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May Things to do

Butterfly Run is May 20, starting at Aquesta Bank Please join us for this special celebration that will include the 2nd Annual Trail Run (2.6 Miles), Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, and the Lake Norman Bike Expo. 8:00 a.m. Lake Norman Community Bike Ride Registration 8:30 a.m. Lake Norman Community Bike Ride Begins/Trail Run packet pick-up 10:00 a.m. Greenway Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 10:00 a.m. Lake Norman Bike Expo Opens 10:15 a.m. Trail Run Begins

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The inaugural Butterfly Run in honor of the late Lauren Kimsey will take place at Aquesta Bank May 20. The run, which will feature a live butterfly release at the start of the event, benefits the Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma and her favorite charity, Big Day at the Lake. Sponsors include PSI Control Solutions, PowerHome Solar and Roofing and Aquesta Bank and Insurance. Lauren passed away at the age of 39 last September, following a sixyear battle with synovial sarcoma— a rare soft tissue cancer with no known cure. She was also a Boat Host and an ardent supporter of Big Day at the Lake, which puts at-risk children from Big Brothers Big Sisters out on Lake Norman for a full day of fun. “Our dear friend and colleague,

Lauren Kimsey, was a big supporter of Big Day at the Lake, so what better way to help cancer research and Lauren’s favorite charity than in one event,” said Laura Engel, the organizer of the race. Lauren was one of the original employees of the Cornelius-based bank. Engel’s husband, Jim, is CEO. “We wanted to have an amazing event to honor an amazing person,” Laura Engel said. Engel is looking for sponsors, runners, race prizes and volunteers for this inaugural event. For more info, contact her at 704-439-4343 or

The Third Annual Stand Up for Autism paddleboard event May 6 supports IGNITE, a community center in Davidson operated by the Autism Society of North Carolina for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Organized by Rob Bennett, owner of My Aloha Paddle and Surf, the event starts with registration at 7 a.m. at Port City Club. The event

features races which are open to the general public, short courses for kids and a lunch/luau. Proceeds benefit IGNITE, which offers activities, skills training, and educational workshops that foster social, financial, educational, and employment independence for its members. Info: www.paddleboardcharlotte. com

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Teen drivers got a lesson in safe driving

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Toll protest and accidents

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High impact: “No Second Chances’ came to Hough High

BY DAVE VIESER he accident scene near the high school was horrific: A pick-up truck driven by an impaired motorist had just t-boned a small sedan with three Hough HS girls inside. One of the girls was killed instantly, while two others had to be cut out of the damaged car by crews from the Cornelius Police and Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Department, before being transported to the hospital. Horrified students nearby witnessed the mid-day accident and ran to the scene, only to find out that one of their classmates was already dead. Now for the good news: This accident was not for real, but rather the enactment of all-too-familiar incident seen on the roads of our town, county and state. It was all part of a new program brought to Hough High called “No Second Chances.” Cornelius Police Sgt. Jonathon Sarver, head of the Traffic Safety Division, said the purpose was to remind students that they often don’t get that “second chance,” whether it pertains to speeding, substance abuse, or texting. “Life’s about making the right choices in a world where you don’t always get a second chance,” Sarver said. “This is especially true when you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle


weighing thousands of pounds. To impress our high schoolers who often have a sense of indestructibility, we decided to stage this accident at lunch time right outside the high school.”

Shock and awe

It was stunning. It made an impression. Several students from the school volunteered to play the role of the injured passengers in order to give the incident an even more realistic feel. The idea for the program began with a similar national program, and Sgt. Sarver credits Huntersville Police Officer Ricardo Carter with bringing the mock accident idea to Hough. “Office Carter had a long waiting list for the program down there but offered to help us work out the lifelike scene at the school.” Sarver worked closely with school officials before the mock accident, and while the students were advised that something was about to happen, the specifics were kept under wraps. After the incident was over, he joined School Resource Officer Amanda Lawing and school staff in a post incident student assembly to discuss their reactions. “It was kind of a shock and awe approach and I think we achieved our objective,” he said.

Safer driving

The program made quite an impression on Jordan Brunelle, a senior who portrayed one of the injured passengers. “It felt so real” said Brunelle, 18. “I’ve been driving for almost three years and have found myself being more laid-back and not as alert as I should be. After being in that simulation, I have found myself more nervous, and I truly believe I have never been a safer driver than I am now.” Brunelle says she has often heard that it takes a severe event or situation to open your eyes. “I’m glad I could experience it without it hav-

ing been a reality.” That’s precisely the type of reaction Sarver was hoping to elicit. He emphasized that the No Second Chances approach doesn’t just apply to impaired driving but could be useful towards any distractions often seen among youthful drivers, such as loud music, overcrowding and texting, as well as not using seat belts. Some students took the enactment more seriously than others. “If this makes a difference for one teenager, then it was well worth it,” Sarver said.

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Against backdrop of accidents and politics, toll protest set for bridge


the tolling company, and lately the unsafe construction zones—is the single most detrimental event to our beloved Lake Norman communities,” said Town Commissioner Michael Miltich, a physician. He said he will be on the bridge April 28 to protest.

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BY DAVE YOCHUM A crate of steel highway reflectors— each of them popped up from the roadbed on I-77—has been sent to Gov. Roy Cooper. They were collected at a transportation safety summit organized by Cornelius resident Michelle Ferlauto at Cornelius Town Hall. Former NC Rep. Tricia Cotham moderated the discussion which included such panelists as Cornelius Fire Chief Neal Smith, Cornelius Police Sgt. Jonathan Sarver and Huntersville-based North Meck Rescue Chief John Stroup. Nick Brown, of Charlotte Hero Patrol Roadside Assistance, brought dozens of 10-pound plowable pavement mark-

ers that “continually have come loose from the roadway causing detrimental damage to tires and other vehicle components.” They can also be kicked up from the roadbed and into a windshield. “There have been multiple vehicles significantly damaged by these loose steel reflector markers including a very dangerous situation where one steel marker became airborne and busted through a driver’s BRADFORD windshield. There have been other reported vehicular incidents caused by these loose objects such as

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Meanwhile, anti-toll leaders from business, politics and ordinary walks of life are planning another protest on the I-77 overpass on Catawba Avenue, at 5 p.m. April 28. Despite their anti-toll sentiments, some local political leaders are saying they do not plan to join the protest because they are trying to work with the NCDOT to cancel the contract. Construction work on the toll lanes began in November 2015, with more challenges for drivers when lanes were shifted and barriers erected, narrowing travel lanes and eliminating shoulders. In a stretch of I-77 near the I-85 exchange it was almost impossible to follow the lane markings. There were actually six local votes by elected officials to pause or stop the toll contract, which helps explain the chaos that ensued when Mayor Chuck Travis on his own went to Raleigh in support of the project a year ago. “This project in all aspects—the design, the contract provisions, who wrote the contract, how the contract was approved in spite of six local votes to pause, the contract duration, the misinformation,

Accidents have increased 41 percent, according to the NCDOT. MILTICH Part of the problem—a lack of accountability—is the fact that a third party is in charge of the $648 million project. “This certainly was predictable when they narrowed the lanes and eliminated a shoulder,” said Cornelius Commissioner Mike Miltich. Crashes with barriers and sideswipes have soared. Ferlauto said 90 percent of respondents to an online survey said safety concerns on I-77 affect where they shop or do business. Seventy percent “specifically” avoid a retail location because of concern about accidents. Summit organizer Ferlauto has been active in the anti-toll movement. She has been active on the Exit 28 Ridiculousness Facebook page, as well as a member of the I-77 Business Plan group that includes business leaders like John Hettwer, CEO of Payroll Plus and a former chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. She has been accepted into the chamber’s candidates training program for people interested in running for elected office. Put together with Greater Statesville Chamber, the training program has a variety of graduates including Cornelius Commissioners Dave Gilroy and Miltich; Huntersville Commissioners Dan Boone and Mark Gibbons; and Thom Tillis back in 2003 when he ran for the Cornelius Town Board.


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Greenways: Our town’s Coolness Quotient is climbing

Chris Wissell talks with Scott Higgins on the Greenway

BY DAVE YOCHUM Greenways are increasing our CQ. Indeed, the town’s Coolness Quotient officially goes up by 2.6 miles on May 13 when the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway officially opens with a dedication ceremony and run. “I’m not a biker or a jogger but I know they mean a lot to people, you take the enthusiasm—wow, people love these things,” says Town Com-

missioner Jim Duke. Most people agree greenways are economic development engines, too. In fact, one in five tourists travel for outdoor recreation activities; the Pittsburgh to Cumberland Trail in Pennsylvania reports more than 500,000 visitors a year. Businesses looking for the younger knowledge workers want to locate on greenways, too.

