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.
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 […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Gate City, Tournament Town, Jeansboro, those are some of the many names or slogans Greensboro goes by. But now there is an effort to unite citizens, tourism officials and city departments behind one slogan or tagline. The City of Greensboro and The Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau is taking suggestions on what the new promotional tagline should be. Henri Fourrier is the president of the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Fourrier said about 2,500 slogans have been […]
BURLINGTON, N.C. — This week, rising eighth- and ninth-graders in the Alamance-Burlington School System are learning that they don’t have to go to a two- or four-year institution to begin working on a career. All they need to do is attend the Career and Technical Education Center or CTEC in Burlington. Naomi Embry is a rising eighth-grader who loves cooking. “I like to present stuff, make it pretty,” Embry said. “It’s fun to experiment. No food turns out the same […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem State University’s Rams Fitness Academy is making a difference in the lives of 60 children from Winston-Salem. Dr. Cynthia Williams Brown is the chairman of the university’s Health, Physical Education, and Sports Studies Department. Dr. Williams Brown also oversees the Rams Fitness Academy. She says the academy has plenty of activities, like bike riding and swimming, for the kids. But it’s playtime with a purpose. “We want to let them know there are a variety of […]
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Teachers are interning at a number of businesses across Randolph County. The goal is to expose teachers to experiences outside of the classroom so they can present fresh ideas and new projects to their students. Philip Schuyler, who teaches earth and environmental science at Randolph Early College High School, is interning at the Wastewater Treatment Facility in Asheboro. He is working side by side with the staff. Schuyler fills beakers with water samples and tests for […]
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A record-breaking amount of food will help seven Rockingham County community organizations provide meals to hungry families. Dot Reilly is the president of the Reidsville Soup Kitchen. You can hear the excitement in her voice as she talks about the fully-stocked pantry. “I mean as a cook, you come in, there’s so many things,” Reilly said. “There’s spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, vegetables and corn, so many things you can do.” The kitchen serves one meal […]
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 […]