Stay-At-Home Order Extended, Snow/Ice Return to the Mountains

Governor Extends Stay-At-Home Order

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina's modified stay-at-home order is being extended. Governor Roy Cooper announced yesterday that a 10 p.m. curfew will remain in place until the end of February. Businesses must also continue to stop selling alcohol by 9 p.m. Wednesday's announcement additionally extended the eviction moratorium through March.

Winter Weather Moving Through WNC

(Asheville, NC) -- A winter storm warning is in effect for parts of western North Carolina. Higher elevations could receive anywhere from three-to-six-inches of snow before a weather system moves out today. It is also bringing strong winds, with gusts as high as 50 miles-an-hour. The Asheville area is expected to get less than an inch of snow.

Hendersonville Hospitals Lighten Visitor Restrictions

(Henderson County, NC) -- Two Hendersonville hospitals are easing visitor restrictions as COVID-19 cases trend downward. Pardee UNC Health is now allowing one visitor for inpatient rooms and emergency department patients. AdventHealth Hendersonville is also allowing one visitor for patients admitted to the hospital.

WCU Ranks High For Online Programs

(Cullowhee, NC) -- Western Carolina University is being praised by U.S. News and World Report. The publication just released a list that shows the Cullowhee school ranked 27th in the country for its online bachelor's degree business program. Its online program for veterans seeking business degrees came in 32nd overall. WLOS-TV reports most of WCU's online students are at least 35-years old.

Fire Damages Marion Business

(Marion, NC) -- Firefighters are investigating a blaze that heavily damaged a Marion restaurant. Fire gutted most of the inside of Fat Boys Burritos on North Main Street early Wednesday morning. The owner told WLOS-TV he plans to reopen at some point. No one was injured.

Jackson County Gives Out All Vaccines

(Jackson County, NC) -- Around six-thousand people remain on the waiting list to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson County. Health officials say all available vaccines have been used up this week after several successful vaccination events. The county has been receiving about 300-per-week. Also, those eligible for the vaccine in Henderson County can now sign up for appointments online at the county's website.

Concord Diner Heavily Damaged In Fire

(Concord, NC) -- Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that caused massive damage at a popular Concord restaurant. Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames ripping through the roof of the Concord Diner on U.S. Highway 29 Wednesday morning. There was no one at the restaurant when the fire broke out. One person told NBC Charlotte he felt sick about it because the owners are such good friends and good people.

Over 140 Qualify For City Council Seat

(Charlotte, NC) -- More than 140 people are interested in filling an at-large city council seat in Charlotte. The city clerk's office is in the process of reviewing 143 applications that were submitted before yesterday's deadline. The Charlotte city council will eventually select the replacement to fill the remaining term for James Mitchell, who resigned earlier this month. The term lasts for the rest of this year.

One Facing Murder Charges In Charlotte Shooting

(Charlotte, NC) -- A suspect is being charged in a north Charlotte murder. Officers arrested a 22-year-old man early Wednesday morning during a traffic stop. He's accused of shooting one man to death and injuring another around six hours before on West Sugar Creek Road.

Suspect Arrested In Deadly Hit-And-Run

(Mount Holly, NC) -- A suspected deadly hit-and-run driver is in Gaston County jail. Investigators say an 81-year-old Lincolnton man was arrested this week for second-degree murder in connection to a hit-and-run in Mount Holly nearly one week ago. The victim was hit near Highway 27 and West Central Avenue.

CMS Allowing Sports To Return

(Charlotte, NC) -- CMS is allowing sports to resume. The district announced yesterday that basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse and soccer will be allowed to start up February 8th. Teams are also allowed to compete in a football season that begins in late February. After school programs and some other extracurricular activities may start on the 8th as well.

Cold Air Causes Rain To Turn To Snow Overnight

(Raleigh, NC) -- Parts of central North Carolina will remain under a Winter Weather Advisory until 8 o'clock this morning, as a mass of cold air mixed with rain has produced a blanket of snow. Accumulation amounts in the Triangle are estimated to be between 1-and-2 inches, mostly on grassy surfaces. Areas to the north have received between 2-to-4 inches, including on roads, bridges and overpasses, posing some possible hazardous driving conditions. The snow is expected to quickly melt as temperatures start to rise later this morning.

COVID-19 Key Metrics Improving In Some Areas, Getting Worse In Others

(Raleigh, NC) -- New Health Department figures released Wednesday continued to show improvements in certain COVID-19 key metrics. The number of people in the hospital dropped by 63-to three-thousand-305. And the state's percent positive rate was down to 11-point-one-percent. However, the single-day death toll jumped to 139 yesterday, the fifth day in a row that more than 100 deaths were reported. The Department also reported five-thousand-587 new coronavirus cases, an increase of 16-hundred over the day before.

City Council Votes Not To Demolish Controversial Market House

(Fayetteville, NC) -- Fayetteville city leaders have decided not to demolish the controversial Market House in downtown, but instead, relocate or repurpose it in another way. At its regular meeting on Wednesday, one City Council member suggested the structure, which was once the site of slave trading, be turned into an African American history museum. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been in the center of town for nearly 200 years.

Raleigh Lawyer Part Of Team Defending Trump During Senate Impeachment Trial

(Raleigh, NC) -- A North Carolina attorney will be part of former President Donald Trump's defense team during his Senate impeachment trial next month. Josh Howard, of Raleigh, is a former chair of the North Carolina state Board of Elections from 2013 through 2016. He also served as a member of the Wake County Board of Elections from 2012-to-2013.

Piedmont Could Get 2 Inches Of Snow

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The Piedmont Triad could get up to two inches of snow this morning. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of the Triad through 8 a.m. The National Weather service says drivers should beware of slippery roads and black ice. In the mountains, forecasters say up to six inches of snow could fall.

Former Forsyth Co. Detention Officer Facing Drug Charges

(Forsyth County, NC) -- A former detention officer with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is facing drug charges. Detectives say 39-year-old Paris Crowell was arrested with two others when a search warrant was executed at a Winston-Salem home. All three are accused of possessing and selling drugs. Crowell is also charged with misdemeanor child abuse. She was terminated from her job following her arrest.

Belk Files For Bankruptcy

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- North Carolina-based Belk is filing for bankruptcy. The retailer is looking to eliminate around 450-million dollars in debt. Belk, founded over 130 years ago, has nearly 300 locations, including stores in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point. It plans to stay up-and-running through the bankruptcy process.

Homicide Investigation Underway In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- An investigation is underway after the body of a missing person was discovered in Winston-Salem. Twenty-one-year-old Ernesto Martinez-Gomez was found dead on Saturday in a wooded area off Stage Coach Road. He was reported missing in November. Police are considering the case a homicide. No further details were released.

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