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    Forsyth commissioners approve prayer policy

    The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved an invocation policy that will bring back sectarian prayer before commissioner meetings. Monday’s vote formalized what commissioners had indicated in a straw vote at Thursday’s briefing session. Under the policy, the county will publish a notice inviting “religious leaders or chosen leaders of any assembly that periodically and regularly meets in Forsyth County for the purpose of worshiping or discussing their religious perspectives” to offer an invocation before commissioner meetings. […]

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    Forsyth County commissioners divided on cost of library

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The time has come for Forsyth County commissioners to decide whether to stick to a $28 million budget for the renovation of Central Library or add $2.77 million to the cost to enhance the project, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The commissioners did not reach a consensus when they discussed a budget amendment Thursday, but they are scheduled to vote this week. Project leaders have been working to trim the cost of the renovation-and-rebuild design to […]

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    1 arrested, 1 killed after shooting in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested a man after another man was found shot and killed on a road near his Winston-Salem home on Sunday. Jose Agustiniano Rodriguez, 54, has been arrested in connection to the death of 54-year-old Genaro Mariche, according to police. Winston-Salem police said they were called to the incident at about 3 a.m. Sunday and found Mariche lying in the roadway in front of his home at 2715 Urban St. The victim was pronounced dead. The […]

  • Targacept has been the biotechnology face of Winston-Salem for nearly 10 years. (Journal file photo)

    Targacept’s strategy in biotech industry was risk worth taking

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The pending sale of Targacept Inc. – Winston-Salem’s biotechnology face for nearly 15 years – signifies both the ending of a high-profile era and a fresh example of the volatility that comes with hitching economic fortunes to the biotech sector, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Targacept announced Thursday it has agreed to be bought by Catalyst Biosciences Inc. in a reverse merger to which Targacept has committed its remaining $92 million in cash. Catalyst would assume Targacept’s […]

  • Thomas Roger Person and his wife, Carol Ann Person, in their Robbins, NC, home, Friday, March 6, 2015. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Couple denied marriage ceremony in Forsyth Co. decades ago thinks history is repeating itself

    By Scott Sexton/The Winston-Salem Journal ROBBINS, N.C. — Carol Ann Figueroa had no intention of starting a movement, getting her picture on TV or becoming a plaintiff in a federal civil rights lawsuit. She just wanted to get married. But thanks to a pair of backward-thinking Forsyth County magistrates, it became more complicated than that. The reason? It was 1976, and her fiancé, Thomas Person, was black. She was white. And one after the other, two magistrates refused to marry […]

  • Appalachian State sophomore Peter Anthony Pizzato, 19, has been charged with vandalism at Horn of the West in Boone.

    App State students charged with vandalizing outdoor theater in Boone

    BOONE, N.C. — Two Appalachian State University students are charged with vandalizing the Horn of the West, a popular outdoor theater in Boone, authorities said Friday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. On Feb. 28, Boone police investigated a report that someone used spray paint to vandalize the theater’s property, causing about $3,000 in damage, police said. The vandals also entered several buildings and damaged them, police said. Peter Anthony Pizzato, 19, of Charlotte was charged with three counts of misdemeanor […]

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    New Hobby Lobby store opens March 16 in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. will open a store in Winston-Salem on March 16 at Oxford Station Way and Hanes Mall Boulevard, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. This will be the national chain’s 20th location in North Carolina. A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting will start at 9 a.m. Departments include floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours are from 9 a.m. […]

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    Winston-Salem family competes on ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A family from Winston-Salem will compete for a $10,000 prize on Sunday’s episode of ABC’s long-running series “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” The episode is scheduled to air Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The Fussell family already knows the results of the show — taped January in Los Angeles — but can’t reveal it until the episode airs. Their video clip was competing against two others. The video shows their oldest daughter, […]

  • Matt Brady, a Winston-Salem teacher, is publishing comic books. (Winston-Salem Journal)

    Winston-Salem high school teacher publishes comic book series

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — By day, Matt Brady teaches physical science and honors chemistry at Parkland High School. But by night, he has a secret identity … as a comic book writer. OK, maybe it’s not so secret since his name is on the cover, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Brady, 45, is the co-writer of “The Big Con Job,” a comic book miniseries that started its four-issue run this week. The first issue, which sells for $3.99, was released Wednesday, […]

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    Winston-Salem woman pleads guilty to charges she set fire at apartment complex

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman used a lighter and lighter fluid to start a fire last year at her apartment complex that injured three people and displaced nine, a Forsyth County prosecutor said Wednesday. Teresa Evette Lineberger, 42, of the 900 block of Thurmond Street pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to the burning of a public building and malicious use of incendiary material causing damage to a government building. Lineberger was initially charged with first-degree arson, but prosecutors […]

  • Michal and Katie Trenerowski are all settled into the home they chose on House Hunters with their daughter Lily and newborn son, Marco (not pictured). (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    ‘House Hunters’ couple settling into Lewisville home

    LEWISVILLE, N.C. — And the winner is … Lewisville. Michal and Katie Trenerowski have gone public with where they want to live. They proclaimed it to the nation, in fact, on an episode of “House Hunters,” a popular reality TV show on HGTV that follows a couple through the process of buying a new house. The episode featuring the Trenerowskis aired last month. It will be shown again March 26 at 10 p.m. Michal, a native of Poland, and Katie, […]

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    Stephen Colbert will speak at Wake Forest’s commencement

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Stephen Colbert – comedian, political satirist and late-night TV host – will be Wake Forest University’s commencement speaker this May, the school announced in a news release. Colbert is best known as the host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, which recently ended its nine-year run. The show was nominated for a total of 40 Emmy Awards and won six times, including twice in the “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” category. The program […]

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