North Carolina is the 10th fastest growing state in the nation which means we have lots of new folks moving here every year and one of the curiosities about the Old North State that many have to come to terms with are the laws governing alcohol sales.Read More
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A true Greensboro summer tradition Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (MUSEP) will kick off it’s 40thseason at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at the White Oak Amphitheatre in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex with the Gate City Divas and David Childers & the SerpentsRead More
The city parking deck planned for North Eugene Street passed a significant milestone at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 16 when the City Council passed a resolution approving a complicated real estate transaction that should allow construction on that deck to begin.Read More
Greensboro’s Recycle Rodeo being held Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on Horse Pen Creek Road, doesn’t involve bucking aluminum cans or lassoing plastic bottles, but it does involve recycling and it’s free.Read More
Thursday, April 25 you have an opportunity to ride one of Greensboro’s 10 electric buses for free. Actually you can ride any bus in the Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) system for free that includes HEAT and SCAT, although SCAT buses are for people with disabilities that prevent them from riding the fixed route buses. And not just that but the PART buses are free as are the buses in Winston-Salem and High Point.Read More
City Council District 5 is interested in traffic and City Councilmember Tammi Thurm was prepared for a lot of traffic questions at the “Community Conversation” at the Leonard Recreation Center on Ballinger Road on Monday, April 22.Read More
Mayor Nancy Vaughan announced Thursday, April 18 that the Greensboro City Council and the Guilford County Commissioners would likely hold a joint meeting to discuss Cure Violence during a City Council work session on Tuesday, May 7.Read More
On May 21 the Greensboro City Council plans to pass a “Good Repair Ordinance” that would set minimum standards for all nonresidential buildings in the city.Read More
Mayor Nancy Vaughan quickly took control of the meeting, had four people removed by security guards and six to eight people left with them. After that the City Council had a long productive and relatively uneventful meeting.Read More
The hottest topic on the agenda for the Tuesday, April 16 City Council meeting will be tabled according to a press release from the City of Greensboro.Read More
The Guilford County Republican Party held its annual Lincoln Reagan dinner at the Embassy Suites on Saturday, April 13.It was the first major event for the Chairman David Gleeson and the new Guilford County Republican Party leadership team that was elected at the Republican county convention in March.Read More
An out of town attorney said that he’d learned the Zoning Commission meeting was the place to be in Greensboro on Monday nights. And on Monday, April 15 it was if you wanted to skip dinner and stay up late.Read More
The last meeting of the Greensboro City Council on Monday, April 1 was loud.The next meeting on Tuesday, April 16 is going to be long, but hopefully not as loud.With 72 items on the agenda, even if the City Council flies through the meeting, it’s going to take some time to handle everything.Read More
We have a really big show for you tonight.” Nobody actually used the quote from Ed Sullivan but they could have as long as they replaced tonight with next year.The Broadway Season for the inaugural year of the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro was announced at an event on Thursday, April 11 in front of what is now the Tanger construction site. And it is a really big show that will kick off with Beautiful – The Carole King MusicalMay 26-31, 2020.Read More
Greensboro, Guilford County, the eight Greensboro police officers and two Guilford County Emergency Medical Services paramedics who were present when Marcus Deon Smith died on Sept. 8, 2018 are being sued by Mary and George Smith the parents of Marcus Smith.Read More
The Greensboro City Council has heard hours of testimony about the death of Marcus Deon Smith on Sept. 8, 2018, but none of the speakers have talked about Bells Mania more commonly called excited delirium.Read More
Last week the Greensboro City Council at its meeting on Monday, April 1 and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Thursday, April 4 both discussed moving forward to implement a Cure Violence program in Greensboro. Bringing Cure Violence to Greensboro is a topic that has been discussed in the community for over a year.Read More
I would like to take issue with those on the left who hide behind the label “progressive”. Now, if these people had something that was truly forward-thinking and beneficial to offer humanity I would not have a problem.Read More
In spring, a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of … lavender? Lilacs? Ligustrum? (I know it’s a word that begins with an L.) Regardless of which way a young man’s thoughts turn, spring for many of us turns our thoughts to gardening.Read More
The lawsuit filed by Black Network Television (BNT) against the City of Greensboro has been on a long twisty road, and now it’s taken a freakish turn.
