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The next mayor of Cornelius opens up. Page 4

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August Things to do

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The Cornelius Police and the Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department (PARC) will host a National Night Out Celebration Aug. 1 at Smithville Community Park. The event, which runs from 6 pm to 8 pm, is free. The focus is on building and maintaining relations between the police and the community. The annual event will include fun for all ages with food sponsored by Mammoth Machine and Design, a Dunkin Donuts Dunk-a-Cop tank, a bounce slide sponsored by Dobi Financial, the Home Depot Kids Workshop and entertainment by School of Rock Cornelius. Cornelius Police vehicles, as well

as a Cornelius Fire Department truck will be on site for kids to explore. Community organizations like Smithville Community Coalition, Cornelius Library, YMCA Lake Norman, North Meck Crimestoppers, TopDeck Foundation, Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department will be on hand, too. Cornelius Police will also be collecting school supplies for the annual Pack the Patrol Car Event during National Night Out. Following National Night Out, the Cornelius PARC Department will show “Moana!” under the stars. Weather permitting, the movie will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.) Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Top Women in Business nominations open till Sept. 1 ​Business Today’s 13th Annual Top Women leadership awards honor the ​region’s most dynamic women in business, community service, education and politics. Prior winners include Abigail Jennings, president of ​Cornelius-based​ Lake Norman Realty​; ​Robin Salzman, co-owner of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep; ​Arlene Berkman, founder of Cornelius-based Foundation for Respect Ability; Donna Moffett, CEO of Donna Moffett Accountants & Consultants; and Sally Ashworth, executive director of Visit Lake Norman.​ The awards have a long tradition of recognizing career achievement,

community service and impact. Nominations close S ​ ept. 1. Judges ​are former winners. They​ include Cheryl Kane, a business instructor at UNC-Charlotte, and longtime Business Today columnist​ , as well as Moffett​​and Smith. There are no advertising quid pro quos. The reception and a mini business expo for women will be 6-9 pm Thursday Oct. 19 at River Run Country Club. To RSVP, please call 704895-1335 This year’s presenting sponsor is Duke Energy. Novant Health is the platinum sponsor and the champagne reception is sponsored by RE/ MAX Executive.

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Table of Contents Mayoral Q&A

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Interview: What’s on the (next) mayor’s mind BY DAVE YOCHUM When he officially takes office in December, Woody Washam will bring a sense of old and new as well as east and west to the center seat at the dais in Town Hall. He was born and raised here and vividly remembers the way Cornelius was: From Mrs. Harrill’s five and dime to the fabled Tree of Knowledge near Catawba and Main. It was cut down long ago. He says the heart of Cornelius will come back in a big way with the new multimillion-dollar arts center. “I expect the downtown to be recreated and come back,” Washam said. “The impetus is the creation of the new arts district.” In an exclusive interview, the next mayor said it is his “lifelong dream and commitment to serve my hometown.” The quality of life that he experienced growing up and raising his family here is important to continue. “My parents and all the jobs I have worked at during my 45 years as a banker have instilled the element of service into my being,” he said. Job One for him is creating and establishing a good rapport and relationship with board members, as well as town staff. He has a longstanding relationship with Town Manager Anthony Roberts as well as many members of the town staff. Relationships are important when it comes to moving the town forward. The relationship between the current mayor, Chuck Travis, and the town board fractured along the I-77 fault line as well as leadership style. “Consistent and frequent face-toface communications with all board members is the key. The mayor needs to initiate this and be held accountable to make sure it happens. That has been missing during my term on the board to date. There will be times where compromise will be important. Respect and civility is always a requirement,” Washam said. He plans to continue coffee chats and “listening circles” with residents, sometimes telling people what they don’t want to hear.

Woody Washam has been ready to roll for decades

A member of the Key Club in high school as well as Future Business Leaders, Washam attended Boys State at Wake Forest, played clarinet in the high school marching band and piano with the jazz band. He’s been the organist at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, and he’s only 66. He was elected to the Town Board in 2013, and garnered the most votes. He was re-elected in 2015, and filed to run for mayor in July. You’ve been training to be mayor all your life! Washam: I feel like I have. Being a banker prepares me well. A strong leader, manager and motivator is very necessary to lead our town into the future. My leadership in multiple service and civic organizations has prepared me well for running meetings, working with boards and building consensus for the overall good of the town. It seems like we’re all fighting. Washam: I think it is positive that more people are engaged and interest in issues that face our Town. However, concerns must be expressed in a

constructive manner. I am fortunate to have kept lines of communications open and hope I can use that to our advantage to get good solutions and end results. Uniting our community behind a positive shared vision for Cornelius’ future will be a top priority. What are your strengths in terms of this new role? Washam: Communications and good relationships throughout town will be an asset. Citizens will not always agree but I hope we can always keep a respectful and open relationship. My managerial and financial knowledge have contributed to many policy, procedural and planning solutions that are needed at the board and mayor level. My experience with music and the arts should continue to help me provide good direction to our Arts Board. But, most of all, the experience of growing up in the town I will now lead, will bring an element of our great and rich past to life as we pave the way to a promising future. How about one weakness?

Washam: I am a perfectionist. I have very high expectations for our staff and all Town board members as I will expect them to take the future of our town as seriously as I do. When some people talk about a strong commission, weak mayor form of government, how do you really lead? Washam: I will lead both by example and setting high expectations. Consistent and frequent face-to-face communications with all board members is the key. The mayor needs to initiate this and be held accountable to make sure it happens. That has been missing during my term on the board to date. There will be times where compromise will be important. Respect and civility is always a requirement. The mayor sets the Town Board agenda. What does that mean? Washam: The agenda is the work and line up of business at any given meeting or pre-meeting for the board. It is based on needed priorContinued, on Page 5

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ity and requirements of running a municipal organization such as the Town of Cornelius. The agenda is recommended by the Town Manager, approved and adjusted by the mayor but must be approved, changed or altered at the beginning of each board meeting by a motion, second and majority vote of the board. The idea of one toll lane/one GP lane seems to be coming to the surface now. Is this a reasonable compromise? Washam: Anything is better than what we currently have to live with for 50 years. However, I have not given up on a conversion to general purpose lanes at least in the North Mecklenburg/South Iredell stretch of the interstate. I was somewhat surprised to hear this suggestion come from one of the long time leaders in the anti-toll movement. Is there a mayor in local history whom you might emulate? Washam: Yes, that is an easy question. My hero is Joe V. Knox who was mayor of Mooresville for in excess

of 30 years. He communicated with citizens in a unique and impressive way. People in Mooresville loved Joe Knox—he was an inspiration. I watched him operate and create success after success for that community for the many years I have been a banker in this region. I only wish he were still around. He would definitely be my go to person. Similarly, who was your role model and why? Washam: Another easy one: My dad, Woody Sr. or Big Woody, was truly bigger than life. He worked hard, was honest, direct and insisted on everyone doing the right thing

at the end of the day. He made a positive difference with his church, community, employer and his family. And, 26 years after his death, people still comment about him and remember him fondly. He was a mover and shaker and didn’t even know it! Will you retire from the bank? Washam: No. I am fortunate to work for a great employer, Carolina Trust Bank, that encourages its employees to give back to our communities. I am more than grateful that they provide me the opportunity to be local and flexible. I continue to enjoy what I do.

You’re passionate about the arts center. Washam: I’ve believed for a long time that the arts in Cornelius is a component that we’ve been missing for a long time. I was more than pleased when the voters approved the bonds in 2013 to fund a portion of the arts center. And I’m especially happy that it will be in Old Town Cornelius. As the process and development of the concept has moved forward, I continue to be excited and thrilled that this will become a reality. I’m committed to work hard in every way I can to assure this happens as soon as possible.

Rec Center public meeting Aug. 14 A public meeting to receive community input on the new regional recreation center to be built in Cornelius will take place at 6 pm Monday Aug. 14 at Bailey Middle School. The new facility will be located on the west side of Hwy. 115, just north of the Energy United complex. Preliminary plans call for a 120,000 square foot facility. It will be constructed on

a vacant parcel of land Mecklenburg County bought several years ago from the proceeds of the parks bond approved by voters in 2008. While the basic county outline of recreation facilities will be followed, the center will be customized for specific uses and asctivities based on input received from local residents. “The planning is taking off now

right now,” said Mecklenburg County Parks Director James Garges. “It’s going to be a huge increase in indoor recreation for people of all ages.” That can’t come soon enough for many residents as the northern end of Mecklenburg County has experienced explosive growth in population since 2000.

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It may not be popular, but the DDI is safer BY DAVE VIESER There has been a 58​percent​reduction in accidents at the Exit 28 interchange in Cornelius since the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) opened in 2014. O ​ ur stats tend to mirror those from other parts of the country where t​he innovative interchange has been implemented.​ Cornelius was the first in the state. It’s since spread across the state despite an unmatched level of ridicule thanks to a Facebook site called Exit 28 Ridiculousness. Crashes are down by more than ​ half, according to Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant.​There were​ 45 crashes in 2013, the last year with the ​st​ andard design, compared to 19 crashes in 2016.​There was a similar decline in ​2015​.​ Town and state DOT officials attribute the better DDI safety record primarily to the reduction in the number of a​ utomotive conflict points when compared to a traditional interchange design. In the DDI design, motorists cross the interstate on the left, rather than the right side of the road, and then turn left to g​ et on the on-ramp. The first DDI in the country was opened in 2009 in Missouri, and as of July 1, there are now 86 across the country, including ​11​in North C​​arolina. According to a safety study issued in January 2015 by the University of Missouri, overall accident rates had plunged 41​percent​at DDI int​​ersections in the state. “Our conclusion is that the DDI offers significant crash reduction benefits over conventional diamond interchanges.”​ Closer to home, ​NC​DOT​Congestion Manager Engineer Jim Dunlop says N ​ orth Carolina has the second highest number of DDI’s in the country, including a brand new one we opened this month in Winston-Salem. Preliminary reports on the DDIs are encouraging​throughout the state, including the ones along I-85 in the Concord area at NC 73 and Poplar Tent Road​.​ The DDI concept still has its detractors who claim the Exit 28 arrangement causes more traffic congestion and slows down the pace of traffic. DOT officials admit that DDI

It won’t look like this

The Town Board determined that it was not going to move forward with the masonry abutment design in this rendering, due to concerns over the design and rising construction costs. Instead, the board opted for a landscaping design for the ramp and “gore” areas of the interchange. Landscape architect Gary Fankhauser will lead the design process, and work with a steering committee made up of citizens and elected officials. “Since his hire, Gary has been performing due diligence with NCDOT to define their potential parameters. While the I-77 Managed Lanes construction will still be occurring along the entire corridor into 2018, I-77 Mobility Partners has projected that they will be substantially complete with their construction at Exit 28 by the end of calendar year 2017,” said Andrew Grant, assistant town manager. The current schedule is to put the landscaping project out to bid in Spring/Summer of 2018, but that is subject to change based on how the design process plays out. It can also be adjusted to take advantage of prime planting/growing seasons, Grant said. The bridge design was originally intended as public art and a tourist attraction. Then-Gov. Pat McCrory was invited to attend the grand opening.

intersections, in general, do tend to reduce the speed of motorists and that the Cornelius DDI does not have the ideal amount of distance between the interchange and the “bookend” intersections of US 21 on the east and Torrence Chapel Road on the west. Still, town officials point to the improved safety record as the most important factor. “The previous Standard Diamond interchange’s left-turns against oncoming traffic led to many accidents, so we’re encouraged to see a consistent reduction in accidents and improvement in safety” Grant said.

