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DATED NEWS - POSTMASTER Cornelius Today PLEASE DELIVER BY 11/25 P.O. Box 2062 Cornelius, NC 28031-2062

Restored farmhouse is a multi-generation retreat

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December Things to do

Newsmakers Breakfast Dec. 14 with the new mayor of Davidson Newly sworn in Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox will be the Newsmakers Breakfast speaker Dec. 14 at The Peninsula Club. A Realtor, singer and the son of former Mayor Russell Knox, he defeated John Woods in the November election. Fast growth, transparency in government and social media played major roles in the intense debate leading up to Knox’s mandate in a three-way race. Former Cornelius Mayor Gary Knox is his cousin. Knox’s uncles, Eddie and Joe, were the mayors of

Charlotte and Mooresville, respectively, when his father was mayor of Davidson. Newsmakers Breakfasts are openforum Q&As with people who make the news. Anyone can ask a question. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for networking. The buffet-style breakfast gets under way at 7:30 a.m. The Q&A begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 9 a.m. The cost to attend, $12, includes a full country breakfast. Reserve a seat at 704-895-1335 with Visa or MasterCard.

A most Christmas-y weekend is in store Nov. 30-Dec. 3 Christmas gets under way in a big way the next weekend after Thanksgiving weekend. Thousands of people attend the awesome threeevening “Christmas in Davidson,” starting on Nov. 30. There are horsedrawn carriage rides, food and beverages, strolling carolers and notto-miss gospel music at Raeford’s Barber Shop. The Davidson United Methodist Church Living Nativity is very special for young and old alike. On Saturday, Dec. 2, the 35th Annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade is a wonderful experience.

Look for local marching bands, floats and Santa himself at the very end. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Davidson and makes its way down to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. On Sunday, Dec. 3, Christmas in Cornelius takes place at the Oak Street Mill in downtown Cornelius from noon to 6 p.m. There will be live bands, Christmas carols and choirs, food trucks, craft breweries, kids activities and even a visit from Santa himself, not to mention local artists and craftsmen.

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Table of Contents A family gathering place A picture perfect farmhouse is a home away from home for three generations. Page 4

End of and era Chuck Travis takes his leave 18 months after the Town Board asked him to. Page 6

Determining the color of Your Money

Mr. Chairman The new volunteer head of the Lake Norman Chamber has a deep background in business. Page 10

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While there’s no simple formula that can determine the correct asset allocation for every individual, the Color of Money is a helpful way of categorizing your retirement assets. Depending on your unique needs and goals, this method can help you divide your assets into Red, Yellow, and Green money.

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When planning for their golden years, many people spend an exhaustive amount of time determining how much they will need in retirement and trying to accumulate a large nest egg. What often gets overlooked, however, is the importance of how assets are allocated. Although accumulating as much as you can is imperative for your retirement, it is also important to have your money properly invested in assets that accurately reflect your risk tolerance and time horizon.

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Cornelius families treasure that beautiful farmhouse on Meta

or peas or butterbeans to go with our nightly dinners,” Sailors says. A favorite family recipe is chicken and dumplings. “Both of my grandmothers had these for us every holiday and to this day, we love making them on the holidays. “Making the dough from scratch as well as the broth reminds me of true love! The conversations and laughter that came out of the kitchen really makes me smile when I remember them as I cook them now.” The Sailors children enjoy having “the nine acres of land to ride the four wheelers and gator around.” Rebecca and Jerry Carr live on Peninsula Point, while the Sailors family lives on Jetton Road. Will this rich piece of Cornelius’ history disappear in the near future? Not a chance, according to Sailors. “This house will stay in our family forever... it is a peaceful piece of property that we can all enjoy.”

Rebecca Carr, Jerry Carr and Kim Sailors

BY DAVE VIESER Before Cornelius was a lake town, it was a mill town and before that a farming community centered on large working farms and churches like Bethel Presbyterian and Mt. Zion United Methodist. With so much development under way, the icons of Cornelius’ agrarian past are disappearing. While it’s almost certain the old Alexander homestead will disappear, members of the Carr and Sailors families are making sure the classic white farmhouse on Meta Road will stand proud for years to come. The casually elegant 2,800-squarefoot home is used as an office by semi-retired businessman Jerry Carr, a former owner of Badger Sportswear. It was the old Bustle family homestead, the centerpiece of a working farm. Nearby Bustle Road

gets its name from this old Cornelius family. It’s exquisitely restored with perfect hardwood floors, formal rooms and a carefully updated country casual kitchen. The house sits on more than nine acres, complete with an extensive family garden with brussels sprouts and collards right now. Daughter Kim Sailors, with her husband Mark, co-founded The TopDeck Foundation with Bridgett and Don Rainey. TopDeck’s newest fundraising campaign, “We Got Your Back,” will provide new, lighter-weight body armor for Cornelius Police officers. “The reason my father actually chose this house was because he wanted some land to be able to have a garden. The house was an added bonus,” Kim says. Sailors lived in the home from 1999 to about 2003. Although it’s been renovated, the house retains such original details as push button light switches.

Saturdays in the fall are special days at the house. “We entertain here for football on Saturdays when we are not at an Alabama home football game,” Sailors says. The whole family looks after the extensive gardens. “We spend a lot of family time together doing that.” Sailors and her mom, Rebecca Carr, enjoy cooking fresh, chemicalfree garden vegetables. “There’s nothing like homegrown tomatoes from our organic Jerry Carr, a former textile executive, uses the Meta farmgarden for sauce house for his office

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Cornelius women honored for leadership in business community

BY KATIE P. SHERMAN Nine women from Cornelius have been honored for leadership in the world of business and in community. The stellar crop of women leaders juggle challenging workloads with the demands of a family. They were feted at the prestigious 13th CAIN Annual Top Women in Business Champagne Reception at River Run Country Club. They have weathered good economic times and bad, and adapted, learning new skills along the way. They RIVENS have admirable service records in our community. Two of them were Lifetime Achievement winners: Financial Independence Group Chief Administrative Officer Ericka Cain and broadcast personality Tonya Rivens, both of whom have deep roots in Cornelius. Prior Cornelius winners include Donna Moffett of Donna Moffett Accountants & Consultants; Shelley Mahl, CFO of Champion Tire; Cathy Bentz, founder of Bentz & Associates; Realtor Karen Tovar; and Sally Ashworth, executive director of Visit Lake Norman. Winners are determined each year by an independent panel of judges consisting of prior winners. The judges were: Robin Smith of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Business Today columnist and UNCCharlotte business professor Cheryl Continued on page 6

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Jessica Castrodale, Mel Miller, Shelia Brumlow, Robin Byrd, Margaret Dabbs, Laura Engel, Lori Savio, Jennifer Lindstrom, Cheryl Pletcher, Connie Rheinecker, Kelly Waugh and Stephanie Wetzel. Winners came from Cabarrus and Lake Norman

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mission and needed to find ways to get business. Being in sales, you must have a strong ability to speak in public and to people you are not familiar with. I am an introvert by nature and had a large fear of speaking in public as many do. I decided not to let it stop me! I found ways to force myself to speak as much and as often in front of crowds to minimize that fear.”

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“In a single word…NETWORK! It is probably the most essential, professional activity we can do. Time spent networking is truly an investment, in both yourself and your business and the compounding effects of networking can be significant and long lasting.”

