Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer
10:29 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Charlotte Airport Looks To Buy Neighborhood's Land

An airplane is seen from Snow Ridge Lane, off of Steele Creek Road, as it departs to the south Tuesday afternoon, April 2.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

  The neighborhood of cul-de-sacs in southwest Mecklenburg County would be quiet and secluded, with its woods and small lakes – except for the roar of passenger jets taking off and landing every minute or two for most of the day.

That noise, which has increased since the airport’s newest runway opened in 2010, is why many residents support Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s plan to buy 370 acres in the neighborhood, which has about 100 homes.

The estimated price tag: $35 million, most of which will be eligible for federal reimbursement.

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Charlotte Observer
10:09 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Airport Authority Backers Downplay Concerns

RALEIGH Two key supporters of a proposed Charlotte airport authority Tuesday sought to downplay a report from the state Treasurer’s office that raised issues over the move.

In a letter Monday to Sen. Bob Rucho, a main sponsor of a bill to transfer airport control from the city to an independent authority, Deputy Treasurer T. Vance Holloman warned that could result in “prolonged litigation” and even raise the cost of state borrowing. He urged lawmakers to “proceed cautiously.”

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Charlotte Observer
1:21 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Panthers Stadium Bill Moves Forward In N.C. House

Bank of America Stadium
Credit Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

  RALEIGH A day after speaking to a top Carolina Panthers official, the main sponsor of a bill to help finance improvements to the team’s stadium said Thursday there’s “a natural sense of urgency” to the effort.

Republican Rep. Ruth Samuelson said Panthers President Danny Morrison, just back from NFL meetings in Arizona, told her about public financing plans for stadiums in Atlanta, Buffalo and Minnesota.

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Charlotte Observer
9:53 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Fiddler's Grove Festival Organizers Revive Event

Musicians perform at the Ole Time Fiddler's & Bluegrass Festival held in 2011 at Fiddler's Grove.
Credit Charlotte Observer

After an outpouring of support from fans, organizers have decided not to cancel a popular, 43-year-old bluegrass festival in Iredell County this year.

The annual Ole Time Fiddler’s and Bluegrass Festival will be held May 24-25 at Fiddler’s Grove campground on N.C. 901 in Union Grove. That’s about an hour’s drive north of Charlotte.

“We were overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support and offers of help, and so we have been doing all we can to try and save the festival. We want to invite you to our Reunion Year,” organizers wrote in an email.

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Charlotte Observer
10:30 am
Fri March 15, 2013

49ers Move On After Wild Rally Against Richmond

NEW YORK Trailing Richmond by three points with 4.7 seconds remaining in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday, the Charlotte 49ers needed something unlikely to happen.

“Unlikely” is what happened, but that doesn’t begin to describe it.

The 49ers took advantage of three late technical fouls against the Spiders and some deadeye free-throw shooting from point guard Pierria Henry. They scored eight points in those final seconds and came away with a 68-63 victory at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Charlotte Observer
10:03 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Emails Show Months Of Bitter Bickering Between Airport, City Officials

Construction is under way on new hourly parking decks and a rental-car area directly in front of the airport's terminals. Questions continue about the Charlotte airport's bond and credit rating if its ownership changes.
Credit Davie Hinshaw aboard WCNC-TV Airstar / Charlotte Observer

  Last year’s decision to give Charlotte-Mecklenburg police control of the airport’s police led to months of bitter infighting between city officials and the airport – and drew disapproval from the airport’s biggest customer US Airways, emails reviewed by the Observer show.

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Charlotte Observer
2:59 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Leaked Attack Memo Could Jeopardize Group's Finances

RALEIGH A group that sent out a memo with tips on how to attack Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders exercised “bad judgment” that could jeopardize its funding, the director of a foundation that finances the group said Friday.

Leslie Winner, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, said she was “surprised and disappointed” by the actions of Blueprint North Carolina.

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Charlotte Observer
9:51 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Charlotte Mayor's Letter Started Discussion With Carolina Panthers On Stadium Renovations

A panoramic view of Bank of America Stadium taken from John Belk Freeway. This photo is comprised of several photos stitched together.
Credit Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

  The city’s plan to contribute $125 million toward renovating Bank of America stadium started with a letter Mayor Anthony Foxx sent to the team last September, Carolina Panthers president Danny Morrison said Monday.

During the past year, the football team had commissioned studies on possible renovations to the 17-year-old stadium. The city had been part of some meetings with the Panthers, but had received no request for aid.

Foxx’s letter raised the prospect of city investment in the project, Morrison said, leading to three months of private negotiations and debate.

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Charlotte Observer
4:39 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Sen. Rucho Pushing Regional Airport Authority

  RALEIGH A state senator from Mecklenburg County acknowledged Wednesday that he’s one of the lawmakers pushing a bill to transfer control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the city of Charlotte to a regional authority.

Sen. Bob Rucho said he’ll push the change along with Rep. Bill Brawley. Both are Matthews Republicans.

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Charlotte Observer
9:53 am
Fri February 1, 2013

McCrory Warns: Streetcar Could Risk Charlotte's Light Rail

Streetcar rails on Elizabeth Avenue.
Credit File Photo / Charlotte Observer

Gov. Pat McCrory told two city of Charlotte staff members this week that state money for the light-rail extension to UNC Charlotte could be at risk if the city builds a controversial streetcar, according to a memo sent Thursday.

Without the N.C. Department of Transportation’s $250 million grant, the $1.1 billion Lynx Blue Line extension can’t be built to University City.

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