Teacher of the Year

Stephanie Wallace has been named WS/FCS Teacher of the Year. At East Forsyth, Wallace teaches AP (Advanced Placement) classes and classes for students who may be facing challenges. She also leads Teacher Cadets, a program for students planning to become teachers and is the coach for the Blue Regiment Marching Color Guard. 
For more, see the Tuesday, June 9, 2020 edition.

Townhomes approved

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a voluntary annexation petition and rezoning case during their Thursday, June 4 remote meeting related to a new townhome community planned for a 47-acre tract of land on Glennview Drive off Union Cross Road, just south of Interstate 40.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 9, 2020 edition.

Standoff ends

A standoff between the Winston-Salem police and a man barricaded in a home in the Sedge Garden community of Kernersville Road ended Friday evening with the subject transported to the hospital for an evaluation.
According to the Winston-Salem Police Department, officers responded to a report of a suicidal subject at 5157 Sedge Brook Road. Family members of the subject had obtained involuntary commitment papers to be served on him.
When officers arrived on the scene, an attempt was made to serve the papers, but the subject threatened to shoot the officers if they approached the residence.
After a ten-hour standoff, the subject surrendered to police without incident and was transported to the closest hospital for a mental evaluation.
No one was injured during the incident.

Cedar Breeze

After filling his house with handmade custom furniture, local resident Steve Coley turns to making bowls and woodturning, which he recently began selling on Etsy.
Coley, who is an engineer by day, said he began doing woodworking around 1990 and has since done a range of projects from building furniture and doing furniture repair to various other construction projects. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 6 & 7, 2020 edition.

Outdoor programming

After shutdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Kernersville Parks and Recreation Department is now opening with limited outdoor and virtual programming to give more options to the community. “Right now, we are following the guidelines for 25 people or less and programs are being held at Rotary Park and the Rotary sponsored Farmers Market shelter,” said KPRD Marketing and Community Relations Specialist Heather Wood. Another big outdoor program the KPRD is offering is Movies in the Park Drive-in, which is being held at Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex.
“We’ve already sold out the spots for June because we only have so many car spots available (100).
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 6 & 7, 2020 edition.

Board votes on budget

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a nearly $33.6 million budget ordinance for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21 following a public hearing on Tuesday night and then a separate meeting Thursday afternoon to take action.
State law governing remote meetings, where members of an elected body participate from different locations by telephone or computer, require that those bodies wait at least 24 hours after a public hearing.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 6 & 7, 2020 edition.

Man arrested in Salisbury

A Kernersville man was arrested Sunday, May 31 after reportedly firing a firearm into the air during a protest in Salisbury.
According to the Salisbury Police Department, Jeffrey Allan Long, 49, and Brandon M. Walker, 34, of Salisbury, were arrested during the incident. Police said Long has been charged with discharging of a firearm in the city, carry with a concealed weapon, and carry a weapon at a parade. Walker has been charged with carry with a concealed weapon. Sunday afternoon, Salisbury police officers were stationed one block away from protests near the Fame statue on Innes Street. Police said two separate groups were allowed to gather in downtown Salisbury when the shots were fired. For more, see the Thursday, June 4, 2020 edition.

Virus update

Kernersville has had its second death related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, although no details about the individual have been made public by Forsyth County public health officials.
According to the Forsyth County Department of Public Health (FCDPH), 76 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county over the last two days, with 52 reported on Tuesday and another 24 on Wednesday morning.
For more, see Thursday, June 4, 2020 edition.

5 Woods Farm

Tommy & Kristi Wood grow microgreens and seasonal vegetables on a small farm in Kernersville, named 5 Woods Farm.
After choosing to leave the corporate world for a simpler life, the Wood family decided to start their own farm.
For more, see the Thursday, June 4, 2020 edition.

Sweepstakes ban

Sweepstakes establishments in Kernersville are being notified that should they be allowed to reopen in Phase 3 of the state’s plan for lifting business closures later this month, the Kernersville Police Department (KPD) will begin enforcing existing bans on their gaming machines.
KPD Lt. D. Crews, who supervises the department’s Criminal Investigations Division, said Tuesday that sweepstakes businesses have been in a back-and-forth legal battle with the state and individual municipalities over laws banning their operation for years, but it hadn’t really been an issue locally until recently.
For more, see the Thursday, June 4, 2020 edition.