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November Things to Do

Wells Fargo economist outlines 2019 at Newsmakers Breakfast

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Charles Dougherty, a top economist with Wells Fargo Securities, will provide an Economic Outlook at the Newsmakers Breakfast Nov. 15 at The Peninsula Club. Dougherty is a recognized expert in the commercial real estate, housing and construction sectors of the nationa, regional and macro economy. He regularly writes indicator reports, produces special commentary, and has been featured in Bloomberg News and The Washington Post. Newsmakers Breakfasts are open-forum Q&As with people who make the news. Anyone can ask a question; the public is invited to attend. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for networking. The buffet-style breakfast

gets under way at 7:30 a.m. The Q&A begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 9 a.m. The cost to attend, $12, includes a full country break- Charles Dougherty fast and beverages. Dixie Dean and Christina Stone, with Allen Tate Lake Norman, are the Presenting Sponsors. Davidson Wealth Management and KS Audio Video are Coffee Sponsors. Reserve a seat by calling 704-895-1335 with Visa or MasterCard.

Lakeside Charter Open House Lakeside Charter Academy on Old Statesville Road is having a Fall Festival and Open House on Nov. 3. The event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. will include bouncy houses, a pumpkin patch,

games and food trucks. Lakeside is the only charter school located in Cornelius. More info:

Santa coming to town Nov.17 The annual Christmas Craft & Gift Show at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will have 30+ local vendors Saturday, Nov. 17. The hours run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be studio quality photos with Santa, as well as baked goods. Funds raised go to sup-

port women and children’s ministries. The Daughters of the American Revolution will have a booth with collectibles and gift ideas. Proceeds will support the Crossnore School for children in need and to the VA Hospital in Salisbury.

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Table of Contents Vote 2018 The candidates for NC House and NC Senate

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Public safety

A new Director of Public Safety inserts a layer between police and fire, and Town Hall Page 5

Fraud The 2011 businessman of the year reports to prison in Alabama Page 8

Our Town

Former Commissioner Jim Duke takes a look at the Planning Dept. and how it works Page 12


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Marcus, Tarte face off at candidate forum BY DAVE YOCHUM Voters in NC Senate District 41, which includes Cornelius, are choosing between Democrat Natasha Marcus and Republican incumbent Jeff Tarte, the former mayor of Cornelius. They faced off at a Lake Norman Chamber candidate forum in Huntersville in October, where there differences were apparent. Issues ranged from I-77 toll lanes to teacher pay, from the GOP super majority to HB2. They disagreed on most things except for the need for campaign reform. Marcus, a former attorney who is assistant director of development at the Ada Jenkins Center, said it costs about $500,000 to mount a campaign for a seat in the North Carolina Senate. Judging by the audience reaction, many of the roughly 100 attendees came with their minds made up. One former elected official said, “I

don’t think any minds were changed last night. That debate format is not suitable for a substantive debate of the complex issues at the State lev- Jeff Tarte el. Voters need to do their homework on each candidate as it relates to the issues that are important to them and not rely on short responses delivered in the context of a candidate debate.” Here’s how Marcus and Tarte addressed some questions: What makes you uniquely qualified? Tarte: He said as a three-term mayor with board experience on various boards he knows how to navigate the process in Raleigh

Natasha Marcus

Marcus: She said the ability to connect with the community is more important than number of years served and connections with lobbyists.

What have you done to stop tolls? Marcus: She said she has been opposed to the tolls since she first ran for statewide office in 2014. It’s unfortunate where we are now, but, given where we are, we have to work with the governor to stop this toll plan. The GOP has made it impossible to change the Cintra contract based on their opposition to the Democratic governor. Tarte: The incumbent said his No. 1 goal is getting the toll lanes cancelled.

He said he has worked for four years against the toll roads, meeting with two governors in an effort to stop them. He was part of the first key meeting of anti-toll forces at the old Michael Waltrip Raceworld, organized by Cornelius resident John “Mac” McAlpine. Teachers and education Tarte: He said the conversation about education should begin with better teacher and better outcomes, not necessarily higher pay. Marcus: She said per pupil spending is “by no means an irrelevant factor.” She said North Carolina was recently ranked 49th in the nation in terms of schools for teachers. Both candidates discussed the need to improve access to health care. Tarte said expanding Medicaid was a bad idea, while Marcus said there are 500,000 to 650,000 working families who do not have access to health care. End Notes: Tarte, a Cornelius resident, is seeking his fourth term in the state Senate,

NC House candidates discuss goals and priorities

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Christy Clark, Democrat

John Bradford, Republican (incumbent)

I-77 Tolls: Work alongside Gov. Cooper and the NCDOT to develop real solutions to I-77. Toll roads are one tool that could help pay for highways. But the I-77 toll lane is a case study in what not to do. It’s not just about a high toll fee or a 50-year contract. It’s about a community that did not have an opportunity to voice their concerns. It’s going to take political courage and bi-partisan cooperation to make the necessary changes. I will work with the General Assembly and the governor to support his plan to have the state take over the contract.

I-77 Tolls: Since first being elected to the NC House I have passed legislation to terminate the current contract with Cintra. Earlier his year, I was the only legislator along with five other local community leaders that met with the Governor and formally requested that an I-77 advisory committee be created. In the last legislative session, I unanimously passed legislation in the NC House that created a reserve funding account to accrue annual surplus monies from the NCDOT Highway and Highway Trust funds for the sole purpose of being used for contract modification or termination. I will continue John Bradford to seek legislative solutions to modify or terminate the contract, create a funding mechanism to pay any contractual termination fees, and help find a more equitable voting methodology in the MPO for North Mecklenburg.

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Healthcare: Expand coverage to include the over 600,000 people who fall into the gap. Health care isn’t just a talking point for me, it’s personal. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. After a six-hour surgery that saved my life, I was led to the billing department of the hospital where I learned what my insurance didn’t cover. As shocking as that number was, I am one of the lucky ones who is covered by medical insurance. Some 600,000 North Carolinians fall in the medical coverage gap. We can no longer deny them the security of healthcare. If elected, I would expand Medicaid in North Carolina. We are already paying federal taxes for Medicaid expansion but our money is being sent to other states. When we expand Medicaid, we will bring billions of dollars back to our state. This will create an estimated 40,000 jobs in the healthcare sector. Decreasing the number of people without health insurance will lower health care costs for everyone because hospitals will no longer have to pass along the costs of uninsured patients to others. Gerrymandering: The right to vote is a bedrock of our democracy. Our elections should be free, fair and accessible. Gerrymandering puts political power over the will of the people. It was wrong when Democrats did it, and it’s wrong now. I’ve taken a pledge to support independent non-partisan redistricting. North Carolina should get back to the way our democracy is meant to be with fair maps and fair elections. Every person should feel their vote counts.

