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Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials Nov. 12-13 The Sheepdog Trials at the historic Rural Hill plantation site in Huntersville will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12-13. These dogs have done nothing wrong; “trials” refers to tests of the performance and agility of a variety of breeds, including collies and Shetland Sheepdogs. This year’s festival will feature the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Ultimate Air Dogs and the Greater Charlotte Shetland

Sheepdog Club. Vendors with North Carolina beer and wine will be part of the two-day event, as well as heritage breed livestock, hay rides, historic craft and cooking demos and food vendors. Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome, but no outside food or drinks. Tickets for this event are $11 for adults and $8 for children. More information:

Community Thanksgiving Service Nov. 21 A Community Thanksgiving Service, an ecumenical Cornelius tradition for years, will be 7 p.m. Monday Nov. 21 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ellison Bowman, the new pastor of Torrence Chapel AME Zion

Church, will deliver the sermon. The choir, under the direction of Mt. Zion’s Marcy Mittelstadt, will include singers from other churches and organ, piano, trumpet and hand bells. All Cornelius churches have been invited, according to the organizers.

Veterans Day observations Nov. 11 The Town of Cornelius has expanded its Veterans Day activities to include a family event prior to their traditional 11 a.m. program on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. The Cornelius Arts Center, at 19725 Oak St., will host patriotic arts and crafts for kids, as well as decorating cookies and making thank you cards for the troops. Light refreshments from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., American Legion Post 86 and the town will host a Veteran’s Day

ceremony behind Town Hall adjacent to the Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza. American Legion Post 86 Commander Mike Puckett will lead the ceremony which includes patriotic songs by W.A. Hough High School Concert Choir, a special performance by country music artist and Army veteran Rockie Lynne, and a twenty-one-gun salute. Following the ceremony, everyone is invited to stay and join in a 22 Push-Up Challenge on the Town Hall lawn.

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Table of Contents Faith in Cornelius

Rev. Ellison Bowman is the new pastor at Torrence Chapel AME Zion Pages 4-5

Retail growth

Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep adding 25 new jobs, new service facility Page 6

NC House District 98

The Old Fashioned Barbecue & Candidate Debate was an all-American event Page 8

Comfort food

Where to go when you crave mac and cheese, biscuits, cornbread Page 12-13

Thanksgiving Dinner Betty Nabors’ step-by-step instructions for a complete Thanksgiving feast Page 28 HOME DECOR ………………………… Page 27 HOME SALES ……………………… Page 22-26 NEWS-E ………………………. . . Pages 14-18 new coRporations ..........................Page 36 SOUNDOFF ................................. Page 38-39

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Ellison Bowman: Pastor first and foremost

By Dave Yochum The Rev. Ellison L. Bowman’s new job is made in heaven: new Pastor of the 225-member Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church. Indeed, the word pastor means the world to him. “A pastor is one who is compared to a shepherd, and ministers to his flock’s needs. The pastor is there when someone is going through a difficult transition as well as to celebrate their lives. He is there to be a spiritual shoulder and for them to lean on,” Bowman says. Bowman knows pastoring. He was the pastor at Union Bethel AME Zion from 1990 until 2004. Torrence Chapel is Union Bethel’s mother church. Both are mainstays in the life of black Cornelius. Bowman, who is 66 years old, will be one of the panel members at an “open dialogue” on race relations in Lake Norman at Union Bethel Nov. 3. Other panelists include Mayor Chuck Travis, Chief of Police Bence Hoyle and the Rev. David Judge from First Baptist Church. Of course, all this comes in the wake of the shooting in September of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott by

a Charlotte police officer, himself an African-American. Charlotte was the center of national attention as violent protests marred a city that buffed its reputation on the world stage. That, in spite of an alarming study that ranked Charlotte dead last among the nation’s 50 largest cities in upward mobility for children. Harvard economist Raj Chetty says a child raised in the bottom fifth income level in Charlotte has a 4 percent chance of rising to the top fifth. Bowman, who is addressed as Ellison or Pastor, grew up in segregated schools in rural Marshville in Union County in the 1960s. Peaceful protests—and riots—were part of the national scene from Los Angeles, to Newark, N.J. Peacemakers stood out, then as now. Naturally, Bowman’s favorite Bible verse is from Matthew, Chapter 5, Verse 9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” The passage is not about pacifism, but about actively bringing conflict to an end. The panel discussion Nov. 3 is a step in the right direction, and Bow-

man will be right there. He hopes he can be a force for positive change. “Early in life I knew that God had a special calling on my life…something I didn’t want to go into initially, but it was something I knew I was called for…a special purpose.” The son of a telephone installer, Bowman grew up with six brothers

and sisters and played second base in high school. Dad was head deacon at their church in Marshville. Young Bowman was drafted fresh out of school in 1970 and went to Vietnam and flew on an Army assault helicopter. Not that he was counting, but he was in Vietnam eight months continued on page 5

Discussion on race relations at Union Bethel AME Zion An “open dialogue by the community for the community” Nov. 3 at Union Bethel AME Zion will include the police chief, the mayor and two members of the clergy in a panel discussion format. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20736 Catawba Ave. The panel members are Rev. Ellison Bowman, pastor of Torrence Chapel AME

Zion Church; Rev. David Judge, pastor of First Baptist Church; Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis; and Police Chief Bence Hoyle. The community dialogue is being organized by the Smithville Community Coalition, the Lake Norman Chamber Diversity Council and D2C Tour/Dedication to Community, a non-profit based at UNCCharlotte.

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and 28 days. “For a 19-year-old it was frightening,” he said. Bowman made it out of southeast Asia alive and went to work for Duke Power as a lineman in 1972, along the way attending Biscayne Southern College at night. He worked his way up to marketing representative at Duke. Bowman didn’t go into the ministry until he was 31 at which time he entered East Coast Bible College and Carolina Univerity of Theology earning a degree in Bible Studies. “I had a degree in business but I always had an interest in social work…I can see how the two intertwined…you have to have a calling from God and a love of people to be a pastor,” says Bowman, who also preaches at revivals all around Charlotte. His first church was Henry’s Chapel, AME Zion in Belmont in 1983; his third Union Bethel on Catawba Avenue in the Smithville Community. He was there from 1990 to 2004, becoming part of the fabric of the black community here. Black churches have played an important role in the African American community since slavery. In fact, they were their first organizations, safe havens, places for community and worship. Pastors in black churches are influential. As the spiritual leader of a venerable 147-year-old Cornelius institution, Bowman is no exception. Torrence Chapel is the spiritual home of generations of Cornelius families, ranging from the Potts family to the Knox family, which includes Nannie Potts, the first African-American mayor and first female mayor of Cornelius. Husband Gerald Potts is chairman of the church board of trustees. Bowman’s wife Linda is the North Charlotte District missionary president. Bowman is paying careful attention to the next generation as well. Mentoring ministries for teenagers are “the key to keeping them on the right track with what’s going on around them and in the world.” “You have to keep at what’s important…and that’s God’s word, but at the same time, you have to have a holistic approach…for a church to continue to grow you have to implement ministries that are family-oriented, you have to organize ministries that will keep the interest of your teenagers and your young adults,” Bowman says.

