A look back at the favorite feature stories of the year
As a community-focused newspaper, feature stories on individuals, groups and organizations from our coverage area are an important part of what we do at South Charlotte Weekly.
Take a look back at some of our favorite feature stories from 2015. Read the entire stories by clicking on the headlines.
Featured in the Feb. 20 issue
Two days before actress Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her portrayal of Alice Howland in the film “Still Alice,” South Charlotte Weekly published a story focusing on The Ivey Memory Wellness Center, Charlotte’s only memory wellness day center. The nonprofit seeks to preserve memories, improve quality of life and promote independence for individuals battling Alzheimer’s and their families. South Charlotte Weekly’s story also focused on Kathryn Brady, a local woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at just 55 years old.
Featured in the March 9 issue
Lisa Jakub, the former child actress who portrayed the stern older sister, Lydia, in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and Alicia in “Independence Day,” paid a visit to students at South Mecklenburg High School. Jakub, now a writer, discussed her experiences as a working actress, her journey out of Hollywood, her experiences with mental health issues and the lesson she learned through it all: “be your true self.”
Featured in the May 15 issue
Holocaust survivor Frieda Roos-Van Hessen spent her 100th birthday on April 25 retelling her story of survival to hundreds of people at Hope of Israel Congregation, a south Charlotte Messianic synagogue. Roos-Van Hessen also is a published author of “Life in the Shadow of Swastika,” a book that tells her spiritual journey toward claiming Jesus as her Messiah, and is a former opera singer.
Featured in the June 19 issue
The nonprofit LGBT community choral group One Voice celebrated its 25th anniversary and vowed to continue its mission to bring “acceptance and understanding” for LGBT individuals through music. The chorus reported in June that it had around 70 members, with 17 identifying as “straight allies” – people who aren’t members of the LGBT community but work closely with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals to serve as spokespersons and advocates for LGBT issues.
By Justin Vick
Featured in the Aug. 7 issue
This story provided a list of 12 “famous people” who live in south Charlotte – including “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino, politician Erskine Bowles, NBA analyst Del Curry, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, businessman Leon Levine, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, NFL coach Ron Rivera and more. The article provides a short profile of each individual, including the south Charlotte zip code they represent.
Featured in the Oct. 2 issue
South Charlotte runner Laura King Edwards completed a milestone in her efforts to race in all 50 states to promote rare disease awareness. Edwards completed a race in Kauai, Hawaii, in September – a place her 17-year-old sister, Taylor, always wanted to visit. Taylor was diagnosed in 2006 with Batten disease, a rare, fatal childhood genetic disorder. Since Taylor’s diagnosis, Edwards and her family have worked to promote awareness of Batten disease and other rare illnesses, while also raising funds to fight Batten through the nonprofit Taylor’s Tale.
Featured in the Nov. 20 issue
South African Christo Brand visited Providence Day School in November to discuss his experience as the prison guard of the late civil rights leader Nelson Mandela. Brand discussed the importance of tolerance and how education can lift people beyond their circumstances. A participant of the school’s Global Speaker Series, Brand also talked about the foundation of his book, “Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend.”