Community Conversation

  No Grease Barbershop to remain at Charlotte mall days after being told by management to vacate

The owners of No Grease Knights of the Razor Barbershop in South Park Mall are waiting to hear from mall management about the next steps. South Park Mall Management suddenly terminated the temporary lease agreement of the barbershop.

  Martin Luther King III keynote speaker at Charlotte MLK celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Providence Day School 9th graders helping to close digital divide

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

  Collect to Connect: CMS student says he needs a computer to help fulfill his dream

  Union Co. Schools leaves new transportation center open after workers contract COVID-19, raising concerns

  Collect To Connect: WBTV partners with E2D to collect old computers to help families in need

  Colleges offering free COVID-19 tests for students before Thanksgiving break

Local colleges are stepping up to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. UNC- Charlotte, Johnson & Wales University, and Wingate University are providing free testing before students head back home for Thanksgiving.

  Lookout Shoals Lake neighbors experience flooding again

Neighbors who live along Lookout Shoals Lake in Catawba County were greeted by flooding early Thursday morning.

  New program is helping pay Mecklenburg County property taxes

Paying for property taxes in Mecklenburg County can be a struggle for some. The revaluation has caused some people’s taxes to increase a lot

  Revitalization coming to Charlotte’s West Corridor

The City of Charlotte is excited to continue a partnership with the city’s six corridors. The city is pumping $24.5 million into those corridors to revitalize those areas.

  The importance of the Black Vote in Election 2020

  Lawyers and Collars team up on Election Day in Charlotte

  Voters 65 and up share their concerns for Election 2020

  Churches partner to encourage people to take their ‘Souls to the Polls’ and vote in Charlotte

  Community leaders react to release of CMPD video of Harold Easter

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

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

Race, Politics and The 2020 Election will be the conversation for an upcoming virtual town hall meeting. The Cynthia Hurd Foundation is sponsoring the town hall and WBTV is the media sponsor.

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

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) teachers are banding together to create and sell T-shirts to help students get connected. The district says at the beginning of this school year more than 16,000 households with a CMS student in it lacked connectivity.

  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.

  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.

  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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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!!!

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  New standards in history coming to North Carolina classrooms

Teachers from around the state are coming up with the standards that include eras, content, and concepts that teachers must use when instructing students.

  CMS school board ready to change name of Vance High School

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) Board ready to fast track renaming Zebulon Vance High School. The district has been looking at school names for a few years to see if they were appropriate.

  Black male leaders ready to make change, hold rally at Marshall Park

Many people showed up at the Black Men United Rally on Wednesday. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Mark Jerrell organized the event at Marshall Park. He says since there are many African American male leaders in Charlotte - things should be better for black males.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles signs proclamation declaring racism a public health crisis

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles has signed a proclamation declaring racism a public health crisis that should be treated with urgency.

  Mecklenburg County Commissioners declare racism a public health crisis

Mecklenburg County Commissioners have unanimously passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.

  Leaders say inappropriate email sent from Men’s Shelter worker should be a wake up call

Last Friday, an employee sent an email to more than 100 workers with a meme of men holding guns with the caption that was supposed to read “looters will be shot on the spot.”

  CMS suspends Ardrey Kell HS Principal David Switzer amid accusations tied to racism

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have suspended Ardrey Kell High School Principal David Switzer amid accusations tied to racism.

  City and county leaders ready to declare racism as a public health crisis

Charlotte City Councilman Malcolm Graham says he is ready for the city to proclaim that racism is a public health crisis in Charlotte.

  Petition created to support Ardrey Kell HS principal

A petition has been created to keep Ardrey Kell High School principal David Switzer on the job. It has more than 3,000 signatures. The petition comes after another petition was created asking for Switzer to resign.

  Families connected through organ donor meet for first time

A teenager’s decision to become an organ donor several years ago saved a man’s life.

  Local black male leaders uniting to help change outcomes for black men

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Mark Jerrell says it's time for black male leaders to step up and make change. He helped organize an event that will be held Wednesday. It's called Black Men United

  WBTV presents Facing and Erasing Systemic Racism, a Community Conversation

Facing and Erasing Systemic Racism: A Community Conversation aired on WBTV Friday night. It was a look at how we got where we are and what it will take to make things better for all.

  Petition calls for Ardrey Kell HS Principal to resign

Former Ardrey Kell High School students have started a petition to ask for the resignation of the principal David Switzer They say the constant racial incidents that have happened at the school down through the years is reason for new leadership.

  Students come together to repaint Ardrey Kell HS Rock after it was vandalized

Ardrey Kell High School students gathered Monday to repaint the school rock that was vandalized over the weekend. The rock highlighted the Black Lives Matter movement and had names of people who died at the hands of police. The investigation continues.

  Johnson C. Smith holds diploma pick-up for graduates

Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) held a diploma pick up on Friday. University leaders say they couldn't have students wait any longer to get their degrees so they created this special day.

  One black church, one white church coming together to address racial issues

Two churches are coming together once again to address the racial divide in America. Independence Hill Baptist Church is a predominately white church. Jonahville AME Zion Church is a predominately black church.

