Well wishes pour in as Larry Stogner announces his retirement

ABC11 news anchor Larry Stogner's announcement Friday that he was suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and was retiring led to an incredible outpouring of heartfelt well wishes from across Central North Carolina and beyond.

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Larry told viewers that he is suffering from ALS, and that is ending his broadcasting career.



Even Gov. Pat McCrory called to talk to Larry personally Friday evening.

Social media also lit up with comments on Larry's departure immediately after the announcement.

Here are just a few from Twitter:



Facebook also brought well wishes and good luck for Larry:



Larry has anchored the 6 p.m. news at ABC11 continuously since 1982, making him one of the longest-serving anchors in the nation.

In its prepared statement, ABC11 announced plans to honor Larry Stogner's legacy with a full week of special stories starting February 2 at 6 p.m. and culminating with Mr. Stogner appearing for one final broadcast on February 6 at 6 p.m.

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