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  • Winston-Salem firefighters raising money to buy new golf cart for man with cerebral palsy

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — About two to three times a week, you can find Bill Jenkins riding his golf cart, heading to his favorite place to hang out. “He walks in and everybody knows who he is,” said Capt. Damien Poole, with the Winston-Salem Fire Department. That place is Fire Station 6 in Winston-Salem, where Poole says Jenkins has been like family for more than 50 years. “He would walk across the street and visit the firemen and they just got […]

  • Lexington police get grant to help domestic violence victims

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Gloria Taylor remembers the night she thought she was going to die. “He put his hand over my mouth, it was covering my mouth and my nose and then he just took the other hand and put it around my neck,” Taylor said. In November 2014, her ex-boyfriend held her at knife point and strangled her. “I was hitting him saying ‘I can’t breathe,’” she said. “I could feel my body turning over some.” He then tried […]

  • Victim speaks out after man accused of indecent exposure, secret peeping at Thomasville Walmart

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A man is accused of following a woman around Walmart, secretly taking pictures of her and exposing himself. Arrest warrants show it happened on Sunday afternoon at the Walmart on Liberty Drive. Demario Javonte Smith is facing charges of indecent exposure and felony secret peeping. “I was very disgusted,” said the victim, who didn’t want to reveal her name or be shown on FOX8. “I felt violated that I even had to see that.” The victim says […]

  • Reidsville woman reflects on Billy Graham’s 1967 Tokyo crusade

    REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Looking back to 1967, Susie Stroud remembers getting the letter inviting her to join Rev. Billy Graham’s Tokyo crusade. “It was a very special time for me,” Stroud said. Her role on the team was small but important. “It was a booklet that had scriptures each day, almost a daily devotional,” she said. She put packets together for new Christians who were saved during each night of the crusade. “When they come forward and accept Christ, they’re […]

  • Hundreds of donated prom dresses to be given away in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — From classic styles to party dresses, the Community Theatre of Greensboro will go from playhouse to prom headquarters this weekend. “Walk around, see which dresses they’re interested in,” said Roz Fulton, education and artistic director for the Community Theater of Greensboro. She came up with the idea after a huge donation. Bill Wollert donated more than 500 new dresses to the theater before closing his bridal store Bridal Mart in Burlington during the summer. Most of the […]

  • Local law enforcement, lawmakers talk gun safety

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Representative John Faircloth says adding extra officers to schools is just one of several ideas he has to help prevent a tragedy like a mass shooting from happening at a North Carolina school. He’s one of 41 lawmakers appointed to a new school safety committee on Tuesday. The committee was formed nearly one week after 17 students and staff were shot and killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida. “We’ve almost come to the point […]

  • Push for tougher background checks after Florida school shooting

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The deadly high school in Parkland, Florida, has left many people, including Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes, calling for change. “I think people are sick and tired of this kind of thing happening,” Barnes said. “We’ve got a problem.” Barnes, a gun-rights supporter, says part of the problem is that federal background checks used to buy rifles aren’t strong enough. Police say Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in last week’s shooting, used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. “For a […]

  • WSSU ‘Smile Campaign’ helps students fight stress

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tyokia Harrison strikes up conversation while her friend Ihijahmah Yorker captures the moment. Their goal is simple, making students and staff smile. “Just actually approaching them and saying ‘How was your day?’” Harrison said. “Smiling at them, making sure they’re OK.” It’s part of a movement Harrison started at Winston-Salem State University last year called “The Smile Campaign.” “I felt that, on campus, we needed some type of support system for the students” the 19-year-old said. They […]

  • Peer counseling offered for officers after tragic incidents in Burlington

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — Lt. Brian Becmer saw one of the most gruesome deaths of his career in 2016. “We came across a suicide,” Becmer said. “It was a particularly graphic suicide. You never get used it. You want to tell yourself you do, but you don’t.” He says the image stuck with him. “Once you’ve seen something, you can’t un-see it,” he said. “It’s with you. Sometimes those visions stay with you.” From death investigations to suicides to the deadly […]

  • Guilford County sheriff talks preparedness after Florida school shooting

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. –The deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Wednesday is another tragic example of why law enforcement across the country and in the Piedmont have been stepping up their active shooter training exercises. “I think about my kids and in my particular case, my grandkids,” Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said. “It could have just as easily been them.” It’s a scenario Barnes hopes never happens in Guilford County, but it’s one he says his […]

  • Teen killed in Greensboro shooting identified as ‘American Idol’ winner Fantasia Barrino’s nephew

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police have identified the teen who was shot and killed Tuesday morning, according to a news release. Tyquan Vonricco Washington, 18, was found suffering from a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Hyde Drive at 10:54 a.m. Washington is the son of recording artist Ricco Barrino, whose real name is Kassim Vonricco Washington, and the nephew of “American Idol” and Grammy-winning singer Fantasia Barrino. Emergency crews performed life-saving measures but Washington was pronounced dead at […]

  • Lexington expanding ordinances for ABC permits

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — The Brewer’s Kettle is one of the newest businesses to open in Lexington’s Uptown district. It’s a business that wears many hats — part wine shop, part retail store. “We do have a bar with 14 to 16 beers on tap,” co-owner Kim Nichols said. “We also have hoodies,” she said. “We sell T-shirts.” It’s one of four hybrid businesses that have opened there in the past year, meaning it sells merchandise or offers services along with […]