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October Things to do Meet the candidates: We’ll serve up BBQ, discussion Oct. 2 at Town Hall

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Come on out to the Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum Oct. 2 at Town Hall. Lisa Mayhew, the co-founder of the Smithville Community Coalition, will be asking the questions. Sen. Jeff Tarte, the former mayor of Cornelius, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Donna Moffett, a former chairwoman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, will be the timekeeper. Realtor Julie Jones will lead us in a patriotic song or two. Banker Jim Engel, CEO of Aquesta, will be serving food. We’ll also present a check to the Kiwanis Club to support its $150,000 splash pad in Smithville Park. Cornelius Today readers are invited to submit questions on either our web page,, or through our Facebook page. A committee of residents is vetting the questions. We expect there will be time for

a couple of “live” questions during the forum. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at Town Hall. You’ll learn how the seven candidates for five seats on the Town Board view the top issues. Candidates are available to greet the public before and after the formal program. The incumbents who are running again are Jim Duke, Dave Gilroy, Thurman Ross and Woody Washam. The three who hope to be elected for the first time are Denis P. Bilodeau, a first-time candidate, and Dr. Michael F. Miltich and J.R. Mount, both of whom ran in 2013. Miltich came in sixth in a crowded 10-candidate contest. Mayor Chuck Travis is running unopposed for a second term. He served two terms on the Town Board before running unopposed for mayor in 2013.

DAR members celebrate 65 years The Alexandriana Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrates their 65th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 11 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with a reception in the church parlor from 2 pm to 4 pm. The local chapter is named after the home site of John McKnitt Alexander,

one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration, which predates the Declaration of Independence, and also provides some historical underpinnings for the feisty nature of Mecklenburg County. More information at or phone 214-499-3642.

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Sherman is a 9-year-old Chihuahua. He is black with some gray spots on his face. He was scared at first but is now very charming! Stop by to meet him!

Jingles is a 3-year-old neutered male. He is playful, curious and would love to find a forever home! He purrs and loves to be petted. Since he is de-clawed he needs to be an indoor kitty.

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Table of Contents WALKABOUT

Is Cornelius’ coming of age about becoming pedestrian- and bike-friendly? Page 4

Exit 27

A bold, new plan for Westmoreland exists only on a drawing board. Page 5

Waste not, want not

Recycling in earnest saves money, reduces our footprint. Page 8


The candidates each explain why they would make a good Town Commissioner. Page 10


Irene Slaughter’s strawberry-rhubarb tart is the perfect dessert. Page 28

HOME DECOR ………………………… Page 29 HOME SALES ……………………… Page 18-26 NEWS-E ………………………….Pages 16-17 new coRporations ..........................Page 36 SOUNDOFF ................................. Page 38-39

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Davidson has a leg up on Cornelius when it comes to walkability By Dave Yochum While much of the world is lowering speed limits to make communities more walkable, making Cornelius more pedestrian friendly sometimes looks like an uphill climb. The speed limits were just raised on Bailey Road near the serious curves, much to the consternation of nearby business owners and people advocating for a kinder, gentler town. • Speed limits on some residential parts of Jetton Road are higher than parts of Highway 21, not to mention the fact they change from 25 mph to 35 mph to 45 mph. This, on a road with walkers, joggers, cyclists and even golf carts (see picture in SoundOff). • On Catawba, speed limits do the same thing, 25, 35 and 45 miles an hour, all on the same road. Indeed, NC Sen. Jeff Tarte famously said anyone seen walking on West Catawba was presumably lost. • In Davidson, a pedestrian-friendly, human scale directive from the town government helped recruit the likes of MSC Industrial, a big employer. The

and help build decent, safe, affordable homes for local families.

speed limit downtown is 20 mph and climbs to 25 north and south of the center of town. When you hit Cornelius, the Main Street streetscape changes from pedestrian friendly to anything goes. Joy McCall Dean, a life-long resident of the Church Street neighborhood just to the west of Main Street in Cornelius, said she is “afraid to walk on Main Street.” The sidewalks are old and narrow, she said at a Town Board meeting. In some places, they’re virtually level with the adjoining pavement. The 35 mph speed limit in Cornelius

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“doesn’t make any sense,” she said. It would take about 45 seconds longer to traverse Main Street in Cornelius at 25 mph instead of 35 mph. But lowering it is a big thing to some people. In fact, there was a man, resident Jim Cooke, sporting a sandwich board protesting any kind of speed reduction. Considerably younger than the members of the Town Board, he explained that to them, given their shorter life expectancy, they might very well favor lower speeds, but to him, a lifetime of driving more slowly on Main Street amounts to a considerable waste of time. “Forty-six seconds doesn’t sound like a lot, but compounded over the years, it is,” Cooke said, carefully pointing out that some of the town commissioners will be, well, six feet under when he’s still driving Main Street. Neil Simon could not have written a better comedy. “We really want all areas of our town to be as walkable as possible, but especially [in] concentrated mixed-use areas where residents can interact with each other, local businesses, food and entertainment providers, schools and churches, and other community organizations without driving in automobiles,” said Dave Gilroy, 49, a long-time member—and, the youngest member—of the Town Board. “This kind of environment naturally supports a sense of place and connection, town character, stronger interpersonal relationships, health and fitness, and quality of life. The benefits are innumerable clearly–it’s a no-brainer.” Town Commissioner Bruce Trimbur, an advocate of a more people-friendly scale, said slowing down speeds would create a “wonderful future community. If you have people flying by at 45 mph, it’s not going to happen.”

There is a historic shift taking place across America as many cities slowly move from the model of drivable suburban development—which has shaped America since the the 1940s—to a form of development called Walkable Urban. According to University City Partners, walkable urban centers are attractive to millennials, the next generation of homebuyers. John Cock, a Davidson resident, rides his bike to work as often as he can at Alta Planning in downtown Davidson. Alta is doing a bicycling study for the Town of Cornelius. “Millennials are helping transform how we look at things,” says Cock. “The millennials are going to be starting to buy houses…when you look at the millennial demographic nationally they want to have transportation choices, they want transit options, like biking, walking.” He said pedestrian-friendly communities have a leg up on the competition from other municipalities when it comes to economic-development. “It is about economic development if people want to come to visit places, and invest in business and in places that have these amenities,” Cock said. The Economist magazine in a September article said cities around the world are shifting their attention from “keeping cars moving to making it easier to walk, cycle and play on their streets.” Cock said it was unfortunate that Jetton Road was recently rebuilt with four lanes and no accommodations for cyclists. Likewise, West Catawba was widened from Torrence Chapel to Jetton with no accommodations for biking. “Speed limits are being slashed,” according to The Economist. “More than 700 cities in 50 countries now have bike-share schemes; the number has grown by about half in the past three years.” Cock said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets it. Chicago has invested on the order of $18 million in peoplefriendly bike lanes and greenways. At the opening of Chicago’s new bike lane in the downtown Loop, Emanuel said he expected to recruit Seattle and Portland’s bikers and economic growth and “all the opportunities of the future that come with this.”

