Author: Scott D. Yost

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Yost Column International Naming Names

As I’m sure you are aware by now, the powers that be want to change the name of Piedmont Triad International Airport to Central North Carolina International Airport, and, as we speak, the question of changing the airport’s name is still, well, up in the air. So far, I count seven people who are in favor of the name change – which, completely non-coincidently, is the exact number of people who serve on the Airport Authority board that oversees PTIA. Most of the people in the community say this: The airport name doesn’t need changing. Now, this week, in...

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PAC Targets Guilford County Commissioners in 2018 Election For Not Supporting High Point Stadium Funding

Last year, only one of nine Guilford County commissioners was willing to vote to approve county funding for the new baseball stadium in High Point that’s now underway – and this year that could come back to haunt them. Several Guilford County commissioners said this week that a political action committee – the High Point Political Alliance (HPPA) – is “targeting” Guilford County commissioners who are up for reelection this year since the county didn’t offer financial support for the stadium meant to help revitalize High Point’s downtown area. High Point leaders say that, if the current board won’t...

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Guilford County Commissioners Headed for Steve Showfety Showdown Over Piedmont Triad Airport Authority Appointment

The Piedmont Triad Airport Authority (PTIA) has been in the spotlight lately because it briefly changed the name of the airport to Central North Carolina International Airport, but the authority is now in the spotlight again for another reason: The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is about to make a key decision whether or not to reappoint Airport Authority Chairman Steve Showfety to the board for a fourth term. The City of High Point has already made a change on its appointment to the Airport Authority. On Monday, Feb. 5, the High Point City Council voted unanimously to appoint...

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Guilford County Trash Man Doth Not Cometh, Republic Waste Promises to Clean Up Its Act

One man’s trash may be another man’s treasure but no one is treasuring the trash that’s been left uncollected in front of homes for weeks at a time in Guilford County. Loud and constant complaints about Republic Services’ unreliable trash and recycling pickup have made their way to Guilford County staff and commissioners who are taking action to see that the matter is addressed. Residents who contract with Republic Services to remove trash complain that the company has been missing scheduled pickups. They say it’s an ongoing issue that’s led to rodents and other animals getting into trash, debris...

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New Tools, Better Economy Mean Fewer Complaints About 2017 Guilford County Property Revaluations

Usually, when people are thrilled, they’re thrilled by something that happened, but right now the Guilford County Tax Department is thrilled by something that didn’t happen. Namely, in 2017, despite a revaluation of all property in Guilford County, county property owners didn’t come out in droves to lodge appeals as they usually do during a “reval” year – a fact that suggests most property owners were relatively content with the way the Tax Department appraised their property last year. In fact, in 2017, unlike in previous revaluation years, Guilford County saw a remarkably low number of appeals. Guilford County...

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At Last, A Guilford County Government Funded Group That Says It Has Enough Money This Year

At the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance’s (GCEDA) Thursday, Jan. 25 meeting, the alliance did something nearly unheard of for ongoing entities funded by local governments: It announced that the organization is seeking no money this year from the three governments that fund it – Guilford County and the cities of Greensboro and High Point. In November 2015, GCEDA was formed at a massive joint meeting of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, the Greensboro City Council and the High Point City Council, with each of those local governments pledging $100,000 annually to fund the new group charged with...

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Every Mazda-Toyota Loss Has a Silver Lining

For area leaders, Thursday, Jan. 25 was a day to come together and express a little collective grief over not winning the giant Toyota-Mazda car plant for the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite. But it was also, of course, a day of celebration over the fact that Greensboro and Guilford County came within a hair’s breadth of landing a truly game-changing and nationally sought after project of the type the community has been seeking for years. That message of celebration was the main theme for local leaders the first thing in the morning on Jan. 25 at an economic development meeting, and...

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Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes is Armed and Ready for a Seventh Term as Sheriff

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes has been sheriff for 24 years now, and he’d like to make that at least 28 years. Barnes said this week that he’s eager to serve another four years as sheriff and he’s hoping county voters want to see that happen as well. Barnes, 67, recalled that the Rhino Times once referred to him as “Guilford County Sheriff for Life,” and he said he knows it may appear he’s trying to live up to that title given that he’s seeking yet another term. But the longtime sheriff said that every four years he gauges...