First Baptist to hold mortgage burning party

“I don’t know who gave the gift, but they were very close to what the mortgage amount was” — Pastor David Judge, First Baptist Church First Baptist Church will hold a mortgage burning party Sunday, Nov. 13 after the 11 am service. Pastor David Judge says the Catawba Avenue church will be debt-free, thanks to an

anonymous donor who gave $99,000. “I don’t know who gave the gift, but they were very close to what the mortgage amount was,” says Judge, explaining that the total church debt

was about $89,000. “We will use the remaining money for improvements,” says Judge, who became pastor of the church earlier this year Average Sunday attendance is about 60 people, with a half dozen new members recently, as well as four baptisms this year. Judge and his wife Christy and young family—ages 7, 5, 4 and 11 months—have moved from a 3,900 square foot home in suburban South Charlotte to a small parsonage on the First Baptist property at Catawba and Beard Street. Judge, a midlife career changer, was ordained in August. He said the “End of Summer Music Series” on the church lawn brought as many as 100 people to the church on Saturday nights in August—good outreach for a church in the midst of rebuilding. “It brought a lot of people onto the property to see us and meet us outside of a church atmosphere,” Judge said. His favorite moment during his tenure here so far? “Baptizing my son,” he said.

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LKN Chrysler Dodge Jeep grows Dealer plans 16 new service bays and 25 new jobs

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Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep has put together 7.5 acres of land on Hwy. 21 for a major expansion of its service and parts department. Owners Robin and Jack Salzman

plan to build a 16-bay service facility with a parts department. “We will be adding a minimum of 25 new jobs,” said Jack Salzman. “We both feel that to assist our custom-


ers, having expanded service facilities will greatly help our customers.” All told, the Salzmans paid about $2 million for the property which includes the old Lake Norman Tire & Auto building. The expansion will take the service side of the dealership from 30 service bays to 46. The dealership’s timetable calls for increased parking for new car inventory in January of 2017. The facility itself, based on timely government permits and approvals, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of next year. The dynamics in the automobile

industry are such that new car sales are starting to plateau. “We think our service business will keep expanding; new car sales are leveling off nationally,” Salzman said. Auto sales in the US set a record last year, with 17.5 million new cars and trucks sold. Sales this year haven’t continued surging, but American buyers, emboldened by a good economy and cheap gas, are splurging on bigger and more profitable autos and trucks. Nevertheless, Ford Motor Co. announced in October it was suspending production to let demand catch up with supply. Salzman said used car sales are strong. “For every one sold in the US, there are four pre-owned or used vehicles sold,” he said. New vehicle sales at Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep are up 7 percent year to date; used vehicle sales are up 35 percent in the same period. All told, the dealership moves more than 3,000 vehicles a year. The Salzmans also own Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep. “The growth has been great,” Salzman said. Between the two stores, they employ 185 people. Both Salzmans have a passion for giving back, supporting organizations ranging from Friends of the Animals to Big Day at the Lake. “Robin and I really believe the better we can take care of the company, the more we can give back to the community…the more we can do and the better we can operate our business, the greater opportunities we have to give back…that’s really what drives us,” Salzman said.

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Election 2016

Candidates for House District 98 face off at Cornelius Today BBQ forum Challenger Jane Campbell greets incumbent John Bradford prior to the Candidate Forum (left). The audience, led by Brianne Lute, sang ‘It’s a Grand Old Flag’

By Dave Vieser There were big differences between the two candidates for NC House District 98 at Cornelius Today’s Old Fashioned Barbecue & Candidates Forum, but everyone came together for the Presentation

of the Colors by American Legion Post 86, Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam and an enthusiastic rendition of “It’s a Grand Old Flag.” And, yes, NC House District 98 Republican incumbent John Bradford

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and opponent Jane Campbell, who is running as unaffiliated, had their differences, but they shook hands before and after. Highlights of the forum include Bradford not committing to support Donald Trump, the head of the GOP ticket. Campbell, who got into the race because of HB2, said she would work with a new governor to “step out of the contract with Cintra.” Questions were posed by an audience of about 125 people at Cornelius Town Hall after a barbecue lunch and a prayer led by the Rev. Travis Norton of Community in Christ Lutheran Church. The first question was directed at Bradford about Trump. “Can’t say I’m surprised that was the first question” quipped Bradford. “Unfortunately, there are real character flaws in both major political

party presidential candidates, and I certainly will not vote for Hillary Clinton. However, as a father, I found Trump’s comments unacceptable so I’m taking a wait and see see what happens.” Bradford said he supports the reelection of Pat McCrory for governor. “We’ve disagreed on the one major issue, the toll lane contract, but in all he’s done a good job and deserves to be re-elected.” Campbell said she supports both Hilary Clinton and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper “100 percent.” “We need change in Raleigh and the only way to make that happen is to change the governor,” Campbell said. The contest between Bradford continued on page 9

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and Campbell almost didn’t happen. Bradford, who holds the seat vacated by Thom Tillis when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014, initially looked likely to run unopposed, as no Democrat had filed to challenge him by the registration deadline. However, Campbell, a Davidson College graduate and retired 26-year Navy veteran, was spurred to run by her opposition to HB2, and specifically Bradford’s sponsorship of the bill. Because the filing deadline had passed by the time HB2 became law, Campbell had to collect nearly 2,400 signatures to get on the ballot. She actually turned in more than 2,800 signatures and appears as an unaffiliated candidate. Bradford doesn’t buy into the “unaffiliated” label. “She is a Democratic candidate all the way, label or not,” he said during the forum. Despite the legislature’s flurry of activity since the GOP gained control in 2010, the fate of many important issues is still in the balance, and the Bradford-Campbell race could determine whether the GOP keeps its veto-proof supermajority. In response to the toll lane issue,

Bradford took Campbell to task for “doing nothing” while he fought for over two years locally and in Raleigh to get legislation passed to cancel the contract. Campbell readily admitted she was not active on the issue until the passage of HB-2 got her involved politically. “I just wanted to give our voters a choice,” she said, explaining that Bradford’s toll cancellation bill was predestined to fail anyway. In response to a question seeking alternate transportation venues if the toll lanes are canceled, Bradford said the best alternative would be to tap into the state’s significant bonding potential to fund general purpose lanes. He said pursuing commuter or light rail was fruitless since Norfolk Southern wants no part of it and the railroad company own the right of way. Campbell, in turn, emphasized the need for long-range planning but said she wouldn’t give up on rail just yet. “We need to put more pressure on Norfolk Southern.” Bradford also took issue with the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s arcane weighted voting system “which favors Charlotte at the ex-

pense of places like Cornelius.” Both candidates favor the use of body cams on police, and then release of the videos. They also urged that in-depth community discussions be launched to address the divisiveness that surfaced this year throughout the country. Campbell and Bradford also support the expanded use of solar energy and renewable energy. In response to a question about the impact of HB-2, Bradford said the state had no choice but to adopt the legislation after Charlotte passed its law, but Campbell said the state went “way too far” and rushed a poorly conceived bill through the

legislature. Campbell also bemoaned the reputation the state has gotten nationwide since the law was passed and the economic impact. Bradford critized the Charlotte elected officials for refusing to repeal their law. In response to concerns about teacher pay, Bradford says under McCrory “we have started to move the needle up, but we still have some ways to go.” Campbell said she is concerned with the money being taken from public schools and being used instead for private school vouchers. Early voting is under way at Town Hall. On Election Day Nov. 8, polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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communities. It’s the first major remodeling for the Cornelius store since it opened in November 1998. Among the changes customers will see: • A fully remodeled store that’s easier to shop, thanks to grouping like products, installing new signage to help locate items faster, as well as a more efficient check-out process. • Lower prices on thousands of items across all departments. • Improved quality and freshness throughout the store, including produce and meats, • Expanded assortment and item selection across all departments along with more natural, organic and gluten-free items. • Enhanced customer service achieved by promoting and hiring hundreds of associates throughout the region and investing in additional customer-centric training for nearly 10,000 associates in the market. Meanwhile, Shipt, an app-based grocery delivery service, has signed on Harris-Tetter in addition to Publix. Shipt is offering $25 in free groceries to annual members who sign up—for $99 a year—prior to the official launch here. The company says Shipt shoppers typically make between $15 and $25 an hour. (Apply online at but be prepared for an online interview and a thorough background check.) Tips,

