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Restaurant news: Moe’s brings Homewrecker burrito to Fort Mill, S.C.

Posted at 1:22pm on Sep. 3, 2014

Moe’s has opened in Fort Mill off Exit 85 on Interstate 77 at 1751 Pleasant Road.

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.

NC Music Factory will host this year’s Charlotte Oktoberfest

Posted at 5:47pm on Aug. 20, 2014

Guests this year will be able to sample more than 350 beers from more than 100 breweries, check out local food vendors and enjoy live music from U-Phonik and Stella Rising.

Museum celebrates, educates on U.S. wars

Posted at 10:50am on Aug. 29, 2014

This month, Museum of the Waxhaws is focusing on key American wars.

Restaurant news, Sept. 3: Gallery Restaurant celebrates bourbon month

Posted at 12:03pm on Aug. 28, 2014

Check out offerings at Lure Oyster Bar, the new Which Wich, Bar Cocoa and the Gallery Restaurant.

Charlotte Knights’ ballfield proposal was perfect pitch

Posted at 1:52pm on Aug. 26, 2014

Sarah Rappe of Mint Hill had no idea a chance to throw the first pitch at the Charlotte Knights Baseball game July30 would lead to big surprise.

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.’

Game strategy to win at Scrabble? Study

Posted at 12:16pm on Aug. 26, 2014

Almost all the players I faced at this year’s National Scrabble Championship flummoxed me with their word knowledge.

Restaurant news: New eatery will lure oyster lovers

Posted at 9:20am on Aug. 22, 2014

The owner of Bradshaw Social House, the Sprowles family, has opened Lure Oyster Bar in The Village at Robinson Farm on Rea Road.

York recreation notes: Sign up for fall sports opportunities

Posted at 10:00am on Aug. 21, 2014

He is a list of upcoming sign-up opportunities. For more information, call 803-684-3742 or visit http://bit.ly/1pNB2li.

Amid pain, Ballantyne couple found happiness again

Posted at 2:00pm on Aug. 20, 2014

The spouses of Holly Gainsboro and Joe Machicote are no longer living; each had nursed their spouse through illness before the two married July 19.

Union County Girl Scouts travel to Europe, make memories

Posted at 1:19pm on Aug. 15, 2014

Hornet’s Nest Girl Scouts Troop 1279’s journey to Europe began at least three years ago, when the girls voted to join the Girl Scouts international travel group in the 2014 tour.

Restaurant news: Mellow Mushroom growing in Charlotte area

Posted at 2:13pm on Aug. 15, 2014

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers continues to grow in the Charlotte area, recently opening a store in Rock Hill at Manchester Village.

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.

More door-to-door efforts noted in Union

Posted at 1:06pm on Aug. 8, 2014

I’ve heard from three more readers with steak-seller stories to share. They responded to a column I wrote last month recounting my scamlike experience with a young man who pulled in my driveway to sell frozen steaks from the back of his dark brown pickup truck.

Charlotte chef’s journey lands him at Vine American Kitchen

Posted at 12:23pm on Aug. 8, 2014

Sam Diminich, 37, took on the executive chef position at Vine American Kitchen this past spring, motivated by the restaurant’s chef-driven approach and its commitment to ‘a great restaurant experience.’

All about people: Charlotte is home to former German decathlete

Posted at 11:42am on Aug. 8, 2014

Wolfgang Heise competed as a decathlete in Germany before moving to the United States.

Waxhaw incubator helps small businesses get started

Posted at 12:09pm on Aug. 8, 2014

It’s a commonly accepted belief that businesses grow in one of two ways: They either develop through internally created ideas and expansions or they merge with an existing business.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: I caught questions; you can catch the answers

Posted at 2:17pm on Jul. 29, 2014

This column attempts to answer some of the questions posed by our readers. Here are a few that might be of interest to everyone.

Charlotte’s Billy Graham Library collecting school supplies

Posted at 9:13am on Jul. 31, 2014

A yellow school bus will be parked outside the Billy Graham Library this week, and library staff hope that by Aug.9 it will be filled with school supplies.

