Items from across the Triad and beyond


Senator Kay Hagan visited Greensboro on Tuesday, August 12 as her campaign released a report that outlines the risk of eliminating the Department of Education as proposed by Speaker and senatorial candidate Thom Tillis.

“Eliminating the Department of Education is a fringe, out of the mainstream idea that runs against our commonsense North Carolina values,” said Kay. “It would put thousands of our students and teachers at risk at a time when they’ve already been asked to shoulder the burden of Speaker Tillis’ irresponsible education budget. After doing so much damage in Raleigh, promising to eliminate the Department of Education as his first action is just one more reason Spe aker Tillis has the wrong priorities.”

The report states that eliminating the Department of Education could affect the financial support received by 585,000 students in the state and slash technical education budgets by an estimated $28.5 million.


Of the 100 students who received Buick Achievers Scholarships in Raleigh on Tuesday, August 12, two are future NC A&T Aggies.

Kristen Wiedenheft and Denace Williams will both attend NC A&T this fall with $25,000 in renewable scholarship funding.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding students pursuing careers in STEM fields. Wiedenheft plans to major in medical engineering while Williams will study marketing.

“These students have made our state proud with their hard work, determination to succeed and thirst for knowledge,” said Governor McCrory. “Interest in STEMrelated subjects is good for our state and our country, and I’m thankful for programs like this from Buick that motivate and congratulate these star students.”


The Triad’s Casablanca social club, which became big in the 1980s, will be hosting “Casablanca Saturdays” beginning August 16 from 6pm to 2am at Legends Sports Bar & Grill, located in the Quality Inn at 2008 S. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. The goal of the event is to preserve the history of the club, which was formed in response to the Rittenhouse Square Club of the 1970s. This club was one of the main clubs for Rock and Roll artists of the time looking to make it big but it began to suffer beginning in 1975 due to the rise of disco music.

The Locke family formed Casablanca in 1979 where according to a press release “liquor-by- the-drink, MTV and Casablanca’s magical musical mix exploded into a formula that Winston-Salem wanted. Customers dancing to the Gap Band, followed by AC DC, hadn’t been done before and was invented at Casablanca.”

The club began to lose popularity in the 1990s as clubs began to target niche audiences and specialize in single-theme formats.

Bobby Locke, one of the leaders of the club, said he thinks the crowd will be mostly older generations but encourages everyone to come out.

“I think the core ages are going to be about 50, but then I see secondaries of younger people coming in,” he said.


Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, the restaurant that has made national news recently, has discontinued its 15 percent discount for praying in public due to a legal threat.

Shama Blalock, the daughter of owner Mary Haglund, said she was notified by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that she was in violation of the Civil Rights Act by not upholding the separation of church and state.

“We crossed the line, because there is a freedom of religion that our patrons have, but there is a freedom from religion that I am supposed to uphold in a public place,” Blalock said.

A letter dated August 4 written by FFRF staff attorney Elizabeth Cavell states: Your restaurant’s restrictive promotional practice favors religious customers, and denies customers who do not pray and nonbelievers the right to full and equal enjoyment of Mary’s Gourmet Diner. Any promotions must be available to all customers regard- less of religious preference or practice on a non-discriminatory basis. !