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Posted on: August 12, 2022

City State of Emergency to Remain in Place

Mayor Allen Joines said today that he intends to keep in place the state of emergency that he declared in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even if Gov. Roy Cooper lifts his state of emergency declaration for North Carolina next week.

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

North Stratford Road To Be Closed Wednesday for Tree Removal

The 900 block of North Stratford Road, between Robinhood and Reynolda roads, will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 17, between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for removal of a hazardous tree. A detour will be posted. For more information call CityLink 311.

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Posted on: August 11, 2022

Historically Underutilized Business Certification Web Training Being Offered

Minority and women-owned businesses can receive assistance certifying or re-certifying as historically underutilized businesses with the state of North Carolina through web-based training that will be available online Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 10 to 11:30 ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2022

New Winston-Salem Collects App & Online Tool Launched

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The city has launched a new app and online tool that takes the guesswork out of curbside collections, be it garbage, recycling, yard waste, brush or bulky item collection.

The app is called Winston-Salem Collects and is free for Apple and Android. It sends...

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Posted on: August 10, 2022

Proposed Ward Lines Posted; Drop-In Sessions Scheduled

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Information about proposed new lines for Winston-Salem’s eight wards is posted at CityofWS.org/Wards and will be available at four upcoming drop-in sessions.

The ward lines must be adjusted to account for population changes revealed by the 2020 census.&...

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Posted on: August 4, 2022

Fourth Street Closing at Trade Street for Sewer Work

The intersection of Fourth and Trade streets downtown will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, to upgrade sewer lines under the intersection. Fourth Street between Cherry and Liberty streets, and Trade Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, wi...

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Posted on: August 1, 2022

Winston-Salem Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit hosts BikeSafe NC Rider Skills Day

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BikeSafe NC and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol invite motorcyclists to participate in Rider Skills Day class (free of charge) being held on August 12, 2022 that offer assessments on present driving skills and advice to help make their experience ...

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Police - Spotlight
Posted on: July 29, 2022

Fairgrounds Farmers Market Seeking Entrants for Saucy Salsa Contest

The Fairgrounds Farmers Market is seeking entrants for its annual “Saucy Salsa” contest at 10 a.m. Aug. 13. Contestants can enter in the Hot or Mild categories. Salsas must be submitted the morning of the contest.

The winners of each ca...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Police Chief Catrina A. Thompson Announces Retirement

Catrina A. Thompson, Winston-Salem’s chief of police since 2017, announced today that she will retire this December, having served the citizens of Winston-Salem for more than 29 years.

"Serving as Winston-Salem’s chief of police is one of the greatest...

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Posted on: July 26, 2022

PUBLIC NOTICE - 2022 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

The Winston-Salem Police Department is requesting public comment regarding the 2022 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which is administered by the US Department of Justice.

The City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County law enforcement agencies are eli...

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Police Department - Newsflash
Posted on: July 26, 2022

Patterson Avenue To Be Closed for Extended Period Starting August 1

Patterson Avenue To Be Closed for Extended Period Starting August 1

The portion of Patterson Avenue between Northwest Boulevard and North Liberty Street will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, Aug. 1, to remove and replace failing storm drain pi...

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Posted on: July 25, 2022

Fire Department Accepting Applications for Citizens Fire Academy

The Winston-Salem Fire Department is accepting applications for the Citizens Fire Academy, to be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., Aug. 30 – Sept. 22. Dinner will be provided.

The purpose of the Winston-Salem Fire Department Citizens ...

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Posted on: July 11, 2022

Parkland Pool Closed Pending Repairs

Parkland Pool will be closed until further notice pending repairs to a burst pipe for the filtration system. The repair part has been ordered but a delivery date has not been provided. Recreation officials say that the pool could be closed for the rest of...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 1, 2022

City Taking Steps To Improve Delivery of Services

City officials are placing renewed emphasis on holding city crews accountable for meeting productivity standards as part of a broad effort to improve the delivery of services that have suffered from supply and personnel shortages.

The collection of brush h...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 29, 2022

Changes in City Operations for Independence Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, July 4, for Independence Day. CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will not be staffed but non-911 emergency calls will be forwarded to on-call staff with the appropriate department. Requests ...

