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Author: John Hammer

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Gas At $2.40 A Gallon While It Lasts

On Tuesday, May 3, Americans For Prosperity North Carolina is taking over the Pit Stop Gas Station at 1601 Alamance Church Road in Greensboro and reducing the price of gas to what it was when President Joe Biden took office.

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Hamilton Run At Tanger Center Nearly Breaks Record

The Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts continues to surpass expectations. Hamilton wrapped up its run with an attendance of over 65,000, a little less than Wicked, which attracted over 66,000 during its run.  But Hamilton was an add-on and not part of the scheduled Broadway season.

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GSC Invites You To Learn To Live Like A Butterfly

For those who get excited every time they see a butterfly in their yard, the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) has announced two new exhibits designed for you. The Cole Family Monarch Conservation Center and Butterfly House and the Amazing Butterflies traveling exhibit will open to the public on Friday, June 3.

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Guilford County Is Not Cutting Any Services For The Elderly

Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston contacted the Rhino Times on Thursday, April 21. Alston stated that he was concerned that some senior citizens in the county had gotten the wrong impression from a story that ran one day earlier about the way county government was set to approve a move to shift money around from certain senior services to other senior services.

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Toyota Supply Chain Rumor Turns Out To Be Rumor

A rumor concerning the supply chain for the Toyota Battery Manufacturing plant at the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite, which would be really bad news for Greensboro, turns out to be just that – a rumor. The rumor going around is that Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina, which is building a $1.2 billion battery plant at the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite, was going to require its suppliers to be at least 30 miles from the plant.  The reason given was that Toyota did not want to compete with its supply chain for workforce.

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Abuzuaiter Says Council Micromanagement Is Causing Problems

City Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter left no doubt that she is back at the Greensboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 19. And she didn’t hold back on why Greensboro is losing so many good members of the senior city staff.  Former City Manager David Parrish resigned on June 30 last year, Assistant City Manager Kim Sowell resigned in March, and then, this week, Police Chief Brian James announced he was retiring on May 31 after less than two-and-a-half years as chief.

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View Of City Council From New Media Table Less Than Ideal

As you can see from the photo above, the view of the City Council from the media table that has been placed in the balcony is somewhat limited.  It would be incorrect to state that journalists cannot see the City Council from the media table that Jaiyeobo had placed in the balcony because, by looking under the railing, it is possible at times to get a glimpse of Councilmember Yvonne Johnson and, if she leans forward, even Councilmember Goldie Wells.

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New State Law Means More Recusals For City Councilmembers

Broadcasts of the meetings of the Greensboro City Council are, somewhat surprisingly, popular. Those who have become regular viewers of the Greensboro City Council meetings may notice that the Tuesday, April 19 meeting is a little different in the number of city councilmembers recused from votes.

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City Council To Consider Three Annexations At April 19 Meeting

The Greensboro City Council will hold its one business meeting of the month on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber. Greensboro, like many other cities across the country, is in the midst of a serious housing shortage and this agenda, which includes three requests for annexation and original residential zoning, could be a step toward providing some relief.

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Proposed Summerfield Development Gets A Setback

on Tuesday, April 12, the Summerfield Town Council, on a  4-to-1 vote, shot down a proposed text amendment to the town’s ordinances that would have allowed local farmer and developer David Couch to proceed with a large residential development that has seen a great deal of opposition from town residents ever since it was officially announced in 2020.

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Don’t Burn Your COVID Masks Just Yet

Tuesday, April 13, that group of health officials in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) put out a new report of some things state residents need to know for the pandemic that’s still lingering around.

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President Joe Biden To Speak At NC A&T On Thursday

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, will be in Greensboro on Thursday, April 14, but so far the White House has not released to the public information about exactly where in Greensboro POTUS will spend his time. According to the News & Observer, Biden will be speaking at North Carolina A&T State University, the largest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the country.

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School Spending Policies Provide Ammunition For Bond Opponents

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners and Guilford County Schools continue to provide ammunition to those who oppose the $1.7 billion school bond referendum on the May 17 ballot. Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has been leading tours of schools that are in need of repair.  These tours bring up a lot of questions. One is, if the facilities of Guilford County Schools are in such bad repair because the GCS doesn’t have the money to pay for the repairs, why hasn’t Alston led a tour of the GCS administration building? 

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City Council May Or May Not Have Work Session Thursday

The Greensboro City Council currently has a virtual work session scheduled for Thursday, April 14 beginning at 2 p.m. However, according to Mayor Nancy Vaughan, the work session will most likely be postponed because President Joe Biden is coming to Greensboro on Thursday and several councilmembers have said that a presidential visit takes precedence over a City Council work session.

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City Council Chipping Away At $59 Million In ARP Funding

The Greensboro City Council has a huge problem that it spent much of the Thursday, April 7 work session discussing. The problem is that the city has $59.4 million in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds that it has to have obligated by 2024 and spent by 2026.  If the money is not spent by 2026, then it goes back to the federal government.

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NC Treasurer Folwell Wants To Sue Russia To Cover Losses

North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell wants to sue Russia. Folwell has joined with state treasurers from around the country in requesting that Congress provide the necessary tools for state pension funds to file lawsuits that could lead to the seizure of Russian assets to cover losses from investments in Russia.

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City Council Takes Little Action At April 5 Meeting

The Tuesday, April 5 City Council meeting agenda originally had no public hearing or general business items.  However, the budget ordinance making the adjustments necessary to allocate $1 million to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM) was removed from the consent agenda and placed on the general business agenda before the meeting.

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ICRCM Budget Ordinance Moved To General Business Agenda

The budget ordinance concerning the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on the April 5 City Council agenda is no longer on the consent agenda. The ordinance facilitating the transfer of $1 million in the City of Greensboro budget to make the payment to the ICRCM has been moved from the consent agenda to the general business agenda.

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First Friday Night Live Returns to Downtown Greensboro On April 1

First Friday Night Live will feature The Shakedown performing in the Southern First Bank parking lot on the corner of South Greene Street and West Market Street from 7 to 9 p.m.  Beer will be available on site provided by Little Brother Brewing and dining options will be available from Maho’s Bistro and Magnificent Concessions.  First Friday Night Live is being sponsored by Southern First Bank.

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