students at William A. Hough High School in Cornelius and two students at Hopewell High School in Huntersville. The non-profit organization, made up entirely of volunteers and led by a volunteer board of directors, is launching its 2018 campaign as well, and seeks to raise even more money than last year. “$150,000 would be a terrific amount every year to raise and give away and make an impact,” said Stevens. The Ada Jenkins Center received $20,000 from the Peninsula Community Foundation in 2017 because the organization itself works handin-hand with other groups like Safe Alliance and the Lake Norman Community Health Clinic to help the community, said Stevens. Each of the four high school students selected for scholarship funding will receive $1,000 annually for four years, Stevens said. Rounding out the top five area organizations provided funding by the Peninsula Community Foundation in 2017 is Caterpillar Ministries, a men-

Peninsula Community Foundation Board Member Vince Altamura (second from right) presents a $7,500 check to the Special Olympics in October 2017. The PCF raises money for a variety of local charities serving North Mecklenburg County.

toring program for children in Huntersville’s Huntington Green mobile home community, Scouting for Soccer, an organization promoting youth soccer,; and Classroom Central, an organization providing school supplies for low-income students. Stevens likened the groups selected for grant funding to a “mutual fund basket of charities” where, like a trusted stock portfolio, people can be sure their money will go towards many local, diverse organizations helping people in their own communities. Since its inception in 2002, the Peninsula Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)3, has raised more than $1.1 million for local organizations. Organizations interested in receiving grant money from the foundation must fill out a grant proposal found on the foundation’s web site, www. thepeninsulacommunityfoundation. org, Stevens said.

There is no set budget for the organization’s annual philanthropy and the foundation has a negligible overhead, Stevens said. Once a grant request has been received, it is reviewed before the grant committee to ensure the organization has clear, measurable goals that help people in Davidson, Cornelius or Huntersville, before being approved by the board of directors, Stevens said.

“It’s just who comes to us and how it fits the mission,” Stevens said. Annual Fund donation letters to solicit support for charities in 2018 will be sent in early March, Stevens said. There is also a foundation fundraiser event the weekend before Thanksgiving, she said. In 2016, the foundation held a “Roaring Twenties” themed-gala to fundraise but decided against spending the money on such an event for the following year. Instead, the foundation held a farm-to-table fundraising dinner called “Eat, Drink & Be Giving” campaign last year that Stevens said was very successful. A third possible fundraiser called the “Nosy Neighbor Kitchen Tour,” where people donate money to walk through newly renovated neighborhood kitchens in the Peninsula Community, could be scheduled during the holidays, Stevens said. For more more information about the Peninsula Community Foundation, visit its web site at

Top 10 Charities Receiving Funding from the Peninsula Community Foundation in 2017 All but top two charities received between $3,000-$9,000 each 1) Ada Jenkins Center 2) Hopewell High School and William A. Hough High School college scholarships 3) Caterpillar Ministries 4) Scouting for Soccer 5) Classroom Central

6) Lake Norman Hospice and Palliative Care 7) Safe Alliance 8) Davidson Village Network 9) Neighborhood CARE 10) YMCA’s Y Reader program Source: Caroline Stevens

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Newly published fantasy author lives in Cornelius in real life Common Retirement Mistakes: And How to Avoid Them One of the most important aspects of your life that you need to plan out is your retirement – and the stakes are high. Have the right plan and you could set yourself up for years of happiness and relaxation, but make a wrong move and your golden years may be filled with stress and penny-pinching. There are many wrong turns you could make on your road to retirement, some more common than others.

BY DAVE YOCHUM Michael Liguori is a mild-mannered e-commerce guy by day, and a mildmannered fantasy novelist by night. Hydra Publications just published “Virtue and Vengeance,” a 500-page fantasy novel. Hydra has also published fantasy novels from New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak and Amazon bestselling author Stuart Thaman. Louisville-based Hydra is the winner of the 2015 Jason Sizemore Award for Outstanding Small-Press Publishers. QUOTABLE

“I’ve always been an avid reader but as I’ve gotten older my tastes have leaned toward a more adult and gritty fantasy style, and I’m a huge fan of historical fiction as well.” “I’ve always been an avid reader but as I’ve gotten older my tastes have leaned toward a more adult and gritty fantasy style, and I’m a huge fan of historical fiction as well,” says Liguori, who lives in Lake Norman Cove at Jetton. Originally from Long Island, the 39-year-old has a bachelor’s degree in English from the New York Insti-

tute of Technology. Fantasy literature is a specific and noteworthy segment of fiction that includes such staples as “Lord of the Rings,” “Chronicles of Narnia,” “Watership Down” and “Dune.” The most famous author may very well be J.K. Rowling who turned Harry Potter into a billion-dollar literary enterprise. Liguori was first introduced to the fantasy genre in elementary school, when a teacher read JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” aloud to his class. “Years later I started writing fantasy stories and novels of my own, and my debut novel “Virtue and Vengeance” was published after about ​10​years of developing ​my​craft​,” he said. He’s not quitting his day job, though. The pay so far is modest, but you never know what will develop a following. He’s received a $1,000 advance so far, and he’ll collect 60 percent of what “Virtue and Vengeance” brings in. The story unfolds in the capital city of the Anirian Empire which is simmering with unrest. There’s an emperor, various conspiracies, a “lowborn courtesan driven to rule” and a​ “once-powerful general turned reclusive cripple.” You can find out what happens: $5.99 for the Kindle version and around $14 for the large format paperback version. To find his new book online, go to and search “Virtue and Vengeance.”

One of the most popular retirement planning mistakes is not having enough income. According to a 2017 study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, almost a quarter of Americans said that they and their spouse have less than $1,000 saved for retirement.1 Between housing and health care costs alone, it’s important to be realistic about how much money you will need in your golden years, and work hard to accumulate as much as possible to help offset the cost-of-living in retirement burden. Another common mistake many pre-retirees make is not taking full advantage of employer 401(k) matches. If you are fortunate enough to work at a company that matches any portion of your contributions, you should consider hitting the contribution limit. Ignoring the match means missing out on part of your benefits package, and the more money you will need to take from your own pocket down the road. Many people also fail to recognize the importance of tax strategies for their retirement. While most people know that diversification is important when it comes to your investment portfolio, many don’t realize that diversification is also critical when it comes to taxes. Between tax-deferred and taxable accounts, it’s important to understand the tax structures in order to avoid a harsh blow to your finances in retirement. To help avoid common retirement planning mistakes, like not having a withdrawal strategy or failing to conduct annual portfolio reviews, you should meet with a trusted financial services professional. Someone who can create a retirement strategy that is unique to you, while helping you avoid the potential financial pitfalls along the way. At A4 Wealth Advisors, LLC, we are dedicated to providing you with personalized financial solutions and ensuring that your needs and goals are put above anything else. While retirement planning can be and overwhelming and daunting task – you don’t have to do it alone. We are committed to putting in the time to get to know you on an individual level, and meet with you to review your financial picture so that your retirement can stay on track to meeting your goals. Warm Regards, John B. Balcerzak CFP® • 704-897-0267 Advisory services offered through A4 Wealth Advisory, LLC a Registered Investment Advisor in North Carolina. Insurance products and services are offered through A4 Capital Management, LLC. A4 Wealth Advisory, LLC and A4 Capital Management, LLC are affiliated companies. 1-(

