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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 […]

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Small infill development planned off Washam-Potts

March 5. By Dave Vieser. Blue Heel Communities plans to build 27 townhomes on vacant land off Washam Potts not far from Hwy. 115 on the east side of Cornelius. Blue Heel, based in Davidson, plans townhomes between 2,600 square feet and 3,000 square feet on an elongated 6.8 acre parcel that fronts up to […]

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W. Catawba KFC kicks the bucket

March 5. If you’re an investigative reporter who knows what’s happening to the KFC on West Catawba, you can win a pullet, sir or madam. Franchise owner MTLD has not returned at least a half-dozen phone calls, nor has Yum brands, the owner of the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain based in Louisville, Ky., responded to […]

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Property owners reel from value increases

By Debbie Griffin and Dave Vieser.  The property revaluation statements Mecklenburg County released in January gave many business and home owners eye-popping sticker shock due to significant increases during the first countywide assessment process since 2011. There was intense criticism back then. Each municipal entity within Mecklenburg County—besides Charlotte with the airport—depends on property taxes […]


Mayor to Board: It’s time to address salary issue

March 1. By Dave Vieser. Mayor Woody Washam has put the Town Board on notice for their March 4 meeting: Be prepared to address the inequity in the town’s salary structure. “We’ve been studying this issue for many months especially as our salaries compare with those in neighboring communities, and we need to come up […]

Incidents, Arrests and Citations as reported by the Cornelius Police Department Mar. 1

Incidents 190221032 Larceny 19301 Meridian St 16:33:39 02/21/19 ACT Dubose, Ephraim Jr. 190221033 Fraud 1126 South St 16:58:03 02/21/19 ACT Kota, Nancy Leis 190222011 Larceny I-77/West Catawba Ave 08:59:14 02/22/19 ACT Construction Resource Group 190222036 Fraud 22538 John Gamble Rd 15:26:05 02/22/19 ACT Robertson, Burke Striepe 190225006 B&E Vehicle 19263 School St 07:20:00 02/25/19 CAA […]


Sheriff McFadden books visit to Cornelius Town Hall

  UPDATE March 4. There’s more information on the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s “law enforcement action” two Sundays ago on Jetton Road: “The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has territorial jurisdiction and the authority to take law enforcement action anywhere in Mecklenburg County including the townships that fall within Mecklenburg County,” according to a statement from a […]

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Save Our Smithville plans reflect changing times, development pressures

Feb. 24. By Debbie Griffin. Issues discussed for years are coming to a head after a public meeting about potential options for preserving the character and heritage of Smithville, the historically African-American neighborhood just east of I-77. Smithville consists of several streets north and south of Catawba Avenue, but the current focus is south of […]

Roundabouts for Torrence Chapel/Liverpool get rocky reception

NCDOT eyes 3 new roundabouts on or near Torrence Chapel

Feb. 25. By Dave Vieser. The NCDOT unveiled a $9.7 million plan for improvements at Torrence Chapel Road and West Catawba Avenue, as well as Knox Road and One Norman Blvd. The improvements—which are still proposals—include roundabouts at the Post Office, Lake Norman Chrysler opposite SteinMart and Torrence Chapel at Knox Road. A public meeting […]

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I-77 advisors express frustration over lack of progress

Feb. 25. By Dave Vieser. Frustrated members of the I-77 Local Advisory Group voiced their concerns loud and clear at the conclusion of their 90 minute meeting with the NCDOT: “Tell us where the obstacles are that are preventing the I 77 toll lane contract from being canceled.” The meeting was primarily billed as an […]