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Lisa Montgomery joins JCSU

Montgomery was named vice president for student enrollment and success at Johnson C. Smith University, responsible for admissions, campus ministries, financial aid, Greek life and other areas

Teachers rally against proposed job cuts

Faced with a budget shortfall, CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman has said he may need to eliminate 456 teachers and 83 assistant principals. Teachers say the cuts should come from administration.

William Henry “Billy” Phillips, 69

Mr. Phillips, a former U.S. Marine, was a member of Parkwood Institutional CME Church. He spent many years as a salesman in the insurance industry.

Bobcats feel heat as economy sours

To keep ticket-holders happy, the Charlotte Bobcats will outline new incentives this week, the Charlotte Observer reports. They include lower season ticket prices and a chance to win prizes.

Anthony Foxx launches campaign Web site

Campaign officials say the new site will be the hub of their communications efforts with voters. It will be updated daily, they say, “pretty much from sun up to sun down.”

Local church to sponsor teen summit

The Park Ministries of Charlotte will sponsor the ELEVATE teen summit on March 21. Gender-specific sessions will focus on leadership, learning and living.

Watchmen: It’s in another world


Fans who liked the graphic novel may well like the movie. But for those experiencing “Watchmen” for the first time, prepare to be confused — if not outright disappointed

Black unemployment at 13.4 percent

The January data showed a dismal trend as the United States struggles through one of its worst recessions in decades. Overall, 8.1 percent of Americans were jobless last month.

‘Comfort is not a compromise for style’


April Atkinson Haley, co-owner of Lockstar Salon, says her fashion can be "super trendy" or "super classic." But always, she says, she prefers quality over quantity

T.O. is O-U-T as a Dallas Cowboy

Reports say the Cowboys released the controversial wide receiver last Wednesday night, the third NFL team to do so

Rock Hill man talks about “Survivor” experience

Jerry Sims, a member of the S.C. National Guard, was voted off the show last week. No hard feelings, he tells the Observer.

Finally, sweet victory!

After three failed attempts at winning the women’s CIAA tournament crown, Coach Vanessa Taylor and her Lady Golden Bulls last week gave Charlotte reason to celebrate

Your child’s report card should never be a surprise


Society rewards our best and brightest, so stay focused on your child’s academic progress throughout each grading period

New this month on DVD and Blu-ray


Qcitymetro film critic Kary Bowser Jr. shares some of his picks for March

CMS eliminates 13 jobs in human resources

Superintendent Peter Gorman has said CMS may cut up to 1,200 positions as it works to close projected budget shortfalls next year.


A peek inside Firehouse Bar & Lounge, soon to be Charlotte’s newest hot spot

Owner Clarence Boston said he hopes the lounge, located near Bank of America Stadium, will attract young professionals of all...


I can’t keep rolling my eyes at today’s headlines; it’s starting to hurt

Is it just me, or is the constant drum beat of social media starting to make us loopy?


Why women should weight train

As a fitness professional, I enjoy seeing others reach their fitness goals — weight loss, gaining strength, revving up their...


Friendship Missionary Baptist to sponsor hurricane-relief trip to Texas

The church is looking for able-bodied men to work gutting homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.


Joel Ford will seek re-election to his N.C. Senate seat

The three-term Democrat, who failed in his quest to be Charlotte's mayor, announced his re-election bid on Wednesday, hours after...


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