Monday, February 18th, 2019

Author: Scott D. Yost

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County To Build New Mental Health Center

Guilford County is planning to build a $14.5 million mental health facility near the Guilford County Health and Human Services office to replace the downtown Greensboro mental health services building that the county agreed to sell to the City of Greensboro in September. The new building, which will house mental health administrative services and have a 16-bed unit for mental health patients, is expected to open in about two years.

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Northwest Water System In Talking Phase

Guilford County and three towns in the Northwest part of the county – Stokesdale, Oak Ridge and Summerfield – are in talks to determine the next steps for a proposed project to bring a new municipal water system to those towns. One interesting part of the equation is that the decision of each town could be tightly connected to what the other towns do: If all three OK the project, the price is lower for each; conversely, the project might not be feasible for one town on its own.

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Say Yes Back On Its Feet

Say Yes Guilford, a program that promised universal college scholarship help for graduates of Guilford County schools, hit a giant hurdle in 2017 when program leaders realized that Say Yes had radically overpromised what it could deliver given its finances. That greatly upset many parents and students who had based their residency decisions and college choices on the Say Yes promises.

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Who Will Be The Next Mayor of Guilford County?

One election is over and now it’s time for another one. The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is set – meet the new board same as the old board – and now the commissioners must, as they do each year, select a chairman. That vote will take place in early December but talks are already underway.

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County and Boy Scouts Honoring the Flag

Guilford County held a very successful celebration honoring the American flag and fallen heroes at the Old Guilford County Court House last week and now county officials say they want to begin mass flag disposal ceremonies to help raise the awareness of veterans and their service throughout the community.

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County Commissioners Race Maintains Status Quo

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is going to remain exactly like it is now – with five Republicans and four Democrats. However, for much of election night, it sure didn’t look that way. When the early voting totals were released on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the two Republican commissioners up for reelection to the board – Justin Conrad and Alan Perdue – both found themselves in real jeopardy.

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Guilford County Honors Flags and Fallen Soldiers

There’s a right way and a wrong way to dispose of the American flag and a new program offered by Guilford County is going to help residents do it the right way.   Guilford County is installing flag disposal boxes at the Guilford County Register of Deeds offices in Greensboro and High Point, and anyone who puts a flag into those boxes can be assured the flags will be disposed of properly.

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If You Have Ever Wanted to Serve on a County Board Your Chances Have Never Looked Better

With the election on Tuesday night, Nov. 6, everyone got to see a large number of candidates who were eager to participate in government. However, there are a host of other far less glamorous government positions – seats on Guilford County’s many boards and commissions – that aren’t seeing the same demand. A lack of interest among citizens is making it harder and harder for the county commissioners to fill those positions.

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Apink Spreads Love and Happiness

Every week for the past 15 years, I’ve sat down in front of my computer and written something I thought you wanted to read, but this week I decided instead to write something I wanted to write. Usually, before I decide what the column will be on, I ask myself what readers are talking about, what they’re interested in that week, etc. – but this time I’m writing about something that, I’m willing to bet, you’ve never even heard of.

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Arizona Kid Not The Only Lonely Birthday Boy

Well, 2018 has been absolutely flying by – perhaps faster than any year on record for some reason I’m not sure of – and, as people on Facebook have been pointing out frequently, there are only eight more Fridays before Christmas, so you’d better hurry up and get your shopping done.

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County Wants to STOP Opioid Addiction

Guilford County is hitting hard against one of the county’s biggest problems – opioid addiction – and a new $100,000 federal and state grant will allow the Guilford County Division of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to take that battle into Guilford County’s jails.

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Snow White May Snow Fans But Not Yost

I remember, when I was a kid, I saw the animated Disney version of Snow White at the Terrace Theater at Friendly Shopping Center. I saw the scene where the prince kissed Snow White and I was like, “No, don’t tell me she’s lying there defenseless and unconscious and this predator comes along and uses the opportunity to sexually assault her.”

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Digging Deeper for Water in Northwest Guilford County

The talks over whether to create a new $50 million municipal water system to serve northwest Guilford County are gaining steam. Recently, Guilford County Manager Marty Lawing met with the town managers of the three towns that could get a new water system – Summerfield, Stokesdale and Oak Ridge – to discuss the next move for the proposed project.

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Early Voting Is Where It’s At

Early voting is proving to be a big hit this year with county voters and,
by Friday, Oct. 19, after three days of it, more than 18,000 citizens had
already cast their votes for the November election. That’s about 2,000 more
than voted in the first three days of early voting in the 2014 midterm
election – and, since there are 50 percent more days of early voting this
year, some election officials think those initial numbers could be a sign
of very strong turnout for the 2018 election.

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Guilford County’s Recovery from Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael has come and gone but Guilford County’s recovery is far from over.  In a report to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners at the board’s Thursday, Oct. 18 meeting, County Manager Marty Lawing said the preliminary costs associated with the storm for the county, cities and nonprofits was estimated to be about $1.5 million.

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Seeking New Home for County Mental Health

Two years might seem like a long time to make plans, but when it involves constructing a new building and moving the county’s mental health services to a new location, it means starting to look for a new location right away. That’s is why Guilford County commissioners and county staff, behind the scenes, are looking at big plans for mental health services in the county two years from now.

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Commissioners Say Study Not Just For Schools

Sometimes the Guilford County commissioners get treated like VIPs, but recently some of them have clearly felt like second-class citizens when it comes to a major new school facilities study.

Several commissioners said that, even though Guilford County paid for half of the study from Tallahassee-based MGT Consulting Group, the county commissioners haven’t been granted the same access to the results as school officials.

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Barnes Campaigning for Jail

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes isn’t only in a campaign to win reelection – he’s now also in campaign to save an old jail renovation project he wants badly. This week, Barnes has been trying to get the nine Guilford County commissioners to proceed with a $17.3 million renovation of the old jail in downtown Greensboro in order to move his administrative offices into the revamped building.

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Commissioners Fed Up With Cost Overruns, Lock Up Old Jail Project

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners have had enough and they’re not going to take it anymore. That was the crystal clear message the board sent to county staff at a Thursday, Oct. 4 afternoon work session when the board slammed on the brakes for a $17 million project to renovate the old Guilford County jail in downtown Greensboro. Commissioners informed Guilford County Manager Marty Lawing and other staff that county staff simply cannot continue to bring projects to the board that cost millions more than original estimates.

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