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Vance volleyball team earning respect on the court

Posted at 10:15am on Nov. 14, 2014

Vance volleyball coach Troy Whitehurst was named conference coach of the year as his team earns respect on the court.

Charlotte’s active-shooter training gains traction

Posted at 3:29pm on Nov. 13, 2014

A training program that started in University City less than a year ago, teaching how to respond in an active-shooter situation, is now gaining traction citywide.

UNC Charlotte dance concert to mix classical, contemporary

Posted at 8:37am on Nov. 12, 2014

The fall concert of the UNCCharlotte Department of Dance will have a diverse program, mixing classical ballerinas and contemporary dancers; 19th-century tutus and modern black leotards; antiwar themes and West African masquerades. The concert, a showcase of student talent under the direction of UNCC professors, will be performed Nov. 20-23 on campus.

University City neighborhoods network online with Nextdoor

Posted at 4:12pm on Nov. 12, 2014

Nextdoor is a virtual way for community residents to connect with each other.


Posted at 3:13pm on Nov. 13, 2014

Food drive: Our Foundation for Children, a nonprofit based in University City, is accepting donations of nonperishable food for needy families.

Student apartments in University City still not complete

Posted at 2:50pm on Nov. 6, 2014

Months after hundreds of UNCCharlotte students experienced delays moving into their new University City-area apartments, some say they’re still waiting for developers to honor their original agreements.


Posted at 3:39pm on Nov. 6, 2014

North Carolina music: Author and photographer Daniel Coston will present a free program about N.C. music from the 1960s to the present 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 22 at University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd. Reservations aren’t required. Details: 704-416-0150.

Defense is a total team effort for Charlotte 49ers soccer

Posted at 1:37pm on Nov. 6, 2014

Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer has posted eight shutouts, including three in past four games.

Pickleball scores big with senior adults in University City area

Posted at 2:19pm on Nov. 6, 2014

Pickleball, a cross between tennis and table tennis, is growing in popularity, particularly among senior adults. Mallard Creek Recreation Center hosts games Wednesday and Friday mornings.

‘Help’ from kids, husband drive mom batty

Posted at 2:44pm on Oct. 28, 2014

They say that nothing brings out your inner control freak better than letting a child “help” you.

Cornhole gets a grand prix league in Charlotte

Posted at 12:58pm on Oct. 29, 2014

The top eight teams in the Charlotte Cornhole Series final tournament Nov. 1 will share $2,500.

Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team hosts Conference USA tournament Nov. 5-9

Posted at 3:17pm on Oct. 28, 2014

The Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team was fighting for one of the top eight spots in the standings to qualify for the Conference USA tournament, which Charlotte will host Nov. 5-9.

Tifft surprises most with top-10 truck series debut

Posted at 8:52am on Oct. 30, 2014

Matt Tifft always enjoyed Martinsville Speedway as a boy, so when the UNC Charlotte freshman recorded an eighth-place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the tough little short track, he couldn’t quit smiling.

November is good for eating, not so much for planting

Posted at 9:33am on Oct. 29, 2014

This month, stay on top of basic garden chores: Clean up summer crop remains, prepare for frost, bring houseplants indoors, hoe and mulch against cool-season weeds. Band trees against cankerworms between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Charlotte bond issues could mean major improvements for University City

Posted at 4:16pm on Oct. 30, 2014

Major improvements could be in store for the University City area if voters approve the nearly $146million in city bonds, local business and community leaders say.

University City woman puts strength, resilience toward cancer fight

Posted at 12:52pm on Oct. 28, 2014

The formation of Diane Glenn’s The Gift of Life Foundation grew out of her experience with breast cancer and a special 39th birthday celebration. It has raised thousands of dollars and made financial donations to local and national partners. It also has provided assistance to cancer patients (and their caregivers) experiencing financial hardship as a result of their diagnoses.

