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    National cycling training site coming to downtown Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem has been selected as the home for a national cycling training site, according to U.S. cycling officials. The projected site is a 42,000-square-foot building across from the Millennium Center. Kevin Loughery, a spokesman for USA Cycling, confirmed Thursday the site will serve as a training site. USA Cycling serves as the sport’s national governing body. Loughery said there are 16 cycling training sites around the country and three U.S. training facilities. The site will serve road cycling […]

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    King approves design for new kneeling soldier statue

    KING, N.C. — The King City Council in a special meeting Tuesday voted 3-2 to approve a design for a new kneeling soldier statue to be placed at the Veteran’s Memorial in Central Park. The statue will show the silhouette of a soldier kneeling before a rifle with a helmet on top. The former silhouette, which was removed Jan. 6 as part of a lawsuit settlement agreement, showed a soldier kneeling before a cross-shaped marker. The council also took a […]

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    NC A&T part of federal consortium on cybersecurity

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — N.C. A&T State University is part of a new federal effort to improve the nation’s defense against cyber attacks, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A national initiative announced last week will provide $25 million over the next five years to support cybersecurity education. N.C. A&T’s share of the grant will be $1.6 million. The university plans to use the money to expand enrollment in its graduate programs. The federal Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium is sponsored by the […]

  • The Stokes County Animal Shelter near Germanton, N.C., holds animals that are healthy and available for adoption for five days. (Jennifer Rotenizer/Journal File Photo)

    State investigation prompts changes Stokes County Animal Shelter

    GERMANTON, N.C. — The Stokes County Animal Shelter is working to address problems after failing a state inspection last month. A state inspector on Dec. 1 listed six inadequacies in an inspection of the Stokes County Animal Shelter, including insufficient staff, peeling paint and animals lacking up-to-date rabies vaccines. “We’re taking all the corrective actions on the findings from the inspection and hope to have it back in compliance shortly,” Stokes County Manager Rick Morris said last week. Meanwhile, the […]

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    Florida surpasses North Carolina in offering fewest weeks of jobless insurance benefits

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — North Carolina no longer offers the nation’s lowest number of weekly unemployment insurance benefits, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Florida gained that distinction this month by reducing its maximum amount from 16 to 14. On Jan. 6, North Carolina raised its maximum total from 14 to 15 – and minimum from seven to eight – based on a sliding scale that became part of the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) law in July 2013. Florida and North Carolina […]

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    Medicaid bill draws critics

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Two key legislative leaders may be backing off their demand for a new department-level entity to run the state’s Medicaid program, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. However, in a proposed bill pitched as an attempt at compromise, Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, and Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, still would achieve much of their primary goal of stripping the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services of most daily oversight powers. The bill, unveiled Thursday by a Program Evaluation […]

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    North Carolina tax-filing changes could generate confusion

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Tax filing season begins in earnest Tuesday in North Carolina, with significant federal and state changes that could confuse and exasperate some taxpayers, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. For example, North Carolinians will be required for the first time to provide basic information regarding their health insurance, or whether they had any at all, on their federal tax return. “The vast majority of tax filers – over three-quarters – will just need to check a box on […]

  • WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson, center, is welcomed by the student body with the help of the Red Sea of Sound during "Meet the Rams Chancellor Edition" Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (Lauren Carroll)

    New chancellor isn’t at WSSU to follow, but to lead

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Chancellor Elwood Robinson of Winston-Salem State University showed his playful side Friday when he danced with the WSSU band, majorettes and cheerleaders in front of almost 1,000 students who gathered to meet him for the first time, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Robinson joined the band and majorettes on stage in Williams Auditorium on campus while the cheerleaders danced in the center aisle. He then took a selfie. The event, “Meet the Chancellor,” resembled a pep rally […]

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    School board seeks to dismiss lawsuit over 11-year-old boy’s death

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board filed a motion this week asking a judge to dismiss a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of Hasani Wesley, an 11-year-old boy killed two years ago while crossing the road to catch a school bus, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Hasani, a sixth-grader at East Forsyth Middle School, had missed the school bus the morning of Dec. 19, 2012. The bus had turned around to pick him up on Old Hollow […]

  • The Herbalife plant on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Herbalife officially opens its Winston-Salem plant

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When Antonio Lang of Greensboro discovered Herbalife products in 2010, he said he weighed nearly 400 pounds. He decided to become a Herbalife independent distributor after he lost 100 pounds in his first year on the products. Lang said he now weighs about 265 and maintains a healthy lifestyle. In March, he gave up his job as a distributor to become a packing line lead at Herbalife’s plant in Winston-Salem. “This is a dream for me, to […]

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    Piedmont Natural Gas files request to cut rates

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Piedmont Natural Gas said Friday it has filed a request to further reduce its sales rates for customers in the Carolinas for the 2014-15 winter heating season, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The utility’s previous 5 percent rate reduction request was approved by the N.C. Utilities Commission on Dec. 22. It went effect Jan. 1. That reduction was based on declining wholesale natural gas costs, which Piedmont passes through to customers on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Friday’s filing […]

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    Winston-Salem’s 5 best hot dog joints (and one was just featured on TV)

    Some favorites, according to the Winston-Salem Journal: 1.  Skippy’s Hot Dogs, 624 W. Fourth St.: The key to these dogs is the pretzel buns, which Skippy’s was serving before it became trendy. The hot dogs are also good, and Skippy’s also gives vegetarians an option. Don’t forget to try the French fries, which are my favorite in the area since the Bel-Air Drive-In Theater in Walkertown shut down. 2. J.S. Pulliam’s Barbecue, 4358 Old Walkertown Road: The toasted and buttered buns, […]

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