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Posted on: September 30, 2022

Mayor Declares State of Emergency

Mayor Allen Joines declared a state of emergency at noon Sept. 30 as a precautionary measure in the event that the remnants of Hurricane Ian cause “widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property” in the city.

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Posted on: September 29, 2022

Be Prepared for Severe Weather This Weekend

If the remnants of Hurricane Ian bring heavy rains to the area this weekend, residents should take extra care if driving and be prepared in case they lose power, says August Vernon, the emergency management director for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

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Posted on: September 29, 2022

City Storm Preparations

City crews are clearing stormwater catch basins and CityLink will be staffed around the clock this weekend as the city prepares for the possibility of heavy rains this weekend from the remnants of Hurricane Ian.

As of 6:30 a.m. today, the National Weather ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Big Sweep Postponed to Oct. 8

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful is postponing to Saturday, Oct. 8, its annual Big Sweep cleanup of local waterways due to the threat of heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ian. Big Sweep had been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1.

Big Sweep coordinator Geo...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Local Historic Preservation Official To Receive Statewide Honor

Michelle McCullough of the Planning and Development Services Department is being awarded the highest professional honor available to a person working in the field of historical preservation in North Carolina.

McCullough, a project planner who supports the ...

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Posted on: September 23, 2022

City Offering Business Training Program; Class Registration Open

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 recently started one. However, to keep participants safe this year the ...

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Posted on: September 23, 2022

City Announces Executive Search for Next Police Chief

The city has retained Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc. to conduct a nationwide recruiting search for Winston-Salem’s next police chief. Police Chief Catrina Thompson announced in late July that she will be retiring in December.

Raftelis has co...

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Posted on: September 22, 2022

Nominations Open for Community Appearance Awards

The Community Appearance Commission of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is seeking nominations for the 2023 Community Appearance Awards.

Nominations can be made for projects, places, individuals, or organizations in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County that co...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Work on Nissen Building To Close Cherry Street

The block of Cherry Street between Third and Fourth streets downtown will be closed this weekend to bring in a crane to perform work on the roof of the Nissen Building. The closure will take effect at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and is scheduled to remain in...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Virtual M/WBE Compliance Seminar Being Offered

The city’s Office of Business Inclusion & Advancement is holding a virtual seminar Sept. 29 to help businesses understand the guidelines for soliciting participation by minority and women-owned businesses when responding to the city&rsqu...

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Posted on: September 16, 2022

Bowman Gray Track To Be Resurfaced

The top layer of the racing track at Bowman Gray Stadium will be milled and a new surface laid down the week of Sept. 19 to address wear and tear on the track during this summer’s racing season.

The work will be performed under warranty with the ...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Updated Purchasing Administrative Policy, Purchasing & Procedures

We now have an updated Purchasing Administrative Policy, Purchasing & Procedures manual, and Contract Approval Checklist documents available on the Employee WebCenter.  Please refer to these most recent documents and discard older versions yo...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Joines Invited to White House Sept. 22

Mayor Allen Joines and the leaders of 11 other cities and counties in North Carolina have been invited to the White House on Thursday, Sept. 22, to discuss the impact of federal funding on local governments.

Joines said that funding the city has received t...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

“Stock the Food Bank with the East Ward” During September

The East Ward is holding a food drive during September to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and East Ward Council Member Annette Scippio is inviting anyone who “lives in, works in or even drives through” the ...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

September is National Preparedness Month

During National Preparedness Month in September, local emergency management officials are encouraging residents and businesses to review and discuss their emergency plans and update their emergency supply kits.

Advance preparation is the key, says Emergenc...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

Input Sought on Proposed Downtown Winston-Salem Historic District

The Historic Resources Commission is soliciting public comments on a proposal to create a Downtown Winston-Salem Historic District and place it on the National Register of Historic Places. Comments will be accepted when the commission considers the nomina...

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Posted on: August 31, 2022

Utilities Worker Killed in Truck Accident

Russell L. Cutrell, an equipment operator with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, died late Monday night after the sewer wash truck he was driving left the roadway and turned over en route to a service call. He was 59 and had worked for Utilities sin...

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Posted on: August 18, 2022

Bethabara Road Closing for Resurfacing

Bethabara Road, between Indiana Avenue and Bethania Station Road, will be closed to through traffic starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, to resurface portions of the road in Historic Bethabara Park. Work is scheduled to be completed and the street reopened...