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Feb. 16. By Dave Yochum. Flags at local businesses are flying at half staff in honor of those killed at the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Gov. Roy Cooper said, “Our hearts are broken for people in Florida— for those kids, for those adults who were killed.” The flag was at half-staff at Lake Norman Realty. Abigail Jennings, president, said words seem hollow in the wake of such a horrific act. “It is time for actions. I have hope for a tomorrow where this type of violence is only a memory, but this cannot happen unless real changes are made. We must work together to see that it does,” she said. President Donald Trump has ordered US flags to be flown at halfmast to honor victims of the school shooting. There have been 25 fatal school shootings since Columbine. Among the mass shootings from 2009 to 2016, 25 percent of the fatalities have been children. Safety and security for students and staff are top priorities at Charlotte Meckllenburg Schools and facilities. Here is what CMS shared re-

garding safety protocols: • All schools are required to create and update a safety plan to be activated in the event of an emergency. While staff are trained to implement this plan, specific details in these plans are kept confidential to ensure maximum security effectiveness. • At least twice a year, all schools conduct lock-drown drills during which students and staff practice emergency procedures to block access to rooms. These lock-down procedures are evaluated for improvements after each drill. • If you see something, say something – any person on any campus should immediately report concerns or possible threats to school staff for response. • School resource officers (SRO’s) in schools are trained for emergencies and staff know to contact law enforcement anytime there is a perceived threat to safety and security. • Schools across the district are closed campuses, meaning exterior access doors are locked and admittance controlled. Violations should be reported to school staff. • Lobby area technology provides screening for all visitors, with alerts to staff provided when persons who should not be on campus attempt to be admitted. • Counseling and support services are always available. Parents can contact school staff if they notice disturbing changes in behavior or think their children may need mental/ emotional support for any reason.

• Additional protocols and procedures are in place at every school and CMS facility but are not disclosed in order to preserve safety and security. The pastors of Community in Christ Lutheran Church and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church said they will include the tragedy in their

services on Sunday. In Parkland, funerals began Friday, Feb. 16. Hough High School students are planning a walkout at 10 a.m. March 14 to remember the victims of the Florida school shootings. Members of local government are expected to attend.

NCDOT rethinking roundtabout at QT Feb. 13. By Dave Vieser. NCDOT’s plans for a new traffic circle or roundabout at Hwy. 21 and Catawba Avenue are losing steam in favor of a “Quad design,” which is a series of right hand turns with no left turns permitted at the main intersection itself. Using a Quad, full-service traffic signals would be installed at Catawba and Burton Lane, as well as Hwy. 21 in front of the ABC Store. Drivers go past the main intersection, turn right and then loop back around to cross the first intersection straight on. Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant described the recommendations as preliminary. “We expect the DOT to conduct meetings for public input by the summer, with actual construction not to begin until 2020,” he said. This is one reason the new QT convenience store has been held up. Last spring, when the town board approved the rezoning which would permit the project last spring, it was understood that the DOT’s preference was to have a traffic circle at that location. In fact, town officials had delayed the public hearing in order to have DOT’s long awaited input on QT’s Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) in hand. However late last year, the DOT

notified the town and QT that they were re-evaluating plans for a roundabout. It’s a crucial decision since QT needs to know the exact final design to make sure it fits their design. QT is planning to build a 5,700 square-foot QT store on the 3.16 acres located at the northeast corner of Catawba and 21. Half of the 3.16 acre site will be developed for the QT building and infrastructure while the other half of the property will remain pervious. The convenience store will be on a 45 degree angle towards the Catawba/Highway 21 intersection. The intersection is the western gateway to the historic downtown district. The popular Acropolis Greek Restaurant, a mainstay in Cornelius for decades, closed April 30. It was to be torn down, as well as the existing convenience store and two private homes on Burton Lane, to make room for the QT facility. However, demolition has not started and the commercial buildings have stood vacant since last spring. Prior to the vote last year, some Smithville residents expressed concern over the traffic QT will generate, as well as the nature of the development.

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Alphabet soup of agencies would review new I-77 corridor plan Feb. 15. By Dave Yochum. ANALYSIS. The second meeting of the I-77 Advisory Group got under way yesterday with former Chamber Chair Mike Russell announcing that there were emergency exits on eiRUSSELL ther side of a packed meeting room. “Just don’t take 77,” Chamber CEO Bill Russell interjected. It was a touch of dark humor at the beginning of a dark meeting. It turns out it’s easy enough to cancel the 50year contract with Cintra, but it will be profoundly difficult to put anything different—even free lanes—in its place. An alphabet soup of agencies has signed off on the existing plan, which means they will have to sign off on

virtually any kind of new plan. The bureaucrats, policy wonks and technocrats in agencies from the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization to the Environmental Protection Agency will again make sure that no snail darters are harmed—and that could take years. This, for a $640 million highway contract that was executed without an economic impact study, as first reported by Business Today in June 2015. The advisory board is just that—a group of delegates from business organizations and municipalities trying mightily to find a way to fix a contract that has been described as if it was written by Cintra itself. But even though it could take years to really fix it, it’s better than waiting 50 years for it to end, said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett, an early critic of the toll plan which has a roadbed that will not support the tractor trailers that are so crucial to economic develop-

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ment and local warehouse jobs. “It is a project that has a number of major negative impacts on the region, as we start to talk about the time frame of making these changes, it is small compared to the 50 year contract…we need to talk about the impact of not changing the project on the business community here,” Puckett states. The environmental hurdles mean making changes to the project—like converting the toll lanes to free lanes—could result in lanes sitting unused for some period of time. P u c k e t t COTHAM wants the NC Secretary of Commerce to comment on the economic impact of the congestion on I-77, which new toll lanes will apparently do nothing to alleviate. Suffice it to say, if the grand opening of the I77 toll lanes were held tomorrow, no elected official in his or her right mind would attend. It’s more and more clear the project is widely perceived as a disaster in Raleigh, poorly executed from beginning to its official end when most of the bigwigs around the table will be dead. “The I-77 tolling issue…we’ve won that argument,” declared Bill Russell, Chamber CEO. (He is not related to Mike Russell, the former chairman.) “I don’t think anyone in the room, including NCDOT and Gov. Cooper’s administration, believes that tolling is the best alternative for Lake Norman.” It’s Lake Norman’s “Main Street,” said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham, another longtime toll fighter. She said comparing I-77 to I-40 near Raleigh was faulty in light of it being the principal artery for travel to and from schools, businesses and healthcare. The question at hand is “how do we move forward with the contract in place when we believe the contract needs to be cancelled and we need general purpose lanes for I-77,” Russell said.

