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I got so sick of the Canadian cold, I moved down to Charlotte just to avoid the snow. And of course to join the My Fox Carolinas family as a Digital Journalist. I grew up in Calgary (think the Houston of Canada) and after graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism, I moved to Toronto to cover sports; which in Canada means hockey.
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  • CMPD Blue Faces CFD Blaze in Charity Baseball Game

    CMPD Blue Faces CFD Blaze in Charity Baseball Game

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:13:09 GMT
    The CMPD Blue Hornets fell 6-2 to the CFD Blaze in a charity baseball game at BB&T Ballpark Friday night. It was the Blaze's third consecutive victory in the annual Chief's Cup game.
    The CMPD Blue Hornets fell 6-2 to the CFD Blaze in a charity baseball game at BB&T Ballpark Friday night. It was the Blaze's third consecutive victory in the annual Chief's Cup game.

  • Charlotte Stars in New York Times Feature

    Charlotte Stars in New York Times Feature

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:32:55 GMT
    If you only had 36 hours to spend in the Queen City, what would you do? Where would you eat? What would you want to see? That is the idea behind the New York Times '36 Hours' feature.
    If you only had 36 hours to spend in the Queen City, what would you do? Where would you eat? What would you want to see? That is the idea behind the New York Times '36 Hours' feature.
  • Gaston County Launches Local Entrepreneur Competition

    Gaston County Launches Local Entrepreneur Competition

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:06:18 GMT
    For the second year in a row, Gaston County is holding it's own miniature version of the reality television competition 'Shark Tank'.
    For the second year in a row, Gaston County is holding it's own miniature version of the reality television competition 'Shark Tank'.
  • Veteran's Crisis Command Center Opens at Convention Center

    Veteran's Crisis Command Center Opens at Convention Center

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:16:28 GMT
    President Obama arrived at the Charlotte Convention Center Tuesday to much fan fare. There were long lines, big crowds and the traffic to match. After the dust settled following his speech, veterans were able to make their way inside the Convention Center to seek out help at the Veteran's Crisis Command Center.
    President Obama arrived at the Charlotte Convention Center Tuesday to much fan fare. There were long lines, big crowds and the traffic to match. After the dust settled following his speech, veterans were able to make their way inside the Convention Center to seek out help at the Veteran's Crisis Command Center.
  • American Legion Holds Town Hall on VA Healthcare

    American Legion Holds Town Hall on VA Healthcare

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:27:16 GMT
    A crisis. That's what many people at tonight's American Legion town hall would call the current state of health care for veterans in this country. Legion representatives say the only way to fix the crisis is to hear from the affected people.
    A crisis. That's what many people at tonight's American Legion town hall would call the current state of health care for veterans in this country. Legion representatives say the only way to fix the crisis is to hear from the affected people.
  • N.C. Chef Competition Heats Up In Charlotte

    N.C. Chef Competition Heats Up In Charlotte

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:37:57 GMT
    Two local chefs competed in the third of a series of Charlotte cooking competitions Wednesday. David Feimster from Fahrenheit and David Quintana from Southminster (a retirement community) went head-to-head in a competition, each hoping to move on to the next round and ultimately compete in the final battle for $2,000 and a coveted red chef's jacket.
    Two local chefs competed in the third of a series of Charlotte cooking competitions Wednesday. David Feimster from Fahrenheit and David Quintana from Southminster (a retirement community) went head-to-head in a competition, each hoping to move on to the next round and ultimately compete in the final battle for $2,000 and a coveted red chef's jacket.
  • American Legion World Series Wraps Up in Style

    American Legion World Series Wraps Up in Style

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:09:34 GMT
    Teams from Brooklawn, New Jersey and Midland, Michigan -- and all their fans -- descended upon Keeter Stadium in Shelby Tuesday night for the American Legion World Series final.
    Teams from Brooklawn, New Jersey and Midland, Michigan -- and all their fans -- descended upon Keeter Stadium in Shelby Tuesday night for the American Legion World Series final.

  • Shelby Second Home For Hawaiian Baseball Team

    Shelby Second Home For Hawaiian Baseball Team

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-08-19 02:09:37 GMT
    There are no beautiful beaches or exotic volcanoes. But for these baseball players from Waipahu, Hawaii, Shelby, North Carolina is paradise. This team is in Shelby for the American Legion World Series. They've been to the tournament three times over the past four years and they say the stellar competition is what keeps them motivated to make it back year after year.
    There are no beautiful beaches or exotic volcanoes. But for these baseball players from Waipahu, Hawaii, Shelby, North Carolina is paradise. This team is in Shelby for the American Legion World Series. They've been to the tournament three times over the past four years and they say the stellar competition is what keeps them motivated to make it back year after year.
  • Pitcher with Cerebral Palsy Excels at American Legion World Series

    Pitcher with Cerebral Palsy Excels at American Legion World Series

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-08-16 02:14:17 GMT
    The physical differences between Jessie Prather and his teammates are subtle. He's gotten so good at playing baseball with his physical limitations, that you can only see what sets him apart if you're paying close attention. He was born with Cerebral Palsy, but that hasn't stopped him from pitching his way to the American Legion World Series.
    The physical differences between Jessie Prather and his teammates are subtle. He's gotten so good at playing baseball with his physical limitations, that you can only see what sets him apart if you're paying close attention. He was born with Cerebral Palsy, but that hasn't stopped him from pitching his way to the American Legion World Series.
  • American Legion World Series Games Underway in Shelby

