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Winston-Salem police investigate reported armed robbery

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem police said they’re investigating an armed robbery reported at a convenience store Friday night.

Police said a suspect entered the Marymar Super Market at 612 Waughtown St. shortly before 10:30 p.m. and demanded money at gunpoint.

The suspect allegedly assaulted the clerk, took an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the scene, possibly in an older model white Cadillac heading east on Monmouth Street.

The suspect is described as a 17-18 year old black male with a black jacket and short hair.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information on this incident can call police at (336) 773-7700.

Winston-Salem Cycling Classic underway

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Boston Scientific Winston- Salem Cycling Classic is underway downtown hosting hundreds of international competitors.

Race Director Ray Boden said this year 27 countries are represented between about 350 competitors.

Approximately 70 Winston-Salem police officers will guide and direct traffic throughout the city during the races.

Cyclists compete for cash prizes up to $4,000 and can gain $1,000 bonus prizes for sprint and climb challenges.

“We’ve gained a reputation as being one of the hardest road races in the country in our first year that people compared us to a former San Francisco race that’s incredibly challenging,” Boden said.

Winston-Salem is a top contender for an Olympic Cycling training facility on Liberty Street. Boden said the cycling classic allows them to be competitive for the facility and could bring job opportunities for the city.

Nonprofits, churches helping feed homeless over Easter weekend

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nonprofit groups and local churches are helping feed those in need over the holiday weekend at the Bethesda Center Homeless Shelter.

Drea Parker is part of one of one those groups and is preparing a pot of green beans to serve between 50 and 80 people.

She is a coordinator for Compassionate Winston-Salem, a nonprofit group which is hosting a potluck holiday dinner on Good Friday.

“I want to make sure people have meals,” Parker said. “Who wants to go sleep on an empty stomach?”

She’s cooking for dozens of people she’s never met but considers family.

“There’s that connection,” Parker said. “We’re in this together. We are one big family because we all are human.”

It’s the kind of generosity the shelter’s Executive Director Peggy Galloway says doesn’t just feed their clients bodies but their spirits.

Targacept reports executive compensation

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Targacept Inc. paid its top executive, Dr. Stephen Hill, a salary of $500,000 for fiscal 2013, the company reported in a regulatory filing today.

However, Hill’s total compensation was down 43 percent because he was not provided with any stock option awards after getting options valued at $1.18 million on the date they were awarded in fiscal 2012.

Targacept, a Winston-Salem anchor of the Triad’s biotechnology sector, develops drugs based on the use of nicotinic receptors to treat diseases of the central nervous system. Its workforce has been reduced from 134 to 43 in the past 2½ years as part of a corporate downsizing reflective of a significantly reduced funding stream.

Hill took over as president and chief executive in December 2012. His fiscal 2013 salary was about $9,000 higher than the last annual salary his predecessor, Don deBethizy, was paid.

Michaels security breach affects Triad locations

Michaels stores in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Burlington are on the company’s list of locations where debit card numbers were compromised.

In a statement posted online, Michaels CEO Chuck Rubins apologized and said 2.6 million cards may have been impacted.

They do not believe personal information like names, addresses or pin numbers were stolen.

The malware breach took place during a nine-month time period between May 2013 and the end of January 2014.

According to the website, the following local Michaels locations were affected:

30k bulbs on display at Ciener Botanical Garden

KERNERSVILLLE, N.C. — There are few finer weeks on the calendar than the ones that fill the month of April. Mid-April is high bulb season, and Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden is a great place to go celebrate it.

You can restore your winter-weary soul on 30,000 flowering bulbs that develop in succession from early to late April.

Bulbs are displayed throughout the gardens, but the concentration is in the Victorian inspired Pattern Garden designed by Chip Calloway. Calloway, CEO and president of Calloway and Associates, has been involved with the PJC garden since its inception. He specializes in historic gardens and restorations.

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs of Gloucester, Va., has been a strong supporter of the garden from the beginning. Adrienne Roethling, the PJC gardens curator, makes a couple of trips a year to the bulb farm to collect unsold bulbs for the fall and summer plantings.