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  • Evacuation order lifted, some roads reopened after gas leak in downtown Asheboro

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — A Thursday gas leak in Asheboro forced officials to evacuate nearby businesses, but, by Friday morning, downtown is nearly back to business as usual. Thursday afternoon, the gas leak, which happened in the area of Worth Street and Fayetteville Street, prompted officials to close several roads in the area. As of Friday morning, the pipe repairs are completed, neighboring roads are open and crews are working to fill in the holes in the road. Asheboro Mayor David […]

  • Facebook post showing hunters capturing 726 pound alligator in South Carolina goes viral

    SANTEE, S.C. — A group of hunters caught a huge alligator in South Carolina and now their Facebook post is going viral. George Mourounas posted the photos on Sunday and they have been shared more than 9,000 times. The huge alligator was caught in Santee. Mourounas said the alligator was 12 feet 6 inches long and weighed 726 pounds. The hunters took their catch to 301 Processing and Taxidermy.

  • Asheboro businesses evacuate after gas leak near Worth Street and Fayetteville Street

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — “Many businesses” in Asheboro evacuated after a gas leak, according to Randolph County Emergency Services. On Thursday afternoon, the gas leak, which happened in the area of Worth Street and Fayetteville Street, prompted officials to close several roads in the area in addition to evacuating local businesses. The fire department said officials were evacuating the businesses because the concrete was buckling. “Please avoid the area,” Randolph County Emergency Services said in a tweet. Mayor David Smith said […]

  • Van’s Weather Kids: Doris Hollar

    This week’s Weather Kid is 11-year-old Doris Hollar, of Liberty. She goes to Northeastern Randolph Middle School and wants to be a meteorologist when she grows up. Those interested in being a Van’s Weather Kid must send an email to weatherkid@wghp.com saying why they want to be a Weather Kid with a copy of their address, phone number and recent photo. Ages 8-13.

  • UNC Charlotte gunman pleads guilty to deadly shooting, sentenced to 2 life sentences

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — UNC Charlotte gunman Trystan Andrew Terrell has pleaded guilty to the deadly shooting, WCNC reports. The shooting at UNCC on April 30 killed two students and hurt four others. Ellis Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21, were both shot and killed. The guilty plea is part of a deal with prosecutors that will send Terrell to prison for life but save him from the death penalty, according to WSOC. Terrell was sentenced to two life sentences without […]

  • Hanging Rock State Park adds 900 acres for new recreation, camping, trailhead

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Hanging Rock State Park encompasses 8,605 acres, according to the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. Now, the state is tacking on another 900 acres. On Thursday, NCDPR celebrated the new addition to the state park in Stokes County. “This is truly a day for celebration,” said Secretary Susi H. Hamilton in a news release. “Future visitors to Hanging Rock State Park will have more trails to hike, more campgrounds and picnic areas for their […]

  • Fraternity revokes Elon University chapter’s charter over alcohol misuse, destruction of property

    ELON, N.C. — Fraternity Kappa Sigma revoked the charter of Elon University’s chapter after multiple Elon honor code violations, according to a university news release. The International Headquarters and Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma Fraternity told the university that it was revoking the Lambda Lambda chapter’s charter and the organization will “immediately cease all activities at Elon.” The decision stems from a string of honor code violations last spring. These include disorderly conduct, unauthorized use of alcohol, compromising the […]

  • ‘My time will come’: Winston-Salem State Backup Quarterback Miles Timmons has big dreams off the gridiron

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem State Backup Quarterback Miles Timmons knows he’s not destined for the NFL. But according to WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson, “Miles is going to change the world.” He’s already doing big things like speaking at donor luncheons. He’s a provost scholar and Meis graduation scholar. Miles is majoring in business administration and corporate finance, and his minor? Chinese. “With Chinese, it’s … fighting English as the number one language of business,” Timmons said. “To learn that while […]

  • BlueCross BlueShield of NC president charged with driving while impaired, child abuse after wreck

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — The president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina was charged with driving while impaired and child abuse after a wreck, according to North Carolina courts. Patrick Hugh Conway was charged with driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control, civil revocation of driver’s license, two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and reckless driving with wanton disregard. BCBSNC announced in a statement that, despite the charges, Conway will stay on as president and CEO. The […]

  • Eastern Guilford High School student arrested after fight at school

    GIBSONVILLE, N.C. — An Eastern Guilford High School student was arrested after a fight at school, according to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. The 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with simple assault. At about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, four students were involved in a fight at the school. Deputies say there were no significant injuries. School administrators and resource officers are investigating what sparked the fight. Deputies believe it may be related to another recent altercation between the same […]

  • 1 dead, 7 injured after bus containing SC-native gospel singer Josh Turner’s road crew drives off cliff

    SHANDON, Calif. — One person is dead and seven are injured after the tour bus of South Carolina-native gospel singer Josh Turner’s road crew crashed near Shandon in California, according to KSBY. At about 11:45 p.m., the bus crashed on Highway 46, near Mcmillan Canyon, as it was leaving Turner’s concert at Vina Robles Amphitheater, headed to Washington. The bus drove off the road and off an 80-foot cliff before crashing into a riverbed, first responders told KSBY. Two people […]

  • Beloved NC Zoo grizzly bear Yepani dies at about 28 years old

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — A beloved grizzly bear died after 25 years at the North Carolina Zoo, according to a press release. Yepani was known for his gentle and patient personality. The bear was euthanized Wednesday after he began to experience clinical symptoms last week of intervertebral disk disease, often referred to as a herniated, slipped or ruptured disk. The disease is common among domestic pets. A necropsy confirmed the sickness. “The rapid progression of this disease severely diminished his quality […]

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