of course, are much appreciated. The grocery business keeps morphing in Cornelius. Lowe’s has gone away, a Harris Teeter on Torrence Chapel closed, a new one opened in Antiquity, but Food Lion has been a shopping mainstay of the east side of town for some 18 years. Food Lion officials are hopeful that the store improvements will help them retain loyal customers while attracting new ones. “To best serve our millennial customers, we’ve listened to their feedback and have added a wide variety of grab-and-go items, including fresh sandwiches and salads prepared in store, pre-sliced Taste of Inspirations premium meats and cheeses and also pre-cut fresh fruit and vegetables,” said spokesman Matt Harakal. “We’ve also added an expanded assortment of natural, organic and gluten-free items across all departments so that all customers can get everything they need in one shopping trip.” In addition to the store remodeling, Food Lion has donated a mobile food pantry, valued at over $100,000, or the equivalent of more than 1 million meals, to Second Harvest Food Bank. The vehicle will bring food to places where there is a need throughout the 19 counties served by the food bank, including schools, disaster locations and communities without access to fresh, healthy food. “With every change we make, we always have our customers at heart,” added Meg Ham, president of Food Lion. “That’s why we not only invested in our stores; we also invested in promoting great associates and hiring promising new talent. It’s also why we’re partnering again with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to help end hunger in the towns and cities we serve.”

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Red Dirt Alert Pre-school proposed for Courtyards at Nantz

Three Dog Bakery arrives in Cornelius If your dog has a sweet tooth, here’s some great news: Three Dog Bakery, which provides premium natural gourmet treats for dogs, has opened in 1,300 square feet of space formerly occupied by Chapter Two Boutique in Jetton Village near Harris Teeter. Detroit native Kathy Spencer, 42, is the owner and operator. “During a visit back home last winter to one of their stores, the thought occurred to me that this type of store would do

Changes proposed for retail project on Hwy. 21 Mariner Properties Inc., the real estate arm of 131 Main, is proposing some changes for the retail development planned for the northeast corner of nearby Bailey Road and Highway 21/Statesville Road. The new plan includes a restaurant instead of a bank with a drive-through. “We had originally expected a bank to relocate into our new building, but they decided to renew the lease at their current location,” said Joe Douglas, president. While he would not disclose the name of the bank, he said they decided to instead include a free-standing, onestory restaurant at the corner with two office buildings to the north. The restaurant theme is “Cowboy.” “We’re still working on the specific concept but that’s where we’re headed,” said Douglas. All together, the new development will contain three buildings totaling approximately 40,000 square feet and associated outdoor spaces and parking and will be similar to Oakhurst 1. The Cornelius Planning Board recommended approval of the rezoning in October. It is scheduled to go to the Town Board on Monday, Nov. 21.

really well in Lake Norman, where there are so many pet lovers,” she says. The Kansas City Spencer based franchisor, which has 40 bakeries worldwide, originally opened in 1989 and bills itself as the first true gourmet bakery for dogs. Spencer says a significant number of treats will be baked on the premises, including meringue-style cookies, and even birthday cakes.

A 6,500 square foot educational preschool facility has been proposed to be added to the Courtyards at Nantz project, taking the place of a previously approved office building in the front of the development. The change, submitted by Pishanamoo Inc of Waxhaw on behalf of Ivybrook Academy, will require a full round of public hearings to obtain the needed rezoning. In addition to the 6,500 square foot building, Ivybrook proposes using an additional 3,000 square foot outdoor

playground. The school itself will contain an entry area, offices, six classrooms and a teacher resource room. The school closes at 4:30 p.m. with no after school activities. Ivybrook would operate on the same calendar as Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. In the summer, a limited indoor camp will be offered in the morning session only. A community meeting on the proposal is currently scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the First Baptist Church on Catawba Avenue.

D9 Brewery expands on Treynorth Drive The D9 Brewing Co., the popular craft microbrewery located at 11138 Treynorth Drive, is expanding by taking over the entire 12,000 squarefoot building where it was originally launched. D9 had occupied only about two-thirds of the complex, but now guests will be treated to a wallto-wall experience where they can see, taste and witness the process of brewing from start to finish.

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Make yourself comfortable with nostalgic, cozy dishes

By Sarah Schlichter What do you think of when you think of comfort food? Pasta, corn bread, casseroles, pastries, and mashed potatoes are common options. To many, comfort food is nostalgic, bringing back positive memories and experiences. It’s reassuring and cozy, and easy to turn to after a tough day or when we’re feeling blue.

Comfort food is typically carb-heavy, hearty and easy to prepare, however, the magic of comfort food is that it varies by person. While we all may have some comfort food recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, we may not want to sift through cookbooks and recipe cards when the craving strikes. So, where

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do you go locally when you want something hearty, cheesy, or sweet, and you want it fast? Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a wide ranging list of delicious comfort dishes right here in your backyard. The cooking preparation can often bring back specific memories, smells and tastes. There’s something warming and nostalgic about a cast iron skillet. 131 Main serves up an oven baked cast iron skillet cornbread, made with a blend of jack and cheddar cheeses and diced chilies. Speaking of cheese, there’s nothing like a casserole filled with as much cheese, potatoes and cream as the memories that surround it. The sweet potato casserole at Choplin’s is a favorite. The family recipe is full of memories, and was passed down from Chef Choplin’s grandmother. While it’s a comfort mainstay on the menu, the sweet potato casserole is especially popular during the holidays. Perhaps your preference for comfort food is a cheesy bowl of carbfilled pasta. Pasta appeals to many because of its quick preparation, ease for large crowds, and versatility. Along with flatbreads and seafood, Port City Club has a variety of pasta dishes, ranging from the rich, creamy linguini with egg cream, parmesan, shrimp and peas, to the goat cheese ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs. Here, you can enjoy hearty, satisfying pasta dishes with a lake view. Many people think of mac and cheese when they think of comfort food. While Fork’s menu changes

daily, one comfort staple is the lobster mac and cheese. Both simple and rich, the mascarpone cheese and lobster help upgrade your typical cheesy pasta dish. If you’re in the mood for something sweet after that rich dish, the bread pudding is the most popular dessert option. The flavor changes based on the season, and right now, Chef Goody is using fresh apples for his sweet, tart apple bread pudding. Those looking for something outside of the typical shrimp and grits or cheesy casserole may find their comfort food of choice at Alton’s. Alton’s has options that may appeal to the regional comfort foods, particularly aimed at those who may not have grown up on the typical shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, or grandma’s biscuits. Maybe you find comfort in the New England lobster roll, or the New Orleans’ inspired creole barbeque shrimp, for that subtle reminder of home. The Cookhouse has chicken ‘n dumplings, smothered with hearty chunks of chicken and soft pieces of scratch-made buttermilk biscuit dough, which they usually run out of before the end of the day. If you’re a fan of corn muffins with butter, jam, or honey, get those too. They go through 1,800 of them weekly! The next time you’re craving grandma’s casserole, a mouth-watering cornbread, or that indulgent pasta dish you shared with friends, remember the myriad of options right here in Cornelius. Bring some family and friends, celebrate the fond memories and create new ones. Happy Eating! Sarah Schlichter is a Registered Dietitian. Her blog is called Bucket List Tummy


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Oct. 14. By Dave Vieser. Although the restaurant owners won’t comment, it looks like plans for a convenience store are moving ahead for the Acropolis property at the northwest corner of Catawba Avenue and Holiday Lane. QT—short for Quick Trip—wants to build a 5,700 square-foot convenience store facing the intersection at a 45 degree angle. The fuel pump islands will be on the Burton Lane side of the property. The current configuration calls for a total of 10 pumps in five rows, two per row. The property is assessed at $1.78 million, according to Mecklenburg County tax records

