Tuesday, 20 June 2017 16:23

Horse's Mouth for June 21, 2017

“I had the belief in myself that I could be a good player. I don’t know that I foresaw everything that happened this year, but I knew that I could

contribute to the team.”

— Davidson College left fielder Will Robertson on the struggles he experienced prior to his breakout senior season, which earned him a Major League Baseball draft selection by the Baltimore Orioles.

“I didn’t really believe it at first. Definitely a surreal experience. I was relieved, excited. I still don’t think it’s really set in.”

— Robertson, shortly after learning he was selected by the Orioles in the 30th round of the draft.

“If we don’t play in that game, who knows what happens? I give a lot of credit to the post-season run in terms of the national exposure and just getting to play in front of that guy that particular day.”

— Robertson, on his team’s surprising post-season performance and his solid performance in front of an Orioles’ scout against the UNC Tar Heels’ J.B. Bukauskas, who was drafted 15th overall by the Houston Astros.

“I have a little bit of Orioles gear right off the bat.”

— Robertson, who played for a teamed named after the Orioles in an 8-year-old coach pitch league in Greenville, S.C.

“One of the coolest things I’ll ever do as mayor.”

— Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla preparing to issue recognition certificates to recent high school graduates who enlisted for service in the Army.

“You’re going to get used to standing in line.”

— Aneralla joking with the new cadets while directing them to the front of the meeting chamber to receive their certificates.

“This would put a minor Band-Aid on the situation.”

— Huntersville Planning Director Jack Simoneau telling commissioners that a plan to address broken windows and security concerns at a vacant building on Main Street was considered a temporary step to address the problem.

“I’d be happy to answer your question, but would rather defer to the attorney.”

— Simoneau redirecting a question about the town’s potential liability related to work on the building to Town Attorney Bob Blythe.

“You would.”

— Blythe, in a side comment to Simoneau as he prepared to respond to Huntersville Commissioner Mark Gibbons’ inquiry.

“You may ask yourself, ‘Why are we touring Belmont?’”

— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis during Monday night’s Town Board meeting, describing a fact-finding trip he and some town staff took to the nearby Gaston County town to inspect its downtown revitalization efforts.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to go see what’s happening at a small town, smaller than what we have now, and making it unique. It’s amazing how dynamic their downtown is during the week.”

— Travis on Belmont.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:55

Horse's Mouth for June 14, 2017

“In general, the amount of interest from developers has increased three-fold. The interest is in all areas around the proposed arts center. The interest is exciting in that uses being proposed are varied and unique from boutique hotels to restaurants and bars with some upper level housing.”

— Cornelius Town Planner Wayne Herron on the value of the proposed Cornelius Arts Center as a development catalyst in the downtown area.

“The work going on in Huntersville is having an impact by illustrating the importance of having a better overall collection of information about all patients.”

— Huntersville ocular melanoma cluster research coordinator Dr. Michael Brennan about the importance of expanded registry efforts not only for the local cases, but for all cancer patients.

“Our review has not identified particular violations of campaign finance law.”

— Statement sent to Huntersville Town Attorney Bob Blythe from the North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement regarding allegations former Mayor Jill Swain benefitted illicitly from privileges extended to the mayor’s office by NorthStone Country Club.

“That’s probably not going to fly right now. It’s never been an issue before.”

— Davidson College relief pitcher Cody White, a Texas native, upon removing his Texas A&M ballcap from his locker prior to practice last week before traveling to College Station for the NCAA Tournament Super Regionals. He occasionally wore the cap to practice.

“The Aggies are pretty big-time in Texas and especially in recent years, they’ve kind of eclipsed UT as the team to beat in Texas. Being from there and knowing the power they are and getting to go up and play them on this big of a stage is not something we expected to do, but it’s also incredible for someone from Texas.”

— White, on the prospect of his Wildcats playing the Aggies in the Super Regionals.

“He’s always been quiet so we’ve always joked that he was just some assassin. We don’t want to ever make fun of him behind his back because someone’s going to get a blowdart in the back of the neck. He has this aura to him, this mystery.”

— White on teammate and fellow Texan and closer Westin Whitmire. The two grew up together in Texas before both committing to Davidson.

