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  • Bill Cowan, a retired military man and commentator for Fox News, in his home near Mount Airy, NC. (David Rolfe)

    Marine turned FOX commentator ready to slow down in Surry Co., but duty calls

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Bill Cowan is starting to savor the country life in rural Surry County, but he’s not out to pasture, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Cowan, soon to be 71, is a retired Marine Corps officer with immense experience in combat (Vietnam) and military intelligence (the Middle East). Since 2001 Cowan has been a no-holds-barred, willing-to-step-on-toes commentator on Fox News. He’s been on as recently as Friday, discussing the circumstances surrounding the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 […]

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    New York City ban on tobacco discounts starts on Aug. 1

    NEW YORK — A ban on tobacco product discounts in New York City will go into effect Aug. 1 after the Big 3 manufacturers opted not to appeal a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Altria Group Inc., Lorillard Inc., and Reynolds American Inc. had argued that not allowing discounts violated their free-speech rights, and that city-level limits were superseded by state and federal laws. Judge Thomas Griesa ruled in June that “the ordinance […]

  • A view of Wake Forest Baptist from May 26, 2011. (File Photo)

    Wake Forest Baptist receives rating downgrade by Moody’s

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A bond rating credit service Friday downgraded Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center from an A1 rating to A2, but assigned the center a stable outlook, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Moody’s Investors Service assigned the A2 rating to bonds issued by Wake Forest Baptist and North Carolina Baptist Hospital, which Moody’s considers a separate entity for oversight purposes. In June, Moody’s placed both groups’ A1 rating under review for possible downgrade. Wake Forest Baptist is Forsyth County’s […]

  • Beverly Funches Williams holds the 1964 Anderson High School yearbook at her house in Winston-Salem, N.C. Williams is an organizer for the Class of '64 50th anniversary reunion. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Anderson High School class of 1964 to celebrate 50th anniversary

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Beverly Funches Williams has fond memories of her time at the old Anderson High School, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. And this weekend, she’ll be part of a group of about 70 members of the class of 1964 who will together to talk about old times and see old friends. The school closed years ago. The building is now the Anderson Center at Winston-Salem State University. About 100 seniors graduated from Anderson in 1964. “We have been […]

  • Forsyth County Board of Election members Fleming Al-Amin (from left), chairman Ken Raymond and Stuart Russell vote to pass a voting plan that includes Sunday voting, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Decision on Forsyth County elections director expected soon

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The Forsyth County Board of Elections appears to be on the verge of selecting a new elections director, but board members have provided conflicting reports about how soon that will happen, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Board member Fleming El-Amin said Thursday night that the board is going to make an “announcement about the new leadership” on Monday. When asked early Friday by email if the board would be announcing its new director on Monday, Chairman […]

  • Charles Royster, a graduate of Fire Recruit Class XX, smiles as his son, Chad, and girlfriend, Tomesia Barnes, pin on his newly acquired badge. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Newly minted firefighters mark last class for Farmer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When Charles Royster walked across the stage in the Benton Convention Center Friday morning, he was more than a graduate of Recruit Class XX of the Winston-Salem Fire Department, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. He was a role model for his six-year-old son, Chad, who was waiting on the other side to help pin on his dad’s shiny new badge. “He’s brave and I’m really proud of him,” Chad said, looking up at his dad. Royster, 30, […]

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    Winston-Salem man found guilty of raping 12-year-old girl, sentenced to 25 years

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County jury found a man guilty on charges that he burst into the home of a family who had hired him to mow the lawn and raped a 12-year-old girl in a dark bathroom, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Francisco Marquez Martinez, 39, of Cole Road was found guilty of rape of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child. He also had been charged with sexual offense with a child, but Judge […]

  • Becky Edwards (left), a volunteer with the Children's Home grown produce stand, and Tom Priest (right), a farm hand with the Children's Home, stand with the Children's Home Grown Produce Stand on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The cart sells fresh, pesticide-free produce grown at the Children's Home, Thursday through Saturday. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem selling food it grows to sustain farm

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The purchase of fresh vegetables can help keep the legacy of The Children’s Home going, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A farm cart stocked with produce grown at The Children’s Home will be open today and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Krankies Airstream Coffee Park, 1208 Reynolda Road. The cart will be parked Monday and Tuesday at the White Family YMCA near Hanes Park. The cart is part of a plan that opens the […]

  • Francisco Marquez Martinez, 39, of Winston-Salem

    Winston-Salem man accused of raping 12-year-old told police he thought she was older

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl told a police detective the girl wanted to have sex with him and that he thought she was 17, according to testimony Wednesday, reported the Winston-Salem Journal. Francisco Marquez Martinez, 39, of Cole Road is on trial in Forsyth Superior Court on charges of rape of a child, sexual offense with a child and taking indecent liberties with a child. The girl, now 14, testified Tuesday that Martinez […]

  • Lindsay Thompson is finishing a film on the Camino trail in northern Spain. (Submitted photo via the Winston-Salem Journal)

    UNC School of Arts graduate making movie about Camino trail

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When you walk long distances with a heavy pack on your back in the middle of summer, lots of thoughts crowd your head, not all of them printable, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. You might wonder why you’ve chosen such a burdensome undertaking when you could be sitting at the beach with a popsicle-stained tongue or worry that the latest bone, joint or toenail ache could progress into something unmanageable. But if you stay on the trail […]

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    WSSU picked to win Southern Division

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem State, the two-time defending CIAA champion and three-time defending Southern Division champion, has been selected as the top team again in its division, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The Rams, who have not lost a CIAA game in the last three seasons, were selected as the top team by the preseason CIAA coaches’ poll that was released this afternoon. Following the Rams in the Southern Division are Fayetteville State, Elizabeth City State, Johnson C. Smith, St. […]

  • WFU grad makes top 14 on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

      They definitely think she can dance and, apparently, the third time is the charm. Emily James, who graduated from Wake Forest University in May, is one of the top 14 contestants on “So You Think You Can Dance,” a competition reality show to become America’s Favorite Dancer that airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on WGHP/FOX8. Previous story from the Winston-Salem Journal: When James auditioned in Chicago during the spring semester — her third run at the show — her mom […]