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Live, work and play ... safely Residents concerned about tractor-trailers traveling on narrow, rural roads

tractor-trailers using those winding, narrow roads have become worrisome.

by PATTI STOKES Colfax resident Jimmy Morgan says he has nothing against FedEx. His concerns simply have to do with safety on the rural roads that he and his family live and travel on, and the increasing number of FedEx

The majority of the road system within northwest Guilford County consists of secondary roads and minor thoroughfares. A secondary road is primarily designed to move traffic within residential areas and is usually wide enough for two-way traffic at moderate or slow speeds. By default, the speed limit on secondary roads is 55 mph, but most secondary roads in the northwest

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Counties differ on enforcement of sweepstakes businesses by PATTI STOKES NORTH CAROLINA – A state Supreme Court judge’s ruling in December 2012 resulted in sweepstakes businesses all across North Carolina being shut down – again. But the issue, which centers on whether sweepstakes businesses

equate to illegal gambling, has been batted back and forth as much as a tennis ball, and with a considerable amount of pushback from the sweepstakes businesses, the game doesn’t seem to be over yet. In the northwest area,

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Tractor-trailers traveling on segments of winding, narrow roads such as this one on Beeson Road have some residents concerned about noise, safety and road damage.

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Very few issues in recent years have been discussed and debated more fervently than the Affordable Care Act. And with so much conflicting information, it’s both difficult and frustrating to predict what long-term impact the new legislation will have on those who have and have not had healthcare coverage until now.

responses we have received to date. “The basic premise behind a universal health care program is that it provides health care to all of a country’s citizens while providing financial risk protections, improving access to health care services, and increasing overall health of all.

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To better gauge how people in our area have been affected by the new legislation, we invited our readers to share their experiences and views. The following are some of the

“I am dreading, or interested, to see how my concerns with regards to the formation of this plan play out. Concerns such as the increase in premiums and

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Oak Ridge Gets New Laser Therapy

Dr. Edward Boudreau answers questions about Salama Chiropractic Center’s new Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy What is Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy? Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is a painless, non-invasive, safe, and effective treatment modality where light is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, promote wound healing and soft tissue repair.

Why is Laser Class IV Therapy Different? Laser Class IV Therapy is a medical breakthrough therapeutic device with unparalleled applications and outcomes. The Laser works by converting light into biochemical energy, resulting in normal cell function, which causes symptoms (PAIN) to disappear.

What does laser therapy have over other forms of therapy? Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery, there are less side effects or risks, and it is quick and convenient. Studies have shown that it is equal to or more effective than other forms of physical therapy. Pain relief is often immediate.

Does it hurt? What does the treatment feel like? There is no pain during laser treatment. In fact, there is little to no sensation at all. The treatment is relaxing and sometimes one feels a mild, soothing warmth. On occasion, the pain can increase or temporarily worsen 12-24 hours after a treatment session due to the healing process. This type of pain is likely to arise when the health problem is chronic in nature. Dr. Edward Boudreau received his doctorate degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic graduating with magna cum laude honors. Dr. Boudreau is certified in Active Release Technique and Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy.

How long does the treatment take? The typical course of treatment is 10 minutes , depending on the size of the area being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, especially if they are accompanied by significant pain. Chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Treatment plans are determined on an individual basis.

How many treatments does it take? This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before results are felt? You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 2 to 4 sessions. Treatments take just a few minutes, however, the therapeutic effect continues to sooth and heal long after you leave our office. So far, we have had excellent results with all of our patients.

Are the results long-lasting? Therapeutic Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is about healing. It’s not about masking or covering up a condition. When you feel better from this therapy, it’s because you are better.

I know several people that have tried cold laser treatment? Is your laser a cold laser treatment? No, our laser is a Class IV Deep Tissue Laser with much deeper penetrating power. No cold laser on the market today can come close to the fast-acting therapeutic effects of our Class IV device. Chronic pain relief and hard-to-fix cases are our specialty. We have many patients who have tried cold laser therapy with no success and with just ONE Class IV Deep Tissue Laser treatment they start feeling better. All lasers are not the same. Make sure you do your research prior to choosing your laser treatment.

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?

Yes, our laser therapy can be even more effective when combined with other forms of therapy, including chiropractic care, A.R.T., massage therapy, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and following surgery.

Can laser therapy be used over medical implants or over metal? Yes, laser therapy is a light treatment. No heating is involved with the surgical or metal implants. It can be used safely with no side effects. It is extremely effective for post-operative wound healing. Many hip and knee replacement patients see us for care.

Is it covered by medical insurance?

Laser Therapy is not currently covered by most major insurance companies. However,

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Do professional and college sports teams use Class IV Laser Treatment to treat their athletes? Yes! Over 50 professional MLB teams, NFL teams, NHL teams, NBA teams and university teams all utilize the same laser treatment offered in our office.

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Last call for council seat STOKESDALE – You’ve still got time, but the deadline to be considered for a seat on the Stokesdale Town Council is fast approaching. There is presently one vacant seat on the council, which came about when Randy Braswell, who was elected to a four-year term in 2011, was subsequently elected to a four-year term as mayor this past November. The town council plans to appoint someone to serve the remaining two years of his first term.

Citizens interested in serving on the town council are invited to contact Town Hall at 643-4011 or before noon on Friday, Jan. 10. Mayor Braswell and council members Vicki White-Lawrence, Bill Jones and Frank Bruno hope to appoint someone to fill the open council seat at the next council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21. As of Jan. 7, seven citizens had expressed interest in the vacant council seat.

Duke sees record energy usage CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy wants to thank its customers. Over the past few days in which much of the area has experienced the coldest temperatures in over seven years, the company says it asked for and received conservation from commercial, industrial and residential customers to help ease the burden on the utility system.

“Despite the challenges of the extremely cold weather, our system has responded well – especially since we have broken usage marks that have stood for as long as five years,” said Nelson Peeler,

vice president, system operations. Altogether, four Duke Energy companies set new winter peak records. For Duke Energy Carolinas, a new winter usage peak of 20,246 megawatthours was set Tuesday, Jan. 7 in the hour ending at 8 a.m. That exceeded the previous winter record of 18,985 megawatthours set on Dec. 15, 2010. “Because of our customers’ willingness to make minor changes in their daily routines yesterday, we were able to keep power flowing during this historic winter event, “ Peeler said.

Mayor conducts last official act STOKESDALE – After serving 22 years on the town council, including 18 years as mayor, Randy Jones (left) conducted his last official act as mayor on Dec. 17, which was to pass the mayor’s gavel onto newly elected mayor Randy Braswell. “I hope your tenure as mayor will be as plea-

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online: e-mail: Who can you call for animal control during non-business hours? Guilford County Animal Control maintains office hours MondaySaturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 641-5990. After hours, you should call the nonemergency number, 373-2222, or in an emergency call 911. Officer Eric Mann, field supervisor for animal control, says the type of situation dictates how each call is handled. An animal control officer is always on call and will be dispatched in an emergency. Emergencies include such issues as a person being attacked by an animal or in the case of a sick, injured or vicious animal. Dispatchers are trained to question callers to determine whether the situation warrants an officer’s assistance. Because there’s only one animal control officer on call, law enforcement officers are normally the first to respond. Each day traveling to and from work, I drive on the Lynwood Smith Expressway, a section of NC 68 in Greensboro. Who was/is Lynwood Smith? On April 20, 1982, the board of directors of the High Point Chamber of Commerce

adopted a resolution requesting the portion of NC 68 from US 311 to what was then known as Regional Airport be named after T. Lynwood Smith.