“Find something that you are truly passionate about! It will never Owner & Chief Physician, Lakeside Sports feel like a job if you Chiropractic Center, Active member of the do what you love and chiropractic team responsible for U.S. Olymwhat you were put on pic athletes this earth to do. Fol“Do what you are passionlow your heart in all Shelia Brumlow ate about. It is much more Owner, The OhananKey Company you do. Stand up for Laura Engel than just making a paycheck. Active member of Angels of ’97 (Board what you feel is right Independent Marketing Director Member), Big Day at the Lake (CommitPassion will intensify your in your heart even tee Member), Lake Norman Chamber of ENGEL BYRD focus. Passion brings energy LIDSTROM and Shareholder Relations, Aquesta though it may not be a Bank, Active member of Hospice Commerce, LakeNet & Lake Norman Small and enthusiasm. It will bring popular decision. Treat and Palliative Care Charlotte Region Business Network people towards you. Passion colleagues, associates (Board of Directors), The Lauren Ma“My best advice to a is LOVE. If you love what you and clients with the rerie Kimsey Foundation for young woman just starting do, you will succeed. With spect that you expect Synovial Sarcoma (Board of Direcout is to understand that passion you don’t mind the to receive. Stay true tors), Big Day at the Lake Planning Perseverance is the key in extra hours, you don’t mind to who you are and do Committee & The Butterfly Run business and in life. To deal the blood, sweat and tears not be afraid to ask for (Race Director) with criticism and rejecthat it will take to survive in what you are worth. “Work hard and do SAVIO tion is part of the learning the business world.” WAUGH BRUMLOW Try not to burn bridges. your job. Don’t worry about process and when you can Most of all, share your God givwhat others are doing or their career master not taking things personally Kelly Waugh en talents with the world and it will paths. Focus on yours. Also, don’t and keep moving forward, you are Owner, Lucky Dog LKN; Lucky Dog Charlotte; Lucky Dog enrich your life in ways you never be afraid to speak up when needed surely going to have success. Keep Franchise, Active member of Bull Dog Beauty Pageant imagined!” (for example, asking for a raise or a good sense of humor even in the “Go outside your comfort zone!!! promotion that you believe is well stressful times, it helps tremenWhen I had recently started in the Robin Byrd mortgage industry, I was 100% com- deserved).” Executive Director, Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program, dously.”

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The Travis years: 11 years in the spotlight ending BY DAVE VIESER On Dec. 4, as Chuck Travis presides over his final town board meeting as Cornelius mayor, town officials and residents will be looking back on four years of accomplishments—and profound disagreements. Differences of opinion on the I-77 toll lane project often overwhelmed other achievements during his tenure, including the town’s strong financial status and real progress toward a new community arts center. Travis, 58, actually served the town for 11 years, including three years on the Planning Commission and four years as a commissioner and four more as mayor. He was originally elected mayor in 2013, and ran unopposed in 2015. His four-year tenure as mayor elicits mixed comments from both fellow town officials and residents. “What I experienced was a leader with a huge heart,” said Michelle Hoverson, executive director of the Neighborhood CARE Center on Smith Circle. “He got great joy on our trash removal day just knowing economically challenged families were getting a little help to improve the aesthetics of their environment.” Travis did not comment for this article. Woody Washam, a two-term member of the Town Board, will be sworn in as mayor in December. He says the outgoing mayor’s “architectural expertise and creativity was beneficial and that will be missed. However, during much of his time as mayor, he did not possess the political capital required to achieve many of his desired outcomes. Dialogue, conversation and relationships with board members are important and was often lacking. While very pleasant to be around, consensus-building was not one of his strong suits.” Friction between Travis and the board was apparent in 2015 and 2016. A convoluted, one-sided 50-year con-

tract for “Lexus lanes” on I-77 proved to be his undoing. It all came to a head on June 15, 2016, when his board members unanimously approved a vote of no confidence in the mayor. Travis and Davidson Mayor John Woods had gone to Raleigh unannounced where they met with N.C. Sen. Phil Berger to press for the CINTRA toll lane contract. The betrayal infuriated the town board, as well as business leaders and countless residents. The resolution said “the mayor’s

views are in opposition to the Town Board and the community and he grossly misrepresented the situation in a town where hundreds of people have gathered on the Exit 28 bridge to protest the toll plan, not once, but twice.” Travis refused to step down. A convoy of Lake Norman business and political leaders rushed to Raleigh for a press conference to make it abundantly clear that Travis was out there on his own, and on thin ice. Nevertheless, for reasons unclear to business and political leaders here, the toll plan moved forward. Travis waited until just before the election filing deadline to say that he would not seek a third term. In Davidson, meanwhile, Mayor Woods did seek re-election and was soundly defeated in November. There’s no doubt that Travis worked hard for the town. “I served with Chuck when he co-chaired the Continued on page 9

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Lake Norman Transportation Commission,” said Lake Norman Chamber CEO Bill Russell. “While his views related to managed lanes on I-77 may not have mirrored that of the chamber of commerce, no one ever doubted his commitment to the region, where he served as a tremendous ambassador.” One of the strongest critics of Travis on the toll lane project was veteran Commissioner Dave Gilroy, a fellow Republican. “As is well known, Chuck and I vehemently disagreed on several major policy issues. However, Chuck also shared my view that we could disagree on policy, without being disagreeable on a personal level. We often strongly agreed on the pursuit of the highest standards of quality in every development project worthy of board approval and he served our community absolutely brilliantly in all of his mayoral duties as our Town’s de facto master of ceremonies.” There is plenty of speculation he might switch parties and run on a state level. For now, he is not saying what he might do in the political arena.

Continuum: New name for MI Connection BY DAVE VIESER Say goodbye to Mi-Connection and hello to Continuum. Ten years after Mi-Connection emerged from the old Adelphia Cable System, the l​ocal c​ able company has a new name. While the change p ​ rovides a fresh coat of paint and a platform for more new services, it does nothing to erase the debt which taxpayers in Mooresville and Davidson continue to shoulder. Fortunately for Cornelius taxpayers, the town elected not to provide any funds when Mi-Connection was formed in 2007. “This felt from the start like a very typical private equity buyout with a lot of moving parts and both income statement and balance sheet risk,” said long-time Town​ Commissioner Dave Gilroy. “No place for government and taxpayer dollars.” So while m ​ any ​ residents in Cornelius subscribe to Continuum, taxpayers​in Davidson and Mooresville are ​still s​ubsidizing the purchase... and it’s not cheap: $37.8 million in taxpayer funds have been paid since

2007 to finance debt service on the purchase according to Mooresville’s Finance Director Deborah Hockett. That amounts to ​ $28.27 million by Mooresville and $9.54 million by Davidson. At the Oct. 26 board meeting, Continuum CEO David Auger announced that revenue is down 2.3 percent​ in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 vs. last year and that earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization—a key metric used by cable operators to measure performance—decreased by 12.03 percent​ during the same time frame. Auger said most of this variance was due to the budgeted name change, with marketing expenses running​$114,​ 157 higher this year. Their main competition in the three town area comes from AT&T/U Verse, Spectrum (previously Time Warner Cable), Dish and Direct TV,​ as well as Windstream. Continuum officials say that despite the challenges​ facing cable, they are working hard to improve​ services for all 17,000 subscribers.

“There were many factors that went into our decision to change our name and rebrand, but the primary reason was because we wanted a name that better reflects who we are as a company,” said Continuum’s Marketing Director Ellen Baker. Baker says the company emphasizes three basic service elements: “We are local, reliable and our focus is on customer care.” “The new name also represents the many advances we’ve made since our origination in 2007 such as faster internet speeds, new technologies like TV Anywhere and our Continuum Whole Home DVR.” The new website is “ourcontinuum,” a change in message from “mi-connection.” When asked what new services and features customers will see in the coming months, Baker said “first of all, we have implemented an ‘Ontime Guarantee’ which gives our customers a credit if we are late (for whatever reason) for a scheduled installation or service call. Their time is valuable and we want them to know we understand that.”

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Incoming chamber chair rooted in investments, business A behind-the-scenes name in Cornelius business and local GOP politics will be out there more next year. Joshua Dobi takes over the volunteer reins of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. The incoming chairman at age 42 is already a quiet force having hosted a number of fundraisers and campaign openings for prominent Republicans, all the while running a financial advisory business with clients in 35 states, not to mention chairing the chamber’s public policy committee. The committee was refreshingly straight-forward in its approach this past year, coming out in no uncertain terms agains the Charlotte Mecklenburg School bond referendum last month. The bonds passed, of course, but the clear, no-nonsense approach hints at the approach he’ll take to chairing the 1,000-member pro-business organization. It’s been evident in Dobi Financial

Group, based in a quaint cottage on North Main Street just south of Davidson. He launched the firm in 2009 after being a partner in another financial advisory business since his junior year in college at age 20. The son of a Presbyterian minister and a schoolteacher has a track record as a gogetter. Dobi had several jobs at the same time as a kid, including a grass-cutting business, a car-washing DOBI business “and I delivered the early morning newspaper in my community.” Dobi, who, with his wife Kerri has two daughters, sees Cornelius and Lake Norman “as a growing community blessed with the good things and

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challenges that come with growth.” One challenge Lake Norman faces is affordable housing. It spins both ways: On the consumer side, higher prices are tough on young families. On the business side, employers can’t recruit from an exclusively high-priced community. It’s one area where Dobi says people from different parties can work together. Cornelius Today caught up with Dobi for an interview a few weeks before he takes over the chairmanship from accountant Jay Lesemann.

to be their go-to place as they seek new and greater opportunities in our Lake Norman community.”

