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    New Zaxby’s restaurant opening in Walkertown next week

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Zaxby’s restaurant chain will open its first location in Walkertown on Monday, according to The Winston-Salem Jounral. The 3,800-square-foot restaurant is at 5211 Walkertown Commons Circle and seats 70 people. Offerings include chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches, milkshakes and salads. The Walkertown store hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sam Mahalingham is the owner of the new location. The restaurant chain will celebrate the […]

  • Dakota Wright, a student at WSSU, is part of a documentary filmed by MTV.

    WSSU student lands spot in MTV documentary ‘White People’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. — A student from Winston-Salem State University was featured in a controversial new MTV documentary about race relations that aired this week. In the documentary, “White People,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas travels around the country talking with young white people about their perceptions of questions about white privilege, affirmative action and racial identity. The first segment in the hour-long program features Dakota Wright, a senior psychology major at Winston-Salem State University. Wright, 23, graduated from […]

  • Kellie Pickler

    Former NC ‘Idol’ Kellie Pickler could knock on your door for new TV show

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nine years after Albemarle native Kellie Pickler rose to national acclaim on “American Idol,” she’s back on the Fox network, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Pickler is part of “Knock Knock: Live,” a new game show in which she and other co-hosts travel around the country knocking on peoples’ doors on live TV “completely unannounced,” according to the network, to give them a chance to win prizes. Ryan Seacrest, the host of “Idol,” is the host of this […]

  • Winston-Salem Journal, Andrew Dye

    Inspectors say there were no smoke detectors where body was found in Winston-Salem apartment fire

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — City housing inspectors didn’t examine a two-story brick garage apartment or the house it is behind in the West End neighborhood before a July 9 fire damaged the apartment, a city official said Tuesday. The body of Matthew Jason Facteau, 38, was found after the fire heavily damaged the apartment at 614-A West End Blvd., the Winston-Salem Fire Department said. Facteau was a tenant in the apartment. The apartment and the house at 614 West End Blvd. […]

  • David Darrell Thomas

    Winston-Salem man charged with killing his caregiver said he killed her with a guitar

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man accused of murder in the death of his caregiver told responding officers that he killed her with a guitar, according to a search warrant filed in his case. On Monday, a Forsyth County grand jury indicted David Darrell Thomas, 60, on first-degree murder charges in the death of Ruby Duncan Johnson, 72. Winston-Salem police have said Thomas assaulted Johnson around 5 p.m. June 18, resulting in her death. According to a search warrant, officers […]

  • Derrele Mitchell (Journal File Photo)

    Ex-West Forsyth coach indicted on sex charges with student

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County grand jury indicted Derrele Mitchell, a former boys basketball coach at West Forsyth High School, on charges that he had sex with a female student at Reynolds High School and got her pregnant. The indictments came down Monday. Mitchell, 32, of Forest Oak Drive in Clemmons is facing charges of felony sex offense with a student and taking indecent liberties with a student. Mitchell had worked as a media assistant and head boys […]

  • Tiquila Wilson

    Winston-Salem singer returns to gospel music TV reality competition

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tiquila Wilson is back on TV, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The singer, a 26-year-old Winston-Salem native who sings at Christ Cathedral Church of Deliverance on North Cherry Street, was one of 10 contestants announced Sunday night on a new all-star edition of “Sunday Best,” BET’s gospel reality competition series. “I’m excited,” Wilson said. “I feel honored they would even consider bringing me back.” Until after the first episode of the new season aired on Sunday night, […]

  • A crew from Patterson Exploration Services prepares to drill a core hole project, Monday, June 8, 2015, on publicly owned land in Stokes County in order to assess the presence of shale gas resources in the Dan River basin. (Bertrand M. Gutierrez)

    Geologist: Samples show signs of shale gas in Walnut Cove

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — John Skvarla, the secretary of N.C. Commerce Department, pushed for more spending on shale-gas exploration during a state energy-panel meeting this week after state geologists said samples recently taken from Walnut Cove property indicated unconfirmed signs of shale gas, according to conservationists and commerce officials. The meeting comes about a month after the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources paid drillers about $91,500 to dig a core hole 1,750 feet deep on property owned by […]

  • Left: N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Erick Carroll delivered his newborn daughter, Sadie Jane, on the side of the road when his wife Tammy went into labor. Pictured with them is 4-year-old daughter, Mya. (Carroll family photo) Right: Sgt. David Lentz, who helped deliver the baby on the side of the highway. (Winston-Salem Police Dept.)

    State trooper delivers his child on side of road, with help from Winston-Salem police sgt.

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Erick and Tammy Carroll have some story to tell their youngest daughter about her birth, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Little Sadie Jane was born on the Peters Creek Parkway exit ramp from Business 40 late last Sunday night, delivered by her dad, who is a state trooper, and Winston-Salem police Sgt. David Lentz. “We didn’t want it to happen that way but we’re so glad everything turned out OK,” Tammy said. When Tammy’s contractions started coming […]

  • A sign for the Winston-Salem Hindu Temple in Clemmons was vandalized last week. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Sign for planned Hindu temple in Forsyth County hit with shotgun blasts

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident earlier this month in which someone fired a shotgun into a sign on Lasater Road for a planned Hindu temple in rural Clemmons, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The incident happened sometime between noon July 4 and about 1 p.m. Saturday, according to a sheriff’s office report. A shotgun was used in the shooting, said Chief Deputy Brad Stanley of the sheriff’s office. A deputy found empty shell […]

  • Photo courtesy Slide the City

    Giant waterslide coming to Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A company is bringing a 1,000-foot waterslide to Winston-Salem for one day only on Aug. 22, with participants riding inflatable water floats down South Main Street in the Washington Park neighborhood. A spokesman for Slide the City said it is the first year the slide is being offered in cities around the country. “It’s a one-day event because we can’t close the street down longer than that, so we start setting up at midnight and take it […]

  • Paul Foley

    Winston-Salem lawyer Paul Foley resigns from State Board of Elections

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem lawyer, Paul Foley, has resigned his seat on the State Board of Elections even though he had rejected Wednesday having a role in the heart of a conflict-of-interest controversy. Board chairman Josh Howard released a statement at 12:07 a.m. today that he had accepted Foley’s resignation. “After much thought and consideration, I ask you to accept my resignation from the North Carolina Board of Elections to avoid distractions from the important work of the board,” […]


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