Slick Roads for the Morning Commute, AVL Schools Get New Leader


Watch Out For Slick Roads In WNC

(Asheville, NC) -- A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon for most of western North Carolina. Areas with the largest threat of freezing rain this morning all remain east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Up to nearly two-tenths of an inch of ice could fall in some places. Conditions are expected to change over to rain by the afternoon.

Horse Deaths Blamed On Boars

(Polk County, NC) -- Investigators are blaming boars on deadly horse attacks in the Carolinas. As many as six horses in Polk County and in the Greenville, South Carolina area either died or were injured in attacks this fall. Officials said Thursday that tracks at the scene were consistent with those of a boar. They first thought the horses had been stabbed by someone.

Republicans Filing For State Superintendent Race

(Raleigh, NC) -- Republicans are coming forward in the race for state superintendent. Union County State Representative Craig Horn became the first GOP candidate to file this week since current state superintendent Mark Johnson announced he wouldn't be running again. The News and Observer says former Wake Forest lawmaker Chris Malone and former educator adviser Catherine Truitt also plan to run on the Republican ticket. Four Democrats have filed.

Cyber Attack Investigated In Cherokee

(Cherokee, NC) -- Tribal leaders are dealing with a cyber attack in Cherokee. WLOS-TV reports the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians' computer system was hacked last weekend. A tribe employee is being investigated as a potential suspect. The network for public safety departments took top priority, and were back up and running quickly.

Beech Mountain Council Fires Town Manager

(Beech Mountain, NC) -- A community in the mountains is looking for a new town manager. The Watauga Democrat is reporting the Beech Mountain Town Council voted this week to fire town manager Tim Holloman. The move came after three people took council seats for the first time on Tuesday. A previous member asked councilman Weidner Abernathy to resign over a change in his address, but the group voted to keep him in last night.

Asheville School Board Makes Choice On Superintendent

(Asheville, NC) -- Asheville City Schools is close to naming its next superintendent. The board of education has reportedly made a unanimous decision on the finalist. They plan to introduce their choice next Wednesday at the board meeting room, which will be open to the public. The new superintendent will start in July.

Tepper Says Big Announcement Coming Tuesday

(Charlotte, NC) -- An announcement is expected next week on the future of soccer in Charlotte. Panthers' owner David Tepper says there will be a special announcement at uptown's Mint Museum on Tuesday. The city just committed to spend 110-million-dollars to help Bank of America Stadium become more soccer-friendly. Charlotte is reportedly one of three finalists considered for Major League Soccer's 30th team.

Winter Weather Advisory Surrounding Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- Part of the Charlotte area is under a winter weather advisory this morning. The National Weather Service says freezing rain could fall this morning across much of the piedmont and western North Carolina. The advisory includes counties to the east and north of Mecklenburg. Temperatures will be above freezing as rain continues to fall this afternoon.

Suspect Of Chesterfield County Murder At-Large

(Chesterfield County, SC) -- Chesterfield County deputies are looking for the suspect in a Thursday night homicide. A 23-year-old man was found shot to death at a home on Midway Road outside Cheraw. K-9s and a law enforcement helicopter searched the area for the suspect, identified as Darreus Isaac. He is wanted for murder and is considered armed and dangerous.

Fire Kills One In Gaston County

(Gaston County, NC) -- Firefighters are investigating a deadly blaze in Gaston County. Flames erupted inside a home near Dallas early Thursday morning. One person was found dead inside.

Illinois Men Arrested With Over 20 Pounds Of Cocaine

(Lincolnton, NC) -- Two Illinois men are facing drug charges in Lincolnton. Officers say they found 22 pounds of cocaine in their car during a traffic stop off East Main Street Tuesday. It equals over 300-thousand-dollars' worth of the drug. The two were arrested for trafficking charges with a bail of one-million-dollars.

Cam Nominated For Walter Payton Award

(Charlotte, NC) -- Cam Newton is the Carolina Panthers' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. It goes to one player in the NFL who makes significant contributions in volunteer and charity work, in addition to excellence on the field. Newton has continued his efforts through his foundation and annual holiday programs for youth despite injuries that have hampered him over the last year. The winner of the award will be announced the night before the Super Bowl.

