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Town set to spend $316,155 on N.C. 150 sidewalk A half-mile extension of sidewalk will provide access to future walking trails on the Whitaker property purchased by the town this summer by CHRIS BURRITT OAK RIDGE – The Oak Ridge Town Council approved spending $316,155 for construction of a sidewalk running half a mile along N.C. 150 from the Oak Ridge Swim Club to Chalet Drive, giving access to the Whitaker property where the town envisions building walking trails.

Rotruck files another appeal On Nov. 2 Todd Rotruck filed an appeal to judge’s decision affirming Board of Elections’ April findings

The council voted 4-0 at its regular monthly meeting Nov. 1 to award the contract for building the sidewalk to Yates Construction Co. of Stokesdale. It also voted to pay $17,000 to Davis -Martin-Powell & Associates, a High Point-based engineering and surveying company, to manage the project. Councilman Doug Nodine was absent from the meeting.


“This is one of the largest contracts we’ve ever entered into,” Mayor Spencer Sullivan told the council. “We’ve been trying to get this project done for two years now. I’m pleased that we’ve finally reached the stage of

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SUMMERFIELD – Lawyers for the Guilford County Board of Elections and Summerfield resident Janelle Robinson are preparing for another day in court after receiving notification Nov. 2 that former Summerfield Town Councilman Todd Rotruck had filed an appeal to a judge’s decision four weeks earlier. Rotruck was elected to the town council last November but held office for only four months before the BOE heard a voter registration challenge

Voters overwhelmingly say ‘No’ to change in form of government

A second proposed amendment to the town charter passes with 54 percent of voters in favor by PATTI STOKES

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Voter turnout in this week’s midterm election was high, with some people waiting in line for over an hour to get to the voting machine. Shown here, voters at Oak Ridge Town Hall wait patiently for their turn to cast their votes on Election Day.

SUMMERFIELD – Sixty-three percent of registered voters in Summerfield went to the polls during Early Voting and on Nov. 6, setting a new record for voter turnout in the town. Two referendums on the ballot were specific to the town they lived

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filed by Robinson and determined Rotruck had not established permanent residency in Summerfield. Summerfield Town Attorney Bill Hill and Guilford Todd Rotruck County Attorney Mark Payne agreed the board’s decision meant Rotruck was not eligible to hold office in Summerfield and his seat on the council was immediately declared vacant. Rotruck fired back April 25 by filing a lawsuit against the Town of

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IN THIS ISSUE Annexation requests accepted ..3 Your Questions................................4 News in brief....................................5 Oak Ridge Town Council ..............6 Crime/Incident Report ................10 Community Calendar.................11 Bits & Pieces ..................................12 Youth/School News .....................13 Student profiles .............................14 Grins & Gripes ...............................16 Classifieds .....................................19 Index of Advertisers .................... 23

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“There appears to be interest from some neighborhoods in applying for voluntary annexation,’’ said Bruce, telling the council that a resident of Westridge Estates on N.C. 150 West, which is in Oak Ridge’s ETJ area, recently contacted the town regarding annexation. The town doesn’t pursue annexation requests on an individual basis, he said, because advertising, administrative and legal costs of informing property owners and scheduling public hearings would be prohibitive. Councilman George McClellan offered a motion to set the four-month period for accepting applications. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Kinneman said he wanted to know costs before support-




ing the motion, leading to the inclusion of his request in a revised motion. The council instructed Bruce to provide cost estimates during its regular monthly meeting in December. In 2011 the Town of Kernersville released a map entitled “2011 Areas of Consideration for Annexation.” The map showed Kernersville having its sights set on a very large area, part of which butted up to Oak Ridge’s southern border along Reedy Fork Creek; another part touched Stokesdale by encompassing the entire area to the south of U.S. 158 in Forsyth County. In response, Oak Ridge exercised extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ,

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In last week’s paper you reported that land clearing is underway on several Lewiston Road properties formerly owned by Todd Rotruck and some of his neighbors. I

heard Rotruck and his wife got over $400,000 more for their 6.75 acres and house than the tax value – is that true? Also, I thought

Rotruck ran for office in Summerfield on a “low-density” platform – did I read correctly that he sold his property near the town limits of Summerfield to a developer who plans to put three homes per acre on it? Where will students living in this development go to school?

