Truly random .. truly senseless … Prayers for comfort for his wife and family as they go through the grieving/mourning process. As I mentioned he and his wife go to my church, but I do not know them … but a good friend is their neighbor and they own puppies from a litter of the Barbers’ golden. So not only well-respected in the business world, heavily involved in the community and church, but dog people, too. Prayers to the accused and his family too … their lives have been changed forever by a senseless random act.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe said Monday that Chauncey Sterling was looking for a victim to rob Friday morning when he allegedly fatally shot hospital executive Robert Barber on a south Charlotte residential street.

Sterling, 18, was arrested Sunday night in his hometown of Rock Hill and charged in Barber’s murder.

“We believe it was a random act that started as a robbery,” Monroe said during a midday news conference Monday at police headquarters in Charlotte. “Mr. Barber was an innocent victim.”

via Teen arrested in killing of Charlotte executive | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

Mr. Barber was a member of FPC. I did not know him or his wife, but his absence was felt at Easter worship today.

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He and Barber were both retired colonels – a “couple of old military guys,” he said.

“We’d walk down the hallway, and I’d say, ‘You know, Bob, we’re in step,'” he said, laughing. “Old habits die hard.”

Brown and Barber were both members of the Rotary Club of Charlotte, where Brown said Barber took minutes and compiled newsletters.

“This man had not missed a Rotary meeting in 15 years,” Brown said.

He said Barber was devoted to his church, First Presbyterian in uptown, his profession and his family.

At work, Barber had a reputation as a skilled professional who could easily connect with his co-workers.

“He would work 80 hours a week if it meant turning around a community hospital,” Brown said.

Outside of work, Barber had many interests, including muscle cars, motorcycles and genealogy, Brown said.

“I think I’ve only known a couple of people in my life I’d consider Renaissance men,” Brown said. “Bob was one of them.”

via Witness heard victim’s lament after shooting | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

Well, I said Saturday (4/16) was a dark and stormy morning …

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A day after a violent storm system swept across North Carolina, kicking up tornadoes and flattening much in its path, residents began the painful process of cleaning up and mourning those lost.

State officials said Sunday that the death toll from the storms is at least 21, making it the deadliest thunderstorm system to hit the state in more than two decades. Three of the victims – two young siblings and a cousin – died instantly when a tree landed on a Raleigh mobile home. They had been cowering in a closet.

At least 130 people were injured – some severely – and hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed.

via Storms leave trail of pain, ruin across N.C. | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

What a great addition to the Charlotte restaurant scene.

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As you enter The King’s Kitchen, on a busy corner in uptown Charlotte, you might overlook one sign that this is no ordinary restaurant. High on a wall of the foyer is a Bible verse, Proverbs 19:17, written in neat, black script: “He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.”

The bankers and office workers who crowd the restaurant at lunch and dinner are here for Aunt Beaut’s panfried chicken and classic Southern-style vegetables cooked with a modern, healthier twist — without the fatback. They come back for the cornbread plump with kernels, the banana pudding layered with homemade vanilla wafers, the shrimp and grits.

via The King’s Kitchen | Our State Magazine.

 

The other day I mentioned Jeni’s …

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The other day I mentioned Jeni’s in my other blog … 3.10.2011 … If they call it “artisan,” I will come … especially if it involves ice cream or chocolate … or both … « Dennard’s Clipping Service. … Well the only place in NC that has Jeni’s is Dean & DeLuca at Phillips Place … very close to my house … so I stole away for a secret dessert for the evening and they had two flavors … I was not in a brave/adventurous/artisan mood … next time …

RIESLING POACHED PEAR SORBET

The striking aroma, pure flavor and delicate, buttery texture of whole poached Bartlett pears in perfect harmony with sweet Riesling wine. One of Jeni’s Signature Flavors, it’s completely refreshing every day of the year.

via Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams / Buy Now / Swanky Sorbets / Made in Columbus Ohio.

Olive Oil with Sea-Salted Pepitas

Sicilian single-estate olive oil. Sea salted pumpkin seeds. Jeni has just returned from Sicily where she helped press the very oil that flavors this grassy, verdant ice cream. Very clean, bright notes with the nutty crunch of toasted, sea salted pepitas. The combination of high-caliber olive oil, butterfat and cream melts in your mouth and opens up beautifully. A graceful tribute to Old World flavors.

via Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams / Flavors / Seasonal / Made in Columbus Ohio.