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Will the next meeting be open to the public?

Jan. 30. By Dave Vieser. While there’s still no word on where or when the next meeting of the I-77 Advisory Group will be held, local leaders are saying it needs to be open to the public. The advisory committee, which represents what may well be the last chance to fix the toll lane project, met […]

​Regional clout: Newsmakers Breakfast ​Feb. 22 features all 3 N. Meck mayors

  The three mayors of North Mecklenburg will ​field questions from the audience at the Newsmakers Breakfast ​Feb. 22 at The Peninsula Club.​  ​The mayors—Woody Washam in Cornelius, Rusty Knox in Davidson and John Aneralla in Huntersville—show signs of cooperating on issues ranging from development to affordable housing, from I-77 to education. Their opinions, especially when they are in concert, […]


Top vote-getter expected to lose in November

By Dave Vieser. It turns out our new mayor pro tem—the highest vote-getter in the 11-way race for Cornelius Board of Commissioners—was “always concerned” that he would lose his re-election bid for one of five seats on the town board. Mike Miltich and his wife Ann may have worked the polls and neighborhoods the hardest […]


Discussing development…before the horse is out of the barn

  Dec. 19. Public hearings on new developments were front and center at the Town Board meeting last night, reflecting growing awareness of how fast growth is changing the look and feel of Cornelius, as well as how we get around. Additional public hearings on projects is a new thing in Cornelius town government. The […]


​Dr. Mike becomes Mayor Pro Tem Mike Monday

Dec. 15. ​First-term Commissioner Michael​ Miltich, the top vote-getter in the November general election, will be sworn in Monday night Dec. 18. He will also officially become mayor pro tem, serving in the mayor’s absence at Town Board meetings and public functions. ​Miltich and wife Ann were traveling Dec. 4 when the rest of the […]

Mayor revives citizen-driven Transportation Advisory Board

​Dec. 7. ​By Dave Vieser​. ​In one of his first official acts, Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam has revived the town’s Transportation Advisory Board (TAB), which has been dormant since February, 2013. The Board is one of 17 standing advisory committees​whose members are directly appoint​ed by the mayor. The TAB was originally formed in 2008 but was […]

Washam era begins, anti-toll leader takes seat on town board

Dec. 5. By Dave Yochum. What America is known for, democracy and the orderly transfer of power, occurred as planned Monday night at Town Hall. Newly installed Mayor Woody Washam started by presiding over a public hearing on a proposed daycare center on Westmoreland. Traffic concerns were immediately raised by residents and the new Board of Commissioners. […]


The Travis years: 11 years in the spotlight ending

By Dave Vieser. On Dec. 4, as Chuck Travis presides over his final town board meeting as Cornelius mayor, town officials and residents will be looking back on four years of accomplishments—and profound disagreements. Differences of opinion on the I-77 toll lane project often overwhelmed other achievements during his tenure, including the town’s strong financial status […]


Choose 5 for Town Board, 1 for school board, yes/no on school bonds

ELECTION DAY 8 AM. ​It’s a murky day, but many Cornelius v​oters can expect ​a bright and shiny greeting when they go to the polls between now and 7:30 pm. Candidates and their supporters were out in force at the Jetton Park and Town Hall precincts, not so much at Bethel Presbyterian Church and Community in […]

Five of these people will set our tax rate and make countless key decisions for the next two years

By Kate Stevens. More than 110 people came out to hear the men and women running for the Cornelius Board of Commissioners discuss local issues including quality of life, traffic and taxes during the “Old Fashioned BBQ & Candidate Forum” at Town Hall. Hosted by Business Today and Cornelius Today, the event gave the public […]