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Author: John Hammer

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Rhino Article Results In Revised City Bond Resolution

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the Rhino Times posted an article raising questions about the proposed City Council resolution to place $135 million in bonds on the 2022 City Council general election ballot. As a result of that article, city staff revised the resolution, but didn’t mention that revision at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, when the City Council unanimously approved the revised resolution.

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State Budget Includes Possible Game Changer For Greensboro-Randolph Megasite

Buried on page 293 of the state budget is an allocation that could be a game changer for Greensboro. In the section of the state budget titled “Economic Development Project Appropriation,” a total of $320 million dollars is allocated to the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite as an economic incentive for a development that involves a private investment of at least $1 billion in private funds that would create at least 1,750 new jobs. The fact that the money is being made available indicates that the state believes the site is under serious consideration for a major industrial project. There is no indication in the bill as to the identity of that manufacturer other than the figures in the bill.  

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Open House At The Tanger Center To Be Held Thursday, Nov. 18

Thursday, Nov. 18 from 2 to 7 p.m., the public is invited to an open house at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.  The open house is free and gives people an opportunity to tour the Tanger Center and view what the public-private partnership, formed to build the new performing arts center, has accomplished.

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City Of Greensboro Prepares For Mask Mandate To Be Lifted

The vote to end the mask mandate in Guilford County by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, sitting as the Guilford County Board of Health, is expected on Monday, Nov. 15. On Friday, Nov. 12, Interim Greensboro City Manager Chris Wilson sent an email to city employees about how the city would move forward if the Guilford County mask mandate is lifted. 

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Fire Training At Friendly And Eugene Scheduled For November

Those traveling past the corner of West Friendly Avenue and North Eugene Street this month must be thinking, where’s the fire? The city has contracted to have the Monarch Behavioral Health Building at 201 N. Eugene St. demolished, but before the demolition begins the Greensboro Fire Department was given access to the building throughout the month of November to conduct training exercises.

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Hardister Asks UNC-CH For Answers About Equity Training

State Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford), as the chair of the NC House Education – Universities Committee and House majority whip, sent a strongly worded letter to UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz about a mandatory “equity, diversity and inclusion” training program. The letter was co-signed by 52 state representatives and 15 state senators.

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Council And Crowd Exit Chamber For Fire Alarm At Nov. 1 Meeting

The first meeting of the Greensboro City Council in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber since July had a little bit of everything. Since this was the first in-person meeting of the City Council in a quarter of a year, you could expect some hiccups. But what nobody was expecting was for the fire alarm in city hall to go off at 6:21 p.m. just 40 minutes after the City Council meeting started shortly after 5:30 p.m.

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County Mask Mandate Showdown Set For Nov. 2

Shakespeare’s famous question was, “To be or not to be?”  However, the question that will be on the table next Tuesday evening, Nov. 2, at a special meeting of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners is whether the county should continue to enforce its current mask mandate for everyone indoors in public places – and, if so, for how long.

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Council Indecisive About Using ARP Funds For COVID Losses

The City Council was faced with a difficult financial dilemma at the Thursday, Oct. 28 work session. As usual the council decided not to decide and then kinda sorta allowed city staff to make the decision anyway. The problem is, which bucket of money do they want to use to pay for revenue losses caused by the COVID-19 restrictions.

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Biden Administration Plans To Pay Illegal Immigrants Millions

The Wall Street Journal states, “The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering payments that could amount to close to $1 million a family, though the final numbers could shift. Most of the families that crossed the border illegally from Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S. included one parent and one child.”

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