Last Chance for Health Care Enrollment

Thanks to the success of the City Council sponsored ACA enrollment event over the weekend, participating members of Winston-Salem City Council will hold another on March 31.

Council Members Denise Adams, Dan Besse, Molly Leight, Jeff MacIntosh, Derwin Montgomery and James Taylor will be participating in the “Last Chance Monday” event at Forsyth Democratic Headquarters, located at 1128 Burke Street. The last day to enroll for the Affordable Care Act is March 31, so citizens who need help and are not yet enrolled are encouraged to come to the event.

The citizens who attend should bring the following information to ensure a speedy process:

-Social Security Numbers or legal immigrant documentation numbers

-Estimated income information for 2014 (such as a recent pay-stub or W2)

-Employer information, including name and address

If you are unable to attend the event but still need help with the enrollment process, please visit or call 1-800-318-2596.

The Jammin’ Pig BBQ Music Festival


Spring is in the air, and barbeque season is upon us. Get your stomachs ready, Winston-Salem.

On April 11-13, The Winston-Salem fairgrounds will play host to The Jammin’ Pig BBQ Music Festival co-sponsored by Bib’s downtown restaurant.

Bib’s downtown is owned by Mark Little, Robert Moreau and Ricky Seamon (pictured below). It is located at 675 W. Fifth Street. The name “Bib’s” was partially inspired by the idea that customers of the restaurant would have to wear bibs to enjoy the tasty barbeque.


The festival will have more than just barbeque. It will also feature live bands and fair rides for kids.

The barbeque competition is sponsored by the Kansas City Barbeque society, and the winner will receive $10,000.

Possible Streetcar in Winston-Salem


The city of Winston-Salem may be in the process of installing a streetcar route.

City Council members met this week and decided to endorse a plan for a $179 million dollar streetcar route. The route would run from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

Council member Robert Clark was the only council member who opposed the plan, noting that the downtown area may not have the urban population to support a streetcar. Other council members disputed this idea by saying that the streetcar would promote the urban density needed to support it.

Clark also has doubts that the streetcar would be worth the expensive investment.

City Council members mentioned that while the start-up cost of this plan is expensive, federal dollars can be used to help cover it.

While the vote for endorsement was passed, the project is still in its very early stages. The City is required to come up with almost $1.5 million to do testing and studies if they do plan to move forward with the project.

Over the next few months, City administrators will be compiling a list of necessary steps to take for the streetcar project, and it will be presented to the councils.

“God Save the Machine” Art Show Opening


North Carolina artist Ian Bredice proudly stands in front of his art work during the opening of his new exhibit, “God Save the Machine.”

Last week, YES! Weekly featured a story about artist Ian Bredice’s new art show. On Friday, March 21, Bredice revealed his art at Earshot in Winston-Salem.

From 6pm-8pm, refreshments were served to the public as they wandered around the store looking at the new art pieces. His collection, titled “God Save the Machine” is inspired by punk rock. Bredice’s nine-piece collection features various punk-themed robots. At the opening, three of his nine pieces were sold.

The remainder of his collection will remain on display at Earshot through the month of April.





Jacob’s Joy 5k Run/Walk


Jacob’s Joy 5k run/walk was held on Saturday March 22 at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons.

On March 25, 2013, 27-month old Jacob Edwin Kratzer unexpectedly passed away. The cause of his death is unknown, and is now classified under SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood). SUDC is a rare condition that occurs when a healthy child over one-year old dies without warning, and a cause of death is never determined. SUDC is so rare that it only occurs in 1.5 out of 100,000 toddlers.

Tiffany and Russ, Jacob’s parents, hosted the 5k walk/run to bring awareness to SUDC and to honor the memory of their son. The event brought families, old friends and new friends together to celebrate Jacob’s memory. After the walk/run, there was a lunch and activities for the children. All proceeds of the event went to the research of SUDC through the CJ Foundation.


Jacob’s father, Russ (left), counts down the start of the race.






Winston-Salem will have its own distillery


The new retail development project on Trade Street in its early stages. (Photo courtesy of The Business Journal)

An old tobacco warehouse in the arts district in downtown Winston-Salem will be the home of a new retail project.

