Scott Pelkey, North State Journal

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NC Zoo celebrates 1 millionth visitor in 2023

NC Zoo celebrates 1 millionth visitor in 2023

With just a few days before the end of the year, the North Carolina Zoo exceeded one million guests in a calendar year for the first time in its history. On Dec. 27, Ran Liu and his family became the one millionth visitor to the North Carolina Zoo in 2023. The previous record for highest attendance in a calendar year was 930,002, set in 2022. “Being recognized as the millionth guest was a pleasant surprise and an honor,” says Liu, a Zoo member according to a press release from the Zoo. “I look forward to the day when [the Zoo]…
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Uwharrie Charter Academy PTO treasurer charged with embezzlement

Uwharrie Charter Academy PTO treasurer charged with embezzlement

ASHEBORO — The former treasurer of Uwharrie Charter Academy's Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization has been charged with a felony after investigators say she embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the organization. According to a press release from the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, on September 18th, 2023, investigators received a report of embezzlement at Uwharrie Charter Elementary School located in Asheboro, NC. School officials reported suspicious activity following an internal audit of the Parent Teacher Organization's (PTO) financial records. The Sheriff's Office says detectives uncovered evidence that substantiated the school's findings and identified Julie W. McNeill, the former treasurer…
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Man arrested for using flashing police lights to pull over cars

Man arrested for using flashing police lights to pull over cars

ASHEBORO — A local man was arrested last week after the Randolph County Sheriff's Office says he attempted to use flashing red and blue lights to pull over a vehicle in Asheboro. On December 20th, 2023, deputies responded to Meadowbrook Road after a caller reported that they had been followed by a vehicle flashing blue and red lights that they did not believe was law enforcement. According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, deputies located the vehicle and identified the driver as Dennis Charles Richardson, age 60. The deputies determined the vehicle was privately owned and Richardson is…
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Asheboro rallies in support of family after devastating house fire

Asheboro rallies in support of family after devastating house fire

ASHEBORO — The Asheboro community is uniting to support the Burroughs family, whose 10-year-old son, Chevy, suffered severe injuries in a house fire that ravaged their home on December 8th. In the early hours, Kevin and Shauna Burroughs and their children, Kamdyn, 15, and Chevy, were asleep when the fire broke out just before 3 a.m. Shauna rescued Kamdyn through a window, while Kevin, hindered by heavy smoke and fire, eventually reached Chevy by breaking through an exterior wall. By the time firefighters arrived, 11 minutes after the 911 call was placed, the family had left to meet Randolph County EMS…
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‘The Invictus Project’ to tackle child trafficking

‘The Invictus Project’ to tackle child trafficking

ASHEBORO — At a joint press conference, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office announced a new task force and plans for a fusion center in Randolph County, all dedicated to combating child trafficking and exploitation. In August of this year the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office worked with 17 other agencies on an operation that led to the arrest of nineteen individuals who allegedly traveled to Randolph County with the intent of sexually exploiting minors. “That operation opened the eyes of several people across the state,” said Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt at the press conference. “The operation proved that child abuse,…
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NC Zoo Celebrates National Drive Electric Week

NC Zoo Celebrates National Drive Electric Week

The North Carolina Zoo celebrates its new electric tractor with a ribbon cutting at an event celebrating National Drive Electric Week on Sept. 29 at the zoo in Asheboro. The event showcased how the zoo is using electric vehicles and attendees got to see and test electric cars, scooters, and more. Below right, left to right: Walker Moffitt, mayor pro tempore and member of the NC Zoo Council, Patricia Simmons, director and CEO at North Carolina Zoo, and Eddie Burks, Asheboro City Council member, cut the ribbon. (Photos by Scott Pelkey / Randolph Record)
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