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  • The Chef Dion Sprenkle restaurant in Welcome. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Davidson County to vote on alcohol sales in November 2016

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — The last time Davidson County voted on alcohol, Jimmy Carter was president and the Iranian hostage crisis was only two months old. Folks were listening to “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” on the radio, but in Davidson County they were having none of it: 52 percent of the voters casting ballots on Jan. 8, 1980 said they didn’t want malt beverages sold in the county. The rum you’d need to make a pina colada wasn’t even […]

  • Gordon Defois Reid

    Police in Winston-Salem search for man missing for nearly two months

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police will do a ground search Tuesday for man who has been missing nearly two months, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Gordon Defois Reid, 61, was reported missing Feb. 4. He was last seen in the 100 block of Motor Road, which is where police and members of the Triad Bloodhound Team will conduct their search. The area is largely residential, but has patches of woods. Reid is black and has salt and pepper hair. He […]

  • Dave Colescott of Winston-Salem is one of more than 180 former players for Coach Dean Smith at North Carolina who received a letter from Smith's trust that included a check for $200. (Journal)

    Former UNC player from Winston-Salem ‘blown away’ by Dean Smith’s surprise letter

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Dave Colescott nearly threw the letter away thinking it was junk mail. But Colescott, a former player at North Carolina who played for the late Dean Smith, opened the letter and it brought tears to his eyes, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. “On the return part of the envelope it said ‘Dean E. Smith Estate,’ so I was skeptical,” said Colescott, 57, who lives in Winston-Salem and is a customer officer for Hanes Brand’s Champions division. “I […]

  • Bob's Big Gas Subs & Pub opened in September 2010 by owner Rob Powell and his son, Robert. (Journal file photo)

    Winston-Salem restaurant closes on Sunday; owner to retire

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub will close Sunday after almost five years in operation, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Owner Bob Powell said he is retiring and does not plan to renew his lease, which will expire this month. Powell and his son, Robert, opened the restaurant at the corner of Reynolda Road and Northwest Boulevard in September 2010 in what had been a former gas station, offering eclectic sandwiches and salads. Bob’s Big Gas sandwiches […]

  • Jane Harrell's 1870 home on Friday, March 6, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Home in Winston-Salem started as one-room log cabin; grows into beautiful house

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s the little cabin that grew and grew, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The home of Mike and Jane Harrell started as a one-room chestnut log cabin in 1870 — so says the brick embedded into the dining room’s wood-burning fireplace. They now count at least six additions. The Harrells, who moved into the home in 1994, did not build any of the new parts. They did fix up the four bathrooms, and in 2012 did a […]

  • Geneva Brown takes calls from supporters at her home in 2010. (Lauren Carroll/Journal File Photo)

    Geneva Brown, longtime school board member in Forsyth Co., dies at age 84

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Geneva Brown, who served for 18½ years on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, died today at her home after a lengthy illness. She was 84, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Dr. Wynne Brown, Brown’s daughter, and the director of student health services at Winston-Salem State University, said she will remember her mother’s generosity and commitment to service. “She created programs that empowered teachers and helped children excel in all areas of their lives,” Wynne Brown said. […]

  • Madison Jones played in all 32 games, with six starts, for Wake Forest this season. (Chuck Burton)

    Wake Forest University suspends basketball guard Madison Jones for ‘poor decisions’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Madison Jones’ basketball career at Wake Forest will be on hold until Coach Danny Manning decides otherwise, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Manning said Tuesday afternoon that Jones is suspended from all basketball-related activities for poor decisions. Manning declined to specify what rules were broken. “He’s an upperclassman and he needs to make better decisions,” Manning said Tuesday. Jones, a 6-1 guard from Raleigh, played in all 32 games this past season as a junior, starting six. […]

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    Patrol car caused more than $20,000 in damage to Winston-Salem restaurant

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The building that houses Pane e Vino Restaurant suffered $20,137 in damage when a police car ran into it on Monday, damaging a storage room, Wake Forest University said Wednesday. Wake Forest owns the building in Reynolda Village that houses the popular restaurant. Tony Baker, the city’s risk manager and assistant city attorney, said the university’s damage estimate included the repair cost for the building. The university submitted the estimate to city officials. Joseph “J.L.” Bolt, WFU’s […]

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    Winston-Salem girl, 4, in critical condition after being hit by car

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 4-year-old girl was in critical condition late Monday after she was hit by a vehicle in the 4100 block of Morningside Drive, Winston-Salem police said. A 1995 Oldsmobile driven by Derrick Thorne Daniels, 26, of Glenn Avenue in Winston-Salem was traveling west on Morningside Drive about 7 p.m. Monday when the girl rode a small toy from her driveway into the street. She was struck by the car driven by Daniels, according to the Winston-Salem Police […]

  • This house at 66 West End Boulevard in Winston-Salem was damaged in a fire in 2014 and could be demolished within 90 days unless some basic repairs are made. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Winston-Salem historic house gets 90 days for repairs – or else

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A historic house at 66 West End Boulevard will be torn down in 90 days unless someone steps forward to buy the property or make some basic repairs. The Winston-Salem City Council voted on Monday to demolish the house that historians link to Reynolda House because of its architectural features. The house was built in 1917 and was once the home of E. Wright Noble, a department manager at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. In later years it […]

  • 1400 block of Rothrock Road (Google Maps)

    Man dies from injuries after Walnut Cove fire

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — A man died Sunday after he was burned in a fire Saturday in Walnut Cove, authorities said today. The incident happened at 7:41 p.m. in a house fire at 1473 Rothrock Road, Stokes County Fire Marshall Brian Booe said in a post on the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page. Witnesses told Walnut Cove firefighters that they saw a man on fire come out of the house, authorities said. Witnesses used water to extinguish the flames, […]

  • Winston-Salem stock photo (Wikipedia)

    Forsyth County among top counties in voter wait time

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Forsyth County was among about a dozen counties that reported instances of voter wait times of an hour or longer in the 2014 general election, according to a report released this month by the N.C. State Board of Elections, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A report appendix also shows that in Forsyth County, the wait time reached an hour at 17 of 101 precincts – the most sites reported in one county. The state board studied […]

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