CT: Is all growth good? Dobi: “No. Growth without a plan is just painful and miserable; growth with a plan can be amazing, producing ‘1+1=3’ opportunities.”

CT: You’re a financial advisor...what’s your outlook for the national economy in 2018? Dobi: “We’re in an interesting macro-economic space currently, which I suppose can be said about any time and space. However, we are running a relative economic parallel dichotomy: We have certain segments (i.e. large technology, ex-U.S.) which are growing robustly (and some would say even too quickly); then we have other segments (i.e. energy, financials) which are largely lagging behind and even retracting. We are in a nearly unprecedented low interest rate environment which is wonderful for mortgages and capital expenditures but miserable for cash savings. All that said, we are cautiously optimistic for our 2018 macro-economy, leery about those parts which have been running hot, mindful of geo-political impact points, and looking for some rebound in areas recently largely forgotten.”

CT: How will the chamber keep fighting the toll plan as it is now? That’s assuming you will. Dobi: “As the Chamber Board noted in its statement regarding the toll lane project, the Chamber is always concerned with factors which impact our business members and the broader community in both positive and negative ways. The Chamber will continue to advocate for an alternative to the current contract and wholeheartedly supports the efforts of our local citizens and elected officials in that pursuit.” CT: As chamber chair, what are your top agenda items for 2018? Dobi: “We want to continue to support, provide a ‘value-add,’ and advocate for our business members. To that end, we will be relentlessly focusing on listening to our members, understanding their concerns, and working ceaselessly to provide them a ‘+1’ in their business pursuits. Whether that comes from our extensive calendar of networking opportunities, connecting them with a resource which can help them grow, or advocating for them to our elected officials, we want

CT: In the wake of the recession, it looks like the Lake Norman Chamber is holding its own, membership-wise you’re at 1,000. Dobi: “I know we get excited about membership goals and there is a fiscal reality to supporting a healthy Chamber. However, I’m much more concerned with attracting and retaining those members who want to not only sustain and grow their businesses, but to help our Lake Norman region continue to thrive.”

CT: As a local business leader, what is your outlook for Lake Norman in 2018? Dobi: “You don’t need to step too far outside any home in the Lake Norman region to see first-hand that we are continuing to grow at amazing relative speed. Even with a slowdown from our current growth rates over the last 20 years, I don’t think it is unreasonable to expect that our region will continue to attract businesses and residents alike.”

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It’s official: Ross wins recount in Cornelius Town Board race Nov. 17. By Dave Yochum. Veteran Town Commissioner Thurman Ross has survived a recount in the 11-way Cornelius Town Board race. Provisional votes were certified this morning at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections and re-counted, with Ross holding onto fifth place. He finished six votes ahead of twoterm commissioner Jim Duke, 1,896 votes to 1,890. “We signed the final official results at 11 am,” said Board of Elections spokeswoman Kristin Mavromatis. “We began the recount at 11:30 am and it is completed with no change in the numbers.” The final result leaves one African American on an otherwise all-white board. It will also remain all men. Three women who ran—Ava Callender, Michelle Ferlauto and Tricia Sisson—lost their first bids for public office.

Newcomers Kurt Naas and Denis Bilodeau—both residents of The Peninsula—were elected to the board, with Dr. Mike Miltich, winning the most votes. He had 2,046 votes, only 156 votes ahead of Duke, who lost. It’s clearly not an end to Duke’s public service however. A former president of the Peninsula Property Owners Association, Duke also ran a task force that examined outrageous water bills, ultimately causing an upheaval at the Charlotte Water Department. “I absolutely intend to keep him engaged. Jim Duke is smart and experienced in all aspects of town government,” said Mayor-elect Woody Washam. Duke, who has good relations with the incoming mayor and Ross, said he asked for a recount for the sake of campaign donors. His campaign report lists $17,000 in expenses.

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New town home project off Magnolia Estates Drive Nov. 13. By Dave Vieser. In February 2005, the Cornelius Town Board approved a Conditional Use Permit to BV Belk Properties for a multiunit residential project, to be known as Magnolia Villas. It consisted of 15 acres of vacant, wooded land which begins near the southeast corner of Magnolia Estates Drive and West Catawba Avenue. More than 12 years have elapsed since the zoning was approved; now the details are being worked out between the town and the developer. BV Belk was the original developer of Magnolia Plaza. “Our planning staff met with the applicant on Sept. 19th and provided the first round of staff review comments,” said Planning Director Wayne Herron. “The applicant indicated they were going to make revisions and resubmit. I know as part of their revisions they were going to have some discussions with Duke Energy and possibly some other agencies,” he said.

Herron explained that the meetings will take a while to coordinate “but we do expect revised plans at some point in the future.” The project will be built in what is now a wooded area which generally runs behind the seasonal farm market, the 7-Eleven gas station and convenience store and Dunkin Donuts.

(The farm market will re-open with Christmas trees next week, according to the operators in Kannapolis. The property is owned by members of the Kunkleman family.) Belk’s original proposal was for 66 multi-family residential units with a quad condominium layout, but in July of this year, Belk submitted revised plans for 65 town homes.

In responding to Belk’s latest proposal, Town Planner Jason Pauling said that the town home proposal was “very much preferred.” At the same time he outlined in a three-page memorandum to Belk various issues which will need to be addressed before construction can begin. In his comments to Belk, Pauling noted that “the existing site is heavily vegetated, therefore it is important to preserve existing stands of trees, specifically within the required 30’ buffer adjacent to Magnolia Estates.” Access to the town homes will be via Magnolia Estates Drive on the north, and an extension of Nantz Road on the south. In the original proposal, the large Magnolia Estates sign at Catawba Avenue was going to be moved further down Magnolia Estates Drive but it now appears the residents would like the sign to remain where it is. Efforts to reach representatives from BV Belk were unsuccessful.

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Miltich is top vote-getter in Cornelius Commission race; Naas, Bilodeau land seats on board Nov. 9. By Dave Yochum. UPDATED Results are in for the Cornelius Town Commission race. In a surprise, twoterm Town Commissioner Jim Duke is five votes short of MILTICH the necessary fifthplace finish. In terms of ideology and neighborhood roots, he will be replaced on the town board by Denis Bilodeau, another long-time business and community leader. The first-place finisher is Dr. Mike Miltich, with 2,042 votes, which means he likely becomes Mayor Pro Tem when the new board is seated in December and members vote on the mayoral stand-in. Nevertheless, the results could



change—and Ross and Duke are only five votes apart. Provisional and the final absentee votes are counted at “Canvass” 10 days after a general election, which, in this case, means Nov. 17. In another surprise, the board remains all male, despite the fact that three of the 11 contestants were women. Political consultant Andy Yates said they may have split the so-called “women’s vote,” although none of

Final election results Mike Miltich 2,046 Kurt Naas 2,017 Dave Gilroy 1,997 Denis P. Bilodeau 1,908 Thurman Ross, Jr. 1,896 Jim Duke 1,890

Tricia Sisson 1,566 William Rakatansky 1,441 s Michelle Ferlauto 1,310 Ava Callender 1,299 Richard J. Stilwell 408



them seemed to have a specific brand or ideology that resonated with voters. The sitting Mayor Pro Tem, Woody Washam, has been elected mayor. Washam, who met with town staff yesterday, ran unopposed. Washam said he is excited about the high level of citizen turn out in Cornelius and is looking forward to leading the town as mayor as well as working with the newly elected board. The popular businessman and community leader was the top vote-getter back in the

2015 commission race. He has begun discussing key committee and board assignments with commissioners, who, more recently, have been assigned their duties. It took 1,896 votes to get a seat on what amounts to the town’s “board of directors.” They set our taxes and choose where and how to improve roads and parks. Four members of the new board are white. Only Ross is an African American, with roots in the Smithville community. They will be sworn in at a December meeting. Political consultant Yates said there was a “bitterly divided electorate that’s not sure what they wanted.” On election night, only 152 votes separated the first place winner, Miltich, from the sixth place finisher, Jim Duke. “I don’t think there is a clear mandate for any of the different sides that emerged during this election,” Yates said. In Davidson, Rusty Knox demolished incumbent John Woods, 2,134 to 985.