As to your first question, yes, according to information we obtained from Guilford County’s website as a matter of public record, the tax value of Todd and Aimee Rotruck’s 6.75 acres and 3,154-square-foot house on Lewiston Road in Greensboro as of the Dec. 1, 2017 sale date was $554,300. CH-Lewiston, LLC purchased the Rotrucks’ property, which is near the Town of Summerfield limits, for $980,000. As for your second question, yes, Rotruck did run for office on a “low-density development for Summerfield” platform (according to the town’s development ordinance, the average density for all residential development in Summerfield is no more than one house per 1.33 acres). The developer who purchased his property and four other adjoining tracts totaling 30 acres has received approval from Guilford County to

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I’m really grateful for the quick fix on Bunch Road from damage incurred during Tropical Storm Michael, but cars are having to slow down to a much lower speed because of the fix. It’s not so bad going west toward Oak Ridge but going toward Northwest School Road it’s horrible. If I don’t slow to at least 25mph every time, my car is going to need a re-alignment soon. Will

they be doing a permanent fix? Yes, Oak Ridge Town Manager Bill Bruce told the town council members at last week’s meeting that several residents have called to complain about the new pavement on Bunch Road creating a big bump for vehicles. Bruce said NCDOT plans to smooth out the pavement, hopefully within the week. We reached out to Bobby Norris, a district engineer with DOT, to ask if he knows when the repairs will be made but were not able

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Regarding the signed petitions for two referendums that Summerfield residents voted on in the Nov. 6 election, I noticed several people who signed the petitions have a Greensboro address. How

is it that Greensboro residents were able to sign petitions for a Summerfield referendum?

Actually, the residents you are asking about live within the town limits of Summerfield but they have a Greensboro 27455 mailing address. Mailing addresses do not necessarily coincide with town limits (nor do fire districts and school districts, for that matter). For example, the Town of Summerfield’s easternmost border extends past the Ridgewood subdivision (just beyond the N.C. 150 and Lake Brandt Road intersection) to the Quail’s Nest subdivision on N.C. 150 East, but residents in those subdivisions have Greensboro 27455 mailing addresses.

Town hires part-time employee as ORC for water system by STEVE MANN

STOKESDALE – After a four-month stint as a part-time water technician that ended in June, Gary Matchunis was been hired as a part-time employee to serve as operator in responsible charge (ORC) of Stokesdale’s water system, effective Nov. 1. The hiring of Matchunis, a Stokesdale resident, came during the Oct. 25 town council meeting that had been postponed from Oct. 11 because of Tropical Storm Michael. In addition to serving as the Town’s ORC, Matchunis’ duties will primarily be taking water samples and monitoring the chlorine station, according to Town Clerk/Finance Officer Alisa Houk. The 3-1 vote, with Bill Jones voting nay, approved the contract with Matchunis and authorized Mayor John Flynt to sign it after Matchunis’ coverage under the Town’s liability insurance was verified in writing. In addition, Research & Analytical Labo-

ratories Inc. (RAL) in Kernersville was approved to perform the lab work. Council member Tim Jones was absent because of a previous commitment.

The hiring came about three months after Meritech Inc. of Reidsville, which had been Stokesdale’s ORC since the water system’s inception in

2003, sold all its operations except for its lab to Envirolink Inc. on July 31 with just a few hours’ notice to Stokesdale officials. Since the ORC contract was to expire Oct. 31, the council began exploring its options. Envirolink and RAL also were considered for the ORC position.

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Nov. 1 / MEETING HIGHLIGHTS as reported by CHRIS BURRITT Mayor Spencer Sullivan called the monthly meeting to order, with council members George McClellan, Jim Kinneman and Ann Schneider present and Councilman Doug Nodine absent. Christi Taylor, associate pastor of Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, led the opening prayer. Meeting minutes from the Oct. 4 council meeting were approved, as was the meeting agenda.

REPORTS Sheriff’s Office. Master Cpl. Nick Southern reported the District 1 office had 102 calls for service in Oak Ridge last month. Overall, crime in the district was down 48 percent from October 2017. Southern reminded residents to protect their valuables over the holidays by

locking their cars and putting items in a safe place in their homes when traveling out of town.

Fire Department. Chief Steve Simmons with Oak Ridge Fire Department reported the department responded to 95 calls last month, making October “probably the busiest month” he’s experienced. Of those calls, 41 were medical-related and 54 fire/service-related. Firefighters obtained 227 hours of training. As cold weather approaches, Simmons urged residents to get their furnaces and chimneys inspected to guard against fires. He reported the department’s annual barbecue was “a big success,” with BBQ selling out in about three hours.

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Chad Cook, manager for Dixon Hughes Goodman, the firm contracted to audit the town’s financial records each year, reported the town’s net position advanced $572,112 to $9.78 million in the fiscal year ended June 30 compared

The increase in the town’s net position reflected higher revenues from intergovernmental taxes and stronger investment earnings, according to the financial statements prepared by the accounting firm. The results signal “a very


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Palmer McIntyre with the Piedmont Land Conservancy asked council members to support Piedmont Legacy Trails, a regional initiative aimed at establishing the Piedmont’s trails and rivers as a destination for hikers, boaters and fishermen. After her presentation, the council adopted a resolution endorsing the initiative as a contributor to good health and economic development and a means to connect local communities.