The advisory group is the single clear road toward some kind of resolution. Convened by the governor, the group will weigh options around cancelling and replacing the contract, leaving it intact and changing the scope of work. Cintra, of course, has no incentive to change the contract. Indeed, it’s a public-private partnership that was written in heaven for a private company. In an epically clever move that could be a several chapters in the “Book of Shrewd Moves,” no private equity has been contributed so far. Assurances that the public’s interest was protected by the fact that the contract could be terminated were disingenuous, according to Kurt Naas, the original anti-toll fighter, who landed a seat on the Cornelius Town Board last year. “The point being that what was told in court, that this is the ultimate safeguard [the right to cancel the contract] and reality are two different things,” Naas said. The ultimate decision lies with Gov. Cooper who has the weight of the North Mecklenburg election results behind him. The normally Republican region helped vote his predecessor, Pat McCrory, out of office after only one term. The next meeting of the advisory board is 6-8 pm Feb. 22 in the chamber meeting room. It will be open to the public, as this one was. The initial meeting was closed to the public, a possible violation of North Carolina’s Open Meetings law. The reasoning around closing the meeting was hardly sinister. Strategies around fighting Cintra, perhaps in court, may be discussed. “We’re NAAS giving a frontrow seat to Cintra to see our tactics and potential changes to the contract and allows them a chance to prepare their defense of an existing contract,” one official said, explaining that Cintra has lobbyists in Raleigh.

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Lakefront pavilion at Jetton Park is ready—and beautiful

Feb. 20. The renovation of a Jetton Park landmark is finally complete. The park’s distinctive lakefront pavilion and bike barn—once an openair alpine-style facility for bike rentals—has been refurbished into an enclosed, upscale special event hall. Complete with stunning sunset views, Mecklenburg County officials hope it will be a popular venue for weddings, family reunions and even county meetings. There has long been a shortage of event space in North Mecklenburg. The 2,500 square-foot building will hold 120 people and offers a kitchen and restrooms. It’s adjacent to the building where Precinct 242 voters cast their ballots during election times. Mecklenburg County Park and

Recreation will hold a grand opening Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. in Jetton Park. The pavilion’s renovation has been nearly two years in the making. County park officials and designers with C Design, Inc., a prominent Charlotte-based architectural firm leading the design of the Cornelius Arts Center, gave a community presentation in April 2016 detailing plans for the pavilion. Construction began in March 2017 and was slated to be completed by last summer but permitting issues and complications with utilities slowed things down, said Paul Krynski, project designer with C Design. All the buildings in Jetton Park share the same address and the same utility lines, complicating permitting,

inspections and coordination with several of the local utilities. The $1.1 million capital renovation project also included the enclosure of the building with glass and insulation.Bringing the building up to today’s energy codes while minimizing the visual impact of insulation on the structure proved challenging for a 26 year-old building that was never designed to provide heat or air conditioning, Krynski said. The pavilion’s Lake Norman views, gazebo and beach has made the Jetton Park plaza a popular spot for weddings. The county sought to redesign the space after receiving feedback from rental customers who wanted more room, said James Williams, park planner with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. The building’s utilization of natural light, new design and premiere lakefront location “will make it a real quaint space for romance,” Williams said. The county also replaced the roofs of the plaza’s two other buildings that were used as office space with restrooms and storage, said Williams. The popular walking and biking trail that previously went through the bike barn now goes around it, Williams said. The price to rent the hall is $506. The price will go up to $550 on July 1. The prices are based on a five-hour minimum, weekend rate for county residents.

Fallen Cornelius policeman honored after 75 years Feb. 7. By Dave Yochum. A Cornelius Police officer killed in the line of duty 75 years ago will finally be recognized on the North Carolina Department of Justice roster of fallen officers. Officer Ralph Alcorn White, who died on Dec. 31, 1942, was 40 years old when he was electrocuted while responding to a call. A patrolman, White came into contact with a downed power line near the intersection of Catawba Avenue and modern day Main Street. Back in 1942, the duties of Cornelius police officers also included restoring power to the town following storms. Meanwhile, Hitler was in power in

Germany, Hirohito in Japan. The British destroyer Achates sank in the Battle of the Barents Sea Dec. 31, 1942. On this particular New Year’s Eve, there was no ball drop in Times Square. Instead there was a moment of silence for the troops fighting in World War II. And White was on duty in WHITE Cornelius. A strong storm had knocked out power near the textile mill in the center of town.

Officer White got the call, arrived on the scene and came in contact with a line that had been previously cut and left bare at a water pump that provided water to the mill. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He left a wife and three children, including daughter Betty Moore, who is now 87 years old. Cornelius Detective Sergeant Tracy Crosby, Detective Corporal Dan Waltman, Detective Brad Nichols and Detective Gina Patterson researched the incident and found Betty in Mooresville. The Cornelius Police Department plans to continue to research Officer White and honor his service to the town.

Will gorgeous lakefront home be a tear-down? Feb. 9. By Dave Yochum. A wellappointed lakefront home on 1.25 acres of property on Lola Circle has sold for $1.85 million after being listed at $2.2 million by David Dunn of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Jetton Village. It sold for $517 a square foot, most likely a record for a Cornelius property. The property, which has 416 feet of shoreline, is at the end of Lola Circle, a small street off Bethel Church before it cuts over to Staghorn. The buyers are from Florida and will use the house as a lake home for special occasions over the next 3-5 years.

Then they are expected to “tear it down and build their dream home,” Dunn said. The existing home, while perfectly fitted out and full of amenities, has only 3,281 square feet of living area, small by lakefront standards, at least when a large lot is involved. The high-end real estate markets in Lake Norman, Myers Park and Eastover are sizzling with an influx of buyers from out of state and even Thurston Howell types from out of the country. Town Planning Director Wayne Herron says more than a half dozen $2 million homes have been built in Cornelius during the past two years​.​ The Lola Circle house was on the market for eight months, not that long for a house in this price range. The house is assessed at $1.227 million, according to Mecklenburg tax records.

