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September Things to do

Political Q&A on the menu for Newsmakers Breakfast Sept. 21 Four top political consultants— two Democrats and two Republicans—will field questions from the audience at the Cornelius Today/ Business Today Newsmakers Breakfast Sept. 21 at The Peninsula Club. It will be an exciting event, a la “Meet The Press.” Our speakers are: • Andy Yates, a Republican, is founder of Red Dome Group. • Brad Crone, a Democrat, runs Campaign Connections. • Michael Wilson, a Democrat, is running the Chaz Beasley campaign. • Neal Orr, a Republican, is a well known consultant and on-air pundit.

All four will take questions from the audience. Newsmakers Breakfasts are an open-forum discussion with people in the news. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for networking. The buffet-style breakfast gets underway at 7:30 a.m. The Q&A begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 9 a.m. sharp. The cost to attend, $12, includes a full country breakfast. Reservations are required. Call 704895-1335 with Visa or MasterCard. Sponsors include Davidson Wealth Management, Donna Moffett Accountants & Consultants, The McIntosh Law Firm and Pierce Chiropractic.

American Legion Post 86 golf tourney American Legion Post 86 will host a golf fundraiser Oct. 15 at the Lakewood Golf Course in Statesville. Proceeds will support various projects including the Veteran’s Memorial Statue. The entry fee is $340 per team which includes green fees, cart, mul-


ligans, skirt and a 50/50 raffle, as well as lunch and beverages. Hole sponsorships are available. Information: Call Randy Wally at 704-840-4413 or email Hole sponsorships start at $50.

The Zero-K ‘un-run’ slated for Sept. 9 The North Mecklenburg Rotary Club, in partnership with the town of Cornelius and Bella Love’s 2nd Friday Street Festival, is holding the Zero-K fundraiser to support the Cornelius 9-11 Monument on Friday, Sept. 9. The “un-run” will feature a variety of food trucks, breweries, live music and activities for the kids. This unique “race” event, which runs

from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Oak Street Mill in downtown Cornelius, promises all the fun and none of the run of a typical race. Registration is $30, and proceeds will go toward the construction of Cornelius’ 9-11 Monument. For more information, contact Denis Bilodeau at 704-719-7961 or

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Bandit is a 4-month-old male kitten, who arrived at the shelter with his brother, Scamp, and two sisters, Milly and Mandy. He seems to be the ringleader; full of energy and fun.

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For retired New York City firefighter Jim Butler, Sept. 11 was the day he lost 343 fellow firefighters and friends. “In the fire service, we always lived with the possibility of a major loss of life but nothing of that magnitude,” the Cornelius resident says. “That’s why it’s so important that all of our citizens honor the dedication of these brave men and women and work to make sure it never happens again.” In honor of all those who perished, the town of Cornelius is erecting the “Never Forget” monument on the front lawn of Fire Station No 1 on South Main Street. It will be unveiled at a ceremony 8:30 a.m. Sunday Sept. 11. It will be 15 years since the first plane hit the World Trade Center north tower at 8:45 a.m. The Never Forget 9/11 Monument will include a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. It is Cornelius’ official way to honor the citizens, first responders and military who were killed. “This monument will also honor those who continue to serve in our local community,” said Police Chief Bence Hoyle. “It is an important re-

minder to our own heroes that the sacrifices and risks they take are remembered and appreciated every day.” This is not the first time Cornelius has erected a monument to honor those who served and lost their lives. According to a town history published by the Cornelius Jaycees in 1971, 585 people contributed to the Confederate Veterans Monument on Zion Street between 1907 and 1910.

It is located just east of the railroad tracks and Fire Station No. 1 on South Main Street. The history says the “entire community” participated, but it’s a good guess the extent of participation wasn’t as far and wide as the Never Forget monument. The designers behind Never Forget inscribed that phrase in 44 languages on the monument. One of the languages in Arabic. French is represented, of

course, and Spanish, but also Isizulu, Yoruba, Oromo and dozens more. Still, the Confederate Monument was a massive undertaking. The Jaycees history says “hundreds...gave their time and talents through box suppers, fiddlers conventions, plays and ballgames and any other way that money could be raised.” Factoring in inflation, the 1910 monument, which cost $10,000 then, would cost over $243,000 in today’s dollars. Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue Chief Neal Smith says the new monument will be a living memorial. “It will not only recognize the importance of our first responders and military that continue to serve our citizens daily but also educate our youth for generations to come,” Smith says. “The memorial will be for all people and a place to reflect and remember how our history was forever changed one morning in September 2001.” The official dedication of the 9/11 monument is set for 8:30 a.m. Sunday Sept. 11 at Fire Station No. 1. The event is open to the public. —Dave Vieser

{Never Forget} Cornelius Remembers from Cornelius Today ‘s Facebook Page Norah Dahlen I was delivering papers to a CPA client and heard it on the car radio. I felt disbelief, shock and some fear. Know I stopped at church t pray on my way home from work.

Pat Jackson Our daughter was in pre-K ; it was the first day of school. Another little boy named Jack McAleese was supposed to be in her class as well. Jack’s dad was a friend of mine from town, Brian McAleese. He was FDNY. Brian was killed in the collapse of the WTC...Brian left behind his wife and three other children. Brian’s funeral (no body) was attended by 3,000, Mayor Giuliani did the eulogy. I was honored to help fold the flag that was presented to his wife and mother. It was surreal and insane. I attended a dozen funerals that fall. It could have been more except life takes over.

Ashley Sherrill I was in the 10th grade sitting on the floor of my chorus class at East Lincoln High School. We were all in shock as we went from class to

class watching this unfold on TV and then they let us all go home. 2/3 of our school had a prayer circle around the flag pole.

Carmen Canady Was newly pregnant... shocked, scared, and wondering if we made the wrong decision to bring another life into this world.

Missy Stewart I was at AIB College of Business in Iowa. I felt scared of what could/would happen next. Where else are they going to attack?

Christy Clark Giving birth to my first born son. I was confused and scared, so I turned off the TV and lights and focused on bringing my sweet baby in the world.

Donna Sebastian I was living in New Jersey right on the waterfront and I watched them fall from my living room window. We also had the television on and that’s when everything being broadcast went black.

Wayne Gregory I lived on Long Island in NY just the whole thing was like a bad dream there were no planes flying people from all fire and rescue were going to help

Mandy Roach Brown Had a new baby, a mom working at a hospital near the Pentagon, a stepdad in service of Air Force One and a dad flying. Spent the evening listening to fighter jets patrol the skies over our house near Quantico.

Lindsay Green Schoff I was in a graduate microeconomics class at the University of Pittsburgh. Classes were evacuated immediately after Flight 93 crashed in Somerset. When classes resumed, people were different. We were scared and mournful, but we all opened up. Strangers connected with smiles, politeness, and small kind gestures.

Jeff Tarte I was in a client meeting with the CFO at the Washington Hospital Center (WHC) in Washington DC. We

saw the towers hit on TV. WHC is 8 miles from the Pentagon when the plane hit. The WHC is the health care command center when a catastrophic event occurs in DC. The conference room across from the executive offices became the command center to direct care of all trauma and health care response team activity. There was a surreal calm over the staff. Everyone knew their roles and responsibilities in an emergency. All of a sudden everything felt like it moved in slightly slower than normal speed.

Travis Norton On my pastoral internship ironing a shirt, watching on TV. I informed my supervisor senior pastor and we held a prayer vigil later that day.