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They are about as strong an economic development engine as you can get, says Scott Higgins, the chairman of the town’s PARC Commission, the board in charge of things like parks and greenways. “The most requested amenity of municipalities is greenways,” Duke says. “Millennials and Baby Boomers want to get out of their cars and walk.” Greenways are meant for walking—and biking—from Point A to Point B, and places in between. The 2.6 mile Caldwell Station Creek Greenway winds its way from Hwy. 115 near Bailey Road to Hwy. 21 just north of the Northcross Shopping Center. Along the way, the greenway passes neighborhoods like Heritage Green, Glenridge, Oakhurst and Poole Place, as well as through

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walk, and think. On a recent workday, business types were also taking brisk lunchtime walks, counting steps toward their daily 10,000. An older generation of Americans is automobile oriented, not so much Baby Boomers and Millennials. “Our greenways offer this sought-after life style,” Duke says. Cornelius residents like Gerard Thomas agree. He and his family bike everywhere they can, forgoing the use of a car as much as possible. “The new greenway provides a muchneeded safe route for pedestrians and cyclists who live in Cornelius and Davidson

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hensive parks and greenways master plan. The town vision is that they will form an “emerald necklace” that will encircle the town with more than 14 miles of trails. Someday greenways or marked bike paths will go down peninsulas like Bethel Church, Jetton and Torrence Chapel. According to PARC DUKE Director Troy Fitzsimmons, the greenways will connect where we live with parks, stores and civic facilities “offering alternative means to get to and from these destinations.” That’s a real factor in economic development, says Town Commissioner Jim Duke. He calls them “business advantages.” Companies looking to locate in Cornelius want greenways and other amenities that

and need connectivity to the Northcross shopping plaza and business park as well as the North Regional Library,” he said. The Town’s new “Bike Cornelius” plan provides the framework for guiding municipal decisions that effect the way developers design new communities. Additionally, the completion of the necklace will provide a draw throughout the area for folks to tour Cornelius and visit restaurants, stores and other local businesses. The “Bike Cornelius” plan is on the town website: Bicycle-Master-Plan

appeal to a younger, more mobile and affluent workforce. Realtors have found that proximity to a trail is a key factor in home sales. “More folks like to get out on bikes, walk and jog, as well as just enjoy the outdoors,” Duke said. Higgins called it communing with nature. Greenways are quiet and peaceful, green and action-oriented. People use them to

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Go Greenway May 13 To mark the opening of the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway, the Cornelius PARC Department will hold the second annual trail run Saturday, May 13. The 2.6-mile run/walk will feature several low-impact fitness stations and challenges throughout the event course. The race will begin immediately following the greenway dedication and ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Packet pick-up and on-site event registration will begin at 8:30 at the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway entrance on Old Statesville Road. For

this event only, participants may park in the Foamex parking lot. Parking is also available at Bailey Road Park. Registration is open to ages 5 to adult. Entry costs $26 per participant. There is a limited supply of shirts. To register or for more information, visit or call 704-892-6031. And there’s more. An 8-mile community bike ride will begin on Caldwell Station Creek Greenway at 8:30 a.m. and will travel through the neighborhoods and greenways of Cornelius and Davidson.

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Parents start 501(c)3 to fund childhood cancer research Fundraisers for research are June 4th & 5th Allison and Jon Cowherd are doing something about childhood cancer: They’re organizing the Pound Out Pediatric Cancer Community Event Sunday June 4 at Oak Street Mill. And they’re also running the Pounding for Parker Golf Tournament June 5 at Northstone Country Club. Proceeds from both events will benefit the Pounding for Parker Foundation, a 501(c)3 non profit dedicated to advancing research for pediatric cancer, particularly low-grade glioma tumors and improving the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors. “The more we learn about the lack of

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research being done for pediatric cancer, the more motivated we’ve become to change that, and that’s why we’ve created the foundation,” says Allison, whose father is Carl Yost, the former long-time pastor at Community in Christ Lutheran Church in Cornelius. In 2015, the National Cancer Institute budget was $4.93 billion. Childhood cancer received 4 percent, or $198 million. Of that 4 percent, only a tiny percentage goes toward pediatric brain tumors and even less goes to children with low grade glioma brain tumors like the Cowherd’s son, Parker, who is 8 years old. The Cowherd’s lives changed forever when Parker was diagnosed with an extremely rare glioneuronal tumor; cancer which had spread down his spine and up into his lower brain. This type of cancer occurs in only 2 percent of children. Parker’s cancer is being treated as a lifelong managed condition; his tumor is inoperable. Chemotherapy and radiation are the only treatment options available, but

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the two chemotherapy medications that Parker is taking right now were approved by the FDA more than 30 years ago. “Our family was in disbelief; the more we learned about how few dollars were being allocated to fund research and fight pediatric cancer the more motivated we became,” says Allison, who is president of Pounding for Parker. The Cowherds, who live in Weatherstone, are both 33 years old; they’ve been married 10 years. Parker’s little brother, Owen, is 5. Jon is in supply chain management, while Allison is a stay-athome mom who has also launched Lake Norman Local Apparel Co. When Parker is in the hospital for chemotherapy, his teacher, Michelle McConnell, uses FaceTime so Parker’s classmates can talk to him. “Having things like that keep his spirits up,” Allison says, explaining that

Parker is in the hospital from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on chemo days two and three times a week. “Now it knocks him out and he doesn’t feel really good.” Parker will always have this condition unless there is some kind of breakthrough. He receives occupational and physical therapy once a week. “The doctors are wonderful but there is only so much they can provide to these children,” Allison says. “You hear about immunotherapy for adults, but there’s not much happening around advances in pediatric cancer.”

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George Lester and his son William use bows and arrows to catch bottom-dwellers like carp that are actually harmful to the environment

BY DAVE YOCHUM George Lester is taking aim at people who are giving bowfishing a bad name. “I have not met a bowfisherman who did not strongly believe in the Golden Rule and being a good neighbor. We are not up to anything malicious,” the Cornelius resident says. Bowfishing has to do with archery, not the bow of a boat. Angler-archers use bows and arrows to catch bottom-dwellers like carp that are actually harmful to the environment. “We are removing invasive common carp, which improves the water clarity and frees up resources for game fish. This keeps our lake from being a muddy brown color and keeps big-dollar bass tournaments coming back,” says Lester, who lives on Torrence Chapel Road with his wife Beth and two children. Bowfishing, which is relatively new on Lake Norman, is mostly done at night with the help of bright lights shining into the water. Sometimes it reflects into homes, and some lakefront homeowners have mistakenly thought their house was being cased for a future robbery. Which, when you think about it, makes no sense at all. “If someone were trying to rob you, do you think

they would show up with a dozen bright lights on their boat,” Lester asks. He’s hoping to educate people about bowfishing, which turns a relatively passive sport into one with more action and another set of complex skills. A bowfisher takes aim with a bow and arrow—with a line attached— from a moving platform, and tries to hit a moving target in a limited amount of time. But that’s not the half of it. The refractive quality of continued on page 13

NC 113-295 It is unlawful for a person to interfere intentionally with the lawful taking of wildlife resources or to drive, harass, or intentionally disturb any wildlife resources for the purpose of disrupting the lawful taking of wildlife resources. It is unlawful to take or abuse property, equipment…

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water—light travels through water at a different speed than air—means that the target fish can be several inches away from where it appears to be. “You may have three seconds to ID a fish, draw and fire and you have to make sure you never hit a game fish,” Lester says. Some fish deserve to die. Lester says a female common carp can lay 300,000 eggs in one spawn and can spawn multiple times a year. “They can quickly take over a lake and out-compete everything,” he says, including the bass that bring professional anglers to high-dollar tournaments on Lake Norman. Lester doesn’t advise eating the fish, rather they are useful as fertilizer or, kept on ice, are suitable for the birds of prey at the Raptor Center. Lester, a 41-year-old software executive and Eagle Scout, says someone actually threw an unopened can of beer at him from the shore. “I understand how the lights may cause concern if you do not know what we are doing…I have been called every foul name in the book,” he says. Angry homeowners can actually get themselves in trouble if they harass a bowfisher. According to the law, the homeowner has no legal right to make a bowfisher move

along either. NC law 113-295, commonly known as the hunter harassment law, makes it illegal to interfere with someone lawfully taking wildlife. “If people harass me, and call the police, it’s them that may get a citation, not me,” Lester says.

