When it comes to the latest trends in women's apparel, there's no better place to shop till you drop than Downtown Chucktown. And if you're searching for the finest threads in Raleigh, look no further than Copper Penny - the Lowcountry's go-to shop for anyone that has a passion for fashion.

We have been dressing women in Raleigh for over 34 years and offer upscale designer collections curated with a Southern eye. Here, women from around the United States discover sophisticated, effortless beauty for every season. Whether you're looking for a sassy new dress to impress that special someone or the perfect outfit for your next vacation, your options are endless at Copper Penny.

With easy-to-find locations close to Raleigh's hottest spots, our curated selection of the newest, most popular women's clothing lines reflects the effortless glamour of Raleigh. Whether you're a tidy professional or a fierce trend-setter, our goal is to help you find the perfect look for your own unique style. With designer brands like CK Bradley and Holst & Lee on hand year-round, finding your new look is easy and fun when you visit Copper Penny.

Our clothing lines give ladies a refreshing mix of one-of-a-kind authenticity with real wearability, allowing them to shine with confidence and style all year long. So, go ahead and spoil yourself - you deserve to look like a million bucks!

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Diamonds are pretty and all, but honestly? Dresses are a girl's best friend. Dresses are fun, comfortable, and versatile. At Copper Penny, they're also fashionable and cute. We have a huge selection of women's dresses in Raleigh, NC, from stylistic sheath dresses to drop-waist styles that will make your girlfriends jealous.

We offer several styles and shapes from which you can pick. Not sure what style fits best?

It all starts at the waist:

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A-Line Waist

These dresses are made to fit your waist and then gradually flare out towards the hem. A-line dresses are excellent for minimizing thighs, hips, and midsections while pulling the eyes to your bust. This style of dress is a great fit for almost any body type. There's a reason why so many brides settle on A-Line dresses for their big day! With plenty of varieties, this is a kind of dress that you can wear again and again.

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Empire Waist

Like the A-Line style, empire dresses are made to fit through your bust. Rather than creating a distinctly angular shape like the A-Line, the Empire style flows from the bust down. This is another kind of dress that fits many body types. From curvy to apple body shapes, the Empire draws focus to your bust and minimizes everything else. For lovely ladies on the shorter side, this style defines your silhouette, especially if you choose a maxi length dress.

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Drop Waist

A throwback to the roaring 20's style flapper dresses, Drop Waist dresses look best on lean, athletic bodies that don't have too many curves in the hip area. The key to pulling off a Drop Waist style dress is to ensure that it's not hugging you. This dress is best worn when it is able to hang freely on your body.

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Once you know the kind of waist that fits your body type, it's time to find your shape. A few of our most popular dress shapes include:

Fit & Flare Dresses in Raleigh

Any clothing store for women in Raleigh, NC, worth its salt, will have plenty of fit & flare dresses for you to try. This common-shaped dress is one of the most popular on the market, mainly because they look great on every woman, regardless of age or shape. A timeless choice, fit & flare dresses fit through the bodice and flare out just below your hip. This helps develop a balanced, slimming silhouette for most women. If you want to accentuate your best assets and hide everything else, ask our experienced fashionistas to show you some the most popular fit & flare dresses at Copper Penny.
Time to start doing your happy dance! Fit & flare dresses have very balanced proportions, making them a true winner for every body type. Women with athletic builds love this dress for the extra curves. Women with apple-shaped bodies love how fit & flare dresses define their waistlines. Because this dress already looks like an hourglass on the hanger, it will be a natural fit for ladies with such a figure.
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Shift Dresses in Raleigh

Shift dresses are typically rectangular in shape and tend to be comfy and forgiving since they aren't fitted. Also called a column dress, the shift dress is a great choice for polished professionals needing a conservative, fashionable outfit for work.
These dresses look fabulous on women with athletic, lean shapes and women with an apple-like figure. This kind of dress doesn't work well with a belt, so ladies with an hourglass figure may not be able to show off their curves in a shift. Try pairing this dress with a nice pair of heels for a beautiful new look!
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Wrap Dresses in Raleigh

