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    Kay Chemical adding 45 jobs in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ecolab Inc said Wednesday it will expand its Kay Chemical Co. operations in Greensboro, adding 45 jobs and spending $10 million to build a 37,000-square-foot office building. Kay Chemical specializes in customized programs for the food safety and sanitation requirements of the quick serve restaurants and retail food markets. It has more than 490 employees in North Carolina. The average annual salary will be $48,209. By comparison, the average annual salary for Guilford County is $43,581. Read […]

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    Winston-Salem area may benefit from boomerang buyers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem metropolitan statistical area is among 22 urban areas nationally that may benefit from what is being called the “boomerang” housing buyer by RealtyTrac.com. Boomerang buyers are buyers who have lost a home to foreclosure or short sale. The national real-estate research firm, in a report released today, also listed the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord MSA on the list. It typically takes seven years to repair a homeowners’ credit after losing a home to foreclosure or short sale. “Markets […]

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    Cereal-maker Post buys rival with operations in Triad

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Post Holdings Inc. said today it plans to spend $1.15 billion to buy rival MOM Brands Co. to expand its portfolio of bagged and hot cereal products, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Privately held MOM, based in Lakeville, Minn., was known formerly as Malt-O-Meal. MOM specializes in branded and private label ready-to-eat cereal, along with hot wheat and oatmeal. Its cereal brands include Golden Puffs, Frosted Mini Spooners and Cinnamon Toasters. The combined company would hold 18 […]

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    Board to vote on leases for youth detention center, old sheriff’s office

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Third Street and the Forsyth County Youth Detention Center on Sturmer Park Circle could be getting some new tenants soon, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Monday, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will consider authorizing short-term lease agreements with the state for space in the old sheriff’s office and for 10.3 acres off of Sturmer Park Circle, which encompasses the youth detention center and the former group home located […]

  • Journal Photo by Bruce Chapman--01/25/15--(From lower right) Timekeeper Jamie Rogers Southern explains the procedure during start of the Bookmarks presentation of "A Movable Feast" at Wake Forest Biotech Place in the Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. The speed dating format featured 27 authors from around the country. (Bruce Chapman)

    Authors, readers connect at ‘Movable Feast’ in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The steady hum of conversation filled Wake Forest Biotech Place on Sunday afternoon. When Jamie Rogers Southern rang the bell, 21 authors rotated tables, and the hum continued, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Organizers described the event, “A Movable Feast,” as “speed dating for authors.” The third annual event presented by Bookmarks featured 21 authors from across the country. Booklovers sat eight to a table and got to meet a new author every 10 minutes. By the […]

  • Joe Crosson, also known as “Tattoo Joe.” (The Winston-Salem Journal)

    Catching up with ‘Tattoo Joe’ — a local legend in Winston-Salem

    By Scott Sexton/The Winston-Salem Journal The photographer, thoroughly a professional, unpacked his gear slowly. Cameras, lights and a stand, each with a specific job to do, all laid out in the dining room of an apartment complex for senior citizens. One of the residents, a slight, sprite of a man named Joe Crosson, looked on quietly, studying the scene with the measured curiosity of one who had spent his life observing others and learning how to do things on his […]

  • FILE PHOTO: Joshua Mack, 21, holds a life-size poster of Kalvin Michael Smith during a rally in Raleigh. (Journal photo by Bertrand M Gutierrez.)

    Dispute over Winston-Salem council’s minutes keeps public in the dark

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — More than three years ago, some members of the Winston-Salem City Council who appeared in favor of the city supporting Kalvin Michael Smith’s federal appeal suddenly changed their minds after two closed-door meetings, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The public still doesn’t know why. And the public won’t know for a considerable amount of time because of attorney-client privilege, according to City Attorney Angela Carmon. That attorney-client privilege holds, even though Smith’s federal appeals have all been denied. […]

  • A trailer behind Lowrance Middle School sits on top of contaminated ground water in the location where the new school is proposed to be built on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Two middle schools in Winston-Salem sit on contaminated ground

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As students walk up to Hanes and Lowrance middle schools in northern Winston-Salem, a loud buzzing noise follows them to the front door of the building. It’s the sound of a very strong pump, part of a $665,000 project financed by a manufacturer across the street to clean up a large plume of underground toxic waste, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The plume contains at least one chemical known to cause cancer and another linked to it. […]

  • The Williams Road Bridge over U.S. 421 in Lewisville, N.C., will close for replacement starting Feb. 9. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Work on Lewisville’s Williams Road Bridge to last until August

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Transportation will replace the superstructure of the bridge on Williams Road over U.S. 421 in Lewisville, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The superstructure is the portion of the bridge that spans between the supports and directly receives the load. A truck carrying an oversize load hit the bridge in 2013, damaging the superstructure. After months of discussion, the N.C. DOT decided to replace — rather than fix— the bridge. Crews are beginning […]

  • The home of Karen and Nils Gerber in Winston-Salem. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Winston-Salem home nearing century mark gets makeover

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — There are some two dozen granite steps that wind their way up the hill to the front door of Karen and Nils Gerber’s Colonial Revival style home, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. That’s as it should be. It’s the West End, after all. The district has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. The Gerber home, along with eight other locations, was on the West End Neighborhood Association’s biennial holiday tour last month. In […]

  • Jimmy Barklett of Clarksville, GA, relaxes beneath an umbrella while enjoying a performance by the Deadly Gentlemen on the Hillside Stage. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Get Out! Here are 13 spots to consider visiting near the Piedmont Triad

    By Lisa O’Donnell/The Winston-Salem Journal I’m wrapping up my list of “25 Places to Go in 2015” with 13 more spots within a three-to-four hour radius. Here they are, in no particular order: Stone Mountain Loop, Stone Mountain State Park (Wilkes, Alleghany counties): How I love this 4.5-mile trail — for the views, the variety and the crazy moonscape-like terrain on the massive granite dome that is its namesake. Enter the gates of Stone Mountain State Park, and you won’t […]

  • Gas dipped below $2.00 at the Petro on New Walkertown Road Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Gas prices drop below $2 across nation, check prices in the Piedmont

    Motorists continue to get a break at the pump as gas prices plunge below the $2 mark in most places across the nation – including the Triad. In Winston-Salem, several stations are already selling gas for less than $2, including Petro at New Walkertown Road and Gerald Street, Sam’s Club at Summit Square Boulevard and University Parkway, and BP at New Walkertown Road and East 14th Street. People have been flocking into the Petro since it started selling gas below […]

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