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Weather pending, the 22nd annual Founders’ Day parade and celebrations will take place this Friday and Saturday.

Don’t miss the 22nd annual Founders’ Day, May 18-19 By PATTI STOKES The Town of Summerfield’s 22nd annual Founders’ Day celebration will kick off this Friday evening with performances by Northern Guilford High School’s band and chorus, carnival rides, inflatables, rock climbing and food trucks – lots of food trucks.

The fun will continue on Saturday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. with the parade, which will travel along Summerfield Road, beginning at Centerfield Road near the elementary school and ending at Oak Street. As he has for the past two years, Town Councilman Reece Walker is

heading up this year’s parade. He follows in the footsteps of his grandfather and former town councilman, Bob Williams, who headed up the parade for several years of the parade’s 21-year history. “It came full circle when it landed

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Judge’s actions lead to confusion, disagreement over implications By PATTI STOKES SUMMERFIELD – Whether Todd Rotruck can at least temporarily participate on the Summerfield Town Council is a matter of opinion – and opinions vary widely. Rotruck and his attorney, Marsh Prause, believe the answer is definitely yes. County Attorney Mark Payne and attorneys for the Town of Summerfield believe otherwise.

On the morning of May 10, Superior Court Judge Anderson Cromer indicated he did not have jurisdiction to rule on a civil action that Rotruck’s attorney, Marsh Prause, had filed last month in which the Town of Summerfield was named as a defendant. In the lawsuit, Prause claimed that Rotruck’s constitutional rights had

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Phillip Dixon was given a 100th birthday party on May 6. See story on page...........6 Council approves rezoning.......... 8 Obituary......................................... 10 Bits & Pieces.................................. 10 Community Calendar................. 11 Crime/Incident Report................ 14 NWO Business/Real Estate.......... 15 Real Estate Briefs........................... 16 Real Estate Transactions.............. 18 Heart of Stokesdale......................22 Youth Sync.....................................26 Student profiles.............................28 GAP program................................30 Grins & Gripes...............................32 Classifieds.....................................35 Index of Advertisers.....................39

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Town’s attorney fees escalating Amid uncertainty about council seat vacancy and a pending lawsuit, a budget amendment is needed to cover mounting legal fees

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by PATTI STOKES SUMMERFIELD – With several weeks left in the fiscal year ending June 30, Summerfield Finance Officer Dee Hall said the town’s attorney fees have already exceeded what was budgeted for FY 2017/18 – and they continue to mount. “Through March 31, we paid $47,225.03 in legal fees,” Hall told the Northwest Observer on May 10. “We budgeted $50,000.” Hall said the town has a $6,500 invoice from Town Attorney William Hill of Frazier, Hill & Fury for the month of April, but she can’t pay it until a budget amendment is approved. Invoices for routine legal representation for May and June are expected over the next several weeks. Additionally, last week the town received an invoice for $4 856.35 from attorney Gray Wilson of Nelson Mullins, who is representing the Town of Summerfield in the lawsuit former town councilman Todd Rotruck filed last month. At $400 per hour, the bill

Under the advice of Wilson, the majority of the town council voted to cancel the regular monthly council meeting scheduled for last Thursday evening, just a few hours before it was to get underway. Hall said she had planned at that meeting to request a budget amendment of $40,000 for additional legal fees to carry the town through June 30. “I have no idea what May and June will be,” Hall said. “I hope $40,000 will cover all the extra legal fees.” Besides the need for additional legal representation stemming from the pending lawsuit, the town attorney has been in higher demand in recent months since the merging of new council members with those remaining on the council after the November election. Summerfield is also unlike many other municipalities in that it allows citizens direct access to its town attorney and pays the legal fees for time spent during those conversations. “If you look at our attorney fees, citizens will call and talk to the attorney and we get the bill,” Hall said. “That also runs up our legal fees. A lot of towns say that no one but the manager can talk directly to the attorney.” As of Wednesday afternoon, a budget amendment to cover additional attorney fees had not been approved because the town council had not yet met in May.

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Town sets public hearing on development fee STOKESDALE – A presentation on the study of development fees for the Town of Stokesdale’s water system will be made during a public hearing Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m.

The hearing will be held at Stokesdale Town Hall, 8325 Angel-Pardue Road. There will be a designated period for citizen comments.

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I thought the N.C. House and Senate passed Bill 766 in 2015, making sales of hemp oil/CBD oil legal in North Carolina. It contains little or no THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and is used for relief of epilepsy symptoms, among other diseases. It is not sold in pharmacies, and not generally prescribed by medical doctors.

If that is correct, then why is the Sheriff’s Office seizing it in a drug search, as mentioned in NWO’s crime report in the April 5-11 issue? I understand marijuana being seized, but not


28 grams of CBD oil. Would you ask them to clarify? “The new industrial hemp statutes are complicated when it comes to what is permissible and what is not. Giving a ‘one-size-fits-all’ analysis will be very difficult under these new laws,” said Jim Secor, attorney for Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. “That said, the answer to the reader’s specific question is that the North Carolina hemp statutes do not legalize all sales of hemp oil/CBD oil, as the reader’s question appears to imply. “At risk of over-simplifying the complicated statute, it is only legal to sell and/or possess CBD oil in North


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Carolina if the product satisfies the following three criteria: (a) it is made of ‘industrial hemp’ containing not more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis; (b) it is produced pursuant to a state pilot program. See 7 U.S.C. 5940; N.C. General Statute 90-87(16) and 106-568.51; and (c) it is produced by a grower licensed by the (North Carolina Industrial Hemp) Commission, N.C. Gen. Stat. 106-568.51(7), meaning the hemp in the product must have been grown under the North Carolina pilot program. “Without going into the details of this particular seizure (as some of that info is criminal investigative material and not a public record under N.C. Gen. Stat. 132-1.4), the oil in this case did not meet all three of the criteria above,” Secor said, while clarifying that item (c) above does not apply to CBD oil, but the seizure of the CBD oil the reader was referring to was lawful because the oil did not satisfy the other criteria. “Hence the Sheriff’s Office acted lawfully and appropriately when seizing the hemp oil product on March 27,” Secor confirmed.

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...continued from p. 3 Stokesdale is the only incorporated municipality in northwest Guilford County operating its own water system. Engineering firm McGill Associates, hired to represent Stokesdale’s inter-

ests during a feasibility study regarding a proposed regional water authority, will make the presentation. The study’s results will be posted on the town’s website at Stokesdale’s fee currently is $750; the state requires municipalities to hold a public hearing to document the calculation of the fee.

a No Solicitation policy. He also did not act surprised, as if he had been told multiple times before that there was such a policy. He actually proceeded to ask me if I was going to make a donation.” After previous attempts to discourage Miracle House of Hope representatives from soliciting at the town’s main intersection in the fall of 2015, the Town of Oak Ridge adopted an ordinance in March 2016 that prohibits solicitation in the rights of way within the town limits.

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A Northwest Observer reader captured this photo of a solicitor at the intersection of N.C. 68 and N.C. 150 in Oak Ridge on Tuesday morning.

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A walker at Stokesdale Town Park alerted the town staff Tuesday morning that someone had spray-painted an area of the bathroom/concessions building, according to Alisa Houk, the interim town clerk. Volunteers with Stokesdale Parks and Recreation apparently had left two striping carts used to line the soccer fields and cans of red and blue spray paint behind the building. Someone sprayed the sidewalk under the carts, the corner of the building, and sprayed lines across the front of three of the men’s bathroom doors and on the sidewalk in front of the bathrooms. The incident was reported to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Houk said. Mayor John Flynt said someone has been contacted to remove the paint with a power washer.