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Goodwill May Add International Flights

Well, it was interesting to see Amazon’s big announcement last week that it has started some sort of “new cutting-edge shopping experience” for customers where you walk in to a physical store, select what you want, take it and walk out of the store without ever going by a cash register or even talking to a store employee. Amazon is billing this as some kind of brand new 21st-century thing, but I’ve been shopping this way my whole life. And no one has ever called me some sort of futuristic tech pioneer. So forgive me if I’m not that...

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Half-Dozen Guilford County Commissioners Say They’ll Run For Reelection in 2018

It’s good to be the king – and it’s also good to be a Guilford County commissioner.   That must be true because, in 2018, all six county commissioners with expiring terms are running for reelection. The 2018 hopefuls whose current terms run out in early December are Commissioners Carlvena Foster (District 1), Alan Perdue (District 2), Justin Conrad (District 3), Carolyn Coleman (District 7), Skip Alston (District 8) and Kay Cashion, the board’s at-large representative. All six commissioners say they plan to file to run again during candidate filing period, which runs this year from Monday, Feb. 12 to...

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New Guilford County Animal Shelter Director Jorge Ortega Barking Up the Right Trees Has Community Wagging Its Tail

“Like night and day.” That’s the phrase some have been using to describe the fresh, new positive air surrounding the Guilford County Animal Shelter now that new Animal Services Director Jorge Ortega is on the job – even though he’s only been on that job for about four weeks. Ortega, who started as Guilford County Animal Services director on Tuesday, Jan. 2, isn’t a miracle worker; however, since his arrival at the start of the year, the entire conversation around the shelter has shifted from doom and gloom and lots of public criticism to optimism and encouragement. Ortega hit...

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Public Outcry Causes Piedmont Triad Airport Authority to Backtrack on Name Change

The name “Central North Carolina International Airport” didn’t last long – 23 days to be exact. Central North Carolina International Airport became the name of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) on Jan. 1 after the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, the seven-member board that runs the airport, voted in December to change the name effective Jan. 1. However, at the authority’s Tuesday, Jan. 23 meeting – after a month of citizens expressing a great deal of opposition to the new name – the Airport Authority voted to defer the name change until an undesignated future date and to open up...

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Pandemonium on the Linoleum

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet     A few months ago, late at night in my house – in my kitchen to be exact – I witnessed the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen. To be quite honest, it’s months later now and I am still not anywhere near right in the head after seeing what I saw. I started to write about it a while back, right after it happened, but I couldn’t bring myself to remember it, much less write about it, because writing about something requires, in a way, reliving it. By the time I could write about it, it was already the holiday season and this definitely wasn’t something anyone needed to be writing about or reading about during the cheery Christmas season. So that’s why I haven’t written about it. Until now. Like I said, I’m still extremely shaky from what happened, but at least I am finally to the point where I can write about it. It happened well past midnight – about 1:30 a.m. – in late October. I was getting ready to turn in for the night and I was walking through my kitchen when I saw, right in the middle of the beige floor, this big, fat, hairy black spider. (I later concluded it to be a...

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Investors Swing at $35 Million High Point Stadium Bond Pitch

The City of High Point now has $35 million burning a hole in its pocket. That’s because the city saw exceptional investor demand for its limited-obligation bonds being issued to fund a new baseball stadium that’s part of a much larger downtown revitalization project. The bonds are officially named the Downtown Multi-Use Sports & Entertainment Facility Taxable Limited Obligation Bonds and investors couldn’t get enough of them. The bond offering, which was conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 17, was the first bond sale by a North Carolina local government in 2018, and the successful reception means the city is now...

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Guilford County Commissioners Retreat Heads Downtown

The Guilford County commissioners have found a place to hold perhaps their most important meeting of 2018: the Board of Commissioners Annual Retreat – a packed two-day meeting held in January or February each year where the board and staff work together to determine the goals for the coming year, set the county’s priorities and, in a very real way, map the future of Guilford County government for the coming 12 months. This year, the commissioners retreat will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 and Friday, Feb. 9 at “The Public,” a private event space in Morehead Foundry, a...

