Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:47

Horse's Mouth for February 22, 2017

“There is a real need for the caregivers. Some of them don’t have a computer and are trying to find work. Some of them don’t have the appropriate clothes or the self-confidence, and it is our goal that we can provide them with a laptop and a couple of outfits to get them off to work.”

— Susan Tillis, founder and chairperson of the new Susan M. Tillis Foundation, on the organization’s effort to help put spouses of wounded warriors in the workforce.

“I know in my 20s, I would have never expected that I would need to be responsible for bathing and feeding my husband. And for a lot of these wives, they expected their husbands to be the primary bread winner and maybe retire with a military pension, and now they are faced not only with being caregivers but also entering the workforce.”

— Sarah Verardo, member of the Susan M. Tillis Foundation Board of Directors and wife of one of the most severely wounded surviving veterans of military action in Afghanistan.

“I can’t say enough about both of them. We have spent time with President Trump and President Bush and a lot of senators, and nobody has taken our stories and turned them into action the way both of them have.”

— Verardo, on U.S Senator Thom and Susan Tillis’ dedication to the issues faced by military families.

“If you are having problems at your homes, I need to know about it. Mr. Gilroy never hesitates.”

— Mark McDowell, Cornelius’ representative to the MI-Connection Board of Directors, discussing technical difficulties the company had in January and the input about it he received from Commissioner Dave Gilroy.

“Eighteen-point-two seconds. I timed it.”

— Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle on how much longer it takes for drivers to traverse the area of the recently reduced speed limit on Jetton Road without exceeding the limit.

“You end up with kind of a friends and family electorate.”

— Gilroy describing the typically low voter turnout with municipal elections held on odd, rather than even, years when state and local elections are held. Commissioners were discussing a resolution opposed to House Bill 64, which would mandate all municipal elections be held the same years as statewide and national elections. (See story at

“The overriding objective here has got to be participation, and I find it disturbing that so very few of our citizens participate in who decides who is sitting up here.”

— Gilroy.

“I don’t know that I like getting lost in the fray in the state and national political discussions that are going on. Our current arrangement allows us to chose. Anytime you can avoid a state mandate I think you should and this is an opportunity to do that.”

— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis on his support for the resolution opposed to House Bill 64.

“I think if you put them with partisan elections, the town elections become partisan too.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke, speaking in opposition to the resolution.

“The last thing we need to do is write a resolution at the dais. We’ve done it before and it doesn’t work out well and it gets ugly.”

— Duke, just before fellow commissioners commenced to rewriting portions of the resolution opposing HB64.

“In my honest opinion, I have not a clue.”

— Bill Coxe, Huntersville’s transportation planner, explaining that without knowing what other projects will be submitted from other towns, it’s difficult to know how Huntersville’s request for road improvement funds from the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization will fare.

“A project of this magnitude, anytime you can get someone else to pay for half of it, it’s worth pursuing.”

— Coxe, emphasizing the value of seeking CRTPO help in financing a $6.5 million project to widen sections of western Gilead Road.

“I wish I had two days a week to train my dog just to find my keys.”

— Commissioner Rob Kidwell referencing the required training regimen for dogs in the Huntersville Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

“It’s a clear indication that there is a very special connection, a brotherhood. A torch has been passed from one class to another class to another class, and the fire of our code of honor — trust, commitment and care — continues to burn brightly.”

— Davidson College Basketball Coach Bob McKillop on the bond between former player Andrew Lovedale and junior forward Nathan Igwe, who are both from Nigeria and are partners in mission trips to their native country.

“I don’t know how I got it or even if I deserve it, but I just embrace it.”

— Davidson College basketball player Nathan Ekwu who was nicknamed ‘Igwe’ by children at a Nigerian basketball camp, which means “king” in the Ibo tribe.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:10

Horse's Mouth for February 15, 2016

“You’ll notice parks and rec has done a great job of spending money.”

— Cornelius Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant to town commissioners about the progress that department has made in investing its share of 2013 voter-approved bonds on capital projects.

“These little extensions are very modest. We’re hopeful that every little improvement on the east side will create more options … to take some of the load off Catawba. Here you have two very modest projects that cost more than 10 percent of our annual budget and are three or four years in the planning.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy on the cost and time investments required for transportation infrastructure projects large and small.

