Cold Mountain Fire Burns on, 20 arrested in Macon Co., Panthers Lose Again

Fire Still Burning On Cold Mountain

(Canton, NC) -- Firefighters are still battling the blaze on Cold Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. A couple of inches of rain on Saturday helped crews out, but it wasn't enough to significantly make a dent in the effort. The fire has burned about 200 acres on the mountain south of Canton since last Thursday. More than 50 miles of trails in the area have been shut down since then.

Five Confirmed Whooping Cough Cases In Buncombe

(Buncombe County, NC) -- Health officials are confirming cases of whooping cough among some students in Buncombe County. There are currently five cases scattered at different schools. The county's health and human services medical director told WLOS-TV that there is no outbreak at any particular school, but it has potential to spread. Symptoms include a cough that lasts two weeks or longer and vomiting.

Asheville Airport Receives Federal Grant

(Asheville, NC) -- A proposed terminal expansion at Asheville Regional Airport is getting a boost from the federal government. The Secretary of Transportation was at the airport on Friday to announce a ten-million-dollar grant, which was one of only eight in the U.S. to receive at least that much in this round of funding. Asheville Regional's executive director said earlier this year that the terminal needs to double in size to meet the growing numbers of passengers. That could cost up to 200-million-dollars.

Horse Death Investigated In Black Mountain

(Black Mountain, NC) -- Another horse death is being investigated in western North Carolina. WLOS-TV reported yesterday that Buncombe County sheriff's officials are gathering details on how a horse died in Black Mountain. Four horses have been found either cut or shot in upstate South Carolina over the past month. Another horse was shot in the Green Creek community of Polk County earlier this year.

Close To 20 Arrested In Macon County Drug Investigation

(Macon County, NC) -- Nearly 20 suspects are facing charges in connection to a drug investigation in Macon County. The SBI and Homeland Security agents were on-hand last Wednesday to help local law enforcement complete Operation Zero Tolerance. They were targeting suspects wanted for narcotics charges or those with outstanding warrants. A total of 19 were arrested at their homes or in traffic stops.

Food Pantry Donates 100 Meals To Families In Need

(Asheville, NC) -- An Asheville food pantry is helping those in need this Thanksgiving again. Ingrid's Food Pantry on Haywood Road wrapped up its seventh annual Turkey Giveaway on Saturday. The drive started with less than ten meals during its first year, but now it reaches over 100 families.

Alleged Shoplifter Dead In Officer-Involved Shooting

(Chester, SC) -- An alleged shoplifting suspect in Chester is dead in an officer-involved shooting. Chester County sheriff's officials say the incident started inside the Walmart on the J.A. Cochran Bypass late Saturday morning. The person was later shot in the parking lot. Few details have been released on exactly what happened. The Walmart was closed for the day as the scene was investigated.

Lancaster County Man Shot In Sleep

(Lancaster, SC) -- Investigators are looking for a suspect who shot a man while he was sleeping in Lancaster County. The gunmen fired shots from outside a home on Hyde Street early Sunday morning, which hit the man while he was on the couch. A neighbor told WSOC-TV that it sounded like fireworks going off. The victim was seriously injured, but is expected to survive.

49ers Bowl Eligible For First Time

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Charlotte 49ers football team is bowl eligible for the first time ever. They defeated Marshall 24-to-13 on Saturday to win for the sixth time this season. Analysts at ESPN are predicting the 49ers will be picked to play in either the New Mexico Bowl on December 21st or the Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa on December 23rd. This is Will Healey's first season as head coach.

Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Car In South Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a deadly pedestrian accident. A 52-year-old woman was struck by a car on Providence Road near the Gladedale Apartments in south Charlotte last night. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver remained at the scene for the investigation, and hasn't been charged. Officers say the pedestrian wasn't using a crosswalk.

