Author: Scott D. Yost

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Royal Wedding Roils Yost, Probably Groom As Well

You may have been thrilled and awed by the royal wedding Saturday, but I was not: In fact, I didn’t care about it at all except that I knew the television coverage would keep me from watching SpongeBob SquarePants as I usually do each Saturday morning. If you have somehow managed to avoid the massive news coverage, the marriage Saturday was between Prince Harry and Marla Maples, who, if I’m not mistaken, was Donald Trump’s former wife. I guess now she can say she’s been married to both a future president and a future king. I’ve never understood the...

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Summerfield Town Council: Assault Claim Filed By Teresa Pegram Against Dena Barnes

Summerfield Town Councilmember Teresa Pegram has filed an assault charge against fellow Town Councilmember Dena Barnes. Pegram filed the charge of “simple assault” with the Guilford County magistrate’s office on Thursday, May 17, claiming that Dena Barnes assaulted her during a Monday, April 23 closed session of the Summerfield Town Council. That closed session was held to discuss the highly publicized removal of former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck from the six-person council. Pegram said she didn’t wish to make any statement at this time regarding her filing but she indicated that she might be willing to do so...

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County Manager Proposes No Tax Increase, But More Money For Schools And Employees

The most important thing that happens in Guilford County government each year is the adoption of a county budget, and a major step in the process happened at the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Thursday, May 17 meeting: County Manager Marty Lawing presented his proposed budget for fiscal 2018-2019. In that budget, he recommended no property tax increase, $8.5 million in additional funding for Guilford County Schools’ operations and capital projects, along with funds for an average 3 percent merit-based pay increase for county employees. Lawing’s fiscal 2018-2019 proposed county budget totals $616,459,260, which is roughly $8 million more...

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Property and Parks Director Resignation Mystery Has County Officials Guessing

Guilford County Facilities, Parks and Property Management Director Robert McNiece has left the building – or rather, has left the buildings, the ones he’s overseen the last four years for Guilford County. McNiece, who resigned suddenly, served his last day of county service on Friday, May 18 after giving verbal notice to the county two weeks earlier. Before his resignation, there was no outward indication he was ready to leave. Guilford County is in the midst of several multi-million dollar building and renovation projects, and, in recent months, McNiece has frequently been at the front and center of county...

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Summerfield: New Claim of Assault by Town Councilmember Teresa Pegram Against Town Councilmember Dena Barnes

Summerfield Town Councilmember Teresa Pegram has filed an assault charge against fellow Town Councilmember Dena Barnes. Pegram filed the charge of “simple assault” with the Guilford County magistrate’s office on Thursday, May 17, claiming that Dena Barnes assaulted her during a Monday, April 23 closed session of the Summerfield Town Council. That closed session was held to discuss the highly publicized removal of former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck from the six-person council. Pegram said she didn’t wish to make any statement at this time regarding her filing but she indicated that she might be willing to do so...

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In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream Your Opinion

Recently, there’s been a rash of UFO sightings nationally and a huge upswing of sightings in North Carolina. Until now, most of the encounters in this state have been in the highlands just northeast of Asheville where the phenomena known as “the Brown Mountain Lights” is prevalent. However, it is now clearly only a matter of time before the aliens stop flying around in the middle of the night and decide to land and make themselves known in broad daylight. Because of that incontrovertible fact, I thought it made sense to take a trip forward in time to the...

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In This Week’s Episode of ‘As Summerfield Turns,’ Court Decision Exacerbates Council Tensions

If anyone thought things in the Town of Summerfield couldn’t get any crazier – well, they were certainly in for a revelation this week when things hit a whole new level of crazy. And, given what preceded this week, that’s saying a lot. The latest round of action, controversy and drama kicked off just after 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 – three-and-a-half hours before Summerfield was scheduled to hold a Town Council meeting. That afternoon, Superior Court Judge Andy Cromer held a teleconference with attorneys to announce his decision on whether former Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck could participate...

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Guilford County and UNCG, Looking for New Answers to Old Problems with Data Mining

and Guilford County government is going to school and getting wonky – not wonky as in “crooked, off-center, askew,” but wonky in this way: The county, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and MetroLab Network, is taking a very deep academic dive into numbers, stats and other data in an attempt to solve problems facing the county. Homelessness and substance abuse are the first two targets of the new program, but plans are to expand the initiative to address many other county issues in the future. The Guilford County/UNCG partnership is only the fifth...