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Yost Doesn’t See Need for Magic Mirror

If you know me, then you know I’m something of a technology nerd. Or really, to be completely honest about it, I’m the biggest nerd in the world. I love technology. I mean, love it. I always have to have the latest and greatest gadgets and devices, the newest smart things – you name it. But now – on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, to be specific – it’s finally happened: Technology has come to an end. You can put a fork in it because it is done. The tech creators who have pumped out one terrific invention after another...

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Guilford County Schools and Board of Commissioners Hope $900K Study Will Save County Money

Everyone always says, “You have to spend money to make money,” but a joint initiative now underway between the Guilford County Board of Education and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners is based on the idea that you have to spend money to save money. The two boards have agreed to spend nearly $900,000 jointly – about $450,000 each – to assess school space and building needs for the next decade, study the condition of school buildings and find strategies – including potential redistricting moves – that will optimize current school space. The school board members and county commissioners...

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Scrooge in Charge of Phone Book Delivery

Wow, who knew people were so sensitive about the name of their airport? I, for one, had no idea. But apparently people are more passionate about their airport’s name than just about anything else. I mean, suddenly everyone has an opinion on the best name for the airport. You ask people about President Trump these days and they are like, “Oh I don’t really have any strong feelings one way or the other about him – now ABOUT THAT AIRPORT NAME …” If you haven’t been paying attention to the news at all – well, right before Christmas, the...

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Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes University Coming to a Church Near You

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is a county department, not an institution of high learning; however, recently, Sheriff BJ Barnes and his officers have gotten very active when it comes to educating citizens about certain dangers in today’s society, as well as about best practices for fighting crime and preserving public safety. Barnes has said several times in recent months that community outreach for law enforcement is more important than ever these days in light of a nationwide distrust of law enforcement officers. He said it makes it harder to hire and retain officers and it often leads to...

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Although New Piedmont Triad Airport Name Fails to Take Off With Public It Does Have Its Fans

The name of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) changed at midnight on New Year’s Eve to Central North Carolina International Airport (CNCIA), but there are a lot of people who don’t want the name to stay that way. On Tuesday, Dec. 19, in a move that caught the entire community by surprise, the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority voted 7 to 0 to change the airport’s name. However, there’s been a great deal of negative reaction to the move and that now has the Airport Authority both on the defensive and closed mouthed. Critics have said the new name makes...

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Guilford County’s 2017: All Wrapped Up in a Nutshell

More than any year in memory – and perhaps more than any year in history – the series of events that played out between Guilford County government and High Point in 2017 exhibited the immense tensions present when one county has two major cities within its borders. The role, status and place of the City of High Point in Guilford County – and High Point leaders’ constant contention that their city is treated like the “red-headed step-child” of the county – was a burning issue from the start of 2017 to the finish. Guilford County is one of the...

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Piedmont Triad International Airport Name Change Not the Christmas Present People Wanted

The recent announcement by the former Piedmont Triad Airport Authority that it was changing the airport’s name from Piedmont Triad International Airport to Central North Carolina International Airport didn’t exactly get the reaction airport officials were hoping for. Instead of a widespread celebratory response that airport officials apparently anticipated, the name change is getting a big thumbs down from almost everyone. Right after the announcement of the change at the Tuesday, Dec. 19 meeting of the Airport Authority, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets lit up with criticism, and even many area elected officials had a negative reaction...

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Guilford County Welcomes New Animal Shelter Director

Tuesday, Jan. 2, Guilford County commissioners and administrators were all smiles as they welcomed new Guilford County Animal Services Director Jorge Ortega. The county has had a world of problems with the shelter over the last two-and-a-half years and it has now handed Ortega the job of transforming the shelter into a high-performing, well-run facility. The county held a brief press conference outside of the Guilford County Animal Shelter at 4525 W. Wendover Ave. in order to let members of the press meet the new director and ask a few questions. The very personable and articulate Ortega was candid...

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Yost Gives You the News Before It Happens

My methods of divination are highly secret and very mysterious, and I certainly cannot divulge them in print; I can only say that the Magic Eight Ball and frog entrails both played a crucial role in my magical methodology that has given me an open window into the future.           – Yost Column, Jan. 8, 2015     Well, as incredible as it sounds, the brand spanking New Year of 2018 is now upon us, and it’s suddenly time to turn our gaze from the past to the impending 12 months. Now, as you may or may not...