“He’s just having the time of his life out here. He’s just the kind of guy you can always count on, and that’s something I’ve had since the third grade.”

— Whitmire on friend, teammate and roommate White.

“It’s beyond what we dreamed of.”

— White on his senior year as a Davidson Wildcat.

“A lot of people were paying attention.”

— Davidson baseball coach Dick Cooke on the e-mails from across the country he received as a result of his team’s post-season run.

“Right now I still have some of the sting of just being so close. A few breaks here, a few breaks there and we’re going to Omaha. But I think I’ll remember the feeling of being around my teammates, how many people reached out.”

— Davidson senior right fielder Will Robertson.

“He’s a legend in all of our eyes. To see him run out there so many times inspired us.”

— Robertson on senior pitcher Durin O’Linger, who gained legendary status this post-season by throwing 502 pitches in 28.2 innings, earning three wins and one save in a 16-day span.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 17:08

Horse's Mouth for June 7, 2017

“Congratulations, Mr. Bowman. It’s been 20 years.”

— Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla immediately after the Town Board gave final approval to the zoning changes and sketch plan proposals developer Nate Bowman submitted for the long-vacant Anchor Mill property in downtown Huntersville.


— Bowman deadpanned, reluctantly acknowledging that he made his first attempt to partner with the town on the development of the property in the late 1990s, but not quite two decades ago.

“Like I’ve said before, if you see me running, you better be running, too.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips emphasizing in his Visit Lake Norman update that he only reported about the Warrior Dash race held at Historic Rural Hill, not participated.

“I really want to add R2D2 to that.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell suggesting the name of a Star Wars character would be a fitting addition to a rezoning approval that referenced 10 lettered and numbered goals (items such as H1, E5, CD-3, PF-2 and DT6) pulled from the town’s 2030 Community Plan.

“My wife and I bought a lot and built a house basically to get away from traffic, if you can believe that.”

— Twenty-nine-year Cornelius resident and retired Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President Carroll Gray, who was addressing the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners about the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget.

“A lot of people back-slapping, I don’t know. I’m opposed to the budget. I don’t think the pencil was sharpened enough.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy, expressing his dissatisfaction with the town’s budget before casting the lone dissenting vote.

“I think we had a great process this year. No budget is perfect. There are a lot of things I wish we could have done. Dave does a good thing on our board to force us to think about things. He’s not always right, and neither are we.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Woody Washam on the budget.

“We’ve always joked about we’re going to have a big moment, a big play at the plate one of these days, and it never happened until last night.”

— Davidson College catcher Jake Sidwell said Monday morning following a game-saving play against North Carolina with right fielder and four-year roommate Will Robertson. It was the first time the two hooked up for a putout.

“I’ve said all year I’ve got one bullet left because I’m getting old now and my arm isn’t what it used to be.”

— An “aging” Robertson, who does suffer from shoulder problems in his throwing arm.

“That was a good time for it. I’m just glad to not be officially unemployed for another week.”

— Sidwell, who has already graduated.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:29

Horse's Mouth for May 31, 2017

“Well it does seem inevitable that some type of change will need to be made shortly.”

— 82-year-old Huntersville Town Attorney Bob Blythe, the town’s legal counsel since 1963, pointing out that his retirement is probably not too far in the future.

“We’re not really talking about any more five-year plans ... probably more like six-month plans we can keep renewing.”

— Blythe, joking about his and the town’s approach to his continued service.

“We don’t track that information directly, but the trend seems to be that larger municipalities, and growing municipalities, usually have an in-house legal department.”

— Scott Mooneyham, an advocacy communications strategist with the North Carolina League of Municipalities, relaying information concerning cities and towns in the state.

“Having a full-time person on staff would be better.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell sharing his opinion about the town’s future plans for coping with legal matters.

“It’s also important to know that no matter which choice the town makes, some legal work will still be contracted out.”

— Huntersville Finance Director Jackie Huffman pointing out that some areas of the town’s administration responsibilities, with or without a town attorney on staff, will require outside legal advice and services.

