News of University City
Lake Norman News
Lake Norman News ~ News of University City

Ozpresso: Australian coffee tsunami hits NoDa

Posted at 9:22am on Sep. 10, 2014

Ozpresso on North Davidson Street in Charlotte’s NoDa arts district will satisfy your Aussie coffee fix.

Alex Gibby takes over as Charlotte 49ers cross country coach

Posted at 2:16pm on Sep. 9, 2014

Former Michigan coach Alex Gibby has history of leading successful programs and wants to bring that to the Charlotte 49ers cross country team.

UNC Charlotte lecture: What went wrong for the middle class?

Posted at 2:42pm on Sep. 9, 2014

In his latest book, “Middle Class Meltdown in America,” UNC Charlotte sociologist Scott Fitzgerald douses the bourgeoisie with cold water to rouse them from their American deam.

Nan and Byron’s in Southend has new executive chef

Posted at 10:23am on Sep. 10, 2014

A graduate of Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville, Kyle Rhodes moved to Charlotte, attending Johnson and Wales University and working at Barrington’s. The past two years he has worked as chef de cuisine at 5 Church under Chef Jamie Lynch, reinforcing his kitchen techniques.

Green Teacher Network blossoms in first year

Posted at 1:17pm on Sep. 9, 2014

A local network of teachers and organizations that hopes to use schoolyard gardens as a way to reach students has grown dramatically during its first year and is looking to expand even more.

Charlotte promoter has a knack for bringing big acts

Posted at 12:10pm on Sep. 3, 2014

At 19, Leo Bennett persuaded both Ice Cube and Queen Latifah top perform for his university’s homecoming celebration, even though the budget allowed little pay.

Northside Hurricanes celebrating their fifth season of youth football

Posted at 12:29pm on Sep. 3, 2014

The Hurricanes, the Derita Redskins and the Mallard Creek Hokies all play in the Greater Charlotte American Youth Football League.

Season’s end approaches; it’s too darn hot

Posted at 12:05pm on Sep. 3, 2014

It’s time to prepare your gardens for the new plants you’ll set out next month, to shop for bulbs you’ll be planting in October; and to plant leafy greens that can mature in around 50 days.


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

Grant to strengthen teaching: The Belk Foundation recently awarded the Charlotte Teachers Institute a grant for the fifth consecutive year, this time for $25,000.

Charlotte Boxing Academy to host two events this weekend.

Posted at 2:35pm on Sep. 4, 2014

Battle of the Carolinas will pit amateur boxers from North Carolina and South Carolina against each other.

Toastmasters teaches real-life speech skills

Posted at 2:12pm on Sep. 3, 2014

Darnell Badger credits joining Toastmasters International with overcoming his fear of public speaking.

University City-area school nurses readied for fall semester

Posted at 8:30am on Aug. 29, 2014

A little more than a week ago, while teachers were busy preparing classrooms for the first day back with students, school nurses in the University City area were outside Carolinas Medical Center-University loading boxes of bandages, thermometers and economy-size bottles of hand sanitizer into their car trunks.


Posted at 10:26am on Aug. 28, 2014

Engineering Early College begins: Classes began Aug.25 at the new Charlotte Engineering Early College high school, located near UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center.

Gardening: Final harvest for Organic Gardening magazine

Posted at 10:48am on Aug. 27, 2014

At the beginning of 2015, after 72 years, Organic Gardening magazine will cease publication. Rodale Inc., Organic Gardening’s publisher, says it will rebrand the magazine as Rodale’s Organic Life, offering ‘a fresh spin on food, garden, home and well-being.’

Tell us the news you’re proud of

Posted at 11:47am on Aug. 20, 2014

Do you remember the first time you saw your name or picture in the newspaper for an athletic feat you were proud of?

Charlotte and the school system are seeking input on Rocky River Road West streetscape

Posted at 2:13pm on Aug. 21, 2014

A meeting to outline connectivity improvements – especially for pedestrians and cyclists – along Rocky River Road West will be Aug.26, and officials say they want to hear residents’ thoughts and reactions.

UNC Charlotte men’s soccer teams trying reach NCAA tournament for fourth straight year

Posted at 10:36am on Aug. 20, 2014

Although the Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer team is ranked 23rd in one preseason poll, only four full-time starters return to a team that won the Conference USA tournament last year.

Autumnwood neighborhood in University City improves thanks to city grant

Posted at 9:45am on Aug. 21, 2014

The entrances to the Autumnwood neighborhood near UNCCharlotte have new landscaping and a fresh look, thanks to community volunteers and help from the city of Charlotte.


Posted at 10:16am on Aug. 21, 2014

‘Violins of Hope’ published: HarperCollins has published a new book by Jay Grymes, interim chair of the Department of Music at UNCC, titled “Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour.” The book is receiving critical praise and should be in bookstores now. It tells the stories of seven violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and restored to playing condition by Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Grymes was inspired to write the work when UNC Charlotte brought 18 Violins of Hope to Charlotte for a series of exhibitions and performances in April 2012.

Southern accent: Summer vacation can be a pain in the neck

Posted at 3:52pm on Aug. 12, 2014

I may not want to browse the school-supply aisles at Walmart just yet, but I do feel a bit like lying down.

Sea Life Aquarium guests in Concord give blood during Shark Week

Posted at 11:50am on Aug. 13, 2014

Sea Life Aquarium at Concord Mills teamed up with the American Red Cross in a blood drive aimed at replenishing the area’s depleted blood supply. To promote the effort, they chose to educate donors about a species that loves blood: sharks.

