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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday January 19, 2018 -- and it's still icy out there. Be careful! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: Although the weather is getting warmer – today, we expect a high of about 49 – the National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory through noon today... and Moore County Schools are closed once again today for students, and it's an optional work day for staff, because of the road conditions... because snow that melted yesterday has re-frozen overnight, there's still a lot of black ice out there this morning... ...The Town of Southern Pines will resume trash collection today, with pick-ups that had been scheduled for Wednesday. They'll then continue with Thursday's and Friday's, and expect to be up to date by Saturday afternoon. 42-year-old Gene Marshall Burton Jr. of Eagle Springs is in the Moore County Detention Center on 75-thousand dollars bond... Burton is charged with one count of assault of an unborn child, one count of assault on a female, one count of assault by pointing a gun, as well as a count of firearm possession by a convicted felon and one of possession of a weapon of mass destruction... he'll appear in District Court on January 28. An 18-year-old woman has been arrested on charges of breaking and entering, and several other charges involving larceny, possession of a stolen firearm and a count of felony conspiracy. Dulce Guadalupe Gobellon-Ponce is in Moore County Jail on 50-thousand dollars bond, with a court date of January 23. A Town Hall Meeting will be held tomorrow evening with Moore County School and county officials. The purpose for the forum is to allow residents to get information about the school system, and to verify or dispel rumors. The panel will include Moore County Chairperson Catherine Graham, School Board Chair Helena Wallin-Miller, County Manager Wayne Vest, School Superintendent Dr. Bob Grimesey, and Tom Beddow, the board Chair of the Academy of Moore County, a charter school. The meeting begins at six, at the Southern Pines Civic Club. (AP) - Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, and Raleigh has made the top 20 finalists. Amazon plans to invest 5-billion dollars in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses. Cities are in fierce competition to lure Amazon, which has revolutionized the way people shop. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of partisan bias in current lines. The justices announced their decision late Thursday after legal briefs were filed for and against the GOP legislators' request for a delay. Today: Sunny, with a high near 49. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 25. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday January 18, 2018 -- and the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect through noon today. Moore County Schools are closed, and if you can, stay home again today! Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: For the second time this month, we've been hit with a bit more snow than we expected, and many area roads are covered with ice and snow... once again today, Moore County Schools are closed for students and faculty... ...In the Triangle, they received as much as a foot of snow... The slow-moving storm will affect the region for the next few days, with colder temperatures than originally thought... The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory through noon today. Duke Energy reports that about 30-thousand customers lost power last night... workers have been scrambling to bring them back on-line... Here in the Sandhills, there are only a few, spotty power outages reported this morning... Numerous accidents were reported across the region and the state during yesterday's snow storm... In one, an overturned tractor-trailer caught fire after jack-knifing on U-S 52 near 1-74 in Surry County... a man who was passing by saw the fire and helped the driver out of the cab through a hole in the windshield. No one was injured in the wreck... Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tweeted yesterday that he had used the winch on his truck to help a car out of a ditch... and then he drove off the road and into a tree. Earnhardt warned North Carolinians to stay off the roads. The Moore County School District has been ranked 27th of 115 school districts in North Carolina, by Niche, a website that provides rankings on neighborhoods and schools. The district was given an A-minus in College Prep, Sports, and Diversity; a B in Academics, Teachers, Clubs & Activities, and Health and Safety, a B-minus in Resources and Facilities, and C-plus in Administration and Food. Data from the U-S Department of Education is one of the criteria used in the rankings. (AP) - Authorities say the last of 10 people wanted in connection with a religious organization that police say forced children to work in fish markets has been arrested. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 64-year-old Earlene Elizabeth Hayat surrendered to deputies on Tuesday. Investigators say John McCollum forced children to work in his fish markets in the Fayetteville area for little or no money. Today: Sunny, with a high near 39. Wind chill values as low as 7. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 19. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 52. Wind chill values as low as 16 in the morning.