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November 2015 • VOLUME 11 NUMBER 2

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A Veterans Day observation will take place behind Town Hall and at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. American Legion Post 86 Commander Mike Puckett will lead the

ceremony which will include a 21-gun salute and patriotic songs by the W.A. Hough High School Concert Choir. In the event of inclement weather, call the town's weather hotline: 704-896-2460 ext. 290.

DAR meeting Nov. 12 at Mt. Zion The Alexandriana Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12 in The Hut at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. The speaker will

be Debra Handley, executive director of Hope House. Members are asked to bring paper products to donate to Hope House. More info: Call 214-499-3642.

Peninsula Foundation fundraiser Nov. 14 The Peninsula Community Foundation fundraising gala is Nov. 14 at The Peninsula Club. The Mardi Grasthemed event includes a cocktail reception and silent auction, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction. An after party will include enter-

tainment and dancing. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased online at www. thepeninsulacommunityfoundation. org. Seating is limited. The Peninsula Community Foundation has raised $1 million for local charities.

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Mike Griffin, a member of the Lake Norman Economic Development board of directors and an owner of Cornelius-based Griffin Brothers Cos., will be the speaker at the Cornelius Today and Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 18 at The Peninsula Club. The topic will be the new "Cornelius Square" interchange

that would create a signature gateway to Cornelius. The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 9 a.m. The cost to attend is $12 and includes a full country-style breakfast. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for networking. RSVPs, with a credit card payment, are required. Call Cornelius Today at 704-895-1335 to RSVP.

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Murphy is a 6-month-old St. Bernard/ Hound mix who was recently surrendered to the shelter. He is a sweet boy, knows some basic commands, is house trained and has already been neutered. He would be a great fit for a family with a large yard to explore. He loves visitors!

Pumpkin is one of a litter of three adorable 4-month-old kittens. He has handsome orange tabby stripes and big green eyes. He loves to explore and pounce on his siblings when playing. He is curious and energetic and would make a great family pet.

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Pictures and stories of Cornelius from dawn to dusk Page 4

Time for Change

Dr. Mike Miltich For Cornelius Town Commissioner


Here are some steps to take for Cornelius residents Page 10

Experienced Leadership Fiscal Responsibility


The only thing old about this mixed-use project is the name. Page 12

Traffic Improvement Sensible Development


Committed to Cornelius

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Caring for All Equally CORNELIUS COOKS

Bob Enzwiler shares the recipe for his creation, Taco Nachos. Page 28

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A day in the life of Cornelius With the help of Facebook emails and cell phones, we tried to capture a day in the life of Cornelius Oct. 14. Our goal was to catch the people of 28031 from all walks of life, starting before sunrise. We interacted online and got photo assignments and invitations for everything from a classroom visit at Cornelius Elementary to a chance to relax on a front porch in the late afternoon in Antiquity. Every one of the photos was taken Oct. 14 in Cornelius. More photos are online at

Sky Parker delivers provisions to McAlister’s Deli well before dawn

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Gerard Thomas hasn’t owned a car since 2009. The Glenridge resident rides his bike ever ywhere, including his job as a dishwasher and food runner at Carrburritos, and church at the Inclusion Community in Kadi Fit on Sundays. He lists, without missing a beat, why he bikes ever ywhere: “One, it keeps me in shape. Two, it keeps me embedded in my community and the people in my community. Three, it doesn't pollute the air or contribute to global warming. And, four, it allows me to slow down and be closer to nature.” If he has the erudite manner of a college instructor, it’s because he taught college at SUNY Brockport. He has a master’s degree in anthropological archeology from the University of Buffalo where he also did his undergraduate work. Now, at age 53, he wants a simpler lifestyle. Wife Tammie stays at home—a comfortable two-stor y colonial—with their four children. The family bikes ever ywhere. They are looking for ward to seeing improvements in Cornelius’ bikeability. They participated in the town’s BikeCornelius! master plan which will make navigating the town on two wheels safer and easier. Priority recommendations are online:

The arrest rate per 1,000 is a low 19.3 in Cornelius. The most common traffic ticket is exceeding posted speed. There were two murders in 2012, none in 2013, none last year, and none so far this year. Eighty-seven percent of the calls into the 911 Center at the Police Station come in via cell phone. Chief Bence Hoyle credits community policing—a manner of using all the laws of the land as a toolbox, not a tool, to try to meet needs as they are


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identified. “The most critical characteristic of community policing is flexibility. We must focus on quality of life expectations of our community and when those change, so shall we,” Hoyle says. But community policing is no cure-all. “We will not end all crime, serve without making some mistakes, or be able to meet every need. But we will always work as a part of the com- Shift Change 6 a.m.: Officers J. Sapp, J. Macon, K. Johnson and E. Stevenson at Cornelius Police Headquarters munity,” Hoyle says. during the overnight briefing and shift change a 6 a.m.

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Seniors are what we will be Realtors say seniors are one of the fastest-growing demographics in Cornelius and Lake Norman. Their children came here for jobs, and their parents followed. Patricia Nelson, 72, walks every day, not just to stay active, but to get to places like the Harris Teeter on Old Jetton where she is a regular

customer. Patricia has no car and lives in Marina Shores, convenient to the 48x, 77x and North Meck Village Rider bus lines. The median age of Cornelius is "significantly higher" than the region as a whole, according to Claritas Inc., 40 here, vs. 35.87 region-wide.


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Telecommuting is p a thing Jillian Ferrante, 26, just moved to Cornelius and works for Fidelity Investments. Rather than drive into Charlotte, she telecommutes as often as possible from a quiet coffee table at Waterbean Coffee on Jetton Road. According to Sperling's Best Places, 22 percent of Cornelius commuters spend 35 to 59 minutes getting to work, vs. 13 percent nationally. The mean travel time to work, according to the Census, was 26.5 minutes for workers over the age of 16, between 2009 and 2013.

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Cornelius Fire & Rescue is a volunteer fire department, which means volunteers carry voice pagers and alerts them to calls, and Active911 paging so they can see the address and nature of the call. They practice and train. This picture of rope rescue training at the Holiday Inn on Statesville Road. Firefighting is a career and a passion, a brotherhood and sisterhood across the nation. Indeed, Cornelius firefighters have obtained a steel beam from the World Trade Center, and, with the help of the town, will turn it into a 9-11 Monument at Fire Station No. 1 on Main Street. A national design competition gets under way in November.