The ‘gore’ area is between the on-off ramps and the freeway. It is derived from ​​ Old English word, gar, meaning spear.

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Jeff Tarte: Mayor, NC Senator and a Harvard grad BY DAVE YOCHUM NC Sen. Jeff Tarte attended the Executive Education program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for senior government executives in July. Tarte, the former mayor of Cornelius, landed a $13,000 scholarship to attend the $14,000 program. The scholarship was funded by venture capitalist Charles Kahn whose plan is to recognize legislators across the country who take a bipartisan approach to governance. There were more than 70 students in the class, but only five—legislators from various states—received the scholarship, Tarte said. Other scholarship winners include the House minority leader in New Mexico and the speaker of the House in Ohio. The program puts a full semester of study, discussion and work into a single month. Tarte, whose wife is Dr. Nancy Tarte, represents NC Senate District 41, which stretches from Cornelius and Davidson to Matthews and Mint Hill.


Tarte’s credo: “Being respectful of people who have different points of view and have other ideologies and then collaborate to solve problems.” His bipartisan approach got him in trouble with some of the GOP powers that be in Raleigh. When Tarte split with Gov. Pat McCrory on the I-77 toll issue, the governor quit talking to him. Of course, McCrory lost his bid for re-election this past November, and Tarte won. Working with others—Republicans come first, no doubt—is high

on Tarte’s bucket list. Indeed, he was part of the GOP super-majority that overrode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget. Tarte said the $23 billion state budget is “balanced, fiscally responsible…funds core services, strengthens public education, shores up savings reserves and grows North Carolina’s economy.” Tax relief over the next two years will result in 99 percent of North Carolina “taxpayers either paying less or paying no state personal income taxes at all,” Tarte said. “The main words I harp on now are ‘finding balance’…legislatively we need to stop bashing the other side… people have gotten focused on rhetoric instead of results,” Tarte said. The sole criterion for the scholarship, Tarte said, was a “proven ability to cross the aisle for bipartisan support.” Now in his third term, Tarte faces a perhaps uncertain future as the North Carolina electorate undergoes dramatic change. Senate District 41

is the fastest growing in the state, with a dramatic influx of unaffiliated voters. He expects redistricting to take place in time for the 2018 elections, and again in 2021 because “the population shift is so significant.” In the past three years alone, there were 28,000 new voters in Senate 41. “That’s the equivalent of all of Cornelius moving in…a whole new town in the county,” Tarte said, explaining that NC Senate districts are cut up into slices of 200,000 people. In Mecklenburg and in Wake County there are more unaffiliated voters than Republicans and Democrats. The population influx will change the mix of voters across the state. How it affects politics, though is unclear. Fewer unaffiliated candidates have political structures than those who are members of either of the two major parties. “An unaffiliated person has a difficult time running in a statewide race,” Tarte said, explaining that some people who will likely rise through the ranks tend to be one-issue candidates.

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​ otts Street development P hits a bump in the road BY DAVE VIESER ​ rescent Acquisitions’ p​lan to build C nine homes in Cornelius as part of an adjoining 295​ -unit development in Davidson hit an unanticipated bump in the road ​in July when town officials notified them that the location for a future traffic circle/roundabout had been moved westward, thereby slicing off some of the property within their proposal. According to town Planning Director Wayne Herron, the roundabout is a ​so-called b​onus allocation project—​ courtesy of the $650 million I-77 toll plan—​designed to alleviate heavy and sometimes dangerous traffic conditions on North Main n ​ ear the YMCA. “The original design had the roundabout located close to where Main Street is now but one of the goals of the project is to allow pedestrians to walk under the railroad bridge. In order to achieve that, we have to move the alignment of Main Street and the roundabout westward.” This will impact on the Potts Street development. The project, which includes 19 townhomes and 276 apartments, is ​ known as the Potts Development. About three-​ quarters of the 30-acre site​are within Davidson’s town limits w ​ hile the remaining 7.32 acres ​are i​n Cornelius. The eastern edge of property​​runs along Potts Street. Cornelius-based eal estate a​ ​ ttorney Susan Irvin and Brian Jenest, managing partner with designers Cole, Jenest and Stone, were at the Pre Development Review Committee’s meeting representing Crescent, and they were clearly taken a​ b ​ ack by the news. “When we first developed these plans, that roundabout was not at that location​,​“ Jenest insisted. Irvin said that with the new alignment for Main Street and the roundabout, they may have to go back and redesign a portion of the project. Whether this means Crescent will have to appear again before the pre-

development committee remains unclear. “It is really their option to either return to the committee again with the changed plans, or choose simply to move forward to a community meeting​,​“ Herron said​.​ Either way, the realignment and roundabout appear to be all but a done deal. “We had looked at two options.​.​.a new traffic signal or the roundabout. The preference was clearly the roundabout and once it is formally approved, I would anticipate land acquisition next year with construction to follow​,​“ said Herron. Under Crescent’s original proposal, the homes in Cornelius would be on the front portion of the nine lots, with the minimum lot measuring 14,520 square feet. Garages would be in the rear of the properties and a new road would be built to connect the development with Davidson and Potts ​s​treets. The Davidson portion of the project already face​s​ stiff opposition from ​Davidson​ residents, many of whom believe it is too large and dense for the area. “Our roads and schools are not prepared for this development​,​“ said Davidson resident Melissa Atherton. “Davidson, Bailey and Hough schools are extremely overcrowded with children in modulars. Furthermore, the Potts Property is a Class IV Critical Watershed. The water flows down the land, funnels into streams, and then empties into the lake. This lake is where our children play and the YMCA hosts their open water swims.” However, Jenest says that the Davidson portion of the project is a “by-right” development meaning no zoning change is required to build the 295 units. There will be a public information session in Davidson on the project at some point, but it has not yet been scheduled, according to​ a town spokeswoman. Meanwhile a community meeting has just been scheduled for Aug​.​9 at 6​p ​ m in Cornelius Town Hall.

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​On the​waterfront: ​Lake levels h​ igher than last year ​BY DAVE VIESER What a difference a year can make. That’s certainly true when it comes to Lake Norman this summer. It’s the amount of precipitation our area has experienced which has made the difference. “Our network of rain gauges shows an increase of 9.1 inches of rainfall in the Catawba River basin this year compared to 2016​,​“ said Duke Energy spokeswoman Kim Crawford. What does that mean for the lake? “The additional rainfall has helped the basin recover from a Stage 1 drought in November 2016, to a Stage 0 drought on July 3, 2017.” Stage 0 is the first and lowest of the five drought stages and in the current in-

stance is only being declared because of stream flow measurements. This means the lake is almost at “full pond” level. That high level presents both advantages and disadvantages for boaters. “Everyone likes it when the lake is up high because it reduces the areas where the water can be shallow​,​ “ said Ron Shultz, ​executive ​d​irector of the Lake Norman Marine Commission. “However, high lake levels also can mean higher wakes from passing boats and that can have a negative impact on sea walls.” Shoultz said the higher lake levels can also give new boaters a false sense of security since the lake will not always be this high. An unusually high lake level keeps

Duke Energy on its toes. “We manage the chain of 11 lakes along the river including Lake Norman and operate the 13 hydro stations as an integrated system​,​“ Crawford said. “To do this, we monitor the weather and rain forecasts daily and move water as needed depending on which part of the basin is affected.” For example, during April and May, which were very wet months, Lake Norman was less n ​ earing full pond and Duke released water before and during the rain storms to lower reservoirs to more normal levels and create storage capacity for future storms. With the lake at high level​s so far​ this season, one might assume that boating volume on the lake has been

higher than last season, but that’s not necessarily the case. Local lake enforcement agencies believe the frequency of afternoon thunderstorms this year has actually cut down lake use from last summer when many days featured no rain at all. So, with the lake at a higher level this summer, a few tips for boaters: ​1. ​Despite the lake level, continue to obey the shoal caution markers which outline areas where the water level is traditionally low. 2. ​Obey the ​N​o ​W​ake signs. ​3. ​ Watch the weather. The afternoon thunderstorms we’re having this summer can e​ t bad fast. If you see signs of a storm, s​ eek shelter as soon as you can​.​

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Charter Boats operating on Lake Norman must now prepare and retain a ​“​manifest​,” or list of passengers​for each trip​. The new regulation​was​ adopted by the Lake’s Marine Commission at their July 10 meeting. As with airplanes, the manifests must list each passenger who is expected to be on board. “This is something we had discussed with the local law enforcement agencies that patrol the lake​ ,​ “ said Ron Shoultz​ , executive director of the commission.​ “​T​hey all agreed that having a list

of the passengers on board would be useful in the event of an emergency.” Rob Bennett, owner of My Aloha in Cornelius​,​says he’s “totally on board with this regulation. If anything should happen while we’re out on the lake, it makes sense to have these lists.” At the same meeting, the commission also voted to include the new multi-passenger paddleboats, also known as cycleboats, as charter boats for the purposes of their operations on the lake.

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Elections 2017

Eleven candidates running for Town Board in 2017 BY MARCO WERTHEIMER The candidate pool for the upcoming Cornelius Town Board election is set. With a record 11 candidates vying for five spots on the town board, the election Nov. 7 looks like it will be a horse race. There were 10 candidates in 2013, a record at the time. Among the more remarkable traits of the new candidates is their relative inexperience in the political arena, with one exception: William Rakatansky served on the Town Board from 1993 to 1995. Despite their different backgrounds, however, all 11 have expressed opposition to the current plan for toll lanes on I-77. During the 2015 elections, pro-toll candidates were ousted in surrounding towns. In Cornelius, members of the Town Board had already come out strongly against the tolls. Defying his board and the business community, Mayor Chuck Travis went to Raleigh last year in support of the tolls, and was soon censured by his board. Cornelius Today broke the news back in December that Commissioner Woody Washam would run for mayor. Soon after Washam filed to run in July, Travis made it official and said he would not file for re-election. Washam is running unopposed. Early voting begins Oct. 19 at Town Hall in the Community Room on the west side of the first floor. Cornelius Today will hold the Candidate Forum & Old Fashioned BBQ at Town Hall at lunchtime Oct. 6.









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Aquesta reports lower net July 23. Aquesta Financial Holdings reported unaudited net income during the second quarter of 2017 fell to $482,000 (15 cents per share) compared to second quarter of 2016 net income of $623,000 (20 cents per share). Total assets were $356.6 million at the end of the second quarter vs. $353.1 million at year-end. “The primary reason for the decrease during this quarter was that this year we did not recognize any SBA (Small Business Administration loans) gains or security gains unlike the same period last year. With increasing interest rates, we strategically chose to keep the variable rate SBA loans we originated to benefit our long-term net income in a rising rate environment. Even with this strategic decision, second quarter net income was up an annualized 10.0 percent compared to the first quarter of this current year,” said Jim Engel, CEO and president. He said second quarter loan growth was more than 20 percent annualized. Key highlights Loan growth of $17.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 (annualized 13.8 percent). Core deposit growth of $13.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 (annualized 13.0 percent). Solid balance sheet growth At June 30, 2017, Aquesta’s total assets were $365.6 million compared to $353.1 million at December 31, 2016. Total loans were $268.1 million at June 30, 2017 compared to $250.8 million at December 31, 2016. Core deposits were $218.7 million at June 30, 2017 compared to $205.3 million at December 31, 2016.