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Is Exit 27 the answer to our problems?

ULI study suggests a Cornelius “Square” Interchange to create a new signature gateway By Dave Yochum A study from an organization called the Urban Land Institute is suggesting a thorough redo of Westmoreland and the area along either side of I-77 where the Augustalee site is on the east and the Cooke farm site is on the west. The goal is to open up the properties to a smarter brand of development, one that emphasizes all kinds of mobility and commercial uses like Class A office space and a hotel, not residential. It would just about make for a new center of town, starting from scratch in a community that grew by leaps and bounds, with more energy than foresight. “The panel believes the new interchange could afford a significant branding opportunity for Cornelius. The plan provides the best chance to do something really exciting and visually compelling and to create significant development spaces. This is the best chance for Cornelius to get it right,” the 25-page report says. The ULI panel consists of leading lights in the local real estate business, including Kathleen Rose, a development expert from Davidson, and Ed McKinney, interim planning director ROSE for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department. The key to opening the Cooke and Augustalee properties is not just a new exit, but a design that places on and off ramps south of Westmoreland Road

and north of a proposed Bailey Road extension flyover bridge. Importantly, it would also connect to an extension of Northcross Drive from Huntersville into the Cooke family property. It’s all pie in the sky at this point, but town officials plan to travel to Raleigh to seek funding for an ambitious plan

that would help improve traffic in town as well as improve the balance of taxable properties. Officials want to see greater commercial growth to lighten the residential tax load, as well as provide opportunities for jobs. Right now about 80 percent of the town’s budget is borne by residential taxpayers. “Because of the small amount of developable land available, doing development right on both the former Augustalee and the Cooke sites is critical,” the ULI report says. Veteran Town Commissioner Dave Gilroy said the proposal is a good one. “A new Exit 27 will offload traffic from Catawba and Exit 28. High-quality, non-residential, employment center development in that area will add significantly to our community,” he said. Commercial real ALLEBACH



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Waste not: Recycling saves us all money Let’s get the burning questions out of the way. Yes, you can put metal caps back on glass bottles and recycle them in Cornelius. Post-It notes would be OK, too, but all paper should be at least as big as your hand. Likewise, clean paper charcoal bags are good to go in the recycling bin as well as used pizza boxes, even if they’re greasy. But, please, no cheese or pepper packets, table tents or dipping sauce containers. And be sure to eat that last slice. While Cornelius has taken a slight dip in our rate of recycling, we’re into it. Some 500 new, larger recycling containers have already been snapped up by residents; the town will be ordering more of the 96-gallon con-

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tainers for dedicated recyclers. (Just call the town at 704-892-6031.) What’s it take to be considered dedicated? Your current 64-gallon recycling cart is regularly filled to overflowing; you already crush and break down your recycled materials. Recycling is the recovery of useful materials—paper, glass, plastic and metal—to make new products, not just reducing the amount of virgin raw materials, but what we dump into costly landfills. In 2014, Cornelius recycled 455 lbs. per household. Recycling saves us tax money. With the help of a strong recycling effort, the town’s new solid waste budget is falling to $1.9 million in FY 2016 from $2.04 million this past year.

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Of what stuff are these 6 candidates made? By Dave Yochum n a town of 27,000, it looks like it will take about 1,500 votes to be one of the five men who will set our property tax rate next year. All six candidates are men, five are white, five live on the west side of I-77, four are incumbents, two have not held elected office before, one lost in the 2013 election and one is African-American. Welcome to the biennial, town-wide council elections, which, interestingly enough, are non-partisan. Like most towns in North Carolina, political affiliations don’t matter. That said, the Cornelius Town Board is a proven route to glory—and infamy—in North Carolina’s Republican Party.


NC Rep. John Bradford, NC Sen Jeff Tarte and US Sen. Thom Tillis all served on the Cornelius Town Board. All are Republicans, of course, but so was Tillis’ predecessor in the North Carolina House of Representatives, John Rhodes. He was voted “least effective” by his colleagues before Tillis defeated him. Political consultant Andy Yates, a Huntersville resident who is handling Woody Washam’s re-election, says the non-partisan nature of local elections lets officials focus on the business of running a municipality which is more about roads and sidewalks than big national issues like borders and babies. Then, too, non-partisan elections make

it easier for a Democratic candidate to get elected in a heavily Republican community. Yates expects around 2,750 voters to turn out Nov. 3, 3,000 at the high end. “With three fewer candidates on the ballot this year, I expect it will take 1,450 to 1,500 votes to secure the fifth spot,” Yates said. Based on voter turnout in 2011 and 2013, the absolute highest “total likely voters” is 3,546. In 2013, with 10 candidates, it was a different story. Washam won 16 percent of all votes cast. With 1,992 votes, or 16 percent of all votes cast, he was the top vote-getter and, according to a tradition that is often called on, he was named mayor pro tem by his peers on the Town Board. That year’s newcomer, Jim Duke, a for-

mer president of The Peninsula Property Owners Association, snagged fifth place, with 1,286 votes. Dr. Michael Miltich, who is running again this year, garnered 1,149 votes, putting him in sixth place in 2013. The difference between winning and losing two years ago was 137 votes. In 2011, Bradford beat incumbent Ross by two votes. For people who like to dive into numbers, only Washam and veteran Commissioner Dave Gilroy were on over 50 percent of all the ballots cast in 2013. No one knows what the difference between the fifth-highest vote-getter will be this year and the sixth-highest. Your vote matters.

Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum Oct. 2 11:30 to 1pm Denis Bilodeau

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

CT: What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? BD: As a Commissioner, I will use my 30-plus years as a business executive and business owner, as well as many years of service on non-profit boards to respond to the needs of our citizens. Since moving to Cornelius in 2001, I have been active in many aspects of this great community. I am currently a PARC (Parks, Art , Recreation and Culture ) commissioner, as well as the Public Policy Chairman for the Lake Norman Chamber. As Public Policy Chairman, I am actively working for an alternative to the current I-77 plan to eliminate the “real”

problem – Exit 19 to Exit 36 bottleneck, and pursuing NC based contractors. I have a proven track record in the areas of problem-solving, team-building and communication. The needs of our community are diverse and I have experience working with town staff on many issues in my current role on two homeowner association boards. It is important for a commissioner to listen to citizen’s feedback and address concerns. I have the time, interest and energy to respond to the duties of commissioner and the citizens of Cornelius. I believe Cornelius is the best place to live, work and play...and I will work very hard to keep it that way!