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60-day moratorium adopted by Cornelius Town Board April 4. By Dave Vieser. Cornelius town officials have unanimously adopted a 60 day moratorium for subdivisions and development permits within the “Highway Commercial District” west of I-77. The moratorium, which will run through June 2, was adopted at the board’s Monday April 3 meeting. “This short-term moratorium allows the Town the time to study and evaluate our codes and processes to make sure we are doing the best we can to evaluate development and traffic in this area. I am pleased that this Board is being proactive and truly wants to get this right,” said Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam. The district runs along West Catawba from I-77 west to the One Norman Boulevard area near Starbucks and Bank of America. Knox Road is the northern boundary; Sefton Park, where the CATS station is being built, is the southern boundary. The district includes what’s called the Hannaford site, a large parcel of undeveloped land between Knox Road and West Catawba. Cornelius Today has learned that developers are interested in breaking the property up so that it can be developed outside of review by the Town Board. Planning Director Wayne Herron said the moratorium stems from planned NCDOT improvements at the Torrence Chapel/West Catawba intersection. That plan, which was reviewed at the previous board meeting on March 20, would retain left turns until traffic volumes increased beyond certain pre-determined levels. Washam said he heard “overwhelmingly” from citizens that left turns at

Torrence Chapel and West Catawba are critical. With NCDOT putting an emphasis on average daily traffic counts—in time, the NCDOT ultimately plans to eliminate left turns—the Town aims to “scrutinize development and the associated traffic impacts in this area very carefully,” Washam said. At issue is whether existing land development regulations could be strengthened or crafted in a manner that may allow the town to better manage the growth and traffic in a key commercial corridor that is bounded by residential to the north. Town Commissioner Jim Duke said a moratorium would be a short “rest” period in order to allow the board and staff to assess the impact of traffic upon the DDI and the Torrence Chapel intersection. Herron said there are 75 properties covered by the moratorium and that

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notifications to all owners would be sent out starting Tuesday April 4. The only comment from the town board during the public hearing was from Commissioner Dave Gilroy, who said that he felt the move “was prudent at this time.” No

member of the public offered any comment. The last moratorium in Cornelius was a five month moratorium adopted in February 2007, to allow the town sufficient time to amend its land development code.

Respect Ability Foundation offers summer music camps The Cornelius-based Respect Ability Foundation is offering one-week music camps this summer, as a vendor, with the Town of Davidson and Town of Cornelius. The camps offer youth an opportunity to meet friends and learn music in a fun environment, while developing skills, from active listening to teamwork. For years, RAF has provided workshops and yearlong programs to local schools, with great success, resulting in parents requesting camps. RAF Music Camps in Cornelius and Davidson have limited openings. Find My Voice: Music Camp (Ages 8-12) Love to sing? Kids will not only find their own singing voice, but develop their inner voice of courage! They will learn healthy voice techniques while building confidence for stage performance and everyday life! Create new song lyrics and experience positive performance opportunities with popular music. Emphasis is on Kodály Solfège, listening skills, and making fun music as a group. Family is invited to a casual

performance at the last class and a complimentary digital recording of a group performance is provided. Davidson: July 24th – July 28th, 9:00am-12:00pm @ Community School of Davidson Cornelius: July 31st- Aug. 4th , 9:00am-12:00pm @ JV Washam Elementary Moving & Grooving: Music Camp (Ages 8-12) Trashcans, boom whackers and rhythm wars! Kids not only groove to positive hip hop and movie music, but also learn to conduct and play fundamental rhythm patterns. Emphasis is placed on drumming, listening skills, working together, and making music as a group. Students create their own African Djembe and family is invited to a casual performance at the last class. Davidson: July 10th- July 14th, 1:00-4:00pm @ Community School of Davidson Cornelius: July 31st- Aug. 4th, 1:00-4:00pm @ JV Washam Elementary

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New outdoor storage rules proposed for Cornelius

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April 21. By Dave Vieser. New regulations pertaining to the outdoor storage of cars, boats and RVs in Cornelius will be considered by the town’s Plan-

ning Board when they meet Monday at Town Hall. Officials say the ordinance language needed to be “tightened up.” It could mean no more old cars

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April 20. Aquesta Financial Holdings reported net income for the first quarter of 2017 rose 25 percent to $460,000 compared to the first quarter of 2016. Loans grew at a 6.4 percent annualized rate, while core deposit grew at the rate of 14.1 percent a year. “I’m very pleased with our 25- percent year over year growth in earnings along with strong loan production during the first quarter,” said Aquesta CEOP Jim Engel. Meanwhile, the Cornelius-based bank has announced plans to move into the Greenville, SC market. At March 31 this year, Aquesta’s total assets were $353.6 million compared to $353.1 million at Dec. 31, 2016. Total loans were $254.8 million at March

31compared to $250.8 million at Dec. 31. Core deposits were $212.6 million at March 31, compared to $205.3 million at year-end.Strong Asset Quality Nonperforming assets as of March 31 were at $1.7 million which was consistent with year-end 2016. Other real estate owned was $1.5 million at the end of the first quarter 2017, as well as at the end of the fourth quarter 2016. Net interest income rose 16.2 percent to $2.8 million in the first quarter, compared to $2.5 million at the end of the first quarter in 2016. Personnel expense was at $1.9 million as of March 31, compared to $1.8 million the year before.

Aquesta entering Greenville SC market April 5. Aquesta Bank is expanding into South Carolina. The Corneliusbased financial company has hired a market president for Greenville, SC where it will open an office with commercial and retail lenders. Russ Williams has been hired as the new SVP Greenville Market President. He has spent almost 32 years in banking and has a record in community bank lead-

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out in the yard, down where the dirt meets the dandelion crop. This isn’t a big deal in neighborhoods with tight homeowners association rules, but for those neighborhoods without such rules, the days of storing lots of big ugly things outside may be numbered. “For several months, the town’s Land Development Code Advisory Board (LDCAB) has been working on these changes to clarify the definition and location of outdoor storage in the town, and they are now ready for formal review, ” said Planning Director Wayne Herron. LDCAB member Mike Miltich said most property owners have complied with existing regulations, but board members agreed that the current wording was vague and needed “more spec-

ificity.” The new regulations proposed by the town are as follows: In residential areas, the storage of boats and autos, if not on an improved driveway, must be in the side or rear yard and screened with an opaque fence, a tarp/cover, or within a shed or building. An improved driveway is one composed of asphalt, concrete or gravel. Boats, vessels, and personal watercraft must be on a licensed registered trailer and not exceed twenty-six (26) feet in length. In addition, they may not exceed 6,500 lbs. by the manufacturer’s published dry weight. A limit of one boat or vessel, or two personal watercraft will be permitted as long as the two personal watercraft are stored on a single trailer designed to carry or hold two personal watercraft. A limit of one recreational vehicle or trailer per property will be allowed to be parked on an improved driveway, or if not, in the side or rear yard. In commercial areas autos, boats, RVs and trailers must be stored in the rear yard and screened with an opaque fence or masonry fence/wall that matches or complements the appearance of the principal structure. In addition, the storage area must be screened with a type “A” buffer, the largest and most densely vegetated buffer in the Town Code, which can vary from 30 to 50 feet. UPDATE: The planning board voted 6-1 against the new rule.

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Planning Board scratches chicken hotel​, egg plant

April 1. The Planning Board has​ delayed​plans​for the​proposed ​215room ​Bojangel’s Hotel​on three acres​ in Kenton Place​ .​​An adjacent eggproduction ​plant​ ​proposed by ​Winnie​’s Eggs LLC ​is also on hold until the outcome of the chicken-buffet hotel is determined. Which comes first to Cornelius is anybody’s guess.​The Planning Board ​i​s deadlocked 3-3 on wh​ether the Judd egg plant should—or can— be built before the big chicken hotel

goes up.​​ ​​Planning Board Chair Simon Bryant said Bojangel’s 14-story plan ​is​ not b​old​enough.​Architectural drawings for the egg facility were “all over the place,” he explained. ​”Three acres of land can support thousands of rooms,” he said, arguing that a ​40-story hotel makes more sense. ​The Bojangel’s hotel is actually a protot​ype concept with a chicken buffet 24-7 on every floor. The buffet, though, is apparently a logistics

nightmare, according to Bojangel’s. A Bojangel’s spokesman said ​ there’s a big difference between having fried buffets on 14 floors vs. ​40​ floors when ​chicken ​coops ​must be​ at ground level​to satisfy top egglayers​. “You can’t pullet​​out of thin air; you have to fry it in,” he said, explaining that drone technology cannot yet carry​Bojangel’s trademark​ ”chunky legs”​​​and fries m ​ ore than 30 feet in the air. Business l​ ​ eaders were brooding about what looks like another lengthy incubation period for firstclass overnight accommodations​ , not to mention egg-laying​, in 28031. ​ Winnie Ruth Judd, the newly installed, newly ​ dead ​ chair—sadly— of the Cornelius Businessman’s and Businesswoman’s Merchants & Manufacturers Association​,​​ said​ she would give someone’s “arm and a leg” to get the Planning Board to g​ o ahead with either project so the other could get under way ​soon thereafter​​​. ​She incorporated Winnie’s Eggs when she was appointed to the Planning Board ​last year. She is—or was, at this point—developing the high-tech chicken coop and egg-laying facility on the western end of Robbins Park Park​, adja-

cent to the proposed hotel​in Kenton Place. Bryant mourned Judd’s untimely​ accidental beheading​. “She may ​have croaked ​and all, l​ike in the weirdest ironic way, right? ​But her egg thing is scrambled​and Bojangel’s ​plan is poultry​,” he said​. If you are interested in filling ​ Judd’s unexpired term on the Planning Board​, call the town at 704-8926031.

