• ‘Can until can’t’: How local businesses survive Valentine’s Day

    Elise Pollard gingerly pulls the wax paper off the metal tray when eight perfectly sculpted peanut butter truffles fall to the floor.“Oh no!” she exclaims.Nearby, the general manager and head chocolatier at Black Mountain Chocolate, Tirra Cowan, says, “That’s part of this too; you never really know what’s going to happen.”The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day at Black Mountain Chocolate can hold chaos for Pollard and Cowan, the sole pastry chefs. On th
  • Peak weirdness at Valentine’s dinner service

    “They were dressed up with their tuxedos on, and everything,” Abbey Price said.Price, one of the managers of the Oyster Bar at Libby Hill in Greensboro, remembers that detail vividly, though that Valentine’s Day shift was more than a decade ago. During the midst of one of the busiest restaurant nights of the year, a quartet of men strolled in, wearing black-tie-worthy matching tuxedos. As waitstaff with trays of crab legs and hushpuppies took detours around them, the group bega
  • An Underground Railroad station emerges near Guilford College

    Dee-ee-eep river, my home is over Jordan/ Dee-ee-eep river, Lord I’m going over into camp ground/ Oh, don’t you wanna go to that milk-and-honey land where all God’s children are free? Dee-ee-eep river, my home is over Jordan.”James Shields, director of community learning at Guilford College, sang this spiritual yards from a 350-year-old tulip poplar, a historical destination within the New Garden woods, which is listed on National Parks Service’s “Trail to Fre
  • List: 4 Lessons from St. Petersburg

    1. The comfort of fellowshipI spent the weekend at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia in St. Petersburg, Fla. with a few dozen editors, publishers and sales folks from papers like ours across the country. I’ve been involved in the alternative press since 1994, and these events are a sort of homecoming for me and others still committed to the mission. In between sessions on digital products, data, storytelling and events, we swapped success stories, failures and industry gossip on a l
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  • EDITORIAL: Looking backwards on education

    It cost Guilford County Schools $1 million to learn that it needs to spend $1.5 billion just to bring everything up to speed.The million-dollar consultant’s report showed serious deficiencies in 34 of 126 schools — 27 percent, three-quarters of which are in predominantly black and brown neighborhoods — ranging from inadequate facilities and “educational suitability” to building deficiencies. No big surprise there.They recommended Guilford County Schools invest $1.5
  • EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Lesley and the name tag

    Lesley looked nice that day.She had on a loose-fitting black two piece — flared sleeves, with white floral embroidery at the cuffs, and slacks with just enough stretch and hug to give a suggestion of her curves as she moved behind the cluttered counter inside the gas station.But clearly something had happened between the time she had selected her work outfit and this moment, about 9 a.m., which is weekday crunch time at the gas station in my neighborhood. Lesley looked nice, but she was ac
  • ICYMI: Between the Buried and Me at the Grammys

    On what many consider to be the biggest night in music, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the performances and the speeches and the get-ups. So you might have missed the bit of Triad representation by metal band Between the Buried and Me at the Grammys this year.The band, which has been active since 2000, earned its first Grammy nomination this year in the Best Metal Performance category for “Condemned to the Gallows,” off their latest album, Automata I & II.The band may have
  • Residents put Confederate monument on public safety agenda

    Scooters and bow
    hunting was on the agenda for the Public Safety Committee, but residents wanted
    to talk about the Confederate statue.City officials announced immediate
    plans to remove the Confederate monument at the end of January, and yet it was
    still standing when members of Hate Out of Winston appeared before the Public
    Safety Committee of Winston-Salem City Council on Monday night.“You have written us a check that we
    cannot cash,” Miranda Jones told members of the committee as 1
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  • Citizen Green: ICE: Hands off our immigrant neighbors!

