Judge Halts Vance Demolition, Trump Endorses Budd, Job Fair Coming to AVL


Removal Of Confederate Monument Halted

(Asheville, NC) -- There's another roadblock in the removal of downtown Asheville's Confederate monument. The North Carolina Court of Appeals ordered the city to stop demolition of the Vance Monument on Friday. At issue is a pending decision on an appeal from the Historical Preservation of the 26th North Carolina Troops. The only thing left of the monument is the base.

Trump Endorses NC Congressman For Senate

(Greenville, NC) -- Former President Donald Trump's endorsement for 2022's Senate race in North Carolina is going to Ted Budd. The Congressman received Trump's support during the state's GOP convention in Greenville Saturday night. Former Governor and Republican Senate candidate Pat McCrory said Budd has done more to oppose the Trump agenda than anyone in the race. Senator Richard Burr is not running for re-election next year.

Asheville City Council Returning To In-Person Meetings

(Asheville, NC) -- The Asheville city council is preparing to welcome back the public to its meetings. The board is returning to an in-person format beginning with its meeting tomorrow at downtown's Harrah's Cherokee Center. Citizens who don't feel safe attending the meetings can still email in comments or leave a voicemail with the city. Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting must be there in person.

Job Fair Coming Up At Ag Center

(Fletcher, NC) -- A large job fair is coming up at the Western North Carolina Ag Center in Fletcher. Mountain Area Workforce Development is lining up prospective employers for the 17-Dollars-Per-Hour-And-Beyond job fair one week from tomorrow. Employers must offer at least one position at 17-bucks-an-hour to take part. Job seekers are welcome to come out to the center's Virginia Boone building.

Brevard College Requiring Vaccines For Students

(Brevard, NC) -- COVID vaccines will be required for students attending Brevard College this fall. The dean of students says the only way to ensure an in-person experience without masks or social distancing is to require vaccines. Other schools in the mountain region like A-B Tech and UNC Asheville are just encouraging vaccines. None of the 17 institutions in the UNC system will have a vaccine mandate.

Asheville Teen Runs 100 Miles For Nonprofit

(Asheville, NC) -- An Asheville teen is hoping to make a difference with his love for running. WLOS-TV reports 17-year-old Zach Philip began a trek early Saturday morning in Fletcher to run 100-miles as part of a fundraiser for OpenDoors of Asheville. He completed the route at Carolina Day School last night. Philip's goal was to raise 100-thousand-dollars.

CMS And Meck County Meet Today Over Budget Talks

(Charlotte, NC) -- The ongoing dispute between Mecklenburg County and CMS may be continuing this afternoon. Commissioners and the board of education are set to talk at the Valerie C. Woodard Center. The county approved to withhold 56-million-dollars from the school district until a plan is developed to improve low-performing schools. Former Charlotte city attorney Mac McCarley will serve as a mediator if it gets to the point where he's needed.

Lines Growing At CLT

(Charlotte, NC) -- Lines are starting to grow at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. WBTV reports it's taking longer to make it through security due to increased passenger numbers and a shortage of TSA employees. Ongoing construction at the airport is also reason for longer times. American Airlines is urging passengers to show up as early as three hours before a flight.

One Dead In SE Charlotte Homicide

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a homicide in southeast Charlotte. Officers found a man shot to death on Ellington Street early Sunday morning. No arrests have been announced. Investigators say one person was arrested in a separate shooting that injured a one-year-old on Isaac Hunter Drive the day before.

Charlotte House Damaged In Suspected Arson

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte firefighters are investigating a suspected arson. Fire caused more than 20-thousand-dollars in damage when flames spread through a home on Old Plank Road in northwest Charlotte early Saturday morning. Investigators say they believe the fire was set on purpose, but no suspects have been identified. No injuries are being reported.

Retired Officer Biking To Raise Mental Health Awareness

(Gaston County, NC) -- A retired Gaston County cop is biking for a good cause. WBTV reports Chris Lowrance is in the midst of a trip from Portland, Oregon back to Gastonia as a way to bring awareness to the mental health of first responders. He's raising money for an organization that helps families of first responders who have died by suicide called Blue H.E.L.P. The journey will total around 47-hundred miles.

ACS Receives Death Threats After Graduation Incident

(Asheboro, NC) -- Officials with Asheboro City Schools say they've received several death threats after denying a high school senior his diploma for draping himself in a Mexican Flag. When Ever Lopez approached the Asheboro High School stage last week, his principal wouldn't hand over his diploma because he was being a "distraction." Lopez said the flag was meant to signify being the first person from his family to graduate. The superintendent says since the incident, they've received several threats, including one that mentioned shooting up the school. So far, no arrests have been made.

Teenager, Juvenile Shot In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- An 18-year-old man and a juvenile are seriously hurt after a shooting in Winston-Salem. The scene unfolded late Saturday night on east 25th Street. Officers arrived to find the juvenile shot multiple times. The second victim, Tyrone Goldsmith the Third, arrived at the hospital shortly afterward with several gunshot wounds. They're both in bad shape but are expected to recover. Police have not yet identified a possible suspect or motive in the case.

Suspects Identified In Shooting Of 5-Year-Old Girl

(Reidsville, NC) -- Reidsville police are naming the two suspects in the weekend shooting of a five-year-old girl. Bro Hayes and Nicellion Womack are wanted on several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The girl was shot Saturday afternoon while playing in her front yard on the 300-block of Northwest Market Street. She's expected to be okay. Officers do not believe the child was the intended target.

Sheriff's Deputies Involved In Brown Shooting Return To Work

(Elizabeth City, NC) -- Two sheriff's deputies disciplined in the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. are returning to work. Brown was shot and killed in Elizabeth City as police were serving a warrant for his arrest. The Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department said the third deputy involved intends to resign. The County District Attorney found the shooting to be justified, saying Brown "recklessly" drove at the officers at the scene.


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