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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    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 […]

  • Partnership in Winston-Salem revives old neighborhood and encourages home ownership

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The City of Winston-Salem and the non-profit organization Simon G. Atkins Community Development Corp. joined two families as they cut the ribbon on their new homes. “To be a homeowner for the first time, words can’t describe how I feel to get to this milestone in my life,” said Alba Gonzalez. Cynthia McMillian is also a new home owner. Her Hardesty Lane house is a dream come true. “By 40, I was going to have all of […]

  • Winston-Salem partners with WSSU to record the memories of Union Station

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Millions of dollars were spent to renovate Winston-Salem’s Union Station. But the one thing construction crews couldn’t bring back to the old train station were memories. So, the city of Winston-Salem partnered with Winston-Salem State University to record the memories of people that worked or visited the building. As a child, Alan Keely’s family used to stop by the Biltmore Dairy at the Thruway Shopping Center for ice cream. After ice cream, it was time to watch […]

  • Summer-like weather has arrived: Next week will see highs in the upper-80s to lower-90s

    Summer-like weather has arrived. Sunday will be a sunny and hot day with highs in the upper-80s to lower-90s. With daytime heating, a few showers and thunderstorms will form. Most of the rain should fall across the mountains and foothills. A weak cold front will slowly move across the state on Monday. With more clouds and a slightly better chance for scattered afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms, afternoon highs on Monday will be in the mid-to-upper-80s. We’ll have sunny […]

  • Mural project to celebrate Winston-Salem’s African-American history

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a thriving African-American community worked and lived on the east side of Winston-Salem. Today, some say integration and time has erased the area’s history. Artist Owens Daniels is a part of a team that is planning to bring history back to life. “You have the burden of telling another person’s story and telling that story accurately,” Daniels said. “But you try to be intimate and identify with that story.” […]

  • Volunteers needed to help train local tracking dogs

    Whether you are a world class athlete or someone that loves to bake, the more you do it, the better you become. That’s why a Piedmont dog trainer is looking for volunteers. R.V. Wakefield is the owner of Tri-County Trackers. Wakefield, along with his two Doberman Pinschers, look for missing pets. Now he is adding Baron, a German Shepherd, to the team. “So with my dogs, they are air scenters,” Wakefield said. “Sometimes their noses are down on the ground. […]

  • High Point University senior starting his own business before graduating from school

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point University senior is starting his own business before graduating from school. After seeing and experiencing his own painful moving days, Ryan Gilbert thought there had to be an easier way of bringing your clothes, shoes and office supplies to campus. “I noticed that whenever session happened, people tend to downsize and they need storage,” Gilbert said. “So it’s an almost recession-proof industry. So that’s what got me started in it.” Gilbert got to […]

  • Davidson County Community College’s aquarium program is growing

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Eight May graduates from a specialized program at Davidson County Community College have jobs before they have degrees. David Ring is the aquarium science technology instructor at DCCC. Ring said for a program that started just five years ago, having eight employed graduates before commencement is a huge accomplishment. “We’ve been getting the word out slowly but surely,” Ring said. “Now the aquarium track has caught up to the popularity of the zoo track.” The aquarium […]

  • Take a walk through the newly-renovated Union Station

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Train stations across the United States and even in the Piedmont are getting a second look. Trains and buses are once again rolling out of the Galyon Depot in Greensboro. In Winston-Salem, Union Station will soon open its doors to the public. Michelle McCullough is the historic resource officer for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. She smiled as she walked through the newly-renovated Union Station. “You get the sense that this building has life and stories to tell,” McCullough said. […]

  • Changes coming to Hamburger Square in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Plans have been made and Greensboro Beautiful is ready to make Hamburger Square sizzle. Randal Romie is a Greensboro Beautiful volunteer. Romie said there is a special reason why the nonprofit organization can’t wait to transform the downtown Greensboro square. “It’s an essential part of Greensboro,” Romie said. “It’s an area we want to bring more people to and it was selected as a project for Greensboro Beautiful’s 50th anniversary.” Greensboro Beautiful and its partners see people […]

  • Preservation credits help rehabilitate historic Lexington apartments

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — A delayed apartment renovation project in Lexington is finally closing in on the finish line. Wellsley Robinson, of Core Properties and Development, took over Parkview Apartments on West Third Avenue in 2013. “It is so exciting. So many years in the making and to see the buildings ready for new life, it’s a labor of love,” Robinson said. The renovations of the two apartment buildings, constructed in the 1920s and 1930s, stalled when federal historic preservation tax […]

  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms, possible on Monday and a chance of an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out

    The work week in the Piedmont will begin and end with showers and thunderstorms. A slow-moving cold front will move into muggy air that is building across the Piedmont. So, for your Monday look for scattered showers with a good chance for thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Any thunderstorm that forms on Monday could contain damaging wind gusts and some hail. While strong winds and hail are the main weather concerns, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. We […]

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