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


1/12/18 $289,500 Joseph & Kelley Gardner to Thomas & Katherine Kern, 21530 Old Canal St. 1/16/18 $390,000 Anne & David Regnery to Scott Gaffney, 22210 Market St. 1/17/18 $914,000 Jimmy A. Chambers Sr. Revocable Trust to David & Christine Binley, 17719 Spring Winds Dr. 1/18/18 $375,000 Harlan & Anne McCulloch to Irvin & Rebecca Hager, 17709 Mesa Range Dr. 1/18/18 $652,000 Caroline Lentz to Joseph Morrow Sr., 20509 Island Forest Dr. 1/22/18 $200,000 Jenna Bernard to Michael & Regina Buchanan, 9217 Glenashley Dr. 1/19/18 $578,000 South Crek Construction to Marie & Stephen Joseph, 16031 Ayla Ln. 1/19/18 $707,000 Classica Homes to Paul & Margaret Dubois, 17810 Jetton Green Loop 1/19/18 $366,000 South Creek Homes to Sharon & Robert Byers Sr., 17738 Morehampton Ave. 17719 Spring Winds Drive, Cornelius sold for $914,000

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19424 Mary Ardey Circle, Cornelius sold for $1.1 million 20509 Island Forest Drive, Cornelius sold for $652,000 Plummer to Diane & Paul Russo, 16032 Covington Point Ln. from page 18 1/24/18 $275,000 Bonnie & Richard John 1/19/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to Jr. to AMH NC Properties, Lot 249 Victoria South Creek Homes, Lot 320 Bailey’s Glen Bay 1/19/18 $414,500 South Creek Construc1/25/18 $609,000 Michael & Morgan tion to Marvin & Christy Thornton, 14110 Belsenherz to Kery & Christina Devinney, Boden Ct. 15904 Robbins Green Dr. 1/19/18 $105,000 Bailey Forest Develop1/26/18 $370,000 Fergus & Maria Daly to ment to South Creek Construction, Lot 13 John & Renee Swope, 8703 Westmoreland Bailey’s Forest Lajke Dr. 1/22/18 $1,100,000 Debra & Thomas Perkinson Jr. to James & Margaret Hodges, 1/26/18 $375,000 South Creek Construction to Kenneth & Anne Nelson, 14107 19424 Mary Ardrey Cir. Boden Ct. 1/23/18 $439,000 Compton & Lynette 16900 Shipswatch Place, Cornelius sold for $1.75 million 1/26/18 $105,000 Bailey Forest Development Inc. to South Creek Construction Inc., Lot 8 Bailey’s Forest 1/29/18 $379,000 South Creek Homes to Englert Living Trust, 11414 Dublin Crescent Rd. 1/29/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 350 Bailey’s Glen Jetton Cove Birkdale Village Patricks Purchase 1/29/18 $420,000 Anita Blowers to Andrew Bell, 21012 Harken Dr. 1/29/18 $230,000 Michael & Peggy Ebner to Miranda Steele, 19602 Shevington Dr. 1/30/18 $280,000 Michael & Madeline Naegele to Meng Li, 17728 Harbor Walk Dr. 1/31/18 $852,500 Harold & Claudia Shinn, Paul & Nora Shinn to Norma Fraser, 17114 Island View Dr. 2/6/18 $224,000 Matthew & Mary FounThree Stories, $515,000 Master Down, $375,000 Private Lot, $1,450,000 tain to Sanyogita Jamadagni & Sreeram Suri, 19713 Playwright Way 2/7/18 $195.000 Colleen Mullan & Bill Offering professional guidance and concierge-level service. Focused Price to Tyler Singletary, 11520 Heritage on clients instead of sales volume. Using education and experience to Green deliver a higher level of personal attention and desired results. 2/7/18 $250,000 William Ruppel & Jennifer Beasley to AMH NC Properties, 15540 Crossing Gate Dr. 2/8/18 $1,750,000 Daniels Co. to Gary & Maria Blase, 16900 Shipswatch Pl. 2/8/18 $295,000 David & Sharon Allen to Tara Allen, 19208 Brookgreen Garden Pl. 2/8/18 $261,500 Robert & Angela Kozyra to Michael Ankrom Jr., 19215 Celestine Ln. 704.728.1905 2/8/18 $225,000 Joy McClanahan to ricio Botero, 18817 Victoria Bay Dr.


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2/9/18 $568,000 Wahid Tawfik & Parvana Arkhaft to Bill & Lindsay Ashley, 17416 Summer Place Dr. 2/12/18 $390,000 Richard & Linda Rutsky to Steve & Susan Bumgarner, 1526 Lovers Lawn Trace 2/13/18 $370,000 Todd Stone & Jereme Bennett to Philip & Caroline Jarvis, 17221 Lake Path Dr. 2/14/18 $65,000 Misty & Eri Ferguson to Corner Oak LLC, 19720 Meridian St. 2/15/18 $250,000 Michael & Regina Pugliese to Colin Johnson, 19237 Lake Norman Cove Dr. 2/15/18 $1,385,000 Gregory & Beth Archer to Vikram & Pooja Singh, 17613 Spinnakers Reach Dr. 2/15/18 $208,500 Jessica & Todd Berleson to William & Saranne Wilson, 19612 Heartland St.


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Real Estate

Construction of luxury homes under way on Washam Potts BY DAVE VIESER Site preparation has begun for Washam Potts Reserve on the south side of Washam Potts Road, a short distance east of Westmoreland Road. According to Classica’s CEO Bill Saint, they plan to build 22 singlefamily ranch style homes on the 7.32 acre plot. Projects such as this are considered “infill development” where homes are built on vacant or underused parcels within already developed area. Classica did not respond to requests for an interview. “We’re planning on building single​-​ family,three or four bedroom residences between 2,700 and 3,500 square feet, with a price starting in the upper $500,000 range,” Saint said. That’s a hot segment in a hot real estate market. Interestingly, there are fewer of these neighborhoods east of I-77. The median price of homes sold in Cornelius was $258,000, according to Zillow. Demand for mid-price and move-

up housing is outstripping supply as in-migration continues unabated. The low-supply trend will help define the local real estate market for the foreseeable future. The property where the homes are being built was once farmland. The historic home adjacent to the site will not be demolished as part of this project. At the time of the town board’s approval last spring, Classica officials said they expected to begin site preparation in the late fall last year, and begin building the homes in early 2018. However, Saint says the start was delayed due to what he called “the normal type of permitting issues.” With the new schedule, model homes should be ready for customers early next year. The company had said it will take about two years for a full buildout. Classica also developed Robbins Park, as well as Jetton Place, behind the Harris Teeter on Old Jetton.