The CITGO station next door would also come down for this project. The proposal is at the very first stage of the town’s review process. The Oklahoma-based chain of convenience stores primarily operates in the Midwest, South and Southeast. Known for their large stores with multiple gas islands, the closest QT’s to Cornelius are on Highway 150 and in Denver on Highway 73. “QT’s proposed development would replace the existing Acropolis Restaurant, as well as the CITGO gas station/convenience store and two single family homes on Burton Lane,” said Town Planning Director Wayne Herron. The plan will be discussed at a predevelopment review meeting Oct. 21 at Town Hall, which will start at noon. “They are going to discuss the potential of a conditional rezoning with the pre-development review committee on the 21st. If they decide to move forward, it would re-

quire public hearings before both the town’s Planning Board and the full Town Board,” Herron said. The nearby Highway 21/Catawba intersection may be changed to a traffic circle or roundabout in the future; QT’s proposal takes that into consideration. Under consideration are multiple roundabouts on either side of I-77 and no left turns, according to a property owner who has attended preliminary meetings. Mecklenburg County tax records list the current and only owner as Acropolis Enterprises LLC, with the same address as the restaurant. Current annual property taxes on the restaurant are $19,038.Calls for comment from the current owners were not returned. • UPDATE: The applicant met with Town Staff Oct. 21 as planned. “All comments were positive and the applicant was encouraged to file an application,” Planning Director Wayne Herron said.

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The DDI is still underwhelming, but it’s ridiculously safer Oct. 13. By Dave Vieser. There has been a 40 percent reduction in accidents at the Exit 28 interchange in Cornelius since the Diverging Diamond Interchange debuted in 2014. Head-on collisions have been eliminated. Town officials attribute the better safety record primarily to the reduction in the number of traffic conflict points when compared to a traditional interchange design. In the DDI design, motorists cross the interstate on the left, rather than the right side of the road, and then turn left to enter the interstate. “Comparing calendar year 2013 (pre-construction) to calendar year 2015 (post-construction), there was a 40 percent reduction in total number of all types of crashes,” said Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant. “More importantly, there was a 45 percent reduction in crashes with injury from 2013 to 2015.” There has been a 78 percent reduc-

tion in angle crashes and a 56 percent reduction in rear-end crashes. The report says there has been a 100 percent reduction in head-on crashes, as well as wrecks that involve a left turn. DDI designs are less expensive than a full rebuild in that the existing bridge structure and the existing rights-of-way are utilized. Nevertheless, even with the enhanced safety statistics, the Exit 28 DDI is still prone to congestion due to the “bookend intersections” at Hwy. 21 to the east, and Torrence Chapel Road to the west. “We’ve known for years that in order to improve the traffic flow in the entire area, improvements would be needed at our bookend intersections too” Grant said. “The close proximity of the bookends to the interchange and the large volume of traffic in the area during all times of the day causes periodic back-ups into the

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more efficient in the future. Meanwhile, the town appears to have given up on finding a way to somehow improve the “mast and sail” design that was tacked on top of the DDI superstructure. The plan was to create a sense of place that looked like a suspension bridge. The governor was supposed to come for the dedication of the bridge, but it became the subject of ridicule instead, spawning a Facebook page called Exit 28 Ridiculousness. In the works is a $38,880 plan to improve the hardscape and landscape design. Design and development is under way now, completion is set for June of next year. Local design company ViZ LLC got the contract at the Cornelius Town Board meeting Sept. 6. “This contract with Viz, LLC, whose Principal owner is Gary Fankhauser, is for design, bid services, and construction administration services for landscaping elements in the four quadrants of Exit 28,” said Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant. “The scope of services includes developing sketch design alternatives, schematic design, construction drawings, technical specifications, working with NCDOT for permitting, bidding services, and construction administration services.” Under the proposal, a final design would be presented to the town by December, and all work would be completed by the end of June, 2017.

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Roundabouts for Torrence Chapel and Liverpool get rocky reception at meeting

Oct. 21. By Dave Vieser. A total of three roundabouts—like the ones at Exit 30 in Davidson—are the “preferred alternative” for improving traffic flow on Torrence Chapel Road and Liverpool at West Catawba Avenue. Presented at a meeting conducted by the Town of Cornelius and NCDOT consultant, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, the plan did not sit well with most of the 75 people in attendance. Residents and business owners said the layout would drive traffic down Knox Road where motorists could ultimately turn left onto West Catawba and head east. “This cannot happen,” said Gregg Howard, a resident of Bluestone Har-

bor. “The traffic shunted our way down Knox Road will make getting in and out of our community impossible.” Jack Salzman, co-owner of Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge, said he has concerns as well. The plan calls for no left turns from Torrence Chapel onto West Catawba to head east toward I-77 or downtown Cornelius. The plan calls for roundabouts at Knox Road and Torrence Chapel; on Torrence Chapel between Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge and the entrance to Fresh Market parking; and on the south side of West Catawba at the Post Office and Mac’s Speed Shop. The goal of the plan is to improve

traffic flow at the Torrence Chapel/ Catawba intersection. The Torrence Chapel intersection is one of the two “bookends” which flank the Exit 28 Diverging Diamond Intersection. Due to their close proximity, traffic can stack up, particularly on either side of I-77 and along Torrence Chapel. The town and Parsons Brinckerhoff personnel have been working on a variety of options. The “preferred alternative” looks like this: 1. Vehicles traveling on Catawba Avenue will be able to continue making left turns onto Liverpool Parkway/Torrence Chapel Road but left turns from Liverpool Parkway/ Torrence Chapel Road onto Catawba Avenue will not be permitted. Motorists will have to proceed straight ahead to new roundabouts and then return to Catawba to complete their left turns as a right turn.

2. Prohibiting left turns onto Catawba Avenue would eliminate the signal phase that would have permitted left turns. By removing the leftturn phase there would be more green time at the intersection equaling less time waiting at the intersection.

3. Traffic circles/roundabouts will be built on Liverpool Parkway near Mac’s Speed Shop, and on Torrence Chapel Road midway through the entrance to the Fresh Market/Steinmart shopping center. Engineers believe this will facilitate traffic as vehicles utilize alternate routes to access Catawba Avenue from these two streets. 4. An additional roundabout would be added at the Knox Road/ Torrence Chapel Road intersection to expedite traffic flow and eliminate the angled intersection which has poor sight distance on Knox Road from the west. 5. On-street parking near the One Norman Drive/Catawba Avenue intersection (at Starbucks) would be converted to a right-turn lane. By creating the right-turn lane, traffic making a right onto Catawba Avenue will have their own lane. This will reduce traffic back-ups on One Norman Drive by giving through traffic and right-turn traffic their own separate lanes. According to Jason Gorrie, traffic engineer from WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, the preferred option will be presented to the Town Board within the next several weeks for their feedback. If the town agrees with the proposal, the design phase will commence next year, and construction will begin in 2018, with a tentative completion date of 2020.

Peninsula Community Foundation makes 7 grants Seven local non-profits will receive a total of more than $38,000 from the Peninsula Community Foundation. The grants benefit the North Mecklenburg community. Classroom Central: Since 2000, Classroom Central has provided school supplies to children living in poverty. With the PCF’s grant, North Mecklenburg teachers will be able to “shop” for free school supplies at the Central Classroom Store. ANSWER Scholarship: The PCF agreed to donate funds to help provide a year of college tuition for a local single mother returning to get her degree. This is the second year that the PCF has helped fund the ANSWER Scholarship.

Caterpillar Ministries: With the most recent grant from the PCF, Caterpillar Ministries will expand its early education services for Hispanic and other residents of the Huntington Green Mobile Home Park in Huntersville. In the past, PCF funds have allowed this non-profit to expand tutoring services within the same neighborhood. Big Brothers Big Sisters: This organization’s goal is to help children reach their potential by developing positive relationships through mentoring programs. The PCF approved funds that will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to grow their schoolbased mentoring program at Cornelius Elementary from 15 to 25 students.

