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Charlotte kids prep for national scrabble tournament

Posted at 2:15pm on Apr. 11, 2014

Charlotte students are preparing for the National School Scrabble Championship in Providence, R.I., where they will compete later this month.

Race to benefit Down syndrome will be held April 26

Posted at 1:24pm on Apr. 11, 2014

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte will host its second 5K, ‘3-2-1 Dash for Down Syndrome’ in Blakeney Professional Center on April 26. The race raises money for the Research Down Syndrome Foundation for cognitive research and funds local educational opportunities.

Covenant Day School, neighbors at odds over noise from sports complex

Posted at 9:58am on Apr. 10, 2014

Matthews commissioners plan to re-examine the town’s noise ordinance next month, and Sardis Forest residents are hoping changes will be made.

Packaged meals come full circle for refugee in Charlotte

Posted at 9:09am on Apr. 10, 2014

Jeroline Peah spent four years in a refugee camp in Mali after her family fled from a civil war in their home country of Liberia. The family of eight lived in what amounted to a storage unit, and occasionally they’d get a few meals of packaged dried food such as rice and beans. Now she’s helping to prepare those meals for others.

4 towns team up for economic development

Posted at 10:30am on Apr. 10, 2014

Indian Trail, Matthews, Mint Hill and Stallings have formed a four-town alliance to work together on economic development.

Charlotte-area patients connecting through virtual support

Posted at 11:16am on Apr. 10, 2014

Levine Cancer Institute, working with Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, is offering the opportunity for virtual support groups.

Charlotte’s Ballantyne Corporate Park: Working to get fit

Posted at 11:59am on Apr. 10, 2014

With dozens of pocket parks, trails, ponds and fields, Ballantyne Corporate Park offers a convenient excuse for the 14,000 employees of the 300 companies there to get fit during the workday.

Pineville, Mecklenburg County move toward pact over T-ball fields

Posted at 1:49pm on Apr. 11, 2014

During a close vote decided by the mayor, Pineville Town Council members decided to proceed with an agreement with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to bring T-ball fields back to town.

Charlotte Soccer Academy to break ground on Carolina Sportsplex this month

Posted at 1:11pm on Apr. 11, 2014

The nonprofit Charlotte Soccer Academy will break ground on its new sports complex in Pineville this month, giving players a home after years of using rented fields throughout Mecklenburg County.

South Charlotte School news

Posted at 12:36pm on Apr. 8, 2014

News from schools in the south Charlotte area.

South Mecklenburg High’s Drew Kromer knows Eagle Scout tradition

Posted at 2:05pm on Apr. 4, 2014

Drew Kromer comes from long line of Eagle Scouts

Charlotte artist’s passion is making garden lanterns

Posted at 2:19pm on Apr. 7, 2014

For several years, Greg Goodall has been gaining a following for his ceramic garden lanterns.

South Charlotte collector focuses in on Lone Ranger memorabilia

Posted at 2:14pm on Apr. 7, 2014

Eugene Smith of south Charlotte believes he has one of the largest collections of Lone Ranger memorabilia in the U.S.

McHugh wins American Legion contest

Posted at 10:01am on Apr. 3, 2014

Jacob McHugh, a senior at Ardrey Kell High School, showed he understands what it means to be a U.S. citizen as he took home the title for the 2014 American Legion State Oratorical Contest on March 8 at the Hickory Grove Methodist Church.

Mint Hill

Posted at 3:37pm on Apr. 1, 2014

The vacant lot at Idlewild Road and N.C. 51 will remain empty a while longer. Mint Hill Commissioners have denied a request to allow a 7-Eleven convenience store on the property.

Car-repair service to break ground at Adair at Ballantyne

Posted at 2:16pm on Apr. 4, 2014

A Woodie’s Auto Service and Repair center is expected to break ground next month in Ballantyne in May, amid concerns from nearby residents about increased traffic and potential noise.

End of the line for The Stratford apartments

Posted at 1:44pm on Apr. 4, 2014

An Atlanta developer is preparing to demolish a 136-unit apartment complex on Park Road to make way for new luxury apartments.

South Charlotte School news

Posted at 12:30pm on Mar. 28, 2014

A roundup of school news for the south Charlotte community.

Charlotte Temple Beth El rabbi joins Shave for the Brave event

Posted at 10:12am on Mar. 25, 2014

On April1, Rabbi Jonathan Freirich of Temple Beth El in Charlotte will shave his head as part of 36 Rabbis Shave for the Brave, an effort to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research.

