Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Author: Scott D. Yost

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PTP Hyped About Carolina Core Rollout

The Piedmont Triad Partnership, a regional economic development group with a goal of promoting a 12-county area in central North Carolina including Guilford County, laid out its “Carolina Core” regional branding effort in August, and now it’s gearing up for a big rollout of the initiative meant to draw a lot of attention to the central part of the state.

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You’ve Fallen And Guilford Metro 911 Can Get You Up

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the all-important 911 emergency call system in Guilford County – and in other areas across the southeastern United States – went down, with calls to 911 failing to go through or being redirected to other phone numbers. State emergency response officials say that the widespread outage, which lasted several hours on Thursday, appears to have been resolved and there is now a widespread investigation into the reason for that rare failure.

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Chairman And Commissioners Gearing Up For Challenges In 2019

Let’s face it, not much work gets done between mid-December and New Year’s Day. That’s as true for local governments as it is for other sectors of society – however, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Alan Branson is clearly already thinking about 2019. He said this week that Guilford County government is going to have a busy year ahead, and added that the year will bring a lot of financial challenges.

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Pleasant Garden Wants In On Jobs And Growth Game

Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Coleman who lives in Pleasant Garden and others in and around the town are saying they want their section of the county to see its fair share of development. Coleman has brought the issue up recently at several county commissioners meetings and she said this week that, while projects – industry, new restaurants, new retail, etc. – seem to be popping up all over the county, the same isn’t true of Pleasant Garden and southeast Guilford County.

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County Sees Some Progress On Foster Care Issue

New Vice Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Jeff Phillips said this week that the county is starting to move the needle in the right direction when it comes to the number of foster children in the county’s care, but he added that the problem is still enormous and it is something Guilford County has to make one of its top priorities in 2019.

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Rotruck Getting Antsy Over Records Request

Former Summerfield Town Councilmember Todd Rotruck said this week that Guilford County is stonewalling him on a public records request he submitted months ago. He said he is having a great deal of trouble getting a response to what he said is a straightforward request for information that he needs in order to continue his legal battle to regain his council seat.

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Mr. Deeds Wins Real Estate Public Service Award

Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen has been chosen by the Greensboro Regional REALTORS Association as the winner of the association’s 2018 Public Service Award. The honor was announced at a ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the association’s headquarters at 23 Oak Branch Drive in Greensboro.

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Former Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Draws Big Reaction With Facebook Post

Longtime Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Tim Mabe – who has served for over three and a half decades under three Guilford County sheriff’s – posted an emotional statement on Facebook – just before new Sheriff Danny Rogers was sworn in. In that post, Mabe poured out his thoughts on the department and his dismissal from it, and it generated a big reaction from community leaders and others.

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Board Of Commissioners Suspiciously The Same After Swearing In

On Monday, Dec. 3, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners held a morning meeting to conduct a swearing-in ceremony and, though that sounds as though there’s something new on the way, the board was exactly the same old board after the swearing-in as it was before: Six commissioners were sworn back into their previously held seats for another four years.

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Commissioners Or Comedians?

Guilford County commissioner swearing-in ceremonies are always a jovial affair, however, on Monday, Dec. 3, the commissioners had an unusually elevated level of fun – with just about every single commissioner getting solid laughs at some point in the morning from the cheery audience in the Old Guilford County Court House.

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Meet The New Chairman – Same As The Old Chairman

Guilford County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Alan Branson has already served one year as chairman, but some county residents may still not know much about the man who is now, for the second year in a row, the most powerful elected official in Guilford County government.

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Health Dept. Is Ready, Ready For Early, Early Childhood Development

The Guilford County health department likes to catch health problems early – especially when it comes to school children, and under a new program – Ready for School, Ready for Life – that department is going to start helping those children really early on. Specifically, county health workers are going to get involved before a child is even born: They’ll step in when the parents are just starting to think about conception.

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Swearing-In Event Puts Focus On Achievements Of Henry Frye

When Guilford County Sheriff-elect Danny Rogers is sworn in on Monday, Dec. 3, most eyes will be on Rogers, however, there’s a lot of subtext in his swearing-in ceremony since the man doing the honors – former NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry Frye – has been a major advocate for the themes of racial justice that Rogers says will be important in his administration as sheriff.

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Sheriff-Elect Puts Department On The Media Map

Guilford County Sheriff-elect Danny Rogers has his backers and his detractors, however, whatever anyone says about him, this much is true: Even before being sworn in, Rogers has brought a great deal of statewide and even some national attention to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department.

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Rogers Pushes Back, Defends Firings

Guilford County Sheriff-elect Danny Rogers is now hitting back hard at his critics – especially Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes – and is adamantly defending his move to fire 28 employees in the Sheriff’s Department.

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Sheriff’s Department Second In Command Expresses Concerns Over Department’s Future

Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Colonel Randy Powers, one of the nearly 30 employees who has been told that as of Dec. 3 when Sheriff-elect Danny Rogers takes over he will no longer have a job, is expressing his concerns over what he said is the wholesale dismantling of effective Guilford County Sheriff’s Department programs that have been carefully put in place over the years to keep the county safe.

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Sheriff Danny Rogers Will Make $158K A Year

Guilford County Sheriff-elect Danny Rogers will take office on Monday, Dec. 3 and, when he does, his salary will be the exact same as Sheriff BJ Barnes’ salary after Barnes served six-terms – 24 years – in the job. Rogers will get paid $158,000 a year, making Rogers the fifth highest-paid county employee.

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Conrad Considers Chairmanship Of Board of Commissioners

Does he or doesn’t he?

That is: Does District 3 Republican Guilford County Commissioner Justin Conrad want to be chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the next 12 months? Conrad, who is now vice chair of the board, has been talking and meeting with commissioners from both parties this week and everyone seems to agree on one thing – the job is Conrad’s if he wants it.

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Mass Firings At Sheriff’s Department

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said on Tuesday, Nov. 27 that Guilford County Sheriff-elect Danny Rogers is conducting a “bloodletting” – defined as an indiscriminate massacre – of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department by firing a huge number of officers, including many who play key leadership roles in the department.

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Pleasant Ridge Closes To Make Way For Megasite

Planes have been known to land on golf courses in an emergency, but that is by no means an ideal situation. Planes do much better traversing flat slabs of an asphalt runway and that’s the reason Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) just closed Pleasant Ridge Golf Course, an 18-hole par-70 public course at 1518 Pleasant Ridge Road.

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County Health Department To Honor Those Who Are Giving Back

It probably won’t get as much attention as the Academy Awards, but the Guilford County health department is getting ready to give out some awards of its own – to people and organizations who advance the cause of public health in the community. The health department plans to give out the awards in mid-December in an effort to shine a light on those in Guilford County who are making important contributions to public health.

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