The Latest: North Carolina eases heating fuel delivery rules

In this Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 photo, a truck stopped at the top of a hill after heavy snow fell in Cassadaga, N.Y. The National Weather Service said that strong westerly winds over Lake Erie picked up moisture, developed into snow and converged with opposing winds, dumping snow in a band along the shore from Ohio to New York. (Greg Bacon/The Observer via AP) (Associated Press)

PORTLAND, Maine — The Latest on the bitter cold sweeping much of the country (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

North Carolina’s governor has signed an emergency declaration to allow heating fuel to be more easily distributed during a bitter cold snap gripping the U.S.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order loosens restrictions on drivers transporting heating fuels such as propane. It puts in extra measures to prevent price gouging.

Roads are being treated in South Carolina’s coastal counties because of a forecast of light freezing rain.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for counties along the North and South Carolina coasts with some freezing rain possible through Friday morning.

A dog has been found frozen solid on an Ohio home’s porch.

President Donald Trump says the East Coast could be facing “the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record” and could use some “good old Global Warming,” an apparent jab at scientists who say the earth’s climate has been getting warmer.


7:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the East Coast could use some “good old Global Warming” as bitter-cold temperatures freeze large swaths of the county and are expected to continue this holiday weekend.

Trump tweets, “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record.”

He adds, “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against.”

Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about climate change science, calling global warming a “hoax” created by the Chinese. This year he announced his intention to pull out of the Paris climate agreement aimed at curbing greenhouse gases.

The U.N.’s climate agency says 2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record aside from those impacted by the El Nino phenomenon.


4:10 p.m.

A dog has been found frozen solid on an Ohio home’s porch as a bitter cold snap grips much of the United States.

Toledo humane society cruelty investigator Megan Brown tells The Blade newspaper she doesn’t know how long the dog was outside Thursday, when Toledo’s high temperature was expected to be in the teens (minus 11 to minus 7 degrees Celsius). A second dog was recovered shivering inside the home.

The dogs’ owner says utilities had been shut off but he had been providing for the dogs while living elsewhere. He says he doesn’t know how one dog got outside.

Forecasters warn of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over the central U.S. and spreading east.

The temperature at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire on Thursday was minus 34 degrees (minus 37 Celsius), breaking a 1933 record of minus 31 degrees (minus 35 Celsius) atop the Northeast’s highest peak.


1:45 p.m.

Weather observers atop the Northeast’s highest peak say the temperature has hit minus 34 degrees (minus 37 Celsius), a record for the day.

The previous record at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire was minus 31 degrees (minus 35 Celsius) and was set in 1933.

The observatory has posted a Facebook video showing weather observer Adam Gill emptying a pitcher of boiling water into the air, where it immediately turns to snow in the cold and hurricane-force winds.

Bitter cold weather has taken hold of much of the northern United States. Wind chill advisories or warnings were in effect for much of New England, northern Pennsylvania and New York on Thursday.

Forecasters warn of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over the central U.S. and spreading east.


12:15 p.m.

Firefighters have had to use a payloader to rescue someone in upstate New York who got trapped in her home by a storm that dropped a huge amount of snow.

The female resident of the town of Lorraine lived in an area at the eastern end of Lake Ontario that got about 6 feet of snow. The temperature in nearby Watertown plunged to minus 32 (minus 35 Celsius) on Thursday morning.

The snow was followed by a cold snap that is canceling events and leading officials to scramble across the northern tier of the U.S. to find help for the homeless.

Cleveland officials say four recreation centers will remain open as warming centers at least until Saturday.

A “polar bear plunge” in New Jersey in which hardy swimmers planned to jump into the Atlantic Ocean on Monday was canceled because of the cold. But similar events in other nearby towns stayed on the books.


10 a.m.

The bitter cold sweeping much of the country this week underscores a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren’t going to go as far this winter.

The Department of Energy has projected energy fuel costs are going to track upward. That falls on the heels of two winters when costs were relatively low.

Mark Wolfe is an official with the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association. He says the good news is that President Donald Trump has released 90 percent of the energy assistance funding. Trump previously tried to eliminate the program altogether.

Wolfe says he is urging lawmakers to press to release the rest of the money.

The temperature without the wind chill factored in hit minus 32 on Thursday morning in Watertown, New York. Across the Northeast, homeless shelters are bringing in extra beds and staff members.

