Mom Sentenced for Killing Daughter, AVL Holiday Parade Returns

Woman Sentenced For Stabbing Young Daughter

(Henderson County, NC) -- A Hendersonville woman is heading to prison for killing her daughter. Penny Hartle had been accused of stabbing the five-year-old girl at a home on Fiesta Lane in April 2021. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday. Her sentence will be between 13-to-17-years.

Holiday Parade Coming To Downtown Asheville

(Asheville, NC) -- The Asheville Holiday Parade is rolling through downtown this Saturday morning. Performers ranging from marching bands to dancers, along with local James Beard award winners, will take part in the 76th annual event. Recommended viewing areas include Biltmore and Patton avenues. The Winter Wonderland event at Grove Arcade will also begin Saturday.

Governor Attends Ribbon-Cutting For Pratt and Whitney

(Asheville, NC) -- North Carolina's governor is helping welcome an aerospace manufacturer to Buncombe County. Roy Cooper was on-hand yesterday for a ribbon-cutting at the Brevard Road location of Pratt and Whitney. Work is underway to finish a one-million-square-foot manufacturing center. Around 800 people will eventually be employed there.

NC Schools Could Be Evaluated Differently

(Raleigh, NC) -- State leaders are studying ways to potentially change the way schools are held accountable. Currently, North Carolina schools are evaluated on a grading scale from A to F, which is determined through 80-percent achievement and 20-percent from growth in end-of-course exams. The state superintendent of public instruction told WLOS-TV this week that many people who responded to a recent survey want to see it changed. She says she's hoping to have a different evaluation system in place for next school year.

Hendersonville Woman Heading To Prison For Murder

(Hendersonville, NC) -- The suspect in a Hendersonville murder is guilty. Natalie Miller was arrested in December 2019 after shooting her boyfriend at her home. Investigators say she took money from the victim's wallet to go buy dinner before coming back to the scene. A judge sentenced to her a minimum of 30-years.

Acreage Added For Buncombe County Conservation

(Buncombe County, NC) -- Buncombe County commissioners are adding more land to be conserved. The board voted this week to approve funds that will be used to conserve 200-acres in the Sandy Mush area. The Citizen-Times reports the county has a goal to conserve 20-percent of county lands by the end of this decade.

FBI Investigating Death Of Charlotte Woman In Mexico

(Charlotte, NC) -- The FBI is looking into details surrounding the death of a Charlotte woman in Mexico. Investigators there say 25-year-old Shanquella Robinson died of alcohol poisoning last week. Her death certificate, though, reportedly states it was due to a spinal cord injury. Her family says a video showing Robinson being beaten has surfaced on social media.

Potential Voter Intimidation Investigated In Salisbury

(Salisbury, NC) -- A case of potential voter intimidation is being investigated in Salisbury. The state board of elections is looking into 20 such allegations across North Carolina. The instance in Salisbury involved a campaigner who refused to keep a proper distance from curbside voters and called the chief judge a derogatory term. The election director in Mecklenburg County said an alleged case locally ended up being a misunderstanding.

Mecklenburg County Figuring Out How To Split Opioid Settlement

(Charlotte, NC) -- Mecklenburg County is studying ways to split money from a national opioid settlement. The board of commissioners heard from the public last night on how it wants to shell out 32-and-a-half-million-dollars over the next 18-years. WCNC reports some of the recommendations centered on funding addiction programs and more accessible treatment. The city of Charlotte will receive eight-million-dollars.

Roads Closing For Thanksgiving Parade

(Charlotte, NC) -- The city of Charlotte is making preparations ahead of the Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade. The block on Tryon between Brooklyn Village and Good Samaritan Way will shut down starting Tuesday morning. Remaining portions of Tryon Street and Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard will be closed starting early Wednesday morning ahead of that evening's parade. The route runs from 9th to Morehead along Tryon.

Human Remains ID'd In Gaston County

(Gaston County, NC) -- Remains discovered in Gaston County last week are those of a man missing since the summer. Investigators say Qunitin Lee Allen Roark was last seen on Flat Rock Drive in mid-July. The identity of the remains was released yesterday. Foul play is not suspected.

State Studying Ways To Evaluate Schools Differently

(Raleigh, NC) -- State leaders are studying ways to potentially change the way schools are held accountable. Currently, North Carolina schools are evaluated on a grading scale from A to F, which is determined through 80-percent achievement and 20-percent from growth in end of course exams. The state superintendent of public instruction told WLOS-TV this week that many people who responded to a recent survey want to see it changed. She says she's hoping to have a different evaluation system in place for next school year.

Ball Leaves Hornets' Game With Injury

(Charlotte, NC) -- The Hornets are evaluating another injury to LaMelo Ball. He scored 26-points before hurting his left ankle in the fourth quarter last night. Ball has missed 13-games this season with an injury to the same ankle. The Celtics defeated Charlotte 125-to-113 at the Spectrum Center.

