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Posted at 9:57am on Jul. 24, 2014

World Cup economics: The World Cup has an economic effect on participating countries, according to an analysis of 50 years of nations’ economic data that examined their World Cup success during the same period. Craig Depken, an economics professor in UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business, collaborated with Dennis Wilson of Western Kentucky University on the working paper “The Long-Run Impacts of the World Cup.” It details the loss of productivity in a country when its team is in the World Cup.

University City resident wins national Golden Gloves championship

Posted at 12:01pm on Jul. 22, 2014

Lynn Holmes took up boxing only two-and-a-half years ago as a way to stay fit; now she’s a Golden Gloves national champion.

Part of Ridge Road in University City to close for two weeks in August

Posted at 10:15am on Jul. 24, 2014

Between 100 and 150 feet of Ridge Road will be closed for up to two weeks next month as part of the larger $2.1 million Prosperity Ridge Road connection project.

Mia Hamm brings soccer academy to Cabarrus

Posted at 2:23pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Women’s soccer’s biggest star brings former teammates in collegiate and international soccer to Cabarrus County to lead soccer camp for girls.

Charlotte 49ers teams offer camps for youth players

Posted at 2:46pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Thousands of youths will visit UNCCharlotte this summer to participate in camps conducted by 49ers athletics teams.

Masters track-and-field athlete from Highland Creek goes for gold at national meet

Posted at 3:02pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Art Henson is competing on a national level in track and field for the first time in four years. His 12-year-old daughter, Ariana, and 11-year-old son, Marcus, have taken up the sport this year for the first time.

Late blight threatens Carolinas tomatoes

Posted at 2:00pm on Jul. 18, 2014

Late blight, the dreaded disease that wiped out the East Coast tomato crop in 2009, has shown up again in North Carolina.

University City transportation projects to be discussed July 31

Posted at 5:22pm on Jul. 16, 2014

University City residents in the Newell area can get updates on future transportation projects and those already begun during a public meeting July31 with local and state officials.

UNC Charlotte student wins U.N. language contest

Posted at 8:53am on Jul. 17, 2014

Lauren Klein, a 20-year-old freshman at UNCCharlotte, is one of 60 college students worldwide to win the United Nations’ “Many Languages, One World” essay contest. She received round-trip airfare and accommodations to participate in a five-day Global Youth Forum in New York at the end of June.

UNC Charlotte can raise $129million for capital improvements under new law

Posted at 12:13pm on Jul. 17, 2014

A bill signed into law earlier this month will pave the way for $129million in capital improvements on the UNC Charlotte campus.

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Posted at 1:32pm on Jul. 17, 2014

Celtic music: Fiona Ritchie, founder and host of the weekly Celtic music show “The Thistle & Shamrock” on National Public Radio, was recently appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II “for services to broadcasting and traditional Scottish music.” The show originated at WFAE-FM while Ritchie was an exchange student from Scotland at UNC Charlotte.

Sugaw Creek Racquet Association still going strong after 35 years.

Posted at 11:25am on Jul. 8, 2014

Sugaw Creek Racquet Association plays competitive matches against similar clubs from cities throughout the Southeast.

July gardening in the southern Piedmont: Stay hydrated, control weeds

Posted at 9:42am on Jul. 9, 2014

Working in your garden in July, stay hydrated, control weeds, take cuttings, prune shrubs and trees to control growth and start vegetable seedlings indoors to transplant in August.

N. Meck Junior ROTC saw black grads in 1970, student leader says

Posted at 3:10pm on Jul. 7, 2014

LeMar Reid says he was one of the first African-American students to graduate from North Mecklenburg High’s JROTC program.

Charlotte 49ers named Scholar Atheltes of the Year

Posted at 3:52pm on Jul. 9, 2014

Five Charlotte 49ers athletes were named Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year for their sport, the most of any conference school.

49ers insider: Justin Seager joins 2 brothers, 2 UNCC teammates in pro baseball

Posted at 10:37am on Jul. 8, 2014

Justin Seager joins two brothers and two Charlotte 49ers teammates playing professional baseball.

