Virus updates

There was a slight rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Forsyth County on Wednesday morning and an even bigger increase for neighboring Guilford County.
According to officials with the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, the county’s cases of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus rose from 14 to 17 between daily briefings issued on Tuesday and Wednesday. Fourteen of the cases are travel-related, while three of the cases are considered community spread. For more, see the Thursday, March 26, 2020 edition.

Human car wash

To encourage students to donate funds to the annual Leukemia Lymphoma Society Fundraiser held at Sedge Garden Elementary School, Principal Donald Wyatt agreed to ride a tricycle through a Human Car Wash as students from around the school that made a donation threw cups of water at him.
For more, see the Thursday, March 26, 2020 edition.

Melvin Jones Fellowship

During the Kernersville Lions Club’s Spouse’s Night held on February 11, Lions Larry Martin, Marvin Bare and Bill Maurer were presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for their dedicated and longtime service to the club.
For more, see the Thursday, March 26, 2020 edition.


Cities, towns and municipalities throughout Forsyth and Guilford counties announced shelter-in-place orders on Wednesday, with lock-downs set to go into effect Friday evening, furthering efforts already implemented to try to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the area. For more, see the Thursday, March 26, 2020 edition.

Town closes playground equipment

The Town of Kernersville has announced that it has closed all playground facilities throughout the local park system in an attempt to better protect the citizens.
The park equipment at the following parks are affected by the closures:
• Fourth of July Park
• Civitan Park
• Harmon Park
• Ivey Redmon Park
The parks will still remain open but the playground facilities will be closed.
The skate park and basketball courts at Fourth of July Park and Civitan Park have already been closed, town officials said.
Restrooms at all parks have already been closed as well. These closures will remain in effect until further notice.

School closures

In a new round of executive orders, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper extended the length of time public schools will be closed across the state and further limited the number of people who can safely – and legally – gather publicly.
On Monday, Cooper announced public school closures in the state would remain in effect until May 15, more than six weeks longer than originally anticipated. For more, see the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 edition.

COVID-19 update

Although the numbers continue to rise throughout the state, no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were reported in Forsyth County over the weekend. The county’s total case count remains at 12, local officials said Monday morning.
For more, see the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 edition.

Celebrating a firefighter

To help celebrate Kernersville resident Robert Grier’s 98th birthday, firefighters from the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department invited him to tour Station 41 and reflect on being one of the first eight firefighters to integrate the fire service in Winston-Salem in 1951 and shape history.
For more, see the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 edition.

River Ridge Tulip Farm

As you drive down Linville Road in Oak Ridge, you will spot a colorful blanket of recently bloomed tulips ready to be viewed, smelled and picked at River Ridge Farm.
Daniel Nelson explained that this is their first year for the tulips after they hand planted each bulb during the first week of November 2019. For more, see the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 edition.

Town Hall closed

Citizens will no longer be able to walk into Town Hall on East Mountain Street or the Public Services building on Michael Street after officials announced both would be closing to foot traffic.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2020 edition.