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New traffic signal system should improve Catawba

Jan. 2. By Dave Vieser.  Alert motorists may have already noticed the new cameras on top of signal arms along West Catawba Avenue between Hwy. 21 and Jetton Road. Big Brother isn’t watching you, he’s just monitoring traffic flow. It’s all part of a $548,000 joint project called Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT). The system, […]


Auld Lang Syne: Poet will be remembered Jan. 19 at Rural Hill

Dec. 27. It’s that time of year, when sentiments turn to old friends and “Auld Lang Syne,” written more than two centuries ago by Scottish poet Robert Burns. The national poet of Scotland wrote any number of memorable lyrics and poems that are still part of our lexicon. Here’s one: “The best laid schemes o’ […]


Air Force says Santa has left North Pole

Dec. 24.  The US Air Force/North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is reporting that Santa Claus has left the North Pole, and is on his way to the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Next up: Russia, and that’s a big one. “Santa is entering Australian air space right now,” said US Air Force Col. […]


Local philanthropy: Special efforts, special people

  By Jim Duke. Cornelius has some very special people who make a difference in the lives of many others. These help define our Town and its character. Let’s call them “givers.”  They recognizing a need and addressed it head on. What makes them unique is their ability to bring others to their cause and make serious […]

Cornelius resident receives award from attorney general

By Dave Vieser.  Debbie Dalton, founder of the Cornelius-based Hunter Dalton HD Life Foundation, has received the Attorney General’s Dogwood Award which is given annually to honor North Carolinians who are dedicated to keeping people safe and healthy in their communities. She and her husband Randy lost their son Hunter to an accidental opioid overdose […]

Sources Say Cornelius Losing Police Chief to Huntersville

Dec. 14.  It looks like Huntersville’s full-on raid of Cornelius municipal talent is taking another step forward. Huntersville Chief of Police has resigned effective Jan. 4, according to Huntersville Town Manager Anthony Roberts, the former town manager of Cornelius. No one has been named to replace him, said Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla. But Cornelius Police […]

New police cars on agenda Monday at Town meeting

Dec. 16. At their Monday Dec. 17 meeting, Cornelius commissioners are expected to approve the purchase of seven new patrol cars for the Cornelius Police by borrowing $200,000. In addition, one new utility/chiefs car will be purchased for the Cornelius/Lemley Fire Department under the same agreement. The deal is part of the town’s annual vehicle […]

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Downtown Cornelius poised for growth

When Lenore Cuyler opened her styling salon downtown, Catawba Avenue came to an abrupt end at Main Street. Now Catawba continues east into Antiquity, and there’s a thriving new center of town. “It’s exciting to be part of this vibrant historic downtown community,” she says. The owner of The Style Merchant—she learned hair cutting under […]


CMS on 2-hour delay; watch for black ice tonight

Dec. 10. 4:45 pm. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will open on a 2-hour delay Tuesday, a big sign that things are getting back to normal after a historic December snowfall. CMS will dismiss in the afternoon at normal times. Lakeside Charter Academy will close for the day as well as Community School of Davidson. Whether driving or […]


I don’t want a partridge in a pear tree, just flush the d#$% toilet

By Jon Show.  As a child, I asked my dad every year what he wanted for Christmas and his response was always the same, “I just want you guys to be happy.” Nice in theory but I can’t wrap that up in a box and put it under the tree. My kids have never asked […]