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Kernersville North Carolina Local News and Community Interest Stories


Walters running for county commissioner

Winston-Salem’s Ralf Walters, a Republican, is one of ten candidates running for one of three Forsyth County Commissioners District B seats and he wants your vote and support. “I am running for Forsyth County commissioner because it’s time for fresh ideas and new leadership. Serving on the County Board shouldn’t be a job for life. Two incumbents have served for decades. One was first elected in 1980, and the other 1998. Forsyth County’s annual budget is $569 million. If it were a private corporation, it would hire the best. After attending several County Board meetings and witnessing their difficulties in understanding the proceedings or articulating the few questions they seldom ask before making important and costly decisions, I felt a responsibility, if not a call to duty, to run for this important office,” said Walters
For more, see the Saturday-Sunday, January 13 & 14, 2024 edition.

Recreation Center ahead of schedule

An extremely extensive project that is expected to bring in millions of dollars for the Town in the future is well underway and is currently ahead of schedule.
Construction of the Kernersville Recreation & Event Center, an $18.3 million project that will provide a myriad of sports, recreation and other options, is moving quickly. The Kernersville Recreation & Event Center will be located at the corner of Union Cross Road and Shields Road next to the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex.
For more, see the Saturday-Sunday, January 13 & 14, 2024 edition.

Brockenbrough running for county commissioner

Valerie Brockenbrough is the third and final member of the teamed campaign alongside Marsie West and Kendall Fields for the three opening seats in the 2024 election for the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. Brockenbrough is running as a Democrat.
Brockenbrough grew up in France but moved to the United States in 1994. She and her husband, John, moved to Winston-Salem in 2003 and in 2006, she “proudly” became a United States citizen.
For more, see the Saturday-Sunday, January 13 & 14, 2024 edition.

New Employee of the Year

On December 12, 2023, the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department (KFRD) held their annual award ceremony to celebrate the sacrifice, commitment, hard work and determination of the people who work in their department. This year, four awards were given out to the entire department, one of which was for Daniel Camacho, who received the New Employee of the Year Award.
Camacho began his career in the fire service in 2018 as a volunteer with the Franklin Fire and Rescue Department. After he received his training and certifications, he worked with the Mt Airy Fire Department. Then on January 2, 2023, he began working for the KFRD as a fireman and EMT.
For more, see the Saturday-Sunday, January 13 & 14, 2024 edition.

Rutledge to speak in Walkertown

Join the Walkertown Area Historical Society for a special presentation from Attorney Jerry Rutledge on January 16 at 6:30pm at the Walkertown Library. The presentation will be about Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Forsyth.
Rutledge will discuss Lt. Col. Benjamin Forsyth’s life, connections to Stokes and Forsyth counties, and his extensive military record. Rutledge graduated from the School of Law at the University of Chapel Hill in 1969. After finishing his education, he served in the Marine Corps as a JAG officer or a Judge Advocate. Rutledge has a law firm based in Walnut Cove. For more, see the Saturday-Sunday, January 13 & 14, 2024 edition.

Special worship service

The Kernersville Christian Ministers Fellowship presents a Community Service of Worship for Human Relations Day. They will celebrate and honor the Life and Ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 14. The service starts at 5pm in the afternoon.
The featured guest speaker is Dr. Corey D. B. Walker, who is the Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, and he is also the Director of the Program in African American Studies. Dr. Walker’s message is titled “Is America Possible?” A Politics of Love and the Challenge of King.
There will be special music in the worship service. After the event, there will be a reception in the Commons area for everyone in different churches to have fellowship with one another. There will also be time to speak to Dr. Walker about his message.
For more, see the Thursday, January 11, 2024 edition.

Dog adoption event

On January 21, Gypsy Road Brewing Company is hosting an adoption event with the Haley Graves Foundation. The event is from 1pm to 4pm.
The Haley Graves Foundation will bring their adoptable pups so they can meet their potential owners. The foundation is a foster-based rescue, which means they don’t have the facilities like a typical shelter. Foster-based rescues have a group of fosters that volunteer to foster dogs. These adoption events give people an opportunity to meet and connect with the dogs. At the event, people can come and get to know the dogs. They will also have a chance to talk to the volunteers at the Haley Graves Foundation and ask questions about adoption and fostering. For more, see the Thursday, January 11, 2024 edition.

Bond referendum

Some of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system projects agreed to by the voters in the 2016 bond referendum have been completed, some of them have not, some of them have been cancelled and some of them are on hold. There are a variety of reasons for this, not the least of which is the skyrocketing cost of construction in recent years. Simply put, the money from the $350 million bond referendum doesn’t go nearly as far in 2024 as it would have in 2016. For more, see the Thursday, January 11, 2024 edition.

Oak Ridge approves rezoning

The Oak Ridge Town Council approved a rezoning and received an Interlocal Agreement with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities to provide water to Oak Ridge at their meeting on Jan. 4 at Oak Ridge Town Hall.
The applicant proposed and received a rezoning from AG (Agricultural) to CZ-LB (Conditional Zoning-Limited Business) for approximately 1.27 acres of property at 8458 Haw River Road. The property is located on the north side of Haw River Road at the intersection of Haw River Road and Parkchester Place in Oak Ridge Township. It is classified as Guilford County Tax Parcel #166414 and is located in the NPDES Watershed. The property is owned by Zunaira Investment LLC.
For more, see the Tuesday, January 9, 2024 edition.

‘Penny and Kenai’s Summer Adventure in Alaska’

Dave Boyer, a science teacher at Kernersville Middle School, along with his wife Amanda Boyer, a PE teacher at Kernersville Middle School, and their two daughters embarked on a 60-day road trip during the summer of 2023. The Boyer family traveled between national parks and other scenic spots from North Carolina to Alaska. After their trip, the Boyers wrote a children’s book dedicated to their daughter’s first grade teacher.
For more, see the Tuesday, January 9, 2024 edition.