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Reopening of schools draws muted excitement from some middle and high school students who are wary of COVID-19 and have settled into remote learning by CHRIS BURRITT Photo by Chris Burritt/NWO

Students recently returning to Northwest Middle School for two days per week of in-person instruction were greeted with Welcome Back signs displayed throughout the school’s campus. Guilford County Schools’ middle and high school students were initially scheduled to return to the classrooms in a phased approach beginning Jan. 7, but the re-entry plan was postponed – twice. Sixth and ninth graders were finally given the option to return for in-person instruction the week of Feb. 22 for the first time since schools closed March 14, 2020. Seventh, 10th and 12th graders were invited to return this week, with eighth graders and 11th graders to follow next week.

IN THIS ISSUE News in brief................................................ 2 Your Questions............................................ 4 Stokesdale Town Council meeting ......... 6 Barnes’ first novel: ‘Sunrise at Sunset’ ..... 7 Bits & Pieces ................................................ 8 Welcome to our new advertisers ............ 8 Pets & Critters .............................................. 9 Oak Ridge Easter Horse Show returns .. 10 NWO Kids’ Korner ...............................12, 22 Pet Adoptions ........................................... 13 Crime/Incident Report ............................ 14 Community Calendar............................. 15 Student Profiles ......................................... 18 High School football ................................20 Grins and Gripes ...................................... 24 Classifieds ................................................. 28 Index of Advertisers ................................. 31

NW GUILFORD – From the driver’s seat of school bus No. 1096, Catherine Woods hears students from Oak Ridge Elementary and Northwest Guilford Middle and High schools talking about the resumption of in-person classes. It’s been almost a year since the onset of the

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Attorney’s letter prompts calls to NCDOT After being contacted by an attorney specializing in eminent domain, Stokesdale citizens reach out to department’s local office with concerns about a four-lane divided highway by PATTI STOKES STOKESDALE – News of a roadway project moving forward in Stokesdale prompted several calls last month to NCDOT’s District 7 office in Greensboro. Wright Archer, District 7 division engineer, told Stokesdale Town Council members at their Feb. 11 meeting that several citizens had called the local DOT office with questions and concerns about a project that he believes some may have confused with the future U.S. 158 Bypass through Stokesdale, which will not

be constructed for at least 15 or more years.

Mayor John Flynt told Wright the calls likely came after citizens received a letter from a lawyer specializing in eminent domain who wished to represent them in negotiations with NCDOT to acquire rights of way. NCDOT’s R-5823 recently entered into the design phase after being suspended for almost two years because of budget constraints. The project proposes road improvements along an approximately 2-mile stretch of highway beginning at N.C. 65’s (Belews Creek Road) southernmost intersection in Stokesdale to where it ties in with N.C. 68, and then running north until the two highways split off. Once the final design is approved, DOT will begin acquiring rights of way for the project, with construction tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring of 2023. Some have mistaken R-5823 for R-2577, which is the

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OAK RIDGE – Oak Ridge Town Council has committed to provide $68,000 in matching funds for construction of a site to honor and memorialize veterans; the site is planned for the Whitaker property which abuts Town Hall on Linville Road. The pledge covers nearly half of the estimated $150,000 cost of the veterans’ site. The project is being led by the town’s Special Events Committee in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Planning for the veterans’ site is part of the development of the 60-acre Whitaker property on Linville Road as an extension of Town Park. The council decided to provide matching funds during its annual capital

improvement plan meeting last month. It plans to appropriate the money over the next two fiscal years, starting July 1.

As of Jan. 31, $8,399 had been raised for the veterans’ site, according to Patti Dmuchowski, chair of the Special Events Committee. Committee members are preparing a plan to raise money over the next two fiscal years, starting July 1, she said. The committee has identified more than 150 potential sponsors, Dmuchowski said in an interview earlier this week. Fundraising efforts will seek donations from companies, organizations and individuals in several categories, Dmuchowski said. They will range from the sale of pavers and tree plaques at the site to bigger donations with designations such as platinum for giving of $10,000 or more.

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SUMMERFIELD – The town of Summerfield is asking for a limited number of uses for the nearly 13.4 acres on U.S. 220 where it plans to build a new town hall. In addition to the town hall, the town’s rezoning request proposes about 15 uses for the property. They include a library, museum, public park and trails, according to the request reviewed by the Zoning Board this past Monday, March 1. Other proposed uses – a swimming pool, police station, emergency shelter and water cistern for fire protection – signal how Summerfield may eventually develop the tract at 7818 Summerfield Road. A public recreation facility, sports and recreation club, church, newsstand and a site for temporary events, such as Founders’ Day, are other possible uses. It’s the town’s second rezoning pro•posal Totally local sincebounded 1996 by for the property,

U.S. 220 to the east, N.C. 150 to the south and Summerfield Road to the west, near the current Town Hall. The new 9,000-square-foot facility is estimated to cost $3.5 million. Efforts to rezone the site suffered a setback last month, when the Town Council voted 3-2 to withdraw town staff’s request to rezone the property for general business. The council’s vote concurred with the Zoning Board’s earlier opposition to the rezoning out of concern it might invite unwanted commercial development along the highway. The council instructed town staff to come back with a rezoning proposal that would place restrictions on how the town uses the land. As a result, staff proposed rezoning the property for a general business district with conditions from its current zoning for two residential classifications – RS-30 and town core district. In a public hearing during this past

Monday’s board meeting, former Summerfield mayor Gail Dunham said she opposed construction of a new town hall and believes it will cost more than town leaders have estimated. Building the new town hall is part of development that’s going to cause Summerfield “to end up losing its identity,” said Don Wendelken, administrator of the Summerfield Scoop Facebook page. The board conducted the meeting remotely, via Zoom. It continued the meeting until 7 p.m. this Thursday, March 4, because state law requires that public hearings held virtually remain open for additional comments for 24 hours after meetings end. When it reconvenes, the board plans to vote whether to recommend the council approve or deny the rezoning request.

Preview: March 4 Oak Ridge Town Council meeting by CHRIS BURRITT

OAK RIDGE – Oak Ridge Town Council will consider approving how the town may spend $1.15 million in state appropriations for water-related projects over the next year and a half. The proposed scope of work endorsed by the town’s Water Subcommittee lays out four projects related to the possible establishment of a municipal water system in Oak Ridge. First, the town may buy community wells and well distribution systems in the Shiloh, Autumn Ridge, Carriage Cove and Knight’s Landing subdivisions. Those systems are owned by Envirolink Inc., a contractor that has proposed operating the municipal system. The wells would “serve as the foundation of the town’s future water system, providing municipal control of water resources and offering the potential for future interconnections,” according to the

scope of work that Oak Ridge plans to submit to the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management.