North Mecklenburg Co. Special Olympics: The PCF will provide funds to expand the Unified Strategy for Schools program and to allow the local chapter to offer more sports programs. Previous PCF grants assisted with the Special Olympics’ program expansion to North Mecklenburg. Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte Region: Lake Norman Office—This organization has offered comprehensive end-of-life care since 1978, and the PCF’s recent grant will allow it to continue to do so. PCF funds will go specifically to grief and bereavement care materials, as well as education for staff. Community in Christ Pre-

school: This preschool’s mission is to offer education that enriches children spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially. The PCF’s grant will be used to provide scholarships to students from low-income backgrounds. The Peninsula Community Foundation was started in 2002 by residents of The Peninsula. It brings together people, capital, and ideas to help charities that serve the residents of North Mecklenburg county. Since its founding, the PCF has donated over $1,150,000 to 31 local charities including the Lake Norman Community Health Care Clinic, Eliminate the Digital Divide, Hope House, Safe Alliance, Musical Minds and Special Olympics.

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Oct. 6. A community-based arts center and arts district in downtown Cornelius took a big step forward after Greg Wessling, head of the Arts Center Working Group, outlined plans to launch, staff and fund a $4 million facility that would provide focus to the cultural scene in 28031. The Town of Cornelius has signed an agreement to buy 1.85 acres downtown, as first reported by Cornelius Today. It’s the old Farmers Co. site— the blue buildings just west of the police headquarters. The price tag is $1.495 million, according to Town Commissioner Jim Duke. Voters have approved $4 million

for the arts center building. A new, more formal board of directors and non-profit will help push the plan forward, which, right now includes a plaza-like approach to Catawba Avenue for street festivals and art shows. On deck for December is the hiring of an executive director and, during the first quarter of next year, a request for proposals from architects. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. New board members include: Pat Bechdol, Doug Singleton, Troy Stafford, Janice Travis, Greg Wessling, Tamara Williams and Woody Washam.

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Oct. 20. By Dave Vieser. If the political ads on television aren’t enough to drive you crazy, maybe the political signs all over town will. There were literally hundreds around Town Hall this morning, as early voting gets under way. It turns out, Cornelius regulations governing such signs are more lax than neighboring towns. There’s also some confusion regarding when the signs can be put up. On roads with sidewalks, the grass between the sidewalk and the street is a favorite spot for the signs, and Cornelius has no prohibition against such placement. However, in picturesque Davidson, signs in that strip are completely prohibited, and in Huntersville, permission must be obtained first. Cornelius Planning Director Wayne Herron reviewed both the Town Code and State Statute in response to questions about the signs between the street and sidewalk. “Neither says anything about where a sign can be in the right-of-way and there is no prohibition listed. So in Cornelius, the signs may be placed in the grass strip between sidewalk and road,” he said. Not so in Davidson. “We do not allow signs in the public right of way, which would include the area between the sidewalk and the street,” said spokeswoman Cristina Shaul. In Huntersville, the signs are permitted but with caveats.

“They can’t be any closer than 3 feet from the edge of pavement of the road, and cannot obscure our motorists’ visibility at an intersection,” said Brian Richards from the Huntersville Planning Department. “Also, permission must be obtained from any property owner fronting the right-of-way where a sign is erected.” While Cornelius before Wayne Herron was notorious for enthusiastic enforcement of sign regulations for businesses and church barbecues, no change appears likely for political signs. Concern has also been expressed by some residents concerning when the signs can go up. “The Huntersville ordinance specifically states that you can put up signs 30 days ahead of early voting, while Cornelius and Davidson state 30 days prior to Election Day,” said Jane Campbell, unaffiliated candidate for the NC House seat currently held by Republican John Bradford. “We noticed however that my opponent put up signs in Cornelius earlier than Oct. 9. Later that day, we spoke with Rep. Bradford’s campaign manager who provided a link to the state statute that allows signs on state roads 30 days in advance of early voting.” Campbell says the town could tighten regulations by noting which streets comply with the state statute, and which apply to the town’s. “Or better yet, have one set of regulations which applies to all roads.”



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9/19/16 $270,000 Stephen & Alexis Lowe to Kirsten & Matthew Torres, 19141 Celestine Ln. 9/19/16 $345,000 Christopher & Heather Holland to Bogdan & Barbara Malinowski, 20406 Rutledge Bluff Way 9/20/16 $379,000 Mark & Amy Mosayebi to Jared & Leslie Tomko, 17317 Harbor Walk Dr. 9/20/16 $548,000 South Creek Homes to Polly Webb, 11625 Mount Argus Dr. 9/20/16 $77,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 284 Bailey’s Glen 9/20/16 $370,000 Cunnane Group to Kelly Grigg, 1325 South St. 9/21/16 $326,500 South Creek Homes to Thomas & Mary Williams, 12015 Meetinghouse Dr. 9/21/16 $84,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 104 Bailey’s Glen

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9/21/16 $160,000 Cotswold Homes Inc. to Amanda Young, 18817 Unit 204 Nautical Dr. 9/21/16 $375,000 Becky Wood to Ryan

Kennedy, 21224 Harken Dr. 9/21/16 $198,500 Twenty Four Seventy One LLC to Marjorie Variano, 18832 Nautical Dr. Until 41 9/23/16 $371,000 MS Antiquity to Reginald & Allison Talbert, 1138 South St.

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9/26/16 $177,000 Donna Stapleton & Donna Snyder to Catherine West, 19866 Lamp Lighters Way 9/26/16 $424,000 Garland Jr. & Sarah Yarborough to Michael & Allison Thompson, 17319 Inglewood Ln. 9/26/16 $1,735,000 Alexandra & Attila Akat to Teresa Oquendo & Allan Levi, 18416 Harbor Light Blvd. 9/26/16 $194,000 Alexander & Daniel Willhite to Andrea Sylvia, 18817 Cloverstone Cir. 9/26/16 $293,000 Karen McKinney to John Beasley IV, 18707 Cloverstone Cir. Unti 43 9/26/16 $740,000 Muriel & Richard Sheubrooks to Michael & Kristen Dubin, 16503 Barcica Ln. 9/27/16 $302,000 Brandon & Alicia Helms to Nick & Tracy Johns, 18700 Nautical Dr.

Until 303 9/27/16 $331,000 South Creek Homes to Raymond & Grace McGibney, 11742 Mount Argus Dr. 9/27/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 164 Bailey’s Glen 9/28/16 $1,167,500 Christ Bournias to Elias & Melody Garcia, 18008 Mollypop Ln. 9/29/16 $390,000 Michael & Julie Klapp to James & Tanya Leonard, 1514 Lovers Lawn Trace 9/29/16 $1,225,000 Mary Ann & Larry Kline to Mark & Jennifer Higdon, 19126 Double Eagle Dr. 9/29/16 $1,225,000 Mohammed Alyemeni & Sanaa & Norah Aleymeni to Portfolio 15 LLC, 18006 Harbor Light Blvd.