Jim Duke

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

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CT: What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? JD: First and foremost my education and career in financial management provide me with the basic tools that I believe all commissioners need at least in some measure. All of those who serve need to understand budgets and good spending management. The last two years working as a commissioner have taught me much about our Town, its people and its history. I was fortunate to have been asked by our mayor to represent Cornelius on three important boards: PARC, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and Visit Lake Norman. The PARC board allows me to deal with a wide variety of projects and issues that affect our families and quality of life. The chamber has exposed me to both small and large business concerns that impact our economic future as a region. The Visit Lake Norman board bridges both recreation and commerce in a most unique way by promoting tourism and regional economics. In all of these opportu-

nities to serve, I am able to work with the people who make Cornelius what it is. These are the folks who live and work here and represent the character and structure of our community. These are the folks whose wisdom translates into good governance and their counsel and support help me do my job as commissioner.

Dave Gilroy

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

CT: What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? DG: I have served the 28,000 citizens of Cornelius as a Commissioner for the past 10 years with one primary objective guiding all of my decisions: Let’s make Cornelius the highest quality of life place to live in North Carolina and even the U.S. My 10-year voting record exemplifies my successful experience in maintaining the lowest tax rate in North Carolina for towns our size; limiting our local government to essential services and support for private business and economic growth; constraining residential growth (especially high density multifamily); and driving for the best schools in America. Moreover, my relevant experience includes the following: Ada Jenkins Center Board (current); Lake Norman Economic Development Board; Land Development Code Board (current); 911 Emergency Board (former Chair); Cornelius Growth Management Committee; Cornelius Planning Board beginning

Time for Change Dr. Mike Miltich For Cornelius Town Commissioner

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in 2002; three private corporate boards (current); U.S. Army Veteran (Airborne and Ranger qualified); Civil Engineering degree from Princeton University; MBA from Harvard Business School; four daughters in CMS schools; Chair, Bailey Middle School Leadership Team; and YMCA youth sports coach.

Michael F. Miltich

Age: 63 Family: Spouse Ann, 5 children and 6 grandchildren Residence: 18021 Nantz Road Years in Cornelius : 20 Occupation: Otolaryngologist at Charlotte EENT Associates for 32 years Continued on page 12

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CT: What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? MM: Being town commissioner is like being a board member for a business or organization. I have ser ved for more than 20 years on the Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates Board of Directors, including President, repeatedly re-elected by my par tners. During my tenure, the practice grew from one of fice with 13 providers, to 18 locations with 120 providers, 660 employees, and a $105 million budget. I was instr umental in having the physicians expand out of the single location mindset by opening our first regional of fice in Pineville. Another challenge was keeping the group from splintering into separate Eye and ENT practices. As a physician, I interact daily with individuals from all aspects of life, from all par ts of town, all races, all genders, all ages, and all degrees of economic wealth. This gives me a broad understanding of the issues facing Cor nelius and its residents. Each resident comes with a concer n, and as commissioner, I would see all equally and independently. I will listen, analyze, decide on a solution which is in the best interest of all, and then monitor implementation. My membership on the Town’s Land Code Development Advisor y Board and Lake Norman Executive Board fur ther increases my knowledge of the issues and challenges.

Thurman Ross

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

CT: What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? TR: Most importantly I have the on-the-job experience. I have been a part of the decisions of making Cornelius what it is today, for the last 20 years. I have gained experience from seeing the town grow from 2,500 to more than 27,000; from having no Parks Department to what we have today; from having to raise funds to build our own librar y which the county wanted to close; from the widening of West Catawba Avenue; from the process of annexations; from building joint partnerships to develop Town Hall; from purchasing an option on and zoning the property for Antiquity; from making the right decisions to keep our taxes low while maintaining a great quality of life for our citizens; from working with the other levels of government—it is so continued on page 13

J.R. Mount dropping out of Cornelius Town Board race Because of a serious illness in his wife’s family, J.R. Mount is dropping out of what was a seven-man race for Cornelius Town Board. The Mounts will be selling their home and moving to Locust. Mount, who has lived in Cornelius for 13 years, is a management analyst with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Depar tment. He said he will be able to keep his job. The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections said Mount’s name will still appear on the ballot. The deadline for a candidtate to drop out was Tuesday July 17th.

James “J.R.” Mount

Age: 44 Family: Spouse Laurel and a daughter Residence: 11236 Suunto Lane Years in Cornelius: 13 Occupation: Management Analyst with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

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valuable to have those working relationships. In addition to on-the-job training, I have the experience which comes from being self-employed. All this, taken together, makes me an excellent Commissioner.

Woody Washam Jr.

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

CT: What experience(s) do you have that would make you a good commissioner? WW: In addition to serving for the last

two years as Town Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem, I have a variety of experiences that have prepared me to be a commissioner. I’m a life-long resident of Cornelius so I’ve seen us grow from a small community to a bustling town of nearly 30,000 residents. I’ve served our community for 40-plus years as a banker. I’ve also served our community as a past Chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, past Chair of Visit Lake Norman, and a Board Member of the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation. I presently represent the town on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, the Lake Norman Transportation Commission, and the Arts and Sciences Council. I’m a member of the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg and past Rotary President. I presently serve on the board of Little Smiles of NC, a charity benefiting children who are in hospitals, hospices and shelters, and our local United Way. I’m a life member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church where I’ve been the organist since 1966. This wide variety of experience gives me a unique perspective on the needs of the entire town, our citizens and our businesses.



Location (Precinct)

Likely Voters

Total Votes

(2013 Town Commission)

Town Hall (202)



Bethel Church (208)



Jetton Park (242)



Community in Christ (240)


2,500 Source: Andy Yates, Red Dome Group

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Old Fashioned BBQ Candidate Forum Meet the candidates for Cornelius Town Commission at a BBQ and Forum Friday, Oct. 2 in the Community Room at Town Hall. There will be a Presentation of Colors, a few songs to get our patriotic juices flowing, and a meaningful discussion among the candidates for Cornelius Town Commission.

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estate brokers—the people who sell and lease properties along Catawba and up and down Main Street—had differing opinions. Gordon Allebach, founder of G Brokerage on West Catawba Avenue, said he “welcomes increasing the accessibility by adding Exit 27. “This new exit appears to be focused on increasing office and hotel, with an element of retail also. We need more Class A office and especially large footprints for company headquarters. Lake Norman also would strongly benefit by securing a full-service hotel and a hotel on the lake. This looks to check one of these boxes,” said Allebach, a Cornelius resident himself. But he said the impact on existing business is unknown. “The stronger day and after-work population, with the new office space, would likely help the retail and restaurant businesses,” Restaurants and nightspots that have closed this year include Harvey’s and The Wine Cellar. An Exit 27 would ease congestion on Catawba, Allebach said, which is a good thing. “A full-service hotel will not compete with our limited service hotels but would instead pull from Charlotte’s hotels and compete with the new fullservice hotel coming to Langtree at Exit 31,” he said. Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam the next step would be for officials in the town to start checking in with the NCDOT and the Federal Highway Admin-

istration. “There are so many plusses to it,” he said, including bringing “jobs closer to home, which would keep more people off the interstate.” Another commercial real estate broker, Tom McMahon, the owner of the Sperry Van Ness office on West Catawba Avenue, said he was opposed to the idea for a new exit near Westmoreland. “It’s a ludicrous idea, a terrible idea. We are so negatively impacted by I-77, it would continue to worsen what is a bad situation,” McMahon McMAHON said. He explained that every time there is another off and on ramp, they cause a “failure” of the entire concept and purpose of an interstate highway, and that’s to move traffic. McMahon said he is considering moving Sperry Van Ness out of Cornelius because of issues ranging from congestion on I-77 to what sometimes looks like a propensity for the town to dabble at economic development. He pointed to the new Life Fellowship Church going in on the I-77 service road just south of Exit 28, as well as the Elevation Church in formerly commercial space in Kenton Place. “From many perspectives we are failing to properly rezone,” he said. As churches, Life and Elevation are exempt from property taxes.

