9:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Severe Weather Hits NC Small Businesses Hard

Andy Blair, owner of The Coffee Mill located in Lewisville's historic Roller Mill, says like many small businesses, he's feeling the real bite of Old Man Winter.
Credit by Paul Garber

Severe weather has hurt many small North Carolina businesses.

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11:37 am
Thu December 12, 2013

North Carolinians Holding the Line on Holiday Spending

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According to a High Point University Poll out this week, most North Carolinians plan to spend the same amount of money or less on the holidays this year than last year.

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9:59 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Diaper Bank Sees Increased Demand As Low-Income Families Struggle

Valerie Glass (left) and Carrie Scott started the Piedmont Diaper Bank when they heard that some low-income families struggled to afford diapers for their babies.
Credit Paul Garber/WFDD

  When parents can’t adequately diaper their young children, the consequences can be serious. There can be health problems for baby including urinary tract infections and diaper rash. For parents, there’s a risk of lost wages if their daycare providers won’t accept a child without their daily supply of diapers.

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2:51 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Development Means More Commercial Growth For Former Mill Neighborhood

James Mabe, who has lived in the Hanestown Community for most of his life, stands in the doorway to his home on Ricks Drive in Winston-Salem.
Credit WFDD Photo by Paul Garber

James Mabe has lived in the same small, one-story home on Ricks Drive since he was a grade-school boy in the 1940s. Back then the village he grew up in off Stratford Road had unpaved streets, outside bathrooms and a company store run by the Hanes Company. Hanes built the homes in the early 20th Century for employees of its spinning mill next door. Now the community called Hanestown is a neighborhood in flux.

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12:35 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

USDA Loan Interruption Hits Local Housing Market

The United States Department of Agriculture provides home loans to low- and middle-income buyers in rural communities.
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The federal government shutdown is causing a slowdown in home sales in rural Triad communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is probably best-known for assisting farmers, is also a major provider of loans for low-  and middle-income homebuyers. Those loans are targeted for rural communities, but even places in urban counties, including Forsyth and Guilford, have neighborhoods that are eligible for the loans. The problem is that USDA employees have been determined to be “non-essential” government workers, so there is no one at the agency to process the loans.

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