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Former Hanes Lowrance campus touted as future community center

    Former Hanes Lowrance campus touted as future community center

In an attempt to transform the vacant property into a community center, Winston-Salem City Councilmember Barbara Hanes Burke has requested that the local school district gift the former campus of Hanes-Lowrance Middle School on Indiana Avenue to the city.

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County Commissioners recognize June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    County Commissioners recognize June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

An advocacy effort led by the Forsyth County Department of Social Services and supported by Age-Friendly Forsyth has resulted in Forsyth County Commissioners formally recognizing June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Forsyth County. June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and wearing a purple ribbon or purple clothing throughout the month of June is one way to bring awareness of this serious issue. Last year saw an increase in reported cases of elder abuse that may be related to pandemic issues and social isolation of older adults.

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City Council calls for more crime prevention spending

    City Council calls for more crime prevention spending

There have been 15 homicides in Winston-Salem this year, compared to nine this time last year. In response to the rise in homicides, shootings, and other violent crimes, the Winston-Salem City Council is calling for the budget to include more funding for crime prevention initiatives and community youth programs.

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City officials begin 2021-2022 budget process

    City officials begin 2021-2022 budget process

During a virtual meeting on Thursday, May 27, city officials unveiled the $530.9 million budget to members of the Winston-Salem City Council. As is, the budget includes a sales tax increase, a property tax bill increase, and funds for the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office.

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City officials continue talks on alternative response models

  City officials continue talks on alternative response models

Earlier this week city officials continued talks about the implementation of an alternative response model to address 911 calls that involve individuals dealing with mental health issues.

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City Council apologizes, approves resolution for reparations commission

  City Council apologizes, approves resolution for reparations commission

The Winston-Salem City Council has approved a resolution calling for federal and state action to establish a commission to study the issue of reparations for Black citizens and apologizing for the city’s participation in urban renewal programs.

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County begins disengagement from Cardinal, realignment with Partners

  County begins disengagement from Cardinal, realignment with Partners

From now until May 5, the Forsyth County government is seeking public input on its disengagement plan from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.

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Black Empowerment Network to focus on promoting economic mobility in minority communities

  Black Empowerment Network to focus on promoting economic mobility in minority communities

Winston-Salem native Algenon Cash has launched a new initiative geared toward educating Black communities and families on public policies that promote economic mobility.

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City should act now to steer funding toward projects that address climate change and climate justice

  City should act now to steer funding toward projects that  address climate change and climate justice

City should act now to steer funding toward projects that address climate change and climate justice

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New bill could add seats to city council

  New bill could add seats to city council

For the second time since 2019, state lawmakers are looking to get a bill passed that will add seats to the Winston-Salem City Council.

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