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Q: There is an extremely dangerous section on South Stratford Road heading west toward Hanes Mall as you get to the Silas Creek Parkway overpass. There is a steep hill just at the right of the bridge that would be easy to accidentally drive over and fall onto Silas Creek Parkway. It looks very dangerous and needs a guardrail. How can I pass this suggestion on the Department of Transportation?


Answer: We passed the information on for you. “We have reviewed the location and are exploring options to find and install a guardrail,” said J.P. Couch, division traffic engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Q: My neighbor has posted no-parking signs in front of his house on a public street. Are these enforceable?


Answer: The only enforceable signs on a city street are ones that have been posted by the city or by the state.

“If a citizen attempts to control the access on a city street by posting signs that are not authorized by the City of Winston-Salem or the State of North Carolina, then these signs are null and void to any restrictions or enforcement,” according to the Winston-Salem Police Department and the city’s Parking Enforcement Division.

Anyone with questions about parking enforcement can contact CityLink at 336-727-8000 or 311.

Q: How can I get mildew stains and smell out of a towel that was left wet in a bag?


Answer: We have heard several tips in the past for ways to rid your clothes of mildew stains.

One is to dissolve two tablespoons of Clorox 2 or a similar laundry stain remover in one quart of hot water (it won’t dissolve in cold water). Let it cool if needed, then sponge the solution onto the cloth or soak the stained area in the solution. Allow the solution to remain on the fabric from five to 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

The second solution is for white fabrics only. Mix two tablespoons of liquid chlorine bleach with one quart of warm water. Sponge or soak the stain in the solution. Rinse the fabric thoroughly after five to 15 minutes. Do not use this solution on silk, wool, or spandex.

The third concoction is made by mixing lemon juice and salt. Moisten the stain with the solution, then spread the cloth in the sun to bleach it. After several minutes, rinse the fabric thoroughly.


  • ”I would sincerely like to thank all the kind people at Hamrick’s on Saturday, June 8 who helped me when I had a dizzy spell and thought I was going to pass out.

“I would personally like to thank Hank and his daughter (who is a nurse) for assisting and staying with me; the nice ladies who fanned me with a pillow and got me water; and the gentleman who pulled my car around for me. I’d also like to extend a special thanks to Vicky and her mother for following me home in the rain to make sure I made it home safely. I was truly blessed to have experienced the selflessness of such thoughtful, kind and caring people, and I will be forever grateful.” — J.T.

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Write: Ask SAM, 418 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 

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