Sunday, January 26th, 2020

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Old Court House Getting New Monument For The Ladies

One of the least controversial things the Guilford County Board of Commissioners does is honor historic moments, and, at the board’s Thursday, Jan. 16 meeting, the commissioners voted to pass a resolution commemorating the success of the national women’s suffrage movement as well as the formation of the NC League of Women’s Voters – both of which took place 100 years ago. In that same action, the board approved a historic marker and monument in honor of the League of Women Voters.

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Justin Outling Gets ’40 under 40′ Award From Black Business Ink

Greensboro City Councilmember Justin Outling, a partner with Brooks Pierce law firm, has – along with 39 other local young black leaders –been named one of the “40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans In The Piedmont” by Black Business Ink magazine, which researched young black leaders in Guilford County and Forsyth County to pick the winners.

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County Gets 7 Offers To Build The New Animal Shelter

The new Guilford County animal shelter just took a big step forward and it’s set to take another big one in February.On Thursday, Jan. 16, the bidding closed for the contract to build the new roughly $15-million facility on Guilford College Road – and Guilford County Manager Marty Lawing informed the county’s Board of Commissioners that evening that the county got a whopping seven bids to do the work.

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Lemon Law for Emergency Vehicles is Anything But Sour

If you buy a new car in North Carolina, you have the benefit of the state’s “Lemon Law,” which can force a dealer to replace your vehicle or give you a refund if it has repeated mechanical problems.Unfortunately for fire departments, local governments and emergency services departments, the law doesn’t cover vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances. However, NC State Rep. Jon Hardister said this week that he’s now working on legislation that will extend Lemon Law protection to emergency vehicles.

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County Joins Greensboro in Awarding Syngenta Incentives

On Thursday, Jan. 16, Syngenta AG – a global agricultural company with a large presence in Greensboro and Guilford County – came before the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and asked for nearly $2 million in incentives to remain in the area and make a capital investment of at least $68 million either in its current facility made up of 17 buildings on 70 acres or in a new facility.

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“Racist” Tweet And Facebook Post Gets School Trainer Nixed

If you haven’t learned the lesson by now, here’s another crystal clear example of the modern rule that what you post on social media can affect your employment.A gender-discrimination and Title IX trainer contracted by Guilford County Schools to train principals and assistant principals has been terminated after school officials and others read her highly controversial tweet and Facebook post.

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Economic Development Pow-Wows Get New Home Base

The Guilford County Economic Development Alliance (GCEDA), which since its inception five years ago has met monthly at the Cameron Campus of Guilford County Technical Community College (GTCC) in Colfax, is moving its meetings to a shiny new high-profile home: GTCC’s Advanced Center for Manufacturing across Guilford College Road from to the GTCC Jamestown Campus.

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Greensboro Isn’t the Very Best Place to Catch An STD

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention –better known simply as “the CDC” – recently released its latest “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report,” which included new data on the number of reported sexually transmitted diseases – better known as STD’s – for counties and metro areas across the country, and, according to a research and medical-testing firm analyzing the results, Greensboro comes in 25th on a list of 100 areas with the highest STD rates.

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Greensboro Public Library Is A Big Hit Online

This week, the NC Digital Library – a library consortium consisting of the Greensboro Public Library and 22 other libraries in the state – announced a record setting 2 million e-book and audio-book checkouts in 2019, making it the 10th largest used public library consortium in the world in terms of total digital circulation.

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Louis Dejoy Offers Upset Bid On Edgeworth Building

It turns out that there’s a lot of interest in the Guilford County-owned building at 232 N. Edgeworth St.The property has just landed a new upset bid from one of Greensboro’s best-known success stories – Louis DeJoy, the retired CEO of XPO Logistics Inc. who now runs the equity and real estate firm LDJ Global Strategies.