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Posted on: June 28, 2022

Water, Sewer & Landfill Rates Increase July 1

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Following recommendation by an independent cost-of-service study, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission approved increases in water and sewer rates for the 2022-2023 fiscal year budget. Local water and sewer rates have historically ranked se...

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Posted on: June 24, 2022

Council Adopts New Mechanisms To Promote Affordable Housing

City Council members laid the groundwork Tuesday to more aggressively address Winston-Salem’s affordable housing shortage by adopting an Affordable Housing Program and a Housing Justice Act.

The Affordable Housing Program includes a variety of pr...

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Posted on: June 23, 2022

Deadline Approaching for Weaver Fire Reimbursement Applications

People who lived or worked within the evacuation zone during the fire at the Winston Weaver Co. fertilizer plant have until Thursday, June 30, to apply for reimbursement of expenses related to the evacuation. No new applications will be accepted after tha...

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Posted on: June 22, 2022

$627.6 Million Budget Approved for 2022-2023

The City Council on Tuesday approved a $627.6 million budget for 2022-23 that gives police officers and firefighters new pay and career plans to improve retention, funds a new program for 911 calls involving mental illness, and authorizes the city to issu...

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Posted on: June 22, 2022

Mayor Joines’ Statement on the Death of Joycelyn Johnson

Mayor Allen Joines today released the following statement on the death of former Council Member Joycelyn Johnson:

“On behalf of the citizens of Winston-Salem, I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of former Coun...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

City Fireworks Display Planned for June 25

The Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks Department is sponsoring a fireworks display the night of Saturday, June 25, to celebrate the start of summer.

The fireworks will begin at about 9 p.m. and will be launched from the high ground in the Quarry at Gran...

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Fairground Fridays Returns for Teens June 24

Fairground Fridays, a free summer youth program organized by Recreation & Parks, is resuming Friday, June 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. with music, dance contests, prizes and giveaways in the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Education Building.

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Posted on: June 14, 2022

Recreation Centers Open During Heat Wave

Most city recreation centers will be available this week as an option for city residents who need a place to cool down during the heat wave forecasted for the next few days. Exceptions are Belview Neighborhood Center, which is closed for renovations, and ...

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

Follow-up Video on Gun Violence Community Meeting Released

As a follow-up to the May 25 community meeting on gun violence, Northeast Ward Council Member Barbara Hanes Burke, Police Chief Catrina Thompson and Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough have released a video announcing that Winston-Salem Police Department and the Fors...

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

WePLAY Movies in the Park Series Returns June 18

City residents can again enjoy free, family-friendly movies this summer at local parks as well as at Bolton Pool, starting with a free showing of “The Croods: A New Age” on Saturday, June 18, at Little Creek Park, 610 Foxcroft Drive. A...

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Posted on: June 7, 2022

Joines Urges Use of Masks Indoors

Mayor Allen Joines released the following statement today urging city residents to take measures to protect themselves from becoming infected by the latest variant of the COVID-19 virus:

“Our community is experiencing a rise in the number of posi...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Soliciting Community Feedback

The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds is asking city residents to complete a short online survey to gather information about the entertainment and events it should host and will hold a public input session in June to collect additional feedback.

The survey has onl...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 24, 2022

EPA Reassessing Former Dry Cleaner Site

The Environmental Protection Agency informed city and county officials Wednesday that it is seeking permission to collect air samples in some buildings in the Ogburn Station Shopping Center to determine the status of the air quality in them. 

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Posted on: May 5, 2022

New Smart Meters are WaterSavvy

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Watch our 3-minute introduction to WaterSavvy: https://youtu.be/2blmArJo7E4.

Since late 2020, contractors for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities have been installing new “smart” water meters as part of a systemwide infrastructure upgrade. Customers rec...

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Additional Info... Utilities
Posted on: April 22, 2022

Drink Up! Our Local Tap Water Surpasses Federal Requirements

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For more than twenty years, drinking water in Forsyth County has met or surpassed all water quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency. That excellent record continues today with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities 2021 Wa...

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2021 Water Quality Report Utilities
Posted on: March 29, 2022

Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market Reopening April 1

The Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market will reopen for the season Friday, April 1. Hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 30. The market is at 1551 Liberty St. in Winston-Salem.

The market provides a venue for urban farmers as well as other ...

