Monday, May 16th, 2022

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Some Parents Outraged Over Guilford County Schools Book

A group of parents of students in Guilford County Schools – and other concerned citizens – are calling attention to one of the books on a reading list for AP English students and demanding that it be removed from the list.  The parents claim that the book, “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward, “promotes” sexual relations between a 19-year-old boy and a girl 14 years old or younger.  They also state that the book “promotes that sex with a minor is OK” and they liken parts of it to “child porn.”

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Commissioners Conclude School Tours With Trip To Andrews

Last year in October, when it became clear that the Guilford County Board of Commissioners would put a $1.7 billion school bond referendum on the May primary ballot this year, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston began touring schools in the county with the most problems to highlight school facilities’ needs and help convince voters to pass that bond referendum. 

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State Officials Hold Livestream To Clear Up COVID Confusion

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) don’t want anyone to drop their guard regarding COVID and is hosting a live “fireside chat and tele-town hall” on Wednesday, May 11.

Though the state is in much better shape right now than it has been in the past with regard to the disease, there are quite a few points of emphasis state health officials continue to stress.  During the livestream event, which will be from 6 to 7 p.m. there will be a  discussion on coronavirus vaccines, testing and boosters with a focus on these specific topics:

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Commissioners Go Behind Closed Doors To Pick County Attorney

Former Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne stepped down from that position on the last day of 2021 and now the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a closed session in an effort to pick Payne’s replacement. The Guilford County Board of Commissioners will hold a special work session on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. to consider the matter.

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GTCC’s “Access Amazing” Scholarships Sure To Lure Students

On Thursday, May 5, GTCC President Anthony Clark gave a presentation to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners at which he touted the latest big perk – the school’s “Access Amazing” scholarship program. The scholarship is reminiscent of the now defunct Say Yes scholarship model.  That is, it is a “last dollar” scholarship meant to remove financial barriers for those who want to attend college.

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Ped-Xing Bridge Underway Over Lake In High Point

People who wish to get to the other side of Arnold J. Koonce City Lake in High Point will have an option other than swimming or boating across the lake or walking around it.  A pedestrian bridge across the city’s prominent lake will connect the Piedmont Environmental Center with a city greenway by the end of summer.

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High Point U Branches Out Its Tree Planting Efforts

This week, High Point University – working with the City of High Point – donated and planted trees at Southwest Guilford High School.  The university’s Arboretum and Botanical Gardens team – yes, the school has one of those too – joined Southwest Guilford students and High Point city workers to plant the trees on Friday, April 29 – which also happened to be Arbor Day.

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Satan Club At Joyner Elementary On Ice For Now

If you were one of those parents who were hoping to get some “me” time Friday afternoon by dropping your kids off at Elementary School Satan Club for an hour or so, then you are out of luck for now. The controversial after-school club for kids in first through sixth grades, which was to be held in the Joyner Elementary School cafeteria, has been put on hold while school officials review the law and consider their options.

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Sheriff Danny Rogers Sidelined With COVID

As far as a lot of people are concerned, the COVID-19 threat is pretty much over, however, Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers discovered the hard way that that’s not true.  On Thursday, April 28, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department sent out a press release announcing the development. The department reported that, earlier in the day, Rogers tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Branson Wants Voters To Hear Both Sides Of School Bonds

Former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson isn’t just not afraid of making waves – he actually relishes in doing it. He made some big new waves at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, April 27 when his attorney walked into the Guilford County Board of Elections Office in downtown Greensboro and presented elections officials with a protest claiming that Guilford County government is spending taxpayer money to support two referendums on the ballot. 

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Commissioners To Ask State Reps To Help The County Out

On Friday morning, April 29, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners will get the chance to ask away in front of state legislators who represent Guilford County in Raleigh. The official purpose of the meeting is “to discuss upcoming legislative goals” – which can be read as: to discuss things the state can do to make life easier for county governments.

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School Officials Flummoxed By Satan Club Dilemma

Just about everyone in Guilford County knows by now that an elementary school “Satan Club” may be held by Satanists at Joyner Elementary School starting on Friday, April 29.  School officials are apparently in a tight bind, because, while few if any want to see a Satan Club on campus, a 2001 US Supreme Court case prevents the schools from discriminating against a religious group’s use of school facilities if other groups are allowed to – and therefore schools can’t legally deny the use of facilities even for a club run by Satanists.

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Simkins PAC Confirms Funny Typo In Endorsements

The Simkins PAC is a group of Greensboro’s black leaders who each election endorse a slate of candidates in an effort to help sway the election. This week, the well-known group did so again. However, when it sent out the list this time, the statement on the candidates included a typo.  There’s nothing unusual about that – typos happen all the time – but in this case the typo was quite amusing.

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Guilford County To Overhaul Questionable Pickleball Contract

One outspoken pickleball enthusiast, John Henry Bohlken, has been complaining as loud as he can about the way Guilford County is handling the pickleball courts operation at Bur-Mil Park – and this week Guilford County Parks Director Dwight Godwin said that a coming new contract with the private providers will be significantly different than the existing one.

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Vice-Chair Carlvena Foster Gets To Be Queen Bee For A Day

On Thursday, April 21, when the commissioners held their first meeting in years in High Point in the High Point City Council’s chambers downtown.  County Commissioner Carlvena Foster, whose base of constituents are High Point residents, had pushed for the Board to hold the meeting in the county’s second largest city. Though Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston was at the board’s meeting on Thursday evening, he gave the gavel to Foster and slid over one chair to his left.

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Feuding Commissioners On Speaking Terms Again

Things got pretty chilly in winter when, in late 2021, Guilford County Commissioner James Upchurch suddenly changed parties from Democrat to Republican and blasted Chairman of the Guilford County Commissioners Skip Alston’s leadership of the board in the process.  That was the last time the two men spoke in person until Friday, April 22, when Upchurch called Alston and the two had their first conversation since last year.

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Former Sedalia Council Candidate Claims Reverse Racism

Ed Piotrowski, a white man who ran for a Sedalia Town Council seat last year, said that, due to his decision to run, Town Council members harassed him, treated him with complete disdain and claimed he was in violation of the law after he recorded a Town Council meeting on his phone and posted it on Facebook.

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