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  • Betty Lynn, who played “Thelma Lou” on “The Andy Griffith Show,” cracks up during the 24th annual Mayberry Days Festival in Mount Airy in 2013. (BRUCE CHAPMAN/Journal)

    Mount Airy’s Thelma Lou from ‘Andy Griffith Show’ celebrates 90th birthday

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Barney Fife’s best gal is about to turn 90, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Betty Lynn — who played Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show” and later became a resident of the town that inspired Mayberry — will celebrate her birthday on Monday, and the Surry Arts Council is commemorating the occasion with a series of special events that day. “It is so wonderful to have Betty, one of the most important folks from ‘The […]

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    Marshall Street closed after police chase, wreck in downtown Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A police chase and car crash closed down Marshall Street in downtown Winston-Salem. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that two people ran from the car after the crash and were taken into custody soon afterward. As of 1:42 p.m., little information is known about the incident, but both a Winston-Salem and North Carolina State Highway Patrol vehicle may both be involved in the chase. The investigation is ongoing.

  • Fans take pictures of Olympic medalist Kathleen Baker, (right) as she emerges from the Swim Gear shop to receive a key to the city from Mayor Allen Joines. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Olympian Kathleen Baker returns to Winston-Salem, greets fans

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Kathleen Baker can add more gold to her medal collection now that she received the key to the city of Winston-Salem on Saturday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Families, friends and swimmers waited for hours outside of Swim Gear of North Carolina in the Stratford Station shopping center Saturday morning to get a chance to meet the 2016 Rio Olympic gold and silver medalist. Baker, who won the silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke and gold with […]

  • Gina Player is closing her store, Accessorize This, at the end of September. It’s one of the few places in Lewisville that sells handcrafted items, such as scarves and purses. (Winston-Salem Journal file photo)

    Owner closing Lewisville boutique for new phase in life

    LEWISVILLE, N.C. — Customers at Accessorize This have begun walking through the door of the shop, putting their hands on their hips and delivering mock glares at owner Gina Player, their body language sending a message of displeasure, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Player delayed closing her boutique on Shallowford Road for months for this very reason. She didn’t want to disappoint her longtime customers, many of whom have become friends. And while customers say they are sad to see […]

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    Former Reynolds High School coach pleads guilty to impregnating student

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A former girls’ basketball coach at Reynolds High School pleaded guilty on Wednesday to having sex with a student and getting her pregnant, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. During an interview with a police recruiter in 2015, the student said that she and Darrele Mitchell, 33, had sex in 2012 when he was the girls’ varsity basketball coach. Mitchell was initially charged with felony sex offense with a student and indecent liberties with a student, but he rejected […]

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    Krispy Kreme brings back Monday Panthers deal, but it’ll cost a little more

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. is bringing back its highly popular Panthers Monday discount for a fourth consecutive season, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. However, it won’t be as sweet price-wise. The company said Wednesday it will offer a dozen glazed doughnuts for $4.99 on Mondays at participating shops in the Carolinas following a Panthers win throughout the preseason and regular season. Although that represents a $3 discount off the regular price of $7.99 a dozen, the promotion […]

  • Jose Angel Chegue Mendoza (Mendoza family)

    12-year-old boys accused in Winston-Salem teen’s shooting death can’t be tried as adults

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two 12-year-old boys charged in the shooting death of a teenage boy in Winston-Salem cannot be tried as adults. The two 12-year-old boys turned themselves in on Monday in connection with the death of 15-year-old Jose Angel Chegue Mendoza. Winston-Salem police said officers were called to a church at 432 Crews St. at 8:47 p.m. Friday. Upon their arrival, the officers located Mendoza in an open area behind the church. Mendoza had been shot multiple times. He was […]

  • Reanimator Records opened in October 2012. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Triad record store to close, will host goodbye concert

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Reanimator Records will close today in downtown Winston-Salem after nearly four years in business, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The venue at 344 N. Patterson Ave., near Krankies Coffee, offers a combined record store and event space, including live music, vinyl records, beer and art shows. “We’ve had many shows there over the last four years — bands touring from around the country,” said Shawn Peters, who owns Reanimator Records with his business partner, Anthony Petrovic. At […]

  • Cheerwine Kreme soda combines the flavor of two North Carolina classics. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Cheerwine, Krispy Kreme team up for new soft drink

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — First came a Krispy Kreme doughnut with Cheerwine flavoring. Now comes a Cheerwine soda with Krispy Kreme flavor, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme have partnered again for Cheerwine Kreme, a soda that incorporates the flavor of Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed Doughnuts. “When Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme come together, great flavor collisions happen,” said Joy Ritchie Harper, Cheerwine’s head of marketing and a fifth-generation family member of Cheerwine’s founder. In 2010, Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme […]

  • FILE PHOTO: Joshua Mack, 21, holds a life-size poster of Kalvin Michael Smith during a rally in Raleigh. (Journal photo by Bertrand M Gutierrez.)

    MTV documentary will look at controversial Winston-Salem case

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A controversial case from Winston-Salem will be one of the subjects of a new serialized documentary series coming next month to MTV, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The case of Kalvin Michael Smith will be one of three stories examined in “Unlocking the Truth,” which will make its debut on MTV Aug. 17. In the series, Ryan Ferguson, who was exonerated in 2013 after spending 10 years in prison, travels around the country with an investigator from the Exoneration […]

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    Gabe’s store to open today on Peters Creek Parkway

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Gabriel Brothers Inc. will open a Gabe’s store today at Brewer Crossing Shopping Center in Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The store, at 2690 Peters Creek Parkway, is in a portion of the former Kmart, next to Planet Fitness. Gabe’s sells brand-name apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men, juniors, young adults and children. Other items include home decor, electronics and toys. The retailer said that all merchandise is up to 70 percent off department store […]

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    Winston-Salem police chief: Officers prepared for Saturday’s Black Lives Matter march

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are prepared for Saturday’s Black Lives Matter march in downtown Winston-Salem to protest police killings in Louisiana and Minnesota, police Chief Barry Rountree told the Winston-Salem Journal Friday. “Based on what we know, we will have appropriate personnel on hand for people to exercise their right to protest,” Rountree said. Rountree talked about the march in the wake of at least one gunman shooting five police officers and wounding seven others Thursday night in Dallas […]

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