Strong asset quality Asset quality remains very strong. Nonperforming assets as of June 30, 2017 were at $1.8 million compared to $1.7 million as of December 31, 2016 Aquesta had $291,000 in nonaccrual loans as of June 30, 2017 compared to $122,000 in nonaccrual loans as of December 31, 2016. Other real estate owned was $1.5 million at the end of the second quarter 2017, as well as at the end of the fourth quarter 2016. Aquesta only has two pieces of OREO property. Net interest income Net interest income was $5.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to $5.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. This is an increase of $711 thousand or 13.6%. The increase in net interest income continues to be directly associated with the Company’s continued loan growth. Non interest expense Non-interest expense was $6.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to $6.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. Non-interest expense increased primarily due to additional personnel as the Company continues to expand. Personnel expense was at $4.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to $3.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. Occupancy expense decreased by $10,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the six months ending June 30, 2016. The decrease in occupancy expense was due to the consolidation of the Wilmington bank and insurance branch. Aquesta had $80,000 in OREO losses for the six months ended June 30, 2017 as compared to $153,000 for the six months ending June 30, 2016.

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Meet our new mayor

Call for Entries

We are now accepting nominations for the Top Women Class of 2017 Woody Washam, Sharon Washam and Commissioner Thurman Ross

July 21. Woodrow Washam Jr. will be the next mayor of Cornelius. As of noon today, no one else has filed to run against the long-time community leader, two-term town commissioner, banker and church organist. He has strong ties to the east side of town, where he was born and raised, and the west side of town, where he lives. Everyone calls him Woody and he’s good with that. Known as a coalition-builder, he is also against the tolls on I-77 which brought down his predecessor, Mayor Chuck Travis. Within days of Washam filing to run for mayor two weeks ago, Travis, who withstood a 5-0 no-confidence vote last year, finally said that he would not seek a third term. Oddly enough, Travis ran unopposed for mayor two years ago. Meanwhile, in Huntersville, Mayor John Aneralla is also running unopposed. He soundly defeated a protoll multi-term incumbent in 2015. Washam is part of the fabric of Cornelius, having played the organ at countless funerals and weddings. He is also Cornelius’ mayor pro tem, which means he filled in for Travis during multiple opportunities to represent the town at chamber of commerce events. He is an active member of the Visit Lake Norman and United Way boards of directors, as well as a long-time member of the North Mecklenburg

Rotary Club. He is a former chair of the Lake Norman Chamber as well as the Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board. Washam was first elected to the Town Commission in 2013 coming in first in a field of 10 candidates. Fellow commissioners unanimously selected Washam to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem.

Oddly enough, Travis ran unopposed for mayor two years ago. Meanwhile, in Huntersville, Mayor John Aneralla is also running unopposed. He soundly defeated a pro-toll multi-term incumbent in 2015. Washam, a senior vice president at Carolina Trust Bank, is married to Sharon Washam. They live on Chapel Point Lane. He attended Cornelius Elementary School, J.M. Alexander Middle School and North Mecklenburg High School. Washam went on to attend Catawba College where he received a BA degree in Business Administration and a minor in Music. See related story page 4.

To nominate a Top Women leader, please visit and click on the top banner Nominations deadline is Thursday, August 31, 2017

Attention: Women leaders! Nominate your boss, a friend or yourself. Business Today has recognized women leaders across Cabarrus County, Lake Norman and University City since 2005. More than 75 women—from attorneys and educators to politicians and retailers—have earned the title of Top Women. Here are some of the ways our judges look at nominees: · Owner, founder, partner, executive · Small, medium or large company · · · ·

Possess leadership skills Charitable work Challenging workloads, juggling families or children True professionals who maintain a positive attitude. A Champagne Reception and Expo honoring this year’s Top Women will be held Thursday, October 19 at River Run Country Club from 6-9 pm. Presented by:

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July 17. By Dave Yochum. The developer behind the proposed retail project on 11 acres of prime commercial property on West Catawba has a strong portfolio of high-quality holdings in the northeast, the Carolinas and Montana, with tenants ranging from CVS and Starbucks to Nordstrom and Tesla. Charter Realty & Development, based in Greenwich, Ct., is a real estate investment and development company specializing in retail properties. The company was ​ co-​ founded in 1993 by Paul Brandes and Daniel Zelson. Charter has acquired and developed more than 60 shopping centers and freestanding properties comprising nearly 10 million square feet with a total acquisition and development cost in excess of $1 billion. “This is a​​well-heeled team of retail experts with a deep bench and relationships in this arena​ ,” said Kathleen Rose, founder of Davidsonbased Rose & Associates,​a real estate and economic development advisory firm​.​The site is a prominent piece of highly developable land on a four-lane suburban parkway with limited access. Charter plans five commercial

buildings comprising a total of 48,225 square feet​, with​three buildings fronting on West Catawba and two facing Knox Road. In between, a private road with access to multiple rows of parking is planned​. The largest building would be 22,500 square feet; there would be a retention pond on the northeast corner of the parcel near Knox Road. Co-founder Paul Brandes said it ​ is a “phenomenal project in a terrific location.” Charter has held the property for two decades; no tenants have been announced, but plans call for two buildings with drive-up windows. The land alone is taxed on a value of $6.5 million, according to Mecklenburg County records. “The goal is to make this a 2018 project,” Brandes said, explaining that his company studies their local markets very carefully to “offer something the community will embrace” when they ultimately complete the project. “A developer has to be creative and forward thinking,” he said, and “proactive in terms of going after real estate that will be there a long time.” Continued, on Page 15

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His theory is to “create a tenant mix that is broad and that will serve the community.” This, in a day and age when some traditional brick and mortar retail is being hammered by online shopping. Brandes sees online and brick-andmortar retail merging more and more in the future. It’s known as omni-channel, where shoppers have an integrated shop-

News from ping experience. They can be shopping online from a desktop or mobile device, or by telephone, or in a brick and mortar store and the experience would be seamless, Brandes explained, resulting in incremental sales increases for the retailer. The project, now called Catawba at Knox, came up for preliminary review by the town at a pre-development meeting at Town Hall. It actually already appeared on Charter’s

website as Cornelius Square, under “Our Properties.” The flyer for the property says 26,000 vehicles pass by per day. The flyer is on the company web site at: Real estate attorney Susan Irvin said the proposal currently calls for one anchor in one building, two restaurants and two multi​tenant office/ commercial buildings. ​Cornelius Planning Director W ​ ayne Herron​said since the​first​article on​

Charter’s p ​ roposal appeared​on Cornelius Today online​this week, the town has received ”​ ​quite a few calls from residents asking that the buffer on the Knox Road side be enhanced as much as possible​.​” He said Charter should include plans for use of bikes and pedestrian walkways​and a semi-public gathering place​. He advised that building facades should be the focal point, not a drive-through or a parking lot.

TopDeck fundraiser Sept. 5 supports the Cornelius Police Department The TopDeck Foundation will hold its second annual fall fundraiser “Whiskey, Wine & Moonshine” Sept. 9 at a popup party space in Hyde Park Storage Suites on Bailey Road. Special guests include Mayor Chuck Travis and Police Chief Bence Hoyle, as well as TopDeck Advisory Board members. This year’s event will provide funds for a uniform upgrade. TopDeck is calling the fundraising campaign “We Got Your Back” as the new body armor will save the lower backs of our officers by reducing

the weight and heat that wearing critical safety gear usually entails. The current officer uniform only allows for body armor to be worn under a uniform – which can be hot and uncomfortable and it can also limit movement and range of motion of shoulders and arms. The newest innovation in protective uniforms is to have the body armor on the outside of the uniform. Chest-positioned armor and carry garments can provide ease of move-

ment, a cooler experience and it is a way to carry equipment on the torso instead of placing the weight on the hips and lower back. In addition vest carry equipment allows for more tools and tactical devices to be carried by all sizes of officers. While some critical equipment like flashlights or radios may only weigh a few pounds each, officers can attest to the relief of taking this weight off their lower back and waists for the length of a shift.

The event, which costs $50 to attend under early bird pricing through Sept. 5, runs 7 pm to 10 pm. The dress is “Saturday night relaxed.” There will be live music, Speakeasy games and beverage and food pairings that will make for a unique experience for the Cornelius community. TopDeck Foundation is a public charity 501(c)3. For more info, email or call Bridget Rainey at 703-283-8933.

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Town Board OKs brunch bill July 17. Combine breakfast and lunch and you get brunch. Starting Sunday, you can also get adult beverages at Cornelius restaurants, at 10 am. Cornelius commissioners approved the so-called “brunch bill” at their Monday July 17 meeting. The law was signed by Gov. Roy Cooper on June 30. However, local towns and cities must also adopt an ordinance approving the change and approval across the state has not been unanimous. In New Bern, for example, efforts to pass the brunch bill failed after a motion in favor failed to gain a second. “It’s another invasion on a Sunday, which is a religious day for a lot of people,” said Bernard White, a New Bern alderman. The change will not apply to ABC Stores. Also at Monday’s meeting, the board: • Proclaimed Saturday July 22 as “Big Day at the Lake Day” in honor of the 13th annual event whereby at-risk children in Big Brothers Big Sisters enjoy a day on the lake, courtesy of hundreds of Boat Hosts and volunteers. More than 170 chil-

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dren are expected to participate this year. • Honored the Union Bethel AME Zion Methodist Church which marks 100 years of service to the community this year. Mayor Chuck Travis noted that there have been six generations of families who have worshipped at the church over the century. “We hope you will continue to be around for a long time” the mayor said. • Recognized Cheryl Crawford who has served on the town’s Planning Board since 2010 and is stepping down after two full terms. • Postponed until Aug. 7 a request from Mama’s Pizza to construct a new 5,230 square foot building at 19741 South Main Street. The owner was unable to attend the July 17 meeting due to a scheduling conflict. • Postponed a public hearing on proposed economic development incentives for Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to the board’s Oct. 2 meeting. “If a final agreement cannot be achieved by then, we will recommend closure of the hearing and readvertising when a final agreement is achieved” said Planning Director Wayne Herron.

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combined contributed 800 service hours to schools, churches and parks. Troop 72 is led by Scoutmaster Steve Harper. It meets every Tuesday at 7 pm at the Bethel Church Scout Hut.

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Culture Feast will transform downtown Cornelius July 10. Arts, culture and food will come together in a big way Sept. 8 when the Arts & Science Council hosts the Culture Feast in downtown Cornelius at the same time it’s held in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza in Uptown Charlotte. “We have seen how people from different neighborhoods, backgrounds, socio-economic levels, race and ethnicities, talk and connect with each other through arts and cultural experiences as well as a wonderful meal during Culture Feast,” said ASC President Robert Bush. The towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville will co-host the Cornelius feast. The third annual event takes place simultaneously from 7-11 p.m. i​ n both Charlotte and Cornelius. Catawba Avenue will be closed in front of Town Hall. Guests will share a community table in t​he ​streets​followed by music by RevelWood Mission in Uptown Charlotte and the Lake Norman Big

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Band in downtown Cornelius. Here’s the menu: Spinach Salad with Honey Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette / Parmesan Crusted Chicken with sage butter cream sauce / Garlic Mashed Potatoes / Haricots Vert Green Beans / Rolls / Individual Éclair cakes / Iced Tea and Water. A vegetarian meal includes Eggplant

Parmesan and all the other items except chicken. Created in 2015, Culture Feast uses arts and culture to bring people together and build bridges across difference. Past performances featured Opera Carolina, Carolinas Latin Dance, Drums 4 Life, Carolina Voices, Nouveau Sud Project​and​Jazz

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Arts Initiative​. Dinner tickets can be purchased at beginning July 10. Single tickets are $35; two tickets are $60 when using the promo code “CultureForAll.” The Arts & Science Council provides around $13 million a year for artistic and cultural endeavors.

