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Time to vote … again Early voting for June 7 primary begins May 26 by PATTI STOKES GUILFORD COUNTY – March 15 has come and gone and it’s already time for another primary. Confused? You’re probably not alone. Though voters in Guilford County turned out on March 15 for the primary general election, they’ll be encouraged to return to the polls on June 7 for one more round of voting before the general election on Nov. 8. This time they’ll

be narrowing down the candidates in the Congressional race for Districts 6 and 13, as well as the N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice race. Why another primary, you may be asking? After a panel of three federal judges determined that North Carolina’s 1st and 12th Congressional districts’ boundaries were marked by racial gerrymandering, they declared them unconstitutional and ruled on

IN THIS ISSUE Feb. 5 that the state’s Congressional district lines must be redrawn – this year.

As a result of the ruling, the state’s legislature set to work and in just two weeks redrew all 13 of the state’s Congressional districts’ boundaries. One of the changes that most affects voters in Guilford County is the newly redrawn District 13, which was shifted from the Triangle area all the way across the state, and now includes an area spanning from

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News in Brief ................................ 3 Your Questions ............................ 4 Summerfield Town Council ........ 6 Business Notes ........................... 12 Bits & Pieces ............................... 12 Founders’ Day Photos ................13 Community Calendar ...............14 NWO Real Estate ...................... 15 Real Estate Briefs ....................... 16 Real Estate Q&A ........................ 19 Real Estate Transactions........... 22 New home trends ..................... 23 Youth/School News .................. 27 Student Profiles .......................... 28 High School Sports .................... 30 Letters/Opinions ........................ 32 Grins & Gripes............................ 33 Crime/Incident Report ............. 34 Classifieds .................................. 35 Index of Advertisers .................. 39

Was that a bear I saw? On the morning of Wednesday, May 18, a parent reported seeing a black bear near the campus of Stokesdale Elementary.

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Following the 18-6 win over Page in the third round of the 4-A NCHSAA Lacrosse Championships, Northwest Guilford High School varsity lacrosse players and coaches hold up a “Get Well” sign for head coach Mark Goldsmith, who suffered a heart attack earlier in the week. The Vikings advanced to the semi-finals on May 17, when they lost to Lake Norman 13-11. Photo by L.A. Logan/NWO |

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A representative of Stewart (left), the Raleigh-based design/engineer firm hired by the Town of Summerfield to design the A&Y Greenway extension from the pedestrian tunnel under U.S. 220 to Centerfield Road, discusses a proposed route for the trail with a citizen in the Trails/Greenway tent at Founders Day. Stewart will hold a public meeting in the near future to present alternative trail routes and receive feedback from citizens.

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There’s a bear over where? There! Bear sighting near Stokesdale Elementary STOKESDALE – Stokesdale Elementary students and staff stayed tucked inside on the morning of Wednesday, May 18, after a parent reported seeing a black bear near the campus. Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the report were unable to see the bear, and as of our press deadline, no one else had reported seeing it in the area, so the school day ended on a quiet note. This was the second reported bear sighting in Guilford County in the last week. On May 12, two bears – possibly a mother and her cub – were sighted in the area of Westover Terrace and Wendover Avenue in Greensboro; there is speculation as to whether the bear in Stokesdale could be one of the bears spotted last week.

In response to the bear sighting on May 12, Greensboro police urged anyone who sees a bear in a residential or commercial area to report it to the police. “Stay away from the animal and do not provoke it or entice it with food. If you are in a vehicle and the bear is on the roadway or attempting to cross the roadway, allow it to do so safely,” the GPD posted on its Facebook page. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reports that in most cases, the best long-term solution involves removal of attractants (bird feeders, unsecured garbage) rather than destruction of the bear. “Simply catching every bear that someone sees is not an option; we have no remote places left to relocate bears

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when you’re traveling east on U.S. 158. Temporary political campaign signs may be placed in the right-of-way of the state highway system on the 30th day before the beginning of one-stop voting and ending on the 10th day after the primary or election day – with certain stipulations, including that no sign can be closer than three feet from the edge of the pavement of the road, and that no sign shall obscure motorist visibility at an intersection. Also, no signs can be

higher than 42 inches above the edge of the pavement of the road, larger than 6 square feet in area, or be illuminated – or obscure another sign. Political signs may not be placed on utility poles, fire hydrants, or other public infrastructure devices. Temporary political campaign signs placed on private property must have the owner’s permission and be located outside the public right-of-way and outside any sight distance easement. Signs placed on private property must be removed within seven days following the election date. Because of a Supreme Court decision handed down in February, Congressional districts in North Carolina were redrawn and the date of the primary for Congressional and N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice candidates was moved from March 15 to June 7. Early voting/sameday registration begins May 26. For more information about political campaign sign regulations, visit

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where they will not come into contact with humans,” the NCWRC says. Relocated bears often return to the place they were originally captured.

The process of catching bears is difficult, and can be more dangerous for the bear, the public, and those involved than letting the bear take its natural course.

No comments thus far on draft budget SUMMERFIELD – In past years, at least a few people have faithfully signed up to speak during the public hearing for the Town of Summerfield’s draft budget. By and large, their comments centered on the capital projects the Town had planned for the upcoming fiscal year, and on the 2.75-cent property tax (per $100 of property valuation), which some have argued is unwarranted given the Town’s almost $8 million fund balance. In the last two monthly council meetings, however, not a single person has spoken during the period set aside for Public Comments on the FY 2016-2017 draft budget. The $2,119,785 draft budget includes an increase of $83,300 over the current fiscal year for planning personnel wages, worker’s compensation, health/dental insurance and retirement benefits. Partially offsetting that amount, the budget includes an estimated increase of $35,000

in planning and zoning fees revenue . In the Property and Buildings expense category, the Town is budgeting an additional $75,000 for architectural services and $85,000 for construction services. For Summerfield Athletic Park, the line item expense for field maintenance is being increased by $19,000, while an additional $77,500 is proposed for grounds improvement. Extending the A&Y Greenway from the pedestrian tunnel under U.S. 220 to Centerfield Road is expected to get into full swing next fiscal year, and $419,000 is being budgeted for trail development. In order to balance the draft budget, $915,485 will be appropriated from the fund balance. A final opportunity for citizens to provide feedback on the budget will be at Summerfield Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday, June 14. the following new advertisers who joined us last month: Greensboro OBGYN Associates, Downtown Greensboro, Inc., Harley Davidson of Greensboro ...and to the following returning advertisers who have chosen to continue delivering their message to our readers:

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May 10 / MEETING HIGHLIGHTS as reported by PATTI STOKES  Mayor Mark Brown called the monthly meeting to order; Linda Southard led the opening prayer, staff introductions were made and the meeting agenda was approved after “Vineyard maintenance” was added under Mayor/ Council Business.

School. “Anyone could come and help take care of it,” Caroline said.  Continuing her comments from the April 12 council meeting, Teresa Pegram read excerpts from several emails between town council members, staff and Summerfield Fire District’s Chief Chris Johnson which were written in January and February, prior to the Public Safety Committee being disbanded.

ANNOUNCEMENTS  Town Manager Scott Whitaker reminded everyone that Founders’ Day festivities would begin at 6 p.m. on May 13 and continue throughout the day on May 14.

PUBLIC COMMENTS  Girl Scout Caroline Gore said she thought the Town should have a community garden, which would “help families and neighbors learn about healthy eating and how to care for the environment.” She offered a few suggestions for a community garden location, including where the flag building used to be next to the Gordon Hardware building now owned by the Town, or at the community park behind Summerfield Elementary

 Dwayne Crawford, who served as chairman of the Town’s Public Safety Committee for the last several months before it was disbanded, said Chief Johnson had knowingly passed along misinformation about the water levels at Polo Farms’ water access point. “The water level didn’t go down, the fire chief passed out misinformation and accused the Public Safety Committee of doing something that he himself was doing,” Crawford said.

