Itís easy not to be grateful these days. Most of us are so showered in blessings that we sometimes take them for granted. Instead of appreciating all that we have, we come to expect nothing less. These six Charlotte residents, on the other hand, find moments every day to be thankful. Here are their stories, in their own words, as told to Observer editorial board members.

Heath Morrison said Wednesday that he kept proper records of his travel and expenses as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, despite allegations to the contrary made by a former colleague.

A final judgment against Bank of America Corp. in a mortgage-bond lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was signed by a federal judge, helping clear the way for the lender to complete a $16.7 billion global settlement of claims it misled investors about risk.

Henry Williams was once one of the country’s top college basketball players and is still the 49ers’ all-time leading scorer. He had a plan and he’s stayed the course, even when it brought challenges he never imagined.

A licensed social worker from Charlotte pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to defraud Medicaid of at least $4.3 million – one of three unrelated similar schemes, prosecutors said.

All around the Charlotte area, merchants push their promotions for Small Business Saturday.

Nervous about buying for the woman you love? Relax: We’ll help. Starting with this tip: Do not buy this sweater.

"Penguins of Madagascar" is as "cute and cuddly" as ever, and often downright hilarious. Grade: B+

Check out our guide to Christmas TV.

The most wonderful time of the year is coming! This weekend launches us into the holiday season. ...

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The Portland Trail Blazers overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to power through the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday 105-97 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

First it was his heart, then his hamstring and then his ankle. ... In a rare moment of openness, Panthersí all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams reflected on what 2014 has been like for him.

Today, on Thanksgiving Day, Iím thankful for home, health, happiness and the occasional putt that stumbles into the cup. Iím also thankful for, among other things ...

UNC's trip to the Bahamas, coach Roy Williams said recently, was all about work, and the Tar Heels on Wednesday found out how much they work they have to do in a 74-66 loss to Butler.

The Observer recognizes the top players and coaches in high school volleyball, boys' soccer, cross country, tennis and golf.

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