Wrap dresses are one of the most popular styles on the market, because they give ladies of most shapes and sizes a flattering, fashionable dress option.
If you have an hourglass, apple, or generally curvy body shape, you're going to love wrap dresses. This style of dress offers a natural waist while placing emphasis on your bust. Wrap dresses give you a balanced silhouette and, with a knee-length fit, are great for any type of color or style, both day and nightwear.
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Timeless Tops for Every Style

Unless you're feeling extra sassy, chances are you're wearing a top at this very moment. Tops are garments that cover the top half of your body. At Copper Penny, we have an endless selection of tops in a wide range of styles - from basic tees to blouses and everything in between. If you're looking for the highest quality women's tops in Raleigh, NC, you just hit the jackpot!

With that said, finding the right top for the right occasion is easier said than done. However, at Copper Penny, we make finding the right top fun. Whether you're looking for a top that makes a statement or you need a classic button-down for a subdued style, we've got your back. We only carry the most popular tops from the best brands and designers around the world.

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Here are just of our most popular tops:

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Women's Poplin Tops in Raleigh

Sometimes called broadcloth tops, poplins have classic characteristics and are often woven with an over/under weave. This kind of weave gives more substance to your top while also giving you room to breathe. Poplin shirts are typically soft and smooth, and are great for everyday business attire, some formal occasions, and for certain ceremonies. Sweet and feminine, our Bruna poplin eyelet bib top features ruffles at the sleeves and an eyelet lace yoke at the front. Pair your poplin with your favorite pair of shorts or jeans for a contemporary, relaxed look.

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Women's Wrap Tops in Raleigh

Great for wearing solo or layered over a camisole or tank top, wrap tops are lightweight, versatile, and great for many different occasions. Wrap tops go well with jeans, maxi dresses, and high-waisted jeans or trousers. Our V-Neck Wrap SLV Top by Jayden is uber-popular at Copper Penny and the perfect choice for dressing down or dressing up. The choice is yours!

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Women's Off the Shoulder Tops in Raleigh

For a dose of feminine fashion, be sure you add an off-the-shoulder top to your everyday wardrobe. A casual, sexy choice, off-the-shoulder tops have unique necklines that cut across your upper arms and chest, leaving your shoulders bare. The result is a flirty flash of skin, which elongates your neck and gives a relaxed, "daytime casual" look. Our Nola off-the-shoulder top pairs perfectly with shorts or even a flowy skirt and is hand-woven in Spain using Jacquard fabric.

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Women's Tank Tops in Raleigh

Who doesn't love a good tank top?! Tank tops are lightweight, versatile, and equally great for lounging in the yard or running errands on weekends. Tank tops lend an air of simplicity to your outfit and can be styled in endless ways. Take our Velvet Heart Victory Tank, for instance. This tank is a refreshing update on our classic sleeveless tank top, complete with fray details and a scoop neck. Throw in the fact that it's machine washable, and you have a wardrobe winner.

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Having trouble finding the best top for your size and style? As the most trusted women's clothing boutique in Raleigh, NC, Copper Penny has helped women discover new looks in the Lowcountry for more than two decades. We take pride in providing a personalized, boutique experience for our customers. If you have questions, give us a call or swing by one of our locations. We would be happy to give you our professional opinion.

Until then, here's a quick guide you can follow to help you find the right fit for your women's top in Raleigh:

How to Find the Right Fit for Your Women's Top

When choosing a women's top for your outfit, you have to consider how comfortable, confident, and beautiful you will feel. The best way to feel your best in an outfit is to make sure it fits correctly. To get started, you'll want to take your measurements. For most women's tops, the best areas to focus on are your hips, waist, and chest.