Solicitors make brief (re) appearance at intersection OAK RIDGE – An Oak Ridge resident who was approached by a solicitor at the intersection of N.C. 68 and 150 on Tuesday morning said the man was one of about five men who was approaching drivers stopped at the intersection’s traffic signal. The solicitors handed out flyers for Charlotte-based Miracle House of Hope, which claims it serves those “enslaved by illicit drugs or alcohol,” and asked for donations.


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Centenarian honored with birthday celebration Philip Dixon, a World War II veteran, still drives himself to church every Sunday by CHRIS BURRITT Philip Dixon, who celebrated his 100th birthday at Liberty Wesleyan Church on May 6, said he has followed the advice of an old-timer who years earlier shared the secret of living a long life. “All you got to do is keep breathing,’’ Dixon told the congregation nearly filling the sanctuary of the church on U.S. 158 in Summerfield. Not only did the church honor the first centenarian in its 107-year history with a memory book and a crystal commemorative plaque, it also provided a stage for Dixon to share highlights of his life and one-liners that drew laughs. “I’m not much of a singer,” said Dixon, although the morning services featured three hymns chosen by him – “To God Be the Glory,” “Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know” and “Never Grow Old.” The Rev. Danny Janes, the church’s pastor, preached on the topic of “Growing Up – or Growing Old?” and noted the good fortune that Dixon’s birthday fell on a Sunday. Seated next to the pulpit, Dixon

(Above) Philip Dixon, 100, with sons (from left) Phil, Bill and John. (Right) Philip Dixon gets a kiss from Jill Strader, longtime friend and church member, at his 100th birthday celebration on May 6. Photos by Chris Burritt

took the microphone from Janes and highlighted milestones in his life. He wore a dark blue suit with white shirt and red tie, and a ball cap denoting that he’s a veteran of World War II. Born in Summerfield on May 6, 1918, Dixon attended public schools. After completing high school, he helped his family grow tobacco and then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He and Irene, his wife of 63 years, raised four children including sons Phil, John and Bill, all of whom attended the church service. The couple’s daughter, Diane Dixon John-

son, died in 1995. Irene passed away five years later. The congregation watched a video featuring photographs provided by Dixon’s family; some showed him fishing at the beach and swimming with his children. “I’m slow, but I’m old,” Dixon told the congregation. He still drives himself to church on Sundays from his Summerfield home, where he lives alone. Janes told Dixon the congregation had done its best to plan his 100th-

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birthday celebration without him knowing it. After the morning service, Dixon, a member of the church for 31 years, cut his birthday cake at a luncheon in the church’s Family Life Center. Summerfield Mayor Gail Dunham read a proclamation from the town honoring Dixon. He also received letters of congratulation from U.S. Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C. 6th District), Rev. Jerry Lumston, district superintendent for N.C. West District of the Wesleyan Church, and Dr. Wayne Schmidt, the church’s general superintendent.

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Council approves rezoning request for 95-acre parcel despite citizens’ concerns by STEVE MANN STOKESDALE – The Stokesdale Town Council approved a request to rezone about 95 acres from AG (agriculture) to CZ-RS-30 (residential single-family, minimum 30,000 square feet, with conditions) after holding a public hearing at the monthly council meeting on May 10. The property, owned by Meredith College, is on the south side of Belews Creek Road across from Mount Carmel Road and the north side of Colgate Road. The adjacent parcels are mostly undeveloped or rural residential use on large-acre lots. Most subdivi-

sions along Belews Creek Road but not adjacent to the 95-acre parcel are RS-40 (residential single-family, minimum 40,000 square feet). Oliver Bass, the town’s planner, said the rezoning request was consistent with the Stokesdale Land Use Plan. The council’s 4-0 vote, with council member Frank Bruno absent, came after almost 83 minutes of discussion, with nine citizens speaking against the request and only one person – Craig Fleming of Fleming Engineering Inc., representing Meredith College – in support. The original condition of the request presented to the town’s Planning Board on May 3 limited the overall density to one unit for each




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43,506 square feet, or one acre. The remaining dimensional requirements of the RS-30 zoning would apply to the subdivision, however. Fleming said RS-30 and RS-40 were considered during a feasibility study involving such factors as topography and suitable soil for septic. He said lots under RS-40 zoning require a minimum width of 150 feet, while RS-30 lots can be as small as 100 feet wide. Fleming said Johnson & Lee, the developer, didn’t anticipate many 100-foot lots, but the RS-30 zoning would provide flexibility since each lot would have a well and septic field. Fleming said the applicant voluntarily submitted two other conditions: Limiting the maximum number of dwellings to 70 units, which would mean an average density of 1.3 or 1.4 units per acre, and no street connection between Belews Creek and Colgate roads. Citing the wells and smaller lot sizes, water was the main concern of speakers. The town requires the developer of any major subdivision within 1,000 linear feet of Stokesdale’s water system to tie into and extend the waterlines at the developer’s expense. But the proposed subdivision is about 8,000 linear feet from the waterlines at Oak Level Road and N.C. 65. Fleming said it wouldn’t be economically feasible for the developer to bear the expense of extending the waterlines, saying it could raise the cost of homes as much as $20,000 and possibly kill the project. Laura Gibson of MG Trail was among those asking whether the town and developer could work out

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a compromise. Growth is coming all over Stokesdale, she said, and the town could benefit from extending the water system. Council members Tim Jones and Bill Jones said the town can’t afford to run waterlines to subdivisions. Several others, including former council member Mickie Holbrook, suggested the council seriously consider requiring RS-40 with larger lot sizes because of the wells and septic fields. Following the public hearing but before the council’s vote, Tim Jones said he wondered whether the decision should be delayed to see if something could be worked out about the southern part of the parcel connecting to waterlines along U.S. 158 through an easement connecting to Colgate Road. Other concerns that were expressed included what were called “inconsistencies” with the Land Use Plan that Bass cited; soil suitability; the impact development may have on fire and law enforcements services in Stokesdale; the development of a future growth plan for the town; multiple entrances into the subdivision along a scenic corridor; and the impact development could have on the school system. At one point, Laura Hirko of Fieldstream Drive asked Town Attorney John Bain if an elected official who stands to gain from a vote is obligated to recuse himself. Bain said only if the official has a direct financial interest in the matter. Hirko then asked Mayor John Flynt, who is involved in real estate and development, if he planned to recuse himself. Flynt said no.

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on my shoulders,” Walker said of being the parade organizer. “It’s neat and scary and overwhelming… I’ve always had the fear, ‘What if no one shows up?’ My granddad said that was normal and he used to get it. It’s worked out for the last two years.”

always done it and it’s a neat way to give back.”

As for the weather, Walker said if it doesn’t cooperate, there is no Plan B.

Walker sees the annual parade as an opportunity for everyone to come together, “regardless of what is taking place on the political front or out in the world” and make something bigger happen.

“But we’ve had the parade in light drizzles before and it generally clears off about 9:30 a.m.” he said optimistically.

A native of Summerfield, Walker said some of his earliest memories are of Founders’ Day.

He admits it takes a lot of work to pull all the parade details together, and says he couldn’t do it without the help of about 50 volunteers, most of whom are friends and family. He offered a special note of appreciation for his cousin, Parker Jackson, and his mom, Lori Walker.

“I remember riding in one of the first parades in a train and wearing a Founders’ Day T-shirt,” he said. “We’ve

“Parker is overworked and underappreciated … It is really her and my mom who help keep it organized,” he said.

