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North Carolina Zoo Set to Temporarily Close for Staff Training and Safety Drills

North Carolina Zoo Set to Temporarily Close for Staff Training and Safety Drills

NC Zoo
Emergency Services Vehicles near Junction Plaza at the NC Zoo. (Scott Pelkey / Acme News Archive) ASHEBORO N.C.  – The North Carolina Zoo along will all its public walking trails will be closed to the public from Monday January 8th through January 12th for staff training, including required safety drills and maintenance. As an accredited Zoo through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the North Carolina Zoo is required to conduct various safety drills involving its staff. These drills cover a wide range of scenarios, from protocols for handling animal escapes to responding to diving incidents, to fires, animal bites, and more. “Employees need to drill and practice their responses so that they are prepared in the event of an actual situation,” said Diane Villa, the Zoo’s D...
North Carolina Zoo Sets Record Attendance After Passing One Million Guests in 2023

North Carolina Zoo Sets Record Attendance After Passing One Million Guests in 2023

NC Zoo
ASHEBORO N.C. – With just a few days before the end of the year, the North Carolina Zoo exceeded one million guests in a calendar year for the first time in its history. On December 27th, 2023, Ran Liu and his family became the one millionth visitor to the North Carolina Zoo for the 2023 calendar year. The previous record for highest attendance in a calendar year was 930,002, set in 2022. The Liu family (Photo provided by NC Zoo) “Being recognized as the millionth guest was a pleasant surprise and an honor,” says Liu, a Zoo member according to a press release from the Zoo. “I look forward to the day when [the Zoo] celebrates two or three million guests in a year,” he explains. “Everyone should experience it for themselves. I encourage others to come, volunteer, or find a way to g...
Asheboro Police Confirm Two Injured in Shooting, One Arrested [UPDATED]

Asheboro Police Confirm Two Injured in Shooting, One Arrested [UPDATED]

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Saray Hernandez Torres via Facebook ARTICLE UPDATEDThis article covers a developing story. Click here to see the latest update. ASHEBORO N.C. - Police have confirmed two people were injured and one arrested after a shooting in Asheboro earlier today.  According to the Asheboro Police Department, at approximately 12:50 p.m. Officers responded to Lowe Body and Glass, located at 201 Saunders Drive in Asheboro, for a reported shooting. Arriving officers located two victims at the scene who had suffered gunshot wounds. The officers applied direct pressure and tourniquets on victims at the scene to control bleeding until EMS personnel arrived. According to Asst. Chief of Police Brown, both victims were transported by EMS to out of county medical facilities for advanc...
AFRD Responds to House Fires Sunday and Monday

AFRD Responds to House Fires Sunday and Monday

News
ASHEBORO N.C. - The Asheboro Fire Rescue Department responded to two house fires, one on Sunday and another Monday. On Sunday December 17th, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. Asheboro Fire and Rescue Department (AFRD) was dispatched to a structure fire at 430 Glovinia St. AFRD via Facebook AFRD via Facebook Units with C-shift arrived within two minutes to find heavy smoke coming from the residence. An initial and secondary search located no one in the home. Crews reported the scene under control at 3:52 p.m. After the fire the house was turned back over to the occupants. Damage to the structure was estimated to be around $15,000 and the cause of the incident was ruled as unintentional.  On Monday December 18th, 2023, at 4:53 a.m. crewed were dispatched to a residential fire at 811 S ...
Coastal Low to Bring Heavy Rain and Winds Sunday

Coastal Low to Bring Heavy Rain and Winds Sunday

Weather
(irontrybex / Adobe Stock) ASHEBORO N.C. - A strong coastal low system will sweep across central North Carolina Sunday bringing torrential rain and strong winds.  A coastal low-pressure system will begin to move up from the gulf through the southeast coast of the United States, across Florida and Georgia on Saturday and through South Carolina and North Carolina on Sunday.  Impacts According to the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh the storm will bring areas of heavy rainfall with the potential for localized flooding, especially in urban and poor drainage areas. Rainfall amounts of two to three inches are expected from Saturday night through Sunday night. Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around light unsecured objects such as holiday decorations...
Community Rallies to Support Family after Child Seriously Injured in House Fire