“We had them on the ropes for a little bit, so we know we can hang with them, and I think that’s good going into this. We haven’t faced a lot of the national powers, but to know we can hang with them is definitely a confidence boost. We know they’re a good team, but we also know that we’re playing well right now.”

— Davidson College senior right fielder Will Robertson, who leads the NCAA Tournament-bound Wildcats with a .335 average and 18 home runs, on their first opponent in Chapel Hill Regional, the UNC Tar Heels.

“We had a great ball game against them, one that in theory we let leak away.”

— Davidson College baseball coach Dick Cooke, on his team’s prior meeting with the Tar Heels this season, when the Wildcats led Carolina 6-3 into the bottom of the ninth inning before losing 7-6 in 10

“Being a fifth-year senior and not having much left after this, I just didn’t want this to end.”

— Davidson senior pitcher Durin O’Linger, who threw 14.1 innings and earned two victories during last week’s Atlantic 10 conference tournament.

“That alone made it worthwhile for me. Will’s been here doing the same things for 33 years with a smile on his face. He dies with us when we lose, smiles when we win and dials it up the next day.”

— Cooke on the reaction to the A10 championship by long-time assistant equipment manager Will Dubose.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 16:25

Horse's Mouth for May 24, 2017

“This is an issue we wish people wouldn’t call and complain about. It’s illegal and when we get called on it we have to enforce it to a degree because there is liability for us. We are kind of caught in the middle of it. I’m not opposed to a golf cart ordinance, but my concern is we have to be very careful not to implement something that works in one place but not in another.”

— Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle to town commissioners following comments from residents of the Bahia Bay neighborhood asking for an ordinance making it legal to ride golf carts on their neighborhood streets.

“I think it’s the wave of the future and it’s something we’ll have to address sooner or later.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Woody Washam on the growing popularity of golf cart communities.

“One thing I have learned is people will be people.”

— Hoyle on his concerns that an ordinance that restricts golf carts to certain streets would be abused.

“We don’t want them running up and down West Catawba. That’s a suicide mission.”

— Hoyle on kamikaze golf cart drivers.

“Gators run forever.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips suggesting a John Deere Gator utility vehicle that is currently surplus equipment in the public works department could be transformed into a useful item for the parks and recreation department.

“They run until they get hit on the highway.”

— Commissioner Charles Guignard quickly referencing an accident last year in which Phillips, riding a Gator and attempting to cross the road near his home, was seriously injured in a collision with a passing vehicle.

“It’s still running. It’s just warped.”

— Phillips, quickly defending the Gator brand.

“I have a 21-inch mower, so I’ll leave the decisions about tractors to those who know more about it.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell after a lengthy back-and-forth budget review session discussion about Parks and Recreation Department plans to purchase a tractor.

“It’s an automatic renewal, but not at the same price. The deal says they can raise the price, but it also defines the formula they are supposed to use to determine the increase.”

— Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill explaining that he doesn’t think the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department used the correct call volume numbers to determine Huntersville’s annual cost for police dispatch services should increase from $275,000 to $689,000.

“Don’t pay them a damn thing.”

— Phillips, offering a sure-to-get-their attention approach to express the town’s dissatisfaction with the CMPD implementation of the automatic renewal clause that resulted in the $400,000-plus increase.

“I am grateful to so many SwimMAC athletes, parents, staff, and supporters for the opportunity to have led this club. I am also extremely proud of the program that, working together as a team, we have been able to develop over the past 10 years.”

— Outgoing SwimMAC CEO David Marsh.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:37

Horse's Mouth for May 17, 2017

“It really was a matter of getting some updated information and facts about the club, the level of participation and the overall agreement. I had some questions in April, and I still had some questions when this came up at the first meeting in May. But right after that meeting, I started getting some answers. And I think all members of the board got the information they were looking for and, tonight, we did the right thing; the best thing for the town.”

—Huntersville Commissioner Dan Boone on the town board*s about-face with regard to a contract extension with the Carolina Rapids soccer club for preferred use of soccer fields at Richard Barry Park.

“We provided some information that I think answered their questions. And I believe they got some feedback from the community.”

— Carolina Rapids Executive Director Thomas Finlay on that additional ※information§ to which Boone referred.

“Life is not about things, but the people you meet.”

