Kernersville News Briefs

  • The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) Board of Education was presented with a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2021-22 totaling nearly $800 million during Tuesday night’s regular board meeting. According to WS/FCS Budget Director Andrea Gillus, the district’s total operating budget for next year is expected to be $792,076,912, but once capital outlay and the child nutrition budget is added, the total proposed budget grows to $823,723,557. For more, see the Thursday, April 29, 2021 edition.
  • Having worked with the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department since 1998, Broadus “Buzz” Sowell has been promoted to fire captain on Engine 43. Sowell entered the fire service in 1996 through Greensboro Fire Department and is the first person in his family to go into the fire service. For more, see the Thursday, April 29, 2021 edition.
  • Anyone who has recently traveled Salem Parkway, formerly Business 40, between Kernersville and Winston-Salem will surely have noticed the large amount of trees being cut down and trimmed back recently along both sides of the roadway. Downed trees, sheared off trunks and sawdust now dot the landscape, and every few miles, a piece of heavy equipment sits parked and visible, especially to those traveling before and after normal business hours. According to N.C. Department of Transportation Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey, the state is actually playing catch up on its roadside maintenance where overgrown trees are concerned. Currently, crews are focusing on the area along Salem Parkway in Kernersville, but they’ve worked on others in the area, including Interstate 40, U.S Highway 52 and Interstate 85, Ivey said. For more, see the Thursday, April 29, 2021 edition.
  • Making good on recent statements about easing COVID-19 restrictions, Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order on Wednesday outlining COVID-19 safety measures for the month of May. The new order will take effect on Friday, April 30 and is set to expire on June 1. Cooper’s action follows recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding mask use outdoors by those who have been fully vaccinated, as well as new guidelines for indoor mask use among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. For more, see the Thursday, April 29, 2021 edition.
  • The Kernersville Planning Board approved rezoning for property located at 9431 County Line Road at the board’s virtual meeting on April 14. There was much discussion about the rezoning case for this 36.13 acres of property, where developer William Greco plans to build 105 single family detached homes. On an 8-1 vote, the Planning Board decided to rezone the property from RS20 to RS12-C PRD (Residential Single Family-Conditional Use). Planning Board member Margaret Burks voted against the rezoning. For more, see the Tuesday, April 27, 2021 edition.