Old library building

When the Town of Kernersville agreed to lease the old library building on East Mountain Street to The Salvation Army Kernersville Corps in October 2019, it was with the understanding that any repairs needed would have to be made by the tenant if they wanted to continue occupying the space.
Well, now the building’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system has quit working, and the Board of Aldermen will have to decide how to move forward. Their discussion could come as early as one of the Board’s next meetings in June. For more, see the Tuesday, May 24, 2022 edition.

Serb Fest

St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church on Ogden School Road is ready to welcome the community back for Serb Fest 2022 on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from noon to 10 p.m. both days. Serb Fest will feature volunteers preparing and serving authentic European and Mediterranean foods. One of Prevelic’s favorites is Sarma, which is sauerkraut stuffed with meats, rice and herbs. Prevelic also loves the desserts, rolling her eyes in anticipation at the thought of freshly made baklava, a Greek delicacy adopted by the Serbian culture.
There will also be beer and wine on site, including Rakija, a plum brandy, Prevelic and Colovic added.
Prevelic said the main reason for hosting Serb Fest is to introduce the community to the Serbian culture and their faith.
For more, see the Tuesday, May 24, 2022 edition.

KES Teacher of the Year

Kernersville Elementary School’s (KES) Teacher of the Year Abigail DeGance has been inspirational and innovative.
DeGance, who teaches music to kindergarten through fifth grade students, has been at the school for nine years. For more, see the Tuesday, May 24, 2022 edition.

6th District victory

U. S. Congresswoman Kathy Manning, who was unopposed in last week’s May 17 Democratic primary, will face a Republican candidate who does not actually reside in the 6th Congressional District in the November mid-term election.
GOP candidate Christian Castelli, whose filing with the Forsyth County Board of Elections lists a P.O. Box in Asheboro as his address, defeated six other candidates in the Republican primary. For more, see the Tuesday, May 24, 2022 edition.

Arson charge

The Kernersville Police Department (KPD) and the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department (KFRD) responded to a residence at 924 Phineas Drive on Friday, May 14 at approximately 11:30 p.m. in reference to an active vehicle fire.
According to a press release from the KPD, the Kernersville Fire Marshal’s Office conducted an initial investigation and determined the fire was most likely non-accidental. Through collaborating efforts by the KPD and KFRD, it was determined the fire was intentionally set, police said.
Upon further investigation, Jody L. Dull, 56, was identified as the suspect through the combined investigative efforts. Dull was subsequently charged with felony burning of personal property and placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center by under a $2,500 bond by the Forsyth County Magistrate’s Office.
The KPD determined the situation to be an isolated incident.

Men2Rise mentor program

On Wednesday, Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr. and Antwon Stevenson spoke to the members of the Men2Rise mentor program at East Forsyth High School.
The Men2Rise program is led by Assistant Principal Carmen Lemmons, and provides mentors to at-risk minority students. Stevenson is the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools district student mentoring administrator, a graduate of Carver High School and Winston-Salem State University and the head football coach for Glenn High School. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, May 21 & 22, 2022 edition.

Running 4 Heroes grant

A national non-profit organization that recognizes injured and fallen first responders has awarded a $10,000 grant to retired Kernersville Police Officer Sean Houle. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, May 21 & 22, 2022 edition.

Commissioner race

Although not on the Kernersville ballot, Forsyth County commissioner candidate Fleming El-Amin lost his bid for re-election in District A during Tuesday’s Democratic primary. With only the top two candidates moving on to the November election, El-Amin came in third to fellow incumbent Tonya McDaniel and challenger Shai Woodbury. Woodbury is a current member and past chair of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education.
However, because of the slim 78-vote margin between El-Amin and Woodbury, last minute mail-in ballots could conceivably change the final official vote tally. For more, see the Thursday, May 19, 2022 edition.

Cash Elementary Teacher of the Year

When preschool teacher Michelle Lewis learned that she had been named Teacher of the Year at Cash Elementary School, she was stunned.
Lewis explained that she learned about the award during a last-minute assembly at the school.
“I was really excited and was looking around for a friend of mine to see her reaction, because I was really hoping she would win this year,” she shared. “When they called my name, I was stunned.”
For more, see the Thursday, May 19, 2022 edition.

Kaplan defeated

In what can only be described as an upset victory, Dan Besse defeated incumbent Ted Kaplan in the Democratic primary on Tuesday for the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at-large seat Kaplan has held since 2014.
For more, see the Thursday, May 19, 2022 edition.