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Do toll lanes really cut congestion?

Part 1 of 2. By Kate Martin/Carolina Public Press. North Carolina, like many other states, has gambled on toll roads as a way to reduce congestion. While a relatively recent addition to the state’s highways, some estimates say toll roads in the Triangle and Charlotte areas are drawing more drivers than officials initially predicted. So, […]

Oh oh oh: O’Reilly Auto Parts coming to Hwy. 21

Jan. 23. O’Reilly Auto Parts ​got​ the green light​ from the Town Board​ to build a store​ on Hwy. 21​ in Cornelius​ just south of the Hampton Inn​. Construction could begin in early spring.​ ​ O’Reilly, which dates back to the 1950s, has more than 5,000 stores across the country and revenues in excess of […]


Jury awards $21,500 to Sisson in business dispute

Jan. 21. By Dave Yochum. A Lincoln County jury has decided that both Bayport Holdings and Brian P. Sisson breached “a material term” of the management agreement that determined how Sisson would run The Range at Lake Norman in Denver, NC. The agreement between Bayport, a partnership that includes Cornelius businessman Bob Watson and Kevin […]


Chamber recognizes volunteers with awards

Jan. 21. At the annual gala Friday night, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce recognized an organization and individuals who have gone the extra mile for the Lake Norman region.  Outgoing Chamber Chair Tricia Sisson recognized Georgia Harris Krueger and some of her key staff present with the prestigious Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. […]

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Town Board meets Tuesday

Jan. 20. If all goes as expected at Tuesday night’s Town Board Meeting, O’Reilly Auto Parts will get the green light to build a store in Cornelius. The second and final public hearing on a rezoning request is slated for town board action, as the applicant seeks to build a 7,200 square foot store on […]

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Martin Luther King Day observances in Charlotte

Jan. 20. Today we honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Schools and banks, as well as Town Hall, will be closed in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, held annually on the third Monday of January. Trash collection today will go on as scheduled. ​A ​Black History Month Celebration […]

Peninsula Community Foundation announces grants

Jan. 20. The Peninsula Community Foundation has awarded a grant of $6,000 to the Neighborhood C.A.R.E Center in the Smithville section of Cornelius and a grant of $5,150 to Little Smiles, which is a volunteer-driven, non-profit  that helps nurses, social workers, police and EMT’s bring joy to children in difficult situations. The Neighborhood C.A.R.E Center […]

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LKN business leaders take shots at each other in Lincoln County trial

Jan. 17. By Dave Yochum. If Hilary Clinton had been elected, none of this would have happened. It turns out the Donald Trump presidency coincided with a precipitous decline in the firearms and shooting range industry. People didn’t feel like their right to bear arms wasn’t threatened, and business at Denver Defense, a gun range […]


When is recycling a waste?

Jan. 17. By Dave Vieser. Cornelius has suspended using two residential recycling bins located at the Harborside Villas and Silver Quay lakeside communities.  The containers will continue to function, but only as regular trash receptacles.         “We were informed that Republic is no longer collecting single stream recycling in Dumpsters,” said Assistant […]


Our Towns Habitat merging with Charlotte H4H

Jan. 15. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will be subsumed into Habitat for Humanity/Charlotte. The new affiliate will be headquartered in Charlotte. The Habitat Restore retail operation in Cornelius will remain open as a “signifiant revenue” source for the $55 million (asset) non-profit. The merger, which will save $6 million over 10 years, will result […]