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  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.

  ‘He was a good boy’: Mother of 16-year-old shot days before Thanksgiving wants answers

Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk tests positive for COVID-19

  The Gin Mill to close temporarily after employees test positive for COVID-19

  Task force recommends one cent sales tax increase to pay for Charlotte Transformational Mobility Network

45K+ coronavirus cases, 468 virus-related deaths reported in Mecklenburg County

  2 people found dead in Matthews home, death investigation underway

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  Man killed when car crashes into child development center in Charlotte

  COVID-19 testing staying ‘consistent’ one week after Thanksgiving holiday

  Man arrested in Los Angeles, charged with murder of man in northeast Charlotte

  ‘A direct affront.’ City streets may be renamed over Confederacy, white supremacy ties

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

  Man accused in fatal hit-and-run pleads not guilty

  NCDHHS launching pilot program for COVID-19 antigen testing of K-12 staff and students

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the state will get 3 million antigen tests by the end of the year.

  65 inmates test positive for coronavirus, 255 in isolation or quarantine at Mecklenburg jail

Officials say 65 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus while 255 other inmates are either in isolation or quarantine at Mecklenburg County Detention Center-Central.

  Trials in gyms, cases delayed: With NC pandemic logjam, justice ‘slow as molasses’

Court cases across North Carolina are in flux, after more than eight months with limited function. As a result, district attorneys are having to make tough decisions on how to handle criminal cases.

Police looking for person of interest involved in shooting death of teen

The person of interest is described as a black male with a facial tattoo. Police say he’s frequently seen around the 6700 block of North Tryon Street.

  Charlotte brewery temporarily closing following positive COVID-19 case

Charlotte man sentenced to 14 years in prison after armed robberies

  Gastonia teen missing since October may be in Charlotte area

  Alcoholics Anonymous groups still providing support despite decreasing in-person meetings

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

  ‘It’s a meaningful thing to step up’; Charlotte family participating in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial

  Police: Person wanted for violent offense arrested following pursuit in Charlotte

Officers said the person was apprehended with assistance from aviation and the K9 unit.

  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.

Sycamore Brewing Company temporarily closes taproom, citing COVID-19 safety precautions

Starting Tuesday, Dec. 1, Sycamore Brewing Company, located on Hawkins Street, will close its taproom operations until further notice, the company announced on social media.

  Uptown property owner sues city, county to clear homeless camp that’s next door

At least 100 people live there, some of whom are experiencing chronic homelessness.

  CMS welcomes K-8 middle school students back to classrooms amid questions about holiday travel

Many parents told WBTV they were already worried about more students returning to the classroom, but the Thanksgiving holiday break has amplified their concerns.

  Thousands of companies denied CLT business grants but records showing which ones not released

While thousands of businesses received awards of $10,000 and even $25,000 from the city, nearly 2,000 applications were also turned down.

  Police search for man facing charges in Charlotte Thanksgiving Day homicide

The incident happened around 10 p.m. on South Gardner Avenue Thursday.

Charlotte Hornets to play home games without fans to start 2020-21 season

The Hornets said they consulted with state and local health officials before coming to that conclusion.

  Man arrested for ‘weapons of mass destruction’ after explosive device found in Huntersville apartment

Police say 38-year-old Justin Lloyd Colman was arrested Sunday and has been charged with two counts of weapons of mass destruction and two counts of firearm by a felon.

It’s official: Hornets acquire former NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward in sign-and-trade

Hayward, a 10-year NBA veteran, was an NBA All-Star in 2017.

Police arrest man involved in serious Nov. 17 wreck after fleeing from cops

The accident happened near the intersection of Brookshire Boulevard and I-85.

Police: Man killed after speeding around curve, crashing in northeast Charlotte

Police said Ronnell Al-Jaquan Laberth crashed and overturned his 2002 Acura RSX around 1:30 a.m. in the 900 block of West Rocky River Road.

