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High Point Bank Property

Developer Tony Alford is requesting that the old High Point Bank property at 515 Pineview Court be rezoned, which would support the redevelopment of the site to accommodate two commercial tenants, planning staff noted in a report on the project.
In an 8-0 vote last month, the Kernersville Planning Board recommended approval of the rezoning. According to Community Development Director Jeff Hatling, one of the tenants will reportedly be a Starbucks. For more, see the Tuesday, October 5, 2021 edition.

Downtown Cruise-in

Downtown Kernersville’s Classic Car Cruise-in, hosted by the Old Salem Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, will be held this Saturday, October 9.
The Downtown Cruise-in, which is sponsored by Parks Buick GMC Kernersville, the Lawrence & Etta Lea Pope Foundation and the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. During the Downtown Cruise-in, Main Street in downtown Kernersville will be closed to traffic. For more, see the Tuesday, October 5, 2021 edition.

Union Cross principal

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) Board of Education has named Javita Noel-Stockton as the principal of Union Cross Elementary School.
Noel-Stockton has been with WS/FCS since 2007 when she began as a middle school teacher at East Forsyth Middle School in Kernersville. In 2015, she became the assistant principal at Smith Farm Elementary School. While at Smith Farm, she served as the RISE Summer Camp Site Supervisor and was chosen to participate in the first UNCG Assistant Principal Leadership Academy sponsored by WS/FCS.
Noel-Stockton replaces Tricia Spencer. Her start date at Union Cross is still to be determined.

Scam alert

The Kernersville Police Department is warning residents about a recent scam that could seem legitimate to recipients thanks to a concerned citizen who was targeted.
Angela Christopherson contacted police after receiving a letter from the United States Postal Service this week through priority mail. The envelope contained a letter with a check for $3,761.23 attached, said Officer B. Jones of the KPD Community Engagement Team.
“If you read the letter, it appears to be legitimate, but this is a common scam,” Jones noted.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, October 2 & 3, 2021 edition.

Riot plea deal

A Kernersville man pleaded guilty earlier this week in federal court to a misdemeanor for his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6.
According to a nine-page plea agreement filed with the courts on Tuesday, Sept. 28, Anthony Joseph Scirica, 25, agreed to plead guilty to parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. Scirica reportedly admitted to Judge Christopher Cooper during a remote hearing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, DC that he entered the Capitol building and pushed past a police officer.
For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, October 2 & 3, 2021 edition.

Pumpkin patch

Main Street United Methodist Church (UMC) welcomes the community to purchase pumpkins from their annual pumpkin patch in order to continue funding of local organizations and ministries. The pumpkins will be delivered to the church on Saturday, October 2.
Main Street UMC Pumpkin Patch hours are Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 – 8 p.m. For more, see the Saturday/Sunday, October 2 & 3, 2021 edition.

Firearm confiscated

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reported Wednesday afternoon that a firearm was located on a Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools campus.
According to an FCSO media release, information from a community member led to the recovery of a handgun from a student’s backpack at Paisley Middle School. A Winston-Salem police officer working on a related investigation located the student and secured the weapon without incident. No students or teachers were harmed, the FCSO reported.
For more, see the Thursday, September 30, 2021 edition.

Novant vaccine mandate

Novant Health officials fielded questions Tuesday morning regarding the 175 employees who are no longer employed across its health care system after refusing to comply with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.
For more, see the Thursday, September 30, 2021 edition.

Social media rumors

A person in a community group on Facebook has updated what many who read it viewed as an alarming post about the possible attempted abduction of a child in a Sedge Garden neighborhood earlier this week and has closed the thread to further comments.
The original post appeared on the “Kernersville News and Happenings” page, which is a group where information about the Kernersville area can be found and shared among group members; however, just because something is shared on social media as news doesn’t mean it actually occurred.
For more, see the Thursday, September 30, 2021 edition.

Detention order upheld

An appellate court in Washington, D.C. has rejected an appeal from a Kernersville man whose attorneys have challenged his continued pretrial detention related to charges that he helped orchestrate the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6.
In a ruling filed Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a judgment affirming the June 23 order by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly that Charles J. Donohoe, 33, remain in federal custody pending trial. For more, see the Thursday, September 30, 2021 edition.