New Light Rail, Hot Charlotte Real Estate: Top News Of The Week

This past week, Patch readers in the Charlotte and Lake Norman wanted to know more about how Charlotte’s real estate market stacked up against others in the U.S., how to watch the MLK Day parade in Charlotte, how to buy tickets for the upcoming Jimmy Buffett concert headed to the Queen City this spring and more.

Here are the articles that Patch readers were most interested in this past week:

ICYMI: 6 Things To Look For In 2018 NASCAR Season
A new year means there’s a brand new NASCAR season looming, right around the turn in the track. In many ways, not much has changed for the motorsport that began as a way to showcase the driving prowess of Southern moonshine bootleggers in the late 1940s.

Two-Car Wreck Leaves 1 Pinned In, Tangles Traffic In Birkdale
Emergency responders had to extract a driver following a two-car collision that shut down traffic on Sam Furr Road at Birkdale Village for more than an hour Tuesday.

Charlotte One Of Hottest Real Estate Markets In US: Zillow
When it comes to the hottest housing markets in the U.S. going into 2018, two North Carolina cities are at the top, according to a new Zillow market report. Raleigh and Charlotte were ranked the second and fourth hottest real estate markets in the country, Zillow said.


Jimmy Buffett To Play PNC Music Pavilion
If you could use some warm thoughts (that include flip flops and copious amounts of margaritas) to get you through the ongoing brutal cold snap in Charlotte, then we’ve got some news for you. Jimmy Buffett is coming to town this spring.

MLK Day 2018: What’s Open, Closed In Charlotte
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, marking the 32nd year of observance of the federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader. While some in the region might be headed to work, schools, government offices and other services will take a break for the day.

County Faces Criticism For Not Opening Warming Shelter
As temperatures dipped down to the low teens in the Queen City this week, Mecklenburg County emergency officials reached out to community partners to house the homeless in need of shelter. The county has not, however, opened its own warming center, which has brought criticism that the move has left some of the city’s most vulnerable population out in the cold.

5 NC Kmarts Closing As Sears Holdings Shutters 100 US Stores
Officials at financially beleaguered Sears Holdings have announced plans to close more than 100 Kmart and Sears stores nationwide, including five in North Carolina.

NC Winter Storm Leaves 7,500 Without Power, Claims Three Lives
Across the state, more than 7,500 North Carolinians were still without power Thursday morning as parts of the state attempt to dig out of a massive winter storm blanketed parts of the south Wednesday. The majority of those power outages, according to state officials, are in central and eastern North Carolina, with the largest numbers in Currituck, Dare, Harnett, Pamlico, Rockingham and Wake counties.

Threat Against Mooresville High School Made On Social Media
Mooresville police stepped up their presence at Mooresville High School Monday as a precaution after a threat was made against the school from a Virginia high school student via social media, school officials said Monday morning.

Light Rail Extension In North Charlotte To Open March 16
Residents of north Charlotte will finally see a light rail train running on almost 10 miles of track in a little over a week as city officials begin testing the Blue Line extension aimed at easing traffic congestion. The LYNX Blue Line extension will extend light rail service from the 7th Street Station, through NoDa and the University areas, ending at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus.

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Edna Patel