Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to celebrate second drive-through graduation

More than 730 graduates will receive associate degrees, diplomas and certificates that were earned during the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 academic terms on May 21, 2021.

  Chester Co. residents told to lock doors as deputies search for ‘armed and extremely dangerous’ man

Kids 12 and up can now get a COVID vaccine at Rock Hill’s clinic. Here’s what to know

Sheriff: Teen escapes after being kidnapped, repeatedly beaten by boyfriend

Salisbury Police announce promotion

  Silver Alert canceled for missing Concord woman

South Carolina man indicted for role in US Capitol riot

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Group to protest treatment of Georgia woman in 2019 traffic stop in Rowan County

COVID-19 restrictions lifted for Rowan Chamber event

Commissioners recognize Emergency Services Week in Rowan

  Charlotte City Council makes changes to 2040 plan, new single-family policy moves forward

  Gaston County mother says daughter who has ‘long-term COVID effects’ is now vaccinated

  ‘It changed my whole life’: Wife warns of drunk driving after husband dies in I-85 crash with wrong-way driver

Lancaster SC parents face homicide, child abuse charges after 1-year-old girl dies

The warrants state the child had not received any documented medical care since she was born.

  Mecklenburg Co. updates recommendations after N.C. lifts most COVID-19 restrictions

Mecklenburg County officials are warning people to not let their guard down.

  South Carolina teachers, parents react to canceled protest

A teacher advocacy group says the Governor’s executive order was the last straw for teachers across the state. SC for Ed planned to protest that among other negative aspects that came out of the pandemic, but the groups says numerous threats for the planned protest put them and supporters in danger.

SC governor signs open carry bill into law

It goes into effect August 15, 2021.

  Hundreds of thefts reported at Charlotte airport with few cases ever solved

  Busy portion of Union County road to close for part of day throughout week for tree removal

Rock Hill woman last seen leaving home last week reported missing

School bus catches fire in Iredell Co., no students on board at time

  ‘It’s hard to let your guard down’: Many choose to wear masks even when not required in Charlotte

FBI, police offering rewards in murder of transgender woman in N.C.

  Class action lawsuit filed against The Citadel in Salisbury, site of NC’s largest COVID-19 outbreak

A Class Action lawsuit was filed in Monday in Rowan County on behalf of two residents of The Citadel and members of their families.

  ‘Great decision’: Johnson C. Smith latest Charlotte-area college to require students to be fully vaccinated

The college announced Monday that, in order to return to the school grounds next fall, students must have had either the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccination or the two shots of Pfizer or Moderna.

  S.C. records 229 new COVID-19 cases

State health officials are urging residents to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

  N.C. reports 688 new COVID-19 cases, 815 hospitalizations

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

  21-year-old dies following shooting north of uptown Charlotte

The incident happened before 1:30 p.m. on Celia Avenue near the intersection with Onyx Street north of uptown.

  Cabarrus, Cleveland, Meck & Rowan among counties with highest number, percentages of backlogged DWI cases due to COVID-19

Cabarrus, Cleveland, Mecklenburg, and Rowan are 4 of the 7 counties named as “counties of concern” in a recent study commissioned by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.

Police: Small child found naked, living in feces covered filth

Police in Providence, Kentucky, say they went Friday to a home with an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Felicia Terrell.

Two inmates enjoy about 20 minutes of freedom after running from Rowan jail

Two men who took advantage of a briefly opened garage door at the Rowan County Detention Center enjoyed about 20 minutes of freedom before being caught.

  N.C. Zoo announces birth of dozen red wolf pups

The North Carolina Zoo on Monday announced the birth of three litters of critically endangered American red wolves.

Union County road to close for tree removal

A section of Pleasant Plains Road will close between Potter Road and Old Monroe Road between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Former president Trump to speak at NCGOP convention

The North Carolina Republican Party’s 2021 State Convention will take place Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6.

  WBTV Investigates: Nearly 200 thefts reported at Charlotte airport since start of last year

Nearly 200 thefts have been reported at Charlotte Douglas International Airport since the beginning of 2020, even with all of the security and cameras. Few of the criminals are ever caught.

