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  • Sgt. Richard Simmons of the N.C. Highway Patrol answers questions about the Highway Patrol efforts to lessen the number of traffic fatalities during a joint press conference with the Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville and High Point police departments along with Don Nail of the Governor's Highway Safety Program Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Winston-Salem Public Safety Center. (Walt Unks/Journal)

    Police call 14 deaths in wrecks involving young people unprecedented

    In a nine-day period last month that included the Thanksgiving holiday, 14 people died in traffic wrecks throughout the Triad. And nine of those were between the ages of 12 and 20, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Officials said Friday that many of the fatal accidents had several things in common — speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and people not wearing their seat belts. The message was simple — obey the law and stay alive. “These lives were and are […]

  • Jeremy Sprinkle, Anna Smith and Grayson Huffman, ASU students whose unattended deaths — a term police sometimes use when they suspect suicide — had roiled the campus throughout the semester.

    Appalachian State community tries to cope with grief after suicides this fall

    BOONE, N.C. — Alone or in small groups, kids scooted along the sidewalks of Appalachian State University. Thick fog had enveloped the mountain Tuesday, and a light drizzle was falling.

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    UNC Board of Governors removes WSSU trustee over chancellor search info

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Vic Johnson’s tenure on the Winston-Salem State University board of trustees is over, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The University of North Carolina board of governors took unprecedented action Friday when it voted unanimously to remove Johnson after he refused to resign over an alleged breach of confidentiality during WSSU’s search for a new chancellor. The decision was effectively immediately after the vote Friday morning. Johnson’s term was set to expire in 2017. John Fennebresque, chairman of […]

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    Car drives through front of auto parts store in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem police said a car plowed into the Advance Auto Parts Store at 6225 University Parkway on Friday evening, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The car was parked in front of the store, said Sgt. Kyle Krawczyk. “For unknown reasons at this point it accelerated forward and went through the glass,” Krawczyk said. “The whole vehicle was inside the business itself. Fortunate enough, no injuries.” Police have not released the name of the driver. The incident comes […]

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    Winston-Salem senior remains in critical condition after wreck

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 17-year-old Winston-Salem girl who was injured in a car crash earlier this week remains in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. Julia Nicole Guarantano of Meadow Hill Road, a senior at Reagan High School, was seriously injured in a crash Monday just before 4 p.m. Guarantano’s car was traveling east on Rock Hill Road, and a SUV driven by William Virgil Brewer Jr. was traveling south on Grandview Club Road, […]

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    New era of Davie County leadership begins

    MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — Davie County entered a new era of leadership Monday with the swearing in of new commissioners Dan Barrett and John Ferguson, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. They replace Robert Wisecarver, who was defeated in the primary, and Carl Humphrey, who chose not to seek re-election. The new board unanimously chose Terry Renegar as its new chairman — Wisecarver’s old position — and Richard Poindexter as its vice chairman, with Mark Jones, the former vice chairman, casting the […]

  • John Mann Jr. is part of a project at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to create a robot that will be sent to the moon in 2015. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Winston-Salem native part of robot project with $25 million prize on the line

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — John Mann Jr.’s class project will merit more than an A-plus, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Not only does his project — a lunar robot — have a round-trip ticket to space for 2015, but it also is expected to win $20 million. Mann, a Winston-Salem native, is one of 50 contributors to the robot, which will be able to traverse the moon’s pits, caves and polar ice to stream a live video back to Earth. “This […]

  • The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners not only has two new members, but new leadership. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Forsyth County Board of Commissioners adds two new members

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners not only has two new members, but new leadership as well, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. With new members Ted Kaplan and Don Martin freshly sworn in, the board on Monday night selected moderate Republican Dave Plyler to be its new chairman. Martin, who is new to politics and has also been described as a moderate Republican, was selected to be the vice chairman. Republican Richard Linville had been the […]

  • Students at Meadowlark Elementary School gather for the dedication of a new playground built in memory of Breiner Deonanan, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Breiner would have been a Kindergartner this year. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Winston-Salem elementary school unveils special playground

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The new playground at Meadowlark Elementary School teemed with children Monday morning, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Breiner Deonanan was not one of them. Breiner was hit and killed by a car in August 2013 while riding a scooter near his home on Berryhill Lane. He was just 4 years old. He would have been a kindergartener at Meadowlark this year and the school’s new playground — dedicated in his honor — would have impressed him, said […]

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    Winston-Salem man says he was shot at on Old Rural Hall Road

    A man was shot at several times on Old Rural Hall Road Monday morning, Winston-Salem police said. Officers were called to the 4400 block of Old Rural Hall Road about 8:30 a.m. Anthony Gray, 32, told police that he was walking to his vehicle when a man emerged from some bushes. Gray saw the man point a handgun in his direction, so he ran inside a nearby business. Several shots were fired, but Gray was not injured, the Winston-Salem Journal […]

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    New Forsyth Co. commissioners to be sworn in Monday night

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will get two new commissioners today, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Ted Kaplan and Don Martin are to be sworn in at the board’s 6 p.m. meeting, along with current board members Walter Marshall and Everette Witherspoon, who won re-election this year. The board will still have a Republican majority, but it will see a leftward shift. It is losing staunch conservatives Bill Whiteheart and Mark Baker. Kaplan, a Democrat, defeated […]

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    Forsyth Co. boy rides his bike across the country for charity

    WALKERTOWN, N.C. — C.J. Burford’s passion for cycling began when he was 5 years old, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Four years later, that passion motivated Burford, a Walkertown resident, to ride 2,703 miles across the United States to raise money for the National Children’s Cancer Society. C.J. arrived in St. Augustine, Fla. Nov. 20, on the last leg of his journey. He officially completed his journey two days later. “When I was 5 years old, God told me to […]

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