“I think this is a move in the wrong direction. … It has been my experience that when you give people the opportunity to do just the minimum, that is what they will do: just the minimum.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell explaining and emphasizing his reasons for opposing an amendment to town rules that would create significantly smaller lot size and setback standards in areas zoned Transitional Residential District.

“Those towns to the north, the ones that don’t have these rules, these minimums, they are also the ones complaining about traffic in Huntersville when they are driving through to get to and from their homes.”

— \Kidwell, in response to Planning Director Jack Simoneau*s statement that Davidson and Cornelius don*t have lot-size minimums in some parts of their towns.

“The TIA process is esoteric, hard to understand ... changes will allow for more traffic in intersections without requiring improvements.”

— Huntersville Planning Board Chairman Hal Bankirer recommending that the Huntersville Town Board take a closer look at Traffic Impact Analysis guidelines before approving changes.

“We’ve spent more than $200,000 so far.”

— Mecklenburg County Historic Landmarks Commission Director Dan Morrill about efforts so far to stabilize the historic Torrence-Lytle School in Huntersville, which is closer to being purchased and used as a private school.

“It would be nice to have it bolster the community. Hopefully, the purchase and the projects will be completed.”

— Historic Landmarks Commission attorney Sandy Carnegie of the McIntosh Law Firm in Davidson, on how he views the preservation of Torrence-Lytle School and the adjacent Waymer Center gymnasium as assets for the entire community.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 17:50

Horse's Mouth for February 8, 2017

“We’ve got an anchor tenant with representatives who want to meet with town officials as soon as possible, and I’ve been in negotiations with a veteran apartment builder.”

— Huntersville developer Nate Bowman, referencing a grocery store chain that has not yet been identified but may be ready to officially come forward sometime this month for the Anchor Mill project.

“We’re working with various other partners to make this happen. When we’re ready to go, we want this to really pop.”

— Bowman on Anchor Mill development prospects.

“Here we go!”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke after Mayor Chuck Travis suggested extending a 35 miles per hour speed limit on Jetton Road beyond the entrance to Jetton Park in order to provide a longer transition area to slow down.

“It’s not ‘here we go.’ I really don’t want pedestrians being hit on a road we’re responsible for.”

— Travis in response to Duke.

“Has anybody ever been hit there? No. So let’s not keep adding distance.”

— Duke, lamenting talk of extending a reduced speed limit on Jetton Road beyond his motion of slowing traffic from 45 to 35 miles per hour between West Catawba Avenue and Charles Towne Lane.

“My big concern is that it’s still 45 at that crosswalk to Jetton Park because (pedestrians) are crossing four lanes of traffic at 45 miles per hour on foot. That would make me lean toward wishing the whole thing was 35. The best thing to do would be keep it consistent whichever direction you go with the speed limit.”

— Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle, urging town commissioners to set a consistent speed limit on all of Jetton Road. He got his way with a unanimous vote to set the speed limit at 35.

“Coming in and building those relationships is the most important thing, to get guys to know how to be successful on the football field and off it.”

— New North Meck High School football coach Eric Morman, who was introduced Tuesday.\

“Eric is an absolutely fabulous football coach. Not only is he knowledgable about the game, but he is probably one of the best young coaches I’ve ever had around young men. He’s one that will run a disciplined program, but kids will enjoy playing for.”

— A.L. Brown coach Mike Newsome, who employed Morman as an assistant for three seasons.\

“It’s just a good crop of kids. And they’re able to overcome bad coaching.”

— Hough High School swim coach Tim Queen in a self-deprecating moment while looking back over his seven years as the perennial state title-contending Huskies’ only swim coach.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:01

Horse's Mouth for February 1, 2017

“There will be pain.”

— Huntersville transportation planner Bill Coxe, preparing commissioners for the fallout, not just the financial burden, of multiple road improvement plans that will impact property owners throughout the town.

“Did I mention there will be pain?”

— Coxe, as he highlighted parts of a project that could involve purchase and demolition of existing houses.

“I think Bill may have said this, but there will be some pain.”

— Max Buchanan, Huntersville’s engineer and public works director, as he detailed some of the right-of-way and property acquisitions necessary for proposed road extensions and improvements.

“It’s good to have an AAA bond rating. It means we can issue debt at a lower rate, and that’s important, because I think we’re going to need new funding sources.”