Schools: CMS recently red-lined Huntersville and Cornelius from receiving capital funding for new schools as a retaliatory action against our Town’s desire to have additional options for creating new municipal managed schools. Hough High School, for example, is currently at 116 percent capacity, and the recently passed $922 million in CMS bonds do not include funding for any new traditional public schools in the three North Mecklenburg towns. I believe CMS has egregiously overstepped their bounds by red-lining our Towns as opposed toto address the future needs of our students. If re-elected and called upon by the local elected Town officials to study/create a smaller, more localized school District, I am prepared to work with all parties to help find the very best solution that will put the needs of our students first. Small Business: I am a husband, father and entrepreneur. I own and operate two different companies located right here in District 98 and have created over 60 local jobs for our community. I am one of the few legislators with large corporate and small business experience. I understand first-hand the importance of tax-reform to put more money back in the pockets of hard-working families. As Chairman of Regulatory Reform, I have helped remove burdensome business regulations so small business owners can create jobs and achieve economic prosperity.

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Cornelius begins search for Public Safety Director Wants ads placed by the town say a new public safety director will conduct reviews of ’ programs, staffing levels, and call volume.’ Pictured are Commissioner Gordon and Police Chief O’Hara from ‘Batman’ 1966-68 BY DAVE VIESER Cornelius has begun advertising for a public safety director, adding a new administrative layer between Town Manager Andrew Grant and the chiefs of the town’s fire and police departments. However, it is unclear whether the position, budgeted at $100,000 annually, will be filled by an individual or a consultant. The Town Board has directed the town manager to investigate retaining continued from page 4

where he has served as Chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee. He has also been a member of a number of other committees including the Commerce and Job Development, Education, Energy /Public Utilities, Environment, and Finance Committees. Marcus, a Davidson resident, was a private attorney as well as a law clerk. She earned her BA in Public Policy from Hamilton College and her law degree from the Duke University School of Law. She is also a member of the Davidson Town Advisory Board for bikeways, trailways and greenways. VOTE One stop/early voting runs 7 am to 7 pm, weekdays through Nov. 2 as well as Saturday Oct. 27 from 10 to 5, Sunday Oct. 28 1-4, and Saturday Nov. 3 from 8 to 1. Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 6. Polls will be open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. There are four Election Day polling places in Cornelius: Community in Christ Lutheran Church, Jetton Park, Bethel Presbyterian Church and Cornelius Town Hall. Contact the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections at 704-336-2133 if you are unsure of where to vote.

a consulting firm or hiring an employee/contractor. “I’ll evaluate the interested firms and potential candidates, and then make a recommendation to the Town Board,” Grant said. Ads seeking applicants for the position have been placed with the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the International City/County Management Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Police Chiefs. Grant said he hoped to begin interviewing prospective candidates within the next several weeks and have a recommendation by late fall or early

winter. In the ad placed by the town, it states that “this position will conduct on-going reviews of each departments’ programs, staffing levels, call volume, etc. to ensure both departments are operating effectively and efficiently in the short-, mid- and long-term. This position will evaluate facility needs and capital needs for both departments.” While it is structured to address both police and fire department issues, it was the fire department which caught the majority of attention during this year’s budget adoption process. Immediate concern was placed on salaries, but the bigger picture includes a decision on what type of fire department the town should have. There was a backlash over firefighter pay during the budget hearing process this past spring, with firefighters and residents packing Town Hall not long before the budget was supposed to be adopted. Commissioner Dave Gilroy said the new job will help the town make critical decisions in a “non-political” atmosphere.

Right now the town’s fire department is classified as a part-time paid/ volunteer department, a separate 501(c) 6 -tax exempt entity that operates in a contractual relationship with the Town. The department is staffed by part-time paid firefighters and supplemented by a small group of volunteers. Most of the part-timers are fulltime firefighters elsewhere, mostly in Charlotte. The new Director of Public Safety or consultant will likely have to focus on this structure to ascertain if it is best for the town’s future. The position was not in the proposed budget but was later added by the Town Board prior to the budget’s adoption—a somewhat unusual occurrence. At the time of the budget hearings in spring, not everyone was pleased with the town board’s decision to add the $100,000 position. One resident, Kristen Enwright, who had previously lobbied for higher firefighter salaries, said “Unlike you, I have full confidence in the expertise and experience of the fire and police chief.”

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Here’s a roadmap to transportation bonds

BY DAVE VIESER The Town of Cornelius has a $24 million bond referendum for transportation improvements on the ballot. It will help fund seven large-scale NCDOT projects worth $112 million. In other words, every town dollar will generate almost $4 from NCDOT for major road projects.

What are some of the benefits besides new roads? Bond funds will accelerate seven road and intersection projects by as much as 20 years. Some of the projects include widening West Catawba Avenue and US 21, which will significantly improve congestion and safety. The bond issue will also fund pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. including new sidewalks, bike lanes, and multi-purpose paths.

Will town property taxes go up if the referendum is approved? If so, when and how much? According to the town’s financial forecast, the property tax rate may increase by 1 cent as a result of the bonds starting in Fiscal Year 2020. A penny tax increase for a home valued at $300,000 would equate to a $30 tax hike annually. (Many factors influence if and how much the tax rate might change, such as future interest rates and timing regarding exactly when the bonds are issued. Additionally, revenue and expenditure changes, legislative changes and operational decisions will impact the town’s tax rate in future years regardless of whether the bonds are approved.)

Is there a time frame to use the funds?

Cornelius voters are being asked to cast their ballots in favor of $24 million in transportation bonds The town would have at least seven years to sell the bonds. However, it can receive an extension for an additional three years, if necessary. Voters approved a similar referendum in 2013 and some of that money has not yet been spent. Why do we need another one now? All of the transportation bonds that were approved in 2013 were previously earmarked for specific road and intersection projects. All of these projects are either complete or under development, with some beginning construction within the next 12 months. The potential seven projects being considered as part of the 2018 November referendum are all different and need a new funding source to be constructed.

Will any of the funds be used on I-77? No. If approved, these funds will go toward improving our local road network—the roads that allow residents to travel around town to and from home, school, work, shopping, and also for providing short-distance alternatives to I-77.

How are the interest rates determined? Market conditions at the time the bonds are sold will certainly influence interest rates. Additionally, whenever the Town sells bonds on the bond market, it must be rated by at least one rating agency. For several years, the Town has received the highest rating possible, AAA, by Standard & Poor’s. The higher the rating, the lower the interest rate and cost to borrow.

Have other similar municipalities utilized transportation bonds like these? Municipal transportation bonds are very common everywhere. Transportation bonds are used by various jurisdictions for both local projects and to partner with state transportation agencies—just as Cornelius is partnering with NCDOT. If the referendum is approved but it is determined at a later date that the funds are not needed, can they be used for other purposes, such as parks or

the arts center? They would not be allowed to be used for other purposes.

How soon can the funds be used? It takes about three or four months to go through the actual process of selling bonds and receiving the proceeds. The Town forecasts that it will need to sell the first phase of the bonds in 2020 to allow for funding to be in hand in time for the commencement of the road and intersection projects.

Would approval of the referendum have any impact on the town’s credit rating? An actual referendum approval by the voters will not have an impact on the Town’s bond rating.

Town Manager Andrew Grant and staff helped compile answers.