Shooting At Junior High School Football Game Leaves 41-Year Old Woman Hospitalized

(Lumberton, NC) -- One woman remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, after she was shot last night at a junior high school football game in Lumberton. It happened during a trophy presentation following a championship contest between Lumberton Junior High and Saint Paul's Middle School. A preliminary police investigation indicates multiple shots were fired from somewhere in the stands of the stadium. So-far, no arrests have been made in this case.

Raleigh Police Officer Injured In Head-On Collision With A Vehicle Driven By A Juvenile

(Raleigh, NC) -- A Raleigh police officer is listed in stable condition at WakeMed, after being injured in a head-on collision with another vehicle Wednesday night. It happened just before 10 p.m. on Poole Road at the intersection of Donald Ross Drive. Investigators say the other car was driven by a juvenile, who was also injured. Both the officer and teenager's injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening.

Nine Year Old Wendell Boy Claims He Missed School In Order To Play Video Games

(Wendell, NC) -- The family of a nine-year old Wake County boy who went missing for more than 24-hours in Wendell, say he got lost after deciding to skip school on Tuesday. The boy's aunt told police that Bentley Stancil ran away because he wanted to stay home and play video games. Following a massive search that included several volunteers and even the FBI, the boy was found safe Wednesday morning, after spending the night in an unlocked camper.

Wake County Board Of Education Approves New Equity Policy

(Wake County, NC) -- The Wake County Board of Education last night, approved a new equity policy that is designed to improve the academic outcomes of non-white and disadvantaged students. The equity policy is largely a set of goals rather than new regulations for teachers and administrators. The resolution was approved unanimously by the Board, just weeks before five new members will be sworn in.

Ex-Wife Of Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Donates 18-Million To The Durham Public School District

(Durham, NC) -- The Durham Public School District has announced the awarding of an 18-million dollar grant from billionaire philanthropist Mackenzie Scott. The donation, announced yesterday, comes after the District recently reported its highest academic growth in over eight years. The grant, which was administered by the National Philanthropic Trust, was established by the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

NC State Women's Basketball Team Trounces UNC Charlotte By 48-Points

(Raleigh, NC) -- The NC State women appeared to be well on their way to a fourth consecutive ACC title last night, with a 96-48 victory over UNC Charlotte. Led by the sharp shooting of Jada Boyd and Madison Hayes who each scored 15-points, the Wolfpack led by 26-points at halftime and a season high 48-at the end of the contest. NC State is scheduled to take on UConn Sunday in Hartford.

Ziehl-Abegg To Relocate From Greensboro To Winston-Salem, Add Almost 200 Jobs

(Greensboro, NC) -- Governor Roy Cooper has announced that a German fan and motors company is moving from Greensboro to Winston-Salem. Ziehl-Abegg [[ zeel AH-beg ]] will invest at least 100-million-dollars for the expansion to an industrial center on Temple School Road. The move will add nearly 200 technician and professional jobs to the local economy. Forsyth County officials say the incentives they offered made Ziehl-Abegg want to keep the jobs in North Carolina as opposed to other states that were being considered.

Video Shows Greensboro Man Being Beaten in Georgia Jail

(Greensboro, NC) -- The local sheriff's office in Camden County, Georgia is investigating an alleged beating of a Greensboro man who was being held in their jail. Video released by Jarret Hobbs' legal team reportedly shows Camden County officers attacking him when he was locked in his cell. The Camden Chapter of the NAACP says the September incident is the latest in a string of complaints that have all been dismissed by the same judge. Hobbs is currently being held in Guilford County, awaiting a transfer to a federal facility.

State Won't Seek Death Penalty in Death of Convenience Store Clerk

(Greensboro, NC) -- A Greensboro man accused of killing a grandmother working as a convenience store clerk reportedly won't get the death penalty. WGHP-TV says its sources relay that Avion Bell will still face first-degree murder charges following the death of 72-year-old Patricia Grant in July 2021. The arrangements for the death sentence allegedly being taken off the table have not been officially announced. Police say Grant was an employee at popular Speedway gas station when she was shot to death after she refusing to let Bell rob the store.

No Change Likely In Election Results From Forsyth County Absentee Ballots

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- The director of elections in Forsyth County says the voting on absentee ballots likely won't change the outcome of last week's elections. Tim Tsujii says in many cases the winning candidate had won by too wide a margin for the remaining ballots to make a difference. The county elections board will meet Thursday to rule on absentee and provisional ballots and will certify the election results Friday.

NBA Star To Graduate from Winston-Salem State University Next Month

(Winston-Salem, NC) -- NBA all-Star Chris Paul says he'll finally graduate from college next month. The Phoenix Suns stand-out said on social media Tuesday that he will take part in graduation ceremonies December 16th at Winston-Salem State University after completing his B.A. in communications. The power point guard tells the Arizona Republic that he's been "a college student since 2003," when he attended Wake Forest. The now 37-year-old was drafted in the NBA as a sophomore in 2005.

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