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Jones will not seek re-election

Dana Caudill Jones will not seek re-election to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) Board of Education when candidate filing for next year’s election opens next month.
Now that her son is no longer a WS/FCS student, Jones said she feels like it’s time to step aside and let another parent serve the district.
Jones also believes having someone from the eastern side of Forsyth County on the Board is important. For more, see the Thursday, November 25, 2021 edition.

Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Store

The Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild (KACG) is ready to once again welcome shoppers to its 34th Annual Christmas Store. Doors to this year’s store will open in a new location on South Main Street on Friday morning, Nov. 26, showcasing the handmade arts and crafts from 34 guild members. This year’s Christmas Store site is located at 1040-A South Main Street beside the Spectrum Store and across from The Loop restaurant.
Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The final day for the KACG Christmas Store is December 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more, see the Thursday, November 25, 2021 edition.

Blessing boxes

Leave what you can, take what you need. That is the simple rule behind the Triad Blessing Box Project, founded by Colleen Aitken with a goal of helping families in need in the community. Aitken said if anyone would like to donate items to the boxes but doesn’t want to go to a box, they are welcome to drop items off at her home. Call Aitken ahead of time at 614-949-2751. If you have a computer, you can also send a message through the Facebook page and she will receive the notification.
For more information about the Triad Blessing Box Project or to find where the nearest blessing box or little library is located, visit www.facebook.com/triadblessingboxes.
For more, see the Thursday, November 25, 2021 edition.

State funding

Local legislators have released a long list of funding items in the newly approved state budget that will benefit Forsyth County and its municipalities.
N.C. Representatives Donny Lambeth, Lee Zachary and Jeffrey Zenger, as well as N.C. Senator Joyce Krawiec, expressed their approval of the more than $300 million that has been appropriated throughout Forsyth County.For more, see the Tuesday, November 23, 2021 edition.

Downtown events

The Kernersville Chamber of Commerce is hosting two special events for Kernersville residents and the surrounding communities a special day to shop local for great deals during Kernersville’s annual Holiday Open House and Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 27, both in downtown Kernersville.
This year’s Holiday Open House and Small Business Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on November 27, with a main focus of shopping local and supporting small businesses. While the event will end at 2 p.m., businesses will remain open longer.
While in downtown, bring your children to visit with Santa from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Kernersville Museum.
Kelly Hargett, executive director of the Kernersville Museum, said they will have hot cocoa and Santa’s mailbox on site, so children can write and send letters to Santa during their visit. For more information about Small Business Saturday, call the Chamber at 336-993-4521 or check out the Chamber Facebook Page under Events. For more information about the Kernersville Museum, visit www.kernersvillemusuem.org. For more, see the Tuesday, November 23, 2021 edition.

Mask decision postponed

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) Superintendent Tricia McManus delayed making a new recommendation for masking requirements throughout the school district until the end of November. McManus would have presented her recommendation during last week’s WS/FCS Board of Education meeting but decided to postpone because advice from the Forsyth County Department of Public Health and local infectious disease experts to continue masking had not changed since the Board previously voted on the matter on October 28. For more, see the Tuesday, November 23, 2021 edition.

Investigation continues

The Kernersville Police Department (KPD) is continuing its investigation into the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy at Fourth of July Park on Wednesday evening, Nov. 17, but could not provide any new details into the tragedy on Monday.
“There is no new information that we can make available,” said KPD Officer Blake Jones on Monday afternoon. Jones said the investigation was active and, given the okay from the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office, further details would be forthcoming.
For more, see the Tuesday, November 23, 2021 edition.

Forfeiting pensions

State Treasurer Dale Folwell says a law ensuring public employees lose their pensions if convicted of crimes while on the state’s dime can be applied to a former Town of Kernersville solid waste superintendent and a teacher at Walkertown Middle School.
According to Folwell, the pensions of both Thad Buck and Carly Kaczmarek will be stripped under the N.C. Felony Forfeiture Law, legislation that was introduced by Folwell while serving in the General Assembly as a member of the state’s House of Representatives.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, November 20 & 21, 2021 edition.

Covid updates

Forsyth County Department of Public Health Director Joshua Swift told the news media on Thursday that COVID-19 cases are going in the wrong direction.
According to Swift, there had been 82 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and a total of 851 cases over the last 14 days. The average number of cases per day for the last two-week period now stands at 61 and the percent of positive COVID tests is creeping back up. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, November 20 & 21, 2021 edition.

Beacon of Grace

Aiming to spread the Gospel, Pastor Michael Lane has been welcomed as the new pastor of Beacon of Grace Community Church in Walkertown.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, November 20 & 21, 2021 edition.