Matthews employees certified by N.C. State on roadwork

Posted at 10:45am on Mar. 27, 2014

Matthews commissioners recently recognized Danny McMillan and Randy Hunt as the town’s latest North Carolina Roads Scholars.

Mound of dirt on Mecklenburg County line violates code

Posted at 11:54am on Mar. 27, 2014

Union County officials say a big pile of dirt near the Mecklenburg-Union County borders amounts to a reclamation landfill and isn’t allowed there under current zoning regulations.

Working to protect the brown-headed nuthatch

Posted at 3:27pm on Mar. 29, 2014

A tiny brown-headed bird is looking for a good home in south Charlotte.

Summer camps open house set for Saturday

Posted at 12:42pm on Mar. 28, 2014

Families learn about and get a discount on more than 60 summer camps during an open house March 29, at the Anne Springs Close Greenway.

MetLife cites 3 reasons for coming to area

Posted at 12:39pm on Apr. 2, 2014

During the ribbon cutting ceremony of their new Ballantyne location, MetLife officials said the New York-based insurance company came to Charlotte for three reasons: great workers, great partnerships with government and a great community.

Teen paints instruments for Howren Music Store

Posted at 2:19pm on Apr. 7, 2014

Howren Music Store enlisted Fort Mill High 15-year-old to paint used instruments for display.

Charlotte City Council to consider Park Woodlawn home development plans

Posted at 1:49pm on Mar. 21, 2014

Rezoning requests reveal what a Charlotte planner describes as increased interest by developers in that area.

Religion news

Posted at 9:58am on Mar. 25, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

Charlotte teenagers telling seniors’ stories

Posted at 12:10pm on Mar. 21, 2014

To foster deeper relationships and break down inter-generational barriers, Eisner – volunteer secretary for Temple Israel’s Board of Trustees – and the leadership at Temple Israel in Shalom Park have created a project called “Senior Stories.”

School news: south Charlotte

Posted at 1:00pm on Mar. 21, 2014

Compiled by Cindy Stern

Charlotte radio hosts land ACM Personality of the Year

Posted at 10:23am on Mar. 28, 2014

Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly and Geof Knight of WKKT-FM ('TheKat' 96.9) got the awards earlier this month.

Charlotte City Council approves apartments for Endhaven Lane in south Charlotte

Posted at 1:27pm on Mar. 21, 2014

The Charlotte City Council has unanimously granted developer Paul Trotter zoning to allow 200 apartments along Endhaven Lane.

Prom Closet gives girls a chance to appreciate beauty

Posted at 3:48pm on Mar. 19, 2014

March 16 was a big day for Providence High School seniors Camila Del Fa and Janessa Askew.

Charlotte Bal Masque will support rare-cancer research

Posted at 12:02pm on Mar. 19, 2014

The P Strong Board has created the Bal Masque, an evening to benefit the P Strong Fund of the Carolinas Healthcare Foundation.

Charlotte teen to lead national Jewish organization

Posted at 11:11am on Mar. 19, 2014

Debbie Rabinovich, a senior at Charlotte’s Mallard Creek High School, recently was elected president of the North American Federation of Temple Youth, the Jewish Reform movement’s organization for high school students.

School news

Posted at 4:13pm on Mar. 18, 2014

Compiled by Cindy Stern

Will wider I-485 bring only partial relief?

Posted at 10:40pm on Mar. 18, 2014

The completion later this year of a long-awaited Interstate 485 widening project will shorten the afternoon commute for thousands of drivers, who today face stop-and-go traffic. But expanding the oldest section of the southern outerbelt could make the morning commute worse.

School news

Posted at 2:41pm on Mar. 14, 2014

Compiled by Cindy Stern

Waxhaw lands grant for parking

Posted at 2:57pm on Mar. 14, 2014

Waxhaw Events Coordinator Lisa Hoffman recently said the Carolina Thread Trail Governing Board has awarded a grant to the town of Waxhaw for $46,069. The money will be used to build a parking lot to access a portion of the Carolina Thread Trail.

Marvin Ridge Middle class project inspires students to help others

Posted at 12:04pm on Mar. 13, 2014

Eighty-six seventh-graders at Marvin Ridge Middle School dedicated the past month to the importance of volunteer service and giving back to their communities.

Charlotte Christian School students get an education outside the classroom

Posted at 5:03pm on Mar. 12, 2014

Students from Charlotte Christian School get a taste of real life with a week studying outside the classroom.