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Posted on: July 29, 2021

Are you Prepared?

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Forsyth County Promotes August as Preparedness Month and Urges Residents to Be Aware and Prepared

Forsyth County – With the peak of hurricane season approaching, Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents and bus...

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Posted on: July 29, 2021

Johnnie Taylor and Patrice Toney Appointed Assistant City Managers

City Manager Lee Garrity announced today the appointments of Johnnie Taylor and Patrice Toney as assistant city managers, effective immediately. 

Taylor currently is the director of operations for the city. He will oversee Information Systems, Cen...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 27, 2021

Feedback Needed on Improvements to New Walkertown Road

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The city is in the early stages of a study on how to improve New Walkertown Road (U.S. 311) and is collecting comments on what roadway, signal, pedestrian, bicycle and other improvements should be made. An interactive input map has been posted at www.Impr...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 27, 2021

Feedback Needed on Improvements to New Walkertown Road

Walkertown

The city is in the early stages of a study on how to improve New Walkertown Road (U.S. 311) and is collecting comments on what roadway, signal, pedestrian, bicycle and other improvements should be made. An interactive input map has been posted at www.Impr...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 27, 2021

Feedback Needed on Improvements to New Walkertown Road

Walkertown

The city is in the early stages of a study on how to improve New Walkertown Road (U.S. 311) and is collecting comments on what roadway, signal, pedestrian, bicycle and other improvements should be made. An interactive input map has been posted at www.Impr...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 27, 2021

Feedback Needed on Improvements to New Walkertown Road

Walkertown

The city is in the early stages of a study on how to improve New Walkertown Road (U.S. 311) and is collecting comments on what roadway, signal, pedestrian, bicycle and other improvements should be made. An interactive input map has been posted at www.Impr...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 27, 2021

Salem Lake Playground and Boat Ramp Closing for Phase II improvements

The Salem Lake boat ramp, along with the playground and parking lot next to it, will be closed to the public starting Monday, Aug. 2, to allow for construction of the phase II improvements to Salem Lake Park. Construction is estimated to take 10 to 12 mon...

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Posted on: July 26, 2021

Walk of Fame Medallions To Be Unveiled

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City residents are invited to the unveiling ceremony for the 2020 and 2021 additions to the Winston-Salem Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Memorial Walk of Fame at the Benton Convention Center at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 30. The unveiling will be held on t...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 22, 2021

Work On Building To Restrict Traffic On Marshall Street

The block of Marshall Street between Fifth and Fourth streets downtown will be reduced to one lane the week of July 26 to allow a contractor to put a crane in the street to work on a building. The lane reduction will take effect at 9 a.m. Monday, July 26....

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 16, 2021

Instructions for Joining the July 22nd Planning Board Work Session

July 2021 Work Session Instructions

The Planning Board work session starts at 4:30 PM – citizens who wish to view the meeting are encouraged to start logging on to the meeting remotely at 4:00 PM.

To watch the meeting virtually through the Zoom app, login to the meeting by clicking on the fo...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: July 14, 2021

FEMA Emergency Alert System Test in August

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FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this summer.

The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and E...

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Posted on: July 8, 2021

SOAR Program Accepting Applications

The city is accepting applications for its Successful Outcomes After Release (SOAR) program through 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2021.

SOAR is a six-month program that provides gainful employment to returning citizens while supplementing the city's exist...

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Posted on: June 30, 2021

Hurricane Preparedness

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, 2021 and runs through November 30, 2021. Hurricanes are dangerous and can cause major damage because of storm surge, wind damage, and flooding. They can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the At...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

Apply for ERAP Assistance Before the Eviction Moratorium Ends

City and county officials are encouraging eligible residents to apply for financial assistance with overdue rent and utilities bills before the moratorium on evictions expires July 31 and will offer assistance with applications outside of normal ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 25, 2021

Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market Open for the Season

The Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market, at 1551 N. Liberty St.,(Map Link) is now open from 4 to 6 p.m. every first and third Fridays of the month through October 15.

Customers can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and a variety of other products. The ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 24, 2021

Citizen Fingerprinting Services Will Resume on July 1

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Effective 07/01/2021 Fingerprinting services will resume to the public by appointment only.  Please refer to the Citizen Fingerprinting page on the website for details to schedule your appointment.

  • When: Every Thursday (except holidays) appointmen...
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Police Department
Posted on: June 23, 2021

Rent & Utilities Assistance Application Lab Now Open Monday- Friday

Low-income residents who are behind on their rent or utilities because of the pandemic can get help applying for assistance Monday through Friday at the new ERAP Application Lab at Forsyth County Department of Social Services, 741 Highland Ave., Winston-S...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Policy Recommendations Presented to Address Housing Needs

Creating an affordable housing trust fund, changing zoning law to allow more flexible housing options, establishing a land bank to counter gentrification pressures and developing an eviction prevention plan are among the new policy recommendations in a re...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 15, 2021

African American Heritage Initiative Offering Virtual Orientation Starting on Juneteenth

In conjunction with Juneteenth, the city’s African American Heritage Initiative Committee is posting this Saturday an online “virtual orientation” to better assist city residents who want to become involved with the initiativ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 14, 2021

WePLAY Movies in the Park Series Returns June 19!!!

City residents can again enjoy free, family-friendly movies this summer at local parks, starting with a free showing of “Tom & Jerry” on Saturday, June 19, at Jamison Park, 285 Meadowlark Drive. (Park Weblink)  A ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Police Accepting Applications for Youth Citizens’ Police Academy!

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The Winston-Salem Police Department is now accepting applications online for the Youth Citizens’ Police Academy. This program is being offered to rising and current high school students who are interested in learning about the Winston-Salem Police Departm...

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Police Department
Posted on: June 4, 2021

City Receives First Half of Federal Coronavirus Relief

City officials are in the process of determining how the City Council may spend $51.7 million in federal pandemic relief money, but they do not expect to make a final determination until the U.S. Treasury Department publishes the final rules later this su...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 2, 2021

New Curbside Collection Exemption Requirements Take Effect July 1

Letters have been mailed to city households that currently are exempt from curbside garbage collection to ensure they are aware of new exemption requirements that take effect next month.

As of July 1, the city will stop providing backyard garbage collectio...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 2, 2021

New Curbside Collection Exemption Requirements Take Effect July 1

Letters have been mailed to city households that currently are exempt from curbside garbage collection to ensure they are aware of new exemption requirements that take effect next month.