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Cornelius QuikTrip: At a crossroads BY DAVE VIESER QuikTrip’s arrival in Cornelius has been anything but quick. Efforts to reach a consensus on traffic patterns at Hwy. 21 and Catawba Avenue have gone in circles. Then, too, this part of the gateway to the east side sits forlorn and QT says it may lease the property rather than redevelop it. Officials at QuikTrip as well as Cashion’s and nearby businesses oppose the twin roundabouts. Think of them as barbells situated north and south, above and below Catawba. The twin roundabouts now planned by the NCDOT are different from the original “quad” approach which would route left-turning eastbound motorists in a circle similar to Hwy. 73 and Hwy. 21 in Huntersville. Doing a quad would result in the loss of several homes on South Hill Drive and many Smithville residents who are opposed, say it would do irreparable harm to the historic African-American neighborhood. Meanwhile, the clock is running on the availability of I-77 toll lane bonus allocation funds which would help fund intersection improvements. “If the DOT decides to use the twin roundabout plan, we will not be devel-

oping a store in the town of Cornelius,” said QT spokesman Mike Thornbrugh. “We will try to find someone to lease it, but that is unlikely given the amount of money we have spent. There is a good chance it will remain empty,” he said. Nearby residents, though, are in favor of the twin roundabout plan and want no part of the quad design. “The quad would have taken out several lots and it would have divided the Smithville community,” said Lisa Mayhew, a founder of the Smithville Community Coalition. “Action such as this often leads to the death of communities.” Mayhew emphasized her point by noting that the residents who would have been displaced by the quad are African American, seniors, handi-

capped and a veteran. The DOT has been soliciting public comment on the twin roundabout/ barbell design, with an Oct. 31 cutoff. With NCdot “bonus allocation” funds sunsetting soon, the pressure is on. Further complicating the decision making process is Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in any program or activity which receives federal funds or any federal assistance. Mayhew believes Smithville is just such a “protected” community. “We’re the oldest intact community of primarily African-Americans in northern Mecklenburg County, going back to 1870. We’ve survived both national and local discrimination, but

since we formed our coalition in 2011, we’ve been on a path of revitalization,” Mayhew said. As much as Smithville opposes the quad plan, local businesses feel the same way about the twin roundabout/ barbell plan. “Simply stated, this twin roundabout design will cause us to close our Exit 28 store,” said owner Gordon Cashion of the nearby Cashion’s Store, it’s busiest by volume. “We are a pass-by destination, and once people do the loops needed to reach us, they will not come back, but rather go to a convenience store with easier access. It will crush us. “ Mayhew said she understands his concerns. “We’re sympathetic to businesses like Cashion’s, which have been here for a long time, but we are not willing to give up our neighborhood.” Where will this end up? A courtroom is a possibility. When asked how much money QT has spent thus far on the Cornelius project, Thornbrugh demurred. “We’re going to decline to answer at this point because of potential litigation.” In paperwork shared publicly with the town, QuikTrip said it has pumped $3.8 million into the site.


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Cornelius fraudster Rich Davis checks into prison in Alabama

Mug Shot Davis now resides in Montgomery Air Force Base Federal Prision Camp BY DAVE YOCHUM Velveeta is $2.95, Vienna sausages are $2.55 and Spam is 90 cents at the Montgomery Air Force Base Federal Prison Camp, which Richard Wyatt Davis Jr. now calls home. Davis, 42, lived the high life in a 5,800-square-foot lakefront mansion on Belle Isle Drive. Now he’s prisoner No. 33303-058 in Alabama. His release date is April 4, 2025. Neighbors on Belle Isle say the father of two was a good neighbor. Davis was the Lake Norman Chamber’s Business Person of the Year winner in 2011 and written up in the Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 feature. He also relied on a shrewd strategy to rope in some 75 victims, defrauding them of $9.3 million in phony investments. Davis spoke at events for survivalists and “preppers,” cleverly targeting

victim-investors who were fearful of the stock market and the banking system. Davis preyed on fears of traditional financial markets and took advantage of people who seemed to to share his views about where the country is heading. For tax years 2009 through 2012, Davis transferred more than $5 million of investor funds into bank accounts in his own name and in the names of Richard Davis Enterprises and Davis Financial Inc. Court records show that a number of Davis’s victim investors had rolled over their entire retirement savings into his funds. His appeal was as fundamental as the need for water and assets like gold—which comes in handy when paper money is worthless. His companies—including DCG Real Assets and H2O LLC—said investor funds would go into natural resources as well as as real estate, gold

mines and water production, touting these investments as a safe alternative to the stock market. Here’s what Davis’ LinkedIn page said: “We are creating a higher standard of purity for the water we use and drink every day, and we are holding providers accountable to that standard for the health and welfare of ourselves, our families, and our loved ones today and into the future.” According to the indictment, Davis spent the money for “families and our loved ones” on personal items, including vacation homes, nannies and a groundskeeper. Davis used some of these funds, as well as funds directly out of other accounts of Davis’s businesses, on personal expenditures totaling over $2 million. He filed false tax returns for 2009 and 2011, which reflected negative total income. He failed to file individual income tax returns for 2010 and 2012. Montgomery holds a lot of drug offenders who don’t have histories of violence, according to Prison Professors, a consulting firm for—believe it or not—well-heeled types who must do time. Crimes include mail fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud and securities fraud. Montgomery, also known as Maxwell, is located on a military base, and it’s larger than most federal prison camps. “Maxwell [Montgomery] has a reputation for being a good place to serve a federal prison term,” Prison Professors, which is run by ex-cons, says.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. said Davis engaged in “very significant fraudulent conduct” for a long period of time, putting “victims in a position from which they can never recover.” In addition to 90 months in prison at Montgomery Federal Prison Camp, Davis was sentenced to two years of supervised release. The investigation was handled by the US Secret Service and IRS Criminal Investigations Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny G. Sugar of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Bradley of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville prosecuted the case. Davis also had a personal chef, according to the indictment. Now he’s got his just deserts, and maybe desserts as well. Oatmeal pies at the Montgomery commissary are $1.70. Donut Sticks are $1.90.

Davis Related Companies • DCG Real Assets, LLC • DCG Commercial Fund I, LLC • H20, LLC • DCG PMG, LLC • DCG PMF, LLC • Finely Limited, LLC • DCG Funds Underwriting, LLC • DCG ABF Management, LLC • DCG Funds Management, LLC • Davis Capital Group, Inc. • Davis Financial, Inc. • DCG Partners, LLC • DCG Real Estate Development, LLC • Huntersville Plaza Phase One, LLC • Huntersville Plaza Phase Two, LLC • North Lake Business Park, LLC

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Home prices still on the rise in and around North Meck

Lot for sale: $1.65 million Only in Cornelius: An empty lot on Bethelwood Lane is for sale at—brace yourself—$1.65 million. It’s lakefront, of course, and it’s two-thirds of an acre. It’s also one indication residential real estate prices remain strong, although it looks like the rate of price gains is slowing down. Measured from their peak in 20062007, home prices are up onlyπ around 3.5 percent, based on surveys in 20 large markets like Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, Tampa and Washington D.C. Year over year, the S&P Core Logic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, says prices are up about 6 percent. Charlotte prices year-over-year are up 5.6 percent according to Case-Shiller, not a bad thing in the world of residential real estate where slow and steady is better than sharp spikes in either direction.

The lot on Bethelwood was once part of the Hall family farm, back when farming was the principal endeavor in Cornelius. An old barn was torn down on the property, making room for a 5,000-plus square foot home. Tear-downs are a thing in Cornelius where waterfront lots for luxury homes are few and far between. “A lot of buyers like the idea of new construction, and some don’t like the idea of going in and tearing down an existing home,” Pape says. In other local real estate news, former Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula has sold his English cottage inspired house in the La Reserve section of The Peninsula in three days. The 3,753-square foot house sold for $1.135 million. Shula is now the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator for the New York football Giants.