The state agency is administering the $1.15 million appropriation. It must approve Oak Ridge’s proposed scope of work and budget before the town would be eligible for the full amount, Town Manager Bill Bruce told the council in a Feb. 26 memo. Any funds not spent or encumbered by June 30, 2022, must be returned to the state. Oak Ridge also proposed purchasing an inventory of parts and equipment, such as one or more generators, for the maintenance and operation of community wells. Third, the town plans to conduct a feasibility study and preliminary engineering and possibly start construction of water mains to connect well systems.

Oak Ridge, Summerfield and Stokesdale each got $1.15 million from the General Assembly after it divided among the towns nearly $3.5 million of unspent funding that had been allocated for the study of a regional water system in northwestern Guilford County. In other business on the March 4 meeting agenda, the council will consider approving the conceptual design for the site of the veterans’ site planned for the Whitaker property. Separately, the council will consider adopting a voluntary annexation policy, based upon a map showing areas south and southeast of the town limits that may be eligible for annexation. Prepared by town staff at the council’s instruction, the map shows areas of possible voluntary annexation east and west of N.C. 68. The areas are bisected by North Bunker Hill Road, Ballard Road, Edgefield

Finally, the town plans to explore future water priorities, such as the feasibility of building a storage facility forNEW water for firefighting.

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Road, Alcorn Road and Northwest School Road. The council also plans to consider approving the recommendations of the town’s Conservation Easement Committee for the preservation of open space and historical structures. Among its suggestions, the committee urged the council to set aside money in the town’s budget – starting with $20,000 next fiscal year – to reduce costs for property owners who want to protect their property and structures with conservation and preservation easements. Separately, a proclamation signed by Mayor Schneider will congratulate four young women in Oak Ridge’s Scouts BSA (girls-only) Troop 219 as members of the inaugural group of female Eagle Scouts. The national organization began accepting girls and young women in 2018, leading to the creation of Troop 219 in conjunction with the all-boys Troop 600, which meets at Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church. The council will also consider appointing Barbara Engel and Courtenay Harton as full members of the Historic Preservation Commission.

your QUESTIONS Last week, I noticed an airplane with “United States of America” written on its side circling Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport. Was that Air Force One? Kevin Baker, the Airport Authority’s executive director, verified that the plane circling northwestern Greensboro the afternoon of Feb. 24 was one of the “fleet of planes used for presidential and other travel.” “But of course, when here they are just practicing, without VIP passengers,” Baker wrote in an email earlier this week.

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“It’s very cool to have them here,” said Baker, explaining the U.S. Air Force planes hadn’t been practicing at PTI for about 10 years. They come about once a month, he said. The planes that practice here are the Boeing VC-25 (the military version of the Boeing 747 airliner), Boeing 757 or smaller aircraft, Baker noted. Operated by the Air Force, the presidential air transport fleet includes two modified VC-25s, with accommodations for the president consisting of an executive suite with an office, dressing room, lavatory and shower. “When the president is aboard either aircraft, or an Air Force aircraft, the radio call sign is ‘Air Force One,’” according to a post on the Air Force’s website.


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OAK RIDGE – “I’d rather give to somebody than to receive any day,” said Sandy Moskel, owner of Sandy’s Beauty Shop in Oak Ridge. With the help of her other stylists and the shop’s customers over the years, she’s been able to give more than she ever imagined. Moskel has been “doing hair” for 50 years and opened her own beauty shop 48 years ago. Since then, Sandy’s Beauty Shop has gained a huge following of loyal customers. “The community has been great to me and I’ve tried to give back to it it,” she said. A few years after her shop opened, Moskel and her group started putting together Easter baskets filled with things like candy, puzzle books and knickknacks. “We take them to people who are shut in or just need a little treat,” she said. That first year they put together 10 baskets. Last Easter, during the shutdown due to COVID, they were able to deliver 25 baskets to people who likely needed their spirits boosted more than ever before. Every Christmas, Moskel reaches out to local schools and churches to get a list of families in need and then her customers move into action and donate food items and money.

“This year we got about $4,000 and provided for six families,” she said. A few years ago, the group started supporting Mary’s House in Greensboro after Moskel’s son told her about the home for battered women. The group from Moskel’s shop is now donating food and toiletries every month. While these projects have become a tradition, Moskel also comes upon situations where she learns about someone in immediate need. As an example, she said one day recently she received a phone call at 7:30 p.m. about a family in serious need. The customer she was working with overheard the conversation and asked to help. More customers heard and they also offered assistance. By noon the next day, the group had already collected $700. Moskel loves putting a smile on the faces of others, and one of her favorite memories involves a customer who turned 100 years old last February.


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That customer had off-handedly mentioned that she’d like to have 100 balloons to celebrate each of the years she had lived. Moskel enlisted her friend, Debbie Fox, to help blow up 100 balloons. They then took them to the woman’s home on her birthday and placed them on the valances of the windows inside her home. “She was so happy, she cried,” Moskel said. “She didn’t think anyone would do it.” Hesitant about being in the spotlight for her kindness and generosity, Moskel is quick to share the credit. “I’m just the organizer,” she said. “It’s not me. It’s the graciousness of my amazing clients.”

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Feb. 11 / MEETING HIGHLIGHTS as reported by PATTI STOKES Mayor John Flynt called the monthly council meeting to order shortly after 7 p.m. Council members unanimously approved the meeting agenda after making three minor changes.


Wright Archer introduced himself as the Division 7 engineer with N.C. Department of Transportation, replacing Mike Mills. Archer said several Stokesdale residents had recently called the local DOT office with concerns about the pending roadwork project in the vicinity of U.S. 158, N.C. 65 and N.C. 68, and specifically about any plans to build a four-lane divided highway section in that area. For more on this discussion, see article on front cover of this issue.

 5  0 Approve meeting minutes

WHAT they voted on, and HOW they voted: Mayor John Flynt, Mayor Pro Tem Thearon Hooks and council members Derek Foy, Jim Rigsbee and Jimmy Landreth voted on the following issues at the Feb. 11 town council meeting…

from Aug. 13, Sept. 8 and 10, Oct. 8 and 26, Nov. 12 and 19, 2020.

 5  0: Approve meeting minutes from Aug. 13, Sept. 8 and 10, Oct. 8


 3  2: Approve (Flynt and Hooks opposed) the finance officer’s proposed general fund budget amendments

Town Clerk Alisa Houk reported 601 water customers were billed in January, which includes 10 new customers on the town’s water system. Nine new water meters were sold to builders and about 20 water meters have been placed on hold. In other items related to the water system: • Gary Machunis, the town’s water operator, has submitted samples for quarterly THM (trihalomethanes) testing. • The developer of Treeline Trails has requested a water permit for the develop-

and 26, Nov. 12 and 19, 2020

 4  1: Approve (Flynt opposed) the finance officer’s proposed amend-

ments and two additional amendments to the water enterprise budget

 5  0: Approve authorizing the town finance officer and council members Landreth and Foy to open a money market account for capital reserves

 5  0: (in four separate votes) Approve four findings of fact necessary

for granting Teramore Development a variance to the town’s required number of parking spaces for a commercial building

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 5  0: Approve an internet phone line at $35/month to facilitate virtual meetings

 5  0: Schedule budget workshops on March 4, April 20 and May 6.

