Childhood sweethearts reconnect and get married after 50 years apart

GREENSBORO, N.C. — All it took was one handwritten letter, and Jim and Vivian Starr’s life would change forever.   What You Need To Know Jim and Vivian were high school sweethearts The two could not connect due to the lack of technology at the time Now they’re married and living out their “fairytale”   … Read more

Winston-Salem advocate works to help people living with disabilities

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A new study ranks Winston-Salem as one of the worst U.S. cities for people living with disabilities, but one resident is working to help them find resources.   What You Need To Know Winston-Salem is 176th out of 182 U.S. cities for people living with disabilities, according to WalletHub Bryan Dooley lives … Read more

Safe travel is possible during pandemic, but planning is key

RALEIGH, N.C. — More and more people are feeling comfortable enough to travel as opposed to last year, but some may still have questions about whether they can stay healthy on a trip since the pandemic is not yet over.    What You Need To Know Planning ahead is key Some places may require a … Read more

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade preps underway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The countdown is on for the annual Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. Crews are already hard at work and dusting off some of the famous floats.   What You Need To Know After going virtual in 2020, the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade is back in person this year to mark the … Read more

Historic Monroe theater reopens for first public events in decades

MONROE, N.C. — An old theater in the heart of downtown Monroe has a new lease on life. The now-named Dowd Center Theatre has been a longtime tenant on the 100 block of South Main Street, sitting next to a sandwich shop and across from other restaurants. Originally opened as a movie theater in 1940, … Read more

New Charlotte pharmacy provides free HIV treatment options

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A new pharmacy in Charlotte is aiming to curb the HIV epidemic in Mecklenburg County. Tarik Smith flipped through an album of old family photos as he looked back on his small-town upbringing in Lexington, N.C. What You Need To Know Avita Pharmacy provides free HIV treatment options and preventative care to … Read more

Raleigh-based treatment center hosting first ‘Art of Recovery’ event

RALEIGH, N.C. — This Saturday, Healing Transitions, a recovery center in Raleigh, will host its first Art of Recovery event.   What You Need To Know Healing Transitions in Raleigh hosting Art of Recovery event Saturday with hopes of breaking stigma of addiction — tickets are free Chad Aultman is a featured artist and recovering … Read more

Your guide to saving money at the N.C. State Fair

RALEIGH, N.C. — The largest event in North Carolina returns on October 14, bringing in around a million people to hop on rides, see local vendors and dig into delicious fair food.  What You Need To Know Save up to 40% on admission, ride sheets and wrist bands before or on October 14 You can … Read more

North Carolina sommelier opening new wine shop

PITTSBORO, N.C. — There are nine sommeliers in North Carolina, and only four are women. One of those wine experts will be opening up a new store in the next year.  What You Need To Know A N.C. sommelier is opening her own wine shop, Rocks and Acid Paula De Pano has been a sommelier … Read more

Crushing grapes and obstacles: How Duplin Winery got where it is today

ROSE HILL, N.C. — Duplin Winery is the largest winery on the East Coast and the oldest in the state of North Carolina, but it’s taken years of hard work, loss and perseverance to get to where it is today.  What You Need To Know Duplin Winery released its first batch of wine in 1976 … Read more