Local NASCAR community reflects on tragedy involving Tony Stewart

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Local NASCAR community reflects on tragedy involving Tony Stewart

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Saturday night’s wreck involving Tony Stewart hits home for many drivers in the Triad.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver who was walking on a track during a dirt-track race in upstate New York.

Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died from injuries suffered in the incident, which occurred Saturday night at the Empire Super Sprints series event at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

It’s not unusual for some NASCAR drivers to race on smaller speedways – Stewart raced at 311 Motor Speedway seven years ago.

Everyone agrees that the death of the young driver was a tragedy, but now folks are rethinking race safety.

Mike Fulp owns 311 Motor Speedway in Stokes County. He said he understands that tempers flare during the races, but safety comes first with speeds up to 140 miles per hour.

“Always expect the worse to happen when you…

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Extras needed for ‘The Longest Ride’ this weekend in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you’ve ever wanted to be an extra in a movie, here is your chance. The Longest Ride, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, is being filmed in Winston-Salem this weekend.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you’ve ever wanted to be an extra in a movie, here is your chance.

The Longest Ride, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, is being filmed in Winston-Salem this weekend.

In the movie, a Wake Forest student falls in love with a cowboy. The cowboy is played by Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood.

Folks from the community are encouraged to attend, even if they have not officially registered.

Extras will need to report to the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, address, Winston-Salem, at noon on Friday, Aug. 8. Extras are also needed on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Doors will close after the first 1,000 non-registered volunteers arrive.

Extras should plan to stay all day, until at least 10 p.m.

Not only will you receive movie experience, there will also be free food and raffle prizes.

The raffle prizes include:

Several $500 and $1,000 Visa/Amex gift cards


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Monster Energy FreestyleMx.com Tour presented by Kevin Powell Motor Sports

Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing these superstars in action, up close and personal. Watch as they roar up the ramps and launch their powerful 250cc & 450cc motorcycles into the most amazing aerial stunts ever seen – including the “Superman,” Rock Solids, Multi-Back flips, No-footed Nac-Nacs and the famed back-flip “Kiss of Death” (to name but a few).monstereSuperstar featured riders that may be in attendance, X Games Gold Medalist Matt Buyten, X Games Silver Medalist Dustin Miller, Metal Mulisha riders, X-game Gold Medalists Bryce Hudson and IFMA rider John Distler, along with FMX rider Jeff Griffin will be soaring high and truly risking life and limb with every breathtaking jump.

Watch a short video clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr2gRS0v2Uo

**Note that tickets will be checked at the door.**

August 8, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
NC 27105
Kids $5 Adults $15 VIP $42
Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

P1 VIP $43 – Limited Reserved Seating Closest to the dirt includes pre show meet and greet autograph signing at 6:00pm with world class motocross.

General Admission Adult – $16

General Admission Kids (**10 and under**) – $6

Krazy Kevin Powell Family 4 Pack – $44

Doors Open at 6:30 pm, Show Begins at 7:30 pm

Parking in Gate 5 off of Deacon Blvd

TICKETS Here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0E004CA8EB6A1A0A
Tickets On Sale June 6, 2014

Website: http://wsfairgrounds.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wsfairgrounds

Thank you to Krazy Kevin Powell and Kevin Powell Motorsports for sponsoring this event!

7th Annual Carolina Summer Music Festival kicks off in Winston-Salem

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7th Annual Carolina Summer Music Festival kicks off in Winston-Salem

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The 7th Annual Carolina Summer Music Festival is underway in Winston-Salem.

It offers great music for people of all ages including a Jungle Book event for kids. Tickets start at $6.

For a complete list of show times and other information check out this website: carolinachambersymphony.org/events/category/summer/

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Nicholas Sparks film ‘The Longest Ride’ calls for extras in Winston-Salem

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Nicholas Sparks film ‘The Longest Ride’ calls for extras in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Longest Ride, will be filming in Winston-Salem this month and volunteer extras are needed.

Filming will take place Tuesday, Aug. 5-Saturday, Aug. 9.

The Longest Ride By: Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride By: Nicholas Sparks

Extras will need to report to the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and follow the signs to the Extras parking lot. All Extras working as background for the day will receive a lunch, and snacks throughout the day.

Bull riding scenes will be filmed, so extras will need to wear western gear.

