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    Death toll from flu nears 200 in North Carolina

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The record statewide death toll for flu-related victims increased by eight to reach 197 as of Saturday, state health officials said Thursday. Seven of the eight latest victims were ages 65 and older. Records for flu-related deaths are relatively short, since DHHS didn’t begin tracking weekly deaths until the 2008-09 flu season. By comparison, there were 107 deaths statewide during the 2013-14 season. There have been no new flu-related deaths reported by Triad and Northwest N.C. health […]

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    Fire at pipe organ company labeled as suspicious

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A fire that destroyed the main workshop of a Winston-Salem pipe organ repair business may be arson, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. The fire started in the early morning hours of March 12 at J. Allen Farmer Inc., located at 3060 Fraternity Church Road. The estimated damage to the 2,000-square-foot building and contents was $325,000 to $400,000, the sheriff’s office said. The company specializes in rebuilding, restoring and maintaining pipe organs, with church and school […]

  • The Salem Revival Project, including from left, Saxophonist Charles "Sir Charles" Adams, guitarist/vocalists Julian "Sandman" Robson and percussionist Adiran "Thunder Drums" Byington, play on the corner of Fourth and Spruce Streets on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Winston-Salem city panel rejects amplification for street musicians

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Street musicians would be allowed to play as late as 11 p.m. most weekdays and through midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday under a new city proposal. But amplification would be a no-no, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. A committee of the Winston-Salem City Council wrestled once again with the issue of buskers Tuesday, and while the committee passed a proposal for the entire council to consider in April, those rules are likely to get a lot […]

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    Kernersville students meet a British royal

    WASHINGTON — A group of children from Kernersville Middle School met British royalty Wednesday during a class trip to Washington, D.C. Prince Charles crossed paths with teacher Lisa Mudgett and a group of students in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Video from NBC News showed the prince spot the group and then turn to inquire about their presence. “Are you all on a school visit?” Charles asked. Mudgett explained that the class visit to the American capital included 180 students. Read […]

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    NC bill would ease gun restrictions for recovered mental health patients

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A state senator has submitted a bill that would make it easier for someone who has recovered from a mental illness to carry a firearm. Senate Bill 288, sponsored by Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, would also more narrowly restrict the types of mental incompetency findings that must be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. If the law is passed, it would become effective Oct. 1. An adult determined to lack the capacity to manage […]

  • Allison Brower cups her face after correctly spelling the word "occasionally" to win the Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 15, 2015. Brower, an eighth grader at Pine Lake Preparatory, advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez)

    Mooresville student wins regional spelling bee

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Allison Brower, an eighth-grader at Pine Lake Preparatory in Mooresville, was the last speller standing on Sunday in the 75th annual Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee. The regional bee was sponsored by the Winston-Salem Journal and Truliant Federal Credit Union at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Allison, representing the Western Regional (nonpublic) schools, won by correctly spelling “occasionally” in the 11th round. This was her first time competing in the regional bee. As the champion, […]

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    Winston-Salem man arrested on drug charges

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested a Winston-Salem man on drug charges. Demarko Doniv Degraphenreed, 27, of South Spring Street was charged Friday with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin, and one count of trafficking methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, known as MDMA. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession with the intent to sell and deliver 4.7 grams of heroin, 4.5 grams of MDMA, and 4.7 grams of oxycodone, among other charges. Degraphenreed is being held […]

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    Unraveling financial fraud in ZeekRewards case

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kenneth Bell knew he was facing a major legal challenge when he took his first step into ZeekRewards.com’s office in Lexington three days after federal regulators shut down the Internet company on Aug. 17, 2012, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had accused Rex Venture Group LLC, Zeekler andZeekRewards.com, and Paul Burks, their principal owner, of raising $850 million through unregistered securities. The companies were shut down and their assets frozen. The […]

  • Some have noticed odors along the Pilot Mountain Corridor that are coming from chicken farming operations near their home. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    What’s that smell at Pilot Mountain?

    SHOALS, N.C. – Weather conditions were not ideal on that chilly day last month for the unmistakable odor of chicken-farm operations to travel far, but the odor still found a group of state park officials walking a section of Pilot Mountain State Park known as the corridor trail, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. A 25-minute drive from Winston-Salem, the trail offers an outdoor escape from city life. The trail, 6.6 miles long, connects the Yadkin River with the base of […]

  • Hanes Middle School students Grant Arne, (l-r), Logan Harris, and Desiree Moraes work on a social studies map in the hall outside their new classroom at the former Hill Middle School, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. They moved their work to the hall because the classroom was too crowded for them to spread out and work on an open, flat surface. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Teachers, students adjusting after Hanes, Lowrance middle schools campus close

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A disruption. An inconvenience. Unnecessary. Erring on the side of caution. That’s just some of the ways people described closing down the Hanes and Lowrance middle schools campus and moving students to other facilities for the remainder of the school year, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Concerns about contaminated groundwater under the schools and questions about safety of the air inside the buildings fueled a monthlong debate that culminated with a contentious decision by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth […]

  • (From left) Hayat Alkadir, Hamza Alkadir, and Nejat Alkadir pose at home in High Point, N.C., Friday. Spelling runs in the family as Hamza's two older sisters won the spelling bee in past years. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Winston-Salem boy follows sisters into Spelling Bee competition

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Before Hamza Alkadir could reach nirvana, he had to spell it, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The fifth-grader at Friendship Elementary School in Davidson County correctly spelled the word, meaning “a state of perfect happiness; an ideal or idyllic place,” to win the Davidson County spelling bee last month. The win guaranteed Alkadir a spot in the 75th annual Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held Sunday in Winston-Salem, and a chance at a trip […]

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    Pizza restaurant in Winston-Salem reopens; features new renovations

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The franchisee owner of The Loop Pizza Grill said Friday that the restaurant at Thruway Shopping Center has reopened at 320 S. Stratford Road, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The Winston-Salem restaurant features new booths and tables, flooring in the dining rooms and bathrooms. It also has new artwork that emphasizes the restaurant’s overall history and signature items. The owner is Mike Targett, who also owns the restaurant franchise in Kernersville. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to […]

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