Vaccine clinic

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health will hold several COVID-19 vaccine outreach events throughout the month of June, including one in Kernersville next week.
The FCDPH is partnering with The Salvation Army of Kernersville to hold a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kernersville Corps is located on the first floor of the old library building, located at 130 East Mountain Street.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 5 & 6, 2021 edition.

Onward Kernersville

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen put the final stamp of approval on the newly completed “Onward Kernersville” visioning project, a plan that will aid in development throughout Kernersville for the next 20 years or more.
The Board voted this past Tuesday night to adopt a resolution in support of the initiative’s final report, an effort that has been more than a year in the making and which updates the previous “Kernersville 2020” plan first launched in 1998. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 5 & 6, 2021 edition.

Cone Health, Sentara Healthcare end affiliation plans

Cone Health and Sentara Healthcare announced Wednesday that they have made a mutual decision not to move forward with a merger that was initially proposed in August 2020.
According to a media release, officials said, “Since announcing our intent to affiliate, both Cone Health and Sentara Healthcare have remained committed to doing what is in the best interests of all those we have the privilege to serve. Leadership from both organizations began working in earnest on bringing our two organizations together in early 2021.”
For more, see the Thursday, June 3, 2021 edition.

Civilian Employee of the Year

Police Administrative Specialist Lisa Hutchens is one of the members of the Kernersville Police Department (KPD) whose work takes place primarily out of the public eye, but make no mistake, hers is an integral position with the local law enforcement agency.
Hutchens has been named the KPD’s 2020 Civilian Employee of the Year, and Chief Tim Summers notes that she is oftentimes the voice people hear when calling the department’s administrative office.
For more, see the Thursday, June 3, 2021 edition.

Memorial Day event

In stark contrast to last year, hundreds of people filled the grounds of the Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park on Monday to remember the nation’s fallen servicemen and women during the site’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.
Last year’s ceremony was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the recent lifting of mask mandates and mass gathering restrictions as more people get vaccinated, a large crowd assembled around the memorial to pay their respects to all those who paid the ultimate price for their service. For more, see the Thursday, June 3, 2021 edition.

Brews for Moo

On Saturday, June 19, Heather McCrone is hosting the third annual Brews for Moo, a fundraiser for Next Step Ministries (NSM) in memory of her best friend, Melissa Drumheller Hilton, at The Brewer’s Kettle. The event will begin at 5 p.m.
For more, see the Thursday, June 3, 2021 edition.

Board hears budget proposal

Town Manager Curtis Swisher presented the Kernersville Board of Aldermen with a $39.3 million budget draft for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 on Tuesday night, proposing a reduction in the tax rate while at the same time adding staff and equipment, raising the minimum wage for full-time employees and reducing the tax rate.
For more, see the Thursday, June 3, 2021 edition.

Proud educator

When Instructional Facilitator Shiwanah Bangham learned she had been named Certified Instructional Person of the Year at East Forsyth Middle School, it was not something she was expecting. “I was shocked and humbled by the honor because we have other people who are just as deserving,” she said.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 1, 2021 edition.

Trends continue decline

Last week, medical professionals from Novant Health addressed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, citing encouraging numbers for the community as cases continue to decline.
“This is about one-tenth what we were averaging at different times last year when the daily case rate in the United States hovered around 230,000 cases, so really great progress across the country,” said Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease expert with Novant Health. For more, see the Tuesday, June 1, 2021 edition.

Gun violence discussion

Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough, Jr. addressed the public last month to talk frankly about gun violence in the community and ways to solve the problem.
Kimbrough noted the uptick in shootings that have occurred recently – more predominantly in Winston-Salem, but no community is immune. Kimbrough said he was asked by a reporter, what he thinks “we need to do to change the narrative.”
For more, see the Tuesday, June 1, 2021 edition.