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Dedrick Russell


Charlotte, NC, United States

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Past articles by Dedrick:

Anson County commissioners vote to remove Confederate monuments from county property

The decision came during a county commission meeting Tuesday evening. → Read More

Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association has virtual town hall meeting about race

The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association is talking about race. The association wanted to have a discussion that could help neighbors understand better the life of Blacks who live in Plaza Midwood and surrounding areas. → Read More

CMS school board ready to change name of Vance High School

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) Board ready to fast track renaming Zebulon Vance High School. The district has been looking at school names for a few years to see if they were appropriate. → Read More

Petition created to support Ardrey Kell HS principal

A petition has been created to keep Ardrey Kell High School principal David Switzer on the job. It has more than 3,000 signatures. The petition comes after another petition was created asking for Switzer to resign. → Read More

Charlotte teacher continues to work while getting treatment for cancer

Back in March, Loesel was diagnosed with cancer. He didn’t let the diagnosis stop him from teaching, → Read More

SREE Hotel Management hands out meals to help hotel workers

SREE Hotel management based in Charlotte is helping its employees get through a rough patch. COVID-19 has hit the hospitality industry hard. One in nine people who work in Charlotte are employed in the hospitality industry. → Read More

Local leaders try to help small businesses survive

Small Businesses in North Carolina will definitely take a hit because of the stay at home order Governor Roy Cooper made Friday. It will go into effect in North Carolina on Monday and last for 30 days. → Read More

CMS still working to get all employees’ fingerprints

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is making big strides in making sure all their employees are being fingerprinted. → Read More

Family fights to keep flagpole in yard to honor late son

Leslie and Dave Kendra installed the flagpole in tribute to Clayton Parks, who was killed in a shooting spree in the Chicago suburb of Aurora in February. → Read More

Charlotte holds first Hispanic Leadership Academy

The city of Charlotte recently graduated its first Hispanic Leadership Academy. 18 people participated in the eight week program. → Read More

Nearly 10,000 drivers a day will need another way into York County

One of the busier ways into York County will close for six months and four days, starting next month. → Read More

Miss North Carolina on a mission to get more African American females to go for a crown

Her mission was to tell students about her platform and to talk to students about entering the pageant world. For the first time, Miss USA, Miss America, and Miss Teen USA are all African American. → Read More

An organization helps working professionals afford homes in Charlotte

The Charlotte Housing Partnership has been busy trying to get people into affordable housing. The organization has been around for more than 30 years → Read More

Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger. → Read More

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

Planned Parenthood says it’s pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting participants from referring patients for abortions. → Read More

CMS Board Chair says district won’t be silent concerning racist letters

24 hours after a racist letter was sent targeting Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) new superintendent Earnest Winston -who is African American - school board chair Mary McCray is not taking this lightly. → Read More

CMS Board suspends Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox

Sources say the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board (CMS) has agreed to suspend Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox. The school board met behind closed doors Friday morning to discuss the superintendent’s job performance. → Read More

No fingerprinting employees in UCPS and Cabarrus County School System

We are learning some school districts in our area do not fingerprint its employees while conducting their background checks. Union County Public Schools and Cabarrus County Schools say there is no policy on the books to say they have to fingerprint employees → Read More

Time is running out to save Charlotte’s historic Excelsior Club

Time is running out for the Excelsior Club located in West Charlotte. It is the first black club in Charlotte, NC. It opened in 1944 and closed its doors in 2016. There was a one year moratorium set from demolishing the historic landmark. → Read More

14-year-old girl kidnapped from bus stop, raped at gunpoint by two teens, SC cops say

Two teenagers are in jail after being charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl from a South Carolina bus stop and raping her at gunpoint, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said. → Read More