    American Legion World Series Games Underway in Shelby

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-08-15 02:33:15 GMT
    The American Legion World Series tournament has officially begun. The first game of the six-day tournament was Thursday at noon, and games continue through Tuesday when a new national champion will be crowned.
    The American Legion World Series tournament has officially begun. The first game of the six-day tournament was Thursday at noon, and games continue through Tuesday when a new national champion will be crowned.
  • American Legion World Series Kicks Off in Shelby

    American Legion World Series Kicks Off in Shelby

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-08-13 03:07:54 GMT
    The American Legion World Series kicked off Tuesday night with a banquet to honor the American Legion's National Commander Dan Dellinger. The six day tournament -- that begins Thursday at noon -- will be held at Veteran's Field at Keeter Stadium in Shelby.
    The American Legion World Series kicked off Tuesday night with a banquet to honor the American Legion's National Commander Dan Dellinger. The six day tournament -- that begins Thursday at noon -- will be held at Veteran's Field at Keeter Stadium in Shelby.
  • Charlotte Gets First 'Hydration Clinic'

    Charlotte Gets First 'Hydration Clinic'

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-08-12 16:00:12 GMT
    Pop star Rihanna refers to it as the 'Party Girl Drip', but most of us would call it a regular old IV. Being dehydrated can make you sick to your stomach, weak and fatigued, but now people in Charlotte can pay to get rid of these symptoms rather than suffer through them.
    Pop star Rihanna refers to it as the 'Party Girl Drip', but most of us would call it a regular old IV. Being dehydrated can make you sick to your stomach, weak and fatigued, but now people in Charlotte can pay to get rid of these symptoms rather than suffer through them.
  • Uptown Businesses Win When Panthers Do

    Uptown Businesses Win When Panthers Do

    Friday, August 8 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-08-09 01:43:58 GMT
    Football and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, and no one knows that to be true more than All American Pub Assistant GM John Zinkin. He also knows that when the Panthers win, so do Uptown businesses.
    Football and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, and no one knows that to be true more than All American Pub Assistant GM John Zinkin. He also knows that when the Panthers win, so do Uptown businesses.
  • Israeli Sergeant Major Returns To Share Experience

    Israeli Sergeant Major Returns To Share Experience

    Thursday, August 7 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-08-08 02:45:06 GMT
    Sergeant Major Jeremy Gimpel, an active duty Israeli Defense Forces soldier, has returned to the U.S. after being wounded during combat in the Gaza strip. Thursday night, he gave the congregation of Ohr HaTorah a firsthand glimpse of the war in Gaza.
     Sergeant Major Jeremy Gimpel, an active duty Israeli Defense Forces soldier, has returned to the U.S. after being wounded during combat in the Gaza strip. Thursday night, he gave the congregation of Ohr HaTorah a firsthand glimpse of the war in Gaza.

  • Gastonia Approves Downtown Artspace Project

    Gastonia Approves Downtown Artspace Project

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-06 02:23:05 GMT
    Gastonia City Council voted Tuesday night to move forward with the sale of land to Artspace, but the development has members of Saint Stephen's church worried about their parishioners.

    Gastonia City Council voted Tuesday night to move forward with the sale of land to Artspace, but the development has members of Saint Stephen's church worried about their parishioners.

  • Liverpool FC Host Soccer Academy in Charlotte

    Liverpool FC Host Soccer Academy in Charlotte

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:20:21 GMT
    Friday marked the end of a five-day soccer clinic hosted by Liverpool FC. It's the first time Liverpool FC has delivered it's Soccer School program while touring the U.S., and some families came from as far as Florida to participate.
    Friday marked the end of a five-day soccer clinic hosted by Liverpool FC. It's the first time Liverpool FC has delivered it's Soccer School program while touring the U.S., and some families came from as far as Florida to participate.
  • Soccer Match Deemed 'Extraordinary Event'

    Soccer Match Deemed 'Extraordinary Event'

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:57:17 GMT
    Saturday's soccer match between AC Milan and Liverpool at Bank of American Stadium has been declared an extraordinary event. More than 60,000 tickets have been sold for the game, and the city is expecting around 20,000 fans at the Champions Cup Sponsor Festival outside of the stadium before the game.
    Saturday's soccer match between AC Milan and Liverpool at Bank of American Stadium has been declared an extraordinary event. More than 60,000 tickets have been sold for the game, and the city is expecting around 20,000 fans at the Champions Cup Sponsor Festival outside of the stadium before the game.
  • Local Family Mourns Death of Palestinian Teenager

    Local Family Mourns Death of Palestinian Teenager

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:41:20 GMT
    To some, the violence in Gaza seems a world away, but to one family here in Charlotte it is hitting far too close to home.
    To some, the violence in Gaza seems a world away, but to one family here in Charlotte it is hitting far too close to home.
  • Kings Mountain Casino Still Stirring up Controversy

    Kings Mountain Casino Still Stirring up Controversy

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:14:27 GMT
    Close to fifty protesters came out to Tuesday night's Kings Mountain City Council Meeting to oppose the construction of a casino in the area. Back in September 2013, the Catawba Indian Tribe proposed a casino near the Dixon Road exit near 1-85. It's been met with growing opposition ever since.
    Close to fifty protesters came out to Tuesday night's Kings Mountain City Council Meeting to oppose the construction of a casino in the area. Back in September 2013, the Catawba Indian Tribe proposed a casino near the Dixon Road exit near 1-85. It's been met with growing opposition ever since.
  • Kayakers, Boaters Clash over Lake Wylie Rights

