Happy Friday, Qcity!
Panthers are back at Bank Of America Stadium this Sunday. We, as fans, have to show up in large numbers. The stadium looks more like an away game, even when we are home.
Also in today’s newsletter: a Q&A understanding of the 2023 school bond referendum
Today in History: In 1954, Benjamin .O. Davis Jr. became the first Black general in the U.S. Air Force.
Today in Charlotte: Charlotte Hornets v Detroit Pistons
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Understand the school bond referendum
Few people know more about the maintenance needs of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools than does Dennis La Carria.
As executive director of facilities and real estate planning for CMS, he played a lead role in constructing the $2.5 billion school bond proposal that will come before voters on Nov. 7.
La Caria recently met with QCity Metro to talk about how the school bond was decided, as well as its potential impact on property taxes.
Why it matters: Not everyone is thrilled with the idea of such a large bond package — the biggest in state history — and a group of Black clergy is encouraging voters to reject it.
Read on. Jalon Hill
Let’s ‘Stroll to the Polls’
A group representing local Black sororities and fraternities will host a “Stroll to the Polls” on Saturday, Oct. 28, to encourage more people to vote on Nov. 7.
Why it matters: Voter turnout for the Sept. 12 primaries was less than 5%. That was only 23,764 ballots cast out of a voter pool of 482,577, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
“We are calling on our members, and we are calling on the community to join this unity walk because every step we take to cast our votes drives home the fact that every vote counts,” Leland Howard, president of the Charlotte area chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, said in a statement.
Read on for more info. [Destiniee Jaram]
Get a master’s degree in 10 months at Gardner-Webb
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Gardner-Webb University’s 10-month MPA program is designed for working professionals. The program can be completed in as little as ten months and provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in upper management positions.
A fast, affordable, and convenient way to earn your graduate degree and take your career to the next level.
It’s Halloweekend! Here’s how to spend it
If you still need plans for this weekend check out our weekly event picks video on Instagram. We have kid-friendly, adult-only and lots of fun options for you.
Hiking Trail Spotlight: Lake Shore Trail
Founded in 1962, Lake Shore Trail makes for a prime summer hiking trail thanks to its swimming area.
However, it’s still a good spot to visit during the fall to see changing leaves and a nice lake view.
Learn more about this trail and others in our guide.
Panthers vs Texans
The Carolina Panthers (0-6) host the Houston Texans (3-3) on Sunday.
The Panthers come off a bye week in which they hope to regroup from their winless ways.
This Sunday’s matchup will see the top two picks of this year’s NFL draft, Bryce Young and CJ Stroud, faced for the first time in their NFL careers.
Read on for a full analysis and prediction of Sunday’s game. [Jalon Hill]
BAR ONE Lounge is a speakeasy-esque bar located in Phillips Place, in SouthPark. The intimately-lit bar is perfect for a date night or an after-work cocktail meeting.
The menu offers appetizers, pizza, salad, entrees and more. BAR ONE also has an extensive cocktail menu. The menu shares the “process” and “history” of each drink, like the punch Romaine, a drink described as “upscale and refreshing.” It’s made with egg white, Grand Marnier, champagne, rum, orange juice and lemon.
Check out our guide to restaurants in SouthPark.
➡️ Local: A Charlotte swim club that teaches black residents to swim is now looking to address the lifeguard shortage. (WFAE)
➡️ State: The North Carolina Zoo announced the death of Payton, its beloved polar bear. (WRAL)
➡️ National. Herbert “Bertie” Bowman, a fixture on Capitol Hill for 60 years and the longest-serving Black congressional staffer, died Wednesday. He was 92. (The Grio)
➡️ Global: Africa’s fashion industry is growing rapidly to meet local and international demand but inadequate investment limits its potential, UNESCO said Thursday in a report released during Lagos Fashion Week. (AP News)
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