Keep an eye out for one of the longest-running parade entrants, Harry Osborne, who drives an old pickup truck with a mechanical eagle on the back. “I always enjoy calling him and asking him to be in the parade,” Walker said. “He tells me every year, if he can get the truck to run he’ll be there.” Kids will want to bring bags to collect all the candy that parade participants will be throwing out – and especially be ready for Vulcan Materials, which brings out a full crew to throw buckets… and buckets… and buckets of candy from its float. “We’re lucky to have commercial neighbors who are willing to do things like that,” Walker said, adding, “I like to put myself behind them, because they make me look good.” Leading off the parade will be Summerfield Cub Scout Pack 103, which will perform as color guard. Following just behind will be Troy Stantliff, grand marshal. Stantliff has been a dedicated volunteer with Summerfield Fire District for the last 54 years and has been recognized at both the regional and state levels for his service. Earlier this year Stantliff was the recipient of the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. “In my opinion, you know your town recognizes your sacrifice and commitment when you are selected as a grand marshal,” Walker said. “Troy has given a tremendous amount of time.” Following the parade, head to the area beside Summerfield Fire District’s Station 9, where a Founders’ Day opening ceremony will be held on the event stage at 11:15 a.m. A full entertainment lineup will follow, including performances by the Northwest High School Honors Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Band, Greensboro Academy students and Greensboro Performing Arts students.


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Cheryl Gore, the town’s event planner, confirms there will be no shortage of free kids’ activities, including a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, face painting, balloon twisting, inflatables, lawn games, magician, and Wonderland Studio area. Unlimited carnival rides are $10 for one day, or $15 for two days. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the long row of food trucks, where you’ll find newcomers Ghassan’s, Wired Café Coffee Bus and PorterHouse Burger Company, as well as longtime favorites Taqueria El Azteca, Dominos, Kona Ice, Chick-fil-a, Ice Queen, The Dawg Man and G&T Concessions. Gore said the 40 vendor spaces filled up quickly this year with craft vendors selling wood crafts, soaps, beaded jewelry and more, and several Summerfield-based companies showcasing their businesses. For more Founders’ Day details, see ad on p. 13. As of our press deadline for this issue, weather forecasts were calling for rain and thunderstorms over the weekend. Please check the Northwest Observer’s Facebook page or Summerfield’s website at for Founders’ Day updates. •••••

parking/shuttle service Event parking will be available at Summerfield Square Shopping Center on U.S. 220, at Summerfield Elementary School, and along some roads off Summerfield Road. Shuttle services will be offered throughout the day on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and going in continuous loops from Summerfield Square Shopping Center to Rhondan Road (off Summerfield Road).

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BREAKING & ENTERING May 12 | A resident in the 8400 block of Linville Road n Oak Ridge reported an unknown suspect attempt-

ed to break into his home through a window screen, causing about $50 in damages. May 13 | A resident in the 8200 block of Walter Combs Way in Stokesdale reported that sometime between 5 p.m. on May 12 and 6:15 p.m. on May 13 an unknown suspect(s) entered her residence by forcing open a front window. Once inside, numerous

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May 10 | A 52-year-old man was arrested in the 7200 block of Ellison Road in Stokesdale around 2:48 p.m. for Simple Assault.

May 11 | A resident of Bunker Hill Road in Colfax reported a known person communicated threats to her and her mother via text messages and phone calls over a period of several hours, beginning around 3 a.m.

FRAUD May 12 | A resident of Pintail Court in Oak Ridge reported she sent money to an unknown suspect claiming to work for the Guilford County Sheriff`s Office. The fraudulent charges totaled $179.12. May 13 | StokeRidge Tavern on N.C. 68 in Stokesdale reported a customer left the restaurant without paying a bill in the amount of $116.69. May 10 | A business owner in the 1000 block of N.C. 150 in Summerfield reported being a victim of Fraud – Obtaining Money/Property By False Pretense.

THEFT May 11 | A resident of Stonecroft Drive in Oak Ridge reported two unknown suspects took mail from her mailbox.

ARRESTS May 10 | A known suspect and resident of the 1700 block of Scalesville Road in Summerfield was cited and released for consuming an alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle; the incident occurred at the intersection of Ellisboro Road and Vaughn Street in Stokesdale at about 11:45 p.m. In the same incident, another known suspect and resident of the 400 block of Mourning Dove Terrace in Greensboro was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia. May 10 | A 42-year old woman was arrested in the 7300 block of Strawberry Road in Summerfield for

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May 11 | A 17-year-old Northwest High School male student was cited for Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Alcohol on Educational Property. May 11 | A 54-year-old man was arrested for writing a worthless check to a business in the 4600 block of U.S. 220 in Summerfield. May 12 | A manager of Food Lion on U.S. 220 in Summerfield reported a known suspect stole New York strip steaks, chuck roasts, T-bone steaks, filet mignon steaks and ribeye steaks valued at about $244.19. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. The items were recovered and the suspect was arrested for Shoplifting/Concealment of Merchandise and given a written promise to appear in court on June 18. May 13 | An under-21-year-old resident of the 7100 block of Ellison Road in Stokesdale was cited for provisional DWI and a rear lamp violation. May 13 | A 32-year-old man was arrested in the 8200 block of Tyner Road in Colfax for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

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A group of concerned citizens has suggested the council purchase this vacant lot on U.S. 158 in downtown Stokesdale with a $33,333 grant from the state. The group is suggesting the lot – which owners have not confirmed is for sale – could be used for parking.

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Upcoming rezoning hearings Applicant hopes to place mini-storage facility off N.C. 68 OAK RIDGE – Philip Cooke, co-owner of Twilight Outparcel Two LLC and Twilight Outparcel Three LLC, has applied

to rezone 3.164 acres at 7936 Quiet Place, about 150 feet off the east side of N.C. 68 North. The property is currently zoned LB (Limited Business); the requested zoning is CU-GB (Conditional Use–General Business), with all permitted uses in a general business district excluded except for mini

storage. The company hopes to build three separate enclosed mini-storage facilities on the property, with the building closest to N.C. 68 (which would run parallel to the Village Offices) being 18,000 square feet and the two other buildings behind it being 27,500 square feet each. “This property is in the town commercial core and surrounded by commercial buildings,” Cooke told the Northwest Observer. “According to commercial studies we have done,

there is definitely a need for storage space in this area.” Cooke said the storage units would not generate a lot of traffic, would not require much water and will be gated, climate-controlled and monitored by security cameras. An open house was to be held May 16 for anyone wishing to talk with Cooke, view plans or express concerns. Oak Ridge’s Planning & Zoning Board will hold a public hearing for the rezoning May 24, 7 p.m. at Oak Ridge Town Hall.


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Rezoning requested for single-family homes OAK RIDGE – Keith Charles, of Greenwood & Charles, Inc., has applied to rezone 27.06 acres located on the south side of Forsyth Road, about 3,437 feet south of the intersection with Oak Ridge

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“We don’t want to see Stokesdale as a ghost town,� said Jaycee Spruill, one of the group’s core members. In trying to determine how to achieve that, the group is focusing on Stokesdale’s town core, which most consider to be the area from the stoplight at the intersection of U.S. 158 and N.C. 68 to the stoplight at the intersection of U.S. 158 and Belews Creek Road. The group formed about 11 months ago to push a candidate for the town council last November, said Vicki WhiteLawrence, a former council member who did not run for re-election in 2017. The candidate – Spruill – finished second to Thearon Hooks in what was for both a third bid for a council seat. The group has met since the election to discuss its vision for Stokesdale and develop a plan to achieve it. “We decided the main thing the town needs is unification for the downtown area,� said Joe Thacker, a former

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The group envisions a bustling, walkable downtown with small shops; businesses or parking lots on what are now vacant lots; and events – farmers markets, arts and crafts shows, even a Fourth of July parade – that would attract more foot traffic downtown. The group’s roadmap may lie in a portion of the Future Land Use Plan’s vision statement: “The historic nature of the town, especially its downtown, should be preserved and maintained through the addition of businesses and services that cater to the citizens and are in harmony with existing development.� “One of our fundamental questions is, what kind of organization do we need to be to effect the kind of change we want to see?� said Kathy Bunthoff, a mother of four. “Part of it is helping


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people imagine what this town can be‌ If we can help them see what might be possible, then they’ll say, ‘Hey, I’m behind that.’â€? Thacker said he believes the group needs to focus on two areas right now. “The first is to attract some new members,â€? he said, “and the second one is to have some sort of program in place that when somebody asks what we do, there’s something to tell them.

