Food Network contestant survives first episode
CHARLOTTE – Kevin Pettice survived the first episode of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America,” ensuring at least another week of comic relief during the intense culinary boot camp.
Pettice, 24, of Charlotte, lives off frozen Michelina’s meals and his mom’s Sunday dinners, but he said during the Jan. 7 episode that he wants to take some of the weight off her shoulders.
Being a big fan of host Anne Burrell, he squealed, “Oh, I’m feeding Anne!” as he presented his blackened deep-fried chicken. Then he squealed, “Ooh, Anne eating my chicken!”
Pettice uses the word “blackened” to describe burnt food.
“This blackened chicken has got my roommates sick and it almost burned down my house,” he said.
Burrell said the dish wasn’t terrible, but she acknowledged Pettice has a long way to go.
The episode alluded to Pettice’s fear of kitchen equipment and flames, as well as showcased a variety of expressions, such as “shut yo mouth,” “whoo-hoo-hoo this fancy” and “Momma, this gon’ be good.”
As he was finishing preparing banana pancakes with maple butter to host Tyler Florence, he quipped, “I’m sweating like a sinner in church.”
The 14 remaining chefs learn how to filet and cook a fish in the next episode, which airs at 9 p.m. Jan. 14 on the Food Network.
The Weekly hires new staffer
MATTHEWS – Charlotte Media Group has hired Paul Nielsen as a content producer.
Nielsen has been writing about sports for more than 30 years, most of which at what is now known as the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. He was a high school sports beat reporter, as well as covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, a Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen and his wife moved to Matthews last year. He’ll contribute to Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, Union County Weekly and South Charlotte Weekly.
“Paul is an experienced and seasoned journalist that will help us drive high school sports coverage as sports editor Andrew Stark recovers from treatment,” Editor Justin Vick said. “His first day on the job was an epic display of productivity.”
CMS addresses mold at Providence High School
CHARLOTTE – Providence High parents received an email from Principal Tracey Harrill about air quality at the school after photos of moldy ceiling tiles began circulating, according to WSOC-TV.
Harrill’s email says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools follows EPA protocols and that a third-party vendor said moisture was a normal levels.
Parent Brian Kasher talked to reporter Elsa Gillis about concerns of students getting sick.
Superintendent Clayton Wilcox was scheduled to meet with parents after school this week.
Lawson becomes GM at Jess Brown’s Outdoors
CHARLOTTE – Wes Lawson joined Jesse Brown’s Outdoors as general manager after more than a dozen years in higher education.
He worked nearly 10 years as associate dean of students at Hampden-Sydney College and two years as assistant director of integrative student services at Wake Forest University’s uptown Charlotte campus.
It was his work at Wake Forest that drew him back to Jesse Brown’s, after years of being a customer.
His parents live in Charlotte. Lawson would shop at Jesse Brown’s for supplies for his service trips as a Wilderness EMT to Belize and Honduras.
As a student at Hampden-Sydney College, he says there were “very few days he didn’t go hunting before class, fishing after class, or camping on weekends.”
He looks forward to doing the same with his wife, Amy, and 8-year-old son, Ben, in the North Carolina mountains.
SouthPark welcomes three new stores this spring
CHARLOTTE – SouthPark will introduce Palmetto Moon, American Eagle and The Athlete’s Foot this spring.
Palmetto Moon specializes in Southern fashion and offers home goods, collegiate gear and accessories.
The Athlete’s Foot sells sports shoes in the hottest color profiles, along with limited edition styles.
American Eagle Outfitters offers a wide selection of men’s and women’s jeans, T-shirts and shoes.
Palmetto Moon and The Athlete’s Foot will be in the Belk wing. American Eagle opens in the Macy’s wing.
The announcement follows recent openings of luxury candy boutique Sugarfina, home furnishing store Ballard Designs and the newly expanded lululemon athletica.
“Not only will the addition of these three retailers diversify our options, but it will continue to enhance the exceptional shopping experience our guests have come to expect when visiting SouthPark,” said Holly Roberson, director of marketing and business development for SouthPark.
Brightwood College starts dental assistant program
CHARLOTTE – Brightwood College will host an open house showcasing its new dental assistant program for members of the business community and interested students.
The program equips students to work alongside dentists and patients in a general office environment.
The event takes place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at 6070 E. Independence Blvd. It will include campus tours, program information and meet-and-greets with faculty and staff.
Guests will receive swag bags with goodies while supplies last. Attendees 18 and older can enter to win prizes, such as Amazon gift cards. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Shannon Cogen by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 704-567-3700.
Hospital visitations restricted due to flu
CHARLOTTE – Effective 7 a.m. Jan. 12, Carolinas HealthCare System is restricting hospital access for visitors 12 and under at all of its Charlotte region in-patient hospitals. The tighter restrictions are a result of the growing prevalence of flu cases in the region.
Hospitals affected are: Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, NorthEast, Pineville, Union, University, Lincoln, Cleveland, Kings Mountain, Blue Ridge, Stanly and Anson, Behavioral Health-Charlotte and Davidson, Pineville Inpatient Rehabilitation and Carolinas Rehabilitation-Charlotte, NorthEast and Mt. Holly.
If extraordinary circumstances require an individual with flu-like symptoms to visit a hospital patient, the visitor will be asked to wear a surgical mask to protect themselves and others.
H&R Block gets ready for tax filing season
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – H&R Block has opened 10,000 offices nationwide to serve taxpayers during the upcoming filing season.
H&R Block has an office located within five miles of 95 percent of Americans, including Charlotte (4724 Sharon Road, 5110 Park Road and 1848 Galleria Blvd.).
Offices help with filing 2017 returns, W-4 planning for 2018, or dealing with IRS-mandated refund delays.
H&R Block’s free Federal 1040EZ offer will allow approximately 23 million taxpayers to file a Federal 1040EZ for free for a limited time at participating offices.
Visit www.hrblock.com for details.
Assistance League of Charlotte holds sale
CHARLOTTE – The Assistance League of Charlotte’s Thrift Shop is offering deals on clothing, housewares and furniture during a clearance sale Jan. 23 to 27.
The thrift shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 3405 S. Tryon St.
Proceeds benefit the community.
Assistance League of Charlotte is a volunteer member organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Mecklenburg County through community-based philanthropic programs.
Call 704-525-5000 or visit www.assis tanceleague.org/charlotte/ for details.
Free music series to feature Beethoven
CHARLOTTE – The Providence Chamber Music Series welcomes 2018 with another free concert.
Victor Wang (flute) and Jeremy Lamb (cello) perform at Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Assobio a Jato – The Jet Whistle.”
Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Septet in E flat major, Op. 20” will be performed by violinist Tatiana Karpova, violist Ning Zhao, cellist Tanja Bechtler, double bassist Kurt Riecken, hornist Andrew Fierova, clarinetist Allan Rosenfeld, and bassoonist Hunter Gordon.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road..
Call 704-333-9536 or 704-366-7442 or visit www.providenceumc.org/music for details.
Mann Travels plans expo
CHARLOTTE – Mann Travels will host Charlotte’s Annual Travel & Cruise Show, offering attendees free access to dozens of exhibitors, presentations and exclusive savings on cruises and tours.
Other features include presentations from 15 exhibitors, family entertainment and door prizes.
“The show gathers our top travel industry partners with our agents and our clients in order to create a one stop planning and booking opportunity,” said Roni Fishkin, marketing and events director. “Attendees are invited to collect more information and book to take advantage of all the show’s special offers.”
The event takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Reserve a spot by calling 800-343-6266 or emailing rsvp@manntrav els.com.