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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:25

Horse's Mouth for July 12, 2017

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 “I have been involved in our town for more than 11 years, serving three years on the Planning Commission as a member, chairman and creator of the Architectural Review Board, four years as a town commissioner and the last four years as your mayor. Eleven years of giving back has been an extremely rewarding and impactful part of my life, and I am thankful for the opportunity and the faith that you have placed in me.”

— Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis in an open letter to his town’s citizens.

“The people have always been the best part of The Pearl. Supporting events and causes dear to us and making people happy along the way, including making dreams come true for so many happy couples, was certainly the highlight of our time at The Pearl.”

— Armin Desch, owner of Armin’s Catering and the now-defunct The Pearl Wedding and Event Center, which recently closed, he says, because of mounting maintenance costs that should have been the responsibility of the property owner.

“This restaurant is going to be an absolutely beautiful part of the community.”

— Chris Boukedes, whose company will manage the new On the Nines Neighborhood Bistro at the recently renovated Mooresville Golf Club.

“We’ve partnered with a great town that has a great vision, and I think the community will be very happy with it.”

— Boukedes on his relationship with the Town of Mooresville, owner of Mooresville Golf Club and the Charles Mack Citizen Center, in which Boukedes will also offer catering services.

 “I thought about it, was pretty close to having surgery, but I cared about these guys too much at the end of the day. I was going to fight with everything I could to make sure I could play the season with them.”

— Former Davidson Wildcat basketball player Jack Gibbs, reflecting on his injury-filled senior season and why he decided to play and risk career-ending shoulder injury rather than undergo surgery and redshirt his senior year.

 “Towards the end of the year, I was pretty banged up. (I was) playing through a lot, but you expect that through a whole season. It’s pretty grueling.”

— Gibbs, whose senior year included a broken nose as well as knee, ankle, quad and calf injuries.

 “You could tell she was in pain, but the fact she wanted to be there no matter what shows what she did her whole life, just trying to make people happy. The smile that I have on the court I get from her. That’s something that I’ll always have and remember her for.”

— Gibbs on his late mother, Aloma, who came from Ohio to see her son play home games at Davidson and attended his final collegiate game in the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals. Aloma Gibbs died one month after that final game.

 “In 20 years, these kids will look back and see how special this championship was and cherish these memories with their teammates.”

— John Whittington, coach of Lake Norman Little League’s 6-7-year-old state championship baseball team.

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