forsyth county

Politics & Government
9:45 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Group Wants New Courthouse in Forsyth County

County court officials delivered a letter to commissioners this week. It says the Forsyth County Justice Center “has been obsolete for approximately 30 years and cannot meet modern needs to accommodate the growth of the Forsyth County population with mere modifications and renovations.” They want the county to build a new one.
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A group of Forsyth County court officials is asking the board of commissioners to build a new courthouse. They say the current building can’t accommodate the needs of the county’s growing population.

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7:48 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Plans For New Downtown Library In Winston-Salem Unveiled

The Forsyth County Central Library's schematic design renderings were shown to county commissioners during a briefing on Thursday. The old site on W. Fifth Street closed on October 15. The renovation process is expected to take about two years to complete.
Credit RATIO Architects

Forsyth County residents got a glimpse at new design plans for the renovated Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem.  RATIO Architects of Raleigh presented their work to county commission members Thursday afternoon.  The design is reflective of input from community members.

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7:53 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Local Communities Selected For National Effort To End Homelessness

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Forsyth and Guilford Counties are joining a national campaign that is geared to serve veterans and the chronically homeless over the next two years.

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10:01 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Downtown School Adjusts To The Loss Of Library Access During Renovations

Delor Williams teaches second grade at The Downtown School. For 19 years, she's led classes to the Forsyth County Public Central Library for films and to check out books. The central library closes October 15, 2014 for a 2-year renovation project.
Kathryn Mobley 88.5 WFDD

The Forsyth County Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem is closing Wednesday for renovations and an area school is forced to find alternatives. 

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5:27 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Water, Sewer Rates Increasing for Winston-Salem and Forsyth Residents

Water is treated at a Winston-Salem/Forsyth County treatment facility.
Credit Photo Courtesy Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County residents will soon be paying more for water and sewer services.

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12:54 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Early Voting Off to a Fast Start

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Early voting is off to a brisk start locally.

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Early Voting
5:33 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Early Voting Begins in North Carolina

Early voting in North Carolina runs from April 24-May 3, 2014. People will cast ballots for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, the legislature and various court and local seats.
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Polls are open in North Carolina's 100 counties. 

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Home Foreclosure Prevention
7:53 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Rescuing Homeowners

Federal and state agencies are rescuing some North Carolina homeowners in crisis.

A partnership of state and federal agencies is reducing foreclosures in Forsyth County.

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2:24 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Forsyth Central Library's Past Evokes Fallout-Era Memories

Melton J. Sadler, Director of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management, in his office at Smith Reynolds Airport
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After years of delay, Forsyth County Commissioners this year took up the task of finding the site for a new library. They've taken one informal and one formal vote that would designate the library's current site at Fifth and Spring streets as the location for the new library. But it’s not a done deal yet and some are still hoping to sway commissioners to move the library to the old sheriff's office on Third Street.


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4:15 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Forsyth County Voters Cast Their Ballots For Local Leaders

Supporters of local municipal election candidates gathered outside of the precinct at Clemmons Elementary Tuesday to pass out information to voters.
Credit Keri Brown

North Carolina voters are at the polls today in all or portions of 94 of the state's 100 counties to cast their ballots in the municipal general election.

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3:13 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Labor commissioner touts safety of fair rides

Bill Essick, an inspector with the N.C. Department of Labor, talks about inspecting the rides in advance of the Dixie Classic Fair.
Credit Photo by Paul Garber/WFDD

It's opening day Friday for the Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem. 

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2:02 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

School Board Member Questions Safety of Voting in Some Schools

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools member considers safety issues with voting at schools.
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  Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school officials are looking at the possibility of making changes to the way people vote in precincts located in local schools.

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5:09 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Piedmont Bridge Repair Means Traffic Detours

The westbound lane of the I-40 bridge over the Yadkin River will be repaired this weekend. It is one of six bridges the state wants to repair this summer.
Credit North Carolina Department of Transportation

Millions of North Carolina’s taxpayer dollars are being spent so road crews can stabilize bridges in one part of the Piedmont.

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3:09 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Residents Encouraged to 'Start By Believing'

Family Service is participating in the Start By Believing program to better support survivors of sexual assault.
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Area residents are being asked to Start by Believing. That's the title of a national campaign in April to raise public awareness about sexual assault.Last year in Forsyth County, there were 204 reported cases of sexual assault including rape, statutory rape and molestation.  Down slightly from 2011. Family Services, Inc. is participating. According to DeWanna Hamlin, Coordinator of Prevention and Education,family, friends and co-workers are often the first people in whom survivors confide. So Hamlin recommends people can be supportive by being sensitive.

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8:41 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Bi-Partisan Support for Tougher Fines on Motorists Who Pass School Buses

State lawmakers take a closer at raising the cost on drivers who pass school buses.
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According to the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University, a one-day sample in 2012 found that about 3,200 drivers illegally passed stopped school buses. This would equal about 576,000 violations each school year.

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