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RSVP for Newsmakers Breakfast June 14 featuring fire chief

Chief Guerry Barbee

June 10. The Newsmakers Breakfast June 14 at The Peninsula Club will center on the man leading the transition from a volunteer fire department to full-time paid. Cornelius Fire Chief Guerry Barbee was 15 when he joined the fire department as a junior fireman in 1994, now he’s leading a complex, multi-year transition.

His father Jim Barbee was a long-time volunteer fireman in Cornelius as well as the fire chief. Grandfather Hal Sharp was a volunteer fireman as well.

There are two stations in town, with the need for a third. Meanwhile, Cornelius has leapt from a population of 20,000 to more than 30,000 seemingly overnight.

Open forum Q&A

The Newsmakers Breakfast is an open-forum Q&A with local people who make the news. Anyone in the audience can ask a question.

The cost to attend is $16, which includes a full country breakfast at The Peninsula Club.

Doors open at 7:15 a.m. for networking. The buffet-style breakfast gets under way at 7:30 a.m.

The Q&A begins at 8 a.m. and concludes promptly at 9.

RSVP: 704-895-1335

Reserve a seat by calling 704-895-1335 with Visa or MasterCard.


The Presenting Sponsor is Lake Norman Group/Francomano, Stimson & Associates.

Breakfast Sponsors are Christina Stone Homes and Raymer Kepner Funeral Home.

Coffee Sponsors are Davidson Wealth Management, Master Title and The McIntosh Law Firm.


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