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Date / Time Reported S M T W =T F S Month Day Yr Time 09 17 2015 17:55 Hrs. S M T W =T F S S M T =W T F S At Found Last Known Secure Att Month Day Yr Month Day Yr Time Time Com X 09 17 2015 17:00 Hrs. 09 16 2015 11:30 Hrs. Att Location of Incident Com 20000 One Norman Cir - C, Cornelius NC 28031 Att Premise Type Com Home of Victim - Other

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905 N Main St Apt 2 Mooresville, NC 28115


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to a Cornelius Police Department Missing Persons Report. The friend to many in Cornelius went missing just before a busy weekend. The leader of a business networking group, which met at The Wine

Home Phone

20000 One Norman Cir - C Cornelius, NC 28031

Employer Name/Address


Sept. 18. Alain Jeantet, the popular owner of The Wine Cellar on One Norman Boulevard and West Catawba, apparently disappeared sometime after the cozy boutique wine bar closed Sept. 16, according

28 Race Sex 11/02/1986 W F


Home Address

Police say business owner is safe, but where is he?


Cellar, said on Facebook and told Cornelius Today that Alain Jeantet was simply on a sabbatical. Cornelius Police at 9 p.m. Sept. 18 said Jeantet was safe and not in danger. Jeantet, who was said to be back in his native France, took down his Facebook page on Saturday, Sept. 19, the day of the 'Tawba Walk in downtown Cornelius. Mallory Chepke, a bartender, could not be reached for comment. The Wine Cellar hosted organizations that sought to combine meetings with a friendly atmosphere and wine. Jeantet, known as a warm, congenial host, was in the pub business in France. Earlier this year, he provided sommelier services at no charge for a private fundraiser that raised more than $4,500 for an infant with brittle bone disease. On Sept. 22 there was a for lease sign in the window of The Wine Cellar. The real estate management company did not respond to our phone calls.

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News-e Drought sows tough times at Rural Hill

Sept. 9. It looks like the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze won’t be opening Sept. 12 because of this summer’s drought. A fixture at Rural Hill since 1998, the maze made of corn is much shorter than in years past. The drastically reduced maze schedule will result in a “significant budget shortfall” at Rural Hill. “We plant a drought-resistant corn each year and do everything we can to keep water on the seven acre field, but all of our efforts were not enough this summer,” said Jeff Fissel, executive director of Rural Hill. “The experience in the Maze will be a bit different this year as the corn will be very short… Summer has been extremely dry and hot, and our corn that we rely on is suffering.”

Rural Hill, a former plantation owned by the Davidson family, plans to open the maze Oct. 3. They are planting sewit seed where the corn is very low with hopes that some cooler temperatures and rain will help fill in the hedge. Rural Hill will take appointments for field trips and corporate groups during the week. Rural Hill always relies on the Amazing Maize Maze each fall as our biggest fundraiser. “We are looking at all ideas right now for ways to make sure we raise enough money to meet all of our obligations,” Fissel said. The Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials in November will not be affected. Day Maze tickets are $11 per person for ages 13 and up; $7.50 per person for youth ages 5-12; and ages 4 and under are free. Rural Hill is located at 4431 Neck Road off Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville. More than a century ago, before places like Cornelius were incorporated, plantations, like Rural Hill and Latta Plantation in Huntersville and the Potts Plantation in Cornelius, were the principal landmarks in a completely rural landscape.

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8/17/15 $255,000 James & Patricia Morgan to Daniel & Alison Miller, 18010 Harbor Mist Dr. 8/18/15 $168,000 Katrina & Calvin Miller to George & Charleen Hartman, Unit J Building 5 Windward at Holiday Harbor 8/19/15 $266,000 John & Janine Chidwick to Nancy & Thomas Gillan, 19536 Makayla Ln. 8/20/15 $153,000 Joe & Jan DePriest to Robert Jr. & Courtney Teague, 18710 Nautical Dr. Unit 106 8/20/15 $115,000 Anthony & Ann Ditondo to Christopher & Jenna Kelley, 18425 Streamline Ct. 8/21/15 $405,000 Christopher & Lorri Hoffman to Corey Kindhart & Lisa Sharp, 22003 Lady Glencirn Ct. 8/21/15 $273,500 Michael & Lauren Rodd to Kristi Moore, 19034 Celestine Ln. 8/21/15 $220,000 Norma Stewart to Wendy Wozniak, 19233 Lake Norman Dr. 8/21/15 $220,000 Modern American Class Cars Inc. to Acumination LLC, 18339-J Old Statesville Rd. 8/21/15 $175,000 Wesley Tuttle & Julie Harvey, Robert & Roxie Tuttle to Caryn & David Lyng, 8820 Arrowhead Place Ln. 8/21/15 $175,000 Kelly Brustlin to Derek & Heather Applegarth, 19323 Courtney Jae Ln. 8/21/15 $745,000 Bryan & Hayley Sedell to Phillip & Cesarine Smith, 17520 Cotton Baker Ct. 8/24/15 $210,000 Matthew & Stephanie Bean to Jason Hamelberg, 10335 Watoga Way 8/24/15 $330,000 2005 Kevin Dobalian Revocable Trust to John & Debbie DiFiore, 21126 Rio Oro Dr. 8/24/15 $254,000 Shannon Shaw to Tatiana Artemova & Vladimir Musatov, 19109 Harbor Cove Ln. 8/24/15 $238,500 Judy & David Hodson to Roy & Debbie Cash, 19061 Natalie Michelle Ln. See HOMES, Page 22

