The Clemmons Courier was founded in 1960 by Myrtle Tomlinson as the village of Clemmons began to grow as a suburb of Winston-Salem, and when Interstate-40 was completed. Mrs. Tomlinson’s husband, Gordon, was publisher of the Davie County Enterprise Record. She first set up shop in Weatherwax Pharmacy and interviewed customers for the newspaper and served as publisher until her retirement in 1985. Dwight Sparks has served as publisher since then. The newspaper’s office is in the heart of the village at 3600 Clemmons Road. Located on the Yadkin River, Clemmons has grown to become an upscale suburban community.
To serve the people of Southwest Forsyth County
Published Thursdays; 2,000
Member: NC Press Association
Member: National Newspaper Association
Member: Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce
Sponsor: Southwest Forsyth Little League
Sponsor: Titan Tattler program to encourage high school journalism
Community Service Award to Dwight Sparks from the Rotary Club of Clemmons 2012
Winner of many NC Press Association journalism awards
Recognized by the NC National Guard and Army Reserve
Clemmons has a wide array of civic organizations â€” two Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis, the Civic Club, Fiddle & Bow, Southwest Forsyth Little League, Forsyth Broncos, Lewisville Titans and the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce.
Clemmons was a quiet village featuring many large surrounding dairy farms and estates until Interstate 40 made it an easy drive to Winston-Salem in the early 1960s. The population is now 19,109 with a median household income of $62,521. The population is well educated, and the local high school, West Forsyth High, is recognized among the best in North Carolina.
Clemmons was founded in 1802 by merchant Peter Clemmons. Trade â€” in the form of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and more â€” continues to make Clemmons a hub of retail activity.
Clemmons was incorporated in 1986.
The beautiful Tanglewood Park is among the best features of Clemmons with two 18-hole golf courses and a wide variety of activities including horseback riding, walking trails, picnicking, a dog park and a tiny historic church used for many weddings. At Christmas, the park transforms into a Festival of Lights driving show that attracts tens of thousands. A beautiful arboretum and rose garden are also inside the park. The bluebird’s best friend, Bill Abbey, maintains more than 50 birdhouses on the park grounds and encourages others to take up his hobby.
Clemmons is a popular retirement location featuring Bermuda Village Retirement Center and others.
Major industries include Hayward Industries, Golding Farms, Joyce Foods and Triumph Actuation Systems.
The climate is pleasant with an average of 44 inches of rain a year. With the help of irrigation from the Yadkin River, golf courses are well maintained. There is also a large youth soccer complex on the banks of the river that attracts tournament participation from across the state.
Average annual rainfall is 46 inches; snowfall, 8.6 inches.