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High Point Fire Department prepares for future storms

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The High Point Fire Department is exploring funding options to install backup generators at several fire stations that lost power, some for days, during the recent ice storm.

Firefighters say it’s one way the department is thinking ahead for the next big storm.

Four High Point fire stations are currently without backup generators.

During extended outages, it means firefighters have to manually open and close bay doors before heading to an emergency

High Point Fire Chief Thomas Reid says it slows emergency response times by up to a minute, which can make a big difference.

Not having power during winter storms also means water in the trucks may freeze and force firefighters to sleep at another station that does have power.

HPFD is exploring grant funding and plans to look at the budget to see what projects can be reprioritized to buy the generators.

Man attempts to break into High Point home, woman chases him with rake handle

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police are looking for a man they say attempted to break into a home early Friday morning, but was chased down the street by a woman with a rake handle.

Donna Lewis told police she was staying with her mother at the house on Kentucky Avenue in High Point when she heard someone trying to open the door.

Thinking it may be her sister bringing coffee, Lewis went to the door and was shocked to find well-dressed man trying to break in.

She grabbed the first thing she could — a rake handle – and began chasing the unidentified man down the street.

Lewis said it appeared the man had tried to pick up some items in the carport, but didn’t get away with anything.

She didn’t get a good look at the man, but said he was about 5’10″ and well-dressed, like he was “on his way to work.”

Police are still looking for the suspect.

Guilford Co. Schools vote 6-5 to allow April 16, 17 as spring break days

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford County Schools voted 6-5 to restore April 16 and 17 as spring break days.

Students will now have three days off plus the weekend as opposed to only having Good Friday and the weekend.

April 16 and 17 will be optional teacher workdays.

An online petition to encourage the Guilford County School Board to reverse a decision that would cut into the spring break was gaining attention leading up to tonight’s meeting.

Guilford County School had to close for a total of 10 days over the span of the school year, due to inclement weather.

The board also voted to waive the June 16 make-up day. June 16 and 17 will now be optional teacher workdays.

This effectively means the last day for students will be Friday, June 13. The graduation date for the class of 2014 will not change.

High Point hoping to attract more people downtown

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The city of High Point wants to attract more people to downtown and officials hope a new study will figure out the best way to do that.

The study was paid for in part by the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau and recommended re-converting 12 storefronts downtown.

The consulting firm Strategic Advisory Group was hired to conduct the two-part study.

It also identified areas that can be used to support conference and conventions. Another recommendation was the possibility of High Point University taking over Oak Hollow Mal and turning it into an event center.

The plan now is to work with stakeholders to push these recommendations forward.

High Point Olympian home from Sochi

HIGH POINT, N.C. — U.S. Olympic speed skater Heather Richardson is back home in High Point.

FOX8′s Kevin Connolly got the chance to talk to her Wednesday about her experience in Sochi and also what her future holds.

‘Annie’ composer speaks at High Point University

HIGH POINT, N.C. — We can all hum the tune — maybe even sing most of the lyrics.

But do we know who created our favorite music? If you’re a fan of rock and roll, maybe. But what about all those TV show tunes that we’ve loved, over the years?

In the case of the musical, “Bye, Bye Birdie,” which became a high school drama class staple for a generation, and the in the case of, “Annie,” — you know, “The sun’ll come up, tomorrow!” — maybe not.

The man behind that music was in the Triad recently, sharing his wisdom with students at High Point University. You’ll get to meet him in this edition of The Buckley Report and find out why he almost never wrote “Annie,” the show that made him a fortune.

Car slams into school bus in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A vehicle slammed into the back of a school bus and was wedged underneath it in High Point Wednesday morning.

The wreck happened in the 3300 block of Central Avenue.

Jennifer Lanes with Guilford County Schools says the bus serves Penn Griffin and 16 students were on board.

No injuries were reported for anyone in either vehicle.

The driver of the passenger car said he was blinded by the sun when he rear-ended the bus, according to officials.

The driver was charged with failure to reduce speed, driving with a suspended license and seat belt violation.