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Sons of Mystro at the Cain Center

Celebration Saturday was a spectacular conclusion for Black History Month

Feb. 26. Hundreds of people came out for the Black History Month Celebration at the Cain Center for the Arts on Saturday. It was the best celebration yet and the second one to be held at the Cain Center where the audience seriously got down to music from the Sons of Mystro. who used their […]

Front row: Dawn Kakitsis, Laquisha Parks, Lisa Mayhew. Back row: Joey Podhajsky, Rafford Miller

EnergyUnited Foundation gives $10,000 to Smithville Community Coalition

Feb. 14. EnergyUnited officials visited the Smithville neighborhood yesterday after donating $10,000 to the Smithville CommUNITY Coalition for critical safety repairs in the historic African American community. In 2023 the EnergyUnited Foundation donated a total of $900,000 in grants to individuals, families and nonprofits. This grant funding will be used for critical home repairs outside […]

Food donations needed

Feb. 2. The Neighborhood Care Center will have its Manna for Life event on Saturday, Feb. 10. The center’s goal is to provide groceries for approximately 70-80 families in the surrounding neighborhoods. Donations of canned goods, other non-perishables, fresh/ frozen meats can be dropped off at the center, 19711 Smith Cir., Cornelius.

New HVAC in time for Christmas: NuBlue Plumbing, Peninsula Community Foundation and LKN Community Development with Cheryl Knox

Christmas ‘miracle’ in Smithville

Dec. 22. By Caroline Stevens. If you’re feeling a little Grinchy this holiday season, the cure may be some good news from Whoville—or, rather, Smithville—where a Christmas miracle happened for Cheryl Knox on Thursday. She had been heating her home, where she’s lived for years, with space heaters. Thanks to a committee of local elves […]

The Charlotte Dragon Boat and Asian Festivals at Ramsey Park in Cornelius. Photo by Jon Strayhorn | ASC

Arts & Sciences Council announces grants; 2 have local impact

Dec. 12. The Charlotte Dragon Boat Association, which holds the Dragon Boat and Asian Festival held at Ramsey Creek Park each year, has received a $15,000 from the Arts & Sciences Council. Meanwhile, Smithville Community Coalition received a $12,850 grant from ASC to support “Don’t Lose Heart,” a live storytelling production that uses poetry, digital […]

Design contract for Smithville includes extending S. Hill St.

Sept. 7. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board unanimously approved a $165,000 contract with Dewberry Engineers to design several  infrastructure improvements in the Smithville community. They’re part of the multimillion-dollar Smithville Revitalization Plan which includes $3 million from the town and $3 million from Mecklenburg County. The design process should take between eight to […]

Smithville Community Coalition receives Canopy Housing Foundation grant award

July 31. More than 120 area Realtors and representatives from community organizations gathered for the Canopy Housing Foundation’s annual Grants Celebration to recognize the dedication and work of 19 non-profit organizations with $55,000 in funding. The Smithville Community Coalition has been awarded $3,000 to be utilized for Homeownership Financial Education classes for potential homeowners and […]

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After more than 100 years, Smithville’s time has come

RENEWAL | By Erica Batten July 19. In the year since the Town of Cornelius approved the small-area plan proposed by the Smithville Community Coalition, the nonprofit has been steadily moving forward with its revitalization and affordable housing efforts for the historically African American community in the heart of Cornelius. A tour of the area, […]

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Smithville plans include county oversight; open house today

May 11. By Dave Vieser. It was almost one year ago when Cornelius commissioners unanimously approved a financial commitment to assist in the Revitalization of the Smithville neighborhood. “This is a policy document and it’s really important because it’s our guideline, our direction in which we intend to move for Smithville,” said Mayor Pro Tem […]

[Opinion] Letter to the Editor: More on Smithville

April 18. [Opinion] On behalf of the Smithville Residents in support of Thurman Ross: As indicated by our signatures and addresses [omitted for publication] below, we stand in solidarity with former Commissioner Thurman Ross. More than 30 residents of Smithville signed the Smithville Residents Coalition (SRC) petition in February however the self-appointed SCC Executive Director, […]