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  • Michal and Katie Trenerowski are all settled into the home they chose on House Hunters with their daughter Lily and newborn son, Marco (not pictured). (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    ‘House Hunters’ couple settling into Lewisville home

    LEWISVILLE, N.C. — And the winner is … Lewisville. Michal and Katie Trenerowski have gone public with where they want to live. They proclaimed it to the nation, in fact, on an episode of “House Hunters,” a popular reality TV show on HGTV that follows a couple through the process of buying a new house. The episode featuring the Trenerowskis aired last month. It will be shown again March 26 at 10 p.m. Michal, a native of Poland, and Katie, […]

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    Stephen Colbert will speak at Wake Forest’s commencement

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Stephen Colbert – comedian, political satirist and late-night TV host – will be Wake Forest University’s commencement speaker this May, the school announced in a news release. Colbert is best known as the host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, which recently ended its nine-year run. The show was nominated for a total of 40 Emmy Awards and won six times, including twice in the “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” category. The program […]

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    Defunct mattress company in Thomasville seeks emergency sale

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — The bankruptcy trustee for Thomasville manufacturer Carolina Mattress Guild Inc. has requested permission for an emergency sale of select equipment and all raw material and inventory at two company facilities. The company, owned by Kathy and Neal Grigg, had been in operation for 23 years before filing for Chapter 7 protection Dec. 15. The properties are at 1 Stanley Drive and 385 North Drive. A hearing on the sale request was scheduled to take place Feb. 28. […]

  • Kelly Bouldin Darmofal poses for a portrait in her home Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. She has written a book about her recovery after traumatic brain injury.

    Winston-Salem woman uses own experiences to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Kelly Bouldin Darmofal never imagined that a single moment could rob her of everything — her past, her present and her future. Until Sept. 17, 1992, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. It was a mere five days after her 15th birthday and Kelly Bouldin — as the freshman at Reynolds High School was known then — was headed to Burger King for a celebratory chicken sandwich after cheerleading at her first high school football game. While on […]

  • Tori Petty, a parent of a Hanes Middle School students, helps move delicate items out of the school on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    School officials in Forsyth County say new spaces will be ready Monday

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ready or not, here they come. Nearly 1,200 Hanes and Lowrance middle school students will start at new schools Monday morning, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. School officials have been working to ready the needed space at Smith Farm Elementary and Atkins High School and reopen the former Hill Middle School, which had been closed since 2012. When students arrive via brand new bus routes Monday, that building will say “Hanes Magnet School.” School officials say they’ll […]

  • A vehicle left the road and hit the Gold's Gym at the corner of Fourth and Marshall streets downtown. (Arika Herron/Winston-Salem Journal)

    Vehicle crashes into Gold’s Gym in downtown Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The front desk attendant at Gold’s Gym got a surprise early Saturday morning when a vehicle left the road and hit the building at the corner of Fourth and Marshall streets downtown, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Around 4 a.m., two vehicles were involved in a crash that caused one vehicle to crash through shrubs at the street corner. The vehicle hit a column in front of the gym and smashed several panels of glass at the […]

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    Local dispatchers have high rate tracing 911 calls from cellphones

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When someone in Winston-Salem or Forsyth County calls 911 from a cellphone, it is likely that emergency dispatchers can pinpoint the caller’s location, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The Forsyth County 911 Communications Center can trace about 90 percent of the 911 calls made from cellphones, said Herb Swaim, the center’s telecommunications supervisor. The county’s communications center receives about 100,000 911 calls annually. The Winston-Salem Police Department’s 911 Communications Center can trace about 78 percent of the […]

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    Record flu-related death toll now at 176 in North Carolina

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The record death toll in the state’s flu epidemic has increased by six to 176, state health officials said Friday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. About 83 percent of the victims, or 145, are age 65 and older, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said. That includes three of the six new confirmed deaths. Two victims were in the 50-to-64 age group, while one was in the 25-to-49 age group. The record for flu-related deaths […]

  • Neighbors help construct a snowman at Harold Beaty's house Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Beaty is known throughout the neighborhood for constructing tall snowmen when it snows. (Left photo: Walt Unks/Journal, right photo: Jenny Drabble/Journal)

    Winston-Salem man builds 15-foot snowman with his neighbors

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As a winter wonderland settled Wednesday night on Winston-Salem, many were content to watch the torrent of snowflakes from the comfort of their homes. Not Harold Beaty, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Beaty, 52, bundled up and raced outside to get started on his annual mission: to build the tallest snowman possible. It was long past midnight when he stopped and, after a quick nap, he was at it again, determined to get a few more hours […]

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    Musicians in Winston-Salem to pay tribute to Johnny Cash

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On Friday and Saturday, a dozen bands will pay tribute to the Man in Black during the 13th annual “Cash Bash,” at The Garage in Winston-Salem. Each band will play selected songs by Johnny Cash and other tunes, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Though Cash was a quintessential man’s man, his music appeals to women as well, with songs about regret, heartbreak and rough times that anyone can empathize with. “Johnny Cash is up there on the […]

  • The main entrance to Hanes and Lowrance middle schools on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Hanes, Lowrance schools to remain empty as officials decide how to address toxic vapors

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hanes and Lowrance middle schools will stay empty next year while school officials decide how to address the threat of toxic vapors that tests conducted earlier this month found in significant levels in the soil below the schools but not inside classrooms, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education voted 7-1 Thursday night to keep students off of the campus for the 2015-16 school year, instead keeping Lowrance students at Atkins High School […]

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    Winston-Salem woman faces death penalty in connection to fatal stabbing

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman facing the death penalty is accused of hitting her 76-year-old neighbor with a statue, stabbing her more than 20 times with a kitchen knife and then striking the woman with a shovel, according to a search warrant filed last month in Forsyth Superior Court, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Cathy Gwenzell Burrell, 52, of the 1500 block of Longview Drive is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death Nov. 4, 2013, of […]


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