As of July 1, the city will stop providing backyard garbage collectio...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 27, 2021

$530.9 Million Budget Proposed for 2021-2022

 After a year of austerity driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, a rebound in city revenues would allow the city to return in large part to “business as usual” under the proposed $530.9 million budget for 2021-22 that City Manager ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 24, 2021

City Pools Opening Memorial Day Weekend

The city’s summer aquatics program gets underway this weekend when Bolton and Kimberley Park pools open for the Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31. Both pools will be open 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., be closed 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and open 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 14, 2021

Water & Sewer Rates Increase Next Year

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The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission has approved a 3.5 percent increase in water and sewer rates for the next fiscal year budget, which begins July 1, 2021.

Local water and sewer rates have historically ranked second-lowest amongst peer uti...

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Utilities
Posted on: May 13, 2021

Broadband Internet Discounts Available for Low-Income Households

Low-income households may be able to receive a temporary discount of up to $50 a month on broadband internet service under the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Applications are now being accepted.

Households may also receive $100 to buy a lapto...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Medical Verification To Be Required for Backyard Garbage Collection

Starting July 1, the city will stop providing backyard garbage collection to any household that has not submitted a letter from a medical provider verifying that no one in the house is capable of rolling a garbage cart to the curb.

The letter will have to ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: April 23, 2021

WSFC Utilities Ranks Tops in Nation for Water Quality

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A recent study has ranked Winston-Salem’s drinking water as one of the best in the nation. 2021’s Best Cities for Water Quality ranked our water quality second overall among the 200 largest cities throughout the country based on seven ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

Drink Up! Our Local Tap Water Surpasses Federal Requirements

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For more than twenty years, drinking water in Forsyth County has met or surpassed all water quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency. That excellent record continues today with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities 2020 Wa...

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Water Quality Reports Utilities
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Yard-Cart Sticker Renewal Cost Discounted for 2021-22

City residents renewing their annual sticker for yard-cart service next year will receive a $5 discount on the cost to reflect the four weeks during the 2020-21 service year when yard cart collections were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For these...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Winston-Salem Portrait Project To Be Virtually Unveiled April 10

The Winston-Salem Portrait Project, a new installation of public art commissioned by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission that comprises a sculpture downtown in Winston Square Park, eight murals throughout the city and a pop-up participa...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: April 5, 2021

River Otter Mural Wins National Championship

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A river otter mural on a water tank in Winston-Salem has won the 2021 Knope National Championship, a March Madness-style competition for municipal water facilities hosted online by Engaging Local Government Leaders.

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utiliti...

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Applications for Emergency Rent and Utilities Assistance Accepted Beginning April 5

Low-income city residents who are behind on their rent or utilities because of the pandemic can apply for financial assistance starting April 5 under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. A link to the application portal will be posted at Forsyth.cc/ER...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

COVID-19 Mortgage, Rent and Utilities Assistance Available

Low-income city residents who are behind on their mortgage, rent or utilities because of the pandemic may be eligible for assistance under the Rent, Utilities and Mortgage Assistance program.  Applications are now being accepted. A link to the ap...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 25, 2021

City Releases Statement on John Mackey Arrest Videos; Posts Them Online

The city has posted online the body camera videos of officers involved with the arrest of John Mackey Jr., on March 2, 2020, at the Liberty Citgo gas station at 1522 N. Liberty St. The city posted the videos after Superior Court Judge Richard Gottlieb gra...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 23, 2021

Draft Pedestrian Plan Posted for Review

Transportation planners have posted the draft of a new masterplan for new sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements in Winston-Salem and want residents to review it and give them feedback.

The draft plan, along with a place to provide comments, is posted...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 18, 2021

Zebra Mussel Alert

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with wildlife agencies across the country, is urging pet and aquarium stores as well as aquarium owners to remove and safely dispose of any moss ball plant designed for aquariums. Invasive zebra mussels were d...

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Posted on: March 10, 2021

Community Meeting on Housing, Development Priorities

Community development officials will hold an online community meeting Thursday, March 18, to solicit public input for a consolidated housing and community development plan for 2021-22. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Zoom. To request an invitation t...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 10, 2021

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds To Host ACCHL D2 & D3 Championships

The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex will once again host the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League Championships, March 19-21, 2021. This year’s event will include schools from both Division 2 and Division 3 of the American Collegiate Hockey A...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 5, 2021

City Edition - March 2021

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Read the newest edition of City Edition, plus sign up to receive the next one in your inbox.

Inside this month’s edition:

  • Bulky Item Collection Now Underway
  • Forsyth Creek Week Returns March 20 - 28
  • Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certifica...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Tornado Drill March 10 Highlights Severe Weather Preparedness Week

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NEWS RELEASEEmergency ManagementMarch 5, 2021

Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents to participate in the statewide tornado drill at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, to ensure that they are prepared for severe weather that may occur this s...

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ReadyForsyth (Emergency Management)
Posted on: March 3, 2021

Reynolds Drive Closure Postponed

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NEWS RELEASEVegetation ManagementMarch 3, 2021

The planned closure March 4-5 of Reynolds Drive, between Pine Valley Road and the circle at Club Park Road, has been postponed. The closure, to remove a tree at 2802 Reynolds Drive, tentatively will be resched...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Reynolds Drive Closing for Tree Removal

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NEWS RELEASEVegetation ManagementMarch 2, 2021

The 2800 block of Reynolds Drive, between Pine Valley Road and the circle at Club Park Road, is scheduled to be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 4-5, to remove a large...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 25, 2021

City Council Holding Strategic Planning Public Input Session

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NEWS RELEASEPerformance and AccountabilityFeb. 25, 2021 

In advance of their strategic planning workshop in late March, the city’s elected leaders are holding a virtual public input session March 4 to get a better idea of how residents f...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Applicants Sought for Community Appearance Commission

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NEWS RELEASECity ClerkFebruary 25, 2021

Mayor Pro Tempore Denise D. Adams is accepting applications from citizens interested in filling two vacancies on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Community Appearance Commission.

One vacancy must be filled by a person...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 22, 2021

City Holding Small Business Plan Competition; Information Meeting Scheduled

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of Business Inclusion and AdvancementFeb. 22, 2021

The city is holding its Small Business Plan Competition again in 2021 and will hold an online information meeting Tuesday, March 2, for entrepreneurs interested in participating. The mee...

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Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Bulky Item Collection Begins March 1

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionFeb. 22, 2021

The city’s annual bulky item pick-up begins March 1 and will run through Sept. 3. Collection crews will go through the city street by street, collecting bulky items that garbage crews cannot accept. Fu...