Reggie White home to be auctioned March 12 Connor Quay is a small gated community off John Connor Road. White, a beloved figure in the NFL and the faith community, ​had the home built in 2000 after a one​ -​ year stint with the Panthers. He had previously played for the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. In December 2004, White passed away at 43 from complications related to sleep apnea. Lisa Cernuto of Mooresville Realty Since then, the home has been had the listing at $4.5 million rented out a few times, but the White family feels it’s time to sell. $50,000 of the proceeds will be donated to Looking for a big waterfront home the Reggie White Dream Sleep eduin Cornelius? The 16,430​-​square​-​foot cational fund via the non-profit Urhome built by former Carolina Pan- ban Hope. Interluxe based in Charlotte will​ ther Reggie White will be auctioned administer​ the online auction. They online March 12. with a starting bid price of $1.5 million. The home at note on their website that the home 17235 Connor Quay Court h ​ as​nine carries a previous listed price of $4.5 bathrooms, five bedrooms, a gym million. The auction will begin at 9 with a home theater, and an elevator.​ am on March 12.


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Modern Dad

Are ‘Facebook Memories’ a white-washed version of our lives? While sitting and contemplating life one morning in February in the only room a parent is guaranteed solitude, I grabbed my phone and popped open Facebook to see what people I used to be friends with, people I’ve never been friends with, neighbors, and people I’m somehow connected to because are somehow related to my mom, were up to. At the top of my screen was one of those Facebook Memories that pop up every now and again. I love the Facebook memories. I didn’t sign up for a Facebook page until just before Future Man was born so in all my posts I’m either doing something fun with my kids, sarcastically complaining about my kids, or someplace celebrating because I’m not with my kids. The one that popped up on that morning was a picture of me and Future Man wearing tie-dyed shirts and making faces at the camera. The memory, from 2013, read: “Five years ago, today, I drove home from

Modern Dad

Jon Show work and recoiled as Michelle tried to hand me a strip of something she peed on. I declined and she told me we would

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soon be joined by what turned out to be one of the weirdest and most fun people I’ll ever know. I immediately chugged a Coors Light and googled ‘kids.’” The pregnancy was planned so it wasn’t a total shock, but it was. The next day was Valentine’s Day and I bought my wife a pair of baby boy’s sports booties. She seemed surprised that I assumed we were having a boy. I didn’t understand at all why she was surprised. Thirty-seven weeks later, after 37 hours of labor, Future Man reluctantly entered this world, fell asleep for two hours, and then cried for three months. As I looked at my Facebook app, exactly 10 years had passed since that night she handed me the pee stick. Have we done anything right the last 10 years? I have no idea. We have a 50-page manual for a gas fireplace that has an on/off switch. The OBGYN gave us a pamphlet when we left the hospital. A pamphlet. Regardless, here we are. Future Man is nine and halfway through his childhood. He’s in the third grade. He’s shy and kind and has an old soul. He reads books and solves math problems using a method that looks like hieroglyphics to me. He loves lacrosse. He uses hair gel and has a preference for sock brands. He likes Florida-Georgia Line. Who could have seen that coming? Maybe God and your Mama. Certainly not me. I’m not a big “time flies” person. At no point during infancy or pre-potty training did I want time to slow down. If it was scientifically possible to chose A) birth an infant, or, B) birth a three-year- old, I’m picking B every time. And if you forced my wife to answer the same question I’d bet the house she’d ask for a double dose of epidural and plan her newborn’s third birthday party. But 10 years later it’s hard not to look back and wonder what just happened? I sat there and flipped through Facebook pictures capturing 10 years of beach trips and fishing trips and bike trips and surfing trips. Soccer games, basketball games and lacrosse games. Boat days, snow days and sick days. Lost teeth and lost minds.

Yes, lost minds. Facebook Memories is a great curator of your past as long as you’re honest in the present. You can have your never-ending onslaught of #blessed photo shoots and #nofilter sunsets that create a whitewashed version of reality. In between the smiles I’d rather scroll through road trip tantrums and exploded diapers in the washer and second birthday pancakes that look more like question marks than the number two. Past finger poo painting and do-it-yourself haircuts and a screaming kid who won’t put on the Bam Bam Halloween costume I spent two hours putting together. Years later all of those good and bad experiences make me smile. Though the Halloween one still smarts. I went to Jo-Ann’s Fabric for that kid. If Facebook exists in 10 years I wonder what pictures I’ll flip through in 2028? The tween and teenage years are coming so I’m anticipating nothing but scowls and general displeasure at losing the life lottery and ending up with me as a father. Yes, I’ll nod. I am, in fact, the worst parent ever. Yes, I’ll say, your life would be happier if you lived with any one of your friend’s families. Ten years from now he’ll (hopefully) be a freshman in college. Maybe he’ll have a girlfriend. Maybe he’ll play sports or maybe he won’t. Maybe he’ll sing in an upstart boy band that fizzles out over creative differences during spring break. The only obvious and rational conclusion is, who knows? As I look back on that drive home from work 10 years ago I never knew any of this would happen. But I’ve got my fingers crossed for the boy band thing so I can tell that story 20 years from now at his wedding reception. Why would I do that? Payback for Jo-Ann’s. Old memories die hard. Modern Dad is Jon Show’s take on life in Cornelius. This 40-something dad lives in Robbins Park with his wife and their two kids: Future Man, their 9-year-old son, and The Blonde Bomber, their 5-year-old daughter.

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Eat This Up

Clean Juice growth spurt Here’s the scoop on Ben & Jerry’s

It turns out that the little organic juice bar in Birkdale Village is one of the hottest franchises in the country. Clean Juice, based in Huntersville, has been named the NextGen in Franchising Global Competition Winner of 2018 and Franchise Gator’s fifth fastest-growing franchise of 2018. Their first location is in Birkdale. Since 2015 they have awarded 91 franchises in less than two years. Husband-and-wife team Landon and Kat Eckles run the nation’s only USDA certified organic juice bar. The industry has been bolstered in recent years by increased attention on the connection between diet and health. It’s now a $2 billion industry.