Raleigh 18-Year-Old Arrested For Deadly Shooting In Clayton

(Clayton, NC) -- A Raleigh teen is facing a murder charge for a shooting in Clayton. Eighteen-year-old Jairus Leshon Anderson was arrested by Clayton police on Thursday; a second arrest in connection to the shooting was also made, and authorities are reportedly searching for a third suspect. This shooting reportedly happened at around 1:30 p.m. after a group of men was involved in an argument near the intersection of Durham and Hobbs streets. The victim, described as a man in his 20s, drove across Route 70, and wound up collapsing in the parking lot of a gas station, according to police.

Murder Arrest For Shooting At Raleigh Apartment

(Raleigh, NC) -- Police have made an arrest for a murder in an apartment in Raleigh last weekend. Carl Vincent Jones was picked up on Thursday for the murder of Robert Leon Rogers Jr. Rogers was found suffering from gunshot wounds at an apartment on Crest Road on Sunday and later died from his injuries, according to reports.

Fired Wake County Deputy Arrested For DWI, Reportedly Displayed Badge

(Fuquay-Varina, NC) -- A former Wake County sheriff's deputy is being accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer. Officers arrested Ryan Michael Bentkowski for DWI in Fuquay-Varina on Wednesday night. During his arrest, police said Bentkowski showed a sheriff's office badge as a form of ID. The Wake County Sheriff's office says Bentkowski was fired in September after he was served with a domestic violence protection order.

Agriculture Commissioner Talks About Farmers Market

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler cleared the air on Thursday about rumors about the State Farmers Market. Troxler said there are no plans to turn the market into high-end condos and that he would not support any idea to close or move the market; he said if that happened, he would ask farmers to bring their tractors to protest in Raleigh. But a recently-completed long-term plan from the state does call for some changes to the State Farmers Market, including more restaurants and retail, among other things. Last month, Troxler said there was no plan to cancel any vendor leases after a group of wholesalers started an online petition to save the market.

Affordable Housing For Seniors Proposed For Former Church

(Raleigh, NC) -- Affordable housing is being proposed for a former church in East Raleigh. Affordable housing non-profit DHIC and The Presbyterian Homes announced the plans for the senior citizen-aimed housing Thursday for the Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church on New Bern Avenue. That church's congregation held its final service earlier this year. This is the second living space project worked on by DHIC and The Presbyterian Homes, as they are also working together on renovations to the Capital Towers on Six Forks Road.

State Attorney General Weighs In On Silent Sam Settlement

(Chapel Hill, NC) -- North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is commenting on the UNC-Chapel Hill Silent Sam statue settlement. In a statement, Stein said he personally believes the two-and-a-half-million-dollar total being given to the N.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans to preserve and display the monument is an excessive amount of money. He says it should instead be used to strengthen the university and support students. The Raleigh News and Observer reports a national civil rights group that is critical of the deal, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, sent a letter to Stein and the UNC board Wednesday asking for the money to be recovered, calling the SCV a white supremacist group.

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

(Greensboro, NC) -- Much of the Triad is under a Winter Weather Advisory. The National Weather Service says freezing rain and black ice could impact the morning commute. The advisory affects Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Lexington and Thomasville. It's in effect until noon. Folks are urged to check road conditions online at Drive-N-C-dot-gov.

Triad Schools On Delay Today

(Guilford Co., NC) -- Schools across the Piedmont Triad are on a delayed-schedule today due to the winter weather. Guilford County Schools will open two hours late. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will also operate on a two-hour delay. Central officials and Twilight high school programs will keep their normal schedule.

Asheboro Woman Accused Of Stealing Truck, Leading Police On Chase

(Randolph Co., NC) -- Randolph County sheriff's officials say an Asheboro woman lied about being kidnapped before she stole a truck and led deputies on a 26-mile chase. Virginia Saavedra is accused of stealing a man's truck in Randolph County Wednesday and leading deputies on a chase into Davidson County. They say she used a kidnapping story as a ploy to steal the victim's vehicle. Saavedra was arrested on multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, larceny and driving the wrong-way on a highway.

Gov. Cooper Announces Appointment Of New Guilford Co. District Court Judge

(Raleigh, NC) -- Governor Roy Cooper is announcing Guilford County's new District Court Judge. Marc Tyrey will fill the vacancy created by the late Chief District Court Judge Tom Jarrell. The governor says Tyrey has practiced law in Guilford County for over 20 years and has been an adjunct professor at Guilford College.

Triple-Shooting Under Investigation In Greensboro

(Greensboro, NC) -- A triple-shooting is under investigation in Greensboro. It was reported last night near Creek Ridge Road and Lynhaven Drive. Police say three people were shot. There's no word yet on their conditions or who's responsible.


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