— Former Carolina Rapids player Kelly Flanders, a Hopewell High School graduate who now plays at Appalachian State University, about her experience with the soccer club.

“If you approve a capital project, you’d better be responsible enough to pay for the maintenance. It’s a safety issue, and to not appropriate the funds of at least $80,000 to $100,000 this year for maintenance of these facilities I think is asinine.”

— Cornelius PARC Commission Chairman Scott Higgins to Cornelius commissioners, urging them to fund at east part of PARC Director Troy Fitzsimmons’ maintenance fund requests in the next fiscal year budget.

“We’re losing money because we’re waiting on something to be broken before we fix it.”

— Fitzsimmons, telling commissioners that addressing small maintenance issues today before they become costlier ones tomorrow is a prudent expenditure.

“This is a wake-up call.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke, urging his fellow town board members to more fully fund the PARC Department.

“I believe because more people are reading about this, and more conversations are being held, more people are coming forward.”

— Ocular melanoma research team liaison Dr. Michael Brennan on a greater awareness of the group’s investigation into an OM cluster associated with western Huntersville contributing to more potential victims coming forward.

“I looked up to them and thought, ‘that’s what I want to be when I’m their age.’”

— Hough High School senior soccer player Elise Gallo upon, as a freshman, watching then-star senior players Courtney Carroll and Marnie Merritt lead the Huskies to a state championship three years ago.

“Probably the most talented group of guys to come through here. It’s a special group. I hate to see them go.”

— Hough High baseball coach Jimmy Cochran on the loss of his talented senior class following a season-ending playoff loss to North Davidson. The seniors were part of 84 varsity wins over the last four years.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 05:56

Horse's Mouth for May 10, 2017

“We’ll look at all the proposals and those that meet our criteria will advance in the process.”

— Huntersville Interim Town Manager Gerry Vincent identifying the initial phase of review the four bids for Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center management services will undergo.

“We may have ruffled some feathers.”

— Vincent, currently involved in negotiations with Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department about changes in extra-territorial police coverage, inferring that one issue may have spilled into another as the town continues to wait for CMPD to provide a new estimate for police dispatch service costs.

“For the reasons stated above, we affirm the order of the trial court, granting summary judgment in favor of defendants.”

— Closing statement in a 24-page opinion issued last week by the North Carolina Court of Appeals ending the latest legal challenge to the managed lane project on Interstate 77 mounted by the group.

“We are deeply disappointed by these decisions. WidenI77 will meet as a group and discuss our next options.”

— Statement on WidenI77’s website in reaction to the appeals court ruling.

“Those are probably the two most important numbers in the budget process. Those are where all the spending is in terms of the core costs. ... Year after year, for the dozen years I’ve been here, we have property value, which means property tax revenue, increasing by 1.4 percent and we have sales tax revenue increasing at 2.4 percent and personnel and operating three and four times the growth in revenue.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy during the May 1 town board meeting after Town Manager Anthony Roberts presented his recommended budget for fiscal year 2018. Gilroy insists the town’s growth in operations and personnel costs is outpacing its revenue growth in areas other than property taxes by a 2-to-1 margin.

“Here is where we rely on the tax rate and the county bails us out after a few years by increasing everybody’s property value (through revaluation). Families are living in the same house, but they’re writing a bigger check because the county tells them their house is worth more.”

— Gilroy on the role he perceives property tax revaluations play in helping Cornelius meet budget growth.

“I believe that in the past and likely in the future, towns have and will seek to be as revenue neutral as possible. ... There is, however, no perfect offset. Those with significant property revaluations would still pay more, while those with little or no valuation increases would enjoy a tax decrease.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke suggesting the town has been effective in minimizing the impact of revaluations on property owners.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:48

Horse's Mouth for May 3, 2017

“I know you’re thinking, ‘I wish I had gone when he offered it.’”

— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis to resident Kim Campbell before she spoke during Monday night’s public hearing for a proposed Quik Trip convenience store. Travis did invite speakers to address the issue during the public comments section of the meeting some 90 minutes earlier.