A portion of NC 68 known as the Lynwood Smith Expressway starts at Pleasant Ridge Road and extends to U.S. 311.

A resident of High Point, Smith had served as a highway commissioner, state senator, chairman of the North Carolina Economic Development board and member of the State Ports Authority. The resolution refers to Smith as “an outstanding and exemplary citizen of the state of North Carolina” and speaks of his “philanthropic, educational, civic, religious, political, business and professional” interests in both High


Point and North Carolina In addition, the resolution credits Smith with the passage of this highway project. “It was through the tireless efforts of T. Lynwood Smith during his tenure on the North Carolina Highway Commission that this project was initiated” declares a portion of the resolution. A second resolution was adopted by the Guilford County Board of Com-

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missioners nearly a month later. In this document, in addition to his accomplishments listed in the first resolution, Smith was cited as serving as a member of the Guilford County Board of Elections, judge pro-tem of the High Point Municipal Court, a member of the High Point City Council, mayor protem of High Point and was named High Point’s “Man of the Year” in 1969. This second resolution mentioned Smith’s “considerable perseverance and tireless effort, over strong opposition” to the widening and improvement of NC 68 from High Point to Regional Airport. According to the resolution, the project was “finally” completed in February 1982 and provided “much greater safety and facility for nearly 20,000 motorists every day and (gave) considerable impetus to the economic progress and development of the Triad area.” The NC Department of Transportation approved the request on June 11, 1982 and gave the go-ahead to erect the appropriate signs designating this stretch of NC 68 as the Lynwood Smith Expressway. Smith died on Jan. 24, 1998 at the age of 89. In addition to his accomplishments listed in the two resolutions, he was a graduate of Georgia Military Academy and Wake Forest Law School. Until his retirement, he was the corporate attorney and vice-president of Adams Mills Corporation.

I live in a subdivision behind the former Laughlin Primary school in Summerfield. Part of the neighborhood backs up to some woods which are not part of the subdivision. Recently when walking with our dogs and kids, we noticed some new renters have put a hunting stand in their yard. This is only 100 feet from the neighboring houses and faces the back of other houses. This is a quiet neighborhood with small homes and lots and a lot of dogs and kids around. Besides being inconsiderate, unsafe and inappropriate, is it legal? Can we neighbors take action against them or their landlord? After speaking with numerous officials, we discovered the answer to this question isn’t as simple as it might seem. According to Lt. Cameron Piner of the District 1 Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, he would need more information to properly answer this specific question. For instance, he would want to find out who owns the land and confirm whether there is an issue with trespassing or if the tenant got permission to set up a hunting stand on the property. Because a stand is in place doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone is actually using it for hunting, Piner points out. If it is used for hunting, the type of hunting that is being done would have to be confirmed because restrictions about distance from residences differ for gun and bow hunting.

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“We encourage people to call us so we can get all the details to properly answer their questions,” says Piner. The District 1 office is located at 7506 Summerfield Road (just a few hundred feet north of the fire station). Feel free to drop by during office hours or call (336) 641-2300. While walking at the park in Oak Ridge, I noticed some plastic bags hanging on the trees. Markings on the bags show that they are yellow jacket traps. Why were these put up? According to Terry Lannon, Oak Ridge’s director of Parks and Recreation, a small number of bags are typically placed throughout the park during the fall season to deal with yellow jacket nests. “I’m not really sure how many (bags) we put out this past fall,” says Lannon. “On some of the trees along Linville

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...continued from p. 1 area have posted speed limits of 45 mph. A minor thoroughfare collects traffic from the secondary roads and carries it to the major thoroughfares. Minor thoroughfares are designed to carry moderate amounts of traffic at moderate speeds for moderate to short distances and provide access to low/medium density residential, commercial and institutional land uses. Morgan and others say the number of tractor-trailers traveling on northwest area roads such as Haw River Road, Bethel Church Road, Stafford Mill Road, Beeson Road and Bunker Hill Road since a FedEx southeastern sort hub opened in Kernersville in October 2011 has been steadily increasing. The 400,000-square-foot, $110 million FedEx sorting hub is located on 125 acres on Old Greensboro Road. The facility handles small-package ground


Morgan, who is a full-time farmer, said when working in the fields this past summer at one of his farm properties on Cross Creek Road in Colfax, it was not unusual to see one to three FedEx tractor trailers a day headed toward the sorting hub in Kernersville. “They may be empty, it doesn’t matter,” Morgan said. “Some of these roads have sharp curves at the bottom with bridges.” Morgan expressed his concerns to the Highway Patrol and the Guilford County Commissioners. “It seemed that for a short period of time it got better after that,” he said. But not for long, and with an announcement in June that the sorting hub would be expanding, Morgan decided to approach the Oak Ridge Town Council at its meeting in December and ask for their help. “Having a grandson, and residences on narrow, curvy, two-lane roads – not to

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mention us folks running farm equipment … maybe I’m ‘crying wolf’ too soon, but we still want to live in a safe place,” Morgan said. “We are experiencing a problem that I believe could lead to a disaster.” Another resident who lives on Haw River Road says in the last several months she has noticed an increase in tractor trailers traveling on that road. The trucks sport logos of various companies including Walgreens, ABS and Southeastern, and often cross far over the double yellow line when they go around curves, she says. “Their trucks are too large for the small roads and they are on or over the double yellow line all the time. I’m also seeing there are chunks of concrete out of Haw River Road because of the trucks, and they are destroying the berms along the banks of the road.” The Haw River Road resident says the trucks travel at all hours of the day and night, and are apparently using the road, which is classified as a minor thoroughfare, as a cut-through. “One of the problems is they are barreling down the road and then have to stop quickly for the light (at the Haw River Road/NC 68 intersection).” What was described as a quiet, rural road when she and her family moved to their neighborhood eight years ago has become increasingly busy, and the closing of W. Harrell Road off NC 68 last year has only added to the vehicle traffic that now includes an alarming amount of tractor trailers, she says. Morgan served on the Heart of the Triad (HOT) committee, which was charged with developing a master plan for 7,500 acres of land – named Heart of the Triad – located along the GuilfordForsyth County line, west of the Piedmont Triad International Airport and along I-40, I-40 Business and US 421 corridors. The master plan was approved in 2010. “What we (HOT committee members) were stressing was, we need to make sure these established neighborhoods do not have these trucks … that we keep those companies near the main roads and interstates where their commercial traffic can easily get on and

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off,” Morgan said. “I’m not picking on FedEx – it doesn’t matter whose trucks they are. If those trucks are too heavy, our road maintenance costs are going to be high. DOT may say the roads are built to hold that weight, but I can tell you from experience that the southbound side, going toward the (FedEx) terminal, is a lot more worn than the side coming away from the terminal,” Morgan said. “Not too many months go by without someone missing a curve and landing up in one of my hay fields. I think there is some potential danger there,” Morgan told the Oak Ridge Town Council last month. “The hub is in the town of Kernersville limits, and they ought to get some of the traffic, too. They (drivers of large trucks) are filtering through these secondary roads and it’s a problem … there is a phrase ‘Live, Work and Play.’ It seems to me the primary thing the folks who govern our community owe their citizens is to make sure they live in a safe environment where they can live, work and play.” Since Morgan’s appeal for help from Oak Ridge, Town Manager Bruce Oakley has met with Mike Mills, a Department of Transportation engineer in the Greensboro office, to verify the maximum permitted vehicle length and weight on secondary roads and minor thoroughfares in the northwest area, as well as what if anything can be done about the increasing volume of tractor-trailer traffic on these roads. Mills was out of the office the first part of this week, but we’ll be following up with him on the answers to those questions after he returns.