Denis Bilodeau for Town Commissioner “There’s no one else I trust more than Denis to lead Cornelius into the future and make sound decisions that will protect our rich history and lead this town into the future.” —Case Warnemunde, founder Bella Love Inc “Denis is an obvious choice for the Board given his broad experience in business, a stellar record of service to Cornelius and his ability to get things done.” —Jim Duke, Cornelius Town Commissioner “We need someone in office who is going to stand up for the people and organizations that have been here well before it was the popular new thing. There is no one else I would see as a better fit for the job than Denis.” —Lisa Mayhew-Jones, Smthville ComUNITY Coalition PAID FOR BY THE DENIS P BILODEAU CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

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Tonya talks: Local talent goes to WCCB July 6. Tonya Rivens, one of the most well-known products of Smithville and Cornelius, is the new cohost of the 8 am “couch chat” on WCCB’s News Rising morning show. WCCB is part of The CW Television Network, commonly referred to as The CW. It’s a limited liability joint venture between CBS, the former owners of United Paramount Network and Warner Bros. The former on-air traffic reporter for WBT-TV has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and also received Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Citizens Award, as well as the Charlotte Mecklenburg NAACP Gospel Image award. Rivens, who has also appeared on “The Price is Right,” is a director of the Ausie Rivens Scholarship Foundation. Rivens hosts a gospel music show on 103.3 FM (Sundays 6 a.m. to 10

New Rotary Club in Cornelius The North Meck Rotary Club, which meets for lunch each Wednesday at The Peninsula Club, has ​launched a satellite club at El Toro Mexican Grill in Shops on the Green​on Torrence Chapel Road. ​ The first official meeting was ​ June 21​. The group meets from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Barbara Dresser is the chair of the group.​ Her husband Ken is a long-time member of North Meck and a former Rotary District 7680 Governor. More info: 704-896-2695

Tonya Rivens: poised for success

a.m.) and is an Associate Chaplain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff Department. Tonya’s first job was at Reeves Brothers, the local textile company

now known as Foamex. Her mother wanted her to take the job to “show me that if I did not pursue higher education and attend college, I would end up working in a textile mill.”

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Home Sales

SANDY REYNOLDS Premier Zillow Agent in Cornelius for MAX Exposure for Your Property


18934 Balmore Pines Ln., Cornelius sold for $1,800,000

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

Cornelius 6/14/17 $457,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Carl & Barbara Gallela, 17216 Courtside Landing Dr. 6/14/17 $194,000 Jenny Severance to Patrick Kellaher Jr., 19946 Crew Cottage Ct. 6/14/17 $280,000 Kevin & Elizabeth Dean to Karol Cerosky, 9219 Island Overlook Ct. 6/14/17 $990,000 Kevin & Donna Brown to Donald & Carol Herring, 18601 Balmore Pines Ln. 6/14/17 $260,000 Ryan & Allyson Werner, John & Heidi Karant to Lauren Hawkins, 9846 Bailey Rd. 6/14/17 $255,000 Paul & Catherine Ingegnere to James & Joanna Hodge, 10425 Watoga Way 6/15/17 $275,000 Micah & Alicia Velasquez to Jeffrey Senecal, 9590 Glenashley Dr. 6/15/17 $1,470,000 Plantation Road LLC to Douglas & Kimberly Olson, 17908 John Connor Rd. 6/15/17 $1,800,000 William & Lillian Burke to Jason & Jennifer Yaudes, 18934 Balmore Pines Ln. 6/15/17 $239,000 BCB Properties LLC to Crosbie/Keith Business Partners, Lot 106 Cornelius Business Condos 6/15/17 $3,031,892 Martin & Patricia Schottenheimer to John & Joanne Radu, 15510 Fisherman’s Rest Ct. 6/16/17 $212,000 Sharla & Melvin Crabtree to Emaneule Fabiano & Laura Pagani, 18900 Oakurst Blvd. 6/16/17 $432,000 Karen Little to Richard & Anne Treanor, 21923 Riddles Ct.

6/16/17 $1,199,000 William & Patricia Hirsch to Daniel & Sarah Phelps, 18912 Peninsual Point Dr. 6/16/17 $260,000 Ellen Schmidlein to John & Beth Schleck, 18704 Silver Quay Dr. 6/15/17 $543,000 Perry & Lisa Oliver to Pamela & Michael Hurley, 21835 Advocates Cr. 6/19/17 $312,000 Aaron & Wendy Raymond to Danie & Lucinda Pezet, 9504 Renick Dr. 6/21/17 $344,000 Caryn Kicklighter to Thomas Stocking & Raemarie Kauder, 1837 The Commons Blvd. 6/21/17 $154,000 Michael & Peggy Munro to Gary & Stacy Williams, 18644 Oakhurst Blvd. Unit 11 6/21/17 $150,000 Eva & Jason Frichner to Stephen Agnew, 21132 Cornelius St. 6/21/17 $267,000 RaeMarie Kauder & Thomas Stocking to Christopher & Amber Caldwell, 9215 Island Overlook Ct. 6/22/17 $424,000 MS Antiquity to Randolph Setser & Julie Gulan, 1014 South St. 6/22/17 $240,000 Lee Cuneo to Anthony Mangiameli, 19407 Fridley Ln. 6/22/17 $251,000 Celia & Charles Van Wickel to Tracy & Sheila Richardson, 18544 Victoria Bay Dr. 6/23/17 $197,000 Wayne & Jane Folger, Gary & Teresa Folger, Vernita & Albert Tyson Sr., JD Ward to Andrea Hill & Steven Vance, 16706 Spinnaker Ln. 6/23/17 $1,050,000 Martin & Patricia Schottenheimer to Christopher & Brenda Opie, 15503 Fisherman’s Rest Ct. 6/26/17 $271,500 David & Sabine Carpenter to Christopher & Nicole Pustorino, 15528 Crossing Gate Dr. 6/26/17 $220,000 Amy & William Lanoue to M. Jonelle & Frederick Barton, 21324 Rio Oro Dr. See HOMES, Page 22

16628 Belle Isle. Florida Keys Type Living!! Beside The Peninsula but No HOA Hundreds of Feet of Shoreline w/ Sunrise & Sunset Views! $1,525,000 MLS #3301189

19238 Coachmans Trace. Sparkling Gem in Glenridge with Upgrades Galore!! Wont Last long!! $259,000 MLS # 3299946


17226 Green Dolphin Lane

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

Cornelius, NC 28031

19003 Double Eagle Drive

Cornelius, NC 28031

Offered at $3,195,000

Offered at $1,398,000

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. However, 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.

One of The Peninsula’s best priced waterfront and golf course properties. 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 living spaces. Two bonus rooms. Resurfaced 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.

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



17504 Sail View Drive

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

Cornelius, NC 28031

20817 Pointe Regatta Drive

Cornelius, NC 28031

Offered at $1,050,000

Offered at $1,049,000

Sitting pretty in The Peninsula, waiting for customization at just the right size and price. This waterfront home with stunning views of Lake Norman is truly the one to beat. Open floorplan won’t leave the cook disappointed, as the kitchen with its dazzling water views opens to a spacious great room and breakfast area. Master suite on the main shares the glistening views, gracious loft and three bedrooms plus a bonus up, and a brand-new roof crowns this home. Dock with boat lift recently re-decked.

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.


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


107 Beachview Drive

Mooresville, NC 28117

Offered at $1,219,000

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

A truly one-of-a-kind property located on a peaceful location on Lake Norman with breathtaking long range views from almost every room. Situated on a double waterfront lot, beautifully landscaped with mature trees, new sea wall, boat ramp and private pier with gazebo. This home features a luxurious master suite on main level, gourmet kitchen (including pizza oven), two fireplaces, hardwood floors and extensive moldings. There are three additional bedrooms plus an office and extra storage. MLS#3283269

16703 Flying Jib Road

Cornelius, NC 28031

Offered at $829,900

Cindy Gwin Charlotte-SouthPark 704-608-3402 Cindy.Gwin

Beautiful home on great street by the Peninsula Yacht Club. Open layout for entertaining. Upgraded kitchen, granite and floating black glass Jenn-Air appliances, double oven and side-by-side fridge. Sun room for reading and relaxing by the kitchen. Window treatments and upgraded light fixtures remain. Hardwood floors throughout most of main level. Back stairs lead to bonus room for television and home office. All bedrooms have en-suite baths. Over sized garage. Lake, golf and country club nearby. MLS#3285306

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Home Sales HOMES

from page 19

6/26/17 $300,000 Carolyn Deal to Debra & Robert Passarelli, 21412 Sandy Cove Rd. 6/26/17 $270,000 Holly Barker to Mare Cocova, 10604 Quarrier Dr. 6/26/17 $322,000 Georganna & Robert Butler to Timothy Eads & Marti Morris, 17306 Harbor Walk Dr. 6/26/17 $150,000 Gwendolyn Campbell to John Godfrey Jr., 9015 McDowell Creek Ct. 6/27/17 $415,000 Linda & Eddie Finch Jr. to Kyle Steinhauser & Lindsay Johnston, 21427 Harken Dr. 6/27/17 $928,000 Sarah McKay to Kevin & Susan King, 17723 Spinnakers Reach Dr. 6/27/17 $118,000 Brannon Earnest to Christian Hindley, 21640 Aftonshire Dr. 6/28/17 $130,000 Stacy Graves & Richard Dudley to Julianne Enderle, 7612 Woods Ln. Unit 3 6/28/17 $560,000 Robert Kaveny II & Barbara Borvoets to Adam & Leslie Olmstead, 10931 Lakeview Cir. 6/28/17 $230,000 Robin & Steven Reese to Bridgette McCulloch, 11636 Truan Ln. 6/28/17 $406,000 South Creek Construction to Peter Veldhuis, 17011 Morgan Evans Ln. 6/28/17 $105,000 Bailey Forest Development to South Creek Construction, Lot 16 Baileys Forest

15510 Fisherman’s Rest Ct., Cornelius sold for $3,031,892

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6/28/17 $551,000 South Creek Construction to Don & Linda Snyder, 17015 Morgan Evans Ln. 6/28/17 $105,000 Bailey Forest Development to South Creek Construction, Lot 17 Bailey’s Forest 6/29/17 $615,000 Amy & Elmer Stamper Jr. to Gordon Johnson, 16242 Sasanoa Dr. 6/29/17 $680,000 Fred & Penelope Finnell to Kenneth & Carrie Lowe, 20720 Rio Oro Dr.