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ment’s next phase and the developer of Boone Meadows has requested permission to record the subdivision’s plats. Total Computer Solutions has been working with Houk on computer issues and the audio portion of the town’s new audiovisual equipment is being refined. Per request of Guilford County, the town’s hazard mitigation plan is being updated. In response to Councilman Jim Rigsbee’s question, Houk said December 2020 and January 2021 council meeting minutes will be ready for approval at the March council meeting.

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Finance Officer Kim Thacker presented balances for the general fund and water enterprise accounts and then requested budget amendments to properly record funds the town received through the CARES Act and additional maintenance expenses relating to the HVAC system in Town Hall. Flynt questioned whether the town was consistent when assigning shared expenses between the general fund and water enterprise accounts, to which Councilman Derek Foy said he thought the town was being “incredibly consistent.” Thacker said everything she was recommending had been discussed with Rex Rouse, an accountant with the town’s auditing firm.

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‘Sunrise at Sunset’ The unlucky end up ‘graveyard dead’ in BJ Barnes’ crime thriller set on the North Carolina coast

After taking Tina hostage, he uses garden shears to cut off one of her little fingers, piece by piece.

(Spoiler alert) In the end, Tina chews through the duct tape binding her hands to distract the terrorist, known as “One,” with a foggy blast of a fire extinguisher. TJ kneels and fires his Smith and Wesson 357, leaving his wife’s torturer “graveyard dead,” a phrase Barnes plucked from his decades of experience in the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.

by CHRIS BURRITT SUMMERFIELD – Plenty of people wind up shot, tortured and wrapped in duct tape in “Sunrise at Sunset,” Summerfield Mayor BJ Barnes’ novel about a terrorist plot that features Barnes and his wife, Dena, as thinly veiled characters.

“I knew where I was going to end,” Barnes said of the plot of “Sunrise at Sunset,” the first of a trilogy of novels exploring terrorist and criminal activities around the world. In an interview last month, he said he’s written about a third of the second book.

In the recently published book, Sheriff TJ and Tina Slone narrowly escape death while entertaining North Carolina’s governor and his wife at their home in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. In the early pages, the brutal mastermind of the terrorist plot shoots TJ in the head.

Some of the characters in the first book will appear in the sequel.

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One of them has a familiar last name – Dunham, as in former Summerfield mayor Gail Dunham. A deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Steve Dunham clashes with the sheriff and other local law enforcement officers. They consider him a bureaucrat more interested in advancing his career than solving the case. Despite the unflattering portrayal, Barnes said “that character will not end up being the villain he is” in the first book. Barnes said he drew on his service in the U.S. Marine Corps and 24 years as sheriff to pack “Sunrise at Sunset” with details about weapons and police tactics. He said he also served on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2011.

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Summerfield mayor and first-time novelist BJ Barnes signs a copy of “Sunrise at Sunset” for Dee Hall, the town’s finance officer, before the start of the Town ...continued on p. 27 Council’s meeting last month.


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According to Stokesdale resident Richard Isley, an ORHSA member and owner of Equine Event Planning, association volunteers are intent on continuing this tradition. “The money that is raised is going back to local nonprofits,” Isley said. “We’re in this to give back to the community and bring the community together.” After an eight-year hiatus, the Oak Ridge Easter Horse Show promises to

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be better than ever and ORHSA members have spent countless hours combining both the old and new to provide a fun-filled event for all ages and interests. One of the first hurdles the association faced was how to prepare for all the safety precautions needed in light of the ongoing pandemic. “ORHSA will be complying with all local and state regulations in reference to the pandemic,” Isaac Bennett, ORHSA chairman, said assuredly. “We’ll do whatever we have to do to bring the show back to the community and make it safe for everyone.” The next step was finding a location. Fortunately, Renee Weidel, owner of Steeple Hill Farms in Summerfield, was happy to help. “She has graciously donated her facility for our event, and we couldn’t be happier,” Bennett said. With those issues resolved, the group started working on pulling together the various attractions that have drawn so many people to the show in previous years. During the day, the Piedmont Horseman’s Association will be hosting a number of riding competitions for both youth and adults. As riders compete for points in two show rings, a third will feature the popular Mutton Busting, where youngsters see how long they can stay atop some wild and woolly sheep.

(Parents, don’t be alarmed – these sheep are actually more mild than wild.) To add to spectators’ enjoyment, there’s also a Calf Scramble in which young contestants chase a calf while trying to be the first to pull a ribbon from its tail. The ever-popular Draft Horse Pull will take place on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. Sanctioned by the Blue Ridge Horse Pullers Association, participants in two categories – Heavyweight and Lightweight – will be chasing both points and money. As evening closes in, the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association (SEBRA) sanctioned bull riding and barrel racing begins. Isley said this year’s event will also include mini bull riding, an event in which the bulls are smaller and the riders younger. Isley is particularly excited that his cousin, Keith Isley, a professional rodeo clown and entertainer who has been involved in the rodeo world for nearly 50 years, will perform at this year’s show.

What’s an outdoor event without delicious food? Wanting something unique, the group is putting together a Food Truck Rodeo. Bennett mentioned this will free up volunteers to focus on the show and give attendees a wide variety of food choices. Both Bennett and Isley are pleased with the amount of support they’re receiving from the community. Many companies have already stepped up as show sponsors, and members of HorseFriends, a therapeutic riding program based in Summerfield, have been offering their help to bring the show together. The association is still looking for participants, volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors. For those interested, visit or call Bennett at (336) 402-7540 or Isley at (336) 908-3302.

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“People love Keith,” Isley said, adding that his cousin has received numerous accolades for his work.

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Besides the competitions and contests, the horse show will also feature a selection of vendors including horse and tack suppliers, artists and potters, with new exhibitors being added each day.

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A style of riding originating from cowboys that has a larger, heavier saddle, and riders hold both reins in one hand. An Olympic sport in which the horse and rider are judged on how well they perform a series of ballet-like movements that flow from one to the other.

2. Show Jumping

A horseback riding discipline where horses and riders compete to clear a set jumping course with the fewest mistakes in the fastest time.

3. Western Riding

A style of riding that uses a smaller, lighter saddle, with the rider holding one rein in each hand. This style of riding is seen in dressage, jumping events and polo.

4. Draft Pull

A rodeo-type event in which the horse and rider travel as fast as they can around a set of three barrels placed in a triangle.

5. English Riding

A competition where one or two horses in harness pull a weighted sled for a short distance and the winner is the team or animal that can pull the most weight.

