Friday, August 19th, 2022

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Guilford County Commissioners To Hear Appeal Of Hwy 150 Zoning Case

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on an appeal of a proposed rezoning of approximately 30 acres of land at 413 NC 150 West.  The request is to rezone the property from Agricultural and Residential Single Family (RS-40) to Conditional Zoning-General Business. The hearing has been placed on the agenda for the board’s Thursday, August 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Board of Commissioners meeting room on the second of the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in downtown Greensboro.

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Commissioners Hear Needs For Federal Relief Funds in Work Session

In the Carolyn Q. Coleman meeting room – formerly the Blue Room – on Friday, July 29, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners held a four-hour morning meeting to hear requests from various groups who want some of the $100 million-plus in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) money that Guilford County is getting from the federal “rescue” plan to help with economic fallout from the pandemic.

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Guilford County Parks Seeks Artisans and Food Vendors

Guilford County Parks is looking for some talented local crafts people and some tasty food providers to take part in the upcoming “2022 Bur-Mil Fall Fest.” The outdoor event, which is going to be free to all despite rampant inflation everywhere else – and will be “family-friendly” as well – will take place at Bur-Mil Park at 5834 Bur-Mil Club Road on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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High Point Economic Development Forces Start Quarterly Newsletter

High Point has had a whole lot of economic development success in recent years and now the High Point Economic Development Corp. (EDC) has begun a newsletter to highlight current and future successes on a quarterly basis.  The newsletter will provide the latest in economic development efforts across High Point and Guilford County, as well as the Carolina Core – an economic development organization meant to spur development across much of central North Carolina.

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Passenger Traffic At PTI Airport Continues Steady Increase

Every month, at the meeting of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, the authority releases the stats for the previous month and the new numbers show that the number of passengers flying in and out of the airport rose 10 percent in June of 2022 when compared with June of 2021. For the year so far, the increase is much more dramatic. Passenger traffic is up 68 percent year-to-date in 2022 compared with last year.

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County To Decide Use Of Federal Relief Windfall Money

The Board of Commissioners has scheduled a work session for Friday, July 29, at 9 a.m.– a very unusual time for the board to meet. They will meet in the Carolyn Q. Coleman Conference Room, formerly the Blue Room, on the first floor of the Old Guilford County Court House in downtown Greensboro.

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High Point Chamber President Steps Down Mysteriously

On Monday, July 25, Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce made the surprising announcement that President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Chapin has decided to step down, effective August 1. Chapin’s sudden departure comes as a big surprise to many in the High Point business community. 

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Claim Made That Spearman Sexually Assaulted Young Man

Gerald Jackson, a New Bern man who operates social media sites for a living, told the Rhino Times that Jayden Hawthorne, a 20-year-old black male who often did odd jobs for the now deceased Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, contacted him, Jackson, and told him that Spearman had sexually assaulted him in Spearman’s home. 

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Judge Finds County And Schools May Have Acted Improperly

On Wednesday, July 20, the written order from Superior Court Judge Norlan Graves – as expected – denied a motion brought by former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson to stay the certification of Guilford County’s $1.7 billion school bond referendum.   However, the judge’s order also stated that Guilford County and Guilford County Schools may have acted improperly in the effort to lead voters to support the giant bond.

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High Point Man Arrested On Dog Fighting Cruelty Charges

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that, on the morning of Wednesday, July 20, the department served and executed a search warrant at 1209 Penny Road in High Point, and – during the execution of the warrant – officers discovered dogs that were allegedly part of a dog-fighting training operation. In all, 15 dogs were seized. The property owner – 51-year-old Toriano Marcellus Cave – was arrested and charged with one felony count of violating North Carolina General Statute 14-362.2(b), which falls under the animal cruelty section of state law.

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High Point’s Summer Jubilee Bigger Than Ever This Year

The City of High Point Human Relations Department – together with Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASiC), the High Point Public Library and the High Point Farmers Market – is hosting the fourth-annual Summer Jubilee back-to-school celebration and backpack giveaway on Saturday, July 30.  The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the High Point Public Library.

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Sheriff’s Department Really Wants You To Become A Jail Guard

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has been having serious position vacancy issues with detention officers for years and years now, however, in the new economy, with greater demands for a smaller workforce, that problem has grown to new heights.  The issue comes up in one way or another at nearly every Guilford County Board of Commissioners meeting and on Thursday, July 14, the department put out yet another press release asking everyone in the county to at least consider the job, which seems to add more perks each day.

