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Elon baseball player wins battle with cancer, team shaves heads

ELON, N.C. — John McGillicuddy has experienced a few lonely times in the past few months.

He’s used to having his twin brother Joe around. They grew up playing on the same team in northern Virginia.

They went to college together at Marshall and Louisburg. But now they’re apart: John is at High Point, Joe at Elon.

McGillicuddy had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had to go through three rounds of chemotherapy over a nine week period. After his final treatment in February, he was cancer-free.

The brothers recently met on the diamond but it was so much more than a game.

After the Elon victory, the entire team and coaching staff had their heads shaved to help raise money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, led by cancer survivor Chase Jones.

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Athletes try acting at Wesleyan Christian Academy

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Being a start athlete can put you in the spotlight. Some athletes, including basketball stars Theo Pinson and Donovan Gilmore, at Wesleyan Christian Academy recently stepped into a different spotlight.

They tried their hands at acting in Wesleyan’s spring production of Seussical, a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss.

Suspect sought for break-ins in Guilford Co.

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Police are searching for a man in connection with a string of residential break-ins in the western section of Guilford County.

According to Sheriff B.J. Barnes, over the last seven to 10 days, several residences have been broken into in Jamestown and the Adams Farm subdivision.

Police are searching for Terry Allen Fleming Jr., 19, of High Point. Fleming was reportedly operating a light blue Kia Accent while committing the crimes.

Fleming was said to be involved in a vehicle accident in the Kia Accent on Tuesday and fled the scene in a stolen brown 2013 Honda CRV. The Honda CRV displays a North Carolina registration NVX-2038.

Anyone with information on Fleming is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 336-889-4000.

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Guilford County Schools considering cutting graduation coach positions 

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The Guilford County school system is considering cutting 15 graduation coach positions at the high school level in order to meet budget constraints.

Graduation coaches target students who are not on track to earn a diploma and help them take after school or online classes to catch up.

These coaches also partner with social workers to make home visits and help parents see the importance of attendance and graduation.

Since Eric Rainey began his role as graduation coach in 2007 at Southwest High School, the dropout rate has improved from over 3 percent to 1.15 percent last year.

He and his graduation team helps students understand early on that “not graduating is not an option.”

He hangs pictures in his office on a Wall of Fame to show the students he’s helped over the years.

Heavy rain causes flooding in High Point, vehicles stuck

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Heavy rain is causing minor flooding in some areas of High Point Tuesday morning, and causing some cars to become stuck.

Officials say there were reports of two cars stuck in several inches of water around 6:10 a.m. near Prospect Street and Ward Avenue.

High Point PD says this area is prone to flooding.

The people in the vehicles got out safely and were never in danger.

Police: No bomb found inside bank in High Point after report of ‘suspicious package’

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police investigating a “suspicious package” said no bomb was found inside the Bank of North Carolina in High Point on Monday afternoon.

The package was found inside the bank at 2630 Eastchester Drive around 10:45 a.m., according to Capt. Mike Kirk.

Employees called police upon seeing the package was wrapped in tape, which is “not the norm” for items in safety deposit boxes, according to Captain Gordon Stallings of the High Point Police Department.