Want to weigh in? If you have a specific concern or feedback about tractor-trailer traffic on the rural roads you live and travel on, please email editor@nwobserver. com. If requested, we will forward your feedback to DOT’s Mike Mills.

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HEALTH INSURANCE ...continued from p. 1 deductibles; employers choosing to offer less than desired plans or no plans due to rising costs; the increase in demand for primary care providers; the tax burden created by incentives to entice more doctors to become primary care providers; receipt of timely medical attention; future employment layoffs; employee hours reduced to less than 30 a week, resulting in a multitude of economical issues; millions of Americans being thrown into the Medicaid system whereby causing more stress on that system; as well as, how the Affordable Insurance Exchanges will come into play. “You don’t have to be a scholar to understand the economical impact this plan will have on our country. All you need to know is that the U.S. currently has one of the worst and most expensive health care systems in the modernized world. I just hope that the gap in the cost versus quality closes in my lifetime.” Melissa Stallings, Summerfield “The new healthcare law will increase the premium for our family, two adults, age 60, from $435 to approximately $736.82 per month. Part of the increase is to help cover those people who can’t afford to buy insurance and part covers the increased costs insurance companies will have due to the absence of underwriting. Certain services must be available in all policies, such as maternity care for men, pediatric care for a person 63 years of age, regardless of whether you want, need or will ever use the service. In large part, choice and common sense have been taken out of health care coverage for Americans. “One positive is that the pre-existing condition obstacle has been eliminated, which I think most people agree is a good thing regardless of their political beliefs. This could have been accomplished, however, without disrupting coverage for the 80 percent who had plans that worked.”

“I’m 47, single and buy my own health coverage. In October, I got a notice saying my rate would go up about $145 per month for a plan that was the closest option to the plan I was on. I’ve tried twice to complete my application at, hoping to see if I qualified for any subsidies, and actually got pretty far the second time, but then the website locked up. In early November, I got another notice saying I would now have the option to keep my current plan, and the rate for that would be mailed in early December. “I recently received the new rate to keep the plan I’m on, and it was about a $50 per month increase over what I’m currently paying. Of course, that sounds good now! It’s kind of like gas prices – we all gripe when it hits $4 per gallon, so when it goes back down to $3.30 per gallon, it seems reasonable when in fact, it’s still highway robbery. “As for my coverage, I don’t expect much to change, and fortunately I’m healthy and don’t require much beyond the preventative care services that are included. I think the real mess will be revealed next year when companies are required to get on the ACA. I think it’s ridiculous that the politicians who passed this plan are exempt from it.” Laura Troeger, Stokesdale “I am not affected, as far as I know right now. I am a teacher, so have employer health insurance. The premiums and some of the co-pays on the state employees insurance were reduced for next year. I don’t know if that is because of the ACA or not.” Lisa Skeen, Summerfield

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sweepstakes businesses such as the 220 Business Center in Summerfield reopened on Jan. 30, 2013 after an injunction was ordered in Davidson County that temporarily prevented officers from enforcing a 2010 state law. That injunction was thrown out the following week, however, and Guilford County’s Sheriff BJ Barnes announced that sweepstakes owners who remained in business after March 15 would be subject to arrest and prosecution, and to their machines being confiscated. Though sweepstakes businesses throughout Guilford County closed after receiving the notice from the sheriff’s department, some sweepstakes businesses in Forsyth, Rockingham and

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NC Attorney General Roy Cooper stands by the ruling that sweepstakes cafes are illegal. Cooper was recently quoted by the Associated Press as saying that sweepstakes businesses have continued to fight the ruling and law enforcement and prosecutors will just have to “keep plugging away at this.” Sheriff Barnes acknowledges that Forsyth and other counties have chosen to not be as aggressive about enforcement, but his decision to enforce the closing of sweepstakes businesses has not wavered, and “as far as I’m concerned, we’re still on solid ground.”

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surable and rewarding as mine has been,” Jones told Braswell. “Someone said I had worn all the bangs out of this gavel,” Jones then said jokingly, before

presenting Braswell with a new gavel he had purchased for him, which had the engraved names of former mayors on it, along with Braswell’s name.

Church holds groundbreaking STOKESDALE – Despite the pouring rain on Sunday, Dec. 22, the congregation of Gideon Grove United Methodist Church held a groundbreaking for a new sanctuary. The day was one of celebration as well as remembrance and forgiveness. Exactly one year earlier, on Dec. 22, 2012, the church building was destroyed by an arsonist.

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In the year since the fire, the congregation has simultaneously grieved and been touched by the outpouring of support from people within the community as well as from people and churches as far away as New Hampshire. Though there is still a significant gap between what insurance will cover and what is needed to replace and furnish a new church, Gideon Grove UMC

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members are moving forward in faith. In many ways the groundbreaking was just another step in their journey together, and the congregation led by Rev. Wanda Lancaster looks forward to hopefully coming home within the next year. In the meantime, Gideon Grove will continue to worship at Palestine United Methodist Church, where Lancaster is also a minister.

want to help? The Gideon Grove UMC congregation is appreciative of all donations, which will help make it possible to rebuild and furnish their church. If you’d like to send a donation, address it to Gideon Grove UMC, P.O. Box 444, Stokesdale, NC 27357.

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Ben Alley and Wendy Cheek of Summerfield sent us this photo of their cat, Chum Chum, who they rescued in July. Sadly, Chum Chum passed away just before Christmas, but Wendy and Ben are thankful for the time they had with him.

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One of our younger readers, David Kelly, found this katydid on his porch in Oak Ridge. We hope that katydid found a warm spot to stay during the cold weather!

Local Realtor Bobbie Gardner sent this photo of her long-haired Chihuahua, Ava, wearing a stocking hat Bobbie made for a friend’s baby. Ava is ready for a long winter’s nap!

Bonnie Demech sent in this photo of her miniature Schnauzer, Violet, dressed as a prisoner. His only crime? He was too cute.

Kathy Frazier of Stokesdale submitted this photo of Peekaboo, a therapy dog, visiting with Lucille Pegram. Peekaboo is a regular visitor at Countryside Manor, and on this occasion, sported a Minnie Mouse costume.

