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, N.C. — It’s not just about reading and writing at Tabernacle Elementary School in Randolph County. Second-grade teacher Britney Fulp is helping the youngsters become better people. “Character is so important because if you don’t have good character, you won’t get very far,” Fulp said. The group is learning about empathy. Fulp says it’s a lesson that second-grader Sarah Reeder fully embraced. “She told me her idea. She explained it and I said, ‘OK, let’s run with this,'” […]

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    Cone Health celebrates 10 years of life-saving technology

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Doctors and nurses check on their intensive care patients as they go from room to room at Greensboro’s Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. But the medical staff doesn’t always have to be in the room for patients to receive care. Intensive care nurses like Marilyn Watson can be found on the other side of the camera. “The critical patients we will check on three to four times a day. We can camera in and speak to every patient,” […]

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    Plans for arboretum at Burlington park

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — Willowbrook Park follows a creek that winds its way between South Church Street and West Front Street in Burlington. It’s a narrow strip of land. But it’s big enough to keep kids entertained. “My niece and nephew were here a couple of weeks ago,” homeowner Sandra Reid said. “They shot outside as soon as they got here and started playing at the park.” Tom Flood is also a fan of Willowbrook Park. But as a landscape designer, […]

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    After 50 years, the final season for a favorite Piedmont holiday tradition

    PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. — A dry fall season is causing problems for a favorite Piedmont holiday tradition. “Most of the time we don’t have this problem. This year they are a lot drier. They don’t stick to the ground like it does in the wet season.” Larry Charpiat is talking about the leaves covering the three-acre holiday light display called Pilot Mountain Christmas. “The enjoyment when we put the lights on. How many come to see it. The laughter on […]

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    Locally raised Thanksgiving turkeys growing in popularity

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Anna Sonnenwald was tired of living in the city. So she moved to Randolph County to begin a new life. “Went and bought some chickens and the gentleman I was buying them from had two turkeys and I brought them home,” Sonnenwald said. Two turkeys are now 60. The turkeys live their life eating the grass and grubs they find while they are in the pasture. But our recent long stretch of dry weather is forcing Sonnewald […]

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    Reidsville police cracking down on littering

    REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Reidsville police Lt. Chuck Evitt likes what he sees along Vance Street. “Here in Reidsville we have a beautiful city and want to keep it that way,” Evitt said. Not long ago, Vance Street had a different look. “What we are seeing is a lot of paper trash, wrappers from restaurants, paper cups, things of that nature,” Evitt said. To prevent trash from taking over Vance Street and South Park Drive, the Reidsville Appearance Commission turned to […]

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    Students filling the health care demand

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College nursing student Christina Griffith says caring for others comes naturally. “Guess you can say I am a natural care giver. I love to take care of people, love to meet their needs and I have a big heart and am compassionate,” Griffith said. Griffith is almost done with the three-month nursing assistant program at GTCC. Griffith and students like her have the skills. Now they are looking for an opportunity. Daniel Grigg, career […]

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    Guilford College builds farm house with fallen trees from campus

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford College farm grows produce for the college and the nearby community. And when you add chickens to the property, you’ve got a lot to look after. So when it came time to build a farm manager’s house, David Petree knew where to go to get lumber. “It’s a sustainable way of building a structure. Using the resources on campus to build is a testament to our program,” Petree said. Petree is the director of environmental sustainability […]

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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 […]