— Huntersville Finance Director Jackie Huffman referencing the town’s current financial status and providing a prelude to the long list of pending projects other department heads were planning to outline for town commissioners.

“That, to me, would require a two- or three-hour discussion over a real breakfast.”

— Commissioner Charles Guignard saying the idea of altering the town’s fund balance policy would require more time, and something other than the pastries provided at last Thursday morning’s town board planning retreat session.

“It has been said in many recent weeks that this is in contrast to achieving small-town character and I think the opposite is actually true. By mapping out where we intend for conservation and development to occur in the rural area, we’re setting standards in a clear and predictable manner.”

— Town of Davidson Rural Area Plan Project Manager Trey Akers to critics and town commissioners regarding complaints about the proposed Rural Area Plan.

“We did the entire Rural Area Plan for $63,000.”

— Davidson Commissioner Rodney Graham, citing that cost compared to a proposed $93,000 for the public input process as part of a $306,500 expenditure for Phase 1 work to design plans to expand Davidson Town Hall and the Police Department headquarters.

“These days, so many people are caught up in scoring. He’s not like that.”

— North Meck High basketball coach Duane Lewis on star junior point guard Vaud Worthy.

“Dynasty will go as far as Dynasty wants to go.”

— North Meck High girls basketball coach Jennifer Baker on senior guard Dynasty Heyward, a four-year star who is averaging more than 20 points per game.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:29

Horse's Mouth for January 25, 2017

“That was a baptism by fire. But this time I’m fully aware of all the duties involved and what to expect, so it should be a little easier.”
— Huntersville Interim Town Manager Gerry Vincent on his first experience in that role 20 years ago, just months after starting as an assistant town manager in Emporia, Va. He has been Huntersville’s assistant town
manager for 10 years.

“That is utterly ridiculous data! It cannot be true. It totally defies common sense. ... The only thing you’ve changed is you are doing a roundabout at the post office. It cannot be true!”
— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy to Jason Gorrie of traffic consultant WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff after Gorrie stated the “preferred alternative” to address congestion at the “west bookend” intersection of West Catawba Avenue and Torrence Chapel Road/Liverpool Parkway would result in clearance times of less than four minutes in the year 2040.

“There is a lot of speculation that we just ditched every comment we got. That’s completely untrue. We looked at each of them to determine whether or not it would add value to the project within the (fiscal) constraints we were bound to by you, and ruled them out.”
— Gorrie, addressing many comments from the audience at last Tuesday’s Cornelius Town Board meeting when the recommendations for the west bookend were presented to commissioners.

“Five million dollars is not a lot of money. Beyond this is major infrastructure work you don’t have money for.”
— Gorrie, on what the budgeted $5 million to improve the west bookend will buy.

“We always look 20 years out because we don’t want to build today what will be obsolete next year. This was an opportunity to get ahead of the game. This was an opportunity to be proactive and address the problem before it gets to that point. The NCDOT has to protect the primary facility. (I-77) is not just main street Cornelius, it’s also the East Coast north-south corridor, and when it comes to favoring traffic, we are going to have to favor the traffic on the interstate and we are going to have to get that traffic off the interstate.”
— North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 10 Deputy Division Engineer Scott Cole on the priority when it comes to traffic improvements at and around Exit 28.

“We’re about to die.”
— Lake Norman Charter School swimmer Sydney Carte, recalling her first thoughts what practices will be like when she learned two-time Olympic swimmer Roy Burch was name the LNC swim team’s new head coach.

“That fall-off is ugly, and it’s unforgiving. You dedicate so much time to something, and then people forget it happened.”
— Burch on the abrupt transition from international swimming to normal daily life.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:23

Horse's Mouth for January 18, 2017

“We’re not here to encourage development, but people have the right to do — within the law — what they want to do with their land. Catering to developers is the last thing this town would do.”
— Davidson Mayor John Woods explaining to Davidson residents attending last week’s town board meeting that the Rural Area Plan doesn’t create development opportunities, but rather provides guidance in how it should be developed.

“We want to safeguard Davidson’s quality of life in the face of some development pressure. This adopted plan helps the town determine how to accommodate, direct and manage that growth according to Davidson’s principles.”
— Davidson Town Manager Jamie Justice to town residents at last week’s Town Board of Commissioners meeting during a discussion about the town’s Rural Area Plan.

