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    Injured John Isner withdraws from Winston-Salem Open

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — John Isner, a two-time Winston-Salem Open champions, withdrew from the tournament this morning, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  Isner, a Greensboro native, pulled out of the tournament ahead of his quarterfinal match against Lukas Rosol because of a foot injury suffered during his win over Mikhail Kukushkin on Wednesday. This is the second straight year Isner has withdrawn from the Winston-Salem Open due to injury. “I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Winston-Salem Open, […]

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    Poor in the ‘burbs: Winston-Salem ranks high in national study

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem is No. 2 on a list that nobody wants to be on. The Brookings Institute, a Washington think tank, puts metro Winston-Salem in second place on the list of larger metropolitan areas that have experienced the greatest increase in the number of suburban poor people living in neighborhoods where at least 20 percent of the people are poor, the Winston-Salem Journal is reporting. The Winston-Salem metropolitan area is comprised of Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes and Yadkin […]

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    Motorcycle ride from Virginia to Winston-Salem raises money for veterans’ kids

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Former U.S. Marine Antonio Rocco knows exactly how it feels to be in the middle of a pack of motorcycles tooling down the main street of some town, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. “It is awesome,” Rocco said, as he stood on the parking lot at American Legion Post 55 on Miller Street on Tuesday, surrounded by hundreds of motorcycles. “It is loud, too.” Rocco and his wife Velvet were taking part in the American Legion Legacy Run, […]

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    NC House rejects bill on local sales tax, economic incentives

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The state House today rejected by a 54-47 vote an attempt to resurrect a controversial local sales tax and economic incentive bill pushed by legislative leaders, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. House Bill 1224 represented a microcosm of the impassioned debate and internal Republican discord that has kept the General Assembly in session nearly three weeks longer than planned. The bill was tied to the Senate’s willingness to compromise on financing teaching assistants. It was one of the […]

  • The state’s jobless rose for the first time in a year during July, although at a minimal increase, the N.C. Commerce Department reported today. (Image: The Winston-Salem Journal)

    NC’s jobless rate in July rises for first time in year

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The state’s jobless rose for the first time in a year during July, although at a minimal increase, the N.C. Commerce Department reported today, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The rate inched up 0.1 percentage point to 6.5 percent. It is down from 8.1 percent in July 2013. The increase may signal that the “Carolina Comeback” touted by Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders has lost some momentum. They have said for a year that the […]

  • Lockland Park occupies 1.86 acres at Lockland Avenue and Grace St. in Winston-Salem, N.C. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Sliver of green adorns Winston-Salem neighborhood

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Lockland Park is a blip on the map, almost indiscernible without a magnifying glass, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  Yet the 1.86-acre sliver of green sandwiched between Lockland Avenue and Grace Street Southwest is arguably one of the city’s most peaceful microparks. With a babbling creek, woods and greenery, the park is a little piece of nature preserved amid a sea of houses. A lot of people don’t know about the park because it’s so small, said […]

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    Gospel singer from Winston-Salem eliminated from ‘Sunday Best’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tiquila Wilson, a gospel singer from Winston-Salem, did not make it into the final round of “Sunday Best,” BET’s musical reality competition show, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Sunday’s episode narrowed the competition to two finalists. Wilson, 24, said online that she has no regrets. “That’s not how my story ends,” Wilson told her fans on Facebook after the episode aired. “I can’t thank God enough for the things He has done and for what He is […]

  • First responders are investigating a fire alarm at One Technology Place at the corner of First and Chestnut streets and have closed off the surrounding block. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Fire alarm at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter attributed to ‘building-system malfunction’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A building-system malfunction was to blame for a fire alarm at One Technology Place on Sunday, according to Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “About 4 (p.m.) today there was a report of a loud booming noise. An investigation has shown that there was a building-system malfunction, probably in the sprinkler system,” Tomlinson said. He said the problem was in the basement. It appears that a sprinkler pipe broke and caused a booming noise, he […]

  • The Textile Heritage Museum in Cooleemee is temporarily closed while it undergoes extensive renovations. The museum sits in a historic neighborhood where many textile workers once lived. (Courtesy of Lynn Rumley via the Winston-Salem Journal)

    Textile Heritage Center renovating space, updating displays

    COOLEEMEE, N.C. — Changes are coming to the Textile Heritage Center in the historic Zachary House, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The center is the first public museum in North Carolina dedicated to telling the story of life in a cotton mill town. It has drawn historians from around the region and the country, becoming a model for other preservation efforts in mill towns from Alabama to Virginia. In the years since the center opened in 1995, its collection of […]

  • Tennis player and Greensboro native John Isner throws a football with Wake Forest receivers. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    John Isner set to play Tuesday night at the Winston-Salem Open

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — John Isner is in Winston-Salem and is ready to play his first match at the Winston-Salem Open, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Isner, who is the top seed, won’t play his first match until Tuesday night when he will play the winner of the match between Wake Forest signee Noah Rubin and Bradley Klahn. Isner won the first two championships at the Winston-Salem Open, but he did not play here last year. However, he wanted to show […]

  • Employees do the chicken dance at Lowes Foods on Robinhood Road in Winston-Salem. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Lowes Foods revamping stores with ‘homegrown’ focus

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Shoppers in some Lowes Foods stores could suddenly get the urge to do the chicken dance, clip some herbs or cakewalk, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. These are all new store concepts that the supermarket chain based in Winston-Salem has started as part of its local “homegrown” focus. The chicken dance? Whenever an automated chicken chandelier is activated at stores with the Chicken Kitchen, employees can been seen flapping their arms, moving their feet, clapping and wiggling […]

  • Kristen Starkey (right), 3, wheels her trike through the WSPD Bike Rodeo course, Saturday, August 16, 2014, followed by her sister Rachel, 4, during the Cycling Fun Day in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Solar Bear Ride raises more than $15,000 for Cancer Services

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As David Fain pedaled 300-miles across the state in the second annual Solar Bear Ride, he knew that — despite the soreness creeping into his limbs — he had to keep going, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. There was only one reason for this certifiably insane three-day cycling trek: to beat cancer, the deadly disease that had stung his family like so many others. The ride, from Aug. 6 to 8, was a fundraiser for Winston-Salem Cancer […]

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