    Kayakers, Boaters Clash over Lake Wylie Rights

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:12:46 GMT
    The Lake Wylie Marine Commission held a public hearing Monday night to give boaters and kayakers a chance to air their grievances and voice their concerns. Speed boaters and kayakers have been at odds for over a year as to who should have the right of way in the main channel of the lake near the Whitewater Center and Tailrace Marina.
    The Lake Wylie Marine Commission held a public hearing Monday night to give boaters and kayakers a chance to air their grievances and voice their concerns. Speed boaters and kayakers have been at odds for over a year as to who should have the right of way in the main channel of the lake near the Whitewater Center and Tailrace Marina.
  • Rally for Israel Draws Hundreds

    Rally for Israel Draws Hundreds

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:26:40 GMT
    Sunday afternoon is usually spent enjoying the weather with family or getting ready for the week ahead, but this Sunday hundreds gathered at Romare Bearden Park in uptown to show their support for both Palestine and Israel.
    Sunday afternoon is usually spent enjoying the weather with family or getting ready for the week ahead, but this Sunday hundreds gathered at Romare Bearden Park in uptown to show their support for both Palestine and Israel.
  • Family Adopts 'Suburban Smackdown' to Combat Consumerism

    Family Adopts 'Suburban Smackdown' to Combat Consumerism

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:53:17 GMT
    Do you think you can your family could go six months without buying anything new? There are two families here in Charlotte that have taken on that very challenge. The women behind health coaching company 'Spunky Avocado' brought their families on board for what they've dubbed the 'Suburban Smackdown'.
    Do you think you can your family could go six months without buying anything new? There are two families here in Charlotte that have taken on that very challenge. The women behind health coaching company 'Spunky Avocado' brought their families on board for what they've dubbed the 'Suburban Smackdown'.
  • Survey Finds Significant Increase in HGH Use Among Teens

    Survey Finds Significant Increase in HGH Use Among Teens

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:49:07 GMT
    Abnormal bone growth, heart failure, increased risk of diabetes... These are just a few of the many negative effects Human Growth Hormone can have on your health. But that hasn't stopped teenagers from experimenting with the stuff at an alarming rate.
    Abnormal bone growth, heart failure, increased risk of diabetes... These are just a few of the many negative effects Human Growth Hormone can have on your health. But that hasn't stopped teenagers from experimenting with the stuff at an alarming rate.
  • Discovery Place Launches Monthly 'Adults Only' Event

    Discovery Place Launches Monthly 'Adults Only' Event

    Saturday, July 19 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-19 17:08:40 GMT
    Science and discovery meets happy hour. That's the idea behind 'Science on the Rocks'. The monthly after hours event will be held at Discovery Place on the third Friday of every month and is geared at getting adults to explore what is typically a facility geared towards children.
    Science and discovery meets happy hour. That's the idea behind 'Science on the Rocks'. The monthly after hours event will be held at Discovery Place on the third Friday of every month and is geared at getting adults to explore what is typically a facility geared towards children.
  • Senate To Vote On Bill That Would Prevent Sales Tax Hike

    Senate To Vote On Bill That Would Prevent Sales Tax Hike

    Thursday, July 17 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-17 18:22:23 GMT
    On Wednesday, a the Senate Finance committee passed a bill that would set a maximum for county sales taxes. Mecklenburg County currently has what would become the maximum sales tax -- 2.5 cents -- which means this bill could thwart the county's plan for a referendum in November to raise the sales tax by a quarter of a penny.
    On Wednesday, a the Senate Finance committee passed a bill that would set a maximum for county sales taxes. Mecklenburg County currently has what would become the maximum sales tax -- 2.5 cents -- which means this bill could thwart the county's plan for a referendum in November to raise the sales tax by a quarter of a penny.
  • Charlotte Man Reveals Plans for Local Zoo

    Charlotte Man Reveals Plans for Local Zoo

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:03:07 GMT
    Robert Mussen remembers visiting a new with his grandparents when he was a kid. Now decades later, he's determined to bring that experience families in Charlotte. In 2006, Mussen founded the organization Charlotte Zoo. Since then he's been spearheading efforts to bring a zoo to the Charlotte area.
    Robert Mussen remembers visiting a new with his grandparents when he was a kid. Now decades later, he's determined to bring that experience families in Charlotte. In 2006, Mussen founded the organization Charlotte Zoo. Since then he's been spearheading efforts to bring a zoo to the Charlotte area.
  • Archie To Die Heroic Death

    Archie To Die Heroic Death

    Monday, July 14 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-07-15 00:24:55 GMT
    Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica were frequent friends in plenty childhoods. Comic book nerd or not, many people grew up following the misadventures of Archie Andrews and the gang. On Wednesday, with the release of the first of a two-part story, Archie's adventures will come to a dramatic end.
    Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica were frequent friends in plenty childhoods. Comic book nerd or not, many people grew up following the misadventures of Archie Andrews and the gang. On Wednesday, with the release of the first of a two-part story, Archie's adventures will come to a dramatic end.
  • Charlotte Awarded Federal Historic Preservation Fund Grant