“People really care about the town. They care about who we are and where we’re going, and that’s a good thing.”
— Woods on the outpouring of public sentiment on the subject of the Rural Area plan.

“This is really all about making Davidson a better place for pollinators.”
— Davidson resident and bee keeper Mike Goode on his efforts to have the town designated as a “Bee City USA.” There are seven such municipalities that carry that distinction in North Carolina.

“And this time, the meteorologists got it right.”
— Lake Norman Charter School Director of Community Relations Sara Lay on plans made by the school’s administration to implement its E-learning system last Tuesday, allowing students to take classes from home, teachers to teach remotely and allowing the school to not use a snow day.

“Students go from one class to signing in for the next one on their schedule, and the classes outside the basic subject areas, like art or physical education, still include assignments and activities that students must complete during the class period. It’s a carefully managed day without much down time.”
— Lay on how a busy E-learning day operates.

“It’s important for them to get back to some sense of normalcy. We want to provide a space where they can come and run, walk, roll, whatever they need.”
— Next Level Readiness owner Andre Gagne about his new venture, SPEAR, and his desire to dedicate a portion of the multi-faceted home and personal protection operation for recreational use by veterans.

“We had an incredibly challenging first two weeks of the (A-10) year, and the losses really took their toll on our guys, almost to the point where their spirit had been broken. You could see that in the locker room in the aftermath of the Fordham game, you could see it in practice the next day and the film session. And somehow they dug deep, and they found a way, prepared themselves and revived their spirit.”
— Davidson College basketball coach Bob McKillop following Saturday’s victory over VCU.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 17:03

Horse's Mouth for January 11, 2017

“Unless the Legislature changes the process, and that could happen, projects set to begin within the five-year window are protected.”
— Huntersville Transportation Planner Bill Coxe on the new draft North Carolina Transportation Improvement Program currently being reviewed by the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization. The plan features a high number of road improvement projects for the Lake Norman area.

“These represent an astonishing amount of projects for this region.”
— Coxe on the list of projects.

“The meeting with Dr. Brennan went really well, and I think we all agreed that, once the environmental testing is complete, getting the scientific and medical community more directly involved would be the best approach.”
— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell on a meeting with ocular melanoma task force leader Dr. Michael Brennan held last week to discuss the ongoing research into an OM cluster tied to Huntersville.

“I am anticipating a good working relationship with Dr. Brennan’s task force, and I think having UNC, Duke and other medical facilities involved in this partnership will prove to be a tremendous asset.”
— Kidwell.

“It’s almost like performing a dance. It’s a show. ... We’re putting on a show for everybody who comes in … and (every server) has skin in the game.”
— Famous Toastery co-founder Brian Burchill on his views on customer service. The growing restaurant chain opened a new location in Huntersville this week, returning to the town where the company was born 12 years ago.

“We believe in the town so much and the people, that we’re going to buy the dirt, we’re going to build the building, we’re going to be landlords and spend lots and lots of money.”
— Famous Toastery co-founder Rob Maynard on the new flagship Huntersville restaurant.

“Certainly, we hate to lose him at Hough, but if anybody can go down there and pitch right away, it’s him. We’ll be pulling really hard for him.”
— Hough High School baseball coach Jimmy Cochran on pitcher Cole Maye, who graduated early and will be playing in a University of Florida Gators uniform this spring rather than a Hough Huskies uniform.

“I felt like it was the best thing for me. I was honestly really bummed about missing (high school) baseball this year. We’ll have one of the best teams since Hough opened. I’m obviously going to be cheering for my guys back home. I just had to make a decision. This is my future.”
— Maye on his decision to jump to college early.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 17:10

Horse's Mouth for January 4, 2017

Following are the best of the best Horse’s Mouth quotes of the year, as determined by an expert panel of one judge ensconced in a recliner located in a sunroom while sipping coffee on the morning of New Year’s Eve. We hope you enjoy this encore presentation of these great quips.

“I don’t know what you mean about the staff having to adjust to only four new personalities. Some of us have three of our own.”
— Huntersville Commissioner Charles Guignard adding a little levity to the Huntersville Town Board’s planning and budget retreat, related to some of the new faces in town government.

