Why didn’t the school system delay school last Tuesday because of the fog?

Q: Tuesday morning, the visibility was terrible until mid-morning. Have Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school officials ever operated with a two-hour delay due to fog? If not, they may consider doing so in the future to be on the safe side.

Answer: Brent Campbell, communications and external relations manager for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, said school officials watch the weather and speak with other officials when the weather may be dangerous.






Trees at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds are shrouded in fog, Thursday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2022, as a front moves through the area. The front extends from the Texas-Mexico border to New England and into the Maritime provinces of Canada and produces snow behind the front. (Walt Unks/Winston-Salem Journal)


Walt Unk


“We certainly consider all factors when thinking about the safety of our bus drivers, employees who drive to work and learner drivers. Our operations team monitors the weather and monitors several factors, including visibility, in a decision to delay.

“In my 6 years here, we have not had an incident in which the visibility alone was at a level that warranted extreme caution or the need for a delay.

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“We make these decisions carefully with our entire team and in consultation with Forsyth County Emergency Management and state officials who provide the National Weather Service with weather forecasts and other information to help us make the best possible decision.

“The safety of our students and employees is a top priority,” Campbell said.

Q: Guess those election signs everywhere are not recyclable. If I’m right, what’s the most appropriate way to get rid of it next Wednesday?

Answer: Helen Peplowski, director of sustainability for the city of Winston-Salem, said the panels are not recyclable.

“These are made of corrugated plastic, so they are not recyclable. These, along with the metal stakes they are on, should be thrown in the trash.







Southside Library with Early Voting

Campaign signs are lined up outside the Southside Library for early voting Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Allison Lee Isley, Diary


Q: I was watching the Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State football game on Thursday night and must have missed what a Chanticleer is. What is that?

Answer: You might think that because a college named Coastal Carolina used Chanticleer for its mascot, it would have something to do with the sea. You’d be wrong.

According to the folks at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a chanticleer is primarily an old literary term used for a rooster.

It comes “from the old French ‘Chantecler’, rooster in the ‘Roman de Renart'”.

The Library of Congress claims that Roman de Renart is one of the best-known groups of medieval animal stories. It is a book of 26 chapters written by various writers at the end of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th century. The book imparts human characteristics and feelings to animals. He also makes fun of humans. Aesop, the fable writer, was the inspiration for the series.

Another well-known character from the series is Reynard the Fox.

The first known use of the word dates back to the 14th century.

Henry David Thoreau and Herman Melville used the term in their novels.

“to brag as vigorously as a chanticleer in the morning, standing on his perch, if only to wake up my neighbors.” -Henry David Thoreau

“As for poor Crusoe in the same sea, no saint’s bell rang during the week or the month; each day passed without contest; no singer heralded those sensual dawns, no herd mooing those poisonous nights. Herman Melville







Screenshot from the Uniont County Animal Services Facebook page shows that “Cluck Norris” has been adopted. The rooster “did his best to inspire chaos,” the agency said when announcing the bird was adopted.


Facebook screenshot, Union County Animal Services








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