Photos by Dave Yochum and Stephen Nance

Ms. Melissa Bellonte’s 1st grade class at Cornelius Elementary

A new center of town One reason Lyn Rutsky and Richard Rutsky like Antiquity is the nearby shopping that’s due to open in November as well as the proximity, thanks to a delightful covered bridge, to hip restaurants and shops in Davidson. “We love Antiquity. It’s quiet, it’s friendly, we have great neighbors, it’s close to Davidson,” says Lyn. For around $180 a month, Antiquity homeowner fees include gardening, cable, land line and internet, not to mention a

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pool. There is a mix of townhouses, apartments and single-family homes. Prices for detached homes are in the high 200s. The recently retired couple are also looking forward to an arts center that will be built downtown. “I don’t have a hard time filling up my day,” Lyn says. “Our social calendar can’t be more full.” Afternoons often include a glass of wine on the front porch with friends. “We love how friendly people are. Even the clerks are friendly,” she says.

The graduation rate in CharlotteMecklenburg Schools rose to 88 percent in 2015, ahead of the state average of 85.4 percent, and more than 18 percentage points ahead of CMS’ 2010 rate. CMS Board Member Rhonda Lennon, a Cornelius resident, says the mix of neighborhood schools and magnet schools is part of the success. “Parents should have choices of great schools to send their children to. The

p most important thing in a child’s academic journey is to have a supportive parent or mentor to encourage them and be engaged,” she says. Students are only in class seven hours a day, 180 days year, “so we need community partners to assist us in making a difference.” Despite our reputation as an affluent community, the percentage of free and reduced lunch at Cornelius Elementary is just a hair under 30 percent.

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Bailey Middle pitcher Lacy White; Alexander Middle batter LeeAnn Gilbert

Parks, by day and by night The town’s parks department, which is going on 20 years old, is a bright spot in Cornelius government. For one thing, it’s a path to greatness—U.S. Sen Thom Tillis was a park commissioner—for another, everyone can enjoy all 13 town-owned parks. Now known as the Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture, or PARC, the department offers an array of activities for everyone from pre-schoolers to seniors. During the past two years, participa-


tion in PARC programs increased by more than 60 percent, with over 50,000 participants last year. Robbins Park, along with the adjacent Westmoreland Athletic Complex, are considered the “crown jewels” of the park system. Robbins Park has fishing ponds and walking trails. WAC, with a baseball field that is lighted at night, is used almost continuously by local and regional leagues. Indeed, it helps support the growing sports-tourism business in Lake Norman.

Henry Stubbs gets a haircut from Mark Muldrow

Old-fashioned barber shop The Potts Barber Shop in downtown Cornelius is owned by Mickey Potts, the husband of former Mayor Nannie Potts. The old black barber shops, which once cut the hair of only white people, are part of the fabric of old Cornelius. A men’s shave is $5. Before 1972, black barber shops like the Potts family’s cut white men’s hair only. Successful black barbers didn’t cut hair for both black men and white


men. It was an unwritten rule in the 1960s. Mickey’s father Wilson Potts bought the barber shop in 1957. Of course the customers were all white and the barbers were all black. But in 1972 a black man named Toot Burton walked into Potts Barber Shop. Wilson Potts simply told him to sit down. And that was the end of segregation in Cornelius.

Working parents The YMCA has about 7,900 members all told, about 2,300 of them live in Cornelius. There are 130 children in the after-school program, a godsend for working parents. The average cost is around $15 a day, or $280 a month. While there has been some debate over connecting the Y property to Church Street to ease congestion on North

p Main Street, that's off the table after a series of on-going and cordial meetings with neighbors and Ben Pinegar, executive director of the Y. Here, Mason Smith, 9, hams it up under the watchful eye of Alex Pulley. According to the U.S. Census, 93.5 percent of us have graduated from high school. In Gastonia, 80.6 percent are high school grads.

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Lost dog: How to embark on a smart search when Fido is lost

By Dave Vieser Nothing can be more upsetting or disruptive to a family than when a beloved pet is missing. These friendly companions really do become a part of the family and when they are suddenly gone, a sense of despair sets in. However, there are some common sense steps that pet owners can take. We gathered these tips from the American Humane Society and Trey Nodine, Animal Control Officer with the Cornelius Police Department: 1. Contact the Cornelius Animal Shelter immediately with an accurate description. "Cornelius has the luxury of having a shelter in town so if someone’s pet gets loose or turned in to us it will stay here at the shelter for at least 72 hours," Nodine said. It's also a good idea to check with Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control to see if it was possibly turned in there. The Cornelius Animal Shelter's phone number is 704-237-3602; Mecklenburg is 704336-7600. 2. Check your neighborhood on foot or by auto. Ask neighbors and letter carriers. Post and/or hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached.

3. Make sure your pet always wears a collar and an ID. Consider having a micro-chip embedded into your dog or cat. "If your lost pet is micro-chipped make sure that your information is current on the chip and also contact the micro-chip company to let them know the animal is missing," Nodine said. Some micro-chip companies will send email blasts to shelters in the area. 4. Access the Internet. Some sites that might help include Center for Lost Pets; Craigslist has a lost and found under Community;; and, on Facebook, Lost & Found Dogs - North Carolina. 5. Beware pet-recovery scams. When talking to a stranger who claims to have found your pet, ask them to describe the pet thoroughly. Be especially suspicious of people who insist that you provide money for the return of your pet. 6. Check in with local vets. Main Street Veterinary has matched missing dogs with their owners via posts on their Facebook page and people sharing them. If you have found a pet and want to keep it until you can find the owner, let Animal Control know within 24 hours of finding it.

VLN lands Walmart LFW Invitational Visit Lake Norman will host the new Walmart FLW Tour Invitational tournament next year, out of Blythe Landing. The entry fee is a whopper: $4,000 to participate in the three-day tournament which runs Sept. 15-17. The 2016 season will feature six regular-season qual-

ifier tournaments. The field consists of more than 100 top professional anglers. VLN submitted the bid in partnership with Visit Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. VLN hosted the FLW for four consecutive years from 2007-2010.

