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  • Armand "A.J." Anderson, a medically retired veteran who lives in Winston-Salem, designs and makes firearms. He recently opened his own store in Clemmons to sell his products and hopes to design military weapons for the United States. He is a former mortarman weapons specialist for the U.S. Marine Corps. He was wounded in combat in Iraq and has had numerous surgeries. (Walt Unks/Journal)

    Retired U.S. Marine opens firearms and training store in Forsyth County

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Some people might think that Armand “A.J.” Anderson wouldn’t want to own a custom firearms and training store given the fact that he was seriously wounded while serving with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines in Iraq, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. But Chimera (Ki-mir-a) Armament will open on Monday at 6332-A Cephis Drive in Clemmons. The store will primarily sell handguns and rifles. The name “Chimera” comes from the creature Chimera in Greek mythology. The creature is […]

  • The main entrance to Hanes and Lowrance middle schools on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Toxic Legacy: Hanes/Lowrance middle school move has emotional, logistical costs

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mashica Jefferson-Tobias has wanted to say goodbye to Lowrance Middle School for a while, but not like this. While the middle school is more than 60 years old, dilapidated and a replacement is past due, it is at least equipped for the nearly 150 special-needs students who attend it. Atkins High School – where Jefferson-Tobias’ son and his Lowrance classmates will finish the school year – is not. Not yet. “It would have been nicer to stay […]

  • Left: April Billings poses at the gravesite of her mother, Sherry Lyall Hart in the Hardin Family Cemetery in West Jefferson, N.C., Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Hart was killed January 15th of 1984 near a bar just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Her alleged killer walked out of the Wilkes County jail never to be seen again. Right: Age progression of Richard Lynn Bare from NC Dept of Public Safety. On January 15, 1984, Sherry Lyalls Hart was last seen in West Jefferson by a friend. Her skeletal remains were later found at the bottom of a cliff. Richard Lynn Bare was arrested for her murder in March 1985 but escaped in June 1985 from the Wilkes County Jail where he was awaiting trial. (The Winston-Salem Journal)

    NC woman haunted by rumors that her mother’s killer remains free

    By Scott Sexton/The Winston-Salem Journal WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. — April Billings doesn’t remember much about her mom; she was killed when Billings was 6 years old. “Just what my grandmother told me,” she said. She does, however, have some memories of the December day in 1984 when they found Sherry Hart’s body at the bottom of a 1,200-foot cliff on the Ashe-Wilkes county line near a spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway called “Jumpinoff Rock.” “It was on TV,” Billing […]

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    Forsyth County organizations recognized by United Way of North Carolina

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For the second consecutive year, Forsyth County had the highest number of winners of the Spirit of North Carolina from the United Way of North Carolina. The award recognizes companies that are involved in community and United Way of Forsyth County activities. The awards were presented Friday at the United Way of North Carolina’s annual meeting and awards luncheon, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Throughout North Carolina, 42 spirit awards were given and 11 were presented to […]

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    MTV looking for young people in Winston-Salem for film

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — MTV is looking for young people to participate in a film shoot in Winston-Salem Friday afternoon. The shoot is for a documentary by journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas (“Documented”), who will be moderating a conversation about race relations and “what it means to be young and white in America today,” according to a statement from the production team. The documentary will look at why young white Americans often feel uncomfortable about discussions involving race. Producers are looking […]

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    12 more flu deaths reported in North Carolina; up to 164 this season

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The death toll in the state’s flu epidemic has climbed to another record, adding 12 victims for a total of 164 this season, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. About 84 percent of the victims, or 137, are age 65 and older, the agency said. That includes all 12 of the new confirmed deaths. There have been 27 flu-related deaths confirmed in the 14 Triad and Northwest N.C. […]

  • Members of the Winston-Salem Police Department respond to a reported shooting on 15th Street between 17th Street and Woodland Avenue. (Andrew Dye/Winston-Salem Journal)

    Police respond to reported shooting in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Dozens of Winston-Salem police officers responded to a report of shots being fired in the Cleveland Avenue Homes area Wednesday night. The incident was reported about 10 p.m. Officers remained in the area until early Thursday morning and blocked off several blocks on 15th Street, between 17th Street and Woodland Avenue. Police officials are expected to give a briefing sometime this morning. Source: Winston-Salem Journal

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    Judge denies school board’s motion to dismiss lawsuit over boy’s death in Forsyth County

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County judge denied a motion Monday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parents of an 11-year-old boy killed two years ago while crossing the road to catch a school bus. Hasani Wesley, a sixth-grader at East Forsyth Middle School, died Dec. 19, 2012, after he was hit by a Jeep driven by Billy Roger Bailey, a minister in Walkertown. Hasani had missed the school bus, which had turned around to pick him up on […]

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    Local Black History Month activities

    QUILT SHOW: “Samplers and Symmetry V: Pieces by Area African American Quilters” runs through April 25, Delta Arts Center, 2611 New Walkertown Road. Call (336) 722-2625 or visit for information. FORSYTH AARP CHAPTER: noon Tuesday, Senior Services 2895 Shorefair Drive. Renee Andrews will present African American Read-In. Andrews has worked for the Forsyth County Public Library in Children’s Services for more than 35 years. She is also a professional storyteller and is a member of the N.C. Association of […]

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    A man of honor: Competitive, irascible Dean Smith strove to do right

    By Dan Collins/Winston-Salem Journal The more history one lives through, the better able they are to understand it. Born in 1952, I’ve lived through plenty. Dean Smith was 39 years old and starting his 10th season as head coach at North Carolina when I showed up in Chapel Hill for my freshman year in the fall of 1970. The Tar Heels had won the ACC championship and advanced all the way to the Final Four for three straight seasons of […]

  • New roundabout planned for Kernersville

    Construction on Bermuda Run roundabout to begin Monday

    BERMUDA RUN, N.C. — Getting in and out of BB&T Soccer Park and Bermuda Run’s gated community will get easier. But it’s going to be a few months, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The first phase of construction to a new roundabout will begin Monday, with construction crews demolishing the 40-year old gatehouse off U.S. 158 that leads into the community. That entrance will be closed through April 30. The entire roundabout is not scheduled to be completed until early […]

  • Coleton Tarpley, 35, with Amanda Tarpley, 34, and children — Charlie, 6, and Coleton, 9 — were found dead in their home near King. Investigators say the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide.

    Funerals set for members of Tarpley family, who died in a murder-suicide

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Funeral arrangements have been set for four Stokes County residents who died in a murder-suicide on Wednesday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The bodies of Coleton Tarpley, his wife, Amanda, and their two sons, Coleton and Charlie, were discovered when a Stokes County deputy went to their mobile home on Ralph Boyles Road, north of King off N.C. 66. Mike Marshall, the sheriff of Stokes County, said it appears that the elder Tarpley, 35, shot his […]


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