“I’m not impressed with the Circle K buffering so far. What I worry about is we’ve got some decent architecture on this building, but it’s still a gas station and there are still some angles from high-traffic streets ... where we’re going to see the gas station. When I look at this sketch and I look at the Circle K, I think that’s the 2030 version of what that tree might look like.”

— Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy during the Quik Trip public hearing, comparing the landscape buffering in the sketch to the as-yet incomplete landscaping at a recently opened and similarly designed Circle K on Bailey Road at N.C. 115.

“This is a big deal for us, and for Huntersville and for the entire Lake Norman area. The choice came down to us and Charlotte. The band preferred an outdoor venue and we had what they wanted. Now people around here don’t have to go to Charlotte to see them.”

— Primal Brewer founding partner Ray Steimel about the brewpub’s Lake Street Dive concert in June.

“There’s a great flexibility in going into a space like that, knowing some of the things you want to do but not all the things you want to do. Within the academic heritage and tradition of Davidson, you need all the flexibility you can build into it.”

— Davidson College alumnus Ed Van Deman, whose $1 million gift to the college will fund [email protected], an innovative business incubator creating a connection between the campus and the Lake Norman community.

“This is the part of the year where I’d rather you not ask me.”

— Huntersville Finance Director Jackie Huffman telling Mayor John Aneralla that, with numbers from the last one-third of the town’s current fiscal year still unknown, she didn’t feel comfortable predicting final revenue figures.

“My cows are happy.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips, illustrating the plus side of local businesses working together, discussing using grain from the 11 Lakes Brewing in Cornelius to feed his livestock.

“Right, and they are in violation, and they know it.”

— Huntersville Planning Director Jack Simoneau acknowledging Commissioner Charles Guignard’s claim that some Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools facilities in Huntersville regularly violate town rules about constantly changing electric display signs.

“Some teams blew some smoke to make me think maybe I’d be drafted.”

— Former Lake Norman Charter and Coastal Carolina football star Alex Scearce, who was not selected during last week’s NFL Draft, has signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:35

Horse's Mouth for April 26, 2017

“The horticulture program at North Meck is taking a pause ... but it will be back as Agricultural Science.”

— Matthew Hayes, superintendent of the North Learning Community for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, describing plans for one of the Career and Training Education programs at North Mecklenburg High School.

“We understand the program has a significant history and traditional place in the community and we want to make sure that tradition continues.”

— Hayes about the long-running agriculture and horticulture program at North Meck.

“Nobody bleeds blue and white more than I do. I have a true passion for making sure North Meck always serves the people in this area.

— Hayes, who was principal at North Meck for several years before accepting the area superintendent’s post, summarizing his personal connections to the school.

“We’ve been on a rollercoaster ride.”

— Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill describing years of up and down negotiations with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department concerning law enforcement responsibilities in the town’s extra-territorial jurisdiction.

“We tried to do this peacefully and quietly, but couldn’t get an agreement in place. It kept being put off year after year.”

— Spruill about efforts to change the status of ETJ police


“This shouldn’t be a money issue, but a public service issue.”

— Spruill, emphasizing that his department is better positioned to serve areas around Huntersville.

“They seemed to be intertwined, and they shouldn’t be.”

— Huntersville Interim Town Manager Gerry Vincent acknowledging that ongoing talks with CMPD about a new dispatch services contract may be a peripheral issue in ETJ coverage negotiations.

“They will be offering complimentary genetic counseling to the Huntersville OM population and recommending the number and type of blood tests to perform.”

— Dr. Michael Brennan explaining the services personnel from Carolinas HealthCare Systems will provide to enhance the investigation of a local cluster of ocular melanoma cases.

“There may be some other cases to evaluate and some additional work for John Cassels, but we need to take a closer look.”

— Brennan, explaining that if new patients are identified that match the cohort criteria, they will be added to the research that began earlier this month with Cassels’ geospatial analysis.

“I think this can be attributed in part to greater awareness in the area and more community conversations.”

— Brennan saying that the potential discovery of additional OM cases in the area could be a direct result of community involvement.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:40

Horse's Mouth for April 19, 2017

“You are seeing the heart of this community. They will stand by people in their weakest moments, and I don’t know that I can describe a weaker moment than losing a child.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Charles Guignard praising the widespread community effort involved in securing a coordinated research program to investigate a cluster of rare eye cancer cases.

