‘It’s a lost art’: Chimney sweeps can be part of winter storm prep

OAK RIDGE, N.C. — It’s not your everyday winter prep, but cleaning out your chimney is an important step, especially before a winter storm blows through. “As the colder weather hits, you’re going to want to use your fireplace a lot more. With that cold front coming in, it’s going to be a lot of … Read more

Groups offer free dog houses this winter

GASTONIA, N.C. — An initiative is helping keep outdoor pets warm during winter weather.    What You Need To Know No Cold Pets Gaston gives free outdoor dog houses to pet owners AJ’s of Gastonia, Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement and the Animal League of Gaston County are behind this effort Pet owners who … Read more

Live Updates: A look at storm prep as winter weather threat looms

Winter weather is going to cause impacts for North Carolina over the holiday weekend from the mountains and across the state.  Emergency crews swung into storm prep mode as the threat of snow, ice, sleet and heavy rainfall loomed, and Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency ahead of the weather event Friday. The … Read more

Asheville church makes a big impact ahead of cold weather

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — An Asheville church is opening its doors to those in need the next few nights. One woman says church members helped her when she didn’t have a home, and now she is returning the favor.   What You Need To Know Asheville is under a code purple through the weekend When temperatures … Read more

North Carolina crushes state record for new businesses created

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Bad economic news has been a bit of a staple in the last few months throughout the country, but how about some good news? There were more businesses created in North Carolina in 2021 than any other year before.   What You Need to Know North Carolina set a record in 2021 … Read more

Father witnessed fatal shooting by deputy in Fayetteville, body cam shows

As nightly protests continue in Fayetteville over the killing of Jason Walker by an off-duty deputy, a judge approved the release of body camera video from officers who responded to the Saturday shooting.   What You Need to Know  A judge released body camera footage that shows the aftermath of a shooting in which an … Read more

Judge allows video release in Black man’s shooting death

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A judge on Thursday granted a request from the police chief of a North Carolina city to release body camera video recorded in the aftermath of the shooting death of a Black man by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins filed the petition with the courts on Tuesday. … Read more

The Funny Bus is helping people learn about Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Every day, more than 100 people are moving to the Queen City and calling it home, according to the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.   What You Need To Know Charlotte Regional Business Alliance says more than 100 people move to the Queen City every day The Funny Bus is seeing this growth … Read more

Kinston Teens host vaccine clinic to encourage booster shots

KINSTON, N.C. — With COVID-19 cases higher than ever before, many people say vaccine clinics are more important than ever.   What You Need To Know Kinston Teens is a community youth outreach organization in Lenoir County The group hosted a COVID-19 clinic on Thursday to provide testing, vaccines and booster shots Gov. Roy Cooper … Read more

Why is community college enrollment dropping?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Josh Waters, 21, spends a lot of time in the kitchen. He’s pursuing a degree in baking and pastry arts at Asheville-Buncombe Community College in North Carolina. It’s his second degree. “The pandemic taught a majority of us that you got one skill. What if that doesn’t pan out? What is the … Read more