Big Winston LLC, managed by Winston-Salem native and business developer, Hank Perkins, is leading the retail development project. Perkins’ plan is to redevelop the Big Winston Warehouse at 724 N. Trade Street. The 37,451 square-foot building will house several retail tenants.

According to a building permit filed by LMI Builder’s Inc., the first official tenant of the retail project will be a distillery. This will be the first distillery in Winston-Salem. 


Movement in the Sixth District race

After months of posturing and grassroots efforts, it looks like the media campaign in the race for the Republican nomination in the Sixth Congressional District is kicking off.

First today in the inbox was an email from Greensboro City Councilman Zack Matheny announcing a rally at the NewBridge Bank Park in downtown Greensboro. The campaign event is set for March 29 and features family friendly kids events and free hotdogs. But the political kicker is the news that incumbent Rep. Howard Coble will be in attendance.

“Congressman Coble and I will share a few words with the crowd …,” the message states in part.

Coble is normally coy with his alliances and especially endorsements.

When reached by phone Saturday, Matheny said he did not expect an endorsement.

“What (Coble) is wanting people to know is that this is an important race and he cares about it and he hopes that others will,” Matheny said. “He is raising awareness for Republican candidates and the race as a whole.”

Coble has stated that he is not endorsing anyone in the race, Matheny said, but the councilman expressed his gratitude for the appearance of the veteran congressman who announced his retirement earlier this year.

“I respect Howard tremendously and he’s been a mentor to me for as long as I’ve been around,” Matheny said. “Howard is a friend and a mentor and somebody that I want and strive to be like as a representative. So it means a lot.”

Phil Berger Jr. highlights his conservative credentials in a glossy direct mail piece.

Phil Berger Jr. highlights his conservative credentials in a glossy direct mail piece.

In the physical mailbox was a glossy mailer from Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. Considered to be a front runner with Matheny and grassroots favorite Mark Walker, Berger touts his Christian faith and values that guide him every day. In addition to his faith, Berger highlights his support for Second Amendment rights and “our right to own and carry firearms”, his lifetime membership of the NRA, his 100-percent pro-life stance and opposition to “all federal funding or support for abortions.”

Berger also highlights his leadership in the passage of North Carolina’s Marriage Amendment.

Also of note is Berger’s mention of being a “lifetime North Carolinian”, perhaps a dig at Walker and others who are not natives to the state, which may be a deciding factor for some grassroots voters in such a crowded Republican field.

IMG_20140322_134035_120Interesting as well is a final dig at the Affordable Care Act, with an offer to ship a free “Stop Obamacare Sign” that is a Berger for Congress sign with a “Stop Obamacare” header.

Winston-Salem City Council Members Helping Residents Get Covered

Members of the Winston-Salem City Council are helping residents sign up for insurance under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA).

On Sunday, March 23 from 1pm-5pm, residents seeking insurance coverage are welcome to join the Council members at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center (501 Reynolds Blvd.) to get information on coverage and assist with enrollment. This event is free of charge.

Council Members Denise Adams, Dan Besse, Molly Leight, Jeff MacIntosh, Derwin Montgomery and James Taylor will be helping the public find coverage that suits their needs. There will also be other certified persons in attendance that will help the public get covered. The open enrollment period for ACA coverage ends on March 31.

If you are interested in attending, please bring the following information with you to ensure a fast enrollment process:

-Social Security numbers (or legal immigrant documentation numbers) for all family members to be enrolled.

-Estimated income information for 2014 (such as a recent pay stub or 2013 W-2).

-Employer information (if applicable), including name and address.

If you are unable to attend this event and still need coverage, please visit or call 1-800-318-2596.

Arrest Made in Forsyth County Child Abuse Investigation


The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department arrested 22-year old Edwin Douglas Allen, Walkertown resident, for the abuse of his 5-week old son.

On February 17, the 5-week old infant was brought to the WFU Baptist Medical Center, and authorities were called in because of suspected child abuse. The medical evaluations of the infant determined that he had suffered fractures, bleeding in and around the brain and respiratory distress. The infant is still being treated for injuries, but he is now in the emergency custody of the Department of Social Services. Parental contact is restricted, and long-term effects of the injuries are not known.

The FCSO Investigators conducted their investigation by means of interviews and evidence, and based on their findings, the infant’s father was arrested.

Edwin Douglas Allen charged with two felonious counts of Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. He is incarcerated in the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center under a $1 million secured bond.