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Sharon Hobson Washam / Photo by Jason Benavides

‘First Lady’ Sharon Washam serving a 4th term

Jan. 17. By Dave Yochum. When she was a just a kid on a tobacco and dairy farm in Boonville, Sharon Hobson Washam would ride her father’s donkey at Democratic functions all over North Carolina. Yes, he brought the family donkey to Democratic events. James “Bobby” Hobson ran for NC Senate around 1964, and he […]

David Gilroy

Gilroy: 22 years on Town Board was the ‘pleasure of a lifetime’

Dec. 27. By Dave Vieser. Town Commissioner Dave Gilroy, who wrapped up his final Town Board term earlier this month, says it’s been “the pleasure of a lifetime” to serve the town he loves for more than two decades. Gilroy was first elected to the Town Board in 2005 when Gary Knox was mayor. He […]

‘Listening session’ Jan. 8

Dec. 19. On Monday, Jan. 8 members of the Mecklenburg delegation to the NC Senate and NC House will host a listening session in the Cornelius Town Hall Community Room. This is an opportunity to tell them about the issues you would like them to work on in the 2024 Short Session and provide feedback […]

Scott Higgins

Scott Higgins taking on a new career at age 75

Dec. 13. By Dave Yochum. Scott Higgins is in the process of redefining himself. A widower at 75—his wife Sharon passed away in September—Higgins says his retirement years will be a balance between community, family and recreation. He’s already an avid cyclist, logging 100 to 120 miles a week. Now he’s on the Cornelius Town […]

Robert Carney

Robert Carney is youngest member of Town Board

Dec. 12. By Dave Vieser. In 2015, Robert Carney, former executive director of both the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp. and the Cabarrus County Economic Development Corp., moved to Cornelius. Little did he know in just eight years, he would win one of five seats on the Board of Commissioners. As the results came in […]

Brawley, Marcus will run for NC Insurance Commissioner

Dec. 11. NC Sen. Natasha Marcus says she will file tomorrow to run for Commissioner of Insurance against incumbent Mike Causey. She currently represents Senate District 41 which includes roughly half of Cornelius. Separately, former NC Rep. Robert Brawley has filed to run for insurance commissioner on the Republican side. He was first elected to […]

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

NC Rep. John Bradford, a Cornelius resident, plans to run for Congress

[Update 11:30 am Dec. 11] Dec. 8. By Dave Yochum. Four months after US Rep. Dan Bishop announced plans to run for state attorney general rather than seek another term in Congress, NC Rep. John Bradford says he will run for Bishop’s seat. It turns out that A.J. Daoud, a former NCGOP district chairman who […]

Former Huntersville mayor files to run for NC House District 98, which includes Cornelius

Dec. 7. Former Huntersville Mayor Melinda Bales officially filed to run for NC House District 98, which is currently held by Cornelius resident John Bradford. District 98 includes Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. Bradford has announced plans to run for NC Treasurer. Background Bales has served as both Commissioner and Mayor of Huntersville for 12 years, […]

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson brings real estate experience to Town Board

Dec. 6. By Dave Vieser. When Susan Johnson was named Cornelius Planning Board chair in December, 2021, she had little reason to believe she would be leaving the post after only two years. But on Monday she rolled off the planning board upon her swearing in on the Town Board. Johnson will also bring a […]

Photo by Jason Benavides

Mayor, commissioners will be sworn in tonight

Dec. 4. By Dave Yochum. The local election process will draw to a close five months after it began when five commissioners and the mayor are sworn in at the Town Board meeting tonight. Starting with the mayor: Woody Washam; his wife Sharon will hold the Bible for his fourth swearing in as mayor. Mayor […]