Commissioners praise Tent City response while also pointing out it wasn’t perfect

N.C. scientist leading COVID-19 vaccine efforts named to 2021 TIME100 Next list

  Black History Month: A fight for racial justice six decades apart

  Conversation continues regarding proposed Gaston County ordinance that would regulate protests

  Mecklenburg County issues Abatement Order for homeless ‘Tent City,’ few answers given on enforcement

  Details released on proposed Lynx Silver Line route ahead of public meetings

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Molly’s Kids: Kindergartner Alina Sossamon ‘one-of-a-kind’

  Black History Month: North Carolina scientist leads COVID-19 vaccine charge

  Charlotte Fire Department delivers meals to the vulnerable amid pandemic

  Grammy-nominated artist Lil Baby provides 1,000 coats to Charlotte families in need

Iconic Mr. K’s soft ice cream shop in South End is for sale. Here’s why.

  WBTV’s Steve Crump and wife Cathy donate works to UofSC’s libraries, center for civil rights history

  Highland Creek food pantry starts construction on new community center, experiencing higher need than usual

Thousands of families turned to food banks at the beginning of the pandemic.

  St. Jude Dream Home builder asks for help with messages of hope: ‘More than just a house’

Each year, Dream Home Builder Jeff Newton has people write “messages of hope” for the children treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on the 2x4s that will go in the walls of the home.

  Comedian reschedules Charlotte show for the third time, speaks to WBTV about pandemic woes for live performers

Comedian Steve Hofstetter announced this week that he has rescheduled his Charlotte show for the third time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Charlotte City Council moving towards renaming streets that honor Confederate figures

The Charlotte City Council unanimously decided to move forward with plans to rename several city streets previously named for Confederate soldiers, slaveowners, and segregationists.

  Black History Month: The Black Cowgirl inspires North Carolina kids to read

  WBTV breaks ground on 8th St. Jude Dream Home

SpaceX announces plans for first all-civilian space flight to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

  Charlotte herbalist becomes ‘Master Distiller’ after using skills for COVID-19 relief

  30 Days on a Chain Gang: 60 Years Later

Charlotte trio supports homeless people during pandemic

  Local Howard University grad inspired to see one of their own as US vice president

Graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) were beaming with pride and joy Tuesday during the Presidential Inauguration for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris is a graduate of Howard University located in Washington, DC.

  ‘I am my sister’s keeper’: Women celebrate VP Harris’ historic inauguration

As Kamala Harris took her oath to become vice-president of the United States, history was also made.

  An update on Hadley and Gentry Eddings

Hadley and Gentry Eddings.

  Martin Luther King III keynote speaker at Charlotte MLK celebration

The Greater Charlotte YMCA hosted its 27th Annual MLK, Jr Celebration Monday. The event was free and virtual and featured Martin Luther King III as the keynote speaker.

  WBTV’s Steve Crump moderates virtual roundtable on MLK Day presented by Gantt Center

The roundtable took place Monday morning during the Gantt Center’s MLK Day Virtual Celebration. It was panel, focused on civil rights in the 21st Century.

Community to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day virtually

The community will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day virtually in Charlotte this year due to COVID-19.

Gastonia Church in need of donations after fire destroys mobile food pantry

Outreach Coordinator Labrey Burris said a power line fell across the trailer on Monday scorching the vehicle and all of its contents.

  Leaders look to address food deserts across Mecklenburg County

As the pandemic continues, there is another glaring need across Mecklenburg County.

  More than 300 computers donated so far from WBTV’s Collect to Connect

Computers collected Tuesday will be processed, cleared of all private data, and could be ready for distribution as early as the end of February.

  Charlotte Rescue Mission pauses admissions at men’s shelter after COVID-19 outbreak

The Charlotte Rescue Mission’s men’s campus (Rebound) is pausing admissions after a COVID-19 outbreak was reported.

James Mitchell goes from at-large city councilman to co-owner/president of Black business

Mitchell says in December he got a call from former chairman and CEO of Bank of America Hugh McColl about an exciting opportunity.

  ‘They all must pay’; Local leaders call out what happened at U.S. Capitol

Commissioners Laura Meier and Mark Jerrell call Wednesday’s attack “shameful and a weak attempt to disguise racism under the cover of outrage.”

