The Rhinoceros Times ® Vol. XXII No. 50 © Copyright 2012 The Rhinoceros Times Greensboro, North Carolina www.rhinotimes.com Thursday, December 13, 2012 Turmoil Over Secret Raises Rages by Scott D. Yost county editor Photo by Maria Sollecito The annual Festival of Lights was held in downtown Greensboro on Friday, Dec. 7. The streets were fairly crowded even though the weather wasn’t perfect. But, after all, a winter festival should have some winter weather. However, it would have been nice if it had been frozen instead of wet. Guilford County commissioners, department heads, employees and residents have so many questions regarding the 15 recent raises secretly granted to Guilford County department heads that the new Board of Commissioners may investigate the way the raises came about and take any appropriate action. (Continued on page 33) Rhino Perkinettes Abandoning Perkins Rumors by john hammer editor The Perkinettes have left the building and have left Mayor Robbie Perkins behind. Perkins is still mayor, but he no longer has the support of the majority of the city councilmembers – the group we dubbed the Perkinettes. In fact, it would be safe to say that the majority of the City Council is pretty upset with Perkins and, Schools Spitting in own Oatmeal by paul C. clark Staff Writer Guilford County Schools has offered to sell High Point 10 acres the school board owns on Shadybrook Road, next to the High Point Athletic Complex and Miracle Field for children with disabilities, for $335,000. That is less than the $400,000 the Board of Education previously demanded from High Point, but more than the $255,000 High Point had the property appraised for in October. High Point Assistant City right now, are more inclined to vote against him rather than with him. Councilmembers Jim Kee, Marikay Abuzuaiter, Zack Matheny and Nancy Vaughan have all expressed high levels of outrage with the behavior of Perkins. And newly appointed Councilmember Tony Wilkins can’t be too pleased with the recent attempt by Perkins to brand Wilkins a racist. Perkins’ tactics of strongarming and lying to his fellow councilmembers have caught up with him. People around here are (Continued on page 40) From staff and wire reports The December Rhino Times Schmoozefest, the areas largest networking event, is Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at High Point Art, Antique and Design Center at 641 West Ward Ave. (Continued on page 10) Manager Pat Pate said he recently received a voicemail (Continued on page 10) Inside this issue High Point News.......... 22 Entertainment Guide.... 13 Uncle Orson Reviews... 14 Puzzles............ 15, 32, 34 Yost Column................ 17 Scott’s Night Out.......... 18 Rhino Real Estate........ 19 Letters to the Editor..... 27 Editorial Cartoon.......... 42 under the hammer....... 43 Photo by John Hammer Politics makes strange table-fellows. After being sworn in, Greensboro’s newest councilmember, Tony Wilkins, sat down at his first meeting beside Mayor Robbie Perkins. Last week Perkins used some underhanded stunts to try and keep Wilkins off the council.