BS Troop 86 offers Border Agent Training April 1. BS Troop 86, which meets Tuesday evenings at the WorldWide Church Temporary Campus at the old Michael Waltrip RaceWorld, will hold Junior Border Patrol classes during seven days in May. Training includes “Introduction to Waterboarding,” “Torture Doesn’t Have to Leave a Mark” and “Cornelius’ Growing Role in the Military-Industrial Complex.” Tuition is $795. Envelopes with cash should be addressed Rev. Frances Pope/Love Offering.

‘Live Cliche-Free’ seminar starts with quitting your job April 1. “No Cliche/Accountability Coach” Marv Gardens will lead an introductory seminar on living “outside the box” Tuesday at the WorldWide Church on Liverpool, in the former Michael Waltrip Raceworld building. He said it is crucial to live life without cliches to be truly original, authentic and robust. At the end of the seminar, participants will “live, laugh, love so that they’ve given 110 percent filling up a daily bucket list,” Gardens chuckled, while sipping on his trademark sugar-free Fresca.

He advises quitting one’s job immediately to “laser in” on what you might find compelling and intriguing down the road. “Become your fully evolved self,” he said, in a dramatic whisper. “We push the envelope,” the Certified Life Coach and personal bankruptcy attorney said, explaining that making decisions with the roll of the dice every day—not weekly—is a “sustainable” way for Millennials to reach middle age so they can take it to the “next level” amongst themselves in “good old 28031,” aka “Baghdad by the Inland Sea.”

The cost to attend is $75, but the seminar will be a “true team effort,” Gardens said. The entry fee includes “individual luncheon sponsorship opportunities.” Participants whose first names start with A, for example, must bring a dish that starts with A, like asparagus, or if their name starts with S, for example, they must bring a dish that starts with S, like sprinkles or Spam. People with really “old school” first names like Bob, David, Karen, Ken, Larry, Mary, Robert, William and Zeke should bring beverages to share. People whose names begin with L,

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should bring lemons. “When you have lemons, empower yourself by shifting your paradigm at the end of the day,” Gardens said, slowly squashing his Fresca can. “Live your life as you would a smorgasbord.”

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Pope will speak at Newsmakers Breakfast

April 1. Frances Pope II, the leader of thousands of religious people, will be the speaker at the Cornelius Today Newsmakers Breakfast at the The Peninsula Club in April. Pope, the head of the WorldWide Church which meets at the old Michael Waltrip Raceworld on Liverpool,

will arrive in his self-driving Lincoln Navigator limousine. “It looks like a miracle when I ride in it,” he said. Pope is a recognized expert on religion, lucrative public-private partnerships and craps, a game played with dice. He plans to move the WWC operation to 12.5 acres of commercial

Inspiration behind Exit 28 bridge decapitated at 90 April 1. Serial entrepreneur Winnie Ruth Judd is dead. The 90-year-old doyenne of high society in The Peninsula was the owner of a luxury luggage store in Jetton Village as well as the “cutlery store to the stars” in Beverly Hills where football star O.J. Simpson was a frequent customer. She was also a reformed serial killer. She was the famous “trunk murderess” of the 1930s, having shipped the dismembered bodies of former boyfriends to places like Los Angeles and Phoenix where the remains sat in postal warehouses for long periods of time.

‘Her idea’

Late demise in two ways

Egg plant

Sadly, she was accidentally beheaded during the delivery of her award by a drone at the Cornelius Businessman’s and Businesswoman’s Merchants & Manufacturers Association First Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Gala at the The Peninsula Club. It happened late in the ceremony, when the 150th award, the “John Wayne Gacy Table For One Teamwork Award,” was being airlifted to her table. It also happened late in a long, interesting life. Witnesses said her last words were, “Aaaiieee.” Well, last word.

land between West Catawba and Knox Road in Cornelius. It will be an economic development coup for Cornelius, said Pope, whose song, “Life is a Crapshoot” won a Grammy in 1968, when his secular career was in full swing. To facilitate the move to permanent digs, the Town of Cornelius is awarding Pope $2 million in economic development grants and incentives, including a tax abatement for two years. Indeed, more than 75 members of Pope’s extended family are employed by the church, at an average salary a little more than $150,000 a year. The average annual wage in Mecklenburg County is $27,500 a year. Pope and his followers consider “The Diceman,” by author Luke Rhinehart, a catechism for bringing risky behavior to a humdrum world. (https:// meeting-the-dice-man) Cornelius Economic Development

Director Sal Timbocca, who will introduce Pope at the Newsmakers Breakfast, said the church property will almost immediately be removed from the tax rolls, “making our tax collection system that much easier to administer.” North Carolina DOT officials are facilitating the church’s move here as well, with a $77 million “nearluxury” rail line from I-485 to downtown Cornelius. The town will fund a trolley line from downtown to the church property just east of where Knox Road meets West Catawba. The trolley cars will continue on to the proposed Bojangel’s chicken hotel in Kenton Place, where they will turn around. There will be a stop on the Exit 28 bridge, at the new viewing deck just below the mast and sails tourist attraction. Newsmakers Breakfasts get under way at 7:30 a.m. The Q&A begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 9. The cost to attend, $12, includes full country breakfast. Reserv ations: 704-895-1335.

A long-time member of the newly formed CBCBMMA, she is credited with the idea for the “mast and sails” design on the Exit 28 bridge. The first-class design is a tourist draw for Cornelius, with nearby businesses like Jay’s at the Lake and Saeed’s reaping “clean dollars” and economic development benefits from the arts-tourism trend. The unique design was her idea, not anyone on the Town Board, the new Public Information Officer for the Town of Cornelius said. “We had nothing to do with it. It was all her idea.” She was also in the midst of building an egg-laying plant that would have been built next to the proposed Bojangel’s Hotel on West Catawba. The hotel and chicken-thingy are up in the air. Judd left absolutely no survivors, all of her family members having met their own unique early demises. Memorial services will be held at the WorldWide Church Temporary Campus at the old Michael Waltrip RaceWorld April 31. WWC leader Frances Pope II has requested a cash offering.

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New hotel plan: ‘I don’t think you’ve got it right’

April 25. By Dave Vieser. A plan to build a seven-story hotel on five acres at the intersection of West Catawba Avenue and Waterview Drive received a chilly reception at its first public airing Monday. Members of the town’s Predevelopment Review Committee didn’t dismiss the possibility of a hotel at the site, but they were clearly not pleased with the plan submitted. “I still don’t think you’ve got it right,” said Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam. A

member of the Architectural Rewiew Committee agreed: “Nope, you’re not there yet, ” Joe Harris said. Both expressed concern with the height of the proposed 14,700 square foot building. Harris suggested they bring the building closer to Catawba Avenue, the wider section of the pieshaped five acre parcel and then reduce the height. The proposal calls for 146 rooms in the midst of two residential developments.

Brian Jenest of Cole, Jenest and Stone Engineering, a land planning company which represents property owners Sreeramulu and Prasunamba Nara, said that one of the major attractions of the proposal was the view of Lake Norman, and lowering the height further would eliminate much of that view. Town Commissioner Jim Duke also took issue with the Robbins Park Hotel name. “I certainly don’t think this should be connected in any way with the town owned and operated facility, even if just by name,” he said. Technically, a hotel would be permitted at the site, which is designated as “waterfront mixed” in the town’s land use plan. Planning Director Wayne Herron reminded the committee that town officials are anxious to attract more commercial development to balance the highly residentially weighted tax base. However, the clear indication given Monday was that if the owners proceed with this specific plan, they may be turned down at various levels of approval.

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Nearby residents, several of whom attended the meeting, also objected to this plan. “We still have questions on its viability; location, property values impact, and traffic impact…many problematic side effects from having a hotel in between two residential areas,” said Randall Light, who lives nearby on Waterview Drive. Monday’s pre development session came virtually a year to the day since a combination 14 story hotel and convention center was unveiled by the same owners, which never gained traction. The pre-development review committee was formed several years ago to give applicants an informal, unofficial sense of how their proposal might be received by the town’s planning board and commissioners during the formal zoning approval process.

Fire at Sushi at the Lake closes W. Catawba April 11. A fire late Tuesday afternoon at Sushi at The Lake had West Catawba closed heading eastbound at 4:30 pm, at the beginning of the afternoon rush. But the fire was out and neither first responders nor restaurant employees were injured. Firefighters from Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Department and Davidson were on the scene, at 19732 W. Catawba. A hook-and-ladder truck from Davidson was used to put firefighters on the roof of the multi-business strip shopping center which was evacuated. Dozens of firefighters as well as onlookers filled the parking lot. The owner of the restaurant said the fire happened between the lunch and dinner break and no one was injured.

