Charles Ewing CROPPEd
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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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    New science labs at Rockingham Community College to prepare future nurses

    WENTWORTH, N.C. — After years of planning, the new science labs at Rockingham Community College are ready for use. “The instructors are thrilled to have brand new labs,” says Dr. Lori French. “And the students, when they come in here, they are excited to be in here because everything is brand new.” The biology and chemistry labs were renovated to keep up with new technology. Plus the labs are bigger. This allows students to work in smaller groups and perform […]

  • Back-to-school nutrition programs

    On the first day of school, some students in Guilford County had lunch with a very special guest, superintended Maurice Greene. He was there to talk about the importance of school nutrition. He talked about how a good breakfast and a good lunch can help the students academic performance.

  • NC corn crop is worst in the nation; local farmer sees best and worst of it

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A dry, hot summer is cooking North Carolina’s corn crop. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says our corn is in the worst shape nationwide. About 30 percent of the state’s corn is in poor to very poor shape. Guilford County farmer Chris Bowman knows all about the tough season. “That was a concern we had to begin with. It was cold and wet, and I planted some and worried it was not going to […]

  • Wyndham Championship rules and regulations

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For over 10 years, Mike Ebel has been the head of security for the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. But this year will be different than all the rest. “We are happy to have Tiger Woods. We added a little staff. Everyone will be screened. We have a wand and we will check for items you shouldn’t be bringing on site,” Ebel said. Items like radios without headphones, coolers, banners and large bags are not allowed. But clear […]

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    Flash flooding causes mess in Mount Airy

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — For businesses along Andy Griffith Parkway, Monday’s rain was too much and too fast. “The creek up front is what got us now,” says Chad Slater, manager of Parrish Tire. Some parts of Surry County had more than two inches of rain. The storm runoff filled a nearby creek, forcing it out of its banks and into a parking lot shared by Parrish Tire and Becky’s Glass Works. The parking lot quickly filled with water and […]

  • New affordable housing coming to Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The parking lot is covered in gravel and there’s still several weeks of work to do. But Hope Court is getting lots of interest. “We already have 60 households that have expressed interest,” said Affordable Housing Management Executive Director David Levy. “We shouldn’t have any problem filling it up.” Hope Court is a 16-apartment-unit affordable housing neighborhood. Levy says the complex will target low to moderate income families, the disabled and the formerly homeless. While it’s a […]

  • Local researchers using dogs to help locate box turtles

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Searching for box turtles is sort of like looking for a needle in a haystack. But in Greensboro, high school day campers from the Greensboro Science Center and researchers from University  of North Carolina – Greensboro (UNCG) are relying on Boykin Spaniels to sniff out box turtles. “I actually didn’t know they use dogs to find turtles,” says day camper Rebekah Wofford. “I thought we would have to trek through the woods and look at the ground […]

  • Madison group hopes to restore Rosenwald school house

    MADISON, N.C. — During the early 1900s, American businessman Julius Rosenwald, along with African American educator Booker T. Washington, built over 5,000 schools across the South. The schools would later be known as Rosenwald Schools. The schools gave African-Americans better access to education and one such school was built in the Rockingham County town of Madison. Art Martin began his educational career at Madison Colored School in the 1940s. He recalls the fun times in and out of school. “My […]

  • Grant money creates community garden in Rockingham County

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Rockingham County feels it can win the battle against obesity by encouraging groups to plant more community gardens. Eden’s senior center recently received a $250 grant from the Reidsville Area Foundation. The senior center used the money to start their first community garden. Lois Shumate is a volunteer at the community garden. She says planting, harvesting and maintaining the community garden is relaxing and fun. “It does a lot of good. It’s not that hard. It’s […]

  • Heat wave helps business at Dan River Adventures

    STONEVILLE, N.C. – Glenn Bozorth with Dan River Adventures says the Piedmont heat wave is good for business. “We are seeing July numbers. July is our busiest month, and we are seeing those numbers in June with this heat streak.” Rockingham County leaders don’t want the crowds to stop coming when the heat wave ends. Billboards promoting Rockingham County’s four rivers are located along the interstates. Plus there are ads at the state’s major airports. Bozorth supports the ad campaign. […]

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    Beloved Guilford County school bus driver ‘Mr. D’ retires

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Tuesday was the last day of school for thousands of students enrolled in Guilford County Schools. Tuesday was also the last day for long-time bus driver Elton Davenport. “I worked another job for 32 years and it was no problem for me to leave. But this one is a problem for me to leave,” he said. For the past 17 years, Davenport has developed a tight bond with a number of northern Guilford County students and […]

  • So how aggressive are sharks, really?

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The blank stare and a body that’s shaped like a missile. These are some of the reasons why sharks can cause a lot of fear. But Gus Stout, senior aquarist at the Greensboro Science Center’s SciQuarium, says people shouldn’t worry. “The vast majority of sharks are not aggressive toward humans. They are not looking at us as a prey item,” Stout said. At the SciQuarium, divers work in a tank while blacknose, blacktip and sand bar sharks […]


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