Congresswoman Alma Adams calls Jan. 6 a ‘gross violation’ and ‘sad day for democracy’

United States Congresswoman Alma Adams is calling Jan. 6 a “gross violation” and “a sad day for democracy.”

  Update on computers given last month during WBTV’s Collect To Connect

WBTV is continuing the work to help tear down the technology divide in Mecklenburg County. WBTV will partner again with E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) for Collect to Connect. It will take place Tuesday, January 12th at NC Music Factory from Noon to 6 PM.

Young brothers give back amid success of bowtie business

Treandos Thornton and his younger brother Noah sell bowties.

  Willie McCleod, member of Rock Hill’s Friendship Nine, passes away at 76

Willie McCleod was one of nine students from Rock Hill’s Friendship College that were arrested, went to jail, and served 30 days on a chain gang for sitting at an all-whites lunch counter.

Charlotte-area hospitals welcome New Year’s Day babies

Hospital teams in the WBTV viewing area have been busy delivering the first babies of 2021.

  Families, friends of drunk driving victims share safety warning for New Year’s Eve

Two families across the Carolinas are sharing their stories in hopes that it will remind people to be responsible this year while celebrating the beginning of 2021.

  CMPD Animal Care and Control hits 90-percent goal for adoptions in Charlotte

Charlotte’s Animal Care and Control has crossed a milestone. They’ve reached their goal of a 90-percent live release rate for the year of 2020.

  Kristen Hampton camps out at Charlotte’s Animal Care and Control to encourage adoptions

There is a woman sleeping in a tent outside CMPD’s Animal Care and Control Wednesday night - and you might recognize her.

  Atrium Health tries to combat COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in minority communities

As frontline and essential workers get their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, many people are hesitant to receive the vaccine once it’s their turn.

  Winning with a mission: Local youth team wins national championship, teaching life lessons along the way

A Charlotte youth football team is celebrating a national championship while overcoming adversity.

  East Charlotte woman donating gifts, resources to underserved teens

Donna Reed with Home4Me has been delivering blankets, book bags, and other items since Saturday.

  DaBaby gives gifts, household items to more than 200 kids at ‘Billion Dollar Baby Christmas’ in Charlotte

Charlotte native and four-time Grammy-nominated artist DaBaby plans to gift more than 200 children with toys and household items at his second annual ‘Billion Dollar Baby Christmas’ in Charlotte.

  Last-minute shoppers provide boost for small businesses

With just a few hours until the Christmas holiday, shoppers packed stores across the area.

Elementary principal takes break to become school elf

School staff imagination at its finest. You guys are bringing it with the emails and good stories this week, this one from Rowan County.

Hickory couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve

Jane and Harley Moretz, are celebrating 70-years of marriage TODAY.

Molly’s Kids: Palmer Goforth

Three weeks ago, he was diagnosed with Stage III Burkitts lymphoma.

Holy Angels resident, Charlotte Broadway actress share stage for magical performance of “Silent Night”

He is a resident at Holy Angels in Belmont. She is a Broadway actress from Charlotte.

  Cars line up to honor 80-year-old head custodian affectionally known as ‘Maw-Maw’ in Davidson

Maw-Maw is a superhero in Davidson. This head custodian just turned 80 and the school where she works surprised her with a big drive-by parade through the carpool line.

Belmont Santa getting creative in COVID-distancing

How is Santa getting everything done with 2020 distancing?Turns out, she says, he’s FaceTiming.

  N.C. Fraternal Order of Police president frustrated with fatal shootings of police in the state

The President of the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police (NCFOP) Sgt. Randy Hagler is expressing frustration over the recent deaths of local police officers.

  MLB free agent, Asheville native donates to community, inspires diversity in baseball

When a kid puts on a baseball glove or holds that baseball bat for the first time - Major League Baseball veteran Cameron Maybin says it can spark something life-changing.

  Local nonprofits seeking extra donations ahead of holidays

Two Cabarrus County non profits are seeking help to get more donations ahead of Christmas.`

  Little Rock AME Zion Church pastor calls $50,000 donation a ‘Miracle on 7th Street’

Christmas came early for a local Charlotte Church. Little Rock AME Zion Church got a $50,000 donation.

MacKenzie Scott, world’s richest woman, gives historic $10 million gift to Charlotte-area Goodwill

Billionaire novelist and venture philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given an historic $10 million gift to a Charlotte-area Goodwill.