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sula 3/29/17 $520,000 Milton & Diane Parra to Lloyd & Avee Runser, 17100 Niblick Ln. 3/29/17 $255,000 William & Sara Nelson to William & Jeana Harris, 10135 Caldwell Depot Rd. 3/29/17 $720,000 Alwyn Smith to H2 Holdings, 21109 Lakeview Cir. 3/29/17 $117,000 Rebecca Sadri to Anthony & Stephanie Difede, 18817 Nautical Dr. 3/30/17 $1,012,500 Judith Bailey to Brandon & Katherine Nye, 18825 Coveside Ln. 3/30/17 $388,500 South Creek Homes to Maureen Vignola, 18223 Ebenezer Rd. 3/30/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 195 Bailey’s Glen 3/30/17 $377,000 Javier Pardo & Jordon Smith to Robyn Brodsky, 18824 Nautical Dr. Until 21 3/30/17 $362,000 Roger & Jane Kendrick to Chad Huck, 1218 South St. 3/30/17 $899,000 Yunhao Zhang & Yinfan Yang to Debbie Delponti, 18739 Peninsula Club Dr. 3/30/17 $386,000 South Creek Homes to Anne Burger, 11617 Mount Argus Dr. 3/30/17 $72,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 286 Bailey’s Glen 3/30/17 $1,742,500 David & Lengki Sugg to Jeffrey White, 16304 Belle Isle Dr. 3/30/17 $295,000 Ronda Elsea to Mary Garrett & William Cobb Jr., 19940 Catamaran Ct. 3/31/17 $340,000 Amy West to Lawrence & Lori Bisso, 20232 Middletown Rd. 3/31/17 $360,000 Christopher & Courtnei Frohling to David Caron, 19744 Valiant Way 3/31/17 $770,000 Larry & Marjorie Taggart See HOMES, Page 25

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Home Sales 4/5/17 $232,000 eunicr Bajart to CSH Property One, 11147 Aprilia Ln. 4/5/17 $142,500 Mortgage Insurance Corp to Harris Schram, 9152 Mc Dowell Ct. 4/6/17 $655,000 Weichert Workforce Mobility to Todd & Wendy Hereky, 18112 John Robbins Ln. 4/6/17 $655,000 David & Kerrie Adams to Wiechert Workforce Mobility, 18112 John Robbin Ln. 4/6/17 $160,000 Patricia Smith & Christopher Brooks to Millham & Gail Petri, Lot 18107 Alexander Chase Condominium

4/6/17 $422,000 Clayton & Patricia Kimball to Stephen & Elizabeth Stagliano, 20327 Middletown Rd. 4/7/17 $355,000 Malcolm & Kitty Philips to Samuel & Gemma Tomanio, 20221 Middletown Rd. 4/7/17 $746,000 Guatam & Preeti Madiman to Ronald Hills, 18310 Scotscraig Ln. 4/7/17 $140,000 Andrea & Jeffrey Riddle to Caherine Nickerson, 18741 Nautical Dr. Unit 203 4/10/17 $475,000 Matthew & Stephanie Dobler to James Hiatt, 2540 Nance Cove Rd.

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to Randy & Kyle Aldridge, 18624 John Connor Rd. 3/31/17 $865,000 Ali & Pouneh Nikrooz to Rolf & Holly Paeper, 20422 Queensdale Dr. 3/31/17 $460,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to John & Sidney Courter, 17017 Courtside Landing Dr. 3/31/17 $250,000 Thomas & Micah Nelson to William & Kim Robinson, 10131 Caldwell Depot Rd. 3/31/17 $812,500 Garrett & Jeanne Kroll to Joy Evans, 18729 Peninsula Club Dr. 3/31/17 $297,500 Patsy Hoosier to Clyde & JohnsieGarris, 19148 Juanita Ln.

4/3/17 $233,000 Joseph & Jennifer Szakaly to AMH NC Properties, 18723 Ronceverte Dr. 4/3/17 $280,000 Lola Schappen to John & Catelyn Robinson, 10513 Quarrier Dr. 4/3/17 $240,000 Jennifer & Jeromy Fowler to Silver Casa LLC, 17536 Harbor Walk Dr. 4/4/17 $206,000 Robert & Sharon Quinn to Steven & Kimberly Price, 18846 Silver Quay Dr. Unit 6 4/4/17 $83,000 Crystal & Joshua Stokes to Lisa Chavis, 21649 Aftonshire Dr. Unit B 4/5/17 $306,000 South Creek Homes to John Martorella, 13303 Hazel Brook Ln. See HOMES, Page 26

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4/10/17 $120,000 Kevin & Nancy Mckee to Betty Duncan, 21244 Hickory St. Unit B 4/12/17 $218,000 Amy & Douglas Certasi to AMH NC, 15412 Crossign Gate Dr. 4/12/17 $211,000 Rhonda Patoka to Awilda Medina, 10020 Caldwell Depot Rd.

4/13/17 $276,000 Epic Homes to Andre & Michele Mason, 2026 Harroway Dr., Cornelius 4/13/17 $403,000 MS Antiquity to Gary Strader, 20140 Lamp Lighters Way 4/13/17 $742,000 Sarah & Robert Puls to Mark Jackmore & Jennifer Hurley, 19000 Serenity Point Ln. 4/13/17 $339,000 Shirley Tart to Buyette

Honeman, 20017 North Cove Rd. 4/13/17 $310,000 Maebeth Boggs to American IRA LLC, Unit 38 Half Moon Bay Condominiums 4/13/17 $135,000 David & Kristen Binkney to Ann Ryan, 7610 Woods Ln. Unit 7 4/17/17 $345,000 Victoria Wilson to AMH NC Properties, 17721 Harbor Walk Dr. 4/17/17 $302,000 Dennis & Sue Ann Wil-

liams to Steven & Mary Ann Binkley, 9125 Magnolia Estates Dr. 4/17/17 $515,000 Jeffrey & Carolyn Taylor to Matthew & Stacey McLaughlin, 20910 Decora Dr. 4/17/17 $189,000 Eric Bailey & Julia Walker to Peter Blaich, 21201 Baltic Dr. 4/17/17 $172,400 Andrea Bauer to Sarah & Harold Haggard Jr., 75 Woods Ln. Unit 42 4/17/17 $463,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Carol Epstein & Robert Wiener, 17113 Courtside Landing Dr. 4/18/17 $850,000 William & Sherry Augustine to Zeno & Mary Hawkins, 18328 Peninsula Club Dr. 4/19/17 $439,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Thomas & Janice Kurek, 17116 Courtside Landing Dr. 4/19/17 $358,000 Anita Sabates to Michael & Kendall Hurley, 18021 Northport Dr. 4/19/17 $77,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 288 Bailey’s Glen 4/19/17 $265,000 Marc & Kimberly Newton to Jeffrey & Cecile Miller, 17903 Crossing Cir. 4/19/17 $360,000 Bradley Faucette & John Coates to Susan Buff, 19421 Beaufain St. Unit 59 4/19/17 $159,500 Keith Shampine to Ryan Garver & Brittany Cammisa, 17715 Delmas Dr. 4/19/17 $155,000 Robert & Robin Forester to Jacquelyn Jo Cramblette, 7603 Woods Ln. Unit 1


3/29/17 $727,000 Annex Consulting to Ross & Melissa Atherton, 309 Catawba Ave. 3/31/17 $710,000 Charles & Theresa Utz to Scott & Ashleigh Robertson, 19411 Overleaf Ln. 3/31/17 $315,000 Chesmar Homes to Properties of Lake Davidson, 12432 Bradford Park Dr. 4/3/17 $1,139,000 Custom Homes of the Carolinas to Mitchell & Andrea Nitzan, 16838 Reinsch Dr. 4/5/17 $545,000 Thomas & Mary Ann Taylor to Edwin & Patricia Cummer, 166 Clemens Pl. 4/6/17 $280,000 Matthew & Kelley McCarey to Charles Perrault & Alison Pattishall, 17320 Silas Place Dr. 4/7/17 $430,00 Chessman Homes to Melvin & Martha Funk, 12302 Bradford Park Dr. 4/13/17 $580,000 Wesley & Kristina Nagel to Trustees of Davidson, 4514 N. Faulkner Way 4/20/17 $455,000 Ann Marie Schulte to Daniel & Renee Roberson, 11717 Bradford Dr. 4/13/17 $260,000 Gary & Heather Strader to Iron Ventures, Lot E-1005B Davidson Bay 4/19/17 $387,000 South Creek Homes to Charles Blevins, Peter & Helen Burkhardt, 15705 June Washam Rd.

