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6:00 am
Fri September 11, 2015

Triad’s Dentists, Docs and CEOs Among Highest Paid Nationally

Dentists are the highest paying
Credit The Triad Business Journal

The Triad Business Journal is examining how pay varies by career and how Greensboro-High Point and Winston-Salem stack up wage-wise compared to others metropolitan areas across the country.

Reporter Kristin Zachary has been breaking down these numbers. For this week’s Business Report, she tells WFDD’s Keri Brown that some of the Triad’s healthcare professions are the highest paid nationally.

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6:00 am
Tue August 25, 2015

Say What? Winston-Salem Gets An 'F' For Small Business Friendliness

According to the survey, Winston-Salem earned a F overall for small business friendliness, ranking #91 out of 95 cities ranked this year.
Credit By Susan Sharpless Smith via flickr

A national survey ranks Winston-Salem among the least friendly cities for small business in the state.

The report, conducted by the company Thumbtack, gives it an F for overall friendliness, ease of starting a business, training and network programs.

Thirty-one small business owners in Winston-Salem and more than 600 in North Carolina responded to the survey.

But the poor marks may not be telling the whole story.

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8:01 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Winston-Salem Minister Calls For Increased Security

Nine people were killed in Wednesday's attack at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
Credit Flickr Howard Arnoff

A Winston-Salem minister is calling for churches to begin security ministries to protect their congregations from violence in the aftermath of the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the Rev. Sir Walter Mack Jr., the pastor of Union Baptist Church on Trade Street, described the shooting in Charleston as an atrocity.

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6:30 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Looking Back at Phuzz Phest 2015

Natalie Prass at Phuzz Phest (The Garage, Winston-Salem, NC)
Photo by Quique Rodriguez-Pastor

To see extended version of Phuzz Phest 2015 video, click here.

6:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Census: Population In The Triad Is On The Rise

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Winston-Salem grew by 1.12 percent from 2013 to 2014, adding about 2,640 people. The estimated population is 239,269 as of July 1, 2014.
Credit Paul Garber

Winston-Salem grew faster than the state as a whole from 2013 to 2014, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Winston-Salem grew by 1.12 percent from 2013 to 2014, adding about 2,640 people. Greensboro also added residents, roughly about a one percent increase. It’s a trend that some researchers expect to continue for both cities in the coming years.

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12:32 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Looking Back at the Success of an Inaugural Student-Run Music Festival


Epileptic strobe lights. Hazy smoke. Reggae keyboardists swayed in time to Jamaican-inspired beats, their dreadlocks tapping the floor. Swarms of strangers nodded their heads in collective appreciation for the circular rhythms, the stage mesmerizing enough to still the requisite flash of selfies for the larger psychedelic lights overhead.

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6:30 am
Fri May 15, 2015

City of Arts and Innovation Opens First New Art Park

Artivity on the Green, Winston-Salem, NC.
Doug Rice, Doug Rice Photography

Winston-Salem’s first public art park is now open. It’s called Artivity on the Green and is located downtown on Liberty Street. The non-profit Art for Art’s Sake developed the idea to stimulate growth and pedestrian traffic in the area, and to connect the Arts District and Innovation Quarter.

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4:05 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

The Winston-Salem Light Project Translates Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" In Terra Luna

There’s a historic dissonance between starving artists and the bourgeoisie who can afford to purchase their work. Norman Coates, Winston-Salem Light Project (WSLP) Executive Director and professor at UNCSA, helps erase the fissure with his multimedia public art project Terra Luna that open to the entire viewing public at First Baptist Church on Fifth Street. It will remain on display nightly from 8:30pm to 11:00pm until this Saturday April 25th.

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3:21 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Beverage: The Art of the Ritual

Krankies Airstream
Tommy Priest

Spirits. Nectar. Aphrodisiac. Therapy-in-a-cup. Elixir.

The words we ascribe to our drinks say much about the feelings we reserve for our requisite morning coffee, our afternoon soda vice, our nightcap before bed.

