Letter to my Younger self: Chris Jackson

Everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive. That’s why Goodwill turns donated items into free career training to help people in our community achieve the life they want. Learn more at goodwillsp.org/train Chris Jackson is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, a position he’s held since June 2017. Jackson joined Goodwill in 2010 as vice president of strategic planning and organizational development. Prior...

When Friends Fall in Love

Torie and Jotham maintained a casual friendship for many years. They stayed connected through a mutual friend until a snowstorm gave them a reason to change roles. Torie shares their story.Bride: Torie Bethea, 34, employed- Spectrum Corporate, native of Greensboro, North CarolinaGroom: Jotham Bethea, 34, entrepreneur – healthcare and restaurant, native of Winston Salem, North CarolinaCurrent Residence: Charlotte, North CarolinaWedding Date:...

City Council: New members, new committees

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. One of the perks of being mayor of Charlotte is getting to assign City Council members to various committees. On Tuesday, Mayor Vi Lyles announced committee assignments for the current council session, which began last week when members were sworn in. Under a new...

By any means necessary – Q City Metro

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. Nikki Davis-Green, president of N.C. Central’s Charlotte alumni chapter, is doing whatever it takes to encourage her son, Darren, to choose her alma mater.  In a Facebook post Tuesday, she shared a picture of a pair of Nike Dunks —   maroon and grey to...

Charlotte wants social districts. How do they fare in other N.C. cities?

MONROE, N.C. — On a recent Friday around 6 p.m., Tony Brown, an open cup of beer in hand, went walking through this city’s downtown district to take in an outdoor car show. Four months earlier, it would have been illegal for Brown, or anyone else, to consume alcohol while walking the streets of Monroe. But on June 10, the town joined a growing list of N.C. cities to establish a social district — a designated outdoor zone where open...

In other HBCU news… – Q City Metro

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. Ally Financial, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Charlotte-area businesses will host 60 HBCU students this week in an entrepreneurial pitch competition. The student teams will spend four-day developing ideas to promote economic mobility for diverse...

Here’s how to vote by mail in N.C.

The midterm elections are coming, and there are a few ways to vote in North Carolina from early voting to casting your ballot on Election Day. But if those don’t work for you, voting by mail is an option. Any registered voter in North Carolina, for any reason, can request an absentee ballot to complete and mail to that voter’s local board of elections by Election Day. Here are the details for the mail-in voting process in North Carolina....

JCSU inches higher in the latest U.S. News HBCU rankings

In its quest to be ranked among the nation’s top historically Black colleges and universities, Johnson C. Smith made a modest gain in the latest list of “best colleges” as compiled by U.S. News & World Report. In U.S. News’ 2022-2023 rankings, released Monday, JCSU claimed the No. 26 spot among the nation’s 107 HBCUs. Last year it tied with several other HBCUs at No. 30. “This recent report is just the beginning of what we hope...

This week in city government

City Council is scheduled to vote on a proposal today that would give financial subsidies to a developer pledging to preserve affordable housing in east Charlotte. The two-part proposal would: Allocate $8 million in federal covid relief dollars to Central NOAH. The company would use that money as a subsidy to buy and renovate Peppertree Apartments on Central Avenue. Provide the company with a 20-year tax subsidy in exchange for creating 44...

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library kicks off library card sign-up month

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. September is nationally recognized as Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when libraries encourage local residents to get library cards.  If you’re a Mecklenburg resident, you can get a free digital or physical library card for free when you fill out an...

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