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Chief Guerry Barbee

RSVP for Newsmakers Breakfast June 14 featuring fire chief

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 […]


Downtown will change dramatically with new development

NEWSMAKERS BREAKFAST | Story by Erica Batten, Photos by Jason Benavides March 13. In a room full of business leaders, it’s understood that any development project has constraints: time, cost, quality, and scope—even when the project is a partnership of public and private, even when the “project” is a town. So when two developers and […]

Mills Market will be another transformational project downtown

Downtown Re-development topic of Newsmakers Breakfast Feb. 15

Jan. 29. The next transformation of downtown Cornelius will be the subject of the Feb. 15 Newsmakers Breakfast at The Peninsula Club hosted by Cornelius Today and Business Today. Background Downtown changed dramatically a quarter century ago with the addition of Town Hall, the Police Station and the live-work units to the south of Food […]


New schools, ‘hardened’ to the times, are most important part of bond issue

NEWSMAKERS BREAKFAST | By Dave Vieser Oct. 3. Dr. Crystal Hill, the new superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, had a clear focus when she spoke before 75 attendees during a Newsmakers Breakfast at The Peninsula Club: The $2.5 billion bond issue needs to pass, and CMS is continuously working to keep schools safe. The 2023 […]

Chief Baucom

Police Chief speaking at Newsmakers Breakfast Tuesday

March 20. The Newsmakers Breakfast March 21 at The Peninsula Club features Cornelius Police Chief David Baucom. The Q&A over breakfast is an open-forum Q&A with people who make the news. Anyone can ask a question. Details The cost to attend is $15, which includes a full country breakfast. Doors open at 7:15 am for […]

Economic Outlook

‘Economic Outlook’ is the topic at Newsmakers Breakfast Feb. 9

Jan. 27. Does a recession loom in 2023? Because of steady in-migration, is North Carolina at least somewhat immune? What about the debt ceiling? These questions and more will be answered at the Economic Outlook Newsmakers Breakfast Feb. 9 with noted Wells Fargo economist Jackie Benson at The Peninsula Club. Newsmakers Breakfasts are open-forum Q&As […]

​Regional clout: Newsmakers Breakfast ​Feb. 22 features all 3 N. Meck mayors

  The three mayors of North Mecklenburg will ​field questions from the audience at the Newsmakers Breakfast ​Feb. 22 at The Peninsula Club.​  ​The mayors—Woody Washam in Cornelius, Rusty Knox in Davidson and John Aneralla in Huntersville—show signs of cooperating on issues ranging from development to affordable housing, from I-77 to education. Their opinions, especially when they are in concert, […]