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Meet Callie, a 1-year-old female English shepherd or Aussie mix. She was found as a stray and may have been abused and/or been out on her own for a while. She needs time to get used to new people and places, but once comfortable, she is beyond sweet. Callie weighs about 40 pounds, is good with other pups and loves to play. Callie also lived with a cat in one of her foster homes and did fine. She is very smart, and is working on being crate trained. Callie would do well with another confident dog to show her the ropes and a patient human to help her live her best life! We would recommend a home with no young children, but kids 13 and older who have had dogs before would probably be fine. She would do best in a home with a fenced yard (we do not recommend an electric fence for her). This girl is a great dog and just needs a confidence-building home to help her blossom! Learn more about Callie or apply online to adopt her at

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BIG FOOT About 9 years old, Big Foot came to the shelter because his owner could no longer take care of him. At 68 pounds, this brown brindle-and-white pit bull terrier is a sturdy fellow, ready for anything. Like the Sasquatch (also known as Big Foot or Bigfoot), this Big Foot is a little shy, but he is a very friendly boy, ready to give a large amount of love to a new family. People spend years searching for this elusive creature, but you can have Big Foot for your friend by going to the shelter and asking for him by ID#A024018.

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District 1 Sheriff’s Office

has recently responded to the following incidents in northwest/northern Guilford County ... ALCOHOL

Feb. 27 | A 22-year-old male was cited at 3:31 a.m. in the 1900 block of Fleming Road/Isaacson Boulevard in northwest Greensboro for driving with an open container of alcohol and speeding.


Feb. 14 | A 53-year-old male reported a known suspect assaulted him at StokeRidge Tavern on N.C. 68 N. in Stokesdale. Feb. 20 | A resident of the 7900 block of Lester Road in Stokesdale (off N.C. 68 N) reported a known suspect assaulted her by pulling her hair. Feb. 21 | A resident of the 8100 block of Spotswood Road in Summerfield (off U.S. 158) reported at 1:34 a.m. a known suspect slapped her and pushed

her against the wall. Feb. 27 | A 41-year-old male was arrested in the 8300 block of Tyner Loop in Colfax (near Norcross Road) for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and also cited for communicating threats. Feb. 28 | A resident of the 6500 block of Lake Brandt Road in Summerfield reported a known suspect struck her in the head multiple times and pushed her into a wall, causing her to fall.


Feb. 26 | A resident of the 7300 block of Henson Forest Drive in Summerfield (near Oak Ridge Road) reported three unknown suspects entered her residence by breaking in the back door; at the time of this report it was not yet known what items had been stolen.

Feb. 17 | A 20-year-old male was arrested at 12:50 a.m. in the 7100 block of U.S. 158/Southard Road in Stokesdale for possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with intent to manufacture/distribute. Feb. 25 | A 27-year-old male was arrested at 12:28 a.m. in the 8400 block of U.S. 158/Newberry Street in Stokesdale for possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance with intent to manufacture/distribute. Feb. 27 | A 32-year-old female was arrested in the 8600 block of U.S. 158 in Stokesdale for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of stolen goods; she was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Feb. 28 | A 22-year-old female was arrested in the 8600 block of U.S. 158 in Stokesdale for being a fugitive from justice.


Feb. 22 | A 55-year-old male was cited in the 9200 block of U.S. 158 in Stokesdale for littering 15 to 500 pounds.

(The minimum fine for a first offense of littering more than 15 pounds and less than 500 pounds is $250, with maximum fines going as high as $1,000. Subsequent offenses can bring community service requirements and fines of up to $2,000.)


Feb. 19 | A resident of the 9000 block of U.S. 158 in Stokesdale reported an unknown suspect stole a generator valued at $300 from her grandparents’ residence, located in the same block as hers, between Feb. 18-19. Feb. 27 | An employee of Tractor Supply Company in Oak Ridge reported at 6:34 a.m. unknown suspects stole a utility trailer worth $2,300 from the parking lot. Feb. 28 | An unknown suspect reportedly stole $2,350 worth of items from a house being remodeled in the 1000 block of N.C. 150 W in Summerfield between Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 28 at noon.


Feb. 17 | A resident of the 8800 block of Cravenwood Drive in Oak Ridge (off Pepper Road) reported an unknown suspect damaged trees in his backyard.

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 Basketball workout program | Future Basketball

Stars will offer a 10-week basketball workout program for kids from K to 9th grade every Monday and Tuesday, March 8 to May 18, at Lawndale Baptist Church, 3505 Lawndale Drive in northwest Greensboro. Visit for pricing and to register, or call Brian Judski, (716) 517-7193, for more info.

THURSDAY, MARCH 4  Town Council meeting | Oak Ridge Town Council

will hold its next meeting March 4, beginning 7 p.m. In light of social gathering guidelines, in-person attendance by citizens will be limited. The meeting will be livestreamed on the town’s YouTube channel. See News Briefs in this issue for a meeting preview or access the meeting agenda at  Budget Workshop | Stokesdale Town Council will

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Guilford Woman’s Club, a non-profit service organization whose members include women from all walks of life, will hold its monthly meeting March 8, 7 p.m. at Bistro 150 in Oak Ridge Commons. For more info about the organization, visit the group’s Facebook page. To RSVP for the March 8 meeting, email

TUESDAY, MARCH 9  Town Council meeting | Summerfield Town Council

will hold its next meeting March 9, beginning 6:30 p.m. at Summerfield Community Center, but in light of social gathering guidelines, citizens will not be invited to attend in person; the meeting will be recorded live on the Town of Summerfield’s Facebook page. Those wishing to speak during the Public Comments portion of the meeting are asked to call Lance Heater, Summerfield’s town clerk, at (336) 643-8655 or email in advance.


 Farm animal photo session | HorseFriends of NC,

a non-profit therapeutic riding program, is partnering with Erin Hardy Photography to host children’s veterinarian-themed mini photo sessions with ponies and other farm animals March 13, 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Still Water Farm, 7169 Strawberry Road in Summerfield. Veterinarian dress-up clothes and props will be provided. HorseFriends will get 50% of all proceeds from the photo sessions. Visit event/mini-photo-sessions-on-the-farm to see pricing and schedule an appointment. More info: (336) 420-4588.

TUESDAY, MARCH 16  Special Called Town Council meeting | Summer-

field Town Council will hold a special called meeting for a budget planning session March 16, beginning 6:30 p.m. at Summerfield Town Hall, 4117 Oak Ridge Road. More info: (336) 643-8655.

