Author: Scott D. Yost

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New Chairman’s E-Notice Vote Shocks Guilford County Board of Commissioners

When brand new Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Alan Branson cast his vote at a Thursday, Dec. 7 meeting to delay implementation of a new electronic public notice system, his fellow Republican commissioners were so stunned that they stopped the meeting in its tracks and asked Branson repeatedly if he was sure he’d understood the motion correctly. Once it was clear that Branson knew exactly what his vote meant, some fellow Republicans were visibly irritated with the man they had elected chairman just moments earlier. For months, Guilford County staff – in the clerk’s office, the...

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State Gives High Point Go Ahead on Stadium Funding, Despite Lack of County Support

In this age when people are very much supposed to understand that no means no, the City of High Point absolutely refuses to take no for an answer. High Point just got state approval to issue $35 million in limited obligation bonds to fund a new baseball stadium – a centerpiece of that city’s downtown rejuvenation project – but that approval came despite the fact that Guilford County didn’t respond to High Point’s calls to help fund it by contributing roughly $11 million in anticipated future tax revenue. High Point wanted that money to come from expected property tax...

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If You Skip Yost’s Column, No Present for You

  Well, Christmas is coming fast upon us and the kids are all snug in their beds like a mouse, and I’m sure you are shopping like crazy and running around to malls and stores like a chicken with its head cut off (though, of course, a chicken that could somehow still see to drive and one whose feet could reach the pedals to operate a motor vehicle.) Anyway, all those technicalities aside, like I said, I know a lot of you are still way behind on your shopping – and you therefore think you don’t have enough time...

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New Guilford County Chairman’s Priorities are Jobs, Schools, Water, Cats and Dogs

Guilford County government now has two brand new leaders running the show – Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Alan Branson and Vice Chairman Justin Conrad. Both were elected to those positions with unanimous support from their fellow commissioners on Thursday, Dec. 7 and, now that it’s too late for them to be careful what they ask for, both men are looking toward 2018 and formulating their plan of attack. The Guilford County commissioners have no more meetings scheduled for 2017, but starting right after the New Year there will be plenty of activity for Guilford County government. Branson...

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Yost to Decide Who is Naughty

Well, as you know, usually, when it comes to the US mail, the letters and other things they bring you don’t include much good news. However, the other day, I opened my mail and there was a very flattering invitation from the US government, which had chosen me for an extraordinary honor. The letter said, in very formal wording, that they wanted me to serve on a jury. I’m not sure exactly sure what it was that caused them to select me, but my best guess is that they’ve read what I written over the years and have gotten...

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Alamance and Guilford End War Over County Line – Follow Straight And Narrow

It only took about a century or so, but thanks to a recent unanimous vote by the Alamance County Board of Commissioners, Guilford and Alamance counties are finally on the path to resolving the county line dispute that has created constant problems for years. There have been about ten years of on-again, off-again negotiations over what should happen with the county line: Should it be straight, as the state originally intended, or should it be a “zigzag” line as many property owners wanted? The Alamance County commissioners answered that question on Monday, Nov. 20 with a 5-to-0 vote to...

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County Playing Let’s Make An Animal Shelter

In the TV game show Let’s Make a Deal, contestants were asked to choose between three doors; at a Tuesday, Nov. 28 work session, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners were asked to choose between three options for a future animal shelter.  At the end of that work session, the commissioners left all three doors closed for this year, as they seek more information and put more thought into it.  Commissioners said a final decision would likely come at their Thursday, Jan. 18 meeting. Behind Door Number One is a large, shiny new $15 million 42,000-square-foot animal shelter option,...

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Reentry Council Gets $150K from the State to Keep the Ex in Ex-Con

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has just granted Guilford County $150,000 to help in the county’s effort to cut down on criminal recidivism. The money will be used to establish a new “Reentry Council” that will assist former inmates as they reenter free society after serving time. The office for the council will be at 2301 W. Meadowview Road in Greensboro at the NCWorks Career Center. The program will use the $150,000 – an amount likely to recur in coming years – to work with men and women released from prison and jail. The Reentry Council, which...