    Last week, agents of Immigration
    Customs Enforcement swept through North Carolina, from Charlotte to Durham,
    Asheboro and Burlington to Raleigh, snatching up human beings.
    Sean Gallagher, director of the ICE
    Atlanta Field Office, confirmed in a Feb. 8 press conference in Charlotte that
    over the previous “few days our officers conducted a large-scale enforcement
    operation resulting in approximately 200 arrests across the state of North
    Carolina.” As of Sunday evening, the immigrant ad
  • Citizen Green: Hands off our immigrant neighbors, ICE!

    Last week, agents of Immigration
    Customs Enforcement swept through North Carolina, from Charlotte to Durham,
    Asheboro and Burlington to Raleigh, snatching up human beings.
    Sean Gallagher, director of the ICE
    Atlanta Field Office, confirmed in a Feb. 8 press conference in Charlotte that
    over the previous “few days our officers conducted a large-scale enforcement
    operation resulting in approximately 200 arrests across the state of North
    Carolina.” As of Sunday evening, the immigrant ad
  • For decades, WFU frat hailed Confederacy in yearbook

    As outrage continues to build about Virginia Gov. Ralph
    Northam’s recently surfaced racist yearbook photo, journalists are scrambling
    into the archives to see what other horrors are there, just waiting to be dug
    up. After the News & Observer’s
    Colin Campbell found an astounding image of frat
    brothers at UNC dressed as Klansmen stringing up someone in blackface,
    it seemed likely that Triad schools might have some skeletons in the closet,
    It’s easy — yet time consu
  • Genealogy while black reveals some painful pasts — slavery and the Civil War

    Angenita Boone gestures to the images projected on the screen. She motions to the rows of names, scrawled in cursive and points out the surname of her grandmother’s ancestors — Gailyard. Printed next to some of the names is an abbreviation: ‘neg.’“‘Neg,’ that’s negro,” Boone explains. “Some have ‘M’ for mullatto and that means you’re mixed or something, but some black people would have a ‘W’ because you loo
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  • Universalities unveiled in August Wilson monologue contest

    Against a cheerful blue sky, stray clouds hung above the metalloid frame of a ’39 Ford that sat stationary on a winding, red-dirt road. The scene felt like Alabama, but the stories spoken on Feb. 2 rang out from the soul of 20th Century Pittsburgh.Eight high schoolers from across the Triad converged at Triad Stage to participate in the third annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, where the nonprofit theater company is currently showing White Lightning. The students trained in a series
  • Tuned together: Chatham Rabbits plays like a slow dance

    Austin McCombie adjusts his guitar strap slightly, leaning into the mic. He sets the scene: a rural farmhouse passed down by his family through the generations. The structure recently burned to the ground, he tells the audience, inspiring a song titled “The Fire.” He begins to sing; his wife, Sarah, joins in.“He woke up to the sound of his hound dog,” they sing. “A spark, a flame, and it was all gone.”On a Sunday night, the couple holds court in the Crown at t
  • EDITORIAL: A big win for Bennett College, and us all

    Bennett College was on the ropes.In its second year of probation and in danger of losing its accreditation, enrollment at Bennett had shrunk to just 469 students. And in January, school administrators acknowledged they’d need to come up with $5 million by Feb. 1. Bennett humbly asked for help from any and all quarters. The short version of the story is that Bennett raised more than $8 million as of this week, and will walk into its re-accreditation hearing an adequately funded school.
  • LIST: 7 questions for Captain Debra Chenault

    Debra Chenault recently became the first African-American female to be promoted to the rank of captain in the 170-year history of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. She will serve as the detention security services B/D Team Division commander and has worked her way up within the office for the last 27 years.How does it feel to be the first black woman promoted to the rank of captain in 170 years?It’s actually amazing. It’s very humbling, and I’m honored. With that said,
  • Forsyth County sheriff says he will limit cooperation with ICE

    Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough Jr. said when he renegotiates a contract with the US Marshals Service in April, ICE will no longer be authorized to use the jail.The jail will continue to set aside beds for federal
    prisoners awaiting trial in federal court.Kimbrough noted that the contract with the US Marshals
    Service includes a section entitled “Other Authorized Users” with check-off boxes
    for different federal agencies, including US Immigration Customs Enforcement,
    or ICE.“For example
  • Citizen Green: State of disunion

    Tucked into the endless honor roll of ordinary Americans spotlighted during Trump’s State of the Union address, there was a neat symmetry between the survivors and heroes of last year’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the Holocaust.Even if you despised the man giving the speech, you couldn’t fail to feel tenderness and warmth at the sight of the gallery singing “Happy Birthday” to 81-year-old Judah Samet, who survived both the Holocaust and the massacre at Tree of
  • The guy from the closet

    Greensboro’s brush with viral fame broke on Monday: A guy had been secretly living in a UNCG student’s closet, without her knowledge or permission. She told reporters she thought she had a ghost, until she found him sitting in there, wearing her clothes.By Tuesday afternoon, word of Closet Guy had spread from Tate Street to Walker Avenue and beyond, and everybody, it seemed, had something to contribute.My art director said he 86-ed the guy from New York Pizza for bringing in his own
  • Worst schools in county disproportionately affect minority students, report finds

    A consulting group’s report revealed that many schools and facilities in the Guilford County School system are improperly equipped and cannot provide students with an adequate learning environment. The report found that those most negatively affected include students from marginalized communities such as black and brown students and those with disabilities.More than a quarter of Guilford County schools are not educationally suitable for students, according to a report released on Jan. 31 b
  • Fourth Circuit hears habeas case for man convicted of drink-house murders

    convicted John Robert Hayes III of a 1993 double murder that occurred in the
    early-morning hours at a drink-house party in northeast Winston Salem. There
    were a lot of people shooting, and multiple witnesses point to different
    culprits. The problem is that none of the witnesses are reliable.
    Around 3:30 a.m. on July 25, 1993,
    Winston-Salem police responded to a shooting at an illegal establishment,
    appropriately named the “Drink House,” at the end of East 22nd
    Street, whe
  • UNCG Center casts spotlight on disabled community’s housing concerns

    The Greensboro Transit Authority helped prove a point on Feb. 1, when difficulties with the city’s bus system prevented Ananda Bennett from arriving on time for UNCG’s Center for Housing and Community Studies’ monthly “housing hangout” which would focus on the concerns of the Triad’s disabled community. Bennett, who is quadriplegic, spoke to a packed room about her ideas for the future of independent living for “quads” like herself.The center facil
  • ‘After-action’ report: UNC must prepare for threats from ‘outside’ protesters

    After commissioning an outside law firm to investigate the causes of the August 2018 toppling of the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam, University of North Carolina leaders embraced a view that more robust law enforcement is needed to respond to threats from so-called “outside” protesters.The assessment and report was completed
    by the Parker Poe law firm, along with four consultants from Hillard Heintze, a
    Chicago-based firm founded Arnette Heintze, a former special agent with
  • Winston-Salem antiracists: Time’s up for Confederate monument

    With the city of Winston-Salem telling the United Daughters of the Confederacy that time’s up for the Confederate monument, antiracist activists gathered at the statue on Friday to say they’re holding the city to its word.“Let’s be clear: The Confederate
    statue isn’t down until it’s down,” said Miranda Jones, an organizer with Hate
    Out of Winston. “This is a small victory secured for the people by the people.
    The people still have yet more to win.
  • Small Batch grows into something more

    2760 NC 68 HP 336.875.4082
    237 W. 5th St. WS 336.893.6395To adequately tell the Small Batch story, you’ve got to start with the beer. Because that’s how it all started.In 2013, the Small Batch project benefited from a number of cultural and business intersections: It was a downtown reclamation project, planned for the old Kopper Kitchen — owner Tim Walker pledged immediately to keep the iconic frying-pan sign — on a section of Fifth Street that suffered from an aging conv
  • Flash in the Pan: Beans over bones

    Of all the things to feel bad for vegetarians over, bone broth is up there with bacon. Making a proper broth without assistance from the animal kingdom is nearly impossible. Vegetables can impart an array of subtle aromas. Mushrooms will fill a pot with mysterious and meaty umami. Herbs might add complexity. But those are merely flavors in your mouth. Broth needs to be felt in your body. Your bones, as it were. For that, it needs a foundation of protein. Luckily for plant-eaters, beans can do th
  • In the Weeds: Why are you still here?