Lap dancing, large crowds cost south Charlotte strip club its permit to serve alcohol

At least 200 patrons were packed inside Club Onyx at 5300 Old Pineville Road when a state investigator entered the business early on Nov. 1, according to the state order suspending its permits.

  ABC permits suspended at Charlotte strip club after alleged COVID safety violations

The permits for Club Onyx were suspended Friday after multiple alleged violations of Gov. Cooper’s executive orders relating to social distancing and face coverings.

  15 families displaced after large south Charlotte apartment fire

Firefighters say 20 adults, eight children and several pets were displaced from their home in the 1100 block of Falls Creek Lane off Scaleybark Road.

  More local office spaces, businesses investing in air purification systems during COVID-19 pandemic

Office spaces, restaurants, schools and even homes are figuring out new ways to clean their air because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of people dying at home during the pandemic spikes in Mecklenburg County

And fears of contracting COVID-19 have discouraged some gravely sick people from going to the hospital, they told the Charlotte Observer.

  Teens charged with murder in shooting death of 16-year-old boy in Charlotte

The incident happened on Reid Avenue around 2 p.m.

  Woman arrested in northwest Charlotte’s second deadly shooting within hours

Officers responded around 2:45 a.m. to the area of the 2500 block of Rozzelles Ferry Road near Smallwood Place

  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.

  Hospitality industry optimistic as holiday season approaches

As travelers funnel through Charlotte Douglass International Airport, businesses hope that means more revenue in the Queen City.

  Nurses and doctors care for COVID-19 patients on Thanksgiving, urge community to continue to take virus seriously

Health care workers are reminding the community to continue to take the virus seriously, especially as more holidays and family gatherings are being planned.

  Humane Society dogs receive Thanksgiving treat in Charlotte

Zone 6 NC provided a chicken and rice lunch for the dogs.

Charlotte native, award-winning artist Anthony Hamilton donates Thanksgiving meals to families in need

The award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer continues to give back to his hometown.

Charlotte woman relying on food pantry this Thanksgiving while helping others in need

Food banks everywhere have seen a huge increase in demand since the coronavirus swept the country in March, and many of the visitors are newcomers.

  Long lines come as surprise as holiday travel ramps up from Charlotte

Even though experts say the risk is out there, many travelers say there is an overwhelming need for home, family and the urge to get there.

  Some South End bars busy Wednesday before Thanksgiving, customers adjust to stricter mask mandate

Many customers said they didn’t know what they were supposed to be doing.

  Some people still weary about COVID-19 vaccine, sociologists say there’s history behind concerns

In recent weeks companies like Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca have announced that their trials have produced anywhere from 70 to 95 percent efficacy, but for some people it’s still not enough.

  Last minute COVID-19 testing in Charlotte continues day before Thanksgiving

They likely won’t get their results in time for Thanksgiving, but health officials still it’s smart to get tested.

18 inmates test positive for coronavirus at Mecklenburg jail

At least 18 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus at Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

Charlotte man arrested for soliciting teen online, police say

Tobias Urias Flores-De Paz was arrested on Nov. 24 after he attempted to meet what he believed to be a 15-year-old child.

  Hundreds line up for Thanksgiving dinner drive-thru in west Charlotte

The group pulled up with enough turkey at a community center along Tuckaseegee Road to serve 300 people.

  Charlotte residents still lining up for COVID-19 tests as Thanksgiving approaches

Charlotte residents are still lining up for COVID tests as Thanksgiving approaches.

  Man thought surgery would be covered by insurance, gets $23,000 bill

Imagine going in for a surgical procedure thinking your insurance will cover the bill and then being hit with a $23,000 bill.

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

Thomas Hunter is a junior at Harding University High School. His family can’t afford a computer at this time.

  ‘He bonded out 10 hours later’; Mother of fatal hit-and-run victim fighting for stricter laws in N.C.

She is demanding change via a petition to stop hit and run drivers from receiving bond in North Carolina.

  Community leaders react to shooting death of 16-year-old boy in Charlotte

Investigators arrested a teen girl and charged her with murder after 16-year-old Joshua Clawson was shot and killed.

