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Donyel Barber (access required)


As executive director of Family Promise of Gaston County, Donyel Barber devotes her life and her career to helping homeless families find places to live. She finds her own success through the success of others.

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Tania Archer (access required)


When Tania Archer tried her first child-custody court case on her own without a supervising attorney, her hearing resulted in a parent’s going to jail for criminal contempt. At the time, she was a guardian ad litem, representing children in a high-conflict case.

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Construction set to start on Northlake Plaza (access required)

The first building in Northlake Plaza, a planned shopping center across from Northlake Mall on W.T. Harris Boulevard, has been permitted by Mecklenburg County. Trent Gustafson, president of Charlotte-based Percival McGuire, the developer on the project, said he expects construction on the $902,000, 9,500-square-foot building to start within 30 days. He said the building should be finished in six months.

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March: Homebuilding comes in like a lion


New home starts in Mecklenburg County for 2013 continued their surge in March, as did new home prices. As of March 31, the county had issued 834 building permits for the benchmark detached single-family home. That’s up nearly 33 percent over the first three months of last year, according to an analysis of county records.

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