Piedmont Wind Symphony to Open 27th Season with a Mardi Gras Masquerade!

"Winston-Salem, NC (August 25, 2016) – The Piedmont Wind Symphony is proud to announce the opening concert of their 27th Season, entitled “Mardi Gras Masquerade!” under the direction of new Music Director Maestro Matthew Troy. 
This one of a kind concert will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts located at 405 4th St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The Mardi Gras celebration concert highlights the unique contribution of New Orleans to the world of music. Tracing the musical roots from Congo Square all the way to the birth of Ragtime, Dixieland Jazz, and how this distinct city is still influencing music of today. The PWS will also feature the world premiere of “Bamboula” by the renowned composer Michael Shapiro.
Of this concert Troy said, “I am so excited to build on the incredible success of last season, which was my first, with the Piedmont Wind Symphony. This concert is not to be missed and will take the audience on a unique journey that is both exotic and distinctly American. I look forward to seeing you at this incredible musical event as we explore the sights and sounds of New Orleans!”
Tickets are available at the door, online at www.piedmontwindsymphony.com/tickets, or by calling (336) 721-1945.

About Piedmont Wind Symphony
For 27 years the Piedmont Wind Symphony (PWS) has provided excellence in the performance of symphonic wind music for the Piedmont of North Carolina and continues this tradition for the 27th season under the leadership of new Music Director, Maestro Matthew Troy. Maestro Troy is known for his innovative and engaging programming to make great music accessible to all audiences. Each season the PWS presents Classical concerts, Holiday Pops with world-renowned artists, and Special Event Gala concerts, as well as educational and community engagement outreach. The Piedmont Wind Symphony is proud to be a funded partner of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County. Season sponsors include Windsor Jewelers, Chris & Mike Morykwas, Hard Pressed Co., and Berkshire Hathaway. For more information about the Piedmont Wind Symphony visit www.piedmontwindsymphony.com.
           
About Maestro Matthew Troy
Maestro Matthew Troy is one of the most versatile and active conductors in America today. He has conducted extensively in the United States for a wide variety of performances. On the podiums of the Rochester Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Portland Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, UNC School of the Arts Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, and was the conductor for the Cannon Music Camp in 2015. Troy is familiar to local audiences due to his previous work as Associate Conductor with the Winston-Salem Symphony from 2009-2014. In this role he conducted on Classics, Pops, Handel's Messiah, Discovery, Education, Holiday Pops, Side-by-Side, and Special Event Gala concerts. Recently Troy was selected to conduct the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra for 2016, the North Carolina Regional Honors Orchestra, and returned to the faculty as conductor of the Cannon Summer Music Camp."

- A Press Release


Arrest Made in Shooting at Car Wash

Rachad Lamar Robinson
"GREENSBORO, NC (August 23, 2016) – A High Point man is facing charges connected with an armed robbery and shooting that occurred at a car wash on Phoenix Dr. the morning of Aug. 10.
Rachad Lamar Robinson, 22, of High Point was charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon today while confined in the Greensboro Jail Central for unrelated offenses.

Police were dispatched the car wash near Bob’s Convenient Mart at 2620 Phoenix Dr.  at approximately 9:16 am that Wednesday after a patron called 911 to report the incident. Upon arrival, police found Leroy Carter, 50, applying pressure to a gunshot wound to his right thigh. 

Carter told officers he was washing his car when he was approached by a tall, slim black male who demanded his money, shot him, and then took his wallet.

Images from the business’s surveillance camera were included as part of a Crime Stoppers release and further distributed through media outlets. Tips from viewers assisted investigators in linking Robinson to the incident.

Robinson remains incarcerated under a $300,000 secured bond associated with these charges.

Carter has since been released from the hospital."

- From a Police Report

Erroneous “911 call” of shooter at Embassy Suites Hotel 460 N. Cherry St.


"A Police Report states, on Aug. 23 at 12.54 pm, Troopers with NC State Highway Patrol were involved in a “foot pursuit” of a suspect that had fled from the scene of a vehicle collision in the 400 block on N. Marshall Street.

Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department responded to the area to assist the troopers.  Their suspect was eventually apprehended in 100 block of West End Blvd.  Please direct all inquiries about this portion of the incident to the NC State Highway Patrol.