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Summerfield Demands $500 For A Public Records Request

Former Guilford County Board of Elections member and current Summerfield Scoop Facebook page proprietor Don Wendelken was shocked recently when he made a public records request to the Town of Summerfield and was notified by town officials that it would cost him $487 to get that information.On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, Wendelken requested an electronic copy – not paper copies – of emails between town staff and Town Council for October and the first part of November, and, on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, the town sent him the following response: “The cost estimate for responding to your PRR [public records request] dated 11/15/19 is $487.89. Please advise as to whether you wish to proceed.”

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Owe Under $5 In Property Taxes? You’re In Luck.

Former Guilford County Tax Director Francis Kinlaw used to get upset whenever the Rhino Times wrote that he was the “nicest person in county government” because he wanted people to believe that the tax director was very mean so that citizens would be more likely to pay their taxes.While current tax officials may also want to maintain a stern “no love” image, a move expected this month by Guilford County government will mean that the department would start cutting a break to those who owe less than $5 in property taxes.

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In Summerfield Even The Picnic Shelter Is Controversial

Park picnic shelters aren’t usually lightning rods for controversy, however, a new picnic shelter in Summerfield has been the focus of major disagreement – with some in that town saying the structure is an unnecessarily expensive Tajma-shelter, while others argue that the shelter is exactly what the town needed.

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Sheriff’s Dept. Offers Position On Smokable Hemp – No

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has released a position paper – a “joint Legislative Position Paper” that’s been adopted by the NC Sheriffs’ Association, the NC Conference of District Attorneys, the NC Association of Chiefs of Police and the NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) – urging the NC General Assembly to ban smokable hemp during the legislative session that begins next week.

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United Way And The City Looking For 100 Good Men

January is the first month of the year but it’s also National Mentoring Month – a fact that may be less well known.Still, in honor of that designation, the City of Greensboro and the United Way of Greater Greensboro are introducing a new mentoring program aimed at area men and boys called “100 Males Mentoring”.  

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New Charter School Seeks County Approval For $19 Million Loan

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is being asked to approve a special type of bond that would be used to help fund Revolution Academy – a new charter school that in 2019 got state approval to open and is now seeking the approval of the commissioners for $19 million in “Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds.”

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Merle Green Stepping Down As County Health Director

After a decade and a half of dedicated service, Guilford County Health Director Merle Green is calling it quits and riding off into the sunset.   Well, actually, that’s what cowboys do when they retire, but Green will be doing whatever retired health directors do when they wrap up their long county careers.

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Old McDonald Has A Farm And Wants To Keep It That Way

Since the turn of the century, there’s been a whole lot of development in Guilford County, but there’s also been another effort going on largely under the radar – an effort by state and county officials along with landowners to preserve county farmland through the establishment of what’s known as “Voluntary Agricultural Districts.”

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Controversial Items On Agenda for Summerfield’s Council Retreat

The Summerfield Town Council is holding its annual retreat on Saturday, Feb. 1 and new Summerfield Mayor BJ Barnes said he wants the council to address some longstanding controversial issues head on – including the rules regarding development, the need for a limited water system for firefighting and the need for a new town meeting space.

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United Way Seeking College Kids For Spring Break

Sure, area college students could spend spring break 2020 partying, however, for the third year in a row, the United Way of Greater Greensboro is asking them to do something more productive and rewarding with their time off from school.The organization is seeking 12 area students to participate in what it calls “Alternative Spring Break” – a volunteer program that runs from Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 6 this year. The students will have to get up earlier than they normally would on spring break. The United Way will be requesting their time from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

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GreenHill Gallery Gets Retro With Hokum Pokum

If your New Year’s resolution is to enjoy more art and music in 2020, the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art has you covered.The gallery has several shows and events planned in early 2020 and one is coming up this weekend. On Friday, Jan. 3, the downtown Greensboro gallery will feature the music of Hokum Pokum from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The band, as the name sort of indicates, celebrates the great string and jug band traditions of the 1920’s and 1930’s. According to promotional material from GreenHill about the event, Hokum Pokum “engages the crowd in a lively show with washboard rhythms providing the backdrop for spirited guitar, mandolin, and banjo, combined with vocals,” and the gallery promises the show will be “A little bit of history and a lot of fun!”

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