“Let the Greek guy do it.”
— Galway Hooker co-owner Chris Boukedes about his role in assuming the restaurant side of things in a partnership with John Bisson that has helped the 15-year-old Irish-themed establishment become a local landmark.

“Plus or minus 100 percent.”
— Huntersville Town Engineer Max Buchanan providing a light-hearted but nevertheless revealing description of the margin of error related to the current $10.275 million estimate for the multi-faceted Main Street Upgrade project through the downtown area.

“Dave makes a lot of sense about a lot of things, but I just think he’s dead wrong. And he thinks I’m dead wrong.”
— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke on his and fellow Commissioner Dave Gilroy’s different views about the need for a municipal tax increase to help fund road improvements.

“The only reason we could see American Airlines not wanting to continue using Charlotte as a hub is if American Airlines reaches the point where they don’t want to make money.”
— Huntersville resident Brent Cagle, aviation director at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, talking about the airport’s relationship with American Airlines during a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Power Luncheon.

“This has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life.”
— N.C. Rep. Charles Jeter of Huntersville talking about his late-July decision to resign from his District 92 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

“It’s really cool to be the coach of the United States of America, but it’s a heavy responsibility as well.”
— Davidson resident and 2016 U.S. Women’s Olympic Swim Team Coach Dave Marsh.

“This couldn’t mean anything bigger to me. I’m going to cry. ... I just couldn’t be happier. This is so cool.”
— Huntersville resident and SwimMAC Team Elite member Kathleen Baker, a silver medalist in the 100 meter backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, during televised comments right after her race.

“I just watch and try to enjoy it ... like any granddad would.”
— Joe Gibbs, a NASCAR team owner and former Washington Redskins and Super Bowl winning head coach in the NFL, talking about watching his grandsons, Jackson and Miller Gibbs, play for Hough High School.

“We are the opposite of Noah’s Ark. We don’t have two of anything.”
— Davidson Day Football Coach Chad Grier on how injuries impacted his team.

“Although the deer would probably deny it, we were not at fault.”
— Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill describing a run-in between a police vehicle and a deer that triggered an insurance company reimbursement.

“It’s a hard fish to swallow.”
— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell, describing the over-budget nature of the town’s new recreation center, but also providing a pretty accurate summary of the entire year.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:21

Horse's Mouth for December 21, 2016

“I’m resisting the efforts of some to remove Christmas from Christmas. I’m firm in this. I’m not going to be unkind or impolite, unpleasant or disrespectful about it. I’m simply going to be straightforward about who I am and what I’m celebrating.”
— Harold Bales, everyone’s favorite Southern Fried Preacher, on Christmas. See his Christmas column on Page 38.

“Although the deer would probably deny it, we were not at fault.”
— Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill providing his version of the facts related to a recent run-in between a police vehicle and a deer that triggered an insurance company reimbursement discussed at Monday’s Town Board meeting.

“A deer ran out in the road and hit one of our vehicles ... well, I guess the car hit the deer.”
— Spruill, admitting that the deer could have viewed the incident differently.

“I will not be supporting this alliance. The LNTC came up and bit us, and this could do the same thing.”
— Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips explaining part of his reason for opposing a formal agreement for the North Meck Alliance.

“I don’t see how this will be an asset.”
— Huntersville Commissioner Melinda Bales sharing Phillips concerns about authorizing membership in the Alliance.

“These gyms are not a want — this isn’t ‘I want these gyms’ — I need the gyms.”
— Bruce Adelman, director of the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association’s boys basketball programs, emphasizing the high demand for indoor court space to Huntersville commissioners.

“It’s a hard fish to swallow.”
– Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell describing the more-than-budgeted costs for the town’s planned new recreation facility.

“It’s a hard pill, or what did you say, fish?”
— Commissioner Mark Gibbons, agreeing with Kidwell and also wondering about his analogy.

“Pills are easy, fish are larger.”
— Kidwell, explaining the reasoning behind his reference.

“You have taught me the true meaning of community. I’ve also had the honor of working with the finest officers any police department in any town — large or small, urban or rural — could employ.”
— Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller in a letter to the Town of Davidson announcing her intent to retire next year.