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NORTHERN GUILFORD Slater Ward, senior Sport: football by MEREDITH BARKLEY Northern Guilford’s Slater Ward recalls the kickoff that set his football career in motion. It came during a middle-school game. The team’s kicker didn’t want to do it anymore, so Ward volunteered. “I kicked it 40 yards down the field and the coach said: ‘You’re our new kicker,’” remembered Ward, a senior. He’s been doing it ever since. Last season he was the Nighthawks’ fifth leading scorer with 42 points – 30 extra points and four field goals. His longest, he said, was about 45 yards. “I played soccer when I was younger,” Ward said. “That’s where I


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became a kicker. I was always good at it. I’ve always had strong legs.” He also plays cornerback on defense – another position that he enjoys. He said he has a knack for reading quarterbacks and knowing where the play is going. “I fell in love with cornerback because you can be really aggressive with receivers,” he said. He thanks Will Billingsly, who coached him during his sophomore and junior years, for teaching him the position and helping instill in him a fondness for it. Still vivid in Ward’s memory is the junior varsity game in which he grabbed an interception in the end zone and ran it back 100 yards for a touchdown. And then there was last year’s interception during a playoff game against Cox Mill that helped seal the Nighthawks’ win. “That’s probably the most I’ve ever celebrated on the sideline,” he said. Ward also plays baseball at Northern, where he pitches and plays second base and short stop. During his downtime he favors mountain biking

and snowboarding.

Foods most days, and then homework.

“I like my winter activities,” he said. “I just really like the freedom you get. There are no rules.”

“I have almost no free time,” said the 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior left tackle. And that’s fine with him. “I don’t like being idle.”

His favorite classroom subject is social studies. “I just enjoy learning about history, learning about what we built our country on and what causes other places to be the way they are,” he said. He plans to attend Appalachian State next year to study education, perhaps becoming a teacher and coach. He credits his interest in education to some “great teachers” and to recognizing how crucial they are.


Besides, he said, his job helps him save for college. He hasn’t decided yet where he’ll go, but he’s looking hard at N.C. State and its Navy ROTC program. He wants to be an engineer and “State has a great engineering program.” And, he said of his engineer dad, “I’ve always liked how he designed things.” As for ROTC, “I’ve always wanted to serve” and joining the officer training program would help pay for college.

Ethan Mathena, senior Sport: football

He’s been looked at for football by a college or two, he said, but he’s not banking on playing football in college.


In fact, Mathena, who moved with his family from Georgia before his sophomore year, had been a swimmer, not a football player. He decided to give football a try after Coach Erik Westberg, his physical education teacher, urged him to.

As high school football practice got underway in mid-February, Northern Guilford’s Ethan Mathena found himself a very busy fellow. Practice began 6:30 a.m., followed by school, his cashier job at Lowes

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He found a congenial group of coaches and teammates. “He makes it fun,” Mathena said of Westberg. “I enjoy most every practice.” He has little time for other school activities, he said, but he’s active in

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NORTHWEST GUILFORD Cam Carter, senior Sport: football by MEREDITH BARKLEY Northwest Guilford’s Cam Carter played five or six sports until eighth grade. “I was heavy into baseball and basketball,” said the 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior. “Multi-sport athletes

run in the family.” Realizing he would have to narrow it down to one or two sports so he could play at the next level, he ultimately chose football. By freshman year he was working to develop the skills to play at the college level. After sophomore year, he said, “I really took it to the next level. If I don’t do something to the best of my ability, I get down on myself.” Carter arrived at Northwest as a running back, but he said when his coaches saw he had good hands, they switched him to receiver. Last year he caught 19 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, according to stats listed on He also ran for 87 yards and another touchdown and spent time returning kickoffs and punts.

crime scenes, the detection work, that really stood out to me. I really want to pursue that.” His goal is to work in crime scene investigations, perhaps with the FBI. His favorite class is Math 3, an honors course taught by Jessica Estep. While it’s one of his more challenging classes, he has felt a bond with the teacher.


On National Signing Day he committed to play wide receiver for Wingate University, a South Atlantic Conference member and NCAA Division II school.

He wants to study criminal justice. “I really like what they have to offer at Wingate for that,” he said. “I’m a very detail-oriented type of guy – the

The pandemic has grabbed lots of attention and headlines over the past year and Carter said he deals with it all by staying positive. “To me, there’s no point in the negative,” he said matter-of-factly.


“I’m super excited,” Carter said, noting that he and some other Viking players had visited Wingate and he liked what he saw. “The campus just stood out to me,” he said. “I started researching their majors.”

“When she told us the first week that she played college basketball, I said: ‘Oh my gosh, she knows sports!’” Carter said.








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NORTHWEST GUILFORD – Carson Cassetty and Northwest Guilford’s runheavy offense were too much for Smith when the two teams met Feb. 25, besting the Golden Eagles 48-6 in the opening game of the COVID-delayed and shortened high school football season. Northwest’s Vikings, playing at home, surrendered an early 6-0 lead, then scored 48 unanswered points to go 1-0 into the young season. Cassetty, the 175pound senior running back, accounted for five of those touchdowns. “We came out a little slow,” said head coach Kevin Wallace, pointing to some early turnovers. “We had to settle down a little bit. But once we got going, we were fine.” He called the win “a good start,” but acknowledged: “We’ve got some stuff to work on.” High on that list: the passing game. Quarterback Micah Salmon had only a handful of pass attempts, one for a touchdown. Wallace said he expects that to improve once Salmon and his receivers have more time to work out patterns and timing. The coach also saw weaknesses on special teams and tackling. Still, it was the Vikings’ most lopsided win since 2016 when they defeated Western Guilford 62-0 and went 7-5 for the season. For a program

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that hasn’t had more than four wins a season since then, that was welcome. A corps of returning talent has offered reason for optimism. “We’re excited,” Wallace said soon after practices began in February. “We return a lot of starters.” Salmon threw for 1,676 yards and 17 touchdowns last year, and ran for another 377 yards and three touchdowns. “He’s a little bit bigger and a little bit faster,” Wallace said. Cassetty ran for 838 yards last season and nine touchdowns, and had another 322 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Xavier Simmons, a junior who Wallace said is attracting looks from ACC, SEC and Big 12 teams, added 208 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-three, 210-pounder, also plays middle linebacker and recovered a pair of fumbles against Smith. “He’s big time and he’s doing well,” the coach said. Salmon’s pass targets this year will include senior slot Cam Carter, a three-year starter who had 206 receiving yards and two touchdowns last year, and freshman wide receiver Trent Cloud, who already has colleges salivating. “He had an offer a month ago from South Alabama,” Wallace said. On defense, Simmons led the team last year with 90 tackles. Bristol Carter, a sophomore defensive back, had 53 and a conference-leading five interceptions. Senior defensive back Dewayne Johnson had four interceptions. While the pandemic has spared