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Award Winning 2017 Yostie Awards Awards Awards

Well, it’s the end of December once again (how in the world did that happen so fast?), and that can mean one and only one thing: It’s time again for the most awesome, most spectacular, most stupenderific awards ceremony in existence: The much-awaited, greatly anticipated 2017 Yostie Awards. The Yostie Awards are handed out for the very best and worst of the year, the most bizarre, the smartest and dumbest things, and to many of the people, actions and events that have regaled us over the last 12 months. So, without any further to do, here we go …...

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Pleasant Garden Is Having A Blast, Now That Pleasant Garden Quarry Appeal Deadline Is Past

Much to the relief of thousands of residents in the Pleasant Garden area, the time and date of 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19 has come and gone. The reason there was so much happiness over the 2017 calendar marching past that date is that it was the last day for Texas-based construction materials company Lehigh Hanson to file an appeal of a November decision by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners not to allow a granite quarry at a proposed site near Pleasant Garden. Last month, the board voted 8 to 0 not to rezone the property, a vote...

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Guilford County Northeast Park Kiddy Train Plan Going Well, Except for Engine, Tracks, Train Cars and Fence

All Guilford County wanted for Christmas was to have its kiddie train up and running at Northeast Park, but the county’s not going to get that. In July, Guilford County sent the train to California to be fixed “within 90 days,” a timeline that would have brought the repaired train back home by October. However, the county’s seemingly jinxed kiddie train is still on the West Coast, some 2,200 miles away, and now it looks like there’s no saving the train’s engine, which has become known as the Little Engine that Couldn’t. The kiddie train’s cars are reportedly being...

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Say Good-Bye to Piedmont Triad International Airport and Hello to Central North Carolina International Airport

Shakespeare said a rose would smell as sweet by any other name but, apparently, when it comes to airports and marketing the region they serve, the name matters a great deal. A renewed effort to effectively market Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA), and the three-city region around it, is the main reason that, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority voted unanimously to change the name of that airport to Central North Carolina International Airport. The airport authority voted unanimously to put the new name into effect starting Jan. 1 for the airport that serves Greensboro, High...

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North Carolina Board of Elections’ Absence Creating Headaches All Over the State

A human being can go about two days without water before major warning signs appear – and, apparently, a state can go about six months without a board of elections before big problems start to show up. The State of North Carolina has now gone a half-year without a state board of elections and it’s heading into 2018 with no sign that a board will be in place any time soon. That absence of a state board is starting to show itself in multiple ways – and the problems are only mounting as time goes on. During the last...

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You Can Make It Here: Toyota-Mazda, This Means You

The Guilford County Economic Development Alliance (GCEDA) closed out its year with a very upbeat breakfast meeting at Grandover Resort on Friday, Dec. 15, where the group kicked off a new marketing campaign, welcomed new members and sent some former members packing – all while visions of a Toyota-Mazda car plant, rather than sugarplums, danced in their heads. Alliance members were in a good mood because unemployment in Guilford County is down, the stock market is up, and the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite just south of Guilford County is a strong finalist for the giant Toyota-Mazda car plant project that area...

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Yost Says Merry … Uh, Whatever You’re Allowed to Call It

Well, it’s Christmas time once again and I have to say I’m getting a little annoyed at some area restaurants, businesses and even churches who have been putting up signs all over the place telling us to keep in mind the true meaning of Christmas. The signs all say something like, “Don’t forget the reason for the season,” and things like that. I even drove by a church in Greensboro the other day, which shall remain nameless, and it had a sign up that said, “At this time of the year, let us remember the true meaning of Christmas.”...

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New Chairman’s E-Notice Vote Shocks Guilford County Board of Commissioners

When brand new Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Alan Branson cast his vote at a Thursday, Dec. 7 meeting to delay implementation of a new electronic public notice system, his fellow Republican commissioners were so stunned that they stopped the meeting in its tracks and asked Branson repeatedly if he was sure he’d understood the motion correctly. Once it was clear that Branson knew exactly what his vote meant, some fellow Republicans were visibly irritated with the man they had elected chairman just moments earlier. For months, Guilford County staff – in the clerk’s office, the...

