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School shooting

A student at Mount Tabor High School was shot and killed on the school’s campus Wednesday afternoon, prompting a massive law enforcement search for the suspect, who remained at large when the Kernersville News went to press the same evening.
During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough, Jr., Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Tricia McManus, Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill and Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson addressed the public about the situation.
Sheriff Kimbrough was particularly affected, saying he had met with the student’s mother at the hospital and promised he would say her son’s name to the public. Kimbrough identified the deceased student as William Chavis Renard Miller, Jr., but no other details about his age or grade were made available.
For more, see the Thursday, September 2, 2021 edition.

Restraining order extended

A Forsyth County judge extended a restraining order against Kernersville resident Nathan Tabor on Tuesday, stemming from a cyberstalking complaint lodged against the former chair of the Forsyth County Republican Party two weeks ago.
A temporary “ex parte” restraining order was issued against Tabor last week. Tuesday’s ruling extends that order for a year, preventing Tabor from communicating with Kerwin Baptist Church Senior Pastor Rev. Daniel Hawtree, Jr. or going on church property, according to an attorney for both Hawtree and Kerwin Baptist Church.
For more, see the Thursday, September 2, 2021 edition.

Fitness Court

In honor of their 10th anniversary, Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center recently partnered with the Kernersville Parks & Recreation Department to install a new community health and wellness Fitness Court at Civitan Park, located at 309 Nelson Street.
The new outdoor exercise space is designed to help improve access to free health and fitness equipment within the community.
For more, see the Thursday, September 2, 2021 edition.

Candidate responses

The Kernersville News is publishing a 13-part series of questions to this year’s Kernersville candidates for mayor and the Board of Aldermen (BOA) along with their responses. The first question and set of responses appeared in the Aug. 3 and Aug. 5 editions.
This week’s question asks the candidates to tell our readers what they believe will be the biggest issue facing the Town in the near future. Aldermen candidate responses for the same question will appear in the Thursday, Sept. 2 edition.
For more, see the Tuesday, August 31, 2021 edition.

Bishop McGuinness headmaster

As the new head of school at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, Dr. Jared Rashford is looking forward to building upon the success of the school.
As the head of school, Rashford said he aspires to be relational.
“I hope to connect on a personal level with members of the community and create an environment where they feel they can share ideas and help to develop leadership and other skills, including those needed to address problems or to advance their work,” he said. For more, see the Tuesday, August 31, 2021 edition.

Tabor arrested

Nathan Tabor, a Kernersville resident who is a past chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party and ran for the Kernersville Board of Aldermen in 2013, has been charged with misdemeanor cyberstalking.
A warrant for Tabor’s arrest was issued by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Aug. 18, following a complaint by Daniel Munro Hawtree, Jr., pastor of Kerwin Baptist Church, located at 4529 Old Hollow Road in Kernersville. A FCSO incident report filed on the same day alleges that the pastor and members of the church had been the victims of cyberstalking since at least August 1, 2021. For more, see the Tuesday, August 31, 2021 edition.

Detention appeal

The attorneys for a Kernersville man accused of conspiracy in connection to the riot in the U.S. Capitol on January 6 continue to lobby for his pre-trial release, this time with additional filings related to his detention appeal.
Federal Public Defender Louis C. Allen, III and Lisa S. Costner, a local attorney and assistant federal public defender, both of whom are representing Charles J. Donohoe, filed an interlocutory appeal on Monday, Aug. 23 from the district court’s order detaining Donohoe pending the outcome of his case.
For more, see the Tuesday, August 31, 2021 edition.

Background checks

After a contracted employee at Lewisville Middle School was arrested this past week and charged with a felony sex offense, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) Superintendent Tricia McManus demanded that the man’s employer, Supreme Maintenance Organization, make immediate changes to employee hiring and background check processes.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, August 28 & 29, 2021 edition.

TBCA headmaster

Having taught at Triad Baptist Christian Academy for several years, Dr. Soloman Patrick is excited for his new chapter, serving as the school’s headmaster.
In this new role, Patrick is looking forward to empowering TBCA’s teachers and growing the relationship and the trust with parents.
“A huge part of this that I want to see is to take that lightbulb experience and shine it through all of the students’ experiences,” he said. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, August 28 & 29, 2021 edition.

Lawsuit

The Kernersville man arrested last spring in connection to the January 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol is one of numerous defendants named in a federal lawsuit filed by members of the Capitol police.
According to multiple national media outlets, seven U.S. Capitol police officers filed the lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. on Thursday accusing former President Donald Trump and others of being “directly responsible for the deadly invasion of the Capitol on Jan. 6,” reported an article on the CNBC website.
The same article reported that the officers are alleging that the defendants conspired to stop Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s electoral victory “through the use of force, intimidation, and threats.”
Included by name among the two dozen people and far-right “violent extreme groups” named in the lawsuit is Charles J. Donohoe, 33, a Kernersville resident who was arrested by FBI agents last March. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, August 28 & 29, 2021 edition.