In-Dining Movie Theater Opening Next Month

(Charlotte, NC) -- Another full service movie theater is opening soon in the Queen City. Studio Movie Grill opens doors to its second Charlotte location next month in Prosperity Village near I-485 and Prosperity Church Road. It offers reclining seats, surround sound and in-theater dining. The theater is looking to fill about 200 jobs.

Panthers Fall At Last Second To Saints

(New Orleans, LA) -- The chances to win a division title are growing slim for the Panthers. The Saints defeated Carolina 34-to-31 with a last second field goal in New Orleans yesterday. The loss, which was the Panthers' third straight, dropped them four games out of first place with five games to go. Kyle Allen passed for just over 250-yards and three touchdowns.

2 Wounded Hours After Deadly Shooting In Durham

(Durham, NC) -- Two men are being treated after they were shot in Durham last night, hours after a deadly shooting Sunday afternoon. Police believe the two shootings in the area of South and Enterprise streets might be related. They happened around 8 p.m. Around 1 p.m. a man was found shot to death near McDougald Terrace apartments.

Raleigh Hotel Fire Closes Capital Boulevard

(Raleigh, NC) -- Capital Boulevard in Raleigh was closed for a time Sunday night while fire crews put out a fire at a hotel. Dozens of firefighters and at least ten fire engines responded to the fire at City Studios Inn and Suites around 7:30 p.m. The area where the fire started was being renovated. No one was injured.

Firefighters Injured After Truck Crashes In Nash County

(Union Hope, NC) -- Two volunteer firefighters were hospitalized after their truck crashed in Nash County. The Ferrell Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were heading to a call about an electrical investigation a little before 10:30 a.m. Their truck rolled after the driver lost control about six miles east of Zebulon. Both firefighters are out of the hospital and the crash is under investigation.

'Click It Or Ticket' Campaign Underway This Week

(Undated) -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation kicks off its statewide "Click It Or Ticket" campaign this week. Law enforcement officers will be out in full force Wednesday through Sunday. They'll be looking for drivers who are speeding, driving under the influence or not wearing their seatbelts. Troopers will be placed every 20 miles along I-40 during Thanksgiving travel.

Rally Held In Graham Over ICE Collaboration

(Graham, NC) -- Immigration activists are speaking out against Alamance County's partnership with ICE. North Carolina Jews and Siembra NC members gathered yesterday at the Center for Spiritual Living in Graham. The "Never Again Action" event called for county officials to end their two-point-three-million-dollar contract with ICE. A small group of counter-protestors also gathered at the event. Police say a few arrests were made, but they did not say how many. No injuries were reported.

Drug Investigation Ends With 300 Grams Of Illegal Drugs Seized

(Greensboro, NC) -- Five people are under arrest and several hundred grams of illegal drugs are seized after a months-long drug investigation in Greensboro. Search warrants were issued at a home on Heritage Creek Way and a business. Officials seized 250 grams of crack cocaine, 43 grams of heroin, and 39 grams of marijuana as well as weapons, drug paraphernalia and cash. The suspects ranged in age from 23 to 53.

Mother, Child Hit By Vehicle In Mocksville

(Mocksville, NC) -- A mother and her child are recovering after they were hit by a car in Mocksville. The accident happened Friday night near West Depot and North Salisbury streets. The mother is awaiting surgery, and the child is expected to be released from the hospital soon. The driver was not hurt. It's unclear if they'll face charges.

2.3M Carolinians Expected To Travel Thanksgiving Week

(Undated) -- About two-point-three-million Carolinians are expected to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday. Ninety-percent of travelers will be driving, according to Triple-A. The automobile company says it will be one of the most traveled Thanksgiving holidays in several years. A strong economy and lower gas prices are believed to be the reasons.

'Click It Or Ticket' Campaign Underway This Week

(Undated) -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation is kicking off its statewide "Click It Or Ticket" campaign this week. Law enforcement will be out in full force Wednesday through Sunday. They'll be looking for drivers who are speeding, driving under the influence or not wearing their seatbelts. Troopers will be placed every 20 miles along I-40 during Thanksgiving travel.

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