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‘Recycling is broken,’ Republic Services’ municipal sales manager tells council members The company is proposing Stokesdale change to an everyother-week recycling collection schedule and a fee increase of $1.33 per month by PATTI STOKES STOKESDALE – “We’ve made significant gains … but obviously, we have room to improve,” Tony Krasienko, municipal sales manager for Republic

Services, told Stokesdale Town Council members at their Aug. 8 meeting. Krasienko’s opening comments were in response to complaints two residents voiced earlier in the meeting about Republic’s inconsistencies in picking up their trash and recycling and the unsatisfactory response they had received when they called the company to get a damaged

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recycling container replaced. It was a tough prelude to Krasienko laying out the reasons Republic is proposing a fee increase, but after saying the company would continue to work on improving its customer service and it would “stand by either our successes or our failures,” he dove into his planned presentation and proceeded

to explain why recycling trends have strained the business model for those in his industry. In 2000, it took 48,000 plastic water bottles to make a ton of plastic, Krasienko said. Thanks to much more light-weight plastic bottles which companies began using years later, that number rose to 92,000 water bottles in 2015. More bottles mean more labor and processing time as well as wear and tear on equipment, he said – and that’s coupled with a much lower return on the sale of recyclables.

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Rezoning for Henson Village approved by Town Council Developer David Couch said he expects to complete the master site plan by the end of March 2020 by CHRIS BURRITT SUMMERFIELD – Summerfield Town Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night, Aug. 13, to approve a rezoning request for 6.7 acres on N.C. 150 at Interstate 73, advancing plans for the Henson Village shopping center. Blue Ridge Companies sought the rezoning of three parcels from agricultural and residential to conditional use – general business. The 6.7-acre tract now matches the zoning of 79 surrounding acres, allowing the developer to create a master plan for all of the 86 acres.

“We are now able to put together the best site plan,” Couch, Blue Ridge’s chief executive officer, said in an interview after the council approved the rezoning. He said he expects the company to complete a master site plan for the development by the end of the first quarter next year. Before it was rezoned, the 6.7 acres had been a “doughnut hole” in the larger tract, preventing what Couch referred to as “an optimal assemblage” of property for the proposed shopping center. Developing the 86 acres as a whole will reduce the number of entrances into the development on N.C. 150, allowing designers to “simplify the road pattern,” said Doug Stimmel, CEO of Simmel Associates, the landscape architect designing Henson Village for Blue Ridge.

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For example, in 2017 China, which had previously accepted about 40% of the United States paper, plastic and other recyclables, announced its Tuesdays 4pm-7pm National Sword policy, which aimed to OctoberThe 29 policy help August clean up20 the- country. includes much more stringent restrictionsStokesdale on what materials TownChina Parkaccepts for recycling and it also dropped the Callaccepted (336) 643-4011 for more information level of contamination in recyclables from less than 3% to less than .5%. Putting that in perspective, Republic reports contamination rates in its regional customer base average 25% to 30%. China also banned all mixed paper from import, which had historically been 20% of the recyclable materials the country accepted.

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which he said is the No. 1 contaminant Republic pulls out of its curbside recycle containers in Greensboro.

“This emphasis on outreach suggests a heavier onus on citizens to stop tossing items absentmindedly into the bin, and start disposing of them in a more informed, deliberate way,” the Mother Jones article says. Krasienko emphasized the need to educate consumers on what is recyclable in their curbside containers – and what isn’t, such as dirty diapers,

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Greasy pizza boxes are also not recyclable (Krasienko suggests recycle enthusiasts tear the top, clean part of the box off for recycling and throw the bottom, greasy part in the trash). “We now have ‘wishful’ recycling,” Krasienko said. “We see everything from ceiling fans to bowling balls. A lot of things – like plastic grocery bags – are recyclable, but not at your curb.” Contaminated and non-recyclable materials placed in curbside recycle containers must be transported to a landfill for disposal, which further drives up the company’s recycling costs, Krasienko noted. Based on the rising costs of collecting and processing recyclables, the decreased value of recyclable materials and the increased levels of recyclable contamination, Krasienko requested the Town amend its current franchise agreement with Republic. He suggested the two entities partner to educate consumers and reduce the level of contamination in recyclables, increase Stokesdale customers’ cost of trash and recycling pick-up from $16.83 per month to $18.16 per month, and switch to an every-otherweek recycling pickup schedule as all the other municipalities Republic serves in this area have. If an every-other-week recycling schedule is adopted, the company will switch out customers’ 65-gallon recycle container for a 96-gallon container upon request. After Krasienko ended his presentation, the council voted to request the town attorney draft an amendment to Republic’s franchise agreement and present it for discussion at the Sept. 12 council meeting.


Last month, a block of five candidates for Town Council issued a statement in support of “Summerfield’s current low-density zoning which has led to managed growth in our population over the past 20 years and allowed the Town to maintain its rural character.”

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the rest of my life,” Dunham said, “and I am going to do everything I can to preserve the overall low density.” A frequent speaker at council meetings before her election, Dunham said she’s not decided how she will express her views after her terms ends. She declined to discuss why she’s not seeking reelection.

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SUMMERFIELD – Mayor Gail Dunham said she intends to continue pressing for issues such as low-density housing in Summerfield after her term as mayor expires this fall. Despite deciding not to run for a second, two-year term in the Nov. 5 election, Dunham said in an interview after the Town Council’s Aug. 13 meeting that she believes “some of the things I want to accomplish for the town I will able to accomplish with new leadership.” Seeking to replace Dunham as mayor are ally Danny Nelson, who shares her view that high-density development would threaten the town’s rural character, and former Guilford County

The mayor said she will express her opposition to a proposed regional water system for northwestern Guilford County. In recent months, Oak Ridge Mayor Spencer Sullivan and Stokesdale Mayor John Flynt have said they don’t think a regional water system would be the best option for their towns, dimming the prospects for the project estimated to cost more than $50 million.

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original road markings, spend $500,000 to do so and repaint them only a week before the new surface project started why the rush to spend $4.2 only to be covered up million now? Why not wait a few again?