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Sanitation
Posted on: February 19, 2021

WSPD Honorees for Public Safety Black History Month Celebration

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The Winston-Salem Police Department will be honoring the following two retirees during the virtual 2021 Public Safety Black History Month Celebration on Sunday, February 21 at 6 p.m.:

Louis Sanders, Retired Assistant Chief of Police

Louis Sanders is a nativ...

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Posted on: February 18, 2021

Sanitation Collections Make-Up Plan

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionFeb. 18, 2021

Sanitation crews will make-up missed Thursday garbage and yard-waste collections on Friday. Residents with Friday garbage collection will have their garbage picked up on Monday. Thursday recycling routes will be...

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Sanitation
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Contingency Plan for Sanitation Collections

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionFeb. 17, 2021

City residents who have garbage, yard-waste or recycling collections Thursday should roll out their carts as usual. Officials will assess road conditions in the morning and determine if collections will proceed....

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Sanitation
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Public Safety Virtual Black History Month Celebration Showing Feb. 21 on WSTV

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionFeb. 17, 2021

The Police and Fire departments will honor select retirees during the virtual Public Safety Black History Month Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.  The program can be watched on WSTV Digital Media...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Information Session on Upcoming City Capital Projects

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NEWS RELEASEBusiness Inclusion & AdvancementFeb. 16, 2021

The city’s M/WBE program and the Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement are holding a virtual information meeting Thursday, Feb. 25, to brief prime contractors and minority- and ...

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Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: February 9, 2021

City Sponsoring Estimating & Bidding Seminar for M/WBE Businesses

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NEWS RELEASEBusiness Inclusion & AdvancementFeb. 9, 2021

“Estimating & Bidding 101,” a free virtual seminar to help minority- and women-owned businesses understand and improve their bidding and estimating process, will be held o...

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Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Police Awarded Strategies in Policing Innovation Grant and Implement Real Time Crime Center

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The Winston-Salem Police Department was recently awarded $700,000 through a U.S. Department of Justice / Bureau of Justice Assistance grant opportunity.  Eligibility for this competitive, open-bid solicitation included local, state, and federal&a...

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

Leading NC Black Law-Enforcement Officers Marking Black History Month with First-Ever Meeting Feb. 1

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North Carolina’s Leading Black Law-Enforcement Officers Marking Black History Month with First-Ever Meeting Feb. 1

For the first time ever, the top law-enforcement officers for North Carolina’s six largest cities and six largest countie...

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Police Department
Posted on: January 26, 2021

Community Input Needed on Transportation Needs of Elderly, Disabled and Limited-Income Residents

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NEWS RELEASETransportationJan. 26, 2021

City transportation planners are seeking input on the transportation needs?of persons with disabilities, individuals with limited incomes and elderly adults in Winston-Salem and the surrounding area and have posted a...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: January 26, 2021

Information Session Scheduled for New DOT Participation Goals

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NEWS RELEASETransportationJan. 26, 2021 

City DOT officials are holding a virtual meeting Feb. 4 to acquaint local businesses with newly established goals for ensuring that disadvantaged businesses have a fair opportunity to participate in federal...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: January 26, 2021

City Soliciting Voluntary Participation in Survey

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NEWS RELEASEPerformance and AccountabilityJan. 26, 2021 

The city is again giving city residents the opportunity to voluntarily participate in its survey about city government and the services it provides.

The seven-page survey includes general que...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Police Promotions Announced

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NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentJan. 19, 2021

Police Chief Catrina Thompson announced today the promotion of 8 police officers and one non-sworn employee, including the promotion of Lieutenant Edward Branshaw to captain. A promotion ceremony will be held 3 p....

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Police Department
Posted on: January 19, 2021

“Young Dreamers” Honored

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NEWS RELEASEHuman Relations Jan. 19, 2021

The City Council and the Human Relations Commission will honor two city residents as the 2021 recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Young Dreamers Award at the City Council meeting tonight.

The Young Dreamers Awa...

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Human Relations
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Changes in City Operations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing & CommunicationsJan. 14, 2021

City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will not be staffed but non-911 emergency calls will...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Fire Department Consultant’s Report Delivered

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NEWS RELEASECity Manager’s OfficeJan. 11, 2020                                     ...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Special Olympics Holding “Plunge in Place” Fundraising Campaign

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NEWS RELEASERecreation and ParksJan. 8, 2021

Special Olympics Forsyth County wants people to support its athletes by getting cold and wet during the virtual “Plunge in Place” fundraiser, being held this year in lieu of the traditional P...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: January 6, 2021

Fairgrounds Farmers Market Closed Saturday, Jan. 9

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NEWS RELEASEFairgroundsJan. 6, 2021

The Fairgrounds Farmers Market will be closed Saturday, Jan. 9, while a contractor replaces the lights inside the market building. The existing fluorescent lights are being replaced with brighter LED lights that use half...

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Fairgrounds
Posted on: December 29, 2020

Police Fallen Officer Ceremonies to Resume Sunday

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NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentDec. 29, 2020

Wreath-laying ceremonies and posting honor guards on the anniversaries of the deaths of Winston-Salem police officers killed in the line of duty will resume Sunday, Jan. 3, at the Fallen Officer Memorial Wall in f...

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Police Department
Posted on: December 28, 2020

SOAR Program Accepting Applications

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NEWS RELEASEOperationsDec. 28, 2020

The city is accepting applications for its Successful Outcomes After Release (SOAR) program through 11:59 p.m. Jan. 18, 2021.

SOAR is a six-month program that provides gainful employment to returning citizens while supple...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

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NEWS RELEASEVegetation ManagementDec. 28, 2020

The city will collect Christmas trees and put them to good use as mulch for its parks and roadsides.

Residents in single family homes inside the city limits can put their Christmas trees at the curb for pick-up...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 23, 2020

Donate to those in need

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Several area nonprofit agencies are generously providing financial assistance for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities customers with past-due water and sewer bills who have lost jobs due to the pandemic. 

If you’d like to contribute t...

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Utilities
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Applications Being Accepted for Social Justice and Anti-Poverty Initiatives

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NEWS RELEASEBudget and Evaluation OfficeDec. 18, 2020

The city of Winston-Salem is accepting grant applications through Jan. 15 from non-profit organizations for programs that address social justice and anti-poverty initiatives. The City Council recently s...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Rawson Street Closing Monday for Tree Removal

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NEWS RELEASE Vegetation ManagementDec. 18, 2020

The block of Rawson Street between Acadia Avenue and Monmouth Street will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 21-22, to remove a large tree. A detour will be set up. For more inform...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Changes in City Operations for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing & CommunicationsDec. 17, 2020

City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday and Friday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. The following city operations will be affected:

Week of Chri...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 15, 2020

Youth Advisory Council Cosponsoring Free Meals Friday

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NEWS RELEASEHuman RelationsDec. 15, 2020

The Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council is cosponsoring free hot meals that will be available to the public at Rhythm Lounge & Grill from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, during the restaurant’s Hung...