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Home Sales

Colony Point Lane, Cornelius sold for $990,000

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


9/29/17 $375,000 Timothy & Elizabeth Campbell, 19719 Valiant Way 10/2/17 $239,000 James Costain to Mark & Donna Slane, 7544 Mariner Cove Dr. 10/2/17 $990,000 Christopher & Cheryl Johnson to Gregory Campbell, 20009 Colony Point Ln. 10/2/17 $531,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to David & Sandra Lipari, 16030 Lakeside Loop Ln. 10/3/17 $273,500 MS Antiquity to James Day, 19918 Crew Cottage Ct.

16625 Flying Jib Road, Cornelius sold for $688,000 10/3/17 $275,000 Fayez Elhini to AMH NC Properties, Lot 123 Victoria Bay 10/4/17 $688,000 Stephen & Kristin Carvelli to James &Natalie Bell, 16625 Flying Jib Rd.

10/5/17 $367,000 Patricia & George Powell Jr. to Edwin Howard Jr., 20303 Middletown Rd. 10/6/17 $80,000 Michael & Mary Jo Gunning

to Robert Rynard, 21645 Aftonshire Dr. 10/9/17 $469,000 Epcon Nantz Road to Ronald & Lorna Bishop 16026 Lakeside Loop Ln. 10/10/17 $285,000 Deborah & Eric Williamson to David & Bonnie Fielder, 19206 Lake Norman Cove Dr. Unit 10 10/10/17 $189,000 James & Sara Foster to Bonny Vanluven, 18838 Silver Quay Dr. 10/10/17 $210,000 Michael Kennerer to Jeffery & Margot Phillips, 19912 Lamp Lighters Way 10/10/17 $170,000 Walter Echols Jr. to Fahrudin & Aida Ajanovic, 18849 Silver Quay Dr. 10/11/17 $242,000 Karyn Carter to AMH NC Properties, 8911 Washam Potts Rd. 10/11/17 $325,000 Luis Arce Villalobos & Brittney Caylor Arce to AMH NC Properties, 17519 Harbor Walk Dr. 10/12/17 $265,000 Gary & Jana Newsome to Traci Lawman, 9000 Magnolia Estates Dr. 10/12/17 $870,000 Martin & Carol Rose to Paul & Marcia Simeon, 18027 Lochcarron Ln. 10/13/17 $2,000,000 Craig & Margaret Long to Parallel Holdings, Lot 4 and 4A Jetton Peninsula 10/13/17 $250,000 Morgan Detham to Emmanuel & Allison Acquaah, 10022 Switchyard Dr. 10/13/17 $205,000 Ashley Wyrick to James & Kimberly Broughman, 19759 Playwrights Way 10/16/17 $610,000 JR & Claudia Vigor to Gail & William Hoover Jr., 7510 Windaliere Dr. 10/16/17 $500,000 Paula Ginger to Michael & Juliette Ett, 17817 Mesa Range Dr. 10/16/17 $111,000 Katrina & James Loyd to Wendy Brown, 19404 Center St. 10/16/17 $245,000 Heath & Dana Baker to AMH NC Properties, 15534 Crossing Gate Dr. 10/17/17 $167,000 Lauren Barringer to Warrior Investments, 18620 Bonham Ln. 10/19/17 $495,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Robert & Sheila Curran, 16011 Lakeside Loop Ln. 10/19/17 $700,000 Kevin & Karen Meagher to Christian & Susan Olsen, 7310 Swansea Ln. 10/19/17 $351,500 Janet Giammattei to Matthew & Andrea Snyder, 8707 Westmoreland Lake Dr. 10/19/17 $1,744,875 Legacy Pointe Properties to Sognare Consulting, Unit 418 & 419 Cornelius Commerce Center Condominium

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Home Sales

9000 Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius sold for $265,000 UOF 1022 10/19/17 $975,000 AJD Investments Group to Donald & Pamela Blackley, 18002 Harbor Light Blvd. 10/23/17 $431,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Amy Hutchinson, 16219 Lakeside Loop Ln. 10/24/17 $115,000 Kathryn & Alston Sellers to Mitzi White, 21232 Hickory St. 10/24/17 $220,000 Elaine Steinmetz to Maria & Angel Carballido, 19435 Booth Bay Ct. 10/25/17 $481,000 Robert Ransom & Susan Barnhill to Michael & Donna Gruber, 19102 Glouster Ct. 10/26/17 $452,000 South Creek Homes to John & Judy Shedden, 11504 Dublin Crescent Rd. 10/26/17 $70,0000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 337 Bailey’s Glen 10/26/17 $246,500 Kevin & Mayela Graves to AMH NC Properties, 11234 Heritage Green Dr. 10/27/17 $389,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Anita Smith, 16104 Lakeside Loop Ln. 10/27/17 $160,000 Mary &Guy Drost Sr. to Janice & Eugene Campbell, 19845 Deer Valley Rd. 10/27/17 $170,000 Jay & Joann Pierce to Edward Wohlleber, 10636 Trolley Run Dr. 10/27/17 $209,000 Bryan Foy & Jamie Perdue to Carrie Young, 9412 Glenashley Dr. 10/30/17 $373,000 Heather & Derek Davis to Louis Dipietro & Katherine Welsh, 21400 John Pines Dr. 10/31/17 $440,000 Donald & Ann Whipp to Jeremy Parrott, 19743 Valiant Way 10/31/17 $409,000 Thomas & Patricia Lackey to Michael Tibbetts, 18726 Nautical Dr. Unit 104 10/31/17 $357,000 South Creek Homes to Suzanne Gazzaway, 17725 Morehampton Ave. 10/31/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partbers to South Creek Homes, Lot 312 Bailey’s Glen 11/1/17 $353,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Antonio Aiello & Colette Knox, 16107 Lakeside Loop Ln.

18027 Lochcarron Lane, Cornelius sold for $870,000

11/1/17 $540,000 Christian & Susan Olsen to Gran & Jill Adams, 7309 Swansea Ln. 11/1/17 $1,925,000 Michael & Lynda Rasmussen to Ronald & Sharon McAfee, 18410 Balmore Pines Ln. 11/1/17 $407,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Richard & Vicki Ratliff, 16111 Lakeside Loop Ln. 11/2/17 $262,000 Ryan & Roxanne Castle to AMH NC Properties, 18729 Ruffner Dr.

11/2/17 $ 733,000 Jason & Julianne Colvin to Michael & Meredyth Holdenrid, 19641 Meta Rd. 11/2/17 $256,000 Keith & Jennifer Knag to Joseph & Shiekia Broussard, 8718 Westmoreland Lake Dr. 11/6/17 $282,000 Sharon Sells to Inge Diamond, 18849 Cloverstone Cir. 11/6/17 $620,000 Charles & Donna Aird to Donald Brown, 18518 Square Sail Rd.

11/6/17 $266,000 Julie Smith to Ricky & Kaitlin Burke, 20024 Beard St. 11/6/17 $299,000 David & Linda Sterka to Ryan & Roxanne Castle, 19516 Coachman’s Trace 11/6/17 $340,000 Rinaldo Condo & Renee Daigneault to AMH NC Properties, 17539 Harbor Walk Dr. See HOMES, Page 18

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17226 Green Dolphin Lane

Lee Ann Miller Lake Norman 704-562-2922 LeeAnn.Miller

Cornelius, NC 28031

139 Heathland Lane

Mooresville, NC 28117

Offered at $2,995,000

Offered at $1,425,000

You will fall in love with this estate as it is positioned perfectly to capture the beautiful westerly vistas of Lake Norman. This comfortable, yet elegant home provides the lake lifestyle you desire. The open living plan carefully blends the formal and informal spaces for the best in casual lifestyle. This estate will impress with its grand entrance, soaring two-story ceiling in great room and multiple windows on lakeside to capture the best lake views.

Lake Norman views that actually compete with waterfront property. This beautiful home is situated on the 13th hole of Trump National. One-of-a-kind lot with a private setting that is bar none. Cozy and comfortable floor plan offers an exquisite main level master suite, gourmet kitchen, media, hidden game room with custom features throughout. Screened porch overlooking golf, Lake Norman and wonderful outdoor living areas including pool/spa, fireplace and grill. Boat slip steps away. Everything imaginable.