The Birkdale Village location of Ben & Jerry’s has closed after the lease ran out. There are no plans to reopen the Birkdale shop, according to Ben & Jerry’s corporate. Joe Vagnone, a top business broker around Lake Norman, says it’s tough these days for franchisors to bring in sufficient traffic given lease rates. “Birkdale Village is a success story among commercial developments across the country, but the rental numbers are higher and higher,” he says. Traffic may be up, but for some franchisors it might not be the right kinds. Trends in the frozen dessert industry are good, but you can’t be plain vanilla. Ben & Jerry’s just came out with Moo-Phoria, a lighter alternative. B&J corporate said it’s too early to tell how it’s doing on the retail level.

Red Rocks back open

It’s been a rough winter at Red Rocks in Birkdale. After a kitchen fire last summer, they had hoped to be open by early December. Some of the delay in reopening was caused by difficulties in getting the proper permits from Mecklenburg County. Another factor was the loss of veteran employees who found other jobs in view of the extended closure. Owner Ron Herbert says the kitchen and bathrooms have been updated.

OMB. Oh my, beer

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is still at least a year away from opening a destination brewery at the nowclosed Curtis Screw factory on Zion Avenue north of Catawba Avenue. A source at Town Hall says OMB engineers are working on on “site design as we speak.” The goal is to begin site work and construction in spring 2019, the official said.

131 Main expands to South Park

A fourth 131 Main will open later this year at 5970 Fairview Road in South Park. The original 131 Main is a mainstay in Cornelius, but their Dilworth location closed in 2016 after suffering what owner Joe Douglas called “a bizarre string of three fires in six years.” Meanwhile, crews are putting the finishing touches on Douglas’ Cowboy Restaurant, just across Bailey Road from 131 Main. The concept there is “fast casual.”

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Business News Sexual harassment in the workplace

When is a hug a good thing? When is it bad? man, a labor attorney in Huntersville who started his own firm in 2016. To educate employees, sexual harassment training seminars should be held annually either with in-house human resources employees or by hiring outside experts to come in, said Kristen Maxwell, human resources director for Aquesta Bank and Insurance. “The policy is one of the biggest things you can do and is what comes up in litigation when you’re in court,” said Harman.

Small businesses are highly susceptible to sexual harassment claims because they don’t have the same resources (left to right) Sexual harassment experts Kristen Maxwell, Michael Harman and Deanna Arnold speak at the Business Today and Cornelius Today Newsmakers Breakfast at the Peninsula Club Jan. 25th.

BY KATE STEVENS A hug between two co-workers can be interpreted quite differently if the work environment is rife with crude jokes and sexual innuendos or if it is an open one with respectful communication and behavior. If the office culture is hostile, that hug could be interpreted as sexual harassment, according to human re-

source and legal experts speaking at the Business Today and Cornelius Today Newsmakers Breakfast at The Peninsula Club. And ignoring sexual harassment claims can be costly mistakes smallbusiness owner can’t afford to make. “You as a business owner or manager or leader, you have to make sure you’re creating a respectful work

place, across the board,” said Deanna Arnold, a human resource consultant and founder of Cornelius-based Employers Advantage, a company providing human resources support for small businesses. “If it’s the culture of the organization to be open and friendly, that doesn’t mean its harassing, right?” Arnold continued. “But if you’re in more of a hostile work environment where it is common practice for jokes or inappropriate touching, if you’re hugging somebody innocently, that’s going to be perceived as more crossing the line into harassment.” Arnold suggested creating a workplace where people who feel uncomfortable can say something to a superior without fear of retribution or being ignored. Small businesses are “highly susceptible” to sexual harassment claims because they don’t have the same resources, like having a human resources department, that larger corporations do, said Michael Har-

A small business needs a policy that clearly states the definition of sexual harassment and one that gives multiple avenues of reporting that harassment to not just a supervisor, but a human resource officer or the CEO, Harman said. Any claim of sexual harassment should be taken seriously and followed up by interviews and documentation, Maxwell said. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employers, including state and local government, the federal government, labor organizations and employment agencies, according to the EEOC. When an employee feels he or she has been the victim of unlawful discrimination, including sexual harassment in the workplace, that employee has 180 days from the time of the alleged discriminatory act to file a charge with the EEOC, said Harman.

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New Corporations


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


1/16/18 Bailey Road Properties LLC, Laura S. Temple, 11106 Treynorth Dr., Cornelius 1/19/18 Mark Friday Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Jeffery Scott Reynolds, 20619 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius 1/19/18 Sizzlewich LLC, Van Vo Truong, 20125 Coachmans Wood Ln., Cornelius 1/22/18 R&D Custom Interiors Inc., Ronald Thiel, 11801 Bailey Rd., Cornelius 1/22/18 Smythe & Associates LLC, Jacqueline B. Smythe, 18015 Kings Point Dr., Apt. C, Cornelius 1/22/18 Wilson Coaching & Consulting LLC, Stanley M. Wilson, 18736 Nautical Dr., #105, Cornelius 1/23/18 Happe Properties LLC, Jason Robert Happe, 19905 Sandyedge Dr., Cornelius 1/23/18 SMR Holdings LLC, Shelly Li, 21620 Old Canal St., Cornelius 1/24/18 Leeco Equipment LLC, Mark Summers, 18726 Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius 1/24/18 Tranquil Living Inc., Melissa Lynch, 19401 Old Jetton Rd., Ste. 100, Cornelius 1/25/18 Brico LLC, Rosy E. Brito Rosales, 19011 Long Pond Ln., Cornelius 1/25/18 CMS Construction LLC, Martin Covert, 17331 Harbor Walk Dr., Cornelius 1/25/18 DayRunner Inc., Cogency Global Inc., 19109 Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 1/25/18 Heritage Contractors LLC, Kevin Campion, 18705 Vineyard Point Ln., Cornelius 1/26/18 Ashley Kelly Brokerage Inc., Ashley Kelly, 17412 Midnight Express Way, Cornelius 1/26/18 Axiom Multifamily Consulting Corp., Jaime Miles, 20925 Norman Shores Dr., Cornelius 1/26/18 Lagoona Equity LLC, Greg Hero, 20825 Lagoona Dr., Cornelius 1/26/18 Lucky 7 Motors LLC, Clifford Hecht, 9721 Bethel Church Rd.-Mcnaught 101A, Cornelius

