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City Edition October 2018
  • City Offering Business Training Program; Class Registration Open
  • Aaron King Named Director of Planning and Development Services
  • Larry Leon Hamlin Portrait Unveiled
  • Full Body Cam Video in McCrae Case Posted On WSPD Website
  • City/County Purchasing Switching to New Vendor Database; Businesses Must Reregister
  • Registration is Open for the Grand Games
  • Trail of Treats and "Hocus Pocus" Coming Oct. 19 to Bolton Park

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City Offering Free Business Training Course

The city's Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement is offering a free nine-week business training course for people interested in starting a small business or who recently started one. The training is designed to help participants evaluate the feasibility of a business concept and develop the skills required to become the owners and operators of successful small businesses. Classes will begin Oct. 23 and wrap up Dec. 18. Classes will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the Enterprise Conference and Banquet Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. READ MORE

Larry Leon Hamlin Portrait Unveiled

An 8-by-12-foot portrait of Larry Leon Hamlin, the founder of the National Black Theatre Festival, was unveiled Sept. 28 at the Benton Convention Center. Hamlin, a Reidsville native, professionally trained at Brown University and worked as an actor and director in New York City before returning to North Carolina in 1979 and establishing the N.C. Black Repertory Company. In 1989 Hamlin organized the first National Black Theatre Festival to raise awareness of the quality and significance of black theatre. Subsequent festivals have been held every other year. Hamlin died in 2007 at the age of 58. The portrait was commissioned by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission and becomes the 13th installation in the Benton Public Art Project.

Larry Leon Hamlin Portrait at Benton

Aaron King Named Director of Planning and Development Services

The City-County Planning Board voted to hire Aaron King as the director of planning and development services for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. King succeeds Paul Norby, who retired Aug. 1.

King joined the City-County Planning Department in 2005 and has been the land use coordinator for the City-County Planning and Development Services Department since 2013. Prior to that he was the principal planner overseeing design and development review. Before joining the City-County Planning staff he worked as a county planner for Franklin County, Va., from 2003 to 2005. READ MORE

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Full Body Cam Video in McCrae Case Posted On WSPD Website

The body camera video that shows the encounter of Edward V. McCrae with Winston-Salem Police Officer Dalton McGuire on March 30, 2018, has been posted on the Police Department's website following authorization today by Superior Court Judge Michael D. Duncan to release the video to the public. The video is posted under the Statistics and Reports link at WSPD.org. Portions of the video are graphic and the city has blurred the video in some places out of consideration for McCrae's family. The unedited version of the video is in the court file. City officials urge anyone who obtains the video to exercise caution in its use due to its graphic nature. READ MORE


City/County Purchasing Switching to New Vendor Database; Businesses Must Reregister

The City/County Purchasing Division and the Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement have developed a new vendor database that has improved the process for city and county departments to notify the appropriate businesses and individuals of bidding opportunities. The new database will require businesses and individuals listed in the previous vendor listing system to reregister by Jan. 1, 2019. Reregistering should take about 10 minutes and can be accomplished by clicking on a link to the new system posted on Purchasing’s web pages at CityofWS.org. READ MORE


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Registration is Open for the Grand Games

Grandparents, great-grandparents and even great-great-grandparents are invited to participate with their grandchildren in the Fall Grand Games, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Miller Park Community Center, 400 Leisure Lane, Winston-Salem. Participants can compete in teams of two (grandparent and grandchild) in five indoor events: cornhole, shuffleboard, basketball shoot, football throw and petanque. There's no charge, but teams must register by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. READ MORE


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Trail of Treats and "Hocus Pocus" Coming Oct. 19 to Bolton Park

The Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department is holding its third annual "Trail of Treats" and a free screening of "Hocus Pocus" on Friday, Oct. 19, at Bolton Park, 1590 Bolton St. Admission is free. Trail of Treat is a Halloween-themed community resource fair for elementary-age children and their families. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., information booths operated by non-profits, community and youth organizations and county agencies will be set up in the park for kids to participate in games and activities to win treats or prizes. While the kids enjoy the activities, parents or caregivers can learn about resources in the community for families with children, such as school nutrition programs, scouts and after-school programs. Children are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes. At 7:45 there will be a free screening of "Hocus Pocus," a 1993 Disney movie starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker about a curious youngster who Salem, Mass., where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches from the 17th century. The movie is rated PG.

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