Candi Schuerger Mooresville/Lake Norman 704-400-1232 Candi.Schuerger



17528 Paradise Cove Court

Dixie Dean Lake Norman 704-641-1465 Dixie.Dean

Cornelius, NC 28031

18372 Nantz Road

Cornelius, NC 28031

Offered at $1,190,000

Offered at $1,125,000

A deeded boat slip makes this private waterfront cul-de-sac brick home a winner. Located on a peaceful cove in The Peninsula on Lake Norman, its open floor plan, fresh current colors and amazing natural light are accented by two kitchens plus a first floor guest room. Main level kitchen features granite, stainless and gas. Master suite opens to breezy waterfront terrace. Lake level entertainment has full kitchen, see-thru fireplace, media room, office/bedroom five, billiard room and game areas. Off the charts.

Top quality craftsmanship and stunning views make this custom lakefront home one-of-a-kind. Totally redesigned in 2017. Architectural dream, open/ elegant floor plan, solid hardwood floors, fireplace, finest finishes and water views from most every room. Gourmet kitchen with quartz counter tops. Exquisite main level master suite with luxury bathroom. New dual-fuel gas/heat pump and HVAC system. No HOA, spacious deck, large private dock with 10k lb. covered boat lift for all your lakeside fun.


Diane Honeycutt Concord 704-791-2807 Diane.Honeycutt


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19003 Double Eagle Drive

Cornelius, NC 28031

Offered at $1,379,000

Jan Cameron Lake Norman 704-724-3792 Jan.Cameron

One of The Peninsula’s best priced waterfront and golf course properties. What a perfect family home. Sits on a private drive with a long magnificent view of Lake Norman. Just over 7000 sf on only two levels. Master bedroom on main level. New kitchen, all new appliances and new Sub-Zero refrigerator. Open to living spaces. Two bonus rooms. Re-surfaced gunite heated pool and spa. Walk out the front door to a deeded boat and jet ski slip shared with a total of three slips. Seller added wine cellar/tasting room. MLS#3134317

20817 Pointe Regatta Drive

Cornelius, NC 28031

Offered at $1,044,000

Gretel Howell Lake Norman 704-451-5060 Gretel.Howell

Water views galore in this newer lakeside home with all the amenities to enjoy Lake Norman. Thoughtfully crafted custom home combines decorative coastal elements with solid structural design. Open floor plan features gourmet kitchen with Thermador appliances. Relaxing waterfront deck with built-in grill and fireplace. Lake level retreat for hiding away or entertaining guests. Pointe Regatta is a small, gated community located a private, waterfront peninsula, just two minutes from shops and dining. MLS#3270236

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Home Sales North Carolina, 1412 South St. 11/8/17 $342,000 Archie & Connie Clinger to Mary Elizabeth Apostolacus, 13410 Hazelbrook Ln.


7510 Windaliere Drive, Cornelius sold for $610,000


from page 15 11/8/17 $370,500 South Creek Homes to Stephanie Poillon, 11520 Dublin Crescent 11/8/17 $79,000 Bluestream Partners to

South Creek Homes, Lot 333Bailey’s Glen 11/8/17 $222,000 Mignon Dine to Lena Turbeville, 19433 Pocono Ln. 11/8/17 $310,000 Lena Turbeville to Douglas Moreton, 18723 Coachman’s Trace

11/8/17 $350,000 Frederick & Diane Heck to Jill & William Smith, Unit 11 Villas at Harborside Condominium 11/8/17 $287,000 Greg & Susan Hero, Andreas Hero, Nicole Hero to IH6 Property

10/2/17 $416,000 James Hamlin to Todd Krieg & Christine Lemley, 18736 Dembridge Dr. 10/2/17 $460,000 Rick & Mary Bauer to Geoffrey & Susan Ricks, 18616 Maplecroft Lake Ln. 10/3/17 $650,000 Dominic & Donna Testa to Lynn Gibbons-Beddow & Don Papernik, 19114 Gold Bear Cir. 10/5/17 $530,000 Peter & Julie Sczerbinski to Robert & JoAnn Godsey, 18816 Greyton Ln. 10/10/17 $435,000 Gregory & Tracy Rouse to Fathalla & Sherre Alsaghiar, 18744 Dembridge Dr. 10/13/17 $357,000 Jamia Chislom to Grissell & Didier Alegria, Stephen Suhy, 13632 Helen Benson Blvd. 10/13/17 $458,000 Sirva Relocation Credit to Barry Bockian, 11938 Bradford Park Dr. 10/16/17 $730,000 Conor & Melissa Quinlan to Darrin & Jill Benhart, 19509 Overleaf Ln. 10/18/17 $442,000 Kevin Canevari to John Edwards, 19765 Hagen Knoll Dr. See HOMES, Page 20

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Home Sales

19102 Glouster, Cornelius, sold for $481,000

18410 Balmore Pines Lane, Cornelius sold for $1.925 million


from page 18 10/31/17 $390,000 Chessman Homes to Daryl Moore, 18715 Bartlette Creek Dr. 11/1/17 $274,000 Franklin & Sandra Sharpe to Jason Bingham, 725 Naramore St. 11/1/17 $274,000 Franklin & Sandra Sharpe to Jason Bingham, 725 Naramore St. 11/2/17 $270,000 Steve Bradley to Richard

Christy, 14016 Helen Benson Blvd. 11/6/17 $565,000 Arthur & Carol Kostaras to Bruce & Sally McMillen, 450 O’Henry Ave. 11/2/17 $555,000 Tower Residential Construction to Richard Enderby, 744 Amalfi Dr.


19641 Meta Road, Cornelius sold for $733,000

11234 Heritage Green, Cornelius, sold for $246,500 9/29/17 $259,875 Legacy Pointe Properties to Ronald Griffin Sr., 16232 Leeward Ln. 10/2/17 $410,500 Epcon Huntersville to Phillip & Felicia Ward, 7917 Parknoll Dr. 10/2/17 $304,000 Pulte Home Co. to Katherine & David Alderman II,15111 Linerty Ridge Ln. 10/2/17 $344,000 Cassandra & Travis Oldenburg to Jennifer Barnhard, 14829 Skyscape

Dr. 10/2/17 $512,500 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Robert & Sherry Zamora, 9008 Borealis Way 10/3/17 $255,000 Patrick &Katherine Diekhaus to Chanel Massie, 12031 Journey’s End Trl. 10/5/17 $290,000 John & Marilyn Kortenhoven to Sarah Maloy, 12415 Kemerton Ln. 10/6/17 $323,000 Harriet Roth to Michael Murphy & Anna Marinelli, 8514 Brentfield Rd. 10/6/17 $358,000 Pulte Home Co. to Robdrt & Geraldine Noldin, 12641 Heritage Vista Dr. 10/10/17 $376,000 David & Kristina Lee to Michael Grose & Leah Kelly, 15817 Taviston St. 10/11/17 $445,000 Sally & Brodie Belliveau to William & Deborah Robinson, 13409 Broadwell Ct. 10/12/17 $385,000 Joseph Taborek to Anissa Ansoorian & Timothy Merritt, 9731 Linksland Dr. 10/12/17 $284,000 Phillip & Margaret Patterson to Denise Brennan, 16408 Kelly Park Cir. 10/12/17 $338,000 Mary Williams to Lola Stutheit, 16037 Stonemont Rd. 10/12/17 $295,000 Pasqualina Marletta to Erin Nucci, 16225 Hollingbourne Rd. 10/13/17 $365,000 Timothy & Kimberly Breault to Jonathan & Kelly Lang, 15834 Lavenham Rd. 10/16/17 $384,000 Gregory & Melissa Wellman to Luis & Laura Osuna, 8632 Brentfield Rd. 10/16/17 $445,000 Trevor & Ashley Helmer to Kenneth & Laura Munk, 14709 Long Iron Dr. 10/16/17 $260,000 Kehnbrink LLC to AMH NC Properties, 16919 Hugh Torance Pkwy. See HOMES, Page 22

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Home Sales

18816 Greyton Lane, Davidson sold for $530,000


from page 20

10/16/17 $285,000 Raghavendra Manchi & Sheetal Shivakumar, 13332 Centerview Ln. 10/17/17 $455,000 Eleanor Rose to Amy Liu & Brian Maielli, 15840 Waldrop Hill Ct. 10/18/17 $276,000 Jamie Wooton to AMH

NC Properties, 13527 Provincial Ct. 10/19/17 $422,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Chengirath & Shalini Menon, 9518 Hightower Oak St. 10/19/17 $285,000 Pulte Home Co. to Robert & Maria Lemon, 12734 Capitol Corners Dr. 10/23/17 $450,000 National Transfer Ser-

19509 Overleaf Lane, Davidson sold for $730,000

vices to Scott & Shay Clark, 11708 Morgan Horse Trl. 10/23/17 $450,000 Chad & Sarah Blanton to National Transfer Services, 11708 Morgan Horse Trl. 10/23/17 $409,000 Richard & Dorothy Welsh to James & Tracey Abruzzini, 12631 Longstock Ct.

