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CARES funding

Kernersville is set to receive nearly $80,000 in federal COVID-19 relief dollars after the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners voted to allocate a portion of the county’s $6.5 million in CARES grant funding from the state.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, July 4 & 5, 2020 edition.

COVID-19 update

Public health officials in Forsyth County reported nearly 100 new cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and one additional death over the most recent two-day period.
Officials did not provide any details about the individual who died, but the death toll now stands at 35 countywide.
There have been 3,077 laboratory-confirmed cases in Forsyth County. Of the 3,077, 1,952 have recovered, officials said.
For more, see the Thursday, July 2, 2020 edition.

Rezoning case

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen is set to make a decision this afternoon, Thursday, July 2, on whether or not to approve a new subdivision on Shields Road after a lengthy public hearing on Tuesday night.
Meeting remotely online, with the Town Hall courtroom open for citizens who wished to speak, the aldermen heard arguments for and against zoning case K-781, which proposes rezoning a 39-acre site along Shields Road near the Union Cross Road intersection. For more, see the Thursday, July 2, 2020 edition.

Sheriff speaks out

Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough, Jr. held a press conference on Monday afternoon to set the record straight about a viral video showing one of his deputies attempting to arrest a man at Cook’s Flea Market on Saturday. For more, see the Thursday, July 2, 2020 edition.

Shop to Stop Domestic Violence

Shop to Stop Domestic Violence is a fundraiser during the month of July to benefit Next Step Ministries (NSM), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing refuge, advocacy, and education to survivors of domestic violence and the broader community.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic closing non-essential retail stores, the NSM Thrift Store, which offsets more than 50% of their operating needs, was closed for more than nine weeks. However, the NSM safe house and victim advocates have continued providing essential services to their victims of domestic violence.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 30, 2020 edition.

Public hearing

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen will meet remotely online tonight, Tuesday, June 30, for their regular monthly meeting. At the top of the agenda is a public hearing for what will most likely be a contentious rezoning request for property along Shields Road, despite a petition asking that the case be continued.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 30, 2020 edition.

Libraries reopen

On June 29, Forsyth County Public Libraries, including Walkertown and Kernersville, reopened with limited hours and restrictions.
Hours of operation for all libraries for public use will be Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All staff, customers and visitors are required to wear masks, with the exception of children ages two and under. Masks will be provided free of charge at the front desk of each library if you do not have one.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 30, 2020 edition.

Coronavirus update

Forsyth County continues to see increases in new cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. According to Forsyth County Department of Public Health (FCDPH), there have now been 2,788 laboratory-confirmed cases in Forsyth County. Of the 2,788 cases 1,790 have recovered.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2020 edition.

Doug Kiger recognized

Doug Kiger, co-chair of the board of directors for Piney Grove Fire & Rescue, was honored when he learned that he had been named as the department’s Board Member of the Year.
“I was surprised and honored at the same time because we have a good board that cares about Piney Grove and the community and they volunteer for things just as much as I do,” he said. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2020 edition.

Love’s UMC pastor

On July 1, Pastor Gary Mahathey will charter new waters as he takes on the role as the new pastor of a church during COVID-19. “That is a real challenge this year versus other years,” he said. “But I’m looking forward to navigating those waters in that sort of way.”
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2020 edition.