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First video of new cougar kittens at NC Zoo

zooASHEBORO, N.C. — N.C. Zoo officials have released the first video of the new cougar kittens.

“For the first time since their arrival in North Carolina, the public gets to see video of three cougar kittens enjoying their second day at the N.C. Zoo,” the Zoo said Wednesday in a news release.

The animals are still in quarantine and will not be seen by zoo visitors for another few weeks. On Wednesday, a Zoo video camera caught a glimpse at how the kittens are adjusting to their new home.

This will be the only video available until the cougars are released from quarantine.

NC Zoo to open two hours later on Tuesday

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Due to the potential for icy road conditions Tuesday morning, the North Carolina Zoo will delay opening for two hours.

The park will open at 11 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. Weather conditions may also keep some animals off exhibit Tuesaday.

For the latest information on zoo operations, visit the website at http://www.nczoo.org or call the toll free number at 1-800-488-0444.

Randolph Co. parent accused of attempting to hit principal with car

ARCHDALE, N.C. – Randolph County deputies said an “irate parent” drove over the curb at an elementary school, through the grass and almost hit the principal.

Lisa Ann Barnes, of Trinity, has been charged with misdemeanor assault by show of force and injury to real property.

Deputies said it happened Thursday afternoon at Trindale Elementary during child pickup.

Authorities said the school resource officer assigned to Archdale Trinity School was called to Trindale Elementary for problems involving a parent.

The suspect is accused of driving over the curb and through the grass in a reckless fashion toward the principal.

Deputies said the suspect swerved to avoid hitting the principal at the last moment.

Deputies have not released a possible motive or any other details as of Friday night.

Orphaned cougar kittens to arrive at NC Zoo on Monday

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Officials said a trio of orphaned cougar kittens will arrive at the North Carolina Zoo on Monday.

The animals are expected to arrive between 7 and 8 p.m. at the Landmark Aviation building.

Zoo officials said the cougars became orphans after a hunter killed their mother in Oregon last month.

Once the hunter realized the adult cougar had kittens, they were taken to the Oregon Zoo where zoo keepers helped wean the animals.

Officials said if the kittens had not been rescued they would have starved or been eaten by a predator.

Learn to care for sick loved ones at Caregiver College

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — If you are caring for a sick loved one and need answers, you can find the help you need in an upcoming one-day intensive training event for home caregivers at Randolph Community College.

The event will be March 8.

This seminar will offer a variety of topics on issues of care-giving in the home and will be of special interest to family caregivers and volunteers, as well as allied health professionals.

The event will also support those who care for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.

The Caregiver College, scheduled for 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at RCC’s corporate training facility in the Continuing Education and Industrial Center on the Asheboro Campus, will again feature keynote speaker Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist specializing in dementia care and dementia education.

NC Zoo to remain closed on Monday

ASHEBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina Zoo will remain closed Monday due to ice and snow that remains inside the park after last week’s winter storm.

Park officials said the zoo has been closed since last Wednesday when up to six inches of snow and sleet fell in the Asheboro area.

Despite the efforts by zoo staff, walkways and service roads inside the park remain covered in some areas, according to Zoo Deputy Director Mary Joan Pugh.

Zoo officials expect the park to reopen on Tuesday. For more information, people can call the park’s toll-free number at 1-800-488-0444 or visit the website at www.nczoo.org.

DOT crews now working on secondary roads across the Triad

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sunshine and favorable conditions Friday will help N.C. Department of Transportation crews continue to clear roads in and around the Triad, including many secondary roads.

Interstates and primary roads are clear in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties. Crews will spend today and Saturday clearing secondary routes in these counties and treating any icy patches remaining on the roads.

All roads are expected to be plowed by Saturday evening.

In Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties, crews have cleared interstates and primary roads and are now working on secondary roads. Crews will continue clearing the division’s secondary routes over the weekend, with all roads expected to be cleared by late Sunday afternoon.

More: Secondary roads database on the NCDOT website