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“She didn’t know how to be a dog,” explains Wilhite. “We found she needed another dog to lead her and show her about doggie things.” Phoebe has since found a new home, adjusted to people and has a mentor, another golden named Gracie. Though she still has many obstacles to overcome, her new owners says she is gradually transforming into the trusting, carefree golden she was meant to be. Phoebe is just one of more than 1,100 golden retrievers and mixed goldens that TGRR has rescued and placed since its formation in 1990. A non-profit, 100 percent volunteer organization, TGRR is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, humane treatment and placement of homeless golden retrievers, and to educating the public about the breed. With the exception of extremely aggressive dogs, TGRR will work with any dog regardless of age, medical condition or behavioral problems. “Most of the money we raise goes to vet care,” says Wilhite. “It doesn’t matter what’s medically wrong with a dog, we will take it.” All dogs are evaluated by a veterinarian and are spayed and neutered if needed. Some dogs have been treated for heartworms and Lyme disease, and even had limbs amputated when necessary in order to save their lives. Once the dogs are vetted, they go to foster homes where volunteers help determine what type of home would best suit them; potential owners are also extensively evaluated. “We do phone interviews and home visits,” says Wilhite. “It’s very seldom that we have a dog come back to us. But, if there’s a problem we will always take our dogs back.” As part of its focus on education, TGRR works with schools, businesses and attends pet fairs. Wilhite says that one of the more unusual requests the group

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Although Charlie only has three legs, Triad Golden Retriever Rescue found him the perfect forever home. Photo courtesy of TGRR

fulfilled was attending a birthday party for eight-year-old twin girls. “The girls didn’t have a dog, but for some reason they wanted a golden retriever at their party,” says Wilhite. “We did a program that was educational and entertaining. We’d like to do more of these.” TGRR has about 40 active volunteers and an additional 30 that help when they can, and they could use many more. Volunteers don’t have to know a lot about dogs or even have a dog, they simply need a desire to work with and help find homes for homeless dogs. The group is in dire need of volunteers to help with social media, maintaining its database and redesigning the website. Fundraising, publicity, educational outreach, home visits and adoption fairs are a few other ways volunteers can serve. All dogs go to foster homes before they are adopted, and being a foster to a golden is another volunteer opportunity. “We can never have too many foster homes,” says Wilhite. “One of our biggest costs is boarding at our vet while awaiting foster homes.” With the help of volunteers and donations, Wilhite’s hope is that TGRR will be able to continue to make an impact in the lives of these needy dogs and the people who grow to love them.

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 Unlike most other cats, fishing cats actu To catch fish in the ally enjoy water and are wild, the cats swim and excellent swimmers. They dive underwater. However, have short, thick tails another developed skill is Photos courtesy of the that act similar to a rud- Greensboro Science Center to sit at the water’s edge der on a boat for steerand lightly tap the surface ing. Their slightly webbed feet give to mimic insects. This draws the fish up and the cat makes a fast swoop. them a more powerful stroke.

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The Wilson family and friend Katherine Shull went swimming with the dolphins at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine, Fla., this summer. Pictured from left are Casique the dolphin, Seth Wilson, Emily Wilson, Katherine Shull, Ken Wilson and Corey Wilson.

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Magyar attains Eagle rank Eric Magyar, of Troop #110 in Stokesdale, has recently become an Eagle Scout. Eric’s project included designing, planning and building a covered sand box for the troop’s host church, Stokesdale Methodist Church, as well as re-shingling the church sign and doing maintenance on existing picnic tables. Eric is a senior at Northwest High School. His Scout troop leader is Keith Pearson.

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STUDENT PROFILES Thanks to the coaches and teachers at Northern and Northwest High Schools for their student recommendations and input, which make it possible to recognize these talented, dedicated students for their accomplishments in academics, athletics and cultural arts. Thanks, too, to the student reporters at Northern and Northwest who helped us compile these profiles.







Hometown: Greensboro Toughest class: Any math class Extracurricular activities: Swimming (practices are 7 days a week) Favorite food: Anything chocolate Favorite musician: Taylor Swift Favorite movie: This Means War Best vacation ever: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Years lived in the northwest area: All my life Dream job: Own my own Yoga/Pilates studio Interesting/fun fact about yourself: I will swim for FAU this fall. Nickname? “Briana” Pre-meet ritual: I always eat a Bojangles Cajun chicken biscuit before the

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Hometown: Greensboro Toughest class: AP Stats Extracurricular activities: Wrestling Favorite food: Chicken Favorite band: Imagine Dragons Favorite movie: Inception Any siblings? Three brothers Best vacation ever: Florida trip Years in the northwest area: Six Dream job: Physicist Interesting/fun fact about yourself: I am very hardworking Nickname? “Alex” Weight division: 113 weight class Coach Ron Bare’s comments: “Alex works hard to make sure he and his teammates are ready to compete, and he is a good leader on and off the mat.”

swim meet starts. Coach Kate Connor’s comments: “Sabrina is a determined swimmer who has dedicated herself to swimming at the highest collegiate level. She will have a lot of success next year at Florida Atlantic University.”



Hometown: Greensboro Toughest class: Algebra II Extracurricular activities: Church activities Favorite food: Mexican Favorite band: Country/Christmas music Favorite movie: The Bling Side Any siblings? One older brother Best vacation ever: The Bahamas Years in northwest area: All my life Dream job: Marine biologist Interesting/fun fact about yourself: I like to snowboard Nickname? “Barber” Position on the team: Point guard




Hometown: Greensboro Toughest class: Chemistry Extracurricular activities: Basketball and volunteer work Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese Favorite band: 2 Chainz Favorite movie: Remember the Titans Any siblings: A little sister Best vacation ever: Orlando, Fla. Years lived in Northern area: Five Dream job: Physical therapist Fun fact: LeBron James is my favorite

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NBA player. Position on the team: Team captain/ forward Pre-game ritual: I always listen to music before the game. Coach Chambers’ comments: “Because of Marcus’ all-around skills – scoring, passing, rebounding and defending – he is in the running for player of the year in our league. He is a quiet person who leads by example.”



JACOB MYERS, sophomore

Hometown: Brown Summit Toughest class: AP World History Extracurricular activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Favorite food: Chick-fil-A spicy chicken sandwich Favorite movie: Man of Steel or Now You See Me Siblings: One older brother, Nathan Best vacation ever: We visited Pennsylvania and New York City in the same trip. Years lived in Northern area: 15 Interesting/fun fact about yourself: I also play baseball. Coach Scott Shaw’s comments: “As a freshman last year, Jacob faced a lot of adversity in one of the tougher high school weight classes but he has used that adversity to better himself. This year he has made a 180-degree turn and proved that overcoming adversity makes an individual stronger both on and off the mat. I am excited to see his continued success in wrestling.”

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The Early Times Bar (left) and the Double K Sports Bar (right) in Stokesdale were burglarized in late December; a Summerfield resident has been arrested in the case.

Intruder arrested after burglarizing bars STOKESDALE – The Double K Sports Bar, located on Belews Creek Road in Stokesdale, reported someone forced entry into the front door of the business sometime during the night on Dec. 27 and stole a small amount of cash. On

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We’re open Full-service small animal hospital Preventive care • General medicine Hospitalization • Medical boarding Laser surgery • Lab services & more

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 Pass and Review Parade | Oak Ridge Military

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Academy welcomes the community to come watch the cadets’ Pass and Review parade every Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on the field beside Bonner Field House. SATURDAY, JAN. 11

 An Evening with Civil War Historian Ed Bearss | The Greensboro Historical Museum, located at 130 Summit Avenue, invites you to join them on Jan. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. when Ed Bearss, chief historian emeritus with the National Park Service, will speak about the leadership styles of Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and more. Social hour and refreshments will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the program. Tickets are $15. More info: email or call 725-8797.