Diane Barricelle I was still living in NY at the time. The most devastating thing ever to live through. No one knew what to say, what to do, or even what to think. Everyone walked around dumbfounded and crying. But the out pour of people showing their love for America was amazing. The day after every radio

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{Never Forget} Unforgettable public art You might say one of the two designers behind the town’s new “Never Forget” monument has come full circle. Texan Norman Lee was one of only eight finalists in the Ground Zero Design contest in 2003. Not yet a full-time designer of public art, he visited the “bathtub,” the gaping hole in Lower Manhattan where the Twin Towers stood. The Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others. These immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes, 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding LEE area, and 125 at the Pentagon. Lee was driving to work when he heard the news. “I remember it as the longest day of my life,” he says. There were 5,000 entries for the National Sept. 11 memorial, and Lee’s design was one of the final eight. Fast forward 15 years. Lee and Shane Allbritton, under the auspices of their public art design firm, RE:site in Houston, won the Cornelius competition which drew 14 competitors from around the country. A 12-member committee chose the winning design after narrowing the field to three finalists. The centerpiece of the design is a 3,000 pound steel beam from the World Trade Center. The beam stands in the center of

station played the national anthem at noon. To this day a lot of stations still do. I think it’s sad that NC does not recognize the day all that much. Very little is said on the radio, new stations mention it but as if it’s just another news segment and NOTHING is said within the schools. No moment of silence anywhere. I still walk around on that day as if I’ve lost a family member

two walls of limestone oriented toward New York City. The monument is more than 16 feet tall. Visitors can touch the beam, which shows heat damage from the conflagration that occurred after the planes hit. There is an an articulated line in a circular inscribed paved plaza that sits on an axis with the World Trade Center site. This line is embedded with the date and location of the attack. The memorial bench honors the special sacrifice of first responders and the U.S. military who answered the call on

9/11, Lee says. The bench contains interpretive panels that honor the people whose lives were lost on 9/11 and those whose lives were forever impacted. It’s especially meaningful that the Never Forget monument is on the grounds of Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Station No. 1. Longtime Cornelius firefighter Ricky Overcash and Town Manager Anthony Roberts drove to New York to pick up the beam. Lee says the words that are carved into the stone in 44 languages are a “commentary and reference to not only the

international victims, and where we are right now as a world...coming together as opposed to being divisive.” The 44 languages include a sampling from every continent. Lee and Allbritton worked with “a myriad” of academics and linguists to get precisely the right meaning and nuances for each transaltion. “It was a big’s not a direct translation of ‘never forget’ in every case. It might not be the most poetic or appropriate... some cultures are more pluralistic, some are Every Allbritton individualistic. language was a case-by-case basis,” Lee says. He has been a full-time public art designer since 2012. It’s different from being an artist per se. “A public artist, you are working with a community to develop something to kind of tell their story...we are place-makers: We take stories and information and use physical space to tell a story,” Lee says. Their monument tells a terrible story with a message we in Cornelius and people everywhere will all benefit from: Coming together, regardless of background.

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District 98: It’s Bradford vs. Campbell By Donald White The General Assembly has already resolved many complex and contentious issues facing North Carolina, and barring a major shift in power to Democrats after November’s election, recently passed measures such as tax cuts and House Bill 2 will likely remain on the books. The latter issue has turned House District 98’s contest into an actual race. Republican incumbent state Rep. John Bradford -- who holds the seat vacated by Thom Tillis when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 -- initially looked likely to run unopposed, as no Democrat had filed to challenge him by the

John Bradford Do you support state funding for family and medical leave?

The state of North Carolina is one of our largest employers. I support a family medical leave policy that is consistent with meeting the demands of the employee’s job and the state’s financial capabilities to fund such a policy. I own a company that is located right here in District 98. As a local job creator my company employs over 40 extremely talented and loyal employees. I understand first-hand that a business needs to offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that helps attract and retain talented employees. In fact, my company’s benefits package has led to building an incredible team that runs the day-to-day operations which allows me to focus on the needs of my community and constituents.

What is your position on offshore drilling?

As a former Environmental Engineer I have always been environmentally conscientious and have supported innovation in the energy industry. I am supportive of finding clean and safe energy options for domestic production of renewable energy, natural gas, and oil which might include offshore drilling and offshore windmills. We need continued innovation in non-petroleumbased energy sources. In my first term as a Representative I have consistently supported renewable energy sources

deadline. Enter retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, a Davidson College graduate, who was spurred to run by her opposition to HB2 -- and by Bradford’s sponsorship of the bill. Because the filing deadline had passed by the time HB2 became law, Campbell had to collect signatures to get on the ballot, where she will appear as an unaffiliated candidate. The economy looms large in the race. Media reports citing figures from tourism and business groups say HB2 has cost the state 1,750 jobs and more than $77 million in investments and visitor spending. But despite those losses, Republican

Gov. Pat McCrory, points to recent GDP figures in promoting what he calls a “Carolina Comeback.” He touts North Carolina’s economy as the fastest-growing in the country, a claim that fact-checking website Politifact has rated as “True.” Despite the legislature’s flurry of activity since the GOP regained control in 2010, the fate of many important issues is still in the balance, and the Bradford-Campbell race could determine whether the GOP keeps its veto-proof supermajority. Both candidates agreed to answer questions on some of these issues for Cornelius Today’s September and October editions.

such as solar energy. It’s imperative we put America on a sustainable track of energy independence to ensure the security of all Americans today and for generations to come.

to such bipartisan discussions.

North Carolina is one of a handful of states with a contributory negligence law. What is your position?

A majority of states have adopted a comparable negligence approach instead of contributory negligence. This means that each party’s negligence for the claim is carefully considered and then weighed when determining the actual damages. I support this kind of policy change in North Carolina. We should also strengthen penalties for anyone who commits fraud by making false claims of negligence against a business which ultimately places an unfair financial and legal burden on that specific business.

Jane Campbell What is your position on state funding for family and medical leave?

When parents are able to spend time with their children, our communities are better off. I believe that our legislature should review the outcomes of the few states that have expanded upon the federal guidelines, and determine the potential beneficial effects for the workers of North Carolina. If there are merits to expansion, I believe that bipartisan discourse in the legislature will be required. Breaking the current supermajority will go a long way

What is your position on offshore drilling?

After seeing the disastrous effects of the Duke Energy coal ash spills and the abysmal attempts by our Republican-led legislature to clean them up by lifting environmental restrictions, I am concerned about offshore drilling. As a retired Navy officer – “offshore” to me means in an “often-fragile, complex maritime environment.” While we need to create jobs in our state, we should be investing in clean energy sources that provide jobs and are safe for the environment.

North Carolina is one of a handful of states with a contributory negligence law. What is your position?

North Carolina is only one of a few states that has not yet removed contributory negligence from its books. Essentially contributory negligence means that if the defense can prove that you are 1% responsible for the incident, you cannot claim a single penny in damages or compensation. This is dangerous considering this law applies to multiple aspects of our life such as vehicle crash and collision cases, workplace injury, and malpractice. I believe that this law should be revised to protect the citizens of North Carolina. We must protect our state’s workforce and ensure that the reality of an accident or incident determines a judge’s ruling instead of potentially letting an employee suffer and lose just compensation over an outdated technicality.

Former Mayor Tarte seeks third term in NC Senate Incumbent Jeff Tarte is seeking his third two-year term in the NC Senate. The former mayor of Cornelius has two challengers. Chris Cole, 52, a retired postal worker from Huntersville, is running as a Libertarian. Jonathan Hudson is running as a Democrat. There’s not a lot of information out there on either one, but both are personable guys. Cole ran for U.S. Senate in 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and Mecklenburg County Commission in 1998. In a telephone interview, Cole said one of the reasons he decided to run was because Tarte was running unopposed. A few minutes after Cole filed, however, Hudson filed. Hudson is a Huntersville resident. “We have had Democratic governments and Republican government and government always grows,” Cole said. “I want to try a Libertarian government and make government shrink.” Hudson is a senior in political science at UNC-Charlotte. He says he is running for office because the “Republican party in NC is doing an absolutely horrible job at protecting the environment.” He also criticized Republicans for “early support for toll lanes,” although Tarte changed his position and fought the NCDOT-Cintra contract. Neither challenger has a campaign war chest to speak of. Tarte said he had $130,000 in mid-August, and he is planning fundraisers with Republican movers and shakers. He also hopes to help fund other GOP campaigns with some of the monies raised. Tarte said he wants to see state government do a better job of leveraging technology. He is also concerned about the effects of HB2, but believes the Charlotte City Council went way too far in passing the original antidiscrimination ordinance. “My goal is to bring a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to governing,” the Cornelius resident said. “There is a high degree of cynicism because too many things about government aren’t necessarily transparent. We need to bring transparency back to the day-today workings of government.” —By Dave Yochum

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The Lake Norman Marine Commission has begun a review of the rafting ordinance which governs boaters who tie their vessels side by side on any given weekend and party like Monday is something landlubbers do. There have been complaints about noise and concerns about safety, according to the Ron Shoultz, the commission’s executive director. “We’re taking a close look to see if there are any improvements we can make to the current regulations in order to enhance safety while keeping the noise under control. We’ll be speaking with a number of local residents as well as the police during the next several months,” Shoultz said. The Cornelius Police Department has also requested a review of the current rafting ordinance, which was adopted in 2007. It addresses the following: • Rafting of three to 10 vessels at least 100 yards from the shoreline. The vessels must be at least 200 yards from any other vessel or group of vessels that are tied or anchored together. • In the area known as the Sandbar, near the Shearwater neighborhood, rafting and/or anchoring are prohibited within 300 yards from shore and to a point defined by Marine Commission signs. • West of the I-77 Causeway, from Exit 28 to Exit 33, rafting and anchoring are prohibited within 300 yards from shore.