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Posted on: March 25, 2022

Weaver Fire Reimbursement Program Update

As of Friday, March 25, 180 households have received a total of $59,487 in reimbursement through a city program for expenses they incurred due to the evacuation during the fire at the Winston Weaver Co. fertilizer plant on Jan. 31.

The Experiment in Self-R...

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Posted on: March 7, 2022

Weaver Fire Reimbursement Application Event; Program Details Posted Online

The city and the Experiment in Self Reliance Inc. will accept applications for Weaver fire reimbursements from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Fairgrounds Home & Garden Building, 421 27th St., Winston-Salem.

Low-income city residents who we...

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Posted on: March 1, 2022

Bulky Item Collection Begins March 7

The city’s annual bulky item pick-up begins March 7 and will run through Sept. 9. Collection crews will go through the city street by street, collecting bulky items that garbage crews cannot accept. Furniture, mattresses, appliances, grills, car...

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Posted on: February 28, 2022

Joines Officially Lifts Citywide Mask Requirement Except for City Buildings

Mayor Allen Joines officially rescinded Monday the citywide mask requirement but left it in place for city buildings.

The requirement also remains in place for public transportation, including city buses and the Clark Campbell Transportation Center.&nb...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 23, 2022

Tunnel Project To Close Second Street Downtown

The block of Second Street between Church and Chestnut streets will be closed for a prolonged period starting Monday, Feb. 28, to construct an inmate tunnel between the new Forsyth County Courthouse and the Forsyth County Detention Center, and to make sto...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 23, 2022

Tunnel Project To Close Second Street Downtown

The block of Second Street between Church and Chestnut streets will be closed for a prolonged period starting Monday, Feb. 28, to construct an inmate tunnel between the new Forsyth County Courthouse and the Forsyth County Detention Center, and to make sto...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 16, 2022

Non-Discrimination Ordinances Now in Effect

Two new non-discrimination ordinances, pertaining to public accommodations and employment, are now in effect in Winston-Salem. The City Council adopted the ordinances last summer and they took effect Jan. 1. They prohibit discrimination on the basis of ag...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: January 10, 2022

City Statement on Workers’ Compensation Process

The city of Winston-Salem issued the following statement regarding its workers’ compensation process, and the protocols that it must follow, in response to a recent story in the Winston-Salem Journal regarding Sgt. Michael McDonald:

“In...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: January 7, 2022

Click or Call - At Your Service!

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Need help with WSFC Utilities services?

• Pay Bill or Billing Questions: cityofws.org/paywater    *DRIVE-THROUGH service is available at two locations & there's also a night deposit. See the In Person tab on the table.

• Start, Stop or...

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Posted on: December 22, 2021

Can the Grease to Prevent Sewer Backups

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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities reminds you to Can the Grease. Everyone plays a part in preventing sewer overflows and backups in their home or business. Running hot water down the drain does not help. Fortunately, it’s as easy as pouring...

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Can the Grease Utilities
Posted on: December 9, 2021

Pine Straw To Be Prohibited Around Combustible Commercial and Multi-Family Buildings

The Winston-Salem City Council has amended the city fire code to prohibit the use of pine straw (pine needles) as a landscaping material within 10 feet of commercial and multi-family residential buildings with combustible exteriors. The council approved t...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 20, 2021

Eviction Diversion Packet Offers Resources for Those Facing Eviction

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A group of community organizations convened by the Human Relations Department has created an Eviction Diversion Packet with information and resources to help residents facing eviction. 

The packet is available in English and in Spanish and is post...

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Human Relations - Spotlight
Posted on: June 15, 2021

African American Heritage Initiative Offering Virtual Orientation Starting on Juneteenth

In conjunction with Juneteenth, the city’s African American Heritage Initiative Committee is posting this Saturday an online “virtual orientation” to better assist city residents who want to become involved with the initiative’s mission of preserving the ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 5, 2021

City Edition - March 2021

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • Bulky Item Collection Now Underway
  • Forsyth Creek Week Returns March 20 - 28
  • Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certification Web T...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: December 23, 2020

Donate to those in need

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Several area nonprofit agencies are generously providing financial assistance for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities customers with past-due water and sewer bills who have suffered financial hardship due to the pandemic.

If you’d like to cont...

