Man confronts CVS employee with knife in robbery attempt

"On September 23, 2014, officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department were dispatched to an “Unknown Trouble” call at the CVS Pharmacy - 3186 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem.  Upon their arrival, officers were able to determine that Rickey Cook entered the business armed with a knife and confronted an employee of the business.  Rickey Cook threatened that employee, Melissa J. Whiteman, with the knife and demanded prescriptions drugs from the pharmacy. 

Rickey Cook subsequently took an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs, but was apprehended by patrol officers before he could flee the business.  Melissa Whiteman was not injured during the encounter.

The investigation was assumed by Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division.  Investigators were able to determine that earlier this morning, prior to the opening of the business, Rickey Cook unsuccessfully attempted to break into the business.  Investigators also identified Rickey Cook as the individual who broke into the Market Place Cinema, located at 2095 Peters Creek Parkway, on September 06, 2014.  On that date, an undisclosed amount of currency was taken from the business.

Authorities have charged Rickey Tyrone Cook with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Second Degree Kidnapping, Felonious Attempt to Break and Enter a Building, Felonious Breaking and Entering and Larceny after Breaking and Entering.   Rickey Cook is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $25,000.00 secured bond.  A court date of October 16, 2014 has been set in these matters. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800."

- A Police Report

Two More Subjects Arrested in Connection with the Death of Kevin Millner

 "Two more men have been charged in connection with the death of Kevin Christopher Millner, the 32-year-old man found fatally shot behind a Holiday Inn Express on Sept. 2.
Milllner was found deceased in his vehicle at approximately 1:15 pm Sept 2 after a passerby discovered him in his locked vehicle in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn at 4305 Big Tree Way.
            Colby Wade Watkins, 29, from Danville, Va. was served an arrest warrant on Sept. 22 while confined in the Aiken County (South Carolina) Detention Center for unrelated charges. He is charged with Felonious Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. The Aiken (S.C.) Police Department assisted with the arrest.
            Craig Deonte Hairston, 25, faces charges of First Degree Murder along with Felonious Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon in connection with Millner’s death. Hairston was confined in his hometown of Danville, Va. on unrelated charges when warrants were served to him on Sept. 22. The Danville (Va.) Police Department assisted with the arrest.
On Sept. 17, Montray Deboris Price, 21, was arrested at his residence at 1706-B Maplewood Lane and charged with First Degree Murder. He is confined in the Greensboro Jail Central.
Greensboro officials are seeking extradition on Hairston and Watkins.

            Robbery appears to the motive for the murder.

- A Police Report


"The Halloween tradition of an evening of Ghost Stories at Governor Morehead’s Blandwood continues on Saturday, October 18th and Friday, October 24th both at 7:00pm, 447 West Washington Street in downtown Greensboro.  Guests will be charged $5 each; children must be accompanied by an adult.  All stories are school-age appropriate.  Doors open at 6:45pm for first come, first served attendance; space is limited.

Our special friend and storyteller Cynthia Moore Brown will weave her magic with spine-tingling stories, historic legends and fanciful tales about North Carolina.  With just the flicker of the fireplace and candles, guests will be seated on the floor of the West Parlor, as is the old tradition of storytelling.

Cynthia Moore Brown, a retired librarian and educator, uses her many talents to bring texture and imagery to her stories with her down home Southern style of storytelling.  Cynthia is also a photographer and musician.  She co-founded the NC Storytelling Guild and has published several books and CDs, which can purchased in the Blandwood Museum Shop.  More information can be found on her website:

Blandwood is owned and operated by Preservation Greensboro Incorporated. PGI is the only donor-supported organization dedicated to saving the Gate City’s historic and architectural treasures.  Since 1966, the organization has preserved historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes.  As a result, Greensboro has developed a vibrant tradition of preservation, adaptive reuse and restoration.

Additional information on Preservation Greensboro or Ghost Stories can be found on our website:, by e-mail: or by calling 336-272-5003."

- A Press Release

Chamber Announces Winston Under 40 Leadership Award Winners

"The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the inaugural class of the Winston Under 40 Leadership Award winners. See complete listing below. These 20 young business professionals were selected from 47 total applicants. They are actively influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The awards will be given on October 11 at the Benton Convention Center at the Winston<40 a="" are="" at="" for="" gala.="" gala="" href="" now="" on="" sale="" the="" tickets="">
. All members of the business community are welcome to attend.

“Our young business leaders are paving the way for the future success of our community. The Chamber is so proud of the tremendous achievements that this group has had over the past several months and we congratulate each winner. We look forward to the great things that this group will continue to do, “ says Gayle Anderson,  president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Lea Metz, Youth Opportunities, Volunteer and Donor Engagement Officer
Charlie Shaw, Wake Forest Innovations, Commercialization Associate
Scott Underwood, Apex Systems, Developer
Kayce Clodfelter, Rick Babusiak State Farm Insurance, Marketing Representative
James Long, Wake Forest University Baptist Health, Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine
Elizabeth Myers, Salem Electric Company, Project Manager in Charge of Special Projects
Theodore Kazakos, Forsyth County’s District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney
Katie Neal, Wake Forest University, Executive Director, News & Communications
Hayes Wauford, Wilson-Covington Construction Company, Executive Vice-President, Owner
Shelley Sizemore, Wake Forest University, Assistant Director, Pro Humanitate Institute
Weston “Wiggy” Saunders, Robinhood Integrative Health, Physician – Junior Partner
Meggan Goodpasture, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine,   Director of the Child Abuse and Neglect Team
Sonny Haynes, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, Associate Attorney
Patrice Toney, Forsyth County Government, Budget and Management Analyst
Elizabeth Dampier, Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, Executive Director
Mark Johnson, Inmar, Corporate Counsel
Camille Banks-Payne, State of North Carolina, District Court Judge
Zac O’Brien, Thrivent Financial, Financial Planner
Carrie Vickery, Holton Law Firm, PLLC, Attorney
Andrew Rodgers, RiverRun International Film Festival, Executive Director

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About the Chamber
The Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce is the leading business organization in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, representing nearly 1,800 area businesses that are committed to increased economic development in the region. The Chamber is dedicated to establishing Winston-Salem as a technology-driven economic center, and provides services to strengthen existing businesses, support entrepreneurs, and encourage small business creation. The Chamber supports public school student achievement, workforce, and higher education development."