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 Trinity Church’s Ignite! Worship Service | Trinity daily playtimes included large indoor/outdoor runs 7630 Royster Road • Greensboro

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Church of Greensboro, 5200 W. Friendly Ave., invites you to join them on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for an exciting new worship service. This Saturday night service is designed to engage greater Greensboro into a vibrant relationship with God through powerful worship and ministry. The services will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. More info: call 336-299-9402. SUNDAY, JAN. 12

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 Open House | The Greensboro Montessori School, 2856 Horse Pen Creek Rd., invites you to join them for an open house on Jan. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. The school will also host an informative meeting about the middle school curriculum on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. and an informative meeting for parents of 3- to 6-year-olds on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. More info: call 668-0119 or email

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calendar continued  Hoofing it by mule presentation | The Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave., invites you to join them on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. for a presentation by Bernie Harberts – a North Carolina mule traveler. More info: call 373-2043 or email

 AA Meetings | Stokesdale Christian Church, 8607 Stokesdale Street, holds a weekly AA meeting on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. More info: call Dean Peterson at 392-6676.

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MONDAY, JAN. 13  AA and Al-Anon Meetings | Community Lutheran Church of Summerfield, 2960 U.S. 220 N., will host an AA and Al-Anon meeting on Monday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. More info: call 643-7667.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 14  Town Council Meeting | The Summerfield Town Council will meet on Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Summerfield Community Center, 5404 Centerfield Rd. For a meeting agenda, visit

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Airport Rotary Club meets every Tuesday from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Cardinal Golf & Country Club, 5400 Cardinal Way in Greensboro. More info: call Cory Newton at 253-5353. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15  AA Meeting | Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, 2614 Oak Ridge Road, holds AA meetings on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. More info: call 643-3452.

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 Oak Ridge Lions Club |The Oak Ridge Lions Club meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Bill’s Pizza, 1431 N.C. 68 North, Oak Ridge. For more info, call Carolyn Brown at 643-3447 or Debra Mays at 643-3832.


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LETTERS/OPINIONS Submit your editorials (maximum 350 words) e-mail: Include name, phone number and community in which you live.

We’re baaaaack! It’s always good to have a break from routine, and our staff enjoyed the extra time we had over the last two weeks when we didn’t have the usual Patti Stokes publisher/editor deadline crunch that comes with publishing a newspaper. Although I wasn’t completely away from the office or “off,” I did actually go two days without checking my email, and two weeks without covering a single governmental meeting. Like many of you, during our holiday break I had time to do alot of things I normally either don’t do, or at least I don’t do nearly as much of as I woud like to. For one, I love to read – and I spent hours doing just that. In fact, if it had not been for the Wii Mario Kart game I got my husband for Christmas, I might have completely kept my nose either in a book, on a website, or of course, reading

Donations, time, publicity appreciated I want to thank everyone in the community for their support and participation in Good Samaritan’s Angel Tree project this past holiday season. Your monetary donations, food donations and angel tree purchases were much appreciated by those who received them. Thanks also to the Stokesdale Fire Department for hosting our community


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magazine and newspaper articles (my time divided equally between print and online, by the way – books on my iPad, but newspapers definitely in print). But alas, Mario beckoned to me and though time and time again I found myself at the end of the race line, upside down, in a snow bank, flattened by a piece of machinery in the “Toad Factory,” splattered with ink, barely dodging cows in “Moo Moo Land,” and falling off a cliff in “Mushroom Gorge,” still ... I went back for more. I can’t quite explain what the attraction is about getting humiliated by family members who reach the finish line hours before I do (or at least so it seems), or snicker as they “lap” me – but it was fun, and given enough time I think I could master Mario Kart. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself as I transition back into the routine of getting up before daylight and heading into the office, where there are emails to read, interviews and research to do, and articles to write. It was good to have a break, but it’s good to be back.

GSM Angel Tree and helping load and unload all the presents. Thanks to the Northwest Observer for publicity, to BB&T in Oak Ridge, Northwest Observer, and Sam Anders CPA in Oak Ridge for housing the angels and making them available through their businesses.  To Southrich Corporation in Stokesdale, we continue to be grateful for the food pantry and clothes closet space, and for giving GSM a space to sort the Angel Tree presents and give them out to the 70 families we helped. Thanks to all the folks who gave of their time to shop and wrap presents for the angels left on the tree – I realize

time is precious, and I thank you. Thanks to the Northern and Northwest High School bus drivers for collecting 292 pounds of food and to Stokesdale Elementary for collecting 1,223 pounds of food for the GSM food pantry.  Approximately 100 families rely on food from the pantry all year long, and this will help us be prepared to serve the communities of Stokesdale, Oak Ridge, and Summerfield.  The food pantry will be open the last Saturday of each month this year from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The Clothes Closet is also open at this time and we continue to receive gently used clothing to keep it stocked. We live in a blessed community and I am truly privileged to live here and serve with all of you. Terri Johnson GSM Angel Tree coordinator STOKESDALE 

It’s time to give diplomacy a chance 2013 produced vital diplomatic steps towards a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program. 2014 can’t be the year we stop diplomacy before it even has a chance. Senators Kirk (IL), Menendez (NJ), and Schumer (NY) have introduced legislation that would impose additional sanctions on Iran. Allowing more sanctions would violate our diplomatic progress thus far and halt negotiation altogether. The Senate must be attentive to a recent U.S. Intelligence assessment which states that “new sanctions would undermine the prospects for a successful comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.”

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North Carolinians must urge Senator Burr and Senator Hagan against supporting this legislation. We must support peaceful ongoing efforts to guard against war and a nuclear-armed Iran. Tommy Wrenn GUILFORD COLLEGE

A memorable event The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Western North Carolina, our local Make-A-Wish chapter, was again invited to be a part of the Santa in the Gardens event on Dec. 7 and 8 at The Gardens at Gray Gables in Summerfield. The Jenks family created this “one of a kind” magical event on their beautiful 6-acre plus property. It is truly a winter wonderland transformation for the entire family to enjoy. Approximately 1,600 attendees enjoyed a fairytale musical walking trail, bounce houses, balloons, delicious treats and decorated trees surrounded the property both outdoors and indoors. Especially for the children, a storytelling area and arts and crafts tables were set up in a fabulous holiday decorated tent. And of course, Santa Claus and his elves were on hand, posing with all the visitors for professional souvenir photos courtesy of Gray Gables. Also benefiting from this event was the Marines’ Toys for Tots program – 15 boxes full of toys were collected over the weekend! If you didn’t make it to Santa in the Gardens this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s event in December. It’ll be a memorable time that you won’t want to miss. Cookie Weissman, chapter volunteer

GRINS and GRIPES Delighted or dismayed by something in your community?