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market Hosting Rec & Roll

The Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market will host Rec & Roll, a pop-up recreation program, during this week’s market from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. There also will be a DJ playing music and the Smoke City Cooking food truck, says Moriah G...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

City State of Emergency to Remain in Place

Mayor Allen Joines said today that he intends to keep in place the state of emergency that he declared in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even if Gov. Roy Cooper lifts his state of emergency declaration for North Carolina next week.

“For...

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Posted on: August 11, 2022

Historically Underutilized Business Certification Web Training Being Offered

Minority and women-owned businesses can receive assistance certifying or re-certifying as historically underutilized businesses with the state of North Carolina through web-based training that will be available online Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 10 to 11:30 ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2022

New Winston-Salem Collects App & Online Tool Launched

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The city has launched a new app and online tool that takes the guesswork out of curbside collections, be it garbage, recycling, yard waste, brush or bulky item collection.

The app is called Winston-Salem Collects and is free for Apple and Android. It sends...

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Posted on: August 10, 2022

Adopted Ward Lines Posted

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Information about the new adopted lines for Winston-Salem’s eight wards is posted at CityofWS.org/Wards. The ward lines must be adjusted to account for population changes revealed by the 2020 census.

The proposed ward lines that were presented to...

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Posted on: August 4, 2022

Fourth Street Closing at Trade Street for Sewer Work

The intersection of Fourth and Trade streets downtown will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, to upgrade sewer lines under the intersection. Fourth Street between Cherry and Liberty streets, and Trade Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, wi...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Fairgrounds Farmers Market Seeking Entrants for Saucy Salsa Contest

The Fairgrounds Farmers Market is seeking entrants for its annual “Saucy Salsa” contest at 10 a.m. Aug. 13. Contestants can enter in the Hot or Mild categories. Salsas must be submitted the morning of the contest.

The winners of each ca...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Police Chief Catrina A. Thompson Announces Retirement

Catrina A. Thompson, Winston-Salem’s chief of police since 2017, announced today that she will retire this December, having served the citizens of Winston-Salem for more than 29 years.

"Serving as Winston-Salem’s chief of police is one of the greatest...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Police Chief Catrina A. Thompson Announces Retirement

Catrina A. Thompson, Winston-Salem’s chief of police since 2017, announced today that she will retire this December, having served the citizens of Winston-Salem for more than 29 years.

"Serving as Winston-Salem’s chief of police is...

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Posted on: July 26, 2022

Patterson Avenue To Be Closed for Extended Period Starting August 1

Patterson Avenue To Be Closed for Extended Period Starting August 1

The portion of Patterson Avenue between Northwest Boulevard and North Liberty Street will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, Aug. 1, to remove and replace failing storm drain pi...

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Posted on: July 25, 2022

Fire Department Accepting Applications for Citizens Fire Academy

The Winston-Salem Fire Department is accepting applications for the Citizens Fire Academy, to be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., Aug. 30 – Sept. 22. Dinner will be provided.

The purpose of the Winston-Salem Fire Department Citizens ...

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Posted on: July 11, 2022

Parkland Pool Closed Pending Repairs

Parkland Pool will be closed until further notice pending repairs to a burst pipe for the filtration system. The repair part has been ordered but a delivery date has not been provided. Recreation officials say that the pool could be closed for the rest of...

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Posted on: July 1, 2022

City Taking Steps To Improve Delivery of Services

City officials are placing renewed emphasis on holding city crews accountable for meeting productivity standards as part of a broad effort to improve the delivery of services that have suffered from supply and personnel shortages.

The collection of brush h...

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Posted on: June 24, 2022

Council Adopts New Mechanisms To Promote Affordable Housing

City Council members laid the groundwork Tuesday to more aggressively address Winston-Salem’s affordable housing shortage by adopting an Affordable Housing Program and a Housing Justice Act.

The Affordable Housing Program includes a variety of pr...

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Posted on: June 22, 2022

$627.6 Million Budget Approved for 2022-2023

The City Council on Tuesday approved a $627.6 million budget for 2022-23 that gives police officers and firefighters new pay and career plans to improve retention, funds a new program for 911 calls involving mental illness, and authorizes the city to issu...

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Fairground Fridays Returns for Teens June 24

Fairground Fridays, a free summer youth program organized by Recreation & Parks, is resuming Friday, June 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. with music, dance contests, prizes and giveaways in the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Education Building.