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State Gives Go Ahead on High Point Stadium Funding, Despite Lack of County Support

In this age when people are very much supposed to understand that no means no, the City of High Point absolutely refuses to take no for an answer. High Point just got state approval to issue $35 million in limited obligation bonds to fund a new baseball stadium – a centerpiece of that city’s downtown rejuvenation project – but that approval came despite the fact that Guilford County didn’t respond to High Point’s calls to help fund it by contributing roughly $11 million in anticipated future tax revenue. High Point wanted that money to come from expected property tax...

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If You Skip Yost’s Column, No Present for You

  Well, Christmas is coming fast upon us and the kids are all snug in their beds like a mouse, and I’m sure you are shopping like crazy and running around to malls and stores like a chicken with its head cut off (though, of course, a chicken that could somehow still see to drive and one whose feet could reach the pedals to operate a motor vehicle.) Anyway, all those technicalities aside, like I said, I know a lot of you are still way behind on your shopping – and you therefore think you don’t have enough time...

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New Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chairman’s Priorities are Jobs, Schools, Water, Cats and Dogs

Guilford County government now has two brand new leaders running the show – Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Alan Branson and Vice Chairman Justin Conrad. Both were elected to those positions with unanimous support from their fellow commissioners on Thursday, Dec. 7 and, now that it’s too late for them to be careful what they ask for, both men are looking toward 2018 and formulating their plan of attack. The Guilford County commissioners have no more meetings scheduled for 2017, but starting right after the New Year there will be plenty of activity for Guilford County government. Branson...

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Yost to Decide Who is Naughty

Well, as you know, usually, when it comes to the US mail, the letters and other things they bring you don’t include much good news. However, the other day, I opened my mail and there was a very flattering invitation from the US government, which had chosen me for an extraordinary honor. The letter said, in very formal wording, that they wanted me to serve on a jury. I’m not sure exactly sure what it was that caused them to select me, but my best guess is that they’ve read what I written over the years and have gotten...

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End of War Over Guilford-Alamance County Line – Follow Straight And Narrow

It only took about a century or so, but thanks to a recent unanimous vote by the Alamance County Board of Commissioners, Guilford and Alamance counties are finally on the path to resolving the county line dispute that has created constant problems for years. There have been about ten years of on-again, off-again negotiations over what should happen with the county line: Should it be straight, as the state originally intended, or should it be a “zigzag” line as many property owners wanted? The Alamance County commissioners answered that question on Monday, Nov. 20 with a 5-to-0 vote to...

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Playing Let’s Make A Guilford County Animal Shelter

In the TV game show Let’s Make a Deal, contestants were asked to choose between three doors; at a Tuesday, Nov. 28 work session, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners were asked to choose between three options for a future animal shelter.  At the end of that work session, the commissioners left all three doors closed for this year, as they seek more information and put more thought into it.  Commissioners said a final decision would likely come at their Thursday, Jan. 18 meeting. Behind Door Number One is a large, shiny new $15 million 42,000-square-foot animal shelter option,...

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Reentry Council Gets $150K from the State to Keep the Ex in Ex-Con

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has just granted Guilford County $150,000 to help in the county’s effort to cut down on criminal recidivism. The money will be used to establish a new “Reentry Council” that will assist former inmates as they reenter free society after serving time. The office for the council will be at 2301 W. Meadowview Road in Greensboro at the NCWorks Career Center. The program will use the $150,000 – an amount likely to recur in coming years – to work with men and women released from prison and jail. The Reentry Council, which...

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County Hires New Guilford County Animal Shelter Director

After months of looking, Guilford County has hired a new Animal Services director to oversee the Guilford County Animal Shelter and the other services provided by that department. The new director, who has more than a quarter of a century of experience in a wide range of animal welfare services, is Jorge Ortega, who previously served as the senior director of operations for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Adoption Center in New York. Ortega comes very highly regarded in the animal welfare community and his hiring is expected to renew confidence in the...

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Say Yes Guilford Looks Ahead After 2017 Setback

Say Yes Guilford hasn’t said much publicly in recent months, however, behind the scenes, Say Yes officials have been meeting to figure out which direction to take the highly touted scholarship program that saw a huge setback earlier this year. Leaders of the group have now adopted a set of 12-month goals for Say Yes Guilford that includes being more open about finances, a reevaluation of the group’s governance structure, the creation of a task force to determine future funding goals and a desire to create a program in which all families, not just low-income ones, will get “tangible...