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Home Sales HOMES

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8/25/15 $846,000 Andrew & Leslie Reed to John Kazmer & Georgia Foulard, 17209 Green Dolphin Ln. 8/25/15 $355,000 South Creek Homes to The Suzanne T. Fulton Trust 18OCT10, 18224 Coulter Pkwy. 8/25/15 $380,000 Epcon Cornelius LLC to Linda & Donald Berridge, 18753 Daymark Dr. 8/25/15 $167,000 Ryan Musumeci to JFM LLC, 11528 Heritage Green Dr. 8/26/15 $178,000 Gary & Stacy Williams to Chad Snow & Cynthia Hunsberger, 18809 Nautical Dr. Unit 104 8/27/15 $1,050,000 William & Christy Hill to Southern Cottage Corp., 18224 Peninsula Club Dr. 8/27/15 $283,000 Cassandra Caudle & Francis Albert to Allison Moore, 17518 Harbor Walk Dr. 8/27/15 $ Sharon & Corey Anderson to Gregory Hanks, 17751 Trolley Crossing Way 8/27/15 $217,000 H. Lee Martin & Sherry Petty to Denise Vick, 7619 Mariner Cove Dr. 8/27/15 $569,000 Classica Homes to Gregory & Melinda Rog, 9219 Robbins Preserve Rd. 8/28/15 $260,000 Larry & Ann Hedman to Seagull Partners LLC, Lot 53 Silver Quay 8/28/15 $1,195,000 Paul Yeh & Sun Chia Chi to David & Malissa Gularson, 17030 Green Dolphin Ln. 8/28/15 $362,000 South Creek Homes to Mark & Brenda White, Lot 246 Bailey’s Glen 8/28/15 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 246 Bailey’s Glen 8/28/15 $242,000 Harvest Investment Properties to Brent & Brooklin Hann and Cheri Thebeau, 19128 Coachmans Trace 8/28/15 $304,000 Timothy & Mary Norman to Don R. Brown Jr., Lot 22 Captain’s Point 8/31/15 $244,500 Carole Lambert to Scott benner, 18755 Cloverstone Cir. 8/31/15 $240,000 Burton Jr. & Mary Harrington to Linda & Mark Holloway, 18725 Silver Quay Dr. 8/31/15 $225,000 Craig & Cindy Waldman to Geoffry & Srah Cichocki, 19138 Ruffner Dr. 9/1/15 $117,000 Thomas & Leanne Vaccaro to Stacy Case, 7612 Woods Ln. Unit 3 9/1/15 $108,000 Westmoreland Lake to Duane & Janet Monk, Lot 97 Preserve at Robbins Park, 9426 Robbins Preserve Rd. 9/1/15 $361,000 Michael Russing to Donald & Kathleen Doolittle, 17700 Preston Lake Dr. 9/1/15 $1,300,000 Michael & Cynthia Hosey to James & Cynthia Griffin, 18315 Hsarbor Light Blvd. 9/2/15 $380,000 Michael & Michelle Giglio to Dwain & Beth Pils, 21504 Crown Lake Dr. 9/3/15 $379,000 Susan & Greg Hero to Thomas & Nicole Beagle, 20304 Middletown Rd. 9/3/15 $118,000 Analytics LLC to Patrick & Katherine Parisi, 16941 Doe Valley Ct. 9/3/15 $240,000 Randall & Monica Rogers, Andrienne Weisse to Jessica Smith, 9611

Rosalyn Glen Rd. 9/3/15 $2,300,000 Susan & Rick Sabath to Eric & Amanda Ziegler, 18301 Mainsail Pointe Dr. 9/3/15 $ 225,500 James & Lauren Reynolds to Adeliade Foxworth-Johnson, Lot 50 Mariner Villas 9/3/15 $304,000 South Creek Homes to Archie & Connie Clinger, 13410 Hazelbrook Ln. 9/3/15 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 265 Bailey’s Glen 9/4/15 $378,000 South Creek Homes to Jon See HOMES, Page 24

18301 Mainsail Pointe Drive for $2,300,000

Reporting Data from August, 2015 Average Days on Market

Closed Sales

Average Sales Price


54 -23.9%

1,516 +14.3%

$271,757 +3.2%


68 -26.1%

814 +7.2%

$372,515 +0.8%


90 -23.1%

490 +9.1%

$355,718 +5.4%


89 -11.9%

1,796 +15.4%

$320,353 +3.8%


106 -16.5%

580 +12.4%

$301,481 +6.9%

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& Donnelle Graham, 18441 Neville Ave. 9/4/15 $77,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 90 Bailey’s Glen 9/4/15 $438,000 Keith & Barbara Edwards to Pamela Knight-Twedell, 18708 Nautical Dr. #3 9/4/15 $346,000 Brandon & Anita Nels to ames Meyers, 17810-J Half Moon Ln. 9/4/15 $365,000 Sheila & David Critz to DWV Investment, 10729 Rio Oro Dr. 9/4/15 $165,000 Richard & Jessica Travis to James & Kimberly Broughman, 1320 Lovers Lawn Trace 9/4/15 $306,000 David & Sommer Mullins to Jeffrey & Linda Blum, Unit 61 St. Philip Square 9/8/15 $285,000 John Jr. & Jamilyn Leibler to Justin Messier, Lot 49 Westmoreland 9/8/15 $203,000 Thomas & Lillian Wachob to ColFin AH-North Carolina 2 LLC, 19808 Coachman’s Trace 9/8/15 $242,500 Cathleen Smith to James & Erin Poole, 9912 Caldwell Depot Rd. 9/8/15 $210,000 Benjamin Beshore & Michelle Morrison to Christopher Tuttle, 9235 Ducati Ln.

9/8/15 $199,000 Neil & Kristin Burke to Jean Ray & Christopher & Michelle McKoy, 17852 Caldwell Track Dr. 9/9/15 $239,000 Howard & Vicki Gordon to ColFin AH-North Carolina 2 LLC, 17924 Caldwell Track Dr. 9/9/15 $150,000 Neil & Kathleen Eibeler to Mary Karol, 18724 Nautical Dr. Unit 102 9/9/15 $225,000 Pamela Pellegrino to Thomas & Sandra Koch, 8914 Washam Potts Rd. 9/10/15 $979,000 Colleen & Christopher Jones to Thomas & Laurie Deane, 18704 John Connor Rd. 9/10/15 $197,000 Joseph & Patricia Armetta to Thomas May Jr., 18832-54 Nautical Dr. 9/10/15 $113,500 Martha Rodriguez-Saaverdra, Jose Rodriquez, Adrianna Rodriguez to Equity Trust Co., 21301 Carina Ln. 9/11/15 $220,000 Dale II & Jean Walker to Elden & Barbara Shafer, 20026 Coral Cove Ct.


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Home Sales HOMES

from page 24

16823 Reinsch Drive in Davidson for $880,000

8/24/15 $273,500 Elizabeth Webber to Charles & Jane Ellithorpe, 12415 Brenthaven Dr. 8/28/15 $483,500 Stephen & Anna Vinson to Alan & Sammey Mitchell, 18507 Rollingdale Ln. 8/31/15 $437,500 Mark & Sandra Long to Lacey & Matthew Dillinger, 17015 Winged Thistle Ct. 8/31/15 $450,000 Brian & Sherry Harris to Patrick & Linda Robinson, 213 O’Henry Ave. 8/31/15 $477,000 Amir & Pamela Kaldas to Adam & Kimberly Owen, 19116 Cypress Garden Dr.

