Clarios shooting

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) announced Friday afternoon that a suspect had been charged in connection to a shooting death at the Clarios manufacturing plant off West Mountain Street earlier in the week.
According to the FCSO, Diarus Mark Raynor, 29, of Winston-Salem, was arrested and charged with felony voluntary manslaughter, felony discharging a firearm within an enclosure to incite fear and misdemeanor carrying concealed weapons. Raynor appeared before a magistrate and received a $500,000 secured bond. He is currently confined to the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2022 edition.

Walkertown fire chief

The Board of Directors of the Walkertown Fire Department have announced the first, full-time, paid fire chief for the Walkertown Fire Department.
The hiring process was successful in identifying a talented candidate pool, and from that, the Board of Directors selected Chief Charles E. Bottoms to lead the department. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2022 edition.

Covid numbers

COVID-19 cases in Forsyth County continued on an upward trend, increasing 33 percent over the last 14 days, local public health officials reported Thursday.
During the same time, deaths decreased 25 percent, while the number of Forsyth County residents hospitalized locally dropped by five over last week’s numbers, said Forsyth County Public Health Director Joshua Swift during his weekly briefing with the media, noting that this week, there are 34 residents admitted to the two major hospital systems in the county with COVID-19.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2022 edition.

Educator Warehouse

Now approaching its 12th year, The Educator Warehouse is preparing to open its doors to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) teachers for the 2022-23 school year.
According to officials with The Educator Warehouse, open house will be held August 11-13, during which new teachers can shop from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 and all other teachers can shop from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2022 edition.


The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at the Clarios Manufacturing Facility, located in the 2700 block of Powering Progress Way, off West Mountain Street.
According officials with the FCSO, the shooting took place around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2.
“The suspect and victim were known to one another; it was not a random incident and there is no danger to the community or to others at the facility. This is an ongoing investigation and we will release further information as appropriate,” said Christina Howell, public relations team manager and public information officer with the FCSO, in an email to the media on Wednesday afternoon.

Young Professionals

Young professionals in Kernersville are invited to get more involved in Kernersville and meet new people by joining Young Professionals (YP) of Kernersville. The group is for individuals ages 18 to 40, but people of all ages are encouraged to be involved in events in town.
“We always tell people if there is an event going on and you are not in that age group, we welcome you to be involved. As far as joining Young Professionals, there are a couple of ways to do it. You can speak directly to me, or go to the (Kernersville Chamber of Commerce) website (,” said Ashley Sinclair, Kernersville Chamber of Commerce marketing director of programs and downtown and Young Professionals of Kernersville committee chairman. For more, see the Thursday, August 4, 2022 edition.

Indictment handed down

A Walkertown man has been indicted on federal charges for possession of child pornography and selling and distributing an obscene video involving a live animal.
The indictment against Timothy Lewis Blackmon, 43, was handed down in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro on June 25. A federal warrant for Blackmon’s arrest was issued the following day.
For more, see the Thursday, August 4, 2022 edition.

Spotted Lanternfly

State and local officials continue to seek the public’s assistance in identifying possible infestations of the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF) around an area in Kernersville.
In an update on the ForsythC ounty website on Monday, Aug. 1, Phyllis Smith, an extension agent with the Natural Resources and Environmental Systems at N.C. State University who works in the N.C. Cooperative Extension office in Forsyth County, reported that the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services continues to monitor for the SLF in Forsyth County.
“Early detection and rapid response are critical to helping slow the spread of this harmful pest,” Smith noted.
For more, see the Thursday, August 4, 2022 edition.

Project No Kill Canine Rescue

Kernersville’s Cindy Dezern has made it her mission to help find happy homes for dogs for many years, and she is looking for both volunteers and dog owners to expand on this mission. For more information about Project No Kill Canine Rescue, information about volunteering, becoming a foster dog owner or adopting a dog, visit the website at
For more, see the Thursday, August 4, 2022 edition.

Skate World fire

Metal work on the exterior of the Skate World roller skating rink building appears to be the cause of a major fire at the longtime Kernersville business on Sunday, July 31, with fire officials saying the blaze was sparked accidentally and unintentionally.
“The fire started in the front area of the building where they were doing some work on the exterior,” said Kernersville Assistant Fire Marshal Austin Flynt on Monday morning. “Damage was pretty extensive to the interior of the building.”
For more, see the Tuesday, August 2, 2022 edition.