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The Hough High School Model United Nations Team competed in the UNC-Charlotte Carolinas Conference, earning Honorable Delegates and Distinguished Delegates awards. The team is led by Hough’s AP Government teacher Vickie Waddell and AP Human Geography teacher Elizabeth Duckworth. Left to right are: MacKenna Hanson, Jackie Jewel, Hayley Tinder and Grace Phillips.

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Secret Sauce Recipe No. 1 With just 250 projects a year, planning is a “Piece of Cake.” Apologies for mixing metaphors, but it is appropriate to examine the hard work of Assistant Town Manager Wayne Herron and see how uniquely this unassuming man can get so much done with apparent ease. Prior to being promoted to his current position, Wayne was our Director of Planning. During that time and with a relatively small staff of seven, he put in place a system of review and management that is working miracles for both developers and our Town. Without going too deep into the details, Wayne guided the re-writing of our zoning codes and developed a system of review that is both efficient and fair to all. When you think that it can take up to five months to work through a larger project and up to 100 hours of staff time, it is amazing just how well respected the Town’s processes are by builders, citizens, and elected officials. I find Wayne’s work ethic to be this side of amazing. Recently, I received a call from a concerned neighbor about the Catawba Widening Project and it potential effect on a family home purchase. Mr. Herron took time out of his busy day to meet with the folks and explain in detail all of the ramifications of their potential purchase. They spoke with me later and were so very pleased with his help. This kind of thing happens every day with this talented man.

Together with Wayne’s planning staff, keeping uncontrolled growth at bay is the hallmark and mission of a very special group of regular, but special folks, the Cornelius Planning Board. Members of the group are selected based upon skill sets, intelligence and geographic diversity. The Board hears dozens of requests from developers in the course of each year. While the board does not address all building/zoning requests it does deal with a ton of them. Each month, it meets with “requesters” of projects of significant impact to our community. Discussions start with a pre-development session that helps find issues before builders expend funds on a project that might not fit. Detailed examination by staff and board members allows for better project development and more likely approvals. It is a rare thing when the Board of Commissioners does not support a Planning Board recommendation.

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Our Town

Secret Sauce Recipe No. 2 Let’s face it: We are not Los Angeles, Chicago or Huntersville. The Town of Cornelius is a unique and growing town with a history that it celebrates on a regular basis. It does so through not only historic preservation, but also through verbal and pictorial history as well as regular celebration. Two special “Secret Saucers” making things happen are Jessica Boye and Jack Conard. Jessica is vice chair of the Historic Preservation Committee; Jack is a lifelong resident who preserves our history by taking and collecting photos year after year.

So How Do You Celebrate History? Historic Preservation is more than just saving old homes and buildings. For the Historic Preservation Committee it is about a continuing effort to preserve the historic heritage of Cornelius. This effort involves exploring the community and finding historic gold. It is about educating citizens and community leaders about the value of preservation. And, it is about outreach and creating partnerships with neighborhoods, long-lived residents, and those governing bodies that can assist with preservation. But it involves so much more! Perhaps you’ve never been on the Cornelius Historic Walking Tour with guide Kathryn McClellen. A recent tour attracted over 80 interested folk and set a record for participation. Then there is “Tawba Walk” that attracts hundreds of neighbors to good food, games, music and history. At the “TW” are historic exhibits, arts and crafts booths, and items for sale of every type and description. Besides the great fun and good food, these events bring the community together.

The Mystery of the Missing Scales The First Friday social get-togethers and the “Tawba Walks” offer a close look at our Town and how it lives and

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The Planning Board Keith Eicher (Chair) Lee Peterson (Vice Chair) Danielle Miller Joseph Dean Susan Johnson Michael Osborne Hardy McConnell Cameron Bearder Edward Marxen Phil Bechtold

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Aquesta reports lower net as portfolio of loans increases

Aquesta Bank headquarters Aquesta Financial Holdings, the parent company of Aquesta Bank, reports third-quarter net income fell from $757,000 (19 cents per share) last year to $702,000 (17 cents per share) for the three months ended Sept. 30. Jim Engel, CEO, said loan and deposit growth were good, despite the fact that earnings were muted due to larger

loan loss provisions in part related to significant loan portfolio growth and system conversion costs.

Loans up 20.5% Aquesta reported loan growth of $47 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, a 20.5 percent (annualized) increase.

“While we intend to increase focus on profits in 2019, growth of the franchise remains fundamental to our business strategy,” Engel said. The only bank headquartered in North Mecklenburg also reported that deposits rose $33 million for the first three quarters, an annualized increase of 17.8 percent. Net income and capital were positively impacted by a gain of $1.7 million for the sale of Aquesta’s insurance company in the second quarter of 2018. Nonperforming assets at Sept. 30 of this year were at $558,000 compared to $27,000 at the same time last year. The increase in non-performing assets relates to a single loan which was taken into other real estate owned during the third quarter of this year.

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

Cornelius 9/18/18 $750,000 Raul & M=Nildsa Vargas to Gerhard Baldaeus & Amy Gross, 17515 Springwinds Dr. 9/18/18 $205,000 Patricia Leclere to Ann Maria Escobar, 10950 Shelly Renee Dr. 9/18/18 $105,000 LKN Property Pros to Donna Pokorney, 19834 Feriba Pl. 9/18/18 $391,000 Cathy Onan to David Nelson & William McManus, 9603 Rosalyn Glen Rd. 9/18/18 $499,000 Maureen Biedron & Henry Labudzki to Madeline Lerme, 13110 Hazelbrook Ln. 9/19/18 $390,000 Kyle & Janette Hendershott to Leah Boyer, 2023 Northport Dr. 9/19/18 $232,000 Michael Best to Roger Hamilton, 19916 Lamp Lighters Way 9/19/18 $321,500 South Creek Homes to Marlene Greco, 11127 Bailey Park Nature Dr. 9/19/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 342 Bailey’s Glen 9/19/18 $235,000 Geneal Matheny to Robert & Betsy Whicker, 11431 Talleys Way

19140 Peninsula Club Drive in Cornelius for $1,135,000 9/24/18 $291,500 James & Erin Poole to Diane & William Fries, 9912 Caldwell Depot Rd.

9/28/18 $470,000 Grant & Frances Lawrence to Michael & Kathleen Murphy, 2031 Bishops Ct.

9/24/18 $701,000 Classica Homes to William & Victoria Miles, 17814 Jetton Green Loop

9/28/18 $310,000 Kathleen Braun to Josephine Fiumara, Lisa Wint, Anne Marie O’Neill, 18840 Nautical Dr. Unit 71

9/24/18 $1,135,000 Michael & Shari Shula to Robert & Olga Orshaw, 19140 Peninsula Club Dr. 9/25/18 $480,500 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Jill Reagan, 12135 Potts Plantation Cir.

9/21/18 $295,000 Graham & Monica Towers to Elisha Duncan 18311 Victoria Bay Dr.

9/26/18 $345,000 Barbara Zito & Richard Mooney to James & Louisa Hocutt, 19628 Coachmans Trace

9/21/18 $607,000 John & Kerrin Chapman to William & Renee Hornor, 9117 Robbins Preserve Rd.