  • Hip Measurements: Measuring your hips is fairly easy. Take your measuring tape and use it to wrap around the widest area of your hips.
  • Waist Measurements: Take your measuring tape and place it at the very top of your hip bone. Wrap it all the way around your body. Try to keep your measuring tape in line with your belly button. For the most accurate measurements, stand up straight and breathe normally.
  • Chest Measurements: For an accurate chest measurement, take the end of your measuring tape and place it on the fullest area of your bust. From there, wrap the tape around your body, under your armpits, and around the blades of your shoulders. Then, wrap the tape tightly from the back of your body to the front, where you started.
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Need help measuring? Swing by Copper Penny and ask one of our friendly sales associates to help you out! While you're there, don't forget to check out our huge selection of women's tops in Raleigh, NC.

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Looking to take your style to the next level? You can also get in touch with a personal stylist directly from our website. With a personal stylist by your side, you can find stunning looks for specific occasions, using comfortable clothing in your favorite colors and cuts. Copper Penny is your one-stop-shop for fashionable, fun, fabulous designer clothing in Raleigh. But don't take our word for it – come see for yourself!

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Concerns rise over growing homeless encampment next to I-40 in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- A makeshift homeless shelter growing on South Saunders Street is raising concerns for business owners in the area.It's a tent city by the Interstate 40 exit ramp.A Raleigh business owner emailed ABC11 because he was concerned not only about the people in there but also the image it is conveying for the city."I'm trying to get this before it takes a foothold in our city because I judge our city on how well it takes care of our most vulnerable," said business owner Brian.The homeles...

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- A makeshift homeless shelter growing on South Saunders Street is raising concerns for business owners in the area.

It's a tent city by the Interstate 40 exit ramp.

A Raleigh business owner emailed ABC11 because he was concerned not only about the people in there but also the image it is conveying for the city.

"I'm trying to get this before it takes a foothold in our city because I judge our city on how well it takes care of our most vulnerable," said business owner Brian.

The homeless crisis is rising by the minute in Wake County. Fifteen hundred people were counted as homeless in the most recent total, which is up 70% compared to this time last year.

The encampment off South Sanders is at least one of 15 encampments that officials know about in Wake County, and has been there for four years if not more.

"It's so much more than what we're seeing on the streets," said Kim Crawford, executive director of the Raleigh Wake to End Homelessness. "What about everybody else that we're not seeing?"

Shelters are down 200 beds since COVID hit and they never got those back. Right now there's a three week wait to get in.

"Where are they supposed to go? Where are they supposed to go, and it's January so there are no leaves on the trees so we see it," Crawford said.

Crawford believes Raleigh and its leaders are ahead of the curve when it comes to solving the crisis. While they don't have enough shelter beds, several churches have also stepped up when it drops below a certain temperature.

She also said the focus needs to be on a livable wage and affordable housing.

"We know our system is an overflowing bathtub, but how do we prevent them from going down the drain?" Crawford said.

Brandon Conine has been in the tent city off I-40 for four years.

"I've had people ride by me, laugh at people and take pictures," he said. "I just try and ignore the best I can, it's just a mental thing."

We met Brandon as he was walking unsteadily to the store. He's still waiting on an MRI for his knee.

"I moved here, met my wife and we got married and we were together 8 years, and I picked up drinking heavily. I was an alcoholic," he said. "That was my mistake which of course brought me to this situation."

Seeking work-life balance? This NC city ranks among nation’s top places to find it

If you’re seeking a good work-life balance, one North Carolina city may be an ideal place to call home.That’s because Raleigh ranks at No. 4 on a list of places with the best environments for juggling work duties and off-the-clock fun, according to CoworkingCafe, a job-focused website from the real-estate technology company Yardi.To create its rankings, CoworkingCafe said it studied 100 of the largest ...

If you’re seeking a good work-life balance, one North Carolina city may be an ideal place to call home.

That’s because Raleigh ranks at No. 4 on a list of places with the best environments for juggling work duties and off-the-clock fun, according to CoworkingCafe, a job-focused website from the real-estate technology company Yardi.

