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Author: Scott D. Yost

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County Approves Contract Despite Alston’s Fiery Objections

At the Monday, Feb. 25 Guilford County Board of Commissioners retreat, the board voted to approve a controversial construction contract for a $14-million Emergency Services vehicle maintenance facility, but only after a heated exchange in which Democratic Commissioner Skip Alston raked county staff over the coals and then got into it with the Republican commissioners.

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County Commissioners Approve Borrowing $40 Million

By 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, the first day of the two-day retreat, the board unanimously approved a motion to use a financing method known as “two-thirds bonds” to raise $40 million dollars for a host of coming county projects including a new mental health facility, a $10-million investment to enhance school system security, a new animal shelter and a new administrative headquarters for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department.

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County Dog Summit Conclusively Inconclusive

The collective mental power of local and state officials went to the dogs this week when health officials, taproom owners, county staff and elected leaders held a Dog Summit in the Old Guilford County Court House to work out a way in which man’s best friend could be allowed inside taprooms when their owners want to enjoy a beer.

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County Finds Putting The Black Into MWBE Not Easy

Last month, at a Thursday, Jan. 17 Guilford County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Skip Alston was furious that the county was about to enter into a $14-million construction contract that included zero percent black business participation – but he has now discovered that that was just the tip of the iceberg.

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HiToms Happy To Host American Legion Tournament

The war for the attention of baseball fans in the High Point area is heating up and, in that war between the storied Finch Field, home of the HiToms, and the shiny new BB&T Point stadium, home of the High Point Rockers, Finch Field just scored: It’s been selected to host the 2019 Junior Legion State Tournament from Thursday, July 18 to Tuesday, July 23. 

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Summerfield Laughing And Crying Over Legal Mishap

A stunning revelation that came out of Summerfield this week regarding a giant oversight by town officials now has a good number of that town’s leaders and citizens trying to piece together exactly how it happened. Some are angry about the mistake, while others think it’s funny – and others are simply shaking their heads.

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Bennett Sues And Has Accreditation Restored, For Now

On Friday evening, Feb. 22, Bennett College President Phyllis Dawkins held a press conference to announce that the college was suing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges over that organization’s decision to revoke the school’s accreditation.

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Cone Health Focusing On Diversity

Some items are one size fits all but Cone Health system knows that doesn’t apply to health care outreach – which is why the giant health provider has been focusing hard these days on providing care to diverse population segments in its service area through targeted programs meant to address the specific needs of those communities.

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County’s Top Dog Catcher Learning New Tricks

Guilford County’s top dog catcher, Animal Control Supervisor Lisa Lee, left that job on Sunday, Feb. 17, but she hasn’t gone far at all: On Monday, Feb. 18  Lee – who began heading up Animal Control in June 2017– started her new job as the community engagement manager for Guilford County’s Animal Services. 

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Big Controversy In Little Town Over Legal Defense Of Councilmember

It’s nothing new for there to be a ruckus in Summerfield these days and this week the uproar there is about NC General Statute 1-521, which states that, when a “quo warranto” action is used to try and knock a town council member or city council member out of a seat, “It is unlawful to appropriate any public funds to the payment of counsel fees in any such action.”

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County Gets Grant To Help Dogs And Cats With Facebook

When it comes to hiring government help, five grand isn’t a lot of money; however, animal welfare advocates in Guilford County are hoping that a new $5,000 grant will go a very long way toward the goal of helping dogs, cats and other animals at the Guilford County Animal Shelter find a loving home.

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Bruce Davis Running For High Point Mayor, Again

They say the early bird gets the worm and High Point’s Bruce Davis is hoping the early declarer gets the mayor’s job.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Davis became the first candidate to throw his hat in the 2019 ring for the seat currently occupied by High Point Mayor Jay Wagner, who everyone expects to declare his intent to run for reelection later this year.

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Rotruck Sees Summerfield In Court

The latest chapter in the ongoing battle between former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck and the Town of Summerfield unfolded on Monday, Feb. 11 in courtroom 3-G of the Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro. 

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Guilford County Receives $9 Million Parking Ticket

Guilford County doesn’t have good luck with its parking decks and that bad luck continued this week when the Guilford County commissioners were informed that the county-owned underground parking deck beneath the Phill G. McDonald Plaza in downtown Greensboro is in need of an estimated $9 million in repairs.

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Sheriff’s Dept. Denies Mistreating Man While In Jail

At the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, Thursday, Feb. 7 meeting, Aydin Lyrik, a self-employed Greensboro resident, told the nine commissioners – and the audience in the meeting room and watching on TV – that he underwent a harrowing experience last August in which he was shackled naked in the Guilford County jail in Greensboro for hours, called the N-word and mistreated after being arrested on a drunken and disorderly charge.

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County Wants $10 Million From State For Mental Health

They say there’s no harm in asking and that’s exactly what the Guilford County Board of Commissioners did in a very big way at their Thursday, Feb. 7 meeting: asked the State of North Carolina for $10 million so the state could foot half the cost of constructing a new adult care mental health facility on Third Street in Maple Professional Park in Greensboro.

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State’s $100K Could Have People Dancing In The Streets In Greensboro

The North Carolina Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro looks like it may be getting some much appreciated state help.

On Thursday, Feb. 7, NC Rep. Jon Hardister filed a bill – called simply the NC Folk Festival Funds bill – that would provide a $100,000 state grant for the festival that’s held in Greensboro.  State Reps. John Faircloth, Pricey Harrison and Amos Quick joined Hardister as primary sponsors of the bill.

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Family Justice Center Offers Fraud Training For Seniors

The Guilford County Family Justice Center is best known for helping victims in cases of physical violence within marriages, relationships or families; however, this spring, the justice center will offer a program meant largely to help the county’s elderly keep from getting swindled out of their money.

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High Point Police Hold Exercise On Active Shooter Response

Right now, there’s a huge push to address school violence and other safety concerns – Guilford County commissioners and school board members are meeting this week to discuss school system security needs – and, on Friday, Feb. 1, the High Point Police Department will hold an active shooter exercise at Phoenix Academy to help students, teachers, administrators and the general public know how to respond in case of such an event.

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Guilford County Becomes Family Justice Central For Two Days

No action by Guilford County government in the last decade has done more to bring statewide attention to the county’s operations than the opening of the Guilford County Family Justice Center in 2015, and that trend continues this week when more than 300 people from around the state come in to the county for the 2019 NC Family Justice Center and Collaborative Communities Conference.

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