Community Conversation

  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.

  Charlotte’s second annual Amateur Tennis Tournament is set

  Support coming for some Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools homeless students

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

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

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

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

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

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

  New Excelsior Club owner looking for Black architects for project

  City of Charlotte hands out checks to small businesses

  Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association has virtual town hall meeting about race

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

  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

  Mecklenburg County Commissioners declare racism a public health crisis

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

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

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

  Petition created to support Ardrey Kell HS principal

  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.

  NC State Superintendent believes schools will reopen on time in the fall

North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson believes school will start on time next year. Johnson says he has reached out to educators in other states and is closely watching how other countries are getting back to normal.

  CMS responds to Gov. Cooper’s announcement on schools

Schools have been closed for more than a month. CMS School Board Chairperson Elyse Dashew says she has been waiting for Cooper’s announcement.

  School leaders react to South Carolina keeping schools closed for rest of year

There was an issue of practicing social distancing if classes resumed. Many are now looking to next school year and if restrictions will still be in place.

  CMS Board members talk about legislation needed to reopen schools

Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS) Intergovernmental Relationships Committee met Tuesday to discuss what legislation needs to address before school reopens.

  Church’s security camera catches image of suspect

Leaders at Jonahville AME Zion Church are concerned their church is now a target because of COVID-19. The church was vandalized and the church van stolen on Easter weekend.

  Help for Charlotte’s nearly 2,000 micro-businesses

Charlotte City leaders are concerned about micro-businesses surviving the pandemic. Many have closed and are struggling to make ends meet. There are more than 1900 micro-businesses in Charlotte.

  Man on a mission to feed the hungry during pandemic

The community organization University City Family Zone is making sure people don't go hungry during this pandemic. Charles Robinson is with the organization and he is spending around 15 hours a day making sure people get fed

  North Carolina lawmakers tackle health disparities in the COVID-19 pandemic

The committee is ready to draft a bill that will address these issues. It could include $2 million added to the health budget to emphasize awareness in the African American communities.

  Urban League of Central Carolinas holds its first virtual job fair

Companies participating were Walmart, UPS, Atrium Health UPS, and RJ Leeper Construction.

  RNC 2020 leaders moving ‘full steam ahead’ with August convention in Charlotte

The convention is expected to bring nearly 50,000 people to the city, which has posed concern for some residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

  New program offers economic mobility for high school seniors

It’s a month-long camp where CMS high school seniors not going to college can acquire a skill that can be profitable.

  Families in Carolinas are coping without power

Duke Energy reported sometime early Monday afternoon about 221,000 households and businesses across North and South Carolina lost power because of heavy rain and wind. The Alt family was one of the households sitting in the dark Monday morning.

  Churches helping other churches survive during COVID-19

COVID-19 is impacting churches. A campaign that is encouraging bigger churches to help out the smaller churches is now underway. It is called Churches Helping Churches Challenge.

  State health committee gets update on COVID-19

The State House Select Committee on COVID-19 Health Care Working Group met Thursday to discuss how the state is tackling this pandemic. Leaders got an update on how first-responders are dealing with obtaining Personal Protective Equipment.

  Charlotte pastor credits wife, God for COVID-19 recovery

Bishop Alan Porter calls himself a walking miracle. He contracted COVID19 and says his recovery was a painful experience. Porter is the Pastor of The Connecting Place at Greater Salem in Northwest Charlotte.

  ‘This should not be surprising to us’; Health director speaks about COVID-19 impact on African Americans in Meck Co.

When it comes to coronavirus in Mecklenburg County, the African American community makes up 48 percent of the positive cases.

  Local leaders concerned how COVID-19 impacts African Americans

Mecklenburg County leaders are concerned about the impact COVID-19 is having on the African American community.

  Huntersville couple stranded on cruise ship in Miami finally heading home to N.C.

The Huntersville couple told WBTV News they were finally given the ‘all clear’ from Princess Cruise Line to return to North Carolina after spending more than a month at sea.

Families in need pick up Easter meals in Charlotte

About 1700 needy families in Charlotte received their Easter meal on Monday. This is an annual event sponsored by Hendrick Automotive, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Activities League and Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS).

  Charlotte city leaders tackle affordable housing, economic mobility, the future of small businesses and COVID-19

The company that is helping with affordable housing in Charlotte is also helping small businesses survive during this pandemic. LISC has partnered with Verizon to offer local minority small businesses up at a $10,000 grant.

  Small business struggles to pay bills first of the month

Wags and Whiskers is a doggie daycare facility in Fort Mill, South Carolina. It boards dogs for about $35 a day. Shanon Little is the owner and says due to COVID-19, her business has been down.

  Online learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools exposes the digital divide

Some Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) parents are getting frustrated doing online learning. They are frustrated and claim there is a lack of communication between CMS and households.

  Doctors with Tryon Medical Partners coping during pandemic

Dr. Jennifer Womack is one of more than 90 doctors associated with Tryon Medical Partners. It's a medical group that is doing its part to tackle COVID-19.

  SREE Hotel Management hands out meals to help hotel workers

SREE Hotel management based in Charlotte is helping its employees get through a rough patch. COVID-19 has hit the hospitality industry hard. One in nine people who work in Charlotte are employed in the hospitality industry.