Kids of Childhood Cancer 4th Annual Chili Cook-off




Attention please! Due to the possibility of bad weather moving in to the area this Saturday, we are postponing the 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off for the Kids of Childhood Cancer. We are rescheduling the event for Saturday, March 14th. We apologize if this causes an inconvenience, but we had much rather ere on the side of safety than to take any unnecessary chances. We hope you will still make plans to attend.

Join us for our 4th Annual Chili Cook-off to benefit Kids of Childhood Cancer. Register on-line before the 20th for $20. Register on the day of for $25.

$10 to Taste and Vote.

Team voted “Best Chili” from the People’s Choice on the day of our event wins money! Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place!

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Click here to Sign-up you team today!

Pictures from last years event click here



Arrest Elsa! Cops seek comic relief from bitter cold

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HARLAN CITY, Ky. — Know who’s to blame for this nasty, bone-chilling cold? Elsa!

That no-good Queen of Arrendale, with her “cold never bothered me anyway” mantra.

Well, it bothers the cops in Harlan City, Kentucky.

And they’ve put out an all points bulletin to arrest the Snow Queen from “Frozen.”

“Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song ‘Let it Go!'” the suspect description read.

To be sure, the cops had their tongues firmly planted in their cheek. It’s a way, they say, to draw attention to something that’s no laughing matter.

This miserable cold has turned downright deadly in some cases. Ten people have died in this cold snap in Tennessee — five of them of hypothermia.

“As a reminder, do take the precautions you need to keep you, your friends, family, neighbors and pets safe during…

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In the beginning there was Thruway…

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In the beginning there was Thruway…

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Like most things, shopping centers and malls are nothing new. In ancient Greece, every city had an open space near the center known as the agora where merchants could display and sell their wares. About 2,000 years ago, the Roman Emperor Trajan built a shopping center in his forum. It was semicircular and multilevel, with vaulted ceilings and contained bars and restaurants as well as shops.


Trajan’s market center

In 1907, a group of Baltimore merchants took a step toward the modern shopping center when they established a common off-street free parking area for their customers. The first suburban shopping center in the US, Country Club Plaza, was established by J.C. Nichols in Kansas City in 1922. But by the end of World War II, there were still no suburban centers in North Carolina.


The Messick family was involved in the grocery business…

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RESTAURANT WEEK: Feb. 15 – 21, 2015


Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership has announced their inaugural Restaurant Week 2015 will start on Sunday February 15 and end on Saturday February 21. Restaurant Week 2015 will feature a prix fixe menu for $20 and/or $30 from around 20 downtown restaurants.  “Downtown dining offers something for everyone” said Jason Thiel, President, DWSP, “and there is no better way to experience all the variety downtown dining has to offer.”

“Restaurant week is a way to showcase downtown Winston-Salem and how the food scene here is up-and-coming. For chefs, the opportunity to create something unique using fresh and local products is a challenge and a way to highlight their abilities and the resources for restaurants that exist right here in town,” according to Will Kingery, owner of King’s Crab Shack and Willow’s Bistro.

Greg Richardson, owner at Hutch and Harris, stated, “We are very excited to be part of this. The Big Eat has been very successful and this looks to be another exciting chance to bring folks downtown.”

Participating restaurants include:

6th & Vine, Augustine’s Bistro, Bayberry Bistro, Bernardin’s, Bib’s Downtown, Black Mountain Chocolate, Camino Bakery, Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant, District Rooftop Bar & Grille, Downtown Thai & sushi, Foothill’s Brewing, Graze, Hutch & Harris, Jeffrey Adams on fourth, Kabobs on Fourth, King’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar, Mellow Mushroom, Meridian, Mooney’s Mediterranean Cafe’, Mozelle’s, Mission Pizza, Old Fourth Street Filling Station, Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, Twin City Hive, Wen Hwa Asion Fusion Cuisine, West End Coffee House, and Willow’s Bistro.

You can learn more about this event and more of the amazing dining, shopping, and entertainment offerings downtown from the DWSP HERE.

Dinner Only
Please check with restaurant for Hours of Operation*
Restaurants may not be open on specific days and at specific hours

If you are unable to keep your reservation for any reason, PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND CANCEL as soon as possible to give other diners and the restaurant the opportunity to fill those seats!

Participating Restaurants and Specials are subject to change at any time.


Twin City Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Jamboree Friday, February 6th 2015


For more information click here to visit their website.