This also triggered several citizens in the area also to make 911 calls to report this incident, this included one citizen that erroneously reported the incident as an “Active Shooter” in the Embassy Suites Hotel located at 460 North Cherry Street.  This hotel is located adjacent to the roadway where the collision occurred.

Initially, it was not known that this call was erroneous so the emergent nature of the call necessitated Officers respond quickly to area where they closed all surrounding streets as a precautionary measure.  It took approximately 15 more minutes to determine that this was an erroneous “911 call” and then all streets were re-opened except for the 400 block of North Marshall Street (due to original vehicle collision).  The 400 block of Marshall Street remained closed for approximately 2 hours.
Officers together with Hotel Management were able to determine that there was never any danger in the hotel or to any of the guests inside.

This reported “Active Shooter” incident resulted from an erroneous call and was it was subsequently determined that it did not occur. "

- A Police Report


Greensboro College Names Ashley Hyers to Theatre Faculty

Ashley Hyers, assistant professor
of theatre and dance
"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro College has named long-time adjunct faculty member Ashley Hyers to its full-time faculty as assistant professor of theatre and dance.

Hyers had served as an adjunct faculty member since 1997. In that capacity, in addition to teaching dance classes and choreographing theatre productions, she wrote and implemented the dance minor program.

She also has taught voice and movement classes and Alexander Technique classes in posture and muscle control for actors, and recreational dance in the Department of Kinesiology.

She also has taught on the adjunct faculties of Elon University's Department of Theatre, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Department of Dance, and Catawba College's Department of Theatre and Dance and has taught Alexander Technique for musicians at High Point University and the Music Academy of North Carolina.

She taught dance with the Greensboro Department of Parks and Recreation's City Arts Program from 1991 to 2011 and has led workshops at numerous venues including the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

She has performed not only at Greensboro College but also with City Arts, the Livestock Players Musical Theatre, the N.C. Dance Alliance and other organizations.

Hyers holds a B.S. from Wofford College and an M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.


Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

Greensboro College Names Lindsay Lane Assistant Admissions Data Manager

Lindsay Lane
"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro College has named Lindsay Lane assistant admissions data manager.

In that role, she will compile and maintain data for the college Office of Admissions and perform other admissions-related duties.

Lane comes to Greensboro College from Pearce Elementary School in Greensboro, where she had been a data manager and provided office support since 2014.

Previously, she had been a graduate assistant teaching high-school health and related courses at the Middle College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Lane holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University and an M.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.


Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

BioSolar Adds N.C. A&T Engineering Team to Strengthen Efforts to Increase Capacity and Reduce Cost of Lithium-ion Batteries

"BioSolar, Inc., a developer of breakthrough energy storage technology and materials, has entered into a new sponsored research agreement with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to strengthen the engineering development efforts of its battery technology. The company’s goal is to increase the capacity and reduce the cost of lithium-ion batteries.

Dr. Sung-Jin Cho, assistant professor in the Department of Nanoengineering at North Carolina A&T State University, will be the lead investigator of the newly initiated sponsored research. Cho also serves as Director of Nano Energy Laboratory, a role he has held since August 2014. Prior to his current position, Cho was a technical lead at Johnson Controls Inc., Battery Technology Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 2008 to 2014. He led the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) program to design and evaluate battery material and lithium-ion cell engineering for automotive application for over six years. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. in the U.S., Cho worked on lithium-ion battery technology development in Korea, and held a number of positions at LG. His research encompasses fundamental materials studies such as catastrophic failure mechanism study, synthesis and physical characterization, as well as device and system design and fabrication.

This agreement represents a natural progression from the scientific development phase represented by the company’s existing sponsored research program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), now scheduled to conclude in October 2016. In place since 2014, this agreement and subsequent scientific efforts have resulted in the creation of innovative intellectual properties that form the basis of BioSolar’s critical core technologies. The company currently co-owns two patent-applications for a supercapacitor technology and its super cathode technology with UCSB.

“We are excited to have Dr. Cho lead our new engineering and commercialization program at North Carolina A&T State University,” said Dr. David Lee, CEO of BioSolar. “His experience in developing high energy lithium batteries and process development draws many parallels to what we are seeking to build upon. We believe this new effort will positively complement our previous activities at UCSB, bringing us one step closer to achieving our corporate objectives and ultimately realizing value on behalf of our shareholders.”

