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    Wow! Clemmons teenager is the fastest cup-stacker in the world

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Five seconds is barely enough time to say “Guinness World Record,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal. But it’s all the time that it took Clemmons native William Orrell to set one. His hands a blur, Orrell beat his previous world record set earlier this year by a tenth of a second in the event known as the cycle in the sport of speed stacking. Speed stacking — also known as cup stacking or sport stacking — involves […]

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    Woman denies physically assaulting 5-year-old boy at Winston-Salem day care

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A former daycare teacher is denying allegations in a lawsuit that she struck a 5-year-old child, pushed him into bookcases, and let another child taunt and hit the boy. Jacinta Gladden, 32, of Old Vineyard Road, filed a response Sept. 15 to the lawsuit in Forsyth Superior Court. Angel Broughton and Paul Accattato, parents of Carter Accattato, filed the lawsuit against Gladden and Sugar and Spice Child Enrichment Center, which is based in Winston-Salem but has a […]

  • Jeannie Metcalf, vice chair of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, announced that she is stepping down from the board. (ANDREW DYE/Journal)

    Vice chair of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board resigns

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Veteran school board member Jeannie Metcalf abruptly resigned from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education on Tuesday night, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Metcalf, 63, announced her resignation at the start of Tuesday night’s regularly-scheduled board meeting and left immediately afterward. She had served 21 years on the board and was elected to her sixth term in November. Metcalf said both she and her husband have health issues that require more attention than she expected and felt […]

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    Witnesses say plane was flying erratically before it crashed near Kernersville

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – Witnesses told federal investigators that a plane was flying erratically before it crashed near Kernersville on Sept. 7, killing all three people on board, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. One witness said that it appeared the pilot was performing stunts moments before it crashed. The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Monday about the Beechcraft A36 single-engine plane that crashed beside a Vulcan Materials rock quarry in southeastern Forsyth County. The report is based […]

  • Sami Lachgar (left) and Jonathan Alvarez at the Mount Kilimanjaro summit after a weeklong trek up the mountain.

    Winston-Salem teen has eye-opening experience in South Africa

    After living in the bubble of a college town, a summer in South Africa was just the ticket for 19-year-old Sami Lachgar. Looking for a way to make his mark on the world, Lachgar, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, traveled to an area with a scarcity of clean water, readily accessible food, electricity and Internet service. “I wanted to do something worthwhile for the summer and step out of my comfort zone,” said Lachgar, […]

  • A group of tubers floats down the river near Seven Islands Road Bridge on the Dan River in Danbury. (Tommy Penick/Winston-Salem Journal)

    Drinking alcohol on Stokes County rivers could soon be prohibited

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. – Drinking beer while tubing down the Dan River — it’s a pastime that may have seen its final season in Stokes County, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Alcohol consumption on any river in Stokes County would be illegal, subject to a misdemeanor charge and a fine of $50 plus court costs, under a proposal backed by Sheriff Mike Marshall heading to the Stokes County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 28 for its support. The state legislature […]

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    Actor from NC stars in new documentary, sitcom

    BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — This fall is turning out to be a busy time for actor Ravi Patel, who is from Charlotte. His movie “Meet the Patels,” a documentary that is sort of a real-life, Indian version of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” is now playing in theaters, and started showing Thursday at Aperture Cinema, 311 West Fourth St. in downtown Winston-Salem. And later this month, he is one of the co-stars of “Grandfathered,” a new FOX sitcom. Patel, 36, […]

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    Forsyth DA clears Winston-Salem police officer in non-fatal shooting

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill has cleared a Winston-Salem police officer in the non-fatal shooting of a man in July. O’Neill made the announcement in a news release Wednesday. Officer Larry Blevins shot Kevin Terrell Harvey, 25, of the 700 block of E. Sprague Street, on July 11. Blevins arrived with another officer to serve involuntary commitment papers on Harvey. The family told Winston-Salem police that Harvey was armed and was threatening to kill himself […]

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    B/E Aerospace plans to cut 450 jobs; more details to be announced

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — B/E Aerospace Inc. said Wednesday it is cutting 450 jobs related to the closure of facilities during the third quarter, but the company did not say where the cuts will be made. B/E is based in Wellington, Fla., but its largest U.S. and global operations are in Winston-Salem, where it has more than 1,300 employees. The local operations are focused on its commercial aircraft segment, as well as administrative and research, and development departments. As of Dec. […]

  • Janet Tompkins of Sparta is the creator of the My Comfort Companion rag dolls. They are designed to help comfort dementia patients. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Sparta woman makes comfort dolls for people with dementia

    SPARTA, N.C. — Janet Tompkins has had a fondness for the elderly since she was a child growing up in Sparta, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. She said she often sat on her grandmother’s lap and visited elderly neighbors, and felt so comfortable with them. “That’s why I became a speech therapist,” Tompkins said. “When I was in college I received the Spirit of Audrey Holland award. My classmates voted on it. It was based on which student they would […]

  • Dixie Sherman holds the Purple Heart earned by her father when he was killed in World War II, along with a picture of her parents, Georgia Virginia Simmons Moody and August Moody, and a condolence letter from President Franklin Roosevelt. (Walt Unks/Journal)

    Long-sought answers about father killed in WWII finally come for Lewisville woman

    LEWISVILLE, N.C. -- Dixie Sherman started a small newsletter for her friends and family, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

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    Couple alleges Kernersville police illegally took $20k, violating their constitutional rights

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Surry County couple alleges in court papers filed this week that Kernersville police officers kicked the husband in the ribs and face, and placed their knees on his back while arresting him, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The new details are contained in a response to a motion filed by town officials urging a federal judge to grant summary judgment in their favor. Teresa Blackburn and Adrian Martinez-Perez filed the lawsuit last year alleging that five […]


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