    Charlotte Awarded Federal Historic Preservation Fund Grant

    Saturday, July 12 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-12 22:19:32 GMT
    Sometimes it's difficult to resist the urge to replace something that's broken down and dingy with something that's exciting and new, but in Charlotte that's exactly what the federal government is trying to do.The city was awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $24,000 that will be matched by the city with another $30,000. The money will be used to conduct a comprehensive historic resource survey. It will be the second phase of the project, with the first phase being conducted ...
    Sometimes it's difficult to resist the urge to replace something that's broken down and dingy with something that's exciting and new, but in Charlotte that's exactly what the federal government is trying to do.The city was awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant of $24,000 that will be matched by the city with another $30,000. The money will be used to conduct a comprehensive historic resource survey. It will be the second phase of the project, with the first phase being conducted ...
  • Crossfit and the Risk of 'Rhabdo'

    Crossfit and the Risk of 'Rhabdo'

    Thursday, May 29 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-05-29 22:44:50 GMT
    Ashley Hall has played high level soccer for years, so she knows what it means to push herself. But after her high school soccer coach suggested she and some teammates try Crossfit, she pushed herself too far and wound up in the hospital.
    Ashley Hall has played high level soccer for years, so she knows what it means to push herself. But after her high school soccer coach suggested she and some teammates try Crossfit, she pushed herself too far and wound up in the hospital.
  • Some Parents Opting Out of 'End of Grade' Tests

    Some Parents Opting Out of 'End of Grade' Tests

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-05-29 02:00:40 GMT
    As parents are bracing themselves for summer vacation, students are preparing for E.O.G.s (end of grade tests). This year, some parents are questioning why their kids have to take these tests at all. Bobbie Mabe is one of them. She's concerned the stress of it all has gotten to be too much for her third-grader Hampton.
    As parents are bracing themselves for summer vacation, students are preparing for E.O.G.s (end of grade tests). This year, some parents are questioning why their kids have to take these tests at all. Bobbie Mabe is one of them. She's concerned the stress of it all has gotten to be too much for her third-grader Hampton.
  • Houston School District Poaching N.C. Teachers

    Houston School District Poaching N.C. Teachers

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 8:54 PM EDT2014-05-28 00:54:50 GMT
    Teachers, parents and students in North Carolina are worried that quality educators in the state are leaving for teaching jobs elsewhere in search of higher salaries. Now it looks like other states are trying to actively play a role in doing just that: getting North Carolina teachers to leave their school districts and come work in places where they'll be paid substantially more.
    Teachers, parents and students in North Carolina are worried that quality educators in the state are leaving for teaching jobs elsewhere in search of higher salaries. Now it looks like other states are trying to actively play a role in doing just that: getting North Carolina teachers to leave their school districts and come work in places where they'll be paid substantially more.
  • Mooresville Veteran Encouraging Others To Share Their Stories

    Mooresville Veteran Encouraging Others To Share Their Stories

    Monday, May 26 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-05-26 22:23:41 GMT
    Memorial Day. The name says it all:A day to remember our country's veterans. But John Hedley says remembering what we learned in history books isn't enough. He says the real stories can only be shared by the people who were there and experienced it all. Hedley has taken it upon himself to share his story, no matter how painful it is to remember.
    Memorial Day. The name says it all:A day to remember our country's veterans. But John Hedley says remembering what we learned in history books isn't enough. He says the real stories can only be shared by the people who were there and experienced it all. Hedley has taken it upon himself to share his story, no matter how painful it is to remember.
  • Adult Day Care Slows Aging With Unique Therapy

    Adult Day Care Slows Aging With Unique Therapy

    Thursday, May 22 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-05-22 21:26:09 GMT
    Matthew Lyberg is excited that he's getting stronger. He does physical therapy regularly, but equally important is the therapy he does to effect change you can't see. Years ago, a car accident left lyberg with a traumatic brain injury. Now, he receives physical, occupational and speech therapy at The Ivey: a senior day care in Charlotte.
    Matthew Lyberg is excited that he's getting stronger. He does physical therapy regularly, but equally important is the therapy he does to effect change you can't see. Years ago, a car accident left lyberg with a traumatic brain injury. Now, he receives physical, occupational and speech therapy at The Ivey: a senior day care in Charlotte.
  • Paramedic Goes Above And Beyond for Latino Community

    Paramedic Goes Above And Beyond for Latino Community

    Thursday, May 22 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-05-22 20:18:42 GMT
    Adamo Riascos is committed to his job. But it's his commitment to his community that makes his the most recent recipient of the Burnette/Nobles Safety Award.
    Adamo Riascos is committed to his job. But it's his commitment to his community that makes his the most recent recipient of the Burnette/Nobles Safety Award.
  • Make-A-Wish Fulfills Local Boys Musical Dream

    Make-A-Wish Fulfills Local Boys Musical Dream

    Sunday, May 18 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-05-18 21:13:49 GMT
    Will Henely has spent more time indoors this past year than most kids his age. The seven-year-old has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer. While he's been forced to miss out on some things, the time indoors has given him the opportunity to focus on his musical passions. Today, Guitar Center in Matthews granted Will's wish by giving him a brand new drum set so he can pursue his passion like a pro.
    Will Henely has spent more time indoors this past year than most kids his age. The seven-year-old has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer. While he's been forced to miss out on some things, the time indoors has given him the opportunity to focus on his musical passions. Today, Guitar Center in Matthews granted Will's wish by giving him a brand new drum set so he can pursue his passion like a pro.
  • Mud Runs Posing Hidden Health Risks?