    “Why are you still here?”I get that question all the time: I’m 40, with the salt and (mostly) pepper beard, the 100-yard-stare. I get mistaken for the owner of the places where I work because of my age. Yeah, I’ve been through the wringer. I’m okay with it. To be honest, it is a question that I often ponder myself. Come on, Douglas, you could’ve gone anywhere in 10 years. You could be a doctor! Where’s that novel? Where’s the kids, the wife, t
  • Dinner Guest: Wish I may, a foodie wish list

    It would have looked a bit strange if a fellow my age had jumped in Santa’s lap and told him what I wanted for Christmas. So I waited and made a New Year’s Wish List instead, thinking the old guy may be lurking in the Triad and still in a giving mood, or perhaps that friends in the culinary community will accommodate at least one or two of my 2019 desires.To start, I am wishing for a new go-to veggie. Most folks have to strain to remember when every plate suddenly boosted asparagus,
  • Back home, a bootheel for the Garden City News

    I no longer read the Garden City News with any regularity, but when I was growing up in that Long Island community, everyone did. Everyone still does.It’s the sort of community weekly that runs scores of village soccer games, hyperlocal news and social pages that namecheck people of prominence. Everybody loves the Office Cat column, which distills down the police blotter and combines it with rumors and eyewitness reports. It reads today just like it did in 1980.Bob Morgan, father of curren
  • Childhood favorites at Little Ari’s Japanese Kitchen

    My school lunches didn’t look like other kids’.Instead of sandwiches or Lunchables, I’d bring bento boxes with rice, veggies and meats. My favorite days, though, were when my mom packed me onigiri. And now, Little Ari’s Japanese Kitchen in Greensboro offers my childhood treat.Onigiri, or rice balls, are a Japanese staple. They look kind of like giant sushi rolls — various ingredients embedded in a ball of rice, covered by a sheet of seaweed. We eat them on the go &m
  • Film tells untold stories of Holocaust victims

    Eighty-thousand Jews, among other targets of the German Nazi regime, died of typhus and starvation during the first year of internment in the Warsaw ghetto, the largest of the more than 20,000 confinement centers which, at its height, housed more than 400,000 occupants in an area of about 1.3 square miles.On Sunday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Winston-Salemites gathered at a/perture Cinema for the world premiere of Who Will Write Our History, a documentary that uplifts the lived exp
  • Women’s lives, past and present at Barber Park Event Center

    A small girl peeks her head over a table. A digital screen blankets the table top, and on it appears a small, off-white box with blue and purple triangles reaching out from each side. She reaches over and taps the box, which unfolds like a paper fortune teller.But rather than telling the future, these panels tell the past and present.The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department opened the Ruth Wicker Tribute to Women, an exhibit housed in the new Barber Park Event Center, on Friday. The u
  • UNPOPULAR OPINION: No dogs allowed

    This month, the Forsyth County Health Department began docking points against Winston-Salem breweries where dogs were present.Word spread fast among the leash-and-chewy set after Joymongers Barrel Hall woefully made a “no more dogs” declaration Monday on its Facebook page. Commenters quickly began organizing a campaign to pressure the county commission to save the puppers.But really, the Forsyth health department is just enforcing a law that’s been on the books almost forever,
  • EDITORIAL: Son of anarchy: Phil Berger Jr.

