Week in review: fires, protests, and records

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – One of the biggest stories in North Carolina over the last week has been the growing wildfires that now threaten homes and businesses in the western part of the state.

Hundreds have been forced to evacuate, as crews from all over, including the East, help to fight the flames.

In the East, communities gathered to address concerns of their own.

In Greenville, minorities came together to discuss concerns and fears moving forward following the election of Donald Trump. Pitt County Schools is now investigating a handful of incidents where minority children were targeted by bullies since the election.

“We’re meeting with students whenever these concerns come up. Addressing it through our code of conduct, which of course is a typical practice for us, but also then trying to mediate these conflicts,” said school spokesperson Travis Lewis.

In Belhaven, it was healthcare that prompted protests. After Pantego Creek LLC announced its members had voted to move forward with demolishing the old Pungo Hospital, those wanting to reopen the hospital protested.

“People want a hospital, and politics, and political tricks, and lawyer tricks have got us in a situation where these four people dictate healthcare to 15,000 people,” said Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal.

O’Neal later announced they had made a $500,000 offer to the LLC for the property.

During ECU’s final home game of the season Saturday, history was made yet again. ECU receiver Zay Jones broke the NCAA record for most career receptions, which had been held by former teammate and Pirate Justin Hardy.

“It’s something I’m going to cherish for the rest of my life,” Jones said after the game. “It’s really special to share that with my family and friends today.”

To make things even more special, Hardy was on hand to watch Jones break his record.

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