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PDQ ‘land banks’ prime corner at Westmoreland and Hwy. 21

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- Dentistry PDQ’s commitment to Cornelius appears to be pretty darn quantifiable. The Tampa, Fla.-based restaurant chain expects to close on the corner lot across Hwy. 21 from its flagship store, Tenders. The asking price for the 1.63 acre parcel was $725,000, according to Cornelius real estate agent Terri Mayhew of RE/MAX Executive. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year, she said, without disclosing the purchase price. PDQ, which actually stands for People Dedicated to Quality—not Pretty Darn Quick—is the parent company of Tenders, the original concept for the fast-growing restaurant chain. Tenders originally came out of the locally based 131 Main chain of upscale restaurants. It caught on fast, and caught the attention of a nationally known restaurant entrepreneur, Bob Basham. His base is in Florida, where the PDQ chain of 46 restaurants is headquartered. PDQ and Tenders offer a limited menus of chicken tenders, chickenbased salads, chicken and turkey sandwiches, hand-cut fries and hand-spun shakes. It lets them focus on delivering fresh food fast, like In-N-Out Burger does with burgers. Jack Murray, PDQ Carolinas Development Partner, says the plan here is not to close Tenders and re-open as a PDQ across Hwy. 21 any time soon. Rather, it’s a matter of controlling the chain’s destiny in Cornelius. PDQ doesn’t own the Tenders site, so, should

some kind of largescale development take place on the southwest corner of Hwy. 21 and Westmoreland, PDQ can hop across the street to a site it already controls on an intersection they really like. “We don’t own the building, and there are no assurances that long-term we can acquire it,” Murray says. “It would be our hope to be where we are forever. But the acquisition is a realization we don’t control our own destiny. We are committed to Tenders and to the concept. We bought it as a security blanket just in case we have to move our restaurant,” Murray explains. Meanwhile, PDQ is asking the Town of Cornelius for approval for a drivein window at the new property, just in case. Plans call for a 3,300 square foot restaurant with a drive-through window that would face the public right of way—which is not normally allowed in Cornelius. PDQ is seeking a conditional zoning permit. The town’s fee is $1,250. Murray calls it a security blanket. The corners at Westmoreland and Hwy. 21 have “perfect visibility,” he says. The old Bridgeport Fabric Co. is the owner. It also owns several parcels going south on Hwy. 21 as well as the old Anchorage Marine property on the northeast corner of Hwy. 21 and Westmoreland. Mayhew has that parcel listed at $1.7 million. It consists of 3.64 acres.

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It's going to be all new at Antiquity when shopping opens in November

Andy Bruce, a bagger at the Old Jetton Road store, will move to the Antiquity location

By Dave Vieser The retail development at Antiquity, just east of Highway 115, continues to attract more new tenants to fill the 28,000 square feet set aside for smaller retailers. The development has nine retailers, and more coming. This is all

in addition to the new anchor store, a 53,000 square foot Harris Teeter. “So far we have seven signed tenants at Antiquity and two who have committed but who have not officially signed leases," said Peyton Gehron, broker

with New South Properties of the Carolinas which is marketing the properties. He said there are "numerous" other retail concepts that have not gotten to the lease stage yet.Those signed up include Dunkin Donuts, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Great Clips, Magnolia Nails, Zen Massage, Pita Pit, and Rogers Dry Cleaners, formerly New Method. In addition, a dentist and an Asian restaurant are about to sign leases. Gehron says leasing rates for the retail section are running $28-$30 per square foot, plus expenses and taxes associated with the property. For Cornelius residents who live east of I-77, the retail development is welcome news."The east side of Cornelius has been under the radar for some time," said Lisa Mayhew-Jones of the Smithville Community Coalition. "While Cornelius, on the whole, is prospering, some parts of east Cornelius still struggle with high unemployment

and low household income. With these businesses coming to the east side, this will definitely help with some of those issues." Based upon previous new store openings, the Harris Teeter in itself should generate well over 100 new jobs. Mayhew-Jones is hopeful that Cornelius residents will get first dibs on any new jobs created. The shopping center will be easily accessible by making a right turn from the eastward extension of Catawba Avenue just past the railroad tracks. Harris Teeter will be a free standing supermarket, the front facing north towards a new parking area. The smaller retail stores will ring the parking lot on the west and north side. Additional buildings on the north and east side of the parking area will be designed for restaurants. Antiquity developers are optimistic about the center's success due to its location and growth potential. At full build-out, Antiquity will be home to nearly 1,000 households, all in addition to the residents already living on the east side of Cornelius, as well as potential shoppers from Davidson about a mile away.

Women earn achievement awards

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Successful women from Lake Norman to Cabarrus were feted at Business Today’s Top Women Leaders Class of 2015 Champagne Reception at River Run Country Club. The 11th annual tribute to women recognizes those who have established a successful organization, excelled in their field and devoted considerable energy to civic roles. Three of the Lifetime Achievement Award winners are from Cornelius or have ties to Cornelius: • Rev. Dr. Mary John Dye is the senior pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She has been the first female senior or lead pastor at every church appointment during a long career with the church. • Nannie Potts was the first female and first African-American mayor of Cornelius. A tireless church worker at Torrence Chapel AME Zion, she organized an after-school reading program at Cornelius Elementary. • Gail Williams, the advertising and marketing director at Cornelius Today and Business Today, became an Account Executive with WXIA-TV in Atlanta at the age of 25 well before

women had jobs in advertising outside of clerical and support. She has worked in radio, cable TV and outdoor, as well as being a former president of the Advertising Club of Charlotte. • Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cain Cotham has worked for large corporations like Avon and Wal-Mart and served as an employment advocate at the Center for Community Transitions. Thirteen women from around the region were also recognized for their achievement. Three had ties to Cornelius: Margi Kyle, founder of Little Smiles NC; Susan Tillis, a former Allen Tate office manager in Cornelius who is now a community leader and the wife of U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis; and Sandy Vizner, a Cornelius resident who is owner of Lapis Financial Strategies in Huntersville.

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Signs, signs everywhere

It’s the home stretch for Election 2015 By Dave Vieser

With just a few days left before Nov. 3, the six people—all men—vying for a two-year spot on the Cornelius Town Board have their lawn signs displayed across town like ads in a magazine. While there are differences in the amount each has to spend on the campaign, they have similar views around many town issues. One amusing thing about this campaign is how much the notoriously thrifty Dave Gilroy has spent so far:

Nothing. He says his campaign signs are 10 years old. All six candidates say the current plan for tolls on I-77 is a bad deal. All of them say they will serve a full term if elected, and all say that Highway 21/Statesville Road should be widened. To a man, they said the Cornelius Arts Center should be located in “old Cornelius,” somewhere near Town Hall. The candidates spoke out at the Cornelius Today Candidates Forum & Old Fashioned Bat Town

Denis Bilodeau Age: 60 Family: Spouse Chantal and 2 children Residence: 18102 Watercraft Place Years in Cornelius: 14 Occupation: President, Aquesta Insurance Services- Cornelius

Hall where more than 100 residents came out for politics fresh barbecue, patriotic songs and the Presentation of Colors by American Legion Post 86. The candidates include Denis P. Bilodeau, a first-time candidate; Dr. Michael F. Miltich, who also ran in 2013; and incumbents Jim Duke, Dave Gilroy, Thurman Ross and Woody Washam. Five positions will be filled in the November election, so one of them will lose. Of course, Mayor Chuck Travis is running unopposed.

