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Social media played a role in who was, wasn’t elected

By Kate Stevens​. Social media plays a large role in how political candidates run their campaigns and interact with constituents and potential voters, but the online platforms also have the power to impact election results, according to local campaign experts. Look no further than the town of Davidson where one grassroots group with social media […]

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Is a healthy lifestyle contagious?

By Dee Jetton. Is obesity contagious? Research shows there’s more to it than genetics and over-eating. Indeed, genetics are a given. However, researchers theorize social circles might have an influence on non-genetic transmission and prevalence of obesity. Diana Thomas, a math professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, says the people you associate […]

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Clean Juice will open 60 stores in 2018

By Erica Batten. Given its devotion to boosting health, it may seem ironic that organic juice bar Clean Juice is going viral. Since opening its flagship location in Birkdale Village in 2015, stores have appeared in Concord, Mooresville and Davidson, to name a few, and husband-and-wife team Landon and Kat Eckles have awarded franchises in […]

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Future of Antiquity Woods project in doubt

By Dave Vieser. In May 2016, with a strong local economy and Cornelius’ Antiquity neighborhood growing day by day, developer Joe Roy of Charlotte-based Meeting Street Co. filed a rezoning application which, if approved by the town, would permit him to build Antiquity Woods, a mixed-use community on 16 acres of vacant land. Eighteen months […]

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Tax reform means bonuses for Aquesta staff

Dec. 22. Tax reform will enable Cornelius-based Aquesta Financial Holdings to give a $1,000 bonus to all employees in January, according to CEO Jim Engel. Aquesta Financial is the parent  of Aquesta Bank and Aquesta Insurance. “Decreased tax rates will allow Aquesta Bank to continue to grow by accelerating lending to small businesses and hiring […]

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Toll lane advisors will look at I-77 options, including ‘complete and delete’

By Dave Vieser and Dave Yochum. Just when it seemed as if the state has hemmed and hawed as much as it can on the I-77 toll lane debacle, the NCDOT is putting together a new advisory group “to learn the advantages, disadvantages, costs and timelines” of the options presented this fall by Mercator Advisors, […]

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Novant Health Huntersville will increase bed count 50%

  Dec. 4. By Dave Yochum. Fast growth around Lake Norman is one of the driving forces behind Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center adding 50,000 square feet and 48 new patient beds to the 13-year-old community hospital. The $50 million expansion, which includes a 20,000 square foot renovation, will transform the facility into a 139-bed […]

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Incoming chamber chair rooted in investments, business

By Dave Yochum. A behind-the-scenes name in Cornelius business and local GOP politics will be out there more next year. Joshua Dobi takes over the volunteer reins of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. The incoming chairman at age 42 is already a quiet force having hosted a number of fundraisers and campaign openings for […]

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Growth vs. aesthetics: Never-ending battle

  By Dave Vieser. The economic engine of the Golden Crescent continues to purr along nicely, but it looks like developers will have to pay more attention to context. The challenge facing local officials is balancing development with preserving natural beauty, heritage and aesthetics. In Davidson, the Beaty Street project pitted the town’s unique aesthetics—and apparently […]

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In an Amazon world, cities market seriously

By Kate Stevens. Three years ago, the city of Kannapolis, a former mill town also known for the North Carolina Research Campus, the Music Hall of Fame and hometown of Dale Earnhardt, was at a crossroad. The city’s population had exploded especially near its western edge along N.C. Hey. 73. At the same time, city […]

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