The ‘eyeglass doctor’ remains a Bull City staple

DURHAM, N.C. — Doug Riley has a reputation when it comes to repairing glasses. His wife of 57 years, Sharon Riley, knows all about it. What You Need To Know Eyeglass Repairs has been open in Durham for 25 years Customers save hundreds by repairing their glasses instead of buying a new pair Owners of … Read more

Catawba County School Staff to receive two bonuses from COVID relief fund

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — For 30 years, Teresa Church has served and prepared meals for students at Oxford Elementary School in Catawba County.    What You Need To Know Catawba County School Board approved a bonus program from federal COVID-19 relief monies for current full- and part-time employees and substitutes School nutrition staff are noncertified … Read more

Pet grooming services are in high demand

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — If you’re looking for a career change or just need a new job, pet grooming is exploding. According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, a staggering 70% of U.S. households own a pet. That’s more than 90 million homes.   What You Need To Know According to … Read more

UNC Charlotte graduate student looks to restore historic cemetery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Among the trees and autumn leaves lies some of Charlotte’s richest history.  What You Need To Know Cedar Grove Cemetery is an African American cemetery that dates all the way back to the late 1800s.  Prominent leaders, as well as veterans, are buried at the cemetery that sits right across the street … Read more

How you can participate in Giving Tuesday in N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Charities across North Carolina are participating in the global movement, Giving Tuesday. What You Need To Know Giving Tuesday is an annual, global event in November A report from North Carolina’s Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division shows that fundraisers are down $10.8 million in the 2020-2021 fiscal year from the previous year Note in … Read more

Farmer unsure of future months after losing 10,000 chickens to fire

CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. — In September, farmer Kevin Bridges was working in one of his chicken houses just like he does every day starting at 6 a.m.    What You Need To Know In September, a fire killed 10,000 of farmer Kevin Bridges’ chickens when one of the chicken houses caught on fire The Bridges … Read more

One-on-one with ‘The Harder They Fall’ actor and N.C. native Jacobi Howard

In this one-on-one, Spectrum News exclusive with Jacobi Howard from the No. 1 movie on Netflix, “The Harder They Fall,” the actor chats about his start in acting and counts his blessings.  Howard, originally from Charlotte, plays Angel, one of the in-your-face cowboys in the Netflix hit movie. The 37-year-old tells Spectrum News this Thanksgiving … Read more

Pursuit of preservation: Furniture maker working to save state’s legacy

FARMVILLE, N.C. — High Point is known as the world’s furniture capital, and a Pitt County man wants the area to continue to wear the crown.  According to the High Point Museum, following World War II, an estimated 60% of all furniture made in America was made within a 150 mile radius of High Point. … Read more

Woman inspires girls to pursue STEM careers

CARRBORO, N.C. — Despite making up nearly half of the American workforce, women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) industries. What You Need To Know Women are severely underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) industries, according to U.S. census data Rida Bayraktar leads an organization called Pink STREAM that educates … Read more

Cornelius barbershop designated as historical landmark

CORNELIUS, N.C. — The first Black-owned and integrated barbershop in Cornelius is making history with a special designation. Pott’s Barbershop has been in Cornelius since the 1950s and has now been declared a historical landmark. What You Need To Know Potts Barbershop has been a fixture in Cornelius since the 1950s, and it’s making history … Read more