- A Press Release

“Screaming in Digital” works by local artists Jon Epstein and Kim Thore

"FRESH Productions is pleased to announce “Screaming in Digital” works by local artists Jon Epstein and Kim Thore which will be shown at The Anne Rudd Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries located in Cowan Humanities Building on College Place on the Greensboro College campus Oct 3-October 31, 2014. 

The collection of digital prints highlight both Epstein and Thore’s fascination with cultural icons, societal norms and perceived realities. Epstein explores music legends such as Coltrane, Miles Davis and world events while Thore explores images of starlets, models, beauty images coupled with mass media that sends contradictory messages. 

Jon Epstein is a professor of Sociology, social activist, graphic artist and musician. His partnership with artist and graphic designer Pat Lichty (of Haymarket Riot fame) created one of the first socially accepted “memes” and digital images and videos that were the pre-cursor to cultural animation and were shown on Mtv’s “Out from the Underground”. Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Sociology, called it the first truly post modern sociology. (The videos were Machine, a trilogy, Web and Convergence which is in production now) 

Kim Thore is a Marketing Director, writer, artist and cultural commentator. She began studying drawing at the age of 8 and continued through college culminating in a portfolio of mixed media and sculpture. In 2013 she and Epstein appeared in the “Under the Gun” exhibit, but a flood destroyed the majority of her portfolio in January 2014 and she began again but with a renewed focus on digital art. She recently debuted a new collection "Lips Like Sugar" at Inter_Section Gallery and Art Space. The show was held over twice due to popular demand and she was tapped by Sawtooth Center for Visual Design to teach her techniques during a workshop to be held October 25, 2014. 

Both Epstein and Thore will be showing recent and new works."

- A Press Release 

UNCG Theatre presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

"UNCG Theatre presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and directed by Jim Wren on October 2-10, 2014 at UNCG's Taylor Theatre (402 Tate Street).   Twelfth Night is truly one of William Shakespeare’s most famous and beloved comedies.  A play about love in all its excesses and beauty, of its pain and joy, and finally, and most importantly, of its healing power and ability to put the world right for those unafraid to risk their hearts.  7:30 pm on October 2, 7, 8 & 9; 8 pm on October 3 & 4; 2 pm on October 4 & 5; and 9:30 am on October 7-10.  Call 336-272-0160 or log-on to to purchase tickets.  Tickets are $16 for adults; $11 for students, children, seniors and groups of 10+ on weekend or night performances; and $8 for UNCG students and weekday morning matinee groups of 10+.  Twelfth Night is part of the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance's GLOBE AND COSMOS event--celebrating 450 years of Shakespeare and Galileo.  Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 pm in a Pay What You Can performance where patrons determine the price of their ticket.  The Pay What You Can performance tickets go on sale at 6:30 pm on October 2 in the Lobby of Taylor Theatre.

Photo: Taylor Murphy Hale as "Feste" in UNCG's production of Twelfth Night

photo credit: Jody Kaizen"

- A Press Release

GYC Seeks Models for Third Annual Fashion Show

  "The Greensboro Youth Council (GYC) is seeking a diverse group of teens to model in the 2015 GYC Fashion Show. A model casting or audition will be held on Thursday, September 25 from 6-7pm at the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie Street. No previous modeling experience is necessary. Sessions will be held for those selected to help them bring out their confidence and build their skills.
The purpose of the GYC Fashion Show is to promote a positive self image and body image in young men and women by showcasing fashions that fit all body types. Each year the show also focuses on a topic teens are facing such as bullying. The 2015 GYC Fashion Show is scheduled for February 6.

For more information, questions, or concerns please call the Greensboro Youth Council at 373-2738 or check out our website"

- A Press Release

Westerwood Art & Sole 2014

"Art & Sole, now in its 6th year, brings both art lovers and strollers to the historic Westerwood neighborhood. Yearly, on the first Saturday of October, participating Westerwood artists open their studios for an art show and sale where visitors can easily walk from place to place.  The event’s mantra is “Art You Can Walk To,” given the dense population of neighborhood artists.

Part of the 17 Days Festival hosted by ArtsGreensboro -- the largest collaborative arts festival of its kind in North Carolina -- Westerwood Art & Sole features myriad artists at over a dozen different locations showing and selling art in a pleasing variety of styles. Painters, woodworkers, potters, sculptors, a fabric artist, and a photographer offer glimpses into their work processes and their ways of interpreting the world through art. Westerwood, with its concentration of artists and art lovers, continues to build its reputation as a lively local art colony.

Watch for the Art & Sole signs and balloons that mark participating studios; maps will be available at the artists’ studios.  Check out the latest information on Facebook at 

The 17DAYS Festival has become the largest collaborative community arts festival in North Carolina. More than 50 presenters, arts organizations, venues, colleges, individual artists, and museums present 100-plus events between the last dozen days in September and the first week in October at venues across the city. Hosted by ArtsGreensboro, the Festival was created in 2011 to encourage arts participation and engage cultural visitors.  More than 75,000  participants attended Festival events in recent years. For more information visit  or ."

- A Press Release