One of the areas where there was a mild difference of opinion was a question concerning the candidate’s position on the viability of light rail from Charlotte to Lake Norman. Five of the six feel that light rail is a dead issue and current efforts should be applied towards improving the bus system serving the area. However, Dennis Bilodeau was not as quick to dismiss light rail. “While I agree that we need to work on the buses, we should also still be thinking about Continued on page 16

Jim Duke Age: 73 Family: Spouse Carolyn, 3 adult children Residence: 17401 Staysail Court Years in Cornelius: 11 Occupation: Retired

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rail as an option for the future,” he said. In response to a question suggesting that the residential/commercial tax base ratio in the town is 80/20, several candidates suggested it’s even more unbalanced. “I’d say it’s more like 85/15,” said Gilroy. Miltich suggested that the town should actively pursue high-tech companies to add to the commercial base without creating much more traffic.

A question asking if it’s too late to stop I-77 toll lanes evoked the only spontaneous ovation of the day from the audience and an unusual confession from Commissioner Jim Duke. “Two years ago we met with Kurt Naas about his lawsuit and I only wish we had listened more carefully and done more to support his cause then.” Gilroy, who has opposed the project from the start, commended Duke Continued on page 17

Where to vote on Nov. 3

Cornelius Town Hall 202



Bethel Presbyterian Church 208 Community in Christ Lutheran Church 240 Jetton Park 242

Advocating for Cornelius Businesses Working to stop the I-77 Toll Plan Strong support of the arts, culture and Old Town revitalization Focused on Cornelius Infrastructure (Roads and Greenways) Family Values with a Strong Moral Compass

Dave Gilroy Age: 49 Family: Spouse Dee and 4 daughters Residence: 22836 Torrence Chapel Road Years in Cornelius: 16 Occupation: Founder & Managing Director, Scale Finance LLC – finance and accounting services for small companies.

Michael Miltich Age: 63 Family: Spouse Ann, 5 children and 6 grandchildren Residence: 18021 Nantz Road Years in Cornelius : 20 Occupation: Otolaryngologist at Charlotte EENT Associates for 32 years

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for his honesty, and Mayor Pro-Tem Washam said he believes it’s still not too late: “There’s still a lot going on behind the scenes.” In a related discussion, Washam also suggested that the four towns in Lake Norman need to “get on the same page” when voting on transpor-

tation issues. “We had two yes and two no votes among our four towns during the recent CRPTO vote in Charlotte and that’s not good.” Election Day for Cornelius is Tuesday Nov. 3. Polls open at 6:30 am. and close at 7:30 p.m. Early voting is under way now through Saturday Oct. 31.

Thurman Ross Age: 53 Family: One son Residence: 19907 Burton Lane Years in Cornelius: 53 Occupation: Realtor

Woody Washam Jr. Age: 65 Family: Spouse Sharon, 2 children and 5 grandchildren Residence: 20031 Chapel Point Lane Years in Cornelius: 65 Occupation: Senior Vice President, Carolina Trust Bank, Lake Norman Area

Cornelius campaign finance* Denis Bilodeau

Raised $9,175; spent $5,359; $3,815 on hand.

James Duke

Raised $17,904.66; spent $8,294; $9,604 on hand.

Dave Gilroy No report

Dr. Mike Miltich

Raised $5,100; spent $4,497; $626 on hand.

Thurman Ross

Raised $100; $100 on hand.

Woody Washam

Raised $17,225; spent $954;$16,438 on hand

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CATS buys land for Park and Ride lot

Rural Hill oyster roast fundraiser is Nov. 15 The Rural Hill Oyster Roast on Sunday, Nov. 15 will help recoup losses from the drought which curtailed the corn maze at the historic plantation in Huntersville. The event runs from 2 pm to 6 pm. The corn maze has been its largest fundraiser for more than 10 years. It helps raise money to provide lowcost educational programs to students throughout the year. Nationally recognized chef and award winning author Dan Huntley will be cooking on-site. Tickets, at $10 each, buy a basket of eight to 10 steamed

oysters, with lemon, cocktail sauce and crackers. Four oysters on the half shell, fire roasted and topped with garlic, pancetta, parmesan reggiano, are $8 per ticket. Rural Hill will be pouring several beers and wines throughout the day by North Carolina brewers and wineries. There will be live music and hay rides as well.

Chief Hoyle elected to NC League of Municipalities Oct. 15. The first-ever park and ride facility in Cornelius moved a major step closer to reality. The Charlotte Area Transit System has purchased a 4.34 acre parcel of land for $1.7 million on Sefton Park Road, just east of One Norman Boulevard. The land has been partially developed for years, with stubbed in driveways and curbs. “The site will accommodate approximately 350-400 vehicles and address current and future demand for park and ride spaces in Cornelius and surrounding areas” said CATS Manager of Project Development David J. Feltman. The project will include “pedestrian linkages” to adjacent sidewalks and bicycle racks and lockers. The Park & Ride will be accessed from Sefton Park Road approximately 250 feet east of the intersection with One Norman Boulevard. Work should get under way next year. With the continued congestion on I-77, expansion of express bus service to Lake Norman, thereby luring more commuters out of their cars, is considered a crucial element of the regional transportation plan. Ridership on the I-77 Express Bus Route, which serves commuters from Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson, has actually declined over the past two years. “Some of our express routes have seen a decline in ridership, most like-

ly due to lower gas prices” said CATS spokeswoman Krystel Green. “The price of fuel seems to affect express ridership more than local ridership, which has actually increased.” To prove her point, Green noted that annual ridership on the 77x Express Route declined over the past year from 192,343 to 175,637 passengers. At the same time, overall CATS bus ridership increased during the same time, primarily due to strong ridership on local routes, the introduction of new services, and increased ridership on the light rail system. CATS’ Feltman said that the final design and construction costs for the new lot are still being put together. It’s unclear which routes will use the park and ride facility. “The service design for the lot has not yet been initiated. It may be a variation of an existing route or a new route,” Feltman said. The planned toll lanes on I-77 add to the confusion. While it’s too soon for specifics, some route changes may be needed in order for the express buses to traverse the express lanes on the interstate while also accessing the proper exits for park and ride facilities. Ivan Toth Depeña, an artist who has designed numerous public transit projects, is assisting with the design of the new facility through the CATS Art-inTransit initiative. He recently unveiled his conceptual ideas at the Cornelius Town Arts Center. — Dave Vieser

