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Q: Is there any law in the city limits of Winston-Salem that says I couldn’t put a sawmill on my property?


Answer: “It depends,” said Chris Murphy, deputy director of planning and development services for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

“If sawmilling trees for your own use, it would be fine, so long as noise ordinances were adhered to and if permanent, the structure was permitted,” he said. “If for commercial use — milling for others for a business or milling to use the wood for off-site use/construction purposes — then you could not do it on your property. You would need commercial zoning.”

You can find more information at the Planning and Development Services’ website,, and you can contact that office if you need further assistance.

Pets and Mosquitoes

With summer approaching, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association has released some tips for protecting your pets from mosquito-borne illnesses.

“It’s important to make sure our pets are vaccinated and up-to-date on preventative medicines against parasitic and mosquito-borne diseases,” according to the group. “North Carolina is at a great risk for heartworm and Lyme diseases, as well as Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).” EEE is deadly to horses but can be prevented through vaccination. WNV is most commonly found in birds.

Symptoms in pets can be similar to other diseases, so it can be hard to differentiate the more serious diseases. The NCVMA recommends watching for itchiness, irritation and the presence of mosquitoes. Other symptoms include vomiting, lethargic nature, lack of appetite, weight loss, or difficulty breathing.

To protect your pet against diseases, the first step is to talk with your veterinarian about preventative measures such as vaccinations and mosquito repellents. Here are some other tips from the NCVMA and from

  • Make sure there is no dirty standing water in your yard, such as in water bowls, bird baths, untreated pools or ponds, since that is a common habitat for mosquitoes.
  • Watch for holes in screens of doors and windows that could allow insects to enter otherwise safe indoor spaces.
  • Avoid being too close to lights that attract insects during dusk and night hours.
  • Look for bug sprays that are formulated especially for pets. Some sprays meant for humans contain ingredients that are not safe for animals.

You can read more at from-Mosquitoes.


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