    Phil Berger Jr., the son of state Senate leader Phil Berger Sr., threw his name into consideration this week for the state Supreme Court.Berger Jr. is to Berger Sr. sort of like the Whopper Jr. is to the Whopper — it’s still barely edible, but there’s a lot less of it.With the retirement of Chief Justice Mark Martin — one of just two remaining Republicans on the bench — next month, the post will likely go to Paul Newby, who will be the sole Republican after Martin&r
  • City attorney: Neo-Confederates hired ‘armed security’ to protect statue

    The city of Winston-Salem took into
    consideration “lapses in good judgment on both sides” during a recent dueling set
    of rallies at the Confederate monument in making its decision to declare the statue
    a “public nuisance” and remove it.“Emotions on both sides of the issue
    often escalate, causing people to make decisions contrary to law and reason,”
    Winston-Salem City Attorney Angela Carmon wrote in a letter today to James A.
    Davis Jr., a lawyer representing th
  • LIST: New rules for electric scooters in Greensboro

    After removing all electric scooters from the city in November, the city is re-introducing Bird and Lime scooters with new regulations passed by city council on Nov. 20. Lime distributed 100 initial scooters on Monday and Bird expects to deploy in March. Both are allowed to distribute up to 200 scooters. The following is a list of the new rules for riders and operators, in this case, Bird and Lime.Rules for riders:1. Only people 18 and older may ride the scooters. This one seems pretty self-expl
  • Citizen Green: Healthcare for the poor on the borderline

    Christy Solomon was struggling with
    an addiction as a resident of Rockingham County. With her mother’s help, she
    found a treatment program across the state line in Virginia, but she wasn’t
    able to stay with it long because she had criminal charges there.There were “no recovery support or
    resources, no jobs” in Rockingham County, so Solomon and her partner moved to
    Wilmington. Because she’s uninsured, she has to pay out of pocket for
    bloodwork, and has had to miss wo
  • Activists plan direct action in response to hogtying death

    Activists prepare
    to undertake direct action as Greensboro City Council and the Guilford County district
    attorney wipe their hands of the Marcus Smith case.With city leaders ready to move on
    from the controversy over the hog-tying death of Marcus Smith, activists
    pushing for police accountability signaled during a Monday-evening community
    meeting that they’re ready to undertake disruption, boycotts and other direct
    action to pressure city council and the district attorney.The 60 people who
  • Professor Melissa Harris-Perry and Wake Forest University clash over MLK speech

    After speaking out
    against Wake Forest University at an MLK event on Jan. 21, Melissa
    Harris-Perry, a professor at the university, claims the university retaliated
    against her by threatening to close an academic center and offering her a
    “payoff.”Melissa Harris-Perry, a former MSNBC host and prominent
    professor, is clashing with Wake Forest University after giving an MLK Day
    speech critical of the institution.On Jan. 21, Harris-Perry, who has been the Maya Angelou
    Presidential Chair
  • Carolina students warn against returning Silent Sam and punishing antiracists

    As the UNC Board of Governors awaits recommendations from a
    task force on the final disposition of the Confederate monument known as Silent
    Sam, the system’s new interim president says he does not personally favor
    returning the statue to its former location on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.“Although I was not a supporter of the way the monument was
    taken down in August, my personal position is we should not be putting the monument
    back on McCorkle Place,” interim President Bill
  • #PLTS: Marie Kondo

    Marie Kondo might be the most famous Japanese person since Mr. Miyagi. Her 2011 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been published in more than 30 countries and she was listed as one of Time’s “100 most influential people” in 2015, a year after the book hit shelves in the US.Now, Kondo finds new fame after her binge-worthy super-hit of a show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” hit Netflix at the beginning of the year. Since then, her methods of organizing,
  • No pain, no gain: Kinky fitness comes to High Point

