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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    Randolph County students learn responsibility through pet care

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — The school day is packed with lots of writing and reading. But at four Randolph County elementary schools, they are learning about another “R” word. Responsibility. Volunteers with the Randolph SPCA are teaching the the next generation of pet owners how to care for their cats or dogs. Linda Knott, an educator with the Randolph SPCA, explains the pet responsibility program is a part of their efforts to reduce the unwanted pet population in Randolph County. […]

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    NCDOT working to fix potholes quicker with public’s help

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — During the winter season, driving across North Carolina’s highways and interstates can be a little bumpy. “With this weather — had rainy weather and now freezing weather — potholes can develop even small in nature,” says NC Department of Transportation Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills. So with your help, the state DOT is stepping up their fight against potholes and other road hazards like dented guardrails. Drivers can call the state DOT at (877) 368-4968 toll-free […]

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    Burlington woman injured when shots fired into house

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — A north Burlington neighborhood is still shakened after an early Saturday morning shooting sent a woman to the hospital. According to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, a little after 1 a.m., three shots were fired at a home on Bridgewater Drive. People were at home and one woman was struck in the back. Because the shooting happened so early in the morning, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office don’t have a lot of information to work with. But […]

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    Local farmers hope cold will help summer fruit

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Rick Langhorne has been growing blueberries and other fruits in Guilford County since the early 1980s. He can’t recall a warm December like the one we just had. And he can’t recall so many blueberries blooming in winter. Langhorne says the record-breaking warmth of December caused his southern highbush blueberries to bloom and set fruit. He likes to grow the berries because highbush berries satisfy the early demand for blueberries. “These are important because these get […]

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    FAA announces new drone regulations ahead of holiday influx

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Drones are one of the must-have items of the holiday season. At Thomasville’s Anderson R/C, Matthew Anderson says drones are flying out the door. “Our drones probably have been 30 percent of our sales if not more,” he said. The Federal Aviation Administration expects hundreds of thousands of new unmanned aircraft to fill the skies. To identify owners that don’t follow the rules, the FAA has created new guidelines for drones. Beginning on Dec. 21, unmanned aircraft […]

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    Greensboro considers incentives for brewery expansion

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The new Greensboro City Council will not spend a lot of time celebrating their new term. Instead, on Tuesday night, they will consider five economic incentives. Two of those incentives will help keep Greensboro brewery Natty Greene’s in town. A $387,500 incentive will help Natty Greene’s expand their manufacturing and distribution operations. A $1 million incentive will help Self Help Ventures renovate Revolution Mill. Natty Greene’s wants to move their operations into the larger Revolution Mill site. […]

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    Curbside recycling starts in Rockingham County

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — When Molly Vernon heard that curbside recycling was coming to her Rockingham County neighborhood, she started saving all of her cardboard, newspaper and plastic bottles. “The convenience is wonderful. It’s easy to pull to the curb. It’s a hassle to put it in the truck and remember to take it out of the truck,” Vernon said. Beginning Monday, Rockingham County households no longer have to separate their recyclables and take them to a recycling station. Now […]

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    Affordable housing community opens in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Chauncey Daley is one of the people that’s grateful to call Greensboro’s Hope Court home. “The apartment is impressive. It’s one of the nicest apartments I’ve been in,” Daley said. The 16-unit Hope Court offers rent $300 to $400 below market value for low- to moderate-income families. David Levy is the executive director for Affordable Housing Management, the nonprofit that’s backing Hope Court. Levy says Hope Court’s location near Gate City Boulevard and its budget-friendly rates are […]

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    Man describes Davidson County wreck that happened in front of home

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — To Roger Byrd, the thunderous collision between a tractor-trailer and small pickup truck unfolded in seconds. “I saw both of them collide. It’s just a miracle that they are alive. If she would have caught him middle-way, she would have been a dead woman.” Byrd was in his front yard when the late Monday morning crash happened outside of Lexington on U.S. 64. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says the driver of the small pickup […]

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    Construction along Gate City Boulevard taking longer than expected

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The orange cones and barrels along the former High Point Road in Guilford County will be there a little longer. The road widening project was scheduled to end this month. But now it is expected to end in January. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says widening High Point Road — now Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro and Jamestown Parkway in Jamestown — is one of their more challenging projects. The road had to remain open […]

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    East Surry High student saves neighbor from burning home

    PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. — East Surry High School student Nathaniel Lowther doesn’t see himself as a hero. But to Lorrie Sawyers, East Surry High School principal, Nathaniel deserves the title. “He didn’t think about the recognition awards, he knew someone was in pain and could have been hurt really badly. And he went in do what he could do.” On October 23, a fire swept through a mobile home that was next door to Nathaniel. When Nathaniel saw the flames, […]

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    Growers race against the clock to harvest tobacco

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Heavy rains and strong winds from late September to early October have area growers like Faylene Whitaker playing catch up. “They are phenomenal. Our workers are a great group of guys,” Whitaker said. Workers are about a week behind in harvesting over 400 acres of organically grown tobacco. Now crews are moving as fast as they can because cool temperatures could hurt the leaves. “Now we are trying to strip it, beat any frost that’s coming […]


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