Oct. 16. Police Chief Bence Hoyle is a new member of the North Carolina League of Municipalities board of directors. He was elected during the league’s annual conference in Win-

ston-Salem Monday. It is a high honor. The board is comprised of municipal officials from across the state who are recognized as leaders among their colleagues. The new president is Lestine Hutchens, mayor of Elkin. HOYLE

Town attorney will retire next year Oct. 15. It looks like veteran Town Attorney Bill Brown will retire at the end of the first quarter next year. Brown, who graduated from UNC School of Law in 1979, also serves as the town attorney for Cramerton. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Parker, Poe law firm in Charlotte and practiced munici-

Two in hot water

Oct. 22. Two men that were allegedly behind a series of break-ins in The Peninsula have been caught after one jumped into Lake Norman after a police chase. On Oct. Sow 9, the Cornelius Police Department requested the public’s help in locating Djibril Sow and Ahmed Bachir Amadou, both of Charlotte. Mount Holly police began chasing a van the men were driving after receiving a 911 call about another break-in on the west side of the lake. Sow and Amadou were arrested after one of them

pal law for various municipal clients going back to the early 1980s. Brown’s position is part-time, but the town will look at such options as full time, part-time or even a firm that would provide legal advice. Brown, who reports to the Town Board, is paid $125,000 annually.

jumped into the lake while the other ran from police. Surveillance cameras at the entrance to The Peninsula reportedly helped Cornelius Police identify Sow and Amadou who Amadou were charged with a combined 38 misdemeanor and felony counts in connection with vehicle and home break-ins. Sow has also been charged with one count of Misdemeanor Financial Transaction Card Fraud and Amadou has been charged with three counts of Misdemeanor Financial Transaction Card Fraud.

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

Cornelius 9/14/15 $243,000 Kristin Kelly & Mark Blinson to Mark Childers & Pamela Hendricks, 1127 Inn Keepers Way 9/14/15 $330,000 South Creek Homes to Donald Wilhelm, 18022 Coulter Pkwy. 9/14/15 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 244 Bailey’s Glen 9/14/15 $136,000 Janice & Jeffrey Stull to Carol Bodgewicz, 7510 Woods Ln. Unit 36 9/14/15 $145,500 Antiquity LLC to NVR Inc., Lots 404-406 Antiquity 9/15/15 $366,000 James & Deborah Strowd to Kristia Chatham, 108 South St. 9/15/15 $151,500 Mary O’Brien to Charity Barbee, 17808 Delmas Dr. 9/16/15 $228,000 NVR Inc. to Sharon Sanders, 1353 Jacemans Way 9/16/15 $99,500 Wendy & LaQuincy Dunn to August Dinkins, Unit 4B Mill Creek Cornelius Condominium, 21235 Hickory St. 9/16/15 $133,000 Ryan Rose & Brittany Teer to John & Denise Mathias, Residential Unit 19880 and garage unit Alexander Chase Condominium 9/16/15 $257,000 Kathy Hancock to Michael

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9/17/15 $226,000 NVR Inc. to Patricia Belk, 1361 Jacemans Way 9/18/15 $244,000 NVR Inc. to Joseph Lingen,

1349 Jacemans Way 9/18/15 $720,000 Scott & Sheri Hauser to Michael & Cynthia Hosey, 18315 Harbor Light Blvd. 9/18/15 $1,400,000 David II & Elizabeth Kovach to Richard & Jennifer Phillips, 19000 Mary Ardrey Cir. 9/21/15 $1,238,000 Estate of Kathryn Beaty to David & Jennifer Heifer, 1213 Island Forest Dr. 9/21/15 $651,000 Classica Homes to Bryan & Sonali Kopke, 17409 Robbins Ridge Rd. 9/21/15 $236,000 Roger Jr. & Jane Mayhew to IH5 Property North Carolina, 19524 Coachmans Trace 9/22/15 $365,000 Ted & Evelyn Hand to Sasha & Grace Bubanja, 21200 Rio Oro Dr. 9/22/15 $2,045,000 David & Stephanie De Gorter to Lawrence & Jeannie Minardi, Lot 541 The Peninsula 9/22/15 $674,500 Mike Friedlander & Beth Egan to Eric & Barbara Quinn, 18608 Town Harbour Rd. 9/22/15 $184,000 Loretta & Michael Martin to Smith Family of North Carolina LLC, 11838 Field St. 9/23/15 $200,000 NVR Inc. to Matthew Fountain, 19713 Playwrights Way 9/23/15 $179,500 NVR Inc. to Carmine & Rosetta DiGiorgio, 19725 Playwrights Way 9/24/15 $187,000 NVR Inc. to Ryan Flores, 19717 Playwrights Way 9/24/15 $344,000 Francesca Kibelbek to Benjamin Holden & Marisa Burns, 18043 Northport Dr. 9/24/15 $172,000 Christine Shippey to Candice Corrigan, 8752 Westwind Point Dr. See HOMES, Page 24

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Bob Enzwiler’s recipe for Tacos Nachos is a big hit

During the day, Cornelius resident Bob Enzwiler is busy filling orders for motorcycle accessories at his highly successful Lake Norman headquarters of Pro-Pad USA. He and his wife Louise work long days together, leaving them

little time to cook since they often don’t arrive home on weekdays until after 7pm. In a way, that’s a shame since the St. Louis native, 69, really does enjoy cooking. However, it also proved to be the

stimulus for the creation of Bob’s latest culinary treat: Tacos Nachos. “I made up this recipe because I wanted something fast and easy for a Friday evening when we didn’t feel like going out,” said Enzwiler. “We liked

nachos but wanted something with a little more flavor and more substance.” It has also turned out to be a favorite with their growing family. The Enzwilers, who have lived in the Harborside area of Cornelius since 2005, have two sons, a daughter-in-law and three growing grandchildren. Bob is a serious chef, having taken classes at Johnson and Wales in Charlotte. He is also the proud owner of a huge backyard grill which frequently sends a tasty smell throughout the neighborhood. He’s also the “designated chef” for most holiday dinners. Besides cooking, he also enjoys traveling, especially to vacation spots such as Cancun. For this recipe, Bob suggests you use “your favorite nachos. Enough for two people, the amount varies on how hungry you are. Two handfuls are usually enough. I prefer Tostitos scoopers, multigrain.”