6/29/17 $438,000 Patrick & Lisa Hosmann to HP North Carolina I, 17120 Players Ridge Dr.. 6/29/17 $446,500 South Creek Construction to Christopher & Barbara Clay, 14114 Boden Ct. 6/29/17 $105,000 Bailey Forest Development to South Creek Construction, Lot 12 Bailey’s Forest

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21835 Advocates Cr., Cornelius sold for $543,000

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19124 Peninsula Club Drive | $800,000

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16133 North Point Road | $1,250,000

16500 Pelican Point Lane | $799,000

18806 Halyard Pointe Lane | $1,989,000


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15729 Jetton Road | $1, 499,000

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17528 Paradise Cove Court | $1,190,000

19901 Stough Farm Road | $899,000

18518 Square Sail Road | $675,000




18211 Nautique Drive | $748,000

17504 Sail View Drive | $1,050,000

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18300Spinnakers Invergordon Lane 17723 Reach Dr | $700,000 $999,800

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Home Sales

19722 Charles Towne Ln., Cornelius sold for $362,200

16242 Sasanoa Dr., Cornelius sold for $615,000


7/3/17 $350,000 Mary Hart to Meghan & Jonathan Stamper, 20208 Riverchase Dr. 7/3/17 $280,000 Charles & Mary Jackson to Deborah Bueno, 18909 Ruffner Dr. 7/5/17 $525,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Garrett & Jeanne Kroll, 15020 Courtside Cove Ln. 7/6/17 $202,500 Guoxing Zhao & Ling Fan to IH6 Property NC, 8724 Westwind Point Dr. 7/6/17 $262,000 Caroline Fache to Seth & Katie Beamer, 18020 Bluff Inlet Rd. 7/6/17 $230,000 Ryan & Ashley Hilton to M. Jonelle & Frederick Barton, 21324 Rio Oro Dr. 7/6/17 $222,000 Brett & Barbara Olson to AMH NC Properties, 18702 Victoria Bay Dr.

from page 22

6/29/17 $305,000 Paul & Amanda Dueitt to Karen Hater, 19124 Juanita Ln. 6/29/17 $492,500 Epcon Huntersville to Green Parrot Homes, 17601 Spinnakers Reach Dr. 6/29/17 $362,000 Erich & Marcie Gram to Bernadette Strianese, 19722 Charles Towne Ln. 6/30/17 $373,500 Theodore & Vicki Fillmore to David & Mary Cameron, 13307 Hazelbrook Ln. 6/30/17 $468,000 South Creek Construction to Theodore & Vicki Fillmore, 17031 Morgan Evans Ln. 6/30/17 $105,000 Bailey Forest Development to South Creek Construction, Lot 21, Bailey’s Forest 6/30/17 $236,000 Gray Piano LLC to Matthew Miller, 11447 Potters Row 6/30/17 $1,420,000 Theodore & Ann Suggs

to Stuart Ross, 16520 Belle Isle Dr. 6/30/17 $1,499,000 Jimmy Lummus to Michael & Lisa Arena, 22354 Country Club Ln. 6/30/17 $710,000 Kendrick & Aubri Knight to Jason Doak & Larissa Neifield, 21227 Island Forest Dr. 6/30/17 $478,000 Kenneth & Emily Jones to Michael Wilhite, 20328 Turnbull Way 6/30/17 $247,000 Matthew & Jennifer Miller to AMH NC Properties, 18619 Victoria Bay Dr. 6/30/17 $420,000 Alicia Ruch to Ruch Properties, 21002 Lakeview Cir. 6/30/17 $350,000 April Buttner to Baron & Carolyn Russell, 18120 Coulter Pkwy. 7/3/17 $180,000 Mike Kuntz & Stella Reid to Kevin Wojcicki, 16209 Peachmont Dr. 7/3/17 $400,000 Donald & Vickie Payne to Ruben Garcia Jr., 7429 Mariner Cove Dr. 7/3/17 $262,000 Ruth Mitchell to Thu Ahn Le, 19330 Yachtman Dr.

7/6/17 $168,000 Jennifer Lewis & Samuel Halverson to Heather Fitzgerald, 7500 Woods Ln. Unit 46 7/6/17 $258,000 Deborah Loughner to Ross & Melissa Atherton, 1329 Jacemans Way 7/6/17 $394,500 Jim & Arden Cooke to Matthew & Kristin Miller, 1522 Lovers Lawn Trace 7/7/17 $340,000 Kurt Pugh to Cecilia Myers, 19600 Galleon View Dr. 7/7/17 $170,000 David & Jennifer Dunn to Jeffrey & Katherine Prince, 20109 Henderson Rd. Unit D

16520 Belle Isle Dr., Cornelius sold for $1,420,000

See HOMES, Page 26


106 Ballston Drive | $885,000 Beautiful waterview home in The Point Great upper and lower living areas.


Marie Conway

(704) 661-6555

20333 Havenview Drive | $2,350,000

K.C. Kercher

Beautiful waterfront home in Cornelius with over 6,000 s.f. luxurious lake living.

(919) 475-8025

144 Chollywood Drive | $315,000

Sandy McAlpine




7323 Swansea Lane | $495,000 Full brick with screened porch. Lawn care included in HOA dues.


Candy La Monica

(704) 493-3929

Full guest suite on Main level! Tons of upgrades! MLS #3284860

(704) 746-7513

Marta McGuire

(631) 697-5615

New custom home in ANNISTON on over 2ac. 4BR/3.5BA bonus, media & basement. MLS #3210388

Libby Offnick

(980) 722.2977

Angela Purvis

16628 Belle Isle. | $1,525,000

Sandy Reynolds




17027 Stinson Ave, Huntersville, NC

102 Noble Place | $357,000 2746 sq ft and 3 car garage located in Huntersville

(704) 707-6632

Florida Keys Type Living!! Hundreds of Feet of Shoreline

(704) 634-5666

RE/MAX Cornelius: 19600 W Catawba Ave, Ste B101, Cornelius, NC 28031 (704) 815-3200 RE/MAX Mooresville: 121 Rolling Hill Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117 (704) 662-0095

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Home Sales

Harbor Realty Inc. TERRIE HAYES Ranked #1 in Condo Volume Closed in Cornelius for 2016! 180 DEGREE VIEW OF WATER "END UNIT" Ground Floor, NO STEPS, three bedroom condo in popular Schooner Bay complex. $320,000 18840 Nautical Dr. Unit 55 Cornelius NC

22354 Country Club Ln., Cornelius sold for $1,499,000


A RARE FIND!!!! Spacious Waterfront 2 Story Townhome 4b/3ba Garage & 25 FT.Boatslip included $505,000 amenities galore! 18724 Nautical Dr. Unit 3 Cornelius NC

Waterfront Updated Townhome 2 story 3b/3ba/office overlooks marina. Several boat slips for sale @ AQ private marina $30,000. 18708 Nautical Unit 2, Cornelius NC

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Terrie Hayes

Broker/ Owner Harbor Realty Inc.

Davidson Office for lease ground floor end FURNISHED* call for details 704 953 8844

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from page 24

7/7/17 $239,000 Epic Homes to Charlies Property Holdings, 22026 Satilla Dr. 7/7/17 $113,000 Robert Rosello & Catherine Comfort to Kate Stables, 18032 Delmas Dr. 7/10/17 $184,000 Shane Capps to Joseph & Juanita Amato, 19027 Long Pond Ln. 7/10/17 $373,000 Lester & Sonia Wiseman to Michael O’Hare, 19829 S. Main St. 7/10/17 $225,000 Lisa & Dana Armstrong to Property Owner 2 LLC, 9026 Glenashley Dr. 7/11/17 $244,000 Keith & Paula Gruttemeyer to Louis & Hildy Sarbone, 18701 Nautical Dr. Unit 206 7/11/17 $219,000 Matthew & Karen Suarez to Property Owner 2, 10735 Meadow Crossing Ln. 7/11/17 $232,000 Shelley & Luke Smith to Joseph Helms & Jay Eckman, 10048 Switchyard Dr. 7/11/17 $197,000 Robert Bianchetto to Kathleen Falasca, 11623 Truan Ln. 7/11/17 $454,500 Scott Cislo to Nancy Astle, 12704 Meetinghouse Dr. 7/12/17 $740,000 Duane & Janet Monk to Christopher & Martha Clay, 16811 Flying Jib Rd. 7/12/17 $285,000 Adam & Toni DiMella to Gary & Alya Dickens, 18212 Harbor Mist Rd. 7/12/17 $175,000 Thomas & Jacqueline Hopkins to Shannon Lewis, 9530 Glenashley Dr. 7/13/17 $232,000 Sarah & Jeffrey Shaver to Times Oil Corp., Lot 151 Lake Norman Cove at Jetton 7/13/17 $225,000 Jennifer Angle, David

& Susan Simmons to David Phelps, 8732 Westwind Point Dr. 7/13/17 $223,000 William & Angela Suddreth to AMH NC Properties, 10505 Meadow Crossing Ln. 7/14/17 $355,000 Thomas & Angela Standish to Courtney & Jason Pittsonberger, 19207 English Daisy Dr. 7/14/17 $186,500 Terry Marciniak to Frederick & Jonelle Barton, 21324 Rio Oro Dr. 7/14/17 $220,000 Marty & Jessica Helmick to Jeremy & Nicole Crump, 8743 Westwind Point Dr. 7/14/17 $365,000 Megan O’Hara to Julie Rogers, 1618 Lovers Lawn Trace 7/14/17 $240,000 Naomi Bailey to Property Owner 2, 10327 Conistan Pl. 7/14/17 $520,000 Calvin Poteat & Denise Mirilovich to Ann Boyd, 12806 Meetinghouse Dr. 7/14/17 $475,000 US Bank to Scott Maddox & Brenda Sauer, 20710 East Point Dr. 7/14/17 $585,000 Elizabeth & Edward Teeter to Gregory Kasdorf, 20001 Colony Point Ln. 7/17/17 $280,000 Erin & Ronald Fields III to Tara & Joseph D’Amanda, 9612 Willow Leaf Ln. 7/17/17 $665,000 Anderson & Julie Caperton to Laura & Thomas Jones Jr., 17319 Green Dolphin Ln. 7/17/17 $250,000 Ronald MacGregor & Katrina Moen to Aaron Clark, 19069 Natalie Michelle Ln. 7/17/17 $800,000 William & Bobbie Ross to Michael & Deborah Feldser, 19124 Peninsula Club Dr. 7/18/17 $408,000 Jaime Miles & Derek Rauscher to Chrisopher Arwood, 19943 Scanmar Ln.

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Home Sales 7/18/17 $373,000 Elizabeth & Robert Tathwell Jr. to Christopher Larck, 19718 Valiant Way 7/19/17 $279,000 Epic Homes to Maria Medrano, 20321 Harroway Dr. 7/19/17 $174,000 Gary & Kazumi Day to Samantha Schultz, 18848 Silver Quay Dr.

Davidson 6/14/17 $1,018,000 Jill Rizzo to James Daniel Jr. & Beth MacDonald, 13009 Westmoreland Farm Rd. 6/15/17 $353,000 Bryan & Tara Peaco to Jens Kruse & Susan Kunk, 12606 Robert Walker Dr. 6/15/17 $611,000 Tower Residential Construction to Jonathan & Aimee Cangalosi, 1141 San Michele Pl. 6/16/17 $1,390,000 Jeffrey & Eileen Harley to William & Elizabeth Walker, 15603 June Washam Rd. 6/16/17 $750,000 Carolina Cottage Homes to Paul & Freestone, 707 Patrick Johnston Ln. 6/19/17 $500,000 NuCompass Mobility Services to Michael & Lindsey McCloud, 207 Lingle Dr. 6/19/17 $500,000 Aldo DaSilva & Patricia Cordeiro to NuCompass Mobility Services, 207 Lingle Dr. 6/20/17 $415,000 Sherman Kahn & Nancy Waite-Hahn to Stephen & Pamela Mange, 140 Fairview Ln. 6/21/17 $300,000 Chesmar Homes to Connor Allgood, 12420 Bradford Park Dr. 6/21/17 $431,000 Chessman Homes to Hattye & George Board III, 18816 Bailey Springs Dr. 6/22/17 $572,000 Rodney & Cynthia Clair toKeith & Jennifer Kye, 17102 Piermont St.

