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Ongoing search

June 4, 2019

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education will hold a special closed session beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, to discuss the ongoing superintendent search.
According to district officials, the board received 44 applications from 16 states. The applications were processed by the North Carolina School Boards Association and released to the board on May 24. For more, see the Tuesday, June 4, 2019 edition.

‘After the Storm’

June 4, 2019

Kernersville native Bo Yokely has landed his first leading role in a movie. “After the Storm” will debut on streaming service UPtv at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Yokely is playing the role of Collin Traub.
“After the Storm” is based on a best-selling Harlequin romance novel that had been titled “Marooned with the Maverick.” Yokely’s character is a carpenter who helps a school teacher, his childhood crush, rebuild her home after it is devastated by a storm.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 4, 2019 edition.

Preserving history

June 4, 2019

The historic St. James AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church in Oak Ridge is in need of volunteers on June 21 & 22 to help with painting the exterior of the building.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 4, 2019 edition.

Burned Children Fund

June 4, 2019

The Kernersville Firefighter’s Burned Children Fund (BCF) is hosting their first annual Burned Children Fund Golf Tournament on August 31, and they are looking for golfers and sponsors.
Captain Butch Sawtelle, vice president of the Kernersville Firefighter’s BCF, and Firefighter II Josh Weavil, president of the Kernersville Firefighter’s BCF, wanted to hold a golf tournament in order to have more money in the BCF’s account as it was beginning to get low.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 4, 2019 edition.

1,000 employees projected

June 4, 2019

For the first time, Amazon officials are speaking publicly about construction of a new fulfillment center in Triad Business Park, although last month the company did file its sign permit with the Town of Kernersville’s planning department. According to Amazon, the site will be approximately one-million square feet in size, roughly the size of 28 football fields, and will employ 1,000 full-time employees with “industry leading pay and benefits starting on day one.”
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2019 edition.

Search ends

June 4, 2019

While the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) has ended its search for what they believed might have been a body possibly dumped in a field on Ogden School Road, officials with the FCSO say investigators are continuing to look into other leads related to the case.
FCSO Public Relations Officer Christina Howell said investigators concluded what appeared to be an extensive search of the property on Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. without finding either a body or evidence of any crime on the site, this after three days of searches utilizing forensic experts, cadaver dogs and heavy equipment. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2019 edition.

Bridging the gap

June 4, 2019

To combat the “summer slide” summer break can bring to some children during the few short months they are away from school, Praise Assembly Church Ministries is offering their annual summer academic program to children in the community.
The program begins on June 24, but students must be registered by June 9.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2019 edition.

New pastor

June 4, 2019

Having been without a full-time pastor for over a year, Kernersville Friends Meeting, a Quaker church in downtown Kernersville, is happy to welcome their new pastor, Jeff Barnes, who will be preaching his first official sermon on Sunday. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2019 edition.

County budget

June 4, 2019

Forsyth County Manager Dudley Watts is proposing a $454.2 million budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. A public hearing on the proposal will be held on Monday, June 3.
Watts told commissioners last week that a strong economy helped fuel increases in revenues over the previous year. For more, see the Thursday, May 30, 2019 edition.

Electronic reader boards

June 4, 2019

Earlier this month, the Kernersville Board of Aldermen opted against voting to allowing electronic reader boards because of concerns about the Town’s inability to limit where the signs might be erected and how difficult it would be to enforce. The item was presented to aldermen as a text amendment to existing sign regulations in the Town’s Unified Development Ordinance, but it came with a caveat: the Town would not be able to limit the ordinance to just fire departments, churches or schools. Once approved, any business outside of the central overlay, neighborhood and residential districts would be able to utilize electronic signs as a way of promotion.
For more, see the Thursday, May 30, 2019 edition.