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Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Monday November 18, 2019 -- clouds and rain again today. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: A single-vehicle accident on May Street in Southern Pines Saturday night sent one person to the hospital with serious injuries... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports firefighters used hydraulic tools to extricate the driver, who was taken to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital... and five people were injured in a Friday night accident in Southern Pines. Three cars were involved, two of which were extensively damaged. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Republican State Representative Jamie Boles of Whispering Pines has announced that he will be seeking re-election to the House for District 52. Boles was first elected in 2008 and currently serves as Majority Deputy Whip and chairs several committees, including the Justice and Public Safety Committee. Plans for a new Aberdeen police station have been reviewed by the Board of Commissioners. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports that the new facility will be adjacent to the current station and will add nearly 13-thousand square feet. The current station was built in 1992. The building is projected to cost 5.8-million dollars, with construction scheduled to begin the first quarter of 2020. It's likely to take 13 months, with a completion date in the spring of 2021. A man was killed Sunday morning in an accident at the intersection of Owen Drive and Camden Road in Fayetteville... WNCN-TV reports that two vehicles collided at the intersection... 55-year-old Walter Lindsay of Fayetteville, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died of his injuries. 30-year-old Crystal Jefferys, also of Fayetteville, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. North Carolina Highway 12 was closed between the Marc Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe and will only be reopened when state transportation officials determine it is safe to do so. A strong storm bringing heavy rain and sustained winds up to 45 mph has made travel unsafe on parts of the Outer Banks and coastal North Carolina. Officials say they haven't seen any structural damage to the road. (AP) — The General Assembly has ended its brief return visit to Raleigh. The Senate and House adjourned on Friday, two days after reconvening. The House and Senate approved bills for a cash bailout for the Department of Transportation and to distribute more disaster relief funds. Now the full legislature isn’t scheduled back until January 14. (AP) — Three people were arrested during a protest near a Confederate statue slated for removal. A fight erupted Saturday in Pittsboro when protesters who oppose the statue’s removal complained about counter-protesters standing near a protester’s vehicle.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Thursday November 14, 2019 -- expect clouds and cool temperatures today. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The Moore County Board of Education received an update this week on the progress of new school construction. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the contractor building the new Aberdeen Elementary School told the board that the school, which was to be completed by January 24, will take until March 6. Construction of the new Southern Pines Elementary School is on schedule for completion in mid-September 2020, McDeeds Creek Elementary School is set for substantial completion by Thanksgiving. And the new Pinehurst Elementary School should be completed by March 8, 2021. One person was killed in a shooting near the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Wilson Wednesday... WRAL reports that about 8:00 AM police responded to an assault and robbery at a senior center... witnesses went to the DMV office and reported the incident. While officers were investigating, the shooting took place less than a mile away. Anthony Roy died at the scene... an investigation continues. More than 8-hundred people turned out last night to protest two conservative speakers at NC State in Raleigh... WNCN reports that Charlie Kirk, the president of Turning Point USA and President Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump were the speakers. Nonetheless, more than 12-hundred people lined up to attend the event. A Raleigh man who was riding on top of a car traveling down I-40 Wednesday was killed when he fell off the Chevy Impala's roof. WNCN-TV reports 49-year-old Derron Torri Stephens was riding on the car in the westbound lane in southern Wake County when he fell... no charges have been filed as the Highway Patrol hasn't been able to locate the Impala. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Highway Patrol. (AP) — Lawmakers have returned to Raleigh with a goal of approving a new congressional district map by the end of the week. The annual session gaveled back in Wednesday after a two-week break. Judges last month blocked the 2016 congressional map from being used in next year’s elections, saying the districts likely are unlawful partisan gerrymanders. (AP) — Officials in the Outer Banks have discovered three castaway cows that swam for miles to escape Hurricane Dorian on their native island. They say they think the stranded cows swam up to 5 miles to safety during the September storm before being found near Cape Lookout this month. The cows were part of a herd that roamed freely on nearby Cedar Island. But when Dorian generated a “mini tsunami,” it washed them and dozens of other animals away. (AP) — A opossum has illegally taken up residence in the ceiling of a Duke University dorm, where students have been complaining about being bitten by fleas. The school has yet to catch the elusive opossum that students first complained about in October. A spokesman says the creature has escaped custody partly because it appears to be splitting its time between the Few Quad dorm and somewhere else.