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Human Relations
Posted on: December 10, 2020

City Edition - December 2020

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Read the newest edition of City Edition, plus sign up to receive the next one in your inbox.

Inside this month’s edition:

  • City Conducting Resident Satisfaction Survey
  • Joines Authorizes Enforcement of Cooper’s Emergency Orders
  • Most of Winst...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 7, 2020

Prepare Now for Winter Weather

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NEWS RELEASEEmergency ManagementDec. 7, 2020

State and local officials are encouraging North Carolinians to plan and prepare now for winter storms, during Winter Weather Preparedness Week, Dec. 6 - 12.

August Vernon, the director of Winston-Salem/Forsyth Co...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 3, 2020

Southwest Ward Holding Drive-Through “Hail & Farewell” Saturday for Mundy, Besse

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NEWS RELEASESouthwest WardDec. 3, 2020

Southwest Ward residents can meet incoming Southwest Ward Council Member Kevin Mundy and thank outgoing Council Member Dan Besse for his 19 years of service on the City Council at any of three “hail & fa...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Police & Fire Departments Accepting Toys Wednesday - Friday

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NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentNov. 30, 2020

Residents who wish to help local children have a brighter Christmas can donate toys during the “Pack the Patrol Car” and “Fill the Fire Truck” toy drive this week, sponsored...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 1, 2020

City To Hold Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration Saturday

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsDec. 1, 2020

This year’s Christmas Tree Lighting celebration will be held virtually and livestreamed over the city’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/winstonsalemcitygov) and Facebook page (City ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 25, 2020

Joines Authorizes Enforcement of Cooper’s Emergency Orders

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorNov. 25, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines has ordered that within the city limits, “individuals and all offices, organizations and businesses” comply with Gov. Roy Cooper’s emergency orders pertaining to ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Changes in City Operations for Thanksgiving Holiday

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing & CommunicationsNov. 19, 2020

City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The following city operations will be affected:

During Thanksgiving week, garbage collections for Tuesday ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Nominations Sought for Young Dreamers Awards

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NEWS RELEASEHuman RelationsNov. 16, 2020

The Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Young Dreamers Awards. Nominations are open to the public and must be received by Dec. 16, 2020.

The Young Dreamers Awards h...

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Human Relations
Posted on: November 16, 2020

City Conducting Resident Satisfaction Survey

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NEWS RELEASEPerformance and AccountabilityNov. 16, 2020 

The city is again sending surveys to city residents to get a statistically valid snapshot of how Winston-Salem residents feel about city government and the services it provides.

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 15, 2020

Video of News Conference on Hartford Street Incident Posted Online

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsNov. 15, 2020

A video has been posted on the city’s YouTube channel of Police Chief Catrina Thompson’s news conference today regarding the incident Nov. 8 on Hartford Street in which police intera...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 15, 2020

Mayor Joines Issues Statement on Hartford Street Incident

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorNov. 15, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines today released the following statement regarding the incident on Hartford Street Nov. 8 in which police interacted with five teenagers while investigating a report of a house break-in:

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 13, 2020

North Stratford Road Closing Tuesday at Five Points for Tree Removal

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NEWS RELEASEVegetation ManagementNov. 13, 2020

The block of North Stratford Road between Country Club and Warwick roads, adjacent to the Five Points intersection with First and Miller streets, will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 13, 2020

City Requesting Proposals for Restaurant in Union Station

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NEWS RELEASEReal EstateNov. 13, 2020

The city today sent out a request for proposals for opening a full-service restaurant in the restored Union Station, at 300 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Proposals are due by Dec. 31.

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 9, 2020

North Stratford Road Tree Removal Postponed

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NEWS RELEASEVegetation ManagementNov. 9, 2020

Plans have been postponed to close a block of North Stratford Road all day Tuesday, Nov. 10, to remove a large tree. Removing the tree will require temporarily relocating some power lines in the work area, howe...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 6, 2020

2020 Community Appearance Awards Program To Livestream Nov. 13

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NEWS RELEASECommunity Appearance CommissionNov. 6, 2020

The 2020 Community Appearance Awards Program will be held as a virtual event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards program will be streamed live at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, on the city&am...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Changes in City Operations for Veterans Day Holiday

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing & CommunicationsNov. 6, 2020

City offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, for the Veterans Day holiday. The following city operations will be affected:

Garbage collections the week of Nov. 9 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday wil...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 6, 2020

North Stratford Road Closing Tuesday at Five Points for Tree Removal

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NEWS RELEASEVegetation ManagementNov. 6, 2020

The block of North Stratford Road between Country Club and Warwick roads, adjacent to the Five Points intersection with First and Miller streets, will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday,...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 4, 2020

First & Second Streets Conversion Project to Begin Next Week

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NEWS RELEASETransportation DepartmentNov. 4, 2020 

Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 9, on the curb improvements required as part of the conversion of First and Second streets downtown to two-way traffic.

Curb work will begin along th...

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Transportation
Posted on: November 4, 2020

Most of Winston Lake Park Closing for Phase 2 Improvements

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NEWS RELEASEEngineering DivisionNov. 4, 2020

Winston Lake, the surrounding shoreline, the fishing pier and the parking lot and shelter by the pier will be closed starting Monday, Nov. 9, for construction of the Phase 2 improvements to Winston Lake Park. Pi...

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Engineering
Posted on: November 3, 2020

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

New Director Named for Historic Bethabara Park

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NEWS RELEASERecreation & ParksOct. 30, 2020

The city has hired Frank Brown as the director of Historic Bethabara Park. Brown, who started earlier this month, previously worked for an architecture firm in Houston that specializes in traditional architec...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 28, 2020

Second Street Lane Closures Scheduled for Friday through Sunday

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NEWS RELEASETransportationOct. 29, 2020

Second Street, between First Street and Brookstown Avenue, will be reduced to one lane during work hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, to allow a contractor to remove a crane from a constructio...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Volunteers Sought to Plant Community Garden

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NEWS RELEASECommunity AssistanceOct. 27, 2020

Volunteers are needed to help plant a new community garden Saturday at Helen Nichols Park to honor the memory of Earline Parmon. Anyone age 5 and up is welcome to come between 9 a.m. and noon to help plant frui...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Virtual Symposium Scheduled for Immigrant & Refugee Agencies

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NEWS RELEASEHuman RelationsOct. 27, 2020

The Human Relations Department is co-sponsoring a virtual Newcomers Symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for organizations throughout North Carolina that assist immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in some capacity, in...

