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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.

Recent Articles
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    Forsyth County approves tethering ban ordinance

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – Forsyth County animal advocate Jennifer Tierney says it’s time to replace the 2011 tethering ordinance. “A lot of animals in our community are abused and chaining is abuse.” Forsyth County’s 2011 tethering ordinance only placed limits on tethering. A new ordinance would ban the practice. Mitch Cromer has been a dog owner for years. He believes tethering can be done correctly. Plus a ban would bring additional ownership cost. “You have to buy a fence. If […]

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    Guilford County bus driver buys books for students

    BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. — Sweet treats and snacks are normally the rewards elementary school students get when they do a good job. Guilford County Schools bus driver Oscar Pitt follows the same rules. “It was A’s and B’s and I said I got to get you something and then the other kids started talking about it. I want to encourage them to get good grades,” he said. But a friend of Pitt suggested an idea that Pitt thought elementary school […]

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    Heavy rain slows fall harvest

    CLIMAX, N.C. — While the Piedmont has avoided the devastating eastern North Carolina floods, Hurricane Matthew is still proving to be a problem for Piedmont growers. Faylene Whitaker is co-owner of Whitaker Farms in Climax. Workers on her farm are busy taking the small pumpkins off of the vine. “We had a really good growing season for the pumpkins. Now we are getting them on the plastic so they won’t rot due to the ground being so wet from all […]

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    Big changes coming to Winston-Salem park

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem planners are doing more than just replacing a basketball court at Happy Hill Park. Interim Recreation and Parks Director William Royston says they will tear out the old facility and replace it with a new park the community will be proud of. “Take creativity to a whole new level. Be creative on how we spend our dollars so we can make immediate impacts so the community can enjoy them,” he said. The leaky pool and cracking […]

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    Improvements coming to Battleground Avenue in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Whether they are driving to work or going home, it seems like people are always fighting traffic on Greensboro’s Battleground Avenue. Alexis Lewis says, “I live on Battleground. Work is close and there’s always traffic this time of day.” Betsy Bullard wishes the traffic headache at Battleground Avenue and New Garden Road would disappear. “On New Garden Road, the main problem are the lights. They don’t reflect what people want to do,” Bullard said. The City of […]

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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 […]