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    Winston-Salem apartment fire prompts evacuation, displaces 1

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A fire at a Winston-Salem apartment building prompted an evacuation and displaced a resident. The fire started at about 6:45 p.m. at Sunrise Towers, located at 801 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, according to Winston-Salem emergency dispatch. Unattended food on a stove in an apartment kitchen started the fire, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. The fire was contained to one apartment on the eighth floor. The eighth and ninth floors of the building were evacuated, the Journal […]

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    Forsyth County deputy dies in single-vehicle crash that flipped truck 3 times

    WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — A Forysth County sheriff’s deputy was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Ronda in Wilkes County on Sunday morning, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. Investigators said his pickup truck flipped three times. Hayden Wesley “Wes” Church, 35, was driving north on U.S. 421 near Clingman Road when he veered left into the median of the road around 6:15 a.m., Trooper K.W. Dean of the N.C. Highway Patrol said. Church overcorrected as he came back onto the four-lane […]

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    Shaquille O’Neal buys Krispy Kreme store

    ATLANTA — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. added to its list of celebrity franchisee owners Monday, as basketball Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal has bought a downtown Atlanta shop. O’Neal also agreed to become a spokesman for the company, which was taken private July 27 in a $1.35 billion buyout by an affiliate of German food company JAB Holdings Inc. The location on Ponce de Leon Avenue has been the site of a Krispy Kreme shop for more than 60 […]

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    New taco restaurant coming to Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A new taco restaurant is coming to Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Crafted: The Art of the Taco has plans to open at 527 N. Liberty St. The managers hope to open by November, although there is no current opening date, according to the Wake Forest University Old Gold & Black. The Journal reported that Crafted has two locations in Greensboro that are owned by chef Kristina Fuller and her mother, Rhonda Fuller. One is called […]

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    North Stokes ends football for rest of season

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Citing a lack of healthy and able varsity-level players, the North Stokes football program decided to end its 2016 varsity season, effective immediately, athletic director Michael Richardson announced Tuesday afternoon, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Led by third-year head coach Mitch Reeves, North Stokes was scheduled to take on Mount Airy this Friday night and then, following a bye week on Oct. 7, had four remaining games against Northwest 1-A conference members Walkertown, Winston-Salem Prep, East Surry […]

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    J.Crew plans to open Winston-Salem store in time for Black Friday

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — J.Crew will arrive in Winston-Salem just in time for Black Friday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Saul Centers Inc., owner of Thruway Shopping Center, lists a J.Crew storefront on its website map for the center. Saul spokesman Zane Zynda said Thursday that the J.Crew retail store is scheduled to open Nov. 23 — the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The trend-setting clothing retailer is taking a 5,772-square-foot space two doors down from Talbots, with Francesca’s Collections and General Nutrition […]

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    Charges dropped against former Baptist volunteer who was in video of confrontation

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An assault charge was dismissed this morning against a former volunteer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for her role in a confrontation with a man earlier this year, her attorney said today, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Donna Lorraine Bridger, 68, of Winston-Salem, had been charged with misdemeanor simple assault. She was accused of assaulting Isaiah Baskins on April 14 at Brenner Children’s Hospital in the medical center. Baskins said he was confronted by Bridger when […]

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    Winston-Salem woman pleads guilty to child abuse

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem mother was convicted Wednesday of not doing enough to stop her boyfriend from beating her 3-year-old son, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Tesia Alexandria Anderson, 23, of Greenway Avenue, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to negligent child abuse, inflicting serious physical injury. Judge Susan Bray of Forsyth Superior Court gave Anderson a suspended sentence of 13 months to 25 months in prison and placed her on supervised probation for three years. Assistant District Attorney […]

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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.

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    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 […]