New store up for debate

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen will make a final decision Friday on whether or not to amend the Town’s Land Use Plan to allow construction of a new grocery store on North Main Street. A public hearing on the proposal was held Tuesday night.
Last month, the Kernersville Planning Board voted 6-3 to recommend against the zoning amendment, but did approve the proposed project’s site plan, leaving the fate of the overall project to the aldermen.
For more, see the Thursday, February 4, 2021 edition.

Order extended

Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that he would be extending the state’s modified Stay-At-Home Order for another four weeks. The order had been set to expire at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, but will now remain in effect through at least Sunday, Feb. 28.
The modified order includes a statewide curfew requiring people to be at home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Face covering requirements and restrictions on individuals gathering in both indoor and outdoor settings will also remain in place.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, January 30 & 31, 2021 edition.

Shepherd’s Center donation

To help aide them during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Lawrence & Etta Lea Pope Foundation presented The Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville with a $15,000 grant to help them with general operating expenses in order to continue serving the community.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, January 30 & 31, 2021 edition.

Virus updates

Forsyth County public health officials reported three new deaths and 502 cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in the community since Friday, with daily case counts continuing to trend downward over the weekend.
According to the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, 213 cases were reported on Saturday, followed by 171 cases on Sunday, and then three deaths and 118 cases on Monday.
Total deaths in Forsyth County now stand at 280. No new deaths were reported in Kernersville or Walkertown.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, January 30 & 31, 2021 edition.

Firefighters vaccinated

Frontline members of the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department have begun receiving their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, providing not only them, but the public with a much-anticipated layer of protection during a pandemic that will soon mark one-year in length.
According to Kernersville Fire Inspector Austin Flynt, Forsyth County EMS provided the department with the vaccination, with personnel receiving their initial dose last month.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, January 30 & 31, 2021 edition.

NAACP president

Al Jabbar has been installed as president of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County chapter of the NAACP, the first Kernersville resident ever to hold the position in the organization’s local history.
While Jabbar only became a member of the NAACP chapter a few years ago, he has a long history of activism, advocacy and service throughout the communities he has called home, both here in Kernersville and his native Winston-Salem.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, January 30 & 31, 2021 edition.

Surpassing 10,000 vaccines

The Forsyth Public Health Department is now conducting all of its vaccination appointments at a new mass vaccination site at the Fairgrounds Education Building, located off Deacon Boulevard. Previously, the health department was vaccinating more than 550 people a day at the health department. The new site allows for vaccinating more than 1,000 people a day.  The health department has just surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.
For more, see the Thursday, January 28, 2021 edition.

New Board member

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education voted Tuesday night to appoint Alex Bohannon to fill the vacant seat left by former member Barbara Burke’s departure in November.
Bohannon, a Democrat who lives in District 1, will fill the remaining two years of Burke’s four-year term. Burke was elected to the Winston-Salem City Council during the November 3 election and resigned her seat on the board shortly after.
For more, see the Thursday, January 28, 2021 edition.

Making an impact

Being fairly new to Kernersville Middle School, seventh grade science teacher Calyn Ford was surprised when she learned that she had been named the school’s Teacher of the Year.
Ford explained that when the announcement was made about her award, she laughed, thinking it was a joke.
“I started laughing because I thought it was a joke,” she said. “When I realized it wasn’t a joke, I was shocked and honored because I haven’t been there that long.”
For more, see the Thursday, January 28, 2021 edition.

Coal ash news

Last week’s settlement between Duke Energy and N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein and the Sierra Club is expected to save the company’s customers an estimated $1.1 billion in coal ash clean-up costs.
Duke Energy is hailing the development as a “milestone settlement that resolves the last remaining major issues on coal ash management” regarding costs related to coal ash management and safe basin closure. For more, see the Thursday, January 28, 2021 edition.