  Community leaders hold politicians accountable

Charlotte Community leaders are speaking out about what changes have been made since the last time large protests happened in Charlotte. Four years ago people took to the streets to voice their frustrations over the police shooting and killing Keith Lamont Scott.

  Local reaction to incidents involving African-American men

There is local reaction concerning headlines involving encounters with African American men. In New York a white woman called police on a black man who was bird watching. She accused the man of threatening her when video shows he was not.

  CMS parents question new, earlier start date of school

Parents voiced frustration on the CMS Facebook page, concerned about their planned vacations and the inconsistency of the new calendar. CMS would start school on 17 and then the next week they would be out of school doing remote learning.

  North Carolina hotels feel left behind under Phase 2

Phase 2 started Friday. It allowed some businesses to reopen with restrictions. Hotels don’t understand how some businesses with smaller space than they have are allowed to have more people inside.

  Family members grieving in silence during pandemic

She is holding on to the last words she heard from her father. They were to remain an entrepreneur and to keep making a difference. She now has advice for other families who are dealing with silence during this pandemic.

  South Carolina entertainment venues now open for business during COVID-19 pandemic

Certain entertainment venues can now open in South Carolina. Some of those businesses have been closed for about two months

  Super Senior: Hali Doctor

Hali Doctor calls her senior year in high school special. She attends Mallard Creek High School. She says completing her senior year through a pandemic was not cool.

  Super Senior: Daikwon Redfearn

He was filling out scholarships to help fund his college education. He said life for him has been challenging but he is on his way to make history in his family.

  Super Senior: Kennedy Rowland

Kennedy Rowland had big plans for her senior year at Sun Valley High School. But then COVID-19 struck and changed all of them.

  UNC Charlotte dedicating $2,500 student award in honor of CMS teacher working through cancer treatment

UNC Charlotte is proudly dedicating a $2,500 student award in Wil Loesel’s honor.

  Some North Carolina businesses are planning to reopen Friday

On Tuesday, business leaders met with county leaders to talk over suggestions, recommendations, and messaging to pass to business leaders as they prepare for reopening.

  Charlotte teacher working through cancer treatment gets shoutout from Ellen DeGeneres, surprise gift

On Tuesday, May 19, pop culture star Ellen DeGeneres gave him a big shout out. Although he’s not physically on her show, they’ve recapped his story and shared pictures on air.

  As South Carolina businesses reopen, customers ready to patronize trusted establishments

Nail salons, gyms, spas, and hair salons reopened on Monday. Some have been closed for nearly two months because of Coronavirus. Businesses didn't have trouble looking for customers

  CMS Teacher of the Year, Teacher Assistant of the Year talk about teaching, learning going forward

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) announced its Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the year. Both winners are CMS graduates.

  Concerns over CMS’ virtual 2020 graduation plans

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) District has decided to have virtual graduations and drive through celebrations to honor its roughly 10,000 high school graduates. The idea is the safest but some are concerned this decision may leave some graduates behind.

  Carolina Place Mall back open for business

Carolina Place Mall reopened its doors Tuesday after shutting down in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stores are happy the mall has reopened so they can get a paycheck.

  Charlotte-area malls reopen with implemented safety measures

Charlotte Premium Outlets will reopen Saturday after being closed for nearly two months because of COVID-19. It will not be business as usual. Simon Property owns the outlets.

  Union County teacher engages students while schools are still closed

Union County Public School teacher Kristopher Head is serious about connecting with his students during this pandemic. He has been teaching for about a year and a half at Piedmont Middle School.

CIAA commissioner talks about moving forward during a global pandemic

CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams is talking about how the organization will move forward in the midst of a global pandemic.

  CMS teacher talks about new assignment - remote learning

Second grade teacher Wendy Tolbert says she has been hearing from parents and students often. She says since parents are now able to see what she does everyday when it comes to teaching their children - parents are grateful.

  Charlotte teacher continues to work while getting treatment for cancer

Back in March, Loesel was diagnosed with cancer. He didn’t let the diagnosis stop him from teaching,

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools hasn’t heard from about 3,000 students since schools closed

A major concern for CMS is connecting with the roughly 3,000 students the district has not heard from since schools closed in March because of COVID-19.

  Strong winds damage homes in Chesterfield County

Chesterfield County Emergency Officials say straight line wind damaged some property and took down some trees early Thursday morning.

  Family member says multiple relatives battling COVID-19, three have died

Janice Richardson says COVID-19 is wiping out her family. Her niece and nephew recently died because of the virus. The day after her niece was buried - her nephew died.

  City of Charlotte announces micro business relief fund application

The City of Charlotte has announced the opening of the Micro Business Relief Fund (MBRF) application.

  Charlotte city leader wants safety measures in place before conventions start back

A Charlotte city leader says going forward before approving conventions coming to town - he and other city leaders will ask more questions when it comes to keeping the city safe and healthy.

Urban League of Central Carolinas helps produce PPE for local workers

Urban League of Central Carolinas has offered its building as a place where personal protective equipment can be made for local healthcare workers and local responders.