The film, based on the book, follows two love stories: one told through the memories of a 90-year-old man fading in and out of consciousness thinking back on his life with his late wife, and the other a new romance blossoming between a young college student and a handsome bull rider.

Those planning to attend will need to send an email to extrasTLR2@gmail.com with the…

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North Carolina ranks high for states with best food, drink options

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North Carolina ranks 11th for states with best food, drink options.


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North Carolina ranks number 11 in the country for states with the best food and drink options, according to Thrillist.

Thrillist recommended the best “under the radar” restaurants in the United States. They recently released an article ranking every state in the country by its food and drink options.

Asheville was North Carolina’s lead point on the list. The mountain area has more breweries per capita than any city in the country, according to the site. Krispy Kreme, Texas Pete’s and Cheerwine were also created in North Carolina.

California landed the top spot, the state’s 80,000 farms produce half of all U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables.  

The site listed North and South Dakota as the bottom two states. Click here to see how each state ranked.

Sources: Thrillist, WSOC-TV

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Winners Announced for The Best of Winston-Salem 2014


Votes were compiled from a survey distributed to recipients of the Smitty’s Notes e-newsletter listserv, and it was also posted on the SmittysNotes.com Web site from mid-May and during the month of June. Although not a scientific polling, it is a good sampling of the businesses, people and places that you like in Winston-Salem. The voting tabulation for each category had a Winner (clear choice); Runner Up (highest second choice); Honorable Mention (enough votes to get noticed) where applicable and Best Quote (a comment worth noting or one so hilarious that it deserved a mention). In compiling the list, some categories are intentionally not included. Simply, Smitty’s Notes doesn’t tailor or report on certain content and we are not a newsletter for everything in the city. There were also a couple of comments about the length of the survey. To those, I pose the question: Where would you cut categories that mean something to someone else? Trust me. This thing could have been WAY longer.

Click here for the list of winners!

House of Blues-affiliated music venue coming to downtown Greensboro

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House of Blues-affiliated music venue coming to downtown Greensboro! @LindseyEatoNews ✔ This will be the 3rd House of Blues in the Carolina’s.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greater Greensboro Entertainment Group announced Thursday that a House of Blues affiliated music venue will be coming to downtown Greensboro.

The entertainment venue is planned for 117/119 South Elm Street, where Allure is currently located. Wolf Construction is set to  begin construction on Monday.

The venue is affiliated with House of Blues Entertainment and Live Nation.

The name of the venue has not been officially announced, however it will not be named House of Blues.

House of Blues Entertainment will book acts for the venue.

Rocco Scarfone, president of the Greater Greensboro Entertainment Group, said the new venue that will bring a national presence to downtown Greensboro.

The venue will have two seating configurations: 525 fully reserved seats, or 350 reserved seats plus 500 general admission seats, according to the News & Record.

“We’ll never book a Paul McCartney,” Scarfone said. “We’ll fill a great…

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International Bike Show July 12th


Bike show registration is from 9-1, Judging at 1 and Trophies will be given our in their respective categories! See you there!

Our trophies for this weekends International Bike Show arrived today! All bikes of every type is welcomed! Sport Bikes, Cruisers, Custom, Choppers, you name it, bring it! 


Trophies awarded in all categories – Touring (Saddlebags & Windshield), Cruiser, Custom (Paint), Chopper, Sport Bike, and Peoples Choice.

Vendors to include Fox Paint Shop, Indian Larry Motorsports, Ducati of Greensboro, Garwood Custom Cycles, Kendall Johnson Customs, Fulmer Helmets, Superior Insurance and Jason E Taylor – The Litigator.

Entry cost for Bike Show is $5 & 1 Nonperishable Food Item.

All proceeds to go to 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.

Pre-Register by phone @ 336-722-3106 or by E-Mailing Brother Bill @ brobill@smokinharley.com
Congratulations to all of our winners for 2nd International Bike Show:
Russell Zich – Touring – 1999 Goldwing
Sam Miller – Cruiser – 1981 Sturgis
kevin Baldwin – Sport – 2000 Hibusa
Mike Sirianni – Customized – St. Glide
Jake Kearnstock – Chopper – 1962 Sportster
Dustin Rogers – People’s Choice – 2013 Deluxe