Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Airport Passenger Trend Is Up And Away

On Tuesday, June 25, Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) released its latest numbers for flights in and out of PTIA and they show that the airport is continuing what has been a very positive trend lately in flights, passengers and cargo service.

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Jail Gets New Inmate Healthcare Help at $0 Cost

(This article is being corrected because the information from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department had the incorrect job title for the new position.)
When it came to getting a new discharge planner position at the county jail in High Point to tend to the inmate population, the third time asking proved to be a charm for Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers.

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Jail Gets New Nurse At Zero Cost To County

When it came to getting a new nurse to tend to the inmate population at the county jail in High Point, the third time asking proved to be a charm for Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers.   The sheriff got what he wanted – but he got it in a very unusual way with funding from an unusual source.

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School Staff May Be Trained To Identify Child Abuse

These days, when people talk about school safety they’re often talking about high-profile major news events such as school shooters, however, NC House Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) is working to enhance another aspect of school safety: keeping kids in society free of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and a range of related threats that include human trafficking.

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Summer Vacations Keep Summerfield Case On Ice

The North Carolina Court of Appeals is taking July off and it has yet to calendar the case of Todd Rotruck – a former Summerfield Town Councilmember who was removed from that council after the Guilford County Board of Elections determined that he did not live in Summerfield.  

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Guilford Is 14th Out Of 100 Counties In Purchasing Power

A new economic study of counties in North Carolina conducted by SmartAsset, a financial tools company, found that, across the state, Guilford County ranks 14th among North Carolina counties when it comes to purchasing power – a stat that was arrived at by examining people’s income in the counties compared with what it costs for typical goods and services there.

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Alston Gets $10,000 For Men’s Foundation

Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston has been wheeling and dealing in politics for about three decades so it’s no surprise that, in the 11th hour of the 2019-2020 Guilford County budget talks, Alston managed to get $10,000 in county money put in the budget to be given to the Greensboro Men’s Foundation – a group that’s never gotten county money before, and one that, not coincidently, Alston is president of.

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Animal Shelter Manager Resigns At Meeting

It didn’t take long for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners’ Thursday, June 20 meeting to get very interesting: The first speaker from the floor was Guilford County Animal Shelter Manager Darryl Kosciak who announced at the podium that he was resigning due to a lack of adequate staffing at the shelter.

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Science Center Shows Off Big Impact And Big Plans

In it’s biggest announcement since getting penguins years ago, on Tuesday, June 18, the Greensboro Science Center presented a wealth of information to the public: The center released the results of a study of the economic impact the center has had on the local economy and also revealed detailed plans on many future projects meant to dramatically improve the center.

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Airport To Hold June 27 Noise Mitigation Workshop

Earlier this year, Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) announced that it would be conducting a noise study in 2019 – and, on Wednesday, June 19, the airport announced the time and place of the first public workshop to allow citizens who may be affected by the noise a chance to voice their concerns and hear information about airport plans.

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County Animal Shelter To Be Smaller But Great

Less is more in design theory, and, though that may be less true when it comes to animal shelters, Guilford County officials are now assuring the public that – while a new Guilford County Animal Shelter will not be as large as originally planned – it will still be a terrific home and adoption facility for the animals. 

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Guilford County Doubles Down On MWBE Effort

On Monday, June 17, out of the blue, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners doubled the size of the county department focused on increasing minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) participation in county construction and service contracts.

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Skip Alston Working Hard For Cure Violence Money

One of the most interesting things that happened at the Guilford County Board of Commissioners work session on Monday, June 17, didn’t happen at the work session – it happened right afterward when Commissioners Jeff Phillips and Skip Alston sat locked in intense conversation and asked the media to step away so that reporters could not hear what the two men were talking about.

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County Expands Inmate Reentry Program

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department really, really wanted more county funding for an expanded “Reentry Program” that will help inmates reenter society after leaving jail or prison, and, at a Monday afternoon, June 17 Board of Commissioners work session, that wish was granted: The board approved $80,000 in additional funding from the Inmate Welfare Fund to expand that program.

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Greensboro Is Jeansboro On Wednesday, June 19

If you were looking for an excuse to break out your best pair of jeans, now you have it: On Wednesday, June 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., everyone is invited out to LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro for a family-friendly “Jeansboro Day” celebration that will honor the city’s ties to the famous pants.

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County Votes To Increase Furniture Market Funding

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners can be very stingy at budget time since most of the commissioners abhor property tax increases; however, on Monday, June 17, the commissioners voted unanimously to raise the amount of funding for the High Point Market Authority in the coming county budget from $75,000 to $125,000.

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PTIA Dating Around To Land New Airline Service

Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) is working hard to increase the number of airlines servicing the airport – and increase the number of flights in and out as well – and, recently, some airport officials enlisted the help of an airline dating service in Nashville to do just that.

