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  • Blinkies lights by Roger's Products Inc., a company based in Kernersville, on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 in Kernersville, N.C. (All photos by Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Blinkies: Kernersville company’s creation taking country by storm

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — With the holiday season in full swing, many area residents will be taking the long way home, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A detour through downtown Kernersville is the perfect end to a long day, watching the magical lights dancing through the trees — like shimmering stars — against the dark canvas of the night sky. Known as Blinkies, the lights have graced the trees along Main Street for the past six years, creating a sea of […]

  • Norman Hill, left, and his wife, Jennifer, are set to open Old Nick’s Pub in Lewisville. It will be a private club specializing in craft beers and cocktails and will have dart boards and pool tables. (Lisa O'Donnell/Journal)

    New pub to open in Forsyth County; will specialize in craft beer

    LEWISVILLE, N.C. — Old Nick Williams lives, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Norman and Jennifer Hill are paying homage to a couple of Lewisville’s historic figures — both named Nick Williams — with their new business, Old Nick’s Pub. The bar, 1919 Lowes Food Drive, is scheduled to have its grand opening Saturday featuring live music from The Rockers and lots of craft beers, craft cocktails, single-malt scotch and other libations. “We thought people needed a place to gather,” Jennifer […]

  • Rick Kohl is the owner of Worthridge Auctions & Retail in Kernersville, a business started by his father. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Kernersville auction house puts sports memorabilia, collectibles up for bid

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Last Saturday, someone won a Ryder Cup trophy without even picking up a golf club, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Someone else ended up with one of the individual World Series trophies that were given to members of the victorious Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. The big player in both instances was Worthridge Auctions and Retail, based in Kernersville. The trophies were among the sports collectibles in the company’s fall auction, which ended Saturday. Also auctioned were […]

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    AT&T launches GigaPower in Winston-Salem, Triangle

    AT&T said today it has launched its GigaPower ultra high-speed Internet service in Winston-Salem and four Triangle communities — Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. They are among a group of cities and universities participating in the North Carolina Next Generation Network. The service is available through AT&T’s U-verse system. Also involved are Wake Forest University, UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University. GigaPower is designed to provide Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second over a fiber network. […]

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    Wake Forest Baptist announces $100 million project

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center today announced plans for a new medical education building in the former 60 series R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. complex, adjacent to 525@vine in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Half of the financing for the $100 million project will come from tax credits, with the other $50 million part of a larger capital campaign that will be publicly launched next summer. Construction on the 168,000-square-feet building will begin immediately, with […]

  • Shelby Harris (second from left) lights the candle of Mary Alice McCullough, as Emilie Reiss (left) and Lucy Lan look on, during the 50th Annual Wake Forest Lovefeast on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in Wait Chapel. (Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez)

    Wake Forest University holds 50th annual Lovefeast

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jane Sherrill Stroupe stood before more than 2,200 people in Wait Chapel on Sunday night to lead a traditional Moravian blessing at Wake Forest University’s 50th annual Lovefeast, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be, and bless these gifts bestowed by thee,” she prayed in unison with those gathered. In 1965, Stroupe organized the first lovefeast at the university. For Stroupe, then a junior at the university and a Winston-Salem native, it […]

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    Winston-Salem woman gets at least two years on child-abuse charges

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A Winston-Salem woman was sentenced Friday to at least two years in prison on child-abuse charges, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Patricia Renee Lee, 38, pleaded guilty in August to three counts of felony child abuse, but Judge David Hall of Forsyth Superior Court delayed her sentencing because she was scheduled to testify in the case of her co-defendant, Ronald Perry. Forsyth Superior Court Judge Andy Cromer sentence Lee Friday to two years to seven years and […]

  • Students from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and Salem College stage a protest following the City Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Protesters were rallying against grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. (Photos by Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Students protest at annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Christmas carols quickly gave way to protest slogans at Winston-Salem’s annual tree lighting ceremony at Corpening Plaza Saturday night, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Shortly after Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Mayor Allen Joines and other dignitaries flipped the ceremonial switch to light the tree, about 30 students from Winston-Salem State University, Salem College and Wake Forest University stood near its base, and with their hands in the air to mimic the “Don’t Shoot” pose, began to chant: […]

  • Anthony Parigi of Elkin, N.C., on "Redneck Island." (MARK DeLONG via The Winston-Salem Journal)

    Elkin man competes for $100k on reality show ‘Redneck Island’

    ELKIN, N.C. — Anthony Parigi says he had a blast filming the reality competition show “Redneck Island,” a sort of “Survivor” for good ol’ boys and gals, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Parigi, who lives in Elkin, is one of the competitors on the new season of the series, which started its fourth season last week on cable channel CMT. In the series, 24 contestants compete for a $100,000 prize while taking part in various challenges. Wrestling star Steve Austin and […]

  • Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem will be featured on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

    ‘Daily Show’ segment to feature Winston-Salem restaurant

    Sometime this week, barring any unexpected schedule changes, a popular Winston-Salem restaurant will be featured on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

  • Victoria Serrano with a photo of her family at her Yadkinville home. (Bertrand M Gutierrez/Journal)

    After 23 years in the U.S., Yadkinville grandmother still doesn’t qualify to stay

    YADKINVILLE, N.C. – Her hands wrist-deep in a large bowl of water and masa, a type of dough, Victoria Serrano kneaded a white hominy blob, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. She patted, shaped and spanked it into smaller balls before flattening them on a hot iron skillet to make tortillas, flipping them with her bare fingers as they cooked. “All the girls learn how to do this when they’re young,” she said in Spanish. Between pats, standing in the kitchen […]

  • Sgt. Richard Simmons of the N.C. Highway Patrol answers questions about the Highway Patrol efforts to lessen the number of traffic fatalities during a joint press conference with the Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville and High Point police departments along with Don Nail of the Governor's Highway Safety Program Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Winston-Salem Public Safety Center. (Walt Unks/Journal)

    Police call 14 deaths in wrecks involving young people unprecedented

    In a nine-day period last month that included the Thanksgiving holiday, 14 people died in traffic wrecks throughout the Triad. And nine of those were between the ages of 12 and 20, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Officials said Friday that many of the fatal accidents had several things in common — speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and people not wearing their seat belts. The message was simple — obey the law and stay alive. “These lives were and are […]

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