Wallace’s team so far, it has caused headaches for players and coaches as they adjust schedules for those playing several sports. Basketball, soccer and lacrosse are also under way NORTHERN GUILFORD – Northern Guilford football slogged its way to a season opening shutout win at McMichael last Friday in a cold rain that left the field in such bad shape the game was called at half time. By then, Northern head coach Erik Westberg said, the field was so mired in mud he’d have lost his boots if they hadn’t been well tied. “I was shocked we even played the game,” he said. His Nighthawks won 27-0, holding McMichael to -21 yards total offense. “I was pleased how they came out and performed considering what the conditions were,” Westberg said of his team. Quarterback Will Lenard threw for three touchdowns – two to Noah Pruitt and one to Terrell Timmons – and Jordan Mcinnis scampered three yards for another. The Nighthawks had 204 yards total offense – 173 of that through the air. This Friday, March 5, Northern hosts Northeast Guilford, which opened with a 42-0 loss to Eastern Alamance. The Nighthawks will be laser focused on that game, said Westberg, as they aim for a good run through the COVID-altered, sevengame, conference-only spring schedule with hopes of a playoff bid. “We can’t afford to have a hiccup in any of them,” he said. There’s lots of reason for optimism. Northern has a seasoned group returning from last year’s team that finished 8-5 and made it to the second round of the playoffs. But the rules are different this year,

at the moment. “We start practice at 6:30 in the morning right now and lacrosse starts at 6:15 in the afternoon,” Wallace said. Some players make both practices. and the Nighthawks may have to do much better to make post season. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association dropped the number of playoff rounds from five to four for this unusual season, so fewer teams will advance. “It’s possible we can go 6-1 and not make the playoffs,” Westberg said. Lenard, leading the charge again, threw for nearly 3,000 yards last year and 27 touchdowns. His targets this year will likely include seniors Pruitt and Brady Mercer, and juniors Timmons and Manny Elliott, Westberg said. With Lenard in the backfield will be senior Nyles Mosley, who rushed for nearly 700 yards and six touchdowns last year; Tyshawn Wall, a sophomore who missed most of last season with an injury; and Mcinnis, who ran for 571 yards and 12 touchdowns. Tre Ruff, an anchor on the offensive and defensive lines, graduated last year, but remains with the team as an assistant coach. Among the linemen protecting the playmakers will be junior John Zuppo, a 6-foot-1, 275-pounder. Gone from this year’s defense is middle linebacker Tyler Anderson, now playing at Western Carolina. Leading the unit will be senior Amaah Achina at safety. He’ll be joined by junior Connor Lachesky at defensive end, an allconference selection last year. He had 75 tackles, including 12 for losses and six sacks. “I think we have a chance to have a really solid team week in and week out,” Westberg said.

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overcome her initial disappointment that the coronavirus disrupted her senior year. “It’s weird to realize that I literally will never go back to high school,” said Joyner, explaining the flexibility of remote classes allows her to work as a restaurant cashier. “At this point, I’m finishing it up. I just accepted it and am looking to the future.” Alexandra’s mother, Caroline Ruch, said she feels “really sad for the seniors because they’ve missed out on traditional school activities like the football season and homecoming in the fall. I feel like they’ve been forced to acclimate and accept their fate, so to speak. We’re making the best of it.” While some students need the structure and interactions of classroom teaching, Ruch said the flexibility of remote learning appeals to her daughter. “We were shocked at first, but we now see how much easier that is than sitting in a class all day with a mask on,” Ruch said. Sophia Soto, a freshman at PennGriffin School for the Arts, is attending classes two days a week while continuing virtual learning three days a week. “As soon as you get used to one, you have to do the other,” said Soto, adding she’d prefer to attend school five days a week. The staggered schedule for students is one of the COVID-related safety protocols aimed at reducing the number of

people in school buildings at the same time. Other measures, such as wearing of masks and keeping six feet apart, are also required. “There really isn’t that much time or space to socialize,” said Janiese McKenzie, Northern Guilford High School’s principal. “Some of our biggest traditions are not available, like hanging out in the atrium with friends before school or meeting up at lunch in the cafeteria.” Denise Francisco, principal of Northwest Guilford Middle School, said parents appreciate the option of in-class instruction for their children or remote learning “for those who are not yet able or ready to return for face-to-face instruction.” “Kids are happy to be in the building,” said Karen Ellis, Northern Guilford Middle School’s principal. “Many students have commented that it’s just easier to learn in the classroom with a teacher right there.” At the same time, Ellis said, some families prefer remote learning. “Our staff is still working to find the balance of how to teach with the hybrid

model of students in the classroom for two days and home for three,” she said. As the school year winds down, volunteers at Northwest Guilford and Northern Guilford high schools are trying to plan senior activities that comply with safety protocols. It’s unclear at this point whether the schools will be allowed to host prom or traditional graduation ceremonies. Northern Guilford High School’s PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association) is trying to arrange a bonfire at Summerfield Farms for seniors. That would require precautions, such as prepackaged hot chocolate and s’mores, according to Debbie Sivert, the group’s president. “The most we can do at this time is drive-through celebrations, but if restrictions ease up a bit in the near future, we might be able to do more,” said Stephanie Brady, president of Northwest Guilford’s PTSO (Parent, Teacher, Student Organization). “Having patience and perseverance is the only way to get through this.”

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 EuroHaus in Stokesdale for their professional auto services and repairs to our car. They went above and beyond, even offering transportation and a cool sweatshirt!  Guilford College cheerleaders for your dedication and efforts. Congrats on winning an $8,000 contest sponsored by Rebel Cheer, and on getting new uniforms. Big thanks to Rebel Athletics. Go Quakers!  Northwest Observer for its excellent multi-issue reporting on “Beavergate.” Grins also to Councilman Derek Foy for continuing to raise this issue. As a Stokesdale resident, I appreciate your concern for the checks and balances on town spending.

 David Couch, owner of Summerfield Farms, for trying to bully our elected officials and the community into letting him build his development. Way to be an American – “I don’t get my way, I will file a lawsuit.”  Oak Ridge Town Council for not understanding that people moved to Oak Ridge to escape urban sprawl. The $855,000 for Whitaker property shouldn’t include tennis courts and basketball courts which will be used by non-residents.  The Trotter Ridge neighbor who yelled at me for not picking up dog waste immediately. I forgot a bag – it happens, I’m human! I fully planned to drive back to clean up, but you preferred to jump to conclusions. So rude!  The young lady driving the gold GMC (while smoking and on the phone) on the afternoon of Feb. 20. You might want to choose a different car to tailgate next time.

 Neighbors around the ballfield in Stokesdale. Thanks for the pet tips, cleaning up the litter along the streets, cutting and removing fallen trees from the roads, and organizing Boy Scout collection boxes to help those in need.

 Healthy teachers racing to get the vaccine. You were never at high risk and it’s disgraceful you’ve pushed ahead of our seniors and at-risk populations. Parents will never view teachers the same after their behavior this past year.

 Sal Cagno for the hard work in getting the (Stokesdale Rec) basketball season going, which was much needed for these kids – and to Coach Jordan Balmforth for coaching with Sal. Great season, guys, and a great team! Truly, thank you.