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State Opioid Problem Proves Hard To Handle

Local law enforcement, health and emergency services officials from all over North Carolina are bringing home new ideas and new knowledge in the battle against opioid addiction and overdose in the wake of a state summit on the problem held last week in Raleigh. 

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Local Businesses Fill Truck To Fill In For School Lunches

Some area businesses are getting together to try and do some good in the world and feed some needy families this summer: Blue Ridge Companies, The Palladium at Deep River Shopping Center and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina are joining together for a “fill-the-truck Food Donation Drive” that will take place on Friday, June 21 at the Palladium Shopping Center in High Point.

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Grandover To Host Conference Of County Commissioners

Later this summer, Guilford County will be the center of attention for county officials from 99 counties across the state because Guilford County will host the 112th North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Annual Conference, which will be held at Grandover Resort and Conference Center from Thursday, August 22 to Saturday, August 24.

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Animal Shelter’s Cute Puppies May Be Job Creators

There hasn’t been a lot of willingness on the part of either county administration or the Guilford County Board of Commissioners to add new staff to the county’s workforce this year; however, one county department seeking new positions may get some love from the commissioners – the Guilford County Animal Services Department, which runs the Animal Shelter. 

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Schools Make Final Appeal For More County Money

Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras got one final chance to make her case for more county funding for the schools at a Monday afternoon, June 10 Board of Commissioners work session.At the meeting, Contreras was joined by Angie Henry, the school system’s chief financial officer, in a tag-team presentation

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Two County Register Grabber On The Loose

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is asking Guilford County citizens to help the department track down a suspect and vehicle that’s been involved in multiple thefts over the last few weeks.  The subject, seen above, has been knocking off restaurants and convenience stores across the county and is thought to be involved in similar thefts in Alamance County.

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Sales Tax Increase May Be Coming To Guilford County

Guilford County has a whole lot of major projects to pay for right now and it could have a billion or so more in expenses if a likely school bond referendum passes in 2020.  The Guilford County Board of Commissioners, dominated by five Republican commissioners, has continuously refused to raise property taxes; however, on Monday, June 10, commissioners in both parties seemed open to another type of tax increase – a hike of a quarter-cent or a half-cent on the sales tax in Guilford County.

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County And Wake Forest Renew $434,000 STD Study

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has voted to renew a $434,000 study of hard-to-cure STD’s using state funds. The money behind the study isn’t local taxpayer money, but county officials say that advances being made due to the study could help those everywhere who suffer from increasingly common “antimicrobial resistant gonorrhea” and similar ailments.

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Commissioners Schedule Massive Monday Work Session

In July and December of each year, it’s questionable whether the Guilford County commissioners do enough to warrant the roughly $1,700 a month they get paid for being a commissioner – however, at budget time in June, the board does put in a good deal of work.  And on Monday, June 10, the Board of Commissioners is holding a massive work session – one that might be the last before a budget is adopted. 

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Downtown Parks Making Movie Nights Inclusive

Everyone is always invited to come out and watch a free outdoor movie in Greensboro, but now Greensboro Downtown Parks is making sure that everyone has the ability to do so. In collaboration with InFocus Advocacy, Greensboro Downtown Parks will hold its first “sensory-friendly” movie night with a screening of the PG-rated movie “Ferdinand” in LeBauer Park.

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Oak Ridge Adopts No Tax Increase Budget

While the City of Greensboro and Guilford County are still attempting to bang out their 2019-2020 budgets, on Thursday, June 6, the Town of Oak Ridge beat them to the punch by adopting a $2.2 million budget with no tax increase on a unanimous vote of the Town Council.

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Gibsonville Police Host Rail Safety Event

Area law enforcement agencies often teach various safety practices to those they protect, but too many people don’t give enough thought to one threat that’s being addressed by the Gibsonville Police Department –crossing railroad tracks.

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Alston Calls For 1 Cent County Tax Hike To Fund Schools

Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston is calling for a 1 cent property tax increase in the 2019-2020 county budget with all of the proceeds to go to Guilford County Schools.  Alston said on Tuesday, June 4, that the schools need more money than they would get in the county manager’s proposed budget announced last month, and he added that a 1 cent tax increase for that purpose would raise just over $5 million.

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Cure Violence Battle Coming To A Vote

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is headed for a high-profile showdown on Thursday, June 6 with a vote that pits advocates of a new Cure Violence program in Greensboro against those who think the program is not the best way to address the increase of violent crime in the city.

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Sit-In Museum Celebrates Juneteenth Throughout June

February is Black History Month but, really, when it comes to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, every month is black history month, and this June is certainly no exception: The museum has just released its June lineup of events and it has something for everyone whether they’re interested in the history of civil rights or they’re just looking to have a fun time with a night of dancing.

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