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Lake effect: Mix contemporary, texture and color for lakey look

What is the definition of a lake house? There might be a more casual feel, perhaps a country influence, an emphasis on windows—with simple treatments emphasizing the outdoors— and an openness that comes easier with a spare, less-is-more approach. “The feel is more like white-

washed and neutral, maybe gray, with accents that might have a texture,” says Allen Sutton, owner of Southern Decadence Design, based in Lake Norman. He likes Silver Strand from Sherwin Williams on the walls because it “accentuates the lake tones. You


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can pair yellow, green and even purple with it.” No need for absolutely matching everything either. An eclectic approach is suitable, with an antique chest here and a contemporary couch there. “There is even some mid-century modern and contemporary that we blend in,” he says. Of course, it depends on the type of home and style of the house, but rest assured you don’t have to be lakefront to capture a casual lake feel. Think tripod floor lamps, reclaimed wood, maybe an oar, but don’t go all-out cliche with too many signs that say “LAKEHOUSE.”

Whether it’s a sunroom or the main living area, neutral and pale background colors, with accents in darker blues and blue-greens—and even some yellows—the more contemporary lake feel is achievable. White shiplap on the walls, an old oar and a rope accent can set the tone. “You can get the lake look without using cliche lake products. You don’t need a pillow that says “lake home” to have a lake feel. On the flip side, a single pillow will not create a look on its own. Go softer on the fabric, with softer tones, as well. “Play with a lot of base neutrals, and pops of colors here and there,” Sutton says. Flooring-wise, the darker shades are going to be more timeless, although grays are an excellent and fashion-forward choice for a casual look. Prints of fish— vintage or contemporary—can be beautiful and relaxing, and bring home the point. “I warn clients to stay away from trendy around permanent things… lets go more traditional with floors, and go trendier around things you might switch out more often,” Sutton says.

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Relax with guests by preparing ‘Mystery Seafood Salad’ ahead

Barbara Needham and Bella

When it comes to women business leaders, there aren’t many on the same level as Barbara Brown Needham. The Cornelius resident has been a leader in Charlotte commercial real estate—virtually a man’s world for decades—since 1986. She was a founding member of the Charlotte chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women. In fact she was a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club for 10 consecutive years.

If you need to know about office leasing, retail space and warehouses with or without loading docks, you can ask her. You can also ask Barbara about fun dishes for warm-weather entertaining. She and husband Curt, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force who flew Air Force Two for six years, enjoy entertaining friends and family. “He is my rock, an incredible man and husband,” says Barbara,

who is from Mansfield, Ohio. Have been in the Charlotte/Cornelius area since 1981.

Both are active at Mt. Zion Methodist Church. She is on the Outreach Committee, and participates in Room in the Inn, the outreach to Charlotte’s homeless population. The couple, who both have grown children of their own, enjoy the lake and their grandchildren. “I love photography, even though I’m not very good. I love the arts, painting, pottery, but not good at that either, but just fun,” Barbara says. No one taught her to cook, but she and Curt enjoy trying new and different things. The recipe for “Mytersy Seafood Salad” is fun and delicious. It’s easy to prepare, and best done a day or two before you’re having guests. “I like relaxed entertaining...get everything done before the event, so you can enjoy the guests. Outdoors is best for me, but sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. So, you have to be flexible,” Barbara says.



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In spite of legislative defeat, beer isn't going anywhere

BY DAVE VIESER In spite of a noteworthy setback in the North Carolina legislature, craft beer makers in Cornelius are chugging along. Ryan McDaniels, a Cornelius resident who heads up Lake Norman Econom-

ic Development, said the state’s 200 craft breweries pump $1.2 billion into the economy annually. A decade ago, there were but two dozen statewide so the growth trend is obvious. He says there's no doubt craft brewers will remain a boon for the local economy.

For example, last fall in Cornelius, D9 Brewing Co., a craft microbrewery located in an industrial section of the town on Treynorth Drive, took over the entire 12,000 square-foot building where it was originally launched several years earlier. D9 had originally occupied only about two-thirds of the complex. "We found ourselves literally boxed into a corner with existing production space, so we did what any other reasonable brewery would do: we took over the whole building" said D9 owner Andrew Durstewitz. Ray Hutchinson and Jack Lippy are

opening Eleven Lakes Brewery in 2,700 square feet of retail-industrial space in Hyde Park Storage Suites less than a mile away. Just down Bailey Road, and still within Cornelius, Ass Clown Brewery has also established a regular following with a wide variety of craft brews. It may sound like a large amount of suds but there's apparently still room for growth. In spite of the failure to lift the caps on distribution, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is expected to open in the former MacLean Curtis Screw plant on Zion Avenue in Cornelius, albeit with smaller plans. HB500 was a bi-partisan, omnibus bill. "Many of us in Cornelius and the surrounding towns were eagerly anticipating having our own Beer Garden such as what OMB has created in Charlotte. With the cap still in place, it raises concerns that the brewery and beer garden won’t be on the scale that it could be," said Town Commissioner Mike Miltich.

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How to be safe on the lake this summer

By Dave Vieser As the weather gets warmer each week, more and more swimmers and boaters are heading out onto Lake Norman for a good time. Local officials are hoping this summer starts out safer than last year, when there were three drownings on the lake in early June. According to Cornelius Police, one of those drownings occurred in Cornelius near Island Forest Drive when two females gained access to a private dock. One fell into the water and did not resurface. Here are 10 lake safety tips : 1. Use Lifejackets. Make sure you have enough for each passenger. If you want, assign one to each of your passengers upon boarding. Sounds basic enough, yet local and national statistics show that more than 90 percent of drowning victims might have survived if they had only been wearing a life jacket. This is especially important for those who are marginal swimmers or can’t swim at all. 2. Learn To Swim. If you’re going to be around water, learn how to swim. 3. Be Weather-Wise. The weather on

Lake Norman can change in a heartbeat. Before you leave check the local forecast for any possible dangerous weather predictions. Once out on the lake, if you notice dark clouds approaching, head to shore immediately. 4. Dress for the Water Temperature. Regardless of the air temperature, the water may still be 10-15 degrees colder, especially in the spring and fall. 5. Take it easy on the alcohol. The probability of being involved in an accident more than doubles when alcohol is used. Avoid heavy consumption. Needless to say the same advice pertains to the use of illegal substances or prescription medications. 6. Designate an Assistant Skipper. If possible, assign another passenger who is familiar with all aspects of your boat as the assistant. In the event something happens to the boat’s operator, they would take control of the vessel, and get everyone back to shore safely. 7. Use A Carbon Monoxide Detector. Carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless, colorless, and poisonous. it can make you sick and even kill. All internal combus-

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tion engines emit it. Just as in your home, a CO detector can alert you before levels rise too high. 8. Develop a Travel Plan. If you are taking an extended journey, document who is with you, and have their contact information readily available. This may sound overly simplistic, but, in case of a boating or medical emergency, this information could be very useful. 9. Pre-Departure Checklist. Maintain a list of items that you can confirm are stored on the boat and check them before departing. In this manner, you’re prepared for any emergencies while out on the lake. 10. Take a Boating Course. This applies to everyone, no matter how experienced a boater they may be. Boating courses can be a great assistance for fine tuning boating and navigation skills. The courses can also educate about any new or changed regulations in our area.

sequences if boaters do not pass, as the inspection is designed for informational purposes only.

For boat owners, a free inspection is being offered at Blythe Landing on Saturday May 6 from 9 a. m . to 1 p . m. The program is being sponsored the Cornelius Police Department’s Lake Patrol Unit, in conjunction with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. T he safety check usually takes only about 10 minutes, depending on vessel size. “This is a great opportunity for boaters to have a free inspection done to insure you are starting the season off with all the necessary equipment prior to launching” said Sgt. Brinzey. “Know before you go!” Vessels that pass will receive a sticker on the spot indicating that they passed a Safety Check this season. There are no negative con-

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Wednesday, April 12 – Holy Week Wednesday Night Supper 6:30-7:30 pm. Free meal in the Family Life Center Gym Thursday, April 13 - Maundy Thursday Worship Service – 6:40 pm in the Sanctuary. This service is a remembrance of the last supper of Jesus with his disciples. Friday, April 14 - Good Friday Worship Service – 6:40 pm in the Sanctuary. This service remembers the story of Jesus crucifixion and death. Saturday April 15 – Community Easter Egg Hunt 11am – 1 pm. This will take place on the front lawn (If raining, Family Life Center Gym)

This is free and open to the community. Silent Saturday Service – 1 pm in the Outdoor Chapel (sanctuary if raining). This is a quiet and reflective service focusing on helping us learn to hope when we cannot see hope. Easter Sunday, April 16 - 7 am Sunrise Service Located between the Sanctuary and the Cemetery in the parking lot. (Free pancake breakfast after) 8:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary with Chancel Choir, Brass and Handbells. Identical to the 11:00 am service. 9:45 am Worship in the Family Life Center with the Praise Team. 11 am Worship in the Sanctuary. Identical to the 8:30 am service.

