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Winston-Salem was ranked the 22nd best city to live in by the online publication Vocativ in its article titled “The Livability Index: The 35 best U.S. cities for people 35 and Under.” Cities are ranked according to eight criteria that include demographics, housing, jobs, food, entertainment, nightlife, getting around and appeal. Winston-Salem took the top rank with respect to housing, and ranked highly in the demographics and food categories as well. The Camel City beat out Charlotte and Raleigh, which also made the list with numbers 30 and 31 respectively. Winston- Salem has received a host of rankings in the last few years, including a spot at number 15 on Forbes’ list of best downtowns in 2011.

Wake Forest University also made its presence known last week by coming in at number 26 on Kiplinger’s best values among private universities. The rankings are based on criteria that include admission rate, 4-year graduation rate, total cost per year and average debt at graduation. WFU was ranked at number 24 on the same list last year. Salem College ranked 70th on a similar list of Liberal Arts Colleges, and Davidson College came in at 13th.


Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing is the inspiration of local poet, Jacinta V. White. White, who has facilitated “poetry as healing” workshops, through her company The Word Project, in the Triad for close to 10 years, has seen how art enhances the healing process and wants to provide a greater platform for art and healing.

Cyndi Briggs (@DrCyndiBriggs), a resident and active community member of Winston-Salem, known for her writing, creativity and public speaking, has joined Snapdragon Journal as a co-editor, focusing on creative nonfiction. White will edit poetry.

Snapdragon Journal is an online, quarterly featuring poetry, creative nonfiction and research. Eventually, White and Briggs think they will include visual art and photography. There is a small subscription fee to receive the online and year-end print journal, but there is no cost to submit your previously published or new work. The editors of Snapdragon Journal are interested in publishing emerging and established writers.

“Your piece doesn’t have to talk specifically about healing. We don’t need to see the word [healing]. What we are hoping to do with Snapdragon Journal is provide a safe space for people to share their art and that art be something that has accompanied them on their healing journey as it will someone else’s.” White says.

Submissions are being accepted the month of January for the first issue due in March 2015.

To find out more, like why the name “Snapdragon,” and how you can submit to or support this journal, visit www.”


Additional police officers will be in the downtown area Wednesday night to encourage revelers to welcome in the New Year safely.

“Downtown is a great place to celebrate the start of 2015, and we are expecting large crowds” said Lieutenant Kevin Moore, Event Commander for New Year’s Eve.

“We want to make sure that people who visit our central business district have an enjoyable evening, and that everyone celebrates responsibly.”

Uniformed officers on Segways, bikes, foot, and in marked and unmarked vehicles will be patrolling the area to maintain the peace, and assist people when needed.

“Safety is our number one priority,” stressed Moore. “We are there to prevent people from getting into harm’s way. We will be paying special attention to folks who may be unfit to operate a motor vehicle.”

Police are encouraging people throughout the city to celebrate responsibly by having a plan to get home safely before heading out to party and certainly before consuming alcohol. “And, take care of each other,” advised Moore.

“If your buddy has had too much to drink, don’t let him drive. Everyone plays a role in keeping our city safe.” !