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CMS leader backs county sales-tax hike

Posted at 2:22pm on Aug. 20, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison addressed a standing-room-only Ballantyne Breakfast Club meeting Aug.16, covering topics including the loss of teachers to South Carolina and a proposed 2014 sales-tax referendum.

Duke Mansion, gardens getting makeover before 100th anniversary

Posted at 12:21pm on Aug. 24, 2014

In the early 1900s, the Duke Mansion in Myers Park was the place to go on a Sunday afternoon.

PAWtism Festival set for Labor Day weekend

Posted at 3:28pm on Aug. 19, 2014

The bond between dogs and children with autism will be highlighted during a three-day fundraising festival over Labor Day weekend in downtown Matthews.

Matthews: 2 new principals are ready to go to work

Posted at 11:35am on Aug. 15, 2014

At least 40 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools principals received re-assignments this summer, and two elementary schools in Matthews have welcomed new leaders to their top position.

School news

Posted at 3:06pm on Aug. 14, 2014

Compiled by Cindy Stern

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.

Lions Club makes donation for tournament trip

Posted at 10:14am on Aug. 15, 2014

The Mint Hill Lions Club recently donated $600 to provide transportation for visually impaired people to attend the North Carolina Lions VIP Fishing Tournament at the Outer Banks in October.

Matthews neighborhood covenant could thwart Matthews Plantation Estates expansion plan

Posted at 1:32pm on Aug. 14, 2014

Matthews Plantation Estates is preparing for a $138million expansion near the intersection of Fullwood Lane and South Trade Street, but deed covenants threaten to throw a wrench in the developer’s timeline.

Forest Hill Church expanding to Waxhaw

Posted at 9:46am on Aug. 20, 2014

In five years, Mike Boulware hopes the Waxhaw community will be glad he came.

Charlotte Chamber PowerUp prize goes to EvolutionOrtho

Posted at 12:04pm on Aug. 15, 2014

Rahsaan Kearney‘s company, EvolutionOrtho, got a boost recently when Kearney won the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Ballantyne Chapter’s PowerUp Challenge.

‘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.

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.

Religion news

Posted at 3:17pm on Aug. 12, 2014

Compiled by Erica Batten

School news: Orientation nights run through end of August

Posted at 1:43pm on Aug. 8, 2014

Compiled by Cindy Stern

Ballantyne apartment plan causes concerns

Posted at 11:57am on Aug. 10, 2014

A proposed apartment complex on a property zoned for retail space has some Ballantyne residents concerned about how it will impact traffic and schools.

Second LKN SEAL Swim raises $57,000

Posted at 9:42am on Aug. 8, 2014

Three former SEALs complete 12.5-mile course to raise money for veterans

ESPN, Finebaum ready to launch SEC Network from Charlotte

Posted at 11:14am on Aug. 8, 2014

ESPN’s new SEC Network launches next week from its Charlotte production hub.

Marker drive brings in 16,000+ packages

Posted at 4:13pm on Aug. 7, 2014

The Ballantyne Corporate Park’s seventh annual Color the Park Marker Drive for Classroom Central recently collected 16,266 packs of markers and 930 other school supplies.

North Carolina Research Campus scientists create gold standard for measuring oxidative stress

Posted at 11:01am on Aug. 7, 2014

A team of scientist at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis developed a less-costly, more efficient way to measure free radicals in athletes

South Charlotte police report uptick in crime

Posted at 4:00pm on Jul. 31, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in south Charlotte are seeing an increase in home invasions, auto theft and robberies.

Union Humane Society fundraiser brings touch of Paris

Posted at 4:24pm on Jul. 31, 2014

The Humane Society of Union County is partnering with Stewart’s Village Gallery to recreate some of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of The City of Light for “Paws in Paris,” a fundraiser.

At 70, Cotton Ketchie is quite the active artist, writer

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

Mooresville native Cotton Ketchie claims he doesn’t like change; however, talk to him a few minutes and a different picture emerges. Change drives Cotton.