To create its rankings, CoworkingCafe said it studied 100 of the largest cities across the country.

It then used data from the U.S. government and other sources to score each city in the categories of cost, commute times and remote work opportunities. The website also considered a fourth category of “mental health metrics, such as the amount of green space and recreational amenities; air quality; and, of course, work hours,” according to results published Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Raleigh landed a top spot on the list after analysts found 17% of the city’s workers did their jobs outside of the office, one of the highest shares among cities in the rankings. CoworkingCafe also gave Raleigh a nod for having lower costs when compares to other big cities, though The News & Observer has reported some Triangle residents have struggled to keep up with rent prices.

“The $72,996 median annual income — coupled with a relatively low cost of living — made Raleigh the fourth-most affordable large city,” CoworkingCafe wrote.

But Raleigh scored lower when it came to mental health factors, which included access to outdoor space, health insurance coverage and the average amount of time spent at work. The city also ranked about average when it came to commute times, results show.

Raleigh’s latest recognition comes after the state capital was praised several times last year. It ranked among the nation’s safest cities, the best places to raise a family and the most driver-friendly destinations.

Raleigh also was found to have large apartments and reliable internet access, helping it make a list of best work-from-home environments, McClatchy News reported in November.

This time around, other North Carolina cities earned spots near the top or the middle of the CoworkingCafe rankings. Greensboro landed at No. 15, Durham at No. 23, Charlotte at No. 38, and Winston-Salem at No. 55.

Overall, the nation’s top-ranking city for work-life balance was Minneapolis. Rounding out the top five were:

This story was originally published January 19, 2023 11:19 AM.

It’s time for Lunar New Year. How it’s celebrated, plus events in the Triangle

Happy Lunar New Year! This weekend, China’s most important holiday will begin. Here’s what to know about it.Lunar New Year takes place annually between January and February. The celebration is tied to agricultural practices in ancient China, when farmers would look to the moon to guide when they’d sow and harvest their crops, TIME reported.The celebrations begin on the second new moon after the winter solstice. ...

Happy Lunar New Year! This weekend, China’s most important holiday will begin. Here’s what to know about it.

Lunar New Year takes place annually between January and February. The celebration is tied to agricultural practices in ancient China, when farmers would look to the moon to guide when they’d sow and harvest their crops, TIME reported.

The celebrations begin on the second new moon after the winter solstice. This marks a new annual cycle on the lunisolar calendar and welcomes springtime.

This holiday is also called the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival. The holiday originated in China, but it’s widely celebrated across the globe, mostly in eastern and southeastern Asia.

Here are some of the main components of Lunar New Year:

▪ Red everywhere: This is the color of joy and fortune in Chinese culture. Red decor begins to make its way throughout communities weeks before Lunar New Year.

Bright red money envelopes are typically given to children and unmarried adults at the start of the holiday. These are called “hong bao” in Mandarin or “lai see” in Cantonese.

▪ Special foods: Many foods are special because their translations sound similar to another significant word. A few examples:

Other foods are eaten because of how they look. In South Korea, small circular sticky rice cakes in broth are served to symbolize longevity and prosperity, as the rice cakes look like coins.

Chinese communities will eat half-moon-shaped dumplings because the shape looks like the ancient Chinese gold ingots, which were used as currency for over 1,000 years. Then ball-shaped dumplings are eaten closer to the end of the holiday to resemble the full moon, which rises on the last day of the holiday, according to National Geographic.

▪ Lion dances: Lions represent power and wisdom in Chinese culture. Lion dances are performed on big occasions, especially Lunar New Year.

▪ Fireworks: Legends say “Nian,” who’s half-dragon and half-lion monster, comes out of hiding and attacks during the Lunar New Year, per Case Western Reserve University.

Fireworks work to scare him away.

▪ Spring cleaning: Before the new year begins, Chinese families will often clean their entire homes, getting rid of last year’s bad luck.

