Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers

This Saturday, the Carolina Panthers will do, what just weeks ago, seemed extremely unlikely. They will host an NFL playoff game. It's what sports fans could consider Carolina’s Christmas season miracle.

At their post-season press conference on Monday, Panthers Coach "Riverboat" Ron Rivera gambled by telling the world just how the team will beat the Arizona Cardinals.

"We’ve got to go out and play well. We’ve got to play well enough to win."

(What did you expect? He’s an NFL coach at a press conference.)

More charter schools are in the planning stages in North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports the state received 11 more applications for charters next year, including three in the Charlotte area.   The expected growth comes as the latest crop of new schools falls short of enrollment projections. The newspaper reports that two Charlotte area charters have closed over the past two years in their first years,  because of low enrollment and other troubles.

North Carolina’s U.S. Senator-elect Thom Tillis will serve on two military-related committees when he’s sworn in next month. Senate Republicans announced committee assignments  for the 114th Congress yesterday. Tillis will be on the Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees as well as agriculture and judiciary panels and a special committee on aging.

Protests have continued around the nation and in North Carolina this weekend, aimed at calling attention to police killings of unarmed black men.  In Fayetteville Saturday, marchers waved signs along the curb of Ski-bo Road, chanting "Hands Up, Don't Shoot." Passing motorists honked their horns in support.  Police didn't have an estimate of the number of marchers.  And in downtown Charlotte yesterday afternoon, about 60 people protested at Trade and Tryon streets.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera made it official Wednesday that backup quarterback Derek Anderson is starting Sunday.

Of course, the announcement came as no surprise with Newton suffering two fractures in his lower back Tuesday in an uptown wreck.

Coach Ron Rivera says it just another thing to add to the list of what’s gone wrong for the Panthers this year – problems that go beyond the team’s losing record, such as the domestic violence charges and deactivation of star defensive end Greg Hardy.

Panthers QB Cam Newton In Uptown Wreck

Dec 9, 2014
Charlotte Observer Twitter

Updated at 3:34 p.m.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has two transverse fractures in his lower back, but no further injuries after a car accident this afternoon, according to the Carolina Panthers. 

CMPD says the two-car accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on the South Church Street bridge uptown.

Newton and the driver of the other car were both taken to the hospital. CMPD says neither has life-threatening injuries. News photographs showed Newton’s truck on its side.

The Panthers issued the following statement:

Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers are preparing to head to the frozen north this weekend to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Panthers haven’t won a game since early October, but find themselves in an unusual position for their record: They still control their own playoff destiny.


Panthers' Hardy Won't Play Until Domestic Violence Case Resolved

Sep 17, 2014
Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will not play again until his domestic violence case is resolved. The Panthers announced Wednesday that the team, the NFL and Hardy agreed he should take a voluntary leave with pay. In July, a judge found Hardy guilty of two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence. Hardy appealed and is waiting on a jury trial.    

DOT Seeks Sponsors To Pay For Roads

Sep 7, 2014

Could North Carolina’s roads soon come with corporate sponsors? The state Department of Transportation is launching a plan to generate revenue by selling advertising and naming rights on highway shoulders, rest areas, ferries, websites, and even those yellow Motorist Assistance Patrol trucks.

NC Shakespeare Festival Shuts Down

Aug 17, 2014

Financial troubles have brought down the curtain on the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in High Point. Trustees of the nonprofit professional theater company confirmed last week that the festival has shut down after 37 years.  Officials told the Greensboro News & Record the organization would not have the money to program a 2014-2015 season. Mark Woods and Stuart Brooks founded the festival in 1977.

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