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Water-Sewer Bill Assistance Utilities
Posted on: December 10, 2020

City Edition - December 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • City Conducting Resident Satisfaction Survey
  • Joines Authorizes Enforcement of Cooper’s Emergency Orders
  • Most of Winst...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 21, 2020

City Edition - October 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • On-Street Parking Enforcement Back in Effect
  • Public Safety Agencies Holding Drive-Through “Trunk or Treat”...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 31, 2020

City Edition - August 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • Winston-Salem Cancels the Carolina Classic Fair
  • Fire Department Offering "Virtual" Citizen Fire Academy
  • New Liberty S...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: July 8, 2020

City Edition - July 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • Old Greensboro Road Bridge Fully Closed
  • Virtual Workshops Scheduled for Pedestrian Plan
  • Community Meal Program Continues With N...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 5, 2020

Winston-Salem Wins Four Telly Awards

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsJune 5, 2020

A WSTV profile of Police Capt. Rick Newnum and a public service announcement for social medial about holiday collection changes were honored during the 2020 Telly Awards.

“Behind the Badge &...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City Edition - June 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • $470.6 Million Budget Proposed for 2020-2021
  • Brush Collection, Code Enforcement, Yard-Waste Fee Collection Resume
  • Phase 2 Chang...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Upcoming City Bond Issue Earns Highest Possible Credit Ratings

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NEWS RELEASEFinancial Management ServicesMay 29, 2020

All three credit rating agencies have assigned AAA ratings – their highest possible ratings -- to the $89 million in general obligation bonds the city is scheduled to sell in June. The high ra...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 21, 2020

$470.6 Million Budget Proposed for 2020-2021

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NEWS RELEASEBudget and Evaluation OfficeMay 21, 2020

City services to residents would remain at current levels, but the city would implement a variety of belt-tightening measures to close a $13.4 million shortfall driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, under the...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: May 1, 2020

City Edition - May 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • Winston-Salem Wins $30 Million Grant to Transform Cleveland Avenue Homes
  • City Panel Awards 23 COVID-19 Response Fund Grants
  • Joi...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: April 28, 2020

No Wipes in Pipes!

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Toilet paper shortages have exposed the growing problem of wipes clogging our sewer system. As people run out of toilet tissue they may turn to other products. Unfortunately, “flushable” wipes are falsely labeled and are part of multip...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

City Edition - April 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • COVID-19 NEWS
    • Stay-at-home Order in Effect
    • Bulky Item Collections Suspended
    • City Allocates 1 Million to Help Economic Victims of...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: March 5, 2020

City Edition - March 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • Bulky Item Collection Begins March 2
  • Information Sessions on Downtown Two-Way Street Conversions 
  • Learn More about Cit...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 17, 2020

City Edition - February 2021

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • City Soliciting Voluntary Participation in Survey
  • Fire Department Consultant’s Report Delivered
  • Virtual Programs Scheduled in in February...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: February 7, 2020

City Edition - February 2020

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Inside this month’s edition:

  • City Observing Black History Month
  • Fairgrounds Unveils Logo for Carolina Classic Fair
  • Nominations Sought for Walk of Fame
  • Regist...
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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: January 3, 2020

City Edition - January 2020

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Inside this month's edition:

  • Local Governance Study Commission Holding Public Information/Input Sessions
  • Learn More about City Recreation Opportunities at Open House...
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Posted on: November 21, 2019

Outstanding Women Leaders Committee Accepting Scholarship Applications

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsNov. 21, 2019

The Outstanding Women Leaders Program Committee is accepting applications for its 2020 Future Outstanding Women Leaders Scholarship, to be awarded next spring. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31....

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Applications Available for City of Winston-Salem University

NEWS RELEASEMarketing & CommunicationsOct. 2, 2019

The city is accepting applications for the next class of City of Winston-Salem University, to be held for 12 weeks starting Jan. 30, 2020. This free program gives citizens a better understanding of cit...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: September 3, 2019

Applicants Sought for Community Appearance Commission

NEWS RELEASECity SecretarySept. 3, 2019

Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke is accepting applications from citizens interested in filling a vacancy on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Community Appearance Commission.

The vacancy must be filled by a person who...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: August 6, 2019

Funeral Arrangements for Bill Stuart Announced

NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsAug. 6, 2019

Funeral Arrangements for Bill Stuart Announced; Memorial Book Available for Citizens to Express Their Condolences

The funeral for retired City Manager Bill Stuart will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: August 3, 2019

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