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  • Krystal Nicole Matlock, 28, 1420 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem; Pazuzu Illah Algarad, 35, and Amber Nicole Burch, 24, both of 2749 Knob Hill Drive in Clemmons.

    Hearings continued for Algarad, two others, charged in connection with deaths at house in Clemmons

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — The three people charged in the killings of Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch, whose remains were found in the backyard of a Clemmons house, had their hearings continued today to Oct. 29, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Pazuzu Algarad and Amber Burch are each charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Krystal Matlock is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Arrest […]

  • Solar panels stretch out over acres at the Strata Solar solar farm in northern Rockingham county. (ROB BROWN)

    Charlotte company plans solar farm near Clemmons

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — A Charlotte business wants to build a solar farm southeast of Clemmons. Fire Solar I plans to place 20,000 solar panels on 27 acres it will lease at 5551 Phelps Farm Road. The electricity generated from the farm — enough to power 600 homes a year — will be sold to Duke Energy Carolinas, said Brian Adams, the CEO of Fire Solar I. The company has six other projects similar in size to the proposed solar farm […]

  • Lori Lord (left) and Ethan Wilson pose after the transplant operations in August of 2013. Wilson has come all the way back from the transplant and plays for the Winston-Salem Dash. (Photo provided by Lori Lord via The Winston-Salem Journal)

    Winston-Salem Dash player gets kidney from mother’s friend

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The 10-inch scare near Ethan Wilson’s abdomen doesn’t tell the whole story about what he’s had to endure to get back onto the baseball field, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. For Wilson, a 26-year-old utility infielder for the Winston-Salem Dash, being back in a uniform is something for which he’s grateful. How many professional baseball players have ever had a kidney transplant in the prime of his career? “I don’t think there have been many,” said Wilson, […]

  • Salem Academy and College

    Copper stolen from Salem College construction site

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem Police and the Salem Academy and College administration are seeking a person or people who illegally entered the McHugh Sisters Flats construction site at the corner of Main and Cemetery streets on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The individual or individuals stole some copper material, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or Public Safety at (336) 917-5555.

  • FILE PHOTO: The main entrance for the Mast General Store will be on Trade St. in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. The two upper floors will be residential, with the store occupying 15-16,000 sq. feet on the main and basement floors. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Mast General Store sets opening date for Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mast General Store said Friday it plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:15 a.m. May 6 for its latest “family member” at 516 N. Trade St. in Winston-Salem, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The retailer, based in Valle Crucis, is going into the bottom two floors of the former Coe Plaza, offering 15,000 square feet of retail space with a workforce of 35 employees. Village Lofts, a 48-unit apartment complex, is above the store. Mast General […]

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    Avett Brothers returning home to MerleFest

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bob Crawford’s first MerleFest was memorable. It was the mid-1990s, years before the New Jersey-born bass player would connect with a couple of brothers by the last name of Avett and about a decade before he would join them on stage at Northwest North Carolina’s famed, four-day music festival. “I was living in New Jersey,” Crawford said, thinking back to what would become four fateful days. “My buddy drug me down … he said, ‘You’ve gotta go […]

  • Eliazar Juan Mendoza, 38, of Kannapolis

    Man gets 120 years for repeatedly raping Winston-Salem girl

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Kannapolis man Monday was sentenced to at least 120 years in prison after a Forsyth County jury convicted him of raping and sexually assaulting a girl over a five-year period, starting when she was 9 years old, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Eliazar Juan Mendoza, 38, of Kannapolis, was found guilty of five counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sex offense, four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor and two counts of […]

  • A feral cat sits near a small creek or drainage ditch adjacent to a business on E. Harris Place in Eden, N.C., Friday, April 17, 2015. (NELSON KEPLEY/News & Record)

    Eden Mall uncomfortable with feral cats

    EDEN, N.C. — The Eden Police Department is cracking down on a type of crowd you wouldn’t expect to find at the local mall — cats. Capt. John Edwards said the Eden Mall has become the city’s feral cat hotspot, and area residents encourage it by feeding the homeless kitties. But that’s against local law. “If you’re charged — it’s a misdemeanor charge — you can be arrested for it, but most of the time, we write a citation for […]

  • The six cyclists visit Cadillac Ranch, a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo courtesy of Reese Wells)

    Winston-Salem native part of group on 9,000-mile bike ride to benefit national parks

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With college graduation approaching in 2013, Reese Wells made a vow: If he had to spend 40 hours a week working, he wanted to be doing something he loved. “I was tired of routine and wanted my next great adventure to start,” Wells, a co-founder of “Keys to Freeze,” a cross-country bike ride, said. “Somehow that manifested into a super long, crazy bike ride.” A 9,000-mile ride, to be exact. Keys to Freeze began in late February […]

  • Ellen McCloud stands on the back porch of her home on Glenn Avenue in Winston-Salem, NC, Friday, April 17, 2015, looking in the direction of the industrial pollution spill that forced the recent closure of Hanes-Lowrance Middle School. The apartments in the background are on Ivy Avenue, and beyond that are the grounds of the school and the plant which was the source of the pollution. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Winston-Salem now testing for toxic waste in neighborhood near closed schools

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The urgency with which school officials moved students out of Hanes and Lowrance middle schools got Ellen McCloud thinking, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. She started wondering whether toxic waste may also lurk in the soil, in the groundwater – whether it may threaten her home, her health. To help her and other neighborhood residents find out, the city of Winston-Salem is having 17 groundwater monitoring wells installed in parts of the neighborhood near the campus. Cost: […]

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, will be inducting Winston-Salem's The "5" Royales Saturday, April 18, 2015. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognizes Winston-Salem’s ‘5’ Royales

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — C.B. Jeffries and Barbara Debnam say they are happy to see the “5” Royales inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. But they feel as if the lineup that will be inducted — John Tanner, Eugene Tanner, Lowman Pauling, Jimmy Moore and Obadiah Carter — is missing a name. Their father’s. Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal

  • Gov. Pat McCrory

    Gov. Pat McCrory to speak at Forsyth Tech graduation

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory will be the keynote speaker at Forsyth Technical Community College’s commencement exercises at 5 p.m. May 7 at Joel Coliseum, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. About 1,100 Forsyth Tech students will earn associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas that signify completion of their programs of study during the ceremony, Forsyth Tech said in a statement. The graduation ceremony is free and open to the public, and there will be no charge for parking at the coliseum, […]

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