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The right to make a left won’t go away for a long time​

March 2​4​. By Dave Vieser​. A final plan is emerging for improvements at the West Catawba Avenue and Torrence Chapel Road/Liverpool Parkway intersection which will eliminate left turns after all, but not for many years. Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant ​said the new plan worked out with the NCDOT gradual​ly eliminates left turns as […]


John Kurti will live on in hospitality award

March 22. The ​late John Kurti, a long-time Cornelius resident and businessman, posthumously received the “Unsung Hospitality Hero​” at the Visit Lake Norman annual meeting. ​He was a founding member ​of the VLN ​board of directors and served on the board for ​more than​ 16 years​. ​The Unsung Hero award will be renamed in his […]

Road work on 21 at new Arby’s

It’s a kick in the buns for drivers, but for meat lovers, it’s all part of the process of getting a new hamburger joint. The new Arby’s on Hwy. 21 between Westmoreland and Bailey Road is getting new turn lanes, so the northbound lane of Statesville Road/Hwy. 21 will be closed between 8:30​ am and 3​ […]

Smoke around lake

The smoke—more deep gray than deep purple—on Lake Norman this afternoon is apparently drifting from the western side of the lake. There was a controlled burn under way at Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge, according to Cornelius Police. To prevent dangerous fires and reduce coverage of invasive species, the  County uses prescribed or controlled burns from time […]


Fire damages home on Havenview

​ March 17. A fire just before midnight at a home at 203​44​ Havenview Dr​ive caused significant damage to more than a third of the house which is just off Bethel Church Road. The Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept. extinguished the blaze with help from the Davidson and Huntersville fire departments. ​No one in the home […]

Operation Curbside Clean-Up

Operation Curbside Clean-Up is this Saturday 8 am to noon in the Smithville Community. Organized by the Smithville Coalition, volunteers from non-profits and churches will meet at Smithville Park before setting out on a neighborhood-wide spring clean up day. Organizers are looking for volunteers as well as trucks, trailers, lawn equipment and black trash bags. […]

Jim Duke will seek re-election

Another member of the Cornelius Town Board has announced his intention to seek re-election. Town Commissioner Jim Duke will run for a third term on the Cornelius Board of Commissioners. First elected in 2013, Duke said his focus will continue to be “listening to our citizens, bringing our whole town together as one community, and […]

Welcome Lex!

March 14. By Dave Vieser. There’s a new police officer in town…and he goes by the name Lex. A 21-month-old male Belgian Malinois, K9 Lex has teamed up with Corporal Derek Queen.  They recently completed a two-week training course in Alabama, which included building and vehicle searches, detection of illegal substances, article search, tracking and suspect […]

After miraculous recovery, police corporal will retire

March 10. Corporal Lee Cook is retiring from the Cornelius Police Department after more than a dozen years with the town and almost 20 years in law enforcement. He was a security officer in the United States Air Force for six years prior to beginning his law enforcement career in 1987 with the Mecklenburg County […]


Bailey Middle advances in Odyssey of the Mind

Two Bailey Middle School teams won first place at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament at Wingate University. They competed in the middle school division and will move on to the state finals at NC A&T University in Greensboro on April 1 Often called OM, these problem-solving competitions engage students from kindergarten through college. Team […]