‘MADD Dash’ to celebrate I-485 completion in northeast Mecklenburg

Posted at 11:53am on Aug. 14, 2014

The final segment of Interstate 485 is scheduled to be complete before the end of the year, and a footrace on the new segment will celebrate it and raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Mallard Creek’s Amari Henderson apprenticed under some of the best cornerbacks in the state

Posted at 2:50pm on Aug. 14, 2014

Senior cornerback Amari Henderson helped Mallard Creek football hold opponents to fewer than 10 points per game last season.

Reedy Creek Nature Center prepares for Hummingbird Festival

Posted at 12:02pm on Aug. 13, 2014

Annual Hummingbird Festival, held Aug. 23, calls attention to the migratory birds native to North Carolina.

Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team picked to win Conference USA

Posted at 3:02pm on Aug. 14, 2014

Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer has nine starters returing from last year’s team that won the East Division championship.

Fishing with Gus: Find the bait; bass will be nearby

Posted at 3:31pm on Aug. 12, 2014

Big bass will eat insects, larvae, snakes, worms, frogs, crayfish, grass shrimp, rodents, baby ducks and even their own offspring, as well as bream, crappie and white perch.

Gardening: Companion planting warrants a second look

Posted at 9:41am on Aug. 14, 2014

Marigolds don’t really repel pests from your vegetables, but pollinator gardens provide habitats for beneficial insects.


Posted at 3:42pm on Aug. 14, 2014

Backpack campaign: Two weeks are left to contribute to the school-supplies campaign conducted by the nonprofit Our Foundation for Children Inc.

Religion news

Posted at 3:17pm on Aug. 12, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

UNC Charlotte Confessions website builds student community

Posted at 12:15pm on Aug. 11, 2014

A website where UNC Charlotte students can make anonymous confessions is building a sense of community among the student body, faculty, alumni and the greater Charlotte area, site administrators say.

Avoid problems with print-at-home tickets

Posted at 9:34am on Aug. 7, 2014

Earlier this month, Charlotte basked in international headlines thanks to the professional soccer match between Italy’s AC Milan and England’s Liverpool in Bank of America Stadium.

Snacks help kids play healthy, eat healthy

Posted at 3:13pm on Aug. 6, 2014

Kids and student athletes should avoid sugary drinks and snacks after play and exercise, according to a new healthy snack list created by the Mecklenburg County Medical Society Children’s Health group.

Concord gymnast gets ready for pilot training.

Posted at 3:51pm on Aug. 5, 2014

Concord High graduate Mac Ritchie set school records and became a collegiate national champion at Air Force; now he will train to become a pilot.

Mallard Creek football will open season nationally ranked

Posted at 4:23pm on Aug. 6, 2014

The Mallard Creek football team will begin the 2014 season nationally ranked.

Former 49ers football player becomes first football alum to join the coaching staff

Posted at 1:30pm on Aug. 5, 2014

Mikel Hunter is one of four graduate assistant coaches for the Charlotte 49ers; he played his senior season in Charlotte last year.

Rose of Thanks raising money to send veterans, families to see Katy Perry

Posted at 3:17pm on Jul. 30, 2014

Rose of Thanks raising money to send troops to see Katy Perry perform on Oct. 11 in Houston

Formula 1 test driver Simona de Silvestro visits UNC Charlotte research center

Posted at 4:14pm on Jul. 29, 2014

Nearly 100 engineering students and professors stood in line to meet Formula 1 test driver Simona de Silvestro, nicknamed “The Iron Maiden” for her resilience on the track despite a series of bad-luck fiery crashes.

August is the time to start thinking about fall

Posted at 8:21am on Jul. 30, 2014

The month of August is named for Caesar Augustus, the same Roman Emperor whose census begins the Christmas story.

Former 49ers baseball player now coaching in the Major Leagues.

Posted at 3:46pm on Jul. 30, 2014

Former Charlotte 49er baseball player Stu Cole is in his second season as the Colorado Rockies third base coach.

Aaron Brand plans to turn Vance football into a winner by holding players accountable.

Posted at 3:28pm on Jul. 29, 2014

Former Mallard Creek assistant football coach Aaron Brand is Vance’s fourth head coach in five years.

Donations still needed for free backpack program’s Aug. 23 back-to-school event

Posted at 11:59am on Jul. 31, 2014

Our Foundation For Children will host its RightStart Initiatives backpack event Aug.23, and organizer Clair Lane said any parent who brings their child can receive a backpack full of supplies.

cfa Academy wide receiver commits to Virginia Tech

Posted at 4:31pm on Jul. 30, 2014

Junior wide receiver Conner O’Donnell from cfa Academy verbally committed to Virginia Tech on July25.

Southern accent: Katy Perry, Emily Dickinson compete for memory space

Posted at 1:59pm on Jul. 22, 2014

Part of my educational philosophy is that atmosphere is crucial. What we read, watch and listen to will become the gallery of our minds. Now Pandora is gumming up the works.

Four 49ers tennis players named scholar athletes

Posted at 9:37am on Jul. 24, 2014

Four members of the Charlotte 49ers men’s tennis program were chosen as Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athletes.

NoDa’s Woody Williams – ‘Funky Geezer’ to his fans – has a routine that defies age

Posted at 11:43am on Jul. 22, 2014

Comedian/singer Woody Williams, known as ‘Funky Geezer’ to many in Charlotte’s NoDa arts district, knows the mystery surrounding his age is his bread and butter.


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.

Charlotte 49ers baseball players star for summer wood-bat teams

Posted at 10:56am on Jul. 22, 2014

Charlotte 49ers baseball players Des Roberts and T.J. Nichting made their respective league’s all-star teams this summer.

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.