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    Unraveling financial fraud in ZeekRewards case

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kenneth Bell knew he was facing a major legal challenge when he took his first step into ZeekRewards.com’s office in Lexington three days after federal regulators shut down the Internet company on Aug. 17, 2012, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had accused Rex Venture Group LLC, Zeekler andZeekRewards.com, and Paul Burks, their principal owner, of raising $850 million through unregistered securities. The companies were shut down and their assets frozen. The […]

  • Some have noticed odors along the Pilot Mountain Corridor that are coming from chicken farming operations near their home. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    What’s that smell at Pilot Mountain?

    SHOALS, N.C. – Weather conditions were not ideal on that chilly day last month for the unmistakable odor of chicken-farm operations to travel far, but the odor still found a group of state park officials walking a section of Pilot Mountain State Park known as the corridor trail, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A 25-minute drive from Winston-Salem, the trail offers an outdoor escape from city life. The trail, 6.6 miles long, connects the Yadkin River with the base of […]

  • Hanes Middle School students Grant Arne, (l-r), Logan Harris, and Desiree Moraes work on a social studies map in the hall outside their new classroom at the former Hill Middle School, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. They moved their work to the hall because the classroom was too crowded for them to spread out and work on an open, flat surface. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Teachers, students adjusting after Hanes, Lowrance middle schools campus close

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A disruption. An inconvenience. Unnecessary. Erring on the side of caution. That’s just some of the ways people described closing down the Hanes and Lowrance middle schools campus and moving students to other facilities for the remainder of the school year, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Concerns about contaminated groundwater under the schools and questions about safety of the air inside the buildings fueled a monthlong debate that culminated with a contentious decision by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth […]

  • (From left) Hayat Alkadir, Hamza Alkadir, and Nejat Alkadir pose at home in High Point, N.C., Friday. Spelling runs in the family as Hamza's two older sisters won the spelling bee in past years. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Winston-Salem boy follows sisters into Spelling Bee competition

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Before Hamza Alkadir could reach nirvana, he had to spell it, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The fifth-grader at Friendship Elementary School in Davidson County correctly spelled the word, meaning “a state of perfect happiness; an ideal or idyllic place,” to win the Davidson County spelling bee last month. The win guaranteed Alkadir a spot in the 75th annual Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held Sunday in Winston-Salem, and a chance at a trip […]

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    Pizza restaurant in Winston-Salem reopens; features new renovations

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The franchisee owner of The Loop Pizza Grill said Friday that the restaurant at Thruway Shopping Center has reopened at 320 S. Stratford Road, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The Winston-Salem restaurant features new booths and tables, flooring in the dining rooms and bathrooms. It also has new artwork that emphasizes the restaurant’s overall history and signature items. The owner is Mike Targett, who also owns the restaurant franchise in Kernersville. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to […]

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    Bill to ban teens from tanning in North Carolina moves forward

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — State Rep. Donny Lambeth, a Winston-Salem Republican who is a former health-care industry executive, asked members of the House Health Committee on Wednesday to support a bill that would ban the use of tanning beds by minors under 18 to reduce the risk of cancer, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The bill won the committee’s approval in a matter of minutes. The Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act, named after a state representative and physician who […]

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    Wells Fargo given OK to auction Pazuzu Algarad home where bodies were found in backyard

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — The first of two foreclosure steps has been taken on the Clemmons home where human skeletal remains were found buried in the backyard in October, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Wells Fargo Bank was granted permission Tuesday to conduct a foreclosure auction at the Forsyth County Courthouse for the residence at 2749 Knob Hill Drive. The hearing date tentatively has been set for April 7. Wells Fargo Bank is listed as the holder of the property and […]

  • An amphitheater is under construction at Triad Park. (Lauren Carroll/Winston-Salem Journal)

    Triad Park amphitheater, disc golf course in Forsyth County to open March 28

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The Forsyth County parks department announced Tuesday that the new amphitheater, disc golf course and shelter at Triad Park will open to the public March 28, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The disc golf course will officially open at 9 a.m. The first 25 players will receive a free disc, the next 25 players a free golf towel. The 18-hole disc golf course has two tee locations on each hole to accommodate players of different skill […]

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    Huge vinyl record show coming to Forsyth County

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Whether it’s The Doors or The Drifters, Sinatra or the Sex Pistols, record collectors will be able to browse through hundreds of albums from a variety of genres Saturday at the Clemmons Record Show, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village Inn Event Center, 6205 Ramada Drive, Clemmons. Admission is free. The show is moving from its old home at Marketplace Mall in Winston-Salem, said Richard […]

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    Lexington woman pleads guilty in fatal robbery

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Lexington woman pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a home invasion three years ago that left one man dead and another critically injured. Brandi Leigh Robinson, 31, of Eastdale Drive in Lexington, entered guilty pleas Wednesday in Stokes Superior Court to accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and to first-degree burglary in connection to the Sept. 14, 2012 death of Brian Keith McGee, 37, of Winston-Salem. Judge A. Moses Massey of Stokes Superior Court sentenced […]

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    Officials wait on court ruling before taking action on video sweepstakes businesses in Clemmons

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — The five video sweepstakes businesses in Clemmons are not currently under threat of prosecution, an official from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office told the Village Council of Clemmons on Monday. “At this point in Forsyth County, there is no action to be taken,” Chief Deputy Brad Stanley told the council. In November, a North Carolina appeals court upheld the criminal convictions of two people for violating a state ban on video sweepstakes. That ruling has been appealed […]

  • Avery Fussell is about to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge when she realizes belatedly that doing so will mess up her new hairdo and breaks down crying. The video won her family $10,000 on "America's Funniest Home Videos." (Courtesy: Winston-Salem Journal)

    Winston-Salem family wins $10,000 ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ prize

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A family from Winston-Salem won a $10,000 prize on Sunday’s episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and is now in the running to win a $100,000 prize later this season. Four members of the Fussell family — father Matt, mother Alison, and daughters Ryan, 11, and Avery, 6 — went to California in January to tape their appearance on the long-running ABC series, but were not able to discuss the results until the episode aired. The youngest […]


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