Cornelius

The Interstate 77 Express Lanes are now open between Charlotte and Mooresville. A CATS commuter bus used the lanes Nov. 14.  CATS says it's currently training drivers and buses will start using the lanes soon.
DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

Charlotte Area Transit System is overhauling its express bus service from Northern Mecklenburg County to take advantage of the Interstate 77 express lanes. CATS says it will replace the three current express bus routes with four new routes next month, under a new name — MetroRAPID. 

Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox and town manager Jamie Justice talked to voters about the $14 million public facilities bond and sale of Continuum cable and internet company, both on Davidson's 2019 election ballot. (David Boraks photo)
David Boraks / WFAE

Two mayoral races outside Charlotte - Matthews and Huntersville - saw lively debates over whether the towns should act on legislation that allows them to open their own charter schools.  

ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted unanimously Tuesday to restore the town of Cornelius to the CMS priority list for future school bonds.

A rendering of what the new Cornelius hospital might look like.
Atrium Health

Updated Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019
Atrium Health has asked state regulators for permission to build a new hospital off I-77 in Cornelius. 

There are eight candidates running for the Cornelius Board of Commissioners. There's also a mayoral election, but incumbent Mayor Woody Washam is unopposed. 

ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

The town of Cornelius is poised to come out of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools penalty box when it comes to school construction.

ANN DOSS HELMS / WFAE

Last year four suburban towns and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were locked in a ferocious clash. Today it’s more like a wary truce. 

When the district's Municipal Education Advisory Committee met to talk about school safety Thursday morning, it was almost hard to recall the drama of 2018.

Cornelius resident Willie Jones spoke at Thursday's county budget hearing, seeking funding to develop Smithville.
Mecklenburg County Government Channel

Most speakers at Thursday night's public hearing on the Mecklenburg County budget came to praise the plan. But a half-dozen speakers from Cornelius pushed for something that wasn't included - money to redevelop the historically black Smithville neighborhood.

Monday, April 22, 2019

A WFAE Public Conversation about the explosive growth of the Lake Norman area.  We hear from leaders from Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius who are in the trenches trying to get a handle on ever-present construction, congestion, never-ending development and planning for a future in which these three towns struggle to maintain their individual identities while strengthening the region.

Daniel Coston

Population has boomed in the Lake Norman area towns of Davidson, Huntersville and Cornelius. In 1990, the three towns had a total population of about 10,000. Nearly 30 years later, the number of residents has grown tenfold – to more than 100,000.

The fire damaged condos at The Admiral's Quarters, off West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius.
Huntersville Fire Department / (via Facebook)

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire early Monday that damaged several apartments at a condominium complex on Lake Norman in Cornelius.

Nobody was hurt, but eight adults, three children and several dogs and cats were displaced by the fire.

Davidson Housing Coalition built The Bungalows on Davidson's West Side to provide affordable housing.
David Boraks / WFAE

As north Mecklenburg County and the Lake Norman area have grown over the past few decades, newcomers have brought higher incomes — and skyrocketing housing prices. That's a challenge for those who don't fit the area's new demographics — especially longtime residents in older African-American neighborhoods in Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. A new study has some leaders acknowledging they need to do more to create housing for lower-income residents.

Houses on South Hill Street in the Smithville neighborhood of Cornelius.
David Boraks / WFAE

A new study of north Mecklenburg County shows a need for more housing aimed at people making less than $40,000 a year. UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute looked at population growth, employment patterns and housing in the towns of Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville.

Cole del Charco / WFAE

Nannie Potts was the first female and only African American Mayor of Cornelius. She passed away Nov. 9 at 80-years-old. Potts was a teacher and led summer programming for kids in the Smithville neighborhood, where she lived.

Police are investigating two homicides in the Charlotte area last night.

The Mecklenburg Board of Elections on Friday certified results of the November 7 local elections across the county. A final  check of absentee and provisional ballots didn't change the outcomes of two close town commissioner races in Cornelius and Davidson.

Map shows unincorporated areas in Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are close to resolving who will provide police coverage in the county's unincorporated areas. Police departments in three towns would take over part of the job, while the county is negotiating a contract with CMPD for the rest. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

  The Cornelius Board of Commissioners has joined Huntersville in opposing the nearly $1 billion bond package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Cornelius board voted 4- 1 Monday night to oppose the bond.

A majority of commissioners say the bond does not provide sufficient new schools to accommodate growth in North Mecklenburg.

It wasn't much of a secret around Cornelius, but commissioner Woody Washam made it official Monday: He's running for mayor.

The Cornelius native and longtime local banker is the first to announce for the job. Current Mayor Chuck Travis hasn't said whether he'll seek another term.

Authorities are investigating another drowning on Lake Norman. Cornelius police say 27-year-old Shakira Varner of Charlotte died Sunday after she fell off a private dock.

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