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  • Keila Avila, 10, and her brother, Aidan, 8, helped in the rescue of a bicyclist who crashed into Salem Creek. The kids saw the man fly head-first into the creek and rushed to alert their father and cousin, who pulled the man out and called 911. (Lisa O'Donnell/Winston-Salem Journal)

    Young brother and sister, ages 8 and 10, help save cyclist who crashed in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Keila and Aidan Avila’s desire to pedal just a little bit faster than their father and cousin may have saved a man’s life yesterday at Salem Creek, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The siblings were finishing a lap around the lake on their bicycles, heading toward the Salem Creek Greenway when they saw a young man on a bicycle coming in their direction, racing down a bend in the trail and barreling toward a bridge. Keila is […]

  • Arts Council president Jim Sparrow, aldermen Jeff MacIntosh and Vivian Burke, artist Vandorn Hinnant, and Mayor Allen Joines attend the unveiling of Vandorn Hinnant's "Together We Rise," a sculpture representing the towns of Winston and Salem. The sculpture was unveiled in Corpening Plaza in downtown Winston-Salem on Friday, September 5, 2014. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Sculpture commemorating Winston-Salem’s centennial unveiled

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two stainless steel columns representing the communities of Winston and Salem were unveiled Friday in celebration of the creation of Winston-Salem in 1913 as civic leaders talked about the importance of public art, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The 11-foot-tall sculpture, by Triad artist Vandorn Hinnant, stands in Corpening Plaza and was commissioned by the city to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the consolidation of the two communities. “We are a couple hundred feet from the dividing […]

  • The BB&T headquarters building in Winston-Salem. (David Rolfe/Winston-Salem Journal)

    BB&T acquiring 41 Texas branches from Citibank

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — BB&T Corp. said today it is expanding its branch presence in Texas by 50 percent through buying another 41 stores from Citibank, representing $2.3 billion in deposits, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. BB&T did not disclose a purchase price for the transaction, its second large branch deal with Citigroup. Its earlier purchase of 21 branches and $1.2 billion in deposits was completed in June. The latest deal, when completed in the first quarter, would give BB&T 123 […]

  • Wake Forest University fellow Paige Horton blows bubbles, encouraging fellow Deacons to "connect to their inner child" during the university's Thrive festival Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 on Manchester Plaza. (Walt Unks/Journal)

    Wake Forest University breaks ground on wellness center

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest University broke ground Friday on two new buildings and renovations to Reynolds Gymnasium, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. About 200 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sutton Center, a recreational and social center that will be built next to Reynolds Gym. The new building will be on the site of Leighton Tennis Stadium. The 46,000-square foot building is scheduled to be open by next fall. The center will have two basketball courts and space […]

  • The R.J. Reynolds Building has served as downtown Winston-Salem's architectural signature for 85 years.

    Reynolds to go national with sales of nicotine therapy gum

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Reynolds American Inc. subsidiary is going national this month with its nicotine-replacement therapy gum, Zonnic, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Niconovum USA Inc. was founded in 2009 after Reynolds bought Swedish company Niconovum AB for $44 million. Since the purchase, Reynolds has kept the pharmaceutical company, based in Winston-Salem, and Zonnic mostly under wraps except for selling it in Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb. Zonnic […]

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    Winston-Salem city government honors same-sex marriages to extend benefits

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem council members are slated to discuss giving employee benefits to same-sex partners, but in the meantime the city’s human resources director has announced that the city is already giving those benefits to same-sex couples who are married, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. In a letter sent to city employees Aug. 28, Human Resources Director Carmen Caruth said that the city would recognize marriage licenses from any state or U.S. jurisdiction for all city benefits, regardless of […]

  • Construction workers pour new loading docks at the former Hanesbrands' Weeks factory, Friday, August 22, 2014 as United Furniture Inc. prepares to begin assembly and distribution at the Hanes Mill Road plant. (Walt Unks/Journal)

    United Furniture to save money and time with out-of-date building

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — United Furniture Industries is trying to ensure that taking over the historic Weeks manufacturing plant — once the world’s largest textile factory — is more of an economic blessing than a money-pit curse, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The Mississippi furniture maker confirmed on Wednesday it is leasing the 850,000-square-foot plant off 401 W. Hanes Mill Road, where it plans to invest between $5.2 million and $11 million, and create 200 full-time jobs over three years. The […]

  • The old Vulcan quarry in Winston-Salem, N.C. The City of Winston-Salem, which owns the quarry, recently deeded the property to the City's division of recreation and parks. (ANDREW DYE/Journal)

    Abandoned quarry in Winston-Salem is pool of hope

    At first and second blush, William Royston, the superintendent of the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department, appears to be a laid-back, taciturn sort. His voice is low, and his demeanor calm,

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    Novant Health Inc. hospital in Salisbury will serve as training facility

    SALISBURY, N.C. — A Novant Health Inc. hospital in Salisbury will serve as a training facility for osteopathic medical students at Campbell University, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Campbell’s partnership with Rowan Medical Center, announced last week, will include training in primary care, family medicine, general surgery, obstetrician/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and other services. The emphasis is “meeting the needs of underserved communities.” The medical school launched its first class of 162 medical students in August 2013. The rotation program at […]

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    Rev. William J. Barber to speak Tuesday at WFU

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Rev. William J. Barber II, a leader of North Carolina’s Moral Monday-Forward Together Movement and president of the N.C. NAACP, will speak Tuesday at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity’s fall convocation, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Barber will speak at 11 a.m. at Wait Chapel. His speech will be the inaugural event of the Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series, WFU said in a news release. The series honors the late George McLeod “Mac” Bryan […]

  • Bishop Peter Jugis, of the Charlotte Diocese (Bishop Peter Jugis, of the Charlotte Diocese)

    Bishop of Charlotte to preside at memorial Mass for priest accused of abuse

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte will preside at a memorial Mass in Kernersville for the Rev. Joseph Kelleher, a priest who served in the Triad for a number of years and who was accused of child sex abuse in 2010 for an alleged incident more than 30 years earlier in Albemarle, according to the Winston-Salem. Bishop Peter Jugis will lead the service at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Wednesday morning. Kelleher, 86, died in […]

  • Wide receiver Malachi Jones (right) of Appalachian State first heard about the Mountaineers the day after they knocked off Michigan. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Michigan runs over Appalachian 52-14, gets payback for ’07 upset

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan forgot the past for about three hours on Saturday, and enjoyed every minute of it, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Getting restitution for a stunning loss to Appalachian State seven years ago, the Wolverines walloped the Mountaineers 52-14 in front of a crowd of 106,811 at Michigan Stadium. They weren’t able to rewrite history, but the one-sided pounding seemed to ease the sting for the Wolverines faithful a bit. The Mountaineers got $1 million for […]

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