Carolina Impact – Season 4

Welcome to the fourth season of Carolina Impact, focusing on the issues, people, and places that impact our community. New episodes air Tuesdays at 8:00 and 11:00 PM.

To view previously-aired episodes from all seasons of Carolina Impact, click here. If you have a story idea or comments you’d like to share, click here to send us an email.


 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 24 (May 16, 2017)

 

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Covering the Vietnam War
Rock Hill resident Haney Howell reflects on his experience as a reporter during the Vietnam War.

Website: The Vietnam War documentary

JA BizTown
JA BizTown is a summer day camp that exposes students to a “mini-town” where they can create their own businesses, invent new products and run a simulated economy.

Website: More about JA BizTown

Junior Achievement
Sarah Cherne talks about the mission and outreach of Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas.

Website: Junior Achievement

Great Chefs Start in the Classroom
If you enjoy eating out, Charlotte is developing a reputation as a foodie hot spot and what’s driving this trend actually starts in the classroom.

Website 1: CPCC Culinary Arts
Website 2: STOKE Restaurant

Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge
PBS Charlotte kicked off our Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge this spring with one goal in mind – to encourage children to set aside electronics and get moving!


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 23 (May 9, 2017)

 

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Aging in Place
Home repairs can be expensive for seniors to tackle alone, but one local non-profit helps out with these repairs so that seniors can continue living in their homes.

Website: Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte

Poly-Tech Industrial
Got an idea for a new invention, but you don’t know where to start? Poly-Tech Industrial turns ideas into products.

Website: Poly-Tech Industrial

Welding Competition
There is a need for skilled welders and recently we went to a regional welding competition at Central Piedmont Community College to learn more about careers in this high-demand field.

Website: CPCC’s Welding Technology Program

Blumey Awards Preview
The annual Blumey Awards celebrates all the hard work local high school students put in to staging a musical. Here’s a preview of a Rock Hill school that put lots of hard work into their spring production.

Website: The Blumey Awards


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 22 (May 2, 2017)

 

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JoeDance Film Festival
Joe Restaino’s family and friends established the Joedance Film Festival in 2010 as an annual benefit that supports rare pediatric cancer research at Levine Children’s Hospital.

Website: JoeDance Film Festival

Blumey Awards
As the curtain closes on local high school musicals across our region, we spotlight a former Blumey Award nominee who directed her high school’s production this spring.

Website: The Blumey Awards

Jay Everette/Wells Fargo
As Senior Vice President and Community Affairs Manager at Wells Fargo & Company, Jay Everette talks more about the company’s involvement in the annual Blumey Awards which recognizes the best in high school musical theater across the Charlotte region.

Larry Farber
Passion and persistence helped Larry Farber land his dream job working with well-known musicians and other talented entertainers.

Website 1: ECE (East Coast Entertainment)

What-A-Burger
The What-A-Burger restaurants of Cabarrus and Iredell Counties will take you back to the good ole’ days of Elvis and drive-in movies.

Website:
What-A-Burger Locations


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 21 (April 25, 2017)

 

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CMPD Transparency
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s transparency workshops give the public a better understanding of the type of training officers receive.

Website: CMPD Transparency Workshops

Free Dental Clinic
Dentists, hygienists and volunteers participate in an annual dental clinic that provides free dental care to students in need.

Website: More About the Dental Clinic

Bar-B-Q King
For nearly 60 years, the Bar-B-Q King has served traditional barbecue along with a unique item you won’t likely find anywhere else.

Website 1: Bar-B-Q King

Indoor Karting
If you have a need for speed, the Victory Lane Indoor Karting Center is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping!

Website 1: Victory Lane Karting
Website 2: Golden Benny Karting League


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 20 (April 18, 2017)

 

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Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra
The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra is an audition-only program that provides training for young musicians in grades 8-12.

Website: CSYO Auditioning Process

Violinmaker
Belmont resident Kurt Widenhouse is a violinmaker who has produced more than 275 string instruments, each crafted with a high attention to detail.

