Saturday, September 19th, 2020

Author: Scott D. Yost

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NC Gets Fed Funds For More Colon Cancer Screenings

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that it received a good dose of funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will enable the state to partner with Federally Qualified Health Centers to do things like inform people of cancer’s warning signs, and, most importantly, increase colorectal cancer screenings across the state.

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Call 911 If You See This Man

Once or twice a month, the Guilford County Sherriff’s Department is so anxious to find someone that it turns to the public for help, and, on Thursday, Sept. 17, the department did just that in order to find a suspected thief who’s possibly armed and is on the run. Recently, he seems to have been in Greensboro, Stokesdale and Rockingham County and he’s presumably still in the central North Carolina area.

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County’s Economic Development Alliance Turns Five

That doesn’t really flow well off the lips when put into song form, however, local officials are gearing up to mark what they consider to be an important milestone in county history, the Fifth Anniversary of GCEDA, an organization that attempts to overcome local turf battles and instead focus on providing a unified effort to bring in new business to the county.

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Guilford Has Enough Poll Workers To Hold The Election

After quite a scare over the expected exit of poll workers this year, the Guilford County Board of Elections is now confident that it has enough help to carry out the 2020 election. However, some counties across the state are struggling to fill their positions in light of the fear over the coronavirus pandemic.

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State Gets $35 Million Grant For Opioid Response

On Monday, Sept. 14, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) was awarded a $35 million “State Opioid Response” grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is part of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.

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Sheriff’s Dept. Arrests Suspect For August Rape And Robbery

It took a little time – nearly three weeks to be exact – but the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department now says it has its man in custody for a rape, kidnaping and robbery case that occurred earlier last month in the southern part of Guilford County. This week, the Sheriff’s Department announced that, along with the assistance from the Greensboro Police Department, Guilford County Sheriff’s Dept. Detective A. Fleming was able to identify and charge a man – Christian Keymar Thompson – as the alleged perpetrator of the violent crime that was committed on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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The State Has An App For That: Covid-19 That Is

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has developed a COVID-19 Exposure Notification app called ‘SlowCOVIDNC’ and the new tool to fight the spread of the virus will be in the hands – or, rather, in the phones of – North Carolinians later this month.

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Civil Rights Museum Focuses On Constitution 223 Years Later

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum wants everyone to mark Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 18 down on their calendars. On those two days in the afternoon the museum is holding a “Constitution Day” celebration that will involve a lot of serious dialogue about the US Constitution, the significance of it, and even its shortcomings.

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Guilford County Parks Holds BioBlitz Blowout

You may have never heard of “BioBlitz,” or, for that matter, a “Parks for Pollinators” campaign – however, this month Guilford County Parks is indeed hosting a BioBlitz for a new Parks for Pollinators program ­– and all the county’s naturalists who want to participate need is a camera or smartphone and a good helping of curiosity.

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Civil Rights Museum Rolls With Pandemic’s Punches

On Saturday, Sept. 5 and on Labor Day this year –– Monday, Sept. 7 – the Museum debuted two versions of its new on-line filmed tour, “The Battlegrounds of the Struggle for Civil Rights.” The two versions of the filmed tour focus on the widely acclaimed Permanent Exhibit at the museum.

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State Vegetable Backers Come To The Aid Of Educators In Sweet Way

Well, enter some help from an unexpected source, the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission, which has produced curriculum materials for schools and is now trying to get the word out to educators that the materials are available for the new school year. On Friday, Aug. 28, CoCo Daughtry, the communications specialist for the commission, said that the programs are available for schools free of charge. Daughtry said the materials teach a variety of subjects including farming, culinary arts, math and English.

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Say Yes Guilford Adjusts To The Times

Say Yes Guilford, a program that helps graduates of Guilford County Schools get into college and helps pay for their college education, has – like everyone else in the pandemic – had to make major changes in the way it conducts business. In a Wednesday, Sept. 2 message to Say Yes students, families and supporters, Say Yes CEO Wendy Poteat let it be known that the group would still be helping students this school year – albeit with a lot of changes in place.

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How To Hold An Election During A Pandemic

According to Collicutt, one plan submitted to the NC Board of Elections would mean Guilford County would offer 87 percent more early voting hours available than in the 2016 general election. He also said that those venues for early voting will include places like gyms and basketball courts where there can be a good deal of distance between voters waiting in line and casting their ballots.

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County To Determine Fate Of Summerfield Community Center

On Thursday, Sept. 3, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to make a decision that will be important to a lot of Summerfield citizens. The board is set to decide whether or not to waive the county’s “First Right of Refusal” to take ownership of the property and meeting space that’s now the main meeting place for the Summerfield Town Council.

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Body Cameras Come To Guilford County Jails

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department announced a big change in the way it oversees detention officers in the county’s two jails: The department is implementing body-worn cameras in both the Greensboro and High Point jail.

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Congressman Ted Budd Announces $1.9-Million Grant For PTIA

A lot of businesses need financial help right now thanks to a devastation of their commerce caused by the coronavirus shut down – and airports are one group where the pain is being felt the most. However, this week Republican 13th District Congressman Ted Budd made an announcement that should help the hobbled airport pay for one project. It’s a nearly $2 million grant for PTI that will go toward an ongoing effort to reduce airport noise in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Loren Hill Gets Stanley Frank Economic Development Award

High Point Economic Development Corp. President Loren Hill announced recently that he would be stepping down from that position at the end of the year, so perhaps it’s fitting that, in his last year, Hill was presented with a prestigious honor for his efforts, the Stanley Frank Economic and Workforce Development Award.

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Commissioners Ask: Where’s Our Sales Tax Hike Support?

One item that will be on the ballot for Guilford County voters to decide in November is a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax. At the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, Thursday, Aug. 27 work session, many commissioners openly expressed their aggravation over the fact that a group of prominent business leaders in the community didn’t sound like they were going to get behind the move and push for the sales tax increase.

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NC’s COVID-19 Weekend Numbers Skewed By Massive Late Reporting

Anyone who looked at the state’s COVID-19 numbers on Saturday, Aug. 29 was likely shocked to see a dramatic spike in the number of positive cases reported that day. But, fear not, that jump was highly misleading because, in reality, for reasons that are still under investigation, the state received in a single day roughly 1,000 positive cases from much earlier in August.

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County Jails Get Some Good News On COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has been taking precautions to prevent an outbreak in the county’s two jails. On Thursday, Aug. 27, the department reported some good news in that regard. Though the Sheriff’s Department had found a half-dozen jail-related cases among staff earlier this summer, a new round of testing didn’t find any additional cases.

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