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for children were also planned.

Finance. Whitaker said at the April meeting, Finance Committee members spent quite a bit of time going through the draft budget line item by line item. The committee also discussed the county’s method of distributing sales and use tax, and planned to discuss it further at its May 16 meeting.

Founders’ Day. Whitaker thanked the fire department for all the help they had provided with Founders’ Day preparations. “With just getting the grounds ready, the fire department has worked hard and we are looking forward to a really good event,” he said. “Also, a big thank you to Cheryl Gore (part-time events planner and assistant to the town manager).”

Historical. At its April meeting, the Historical Committee discussed wording for the Bugler Boy historical marker which will be placed at the monument along N.C. 150, as well as a timeframe for completion and placement of the Laughlin Primary historical marker. Another World War II veteran interview should be completed by the end of May. Trails. At its April 27 meeting, the Trails and Open Space Committee discussed the new pedestrian tunnel under U.S. 220, which has already been marked by graffiti; also, people have driven ATVs through the tunnel. NCDOT has recommended blocking the entrances to the tunnel until a trail connection is completed. A representative of Stewart, the firm the Town has hired to design the A&Y Greenway extension, was to be in the Trails tent at Founders’ Day to meet with citizens, present alternative trail routes and answer questions. Activities

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and Summerfield, Goodnight noted, with most of the crimes that have occurred involving theft of items from unlocked cars.

and have five children between them, three of whom are in college. Their first grandchild was born earlier this month.

“The folks breaking into cars are not usually breaking windows, they are just opening unlocked doors – people leave money, guns, computers, etc., in their cars,” Goodnight said. “Lock it or Lose it” signs will soon be appearing throughout the district to help raise awareness and encourage people to keep their cars locked and valuables out of sight.

Land donation. Whitaker said the council had made a decision to purchase the Vandergrift property in February, with one condition, which was to gain access to the property within the due diligence period. Access to the Vandergrift property has been granted via property off Medearis Street which is owned by Summerfield residents Sue and Jimmy Beeson, and Whitaker presented the council with an agreement for consideration. Pending approval of the agreement, the closing on the Vandergrift property was scheduled for Thursday, May 12. The Beesons requested a donation letter for the market value of the property they were giving as access, which is .88 acres and valued at about $16,680 (based on the per-acre price of the Vandergrift property).

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Trail standards. Whitaker explained that when discussing repairs to the Vineyards Trail, which ties directly into the A&Y Greenway, he had suggested developing some trail standards specifically for those trails that go into the greenway. “I wanted to make sure whatever we do on that (Vineyards Trail) repair is consistent with whatever we do with trail standards.” Other than a few minor typos, council said the recommended trail standards the TOS Committee had presented, which were based on standards and guidelines for the Haw River Trail, were satisfactory. Council member Reece Walker suggested including some sort of locator signs for emergency responders who might need to get on the trail. Other reports, updates. Whitaker said the second entrance to the athletic park is progressing and on track. Wooten and Company is reviewing the final draft of the water and fire protection study and plans to present it to the council in June. Stewart representatives were scheduled to be at the Trails and Open Space tent at Founders’ Day, at which time residents could have their first look at the firm’s concept of the trail alignment. A public meeting to present alternative trail alignments will be scheduled and

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advertised in the near future. Groundworks was scheduled to begin repair and improvements to the Vineyards Trail on May 23, with the goal of completing the project no later than the end of June so it can be paid for in the current fiscal year.

MAYOR/COUNCIL BUSINESS Regional water initiative. Brown asked council members, Whitaker and Town Attorney Bill Hill to review a Memorandum of Understanding Supporting a Regional Water Initiative again before the June council meeting so it can be discussed in greater depth at that time. Brown said he and Whitaker met with representatives from Oak Ridge and Rockingham County recently and discussed the proposed regional water initiative. Mark Richardson, vice chairman of the Rockingham County Commissioners, was the informal chair of the meeting. Brown said more details about the $2-billion Connect NC Bond referendum which was overwhelmingly approved on March 15 are now available. Vineyards maintenance. Brown said at last month’s meeting the council voted to cover the cost of immediate repairs to the Vineyards Trail, but did not make a decision about ongoing maintenance. In talking with Roger Bardsley, a former Guilford County Parks and Recreation employee who focused on trails, they agreed that use of the trail will likely

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Maintenance, which will cost about $300 per quarter, will consist of: repair of small washout areas, cleaning of pipe inlets, removal of fallen or leaning trees 6 inches in diameter or less, and general inspection of trail areas and bridge (bridge repairs, if needed, will be quoted).

Council member Mike Adams said he felt routine maintenance of the trail was important. Council member John O’Day wondered if there were any organizations that would be interested in taking that project on. Discussion followed as to whether there was such an organization, and if so, would it have the necessary equipment. Whitaker said the Town did not have the staff or equipment to provide regular trail maintenance, so unless some other group took responsibility for it, it would need to be contracted out. A Vineyards’ resident said the HOA pays for a landscaping company to take care of fallen trees on the trail, but things like cleaning out pipes were not part of the contract. It was agreed that Whitaker would add an amount in the proposed budget to contract for quarterly maintenance of the Vineyards Trail.


Whitaker said drainage issues at the athletic park on U.S. 220 were worsen-

ing, and showed pictures of washed-out areas along the banks and standing water in one of the dugouts. “Mud about 3 inches thick is washing into the dugout regularly and there is a steep bank that we can’t get anything to grow on,” he said. “We can’t do anything about that until we get some drainage in place.” Because the Town is going to postpone completing the parking lot paving project at the athletic park, there is money in this fiscal year’s budget to address the drainage issues, Whitaker said. Cost estimates for drainage repair and grading work are $29,000, and Whitaker proposed using the same contractor with whom the Town has worked and been very pleased with in the past. The contractor’s main focus would be on improving the immediate issues around the concession stand/fieldhouse building and “reworking what could have been done better originally.” Council members questioned

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whether there was a possibility of getting any compensation from the original contractor who oversaw construction of the athletic park, but Hill said it had been six years, so “No.” It is hoped that the drainage repairs can be completed, or at least the issues improved, before a major state tournament is held at the athletic park in June.

 5  0 to authorize Whitaker to deviate from the standard policy and waive the bidding requirements (i.e., to bypass the requirement that he get three bids on the project) so that the project can be undertaken immediately by a contractor the Town has satisfactorily worked with in the past. Members of Summerfield Fire District who helped get the grounds ready for Founders’ Day will be invited to the Town’s Volunteer Appreciation event, which will be a Grasshoppers baseball game. With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m.




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The federal mandate and subsequent redrawing of district lines had a domino effect on the March 15 primary election. First, since 11 of the state’s 13 Congressional districts were drastically changed, the filing period was extended to allow more candidates to file in the newly drawn districts. And then there were the ballots, which had already been printed for the March 15 primary with the initial lineup of candidates on it. To avoid confusion, voters on March 15 were encouraged to go ahead and vote for the Congressional candidate of their choice – even though those votes didn’t actually count. And then, a second primary was scheduled for June 7 and new ballots were printed with the candidates and their new districts. All clear now? Good, so get ready to vote. Voters in Congressional District 6, which includes parts of Guilford County, will see two Republican candidates on the

primary ballot, Mark Walker and Chris Hardin. And those in District 13, which includes the rest of Guilford County, will have a whopping total of 17 Republican or five Democratic candidates to choose from. Early voting for the upcoming primary – and same-day voter registration – will begin May 26, with early voting sites at five locations in the county open on that day from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and at the Old Courthouse on W. Market Street in Greensboro from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the early voting site in the northwest part of the county will be at Bur-Mil Club, 5834 Bur-Mil Club Road in Greensboro (just off U.S. 220). See box below for more early voting dates and times. All regular voting precincts will be open throughout the county on June 7, Election Day, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Same-day registration is not offered on Election Day. Visit for more voting information.