    Octavia Harris pumped her legs up and down into the squats, trying to move to the beat of the music. The blindfold around her eyes challenged her balance while a bright red rope snaked around her torso, binding her chest, shoulders and waist and all the way down between her legs.Nearby, a woman, whose hands were also bound, maintained her balance in a forearm plank while a man practiced kettlebell swings a few feet away. All of them had shown up for the first meeting of Felyne Fetish Fitness, a
  • At FringeFest, Starbright casts trauma against the cosmos

    “Cold is the best way to look at the sky,” Grace says to her concerned husband, her gaze lost in the glittering distance. “Everything is clear in the dead of winter.”Cassandra Weston, as Grace, stands behind the 5-foot macramé telescope fixed to a wooden tripod mere feet from the audience at the outset of the Drama Center’s presentation of Starbright, winner of the 2019 New Play Project, in the Stephen D. Hyers Studio Theatre on Jan. 17. Sean David Robinson&r
  • Calling BS: Gaslighting for the MAGA Teens

    I’ve learned the hard way not to sound off before getting all the facts. So, I kept my own counsel after the footage of the MAGA Teens bubbled to the surface of the social-media stream.Oh yeah, I was totally disgusted by these little douchebags from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, particularly the one trying to intimidate Native-American activist and Marine Corps veteran Nathan Phillips with a prep-school smirk. But I waited for context, and sure enough more footage came down t
  • ‘The Same Leaving’ moves through SECCA

    “I use the whole spectrum of the pencils,” Christine Kirouac says. “And I know how to wield them.”The artist scoured every inch of her home for any form of graphite. The search took her back to sets of mechanical and gold wooden pencils from high school, through the full range of hard and soft leads in artist-grade tools.The finished work, The Same Leaving: Three Projects by Christine Kirouac, opened at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem on
  • EDITORIAL: Stealing an election…twice.

    Even the most avid newshounds can be forgiven for losing focus on North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District between Mark Harris and Dan McCready.This is the one that Harris won by 905 votes — in final, unofficial results — before it was revealed that many of his votes came from shady absentee ballots in Bladen and Robeson counties, corralled by the even shadier political operative McCrae Dowless.The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement refused to certify these elec
  • Confederate monument protestors advocate for additional changes

    It was standing room only during the Winston-Salem city
    council room on Tuesday evening.About a dozen community members — many associated with the “Get
    Hate Out of Winston-Salem” movement which supports the removal of the downtown
    Confederate statue — urged council members to take additional steps to promote
    equity in the city.The monument has been ordered
    by both the city and the owner, to be removed by the Daughters of the
    Confederacy by Jan. 31.Aidan McCarthy, a studen
  • Angela Rye: ‘Do you hear the train coming?’

    Political commentator and strategist Angela Rye challenges
    white people to show “true allyship” to reach “common ground” in King Day
    speech.Angela Rye began with a citation of
    the Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1960 text The
    Burning Truth in the South and ended with the Black Panther salute: “All
    power to the people.”The political strategist and
    commentator for CNN and NPR was the keynote speaker for the 19th
    annual King Day celebration on Monday co-hosted by
  • Citizen Green: Classic cars, candy and black pride at MLK parade

    After parking on Bragg Street and
    making a final swipe at my 5-year-old’s runny nose with a length of TP, we make
    our way up to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and survey the scene near the
    culmination of the anticipated parade.We gravitate to the Wilbur Mapp bust
    of King, displaced from a burgeoning strip of South Elm Street by a 9-11
    memorial and relocated to section of the Downtown Greenway in Ole Asheboro
    among monuments to local heroes like Nettie Coad and Dorothy Brown. My daughter
  • Geeksboro no more

    The television screens have been pulled from the northeast wall, where lengths of coaxial cable now dangle down like a row of dead snakes. The pinball machines are gone. And in the big room, the last group of grown men in hoodies and backpacks gather for the final event — a Super Smash Ultimate tournament that, as far as Joe Scott is concerned, can’t end soon enough.These are the final hours of Geeksboro, Scott’s geek palace
    that opened just a few blocks down Lawndale Avenue as

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