9/2/15 $570,000 Larry & Sandra Blair to Krithikha Rajan & Nandha Kumar Kandhasamy, 18534 Green Knoll Trace 9/4/15 $250,000 Andrew & Sabrina Hicks to Janine Golden, 14003 Helen Benson Blvd. 9/8/15 $373,000 David & Michelle Eden to Keren Alexander, 22 Fairview Ln. 9/10/15 $207,500 Nathan & Molly Elton to Trustees fo Davidson College, 524 Ashby Dr. 9/4/15 $880,000 Tom Palmer Homes to Joseph & Amanda Shelton, 16823 Reinsch Dr.

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Irene Slaughter shares recipe for a strawberry-rhubarb crisp Irene Slaughter, who lives in Bailey’s Glen, comes from a family of seven children. “We were all expected to take our turns in the kitchen when we were old enough. Our kitchen was always a gathering place for family and friends, sitting around the table enjoying milk or coffee and a sweet,” she says. Her mother was a good cook and loved to bake. “That’s where I developed my love of cooking,” she says. She also belonged to the 4-H club which was a popular group to belong to and a great place to learn basic cooking and sewing. Her white cake won top honors at the LaPorte County Fair back in Indiana. She grew up at a time when you always finished a meal with dessert. Saturday mornings were spent baking for the weekend, which consisted of making sweet rolls or coffee cakes for Sunday breakfast and desserts for both Saturday and Sunday dinners.

“Then we made big batches of cookies for snacking and to start off the next week. As you can imagine, a family of nine could plow through desserts pretty quickly,” she says. Her family had a farm so there was always lots of fresh vegetables to can or freeze in the summer. Of course, owning a small neighborhood grocery store—and before that, a dairy farm—was handy for such a large family. “Our life revolved around food,” Irene says. She and husband George have three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. “My husband and I have been married for 54 years, were high school sweethearts and still are,” she says. The recipe Irene chose is a favorite because it combines two things the Slaughters love: Strawberries and rhubarb. Rhubarb is more of a Northern crop but you can find it in most produce sections.

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October is such a fun time of year to decorate your home for Halloween. Each year retailers come out with new and creative merchandise to trim your home for the holiday or you can craft your own decorations using many free resources online to get your creative juices flowing. Here are some fun and unique ways to decorate your home during the month of October: Decorate with Food! Who doesn’t love food? Well now you can decorate with it too. Check out this adorable centerpiece constructed with candy corn and Halloween Peeps in a clear vase. Add some seasonal fall flowers such as dahlias or chrysanthemums to finish it off and voila! You have a beautiful and unique table centerpiece. Pumpkin Car ving with a Twist: Carve your pumpkin the traditional way but instead of carving the traditional scary face, you can use your household drill to create all sorts of attractive and stylish designs using different size drill bits and patterns. You can also drill holes to spell out words such as BOO and TRICK OR TREAT on one pumpkin or multiple pumpkins. Clear Glass Jars and Vases: These can be filled with numerous fall themed

finds such as miniature pumpkins, pinecones, candles and even coffee beans. I keep a hurricane lamp on my coffee table filled with pinecones but add and switch out different items throughout the year including miniature pumpkins and gourds in the fall and miniature ornamental Christmas bells during December. Here’s an example of fall glass vase using resources from Mother Nature: Jamie McNeilis is an Accredited Staging Professional and owner of Centerpiece Home Staging in Cornelius. Email Jamie at for home decorating and improvement topics you would like covered in Home Decor

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Senior News

Doctors urge vaccinations as flu season gets under way Everyone has an opinion about flu caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to vaccinations. On and on it goes until severe illness, and at times even lead to your head is spinning and you don’t death. If you’ve ever had it you know that know what to believe. some of the symptoms can “I’ve never gotten a flu shot be fever, cough, sore throat, and I’ve never gotten the flu.” runny or stuffy nose, muscle “I got a flu shot once and or body aches, headaches, I got the worst case of the flu fatigue and sometimes vomitI’ve ever had. I’m never geting and diarrhea. ting another one.” The recovery period from “They don’t work.” the flu ranges from a few “They always work.” days to less than two weeks. “I get a flu shot every year However, some people will Joanne Ahern and I’ve never had the flu.” develop complications which Seniors Columnist “Live flu virus nasal spray can be life-threatening and regives you the flu.” sult in death. “Dead flu virus vaccine isn’t any good.” Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and I decided to go to the Centers for Dis- ear infections are examples of complicaease Control and get some answers. tions from flu and the illness can make chronic health problems worse. This inCan a flu shot give you the flu? cludes people 65 years and older, people No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness. of any age with certain chronic medical Flu vaccines that are administered with conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or a needle are currently made in two ways: heart disease). The vaccine is made either with a) flu vacBeing at the Senior Center every day cine viruses that have been “inactivated” with a whole bunch of older adults can and are therefore not infectious, or b) with make all of us vulnerable as well as susno flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the ceptible to getting the flu so I encourage case for recombinant influenza vaccine). everyone to take precautions. The most common side effects from the We have plenty of soap and water for influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenfrequent hand washing and using alcohol derness or swelling where the shot was based hand rub is recommended as well given. Low-grade fever, headache and as staying home if you’re feeling ill. I also muscle aches also may occur. have our custodian disinfect all the tables Can the nasal spray flu vaccine give used at the center every day. The Flu is very contagious. Once again, you the flu? according to the CDC, people with flu can The nasal spray vaccine cannot give spread it to others from up to about six you the flu. The viruses contained in the feet. Most experts think that flu viruses nasal spray flu vaccine are attenuated are spread mainly by droplets made when (i.e., weakened), which means they canpeople with flu cough, sneeze or talk. not cause flu illness. These weakened viThese droplets can land in the mouths or ruses are also cold-adapted, meaning they noses of people who are nearby or possiare designed to only cause mild infection bly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, at the cooler temperatures found within a person might also get flu by touching the nose. These viruses cannot infect the a surface or object that has flu virus on lungs or other areas of the body where it and then touching their own mouth or warmer temperatures exist. The nasal nose. spray is well tolerated and the most comGo to for an amazing amount monly reported side effects are mild and of information about the Flu and always include runny nose, nasal congestion and check with your doctor or pharmacist as cough. there is a dose that is specifically recomSo just what is this nasty thing called mended for older adults. the flu that comes around once a year? InMy recommendation: Be safe, keep othfluenza is a contagious respiratory illness ers safe, and get your Flu Shot!!

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6 leaders in Cornelius nominated for Business Today's Top Women




Six women from Cornelius have been nominated for the 11th annual Top Women in Business awards presented by Business Today, which is the sister paper of Cornelius Today. Nominations were sought from Lake Norman, Cabarrus and Southern Iredell. The winners will be honored Oct. 21 at a reception at River Run Country Club.

