By the time you read this, you should be all stocked up on the necessary ice storm essentials: batteries, flashlights, water, non-perishable food items, and board games. (Might I recommend a favorite: The Settlers of Catan .)
If you manage to hold on to your electricity (CNN reports that 93,000 in the south have already lost power), WRAL’s iControl Doppler  allows you to track where the storm is at, providing you with some feelings of control (even though you have no control).
Now before the storm hits and you still have power, check out this astonishing story  from the Charlotte Observer about a private-turned-charter school in Charlotte that is under intense scrutiny upon discovery that students were napping during the day, had no textbooks, teachers were required to work 12-hour days, and some staff went without pay, among many other huge problems involving fiscal mismanagement.
The story paints a clear picture about what can go terribly wrong when state oversight of charter schools is lax and requirements to set up shop are minimal.
Book banning is still a thing in North Carolina. In Watauga County , the local school board will decide on Feb. 27 whether or not to remove Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits from the sophomore-level English reading list.
High school students in Stokes County  are closely monitoring the Dan River coal ash spill. Students who took a field trip to the river wanted to test the water and blog about their findings, but river keeper staff warned them that it would be too dangerous to conduct their own experiments.
Well, on those happy notes–stay safe everyone, and be sure to have plenty of blankets and company on hand as you ride out the storm!