Man arrested for murder of woman at ATM in July

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested a man accused of killing a woman at a Charlotte ATM in July.  J’wuan Horton, 24, faces multiple charges including first-degree murder, robbery, and gun possession as a felon in the killing of 48-year-old Karen Baker. The incident happened in the University City area on July 13 near the University Plaza Shopping Center. Baker was attempting to withdraw money from an ATM machine when she was...

Super Icy Brothers to open a store in Northlake Mall

Italian ice and vegan dessert shop, Super Icy Brothers, is coming to Charlotte’s Northlake Mall.  The South Carolina-based dessert shop opened its first location in Rock Hill in Oct. 2019 and a second store at Carolina Place Mall in Pineville last fall.  After a bout with lactose landed him in the hospital in 2018, Ira Guinn could no longer consume dairy. Determined to ensure he could still enjoy his usual treats, his wife began cooking...

‘More than cookies’: local Girl Scouts receive $1.1 million investment

A billionaire philanthropist will support a local Girl Scouts organization with a contribution of more than a million dollars. MacKenzie Scott, billionaire philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, made her latest contribution to the Queen City in the form of $1.1 million for the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council (GSHNC). The donation will help GSHNC to reach their annual $3 million budget and secure the ability to serve all...

Woman arrested for throwing bleach in face of CMS bus driver

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested a woman who threw bleach into a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bus driver’s face. The suspect was identified as 30-year-old Regina Nicole Fields. According to CMPD, the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the 4600 block of Central Avenue.  The bus was picking up students enroute to Winterfield Elementary School. Free Newsletter Stay informed with news and events that impact...

Black people more likely to be hospitalized with flu

Flu season is here and vaccinations are increasing, but a new report finds that Black people are less likely to participate in flu vaccines — and more likely to be hospitalized. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), citing data from 2009 to 2022, Black adults are almost twice as likely to become hospitalized with the flu as white or Asian adults.  High rates of hospitalization Since 2009, flu-related hospitalization...

Salisbury man charged for involvement in Livingstone College shooting

A Salisbury man was charged for his involvement in a Livingstone College shooting on Saturday. The shooting left three people injured, including the suspect, according to Salisbury Police Department. Talib Latrell Kelly, 21, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, discharging a firearm on educational property and possession of a firearm by a felon. Police said Kelly, who is not a Livingstone student, is still in the hospital recovering...

It’s free college application week y’all!

This item first appeared in our morning newsletter, which is delivered Monday through Saturday to more than 7,000 smart subscribers in the Charlotte area. You can become one of them. What’s better than free?  College application fees can get as pricey as $90 each, but this week, several college applications are $0.  N.C. Countdown to College encourages more students to pursue higher education by waiving college application fees.  Free...

Federal student debt application is open

This item first appeared in our morning newsletter, which is delivered Monday through Saturday to more than 7,000 smart subscribers in the Charlotte area. You can become one of them. The federal government is now accepting applications from people seeking relief from student loans debts.  Students who received Pell Grants can request up to $20,000 in loan forgiveness. All others can request up to $10,000. Income limits apply. Free Newsletter...

Early voting begins in Mecklenburg County

Election Day is Nov. 8, but early voting in Mecklenburg is underway. According to Mecklenburg County’s website, there are 24 early voting locations that will be open 7 days a week throughout the early voting period. Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 a.m. – Early in-person voting begins Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. – Early in-person voting ends Free Newsletter Stay informed with news and events that impact Charlotte's Black communities. Monday –...

Meet Kimberly Wilkinson, a triple threat in Charlotte business

Everything will work out somehow. That’s the biggest lesson Kimberly Wilkinson says she has learned in her 13 years as a business owner.  “I don’t worry about stuff like I used to,” said Wilkinson. “I used to stress the heck out. I don’t do that anymore.” This approach has helped Wilkinson operate multiple brick-and-mortar businesses at one time. Wilkinson currently owns two businesses in Charlotte and has a third on the way....

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