Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Author: Scott D. Yost

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A Tunnel Out Of Jail Not Always A Bad Thing

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has tunnel vision.

Specifically, this week Sheriff’s Department officials kept their sights trained on the tunnel that runs from the Guilford County jail to the Guilford County Courthouse in downtown Greensboro: They wanted to make absolutely certain that the construction of a new administrative headquarters for the department did not interfere with the operation of that tunnel.

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Skip Alston Makes Disparity Study Request Official

Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston made a formal request at the Board of Commissioners Thursday, March 21 meeting for Guilford County Manager Marty Lawing to bring back, within 30 days, the details and cost of a comprehensive disparity study.  That study would assess the availability in the county of black-owned businesses that Guilford County could use to fill its construction contracts, service contracts and other needs.

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Republic Services Wants Trash Collection Rate Increase

A waste collection company that had a very rough patch last year with a wide range of client complaints – Republic Services – came before the Guilford County Board of Commissioners this week and asked the county to grant it a rate increase.  The commissioners took no action at the meeting, but they are considering the company’s request and those in Guilford County who use the service will likely know in 30 to 60 days – after the commissioners have more discussion on the matter – if there will be an increase.

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Deputy’s Facebook Post Riles Commissioner Skip Alston

Guilford County commissioners can’t fire sheriff’s deputies, but, at the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Thursday, March 21 meeting, Deputy Sheriff Bryan Herndon found out why it’s a very bad idea to put up a Facebook post saying that a proposal by Skip Alston “smells like [deleted]” and telling Alston to shove his “reverse racism” up his rectum.

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Judge Wants Rotruck’s Appeal Heard By July 1

In a new ruling issued on Friday, March 22, Superior Court Judge David Hall, ruling in Guilford County Superior Court, has called for the appeal of former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck to be heard by Monday, July 1 – which is the first day of the filing period for an election for that seat.

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Fentanyl Bringing Death To The Country – And County

According to a Thursday, March 21 report from the Centers for Disease Control, deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl increased by more than 1,000 percent from 2011 to 2016.  As one might imagine given the problem of opioid addiction in Guilford County, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are now wreaking a wide path of destruction here too.

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Airport’s New Website Takes Off

On Friday, March 22, Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) announced its brand new website – a site that’s meant to be a big upgrade in terms of modern interface design, ease of use and the more immediate presentation of the most important information that passengers need.

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Proposed NC Golf Council Hopes To Score A Hole In One

It’s official…

State Rep. Jon Hardister has breathed life into an idea that he first presented earlier this year and that really got the attention of golfers across North Carolina:  Hardister, with support of other state legislators, has entered House Bill 418 which calls for the formation of a NC Golf Council to help expand the sport in the state, bring in more professional golf tournaments and also promote golf tourism to those who live outside of the state and might like to play the links on some of North Carolina’s fabulous golf courses.

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County Approves New $12-Million Sheriff’s Headquarters

After over a year of intense debate and false starts, on Thursday, March 21, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on what to do about a new headquarters for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department. At a work session in the Blue Room of the Old Guilford County Court House, the board voted to build a brand new two-story Law Enforcement Center (LEC) at a cost of $12 million.  The new building will be built on the site of the aging Otto Zenke building that now houses those Sheriff’s Department’s administrative operations.

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Minutes Should Not Take Five Months

Minutes are called “minutes,” not “years.”

That was the message Greensboro City Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter had for City of Greensboro staff at the council’s Tuesday, March 19 meeting when the City Council was attempting to determine a zoning case without access to the minutes of the Greensboro Zoning Commission. 

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Local GOP Throws Support Behind Mental Health Bill

On Wednesday, March 20, the leadership of the Guilford County Republican Party came out solidly behind a new mental health care initiative that Guilford County is embarking on with Cone Health and other partners, and also stated support for a bill proposed earlier this month that would provide $10 million in state funds for the project.

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April Brings Early Food Stamps To Some

The federal government shutdown has been over for quite some time, but it’s still having an impact on the schedule for food stamps – actually, the modern name is Food and Nutrition Services Benefits (FNS) – in Guilford County and across the state.

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County Chairman Says Focus On Race A Mistake

Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Alan Branson said this week that Guilford County commissioners should stop attempting to micromanage companies when those companies come to the county for incentives or when they bid on construction contracts or other contracts.