MANAGER’S REPORT Authorization. Town Manager Bill Bruce proposed the council adopt an ordinance authorizing town staff to dispose of surplus personal property valued at less than $30,000 without publishing a formal notice of the sale. Before selling old computers, furniture and other items, the town manager would advise council members, who have final say as to whether items are, in fact, surplus. Disposal of buildings. After adopting the above-mentioned ordinance, the council then authorized staff to proceed with disposing of two storage buildings behind the house formerly occupied by Chester and Linda Redmon, located at Linville Road and Lisa Drive. The buildings, adjacent to Town Park, “are in overall decent shape, but they serve no useable purpose for operations at the park,” Bruce told the council in a memo. Sidewalk. The council approved a $316,255 contract for Yates Construction

Co. of Stokesdale to extend a sidewalk along N.C. 150 from Oak Ridge Swim Club to Chalet Drive. See article on front cover. Voluntary annexation. The council agreed to accept voluntary annexation applications from property owners in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction area. See article on page 3.

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Finance Officer Sam Anders gave an overview of financial activity in October, noting revenue from property and sales taxes, planning and zoning fees, the town’s share of Alcohol Beverage Control store revenue, special events, other park revenues and miscellaneous income. The council unanimously voted to accept the report.

COMMUNITY UPDATES Historic Preservation. Town Clerk Sandra Smith reported the Historic Preservation Commission held a special meeting Oct. 16 to approve a formal request from Oak Ridge Military Academy to withdraw a certificate of appropriateness application. A certificate is required for the owner of a historic property to make alterations or add new construction to the property or demolish or relocate it, according to the commission’s application. Special Events. Chair Patti Dmuchowski thanked volunteers who helped with last month’s events celebrating the town’s 20th anniversary. The committee’s next event will be a community tree display to be held Dec. 1 in conjunction with the lighting of luminaries in Town Park. Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Bill Royal, MST Committee co-chair, said volunteers held two workdays in October to work on the trail from Haw River Road to the Cascades Preserve park northwest of Oak Ridge. Completing the trail will probably require another two workdays, he said.

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over the area. “Because the area is in Guilford County and has always been associated with Oak Ridge, both the county commission and the state legislature backed the ETJ/voluntary annexation action,” then Mayor Ray Combs said when explaining the town’s actions. Residents in the ETJ area come under the town’s development ordinances although they are not technically residents of the Town of Oak Ridge and do not pay town property taxes. “The town established the ETJ in this area, in part, to preserve the rural residential and agricultural atmosphere that exists now,” then Town Manager Bruce Oakley told the council.

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Matchunis has about 12 years’ experience with water systems, including stints with Currituck County and Reidsville. In addition to his operator’s license, he holds Class A certification in wells and distribution and Class B certification in surface water, all surpassing advertised experience requirements. He will be paid $16,000 a year for

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and in front of seven homes before ending at Chalet Drive, an entrance to the Williard Oaks subdivision. The concrete sidewalk will be 5 feet wide, except for the section running in front of the Whitaker property, Bruce said. That section will be widened to 10 feet to match the width of sidewalks in the Town Park, based on the possibility that the recreational development of the Whitaker property will include walking paths, he said.

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Construction is expected to start next spring, Town Manager Bill Bruce said. At present, a sidewalk goes from the intersection of N.C. 150 and Linville Road to the swim club. The new sidewalk will run along a row of oak trees fronting the Whitaker property

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Property owners voluntarily annexed into Oak Ridge would be subject to the town’s property tax, which is 8 cents per every $100 of property value, for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2019, and they would be entitled to vote in the town’s November 2019 election, Town Attorney Michael Thomas told the council at last week’s council meeting.

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“From my perspective, the biggest advantages (to being annexed into Oak Ridge) are that you are represented by five local council members who you vote for and you don’t have to worry about being annexed by another city/town,” Oakley added. “Plus, you get discounted rates for use of the park (shelter and field rentals), lower rates for solid waste pickup and you will be eligible for future services the town may offer.”

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OCT. 30 | A resident of the 7000 block of Highfill Road in Summerfield reported he and his daughter were assaulted around 11 p.m. by a known person who punched and slapped them in the face. No medical treatment was required. The victims were advised of their option to pursue warrants. NOV. 1 | A resident of the 7000 block of Weitzel Drive in Summerfield reported a known person struck her in the back of the head with a beer bottle. Medical treatment was declined and both parties agreed to separate for the evening. NOV. 1 | A resident of the 7000 block of Toscana Trace in Summerfield reported around 9 p.m. that she and a known person got into a verbal altercation and the person threw an object which hit her in the stomach. There were no outward signs of injuries and medical treatment was refused.