9/27/18 $842,000 Paul & Margaret Dubois to Megan Lineberger, 18933 Peninsula Point Dr.

9/21/18 $386,000 South Creek Homes to Myrna Rosas, 11142 Bailey Park Nature Dr.

9/27/18 $835,000 Scott & Mary Deininger to Kristopher & Adeba Barney, 18802 Peninsula Club Dr.

9/21/18 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 355 Bailey’s Glen

9/27/18 $539,500 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Steve & Kathleen Riddle, 16006 Lakeside Loop Ln.

9/21/18 $260,000 Dianne Klekamp to Mark & Lavonne Dimitroff, 20309 Harroway Dr.

9/28/18 $261,000 John & Mary Barger to Patricia Kirk, 19319 Beauvais St.

10/2/18 $307,000 John & Elizabeth Wytiaz to Walter & Naomi Loewe, 11423 Potters Row 10/2/18 $375,000 John Everett & Argent Trust Co. to Richard Johnson & Sharon Meadows, 18724

Nautical Dr. Unit 1 10/3/18 $220,500 Tammie Wilson to Luxor SFR SPV 1, 11242 Heritage Green Dr. 10/3/18 $247,000 Wasim & Adrienne Al-Abed to Laura & Eusebio Villamor Jr., 10223 Bon Meade Ln. 10/3/18 $243,000 Wilda Holloway to Charles & Alexandria Nichols, 19708 Copperfield Pl. 10/4/18 $235,000 Christopher Tuttle to Andrii & Olena Sambur, 925

18933 Peninsula Point Drive in Cornelius for $842,000 continued on page 20

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Home Sales 10/18/18 $298,000 Denise Vick to Lori Anne Westwood, 7619 Mariner Cove Dr.

Davidson 9/18/18 $360,000 Dorothea Hollowell to Judith Judy, Lot 135 A New Neighborhood in Old Davidson 9/19/18 $291,000 Fairhills/RLT Harbor Place Brownstoness to Thomas German & Leeryn Howard, 249 Harbour Place Dr. 9/21/18 $540,000 Bart DiLiddo to Philip & Kendall Whitley, 18434 River Ford Dr. 9/21/18 $508,000 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Hua Han, 16905 Setter Point Ln. 9/27/18 $433,500 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Luke & Amber Hamilton, 15527 Laverack Ln.

18802 Peninsula Club Drive in Cornelius for $835,000 continued from page 18

Ducati Ln. 10/5/18 $375,000 Jill & Frank Rotunda to Brenda Alloway, 20046 Northport Dr. 10/5/18 $365,000 Fourcees Investments to Kenneth Konchan, 8742 Village Harbor Dr. Unit 33 10/5/18 $275,000 Brenda Alloway to Corey & Meghan Fitzgerald, 19241 Beaufain St. Unit 16 10/5/18 $448,500 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Andrew & Kelley Washburn, 12111 Potts Plantation Cir. 10/9/18 $499,000 Thomas & Gina Wieten to Daniel & Beth Lozano, 20248 Marblehead Ct. 10/9/18 $245,000 Luke & Amber Hamilton to Benjamin Robertson & Tashina Ellingson, 10032 Caldwell Depot Rd. 10/10/18 $400,000 Mark & Minta Silvaggio to Ian & Anne Kane, 20901 Decora Dr. 10/11/18 $270,000 Karen Davis to Richard & Stephanie Fair, 19027 Natalie Michelle Ln.

10/12/18 $396,000 Leonard & Kathy Kreicas to Wanda Briggs, 11722 Meetinghouse Dr.

10/18/18 $245,000 Taff & Ellen Kraatz to Jacqueline & Desiree Cumpston, 18627 Victoria Bay Dr.

10/12/18 $253,000 Zachary & Jeani Orr to Glen Chacon & Isveth Alonzo, 17313 Shadow Bark Dr.

10/18/18 $265,000 Jack Wodock to John Skieczius, 20132 Amy Lee Dr.

10/15/18 $230,000 Paul & Gayle Levesque to Margaret Ruggieri, 19523 Deer Valley Dr.

10/18/18 $183,000 Jacqueline Jacobson to Karen Autrey, 10645 Trolley Run Dr.

9/27/18 $465,500 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Joel & Erica Meinen, 17405 Shearer Rd. 9/27/18 $377,500 Standard Pacific of the Carolinas to Myk Investment Properties, 15531 Laverack Ln. 9/28/18 $415,500 Lisa & Gary Christmas Jr. to Opendoor Property N, 18537 Boulder Rock Loop 10/5/18 $353,000 Jack Smith Jr.

10/15/18 $250,000 Caitlin Padfield & Erick Gendron to Robert Keenan, 9402 Jornada Ln. 10/15/18 $405,000 Nicholas & Kalpana White to Charles Vannoy & Kathlene Nassif, 20305 Queensdale Dr. 10/15/18 $334,000 Casey & Heather Down to Vivek & Sharon Mahtani, 10526 Quarrier Dr. 10/16/18 $370,000 Melinda McChristy to Kenneth & Tina Crockett, 18525 Harborside Dr. Unit 8, Cornelius 10/17/18 $461,500 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Octavio Salazar & Maria Solanilla, 16128 Lakeside Loop Ln.

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Modern Dad

Thankful for a life well lived Bob Herberger would have been 98 years old this week but he died last month in a nursing home in Texas. He was my grandfather. Bob was quiet and kind. Thoughtful and giving. He loved desserts, prime rib, reading books, fishing, and smiling at a pretty lady. He had one beer every day at 5 o’clock until the doctors told him he no longer could. Bob lived so long that he was retired for longer than he worked. Bob lived so long his cardigans came back into style - twice. Bob lived so long he was bald nearly four times longer than he had hair. Bob lived so long that his adult grand children are now old enough to forget many of the memories we made with him. In the days after he died, it bothered me that I couldn’t recall a lot of memories involving him. I spent so much time with him but I could only dig up enough memories to count on my hands. And then a few days later, while folding laundry, I decided that maybe it’s not the number of memories you have about someone that’s most important. Maybe how you feel about a person is a result of all those memories that you forgot. Bob was a great grandpa. He was a great grandpa because he was a great grandpa, and not because he lived long enough for his grandchildren to have kids. I do remember some things… I remember learning blackjack from him when I was ten. Thanks to Bob I was the only kid my age who knew you never hit on 15 when the dealer was showing a six. I remember his teeth in a glass on the sink in the middle of the night when I got up to pee. I remember watching him fish off the back of his aluminum bass boat with his cane pole, staring at the lake while patiently waiting for a bite, and then meticulously fileting the bluegills and frying them in butter. I remember watching him care for

Betty, his wife of 57 years, after she suffered a debilitating stroke. He somehow picked her up out of the car and put her in a wheelchair when most people his age couldn’t pick themselves out of a car. I remember the time Betty – sitting in her wheelchair in their living room - retold the story about Bob trying to towel her off after her bath that morning. Bob stood behind her, shrugged, and smiled. After Betty died, I remember picking him up at the airport. When he walked off the plane he patted his post-bladder-cancer colostomy bag and said, “Gotta hit the bathroom real quick, this thing only holds two beers.” Sometimes he had more than one beer. I remember when I was in my late 20s and I found a picture of Bob when he was around the same age. Bob had no hair. And that’s when I realized why I had no hair. I remember him sitting in the shade reading large print romance novels. I remember him with a smile on his face dancing with every woman at my wedding. And while I wasn’t there to witness it, I will always remember the story of the two young nurses in his assisted-living facility standing over his body minutes after Bob had passed.

