Historian Tom Hanchett has heard so many stereotypes about the South that he wasn’t surprised when a woman from a major media company exclaimed after learning he lived in North Carolina:

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:

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

With so many promoters extolling Charlotte’s virtues, I looked for other topics for this series of stories about our region.