Many questions have been asked about the I-73 additional surface material and the NWO did a good job in getting some answers from the NCDOT about why this was not done with the original project. However, questions remain – such as,

years when the road had become worn and needed maintenance work? Have there been many accidents due to water on the roadway that did not involve excessive driver speed for the conditions?

Adding the surface material now will reduce the potential for accidents and allow NCDOT to be proactive, said Patty Eason, a construction engineer with NCDOT. “There is also the benefit of reducing vehicle spray when rain does occur,” she said. “This may provide some additional wearing surface and extend the life of the asphalt overall. To our knowledge, there have been no accidents related to hydroplaning.

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The project cost includes removal and placement of new road markings, Eason told the Northwest Observer. “The markings that were placed prior to the new surface are also included in that cost and are temporary paint markings at a minimal thickness. Once the markings were removed, for safety reasons, temporary markings are required to be placed by the end of the day. Again, the costs included all of those markings. “The original markings were thermoplastic markings and are 90 mm thick,” Eason further explained. “Placing the friction course material on top of those could have created an irregular surface and potentially affected the bond of the friction course with the asphalt underneath.”

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...continued from p. 1 Town planner Chris York reiterated the town staff’s assessment that the proposed development “appears to have overall consistency” with the town’s comprehensive plan and meets the requirements of the town’s development ordinance. York and Stimmel spoke at the town’s Zoning Board meeting June 24. By unanimous vote, the board recommended the Town Council approve the rezoning request. Tuesday night, council member Teresa Pegram voted against the request while Mayor Pro Tem Dena Barnes and council members Dianne Laughlin, Reece Walker and John O’Day voted in favor of it. Before the council’s vote, Pegram and Mayor Gail Dunham said the public notice sign posted in front of the property on N.C. 150 was illegal. They said the sign doesn’t display information such as the date of last night’s public hearing. Whitaker pointed out that a clear plastic tube attached to the bottom of the sign contains a sheet of paper with details of the rezoning case. “Is that what you call posting – a piece of paper in a tube?” Pegram said. Dunham said motorists are required to stop to retrieve the information sheets, an inconvenience that “suppresses” public participation in the rezoning process. “There is no legal issue,” said Town

Attorney Bill Hill, noting the town mails letters about rezoning cases to nearby property owners and advertises public hearings in the newspaper. The town also posts information about rezoning cases on its website. Councilman Reece Walker questioned whether Pegram and Dunham were trying to “stonewall” to delay the rezoning case. During a public hearing, resident Dwayne Crawford said he opposed the rezoning request, arguing the Town Council’s rezoning of property at the site in 2013 wasn’t “proper and legal.” At that time, the council had failed to explain adequately how the rezoning aligned with the town’s comprehensive plan, he said. Earlier in the meeting, Crawford said the Zoning Board had failed to give the council “a written recommendation” within 30 days after its June 24 meeting explaining how rezoning the property complied with requirements of the comprehensive plan. Crawford said the board didn’t comply with state law. Town Manager Scott Whitaker said town staff distributed materials to council members from the Zoning Board’s meeting in June. The rezoning application provides a description of the development envisioned by Blue Ridge: “a walkable, ‘village-type’ shopping area including several retail buildings, commercial and medical office buildings, and other outparcels for meeting specific development requests such as restaurants.”

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Aug. 8 / MEETING HIGHLIGHTS as reported by PATTI STOKES Mayor John Flynt called the monthly meeting to order at 7 p.m. and Rev. Alan Mears with Bethel UMC gave the opening invocation. Mayor Pro Tem Thearon Hooks, council members Frank Bruno, Deanna Ragan and Tim Jones, and Town Clerk/Finance Officer Alisa Houk were in attendance, along with about 35 citizens. Michael Thomas was filling in for Town Attorney Tom Medlin.

PUBLIC SAFETY Sheriff’s Office, District 1. Capt. Brian Hall of the sheriff’s District 1 office reported his office responded to 87 calls for service in Stokesdale in July; there was one residential burglary and three cases of property thefts, two of which were closed by arrest. Effective this week, Hall said he has been reassigned to the department’s SRO (School Resource Officer) unit and Capt. George Moore, a long-term department veteran, is now over District 1. Fire Dept. Stokesdale Fire Chief Todd Gauldin reported his department responded to 63 calls in July; 40 were medical- and 23 were fire-related. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the department responded to 978 calls for service, which was a record, Gauldin said. On a safety note, Gauldin reminded drivers to use extra caution with buses

and increased traffic when the new school year gets underway later this month.

CITIZEN COMMENTS „ Eileen Thiery spoke on behalf of Ann Kellam regarding traffic hazards on Belews Creek Road. “Trucks and autos don’t adhere to the posted speed limit,” Thiery said, noting trucks pulling twin trailers frequently speed by Kellam’s house. Thiery requested the town relay Kellam’s concerns to NCDOT and ask it to consider placing a flashing light in the area to remind drivers of the speed limit. „ Pamela Thomas, Ann and Billy Ray Kellam’s daughter, said there are two passing zones in the vicinity of her parents’ home. “If it is 35 mph through there, why should there even be passing zones?” she asked. “… Please take the passing lanes away.” „ Ann Kellam followed up on her daughter’s comments and said she didn’t know why sheriff’s deputies weren’t patrolling more in her area. “What got them a stoplight in Kernersville was someone got killed there,” she said. “We need a patrolman to sit out there.” Thomas then presented a petition

WHAT they voted on, and HOW they voted: Mayor John Flynt, Mayor Pro Tem Thearon Hooks, and council members Frank Bruno, Tim Jones and Deanna Ragan voted on the following issues during the Aug. 8 town council meeting…

 5  0: Approve the meeting agenda, after adding two discussion items at Jones’ request

 5  0: Approve minutes from the July 11 council meeting  5  0: Request the town attorney draft an amendment to Republic’s

franchise agreement and present it at the September council meeting

 4  1: Approve (with Jones opposed) Beaver Outdoor Solutions’ bid to install curbing around the island in the town park

 5  0: Send suggested revisions to the Planning Board’s rules of procedure to the board for their review and input before voting on whether to approve the revisions  5  0: Post new expanded park hours, new “No Trespassing” hours, and eliminate the 30-day application period to reserve picnic shelters

 5  0: Update the application for the water system signed by her parents and their neighbors, requesting NCDOT address the vehicle speeding in their area. Flynt said traffic safety concerns would be discussed later in the meeting. „ Janet Brown of Dorsett Downs Drive said she read that a representative from Republic Services would be making a presentation and that Republic was asking to raise its fees for trash and recycling pickup. Three times in the last six months her recycling had not been picked up and once her neighbor’s trash wasn’t picked up, she said, and phone calls to the company had either not gotten any results, or the company didn’t come back on the day they said they would.