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Chavis Wins State Tax Collector of the Year, Man of the Year Award Still up in the Air

There are 100 counties in North Carolina but only one of them – Guilford County – has the 2018 Outstanding Tax Collector of the Year. The North Carolina Tax Collectors’ Association (NCTCA), a professional organization constituted of tax department directors and other tax officials representing counties and municipalities across the state, awarded the honor to Guilford County Tax Director Ben Chavis, who received the accolade during a banquet at the NCTCA’s annual three-day conference held this year at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The Outstanding Tax Collector of the Year award is presented annually to the tax official...

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Summerfield Mayor Accuses Town Councilmember of Closed Session Assault

Summerfield Mayor Gail Dunham has filed an incident report with the Town of Summerfield stating that she was assaulted by Summerfield Town Councilmember Dena Barnes during a closed session of the council at a contentious Monday, April 23 meeting. The report the mayor filed with the town states that, in that closed session, Dena Barnes gave Dunham a “hard slap on the right arm” and used her hands “aggressively” in other ways as well. “It was assault,” Dunham said, adding that it was painful when Dena Barnes slapped her arm. Dunham said she was extremely disturbed by the incident....

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Ethics Not Politics Origin of Summerfield Residency Challenge Says Challenger

The Summerfield citizen responsible for the residency challenge that removed former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck from his seat on that Town Council is speaking out about what she says are false allegations being leveled against her and is providing new details about the events surrounding the most controversial political battle in the small town’s history. Janelle Robinson, who filed a challenge of Rotruck’s residency with the Guilford County Board of Elections in March, said this week that she was merely a concerned citizen operating alone in her challenge and not part of any pro-land development cabal set on...

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Commissioner Skip Alston Calls for County MWBE Position After Hearing Status Report

On Thursday, May 3, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners heard a very disappointing report from the Guilford County Purchasing Department on the county’s use – or rather its lack of use – of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE). The report had several commissioners visibly perturbed and now Commissioner Skip Alston is calling for the county to hire a full-time MWBE director who would answer directly to the county manager and focus exclusively on upping Guilford County’s use of MWBE contractors and suppliers. Late in 2017, the county – led by Commissioners Carolyn Coleman, Carlvena Foster and Alston,...

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Yost Can Now Plead Innocent in Two Languages

With all the interesting news coming out of North and South Korea – and that region as a whole lately – I’ve had Asia on the brain for a while now. I’ve never been there, but all this attention on the Far East has me looking into taking a trip there, and everything I’m learning and seeing leads me to believe it would be a very nice place to visit. I decided to learn a little Korean as well, so I looked on Audible (a service that I absolutely love by the way) and I saw that they had...

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State Inspectors Say Animal Shelter Making Great Strides Under Top Dog Ortega

The Guilford County Animal Shelter, under new Animal Services Director Jorge Ortega, has reached a major milestone: It passed a state inspection with flying colors and with the inspectors commenting that “great improvements” are being made. Passing an inspection is a run of the mill occurrence for most cities or counties with animal shelters, but the Guilford County Animal Shelter has been operating under a “disapproved” status for nearly a year after failing several inspections in 2017. That was a black eye on the county given that, of 125 publicly operated shelters in North Carolina, Guilford County was the...

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Former Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck Goes to Court: Sues Summerfield, Appeals Decision

Former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck is taking the battle over his Town Council seat to North Carolina Superior Court. On Thursday, April 26, Rotruck filed an appeal in an attempt to overturn a decision by the Guilford County Board of Elections that ultimately removed him from the Town Council. He simultaneously filed a lawsuit against the Town of Summerfield that claims “illegal” and “vigilante-like actions” by Town Attorney Bill Hill and Town Manager Scott Whitaker prematurely excluded him from the council seat he was elected to and also infringed on his constitutional right to serve as a councilmember....

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Diverse Guilford County District 2 Home to Hard Fought Commissioners Race

The Tuesday, May 8 primary is almost here and one of the most watched battles is the one to become the Republican contender for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat in November. In that contest, Guilford County Commissioner Alan Perdue is up against challenger Ashley Tillery. Right off the bat, there are a few obvious differences between the two: Perdue is male, Tillery female; Perdue lives in Greensboro, Tillery in High Point; Perdue is the incumbent while Tillery is running for office for the first time. The messages from the two campaigns are distinct as well....