Right now, we’re just a “ group of people meeting every few weeks, and we’re just coming up with ideas and things we want to do,� Thacker said.


The group has been researching the processes of becoming a nonprofit and fundraising; looking at what adjacent municipalities have done; examining communities comparable to Stokesdale that made the kinds of changes the group envisions; canvassing downtown

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business owners and residents for their ideas and concerns; and figuring out how to reach citizens and move them to care. With a traditional downtown but limited services and no property tax, Stokesdale has largely left downtown improvements to business owners and private citizens. Ted Southern, Mark Richardson and Garfield Apple – partners in SouthRich Partnership – began buying downtown buildings about 30 years ago and investing in them by adding things like new sidewalks, street lights and updated facades. And Mauro Romano updated the building he purchased a few years ago at Ivan and Main streets that includes the post office, added street lights behind it and repaved the parking lot. Over the years, efforts to promote local businesses have met with mixed success. Town Council member Frank Bruno helped start the Stokesdale Business

Association in 2009 to drive more business to town. About 110 businesses – many homebased, he said – joined. The association was marketed through a business directory and such events as what Bruno called “a combination car show/bike show/street fair.” In 2008, former residents Bill and Pam Lemmons started the nonprofit ROADS – Revitalize Our Ancestors Dreams in Stokesdale – with the goal of enhancing the sense of community spirit and preserving Stokesdale’s historic nature. It held fundraising events and sponsored a monthly market. The two groups helped develop Linear Park. “We were getting people energized in downtown,” Bruno said. But only a handful of people did most of the work, and attracting new members proved difficult. The core group decided to form the Four Corners Chamber of Commerce to include businesses from a broader area, Bruno said. Membership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce could give them more pull, they reasoned.

But what happened was, “ some of the businesses in Stokesdale didn’t want us to recruit businesses outside Stokesdale to be in their business association,” Bruno said. “Then they dropped out because they didn’t understand what we were trying to do to build it. If you kept it small, they liked that, but you weren’t growing anybody’s business. We wanted to go big and they felt they were going to get lost.” Bruno said he believes the town let some opportunities for historic preserva-

tion slip away, such as the N.C. Small Town Main Street program, administered through the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The program offered various services, including façade improvement, Bruno said. The town was required to reimburse the state monthly for travel expenses and meals. The town council passed a resolution in 2012 supporting Stokesdale’s application. Bruno said he made presentations in 2008 as a private citizen and in 2012 as a council member, even trying – to no avail – to get the state to accept the idea of expanding the town core to Angel-Pardue Road where the current Town Hall stands. In the end, the town didn’t receive a grant.  “The argument was, ‘If the town council doesn’t support their downtown (as evidenced by moving the town hall out of downtown), why are we going to support you?’” Bruno said. N.C. Main Street representatives had suggested someone look at the town’s historic buildings to see whether they could qualify as a historic destination. In April 2013, Ann Swallow of the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office walked the downtown with Bruno, council member Bill Jones, former Mayor Randy Braswell, members of ROADS and several residents to see whether she thought Stokesdale would qualify to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. “She would tell us who owned what building, who built it, who owned it over time to show us there are a lot of historical things downtown that we could use in that program, to upfit buildings and use them as historical buildings,” Bruno said. Swallow encouraged the town to apply. According to the May 21, 2013 council meeting minutes, the deadline was missed.

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About the same time, students in the Masters of City and Regional Planning program at UNC developed a revitalization plan for Stokesdale’s downtown – for free. “They went around town and took pictures of houses and buildings and … came up with why they thought this plan would work,” Bruno said. He said the plan, which is in Town Hall, included the Mountains-to-Sea Trail – which is another disappointing issue. One of the goals of ROADS was to bring a segment of the trail through the downtown. But in 2016, Braswell asked the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation to remove Stokesdale from the MST map. “I know the biggest disappointment for this town – and they don’t know this yet, but they’re going to find out in the next year or two – is when they (the council) decided to tell them to move the trail,” Bruno said. “That would have been a big factor to say, ‘Hey, look, we’ve got something in the town.’” Bunthoff said she uses the decision as motivation. “Every time I think about the council voting down the MST, that’s why I’m

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The vacant building that once housed a dentist’s office and the empty lot next to it are two properties a group of concerned citizens envision could be used for downtown parking or for new businesses.

here,” she said. Bruno said he talked to some in the group four or five months ago and encouraged them to get involved. “One of the things I kept telling them was the first part of getting involved in the town… is showing up for the meeting,” he said.

Bunthoff spoke during the citizens’ comment period at the April 12 and May 10 monthly council meetings, suggesting project ideas for the $33,333 downtown revitalization grant Stokesdale received from the N.C. Department of Commerce. “After (speaking), I was thinking, ‘We have a very different perspective on what it means to be a steward of the town, what the town needs,” she said. “I can’t even sufficiently anticipate the obstacles of trying to move toward historic preservation in a town that doesn’t see itself as historic and in need of preservation.” White-Lawrence said the group wants to work with the council, not against it. Mayor John Flynt said the council is willing to meet with the group and listen to their suggestions. “But a lot of (downtown revitalization) is out of the purview of the council. It’s up


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to the individual (property) owners,” he said. “There’s not a heck of a lot we can do on that since it’s private.” Besides the downtown, the group has ideas for other areas of Stokesdale. What it needs are people who want to make a difference, Bunthoff said. “It’s appealing to a sense of civic responsibility,” she said. “All of this points to this big thing that’s really missing, which is a sense of responsibility or duty to a place and to a community.” •••••

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Twenty Northwest Guilford High School school-team athletes participated in Student Athlete Signing Day on May 10. Shown in above photo, front row, L-R: Eric Miller (soccer, Lenoir-Rhyne University), D’Andre Hayes (track and field, UNC Charlotte), Rylee Wilson (volleyball, Winston-Salem State University), Alexis Waddell (track and field, Guilford College), Jordan Harrison (football, Guilford College), Dawson Byerly (lacrosse, Berry College), Parker Byrd (lacrosse, High Point University) and Macy Brewer (softball, Greensboro College). Back row, L-R: Alex Cake (soccer, Lenoir-Rhyne University), Ian Russo (track and field, Merchant Marine Academy), Cody Creed (football, Appalachian State University), Collin Clark (baseball, Averitt University), Isaiah Ashley (football, Furman University), Charlie Maxson (lacrosse, Catawba University), Max Elbin (lacrosse, North Greenville University), Sean Goldsmith (lacrosse, Mercer University) and Payton Leonard (lacrosse, Catawba University). Shown in second photo, L-R: Lindsay Gauldin (basketball, Guilford College), Bria Gibbs (basketball, Presbyterian College) and Maya Flake (lacrosse, Meredith College).

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Congrats to the Dragons! After an undefeated regular season (15 wins and two ties), the Oak Ridge Dragons, which play for the U10 Kernersville Soccer Association at Oak Ridge Town Park, went on to win the season championship on May 12. Shown in photo, front row, L-R: Cameron Rands, Will Bolton, Colt Kocher, Talan Carr, Max Holder and Jonathan Adams. Back row, L-R: Brian Disney (of Brian Disney Homes, team sponsor), Quinton Kocher (head coach), Nick Tighe, Josiah Stewart, Charles Disney and Josh Adams (assistant coach). Not shown, Joel Germeroth.

