Six Die In Mobile Home Fire

Aug 31, 2014

Six people died early Saturday in a mobile home fire in the Sampson County town of Garland, east of Fayetteville. Sampson County deputies said the fire was reported around 1 a.m.   Authorities are investigating, but a captain with the sheriff’s department said it appears the fire was an accident.


Tobacco Headquarters To Become Hotel, Apartments

Jun 29, 2014

A Philadelphia company has announced plans to buy and re-develop the historic R.J. Reynolds Tobacco headquarters in Winston-Salem. PMC Property Group plans to spend $7.8 million to buy the 22-story building, and to invest an estimated $60 million overall in the conversion.  Plans call for a boutique hotel on the bottom six floors, and 120 luxury residential units above.

NC Wildlife Plans Holiday Boat Checks

May 25, 2014

Memorial Day marks the start of boating and beach season. If you’re headed out on the water, watch out for a crackdown on drinking while boating.  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offices are patrolling this weekend looking for people driving boats while impaired.  The commission is in charge of law enforcement on the state’s lakes and waterways. Impaired boaters be jailed and fined at least $250 for the offense.  Officers also will be making sure children 12 and younger are wearing life jackets, and checking to make sure boats have the proper equipment.

Michael Tomsic

Former college football, baseball and hockey players will compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. They aren't racing the cars - they're on the pit crews.

McMurray Drives To Upset In All-Star Race

May 18, 2014

Jamie McMurray was a 40-to-1 long shot but a late surge helped him to an upset victory in the million-dollar NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night.  It was the first big event in 2014 Race Week. 

McMurray was in second place as the race restarted for the 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Lined up outside of pole-sitter Carl Edwards, McMurray waged a door-to-door battle with the leader for a lap before he finally cleared Edwards for the lead two laps into the fifth segment.   

Michael Tomsic

NASCAR, the NFL and other pro sports are combining high-tech data analytics with old-school public relations. They've built what are basically tech command centers where employees engage with fans and monitor trends on social media. The centers have been popping up over the past five years or so, and one of the newest ones is in Charlotte.

Michael Tomsic

NASCAR is overhauling its playoff system to create a winner-take-all final race. The sport's executives announced the changes Thursday in Charlotte. It'll make NASCAR's postseason simpler and more similar to other professional sports.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR is changing the way drivers qualify for races this season to add excitement to the days leading up to the race. And Thursday in Charlotte, drivers and speedway executives expect NASCAR to announce huge changes to the sport's playoff system.

Mosaic Mural Of Dale Jr. For Auction On eBay

Jan 14, 2014

This weekend, bidding began on an almost-life-sized mural of Dale Earnhardt Jr. A print of the digital mosaic mural is made up of more than 1,151 photos submitted by fans between May and December 2013. 

Michael Tomsic

Fast cars, greasy food, cold beer and a health insurance quote. Racing fans could find all those things Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blue Cross Blue Shield set up shop at the NASCAR race to tell people about how health care laws are changing, and find new customers in the process.

Just past a booth selling Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, the smells of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Bojangles’ fried chicken mix together right before you come across North Carolina’s largest health insurance company.

Welcome to the Bank of America 500.