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Forsyth Co. elections board declines request to pay attorney fees

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Tobaccoville councilwoman who was affected by a mishandled recount last November has asked the Forsyth County Board of Elections to reimburse her attorney fees, but the board does not plan to do so.

The elections board voted Tuesday night for its attorney, Lonnie Albright, to send Lori Shore-Smith a letter explaining his opinion that the board has no statutory authority to pay for attorney fees in that situation.

Shore-Smith said on Wednesday that she did not plan to fight the board’s decision. She said she understood that it is not a statutory requirement but thought after the mishandling of the recount that they would consider reimbursing her.

“It was an unnecessary expense,” Shore-Smith said. “Due to the mishandling of the recount, I hired an attorney.”

School bus hits scooter; children unhurt

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A school bus carrying about 20 children hit a scooter Wednesday at the intersection of Old Salisbury Road and Meghan Elizabeth Lane, authorities said.

None of the children were injured.

The driver of scooter had minor injuries and was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said Trooper Jim Seagle of the N.C. Highway Patrol. The driver’s name wasn’t available.

The incident happened about 3:40 p.m. The bus hit the scooter as the bus was crossing from Woodstone Drive to Meghan Elizabeth Lane, Seagle said.

The bus was carrying students from Kimmel Farm Elementary School.

The children were transferred to another bus, which took them to their homes.

Mistakes on flier against Davie referendum fan flames

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MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — In the last several days, Davie County residents received a flier in the mail urging them to vote “no” in the $54.5 million school bond referendum May 6.

The flier, paid for by the Davie County Republican Men’s Federation, included photographs of renovation projects at Statesville High School and West Forsyth High School, intended to show prospective voters that renovating Davie County High School is the most fiscally responsible way to deal with the school’s problems.

But half the photographs featured in flier are not of renovated projects but of new building projects — at other schools — a mistake that has added to the acrimony and distrust swirling around this hotly debated issue.

Pipe bomb found in suspected impaired driver’s vehicle in King

KING, N.C. — A pipe bomb was found in a vehicle when authorities stopped a suspected impaired driver in King early Thursday morning.

According to a press release, Sgt. Goins stopped Michael Lee Hunter, 25, of King, near the intersection of Doral Drive and Big Oaks Drive for suspected impaired driving.

Officers noted that Hunter has a criminal record.

During a search, officers found a homemade pipe bomb in the vehicle, along with “other suspicious items.”

The Winston Salem Police Department Bomb Squad responded and safely detonated the bomb. The explosion could be heard by many in the community.

No one was injured.

Hunter was charged with manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while impaired.

He is in the Forsyth County Jail under a $40,000 secured bond.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield, WFBMC launch new center

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have teamed up to form the Center for Healthcare Innovation aimed at improving the quality of health care and the health of people in North Carolina.

“This collaboration allows us to think creatively about transforming the way patients receive care, doctors and hospitals provide care, and insurance companies pay for care,” said Dr. Susan Weaver, vice president of health delivery redesign for Blue Cross. “Technology and data are rapidly changing the way we live and work but health care has been slow to harness these tools.”

Weaver said that there is a need for more investments in new business models that are value-based and patient-centered.

Animal rescue group offers reward after dog dragged behind ATV

GERMANTON, N.C. — An animal rescue group is offering a reward for the arrest of the person responsible for torturing and killing a dog in Germanton two weeks ago.

The Furever Friends Animal Adoption and Outreach organization is offering $3,600 for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

The dog, Scottie, was found dead in his family’s backyard. The family had been out of town.

The 4-year-old dog had been beaten, shot several times and dragged behind a possible ATV.

Anyone with any information can call the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department or Forsyth County Animal Control.

Arrest made in Waughtown Market armed robbery

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a Winston-Salem business Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to the Waughtown Market, located at 67 Waughtown St., around 10:20 a.m. in reference to an armed robbery.

The store clerk told officers a man entered the store and asked to purchase a cigar. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect produced a handgun and reached over the counter, taking an undisclosed sum of currency.

After an investigation, the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division identified the suspect as Anthony Morrison, 25, of Winston-Salem.

Morrison was arrested without incident in the 700 block of North Cherry Street.

Morrison was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and placed in the Forsyth County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.