Community Rallies to Support Family after Child Seriously Injured in House Fire

Local
(Photo via Facebook) See upcoming events to support the Burroughs family and how you can help out by clicking here. ASHEBORO N.C. - The community is coming together to support a local family after their 10-year-old son was seriously injured in a house fire that destroyed the family home.  On December 8th, 2023, at 2:50 a.m. the Burroughs’ family home on Mountain Creek Rd. caught fire. At the time, Kevin and Shauna Burroughs were home asleep with their two children, 15-year-old daughter, Kamdyn and 10-year-old son, Chevy.  According to stories shared by family and friends with local media outlets, Shauna was able to pull Kamdyn out through a window. Kevin, the father, was pushed back by heavy smoke and fire trying to reach Chevy and ended up breaking through a wall to...
No Injuries Reported after Late Night House Fire in Asheboro

No Injuries Reported after Late Night House Fire in Asheboro

News
[Scott Pelkey | North State Journal] ASHEBORO N.C. - No injuries were reported last night after fire crews responded to a fire at a duplex in Asheboro.  At 10:16 p.m. on December 12th, 2023, Asheboro Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a reported apartment fire at 617 S Church St.  The first unit arrived on scene just two minutes later and found a working fire in a small duplex. Fire fighters located and extinguished a fire in one of the apartments and ventilated the building. The fire was reported under control at 11:29 p.m. No one was located after two searches of the building, and no injuries were reported.  [Scott Pelkey | North State Journal] In total 8 units with 21 personnel were on scene from Asheboro Fire and Rescue along with Randolph County EMS ...
New Fusion Center to Combat Child Predators & Trafficking Announced in Randolph County

New Fusion Center to Combat Child Predators & Trafficking Announced in Randolph County

Government, News
[Scott Pelkey | North State Journal] ASHEBORO N.C. – At a joint press conference, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office announced a new task force and plans for a fusion center in Randolph County, all dedicated to combating child trafficking and exploitation. In August of this year the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office participated in ‘Operation Child Predator,’ leading to the arrest of nineteen individuals for sex crimes. “That operation opened the eyes of several people across the state” said Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt at the press conference. “The operation proved that child abuse, trafficking, and exploitation are much more prevalent than most people know or are willing to admit.” North Carolina is ranked ninth in the nation for human trafficking with sex trafficking...
Solar Storms Expected to Impact Tonight, Could bring Auroras to North Carolina

Solar Storms Expected to Impact Tonight, Could bring Auroras to North Carolina

Weather
A coronal mass ejection bursting from the edge of the Sun on May 1, 2013. (NASA) ASHEBORO N.C. - Four explosions on the surface of the sun have sent waves of charged particles flying through space resulting in a geomagnetic storm and auroras tonight. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) operates the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) which is tasked with providing space weather forecasts and alerts. On Wednesday, November 29th, 2023, the Space Weather Prediction Center issued an alert that a fast moving coronal mass ejection (CME) could combine with three other CMEs already headed towards Earth, resulting in one larger geomagnetic storm, which is expected to impact the Earth in the tonight and into the early morning hours on December 1st, 2023. According...
No Injuries after Fire at Georgia Pacific 

No Injuries after Fire at Georgia Pacific 

News
Fire Hose - Stock Photo (Acme News Archive) ASHEBORO N.C. - No one was injured during a commercial fire at Georgia Pacific Wednesday evening, according to Asheboro Fire & Rescue Department.  On Wednesday November 29th, 2023, at 7:40 p.m. crews from the Asheboro Fire and Rescue Department responded to Georgia Pacific, located at 200 McDowell Rd, for a report of a commercial fire.  According to information released by the department, the first unit arrived on scene just three minutes after dispatch to find a small fire in a cardboard cutting machine.  Firefighters were able to gain access to, and extinguish, the fire by 9:19 pm.  In total seven units, consisting of seventeen personnel from Asheboro Fire & Rescue were on scene, along with a Randolph Coun...