Meanwhile, Cornelius Police have been working with boaters to move farther away from residences where noise has been a problem in the past, and no enforcement of either noise or rafting ordinances has been required since this initiative began. “The ordinance is available to us but we have not written any citations on that ordinance,” Police Chief Bence Hoyle said. Cornelius Police officially expanded lake patrols a year ago after ongoing complaints about slow or sometimes no response from Charlotte-Mecklenburg lake patrols. The Sandbar in Cornelius is where most of the noise complaints occurred. Violations of the rafting ordinance can result in fines of up to $500. The regulations can be temporarily waived for special events. Lake Norman was once the world capital of raft-ups for special events. In fact, the Lake Norman Raft-up brought upwards of 900 boats together in a snake-like line across the lake back in the day. But the tighter regulations adopted in 2007 along with insurance and safety issues brought an end to the record-setting raft-ups. Another popular rafting location is Cocktail Cove, which is at The Point in Mooresville. Shoultz said the commission’s review is in its early stages; he could not provide a timetable for possible changes.

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Life of Pie: Cornelius is a smorgasbord of pizza Pizza. Even the word sounds delicious. Believe it or not, there were something like 75,000 pizza establishments in the United States in 2015, up 4 percent from 2012, according to That works out to 4,200 Americans for every pizza parlor in all 50 states. Cornelius is under-pizzaed any way you slice it: Ten places focusing on pizza, 28,000 residents, which means only 2,800 residents for every pizza place, franchise or independent, based right here in 28031 or within walking distance—we’re including Brixx in Birkdale Village and Fuel in Davidson. The pizza business is pretty good; you make dough in more ways than one. Business expert Joe Vagnone, a small-business broker and adviser in Cornelius, says the food cost is less than for most other restaurant businesses, and the time to prepare is lower, too, translating into lower labor costs. “It’s less than any

other meal, and the time to prepare makes pizza almost fast food, which means volume is possible,” Vagnone says. Start-up costs are within reason, and a sharp entrepreneur can take advantage of the fact that plenty of goodpaying and repeat customers eat their pies at home, which means less spent on brick and mortar. There are even pizza trade magazines, like Pizza Today—not related to Cornelius Today, although we truly wish it was on deadline days. PQM Pizza Magazine, in the 2015 “Pizza Power” report, says the industry is worth $38 billion a year, around the same size as McDonald’s total revenue alone, but who wants to watch a football game at home with burgers from a fast-food joint? Joel and Kelly Pfyffer opened Prosciutto’s Pizzeria a decade ago in Shops on the Green. An independent, familyowned business, the store is a magnet during sports events, thanks, in part, to plenty of flat-screen TVs. Joel says a good staff is one of the keys to operating the business the right way.

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“You are only as good as the people you put in front of your customers, and we have been blessed,” he says. “Some of my staff have been here for 10 years.” The report “Pizza Power” says the pizza restaurant industry has entered the “mature stage” of its life cycle. Many towns and cities have reached the limit of pizza restaurants that their populations can support. “That makes it harder for operators to open new stores and for new operators to get into the business,” PMQ Pizza Magazine said in a recent article. “It also means that increasing sales-perunit—rather than opening new stores— is a key driver of industry revenue.” The Caminiti family, owners of Brooklyn South in Jetton Village, have opened Novanta 90 Pizzeria Napoletana in LangTree in Mooresville. Novanta means “90” in Italian, which is how many seconds it takes to bake a pizza—at 900 degrees—in the restaurant’s wood-fired ovens. “The speed is not really the important part,” said Vincent Caminiti. Novanta 90 is their third pizza restaurant. They have around 75 employees. The Caminitis’ three locations all utilize family recipes and fresh ingredients. But the upscale-casual Novanta best represents the slow food movement’s emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and traditional preparation. “Our methodology goes back to the simple things in Italian cooking of hand-making fresh mozzarella, making ricotta cheese, making our own

dough,” Caminiti said. PMQ Pizza Magazine says independent operators account for much of the growth in the total number of pizza stores across the country. Meanwhile, telephone orders have leveled off; online orders have a bigger share of the pie. Today, ordering a hot, fresh pie can be as simple as a few taps of a smartphone app. “We’re not making a million bucks, but I am enjoying what I am doing and we’re having fun,” Pfyffer says.

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Brixx, located in Huntersville’s Birkdale Village, is part of a chain that offers brick-oven pizza plus sandwiches, salads, pasta and a selection of craft beers. The chain, which began in 1998 with a location in Charlotte’s historic Dilworth neighborhood, now has more than 30 locations across the Southeast, with franchise opportunities for more. 16915 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite A/B, Huntersville 704-894-0044

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Brooklyn South Pizzeria bills its food as being “as close to New York pizza as you can get.” A family-owned business run by Lucy and C. Vinent CaminSee PIZZA, Page 11

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This Cornelius location of the national pizza chain — which is currently running ads promoting the addition of salads to its menu — is located by Exit 28 near Fresh Market. In addition to delivery, it also offers a carry-out option. 20601 Torrence Chapel Road, Suite 109 704-897-8888

Fuel Pizza - Y

Fuel is just down the road on Main Street in Davidson. Its website touts fresh ingredients on a foldable crust with veggies hand-cut daily. Its menu also offers wings and garlic knots, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. 402 S. Main St., Davidson 704-655-3835

Hungry Howie’s Pizza - Y

The Lake Norman location of the national fast-casual chain famous for its flavored-crust pizza opened in September 2015. Michigan-based Hungry Howie’s has almost 600 locations in 21 states. 18059 W. Catawba Ave Suite 8 704-237-3810

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The national carry-out chain bestknown for its $5 Hot-N-Ready Pizza, DEEP!DEEP! Dish Pizza and Italian Cheese Bread, is located next to the Circle K on Catawba Avenue. Little Caesars is the fastest-growing pizza chain in the U.S. based on the number of stores added between 2008 and 2015, according to the company’s website. 20008 W. Catawba Ave. 704-987-5123

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thentic New York-style pies using fresh ingredients. It offers hand-tossed traditional pizzas with various toppings and more than a dozen kinds of gourmet pizzas, including Garlic Knot, Veggie Delite and the Italian Meat Lover’s. 19741 S. Main St. 704-892-3302

Pizza Hut - Y

The Cornelius location of the largest national pizza chain by market share offers delivery and carry-out options as well as a buffet for customers to want to dine in. In addition to pizza and pasta, the chain touts its Wingstreet Wings, which are hand-tossed and sauced in one of eight flavors. 20300 W. Catawba Ave. 704-896-0160

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Prosciutto’s Pizzeria & Pub - Y

Prosciutto’s is a Boston-themed pizzeria offering brick-oven pizza. Joel and Kelly Pfyffer opened the Cornelius restaurant in 2005, and its independent, family-owned roots are still evident from the family members who work in the restaurant. In addition to pizza, other specialties at Prosciutto’s include made-to-order salads, sandwiches and wraps, overflowing pasta dishes, and wings. Prosciutto’s has video games and a play area for the kids and a non-smoking full bar for Mom and Dad. 20920 Torrence Chapel Road 704-439-4444

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The family-owned Village Inn, whose Cornelius location is in the shopping center with Food Lion near Town Hall, got its start in 1967 when William “Ray” Lackey Sr. opened his first location in Statesville. Lackey credits his success to his use of the original recipe for his homemade sauce and dough. “It’s not the easiest way, or the big-chain approach, but it’s the best,” Village Inn’s website states. 20129 North Main St. 704-896-1606

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Cornelius-based anti-bullying nonprofit lands 2 key grants By Donald White When a bullied New York teenager committed suicide in August and left behind a note saying school administrators had done nothing to help him, Arlene Berkman understood. At a deep level. The founder of Cornelius-based Respect Ability Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing bullying, said she’s seen children in similar situations far too often. “We have noticed that in a lot of these young suicides there is very often an issue of mental health,” Berkman said. “It may be a minor one, but all it takes to push them over the edge is a real bullying incident.” The problem is personal for Berkman, too: She said her own son had been bullied by classmates in middle school. The lack of witnesses to the bullying incidents made it difficult for school

administrators to discipline the students who were responsible. “It was a small school district whose superintendent was very approachable but could not do anything since no one ever saw it happen,” Berkman said. “We changed schools and the problem was solved, but not everyone can do that. We lived through all the traumas the parents go through in these situations, and it left its scars.” After her retirement in 2009, Berkman, who has a background in teaching, said hearing and reading about the ongoing problem of bullying in schools spurred her to take action. “I said to myself, ‘I can do something about this or stand by and watch it,’” Berkman said. “I made the decision to do something.” From that decision, the Respect Ability Foundation was born. The organization has been serving

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tion available to teachers. Berkman said Respect Ability’s commitment to its mandate of making students and teachers feel a sense of belonging, safety and respect is as strong as ever. She said the security young people get from knowing they are safe in their environment can help prepare them to tackle all the challenges they will face in life. “When people feel they can make a difference, they feel empowered!” Berkman said.

