Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Health Dept. Way Behind on Water System Inspections

Guilford County Health Director Merle Green had some bad news recently for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners: the Health Department has a big backlog of well and water system inspections, and it won’t be able to catch up and keep pace unless new inspector positions are added.  In fact, she said, even then the Health Department won’t be able to completely keep pace with demand.

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County Planners Want To Keep Control Of Inspections

In the face of a new state law meant to promote speedier building inspections, the Guilford County Planning Department wants to make sure that it has enough inspectors to fill that demand so that the work doesn’t go to state inspectors – who often don’t have a relationship with the local developers like county inspectors do.

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County Emergency Services Pleading For Help

If you are a Guilford County department head who needs something, now is the time to ask for it since the Guilford County Board of Commissioners will soon adopt a budget for the coming 2019-2020 fiscal year that begins on July 1. And Guilford County Emergency Services Director Jim Albright said this week that Emergency Services is badly understaffed and needs more manpower in a bad way.

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Photo Of Former And Current Sheriff Draws Double Takes

A photograph from the Summerfield Founder’s Day Parade celebration has caused quite a bit of discussion in Summerfield, on social media and among others in the county who are interested in local politics.  The photo from that day shows Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers and former Sheriff BJ Barnes – who have been in a bitter public battle with each other for over a year – shaking hands in a amicable way.

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More Details On Inmate’s Suicide

A report that the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department was required to send to the State of North Carolina after an inmate hung himself in the county’s jail in High Point has provided new details regarding the death. 

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Lawsuit Filed To Stop Summerfield Legal Fees

On Thursday afternoon, May 30, three prominent Summerfield citizens – Dwayne Crawford, Don Wendelken and Danny Nelson – filed a lawsuit against the Town of Summerfield to force it to cease paying legal fees for the defense of Town Councilmember Dianne Laughlin in a “quo warranto” case brought by former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck. 

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Guilford County Files Response To Rotruck’s Appeal

Another step just took place in the slow as molasses battle between Guilford County and former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck, who is fighting to regain that Town Council seat he lost two years ago.  The Guilford County Board of Elections has filed its response with the NC Court of Appeals in the case.

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Big Names Playing July Basketball In Greensboro

Greensboro may have missed out on hosting the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in recent years but there’s a great deal of excitement about a nationally televised summer basketball tournament that will include a regional in Greensboro this year and will feature some spectacular basketball talent on the team representing this area.

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Passenger Numbers For PTIA Shoot Up

On Tuesday, May 28, Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) released new passenger stats and other data that showed a very positive continuing trend: An impressive rise in the number of people traveling to and from PTIA. The same set of numbers also showed extremely impressive growth in cargo flights in and out of the airport.

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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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