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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    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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    Kernersville restoration business needs restoration after recent heavy rain

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Eleven straight days of rain is bringing headaches like leaky roofs and damp carpets. Now the rain is causing problems for a Kernersville business that specializes in disaster recovery. “I happen to know a reputable restoration company,” says Phoenix Restoration Services Manager Parker Williams. “We took care of it immediately, but we have some damage we will have to repair and take care of.” When Phoenix Restoration Services employees came to work on Monday morning, they found […]

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    Rockingham County using grant money to remove abandoned trailers

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. – Alamance County is using more than $60,000 in state grant money to remove abandoned manufactured homes.  Now Rockingham County is using the same funding source to clean up their county. According to Rockingham County Code Enforcement Officer Kelly Howell, abandoned mobile homes pose several dangers.  “It’s a danger to children,” Howell said. “It’s an eye sore for the property owner and the citizens of Rockingham County.”  The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources awarded Rockingham County a $26,500 grant to […]

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    High school aviation students to volunteer at Winston-Salem Air Show

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The 150 students enrolled in Andrews High School Aviation Academy spend a lot of time learning about aircraft engineering and manning the controls of a flight simulator. It’s a challenging course, but 10th grader Angel Thomas is prepared. “The simulator at first is a bit hard to learn. But Dr. Waters takes her time and helps us to do different missions on the simulators,” Thomas said. Dr. Cynthia Waters is the Aviation Academy director. While she […]

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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 […]


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