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Car show benefits Autism Society The fourth annual AmeriCarna Live Car Show Nov. 26 will support Ignite, the Autism Society of North Carolina’s community center for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. The host is Ray Evernham, former NASCAR championship crew chief, star of the “AmeriCarna” television series on Velocity, and founder of Ignite, which is located in the historic Davidson Cotton Mill in Davidson. The car show will be held at the Ingersoll Rand North American headquarters in Davidson

The show costs $5 per person to attend; kids under 10 are free. Car owners can pre-register their vehicles before Nov. 1 for $25 or register after that or at the gate on event day for $30. Go to to register your car. There will be a variety of food vendors will be available at the event. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Evernham Family – Racing for a Reason Foundation to support the IGNITE Community Center in Davidson.

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United Way’s community director says member agencies are vetted New campaign launches with ‘Day of Caring’ Sept. 24 By Dave Yochum Keri Taylor is the new community director for United Way of Central Carolinas for Mooresville/Lake Norman. It’s a big job: Organizing fundraising for an agency that helps fund a variety of nonprofits, ranging from the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity based in Cornelius. In between are agencies such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Hospice and YMCA. Cornelius Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam is on the United Way board here. “Our local Mooresville-Lake Norman United Way does a wonderful job of supporting and helping fund multiple local agencies. Over my nearly 25 years of service on this board, I have noted that as our region grows, so do our basic human needs. I’m more than proud to support this good and important work through participation and money,” Washam said. What United Way is famous for is conducting fundraising drives in workplaces large and small. Less well-known is the vetting process for member agencies. As stewards of donor dollars, United Way ensures that donations are allocated to agencies that are financially viable and have sound financial policies. Some organizations that collect money directly have neither a track record nor a clear vision. Others duplicate the services of long-established agencies. “There is too much need in our

community for multiple agencies to be doing the same thing and requesting funding from the same places. We encourage each agency to focus on what they do best and to partner with others for the services that are needed for their clients to overcome their obstacles. It’s about leveraging our community resources and talent to provide our community with solutions to complex problems,” Taylor said. United Way requires partner agencies to complete an annual financial certification. Accountants from Deloitte & Touche, Dixon Hughes Goodman and Cherry Bekaert review the documents on a volunteer basis. All of this information goes to volunteers responsible for making agency funding recommendations to United Way’s Board of Directors. So you know where your charitable contributions go. Taylor has big shoes to fill. She replaces Linda Beck, who passed away in June. The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center has established the Linda Beck Education Endowment, a permanent endowed fund, to support its arts education initiatives. Beck was corporate gifts coordinator at Blumenthal, as well as a member of the North Meck Rotary Club, which meets each Wednesday at The Peninsula Club. Taylor started at United Way in 2008 as a temporary campaign associate. In 2009, she was hired on full time in the Donor Relations department working on corporate

Taylor’s advice for charitable giving “Identify what is important to you. Ask yourself, ‘what is my passion? Homeless? Children? Seniors? Animals?’ Find an organization that has a mission that fits your values and has measurable goals. Get involved. Volunteering is the best way to really know an organization and see the impact they make.”


partnerships and workplace campaigns. She has a degree in business administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Before that she was an eighthgrade teacher for children with learning disabilities. She has a passion for United Way and the good it does. “We help you change your community,” Taylor says. “We lead those agencies to work together on our most pressing challenges like increasing graduation, stabilizing families, and empowering healthy lives. It gives every person a chance to have those building blocks for success in our community.” Ultimately, United Way is the most

effective way to give locally because donations become more powerful and make nonprofits more effective, she says. The 2016 campaign kicks off in Mooresville/Lake Norman with the annual “Day of Caring” Sept. 24. Some 500 volunteers roll up their sleeves and work together to make a difference in our community. It promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism and demonstrates the power of Living United. The day kicks off with a breakfast at The Cove Church in Mooresville. This year’s campaign chair is Eric A. Livingston, a principal at Ernst & Young.

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Aug. 9. Look for still more growth to come in Cornelius. Even as officials and residents begin to digest the possibility of a 12-story hotel on West Catawba Avenue, two other projects are on the drawing boards: Antiquity Woods on the Davidson-

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Change & Tire Engineers, the buyer, said Charlotte is a strong growth market. Express Oil already has four locations in the Charlotte market. “We are excited to add Griffin Brothers to the Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers family,” said Ricky Brooks, CEO of Express Oil. “We anticipate continued store growth in the Charlotte area as we optimize our locations in the market,” he said. Other Griffin Bros. companies, including Pine Island Country Club, Greenway Waste Solutions and Griffin Brothers Acquisitions, are not part of the sale.

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Cornelius border, and Watermark on Kunkleman Drive near Goodwill. According to Senior Planner Will Washam, Meeting Street Cos. of Charlotte plans to build Antiquity Woods on approximately 16 vacant acres bounded by the Curtis Screw Factory, Antiquity and the linear greenway, the covered bridge, Davidson Elementary School and McEver Baseball Field in Davidson. The neighborhood will be a combination of 107 houses and villas, along with a central garden and the Village Tavern Inn, a mixed-use building. In order to proceed, Meeting Street will need to have the property rezoned from neighborhood residential to conditional zoning. No dates have been set for the required hearings before either the Planning Board or the Town Board. Meanwhile, on the west side of town near the Goodwill building, JMR Properties of Cornelius is looking to build a luxury 48-unit complex on a vacant 4.54 acre parcel located at 19800 Kunkleman Drive. The project, which is more than a year out because of timing issues around the Kunkleman estate, is on open land just north of the Knox Road extension and east of Henderson Road. Kunkleman Drive north of Knox Road would be permanently closed. The sale of the property could take place in January of 2018, said

developer Jamie Rolewicz. Prices will start in the $700,000 range, he said. Each of the units will be about 3,000 square feet, with prices rising based on finishes and options. “The upper units will be priced higher,” said Rolewicz, an experienced developer of luxury homes and commercial projects. “People can downsize without downgrading,” he said. “There is a part of the market that we are missing: There is nowhere for people to downsize without downgrading. There is nothing in the luxury high end,” he said. He has built close to 50 high-end homes, as well as 500,000 square feet of medical office and industrial products with business partner Kevin Mahl. Together they own Champion Tire. Rolewicz said Watermark will add $35 million to $40 million to the Cornelius tax base, with minimal impact on rush hour traffic and schools, based on the empty nester target market. The zoning would need to change from village center to conditional zoning. As with Antiquity Woods, no dates have been set for the required public hearings before the Planning or Town Boards. Additional information on the proposed developments will be available by accessing the town’s web site at projects.

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Boasting of economic ‘explosion’ as residents feel traffic pain

Giselle Massi points to a new sign which the town has erected in Antiquity.

Aug. 16. By Dave Vieser. Even as the town of Cornelius cheerfully promotes an economic “explosion” on its website, residents are complaining about fast-paced growth and a lack of infrastructure that are causing continuous traffic woes. Some of the congestion is a result

of construction of toll lanes on Interstate 77. Anger over the traffic situation has already manifested itself in several protests from angry residents on the Catawba Avenue bridge over the interstate—including one in late April and another one last year—and the defeat of several politicians who have sup-

ported the toll lane project, including former Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain.

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A new round of traffic concerns surfaced at the Aug. 15 Cornelius Board of Commissioners meeting when Antiquity resident Giselle Massi presented a petition containing 154 signatures from residents asking the board for help with increasingly heavy traffic rumbling through the Antiquity neighborhood. Massi, who lives on Advocates Court near the covered bridge, said the situation has become much more severe since construction began on I-77, forcing some commuters to seek alternate routes. She said the traffic volume has also increased since Harris Teeter opened at Antiquity Town Center, drawing a significant number of shoppers from Davidson on South Street into Antiquity. “In the last six months, the roads in our neighborhood have become frighteningly unsafe as more cars and trucks are traveling with higher speed on these narrow roads,” Massi said. She’s asking the town to initiate a public education campaign to inform residents and motorists of the dangerous approach to and through the Antiquity covered bridge, and along Old Canal and South streets. She is also seeking lower speed limits, additional signage and speed bumps to slow the traffic down. “I’m not a traffic engineer, but I have been blessed with a good deal

of common sense,” Massi said, “and I fear that this situation is only going to get worse unless the town steps in now. The roads in Antiquity were never built to handle this type of traffic. Safety comes first.” Particularly concerning is the wooden roadbed on the covered bridge. It has numerous skid marks from drivers who have experienced close calls. In response to Massi’s concerns, Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis said the town had begun to install additional signs at the bridge indicating the wooden roadway can be extremely slippery when wet. In addition, the town has launched a traffic study to record the speeds of motorists passing through the area. Massi is also seeking assistance from the Davidson Board of Commissioners since the issue affects both towns. Future attention from the town will also be focused on the proposed entrance to Antiquity Woods, which will have driveways directly north of the covered bridge.