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Fairground Fridays Returns for Teens June 24

Fairground Fridays, a free summer youth program organized by Recreation & Parks, is resuming Friday, June 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. with music, dance contests, prizes and giveaways in the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Education Building.

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

Follow-up Video on Gun Violence Community Meeting Released

As a follow-up to the May 25 community meeting on gun violence, Northeast Ward Council Member Barbara Hanes Burke, Police Chief Catrina Thompson and Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough have released a video announcing that Winston-Salem Police Department and the Fors...

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Posted on: June 7, 2022

Joines Urges Use of Masks Indoors

Mayor Allen Joines released the following statement today urging city residents to take measures to protect themselves from becoming infected by the latest variant of the COVID-19 virus:

“Our community is experiencing a rise in the number of posi...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Soliciting Community Feedback

The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds is asking city residents to complete a short online survey to gather information about the entertainment and events it should host and will hold a public input session in June to collect additional feedback.

The survey has onl...

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

EPA Reassessing Former Dry Cleaner Site

The Environmental Protection Agency informed city and county officials Wednesday that it is seeking permission to collect air samples in some buildings in the Ogburn Station Shopping Center to determine the status of the air quality in them. 

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Posted on: March 25, 2022

Weaver Fire Reimbursement Program Update

As of Friday, March 25, 180 households have received a total of $59,487 in reimbursement through a city program for expenses they incurred due to the evacuation during the fire at the Winston Weaver Co. fertilizer plant on Jan. 31.

The Experiment in Self-R...

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

City Wins Employee Safety Awards From N.C. Department Of Labor

Risk Management - July 1, 2019

City departments and facilities received 32 gold and 11 silver awards in the NC. Department of Labor’s annual safety awards program. The awards recognized city departments or city facilities with 10 or more employee...

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Think Orange Roundtable Leads To New Partnership For Feeding Kids

Business Inclusion and Advancement - June 28, 2019

Thanks to a connection made through the city's Think Orange campaign, 280 children in Winston-Salem are receiving meals during summer weekends through a new partnership between the Forsyth Backpack Program...

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Disparity Study Information Now Online

The City of Winston-Salem is working on a disparity study, led by MGT Consulting Group, to determine if a gap exists between the use and availability of minority- and women-owned businesses in the city's relevant marketplace.

MGT will be studying expenditu...

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Posted on: December 9, 2021

Pine Straw To Be Prohibited Around Combustible Commercial and Multi-Family Buildings

The Winston-Salem City Council has amended the city fire code to prohibit the use of pine straw (pine needles) as a landscaping material within 10 feet of commercial and multi-family residential buildings with combustible exteriors. The council approved t...

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Posted on: January 10, 2022

City Statement on Workers’ Compensation Process

The city of Winston-Salem issued the following statement regarding its workers’ compensation process, and the protocols that it must follow, in response to a recent story in the Winston-Salem Journal regarding Sgt. Michael McDonald:

“In...

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

COVID-19 Compliance Policy Update

On Tuesday January 18, 2022 the City Council of Winston-Salem approved an extension of the prior COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Under the revised policy, employees who have not provided proof of full vaccination status are required to provide proof of a neg...

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Posted on: February 16, 2022

Non-Discrimination Ordinances Now in Effect

Two new non-discrimination ordinances, pertaining to public accommodations and employment, are now in effect in Winston-Salem. The City Council adopted the ordinances last summer and they took effect Jan. 1. They prohibit discrimination on the basis of ag...

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Posted on: February 23, 2022

Tunnel Project To Close Second Street Downtown

The block of Second Street between Church and Chestnut streets will be closed for a prolonged period starting Monday, Feb. 28, to construct an inmate tunnel between the new Forsyth County Courthouse and the Forsyth County Detention Center, and to make sto...

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Posted on: February 28, 2022

Joines Officially Lifts Citywide Mask Requirement Except for City Buildings

Mayor Allen Joines officially rescinded Monday the citywide mask requirement but left it in place for city buildings.

The requirement also remains in place for public transportation, including city buses and the Clark Campbell Transportation Center.&nb...

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Posted on: March 7, 2022

Weaver Fire Reimbursement Application Event; Program Details Posted Online

The city and the Experiment in Self Reliance Inc. will accept applications for Weaver fire reimbursements from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Fairgrounds Home & Garden Building, 421 27th St., Winston-Salem.

Low-income city residents who we...

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