International Falls and Hibbing, Minnesota, set record lows Wednesday at minus 37 and minus 28, respectively.


12:20 a.m.

Bitter cold weather has taken hold of much of the northern United States and is expected to stay put for days to come.

Forecasters are warning of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over the central U.S. and spreading east.

The National Weather Service reports International Falls and Hibbing, Minnesota, set record low temperatures Wednesday. International Falls, the self-proclaimed Icebox of the Nation, plunged to 37 degrees below zero, while Hibbing bottomed out at 28 below.

The freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills come as people in Erie, Pennsylvania, continue to dig out from a storm that has dumped more than 65 inches on the city.

Meanwhile, wind chill advisories or warnings are in effect for much of New England, northern Pennsylvania and New York.

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CBS Sports Classic: 3 takeaways as North Carolina makes it look easy vs. Ohio State



Highlights: No. 5 North Carolina back on track with win over Ohio State



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Could Wofford already be a distant memory?

Fifth-ranked UNC walked into Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic showdown with Ohio State as a team recently, and badly, wounded. The Tar Heels’ game against the Buckeyes offered an interesting matchup because UNC was coming off that bizarre, historic home loss to Wofford on Wednesday. That outcome marked the first time in Wofford program history that the Terriers had defeated a ranked team.

How would UNC respond? Turns out, very well.

"Much greater intensity level, much greater focus today," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams told CBS Sports’ Allie LaForce after North Carolina’s 86-72 win over Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes. The win gets the Heels to 11-2 and ensures they won’t plummet in the polls come Monday. Ohio State, a program in transition in its first season under Holtmann, falls to 10-4 and sees its winning streak stalled at five.

This was the 3,000th game in Carolina program history. The Tar Heels have won 2,217 (or 74 percent) of those games, which date back 108 seasons. But let’s zero in on what we saw materialize in New Orleans on Saturday.

Three takeaways

1. For UNC, going 11-2 in non-conference play is a best-case scenario

Saturday’s game was the last out-of-league contest this regular season for UNC. Considering that the reigning national champs lost Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isiah Hicks, Tony Bradley and Nate Britt but still managed to win 11 of 13 to begin the season? That’s good. No matter the program’s standing in college hoops, when you lose seniors and NBA Draft picks and can start 11-2 to start the next season, you’re in relatively good shape.

Also worth considering that UNC has played a top-40 strength of schedule to this point, too. When I sat down with Roy Williams in Portland last month, he noted that his team’s ability to jell was coming faster than he expected. Luke Maye’s been a little inconsistent and only scored nine points on Saturday, but he’s averaging 19 this season) but overall he’s been better than anticipated. And remember, this team only just got Cam Johnson healthy. If Johnson rounds into form, the form he showed while standing out at Pitt last season, then UNC will be a threat to Duke and Miami to win the ACC.

2. Jalek Felton could be the X-factor in March for UNC

UNC got 19 points Saturday from its two biggest names, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry II, but what Jalek Felton is showing is potentially as vital to UNC’s NCAA Tournament chances as anything Pinson and Berry can do. Felton’s a 6-foot-3 freshman guard who’s now starting to show the kind of depth Williams’ teams thrive off of. He put up 12 points on four 3-pointers and displayed why he can be one of the toughest reserve matchups in college basketball.

Because Felton isn’t seeing a ton of minutes, he comes in as a spark-plug guy and isn’t the easiest player to scout for. But he can burn teams, and Saturday was the best example of that yet. To see how he stepped up when Maye had an off day, it’s a valuable asset.

3. Ohio State is going to need an unthinkably good Big Ten campaign in order to have a shot at the NCAAs

This isn’t breaking news, but it is worth circling back around to the Buckeyes and taking stock of what the program did in the non-conference in Holtmann’s first season. There still is one non-conference game remaining, next Saturday at home vs. Miami-Ohio, and with a victory there Ohio State’s non-conference record will be 9-4. Remember, all Big Ten teams have already played two games at this point in the schedule. (Here’s why.) A 9-4 non-conference record is something I think most OSU fans would’ve taken.

But, fans tend to get ahead of themselves when their teams play beyond expectation. For Holtmann, this is a year of development with the entire program and his own coaching philosophy. He and his staff, as they told me recently, are figuring out how to win with Ohio State’s unconventional personnel. The backcourt is thin, and that’s not something Holtmann’s ever dealt with in his career.

