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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.

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.

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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.

‘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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.