For the first few days of the Spring Festival, tradition says the broom needs to be stored, that way the new luck won’t be swept away.

▪ Travel: The Spring Festival is China’s largest festival, and hundreds of millions of Chinese celebrators will return to their hometowns — even overseas — to enjoy the time with their families.

China’s holiday travel congestion even has a name: “spring migration.” A traditional reunion feast typically takes place on the first night of the holiday.

The holiday lasts 15 days and finishes with the Lantern Festival.

In 2023, the official start date is Sunday, Jan. 22, which will usher in the Year of the Rabbit.

The rabbit is one of 12 Chinese Zodiac animals assigned per year on a rotation. We are currently in the year of the tiger.

In Chinese mythology, a god asked all animals to meet him to say goodbye before his departure from earth, and the 12 animals arrived in the following order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

People are assigned Chinese Zodiac animals based on their birth year. Rabbits are considered to be trustworthy, empathetic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable and caretakers.

In Vietnam, the fourth animal in the Zodiac is a cat, not a rabbit. For Vietnamese people, this Lunar New Year will bring the Year of the Cat.

The Lantern Festival is the last day of the holiday. Tradition says lanterns were used toward the end of the new year to guide Chinese gods by torchlight, per Columbia University. Families would each create an elaborate paper lantern for this purpose.

Now, children will parade outside with colorful lanterns. A common Lantern Festival activity is to guess answers to riddles written on slips of paper on on lanterns.

Here’s how you can celebrate the Lunar New Year in the Triangle:

Children’s Lunar New Year Celebration: Ring in the Lunar New Year a few days early. Enjoy a story, crafts and games. Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade and their families are invited. When: Friday, Jan. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Where: Oberlin Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh Tickets: Free Info: wakegov.com

• Artspace Winter Family Day: Join Artspace for our free Winter Family Day celebrating Lunar New Year and the “When We Are Still Together” exhibition by Jan-Ru Wan. When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Artspace, 201 East Davie St, Raleigh Tickets: Free Info: Search “Artspace Winter Family Day” on Eventbrite.com

Lunar New Year Celebration with Triangle Pop-Up: Join for a celebration of Lunar New Year. Shop from AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) owned businesses, eat delicious food and celebrate the year of the Rabbit/Cat. Food trucks joining will be Golden K Dog, Lao Lao and Southern Fried Lumpia Co. There will be a raffle to benefit North Carolina Asian Americans Together. When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: The Fruit, 305 South Dillard St, Durham Info: durhamfruit.com

Dragon Puppets at the Library: Join for a drop-in event to make a paper chain dragon puppet at Southgate Community Library in Raleigh. When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 1-3 p.m. Where: Southgate Community Library, 1601-14 Cross Link Rd, Raleigh Tickets: Free Info: wakegov.com

Lunar New Year Celebration at Lake Lynn: Enjoy games, crafts, and the famous Lion Dance. Featuring performances and demonstrations by Wah Lum Kung Fu of Raleigh and special partners. The Bulkogi food truck will be on site with some delectable delights available for purchase. This event is brought to you by the Cultural Outreach and Enrichment (COE) Program, Wah Lum Kung Fu of Raleigh and Lake Lynn Community Center. When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2-4 p.m. Where: Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Rd, Raleigh Tickets: Free. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Info: raleighnc.gov

Music at the Library: Celebrating the Chinese New Year: Join for an hour of classical Chinese music, performed by the student musicians of Lisa Zou’s Music Studio to celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Rabbit. When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2-3 p.m. Where: West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Dr, Cary Tickets: Free Info: wakegov.com

Lunar New Year Celebration at NC State: Come celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with the Office of Global Engagement. Celebrate this popular Asian holiday through music, food and different cultural activities. When: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m. Where: NC State University, Talley Student Union, Mountains/Piedmont Ballrooms Info: global.ncsu.edu/event/lunar-new-year-celebration