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Guilford County Hires New Animal Shelter Director

After months of looking, Guilford County has hired a new Animal Services director to oversee the Guilford County Animal Shelter and the other services provided by that department. The new director, who has more than a quarter of a century of experience in a wide range of animal welfare services, is Jorge Ortega, who previously served as the senior director of operations for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Adoption Center in New York. Ortega comes very highly regarded in the animal welfare community and his hiring is expected to renew confidence in the...

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Say Yes Looks Ahead After 2017 Setback

Say Yes Guilford hasn’t said much publicly in recent months, however, behind the scenes, Say Yes officials have been meeting to figure out which direction to take the highly touted scholarship program that saw a huge setback earlier this year. Leaders of the group have now adopted a set of 12-month goals for Say Yes Guilford that includes being more open about finances, a reevaluation of the group’s governance structure, the creation of a task force to determine future funding goals and a desire to create a program in which all families, not just low-income ones, will get “tangible...

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Yost Welcomes Victoria’s Secret Supermodels

Now, no one in the history of human kind has ever put the cheese on the bottom of the burger – because it’s horribly messy and the cheese melts on the bun and onto the plate and, frankly, because it’s just plain creepy.   – Yost Column, Nov. 16, 2017     It’s always weird when somebody you don’t like dies. I remember one time someone who was kind of a jerk died suddenly, and a group of us who knew him were standing around talking and each person said nice things about him. When they were done, they...

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Piedmont Triad Film Commission Shoots for the Stars – and for Other Projects as Well

Most of the talk about potential economic development in Guilford County these days revolves around giant carmakers or aircraft companies or other major brick and mortar projects, but there’s another sometimes overlooked type of economic development that brings millions of dollars into Guilford County each year. That’s the film, television and photography industry. The NC Piedmont Triad Film Commission leads the effort to maximize those entertainment industry dollars and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners recently gave the group a stamp of approval in the form of a $35,000 grant, awarded on a unanimous vote. Guilford County Manager Marty...

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Yost Fishing for News & Record Job

Always the inquisitive one, I had to know why they were better than all the cheese straws that I had tasted before. I complimented Sena, and then asked, “What is your secret?”   – Elizabeth Karmel, News & Record, Oct. 18, 2017     Each year, toward the end of it, I like to, in the interest of the all-inclusive holiday spirit, take a moment and congratulate our loyal competition – the grand old News & Record – on another year well done of providing insightful commentary, excellent editorials and informative news stories for area citizens. In that spirit of...

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PTIA Sets Its Eyes on the Sky

Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) has seen a tremendous amount of activity lately – new construction, terminal upgrades, increasing freight and passenger traffic, preparations for a new weather and plane tracking tower, major runway renovations and new restaurants in the terminals. And now the airport is about to experience a major milestone: HAECO Americas’ fifth hangar – a $70 million project that will be the aircraft maintenance company’s largest PTIA hangar – is just weeks from completion, and soon it will bring even more action to the airport. When that 176,000-square-foot hangar, which is nearly twice the size of...

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New Public Notice Law Could Be Gold Mine For Guilford County

Guilford County is about to move the method of public notification out of the 19th century and into the 21st. That’s thanks to legislation the North Carolina General Assembly passed earlier this year that made Guilford County a pilot program in the way the public is notified when notification is required by law. The new legislation allows Guilford County to advertise legally required announcements electronically on the county’s website at no out-of-pocket cost, rather than paying exorbitant advertising rates charged by the paid circulation newspapers in Guilford County. Beginning Friday, Dec. 1, Guilford County is the only county in...

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Freestyle Voters Display Write-in Creativity

In every election, citizens from all over Guilford County go into voting booths and participate in the very serious act of casting ballots to elect their leaders. Well, it’s “serious” for the most part: In elections – including the most recent one – there are always some voters who get into the booth, see the tempting blank space for write-in votes in some of the races and decide to use that option for something other than its intended purpose. Often, people use the write-in blank for purposes of humor, creative expression or self-promotion. Some voters use the space to...

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Yost Makes Mountain Out Of Cheeseburger

I was extremely alarmed the other day when I saw the news about the new Google cheeseburger emoji – the small icon used in texting, email, etc. Now, it might sound like a very minor thing when I say it that way, but it’s clear to me that the Google cheeseburger emoji has suddenly out of nowhere become the most important thing in the world. If you don’t know, Google just released its new set of emojis, and the cheeseburger emoji wasn’t just any old cheeseburger. Google’s burger, amazingly, has the cheese on the bottom. Now, you may have...

