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Planner previews changes coming to Cornelius in 2015

Posted at 9:27am on Jan. 21, 2015

Publix will open Feb. 4 in Magnolia Plaza; little info is available about the rest of that center. Dunkin’ Donuts and Harris Teeter also are expect to open this year in Cornelius.

Lake Norman Marine Commission seeks more money

Posted at 12:09pm on Jan. 15, 2015

The Lake Norman Marine Commission will seek an increase of more than 25 percent in funding from the four counties surrounding the lake, saying it has operated at the same budget level for a decade while the cost of doing business has risen.

Fast work opens Exit 28 interchange at I-77 in Cornelius

Posted at 12:31pm on Jan. 15, 2015

All traffic lanes are open for the diverging diamond interchange at the bridge over Interstate 77 at Exit 28. Now that traffic is moving, most of what’s left to do are improvements to make the area look nice.

Mild weather may not last all winter in Charlotte region

Posted at 8:08am on Jan. 8, 2015

Last week’s cold snap notwithstanding, this winter has been milder so far than 2013-14. That won’t necessarily continue for the rest of the season. Enjoy it, but prepare for the worst.

It’s a timeless struggle: Good vs. ice cream

Posted at 2:08pm on Dec. 29, 2014

Where does motivation come from? And why does it desert us when Ben and Jerry beckon?

Exit 28 bridge to close Jan. 9-12

Posted at 8:47pm on Dec. 29, 2014

From midnight Jan. 9 until 6 a.m. Jan. 12, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close the bridge over I-77 at Exit 28. The bridge will be closed to all through traffic, including motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Right-turns onto and off I-77 will be allowed, though.

Lake Norman youth will present a holiday concert

Posted at 9:20am on Dec. 10, 2014

The Cornelius Youth Orchestras and the Lake Norman High School Women’s Ensemble Choir will present a Christmas concert at Cornelius Town Hall. The whole family is welcome to this free event 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

In December, rest, read up after a few chores are done

Posted at 8:30pm on Dec. 9, 2014

December is time to band trees against cankerworms; plant bulbs, trees, shrubs and woody herbs; start early vegetables indoors; and prepare spring beds.

Thomas Caprariello earns Eagle rank by completing a wetlands garden

Posted at 11:34am on Dec. 10, 2014

Thomas Caprariello, a Boy Scout since second grade, recently completed his Eagle Scout project and will have his award ceremony early next year. His project developing a wetland rain garden on the campus of Christ the King Catholic High School in Huntersville.

Learn to put out a fireplace fire

Posted at 8:52am on Nov. 25, 2014

Campfire training isn’t enough to put out a fire in your home fireplace. Baking soda and sand work better than just water and stirring embers.