Friday, August 19th, 2022

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Fireworks Plus A Very Special Treat At Northeast Park On July 3

Guilford County’s biggest fireworks display will also have music performed by the legendary group Chairman of the Board – not Alston. The group is the big addition to the 15th annual Fireworks Extravaganza that Guilford County Parks is hosting at Northeast Park.  Set your GPS to 3441 Northeast Park Dr. and be there on Sunday, July 3 starting at 4 p.m. for the music and the explosions in the sky.

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Guilford County Commissioners Did What They Promised

Guilford County property owners, who will see much higher tax bills this year, may not agree with everything the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has done in the last 12 months. But there’s one thing that’s unquestionable: The commissioners met every major goal they set for themselves at the start of the fiscal year. Just over 12 months ago, at a Board of Commissioners annual retreat, the board adopted a list of “2021-2022 Budget Priorities,” and, looking at the list now at the end of the year shows that, without a doubt, they got it all done.

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County May Put Valuable Old Animal Shelter Up For Sale

The real estate market is hot right now and Guilford County owns one of the most sought-after pieces of property in the county – and there are a lot of potential buyers who would like nothing more than to see it go on the market soon. The property is the site of the old Guilford County Animal Shelter and the sale of the land it sits on is a distinct possibility.  Since the Guilford County government has built a brand new animal shelter at 980 Guilford College Road and moved the animals there, the county now has the unused piece of property at 4525 West Wendover Avenue just south of I-40.

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County Focusing On Increasing Usage Of Minority Contractors

there’s still at least one goal that remains elusive, and one that, this week, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said will be a focus in the coming months.  That’s the county’s longstanding effort to give more business to minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) – especially to minority businesses, since, Alston said, that’s one place the county has been egregiously lacking in the past.

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No Clear Timeline For Settling $1.7 Billion School Bond Dispute

There was a whole lot of celebration among Guilford County Schools’ advocates in May when a $1.7 billion school bond referendum passed easily – meaning the school system would have plenty of money for years to come to build new schools and repair existing ones.  However, former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson – the Republican at-large commissioner candidate this year – filed a challenge against the certification of the giant bond package, and that has left the outcome in limbo.

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Alston Says Branson Is Using ‘Trump Tactics’

This week Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said that former Commissioner Alan Branson, who is challenging the $1.7 billion school bond that passed in the May primary election, is following the same tactics as former President Donald Trump and many other Republicans across the country.

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Fear Of Flying Means Cross Country Drive For Commissioner Upchurch

Guilford County Commissioner James Upchurch is attending the 2022 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference in Colorado this July but, unlike the other commissioners who are going, he’s getting there in an unusual way. Upchurch is getting into his car and driving the distance to the annual event where county commissioners and other county leaders get together each summer reportedly to learn new things and exchange ideas for best practices.

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New Budget Piles On The Pay And Perks For Guilford County Employees

if there had been a group of employees at the board’s Thursday, June 16 meeting, they probably would have jumped for joy and carried the county commissioners out of the room on their shoulders due to their delight over the new county budget adopted that night.  A lot of groups, social programs and county departments made out like bandits that evening, and county employees got more love than they have in a very long time.

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Commissioner Frankie Jones Says AWOL Upchurch Is ‘Disrespectful’

Guilford County Commissioner Frankie Jones Jr. had some interesting comments when he addressed the adoption of the 2022-2023 Guilford County budget at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, June 16.  After speaking passionately about how the new budget would address the needs of county residents, Jones turned his attention to a Republican county commissioner and chastised him for not taking part in the budget process. Jones didn’t refer to Republican Commissioner James Upchurch by name, but it was obvious that Jones was calling out Upchurch, which Jones later confirmed.

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Guilford County Passes Enormous Budget With Something For Everyone

In May, Guilford County Manager Mike Halford brought the most expansive, generous budget proposal in the history of Guilford County government to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners. On Thursday, June 16, the commissioners piled even more goodies into the budget before passing it on a 6-to-3 vote – with, of course, all of the Democrats voting for it and all of the Republican’s voting against it.

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Guilford Commissioners Names Shelby As New County Attorney

After an extensive search process, Guilford County has named a new county attorney.  Following a closed session on Thursday, June 16, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Andrea Leslie-Fite to fill the job.  She’s been an attorney representing local governments in North Carolina for a decade and a half and she currently serves as the city attorney for Shelby, North Carolina.

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Fate Of $1.7 Billion School Bond Heads To NC Elections Board

Former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson, who’s a candidate for at-large county commissioner this year, has taken his fight against the $1.7 billion school bond referendum for Guilford County schools to the next level.  On Wednesday, June 15, Branson filed a complaint with the NC Board of Elections arguing that Guilford County government and Guilford County Schools illegally used taxpayer funds to help convince voters to approve the giant school bond, which passed in the May primary election.

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High Point Councilman Teaches Unusual Skill

On Saturday, June 18, at 10 a.m., the High Point Public Library will host a beekeeping demonstration. High Point City Councilman and beekeeper Wesley Hudson will lead the presentation and talk at a beehive on the corner of Sunset and North Elm Street in High Point – a hive that he previously helped establish. 

