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Weekend events happening in spite of weather

April 12. With the weather looking dicey, event organizers are either moving things inside or hopping for the best. “Hop Into Spring,” put on by the Cornelius PARC Dept. every year, is moving from Robbins Park to the JV Washam Recreation Center, from 2 pm to 5 pm. The Loch Norman Games, held at the […]

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Cornelius Town budget may be released later than usual

April 12. By Dave Vieser. In a year when taxes are expected to increase, Cornelius officials may be releasing their proposed budget two weeks later than usual. The problem: A change in senior management at Electricities, a utility which supplies power to a portion of the town. Town Manager Andrew Grant said Electricities’ first pass at budgeting for […]

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Easter is coming: How do I find a church?

With Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week, this coming Sunday, some people are looking for churches. Rev. David Judge of First Baptist, offers these pointers… By Rev. David Judge.  Easter is just around the corner and you may have that stirring in your heart telling you it’s time to go to church. Or maybe you’re […]


Residents have had their fill of sinkhole

April 11. By Dave Vieser. The Antiquity sinkhole, which has required traffic to be diverted from Old Canal Street since last fall, may soon be repaired, according to developer Cam Finley. “It’s a drain box that needs to be sealed up,” Finley told Cornelius Today. “I’ve been ready to fix it for some time, however, […]

Outside firm will study first responder staffing, salaries as well as consolidating fire departments

April 11. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board has retained the Washington, DC-based Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) to conduct a study on proper staffing levels in the police and fire departments. The sensitive issue has arisen in the past during budget discussions with commissioners debating adequate salaries and staffing levels for the town’s […]

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Local investors purchase historic downtown building

April 9. By Debbie Griffin.  Mecklenburg County property records confirm the sale of a century-old building at 21320 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, piquing curiosity about its rich history and possible future. Former owners Miriam Smith Whisnant, L. Rodney Whisnant and Lilyan Smith Hunter sold to Corner Oak which is owned by Gordon Cashion and Robert […]

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Cornelius attorney John Hanzel indicted

April 8. By Dave Yochum. Cornelius attorney John Hanzel has been indicted with three counts of filing false tax returns for tax years 2012 through 2014, according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray and Matthew D. Line, special agent in charge of the Charlotte Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service. From around 2011 to the […]

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Trooper shortage on I-77: Traffic, population grow faster than State Patrol

By Debbie Griffin. In spite of rapid growth and monumental increases in traffic, I-77 between here and Charlotte has just three more troopers assigned now than it did 10 years ago. The toll lanes, with what appear to be challenging transitions to general purpose lanes, are a wild card in terms of traveling safety when […]

Rivens new spokesperson for Meck Sheriff

Tonya Rivens is the new public information manager for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. The Cornelius native is well-known for her stints at WCCB News Rising and WBTV where she did the traffic report for six years. The UNC-Chapel Hill grad still hosts “Sounds of  Inspiration” Sundays on Streetz 103.3/100.5 FM. Rivens received the Martin Luther […]


Police charge student with misdemeanor possession of weapon at school

April 5. A Hough High student who apparently posted a disturbing video on Snapchat—causing fear and significant absenteeism today— has been charged with misdemeanor possession of a firearm on school grounds. Police said the weapon was shown to “students in class.” While  police said the social media post “was not threatening in nature, officers continued to investigate […]