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NWMS Quiz Bowl team competes on national stage With its strong finish at the Piedmont Triad Middle School Tournament, the quiz bowl team from Northwest Guilford Middle School in Greensboro proved themselves worthy to play the top middle schools in the country. On May 11, the team represented their school in a 191-team national competition: National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Middle School National Championship Tournament. Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for teams of four students.  Quiz bowl teams use buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports and popular cul-

ture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas.  Participation in quiz bowl both reinforces lessons from the classroom and encourages players to develop new intellectual interests. This is the fifth time Northwest Guilford has competed in the Middle School National Championship Tournament. In both 2017 and this year, the team finished 3-5. This year’s Quiz Bowl team members included: Smith Brown, Tristan Burd, Joe Criscuolo, Garret Eichlin and Gwen Schillie; the team was coached by Meagan Lopez and Sara Vaughn.

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Northwest Middle School’s Odyssey of the Mind team, comprised of eighth-graders, will be among 830 teams from around the world to travel to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, to compete in the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals May 23-26. A fundraiser will be held Thursday, May 17, 6 to 8 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria. Dinner will be provided by Harper’s Restaurant for $10/plate (tickets sold at the door). An auction including gift cards to Natty Greene’s and Rio Grande, gift baskets, Grasshopper box seats and more will also take place during the fundraiser and the team will perform their World Finals’ qualifying performance. Shown in photo, front row, L-R: Meghan Virost, James Slaydon, Caden Miller and Emily Helm. Back row, L-R: Brenna Murphy, Jakob Lee Dedona and Connor Kubis. Not shown, Coach An Virost.

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Book Drive supports classroom libraries at storm-stricken schools Guilford County Schools’ media specialists know the importance of classroom libraries, so the Guilford Association of School Librarians (GASL) has organized an Adopt-A-Teacher campaign to collect books for classroom teachers affected by the April 15 tornado. All teachers at Erwin Montessori, Hampton Elementary and Peeler Open Elementary have been adopted by either a GCS school library media coordinator or an employee at Scholas-

tic Books. The goal is to provide at least 100 books per classroom for teachers to use in instruction or for student access. Scholastic is partnering with GASL and GCS Library Media Services to collect books during its warehouse sale on May 9-19 for the Adopt-A-Teacher campaign. Boxes have been placed at the warehouse sale for participants to add their donations. The books will be organized by GASL and GCS staff to distribute to teachers.

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NORTHERN GUILFORD Sam Kaplan, baseball by MARC PRUITT The memories of winning the 2017 NCHSAA 3-A state baseball championship are still vivid for senior Sam Kaplan. “There were goosebumps all over my body,” Kaplan said. “After that last ball got caught, I looked at a couple of my friends in the dugout and we didn’t

think twice about it. We jumped over the fence and ran out and started hugging everyone. Then we got in the dogpile. It was awesome.” A reserve pitcher and first baseman last season, Kaplan had a frontrow seat to the title run. It was his first season playing varsity baseball after spending his freshman and sophomore years on the junior varsity team. “I learned a lot by watching those guys last year and I’m very thankful for that,” Kaplan said. “Even though I didn’t get to play that much, I was a part of something great. Not many people get to say they were a state champion. That’s something I can hold onto for the rest of my life.”

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Kaplan was one of six seniors in the Nighthawks’ lineup this season. The dream of repeating as state champions didn’t come to fruition, but Kaplan said all was not lost. Northern finished at 12-13 overall and 7-7 in the Mid-State 3A Conference. “Most people might say we had a rebuilding year after losing 12 seniors from last season,” he said. “But I think we definitely had a great year. We had some young players step into their roles. Our hitting was awesome, our pitching was really good, and our defense was too. We just ran into some really good teams and some really good arms. We won the Beach Diamond Invitational at West Brunswick over spring break, which may have been the high point of our season. There were some really good teams there.” Kaplan recorded a 2.98 ERA in nine appearances on the mound and was tied for second with three wins. He was also second on the team with 14 RBIs

and four doubles. Kaplan, who is also involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, has signed to play at Mars Hill. “Baseball is the greatest team sport to ever be created,” Kaplan said. “You can learn so much about yourself from playing, both on and off the field, because the game can be so humbling. The lessons you learn stick with you for the rest of your life.”

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Baumeier is one of the stalwarts on Northwest Guilford’s softball team, which recently won its fourth straight conference championship and, as of Tuesday, was still vying for the NCHSAA 4-A state championship.

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It sounds almost too good to be true, and there seems to be no drawback, even in the fine print. A part-time job that offers an hourly rate higher than the federal minimum wage, free community college tuition – and getting paid while sitting in a college classroom. “They pay for me to attend class,” said Northern Guilford High School senior Andrew Hairston. “Whether I’m at work or at school, I still get paid, regardless. I can’t complain about that.” After successfully completing the program, each student has the inside track to a good-paying career. Students like Hairston have made the decision to apply for Guilford Apprenticeship Partners, a program that provides eligible young men and women with an alternative to pursuing a traditional four-year degree. Steve Cockburn is the manager of the mold shop at TE Connectivity, a company that creates connectors to harnesses in the automotive industry. Supervisors like Cockburn are looking five or 10 years down the road, and

what they see is empty work stations – with work piling up. “Right now, you’re seeing a lack of skilled tradesmen because of the lack of apprenticeship programs,” Cockburn said. “A whole slew of apprenticeship programs were dropped (in recent decades).” That’s okay for the immediate term, Cockburn said, but “in 10 years, 50 percent of that shop will be retired. We can’t train ‘em fast enough to replace the retirees.” That’s where students like Hairston come in. As a junior, he and a parent attended an open house for TE Connectivity. It was the first step on what could be a long and lucrative career path. After the open house, Hairston applied to the program. He was among the students who had earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 and had taken advanced math courses. Hairston had also demonstrated reliability, having recorded five or fewer absences each year in school. After that, it was simply showing an interest, said Robin Sharp, HR business partner for TE Connectivity. “We invite those who qualify back to one of our locations,” she explained.

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Andrew Hairston, a senior at Northern Guilford High School, works a lathe machine at TE Connectivity in Greensboro. Andrew goes to school for half a day and works a shift in the mold shop the rest of the day. Within five years, Hairston has a chance to earn his journeyman’s card and an associate’s degree – all paid for by TE Connectivity. The students participate in four nights of orientation, including two nights of hands-on experience working on a project. Simply making it to the fourth night “helps us determine who we want to take to the next step,” Sharp said. That next step is a six-week summer schedule. For eight hours a day, five days a week, the student gets a closer look at what the job entails. Meanwhile, the company continues to evaluate the student in order “to make sure it’s a good fit for both.” Students who are invited to continue along in the process become part of a ceremony akin to an athlete signing a national letter of intent to play college sports. It’s a big deal, Sharp said.