1/29/18 CRPS Kids Foundation, Christopher Bennett, 18201 Town Harbour Rd., Cornelius 1/29/18 D&L Futures LLC, David John Salama, 16741 100 Norman Pl., Cornelius 1/29/18 Lochland Group LLC, Tyrus Harrison Andrews, 8329 Viewpoint Ln., Cornelius 1/29/18 Mirepoix Group LLC, Thomas M. Tressler, 20443 Willow Pond Rd., Cornelius 1/30/18 Cava Tile & Stone Importers LLC, Jacob J. Palillo, 17532 Sail View Dr., Cornelius 1/30/18 Cornelius Lawn & Land LLC, Christopher Dipietro, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103-228, Cornelius 1/30/18 Glater LLC, Mylena Kaseman, 18213 Harbor Mist Rd., Cornelius 1/30/18 Home, James Hall LLC, James Hall, 19523 Crosstrees Ln., Cornelius 1/30/18 Net Driven Inc., Marc J. Corea, 18605 Northline Dr., Ste. E2, Box #10, Cornelius 1/30/18 STAC Group LLC, Scott Wilkinson, 9410 Robbins Preserve Rd., Cornelius 1/30/18 Team Pitt LLC, Courtney Pittsonberger, 19207 English Daisy Dr., Cornelius 1/31/18 Ascent Invesment Group LLC, Roland Christopher Macher, 9530 Glenashley Dr., Cornelius 1/31/18 Dresser Technologies LLC, Kenneth Dresser, 21236 Lakeview Cir., Cornelius 1/31/18 The Range of Denver Inc., Brian Sisson, 10913 Bailey Rd., Cornelius 2/1/18 The Exousia International Group LLC, Theressa Olivia James, 20324 Carrington Trace Dr., Unit 124, Cornelius 2/1/18 NextPath Coaching LLC, Daniel L. Pezet II, 9504 Renick Dr., Cornelius 2/2/18 Aaron Consulting LLC, Jacob Aaron, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 100E, Cornelius 2/2/18 Beyond the Numbers Accounting Resources LLC, Debra Fretwell Gennosa, 18619 Cloverstone Cir., Cornelius 2/2/18 Broomtree Foundation, Gregory E. Provenzano, 16602 Flying Jib Rd., Cornelius 2/2/18 Fullerton-USA Inc., Lance E. McGrew, 19201 Brookgreen Garden Pl.,

Cornelius 2/2/18 Hummingbird Consulting Group LLC, Jody Roach, 16233 Sasanoa Dr., Cornelius 2/2/18 Project 4titude Incorporated, Marykate Boyle, 12515 Old Westbury Dr., Cornelius 2/2/18 Spire Football LLC, William D. Anthony, 19510 Jetton Rd., Ste. 300, Cornelius 2/5/18 A Brand New Address LLC, Lavern Rabb, 17338 Wavecrest Ct., Cornelius 2/5/18 Alaglas Pools of Charlotte LLC, Melissa Olzewski, 10711 Meadow Crossing Ln., Cornelius 2/5/18 Yarima LLC, Leyla Cardona, 18213 Harbor Mist Rd., Cornelius 2/6/18 Affordable Renovations LLC, Gerald P. Rende, 20208 Floral Ln., Cornelius 2/6/18 Capital Call LLC, Michael E. Mullan, 21131 Island Forest Dr., Cornelius 2/6/18 Cooper Family Enterprises LLC, James Cooper, 21215 Island Forest Dr., Cornelius 2/6/18 M & A Creations LLC, Lisa M. Keomuongchanh, 18812 Avery Park Dr., Cornelius 2/7/18 LKN Burgers LLC, Marc S. Levack, 19009 Peninsula Point Dr., Cornelius 2/8/18 DJW Properties LLC, Debra Lynn Ward, 20018 North Cove Rd., Cornelius 2/9/18 Ace Accounting and Bookkeeping Services LLC, Jenny Yaudes, 18934 Balmore Pines Ln., Cornelius 2/9/18 DAP Repair LLC, Paul Barrett, 10308 Bailey Rd., Ste. 408, Cornelius 2/9/18 Spire Music LLC, William D. Anthony, 19510 Jetton Rd., Ste. 300, Cornelius 2/9/18 TRJ Properties Limited Liability Company, Timothy Scott, 16506 Morecambe Dr., Cornelius


1/16/18 The Metiss Group Inc., Geremy Gave, 1116 Torrence Cir., Davidson 1/16/18 RunQ LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 373 Armour St., Davidson 1/16/18 SRC Investments LLC, Steven A. Chaffin, 913 Hudson Pl., Davidson 1/19/18 Canipe Properties LLC, Jay John-

son, 622 Catawba Ave., Davidson 1/19/18 North American Fertilizer Corporation, Joseph F. Bonocore III, 15710 Laurel Oak Crescent, Davidson 1/19/18 Sugar Realty LLC, Gary Sinquefield, 107 Kinderston Dr., Davidson 1/22/18 Smoke Properties LLC, JSF Management & Consulting Inc., 17724 River Ford Dr., Davidson 1/23/18 Apogee Leadership Consulting LLC, Anna Joyce Bracco, 135 Fairview Ln., Davidson 1/25/18 Blue House Investments LLC, Grant Richards, 20001 Shearer Rd., Davidson 1/29/18 Colt Johnson Racing LLC, Shaun Johnson, 11870 Terrill Ridge Dr., Davidson 1/29/18 Rosewood Media LLC, Caio Campos, 610 Jetton St., Ste. 120, Davidson 1/30/18 Easy Décor LLC, David Scholl, 13841 Helen Benson Blvd., Davidson 1/31/18 2312 Selwyn Association Inc., J. Christopher Kennerly, 560 Davidson Gateway $201, Davidson 1/31/18 Blue Heel Advisors LLC, Wallace Kyle Groves, 442 S. Main St., Ste. 100, Davidson 2/2/18 BP Holdings of Davidson LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 18932 Elm Row Ct., Davidson 2/5/18 DAC Rental Properties LLC, Eugene J. Coroisiero, 921 Northeast Dr., #42, Davidson 2/5/18 Gouveia Fitness LLC, Walt Gouveia, 645 Beaty St., Davidson 2/7/18 Somerset Financial Services LLC, John N. Venzon, 1210 Samuel Spencer Pkwy., Davidson 2/8/18 Blackmon Custom Builders Inc., Gerome Blackmon, 626 Beaty St., Davidson 2/8/18 Saltwater Tactical: Custom Gear and Accessories LLC, Zachary Michael Angell, 525 Delburg St., Davidson 2/8/18 Stillness of Soul LLC, Nicole V. Bryan, 442 South Main St., Ste. 169, Davidson

New Corporations online at

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online headline Feb. 15

Lula Bell update

Photo by Jackson Sveen

‘Alphabet soup of agencies woud review new I-77 plan. Is cancelling the contract and paying the consequences better than living with a bad deal for 50 years?’