 The driver of the Domino’s smart car with company logo who ran the stop sign on Lake Brandt and Witty Road. I spoke with the manager after it happened and hope you were reprimanded.

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U.S. 158 Bypass project. The 18.8mile bypass will run from Salem Parkway/Business I-40, up U.S. 158, and is divided into Sections A, B and C. Of four alternate routes that DOT considered for Section C, in 2018 the department selected Alternate 3, which runs to the north of the existing U.S. 158 through Stokesdale. “Section C is very far out in the future,” Wright clarified. “It has not yet been funded, and it will be 15 – or more – years before it gets underway. Since that won’t happen for a long time into the future, there are things we need to do along N.C. 65 and where it ties into N.C. 68 in the more immediate future,” he said.

“This (R-5823) is more of an interim project,” Archer explained. “We felt we needed something less impactful, but that would help folks get around better.” Design on R-5823 is in the very preliminary stage, he emphasized. Once it is ready to present to the public, Archer

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“We get a lot of insights and good ideas from the local residents as to what will work and what won’t,” Archer said. After receiving input on the preliminary design, DOT will work to finalize the design and then schedule a public information meeting to present it to citizens. To address concerns citizens expressed in recent calls to the Greensboro DOT office, Archer verified the road improvements along N.C. 65 will not involve any four-lane divided highways. It’s also unlikely the U.S. 158 Bypass north of Stokesdale will include any four-lane highways, although early documents for the bypass through town do show that scenario. “Looking at traffic capacity, it’s just not there,” Archer said. “If you pull the 150-page planning document, there is a four-lane highway that was studied (for the bypass), but I guarantee that’s not going to happen. It could be a three-lane divided highway, or even a two-lane divided highway. We’ll have to revisit traffic studies before deciding.”

NEW ADVERTISERS ...continued from p. 8 Bowlin was born in Greensboro and resides in Summerfield. He describes himself as a carpenter by trade, but said he has no relatives who have ever worked in carpentry or construction. “And honestly, in 1999 I didn’t even know how to read a tape measure,” he said. “1999 was the year I was first hired in the construction industry as a countertop fabricator helper.” Bowlin said he is dedicated to his two companies, his employees and his customers, and is an active member of the Greensboro Builders Association. He and his employees annually participate in Housing Greensboro and Habitat for Humanity community service projects. On a personal note… Bowlin is an active member of Shining Light Baptist Church.

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He said he enjoys Carolina Hurricanes hockey, loves live music (and looks forward to when it’s available again!), loves to travel, and “the beach is my happy place.” On a side note… Bowlin attended Northwest Guilford Middle and High School and played the trumpet throughout his middle and high school years. He is a licensed radiation therapist but no longer works in the industry. And there’s one more side note. “I grew up in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and thus I still enjoy neon under car lights and car subwoofers!” Bowlin admits.

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Public Information Session and Open House re: Unified Development Ordinance Thur., Mar. 18, 6:00pm, Zoom The community is invited to ask questions regarding the proposed UDO. Under “News & Notices” on the Town website, the “Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Rewrite” link details the project and all relevant files. The adoption process affords several opportunities for citizen engagement beyond this early informational session. Due to COVID, this meeting will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Access details are available on the Town website calendar or by emailing

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to approve Thacker’s proposed general fund budget amendments. In addition to Thacker’s recommendations, council members suggested two other amendments to the town’s water enterprise budget.

 4  1 (Flynt opposed) to approve

Thacker’s proposed amendments and two additional changes to the water enterprise budget.

 5  0 to approve sending a letter

to Fidelity Bank authorizing Landreth, Foy and Thacker (all authorized to sign town checks and bank documents) to open a money market account for capital reserves.

CITIZEN COMMENTS  Mark Nadel said he had emailed council members on Jan. 25 after reading recently released closed session meeting meetings from March 12, 2020 (discussion during that closed session centered on invoices from and payments to Beaver Outdoor Solutions).

“To say the least, this is extremely disturbing to see what transpired,” Nadel wrote in his email. “It is obvious actions that took place were, in my opinion, a violation of the law as well as unethical… Former Councilman (Frank) Bruno no longer represents the town of Stokesdale in any capacity and it is my opinion his handling of this situation as head of the Property Committee and a past councilman has shown a complete disregard for the rules and regulations that a leader should possess. It is my opinion the council should look


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into sanctioning former Councilman Frank Bruno from ever holding any official position within the town of Stokesdale to make sure he no longer can or will represent the town of Stokesdale in any capacity.” Nadel went on to say it appeared that Bruno and Vic Beaver, owner of Beaver Outdoor Solutions, put a plan in place to circumvent Bruno’s spending authority. “Mr. Bruno’s actions were intentional and fraudulent in nature,” Nadel said before requesting the council take immediate action.

“We’re beating a dead horse,” Mayor Flynt responded. “We had our attorney look at this to see if there was any criminal activity…There was nothing done wrong based on the state auditor and state treasurer’s office. I think people have a very vindictive attitude toward Frank Bruno. I am against ever sanctioning a citizen. You are violating someone’s constitutional right to do that… We have investigated this to the nth degree and there is nothing there.” Nadel asked the mayor about comments he had made during the March 12 closed session regarding Bruno’s behavior being fraudulent and Flynt said he had not made a statement, rather asked a question. After further discussion, Flynt asked Town Attorney Tom Medlin if he could speak to the legal aspect of the issue but Medlin said he didn’t think it was appropriate to do so during the period for public comments.

PUBLIC HEARING AG to RS-40. The 3.78-acre property is located on the south side of U.S. 158. Town Planner Oliver Bass said both staff and the town’s Planning Board recommend approving the request to rezone the property from AG (Agricultural) to RS-40 (single-family residential, minimum lot size 40,000 square feet).

Proponents: Property owners Jackson and Gina Gonzalez said they wanted to rezone the property so it could be subdivided for family members.

 5  0 to approve the rezoning request (the vote was taken at a special called meeting Feb. 15, after allowing time for public input per legal requirements for meetings held virtually). Council recessed and reconvened as the Board of Adjustment.


Because this was a quasi-judicial hearing, those wishing to speak were required to affirm their name and address and state they would tell the truth. Medlin then explained conditions for holding the hearing virtually. The applicant, Teramore Development, requested a variance to allow the required number of parking spaces for an 8,965-square-foot building be reduced from 45 to 35. The request is for a Dollar General store, which is to be constructed at 7105 U.S. 158. Bass explained the town’s ordinance requires one parking space for every 200 square feet of a commercial building. Justin Church, an engineer working on the site plan, said wetlands had been discovered in the southern portion of the site; consequently, a new site plan had been

developed that meets all other requirements of the ordinance except for the number of parking spaces. He explained that meeting the requirement for the number of parking spaces would necessitate encroaching into the wetlands. “We can operate the store very safely with as little as 30 parking spaces and do quite frequently throughout the state, so we don’t feel this is a safety issue. We’re always looking for an opportunity to soften our impervious footprint,” Church told the council. Council discussed whether lowering the number of parking spaces would impact any of the other requirements or create a hardship on the town or the public and agreed it would not.