    Mud Runs Posing Hidden Health Risks?

    Thursday, May 15 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-05-16 02:15:13 GMT
    The CDC recently reported bacteria found in animal feces is what made 22 people sick after a 2012 Tough Mudder mud run and that has some people wondering what's in the mud they're covering themselves in for the sake of a good time.
    The CDC recently reported bacteria found in animal feces is what made 22 people sick after a 2012 Tough Mudder mud run and that has some people wondering what's in the mud they're covering themselves in for the sake of a good time.
  • Extreme Weather Leaves People Unable to Pay Energy Bills

    Extreme Weather Leaves People Unable to Pay Energy Bills

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-05-15 02:17:29 GMT
    A harsh winter transitioning too quickly into a sweltering summer means people who live in the Charlotte area are seeing massive increases in their utility bills .Crisis Assistance Ministry, an non profit organization that helps people with who have had their power shut off -- or are days away from this happening -- says their resources are running dangerously low.
    A harsh winter transitioning too quickly into a sweltering summer means people who live in the Charlotte area are seeing massive increases in their utility bills .Crisis Assistance Ministry, an non profit organization that helps people with who have had their power shut off -- or are days away from this happening -- says their resources are running dangerously low.
  • Middle School Scrabble Club Returns From National Tournament

    Middle School Scrabble Club Returns From National Tournament

    Monday, May 12 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-05-13 01:55:38 GMT
    Katya Lezin has no qualms about calling herself a Scrabble nerd. Now Lezin plays in tournaments with her children, who are also Scrabble enthusiasts. She also coaches at Randolph Middle School. The Randolph team just returned from Rhode Island where they competed in the National School Scrabble Competition. 



     
    Katya Lezin has no qualms about calling herself a Scrabble nerd. Now Lezin plays in tournaments with her children, who are also Scrabble enthusiasts. She also coaches at Randolph Middle School. The Randolph team just returned from Rhode Island where they competed in the National School Scrabble Competition. 



     
  • Local Economic Development Summit Highlights Importance of Tourism

    Local Economic Development Summit Highlights Importance of Tourism

    Friday, May 9 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-05-09 21:40:43 GMT
    Today the town of Matthews held an economic development summit. North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker was there to offer advice to business owners. She emphasized community businesses need to embrace new ways of drawing people in.
    Today the town of Matthews held an economic development summit. North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker was there to offer advice to business owners. She emphasized community businesses need to embrace new ways of drawing people in.
  • Benham Brothers Dropped By HGTV After 'Anti-Gay' Remarks

    Benham Brothers Dropped By HGTV After 'Anti-Gay' Remarks

    Thursday, May 8 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-05-08 22:57:54 GMT
    David and Jason Benham were supposed to hosting a brand new reality television show on HGTV this fall. However, yesterday HGTV tweeted that the network was dropping the Benham brothers' show called 'Flip it Forward'.
    David and Jason Benham were supposed to hosting a brand new reality television show on HGTV this fall. However, yesterday HGTV tweeted that the network was dropping the Benham brothers' show called 'Flip it Forward'.
  • Elementary School Team In Top 3 Of National Business Competition

    Elementary School Team In Top 3 Of National Business Competition

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-05-08 00:14:53 GMT
    Joel, Logan and Aidan are only in elementary school, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming bona fide entrepreneurs. With the help of their teacher at Hornet's Nest Elementary, Debra Feinberg, Joel and his classmates Logan and Aidan entered their business 'Helping Fields'... In the 'Grow Your Business' challenge.
    Joel, Logan and Aidan are only in elementary school, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming bona fide entrepreneurs. With the help of their teacher at Hornet's Nest Elementary, Debra Feinberg, Joel and his classmates Logan and Aidan entered their business 'Helping Fields'... In the 'Grow Your Business' challenge.
  • Panthers Linebacker Thomas Davis Nominee for Award

    Panthers Linebacker Thomas Davis Nominee for Award

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-05-07 02:08:11 GMT
    Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is known for his work on the field, but what he is doing off the field that has him in the running for a philanthropy award.
    Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is known for his work on the field, but what he is doing off the field that has him in the running for a philanthropy award.
  • Habitat For Humanity Raising Money Through Design Contest

    Habitat For Humanity Raising Money Through Design Contest

    Monday, May 5 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-05-06 01:27:44 GMT
    Amy Huddle believes everyone should know what home feels like. That’s why she’s spent years of her life helping build them. Huddle is now the Marketing Specialist for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. She is working with the Moorseville ‘ReStore’ on their 4th annual 'ReStore Restyle Design Challenge'.
    Amy Huddle believes everyone should know what home feels like. That’s why she’s spent years of her life helping build them. Huddle is now the Marketing Specialist for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. She is working with the Moorseville ‘ReStore’ on their 4th annual 'ReStore Restyle Design Challenge'.
  • Charlotte Housing Market Making It Tough On Buyers

    Charlotte Housing Market Making It Tough On Buyers

    Sunday, May 4 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-05-04 22:02:32 GMT

    Gary and his wife Melissa had been looking for a new home for over a year, and put in multiple offers on several homes before they were finally able to close on the one they're moving into this weekend. Realtor Katherine McFalls says there are more people looking for houses than there are houses to buy. That means...bidding wars.
    Gary and his wife Melissa had been looking for a new home for over a year, and put in multiple offers on several homes before they were finally able to close on the one they're moving into this weekend. Realtor Katherine McFalls says there are more people looking for houses than there are houses to buy. That means...bidding wars.
  • Buying Better Than Renting in Most Big Cities