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Residents’ concerns about traffic woes come at a time when town officials will be part of a panel discussion about a recent boom in economic activity in the Lake Norman area. In a posting on the town’s web site they say a “panel of experts will discuss what factors they believe are contributing to this Economic Explosion, what they need to do now and plan for in the future to ensure it continues, what they foresee is coming down the pipeline and how local and surrounding AEC firms can be part of the growth.” The AEC is part of the International Economic Development Council. Ryan McDaniels, executive director of Lake Norman Economic Development, will serve as the moderator. Assistant Cornelius Town Manager Andrew Grant will be a panelist. The discussion is scheduled for 11:30 am Sept. 1 at the Galway Hooker in Kenton Place. The panel will discuss factors that have contributed to the area’s economic growth and what needs to be done to ensure the expansion continues. —Donald White contributed to this story

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Thanks to Puckett, county includes budget info with tax bills Aug. 22. By Dave Vieser. It took several years, but Mecklenburg County is including information on how tax dollars are spent with the annual property tax bills. Previously, county tax bills only included the total tax payment due, but no explanation of where the money goes. The new bills included a small insert with that in-

formation; look for more details in the future. “As I traveled around the county and spoke with my constituents, I found that many people had no idea where their tax dollars go,� said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett. “So I asked the county to put together a pie chart which would

The specific breakdown on county tax dollar allocation for fiscal year 2017 is as follows: • Education services: 47.2% • County services: 39.8% • General debt services: 13.0% For Cornelius residents, in addition to the county taxes, a town tax is also collected, which amounts to approximately 23 percent of their annual property taxes.

detail the allocation of those funds.� Puckett said his idea was met with some resistance at first, but eventually the county came around to his point of view. “For example, over 47 percent of the tax bill goes to education services, more than the county’s services, and the people need to know that.�

Danae Caulfield to run for NC House Aug. 18. Danae Caulfield will be the Republican nominee for NC House District 92, replacing Rep. Charles Jeter, who resigned in July. She will oppose Chaz Beasley, a Democrat. District 92 includes parts of Huntersville, Charlotte, Pineville and Steele Creek, as well as Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Caulfield served on the Huntersville Town Board and ran unsuccessfully for

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Lake drops, beach grows, crowd shrinks Aug. 10. By Dave Yochum. Looking at it from the glass is half-full perspective, the new county beach at Ramsey Creek Park is bigger than ever. That’s because lake levels are dropping. As of yesterday afternoon, there were 29.5 inches of water at the perimeter of the swimming area, down from 36 inches June 28, the last time we measured. Back when the park opened

with plenty of fanfare just before Memorial Day, there was 4 feet of water, and, naturally, the beach was smaller. We’ve shortened his comment, but Cornelius Town Commissioner Michael Miltich said the Memorial Day weekend opening was “a cluster.” He is calling for a debrief—a postmortem on the summer beach experience—to discuss the Ramsey Creek

Beach and all the things that went wrong with a noble experiment. Among them: Fierce congestion on West Catawba Avenue and Nantz Road, home to many luxury homes; inadequate parking and “stacking” for cars queuing up to the entrance gate; county taxes paying for off-duty police to manage traffic; and an intersection that remains dangerous and unfinished. A promised traffic light at Nantz and West Catawba was never installed, but concrete was poured in the middle of the Nantz roadway for no immediately apparent reason, and sidewalks torn up, making the intersection an iffy proposition for pedestrians and cyclists. “They had a penny-wise and pound-foolish approach,” said Miltich. Former elected officials as well as Miltich say the beach would have been better sited on either side of the peninsula that it sits on, not the point. At the point, the beach is competing with boaters using the Ramsey Creek boat ramp. Sand, meanwhile, migrates with the discernible current associated with the creek, Miltich said. With a gently sloping beach, swim-

mers might be high and dry before long. “As the lake drops, the water line travels like crazy,” Miltich said, explaining why the lake goes down every summer. Lake levels have dropped nearly 2 feet since the beach was dedicated with considerable publicity May 24. And where there was 4 feet of water at the edge of the swimming area a month ago, there’s now 29.5 inches. The county fanfare meant a tidal wave of publicity, with every Charlotte media outlet invited to attend opening ceremonies, although local outlets were not invited. (Cornelius Today attended anyway.) On Aug. 16 last year, the lake level was at 95.1 feet, according to Duke Energy. It’s now at 97.2 feet, indicating that a drought like last year’s would mean excellent sun-bathing for all—from that glass half-full perspective. Indeed, beach crowds are down considerably. At the debriefing Miltich said he will look for answers from Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation. “I would love to see how much over budget Ramsey is,” he said.

As of Aug. 10, there were 29.5 inches of water at the perimeter of the swimming area, down from 36 inches June 28

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Nicholas & Bailey Joffe, 21923 Torrence Chapel Rd. 7/28/16 $165,000 Hayley & Mark Seibert to Mary Virginia Wiese, 18832 Nautical Dr. Unit 44 7/28/16 $265,000 Mary Virginia Wiese to Tony Whealdon, 21634 Old Canal St. Unit 26 7/28/16 $327,000 South Creek Homes to Martin White Sr., 13314 Edenmore Ln. 7/28/16 $79,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 177 Bailey’s Glen 7/28/16 $750,000 Richard & Linda Rudd to Pete & Debra Moorefield, 19202 Peninsula Shores 7/29/16 $915,000 Donald & Isabel Percival

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Home Sales

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Zachary Scott & Parul Bansal, 21918 Torrence Chapel Rd. 7/29/16 $265,000 Michael Piro to Jean McKinley, 20519 Harbor View Dr. 7/29/16 $1,145,000 John & Felice Kee to William Wegh, 18111 Harbor Light Blvd. 7/29/16 $1,400,000 Steven & Barbara Jones to Brooke & David Modlin Jr., 22625 Torrence Chapel Rd. 7/29/16 $180,000 Sara & Charles Nodine to Lana O’Neill, 19930 Crew Cottage Ct. 8/1/16 $365,000 Neil & Kimberly Heesch to Dustin Wanemacher & Colleen Canty, 21301 Harken Dr. 8/1/16 $355,000 Stephen & Donna Pulley to James & Elizabeth Rogers, 20531 Deep Cove Ct. 8/1/16 $128,000 Coralee Reith to Robert Lee, 18809 Nautical Dr. Until 102 8/2/16 $116,000 Jean-Robert & Heather Guerra to Judith Petendree, 21257 Hickory St. Unit 6 8/3/16 $270,000 South Creek Homes to Faye Wood, 18203 Ebenezer Dr. 8/3/16 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 191, Bailey’s Glen 8/4/16 $328,000 Ryan & Nerissa O’Donnell to Kelly Corn, 8744 Westwind Point Dr. 8/4/16 $1,300,000 John & Kathryn Fitzgibbons to Robert & Carol Marcinek, 19209 Hidden Cove Ln.

8/5/16 $213,000 Robert & Amelia Lambert to American Homes 4 Rent Properties Nine, Lot 92 Heritage Green 8/8/16 $134,000 Fairmount Property Group to David Smith, 17627 Trolley Crossing Way 8/8/16 $387,000 Linda & James Ring to Konstantinos Voulis & Susan Kordek, 19737 Beneteau Ct. 8/8/16 $210,000 PF USA Property Portofolio NC to Chad & Valerie Kiekhaefer, Lots 1 & 2 Torrence Chapel Rd. 8/9/16 $645,000 Thomas & Linda Waber to Alexander Poleksic, 18721 Peninsula Cove Ln. 8/9/16 $353,000 South Creek Homes to Preston & Elizabeth Pratola, 13402 Hazelbrook Ln. 8/9/16 $70,000 Bluestream Parners to South Creek Homes, Lot 267 Bailey’s Glen 8/10/16 $270,000 Cara Cassell to ColFin AH-North Carolina 2, 8618 Lake Pines Dr. 8/11/16 $295,000 James & Katie Flickinger to Timothy & Cori Reid, 17418 Grand Central Way 8/11/16 $242,500 Melanie Savu to Debbie & Harold Ward Jr., 20018 North Cove Rd. 8/11/16 $232,000 Michael & Ouida Bradley to Travis & Hope Blankenship, 11354 Heritage Green Dr. 8/12/16 $985,000 Thomas & Susan Haffner to Sean & Debra Cassidy, 205 Deep Dove Ct.