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Old Guilford County Court House Should Be Ready For Its Close-up in 2019

These days, people walking behind the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in downtown Greensboro often just stop in their tracks and stare – and sometimes they whip out their phones and take a picture. The particular item of interest that’s now drawing all the looky-loos is an intricate wall of scaffolding that completely covers the back of the building that serves as the center of Guilford County government. The new outer layer on the rear is part of a roughly $3.5 million project to restore the Old Court House to its former glory and...

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Animal Shelter Alone in the Dog House with State Inspectors

There are 125 publicly run animal shelters in the State of North Carolina and only one of those – the Guilford County Animal Shelter – is currently operating under a failed inspection status. Guilford County hopes it has finally found an answer for that and other shelter problems: After months of searching, the county has now made an offer to an applicant for the Guilford County Animal Services director position and hopes to have a new director in a matter of days. County officials say some of the shelter’s recent problems are due to the fact that it hasn’t...

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High Point to Get Its Own Family Justice Center

High Point doesn’t get everything it wants from Guilford County but the Guilford County commissioners have decided, after more than two years of debate, to give that city its own Family Justice Center. The new center – meant to be a “one-stop” service for domestic violence victims and provide a wide range of other family services – will be built in the county’s High Point courthouse and is expected to open in September 2018. Guilford County, with the help of $250,000 from the City of Greensboro, opened a Family Justice Center at 201 S. Greene St. in downtown Greensboro...

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Board of Commissioners to Choose Alan Branson Chair and Justin Conrad for Vice

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners won’t elect a new chairman and vice chairman until Thursday, Dec 7, but, behind the scenes, talks have already determined who will take those leadership roles: Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson will serve as chairman of the board for the next year and Commissioner Justin Conrad will be vice chairman. When Branson was asked if he would be chairman, he said, “Well, I’m going to give it a shot.” Several county commissioners said this week that Branson does have at least the five votes needed to be chairman of the nine-member board and...

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High Point Stadium Supporters Counter County Jedi Mind Game with Little Red Hen

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has canceled its planned Thursday, Nov. 16 meeting and, while the commissioners may not have meant to send a message to the City of High Point with that move – they sent one nevertheless. The decision means High Point leaders can drop any last hopes they had that the Guilford County commissioners would make a decision to help finance a $35 million stadium before a critical date: High Point staff plan to meet with the Local Government Commission (LGC) on Tuesday, Dec. 5, to get state approval for the loan needed to build...

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iPhone Should Go Back to Kindergarten

The calculator app on the new iPhone OS is a wee bit flawed…When you quickly type 1+2+3 on the iOS 11 calculator app, you most likely wouldn’t get six as the answer. You might get 23, or 24, or 16, or 32, or something else, depending on what buttons you tap and in what order, and, obviously, none of which is the right answer.   – Boy Genius Report (BGR)     Don’t get me wrong. I like Daylight Saving Time as much as the next guy, and every time the clocks fall back in fall or spring forward...

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Flying Rocks and Water Concerns Tip Scales Against Pleasant Garden Quarry Rezoning

Opponents of a proposed rock quarry mining and blasting operation near Pleasant Garden breathed a huge sigh of relief last week when the Guilford County commissioners voted not to allow mining there – but the matter could be appealed to Guilford County Superior Court. If the board had approved the rezoning request at the commissioners Thursday, Nov. 2 meeting, and had followed that at a later meeting with approval of a special-use permit, Texas-based Lehigh Hanson would have had the green light to conduct rock blasting and mining on about 60 acres of a 350-acre area in southeast Guilford...

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Yost May Have Destroyed the Future

Three days ago, I was shooting basketball at Kirkwood Park by myself and something utterly amazing happened: In an area behind some heavy brush near the court, I heard this very, very loud commotion – it was a whirring sound followed by a loud “boom.” I walked toward the sound and, nervously, I crouched down and pushed aside some bushes and peaked at the scene. There were two men sitting there in the seats of a large contraption that looked like it was from a science fiction film or an H.G. Well’s novel or whatever. One was older, perhaps...