    Buying Better Than Renting in Most Big Cities

    Thursday, May 1 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-05-01 23:38:07 GMT
    Rent or buy? For a lot of people looking to settle into a new place, that's a tough question to answer. According to Zillow, in most big American cities, buying a home makes more sense than renting. In Charlotte, if you plan on staying in your place for two years or more, it pays to purchase.
    Rent or buy? For a lot of people looking to settle into a new place, that's a tough question to answer. According to Zillow, in most big American cities, buying a home makes more sense than renting. In Charlotte, if you plan on staying in your place for two years or more, it pays to purchase.
  • Art Students Raise Money For Project to Showcase Diversity

    Art Students Raise Money For Project to Showcase Diversity

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-04-30 01:08:32 GMT
    Myers Park is in one of Charlotte's wealthiest neighborhoods, and many people assume the high school is filled with rich kids. The reality is there are students at Myers Park from all over the world. Students in an advanced art class have created a new project called 'The Faces of Myers Park' to combat the perception.
    Myers Park is in one of Charlotte's wealthiest neighborhoods, and many people assume the high school is filled with rich kids. The reality is there are students at Myers Park from all over the world. Students in an advanced art class have created a new project called 'The Faces of Myers Park' to combat the perception.
  • Report Released on Statesville Church Bus Crash

    Report Released on Statesville Church Bus Crash

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-04-29 14:01:34 GMT
    After nearly seven months, Tennessee Highway Patrol released the final report on a bus crash that left eight Statesville residents dead and many more injured.The report concluded that a tire on the bus had been impacted before it blew out about 50 miles down the road.
    After nearly seven months, Tennessee Highway Patrol released the final report on a bus crash that left eight Statesville residents dead and many more injured.The report concluded that a tire on the bus had been impacted before it blew out about 50 miles down the road.
  • 49ers Honor Girl Waiting For Kidney Transplant

    49ers Honor Girl Waiting For Kidney Transplant

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-04-25 01:43:21 GMT
    Faith Dixon loves basketball. She's played for years and was a stand-out player until she started noticing she was fatigued more often on the court.  Today, Dixon was introduced as a honorary member of the 49ers women's basketball team. She had a press conference where she 'signed' with the team, followed by an unveiling of her very own locker.
    Faith Dixon loves basketball. She's played for years and was a stand-out player until she started noticing she was fatigued more often on the court.  Today, Dixon was introduced as a honorary member of the 49ers women's basketball team. She had a press conference where she 'signed' with the team, followed by an unveiling of her very own locker.
  • Bobcats Host Playoff Watch Party

    Bobcats Host Playoff Watch Party

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:28:37 GMT
    The fact the Charlotte Bobcats are in the playoffs for only the second time in team history is a fact worth celebrating. And the Bobcats organization is doing just that .Tonight they're hosting a watch party at Wild Wings Cafe in the EpiCentre for fans of the team.
    The fact the Charlotte Bobcats are in the playoffs for only the second time in team history is a fact worth celebrating. And the Bobcats organization is doing just that .Tonight they're hosting a watch party at Wild Wings Cafe in the EpiCentre for fans of the team.
  • Mom Recruiting Fans For Special Olympics Ceremony

    Mom Recruiting Fans For Special Olympics Ceremony

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:02:27 GMT
    "Kids are hams. All kids, no matter their ability or disability, and so they want people to be cheering them on. They want to see signs that say 'go for it' and 'we're excited for you'." That's why mother Vanessa Infanzon started her campaign to fill the seats of the Bojangles Coliseum tomorrow morning
    "Kids are hams. All kids, no matter their ability or disability, and so they want people to be cheering them on. They want to see signs that say 'go for it' and 'we're excited for you'." That's why mother Vanessa Infanzon started her campaign to fill the seats of the Bojangles Coliseum tomorrow morning
  • Churches Come Together For Outdoor Sunrise Service

    Churches Come Together For Outdoor Sunrise Service

    Sunday, April 20 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-20 20:45:22 GMT
    This morning, just before sunrise, congregations from four Charlotte area churches gathered in Romare Bearden Park for an Easter Sunrise Service. It was the first worship service to be held in the new park, and the turnout was greater than the organizers expected.
    This morning, just before sunrise, congregations from four Charlotte area churches gathered in Romare Bearden Park for an Easter Sunrise Service. It was the first worship service to be held in the new park, and the turnout was greater than the organizers expected.
  • Study Reveals Surprising State Immigration Trend

    Study Reveals Surprising State Immigration Trend

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:21:01 GMT
    A new study released this week revealed that immigration in North Carolina is trending away from being mostly hispanics and towards more Koreans, Filipinos, Indians and Vietnamese. The study also revealed that, for the most part, these new immigrants are having a positive impact on the economy.
    A new study released this week revealed that immigration in North Carolina is trending away from being mostly hispanics and towards more Koreans, Filipinos, Indians and Vietnamese. The study also revealed that, for the most part, these new immigrants are having a positive impact on the economy.
  • Charlotte No. 2 On List Of Best Cities For New Grads

