"This school was out of control, I don't mind saying that now."
— Louise Jones, bluntly summing up the conditions at Hopewell High when she began as principal five-and-one-half years ago.
"You guys have figured it out, finally!"
— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy on a solution to the problematic pedestrian crossing on Jetton Road to Jetton Park.
"We want your expertise and we need you to be a part of this team, an active participant in this team. What do you get? You get a seat at the table, you get representation, you get everybody else's data and you get an informed look at what the rest of the world in this particular corridor is thinking."
— Statesville Mayor Pro Tem Michael Johnson during a presentation of the planned "Connect Our Future" 14-county, 100 agency planning consortium made possible by a $4.9 million federal Housing and Urban Development Grant.
"This is setting us up for more centralized government for the federal government, just like they do with roads, to control our planning."
— Cornelius Mayor Pro Tem Lynette Rinker on Connect Our Future.
"Cornelius votes for me."
— Cornelius Mayor and now state senator-elect Jeff Tarte following his runoff victory over John Aneralla Tuesday for the new North Carolina Senate District 41 seat.
"I'm not opposed to a smoke-free ordinance. I am opposed to adopting a resolution with 18 'whereases.' If you want to regulate smoking, write that."
— Huntersville Commissioner Sarah McAulay, explaining her objections to a proposed resolution about banning smoking in public parks.
"I'm going to support this, as long as it does not require any town funds or any of my time, because I don't have any kids in school, I'm done with that."
— Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips, being clea about his anticipated lack of participation in the Education Collaborative program.
"Young lady, you have sat there for three hours. ... You may be the most mature person in the room."
— Huntersville Commisioner Charles Jeter, to eight-year-old Maddie Kester near the conclusion of Monday's three-hour plus, debate-filled town board session.