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Get ready for it: Siren sounds Jan. 8

The outdoor warning sirens around the McGuire Nuclear Station will be tested at 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The 67 sirens within 10 miles of the McGuire Nuclear Station will sound for three minutes. This test is performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln and Catawba counties. This information differs from […]

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Commissioners battle over raises, procedure

March 6. By Dave Yochum. Members of the Town Board want what’s best for Cornelius, but they come at it from different directions. It was perhaps never more apparent than at their meeting Monday night. The meeting began with Diana and Dave Rochester—ordinary retirees who live in Heron Harbor—addressing the Town Board and Mayor about low […]

Safe Exchange Zone established behind Town Hall

The Cornelius Police Department has established a Safe Exchange Zone for citizens who wish to safely conduct an online transaction. It’s in the parking lot behind Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.  It consists of two parking spaces identified by painted lines and posted signage. Citizens are not required to sign up or reserve the […]


Personalize Claire’s bean soup with any topping you desire

Claire and Dustin Sherwood, residents here for five years, have two daughters ages four and five and a lot of fun together. Claire enjoys cooking, having grown up in a household with lots of activity in the kitchen and plenty of food. “My parents were awesome cooks. My dad made amazing homemade stir fry meals […]

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

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 […]


Prepare this dish ahead to leave time for romance

Rich Rutsky is a self-taught chef and something of a gourmet. “I’m sure that I was affected by Julia Child and her antics on ‘The French Chef’ as much as anyone and I suppose my joy of cooking was an evolutionary process that began and progressed with our enjoyment of eating good food and experimenting […]


How to organize and prepare a Thanksgiving feast

Like lots of other Baby Boomers, Betty and Bob Nabors moved here to be closer to children and grandchildren. The couple, who live in Robbins Park, have three children and three grandchildren and “currently we spend most of our time enjoying them,” Betty says. Bob is originally from Abbeville, S.C. Betty grew up in rural […]

Betty Moon’s Brandied Apple Pie is as good as it looks

For Betty Moon, and husband, Dave Moon, Cornelius is the place to be. They built their lake house on Baltic Drive in 2010, having lived in the Ballantyne Country Club neighborhood in South Charlotte for four years. The couple, who met when they were teenagers, raised daughters Adrienne and Allison in Hudson, Ohio, a small […]


Wes Choplin’s ‘family feast’ is hearty and easy

If you want to prepare a meal that everyone is going to love, try Wes Choplin’s Family Feast. A broiler pan full of flank steak, vegetables and baby red potatoes, it’s easy, fast and takes advantage of fresh produce. Choplin knows how to feed a crowd and do it right. He and wife Adrianne are […]

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Alton shares recipe for baby back ribs

When it comes to ribs, Alton Updike knows his stuff. The owner of Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails is known for making tasty, fall-off-the-bone ribs. We’re fortunate to get Al to share his recipe with Cornelius Today readers. “People always ask me about my ribs, so this is the closest you can get to replicating them,” […]