Kernersville News Briefs

  • Town Manager Curtis Swisher is recommending nearly $150,000 in special appropriations for local non-profits in the Town’s budget draft for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22, almost $40,000 more than originally requested. Funding requests from the organizations were made to the aldermen in March and April and totaled $106,250, down slightly from the $116,350 in non-profit grant funding requested and received for FY 20-21. For more, see the Thursday, June 10, 2021 edition.
  • After saying farewell to long-time pastor Rick Carter, Pastor Phil Kuntz is being welcomed at Main Street United Methodist Church (UMC) as the new assistant pastor. His first official day will be July 6. For more, see the Thursday, June 10, 2021 edition.
  • Although cases of COVID-19 have dropped dramatically among those who have been vaccinated against the virus, medical professionals say viral spread is as strong as ever in those who haven’t received a vaccine. “We’re still seeing COVID cases among the unvaccinated. There is as much COVID as ever in those who haven’t been vaccinated,” shared Forsyth County Public Health Director Joshua Swift on Tuesday afternoon. For more, see the Thursday, June 10, 2021 edition.
  • Jeff Lemons of the Kernersville Police Department (KPD) has been named the 2021 Telecommunicator of the Year by the North Carolina chapter of APCO following his actions after a KPD officer was shot in the line of duty earlier this year. “Jeff was chosen as N.C. Telecommunicator of the Year through APCO, which is the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. He was presented the award through the annual state conference that took place virtually this year,” said Lauran Stroupe, communications supervisor for the KPD, of the May 5 ceremony. For more, see the Thursday, June 10, 2021 edition.
  • Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center (KMC) will develop a cardiac cath lab on its campus after state health regulators gave conditional approval to a new expansion project at the local hospital. The N.C. Division of Health Services Regulation’s (NCDHSR) decision will allow Novant Health to transfer a cardiac catherization equipment unit from Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (FMC) in Winston-Salem to the Kernersville campus. The $8.22 million project will enable KMC to begin offering cardiac catherization services to patients. For more, see the Tuesday, June 8, 2021 edition.