EARLY VOTING/SAME-DAY REGISTRATION SITES & SCHEDULE Bur-Mil Club, 5834 Bur-Mil Club Road, Greensboro May 26 & 27 • 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. May 28 • 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. May 29 • 12- 5 p.m. May 31- June 3 • 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. June 4 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Four other sites throughout the county will share this schedule.

Old Courthouse, W. Market Street, Greensboro May 26 & 27 • 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. May 28 • 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. May 29 • 12- 5 p.m. May 31- June 3 • 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 4 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


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With the help of some beautiful springtime weather, the Radials, who performed at the Music in the Park event at Oak Ridge Town Park on May 14, delighted the crowd with some great entertainment! The next Music in the Park event will feature Grace Abounds Singers, led by Todd Hedrick, on Sunday, May 22, 2:30-4 p.m. (no rain date).

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FRIDAY, MAY 20  Ice Cream Social | Cub Scout Pack 141 will hold an ice cream social on May 20, 6-8:30 p.m. at Stokesdale Christian Church, 8607 Stokesdale St., to introduce our new pack to the Stokesdale community. More info: (336) 455-2038 or

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 Allen Tate Realtors Tammy Gardner, Linda Mitchell and Delia Knight enjoy lunch from Porterhouse Burger during a recent Realtor preview of Stokesdale’s new Dawn Acres community.

6505 Ashton Park Drive Oak Ridge Custom-built lake home in idyllic 3.76 acre setting with unimpeded 270° view of water and wooded shoreline. Elegant details, built-in cabinetry, 2-story stone fireplace, 2 kitchens, elevator and screened patio. Gorgeous master suite and living areas, all with spectacular views. 5BR /4½BA, 5,800 sq. ft. $1,379,900

STOKESDALE – On Thursday, April 21, Smith Marketing of Allen Tate Realtors offered local Realtors a “sneak peek” of the new Dawn Acres community in Stokesdale.

pleased that about 100 people attended the event.

The event gave Realtors the opportunity to preview the seven homes before they were open to the public during the recent Spring Parade of Homes. Jason Smith, a Realtor with Smith Marketing and listing agent for the community, was

With several homes in the community already under contract, developer Kevan Combs said the second phase of Dawn Acres will soon move forward.

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5402 Westfield Drive


MLS 718499

This artistic home has over 11,000 square feet on 4 levels. Elevator, 3 staircases, 8 fireplaces, 2 gourmet kitchens, 7 baths, guest quarters, pool, cabana, theater, exercise & yoga rooms. Landscaped grounds with waterfalls, gazebo, lake.

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8019 Witty Road

7001 Blacksmith Court

Owner’s residence, guest house, staff quarters, barn, arena, outbuildings, pastures, pond and pool. This equestrian estate is truly a private resort. One of the most beautiful facilities in the area, it is simply amazing.

Southern Charm in this spacious lakeside home with multi-level living. Suites on 3 levels with cozy grotto. 4 bedrooms with potential for 6 and 5 1/2 baths. Enjoy the great outdoors, access to Piedmont Trail and Lake Brandt.


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Nancy Hess


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Kelly O’Day


212 Leeward Drive

6304 Poplar Forest Drive

Enjoy lakefront lifestyle. Custom transitional designed with lake views from every room. Cooks kitchen with all Viking appliances. Great room features soaring ceiling and stone fireplace opens to huge screened porch.

4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms on ¾-acres with stunning detail in this luxury home. Large master with 2 walk-in closets and spa bath. 3 bedrooms, bonus areas on upper level. Game room, den, and sitting areas in walk-out basement.


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MLS 781534


$799,900 MLS 769208

Joyce Norris 336-327-3650

5806 Harriet Court

4000 Brass Cannon Court

5802 Snow Hill Drive

7180 Strawberry Road

6333 Poplar Forest Drive

Lakefront custom-built home in the heart of Summerfield. Superior finishes: heavy moldings, hardwood floors, and tall ceilings. Gracious entry leads to dining room, 2nd story den, opening to gourmet kitchen.

Custom home on 2.35-acre cul-de-sac located on the 8 th hole of the GCC Farm Golf Course. Extensive landscaping with stream, waterfall and koi pond. Renovated kitchen and bathrooms with top quality features and granite tops.

Custom brick and stone home in Summerfield. Beautiful, private back mountain setting. Open and bright 2-story great room. Chef ’s kitchen has 2 islands. Large breakfast room opens to screened porch and deck.

Private gated setting, nestled in a lush 3.74-acre wooded lot. A grand 1st floor master suite with library & spa bath. Dramatic 2-story great room enjoys a gas log fireplace and a fabulous view of the woods.

Luxury is redefined in this custom-built home by awardwinning Gary Jobe. Simple, strong, elegant details - from the marble stairs to the extraordinary kitchen appointments. Rich in character, immaculate in condition


Melissa Greer

MLS 783243



MLS 777759

Melissa Greer


7613 Charles Place

6303 Poplar Forest Drive

Elegant custom built European Transitional with an open floor plan and spectacular outdoor living space is ideal for entertaining. Exposed beams in the living room, drop zone off garage, expansive granite island and gas range.

A luxurious home with attention to detail. Chef ’s kitchen with custom cabinets, 5 burner gas cooktop and stainless steel appliances, master on main, home theater, beautiful hardwoods throughout. Patio and outdoor kitchen.


MLS 784746

Amanda Kondrasov


$629,900 MLS 787110

Joyce Norris 336-327-3650

7576 Haw Meadows Drive

7018 Blacksmith Court

NW Guilford High School. Custom 4 garages, abundant storage, 1100+ square feet, unfinished basement on cul de sac street. Fabulous gourmet kitchen with gas cooktop, double oven, large island, and granite. A Must See.

Recently updated home offers a new master suite spa bath. Granite kitchen counter tops, new stainless steel appliances and a tumbled stone back splash. Open floor plan has a 2-story foyer, home office, and bonus room.


MLS 785163

Chandra Tippett 336-749-7977


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Tom Chitty 336-420-2839


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Waban Carter 336-601-6363


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Tom Chitty 336-420-2836


Nancy Hess

MLS 780630


6805 Fegan Road

4942 Hackamore Road

6236 Stanback Court

Enjoy the feel of Provence in this uniquely charming home overlooking a perfect pond. The home makes the most of its incredible views with upper and lower decks. See-through fireplace warms breakfast and great room.

Incredible estate like setting minutes from the city. Private cul-de-sac 1.62-acre lot with nice landscaping, inground pool, and iron fencing. Dramatic living room with cathedral ceiling, exposed beams, and stone fireplace.

Former Parade home with masterful design and execution. Open floor plan for gathering. Large dining room, charming office, library, living room, cooks kitchen wth high end stainless appliances, master suite with spa.


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Tom Chitty 336-420-2836

7552 Barbera Drive

$576,900 MLS 791650

Well appointed home. Formal dining with coffered copper ceiling, main floor study with cozy fireplace, relaxing front porch, 2-story great room with custom built-ins. Open kitchen, walk-in pantry, gas cook top with pot filler.

Leslie Turner 336-202-8130


Melissa Greer

MLS 775834



Nancy Hess

1457 Bethan Drive


MLS 781854

Privately nestled 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom in popular Lennox Wood on private lot. Spacious chef ’s kitchen with large pantry. Master on main level with large bath suite. Two offices, gym, bonus room, and screened porch.

Mark Yost 336-7076275

MLS 792762


280 Brassie Lane


MLS 785655

Custom brick transitional on premium golf course lot oriented on the cul-de-sac overlooking the 5th hole. Popular open plan with 2 bedrooms on main, office and bonus room. Large rooms make entertaining a delight.

