Author: Scott D. Yost

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Battle Over Summerfield Town Council Seat Racking Up Attorneys Fees

Mounting legal bills for the Town of Summerfield over a disputed Town Council seat once held by former Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck are raising eyebrows among some citizens and town leaders. The legal bills continue to grow for Summerfield, and they are now taking a significant portion of the town’s annual revenue and are requiring budgetary changes. Rotruck won a seat on the Town Council last November. However, earlier this year his residency in the town was successfully challenged by a Summerfield resident who claimed Rotruck no longer lived in his Summerfield home that’s undergoing major renovation. The Guilford...

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Meet the New Say Yes Guilford, Not the Same as the Old Say Yes

Now that Say Yes Guilford and the national organization Say Yes to Education have made a big announcement about unwinding their current relationship – and the national group is turning leadership of the effort over to the local chapter – there’s a lot of reorganizing for Say Yes Guilford on tap, and those pieces are now quickly falling into place. Say Yes Guilford Executive Director Donnie Turlington said this week that the first step was taken by unveiling the big news last week and getting students, parents and local leaders up to speed about the changes. He said he...

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Yost Refuses to Call Attention to His July 21 Birthday

An aide to scandal-scarred EPA chief Scott Pruitt told House investigators that she ran personal tasks for the big-spending cabinet member – including trying to snare him a used mattress from President Trump’s DC hotel. – New York Post, June 4, 2018   inclement (adjective) rough; severe; stormy lacking mercy or leniency; harsh – Collins English Dictionary     Don’t you think it would be more fun this week to talk about several things rather than one thing? I sure do …   Well, it’s July and, for me, that means my birthday is coming up on July 21. I’m...

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National Say Yes Cuts Ties With Guilford

Say Yes to Education, the national Philadelphia-based organization that helps provide college tuition to high school graduates, has reached an agreement with Say Yes Guilford, the local chapter, to turn management of Guilford County’s scholarship program over to a soon to be established local governing board. On Tuesday, July 3, Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford signed an agreement to that effect. Say Yes Guilford Executive Director Donnie Turlington will step down from that position after helping with the transition of leadership responsibilities from the national to the local organization. Before the agreement was signed Tuesday, many...

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New Numbers, New Airline Raise the Spirit of Piedmont Triad International Airport

Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) is starting to see a nice trend developing. Newly released passenger numbers are up and those numbers follow an announcement last month that a new economy airline, Spirit Airlines, is opening new routes to Florida in September. While there’s been a lot of area economic growth tied to PTIA in recent years, passenger service is something that airport officials have been trying to increase – and now it looks like they’re doing just that. Numbers released at the Tuesday, June 26 meeting of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority show improvement for the first part...

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Guilford Turns from Alamance County Line Dispute to Rockingham County Line Problem

They say a woman’s work is never done but another group of people whose work is never done is the group of Guilford County employees who try to settle county line issues. The North Carolina General Assembly voted two weeks ago to confirm a straight border between Guilford County and Alamance County – settling a decades-old dispute – and now those same county officials must turn and address a similar issue with Rockingham County regarding the line to the north. In the case of both the county’s border with Alamance County and Rockingham County, a straight line was formed...

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Yost Not Long For This World, In Fact, He’s Already Left

Oh my Goodness. Oh my. Holy… Do you know how I watch movies now? I watch them on a giant screen the size of a football field while floating in mid-air over the Grand Canyon. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Let me tell you something: I have seen the future and it is utterly fantastic. In fact, not only have I seen the future, I own the future and have it at my house. Last week, for $249 plus tax, I bought what is literally the most amazing device I’ve ever seen. It is by far...

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National Say Yes to Education Cuts Ties with Guilford

Say Yes to Education, the national Philadelphia-based organization that helps provide college tuition to high school graduates, has reached an agreement with Say Yes Guilford, the local chapter, to turn management of Guilford County’s scholarship program over to a soon to be established local governing board. On Tuesday, July 3, Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford signed an agreement to that effect. Say Yes Guilford Executive Director Donnie Turlington will step down from that position after helping with the transition of leadership responsibilities from the national to the local organization. Before the agreement was signed Tuesday, many...

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Unanimous County Budget Gives Schools More Money and Keeps Tax Rate Flat

Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Alan Branson managed to pull off what in the NFL would be considered a Hail Mary miracle victory on the last play of the game: Branson, against all odds – just moments before the board walked out of the back rooms into its Thursday, June 21 meeting – managed to get every Republican and Democratic commissioner on board to vote for approval of the 2018-2019 county budget. Reaching that deal meant a lot of horse trading in the final hours leading up to the meeting where the board, with no public...