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Home Sales

13408 Robert Walker Drive in Davidson for $693,000

105 Saddle Creek Court in Davidson for $1.07 million

8/12/16 $175,000 Christopher & Jamie Jones to Carol & Lawrence Lewis III, 19124 Long Pond Ln. 8/12/16 $225,000 Manuel & JoAnn Pena to Petyer & Maty Terenzio, 10509 Quarrier Dr.


7/28/16 $570,000 Francis & Margaret Clark to Barry & Patricia Edwards, 18604 Rover Crossing Blvd. 7/29/16 $675,000 Guy & Geneieve Suchy

to John Roberts Jr. & Jennifer Carlson, 18600 River Ford Dr. 7/29/16 $609,000 Michael & Lori Diefenbach to Kevin & Roberta Dennis, 526 Concord Rd. 7/29/16 $387,500 Stephanie & Sherwood Keel Jr. to Terrell Redman & Steven Kennedy, Lot 113 Bailey Springs 7/29/16 $1,070,000 Scott & Dawn Wildrick to Romaine & Sandra Camera, 105 Saddle Creek Ct.

8/1/16 $809,000 William & Stephanie Amadio to Jamie & Megan Christian, 18616 Hammock Ln. 8/2/16 $310,000 Noel & Erna Brandenburg to Edward & Carolyn Pryor, 123 Park Forest St. 8/2/16 $693,000 Donald & Janet Doles to Mario & Stephanie Romaldini, 13408 Robert Walker Dr. 8/5/16 $590,000 Tower Inc. to Genevieve & Guy Suchy, 1011 San Michele Pl.

8/8/16 $460,000 Paul & Janice Miller to Colla & Dorothy Gorman, 219 Lingle Dr. 8/9/16 $260,000 Christopher & Pamela Widman to Janice Adams, 405 Armour St. 8/9/16 $335,000 Karen Klemm to Tonia & Donald Schatz Jr., 106 McConnell Dr. 8/10/16 $575,000 William Kirk Jr. to Cynthia Bilbrough, 17522 River Ford Dr. 8/11/16 $289,000 Sidney Holden & Iris Miranda to Thomas Mitchell III, 14007 Helen Benson Blvd.

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More daring elements of foyer design can include installing lighting elements

“It should be as bold and bright or as muted and heathered as the rest of the home décor,” Miller says. There are some tried-andtrue treatments for foyers, including wallpaper, which “can add wonderful texture or drama,” Miller says. Of course, the size of some foyers makes covering the entire area with wallpaper impractical, and when that’s the case “paint can add a sense of what’s to come.” Miller says items such as rugs for cleaning off outside dirt and rain and consoles or chests of drawers where people can leave their keys are typical of foyer décor. More daring elements of foyer design can include installing lighting elements to “create amazing drama,” using balusters made of iron or applying eye-catching paint on the stair handrail, Miller says. Some homes don’t have a traditional foyer, but Miller says there are ways to give a smaller entryway a more open and inviting appearance that suggests the warmth of the family that lives there. She says pictures are a good way to provide a personal touch and show a family’s tastes. “A great piece of art is a great place to start,” she says.

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Preparation: Cook orzo. Drain. Dry on cookie sheet and toss gently with olive oil (1/4 cup) and cool. Place in bowl and add lemon juice and olive oil (1/4 cup), mixing well. Add remaining ingredients and chill.

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This mayor has withstood censures, a call for his resignation and a no-confidence vote from the town commission She was the first female and first African American mayor of Cornelius, 1982-3 “Friends Romans and Countrymen, lend me your ___s” Shakespeare OPEC’s concern Campaign for office Opinion of the people, 2 words Vote into office This name was big in local politics- three of them became mayor in 1913, 1975 and 1985 Self concept Three brothers were mayors of Charlotte, Davidson and Mooresville simultaneously, Nephew Gary was mayor here, 2003-7 What a politician will often call another during a race One was built on the Catawba River Taps lightly Part of BYO What usually follows a big win Word before verse and form Possessed

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Traffic issues put the brakes on Antiquity Woods project Developer places project on hold to review options By Dave Vieser Plans for Antiquity Woods, a proposed 99-unit housing development next to the Antiquity mixed-use neighborhood, have been placed on hold. The problem: The only entrance and exit to Antiquity Woods would be precisely where South Street connects the two towns. Nearby residents say the spot is already dicey. The Town of Cornelius is in the process of conducting a comprehensive traffic study at that location. In addition, a committee of Antiquity residents called Citizens Advocating for Responsible Development (CARD) has been formed to meet with the town and the developer, Meeting Street Companies of Charlotte. After meeting with members of CARD, Joe Roy from Meeting Streets asked the town to halt their review of his original application. “I want to work with the town and the people in Antiquity,” he said. The proposed development

would be a combination of town homes, along with a central garden and the Village Tavern Inn, a mixed-use building. It is currently zoned Neighborhood Residential but a change to a conditional zoning status would be needed to permit the desired density. Planning Director Wayne Herron confirmed that Meeting Streets was reconsidering the type of housing and the density of the project. “The Traffic Impact Analysis which the developer is required to do is also on hold at this time,” Herron said. The development would occupy 16 acres of land bounded by the old Curtis Screw Factory, Antiquity, a greenway, the covered bridge and the McEver baseball fields in Davidson. Under the current neighborhood residential zoning, Meeting Street could erect approximately 50 homes without needing a change in the zoning. However, their plans call for about 100 townhomes, or a

density of about twice the amount they could build “by right.” No matter what size they decide to build, or where they select to place the main entrance, residents will have a chance to make their concerns known. “As a proposed

major subdivision, the application, in whatever form and density it finally takes, it will have to go before the Planning Board and Town Board,” Herron said.

Friends of the Animals’ Cover Dog pageant to be held Sept. 25

Canine contestants will vie for fame next month as dogs compete in the annual Lake Norman Cover Dog Pageant. The event, which will be held from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Historic Langtree Plantation, is a fundraiser for Friends of the Animals, a local nonprofit organization. It is open to dogs

of all breeds, shapes and sizes in the Lake Norman and Southpark areas. Cover Dogs receive a crown, a trophy with a $50 check and professional photo on the cover of Lake Norman and Southpark Magazine’s special Cover Dog Editions. For more information or to register your dog, visit

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Town begins paving on the roads more traveled By Dave Vieser A contractor has begun a $689,000 resurfacing project on four miles of town maintained roads. Charlotte-based Ferebee Corp. was the lowest of three bidders with a bid of $785,343, but the town had budgeted only $700,000. “We were able to work with the contractor to get the price down to $689,552. The main change was to reduce the cost of patching,” said Tyler Beardsley, project manager for the town. Work began on Bailey Road between Hwy. 21 and Delmas Drive. When working on the section of Bailey Road between 21 and Washam Potts Road, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. There will be times when that section of Bailey Road will be closed and traffic rerouted to Washam Potts Road and Westmoreland Road. This paving project also includes

portions of Bascom Ridge, Beneteau Court, Berry Court, Catamaran Court, Crealock Place, Crown Lake Drive, Galleon View, Gulfstar Court, Harken Drive, Island View, Lake Shore, Norman Island, Ogden Cove Drive, Rutledge Bluff, Scanmar Lane, Scottcrest, Tamara Oak Drive, Turnbull Way, Val Court, Valiant Way and Wilcher Court. The contract requires all the work to be done by Nov. 15, but town officials expect most of the work to be completed within two months. Powell Bill funds, which are generated by the state’s gas tax, are used to pay for the work, as the town receives an annual disbursement from the state based on Cornelius’ population and the miles of Town maintained roads. Most of the major roads in Cornelius, such as Hwy. 115 and 21, and portions of Bailey Road, are maintained by the state DOT.

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App design studio taps into Cornelius

overall,” Olson says. That’s no small accomplishment in the world of mobile phone and tablet apps where “Angry Birds” is a high-flyer on Amazon. Most apps are sold with several apps bundled as pre-installed software.

Mobile apps, mostly

“All of our apps have at certain points in their lifetime Olson, lead designer of Tapity been the No. 1 app in their category —Jeremy design studio in downtown Cornelius By Dave Yochum Jeremy Olson faced a choice in 2012 while he was still a student at UNC-Charlotte: He could continue with his studies and graduate or devote himself full time to the app design studio he had started three

years earlier. Olson, the lead designer at Tapity, which he incorporated in 2011, says it was impossible to keep doing both. “The business took over my life and I had to choose between them,”

Olson says. “I chose to keep doing the business instead of graduating in 2012.” Ultimately, the business, which was already gaining national acclaim, won out. Olson chose to devote his full attention to the fast-growing field of developing applications for smartphones and tablet computers.