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“If you give that (a raise) to them, you will be encouraging less than satisfactory service,” Brown told the town council. A resident of the Weatherstone neighborhood also voiced complaints about Republic Services, saying his recycling container had been destroyed six weeks earlier and he hadn’t been able to get it replaced despite his wife’s repeated calls to the company. “This is the worst customer service of any company I have ever dealt with,” the Weatherstone resident said. “They don’t care. They miss the whole street sometimes!” „ Mary Maness, who has asked the Town many times to run a water line to

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her and her neighbors’ house, said the “water stuff is messed up” and people who want (municipal) water should be getting it. “My water looks like somebody peed in it,” she said. “As for Clintwood Drive (a short road connecting U.S. 158 in downtown Stokesdale to N.C. 68), that needs to be closed,” Maness added. “Somebody is going to be killed there. It’s ridiculous how people drive on that road.” „ Mary Jordahl voiced concerns about vehicles belonging to Priority One Auto Sales on U.S. 158 being parked along the highway. “You cannot even see from Stokesdale Street to get out onto 158 because of all the vehicles parked there,” Jordahl said. “Today there were 16 cars parked there... there are two stop signs there and their vehicles are on top of those stop signs.” Jordahl also said her home on Stokesdale Street has been devalued by $38,000 in the last 20 years, largely because what takes place around it. There are two abandoned pieces of property across the street from her home (on U.S. 158), she said, asking how they could remain so when U.S. 158 is a scenic corridor. “We loved when we moved to Stokesdale,” she said. “We take pride in our property … and to think I could put it up for sale and lose that amount of money because of what is taking place around us is sickening.” Continuing, Jordahl urged the Town to again hire its own deputy. She said the mobile home park on Vaughn Street is occupied by meth dealers and she has more than once witnessed drug deals taking place in the church cemetery next door. “Three weeks ago I called a detective at 1:30 in the morning and was told they were in Brown Summit,” she said, claiming she was asked to call the sheriff’s office back if the offenders left before law enforcement got there so the deputy could turn around. “We need a deputy in this town,” she said. “My house was broken into

at 3 p.m. in the afternoon – on Stokesdale Street! Somebody needs to wake up. I want a deputy more than I want a Stokesdale school sign or a clock.” Regarding the auto sales company parking cars along the highway, Flynt said the town planner has been asked to check into this. “One of the problems we have with that intersection and everything along 158 is that DOT doesn’t have right of way there,” he said. “In terms of sight easements, a lot was grandfathered in.” As for properties along the scenic corridor, he said many of the existing properties were grandfathered in when the Town incorporated, and the Town can’t force people to take care of their property. “Private property is a protected right,” he explained. As for the sight easement along U.S. 158 in the downtown area, Flynt said the Town has expressed concerns to NCDOT. The department plans to hold a public meeting sometime in November to talk about all of the traffic safety issues in Stokesdale, he said, adding, “We hear your concerns and have the same concerns.” Going back to the issue of the median (the grassy area between Stokesdale Street and U.S. 158), Jordahl said Councilman Tim Jones had notified property owners on Stokesdale Street that the entire area in the median belongs to his family and no one was allowed on it, even to mow it as neighbors had been doing. “Now, half is getting mowed by neighbors and parts by others,” Jordahl said. “The point is, it is the center of town and it looks bad. And now we’re going to put up this mural and say “Welcome to Stokesdale.” „ Kathryn Bunthoff said Jordahl had raised some valid points regarding law enforcement. “We moved to Stokesdale because of these same types of drug incidents happening in front of my house in Cincinnati,” Bunthoff said. “It would be great to see law enforcement presence here as our community grows.” Regarding the mural and the down-

town clock Jordahl had referenced, Bunthoff said they were not paid for by funds that could have been otherwise used for law enforcement. Friends of Stokesdale (FOS), which Bunthoff is a member of, hopes to address many of the aesthetic issues Jordahl raised regarding the downtown area, she said, noting, “We see so much potential in this town…” Bunthoff said FOS appreciates the Town’s support and looks forward to contributing on the Events Committee. „ Mary Maness asked why Stokesdale doesn’t have more community events and Flynt said several events are in the works. Citizen volunteers are needed to help with these events, and the Town is seeking a matching state grant for other community events and park projects, he noted, adding a weekly farmers market will be held in the park beginning Aug. 20. „ Mark Nadal said speed limits within the Town were not being respected and he suggested the Town consider working with a company that installs speed cam-

eras, with the Town getting a percentage of fines collected for those caught speeding. “It will slow traffic,” he said. “The question is, are we ready to take the nonsense that goes with it when people get tickets?” Flynt said Greensboro and a number of cities in North Carolina did that and they were either ruled unconstitutional or illegal. Attorney Michael Thomas said the issue was that the appellate courts ruled only 10% of the fines collected went to the municipalities, with the remainder going to the local school board. “The cities decided that was not cost efficient, so turned the cameras off,” Thomas said. “But the goal is to slow down traffic, not to make money,” Nadal responded.

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cling collection fees. Krasienko proposed switching Stokesdale to an every-otherweek recycling schedule to partially offset the fee increase. (See front cover article for details.)

mended changes to the Planning Board’s rules of procedure, including having the town clerk serve as the board’s secretary and changing the number of full-voting members from seven to five.