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“These are high school students,” Sharp said matter-of-factly. “Some students decided they wanted to go on to a four-year university first. Or that it wasn’t a good fit, especially with some juniors (who) wanted to continue with their high school.” For others, participating in extracurricular activities such as band or sports is a higher priority. Though Sharp said being in the apprenticeship program does not preclude those activities, it would be “a lot to juggle.” Hairston was one of 100 people to attend TE Connectivity’s open house. Fifteen students were selected for the orientation and nine made it to the sixweek summer program. Only four were invited to become an apprentice. For Hairston, the opportunity makes too much sense to ignore. During the summer, he said he talked with several TE Connectivity employees who had been with the company for up to 30 years. Hairston said he figured if

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an employee stayed there that long, “you must enjoy what you’re doing. So I figured, this might not be a bad trade to get into. I’ve come to really like it.” Leigh Smith said opportunities such as this can be hard to come by for some students. “It’s a great program,” said Smith, career development coordinator at Northern Guilford High School. “These students have a great job opportunity in front of them. They get paid to sit in class. I tell students, ‘you’re not going to find that anywhere (else).’ And the degree is taken care of. It’s a great thing.” Smith said even the work required of students during the four nights of orientation is impressive. “The things that they do, I don’t have those skills,” Smith said. “I have a little metal train that they built (during) an orientation exercise. A student was telling me all the tools he had to put the train together, and I’m just like, ‘okay, I’m glad they didn’t ask me to do that.’” But there is much more to this than building a toy train. Hairston and other

apprentices will complete 8,000 hours of training in up to five years. At that point, a successful apprentice will have earned a journeyman’s card and an associate’s degree in machining technology. “In that 8,000 hours, they’re gonna learn to mill, grind, do lathe work and EDM (electrical discharge machining), learn to weld, be involved with lasers, learn the metallurgy of the tools we use,” Cockburn said. “They’ll learn the fundamentals of a mold – how it works, different components.” For Hairston, it seems to be the right choice. “It’s great,” he said. “People can start doing the things they actually like to do for a job. Most people my age are working at fast food or retail.”

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„„ Town of Stokesdale for not taking better care of its property. My wife and I voted at Stokesdale Town Hall and it literally looked like an abandoned building. Weeds everywhere, shrubs not trimmed and grass a foot tall in places.

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GRINS to... „„ Rachel at Food Lion in Summerfield for making shopping fun. I specifically check out in her line to hear stories of growing up the 12th of 14 kids. If you see her, ask her to rap – guaranteed to make your day! „„ Teachers for speaking out about how bad North Carolina public school spending is. You deserve better! „„ Stokesdale Fire and Rescue for getting me to the hospital so the doctor

could put my hip back into place. You guys are the best! „„ Stokesdale Elementary PTA for the wonderful lunch and the special treats during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you for your support of our staff. „„ The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt for their amazing staff! „„ Teachers who view their profession as a calling and pour their hearts and souls into educating our students. Your impact on our children begins in the classroom, but remains with them for the rest of their lives.

„„ Republic Services for making no effort to communicate with customers, ignoring customer requests/complaints, providing inconsistent service, and offering no apology or compensation for missed service. „„ Opponents of Trump’s job-creating, 401(k) pension-inflating, wageincreasing and bonus-providing tax cuts. Where were you when Obama doubled our national debt? Still waiting for those “shovel-ready” jobs that weren’t so shovel-ready? „„ The Town of Stokesdale for the lawn not being taken care of on Election Day (May 8). Grass not cut and

more weeds than grass. „„ Todd Rotruck for putting his political ambitions over the interests of Summerfield residents. It’s bad enough that the BOE determined he didn’t live in Summerfield after all, but now Summerfield taxpayers must foot the bill to defend his frivolous lawsuit. „„ The person griping about their child missing school while educators go to Raleigh on May 16. I’m okay with keeping my child at home so our educators can make their voices heard. They are grossly underpaid and deserve better. „„ Republic Services for failing to pick up my garbage on the regular trash pickup day after driving by it twice, and then making me wait a week for service despite my three phone calls to them. Inexcusable! „„ The inconsiderate person in last week’s “Gripes” section who said that educators are selfish for making children miss school. It’s selfish of you to

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not understand that teachers are paid too little for everything that they have to deal with.

and stop using kids and gullible teachers as pawns! Also, gripes to parents who fall for the lies.

„„ “Councilman” Rotruck for gaming the legal system. If he truly cares about Summerfield, he would resign his position. He can always run again when he becomes a legal Summerfield resident.

„„ Parents of youth baseball teams who don’t understand that these are kids and the objective should be to have fun.

„„ The agitators who push progressive propaganda about poverty and teacher pay in their attempt to gain political power in Raleigh. Stop lying,

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„„ Protesting teachers. You need to protest Guilford County Schools for withholding money from your classrooms to give mega salaries to unnecessary administrators.

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UDO Review Committee to present final recommendations on May 21 SUMMERFIELD – After averaging two meetings per month for nine months, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Review Committee, appointed by the Summerfield Town Council last June, is ready to present its recommendations to the town’s Zoning Board on May 21. In a press release written by Summerfield Planning Director Carrie Spencer on Wednesday, she stated the committee was formed for the purpose of engaging the community in a review of substantive issues within the current UDO draft. “The end goal is to adopt a UDO that is more congruent with the citizencreated Summerfield Comprehensive Plan,” Spencer stated. “The UDO Review Committee has worked tirelessly to complete its charge thoroughly. The committee has completed an in-depth review of the UDO draft in comparison to all policies within the Comprehensive Plan. Its final report and recommendations will be presented to the Zoning Board at a special called Zoning Board meeting, Monday, May 21, at 6 p.m. at the Summerfield Community Center.”


Spencer stressed the committee was charged with making recommendations to the Zoning Board, and specifically to identify areas in which the draft UDO does not align with the town’s Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2010. “The committee was not charged with drafting ordinance details or making decisions about town growth,” Spencer wrote. “Again, these recommendations do not include specific text changes, but are meant to guide and direct staff and the Zoning Board as revisions are drafted. The report also includes overarching themes from frequently-discussed issues and public input, along with additional recommendations to Council. Once revisions are complete and citizens have been given time to review them, two public hearings will be held to adopt a UDO that will replace the 1997 Development Ordinance.” The committee’s “Final Report and Recommendations” can be found at under the “Town News & Notices” section – scroll down to “UDO Review Committee,” and then click on the Dropbox link.








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been violated by Town Attorney Bill Hill and Town Manager Scott Whitaker when they prevented him from being seated at the town council table at a special call meeting on April 23. Prause requested the court issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Board of Elections from changing Rotruck’s voter registration from Summerfield to Greensboro, and that the matter be remanded to the BOE for a “new, proper quasijudicial hearing to resolve the (voter registration) challenge…” Cromer rendered no decision on the temporary restraining order, but then surprised some when he decided to review Rotruck’s second lawsuit, which was filed against the Board of Elections and Janelle Robinson, the Summerfield resident who filed a challenge to Rotruck’s voter registration in February. Cromer ultimately requested Prause prepare a draft order on the matter and forward it to Payne for review. Under the advisement of Gray Wilson, the attorney hired to represent the town in the Rotruck vs. the Town of Summerfield lawsuit, the monthly council meeting scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. on May 10 was cancelled a few hours before it was to get underway. The following morning Whitaker issued a press release in which he wrote, “A hearing was held May 7 concerning Rotruck v. Town of Summerfield and the decision was delayed until yesterday, May 10. At that time, the judge deferred any ruling and did not grant the temporary restraining order Mr. Rotruck sought to regain his Council position. In the separate appeal by Rotruck of the adverse ruling of the Board of Elections (BOE), in which the town is not involved, the


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judge ordered a stay of the BOE’s order. While the judge’s decision in our case was welcomed, the town’s legal counsel is of the opinion that the Council seat remains vacant,” Whitaker continued. “Legal counsel further recommended that the town not proceed with last night’s meeting to afford time to better sort through the matter. Most of the elected body concurred, the focus was to quickly notify the public, and staff implemented that directive.” Whitaker noted that not all, but a majority of council members agreed it was best to cancel the council meeting.  


