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Creating equity

Last month, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education moved forward with its plan to make the district more equitable for students with its first Equity Policy, approving a draft of Policy Code 1100: Equity.
Check out the Tuesday, January 7, 2020 edition.

Persons of the Year

Kernersville News has selected five elected leaders from Forsyth County as Persons of the Year for 2019. Those leaders are N.C. Senator Joyce Krawiec, N.C. Rep. Donny Lambeth, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chair Dave Plyler, Commissioner Vice Chair Don Martin and Commissioner Ted Kaplan.
These public servants made extraordinary strides last year in protecting newspapers in Forsyth County and North Carolina in general.
Their work in protecting the First Amendment for their constituents is commendable and deserves recognition.
The Kernersville News annually presents a Person of the Year award to members of the community who have had a significant impact. Recent past recipients include former Alderman and School Board Member Dana Caudill Jones and Scott Pope for his donation of land for the new Pope Park.

Blind Bear Band

The Blind Bear Band, whose name derives from the description of band member Richard Hill, has been seen playing at Main Street United Methodist Church’s Jubilee service and other venues and events around Kernersville.
Hill started the Blind Bear Band about five years ago after having a kidney transplant. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, January 4 & 5, 2020 edition.

Worthy Warriors

Having created the program Worthy Warriors, a free religious-based fitness program held out of two local churches, Andrea Albohn encourages the community to get healthy in the New Year.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, January 4 & 5, 2020 edition.

Coal ash settlement

State regulators and community groups involved in litigation over coal ash ponds in North Carolina have reached a settlement agreement with Duke Energy to excavate nearly 80 million tons of ash from six facilities, including the Belews Creek Steam Station.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, January 4 & 5, 2020 edition.

Candidate filings

N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell, a former member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education and the N.C. House of Representatives, will not face any challengers in the Republican primary in March after filing for re-election last month. That won’t be the case on the other side of the aisle after three Democrats filed their candidacies for Folwell’s post.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, January 4 & 5, 2020 edition.

List released

A retired priest who was still serving the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte in 2010 in Kernersville when he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy back in 1977 is among a list of 14 clergy the diocese is identifying as “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor since its establishment in 1972.
For more, see the Thursday, January 2, 2020 edition.

Recognizing fire service

During the 2019 Kernersville Fire Rescue Department’s Christmas and Awards Banquet held on Thursday, December 5, a number of firefighters and Explorers were recognized within the department.
Engineer Austin Hall talked about the Explorer Program and gave a recap of this year’s class. For more, see the Thursday, January 2, 2020 edition.

Candidate filings

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill filed his candidacy to run again for N.C. Attorney General on December 2, making good on his February statement announcing his campaign.
For more, see the Thursday, January 2, 2020 edition.

Candidate filings

In years past, eastern Forsyth County was split between two N.C. House districts for representation in the state General Assembly. After the most recent round of reconfigured legislative maps, that will no longer be the case.
The new maps combine all of eastern Forsyth County, including Kernersville, Walkertown and Belews Creek into a new District 75. Republican and Democratic voters in Kernersville in the newly drawn District 75 will go to the primary polls in March to select a candidate from their parties to represent them in the November general election.
For more, see the Tuesday, December 31, 2019 edition.