New library director

Brian D. Hart took on the position as the new director of the Forsyth County Public Library System earlier this month after the retirement of Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin on December 30, after 40 years of service.
Hart, who lives in Kernersville, was raised in Columbia, South Carolina. For more, see the Thursday, May 28, 2020 edition.

President’s Award

After having been awarded the President’s Award for his continuous efforts on writing grants for Piney Grove Fire and Rescue Department, Assistant Chief Chris Klutz was humbled and eager to give credit back to his department. “It’s a nice gesture from the Board and Corporation. A lot of effort gets invested. If the department is successful, then I am successful. I am thankful for the opportunity to improve the department and grow professionally.”
For more, see the Thursday, May 28, 202 edition.

Fourth of July events cancelled

The Town of Kernersville, Rotary Club of Kernersville and the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce issued a joint statement on Tuesday announcing that all Fourth of July activities this year have been cancelled as a direct result of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
That means, this year there will not be a 5K and parade through downtown on the morning of July 4 or the annual concert at Raiders Field at Kernersville Elementary School and the culminating fireworks extravaganza at dark that same evening.
For more, see the Thursday, May 28, 2020 edition.

Board of Aldermen briefing

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen will conduct their monthly briefing remotely on Wednesday evening, May 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Those wishing to watch the proceedings can do so from either council chambers at Town Hall, located at 134 East Mountain Street where the meeting will be broadcast on the chamber’s flatscreen monitors, or from the Town of Kernersville YouTube channel at
Items on the briefing agenda include the following:
• Call to order and invocation
• Ceremonial presentations including proclamations in recognition of Municipal Clerks Week, Law Enforcement Week, Public Services Week and Telecommunicator Week.
• Briefing on the June 2, 2020 regular Kernersville Board of Aldermen meeting agenda
• Matters to be presented by the mayor and Board of Aldermen
• Matters to be presented by the town manager and town attorney
• Adjournment

Shop local

The Kernersville Farmers Market opened earlier this month and will continue operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays in downtown Kernersville next to Town Hall through October.
The Kernersville Farmers Market is a vibrant collection of local and area farmers that serve hundreds of shoppers each week, providing in-season produce along with other items, including baked goods and specialty items.
For more, see the Tuesday, May 26, 2020 edition.

PPE dontation

Supplying a need to provide an additional layer of protection to both healthcare workers and residents, Ridge Care was grateful for the generosity of T.E. Connectivity, which donated 140 full face shields for healthcare workers.
For more, see the Tuesday, May 26, 2020 edition.

Lottery winner

Eva Flomo, of Kernersville, tried her luck on a single $150 Million Cash Explosion scratch-off ticket and took home a $1 million prize.
Flomo stopped at Speedway, located on North Main Street in Kernersville, and thought to herself, “It’s just $20, let me just go ahead and try it.”
This was reportedly her first time playing the $20 game.
“It just shocked me!” she said of her win. “I just thank God.”
According to Flomo, she plans to use her million dollar win to open a foster home and school in Liberia, West Africa.
“I’m from West Africa,” she said. “And I’ve seen a lot of kids on the street. It would be a great thing for me to do for people back home. I don’t care about a lot of material stuff for myself.”

Pegram lawsuit

A ninth man has joined a lawsuit against a former Kernersville man now serving time for sexually assaulting several young boys when he was a youth counselor at the local YMCA.
According to Don Higley, a senior litigation attorney with Lanie Law Group, the firm representing the plaintiff, documents amending the civil complaint on file have been sent to Forsyth Superior Court. An eighth plaintiff was added to the original group of seven last month.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2020 edition.

COVID-19 updates

Nearly 100 new cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus have been reported in Forsyth County over the last two days, and health department officials continue to urge the public to take precautions as the state moves to reopen.
According to the Forsyth County Department of Public Health (FCDPH), 48 new cases have been reported since Thursday’s health department briefing, and another 48 were reported since Wednesday’s.
So far, there have been 869 laboratory-confirmed cases, according to the FCDPH. As of Thursday, May 21, the Guilford County Division of Public Health (GCDPH) reported that it been notified of 962 cases of COVID-19 in Guilford County. According to Guilford County officials, GCDPH has verified 49 deaths. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2020 edition.

Church worship

Last weekend, a federal judge issued an injunction against an executive order from Governor Roy Cooper that restricted religious services during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, churches across the state have resumed indoor worship services while others have opted to continue to livestream on Sunday mornings.
Locally, Gospel Light will begin services on May 24. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2020 edition.