LookUp Aviation to sell and build Sling Aircraft kits at Smith Reynolds Airport

The Triad is getting a new aircraft building company once a lease agreement is executed at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem. 

LookUp Aviation, led by Winston-Salem native and entrepreneur Max Maxwell along with partners Mike Ojo and Algen Albritten, plans to open in the first quarter of 2021. It will be the exclusive East Coast distributorship of South African company Sling Aircraft and occupy vacant hangar space at 3820 N. Liberty St., where it will have sales and assembly operations. 

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Forsyth Tech Early College Student Publishes a Book of Letters

Just in time for Christmas, Ocir Black, a North Carolina teenager with deep roots in Henry County, has delivered a little Christmas present to his family and his community: He has composed a book featuring mothers’ advice to their sons.

“Love Letters to My Son” includes writing by Catina King, a graduate of Magna Vista High School; Juandalyn Jones-Hunt, a graduate of Fieldale-Collinsville High School; Lisa Little, a graduate of Martinsville High School; Triaillyn Evans, a graduate of Bassett High School; and JaMese Morris Black, his mother and a graduate of FCHS.

The whole idea was inspired by the letters his grandmother, Sallie Morris-Redd, used to write to her children and grandchildren. She was a popular English teacher whose career spanned five decades, spent between Carver and Bassett High Schools. After her first husband, James Morris, passed away, she married Walter Redd and then passed away in 2017.

“I wanted a way to keep her alive,” and creating a book inspired by her letters was the way to do it, said Black, who is 15.

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Forsyth Tech alumna starts her own business during COVID-19

Scarlett Howell learned the crafty way to handle change by watching her grandmother Betsy Jane.

“I have learned over the years to embrace what life gives you even if it’s not what you envisioned,” Howell offered.

When the COVID pandemic forced the barbecue restaurant worker to hang up her apron, it opened the doors for Howell to pursue her dream. Last May, the Thomasville resident launched a business named for the grandmother who nurtured her passion for crafting — Betsy Jane Studio.

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