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Author: Travis Silvas

Help me demonstrate the power of hope

There is tremendous power in hope. It can lift you up in moments of despair, carry you through life’s struggles and give you strength to move forward. Hope is the central theme surrounding the American Cancer Society’s fundraising efforts. There is no doubting hope plays a central role in anyone’s fight against cancer. Hope alone, however, cannot generate change. That takes action. I’ve committed myself to action this month, working on behalf of the Relay for Life of Charlotte in an effort to raise money for cancer research. I am participating in an American Cancer Society campaign called Power in Purple, one of three local candidates that have committed to sharing the “Power in Purple.” My reasons to relay are many, but the most powerful are the memories of loved ones who have passed while fighting cancer to the bitter end. None of them were ever defeated by the disease … not their spirit anyway. I’ve maybe never been more inspired than by my stepbrother, Blake, who at 19 years old faced the most difficult battle of his life. He did it with grace, with humor and with fierce determination. Cancer took his life in 2012, but it never took his spirit. He will always be a reminder to me that strength and courage can always be found regardless of the circumstances. He’s the biggest reason I’ve agreed to...

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Charlotte Soup funds two community projects

CanDo! has existed in Charlotte for close to two decades, and still, community members are sometimes unsure of what Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity is all about. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, CanDo!’s newest event, Charlotte Soup, showed exactly what the organization has always been — an instigator of ideas. Charlotte Soup’s premise was simple — bring community members together to generate ideas for new community projects; have the participants vote on their favorites; and provide funding for the top two ideas. The simple premise created several memorable moments, exactly what current CanDo! Chair Bill Barnes was hoping...

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Kimmer family enters new era of Halloween fun in Charlotte

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the house on the corner of Lovett and Pleasant streets in Charlotte will not serve as the community’s main Halloween attraction. Dan and Julie Kimmer, who have created elaborate Halloween displays at 333 E. Lovett Street since 1987 have moved, taking their treasure-trove of ghouls and goblins with them. But don’t fret Charlotte. The Kimmer’s have teamed with Courthouse Square Association (where Julie serves as director of the Courthouse Square Museum) to provide a new and exciting Halloween attraction. Courthouse Square Museum will be transformed into a Haunted House Friday, Oct....

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CHS marching band captures first ‘Grand Champion’ title

Charlotte High School marching band members were excitedly celebrating a Class B victory at the 26th Annual Hastings Invitational Saturday, Oct. 7 when excitement turned to shock. The shock came with the announcement that the CHS Band had been named the Invitational’s Grand Champion. “It was a real shock, because that wasn’t our goal,” said senior drum major Erica Pryor. “Actually most of us didn’t even know there was a Grand Champion.” The students can be excused for not fully understanding the Scholastic Marching Band Circuit’s format. CHS Band Director Jerry Rose said he had never fully explained the...

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City Council moves one step close to demolishing ‘The Piece’

Charlotte City Council approved the first reading Monday, Oct. 9 of a resolution to accept MCS Excavating’s bid of $35,000 to demolish the building (known locally as The Piece) located at 108/110 E. Lawrence Avenue. The former Carriage Cleaners building, which became notorious for a meth lab explosion in the second floor apartment, was purchased by community members in 2016 and donated to the City of Charlotte to make way for a pocket park. City Council will vote on the second reading and adoption of the resolution at its Monday, Oct. 23 meeting. Community Development Director Bryan Myrkle said...

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