THEFT NOV. 2 | The Exxon Market Express at 4432 US 220 N. in Summerfield reported that sometime between Nov. 1-2 an unknown offender stole $451 from the cash box located inside the store. OCT. 30 | A resident of the 7000 block of Blacksmith Court in Summerfield reported a motor vehicle was stolen sometime between Oct. 29-30.

ARRESTS/CITATIONS OCT. 30 | A 30-year-old man was cited at 8:42 p.m. near the intersection of Ridge Oaks Drive/Southern Springs Court in Oak Ridge for displaying an expired registration plate. The man was pulled over again and cited on Oct. 31 at 11:32 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 220 N./Auburn Road in Summerfield for the same offense.

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OCT. 30 | A 42-year-old woman was cited at 10:47 a.m. near the intersection of Oak Ridge Road/Hollis Drive in Summerfield for driving 15 mph over the speed limit. OCT. 30 | An 18-year-old male was cited at 12:27 p.m. in the 4500 block of U.S. 220 N. in Summerfield for a red light violation. OCT. 31 | A 40-year-old man was cited at 10:45 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 158/Rumbley Road in Summerfield for driving with a revoked license. NOV. 2 | A 33-year-old man was arrested at 10:03 p.m. near the intersection of Summerfield Road/Pleasant Ridge Road in Summerfield for failing to maintain lane control, driving with a revoked license, resist/delay/obstruct, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted larceny, failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge and a probation violation. NOV. 2 | A 38-year-old female was arrested at 10:44 p.m. near the intersection of Summerfield Road/Pleasant Ridge Road in Summerfield for larceny, habitual larceny, felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. NOV. 4 | While investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 8300 block of Case Ridge Drive in Oak Ridge, an officer cited the driver, a 27-year-old resident of Clearfield Drive in Durham, at 1:27 a.m. for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Service Nov. 11, 2 p.m. at Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park, 9652 W. Market St., Kernersville. Summerfield resident Mark Mortensen, author of “George W. Hamilton USMC: America’s Greatest World War I Hero,” will be the guest speaker. More info: (336) 703-2500.

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Monument Committee will host a service Nov. 11, 3 p.m. at the Veterans Monument, 6826 U.S. 158, Stokesdale. Retired Air Force Col. William D. Cummings will be the guest speaker. Light refreshments. If raining, service will be held in Stokesdale UMC’s sanctuary, 8305 Loyola Drive. More info:

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Tree lighting, Christmas parade set for early December STOKESDALE – Stokesdale’s new Events Committee has scheduled the Town’s annual tree lighting and Christmas parade for the first two Saturdays in December. The tree lighting will be Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 8325 AngelPardue Road. There will be refreshments, entertainment and a visit from Santa. The 20th annual parade will be Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in downtown Stokesdale. The parade was canceled last year for only the second time in 19 years because of inclement weather. Council member Frank Bruno said

entrants will be judged and awards given for best floats. Information about the events and applications for participating in the parade and joining the committee are on the Town’s website ( under the Events tab or by calling (336) 643-4011. The committee was scheduled to meet Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. at Town Hall and probably weekly until the events, Bruno said. Volunteers are welcome. Bruno said the committee’s goal is to have all holiday decorations and banners up before Thanksgiving.

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Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week is Nov. 12-19

STOKESDALE – Crossroads Community Church, 8212-B and G Court, is serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. These boxes are packed with toys and practical items for children of all ages, and sent to needy areas all around the world. Filled (unwrapped) boxes may be dropped off at the church Nov. 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m.; Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m.; Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Nov. 18 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.; and Nov. 19, 9-11 a.m. Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church

and First Christian Church in Kernersville will also be collecting filled shoeboxes. For more information about this project and dates/times that all drop-off locations in the area will be collecting filled shoeboxes, visit

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Volunteers spent last Saturday morning, Oct. 27, working on a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail northwest of Oak Ridge. The route of the nearly 1,200-mile-long trail from North Carolina’s mountains to the Outer Banks passes through Oak Ridge into Summerfield. Shown in above photos: (left) Keith Bagwell works on the trail with Kevin and Kacy Bagwell in the background; (right) Joel Deaton collects tools used during the workday.

