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Home Grown Arts Fest

The Kernersville Arts and Crafts Guild (KACG) will once again hold its annual Home Grown Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Harmon Park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
This is the second year the KACG will hold the event at Harmon Park. There will be about 35 arts and crafts vendors at the festival this year, as well as two food trucks, including one selling sweets. For more, see the Tuesday, September 20, 2022 edition.

Shooting

Kernersville police detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred in a parking lot after two rival gang members got into an altercation on Sunday evening, Sept. 18.
According to the Kernersville Police Department (KPD), officers were called to the 400 block of East Bodenhamer Street at around 5:45 p.m. in reference to a shooting.
KPD Lt. Derrick Crews, who supervises the department’s Criminal Investigative Unit, said two different, rival gang members crossed paths in the parking lot.
Crews said investigators were able to determine that the two groups had begun walking away from one another when one of the individuals pulled out a weapon and began shooting at the other group.
Numerous shell casings were collected at the scene and nearby vehicles and properties were damaged.
One person was struck; however, it was not the individual involved in the original argument, Crews said. The victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation is still active at this time. If anyone has any information, they should call the KPD at 336-996-3177.
For more, see the Tuesday, September 20, 2022 edition.

Mrazek running for commissioner

Kernersville’s Terri Mrazek has been serving the community and the surrounding area for a long time, and she is now seeking to help the community on a larger scale as a member of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. Mrazek, a Republican, is running against Dan Besse, a Democrat, for the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners At-Large seat.
“I didn’t just say one day I wanted to be a county commissioner. I have always been involved in the community. I just find that there is so much money wasted. I am going to think out of the box where we can do the same thing for less money and not have to raise taxes,” said Mrazek.
For more, see the Tuesday, September 20, 2022 edition.

East Forsyth High funding

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) Board of Education is set to consider whether or not to postpone improvements at East Forsyth High School that were approved during the 2016 bond initiative, and one school board member wants to make sure the Kernersville community is heard on the matter.
In the next week, there will be two meetings about the proposed changes, which would see work at East delayed indefinitely in favor of completely rebuilding Philo-Hill Middle School rather than the renovations that were originally approved by voters.
The first meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., and will be an in-person, drop-in style, community meeting about the proposed changes. The meeting will be inside the auditorium of the WS/FCS Education Building at 4801 Bethania Station Road in Winston-Salem. For more, see the Tuesday, September 20, 2022 edition.

Flag fundraiser

Kernersville Chapter #205 Order of the Eastern Star is holding a fundraiser to support their chosen charities, including WhiteStone in Greensboro and Camp Gray Rock in Foscoe, and to also conduct service projects in the local community. According to Angie Whitley, a member of Kernersville Chapter #205, WhiteStone is a non-profit retirement community for Masons and Eastern Stars, and Camp Gray Rock is a summer camp for children. They also support several scholarship funds, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and local service dog programs. This year, the chapter is planning to provide the members of Kernersville’s police and fire departments a dinner at the Masonic Lodge.
For this year’s fundraiser, the Worthy Matron of the Kernersville Chapter Marjorie Geer asked Angie Whitley to assist with efforts.
“I began working with a local vendor I knew to brainstorm and a very unique fundraising opportunity was born,” Whitley said. That “unique” idea was to sell yard flags featuring veterans’ branches of military, an optional photo and three lines for personalization. These flags are sold exclusively through Chapter #205 for the duration of their fundraiser.
Flags are $25 each. Order forms can be obtained by reaching out to a chapter member, or by emailing easternstarflags@gmail.com. All order forms received from an Eastern Star member will be returned to that member for delivery unless otherwise noted on the form. There is an option to ship the flags for an additional $4.30. The fundraiser ends at the end of the year, December 31.

CCM supplies drive

First Baptist Church of Kernersville is hosting a food drive to support Crisis Control Ministry (CCM) on Saturday, September 24, from 10 am until 1 pm. Anyone wishing to help support CCM can drop off food at 401 Oakhurst Street at the front of the church.
Volunteers will be on hand to accept your food and assist in removing it from your car. You only have to drive up and drop it off under the covered entrance at the front of the church. All non-perishable items will be accepted during these hours. If you have any questions, you may contact the church office at 336-993-2577.

Wish List Items:
•Hamburger Helper
•Canned Carrots
•Ketchup
•Canned Pumpkin
•Canned Cranberry
•Jello pudding mix
•Canned Mixed Vegetables
•Canned Salmon
•Canned ham or
Spam
•Dish Soap
•Laundry Detergent
•Shampoo
•Disinfectant

9/11 ceremony

Oak Ridge Military Academy (ORMA) hosted a ceremony on Sept. 9 to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. “We honor the people that died at 9/11, a tragedy,” stated ORMA President Steve Wilson. “I gave a short talk about what happened and the importance of it and how America responded. It is very important that we don’t let young students and cadets forget what occurred. This occurred before they were born. It is also very important that we honor our military, fire department and police departments.”
At the event, ORMA cadets, ORMA staff members and others were all in attendance.
“We had local firemen from Oak Ridge, Summerfield and Stokesdale and, of course, any military personnel that were available. We had the cadets there and the flag was at half-mast. We had procedure calling the cadets to attention and then we had a speech. At the end, we placed an honorary wreath at the flagpole,” Wilson said.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2022 edition.

Animal cruelty

Forsyth County prosecutors have dismissed charges against a Walkertown man accused of multiple allegations of crimes against nature, deferring instead to federal offenses recently lodged against the defendant.
Timothy Lewis Blackmon, 43, of 6085 Cain Forest Drive, had been facing 17 counts of crimes against nature stemming from an investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) that began following execution of a search warrant in March.
According to the FCSO, investigators received a tip on March 21 that a Forsyth County resident was utilizing a phone messaging application to sell videos of himself participating in sexual acts with dogs. Investigators immediately took action to verify the information and gather the facts. As a result of evidence uncovered during the investigation, FCSO investigators obtained a search warrant on Thursday, March 24.
FCSO officials announced 17 additional charges of felony crime against nature against Blackmon on March 30, as well as the arrest of a second individual, identified as Tracy Lynn Abbott, 43, of King. Abbott was charged with two counts of felony crime against nature. She pleaded guilty to the charges in Forsyth Superior Court on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
A federal indictment against Blackmon was handed down in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro on June 25. A federal warrant for Blackmon’s arrest was issued the following day.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2022 edition.

Life-saving fire equipment

The Kernersville Fire Rescue Department (KFRD) has been awarded more than $80,000 in grant funding to purchase life-saving equipment that will benefit the entire community.
Town Manager Curtis Swisher briefed the Board of Aldermen on the proposed purchase of six automatic chest compression devices using a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant, totaling $81,902.72, during the Board’s August 31 and September 6 meetings.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2022 edition.