Eat your dessert, tell everyone they’re your favorite, have a beer at 5, live long

“He always told me I was his favorite,” said one. “What? He told me the same thing,” said the other. I most easily recall being a kid and sitting in his basement while he created things from nothing. Puzzles and ships and stained glass and wood trains and shelves and countless other things. Until he died I didn’t realize how many things he built that I have around our house now. When I sit in my office I look at a wooden model replica of the Charles W Morgan, which he built after I’d visited the massive old whaling ship during a high school field trip.

Bob Herberger and Modern Dad circa 1978

When the Blonde Bomber brushes her teeth in the morning and looks in the mirror, she sees a stained glass butterfly that Bob made when I was around her age. Future Man has Bob’s stained glass antique cars on the window in his room. When I play Uno with my kids, they play with the same wooden card holders that Bob made for us as kids. Betty’s painting of the ocean, which has hung wherever I’ve lived for the last 20 years, hangs in our guest room surrounded by the frame that Bob made for it. Bob was lucky to live a long life surrounded by people who loved him, but the truth is that we’re all luckier to have had him in our lives. We could all learn from Bob’s patience. We could all learn from his kindness. We could all learn from his satisfaction in experiencing the simple things. Fry the fish in butter. Eat the dessert. Read the book. Drink the beer when the clock strikes five. And when you get old, if your wife gets sick and you have to take care of her, make sure you’re waiting for her outside of the shower each day with a towel and a smile. Jon Show lives in Robbins Park with his wife, who he calls the “Mother of Dragons.” His 9-year-old son is “Future Man,” and 5-year-old daughter is “The Blonde Bomber.”

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Cornelius 9/11/18 BMRE LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 18301 Shearwater Ln. 9/11/18 Troutman Trace LLC, Michael Hannon, 19810 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. F2 9/12/18 CFS West LLC, Nole PLLC, 17039 Kenton Dr. 3rd Floor 9/12/18 GraceMed Training Institute LLC, Tammy Allen, 9249 Portage Dr. Unit #103 9/12/18 Harding Capital LLC, Nolen PLLC, 17039 Kenton Dr. 3rd Floor 9/12/18 Innovative Distribution LLC, Innovative Holdings Cornelius Inc., 10228 Bailey Rd. Ste. 206 9/12/18 Innovative Speed Shop LKN LLC, Innovative Holdings Cornelius Inc., 10228 Bailey Rd. Ste. 206 9/13/18 16810 Flying Jib LLC, Christi Johnson, 16810 Flying Jib Rd. 9/13/18 Unified Strength LLC, Christopher T. Lee II, 20929 Sterling Bay Ln. East Unit K 9/17/18 AVL Distributing LLC, Vincent Russo, 10304 Squires Way 9/18/18 Adonai LLC, James Hodge, 10425 Watoga Way 9/18/18 Magnetic Practice LLC, Joshua Pyle, 19024 Mountainview Dr. 9/18/18 Midlakes RE LLC, David Michael Modin Jr., 19810 W. Catawba Ave. #A1 9/19/18 Interior Details and Solutions of Lake Norman LLC, Adam Berkey, 19715 Tryon St. 9/19/18 Riding Dirty LLC, R. Todd Hirschfeld, 18540 Starcreek Dr. 9/19/18 Sans the Label LLC, Hailey Smith, 9805 Parma Dr. Apt. 203 9/19/18 Sustained Security Solutions LLC, Rose M. Miller, 11719 Meetinghouse Dr. 9/20/18 Dupree Commercial Real Estate LLC, Michael L. Dupree II,

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16930 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 205 9/20/18 Reed Flierl Construction Services LLC, Reed D. Flierl, 17415 Grand Central Way 9/21/18 HRH Holdings LLC, Innovative Holdings Cornelius Inc., 10228 Bailey Rd. Ste. 206 9/24/18 JLB Legacy Properties LLC, Melissa G. Lynch, 16215 Sasanoa Dr. 9/24/18 Y&W Cleaning Services LLC, Yuribeth Mora, 8918 Washam Potts Rd. 9/25/18 Conjure the Good LLC, Heather Emerson, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr. #782 9/25/18 David Dunn RE LLC, David Dunn, 16704 Yardarm Ln. 9/25/18 K Matt Finance LLC, Kimberle Matthews, 20425 Harbor View Dr. 9/25/18 Selwyn Farms Holdings LLC, Anne Forester, 10404 Watoga Way

9/27/18 S. McLaughlin Sales LLC, Sean McLaughlin, 22410 Market St. Unit 2327 9/28/18 SouthEnd ARTS, Rocky M. Cabagnot, 19109 W. Catawba Ave. Ste. 200 9/28/18 Vulcan Construction Company, Steven M. Goodman, 17822 Overland Forest Dr. 10/1/18 DCMB Inc., John F. Hanzel, 194250-G Liverpool Pkwy. 10/1/18 RCM Development Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy. 10/1/18 Sandfield at Water’s Edge LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy. 10/2/18 Londry & Modlin IV DDS PLLC, David Michael Modlin Jr., 19810 W. Catawba Ave. A1 10/2/18 Redeemed the Movie LLC, Vickie Adams, 21308 Nautique Blvd. Apt. 303 10/3/18 Bear Poplar Farms LLC, Olee Joel Olsen Jr., 20035 Jetton Rd. Ste. D 10/3/18 C & S Mobile Car Cleaning Service LLC, Brandon Reid, 18705 The Commons Blvd. 10/4/18 Gretel and Associates LLC, Gretel Howell, 20305 Ketch Ct. 10/4/18 Nicole Begley Photography LLC, Nicole Begley, 12207 Potts

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Cornelius students board the bus for school Oct. 16. Cornelius now has an Educational Options Study Commission with an official mission. Its seven members will look at local education options ranging from operating a stand-alone municipal charter school to status quo, which means staying with a school system that seems to carry a grudge. The commission is a result of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education—without prior notice—adopting a policy in August which places four municipalities, including Cornelius, at the lowest priority for funding future capital projects and new schools. All of this, despite the fact that these

four towns are among the fastest growing areas in the CMS district. The new commission is a direct response to the controversial Municipal Concerns Act of 2018, which was adopted by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education Aug. 28. It effectively pushes Cornelius and Huntersville, as well as Mint Hill and Matthews, to the back of the bus for CMS construction money unless they back out of HB-514 and agree to not take any steps toward municipal charters for 15 years. HB-514 was a result of the CMS bond referendum last year in which there was nothing earmarked for new schools in North Mecklenburg.

