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Charlotte restaurants: 5Church, Baku named to ‘Top 100 Hot Spots’ list

Posted at 11:12am on Mar. 20, 2014

5 Church and SouthPark’s Baku have been named to the OpenTable’s Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. OpenTable bases the award on roughly 5 million reviews in 50 states with over 19,000 restaurants participating.

FMHS brings ‘Blonde’ musical to stage

Posted at 12:16pm on Mar. 19, 2014

Fort Mill High School’s Studio E Theater Department channels its inner blonde with the spring production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Audiences will be tickled pink with the acting, dancing and hit songs from the original Broadway show.

String of good choices brought her to Charlotte

Posted at 11:40am on Mar. 14, 2014

The best part of writing about the great people of our area is how much I learn and the new friendships that are forged through this column.

South Charlotte Restaurant news: Eateries awaken palate for spring

Posted at 3:54pm on Mar. 14, 2014

Harper’s at Carolina Place offers a two-for-$29 deal through the end of March.

Ovarian cancer survivor speaks at national conference

Posted at 4:41pm on Mar. 13, 2014

Cancer survivor Katya Lezin writes about speaking at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s annual conference.

Charlotte Churches join for Million Meal March

Posted at 10:20pm on Mar. 15, 2014

Charlotte churches are banding together this month to package 1million meals to be sent overseas to needy people.

Food Network star to open restaurant in uptown

Posted at 2:17pm on Mar. 6, 2014

Food Network star Rocco Whalen has opened his second Fahrenheit restaurant on the 21st floor of the Skye Condominiums uptown. The spot is Charlotte’s first and only rooftop eatery.

Series’ focus is end-of-life issues

Posted at 6:26pm on Mar. 5, 2014

Susan Mobley still remembers a conversation she had with a man who was taking care of his father, who was in his 90s.

Ritz-Carlton names new sous chef

Posted at 11:39am on Feb. 25, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton uptown has named Nathan Volz the new executive sous chef.

A hearty cheer for this cheerleader

Posted at 4:45pm on Feb. 27, 2014

Kendall Carrick has a very special story that will warm your heart.

Some new, good finds on the Charlotte food scene

Posted at 4:26pm on Feb. 21, 2014

Take a peek at some of Charlotte’s finest food offerings.

Teaching music in the key of life

Posted at 11:16am on Feb. 20, 2014

Duncan Gray sees his role as director of bands for West Charlotte High School as going beyond music.

Goal of HousingFest is to help the homeless

Posted at 2:53pm on Feb. 19, 2014

Robert Nesbit, a musician and social worker with Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center, hopes the new HousingFest concert series will inspire others to help the homeless.

Bridge continues its popularity in south Charlotte

Posted at 1:25pm on Feb. 13, 2014

Bridge is quite a popular game in south Charlotte. Hundreds of enthusiasts can be found testing their skills daily at the Charlotte Bridge Association and in churches, country clubs, restaurants, recreation centers and private homes.

RunJenRun will carry on legacy of passed founder

Posted at 11:50am on Feb. 14, 2014

Last year, Jen Pagani used her love of sports to create a race that would benefit her foundation, GoJenGo, which raises funds for people fighting breast cancer. The inaugural 5K event included over 1,000 runners and raised more than $65,000.

Providence Day School juniors are aces in any language

Posted at 1:34pm on Feb. 11, 2014

A major source of pride in the Charlotte area is the many talented and generous students our schools and families produce.

2 events this week benefit West African mission

Posted at 9:21am on Feb. 14, 2014

Abong Fankam lives in the Charlotte area and each year travels back to her homeland, Cameroon, West Africa, for mission trips.

Stores offer classes on drinks, crafts, skin care

Posted at 2:27pm on Feb. 7, 2014

Cooks, foodies and aspiring chefs can look forward to expanded offerings in the cooking store Sur La Table. The SouthPark mall store plans to relocate to a 6,000-square-foot space, employing more than 20 full- and part-time employees, on May7.

Katya Lezin: My cancer cells are growing nicely – in a Petri dish

Posted at 10:55am on Feb. 10, 2014

‘We’re in the midst of a paradigm shift in how we think about disease,’ says Sean McDonald, founder and CEO of Precision Therapeutics.

Justice Conference hopes to build on previous success, inspire people to help others

Posted at 10:06am on Feb. 6, 2014

The 2014 Justice Conference will be Feb. 21-22 at Northside Baptist Church. Speakers will address topics such as racial unity with the church, education and poverty, children’s rights within the orphan-care movement and homeless children.

