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Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham

I-77 advisors express frustration over lack of progress

Feb. 25. By Dave Vieser. Frustrated members of the I-77 Local Advisory Group voiced their concerns loud and clear at the conclusion of their 90 minute meeting with the NCDOT: “Tell us where the obstacles are that are preventing the I 77 toll lane contract from being canceled.” The meeting was primarily billed as an […]

Roundabouts for Torrence Chapel/Liverpool get rocky reception

NCDOT eyes 3 new roundabouts on or near Torrence Chapel

  Feb. 23. By Dave Vieser. The NCDOT unveiled a $9.7 million plan for improvements at Torrence Chapel Road and West Catawba Avenue, as well as Knox Road and One Norman Blvd. The improvements—which are still proposals—include roundabouts at the Post Office, Lake Norman Chrysler opposite SteinMart and Torrence Chapel at Knox Road. A public […]

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Doctors leaving Novant sooner, not later

March 19 is the now the new opening day locally for Holston Medical Group, the Tennessee practice that recruited 40 doctors from Novant. Three of the doctors are popular physicians at Lakeside Family Practice, including Dr. David Cook, Dr. Jackie Faircloth and Dr. Michael Thomas. “The response from the community and from our patients has […]


Sheriff summoned by Cornelius officials over speed enforcement

Feb. 19. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board is asking Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden to attend their next public meeting on March 4 and explain why sheriffs descended upon Jetton Road Sunday afternoon for speed enforcement. McFadden was installed as sheriff in December, having defeated Irwin Carmichael in November. “It is my understanding […]


‘Retreat on W. Catawba’ hearing extended for more public input

FEB. 19. BY DAVE VIESER. The first public hearing on the Retreat at West Catawba brought out six speakers, all of whom supported the change to an all-residential plan. The developers of the project dramatically increased the size of the project planned for the big bend on West Catawba just days before the hearing. In […]


Black History Month observed Feb. 23

Feb. 17. A celebration in honor of Black History Month will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm Feb. 23 at Cornelius Town Hall. There will be guest speakers, live performances, children’s activities and refreshments. The Smithville CommUNITY Coalition helps organize the event every year. Smithville is the historically black neighborhood just east of I-77 […]

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‘Retreat’ advances in a big way

Feb., 18. By Dave Vieser. The developers of the Retreat at West Catawba have dramatically increased the size of the project planned for the bend on West Catawba opposite Elevation Church. Demeter Properties wants to add 18 townhomes to the project, for a total of 60 vs. the 42 requested in the original proposal. The proposal […]

Arts ‘Soiree’ Feb. 21

Cain Center for the Arts, in partnership with Bella Love and Old Town Public House, will hold the Cornelius Arts District Soiree, a free event to at Brick Row, 19725 Oak St. on Feb. 21, from 6 pm to 9 pm. The event will feature music by Rusty Knox and The HC Oakes Duo, food […]


Meck Sheriff Dept. goes after speeders on Jetton

Feb. 17. A Mecklenburg Count Sheriff’s Dept. traffic enforcement squad on Jetton Road Sunday afternoon netted speeders, and at least a little concern from Cornelius officials. There was apparently no coordination with local police, according to Cornelius officials. Speeders were clocked near Jetton Park where a fleet of sheriff vehicles waited to chase down violators. The […]

I-77 stanchions will be moved

By Dave Vieser. Stanchions which were recently placed in construction zones on I-77 will be moved farther away from the general purpose lanes once paving is completed. Their location close to the current traffic lanes has generated numerous complaints from motorists. “The striping and delineator/stanchion locations are both temporary as the general contractor works on […]