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    NC man and group ordered to pay $76 million in civil penalities

    WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. — A West Jefferson man already serving a 40-year prison term for operating a Ponzi scheme was ordered Friday by a federal judge to help pay $76 million in civil penalties. Keith Simmons, one-time owner of Black Diamond Capital Solutions LLC and High South Realty in Jefferson, fraudulently solicited and accepted at least a combined $40 million from more than 400 victims across the country, including Ashe County. Nearly 100 were older than 75, and many lost […]

  • K-9 Nikon, with Officer Karen Simmons, specialized in tracking suspects and narcotics. (Winston-Salem Police Dept.)

    Retired Winston-Salem police dog dies during stomach surgery

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nikon and his handler, Officer Karen Simmons, started their careers together in the canine unit seven years ago. Nikon, a 9-year-old Czech Shepard, died during stomach surgery on Thursday. Simmons said Nikon retired last month but had started to get sick in the last couple of weeks. “He couldn’t keep any food down, so I took him to the vet and they did an exploratory surgery and found a hernia at the bottom of his esophagus,” she […]

  • Mike Coe, owner of Trade Street Market, inspects boxes of survival supplies furnished by the Office of Civil Defense in the fallout shelter in the basement of the Winston-Salem Trade Street Market. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Stockpile of survival rations found in basement of downtown Winston-Salem building

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — While looking for the shutoff valve for a broken water pipe a week ago Sunday, downtown developer Mike Coe found a stockpile of survival rations from the early 1960s. Hefty metal canisters were stacked up in a shelter in the basement of the building on the corner of Sixth and Trade streets. Some of the canisters — dated that they had been packed in June and July 1963 — contained “Civil Defense Carbohydrate Supplements” from the Bonomo […]

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    Kernersville man, 19, to compete on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — When Dustin McNeer, a Kernersville native, was recruited to appear as a contestant on “America’s Next Top Model,” he wasn’t that familiar with the show, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. After being told the show was interested in him he watched two seasons “to see what it’s all about.” He loved it, describing the show as “overall, a lot of fun.” But he never expected to be part of a national reality show. “I never even imagined […]

  • Contemporary Christian group MercyMe is probably best known for its crossover hit, “I Can Only Imagine.”

    Two-day Christian music festival coming to BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Major Christian music recording artists will be here in September for a two-day Christian music festival at BB&T Ballpark that organizers hope to turn into an annual event, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Kirk Franklin, MercyMe and Jeremy Camp will headline the first Awakening Music Festival to be held at the ballpark Sept. 26-27. “These are national, well-known and well-loved artists who pack big venues all over the country,” said Stu Epperson, the president of the Truth […]

  • 15-month-old Connor Wilmoth dances as The Salem Revival Project, including from left, saxophonist Charles Adams, guitarist/vocalist Julian Robson and percussionist Adrian Byington, play on the corner of Fourth and Spruce Streets last fall. (Journal file photo)

    ACLU calls Winston-Salem ordinance that sets limits on street performers unconstitutional

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union says that Winston-Salem’s rules on street performers are an unconstitutional limit on free speech, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Taking the side of a musician who made the same claim at city meetings, the ACLU sent a letter July 22 to City Attorney Angela Carmon calling on the city to change the ordinance, which sets limits on where, when and how musicians play on the sidewalks downtown. The organization is calling on […]

  • Former members and current supporters cheer the unveiling of the city's historic marker commemorating the Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party at the corner of Fifth Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2012. (BRUCE CHAPMAN)

    Online petition demands Winston-Salem remove historic Black Panther Party marker

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An online petition is asking the city of Winston-Salem to remove a historic marker for the city chapter’s of the Black Panther Party — a sign that the petition says honors a racist and violent organization, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Wayne Pearce started the petition drive at http://www.change.org , a website that allows people throughout the world to start online petitions for various causes. Pearce’s petition had more than 930 signatures late Wednesday. Pearce couldn’t be […]

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    Hanesbrands database hacked; information of 900,000 customers exposed

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hanesbrands Inc. said Wednesday that a customer order database was breached by a hacker in June, compromising information for about 900,000 online and telephone customers. The hacker gained access to general customer information through the company’s website by posing as a “guest” customer checking an order, meaning they weren’t registered on the site. The hacker was able to get information including addresses, phone numbers and last four digits of a credit or debit card of other customers, […]

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    Reynolds needs air-quality permit for Newport

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It turns out that equipment for manufacturing cigarettes is brand specific. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is requesting an air-quality permit from Forsyth County that would allow the company to move Newport production equipment from Greensboro to its mammoth Tobaccoville manufacturing plant. On June 12, Reynolds American Inc. completed its $29.25 billion purchase of Lorillard Inc., essentially to get Newport, the No. 2 U.S. traditional cigarette brand. Part of the deal involved Imperial Tobacco Group Plc spending $7.1 […]

  • The Innkeeper Hotel at 2115 Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem.

    Police still looking for information on shooting death at Winston-Salem hotel

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are following leads in the shooting death of a man whose body was found Saturday in a hotel room on Peters Creek Parkway, authorities said Monday. Rayshawn Lydell Hickson, 34, who had no permanent address, was the victim of an apparent shooting at the Innkeeper Motor Lodge at 2115 Peters Creek Parkway, police said. No arrests have been made. “We have leads that we are following,” police Lt. Steven Tollie said. “We have been out […]

  • An archaeological team excavates the site of the 1766 Builder's House at the corner of Brookstown Ave. and Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem, NC, Monday, July 20, 2015. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Archeological dig at Old Salem uncovers first building erected in Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Almost 250 years ago, in frigid February weather, eight craftsmen made the trek from settlements at Bethania and Bethabara to what would soon be known as Salem, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Along the way they shot two deer and, seeking sanctuary at the Builder’s House — the first building erected in Salem —cooked it over the roaring indoor fireplace. Although the Builder’s House was a modest log cabin, it symbolized something much greater: the genesis of […]

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    New Zaxby’s restaurant opening in Walkertown next week

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Zaxby’s restaurant chain will open its first location in Walkertown on Monday, according to The Winston-Salem Jounral. The 3,800-square-foot restaurant is at 5211 Walkertown Commons Circle and seats 70 people. Offerings include chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches, milkshakes and salads. The Walkertown store hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sam Mahalingham is the owner of the new location. The restaurant chain will celebrate the […]


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