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GRINS to...  Butch of Import Specialty. Took me in last minute, drove me from/to shop and even put some gas in the tank. Customer service at its finest, right here in Summerfield!  The guy in the orange shirt who secretly paid for the elderly lady’s haircut at Great Clips on Dec. 19. You made my day, and it wasn’t even my haircut!  Northwest High School drama class for their production of “A Place Called Christmas.” It was wonderfully done and the actors and actresses were great! My grandchildren really were made to feel special and enjoyed it very much.  Everyone who brought Dewey’s/ Moravia’s “Holiday Store” to Oak Ridge Commons, and especially to our many friends and patrons who made our endeavor an outstanding success. We hope to see you next year!  Phil Robertson and his family for their stand on homosexuality!  The Northwest Observer for allowing frank and robust debate in this forum.

The Fourth Estate (news media) rightly should be free of the PC Thought Police. Good job!  The police officer who pulled over a speeder in a school zone at Colfax School on Dec. 10. He may have saved a student from being killed. Way to be a public servant!  Forsyth Pediatrics in Oak Ridge for always being patient and loving to our son! We consider you part of our family!  Children’s Choice Daycare staff, and especially Miss Lisa, for keeping our son safe during the day. He absolutely adores you!  Dr. Reeves and staff for working me in on New Year’s Eve and going above and beyond!  NWO for continuing Grins and Gripes. I cannot even make it from the mailbox to the front door before stopping to read them all. I enjoy reading both categories and find the entries entertaining. Please don’t stop!  Dr. Sue Thomas and staff at Summerfield Veterinary Hospital. When it was time to send my cat to the next life, they were so caring and compassionate. Thank you for caring for us and thank you for the thoughtful card.

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Thanks to advertising in the Northwest Observer classifieds, we’ve grown our staff with new talented individuals from our community. Our advertising program in the NWO works! -Bill Barbour

GRIPES to...  The flawed reasoning of those who would assume that because someone has compassion for the helpless unborn, that they would have less compassion for the neglected born. That’s completely upside down.  Those who use Grins and Gripes to bicker, name call and attack those who would disagree. Instead of tearing down someone else’s opinions, try building up your own. Freedom of speech includes everyone, including Christians.

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DEC. 24 | An unlocked vehicle parked at a home on NC Hwy 150 W. was entered and several items were stolen. The loss is estimated at $376. DEC. 27 | The owner of Early Times Bar on U.S. 158 in Stokesdale reported a burglary at the business, in which $140 was stolen and a bottle of alcohol was taken. The intruder activated the alarm upon entering the establishment, and was later arrested.

May the new year bring you many reasons to smile!

DEC. 27 | The owner of Double K Sports Bar in Stokesdale reported an unknown person forcibly entered the establishment through the front door and stole approximately $124 in cash. The theft and property damage is estimated at $624.

THEFT DEC. 21 | A resident of Wyatt Drive in Summerfield reported her green Polaris Ranger Crew ATV was stolen from

(336) 644-2770

1009 Hwy 150W, Summerfield

DEC. 23 | An employee of Walgreens on U.S. 220 N. in Summerfield reported an unknown person stole a 12-pack of soda, placing the soft drinks under his shirt while he ran from the store. The loss is estimated at $5. JAN. 4 | A resident of Perthshire Drive in Oak Ridge reported her motorized scooter was stolen from the side of the road on NC 68, where she left the vehicle when it became disabled. No arrests have been made, and the investigation continues.

DAMAGE TO PROPERTY DEC. 22 | A resident of Still Run Drive in Greensboro reported a known person broke a glass door upon entry, causing an estimated loss of $1,000. No arrest was made; the case has been closed.

Three strikes, you’re in (jail, that is) On Dec. 27, an employee of Food Lion on US 220 in Summerfield reported an unknown person stole two cases of Bud Light beer. Michael W. Smith of Deboe Road in Summerfield was subsequently arrested and charged with the theft.

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her property. The loss is estimated at $12,000.

On Dec. 30, an employee of the Dollar General on US 220 in Summerfield reported someone stole two cases of Bud Light beer, valued at $28, at about 8:05 a.m. The property was covered and returned to the store and Michael W. Smith of Deboe Road in Summerfield (same offender as above) was charged

by citation and released at the scene. Smith’s court date was set for Jan. 9, at which time other pending charges were also scheduled to be heard. On the same date, at around 8:55 a.m. (less than one hour after the above incident), the same Food Lion that had reported the theft on Dec. 27 reported another property theft. In this case the same offender, Michael W. Smith, attempted to steal a six-pack of Bud Light. Smith was again arrested and charged with shoplifting and damage to personal property. This time he earned a free trip to the jail in downtown Greensboro.

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interstate, and they need all the help they can get.” “We welcome this public-private partnership provided at no cost to families, taxpayers or to the state that can make driving on our roads safer,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “Therefore, we are committed to making The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program available throughout North Carolina.” The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program focuses on the role of the parent in the teen driver education process and encourages parents and teens to drive together in a variety of weather conditions and unfamiliar settings, whether it is on more rural roads, in highway, city and heavy traffic routes, and also in a variety of conditions and times of day. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia study, Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, teen drivers whose parents are highly involved in the teen driver education process were half as likely to get in a car crash, 71 percent less likely to drive intoxicated, 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving and twice as likely to wear seatbelts. The program is available to parents and teens in multiple platforms, beginning with the printed curriculum that is distributed at DMV offices when the teen receives their learner’s permit. Parents and teens are also invited to connect with the program online and through social media as well as on the RoadReady mobile app that helps parents and teens track their drive times.

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INDEX Employment ................................ 27 Home Care Available .................. 27 Save the Date ............................. 27 Youth Sports ................................ 27 Home Services ....................... 27-29 Misc. Services.............................. 30 Misc. for Sale .............................. 30 Misc. Wanted ............................. 30 Pets/Animals & Services ............... 30 Real Estate ............................. 30-31




BOONE FABRICS seeks a sales associate w/proven retail experience for Colfax location. Interior design/decorating experience a plus. NO nights or Sundays. Email resume with preference for FT or PT with salary requirements to

DRIVERS: DEDICATED. Regional & OTR. Start up to $.44/mi + excellent benefits. 401K + bonuses. Excellent home time! CDL-A & 6 mos. exp. (877) 704-3773.


NANNY NEEDED for fun and personable family! Part-time, after school. Must be reliable & pass background check. Please fax resume to 545-4248.

ELDERCARE AVAILABLE Experienced with numerous home care services. References available. Wage & hours negotiable. (336) 707-5245.

DRIVERS – see display ad below for Highways & Skyways.


PART-TIME CUSTOMER SERVICE REP needed for in-bound call center. Must have good communication and customer service skills. Bilingual a plus. Five hours per day, 5 days per week. Great work environment. Send resume to PO Box 8135, Greensboro, NC 27419. FULL-TIME OPENING: Office Administrator. Multi-faceted position in an educational office environment. Must have strong communication and people skills, ability to multi-task, Microsoft Office Suite knowledge and attention to long-term project details required. Duties: data management, HR, school finances and reports, and financial responsibilities. Send Resume: 4016-H Battleground Ave., #165, Greensboro, NC 27410.




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ANA’S HOUSECLEANING. Good references, free est., 25 years exp. 309-0747.

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YOUTH SPORTS UPWARD Basketball & Cheerleading evaluations, 1st-8th grade, to be held January 11, 9am-12n and January 25, 1-4pm, Central Baptist Church, Oak Ridge. See display ad on page 10.