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A real estate professional recently purchased a total fixer-upper in our area for their own retirement home. The home has good bones and desirable ranch floor plan; however, the property was a rental property for many years and was in need of a complete facelift. The home is now getting all new flooring, paint and lighting. My client had to set budgets and make some compromises because of budget. Instead of replacing the kitchen cabinets, we are painting them and the cabinets are getting new hardware. When it came time to make lighting selections, my client’s budget was $3,000 for the entire home. I met her at Lee Lighting in Huntersville to do an initial consult to find out her preferences and dislikes. When she fell in love with this Murray Feiss oval drum pendant light for her dining room (on sale for $960), it was dismissed almost instantly since this single pendant alone would be one third of her total budget. I convinced my client that I was up to the challenge to get her what she wanted within her budget. In addition to Lee Lighting, I traveled to Lowes, Home Depot, LightStyles in Cornelius and Plantation Lighting in Huntersville. I made a spreadsheet and played around with numbers and styles at each store so my client would have an exact list of what she should purchase within her budget. Twenty-four fixtures were recommended from all five stores at a grand

total of $2,964.74 before tax including her stunning Feiss pendant. My client was very happy with the choices including a much more affordable chandelier from Lowes to replace the ceiling fan in their master bedroom with vaulted ceilings and this allen + roth sphere pendant light for their foyer. Design challenges including budget can be overcome if you are willing to make some compromises and work through the challenge with an appropriate trade professional. There are many directories available online to help you find a professional including our local Lake Norman Homebuilders Association ( and HOUZZ.COM.

Murray Feiss Oval Drum Pendant after install in dining room

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Retail Notes

The owners of Big Al's in Cornelius have started refurbishing the space previously occupied by the Hot Stone Grill on Kenton Drive into an upscale hamburger eatery to be called Crafty Burger. The plan is for a "friendly type place with high-quality burgers," at a lower price point than some other sit-down restaurants that specialize in burgers. The location has its challenges since the nearby anchor supermarket building, which once housed Lowe's, is vacant, so traffic is much less than it used to be. On the other hand, there are several hundred new apartment dwellers moving into the area, many within walking distance. º º º

Diners pick top restaurants in town TripAdvisor, the popular online travel review and booking ser vice, has a relatively new restaurant at the top of its rankings of Cornelius eateries based on reviews by patrons. Fresh Chef Kitchen, which opened

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last year in The Shops at Fresh Market, comes in at No. 1. In order, TripAdvisor says the Top 10 are: Fresh Chef; 131 Main; Big Bite'z Grill; The Cork and Cask; Alton's Kitchen & Cocktails; Choplin's; Sangam

Indian Cuisine; ElToro Mexican; Mac's Speed Shop and Tenders. Fresh Chef owners Brad Blumer and Mel Funk recently opened another Fresh Chef in Mooresville.

A space in Johnsbury Square on West Catawba Avenue is being transformed into Sakura Sushi and Hibachi Grill. A full interior renovation is under way. Sakura is expected to open by the end of November. º º º

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The former Porches and Yards next to The Fresh Market will soon be a Pet People store. The Ohio-based chain of pet supply stores is expanding into the Charlotte and Raleigh markets. The 15-year-old company offers "highquality natural pet foods and unique pet supplies." º º º Are Slurpees coming to West Catawba? The gas station, mini-market and carwash at 19128 W. Catawba Ave. has been sold by members of the Kunkelman family to Sam's Mart LLC for $1.45 million. "The Kunkleman/Baker group owned the property," said 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris. "Sam’s Mart purchased the property from these folks and we have a master lease agreement with Sam‘s Mart for this location," she said. There has been no decision on converting the store to a full 7-Eleven operation. The 7‑Eleven corporation bought 55 Sam’s Mart stores from Sam’s Mart LLC back in 2012.

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I-77 toll lanes to be built with thinner pavement

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By Dave Vieser It looks like the new toll lanes on I-77 will be only 17 inches thick, not 32 inches like the general purpose lanes. The thinner pavement is based on the fact that the toll lanes will not be used by trucks. The difference in pavement thickness is outlined in the contract between the NCDOT and Cintra. It calls for 32 inches for the GP lanes, including an aggregate base and a sub-grade, while the toll lanes will be a grand total of 17 inches thick, with no sub grade. It's not like there's a problem, or is there? The chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber, among others, say that since the cheaper, thinner toll lanes don't allow semi-tractors, truck traffic will intensify on the general purpose lanes. "According to the credit rating agencies the toll lanes are expected to carry 4-6 percent of total traffic when they open, escalating to 10 percent," said Mike Russell, chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. "These estimates imply that the toll lanes will be underutilized as compared to the general purpose lanes, meaning truck traffic will increase congestion in the two general purpose lanes and our commerce and quality of life will suffer." As I-77 motorists know already, the

large trucks which use the interstate are much slower to accelerate, thereby creating more congestion potential for the general purpose lanes, especially in stop-and-go traffic. Dr. David Hartgen, Transportation Professor at UNC, says the difference in pavement thickness itself "is not out of line." However, he raised some other concerns. "The use of a thinner pavement for the toll lanes probably precludes their use by heavy trucks in the future, unless the lane pavements were strengthened. In addition, if the estimates of traffic are low, then the pavement may not last the full design life, leading to an unplanned rehab need at some point in their life." Also of concern is the impact the CATS Express buses, which would be permitted to use the toll lanes, could have on the thinner pavement. So, while the thickness of the new lanes appears to be technically consistent with the requirements outlined by the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials, questions remain about the future should the project default or if the state decides to open the lanes to truck traffic, Russell said. A spokeswoman for the I-77 Mobility Partners could not be reached for comment.