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County Says It Shouldn’t Have to Pay $600K for City Redistricting Lawsuit

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is attempting to collect more than $600,000 in legal fees from the Guilford County Board of Elections, but a new court filing from Guilford County in response to that suit argues that the lawsuit is completely baseless and it would be totally unjust for the Board of Elections to be forced to pay attorney’s fees for a 2015 redistricting case it wanted nothing to do with in the first place. Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne said that, in this case, the Board of Elections has just about the best defense anyone could ask...

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Say Yes to Education Cleveland 2017 looks a lot like Say Yes to Education Guilford 2015

Say Yes to Education in Guilford County had a very rocky 2017, but the program’s problems in Guilford County Schools haven’t dampened one iota the mass wave of enthusiasm accompanying the kickoff of a brand new Say Yes program 500 miles to the north – in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in Ohio. Residents, educators and political leaders in Cleveland are – just like their Guilford County counterparts were two years ago – sky high over the rollout of the new Say Yes program. The celebratory events, ecstatic proclamations and abundant expressions of delight in Cleveland bear a remarkable...

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GCEDA Amazon Bid: Putting the Try in Triad

Two hundred and thirty-two metro areas across North America applied to be the home of the second Amazon headquarters – and somewhere in that pile of applications in Seattle is a joint submission by Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. Though the chance of Amazon coming here is roughly the same as the chance of winning the Powerball without buying a ticket, area economic development officials at the Thursday, Oct. 26 Guilford County Economic Development Alliance (GCEDA) meeting said there were some other very good reasons to apply besides the admittedly slim chance of winning Amazon over. Local leaders and...

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Commissioner Says He’s Not Falling For High Point’s Jedi Mind Trick Concerning Stadium

One thing is crystal clear: High Point is absolutely, positively, 100 percent, categorically committed to building a downtown baseball stadium. The High Point City Council showed that determination to proceed with the major downtown revitalization project at its Thursday, Oct. 19 meeting, where the council voted 8 to 1 to enter into a contract with Elliot Sidewalk Communities – the project’s master developer and consultant – and also voted 8 to 1 to approve “plan B” for financing the stadium. “Plan A” called for Guilford County to help fund the project to the tune of $11 million, but that...

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County Animal Shelter Gets New Top Dog

Guilford County Manager Marty Lawing got a new title on Friday, Oct. 20 – “interim Guilford County animal services director.” County managers in North Carolina, and other states for that matter, usually spend most of their day in a quiet, cushy office, but, for the immediate future at least, Lawing will be spending a lot more of his time in a noisy, odor-filled animal shelter. This move is Guilford County’s latest effort to take control of a problem-riddled shelter that’s now failed two consecutive state inspections. The change comes after a rash of complaints in recent weeks from rescue...

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An Embarrasment of Free Movie Riches

In this brand new Chevy with a lift kit It’d look a whole lot better with you up in it – Florida Georgia Line, from the song “Cruise”   When President Trump came to my neighborhood for a fundraiser two weeks ago, myself and hundreds of other gawkers and looky-loos were standing around and, before the president’s caravan (15 or so dark black SUV’s with tinted windows) arrived, the cops made an announcement to everyone lining the street. “Do not jump in front of the president’s vehicles!” he said. “They will not stop for you! They will not stop!”...

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Worley Smith, New Voice of Guilford County

After years of debate over creating the position, and months of looking for the right person to fill it, Guilford County has finally chosen a public relations specialist dedicated to handling the press, interacting with the public, making announcements for Guilford County – and, more generally, putting a positive spin on county actions and missteps. For that challenging job, Guilford County has selected Worley Smith. The county hired Smith away from the City of High Point, where he was serving as a communications specialist in the Communications & Public Engagement department. In his new position with Guilford County, Smith...

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High Point Taking Its Ballpark and Going Home

High Point leaders are tired of watching the Guilford County commissioners “prance and preen around” when it comes to financing a major downtown baseball stadium project, and High Point’s elected officials are taking their ballpark and going home. That is, they’re now going to find a way to fund the initiative without any help from the Guilford County commissioners. High Point leaders say they would still like for Guilford County to help fund the “Downtown Catalyst Project” – a major public initiative meant to revitalize downtown with a multi-use stadium. But a special High Point City Council meeting scheduled...