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Yost Welcomes Victoria’s Secret Supermodels

Now, no one in the history of human kind has ever put the cheese on the bottom of the burger – because it’s horribly messy and the cheese melts on the bun and onto the plate and, frankly, because it’s just plain creepy.   – Yost Column, Nov. 16, 2017     It’s always weird when somebody you don’t like dies. I remember one time someone who was kind of a jerk died suddenly, and a group of us who knew him were standing around talking and each person said nice things about him. When they were done, they...

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Piedmont Triad Film Commission Shoots for the Stars – and for Other Projects as Well

Most of the talk about potential economic development in Guilford County these days revolves around giant carmakers or aircraft companies or other major brick and mortar projects, but there’s another sometimes overlooked type of economic development that brings millions of dollars into Guilford County each year. That’s the film, television and photography industry. The NC Piedmont Triad Film Commission leads the effort to maximize those entertainment industry dollars and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners recently gave the group a stamp of approval in the form of a $35,000 grant, awarded on a unanimous vote. Guilford County Manager Marty...

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Yost Fishing for News & Record Job

Always the inquisitive one, I had to know why they were better than all the cheese straws that I had tasted before. I complimented Sena, and then asked, “What is your secret?”   – Elizabeth Karmel, News & Record, Oct. 18, 2017     Each year, toward the end of it, I like to, in the interest of the all-inclusive holiday spirit, take a moment and congratulate our loyal competition – the grand old News & Record – on another year well done of providing insightful commentary, excellent editorials and informative news stories for area citizens. In that spirit of...

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Piedmont Triad International Airport Sets Its Eyes on the Sky

Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) has seen a tremendous amount of activity lately – new construction, terminal upgrades, increasing freight and passenger traffic, preparations for a new weather and plane tracking tower, major runway renovations and new restaurants in the terminals. And now the airport is about to experience a major milestone: HAECO Americas’ fifth hangar – a $70 million project that will be the aircraft maintenance company’s largest PTIA hangar – is just weeks from completion, and soon it will bring even more action to the airport. When that 176,000-square-foot hangar, which is nearly twice the size of...

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New North Carolina Public Notice Law Could Be Gold Mine For Guilford County

Guilford County is about to move the method of public notification out of the 19th century and into the 21st. That’s thanks to legislation the North Carolina General Assembly passed earlier this year that made Guilford County a pilot program in the way the public is notified when notification is required by law. The new legislation allows Guilford County to advertise legally required announcements electronically on the county’s website at no out-of-pocket cost, rather than paying exorbitant advertising rates charged by the paid circulation newspapers in Guilford County. Beginning Friday, Dec. 1, Guilford County is the only county in...

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Freestyle Voters Display Write-in Creativity

In every election, citizens from all over Guilford County go into voting booths and participate in the very serious act of casting ballots to elect their leaders. Well, it’s “serious” for the most part: In elections – including the most recent one – there are always some voters who get into the booth, see the tempting blank space for write-in votes in some of the races and decide to use that option for something other than its intended purpose. Often, people use the write-in blank for purposes of humor, creative expression or self-promotion. Some voters use the space to...

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Yost Makes Mountain Out Of Cheeseburger

I was extremely alarmed the other day when I saw the news about the new Google cheeseburger emoji – the small icon used in texting, email, etc. Now, it might sound like a very minor thing when I say it that way, but it’s clear to me that the Google cheeseburger emoji has suddenly out of nowhere become the most important thing in the world. If you don’t know, Google just released its new set of emojis, and the cheeseburger emoji wasn’t just any old cheeseburger. Google’s burger, amazingly, has the cheese on the bottom. Now, you may have...

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Old Guilford County Court House Should Be Ready For Its Close-up in 2019

These days, people walking behind the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in downtown Greensboro often just stop in their tracks and stare – and sometimes they whip out their phones and take a picture. The particular item of interest that’s now drawing all the looky-loos is an intricate wall of scaffolding that completely covers the back of the building that serves as the center of Guilford County government. The new outer layer on the rear is part of a roughly $3.5 million project to restore the Old Court House to its former glory and...

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