A year after it was shot, an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode focusing on a Lincolnton family will air Monday (8 p.m., Channel 9).
Featured will be Devona and James Friday, who have served as foster parents to more than 30 children over the years. Devona Friday says she saw the effects of child abuse when she served as a police officer and wanted to become a foster parent to provide stable situations for kids in need.
Part of their story began in May 2010, when a teenager named Chris was placed with the Fridays. On his first night in their home, Chris showed the Fridays a video of his four brothers and sisters, from whom he was separated in the foster-care system. He asked the Fridays to take them in so they could all live as a family again.
And so they did, though their home at 105 Moore St. was too small for everyone.
Frank Hereda and Wade Miller, co-owners of Bellamy Homes and the lead contractors on the project, built a new home for them for the show with eight bedrooms and about 4,000 square feet of heated space.
Volunteers from all over the region helped with the week-long project and various companies donated components for the new house. Some of the furniture for the kids rooms was built at the ImaginOn stage shop at Charlotte Childrens Theater.
During the taping of the episode, ABC announced that it was retiring the Extreme Makeover program hosted by Ty Pennington and that it would only air occasional specials. Designers featured in Mondays two-hour episode are Michael Moloney, Jillian Harris, Ed Sanders and Paige Hemmis.
After 13 years as traffic reporter at WSOC (Channel 9), Jamie Bowers is heading into a new line of work. Hes become an aide to Rep. Robert Pittenger.
Meteorologist Katie Virtue will be leaving Channel 9 to return to the Northeast. She will be replaced by Vicki Graf, now a forecaster at the CBS affiliate in Augusta, Ga. Reporter Jeff Smith will be leaving the station to take a job at the NBC affiliate in Dallas, Texas.
Among the Raycom executives attending the ribbon-cutting on the new WBTV (Channel 3) newsroom on Wednesday was Paul McTear, Raycoms president. McTear told staff members that the recession delayed renovations in the old newsroom after Raycom bought the station in 2008.
Jay Ahuja, who led corporate underwriting for eight years at WFAE-FM (90.7), has moved to an underwriting position at WTVI (Channel 42). Jennifer Appleby, president of creative marketing communications firm Wray Ward, has been named to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board of Trustees.