 5  0 In separate votes, the council approved four findings of fact necessary for granting the requested variance.  5  0 to adjourn the BOA and

reconvene as the town council.

NEW BUSINESS Advertising. Houk presented classified rates for advertising that the town is accepting bids for a landscaping/lawn maintenance company. Based on pricing, Flynt suggested the town advertise in the Kernersville News and Northwest Observer.

 5  0 to schedule classified ads in the Northwest Observer’s Feb. 18 and March 4 issues and for two weeks in the Kernersville News. Sealed bids will be due Monday, March 8, by 5 p.m. Audiovisual update. Foy said the audiovisual upgrade was done in late December, but there is still a technical piece to be worked out with Spectrum. If the technology is to be used for conducting virtual

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meetings, two cameras and high-quality microphones are recommended as well as an interface device to improve sound and image quality. The cost for these items would be $1,494 plus shipping. Rigsbee explained this will allow someone to connect to council meetings remotely while the council is meeting in person – “So, a mixture of live and virtual,” he said.

 5  0 to approve spending up to

$1,600 for Audio & Light to implement a virtual meeting interface and expense this to Building/Maintenance/Repairs.

 5  0 to approve an internet phone line at $35/month to facilitate virtual meetings.

Hazen & Sawyer planned to finish projecting the town’s water demands by mid-February. “That will give us an idea of how many gallons a day we’ll need for the new developments,” Flynt said. “Right now we’re using about 120,000 gallons a day; our contract with Winston-Salem is 300,000 gallons a day.” Flynt said the council should next focus on developing a capital improvement plan for what is needed to support the water system as more users come on board.

Budget Workshops

 5  0 to approve budget work-

Courtney Driver, utilities director for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, about a secondary water source coming down Haw River Road. Hazen & Sawyer has presented four alternatives for running water lines along the route.

shop dates of Thursday, March 4; Tuesday, April 20; and Thursday, May 6, all at 7 p.m.

A second period for citizen comments was offered, but no one wished to speak.

Laptop. After discussing the benefits of Houk having a laptop computer, Rigsbee agreed to research prices and report back at the March meeting.

Council recessed the meeting at 9:44 p.m. to enter into a closed session to discuss three items; the council meeting was adjourned immediately after the council returned from the closed session, with no action taken.

Update on water project. Flynt said conversations have taken place with


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MULTI-FAMILY yard sale. Sat., March 20, 7am. Pearman Estates neighborhood, off of Haw River Rd., Oak Ridge.

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PT COOK/CHEF needed for evenings (weekday and weekend) and Sunday morning/early afternoon shifts. Talent for creating unique culinary dishes for daily dinner specials a plus. Positive attitude, dependability, care of cooking space and insistence on cleanliness, and experience working in busy environment are a must. Experience as chef desired, but will consider training. Send resume including last two years’ work/ restaurant experience, along with professional references, to or call (336) 643-6359 between 2:30 and 4:30, Monday thru Friday afternoons. PART-TIME TOW TRUCK DRIVER. Local, Summerfield area. Preferably a retired guy with some truck driving experience. Call for details, (336) 382-8040.

AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING A-ACTION AIR. Will your furnace work this season? Call (336) 382-3750 or (336) 268-6768.


MAID-2- SHINE. Excellent ser vice, 15 years experience. Free estimates, excellent references. (336) 338-0223. PAOLA CLEANING SERVICE. Residential & commercial. Insured. (336) 669-5210.

NOW HIRING: Knitters and Creelers. Located in Stokesdale, NC. Give us a call at (336) 643-7751 for more information. AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM needs After-School Group Leader for PACES, located at the new Revolution Academy in Summerfield. 2-6pm, M-F, school year only. Email Call (336) 669-5590.


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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. BLISSFUL ART & FRAMING. SHOP LOCAL! Framing, gifts, graphic design. 4533 Hwy. 220 N., Summerfield. (336) 298-4502.

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EXTERIOR GREENSCAPES. Lawn maintenance service. Call for a free estimate (336) 682-1456.

Need an electrician? Call BLACKMON ELECTRICAL, INC. Free est. Comm. & res. Licensed & insured. Call (336) 430-5018.

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GENERAL REPAIR & SERVICES 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. AFFORDABLE HOME REPAIRS. One call fixes all! A+ with BBB. For a free estimate call (336) 643-1184 or (336) 987-0350. CLOCK DOCTOR. Free house calls for sick clocks. (336) 643-9931 or (336) 392-4124. OLD SCHOOL HOME REPAIR See display ad on page 15. L & T SMALL ENGINE SERVICE "We get you mowing!" Comm./res., all models. 2103 Oak Ridge Rd., Oak Ridge. Call (336) 298-4314, SMALL ENGINE AND MOWER REPAIR is back at a new location. Welding available. Call or text Morris at (336) 880-7498. FIX YOUR MOWER! Service and repairs. Spring specials. "We do it right." Free pickup & delivery. Call Rick, (336) 501-8681. APPLIANCE REPAIR – Call Mr. Appliance A step above the rest! (336) 609-5707. GARY’S HANDYMAN HOME SERVICES “Providing value for the home-ownership experience.” Gary Gellert, serving NC’s Piedmont Triad area., (336) 423-8223.

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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 33 years. (336) 362-5860.

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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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ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call (336) 382-9875. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 643-9332. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maint. (336) 655-6490. HILL LAWNCARE & OUTDOOR SERVICES. Free est. Call (336) 669-5448. WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Lawn maint., landscaping. Irrigation/ landscape contractor. Hardscaping & landscape lighting. 26 years exp. (336) 399-7764. ARBOR MASTERS TREE SERVICE Total tree removal, storm damage cleanup, shrub and tree pruning. Free estimates. Licensed & insured. (336) 643-9157. STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Lic./Ins. 40+ years experience. All phases of tree work. Lots & natural area thinning and cleanup. Large shrubbery jobs, chipping. Oak Ridge. Call (336) 643-1119. Hire a local with references.

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MISC. HOME SERVICES/PRODUCTS JUNK & DEBRIS REMOVAL, construction, remodeling, and general cleanup, out buildings, garages, basements, yard waste, etc. Call (336) 706-8470. ON EAGLE'S WINGS residential home design/drafting. Call Patti, (336) 605-0519.

PAINTING & DRYWALL PAINTING INTERIOR & EXTERIOR, 40 yrs. exp. Sheetrock repair. Average BDRM walls $100. Insured. Call Brad Rogers, (336) 314-3186. STILL PERFECTION PAINTING. Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, (336) 462-3683,

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