Gov. McMaster removes mask mandate for S.C. restaurants, government buildings

Governor Henry McMaster is scaling back COVID-19 emergency orders and removing mandatory mask mandates for South Carolina government buildings and restaurants.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College holds ribbon-cutting to open new fire training tower

Mooresville High School cancels 2021 prom, citing COVID-19 guidelines

Homeowner shot in leg, suspect shot in head after masked men invade home in Chesterfield Co.

‘I just started shouting,’ woman says after routine change ends with NC lottery win

City of Kannapolis expects growth trend to continue in 2021

Town of Harrisburg welcomes Jim Spina as Parks and Recreation Director

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Doctors not surprised to find swelling on mammograms after COVID-19 vaccine

  3rd person charged after man found shot, left dead in woods in Chester County

Lawmaker reintroduces resolution to make the Bible Tennessee’s state book

Newborn baby found dead at Columbia apartment complex

‘Losing a part of history.’ After 54 years, Mr. K’s closes iconic ice cream shop Friday

Georgia could make porch theft a felony; critics decry move

  Crash brings down power lines, closes road in Plaza Midwood

A crash brought down power lines in Plaza Midwood early Friday morning, closing part of Central Avenue.

  ‘Turn yourself in’: Family remembers slain Hickory mom on birthday, continues push for justice

As the weeks go on with no arrests, the family of Phelifia Michele Marlow continue to their plea for justice.

  Looking one year later at a Charlotte bar turned grocery store during COVID-19 pandemic

You might remember their stories. We revisit a bar owner who turned his business into a neighborhood store.

  Motorcyclist killed in fiery east Charlotte wreck

The crash happened just after 6 p.m. near the intersection of Albemarle Road and Nathanael Greene Lane.

N.C.’s County Alert System for COVID-19 has fewest red counties in its existence

  CPCC students express concern after ransomware attack throws learning into flux

  Black church leaders hope to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines

  Coronavirus: One year later in North Carolina

CMS expected to vote on giving students more in-person learning days, sources say

Man charged with 50+ counts of secret peeping, 9 counts of indecent liberties with minor in Alexander Co.

Another Trump on the ballot? Lara Trump eyes Senate seat

The former president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is eyeing the North Carolina Senate seat being vacated by Republican Richard Burr.

ACC tournaments begin in Greensboro with (limited) fans

No one knew at that time how long it would be before crowds and the games could come back.

  State board of education adopts guidance for N.C. schools to open for in-person learning to ‘fullest extent possible’

The North Carolina Board of Education adopted guidance from state health leaders for schools to open for in-person learning “to the fullest extent possible” while following all public health protocols.

PETA protests at Salisbury police dept. over video showing ‘unacceptable behavior’ toward K-9 by officer

The video was released to WBTV and other media outlets this week. In the video, an unidentified officer appears to pull the dog off the ground by his leash, slam the dog into the side of an SUV, and punch the dog.

  Vaccine clinics urging 65 and older group to book appointments before Phase 1B

In South Carolina, 24-percent of people in Phase 1A are vaccinated. That is mostly people 65 and older.

  Charlotte enters $46,500 contract to help build teamwork among council

A contract, obtained through a public record request, reveals the city entered into an agreement with a consulting company to provide advice on how councilmembers could operate more efficiently together.

Kannapolis baseball team considering one-game name change to “LaMelo Ballers” if Hornets guard wins Rookie of the Year

But there’s one stipulation.

  Grassroots organizations continue support for Tent City residents after encampment cleared

The work is far from over nearly two weeks after over 200 people relocated to a hotel.

Clinton College awarded nearly $500K to extend educational opportunities to rural S.C.

The United States Department of Agriculture awarded Clinton College with nearly $500,000 to extend educational opportunities to a dozen counties in rural South Carolina.

  Secret to success of College BBQ through the pandemic? Take-out and community support

For owners of local businesses, particularly restaurants, it’s been a very trying year. A trade publication estimated that more than 110,000 restaurants in the US closed permanently due to the pandemic.