We love them. We even “nurse” them.

Winston-Salem entrepreneurs Krankies Airstream owner Tommy Priest, Hoots Rollerbar co-founder Eric Swaim, and Sunshine Beverage Company co-founder Keith Vest see "the beverage" as a way to capitalize opportunity and encourage local community. They have also constructed savvy business models around our love of beverages.

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8:15 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

As Herbalife Opens, Incentive-Makers Learn From Dell Closure

In Dec. 2012, Gov. Beverly Perdue, Winston-Salem mayor Allen Joines and other local and state officials gathered at the former Dell Inc. plant on Temple School Road in Winston-Salem to announce that Herbalife would locate its manufacturing plant in Forsyth County.
Credit Keri Brown

A company that makes nutrition protein shakes and other dietary supplements will officially open its plant in Winston-Salem Friday. Herbalife received a large tax incentive package to locate its facilities in the city, and state and local leaders will be watching to make sure the company create jobs.

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7:40 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

R.J. Reynolds Donates Whitaker Park To Redevelopment Group

Developers say the former Whitaker Park cigarette plant will be redeveloped as a mixed-use facility. City leaders say the project could create more than 15,000 new jobs over the next two decades.
Credit Picture courtesy of R.J. Reynolds

One of R.J. Reynolds’ most famous tobacco factories will soon have a new owner. Developers plan to use the site to create more jobs in Winston-Salem.

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1:00 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Winston-Salem Named Among Top Cities To Live For 35 & Under

Winston-Salem takes the top spot on Vocativ's list for affordable housing.
Credit photo by: mbtphoto (away a lot) via flickr

Winston-Salem has received high rankings for being a great place for retirees to live, but a new report says the Camel City is also a great place for millennials to call home.

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9:06 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Winston-Salem Will Have More Shopping Downtown: Mast General Store Begins Construction

Mast General Store is going into the bottom two floors of the former Coe Plaza at 516 N. Trade St. in downtown Winston-Salem.
Credit Sheri Moretz/Mass General Store

A Valle Crucis retailer know for its mountain shopping experience is coming to downtown Winston-Salem.

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1:40 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

West End Mill Works Welcomes Newest Entrepreneurial Addition - The Olio

The Olio

A new hub is shaping within the City of Arts and Innovation. "An incubator for entrepreneurial ventures and Do-It-Yourself culture," West End Mill Works has been steadily growing and investing in arts, crafts, and creative manufacturing since its first businesses opened in late 2013.

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5:11 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Chocolate Factory Brings Sweet Smells To Former Winston-Salem Tobacco Warehouse

The Peters family and their employees at Black Mountain Chocolate Factory join Mayor Allen Joines for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday in downtown Winston-Salem. Visitors get to see how chocolate is made at the store.
Credit Keri Brown

The Arts District in downtown Winston-Salem continues to expand, and now there is edible art to enjoy. Black Mountain Chocolate Factory is the first tenant to open in the Old Winston Tobacco Warehouse.

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5:28 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Darryl Hunt: Physically Free, Mentally Still Locked-Up

"You never get over the traumatic experience of being in prison. You just learn to live with it," Darryl Hunt.
Credit Kathryn Mobley / 88.5 WFDD

"I've been home for ten years; I still do my prison routine."

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7:09 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

NC Mayors Address Growing Poverty Disparities In State

The Brookings Institution ranks most North Carolina metro areas as being among those with a rapid growth of people living in poverty. The study reviews the economic decline beginning in 2000.
Credit photo by: Paul Downey (via flickr)

The city of Greensboro is bringing together mayors from across the state to come up with ideas and solutions to reduce poverty in their communities. The Wednesday event is the first of what will be quarterly meetings addressing the issue.

