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    2 Forsyth County commissioners object to funding fast track to replace schools

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Forsyth County commissioners Gloria Whisenhunt and Walter Marshall during a meeting on Monday took exception to the idea that the county could be fast tracking $41.6 million in funding for school projects, an issue that the full board had not discussed yet. Last Wednesday, school officials announced a plan to request $41.6 million from the county to replace Lowrance Middle School and Konnoak Elementary School and to update parts of several other schools. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County […]

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    Officials: Backlog at NC crime lab leads to canceled prosecutions

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As the General Assembly convenes this week, lawmakers will mark as a priority the complex task of dealing with enormous delays at the State Crime Lab that law-enforcement officials say jeopardize the full prosecution of certain criminal cases, Republican Sen. Buck Newton of Wilson said in a phone interview last week. “That’ll be one of our big focuses during the next session, other than throw more money at it,” said Newton, a co-chairman of the Joint Legislative […]

  • Akron Drive, bottom, center, at Indiana Avenue on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Potential improvements on Akron Drive could bode well for future use of Whitaker Park

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Behind the real-estate mantra of “location, location, location” is a sobering make-or-break message for commercial, industrial and residential deals, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. For almost five years, the Whitaker Park manufacturing campus appeared to have fallen on the break side of that equation. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. said in May 2010 that it was closing the 790,300-square-foot plant as part of moving all manufacturing production to its 1 million-square-foot Tobaccoville plant. Most production was shut down […]

  • Leslie Batten, the media coordinator at Diggs-Latham Elementary School, talks to eight-year-old Desmond Goode about musical intruments on display during a magnet school fair at the Benton Convention Center Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. (Lauren Carroll/Journal)

    Students, parents look for choices at Magnet School Fair in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ten-year-old Savannah Bingham was at the Benton Convention center Saturday checking out schools that would allow her to continue her dance and gymnastic interests, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “I like hip hop and lyrical,” Savannah said of her favorite styles of dance as she stood with her parents, Angela and Matthew Bingham of Kernersville, and her younger brothers, Bryson and Ledger. The Bingham family was among hundreds of students and parents who attended the annual Magnet […]

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    Lawmaker says reducing delays at crime lab will be priority

    RALEIGH, N.C. — As the General Assembly convenes this week, lawmakers will mark as a priority the complex task of dealing with enormous delays at the State Crime Lab that law-enforcement officials say jeopardize the full prosecution of certain criminal cases, Republican Sen. Buck Newton of Wilson said in a phone interview last week, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “That’ll be one of our big focuses during the next session, other than throw more money at it,” said Newton, a […]

  • Novant Health to expand interest-free payment plans

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — The growth in high-deductible insurance plans, accepted by consumers either by choice or employer requirement, is contributing to more Americans absorbing more out-of-pocket medical costs, according to several national studies, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. More people without health insurance are seeking medical help in emergency departments, which also is increasing the amounts that hospitals eventually write off as bad debt. According to the American Hospital Association, bad debt is defined as services for which hospitals anticipate […]

  • UNC basketball coach Roy Williams

    Tar Heels win thriller against Cardinals at Chapel Hill

    By Scott Hamilton/The Winston-Salem Journal CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The basketball dripped gently through the rim. Marcus Paige tumbled hard into the basket. Actually, Paige hurtled awkwardly into the nook formed at the base of the basket Saturday afternoon. His arms and legs flailed wildly as he tumbled into a cameraman and an arena worker while making the clinching shot in North Carolina’s 72-71 victory over No. 5 Louisville. He had bounced the ball high off the backboard, a scoop shot […]

  • Devin Thomas of Wake Forest, right, goes up for a shot as Georgia Tech's Charles Mitchell defends. Thomas finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds. (Lauren Carroll)

    Wake Forest tops Jackets for Manning’s 1st ACC win

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest’s long-running search for its first ACC victory of the season is over, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The Deacons found it on the backboards in a 76-69 win against Georgia Tech on Saturday in front of 11,514 at Joel Coliseum. “We knew we had to win the rebounding war if we wanted to win the game,” junior Devin Thomas said. Converting 15 offensive rebounds into 19 second-chance points, Wake Forest overcame some sloppy ballhandling and […]

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    Local leaders respond to President Obama’s free community college plan

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — With employers needing more highly skilled workers, President Barack Obama’s push for two years of free community college education can be seen as part of a trend toward seeing public education as a K-14 concept, said Gary Green, president of Forsyth Technical Community College, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Obama picked Tennessee to make his announcement of the proposal, which would have the federal government pay 75 percent of the tuition cost for the first two […]

  • Ennis Paint Co. gets $500,000 grant for expansion in Thomasville

    Ennis Paint Co. gets $500k grant for expansion in Thomasville

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A production expansion proposed by Ennis Paint Inc. has qualified for a $500,000 state rural infrastructure grant, the N.C. Commerce Department said Thursday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Ennis, based in Thomasville, paid $2.1 million in September for a former Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc. facility at 505-515 County Line Road, according to a bankruptcy filing by FBI Wind Down Inc. Ennis has declined to comment on its plans for the 217,340-square-foot property, known as Plant V. Ennis […]

  • From left: Officials Sean Hall and Karl Hess joke with fomer Wake Forest University star Ish Smith during a basketball game between Georgia Tech and Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. (BRUCE CHAPMAN)

    ACC cuts ties with referee accused of using ethnic slur at Wake Forest game

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Atlantic Coasts Conference has severed ties with official Karl Hess following an incident involving Hess and a Wake Forest fan during the Deacons’ loss to Louisville last Sunday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The ACC has confirmed that Hess will no longer call conference games. “It’s a sad day and it’s devastating,’’ Hess told ESPN Friday morning. “But I’m responsible. “I wasn’t trying to deliberately hurt anyone. That’s not my character. I goof around a lot, […]

  • Anthony Parigi of Elkin, N.C., on "Redneck Island." (MARK DeLONG via The Winston-Salem Journal)

    Elkin man eliminated from ‘Redneck Island’ reality show

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Anthony “Big Po” Parigi’s time on “Redneck Island” came to an end Thursday night when he was eliminated from the reality competition series, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. After the episode aired on cable channel CMT, Parigi, who lives in Elkin, wrote on Facebook that “it was a blast” being on the show, and that he hoped to capitalize on “any future possibilities that may come out of it.” He also thanked his fans, friends and family […]

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