  71-year-old man accused of killing 72-year-old wife in Gastonia

71-year-old Rickey Allen Holdsclaw was taken into custody at the scene. He has been charged with one count of first-degree murder.

  South Carolina reporting more than 800 new COVID-19 cases, 38 more deaths

State health officials are urging residents to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

North Carolina reports slight rise in new single-day COVID-19 cases

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

  Have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine? Ask the WBTV Vaccine Team

WBTV is the Vaccine Team and we’re here to answer any question you may have. Our team of journalists will seek the information and provide the most clear, concise and accurate answers for our viewers.

  Arizona siblings missing since Oct. could be in Rock Hill, S.C.

Officials say Claudia Huerta, 17, Marcos Huerta, 15, and Teraji Dillard, 3, were reported missing from Glendale, Arizona on October 4.

  Group of SC veterans wants medical marijuana bill passed

The veterans say it relaxes them, and helps them have a better quality of life.

  Some Harris Teeter stores in NC now have COVID-19 vaccines available

Some Harris Teeter Pharmacies in North Carolina — including at least one in Charlotte — are now offering COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccinations available to homebound residents in Cabarrus County

The news comes thanks to a partnership between the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) and Cabarrus County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Greg Olsen will officially retire as a Carolina Panther

Tight end Greg Olsen will sign a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 11 before officially retiring.

  Visitations to resume at most long-term care facilities in N.C.

More than 205,000 vaccines have been administered to long-term care staff and residents.

  Meck County opens COVID-19 vaccine appointments to Group 3 frontline essential workers

Several frontline essential workers in Group 3 who are required to be on-site for work will be eligible to make appointments for dates beginning March 10:

Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship opens

After months of planning and construction, the Cabarrus Center has opened in downtown Concord in the former Cabarrus Saving Bank Building with a ribbon cutting held on March 2nd in partnership with the Cabarrus Chamber.

Kannapolis-based Haas F1 Team unveils 2021 livery and new sponsor

1&1, a leading German telecommunications provider, will partner with Uralkali Haas F1 Team in the capacity of ‘Exclusive Telecommunications Partner’ starting with the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

  Million-dollar math program implemented in some schools to help catch kids back up

South Carolina education leaders are starting to implement initiatives to help students who have not caught up with their learning because of the pandemic.

Charlotte pastor talks about decision to bring portion of congregation back for in-person services

The pastor of a northwest Charlotte church said he plans to bring members of his congregation together for the first time since December this Sunday.

  ‘We had no idea’: ASEP staff members face unknown future after decision to temporarily close locations

In less than a month, more than 200 After School Enrichment Program staff members will be without a job.

‘The time has finally come’: Thomas Davis to sign one-day contract and retire as a Carolina Panther

The linebacker, who passionately wore 58, announced on social media he is retiring from the National Football League after 16 seasons.

  Fort Mill, Harris Teeter gearing up for mass vaccination clinic Thursday

Your County Health Department, Atrium Health, Novant Health, Walgreen’s, CVS and Publix will all soon be offering ways to get those COVID-19 shots.

Missing 91-year-old Charlotte man found safe, Silver Alert cancelled

Officials say he was unharmed and has been reunited with his family.

An asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge is zooming by Earth on the first full day of spring

An asteroid similar in size to the Golden Gate Bridge will whip past Earth later this month — the largest and fastest asteroid to pass close to our planet this year.

N.C. health leaders launch ‘Find My Vaccine Group’ tool to help residents in vaccination process

North Carolina health leaders have launched the “Find My Vaccine Group” tool to help people figure out when it is their time to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  York County teachers get vaccinated ahead of Phase 1B

All four York County districts got permission from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to start vaccinating teachers before Phase 1B starts next week.

  No Grease Barbershop to remain at Charlotte mall days after being told by management to vacate

The owners of No Grease Knights of the Razor Barbershop in South Park Mall are waiting to hear from mall management about the next steps. South Park Mall Management suddenly terminated the temporary lease agreement of the barbershop.

  Cancer patients and survivors still frustrated with placement in Group 4

As thousands of people in the restaurant industry, grocery store workers and manufacturing employees roll up their sleeves, there are thousands of others who are at great risk of having complications from COVID-19 but are still waiting for their turn.

