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  • Science teacher’s prestigious award will help Winston-Salem school rebuild

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If Brad Rhew were looking for a reason to stay in teaching, he just got one — or 25,000, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. To his credit, the science teacher at Cook Literacy Model School said he wasn’t planning to leave the profession anytime soon. But, if the notion struck him anytime over the next five years, $25,000 might make a person reconsider. Rhew is one of five teachers in the state to receive the prestigious Burroughs […]

  • Aldi reopens store off University Parkway in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bernice Whitley was one of the first early morning shoppers to visit the Aldi grocery store off University Parkway on Thursday for its official reopening, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The store at 5622 Hanes Mill Road is one of three in Forsyth County that are being renovated as part of Aldi Inc.’s $1.6 billion nationwide plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 locations by 2020. “The changes are great,” said Whitley, a frequent Aldi shopper, […]

  • New Japanese steakhouse, sushi lounge opens in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — UMI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge opened this week at 1280 Creekside Way, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. UMI joins a handful of restaurants in the Shoppes on Little Creek off Hanes Mall Boulevard that includes Firebirds Grill and Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza. UMI is owned by two Chinese cousins, Ryan Li and Vince Li. Ryan Li, who runs the Gd Seafood wholesale business in Winston-Salem, enticed his cousin Vince Li to come down from Toledo, Ohio, to […]

  • Controversial billboard in Forsyth County replaced with new message

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A billboard that raised eyebrows was replaced Saturday by one that has some people scratching their heads, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The new 39-word sign, just off Business 40 near the Linville Road exit, reads: “Much Ado About Nothing. A social experiment that brought forth those so immersed in their own insecurity that in the mirror they could only see an angry victim of their incorrect interpretation of a silly billboard — Bless their hearts.” “Who’s […]

  • Maxburger Burger Bar and Grill opens in Davidson County

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Maxburger Burger Bar and Grill has opened at 3450 Old Salisbury Road, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The restaurant is just over the county line in Davidson County off N.C. 150. Maxburger is next to Breakfasttime in the former 13 Bones location. Maxburger is a gourmet burger concept by owner Teddy Kazakos, son of Andreas Kazakos, who owns Breakfastime next door. (Another son, Alexander Kazakos, owns a Breakfastime in Clemmons.) Teddy Kazakos said that Maxburger has […]

  • Winston-Salem man convicted in crash that killed a brother and sister

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was convicted Wednesday on charges that he drove drunk, ran a red light and slammed his car into another vehicle, killing a 63-year-old man and his sister, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Robert Taylor Downey, 50, of Winston-Salem, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to two counts of felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and obtaining the status of habitual felon. He is accused of causing the crash […]

  • Winston-Salem woman convicted of animal cruelty charges; 15 cats found dead on property

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A volunteer for a Forsyth County animal rescue group was convicted of multiple animal cruelty charges in connection to 15 dead cats found on her property last year. Melissa Zimmerman, 49, pleaded guilty Jan. 19 in Forsyth District Court to 15 counts of felony animal cruelty and five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, according to court papers obtained by the Winston-Salem Journal. The charges came after Forsyth County Animal Control officers discovered the bodies of 15 […]

  • Man gets at least 22 years in sexual abuse of 15-year-old Forsyth County girl

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Gibsonville man was sentenced to at least 22 years in prison after a Forsyth County jury convicted him of only one out of multiple sex offenses involving a 15-year-old girl, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Ernie Donnell Pinnix II, 43, had been on trial since last week on allegations that he sexually abused a girl from April 2013 through March 2015. He also was charged with abduction, accused of taking the girl from Mebane to South […]

  • Two women indicted in connection to skeletal remains found in Clemmons home in 2014

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Forsyth County grand jury indicted Amber Nicole Burch, who, along with her late boyfriend, Pazuzu Algarad, are accused of killing and burying two men in 2009 in the backyard of their Clemmons house. Burch, 27, was indicted Monday on charges of murder, armed robbery and accessory after the fact to murder, according to court papers. Krystal Nicole Matlock, 31, was indicted Monday on accessory after the fact to murder, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The armed […]

  • Classic ’80s arcade with full-service bar coming to downtown Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Reboot Arcade Bar is expected to open in mid-February in downtown Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The business is a classic ’80s arcade, providing more than 60 1980s and 1990s arcade and pinball machines as well as a full-service bar featuring craft beers and cocktails. The arcade’s most recent game is from 1993. Among its classic arcade game offerings are Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Mario Bros. Reboot is going into 3,700 square feet previously occupied […]

  • Former Reynolds CEO Johnson dies, leaves controversial legacy

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — F. Ross Johnson, the former top executive of RJR Nabisco and perhaps the most vilified businessman in local history, died Thursday of pneumonia at age 85, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Johnson’s death was confirmed by a spokesman, multiple media outlets reported Saturday. Johnson came to Winston-Salem in 1985 as part of selling Nabisco Brands Inc. to R.J. Reynolds Industries Inc. for $4.9 billion. Soon after he took over as RJR Nabisco’s chief executive in January 1987, […]

  • Atelier bakeries in Winston-Salem abruptly close

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The two Atelier bakeries in Winston-Salem have abruptly closed, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Atelier Bakery on Trade and Atelier Bakery on Meadowlark closed in the last few days. It’s unclear if the closings are temporary or not. A sign on the door of Atelier Bakery on Trade, N. Trade St., said, “Regrettably closed until further notice. We sincerely apologize, but we are currently unable to operate.” The sign included an email for inquiries. An email sent […]