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County Commissioners Hope Second Time’s a Charm for MWBE Director Position

In a surprise move at the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Thursday, June 21 meeting, the board unanimously approved the creation of a new position for Guilford County government – a director who will focus entirely on increasing the number of minority and women-owed business enterprises (MWBE) that do business with the county. For years, Commissioners Carolyn Coleman and Skip Alston have complained frequently and bitterly that Guilford County government relies too heavily on “the good old boy network” made up almost exclusively of businesses owned by white males. The two commissioners say they hope the creation of the...

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Guilford County Violates State Law with 500 Percent Hike for Copies of Public Records

Guilford County is quintupling the price it charges citizens for copies of public records – from 3 cents per copy to 15 cents – even though North Carolina law only allows counties to charge for the actual cost of copies, which in Guilford County is 3 cents per page. This isn’t the first time Guilford County has charged people more than it cost the county for copies of public records. Up until 14 years ago, Guilford County was charging a whopping 25 cents per page – a matter that became a big controversy for the county at that time...

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Guilford County Agrees to Spend $10 Million for School Security, Holds on to Purse Strings

In a highly surprising move that virtually no one saw coming, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, at the prompting of Commissioner Justin Conrad, voted unanimously to approve raising up to $10 million for school security needs using two-thirds bonds – a little understood local government financing method that’s never been used by Guilford County to fund school projects. Conrad made the motion – one that proved popular with both Democratic and Republican commissioners on the board – at a Thursday, June 14 work session. What the commissioners are saying publically is that this is the fastest way to...

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$18 Million Guilford County Animal Shelter Price Tag Leaves Commissioners Cat-a-tonic

Right after the Guilford County commissioners heard that the proposed new Animal Shelter – which in the past was expected to cost about $9 million – was now projected to cost $18 million, for a moment, the cat had their tongues and, then, when they finally did say something, it was clear they thought the plan as presented was for the dogs. “I started gasping for air,” said Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Alan Branson. “I was wondering if the batteries in my hearing aid were working.” The chairman doesn’t actually wear a hearing aid, but...

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A Preview of the Commissioners 2018-2019 Guilford County Budget Expected to Pass on Thursday

On Wednesday night, June 20, the nine members of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners were banging out the final details of a 2018-2019 budget deal. It will provide the county’s school system with millions more in operating and capital funds than the schools got in the 2017-2018 budget, and will also fund new school nurses, merit raises for county employees, a new Family Justice Center in High Point and a good number of area nonprofits. The board intends to pass the new budget at its Thursday, June 21 meeting. On Wednesday, as the Rhino Times went to press,...

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Guilford County Opens Jail Hotel for Visitors: Only $73 a Night, But You Aren’t Allowed to Leave

The Statue of Liberty welcomes the poor and the huddled masses at no cost, but right now the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is welcoming state prisoners and federal inmates for a price. A big new jail, proximity to a federal courthouse and a new program that helps inmates reenter society have all made the Guilford County jail in Greensboro a very attractive place for others to store their inmates, and the Sheriff’s Department has built a nice side business with a solid revenue stream that Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said this week amounts to about $1.5 million a...

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Yost Unable to Find Remote for Entire Decade

Years ago, when I was a teenager, I was driving back from Washington, DC, coming down I-95, and I saw something utterly amazing: Other cars had pulled over to the side of the interstate and everyone had gotten out and they were standing there looking up into the sky. As I drove, I passed under several bridges and each one was lined with hundreds of people who were all staring up into the sky transfixed as well. I looked around and noticed that I was the only car on I-95 moving in either direction. It was like in those...

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Rendering of Proposed New Guilford County Animal Shelter

A rendering of the proposed new Guilford County Animal Shelter.  At 44,000 square feet, it is twice as large as the current shelter.  The Guilford County Board of Commissioners still has to vote to approve the funds, and estimates are between $16.5 million to $18 million, depending on add-ons, etc. Last year, Guilford County purchased property for the new shelter at 979 Guilford College Road, which is just southwest of Greensboro and is less than two miles from the existing county shelter.  At a work session on Thursday, June 14, the commissioners discussed the project and many had questions...

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Summerfield Town Council Finally Meets Without Todd Rotruck But It Still Isn’t Pretty

It only took about two minutes from the start of the Tuesday, June 12 Summerfield Town Council meeting for it to decay into the contentious, unruly shout-fest that everyone knew it was going to be before it started. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the meeting is that no new assault and battery charges came out of it; however, at the meeting, councilmembers called each other liars, speakers from the floor accused the town of financial impropriety and the town attorney told a councilmember, “Ma’am, you’re an elected official – act like one!” So it was,...

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Guilford County Schools are Squeaky Wheels that Hope Their Palms Get Greased

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners’ Thursday, June 7 meeting at times looked more like an old-time church revival than a commissioners meeting. The commissioners meeting room on the second-floor of the Old Guilford County Court House was jam packed with people who jumped to their feet cheering whenever speakers gave an impassioned plea – not one about eternal salvation but instead about the need for the Board of Commissioners to fully fund the Guilford County school system’s request in the 2018-2019 county budget. The Guilford County commissioners are in the heat of the budget process right now and...

