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    Forsyth woman adds daughter’s father to lawsuit over burning from spilled noodle soup

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County woman is seeking to add the father of her child as a defendant in a federal lawsuit, saying that he’s partly to blame for her daughter receiving second-degree burns after a cup of instant noodles spilled on her. Kimberly Buffkin filed the lawsuit in November 2013 in Forsyth Superior Court against Maruchan Inc. and its Tokyo-based parent company, Toyo Suisan Kaisha. The company got the case transferred to U.S. District Court in the […]

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    Alligator raises concern about reptile rehab center near neighborhood

    WALKERTOWN, N.C. — After finding a 5-foot alligator in a creek behind her home last Wednesday, Tina Herrera raised concerns about a reptile rescue and rehabilitation center in her neighborhood. Herrera lives on Stanley Avenue near Walkertown, a short drive away from CCSB Reptile Rescue & Rehabilitation Center that is owned by Chad Griffin. Although Herrera said she was thankful that Griffin helped remove the alligator from her property, she has suspicions that the gator, now named Dracula, came from […]

  • Charles Thomas Stacks, 30, of Winston-Salem, faces charges in connection to the death of 2-year-old Jaxson Swain.

    Winston-Salem man charged with murder left bite marks on 2-year-old victim, arrest warrant says

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man left bite marks on various areas of the body of a 2-year-old boy authorities say he killed, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the Winston-Salem Journal. Charles Thomas Stacks, 30, of Grubbs Street was charged Friday with first-degree murder and intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury in connection with the death of Jaxson Sonny Swain. Jaxson died Aug. 19 at Brenner Children’s Hospital from head injuries that he received Aug. 16 at a […]

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    Motorcycle rider seriously injured in crash at U.S. 311 on-ramp in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman has life-threatening injuries after the motorcycle she was riding collided with a car that turned in front of her Friday morning, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Janice Bender, 52, of Kernersville, was riding west on Union Cross Road about 7:35 a.m. when an oncoming car turned left onto the entrance for northbound U.S. 311, according to the Winston-Salem Police Department. Bender was thrown from her motorcycle by the impact and she was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical […]

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    Parents of 5-year-old boy sue Winston-Salem day care, allege abuse

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The parents of a 5-year-old boy allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a day care teacher at Sugar and Spice Child Enrichment Center struck their child, pushed him into bookcases and then let another child taunt and hit the boy. The lawsuit alleges Sugar and Spice officials were negligent in hiring and supervising the teacher. Angel Broughton and Paul Accattato, parents of Carter Accattato, filed the lawsuit in Forsyth Superior Court against Jacinta Antoinetta Gladden and […]

  • Mark and Debra Vernon sit in one of their many garden chairs. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Wow! Forsyth County couple creates a garden that’s full of surprises

    RURAL HALL, N.C. -- Creating a comfortable outdoor landscape requires a place to sit, relax and enjoy the open-air environment that surrounds you.

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    Blimp adds to TV coverage of Wyndham Championship

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The best thing about riding in the MetLife Blimp over Winston-Salem was there weren’t any signs of drones. That made for clear flying and a nice trip Thursday morning, despite plenty of cloud cover. One of the pilots, Terry Dillard, said he’s heard of drones being a problem from time to time but he’s never encountered any issues. As for his job of riding around the East Coast from sporting event to sporting event in a blimp, […]

  • Carver High School math teacher Charita Ward puts posters up on her classroom walls Tuesday. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Teacher shortage hits Forsyth County classrooms

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With less than a week before students return to class, the pressure is on to make sure each of those classrooms has a teacher in it. Chances are, some Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will not meet the deadline. On Monday, the district still had 81 open teaching positions. “At this time last year, we had 52 total positions,” said Alex Hoskins, spokesperson for the district. “With 47 at elementary school (this year), that’s quite the bump.” Read full story: […]

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    Forsyth man convicted in fatal shooting of his girlfriend

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — By all accounts, Samuel Emmanuel Snider and Janet Sheppard Petty had a volatile relationship during the six years they were together. That ended on Jan. 3, 2014, when authorities found Petty dead in the home the two shared. Snider, 52, pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in Petty’s death. Judge David Hall of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Snider to between eight years and nine months and 11 years and three months in prison. READ MORE: Winston-Salem […]

  • Dave Thomas Brown will star in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” off-Broadway. (courtesy DAVE THOMAS BROWN
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    Winston-Salem man to star off-Broadway in ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — At the very bottom of Dave Thomas Brown’s impressive acting resume is this entry: “Horseback Stunt Riding (Western, English, and Bareback).” He won’t need that particular skill set when he opens off-Broadway next week in “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” but he admits that it gets attention. And it came in handy when he was studying drama at UNC School of the Arts. “The UNCSA film department used to do a lot of Westerns,” he said. “What […]

  • Dr. Todd Perry and Patti Friend, manager of public relations for Novant Health (on screen) demonstrate a video visit. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Local healthcare providers offer video doctor visits

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Local healthcare providers are taking the term “see your doctor” to a new level, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Novant Health Inc., which operates Forsyth Medical Center, recently started offering video visits through the Novant Health Express Care facility at 4136 Clemmons Road in Clemmons. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has a new video-visit program for employees and their family members, and is working on a plan to open visits to all its patients. Novant offers video […]

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    Storm leaves sinkhole near building in downtown Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A severe thunderstorm Monday night caused a sinkhole to open near an apartment building in downtown Winston-Salem. The property at 648 Holly Ave. adjoins the property of the former AIDS Care Service house, which was damaged by water flowing from a severe thunderstorm on Aug. 7, 2000. The house was eventually torn down. A utility pole was in danger of falling Tuesday morning after most of the ground around it was washed out. Crews from Duke Energy, […]

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