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CHA Set To Hold 4th “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes” Event This Weekend

CHA Set To Hold 4th “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes” Event This Weekend

Events, Health
ASHEBORO NC - Community Hope Alliance (CHA) is set to hold its 4th annual "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes" this weekend.  The non-profit harm reduction organization works to save lives by providing resources & promoting substance abuse education, awareness, prevention, and safety.The walk was started in 2017 to promote awareness of the opioid epidemic that was sweeping through Randolph County. "Our shoes, includes loved ones of people who use drugs, people who are in recovery, people who have lost someone to drugs, people who want to save lives and keep people who use drugs alive and healthy," said Kelly Link - Co-founder/Executive Director of CHA. "We try to teach the community to treat drug users as humans, love and respect them cause treating them as worthless only makes them feel...
Hurricane Season Is Officially Here

Hurricane Season Is Officially Here

Weather
https://youtu.be/cU0ljJ4v-XA ASHEBORO NC - The start of June marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. With the first storms already brewing weather experts are saying this year's seasons will be another active one.  NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is calling for a 60% chance of an above-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. Thankfully, experts do not think we will see the historic level of storm activity we saw in 2020. Forecasters say they expect anywhere from 13 to 20 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes with 3 to 5 of those becoming major hurricanes at Category 3 or higher. Now is the time to prepare "With hurricane season starting on June 1, now is the time to get ready and advance disaster r...
AHS Student To Attend Harvard University

AHS Student To Attend Harvard University

Local
https://youtu.be/Nggznt6xUJ8 ASHEBORO NC - For the first time since 2008, an Asheboro High School graduate will be moving to Cambridge, MA to attend the prestigious Harvard University.  Katherine Esponda wasn't just accepted by Harvard but two other Ivy League schools, Columbia and Yale as well as Duke University. “When I learned I’d been accepted to Harvard, I felt like I was in a dream. It just didn’t seem real,” said Esponda. Esponda's mom recorded her reaction as she learned of her acceptance. “In that moment and now of course, I am so proud that I followed my heart.” She says she wants others to hear her story and to be encouraged. “I’ve worked really hard and I haven’t let fear of the unknown hold me back from pursuing my dreams. My hope is that my story will encourage ot...
SBI Investigating Campaign Complaint Against Sheriff Seabolt

SBI Investigating Campaign Complaint Against Sheriff Seabolt

Government
ASHEBORO NC - Earlier this week the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) confirmed they had opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct made against Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt. The investigation was requested on May 5th by Randolph County District Attorney Andy Gregson. Gregson said he received complaints that Sherriff Seabolt was using a county-issued vehicle to haul campaign signs. One of those complaints was filed by former candidate for Randolph County Sheriff Erick Hicks. The Randolph County Board of Elections confirmed that Mr. Hicks is one of four individuals who have opened candidate committees in preparation for the 2022 Randolph County Sheriff's Office. race Photos shared with Randolph News Now by Mr. Hicks show a county owned vehicle, ...
Get A Free Ticket To The NC Zoo By Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Get A Free Ticket To The NC Zoo By Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Health, NC Zoo
Photo by Scott Pelkey / Acme News Archive ASHEBORO NC - The North Carolina Zoo is hosting several COVID-19 vaccine clinics and anyone who receives their free COVID-19 vaccine at one of the zoo's clinics will also get a free ticket to the zoo. The clinics are a collaboration with Randolph County Health Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and StarMed.  Anyone ages 12 and older can get their first or second Pfizer vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available for those 18 and older. No ID or insurance is required, and there are no out-of-pocket costs.  First clinic: Thursday, May 20 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Friday, May 21 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Saturday, May 22 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Second Clini...
NC Zoo Set To Start On Asia This Fall, Hopefully!?

NC Zoo Set To Start On Asia This Fall, Hopefully!?

NC Zoo
Photo by Scott Pelkey / Acme News Archive ASHEBORO NC - The NC Zoo is set to begin work on the new Asia expansion with plans already approved and companies lined up to start construction as early as this fall. That is, provided the N.C. General Assembly passes a budget that includes the funds needed to complete the budget for the project. The originally expected budget for Asia was $65 million, but that estimate had to be increased. “When we did a lot of these estimates, it was several years ago. We’re starting to see inflation in construction costs,” said Diane Villa Director of Communications and Marketing for the NC Zoo. “Right now we’re looking at $75 million for Asia, and our hope is to complete Asia all in one fell swoop rather than phase things.”  Gov. Roy Cooper's b...
Asheboro Summer Concert Series Returns

Asheboro Summer Concert Series Returns

Events
ASHEBORO NC - The Summer Concert Series will be returning in 2021 bring live music back to downtown Asheboro. The free concerts that take place every summer at Bicentennial park were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions and while they are scheduled to return in 2021, so far their off to a rocky start.  The first concert scheduled for May 16th, 2021 had to be postponed. Jonathan Sermon the Recreation Services Director for the City of Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Services Division explained that the Governor’s order made it too difficult to hold the first concert. "The Governor’s current executive order only allows for 12 quests for every 1000 square feet for concerts held at outdoor venues. The lawn at Bicentennial Park is approximately 38,300 square feet w...
Asheboro Airport Gets Grant From DOT For Upgrades

Asheboro Airport Gets Grant From DOT For Upgrades

Government
Asheboro Regional Airport (Acme News Archive) ASHEBORO NC - The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funding for safety and airfield improvement projects at 10 North Carolina airports. Totaling $12.75 million, the funds have been awarded for various projects to help airports increase capacity, attract new jobs and businesses to their communities, and improve safety for pilots and passengers. The board approved the funds during its March 4 meeting. Of that $12.75 million $1.08 million is allocated for airfield lighting rehabilitation at Asheboro Regional Airport. “The switch to full-LED lighting will also reduce our operational costs compared to traditional lights, since LEDs don’t burn out, and allow us to invest even more in the future growth of this airpo...
Fish Falls From Sky, Hits Truck Windshield In Randleman (Video)

Fish Falls From Sky, Hits Truck Windshield In Randleman (Video)

Local
Screenshot of video posted by Ward Transport on Twitter RANDLEMAN NC- Ward Transport, a trucking company with an office in Charlotte probably had a very strange conversation with their insurance company last week after a fish fell from the sky and smashed into the windshield of one of their trucks. On the afternoon of April 14th, Barry Poff, who has 34 years and more than 3 million miles under his belt had just finished a delivery in Randleman and was heading South on I-73/74 to his next delivery. As he crossed the Randleman Lake bridge a bird flew in front of the truck and dropped a rather large fish which smacked right into the truck's windshield. "I saw the bird carrying the fish and thought wow that's neat, and just then the fish hit the windshield. Said Poff. "It just happen...

Hasty To Join 2022 Sheriffs Race

Government
ASHEBORO NC - With eight months left before the filing opens for the 2022 Randolph County Sheriffs Office primary, another candidate has announced they will be joining the race. Photo provided by Timmy Hasty Timmy Hasty a 34 year veteran of the Randolph County Sherriff's office, announced on Facebook back in late March that he will running for the office. "I feel that the office of Sheriff requires a higher level of dedication and desire to SERVE the deputies and the citizens, said Hasty. Hasty says if elected he plans to take a "hard and aggressive approach" towards Randolph County's drug problem, to maintain the fiscal responsibility of the office and work to reduce unnecessary spending, and to "create an environment that would eliminate political terminations of deputies and a...