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Sheriff’s Department Is Taking The Citizens To School

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is once again offering its Sheriff’s Citizen Academy to Guilford County residents who are interested in learning a whole lot about law reinforcement, the operations of the department, and the specific ways it goes about enforcing the law and running the jails in Guilford County. The two-month, once-a-week course begins on Thursday, Aug 18 in the evening.  

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County’s First ‘BarkBecue’ Happens Downtown This Saturday

On Saturday, July 16, Bull City Ciderworks in downtown Greensboro is going to the dogs. On that day, Guilford County Animal Services – in conjunction with the Break The Chain Kennel Kru –will hold its first annual “BarkBecue” at Bull City Ciderworks in Greensboro.  That’s a party where patrons can leave with some great barbecue in their stomachs and a new family pet in their arms.

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Board Of Commissioners To Vote On $200K For Civil Rights Museum

n Thursday, July 14, at the Guilford County Board of Commissioners’ only scheduled July meeting, the board is scheduled to vote on whether to start helping to pay for The International Civil Rights Center and Museum to expand. The outcome of the controversial move to give the museum. $200,000 of taxpayer money isn’t hard to predict: Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston, who was a founder of the museum, leads a board majority of fellow Democrats.  Also, in March at the board’s annual retreat at the Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse, the commissioners took a vote that put the wheels in motion for the board to start giving money to the museum.

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County Commissioners To Honor The Late Judge Wendy Enochs

The people in Guilford County and North Carolina who knew, loved and respected former Guilford County Chief District Court Judge Wendy Enochs were greatly saddened late last month when they heard of her passing, and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners plans to honor Enochs in front of her family and friends at the board’s next meeting, on Thursday, July 14.

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State Election’s Board Giving School Bond Protest Time to Solidify

Over a week ago, when the NC State Board of Elections rejected a complaint against the $1.7 billion school bond referendum that Guilford County voters approved in May, former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson – the man who filed the complaint – said that he expected the notice of the outcome to come to him the day after the decision by the state board.  However, as of Thursday, July 7, Branson still hadn’t received notice of the decision.  The reason that timing is important is that, once Branson gets the notice, he has 10 days to convince a judge to issue a stay of the state board’s decision – halting the matter so it can be decided in court. 

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Branson Says $1.7 Billion Bond Protest Not Delaying Projects

Former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson has been fighting the $1.7 billion school bond referendum that voters approved in the May 2022 primary election – and that has greatly displeased many school bond supporters who are now blaming Branson for holding up school repairs and construction by his official complaints to the local and state board of elections and by, possibly, continuing the battle in court.

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County’s $1.7 Billion School Bond May Be Headed To Court

One week ago, after his complaint against the $1.7 billion school bond referendum was denied by the NC State Board of Elections, former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson sounded like that would be the end of the road for his quest to defeat the bond – however, on Wednesday, July 6, a newly energized Branson said it was “likely” that he would continue the challenge in court.

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Suspect Pleads Guilty To 2018 Murder Of Guilford Man

On Friday, July 1, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department reported that the books have finally been closed on a summer 2018 murder case.  The longtime suspect has pled guilty to second-degree murder.  Samuel James Youse III has pled guilty in Guilford County Superior Court in the case of the death of Jamar Mannasseh Rose.

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Uncle Sam To Jam Sober In High Point On The Fourth

The party on the Fourth has been a High Point tradition since 1973 and this year’s celebration promises to be as fun as ever. The 2022 version of the Uncle Sam Jam will feature “family-friendly” musical performances by Camel City Yacht Club at 5 p.m., followed by Hampton Drive at 6:30 p.m.

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NC Elections Board Shoots Down Complaint Over $1.7 Billion School Bond

Former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson – who’s currently a candidate for the at-large county commissioner seat – filed a complaint against the means used by Guilford County and Guilford County Schools to promote the $1.7 billion school bond referendum that voters approved in the May primary election.  On Thursday, June 30, the North Carolina State Board of Elections did the exact same thing that the Guilford County Board of Elections did a few weeks earlier with the same complaint – voted it down 3-to-2 along party lines.

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Branson Mulls Next Step In Battle Against $1.7 Billion School Bond

Former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson is 0 and 2 in his fight to prevent the electoral certification of the $1.7 billion school bond that voters passed in May. The Guilford County Board of Elections voted against his complaint earlier, and, upon appeal, on Thursday, June 30, so did the NC State Board of Elections. However, just like a batter in baseball, Branson is not out in two strikes.  If he so chooses, he has another swing: the courts.

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