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10/3/16 $350,000 John & Jennifer Brandano to Cathy O’Nan, 9603 Rosalyn Glen Rd. 10/3/16 $1,210,000 Elisabeth Dula to Stephanie Lopez, 17208 Island View Dr. 10/3/16 $323,500 TPM Properties to CSH Property One, 20326 Northport Dr. 10/4/16 $179,000 Francis & Diana Stoddard to Aleksandra Taylor, 19436 Fridley Ln. 10/4/16 $217,000 Laila Hammam & Ioannis Karalis to Benjamin Semans & Christa Alvich, 10928 Heritage Green Dr. 10/5/16 $729,000 Michael & Courtney Bursich to Karl & Lisa Hoover, 19019 Serenity Point Ln. 10/6/16 $297,500 Naim & Christine Sha-

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9/29/16 $245,000 Daniel Kelly to Janlyn Lahiti, 20726 Lagoona Dr. 9/29/16 $461,500 Epcon Cornelius to William & Andrea Ausley, 18717 Daymark Dr. 9/29/16 $376,000 Cunnane Group to Meredih & John Preloh Jr., 1329 South St. 9/29/16 $113,500 Robert & Charlotte Bass, Michael Bass to John& Lori Plese, 19750 Feriba Pl. 9/29/16 $339,000 South Creek Homes to Hugh & Diane Lewis, 11727 Meetinghouse Dr. 9/29/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 155 Bailey’s Glen

9/30/16 $155,000 Roderick & Kristina Hart to Melissa McDonnell, 18646 Bonham Ln. 9/30/16 $425,000 Christina Walling to Michael & Holly Mazzia, 20431 Tamara Oak Dr. 9/30/16 $435,000 Tracy Ford Jr. to Joshua & Nichole Rayburn, 21538 Ogden Cove Dr. 9/30/16 $186,00 JFM LLC to Jeremy & LIndsey Romo, 11528 Heritage Green Dr. 10/3/16 $250,000 Devon & Amanda Britts to Jessica Powell, 9846 Caldwell Depot Rd. 10/3/16 $314,500 South Creek Homes to Patricia Fiorillo-Bullock & Frederick Kippola, 18002 Coulter Pkwy. 10/3/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 249 Bailey’s Glen

17524 Gillican Overlook in Davidson for $1,005,775

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17538 River Ford Drive in Davidson for $879,000


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How to organize and prepare a Thanksgiving feast Like lots of other Baby Boomers, Betty and Bob Nabors moved here to be closer to children and grandchildren. The couple, who live in Robbins Park, have three children and three grandchildren and “currently we spend most of our time enjoying them,” Betty says. Bob is originally from Abbeville, S.C. Betty grew up in rural Surry County and lived with her grandparents on a tobacco farm until she left to go to college in the 1960s. She graduated from Gardner Webb College and the University of South Carolina. Betty’s background includes work in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama in critical care,

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Thanksgiving feast —By Betty Nabors

cook watching her “grandmothers and aunts cook, and helping them with the many meals they prepared for the farm workers and church suppers.” The couple moved here from Daphne, Ala., in 2014. Betty is a retired nurse, Bob is retired from a management career in the textile industry.

“I really enjoy cooking and my family all like to eat. So it is a win-win for me,” she says. Quite at ease feeding an army, Betty says this Thanksgiving meal plan will leave time for you to enjoy the holiday. “I would like to help you have the best Thanksgiving ever!”

Here are Betty Nabors’ step-by-step instructions for how to make a great Thanksgiving dinner. Plan a little (don’t forgot to thaw that bird); make the potato salad the day before; and enjoy good food, family and friends.

Meal Plan Turkey Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an oven cooking bag with 1 tbsp of flour and shake. Place bag in roasting pan (roasting pan should be at least 2 inches deep) place I large onion sliced inside the bag on the bottom of pan, sprinkle 2 stalks of chopped celery over onions. Wash the turkey, remove giblets and discard, dry the turkey with a paper towel, melt 1 stick of butter and brush the entire turkey with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper, squeeze the juice of 1 orange inside turkey then place 2 oranges quartered inside the turkey cavity and place turkey into cooking bag add 2 cups of water to the bag. Make 6 slits in cooking bag. Secure bag with tie wrap. Place turkey in oven and cook at 350 for about 2 hrs for 12 lbs. Turkey. Turkey should be lightly brown when done or you can check temperature for doneness with a cooking thermometer – breast should register

160 degrees when done. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before carving. Dressing 2 cups dry herb stuffing mix, 2 cups of cornbread stuffing mix, ¾ cup of chopped onion, ¾ cup of chopped celery, 1/3 cup of chopped bell pepper, 1 tsp of poultry seasoning, 4 eggs slightly beaten, 6 cups of chicken broth, 2 tsp of ground black pepper. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, place in a 9x13 in pan and bake at 350 for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until firm and golden brown. Dressing may be prepared ahead of time. Gravy Pour 2 cups of pan juices from the cooked turkey into a measuring cup, Place a 3 quart sauce pan on the stove and add ½ stick of butter, melt butter over low heat, gradually wisk in 4 tablespoons of flour to the butter mixture and brown (usually takes about 2 minutes) continue to wisk as you slowly add the 2 cups of pan juices, wisk mixture until smooth, slowly increase heat until the mixture

begins to boil then reduce the heat add ½ cup of chopped turkey to the mixture. (I remove the wings while the turkey is resting to get the chopped turkey for the gravy) then add a 10 ounce can of chicken soup and I soup can of water, then I simmer the gravy until it thicken (I add seasonings, salt and pepper to taste during this process). Usually takes about 10 minutes. Green Beans – Fresh green beans, wash, place beans in 4 quart size pot or dish cover with water cook approximately cook 10 to 15 minutes, You will need ½ cup per person. If frozen, follow package directions Potato Salad 6 medium size potatoes, wash, place potatoes in 4 quart sauce pan cover with water and boil until soft about 20 minutes. Remove, cool and peel. Cut potatoes into small cubes, place in large bowl, add 6 ounces of sweet salad cubes, 1 small onion chopped, ½ cup of mayonnaise, ¼ cup of celery, 1 tsp. of yellow mustard, then

mix and refrigerate. Prepare this the day before meal Boiled Corn on the Cob (select 1 ear of fresh or frozen) corn per person, If fresh remove shucks and silks, wash and place corn in large pot of boiling water cook 7 minutes and serve. If frozen, follow package directions. Cranberry Sauce Use whole fresh cranberries and follow package directions. Usually serves 6 to 8. Baked Sweet Potatoes Select 1 potato per person, wash potatoes, dry and place potatoes on a foil-lined baking pan cook at 350 until soft to touch (usually about 60 minutes for 8) Split potato, top with butter to serve. You may want to cook the sweet potatoes prior to the turkey, if so, place the cooked pan of buttered sweet potatoes in the oven at 350 when the turkey comes out, remove potatoes when butter melts. This will ensure they will be hot when they are served.

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How Thanksgiving Began

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By Noelle Randazzo It’s Thanksgiving time! Hold on. Don’t think Thanksgiving is all fun, feasting, TV and no school. Do you know how Thanksgiving began? Well, let me tell you exactly what started the tradition that America now celebrates every year in November. It started with the pilgrims that traveled to America. One November day in 1623, after the crops had been gathered Governor William Bradford of Plymouth, Massachusetts, said: “all ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the meeting house, on the hill... there to listen to the pastor and render thanksgiving to the Almighty God for his blessings.” The pilgrims had a bountiful feast giving thanks to God for their bountiful harvest, a feast so big, it lasted for three days! On top of that, ninety Native Americans participated. Thanksgiving to God has been proclaimed many times by order of Congress, as you can see throughout the following years. On Nov. 1, 1777, the first national Thanksgiving was proclaimed and signed by Henry Laurens, president of the continental congress at the time. The third Thursday of Dec. 1777 was officially set aside “... for solemn thanksgiving and praise. That with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and concentrate themselves to the service of their Divine benefactor; ...” On Jan. 1, 1795, George Washington wrote another Thanksgiving proclamation: “...our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God...” Abraham Lincoln proclaimed yet again, by act of Congress, the annual Thanksgiving day was to be “on the last Thursday of November, as

a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” In this Thanksgiving proclamation, our 16th President says that it is “...announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord... But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, by the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own... It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people...”. And so it has stayed that way. And by the way, all through the history of Thanksgiving, it has never been about any of the other things added to Thanksgiving. Noelle, 10, is the daughter of Donna and Andrew Randazzo. The family lives on Brookgreen Garden Place in Cornelius

