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Charlotte At 6: Yard Art

You don’t see it much anymore:  Yard Art. 

Deer, chickens, giant eagles, cannons, soldiers --- all hand painted, all made of concrete.

Mark Garrison visited Tammy Stone and her gallery of cement creations for Charlotte At Six.  He found an adorable dalmation in a fire hat and a five-foot tall monkey in a purple suit.  Yes, all carefully created in concrete.

Yard Art used to be everywhere, before the days of subdivisions and their stuffy rules that put a damper on what people can display in their yards.   But at Stone Art of Frog Pond, the tradition is alive and well ---  for people who want to express themselves in a concrete way.

Frog Pond, by the way, is a wide place in the road, on Highway 24-27 between Albemarle and Charlotte.



 
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Cam Newton Accident Report

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When We’re Too Right To Consider Being Wrong

The most critical problem facing America today is people’s inability or unwillingness to let facts get in the way of conclusions. Or agendas. Or political “jerseys.” Reactions to matters New York and Ferguson shine a convicting light on Left and Right, alike. Read more...

Sit Still, Pay Attention

Teachers everywhere give those commands constantly.  But not at Davidson Elementary school. 

That’s because the kids there don’t have to sit still in class.  They’re constantly moving, gently bouncing up and down on big plastic balls.

The stability balls have replaced regular seats, and the school says the kids are focusing on their work better because the balls allow them to wiggle a little and get rid of their energy. Plus,  they have to concentrate and sit straight to stay balanced on the balls.

23 classrooms use the balls, and teachers told WBT’s Mark Garrison that even first graders are doing better work and paying closer attention thanks to the balls.  


 
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Fury 325 Timelapse

This is the Carowinds coaster known as Fury 325.  It will be the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster when finished this spring.

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A Different Word of Advice for Today’s ‘Graduate’

There is a great future in PR thanks to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And General Motors. And Bill Cosby. Read more...

80,000 Christmas Lights

With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, the Christmas door is officially open. Now marks the time where it is deemed acceptable to decorate for the Holiday Season.

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The White Elephant in the Room is Bleeding Red Ink

I must begin by apologizing to former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, former Tourism Czar Tim Newman, NASCAR Chief Brian France, and the countless others who sold the snake oil that lubed-the-way for the NASCAR Hall of Fame... Read more...

The Nastiest U.S. Senate Race Cops a Nasty Buzz

In a week it will be over, this madness masquerading as North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. Not a minute too soon. The Center for Public Integrity, about as non-partisan as think-tanks get in our partisan world, declared the N.C. race the nastiest in the nation with negative TV ads running at a clip recently of more than one every minute. Read more...

His Spirit will Keep Rockin' On

The only life Harlan Sullins ever really knew was life with The Beast. 

That's what they came to call the tumor that grew in the back of his head. Harlan was about 18-months old when it was discovered and he was rocketed into an orbit of ... Read more...

 

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  • Charlotte At 6: Yard Art

    You don’t see it much anymore:  Yard Art. 

    Deer, chickens, giant eagles, cannons, soldiers --- all hand painted, all made of concrete.

    Mark Garrison visited Tammy Stone and her gallery of cement creations for Charlotte At Six.  He found an adorable dalmation in a fire hat and a five-foot tall monkey in a purple suit.  Yes, all carefully created in concrete.

    Yard Art used to be everywhere, before the days of subdivisions and their stuffy rules that put a damper on what people can display in their yards.   But at Stone Art of Frog Pond, the tradition is alive and well ---  for people who want to express themselves in a concrete way.

    Frog Pond, by the way, is a wide place in the road, on Highway 24-27 between Albemarle and Charlotte.



     
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  • Cam Newton Accident Report

    A copy of the accident report involving Cam Newton... Read More

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  • Here We Go Again

    It's deja vu for the Panthers, who for the second time this season will take on Tampa Bay without their starting quarterback.  The Panthers welcome the Bucs to Bank of America Stadium Sunday in what has become a key NFC South matchup.  Last week's win over New Orleans vaulted the Panthers back into the mix for the division title, while the Bucs fell to 2-11 on the year after a 34-17 loss to the Lions last week.  “Carolina really looked good, looked like the defending champ,” says Bucs coach Lovie Smith.  “Not the team that had lost seven in a row, or whatever.  To go down to New Orleans like that and win, is saying quite a bit.”

    The Panthers played well in their first matchup with the Bucs this season, with Derek Anderson running the offense.  That will be the case again today as Cam Newton recovers from injuries suffered in a car crash this week, and teammates are confident in the 10-year veteran.  “He’s a proven quarterback, he knows how to get the job done,” says fullback Mike Tolbert.  “He’s been here before and he can do it again.”

    Anderson and the Panthers will face a Bucs defense that has improved since their first matchup but still ranks near the bottom of the league in most categories.  Starting defensive end Adrian Clayborne and starting cornerback Mike Jenkins are both on IR and the Bucs also traded away safety Mark Barron and linebacker Jonathan Casillas.  But they've still got All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.  He anchors the front line and leads the team with 8.5 sacks.  Former Bill Jacquies Smith teams with Michael Johnson at defensive end, they've combined for 9 sacks on the season.  The linebackers feature All-Pro Lavonte David; he leads the Bucs and is 3rd in the NFL in tackles.  Danny Lansanah has been outstanding, he's 2nd on the team in tackles and has three picks, 2 of those returned for touchdowns.  Mason Foster starts at middle linebacker.  The Panthers boast the league's 11th ranked rushing attack averaging 116 yards per game, but offensive lineman Byron Bell says they'll be tested today.  “They’ve been in a lot of their games,” says Bell.  “They’ve got a nice little defensive line, they got Johnson coming in from Cincinnati, they’ve got some solid linebackers, they’ve got a nice little defensive back corps.  They do a lot.”

    Pro Bowler Alterraun Verner teams with 2nd year player Jonathan Banks at cornerback - Banks leads the team and is 5th in the NFL with 4 interceptions, one of those a pick six.  Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson teams with Major Wright and 2nd year player Bradley McCougald.

    The Bucs offense is having its own share of problems - they rank 29th in the NFL in total offense and points scored, and are second to last in rushing yards averaging just 78 yards a game.  Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin has just 273 yards on the season.  Bobby Rainey leads the team with 406 yards and also has 33 catches, rookie Charlie Sims is also in the mix.  They'll face a Panther defense that ranks 19th against the run allowing 115 yards per game.

    Josh McCown is once again the Bucs starting quarterback, although he was benched for six games in favor of former NC State standout Mike Glennon.  But Glennon threw 6 picks and was sacked 16 times in those games.  So McCown is back in control for now and has some talented receivers to work with.  Pro Bowler Vincent Jackson teams with rookie Mike Evans.  Jackson i Read More

  • The Panthers Take On Their I-85 Rival In an NFC South Clash

    The Panthers meet one of their biggest rivals Sunday as they welcome the Atlanta Falcons to Bank of America Stadium.   And in spite of the fact both teams have just three wins, this is a key NFC South matchup with the division still up for grabs.  Read More


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