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  • Casey Davis (left) enjoys time with her oldest brother, Bradley Davis (19), a freshman at Wake Forest, doing one of their favorite activities, playing on swings, on the Wake Forest campus. (Bruce Chapman/Journal
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    Wake Forest freshman helps light Wait Chapel for autism awareness month in honor of his sister

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bradley Davis, a freshman at Wake Forest University, has always advocated for autism awareness and has done it for a simple reason – the love for his 12-year-old sister, Casey, who is autistic. But he wanted to do something on a larger scale for National Autism Awareness Month. He made a few calls to Wake Forest officials and on April 1, the first day of National Autism Awareness Month, Wait Chapel was lit up in blue. Bonnie […]

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    House bill that would allow suicide for terminally ill enters NC legislature

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The national debate over the right for a terminally ill individual to die on his or her terms – assisted by a lethal dose of prescribed medicine – has entered the North Carolina legislature, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. House Bill 611 was introduced Thursday by two House Democrats as a means “for allowing qualified patients diagnosed with a terminal illness to end life in a humane and dignified manner.” Terminally ill is defined by the bill […]

  • Pearce Dougan weighed just 1 pound and 13 ounces at birth. (Left photo: Allen Aycock photo 1991, right photo: Allen Aycock photo 1991
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    Everything since ‘preemie’ birth 25 years ago ‘just a bonus’ for Lexington law student

    Editor’s note: This is a column written by Scott Sexton and originally published in The Winston-Salem Journal.  April is a busy month for Pearce Dougan. A third-year law student at Campbell University, he’s neck-deep preparing for his last round of finals. Then there’s graduation and, following that momentous occasion, he will turn his attention to marathon study sessions getting ready to sit for the bar exam in July. He will continue making the drive home to Davidson County most weekends […]

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    Germanton woman pleads guilty in drug scheme

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County woman who worked for a doctor’s office was convicted Thursday of participating in a scheme to illegally distribute more than 7,300 pills with fraudulent prescriptions. Ashley Faye Scott, 34, of Germanton pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to four counts of identity theft, four counts of attempting to traffic in opiates and four counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud. Judge Patrice Hinnant gave Scott a suspended sentence of 13 months to 25 […]

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    Retroactive tax code changes may affect some NC returns

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Some North Carolina taxpayers will have to amend their 2014 state tax return or scramble to make last-minute adjustments because of changes to the state’s tax code that went into effect March 31. Senate Bill 20, which was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, is known primarily as fuel tax legislation because it lowered the state’s gas tax by a half-cent to 36 cents a gallon on April 1 and to 35 cents on Jan. 1, […]

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    School bus collides with pickup in Winston-Salem leaving one injured

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A school bus collided with a pickup Tuesday on Teresa Avenue in the city’s northeastern section, authorities said. The pickup driver had a minor injury. The incident happened at 3:50 p.m. when the school bus carrying three students from Mineral Springs Elementary School turned onto Teresa Avenue from Fondly Road, Winston-Salem police said. John Wayne France, 59, was driving the bus. The bus then collided with the pickup driven by Marcene Hairston, 61, police said. The students […]

  • Anna Camp works on a scene from UNCSA's production of 'Starting Here, Starting Now' in 2004. Camp has since gone on to star in movies like "Pitch Perfect" and TV shows such as "True Blood." (W-S JOURNAL PHOTO)

    Actress with Winston-Salem ties will have feature role on Hulu series

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An alumna of UNC School of the Arts has a guest role in Hulu.com’s next original comedy series, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Anna Camp will appear in “Resident Advisors,” which will make its debut Thursday on Hulu and Hulu Plus. The show is described as a workplace comedy “set in the most hormonally overloaded, sexually active, out-of-control workplace in the world: a college dorm.” All seven episodes of the show’s first season will be released at once. Camp plays […]

  • Ryan Lusk, the general manager of Burke Street Comics, organizes items for sale in the shop's new location. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Burke Street Comics in Winston-Salem moves into new, larger location

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Burke Street Comics’ new home has more than enough space for up to 100,000 comics and its centerpiece — a life size Silver Surfer statue, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The comic book store moved last week into the former Barnhill’s Books, Wine, Art & Gifts at 811 Burke St. The store is just several doors down from its former location. At 2,000 square feet, the new space is four times bigger. The store specializes in vintage […]

  • The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that nearly 49,000 Medicaid cards, with the personal information of children on them, went to the wrong people. (Image: WTVD-TV)

    Audit finds deficiencies in NC DHHS oversight

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The latest state audit of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, released Wednesday, found a series of direct and material deficiencies and errors in the department’s oversight performance. Perhaps the most noteworthy example of oversight deficiencies was that DHHS did not properly monitor “that the child abuse directory was checked before a child was placed for adoption. As a result, children could be placed in an unsafe environment.” “Each county has the responsibility to ensure […]

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    Appalachian craft brewery beers to be Winston-Salem this summer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The craft brews of Appalachian Mountain Brewery Inc. are coming off the mountain and into Winston-Salem this summer. The Boone company has expanded its partnership with Craft Brew Alliance Inc. of Portland, Ore., with a master distribution agreement that includes its Long Leaf India pale ale, Honey Badger Blond Ale, Black Gold Porter and beers from its small batch series. Also in the initial distribution range are Charlotte, Greensboro and Hickory, Craft Brew spokeswoman Jenny McLean said […]

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    Yadkin County inmate found dead days after sentencing

    YADKIN COUTY, N.C. — An inmate found dead in the Yadkin County Jail Sunday had been sentenced last week to at least 36 years in prison on charges that he fired at Yadkin County deputies during a December 2012 standoff at a motel that lasted nearly five hours. John Trenton Smith, 39, was found dead in his cell during a cell check at about 4 a.m. Sunday, the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Smith had been […]

  • Mark and Debbie Payne pose for a portrait on their property across the street from a industrial-style chicken farm on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Eldora, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Neighbors upset after being stuck with stench in Surry County

    ELDORA, N.C. — It was sunny last week. Good weather for moving chicken manure. Tons of it, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. On Chilton Road, in the Eldora community of Surry County, big trucks hauled a mound of black-cake manure that had grown so large and had lain on the edge of Johnny Simmons’ industrial-style farm for so long that the trucks took several days to haul it away. As of January, Simmons had 12 chicken houses, each capable of […]


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