Friday, February 6 marks the return of one of my favorite events in the community and one of the best places to get people together over food: the Twin City Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Jamboree! This annual event, which draws hundreds of people, will be held at downtown the Benton Convention Center from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

It’s a great experience for which people have queued up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The appeal of the Jamboree is that it’s one of the few times you might enjoy a down-home meal, family-style, among friends and co-workers-a rarity in the fast-paced world we live in today. The great thing is, you’ll probably run into people you might not have seen all winter and share a little time together.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Twin City Kiwanis Clubs community projects.


Twin City Kiwanis Club Website-

Twin City Kiwanis Club Facebook Website-

Also please remember the following upcoming event


Remember King, NC Rally Saturday February 7th 2015


Here is the complete lineup for the Remember King, NC Rally ~ Hope to see YOU there!

Event Plan:
I. Stage at King American Legion Post 290 between 9:30 am and 10:30 am on 2/7/15 KSU: 10:30 AM (American Legion 446 South Main Street, King, NC 27021)

II. Motorcade departs at 10:30 for 1.22 mile drive/ride to King War Memorial (eta of 10:45)

III. Gather at the Memorial by 10:50 am –for viewing and a prayer for “restoration” 10:50 am-11am

IV. Group proceeds to walk from Memorial Site to Rally Site at the Amphitheater 11:00 am

V. Welcome and Opening Prayer (SCM and local pastor?) National Anthem and presentation of the Colors 11:05 am

VI. 11:10 am Speakers begin


Click here to download printable flyer

Tentative Schedule of Events:
Place: King, NC

Local Motel Information- Bestway Inn of King NC
109 Vesta St
King, North Carolina
Code “February 7th Event” for making Reservation.
$40 per night taxes included

Purpose: To assist the Town of King, NC in restoring their Right to Display both the Christian Flag and the Silhouette Statue of the Soldier kneeling at a Cross/Grave Stone by:

I. Supporting the Stokes County Militia and the citizens of King with a Peaceful Protest Ride and Rally

II. Seeking as much positive publicity as possible through our local and national contacts/speakers

III. Participating in or leading of subsequent events until the fight is won

Event Plan:
I. Stage at King American Legion Post 290 between 9:30 am and 10:30 am on 2/7/15 KSU: 10:30 AM

II. Motorcade departs at 10:30 for 1.22 mile drive/ride to King War Memorial (eta of 10:45)

III. Gather at the Memorial by 10:50 am –for viewing and a prayer for “restoration” 10:50 am-11am

IV. Group proceeds to walk from Memorial Site to Rally Site at the Amphitheater 11:00 am

V. Welcome and Opening Prayer (SCM and local pastor?) National Anthem and presentation of the Colors 11:05 am

VI. 11:10 am Speakers begin

For more information or to Sign-up for event visit there Facebook Event Page-


Winter Jam Tour 2015

Winter Jam Tour 2015 Spectacular

WBFJ welcomes WINTER JAM back to the Triad on February 14th at the Greensboro Coliseum.

He must become greater and greater; I must become less and less. JOHN 3:30 NLTWJ2015

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Winter Jam Website-

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  • Friday, March 6, 2015
  • 6:30pm 8:30pm
  • Blaise Baptist Church 134 Blaise Church Rd Mocksville, NC, 27028United States

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Brad Ratledge Band on iTunes-

Brad Ratledge Band on Reverbnation-

Enter to win tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Extreme!


This contest will only be open for entries until 11:59pm on Thursday, January 29th, 2015.  Five lucky winners will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, January 30th, 2015.  To register for your chance to win, fill out the registration below.  Good luck!

If you would like more information about the event, visit the Greensboro Coliseum’s website at:

Catching up with ‘Tattoo Joe’ — a local legend in Winston-Salem

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Catching up with ‘Tattoo Joe’ a local legend in Winston-Salem.

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By Scott Sexton/The Winston-Salem Journal

The photographer, thoroughly a professional, unpacked his gear slowly. Cameras, lights and a stand, each with a specific job to do, all laid out in the dining room of an apartment complex for senior citizens.

Joe Crosson, also known as “Tattoo Joe.” (The Winston-Salem Journal) Joe Crosson, also known as “Tattoo Joe.” (The Winston-Salem Journal)

One of the residents, a slight, sprite of a man named Joe Crosson, looked on quietly, studying the scene with the measured curiosity of one who had spent his life observing others and learning how to do things on his own. His clothes were nondescript, gray slacks and a long-sleeved plaid shirt buttoned to his chin. And when he first spoke, his voice tended toward the quiet side.

If not for a mane of long, flowing white hair and an unruly beard and mustache that nearly obscured his teeth, he might have gone unnoticed.

Then the photographer pointed…

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