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County And State Leaders Have A Meeting Of The Minds

Keep it simple.

That was the philosophy of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners on Monday morning, March 18, when the board met with the Local Delegation of state legislators – those state representatives and senators with constituents in Guilford County.  Each year, the two groups of elected leaders get together in what is a chance for the county commissioners to express their main concerns to the legislators and for the group to explore ways the state can help the county.

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Creek Week Getting Bigger Than Greek Week

If you love creeks – and who the heck doesn’t – then Saturday, March 23 through Saturday, March 30, Creek Week, is a time when you can really jump in to the festivities.  In fact, while some people may never have heard of Creek Week, in Guilford County it’s actually become a very large happening with a slew of water-related events going on all week long at parks, lakes, libraries, bars and other places.

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High Point Baseball Prep In Full Swing

With an early May opening set for the High Point Rockers baseball team, the city and the team are now ramping up the preseason festivities to make sure that there isn’t a person in the county who doesn’t know about the arrival of the new team that will be playing in a brand new stadium in downtown High Point this year.

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Guilford Reacts To New Attack On E-Notice Pilot Program

This week, Guilford County officials reacted to a move by state Sens. Michael Garrett and Gladys Robinson to overturn the right of people, businesses and governments in Guilford County to meet legal requirements of public notice by posting those notices on Guilford County’s website rather than in paid-circulation print newspapers. 

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UNCG Gets The Door Slammed On Its Big Dance Hopes

Despite a highly successful season that produced an impressive basketball resume that many thought would be enough to get the University of NC at Greensboro’s basketball team a bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament this year, UNCG was left standing at the alter after being nudged out of the big dance by the very narrowest of margins. 

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Fingers Crossed On State Money For Mental Health Center

This week Guilford County got a step closer to finding money for its coming new mental health care facility expected to cost about $20 million and open in two years.  The county is undertaking a massive initiative with Cone Health and other partners to provide mental health care in the county in a greatly improved way.

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County Uses Child Labor For Budget Cover Artwork

It’s not exactly winning the golden ticket in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,but it is at least something: On Thursday, March 21, one talented Guilford County school student – E. Anderson – will be awarded a $50 gift card from the county and will get recognition from the Board of Commissioners for being the kid out of all the others who came up with the artwork selected to be the cover of Guilford County’s 2019-2020 budget.

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New Sheriff’s Roundtable Being Formed

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is creating a new advisory group to get input from a broad spectrum of the community.  On Thursday, March 14, Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers announced the creation of a new “Sheriffs Advisory Roundtable.” 

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BJ Barnes Hits Back Hard On Accusation He Destroyed Records

On Wednesday, March 13, former Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes forcefully and categorically denied claims that he and/or his staff inappropriately destroyed documents or removed computers from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department’s offices or conducted other offenses that Sheriff Danny Rogers claimed were done as part of an effort to sabotage his transition.

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New Mental Health Center Gets A Spot On The Map

It’s official: Guilford County has a location for the new mental health center the county is building as part of its major initiative to transform mental health care in the county.  According to agenda materials for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Thursday, March 21 meeting, at that meeting the board will be called on to approve a property purchase for the new building that will house mental health services and beds for mental health patients.  The county is joining with Cone Health in that venture.

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Sheriff Rogers: “Papers Were Destroyed. Computers Were Taken Out.”

Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers dropped in on the Summerfield Town Council on Tuesday, March 12 – the Town Council that the wife of former Sheriff BJ Barnes sits on – and dropped a bomb.  Rogers told the Town Council that, when he came in to assume the role of sheriff after Barnes’ defeat, he arrived to find computers removed and papers gone.

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Mountains-To-Sea Trail Marches On

North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea-Trail (MST) project got one step closer to completion recently when the Oak Ridge Town Council completed the first phase of the first section, approved more money for the project and announced plans to hold a grand opening celebration in May.

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Raising $1.5 Billion Might Be Trickier Than You Think

By now, just about everyone knows that a recent school facilities study found that the Guilford County School system needs right at $1.5 billion for all the repairs, construction and other work it requires to operate at peak level – however, a development this week has added a new wrinkle in that challenge, which was already big enough to begin with.

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