Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Lingering Ice Nixes High Point Trash Collection One More Day

City of High Point officials had been hoping to service the city’s waste collection routes on Tuesday Jan. 18 – albeit on a delayed bases. However, on Tuesday, the city announced that, due to the amount of snow and ice remaining on the roads after last weekend’s storm, the service wouldn’t start up until one day later. Currently, the city plans to resume trash collection services on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

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County’s Former Emergency Manager Gets His Day In The Snow

Former Guilford County Emergency Management Division Director Don Campbell left Guilford County government in October of last year to take a job with the state as the chief of staff for NC Emergency Management.  That meant Campbell would be protecting people on a much larger scale, and, on Saturday, Jan. 15, Campbell got his first statewide exposure in front of North Carolina residents thanks to the winter storm that wreaked havoc on much of the state.

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State Outlines New Priorities For Those With Disabilities

On Thursday, Jan. 13, the department published its “Olmstead Plan” – “designed to assist people with disabilities who receive or are eligible for publicly-funded services to reside in and experience the full benefit of being part of day-to-day life in communities alongside those without disabilities.”

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Commissioners Meetings Off-Limits To In-Person Audience

On Tuesday, Jan. 11, the  Board of Commissioners announced that, in order to “ensure the safety of our community and staff in light of the surge in COVID-19 Positivity Rates in Guilford County,” the next regular meeting of the board – which will be on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. – will be virtual.  

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Guilford County Offers Kits For Businesses That Mask Up

At the Thursday, Jan. 6 meeting of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, Guilford County Health Director Dr. Iulia Vann announced that the county was preparing “kits” for businesses that to help those establishments enforce the mask mandate.  Van said that new assistant Guilford County Manager Victor Isler had been working on the project.

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Guilford County’s Mask Mandate 101: The Details

On Thursday, Jan.13, that could change when the Guilford County Board of Commissioners meets in its role as the Gulford County Board of Public Health.  Many people know there’s a mask mandate but have some questions as to exactly what the rules are for unincorporated Guilford County – and what those rules could soon be for everyone in the county.

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Commissioners To Set Raises For Key County Staff

  For county employees that duty often comes down to the county manager or department heads.  However, a select group of key county officials answers directly to the Board of Commissioners.  The board hires and fires them, and, as it will do on January 6, decides what their salaries will be.

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Skip Alston Implements Mask Mandate For Guilford County

In a highly controversial move, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston announced at a 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 press conference that he was implementing a new mask mandate for unincorporated parts of Guilford County as well as for the towns in Guilford County that have agreed to go along with it. 

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Guilford County Sets Mask Meeting For Jan. 13

On Monday, Jan. 3, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, which is also the Guilford County Board of Health, has called a special meeting in its role as the health board, “to consider implementing a proposed Board of Health rule related to the reinstatement of mandates regarding face masks and face coverings as result of the surge in COVID-19 infections; with a proposed effective date of 1/13/22; and to transact any other necessary business.”

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County Leaders And Mayors Discuss Mask Mandate At Meeting

County leaders, city and town mayors, and area health officials went into emergency mode on Monday, Jan 3.  Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston held an extended virtual meeting that included all of the city and town mayors in Guilford County.  Alston said after the meeting that the seriousness of the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 had spurred the need for the meeting at which a new mask mandate was a key topic of discussion.

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Commissioner James Upchurch Calls More Mask Mandates ‘Insane’

This week, Guilford County Commissioner James Upchurch said that he’s completely opposed to another mask mandate.  Upchurch, who voted against the mandate last summer, added that he doesn’t believe a majority of the board will go along with another mandate –  even if positivity rates stay way over that 5 percent mark that county health officials consider so important. 

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Skip Alston Puts Mask Mandate Back On The Table

Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston – who was a big advocate of a countywide mask mandate in the battle against COVID-19 earlier this year – said this week that he’s setting up a meeting with county health officials and others to see if the mask mandate should be adopted once again.

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County Gets A Head Start On Pushing $1.7 Billion School Bond

The 2021 holiday season is an excellent time to put off things until 2022. However, Guilford County government didn’t put off its effort to convince county voters that they need to approve a $1.7 billion school bond referendum that will appear on the ballot in the 2022 primary election currently set for May 17. 

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Lu-Ann Wilkinson To Challenge Incumbent Clerk Of Court

However, the work is extremely important and, from time to time, the political battles to grab that office turn out to be very interesting.  Next year, the race will include a Democratic primary, now that Democrat Lu-Ann Wilkinson has declared her candidacy for Guilford County clerk of Superior Court.

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Law Enforcement Recovers $800K In Stolen Goods And Guns

On Friday, Dec. 17, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office made public the results of a month-long multi-jurisdictional investigation that ended with eight search warrants and the recovery of about $800,000 worth of stolen goods in time to get those items back to their rightful owners for the New Year.

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