Early voting under way in NC, Cornelius

George Bell, at the center with his daughter Cate, 9, is running for Superior Court Judge Oct. 17. Early voting got under way at 7 am today at Cornelius Town Hall and all across North Carolina. A new expanded schedule means voters can cast their ballots from 7 am to 7 pm, weekdays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 2, as well as Saturday Oct. 27 from 10 am-5 pm, Sunday Oct. 28 from 1-4 pm and 8

am to 1 pm Saturday Nov. 3. No local Cornelius town officials are on the ballot this year, but at the very bottom of the ballot, voters will be asked to approve a $24 million transportation bond package, to help the town leverage funds for major road improvements here. (Story, page 6)

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Crescent’s controversial Potts Street project stopped

Potts Street intersection A plan for 246 apartments on the Davidson/Cornelius town line near Potts Street has hit a dead end. Davidson’s Town Board has voted unanimously to reject Crescent Communities’ request for an extension of water and sewer service to the development. Roads to and from the proposed Davidson site traverse an area on North Main Street that sees plenty of congestion due to left-hand turns to the YMCA on Davidson Street and into Davidson on Potts Street just south of the railroad trestle. Cornelius and Davidson residents were against the project as soon as it

was proposed last year. “In my 13 years serving Cornelius on this board, I cannot think of a single, more objectionable project,” Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy said back in February. Charlotte Water deems the project an extension of service, meaning that the Davidson Town Board vote will prevail. This was welcome news for Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox. “There’s not a single person in the world except Crescent that wanted this project,” Knox said.

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Artist rendering of Cambridge Square If the Cambridge Square mixed use project proposed for West Catawba Avenue goes forward, developer David Smith may have to abide by a lengthy list of conditions, including the use of a gate at the entrance to the residential section. The town’s planning board recommended approving the project to the Town Board with 10 specific conditions. The elected Town Board will ulti-


mately pass judgment on the project. The 7.63 acre property at 18745 West Catawba Ave. would get two commercial buildings at the front and 20 single family homes to the rear. The developer is proposing to renovate the existing church building on the site, which was also once used as the North Mecklenburg Senior Center, for general commercial use.

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Lyssikatos celebrates 5 years as the owner of Port City “It was a great location and a good investment, but it was also a challenge,” Lyssikatos says. “The place was so big and had failed before, but it came along at the right time for me.” – Nick Lyssikatos

Lyssikatos says staffi ng is a constant challenge in restaurants Oct. 15. In just five years, Port City Club has become a fixture in the Lake Norman dining scene. Owned by Nick Lyssikatos, who also owns the Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, the 13,500 square foot space is one of the largest restaurants in Mecklenburg County.

It was formerly the home of Midtown Sundries and Latitude 36, both of which closed. It’s size is overwhelming to most restaurateurs: It had sat empty and forlorn for a year. “When I first saw the location, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with

it,” says Lyssikatos. “It’s an ideal location that provides indoor and outdoor space and we take full advantage of that 365 days a year.” With the Brickhouse Tavern going strong in Davidson, Lyssikatos has a very successful lakefront eatery under his command. “It was a great location and a good investment, but it was also a challenge,” Lyssikatos says. “The place was so big and had failed before, but it came along at the right time for me. I needed more space for patrons and events which I couldn’t accommodate at the much smaller Brickhouse Tav-

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ern, which was overflowing.” His major goal was to establish a chef-driven restaurant and the creative, versatile concept seems to work. He has also hosted hundreds of private parties, many of them during the holidays. Businesses from Charlotte have found that lakeside Port City is a much better and more reasonable venue for their events than the well-known but more expensive eateries in the Queen City. A busy Friday or Saturday can see 1,500 customers or more. In the midst of his climb to success, the biggest obstacle has been staffing. It’s a constant challenge for the restaurant industry. “We advertise for help from places like Johnson and Wales, and provide 2-4 weeks of training. Some make it, some don’t. Keep in mind that Port City is three or four times larger than the normal 150-seat restaurant, and it takes a lot of people to run it: servers, bar and kitchen staff, among others.” Pacing seating helps manage flow. “We don’t always fill all the tables at once in order to give the wait staff a chance to serve the customers they have and the kitchen a chance to cook items without being overwhelmed,” he said. Lyssikatos lives in Waxhaw with his wife Nannette and their two grown twins: Elizabeth and Kostas. His favorite hobby is photography. In fact he does most of the food photography for his restaurants. His work week is always seven days, splitting time between Brickhouse and Port City. If there were weeks with eight days, those who know him jokingly say he would work the eighth day too. But that’s always been Nick Lyssikatos’ key to success: Hard work.

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Top Women Reception 2018 Champagne, luxury vehicles, a pianist, chocolate strawberries, hors d’oeuvres and networking were all part of Business Today’s Top Women Champagne Reception and Expo at River Run Country Club Oct. 17. More than 100 women business leaders—and men as well—attended the 14th annual event recognizing local women who lead by example. Cornelius honorees include Lifetime Achievement winners Barbara Needham and Dixie Dean, as well as Class of 2018 winners Starr Miller, Tracey Stehle and Sharon Washam.


The Presenting Sponsor of the Top Women Awards was Duke Energy. Platinum sponsors were Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Novant Health. The Gold sponsor was Davidson Wealth Management. Silver sponsors included Continuum, Potter & Co., Rose & Associates and Uwharrie Bank. The Champagne Sponsor was Aquesta Bank. Expo participants included Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Cornelius Arts Center, Christmas Decor, Freedom Boat Club, SoundVision, Southlake Women’s HealthCare.

Karen Bentley, keynote speaker

Commissioner Pat Cotham, Class of 2015

Allen Tate executive Susan Tillis, Class of 2015

Barbara Brown Needham, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award, Ericka Cain, who received a Lifetime Achievment Award last year, with husband Bill Cain; NC Sen. Jeff Tarte and Donna Moffett, a Top Woman, with her husband Curt Needham and Karen Tovar, a 2016 Top Woman Class of 2016

Jace Kinley Thompson • January 15, 2013 ~ October 5, 2018 ‘Blessings’ We pray for blessings We pray for peace Comfort for family, protection while we sleep We pray for healing, for prosperity We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering All the while, You hear each spoken need Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things ‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near It began to rain as “Blessings” was sung at the October 8 candlelight vigil for 5 year old What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise Jace Thompson, son of Cornelius Police Captain Jennifer Thompson and North Carolina —By Laura Story Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Thompson.

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In a split decision, Town Board opts for kid-friendly speed on Jetton Online Headline Oct. 4

Town puts the brakes on truck parking From Chris Conroy Good for Publix, not so good for Harris Teeter. I know that intersection is ‘difficult’ but how does the town propose that residents who live ‘East’ will exit Harris Teeter to go that direction. I’m pretty sure the Jetton Cove neighborhood won’t like everyone cutting through to come out on Catawba at Bethel Church Rd. From Wes Calhoun Try crossing the intersection at the corner on Catawba leading into the Peninsula with kids on a bike. My son and myself were almost hit by two cars in a row! One right behind the other. I am thankful no one was hurt but that is a super dangerous intersection and no one pays attention to pedestrians or cyclists when entering the Peninsula! From Jeff Campbell And a good time to remind folks that bikers get a full lane - if you can’t move to the other lane, you must slow and wait to pass safely. A few feet of space isn’t ok. From Robin Richardson Reese Please change Washam Potts too! From Dominique Marino Bredeson Alright City of Cornelius and Cornelius Police when are you going to make a change to these crosswalks? Just today, the little boy this article mentions

was almost hit by a car while using the crosswalk. My husband had to get in between him and a car to protect him from getting hit... while in the crosswalk. Cornelius Today - do a follow up story to hold them accountable. Mike Savicki Thank you to the three commissioners voted not to increase the speed limit. As someone who has used Jetton for recreation for more than 17 years I cannot believe this was even a question. To Cornelius Today, your headline “kid friendly speed” is misleading. 35 mph is by no means a safe speed for kids on any road, dangers still exist and I hope your headline does not promote a false sense of safety and security. From Brad Allaire Maybe Huntersville should follow suit in some of our neighborhoods From Allen Tunget Now put that no turn on red sign back up! From Debbie Putnam Faile People fly on every road in this area. From Nils Lucander Another option that might work, is to add toll lanes out along Jetton to the former mayor’s house. These could be built in a tunnel like the ones going in on I-77. They could charge $20 each way.