The local nominees are:

1. Jennifer Shiley, co-founder and executive director of Young Elites 2. Karen Tovar, a commercial Realtor with KW Commercial 3. Kerri Dobi, vice president of Acosta Sales & Marketing 4. Kitty Mellone, district general agent for Colonial Life Insurance 5. Margi Kyle, founder of NC Little




Smiles Children’s Foundation 6. Sandi Vizner, associate with Consolidated Planning/Lapis Financial Strategies. Former Cornelius resident Susan Tillis, who now lives in Huntersville, was nominated for her community volunteer efforts, as well as business leadership at Allen Tate. Her husband is U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, a former member of the town board in Cornelius. Winners will be announced in the October edition of Business Today. A Champagne Reception, business expo for women, awards ceremony and networking will be 6-8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 21 at River Run Country Club in Davidson. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance using Visa or MasterCard by calling 704-895-1335.

Flair for events brings out a crowd of neighbors By Suzanne Fulton Rick Skean and Patricia Sullivan, who share cooking as a hobby, put on a special luncheon and fashion show in September for ladies in Bailey’s Glen. The couple prepared the meal, bought the wine and even organized give-away items from local merchants. There was even chamber music, courtesy of Hough High students. Ladies were treated to brut or sparkling pomegranate punch served by bow-tied male greeters as well as a hand-made Bailey’s Irish Cream-infused truffle in a pretty handmade box. Skean and Sullivan, who live in Bailey’s Glen, had considerable experience catering upscale private parties in McLean, Va. But friends and neighbors helped, as well as Lisa Venancio, lifestyle director at Bailey’s Glen. “Our friend Toni Hamilton was our righthand in this production,” Skean says. Five Baiely’s Glen men were servers.

Gert Capponi at lunch and fashion show

Six neighbors and two Bailey’s Glen staffers modeled outfits by Chico’s and hair styles by Valeria Salon/Med Spa/Boutique. Skean, who has professional acting experience, delivered the Chico’s script, which focused on fringe, lace, faux leather, stirrup pants and other current fashion trends. There were prizes from Dressler’s, Red Rocks, Total Wine, Chico’s, Valeria Salon, Wild Birds Unlimited, Savory Spice Shop, as wells as Sullivan and Skean.

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Scene and Heard United Way Day of Serving

‘Tawba Walk Sept. 19

Stefan Duncan, the ‘American Van Gogh’

Kelly Osborne and Jeff Kurz at Cornelius Elementary

At the new Town Museum

Logan Groft with handmade flying discs

Cornelius Presbyterian car show

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Former Mayor Jan Beasley, historian Miriam Whisnant

Amy Perkins and McKinley, 6, take a selfie

Howard Moore with his 1957 Ford Skyliner at Cornelius Presbyterian Cruise-in

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Scene and Heard Striking a Tom Sawyer-esque pose

Cheryl Argenta spruces up her fence in Jetton Cove on a sunny September Saturday

At the photo exhibit at Cornelius Arts Center


On Sunday, Come Worship With Us

Diana Bloomfield discusses her work

Jon Cain with son Jameson at Arts Center

If your service club has an upcoming project, we're glad to post an announcement online or in print. If you have a special, high-resolution photo of a non-profit project to share, send it our way and we will try to include it. Email:

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

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

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9/10/15 Jo Charles 20917 LLC, Karen K. Wolter, 20902 Bethelwood Ln, Cornelius 9/11/15 CK Fitness and Nutrition LLC, Charissa Klaassen, 10204 Caldwell Depot Rd., Cornelius 9/11/15 Little Gem Hair Studio LLC, Edmee Anglero Hadcock, 19928 Catamaran Ct., Cornelius 9/14/15 Coffey & Thompson Art Gallery, Frame and Design Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425 Liverpool Pkwy., Ste. G, Cornelius 9/14/15 T.G.I.G. organics LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 19932 Floral Ln., Cornelius

Davidson 9/1/15 db Consult LLC, Rexanne Domico, 230 Pine Rd., Davidson 9/3/15 Daily Financial LLC, Donna Pollack, 623 Watson St., Davidson 9/3/15 Filigree Connection LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 610 Jetton St., Ste. 120, Davidson 9/8/15 The 1416 Company LLC, David W. Stewart, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 306, Davidson 9/10/15 Bayview Building Group LLC, Mary Kunkel, 416 Armour St., Davidson 9/10/15 Sarcinella Management Solutions LLC, Steve Sarcinella, 812 Cotton Gin Alley, Davidson 9/11/15 Frazier Family Holdings LLC, Gary B. Frazier, 630 Davidson Run Ln., Davidson 9/11/15 P5 Properties LLC, Philip W. Hayes, 910 Martingale Ln., Davidson 9/11/15 Tick Tock Movie LLC, John E. Allen Jr., 16459 Leavitt Ln., Davidson 9/14/15 MBW Holdings LLC, Michael B. Wihite, 209 Dleburg St., Ste. 130, Davidson 9/14/15 Rose Shipping Inc., Mike Schultze, 1027 San Michele Pl., Davidson

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AlphaGraphics Lake Norman • Alton’s Kitchen Rotary Club of and Cocktails • Allen Tate Realtors • Aquesta North Mecklenburg Bank • Aquesta Insurance • Chantal and Denis Bilodeau • Charlotte Ear Eye Nose & Throat Associates • Kerri and Joshua Dobi • Carolyn and Jim Duke • Julia Holyfield • KS Audio Video 2015 Skipper Sponsors • Lake Norman Kiwanis • Lake Norman Realty Margaret and Blair Boggs • Marcy and Jim Carlyle • • Law office of Bentz & Associates • Mama’s Carolina Eye Care/Dr. Kevin LaFone • Charlotte Party Pizza • The McIntosh Law Firm • Park Avenue Rentals • Dixie Dean • Tom and Ann Dutton • Tom Hilb Properties/Rep. John Bradford • Payroll Plus/ • Lynette and Mark Rinker • Brent and Amy Sparks • John Hettwer • Salon Sabeli • Dr. Nancy Tracey and Dan Stehle • Sea Tow/Howard Kaplan • Sen. Thom and Susan Tillis • Heidi Hansen and Dirk Tischer and Sen. Jeff Tarte

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

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

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Your comments and opinions since 2006


More on handicap parking

Manhole cover from heck p

Crosswalk at Jetton Park


“My car was totalled. Ran over a unfinished manhole on Emporia Street and Sefton Park Drive. I complained to the Town of Cornelius. They told me the street did not belong to Cornelius. They said it was privately owned. I contact the person who is suppose to be the owner, turns out they just gave me the run around. Someone needs to look into this matter before anyone else loses their car. I would like for you to post these pictures so that all of Cornelius will see them. People of Cornelius: Be careful driving through that street. I was also told that street is not to be used, but there was not a sign saying Do No Enter. I would like to share the names of the people, well they know who they are. —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on • Andrew Grant, assistant town manager, responds: “Emporia Street is a private road, meaning that it is not owned and maintained by the Town. The Town has communicated with the owner of the road about the issues that are occurring. The owner has the option of restricting access to portions of Emporia St., as long as access to the existing businesses is not restricted.”