We are looking for teams to run 4 - 6 days per week making an average of $1,000 - $1,200 per week plus monthly safety bonus, stop pay and exceptional benefit coverage.

HEALTH BENEFIT PACKAGE • Employee Medical Coverage – 75% paid by Company after 90 days employment • Employee Dental & Vision Coverage – 100% paid by Company after 90 days employment

FREE PICK-UP of mowers, batteries, AC’s, appliances, grills, etc. 689-4167.

Professional custom cleaning for home & office


TEAM MILEAGE PAY • $0.55 per mile (loaded or empty) based upon PCMiler practical miles beginning and ending at our facility on trips of less than 700 miles • $0.50 per mile (loaded or empty) based upon PCMiler practical miles beginning and ending at our facility on trips over 700 miles • Increase of $0.02/mile after 2 years of service

CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING, gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. 399-3995.

REQUIREMENTS Minimum 2 years driving experience, no DUI/drug convictions, safe driving record and a willingness to work honestly and in turn be treated fairly.

CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. 609-0677. MAID-2-SHINE. Serving NW area for 10 years. Homes, offices, move in/out. Detail oriented, prof, bonded, exc. ref. 338-0223. MARIA’S CLEANING SERVICE. Free estimates, guaranteed service. 432-4483.


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CARPET / UPHOLSTERY / FLOORS 298-7374 To apply, call Derreck Gaye, Terminal Manager (336) 668-3433

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HONEST & FAIR-PRICED LANDSCAPER available for any yard, home or landscape cleanup. (336) 464-5215.

TLC LAWN CARE Lawn mowing, fertilization and weed control. General cleanup. Affordable all-season lawn maintenance. (336) 681-0097.

houses, running errands. Will clean to fit your budget. Pet taxi/pet sitting also avail. References. Call Laura Bennett, 231-1838. ROSA’S CLEANING SERVICE. 11 yrs. exp. Excellent references. (336) 508-5714.

DECORATING EXPERIENCED INTERIOR DECORATOR & personal furniture shopper will help you with style, color, shopping & furniture placement. E-mail or call

ANTHONY’S GRADING & HAULING Excavating, land clearing, demolition, dirt available. Zane Anthony, 362-4035.

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CARPET REPAIRS & RESTRETCHING Licensed & insured. 643-6500. GENERAL REPAIR & SERVICES HOUSE & YARD HOME MAINTENANCE “Anything to improve your home and property.” Jeff Ziglar, 456-9992 or 643-9609.

OLD SCHOOL Licensed & Insured

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Bathroom Remodeler | Additions | Decks

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Home Improvement & Repairs

ALL ABOUT THE HOUSE. General home repair. Will take the lead on, or assist you with your home projects. 644-8710 / 708-0522. GREENERTIMES SMALL ENGINE Sales & service center.

9428 NC 65,

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GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. 362-1150.

Keeping you connected for 17 years

Ann Appenzeller, (336) 314-1411.


BRAD’S BOBCAT SVC. Grading, hauling, gravel/dirt, debris removal. 362-3647.

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GUTTERS / WINDOWS / SIDING VINYL SIDING REPAIRS, vinyl railings & siding, replacement windows, gutter cleaning and repair. Please call 215-8776 for your free estimate. GUTTER CLEANING & LEAF GUARDS. 5 and 6” seamless gutters. Free estimates. Call Gary the Gutter Guy. (336) 345-6518. MAYS SIDING Storm damage, facia and siding repairs. 215-8776,

LAWN CARE / LANDSCAPING STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Locally owned and operated. Lic/ins. 30 yrs. exp. Bucket truck & chipper, total cleanup. 24-hr. emergency svc. OR, NC. 643-1119. WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Complete lawn care & landscaping. NC lic. irrigation contractor. 20 years exp. Hardscaping, fertilization & weed control. 399-7764. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, 643-9332.

STUMP GRINDING – FREE ESTIMATES Big or small, we grind them all. 382-3860. ONE GUY & A MACHINE LAWN CARE and hardscaping. Maintenance, design, paver patios, block walls, hedges trimmed, beds re-edged, pine needles, mulch, pressure washing, chemical applications, aerating. Licensed & insured. Free est. Call 3824767. D & D LANDSCAPING & IRRIGATION Complete landscaping services. Retaining walls & patios. Member BBB. NC licensed irrigation contractor. 312-2706. LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS 13-year anniversary special. We will beat your current written price by 15% – guaranteed! Call (336) 601-3796. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maintenance. 655-6490. ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call 382-9875. 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.

AREA STUMP DUMP. Yard waste, concrete, etc. Fill dirt available. 602-5820. BUZZ CUTS LAWN & LANDSCAPE INC. Annual service agreements. Buzz, 509-6464. MULCH, single-ground, $10 per 3-yard scoop. Tandem load delivered, $100 (about 10 yards). Oak Ridge area, 803-2195. BRAD’S BOBCAT. Landscaping, driveways, patios, sidewalks, concrete work. 362-3647.

GreenScapes Snow Removal • Tree Cutting Concrete Sidewalks / Driveways Landscaping • Lot / Land Clearing Stump Grinding / Removal Bobcat & Dump Truck Services Leaf Removal • Parking Lot Cleanup

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MASONRY MASONRY CONCEPTS, brick, block, stone, concrete & repairs. Free estimates. (336) 988-1022, SOUTHERN STYLE CONCRETE and Landscape. It’s a perfect time to install a new stamped concrete patio with fire pit for those cold winter nights, or to install a new driveway before the winter weather arrives. Call Tim for all your concrete needs. (336) 399-6619.


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LOW-COST GARAGE DOORS. Repair & sales. 35 years exp. (336) 215-2800. GAS LOGS, WOOD STOVES & INSERTS, fireplaces, sold, serviced and repaired. Call Don Hill, (336) 643-7183.



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KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 26 years experience. Specializing in room additions, 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 644-1943 or cell 362-7469.

RENOVATION WORKS INC. New construction, remodeling, kitchen and bath, additions, decks & patios. Call (336) 427-7391 or


Repair, remodel, well

pump. Lic/Ins. Accepts all major credit cards. Office 656-0019, cell 382-6905. BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic/Ins. Call Mark for savings. 337-7924.

POWER WASHING AFFORDABLE HOME REPAIR and remodeling. Providing electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting and handyman services. No job too big or too small. (336) 899-0772.

Tell our readers about your business! Classifieds are just $4/line! Place your ad online at, or call Laura, 644-7035, ext. 10.

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SALES, SERVICE & INSTALLATIONS (336) 501-6025 LiftMaster, Amarr, and all other brands Free estimates • Insured • 10 years experience

PAINTING & DRYWALL STILL PERFECTION PAINTING Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, 462-3683 or PAINTING INTERIOR & EXTERIOR, 32 years experience. Avg. size bedroom walls, $100. Sheetrock repair. Call Brad Rogers for your free estimate. (Local #) 314-3186.

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ROOFING CLINARD & SON ROOFING, LLC. Residential roofing, rubber flat roofs, roof coating, metal roofs. 30 years experience. Now accepting all major credit cards. Call 643-8191 or 580-3245. A.L. CORMAN ROOFING INC. Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty. area since 1983. Member BBB 25+ years w/ A+ rating., 621-6962.