Moved out of Birkdale

Olson’s company recently moved from Birkdale Village to a 3,500-square-foot space in a historic brick building in downtown Cornelius. Tapity—a word play on “tap into the possibility”—has six full-time employees and between three and five part-timers working at any given time, says founder Jeremy Olson. One of the apps Tapity developed, Hours, helps freelancers and subcontractors keep track of their billable hours while on the go. Forbes magazine says it is the “perfect iPhone time tracking app.” Hours was recently sold for an undisclosed amount. Olson won’t disclose corporate revenue either, but Tapity apps have won multiple awards from Apple and have each been featured prominently on the App Store homepage. “All of our apps have at certain points in their lifetime been the No. 1 app in their category and have also gone up to No. 5 on the App Store

Tapity’s business is 70 percent mobile apps. “We have worked on web apps, desktop apps, Apple Watch apps, and we have even helped design a POS system,” Olson says. “Grades” is Tapity’s Apple Design Award-winning app that helps students better achieve their target grades, among other useful things for class. As of last fall, it had $45,950 in gross revenue. “Languages” is Tapity’s completely off-line language translation app, suitable for travel in areas with expensive or limited internet access. As of last fall, it had $428,268 in gross revenue. Grades was the first app Olson built. “It put us on the map,” Olson says, explaining that the app is essentially free for right now. Languages sells for $2.99. “We are actually in a big transition period since we were so heavily focused on Hours and that just recently sold,” says Olson, who moved Tapity out of 3,000 square feet of space in Birkdale Village. Right now he is looking to work on either a few smaller app projects or one or two bigger projects. “There are several opportunities we are evaluating but we are always especially interested in local companies and startups that we can work with,” Olson says. His father, Todd Olson, is CEO of Tapity. Young Olson credits his dad, an experienced business executive and attorney before coming on board with Tapity five years ago, for fostering his entrepreneurial spirit.

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28OH3! Kiwanis Splashville Dedication

National Night Out National Night Out with the Cornelius Police and Fire departments was a hit with the kids Aug. 2. There was lots to do, including making wooden bug boxes, courtesy of Home Depot, a dunk tank for police and a bounce house. To make the evening at Jetton Village magical, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother dropped in.

Alanna Miranda, 18 and Abby Kurtz, 13, with Grand Central Academy of Performing Arts

Police manned the dunk tanks

The Lake Norman Kiwanis Club, spearheaded by Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla, second from right, raised $150,000 from the community and its own members for the splash pad in Smithville Park. He is pictured with, from left, Kiwanis member Bill Russell, member Kevin Poole and PARC Commissioner Denis Bilodeau. Dozens of community leaders—and kids—attended the dedication on a hot, humid Saturday in August. Cristian, 4, and mom, Libby Garcia building a bowling game

Betsy Brennan, 21 months and dad, Jim.

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28OH3! Old Town Cornelius Jazz Festival

Kiwanis Golf Tournament

The winning team at the annual Kiwanis golf tournament at Cowan’s Ford Golf Club included Mark Strassner, Brian Flynn, Mike Cortese, and, not pictured, Joe Freeman. Proceeds support good causes in Lake Norman, including the new splash pad at Smithville Park

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Plein air: Justin Christenbury worked on his painting on location at the Jazz Festival Aug. 20 in Smithville Park. Hundreds of people attended

School supply donations were delivered to the four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Cornelius: Cornelius Elementary, J.V. Washam Elementary, Bailey Middle and Hough High, thanks to Cornelius Police

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Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd.,Worship 9am & 11am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd LakeNormanYMCA,21300DavidsonSt.Worship10am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301StatesvilleRd,Worship8am,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 Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621NormanIslandDr.,Worship9:30am,11am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Sundays 11am

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New Corporations



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

Cornelius 7/18/16 Bookman Enterprises LLC, Scott Franklin Hooks, 18932 Victoria Bay Dr., Cornelius 7/18/16 Hippizaz Productions Inc., Chris Sheridan, 10069 Meadow Crossing Ln., Cornelius 7/19/16 The Life of Play Co., United States Corporation Agents Inc., 20227 Heights Way, Apt. 304, Cornelius 7/20/16 BitCipher Inc., Christopher S. Wykel, 17130 Kenton Dr., Apt. 108, Cornelius 7/21/16 Sognare Consulting LLC, Kerry Shawn Devinney, 18021 Kings Point Dr., Unit F, Cornelius 7/21/16 Torrence Chapel Boat LLC, David Modlin, 22625 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius 7/22/16 CJM Properties of the Carolinas LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr., Unit #2142, Cornelius 7/22/16 Turchese Inc., John C. Kazmer, 17209 Green Dolphin Ln., Cornelius 7/25/16 Clear River Enterprises LLC,

Charles Simcox, 18814 Coachmans Trace, Cornelius 7/26/16 Bidwell’s Porch LLC, Robert J. Wilson, 21122 Lagoona Dr., Cornelius 7/27/16 Grief Anonymous LLC, Holly Barker, 10604 Quarrier Dr., Cornelius 7/27/16 IOGP LLC, United States Corporation Agents Inc., 19701 Bethel Church Rd., #12, Cornelius 7/27/16 Now Pro Delivery LLC, Kenneth Bell, 21215 Senlac Ln., Cornelius 7/28/16 LKN Homesource Inc., United States Corporation Agents Inc., 21035 Lakeview Cir., Cornelius 7/28/16 Maple LLC, Lindsey Mashburn, 19242 Lake Norman Cove Dr., Cornelius 7/28/16 The Meditation Room LLC, Jessica Bowles, 19900 S. Main St., Ste. 5, Cornelius 7/28/16 True Square Inc., James H. Windle, 15909 Robbins Green Dr., Cornelius 7/29/16 Gamble Solar LLC, Olee Joel Olsen Jr., 20035 Jetton Rd., Unit D, Cornelius 8/2/16 Carolina Masonry & Restoration LLC, Marion Magee, 19309 S. Main St., Cornelius 8/2/16 The Cleaning Crew Online LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425 G. Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 8/2/16 Lakeside Watercraft LLC, Jeremy

Jones, 19219 Dutch Iris Ln., Cornelius 8/2/16 Streeter’s Towing LLC, LeeElla Streeter, 18508 Torrence Chapel Estate Cir., Cornelius 8/2/16 Studio M LLC, Melissa Hamilton, 21323 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 8/3/16 Christian Eckes Racing LLC, George E. Eckes, 18010 Lochcarron Ln., Cornelius 8/4/16 Boye Group LLC, Jessica Lynn Boye, 21325 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 8/4/16 Think Free Revolution, Peter Arnold, 16520 Amberside Rd. E, Cornelius 8/5/16 Madison Simmons Townhomes LLC, Christopher Shane Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius 8/5/16 Setouchi Aircraft Leasing and Trading Corporation, Ronald Dwyer, 19109 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 200, Cornelius 8/8/16 Azovan Trading Group Inc., Jaylene G. Moss, 9624 Bailey Rd., Ste. 290, Cornelius 8/8/16 Leach 2 LLC, Willard M. Leach, 19721 Stough Farm Rd., Cornelius 8/8/16 Woodbridge-Concord LLC, W. Kendall Foster, 17824 Statesville Rd., Ste. 112, Cornelius 8/9/16 M & G Alliance of Mental Health Care Inc., John L. Gundel, 21503 Gulfstar Ct., Cornelius 8/10/16 Brock & Ascanio LLC, Yordan Ascanio, 19645 S. Main St., Cornelius 8/10/16 South Lake Women’s Healthcare PLLC, Lindsey Mashburn, 19242 Lake Norman Cove Dr., Cornelius 8/10/16 T & T Investment Properties LLC, Claude Taylor, 10620 Bailey Rd., Units G & H, Cornelius 8/11/16 McKee Grandchildren LLC, George

