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Interview: What’s on the (next) mayor’s mind

  By Dave Yochum. When he officially takes office in December, Woody Washam will bring a sense of old and new as well as east and west to the center  seat at the dais in Town Hall. He was born and raised here and vividly remembers the way Cornelius was: From Mrs. Harrill’s five and dime […]


Eleven candidates running for Town Board in 2017

  By Marco Wertheimer. The candidate pool for the upcoming Cornelius Town Board election is set. With a record 11 candidates vying for five spots on the town board, the election Nov. 7 looks like it will be a horse race. There were 10 candidates in 2013, a record at the time. Among the more remarkable […]

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New​ outdoor​ storage rules proposed for Cornelius

April 21. ​By Dave Vieser​. New regulations pertaining to the outdoor storage of cars, boats and RVs in Cornelius will be considered by the town’s Planning Board ​when they meet Monday ​at ​Town Hall. Officials ​say ​the ordinance language needed to be “tightened up.” ​It could mean no more old cars out in the yard, […]


‘Fifth commissioner’ reflects on Town Board mid-term

By Dave Yochum. A little more than a year into his first term, Commissioner Mike Miltich says it’s not so much what he’s learned on the Cornelius Town Board, but what he’s “now seeing: how land is being used/developed, how the traffic flows or doesn’t, how the utility lines have been run, etc. The things that […]

Denis Bilodeau will run for Town Board

March 9. Long-time business and civic leader Denis Bilodeau will run for the Cornelius Town Board. The former president of Cornenlius-based Aquesta Insurance says he will file in July for a second run for the five-member, non-partisan governing body. He would bring a deep business background, as well as considerable experience on non-profit and for-profit […]


Uh-uh, no, nope, no thank you and one yes

Feb. 21. Cornelius has gone on record against changing election years from odd years to even. The Cornelius Town Board voted 4-1 against House Bill 64, a proposal which would move local elections to even years, the same years voters choose presidents and governors. “I do have a problem with being told when we can hold […]


Tarte looks ahead to another election

By Dave Yochum. Sen. Jeff Tarte says his opposition to the 50-year contract between NCDOT and Cintra cost him his relationship with former Gov. Pat McCrory. “My relationship with Pat was always cordial, but after I-77 became an issue, I was put on an island and cut off…it cost me my relationship with him,” Tarte says. […]

Woody Washam noted this is the only public beach in Cornelius despite 75 miles of Lake shoreline.

Washam formally declares candidacy for mayor

Feb. 8. It’s official: Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam will run for mayor of Cornelius in the November elections. First reported by Cornelius Today​ in the online edition Dec. 14, the popular mayor pro tem of Cornel​ius ​has been the highest vote-getter in the past two elections​.​ There’s no official word ​from incumbent Mayor Chuck […]

Marc Ramirez says he will run for mayor

Marcos “Marc” Ramirez says he will run for mayor of Cornelius this fall. There’s plenty of time between now and the filing deadline in July, but Ramirez is going public early. Town Commissioner Woody Washam, who also is Mayor Pro Tem because he was the highest vote-getter in the 2015 non-partisan, town board election, announced that […]


Cornelius, Davidson women march on Uptown

  Jan. 21. Women from all over the region, including Cornelius and Davidson, have descended on Uptown for a Women’s March on Charlotte, one of many anti-Trump inaugural marches under way around the country and in our nation’s capital. Brenda Heerdt of Bailey’s Glen marched today. “I am 72 years young)and put this day in one […]