Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Author: Scott D. Yost

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April Brings Early Food Stamps To Some

The federal government shutdown has been over for quite some time, but it’s still having an impact on the schedule for food stamps – actually, the modern name is Food and Nutrition Services Benefits (FNS) – in Guilford County and across the state.

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County Chairman Says Focus On Race A Mistake

Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Alan Branson said this week that Guilford County commissioners should stop attempting to micromanage companies when those companies come to the county for incentives or when they bid on construction contracts or other contracts.

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County And State Leaders Have A Meeting Of The Minds

Keep it simple.

That was the philosophy of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners on Monday morning, March 18, when the board met with the Local Delegation of state legislators – those state representatives and senators with constituents in Guilford County.  Each year, the two groups of elected leaders get together in what is a chance for the county commissioners to express their main concerns to the legislators and for the group to explore ways the state can help the county.

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Creek Week Getting Bigger Than Greek Week

If you love creeks – and who the heck doesn’t – then Saturday, March 23 through Saturday, March 30, Creek Week, is a time when you can really jump in to the festivities.  In fact, while some people may never have heard of Creek Week, in Guilford County it’s actually become a very large happening with a slew of water-related events going on all week long at parks, lakes, libraries, bars and other places.

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High Point Baseball Prep In Full Swing

With an early May opening set for the High Point Rockers baseball team, the city and the team are now ramping up the preseason festivities to make sure that there isn’t a person in the county who doesn’t know about the arrival of the new team that will be playing in a brand new stadium in downtown High Point this year.

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Guilford Reacts To New Attack On E-Notice Pilot Program

This week, Guilford County officials reacted to a move by state Sens. Michael Garrett and Gladys Robinson to overturn the right of people, businesses and governments in Guilford County to meet legal requirements of public notice by posting those notices on Guilford County’s website rather than in paid-circulation print newspapers. 

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UNCG Gets The Door Slammed On Its Big Dance Hopes

Despite a highly successful season that produced an impressive basketball resume that many thought would be enough to get the University of NC at Greensboro’s basketball team a bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament this year, UNCG was left standing at the alter after being nudged out of the big dance by the very narrowest of margins. 

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Fingers Crossed On State Money For Mental Health Center

This week Guilford County got a step closer to finding money for its coming new mental health care facility expected to cost about $20 million and open in two years.  The county is undertaking a massive initiative with Cone Health and other partners to provide mental health care in the county in a greatly improved way.

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County Uses Child Labor For Budget Cover Artwork

It’s not exactly winning the golden ticket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,but it is at least something: On Thursday, March 21, one talented Guilford County school student – E. Anderson – will be awarded a $50 gift card from the county and will get recognition from the Board of Commissioners for being the kid out of all the others who came up with the artwork selected to be the cover of Guilford County’s 2019-2020 budget.

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New Sheriff’s Roundtable Being Formed

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is creating a new advisory group to get input from a broad spectrum of the community.  On Thursday, March 14, Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers announced the creation of a new “Sheriffs Advisory Roundtable.” 

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BJ Barnes Hits Back Hard On Accusation He Destroyed Records

On Wednesday, March 13, former Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes forcefully and categorically denied claims that he and/or his staff inappropriately destroyed documents or removed computers from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department’s offices or conducted other offenses that Sheriff Danny Rogers claimed were done as part of an effort to sabotage his transition.

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New Mental Health Center Gets A Spot On The Map

It’s official: Guilford County has a location for the new mental health center the county is building as part of its major initiative to transform mental health care in the county.  According to agenda materials for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Thursday, March 21 meeting, at that meeting the board will be called on to approve a property purchase for the new building that will house mental health services and beds for mental health patients.  The county is joining with Cone Health in that venture.

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Sheriff Rogers: “Papers Were Destroyed. Computers Were Taken Out.”

Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers dropped in on the Summerfield Town Council on Tuesday, March 12 – the Town Council that the wife of former Sheriff BJ Barnes sits on – and dropped a bomb.  Rogers told the Town Council that, when he came in to assume the role of sheriff after Barnes’ defeat, he arrived to find computers removed and papers gone.

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Mountains-To-Sea Trail Marches On

North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea-Trail (MST) project got one step closer to completion recently when the Oak Ridge Town Council completed the first phase of the first section, approved more money for the project and announced plans to hold a grand opening celebration in May.

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Raising $1.5 Billion Might Be Trickier Than You Think

By now, just about everyone knows that a recent school facilities study found that the Guilford County School system needs right at $1.5 billion for all the repairs, construction and other work it requires to operate at peak level – however, a development this week has added a new wrinkle in that challenge, which was already big enough to begin with.

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Civil Rights Museum Turns Its Gaze To Women’s Struggle

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro is best known for its dedication to, and remembrance of, the struggle of African-Americans for freedom and civil rights – however, this month, which is Women’s History Month, the museum is turning its attention to another group of people who have had to struggle mightily to break through societal barriers: women.

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New Golf Tournament Honors Local African-American Greats

The Greensboro Men’s Club, a storied club that goes back 92 years, is holding a new event to honor two great local African-American men as well as raise some money for the club’s scholarship programs.  On Friday, April 26 the Men’s Club will hold the first “Blount/Frye Golf Classic” at Bryan Park Golf Course.

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Guilford County GOP Names New Executive Director

The Guilford County Republican Party has named Sebastian King as its executive director.  King, who served as the campaign director for state Rep. Jon Hardister and now works as his legislative assistant and policy advisor, was named to the position on Saturday, March 9 at the Guilford County Republican Party Convention held on the Jamestown Campus of Guilford Technical Community College.

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Skip Alston Says Cure Violence Is A Black And White Decision

For months and months, Guilford County commissioners have been talking about the wisdom of implementing Cure Violence – a proposed program meant to reduce violence in high-crime, inner-city areas – and this week Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston said he expects to see much more clarity on the county’s intentions within the next two weeks.

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Health Department Names New Assistant Director

The doctor is in.

The Guilford County Health Department has just named a new assistant director who will play a vital role in that department – which has the responsibility of keeping the county’s citizens healthy, monitoring environmental concerns and combating disease.

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State Legislators Get An Earful From Citizens

The Bible says ask and you shall receive and that’s exactly what happened to the group of state legislators who, on Thursday, March 7, held a town hall meeting at Greensboro City Hall: They asked for input from the public and they sure got what they asked for.

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