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  • The building on North Trade Street in downtown Winston-Salem was occupied by the District Rooftop Bar and Grill. (David Rolfe/Journal file photo)

    What’s replacing the District Roof Top Bar and Grille in Winston-Salem?

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Famous Toastery, a breakfast restaurant chain, is taking over the former location of the District Roof Top Bar and Grille, 770 Liberty View Court in the Downtown Arts District, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The District Roof Top Bar and Grille closed June 1, citing financial difficulties. The Famous Toastery plans to open by the end of July, offering breakfast and lunch daily. The Famous Toastery began in 2005 as Toast Cafe in Huntersville. It now […]

  • Julia Voth (from left), Hannah Stock and Shawn Pyfrom star in "The Moleskin Diary." (Courtesy of Zach Brown
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    New movie filming in Winston-Salem; filmmaker is from the area

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Filming started earlier this week on a new independent film being shot in the Winston-Salem area, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. “The Moleskin Diary” is a drama about Adrian, a free-spirited photographer whose party-hearty lifestyle is disrupted when his sister dies unexpectedly and he has to take in his 9-year-old niece, Maddy, who he has never met. Shawn Pyfrom — who played Andrew Van De Kamp, the son of Marcia Cross’ character on the ABC primetime soap […]

  • Old Hickory Boy Scout Council leader Jean Dominique. (Bruce Chapman/Journal File Photo)

    Man accuses Winston-Salem Boy Scouts of discrimination

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem attorney alleged in court Wednesday that the local chapter of the Boys Scouts of America has had a racist history in Forsyth County and that a former employee bore the full brunt of it, ending in his firing as a district scout executive in 2011. The employee, Jean Dominique, is black and grew up in Haiti until the 1970s, when he met a group from Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and moved here, Harold Kennedy, […]

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    Winston-Salem native on 9,000-mile bike ride sees US in different light

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Even without the veil of darkness that night brings, Brady Lawrence was almost blind without his glasses. As he stumbled back to his campsite from the bathroom, he heard an insistently primitive snorting. He figured it was just his hungry buddy, Reese Wells, scavenging for a midnight snack. The realization struck him, just as he nearly hit the horse-size shadow: Only feet away stood a 350-pound black bear, fishing through their backpack to excavate a forgotten Pop-Tart […]

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    Winston-Salem man sentenced to up to 26 years for sexually abusing 4-year-old boy

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 31-year-old Winston-Salem man was convicted Monday on charges that he sexually abused a 4-year-old boy and had pornographic pictures of the child. Scott Ray Klein, of Cumbie Road, entered an Alford plea in Forsyth Superior court to four counts of first-degree sex offense, four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor and 12 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Judge Michael Duncan of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Klein to 18 years and three […]

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    Clemmons’ Walmart Neighborhood Market to hire up to 95 employees

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Walmart said today that it will hire up to 95 people to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market under construction in Clemmons. A temporary hiring center has opened at 3625 Clemmons Road in the Clemmons Village Shopping Center. Read more: Winston-Salem Journal  

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    Bear struck and killed on Business 40

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A young black bear was struck and killed by a vehicle on Business 40 East in Winston-Salem earlier this week. The 125-pound bear was hit on the highway near the Hasting Hill Road overpass, said James Tomberlin, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Tomberlin received a call from a Winston-Salem police officer about the incident at 11 a.m. Sunday, he said. The bear was likely hit on Saturday night or early Sunday morning. “The bear […]

  • (From left) Jacqueline Hairston, Tamara Conrad, Aili Harris, and others line up to sign up in support of a lawsuit during a community service meeting held by the NAACP and Forward Together organizations at the Rising Star Baptist Church, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    More than 100 people sign up to support NAACP fracking lawsuit

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — More than 100 people concerned about environmental injustice signed up Wednesday night to be part of a possible lawsuit that the Rev. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, said the civil-rights organization is planning to file. “We are in serious negotiations with lawyers right now about looking at legal actions,” Barber said. Later, after asking Stokes County residents at the meeting to join as parties to the lawsuit, he said: “It doesn’t need to be […]

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    Blue Cross of NC seeks rate increase for Affordable Care Act customers under 65

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. is requesting a near doubling of the rate increase for individual customers under age 65 with coverage through the Affordable Care Act. The state’s largest health insurer made public Monday its proposal to the N.C. Insurance Department for an average rate increase of 25.7 percent for 2016. The request also requires federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) approval. The rates were filed May 15. By comparison, Blue Cross was […]

  • Anthony Ordell Abran and Sierras Deshan Cobb

    Winston-Salem man charged in fatal shooting previously convicted in 1993 murder

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man charged with first-degree murder in a killing last week was convicted of murder as a teen and spent 16 years in prison, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The killings were 21 years apart but occurred less than a mile from each other. Anthony Ordell Abran, 37,  was arrested last week and charged in the shooting death of 26-year-old Delmorio Lamontae Blockson. A second man, Sierras Deshan Cobb, 39, was charged late Monday night in connection to the fatal […]

  • Left: Andrew Menjivar looks out the window of a police cruiser as he is taken away from the scene during the final hours of a standoff at a motel on University Parkway Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Lauren Carroll/Journal File Photo) Right: Christopher Shane Jenkins

    ‘Hostage’ in 29-hour standoff told authorities ‘he sat on the bed and smoked marijuana’

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The brother of a Forsyth County man that authorities initially thought was being held hostage in a nearly 29-hour standoff last year at a hotel was sitting on a bed and smoking marijuana during the incident, according to a court document filed in federal court, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Christopher Shane Jenkins, 33, of Belgrove Drive in Tobaccoville was arrested in February 2014 after he surrendered two hours after he released his brother, Andrew Jovanni […]

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Members of the King American Legion Post 290 listen to a Memorial Day service in King.

    Community remembers at Memorial Day weekend service in King

    KING, N.C. — Michelle and Robert Scicli came Sunday to the Memorial Day service at Veteran’s Memorial at King’s Central Park to remember their son, Christopher Joseph Scicli, who served in the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2006 and went to Iraq. Christopher’s best friend died in Iraq, and Christopher died two years after returning home, Michelle Scicli said. It wasn’t suicide but Scicli declined to talk publicly about what led to her son’s death. She said that her son […]


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