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  • Harry Giles will play at Duke University.

    No. 1 recruit and Winston-Salem native Harry Giles announces he will play at Duke

    Danny Manning’s efforts to restore Wake Forest basketball to prominence will have to proceed without help from Harry Giles. Giles, a 6-10 forward from Winston-Salem ranked as the No. 1 senior in the nation by ESPN, announced Friday that he will play at Duke University. Giles made the announcement on ESPN’s SportsCenter, dashing the hopes of his three other finalists, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Kansas. Giles transferred to Oak Hill Academy, where he will spend his senior season sidelined. His […]

  • Henry Clifford Byrd Sr.

    Winston-Salem man sentenced to more than 50 years in rape case involving 10-year-old girl at church

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Forsyth County jury convicted a Winston-Salem man on charges that he raped a 10-year-old girl at a local church in March 2013. The 12 jurors took a little more than two hours Wednesday to find Henry Clifford Byrd Sr., 67, of Beeson Dairy Road, guilty of first-degree rape of a child, sexual offense of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child. Judge Reuben Young, a special Superior Court judge sent in to preside over […]

  • Jason Mai (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    WSSU football assistant arrested, charged with assault on female

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jason Mai, an assistant football coach at Winston-Salem State, was arrested last weekend after a domestic dispute, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Mai was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with assault on a female, according to an arrest warrant from the Winston-Salem Police Department. The warrant says Mai is accused of grabbing the victim by both arms and pushing her against a wall. Mai and the victim were both listed as living at a residence in Winston-Salem, […]

  • Henry Clifford Byrd Sr.

    Winston-Salem man accused of raping girl at church says girl came on to him

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man accused of raping a 10-year-old girl at a church denied the allegations in a letter he wrote to the church’s pastor, claiming that the child came on to him, according to the Winston-Salem Journal, citing testimony Friday in Forsyth Superior Court. Henry Clifford Byrd Sr., 67, of Beeson Dairy Road, is on trial on charges of first-degree rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor. Byrd is a registered sex offender and was convicted […]

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    Caterpillar to lay off 80 people at North Carolina plant

    FRANKLIN, N.C. — Caterpillar Inc. confirmed Friday it is eliminating at least 80 jobs at a plant in Franklin that will be closed by June, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The company filed a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN) notice with the N.C. Commerce Department. Notices are required of companies planning a facility closing or a mass layoff of more than 50 employees. The notice offers employees at least a 60-day heads-up about the ending of their jobs. With […]

  • Krystal Nicole Matlock, Pazuzu Illah Algarad and Amber Nicole Burch.

    Case against Pazuzu Algarad’s co-defendants continued until early 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The day after Pazuzu Algarad died of an apparent suicide in prison, his two co-defendants made court appearances. Algarad, Amber Nicole Burch and Krystal Nicole Matlock were all scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Forsyth District Court. The cases against Burch and Matlock were continued until January. Algarad was found unresponsive at 3 a.m. Wednesday in his cell at Central Prison in Raleigh, where he had been held since May 13 on a safekeeping order. He was […]

  • Five-year-old Gracie Harrison, right, laughs watching Brenner Robot dance on a table at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. Gracie's mother, Jennifer Harrison, left, said it was the first time her daughter had smiled since coming into the hospital. The programmable, fully-articulated robot is used to help children cope with stress and fears while undergoing treatment in the hospital. The robot can walk, dance, sing, tell stories, and talk to young patients. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Brenner Children’s Hospital introduces talking robot to young patients

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Five-year-old Gracie clung to her mother’s leg as she walked with her IV poll into the eighth-floor lobby at Brenner Children’s Hospital, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. She hesitated, slightly hiding her face, as if unsure what to make of Brenner, a 2-foot-tall, 11-pound robot, who was sitting on a small table. Gracie’s mother, Jennifer Harrison of China Grove, sat in a chair close to Brenner Robot and put her daughter on her lap. Then, just before […]

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    Winston-Salem bakery to move to new downtown location

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Tart Sweets bakery in downtown Winston-Salem is moving from 1318 South Hawthorne Road to 848 West Fifth St., the former location of Michael’s restaurant, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Chelsea and Lynn Tart opened Tart Sweets in 2013. They decided to move the bakery because they’ve outgrown the current space. The move will allow Tart Sweets to add a full-service coffee shop called Camel City Coffee. The coffee shop, run by Skyler Brown, will also offer breakfast […]

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    Downtown restaurant owner in the Piedmont says they won’t reopen

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Wen Hwa restaurant in downtown Winston-Salem is permanently closed and there are no plans to reopen, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Connie Van, a co-owner of Wen Hwa Asian Fusion on Spruce Street, told the Journal on Tuesday that she had decided not to reopen the restaurant because of a combination of how much work and time would be needed to reopen it and increasing rent on the property. “I’m really missing all the customers,” Van […]

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    Forsyth jail officials deny wrongful death allegations

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The medical director and the lead psychiatrist at the Forsyth County Jail denied in court that they were negligent in caring for an inmate who died in 2013. In a wrongful-death lawsuit filed July 31, the wife of Dino Vann Nixon said her husband’s death was due to “withdrawal from benzodiazepines in the settling of coronary artery disease” and an abnormal enlargement of the heart. The lawsuit alleges that jail officials refused to provide several prescription drugs, […]

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    Walnut Cove residents to vote on whether to allow the sale of mixed beverages in town

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — When Walnut Cove residents go to the polls this fall, they will decide more than who should sit on the town board, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A vote on whether to allow the sale of mixed beverages in town is on the Nov. 3 ballot. Voters faced this question in a 2007 referendum. The liquor-by-the-drink measure was defeated by a vote of 210 to 103. Residents will be asked to vote for or against an […]

  • Mocksville Mayor Francis Slate, left, talks with Gov. Pat McCrory after a ceremony at Pro Refrigeration in Mocksville in 2013. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    At 93, Mocksville mayor Francis Slate is ready for retirement from public office

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A blizzard raged one December night in 1958, blanketing the streets of Mocksville with a thick layer of snow, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A couple from South Africa, exhausted from their third cross-country trip in weeks, took shelter with their two young children inside a rundown motel on the outskirts of town, the only room for miles. Francis Slate, hired to be the new surgeon at Davie County Hospital, was 8,000 miles from his beloved home […]


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