News Headlines 12/30: Panthers Win, Possible E-coli Cases in the Triad, Shooting at Kernersville Walmart, UNCSA Founder Dies

The Carolina Panthers capped off the regular season with a 21-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, earning them the NFC South Championship title and the number 2 seed in the playoffs.  The win also means the Panthers will enjoy a week off before their first playoff game, which will be played at home on January 12.

Two Tyro Middle School Students are in the hospital battling a severe intestinal illness, which doctors think could be a strain of e-coli.   The Davidson County Health Department is investigating and says, at this point, no other students or residents of the county appear to be affected.  Still, it’s a good reminder to always cook meat thoroughly and practice good hand-washing habits.

Kernersville Police are still investigating what happened Saturday night when shots were fired at a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.  Thankfully, no one was injured.  Two men involved in the shooting were questioned and a firearm was confiscated.  If you have any information about the incident, please contact the Kernersville Police Department.

It’s a good time to get those closets cleaned out and your unwanted items donated.  Goodwill industries says you only have a couple more days to donate your gently used clothing and household items if you want to deduct the donation from your 2013 taxes.  Funds raised from the sale of donated items go directly toward helping people here in the Triad train for and obtain good-paying jobs.

A DavieCounty restaurant has earned recognition as one of the best places to stop for a bite when you’re on the road.  The Feed Bag in Farmington was recently included in an article in Southern Living Magazine about the “South’s Best Road Food”.  They serve typical “greasy spoon” fare…hot dogs, grilled cheese, and, of course, burgers.   Want to try it out for yourself?  The Feed Bag is located at the intersection of 801 and Farmington Road and is open Monday through Saturday.

A couple of Duke Students accidentally ended up spending the Holidays in Fayetville, ARKANSAS.  Cassie Yuan and Florence Tesha are both freshman at Duke. Their families live abroad and, since going Home for the Holidays was not an option, they asked a friend to book them a pair of plane tickets to Fayetteville, NC.  The friend mistakenly sent them to the wrong Fayetteville. Imagine their surprise when the stepped out of the airport in Arkansas! The two have made the best of it and said the people of Arkansas have gone out of the way  to make their unexpected guests feel welcome.

 The NC School of the Arts community is mourning the loss of founder and longtime supporter Helen Copenhaver “Copey” Hanes, who died early Saturday morning. She was 96. Mrs. Hanes supported the School of the Arts in many ways. Her husband  served as a state senator during the 60’s and introduced the legislation that established the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1964, Mrs. Hanes and other volunteers helped to organize a phone bank that called almost every phone number in Winston-Salem, raising enough money to ensure that Winston-Salem would be the future home of the School of the Arts. A memorial service will be held at Centenary United MethodistChurch Tuesday at 11.

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