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Human Relations
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 2

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionOct. 27, 2020

City crews will start collecting leaves on Monday, Nov. 2, in the southwest quadrant of the city (quadrant 2), which is the area south of U.S. 421 and west of U.S. 52.

Collection will proceed clockwise by quadra...

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Sanitation
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Virtual Forum Scheduled for Downtown Services Contract Renewal

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of Budget and EvaluationOct. 27, 2020

The contract for services within the downtown Business Improvement District is up for renewal and the city is holding an online public input meeting Thursday, Nov. 5, to solicit questions and comment...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Public Safety Drive-Through Fall Festival Coming Oct. 31

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NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentOct. 26, 2020

The Winston-Salem Police Department is partnering with the Winston-Salem Police Foundation and Galilee Missionary Baptist Church to hold a free candy giveaway during a Public Safety Drive-Through Fall Festival, fr...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Veterans Day Parade Canceled

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NEWS RELEASECity Manager’s OfficeOct. 23, 2020

The annual Veterans Day Parade will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the state’s Phase 3 guidelines, outdoor mass gatherings remain limited to no more than 50 peopl...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 21, 2020

City Edition - October 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • On-Street Parking Enforcement Back in Effect
  • Public Safety Agencies Holding Drive-Through “Trunk or Treat”...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Benton Convention Center Reopens with Cleanliness & Distancing Measures

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NEWS RELEASECity Manager’s OfficeOct. 20, 2020

The Benton Convention Center is again open and hosting events and the staff has put in place a wide variety of measures to protect the health of attendees and event staff.

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Public Input Needed for Transportation Improvements

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NEWS RELEASETransportation DivisionOct. 20, 2020

Local transportation planners are soliciting public input on what transportation improvements are needed in Winston-Salem and the surrounding area. They also want input on their plan for dealing with traffic...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 15, 2020

City Offering Business Training Program; Class Registration Open

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of Business Inclusion and AdvancementOct. 15, 2020

The city’s Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement is again offering a free nine-week business training course for people interested in starting a small business or who re...

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Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Roots Day Canceled

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NEWS RELEASECommunity Appearance CommissionOct. 6, 2020

The Community Appearance Commission, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, and the Winston-Salem Vegetation Management Department will not hold the annual Community Roots Day this year to avoid endangering th...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Carolina Classic Fair’s Drive Thru Drew Thousands

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NEWS RELEASE FairgroundsOct. 6, 2020

The Carolina Classic Fair’s COVID-19-driven alternative, the Drive Thru, drew more than 10,000 visitors during its four-day run and provided a welcome boost to the Salvation Army and Crisis Control Ministries ...

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Fairgrounds
Posted on: October 2, 2020

Mayor Joines Urges Residents to Follow COVID-19 Safety Guidelines This Halloween

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorOct. 2, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines is urging residents to start planning now on ways to protect themselves and others this Halloween. State guidelines for safe Halloween parties and trick-or-treating offer options.

“The...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: September 30, 2020

Winston-Salem Selected to Study Barriers for Postsecondary Students

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NEWS RELEASEHuman RelationsSept. 30, 2020

The city of Winston-Salem has been selected to participate in a new initiative organized by the National League of Cities aimed at removing barriers to housing, transportation and other basic needs that can prevent...

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Human Relations
Posted on: September 29, 2020

On-Street Parking Enforcement Resumes Oct. 5

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NEWS RELEASETransportationSept. 29, 2020

The city will resume enforcing on-street parking limits downtown effective Monday, Oct. 5. Parking meters or pay stations must be used if present, and time limits for both metered and unmetered spaces will be enforc...

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Transportation
Posted on: September 28, 2020

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Drive Thru, Presented by the Carolina Classic Fair

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NEWS RELEASEFairgroundsSept. 28, 2020

The Drive Thru, presented by the Carolina Classic Fair, will be held Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 1 – 4 to provide fair fans an opportunity to enjoy their favorite fair food, support local charities and part...

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Fairgrounds
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Inside Operations Newsletter

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Inside Operations - September 2020

Read the newest edition of Inside Operations, plus sign up to receive the next one in your inbox.Inside this edition:

  • We're thinking orange, are you?
  • You can protect water quality!
  • Leaf Collection begins November 2,...
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Sustainability
Posted on: September 23, 2020

High Schools to Hold Virtual Race Relations Forum

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NEWS RELEASEHuman RelationsSept. 23, 2020

Students from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high schools will discuss their perspectives on race relations during the annual Student Race Relations Forum, to be held virtually Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. and strea...

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Human Relations
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Police Promotions Announced

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NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentSept. 21, 2020

Police Chief Catrina Thompson announced today the promotion of 18 police officers and five non-sworn employees, including the promotion of Lieutenant Jose E. Gomez to captain. A promotion ceremony will be held 2 ...

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Police Department
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Broad Street Closing Monday for Asphalt Repair

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NEWS RELEASETransportationSept. 18, 2020

Broad Street, between First and Second streets, will be reduced to one northbound lane from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, to repair the asphalt road surface. Both southbound lanes will be closed and a detour se...

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Transportation
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Get a Taste of the Carolina Classic Fair During the Drive Thru, Oct. 1-4

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NEWS RELEASEFairgroundsSept. 16, 2020

Although the Carolina Classic Fair has been canceled this year due to the pandemic, fair fans can still indulge in their favorite fair food, support local charities and enjoy a drive–through “ride&a...

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Fairgrounds
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Marquis Barnett Appointed Human Resources Director

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the City ManagerSept. 14, 2020

City Manager Lee Garrity today announced the appointment of Marquis H. Barnett as the city’s human resources director. Barnett succeeds Carmen Caruth, who retired at the end of May. He will ass...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: September 8, 2020

2020 Flower Bed Winners Announced

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NEWS RELEASEKeep Winston-Salem BeautifulSept. 8, 2020

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful and the Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have announced the winners of the 2020 Annual Flower Bed Program, which beautifies the city through the effor...

