Charles Ewing CROPPEd


I always had lots questions about the weather. Why is it snowing? How do hurricanes form? But it was the tornado that rumbled through my childhood Raleigh home that really peaked my interest. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Atmospheric Science.

A few years later, I received the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. With my degree, I landed my first job at a Fox station in Macon, GA. Tropical storms, flooding rains, tornadoes and drought were some of the weather features that provided a challenge.

Spending four years in Macon can make a North Carolina native home sick. That’s why I am glad to be back in North Carolina, working for Fox 8. Away from work, I like to chase severe thunderstorms, track hurricanes, and hope that one-day NC State gets a good basketball team and cheer loudly for the NC State football team.

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    Local residents work to preserve prairie land in the Piedmont

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. – Mike Vaughan of Rockingham County enjoys walking through Wolf Island Prairie. “It’s the grasses and the way they roll on the land in the wind.  It’s just great.” Vaughan helps maintain the 20-acre stretch of natural Piedmont grassland. At one point, it was easy to find Piedmont prairies. But farmland and housing construction is removing what little prairie land is left. That’s why Vaughan and other land owners are working with the Piedmont Land Conservancy in order to keep their […]

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    New health sciences center planned for Davidson County Community College

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — With the kids out of the house, Sandy Thorarinson is beginning her second career. “With nursing being saturated, pharmacy and some of the other health sciences programs are opening up,” Thorarinson said. Thorarinson is a part of Davidson County Community College’s pharmacy technology program. While being familiar with different medicines is a part of her training, Pharmacy Technology Director Jana Andrews says future employers are looking for additional skills. “The big thing is the soft skills. Teamwork, […]

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    Leaning wall to be repaired before RiverFest in Eden

    EDEN, N.C. — In one of the most historic parts of Eden, a second floor wall is leaning toward Washington Street. As a precaution, Economic Development Director Michael Dougherty said the city closed one block of Washington Street. “The potential if something would have happened, there would have been a lot of liability issues,” Dougherty said. Contractors will brace the leaning wall and Washington Street should reopen mid-week. That’s great news to businesses that have been impacted by the street closure. […]

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    GCS officials prep for students’ return as construction projects continue

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — At the corner of Merritt Drive and Immanuel Road in Greensboro, there are detour signs guiding you to Hunter Elementary. Currently you can barely see the school from the road because it’s blocked by its replacement. “These walls have gone up to the point where they have hidden the old school,” says Guilford County Schools Construction Director Samuel Masters. The front lawn of Hunter Elementary is now a large construction site. So when students return to […]

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    Good Samaritans rescue man from flood waters after road collapses in Davidson County

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Wade Burnette can’t remember much about his awful Sunday night ordeal. “Last thing was trying to remember… pushing the driver’s door open and standing on the passenger door… flipped and it got dark,” Burnette said. Burnette was driving on Lee Road in Davidson County outside of Thomasville on Sunday night. He couldn’t see on the dark rural road, but heavy rain pushed a creek out of its banks. The rushing water covered the road and washed […]

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    Some still without electricity after electrical substation fire in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Taking bags of ice out of his car and piling them into a deep freezer was not a part of Donald Gray’s original plans. “We got married on Saturday and we came home, no power,” he said. A transformer fire at the Duke Energy electrical substation at High Point Road and Robbins Road in Winston-Salem was the source. At one point as many as 14,000 customers across Davidson and Forsyth Counties were without power and without air […]

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    Camp in Davidson County for future emergency responders

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Davidson County law enforcement agencies and fire departments are partnering with Davidson County Community College to develop the next wave of first responders. “Until someone reverses your age, you got to look for who will be replacing you down the road,” said Southmont Deputy Fire Chief Larry Morgan. Twenty one sixth, seventh and eighth-graders are a part of a day camp that will spend the week touring Davidson County emergency communication centers, fire departments and police departments. The […]

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    PART says Coble Intermodal Transportation Center construction on schedule

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation or PART says construction of its new 5.3 million dollar Coble Intermodal Transportation Center is right on schedule. “I’ve been able to see where different parts of the construction is moving along. We are in the prime season of construction,” said Scott Rhine, executive director of PART. For Rhine, prime construction season means the lot off of West Market Street in Greensboro will soon look like a bus depot. A large passenger […]

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    Guilford County woman speaks out after fighting off rabid fox

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — While Christin Welch recovers, she is trying to comprehend what she did late Monday afternoon. “Guess it was like instinct, so it wouldn’t attack us worse. It was natural instinct to get a hold of it somehow and don’t let it attack,” she said. Welch was warning her Logandale Court neighbors about a Monday afternoon rabid fox attack. Welch was outside talking to one of her neighbors when the fox charged. She slapped it away. But […]

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    Empty house with overgrown yard causing frustration for Reidsville neighborhood

    REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Frustrations are growing in a Reidsville neighborhood because it appears no one is caring for an empty home. The City of Reidsville has put a notice on the front lawn, instructing the property owner to cut the grass. But folks like Christopher Taylor feel the city should do more to clean up the property. “I’ve been here for four and a half years and I’ve seen people moving stuff. I am tired of it. Wish it was […]

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    Emerald ash borer damaging Piedmont Triad trees

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — As a team from the North Carolina Forest Service surveys the trees in Greensboro’s Latham Park, Guilford County Ranger David Masters comes to the conclusion that the Piedmont is facing a growing concern. “For instance the crown is thinning or some die back or lots of new sprouting low on the trunk of the tree. Those are indicators maybe you got a problem,” Masters said. The problem is called the emerald ash borer. The metallic green beetle […]

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    Group working to turn old Rockingham County schoolhouse into community center

    MADISON, N.C. — From 1923 to 1950, the Madison Colored School, also known as the Virginia Scales Rosenwald School, educated African Americans from across Rockingham County. When the school closed, it became a warehouse and later a community center. But in the 2000s, the building was condemned. Madison resident Art Martin remembers when the school was the heart of the community. It hurts him to see the school in its current state of decay. “It’s not a good feeling but […]