A Charlotte bakery owner delivers bread and comfort to migrant workers on North Carolina’s Christmas tree farms

One hundred miles from his Central Avenue bakery, Manolo Betancur pulls into the parking lot of a Latino grocery store in Sparta, a little mountain town where...

Haji’s sad ending: The boy from our special report last spring was one of two teens killed in a car accident last week

The last time I saw Alhaji Kamara, he was in the passenger’s seat of my truck, and we were returning tables and chairs to a supply store after a big cookout....

Kerr Putney could not solve Charlotte’s violent crime problem. Could any police chief?

Forty years ago this Sunday, long before Kerr Putney exposed a hole in the state’s retirement laws, long before he was a police chief, or even a first-year...

Inside the 24-hour race to save the birds that crashed into the NASCAR Hall of Fame

They swooped into town from Philadelphia or New York or maybe even Canada, hoovering up mosquitoes and dragonflies in flight. To South America, they were...

The world knows Chynna Deese because of how she died. Now her family wants to make sure we remember how she lived.

At 10:56 a.m. on July 6, one week to the day before their last communication, Chynna Deese’s phone lit up with a familiar message from her mother. “I’m...

Agenda Election Roundup: South Charlotte went all-in for Dan McCready, but Dan Bishop won the 9th District

Dan Bishop took the stage at his victory party Tuesday night surrounded by pyrotechnics, then held out his phone so the President could talk to the crowd on...

The Brooks’ Sandwich House brothers just donated family land to help Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis

The rectangle-shaped 2.1 acres that David and Scott Brooks own on Charlotte’s east side is worth about 17,300 of their famous single burgers with cheese....

Greg Jackson’s Reagan Drive Initiative tackles tough issues at a forgotten interchange on I-85

On April 25, Patrick walks into the 7-Eleven like he usually does—stoned, strung out, and smiling. “Nope,” the owner, James Phillips, tells him. Since...

In the shadows of the boom, one man is determined not to let a teenager’s felony charge define him

The teenager stares down at the electronic bracelet around his right ankle. Through the apartment’s sliding screen door, he can hear the light rail train making its 7:22 p.m. stop at Tom Hunter station. It’s a new sound in this part of north Charlotte, a signal that people are going somewhere.