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JUNK REMOVAL – appliances, batteries, mowers, cars, electronics, trash removal, etc. Call about free junk removal, 423-3006.

PRESSURE WASHING, gutter & window

BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens & baths, rotted wood, decks, siding, windows, fall roofing specialist. Sr. discounts, 35 years exp. 362-6343.

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MOBILE WELDING SERVICE Residential, wrought-iron fence & gates, custom fabrication, stainless aluminium.

Is there one place I can go to find businesses, services and organizations in my area?

Chuck,, 362-8679.

Yes! The FINDER is the only local directory specific to northwest Guilford County.

TRIPP SMITH CONSTRUCTION, LLC. Licensed general contractor with college degree in construction management and 18 years of experience. Specializing in decks, garages, additions, remodels, new construction, residential & commercial. No job too large or too small. Free estimates. (336) 399-4894, trippsmithconstruction@ JLB REMODELING INC. Licensed and insured. Free estimates. Remodeling, additions and home repairs.

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merfield, NC 27358. (336) 312-3846.

$10,000. (336) 430-2058. FISCHER POOL TABLE, pro & reg balls. Tight rack, pool sticks, cover, and brush. Like new. $2,000. Call 451-1538.

small group fitness  personal training  RealRyder® indoor cycle  TRX training 

Cathy Gold ( 336 ) 549-6460 4446 US Hwy 220 N, Summerfield FREE PICKUP of appliances, batteries, junk mowers, air conditioners, grills, electrical items, metal items, etc. 689-4167. COMPUTER REPAIRS $99.

KAWAI BABY GRAND PIANO, cherry finish, $11,500. Excellent condition! Great church piano & great price! 430-0008. 2007 12-TON EQUIPMENT TRAILER, tandem axle, electric brakes, new paint/new tires. $6,800. (336) 669-0621. ALL NEW MATTRESS SETS.

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 misc. for sale BOOK & RECORD SALE, Jan. 9-12, Golden Antiques, 4537 Hwy. 220, Summerfield. Hrs: M-Sat., 10-6, Sun., 12-6. Over 3,000 titles, all genres. Great bargains! LAMP SALE, January 13-19, Golden Antiques, 4537 Hwy. 220, Summerfield. Great prices! M-Sat. 10-6, Sun 12-6.


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7620 Cedar Chase 4BR/3BA plus huge bonus w/ master on main! Gourmet kitchen w/ granite, breakfast area & beautiful keeping room w/ fireplace. 2nd fireplace in great room. Master bath features oil rubbed bronze fixtures w/ garden tub & sep shower. 2-car attached garage & patio. Wonderful, friendly neighborhood. 1-year home warranty. $339,900

Angie Wilkie Realtor ® / Broker

(336) 451-9519

stacked. 1/2 cord, $80. Call 686-6373.


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Used computers, website design. Info at Mailboxes & More, Oak Ridge Commons.

WILL PAY CASH for riding lawn mower needing repair or free removal if unwanted. Also free pick-up of appliances, batteries, air conditioners, grills, metal items, computers, gas & electrical items. 689-4167.

FOUND DOG, Trotter Ridge subdivision, off Bunch Road, Summerfield. Collar but no tags. Call 549-6460.

Found a pet and need help finding its owner? We can help! Call Laura to place your Found Pet ad, (336) 644-7035, or email

pet sittinG & boardinG SPOIL-ME-ROTTEN ANIMAL CARE Motto: love, compassion, respect for your pets. Professional pet sitter for 18 years. Bonded/Insured. Member, Pet Sitters Intl. Provide food, exercise, play, meds/shots, much TLC. 1-3 trips/day. $15/trip (30 min). Call 643-5242. Oak Ridge/Summerfield.

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Fabulous in Henson Forest Secluded, natural setting embraces this immaculate former Parade of Homes entry. Exceptional floor plan and top-of-the-line appointments in every room. Common areas on two sides. Pool & tennis. Now offered at $569,000.

NANCY HESS, Realtor ® (336) 215-1820

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thanks to all the advertisers mediCAl / eye CAre / pt Forsyth Pediatrics ................................. 17 who partnered with us LeBauer HealthCare............................... 6 to bring you this free Oak Ridge Physical Therapy ................. 17 community resource Summerfield Family Eye Care ...............22 3509 River Springs 3BR/2BA ranch home in desirable River Hills. Open floor plan features vaulted ceiling, brick fireplace & new laminate wood floors. Large fenced backyard w/ pre-wired invisible fence. Highly sought-after school district. Additional updates: new roof in May, new HVAC in 2011 & new water heater in 2010. $144,900

Angie Wilkie Realtor ® / Broker

6181 Old Ironworks Road Popular Northern schools. Spacious Southern Living home plan on 1-plus acre lot that backs to trees for privacy. Master on main. Neighborhood pool. Priced BELOW tax value, so won’t last long! Call today to see this wonderful home! $429,000


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A/C & HeAting Stokesdale Heating & Air........................ 3 Velocity Air, Inc. .................................... 12

Sylena Allen / High Point Bank ............14


Bel-Aire Veterinary Hospital .................. 12 Country Kennel ....................................22 King’s Crossing Animal Hospital ...........22 KPS - Kelly’s Pet Services ......................23 Northwest Animal Hospital ...................23 Oak Ridge Animal Hospital .................. 13 Spoil-Me-Rotten Animal Care, Inc. ....... 13 Westergaard Kennels............................22

Carlotta Lytton, CPA, PA ......................22 Samuel K. Anders, CPA, MSA, PC..........5

Automotive serviCes Prestige Car Wash ...............................16

CHiroprACtiC Salama Chiropractic ..............................2

CHurCHes Central Baptist Church ........................10 Community Bible Church.....................14 Summer Oaks Presbyterian Church .......3

dentists / ortHodontiCs 123 Dream Lane COMING SOON! Get ready for this charming 4BR/2BA brick and Hardieboard ranch with open floor plan, partial walkout basement and HUGE yard. Located in the desirable Guilford College area, you will be near parks, shopping, dining and other amenities. Price TBD

Real estate showcase ads in the NWO get seen! Include a photo and description for your listing, Realtor photo, logo and contact info all for only $75!

Borden Dentistry..................................26

employment opportunities Highways & Skyways of NC, Inc. ........27

fitness Snap Fitness ..........................................5

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Home produCts & serviCes BEK Paint .............................................22 ProStone Inc. ......................................... 4

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reAl estAte / mortgAge A New Dawn Realty .............................22 Angie Wilkie Team / Allen Tate .19, 30, 31 Bobbie Gardner / Allen Tate .................22 Chandra Tippett / Keller Williams ......... 31 Gil Vaughan / Keller Williams................ 31 Nancy Hess / Keller Williams ................30 Ramilya Seigel / Allen Tate ...................20 Ridgewood Realty.................................23

retAil A.B. Seed ............................................. 18 BiRite Food Center ................................. 8


Gladwell Insurance Agency................... 21 Triad Insurance..................................... 19

Bistro 150 ............................................16 Elizabeth’s Italian Restaurant ...............16 JP Looney’s Sports Bar & Grill..............16 Rio Grande Mexican Grill ....................17

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