National Signing Day: Observer-area college signees

Here are Charlotte Observer-area college signees BUTLER: Michaela Dixon, women’s basketball (Lenoir-Rhyne); Raquan Brown, men’s basketball (New Orleans); Jazzy Freeman, softball (Belmont Abbey) Carmel Christian basketball signees from left: Marten Maide, Donovan Gregory, Myles Pierre and Jake Boggs Belinda Gregory Special to the Observer SIGN ME UP! CARMEL CHRISTIAN: Jake Boggs, basketball (UNCWilmington); DeAngelo Eppes, …

Sleet, freezing rain forecast for NC mountains as winter storm warning issued

A winter storm warning is in effect for parts of the western Carolinas, beginning Wednesday evening, possibly bringing an icy coating to the region. A deep low pressure system moving eastward from the Plains will bring moisture over a layer of cold air on the ground’s surface, the National Weather Service says. Those conditions make …

Olympic High 'safe and secure,' parents allowed to pick up students during

Updated at 10:10 a.m.: OIympic High School remains on lockdown after an apparent threat conveyed on social media, but parents may now pick up their children, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said Tuesday morning. Students will be released to authorized parents or guardians, CMS said in a statement. Law enforcement officers will meet families picking up students at …

North Carolina wins season-opener against Stanford behind big first half

It didn’t take long for North Carolina to establish that it was a better team than Stanford Monday night. The Tar Heels got out to an early 26-point lead, played sloppy in second half, and still beat the Cardinal 90-72 in their home-opener at the Dean Smith Center. The seventh-ranked Tar Heels continue to roll …

Here's how to watch North Carolina's home-opener against Stanford. Plus ticket

After two consecutive road games to open the season, No. 7 North Carolina (2-0) will host Stanford (2-0) in its home-opener Monday night. The Tar Heels have gotten off to a fast start with a 78-67 win at Wofford on Tuesday, and 116-67 win at Elon on Friday. But Stanford, a Power-5 program, presents a …

AMBER Alert issued in NC for abducted 3-year-old Gastonia girl

An AMBER Alert was issued Sunday for Destiny Boykins, a 3-year-old who was allegedly abducted from a Gastonia apartment. Destiny is a 3-year-old black girl, about 3 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 30 pounds, according to the alert. She has black hair, and brown eyes. Destiny was last seen “wearing lavender top with dots …