Research by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute for United Way of Central Carolinas has found that almost 90 percent of at-risk Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who took part in programs from 14 local United Way-funded agencies over three or more years graduated from high school.
Crafting knives, guns and baskets by hand. Gathering wild plants for medicine. Whispering a Bible verse over a burn to take away the pain. Those might sound like lost traditions, but they're still alive the Uwharrie Mountain region.
Since 2010, the home counties of Charlotte and Raleigh have accounted for nearly half of all population growth in North Carolina. Just 10 N.C. counties tallied nearly 80 percent of the state's increased population. (Image: John Chesser, Tableau maps)