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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

LKN Community Health Clinic fundraiser under way

July 31. ​To commemorate ​its​​ 1​9​th anniversary​, t​he Lake Norman Community Health Clinic ​is holding a fundraiser ​that ​plays off its founding in 1998.​ ​The clinic is looking for 98 donors to contribute $98​ each. The goal​, according to Lynn McRae, ​d​evelopment ​d​irector​, is to raise $9​,​600 by Sept​.​ 4​. T​he clinic, ​founded by Dr. […]

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Justus J. “Jess” Wingard, Jr., 94

Justus J. “Jess” Wingard, Jr., age 94, died July 25, 2017 at The Pines of Davidson, NC with his family by his side. Mr. Wingard was born May 12, 1923 in Greenville, SC, and was the youngest son of the late Nancy Elizabeth Wingard and Justus Jonas Wingard. He married Mary Frances Fulk who lived […]


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 […]

Aquesta anniversary food drive

Aquesta Bank turns 11 years old Aug. 1. In honor of its 11th anniversary, the only bank headquartered in Cornelius will donate $5 to local food banks for every 11 non-perishable items brought into a branch. Donations to food banks typically plunge during the summer months, wreaking havoc on families and others who suffer from […]

Aquesta reports lower net

July 23. Aquesta Financial Holdings reported unaudited net income during the second quarter of 2017  fell to $482,000 (15 cents per share) compared to second quarter of 2016 net income of $623,000 (20 cents per share). Total assets were $356.6 million at the end of the second quarter vs. $353.1 million at year-end. “The primary […]

Incidents, Arrests and Citations reported by the Cornelius PD – July 12 – July 18

Incidents Incident Nature Incident address Reported Disposition Victim/Complainant 170712068 Fraud 9624 Bailey Rd #I 13:00:55 07/12/17 ACT Hambrick, Frank Dean 170712073 Fraud 20125 N Main St 13:47:05 07/12/17 ACT Hance, Edward Donald 170712090 Damage Property 19301 Meridian St 16:36:23 07/12/17 ACT Alexander, Wanda Thompson 170712097 Larceny 9776 Bailey Rd 18:18:11 07/12/17 ACT Zeller, Katherine Ann […]

TopDeck fundraiser Sept. 9 supports Cornelius Police 

The TopDeck Foundation will hold its second annual fall fundraiser “Whiskey, Wine & Moonshine” Sept. 9 at a pop-up party space in  Hyde Park Storage Suites on Bailey Road. Special guests include Mayor Chuck Travis and Police Chief Bence Hoyle, as well as TopDeck Advisory Board members. This year’s event will provide funds for a […]