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Senior News

The loss of a pet can be hard because the bond runs deep She didn’t meet me at the door when and they showed much remorse, I I came home after work as is her habit. must admit that I had little compassion So I went looking for her throughout for them. Then came the time when the house and found her in her favorite our family dog died, then the family cat chair. It wasn’t until I got no response didn’t come home. Suddenly I underwhen I called her name and touched stood the loss felt when a pet dies. her that I realized that What happens though she had died that day. when you have other cats I had left her that or animals in the housemorning contentedly hold? How do you coneating her breakfast and sole or cope with their told her, as I always do, grief? Do they grieve? that I’d be back at supAccording to a website pertime. Now my steps called, are a little bit slower, my yes, they do indeed ears attuned to every grieve. sound in the house that “For a long time, peoI never paid any attention ple believed that cats to before, and when I do were loners who didn't Joanne Ahern Seniors Columnist hear a sound, I turn to see need any other creatures if it is her. in their lives. While some She would nap on the foot rest of my cats may be content living a solitary recliner, be on my pillow in the morn- life, others form deep and lasting ating even though she had not been there tachments to other cats and people. when I went to sleep. She chased the When a cat loses a friend, he can go laser beam and various pieces of string, through a grieving process just as real got into the dryer when I wasn’t look- as any human. Just as people have difing, took advantage of every open door ferent ways of showing their grief, so to satisfy her curiosity. At age 14 she do cats. They may include sleep disturwas pretty spry, but as my sister said, bances, change in eating habits, exces“It sounds like Juniper, who always sive crying, repeatedly searching for seemed to do things her own way, did the companion, staring out a window or her last thing her own way.” True. running away.” I’m sure this is a familiar tale to My friend has a picture book simmany of you who have lost beloved ply entitled “Cat Heaven.” It’s really pets. When they go in their own time a lovely illustrated poem by Cynthia though, you’re just not ready for it to Rylant. The “pictures” it paints are so happen. So, while I chatted with my very comforting to anyone who has lost favorite veterinarian, (my daughter) their pet. It ends this way. about my feelings, she assured me that "All cats love Heaven; they know the they were all normal. way there; From, I found this they know where the angel cats fly. statement. “The bond that we form They'll run past the stars and the moon with animals can be very deep and and the sun... fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved anito curl up with God in the sky." mal can have an impact on us that is as The book’s very last page has a picgreat, or even greater, than the loss of ture of a little black and white cat (Jua family member or friend. The bond niper was a black and white tuxedo) all is what makes our interactions with curled up and sleeping peacefully on animals rich and rewarding, but also God's lap. what makes the grief process so comFarewell, Juniper, I’ll love you forplicated. The grief can seem to come ever. in waves, may be brought on more inJoanne Ahern is the director of tensely by a sight or sound that sparks North Mecklenburg Senior Center your memory, and may seem overInc., a United Way Agency. You can whelming at times.” reach her at 704-875-1270. Years ago, when someone’s pet died

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Scene and Heard

Irene Blaich, whos husband is a firefighter and Sydney Rucker, 6 at the Cornelius-Lemley Fire Station No. 2 open house Oct. 17

Julia Hickman, 8, and Alivia Regan, 8 sold lemonade on a rainy Saturday in Jetton Cove

Rusty Knox and Davidson Officer Scott Russell at Ada Jenkins BBQ on Oct. 24

Rita Gibson, Debra Perkinson were silent auction volunteers at Bethel Presbyterian Church BBQ

Lt. James Quattlebaum and Fire Chief James Barbee honored at the Lake Norman Chamber’s Public Safety Luncheon. Both pictured with Chamber Chairman Mike Russell

Laketoberfest Oct. 17: Tyler Garvey, associate pastor at Vineyard North Charlotte

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Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 9am & 11am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 19600 Zion St., Worship 8:30am, 9:45am, 11am NorthCross Church 11020 Bailey Rd., Ste H, Worship 10:15am

Point of Grace Lutheran Church 20700 N. Main St., Worship 8:30am, 11am The River Church 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 10am, Wednesday 7pm Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Sundays 11am

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New Corporations

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

Cornelius 10/2/15 Modern Hot Rod Parts LLC, Steven Dyer, 18648 Oakhurst Blvd., Cornelius 10/2/15 V.C. Smith, M.D. Ltd. PC, Vernon C. Smith, 17209 Island View Dr., Cornelius 10/5/15 126 South Main LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 10/5/15 Casselman Custom Canvas LLC, Ashley Junker, 18918 W Catawba Ave., Cornelius 10/7/15 The Feathered Nest LLC, Amy Beal Crofoot, 20338 Colony Point Ln., Cornelius 10/7/15 Horizon Construction Group LLC,

Evergreen Horizons Inc., 19901 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 203, Cornelius 10/8/15 4938 Monroe Road LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 10/8/15 Carolina Renewal Properties LLC, Michael D. Miess, 18944 Mary Ardrey Cir., Cornelius 10/8/15 CK Fine Home Builders LLC, Christopher J. Kitchens, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., #103-140, Cornelius 10/8/15 Creative Mediation Solutions LLC, James W. Surane, 19520 W. Catawba Ave., #114, Cornelius 10/8/15 LRD Payroll & Bookkeeping Inc., Leah R. Deane, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., F2, Cornelius

10/12/15 Carolina Custom Hydro-Dip LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 10/12/15 ColorID Distribution LLC, Gary B. Smith, 20408-F Chartwell Center Dr., Cornelius 10/12/15 DocuMatters Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 10/13/15 Ashley Walker Properties LLC, Carolyn Taylor, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103 236, Cornelius 10/13/15 Solitaire Ventures LLC, Kristine A. Hart, 20324 Willow Pond Rd., Cornelius 10/13/15 West Lake Dental Properties LLC, Nicole R. Wells, 18605 Bluff Point Rd., Cornelius 10/14/15 CP Reporting LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 20006 North Cove Rd., Ste. 100, Cornelius 10/14/15 Derrick Construction Group LLC, Emily Baker Derrick, 21420 Townwood Dr., Cornelius 10/14/15 Endless Possibility Inc., John Hanzel, 19425 G. Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 10/14/15 MVM Doby Associates LLC, J. Stephen McLeod, 19701 D. West Catawba Ave., Cornelius 10/14/15 MVM Marvin Associates LLC, J. Stephen McLeod, 19701 D. West Catawba Ave., Cornelius 10/14/15 Tiptopia LLC, Adam Breeding, 9606 Bailey Rd., Ste. 260, Cornelius 10/15/15 Brampton Capital Adviser Group Inc., Bill Stewart, 17321 Players Ridge Dr., Cornelius 10/15/15 Hyde Park III LLC, Laura S. Temple, 11106 Treynorth Dr., Cornelius 10/15/15 Suzie’s at Davidson Inc., Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 10/16/15 Cornelius Custom Construction LLC, Rosie Ruiz, 18807 Coachmans Trace, Cornelius

10/16/15 Mentoring Holdings LLC, Gregory E. Provenzano, 16602 Flying Jib Rd., Cornelius 10/19/15 Milestone International LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 19524 Mary Ardrey Cir., Cornelius 10/19/15 Raven Farm LLC, Gary Lee Poe, 19225 Brookgreen Garden Pl., Cornelius