Nancy Hess


647 Simpson Calhoun

6092 Windsor Farme

1828 & 1830NC Highway 68 North

8192 Oak Creek Drive

7798 Springdale Meadow Drive

Updated Ranch, hand-hewn beams, large eat-in kitchen with granite countertops. Master addition with spa bath. Soaring stone fireplace. Large sunroom. Tidy 4-stall barn with hay loft and walk-in tack and feed room.

Beautifully updated traditional 4bedroom, 2.5 bath home in Trotter Ridge. Granite countertops, 5 burner gas stove with convection oven. New fixtures, new carpet and refinished hardwood floors. Master with spa bath.

7.58 acres in the heart of Oak Ridge. 3 bedroom, 2 full baths ranch. Updates include new carpet, tile and laminate flooring. Freshly painted interior, newer HVAC, new windows, newer roof. Carport, barn, 2 septic systems.

3 Bedroom, 2.5 bath home located minutes from shopping and restaurants in Oak Ridge. Plenty of room to relax and entertain in the large screened in porch, maintenance free deck or rocking chair front porch.

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MLS 786112



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MLS 793390


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Properties on Belews Lake 470 Crossing Creek Lakefront • 10.19 acres • Forsyth Co. ..........................$439,900 7620 & 7630 Shelby Rae Court, Stokesdale Lakeview • .86 acres • Forsyth Co. .................................$69,900 333 Lake Point Lane Includes boat dock slip • .91 acres • Forsyth Co. .........$259,000

171 Willowbrook Way Stokesdale • $223,000 3 BR, 2½ BA, N’hood Pool

3610 Cardinal Ridge Greensboro • $183,500 3 BR, 2½ BA

164 Winsome Laurel Lane Reidsville • $275,000 3 BR, 2 BA, 1.14 acres

135 Stoney Ridge Court Stokesdale • $189,900 3 BR, 2 BA New Construction

Lakefront – Pauline Lane 1.82 acres • Forsyth Co. ....................................................$199,000 2.82 acres • Forsyth Co. ..................................................$349,900 6072 Marion Point Ct. Lakefront • .93 acres • Forsyth Co. ..............................$224,000

Land for Sale 1742 Gold Hill Road Madison • $139,900 2 BR, 2 BA, New Construction

2985 Hwy 704 Madison • $175,000 Commercial Investment Property

195 Dovefield Dr. Summerfield • $149,900 3 BR, 2 BA, .96 acres

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151 Mustang Run Stokesdale • $149,900 3 BR, 2 BA

470 Crossing Creek Dr. Belews Creek • $439,900 Lakefront, Partially Cleared Crossing Creek Subdivision

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2329 Alderbrook Dr. High Point • $227,900 3 BR, 2 BA

Commercial Properties 2985 NC Hwy 704, Madisom Rockingham County • Commercial garage w/ office.................................................. $175,000 807 Ayersville Road, Mayodan .72 acres ....................................................................................................................................$25,000 NC Hwy 87, Reidsville 12.29 acres in Rockingham County................................................................................................$1,300,000 30± acres • Hwy 220, Stokesdale Rockingham County • Potential for retail • 535 ft. of road frontage ..........$2,250,000 2334 Ellisboro Road, Stokesdale Rockingham County • 2+acres zoned n’hood commercial • 2,500+ SF ......... $137,500 115 N Henry Street, Stoneville Rockingham County • Office/retail • 1,000 SF ...............................................................$46,900 407 2nd Avenue, Mayodan Rockingham County • 15,000+ SF • Multiple rental opportunities .............................. $299,000

Rockingham County

.45 acres • Pinewood Road, Madison ............................$3,500 .70 acres • 0 Smothers Road, Madison.........................$11,000 1.15 acres • Cartright Drive, Stokesdale ....................... $16,500 1.21 acres • Shelby Lane, Madison ................................. $18,500 3.386 acres • Lowe Road, Madison.............................. $25,900 1.82 acres • Lot 2, Lemons Road, Stokesdale............ $25,900 6 acres • Sharp Road, Madison ..................................... $32,900 2.04 acres • 331 Madison Beach Road, Madison .... $34,900 3018 acres • Wilkins Street, Mayodan ..........................$37,500 3.68 acres • 110/128 Battle Creek Ct., Reidsville........$38,000 9.3± acres • Gideon Grove Ch. Rd, Stokesdale (3 tracts available) ............................................................... $85,900 22± acres • Bobcat Road, Summerfield ......................$96,475 31.05 acres • Garrett Road, Stoneville.......................... $99,900 28± acres • Gideon Grove Ch. Rd., Stokesdale......$250,000 40.52 acres • Eden Church Road, Stokesdale.........$350,000 129± acres • Pearman Road, Summerfield ............. $583,875 119± acres • Gideon Grove Ch. Rd., Stokesdale.....$775,000

Guilford County

.60 acres • 8604 Keller Drive, Summerfield............... $29,900 2 acres • 8560 Belews Creek, Stokesdale ...................$49,000 13.047 acres • Flatrock Road, Stokesdale ..................$185,000 21+ acres • 8574 Belews Creek Road, Stokesdale ...$289,000 42.17 acres • 9310 US Hwy 158, Stokesdale .............$360,000

Stokes County

1 acre • Stacy Rothrock Road, Madison..........................$8,100


Public streets are not necessarily state-maintained streets I live on a public street on which no maintenance has been performed in several years. How can I get someone from DOT out to fix the potholes, and after that, to keep it maintained? First, a key question: has your public street ever been accepted by the Department of Transportation for maintenance? If not, that’s the reason NCDOT has not been maintaining it. It’s important to understand that public streets – which are expressly or by implication accepted for public use and over which the public has acquired the right to travel – are not necessarily state-maintained streets. Bobby Norris, a district engineer with NCDOT’s Greensboro office, explains there are several criteria which must be met before NCDOT will accept responsibility for maintaining a public or neighborhood street. First, the street must be constructed to the minimum

construction standards as defined by the Division of Highways and be in an acceptable state of maintenance when it is being considered for addition to the state-maintained street/road system. Additionally, a properly dedicated public right-of-way of at least 50 feet must be provided for the full length of the roadway at no cost to the Division of Highways and clear of all encumbrances. Also, each street must serve a minimum of four occupied homes or two homes per one-tenth of a mile. These homes must have direct access to the street being petitioned. If the above and other criteria have been met, property owners on a public street may petition NCDOT to take over maintenance of their street. For a complete list of criteria or a copy of a petition for NCDOT to take over maintenance of your public street, call NCDOT’s Greensboro office at (336) 478-0000.

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BHHS president and CEO. “The impact of the food contributions makes a difference in our community and this is a simple way for us to give back.” To reserve your family’s spot, RSVP to In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, May 28.

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OAK RIDGE – Realtors Michael Williams and Melissa Wade recently joined the Allen Tate Realtors office in Oak Ridge.

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closely with homeowners to ensure their home is the one of their dreams. To help accomplish his goal of achieving total customer satisfaction, Brian works with only the best, most experienced craftsmen. His own meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship assures his customers are getting a home that far exceeds their expectations. “I think I put a little extra something into my homes in the way of detail, materials and craftsmanship,” he says. In order to provide the most individualized attention, Brian has kept his business



on the small size – preferring to do only six to eight homes per year. “By doing fewer homes, I’m able to focus on each one and make sure the quality is of the highest standards,” he explains.

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Residents of Stokesdale, Brian and Gloria have been married 19 years. Gloria is also involved in the business, helping in the areas of accounting and interior design. The couple has two children, Ryan, 14, and Larissa, 10. When he’s not building custom homes, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, boating and playing golf.

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TRANSACTIONS Northwest-area new and existing home sales Recent home sales in and near your neighborhood impact the current market value of your home. The following is a list of new and existing home sale transactions in northwest Guilford County which have occurred over the last month. Look for more transactions in the Northwest Observer’s real estate section, now appearing in the third issue of each month.

