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‘So much more’ than Zumba

‘So much more’ than Zumba

MATTHEWS – Zumba changed Robbi Liebert’s life. The Matthews resident began taking dance-as-exercise classes through a YMCA program three years ago and lost 127 pounds in one year. But for… Read more »

Stockholders approve $8.5 billion Family Dollar, Dollar Tree merger

Stockholders approve $8.5 billion Family Dollar, Dollar Tree merger

MATTHEWS – Family Dollar Stores, Inc. – a Matthews-based company that has operated out of the Charlotte area for more than 55 years – will soon join forces with Dollar… Read more »

New fitness studio opens doors to Matthews mothers

New fitness studio opens doors to Matthews mothers

MATTHEWS – Devan Kline, founder of mom-based fitness program Burn Bootcamp, has brought his business into Matthews and is already building a community with area mothers who want to focus… Read more »

Moving with a gentle purpose

Moving with a gentle purpose

MATTHEWS – Relaxing music plays as more than 20 senior citizens gingerly walk around a large room at the Siskey Family YMCA in Matthews. Tai Chi instructor and Matthews resident… Read more »

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CMS improves concussion awareness, management

CMS improves concussion awareness, management

Four years ago, former Gov. Bev Perdue signed the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Act into law, making North Carolina the 21st state with a concussion law. The N.C. High School Athletic Association… Read more »

Sports Shorts: Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2015

Sports Shorts: Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2015

Scott scores 1,000th point Butler’s Raequan Scott scored 25 points on Jan. 23 in the Bulldogs’ win over Garinger to join the 1,000-point club. Scott is averaging a team-high 21.6… Read more »

Sports Shorts: Jan. 22 to 28, 2015

Sports Shorts: Jan. 22 to 28, 2015

Covenant Day girls back on track After dropping four games in a row to finish out 2014 and start the new year, the Covenant Day girls basketball team is back… Read more »

Sports Shorts: Jan. 15 to 21, 2015

Sports Shorts: Jan. 15 to 21, 2015

Butler, Independence swimmers compete at inaugural Providence Day Invitational Butler and Independence’s swim teams competed at the inaugural Providence Day Invitational, held Jan. 10 at Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. Both Marvin… Read more »

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Crestdale students to focus on fitness through new lab, class

Crestdale students to focus on fitness through new lab, class

MATTHEWS – Crestdale Middle School eighth-graders are focusing on fitness this semester, thanks to the school’s new Fit Lab and Fit for Life class. Crestdale Principal Katy Richert said she… Read more »

Mint Hill Middle to dive ‘under the sea’

Mint Hill Middle to dive ‘under the sea’

MINT HILL – Mint Hill Middle School students will go “under the sea” this week with their performances of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” Mint Hill Middle teachers Crystal Liachoff, Laura… Read more »

Education Notes: Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2015

Education Notes: Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2015

Rocky River musicians selected for CMS Honors Orchestra, senior district band MINT HILL – Several Rocky River High School students were recently selected for district bands. Junior clarinetist Wayne Ruan… Read more »

Clear Creek to host fundraising night of fun

Clear Creek to host fundraising night of fun

Clear Creek Elementary School will kick off a night of family fun to help raise funds for teacher supplies and increase parent involvement. The Charlotte school, which draws students from… Read more »

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REVIEW– The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible

REVIEW– The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible

The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible tour is making its way through Charlotte and leaving amazed audiences in its wake. Seven magicians make up the Illusionists and complement each other’s various… Read more »

Learn rock, Rachmaninoff at Ballantyne School of Music

Learn rock, Rachmaninoff at Ballantyne School of Music

Kelly Massaro didn’t always realize her daughter, Paolina, was musically gifted. “When Paolina was a baby, she had colic and screamed all the time,” Massaro said. “Now I know she… Read more »

A&E Notes: Jan. 22 to 28, 2015

A&E Notes: Jan. 22 to 28, 2015

‘Widgets and Thing-a-ma-Jigs’ exhibit opens at Matthews Heritage Museum MATTHEWS – The Matthews Heritage Museum debuted its latest rotating exhibit, “Widgets and Thing-a-ma-Jigs: An Exhibit of the Mostly Unknown,” on… Read more »

Y Not: Educating Ballantyne in Art, Dance, Theater

Y Not: Educating Ballantyne in Art, Dance, Theater

Tucked away in the second floor of the Ballantyne Corners shopping center is the Ballantyne Arts Center, a jam-packed hub of art activity for children and young people interested in… Read more »