Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Big Economic Development Summit Hits The Calendar

For years, area elected officials and other community leaders have preached about the importance of economic development in Guilford County and the need for a lot more of it – and, now, on Thursday, June 27, there will be a “Guilford County Economic Development Summit” that will be a joint meeting of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, the Greensboro City Council, the High Point City Council, economic development officials, area business leaders and more.

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June 6 Is Your Chance To Vent About County Budget

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners wants you.Specifically, the board wants you to tell it what you think of the 2019-2020 budget proposed by Guilford County Manager Marty Lawing. To get that input, the board has scheduled not one but two public hearings for Thursday, June 6.

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Carolina Core Team Shows Off Its Goods

The major collaborative effort to co-brand four megasites in central North Carolina – two of those in Guilford County – and bring more jobs and economic development to the region, took another step forward on Tuesday, May 22, when partners in the “Carolina Core” initiative hosted a delegation of the state’s top-ranking economic development officials for the day.

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Guilford County Hires New Purchasing Director

Guilford County, which has been under fire in recent months for a lack of minority participation in its construction and service contracts, has just hired a new purchasing director who’ll now become one of a very few female African-American directors in Guilford County government. 

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HondaJet Announces $15-Million Expansion At PTIA

Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) and the region around it woke up to some very good news on Monday morning, May 20: HondaJet – a division of Honda Aircraft Company – announced plans for a $15.5-million expansion at the company’s global headquarters at PTIA. 

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Oak Ridge Water Authority Now On The Table

For about two years, Guilford County and three towns in the county’s northwest – Oak Ridge, Summerfield and Stokesdale – have been in talks to create a unified and expansive water system that would cover the water needs of much of that part of the county.

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Small town puts on big parade Saturday

Everyone loves a parade, but the people in Summerfield really love their Founder’s Day Parade.  And they’re looking forward to a lot of sights and sounds and excitement on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. when things get underway in Summerfield – a small town with a big parade each and every year. 

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Summerfield Mayor Vents Late At Night Over Manager’s Contract

On Tuesday, May 14, the Summerfield Town Council met and Summerfield Mayor Gail Dunham was clearly displeased with one move made toward the end of the meeting – a vote to amend Summerfield Town Manager Scott Whitaker’s contract to increase the severance pay he gets from six months to a year, and to do the same with his benefits.

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Guilford Gets Help For Kids Who Face Trauma

Guilford County is about to get it’s first nationally recognized Child Trauma Recovery Center, a place where kids can get treatment, counseling and other help needed to deal with traumatic experiences.  That can be anything from bullying or experiencing natural disasters, to physical or sexual abuse, to the loss of a parent or sibling.

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Former High Point Mayor High On Town’s Success

Former High Point Mayor Bill Bencini said this week that the success of the last two years in his city has brought a new energy and vitality to High Point, and he added that he and others have been stunned at the speed and effectiveness of recent economic development efforts.

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Former Chief Sheriff’s Deputy’s Mystery Resignation Explained

Former Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Edward Melvin, who was recently willing to speak on many matters related to his two months with the department when contacted by the Rhino Times, didn’t wish to comment publicly on his resignation or the reasons behind it – however, the timing of the decision and other sources in the department shed some light on that decision. 

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Former Chief Deputy Counters Sheriff’s Claims

Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers and former Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Edward Melvin may have served side by side during Rogers’ first two months as sheriff, but on many things the two don’t see eye to eye. That fact is now crystal clear after Melvin, who resigned suddenly earlier in February after serving just over two months under Rogers, agreed to speak with the Rhino Times regarding a number of key issues that have been the subject of a great deal of public debate in recent months.

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Move Over Fig Newtons – Moravian Cookie On Its Way

If you thought bipartisan cooperation in the NC General Assembly was dead – well, think again: On Tuesday, May 7, state legislators in the NC House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill put forth by state Rep. Jon Hardister and several other sponsors to make the Moravian cookie the official state cookie of North Carolina.   It now looks like the cookie has a clear path to obtaining that lofty status.

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City Is Ready For Cure Violence – County Not So Sure

A Tale of Two Cities was published in 1859 but it was on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 that there was a tale of two local governments – one that was clearly ready to move ahead on the spot with funding for a proposed new Cure Violence program in Greensboro, and another that had a whole lot more questions before being ready for the two governments to commit more than a half-million dollars to start up the program.

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Children’s Museum Collecting Items For The Year 2069

The Greensboro Children’s Museum in downtown Greensboro is meant to be for children but the museum itself is turning 20 this year – and it’s celebrating that fact with a time capsule that will remain buried for a half a century.  As part of the Children’s Museum 20th Birthday Celebration, on Wednesday, May 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will be collecting and displaying items from downtown businesses that will go into the time capsule.

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Canes Sweep Islanders – Make It Look Easy

The amazing run continues.On Friday night, May 2, just after 9:30 p.m., the Carolina Hurricanes did away with the New York Islanders 5-2 in front of an absolutely bonkers home crowd in Raleigh.  That victory meant that the Hurricanes, who weren’t even expected to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year, swept the New York Islanders four games to none in the seven-game series.

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Downtown UNITE Event To Help Those With Special Needs

One thing no city or county can get too much of is unity.  And one group with a mouthful of a name – “Understanding the Needs of Inclusion Takes Everyone,” or UNITE – is ready once again to put on the annual event in downtown Greensboro meant to ‘unite’ organizations from across Guilford County – and outside its borders as well.

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Hepatitis Booming Among NC Baby Boomers

Just as a great deal of the media’s medical attention was being taken up by the outbreaks of measles across the country, on Friday, May 3, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) gave everyone in the state another medical threat to worry about – chronic viral hepatitis.

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Downtown Greensboro Turns Blue For A Weekend In May

Springtime, with its sunshine and warm temperatures, is usually a time when area residents get pretty happy – however, one area group wants you to get the blues at least once this spring: On Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is putting on the 33rd Annual Carolina Blues Festival at LeBauer Park at 208 N. Davie St. in downtown Greensboro.

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High Point Rockers are a winner!

The High Point Rockers opened their brand new downtown stadium in grand style on Thursday, May 2 with a 3-0 victory over the defending league champions on a night when seemingly everyone in the High Point area came out to watch the Rockers first home game in history.

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Summerfield Town Attorney Bill Hill Resigns

Summerfield Town Attorney Bill Hill has turned in his resignation.Hill, who has served in that position for 14 years, often found himself in the middle of a bitterly divided Summerfield Town Council.  The town has been making news for two straight years due to its current high level of discord over several major issues – most notably disagreements regarding the long running battle with former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck who was removed from the council in April 2017 after the Guilford County Board of Elections determined that Rotruck did not live in Summerfield.

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Main Runway At PTIA Takes A Summer Vacation

A major runway renovation project at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) will shut down the airport’s main runway through the summer and that means the noise patterns around the airport will shift – bringing new noise from above to some residents and meaning a little more peace and quiet for others.

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