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    Walnut Cove OKs 3-year fracking ban

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — No fracking will be permitted here for three years under a moratorium given final approval Tuesday by the Walnut Cove commissioners. Fracking opponents who packed the meeting room applauded the vote. “You said, ‘Bring the public.’ The public’s here,” the Rev. Gregory Hairston said. The oil-and-gas moratorium “sends a message to Raleigh that they don’t run this town,” he said earlier, during the invocation. Later, during the meeting, he continued: “We don’t have to let the […]

  • Seasonal employee Cierra Canty, 21, arranges a clothing display at the Belk store in Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem. She hopes the experience will lead to a full-time job in retail. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Holiday hiring in the Triad: ‘Tis the season if you’re looking for work

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – ‘Tis the season for seasonal employment in the Triad if you’re looking for work. Here is a list of some companies that are hiring seasonal workers this year, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. In most cases, companies did not specify a number of jobs to be filled or identify job locations but provided information on where to apply online for jobs. *Belk: www.belk.com/careers. Click on “Search Seasonal Positions.” *FedEx: www.watchasort.com for package handler positions and www.fedex.com/careers for […]

  • FILE PHOTOS Left: The parking lot of Filly's after police raided it and two other strip clubs. Right: A sign on the door of Filly's says it is closed for repairs early Saturday morning after police raided it and two other strip clubs after the incident. (Images: Walt Unks/Journal)

    Winston-Salem strip club workers set up drug deals, according to warrants

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Alcohol Law Enforcement agents had three Winston-Salem strip clubs under surveillance for about 10 months before agents arrested 24 workers Oct. 23, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Officers started their investigation into Paper Moon at 1007 Salisbury Ridge Road in January. Investigations at Filly’s Gentlemen’s Club at 400 Peters Creek Parkway and Club Risque at 5910 University Parkway began in July. Search warrants for the three clubs show that strip club workers were selling cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone […]

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    No. 1 recruit and Winston-Salem native Harry Giles announces he will play at Duke

    Danny Manning’s efforts to restore Wake Forest basketball to prominence will have to proceed without help from Harry Giles. Giles, a 6-10 forward from Winston-Salem ranked as the No. 1 senior in the nation by ESPN, announced Friday that he will play at Duke University. Giles made the announcement on ESPN’s SportsCenter, dashing the hopes of his three other finalists, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Kansas. Giles transferred to Oak Hill Academy, where he will spend his senior season sidelined. His […]

  • Henry Clifford Byrd Sr.

    Winston-Salem man sentenced to more than 50 years in rape case involving 10-year-old girl at church

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Forsyth County jury convicted a Winston-Salem man on charges that he raped a 10-year-old girl at a local church in March 2013. The 12 jurors took a little more than two hours Wednesday to find Henry Clifford Byrd Sr., 67, of Beeson Dairy Road, guilty of first-degree rape of a child, sexual offense of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child. Judge Reuben Young, a special Superior Court judge sent in to preside over […]

  • Jason Mai, 34, was fired by Winston-Salem State from his position as quarterbacks coach and director of football operations. Mai was arrested on Oct. 25 for assault on a female after a domestic dispute with his ex-wife. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    WSSU football assistant arrested, charged with assault on female

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jason Mai, an assistant football coach at Winston-Salem State, was arrested last weekend after a domestic dispute, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Mai was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with assault on a female, according to an arrest warrant from the Winston-Salem Police Department. The warrant says Mai is accused of grabbing the victim by both arms and pushing her against a wall. Mai and the victim were both listed as living at a residence in Winston-Salem, […]

  • Henry Clifford Byrd Sr.

    Winston-Salem man accused of raping girl at church says girl came on to him

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man accused of raping a 10-year-old girl at a church denied the allegations in a letter he wrote to the church’s pastor, claiming that the child came on to him, according to the Winston-Salem Journal, citing testimony Friday in Forsyth Superior Court. Henry Clifford Byrd Sr., 67, of Beeson Dairy Road, is on trial on charges of first-degree rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor. Byrd is a registered sex offender and was convicted […]

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    Caterpillar to lay off 80 people at North Carolina plant

    FRANKLIN, N.C. — Caterpillar Inc. confirmed Friday it is eliminating at least 80 jobs at a plant in Franklin that will be closed by June, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The company filed a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN) notice with the N.C. Commerce Department. Notices are required of companies planning a facility closing or a mass layoff of more than 50 employees. The notice offers employees at least a 60-day heads-up about the ending of their jobs. With […]

  • Krystal Nicole Matlock, Pazuzu Illah Algarad and Amber Nicole Burch.

    Case against Pazuzu Algarad’s co-defendants continued until early 2016

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The day after Pazuzu Algarad died of an apparent suicide in prison, his two co-defendants made court appearances. Algarad, Amber Nicole Burch and Krystal Nicole Matlock were all scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Forsyth District Court. The cases against Burch and Matlock were continued until January. Algarad was found unresponsive at 3 a.m. Wednesday in his cell at Central Prison in Raleigh, where he had been held since May 13 on a safekeeping order. He was […]

  • Five-year-old Gracie Harrison, right, laughs watching Brenner Robot dance on a table at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. Gracie's mother, Jennifer Harrison, left, said it was the first time her daughter had smiled since coming into the hospital. The programmable, fully-articulated robot is used to help children cope with stress and fears while undergoing treatment in the hospital. The robot can walk, dance, sing, tell stories, and talk to young patients. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Brenner Children’s Hospital introduces talking robot to young patients

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Five-year-old Gracie clung to her mother’s leg as she walked with her IV poll into the eighth-floor lobby at Brenner Children’s Hospital, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. She hesitated, slightly hiding her face, as if unsure what to make of Brenner, a 2-foot-tall, 11-pound robot, who was sitting on a small table. Gracie’s mother, Jennifer Harrison of China Grove, sat in a chair close to Brenner Robot and put her daughter on her lap. Then, just before […]

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    Winston-Salem bakery to move to new downtown location

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Tart Sweets bakery in downtown Winston-Salem is moving from 1318 South Hawthorne Road to 848 West Fifth St., the former location of Michael’s restaurant, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Chelsea and Lynn Tart opened Tart Sweets in 2013. They decided to move the bakery because they’ve outgrown the current space. The move will allow Tart Sweets to add a full-service coffee shop called Camel City Coffee. The coffee shop, run by Skyler Brown, will also offer breakfast […]

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    Downtown restaurant owner in the Piedmont says they won’t reopen

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Wen Hwa restaurant in downtown Winston-Salem is permanently closed and there are no plans to reopen, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Connie Van, a co-owner of Wen Hwa Asian Fusion on Spruce Street, told the Journal on Tuesday that she had decided not to reopen the restaurant because of a combination of how much work and time would be needed to reopen it and increasing rent on the property. “I’m really missing all the customers,” Van […]

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