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Sustainability
Posted on: August 26, 2020

Main Street Closing Saturday for Crane Work

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NEWS RELEASETransportationAugust 26, 2020

Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets will be closed Saturday, Aug. 29, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A crane will be positioned in the street to lift equipment to the top of the Cardinal Hotel. A detour will ...

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Transportation
Posted on: August 26, 2020

Review and Community Forum Scheduled on Police Budget

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NEWS RELEASECity ClerkAugust 26, 2020

The Community Development, Housing and General Government Committee of the City Council is holding a virtual special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, to give residents an opportunity to ask questions or comment on th...

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City Council
Posted on: August 20, 2020

Draft of Transportation Plan Updates Posted; Virtual Review Sessions Scheduled

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NEWS RELEASETransportationAugust 20, 2020

A draft of the updated plan for improving our transportation system over the coming 25 years is posted online. Five virtual review sessions have been scheduled to allow the public to provide feedback before the pla...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Commonwealth Drive Closing for Drainage Improvements

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NEWS RELEASEStormwater DivisionAug. 19, 2020

The section of Commonwealth Drive between Letchworth Place and Rushland Drive will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, Aug. 24, to replace stormdrain pipes that pass under the street. The closure is sc...

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Field Operations
Posted on: August 17, 2020

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certification Web Training Being Offered

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NEWS RELEASEBusiness Inclusion & AdvancementAug. 17, 2020

Minority- and women-owned businesses can receive assistance in getting certified as historically underutilized businesses with the state of North Carolina through web-based training that will be...

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Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: August 14, 2020

African American Heritage Initiative Accepting Submissions

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NEWS RELEASEHuman RelationsAug. 14, 2020

The city’s African American Heritage Initiative has created an online archive to capture the memories and recollections of African Americans who lived in Winston-Salem through the years of segregation and ...

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Human Relations
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Police to Hold School Supplies Giveaway

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NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentAug. 13, 2020

The Winston-Salem Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Foundation are sponsoring a school supplies giveaways at five locations Friday, Aug. 14, to help children in the community prepare for the coming sc...

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Police Department
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Mayor Pro Tempore Adams Issues Statement on John Neville

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NEWS RELEASEMayor Pro TemporeAug. 6, 2020

Mayor Pro Tempore and North Ward Council Member Denise D. Adams released the following statement regarding John Neville’s death:

“John Neville’s life mattered. John Neville should be al...

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City Council
Posted on: August 5, 2020

New Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market Accepting SNAP EBT Cards

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NEWS RELEASEOperationsAug. 5, 2020

A new farmer’s market on Liberty Street, operated by the Urban Food Policy Council, will soon begin accepting SNAP EBT cards for payment.

The Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market is open from 4  to 6 p.m....

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Poplar Street Closing for Signal Pole Replacement

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NEWS RELEASE TransportationAug. 5, 2020

Poplar Street, between Holly Avenue and 4 1/2 Street, will be closed to through traffic starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, to relocate a traffic signal cabinet and replace the signal pole at the intersection of Four...

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Transportation
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Mayor Joines Issues Statement on Neville Video

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorAug. 5, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines released the following statement regarding the video of John Neville’s death:

“We are living in challenging times and this is a difficult day for our city. The video of Mr. N...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Public Art Commission Seeking Bids to Restore Trade Street “Memory Wall of Peace and Love”

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NEWS RELEASEPlanning and Development ServicesAug. 4, 2020

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission has sent out a request for bids seeking an artist or team of artists to repair and restore the “Memory Wall of Peace and Love&rdq...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 31, 2020

City Edition - August 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • Winston-Salem Cancels the Carolina Classic Fair
  • Fire Department Offering "Virtual" Citizen Fire Academy
  • New Liberty S...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Winston-Salem Cancels the 2020 Carolina Classic Fair

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NEWS RELEASEFairgroundsJuly 28, 2020

Due to the rising trend in positive COVID-19 cases in Forsyth County and the on-going restrictions for mass gatherings statewide, the city of Winston-Salem is canceling the Carolina Classic Fair. The ten-day event had b...

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Fairgrounds
Posted on: July 8, 2020

City Edition - July 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • Old Greensboro Road Bridge Fully Closed
  • Virtual Workshops Scheduled for Pedestrian Plan
  • Community Meal Program Continues With N...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Winston-Salem Wins Four Telly Awards

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsJune 5, 2020

A WSTV profile of Police Capt. Rick Newnum and a public service announcement for social medial about holiday collection changes were honored during the 2020 Telly Awards.

“Behind the Badge &...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City Edition - June 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • $470.6 Million Budget Proposed for 2020-2021
  • Brush Collection, Code Enforcement, Yard-Waste Fee Collection Resume
  • Phase 2 Chang...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Upcoming City Bond Issue Earns Highest Possible Credit Ratings

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NEWS RELEASEFinancial Management ServicesMay 29, 2020

All three credit rating agencies have assigned AAA ratings – their highest possible ratings -- to the $89 million in general obligation bonds the city is scheduled to sell in June. The high ra...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 21, 2020

$470.6 Million Budget Proposed for 2020-2021

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NEWS RELEASEBudget and Evaluation OfficeMay 21, 2020

City services to residents would remain at current levels, but the city would implement a variety of belt-tightening measures to close a $13.4 million shortfall driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, under the...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Mayor Joines’ Statement on the Death of Larry Womble

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorMay 15, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines today released the following statement on the death of former board of alderman and state representative Larry Womble:

"On behalf of the citizens of Winston-Salem, I extend my deepest sympa...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Mayor Pro Tempore Burke to Lie in State in City Hall

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorMay 7, 2020 

Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke will lie in state in the lobby of City Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, to allow city residents to pay their respects. The casket will be closed.

Visitors will ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Statements on the Death of Council Member Burke

Council Member and Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian Burke

Members of the City Council and City Manager Lee Garrity made the following statements today on the death of Council Member Vivian H. Burke:

Council Member Dan Besse: “It was an honor to serve with Mayor Pro Tem Vivian H. Burke on the Winston-Sal...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Mayor Joines’ Statement on Council Member Vivian H. Burke

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorMay 6, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines today released the following statement on the death of Council Member Vivian H. Burke, who died Tuesday evening:

"Council Member Vivian Burke was a remarkable woman who leaves a legacy of ac...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: May 1, 2020

City Edition - May 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • Winston-Salem Wins $30 Million Grant to Transform Cleveland Avenue Homes
  • City Panel Awards 23 COVID-19 Response Fund Grants
  • Joi...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Joines Rescinds Stay-at-Home Order to Align Winston-Salem with State Order

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorApril 29, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines today rescinded his current stay-at-home order and its provisions in order to bring the city under the provisions of the statewide order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper. Cooper’s order is...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 28, 2020

No Wipes in Pipes!