Website: Kurt Widenhouse Violins

Early College
More than 24,000 students across North Carolina are enrolled in early college programs which allow students to complete high school graduation requirements while simultaneously earning a college degree.

Website 1: Rowan County Early College
Website 2: CPCC Career and College Program

Murray’s Mill Historic District
Built in 1913, Murray’s Mill is the centerpiece of the Murray’s Mill Historic District in Catawba County which features a mill dam and a 22’ overshot waterwheel.

Website:
Historical Society of Catawba County


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 19 (April 11, 2017)

 

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Real or Perceived Threat?
Many immigrants on Charlotte’s east side are afraid of getting detained or deported, but is the crackdown on immigration real?

Website 1: US Census Bureau – Mecklenburg County QuickFacts
Website 2: Migration Policy Institute, Unauthorized Immigrant Population Profiles

Woman Collects Shoes for School
A Mooresville woman motivated volunteers to donate hundreds of new shoes for a Charlotte school with more than a hundred homeless students.

A Child’s Place
Kim Caldwell discusses how A Child’s Place tries to meet the needs of homeless children who are enrolled at 15 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Website:
A Child’s Place

Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker
A very unique bond has formed between the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker and two longtime fans—a bond that goes well beyond basketball.

Website:
Kemba Walker’s Bio


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 18 (April 4, 2017)

 

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National Gypsum
National Gypsum Company, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the second largest producer of gypsum board in the country and the company has a state-of-the-art gypsum board plant in Mount Holly.

Website:
National Gypsum

Anne Springs Close Greenway
The 2,100 acre Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, SC, was created in 1995 as a natural buffer from urban development.

Website:
Anne Close Springs Greenway

Crandall Close Bowles
Crandall Close Bowles, wife of Erskine Bowles, talks about the reasons why her family created the Anne Springs Close Greenway as well as her family’s passion for land preservation.

Certified Medical Assistants
To cut costs and be more efficient, many physician practices are hiring certified medical assistants and Central Piedmont Community College is one place locally where you can complete the requirements to work in this field.

Website:
Medical Assisting

“Drama Queen” Retires
She’s the “Drama Queen” of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, but after 39 years backstage and in the classroom, an award-winning theater teacher is bowing out this year. Gracefully? Yes. But not quietly.

Website:
The Blumey Awards


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 17 (March 28, 2017)

 

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Re-Made in the Carolinas
Cotton farmers in Stanly County are partnering with local textile companies to produce garments that are American made.

Website:
Cotton in the Carolinas

Textile Technology Center
Sam Buff discusses how textile companies are using technology to compete with overseas advantage in labor cost.

Website:
Textile Technology Center at Gaston College

Tutoring Refugee Children
About 700 refugees are resettled in Charlotte each year and many refugee children need a little extra tutoring to keep up with their peers.

Website:
Charlotte Read

Landmark Diner
The Landmark Diner opened in 1989 and continues to serve breakfast around the clock as well as fresh-baked cakes and pies.

Website:
Landmark Diner

Classic Modern Designed Clothing
Artist Mia Tyson designs and creates hand-crafted garments for women using the highest quality fabrics available.

Website:
Living Out Loud With Mia


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 16 (February 28, 2017)

 

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Wilcox 1
Carolina Impact travels to Hagerstown, Maryland, to learn more about Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s new school superintendent Clayton Wilcox – from the people who know him best, and from Wilcox himself.

Website:
Wilcox Signs Contract

Wilcox 2
Can new CMS superintendent Clayton Wilcox duplicate his small town successes in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s sprawling school district, despite differences in size and diversity?

Supt. Ann Clark
Superintendent Ann Clark currently leads Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and she has been with the district since 1983.

Website:
More about CMS

Giordana Velodrome
The Giordana Veladrome in Rock Hill hosts national events and offers locals the opportunity to learn more about the sport of track cycling.

Website:
Giordana Velodrome

Fish Camps
The Catawba River Valley is home to dozens of fish camps and many have been serving customers for decades.