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School Cafeterias Have High Health GPA, But Some of the Facilities Are C Students

There are 3,429 public establishments – restaurants, hospitals, childcare centers, pools, nursing homes, educational facilities, etc. – that the Guilford County Health Department inspects and grades on a scale of A, B and C. The county’s public health inspection database lists 24 public establishments that have received a C grade since July 1, 2012 – the lowest assigned grade, which falls between 70 and 79.5 – and that category is completely dominated by schools. Of the 24 establishments that have gotten a C grade in recent years, 20 are schools; and, of all the institutions and establishments that public...

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Yost Almost Brings Home the Bacon

The other day, I left a Guilford County commissioners meeting at about 8:40 p.m. and, on the way home, I had just enough time to stop in at Deep Roots and get a few things I needed. I got some chicken, bacon, cranberries, unsweetened coconut milk and a couple of other items. At Deep Roots, where the staff is very conscientious, they are doing their best to save the planet, so they always ask you if you want a bag, and it’s more like a test than an option: You’re never supposed to say “Yes,” because, if you needed...

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Prison Farm Greenhouses to See BEST Days Yet with Hydroponic Farming

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department’s large greenhouses at the Guilford County Prison Farm near Gibsonville have been unused for several years, but a new hydroponic farming program for troubled youths will breathe new life into those greenhouses. Up until about three years ago, the Sheriff’s Department used inmate labor to grow plants at the greenhouses to sell to the public. The new program will bring plants and people back into two of those four now-dormant greenhouses. Guilford County has entered into a contract with BEST (Brothers Excelling with Self-sufficiency to Thrive), a non-denominational 501(c)(3) organization that uses Bible-based principals...

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High Point Trying to Get to Second Base with County

High Point officials and business leaders who back a proposed baseball stadium and economic revitalization project in downtown High Point didn’t like it one bit last month when the Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted 8 to 1 to delay a decision on whether Guilford County would help finance the $35-million stadium – and those same leaders have been getting even more frustrated in the three weeks following that vote as they now play the waiting game. Project proponents have been pleading with the Guilford County commissioners for nearly three months for the county to contribute about $11.1 million...

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Like Dangerfield, DHHS Board Gets No Respect

Most people know about “the man without a country,” but few people know about the board without a county. Technically, the Guilford County Health and Human Services Advisory Board is a part of Guilford County government; however, three years into the existence of the board, it’s getting zero respect. The board is packed with prominent medical professionals as well as those with a great deal of social service experience – such as former Guilford County Commissioner Mary Rakestraw, who was on the Guilford County Board of Social Services for nine years – are all eager to contribute their expertise...

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Solving The Mystery Of The Guilford Cup

October is here and that can only mean one thing: Guilford County and the City of Greensboro facing off in football in the third annual Guilford Cup Challenge, the charity competition that pits the two local governments against each other in three sports – football, basketball and softball. Or rather, October used to mean that sports battle got underway. There will be no Guilford Cup games this year because the city and county staff either didn’t have any desire to continue the new tradition or simply forgot about it. This season would have been a rubber match: In the...

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Guilford Animal Shelter Fails Inspection Again

The Guilford County Animal Shelter has failed inspection and been hit with civil penalties. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the Veterinary Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sent a “Notice of Civil Penalties and Notice of Warning” to Guilford County along with failing inspection results that listed numerous problems found at the shelter. The inspection report cited, among other infractions, a failure to address the spread of communicable disease at the shelter, a lack of required rabies vaccinations and a failure to provide water continuously to dogs while outside. The Oct. 4 inspection results –...

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High Point Stadium Leads to Talk of Secession

If anyone wants to know how seriously the City of High Point takes its proposed baseball project and downtown renovation plan, one need look no further than to the fact that some High Point officials are considering forming a separate county – one freed from the oppressive chains of Guilford County government. In recent weeks, that idea has grown in popularity and, while logistics make the move an improbability, the expanding Free High Point political movement shows just how angry and upset that city’s business leaders and elected officials are with what they see as the commissioners’ continued foot-dragging...

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It’s Raining Awards at County Health Services

Guilford County Health Director Merle Green has won the prestigious Carl Durham Award for Leadership in Public Health from the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health (ANCBH); and the county’s JustTEENS program – which runs clinics targeted at those under 19 years of age – has been named as GlaxoSmithKline’s model program of the year, one that the company believes should be emulated by other public health departments. Jean Douglas, the chair of the Guilford County Health and Human Service Advisory Committee, said she couldn’t be more proud of Green given the big honor she just pulled down....