    Charlotte No. 2 On List Of Best Cities For New Grads

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:51:27 GMT
    Charlotte is the cream of the crop for new grads, according to a recent report from Apartments.com.
    Charlotte is the cream of the crop for new grads, according to a recent report from Apartments.com.
  • Train and Truck Collide in South End

    Train and Truck Collide in South End

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:59:35 GMT
    Tonight a man driving a truck tried to beat a train across the tracks and failed. At around 5 p.m. a train collided with the back end of a pick-up truck at the intersection of West Summit and Clarkson.
    Tonight a man driving a truck tried to beat a train across the tracks and failed. At around 5 p.m. a train collided with the back end of a pick-up truck at the intersection of West Summit and Clarkson.
  • New Guidelines Aim To Lower Number of C-Sections

    New Guidelines Aim To Lower Number of C-Sections

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-04-16 01:17:29 GMT
    With the rate of women delivery babies by cesarean at an all-time high, new guidelines have been released that aim to lower that number and allow more women to avoid the operating room.
    With the rate of women delivery babies by cesarean at an all-time high, new guidelines have been released that aim to lower that number and allow more women to avoid the operating room.
  • Kannapolis Town Council Shown Beautification Plan

    Kannapolis Town Council Shown Beautification Plan

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-04-15 02:36:26 GMT
    Today Kannapolis Town Council was presented with a plan to beautify some of the main parkways and streets leading into the city.The plan suggested using a combination of volunteers, inmates and people responsible for community service to help with the upkeep of these roads with things like mowing grass and picking up garbage.
    Today Kannapolis Town Council was presented with a plan to beautify some of the main parkways and streets leading into the city.The plan suggested using a combination of volunteers, inmates and people responsible for community service to help with the upkeep of these roads with things like mowing grass and picking up garbage.
  • USA Deaf Basketball Hosts National Tournament in Concord

    USA Deaf Basketball Hosts National Tournament in Concord

    Friday, April 11 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-04-12 01:34:05 GMT
    USA Deaf Basketball hosted kicked off it's annual national tournament yesterday in Concord yesterday.The tournament features teams from all across North America -- about 20 on the men's side and 14 on the women's -- and is being held at Carolina Courts.
    USA Deaf Basketball hosted kicked off it's annual national tournament yesterday in Concord yesterday.The tournament features teams from all across North America -- about 20 on the men's side and 14 on the women's -- and is being held at Carolina Courts.
  • UNC Charlotte Hosting First Ever SlutWalk

    UNC Charlotte Hosting First Ever SlutWalk

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:18:48 GMT
    Niners for Planned Parenthood, a student group at UNC Charlotte, is hosting their first ever SlutWalk today. The purpose of this event is to promote the philosophy that blaming victims of sexual assault for the way they look or dress should not be tolerated.
    Niners for Planned Parenthood, a student group at UNC Charlotte, is hosting their first ever SlutWalk today. The purpose of this event is to promote the philosophy that blaming victims of sexual assault for the way they look or dress should not be tolerated.
  • Belmont Abbey College Making College More Affordable

    Belmont Abbey College Making College More Affordable

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:54 PM EDT2014-04-09 01:54:23 GMT
    Belmont Abbey has decided to tackle their end of the finances, instead of raising tuition costs.
    Belmont Abbey has decided to tackle their end of the finances, instead of raising tuition costs.
  • Charter School Holding Open House To Help Relocate Students

    Charter School Holding Open House To Help Relocate Students

    Monday, April 7 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-04-08 02:18:53 GMT
    The StudentFirst Academy Charter School will shut it's doors for good on Friday. This means that, come Monday, more than 250 students will have to find another place to finish out the school year. Tonight the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board will hold it's first of two open house meetings for students and parents to attend.
    The StudentFirst Academy Charter School will shut it's doors for good on Friday. This means that, come Monday, more than 250 students will have to find another place to finish out the school year. Tonight the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board will hold it's first of two open house meetings for students and parents to attend.
  • Wrestling Coach Speaks Out On Being LGBT Ally

    Wrestling Coach Speaks Out On Being LGBT Ally

    Thursday, April 3 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-04-04 02:22:59 GMT
    Hudson Taylor is the founder of Athlete Ally: A non-profit, pushing for social acceptance of gay athletes. Taylor, who was a top level wrestler in college, has been speaking his message, loud and proud, for years.
    Hudson Taylor is the founder of Athlete Ally: A non-profit, pushing for social acceptance of gay athletes. Taylor, who was a top level wrestler in college, has been speaking his message, loud and proud, for years.
  • Judge's Ruling Strikes Down Catawba Tribe Casino Plans

    Judge's Ruling Strikes Down Catawba Tribe Casino Plans

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-04-03 03:04:38 GMT
    New developments are always contentious. Especially when they could force a state to revisit an issue they believed they dealt with decades ago. Today the South Carolina supreme court ruled against the Catawba Tribe, deciding that they do not have the right to build a casino with video poker on reservation land.
    New developments are always contentious. Especially when they could force a state to revisit an issue they believed they dealt with decades ago. Today the South Carolina supreme court ruled against the Catawba Tribe, deciding that they do not have the right to build a casino with video poker on reservation land.
  • New Women's Shelter Being Built in Shelby

    New Women's Shelter Being Built in Shelby

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-04-01 20:40:17 GMT
     Glenda Woodson knows the importance of having a safe place to go. Woodson arrived at the Shelby Women’s Shelter a victim of domestic violence, but left with her faith restored and a set of skills than allowed her to reenter her community as a productive, happy member.
     Glenda Woodson knows the importance of having a safe place to go. Woodson arrived at the Shelby Women’s Shelter a victim of domestic violence, but left with her faith restored and a set of skills than allowed her to reenter her community as a productive, happy member.
  • Allergy Sufferers Looking For Relief