Fortunately, Keita Bates-Diop is set on making his junior season a memorable one, personally. He led the Buckeyes with 26 points vs. UNC. It would not surprise me to see Bates-Diop play himself into the 25-40 range of the NBA Draft and make his move to the pros in the spring. He looked very good against a long, if a bit raw, UNC front line. He probably could have flirted with 30 points if he wasn’t hindered by foul trouble — but playing with foul trouble is a part of the game.

Ohio State’s got a good coach in Holtmann, but this is not a particularly strong team. It will be a spoiler in the Big Ten, though. That seems inevitable. The league isn’t top-tier this season, and most teams are going to get tripped up vs. inferior opponents on a weekly basis.

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College basktball rankings: North Carolina keeps rolling along with new lineup



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North Carolina lost four of its top five scorers from last season’s team that won the NCAA Tournament, didn’t add a single five-star recruit and hasn’t had its most impactful transfer available because of an injury. Regardless, the Tar Heels are 10-1 with victories over Tennessee, Arkansas and Michigan; the lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Michigan State. And this really is turning into one of the best stories in college basketball — the fact that the reigning national champions are good again (despite the departures) and being led by a former walk-on named Luke Maye.

I didn’t expect to spend the middle of December thinking the Hall of Fame coach would have a reasonable chance to make a third straight Final Four and maybe win his fourth national title, but here we are. The Tar Heels have a top-10 offense, a top-15 defense and are, as usual, punishing opponents on the offensive glass. They remain No. 4 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) thanks to Sunday’s 78-73 win at Tennessee that featured UNC closing on an 11-3 run in the final minute. And they’ll have chance to add a fourth top-50 KenPom win Saturday when they play Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic.

Monday’s updated Top 25 (and one)

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North Carolina mom pleads guilty after son, 3, freezes to death

A North Carolina mom pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter after her 3-year-old son froze to death outside her house while she was on drugs — but she should soon be free.

Jamie Basinger, 24, was sentenced to 245 days in prison, time which she already served since her April arrest. The judge also sentenced her to three years of probation, which will be the only amount of time Basinger has to serve going forward. She could be sentenced to an additional 19 months in prison if she violates that probation.

"I love my kid to death, and I would never do nothing to hurt him," said Basinger, who had been charged with manslaughter and child abuse.

Basinger fought back tears Monday as prosecutors described how the toddler was found outside his home in below-freezing temperatures March 15 while his mother slept indoors, WSOCTV reported.

Basinger admitted to using methamphetamine and smoking marijuana two days before her son’s death. Investigators found handprints on the door, indicating he tried to get into the house while he was freezing outside.

Basinger’s attorney told the judge the mother “really never stopped crying” since her son died and Basinger took full responsibility for the death.

"She was a good mom. She was a good mom,” her mother, Brenda Basinger said. “She didn’t mean for none of this to happen, and she loved her babies."

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

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It’s Christmas but the Grinch is alive and well at this North Carolina senior living community

Christmas has always been a festive time of year for the residents of Lake Ridge Commons, a senior living community in Wilmington, North Carolina.

“We had door decorating contests, wrapping paper covered doors, festive wreaths,” resident Leigh Bowser told television station WECT.

But this year there will be no door decorating contests or doors covered in wrapping paper or even Christmas wreaths.

“Now, Christmas is illegal,” Bowser said. “Any display of Christmas is banned.”

For the record, residents are more than welcome to haul out the holly and hang the tinsel inside their homes – but outside is strictly forbidden.

“During 2017, offensive postings were placed on some doors which were offensive to other resident (sic) and other visitors and not of an acceptable nature and some resident’s (sic) items were removed,” Excel Property Management president Ann Hanson wrote in a letter to residents.

She acknowledged that in previous years the apartment complex had permitted folks to deck the halls with boughs of holly – but in July they advised tenants of a provision in their lease that prohibits placing items outside their apartments in public view.

“Most residents have complied as requested – however recently a season wreath was placed on a door,” Hanson wrote (And by “season” wreath I assume she’s referring to a Christmas wreath).

Last month residents organized and sent a letter to the management company urging them to reconsider, the television station reported. But the management company doubled down.

