Friday, May 7th, 2021

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Second Half Of Vaccination Effort Will Be A Lot Harder For NC

Low-hanging fruit.  That’s what the first half of the COVID-19 vaccination effort has been for state health officials. North Carolina just passed the halfway mark – with over 50 percent of its adult population at least partially vaccinated.  However, so far, it’s been a breeze getting the public into chairs and getting shots into arms.

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County And Partners Offer Homebuyers Down Payment Assistance

The Guilford County Planning and Development Department is partnering with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department, Housing Consultants Group and local lenders to offer the Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance program – an initiative that’s meant to increase home ownership in Guilford County.

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Late May Grand Opening Set For New Brewery In High Point

Soon, those in High Point who appreciate a hearty glass of beer will have a new place to throw a few back. Paddled South Brewing Co. in downtown will offer a good variety of beers to choose from for patrons celebrating the post-pandemic times. The brewery, which is at 602 North Main Street in High Point, is holding its grand opening on Thursday, May 27. 

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High Point Names New City Manager

When the day began in High Point on Monday, May 3, there was a buzz around the city that the High Point City Council would have a new city manager chosen by the end of the day – and that buzz turned out to be right on the money. 

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Four Seasons Mall Site Giving Out J&J Vaccine

Some people might be wary about getting the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after the state of North Carolina pulled it out of circulation, put it back in, pulled it back out again, and then put it back into the vaccination lineup again.  However, those who do want it – usually because it’s the only approved one-shot vaccine – now have that choice again at Greensboro’s “Mass Vax” site at Four Seasons Town Center.

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Delta And American Resume Big Apple PTIA Flights

Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA), like airports around the country and the world, have had a rough go of it in the COVID-19 pandemic. However, things are slowly but surely getting back to normal and one sign of that is, this week, PTIA happily announced that Delta Air Lines plans to resume nonstop flights between PTIA and LaGuardia, beginning on Saturday, June 5.

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PTI Airport Buys Quarter-Million Dollar Dump Truck

Piedmont Triad International Airport has had a tough year due to COVID-19, but the show must go on and, for airports, that means keeping the snow off the runways and out of the parking lots.  That’s the main reason the seven-member Piedmont Triad Airport Authority voted to shell out $229,330 – and 66 cents – to purchase a new dump truck with a snowplow attachment to service the airport each winter.

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Lollytogs Eyes New $50 Million Facility In Guilford County

A children’s wear manufacturer plans to open a new facility in Guilford County that will result in a $50-million capital investment and 116 new jobs. The Guilford County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the matter at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, in the commissioners’ meeting room on the second floor of the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in downtown Greensboro.

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Get Your Free Restaurant Revitalization Funds Here

In the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have been some of the hardest-hit businesses. To help bring that industry back to life, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan pandemic relief legislation established a $29 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund that’s now being handled by the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

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County In A Pickle Over Pickleball Court Shortage

Guilford County has been converting some tennis courts to pickleball courts to meet demand, but right now the county can’t keep up with the popularity of the sport. “There is a pickleball craze if you haven’t heard,” said Guilford County Commissioner Mary Beth Murphy, who also sits on the county’s Parks and Recreation Commission.   

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Second Assistant County Manager Position Gets Nod Of Approval

At a Guilford County Board of Commissioners retreat last month, new Guilford County Manager Mike Halford spoke about his desire for the county to have another assistant county manager position – in addition to the one the county has had for years. This week, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said the new position will be included in the county’s fiscal 2021-2022 budget that’s scheduled to be adopted by the board in June and go into effect on July 1.

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County’s Pools To Open For Summer

Guilford County Commissioner Mary Beth Murphy, who now also serves on the Guilford County Parks and Recreation Commission, made an announcement at a recent Board of Commissioners meeting that will please a lot of kids and adults in the area – the county’s pools will be open this summer.

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What’s Taking The Sheriff’s New HQ So Long?

Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers and his staff have been waiting over two years for a new Sheriff’s Department headquarters and this week both Rogers and Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said it’s frustrating the project is taking so long.  

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Therapy Dogs Bring Joy And Calm To Commissioners Meeting

As just about every citizen of Guilford County is aware, Board of Commissioners meetings can sometimes get heated.  That, however, didn’t happen at the board’s Thursday, April 15 meeting – perhaps because there were several therapy dogs in attendance to calm everyone down and make everyone feel good that night.

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One-Third of North Carolinians Fully Vaccinated

On Friday, April 16, the NC Department of Health and Human Services released its regular COVID-19 update and, according to the stats in that report, almost exactly one out of three adults in the state are now fully vaccinated.   That number is 33.3 percent to be exact – and, nearly half, 45.8 percent, of the adults in North Carolina had been at least partially vaccinated. 

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Read The High Point Enterprise If You Have Fathered Children In The Congo

That is just part of a long classified ad that fascinated many readers who came across it in the High Point Enterprise earlier this week – and that left them wondering what the heck was going on.  Those who waded through the complex text likely noticed a word or two they knew – such as “April” or “Congo” – however, otherwise, they had no idea what the message said.

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