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New building for pizza mushrooms

  Aug. 7. By​ Dave Vieser​. The Cornelius Town Board unanimously approved plans ​for a new Mama’s Pizza building, more than twice the size of the existing facility. ​Business owner Frank Manis, a Cornelius resident, ​plans to erect a good-looking, 5,250-square-foot structure on ​the ​land behind the current restaurant​, which will eventually be demolished. The […]


​Potts Street development hits a bump in the road

By Dave Vieser. ​Crescent Acquisitions’ p​lan to build nine homes in Cornelius as part of an adjoining 295​-unit development in Davidson hit an unanticipated bump in the road ​in July when town officials notified them that the location for a future traffic circle/roundabout had been moved westward, thereby slicing off some of the property within their […]

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Sue Beard’s pound cake is just a fine Southern dessert

When Sue Beard tells you about her favorite recipe, the aroma from days long past comes back. “I like sharing this recipe not only because it is such a traditional southern dessert but primarily because it brings back so many wonderful family times and aromas from my grandmother’s kitchen in Alabama that I remember as […]


Police ID bomb suspect

Aug. 4. Cornelius Police have released the name of the 29-year-old Cornelius man who came into the lobby of police headquarters, asked to speak to officers and show them his car which “contained various ingredients that could cause an explosion.” John Patrick Rees, of 20803 Sterling Bay Lane E Apt B, was still being interviewed […]


29-year-old behind bomb incident

  UPDATE 5 pm. There were apparently almost all the makings of a credible bomb in the dark Mercedes Benz parked in front of the Cornelius Police Station Friday afternoon. Police say a 29-year-old Cornelius man walked in the station before noon today and explained he had the materials for a bomb outside in the […]


Catawba reopened after credible bomb situation

UPDATE—There were apparently the makings of a credible bomb in a Mercedes Benz parked in front of the Cornelius Police Station Friday afternoon. The situation began around 1 pm, according to police officers, who at the time thought there could be a bomb the four-door sedan parked opposite Town Hall, which was soon evacuated. A […]


It may not be popular, but the DDI is safer

  By Dave Vieser. There has been a 58​ percent​ reduction in accidents at the Exit 28 interchange in Cornelius since the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) opened in 2014. ​Our stats tend to mirror those from other parts of the country where ​the innovative interchange has been implemented.​ Cornelius was the first in the state. It’s […]


Can we talk? Advisory board wants more hearings

​Aug. 4. ​By Dave Vieser​. When some local governments are under fire for not providing ​enough opportunities for citizen​ input​ on ​new development projects, Cornelius officials are considering an additional public hearing near the start of the conditional zoning approval process.​ If it all sounds technical, it’s not. Right now big projects can move forward […]


Meet and greet: Police host National Night Out

Aug.1. By Marco Wertheimer. Hundreds of residents—and plenty of political candidates—turned out for National Night Out at Smithville Park Tuesday and were treated to free hot dogs, snow cones and chips. Hosted by the Cornelius Police and the Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture department, the event was one of thousands held nationwide on the first […]


Jeff Tarte: Mayor, NC Senator and a Harvard grad

By Dave Yochum. NC Sen. Jeff Tarte attended the Executive Education program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for senior government executives in July. Tarte, the former mayor of Cornelius, landed a $13,000 scholarship to attend the $14,000 program. The scholarship was funded by venture capitalist Charles Kahn whose plan is […]