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  • Francisco Marquez Martinez (Mugshot courtesy, Winston-Salem Police)

    Forsyth Co. 12-year-old girl testifies man hired by family to mow lawn raped her

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A girl testified in Forsyth Superior Court this morning that the man hired by her family to mow the lawn pushed his way into the house and raped her in a darkened bathroom, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Francisco Marquez Martinez of Cole Road is on trial this week on three charges – rape of a child, sex offense with a child and taking indecent liberties with a child. Assistant District Attorney Kia Chavious said in an opening […]

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    Part of new Nicholas Sparks film to be shot at Wake Forest University

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Scenes for the latest Nicholas Sparks film will be filmed in Winston-Salem early next month, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “The Longest Ride” is being shot predominantly in the Wilmington area, but filmmakers will come to Winston-Salem to shoot exterior and interior scenes on the Wake Forest campus on Aug. 4, according to a statement sent to the campus community from the Communications and External Relations department. Filming is also planned for the interior of Joel Coliseum […]

  • Mozella Hairston Roberts Holder holds a portrait of herself made by fashion photographer Richard Avedon in the 1960s. (David Rolfe)

    Winston-Salem woman was one of the first black models successful on N.Y. runways

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Surrealist Salvador Dali once made a painting directly on her bare back, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Celebrity photographer Richard Avedon took a portrait of her that hangs above her fireplace. She was among the first black women, possibly the first, to walk the runways and model in the showrooms of New York’s fine hotels and department stores in the 1960s. She attained single-name status, often referred to as simply Mozella. Now, she lives in a tidy […]

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    Reynolds descendant to drop Tanglewood gun lawsuit

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Noah Reynolds is dropping his challenge to Forsyth County’s policy on guns in Tanglewood Park, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Reynolds announced Saturday in an email that he would drop the lawsuit filed last October, challenging the county’s policy allowing people with concealed carry permits to have guns in Tanglewood Park. “My feelings haven’t changed,” Reynolds said when reached by phone Saturday. “But if the court won’t hear my case, then the court won’t hear my […]

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    Reynolds’ strategy: Transformation through innovation

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The future of Reynolds American Inc. could not look much brighter than it did Tuesday as the company announced plans – from a stout position of financial and innovation strength – to acquire Newport, the nation’s No. 2-selling cigarette brand, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Reynolds’ top executive, Susan Cameron, beamed about being within reach of federal regulators’ approval of assembling her “dream” brand portfolio of Newport, Camel and Pall Mall. Cameron spoke of the $27.4 billion […]

  • Kelsey Franklin, right, of Ohio State hand checks Matt Paesch of the University of Maryland as he tries to score in International Quidditch Association's Mid-Atlantic Region Fantasy Tournament, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Ivey Redmond Sports Complex in Kernersville. About 150 players participated in the round robin, day-long tournament. Teams are picked through a fantasy draft of players throughout the region. Many teammates had never met before the games began. (Walt Unks/Journal)

    Quidditch tournament gives Harry Potter fans chance to revel in fantasy

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The only thing missing from Ivey Redmon Park was the wands. Maybe the British accents, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Otherwise, the scene Saturday was straight out of Hogwarts. “Ten points for Gryffindor” rang out across the field, as athletes ran as fast as they could while clinging to the broomsticks wedged between their legs. Others danced around the goals — three Hula-Hoops vertically positioned on posts — deftly avoiding the dodge balls catapulting at them. To […]

  • Forsyth County Sheriff Bill Schatzman (WGHP)

    Most of Forsyth County sheriff’s SWAT raids are for drug arrests

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Near the back wall of Sheriff Bill Schatzman’s office in downtown Winston-Salem stands a plaque that says he was among the few people who started the SWAT program at the FBI in the early 1970s, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “We mirrored that after the Los Angeles police department and New York City police department,” Schatzman said. “That grew into what it is today, and certainly the same basic theology is there. The same basic tenets […]

  • The R.J. Reynolds Building has served as downtown Winston-Salem's architectural signature for 85 years.

    Florida jury slams Reynolds Tobacco with $23.6B in damages

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was hit Friday with $23.6 billion in punitive damages by a Florida state court jury, one of the largest such awards in U.S. corporate and legal history, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A jury in Escambia Court determined Thursday that the widow of Michael Johnson Sr., Cynthia Robinson, should receive $17 million in compensatory damages in the “Engle” case even though the jury determined Johnson was 30 percent responsible for his own illness. […]

  • Brian "B-Daht" McLaughlin (left) Anthony "Chico" Bean, two graduates of Winston-Salem State, are appearing regularly on MTV2's "Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out," beginning Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (Courtesy Brian McLaughlin)

    WSSU grads appear regularly on improvisational comedy TV show

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two Winston-Salem State University graduates, Anthony “Chico” Bean and Brian “B-Daht” McLaughlin, are appearing regularly on MTV2’s “Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The improvisational comedy show airs at 11 p.m. on Wednesdays. The shows were taped in New York City earlier this year. “Wild ‘N Out” is in its sixth season. This is Bean’s second season with the show. McLaughlin made his first appearance Wednesday. He is also the interim host on WJMH […]

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    Walmart to open neighborhood grocery store in Kernersville on Aug. 1

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Walmart expects to open its Walmart Neighborhood Market in Kernersville Aug. 1, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The 41,000-square-foot grocery store is at 1035 Beesons Field Drive. A grand opening ceremony will start at 7:30 a.m. and the store will open its doors at 8 a.m. Debbie Troy, the store’s manager, said that all 95 employees needed at the location have been hired, but store management is always hiring. She suggested that interested job-seekers apply online at walmart.com. […]

  • Oliver Sutton, 15, right, prepares to fly a light plane from Smith Reynolds Airport with pilot George Schultz (left) during the Tom Davis Ace Academy on Friday, July 18, 2014. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Camp gives Forsyth County students inside look at airplane industry

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Oliver Sutton is only 15 years old, but he knows what he wants to do with his life, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. On Friday, he got a little practice. The Forsyth Middle College student was cool and confident stepping out of the cockpit of the Cessna 172 parked on the tarmac at Smith Reynolds Airport. He wasn’t nervous in the air, he said. He’s flown an airplane before. “It’s easy,” said Oliver, who dreams of being […]

  • James Patterson

    Bestselling author James Patterson to headline Bookmarks festival in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — James Patterson, who holds the Guinness record for the most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers by any author, will be the opening-night speaker for Bookmarks’ 2014 Festival of Books, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Bookmarks officials announced the keynote and the rest of its author lineup at a 10th anniversary gala fundraiser Friday night at the Old Salem Visitor Center. Patterson will speak at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road. His […]