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Yost Just Writes for the Rhino, He Doesn’t Deliver It

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck the summit of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Wednesday, sending a plume of ash and rock about 10,000 ft. into the sky.  Scientists are still measuring volcanic activity, with cracks continuing to spew the destructive molten rock.  Geological Survey geologist Wendy Stovall said it is “really impossible to tell” when the volcanic activity will end. More than 400 homes have been destroyed since the lava started surfacing around a month ago.  While no deaths have been reported, the disaster is thought to be the most costly and destructive volcano incident in US history.   –...

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Judge Throws Out Former Councilmember’s Lawsuit Against Town of Summerfield

On Monday, June 4, Superior Court Judge Susan Bray dismissed a lawsuit that former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck had filed against the town. The suit was an attempt by Rotruck to regain his seat on the council after Summerfield Town Manager Scott Whitaker and Town Attorney Bill Hill advised that he could not participate in council meetings because the Guilford County Board of Elections determined in April that Rotruck lived in Greensboro rather than Summerfield. Bray said the proper way to address the dispute was through another court case that hasn’t been heard yet – a Superior Court...

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$600 Million Only Goes So Far

The Guilford County commissioners make about $1,700 a month for their service as elected officials, and this month they’re actually earning that money: The commissioners are in the midst of a difficult decision-making process as to exactly how Guilford County should spend $600 million plus in the 2018-2019 fiscal budget the board will pass this June.   Two weeks ago, the board received the new recommended budget from Guilford County Manager Marty Lawing – a budget that totals $616 million and proposes to keep the tax rate flat. At this point, the commissioners have had time to sift through the...

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Nonprofits Get In Line For Guilford County Money

Nonprofit’s might not make profits, but they do need to get money from somewhere – and, for many hopeful organizations each summer, that somewhere is Guilford County government. Every year at budget time, local organizations that promote arts and culture, put on the High Point furniture market or the North Carolina Folk Festival, or even sell groceries, come to Guilford County hands out, palms up to see if the county can spare some money – and a lot more than a dime too. Late last month, the Board of Commissioners heard County Manager Marty Lawing’s proposed budget for 2018-2019,...

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Credit Yost For This Week’s Excellent Advice

So, the other night I’m checking a few things on the iPad Pro and I opened my Wells Fargo app to look up something in my checking account. I don’t do that very often – and I literally haven’t balanced my checking account since college. However, on this night, I just happened to look, and, right there, at the very top of the activity, was a transaction labeled “Pending” that indicated the bank was about to pay $198.93 from my checking account for a purchase made on fansedge.com, a site that sells clothing for sports fans. Now, usually, when...

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Judge Tells Board of Elections to Stay, Summerfield Refuses to Roll Over

On Thursday, May 24, Superior Court Judge Andy Cromer ordered, for a second time, a stay of the Guilford County Board of Elections’ Tuesday, April 17 decision that determined Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck wasn’t a resident of that town – a decision that resulted in Rotruck being removed from the Summerfield Town Council. Rotruck and his attorney, Marsh Prause with the Winston-Salem firm of Allman Spry Davis Leggett & Crumpler, seemed delighted when they exited courtroom 3-C in the Guilford County Courthouse in downtown Greensboro. That was because they, and some others who had sat through the hearing,...

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Summerfield Town Council Becomes Town Cancel

“Sorry… We’re closed.” Don Wendelken, a former Guilford County Board of Elections member who runs the Facebook page Summerfield Scoop, put that iconic, red-letters-on-a-white-background sign above an image of the Summerfield town seal after town officials canceled the Summerfield Town Council meeting for the third time in a row. Next to the image, he posed the question, “Summerfield closed?” The Town Council hasn’t met to conduct town business since Tuesday, April 10. The council did hold a special meeting on Monday, April 23, but no actual town business was conducted at that meeting, which ended up just being one...

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Guilford County May Not Be In A Position To Can Republic Services Waste Disposal

Republic Services, the second largest waste disposal and recycling company in the country, which serves much of Guilford County and some of its towns, is now on a short leash with Guilford County – but, due to a lack of options for the county, Republic may not be at the end of its rope. In recent weeks, the franchise agreement that allows the company to operate in Guilford County has been under review in closed session discussions of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, and several commissioners said this week that Republic hasn’t cleaned up its act despite promises...

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Yost Is Not Lyin’ About His Lion Advice

Well, I hated to hear the news today that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting a divorce. It’s a shame to hear about that happening after they got married with so much fanfare in that huge fairy-tale wedding just two weeks ago. I heard that the royal couple, in the divorce filing, is citing irreconcilable differences. It turns out, I guess, they simply weren’t compatible at all. Friends say that, hours after the wedding, the two just discovered that they’re like oil and water; they ended up fighting like cats and dogs the whole time they were married....

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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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Guilford 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 Guilford 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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