“We recognize that this sort of construction is going to be painful at times, it’s going to take some patience. We’re going to wind up with a widened bridge with much extended pedestrian and bicycle crossing, which is an incredibly positive thing and has been an issue with that bridge since forever.”
— Davidson Mayor John Woods at last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting regarding a nearly year-long project to rebuild Exit 30 at I-77.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 17:04

Horse's Mouth for December 14, 2016

“Usually when you buy something from a vendor, you get 89 percent of what they promised during the sale. We got 120 percent. That just doesn’t happen.”
— Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle on the new, custom 10-by-27-foot enclosed cabin police boat his department purchased from Inventech Marine Solutions of Washington.

“Everybody was just amazed that they made this boat 10 feet wide and two feet longer (than originally designed) and the price didn’t change. They just made the changes. I never signed a change order.”
— Hoyle on the process of altering the design of the boat as it was being built.

“And you don’t see that, ever.”
— Hoyle on the boat coming in at budget and on time.

“Through all the changes, Micah kept telling me we have to get a boat that’s just right. It’s got to be perfect.”
— Hoyle on Inventech CEO Micah Bowers, who sold the boat to CPD and was its lead designer.

“I think in the heat of battle, you forget things. And you need reminders. I don’t care how smart you are, how experienced you are, how skilled you are, you’re in constant need of being reminded.”
— Davidson College basketball coach Bob McKillop on the 3-by-5-inch index card on which he writes notes prior to every game.

“It has our plays, has our defenses, it has particular strategies for that game. It has things to say to the players, actual quotes that I actually use during the game.”
— McKillop on the contents of the hand-written notecards.

“Sometimes the pressure of a game invites amnesia and brain lock, and this doesn’t prevent it, but it’s at least a remedy.”
— McKillop on how the notecards help him stay on strategy,

“It’d be as if I’d be not fully dressed.”
— McKillop on the effect of not having his notecard.

“That’s an adjustment, just being ready at any moment to come off the bench. But I feel like I’m going to go in and play the same way I would if I were to start. Just having that mentality going in is something that helps my game.”
— University of North Carolina sophomore basketball player Luke Maye on the adjustment to coming off the bench for the Tar Heels after four years of being a star player for Hough High School.

“It was a really tough decision.”
— Maye, on the final selection between attending UNC or Davidson College. He was speaking following North Carolina’s 11-point win over Davidson in Chapel Hill last Wednesday.

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 16:59

Horse's Mouth for December 7, 2016

“I think it’s important to emphasize that this is just the beginning, the start of a huge project.”
— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell referencing the town’s authorization of funding for an engineering phase of the Main Street Upgrade project, slated for construction — if things proceed as scheduled — three years from now.

“This is not a magic wand, but the proposal will reduce at least a little the number of intersections involved.”
— Huntersville Town Engineer Max Buchanan telling town board members that proposed tweaks to the town’s Traffic Impact Analysis guidelines will not eliminate all debate or all complaints about the policy’s requirements.

“Just a hair smidgen under.”
— Buchanan, using something other than standard engineering terms, to describe how close one proposed development came to reaching a traffic upgrade threshold.

“I feel like this is a step in the direction you want to go, but you don’t want to go too far the wrong way, and then have to back up.”
— Buchanan explaining that easing the TIA too much could cause a different set of traffic flow problems for the town.

“I just want our approach to be data driven, not a good ol’ boy system.”
— Commissioner Melinda Bales endorsing a TIA policy that uses traffic counts and firm guidelines to decide what type of improvements are required.

“Over a decade ago, we partnered with the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville to build the first building in the Commerce Station park. This expansion fulfills our shared vision for creating a state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility ... and serves as an excellent model for government and private industry working together to create good jobs for a community.”
— Benjamin Shapiro, manager of Prairie Brookwood on the announcement of Pactiv’s expansion at Commerce Station in Huntersville.

“Is it okay if we leave now?”
— A representative of the Antiquity Ladies’ Association after presenting the Town of Cornelius with a donation to go toward the town’s 9/11 Monument during Monday night’s Cornelius Town Board meeting.

“I haven’t changed my coaching style, now. But I’m not brutal like I was at North Meck.”
— Pine Lake Prep middle school basketball coach Leroy Holden, better known for his long career as the varsity coach and later athletic director of North Meck High School. Holden is due to be inducted in the North Carolina High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame next spring.

“I’ve got my eyes opened, that’s for sure.”
— Holden, on his experience coaching middle school-age players.