Budget draft for non-profits

Town Manager Curtis Swisher is recommending nearly $150,000 in special appropriations for local non-profits in the Town’s budget draft for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22, almost $40,000 more than originally requested.
Funding requests from the organizations were made to the aldermen in March and April and totaled $106,250, down slightly from the $116,350 in non-profit grant funding requested and received for FY 20-21.
For more, see the Thursday, June 10, 2021 edition.

Main Street UMC associate pastor

After saying farewell to long-time pastor Rick Carter, Pastor Phil Kuntz is being welcomed at Main Street United Methodist Church (UMC) as the new assistant pastor. His first official day will be July 6.
For more, see the Thursday, June 10, 2021 edition.

Cases among unvaccinated

Although cases of COVID-19 have dropped dramatically among those who have been vaccinated against the virus, medical professionals say viral spread is as strong as ever in those who haven’t received a vaccine.
“We’re still seeing COVID cases among the unvaccinated. There is as much COVID as ever in those who haven’t been vaccinated,” shared Forsyth County Public Health Director Joshua Swift on Tuesday afternoon.
For more, see the Thursday, June 10, 2021 edition.

Telecommunicator of the Year

Jeff Lemons of the Kernersville Police Department (KPD) has been named the 2021 Telecommunicator of the Year by the North Carolina chapter of APCO following his actions after a KPD officer was shot in the line of duty earlier this year.
“Jeff was chosen as N.C. Telecommunicator of the Year through APCO, which is the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. He was presented the award through the annual state conference that took place virtually this year,” said Lauran Stroupe, communications supervisor for the KPD, of the May 5 ceremony.
For more, see the Thursday, June 10, 2021 edition.

State approves addition of a cardiac cath lab

Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center (KMC) will develop a cardiac cath lab on its campus after state health regulators gave conditional approval to a new expansion project at the local hospital.
The N.C. Division of Health Services Regulation’s (NCDHSR) decision will allow Novant Health to transfer a cardiac catherization equipment unit from Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (FMC) in Winston-Salem to the Kernersville campus. The $8.22 million project will enable KMC to begin offering cardiac catherization services to patients.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 8, 2021 edition.

Rev. Carter leaving Main Street UMC

Having served at Main Street United Methodist Church for 15 years, Rev. Rick Carter is saying farewell to the Kernersville church in order to serve at a new church.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 8, 2021 edition.

Walking for term limits

Tim “Izzy” Israel is on a mission, one that will take him across the country in an effort to draw attention the need for term limits in the U.S. Congress, he said. Israel’s trek took him through Walkertown on a recent Saturday morning, and he stopped for a bit to talk about why he’s walking.
For more, see the Tuesday, June 8, 2021 edition.

Plane crash

Area media outlets are reporting that the student pilot killed in a plane crash Tuesday evening in Stokes County was a local resident.
According to those reports, the N.C. State Highway Patrol has confirmed the man’s identity as Michael Thomas Turner of Kernersville.
The media also reported that the flight instructor, Samantha Welborn, 24, of Boonville, was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
Peter Knudson, a spokesperson with the National Transportation Safety Board, told the Kernersville News on Friday that the crash occurred around 5:21 p.m. Tuesday, June 1 in the area of Almas Road near Pinnacle and that two people were onboard the single-engine 1964 Beechcraft A23 when it went down. Knudson said the plane had departed Winston-Salem for a 45-minute training flight.
According to Knudson, NTSB investigators were on scene on Wednesday and the wreckage of the plane was removed from the site on Thursday night.
A preliminary report on the incident should be available in about two weeks, but Knudson said it appears there is no evidence that the plane had power at the time of the crash.

Cruise-in & Sidewalk Sale

Downtown Kernersville’s Classic Car Cruise-in and Sidewalk Saturday, hosted by the Old Salem Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, will kick off on June 12.
Sidewalk Saturday will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the Downtown Cruise-in will be held from 4 – 7 p.m.For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 5 & 6, 2021 edition. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 5 & 6, 2021 edition.

Old Flat Rock Road rezoning

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved a request on Thursday to rezone more than 30 acres of property just off Vance Road from agricultural (AG) and RS20 to RS30, a designation requiring a large lot size minimum.
Thursday’s vote was 6-0 in favor of rezoning the property, although Commissioner Richard Linville opted to recuse himself from voting because of a conflict of interest. Linville owns land adjacent to the subject property.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, June 5 & 6, 2021 edition.