Game On Sweepstakes is open for business. Manager Jonathan Sprinkle says playing the video games is a social outlet for many of his customers. "90% or more of the people who come in here, it's obvious they can afford, it is extra luxury like thing. If they weren't doing this, they'd spend $50 for a round of golf or something." Earlier this month, a state ban on internet sweepstakes cafes took effect. The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled the games are not protected by free speech laws. Last June, Sprinkle opened this site on Thomasville Road in Forsyth County.
Entrepreneurs often need a reality check as they prepare to launch their new venture. One group in Winston-Salem is providing just that, sometimes with with a dose of tough love. Triad Business Journal contributing writer, Justin Catanoso, discusses the VentuRealization group in Winston-Salem with WFDD's Audrey Fannin.
Herbalife is moving to Forsyth County. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the company has chosen to locate a manufacturing and distribution center in the former Dell Inc. assembly plant. The company is expected to create 493 local full-time or full-time-equivalent jobs over three years. During a call with WFDD News, Mayor Allen Joines would not comment about Herbalife locating in Forsyth County. But he did confirm, Governor Beverly Perdue will be in the county Wednesday afternoon to make an economic development announcement. It'll be held at the vacant Dell plant on Temple School Road.
On August 04, 1990, Winston-Salem police officers found 74-year-old Thressa Nicholson dead in her Lakeview Boulevard home. An autopsy revealed she’d been strangled. Finally, in 2009 DNA evidence led to the arrest of 39-year-old Michael Dwayne Miller for First Degree Murder and First Degree Rape. According to Winston-Salem Police Lieutenant Rob Cozart, Miller was in prison at the time of his arrest—giving investigators the DNA sample they needed to close this case.
The downtown Winston-Salem landmark remains vacant after hotel developer Dennis Quaintance opted against converting the historic R.J. Reynolds Building into a luxury hotel. Justin Catanoso, contributing writer with the Triad Business Journal discusses why with WFDD's Audrey Fannin.