Urban Street Church: A Symbol Of Winston’s Neglected Urban Core

I drive by the old Urban Street Baptist Church, at 2315 Urban Street from time to time. It holds some sentimental importance to me. I attended church there when I was a kid in the early to mid-1980s.

The physical building and the neighborhood around it have both deteriorated over the decades. Recently, the City of Winston-Salem boarded up the place after vandals knocked out many of the church’s windows and open a couple of its doors. Probably so that … Read the rest

The Camel City Dispatch If Not Already Dead, Appears To Be Mortally Wounded

The Twin City Sentinal ended its run as an independent newspaper when it merged with the Journal in 1985. It’s hard to say exactly when the Camel City Dispatch died. Was it this year or the year before? But there is little doubt that CCD is dead.

Camel City Dispatch is a local journalism project that came to Winston’s mobile devices, tablets, and PCs in 2012. The ambitious upstart website was determined to challenge the Winston-Salem Journal. After a good … Read the rest

Minerva Garcia: Another Example Of Our Broken Legal System

Time is not on Minerva Garcia’s side. Despite her best efforts to stay in this country with her children, ICE is poised to deport her. Unless ICE issues a stay of deportation, Minerva will be on a bus back to Mexico by Friday.

Minerva’s case for staying here in Winston is a just one. That’s why members of Winston’s faith community have rallied to her side in recent weeks. She came to this country 17 years ago to provide a … Read the rest

Winston Hasn’t Quit Tobacco, It Just Reduced Its Dependence

Today is World No Tobacco Day. All around the globe health advocates are mobilizing to educate people about the dangers of tobacco. This might seem like an old song to many. But the dangers of tobacco need repeating.

Tobacco consumption, in the form of chewing tobacco, cigarettes, e-cigarettes or any of the other nicotine-addicting products Big Tobacco peddles is bad news. Cigarettes, the deadly product that put Winston-Salem on the map, continue to kill 480,000 people in the U.S. … Read the rest

Winston-Salem City Council Meeting Notes-May, 1, 2017

 

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Will Ziggy’s Ever Reopen?

It was two years ago today that Snoop Dogg came to Winston. It was the crowning achievement of Ziggy’s reopening in Downtown Winston. Thousands of fans gathered to see a member of hip-hop royalty perform on an outdoor stage that Ziggy’s built for the show. It was a bold attempt to put Ziggy’s back on the map. It certainly created a buzz for Winston’s largest live music venue. But just seven months after Snoop came to town, Ziggy’s infighting … Read the rest

Apparently Poverty Can Wait In Winston-Salem

It’s finally done. Or perhaps it’s just beginning to unfold. Mayor Allen Joines’ Poverty Thought Force finally released its findings on Monday. It’s been a long wait. Mayor Joines first mentioned his intention of creating a Thought Force in December of 2013. Triad City Beat’s Jordan Green’s article, A city divided: The resurgent downtown and the abandoned urban core-my favorite article of 2016, has the timeline. It took two more years and a few national studies casting Winston in … Read the rest

Will Reynolds Envisioned More Than Just A White Christmas…

A few days ago The Winston-Salem Journal reported that more than 294,000 attended the 2016 Festival of Lights, making last year one of most successful years in the festival’s 25-year history. Tanglewood is a huge, sprawling park, with a lot to offer. The Festival of Lights is Tanglewood’s biggest annual event. It’s a popular Christmas tradition in the Triad, an illuminated drive down memory lane. But what about the history of Tanglewood? That’s a history that folks don’t like … Read the rest

Library Set To Open This Summer, But Now Is The Time It’s Needed Most

Earlier this month The Winston-Salem Journal informed its readers that Winston’s Central Library is currently on pace to open by mid-summer 2017. But with winter being upon us, now is the time that the community needs a central library the most.

The fact that the library has been closed since October 2014 is simply unforgivable. The Journal’s article notes the Central Library’s progress, but fails to mention the Republican majority Forsyth County Commissioners’ callused decision to close the library … Read the rest

Wells Fargo’s Acquisition of Wachovia Was A Massive Tax Fraud

The Wells Fargo scandal is jaw-dropping! Thus far 5,300 employees have been fired for opening up thousands upon thousands of unauthorized accounts. Wells Fargo, a notoriously bad bank to work for pushed its employees to sell more and more financial products to customers. In order to meet unattainable goals Wells Fargo employees engaged in a massive fraud that may permanently stain the bank’s reputation with the public.

Wells Fargo once again proved the truth of Bill Black’s excellent line, “the Read the rest