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday January 17, 2018 -- and here we go again! Moore County Schools are closed today, and we'll keep you informed about other closings and delays on Sunrise in the Sandhills this morning. Now, here's your Sunrise News on WIOZ: The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect through 4:00 PM. PM. A cold air mass is on its way across central North Carolina this morning... and that, combined with atmospheric moisture, is bringing us snow, which may end as light freezing rain or freezing drizzle this afternoon. A total snow accumulation of 3 to 6 inches is possible. Most area schools are closed today, including Moore County Schools. As North Carolina braces for a second widespread winter storm in less than a month, Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency and urged North Carolinians to stay off the roads when travel becomes dangerous. Snow is likely to overspread the region through mid-morning, with a possible accumulation of 3 to 6 inches. Fayetteville Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a human trafficking investigation that began in March of 2017. 54-year-old Richard Lee Akins Jr. is charged with Felony Promotion of Prostitution and Human Trafficking an Adult Victim. He's in Cumberland County Jail on 10-thousand dollars bond. The flu season is off to an early start this year... and will only get worse in the coming weeks, according to North Carolina Secretary for Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen. Statewide, 26 people, including two children, have died from the flu since October... and Cohen strongly urged North Carolinians to get a flu shot, as the flu is particularly virulent this season. A former state Highway Patrol trooper has been ordered to pay more than $1 million for actions that caused a fatal wreck almost eight years ago. WRAL-dot-com reports a deputy commissioner for the North Carolina Industrial Commission ordered the payment for a wreck in May 2010 on Interstate 85 Business in Guilford County. (AP) - Judges who struck down North Carolina's congressional map have refused to delay their order telling Republican state lawmakers to draw new lines by next week. Tuesday's decision by the three-judge federal panel was expected, given that the judges ruled last week the boundaries are illegal political gerrymanders violating the U.S. Constitution. GOP legislators have also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. (AP) - A North Carolina court says criminals can dispute the cost of their court-appointed attorney with a judge if they're found guilty and told to pay up. The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that trial judges must tell defendants they challenge their attorneys' fees. Today: Snow ... Temperature falling to around 28 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as 19. Tonight: Snow likely through early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 15. Wind chill values as low as 8. Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 38. Wind chill values as low as 9.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday January 16, 2018 -- and today is "National Nothing Day." No, that's it. Really. It's a day.... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: There's more winter weather on the way. The National Weather Service says a band of snow, which may be initially mixed with rain, is expected to move across central North Carolina late tonight into Wednesday afternoon, with accumulations from a trace up to 3 inches, with higher amounts mostly across northern portions of the area. Wind chills late Wednesday night are expected to range from 8 degrees across northern areas to 12 degrees across the south. A winter weather advisory will go into effect from 11 o'clock tonight through 7:00 PM Wednesday. Two people died in two separate house fires in Scotland County yesterday. Spectrum News reports firefighters found the body of a man in his nineties inside his home in Laurinburg, and one resident died in another fire, this one in Wagram, apparently after he tried to light a diesel turbine heater with kerosene, which caused an explosion.... ...(AP) – And in Fayetteville, one person is dead and three others injured in an early-morning house fire... Firefighters arrived about 4:30 a.m. Sunday to find most of the single-family home engulfed in flames. Three people had already made it out of the house when firefighters arrived. Fayetteville Police are investigating after a man was found in a Cook Out parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. WRAL-dot-com reports the man was found inside a car about 7 PM... he is in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley medical Center. Police do not believe the shooting was a random incident. Firefighters battled a string of brush fires along westbound I-40 Monday morning... WNCN-TV reports there were at least four fires between exits 282 and 280 along the right shoulder. Officials don't know yet what caused those fires. Duke Energy Progress and the Fayetteville Public Works Commission are asking customers to reduce electricity during the cold snap this week. WRAL-dot-com reports the demand on the electrical grid is unusually high because of the cold weather... and there are things everyone can do to reduce demand: Turning off unnecessary lighting, reducing your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting, and unplugging unused cellphone chargers are just a few ways to save electricity this winter. (AP) - Advocacy groups and voters who've successfully so far thrown out North Carolina's congressional districts because of partisan gerrymandering say the evidence is so overwhelming that the legislature should be forced to draw new lines by next week. Republican legislative leaders have asked both the three-judge panel that ruled against them and the U.S. Supreme Court to block the order while cases from other states are pending. The plaintiffs in the North Carolina case oppose the request. Today: Sunny, with a high near 49. Tonight: A chance of rain and snow late. Increasing clouds, with a low around 31. Wednesday: Cloudy, with snow likely... High near 32.

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