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    Cheaper gas prices expected to fuel more Thanksgiving holiday travel this year

    Cheaper gas prices will fuel more Thanksgiving holiday travel this year, according to AAA Carolinas. A total of 1.3 million North Carolinians should travel 50 miles or more from home. Of those travelers, 1.2 million are expected to drive, which is about 48,600 more than Thanksgiving holiday 2013, reported Winston-Salem Journal.  AAA Carolinas defines the holiday as today through Sunday. “Lower prices at the pump have encouraged more people to hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with […]

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    Mercedes-Benz USA mulling headquarters move to NC or Georgia

    Another international automaker is considering moving its U.S. headquarters to the Southeast, in this instance Mercedes-Benz USA, according to multiple media reports, And once again, North Carolina sites may be playing the role of leverage for the company with its preferred choice, which appears to be Atlanta, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The media reports, which began Tuesday, have the automaker moving from Montvale, N.J., where it has been based since 1972 and has about 1,000 employees. The Record of […]

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    Medicaid expansion in NC receives healthy prognosis

    The Triad and northwestern North Carolina could have 93,471 more people insured and 8,962 jobs created by 2020 if state leaders opt to expand Medicaid, a new study shows. That includes a possible 3,160 new jobs in Guilford County through 2020, and 26,539 people in the county would have an opportunity to get health insurance through 2017. The study, paid for by the Cone Health Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, was conducted by researchers at George Washington […]

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    Head of Winston-Salem child care center charged with embezzling about $30,000

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A Forsyth County woman who owns and operates a child care center was arrested on charges that she embezzled about $30,000 in tax money that should have gone to the state, according to a news release from the N.C. Department of Revenue. Rhonda E. Reaves, 56, of the 1300 block of Jonestown Road in Winston-Salem was charged Tuesday with six counts of embezzlement of state property, the News-Journal reported. According to a news release from the revenue […]

  • First Baptist Church by Bernard Horton, 1980. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Giving back: Company’s annual card portraits will hang in churches depicted in artwork

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Paintings of snow-covered churches evoke nostalgic notions of Christmas, so for all but three years from 1967 to 2000, Integon Insurance Co. commissioned artists to paint a church for its annual company Christmas card, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The original paintings will be given in January to the churches that they depict. The churches weren’t all portrayed in the snow — some in the Deep South are draped in Spanish moss — but each suggests midwinter […]

  • John Hinton photo Rachel Glascock (left), a senior from Greesboro majoring in economics, and Hope Baker, a junior from Atlanta, take a snooze in the ZieSta Room in the Reynolds Library at Wake Forest, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (John Hinton/Winston-Salem Journal)

    Wake Forest University now has room where students can nap

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest University accommodated the sleepy heads among its students this week, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The university created a “ZieSta Room” in Reynolds Library as more than 4,700 Wake Forest students took their final exams for the fall semester. Some students crammed by using naps and relaxation — rather than drinking coffee and caffeinated drinks — to stay awake for studying. The final exams ended today. Research shows that when college students take 15-minute naps, […]

  • Brandon Herring places a wreath at the POW/MIA flag during a wreath ceremony at the Carolina Field of Honor Saturday, December 14, 2014. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Veterans honored at wreath ceremony at Carolina Field of Honor

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — One by one, veterans from different branches of the U.S. military, each escorted by two members of the N.C. Carolina Leadership Academy Cadet Squadron, lay wreaths in front of stone markers at the Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. It was a moment to honor veterans, past and present, some of whom had lost their lives fighting for their country. “We shall not forget you,” Lt. Col. Shelley J. Gonzales, […]

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    East Carolina University prepares to open dental clinic in Thomasville

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Starting in mid-February, there should be more bright smiles and fewer people with a toothache in Davidson County and the Triad, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. That’s when an East Carolina University dental learning center opens to the public at 1235 Davidson Community College Road in Thomasville. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. Plans for the 8,000-square-foot facility were announced in June 2012. It cost about $3 million to build. The center will […]

  • Jason Hendrix in Verdi's "Rigoletto” with Metropolitan Opera in New York, N.Y. Hendrix has been in the Met chorus for 20 years. (Courtesy of Jason Hendrix via The Winston-Salem Journal)

    Davie County native sings with Metropolitan Opera

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — Making a living by singing for one of the world’s greatest opera companies in one of the world’s greatest cities is a dream for many, and for a few, such as Jason Hendrix from Davie County, it’s a reality, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Hendrix, who graduated from Davie County High School in 1980, has had a full-time job singing in the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera since 2001, but his route to the upper echelons […]

  • The R.J. Reynolds Building has served as downtown Winston-Salem's architectural signature for 85 years.

    Reynolds American, Lorillard set date for merger vote

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. have set Jan. 28 as the date for asking their respective shareholders to approve Reynolds’ $27.4 billion offer for its rival, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The manufacturers announced their deal July 15, essentially for Reynolds to gain top U.S. menthol brand Newport. In a joint regulatory filing Friday, Reynolds said it has scheduled its meeting for 9 a.m. at its headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem. Lorillard set its meeting for 10 […]

  • Sporting Santa earmuffs, Vickie Stanley of Cary points out a tree to her husband Tommy at Appalachian Evergreens in Boone. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    There’s something special about choose-and-cut trips for Christmas trees

    After the last spoonful of cranberry sauce and the final helping of turkey, the Christmas season officially begins for the Figan family.

  • Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem will be featured on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

    Watch the ‘Daily Show’ segment featuring a Winston-Salem restaurant

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mary’s Gourmet Diner was featured in a segment on Tuesday’s episode of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The segment looked at the controversy over discounts given to some customers who prayed or paused before their meals. The news of the discount gained attention on social media earlier this year, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation protested, saying the restaurant was giving a discount to people for praying and was discriminatory to […]


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