Five things you need to know Thursday

Summer may be over for students, but it's not over when it comes to the weather. The first day of school in South Carolina will see temperatures in the 90s with plenty of humidity.

1. CMS installs cameras on all its buses

At the back to school briefing by CMS Wednesday, school administrators announced a number of things that families can expect to see this year. Among them, cameras that will be outfitted on every school bus.

The cameras will be placed inside the buses, with two in the front and two in the back. They will offer a view of all of the activity happening inside the bus. 

The executive director of transportation hopes that the cameras will provide more accountability for the drivers and more oversight for the students. Click here to read more. 

 

2. Ric Flair dealing with 'multiple organ problems,' fiancee says

 

Ric Flair’s fiancee said the professional wrestling legend is dealing with “multiple organ problems” in a statement released Wednesday on her Facebook page.

Wendy Barlow did not specify Flair’s diagnosis or cause of the issues, but denied reports that Flair had colon surgery. “It was another surgery! I don’t know how the media comes up with their stories,” she wrote. Flair’s representative has denied other reports that the surgery was “heart related.”

Barlow said Flair, 68, remains in critical condition in an Atlanta hospital and “still needs prayers,” but declined to go into detail. 

3. Mold found in Gaston Co. school, officials say students will be safe

Gaston County school administrators say students returning to Forestview High School will be safe after mold was discovered in one of the sections of the building earlier this week.

The mold was first discovered on classroom furniture in about eight to 10 classrooms in the building's "B-Wing."

The school system believes the mold formed over the weekend after the building's air quality was tested last Thursday.

"I think they're doing a good job by informing the parents first and foremost and letting us know that they're working on the issue," said one parent. "I'm just kind of glad they found it before school start." Click here to read more about the discovery.

4. Amazon is bringing at least 600 jobs to Kannapolis

At least 600 new jobs are expected to come to Kannapolis after Amazon announced plans to build an $85 million distribution center in the coming years.

The online retail giant plans to open the new center on land near N.C. 73 and Kannapolis Parkway by 2019.

5. Charlotte woman turns 112 and can recite Psalm 23 without skipping a beat

With family by her side, Hester Ford quietly celebrated her 112th birthday at her home just north of uptown.  The big celebration happens this weekend.

Ford was born on August 15, 1905, in Lancaster, South Carolina when Theodore Roosevelt was elected to his second term as President of the United States. She worked on a farm where she not only planted and picked cotton, but plowed the field and cut wood.

“She’s a hard working woman,” Thomas said.

She has 12 children, 48 grandchildren, 108 great-grandchildren and approximately 120 great-great-grandchildren. Click here to read more about Mrs. Ford. 

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