BioSolar is developing a breakthrough technology to double the storage capacity, lower the cost and extend the life of lithium-ion batteries. A battery contains two major parts, a cathode and an anode, that function together as the positive and negative sides. Inspired by nature, BioSolar is developing a novel cathode based on inexpensive conductive polymers and organic materials that can fully utilize the storage capacity of conventional anodes. Founded with the vision of developing breakthrough energy technologies, BioSolar's previous successes include the world's first UL approved bio-based back sheet for use in solar panels. 


About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university. It is a land-grant, higher research university and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. "

- A Press Release

High Point CVB Hosts Prime Time on Main Back to School Bash

"HIGH POINT, N.C., August 18, 2016 — The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) will kick of the school year with a Back to School Bash at the Regional Visitors Center August 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Various organizations will be participating, including High Point University, High Point Arts Council, Theatre Art Galleries and a local brewery.  Uncle Maddio’s Pizza will be providing refreshments. 

 “We love having the HPU students back in town, and encourage all students, including elementary, middle and high school to come and participate in the back to school celebration,” says Nancy Bowman, Director of Sales and Marketing for the HPCVB.  Attendees will enjoy activities including corn hole, give-aways and more.


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About the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau


            The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and encourage economic development in High Point through travel and tourism. The CVB works closely with meeting planners to bring events to High Point and to enhance their experience here, providing white glove assistance with event planning tasks including registration, transportation, and coordination among various venues. These services ensure that every group event will be successful down to the last detail because we want each visitor to make yourself at home. Established by state legislation in 1984, the HPCVB is an independent 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization funded by a self-imposed three percent room occupancy tax on local hotels. No taxpayer funds — city, county or state—are used to fund the HPCVB. For more information, visit www.highpoint.org."

- A Press Release

105.7 Man Up presents Rock & Ride featuring Skid Row & Fuel

Saturday, Sept. 17 - White Oak Amphitheatre - FREE with Paid Fair Admission!

"(GREENSBORO, NC) -  As part of the 2016 Central Carolina Fair Concert Series, 105.7 Man Up presents Rock & Ride featuring Skid Row & Fuel in concert at White Oak Amphitheatre on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The concert will begin at 5 p.m. with a performance by 105.7 Man Up’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest winner (http://1057manup.iheart.com/features/battle-of-the-bands-2371/).

The concert is FREE with paid Fair admission ($6 for adults).

Hard rock icons Skid Row formed in New Jersey in 1986. The band enjoyed a huge run of success l in the late 1980s and early 1990s including two multi-platinum certified albums – Skid Row and Slave to the Grind, the latter of which reached number one on the Billboard 200. The band’s long list of hit songs includes  “Youth Gone Wild”, “I Remember You”, “18 and Life” , “We Are The Damned”, “Monkey Business”, and “Let’s Go”. The band’s most recent release is 2014’s Rise of the Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two.

Fuel burst on the national music in 1998 with the release of their critically lauded, debut album Sunburn, with the massive hit single “Shimmer”. Their second album Something Like Human took the band to a new level of stardom, hitting multi-platinum status driven by the singles “Innocent” and “Hemorrhage”, which remained at No. 1 for 10 weeks. In 2014 Fuel released Puppet Strings, on MRI/Red. Catapulted by the first single, the driving, hypnotic “Soul To Preach To”, the album entered the Billboard rock charts at #1.  

The 118th annual Central Carolina Fair will return to the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Friday, September 9 and run through Sunday, September 18. The Fair will feature spectacular rides, carnival food and games, musical entertainment and attractions for all ages.

Advance tickets for the Fair on are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com and the Greensboro Coliseum box office. 



118th ANNUAL CENTRAL CAROLINA FAIR SCHEDULE

Friday, Sept. 9                                    5 p.m. – 11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 10                              11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 11                                1 p.m. – 10 p.m. (gates close at 9 p.m.)
Monday, Sept. 12 – Thurs, Sept. 15   5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (gates close at 9 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 16                                  5 p.m. – 11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 17                              11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 18                                12 p.m. – 9 p.m."

- A Press Release