You know you’ve entered the Bible Belt when you drive away from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the sign announces: “Billy Graham Parkway.”

In her pretty folk art paintings, Ashford reminds us of the ugliness in our past.

First impressions are important, 73-year-old Dorothy Waddy believes – and she worries people coming to town for the Democratic National Convention will get a bad first impression of Charlotte.

If you have ever driven past the tattered flag fluttering outside Eugene Barrett’s home in western Mecklenburg County, you probably had one of two strong reactions:

There’s one thing from Fincher Jarrell's roots in the rural South that Jarrell still carries with him: His accent.

Despite what Michelle Obama may have thought, the Charlotte area is not known for barbecue.

Much has been written about Latino immigrants moving into this part of the country, but Charlotte is also a magnet for immigrants from many nations.

I didn’t have to drive 50 miles from the banks and shiny skyscrapers of Charlotte to see people standing in line at food banks, houses falling into disrepair and drug addicts loitering on street corners.

Randy Mitchell lost his banking job 11 years ago, and since then, he has helped other out-of-work bankers find new professions. He believes Charlotte can still rightfully promote itself as Bank Town but he suspects the nickname is hiding a dirty little secret:

Charlotte's accolades include an international airport, huge banks, the NBA, the NFL, the NCAA Final Four, the DNC and soon the PGA.