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7:05 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Winston-Salem City Leaders Want To Snuff Out Cigarette Butts

New cigarette bin outside of Downtown Thai in Winston-Salem. The city is installing 35-40 units in busy areas and hopes more residents will use them to help keep the city streets clean.
Credit Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful

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Daily Update
1:12 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Possible Police Standoff In Winston's Salem Ardmore Neighborhood

Fox News 8 is reporting a police situation on Ardsley Street and Lockland avenue in Winston-Salem. Police are on the scene and in negotiations with an armed man. We will keep you posted on this developing story. 

5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Hotel Developers Eye Winston-Salem & Greensboro for Future Growth

A boutique hotel and apartments are planned for the iconic Reynolds Building in downtown Winston-Salem.
Credit Julie Knight/The Business Journal

The Piedmont Triad region has had no new hotels built in the past three and a half years. That stands to reason because occupancy rates have remained fairly flat over the same period. Suddenly, though, six new hotels are being planned collectively in downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

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Radio Camp
12:48 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Meet the Artist: Photojournalist Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez

Radio Camper Dani Coan speaks with Winston-Salem photojournalist Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez
Credit Sara Chisesi

This is the sound of Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez taking pictures at Wait Chapel. Rodriguez is a photojournalist in Winston-Salem. She takes landscape pictures, portraits, and many other types of photographs. She sat down to speak to radio camper Dani Coan.

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8:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

City of W-S Has Been Retiring Fire Chief's Largest Classroom

Service Fire Chief Anthony Farmer will retire in December after 32 years' service.
Credit City of Winston-Salem

One of Winston-Salem's decorated employees leaves the force after 32 years.

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7:30 am
Thu July 17, 2014

The Power of Service: Inspiring Winston-Salem One Song at a Time

Members of the Performing Arts Project shared their musical talents at the Bethesda Center for the homeless in Winston-Salem on Monday, July 14.
Credit Anissa Morgan

A group of young performers from around the world are using their musical talents to help some people in the Triad who are facing major life challenges. 

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5:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Movie Adaptation of Latest Nicholas Sparks Book Will Be Shot in Winston-Salem: Extras Needed

A movie version of the book is set to film in Winston-Salem late this summer.

Winston-Salem will once again be the backdrop for a major motion picture. Filming for the movie adaptation of the latest Nicholas Sparks book, The Longest Ride will take place in the city later this summer and producers are looking for local talent.

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3:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Cycling Center Planned for Downtown Winston-Salem

Organizers hope to turn this vacant building on Liberty Street into a cycling center that could one day train U.S. Olympic athletes.
Credit WFDD photo by Paul Garber

A new cycling center is in the works for downtown Winston-Salem.

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12:47 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Lab Explosion Injures 2

Emergency crews have blocked off First Street between Church Street and Chestnut because of the chemical explosion at a lab in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
Credit Paul Garber

Two people were injured after a lab explosion in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem Monday.

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6:35 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Triad Adding to State's E V Charging Stations

In Winston-Salem, owners of hybrid cars do not have to pay to charge at the Main Street station. But City Sustainability Manager Wendell Hardin says beginning in May 2014, that will change. Drivers will pay between $1.50-$2.00 an hour.
City of Winston-Salem

Electric car owners can charge up in the Triad.

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Regional Growth
6:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Work Begins on New Public Park in Downtown Winston-Salem

Photo illustration shows how planners envision the covered stage for Bailey Park at East End.
Credit Image courtesy of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

There’s a new park coming to downtown Winston-Salem.

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10:21 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Fairground Gets New Name

The rebranding of the fairgrounds includes a new logo.
Credit Logo courtesy of the City of Winston-Salem

There’s a new name for the fairgrounds in Winston-Salem, and the change comes with some controversy.

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11:23 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Goodwill Opens Relocated Prosperity Center in Winston-Salem

Sherry Carpenter, a vice president of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, talks Friday during an open house for the non-profit's Prosperity Center.
Credit WFDD Photo by Paul Garber

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina cut the ribbon Friday on a new location for its Prosperity Center located on Waughtown Street.

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