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    Kernersville woman cleared of abuse charges in death of 92-year-old mother

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County jury acquitted a Kernersville woman Friday of charges that she neglected her 92-year-old mother to the point that her mother developed bed sores that prosecutors allege contributed to her death. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Nannie Ballard Kollar, 72, of South Cherry Street in Kernersville was on trial last week in Forsyth Superior Court on two felony charges — abuse of a disabled or elderly person causing serious injury and neglect of a […]

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    Forsyth elections board sends criminal complaint to state board

    The Forsyth County Board of Elections is referring a complaint of criminal conduct to the North Carolina State Board of Elections for further review, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  Chairman Ken Raymond read a statement today after the board came out of a closed session. “This board, upon complaint of criminal conduct related to the election process, discussed a matter in closed session and found probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed,” Raymond read. The board voted […]

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    Winston-Salem man competes on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

    Neil Craver, a photographer from Winston-Salem, is among the competitors on Monday night’s episode of “American Ninja Warrior,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  During the reality competition series, which airs at 9 p.m. Mondays on NBC, competitors work their way through various obstacles, including the “Mine Field,” “Floating Stairs” and “Spider Climb.” Tonight’s episode features competitors in the Miami finals vying for a chance to advance to the Las Vegas finals, where they will compete for a cash prize of $500,000.

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    ZeekRewards receiver seeks repayment from ‘net winners’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The receiver of defunct ZeekRewards.com is requesting that at least four “net winners” be ordered to pay back the money they received from the Ponzi scheme, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Kenneth Bell said in a legal filing on July 10 that he wants Darryle Douglas to pay $2.27 million, which represents $1.97 million in net winnings and just under $300,000 in interest since August 2012. Bell said Douglas was considered in default on July 3. Similar requests […]

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    Timely lab testing could help courts in Forsyth County

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Released from the Forsyth County Detention Center on a cold day, Dec. 8, 2011, Ryan Nicholas had a short-sleeve shirt on his back, the same spring shirt he was wearing when he was arrested April 8 that year in a no-knock drug raid launched by the Winston-Salem Police Department’s SWAT team, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. For eight months, Nicholas sat in jail on drug charges. Prosecutors would ultimately drop all the charges against him because […]

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    BB&T rise 20 years later, bet on the future turned out to be sure thing

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A card table, two legal pads and a handshake 20 years ago produced the most pivotal transaction in BB&T Corp.’s history and yielded a seminal economic moment for Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem.  John Allison, top executive of BB&T, and Glenn Orr Jr., top executive of Southern National Corp., met in a Richmond, Va., hotel ballroom with a common goal — a merger of equals — and common concerns on how to pull it off. They knew […]

  • Some of the Chang and Eng Bunker descendants wore "Our Family Sticks Together" shirts to the 25th family reunion in Mount Airy, NC, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Descendants of famed Siamese twins celebrate family ties in Mount Airy

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Twins Eng and Chang Bunker were joined at the hip — literally, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Born in 1811, the conjoined twins were connected by a 5-inch-long band of cartilage above their waist. They spent the early years of their life in the Kingdom of Siam — modern day Thailand — coining the phrase “Siamese Twins.” Their parents, Nok and Ti Eye, named the twins “Eng” and “Chang” meaning “right” and “left” in Chinese. Despite […]

  • The former YWCA on Glade St in Winston-Salem's West End, seen Thursday, July 17, 2014, has been renovated into seven condo units and renamed The Glade at West End. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Condos at new residential community in Winston-Salem’s West End nearly complete

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bill Benton has fond childhood memories of going to the old YWCA on Glade Street with his parents and sisters for lunch in the early 1950s, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “For a long time, they had a cafeteria here,” he said. “It was my mother’s favorite. We ate Sunday lunch here.” Now, Benton is about to call the landmark building home. He has redeveloped the old YWCA building into seven condos called The Glade at West […]

  • Bill Cowan, a retired military man and commentator for Fox News, in his home near Mount Airy, NC. (David Rolfe)

    Marine turned FOX commentator ready to slow down in Surry Co., but duty calls

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Bill Cowan is starting to savor the country life in rural Surry County, but he’s not out to pasture, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Cowan, soon to be 71, is a retired Marine Corps officer with immense experience in combat (Vietnam) and military intelligence (the Middle East). Since 2001 Cowan has been a no-holds-barred, willing-to-step-on-toes commentator on Fox News. He’s been on as recently as Friday, discussing the circumstances surrounding the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 […]

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    New York City ban on tobacco discounts starts on Aug. 1

    NEW YORK — A ban on tobacco product discounts in New York City will go into effect Aug. 1 after the Big 3 manufacturers opted not to appeal a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Altria Group Inc., Lorillard Inc., and Reynolds American Inc. had argued that not allowing discounts violated their free-speech rights, and that city-level limits were superseded by state and federal laws. Judge Thomas Griesa ruled in June that “the ordinance […]

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    Wake Forest Baptist receives rating downgrade by Moody’s

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A bond rating credit service Friday downgraded Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center from an A1 rating to A2, but assigned the center a stable outlook, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Moody’s Investors Service assigned the A2 rating to bonds issued by Wake Forest Baptist and North Carolina Baptist Hospital, which Moody’s considers a separate entity for oversight purposes. In June, Moody’s placed both groups’ A1 rating under review for possible downgrade. Wake Forest Baptist is Forsyth County’s […]

  • Beverly Funches Williams holds the 1964 Anderson High School yearbook at her house in Winston-Salem, N.C. Williams is an organizer for the Class of '64 50th anniversary reunion. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Anderson High School class of 1964 to celebrate 50th anniversary

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Beverly Funches Williams has fond memories of her time at the old Anderson High School, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. And this weekend, she’ll be part of a group of about 70 members of the class of 1964 who will together to talk about old times and see old friends. The school closed years ago. The building is now the Anderson Center at Winston-Salem State University. About 100 seniors graduated from Anderson in 1964. “We have been […]