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 15 (February 21, 2017)

 

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CIAA Economic Impact
Now in its 12th year in Charlotte, the CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament is the city’s largest annual event and it generated $57.4 million in economic impact in 2015.

Website:
CIAA

Tom Murray Interview
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority is responsible for promoting hospitality, tourism, events and conventions throughout the Charlotte region.

Website:
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

Furniture Academy
The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy teaches students skills that are in high demand in the furniture manufacturing industry.

Website:
CVCC Furniture Academy

JB’s Lazy Pig BBQ
A trip to Jim Barker’s barbecue restaurant in Waxhaw isn’t complete without a serving of creamy ice cream made while you wait.

Website:
JB’s Lazy Pig BBQ

Uptown Shelby
From hearing stories about bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs to watching a national act at the Don Gibson Theatre, “uptown” Shelby has lots to offer visitors.

Website:
More about Uptown Shelby


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 14 (February 14, 2017)

 

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Final Circus Performance
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus may be closing down, but it doesn’t end generations of Charlotte circus memories.

Vocational Rehabilitation
A North Carolina agency provides a variety of services to assist people with disabilities find employment.

Website:
Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Meet Dr. Deitemeyer
Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer began her tenure as Central Piedmont Community College’s fourth president in January 2017.

Website:
More about Dr. Deitemeyer

Dolly Parton Imagination Library
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library sends free books to children in the mail each month until age five.

Website 1:
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Website 2:
Hearts Beat as One Foundation

Lupie’s Cafe
With its retro coffee-cup sign, Lupie’s Café has welcomed diners in search of chili, chicken and dumplings and banana pudding since 1987.

Website:
Lupie’s Café


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 13 (February 7, 2017)

 

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Macular Degeneration
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of vision loss in adults 60 and older, but advances in eye treatments can stop the disease from progressing.

Website:
Paul Vision Institute

Blumenthal Philanthropy
Suzanne Stevens talks with Philip Blumenthal about his father’s successful business and some of the local organizations that have benefitted from the Blumenthal Foundation.

Website:
Blumenthal Foundation

A Conversation about Philanthropy
Michael Marsicano shares how the Foundation For The Carolinas inspires philanthropy and connects donors to needs and organizations across our region and beyond.

Website:
Foundation For The Carolinas

Fashion Trucks
Instead of shopping a mall or big box store for clothing, now you can find the latest fashion trends on a truck!

Carolina Cookin’: Beef ‘n Bottle
If you’re looking for a legendary steakhouse that doesn’t aim to be pretentious, the Beef ‘n Bottle is worth checking out.

Website:
Beef ‘n Bottle


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 12 (January 31, 2017)

 

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Teen Suicide
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24.

Website:
Mental Health America of Central Carolinas

The Marketplace
A Cornelius woman partners with organizations in third world countries to sell and market products made by women in developing counties.

Website:
The Marketplace

Carolina Cookin’: Bridges Barbecue
Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby has served barbecue the same way for 70 years — pit smoked.

Website:
Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge

Woodworker Albert Hall
What began as a childhood hobby turned into an Indian Land man’s passion for creating one-of-a-kind wood furniture, wood-turnings and decorative items.

Website:
Woodworker Albert Hall


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 11 (January 24, 2017)

 

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Citizen of the Carolinas
Rick Hendrick has built a lasting legacy through his car dealerships, NASCAR teams and a never-ending desire to give back to the community.

Website:
Rick Hendrick’s Career

Sugar Creek Charter School
Career readiness is a significant part of the curriculum at Sugar Creek Charter School in Charlotte.

Website:
Sugar Creek Charter

Maestro James Meena
Opera Carolina has served the Charlotte region for 68 years by offering professional performances and educational programs.

Website:
Opera Carolina

Pottery 51
Located in a former knitting and hosiery mill, Pottery 51 offers a wide variety of pottery studios where visitors can purchase or learn how to make pottery.

