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Arrest made

On Monday, December 23, 2019, at approximately 4:30am, the Kernersville Police Department (KPD) responded to a report of an armed robbery of an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency at Fun Zone, located at 723 East Mountain Street. In addition, it was reported that a security guard was shot during the armed robbery.
On April 8, 2021, the KPD arrested Leighanna Terry for Conspiracy to Armed Robbery and Attempted First Degree Murder for her involvement in the robbery and shooting of a security guard at the Fun Zone Sweepstakes in 2019. She is currently being held in the Forsyth County Jail under a $750,000 secured bond. Anyone with information is asked to contact KPD at 336-996-3177.For more, see the Thursday, April 15, 2021 edition.

Utility work

The City/County Utility Commission (CCUC) is conducting repair work near the intersection of South Main Street and Harmon Lane. This work is expected to take two weeks to complete. South Main Street will remain open south of Mountain Street to allow access to Salisbury Street. Through traffic on South Main Street may be diverted to Cherry Street to reduce traffic congestion between West Mountain Street and the split at Cherry Street.
In addition, Duke Energy is replacing utility poles along West Mountain Street. Work is currently being done on West Mountain Street between Cherry Street and Oakhurst Street. This work is expected to take 4 – 6 weeks to complete. Lane closures will occur during this time. Duke Energy has plans to replace the utility poles along Mountain Street through Kernersville over the next 12 to 18 months. This work will be done in sections to minimize traffic issues as much as possible.
If you have any questions, call 336-727-8000 for CCUC (City of Winston-Salem Water Department). Call 800-777-9898 for residential customer service with Duke Energy.

Firefighter Ross Flynt

Having started his career in the fire service at Walkertown Fire Department, Ross Flynt is looking forward to his new role as the department’s chief.
Flynt grew up in Walkertown with his parents and younger brother, Austin Flynt, who currently serves as the fire inspector at Kernersville Fire Rescue Department.
He explained that his interest in the fire service started due to some of his friends that were in the fire service when he was younger.
“I had a friend in the volunteer fire service while I was growing up. He talked about it all the time and I thought it sounded interesting,” he said. For more, see the Thursday, April 15, 2021 edition.

Court hearing delayed

The attorney for a Kernersville man accused of helping plan the riot in the U.S. Capitol on January 6 filed a motion Friday, April 9 to continue a detention hearing originally scheduled for that same afternoon.
Charles J. Donohoe, 33, was arrested by FBI agents in Kernersville on March 17. Winston-Salem Attorney Lisa Costner filed the motion to continue the detention hearing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Donohoe’s behalf after being unable to locate where her client was being detained. Costner was appointed to represent Donohoe on April 6.
For more, see the Thursday, April 15, 2021 edition.

Johnson & Johnson pause

Forsyth County officials announced Tuesday that it has paused all use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following guidance from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
The move affects distribution of the single-dose vaccine by the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health. Last week, there were reports of several individuals in Wake County who experienced adverse reactions after receiving the vaccine at a Raleigh vaccination clinic, but public health officials maintained that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was tested and safe for use and a mass clinic planned for Saturday went ahead as scheduled.
For more, see the Thursday, April 15, 2021 edition.

Greenway contract approved

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a $1.6 million contract for the start of phase one of the Kerners Mill Creek Greenway during the Board’s regular monthly meeting on April 6.
Town Manager Curtis Swisher introduced the contract proposal to the aldermen for consideration before the vote took place.
“We are finally to the point where we are going to start the infamous greenway, if you all approve it,” Swisher noted as he began his presentation. “I went back and looked today, and the study for the greenway was approved in May of 2009, so almost 12 years ago.”
For more, see the Thursday, April 15, 2021 edition.

Ladycat on the field

Glenn High School freshman Elisabeth Dykes was asked to fulfill a pressing need for the Bobcat varsity football team. She has excelled at it, and is very much enjoying it.
“My brother (Hayden Dykes) does film for the team and he knew I could kick, so he got me into it,” Dykes said.
For more, see the Tuesday, April 13 edition.

Honoring veterans in Oak Ridge

Having added roughly 60 acres of park land, Oak Ridge is now working toward building a veterans memorial to honor current and past veterans from all branches of the military.
The new park where the veterans memorial will be located is on Oak Ridge Road beside the Oak Ridge Swim Club and behind Oak Ridge Town Hall. The new park land isn’t far from Oak Ridge Town Park, but will have a different name. A path that leads from the park will allow visitors to access Oak Ridge Town Park.
For more, see the Tuesday, April 13 edition.

Clodfelter retirement

Kernersville Police Captain Kevin Clodfelter has retired after a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly three decades.
Clodfelter’s final few days with the Kernersville Police Department (KPD) occurred during the last week of February. Given the events of that week, the longtime KPD member asked that his exit take a backseat to the more immediate needs of the department.
For more, see the Tuesday, April 13 edition.

Johnson & Johnson

Public health officials and medical experts in Forsyth County went ahead with a mass vaccination event on Saturday, but not before assuring the community that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe.
Officials with the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health held an online press conference on Friday, with representatives from each putting their confidence behind the single-dose vaccine despite recent reports of adverse reactions and the cancellation of similar events around the country.
For more, see the Tuesday, April 13 edition.