“I’d say it was absolutely productive.”

— Environmental scientist John Cassels summarizing his research in Huntersville that included interviews with patients and families impacted by ocular melanoma and the collection of information about environmental and historical factors.

“The families appear to be happy that we are involved — happy that someone is listening.”

— Cassels describing the response he received in conducting his geospatial analysis.

“I’ll be looking at their life stories and put together a space-time cube for each patient as part of the creation of a correlation matrix looking to identify connections.”

— Cassels describing the next phase of his project.

“I feel privileged to be a part of it.”

— Dr. Michael Brennan, who has coordinated a consortium of medical professionals and researchers now involved in the Huntersville research, describing his connection to the local project to town commissioners.

“Starting this summer, you’ll need to decide about issuing some bond money in 2019, and that’s fiscal year 2019 that begins July 1, 2018.”

— Huntersville Finance Director Jackie Huffman telling commissioners that the time frame for decisions on how to fund many of the projects on the town’s list of future capital improvements — including the option of accessing funds remaining from the town’s 2012 bond package — is not far away.

“This is a partnership that can’t be defined just by numbers.”

— Thomas Finlay, executive director of the Carolina Rapids soccer club, referencing the long-term arrangement between The Town of Huntersville and his organization regarding field usage at Richard Barry Park.

“It’s park and recreation, not park and revenue.”

— Finlay reminding Huntersville commissioners that the town department was created to provide services for residents, not as an income producer.

“Decisions are easy when you know what your values are.”

— Finlay, saying the slogan used in the Carolina Rapids program was also applicable to the decision Huntersville commissioners must make about renewing the sponsorship arrangement.

“We want 15 or 20 years. ... We want to be married to the town. Five years is just a friendship.”

— Finlay, in response to questions about a possible shorter-term agreement, explaining that the Carolina Rapids program wants a long-term partnership with the town. He added that a 10-year term was proposed because that’s the term of the town’s lease with the county for the Barry Park land.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 16:45

Horse's Mouth for April 12, 2017

“Understanding at least part of what they have dealt with, I wanted to be here to see how far they have come, and I wanted to be here to help them see that everything they have done has led to this.”

— Medical oncologist and melanoma specialist Dr. Marlana Orloff, who was involved in treating three of the patients in Huntersville*s ocular melanoma cluster, referencing the years-long effort by local patients and families to secure an examination of the local cases.

"We’ll keep fighting the fight ... keep doing everything we can to try to save other lives.”

— Robin Legg, the mother of OM victim Meredith Legg Stapleton and among those seeking more research into Huntersville*s OM cases for the last four years, stating her intentions at the conclusion of her Sunday afternoon interview with researchers.

“The approach to evaluating a cluster of cancer cases does — and does not — have an agreed upon path, but this multi-prong method using geospatial, genetics and tissue testing could became an approach applied in other areas."

— Orloff citing how the research that started this week in Huntersville could become a model for other cancer investigations.

“I’m asking the patients and the families about everything, from the beginning of their lives to the moment of diagnosis.”

— Environmental scientist John Cassels explaining the range of information he is compiling as part of his geospatial analysis related to Huntersville*s OM cluster.

“Locations are a part of this, but it’s not just places on a map, it’s points in space and time and other details relevant to each patient's experience.”

— Cassels providing a brief summary of the specific details and timelines he is putting together in the search for links between local OM patients.

“I feel close to this. My mother died of a brain tumor and I know what it’s like to want to know more, to want to have a better understanding of why something happened. This is a way for me to help give something back.”

— Cassels sharing some of his personal feelings about his role in the local research project.

“He actually went twice, once on each side.”

— Huntersville Commissioner Melinda Bales telling David Clay, executive director of Historic Latta Plantation, how much her son enjoyed the Civil War re-enactment programs the facility offers.

“They used math, but they used the wrong numbers.”

— Huntersville Police Chief Cleveland Spruill explaining why he believes the estimate provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for a renewal of emergency dispatch services was high. Spruill said the calculation was based on the total number of calls originating in Huntersville, including check-in calls from officers, and not just on the number of calls for service.