Molly’s Kids: #HunterStrong update

We introduced you to 15-month-old Hunter Ballard two weeks ago, right after he was diagnosed with ATRT.

  Mobility sales tax proposal “offensive” to people in North Mecklenburg County

Finding elected officials in North Mecklenburg County who are supportive of the proposed one-cent sales tax increase is like trying to find a surviving member of the Stark family.

MacKenzie Scott, world’s richest woman, donates billions to nearly 400 organizations including multiple N.C. HBCUs, Charlotte YMCA

Billionaire novelist and venture philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated nearly $4.2 billion to 384 organizations as part of a plan to donate a majority of her fortune.

  Charlotte unveils mobility plan and tax pitch, council weighs-in

The main questions from council came down to cost, whether it was affordable or if the city simply couldn’t afford not to do it.

  N.C. task force submits 100+ recommendations including decriminalizing marijuana, mandating body cameras

A North Carolina task force focused on racial equality and criminal justice reform has recommended more than 100 actions the state can take to achieve fair outcomes and increase accountability of law enforcement and criminal justice systems.

  Rock Hill restaurant in McCrory’s location pays homage to ‘Friendship Nine’

This restaurant is fittingly called Kounter. Masone is paying homage to the nine men who created waves at this same counter almost sixty years ago.

Charlotte apartment tenants win half-million dollar settlement over unsafe conditions

The former owner and manager of the Lake Arbor apartments have agreed to pay $547,500 to tenants over claims they improperly collected rent despite ongoing health and safety violations.

City of Monroe, N.C. unanimously declares Juneteenth as a city holiday

Monroe City Council unanimously approved the recognition and observance of Juneteenth as a city holiday at its regular council meeting on Dec. 1.

  Providence Day School 9th graders helping to close digital divide

Ninth graders at Providence Day School are on a special assignment. They have spent two days looking through donated computers helping them get ready for students who are in need of a computer during remote learning.

  ‘It’s a big impact on us’: Charlotte restaurant owner speaks about new COVID-19 restrictions

Restaurant owner Jeff Tonidandel said he was not surprised to hear that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper had announced new COVID-19 restrictions would be put in place later this week.

  Sweet Tea Cafe highlights women in top kitchen positions, provides opportunities for kids to break barriers

Now they are working in a place where the job is almost as sweet as the tea. They have the titles they have worked for and the creative freedom missed in other restaurants.

  Puppy found wrapped in garbage bags in Charlotte dumpster - now up for adoption

What could have been a story about the cruelness of humanity, instead is a celebration of its kindness.

  Holiday spirit still on display at Charlotte light events Friday night

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, local businesses and organizations have still found safe ways to celebrate the holiday season and engage the community.

  Camp North End, Merry Midtown Market providing socially distanced weekend fun for the whole family

Both sites are providing weekend fun for the entire family while still maintaining COVID-19 safety practices.

  Collect to Connect brings in more than 750 computers to help students

On Giving Tuesday more than 750 computers were donated to help connect families in need to the digital world. It was part of WBTV's Collect To Connect Campaign.

You’re invited: Virtual Friday night event for kids inside Levine Children’s Hospital

The Zoom call will last 15-minutes. There will also be a first responder parade and… I hear… Santa Claus making a special virtual appearance all the way from the North Pole.

Gucci and other new stores opening at Charlotte malls in time for holiday shopping

Charlotte shoppers will find new stores opening this holiday season in area malls, including shops offering luxury brands and sporting goods.

  Block Love Charlotte continues to give back to the community as temps near freezing

Block Love Charlotte continued to give back to the community as temperatures approached freezing Wednesday night.

  CMPD releases additional video of officer-involved shooting of Danquirs Franklin

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released additional video footage of the 2019 officer-involved shooting of Danquirs Franklin.

  WBTV’s launches ‘Collect To Connect’ campaign to help families bridge digital divide

WBTV News is partnering with E2D, Eliminate the Digital Divide, and the CMS Foundation to help tackle the digital divide through our program called WBTV Collect to Connect.

  DaBaby turns Charlotte parking lot into outdoor restaurant to feed community

Charlotte native and Grammy-nominated artist DaBaby turned a parking lot into an outdoor restaurant to help feed the homeless community and all those in need on Thanksgiving.

  Novant Health Thanksgiving Day parade airs on WBTV

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