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More Proof that We Should Listen to Yost

MoviePass is dead. Long live MoviePass. Well, I guess I should say that, technically, MoviePass is on life support. It’s not quite dead yet. The movie service has now removed its previous utterly amazing offer – one movie a day for $9.99 a month – and now the offer for new subscribers is for four movies a month for $9.99. So far, this highly unwelcome change hasn’t affected those of us – such as myself and Rhino Times Creative Director Anthony Council – who were wise enough to get in on the action earlier, while the getting was good....

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Yost Is Collecting Stubs and Taking Names

People, we have to talk. So, here’s what happened the other day when I went to see the movie Truth or Dare at the Regal Grande at Friendly. That evening, I had some time on my hands and a MoviePass in my pocket so I decided I’d go see the latest teen scream horror flick. Some people don’t like going to movies alone but I actually like it a lot – so, anyway, I decided to treat me, myself and I to the movies. Now, I like going to movies at “off times” – like Monday or Tuesday evening,...

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Summerfield Town Council Meeting Roiled By Disqualified Member Rotruck

The Summerfield Town Council held one of its most contentious meetings in the 22-year history of that town on Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m. in the Summerfield Community Center – a quickly called special meeting to discuss the matter of Todd Rotruck, who the Guilford County Board of Elections determined last week does not live in Summerfield. That ruling by the Elections Board meant Rotruck could no longer serve as a town councilmember. Rotruck was elected to the position last November but a successful voter registration challenge by Summerfield resident Janelle Robinson knocked him off the board since...

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Study Getting People Pumped Up About Winston-Salem Water For Guilford County

On Thursday, April 19, staff and elected officials from Guilford County, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale and Summerfield met in Oak Ridge to examine and discuss the preliminary results of a new major water study that could have a profound effect on future growth – and the patterns of that growth – in northwest Guilford County. The results of the study are expected to be made public sometime in May; however, local leaders got a private viewing of those findings at the closed meeting at the Oak Ridge Town Hall. According to Guilford County Commissioner Justin Conrad, who attended the briefing,...

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State, County Discuss Best Way to Lock up Kids

Guilford County has sent a letter of intent to the State of North Carolina expressing the county’s willingness to expand the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center to house delinquents for the state once a new law goes into effect – a law that will dramatically increase the number of 16- and 17-year-olds being held as juveniles in North Carolina. The state is going to have a lot more delinquents on its hands after Dec. 1, 2019, when youths in that age group are no longer tried and incarcerated as adults. It will need to hold them somewhere and, more...

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Commissioners Fill Airport Seat, Provide Amada Incentives, Praise Tornado Relief

Koury Corp. President Steve Showfety probably has most things he wants, but on Thursday, April 19, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted to give him something he really wanted but didn’t yet have – a fourth three-year term on the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority. Though Showfety got the reappointment he was seeking, he did so without a vote to spare and just in the nick of time, as his term on the authority was set to expire this month. Most county appointments and reappointments to boards and commissions require a simple majority vote; however, earlier this year, the...

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Elections Board Decision Disqualifies Todd Rotruck from Remaining Councilmember

It looks like the Town of Summerfield is out one town councilmember. At a Tuesday, April 17 Guilford County Board of Elections meeting, board members voted unanimously that Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck was not a resident at 7437 Strawberry Road in Summerfield, the address Rotruck used to register to vote last fall and the one that qualified him to run for the Town Council seat he’s held since December. At no time during the hearing did members of the Board of Elections so much as mention the fact that a successful challenge against Rotruck’s residency as a voter...

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County Abandons Little Train That Couldn’t For One That Supposedly Can

The Guilford County kiddie train that was purchased in 2011 as an attraction for Northeast Park – but only ran for a few weeks of the seven years that followed – is now headed to that giant scrapheap in the sky. Actually, it’s headed for a scrapheap somewhere in California, but, regardless, after years of problems that no one was able to fix, the engine known as the Little Engine That Couldn’t has finally chugged its last chug. Guilford County, which remains determined to get a train ride up and running at Northeast Park, is instead purchasing a “like...

