Peaceful rally to be held in Charlotte to honor Jacob Blake, Jr.

Jacob Blake, Sr. will participate in a peace rally on Sunday at Romare Bearden Park to honor his son. The peace rally is happening on the fourth anniversary of the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.

Huntersville neighborhood lights up blue in support of law enforcement

Charlotte police officers surprise boy for fourth birthday

  Hunterville officer receives napkin with handwritten prayer on windshield

  Activists hold vigil to commemorate officer-involved shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell

  4-year-old Concord girl rings victory bell after spending months in hospital for cancer treatment

  Harvey B. Gantt Center hosts conversations to get more Black voters to be politically engaged

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  Race, politics and 2020 election take center stage at virtual town hall meeting

Firefighters rescue woman, 3 children trapped in river in Hickory

  There’s a push to save Charlotte’s greenery scenes

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg School teachers on special assignment to get students connected

  Muggsy Bogues, foundation partners with nonprofits to provide meals for local families in need

  Charlotte boutique donating to assist Charlotte-Mecklenburg students with connectivity issues

  Charlotte’s second annual Amateur Tennis Tournament is set

Charlotte’s 2nd Annual Amateur Tennis Tournament is set to begin September 11th -13th. Charlotte City Council member Malcolm Graham is the tournament director.

Charlotte Labor Day parade postponed to next year

The Charlotte Labor Day Parade is postponed until next year due to coronavirus concerns. The Charlotte Labor Day Committee made the announcement Thursday.

  Superheroes make surprise visit to Levine Children’s Hospital

WBTV was on the sidewalk outside the hospital to capture the surprise visit from Superman, Ironman, Spiderman, Captain America and other heroes.

Mint Museum to welcome public back with free weekend and celebration

Charlotte’s Mint Museum plans to welcome the public back with a free weekend and celebration at both museum locations the weekend of Sept. 25-27.

  Eric Thomas receives prestigious award for work to help kids

  Important conversations for students about social, emotional learning incorporate death of Chadwick Boseman

  CMS teacher records rap video to encourage students during virtual learning

Union Co. alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta named Chapter of the Year

  Organizers, politicians ‘disappointed’ by cancellation of 2020 Mallard Creek Barbecue

Join in on a virtual floor signing for the 2020 St. Jude Dream Home!

Local preschoolers collect donations for at-risk youth

Children from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool have collected pajamas and books for donation.

91st annual Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church BBQ canceled for ‘health and safety’ reasons

The event draws - and feeds - thousands every year on the fourth Thursday in October.

Charlotte firefighters return home from Louisiana

After assessing damage in the affected areas, it was determined that national resources are not needed, the Charlotte Fire Department tweeted Friday. “Our brave men & women are headed home!”

  ‘We all need to do what we can’ WBTV viewer pays for internet for family who relied on library hot spot

A woman was touched by this story and offered to pay for them to have broadband internet.

  New colorful fridges coming to Charlotte to help feed the hungry, bring community together

In the next couple of weeks, you’re going to start seeing these colorful fridges pop up around the Charlotte area.

  Support coming for some Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools homeless students

There are about 4,000 homeless students in Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) District. The remote learning has become a challenge for those students. About 20 homeless students are getting shelter at Harvest Center Charlotte.

  Rock Hill assisted living facility creates ‘togetherness suite’ for safe visits with loved ones

The glass enclosure has become a saving grace for family members wanting to visit their loved ones but not wanting them to get sick.

  CMS parent concerned about omission of Black History in language arts class

Community leader Dee Rankin is concerned the stories of African Americans are not being shared in certain Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) classrooms. The CMS Equity Committee member and Education Chair of the Charlotte Black Political Caucus met with school leaders about the new Language Arts c

  Church provides help as N.C. parents work through anxiety of a pandemic

The World Worship Church in south Charlotte held a meeting to try to give parents the tools they need to try to reduce their concerns and fears.

  HEAL Charlotte launching $10M capital campaign to transform motel into affordable, transitional housing

A local nonprofit is raising money to transform a motel in a high crime area into an affordable housing campus.

  Sheriff McFadden takes complaints about community jail support to Mecklenburg Co. commissioners

The ongoing battle about a group that stands outside the Mecklenburg County jail and offers resources to those just released from jail has taken another step.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day parade going virtual this year over COVID-19 uncertainty

The 74th Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade will be virtual (airing on WBTV) this year due to the uncertainty of COVID-19.