    Allergy Sufferers Looking For Relief

    Monday, March 31 2014 9:54 PM EDT2014-04-01 01:54:58 GMT
    If you're one of the 60 million Americans who suffers from allergy, then you're probably pretty miserable right now. The wind and dry, warm weather has sent pollen levels soaring.
    If you're one of the 60 million Americans who suffers from allergy, then you're probably pretty miserable right now. The wind and dry, warm weather has sent pollen levels soaring.
  • Trash Shooting Trash: Community Upset Over Trooper's Facebook Post

    Trash Shooting Trash: Community Upset Over Trooper's Facebook Post

    Friday, March 28 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-03-29 03:06:58 GMT
    Courtney Burleson wasn't expecting yet another shock just days after learning of the death of her friend, but she got one after she read a Facebook comment left by South Carolina State Trooper Julian Bridges on the subject of the shooting death of Brandon Davis.
    Courtney Burleson wasn't expecting yet another shock just days after learning of the death of her friend, but she got one after she read a Facebook comment left by South Carolina State Trooper Julian Bridges on the subject of the shooting death of Brandon Davis.
  • MetLife Unveils New Charlotte Headquarters

    MetLife Unveils New Charlotte Headquarters

    Thursday, March 27 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-03-28 01:18:44 GMT
    Today MetLife unveiled their new headquarters in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte during a grand opening ceremony.Eric Steigerwalt, the executive vice president of U.S. Retail for MetLife said the sense of community in Charlotte is a large part of what drew MetLife to the city.MetLife hopes the move will create 1300 jobs in the area, and Steigerwalt said they have already received tens of thousands of applications. He also said they have already filled 900 positions.The campus consists of two...
    Today MetLife unveiled their new headquarters in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte during a grand opening ceremony.Eric Steigerwalt, the executive vice president of U.S. Retail for MetLife said the sense of community in Charlotte is a large part of what drew MetLife to the city.MetLife hopes the move will create 1300 jobs in the area, and Steigerwalt said they have already received tens of thousands of applications. He also said they have already filled 900 positions.The campus consists of two...
  • Governor McCrory Calls Cannon Arrest Tragic

    Governor McCrory Calls Cannon Arrest Tragic

    Thursday, March 27 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:09:29 GMT
    North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy spoke to the media today in person for the first time since former Mayor Patrick Cannon's arrest.McCroy called Wednesday's events tragic, but insisted he is determined to work with Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes and the rest of Charlotte's City Council to move the city forward. He was adamant that the city of Charlotte will "get through this".Though most of his comments were positive, McCroy said his personal relationship with Cannon has been damaged. Accordin...
    North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy spoke to the media today in person for the first time since former Mayor Patrick Cannon's arrest.McCroy called Wednesday's events tragic, but insisted he is determined to work with Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes and the rest of Charlotte's City Council to move the city forward. He was adamant that the city of Charlotte will "get through this".Though most of his comments were positive, McCroy said his personal relationship with Cannon has been damaged. Accordin...
  • Bone Marrow Registry In Need of Minority Donors

    Bone Marrow Registry In Need of Minority Donors

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-03-26 01:01:06 GMT
    13-year-old L.J. Robinson has a rare blood disease that requires constant treatment, and his greatest chance at a prolonged life span is finding a bone marrow donor match. Because of his background - Indian, African American, Irish, Hispanic - finding a match has proven to be a challenge.
    13-year-old L.J. Robinson has a rare blood disease that requires constant treatment, and his greatest chance at a prolonged life span is finding a bone marrow donor match. Because of his background - Indian, African American, Irish, Hispanic - finding a match has proven to be a challenge.
  • Sugar Creek Brewing Bringing Belgian Beer to Charlotte

    Sugar Creek Brewing Bringing Belgian Beer to Charlotte

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-03-25 15:04:25 GMT
    Sugar Creek Brewing Company has announced they plan to open Charlotte's first Belgian-inspired craft brewery.Co-founders Eric Flanigan and Joe Vogelbacher will open their new brewery at the current site of the Ole Mecklenburg Brewery when OMB moves across the street.
    Sugar Creek Brewing Company has announced they plan to open Charlotte's first Belgian-inspired craft brewery.Co-founders Eric Flanigan and Joe Vogelbacher will open their new brewery at the current site of the Ole Mecklenburg Brewery when OMB moves across the street.
  • Iron Fork Competition Crowns Charlotte's Top Chef

    Iron Fork Competition Crowns Charlotte's Top Chef

    Friday, March 21 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-03-21 20:33:59 GMT
    Chef Alyssa Gorelick of Alyssa's kitchenknows that being a chef means you're always under fire, especially when you're a woman in an industry traditionally dominated by men. Being the first female to compete in the competition didn't stop Gorelick from bringing her 'A' game as she competed against four other Charlotte chefs for Iron Fork Honors.
    Chef Alyssa Gorelick of Alyssa's kitchenknows that being a chef means you're always under fire, especially when you're a woman in an industry traditionally dominated by men. Being the first female to compete in the competition didn't stop Gorelick from bringing her 'A' game as she competed against four other Charlotte chefs for Iron Fork Honors.
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