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Cell Phones, Drugs, Knives Make Frequent Appearances at Courthouse Check Point

The citizens of Guilford County appear to be very slow learners in at least one regard: Four years after cell phones were banned for visitors to the county’s two courthouses, people entering the buildings are still bringing phones to the security checkpoints in droves. That number doesn’t appear to be decreasing one bit as time passes either. Despite a wealth of citizen notification dating back to 2013, plenty of signage all around and years of time for people to get the message, in 2017, there were 19,103 people who attempted to pass through courthouse security checkpoints with their phones....

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News & Record to Sue Guilford County

Attorneys representing the News & Record and other newspapers in Guilford County have informed Guilford County’s legal department that they are suing the county as well as the State of North Carolina over the county’s new practice of posting legally required public notices on the county’s website rather than in paid subscription newspapers, as was required by law in the past. Newspapers such as the News & Record – which for years and years have enjoyed a very lucrative revenue stream from publishing those notices – fought very hard last year, and earlier this year, after the North Carolina...

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Board of Elections Decides Two out of Three Candidate Residency Challenges

The four-member Guilford County Board of Elections had a split decision along party lines at their Tuesday, April 10 meeting on the question of whether Steve Buccini – the only Democratic candidate in the North Carolina House of Representatives District 59 race – would be allowed to remain on the ballot. Buccini’s claim to residency in that district had been challenged, and, due to the 2-2 deadlock, the case will now move to the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, which presumably will decide it. Buccini was one of three candidates in Guilford County who had their...

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County Considers Amada Incentives For 200 New Jobs

The good news keeps coming for Guilford County. Amada America, a sheet metal fabrication company, is asking the Guilford County Board of Commissioners to approve an incentives package for a new $82 million project at 2545 and 2565 Penny Road in High Point. On the heels of a Publix Super Markets deal that could bring 1,000 jobs to the county, the Board of Commissioners is being asked to approve the incentives package for the Amada plant, expected to bring over 200 new jobs to the county. The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the incentives package at the...

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Guilford County Welcomes Publix with Offer of Decade Long Tax Incentives

The Guilford County commissioners were almost giddy with excitement – no, they were giddy with excitement – at their Thursday, April 5 meeting over the prospects of Publix Super Markets opening a distribution center in the county and bringing 1,000 jobs and $400 million in capital investment. The commissioners let it be known in no uncertain terms that Publix, its jobs and its money are extremely welcome here and the board backed up those words with action by unanimously approving an incentives package that saves Publix 80 percent on its county property taxes for 10 years. Commissioner Carolyn Coleman...

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Congressman Tedd Budd Adds Federal Clout to School Violence Prevention Discussions

On Thursday, April 5, Republican 13th District Congressman Ted Budd led a meeting of elected leaders, school officials and law enforcement officers to stop school shootings – like the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida – from happening here. Three weeks ago, an impressive array of law enforcement officials met to address that threat and the April 5 meeting expanded that discussion. One thing is becoming crystal clear from these talks in Guilford County: At all levels of government, elected leaders, along with school administrators and law enforcement officials, are now tightly focused on addressing the national problem of...

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Yost Covers Small Town Tales

Newspapers, TV stations and radio stations in Guilford County are always talking about what’s going on in Greensboro and High Point – but everyone always overlooks the small towns and communities around the county. Quite frankly, many people who live in Greensboro or High Point don’t ever visit these places or even know hide nor hair about these little nooks and crannies of the county. I’m talking, of course, about places like Colfax, Pleasant Garden, Brown Summit and Climax – places that you see on the map but that never get much media attention. So, this week, I thought I would turn the tables and provide an introduction to some of those places and just share a little information about each …   Whitsett. This quaint little town of about 600 people is named after poet, educator and historian William Thornton Whitsett (1896 -1934). The town grew up around a boarding school for boys. The school burned down exactly 100 years ago this year but the town remained. I googled “Things to do in Whitsett,” kind of as a joke, and I swear this is true: The first thing that came up was a big picture of a hand holding a bottle of beer. It was Trip Advisor’s website, which says the number one place to go in Whitsett is the Red Oak Brewery. That website’s top-rated restaurant for...

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Yost Locked Up With Sheriffs

COOPER: When you heard the stories of Stormy Daniels who has come forward who said that she was at the Tahoe Club as well and others who said that they were there, you didn’t know about that at the time. MCDOUGAL: No, I did not know. COOPER: Does it – what did you think when you heard that? MCDOUGAL: My first thought was how could she have been with him when I was with him? The only time we weren’t together on that particular trip was when I – he was on the golf course golfing. I didn’t go,...