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Real Estate

Good that houses have roofs: prices are going through them BY DAVE YOCHUM siderably higher prices, of course, Home prices are taking off around the market is more balanced, or, at the country: Seattle leads the way the very high end, much slower. It with a whopping 13.2 percent year- can take a couple of years to sell a over-year price increase, followed by multimillion-dollar estate. “When we look at active inventory Las Vegas at 8.6 percent and San Dipriced from $500K to $700K, we see a ego at 7.8 percent, according to the Case-Schiller division of Dow Jones. balanced market, with five and a half Cornelius is doing just fine, too, months of inventory in Cornelius depending on your point of view. and Huntersville, and eight months in Mooresville,” Gossett For buyers, it looks like it says. will continue to be an up“Bottom line is it’s a hill climb. For sellers, well, great time to make a they’re in the driver’s seat. move in the Lake NorAccording to Zillow. Home man region, but if you values rose 4.9 percent durare in the lower price ing the past year, with a points that exist in our healthy 3.6 percent increase market, you need to be forecast during the next 12 pre-approved and expect months. to pay full price or over There is a great shortage full price to be the winof inventory in lower price GOSSETT ning bid,” she says. points—$200,000 to $300,000 Davidson values rose 7.3 percent nowadays—resulting in multiple offers and above-list price offers, ac- in the past year, with a 3.5 percent cording to Stephanie Gossett, branch increase forecast. “Home price increases appear to be leader and regional vice president unstoppable,” says David M. Blitzer, for Allen Tate. There’s a scant one-month supply managing director at S&P Dow Jones of inventory in Huntersville and Cor- Indices. “Most prices across the rest nelius priced between $200,000 and of the economy are barely moving $300,000, she says. The median list compared to housing.” Over the last year the consumer price per square foot is $177. In Mooresville, there’s a two-month price index rose 2.2 percent, driven largely by energy costs. Aside from supply of houses for sale. A balanced market is considered oil, the only sector with price increasfive or six months of inventory, so es close to housing was healthcarethe local market is sizzling. At con- related, at 4.6 percent.


A lakefront home at 17504 Sail View Drive in The Peninsula has sold for $990,000 after being listed at $1.05 million by Dixie Dean of Allen Tate. The house has views from the kitchen, great room, breakfast area and master bedroom, all on the main floor. 17504 Sail View Drive in The Peninsula The 3,300 square foot house has a tax value of $874,800. The buyers were represented by Terri Mayhew of Allen Tate. A landmark property on a skinny stretch of Belle Isle Drive has sold for $1.5 million after being listed by Sandy Reynolds 16628 Belle Isle Drive of ReMax Executive. The 3,700-square-foot three-bedroom and lake views front and back. The tax lakefront house at 16628 Belle Isle value is $925,000. The selling agent has a distinctive two-story glass entry, was Tracey Miller of Allen Tate.

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Business News


b r e a k f a s t Thursday, Dec. 14

Alton Updike will open Table 31 in LangTree in Mooresville BY DAVE VIESER Restaurateur Alton Updike, the owner of Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails in Cornelius, is taking his skills to the old Block & Grinder space in LangTree ​ Lake Norman. The new 6,000 square foot eatery, called Table 31, will open early next year.

on the LangTree site. They expect to spend the next two months renovating the interior. “We’re looking to establish an eatery with a warmer feel and colors than what was there previously,” he said. They will offer a similar menu and price range as Alton’s. A good staff is


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Updike views this as a golden opportunity to grow, while at the same time maintaining Alton’s reputation in Cornelius. “The way Mooresville is growing, especially the Exit 31 area, we felt there was a real need for a high​ -quality independent, casual American restaurant.” In February, Alton’s will hit the eight-year mark in a challenging environment: The restaurant is tucked in the back of a shopping center anchored by a Harris Teeter. Updike, who owns Alton’s with his wife Heather, signed a 10-year lease

part of the recipe for success in this business. “Staffing is always a major challenge so we expect to use the expertise of our current staff at Alton’s to show them the way,” Updike said. Alton’s currently employs between 35 and 40 workers, and Updike anticipates a similar size staff at Table 31. This is the second Cornelius-based​​ restaurant to take over a Block &​ Grinder. Several months ago, Mel Funk and partners at Fresh Chef took over the Cotswold location in Charlotte. That location was 2,600 square feet.

On Sunday, Come Worship With Us Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 10:30am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am Community in Christ Lutheran Church 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 9:30am, 11am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am

Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Worship 11am Love Lake Norman Church 19725 Oak St., Worship 10:30am 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 Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church 21517 Torrence Chapel Rd Worship 10am Bible study each Wed, noon and 7pm Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am

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New Corporations

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


10/16/17 PRE LLC, Ernest Bradford Remmey, 19619 Weavers Cir., Cornelius 10/17/17 Armor LLC, Sheryl Provenzano, 16602 Flying Jib Rd., Cornelius 10/17/17 Lance Lofts LLC, Mike Griffin, 19109 w. Catawba Ave., Ste. 110, Cornelius 10/18/17 AquaBio Holdings LLC, Casey Knollmeyer, 17716 Springwinds Dr., Cornelius 10/18/17 Gallowglass LLC, Ian McClain, 20800 Willow Pond Rd., Cornelius 10/18/17 Glamour Nails and Salon Inc., Bryant Nguyen, 17039 Kenton Dr., Ste. 103, Cornelius 10/18/17 Grateful Native LLC, Robert A. Ray Jr., 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103156, Cornelius 10/18/17 Legacy Innovations LLC, Joshua Ernst, 20109 Henderson Rd., Unit H, Cornelius 10/18/17 SoHeye Productions LLC, Obray Ruvon Cowan, 19806 S. Main St., Cornelius 10/19/17 Beau’Thai’Ful Incorporated, Martin Chris Musket, 18710 Coverdale Ct., Cornelius 10/19/17 e-Title Inc., J. David Granbery, 10969 Heritage Green Dr., Cornelius 10/20/17 Bordchek Industries LLC, Steven Dyer, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Ste. 103164, Cornelius 10/20/17 LKN Home Living LLC, Margaret A. Dunn, 17100 Claret Ct., Cornelius 10/20/17 Visioneering LLC, Gregory E. Provenzano, 16602 Flying Jib Rd., Cornelius 10/24/17 Icarus Holdings 1 LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 10/25/17 AIS Real Estate LLC, Michael F. Tolbert, 19721 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius 10/25/17 Chacin Group LLC, Harid J.

Chacin, 20305 Sterling Bay Ln., Apt. J, Cornelius 10/25/17 Grace & Stone Communications LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 19825 B North Cove Rd., Cornelius 10/26/17 Rampro Construction LLC, Mordekhav Cudykler, 19909 Henderson Rd., Unit J, Cornelius 10/27/17 Jarhead Land LLC, Matthew M. McGee, 18855 Vineyard Point Ln., Cornelius 10/30/17 DDSC Inc., Brett Portaro, 19801 Bustle Rd., Cornelius 10/30/17 Shover Imports LLC, Wayne Bennett, 20236 Middletown Rd., Cornelius 10/31/17 God’s Precious Diamonds Inc., Tammy Allen, 9349 Portage Dr., Unit 103, Cornelius 10/31/17 Moonrise Distillery Inc., Robert Ageenko, 17512 Sail View Dr., Cornelius 10/31/17 Mountains and Maritime LLC, Dale Townsend, 18593 Vineyard Point Ln., Cornelius 10/31/17 Shaffner Rocks Cleveland Corp., Traci Swenson, 21229 Pine St., Cornelius 11/1/17 American Fertilizer Corporation, Ansley M. Burkhalter, 19425 G. Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 11/1/17 Youngblood Waterproofing & Concrete Services LLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 West Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 11/3/17 Weildy LLC, Matthew Crusse, 21230 Rio Oro Dr., Cornelius 11/3/17 Yadzak LLC, Gary T. Day, 18735 Silver Quay Dr., Cornelius 11/7/17 DXZ Enterprise LLC, Aaron Feinberg, 19614 Meta Rd., Cornelius 11/7/17 Ruffin Law PLLC, Ricky L. Ruffin, 2007 Bishops Ct., Cornelius 11/8/17 LiliPad Counseling PLLC, Sonya Terrell, 20816 North Main St., Ste. 203, Cornelius 11/8/17 RAJones Energy Consulting LLC, Ronald A. Jones, 16802 Baywatch Ct., Cornelius 11/8/17 Villacrest Landscaping LLC,

