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News briefs for April 13

Festival honors African-American heritage

CHARLOTTE – The sixth annual Charlotte African American Festival is a celebration of the rich heritage and accomplishments of the African-American community.

Special attractions will include a journey through the Underground Railroad with a Harriet Tubman impersonator, The Ashanti Pageant and The Black History Walk of Fame, which features impersonations of famous African-Americans.

It will include exhibits, musical performances, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, speakers, vendors and recognition.

The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 14 and 3 to 9 p.m. April 15 at Blumenthal’s Spirit Square, 345 North College St. Proceeds from the festival will support media and broadcasting programs.

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FCP Acquires 574-Unit Apartment Community In Charlotte, NC

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"We are excited about this acquisition because of its excellent location in South Charlotte, where strong population and job growth are contributing to a wave of new construction and a corresponding decline in the workforce housing stock," said FCP Sr. Associate, Alex Cathcart. "The community will benefit from our programmatic management and site improvements, increasing the appeal to its current and future residents...

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Agenda Weekender: 80+ things to do this Easter weekend, including plenty of egg hunts, brunches and a themed bar crawl

Hit all of your Easter egg hunts this weekend with the help of Lyft.

Plus, get $5 off your first two Lyft rides using code LYFTWITHAGENDA.

Weekend Forecast

Friday: 74. Morning clouds, afternoon sun. 20% chance of rain.Saturday: 68. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Sunday: 73. Mostly cloudy. 0% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Easter Tea at The Ballantyne: Put on your Easter best and enjoy a selection of fresh spring sweets over tea, plus a complimentary glass of champagne. Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. $45++ for adults, $25++ for children 5-12, $10++ for children under 5. Details.

Good Friday Fish Fry at St. Paul Baptist Church: Join the Men’s Fellowship Ministry for an old-fashioned Good Friday Fish Fry. 3-5 p.m. $10. Details.

Beer Release at Bold Missy Brewery: Long Live the Queen (City), a New E...

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NC must do a better job educating workers to land firms like Amazon, Cooper says | The Herald Sun

North Carolina has to do a better job of educating its workforce if the state wants to land major employers like Amazon.

That’s according to Gov. Roy Cooper, who on Wednesday will outline his training priorities to grow the state’s workforce, collectively called NC Job Ready, to the NCWorks Commission in Raleigh.

Becoming one of the top 10 educated states in the country by 2025 is a goal Cooper has for North Carolina. Ensuring that workers are prepared for “the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Cooper said, is a goal that will shape his administration’s approach to education and labor policy moving forward.

“I plan to make this a central component to my term as governor,” Cooper said in an interview with the Observer Monday...

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Agenda Weekender: 75+ things to do this weekend, including Tyberpalooza, an Oscars night and the CIAA Tournament and its afterparties

Hit all of your CIAA afterparties safely with the help of Lyft.

We’re celebrating our new partnership by giving you $5 off your first two Lyft rides using code LYFTWITHAGENDA.

Weekend Forecast

Friday: 59. Sunny, but windy. 0% chance of rain.Saturday: 59. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.
Sunday: 60. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Tyberpalooza at Tyber Creek Pub: It’s that time of year again. Celebrate with two full nights of flip cup and cornhole tournaments, food, drink and more. Friday and Saturday. $10. Details.

Cereal With CC at The Ballantyne: This 1st annual “Cereal with CC” breakfast by The Sandbox will allow attendees to learn more about the program, see its impact first hand and experience a DISC Personality Profile Workshop. Proceeds benefit the CARRE program. 9 a.m.-12 p.m...

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Agenda Weekender: 70+ things to do this warm weekend, including Food Truck Friday, the Southern Home & Garden Show and a banana bar crawl

Stay cool while you’re getting from point A to point B this weekend with the help of Lyft.

Plus, get $5 off your first two Lyft rides using code LYFTWITHAGENDA.

Weekend Forecast

Friday: 78. Partly cloudy. 10% chance of rain.Saturday: 77. Cloudy. 20% chance of rain.
Sunday: 72. 80% chance of thunderstorms.

Food & Drink

Belgian Cellar Raid Weekend at Sugar Creek Brewing: They’ll be releasing 2 beers, each an interpretation of a Belgian classic, every day this weekend. Friday through Sunday. Free. Details.

Spring Food Truck Friday in South End: Celebrate the warmer weather with seasonally-inspired dishes, fresh beer, wine and cider. 5-11 p.m. Free. Details.

ShabbesFest! An Epic Shabbat Dinner with The Porch at Temple Beth El: Enjoy a casual, yet spirited, Shabbat dinner for young adults an...

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Opinion roundup: Election season opens, legislature acts up, class size questions, GenX and lots more

Updated 8:22 a.m. Monday

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 — A round up of opinion, commentary and analysis on: elections begin, legislature’s actions, Lt. Gov. Forrest’s campaigning, fighting opioid abuse and more.

PAUL WOOVERTON: As filing period begins, uncertainty clouds 2018 elections (Fayetteville Observer analysis) — The 2018 elections start today amid confusion and uncertainty because of multiple lawsuits and the potential that elections for judges will be changed or eliminated. Candidates for most races will begin filing for office at noon. The filing period continues through noon Feb. 28. The filings are for the people running for local offices throughout the state, including sheriff, county commissioner, clerk of court, register of deeds and district attorney...

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Shelley deMontesquiou Affiliates with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Charlotte, NC February 5, 2018 – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is pleased to announce that Shelley deMontesquiou has affiliated as a sales associate with the company’s Ballantyne branch office.

According to deMontesquiou, “I look forward to providing the best customer service and helping buyers and sellers achieve their needs with my knowledge of the area.”

” We are very happy to welcome Shelley to the Coldwell Banker network. Her knowledge of the area and commitment to excellent customer service leads to making customers for life,” said Lance Branham, branch manager of the Ballantyne Office.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is a leading residential real estate brokerage company with 28 offices and more than 1,100 sales associates serving the communities of North and South Car...

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Lowe’s seasonal hiring plans include 4,200 openings in North Carolina – Greensboro – Triad Business Journal

Lowe’s Cos. Inc. is bulking up its staff for the spring and summer seasons — the busiest in the home-improvement industry.

The Mooresville-based retailer says it will add an estimated 53,000 seasonal workers in addition to full- and part-time employees across its U.S. footprint.

In the Charlotte market, 1,250 seasonal staffers will be hired; hiring is also underway for an additional 1,100 workers in the Raleigh-Durham area. More than 4,200 seasonal employees will be added across North Carolina, according to a Lowe’s spokesman.

Seasonal openings include the following positions: cashiers, lawn and garden associates, stockers, assemblers of outdoor products and loaders. Those employees typically work from March to September.

Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) says it is also hiring an undisclosed number of f...

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Ballantyne residents concerned over proposed apartments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Some neighbors in Ballantyne are signing a petition to try and stop a developer from building new apartments.

They said it will create too much traffic on a road that’s about to get a lot busier.

The 8 acres at Community House Road and Bryant Farms Road, across from the YMCA, is currently zoned for commercial use like retail.

Residents worry rezoning it for apartments will add to growing problems in Ballantyne including rush-hour traffic and overcrowding at schools.

“It’s going to be like taking a monster and just dropping it in,” said Bob Payet who lives in the Bexley neighborhood nearby.

A Raleigh-based developer wants to build four-story buildings with 240 apartments, adding more rush-hour traffic that Mike Novajosky’s wife fights every day.

“She will spend five minute...

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