Charlotte’s Prosperity Presbyterian to move without moving

Posted at 9:39am on Oct. 29, 2014

Displaced from the new route that Prosperity Church Road will take once the last leg of I-485 is finished next year, 225-year-old Prosperity Presbyterian Church’s main entrance will connect to the new Benfield Road. The change has upset church members concerned about access and centuries of tradition.

Halloween’s a ghastly success for Concord artist

Posted at 12:15pm on Oct. 28, 2014

For many, Halloween is a one-night deal spent in costume, mingling under store-bought cotton-spun spider webs and sipping “eyeball” punch in someone’s living-room-turned-ghoul-den.

Jamie Szot Memorial Baseball Tournament honors late father

Posted at 12:58pm on Oct. 22, 2014

Proceeds from the Jamie Szot Memorial Baseball Tournament benefit Nik and Jayson Szot, whose father was killed in a motorcycle accident in August.

Good food and a hidden past

Posted at 7:38pm on Oct. 23, 2014

Harrisburg Family House Restaurant, offspring of the well-known but now-defunct Athens Restaurant of uptown Charlotte, offers good food at reasonable prices.


Posted at 2:06pm on Oct. 23, 2014

Flu shots for veterans: Veterans can get free flu shots at a drive-thru clinic in University City provided by the Salisbury VA Medical Center.

Meetings in University City offer updates on Blue Line, other projects

Posted at 2:16pm on Oct. 23, 2014

University City residents can get an update on the progress of the Charlotte Area Transit System’s Lynx Blue Line Extension and other local transportation improvement projects during two public meetings this week.

Charlotte students team up to help food bank

Posted at 11:26am on Oct. 20, 2014

About 150 high school students from Vance, Independence, Providence and Rocky River were part of the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy project to package food for the hungry.

Halloween garlic a garden tradition

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

Halloween marks the mid-point of our monthlong window for planting garlic here in Charlotte, mid-October through mid-November. Bury those pale little cloves, so cool and still, in the garden, and like magic they will produce big fat bulbs around the Fourth of July.

1st Buddy Walk for Down syndrome awareness at UNCC

Posted at 11:18am on Oct. 15, 2014

Julia Cirone smiled and welcomed participants to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte’s Buddy Walk at UNC Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson Stadium on Oct.11.

Girls’ golf comes to Vance High

Posted at 8:19am on Oct. 15, 2014

Vance High’s seven-member girls’ golf team is the first of its kind since the school opened in 1997.

Conference offers insights to siblings of those with Down syndrome

Posted at 1:25pm on Oct. 9, 2014

Jonathan Isley joined hands with 14 school-aged, adolescent and adult siblings of people with Down syndrome at the Carolinas Down Syndrome Conference.

UNC Charlotte men’s soccer team getting balanced scoring in stellar season.

Posted at 12:36pm on Oct. 9, 2014

The No. 10 UNC Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer team has five players with at least three goals in the first nine games.

Donation launches UNC Charlotte marching band program

Posted at 12:56pm on Oct. 9, 2014

Made possible by a $2million donation from alumni Vickie and Gene Johnson, the new marching band will debut in the 2015 football season. The announcement was made Oct.2 at the site of the band program’s future facility, named for the donors.

Community gardening strong in Charlotte area; Asheville meeting planned Oct. 25

Posted at 8:39am on Oct. 9, 2014

N.C. Community Garden Partners, a statewide nonprofit, will have its popular annual community gardening conference Oct. 25 on the campus of UNCAsheville. It will offer workshops designed to strengthen community gardening skills.

Police to hear University City residents’ concerns

Posted at 12:19pm on Oct. 9, 2014

University City residents will have two chances this month to meet with police about community concerns, learn how to prevent becoming a victim of crime and ask questions of officers who patrol their neighborhoods.


Posted at 2:14pm on Oct. 9, 2014

Mallard Creek Barbecue: Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church will host its 85th annual barbecue at 10 a.m. Oct.23 at its community house, 11400 Mallard Creek Road.

Residents of Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood are among the first players for the Charlotte Women’s Rugby Club

Posted at 12:30pm on Oct. 1, 2014

The Charlotte Women’s Rugby Club is playing its first games this season after a couple years of recruiting players.