6/22/17 $358,000 Chessman Homes to Anthony Rapp, 18707 Bartlette Creek Dr. 6/23/17 $1,039,000 Peter & Elizabeth Fackelman to Dennis & Margaret Dutton, 18214 Old Arbor Ct. 6/27/17 $445,500 Jennie & Cecil Clifton Jr. to Marvin & Pattie Bethune, 225 N. Faulkner Way 6/27/17 $429,000 Robert & Wendy Matthews to Jeffrey & Jessica Kochiss, 225 Chambers St. 6/28/17 $450,000 Chesmar Homes to Joao & Mariana Barbosa, 18820 Bailey Springs Dr. 6/29/17 $290,000 Trustees of Davidson to Melody & Douglas Meyer, 125 Morrison Hill Rd. 6/30/17 $555,000 Peter & Bettann Murphy to Roger & Donna Robertson, 18582 Carnegie Overlook Blvd. 7/3/17 $880,000 David & Angela Edmondson to Muge & Levent Aygen, 13612 Robert Walker Dr. 7/6/17 $710,000 Robert & Kim Ahearn to Thomas & Kelly Steen, 13801 Penick Pl. 7/6/17 $760,000 Bayview Building Group to Robert & Kim Ahern, 908 Naples Dr. 7/12/17 $430,000 Trustees of Davidson College to Jessica Good & Steven Ortley, 514 N. Faulkner Way 7/12/17 $821,000 Donna Dean & Ruben Garcia to Nitin & Vrushali Patwardhan, 19119 Wildcat Trl. 7/14/17 $570,000 Tower Residential Construction to David & Angela Edmondson, 1145 Michele Pl. 7/14/17 $300,000 Arvind & Helen Patil to Edward & Jilinda Conway, Lot 171 A New Neighborhood in Old Davidson 7/14/17 $296,500 Stacy Swaney to McDuffie & Marianna Renfro, 730 Naramore St.


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Repurpose. Reuse. Rejoice!

PHOTOS: Christina Britt Lewis for The Redesign Co.

feel important and beautiful. Fresh paint makes dated wood furniture feel new again,” Lewis says. But what about traditional dining sets? “You can’t give a traditional dining set away these days,” Lewis says, explaining that “matchy-matchy” is no longer desirable. “But you do not need all new everything to have a beautiful home. You can make that matching old dining room set Grandma gave you feel all “Anthro” in a weekend,” Lewis says. Christina Britt Lewis, the co-founder of The Redesign Co. in Davidson, has learned how to live well and spend less. “We discovered that you don’t need much to make a beautiful life,” she said. The Redesign Co. specializes in uniting lifestyle with a contemporary design aesthetic. The results are cool and refreshing. It’s possible to update one’s home and lifestyle without tossing out all of the old, Lewis says. Leather and neutral upholstered furniture tends to be timeless, she says. How’s this for advice: “Fresh toss pillows breathe new life into an old sofa. A cozy throw blanket hides all sorts of wear and tear on an old chair. The more worn and lived-in the leather, the better. Solid wood tables, chairs, cabinets, and bookshelves stand the test of time as well. A super cool new lamp on an old wood end table creates a fun juxtaposition. Collections of your favorite books, objects you have collected on your travels, natural elements you find walking on the beach, pottery handmade by your little ones… all of these things make old bookshelves

Here’s how 1. Keep the dining table just the way it was at Grandma’s house. Respect. 2. Paint the chairs a color that you love. Navy is everything right now and complements most “traditional” wood tones. Annie Sloan chalk paint makes the task of painting old furniture super easy, no need to sand. We love “Napoleonic Blue” with a dark wax finish. 3. Replace the end chairs with something updated and comfortable. We love a slipcovered Parson’s chair in a neutral fabric. 4. Add a couple of happy toss pillows to your new end chairs in a fun print. 5. Paint the china cabinet or buffet the same as the chairs or white. White is classic and fresh. 6. Add some real plants in pretty pots or baskets to the center of the table and a candle or two for coziness. 7. Order takeout, turn on good tunes, light the candles, happy home. I take it “re-use” is about repurposing vintage industrial items. How do you get a professional look when you’re done?

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Sue Beard’s pound cake is just a fine Southern dessert

Sue Beard

When Sue Beard tells you about her favorite recipe, the aroma from days long past comes back. “I like sharing this recipe not only because it is such a traditional southern dessert but primarily because it brings back so many wonderful family times and aromas from my grandmother’s kitchen in Alabama that I remember as a child.” Visits to her grandmother’s house were a summer highlight. “One of the things she did to show all of us how much she loved and missed us was to bake our favorite desserts, including this recipe for pound cake,” Sue explains. During her first years in Alabama, her mom, who was also a great southern cook, prepared a traditional, sitdown meal which covered all the food groups, as well as desserts. However, both her dad and step-dad were career military so she spent most of her childhood and teen years in Austin, Texas and Rome, NY. However, Sue


Ingredients: Cake • 2 1/2 cups white sugar • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened • 4 eggs 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon lemon extract Glaze 2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1 tablespoon lemon zest


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a tube or bundt pan. Beat white sugar and 1 1/2 cups butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 10 mins. Add eggs one at a time, thoroughly

beating each egg into the butter mixture before adding the next. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture; mix well. Pour in 1/2 the buttermilk and beat until combined. Repeat adding flour mixture and buttermilk, beating well after each addition, and ending with the flour mixture. Stir lemon extract into batter. Pour batter into tube pan. REDUCE oven temp to 325 degrees. Bake in the oven until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, 60 to 75 mins. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cake. Glaze: Beat powdered sugar, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons butter, and lemon zest in bowl until smooth. Pour about 1/2 the glaze over the cake; let cool. Once cool, pour remaining glaze over cake. Recipe by Sue Beard

still enjoyed Southern cooking, including the pound cake. “I moved to North Carolina as a very young bride in 1973 where my mother-in-law taught me to cook more good southern meals. Today, my husband Rod and I live in the Norman Island section of Cornelius and have a wonderful blended family of four adult daughters and four grandchildren. Two of our daughters and granddaughters live here and two daughters and grandsons live a

couple of hours away.” Sue and Rod attend Lake Norman Baptist Church, where she is also on staff as ministry assistant to the senior pastor. They really enjoy having friends over, especially during football season as they cheer on the Panthers and everyone brings their favorite “tail-gating” dish to share. “As for the pound cake, I love to serve it anytime but especially at spring and summer holidays and family gatherings,” she says.

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Business News

Growth drives traffic ahead of schedule on Hwy. 73

Huntersville mayor says NCDOT is accelerating purchase of rights of way

BY DAVE VIESER When conversation in the Golden Crescent—the motorsports region from Lake Norman to Cabarrus— turns to traffic, I-77 is normally front and center. However, there’s another traffic corridor that is getting a significant amount of attention: Hwy. 73. A 35-mile stretch from Lincoln County on the west to Concord eastward is like a Main Street for the motorsports

region and a connector between I-85 and I-77. While there’s a four-lane stretch known as Sam Furr Road, it’s two lanes most of the way even though some segments carry up to 70,000 vehicles a day—highly unusual for what is primarily a two-lane road. It also traverses some of the fastest growing communities in the state. “This is a critical corridor to the region and every community needs to

combine their efforts for the best results, ” said Charles Knox, founder of the The Council of Planning, a multijurisdictional group that monitors and helps manage planning for Hwy. 73. Knox formed the planning council when he was in his 30’s. “Now I’m in my 50’s and by the time Hwy. 73 is a four-lane highway from end to end, I may well be in my 70’s. However it’s a project that must be done.” Speaking at a Lake Norman Cham-

ber Focus Friday sponsored by Business Today, Knox, and Kannapolis Planning Director Zac Gordon said they are witnessing traffic levels today which were not originally expected for another 10 years. “We will need to keep the pressure on the DOT to get it done as soon as they can,” Gordon said. Knox and Gordon expect NCDOT to begin land acquisition in 2020. “In many spots, the road has a reasonably wide right-of-way which will help,” Gordon said. To complete the widening as soon as possible, the DOT has combined what was originally seven separate widening projects from NC 16 in Lincoln County to US 29 in Cabarrus County into one major project, at an estimated total cost of $343 million. The work would include either widening the bridge over the Catawba River or building a second parallel bridge. “The anticipated timeframe to complete the project is three to four years after construction begins, except for the N.C. 73/N.C. 16 intersection improvements, which could take up to two years,” said DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Thompson. That would mean possible completion in the 2025-2026 time frame. Mayor John Aneralla of Huntersville, where much of Hwy. 73 will be widened, said the NCDOT is accelerating the purchase of rights of way. “This is overall a very important positive for transportation and commerce in this area,” he said.

On Sunday, Come Worship With Us Bethel Presbyterian Church 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Worship 10:30am Cornelius Presbyterian Church 21209 Catawba Ave., Worship 10:30am Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St. Worship 10am First Baptist Church 21007 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am Grace Covenant Church 17301 Statesville Rd, Worship 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am Love Lake Norman Church 19725 Oak St., Worship 10:30amv

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 7621 Norman Island Dr., Worship 9:30am, 11am Calvary Chapel 18731 W. Catawba Ave., Worship 10am Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, 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

Cornelius 6/15/17 O’Terry Holdings LLC, John F. Hanzel, 18339 K Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius 6/16/17 360 Support Plus Inc., Abraham Cannon, 18067 West Catawba Ave., Ste. 206, Cornelius 6/16/17 Branden Lines LLC, Branden Lines, 17130 Kenton Dr., Apt. 318, Cornelius 6/16/17 Elk River Refuge Property Owners Association Inc., Hugh Franklin, 19421 Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 6/16/17 High Position USA Inc., Abraham Cannon, 18067 West Catawba Ave., Ste. 206, Cornelius 6/16/17 Lepeley Maintenance and Renovations LLC, Juan Pablo Lepeley, 8705 Creek Trail Ln., #509, Cornelius 6/19/17 MLK Durham LLC, Ira William Cox, 18300 Pine Meta Ct., Cornelius 6/20/17 Navigator Solutions LLC, Eric M. Quinn, 18608 Town Harbour Rd., Cornelius 6/20/17 Trevisan Holdings Inc., Thomas C. Jeter, 18525 Statesville Rd., Unit D-2, Cornelius 6/21/17 Green Parrot Homes LLC, Sharyn Brunk, 17601 Spinnakers Reach Dr., Cornelius 6/21/17 The Hunter Dalton #HDLife Foundation, Deborah H. Dalton, 17105 Graysac Ct., Cornelius 6/21/17 Skadoosh Properties LLC, Justin A. Ckezepis, 9552 Cadman Ct., Cornelius 6/21/17 SOAR Lacrosse LLC, Brian O’Rorke, 9814 Willow Leaf Ln., Cornelius 6/21/17 Southland Investments LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 6/22/17 American Filter Club LLC, Nicholas A. Davis, 19520 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 313, Cornelius 6/22/17 Ashton Marie LLC, Ashton Marie

Caldwell, 10315 Washam Potts Rd., Cornelius 6/22/17 D&M Property of NC I LLC, Michael J. Ealy, 17811 Half Moone Ln., Unit J, Cornelius 6/22/17 Ilona Whetstone Inc., John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 6/22/17 Tontine Investment Corporation, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 6/26/17 Just One More Story LLC, Rebecca S. Henderson, 18909 Mountainview Dr., Cornelius 6/27/17 Bayo’s Salon LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 21345 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 6/27/17 Restaurants & Entertainment LLC, Richard Lazes, 19401 Old Jetton Rd., Ste. 101, Cornelius 6/27/17 Tony A. LLC, Lee Kirk Ballard, 20115L Henderson Rd., Cornelius 6/27/17 West Ashley SC Fitness LLC, Alan Huggins, 21323 Baltic Dr., Cornelius 6/28/17 Autobuy NC LLC, Syd Howell, 9233 Magnolia Estates Dr., Cornelius 6/28/17 O2 Solar Holdings LLC, Adam Will Foodman, 20035 Jetton Rd., Unit D, Cornelius 6/30/17 Coffeemixers LLC, David Butcher, 19842 Coachmans Trace, Cornelius 7/3/17 Intentionality PLLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 7/5/17 David Lucas Company, David H. Lucas, 18816 Nautical Dr., Unit #5, Cornelius 7/6/17 DGL Logistics LLC, David Lorusso, 9712 Washam Potts Rd., Cornelius 7/6/17 Springboard Consulting Inc., Mark A. Thomas, 22011 Lady Glencirn Ct., Cornelius 7/7/17 Queen City Honor Flight Inc., Stephanie Ann Bradley, 17153 Doe Valley Ct., Cornelius 7/10/17 Charleston Peninsula SC Fitness LLC, Alan Huggins, 21323 Baltic Dr., Cornelius

