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    Winston-Salem’s 5 best hot dog joints (and one was just featured on TV)

    Some favorites, according to the Winston-Salem Journal: 1.  Skippy’s Hot Dogs, 624 W. Fourth St.: The key to these dogs is the pretzel buns, which Skippy’s was serving before it became trendy. The hot dogs are also good, and Skippy’s also gives vegetarians an option. Don’t forget to try the French fries, which are my favorite in the area since the Bel-Air Drive-In Theater in Walkertown shut down. 2. J.S. Pulliam’s Barbecue, 4358 Old Walkertown Road: The toasted and buttered buns, […]

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    P.F. Chang’s will open in HanesTowne Village in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — P.F. Chang’s restaurant is going into the mixed-use HanesTowne Village off Stratford Road, the developer has confirmed. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is a full-service, upscale casual dining restaurant. It will occupy a building in front of the recently opened Walmart Neighborhood Market, and between the Bank of North Carolina and Athena Greek Taverna. Anne Deanovic, a spokeswoman for P.F. Chang’s, had recently said the chain would open a restaurant in Winston-Salem at the end of this year, […]

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    Registered sex offender gets at least 83 years for molesting 7-year-old boy

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A registered sex offender convicted on charges that he molested a 7-year-old boy on New Year’s Eve in 2013 was sentenced Thursday morning to at least 83 years in prison, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. John Frederic Sabbaghrabaiotti, 45, of Mount Pleasant Drive, was found guilty Wednesday by a Forsyth County jury of two counts of sexual offense with a child and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child. The boy, who is now 8, […]

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    Probe of license plate agency continues

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is continuing to investigate the operations at its license-plate agency in Walnut Cove. The division announced Monday that it closed the license-plate agency, which opened in 2006, because of possible violations. Tilda Vernon was the contractor of the license-plate agency, which is at 329 N. Main St. The latest contract that the DMV has on file shows Vernon’s contract started in August 2014 and was to end in July 2017, […]

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    DHHS, counties offering free radon testing kits

    State health officials are trying to raise awareness during National Radon Action Month with free testing kits, including making them available for pickup in 13 Triad and Northwest North Carolina counties. The catch is that the free kits for short-term measurements are again in limited supply at 5,400 statewide, state Department of Health and Human Services officials said. The testing kits are provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United […]

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    Foreclosures down 15.2 percent last year in Winston-Salem MSA

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem metropolitan statistical area has gained more evidence of an improving overall economy, with foreclosure filings dropping 15.2 percent during 2014. The report from national real-estate research firm RealtyTrac was timed for release today. There were 2,141 foreclosure filings in the four-county version (Davie, Forsyth, Stokes and Yadkin) of the Winston-Salem MSA. Forsyth accounted for 1,874 of the filings, following by 128 in Stokes, 82 in Davie and 57 in Yadkin. Davidson County was grafted into […]

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    Registered sex-offender convicted of molesting 7-year-old boy in Forsyth County

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A registered sex offender was convicted Wednesday on charges that he molested a 7-year-old boy on New Year’s Eve in 2013, just before the man took the boy bowling. A Forsyth County jury deliberated for about an hour before finding John Frederic Sabbaghrabaiotti, 45, of Mount Pleasant Drive guilty of two counts of sexual offense with a child and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child. He still faces a charge of felony sex […]

  • The Praise and Worship portion of the Genesis Kardia service at Sunrise United Methodist Church in Lewisville, N.C., Sunday, January 11, 2015. (Bruce Chapman)

    Lewisville church gives special needs worshippers opportunity to be themselves

    LEWISVILLE, N.C. — The three women holding the microphones either butchered or mumbled the lyrics of the song. They lost the rhythm. They sang off-key. Behind them, Bruce Rephann sat smacking the skins and cymbals of the drum kit to a beat that only he could hear. How sweet the sound, this version of “Amazing Grace,” played with joy and fearlessness on Sunday at Sunrise United Methodist Church on Lewisville-Clemmons Road. The musicians who reworked the venerable old hymn were […]

  • Barbara Jordan, recipient of a hip replacement through Operation Walk USA, goes through physical therapy at OrthoCarolina on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Local patients receive free joint replacements through national organization

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Barbara Jordan used to love walking trails in the Blue Ridge Parkway with her grandchildren. “We’d try to catch the waterfalls — walk down to them,” Jordan said of her trips with Nevan and Keegan Cantrell, 14 and 13, respectively. But a few years ago she started having hip problems and had to use a cane and walker. She found it hard to get in and out of her car. Mobility in her apartment wasn’t that much […]

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    Forsyth County 8-year-old takes stand in case involving registered sex offender

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An 8-year-old Forsyth County boy, with his right hand often covering his face, testified Monday that a registered sex offender molested him on New Year’s Eve in 2013, just before the man took the boy bowling, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. John Fredeic Sabbaghrabaiotti, 45, of Mount Pleasant Drive, is charged with two counts of sexual offense with a child, one count of taking indecent liberties with a child and felony sex offender-employment violation. The boy was […]

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    Residents can text 911 for emergencies in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem and Forsyth County emergency help is now available by texting 911 in addition to making a voice telephone call. The police and county 911 centers said people with cellphone service through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon can use the texting 911 service if they have data or text plans. “It is the next wave,” said Dan Ozimek, the director of emergency services in Forsyth County. “It is another avenue for someone to call and give a […]

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    2 Forsyth County commissioners object to funding fast track to replace schools

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Forsyth County commissioners Gloria Whisenhunt and Walter Marshall during a meeting on Monday took exception to the idea that the county could be fast tracking $41.6 million in funding for school projects, an issue that the full board had not discussed yet. Last Wednesday, school officials announced a plan to request $41.6 million from the county to replace Lowrance Middle School and Konnoak Elementary School and to update parts of several other schools. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County […]


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