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Feds say couple used their Huntersville company in $2M COVID fraud scheme

Feb. 26. A federal indictment filed in US District Court in Charlotte charges Antoine Johnson, 48, and Kimberly Maddox, 43, formerly of Huntersville, with fraudulently obtaining approximately $2 million in bank loans and COVID-19 pandemic relief funds. According to allegations in the indictment, the couple owned and operated Pick Up and Go Moving International, Inc. […]

Easter looks like a big comeback, economically speaking

COVID-19 and Easter: More sectors of the economy return to normal

April 5. With COVID-19 hospitalizations continuing to fall, and the BA.2 sub-variant less virulent than its predecessors, it looks like the economy will continue to improve as people get out more and more. COVID-19 numbers are improving statewide—North Carolina is among the nation’s all-around safest states, according to a new WalletHub report—and many people are […]

Nervous about returning to the office? Here are some tips.

March 8. After two years of remote work for countless individuals due to the pandemic, many employees are returning to the office. While some may embrace a return to the workplace and view this as a transition back to normalcy and socialization, others may find the adjustment back to an in-person work environment overwhelming and […]

Another round of COVID bonuses coming for Fifth Third employees

Nov. 18. Fifth Third Bank, which has a substantial footing locally thanks to the First Charter acquisition in 2007, will make a special payment of $1,250 to full-time employees who have provided essential banking services during the pandemic. “Our employees have gone above and beyond to ensure that we continue to meet the financial needs […]


Davidson announces new round of COVID funds for small retailers

Oct. 13. The Davidson Board of Commissioners has announced another round of the Davidson COVID Business Support Grant worth $50,000 in total. A qualifying Davidson business can apply for up to $4,000 in grant funds to be used for COVID-related items that help to keep them operating. The grants, which use American Rescue Plan funds, […]

Cabarrus sets aside $5 million for small business COVID relief

Sept. 21. Cabarrus County is dedicating up to $5 million in American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to help small businesses deal with COVID-19. Small business owners in the county have until Oct. 15 to apply for one-time funding through the Cabarrus Recovery Grant – Small Business Support Program. Qualifying expenses […]

Cabarrus County Fair

Cabarrus cancels county fair due to COVID spread, low vaccine rates

Sept. 2. For only the second time in 68 years, the Cabarrus County Fair, scheduled for Sept. 10-18, has been cancelled. County officials blame low vaccination rates and community spread of COVID-19. The decision was made in concert with public health and emergency management officials. Up to 80,000 people attend the fair over a nine-day […]


Novant: COVID by the numbers

June 15. Nearly 16 months after the first coronavirus cases hit North Carolina, Novant Health says it has administered more than 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. “Half-a-million doses is an incredible achievement and represents the countless hours of planning, implementation and dedication that went into our pandemic response,” said Carl S. Armato, CEO of […]

US Chamber ‘welcomes’ Biden economic rescue plan

Jan. 15. Officials at the US Chamber of Commerce are welcoming President-elect Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan which includes a $1,400 payment per person, raising the minimum wage and a national vaccination program that includes safely opening schools. “We applaud the President-elect’s focus on vaccinations and on economic sectors and families that continue to […]


Davidson establishes grants for retailers affected by pandemic

Dec. 14. The Town of Davidson has allocated $40,000 for COVID Business Support Grants to support local businesses which have expenses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our businesses are a central part of our community. They have shown resilience during this pandemic but need help to operate safely this winter. We hope that this […]