SUMMERFIELD 7701 Penns Grove Court (6.750 acres) $250,000 8607 Anjou Court (8.90 acres) $251,000 7299 Henson Forest Drive (Armfield) $664,000

5693 Wolf Ridge Court (Foxbury) $385,000

8105 Trebbiano Court (Arbor Run) $490,000

5640 Crooked Oak Drive (Woodvale) $320,000

5606 Union Grove Road (Kensington Place) $383,000

5617 Crooked Oak Drive (Woodvale) $270,000

142 Kentland Ridge Drive (Kentland Ridge) $180,000

6632 Linville Ridge Drive (Linville Ridge) $615,000

6746/6748 Lake Drive $587,500

5691 Pepper Road (Pepper Ridge) $481,000

7711 Tall Meadows Drive (Meadow Ridge) $335,000


6908 River Gate Court (River Gate) $399,000

6087 Windsor Farme Road (Trotter Ridge) $485,000

COLFAX 4203 Ballard Farm Road (Ballard Farm) $308,000

7070 Lanier Road (Frogs Leap) $374,000

6600 Alley Road (Polo Farms) $780,000

7811 Front Nine Drive (Dawn Acres) $429,000

1585 Deer Run Court (River Oaks) $300,500

7202 Henson Farm Way (Henson Farms) $405,000

7314 Winchester Trail Loop (Shawchester) $310,000

7125 Holly Glen Drive (Oak Creek) $276,000

7410 Somersby Drive (Somerset) $265,000

8124 Shoeline Road (Pine Village) $161,000

1603 Majestic Terrace (Legacy at Sandy Ridge) $270,000

7601 Blue Sage Court (Henson Forest) $535,000

8899 Cravenwood Drive (Riverside at Oak Ridge) $480,000

3601 Annry Drive (Stable Ridge) $315,000

8301 Providence North Drive (Providence North) $269,000

6021 Beckenham Way (Staffordshire Estates) $550,000

4834 Legacy Drive (Legacy at Sandy Ridge) $290,000

8741 Fulp Road $152,000

5409 Effieham Street (Stratford Farm Estates) $480,000

8643 Adkins Road (Maple Creek) $320,000


8205 Fortana Court (Warner Pointe) $383,000

2919 Oak Ridge Road (1.87 acres) $162,000

8204 Fortana Court (Warner Pointe) $383,000

6401/6403 Gumwood Road (37.677 acres) $758,000


8424 Linville Road (Barrow Place) $460,000

7517 Happy Hill Road (83.649 acres) $644,500

2122 Alamar Drive (Saddlebrook) $182,500

6807 Koala Drive (Bear Creek) $569,000

8144 Zinfandel Drive (Arbor Run) $545,000

4604 Johnson Street $220,000

6748 Phillip Court (Auburndale) $314,000

7805 Winterbourne Drive (Keston Downes) $377,000

7616 Braelands Drive (Birkhaven) $666,500

6806 Palomino Ridge Court (Polo Farms) $650,000

6007 Carlson Ridge Court (Carlson Ridge) $448,000

7012 Equestrian Trail (Polo Farms) $472,000

3383 Earl Forbes Drive (Strawberry Hills Horse Farm) $257,000 7702 Sorrel Run Court (Strawberry Hills Horse Farm) $247,000




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New home trends by ANNETTE JOYCE New construction is once again booming in the northwest area of Guilford County, and buyers are plentiful. To find out what home features are attracting these buyers, we went right to the source – local builders – and learned what’s hot and what’s not in new construction.

HOMES FOR THE AGES Brian Thompson, owner of Brian Thompson Homes, said the buyers he’s talking with want to have space for the older generation. “More and more people are concerned about taking care of their aging parents,” Thompson said. “During the recent Parade of Homes, I had three or four people talk to me about this.” For builders, this means adding second bedrooms, or even a second master bedroom on the main level of the home.

In-law suites with a separate entrance are popular in larger homes. Also, adding a bath to every bedroom gives the option of added privacy. At Johnson and Lee, co-owner Mike Lee said his company built several presale homes in which the buyers specifically asked for a space for their parents. Ray Bullins, who along with his wife Lisa owns Ray Bullins Construction, noted that among the under-40 crowd, dining rooms are being eliminated to make way for these in-law spaces. “Dining rooms are beginning to go the way of the formal living room,” Ray said. “People are using that space for a second bedroom and are making their breakfast areas larger.” The primary objective is to give the buyer enough space to comfortably accommodate the needs of older parents along with the needs of a growing family.

I found a new home plan online and contacted David about the possibility of building my new dream home. Most builders know how to build something that has been done many times before, but David saw my vision in what I was looking for in my new custom home.

From beginning to completion, David was there at every step. He is professional, and his craftsmanship is to be admired. The home was completed in a timely fashion and the quality of construction is top rated. David has taken the time and responsibility of ensuring the building process was of only the

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Flash and bling are hallmarks of the contemporary look.

A CONTEMPORARY CRAZE From interior colors and cabinets to light fixtures and plumbing, homes are taking on more of a contemporary look and feel. “It seems to be an age thing,” said Lee. “The buyers in their 30s and 40s are leaning more towards the contemporary. Still, there are those people who prefer a

homier, more traditional feel.” Varying shades of gray are still the rage, complemented by hints of colors such as purple, blue and pink. “There are lots of grays and whites for both cabinets and wall colors,” confirmed Scott Allred, president of

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best of quality, so I have the peace of mind that my new home will always be the home that I have envisioned. I would highly recommend Builders MD for any remodeling or the ultimate new home experience.”

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NEW HOME TRENDS ...continued from p. 23 Precept Construction. As a result, grays are also showing up more in tile, countertops and even high-end pre-finished flooring. Buyers are also looking at significant changes in hardware and lighting fixtures. An increasing number of builders are moving away from the long popular oil-rubbed bronze and looking at tones that work better with the gray palette. Keenan Foster, project manager for Walraven Signature Homes, said his company is doing more chrome and satin-nickel as preferences lean more toward the contemporary look.

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David Flanders, owner of Builders MD, is also working with more satin-nickel, but is seeing another new finish showing up. He describes it as more of a muted gold tone and is successfully mixing it with satin-nickel. Light fixtures are not only becoming more contemporary, but more interesting. Builders say they are finding buyers appreciate the unique focus that a stunning light fixture can add to a room.

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Outdoor fireplaces and grills give today’s buyers more options for enjoying the outdoors and adding space to their homes.

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different metals and finishes to create a pleasing light source. Futuristic style fixtures are showing up in foyers and kitchens. And none of it has to match. It seems like the more mixed up things are, the better. Choosing light fixtures is a favorite task for Lisa Bullins, and she’s always delighted when buyers appreciate her choices. She refers to her style as “modern farmhouse,” a mix of rustic and contemporary looks. “These fixtures tend to have a mixture of gold and silver metals and a weathered appearance, but there’s a more modern look created by simple curves and lines,” she explained. Another area that seems to be getting a more modern look from simple designs is cabinetry. Lee said some of the hottest selling cabinets right now are the ones with a flat panel.

TAKING IT OUTSIDE For today’s buyers, the backyard living space is almost as important as the inside. To be competitive in today’s market, builders are getting more creative. “Covered and screened porches are a must for any home,” said Ray Bullins. “Just having a patio or deck almost feels like an entry-level home.” In the homes he’s building in Oak Ridge’s Riverside community, Flanders is not only adding porches but he’s taking it a step further by including outdoor


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This small door allows homeowners to place groceries directly into their pantries from the garage.

A hidden pantry and “modern farmhouse” light fixtures are hallmarks of this home in the new Dawn Acres community.

fireplaces and grills.

fridge to his Parade home in Riverside.

He said buyers really like this feature and it’s much more affordable for him to do the work while the house is under construction than it is for the new homeowner to bring someone in later on.