From Chris Conroy OK, whatever on the truck parking, but the height restriction is just plain STUPID. I drive a large pickup that sits conveniently above most vehicles. It’s great when you’re on the highway because you can see far ahead and react to situations before most people in lower vehicles even see them happening. That

being said, There’s NO WAY I’m looking over a truck that’s eight feet high. Even seven feet or 10 feet, well you get it. So to recap, the eight foot height limit is stupid because it does NOT increase sight distance. No one can see over it anyway, most likely not even a tractor trailer driver.

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Profiles in Courage

EJ McCormick Each month we will take a look at a Cornelius first responder Your comments and opinions since 2006

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Traffic planning at Hwy. 21 and Catawba stalls out at Exit 30 before you commit to anything! It’s just bizarre! I guess when the funds were put forth for these roundabouts to the communities by the I77 toll project, free sounded better at the time than what the h--- are we going to do with all these circular driving patterns! Sorry for the cuss word!

EJ McCormick BY KRISTEN ENWRIGHT EJ McCormick’s enthusiasm for all things fire-related is evident as soon as you meet this captain in the Cornelius Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept. His degree in Arson and Explosion Investigation from Eastern Kentucky took him from his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and straight into fire service. While there he lived at the local fire station, taking calls and earning hours of training and on-the-job experience. Following a fellow firefighter to our area, he joined the Charlotte Fire Department in 2009, and currently works out of Station 10 as a Firefighter II in the technical rescue unit. As the Carolinas have been battered with hurricanes this season, McCormick and specially trained firefighters like him have come to the rescue amidst rising flood waters. Those specialized skills have taken him away from his wife Nicole at inopportune times throughout their threeyear marriage. She’s “very understanding” about the demands of his job but laments that the time away from family—missing holidays, weekends and even his wife’s surgery—is the hardest part of the job. The nature of the work, especially the fireboat, balances out the demands, McCormick said, climbing into his gear. There was no mistaking the enormous grin on his face. Kristen Enwright, a ‘local’ for over 30 years, is an interior designer, Guardian ad Litem and collector of folk art.

From Alaina Kelley Davis I was at the State Employees Credit Union yesterday and yes, the Acropolus site IS an eyesore! From Michael Simonson Just another dim-witted design from the NCDOT. From Matthew Watts I know six mattress stores at the intersection that can be demolished to make room for improvements! From Patrick Nelson Great maybe they’ll be a success like the new roundabouts at Exit 30 are...grrr.

From Tom Kern As long as the entrance to the ABC Store is not impacted From Tonya M Steele Yesh. No Left turns , why not one roundabout and stoplights with No left turns From Ben Antanaitis III All this time I could have still been enjoying Spaghetti Bolognese. From JW Bowden Im not sure how they can solve the traffic issues, but tear a page from our history book and visit the round a bout nightmare

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New project on W. Catawba would feature commercial, residential separated by gates

From Dave Mancuso Just what we need, more empty commercial space along Catawba Ave. Practically every commercial building currently has a “space available” or “for lease” sign in front of it right now. Why do they think we’re going to get a sudden influx of commercial tenants?

From Susan Dalrymple It’s just that so many people do not know how to merge into and out of roundabouts. They work very well when you know how to use them!! Traffic keeps flowing, but not here because people are clueless on how they work. From Marc Studer AHow is the roundabout at 30 a nightmare? I hardly ever go there so everytime I’ve gone through it’s moving great and I love no longer having lights to contend with. From Fred Locke Must have the same engineers who came up with the diverging diamond overpass coming up with these ridiculous designs. Amazing how our leaders have sold out Cornelius... From Marc Studer This is a round about (similar to magic roundabout). It’s the largest in our area. Because of its size most of you don’t even realize it. It’s like being in a park. But it IS a roundabout with 7 intersecting roads. When a roundabout is done correctly it can handle massive amounts of traffic. And when you need more flow in less room magic roundabouts can improve even more. It’s not the concept, it’s the design and intelligence of the ones planning. If you put that roundabout at davidson concord Rocky river at 21 and catawba it’ll fail. If you put one that is designed correctly for the situation for the flow for the traffic needs it would do just fine. From Mariel Ammerlaan Carr What happens if QuikTrip decides to pull out? Can we re-think having 1 big roundabout? From Anette Powell We can beg Acropolis to come back!

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Lyssikatos celebrates 5 years at Port City Club

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From Jen Great article, Nick and Pot City Club and the Brick House Tavern as everyone knows is a staple to our town, him and his wife are bar none! Best in the business. They take everything to the next level and put heart and soul into it all. Honored to call these two established business owners friends, making every part of your dining experience great. From Barbara Bierman Nelson One of my favorite places to take visiting out of town guests. Sorority sisters getting together there next week From Ed Hahn Wow. Congratulations From Dan Smith Please have some pride in your property. The back of this restaurant is way overgrown with brush and trees and bushes to the point it is horrible. Cut it all down! Many of the boardwalk ropes are broken, the night lights on the posts are broken, and beer bottles and glasses are left outside at night only to stay there for days before they are collected. To have such a nice restaurant inside and totally neglect the outside is horrible own-

ership. Make your place as classy on the outside as it is on the inside! Jan Black from Port City responds: We’re surprised by your comments, Dan. We take tremendous pride in our building and the surrounding property. Our property is accessed by not only our customers, but by people who walk, jog, walk their dogs, sail their boats in and out of the boat slips, and so many others. We are constantly picking up bottles, dog droppings and trash left behind by the hundreds of people that cross our property each week. We have a regularly scheduled landscaping service and just recently switched out all the poles to solar lighting. We maintain taller trees to help keep the sound down for those that live in the neighborhood and as for the overgrown bushes, we just had two hurricanes and a tremendous amount of rain so everything is overgrown at this time. We’re sorry you feel this way but our team works hard every day to provide a clean, safe and pleasant environment inside and out and we’re extremely proud of our location.

Crescent’s controversial Potts Street project stopped From Chris Woodhouse Thank you to the NEW Town of Davidson board for acting sensibly. This, the Beaty Street project and the hotel off Griffin Street are the three defining reasons the old board was ousted and this new board was put in office. From Vicky Kottyan Building something like that in that area would just be awful. As a local resident, thankful that they rejected it. From Alaina Kelley Davis Thank heavens and thank the Davidson Town Board for putting an end to this behemoth of a project in the WRONG place. And thank God the Board has removed a modicum of POWER from errant town staff! This ship may at last be righting itself. From Mark Sullivan YESSSS!!!


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