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let it be with me as You wish it to be. I humbly accept this call.” Foltz, who is warmly referred to by her congregation as “Pastor Carol,” was one of two among 84 candidates to be elected by Synod. The Southern Province has 15,400 members in 55 congregations and 10 fellowship groups located in four states: North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida.  A native of Forsyth County, Foltz attended Parkland High School and graduated from UNC Greensboro

before going on to Moravian Theological Seminary. On June 11, 1978, she became the first woman to be ordained in the Moravian Church, Southern Province. Foltz has served Moravia Moravian Church since 2015. As she continues there, she will also now serve as a pastor for pastors, prayer intercessor for the worldwide church and spiritual guide to the denomination. For more info about Moravia Moravian Church, call (336) 643-5166.

Rotruck argues that the judge’s actions on May 10 are a positive for him, and his council seat is not vacant. “The judge did not rule on the temporary restraining order,” he confirmed in an email to the Northwest Observer on Wednesday. “We received something better, a stay on the BOE (Board of Elections) decision, which means my residency has not changed and the town’s legal opinion is further obstructing my constitutional rights.” County Attorney Mark Payne told the Northwest Observer that as of Wednesday morning, no final order has been entered and it appears the judge wants further discussion on the matter. “At this time no final decision has been entered and it is premature to guess what it might be,” Payne wrote in an email. In a follow-up email, Payne wrote that the likely time for the additional hearing will be next Thursday, May 24. As for the May town council meeting, Whitaker said it has not been rescheduled and may not occur this month. The budget meeting scheduled for May 31, however, is still on schedule.

The following are some of the comments posted on the Northwest Observer’s Facebook page after the Summerfield Town Council meeting was cancelled last Thursday, a few hours before it was to begin. The decision to cancel the meeting came after a judge’s actions on Thursday morning left the status of Todd Rotruck’s council seat uncertain. • “As a resident, I cannot imagine how a person not living in our town as declared by the BOE is allowed to keep his seat during appeal.” • “… I really hate to say it but I think it’s comical because if it wasn’t this it would be something else involving the council. It really seems pretty clear that his primary residence is NOT and has not been in Summerfield for about 2 years as I recall the Observer reporting and the laws clearly state he must live in Summerfield to be eligible. How

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he thinks he’s entitled to that seat is mind boggling unless there’s some loophole which hasn’t been disclosed yet. … Summerfield is a beautiful town with great people but it really needs to get its act together.” – Kevin O. • “I think the relationship between Rotruck and Prause (the attorney representing Rotruck in the lawsuits he has filed in which the Town of Summerfield, the Board of Elections and Janelle Robinson are named as defendants) ... they are business partners. Wilson Street Manor, Company Officials. All LLCs are managed by their managers pursuant to N.C.G.S. 57D-3-20. Managing Member: D Marsh Prause, 516 Woodlawn Ave. Greensboro NC 27401. Managing Member: Todd Rotruck, 3629 Lewiston Road, Greensboro NC 27410. And check out the address listed (for Rotruck).”




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Operation Xcel SUMMER TUTOR NEEDED. Hours: Monday-Friday, 30-40 hours/week; June 18-August 10, 2018. Potential to hire on for fall. Email resume with subject STK Tutor to CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Well-established marketing service company looking for call center Customer Service Representatives to join our staff. Bilingual French and/or Spanish speaking is a plus. Both part-time and full-time positions available. Experience preferred. Interested candidates please submit resume to info@ DRIVER & WAREHOUSE MANAGER Growing, family-owned portable storage rental company is looking for a full-time delivery driver and warehouse manager. Must have 5+ years heavy commercial truck driving (CDL not required) and large forklift operations experience. Must have general mechanical skills and demonstrate the ability to work independently, be a self-starter and be highly motivated. Must demonstrate excellent customer service and verbal communication skills. Must have valid driver’s license. Subject to drug screening. This job includes lifting, bending, carrying, kneeling, maneuvering, reaching and pushing/pulling requirements of a minimum of 70 pounds. Contact Dede at (336) 655-1734 or dede@ if interested. KENNEL ASSISTANT, Northwest Animal Hospital. Duties include animal care, hospital cleaning and restocking. Must be reliable and have own transportation. Please drop resume off at 1692 NC 68N, Suite J, Oak Ridge.

OPERATION XCEL Summer Science Teacher. Implement Apex curriculum. Certified elementary teacher; experience teaching in a school/youth program. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm; June 25-August 10, 2018. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume to:

Planning & Zoning Board is forwarded as a recommendation to the Oak Ridge Town Council. Planning & Zoning Board: May 24, 2018, 7pm, at Oak Ridge Town Hall, 8315 Linville Road Town Council: June 7, 2018, 7pm, at Oak Ridge Town Hall, 8315 Linville Road PUBLIC HEARINGS: REZONING CASE #RZ-18-03: The Town

MAISY DAISY FLORIST has immediate openings for an experienced floral designer daily, and a P/T delivery driver every other week, M-Th. Call (336) 441-8611 or stop by our shop at 7779 N.C. 68N in Stokesdale (next to Oliver Diesel) to fill out an application. Also, 10% off Memorial Day orders.

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Spring and summer help needed! CarsonDellosa Publishing Company is hiring SEASONAL WAREHOUSE EMPLOYEES. Must be 18 years old, willing to work in a fast-paced warehouse environment. Competitive pay and flexible hours. Perfect job for students! Contact Human Resources, (336) 632-0084 or (336) 808-3225. 657-A Brigham Road, Greensboro (near Pleasant Ridge Road).

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TOWN OF OAK RIDGE PUBLIC HEARING The Oak Ridge Town Council and the Town of Oak Ridge Planning & Zoning Board will hold separate public hearings to consider requests to amend the Official Town of Oak Ridge Zoning Map. The Planning & Zoning Board and Town Council may also consider requests for subdivisions and other matters.

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„„ SAVE THE DATE CHANGE THE WORLD SERVICE DAY, Saturday, May 19, Oak Ridge United Methodist Church. Breakfast at 8am, followed by worship and a day of opportunities to serve both locally and globally. See display ad in our May 10 issue for all the details. Stop & Shop LULAROE POP-UP SHOPPE Huge gift basket giveaway up for grabs! Join Lularoe, Lipsense, Paparazzi and Vantel Pearls for a one-stop shopping experience Saturday, May 19, 10am-3pm, at the Oak Ridge Room, beside Bistro 150 in the Lowes Foods shopping center, Oak Ridge. Leggings giveaway at the door! Come pop a balloon for more prizes. For more info, text (336) 706-8811. Join us for MUSIC ON THE LAWN at Spring Arbor of Greensboro, Thursday, May 24, 6pm, 5125 Michaux Road, Greensboro. For all the details, see display ad on page 14? . RUN THE RIDGE GLOW, Friday night, June 1, at Oak Ridge Town Park. See display ad on page 7 of this issue, or register online at TOUCH A TRUCK FUNDRAISER at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax, Sat., June 23, 10am-2pm. Goodie bags for kids! $5/person, $20/family. Come see us!




MOVING SALE, Sat., May 19, 8am-1pm, 8001 Daltonshire Drive, Oak Ridge.


LAWN MOWER REPAIR and service. Pick up & delivery. Call Rick, (336) 501-8681.

YARD SALE, Saturday, May 19, 8am-1pm, 8507 Julina Drive, Oak Ridge. Clothing, household items, toys, etc. ESTATE TAG SALE, Friday, May 18, 10am3pm; and Saturday, May 19, 9am-3pm; 8500 Winding Hill Drive, Stokesdale. YARD SALE, Saturday, May 19, 7am, 6619 Stonecroft Dr., Oak Ridge. All must go! YARD SALE, Saturday, May 19, 7-11am, 8889 Rymack Drive, Oak Ridge. Household items, b-ball cards, '80s toys, clothing, tools.

