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UNCC filmmaker documents grassroots effort to bring Hornets name back to Charlotte

Posted at 8:38pm on Dec. 14, 2014

After three years of filming, a documentary about the grassroots effort to bring the Charlotte Hornets NBA team name back to its home city has a release date in the spring.

Charlotte 49ers club hockey team moving forward with former player as coach

Posted at 3:44pm on Dec. 9, 2014

Now a UNC Charlotte graduate student, club hockey coach Dave Kenehan played for 49ers for five seasons.

Clean Graffiti Project puts children-supportive messages on sidewalks

Posted at 4:29pm on Dec. 9, 2014

Imagine trudging along the path to school and stumbling upon a message such as ‘Hold your head up high’ or ‘Do good’ written on the sidewalk.

In December, rest, read up after a few chores are done

Posted at 8:30pm on Dec. 9, 2014

December is time to band trees against cankerworms; plant bulbs, trees, shrubs and woody herbs; start early vegetables indoors; and prepare spring beds.

Artist gets inspiration from homes’ wood frames

Posted at 1:52pm on Dec. 11, 2014

During the residential construction boom a few years ago, Ted Lott saw masterpieces everywhere he traveled across the country.

Cross country helps the Mallard Creek wrestling program

Posted at 3:54pm on Dec. 2, 2014

The Mallard Creek wrestling team is off to a 6-0 start, including a victory over state power Lake Norman.

Charlotte Curling Association christens its own ice

Posted at 12:31pm on Dec. 4, 2014

The Charlotte Curling Association will have a grand opening and community open house 1-4 p.m. Dec. 13 to introduce its new dedicated curling facility on Old Statesville Road, replacing play at the Pineville Ice House.

UNCC botanist Mellichamp honored on retirement

Posted at 12:58pm on Dec. 2, 2014

Larry Mellichamp, director of UNCCharlotte’s Botanical Garden and a professor of botany, will retire at the end of 2014 after almost four decades on the faculty.


Posted at 3:36pm on Dec. 4, 2014

Shaping the future: Residents can help shape University City’s light-rail-powered future and get a construction update on the Lynx Blue Line Extension project at a Dec.9 meeting.

NoDa celebrates Krampus, Santa’s ‘nasty helper’

Posted at 1:27pm on Dec. 2, 2014

NoDa, a neighborhood known for quirky fun, recreates Krampuslauf, event, with Santa’s devil helper chasing people through the streets.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools educators, UNC Charlotte students bring arts-based learning to classrooms

Posted at 3:56pm on Dec. 4, 2014

A partnership between a local elementary school, UNCCharlotte and a national nonprofit not only is benefiting young students but training future educators.


Posted at 12:15pm on Nov. 26, 2014

Holiday title swap: The University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd, will host “Book Talk: Festive Holiday Title Swap for Twenties and Thirties,” 6:30p.m. Dec.4.

Charlotte 49ers volleyball finishes season on high note

Posted at 10:15am on Nov. 25, 2014

The Charlotte 49ers volleyball team made it to the conference tournament and had a non-losing season for the first time since 2010.

Meck County residents asked for input on Hazard Mitigation Plan

Posted at 6:16am on Dec. 1, 2014

Residents of Mecklenburg County are being asked for their input on which natural disasters and hazards they believe are the greatest risks for their communities.

Hardware shop shifted by light rail

Posted at 11:54am on Nov. 26, 2014

Faulk Brothers Hardware has been forced out of its location by construction of Charlotte’s LYNX Blue Line Extension. Now the staff is transforming the new location, only half a mile away.

Charlotte foundation won’t let theft stop Spirit of Giving

Posted at 6:35pm on Nov. 20, 2014

A Nov. 20 break-in and the theft of new clothing and toys is not dampening the generosity of event organizers who aim to help children. But in spite of the crime, Our Foundation for Children will go ahead with its annual Spirit of Giving event Dec. 13 at 5630 Phillips St. in Charlotte.

Charlotte women’s basketball team takes a new approach to this season

Posted at 3:32pm on Nov. 18, 2014

Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball coach Cara Consuegra says team will focus on the process rather than the end results.


Posted at 6:40pm on Nov. 20, 2014

Operation Toy Soldier: This holiday season, Powles Funeral Home and Carolina Cremation will participate in Operation Toy Soldier, a toy drive for the children of local active and non-active military service members. New, unwrapped toys can be donated Dec.1-21 so they can be delivered right before Christmas. Donate at Powles Funeral Home, 913 W. Main St., Rockwell, or at Carolina Cremation locations: 650 Industrial Ave., Salisbury, and or 8517 Davis Lake Parkway, Suite D-3, Charlotte, Operation Toy Soldier is sponsored by Veterans Funeral Care. For details visit

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer gives shopping safety tips

Posted at 3:17pm on Nov. 18, 2014

Officer Bob Phelps of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s University City Division One offers a list of holiday shopping and home delivery safety tips.

UNC Charlotte to host Transition Center for students with disabilities

Posted at 12:05am on Nov. 18, 2014

Beginning next semester, UNC Charlotte will be home to a new national center aimed at helping high school students with disabilities transition into college or careers after graduation.

New Habitat homeowner puts in labor before moving into Charlotte home

Posted at 11:23am on Nov. 12, 2014

Peggy McMullen, 55, has been involved with UNCC’s Habitat for Humanity affiliate for a little more than a year, completing more than 300 “sweat-equity” hours and building Habitat houses for other Charlotteans in need.

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.