Davidson 9/2415 The ODD Sock Inc., United States Corporation Agents Inc., 610 Jetton St., Ste. 120-121, Davidson 9/25/15 Glasgow Street NC LLC, Mary Kunkel, 416 Armour St., Davidson 9/25/15 KFKF LLC, Karen K. Fesperman, 193 Ashby Dr., Davidson 9/28/15 #mathovick LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 3264 Basalt Pl., Davidson 9/29/15 Sara Rubens and Associates LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 10/5/15 PES Strickland LLC, Charles Blevins, 320 Park Ave., #1, Davidson 10/5/15 Swope & Swope LLC, John Swope, 204 Edgewater Park St., Davidson 10/9/15 Casper Strandz Studio Inc., Angela Casper, 18602 Reflection Rock Ct., Davidson 10/9/15 JWP Rentals Inc., David Pruitt, 160 Pruitt Farm Ln., Davidson 10/14/15 Custom Explainer LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 2877 Shale Dr., Davidson 10/14/15 SPSLOAN LLC, Steven Paul Sloan, 17009 Piemont St., Davidson 10/14/15 SR Lumberyard LLC, Michael R. Harmon, 463 S. Main St., Davidson 10/15/15 123fitness LLC, Shawn A. Copeland, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 10/19/15 WE Travel & Tours LLC, John H. Frechette, 13629 Bradford Walk Ln., Davidson

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Sally and Chris Ashworth • Mauriello Law Office • Team Honeycutt/ Diane Honeycutt • Newport Properties • Janice and Mayor Chuck Travis • Della and Troy Stafford • Sharon and Woody Washam

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John Cherry • Dobi Financial in honor of Dave Yochum • Dave Ferguson • Fresh Chef • Fine and Motherlode Wines • Diane and Dave Gilroy • Jim Hicks • Cheryl and Martin Kane • Linda Love • Lapis Financial • Susan Medlin • Tracy and Mike Russell • Gail Williams In Memory of Bob Williams

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Picket this fence "This ugly fence now greets me every morning as I pull out of Vineyard Point Lane instead of the trees behind it, as they have every day for the last 10 years. Why, in heavens name, was this monstrosity put there? To protect joggers from the trees that may reach out and grab them? There ought to be a law against ruining the town with cheap facades." —via

Setting an example "To the Cornelius police officer that made a left turn onto Jetton Road behind the Harris Teeter: Way to set an example making an illegal turn driving over the solid yellow lines! If I do that, will I get a ticket?" —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on We hope so.

Response to ‘Manhole cover from heck’ “If there's no sign saying 'private road no entry, and no safety precautions around road hazards, then how is one to avoid this? I see a fault upon the owner, negligence for not making these conditions obvious. I'm no lawyer. Still, I think it's a sound argument.” “I hate to see that not being repaired by Cornelius. How much could it possible cost to put it back into some repair or at least get rid of some potholes. I'd pitch in a buck or two, but ignoring this issue for so many years is just sad.” —via SoundOff Cornelius on Facebook

Response to ‘Davidson has a leg up on Cornelius when it comes to walkability’ Personally I am in favor of lowering the speed limt to 25mph on Main Street in Cornelius; as the street is now. The road travels through the more historic section of our town, (which could use some rennovation). I’m hopeful that any future development along Main Street will support a quaint, historic town appearance and provide for safe pedestrian, biking, and running activities as well as vehicular traffic. Perhaps if efforts to rennovate Main Street included extra wide sidewalks on both sides the speed limit would not need to be decreased and people wouldn’t need to choose between seconds or safety.” —via comments section on

Sarcasm from a business owner "This is so unlike Cornelius!! Haha!!! I get called out on...signage, etc. I wonder how the Handbag Hut got permission for this set up!!! Haha!!!!" —via • Cornelius Planning Director Wayne Herron responds: "The Town did not permit the temporar y hut. We were not aware of it and did

not receive any complaints and did not cite them. In this case, it appears they set up and vacated before anyone complained or we were made aware." Herron went on to say the hut would not have been allowed unless part of a special event or festival.

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Speeding on Bethel "I am having trouble understanding the thinking behind a 45 mph speed limit on Bethel Church near the church, and where the road is so narrow. In light of cyclists and pedestrians, and people trying to cross at the church, the speed should be more like 25 mph." —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Check resumes "My subject line is I-77 as we know it: When citizens must remind our elected on how to manage the roads in NC, we have a problem. Who is hired to manage the infrastructure that keeps NC moving forward? Time to check resumes before hiring those who fail to manage our roads." —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Davidson is different "As a resident of Cornelius, I believe you are comparing apples to oranges when you compare the walkability of Davidson to Cornelius. Davidson has a population of 11,740 while Cornelius has a population of 26,898. Allowing separate lanes for bicycles to use on Catawba is unfathomable. Maybe this can be accomplished when bicycles are required to follow rules and the rules are enforced i.e.: Helmets required Ride with the traffic Stop at stop lights and WALK the

Letter to the Governor Dear Governor, I heard you're visiting our lovely, little lake town tonight and although I'm sure you're all suited up, rubbing important elbows in some fancy house in The Peninsula with a nice glass of red in hand, I have a favor to ask: You see...I worked all day in

Charlotte and I'm a mere 10 minutes from the time I need to pick up my youngest from afterschool. Except, I'm stuck in gridlock on 77 and it's become very apparent that I'm going to be late (again). You wouldn't imagine how often this happens! Anyway, I can only imagine the look in her beautiful, little eyes when I finally show up and she's

the only one left in that big room. So, since you're just down the road, maybe you'd be willing to hop in your limo and retrieve her for me? She's very sweet. Just be warned that she talks ALOT (I just know you don't like listening to people). Thanks!” —via SoundOff Cornelius on Facebook

bike across the street Bicyclist are using the diverging diamond like a speedway and not using the personal walk thru. It’s an accident waiting to happen. [Commissioner] Dave Gilroy says, 'This kind of environment naturally supports a sense of place and connection, town character, stronger interpersonal relationships, health and fitness, and quality of life. The benefits are innumerable clearly–it’s a no-brainer.' Mr. Gilroy has prevented street lines from being placed on his own street stating 'he wanted it to be more like a country road.' With the amount of

traffic on the lower part of Torrence Chapel there is nothing 'country' about the road or the community. There are no lines to show where the side of the street ends hence another accident waiting to happen. Speed limits have been reduced to 25, any further reduction would be ridiculous. Do I know the answer to this problem, absolutely not! I do know that we are creating dangerous situations for all!" —via • Town Commissioner Dave Gilroy, who lives near the end of Torrence Chapel, responded:

“Bike riders and walkers need to stay alert, be careful and certainly obey all traffic rules of course. If all drivers, riders, and pedestrians are responsible and respectful, than there is no danger in coexistence on Cornelius’s roads and crosswalks.” On the Torrence Chapel he said, “Nobody in our neighborhood wanted the road, a rural highway in the 1950s before Lake Norman existed, to be redrawn with lines exactly as if it was still a rural highway. Toward the end of Torrence Chapel, it’s a neighborhood street that dead ends in a cul-de-sac now!”

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