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.
BURLINGTON, N.C. — There’s a lot going on in downtown Burlington. More loft apartments are on the way and there are plans to expand the Paramount Theatre. Downtown boosters are keeping the energy going by embracing public art. Artist Mauricio Ramirez is in Burlington this week to paint a large, colorful mural on the back wall of the consignment store Bella’s House. Lisa McDaniel is the co-owner of the shop. She said the half-finished mural is already making a difference. […]
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Attractions like pottery in Seagrove, the Petty Museum and, of course, the North Carolina Zoo lure millions of visitors to Randolph County. To keep up with projections of more visitors stopping in the county, hotels are stepping up their game. Shawn Patel’s family owns several hotels in Randolph County. At one location, the pool has a new look. At another property, about 40 rooms were remodeled. “We are here to provide the customer with a great […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Construction crews building the new air traffic control tower at the Piedmont Triad International Airport accidentally cut the main underground power line, causing minor headaches for travelers flying out of the airport on Wednesday morning. PTIA leaders said an equipment operator struck the power line around 11 a.m. Backup power generators kicked in, keeping vital airport operations going. Airlines were still able to check in passengers. TSA agents continued to screen flyers and planes took off and […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Bernie’s Berries and Produce on Groometown Road in Guilford County is known for delicious strawberries. In September, you won’t find any plants in the field. Instead co-owner James Kenan points to the over 100,000 strawberry plants that are growing in the greenhouse. “It’s something Bernie loves. That and pumpkins,” James said. “I’m not sure which one she loves the best.” This time of the year, it’s probably safe to say Bernie Kenan has a passion for pumpkins. […]
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — On a warm, late summer day, Anne Steele joins a loyal group of volunteers as they carry trimmers and rakes into the Cascade Preserve. Despite the heat, humidity and sweat, Steele doesn’t mind working in the thick woods. “It’s great to be outside and be in nature,” Steele said. “It’s therapeutic in a lot of ways.” The high-pitched buzz of a string trimmer echoed across the rural Guilford County forest as other volunteers picked up scissors […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A $25,000 Small Business Administration grant will help Forge Greensboro expand the Piedmont’s workforce. Joe Rotondi, executive director of Forge Greensboro, explained the makerspace already partners with area nonprofits to teach skills like welding, machining and computer-aided design. With the SBA grant, Forge Greensboro will be able to do even more. “It’s going to allow us at The Forge to take our workforce development to the next level,” Rotondi said. “People coming out of our skills development […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Excitement and lots of nervous energy are some of the emotions students and teachers feel during the first week of school. Meanwhile, it’s different for Amber Garcia. Garcia is a first-year first-grade teacher at Alderman Elementary in Greensboro. “If I was at any other school, my nerves would be through the roof,” Garcia said. “I am so excited to be here. I am so excited to be a teacher. It’s everything I worked for.” So why isn’t […]
ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A $97,500 Duke Energy grant will give the Haw River near Alamance Community College added attention and provide students with an outdoor classroom. Justin Snyder is the Dean of Industrial Technologies at ACC. He explained that part of the grant will be used to turn a three-acre lawn into a useful natural piedmont prairie. In the fall, students will plant native grasses and wildflowers that will attract wildlife like birds and bees. Plus the native prairie […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro homeowner working in her plant bed found something that caught her eye. At first, the homeowner, who doesn’t want to be identified, thought it was a rock. Turns out, the item was a piece of history. “Very surprised. I was not expecting it,” she said. She had found a military ID, or dog tag, in her front yard near the intersection of Irving Place and St. Andrews Road. “Well, I just wonder how it got […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A $350 million bond referendum approved by Forsyth County voters is making a difference at three schools. $47 million was used to build a brand new Paisley IB Magnet and Lowrance Middle campus. With the first day of school coming up on Monday, workers are busy moving desks, cleaning the floors and installing the last few items in the 320 seat auditorium that will be home to Paisley’s arts program. At the same time, teachers are moving […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — During the back-to-school shopping season, the Teacher Supply Warehouse in Greensboro sort of looks like a department store during the Christmas shopping season. The warehouse is packed with new teachers looking for bargains. In this case, the bargains are everywhere because the paper, pencils and books are free. Kaleigh Ferree is one of the teachers taking advantage of the shopping session just for new educators or teachers that are new to Guilford County public schools. “It’s very […]
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — When Sedge Garden Elementary School students return to class in late August, they will have a new teaching tool. But the teaching aid will not be in the classroom. Instead it will be outside. Volunteers from Kernersville Wesleyan Church and Sedge Garden Elementary teachers are almost finished transforming an outdoor basketball court into a brightly painted pathway. “Anytime you put a brush in my hand, I am all for it,” said Sedge Garden Elementary Art Teacher Bill […]