Thomas C. Jeter III, 18525 Statesville Rd., Unit D-2, Cornelius 11/9/17 Advanced Technisales-C LLC, David J. Johnson, 17929-H Kings Point Dr., Cornelius 11/9/17 Jessica MacDonald PhD PLLC, Jessica Macdonald, 19825 N. Cove Rd., Ste. B #138, Cornelius


10/17/17 RHL 3377 LLC, John M. Friguglietti Jr., 575 Davidson Gateway Dr., Ste. 101, Davidson 10/18/17 Thirty Acre Wood LLC, Brandon Roberts, 6174 Fox Chase Dr., Davidson 10/19/17 PHILCO International Inc., Philipp Noe, 11610 Bradford Park Dr., Davidson 10/23/17 Tymeless Photographie Inc., Thibisay Deyanira Lugo, 421 Hamilton St., Davidson 10/25/17 NC Indrio Vacations LLC, Richard J. Kline, 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson 10/25/17 The Pile Holdings Group LLC, Christine Hull, 126 Anniston Way, Davidson 10/26/17 Balsam Holdings LLC, Watson

Commercial Development, 568 Jetton St., Ste. 200, Davidson 10/26/17 MadElf Productions LLC, Mark Durstewitz, 126 Anniston Way, Davidson 10/27/17 Cooper Group Properties LLC, G Lee Cooper Jr., 20400 Shearer Rd., Davidson 10/31/17 Allstar Locating LLC, Todd Sax, 137 Ohenry Ave., Davidson 11/2/17 JAM Capital Partners LLC, Joshua Rheinbolt, 515 Ridgewood Ave., Davidson 11/2/17 Preferred Operations Services Inc., John F. Hanzel, 12524 Robert Walker Dr., Davidson 11/3/17 Paid Fitness LLC, Diana Brush, 235 Hobbs St., Davidson 11/6/17 Lincoln School Excess LLC, Watson Commercial Development, 568 Jetton St., Ste. 200, Davidson 11/6/17 Tester Parks LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 1019 Southwest Dr., Davidson 11/9/17 Brule LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Davidson

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Eat This Up

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The Cornelius Planning Board has Enough on signs, right? granted a variance for Katy and Joe Craig Deihl, who grew up on Lake Kindred’s new restaurant “Hello Sail- Norman, has been named Chef de or.” It means a retro-looking 31.1 square Cuisine. He spent his summers gofoot sign will go up at the intersection ing to a small fish camp called Jack’s, of West Catawba Ave and Henderson which is the location of Hello Sailor, Road. The long-awaited opening of and predates Rusty Rudder and beHello Sailor, located in the fore that South Shore Grille. old Rusty Rudder space, is Deihl was the executive now projected for the first chef at Cypress, a well-esweek of December. tablished, fine-dining estabThe Kindreds, who operlishment in Charleston. He ate Kindred’s in Davidson, oversaw culinary operations had requested the variance for Hospitality Management to allow for an off-premise, Group, a force in the Charlesground-mounted sign to ton restaurant industry. replace the existing nonHe was a semifinalist for DEIHL conforming sign for the old the James Beard Foundation’s Rusty Rudder. This is something ap- “Best Chef Southeast” award in 2012 proaching mayhem in the world of and 2013. Cornelius sign and banner rules. Hello Sailor will offer dockside The Planning Board tabled the case at dining and cocktails with an outdoor their October meeting and asked them tiki bar on the deck. The menu will to reduce the height of the proposed feature well-sourced seafood with a sign. Of course, the Kindreds complied. fish camp feel and a little “mid-cenC





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Birkdale Village and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity have cancelled​ this year’s Breakfast with Santa. Held​ each year at Red Rocks Café, the event was cancelled because of a fire in their kitchen. “While they have been working diligently to reopen, it will not happen in time to hold the breakfast,” Birkdale officials said. A manager working in Red Rocks said the​y could reopen in four to six weeks. In lieu of the funds raised at the event, Birkdale Village is donating $3,000 to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity for its affordable housing programs.

Hello Clean Eatz

Clean Eatz, a healthy alternative to fast-food places, has opened at 17111 Kenton Drive in Kenton Place. They have dishes like pita and hummus for snacks and turkey, black bean and bison burgers as well as wraps and flat breads—all with calories spelled out. Franchise owner, Sarah Conrad​ says pre-packaged meals can be purchased in-store, made at the counter, or ordered online. www.clean-eatz. com/custom Eat This Up is our new column on food-related things in and around Cornelius. Do you like the name? Let us know: Look for news about farm markets, restaurants, healthy food and food trucks

CORNELIUS TODAY • December 2017 • 27

Modern Dad

Up a tree, up with trees I have fond memories of picking tal argument because my breastout Christmas trees when I was a feeding wife scoffed at Irish coffees kid. I grew up in a small, picturesque and I didn’t think anything should New England town and we always change about our annual routine. Future Man helped us put on an orbought our tree from a local family who transformed their yard into a nament and then we put him to bed and held onto the tradition of having tree lot every December. The family had a daughter my age dinner by the tree – in between feedthat was pretty and blonde and had ings and screaming. That year our card was a screama jean jacket and rode on the back of motorcycles. As a Northerner- ing kid dressed in a Santa suit, lying turned-Southerner I’ve come to learn on the floor next to the tree with an this is common in the south; it was empty bottle of Sam Adams and a not in New England in the early ‘90s. cigar. We (I?) have a weird sense of When my wife and I began dating humor. The Blonde Bomber (five year old we decided we should have a tree of our own. We lived in Charlotte’s daughter) rolled around three Christmases later and we beSouth End, which gan gifting ornaments didn’t have any lots, Modern Dad to the kids each year so we went to the big instead of each other. box retailers. The first Around that time, Fuyear we had a tree from ture Man adopted an Lowe’s that was the annual routine of posfastest dying Christsessing the devil on mas tree in history. The tree decoration day. same thing happened That year we bought the following year at him a Captain Jake Home Depot. ornament and he told By year three we setme he hated Captain tled into what became Jake – his favorite TV our annual spot at the show – and refused to Kings Drive Farmer’s hang it on the tree. The Market. It felt like the Jon Show Blonde Bomber broke old family tree lot we her pink cupcake orvisited when I was a kid; Christmas music and hundreds nament before it made it to the tree. Our card that year was Future Man of trees and the smell of chainsaw kicking the Blonde Bomber in the and pine hanging in the air. Each year, on the first Saturday of rear end while she was leaning over December, we’d make an Irish cof- to put an ornament on the tree. It fee, drive to the lot and stroll around wasn’t a staged photo. The next year our tree stand broke until we found the perfect tree. Back so I ran down to Walgreens to buy a at home we’d decorate the tree and have appetizers and drinks. We had new one. When I got home I found no ornaments, so each year we’d gift out we had two strands of burned out lights. I returned to the store and a new ornament to each other. The first year – after a bottle or when I got home the next time I realtwo of wine – we (I?) decided we ized I bought lights with a white cord should put on fancy clothes and take instead of a green cord. The third a picture in front of the tree. Then time I backed out of the driveway I we (definitely I) suggested we swap ran over our $200 stroller. I don’t remember the card that clothes and take another picture. year. That was our first holiday card. Now that our kids have outgrown Once we had our first child we continued going to the same lot but the insanity of early childhood, we’ve the routine began changing. The first slowly adopted a new routine. Instead of putting the kids to bed Christmas with Future Man (nine year old son) was notable for a mari- and having appetizers paired with

wine, we have slices of pizza turned 180 degrees and cut to resemble a Christmas tree (crust is the stump). The tree lot Irish coffees have been replaced with candy cane milkshakes.

