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    Construction prompts cancellation of Winston-Salem Air Show in 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Airport Commission of Forsyth County decided unanimously last week not to have a Winston-Salem Air Show in 2016 due to an anticipated construction project at Smith Reynolds Airport, Chairman Thomas McKim confirmed Tuesday. McKim said the airport has an opportunity to get a grant of about $1.8 million to repave and reconstruct the ramp at the main terminal, which has been in the airport’s capital plan for a while. The timing of the project likely would […]

  • Ssalefish manager Adam Casey (left) and owner Bret Parks hold some of the variant comic book covers that have been created exclusively for their Winston-Salem shop. (Walt Unks/Journal)

    Triad comic shops using exclusive covers to draw customers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – As far back as the 1980s, comic book companies have lured collectors with variant covers, limited-edition releases of comic books with different covers than the main run, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. In recent years, the trend has taken a more individual turn. Such comic book stores as Ssalefish Comics in Winston-Salem and Acme Comics in Greensboro order variant covers of some special issues — often the first issue of a new title — that are exclusive […]

  • A pickup driven by Alan Edward Dunnagan, 68, collided with a police car driven by Sgt. John Leone on May 13, 2015. Dunnagan died two weeks after the accident occurred. Jordan Howse/Journal

    Veteran Winston-Salem police officer convicted in fatal crash

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police officer who has been on the force 21 years was convicted in connection to a crash that killed a 68-year-old man earlier this year. Sgt. John William Leone Jr., 48, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Forsyth District Court to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. His case was heard in conflict-court, which had a special judge from outside Forsyth County. That judge was Fritz Mercer, the former chief district judge in Charlotte. Leone was accused of […]

  • Howard Wesley Page

    Winston-Salem man sentenced to at least 15 years on kidnapping and sexual assault charges

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man will spend at least 15 years in prison on charges that he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman in 2012. Howard Wesley Page, 37, of Beaverton Trail, pleaded guilty Nov. 9 in Forsyth Superior Court to second-degree sex offense, first-degree rape and armed robbery. Page had been charged with first-degree sex offense. Judge David Hall of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Page on Monday to a total of 15 years to 24 years in prison. […]

  • Ziggy's (File photo)

    Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem to close in February, owner says

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ziggy’s, one of Winston-Salem’s largest and most famous music venues, is closing next February, according to one of its owners. Charles Womack, the majority owner of Ziggy’s Winston Inc., said that the building’s owners, Hank Perkins and Drew Gerstmyer, decided not to renew the lease. The lease runs through the end of February. “It’s very, very sad,” Womack said Monday. “I wanted to have a lot of fun and meet some cool musicians and make a little […]

  • Adam Trollinger, an electrician with Reynolda Electric Co., hangs a Moravian star from a lamppost on Cherry Street. (Photos by David Rolfe/Journal)

    Christmas decorations go up in downtown Winston-Salem in advance of holiday season

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Christmas lights are going up in downtown Winston-Salem as preparations for the holiday season are underway over the region, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Crews are putting up the lights now to make sure that everything will be in place for the annual parade, Assistant City Manager Greg Turner. The parade, sponsored by the Winston-Salem Jaycees, will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. The parade will be followed by the tree-lighting ceremony sponsored by the […]

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    Walnut Cove OKs 3-year fracking ban

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — No fracking will be permitted here for three years under a moratorium given final approval Tuesday by the Walnut Cove commissioners. Fracking opponents who packed the meeting room applauded the vote. “You said, ‘Bring the public.’ The public’s here,” the Rev. Gregory Hairston said. The oil-and-gas moratorium “sends a message to Raleigh that they don’t run this town,” he said earlier, during the invocation. Later, during the meeting, he continued: “We don’t have to let the […]

  • Seasonal employee Cierra Canty, 21, arranges a clothing display at the Belk store in Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem. She hopes the experience will lead to a full-time job in retail. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Holiday hiring in the Triad: ‘Tis the season if you’re looking for work

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – ‘Tis the season for seasonal employment in the Triad if you’re looking for work. Here is a list of some companies that are hiring seasonal workers this year, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. In most cases, companies did not specify a number of jobs to be filled or identify job locations but provided information on where to apply online for jobs. *Belk: Click on “Search Seasonal Positions.” *FedEx: for package handler positions and for […]

  • FILE PHOTOS Left: The parking lot of Filly's after police raided it and two other strip clubs. Right: A sign on the door of Filly's says it is closed for repairs early Saturday morning after police raided it and two other strip clubs after the incident. (Images: Walt Unks/Journal)

    Winston-Salem strip club workers set up drug deals, according to warrants

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Alcohol Law Enforcement agents had three Winston-Salem strip clubs under surveillance for about 10 months before agents arrested 24 workers Oct. 23, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Officers started their investigation into Paper Moon at 1007 Salisbury Ridge Road in January. Investigations at Filly’s Gentlemen’s Club at 400 Peters Creek Parkway and Club Risque at 5910 University Parkway began in July. Search warrants for the three clubs show that strip club workers were selling cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone […]

  • Harry Giles will play at Duke University.

    No. 1 recruit and Winston-Salem native Harry Giles announces he will play at Duke

    Danny Manning’s efforts to restore Wake Forest basketball to prominence will have to proceed without help from Harry Giles. Giles, a 6-10 forward from Winston-Salem ranked as the No. 1 senior in the nation by ESPN, announced Friday that he will play at Duke University. Giles made the announcement on ESPN’s SportsCenter, dashing the hopes of his three other finalists, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Kansas. Giles transferred to Oak Hill Academy, where he will spend his senior season sidelined. His […]

  • Henry Clifford Byrd Sr.

    Winston-Salem man sentenced to more than 50 years in rape case involving 10-year-old girl at church

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Forsyth County jury convicted a Winston-Salem man on charges that he raped a 10-year-old girl at a local church in March 2013. The 12 jurors took a little more than two hours Wednesday to find Henry Clifford Byrd Sr., 67, of Beeson Dairy Road, guilty of first-degree rape of a child, sexual offense of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child. Judge Reuben Young, a special Superior Court judge sent in to preside over […]

  • Jason Mai (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    WSSU football assistant arrested, charged with assault on female

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jason Mai, an assistant football coach at Winston-Salem State, was arrested last weekend after a domestic dispute, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Mai was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with assault on a female, according to an arrest warrant from the Winston-Salem Police Department. The warrant says Mai is accused of grabbing the victim by both arms and pushing her against a wall. Mai and the victim were both listed as living at a residence in Winston-Salem, […]


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