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Gospel sing Saturday commemorates Lula Bell Houston; funeral Sunday

There will be a gospel sing to commemorate the life of Lula Bell Houston 5 pm to 8 pm at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Davidson. Visitation will be 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the church, with the funeral service at 2:30 pm. Lula Bell was a beloved presence for 60 years at Davidson College as […]

Death investigation on Schooner Drive completed

UPDATED Nov. 30. 1 PM. Police say a death in the Rockridge Shores neighborhood on Schooner Drive Wednesday around 6 pm was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There was no threat to the surrounding area, according to police, although the entrance to the area, on Schooner Drive at Torrence Chapel, was  blocked between the […]


Newsmakers Breakfast Dec. 14 with the new mayor of Davidson

Newly sworn in Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox will be the Newsmakers Breakfast speaker Dec. 14​ at The Peninsula Club.​ A Realtor, singer and the son of former Mayor Russell Knox, he defeated John Woods in the November election. Fast growth, transparency in government and social media played major roles in the intense debate leading up to […]


Fund established for ‘Warrior Jace’ who has rare cancer

Jace Thompson at age 4 is battling an aggressive brain tumor. The son of a Cornelius Police captain and a State Highway Patrol sergeant, he has been nicknamed Warrior Jace. The Cornelius Police Department is assisting with fundraising efforts to support the Thompsons as they seek medical treatment. For additional information and updates, follow Warriorjace on […]


Lula Bell Houston passes away at 94

Lula Bell Houston, one of the matriarchs of ​the historic ​Smithville​ community​ in Cornelius and a beloved presence for 60 years at Davidson College, passed away in her sleep at ​age ​94​ today​. Born in 1923, she worked in the laundry at Davidson College where the new student resource center and the building itself is […]

Upcoming Events: November 23 – December 3

Give back this weekend while checking out classic cars. The fifth annual AmeriCarna LIVE car show is Saturday at the Ingersoll Rand campus in Davidson. Proceeds will support the IGNITE Community Center for young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome or high-functioning autism. Then on Saturday night, welcome the Christmas season at Light Up Cornelius, where you’ll […]

Town Board meets Monday on Waltrip plan

At their Monday Nov. 20 meeting, Cornelius commissioners will conduct the final public hearing, then render a decision on a request by MW ARK to subdivide and rezone the Michael Waltrip properties located at 19340 Liverpool Parkway and 20310 Chartwell Center Drive from Highway Commercial to Conditional Zoning. The owners believe su dividing the 11.48 […]

It’s official: Ross wins recount in Cornelius Town Board race

Nov. 17. By Dave Yochum. Veteran Town Commissioner Thurman Ross has survived a recount in the 11-way Cornelius Town Board race. Provisional votes were certified this morning at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections and re-counted, with Ross holding onto fifth place. He finished six votes ahead of two-term commissioner Jim Duke, 1,896 votes to […]

Ross gains 1 vote as provisionals are counted; Duke asking for recount

“Final​” votes have been tallied and Thurman Ross is holding onto fifth place​ a week after the Cornelius Commission contest​​. The results will be officially posted ​in the state Board of Election system on Friday. At that point, sixth-place finisher ​Jim Duke, a two-term incumbent, ​is expected to ask for a recount. The losing candidate […]

Child care center planned for Westmoreland

Nov. 16. True North Cos. of Roswell, Ga. is seeking zoning approval for a new child care center at 8715 Westmoreland, just west of the Legacy Apartments and to the east of the proposed mixed-use development on the iconic Alexander Farm. The facility would be known as the Vanderbilt Children’s Cottage. There will be a […]