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  • The sign for Contempo Concepts glows above Business 40. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Winston-Salem orders iconic sign to be removed by the end of the year

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Jim and Diane Painter love their “Contempo” sign. It’s big. It’s bold. It’s different. Some might even call it iconic, a landmark in a valley of ever-changing billboards along Business 40, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The city, however, sees it as something of a nuisance, out of compliance with the 422-page Uniform Development Ordinance, and thus has ordered its removal by year’s end. However you look at it, at 57 feet from base to top, 12-feet […]

  • WSSU football player Marquise Gaddy had his halo removed.

    WSSU football player making progress, no longer wearing halo

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christmas came early for the Gaddy family. Marquise Gaddy, a football player at Winston-Salem State who was severely injured in a tackling drill in September, had the bulky halo supporting his neck removed Thursday night after almost three months. “It was a long 12 weeks,” Shanda Gaddy, Gaddy’s mother, said by telephone from Charlotte on Friday morning. The device, used to manage spine injuries and keep damage to the neck at a minimum, came off ahead of […]

  • The Hardee's at 1570 W 1st St. in Winston-Salem (Google Maps)

    Where are the Christmas decorations on top of the Hardee’s in Winston-Salem?

    What is the latest on the Christmas decorations on top of the Hardee’s restaurant on First Street?

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    Ex-employee and three others convicted of robbing assisted living facility

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Three men and a woman, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, were convicted Tuesday on charges that they broke into an assisted-living facility, held five workers hostage and stole residents’ flat-screen TVs, jewelry and other items. Tanishia Dontia Hammond, 31; George Cherry, 21; Rahaeim Johnson, 21; and Terrence Trent, 22, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to multiple charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, armed robbery; and larceny after breaking and entering. […]

  • Bill Edwards meets with two of the Rockettes before the show. (Photo courtesy of Chase via the Winston-Salem Journal)

    Winston-Salem man, 99, granted wish to see Rockettes dancers perform Christmas show

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Bill Edwards’ wish to see the Rockettes again at Radio City Music Hall was fulfilled last weekend, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Edwards and his nephew, Harry Lawrence, flew to New York City on Dec. 6 to see the Rockettes perform their famous Christmas Spectacular show. The first time Edwards saw the famous dance company was in 1943. The trip was courtesy of the Wish of a Lifetime organization — which grants seniors’ dreams and shares their stories […]

  • Jason Mai, 34, was fired by Winston-Salem State from his position as quarterbacks coach and director of football operations. Mai was arrested on Oct. 25 for assault on a female after a domestic dispute with his ex-wife. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    WSSU fires assistant football coach arrested in domestic dispute

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Jason Mai, an assistant football coach at Winston-Salem State for the last five seasons, has been fired, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Mai’s biography on WSSU’s web site was taken down, and officials would not reveal the reason for Mai’s firing. Mai said by telephone Friday that he was let go Monday. Tonia Walker, the athletic director at WSSU, would not give a reason for Mai’s dismissal. Mai, 34, had been suspended since late October after his […]

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    Krispy Kreme turns glazed waterfall into ‘world’s tastiest coupon’

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The glazed “waterfall” descending upon fried doughnuts on a store conveyor belt is almost as iconic to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. as its colorful “hot now” sign. For this year’s annual Day of the Dozens celebration — a buy-one-get-one-free promotion every Dec. 12 — the company has tweaked the waterfall into a bar-code image that can be used as a scannable digital coupon. Krispy Kreme and its Raleigh agency partner, Baldwin&, came up with the idea of […]

  • Jill Wagner and her dad, David Wagner, are shown in a scene from “Jill and Dad’s America.” (Courtesy of Jill Wagner)

    Davidson County father, daughter to appear in Travel Channel show

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Actress Jill Wagner has worked with werewolves, vampires, Ashton Kutcher and would-be athletes, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Now, she’s spending some quality time with her dad — on national television. Two episodes of “Jill and Dad’s America,” a travelogue series, will air Sunday on the Travel Channel at 6 and 6:30 p.m. If they do well enough in the ratings, the Travel Channel may order more. The show follows Wagner and her father, David Wagner — […]

  • Signs for Business 40 and U.S. 421 stand near the Hawthorne curve. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Name that road: Nominations being taken for new Business 40 name

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Business what? That could be the reaction someday when a stranger asks how to get to Business 40, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The renovations to the downtown freeway won’t just eliminate a stretch of overcrowded on- and off-ramps. It will eliminate the name Business 40 altogether. But that’s OK: The N.C. Department of Transportation is giving people a chance to nominate a new name for the highway that will apply once the road is finished. “We […]

  • The third bedroom, used as a den/office, features a high transom window. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Couple happy with their quick move to Plant 64 apartment in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Some things are just meant to be, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Carol and Gene Seeber had pondered moving to downtown Winston-Salem for several years. Today, they rent an apartment home at Plant 64, a former R.J. Reynolds building where Camel cigarettes were manufactured. They saw the building complex as remodeling was taking place. “We looked at it when it was just a shell,” Gene said. The Seebers’ building is one in a group of one-, two-, […]

  • Bill Adams, chef and owner of the Golden Apple, will spend his Thanksgiving making and delivering Thanksgiving dinner to others. The turkeys pictured were donated by a customer. (Photos by David Rolfe/Journal)

    Winston-Salem chef, friends pay it forward on Thanksgiving

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bill Adams will be in the kitchen this afternoon, but he won’t be cooking for himself. He will be preparing meals to give to families who could use some support this Thanksgiving, and his community of Facebook friends helped make it possible. Adams, owner and chef at The Golden Apple, a shop, catering company and café on Robinhood Road, prepares several orders during Thanksgiving week but is usually off on Thanksgiving Day. Last week, he got a […]

  • Shoppers check the store directory at Hanes Mall while shopping on Black Friday last year. Journal photo.

    Is Black Friday shopping really all that important anymore?

    The relevancy of Black Friday shopping in an increasingly digital marketplace will be tested perhaps as never before beginning today. Black Friday traditionally marks the day when many retailers begin turning a profit for the year, and their financial numbers shift from red ink to black. The shop-till-you-drop shopper already has taken advantage of retailers’ zeal for pursuing consumers’ limited budgets earlier each holiday shopping season. For example, website RetailMeNot Inc. found that while 55 percent of consumers plan to […]

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