C. McKee, 19915 Shearwater Point Dr., Cornelius 8/12/16 AMMJ Inc., Debra Mace Paige, 17416 Tuscany Ln., Cornelius

Davidson 7/20/16 Christopher Schmidt DDS PLLC, Christopher Schmit, 1022 Churchill Rd., Davidson 7/21/16 NC Buckeyes LLC, Nicole Peterson Sheehan, 445 S. Main St., Ste. 210, Davidson 7/22/16 2RWB LLC, Christian P. Alegria, 748 Cotton Gin Alley, Davidson 7/25/16 Splash-N-Dash LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 8/1/16 The Patriot Group Ministries Inc., United States Corporation Agents Inc., 13632 Helen Benson Blvd., Davidson 8/2/16 Jrey Property Management LLC, James Reymond, 1339 Torrence Cir., Davidson 8/4/16 Date Night Source LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 8/4/16 Glenn Miller Consulting LLC, Glenn R. Miller, 18017 Davidson Concord Rd., Davidson 8/9/16 Central View LLC, Mary Kunkel, 416 Armour St., Davidson 8/10/16 Elle M Events LLC, Lauren Petervary, 18924 Cypress Garden Dr., Davidson 8/11/16 30 Minute Mafia LLF, Diana Brush, 235 Hobbs St., Davidson 8/11/16 The Centre Inc., Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Parking between the lines

Traffic takes a toll The following were comments taken from “Town boasts of economic ‘explosion’ as residents feel traffic pain” posted on Aug. 16:

JettonCrosswalkdanger “I want to SoundOff about the yellow pedestrian cross lights at Jetton Park. Quite frankly, only half the drivers stop, I think most people are going well in excess of 45 mph and don’t want to slow down at all for mere people. My wife says it was safer before the light! Doesn’t yellow mean slow down anyway? Shouldn’t a pedestrian crosswalk have a red light?” —via anonymous contact link on www.

“The main thing that needs to be done is to vote out all the socalled local ‘leaders,’ who have supported and continue to support the massively flawed I-77 toll project. A prime example is Mayor Chuck Travis, who went against his constituents and the long-standing efforts of Sen. Jeff Tarte, Rep. John Bradford, and countless others in the business community, when he went to Raleigh to argue against HB 954, which would have canceled the 50-year I-77 toll project with Cintra. He then subsequently refused to resign when the Cornelius town board, in a 5-0 vote for a resolution of no confidence, asked him to.” “I find it an oxymoron that Mayor Travis is saying the town is doing a traffic study on Antiquity, yet he supports the toll roads to the point of betraying the town board and the residents of Cornelius. “Unless the tolls are canceled and general-purpose lanes are added, eliminating the toll road additional left-side merging lanes, the use of side roads to cut through will get worse.” “This mayor IS the problem. He refuses to resign the Turnpike Authority Board. Mayor Travis is a constant slap in the face to every well-educated anti-toll advocate and the positive future of Cornelius. “

Unsafe driver “A large, beige Cadillac SUV pulled out of the Preston (you know who you are) neighborhood on West Catawba in front of me at a high rate of speed on Friday, Aug. 5, causing me to slam on my brakes or he/she would have hit me. There was backed-up traffic, and I was fortunate that the car behind me saw what was happening and avoided rear-ending me. I was taking my dog to the vet and she went flying. Shame on you! If I have known that you were so important that you don’t have to wait for a break in traffic, I would have stopped and let you in.” —via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

“Cornelius thrived as a tight-knit community at one time. Citizens rushed to help and support others when the occasion called for it. It had a lot to do with a common vision of what kind of a community we wanted to be. Not anymore. I personally felt like I was stabbed in the back by my own mayor when he, along with Davidson’s mayor, betrayed an OVERWHELMING MAJORITY who worked SO HARD for justice in canceling the Cintra I-77 contract. Betrayal doesn’t begin to describe it. I personally LIKE this man. I LIKE our town staff. I LIKE our commissioners. But I TRUST no one anymore. There is a web of political power that is so STRONG, it manipulates everything from safety decisions to future planning of this once-quaint, peaceful town. Such a shame.” “The mayor’s comment about doing a traffic study ... Holy what? Grab binoculars , stand on Town Hall steps and OBSERVE !! Study complete! Why on earth the comment regarding a sign saying ‘the bridge is slippery’ ?? That addresses NOTHING of the problem of traffic!!! Put a sign saying ‘This road CLOSED to through traffic.’ Then enforce it! These poor folks. I’m so sorry this town sold you out.”

“Thank you, town of Cornelius, for informing the residents of Antiquity we can no longer park in front of our own homes with police citation warnings instead of an announcement or letter. Apparently we are now required to park in designated spaces only in an area with more homes and people with vehicles than there are parking spaces. After living in the same house and parking same space for eight years, why is this now an issue? Where are we supposed to park? Most of the garages are too small for a normal-sized vehicle. Again, the parking space-to-driver ratio is way off. Did no one think of this issue before Antiquity HOA transferred the roads to the city? Or does no one care because they they don’t live there and it’s more money for the city to ticket taxpaying homeowners every single night for parking at their own homes?” — via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

Tyler Beardsley, assistant to the town manager, responded: The Town of Cornelius and the Antiquity HOA discussed parking and the concerns regarding emergency vehicle access and pedestrian & vehicular safety. Also, at the April 2016 Antiquity HOA annual meeting, many residents brought up concerns about street parking within the community. The HOA requested that the Town begin enforcing parking regulations and the Town agreed due to concerns about emergency vehicle access and safety along Town maintained public streets. The Town requested that the HOA notify its residents in advance of enforcement. The HOA sent notifications to the community in July. These notifications indicated that the Cornelius Police Department would begin issuing warning citations on Aug.1, followed by parking citations as early as Sept. 1. The Cornelius Police Department started issuing warning citations to help educate residents of illegal parking and allow residents time to adjust to these parking changes.

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Planning for roads is not a local tradition

Questions on hotel “The interstate construction issue is perhaps the most important issue to affect the lives and livelihoods of 100,000 local citizens, and Travis is on the wrong side of decency and humanity and ethics to take the position he has.” —from Cornelius Today on Facebook

“Let me tell you how they do it up north. They widen roads first. And getting around town doesn’t suck like it does here. I’m willing to blame today’s mess on officials.” —from Cornelius Today on Facebook

“When you force people off the highway, it can’t be a surprise that we end up using roads not meant for heavy traffic. Thanks Charlotte. “When you surround a neighborhood in huge apartment buildings, including the one going up in Antiquity, you choke the neighborhood and the small town. Thanks Cornelius.”

The late Marvin “Ken” Brotherton’s local history, “Lake Norman-Piedmont History,” was published in 1993. We found this discussion of local road planning on Page 145. You can read it for yourself on our town’s website:

—from Cornelius Today on Facebook

“Many businesses are going to have no choice but to leave as customers balk at coming to this area. It is becoming similar to what happened during the DDI construction that put a number of businesses out of business because their customers could not get to the exit 28 area. Now, it’s the entire Lake Norman area that people can’t get to or want to avoid. I live in Cornelius and used to buy supplies for my online business in Mooresville. Now, I order them from Amazon because I don’t want to risk getting caught up in yet another traffic jam just going to or from Mooresville from Cornelius and back.” —from Cornelius Today on Facebook

Walking not easy

Wake-up call

“When I walk to Harris Teeter, the sidewalk just ends near West Catawba and Old Jetton, almost across from Allen Tate on the right side. It’s too hard to cross over to the other side because of drivers who seem to enjoy taking that turn there as fast as they can. I’m 71 and it is not acceptable to walk in the grass or in the street.”

“Wake up, Cornelius and Huntersville. Did you really think that you would get a response from NCDOT and/or the money promised to you, whatever you want to call it. NCDOT is not to be trusted. Unfortunately, this happens when you stand up against them. Karma is sometimes hard to take. But i do hope you get a response back from NCDOT.”

—via anonymous contact link on www.

—via anonymous SoundOff contact link on

“I have a few questions as a former resident at Half Moon Bay opposite Robbins Park and now a resident of Norman Island Drive: 1. Do the developers and/or investors live in Cornelius? I bet not. 2. How often do they drive on Catawba from Sam Furr Road between 4 and 6:30 pm? 3. Do they have firsthand experience during these times of day, and do they enjoy waiting in line as the congestion builds? What I fail to understand since moving here is how the zoning board, NCDOT, regional planners and town commissioners refuse to work together for the betterment of our citizens. Unrestricted growth has prevailed with seemingly no recognition of the inadequate infrastructure to support the volumes of traffic that result. Now there are plans for a commercial structure such as a hotel in the primarily residential area. What are these people thinking? Do they want to upset the community in order to make a buck and another tax dollar at the expense of the neighborhood and those using Catawba, which is already congested? I recall a recent tax increase that is going into effect to widen Catawba, which we residents must now fund. The justification was to alleviate the current congestion. So now the idea is to worsen the congestion by adding a hotel? Again, what are these people thinking? This was a great place to live, but the need to make dollars is making the area unbearable given the tax increases as well the I-77 toll debacle, which will cost local businesses and the communities as a whole an untold amount.” — via anonymous SoundOff contact link on



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