  Hundreds turn out for COVID testing at Bojangles’ Coliseum, county opens overflow testing site

Most people chose to get a test Monday in hopes they would get their results back by Thanksgiving.

East Charlotte shooting leaves one person seriously injured, road shut down

Officers responded to E. WT Harris Boulevard near Independence Boulevard at 5:35 p.m.

  Emails raise questions about DHHS oversight of Cardinal Innovations

Emails obtained by WBTV show top regulators at N.C. Department of Health and Human Services helped Cardinal Innovations respond to concerns from Mecklenburg County and sent Cardinal an advanced copy of a response letter to the county, to which Cardinal suggested edits.

  A time for thanks, for giving life: Charlotte woman receives life-saving kidney donation from stranger

Just two working moms catching up on life and kids and such, but the truth is Celeste Brintley and Shelly Crawford had just met for the first time.

Season-opening games canceled for Charlotte men’s basketball due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of season-opening games for Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball against Tennessee and VCU in the Volunteer Classic.

  Need a COVID-19 test before Thanksgiving? Here’s where to go around Charlotte.

COVID-19 prevention tips from the CDC suggest celebrating virtually or outdoors-only, if possible. While health leaders discourage large gatherings, the holiday invariably will bring people together.

Child found outside Charlotte apartment late at night reunited with guardians

She was found outside of Belle Haven Apartments.

Missing 11-year-old girl with critical medical condition found safe

Police say an 11-year-old girl who went missing over the weekend in Charlotte has been found safe.

Inmate at Charlotte juvenile detention center dies by apparent suicide

The inmate was pronounced dead at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte just after 3 p.m.

Nearly-empty shelves beg the question: Is Charlotte hoarding toilet paper again?

Apparently, hoarding of paper products is back ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday as the Carolinas reach near COVID-19 case peak levels of summer.

Charlotte Hornets will sign Gordon Hayward, will waive Nic Batum for salary cap space

In order to have the salary-cap room to sign Hayward, the Hornets will waive guard-forward Nic Batum and use the NBA’s stretch provision to spread cap implications of Batum’s remaining $27 million over three seasons, an NBA source confirmed to The Observer.

  Businesses, organizations finding safe ways to offer family activities during pandemic

Despite the restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, Charlotte businesses and organizations are finding ways to offer safe, family-friendly activities for the public.

  Person seriously injured in shooting in southwest Charlotte

The incident happened on Old Pineville Road at 5:10 p.m. Officers responded and found a victim who had been shot.

  Crime Stoppers: Police trying to identify north Charlotte robbery suspect who tried to wipe away fingerprints

Detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are hoping members of the public can help them identify a man who robbed a convenience store in north Charlotte last week.

  Test before turkey: People in Charlotte flocking to COVID-19 testing sites ahead of Thanksgiving

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and some families are spending it differently than in years past.

  Charlotte food banks facing high demand during holiday season and ongoing pandemic

Food pantries across the Charlotte community are in need of more donations this year. They say because of the covid-19 pandemic, they’re serving more families than ever.Hope Street Food Pantry went from serving 50 families a week to more than 200 when the pandemic first started.Now they’re getting

11 students in off-campus COVID-19 cluster at UNC Charlotte

The university confirmed the cluster involving 11 students living in private residences through its Niner Health Check, testing and contact tracing protocols.

  New multi-million dollar Charlotte facility combines science with compassion

A new multi-million dollar facility in Charlotte, combines science with compassion with two local celebrity names are behind it.

  Charlotte residents, travelers sound off on Thanksgiving travel as CDC releases updated COVID guidelines

Charlotte residents, and travelers are sounding off about Thanksgiving travel as the CDC releases updated COVID guidelines.

  Johnson C. Smith University creates plan to curb violence in area surrounding campus

With homicides and violent crimes in Charlotte, there is a renewed push to stop the violence.

  Organizations in Charlotte getting creative during pandemic to house homeless this winter

Roof Above added measures including separation barriers between beds to be able to raise the capacity at their shelter.