Don Mills, owner of Don Mills Builders, has taken a lot of the hassle out of unloading groceries by placing a short door in the pantry that leads to the garage. The homeowner pulls into the garage and unloads the grocery bags directly onto the pantry floor. There’s no lugging heavy bags up the stairs and into the kitchen.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS Details matter when it comes to why a buyer chooses one home over another, and builders in the northwest area are constantly looking for things that set them apart. For those requiring a java jolt first thing in the morning, Flanders has added a built-in coffee bar and mini-

the building industry, one thing to keep in mind is that those trends are constantly changing. If you’re not fond of a particular trend, there’s no need to fret because innovative builders are already working on the next new thing.

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Position/role on the team: Captain Hometown: Greensboro Toughest class: AP Calculus Plans after high school: Attend Appalachian State University, work in sustainable technology and open a restaurant Extracurricular activities: Sailing, video games and chilling with the bros Most admired athletes: Tom Brady and Cam Newton Favorite sports teams: Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots Favorite food: All Favorite musician: Mac Miller Favorite movies: “March of the Penguins” and “Talladega Nights” Any siblings? A brother Best vacation ever: Jamaica or Snowbird, Utah Years lived in the Northern area: 17 Dream job: Chief executive for an ecocompany Interesting fact about yourself: “I’m an avid Sudoku puzzle solver and amateur League of Legends professional.” One thing you would change about school: Require one year of silent speed ball Nickname: “Chubs” Pre-performance ritual: Eat whatever snacks the designated parent brought Head Coach Annette Keip’s comments on Colby: “It’s been a treat over the last four years to coach and get to know


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Colby. He has matured as a young man and as a leader of our team. He has one of the smoothest games on the team and is learning every day to believe in himself and his ability. It’s been a pleasure to have him on the team.”


Girls Lacrosse PEYTON BEYER, senior

Position/role on the team: Captain and attack Hometown: Summerfield Toughest class: AP Calculus Plans after high school: Attend University of South Carolina Extracurricular activities: Tennis, Embracing Leadership and Diversity in Athletics, National Honor Society and urban lacrosse Most admired athlete: Lyle Thompson (professional lacrosse player for the Florida Launch) Favorite sports team: USC Gamecocks Favorite food: Blueberry muffins Favorite musicians: Jake Owen and Drake Favorite movie: “Crooked Arrows” Any siblings? Will Beyer and Michael Meley Best vacation ever: Spring break trip to Mexico Years lived in the Northern area: Six Dream job: “CEO of my own company” Interesting fact about yourself: “I’m fluent in Spanish.” Nickname: “P. Diddy” Pre-performance superstitions: “I al-

ways wear my game day socks and sit in the same seat on the bus.” Head Coach Amanda Cullinan’s comments on Peyton: “Peyton is a dominant force on offense and one of the best attackers in the league. She recently scored her 150th career goal at Northern and her finesse and powerful shots will surely be missed next year.”



MAX BECK, senior Position/role on the team: Right fielder Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan Toughest class: AP Chemistry Plans after high school: Attend Appalachian State University and study geology Extracurricular activities: Weightlifting and fishing Most admired athlete: Miguel Cabrera (first baseman for the Detroit Tigers) Favorite sports team: Detroit Tigers Favorite food: Mexican Favorite musician: Billy Currington Favorite movie: “Batman: The Dark Knight” Any siblings? One sister, Genesis Best vacation ever: Ski trip to Big Sky, Montana

Years lived in the Northwest area: Seven Dream job: Geologist Interesting fact about yourself: “I’m often asked if I’m from Wisconsin because of my Michigan accent.” Pre-performance ritual: “Pray with the team.” Head Coach Sandy Gann’s comments on Max: “Max works constantly to be a good hitter and has seen some of the fruits of his labor this season.”


Girls Soccer KAYLER DEBREWER, senior Position/role on the team: Goalkeeper / captain Hometown: Greensboro Toughest class: AP Chemistry Plans after high school: Attend Queens University of Charlotte, playing soccer and majoring in Environmental Science and Political Science Extracurricular activities: Member of Northwest’s We the People team Most admired athlete: Megan Rapinoe (pro soccer midfielder/winger for Seattle Reign FC) Favorite sports team: Duke basketball

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Favorite food: Sushi Favorite band: Twenty One Pilots Favorite movie: “Erin Brockovich” Any siblings? A younger brother, Caleb Best vacation ever: Going on a cruise Years lived in the Northwest area: 17 Dream job: Working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Interesting fact about yourself: “I work as a camp counselor during the summer at Camp Tekoa.” Head Coach Beth Ann Alcorn’s comments on Kayler: “Kayler is an excellent leader for the team. Her teammates look to her for guidance, respect her commitment to the team and to the sport of soccer. She is an unwavering rock for our team; she is always present, dependable and strong.”


Girls Lacrosse LOGAN COON, senior

Position/role on the team: Midfield and team captain Hometown: Oak Ridge Toughest class: AP Calculus AB Plans after high school: Brigham Young University Extracurricular activities: Field hockey Most admired athlete: Luke Kuechly (linebacker for the Panthers) Favorite sports team(s): Carolina Panthers and UNC Tar Heels Favorite food: Zucchini Favorite musician: Rich Homie Quan Favorite movie: “X-Men” Any siblings? Three younger brothers Best vacation ever: Italy Years lived in the Northwest area: 15 Interesting fact about yourself: “My favorite animal is an elephant.” One thing you would change about school: Less homework Nickname: “Logs”

Pre-performance superstition: “I always wear white socks and the same hairstyle every game.” Head Coach Kaitlin Brown’s comments on Logan: “Logan plays center midfield for the Vikings and is our draw control leader. She is a team captain, an outstanding leader and a positive influence on our team.”

returning pitcher of the year, Gracen can play just about any other spot on the field when she is not pitching and never miss a beat. In my short time with Gracen, I would have to say that the most important thing that she brings to the team is passion. Gracen is not only passionate about the game itself but also about her teammates and basically life in general.”



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Position/role on the team: Pitcher and utility player Hometown: Greensboro Toughest class: Honors Pre-Calculus Plans after high school: Attend Wilkes University in Pennsylvania for pre-dentistry Extracurricular activities: Sports, movies and road trips Most admired athlete: Erin Staunton (older sister) Favorite sports team: Carolina Panthers Favorite food: Boneless Buffalo wings Favorite musician: Britney Spears Favorite movie: “The Longest Ride” Any siblings? One brother and two sisters Best vacation ever: Outer Banks with family Years lived in the Northwest area: 13 Dream job: Dentist/orthodontist Interesting fact about yourself: “I do everything left-handed except for sports.” One thing you would change about school: Block-style schedules with smaller class sizes Nickname: “Gray” Pre-performance ritual: “Everyone smiling before we go to our positions.” Head Coach Rick Shoemaker’s comments on Gracen: “Gracen is an excellent softball player and brings many qualities to the field. Aside from being the

Position/role on the team: Thrower Hometown: Lowgap, North Carolina Toughest class: AP U.S. History Plans after high school: Go to UNC-Chapel Hill or ECU and start on a path to physical therapy Extracurricular activities: Swimming, hunting and volunteering for the Special Olympics Most admired athlete: Dara Torres, a former competitive swimmer Favorite sports team: N.C. State or Duke basketball Favorite food: Honey chipotle chicken crispers from Chili’s Favorite music: Any Jesus music Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans” Any siblings? A sister, Abbey Bendel Best vacation ever: Alaska in 2015 Years lived in the Northwest area: 15 Dream job: Anything with dogs or becoming a physical therapist Interesting/fun fact about yourself: “My name is spelled MaggEY, not MaggIE.” Nickname: “Mags” Pre-performance rituals: “My dad always gives me a pep talk, high-five or fist bump.” Assistant Coach Eli Vasquez’s comments on Maggey: “Maggey is a shining example of never quitting. I enjoy her sunny disposition and eagerness to learn. She is one amazing young lady and athlete.”