  Local reaction to National Urban League’s 2020 State of Black America

The National Urban League released a report called “The 2020 State of Black America, Unmasked.” The report outlines how Blacks are doing when it comes to healthcare, economics, education, social justice, and civil engagement. National Urban League CEO Marc Morial calls it a crisis.

Charlotte Southern Christmas show canceled over COVID-19

This year’s Southern Christmas Show, scheduled for November, has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Asheville may remove slave-owner names from some streets

The North Carolina city of Asheville is considering removing the names of slave owners and other people associated with discrimination from some streets and a park.

  Local pastor says Kamala Harris’ selection as VP candidate will resonate with many

One leader in the Charlotte community says he is thrilled the vice presidential presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party is Kamala Harris.

  ‘He was all about other people’: Gastonia pastor speaks about youth director who died in skateboarding accident

A Gastonia church congregation is grieving after the death of a beloved member of its community.

Yiasou Greek Festival in Charlotte is latest event canceled during COVID-19

Running out of time, and finding no practical way to reschedule to later in the fall, the Yiasou Greek Festival on East Boulevard has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  New Ardrey Kell principal has plan to tackle racial division at school

There's a new principal at Ardrey Kell High School this school year. Jamie Brooks takes over at a time when there have been multiple racial incidents that have happened at the school since the school opened 10 years ago.

Charlotte lost 156,000 jobs last quarter, worst on record, as pandemic weakens economy

The coronavirus has devastated much of the region’s economy, with many workers and businesses barely able to make ends meet.

COVID-19 forces Charlotte Ballet to cancel ‘Nutcracker’ for first time, new option found

For the first time in 28 years, the Charlotte Ballet will not hold its annual seasonal performance of “Nutcracker.”

Deputy delivers bike to boy who had his stolen in Chesterfield County, S.C.

On Aug. 5, Deputy Gainey loaded up a bike in his patrol car that his son no longer needed and delivered it to Sy’Ncire Lockhart.

  Community welcomes home 3-year-old cancer survivor

A 3-year-old boy in Coosa County came home from the hospital Monday to a big surprise.

  “Our entire family has COVID”: Molly Grantham shares ‘surreal’ diagnosis while raising newborn

To be clear, I didn’t want to tell you guys until we were out of the woods. I didn’t want to cause unnecessary alarm.

  George Floyd hologram projected at Confederate monument in Asheville, N.C.

The George Floyd hologram made a stop at a Confederate monument in Asheville, North Carolina Wednesday night.

  Dream On 3: Virtual sports trivia with two professional football players

Earlier this month, Brandon Lindsey, the founder of Dream On 3, rounded up several Dream Kids to participate in a game of sports trivia.

  N.C. State Fair canceled for first time since World War II

North Carolina State Fair organizers say the cancellation is due to COVID-19, which they have been monitoring since March.

N.C. trooper buys brand new tires for family broken down on busy highway

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Colby Pridgen was helping the family who were broke down along a busy highway in Johnston County.

  CMPD clarifies the department has no plans to move out the homeless community in ‘Tent City’

When you drive along North College Street in the northern part of uptown Charlotte, you’ll see what’s known as “Tent City”. The rows of tents are where some of Charlotte’s homeless live and call home.

Accelerant-detecting K9 awarded protective vest

K9 Camden, a 5-year old yellow Labrador retriever and a certified ATF employee, is one of two ATF K9s trained to detect accelerants in North Carolina.

  Charlotte woman plans to start a community garden to help kids on the West side

This garden is her way to try and keep young people busy and out of trouble while learning life lessons.

St. Jude Dream Home tickets sold out! $2 million raised

Because of that, you have helped us raise $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  NC trooper paralyzed in motorcycle crash making progress on return home to Cramerton

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) trooper paralyzed from the neck down in a motorcycle crash in west Charlotte last year is making progress on his return home to Cramerton.

Former CMPD chief Kerr Putney joins CPI Security as consultant

Former Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney will be joining CPI Security as a community and government relations consultant.

Charlotte’s Festival in the Park canceled amid COVID-19 health crisis

Festival organizers made the cancellation announcement Tuesday for the event, which was set to take place September 25 through September 27 at Freedom Park in Charlotte’s Dilworth area.

  Cancer survivor treated at St. Jude graduates valedictorian, headed to college this Fall

The purchase of a ticket is contributing to the hope of the future for children with pediatric cancer, children like John Hagen from right here in Charlotte.

