Four males jump out of car and rob man standing in street

"Greensboro, NC (July 23, 2014) -- At 1:59 a.m. on July 23, 2014—Police responded to the 2700 block of McArthur Drive in reference to a robbery of individual.  The victim was standing in the street when a champagne colored Chevy Envoy pulled-up and (4) black-males with their faces covered exited the vehicle.  One of the two armed suspects struck the victim with a handgun before taking some property from same.  The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling west on E. Meadowview Road.  The victim was transported by EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

Southern Division Patrol Officers, CID and K9 responded to this incident. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000. '
- A Police Report

Robbers forcibly enter home and demand money

"Greensboro, NC (July 23, 2014) -- At 2:19 a.m. on July 23, 2014—Police responded to 3135 Creek Ridge Road in reference to a robbery from person.  The victims stated two black-males forcibly-entered the residence and demanded money.  Upon being advised by the victims that they had no money, the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction in a metallic-green Honda Accord with chrome rims.  No injuries were reported.

The suspects were described as two black-males in their 20’s, 6’0, medium-build, one with short hair wearing a grey and white striped shirt and the second suspect had medium-length dreadlocks and wearing a dark colored t-shirt.  One of the suspects displayed a handgun.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000."
- A Police Report


Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young,
Dave Matthews and Jack White to headline
Farm Aid 2014 at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

Raleigh, N.C. — Farm Aid announced today that its annual benefit festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., with tickets on sale to the public on Friday, Aug. 1.

“In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we’ll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they’re growing for all of us.”

Farm Aid 2014 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Jack White, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots.

Farm Aid 2014, an all-day music and food festival, will feature a unique lineup of artists and genres and will offer concert-goers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions®. In Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

“There is a fair-like feeling when you go to Farm Aid. All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served,” said Farm Aid board member John Mellencamp. “It’s a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from. We’re proud to bring Farm Aid 2014 to North Carolina for the first time to feature the family farmers whose hard work and innovations are essential for all of us.”

Farm Aid has long collaborated with and supported organizations and organizers in the Southeast who are keeping family farmers on the land and growing the Good Food Movement. Many of the region’s farmers have been served by Farm Aid’s Resource Network and hotline. Over the past 29 years, Farm Aid has made grants of more than $3.6 million in the Southeast region — more than half a million in North Carolina alone — supporting programs that help farmers thrive, grow new markets for farmers and create much-needed change in the food system so that everyone benefits.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2014 will go on sale Friday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets will be available at, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be sold beginning at 12 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 25, at

Farm Aid is teaming up with IfOnly to offer special VIP packages with premium center stage tickets with exclusive backstage access, in addition to signed Gibson guitars. Proceeds from auction items benefit Farm Aid and bidding opens Friday, July 25 at

Farm Aid is partnering with eBay and Auction Cause to offer concertgoers a chance to bid on premier concert experiences and autographed memorabilia beginning Thursday, Aug. 14. For more information, go to

Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the local business community and offers corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at Sponsors include Amy’s Kitchen, Rudi’s Bakery, Horizon Organic, Greener Fields Together, Organic Valley, Chipotle Mexican Grill, PLOTSAVER and EcoScraps.

Concertgoers can enhance their Farm Aid experience with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which will be available in mid-August for iPhone and Android.

For concert updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (, and visit

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
- A Press Release

Arts Splash Concert Featuring Mipso

"Arts Splash continues on Sunday, August 3, at 6:00 p.m. with Mipso playing folk and bluegrass music. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, the three north Carolina songwriters of Mipso bring soul to folk, rock-n-roll to bluegrass, and something funky to Americana. Together they blend the rich acoustic traditions of the Appalachians. Joseph Terrell, guitarist, is the son of Tom and Gaither Terrell of High Point!

This FREE concert will be held at the High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Avenue, High Point. The concert is held in the Historical Park surrounded by three historic buildings and an historically authentic herb garden. The perfect backdrop for a bluegrass concert!

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic dinners. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any of the concert locations. If there is a threat of rain, call 336.889.ARTS after 4:00 p.m. Sunday to get the latest update on the event.

Arts Splash is presented by the High Point Arts Council in partnership with High Point Parks & Recreation and its many sponsors. The Arts Splash concerts are splashed all over town in different locations ensuring that the arts are accessible to everyone in our community. The remaining concerts are:

August 10
Freeport (Jazz)
High Point City Lake Park
602 W. Main Street, Jamestown
Arts Partner: YWCA High Point

August 17
EnVision (R&B & Motown)
Washington Terrace Park
101 Gordon Street, High Point

Arts Partner: High Point Parks & Recreation"
A Press Release


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 23, 2014) Bookmarks announced their author lineup for the 2014 Festival of Books and Authors at a Tenth Anniversary Preface Party and Fundraiser held at Old Salem Visitor Center on Friday, July 18.