Fall is time for the bizarre bazaars

Posted at 11:29am on Oct. 2, 2014

Something about yard sales makes us go a little nuts.

Heads up for UNCC shave-athon fundraiser

Posted at 9:32am on Oct. 1, 2014

At St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s shave-athon, ‘shavees’ promise sponsors they’ll shave their heads in exchange for donations to the childhood cancer research charity.

2 fall plant sales coming up in Charlotte area

Posted at 2:07pm on Oct. 1, 2014

Check out these tips on planting in fall; plus, UNC Charlotte has a new community garden.

Commentary: Century-old oak tree cut down to make way for I-485

Posted at 11:39am on Oct. 1, 2014

A stately willow oak, probably 125 years old, stood in the way of access roads to the final section of Interstate 485. Even the men whose chainsaws did the work felt bad that they had to take it down.

U.S. 29 bridges to close for replacement

Posted at 9:59am on Oct. 2, 2014

University City–area motorists who travel south on North Tryon Street/U.S. 29 in their daily commute will be rerouted later this month, when the state begins replacing a pair of bridges over Mallard Creek.

Vance quarterback Omar Baker embraces his role as a leader

Posted at 11:59am on Oct. 1, 2014

Vance senior quarterback Omar Baker has led the Cougars to a 4-1 start, the only loss coming to state power Richmond Senior.


Posted at 10:05am on Oct. 2, 2014

Attention nonprofits: To be included in the Observer’s annual Giving Guide, visit and click on the submissions link. The once-a-year guide offers information about human service nonprofits needing donations and volunteers. The deadline for submissions is noon Oct.10.

Setter Britney Held helping Charlotte 49ers volleyball turn things around

Posted at 11:45am on Sep. 23, 2014

Six-foot junior setter Britney Held gives the 49ers an extra attacker on the front line.

There’s a cool taste of Mexico in University City

Posted at 4:36pm on Sep. 24, 2014

Family-run La Michoacana, in Nations Square on North Tryon, offers exotic homemade Mexican-style ice cream, tropical fruit ice pops and other treats.


Posted at 1:17pm on Sep. 25, 2014

Attention nonprofits: To be included in the Observer’s annual Giving Guide, go to and click on the submissions link. The once-a-year guide gives information about human-service nonprofits that need donations and volunteers. The deadline for submissions is noon Oct.10.

University City town hall meeting runs out of room at library

Posted at 1:33pm on Sep. 25, 2014

A chance to meet with high-level city officials has a town hall meeting in University City ‘sold out,’ officials said. At-large City Councilwoman Claire Fallon said she’s planning a similar meeting at a larger venue.

Student athletic trainers support Vance and Mallard Creek sports teams

Posted at 11:25am on Sep. 18, 2014

Student athletic trainers earn community service hours and gain valuable experience while helping their classmates at Mallard Creek and Vance high schools.

Businesses still attracted to University Research Park

Posted at 1:37pm on Sep. 18, 2014

A number of changes in University Research Park indicate that business interest in the area is still lively, University City leaders say.

Interstate 485, turbine interchange near completion

Posted at 2:30pm on Sep. 18, 2014

Commuters can expect relief and better connectivity as the N.C. Department of Transportation wraps up construction on the Interstate 485 outer loop and the state’s first interchange in the new turbine design.

UNC Charlotte panel discussion: Can police search your cell phone?

Posted at 1:18pm on Sep. 11, 2014

During UNC Charlotte’s Constitution Day panel discussion, “Can the Police Search Your Cell Phone?” students and community members are invited to learn more about the legal precedents in place in an age of digital evidence.


Posted at 1:01pm on Sep. 11, 2014

Walk safely near the Blue Line: Construction is ramping up on the Lynx light rail Blue Line Extension, and the Charlotte Area Transit System has posted a video on Facebook and Twitter about how to safely walk near light-rail construction zones: or

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.