Knowing genetic history can save your life

Posted at 12:48pm on Jul. 24, 2014

When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2011, I learned that the pathologist who found my cancer also saw markings consistent with the BRCA genetic mutation that is prevalent among people with Ashkenazi Jewish lineage.

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.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: Try these baits for hot-season fishing

Posted at 1:15pm on Jul. 22, 2014

August is good for sunfish, white perch and channel catfish – which bite throughout the day.

SouthPark Eats Alternative: Keep on truckin’

Posted at 1:30pm on Jul. 15, 2014

SouthPark Eats Alternative hosts Food Truck Wednesdays each week in SouthPark’s Fairview Plaza.

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.

Newcomers are this Pa. native’s business

Posted at 3:05pm on Jul. 11, 2014

Lisa Todd knows how to embrace change.

Steak sale wasn’t a scam, but it felt like one

Posted at 11:38am on Jul. 11, 2014

Something seemed shady about the guy who recently pulled his dark brown pickup into our driveway, but I put my blinders on.

Waxhaw Farmers Market has some new offerings

Posted at 10:53am on Jul. 11, 2014

Visit the Waxhaw Farmers market any Saturday until autumn and your eyes will dance from the plethora of colors, and its only going to get brighter and more varied.

Restaurant news

Posted at 2:37pm on Jul. 2, 2014

Restaurant news from south Charlotte.

Being a mother is south Charlotte woman’s most important job

Posted at 4:07pm on Jun. 24, 2014

We can learn so much from other people and how they have handled obstacles.

Southern accent: Who decided children shouldn’t do chores?

Posted at 8:43am on Jun. 11, 2014

Kids seem to cause more chaos when they’re not doing chores, and they have plenty of time for play even if they do help around the house.

Charlotte St. Peter’s Episcopal Church series will focus on reconciliation

Posted at 1:23pm on Jun. 12, 2014

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will show a series of documentaries this summer to spark conversations about reconciliation.

On the track: J.P. Morgan plans K&N Series entry while vying for Pro Cup title

Posted at 10:01am on Jun. 12, 2014

J.P. Morgan was 22 years old before he started driving race cars. Now, he possesses 13 Pro Cup Series victories, two series championships and is planning his entrance into NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East.

Restaurant news: Father’s Day brunches will dot Charlotte scene

Posted at 11:36am on Jun. 6, 2014

Uptown’s Aria Tuscan Grill hosts a wine dinner on June 11. The six-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with host and winemaker Alessandro Cellai. Included on the menu are salt-crusted whole striped bass, house-made pappardelle with lamb Bolognese and sheep’s milk ricotta, as well as roasted pheasant. Dessert selection is an olive oil cake with honey rosemary drizzle. Cost for the evening is $100 per person. Email briana@sonomarestaurants.net for reservations.

Fishing with Gus: Appeal to what fish want in prey

Posted at 2:19pm on Jun. 4, 2014

To catch a fish, think like a fish; that means catch each species by luring it with bait according to how they catch their food.

BB&T division uses grant to help YWCA

Posted at 12:23pm on Jun. 5, 2014

The BB&T life insurance division is using a Lighthouse Project grant, which is funded by the bank’s corporate office, as well as its sizable volunteer force to help the YWCA Central Carolinas.

Nonprofit founder pursues peace after seeing war’s destructiveness

Posted at 1:29pm on May. 30, 2014

Chris Saâde has experienced the destructive nature of war and dedicated his life to peace. After enduring the Lebanese Civil War, Saâde founded the Institute for Life-Leadership and Coaching, a nonprofit organization.

Fishing with Capt. Gus: Bass anglers use ‘run and gun’ strategy

Posted at 10:52am on May. 27, 2014

Ever wonder why bass fishermen move around so much? The answer is simple: They’re attempting to catch as many fish as they can in a very short period of time. To do so, they target aggressive bass, the ones that hit as soon as the bait touches the water, and then they move on.

Restaurant news: Tupelo Honey Café releases new cookbook

Posted at 10:55am on May. 20, 2014

Restaurant news from south Charlotte communities.

Matthews rec department offers summer activities

Posted at 2:44pm on May. 23, 2014

Matthews Department of Parks and Recreation is offering an ample variety of summer camps that focus on sports and fitness.