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Northern to be well represented at track and field championship meet May 20 Girls soccer advances to third round of state playoffs on May 17 by L.A. LOGAN NORTHERN GUILFORD – Holding a 1-0 lead at home in the second round of the 3-A NCHSAA Women’s Soccer State Championships over Northwood High School on May 14, the Northern Guilford girls soccer team (14-4-1, 8-0) walked off the field for their halftime break with one less player, sophomore Marissa Lenze. Lenze was seen rushing off the soccer field with a uniform and running cleats in her hand. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I have to get

down to the track.” By the time Lenze changed into her track and field uniform, it was time for her to line up for the 4x800 meter relay at the 3-A NCHSAA Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships at Johnny Roscoe Stadium. Right after Lenze ran the third leg of the relay and the Northern girls placed third in the preliminary race to advance to the finals, she switched uniforms once again to finish out the soccer game. “(Soccer) Coach Wes Lewis and (Track and Field) Coach Thanh Ngo are flexible with me,” Lenze said. “They understand that I love both sports, and they want me to achieve my goals in Photos by L.A. Logan/NWO

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Northern Guilford High School sophomore track and field runner (above left) and soccer player (right) Marissa Lenze. Lenze has to do a lot of juggling and is grateful for the support of teammates and coaches so she can pursue both sports.

both of them. “The whole soccer team is supportive and wishes me luck. I’m so grateful for that, because they help me so much. And I can’t do it without my parents. They run me around everywhere.” After her brief “break,” Lenze was substituted back into the soccer game and the Nighthawks scored two more goals by sophomore forward midfielder Kaitlin Southern. “I work hard in practice to prepare myself mentally for games,” Southern said. “Coach Lewis makes me work hard … which motivates me.” The Nighthawks added one more goal for good measure, defeating Northwood 4-0 and advancing to play Chapel Hill in the third round of the state playoffs on May 17.

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Lenze and the 4x800 meter relay team punched their ticket to the state track championships, running the race in four minutes and 14.51 seconds to finish fourth overall at regionals. The Northern boys team finished in first place overall with the help of first-place finishes by the boys 4x800 meter relay team which included Tyler Robakiewicz, Isaac Barnette, Sam Nash and Riley Smith. Smith went on to win the 800 meter race with a time of one minute and 57.62 seconds and David Melville ran the 3200 meter race in nine minutes and 56.86 seconds. “The boys came in as the favorite, and we executed very well,” said head track and field coach Thanh Ngo. “The ladies also did a great job.”

Northern’s girls 4x100 meter relay team, made up of Karmen Perry, Bethany Bluitt, Miracle Scott and McKenzie Miller, finished in 50.56 seconds. The 3A state track and field cham-

pionship meet will be held May 20 at North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for spectators; the races will begin at 10 a.m. with a $10 admission fee.

Coach recovering from heart attack; team makes it to semi-finals NORTHWEST GUILFORD – Mark Goldsmith, NWGHS head boys lacrosse coach, suffered a heart attack only a few hours after his team defeated Myers Park High School 16-15 in the second round of the 4-A NCHSAA Lacrosse Championships on May 10.

Though he will be sidelined for the remainder of the playoffs, Goldsmith is expected to make a full recovery. Assistant coach Matt Hester and Ragsdale’s head lacrosse coach Jay Goldsmith, Mark’s son, will split head coaching duties for the remainder of the season.

With an added motivation to win the next game for Goldsmith, Northwest (23-0, 10-0) eliminated Page from the third round of the playoffs 18-6 on May 13.

“We came out hot and everybody contributed. We always make the smart, extra pass. They’re unselfish. When we play unselfish, we are scary.”

“It didn’t matter who we were playing or who was coaching,” Hester said. “We wanted to show Page who was the better team and that was our goal for that night.

Unfortunately, the Vikings’ season ended on May 17, when they fell to Lake Norman 13-11 in the semi-finals at R.L. Billings Stadium.

Vikings softball team falls in secondround state championship game With a 10-0 regular season, the team captures the conference championship NORTHWEST GUILFORD – Northwest Guilford High School’s softball team (17-3, 10-0) saw their 10-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt after losing to Davie County 3-0 in the second round of the 4-A NCHSAA Softball Championships on May 13. Davie scored all of their runs in the fifth inning, while Northwest’s offense couldn’t find their rhythm.

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“It really stinks that we didn’t score any runs,” said senior catcher Ashtyn Goddard. “That’s the hardest part. Offense is so important. We put in the effort, it just didn’t show on the scoreboard.” Despite the post-season loss, the Vikings won the regular season conference championship with a perfect 10-0 against conference opponents. First-year head coach Rich Shoemaker considered this season a success, and expressed appreciation for the players as well as those who supported the team behind the scenes.

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Sarah Spence, who plays third base and shortstop for the Northwest Guilford Vikings, takes her turn at bat in the second-round state championship game against Davie County.

“The girls were wonderful this year,” he said. “We had huge support by the

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The Charlotte leaders who unintentionally precipitated the HB2 situation sought to protect LGBT people and some with gender identity conflicts from discrimination. They meant to be decent to a small, but deeply troubled, transgender population, but they did act quite unwisely. A reasoned thinker will realize that a transgender person who truly resolves to live as his inner gender dictates adopts the manners, clothing and appearance of the chosen identity to the maximum extent possible. He (or she) “passes!” Such successfully transgender people have surely been using public restrooms discreetly and without incident for many years. Someone’s internal perception of gender is often not apparent to observers, so Charlotte’s well-meaning “do-gooders” should really have left the transgender issue alone, but they sadly did not. The notion of adult men posing as females to invade toilet privacy has no basis as a real threat; it does not happen, and our existing laws protect public toilet users so well that raising the “restroom safety” issue is one more example


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of our politicians cynically camouflaging bad laws and successfully pandering to fear. Our legislators have exposed North Carolina to the scorn and economic boycott of enlightened people and businesses, and to cartoons about checking birth certificates at the restroom door. The entire HB2 bill stands as a very unfortunate example of abuse of the democratic process. Our state legislature presented their act to the electorate as a bathroom safety bill, a shameful and deceptive tactic, but it contains much more mean-spirited and over-reaching legislation than only toilet and locker room etiquette. The entire text of HB2 is available on the internet since its hasty and shabbily-conducted enactment. On March 26, the Charlotte Observer published an online article that explains the bill and may be easier to digest than the five online pages of legislative verbiage in HB2. The content clearly and hypocritically ignores principles of governance that these purported conservatives often trumpet. Allan Kaplan, SUMMERFIELD

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 Ms. Hafshejani at Summerfield Charter Academy. My child has learned so much in her class. She truly goes above and beyond to help the kids grow academically, and is a great example for them in all areas of life!  Sir Speedy on Edwardia Drive for truly living up to their name. They are lightning-fast, responsive and willing to go the extra mile. April is a pleasure to work with. Thank you for always taking such good care of us!  Town of Summerfield staff, volunteers and members of Summerfield Fire District for the time and effort you expended to make Founders’ Day the best one ever. Also, loved the festivities being back at the fire station on Summerfield Road!  Oak Ridge Animal Hospital. Dr. Sacks and her staff gave us unconditional love and care with our 12-year-old golden retriever. She is the best!

 Stokesdale Town Council for not being transparent about eliminating the full-time deputy’s salary from the proposed budget for next fiscal year. Were you even going to mention it publicly, or just hope we wouldn’t notice until it was too late?