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High Point Library Holds June Health Fair And Book Sale

The High Point library is hosting its annual Health Fair on Tuesday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library’s parking lot at 901 N. Main St. The Friends of High Point Public Library will also hold a summer book sale on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 on the first floor of the library.

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2022-2023 County Budget Deal Keeps Property Tax Rate The Same

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is putting the final touches on a fiscal 2022-2023 budget deal that will shape the course of Guilford County government for the next 12 months. Currently, two days before a final budget is expected to be approved, the existing deal would leave Guilford County’s tax rate at 73.05 cents per $100 of assessed property value. 

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Too Many Jail Guards Escaping From Guilford County Jails

At the Thursday, June 2 Board of Commissioners meeting, Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogerss had one dominant theme he wanted to get across – Guilford County needs to do whatever it can to attract and hire new detention officers.  Rogers addressed the board after several jail guards had spoken from the floor about jail safety, long hours, low pay and other factors that made the job very difficult and the positions hard to fill.

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Lawing Hopes Guilford County Missteps Make Fort Myers Better

Former Guilford County Manager Marty Lawing is a long way from Guilford County – he’s now the city manager of Fort Myers, Florida.  However, Greensboro, High Point and the county he once ran are clearly still on his mind. Lawing recently gave a speech on the current state of Fort Myers and he referred to his old stomping grounds in comments picked up by southwest Florida’s “Gulf Shore Business” magazine,

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Sedalia Town Government Is Writing Its Own Rules

In light of recent revelations on how business has been conducted in the small town of Sedalia, several past instances of highly questionable behavior by government bodies have come to light. In one particularly strange and egregious proceeding that occurred in November of last year, former Sedalia Planning Board Member Ed Piotrowski was denied right to be chairman of that board because a sixth person was allowed to vote in the proceedings – when, in fact, the Planning Board has only five voting members.

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Sheriff’s Department Doesn’t Take Wal-Mart Gift Cards As Payment

On Tuesday, June 7, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department issued a fraud warning for the residents of the county, noting that scammers are now taking an unusual and disturbing approach to bilking people. The bad guys are, a Tuesday press release from the department stated, pretending to be law enforcement officers in order to swindle them out of money.

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Sheriff’s Department Turns To Cash To Lure Detention Officers

As many people know by now, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is seeking qualified applicants to join its detention staff, which runs and patrols the county’s two jails – one in downtown Greensboro and one in downtown High Point. The information sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at 6 p.m. and on Thursday, June 16, also at 6 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the Sheriff’s Department Administrative Office at 400 W. Washington St. in Greensboro.

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Commissioner Upchurch Becomes Emergency Responder For A Day

The Guilford County commissioners often get to hear about the work of the county’s Emergency Services Department. However, this week, District 6 Commissioner James Upchurch got an all-day, up-close, first-person view of the workings of the department – and he said he learned a whole lot of valuable information thanks to the experience.

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Will The $1.7 Billion School Bond Just Passed Be Disallowed?

On May 17, the voters of Guilford County approved a $1.7 billion school bond – the largest bond referendum for education in the history of the state of North Carolina.

However, there’s a new threat to the bond that could mean school officials never see a dime of that money Former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson, who won his effort in the May primary to be the at-large Republican candidate for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, has filed a new complaint against the $1.7 billion school bond on the grounds that Guilford County government and Guilford County Schools illegally used taxpayer funded resources to push for passage of the school bond referendum. 

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Don’t Be A Geek – Celebrate Creek Week

You may not know it, but this week isn’t just any week – in Guilford County, it’s the annual event known as “Guilford Creek Week.” 
The week runs from Saturday, June 4 to Saturday, June 11 – technically making it a week and a day. It’s held to “celebrate the importance, impact and influence of the creeks and waterways of Guilford County and the municipalities within,” and the week is meant to “raise awareness about the vital role of local waters and how the health of that water can have a direct impact on communities.”

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County Parks Pools To Open On A ‘Phased-In’ Basis

A lot of families in Guilford County were left high and dry on Memorial Day weekend after pools at Guilford County parks didn’t open in time for what’s usually the first day of the year of swimming at those pools.  The Guilford County Board of Commissioners met on Thursday, June 2, and county staff had some explaining to do for the county commissioners who had gotten some complaints and questions about the very popular county service.

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Commissioners Declare Gun Violence A Public Health Crisis

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners had planned to spend the majority of the Thursday, June 2 meeting talking about the upcoming 2022-2023 county budget. However, due to the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead, the commissioners devoted much of their meeting to address gun violence.  Several commissioners spoke on the issue before the board adopted a resolution declaring gun violence in the county a public health crisis.

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County Calls On You To Help Prevent Shootings

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners was laser focused on addressing gun violence when the board met on Thursday, June 2. There are a lot of things county leaders want residents to do, but one that became the catchphrase of the new effort is this: “If you see something, say something.”

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