Young philanthropist warms old feet – and hearts

Posted at 4:32pm on Jan. 29, 2014

Bailey Hill is a very mature 9-year-old.

No, thanks, I’ll exercise at home

Posted at 3:18pm on Jan. 21, 2014

Somehow, exercising in public is always embarrassing

Ballantyne woman’s skating skills have paid off in life

Posted at 11:15pm on Jan. 21, 2014

Marylouise Calcanes is a competitor.

Uninvited guest brightens up winter

Posted at 10:14am on Jan. 22, 2014

Not a chameleon, the Carolina anole turns only green or brown.

Film shot at Reed Gold Mine Historic Site recreates 1904 Stanly County mining tragedy

Posted at 2:17pm on Jan. 21, 2014

On Aug. 11, 1904, water from a swollen Long Creek, estimated at 100 million gallons in just five minutes, flooded the Barringer gold mine in Stanly County, killing eight workers. A film about it was shot at Reed Gold Mine Historic Site.

Fitness group helps moms put themselves first

Posted at 2:52pm on Jan. 16, 2014

If the prospect of working out in a crowded January gym keeps you on the couch, realize that there are other ways to get fit. Females in Action provides a free, peer led workout group for women in Fort Mill, Charlotte, Matthews and Davidson.

Consignment owner keeps an eye on fashion

Posted at 10:44am on Jan. 9, 2014

Amalia Tucker knows a lot about time management.

Some chances to learn about where we live

Posted at 10:34am on Dec. 27, 2013

As the New Year begins, readers may consider a resolution to expand their knowledge about the region along with the more familiar litany of “memos to self” to end bad habits and lose weight.

The new year brings new menus at area eateries

Posted at 2:58pm on Dec. 23, 2013

BLT Steak will begin serving brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays in January.

Buddhist center offers New Year’s meditations

Posted at 11:32am on Dec. 26, 2013

The Vajradhara Buddhist Center is inviting the community to welcome the New Year in a quiet, gentle way.

Cleaning highway is way to honor loved one

Posted at 11:57am on Dec. 26, 2013

Are you ever curious about the stories behind the Adopt-A-Highway signs you see?

Making the most of the holiday spirit

Posted at 9:07am on Dec. 23, 2013

Laura Busch was in the Christmas spirit when I met her shopping with her two daughters, Leah Mell, 17, and Bella Busch, 1.

Butler High School teacher selected to help decorate White House for Christmas

Posted at 5:57pm on Dec. 12, 2013

Butler High School family and consumer science teacher Janet Prevatte recently crossed two items off her bucket list: she visited the White House and shook the hand of President Barack Obama. Getting to decorate the president’s house for Christmas was icing on the cake.

New fish market opens in Ballantyne

Posted at 12:28pm on Nov. 27, 2013

The interior of Jason’s Deli in Pineville has undergone a refresh to better serve their guests. The new look includes LED lighting, updated bathrooms, new guest seating arrangements and furniture, VOC (volatile organic compounds) free paint, local photographs on the walls and a mural depicting Jason’s early history.

Charlotte holiday events dominate the shopping scene

Posted at 1:34pm on Nov. 27, 2013

Book signings, storytime, samples and a trunk show are all features to look for at GOODNEWS’ annual Holiday Bazaar Dec. 7. Pick up something from Collard Greens’ Trunk Show for the special person in your life; sample sweets from Chapel Hill Toffee and shop holiday goodies in-between.

Gall named Professional of the Year

Posted at 11:34am on Nov. 20, 2013

Compiled by Amanda Harris

Local veterinarian’s practice blends Eastern, Western medicines

Posted at 12:31pm on Nov. 21, 2013

Kim Hombs is a knowledgeable, compassionate and extremely talented veterinarian.

Set some goals; Barnett just keeps running

Posted at 3:52pm on Nov. 15, 2013

In early November, I watched my 24-year old daughter, Mary Mac Williams, run her first marathon in New York City.

Waxhaw: Storefront Theatre offers holiday performance

Posted at 3:34pm on Nov. 15, 2013

The holidays are almost upon us. But before you jump into the shopping melee, The Storefront Theatre will offer an opportunity to ground yourself on what really makes Christmas meaningful.

Take time to learn about this fatal disease

Posted at 2:53pm on Nov. 7, 2013

Nov. 14 event set for Levine Cancer Institute