 5  0 to send the suggested revi-

sions to the Planning Board for their input before proceeding further.

 5  0 to forward Republic’s proposed changes in service to the town attorney and request he draft an amendment to Republic’s franchise agreement and present it at the September council meeting.

Park Rules/Regulations. Houk requested the town park’s open hours be expanded based on park usage and deleting the requirement for picnic shelters to be reserved 30 days in advance.

Curbing. Bruno recommended adding concrete curbing to the island near the town park’s restroom/concession building to address rainwater running under the parking lot. He motioned for Beaver Outdoor Solutions to do the work, at a cost of $3,850 to $4,500.

11 p.m. and “No Trespassing from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.,” and eliminate the 30-day application period for reserving picnic shelters.

“These are the same folks that we got involved with in that tree deal and were grossly overcharged?” Councilman Jones asked, and then suggested getting a concrete company to bid the work instead. Flynt said Yates Construction had bid the project and the bid was higher than Beaver’s.

 4  1 (Jones opposed) to approve

Beaver Outdoor Solutions’ bid (with the price range allowing for unforeseen complications).

Rules of Procedure. Bruno recom-

 5  0 to post park hours as 5 a.m. to

Water Application. Houk requested the verbiage on the water system customer application be updated to reflect recent changes in monthly and usage fees and that two bodies of text be bolded to draw more attention to them.

 5  0 to update the application for

the water system as requested by Houk.

2018-2019 Financial Statements. Council members were provided with monthly Budget vs. Actuals reports for the 2018-19 fiscal year ending June 30, for the general fund and water enterprise accounts. Flynt explained some of the challenges the Town had experienced in trying to generate financial statements for the previous fiscal year, which included

changing budget officers and upgrading the Town’s seven-year-old financial desktop software to a 2019 online version. “It’s been a monumental job, but we finally have every monthly statement for the year,” he said. Flynt also noted the Budget vs. Actuals report for the FY 2018-19 would not be final until the Town receives its utilities franchise distribution check for the fourth quarter in September. Despite claims by Tim Jones and former Councilman Bill Jones that the Town operated over budget last fiscal year, Flynt said when the franchise check arrives the Town will show a net positive cash flow of about $52,000 for last fiscal year. Utility franchise fees, at over $300,000 per year, provide the Town’s largest source of revenue.

2019-2020 Financial Statement. Jones repeatedly asked why he couldn’t have a Budget vs. Actuals report for July and was told it was because all of the bank statements hadn’t been received prior to this Aug. 8 meeting. He was promised the July report at the September meeting. Special Called Meeting. A special called meeting will be held Aug. 16, 10 a.m. at Stokesdale Town Hall to hear from the engineer consulting firm the Town hired regarding Stokesdale’s participation in a regional water authority. Stokesdale’s interests in a regional water authority are very different from

those of Oak Ridge and Summerfield, Flynt said, noting he didn’t see any advantage to Stokesdale participating. “I’m not going to vote for a water authority, sight unseen,” Hooks said. “If we were part of this, how does it benefit Stokesdale?” Bruno asked. “Our citizens would be financing the water system for other parts of Guilford County.”

N.C. 65. Jones asked those concerned about surveying being done along N.C. 65 to raise their hands, and about half of those who remained did so. He then said he had received conflicting information from NCDOT regarding plans to widen N.C. 68 and N.C. 65. “I don’t know what they are doing or if something has changed,” he said. “I would hope this board (council) isn’t the last to know.” Flynt said rumors had been circulating for the last 15 years about the U.S. 158 Bypass and it was news to him that NCDOT would now be considering widening N.C. 65. Unlike U.S. 158, any projects on N.C. 68 and N.C. 65 would be state funded, he noted. The mayor added that he and Hooks presented their concerns about speeding on N.C. 65 a few months ago during a meeting with NCDOT representatives. NCDOT plans to hold a public meeting in Stokesdale before Thanksgiving

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Across the state, 1,277 farmers are licensed by the state’s Department of Agriculture and Cultural Services to grow industrial hemp. In Guilford County, the tally is 47, according to Andrea Ashby, an agency spokesperson. The numbers have grown from zero since 2014 when the state General Assembly passed legislation making it legal to grow hemp for research purposes, according to John Ivey, a research specialist for North Carolina A&T State University’s industrial hemp program. “Right now it’s like the modern gold rush, with everybody jumping into it,” said 33-year-old Tyler Faucette, helping his father, Mike, grow about 20 acres of industrial hemp on three tracts around Brown Summit. He added, “You’ve got farmers who are going to fail miserably.” Production of hemp is anything but exact science for farmers. Research to


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determine optimal growing conditions – soil, humidity and fertilizers, for instance – is relatively new, especially compared to decades of government-backed research for tobacco production. In some cases, the same equipment can be used to plant hemp and tobacco plants. However, tobacco farmers such as Faucette are experimenting with techniques in cultivating. After harvesting, both tobacco and hemp require drying before being shipped to processors. Tobacco typically goes to cigarette manufacturers. In the case of hemp, processors extract CBD oil from flowers, turn buds into smokable products and use stems and leaves in fiber and many other products. The profitability of hemp is essentially a wild card for growers. Many entered contracts to buy plants and seeds from suppliers who agreed to buy the hemp once it’s harvested. In many cases, farmers are dealing with suppliers they’ve never met or dealt with before. “There’s a lot of shysters out there,” said Neill, explaining that her farm is cultivating its own hemp plants from seeds and cuttings in a greenhouse to assure the quality of its crop. Buying hemp seed from an unscrupulous supplier creates the same risk as a homeowner unwittingly buying a bag of grass seed that also contains weed seeds, she said. As Neill rode through the fields of the farm she manages earlier this week, the whiff of hemp made clear its connection to marijuana. Not only do they smell the same, but the two varieties of the plant

species Cannabis sativa L look the same. What distinguishes hemp is that it contains 0.3 percent or less of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical compound that can make users “high” (slang for intoxicated or euphoric). The identical appearance of hemp and marijuana prompted North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement agencies to push for legislation banning the sale of smokable hemp flowers in the state. The legislature recently adopted the ban, which will take effect December 2020. Citing such legislative threats to hemp growers, North Carolina A&T’s Ivey said he “shudders when I hear people say hemp is the next tobacco crop.” “It’s a crop that can help make small farms economically viable again,” said Ivey, noting that growers need to learn how to negotiate with suppliers of plants and seeds and cultivate and harvest the crop. Under those conditions, he said, growing hemp “is a very promising industry.” For decades, federal law lumped hemp and marijuana under the most strictly regulated category of narcotics. The U.S. Congress changed the regulatory landscape last December with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Signed by President Donald Trump, the legislation essentially removed hemp from its classification as a Schedule 1 substance under U.S. law. In North Carolina, the state Department of Agriculture oversees production