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Former CEO of McCormick keynotes small business event Alan Wilson, the former chairman and CEO of McCormick & Co., will be the featured speaker at a small business conference May 2 at The Peninsula Club. The event, which gets under way at 11 a.m. with networking, includes lunch. The cost to attend is $30. Wil-

son was CEO of the spice company from 2008 to January of this year, overseeing a period of dramatic expansion. Other featured speakers include Wilson’s son Ryan, owner of Madison River Fly Fishing Outfitters; Leigh Brown, a topreal estate broker; Tricia Sisson, owner of The Range at Lake

MI-Connection improves business internet speeds MI-Connection is increasing internet speeds for business customers for both download and upload applications. The cable company said monthly service rates will remain the same, even though some customers will experience a download internet speed increase of over 700 percent. The new broadband business speeds help position MI-Connection as a more competitive provider. “We recognize the ever-increasing need for bandwidth placed on business-

es and has planned for this growth,” said David Auger, CEO of MI-Connection. “Our continued investment in our business broadband Internet has resulted in a best-of-class product. As the community provider, we strive to offer our customers this product for the best value possible,” he added. AUGER

Norman; and Dave Yochum, editor of Business Today. The event, which is part of National Small Business Week, is sponsored by The Peninsula Club, Joe Vagnone of ENLIGN Business Brokers, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Executive Women of Lake Norman,

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Aquesta first quarter up 25 percent April 20. Aquesta Financial Holdings reported net income for the first quarter of 2017 rose 25 percent to $460,000 compared to the first quarter of 2016. Loans grew at a 6.4 percent annualized rate, while core deposit grew at the rate of 14.1 percent a year. “I’m very pleased with our 25- percent year over year growth in earnings along with strong loan production during the first quarter,” said Aquesta CEOP Jim Engel. Meanwhile, the Cornelius-based bank has announced plans to move into the Greenville, SC market. At March 31 this year, Aquesta’s total assets were $353.6 million compared to $353.1 million at Dec. 31, 2016. Total loans

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were $254.8 million at March 31compared to $250.8 million at Dec. 31. Core deposits were $212.6 million at March 31, compared to $205.3 million at year-end.Strong Asset Quality Nonperforming assets as of March 31 were at $1.7 million which was consistent with year-end 2016. Other real estate owned was $1.5 million at the end of the first quarter 2017, as well as at the end of the fourth quarter 2016. Net interest income rose 16.2 percent to $2.8 million in the first quarter, compared to $2.5 million at the end of the first quarter in 2016. Personnel expense was at $1.9 million as of March 31, compared to $1.8 million the year before.

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New Corporations

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

Cornelius 3/23/17 Carolina Venture Corp., Richard E. Wojtalik, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103-167, Cornelius 3/23/17 Gymnasts United Inc., Tamil Jones, 10212 Bon Meade Ln., Cornelius 3/24/17 AAA Restoration LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 3/24/17 Carolina Hardscape & Landscape Builders Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 3/28/17 Abask Ind. LLC, William Henry Champion II, 21316 Crown Lake Dr., Cornelius 3/28/17 Beau Goedert Construction LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 21020 Brinkley St., Cornelius 3/29/17 Coast 2 Coast Maids LLC, Snary Dorce, 19259 School St., Cornelius 3/30/17 Bethel Re Associates LLC, Paul Jeffrey Leck, 16824 Flying Jib Rd., Cornelius 3/31/17 Retirement Funz LLC, Eugene A. Brozzetti, 7619 Montrachet Ln., Cornelius 3/31/17 Stephen Whitfield Realty Services LLC, Stephen Curtiss Whitfield, 18216 Coulter Pkwy., Cornelius

4/3/17 CP Missions Inc., Cheri Penuel, 16833 Flying Jib Rd., Cornelius 4/4/17 Resolute Search LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 13425 Hazelbrook Ln., Cornelius 4/5/17 The Little Baker LLC, Ansley Shay Dodson, 20052 Zion Ave., Cornelius 4/5/17 Restoring You Credit Inc., Sonya R. White, 18135 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius 4/6/17 OTG Resources Inc., Catherine M. Bentz, 19453 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 4/6/17 Top House Painting LLC, Lisa Panepinto, 18726 Nautical Dr., #101, Cornelius 4/10/17 Carolina Vacation Rentals LLC, C. Todd Senff, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103-244, Cornelius 4/10/17 Ebel Consulting Corp., Knic Ebel, 20409 Southshore Dr., Cornelius 4/12/17 Carolinas Home Team Inc., Scott Wilkinson, 9410 Robbins Preserve Rd., Cornelius 4/13/17 Olde World Brick Oven Breads LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 20124 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius 4/13/17 PF NC1 LLC, Doug Letendre, 16814 Lake Shore Dr., Cornelius 4/13/17 PF NC2 LLC, Doug Letendre, 16814 Lake Shore Dr., Cornelius

4/13/17 PF NC3 LLC, Doug Letendre, 16814 Lake Shore Dr., Cornelius 4/13/17 PF NC4 LLC, Doug Letendre, 16814 Lake Shore Dr., Cornelius 4/13/17 PF NC5 LLC, Doug Letendre, 16814 Lake Shore Dr., Cornelius 4/13/17 PF NC6 LLC, Doug Letendre, 16814 Lake Shore Dr., Cornelius 4/13/17 PF NC7 LLC, Doug Letendre, 16814 Lake Shore Dr., Cornelius 4/13/17 PF NC8 LLC, Doug Letendre, 16814 Lake Shore Dr., Cornelius 4/18/17 Black Oak Land Management LP, BCPL Group Holdings LTD., 19931 Lamp Lighters Way, Cornelius 4/21/17 A&S Vintage Group LLC, Ann M. Lynch, 21204 Crown Lake Dr., Cornelius 4/21/17 Morton Distribution LLC, Todd A. Morton, 21417 Harken Dr., Cornelius

Davidson 3/27/17 Honestly Clean LLC, Crystal Beacham, 1135 Central Park Cir., Davidson 3/27/17 LKN Counselors PLLC, Jamie L. Cheveralls, 706 Northeast Dr., Ste. 1, Davidson 3/27/17 Source.Auction, LLC, Diana Espericueta, 400 N. Harbor Pl., Ste. H, Davidson 3/28/17 Stotts and Stotts LLC, Cynthia Lee Stotts, 11627 Bradford Park Dr., Davidson 3/29/17 Goat Deals LLC, Alexander Breen, 19318 Wildcat Trl., Davidson 3/29/17 La Movida LLC, Naima Jacqueline Avila Cruz, 115 Mock Cir., Apt. A,

Davidson 3/30/17 Parker Real Property LLC, Jennifer Tammaro, 225 Roundway Down, Davidson 3/31/17 K-2 Academy Inc., Adrian J. Donato, 605 South St., Davidson 4/1/17 Painted Elm Properties LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 4/4/17 Brandacres LLC, Jason M. Sneed, 610 Jetton St., Ste. 120-107, Davidson 4/6/17 Masonlucy LLC, Erika M. Erlenbach, c/o The McIntosh Law Firm, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 4/6/17 Suburban Window & Door Co. LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 10834 Traders Ct., Davidson 4/10/17 The Percantile and Creamery LLC, Sean Colas, 147 Logan Crossing Dr., Davidson 4/12/17 DTM Homes Inc., David Montgomery, 13542 Helen Benson Blvd., Davidson 4/13/17 Blast Jam LLC, Tunza Wallace, 3333 Brackhill St., Davidson 4/18/17 Blaney Family LLC, Craig F. Blaney, 753 Peninsula Dr., Davidson 4/19/17 Dunham Solutions LLC, Richard J. Kline, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 4/19/17 East Coast Modz LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 17014 Winged Thistle Ct., Davidson 4/21/17 AEDS for Life LLC, James Reymond, 1339 Torrence Cir., Davidson

More new corporations are online at

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Thank you



• Provide a full day of fun for kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters • Raise money for an efficiently run non-profit • Recruit mentors for children in BBBS

Bill & Ericka Cain Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg

Nancy & Randy Cameron

Commander: AlphaGraphics of Lake Norman • John and Shea Bradford • Charlotte Ear Eye Nose and Throat Associates - Dr. Michael Miltich • Dobi Financial Group • Jim and Carolyn Duke • Brian Harris and Scarlett Hays • KS Audio Video - Ken Ziegler • Shelley Johnson and Craig LePage • Lake Norman Realty - Abigail Jennings • The McIntosh Law Firm • Payroll Plus • Rose Associates - Kathleen Rose • Troy and Della Stafford • Jeff and Nancy Tarte • Dirk & Heidi Tischer • Brian and Tricia Sisson & Erica Erlenbach Friends: John and Nancy Aneralla • Chris and Sally Ashworth • Rod Beard • Chaz Beasley • Law firm of Bentz and Associates - Catherine Bentz • Blair and Margaret Boggs • Crafty Burg’r • Dixie Dean • Dresslers Restaurant • Tom and Ann Dutton • Angela Higbea • Rusty Knox • Rhonda Lennon • Thurman Ross • Jennifer Stoops • Washam Properties - Woody & Sharon Washam Food and Beverage Vendors: Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails, Big Bite’z, Brickhouse Tavern / Port City Club, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Herrin Brothers Ice, Mama’s Pizza Express, Tenders Fresh Food

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for 13 years

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28OH3! Springfest in Jetton Village

Allison and Jon Cowherd, who live in Weatherstone, manned the Lake Norman Local Apparel booth at the Springfest in Jetton Village

Mike Regan’s Rejects, with Jon Bashaw and Jesse Garber

Robbins Park art

Art on the Green April 22 in Davidson

Caron Andrus, a Twin Oaks resident, is a fulltime potter

Gerard, Tara, and Tammi Thomas have a new popcorn and snow cone operation

On Sunday, Come Worship With Us

Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 9am & 11am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 19600 Zion St., Worship 8:30am, 9:45am, 11am

October Leaves and Underfire are two of the works on display in Robbins Park. The show officially opens May 6.