“Most instances, handicap parking spaces are legitimately used, but perhaps one of the biggest misused and abused spaces are located in front of the EmbroidMe storefront. These spaces are often occupied by the owners of EmbroidMe. Handicap customers of Starbucks, Progressive Pilates, and perhaps even EmbroidMe are often denied these spots because they are selfishly occupied... [by the owners]... who display their tags when it is convenient for them to do so.” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on • We contacted the owners who declined to comment. Of course, your SoundOff mentions they have handicap tags so no complaint here.

Here are two SoundOffs on the subject with different points of view 1. “To the person concerned about only half of the cars stopping for pedestrians at the Jetton Park crosswalk, I say only about half the pedestrians push the button for the light to come on so that cars can see ahead of time that someone is crossing. It drives me crazy that the city paid all of that money to make crossing Jetton Road safer, but people can't push the button.” 2. “I'm confused by the flashing yellow lights at the Jetton Park crosswalk. Are we supposed to stay at a stop when the lights are flashing and the pedestrian has already crossed? I have to admit I couldn't see the flashing yellow when I was driving home Tuesday night.” —both via anonymous SoundOff contact link on • Police Chief Hoyle responds: Drivers are required by law to stop any time a pedestrian is inside a crosswalk. This includes the full length of a crosswalk, so when a pedestrian crosses in front of a vehicle to cross, that vehicle must remain stopped until the pedestrian clears the crosswalk completely. The yellow flashing lights are there to draw attention to the crosswalk, but with or without the flashing lights the crosswalk rule is the same.

Golf carts out of control? p We received three SoundOffs on golf carts around town “This is our neighborhood and while we do not own a golf cart this was likely the teens...good kids but could use some guidance. Will bring to the HOA's attention to notify parents. Otherwise...our neighborhood rocks!” —via Soundoff Cornelius Facebook page “Well let me guess... If this is not illegal then it's immoral. If there is no indication that they are HC Vehicles then they should not be there. Else you would also be advocating it's OK for a cycle club to park bicycles there?” —via Soundoff Cornelius Facebook page “I have seen people riding golf carts on Jetton Road, not the sidewalk. One of them was going about 10 mph with a big white SUV driving slowly behind it, another one cruising blithely into the sunrise. It was hard to see.” —via

Response to ‘Donutgate: NCDOT did not notify Town’ The cows may come and the cows may go… but the bull goes on forever. The property owner is forced to pay for the widened road, curbs, sidewalk… only to have it all torn out soon when NCDOT goes about widening West Catawba to four plus lanes. More is being wasted further down by Westmoreland and by Ladd McCall, where new curbs are being installed. — via • Andrew Grant, assistant town manager, responds: “At this time, without engineered widening plans, it is difficult to say which sidewalks and multi-purpose paths will need to be relocated. Any existing sidewalks or multipurpose paths along West Catawba Ave. that are removed as a result of the future widening will be replaced by NCDOT as part of the cost of the widening project. The widening is not scheduled to occur until at least 2020, so the community will be able to enjoy the sidewalks and multipurpose paths that the Town has installed for many more years.”

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Cyclists can ruin life for motorists p

Slow Boat to China or somewhere p “Today on LKN, I got an unfriendly gesture while passing a slower boat today. I guess she thought I was 'beeping at them.’” —via SoundOffCornelius on Facebook • The official maritime rules of the road call for an overtaking vessel to give one short blast if passing on the starboard side; two short blasts if passing on the port side.

“The lady on the strange bike merrily crossing Jetton on Meta on Sunday about 10:30 am is lucky to be alive. She made no attempt to stop at the stop sign or even slow down and look to her left and right. It is the law in NC that bicyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals. They are not exempt because they are operating a non- motorized vehicle! This happy-go-lucky gal could be dead and could have ruined the life of a driver who nearly hit her. Park the bike until you learn the laws in this state.” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Go to school, something, anything p “I'm sorry, but those big black pickup trucks that sound like a cross between steamships and bulldozers are totally offensive to thinking people. I'm reminded of Pink Floyd and 'we don't need no education.' Did you make it past third grade? I assume you have special stools to help you climb into the cab? Does bringing the stool out and putting it away again keep you busy all day? And, BTW, are these kinds of trucks even allowed in Davidson?” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on • We checked with the Davidson Police Department and, yes, big, black pickup trucks are allowed.


Obey the law “In light of all of the news and media coverage lately regarding the way the police handle interactions with citizens when confronting them I would like to say this: If people, regardless of race, would obey the commands of officers and do what they are told and not resist or be aggressive towards the police in any way, I feel certain that the overwhelming majority of these senseless deaths or injuries would be avoided... This isn’t rocket science people.” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on • We shortened your SoundOff considerably. Policing is, of course, a tough job with potentially life-changing decisions having to be made in an instant. People of all races, colors and creeds have been shot when things go wrong. This website, reported on by the Washington Post, New York Daily News and NBC, gives a chronological listing of news stories involving police shootings so far this year: As of Sept. 21 there were 863.

Cows not condos p

“Good morning. I am happy and relieved to have read in the 'Room to grow' article that the Alexander Farm is not for sale and hasn’t been sold. For those of us in the community who loved seeing the cows roaming around in the field and the rooster and hens running around in the yard, there was quite an anxious feeling when the grass grew tall, the cows were no longer in the field and the birds and young family that lived on the property were now gone. Had the property been sold and some developer was now going to come in and build yet ANOTHER apartment community? I live in Alexander Chase just down the road from the farm, and several years ago one of their hens wound up in our neighborhood. Several of us neighbors would make sure she had food and water but you could tell the distress she was in as over time she had pulled out all her tail feathers and was not looking too good; I mean how scared she must’ve felt in a place where there’s dogs everywhere you turn; kids chasing after her, not to mention cars she’s having to dodge. I had been worried for her for a while because it was starting to grow cold at night and there was no place she could roost and be protected from the cold. I had purchased one of those cardboard pet carriers at the pet store and kept it in my car so on the off chance I could catch her I would be ready. One late afternoon I seized the opportunity with the help of one of my neighbors and I was able to gently grab her as she was just about to fly up into the leafless tree for the night. Me and Miss Hen drove immediately to the farm and fortunately the young caretaker was out in the yard so I was able to happily hand her to him – now she would be back in the environment that was more suited for her. Driving back home I lifted a prayer in thanks that she was now back where she belonged. After that I always had a soft spot for chickens. You couldn’t have published that article at a better time….now I know the farm remains in the Alexander family. Thank you!” —via • We know, our headline is about cows but your SoundOff is about chickens. You reminded us of the late Town Commissioner Hank Kahn who advocated for farm preser vation more than a decade ago. His campaign signs along Cornelius highways and bi-ways said “Cows Not Condos.”

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