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  • 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.

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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 […]

  • Leroy Johnson (left) lives with Randall Lindsay and helps him with is daily needs. (Winston-Salem Journal)

    Winston-Salem cuts $3,000 water bill for disabled man

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A disabled man facing a $3,000 water bill and the shut-off of his water is getting a break from the city under a policy designed to ease the pain for water customers with such problems as a leaky toilet, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  The man’s landlord blames the city for his tenant’s bill, although city officials disagree. Randall Lindsay, a resident of New Hope Apartments off Bethlehem Lane, discovered over the summer that his water bill […]

  • Antony Farmer (Walt Unks/Journal)

    Woman files lawsuit against Winston-Salem fire chief over March hit-and-run accident

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman alleges in a lawsuit that Fire Chief Antony Farmer was driving a pickup that rear-ended her car in March and that city officials hindered the investigation, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The woman also alleges that a Winston-Salem police officer left her on the side of the road to pursue the driver and later told her to drive her severely damaged vehicle home, according to the lawsuit. Katrina Newton, Delores Dalton and her daughter […]

  • Chris Thompson finishes touch-up sanding on a window casing in the Rose Room of Korner's Folly in Kernersville, NC, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, one of the first interior rooms to be restored. The work is being done in honor of the late Polly Wolfe, granddaughter of Jule Korner, builder of the Folly. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Interior restoration under way at Korner’s Folly in Kernersville

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – Doré Korner’s historic bedroom in Korner’s Folly has been called the Rose Room for as long as anyone can remember, but until recently, its caretakers did not know the original paint shade that had given the room its name, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Now a restoration project is underway to return the room to its former glory – the look Jule Korner gave it in 1905 when renovating it for Doré, his daughter. The Rose Room […]

  • Reagan players raise the trophy in celebration after winning against  Broughton. (Dillon Deaton/Special to the Journal)

    Reagan wins 4-A final for first state title in school history

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The Reagan boys soccer team has come a long way in four years — and the Raiders’ climb reached the summit Saturday night, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Reagan defeated Raleigh Broughton 1-0 at N.C. State’s Dail Soccer Field to win the NCHSAA Class 4-A title. Noah Wells found his big brother Ethan on a perfect cross from the right wing, and the senior standout calmly converted the opportunity in the 59th minute in an evenly-matched game […]

  • The Southern United States as defined by the United States Census Bureau. The "South" and its regions are defined in various ways, however. (Image: Wikipedia)

    What does being Southern mean? Local writers weigh in

    By Lynn Felder/Winston-Salem Journal If you’ve ever had a hissy fit or know someone who has, then you just might be a Southerner. If you know the difference in attitudes and accents between the Lowcountry and the Upcountry of South Carolina, then you’re probably a Southerner. If you’ve lived in Winston-Salem for 25 years but were bred and buttered in Philadelphia, you might be wondering how long it will be until you can call yourself a Southerner. “You have to […]

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    Several North Carolinians to appear on reality shows in the coming weeks

    By Tim Clodfelter/The Winston-Salem Journal North Carolinians will be appearing in several cable reality shows in the coming weeks. First up, a family that lives in Sparta will appear in a new reality show airing on TLC this week. “Risking It All” starts at 10 p.m. Tuesday. It follows three families who relocate so they can go off the grid, giving up not only electricity and running water in what TLC describes as “a drastic last resort to reconnect with […]

  • (From front) Cassidy Soutter and Elizabeth Webb, both of St. David's High School in Raleigh, add their autographs to a poster during the 2014 NC Youth Giving Summit at the downtown Marriott hotel in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    High school students in Winston-Salem learn to be philanthropists

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With a fast-paced blend of a carnival, night club and leadership conference, the 2014 North Carolina Youth Giving Summit provided training for young philanthropists Saturday in downtown Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A group of 150 high-school students and their adult advisors attended the event at the Marriott on North Cherry Street. The event kicked off with students introducing themselves, loud music, multi-media screens and a variety of activities that included summit-attendees joining hands and doing […]

  • The scene of a six vehicle wreck at the onramp of Westinghouse Road to northbound U.S. 52 in Rural Hall, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Bruce Chapman/Journal File Photo)

    Third person in U.S. 52 crash in Rural Hall dies

    RURAL HALL, N.C. — The wife of a man killed in a six-vehicle wreck on U.S. 52 last month has died, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Felicia Hickman of Mount Airy was the wife of Jesse Hickman, who was killed in the Oct. 30 wreck. Felicia Hickman was listed in critical condition earlier this week, but Dudley Witt, an attorney representing the family, said she died early Friday. Also killed in the wreck was Jeremy Crymes, 9, from Minooka, Ill. […]

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