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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 […]

  • Will Scott, an expert in environmental law, is the riverkeeper for the Yadkin River. (Christine Rucker)

    New leadership vows to keep Yadkin River clean

    BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — Under new leadership, the nonprofit Yadkin Riverkeeper plans to increase membership, raise awareness about the river and continue applying the force of clean-water laws against polluters, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Terri Pratt, who specializes in fundraising and membership recruitment, has been selected as the new executive director. Will Scott, an expert in environmental law, has been selected as the new riverkeeper. For years, the roles of riverkeeper and executive director had both been juggled by […]

  • A car jumped the curb and struck the front doors of Olde Orchard Diner on Old Salisbury Road. (Tim Clodfelter/Journal)

    Car slams into restaurant on Old Salisbury Road in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A car slammed into the front doors of the Olde Orchard Diner on Old Salisbury Road shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Witnesses said a white Honda Accord driven by woman jumped the curb at the restaurant, 2291 Old Salisbury Rd., and hit the front entrance. Witnesses said it appeared that the woman, who didn’t appear to have any serious injuries, accelerated accidentally. Police, fire and EMT units were at the scene.

Jeff Baity, assistant pastor at Berean Baptist Church, asks Forsyth County commissioners to resume sectarian prayer in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Winston-Salem.

    Federal judge rules prayer OK before Forsyth County commissioner meetings

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A federal judge this morning ruled that Forsyth County commissioners can return to their former policy of allowing sectarian prayer before meetings but also told the commissioners to modify their policy to ensure that it doesn’t discriminate, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  The decision by U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty Jr. came after he heard oral arguments for both parties in a Winston-Salem federal courtroom. The hearing lasted less than an hour. Forsyth County had […]

  • Forsyth County Sheriff Bill Schatzman (WGHP)

    Clemmons man files federal lawsuit against highway patrol, sheriff

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Clemmons man is alleging in a federal lawsuit that the state trooper who arrested him in 2011 beat him so badly that he had to have emergency surgery and also used a racial slur against him, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. He also alleges that staff at the Forsyth County Jail ignored his requests for medical treatment. An attorney for Jeremy Oliver, 51, filed the lawsuit Oct. 31 in U.S. District Court in the Middle […]


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