7/10/17 RG X2 LLC, Ruben Garcia Novoa, 7429 Marine Cove, Cornelius 7/11/17 Honu Counseling PLLC, Robert B. Newkirk III, 19810 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. E, Cornelius 7/11/17 J. Chip Richardson Consulting Engineer PLLC, J. Chip Richardson, 22416 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius 7/11/17 RestoPro’s LLC, Thomas C. Jeter III, 18525 Statesville Rd., Unit D-2, Cornelius 7/12/17 Lake Life Vacation LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 18639 Harborside Dr., Cornelius 7/12/17 Lavish Lashes LLC, Lia S. Williams, 22312 John Gamble Rd., Cornelius 7/12/17 Little Heating and Cooling LLC, Joe Todd Little, 10305 Conistan Pl., Cornelius 7/12/17 M&K L and LLC, David Marshall Jones Jr., 16824 Green Dolphin Ln., Cornelius 7/13/17 BRC Real Property LLC, Cynthia L. White, 16615 Flying Jib Rd., Cornelius 7/13/17 North State Howard LLC, C. Shane Buckner, 16930 W. Catawba Ave., Ste. 205, Cornelius 7/14/17 Holiday Boat Repair of Lake Norman, Shan Wilson, 20135 Henderson Rd., Cornelius 7/14/17 Underrated Culture LLC, Thomas C. Jeter III, 18525 Statesville Rd., Ste. D-02, Cornelius 7/14/17 Wilson Hill Construction LLC, Wendy C. Hill, 21122 Lagoona Dr., Cornelius 7/17/17 Alton’s Kitchen & Provisions LLC, Alton Updike, 19918 North Cove Rd., Cornelius 7/17/17 Elke Roofing & Construction LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 19625 Denae Lynn Dr., Cornelius 7/17/17 RBK Investments LLC, Reagen Roland, 19610 Bustle Rd., Cornelius 7/18/17 Salon Seven LLC, Amanda Lina Tremante Knipp, 21331 Catawba Ave., Cornelius 7/19/17 Godfrey Wealth Management LLC,

Jesse C. Jones, 18126 Arbor Pl., Cornelius 7/19/17 Phoenix 5 LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 20311 Chartwell Center Dr., #1148, Cornelius

Davidson 6/20/17 McIntosh Highland Retreat LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 6/22/17 Chialiuliu LLC, Sha Kawasaki, 953 Southwest Rd., Davidson 6/22/17 Hope for Hair Foundation, Heather H. Brown, 1016 Patrick Johnston Ln., Davidson 6/27/17 Davidson Vineyard & Winery LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 19432 Kistler Farm Rd., Davidson 6/30/17 Belton Street Owners Association Inc., Bryan Kuester, 705 Griffith St., Ste. 204, Davidson 6/30/17 Elisabeth Rose LLC, Elisabeth Connolly, 202 South Main St., Ste. C, Davidson 6/30/17 Harrisburg Holdings LLC, JWJW Investments LLC, 568 Jetton St. Ste. 200, Davidson 7/6/17 Glavin Coaching and Counseling PLLC, Rebecca Glavin, 452 Beaty St., Davidson 7/12/17 Break The Test LLC, Dean Chadwin, 253 Harper Lee St., Davidson 7/12/17 Canned! LLC, Rachel M. Garcia, 209 Delburg St., Davidson 7/12/17 F&E Shoe LLC, Eric Schuster, 605 Jetton St., #415, Davidson 7/14/17 Gallagher Real Estate Investments LLC, Matthew Gallagher, 442 S. Main St., Ste. 100, Davidson 7/18/17 Nishan International LLC, Jesse J. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 7/18/17 Pet Pals LLC, Chelsea Ferguson, 10809 Earnhardt Lake Rd., Davidson 7/19/17 Payne Management Services LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson

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Chantal Bilodeau was a Boat Host at Big Day at the Lake July 22. Husband Denis Bilodeau was at the helm.

PHOTO by Marty Price

Big Day at the Lake13 is the biggest ever O

n one of the hottest days of the summer, over 170 at-risk children from Big Brothers Big Sisters cooled off by diving into Lake Norman July 22. The 13th annual Big Day at the Lake culminated in a picnic for Littles, Bigs, Boat Hosts and volunteers at Duke Energy Explorium. Big Brother Joe Bruno took his Little, Ahjahya, 11, out with his Boat Host, and tubed and swam all morning. He beamed all day long, from breakfast at a private home to ice cream at Duke Energy Explorium seven hours later. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas matches adult volunteers with at-risk children for the one-on-one mentoring relationship that provides friendship, guidance and educational tutoring. The results are excellent: A dramatic

improvement in grades and high school completion. At the same time, Big Day at the Lake helps bring people together who would not otherwise come together—a good thing in a city that ranks dead last among the Top 50 US cities in terms of economic mobility. Donna Dunlap, CEO of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Carolinas, said this year was the biggest yet in terms of match attendance and funds raised. “I know how much time, energy and commitment is required of the committee and the Lake Norman community to make it happen. Talking to all of the kids, they and their Bigs had a blast! Whoever said 13 was an unlucky number was clearly wrong about BDATL 13. It was a huge success,” she said.

Big Day at the Lake dates back to 2004. It started as an effort to simply provide a full day of fun on Lake Norman to at-risk kids—each of whom comes with a built-in chaperone—in Big Brothers Big Sisters. It began with around two dozen children and 20 Boat Hosts. It’s since grown by leaps and bounds, thanks to the generosity of people and businesses in Lake Norman. Over the years, more than $1 million has been raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Big Day at the Lake is an all-volunteer committee, with virtually no overhead, thanks to in-kind donations ranging from printing (AlphaGraphics) to a variety of restaurants (see list). See BDATL, Page 34

Woody and Sharon Washam, John Aneralla, Tricia and Brian Sisson

PHOTOS by Deborah Young Studio

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“​ ​Big Day at the Lake is a wonderful opportunity to meet Matches and Volunteers in​​Big Brothers​​Big Sisters, and something we look forward to every year.​I’m really happy to be a part of it and to see the difference the program is making in the lives of those involved.”​ —Brent Sparks​, PayPal

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More than 75 volunteers at the picnic helped guide traffic, paint faces, staff inflatables and serve 600 donated hot dogs, 75 pizzas, gallons of cole slaw (and ice cream) and 700 drinks. “We appreciate participation by local businesses across the spectrum. People willing to do something good for at-risk children, it resonates with a lot of people,” organizer Dave Yochum said. The three goals of Big Day At The Lake are to provide a fun day on Lake Norman for kids in BBBS, raise money for a worthy organization and recruit Bigs.

N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte, former mayor of Cornelius, helped get $200,000 in discretionary money from the state legislature this year, all of which goes to Charlotte-based Big Brothers Big Sisters, which supports more than 150 matches in Lake Norman. It costs about $1,500 a year to support a match. PayPal and Cornelius-based Champion Tire & Wheel are the Presenting Sponsors of Big Day at the Lake. Admiral level sponsors include ACN, Duke Energy, Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Aquesta Bank and Bill and Erica Cain. For a list of sponsors and donors, see Page 36.

PHOTO by Deborah Young Studio


“Jesus got in his boat and his disciples followed him. Boat Hosts g​e​t in y​ our​ boats and let the Littles follow y​ ou​. Enjoy the fellowship of friends, neighbors and new acquaintances and be the embodiment of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.”

Volunteers staff the picnic for hundreds​ ​Alexandra Russell • Andrea Poerio • Ashley Spenello • Aubrey Dowding • Barb Cook • Bridget Koeppel • Caitlin and Jonathan Hayes • Cathy Bentz • Chris Sachse • Christine Cantrell • Curtis Perry • Dave Mancuso • Deb Holland • Debbie Monroe • Debbie Parks • Deborah Santos • Debra Carr • Diane Faldstein • Diane Voynick • Gail Williams • Geoff Brown • Ginni Gross Grace Folsom • Hayden Beal • Heidi Hansen • Jacquelyn Hannahs •

James Hayden • Jamie Rogers • Jennifer & Amy • Jim Duke • Joann Ladr • John Crutchfield • John Donnelly • John Aneralla • Judy Keck • Julie {JM} Vermillion • Karyne Miller • Kate Cook • Kim Keller • Larry Beresnoy • LaShanna James • Lisa Qualls • Lisa Dula • Lisa Koppenhofer • Luke Carrender • Lynne Schaefer • Marshall Seguin • Martha Acquisto • Mary Ferrell • Mary Ann Bolton • Mary L Gannon • Melissa Shearer • Memoree McEntyre

• Michelle Ferlauto • Nacole Sweet • Patricia Walsh • Randy Gross • Rebecca Roodhouse • Sharon Fritz • Staci Criswell • Stacy Phillips • Stephanie Blakely • Stephannie Chesley • Stuart Jordan • Suzanne Plante • Terri Manning • Toni Allport • Valerie Hillman • Zennetta & Charles Peters • Kelsey Masterson • Vicki Kerecman • Rich Jakiel • Kim Bass • Amber Stanton • Caroline Cox • Jessica McNeall

PHOTO by Deborah Young Studio

PHOTOS by Deborah Young Studio

—NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, long-time Boat Host and former mayor of Cornelius​, addressed Boat Hosts and sponsors before Big Day 13 got under way​

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* Big Bite’z Grill * Brickhouse Tavern * Brixx Wood Fired Pizza - Birkdale * Bruster’s Real Ice Cream * Coca-Cola *Dressler’s Restaurant *Harvey’s Cornelius * Herrin Brothers Ice * Mama’s Pizza Express of Cornelius * Old Store Produce * Tenders Fresh Food * The Harp and Crown

PHOTO by Deborah Young Studio

PHOTO by Deborah Young Studio

*Restaurants donating food

PHOTO by Deborah Young Studio

Food glorious food*

PHOTO by Deborah Young Studio

​A flotilla of v​olunteer​s Dave Abrahamson • Pam Alexander • Forde Aley • Jeff Arbaugh • Todd Armstrong • Stafford Bailey • Mike Baril • Tom Barone • Jared Barrow • Kirk Beatty • Mike Behling • Jaime Benson • Gene Biechler • Denis Bilodeau • Jody Block • Herb Boyd • Ron Bruce • April Buttner • Penny Camp • Laura Cleavenger • Brian Coffey • Rick Cushing • Rafic Dahan • Nathan Davis • Joshua Dobi • Tom and Ann Dutton • Jose Edwards • Marty Edwards • Jayne Eve • Joseph Evins • Chris and