“There will be at least one burned out strand of lights and three fights about who hangs what where and who puts the star on the tree.” When we moved to Cornelius in 2013 we had to find a new tree lot. We asked our new neighbors and didn’t get any consensus. Fortunately, the giant inflatable Santa Claus in front of the Farm Fresh Market on West Catawba pointed us in the right direction. This year we’ll jump in the family

crossover with milkshakes in hand. My daughter will beg us to buy a tree too large to fit in our house and my son will plead to buy his own, smaller tree just for his room. We’ll go home and eat tree-shaped pizza and try to get the kids to wait until I have the tree up before they open their ornaments. There will be at least one burned out strand of lights and three fights about who hangs what where and who puts the star on the tree. We’ll eat our pizza, listen to music and maybe watch Elf. And then my wife and I will put them to bed so we can enjoy our newest holiday tradition. Bourbon. Jon Show lives in Robbins Park with two pottytrained children and a wife who travels frequently. Modern Dad will appear monthly.

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Letter to the editor

Your comments and opinions since 2006

Special needs: Kids Rein I really enjoyed reading the article (‘Clubs, churches support adults with special needs,’ November CT) by Dave Vieser. I wanted to share another special needs program in our area called Kids Rein. This program supports both children and adults with special needs—especially autism, Wounded Warriors and police officers. Kids Rein is a nonprofit that uses horses to pro-

mote communication, physical, and emotional well-being in children and adults with disabilities in a therapeutic environment. Kids Rein specializes in early intervention

techniques and offers Therapeutic Riding for children as young as 3, all the way through adulthood. Teressa Tucker and Phyllis Smeaton have discovered various ways of working with children and adults with different disabilities. They are proud that Kids Rein is able to reach out and make a difference in the lives

of children and adults with special needs—all on the back of a horse. Betty Nabors Robbins Park • Kids Rein at Pattrino Farms is located in Midland. Lessons and tours are by appointment only. Visit:

On Jetton Road, Cornelius Police have clocked cars at 76 mph inbound near Old Jetton and 77 outbound near Peninsula Club and the crosswalk. With pedestrians and cyclists in mind, what are your thoughts? Jeff: Decisions shouldn’t be made on outlier data points. What is the distribution of clocked speeds and associated volumes? Sound Off Cornelius: The average speed clocked in those two locations was 34 mph, if that helps. Speeding a little or a lot, there are kids, school buses, cyclists and pedestrians as well as a dicey crosswalk at Jetton Park.

Louise: Instead of clocking them, Brent: I love making the “dart of Most people are very nice and reawhy not issue tickets? death” when turning left out of Harsonable, but it seems that for a very few, they can’t be bothered with an ris Teeter to get back to Catawba. It’s like playing frogger. actual person in the way. Maria: Not to be mean, but... Come on people !!! What’s your hurMichael: Not too surprising. In ry ?!?! Angelo: They are desperate for tax order to get a full appreciation, try revenue walking on the sidewalk there and April: People still fly by me, but it is David: It’s interesting to note “feel” the cars going by only a cou- much better. there are not real curbs on much Pete: They have $15M in cash last ple feet away. of Jetton, just rolled curbs which I knew. It’s just government greed. allow cars to roll smoothly onto Julie: Why don’t they put speed Vernette: It’s the Peminsula-the the sidewalk. They’re not allowed Pam: I would be interested in people there shouldn’t be bothered humps down Jetton? Makes sense anymore in my hometown, like knowing if these people were cited with having to obey a speed limit. As to me. Statesville. for speeding, or just given a “friend- for pedestrians, people in NC don’t ly reminder”!! Anybody going those know what they are! They may have Casey: Prob shouldn’t wait on Pete: I know you take your life into speeds should be arrested on the before they migrated south, but they someone to be killed. That far over your hands at the crosswalk at Jet- spot!! I drive Jetton several times dai- don’t stop for them, watch out for is automatic jail time in states like them , etc. Virginia. ton Park which I use most everyday. ly, and cars are always flying by me!

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Will the powers that be please work with us, rather than against us? Will the powers that be please work with us, rather than against us? The traffic on Hwy horrific. It took me 40 minutes the other day to go five miles. Please put a STOP to expansion, building, encroachment until we can get a grip on the roads, their planning, and thus the traffic problem. This is ridiculous! Doubt seriously if a toll road will help, as most people can’t afford to use one. Is everybody at Lake Norman wealthy? Surely not.” Rick: Right now I think from Exit 19 north to the lake and Exit 33 south to 19 sucks and people take 21 to get around it just as they do the old off ramp back on to the highway trick on 77. Like 10 cars are going to make a difference. I lived in San Diego for 3 years, driven countless times in NYC Ive never seen such idiots in all my life. People cut you off for 1 spot closer like its going to make a difference in overall time. People ride your ass so far you cant see their headlights in

your rear view mirror. All while your doing 10 mph over the speed limit and a open left lane. On 21 people will get into a known turn right lane just so they can get thre cars ahead. Meanwhile the flow of traffic has to stop to let him or her in.

from two lanes to one... with nowhere to go... people flipping others off who are trying to merge, cars blocking the intersection... and they want to develop the farm on Catawba & West moreland???? It is plain crazy!!!

Jeffrey: Amen Rick ; and that is just a drop in the bucket to how many problems we face in Cornelius and our highways around town to and from…we got to quit driving like we’re the only important thing going on.

Lou: Development with no concern for infrastructure is totally out of control; I can only believe it is about tax dollars, but the entire North End is suffering from this greed. With regard to the tolls, I have been fully against, but if tolls become a reality, I believe there should be some provision for local residents who use these roadways daily to be ex-

Tamera: I work in the building on the corner of Jetton and Catawba... that intersection is the most “angry” free-for-all intersection I encounter in Cornelius... cars trying to merge

The insignity!

God please save me!!! Here we go again. Restrictive covenants, community protective rules, HOA mandates...everything intended to protect the beauty of our community is about to go out the window. Clutter my streets, block my view of the intended turn with your sign. Let me guess ‘No tolls on I77.’ So sick of all the lies and lack of accomplishment related to our local politicians. Don’t put your signs and misrepresentations all over the streets. It’s way too beautiful here to ruin our sightlines with your dirty laundry. Clothes lines aren’t permitted in Cornelius so why would 50 signs in one mile be any better? —via We checked with the Town of Cornelius: Clothes lines are not regulated in any form by the Town of Cornelius. We recommend you don’t mix plaids and checks in any outdoor display of clothing.

empt... Mitchell: Lou my office is on West Catawba my home is ten miles up off Brawley. Average drive time 45 minutes plus. I keep the dash cam just to document the angry drivers. Linda: It’s not unusual for it to take 30 minutes or more to get from my home IN Cornelius to the post office IN Cornelius. That’s on a good day—it took me more than 45 minutes the other day and the post office was closed. Do I think the solution to that is to continue blindly adding more residential development? NO, I DO NOT. Terry: Dwell on this: Our area is 25% native. Where do you think the problem comes from. I drove the US for 21 years. all 48 states and a million miles. Charlotte is the worst for drivers without lights and speed awareness and ability.


h t i w s t r a t s Find out what Kiwanis does at our weekly lunch meeting (no obligation to join!) Thursdays 12-1pm Brooklyn South Pizzeria 19400 Jetton Rd, Cornelius Questions? Email Neil Serdinsky at

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Wildlife organization gives annual award to Sid Smith

Tarte speaks

The Jerry L. Barrows Osprey Award was presented to Sid Smith, a member of the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. The Cornelius resident was honored for his unwavering support of the ecology in and around Robbins Park in Cornelius. Among his many efforts over the years, Smith helped design and install interpretive nature trail signs in Robbins Park that detail such concepts as Life in

NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Cornelius resident, discussed servant leadership at the Lake Norman Chamber’s Elected Officials Appreciation Luncheon. Cornelius Today and Business Today were sponsors of the event.

a Pond, Birds of the Field and Forest, and Life of a Tree. Additionally, he has conducted numerous nature trail walks near the Robbins Park Turtle Pond. Tim Gestwicki, CEO of the North Carolinan Wildlife Federation, made the presentation. The award, given annually by the NCWF and Duke Energy, is named after the late Jerry L. Barrows, a dedicated environmentalist.​

Lynn Manis exhibited her work at the Main Street Art Exhibition at Studio Elie

From left, Carolyn and Sid Smith, Tim Gestwicki and Gene Vaughan at the Jerry L. Barrows Osprey Award presentation.

WERA Grand National winner

Major “Lanny” Long won his sixth consecutive championship at the 2017 WERA Grand National Finals recently held in Alabama. Major, who lives on Island View Drive ​ in Cornelius, won the 600cc Senior Superbike Class National Title.


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