  Facebook group helps eligible, high-risk people search for leftover COVID-19 vaccine

Getting a vaccine appointment can be difficult. There’s a lot of information out there about who’s eligible for what and when they can get a shot. One group is working to help people navigate different methods of getting a vaccine in the Carolinas.The main mission of the NC/SC Vaccine Hunters Faceb

South Carolina superintendent against trans sports ban bill

The superintendent said she supports the South Carolina High School League’s policy to consider any issue individually.

Amazon redesigns app logo after some said previous one resembled Hitler

The app for the e-commerce company looks like a package with Amazon’s smiling arrow logo and strip of tape across the top.

  Charlotte woman concerned about second COVID-19 vaccine shot after Walgreens appointment mishap

Rachel Kaplan said when she arrived at Walgreens, they had no record of her appointment. She says they sent her to another location for a leftover dose.

  Bad science sent innocent men to prison. N.C. DOJ wouldn’t review other cases where it was used.

The N.C. Department of Justice has stonewalled efforts to review decades of files where the state crime lab used bad science to send innocent men to prison. That changed after questions from WBTV.

‘Slave letter writing activity’ sparks outrage in Miss. school district

A controversial school assignment has sparked outrage in the Lamar County community.

Man charged with three counts of statutory rape of child in Iredell County, gets $75K bond

Based on evidence, and statements gathered during the investigation, detectives were able to get six felony arrest warrants on 20-year-old Caleb Lee Marrero.

Deputies: Mother left children home alone with loaded shotgun, drugs nearby

When the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office conducted a raid of a Hallsboro home searching for an alleged drug dealer, they instead found four children home alone with a loaded shotgun and illicit drugs at arm’s reach, officials say.

  3 vaccine clinics held in Alexander, including one at family run drug store

The store received 200 doses of vaccine Tuesday morning and by Wednesday afternoon they were giving shots in a store aisle.

Man, juvenile arrested after fatal shooting connected to alleged fight at Monroe mall

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Monday on Maurice Street.

Minister, LGBT advocate plans bid for NC Rep. Cawthorn seat

Democrat Jasmine Beach-Ferrara of Asheville announced her bid on Wednesday.

  Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses arrive in Mecklenburg County

The county said it was expecting 10,000 doses of the vaccine in the first allotment.

150 missing Tennessee children located during ‘Operation Volunteer Strong’

Leading agencies in Tennessee have collaborated and created an operation to find missing children across the state.

Former Lancaster day care worker faces 6 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to children

Deputies had been investigating since November after allegations surfaced about Carnes’ alleged actions at Buford Child Care on Rocky River Road.

SC Senate passes bill to make electric chair default execution method

The South Carolina Senate has passed a bill that would change the state’s default method of execution and add a third option.

Police investigate intentionally-set car fire near uptown Charlotte

Officers say they responded, along with Charlotte Fire Department, to a car fire around 3 a.m. on West Trade Street.

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The governor received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Gov. Cooper is 63 years old.

  Local Health Departments prepare for Group 3 vaccine recipients

Starting today 1000′s more in North Carolina will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Those in Group 3, which includes a lot of people considered to be front line essential workers are now able to take the shot.

Catawba County man wins $200k on scratch-off ticket

The Catawba County man bought the winning ticket from the Banoak Food Center on N.C. 10 West in Vale.

Salisbury man jailed after what police say was a “violent domestic assault”

Police in Salisbury were twice called to investigate a domestic disturbance on Monday night.

Start of Charlotte Knights’ season delayed until May 4

Major League Baseball informed the Knights that the Triple-A East season will be delayed until May 4.

Second man charged with murder in deadly Rock Hill shooting

A second man is charged with murder in a Feb. 19 shooting that left one man dead in Rock Hill.

Virginia man catches 9 1/2 foot bluefin tuna off N.C. coast

North Carolina’s current record is 877 pounds. But an estimated weight is not enough for the record books.

Silver Alert issued for missing teen

Natalie Jade Ferguson, 16, was last seen wearing a blue shirt, purple pants and pink Crocs.