“It’s been a few months since my dear friend Lula Bell Houston (known by many as Mama Lu) passed away. I wonder if Cornelius Town Hall or elected officials have thought of a way they could honor her in her passing. To get the ball rolling, I have a few suggestions: 1) Smithfield Park on South Ferry Street has three ballfields accross from where she lived—maybe name an individual ballfield in her name, maybe the one right accross the street from where she lived. 2) Like the Library with a bench and a statue of Mark Twain—maybe a bench with a statue of Lula Bell accross from her home in the grass close to the sidewalk at the middle ball field. 3) Change the street name to something like Lula Bell Street. There are only five houses on the street.” —via SoundOffCornelius@gmail. com Lula Bell Houston passed away just after Thanksgiving. A Cornelius resident, she worked in the laundry at Davidson College for 60 years. When the laundry building was named for her, it was the first time a building was named for a living person. The building has since been repurposed as a resource center. It is called Lula Bell’s.

Mark Shaw: YES. Mark Quinnan: Cooper was the one that said the contract was good in the first place! Patrice Winovich: So common sense is up against bureaucracy?? Great!! Mack Robinette: Cancel the contract John Chaney: YES YES YES. The people voted Cooper in to get rid of this thing. Get it gone!!! Wes Calhoun: Cancel it! I am 41 so that puts me at 91 when this contract is over. Taking into consideration I don’t die in the construction of these toll lanes first. 50 years is a long time. My eight-year-old will be 58 when this contract expires. Let that sink in for a minute. Billy Reid: Should have never been started in the first place!!!!!! Stupid idea from the start. Should be cancelled and made into regular travel lanes. The taxpayers of NC will have to pay for our politicians’ screw-ups. How many politicians got kickbacks from this deal is a good question!

Pete Carter: It is a minor cost compared to what this road will steal from this area long term. Beau Mack: So what, let them sue. Don’t pay Cintra a dime to cancel. By the time it gets dragged through enough courts and appeals, it could be 50 years. Talk about justice.

lane is reasonable and better than nothing. NO...its not reasonable. And we better not be hearing anyone in a position of influence or authority say it is. It’s time to kill this diseased concept, not keep it half alive.

Jane Tarney: When they try to figure out the “cost” of cancellation and Bobbi Beck: Cancel the contract the “value” of the tolls etc., they need and make McCrory pay the bill with to keep in mind that the majority of orth Carolinians will BOYCOTT the amount of money he got paid to N​ the toll lanes, whether run by CINpass this bad deal!!!! TRA/I77 MP, other investors and/or the NCDOT ... we will NEVER buy a Judy Ford: Agree!!! transponder, we will NEVER use the toll lanes. NO CARS = NO PROFITS Jodi Zanolini: Yes. = ZERO VALUE! After CINTRA rapes Bill Russell: Great analysis Dave​ the NC taxpayers for $75 MILLION Yochum! I think Commissioner (over the first 5 years) for not meetPuckett summed it up best when he ing the ridiculous projections in the acknowledged everyone seems to CINTRA Contract, CINTRA will find be focused on the consequences of this is a losing project and walk away cancelling the contract and its costs like they did in Texas, Indiana, etc. when we should be focused on what They will leave all of NC’s taxpayers are the consequences to our quality responsible for the repayment of all of life and area commerce for the the TIFIA Loans! This is a bad deal for all of ​us. I urge Gov. Cooper to next 50 years if we DO NOT! take immediate action. Complete and Nils Lucander: Some folks close to Delete or Termination of the CINTRA the advisory group are suggesting a Contract, or he will suffer the same compromise of having one single toll fate as McCrory: One Term Governor!

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online headline Feb. 7

‘Sushi sliced into three pieces’

Dave Demarest: I hope one of them is a mattress store! Cornelius Today: Sleep on it and let us know what you think tomorrow. Dave Demarest: Cornelius Today so bummed. Cornelius Today: Dave Demarest lol, why? Dave Demarest: We need more mattress stores Cornelius Today: We know you are kidding. Lisette N Reynolds; What’s the name of the meal prep place? Is it a surprise? Cornelius Today: The leases are not

finalized so we don’t have the name. Gigi Barger: Man, we loved Sushi at the Lake. Carolyn Trimore Forste: For sure but I do like Ezz fushion in Birkdale.

Is QT still coming?

Quick Trip usually builds and opens within a couple of months, but we’re fast approaching a year since Acropolis and the gas station closed putting people out of work yet everything still sits untouched. What’s the hold up? Very sad for those who lost businesses and jobs for no reason. —via SoundOffCornelius@

The DOT is considering a different interchange design at 21 and Catawba. Initially they were going to have a roundabout, but now they are considering a different design. A decision should be forthcoming within the next several weeks. Until they decide, everything is on hold.

Nicole Sottile: It’s delicious,but a pain in the butt to find parking or pick up an order. I end up in a bad mood every time I try to park in Birkdale.

Online headline Feb. 9 Online headline Feb. 7

Carolyn Trimore Forste: That’s another plus on being a senior. Can go on/off times

William Davenport: Ugh

Thomas McIlveen: We’re excited to open! —Editor’s note: McIlveen is opening North Carolina Weight and Wellness at this location.

‘Hot property! Real estate big ‘Next meeting of toll group deal…Will gorgeous lakefront will be open to public’ Matt Walker: Doesn’t matter at home be a teardown? this point, damage is done. That’s why it is an open meeting. That’s how the NCDOT and Government works. Charles Dresen: True dat yo.


Online headline Feb. 7

‘You know you want pancakes. Rotary Pancake Breakfast is Saturday.’ Sean Herndon: What a wonderful event.

Greg Holsinger, Tom Dutton and Scott Robinson flipped pancakes at the Rotary fundraiser held every year at Bethel Presbyterian Church. It was Feb. 10.

Pancake commanders: Julie Haugen and Karla Combs owned their roles at the North Meck Rotary Pancake Breakfast.

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Big Day At The Lake kickoff

Shea Bradford and Joshua Dobi

Franklin “Deon” Bease (far left) wowed the audience with his experience being a Little with Big Brother Tommy Lee Hayes-Brown (second left) and Big Day at the Lake supporters Laura Engel and Jim Engel of Aquesta Bank.

Photos by John McHugh

Angela Swett, Karen Tovar and Shelia Brumlow

Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox sang

Shannon Walker with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Do a good deed every day Brian and Tricia Sisson and John and Nancy Anarella

Sharon Washam, Jim Duke & Ann Miltich

Heidi Tischer, event co-chair, with Donna Dunlap with Big Brothers Big Sisters

On Sunday, Come Worship With Us

​ ne of the major tenets of scouting is helping others. Troop 72 at Bethel PresbyteO rian Church participated in the national Scouting for Food​drive​for those in need

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:

Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 10:30am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 9:30am, 11am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am

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


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