  One hurt, multiple cars hit in shooting in uptown Charlotte

The shooting happened just before 2:30 a.m. in a business parking lot on College Street near E. Stonewall Street.

John Force scores no. 152, Torrence claims fifth straight Top Fuel win at zMAX Dragway in Concord

John Force finished the job in front of a captivated crowd, snaring his 152nd career Funny Car win and dedicating the win to Smith, the executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports and founder of zMAX Dragway.

Fire intentionally set at northeast Charlotte duplex, officials say

Firefighters say the fire was set at a duplex on W. Craighead Road off of Highway 29.

Person killed in wreck involving three motorcycles in York County

The passenger of a motorcycle was killed in a five-car wreck Sunday afternoon in York County.

  Black Political Caucus holds event to answer questions related to CMS funding concerns

As the funding feud continues between Mecklenburg County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, community leaders are hoping to keep the public informed.

  ‘It was a little easier today’: Carolinas slowly regaining fuel after cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline

As of Sunday evening, more than 50 percent of gas stations in N.C. were without fuel.

NC judge accused of nearly hitting protester with SUV

A protester says she and another protester had to jump out of the way to avoid Tyson’s vehicle May 7.

  Five hurt when car crashes into building in north Charlotte neighborhood

The crash happened on Panthersville Drive.

Removal of Asheville Confederate monument set to commence

The removal and restoration process will take weeks.

UFO studies and the possibility of alien origin

In 2017, investigative journalist Leslie Kean coauthored a New York Times story that revealed the existence of, believe it or not, a secret Pentagon program devoted to studying UFO sightings.

  Person injured in shooting outside nightclub in north Charlotte

The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. off Smith Corners Boulevard.

Kannapolis Cannon Ballers first-ever win Saturday Night in Fayetteville

After a shaky start to their inaugural season, the Cannon Ballers used an early manufactured run and lockdown pitching to hold off the Woodpeckers 1-0 for their first-ever win Saturday night at SEGRA Stadium.

Catawba College awards degrees at annual commencement

Catawba College awarded baccalaureate degrees to 257 graduates, Class of 2021, at three separate ceremonies on May 15, 2021, in Keppel Auditorium on campus.

Louisville police attend graduation of fallen officer’s daughter

Officers with LMPD made an appearance at a local high school graduation to support and celebrate the success of the daughter of a fellow officer who died last year.

  Virus testing strategies, opinions vary widely in US schools

Education and health officials around the country have taken different approaches to testing students and staff members.

SC for Ed cancels protest after receiving numerous threats

The protest was supposed to take place on Monday, May 17.

  One person seriously hurt in N. Tryon Street crash

One person is seriously hurt after a crash that took down several light poles overnight.

  People embracing less restrictions in N.C., some say its a ‘step in the right direction’

Many people are excited about Governor Cooper’s steps to ease COVID-19 restrictions, others believe it’s too soon.

2 men wrongfully sent to death row awarded $75M in damages

The two were released from prison in 2014 after DNA evidence that pointed to a convicted murderer exonerated them.

  Family leads rally in Charlotte for Daunte Wright, 20-year-old killed by police officer in Minnesota

Wright’s brother, Marcus, lives in the Charlotte area and is expected to attend the vigil.

Police banned from participating in New York City Pride events until 2025

Event organizers said that they will not promote law enforcement on their social media accounts or any Pride-owned media through mentions, interviews or spotlights and “will not allow NYPD to speak at its events or use any NYC Pride platform.”

  Family of man fatally shot by N.C. deputies files complaint against department

Deputies were trying to serve a felony warrant on Ethan Tyler Calton, 28, at 4:15 p.m. at a home on Edisto Drive, south of Rutherfordton, off Highway 221, according to WYFF.

  Louisville bar owner asks fully vaccinated customers to show proof to go maskless

Businesses are coming up with new plans after mask mandates by the CDC changed for fully vaccinated people.

  NC teen vowed on social media to kill mourners at church memorial service, sheriff says

The officers reported rumors spreading around the schools that someone posted threats on social media.

