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  • Country singer George Hamilton IV is the grand marshal of the Kernersville July 4th parade in 1980. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Business 40 bridge in Winston-Salem could be named after country music legend

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — George Hamilton IV, country music legend and Winston-Salem native, believed that music builds bridges, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Now his loved ones hope a bridge will one day bear his name. On Monday, the Forsyth County commissioners gave their support to an effort to name the Business 40 bridge over Salem Avenue and Research Parkway after Hamilton. The final decision is up to the N.C. Board of Transportation. Hamilton, who was a member of the Grand […]

  • Neil Craver, a Winston-Salem resident and competitor on NBC's American Ninja Warrior, trains on his homemade gym in his backyard on Friday, June 12, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Winston-Salem man to compete on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ for second time

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Last year, the “salmon ladder” challenge brought an end to Neil Craver’s quest to win the title of “American Ninja Warrior.” After he lost, he posted a simple pledge on his Facebook page: “Next year,” according to The Winston-Salem Journal. And now Craver, a 34-year-old photographer from Winston-Salem, is getting another chance. He will appear on Monday’s episode of the NBC reality competition series, which is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. “I decided very quickly I […]

  • Smith Severn Somerville with 5-month-old Leigh Somerville on Friday, June 5, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. This is the only picture Leigh has of herself with her father. (Winston-Salem Journal, Andrew Dye)

    Winston-Salem woman’s Father’s Day wish: Did you know my dad?

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Leigh Somerville looked out of place, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The dining room was filled with 40 or so veterans. Most were in their 60s or older, and all but one were men. Nearly all of them were dressed casually in jeans, tees or golf shirts and they stood together in small groups. The gathering, informal as it was, is a monthly meet-up organized specifically for veterans to swap stories and promote fellowship among people with […]

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    More checks for ZeekRewards victims will go out in August

    Most victims of the ZeekRewards.com Ponzi scheme who are qualified for reimbursement will get another check in early August. Kenneth Bell, receiver of the defunct Lexington company, said today the distribution amounts will vary per recipient. He did not say how much is being paid out beginning July 31. However, Bell said the average recipient should be at or near the 60 percent reimbursement mark of their verified losses upon receiving the next check. Bell has paid a combined $147 […]

  • Ward Miller is the cousin of Rev. Daniel Simmons who was killed in the recent Charleston church shooting. Miller says of his family, "Being people of faith, we forgive this young man."  (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Winston-Salem man’s cousin killed in Charleston church shooting

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The cousin of a minister who was among the nine people killed Wednesday in Charleston, S.C., says his family is devastated by the death. Ward Miller of Winston-Salem said he learned about the death of his cousin, the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., at 5 a.m. Thursday. Simmons, 74, was the associate minister at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, Miller said. “We were like brothers,” Miller said of Simmons. “We were very close. This massacre will be part […]

  • A Starbucks coffee shop, center, and Tijuana Flat's Mexican restaurant, right, will soon join the PDQ restaurant, left, in the HanesTowne mixed-use development on Stratford Road in Winston-Salem, NC, seen Wednesday, June 17, 2015. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    New Starbucks coffee shop coming to Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Starbucks is coming to HanesTowne Village, the developer of the retail and office development off Stratford Road confirmed Wednesday, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Construction is underway on the coffee shop and a previously announced P.F. Chang’s China Bistro restaurant. Both businesses are setting up shop in the front part of the development. P.F. Chang’s, slated to open by the end of the year, is next to Bank of North Carolina. Starbucks, expected to open this […]

  • Cathy Gwenzell Burrell

    Attorneys for Forsyth woman facing death penalty want to call district attorney as witness in case

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Attorneys for a woman accused of killing her 76-year-old neighbor over a $100 debt want Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill to testify as a witness, according to court documents. Cathy Gwenzell Burrell, 53, of the 1500 block of Longview Drive is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Beatrice Caldwell Rorie on Nov. 4, 2013. According to a search warrant, Burrell hit Rorie with a statue, stabbed her 24 times and then […]

  • 515 Cherry Street in Winston-Salem (Google Maps)

    Strip club in downtown Winston-Salem closes after five years

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winkers, a Winston-Salem adult entertainment club that served only juices, has closed “until further notice,” according to a sign placed on its door at 515 N. Cherry St. The operator of Winkers is listed as K. Neely Investments LLC of Charlotte, according to a Forsyth County Register of Deeds filing. The business, across from Benton Convention Center, opened in 2010 and was known for its “girls girls girls” neon signs. An adult entertainment club can serve alcoholic beverages […]

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    Winston-Salem man accused of fatally stabbing girlfriend faces death penalty

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County judge approved a request by Forsyth County prosecutors to seek the death penalty against a Winston-Salem man accused of stabbing his girlfriend 39 times outside her house last year. Ferjus Bernard Moore, 53, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cheryl Annise Bethea, 43, on Aug. 25, 2014. Authorities said that Bethea and Moore had dated for about three years and had been living together in her house at 305 Upton […]

  • Dennis Ernest Brower

    Winston-Salem man convicted of abusing 5-week-old daughter

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  — A Forsyth County man was sentenced to at least six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges he physically abused his 5-week-old daughter, leaving her with a fractured skull and other injuries. Dennis Ernest Brower, 24, entered a guilty plea to one count of attempted felony child abuse, inflicting serious bodily injury. Brower was initially charged with felony child abuse, inflicting serious bodily injury, but pleaded guilty to the reduced charge as part of the […]

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    Alamance woman says her dog was taken and adopted in Guilford County

    MEBANE, N.C.  — Sara “Jacqueline” Miyano is used to having a bundle of white and brown fur sleeping next to her at night. Chiwi, a 1-year-old Shih Tzu-schnauzer mix, also would trot around the house with a small stuffed dog of his own in his mouth, or run and catch a rubber ball with her two boys, ages 3 and 5. “I know it will sound crazy. … I feel like he was one of my children,” Miyano said. Chiwi […]

  • Lifelong best friends John Roland, left, and Bill Milburn pose for a portrait. (Winston-Salem Journal, Lauren Carroll)

    Winston-Salem men keep friendship alive for eight decades

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bill Milburn and John Roland have stories to tell. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to know where to begin telling them, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. It can be like that for two men who’ve been close friends for 80 years. That’s quite a feat, especially in an age when many friendships can be fleeting or superficial, based in the glow of a computer screen rather than actual human experience. “What is it the hipsters […]

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