The Keynote Opening Night Speaker for the Festival will be James Patterson, who holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. He will speak on Thursday, September 4 at 6 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium at 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. This event will jumpstart the weekend, which will include the tenth Festival on Saturday, September 6 as well as additional opportunities to meet and talk with authors on Friday and Sunday. The Festival will be held in a new location this year: the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and the surrounding area on Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. This year’s list of authors is sure to impress; they have written a cumulative 150 New York Times bestsellers and are winners of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, among many others.

The free Festival on September 6 will feature a Storybook Parade, a Spanish and English Storytime, and a Poetry Corner with Open Mic slots for poets of all ages. Forty authors will give presentations including: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Scott Berg, who will present his new biography on President Woodrow Wilson; Wake Forest University graduates Emily Giffin, who will speak about her sixth bestseller, The One & Only, which has just topped The New York Times bestseller list, and L.M. Elliott,author of several award-winning historical middle grade novels and a Battle of the Books pickInternational bestselling Lev Grossman, author of the fantasy novel, The Magician’s Land, the third in his Magicians trilogy; National Geographic writer Jennifer Holland, author of Unlikely Heroes: 36 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom; Bestselling science writer Sam Kean, author of The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery; Eric Litwin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pete the Cat picture books; Bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes, will speak about her own coming-of-age story, Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir; Author, Musician and Screenwriter, James McBride will present his National Book Award-winning  novel, The Good Lord Bird, about American revolutionary John Brown; Coretta Scott King honor-winning author, G. Neri, who weaves his own diverse ethnicity into his stories about race relations in urban life, will present his new children’s bookHello, I’m Johnny Cash; and Edward Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson and author/illustrator  will present Bad Apple's Perfect Day. Teen authors include, Maggie Stiefvater, author of Sinner, a companion book to the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver trilogy, and Margaret Stohl, co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels and author of Idols, in the Icons Series.

Friday’s ticketed events include an Eat & Greet with Lisa Leake, who will give a program at 10 a.m. at Knollwood Baptist Church about her book 100 Days of Real Food, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown  will participate in an Eat & Greet at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 11:30a.m.In addition, on Friday afternoon from 1-4 p.m., J.A. Jance will host a Workshop for Writers, which will be a chance for attendees to learn from a #1 New York Times bestselling author in an intimate setting. Sunday, September 7 will feature an Eat & Greet with Sandra Gutierrez at Mundo Global Tapas at noon. This event will be in Spanish and English and will feature lunch samplings from Gutierrez’s Latin-infused recipes. These events, in addition to James Patterson’s program, require tickets, which are available through beginning on Monday, July 21 at 10 a.m.

The following is a list of the authors who will appear at the Saturday, September 6 Festival of Books (see attached document for author bios). Fiction authors: Rita Mae Brown, Emily Giffin, Lev Grossman, J.A. Jance, James McBride, Jen McConnel, Mary Alice Monroe, Robert Morgan, Tiphanie Yanique, and Morowa Yejide; Nonfiction writers: Karen Abbott, Scott Berg, James Grymes, Sandra Gutierrez, Jeremy Jones, Sam Kean, Lisa Leake, Frances Mayes, Rick Reilly, and Najla Said; Teen authors: Maggie Steifwater, Margaret Stohl, and Len Vlahos; Family Friendly authors: Megan E. Bryant, Doug Elliott, L.M. Elliott, Edward Hemingway, Jennifer Holland, Eric Litwin, Meg Medina (and teen), Mary Alice Monroe, G. Neri; Poets include: Joseph Bathanti, Terri Kirby Erikson, Terry Kennedy, and Joseph Mills.

Panel discussions will be held on topics such as: Bullying in Fiction; Publishing Today: Digital, Traditional and Indie; Southern Identity in Writing; Adaptations: Transforming Books into New Art; and The Future of the Book. Writing workshops about “Writing Your Own History” and “How to Hook Boys on Books” also will be featured.

Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that engages, inspires, and connects readers with authors. This is achieved through the largest annual free book festival in North Carolina; Triad-based author talks; and the Authors in Schools program, which reaches 5,000 students annually. for a schedule and more information.
- A Press Release

Jenkins, Harlan Join WSSU’s Advancement Team

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Andrea Jenkins and Nathan Harlan have joined the Advancement Office at Winston-Salem State University with Jenkins being named director of major and planned gifts and Harlan serving as director of corporate and foundation relations.
They are filling two vacant positions and will report to Michelle Cook, vice chancellor for advancement and executive director of the university’s foundation.
Most recently, Jenkins had served as a major gift officer with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she was involved in alumni and donor efforts for a $1 billion comprehensive joint capital campaign with Wake Forest University.  Prior to working at the Medical Center, she had served as director of fundraising and marketing for Communities in Schools of Forsyth and Stokes counties.
Jenkins earned her M.P.A. in nonprofit management from High Point University and holds a B.A. in political science and African American studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She is a member of the UNCG Alumni Association board of directors, the advisory committee for the Black Philanthropy Initiative of the Winston-Salem Foundation, and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Prior to joining WSSU, Harlan had served as director of development and communications for Mountain BizWorks, a non-profit that helps local small businesses start, grow and create jobs through loans, classes and coaching.  He was responsible for fundraising efforts that raised $1 million annually in grants and donations, as well as for the organization’s communications and marketing efforts.
Harlan had previously been a development associate for major gifts and grants with the National Wild Turkey Federation and director of development for the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  He also spent four years in development with the Land Trust Alliance working in Kentucky and Washington, D.C.  Harlan earned a B.A. degree in English from Western Kentucky University.
- A Press Release


JAMESTOWN, N.C. – Dr. Ralph Soney has been named vice president of Corporate and Continuing Education at Guilford Technical Community College, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Soney has been serving as interim vice president of Corporate and Continuing Education at GTCC since Aug. 20, 2013.

“Dr. Soney comes to GTCC with a multitude of experiences from his over 30 years in the North Carolina Community College system that range from his time as a faculty member, director of curriculum programs, chief academic officer, executive vice president and president that will be very beneficial to our college going forward,” said GTCC President Dr. Randy Parker.

“I share President Parker’s vision that we are America’s community college,” Soney said. “We try to be there for individuals, organizations and businesses wherever and however we can. My goal is to make sure that Corporate and Continuing Education is responsive, collaborative and on the cutting edge.”

GTCC’s Corporate and Continuing Education division serves approximately 27,000 students annually and encompasses a variety of areas at the college including personal enrichment courses, adult education, and business and industry training.

“There are thousands of jobs out there, but few people qualify because they do not have the skill set to do the job,” Soney said. “This is why the work of GTCC is so vital. We want to match employers, jobs and workers to each other. We are successful when our community is successful.”

In addition to Soney’s role as vice president of corporate and continuing education, he also will continue as division chair for aviation until a new chair is appointed. 

“Aviation is important to the Triad, which means we have to be very particular and specific in understanding what is needed and how we can be supportive as the lead training operation in the state and the region,” Soney said.

Soney spent 30 years in various leadership roles in the North Carolina Community College System. Before coming to GTCC last year, he served as president of Roanoke-Chowan Community College in Ahoskie, N.C. for seven years as well as vice president of Pitt Community College in Greenville, N.C., where he also served as chief academic officer of a curriculum program and continuing education program. He also was vice president for instruction at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, N.C. as well as dean of general education, human services and agriculture/natural sciences at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, N.C.

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Soney is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as a master’s degree in psychology and history. He received a doctorate in higher education/adult and community college education from North Carolina State University.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at
- A Press Release


Winston-Salem, NC--The Childrens Home Farm Cart began operations on Thursday,
July 17 selling homegrown fresh produce. The Cart is located on the campus of the Childrens Home, 1001 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem and will travel to select locations during summer and fall harvest seasons. Current produce available includes tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, and eggs.

This coming week, in addition to Krankies Airstream, where the Cart will be parked each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Cart will be at the YMCA located at 775 West End Boulevard, adjacent to Hanes Park, Monday from 8:00am until 12noon and Tuesday from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. For more information or a schedule of locations, please contact Kim Macpherson at 336-721-7623 or

Childrens Home Farm Market Cart schedule
Thursday (weekly)            8:00am 6:00pm Krankies Airstream/Coffee Park, Reynolda Road
Friday (weekly)                   8:00am 6:00pm Krankies Airstream/Coffee Park, Reynolda Road
Saturday (weekly)             8:00am 6:00pm Krankies Airstream/Coffee Park, Reynolda Road
Monday 7/28*                    8:00am - 12noon William G. White YMCA, Hanes Park
Tuesday 7/29*                   4:00pm - 7:00pm William G. White YMCA, Hanes Park

*Future dates and times for the YMCA and other locations to be determined. When not on location, the Cart will be on site at the Childrens Home campus.


The Farm at The Childrens Home preserves the regions rich agricultural heritage allowing the community to experience an authentic working farm and purchase fresh local farm products. Profits are used to support the programs at The Childrens Home. Eat healthy and support local by purchasing just-picked vegetables raised around the corner.

- A Press Release