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    National General answers lawsuit on overtime hours

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — National General Insurance Co., as expected, had denied violating federal and state wage and hour laws affecting employees at its five call centers, including in Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. An employee at its St. Louis call center, Rhonda Jackson, is the plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed Nov. 5 in the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of N.C. in Durham. Jackson has been an employee since January 2004. The complaint says National […]

  • Rusty and Tammy LaRue have begun rehabbing an old farmhouse in Lewisville. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Couple begins restoration on historic farmhouse in Forsyth County

    LEWISVILLE, N.C. — Rusty LaRue says he’s a workaholic by nature, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. That ethic will be ever-so useful in the coming weeks and months because LaRue has quite a project in front of him — renovating an early 20th century homestead that had fallen into major disrepair since it was abandoned about five years ago. The homestead, which sits on 15 acres on Concord Church Road, includes a pale yellow farmhouse, a two-story barn, a couple […]

  • Charles J. “Chuck” Alexander II, a prominent criminal-defense attorney in Forsyth and Iredell counties (Photo via the Winston-Salem Journal)

    Forsyth County defense attorney Chuck Alexander dies at 68

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Charles J. “Chuck” Alexander II, a prominent criminal-defense attorney in Forsyth and Iredell counties, died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in Mooresville, his relatives said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. He was 68. Kristen Alexander Jurgens, Alexander’s daughter, said that her father was passionate about his career and his family. “He loved every minute practicing law,” Jurgens said. “And he loved giving people second chances.” Carl Parrish, a Winston-Salem criminal-defense attorney and a former law partner […]

  • Syeria White, left, and her father, Andre White, rt., went shopping at Hanes Mall with other family members on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, but stayed home yesterday to enjoy Thanksgiving with their family. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Black Friday deals lure bargain hunters in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The shop-’til-you-drop shopper may become a casualty of retailers’ zeal for capturing sales earlier each holiday shopping season, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Black Friday looked more like a typical holiday shopping day at Hanes Mall – busy, but manageable. That’s even though mall anchors Belk, J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Sears opened either at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and didn’t close Friday until either their normal times or even later. Big-box retailers along […]

  • James Bernabe works on the finish of one of his hand-crafted mandolins in his Ardmore workshop He began making mandolins in the 1990s and now makes 6-8 instruments a year. (Walt Unks/Journal)

    Love of music inspires mandolin maker in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — James Bernabe’s nondescript backyard workshop is a hideaway of sorts, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. While jazz plays on a tabletop boombox, Bernabe painstakingly transforms slabs of spruce and maple into musical works of art. A real-estate man for part of the day, Bernabe spends the much of the rest of his time as a mandolin maker and musician. “I wanted a mandolin to play but couldn’t afford the thousands of dollars that a decent production model […]

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    WSSU basketball player suspended after brief fight during game

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One of the ugliest incidents in the last 20 years at the Gaines Center has led to the suspension of center Stacy Caroway of the Winston-Salem State basketball team, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. In Tuesday’s 105-64 win over Barber-Scotia, Caroway was fouled hard by Chris Calvan and they had a brief fight that led to both benches emptying. No other punches were thrown and order was quickly restored with 2:25 left in the game. At first, […]

  • Bobby and Jordan Cooper pose for a portrait. (Photos: Lauren Carroll/Journal and Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Family farmhouse in Winston-Salem has extensive history

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Jordan Cooper is still trying to figure out where all the light switches are.

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    Cheaper gas prices expected to fuel more Thanksgiving holiday travel this year

    Cheaper gas prices will fuel more Thanksgiving holiday travel this year, according to AAA Carolinas. A total of 1.3 million North Carolinians should travel 50 miles or more from home. Of those travelers, 1.2 million are expected to drive, which is about 48,600 more than Thanksgiving holiday 2013, reported Winston-Salem Journal.  AAA Carolinas defines the holiday as today through Sunday. “Lower prices at the pump have encouraged more people to hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday to spend time with […]

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    Winston-Salem man shot in leg during home invasion

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was wounded Monday when two other men broke into his home and attempted to rob him, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  Cedric Sonata Jones, 40, was shot twice in the leg, police Lt. Steven Tollie said. He was taken to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The incident happened shortly before 2:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Forest Hill Avenue in the city’s northern section, Winston-Salem police said. Jones told officers […]

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    East Forsyth High School students mourn after fellow senior dies in car crash

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The students and staff at East Forsyth High School on Monday mourned the death of Drake Dalton Brown, a senior killed Saturday in a car crash on Union Cross Road, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  “He had a smile that was contagious,” Principal Patricia Gainey said. Brown, 17, and Matthew Barry Jones, 20, both of Kernersville, died at the scene, Winston-Salem police said Austin Gray Renegar, 18, also of Kernersville, suffered minor injuries and was treated […]

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Vivian Joiner, left, and Stephanie Tyson of Sweet Potatoes with their sweet potato corn muffins.

    Owners of Winston-Salem restaurant featured in NYTimes article divulge recipe secrets

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In the ultimate Thanksgiving feast, where the table contains one dish for every state in the nation, North Carolina would be represented by sweet potato cornbread. Or so says The New York Times, which published its United States of Thanksgiving on Tuesday. The project, which compiles recipes from every state and Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, doesn’t include just any sweet potato cornbread. The recipe comes from Sweet Potatoes restaurant on Trade Street in downtown […]

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    Group in Winston-Salem continues efforts to help combat Ebola

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nearly 3,000 people have died from the Ebola virus since its unprecedented outbreak in Liberia, one of three countries hit hardest by the epidemic in West Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The death toll is more than 5,400 combined from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Although the CDC said last week that the spread of the virus in Liberia has slowed, James Hunder, the president of the […]


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