Gina Fieber • Jennifer Foess • Marty Fox • Colin Furcht • Kate Gaither • Pat Golden • Liza Grainda • Bob Hallman • Mike Harms • Mike Hartnett • Eric and Elaine Hartwick • Scarlett Hays • William Hertzing • Robert and Jill Holman • Carol and David Houle • TJ Jones • Michelle Kibel • David and Lisa Koppenhofer • Howard Kresner • Nancy Kura • Mike Layel • Paul and Marty Mack • Sonny Maranich • Douglas Marion • James Martino • John McClelland • Karla Meador • Kevin Mea-

gher • Rocky and Kim Mehta • Mike Mergenthaler • Sharif Metwalli • Joe Miller • Michael Miltich • John Nasir •​ Paul Newton​• Patrick Oram • Joe and Lori Owens • Jim Owens • Steve Paynter • Michael Saxton • Denis Schmider • Harry & CathySchrader • Jim Schumacher • Kevin Shea • Brian Sisson • Mike Snowdy • Greg & Donna Sobiech • Greg & Donna Sobiech • Tracey and Dan Stehle • Steve Stephenson • J.C. Stevens • Ken Thorton • Blaine Tober • George Trepina • Rob Walley • Vincent Watkins • Kelly Weaver • Linda Whitcher • Dan Williams • Rod Woodard • Daniel Yeckley • David Yochum • David Ziegler • Kenneth Ziegler


Thank you



• Provide a full day of fun for kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters • Raise money for an efficiently run non-profit • Recruit mentors for children in BBBS

Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg

Bill & Ericka Cain

Nancy & Randy Cameron John Donoghue

COMMANDER: AlphaGraphics of Lake Norman • Charlotte Ear Eye Nose and Throat Associates - Dr. Michael Miltich • Dobi Financial Group • Jim and Carolyn Duke • Brian Harris and Scarlett Hays • Shelley Johnson and Craig LePage • Kiwanis Club Of Lake Norman • KS Audio Video - Ken Ziegler • Lake Norman Realty - Abigail Jennings • The McIntosh Law Firm • Park Avenue Properties/John & Shea Bradford • Payroll Plus • Rose & Associates - Kathleen Rose • Troy and Della Stafford • Jeff and Nancy Tarte • Dirk & Heidi Tischer • Brian and Tricia Sisson & Erica Erlenbach (The Range) • Stonewall Capital SKIPPERS: Chris and Sally Ashworth • Rod Beard • Law Firm of Bentz and Associates - Catherine Bentz • Denis Bilodeau • Blair and Margaret Boggs • Crafty Burg’r • Dixie Dean • Dressler’s Restaurant • Tom and Ann Dutton • Angela Higbea • Rusty Knox • Rhonda Lennon • Thurman Ross • Brent & Amy Sparks • Jennifer Stoops • Washam Properties - Woody & Sharon Washam MATES: Integrity Heating & Cooling • Freedom Boat Club • John and Nancy Aneralla • Chaz Beasley • Kathleen Byrnes • Martin and Bernadette Fox • Richard and Benjamin Knight • James Hicks FOOD & BEVERAGE VENDORS: Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails, Big Bite’z Grill, Brickhouse Tavern/Port City Club, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Coca-Cola, Dressler’s Restaurant, Herrin Brothers Ice, Mama’s Pizza Express, Tenders Fresh Food, The Harp and Crown

Supported by


for 13 years

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online Headline July 10

Online headline July 6:

‘Cornelius kids go to LKN Little League playoffs’ ‘Culture Feast will

transform downtown’ “Dumb.” —Pete via Facebook

“Love this!” —Barb via Facebook

“​Love that Corne​li​us is doing this. Shame that Huntersville just pulled funding from ASC, Ada Jenkins and Discovery Place Kids....​” —​Monica ​via soundoffcornelius@

“Way to go boys! Good Luck at the State Tournaments!” —Chris via Facebook

“Congrats” —Barbara via Facebook

—Glenn Jones, president of the Lake Norman Little League, said they had a fantastic year. “Our 6-7 Base-

Let’s clean up our act “I love the efforts being made to create a culture and arts based community hub in Old Town Cornelius. Unfortunately, I feel that these efforts are being undermined by some lazy, low-brow ‘humor.’ “What The doesn’t take much to get what you’re really saying. Once more, it’s only vaguely clever and has nothing to do with coffee. You’re a neighborhood coffee shop, not a bar or brewery with an obviously adult clientele. I know several parents who haven’t appreciated trying to explain the name to their kids or then being in the position to try to keep the phrase out of

ball All-Stars won the North Carolina State Championship. Our 7-8 Baseball All-Stars finished 2nd in the State, losing to Wilson Little League in the state championship game. Our Intermediate 50/70 Baseball All-Stars finished 3rd in the State, losing to Kernersville to end their run for a state title. Our 8-10 Softball girls played well, but were unable to pull off a win in the state tournament we hosted in Huntersville at North Meck Park. Rowan Little League defeated Wilmington to win the state championship.

their little ones’ repertoire. “Pita’re sponsoring a GET PIT FACED event during OTC’s culture crawl/Second Friday celebration. As I understand it, the event is open to children and seems to have something to do with making funny faces. This family-friendly, event encouraging silliness and fun, is marketed with a barely veiled reference to binge drinking to the point of sloppiness. Really? “I’m all for witty and clever but, I don’t feel like these are examples of either. OTC, aren’t we better than this?” —via anonymous SoundOff link on

Online headline June 28:

‘Arts Center lands $100K, courtesy of Bradford, legislature’ “Good to see the support from state!” —Bruce via Facebook

“Awesome!” —Barb via Facebook


: I have bought property in other states, and my closing was not conducted by a real estate attorney. Why does North Carolina require that an attorney conduct a real estate closing?


: Many aspects of real estate law are State specific. North Carolina has a somewhat unique system that involves a real estate attorney searching and opining on the state of the property’s title to an independent title insurance company or agency. The title insurance company then issues the title insurance commitment or policy, while the real estate attorney conducts the closing, handling of funds, and recording of the documents. A few advantages of the North Carolina JACKSON approved attorney system are: 1. Cost – Involvement of an attorney in the process keeps the overall cost of the transaction down 2. Legal Representation – Attorneys are able to provide legal advice during the closing process 3. Oversight of Attorneys - Attorneys are closely regulated by the State Bar and General Statutes, and most carry malpractice insurance. 4. Oversight of Attorney Trust Accounts - Attorneys’ trust accounts are regulated by both the State Bar and the North Carolina Good Funds Settlement Act These are just a sample of the many benefits to closing your real estate transaction with an approved real estate attorney.

Contact Patrick M. Jackson President, Master Title Agency 8640 University Executive Park Dr., Charlotte

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Online headline July 11:

“The town is ONLY so big...... ​ before long its going to be one of the towns NOBODY evem wants to visit.....its so sad especially for those of us that grew up here, to watch all of this happening to what use​d​to be...THE PLACE to I just cant wait until we are able to LEAVE​:​(​.” —Rick and Shelby via Facebook​​

“Development proposed for key vacant property in Cornelius”

“​ The insanity continues.” —Rick via Facebook​


Charter Cornelius, the long-time owner of the vacant property on West Catawba, plans to build Catawba at Knox

“​That’s what I’m thinking. If they ​“Horrible plan​.”​ make improvements to Knox Road —​Gary via Facebook​​ this may very well be the most proactive approach to solving that problem. Cut through plaza or take road that runs behind. But the develop“This will change Knox r​​ ​ oad for ers would have to work with city sure!​” to make sure that it doesn’t detract —​Yolanda via Facebook​​ from that.​” —​Adam via Facebook​ ​“​Unbelievable​.”​ —​Rick via Facebook​​ “​​Just bring on more traffic so we can stay in a gridlock all day on Catawba.​” —​Peggy via Facebook​​

​“​Ugh.​” —​Heather via Facebook​​

“​ ​ Just what Cornelius needs, two more drive​-​thru windows!​” ​“​All development needs to stop un—​Mary via Facebook​​ til they fix these pig trails we have to endure on a daily basis.” —​Pete via Facebook​​

​“I​ can’t come up with a statement that’s printable. Freakin morons​.”​ —​Laurie via Facebook​​

​“​Please let it become a Trader Joe’s. Pretty pretty please.” —​Kalyana via Facebook​​

“​ That would be awesome!!​” —Mindy via Facebook​​

“​ That’s something I could get behind.”​ —​Shannon via Facebook​​

“​ ​Insiders say one is a Chick-Fil-A.​” —Debbie via Facebook​​

​“​I actually think this is a great idea, if they can connect it to the neighboring plazas. The problem we’re going to have is that if they get rid of left turns at the intersection of Torrance Chapel aka Liverpool Parkway across W Catawba, people won’t b​ e able t​o get into the plaza easily and there are lots of markets and businesses there. They’ve talked about changing that intersection to a traffic circle which I think could work but this development, if it’s neighborly and makes good use of the woefully underutilized Knox road, could actually solve a serious congestion issue in this part of Cornelius.​” —Adam ​via Facebook

​“​I almost wonder as to the feasibility of a ​‘​28B​‘​exit southbound that leads directly onto Knox Road.” —Adam via Facebook​

“Insane. Anyone with common ​ sense would NOT vote to approve this. INFRA​ST​RUCTURE improvements first!!! This will add to already frustrating gridlock. No.. Please NO​!” —Jodi via Facebook​

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Speeds on Bethel Church ​“Leave the speed limit alone. It takes too damn long to get anywhere in the area. Why slow things down even more. You’re always going to have speeders that will do 55 even in a posted 25. Limits no matter what they are mean nothing to some drivers. Next there’ll be traffic lights and circles and diverging diamonds,​ ​etc.​“ —Joe via SoundOff Facebook​

​“The speed limit of 45 mph on Bethel Church only encourages people to drive 50 or 55, but with all the children, the church and the pedestrians, wouldn’t 35 be safer?” —​via

“​I live on Bethel and the speed limit is fine. We walk it daily and more dangerous than the speed is the drivers that pass us clearly looking down at their phone. …” —April ​via SoundOff Facebook

“Yes.” —Norah via SoundOff Facebook

‘Another perspective on speed limits’ ​“​You are utter jerks, Sound Off, for your denigrating holier than thou rebuke.​“​ —Heather via SoundOffCornelius on Facebook

Here’s what we said:

Your math is excellent, but we want to point out that AC Nielsen says the average 35- to 49-year-old spends 33 hours and 40 minutes a week watching television.​Jetton is a popular route for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as motorists. The lower speed limit makes Jetton safer for all three users.​​The Cornelius Town Board voted 5-0 to lower the speed limit, with support from Mayor Chuck Travis. Erring on the side of safety w ​ as the right thing to

​“​Before they drop the speed limit a survey should be done. Also police should be doing radar for a month and tally the speeding tickets to see if there is a need for a drop in speed​. (I am retired law enforcement ​and ​we did ​a ​survey before allowing speed drops​.)​“ —Anthony via SoundOff Facebook

​“​It’s the last road around here with a reasonable speed limit. I knew it’d only be a matter of time before the cries to lower it to 35 would come.” —​Dave via SoundOff Facebook

do and we tip our hats to them for doing so.​

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​...i​n response to this​ SoundOff​:

“​ ​ 22 seconds multiplied by three round trips on Jetton’s one mile of lowered speed limits is 132 seconds a day. And that is over 13 hours more per year in driving time!​“ —via SoundOffCornelius Facebook​


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In the four months since the speed limit on Jetton was reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph, accidents have dropped dramatically in the crashprone area between Charlestowne Lane and Old Jetton, so much so that the results​looks almost too good to be true. “The preliminary data looks good but we are going to revisit it at 6​months​and 12 months before we say for sure​,” according to Cornelius Police.


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