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Fort Bragg soldier, family reported missing in New York
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in New York say a Fort Bragg family has been reported missing.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that Utica police Lt. Bryan Coromato said on Sunday that 25-year-old Travis Reynolds, 24-year-old Deanna Reynolds and their 19-month-old son, Cooper, were last seen Feb. 5 while visiting Deanna Reynolds’ family. Coromato says her family filed missing persons report for her and her son after not hearing from them since Feb. 6.
Coromato says police do not suspect foul play.
The family may have been on their way to Niagara Falls. They were also traveling with a German shepherd and husky.
Coromato says Travis Reynolds is stationed at Fort Bragg and lives in Fayetteville. His rank, job and unit are currently unclear.
Utica police are in touch with U.S. Army officials.


Ex-NFL player gifts 20 tons of sweet potatoes for ‘Yam Jam’
(Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – A former NFL player who traded one field for a thousand acres of another has gifted for his alma mater 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes — for “Yam Jam.”
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Jason Brown had the 20 tons of root vegetables dumped on the front lawn of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Saturday morning to be bagged and donated to local food banks.
Sweet potatoes and yams are different vegetables.
Brown, a North Carolina native, left the league after seven years in 2012 to start First Fruits Farms, with the goal of relieving hunger in eastern North Carolina. According to the university , the farm has donated more than 200,000 pounds of sweet potatoes since its first harvest in 2014.


The Latest: Boy fighting for life after car hits ambulance
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police say an ambulance carrying a young boy to a North Carolina hospital with his mother was hit by a drunken driver, leaving the child with life-threatening injuries.
Winston-Salem Police Lt. Rick Newnum said investigators believe the child was in stable condition before the crash early Sunday on a highway north of downtown Winston-Salem. Newnum said it appears that the crash further injured the child and left him with critical injuries.
Newnum said the boy was being transported with his mother to a Winston-Salem area hospital when the crash happened.
Newnum didn’t have an exact age for the boy or further details on why he was being brought to the area before the crash happened.
Three adults on the ambulance had minor injuries. The ambulance was based in Wise, Virginia.



3 rushed to hospital after North Carolina house fire
GASTON, N.C. (AP) – A man and two children are being treated for smoke inhalation and burns after a fire gutted a North Carolina home.
Gaston Volunteer Fire Department issued a news release saying the fire Friday caused heavy damage.
A 21-year-old man and two girls, ages 3 and 2, were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The fire department said Saturday they had been transferred to a burn center. Fire officials didn’t immediately respond to a message asking about their conditions Sunday.
Fire Capt. Eddie Porter III tells The Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids that investigators believe that the fire started when the man, who appears to be the children’s father, fell asleep while cooking on the stove. He said all three made it out of the house before firefighters arrived.



After legislation and litigation, N Carolina filing begins
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Elections board offices are awaiting the first batch of candidates in North Carolina this November for Congress, the legislature, district attorneys and county positions.
The candidate filing period begins at noon Monday and continues weekdays through midday Feb. 28.
Candidates turn in their paperwork to the state board in Raleigh or at a county board office, depending on the position they are seeking.
Recent months have been marked by legislation and litigation that created uncertainty about who could file Monday and election district lines. A Supreme Court decision last week meant House districts in and around Charlotte and Raleigh had to be redrawn.
Primaries are May 8. Candidates for trial and appellate court seats don’t file until June because the legislature canceled primaries for these positions this year.



Chemical that soiled N Carolina water found in West Virginia
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – The little-studied compound that was found in a North Carolina river last year has also been found in a well under a West Virginia Chemours facility.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports Chemours, a Delaware-based company that sells fluoroproducts, is testing drinking water this month near its Washington Works facility in Parkersburg, West Virginia, per a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency request.
The EPA’s acting water protection director, Kate McManus, had said in a January letter to Chemours that GenX was found in four wells near the facility, and the agency is concerned about area drinking water contamination like in North Carolina.
The chemical is used to make nonstick cookware and other products, and has been linked to several forms of cancer in animal studies.



Paid holidays for community college workers might be reduced
(Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com)
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina might curb the number of paid holidays community college employees are allowed, following a recent report.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Sunday the state auditor’s office compiled a report showing 31 of 58 community colleges gave employees more than 12 paid holidays during the 2016-2017 school year.
State Board of Community Colleges chair Scott Shook and the acting president of the community college system, Jennifer Haygood, said in a written response that offering more holidays than the state government standard “is not good public policy” and will be corrected, likely this spring.
But Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College spokeswoman Kerry Glover says employees are not covered by state personnel policies. She also said closing buildings for the holidays saves utility costs, a point echoed by other community college officials.


17-year-old charged in assault on Greek Orthodox priest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A teen has been charged in an assault on a Greek Orthodox priest in North Carolina.
News outlets cite a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report that says Steve Dalber was punched and hit with a car in the parking lot of St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church on Friday night. The church said in an update on its website that the priest was looking for his cellphone at the time.
According to jail records, the 17-year-old male was booked early Saturday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit-and-run and simple assault.
Authorities have not released a possible motive.
The church says Dalber sustained a broken arm and back injury, but does not require surgery at this time. He remained hospitalized as of Sunday.

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