“Moving forward we have been advised by our legal counsel to adhere to our lease to the fullest,” the management company informed the senior citizens.

Hanson wrote in her letter to residents that welcome to help decorate common areas of the complex “where we can more easily supervise that.”

Heaven forbid one of the Golden Girls tries to sneak in Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus.

“That policy is not intended to hurt the Holiday Season, but to preserve it,” Hanson wrote.

Ah yes – out of sight, out of mind.

“I think it’s a shame because it’s holiday time,” resident Ann Taylor told the television station. “People are paying their rent. They own that door. To be told we can’t put wreaths up is really horrible and a lot of people are upset.”

Technically, residents do not own the doors. They rent the doors. And this is a good lesson for renters. Be sure to read the lease before you sign the lease.

Excel Property Management has every right to require residents to follow the terms of their lease. If the management company wants to turn Lake Ridge Commons into a modern-day version of Potterville – that is their prerogative.

But just because Excel Property Management has a legal right to be cold-hearted and cruel and Grinch-like, doesn’t mean they should.

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North Carolina presents another top-10 measuring stick for Michigan State

Connecticut’s David Onuorah, left, fouls Michigan State’s Jaren Jakson, right, while going after a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game during the Phil Knight Invitational tournament in Portland, Ore., Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.(

PORTLAND, Ore. — Michigan State got what it wanted out of the Phil Knight Invitational: a Sunday championship game matchup against the best team in its bracket.

Now, it will look to get what it hasn’t in the past two seasons: a marquee win against a top-10 opponent

The No. 4 Spartans (4-1) take on No. 9 North Carolina (5-1) on Sunday (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) in the championship game of the Victory Bracket of the three-game tournament.

The game gives the Spartans their wish of a marquee opponent that can prove a measuring stick for a team without a marquee win this year.

"Every time, we want to play the best teams," Spartans sophomore point guard Cassius Winston said. "They’re one of the best teams. We want to prove ourselves against them, prove that we’ve grown from last year, grown from our first game."

Since the start of last season, when the team’s 2016 recruiting class took over as the core of the team, Michigan State has faced five opponents ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll.

It’s lost all five of those games, four of them last year and a 88-81 loss to No. 1 Duke on Nov. 14.

That game, pitting a No. 1 team against a No. 2 team, was the ultimate measuring stick for the Spartans. Playing No. 9 North Carolina isn’t far behind.

"It is a good way to measure our team, because right now I’m not measuring real high on that stick," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "I’m sick of these poor first halves. I will say that my team seems to be responding."

Izzo spoke after Michigan State’s Friday win over Connecticut, when his team yet again had a bad start before gaining momentum late for a large win.

The Spartans shot 4-for-17 from the field to start against the Huskies and led by just one after halftime. They were saved by a 23-point second half from Winston as they pulled away for a 77-57 win.

Now, Winston’s task figures to get tougher, particularly on the defensive end. He’ll be tasked with slowing down Tar Heels point guard Joel Berry II, a preseason All-America selection after winning Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors last year en route to North Carolina’s national title.

Berry broke his hand in the preseason but has returned for North Carolina’s last four games, averaging 17 points.

Izzo has been complimentary of Winston’s defense in recent games, after criticizing him for it regularly last year. Sunday will represent his toughest test yet against a quick guard who can shoot and get to the basket.

"He’s, if not the best, one of the best in the country," Winston said of Berry. "That’s who I want to play."

Up front, North Carolina presents a different look than it has in past years. Its frontcourt features 6-foot-9 starting center Garrison Brooks and 6-foot-8 power forward Luke Maye, a smaller and more active player at the position than normal.

Maye has had a breakout year thus far this season, averaging 21.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Against Arkansas in North Carolina’s PK80 semifinal, he set career-highs with 28 points and 16 rebounds.

He also made four 3-pointers, a fact that the Tar Heels hope makes difficult to guard.

"It’s just a different look compared to what people have seen the last couple of years," Berry said. We usually have two guys who are on the block, and now you have somebody who’s setting a pick, and he’s not rolling to the basket, he can step out and hit the 3."

Izzo said he’s taken his typical NCAA Tournament approach of scouting potential opponents ahead of time, instead of waiting to know his team’s matchup to begin starting. That means the preparation for North Carolina started before Friday night.

But he said his larger concern still lies with his team, and getting the Spartans’ offense operating better than it has thus far this tournament.