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of industrial hemp grown in the state. The state legislature authorized the creation of the Industrial Hemp Commission in 2014 to assess the feasibility of industrial hemp as a crop in North Carolina. Among the rules, the agriculture department requires farmers who want to process CBD oil to get a license to grow hemp. As Guilford County farmers prepare to start harvesting hemp next month, Neill predicted that “this will be a tell-tale year” for the industry, and its future will depend largely upon whether growers

earn as much from their crops as they had planned. “As long as they get paid, it should be a crop that North Carolina farmers can get behind,” she said.

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Several uses for the former Purgason’s Western Wear store at the corner of U.S. 220 and Auburn Road are being explored. “There are many good uses the Purgason’s property can offer to someone who wants to have a successful business in Summerfield,’’ new property owner Keith Bunch said.

A bike shop with a craft beer bar is among options being evaluated by the new owner of the former Purgason’s store by CHRIS BURRITT SUMMERFIELD – The new owner of property formerly occupied by Purgason’s Western Wear store is exploring a “hub and pub” bike shop and craft beer bar among possibilities for redeveloping the property at U.S. 220 and Auburn Road. Keith Bunch, a Greensboro-based designer of billboards and other signs, purchased the building and adjacent property after the store closed in April. He initially explored the possibility of opening a full-service restaurant in the former store, but dropped the idea after determining there’s not enough

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land for a septic field. “The building is for lease, and we’re exploring our options,” Bunch said in an interview earlier this week. He recently turned over leasing of the property to Greensboro-based Burgess Management Group, which he expects to increase the number of queries. “It is very difficult to build a fullservice restaurant in Summerfield because of the amount of land needed for sewer and well requirements,” Bunch said. “The sooner we can get city water and sewer to Summerfield the better.” Bunch said he’s interested in the possibility of establishing a bike shop with a craft beer bar because opening the pedestrian tunnel under U.S. 220 will extend the Atlantic and Yadkin Greenway into Summerfield. Slated to open in late September or early October, a sidewalk along

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Motorists traveling Long Valley Road in northwest Greensboro pass this old feed barn made from nearly 100-year-old notched timbers.

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his farm on Long Valley Road as they hustle to work or the grocery store. While going by they pass within a few feet of a barn built of hand-cut timbers more than a century ago. The structure appears to lean toward the road, as though it’s asking passersby to slow down and look at its craftsmanship of notched logs and stacked foundation stones. Long, 80,

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“My grandfather moved here in 1914 and cut the timber to build this house,” said Long, rocking on his side porch one afternoon last month. He overlooked a grassy hillside dotted by an old chicken house, a granary and the feed barn where a white horse named Lucy once ate wheat and corn. “My uncle told me the feed barn was here before my granddaddy came,” he said. Long’s grandfather raised tobacco and relied on horses and mules for farm work.

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merfield, Long Valley Road is easy to miss traveling on Pleasant Ridge Road near Fleming Road. It’s less than a mile long, running from Pleasant Ridge to Brass Eagle Loop near the Cardinal golf course. The road was dirt until about 10 years ago, Long said. Since then, people have built houses on Long Valley. The biggest source of traffic is the Highland Grove subdivision, located on 22 acres Long said he sold to the neighborhood’s developer. Four years ago, Long’s son Tim painted the American flag on both sides of the granary’s tin roof. The old chicken house now serves as Long’s workshop. He said he doesn’t have any plans for the feed barn. After all of these years, it is still solid despite some rotting timbers. It measures roughly 25 feet by 25 feet, with the same dirt floor and tin roof that Long inherited when he moved here 37 years ago. “I’m going to leave it until it falls down,” he said.


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Johnson & Lee “Most recently, I’ve seen lawnmowers and golf carts Courtesy photo Casey in the This house built by R&K Custom Homes contains a third garage, allowing families to separate cars Johnson third-car from lawn equipment and children’s toys, said Kristen Dumas, who heads up design and customer garage, relations for the company. and every now and then you get a boat,” said noted. “It not only allows for a car, but the third garage serves as “another Casey Johnson, who owns Johnson & has provided our buyers with room for parking space,” he added, noting the Lee with his father, Commie Johnson, work bench/hobby space, golf cart, combined two-car and separate onebikes, ATVs, motorcycles and boats.” car configuration “gives folks lots of options to fit their personal needs.”

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U.S. 220 will connect the tunnel to Summerfield Road. Plans call for eventually extending the sidewalk along Summerfield Road, drawing cyclists, walkers and joggers past the former Purgason’s property, Bunch said. “We think a world-class bike shop

with a craft beer bar similar to The Hub and Pisgah Tavern in Brevard would be an awesome thing to do,” he said. “There are many good uses the Purgason’s property can offer to someone who wants to have a successful business in Summerfield.”

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Road is under contract to BSC Holdings Inc., a Greensboro-based real estate development company. It plans to build 49 houses in a subdivision called Oak Ridge Landing. The houses will be built on 40,000-square-foot lots and sell in the $500,000s and $600,000s, BSC vice president Amanda Williams said in an interview after a July 25 meeting of the Oak Ridge Planning and Zoning Board. That price range is comparable to nearby houses, she noted. The P&Z Board reviewed a master sketch plan for the subdivision dur-

ing its July meeting. While generally endorsing the plan, the board asked the developer to provide more details. The subdivision plan will be placed on the agenda of the board’s meeting Aug. 22, said Town Planning Director Sean Taylor. Oak Ridge Landing is the second subdivision slated for the tract. Walraven Signature Homes had plans earlier this year to build houses on the property, but the company’s agreement to buy the property from Jack Pegg and Larry Callahan fell through, according to company owner Matt Walraven.

