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    Cheaper gas prices expected to fuel more Thanksgiving holiday travel this year

    Cheaper gas prices will fuel more Thanksgiving holiday travel this year, according to AAA Carolinas. A total of 1.3 million North Carolinians should travel 50 miles or more from home. Of those travelers, 1.2 million are expected to drive, which is about 48,600 more than Thanksgiving holiday 2013, reported Winston-Salem Journal.  AAA Carolinas defines the holiday as today through Sunday. “Lower prices at the pump have encouraged more people to hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with […]

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    Winston-Salem man shot in leg during home invasion

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was wounded Monday when two other men broke into his home and attempted to rob him, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  Cedric Sonata Jones, 40, was shot twice in the leg, police Lt. Steven Tollie said. He was taken to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The incident happened shortly before 2:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Forest Hill Avenue in the city’s northern section, Winston-Salem police said. Jones told officers […]

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    East Forsyth High School students mourn after fellow senior dies in car crash

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The students and staff at East Forsyth High School on Monday mourned the death of Drake Dalton Brown, a senior killed Saturday in a car crash on Union Cross Road, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  “He had a smile that was contagious,” Principal Patricia Gainey said. Brown, 17, and Matthew Barry Jones, 20, both of Kernersville, died at the scene, Winston-Salem police said Austin Gray Renegar, 18, also of Kernersville, suffered minor injuries and was treated […]

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Vivian Joiner, left, and Stephanie Tyson of Sweet Potatoes with their sweet potato corn muffins.

    Owners of Winston-Salem restaurant featured in NYTimes article divulge recipe secrets

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In the ultimate Thanksgiving feast, where the table contains one dish for every state in the nation, North Carolina would be represented by sweet potato cornbread. Or so says The New York Times, which published its United States of Thanksgiving on Tuesday. The project, which compiles recipes from every state and Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, doesn’t include just any sweet potato cornbread. The recipe comes from Sweet Potatoes restaurant on Trade Street in downtown […]

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    Group in Winston-Salem continues efforts to help combat Ebola

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nearly 3,000 people have died from the Ebola virus since its unprecedented outbreak in Liberia, one of three countries hit hardest by the epidemic in West Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The death toll is more than 5,400 combined from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Although the CDC said last week that the spread of the virus in Liberia has slowed, James Hunder, the president of the […]

  • The two Kevin Williamses in Winston-Salem (The Winston-Salem Journal)

    Lots of confusion – and a few laughs – for two Winston-Salem lawyers with same name

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — “The other Kevin Williams” has become a familiar phrase in the lives of two lawyers in Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The two Kevin Williamses have encountered some confusing and humorous situations because they have the same first and last names. “It can lead to a sticky situation if I get a client or a potential client of his that calls me in error,” said Kevin J. Williams Kevin G. Williams said, “I can’t tell you […]

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    Prayer policy in Forsyth County to be decided by new board

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A federal judge opened the door Thursday for the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners to bring back sectarian prayer before commissioner meetings, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. But it will be up to a new board to decide how to move forward. On Dec. 1, two new commissioners will be sworn in: Ted Kaplan, a Democrat who formerly served on the board, and Don Martin, a Republican and well-known former superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Commissioner Gloria […]

  • The location that business owner Elaine Oakes hopes to turn into a restaurant at the Ogburn Station Shopping Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, January 16, 2014. Oakes got a loan from the city to help start the business but the location has been beset with problems stemming from a leaky roof. Oakes is suing the shopping center owner who incidentally also received a loan from the city to improve the shopping center. (BRUCE CHAPMAN/Journal)

    Ogburn Station restaurant in Winston-Salem set to move forward

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s been a long wait, but Bernetta Oakes says she is ready to gear up and go into the restaurant business at Ogburn Station Shopping Center, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The city has finalized negotiations with Oakes over a loan that will help her finish work at the restaurant site. Oakes said she could be in business in three or four months. “It is going to happen,” Oakes said. It sure didn’t look that way a […]

  • Wake Forest redshirt freshman tailback Dezmond Wortham (20) runs the ball. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Weaver’s kicks lift Deacons over Hokies 6-3 in two overtimes

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It was redemption day Saturday at BB&T Field, not just for kicker Mike Weaver but for the Wake Forest football team as a whole, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The most lasting memory will be the last moment, when the Deacons dog-piled Weaver at midfield to celebrate an improbable 6-3 double-overtime victory over Virginia Tech for Coach Dave Clawson’s first ACC victory. “That was a great win and that was a great locker room,” Clawson said. “All […]

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    GOP chooses Cleveland County representative as next speaker of NC House

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican members of the N.C. House on Saturday selected Tim Moore of Cleveland County as the chamber’s speaker, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Moore has served six terms in the House. Moore will replace Thom Tillis, who won the Nov. 4 election to the U.S. Senate seat held since 2008 by Democrat Kay Hagan. One of the tasks that the House speaker will carry out is that of coordinating legislation with the N.C. Senate. “I congratulate Speaker-Designee […]

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    Singer with ties to Wilkes County becomes finalist on ‘The Voice’

    A singer with ties to Wilkes County has made it into the Top 10 finalists on NBC’s reality competition series “The Voice,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Luke Wade is from Fort Worth, Texas, but spent summers during his childhood in Moravian Falls visiting family there, according to his cousin, Kelly Pipes. Wade, 31, is on “Team Pharrell,” led by judge Pharrell Williams. You can read more about him and see an interview here. The Top 10 competition begins at […]

  • Hundreds honor Nathan Clark, teen soccer player fatally shot at hotel

    ADVANCE, N.C. — Nathan Clark would have loved the “Play for Nathan” event held in his honor Thursday night, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Hundreds of his friends and fellow soccer players from the Twin City Youth Soccer Association gathered at BB&T Soccer Park, one of Nathan’s favorite places, to do one of Nathan’s favorite things: play soccer. Nathan, 13, was killed on Friday when he was struck by a bullet from fired from a gun in neighboring hotel room. Randall […]


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