Fire Closes Park, NCDOT: Record Year for Trash, Panthers Lose to Dolphins

Crews Pick Up Record Amount Of Litter Statewide

(Raleigh, NC) -- More litter is being thrown out in North Carolina than ever before. The Department of Transportation reports crews and volunteers have picked up over 12-million-pounds of trash so far in 2021. That breaks a record set two-years ago, when there was around ten-and-a-half-million pounds of litter. The state's transportation secretary is reminding everyone to pick up their trash, saying keeping North Carolina beautiful starts with everyone doing their part.

State Park Closed Due To Fire

(Surry County, NC) -- A North Carolina park is closed due to fire. Forestry service officials report over 300 acres at Pilot Mountain State Park have burned since the fire was first reported Saturday afternoon. No homes have been damaged. Dry conditions are making the threat of the fire even worse.

Child Found Safe After Shot Disappearance In Biltmore Fores

(Biltmore Forest, NC) -- A child reported missing in Biltmore Forest is okay. A call came in Sunday morning after the four-year-old disappeared from a home on Cedar Hill Drive. An officer located the boy around a quarter-of-a-mile away less than an hour later. The child appeared okay and was taken home safely.

Regional Teacher Of Year Hails From Henderson County

(Henderson County, NC) -- A Henderson County teacher is receiving regional accolades. Ryan Mitchell was just chosen this month as the 2022 North Carolina Regional Teacher of the Year for the Western Region. He teaches second graders at Mills River Elementary. Next up is the selection for the statewide teacher of the year.

Hendersonville's Holiday Event Underway

(Hendersonville, NC) -- Hendersonville's Home for the Holidays event is underway. Festivities began with a tree lighting in downtown on Friday. Other events are planned, like this Friday when merchants will stay open late as part of Olde Fashioned Christmas. The Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday morning. Later in the month includes Luminary Night and Main Street Train Rides.

Relief Funds Help Asheville Museum

(Asheville, NC) -- Relief funds coming into Asheville will help the local Museum of Science. WLOS-TV reports around half-a-million-dollars was lost while the museum was closed for six-months. County commissioners just voted to use 130-thousand-dollars provided through the American Rescue Plan for the museum.

CLT Deals With Large Crowds

(Charlotte, NC) -- What's considered one of the busiest travels days of the year at Charlotte Douglas International airport is over. C-L-T officials estimated around 50-thousand people flew through the airport yesterday. Thanksgiving travel on the roads and through the air was expected to hit near pre-pandemic numbers. The number of passengers reported nationwide on Saturday was twice as many as last year.

Suspect Arrested For Rape, Involuntary Manslaughter

(Charlotte, NC) -- A suspect is facing involuntary manslaughter and rape charges in Charlotte. Officers found a 14-year-old shot to death at a home on Olando Street in the Druid Hills community Saturday afternoon. An 18-year-old was arrested at the scene. Details on exactly what happened are limited from the CMPD.

Triple Shooting Investigated In North Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC) -- The CMPD is investigating a deadly triple shooting in north Charlotte. Officers found a 34-year-old dead on Harland Street early Sunday morning, while two other people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. No charges have been announced. It marked the third homicide of the weekend in Charlotte.

Panthers Fall To Dolphins

(Miami, FL) -- The Panthers are searching for answers after a blowout loss to the Dolphins. Quarterback Cam Newton completed just five-of-21 passes in a 33-ten defeat at the hands of Miami yesterday on the road. Christian McCaffrey mustered just 35-yards on the ground for Carolina. The Panthers fell to five-and-seven on the season heading into an off week.

Mask Mandate Dropped In Gaston County Schools Today

(Gaston County, NC) -- The face mask mandate is changing today in Gaston County Schools. The school board decided to make masks optional for students as they return to class after the Thanksgiving holiday break. Members approved the change on November 16th after parents showed up to voice their opinions against the requirement. The health director suggested an extension of the mandate.

