Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

Author: Scott D. Yost

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PTI Airport’s Shiny New Control Tower Is 97.5 Percent Complete

Archer Western construction company is now putting the finishing touches on Piedmont Triad International Airport’s165-foot-tall air traffic control tower along with a roughly 16,000-square-foot base building – a one-story Terminal Radar Approach Control (aka TRACON) building – that will house administration offices and air traffic controllers.

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Greensboro Getting A New Garden Of Peace

For years, nationally, there’s been an “un-lawning” movement going on – turning city lawns into dense, food-producing patches of land. Now the Guilford County nonprofit Guilford Urban Farming Initiative and St. Philip African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Greensboro are working together to create a small farm that will be known as the St. Philip Garden of Peace and Community Farm.

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County Commissioners To Spend Two Days At A Country Club

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is planning a two-day trip to a local country club – but the commissioners aren’t going there to hit the links and eat pheasant under glass and steak tartare.  The retreat will be held on Thursday, March 4 and Friday, March 5 at Forest Oaks Country Club at 4600 Forest Oaks Dr.  The board has a tremendous number of issues to deliberate on this year.  The county is currently building a new animal shelter and new behavioral health center and is planning the construction of a new headquarters for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department – and that’s just three of the front-burner items the board has on its plate.

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Old Court House To Celebrate 100th Birthday A Year Late

The COIVID-19 pandemic has ruined a lot of birthday parties for a lot of people over the past year, and it even ruined a big party for the Old Guilford County Court House in Downtown Greensboro.  That building turned 100 years old in the spring of 2020, and, before the pandemic hit, Guilford County officials were planning to throw a large coming-out party for the building that has been radically renovated, cleaned and beautified over the past five years.

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County Chairman Skip Alston Becomes A Cover Model

Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston has had plenty of recognition in local political circles. And he’s about to get more recognition – this time from Black Business Ink magazine, which is featuring Alston in this month’s issue and putting him on the cover.

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Duke Energy Warns Of 1 Million Possible NC Outages

On Wednesday night, Feb. 17, a new ice storm was making its way across the state and Duke Energy officials were preparing for the worst.   The company warned that hazardous winter precipitation and high winds from the approaching winter storm could cause up to 1 million power outages in the state and also warned that customers should be prepared because some of those outages could last for several days.

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Monday, Feb. 22 is National Walking Your Dog Day

There’s a day or week for everything – the day for love just passed, and Ballroom Dancing Week is coming in September – but dog lovers across the country want everyone to know that an especially important day is coming up, Monday, Feb. 22 is National Walking Your Dog Day.

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Drive-By Shooting Comes To Irving Park

A drive-by shooting at the corner of Elmwood Drive and West Cornwallis Drive has spread alarm in a part of Greensboro that, until now, has largely been spared this type of crime. The Greensboro Police Department is giving out very little information about the incident in the Irving Park neighborhood at this time, but the story of what happened has been spreading like wildfire among residents ever since around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, when the shooting took place.

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Thursday Night Is High Point Night For County Commissioners

On Thursday, Feb.18, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners will meet to discuss the county’s business, but the focus will largely be on High Point. The New Business portion of the commissioners agenda includes two public hearings for the county’s second-largest city.  The board will take input from citizens on a proposed $7-million incentive from the county to High Point for its downtown revitalization project, as well as hold a hearing regarding a $100,000 county grant for the High Point Equity Project – a non-profit meant to help minority and women owned  businesses in the city succeed.

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High Point Rockers Hire Home Run Specialist For 2021

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, there was another indication that the baseball season is drawing near and that it really will happen.  The Rockers announced their first player signing for the 2021 season – Outfielder Quincy Latimore, who played for the Rockers during their first and only season in 2019.

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High Point Business Incubator In Line For $100K In County Money

First, out of the clear blue sky, the commissioners showed interest in moving forward on a long-dead incentives plan potentially worth $7 million to aid High Point with its downtown development. And now, this week, the board scheduled a public hearing to consider giving $100,000 for a new non-profit business incubator initiative called High Point Equity Project.

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County To Hear High Point Incentives Request Next Week

Several years ago, City of High Point leaders approached the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, asking for financial help in developing the downtown area around what’s now the ballpark where the High Point Rockers play baseball.  At that time, the Guilford County commissioners didn’t approve a dime for the project – much less the $11 million-plus spread out over a decade that High Point wanted. 

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North Carolina Surpasses 10,000 COVID-19 Deaths

However, the state of North Carolina has just released a statistic reminding everyone of the damage that’s already been done by the disease.  In a Tuesday, Feb.9 press release, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that the number of virus-related deaths in the state had exceeded 10,000.

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New Opioid Settlement Money Not Headed For Guilford

Guilford County is engaged in a joint lawsuit against a multitude of companies that manufactured, promoted and distributed opioids in a way that allegedly contributed to the national opioid addiction crisis.  However, Guilford County won’t be on the receiving end of a check from the opioid lawsuit settlement just announced by NC Attorney General Josh Stein.

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Hot Sauce Distributor Spices Up High Point Job Market

High Point is known as the “Furniture Capital of the World,” but it has now taken a step toward being known as a center of hot sauce distribution. Hot Shots Distributing, Inc.– a Charlotte-based company that bills itself as the world’s largest distributor of hot sauces – has announced that it will locate a distribution and manufacturing operation at 827 W. Green Dr. in High Point.

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Guilford County Offers Emergency Rental And Utilities Help

There have been a host of COVID-19 relief programs from the Guilford County Board of Commissioners over the last 11 months meant to help everyone from struggling small businesses to parents who need child care assistance.   Starting on Monday, Feb. 8, the county will begin a new program meant to help people and families who can’t pay their rent or their utility bills.

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Skip Alston Invites Gov. Cooper To Guilford County

In an effort to spread that awareness, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston sent a letter to NC Governor Roy Cooper inviting him and NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen to visit Guilford County.

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High Point Offers You Help With Your Dreaded Income Taxes

help is provided annually through a program known as the “High Point Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program,” (VITA) which offers free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers for those who are income-eligible.  People or families with a 2020 household income of $57,000 or less will be able to get the tax prep help starting on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and they can get it right up until the deadline for filing – April 15.

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Airport Gets Two Fancy New High-Tech Parking Systems

The Piedmont Triad Airport Authority – the board that oversees the airport’s operations – has just approved $250,000 to update its popular short-term parking area used by those dropping off and picking up passengers. The airport will replace the individual meters at 200 parking spaces in short term parking near the terminal building with an automated pay system.  The goal is to make it easier for airport visitors to pay for short-term parking.

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County’s COVID-19 Vaccines All Claimed In Under Two Hours

Local elected leaders in Guilford County have been working hard to acquire a steady supply of COVID-19 vaccine for county residents– but that supply is invariably depleted almost as soon as it arrives.  On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Guilford County put out notice that the latest batch of vaccine was all gone or spoken for. 

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