No Wipes in Pipes

Toilet paper shortages have exposed the growing problem of wipes clogging our sewer system. As people run out of toilet tissue they may turn to other products. Unfortunately, “flushable” wipes are falsely labeled and are part of multip...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

City Panel Awards 23 COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

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NEWS RELEASECity Manager’s OfficeApril 27, 2020

Twenty-three local agencies and other non-profit groups were selected to receive grants from the city’s portion of the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County.

The largest single grant, o...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Winston-Salem Wins $30 Million Grant to Transform Cleveland Avenue Homes

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NEWS RELEASECommunity DevelopmentApril 23, 2020

Winston-Salem has been selected to receive a $30 million federal grant to transform the aging Cleveland Avenue Homes public housing neighborhood and the surrounding area under the Choice Neighborhoods Initiat...

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Community Development
Posted on: April 2, 2020

City Edition - April 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • COVID-19 NEWS
    • Stay-at-home Order in Effect
    • Bulky Item Collections Suspended
    • City Allocates 1 Million to Help Economic Victims of...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 12, 2020

Local Governance Study Commission Recommends 10-Member City Council With Two At-Large Seats

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorMarch 12, 2020

The members of Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission voted yesterday to recommend that Winston-Salem change to a 10-member city council, with eight members elected by wards and two elected citywide by...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: March 5, 2020

City Edition - March 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • Bulky Item Collection Begins March 2
  • Information Sessions on Downtown Two-Way Street Conversions 
  • Learn More about Cit...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 17, 2020

City Edition - February 2021

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • City Soliciting Voluntary Participation in Survey
  • Fire Department Consultant’s Report Delivered
  • Virtual Programs Sche...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Workforce Development Internship Program for High School Juniors & Seniors Announced

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorFeb. 13, 2020

As part of the comprehensive program to reduce poverty and promote workforce development and economic mobility, Mayor Allen Joines, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Angela Hairston, Winston-Sa...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: February 7, 2020

City Edition - February 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • City Observing Black History Month
  • Fairgrounds Unveils Logo for Carolina Classic Fair
  • Nominations Sought for Walk of Fame
  • Regist...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Water Pipe Insulation

When temperatures drop, it’s time to protect your water pipes. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities encourages customers to consider how freezing water can damage home plumbing systems. Unprotected pipes can crack or break, resulting in floodi...

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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Fairgrounds Unveils Logo for Carolina Classic Fair

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NEWS RELEASEFairgroundsJan. 17, 2020

The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds today unveiled the logo for the Carolina Classic Fair, to be held Oct. 2-11, 2020.

The logo uses a starburst pattern of light bars arrayed around an outline of North Carolina and the words C...

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Posted on: January 4, 2020

Mayor Joines Statement on Death of Former Council Member Wanda Merschel

NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorJan. 4, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines issued the following statement today upon the death of former City Council Member Wanda Merschel:

"Wanda was a true public servant who loved this city. She leaves a lasting legacy that we w...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: January 3, 2020

City Edition - January 2020

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  • Local Governance Study Commission Holding Public Information/Input Sessions
  • Learn More about City Recreation Opportunities at Open House...
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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Mayor Joines Statement on Lowery Street Shooting

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorDec. 20, 2019

Mayor Allen Joines today released the following statement about the shooting this morning at the Joycelyn V. Johnson Municipal Services Center:

"On behalf of the City Council, I want to express how deeply sa...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 27, 2019

Information Session on Upcoming City Capital Projects

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NEWS RELEASEBusiness Inclusion & AdvancementNov. 27, 2019

The city’s M/WBE Division and the Access Center for Equity & Success are holding an information session and networking opportunity Thursday, Dec. 12, to brief minority- and women-o...

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Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: November 21, 2019

Outstanding Women Leaders Committee Accepting Scholarship Applications

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsNov. 21, 2019

The Outstanding Women Leaders Program Committee is accepting applications for its 2020 Future Outstanding Women Leaders Scholarship, to be awarded next spring. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31....

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 20, 2019

Collection Changes, CityLink Staffing for Thanksgiving Holiday

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionNov. 20, 2019

City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will be open ...

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Sanitation
Posted on: November 19, 2019

Shop for Unique Gifts at the Handcrafted Holiday Showcase this Saturday

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NEWS RELEASEFairgroundsNov. 19, 2019

More than 30 crafters will be offering hand-made, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts on Saturday, Nov. 23, during the Handcrafted Holiday Showcase, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market.

Participating crafters w...

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Fairgrounds
Posted on: November 15, 2019

Winston-Salem Again Ranked as a Top 10 Digital City

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NEWS RELEASEInformation SystemsNov. 15, 2019

For the 18th year in a row Winston-Salem has been ranked as one of the top 10 most technology-savvy cities of its size in America by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute....

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 13, 2019

Historic Marker for Local AKA Sorority Chapter to be Unveiled

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NEWS RELEASEHistoric Resources CommissionNov. 13, 2019

A local historic marker commemorating the Phi Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, on the south side of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 13, 2019

New Initiative Ensures Low-Income High School Graduates Can Attend College

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorNov. 13, 2019

Under a new initiative intended to alter the cycle of poverty, students in low-income households who graduate from any high school in Forsyth County will be able to attend Forsyth Technical Community College fre...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 6, 2019

Local Governance Study Commission Briefed on Other City Councils

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorNov. 6, 2019

During their November meeting yesterday the members of Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission were briefed on how several other cities and towns in North Carolina elect their city officials.

Jim Westmorel...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 6, 2019

Collection Changes for Veterans Day Holiday

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionNov. 6, 2019

City offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, for the Veterans Day holiday. CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will not be staffed but non-911 emergency calls will be forwarded to on-c...

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Sanitation
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Symposium on Gentrification and Related Issues Scheduled for Nov. 6

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NEWS RELEASEHuman RelationsOct. 29, 2019

The Human Relations Department and the New Horizons Fair Housing Committee of the Human Relations Commission are holding a free day-long symposium Wednesday, Nov. 6, on gentrification and the issues it raises for ne...

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Human Relations
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 4

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionOct. 29, 2019

City crews will start collecting leaves on Monday, Nov. 4, in the eastern quadrant of the city (quadrant 1), which is the area roughly east of U.S. 52 and New Walkertown Road.

Collection will proceed clockwise by...