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Andrew Johnson achieves Eagle Scout Andrew Johnson was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Oct. 10. The son of Susan and Scott Johnson, Andrew is a Northwest Guilford High School freshman. He is a member of Troop 139, sponsored by Oak Ridge United Methodist Church. For his Eagle Scout Project, Andrew planned and managed the construction of six benches for an outdoor classroom located at Northwest Middle School. Andrew would like to thank all who helped him along his journey to Eagle Scout. Courtesy photo

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NORTHWEST GUILFORD Rami Bikdash, soccer by STEWART MCCLINTOCK Senior Rami Bikdash is a captain on the Northwest Vikings soccer team – a team which has arguably played the best soccer this season out of all the state’s 4-A teams, has an 18-1-1 record, and was scheduled to play Independence High Nov. 6 in the

second round of the state playoffs. Regarding what has contributed to his team’s success thus far this season, Bikdash said, “Coach (Jason) Allred told us we had to focus, work hard, visualize our next touch, ‘Don’t mess around in warmups,’ focus from the beginning on every touch until the end of the game, every game, and have a little luck – and if we did those things, the state championship would be ours.” Besides his accomplishments in soccer, Bikdash is ranked in the Top 10 of his class and is president of the school’s National Honor Society. Last year he helped spearhead “5K for

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St. Jude,” which raised over $5,000 for the children’s hospital. He and fellow NHS members also did a clothing drive for Syrian refugees. After graduating next spring, Bikdash hopes to attend Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State, MIT or Harvard and eventually pursue a career as an anesthesiologist or a neurosurgeon.

On a side note … Q: What is your favorite subject in school? A: “Any kind of science – biology, chemistry or physics – and also microeconomics. It’s hard to choose just one.” Q: What’s your favorite movie? A: “Good Will Hunting.” Q: What’s your favorite genre of music? A: “Early 2000s rap. Nas (an American rapper).”

Q: Do you have any hobbies? A: “I play the piano and saxophone.” Q: What’s one thing we all could do to make the world a better place? A: “Be more compassionate. People are only the way they are because of their circumstances, so we should try to understand everyone better.” Q: Where would you go on a dream vacation? A: “Morocco. My mother grew up there and I’ve been there several times, but I’d love to go back and see all my family.” Q: If you could interview anyone, who would it be? A: “My grandfather (my father’s father). He helped raise my father’s family during the civil war in Lebanon. I’d like to hear how he raised a family with war all around.” Q: Do you have any role models? A: “My cousin Kamal, and my mom

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and dad. Kamal is a doctor, he’s making an impact, he’s very familyoriented, he teaches his kids soccer, and he travels a lot. My mom and dad came to the U.S. not knowing anyone, they are incredibly strong and they have done very well.” Q: Do you play any sports besides soccer? A: “I was a gymnast from 5 years of age to 15. I won the state championships twice, and came in third in an eight-state competition. I think soccer helped me have strong legs for gymnastics, and gymnastics helped me be a better soccer player by developing explosiveness, coordination and overall strength.”

NORTHERN GUILFORD Hannah Roth, volleyball by STEWART MCCLINTOCK Junior rightside hitter Hannah Roth was a leader for Coach Patience Sides’ volleyball team this year in only her third year of playing volleyball, and her first year of playing at the varsity level. Roth’s first athletic passion was soccer, but she was forced to quit the sport in the seventh grade. “I had asthma pretty bad and soccer was really bothering it, so I gave it up,” she said. “Not long after, one of my good friends was playing volleyball and she kept asking me to play. Eventually I started playing, I loved it, and I’ve never looked back.” Roth is a straight-A student and a member of the school’s Beta Club.

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Q: What’s your favorite class in school? A: “Early childhood education.” Q: If you could interview one person, who would it be? A: “Any of my ancestors. I’ve heard a lot of crazy stories about them, but it would be really special to hear them tell the stories “ Q: Do you have a favorite athlete? A: “Kennedy Lasley, my teammate. She’s our only senior, and I’ve become very close with her.” Q: What is one thing each one of us could do to make the world a better place? A: “Let everyone be who they are, and do what they want.” Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? A: “Hanging out with friends mostly, or going to Target – they have everything!” Q: When your volleyball career is over, how would you like to be remembered?

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A: “For always keeping a positive attitude and always trying to lift everyone up during and after the game.”