"I’m pleased that we’re making progress," Izzo said. "I’m pleased that we made a lot of progress with our turnovers, and I, the head coach, have to do a better job of getting us in an offense."

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No. 9 North Carolina overpowers Stanford in Jerod Haase-Roy Williams reunion

STANFORD — There are reasons why North Carolina was willing to play at Maples Pavilion on Monday night for the first time since Michael Jordan wore Tar Heel blue.

“Nobody does that,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase said last weekend, when asked about a college basketball super power playing a non-conference road game at a campus facility.

The defending national champion and No. 9 Tar Heels may have done it in part because they figured they would beat a Stanford team coming off a losing season. That’s just what happened, with UNC posting a 96-72 victory — its 11th win over the Cardinal without a defeat and first here since 1983.

They may also have realized it would be a virtual neutral-site game, even nearly 2,800 miles from home, with their powder blue-clad fans matching the home crowd, which included the Stanford football team showing off The Axe.

Of course, coach Roy Williams agreed to the game primarily for one reason — Haase, his former player, assistant coach and long-time friend. “It’s a little bit of a father-son,” Williams said.

Their nearly quarter-century association provided Haase and the Cardinal no answer for Carolina guard Kenny Williams, who scored a career-high 20 points … in the first 10 minutes.

Senior Joel Berry, who was most outstanding player in the Final Four last season, scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half for the Tar Heels (3-0).

Reid Travis had 21 points to lead Stanford (3-2) and freshman guard Isaac White scored a season-best 20, including 13 in the first half. But Stanford sabotaged any thoughts of an upset by missing 11 of its first 18 free throws and turning the ball over 19 times.

The two teams now trek to Portland for the PK80 Invitational, a 16-team, two-bracket tournament honoring the 80th birthday of Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

Stanford, which has not beaten a Top-10 opponent since knocking off No. 7 Texas on Dec. 23, 2014, takes on No. 7 Florida on Thursday. UNC plays Portland in the first round.

Haase, who played for Williams at Kansas after transferring from Cal following his freshman season, will take his team back to Chapel Hill, N.C., next year. There are no current plans for the teams to meet beyond that.

Stanford led 11-6 after a layup by freshman Daejon Davis with 15:49 left, but Williams single-handedly put the Tar Heels in front to stay. He scored on a drive to the basket, then hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 14-11 lead.

When he hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game, the Tar Heels (3-0) were up 28-15, and he had eclipsed his previous best of 19 points for a full game.

Berry stuck a 3-pointer over Travis in the final minute of the half and the Heels led 50-36 at the break.

Berry sat out the Tar Heels’ opener while recovering from a broken hand he suffered last month when he punched a wall after losing a video game. He shot 1 for 11 in UNC’s next game, but found his rhythm against Stanford.

The Cardinal played its third straight game without starting guard Dorian Pickens and backup Marcus Sheffield, both nursing a foot injuries.

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North Carolina’s senators oppose President Trump’s EPA nominee

North Carolina’s two Republican senators say they oppose President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting his nomination at serious risk.

Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis issued statements Wednesday saying they will vote against Michael Dourson to serve as head of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

No Democrats have said they support Dourson, meaning only one more Republican vote against Dourson would potentially be needed to torpedo his nomination.

The Associated Press reported in September that Dourson has accepted payments from chemical manufacturers in exchange for academic papers affirming the safety of his clients’ products.

The North Carolina senators cited past drinking water problems at a Marine Corps base and contamination in the Cape Fear River in opposing Dourson.

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Everything you need to know about voting in North Carolina on Tuesday

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7 — when North Carolinians will go to the polls to vote for mayors, city councils and referenda.

Statewide, 92 counties are holding elections in November.

Ballots in hundreds of municipalities across the state will include a total of nearly 1,100 contests, including 33 referenda.

Here’s everything you need to know about where to vote, when to vote, how to register and what’s on your ballot.

When and where?

Find your polling place on the State Board of Elections website.

Polling places throughout all of North Carolina are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Just make sure you’re in line by 7:30 p.m. According to state law, if you’re in line by the time the polling place is scheduled to close — even if you’re not at the front of the line by then — you’re still eligible to vote.

Are you registered?

Check here to see if you’re registered to vote.

The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the date of an election.