Speaker to focus on children’s safety

Posted at 2:20pm on Jul. 31, 2014

Michele Gay, one of the country’s leading advocates for improved school security and safety, wants to educate children and those responsible for their safety.

Plans for shopping complex still alive

Posted at 9:39am on Jul. 31, 2014

While Charlotte Premium Outlets opened this week near Steele Creek, Mint Hill residents say they still are waiting for the long-promised Bridges at Mint Hill shopping complex.

Charlotte musician Kevin Kronk in a ‘reinventing phase’

Posted at 4:20pm on Jul. 30, 2014

Kevin Kronk spent years in the business world, but he never abandoned his passion for making music.

Matthews, Mint Hill plan National night out activities

Posted at 10:31am on Jul. 31, 2014

The police departments of Matthews and Mint Hill are inviting residents to participate in National Night Out on Aug.5.

Charlotte’s Cypress Yacht Club is for the young at heart

Posted at 1:02pm on Jul. 24, 2014

Resident Alan Ross, 86, founded the miniature-boat club to make use of the lake, in an attractive courtyard on the community’s campus near SouthPark.

Charlotte church events embrace food trucks

Posted at 10:04am on Jul. 25, 2014

A church in Ballantyne is bringing an urban food trend to south Charlotte.

Executive finds that service is her calling

Posted at 11:22am on Jul. 25, 2014

DeAnne Bennett left corporate America to aid the world’s needy.

School news

Posted at 12:13pm on Jul. 25, 2014

Information from south Charlotte schools.

Charlotte OKs Ballantyne hotel rezoning request

Posted at 11:33am on Jul. 24, 2014

Springhill Suites at the intersection of Johnston Road and North Community House Road will expand its capacity by 40 rooms.

Mint Hill would be one of 17 to get grant

Posted at 9:36am on Jul. 24, 2014

Mint Hill is one of 17 North Carolina municipalities selected to receive a North Carolina Park and Recreation Trust Fund Grant if state legislators approve the proposed budget.

Charlotte nurse helps change lives on African mercy ship

Posted at 2:34pm on Jul. 23, 2014

Charlotte nurse Julianna Clair provided life-changing surgeries with colleagues on Mercy Ship in Pointe-Noire, Congo, for one year.

Statesville to host bicycle race Aug. 1

Posted at 1:41pm on Jul. 22, 2014

On Aug. 1, Statesville will host the Statesville Criterium Bike Race, one in a series of five races in different cities over six days. Professionals and amateurs alike will race in the criterium, which will cover 0.6 miles in downtown Statesville in several races lasting 30-60 minutes, depending on the rider’s ability.

Denver’s Rock Spring Campground to host 184th annual camp meeting

Posted at 9:37am on Jul. 23, 2014

Denver’s Rock Spring Campground is preparing for its 184th annual Rock Spring Methodist Camp Meeting, to start on July 28 and span the first two weeks of August. Thousands of people attend the old-fashioned religious revival program, which consists of singing, daily worship and sermons led by local clergy.

Citizen Schools coming to Quail Hollow

Posted at 12:17pm on Jul. 18, 2014

This fall, Citizen Schools will add a second program for sixth-graders at Quail Hollow Middle School in South Charlotte.

New Johnston Road bridge at I-485 to open Thursday

Posted at 6:04am on Jul. 24, 2014

The new bridge will allow motorists to access the outerbelt without having to wait at a traffic signal.

Charlotte seniors participate in virtual bowling week for good cause

Posted at 10:47am on Jul. 18, 2014

Residents at Plantation Estates bowl in a competition benefitting Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research.

South Charlotte: School news

Posted at 12:53pm on Jul. 18, 2014

News from schools in the south Charlotte communities.

Charlotte’s Beads Inc. opens in new, larger site

Posted at 10:28am on Jul. 18, 2014

As of last month, Beads Inc. of Charlotte is in a new location, at 339 Circle Ave., with an expanded staff.