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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    Guilford County Schools book drive helps flood-damaged schools

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A very successful book drive will help replenish two eastern North Carolina elementary school libraries that were flooded by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. “When a sister county and district has a need, we step up,” Guilford County Schools District Media Specialist Jacqueline Pender-Jones said. Pender-Jones and other media specialist really came through for Princeville Elementary and West Lumberton Elementary. “I knew we would get a lot of books to give to the students,” Pender-Jones said. […]

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    Piedmont Triad cities tackling litter problems

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Bingham Park is a little-known neighborhood park in Greensboro. But Greensboro Beautiful volunteers like Daniel Smith are very familiar with the area. “We get to see a lot of plastic bags, bottles, cups, and trash from fast food,” Smith said. And you can really see all of the litter because the trees and plants are still dormant. So while everything is clearly visible, volunteers will go to selected areas and pick up the trash. Smith says the […]

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    NC A&T researchers work to make peanuts less allergic

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dr. Jianmei Yu is a big fan of peanuts. “I use peanuts in cooking, peanut butter in soup and of course, breakfast.” Dr. Yu is also a food and nutrition researcher at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Her team is working to remove allergens from peanuts that make the popular food ingredient dangerous for millions. “We feel this work is very important to improve the safety of peanuts and reduce people’s stress caused by the […]

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    Beaver invasion has Greensboro neighbors concerned

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — When Steve Brown heard that beavers were living in a nearby creek, he couldn’t wait to show his grandkids. “Beavers had come into the creek by the children’s playground and had built two dams. My first thought was that’s cool I’ll go and check it out and watch them,” Brown said. Then he had second thoughts. “I got to thinking, it’s right next to the playground. Are beavers safe? Are they dangerous, especially around kids?” The park […]

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    Apprenticeship Randolph helps train skilled workers

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Jaeco Precision began as a two person operation in the late 90s. Now the Randolph County manufacturer has 18 workers. They ship molds and custom parts to aerospace, electronics and medical companies all over the world. One of Jaeco Precision founders, Jeff Callicutt, says there’s only one thing that can slow the growth of high-skilled manufacturing companies in Randolph County. “They want skilled help. It’s hard to find,” Callicutt said. Nowadays, it takes a degree to […]

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    Guilford County pet owner turns over 23 dogs to shelter

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County Animal Control officers say it’s not a case of animal abuse. Instead, officers feel that an eastern Guilford County pet owner was overwhelmed by keeping up with 23 dogs. “I think it wasn’t a situation that the owner intended to find themselves in. It reinforces the importance of spay and neutering,” Guilford County Animal Services Director Drew Brinkley said. The 23 dogs are currently housed in the intake building. The pets will get the […]

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    Red dye pours into Peters Creek in Winston-Salem after pipe busts near dye tank

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City of Winston-Salem Stormwater Division along with the fire department and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality were called to Hanes Dye and Finishing on Tuesday morning. Hanes employees reported a leak from a dye tank at the Northwest Boulevard plant. Workers were able to catch the accidental spill, but some of the biodegradable dye made its way to a storm drain that empties into Peters Creek. Pedro Martinez works near the plant. He couldn’t […]

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    Asheboro applying for urgent repair program

    ASHEBORO, N.C. – Lynnie Fonville has lived in her Asheboro home since the ‘60s. So when it came time to replace the roof, she didn’t know how she would pay for it. “I just thought, ‘my Lord, this is my chance to get a new roof,’” Fonville said. That’s when Fonville heard about the city of Asheboro’s Urgent Repair program. Community Development Director Trevor Nuttall says older homes can be troublesome. “The major issue we have with older homes is […]

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    Neighbors upset about illegal dumping in Davidson County

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Folks living off of Old Salisbury Road in the Linwood community of Davidson County say they have a serious problem with illegal dumping. “It’s not just a one day or every now and again. It’s all the time, two or three times a week. People pull in and out and dumping whatever they got,” one neighbor said. The land around an abandoned farmhouse is covered with unwanted bikes, paint, televisions, mattresses and furniture. Homeowners have spoken with their […]

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    Rockingham County getting rid of abandoned mobile homes

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — When Rockingham County Code Enforcement Officer Ben Curry sees a brand new empty lot, he knows it’s a job well done. “It was a mobile home left on a family member’s property. It just fell apart as it was abandoned by the mobile home owner,” Curry said. That’s when the county stepped in to help. A $26,500 state grant allows Rockingham County to hire a contractor to remove unlivable single-wide homes. “We have completed 13 and […]

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    BackPack Beginnings supporting more local schools

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A successful December means six new Guilford County schools will join the 45 schools BackPack Beginnings already supports. “The gap is the weekend,” BackPack Beginnings Founder and Executive Director Parker White said. “We want to make sure they are fed over the weekend so they come back to school ready to learn on Mondays.” Through online donations and campaign letters, BackPack Beginnings wanted to raise $30,000. Instead the group collected over $53,000. This month, six schools […]

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    Pipes bursting as they begin to thaw in the Piedmont Triad

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Days of snow and cold have punished our roads. But as we begin to turn the corner, Joseph Curthis, with Johns Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, says warmer air could end up hurting some of our homes. “As it thaws out, it has nowhere to go and that’s when the pipes start bursting. They don’t burst until they thaw out,” Curthis said. And when the pipe breaks, water can go everywhere — flooding multiple rooms in a […]