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Wednesday November 13, 2019 -- and it's going to be a cold sunny day. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: The Hampton Inn in Aberdeen was evacuated last night after smoke set off alarms around 9:30 – SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the displaced guests were taken to the Marriott across the parking lot while firefighters searched for the source of the smoke. It turned out that a malfunctioning HVAC unit on the roof had sent smoke throughout the building through air ducts. One of three teenagers who were injured in an accident Sunday night in Johnston County has died... 15-year-old Ethan Michael Handly of Smithfield was a passenger in a minivan that was rammed... the driver of the van was killed in the crash, and one other teen was killed. 34-year-old Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez of Smithfield is charged with two counts each of felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle. (AP) — State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson has decided he'll run for lieutenant governor next year, instead of seeking re-election. Johnson announced on Tuesday that he wants a different office than superintendent of public instruction, which he won in 2016. Now he'll join a crowded March GOP primary field with at least six other announced candidates for lieutenant governor. (AP) — North Carolina's insurance commissioner for eight years through 2016 wants the job again. Democrat Wayne Goodwin announced on Tuesday he'll run for commissioner next year, setting up a potential rematch with current Commissioner Mike Causey, the Republican who beat him in 2016. Goodwin has been the state Democratic Party chair since his defeat. (AP) — A group of North Carolina jail inmates is challenging Alamance County’s cash bail requirements, saying the system unfairly jails the poor while letting people with money go home. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court on behalf of three inmates who say they can’t afford cash bail amounts of more than one-thousand dollars. Two of the inmates are only facing misdemeanor charges. ReBuild NC is seeking public input on a draft Action Plan for spending 168 million dollars in Federal Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation funding to the State of North Carolina. It's an opportunity for the state to assist areas damaged by hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The Draft Action Plan can be found at rebuild-dot-nc-dot-gov, and comments are being accepted until December 23rd.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Tuesday November 12, 2019 -- and we're in for a cold, rainy day today... Chief Meteorologist Brad Huffines has our complete forecast this morning. Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ: When navigating the new traffic circle at Midland Road and Highway 22 Monday, the driver of a large truck carrying chickens overturned and blocked traffic for several hours... SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports the driver was not injured, and Southern Pines Police said another truck was dispatched to pick up the chickens and take them to their destination. (AP) — Legislation that retools the process by which repeatedly academic low-performing North Carolina public schools can be taken over by outside operators has become law. Governor Roy Cooper provided neither his signature nor veto stamp to the bill by late Sunday, so the state constitution says it's now law. Cooper say he's still "fundamentally opposed" to the Innovative School District concept. The Moore County Board of Commissioners has approved technology upgrades for the Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Social Services. SandhillsSentinel-dot-com reports 115 computers for DSS will be purchased for 86-thousand dollars. The Sheriff's office will also spend 86-thousand dollars on 31 new portable radios. All current radio equipment will be replaced, over several years. 34-year-old Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez of Smithfield was arrested Monday in connection with an accident in which one person died and five others were injured. WNCN-TV reports a 15-year-old suffered a broken back and neck and was listed as not having any brain function, a 14-year-old suffered a spinal injury and another a fractured neck and spinal injury. Juarez-Antunez faces charges of felony serious injury by vehicle and felony death by vehicle. At least two people were taken to the hospital and nearly one hundred residents were transferred to other facilities after a mysterious odor was reported Monday at an assisted living facility in Johnston County. WRAL reports that the smell was from Blastercorp, an industrial grade product that serves as a cleaner and lubricant. Two workers were taken to Johnston Health after the complained of not feeling well. They were checked out and released (AP) — The Guilford County school system is considering a policy change that would prevent high school students from being denied a meal because they can't afford it. High school students would be able to charge their meals under the proposed change. The current policy allows elementary and middle school students to charge up to five lunches and five breakfasts. The cafeteria then gives them a pared down meal if they can't pay for them. (AP) — A fast-food restaurant in Roxboro has fired at least one employee after a cashier refused to serve an officer. Roxboro Police Chief David Hess says a police sergeant visited a Cook Out restaurant last week and was denied service by a cashier. Hess said that after word about what happened spread on social media, the cashier was fired.

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