2023 Chinese New Year Festival: Enjoy performances, authentic Chinese and International food and drink for purchase and family-friendly activities. When: Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: NC State Fairgrounds’ Dorton Arena Tickets: $7 online and $10 at the door. Tickets are sold at Grand Asia Market , A&C Supermarket, Today Asia Market, Li Ming’s Global Mart and Raleigh Chinese Language School (RCLS). Kids under 6 are free. TACAS members, seniors (65+) and military with ID are $7. Info: nctacas.org

CCL Chinese New Year Story Time: Join local educator Wendy Deason for a special Chinese New Year story time. Learn a Chinese New Year song, hear a story in Chinese, see a dragon dance, and learn about traditional Chinese clothing. Children are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities including a zodiac game to ring in the Lunar New Year. Best for families with children ages 3+. When: Sunday, Jan. 28, 2-3 p.m. Where: Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro Tickets: Free. Info: chathamcountync.gov

Lunar New Year Performance at NC Museum of Art: This pop-up kungfu performance will be outdoors at the North Carolina Museum of Art in the Ellipse. When: Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. Where: The Ellipse at the NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh Tickets: Free Info: Search “Pop-up Performance @the NCMA Ellipse” on Facebook.com

Coronavirus updates for Jan. 19: Here’s what to know in North Carolina this week

We’re tracking information about the coronavirus and vaccines in North Carolina. Check back every Thursday for updates.At least 14,290 new coronavirus cases were reported in North Carolina last week, down from 21,405 the week before, according to preliminary data from state health officials.The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services also reported 1,363 new weekly COVID-19 hospital patient admissions, a drop from 1,662 the previous wee...

We’re tracking information about the coronavirus and vaccines in North Carolina. Check back every Thursday for updates.

At least 14,290 new coronavirus cases were reported in North Carolina last week, down from 21,405 the week before, according to preliminary data from state health officials.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services also reported 1,363 new weekly COVID-19 hospital patient admissions, a drop from 1,662 the previous week, according to figures through Jan. 14, the most recent metrics available. The daily average of adult coronavirus patients in intensive care was 190, compared to 201 the week before.

The figures — which were released Wednesday, Jan. 18 — show roughly 78% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 74% have finished an initial round of vaccine doses. Of the state’s total population, about 63% finished their initial round and about 67% have received at least one dose. State officials round vaccination metrics to the nearest whole number.

“Out of all people who have finished their initial vaccines in North Carolina, 59% have been vaccinated with at least one booster, and 20% with an updated omicron booster,” the health department wrote on its website.

Health officials have urged those who are eligible to get boosted, as data shows it offers increased protection against the omicron coronavirus variant. Across the state, virtually all new COVID-19 cases were attributed to the omicron variant’s “lineages” in the two weeks leading up to Jan. 7, the latest time period for which data is available.

A contagious new strain of the omicron coronavirus variant is spreading through the Charlotte area as it experiences a slight increase in COVID-19 cases.

The subvariant XBB.1.5 — which also has been given the mythological nickname Kraken — made up about 9% of Mecklenburg County coronavirus cases from Dec. 23-28, The Charlotte Observer reported on Jan. 17.

“XBB is present and is representing an increased share of the sequence results but other omicron variants are still more prevalent in Mecklenburg County today,” health officials wrote in a statement. “We believe this will change and we do expect XBB variants will be detected more frequently in the future, based on what is being reported in other parts of the country.”

The news comes as the county reported 2,313 coronavirus cases in the week that ended Dec. 31, an increase from 2,262 the week before. As cases rise, the Mecklenburg County Health Department urges people to wear high-quality face masks inside public buildings, get the COVID-19 vaccines they’re eligible to receive and consider taking other precautions, the Observer reported.

People can experience long COVID-19 symptoms months after an infection, and now a study finds a common time when those lingering symptoms end, McClatchy News reported.

Researchers studied almost 2 million patients in Israel and found long-term effects were “more prominent” within six months of a COVID-19 infection. The symptoms then began to wane, tapering off within a year, according to findings shared Jan. 11.