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Elections Board Finds Cause to Consider Buccini Residency Challenge

In a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, April 3, the Guilford County Board of Elections voted unanimously that there is probable cause to hold a residency hearing for Steve Buccini, the only Democratic candidate in the North Carolina House of Representatives District 59 race. If the Elections Board determines in the upcoming hearing that Buccini in fact did not reside at 7100 Gusenbury Road in Whitsett prior to Wednesday, Feb. 28, then he would not be eligible to run for the District 59 seat in the 2018 election. Buccini is one of three candidates in Guilford County whose residency has...

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New Guilford County Elections Board Breaks Election Business Log Jam

If the Guilford County Board of Elections members want to play golf together, they finally have a full foursome after two new members were sworn in at a quickly called “emergency” meeting on Thursday, March 29 – but it’s unlikely they’ll be playing golf anytime soon because they now have a ton of work to do. At the meeting, in addition to getting two new members – Republican Eugene Lester and Democrat T. Anthony Spearman – the board also got a new chairman. Jim Kimel, a Democrat, took over that role from former Chairman Kathryn Lindley, a Republican. It...

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Piedmont Triad Airport’s Request for Rebranding Approaches the Runway

Ever since the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority put the brakes on a planned airport name change, the future of that process has been – well, up in the air. And while airport officials have been vague about its airport name plans going forward, a new request for help that the Airport Authority has put out to advertising, marketing and consulting firms sheds some light on the major rebranding and renaming effort that’s in store for the airport. Over two months ago, airport officials at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) hit the reset button on a proposal to change the...

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Airport Authority Gets Earful of Name Changes

If the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority (PTAA) wants to change the name of the airport – and it really, really does – it now has plenty of suggestions to choose from thanks to area residents. Ever since airport officials let it be known that a name change was in the works, people have been sending their suggestions to the Airport Authority. The list of names, which includes responses from over 200 people, runs the gamut from names that honor prominent people of the past to names that highlight the airport’s location. The suggestions were made to PTAA through phone...

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Gov. Cooper Relents, Guilford County Finally Gets Board of Elections

The Guilford County Board of Elections is back in business and has two new members, giving it a total of four. The board members intend to hit the ground running because they have a lot of running to do – running the local 2018 election, that is. On Tuesday, March 27, the brand new Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement appointed two new members to Guilford County’s election board: Republican Eugene Lester, an attorney who sits on the Greensboro Zoning Commission, and Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, a Democrat who currently serves as president of the North Carolina...

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Top Law Enforcement Officials Meet to Seek Solutions to Prevent School Shooters

On Wednesday, March 21, by far the safest place in North Carolina to be was in the locked conference room inside the Guilford County Sheriff’s Special Operations Division building at 508 Industrial Ave. in Greensboro. Packed tight into one small room were the sheriffs from central North Carolina counties, police chiefs from cities and towns in Guilford County, heads of security from local colleges, top brass from the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the SBI, and North Carolina Secretary of Public Safety Erik Hooks. There was one reason and one reason only for the meeting in Guilford County’s most...

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Site Selection Magazine Ranks Greensboro-High Point No. 2 in US

At this time of year, college basketball teams want to be able to shout out “We’re number one!” but area economic development officials, elected leaders and others in Guilford County and the surrounding area are now happily shouting, “We’re number 2!” The reason for those shouts of joy is that the March issue of the all-important Site Selection magazine named the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as the No. 2 metro area for new projects in 2017 among MSA’s with populations between 200,000 and 1,000,000. The magazine, which is read by national economic development officials, business leaders looking...

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Steve Showfety Cleared for Takeoff to Pilot PTIA for Another Three Years

Koury Corp. President Steve Showfety is going to get a fourth three-year term on the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority – the seven-member authority that calls all the shots for the airport. According to sources on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, there are now more than enough votes to allow Showfety to continue serving on the authority that he’s been on for nine years and has chaired since April 2014. Behind the scenes, the Guilford County commissioners have been debating the question for months – one they were originally scheduled to address at their Thursday, March 15 meeting and...