Lake Norman is stocked with hardier hybrid striped bass

Posted at 11:39am on Jul. 2, 2014

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission stocked 162,500 fingerling hybrid striped bass in Lake Norman on June 23. This is the second year that hybrids, rather than striped bass, have been stocked by the state.

iCan Bike shows children the freedom of learning to ride a bike

Posted at 4:00pm on Jul. 1, 2014

The iCan Bike program, created by nonprofit charity iCan Shine Inc., specializes in teaching kids with disabilities the ability to ride a bike in less than a week.

Religion news

Posted at 8:34am on Jul. 1, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

UNC Charlotte’s Belk Gym closes for remodeling

Posted at 10:24am on Jul. 2, 2014

Belk Gymnasium will close for renovations and reopen in fall 2015 with new recreational amenities.

Charlotte Field Hockey Club is ambushing University City

Posted at 10:49am on Jul. 1, 2014

Charlotte Ambush is holding adult and youth programs at Breakaway Sports.

Rallycross comes to The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Posted at 11:05am on Jul. 1, 2014

Red Bull Global Rallycross will return to The Dirt Track at Charlotte July25-26.

Highland Creek opens new farmers market

Posted at 12:51pm on Jun. 24, 2014

Highland Creek, the large subdivision that straddles the Mecklenburg/Cabarrus county line with 4,300 homes and about 15,000 inhabitants, now has a farmer’s market of its own.

NoDa’s Smelly Cat sharpens its coffee roasting skills

Posted at 4:09pm on Jul. 2, 2014

A vintage red-and-gold Probat coffee roaster that weighs close to a ton has transformed the interior of Smelly Cat Coffee on East 36th Street in North Davidson. The Probat produces batches of delicious coffee beans for the coffeehouse three days a week.

University City, Huntersville among nation’s most moved-into ZIP codes

Posted at 12:35pm on Jul. 2, 2014

ZIP codes within Huntersville and University City were among the top 20 most “moved-into” areas in the United States during May, and local officials say that isn’t a surprise.

Dog Lovers Day in Concord to celebrate, serve canine companions

Posted at 1:13pm on Jun. 24, 2014

Concord’s Leatherman Lane Farm will host Dog Lovers Day noon-5 p.m. July 12.

Wilderness trip helps Vance High athletes become better leaders

Posted at 11:30am on Jun. 24, 2014

Vance Athletes Unite is a new Vance High School initiative to promote school spirit, pride and harmony. Members recently attended a North Carolina Outward Bound School session.

North Meck’s 1st black ROTC graduate is now an Air Force officer

Posted at 1:14pm on Jun. 25, 2014

The first African-American student from North Mecklenburg High’s ROTC program recently graduated as a commissioned officer from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Mallard Creek softball player named all-district

Posted at 9:30am on Jun. 24, 2014

Mallard Creek junior infielder Kaelyn Brown was named to the N.C Softball Coaches Association 4A All-District 6 team.

49ers insider: Former Charlotte 49er soccer player raising funds with Saves for SEALS program

Posted at 3:14pm on Jun. 17, 2014

MLS veteran and former Charlotte 49ers All-American Jon Busch has passion for the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Angel Boys to play in national soccer championships

Posted at 3:24pm on Jun. 18, 2014

The Angel Boys soccer team, based at Mallard Creek Park, will represent the Michael’s Moon nonprofit organization at a national championship tournament.

Mallard Creek finishes 11th in 4A Wells Fargo Cup standings

Posted at 2:42pm on Jun. 17, 2014

Mallard Creek High finished tied for 11th in the 2013-14 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Wells Fargo Cup standings, recognizing overall athletic achievement.

NoDa businesses: Blue Line traffic will be worth the 2-year closure of 36th

Posted at 2:58pm on Jun. 19, 2014

The long-term closure of a popular route from University City and points north into NoDa has many neighborhood businesses focusing not on traffic detours but on the positive changes to come.

Gardening: Celebrate summer solstice with fall planting

Posted at 3:07pm on Jun. 17, 2014

The last thing most Charlotte-area gardeners are thinking about now is lettuce, broccoli or greens. Strange as it may seem, however, those fall crops deserve a place on every gardener’s summer priority list.