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Sanitation
Posted on: October 23, 2019

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Emmanuel Retirement Village

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsOct. 23, 2019

City residents are invited to join Mayor Allen Joines and members of the City Council at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Emmanuel Retirement Village at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at 1605 Village Meadow Circ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 17, 2019

Winston-Salem Posts Healthy Job Growth

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorOct. 17, 2019

Non-farm employment in the Winston-Salem metropolitan area grew by more than 3.9 percent from August 2017 to August 2019, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, rising to ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 16, 2019

Linda Jackson Barnes Appointed to N.C. Human Relations Commission

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorOct. 16, 2019

Linda Jackson Barnes, the director of Mayor Allen Joines’ office, has been appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to a four-year term on the N.C. Human Relations Commission. Barnes was sworn in Sept. 26.&nbs...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Electric Scooters Returning to Winston-Salem

News Release • Transportation Department • Oct. 9, 2019

Electric scooters are scheduled to reappear in Winston-Salem on Friday, Oct. 11, when Zagster, in partnership with Spin, will put out 100 Spin scooters for public use. A second compa...

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Transportation
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Local Governance Study Commission Briefed on Districting Standards

NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorOct. 2, 2019

During their October meeting yesterday the members of Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission were briefed on constitutional and legal standards for re-drawing council ward lines and for adding at-large s...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Applications Available for City of Winston-Salem University

NEWS RELEASEMarketing & CommunicationsOct. 2, 2019

The city is accepting applications for the next class of City of Winston-Salem University, to be held for 12 weeks starting Jan. 30, 2020. This free program gives citizens a better understanding of cit...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: September 18, 2019

Winston-Salem M/WBE Mixer

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Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: September 18, 2019

Winston-Salem Police Department has joined Neighbors

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We are excited to announce that the Winston-Salem Police Department has joined Neighbors!  While this app will not be monitored by law enforcement 24/7, WSPD can see crime and safety related information posted on the Neighbors app.  So t...

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

WSPD Temporarily Suspends Fallen Officer Ceremonies

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Due to ongoing construction and renovation at the Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center (Winston-Salem Police Headquarters), specifically in the area of the Fallen Officer Memorial Wall, the Winston-Salem Police Department is temporarily suspending its Fal...

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Police Department
Posted on: September 6, 2019

Construction At Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center

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Beginning on Monday, September 9, 2019, the main front (public) entrance to the Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center located at 725 N. Cherry Street will be closed due to renovations. Operations within the building will remain open during this time. Upon ...

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Police Department
Posted on: September 3, 2019

Applicants Sought for Community Appearance Commission

NEWS RELEASECity SecretarySept. 3, 2019

Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke is accepting applications from citizens interested in filling a vacancy on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Community Appearance Commission.

The vacancy must be filled by a person who...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: August 22, 2019

Truliant Steps Up to Support Think Orange Corporate Investment Fund

NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorAugust 22, 2019

Truliant Federal Credit Union is the first entity to make a substantial multi-year pledge to support the city’s Think Orange campaign to combat hunger in Winston-Salem. Truliant’s $25,000 p...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: August 15, 2019

Police Promotions Announced

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NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentAug. 15, 2019

Police Chief Catrina Thompson announced today the promotion of eight police officers and one non-sworn employee, including the promotion of Captain William H. Penn to assistant chief.

Penn has served 21 years in th...

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Police Department
Posted on: August 14, 2019

"Watch for Me" Campaign Commencing with Education, Then Enforcement

NEWS RELEASETransportation DepartmentAugust 14, 2019 

Winston-Salem’s "Watch for Me" campaign to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety will officially begin Wednesday, Aug. 14, with a public-awareness campaign. Stepped-up enfor...

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Transportation
Posted on: August 9, 2019

Council Member Denise D. Adams Statement on Shooting Death of Julius Randolph Sampson

NEWS RELEASECity CouncilAug. 9, 2019

City Council Member Denise D. Adams today released the following statement about the shooting death of Julius R. Sampson Jr. on Aug. 6:

"This week we lost a beloved and valuable member of our community. Julius "...

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City Council
Posted on: August 7, 2019

Mayor Joines Statement on Hanes Mall Shooting

NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorAug. 7, 2019

Mayor Allen Joines today released the following statement about the shooting outside Hanes Mall on Aug. 6:

"On behalf of our entire city, I offer sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Julius Randolph Samps...

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City Council
Posted on: August 6, 2019

Funeral Arrangements for Bill Stuart Announced

NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsAug. 6, 2019

Funeral Arrangements for Bill Stuart Announced; Memorial Book Available for Citizens to Express Their Condolences

The funeral for retired City Manager Bill Stuart will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: August 3, 2019

Bill Stuart Dies; Winston-Salem’s Longest-Serving City Manager

NEWS RELEASECity Manager’s OfficeAug. 3, 2019

Bryce A. "Bill" Stuart, who guided Winston-Salem city government for 26 years as its longest-serving city manager, died this morning of complications from pneumonia. He was 79. 

Stua...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: August 3, 2019

Bond Projects

Check the progress of bond projects voters approved in 2014 and 2018.

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Posted on: August 2, 2019

Citizen Fingerprinting Location Moving September 1

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The services for Citizen Fingerprinting will be moved from the Public Safety Center on 725 N. Cherry St. to the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center located at 1200 N. Patterson Ave. effective September 1, 2019.

Hours will remain th...

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Police Department
Posted on: July 9, 2019

WSFC Utilities Strategic Plan

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On July 8, 2019, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission approved a Strategic Plan covering 2020-2024 for our utilities department. Check out our online version to see our new vision, mission and values statements, plus our goals and the strat...

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant - 2017 Award

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The Central Region of the N.C. Professional Wastewater Operators Committee selected the Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant in Winston Salem for its 2017 Operations & Maintenance Excellence Award.

The award is given annually to a wastewater treat...

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Posted on: January 19, 2019

Police Promotions Announced

NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentJan. 19, 2019

Police Chief Catrina Thompson announced today the promotions of 10 police officers and four non-sworn personnel:

To Sergeant:  Corporal Barry Martin.

To Corporal: Officers Samuel Diamont, James Gordon, Fleu...

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Police Department
Posted on: November 9, 2018

Body Cam Video of Baldwin Arrest Posted On WSPD Website

NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsNov. 9, 2018

The body-camera video that shows the arrest of Rockael Baldwin on Oct. 5 at Hanes Magnet Middle School has been posted on the Police Department’s website. Superior Court Judge Anderson Cromer s...

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Police Department