September 1, 2021, was a terrible day in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Just after 12 noon, a gunman at Mount Tabor High School in the western part of the city took the life of William Chavis Raynard Miller, Jr. Mount Tabor was immediately locked down, as were some other schools in the district. Alerts were sent out from the WS/FC School… More
“Let’s all go for a drink.” With those words, Chairman David Plyer concluded Thursday’s Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meeting before going into closed session, then officially adjourning.
Thursday’s Commissioner’s meeting lasted over three hours. The meeting was much longer t… More
The new Clemmons branch library opened recently. The entire process took 11 years, from the time the 2010 campaign to pass the Library Bonds began to the construction of the new library branch in the heart of Clemmons. Commissioner Don Martin described the grand opening of the new library branch as “a day when everybody can be ha… More
It was a little less than two years ago that an all-woman school board, led by an African American chair and co-chair, appeared poised to change WS/FC Schools for the better. They were the “equity board” that was going to address the alarming disparities between majority white, mostly suburban schools and majority Blac… More
Novant’s takeover of New Hanover Regional Medical Center is expected to be approved when the county board meets this afternoon. Novant, the hospital chain anchored in Winston-Salem and Charlotte made New Hanover a $5.3 billion offer that they couldn’t refuse. That’s more than the NFL’s Dallas Cowboy… More
The Forsyth County Commissioners issued a statement condemning George Floyd’s death on Thursday. It was a nice gesture. But, unfortunately it carried about as much weight as the Commissioners’ 2050 Climate Change resolution last year.
Everyone from Fortune 500 CEOs to local politicians supports justice for George … More
Good things happen to those who demand them. Monday, Dan Rose and Phillip Carter of Housing Justice Now held a press conference calling for “an immediate halt to all eviction and foreclosure proceedings, and to ask city officials to contribute $500,000 for emergency relief during the pandemic.” They then took to socia… More
In Clemmons, Sunday morning, Forsyth County’s sole remaining Kmart opened for the last time. It’s a wonder that it stayed open this long. The Kmart on University closed in 2002. The Peters Creek Kmart closed in 2013.* The Kmart on University was repurposed as a movie theater. The Peters Creek Kmart is now a Planet Fitness… More
The Forsyth County Commissioners, to their credit, approved a resolution stating Forsyth County’s intention of moving toward a complete transition to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050, 5-1. The resolution is non-binding; it has no teeth. A 2030 climate action resolution was discussed before the Commissioners moved … More
Monday I went to court to support a friend who was recently issued a citation for panhandling. It was interesting to see how justice is made in the basement of the Forsyth County Hall of Justice.
Once the courtroom doors opened at 9:00 am, defendants flooded in. The gallery was comprised of average looking joes and janes, disproportion… More