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Yost Pokes Bear, Blames iPhone

It was about 2:45 in the morning on Saturday night. (Never mind why I was up and not asleep – let’s just say I don’t sleep very well.) I had sat my iPhone down beside the sink and I was washing my hands and I accidently splashed some water under the phone’s case, right around the lightening port area where you plug in the cable to charge it. I could see a nickel-sized spot of moisture under the case’s screen protector and I reached over to take the phone out of the case and dry the phone off. But,...

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Three Candidate Residency Challenges But No Election Board to Make Ruling

The Guilford County Board of Elections has received challenges of residency for three candidates running in the 2018 election. However, there is no functioning county elections board to hear those challenges so the claims are in limbo for now. Since there is now a state elections board, that problem could be solved soon. Two candidates in the North Carolina House of Representatives District 59 race – state Rep. Jon Hardister and Democratic candidate Steve Buccini – have had their residency challenged, as has Michael Garrett, the Democratic Senate District 27 candidate running against Republican District 27 state Sen. Trudy...

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Guilford County Banking on Catching Money in Its New Public Notice Web

After getting approval from the county commissioners in early March, Guilford County staff is now making the transition from publishing public notices in newspapers to posting them online on the county’s website, and there are two big questions remaining: How much money will the county save by the move and how much money will the county make by offering the service to others? Guilford County plans to flip the switch on Monday, March 26 and go live with county notices. From that point on, citizens will be seeing all Guilford County notices for free at the county’s web page...

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Guilford County Commissioners Keep Best Part of Meeting Behind Closed Doors

The most interesting two things that happened at the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Thursday, March 15 meeting were ones that no one in the audience heard or saw. One thing no one there was able to see was a two-hour-and-eight-minute closed session the commissioners held with representatives of a mystery company “for the purpose of considering a business location or expansion.” The other thing at the meeting no one saw at the March 15 meeting – because it didn’t take place – was a discussion and vote on whether to reappoint Koury Corp. President Steve Showfety to a...

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These Retrievers Are Truly Golden

Warren Buffett, the owner of Berkshire Hathaway, did something I’m sure you heard about. He offered $1 million every year for life to any Berkshire Hathaway employee who picked the winners in the first two rounds of the 2018 NCAA tournament exactly right. Rhino Times editor John Hammer made a similar offer for all Rhino employees: If any employee picked every game of the tournament correctly then they would get a new stapler for their desk. I was really hoping to win that since my stapler jams all the time – but all of us here knew the odds...

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Opinions Expressed By Yost May Lose You Money

Well, last week in my column – “This Yost Column Can Make You Rich” – I recommended that everyone put all their money into the new Venezuelan Bitcoin – the novel South American cryptocurrency that looked pretty much like a sure thing. Specifically, I believe I said it was a “good, solid, perfectly safe investment with a virtual guarantee of a big payback” and also that “I feel confident when I say that if you are someone who is retired or close to it who’s looking for a place to put your money where you can get both security...

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Guilford County Commissioners And Sheriff Want Guns In Schools – For The Good Guys

The Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead and many others injured, has some Guilford County officials strongly advocating for arming teachers in Guilford County schools. The Guilford County Board of Education handles school matters; however, the county helps fund the schools and currently the Board of Commissioners and the school board are working together to enhance school safety as one part of a major joint facilities study now underway. In the wake of the horrific Parkland school shooting, some county commissioners and Sheriff BJ Barnes are asking the school...

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Schools Ready For Their Close Ups

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes is proposing deployment of a new $1.1 million “Mutualink” video system for Guilford County Schools that would allow law enforcement to view every hallway, cafeteria and common area at every county school. The move is part of an “Emergency Interoperable Communications Project Plan” the Sheriff’s Department and other emergency responders want to see in place for county schools. It would allow law enforcement agencies to view a real-time video feed from any school in the event of an active shooter or other threat. Mutualink would also enhance interagency communication between various first responder units,...

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Trump Administration Requests Meeting with Guilford County Commissioners

Several Guilford County commissioners – along with other commissioners across North Carolina – got an audience with the Trump administration in Washington on Wednesday, March 14. The White House is attempting to strengthen its relationships with counties across the country, and as part of that effort, county commissioners from North Carolina were invited to meet with Trump administration officials. Commissioners from some other states have already had similar meetings and more states are expected to get their turn in the future. Three Guilford County commissioners – Jeff Phillips, Kay Cashion and Chairman Alan Branson – attended the Wednesday afternoon...

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