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Mellichamp Authors 'Native Plants of the Southeast'

Larry Mellichamp, director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, has written Native Plants of the Southeast, which was published by Timber Press.

Billed as a comprehensive guide to the best 460 species for the garden, Native Plants of the Southeast features the most beautiful native plants that adapt well to garden cultivation, have multi-season appeal and attract native butterflies, birds and other beneficial wildlife, according to the publisher. The work includes profiles on hundreds of trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, grasses, aquatics and ferns, and it covers the entire southeast region of the United States.

Students Win National College Fishing Title

Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker recently teamed to win the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship held at Chatuge Reservoir in Georgia.

Helms, a junior marketing major from Monroe, and Whitaker, a senior civil engineering major from Fairview, caught 15 fish during the three-day team event. Their total catch weight of 38 pounds and 9 ounces topped the second-place finishers by 8 ounces.

Whitaker said winning the championship would help the UNC Charlotte Bass Fishing Club, known as the Bass Rats, as well as the entire sport club program on campus. "I’ve had a great experience at UNC Charlotte and getting to represent my school at a national level and win doing something I enjoy is something I will always treasure."