Website:
Pottery 51


 

 

Carolina Impact: Destination Cuba [Season 4, Episode 10] (January 17, 2017)

 

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Destination: Cuba – Part 1
An emotional family reunion for one refugee on Charlotte’s first flight to Havana — and home movies from 60s, of Cuban kids on their own here in the US.

Destination: Cuba – Part 2
Refugees find freedom in the Carolinas, after risking prison — or worse — to escape Cuba, Castro, and Communism.

Destination: Cuba – Part 3
Things in Cuba are changing, but is that enough for Cubans here in the Carolinas to return to the island they left behind?


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 9 (November 15, 2016)

 

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Uptown Protest Fallout
Charlotte was in the national spotlight after the Keith Scott shooting and several nights of protests in uptown. How does the country view the city and how do we view ourselves?

Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Encouraging children to maintain healthy lifestyle habits can prevent a number of medical problems as they grow older including obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Website:
Body Mass Calculator

Mallard Creek Barbecue
Hundreds of volunteers take part in the annual Mallard Creek Barbecue which has become the largest and longest-running event of its kind in the Charlotte region.

Website:
Mallard Creek Barbecue

Rosie the Riveter
During World War II, the U.S. government launch a campaign to recruit women to join the munitions industry to assist in the production of supplies, weaponry and aircraft needed for the war effort.


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 8 (November 8, 2016)

 

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Sleep Hygiene
About 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems, but a few lifestyle changes could make it easier for you to get a good night’s rest.

Website:
Novant Health Sleep Resources/Centers

Water Buffalo Cheese
When a Salisbury couple couldn’t find the authentic mozzarella they once tasted in Europe, they decided to make and sell their own.

Website:
Fading D Farm

Green’s Lunch
Green’s Lunch has been keeping its customers coming back to its uptown Charlotte location for 90 years by perfecting a few simple items on the menu.

Website:
Green’s Lunch

Bubbleologist
One Huntersville man found peace through an unusual pastime and turned his love for creating bubbles into a career.

Website:
The Soap Bubble Circus


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 7 (November 1, 2016)

 

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Meet the Holland Family
Abby and John Holland opened their hearts and their home to adopt three children from North Carolina’s foster care system.

Website:
Children’s Home Society of North Carolina

Student Honors Fallen Hero
A teen traveled from south Charlotte to northern France to pay homage to a fallen soldier from Lincolnton who died in World War II.

Website:
Lt. Col. James D. Johnston

Price’s Chicken Coop
Considered a staple of Charlotte’s restaurant scene, Price’s Chicken Coop is known for serving up delicious fried chicken.

Website:
Price’s Chicken Coop

Mystery Hill
In this One Tank Trip, we head to NC’s High Country to visit an attraction that’s lured visitors for more than a half century.

Website:
Mystery Hill


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 6 (October 25, 2016)

 

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Breast Cancer Test
A local doctor developed a blood test called OncoTAb designed to detect breast cancer for women with dense breast tissue.

Website:
OncoTAb

Community Paramedic
A new program in Cabarrus County has paramedics making house calls, and its reducing hospital readmissions and saving taxpayer’s money.

Website:
Community Paramedic

Mert’s Heart and Soul
Considered one of uptown Charlotte’s most unique dining destinations, Mert’s Heart and Soul serves traditional soul food as well as Low Country and Gullah-inspired dishes.

Website:
Mert’s Heart and Soul

The Piano Tuner
When Memphis native James Baker took a piano tuning course in the late 1980’s at Central Piedmont Community College, he didn’t realize how it would change the course of his music career.

Website:
James Baker Piano Service


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 5 (October 18, 2016)

 

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Retraining America’s Workforce
Vice President Joe Biden talks about the role community colleges play in retraining America’s workforce.

Website:
Central Piedmont Community College

Cabarrus Tiny Houses
Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County is constructing tiny homes to provide affordable housing in Kannapolis.

Website:
Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County

Popular Radio and Television Icons
In this story, we’ll reintroduce you to some of Charlotte’s most popular radio and television icons during the 1950s.