Also in the study, results suggest that “mild disease does not lead to serious or chronic long term morbidity in the vast majority of patients.”

More details about the study, which was published in The BMJ journal, can be found here.

NC State baseball 2023 preseason rankings and preview

RALEIGH N.C. -- Two seasons removed from a trip to the College World Series, Elliott Avent and his Pack9 squad look to make the field of 64 after controversially failing to make the postseason last season despite making it to the ACC Championship Game last May. Just as it did last year, the Wolfpack has vengeance on its mind with a chance to prove the NCAA selection committee wrong.The 2023 Pack9 squad will have a number of new faces after the departure of Josh Hood and closer Chris Villaman to the pro ranks and most notably Tommy Whi...

RALEIGH N.C. -- Two seasons removed from a trip to the College World Series, Elliott Avent and his Pack9 squad look to make the field of 64 after controversially failing to make the postseason last season despite making it to the ACC Championship Game last May. Just as it did last year, the Wolfpack has vengeance on its mind with a chance to prove the NCAA selection committee wrong.

The 2023 Pack9 squad will have a number of new faces after the departure of Josh Hood and closer Chris Villaman to the pro ranks and most notably Tommy White who entered the transfer portal committing to LSU last June. Devonte Brown, J.T. Jarrett, and Canaan Silver also moved on from the program.

To fill in those missing pieces, Avent hit the transfer portal himself adding the 11th ranked transfer class in the country according to d1baseball. Headlining the class is Trevor Candelaria. Playing in the outfield, Candelaria batted .342 for the Davidson Wildcats last season and was a first team Atlantic 10 Conference selection.

Another intriguing piece brought in is Carter Trice. Trice, who has already made some noise this fall, has people close to the program excited about his potential after transferring from Old Dominion. Trice batted .288 for the Monarchs last season with 49 RBI and 17 homers.

To shore up the bullpen, Avent brought in transfers from Oregon and Clemson in Rio Britton and P.J. Labriola, respectfully. Britton has the most experience of the transfer pitching group logging 39.1 innings with a 3.20 ERA. Kalae Harrison, a transfer from Texas A&M, is also a name to look out for next spring.

To go along with the transfers, NC State will introduce the 19th ranked incoming freshman class for the 2023 season. While it's tough to gauge if any will make an immediate impact this season, I've heard great things from local Rolesville product Michael Gupton with his blend of athleticism and power and could possibly see some significant playing time in year one. Add in the potent bat and outfield arm of Eli Serrano, and the Pack9 feels it has two freshmen that could come in and rake right away.

Arguably the most important piece of the roster is the veteran players that are returning. LuJames Groover III, Noah Soles and Dominic Pilolli represent the veteran trio returning from last season. Upperclassmen Garrett Payne, Matt Willadsen and Logan Whitaker return for the Pack on the mound after all making an impact last season. Oh, and don't forget about Sam Highfill, who was the hero of the 2021 squad and will return after missing the majority of last season due to injury.

With the season less than a month out preseason rankings have released across major publications. Where does the Pack fall into the preseason rankings?

D1Baseball.comNo. 21
College Baseball NationNo. 23
Collegiate Baseball NewspaperNo. 30

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With Baseball America yet to be released, it's hard to trust any other poll outside of D1Baseball's early in the preseason. One clear observation is just how loaded the ACC is this season. Behind the SEC with 9, the ACC has 7 ranked teams in the D1Baseball preseason poll with Wake Forest as the front runner coming in at N0. 6. LSU and former Pack9 star Tommy White come in as the top team in the nation as the SEC has 4 of the top 5 teams in the rankings.

If NC State is looking to improve from last season, fielding and pitching will be the areas that need addressing. Last season, the Wolfpack ranked last in the conference in fielding and in the bottom third in pitching statistics. The Pack9 will throw out the first pitch for the 2023 season in less than a month at a new and improved Doak Field against Wagner.

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