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Family of unresponsive N.C. teen who survived rip current makes tough decision

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - The parents of the Wake Forest teenager who survived a rip current over the weekend say her brain was too severely damaged. Paige Merical's father, John Merical, posted on Facebook late Wednesday saying they made the decision to let her go.


Waynesville shows off draft comprehensive land use map

Since late 2017, the Town of Waynesville has been deeply involved in the creation of a successor to the current comprehensive plan that was adopted in 2002 and slated to last until 2020.


Council on Governments take aways

CANTON — The town of Canton hosted the April Council of Government meeting at the Southern Porch Monday. Here is an overview of the reports made y government officials in attendance.


50 pounds of marijuana found in vacuumed-sealed packs, deputies say

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) -- Two men are charged with drug crimes after deputies allegedly found almost 50 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle. Buncombe County deputies assisted the DWI Task Force Team with a vehicle on Starnes Cove Road that had a “strong odor of marijuana” on Wednesday night.


Waynesville Art School grand opening

The grand opening celebration of Waynesville Art School will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at 303 North Haywood St., in Waynesville. Bring your family and friends and drop in for some afternoon fun. Meet the faculty, tour the school, and find out about spring classes. There will be f


'Significant increase' in card skimmers found on gas pumps in 2019, NC investigators say

SELMA, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina investigators found a significant increase in card skimmers on gas pumps in 2019. Inspectors said they found 23 card skimmers on gas pumps across the state in the first three months of the year. In 2018, they found just five skimmers in the same time period; they


Four arrested after Waynesville armed robbery

Four men were arrested over the weekend for armed robbery after initially getting away with over $33,000 worth of cell phones from the Verizon on Russ Avenue in Waynesville. According to a press release sent out by the Waynesville Police Department, officers were called to the store at 8:29 p.m. on


Manhunt underway for murder suspect in mountains of WNC

Deputies say a murder suspect running from Catawba County could be in Transylvania County and should be considered armed and dangerous. (4/24/2019)


Longtime Lake Junaluska landscaper retires

After 27 years of service, legendary Lake Junaluska landscaper Roddy Ray has retired. Ray, a horticulturist, is a longtime force of nature behind the landscaping and curation of more than 800 acres of the lake’s grounds and gardens.


Two Henry County kids shot in the face during a road rage incident in Mt. Airy, North Carolina

AXTON, Va, (WDBJ) - A road rage incident in Mt. Airy, North Carolina left Nayeli Sheff, 7, and her brother Prince Sheff, 9, with gunshot wounds to the face. According to their mother, Aimee Hodge, the siblings were visiting their father, Graig Sheff, for the weekend. As the family was leaving Graig'


Asheville PD searching for missing woman without medication, last seen on April 23

ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) - Asheville police need your help finding a woman who was last seen on April 23 and is without her medicine. 37-year-old Larisa Cordova was last seen near West Chapel Road wearing white pants, a white jacket with fur lining, and black shoes.


Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website

Raleigh, N.C. — The average teacher salary in Wake County public schools is $58,403. But in neighboring Franklin County, teachers are paid, on average, nearly $9,000 less at $49,805. Those are some of the school finance statistics reported on North Carolina's new Financial Transparency Dashboard.


Deputies put area on alert for murder suspect described as armed, dangerous after crashed car found

ROSMAN, N.C. — A crash Wednesday morning in Transylvania County has deputies searching for a man believed to be armed and dangerous who is wanted in connection with a shooting death, according to the Sheriff's Office.


NCDOT picks least-disruptive widening plan for N.C. 73

DENVER – The N.C. Department of Transportation has officially settled on one of three build alternatives for widening N.C. 73 from Denver to Huntersville. The project involves improvements along a 8.5-mile stretch of N.C. 73 from its intersection with N.C. 16 in Denver to where it meets Northcross D


Growing up grinding: Waynesville skate park takes on new importance

When the Town of Waynesville’s skate park opened in 2013, it was a welcome addition to the suite of recreational opportunities then available to area residents — especially to the small but zealous group of die-hards like Jared Lee who grew up grinding around town.


UPDATE: 13 Tornadoes Hit North Carolina Friday

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Friday's tornado outbreak was one of the biggest on record in North Carolina. Thirteen tornadoes touched down across the state, ranking sixth all time for most tornadoes in a single day.


N.C. man pleads guilty to deadly Danville shooting

Diairion Marqui Davis pleaded guilty Thursday in the shooting of Arthur OBrian Anderson in May 2018. Davis, 31, of Reidsville, North Carolina, was arrested in connection to OBrian’s May shooting death in North Danville. After the shooting, he fled to North Carolina, where he was involved in a shooto


Carpenter’s widow settles wrongful death suit for $1.05M

The wife of a carpenter who was killed when a roof truss system collapsed on him has confidentially settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.05 million, her attorney reports. Jay Kerr of Asheville said that the carpenter, whose name was withheld pursuant to a confidentiality agreement, was helping bu


N.C. maps alcohol impact on counties

Excessive drinking costs Gaston County more than $150 million a year, according to state health officials. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services rolled out a data dashboard called Alcohol & the Public’s Health earlier this month that provides detailed information on the impact o


After 130-plus years, NC fair will change a name some call a reminder of slavery

After more than 130 years, a popular fair in North Carolina will change its name to avoid controversy or links to negative historical connection. City officials in Winston-Salem tweeted Wednesday that the Dixie Classic Fair will be rebranded with a new name.