Norman Smith of Smith, James, Rowlett and Cohen who was representing BNT not only asked that he be allowed to withdraw as the counsel for BNT in a motion filed March 25 but he also asked that two of the briefs he filed on behalf of BNT be stricken from the record.Read More
Randy Carda, senior vice president at Pinnacle Financial Partners, has been named the corporate chair for JDRF’s High Point One Walk on April 27.Read More
Sometimes government is serious and deals with important topics, but sometimes it’s just funny and this flyer falls into the just funny category.
The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) usually tries to at least make an effort to appear to be nonpartisan, but even for a partisan group the flyer with the NCAE logo on it sent out earlier in the week was a little over the top.Read More
North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell would like to find out the cost of the health care the state is providing to over 727,000 employees and their dependents.
Most everyone who has ever look at a bill for any kind of medical care in the past ten years has been mystified by what it means.Read More
Candidates often run for office saying the reason they are running is they want to serve their community. But, people have plenty of opportunities to serve the community without running for office.
If you do want to serve your community and learn something about how local government actually works, there are a wealth of opportunities available.Read More
Recycling in Greensboro is going to change and not for the better.
Greensboro signed an incredibly prescient recycling contract in 2012. It then renegotiated the contract in 2016 so the contract was extended to 2020. What that means is that until June 30, 2020 Greensboro can get paid $15 for each ton of recyclable material produced by the materials recovery facility (MRF).Read More
City Councilmember Justin Outling was conspicuously absent from the second half of the Greensboro City Council town hall meeting on Monday, April 1.
Outling left the dais about 7 p.m. after the whole meeting had devolved into chaos. At that point Councilmember Goldie Wells was ordering that people standing up and shouting at the City Council be removed from the Council Chamber. Mayor Nancy Vaughan was shouting that if people didn’t sit down they would be removed. Lots of people in the audience were shouting at the City Council and in the midst of that Outling collected his iPad and walked out.Read More
Tony Wilkins has announced he is running for mayor of Greensboro in 2021.
Because the terms of the mayor and city councilmembers are now four years, there is no election in 2019, but that doesn’t mean there is no political intrigue.Read More
The Human Relations Commission held a “special meeting” last week and considering all that has been going on in the Human Relations Department it was a meeting that appeared to serve no purpose.Read More
If you were planning on sitting back after work on Tuesday, April 2 with an adult beverage and a bowl of popcorn to watch the Greensboro City Council get yelled at for a couple of hours, you’d better reschedule.Read More
It’s time to wish the Sound of the Beep a fond farewell.
We started running the Sound of the Beep at The Rhinoceros Timesin the mid 1990s. I had read an article about a newspaper hooking up an answering machine to a phone line and transcribing the results to the delight of its readers. I called up the editor to find out if there was more to it than that. He said that there wasn’t and warned me that for a month or two we’d be inundated with calls but then the calls would dwindle down to a couple a week.Read More
I was saddened to hear of the death of Dr. John Kilimanjaro, the founder and publisher of The Carolina Peacemaker.
Considering the political beliefs espoused by The Rhinoceros Times and The Carolina Peacemaker, one might think that Dr. Kilimanjaro and I would have had an adversarial relationship. But it is a great testimony to Dr. Kilimanjaro’s ability to see the good in people that through the years, although often on opposite sides of the political fence, we not only found ways to work together, but also to become friends.
So much for transparency.
Greensboro restricted the public’s access to city hall on Wednesday, March 27 but was there a public hearing, a public announcement, even a press release to the public, to the people who pay the bills, to let them know that their access to city hall was being restricted.Read More
Mayor Nancy Vaughan officially welcomed the eBay team and the participating business owners to the eBay Retail Revival kickoff at Revolution Mill on Wednesday, March 27.Read More
State Rep. Jon Hardister agreed that in the proposed state education bond referendum it appeared that Guilford County as the third largest school system in the state “was not getting as much as it should.”Read More
Somebody in Raleigh doesn’t much like Guilford County, in fact a whole bunch of folks must not like Guilford County judging from House Bill 241 which if passed would put a referendum for a $1.9 billion bond for statewide education construction on the ballot in 2020, but wouldn’t do much for Guilford County.Read More
The whole Michael Cohen Congressional testimony provides a fascinating look at the wonderful world of politics. Back when Cohen was in President Donald Trump’s camp, the Republicans put a lot of credence in what he said and the Democrats said he was a sleazy lawyer and a liar.Read More