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.
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A Randolph County teen took a unique idea and used it to raise money for the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. Eliana Hancock, 16, knew she had to do something when she heard that the K-9s at the sheriff’s office didn’t have any protective vests. “They do so much for us that we can at least give them some sort of protection to pay them back for what they do for us,” Hancock said. She turned to […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Growing High Point turns vacant, overgrown lots into productive community gardens. And the organization can turn backyard gardeners into urban farmers. Davina van Buren has a garden at home, so she knows a thing or two about taking care of vegetable plants. But raising a greenhouse filled with several varieties of cucumbers and tomatoes is a whole new experience. “It’s just the scale,” van Buren said. “The time it takes to water this many plants and […]
ELON, N.C — At Elon University, they have figured out how to expand their campus without hurting the environment. Elaine Durr is Elon University’s Director of Sustainability. She explained what “green” construction means to the university and to the surrounding community. “During construction, sending less waste to the landfill, those are great things for our University and for our community,” Durr said. “We need to think about it now. And as we move forward, it’s even more important.” Sankey Hall […]
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — On a hot and steamy July afternoon, you might think it’s strange that Carol Brown, Chair of the Thomasville Beautification Committee, is thinking about Christmas. “When you look at the calendar, we are about four months away,” Brown said. “You have to start planning.” The committee is working to bring back a Christmas favorite that has been gone for several years. “It was the highlight of everyone’s Christmas,” Brown said. “Every year was when they started decorating. […]
LEXINGTON, N.C. — Wearing traditional cap and gown, 13 participants at Carolina Senior Care celebrated their graduation from several college degree and adult education programs. Betty Dixon wanted to fulfill a life long dream of going to bible college. For over a year, Dixon went to class where she was the most “experienced” student. “They called me Mom,” said Dixon. “It was an enjoyable experience because I have a son that’s older than half of them,” Dixon added. The work […]
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — The Piedmont just experienced the second-warmest May on record. While we were sweating, the blackberries and blueberries at Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur were soaking in the sun. Beverly Mooney, owner of Millstone Creek Orchards, explained why the heat is great for blackberries and blueberries. “It absolutely turns them on. It causes the ripening process to happen faster,” Mooney said. And the ripening is happening just as the rain falls across the Piedmont. Owners and workers […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point wanted to do something special for the city’s sanitation workers. So they invited 45 drivers and other High Point city employees and officials over for lunch. Carolyn Long, a church leader at Emerywood, explained how the church came up with the idea for a luncheon. “I think we forget what they do,” Long said. “They give back to us. Without them, can you imagine how the garbage would look in […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Forsyth County community paramedics are reducing the number of calls to 911 and cutting down unnecessary and sometimes costly emergency room visits. Capt. Brent Motsinger is the community paramedic supervisor. He explains why some people rely on 911 and how community paramedics are solving the problem. “They didn’t know how to take their medicines, we help them learn,” Motsinger said. “Maybe they needed a primary care doctor and didn’t know how to get one. We would find […]
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Thomasville’s Central Recreation Center will have a new look and feel for summer. “We never had AC in the gym before. You can feel the air in here now,” Director of Parks and Recreation Vickie McKiver said. “It’s so comfortable. The kids will be excited.” The Central Recreation Center is over 80 years old. And the building was clearly showing its age. “The main thing to me was the ceiling,” McKiver said. “The paint was falling off of […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Imagine you were at a busy grocery store shopping center and you saw a wallet next to your car. Do you ignore it? Do you take it to the closest store? Justin Terrell was in this situation. He picked up the wallet he found next to his car. Terrell waited 10 to 15 minutes for the owner to return. When he didn’t, Terrell made another decision. “I looked through it,” said Terrell. “I found the driver’s license […]
EDEN, N.C. — Nowadays, people read their favorite books and magazines on tablets and other handheld electronic devices. So are libraries becoming a thing of the past? Most libraries, like the Eden branch of the Rockingham County Public Library, are evolving. Katherine Seaver is the branch manager. Seaver emphasizes the meeting space, reading programs and the library’s internet access. Seaver is also highlighting another piece of technology most people don’t know about. “I’ve made name tags, knobs, brackets, all kinds […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Community Writing Center at Mt. Zion Baptist Church is a place where High Point elementary and middle school students can go for after school reading and writing help. Now, with a $25,000 grant from the High Point Community Foundation, the center is looking to do even more. Dr. Charmaine Cadeau is a High Point University associate professor of English and co-director of the Community Writing Center. Dr. Cadeau is thrilled the writing center was able […]