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Kernersville North Carolina Local News and Community Interest Stories — Page 3


KPD Officer Matt Long retires

Kernersville Police Department (KPD) Officer Matt Long just retired from after serving in the KPD, as well as our local public schools, in various capacities.
“I guess what I will miss is being in the spotlight, so to speak, knowing what is going on and being part of things in town. I will miss that,” said Long.
For more, see the Thursday, January 4, 2024 edition.

Kernersville in 2024

As Kernersville welcomes 2024, the community anticipates a year filled with potential, transformative developments and exciting prospects.
“2023 was an amazing year for the Town of Kernersville,” said Kernersville Mayor Dawn Morgan. “The town bought several properties for future expansion of Ivey Redmon Park. We completed the Greenway, which had been in planning and under construction for many years. We saw the groundbreaking, we saw the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the [Kernersville] Fire Department and, importantly, the fire department achieving the ISO rating of 1, which is the highest rating awarded for excellence and fire protection. Then we had many exciting groundbreakings because we had the Beesons Crossroads Fire Station expansion. We had the Kernersville Recreation and Events Center construction groundbreaking and we celebrated the completion of the Civitan Park improvements. So, a lot of great projects happened in 2023.”
For more, see the Thursday, January 4, 2024 edition.

Lambeth running for re-election

N.C. Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-75th district) has successfully represented Forsyth County since 2012 and plans to continue to do so after the November 2024 elections. Lambeth is running unopposed in the Republican primary for his seventh term in the House in District 75. Caroline Warren is the lone Democratic candidate for the seat.
Lambeth initially had no interest in running for the N.C. House. However, some influential people looked at his background and wanted him to run. Lambeth is glad he did. For more, see the January 2, 2024 edition.

Yellow sites purchased

XPO, Inc. has purchased 28 former Yellow sites for a combined total of $870 million. Among the sites sold is a former Yellow location at 1255 Hwy 66 South with 71.13 acres. XPO has an existing terminal in Kernersville at 438 West Bodenhamer Street. Yellow Corp. announced it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a statement that was issued on August 6, 2022. The Yellow Corp. facility in Kernersville had an estimated 145 employees.

Land Use Plan

The Kernersville Board of Aldermen (BOA) has scheduled Public Hearings on two rezoning cases and consideration of an amendment to the Kernersville Development Plan to amend the Land Use Plan at their meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Kernersville Municipal Council Chambers.
The first item on the agenda is a Public Hearing rezoning for approximately 39.54 acres of property located at 229 and 241 Perry Road. Michael C. Thelen, Agent for Perry Road Properties, LLC, requests a General Use rezoning from RS-20 (Residential Single Family), GI (General Industrial) to GI. Initially, at the Dec. 11 Planning Board meeting the Planning Board was requested to keep the property as part of the Industrial Corridor Overlay District per the Planning Board staff’s request. For more, see the Tuesday, January 2, 2024 edition.

Mrazek running for county commissioner

Terri Mrazek has been serving the community and the surrounding area for a long time, and she is now seeking to help the community on a larger scale as a member of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in District B. Mrazek, a Republican, is running against Republican incumbents Gloria Whisenhunt, Richard Linville and Dave Plyler, Republican Winston-Salem Attorney Gray Wilson and Republican Ralf Walters. The Democratic candidates are Curtis Fentress, Kendall Fields, Marsie West and Valerie Brockenbrough. “I didn’t just say one day I wanted to be a county commissioner. I have always been involved in the community. I just find that there is so much money wasted. I am going to think out of the boxes where we can do the same thing for less money and not have to raise taxes,” said Mrazek. For more, see the Tuesday, January 2, 2024 edition.

The Mabe House

One of the newer additions to the Kernersville Main Street Neighborhood Tour this year was the Mabe House. The owner of the house, Bryan Mabe, said he was approached by three women from Main Street UMC, and they put a letter about the Main Street Neighborhood Tour on his door.
“I called them and said, ‘Sure.’ I want to be part of the community as well. It was cool to talk about the house and be part of the community. It’s not a historical home like many of the places, but it is downtown and right there in town. I’m proud to have been part of the tour and let people see it,” Mabe said.
For more, see the Saturday-Sunday, December 30 & 31, 2023 edition.

Whisenhunt running for re-election

Forsyth County Commissioner Gloria Whisenhunt has been a county commissioner since 1996 and wants to continue to serve the county and the local area in one of three District B seats.
The incumbents in the 2024 election are Whisenhunt, a Republican, and Republicans Richard Linville and Dave Plyler. Former Kernersville resident, Terri Mrazek, who now lives in Belews Creek, Winston-Salem’s Gray Wilson and Ralf Walters are running for the District B seats. The Democratic candidates are Curtis Fentress, Kendall Fields, Marsie West and Valerie Brockenbrough. Whisenhunt, Plyler and Linville have held these three seats for a long time.
Whisenhunt is just as passionate about continuing to serve the county as she was when she first started. Her interest in the school system motivated her to run for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board and later motivated her to run for county commissioner. She was on the school board from 1990-96 and served as vice chair. With the county commissioners, she was the chairman for four years and is currently the vice chair.
For more, see the Saturday-Sunday, December 30 & 31, 2023 edition.

Greenway Planting

On January 13, the Town of Kernersville’s Public Services Stormwater Department is hosting a Greenway Planting Party. The event will be held from 10am to 11am. The event is also family-friendly and a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
Join the Town of Kernersville in beautifying the Greenway for the New Year by planting native shrubs along the banks of the Greenway. The planting party will use livestakes. For more, see the Saturday-Sunday, December 30 & 31, 2023 edition.

KPD adds four K-9 units

The Kernersville Police Department (KPD) recently swore four K-9s into service to make the town and surrounding area safer.
The KPD’s new K-9 units consist of Officer Wemlinger and Rex, Officer Doub and Chipper, Officer Highfill and Vadyr and Officer Howard and Gronk.
The K-9s are trained to help the police department and the community in a variety of ways.
For more, see the Tuesday, December 26, 2023 edition.