Charlotte 49ers pitcher Ryan Butler drafted in the seventh round by San Diego Padres

Posted at 11:24am on Jun. 13, 2014

Charlotte 49ers right-handed pitcher Ryan Butler’s college career took various directions before he landed at Charlotte for one season. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in June.

Don’t grab the pesticides with crape myrtle aphids

Posted at 2:14pm on Jun. 10, 2014

Conserving beneficial insects is not just an environmentally responsible thing to do, N.C. State University scientist says. It can improve control of pests such as aphids. It is the job of natural enemies to clean up after and between insecticide applications.

UNCCharlotte team’s rocket wins award in NASA competition

Posted at 12:24pm on Jun. 11, 2014

Last month, UNCCharlotte’s rocketry team won the Best Vehicle Design award in the NASA Student Launch competition, beating 31 other university teams from across the country in the contest’s rocket construction category.

Mallard Creek finishes 3rd in final Conference Cup standings

Posted at 11:12am on Jun. 12, 2014

Mallard Creek finished third and Vance seventh in the final Wells Fargo Conference Cup rankings for the MECKA 4A conference.

Highland Creek swimmers enjoy being members of the Hurricanes

Posted at 1:28pm on Jun. 10, 2014

Highland Creek summer swim league team has won six consecutive North Star League championships.

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Posted at 1:53pm on Jun. 12, 2014

Cyber Defense Research award: The National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have renewed UNCCharlotte’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research. In 2008, the university was one of the first in the country to receive this designation. UNCC’s College of Computing and Informatics is home to the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability Center, the focal point of cyber security research at the university.

Classic Graphics raises money for CMPD’s K-9 unit

Posted at 12:07pm on Jun. 5, 2014

Leanne Kinsella, Paulette DeRonda, Classic Graphic fundraise for CMPD

Charlotte 49ers to host Football Ladies’ Night Out

Posted at 11:43am on Jun. 5, 2014

UNC Charlotte will host a 49ers Football Ladies’ Night Out July 21 at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Goodwill opens new tech store on North Tryon

Posted at 1:11pm on Jun. 4, 2014

Grid store on North Tryon offers shoppers a variety of desktop and laptop computers, flat-screen TVs and gaming systems. Goodwill celebrated the grand opening May 31.

‘Game of Thrones,’ Klingons invade University City

Posted at 2:37pm on Jun. 4, 2014

George R.R. Martin, whose novels form the basis for HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones,” was guest of honor at Charlotte’s annual gathering for devotees of science fiction and fantasy May 30-June 1.

Religion news

Posted at 3:34pm on Jun. 3, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Charlotte 49ers track and field team stocked with homegrown talent

Posted at 10:01am on Jun. 5, 2014

UNC Charlotte is becoming a popular choice for many Charlotte-area track and field star athletes, and coach Bob Olesen prides himself on recruiting the best the city has to offer. Recently, the Charlotte 49er men’s 4x100-meter relay team, which includes a Hopewell High and Victory Christian Academy graduate, was invited to compete at the NCAA National Championships June 11-14. High jumper Trey McRae will join them.

Mallard Creek boys’ relay team wins a state championship

Posted at 10:15am on Jun. 4, 2014

Senior Quashawn Cunningham helps Mallard Creek boys’ relay team win and places first in two individual events.

Garage burglaries up in the UCity area

Posted at 2:16pm on Jun. 5, 2014

Police are urging University City residents to remain vigilant in keeping home garages secure after what they describe as a recent rash of burglaries.

Stephen Curry to host free instruction session at Cannon School

Posted at 1:31pm on May. 29, 2014

NBA star and former Davidson and Charlotte Christian basketball player Stephen Curry will hold a free three-hour instruction session for 50 under-privileged children in the Concord, Charlotte and Huntersville areas June18 at Cannon School in Concord.

Charlotte 49ers sports had tough time transitioning to new conference

Posted at 1:00pm on May. 27, 2014

Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer was the only team to win a championship of any kind in Conference USA this year.