Hop Into Spring

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 Lots of Cornelius families turned out for Hop Into Spring at Robbins Park

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Driving it home "The mouth of a politician..,Jeff Tarte initiates a 35 mph speed limit on four-lane Jetton Road, and the same man wants a law that will give me a speeding ticket for going the speed limit on the NC interstates thus slowing his quick travel to Raleigh or wherever it is he is in such a hurry to go. This is one person a ticket for travelling the speed limit and OBEYING THE LAW but making it A-OK to go 15 mph over the speed limit. This is the problem with the new thinking." —via The lower speed limit comes out of concerns about frequent accidents on Jetton near the Harris Teeter, as well as the “mixeduse” nature of the road: Cyclists, pedestrians, children and motor vehicles, including trucks. Sen. Tarte did not “initiate” the speed limit change. Here’s what he has to say about speeding on the highways: “If you are exceeding the speed limit by 15 mph the SHP will issue you a ticket for speeding, regardless of which lane you are traveling in.“

More food for thought (BoatYard Eats weighs anchor...Facebook April 5)

"How about some set backs to widen the intersection?" "How about putting this on hold until Rte. 21 is at least four lanes between Gillead and Catawba, and Westmoreland is four lanes. (One could wish!)" "Food truck dining. Should be quite an experience!" "We move June 1. Can't take anymore!" "Food trucks, fire pits, music and booze, just what we need with an elementary school and residential housing within a few hundred feet...what were our town officials thinking???" "Sounds great!"

Storage ordinance

"I heard this was coming over a year ago; so glad it is finally happening!" "Craziness. When is it going to stop?" "Sounds great. The area needs a good music venue badly. This is exactly what the lake needs." "Every single one of the local politicians should be booted. I am so sick of them not demanding the roads be corrected before more building..." These comments were posted April 4 re: "Mmmm. Anchorage Marine will become Boatyard Eats"

Extra-territorial jurisdictions

Beer talk (Gonna hafta wait for that brewski...Facebook April 17)

“I’m peeved that our town leaders would misguide us in selling the expanded ETJ as a good thing for our town. More area spreads our emergency services thin, expands our liability and envelops their problems into our town. Oppose this move! Look at the lake enforcement and bridge fiasco just as an example!”

"So glad to be out of Davidson and Cornelius. Better make that money while you can because the smart people are moving to the other side of the lake. Enjoy those ridiculous taxes and 77 tolls."


These comments were posted April 17 re: "Public hearings on brewery, QT likely to be postponed"

“That road should not be straightened if the plan is to bring the exit point closer to the intersection. It is an ok distance to permit flow right now. If they are planning to move it closer to the tracks it will create a trap zone from antiquity, the Harris teeter and omb. Why is there a need to straighten it at all?"

(New outdoor storage rules proposed for Cornelius...Facebook April 21)

“This will be great. I am sick of this guy parallel parking his idiotically large RV and blocking half of the neighborhood street. It is unsafe and inconsiderate.” “They may consider new rules, but rules mean nothing unless enforced. There is a ordinance / rule prohibiting the use of any parking lot cleaning equipment on a property adjacent to residential, except between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. However, I am consistently disturbed between the hours of 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM by parking lot cleaning equipment in the Fresh Market / Stein Mart plaza. In addition, front loading trash trucks are not permitted to operate anywhere within the town limits, except between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM, but they do. The Cornelius Police do nothing to enforce these rules, unless you call and get ugly. Then they wonder why your being ugly...” These comments were posted April 21 re: “New outdoor storage rules proposed for Cornelius”

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Hotel in residential area (That hotel, smaller of course, is back ...Facebook April 22)

"What is it with these communities and their damned hotels? Are they really that desperate for the 3 percent occupancy tax?" "There wouldn't be anything wrong with hotels if we weren't already bursting at the seams as it is. We don't have the infrastructure to draw more people into our overcrowded conditions. We have a two-lane interstate, side roads that are already backed up a lot of the time and politicians who never met a housing development that they didn't like." "Why do we need another hotel? None in the area are equipped for anything except guest. What happened to the moratorium?" "Construction should have been halted years ago until the INTERSTATE and two- lane donkey roads were widened. And those roads wld have been widened by now if people like us had been involved. Nice, timid, non-involved citizens are why communities are ruined... A perfect example is next door Kannapolis... almost EVERY side rd is 4 lanes with turns. And 85 is being widened to EIGHT FREE LANES just for them as we speak. Why? BC they have dam good leaders who LIVE & WORK there & don't cowtow to Raleigh. They said hell, no when tolls were threatened. And also Humpy Wheeler. While we had Jill & Chuck. Bless us, oh Lord."

Building moratorium (Cornelius adopts a 60-day moratorium west of I-77...Facebook April 4)

"That area has sat there for years without any action or planning for or against it from the town but now all of a sudden someone wants to finally do something with their properties and the town wants to STOP and think about what THEY want? If traffic were truly a concern why has it not been properly planned for by now?" "Prudent move. Now shut down the beach and maybe everyone can take a rest...start assessing impact fees like you should have been doing all along and make the developers pay for the growth and stop using public funds to subsidize their investments." "Thank goodness Cornelius is taking a closer look at this BEFORE it is too late. The Torrence Chapel intersection is a critical one for all the residents down that way. I support this and hopefully some good options will be developed so it's a win-win for everyone!" "Too little, too late." "Wish Mooresville would do the same!" These comments were posted April 4 re: "60-day moratorium adopted by Cornelius Town Board" on

Don’t be selfish “I applaud the new 35 mph speed limit on Jetton Road. The SoundOff writer who criticized this muchneeded safety improvement is typical of a selfish person who puts his own interests ahead of the safety of our families and, especially the children. Complaining about commute time on Jetton Road? Are you going into Charlotte for work? Well then, the abysmal situation on I-77 is the more significant problem for you. If you are complaining about your trip time to the Harris Teeter, then you are a bigger jerk than anyone could imagine. Set your damn cruise control to 35 mph and get over it.” —via

There’s a new church in town

Profound lack of logic

“You’ve got to be kidding: A narrow road like Bethel Church, where the bike lane begins and ends, where the sidewalks stop and start, where we have homes and driveways, preschools and churches, where we have children and cyclists, has a speed limit of 45? This is not an intelligent approach to safety or building community!”

"Thank you for having the SoundOff forum. I learn a lot about local issues, and appreciate hearing different sides of an issue. Can we talk about speed limits on Bethel Church Road? Jetton has four lanes and few driveways that enter the road. The speed limit on Jetton is now 35 mph. Bethel Church Road has only two lanes and multiple driveways that enter the road. Why is Bethel Church’s speed limit 45 mph? I see plenty of bikers, including children, on Bethel Church with cars zipping by. Some people say this is an even greater disaster waiting to happen than Jetton. It will be very sad if we are ignoring one area of town in the safety area, and a tragic accident occurs due to that higher speed on Bethel Church. If the town board doesn’t support this I would be shocked."



(Love Lake Norman opens...Facebook April 10)

“What a great article! Praying for continued blessings on you and your new ministry.“ “So proud of you Jerel for all you’ve done—and are doing still!”

“Jerel is such a great example of grace and love. He shares the word and has impacted so many. He is so "Current plan has many flaws and faithful in his work.“ not appropriate for the residential area... find a real solution for the “This is so inspiring! Jerel is the land." real deal—wonderful person!“ These comments were posted April 22 These comments were posted April 10 re: "Hotel proposal back for W. Catawba re: “Law or Grace: You can have both at April 21" new downtown church”

The speed limit on Bethel Church

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