Friday, March 24th, 2023

Author: Scott D. Yost

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Guilford County Names New Chief Financial Officer

Don Warn, who’s just been named Guilford County’s chief financial officer, is known for having a way with numbers – specifically budget numbers.  Warn brings more than a quarter century of experience in finance to Guilford County and he is going to need that expertise to oversee the financial operations of Guilford County government, which has been spending money like crazy in recent years.

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State Health Officials To Hold Virtual Town Hall To Combat HIV/AIDS Stigma

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kodi Kinsley — along with a variety of community partners from the North Carolina AIDS Action Network, Mecklenburg County Public Health and Livingstone College — will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. to discuss the importance of HIV/AIDS education and awareness, and to help reduce the stigma associated with the disease.

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One Greensboro Walgreens Takes Drastic Step To Prevent Shoplifting

One new shoplifting prevention method being employed at the Walgreens at 300 E. Cornwallis Dr. is causing some double takes for late-night shoppers who enter the store. As of Tuesday, Jan. 31, shoppers at night are greeted with a sign that states, “Attention. We will NOT be able to allow ANY large purses or bags in the store at this time.”  The sign also apologizes for the inconvenience.

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Guilford County Hires Opioid Epidemic Czar

Given the opioid abuse crisis in Guilford County, the county’s Division of Public Health has created a new position – drug and injury prevention manager – and has named long-time health educator Amanda Clark as the first person to fill the role.  In her new position, Clark will help develop and put into place Guilford County’s strategies meant to reduce opioid abuse in the county and also reduce opioid-related death.

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Register of Deeds Passport Operation Is Going Gangbusters

Seven years ago, Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen added passports to the long list of existing deeds office services, and now, in 2023, he’s kind of amazed at the immense popularity of the offering. On Friday, Jan. 27, the Register of Deeds Office took in 88 applications and Thigpen said, in recent months, the service has been in high demand and he’s been worried about the staff who handle passports being overcome with exhaustion.  In the past, much of the work has been handled by staff with other deeds duties, however, on Friday Thigpen said the office may need another position dedicated to the service. 

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Bank Withdrawal From Golden Gate Brings New Starbucks

Golden Gate Shopping Center in Greensboro has gone through quite a few transitions in the 22 years of the current century. Coffee lovers will be glad to hear that, as part of the latest change, construction crews are now hard at work turning the center’s former Wells Fargo branch into the city’s next Starbucks coffee establishment.

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Health Officials Laud New Blood Donation Rule For Gay Men

On Friday, Jan. 27, the US Food and Drug Administration announced that its proposing a change to blood donor eligibility. The FDA is going to begin using “gender-inclusive, individual risk-based questions to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted HIV,” rather than relying on a person’s sexuality.

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Alleged Shooter In Custody After Jamestown Murder

On the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department reported that, earlier in the day, there was a shooting incident in Jamestown that resulted in one death. Officers have arrested a suspect, whose name they did release Wednesday: Crystal Constance Bennett was charged with one count of first-degree murder.

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Dream Center Campus Is Becoming A Reality

On Monday, Jan. 23, the partners behind a new workforce development project invited members of the community to an afternoon reception that will serve as the kickoff event for the planned mixed-use space that’s meant to promote innovation in higher education among other things.

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Centenarian Leaves Skip Alston Speechless For The First Time

In four different decades of being a Guilford County commissioner, the highly opinionated and very talkative Skip Alston has never been at a loss for words. However, that all changed at the very end of a Thursday, Jan. 19 Board of Commissioners meeting when a tardy 100-year-old was responsible for Alston running completely out of things to say.

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Bur-Mil Club To Host Commissioners Retreat Once Again

in two of the last three years, the commissioners have chosen to have the retreat at the Bur-Mil Park Event Center at 5834 Bur-Mil Club Road in Greensboro – so it was surprising to some when, this week, the commissioner’s announced that the 2023 retreat will be held at Bur-Mil once again. 

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Guilford County Quadruples Its Public Relations Department

Guilford County has just hired three new public relations employees, which, in one fell swoop, quadruples the size of the department that does things like inform the community of county services and events, helps county administrators communicate with county staff and attempts to get people to view the county and its government in a positive light.

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High Point University Students Make MLK Day A ‘Day On’

A lot of people in Guilford County spent time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day honoring the iconic civil right leader in various ways, and students at High Point University (HPU) did something special as well in honor of the January 16 holiday – they gave back to the community. HPU students engaged in several service projects as part of the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

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County Commissioners Set To Seal The Water Deals With Small Towns

There’s been a good amount of controversy among small town residents in Guilford County as to whether their towns should use American Rescue Plan (ARP) money for water projects. However, this week, at the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Thursday, Jan. 19 meeting, the commissioners plan to make a number of those plans official. 

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Are You Interested In Buying An Old Animal Shelter?

Guilford County Animal Services has now completely moved all the animals from the old Guilford County Animal Shelter at 4525 West Wendover Ave. just south of I-40 to the new shelter at 980 Guilford College Road in Greensboro.  The likely sale of that property will be the subject of discussion at the work session of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Carolyn Coleman Conference Room on the first floor of the Old County Courthouse in downtown Greensboro.

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