Army Vet Awarded With New Car

(Charlotte, NC) -- Charlotte's minor league ice hockey team is helping an Army veteran get back on her feet. WBTV reports the Charlotte Checkers, Caliber Collision and Veterans Bridge Home teamed up to provide Shashanta Andrews with a new car Saturday night. The home healthcare aide recently ran into trouble when her car broke down, which prevented her from completing her job. An administrator with Veterans Bridge Home says it goes to show what a community can do when it works together.

Arrest Expected After Brawl Involving 15 Children & Adults At Raleigh Park

(Raleigh, NC) -- Police are investigating after a gathering at a Raleigh park turned into a fight. A brawl involving at least 15 children and adults happened at Buffaloe Road Athletic Park Saturday afternoon. A woman told authorities her daughter was cut in the incident, but the injury is not believed to be life threatening. Police say an arrest is expected due to the large number of witnesses.

Missing Morrisville Man Returns Home Two Weeks Later

(Morrisville, NC) -- A man who went missing from Morrisville after a crash has been found. Dale Wheeler returned home on Saturday, telling his family he had been in the woods and lost his phone. This comes after Wheeler's keys were found in his car on Church Street beneath I-540 with blood in the vehicle on November 13th. Police say Wheeler had no signs of visible injury but was taken to the hospital Sunday. Officials had already spent over 100 hours searching for Wheeler.

Over 30 Firefighters Respond To Blaze At North Carolina State University Farm Building

(Raleigh, NC) -- No one is injured after a building went up in flames at the North Carolina State University farm in Wake County. Over two dozen firefighters responded to the fire at the building just southeast of Raleigh around 9 Saturday night. Inside the N.C. State University Agroecology Education Farm site were farming implements, according to officials.

Family From Raleigh In South Africa As Omicron Travel Restrictions Go Into Effect

(Raleigh, NC) -- A family from Raleigh is stuck in Johannesburg amid the news of a new coronavirus variant. Travel restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the omicron-variant of COVID-19 is keeping the family in South Africa, where they were taking a vacation. A ban on entry to the U.S. from South Africa starts today, but Americans are still allowed to return. But other travel restrictions around Europe have made it difficult to book a flight for the family to get back to Raleigh.

Over A Dozen Officers Respond To Rescue Pot-Bellied Pig Roaming Raleigh Neighborhood

(Raleigh, NC) -- A pot-belled pig is at an animal sanctuary after being found wandering Raleigh on Thanksgiving. According to a social media post made by police on Saturday, officers got multiple calls about the pig. It took over 12 officers to catch the animal and take it to the Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary in Rougemont. That's where he is on a five-day consecutive stray hold awaiting pickup.

State Park Closed Due To Fire

(Surry County, NC) -- A North Carolina park is closed due to fire. Forestry service officials report over 300-acres at Pilot Mountain State Park have burned since the fire was first reported Saturday afternoon. No homes have been damaged. Dry conditions are making the threat of the fire even worse.

Man Dies In Winston-Salem Officer Shooting

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The SBI is investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Winston-Salem. Police responded to a home on Bell West Drive, where a man was allegedly making threats with a machete yesterday. He reportedly refused to drop the weapon even after being tased four times by officers. One opened fire and shot the man in the stomach.

Another Earthquake Hits Triad

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- Earthquakes are becoming somewhat of a normal thing in the Triad. The United States Geological Survey reported a one-point-nine magnitude quake three miles outside of Winston-Salem yesterday morning. It wasn't strong enough to do any damage. Three other earthquakes of a small magnitude happened over the last eight days.

Homicide Investigated In Greensboro

(Greensboro, NC) -- A Greensboro homicide investigation is underway. Officers say one man died after he was shot on South Eugene Street late Saturday night. Greensboro police are still seeking details in the shooting. No suspects have been identified.

Winston-Salem Symphony Brings Back Carolina Christmas

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The Winston-Salem Symphony is bringing back the spirit of the holidays in person. The orchestra began its presentation of A Carolina Christmas at the Reynolds Auditorium over the weekend. Last year's in-person concerts were called off due to the pandemic. Anyone wishing to attend needs to either be fully-vaccinated against COVID or provide a negative test.

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