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The McGuires co-chair multimillion dollar gala By Dave Vieser Cornelius residents Jennifer and Mike McGuire were co-chairs of this year’s 2016 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation “Hope Gala” Oct. 22 at the Westin in Charlotte. More than 600 people attended, helping the foundation raise $2.1 million for Type 1 diabetes research. “I intend to work passionately to fight this disease, until there is a cure,” Jennifer McGuire said. The

McGuire’s son, Parker, 12, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in March 2013, and for a while things were tough. “We were in a fog, adjusting to our new way of life, but then my good friend and former colleague, Ken Church, invited me to the 2013 Gala. I can truly say it was a lifechanging evening for me. It gave me a real, tangible sense of hope and it defined my purpose.” Ken and Rita Church are the par-

ents of country music superstar Eric Church. Rita was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 53 and is a volunteer with JDRF. Both Rita and Ken were honored at the gala for their volunteer work. While Type 1 diabetes is often thought of as a childhood disease, more than 85 percent of those living with the disease are adults. McGuire says there is a great deal of misunderstanding about diabetes. “People will ask when Parker will grow out of it, or imply that he has an improper diet. Surprisingly, few even know the symptoms or the difference between Type 1 and Type 2.” For Mike, 46, president of AME Consulting Engineers in Charlotte, and Jennifer, 45, who practices Interior Design between JDRF meetings, life took a major turn when their son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. But they are making the most of it, and so is Parker. “He’s grateful that we’re both so committed, and he’s very involved himself,” said Jennifer. The couple has two other children. “I intend to work passionately to fight this disease, until there is a cure. Since my son’s diagnosis, my

The McGuires with Parker and Georgia

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Aquesta Financial third-quarter net income increases 25 percent Third-quarter net income at Aquesta Financial Holdings rose 25 percent to $635,000 compared to the third quarter last year. The parent company of Aquesta Bank says assets climbed 24 percent so far this year to $346.5 million. Aquesta Financial is the only bank based in Cornelius, as well as the only public company of any size based in 28031. “I’m very happy to announce continued excellent earnings combined with excellent loan growth. Our strategy of investing in our people and our commitment to providing the very best banking services are allowing Aquesta to capture both increased market share and profitability,” said Jim Engel, CEO and president. The bank will have a grand opening of the newly combined insurance office and bank branch in Wilmington Nov. 5. Total loans were $240.1 million at

Sept. 30 this year compared to $195.6 million at year-end, representing a 30 percent annualized increase. In a prepared statement, the financial services company said asset quality remains very strong. Nonperforming assets decreased to $1.8 million as of Sept. 30, as compared to $2.3 million at June 30, 2016. Foreclosed property was $1.7 million at Sept. 30. Net interest income was $2.9 million for the third quarter of this year vs. $2.6 million in the third quarter of last year. Non-interest expense was $3.2 million for the third quarter of 2016 compared to $2.8 million for the third quarter of 2015. The increase in expense was due to the additional personnel and occupancy cost associated with the addition of two new branches. Personnel expense was at $2.0 million for the third quarter of 2016 compared to $1.6 million for the third quarter of 2015.

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Putting the WoW in walking to Cornelius Elementary

Lou Raymond leads students on the walk from Smithville Park to Cornelius Elementary School

By Suzanne Fulton On the first Wednesday morning of each month—rain or shine—Heron Harbor resident Lou Raymond leads students and some of their families on the walk from Smith-

ville Park to Cornelius Elementary School down the street. Walk on Wednesday—WoW—is a five-year tradition at Cornelius Elementary. Raymond said he got interested in organizing a walk to school pro-

gram from his experience with when he worked for the NC Department of Transportation as a project manager for the Safe Routes to School program. SRTS is a federally funded program implemented by state departments of transportation. The goal is to foster safe ways for children to walk or bike to school through various means, including infrastructure improvements and community educa-

tion. Benefits, of course, include improved health as well as reduced traffic and fuel consumption. According to the SRTS website, half of the children walked or biked

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to school back in 1969. Indeed, an amazing 87 percent of the children living within one mile of their school arrived under their own power. Today, fewer than 15 percent of school children walk or bike to school. And about a quarter of morning rush hour traffic can be attributed to parents driving their kids to school. A dozen or more Cornelius Elementary children as well as parents and younger siblings meet up for WoW; Raymond talks to the students about exercising and being healthy. There’s a “walking bus driver” at the end of the line as well. Lilly and Lou Raymond have a third-grader and a middle-schooler. Chris Hollen has helped for five years, Lou says, but they’re looking for more parent volunteers as well.

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Rotary Club check presentation The Rotary Club of Lake Norman / Huntersville presented a check to Little Smiles from funds raised by the Rotary’s annual Rock N Run event, which was held at Birkdale. From left, Kamlesh Chandan, president of the Lake Norman / Huntersville Rotary; Marji Kyle, Founder of Little Smiles NC; Karen Tovar, Rotarian and Secretary for Little Smiles and John DeStefano, Attendance Secretary and Sergeant-at-Arms for Lake Norman / Huntersville Rotary.

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Meet Mrs. North Carolina, who hails from Cornelius

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Winner Wendy Jordan Mrs. North Carolina 2017 with the Mrs. America Directors

Miriam Whisnant and Rev. Dr. Mary John Dye, senior pastor

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The Washam family with Rev. Dr. Mary John Dye

The new Mrs. North Carolina is Wendy Jordan, mother of two, an active volunteer, wife of Tripp Jordan and proud Cornelius resident. This was her first time competing in a pageant. “I decided to enter the pageant because I believe life is a gift and I think our purpose here on earth is to touch as many people as possible with that gift. I have a strong passion to share the message of hope, kindness, self-confidence and self-worth to ladies,” she says. Married women from across North Carolina competed for the title in front of a panel of judges in the categories of Interview, Swimsuit, Evening Gown and Onstage Question. Jordan, 31, will compete in the Mrs. America 2017 contest next summer in Las Vegas. As Mrs. North Carolina, Jordan will make appearances and promote the Twilight Wish Foundation, a charity that enhances the quality of life for vulnerable, low-income elderly. “I believe senior citizens have a wealth of wisdom to offer younger generations and are the very ones that built our country and made it

what it is today. I’ve always been taught to honor and respect your elders, so I’m thrilled to get to inspire others to do the same,” Jordan says. She runs Jordan Digital Agency and also helps her husband run, where they host an online talk show together. Tripp’s main business is Jordan Retirement Solutions. Jordan is also a professional model, and over the years has modeled for Belk, Lee Jeans, Wrangler and Nordstrom—despite having her own doubts about self-worth. “That’s something I used to struggle a lot with and my husband saw potential in me and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. He encouraged me and showed me I have value and taught me how to step out in faith, and now I want to be that person for others that may not have someone like that in their life,” Jordan says. The Jordans have been married 10 years. In addition to visiting stepchildren Robbie Jordan, 21, and Carrie Jordan, 19, they have a dachshund named Dexter.

