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Con: 4-year-terms

[Opinion] By Kurt Naas. This election Cornelius citizens will be asked to double the terms of town commissioners from two years to four. They should say NO for several reasons. First, four year terms would insulate local government from the voter. But local government is close government; it affects your daily life more than what […]

Early Voting: Today, tomorrow, Saturday and it’s done

Nov. 2. Early Voting continues today at Cornelius Town Hall and 19 sites around the county, including Cornelius Town Hall, Davidson Town Hall and the North County Library in Huntersville. Hours are 8 am to 7:30 pm through tomorrow. On Saturday Nov. 4, the final day of Early Voting, the EV locations will open at […]

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How to fix traffic: 10 candidates, 10 answers

Oct. 27. By Dave Yochum. With Early Voting under way—345 people voted yesterday at Cornelius Town Hall—we’re in for an intense election season. There are 10 candidates for five seats on the non-partisan Town Board. That in and of itself is noteworthy; there’s always a gaggle of candidates and their supporters outside Town Hall. But […]

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Would 4-year Town Board terms be better than 2?

May 1. By Dave Yochum. The Cornelius Town Board will take a first look at the process for changing elected officials’ term lengths from two years to four, as well as staggering which seats are open for election during each election cycle. Right now the mayor and Board of Commissioners are elected for two-year terms […]

GOP Rep. John Bradford and House Democratic leader Robert Reives are advancing the legislation.

Deregulating Blue Cross NC advances in NC House

April 26. By Lynn Bonner/NC Newsline. A controversial bill allowing the state’s dominant nonprofit health insurer to act more like a for-profit company pushed through a House committee Tuesday after an abbreviated discussion and a divided vote. The bill would allow the nonprofit, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, to create a holding company […]

Ann Bradford with her son John Bradford meet voters at Cornelius Town Hall

Cornelius resident will run for NC Treasurer

April 20. By Dave Yochum. NC Rep. John Bradford, a Cornelius resident and former member of the Town Board, will run for North Carolina State Treasurer. The incumbent is Dale Folwell, who has announced plans to run for governor. Bradford, a Republican representing NC District 98, said his experience as Senior Chairman of the NC […]

Bales will seek 2nd term as Huntersville mayor

March 20. Announcing plans to seek a second term as mayor of Huntersville, Melinda Bales said she will work on a number of additional initiatives including a safe route across Hwy. 73 for greenway users, a microtransit program for high school students to access the early college program at CPCC-Merancas and an information technology business […]

Letter to the Editor: Smithville residents have been heard

Response to “Opinion: Former Commissioner Thurman Ross calls for Smithville residents to have better representation in Smithville revitalization plan.” March 14. By Scott Higgins. [Opinion] The revitalization plan for Smithville has come a long way. I have witnessed meaningful dialogue and progress in revitalizing Smithville over the last two years. To be overly critical seems […]

Sustainable Electricity We Can Rely On

Jan. 12. [Opinion] By Gov. Roy Cooper. North Carolinians deserve reliable, sustainable electricity at a reasonable cost, but because of increasingly severe weather and aging fossil fuel plants, that result could be less certain. That’s why we now have a plan to ensure more reliable and sustainable electricity by moving more quickly toward low-cost renewable […]

Familiar faces to remain on Meck County Commission

Nov. 9. By Dave Vieser. Two veteran Mecklenburg County officials—Democrats Pat Cotham and Elaine Powell—have been reelected to the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. In the at-large contest, where voters could chose up to three candidates, Cotham was the top vote-getter with 29 percent of the vote. Over the years, she has developed a reputation […]