The voter registration application must be received by the applicant’s county boards of elections by this date.

Major initiatives and races: Who’s — and what’s — on the ballot?

Voters across the state will see local referenda, mayoral races and elections for city council members in the voting booth Tuesday.

If you have an election where you live, you can follow a four-step process to download a sample ballot and find your Election Day precinct.

Step one:Click here to open the North Carolina State Board of Election voter lookup page.

Step two: Enter your first and last name as they appear on your voter registration record. It’s not necessary to enter your birth date or county unless you have a very common name. Check the box “I’m not a robot.” Click “Search.”

Step three: Click on your name to see a profile of your registration, including your precinct’s Election Day polling place and the jurisdictions you live in.

Step four: On the page with your registration profile, go to the box below the words “Sample Ballot,” and click on the letter/number to the right of the current Election date.

Greensboro mayoral and City Council races

Greensboro voters will decide to either elect incumbent Mayor Nancy Vaughan to another term in office — or to welcome newcomer Diane Moffett to the city’s top-elected spot.

In the primary, Vaughan, the city’s mayor since 2013, received 10,556 votes, or 61 percent, and Moffett got 3,747 votes, or 21 percent.

Greensboro residents will also be voting on candidates for City Council.

Eighteen candidates are vying for nine seats after a big primary election last month.

During the filing season over the summer, 38 people decided they wanted to serve. Only five of them dropped out before the Oct. 10 primary.

On Tuesday, Greensboro voters will have the opportunity to pick their their choice for three at-large seats.

Candidates include incumbents Marikay Abuzuaiter, Michael Barber and Yvonne Johnson, and newcomers Dianne Bellamy-Small, Michelle Kennedy and Dave Wils.

Incumbents in the city’s five districts are also facing opposition in their reelection bids.

Sharon Hightower is up for reelection in District 1. She is facing challenger Paula Ritter-Lipscomb.Goldie Wells, from District 2, will face challenger Jim Kee at the polls.In District 3, Justin Outling is being challenged by Craig Martin for his seat.Nancy Hoffmann is running to keep her District 4 seat against Gary Kenton.Tony Wilkins is up for reallection for his District 5 seat. He is facing challenger Tammi Thurm.

High Point mayoral and City Council races

High Point voters are picking a mayor and eight members of City Council on Tuesday.

Former Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis faces City Councilman Jay Wagner in the contest to replace outgoing Mayor Bill Bencini.

Wagner won the primary with 2,028 votes, or 38 percent, with Davis second at 1,837 votes, or 34 percent.

Four challengers are running for two at-large City Council spots. Former Councilman Britt Moore led the seven-person primary field with 27 percent of the vote, followed by retired High Point University Administrator Don Scarborough with 23 percent.

Incumbent at-large Councilmember Cynthia Davis came in third, with 20 percent and former Councilmember Mary Lou Andrews Blakeney gained the fourth spot, with 13 percent.

In Ward 1, incumbent Councilman Jeff Golden faces a challenge from Willie Davis. Incumbent Councilman Chris Williams is seeking his second term and faces a challenge from political newcomer David Bagley in Ward 2.Political newcomers Megan Longstreet and Monica Peters are running for the open seat that will be vacated by Councilmember Alyce Hill, who is not seeking re-election in Ward 3. Jim Bronnert and Wesley Hudson are vying to replace Wagner for the Ward 4 seat. Victor Jones is running against Chris Whitley in a Ward 5 that will be vacated by Jim Davis after two terms.Incumbent Jason Ewing is running unopposed in Ward 6.

Talk about median dividing traffic in Clemmons sparks heated debate among council candidates

A stretch of Lewisville Clemmons Road between I-40 and Highway 158 that runs less than a mile is dominating this year’s municipal elections in Clemmons.

The hot political issue is whether to build a median dividing traffic along the heavily congested road.

Councilwoman Mary Cameron said there is no plan to build a median along the road known as "the strip." She said the Department of Transportation is conducting a study about the problem, but nothing more.

There is a group of challengers running for Council who disagree, and it’s creating a firestorm of comments among the candidates on Tuesday’s ballot.

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Mayor Nick Nelson said the results of the study are already known, and it calls for a four lane median road.

Election results

After the polls close on Tuesday, local election results will posted on the WXII 12 News website.

You can also check out the results of all the contests across North Carolina by clicking here.

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