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 Helen Ledford for her educational and beautifully-written article about our backyard critters (in last week’s issue). I had Monarch caterpillars on my milkweed and didn’t even realize it – now I’m glad I let them munch away! I’ll look forward to greeting them next year.  The Town of Stokesdale for being  The Northwest Viking band for more concerned about columns (at the hosting a successful Fall Festival band entrance to a subdivision) being the competition this past weekend. Geaux right height versus the residents who Vikings! keep their yards and carports heaped  Bennett Backhoe for their help with junk for years. At least the columns cleaning up the trees in my yard after were nice. the tropical storm tore it up two weeks  Guilford County Schools for partnerbefore I was supposed to move out. I ing with Attendance Works and actually couldn’t have done it without you! paying money to find out that students  The good Samaritan who heard who miss school miss out on instrucabout Pepper the Linville cat and adopted herSuite tion. Seriously? about “Soaring to 8004 Road, E-3, Oak How Ridge before she ended up in the pound after Greatness” with some fiscal responsibilyears of being a fixture in the Pleasant ity GCS? Ridge Golf Course clubhouse.  Whoever is responsible for the tat Guilford County and the towns of tered flag at the Summerfield Veterans Oak Ridge and Summerfield for the Memorial on Centerfield Road. Please recycle/e-cycle event held Nov. 3 at replace this flag ASAP. This is a disOak Ridge Elementary. The workers grace and very sad to see! were most helpful with the processing of  Parents who bring small children to items. Thanks to all! Craft and Vine (in Oak Ridge) and let  Arbor Masters Tree Service owner them run around and play under the Joe Lyon, who came to our rescue after tables while adults are trying to relax. Tropical Storm Michael. We had a yard They don’t serve anything for children full of trees and Joe cleaned them up – please don’t bring small children to a perfectly. You are our hero! bar.  Maureena Shepherd, Realtor with  Organizers of the Persimmon FesAllen Tate, for providing an amazing tival. They are always out of the pulp Tracy Williams, attorney lunch for the staff and teachers at Oak within an hour or two. If it’s a “persimRidge Elementary last Friday. It was mon festival,” they should let more than one vendor sell the pulp. Disappointed! wonderful to have on conference day!

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Aug. 6. However, it wasn’t until Oct. 2 that Craig issued a signed order affirming the BOE’s April findings.


Summerfield, citing several private grievances and claiming his constitutional rights had been violated by Hill and Town Manager Scott Whitaker when they prevented him from being seated at the town council table at a special call meeting on April 23.

“The Court has heard and considered the oral arguments of counsel for all parties, has considered memoranda submitted by all parties through counsel, and has reviewed the file, the record, the exhibits and the transcript of the proceedings before the BOE,” Craig wrote in his order.

in, one of which passed while the other was soundly defeated. A proposed town charter amendment to change the length of time appointed council members serve passed 54.19 percent to 45.81 percent. At the Oct. 9 council meeting Town Attorney Bill Hill told council members if the amendment were approved by voters he did not believe it would be retro-active – in other words, it will not affect the recent appointment of Dianne Laughlin, who is serving the remainder of Todd Rotruck’s four-year term. Rotruck was elected last November but declared ineligible to hold office in Summerfield four months later when the Guilford County Board of Elections determined he had not established permanent residency in Summerfield. With the approved amendment, future appointees to the town council will serve only until the next election. It was the second proposed amendment which yielded the most debate among Summerfield citizens in recent months. Had a change in the town’s current form

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The following day Rotruck filed an appeal to the BOE’s decision, naming the BOE and Robinson as co-defendants. In his appeal, Rotruck’s attorney and business partner Marsh Prause claimed the board failed to make adequate findings of fact to support its decision, “failed to address applicable rules for determining legal residency,” and “failed to follow proper quasi-judicial procedures.” On May 10 Judge Anderson Cromer deferred a ruling on the first lawsuit, but surprised many when he decided to review Rotruck’s lawsuit against the BOE and Robinson. Cromer initially requested Prause prepare a draft order on the matter and forward it to Payne for review, but later indicated he wanted to have further discussion on the matter. The Town of Summerfield gained closure June 4, when Guilford County Superior Court Judge Susan Bray granted a motion to dismiss Rotruck’s lawsuit against it. Rotruck’s second lawsuit, the appeal to the BOE’s decision, went before Guilford County Superior Court Judge John Craig

Furthermore, Craig wrote the court conducted a “whole record review” of the evidence presented by Robinson, who filed the challenge to Rotruck’s voter registration last February. “...Applying the whole record test, the Court finds that the findings and conclusions of the BOE in its order are supported by competent, material and substantial evidence and by affirmative proof. The evidence tends to show that the Petitioner (Todd Rotruck) never convincingly severed his residency at the Lewiston Road property to live at the Strawberry Road property. The Petitioner never showed sufficient proof that he meant to leave the Lewiston Road residence and live at the Strawberry Road house.” Craig’s order was filed Oct. 4 and Rotruck had 30 days from that date to file an appeal. He did so on Friday, Nov. 2, the last business day before the 30-day deadline. The case will be heard by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, but a court date has not yet been set.

