Friday, August 12th, 2022

Author: John Hammer

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NC Folk Festival Coming Next Month To Downtown Greensboro

Next month the North Carolina Folk Festival will fill downtown Greensboro for three days with music, crowds of music lovers and much more. The North Carolina Folk Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11 and is free.  However, those attending are given opportunities to make donations to support the free event.

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City Council Legislative Agenda Had Limited Success In 2022

The Greensboro City Council had some success in the short session of the North Carolina General Assembly that adjourned in July. The Greensboro City Council legislative agenda – a list of proposed legislation requested by the City Council – included 11 items, most of which did not result in successful legislation according to a report provided by City Attorney Chuck Watts.

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DGI Hires Overman As Director Of Strategic Initiatives

Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) has announced that it has hired Rob Overman to serve as director of strategic initiatives. Overman will be the first director of strategic initiatives for DGI and will be responsible for implementing the goals and objectives of DGI that are outlined in the 2030 Strategic Plan.

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City Council To Hold Work Session And Then Be Sworn In

The Greensboro City Council meeting schedule this week is odd. On Thursday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m., the current City Council, which has been serving since December 2017, will hold a work session and, at 5:30 p.m., the newly elected City Council will be sworn in for about a three-year-and-four-month term.

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City Hires First Intergovernmental Relations Manager

The City of Greensboro has begun fulfilling one of the goals of the massive increase in taxes in the 2022-2023 budget – increasing the number of bureaucrats at city hall. On Wednesday, July 27, Greensboro announced that it had hired Latoya Caesar-Crawford as the city’s first intergovernmental relations manager.

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General Election Massively Different From Primary In Mayor’s Race

In a normal City Council election, the primary is a fairly accurate poll of the general election. There was little normal about the twice delayed Tuesday, July 26 City Council election, and in the mayor’s race Mayor Nancy Vaughan won both the primary and the general election but the percentages were far different – and as expected the voter turnout was less in the general election than in the primary.

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All Councilmembers Who Voted For Tax Increase Won On July 26

One of the unwritten rules of the City Council bit the dust with the Tuesday, July 26 election. The rule was, “Don’t raise taxes in an election year.”  The belief among members of the City Council for decades was that if they voted for a tax increase in an election year it would hurt their chances of being reelected.

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Inflation Costs North Carolinians About $8,000 A Year

It’s been reported that inflation in June reached an annualized rate of 9.1 percent across the nation. Anyone filling their car up with gas or making a trip to the grocery store doesn’t have to be told that prices have increased, and the Congress Joint Economic Committee has been publishing a “State Inflation Tracker” to inform people how inflation is affecting prices in their state as compared to the nation.

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Early Voting For City Council Election Ends Saturday

Early voting for the Tuesday, July 26 Greensboro City Council election ends Saturday, July 23 at 3 p.m. at all early voting sites. Predictions were that voter turnout for this unique summer City Council election would be low, and the early voting totals so far indicate those predictions will be accurate.

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Strong Seller’s Market Continues In Residential Real Estate

Residential real estate in the second quarter of 2022 continued to be a strong seller’s market according to the latest report from the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association The report states that Greensboro and Guilford County saw some increase in inventory in the second quarter of 2022 (from April through June), but houses continued to sell at above list price and sales prices continued to rise.

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Mayoral Campaign Issue Raised At City Council Meeting

With election day a week away, it was no surprise that the campaign raised its ugly head at the Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 19. The two mayoral candidates, Mayor Nancy Vaughan and District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling, have been having a back and forth on recusals during the campaign.

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Here’s Why Your Property Tax Bill Is So High

Property tax bills in Guilford County have been sent and by now the vast majority of people have received a bill much higher than last year.

Social media sites lit up with comments about the “massive” tax increase and many of the comments indicated that people were not clear about why their tax bill dramatically increased.

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First Tee Youth Golf Clinic Returns To 2022 Wyndham Championship

Young golfers will once again have the opportunity to get instruction from PGA Tour professionals at the Wyndham Championship this year. The youth clinic is back at the 83rd annual Wyndham Championship this year conducted by The First Tee – Central Carolina.  The First Tee Youth Golf Clinic will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the Grandover Resort practice range.  The clinic is open to junior golfers ages 7 to 18 and is free of charge. 

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Tournament Town Has Busy Three Weeks Ahead

Greensboro will be earning its moniker Tournament Town in the next three weeks by hosting three major athletic events. During the next three weeks, Greensboro will host the AAU Junior Olympic Games, the YMCA Long Course National Swimming Championships and the Wyndham Championship PGA golf tournament.

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Tanger Center Has Remarkable 10 Month First Fiscal Year

The Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts had a remarkably successful first fiscal year despite the fact that the year was only 10 months long. The fiscal year ended on June 30, but because of COVID restrictions The Tanger didn’t have its inaugural performance until Sept. 2, 2021.

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City Council Endorsements

All indications are that the Tuesday, July 26 election will set a record for low voter turnout, which means the few who turn out to vote will determine the direction the city will take in the coming four years.

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