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„„ HOME SERVICES CLEANING MAIDS OF HONOR HOME CLEANING $25 off! Locally owned, bonded staff. 40 years in service. BBB A+ rating. (336) 708-2407. CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. (336) 609-0677. NIDIA’S CLEANING SERVICE. 10 years experience. Call Nidia (336) 362-4173. HOME CLEANING. Afford. rates, ref. avail., 10 years exp. Elizabeth, (336) 453-8592. 12,840 followers and growing!


CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING Gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. (336) 595-2873.

SUNSHINE ART STUDIO in Stokesdale is hosting our first-annual summer camp, ARTSKOOL. Visit or call (336) 708-3227 to register.

CHRISTIAN MOM needs work cleaning houses, running errands. Will fit to your budget. Pet taxi/pet sitting also avail. References. Call Laura Bennett, (336) 231-1838.

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BALEX ELECTRICAL COMPANY, LLC. Got Power? Residential, commercial and solar electrical services. (336) 298-4192. Do you have ELECTRICAL NEEDS? Rodney A. Coble, licensed electrician. Monday-Saturday. Call (336) 209-1486.

FLOORING MONTERO'S HARDWOOD FLOORING Installation of hardwood, laminate & tile; hardwood sanding & finishing. Commercial & residential. Insured, 17 yrs. exp. Free est., exc. references. Call (336) 215-8842 or visit IT’S A CARPET THING! Repairs, restretch, replace. (336) 643-6500.

GENERAL REPAIR & SERVICES APPLIANCE REPAIR - Call Mr. Appliance A step above the rest! (336) 609-5707. Affordable HOME REPAIRS. One call fixes all! A+ with BBB. For a free estimate, call (336) 643-1184 or (336) 987-0350. 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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AFFORDABLE HOME REPAIRS. One call fixes all! A+ with BBB. For a free estimate, call (336) 643-1184 or (336) 987-0350. L & T SMALL ENGINE SERVICE “We get you mowing!” Commercial & residential, all models. 2103 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge. (336) 298-4314.

GRADING / HAULING ANTHONY’S GRADING & HAULING Excavating, land clearing, demolition, dirt. available. Zane Anthony, (336) 362-4035. E&W HAULING & GRADING INC. Driveways, fill dirt, topsoil, lot clearing, bobcat work, excavating, mulch, etc. (336) 451-1282. PEARMAN QUARRY HAULING Fill dirt, gravel, sand rock, mulch & more. Joel Richardson, (336) 803-2195. GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. (336) 362-1150. BRAD’S BOBCAT & HAULING SVCS. LLC Debris removal, grading, gravel/dirt, driveways, concrete work. (336) 362-3647.

LAWNCARE / LANDSCAPING STOKESDALE LAWN $45 minimum. (336) 840-8164. EXTERIOR GREENSCAPES, LLC Lawn maintenance service. Call for your quote today. (336) 682-1456. WE DO IT ALL WITH PRIDE! For low rates on lawn service, call (336) 404-3983. AFFORDABLE LANDSCAPING for all your landscape needs, including irrigation, installation and repair. Please call Joe at J. Gibson Landscaping, (336) 419-7236. American owned & operated. In God We Trust. WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Lawn maint, landscaping. Irrigation/ landscape contractor. Hardscaping & landscape lighting. 26 years exp. (336) 399-7764.



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

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.

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AREA STUMP DUMP. Yard waste, concrete, etc. Fill dirt avail. (336) 602-5820.


ALL-SEASON STUMP GRINDING. Owner Alan Winfree. Free est. Call (336) 382-9875. ORTIZ LANDSCAPING, complete lawn care. Trimming, cleaning, planting & mulch, gutter cleaning, patios & pavers, waterfalls, retaining walls, sidewalks, stonework. Residential and commercial. (336) 280-8981. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maint. (336) 655-6490. AQUA SYSTEMS IRRIGATION. Quality irrigation systems. NC licensed contractor. We service all systems. Free estimates. (336) 644-1174. STUMP GRINDING up to 24 inch diameter. Call or text Morris, (336) 880-7498. FAY’S LAWNCARE & LANDSCAPING Spring prep & tree work. Complete landscape maint. & hardscaping Reasonable and honest. Call Taylor, (336) 458-6491. AFFORDABLE LANDSCAPING, specializing in mowing, flower bed design and restoration, irrigation installation and repair. Please call Joe at J. Gibson Landscaping, (336) 419-7236. American owned and operated. In God We Trust. CUTTING EDGE LAWNCARE – Affordable. Dependable. Mowing, aeration, leaf removal, and more! Please call anytime for free estimate, (336) 706-0103. STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Lic./Ins. 30 yrs. exp. Bucket truck & chipper, total cleanup. Selective thinning & lot clearing. 24-hr. ER. (336) 643-1119. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 643-9332.

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

MISC. SERVICES & PRODUCTS COX POOL SERVICE. Openings/closings, weekly maintenance, chemicals included, free estimates. Damion, (336) 327-5122. GRILLS, FIRE PITS, tankless water heaters. General home repairs. Call Don Hill, (336) 643-7183. ON EAGLE'S WINGS residential home design/drafting. Call Patti, (336) 605-0519.

PAINTING & DRYWALL CARLOS & SON PAINTING, interior & exterior. Free est., lic/ins. (336) 669-5210.


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

PRESSURE WASHING CUTTING EDGE PRESSURE WASHING Affordable. Dependable. Please call anytime for free estimate, (336) 706-0103. PRESSURE WASHING, gutter & window cleaning. Fully insured. Crystal Clear, www. (336) 595-2873.


„„ HOME SERVICES KEITH SMITH CONSTRUCTION 30 years experience. Specializing in room additions, kitchens & baths, garages, vinyl siding and windows, painting, ceramic tile, laminate, hardwood and linoleum floors, and remodeling of all kinds. No job too small. Free est. Call (336) 362-7469. HAMMERSMITH WOODWORKING LLC. Carpentry, custom cabinetry, built-ins, exterior repairs. ASP – Helping Hand. Over 30 years exp. Call Carlton, (336) 404-3002. BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens/baths, custom decks, garages, siding, dock work, windows, roofing, rotted wood. Sr. disc., 38 years exp. (336) 362-6343. ORTIZ REMODELING – Total restoration & home improvement. Drywall, painting, kitchen cabinets, interior trim & more. Free estimates. (336) 280-8981.

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CJ's CABINET PAINTING Bathrooms, small kitchens, furniture. Reasonable rates, references. (336) 643-5892.

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

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

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CINDY’S PAINTING Interior painting, wallpaper removal. References & free estimates available. (336) 708-9155.

RENOVATION WORKS, INC. New construction, remodeling, additions, kitchen, bath and decks. We are a locally owned, full-service design and build company, A+ accredited with the BBB. Visit or call (336) 427-7391 to start your next project.

CLINARD & SON ROOFING, LLC Residential roofing, rubber flat roofs, roof coating, metal roofs. 30 years experience. Now accepting all major credit cards. Call (336) 643-8191 or (336) 580-3245.

PAINTING – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR 32 yrs. exp. Sheetrock repair. No job too small. Insured. Brad Rogers, (336) 314-3186.

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

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DEXMAR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Shuttle service, non-emergency transportation, wheel chair accessible. Holidays & weekends. (336) 298-4225.

„„ MISC. FOR SALE MOVING SALE: Lawn and garden equipment, carpenter's power tools and cement hand tools. Please call (336) 931-0364 for more details. HUSKY SUPREME TILLER, dual direction tines, 6HP Honda motor, like new. $600. (336) 587-7367.

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