  Hornets increase Spectrum Center capacity, maintain mask requirements

The Charlotte Hornets announced today that the team will increase Spectrum Center’s capacity for any potential games in the upcoming State Farm Play-In Tournament and the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, from 25 percent to 60 percent, or about 12,000 fans.

Officers bring smiles to children after recovering mother’s stolen gift

A 56-year-old male was arrested and charged with larceny.

Soldier killed in Korean War to be buried in South Carolina

The 21-year-old Union native was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950.

Person found shot and killed in North Charlotte, CMPD investigates

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are investigating a homicide in North Charlotte.

Charlotte high school students do full-length virtual spring musical

Students at Northwest School of the Arts said they wanted to find a way to do their spring musical with a larger audience but in a safe way.

College, university graduation ceremonies continue with restrictions following governor’s announcement

Governor Cooper’s announcement Friday lifting all mass gathering, capacity limits, and most mandatory mask requirements came just hours before most weekend graduation ceremonies.

Molly’s Kids: Meet Chloe Lilienthal, who lives with POTS

Four years ago, Chloe Lilienthal was diagnosed with a common but misunderstood syndrome, called POTS.

  Fans rejoice as mask mandate lifted hours before Charlotte Knights game

Friday night, the Charlotte Knights found themselves with only a few hours’ notice before the gates opened and crowds pouring in.

  CMPD officers honored at 41st annual Police Community Relations Awards

A few dozen people gathered for the 41st Annual Police Community Relations Awards Friday night.

Florida teen and mom face up to 16 years in prison after allegedly rigging homecoming court votes

50-year-old Laura Rose Carroll, an assistant principal at Bellview Elementary School in Pensacola, Florida, was arrested alongside her daughter, Emily Rose Grover, in March.

A reluctant hero: The bus driver who stayed calm at gun point

Despite remaining calm at gunpoint and putting the safety of his students first, Richland School District Two bus driver Kenneth Corbin shrugs off this new title.

  Gov. Cooper lifts all N.C.’s mandatory capacity, gathering & social distancing requirements

The move, effective immediately, means that in most settings indoors or outdoors the state will no longer require you to wear a mask or be socially distant.

  Gas issues could slow down some weekend travel and recreation plans

Many gas stations remain empty with bags on the pumps as the shortage moves into the weekend.

Duke Energy builds a “stronger, smarter grid” for customers ahead of Spring storm and hurricane seasons in Rowan County

With Spring storm season upon us and as hurricane season nears, Duke Energy is prepared to respond to power outages as quickly and safely as possible, and recent reliability improvements will improve the grid to better serve customers.

AAON, Inc. donates equipment to Rowan-Cabarrus Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration technology program

AAON, Inc., a national manufacturer of heating and air conditioning equipment, recently donated 12 geothermal heat pumps to the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology program.

UPDATE: Missing juvenile found safe

Wilmington Police Department asked for help to locate a 17-year-old girl who has been missing since noon on Sunday, May 9.

  Stranger raising money for new home for grandmother taking care of 3 grandkids, one with cerebral palsy

What scares the grandmother more than the physical cracks, holes and mold in the home is what will happen to her three grandchildren when she is gone.

Kannapolis downtown parking information updated

With the first season of the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers now underway downtown parking areas have gotten a facelift.

UPDATE: One teen found; Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office still looking for the other missing teen

Logan Joshua Hunt was last seen on Croft Pointe Lane in Leland.

Rowan Arts & Ag Farm Tour coming up

The Rowan Chamber of Commerce and the Rowan County Extension Office are pleased to announce that the Chamber’s Agri-business Committee will hold the Third Annual Rowan Arts and Ag Farm Tour on Sat., June 5, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Chesterfield, Florence sheriff’s office work together in drug trafficking arrest

Deputies uncovered marijuana, THC edibles, cocaine, pressed pills suspected to be Fentanyl, cash and a gun.

Capacity restrictions lifted for month of May motorsports events including NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals this weekend and May 28-30 Coca-Cola 600 weekend

In accordance with Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest executive order, grandstand seating limitations have been lifted, opening the door for thousands more race fans to enjoy an action-packed month of May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.