  Plaza Midwood begins movement including ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs, receives some push back

he project may look like just a few signs across a neighborhood, but the association says this is part of a bigger movement, started after protests in Charlotte.

  SC family knows firsthand ‘hope’ of St. Jude after 8-year-old diagnosed with leukemia

Two years ago, a Tega Cay family was at Carowinds when their 8-year-old son suddenly barely had the energy to walk out of the amusement park. They went to the doctor the next day.

  North Carolina teachers tell leaders: ‘Our schools, our safety, our say'

North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) is ready for teachers voices to be heard as politicians come up with plans to reopen schools. The organization will hold a call Wednesday night called SOS: Our Schools, Our Safety, Our Say!!!

Molly’s Kids: Koltin McKinney. New doctor says old doctor diagnosed him with the wrong thing.

We first featured Koltin back in January. He’s from Conover, in Catawba County, and now 6-years old.

  Parents have different views over Ardrey Kell High School principal’s reassignment

Parents are responding to the reassignment of the principal of Ardrey Kell High School David Switzer. Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS) conducted an investigation concerning racial incidents that have happened at the school while Switzer was the principal.

Molly’s Kids: Emerson Holder update

When we first introduced Emerson in a #MollysKids post back in January, his mom said this: “We’re not sure if he’ll live five years, ten years, or if he’ll outlive us… we just don’t know.”

220-acre site to become Charlotte’s ‘Central Park'

The site, Queen’s Park, will link and center eight neighborhoods of North End Smart District that are now separated by the railyard expansion.

  New Excelsior Club owner looking for Black architects for project

The new owner of the Excelsior Club is looking for a dream team of Black Architects to help redevelop the historic establishment. The club has remained empty for several years, now the owner - Darius Anderson - wants to turn the club into a boutique hotel and other creative space.

  Animal rescue community working together to support rescue founded by family killed in crash

In Gaston County, a community continues to mourn the loss of four members of a family - a couple and their two young daughters - killed in a crash on I-485.

Charlotte’s Quail Hollow will wait to host golf’s Presidents Cup. But Wells Fargo returning

Wednesday’s announcement that the Ryder Cup has been postponed from this fall to 2021 will have an immediate and direct impact on the golf calendar at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club:

  City of Charlotte hands out checks to small businesses

About 80 small businesses in Charlotte are getting a check for either $10,000 or $25,000 to help them survive during Coronavirus. Charlotte received $30 million from the federal CARES Act funding.

  Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association has virtual town hall meeting about race

The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association is talking about race. The association wanted to have a discussion that could help neighbors understand better the life of Blacks who live in Plaza Midwood and surrounding areas.

  Carolina Renaissance Festival canceled due to COVID-19: ‘We will be back'

Organizers of the Carolina Renaissance Festival say they have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival over coronavirus concerns.

  Komen Charlotte’s Race for the Cure is going virtual in 2020

There will still be teams. There will still be a big kick-off that you can watch live. The main difference this year is Komen Charlotte is asking all participants to: “Race where you are.”

Molly’s Kids: 4-years after Aaron Evans first brain tumor; he graduates high school

Eighteen-year-old Aaron recently got his diploma from Kings Mountain High School.

  A final goodbye to the Manor Theater in Charlotte

A piece of Charlotte’s history is officially shut down, a theater more than 7 decades old, now gutted.

  Uptown Charlotte dry cleaning business owner says pandemic took him from 100 customers per day to five

An uptown dry cleaning business owner says the pandemic took him from 100 customers a day to five.

Then, and now. Follow-up to 8-year-old Randyn Simpson... one decade later.

Now, 10 years later, Randyn’s extended family is reaching back out. No request for help; just a sincere note to give us a proud update.

CMS teachers respond to district’s back-to-school plan

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) teachers are responding to CMS’ back to school plan. It was unveiled Wednesday night. It includes three plans.

  Family, church friends celebrate Rock Hill man’s 102nd birthday with drive-thru parade

Community members gathered by vehicle to celebrate a man who has been in the Rock Hill area for decades.

  Charlotte school leaders talk with students about inequities in the classroom

The top leaders for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools sat down to talk with students about what they can do better in the district, and what students would like to see changed.

  CMS meets with town leaders to talk about plans to reopen schools

Schools in North Carolina are supposed to start back Aug. 17. There’s no word if schools will reopen through remote learning or if students will return physically back to their schools.