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of government been approved, it would have meant the town manager’s position was eliminated and the mayor and five council members would have assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations of the town – with or without the assistance of an administrator whose duties could have changed every time the council makeup changed. With over 11,600 residents, Summerfield would have become the only town in North Carolina with a population of over 7,500 to have a mayor-council form of government. Sixty-eight percent, or 3,463 Summerfield citizens, voted “No” to the change in government while 31.91 percent, or 1,623 voters, were in favor of it. The decision leaves the town manager’s role in tact and the elected officials free to focus their time on policy making and long-term vision. Unlike an administrator, many of the manager’s responsibilities are spelled out in state statute and cannot be changed by the council. Among other stated duties the manager supervises employees, prepares the annual budget for council adoption and ensures the policies the mayor and council members adopt are carried out.

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ARTS & CRAFTS EXTRAVAGANZA Saturday, Nov. 17, 9am-3pm, at Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, 2614 Oak Ridge Rd. 30 vendors will be on site with pottery, oil paintings, wreaths, crocheted & knitted items, holiday crafts, botanical collages, honey, dog collars, painted ornaments & glass, jewelry and more. Sausage biscuits sold inside from 9-10am; Domino's and Rio Grande will be outside from 10am-3pm. More info: (336) 643-3452.

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DECORATING EXPERIENCED INTERIOR DECORATOR & personal furniture shopper will help you with style, color, shopping & furniture placement. E-mail or call Ann Appenzeller, (336) 314-1411.

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GENERAL REPAIR & SERVICES L & T SMALL ENGINE SERVICE "We get you mowing!" Com/res., all models. 2103 Oak Ridge Rd., Oak Ridge. Call (336) 298-4314, MOBILE WELDING REPAIR. Will do small jobs for homeowners. Repair lawnmower decks, farm and landscape equipment, etc. Call or text Morris at (336) 880-7498.

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LAWNCARE / LANDSCAPING WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Lawn maint, landscaping. Irrigation/ landscape contractor. Hardscaping & landscape lighting. 26 years exp. (336) 399-7764. SOUTHERN CUTS LAWN CARE, complete lawn maintenance services. 13 years experience. Nathan Adkins, (336) 500-1898. ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call (336) 382-9875. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maint. (336) 655-6490. ORTIZ LANDSCAPING, complete lawn care. Trimming, cleaning, planting & mulch, gutter cleaning, patios & pavers, waterfalls, retaining walls, sidewalks, stonework. Residential and commercial. (336) 280-8981. AQUA SYSTEMS IRRIGATION. Quality irrigation systems. NC licensed contractor. We service all systems. Free estimates. (336) 644-1174. ARBOR MASTERS TREE SERVICE Total tree removal, storm damage cleanup, shrub and tree pruning. Bobcat work and more. Free estimates. Licensed & insured. Call Joe at 643-9157. FAY'S LAWNCARE & LANDSCAPING Complete landscape maintenance & hardscaping. Tree work. Reasonable & honest. Call Taylor, (336) 458-6491. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 643-9332.

MASONRY SOUTHERN STYLE concrete & landscapes. How about a new patio or fire pit? We can help with all of your outdoor living and entertainment spaces! Fire pits, driveways & sidewalks, patios and more! Give us a call at (336) 399-6619 for all your concrete and landscape needs. MASONRY CONCEPTS, brick, block, stone concrete & repairs. Free est. (336) 988-1022,

MISC. SERVICES & PRODUCTS ON EAGLE'S WINGS residential home design/drafting. Call Patti, (336) 605-0519. GRILLS, FIRE PITS, tankless water heaters. General home repairs. Call Don Hill, (336) 643-7183.

PAINTING & DRYWALL LAWSON'S PAINTING. Custom decks, pressure washing, boat docks, block fill, wood repair, stain work, textured ceilings, sheetrock repair. Call (336) 253-9089. CINDY’S PAINTING. Interior painting, wallpaper removal. References & free estimates available. (336) 708-9155. PAINTING – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR 32 yrs. exp. Sheetrock repair. No job too small. Insured. Brad Rogers, (336) 314-3186.

STILL PERFECTION PAINTING Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, (336) 462-3683,

PLUMBING BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic. & insured. Call Mark, (336) 337-7924. WEBSTER & SONS PLUMBING, Inc. (336) 992-2503. Licensed, insured, bonded. 24/7 service. Plumbing, drain cleaning, well pumps. Give us a call, we do it all! Go to for more info.

PRESSURE WASHING PRESSURE WASHING, gutter & window cleaning. Fully insured. Crystal Clear, www. (336) 595-2873.


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BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens/baths, custom decks, garages, dock work, siding, windows, roofing, rotted wood. Sr. disc., 39 years exp. (336) 362-6343.