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Summerfield Town Planner Chris York told the Town Council on Tuesday that he has received several complaints about temporary signs such as those shown above that are placed in the public right of ways along U.S. 220. York and Town Manager Scott Whitaker were instructed to seek permission from NCDOT to remove signs placed in DOT right of ways when they are in violation of the Town’s sign ordinance.

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tact N.C. Highway Patrol to ask them to monitor the intersection at Northwest School Road and Alcorn Road for as many days as they can while the bridge is closed,” Royal said. “We will also ask NCDOT to make the left turn signal longer at N.C. 68 and Alcorn Road during this time.”


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District 1 Sheriff’s Office has recently responded to the following incidents in northwest Guilford County ... The District 1 office encompasses Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Colfax and northwest and northern Greensboro. It is bounded by Rockingham County on the north, runs east along U.S. 29 South, west along Forsyth County and south along the Greensboro city limits.

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Aug. 3 | A resident of the 6600 block of Lake Brandt Road in Summerfield reported an unknown suspect traveling on Strawberry Road intentionally struck his vehicle. The 20-year-old male suspect was identified and the victim was advised of his right to pursue a warrant.

Aug. 12 | The owner of Stokesdale Electric, located on Ellisboro Road in Stokesdale, reported that sometime between 5 p.m. on Aug. 9 and early on the morning of Aug. 12, an unknown suspect(s) pried open a side door to the business and stole about $3,000 worth of power tools, hand

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FRAUD Aug.6 | A resident of Parkchester Place in Oak Ridge reported that someone attempted to use his identity and business information to open a merchant account through a bank in Mills River, North Carolina. The attempt was unsuccessful.

SHOPLIFTING Aug. 11 | An employee of Food Lion on U.S. 220 in Summerfield reported a known offender was observed shoplifting about $100 worth of miscellaneous

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EUROPEAN AUTO SERVICE & REPAIR We specialize in factory-scheduled maintenance and repairs. Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Volvo, Mini and Porsche. 32 years experience. Knight Import Specialty Service, 4559 US Highway 220, Summerfield (across from Food Lion). (336) 337-0669.

LIVE MUSIC WEDNESDAYS AT GRAY GABLES. On August 21, The Second Glance Band will be performing live at Gray Gables! Doors will open at 5:30pm, and music will be from 6:30-9:30pm. Food and beverages will be available on-site for purchase. Come out and enjoy some good music, fun yard games, and great local company! For more infor information call (336) 643-0005 or visit our event page at https://www.facebook.com/ events/2296883437219548.

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ARBOR MASTERS TREE SERVICE. Help wanted. Call (336) 643-9157. COOK, ASSISTANTS, TEACHERS AND SUB POSITIONS open in child care center. Call (336) 643-5930 for information.

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„ SAVE THE DATE HorseFriends VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION & SIDEWALKER TRAINING, Sat., August 17 or 24, from 8:30-10:30am. (Come early at 8am for fellowship, coffee and donuts!) Address: 5920 Khaki Place, Summerfield. Call (336) 420-4588 or (336) 6015577 for more info. horsefriendsnc.org. Shop "SUMMER" Vendors with us on Saturday, August 17, 10:30am-2:30pm, at the Oak Ridge Room, beside Bistro 150, Oak Ridge Commons Shopping Center. Vendors: Lularoe, Paparazzi, Juice Plus, Lipsense and Colorstreet & so much more! SHAVED PARAD-ICE frozen treats will be at the Stokesdale Farmers Market on Tuesdays, starting August 20, 4-7pm, at Stokesdale Town Park.

GCUMC CHILDREN'S CONSIGNMENT SALE, Thursday, August 22, 5:30-9pm; Friday, August 23, 9-7pm; and Saturday, August 24, 9am-1pm, 1205 Fleming Rd., GSO. (www.kidznmore.net).

A-ACTION AIR. Repair and service. Checkup special $39.95. Call (336) 382-3750.

CLEANING CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING Gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. windowcleaningnc.com (336) 595-2873. AMERICAN MAID. All your housecleaning needs. Weekly/biweekly/as needed. Call for your free estimate. (336) 409-4554. CHRISTIAN MOM needs work cleaning houses, running errands. Will fit to your budget. Pet taxi/pet sitting also avail. ReferRefer ences. Call Laura Bennett, (336) 231-1838.

WANT TO GET HEALTHY? "The NEXT 56 Days" is offering a FREE intro meeting on Thursday, August 22, at Summerfield Peace UMC, 2334 Scalesville Road in Summerfield! Registration is 5:30-6pm. For more info, call Daniel at (336) 485-8218 or email daniel56days@ gmail.com.

ELECTRICAL

STOKESDALE COMMUNITY CHOIR resumes on Monday, Aug. 26, at 9:30am. To join, call Sondra, (336) 453-8017.

BALEX ELECTRICAL COMPANY, LLC. Got Power? Residential, commercial and solar electrical services. (336) 298-4192.

Ridgewood TRY-A-TRI FOR HOSPICE, Saturday, August 31. For more info, visit www.TriforHospice.org. Ad sponsored by Downtown Bicycle Works. 100% of registration fee goes to Hospice & Palliative Care Greensboro.

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APPLIANCE REPAIR – Call Mr. Appliance A step above the rest! (336) 609-5707.

3rd Annual Elmhurst Estates NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE,, Friday & SaturSatur day, August 16 & 17, 9am-4pm daily.

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Need an electrician? Call BLACKMON ELECTRICAL, INC. Free est. Comm. & res. Licensed & insured. Call (336) 430-5018. Do you have ELECTRICAL NEEDS? Call Coble Electric LLC at (336) 209-1486.

