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Past articles by Melissa:

Chris Kelly of ROCK 92’s ‘2 Guys Named Chris’ loses thousands in landscaping scam

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Somebody was at the front door of Chris Kelly’s house with an offer. “He said they’d just put pine needles down at my neighbor’s house and had some left over and he’d give me a good deal,” Kelly said. Chris Kelly, from ROCK 92’s “2 Guys Named Chris,” has a […] → Read More

What are the laws for panhandling in the Piedmont Triad?

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — Brittany Thomas seems like any typical mother with children on the playground, but her family is homeless. She told FOX8, “We’ve been hit hard by COVID. We’ve been in hotels.” She was working as a cook when she was diagnosed with COVID-19, and a string of bad decisions and bad luck followed. […] → Read More

How to find the right nursing home for your loved one

(WGHP) — The best time to pick a nursing home is before you need one. Ashley Marcolivio works with the Area Agency on Aging to help people navigate problems with long-term care. “If you need care, and you can’t be in your home, let’s try to make things as best as we can,” Marcolivio said. […] → Read More

Here are ways to help kids understand financial literacy

(WGHP) — 11-year-old Liam has learned important lessons on how to budget money. “In our house, we have three jars. One is for saving, one is for giving and one is for spending,” he said. It’s a concept that’s simple enough for kids to understand and for parents to execute. “Kids shouldn’t come into adulthood and […] → Read More

Archdale man hosts online show to sell gourmet dishes

(WGHP) — Some think of as the next generation of the “Home Shopping Network.” It’s live-streamed commerce. There are all types of businesses featured. You download the app, create an account, watch a show and make purchases if you like. Craig Arnold with Cherry Orchard Foods in Archdale hosts a show. He sells his […] → Read More

Experts offer tips, services for small claims court disputes

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — You can buy, sell or rent just about anything on your own like never before! But these types of peer-to-peer transactions aren’t always regulated. If there’s a disagreement, what do you do? Small claims court can provide the solution. In North Carolina, small claims court is part of the district court […] → Read More

Plan for your financial future with money mapping

(WGHP) — You might have a budget, but do you have a money map? Tim Maurer with Triad Financial Advisers explains, “Money mapping is somewhat different from budgeting because budgeting just looks at the present, that one moment in time, what’s happening with your money right then. Money mapping takes a bigger view. It’s a […] → Read More

These are the North Carolina resources that can help you beat eviction

(WGHP) — We first introduced you to Christian Anderson at Evangel Fellowship Church as she led a unity concert, but she hasn’t been immune to the effects of the pandemic. It’s been tough on her emotionally and financially. “My trust and faith in God has kept through this entire pandemic,” she said. She missed a […] → Read More

Mother honors memory of daughter killed on United Flight 93 at Eastern Randolph High School

(WGHP) — Pat Waugh remembers the phone call. “My mother called me and said, ‘Do you have your TV on?’ and I said no. And she said, ‘Well, turn it on. A plane just crashed into a building in New York.’” Most of us of a certain age have strong memories of Sept. 11, 2001, […] → Read More

Stasher’s reusable bags promise to save space & money; are they a deal or a dud?

(WGHP) — Save money and cabinet space with Stasher. That’s the promise from the makers of these reusable bags. They’re made of platinum silicone which means they are non-toxic. We put a sandwich made with a large piece of bread into a sandwich-size Stasher bag. We had to be careful putting the bread in, but […] → Read More

Local lawmakers can’t always consider homeowners biggest concerns in rezoning decisions

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — We’ve shared with you the stories of homeowners from across the Piedmont Triad expressing frustration about rezoning proposals. Here’s a quick summary of the process: zoning regulations govern how land can be used and developed. Rezoning can happen when a property owner submits an application to the local governing body asking […] → Read More

‘Picture This’ app helps you figure out what that beautiful flower is

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — When you visit a beautiful garden like Reynolda Gardens in Winston-Salem, you may not be able to identify many of the plants you encounter. That’s why the director of Reynolda Gardens, Jon Roethling, puts placards with plant names out and about. “When someone is walking through and they smell something and […] → Read More

Cast iron skillets and other camping must-haves for your summer fun!

It’s a popular time of year to go camping. FOX8 talked with Jacob Palmer at to get advice on having a great camping experience. “You’ve got to figure out what style of camping appeals to you the most. Some people like the comfort of car camping where you can bring more of the comforts […] → Read More

From life jackets to Roombas, summer pet essentials you’ll love!

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — Having a pet comes with a lot of responsibility! Jacob Palmer with talked about ways to make getting your pet essentials simple! Palmer said, “Consider shopping online. Chewy is a great option for people who want everything they need delivered right to their doorstep. And, recently, Amazon has gotten […] → Read More

Big Joe Pool Floats put to the Deal or Dud test!

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — No air required for Big Joe pool floats! They are packed with lightweight, buoyant beans. Think of a bean bag chair for the water! Can that really work in the pool? FOX8 asked Jack and Charlie to put these pool floats to the Deal or Dud test. They tried the Big […] → Read More

What’s the best grill on the market ahead of Memorial Day weekend?

(WGHP) — Memorial Day is coming up, people are gathering outside on their patios, and with many taking the last year to get much better at cooking, has seen an influx in interest in both grills and smokers.’s Jacob Palmer told FOX8 that charcoal grills are for people who value flavor and the […] → Read More

Homeowner associations not regulated in North Carolina

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (WGHP) — Brookberry Farm is a planned residential community in Winston-Salem that offers its homeowners incredible amenities. “The pool, fitness center, barn, clubhouse were all here, so it attracted buyers to the community and they knew where their money was going,” said Maria Kazakos, with Berkshire Hathaway. She said that it was important […] → Read More

Thin Hair Thick put to the Deal or Dud test

Connie Snyder is a brave, compassionate woman who wants to help others through her own journey searching for a hair loss solution. “I wanted something that would not damage my hair. You know it was going to damage my hair it’s not for me, like clipping extensions, glue and extensions. They’re going to pull on […] → Read More

Does the Cool Turtle mask enhancer live up to its name? We put it to the Deal or Dud test

Does the Cool Turtle mask enhancer live up to its name? FOX8 is putting it to the Deal or Dud test! → Read More

Here’s how to protect your devices from being hacked

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — More and more people are reporting about massive computer hacks and saying strong passwords don’t offer enough protection. Two-factor authentication can help but not always. A new way to protect your computer’s data may seem old-fashioned: it’s a physical key. There are a few security keys on the market. Google, Thetis […] → Read More