MADE-TO-ORDER CUSTOM FURNITURE using reclaimed wood, natural-edge slab pieces and metal. (336) 362-8408.



ORTIZ REMODELING – Total restoration & home improvement. Drywall, painting, kitchen cabinets, interior trim & more. Free estimates. (336) 280-8981. DOUGLAS CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING, LLC. Custom Builder, sunrooms, garages, additions, kitchens baths. Licensed & Insured, BBB A+ accredited. Free est.. Visit or call (336) 413-5050. RENOVATION WORKS, INC. New construction, remodeling, additions, kitchen, bath and decks. We are a locally owned, full-service design and build company, A+ accredited with the BBB. Visit or call (336) 427-7391 to start your next project.

SEASONED FIREWOOD, delivered and stacked, 1/2 cord, $80. Call (336) 686-6373. PERSIMMON PULP and more. At The Old Mill on Saturdays, or call (336) 816-3441.

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 MISC. SERVICES SAM'S AUTO BODY SHOP. Any type of body work. 45 years exp. (336) 347-7470. MICROBLADING EYEBROW service. Look fabulous for the upcoming holidays. $200. Call (336) 558-5150 to book appointment. BELEWS BOAT & RV STORAGE. 3-month special for $125, any size. Secured, 24/7 access with lighting. Call (336) 542-6574.

CLINARD & SON ROOFING, LLC. Residential roofing, rubber flat roofs, roof coating, metal roofs. 30 years experience. Call (336) 643-8191 or (336) 580-3245. A.L. CORMAN ROOFING INC. Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty. area since 1983. BBB 25+ years w/ A+ rating., (336) 621-6962. RED RHINO ROOFING, based in Oak Ridge, NC. Storm damage specialist experienced with all types of roofing. BBB accredited A and listed with Angie’s List. Call (336) 944-6118, or visit ROOFING. Best prices in town! Shingle and metal roofing. Top-notch quality. Res./comm., licensed & insured. Financing available. Belews Creek Construction, (336) 362-6343.

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FOR RENT, 2BR/2BA singlewide in Brown ummit. Private setting. $500/month with $500 deposit. Call (336) 392-1454. STOKESDALE HOME FOR RENT. 2BR/1BA, Rockingham Co. Appliances & yard work included. $600 per month. Call (336) 646-3096.

ROOFING KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 30 years experience. Residential shingle & metal roofing. Free est. (336) 362-7469.

WENDY COLLINS PET SITTING. Registered & Insured. Follow me on Facebook @wendycollinspetsitting. Call or text for more information: (336) 339-6845.



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 MISC. WANTED FREE PICK-UP of unwanted riding & push mowers, all gas items, tillers, go-carts & golf carts, ATVs, generators, power washers, chain saws and most grills. (336) 689-4167. $$$ – WILL PAY CASH for your junk or wrecked vehicle. For quote, call (336) 552-0328.


INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY 3 REAL ESTATE INVESTORS NEEDED. Earn 15%-20% on local real estate investments. Call/text Ken, (336) 508-7400.

LAND FOR SALE HOMESITES FOR SALE. Southern Rockingham county with Summerfield address. Bethany Elementary School. Homesites ranging from two to six acres. Four remaining 10-acre estate sites. Beautifully wooded and open land with gentle terrain. Ponds, streams on some tracts. Now being offered at pre-development 20% discount prices. Call to make appointment to reserve your dream property. Homesites starting at $35,900. Call (336) 430-9507 anytime. HOMESITE FOR SALE. 1.5-acre lot available in Northern Guilford school district. No HOA or dues. Call (336) 430-9507 anytime.

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Great floor plan, close to Oak Ridge Elementary School and Oak Ridge Swim Club. Recently painted, Home Warranty provided, hardwood floors. Master, add’l bedroom and office on main level. Offered at $484,000

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Fabulous townhome w/upgrades galore! Kitchen has cherry colored cabinets and granite countertops w/tile backsplash. High-end laminate flooring in LR, kitchen and DR; tile in baths and upscale carpet in bedrooms. MBA has garden tub & sep. shower + double vanities. Fireplace in den w/ tile hearth and surround & electric logs. Vaulted ceiling in LR & kitchen. Patio boasts 16x10’7 pad + large fenced area w/water feature! Gorgeous 3-season retreat for owner and guests! $139,000

Skip the rules and regs of a subdivision! 3 BRs/3 full BAs w/Northwest schools! Wired carport & shop. Newer roof, HVACs, H2O heater, windows. Newly renovated daylight basement provides excellent space for guests/ teens/in-laws/boomerangs w/huge BR, bath & rec area! Security system. Recently painted throughout.

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