GREENERTIMES SMALL ENGINE Sales & Service Center. All types sold and repaired; comm./res. 9428 NC Hwy. 65, Stokesdale. (336) 548-9286 or (336) 312-3844.

GARY’S HANDYMAN HOME SERVICES “Providing value for the home-ownership experience.” Gary Gellert, serving NC’s Piedmont Triad area. Garygellert@gmail. com, (336) 423-8223. L & T SMALL ENGINE SERVICE "We get you mowing!" Comm./res., all models. 2103 Oak Ridge Rd., Oak Ridge. Call (336) 298-4314, landtsmallengineservice.com.

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FIX YOUR MOWER. Free pickup & delivery. Call Rick, (336) 501-8681.

LAWNCARE / LANDSCAPING

ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call (336) 382-9875.

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GRADING / HAULING E&W HAULING & GRADING INC. Driveways, fill dirt, demolition, lot clearing, excavating, bobcat work, etc. (336) 451-1282. H&L GRADING, LLC. No job to tough or to small. Call us first! We are a full service grading company that specializes in residential projects. Owner/Operator Timmy Hart has more than 30 years of grading and equipment experience. Fully licensed and insured. Land clearing, debris removal, drive ways, french drains and much more. (336) 543-7867. GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. (336) 362-1150. ANTHONY’S GRADING & HAULING Excavating, land clearing, demolition, dirt. available. Zane Anthony, (336) 362-4035. BRAD'S BOBCAT & HAULING SVCS. LLC Debris removal, grading, gravel/dirt, driveways, concrete work. (336) 362-3647.

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GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maint. (336) 655-6490. AQUA SYSTEMS IRRIGATION Quality irrigation systems. NC licensed contractor. We service all systems. Free est. (336) 644-1174. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, work workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 643-9332. www.carolinaStumpAndTreeServices.com. ATCHISON LAWN CARE. Dependable. Honest. Local. Call (336) 486-9837. HILL LAWNCARE & OUTDOOR SERVICES. Free est. Call, (336) 669-5448. AFFORDABLE LANDSCAPING for all your landscaping needs, including irrigation, installation and repair. Call Joe at J. Gibson Landscaping, an Americanowned and operated small business. Built on Capitalism, not Socialism. In God we trust. (336) 419-7236. 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. 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) 430-6086. STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Lic/Ins. 40 yrs. exp. Lots & natural area thinning and cleanup. Large shrubbery jobs, chipping. Oak Ridge, (336) 643-1119. DELIMA LAWNCARE. 24 hours/7 days a week. Free estimates, licensed/insured. Commercial & Residential. (336) 669-5210. STOKESDALE LAWN. Mowing & weedeating. $45 minimum. (336) 423-2692.

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. COLONIAL MASONRY, MADISON NC 40 years experience. Call (828) 312-0090 or visit us online at www.colonialmasonry.com. MASONRY MASONR CONCEPTS, brick, block, stone concrete & repairs. Free est. (336) 988-1022, www.masonryconceptsgso.com.

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FAY'S LAWNCARE & LANDSCAPING Complete tree removal & trimming. Storm damage clean-up. Landscaping & hardscaping. Insured. Taylor, (336) 458-6491.

GRILLS, FIRE PITS, gas logs, heaters, gas inserts, tankless water heaters. General home repairs. Call Don Hill, (336) 643-7183.

ORTIZ LANDSCAPING, complete lawn care. Trimming, cleaning, planting & mulch, gutter cleaning, patios & pavers, waterfalls, retaining walls, sidewalks, stonework. Residential and commercial. (336) 280-8981.

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COLFAX LAWNCARE. Core aeration & seeding. Fertilizing, mowing, trimming, pine needles. Complete lawn care maintenance. Res./comm. Fully insured. Serving the Triad for 28 years. (336) 362-5860.

CUSTOM FAUX FINISH SPECIAL Mantle and/or built-in cabinetry finishes. Get the look of stone, marble, driftwood, rustic or metallic shimmer. Visit us at www.newlookfinishes.com/faux. STILL PERFECTION PAINTING. Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, (336) 462-3683, stillperfectionpainting.com. LAWSON'S PAINTING. Custom decks, pressure washing, boat docks, block fill, wood repair, stain work, textured ceilings, sheetrock repair. Call (336) 253-9089.

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PAINTING – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR 32 yrs. exp. Sheetrock repair. No job too small. Insured. Brad Rogers, (336) 314-3186. CARLOS & SON PAINTING, interior and exterior. 24 hours/7 days a week. Free estimates, licensed/insured. (336) 669-5210.

PLUMBING 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 www.webstersplumbing.com for more info. FREEMAN PLUMBING - new construction, remodel and repair. For ALL your plumbing needs! (336) 580-4525.

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CLINARD & SON ROOFING, LLC.

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

REMODELING / CONSTRUCTION DOUGLAS CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING, LLC. Custom Builder, sunrooms, garages, additions, kitchens baths. Licensed & Insured, BBB A+ accredited. Free est. Visit www.douglascr.com or call (336) 413-5050.

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 redrhinoroofing.com. KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 30 years experience. Residential shingle &

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

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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 www.myrenovationworks.com or call (336) 427-7391 to start your next project. KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 30 years experience. Specializing in room additions, kitchens & baths, garages, vinyl siding and windows, painting, ceramic tile, laminate, hardwood and linoleum floors, and remodeling of all kinds. No job too small. Free est. Call (336) 362-7469.

PREMIER ROOFING, LOCALLY OWNED. (336) 430-9507 for free assessments.

„ MISC. FOR SALE NEW CAR CADDY CADDY, used one time. (336) 430-6901, ask for Buddy. FURNITURE! Due to upcoming move, lots of quality furniture available. By appointment only. Please call (336) 681-7752.

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(336) 643-9963 • 8207 B & G Court, Stokesdale HEY ATHLETES! Want to do some extra conditioning before the fall sports season starts? Join me, Chris Jessup, at Proehlific Park, two or three mornings a week (based on your needs) at 6am (the best rise early and get after it!), 7am, 8am or 9am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. You do your part, I'll do mine, and together we'll work to get you ahead of the competition. For inquiries and pricing for one-on-one and small group strength & conditioning training sessions, email cjessup.fit@gmail.com.