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Yost Lays Down the Movie Law

Well, I’ve had movies on the brain this week because any day now my new fantastic MoviePass is going to arrive in the mail and I’m going to start seeing a new movie every day at no cost – so it’s absolutely no wonder that movies are on my mind. In all my thinking about movies this week, it hit me that people teach you how to drive before they let you take a car out on the road, and they teach you how to operate heavy machinery before they let you do that – yet no one ever...

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Yost Will See You At The Movies, Maybe

Sliced bread was invented in 1928 when Otto Rohwedder, of Davenport, Iowa, introduced the first official bread-slicing machine to the world, and, with it, the best thing ever was born: the wonderful world-changing industry of prepackaged sliced bread. Now, as you are no doubt well aware, nothing has ever surpassed sliced bread, which is why we always use that 1928 landmark as a reference point and it’s why great new things are always the best thing “since sliced bread” but are never better than it. Some great innovations and new products have drawn comparisons to sliced bread over the...

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High Point Wanted Yes or No on Baseball Stadium Money, County Gave Strong Maybe

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners did an impersonation of the Magic 8 Ball when, to the question of whether the county would help fund High Point’s downtown baseball stadium project, the commissioners answered, “Reply Hazy – Try Again Later.” While that’s not a “no,” that answer still greatly frustrated High Point officials who didn’t want to see any delay regarding the $135 million downtown revitalization effort that is on a very strict timeline. High Point leaders hope that the centerpiece of the project – a $30 million baseball stadium – will be open by spring 2019 so the...

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Sheriff, Dogs and Cats Seeing Signs of New Digs

Guilford County just took a big step forward on two major and long-awaited projects – building a new county animal shelter and conducting a massive renovation of the old county jail in downtown Greensboro to create an office for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department. On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners named the architects and revealed details for both projects, which the commissioners have been discussing for years. Guilford County has selected PNP Design Group to design the new animal shelter. That Greensboro-based firm, which has worked with the county on many projects before, will begin...

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Former County Tax Director Remembered Fondly by Friends, Family and Coworkers

Jenks Crayton, who served as Guilford County tax director for nearly a decade, and who passed away at 55 on Friday, Sept. 15, is being remembered fondly by family, friends and the Guilford County employees he worked with for so many years. Guilford County Benefits Manager Carol Campbell, who works in the county’s Human Resources Department, said she has wonderful memories of Crayton, and she added that he was a very considerate person who was a delight to be around. “He was a very, very nice man,” Campbell said. “I really think of Jenks as the quintessential Southern gentlemen.”...

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County Animal Shelter Lets Personal Vendetta Overrule Good Sense, Rejects Baptists’ Donation

You might think that, if one of the largest and oldest churches in High Point had collected a great deal of pet food, animal toys, electric fans and other needed items for the Guilford County Animal Shelter, the shelter would take those items. But when First Baptist Church of High Point told the Animal Shelter the good news, the shelter rudely told the church that it did not want the items and it would not participate in a connected church-sponsored bless the animals celebration and adoption event meant to help shelter animals find homes. Church member Art Cole, who...

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Pleasant Garden Quarry Gets Favorable But Confusing Vote, Now It’s Up To Commissioners

The hundreds of opponents of a proposed move to allow blasting at a rock quarry near Pleasant Garden stood and applauded gleefully on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the packed Old Guilford County Court House after there was confusion over the ruling of the Guilford County Planning Board that actually moved the project forward with a “favorable” recommendation. Texas-based construction material supply company Lehigh Hanson has proposed rock mining using blasting at the large quarry just south of Pleasant Garden, and the celebrants who congratulated each other in the hallways and outside of the Old Court House right after the...

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High Point Pitching Hard on Baseball Issue But County Says They’re All Curveballs

Guilford County’s most watched soap opera, drama, comedy and tragedy all rolled up into one is coming up on its season finale and people on both sides of the issue are waiting with bated breath to see how it turns out. There have been a lot of twists and turns in the plot so far, but the heart of the storyline is simple enough: High Point officials want Guilford County to give that city $11.1 million in predicted increased county tax revenues over the next 20 years to help pay back the cost of the $45 million baseball stadium...

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