Asheville: The Citizen-Times devotes most of its front page to recounting the investigative stories it covered this year. It serves the purpose of reminding its readers of the important work the newspaper does. “Mismanagement and questionable spending by top Buncombe County officials — revealed sometimes by federal prosecutors and other times through documents obtained by the Citizen Times — dominated the news. A series of articles by the newspaper chronicled the harm being done to an entire generation of children by the nation’s opioid crisis. Other work revealed how police monitored civil rights groups.” Smart.
Greensboro: “Doctors told Gina Fornecker not to listen to the heartbeat of her unborn baby. ‘You’re just going to have to listen to him die.’” I have a bias with this one: One of the students in my UNC class wrote it. A couple from Goldsboro, now living in the U.K., returned home for a vacation, when the mother gave birth to a premature son. Spoiler alert: He didn’t die, but his journey was long.
Charlotte: Wells Fargo, a major employer lays off hundreds of employees in town and shifts their jobs overseas. We know only because the Observer found out and told us.