Linville Caverns
In this One Tank Trip, we show you how a subterranean world inside Humpback Mountain gives visitors to North Carolina’s High Country a unique way to admire a grand work of nature.

Website:
Linville Caverns


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 4 (October 11, 2016)

 

 

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Pediatric Heart Transplant
Carolinas Healthcare System’s MedCenter Air plays a critical role in performing life-saving pediatric organ transplants.
Aldersgate Reading
Launched in the summer of 2016, the Center for Health, Education and Opportunity is a collaborative effort that seeks to revitalize Charlotte’s west side through health and education outreach.
Goodwill Opportunity Campus
The Goodwill Opportunity Campus is a unique place that provides job seekers with critical resources and support under one roof.

Website:
Goodwill Opportunity Campus

Artist Jeff Pender
Mooresville Artist Jeff Pender seeks to convey a sense of mystery and invite discovery through his ceramic art sculptures.

Websites:
Artist Jeff Pender


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 3 (October 4, 2016)

 

 

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Hidden Sugars
With names like sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup, sugar is often disguised on nutrition labels. Learn how to spot high-sugar foods in your diet.

Websites:
Novant Health

Camp CARE
Camp Care provides a weeklong summer camp for children across the Charlotte region who have or have had cancer.

Website:
Camp CARE

Fashion Designer Luis
Originally from Peru, Luis Machicao now lives in Charlotte and his high-end collections have debutted on fashion show runways around the globe.

Website:
Machicao Couture

Tony’s Ice Cream
Family owned for generations, Tony’s Ice Cream is a popular spot in Gastonia known for making home-made ice cream and made-to-order food.

Websites:
Tony’s Ice Cream


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 2 (September 27, 2016)

 

 

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Opiod Abuse
More than half of the 47,000 lives lost annually to drug overdoses involve opiod abuse. In this story, we explore how the war on drugs plays out in our region as well as one man’s story of regret and redemption.

Websites:
Hope Haven
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

DROP-OFF BOXES FOR UNUSED MEDICATION:
• Matthews Police Department, 1201 Crews Rd., Matthews
• Mint Hill Police Department, 7151 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Mint Hill
• Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Jail North location, 5235 Spector Dr., Charlotte
• Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Main Office, 601 E. Trade St., Charlotte
Pharmacists Respond to Opiod Epidemic
Dr. Cortney Mospan, who is an assistant professor of pharmacy at Wingate University, talks about the role a pharmacist plays in helping to reduce prescription drug abuse, specifically opiates.

Website:
Dr. Cortney Mospan

Legal Citizenship
North Carolina has one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations in the nation. In this story, we hear from three Charlotte residents who share their journey to achieving legal citizenship.

Website:
Apply for Citizenship

BELL Reading Camp
The non-profit group BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) hosts year-round programs for disadvantaged children to inspire them to set high academic goals.

Website:
Building Educated Leaders for Life

Woodturner Steve Noggle
Steve Noggle is a fulltime craftsman in Morganton with a passion for turning nature’s mistakes into art.

Websites:
Steve Noggle
Charlotte Contemporary


 

 

Carolina Impact: Season 4, Episode 1 (September 20, 2016)

 

 

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BackPack Weekend Food Program
The Backpack Weekend Food Program fills a growing need by providing food to students on the weekends when school meals are not available.

Website: BackPack Weekend Food Program

The Males Place
The Males Place provides life skills to teens with the goal of helping them to develop into responsible adults.

Website: The Males Place

Slippery Slope of Disease
Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown discusses the importance of monitoring one’s health to prevent the slippery slope of disease.

Website: Novant Health – Know Your Numbers

North Carolina Outward Bound
Come along as we follow some Charlotte teens taking part on an Outward Bound mission designed to foster a sense of character, leadership and service.

Website: North Carolina Outward Bound

Excelsior Club
Started more than 70 years by Jimmy McKee, the Excelsior Club has served as a landmark for Charlotte’s west side welcoming patrons, performers and politicians.