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38-year-old N.C. man sentenced to prison for sex crimes committed against children younger than 10

Franklin, NC (FOX Carolina) - Prosecutors with the 43rd District announced on Wednesday that a 38-year-old man has been sentenced after taking indecent liberties with children.


North Carolina Winter Weather: Should You Warm Up Your Car?

CHARLOTTE, NC — Brutally cold Arctic air is headed toward North Carolina this weekend — expect an overnight low in the low 20s on Sunday night and Monday night — so it's time to renew the debate over whether you should start your car to warm it up before you start your commute or school run.


Attorney general places stipulations on major NC hospital deal

HCA’s acquisition of Asheville-based Mission Health’s assets received approval from state Attorney General Josh Stein on Wednesday, paving the way for the largest health care provider in Western North Carolina to move from nonprofit to for-profit ownership while setting up a massive nonprofit founda


Officials: Jackson Co. inmate passes away

SYLVA, NC (FOX Carolina) - An inmate who was held in the Jackson County Detention Center passed away Wednesday. According to jail officials, 49-year-old Melissa Middleton Rice was found unresponsive in her cell and transported to a hospital for treatment. Detention staff provided medical attention w


Effort underway to make WNC counties ‘Blue Zone’ certified

On the Greek island of Ikaria, its population of 10,000 people live an average of 10 years longer than Americans, have about half the rate of heart disease, lower rates of cancer and obesity and zero cases of dementia.


Entegra in N.C. delays earnings to review potential impairment charge

Entegra Financial in Franklin, N.C., has postponed the release of its quarterly results so it can address a potential goodwill impairment charge. The $1.7 billion-asset company, which agreed on Tuesday to sell itself to SmartFinancial in Knoxville, Tenn., said it will delay its earnings release unti


North Carolina inmate escapes from jail, may have stolen community college vehicle

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. — Deputies are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Alexander County Detention Center on Thursday evening, WSOC reports. Officers said the inmate — identified as Jason Mullen, who is from the Statesville area — may have stolen a vehicle from the Catawba Valley Community Co


Highlands Food & Wine Festival selects Jeff Dezen Public Relations (JDPR) as Agency-of-Record

The Highlands Food & Wine Festival, an annual food, wine and music gala in the Town of Highlands, N.C., has selected Jeff Dezen Public Relations (JDPR) to provide strategic planning, national media relations and social media management for the event.


Loaded gun seized from 13-year-old at NC middle school

NEWPORT, N.C. (WNCT) - A 13-year-old student was found with a loaded gun at a Carteret County middle school Thursday afternoon. The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said they seized a 9mm Ruger handgun from a Broad Creek Middle School student just before the 2:50 p.m. school release bell rang.


The impact the Mission-HCA deal could have on smaller mountain hospitals

MACON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — HCA’s plans to acquire the Mission Health system took another step forward Wednesday, when stateAttorney General Josh Stein made a major announcement in Asheville. Mission, whose main hospital is in Asheville, has facilities in other western counties, including two in Mac


Police arrest 4 in North Carolina man's death during robbery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have arrested four people in the death of a man during an armed robbery. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a news release Friday three of the four suspects were arrested Friday and the other was arrested on Thursday. They’re identified as 28-year-ol


North Carolina Barn Builder Leaves Family With Animals Out In The Cold

MT AIRY, N.C. — Morgan Gerstenlauer is what we often refer to as a “go-getter”, a person almost always busy. Gerstenlauer and her husband work full-time and come home every night to more work, “This is our livelihood, taking care of the animals,” said Gerstenlauer.


North Carolina man jailed on $5 million bond for murder

GREENVILLE — A North Carolina man is jailed on a $5 million bond after authorities say he killed a man at an apartment complex last year. WITN in Greenville reports police said warrants were obtained for Ricardo Hardison last Friday after he had been on the run for nearly two months. Authorities fil


North Carolina flu deaths climb as season enters its most dangerous phase

Two more people died in the past week from the flu in North Carolina, bringing the total death toll from the virus to 22 for the flu season that started in October and is now entering its most active period.


North Carolina Attorney General Gives Blessing To Mission/HCA Sale, But With Changes

North Carolina attorney general Josh Stein will give his blessing to the proposed sale of Mission Health to HCA. That means Western North Carolina's major health system will go from a non-profit to a for-profit in the coming months. But before he gave his approval, Stein announced several changes to


UNCG closes on 17-2 run to beat Western Carolina 69-60

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Francis Alonso scored 20 points and UNC Greensboro closed on a 17-2 run for a 69-60 victory over Western Carolina on Thursday night. UNCG (16-3, 5-1 Southern Conference) has won nine of its last 10 games since a 78-61 loss at then-No. 10 Kentucky on Dec. 1.