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

Cornelius 9/22/16 Corelation Inc., Christopher N. Franklin, 18720 John Connor Rd., Cornelius 9/22/16 Elkin Solar LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 9/22/16 The Honey Do List’R Company, John Peter Markevich, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr., #2338, Cornelius 9/23/16 Beshears Holdings LLC, Benjamin W. Beshears, 18605 Northline Dr., Cornelius 9/23/16 Catawba Office LLC, John B. Johnstone, 21016 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 9/23/16 Impact Kingdom Church, Matthew Browning, 1219 Inn Keepers Way, Cornelius 9/26/16 White & Ward Consulting LLC, Jay White, 21121 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius 9/27/16 Copperstone Builders LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 18151 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius 9/27/16 H.A. Krengel Media LLC, Heather Krengel, 21313 Island Forest Dr., Cornelius 9/29/16 Elkin Solar Owner LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Cornelius

9/30/16 Fulcra Roxboro LLC, J. Martin McCoy, 21313 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 9/30/16 Functional Fitness Charlotte LLC, Cheryl Ann Jones Cloninger, 16035 Jetton Rd., Cornelius 9/30/16 LM Innovations LLC, David Modlin, 22625 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius 9/30/16 Vacation at Lake Norman LLC, Todd Senff, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103-244, Cornelius 10/3/16 Neighborhood Care Center Inc., Michelle Hoverson, 19711 Smith Cir., Cornelius 10/4/16 Emerald Isle Service LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 20336 Havenview Dr., Cornelius 10/4/16 Southern Juiced LLC, Michael J. Hosey, 19701 Bethel Chuch Rd., Ste. 103, Cornelius 10/5/16 Tailored Home Care Incorporated, Brooke Mulligan, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 10/5/16 TLCplusLLC, Lauren Maloney Nelson, 21503 Harken Dr., Cornelius 10/6/16 Dare2Dream Enterprises Inc., Vena Vaughn, 19120 Chandlers Landing Dr., #201, Cornelius 10/6/16 TKA Coffee LLC, Truong Van Vo, 19420 Jetton Rd., Ste. 105, Cornelius

10/7/16 United Solar Solutions of America LLC, David Sawchak, 19300 Statesville Rd., Ste. 101, Cornelius 10/10/16 Ignite Dirt Sports LLC, Steven Emory Helms, 19825 North Cove Rd., Ste. 171, Cornelius 10/10/16 Royster Realty Inc., Diane Robinson, 20429 Staghorn Ct., Cornelius 10/11/16 JTBB LLC, Jonathan McConnell, 9814 Willow Leaf Ln., Cornelius 10/12/16 HCM Supply LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 10/13/16 Alowishus Jenkins the Third LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 21206 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 10/13/16 Cirrus Property Management Inc., Ronnie J. Bice, 9606 Cladwell Commons Cir., Ste. A, Cornelius 10/13/16 The NoSo Group LLC, James Neal, 17019 Shady Glen Dr., Cornelius 10/14/16 Almora Trading LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 10/14/16 Star Property Group LLC, Renaldia Cozza, 18905 Peninsula Point Dr., Cornelius 10/17/16 Bouknight Trucking LLC, Retha R. Jenkins, 20535 Harbor View Dr., Cornelius 10/17/16 Fashions by Colleen & Rita LLC, Colleen Juras, 9137 Robbins Preserve Rd., Cornelius

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Road construction at Nantz World of emergencies “They need to figure out a way to get emergency vehicles through. Watched an ambulance sit there for almost 4 mins because he couldn’t get through the DDI the other day. That’s a long time in the world of emergencies.” —Via Cornelius Today facebook in response to ‘The DDI is still underwhelming, but it’s ridiculously safer’ on Oct. 13

Locals avoid it “Hmm, possibly because many locals avoid it? Personally I’ve made it across twice without getting stopped at the lights.” —Via Cornelius Today facebook in response to ‘The DDI is still underwhelming, but it’s ridiculously safer’ on Oct. 13

Antics at top of ticket pose dilemma for local GOP “This article sickened me. How the heck anyone could justify the vulgar, inappropriate, predatory behavior is so BEYOND me. You don’t REPRESENT me for sure... If you would sacrifice the dignity of your daughters and wives over a Supreme Court Justice, makes you a LOSER in my book. Gross! Disgusting!”

“Whose idea was it to tear up the intersection of Nantz Road and West Catawba months ago and then just leave it that way? Whoever this was shouldn’t ever be allowed to do a project in Cornelius again and whoever in the town that is letting this happen should be fired!” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on

“So let me get this straight...Trump making a comment about women 11 years ago is more damaging than all of the crimes Hillary has committed? Just wanted to verify. Thank God no other male has anything to hide about things they have said about women in their past. Only Donald is guilty of that. Bill Clinton never said anything like what Trump said about women. He just had sex with them.” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on in response to Tyler Beardsley’s quote from August’s Sound Off section

Crazy speed limits are not funny for pedestrians “I noticed the speed limits on Catawba are 25, 35 and 45 mph, which means people are driving almost every speed imaginable up to 55 mph. I walk Catawba almost every day, and I know what I am talking about.”

Gas station next to a gas station “Okay, so then we will have a gas station next to a gas station (Citgo), across from a gas station (Cashion’s). REALLY???” —Via Cornelius Today facebook in response to ‘Convenience store/gas station planned for Acropolis site’ on Oct. 14

• While the owners have not confirmed any plans to sell or redevelop the property, the town says QT plans to take over both the restaurant and the gas station next door.

Political Signs “Have you noticed all the political signs up and down Catawba Avenue? At first you think, boy they have a lot of support. Look closer. Only one sign is on private property. All others are on public property or abandoned property. I had to ask myself, are they that popular if no business or private party has given permission to place a sign on their property? Are these signs legally placed? Or are the just well-funded party candidates? Just asking.” —Via anonymous Sound Off link on

• We have a story on political signs on Page 18. It appears some of the rules will be changing.

—via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Voter ID? “You need more documentation to buy Sudafed from the pharmacy than you do to vote for the future President of our country in North Carolina.” —Via Cornelius Today facebook

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Think pink, stand together

Attention walkers! “It is impossible to see the yellow flashing lights in front of Jetton Park when you’re driving into the sunset as I was Thursday at 6:45 p.m. I couldn’t see the lights and I couldn’t see the people walking. If the law is ‘stop for pedestrians,’ shouldn’t the lights be red anyway?” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Lids on jars? “If we recycle metal and glass, why would you screw metal lids back on jars? What about jars that are sticky? How clean do they have to be?” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

• Tyler Beardsley, assistant to the town manager, responds: A general rinse of all containers prior to placing them in the recycling container is all that is needed. The container just needs to be free of excessive food/liquid. The lids on plastic containers can be dangerous but the Mecklenburg Recycling Facility is accepting plastic containers with the lids on. The MRF cannot process lids/caps individually because they are too small and can cause damage to processing equipment. During processing, the lids on glass jars will be separated once the jar is broken.

“To the family who owns the Pink Boutique truck. Congratulations on owning your own business and supporting your family. How long have you been in business? I would like to apologize...our society believes their ‘view’ is more important than your family’s livelihood. I pray daily that your community will find it in there hearts to look past your pink truck and see the family working hard. To the ‘community’ surrounding the pink truck. A couple questions for you: If the pink truck was to become so successful that they could afford to rent an off site parking spot, wouldn’t this be a better solution? Or what if you helped them find a reasonably priced place to park their truck so they could still feed their family but not block your view? Change YOUR VIEW, and help them succeed and you will feel better about yourself and your view. #standingtogether” —via in response to “Need Community Support” from our October edition

Don’t gut the niceties “Excellent! Have to watch this closely though or the great plans will turn into ho hum ones. Look at what happened when the Catawba Ave /I-77 plans were first proposed. The commissioners gutted the niceties out of it.” —Via Cornelius Today facebook in response to ‘Bright picture for Cornelius arts includes theater, exhibit space, plaza’ on Oct. 6

Time to stop residential building Big trucks, small brains “The small-brain types who buy these big pick-up trucks that sound like trains...are wasting energy and adding noise to our sound environment. How many times a year do you go to Home Depot? Have you thought about your carbon footprint?” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

“The town has said for years that we need more businesses and less residential in Cornelius and we continue to add to the population. When does this nonsense stop?” —via anonymous SoundOff link on



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Cornelius Today - November 2016  
Cornelius Today - November 2016