August 17 or 24, from 8:30-10:30am. (Come early at 8am for fellowship, coffee and donuts!) Address: 5920 Khaki Place, Summerfield. Call (336) 420-4588 or (336) 6015577 for more info. horsefriendsnc.org.

„ REAL ESTATE HOME FOR RENT 2BR, 2BA, newly remodeled mobile home in clean, quiet MHP. All appliances incl. $550/mo. (336) 908-6553.

LAND WANTED LOT WANTED for a 3BR, 2BA home in Stokesdale. Must have city water. Call (336) 354-6017.

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$$$ – WILL PAY CASH for your junk or wrecked vehicle. For quote, call (336) 552-0328. FREE PICK-UP of unwanted riding & push mowers, tillers, golf carts, ATVs, generators, power washers, chain saws, mini-bikes, gocarts, and most grills. (336) 689-4167. WILL PAY CASH FOR reasonably-priced golf cart needing repair. (336) 689-4167.

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JLB REMODELING, INC. Remodeling and additions. Fully insured. NC GC license #69997. Free est. Call (336) 681-2902 or visit www.jlbremodeling.com.

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Fantastic piece of property with open & properwooded acreage, creek on back of proper ty. Magnificent estate/horse farm site. Call (336) 430-9507 anytime! NORTHERN SCHOOLS, wooded 1.5+/- acre lot. No HOA, no dues. Approved for 4BR septic. Priced to sell. Call (336) 430-9507. ACREAGE,

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By the Book Accounting ..................... 32 Carlotta Lytton, CPA,............................ 8 Kimberly Thacker Accounting............... 8 Samuel K. Anders, CPA, MSA, PC........ 8

Forbis & Dick Stokesdale .................... 32

Vestal Buick / GMC ............................. 14

BANK First Citizens Bank .............................. 10

BUILDING / REMODELING Builders MD........................................ 13 Disney Custom Homes ....................... 15 Don Mills Builders ............................... 24 Friddle & Company, Inc. ..................... 19 Johnson & Lee LLC............................. 16 Lansink Custom Homes...................... 20 Naylor Custom Homes ....................... 17 R&K Custom Homes .......................... 23 Ray Bullins Construction ..................... 15 RS Dezern Construction ..................... 20 Walraven Signature Homes ................ 15

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Guardian Ad Litem Program .............. 31 Half-Pint Harmonies ............................. 4

COMMUNITY RESOURCES Senior Resources of Guilford............... 22

DENTISTS Borden Dentistry................................... 3 High Point Pediatric Dentistry ............... 4 Summerfield Family Dentistry ............... 8

EVENTS Community Prayer Gathering ............... 5 Stokesdale Farmers Market .................. 2 Summerfield Music in the Park ............. 9

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“where they will lay their cards on the table” with regard to planned highway projects in the Town, he said.

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HOME PRODUCTS & SERVICES BEK Paint Company ........................... 28 Budget Blinds ....................................... 8 Carpets by Direct ................................ 25 Dr. Johns H2O .............................. Insert Nature’s Select ................................... 12 Old School Home Repair .................... 28 ProStone Inc. ...................................... 18 Stokesdale Heating & Air...................... 7 Stokesdale Storage ............................. 29

INSURANCE Justin Fulp, Farm Bureau Insurance ...... 8

LEGAL SERVICES Barbour & Williams Law ..................... 26 Scott Tippett, Hagan Barrett Law ......... 2

MEDICAL CARE LeBauer Healthcare ............................. 5

PET SERVICES & PRODUCTS Bel-Aire Veterinary Hospital .................. 8 Northwest Animal Hospital ................... 6 Westergaard Kennels............................ 6

REAL ESTATE A New Dawn Realty ........................... 32 DeDe Cunningham, Keller Williams ....30 Gil Vaughan, Keller Williams ...............30 Jake Letterman, BHHS Yost & Little ...30 Nancy Hess, BHHS Yost & Little .........30 Nicole Gillespie, RE/MAX ................... 21 Ramilya Siegel, Keller Williams ...........30 Smith Marketing, Allen Tate ............... 15

transition to the 2019 online version of QuickBooks. “It has been a struggle to move all the manual records over, but we have worked long and hard and are now done!” Houk said.

Regarding the U.S. 158 Bypass, Flynt added, “I’m not sure the Town of Stokesdale will have a voice at the table” since that is a federal highway project.

A $75,000 reimbursement check from FEMA was recently received and deposited, she added.

COMMITTEE REPORT

„ Jones thanked the crew painting the elevated water tank on U.S. 158 and said he hoped council meetings could be shorter in the future.

Events Committee. Bruno said a weekly farmers market will be held in the town park Aug. 20 through Oct. 29. A celebration of the Town’s 30th anniversary is planned for Sept. 21 (rain date Sept. 28); vendors and local musicians will be invited. As for why the new downtown clock has not been working, Bruno explained that Guilford County failed the inspection three times, but it finally passed. Duke Energy had installed the meter earlier in the day and the “clock guy” was meeting with Bruno Aug. 9 to hook it up. A 9/11 ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 11, plans for the Christmas parade are underway and the park survey should be online next week, Bruno said.

FINANCIAL

Finance Officer Alisa Houk said she and Kimberly Thacker, who was hired in January as the Town’s budget officer, had worked diligently over the last six months to get the financial records in order and

COUNCIL COMMENTS

„ Deanna Ragan offered no comments. „ Referencing the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Bruno asked everyone to keep the victims in their prayers. “I heard someone being interviewed who said they had 20 to 25 funerals to get to (in El Paso) before they could start healing,” he added. „ Hooks urged everyone to be humane to each other and work “to move forward in the right way.” As for the Town’s accounting software, he said he was appalled it had been so antiquated and from now on it would be updated whenever new versions became available. „ Flynt said SME has done an excellent job cleaning and painting the water tank, which will have the message “Welcome to Stokesdale” painted on it. The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

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