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has recently responded to the following incidents in northwest Guilford County. BURGLARY May 11 | The security alarm company for a residence on Riding Trail Court in Oak Ridge was alerted when the burglar alarm went off at 10:53 a.m. Upon arrival, police discovered someone had forcibly entered the home by kicking open the front door. A small box containing $300 in cash was stolen from the master bedroom. Damages to the door were estimated at $1,500. May 12 | A resident of Rocky Lane in Stokesdale discovered that sometime between 5 p.m. on May 11 and 8:30 a.m. on May 12, an unknown person opened and entered his unlocked metal outbuilding, stealing assorted hand and yard tools valued at $950. May 12 | A resident of Bunch Road in Summerfield reported that sometime between 4 p.m. on May 11 and 9 a.m. on May 12, an unknown person forced entry into his home and stole assorted power and hand tools valued at $1,125.

DRUGS/ALCOHOL May 9 | A resident of Whipple Trail in northern Greensboro was charged with Concealing/Possessing Drug Paraphernalia after a traffic stop off Lake Brandt Road. May 10 | A known suspect at Northwest High School was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule IV Prescription Drugs. May 15 | After being stopped for speeding and erratic driving on Athens Road in Stokesdale at about 11:37 p.m., a man was arrested for an outstanding Order for Arrest for Felony Possession of

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Weapons of Mass Destruction and two Felony Probation Violations. He was taken to the county jail.

FRAUD May 9 | A resident of Spencer Dixon Road reported that sometime between Jan. 4 and April 1, an unknown person charged $426.95 to her credit card. May 10 | A resident of Stoneburg Court in Greensboro reported that on May 8, an unknown white female apparently posed as his wife and obtained his prescription from the CVS in Oak Ridge.

PROPERTY DAMAGE MAY 12 | The owner of a home on Summerfield Road reported that sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight on May 1, someone damaged a bedroom window by throwing a stick through the two outer panes. Damage was estimated at $200.

THEFT May 10 | A resident of Quail Creek Drive in Colfax reported that sometime between 8:30 p.m. on May 9 and 7:17 a.m. on May 10, someone entered two unlocked vehicles parked in his driveway and stole a Ruger LC9S 9mm semi-automatic pistol, valued at $500. May 15 | The manager of Wilsons Grocery at the corner of Carlson Dairy Road and Pleasant Ridge Road in Summerfield reported that sometime between 11:18 and 11:29 p.m. someone pried open the door of a Coke vending machine and stole an undetermined amount of cash from inside it.

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INDEX Auto for Sale .............................. 35 Employment ................................ 35 Home Care Available ................. 35 Lost & Found .............................. 35 Save the Date ............................. 35 Summer Camps ......................... 35 Yard Sales ............................. 35-36 Home Services ....................... 36-37 Misc. Services......................... 37-38 Misc. for Sale ............................. 38 Misc. Wanted ............................. 38 Pets & Animal Services ............... 38 Real Estate .................................. 38




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Stokesdale United Methodist Church has an opening for a NURSERY WORKER, effective immediately. Sunday mornings, 9:45am-12:15pm, 8305 Loyola Drive, Stokesdale, NC 27357. If interested, please call (336) 643-4850. Leave name, phone number, and email. Application and background check required.

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RIDGEFEST, Thursday, June 2, through Saturday, June 4, Oak Ridge Town Park. Rides, Classic Car Cruise-In, food trucks, corn hole tourney, live music, and much more! See display ad in our May 27 issue for all the details.

Angel Heart Speech & Language Therapy, Inc. is seeking enthusiastic SLP/CF with a heart for early intervention. Serving Guilford and Rockingham County families in their home, daycare or preschool setting. Pre-school through 18 seen in clinic. CF/licensure supervision provided. Must have Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and have passed the Praxis exam. Apply online at PART-TIME SALES ASSOCIATE – Boone Fabrics seeks individuals with successful retail background; interior design/decorating exp. a plus. Some Saturdays, but no nights or Sundays. Send resume with salary requirements to PO Box 369, Colfax, NC 27235, or SALES ASSOCIATE needed at The Shrimp Connection, Summerfield. Parttime, Fri./Sat. Send resume / introduction to: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Operation Xcel, an after-school and summer enrichment program, is seeking summer camp volunteers to assist high-risk students in grades K-8 during summer academic classes and activities. Camps are held in Stokesdale & High Point from 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Volunteer schedules are made to fit each individual’s availability. Please email Kelli at for more information.

Grady, (336) 643-9286.

Regular home-time, full benefits. Start (800) 497-2100, x134. DOG BATHER / KENNEL ASSISTANT 20-25 hours/week, Thursday-Sunday. Beacon Suites Pet Resort, (336) 298-4712.

HIRING? We can help! Place your employment classified online at, or call Laura, (336) 644-7035, ext. 10.

 HOME CARE AVAILABLE CAREGIVER / CARE COORDINATOR available. A few hours or 24/7 care offered. Excellent refs. Call Susan, (336) 880-2594.

RUN THE RIDGE & RUGGED RIDGE Obstacle Race, Saturday, June 4, Oak Ridge Town Park. One-mile walk/run, on and offroad 5K, 3-mile obstacle race. See display ad on page 2 for all the details and registration information.



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 LOST & FOUND APPLE IPAD, found in Summerfield. Call (336) 802-1082 and leave message. LOST DEWALT BAG & TOOLS on Sat., May 14, around Henson Farms at Brookbank Rd. and Hwy. 150. Please call (336) 580-1627 if found. Thanks!

 SAVE THE DATE SEUSSICAL The Musical, presented by the Northern Guilford Nighthawk Players, Thursday, May 19, 7pm; Friday, May 20, 7pm; and Saturday, May 21, 2pm. See display ad on page 27 for all the details, or visit nghs.gcsnc. com. Oak Ridge SPRING CRAFT SHOW, originally scheduled for Sat., May 21, has been postponed due to the weather. Look for a new date coming soon! Hosted by DDYI Events & The Original Made by Hand in the Triad. For more info, email Mary Jordahl,

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 SUMMER CAMPS CHEER CAMP with NWHS Cheerleaders, NWMS, June 27-29, 9am-12n, daily, 1st7th grades, $90 (includes T-shirt). Deadline to register is June 17. Contact Mallory Maurer at NWHS BASEBALL BOOSTERS SKILLS CAMP, July 11-15, 8:30am-12:30pm. Rising 3rd-9th graders. For more info, visit

 YARD SALES Belews Landing COMMUNITY YARD SALE, Saturday, May 21, 7am-12n, Crow’s Nest Drive, Stokesdale. Large sale! Too much to list! Follow signs off Ellisboro Rd. First subdivision before Carolina Marina.

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Oak Creek COMMUNITY YARD SALE, Saturday, May 21, 7am-12n, Oak Creek Drive, off Ellison Road, Stokesdale.

CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. (336) 609-0677.

MOWER TUNE-UP and mower deck repair. Free pick up and delivery within 5 miles of Oak Ridge. Call or text (336) 880-7498.

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

PRE-MOVING SALE, Saturday, May 21, 7am-12n, 333 Leeward Drive, Belews Landing, Stokesdale. Follow signs off Ellisboro Rd. First subdivision before Carolina Marina. Crows Nest Dr. to Leeward Dr. Rain date, Sat., June 4. EMPTY NESTERS ESTATE SALE, Sat., May 21, 8am, 6906 Polo Farms Drive. All must go! Staffordshire Estates SUBDIVISION YARD SALE, Sat., May 21, 8-11am, Oak Ridge, Leadenhall Rd. & Millstaff Drive. Sponsored by: DeDe’s Real Estate Group. YARD SALE, Saturday, May 21, 8am, 8003 Southern Meadows Court, Stokesdale, 27357. Furniture, kids/teen and adult clothes, shoes, toys and much more. HUGE INDOOR YARD SALE, Saturday, May 21, 7am-12n, 7537 Hwy. 68N, Oak Ridge. 10+ families! CHURCH YARD SALE, Saturday, May 21, 7am-12n, 3232 Horse Pen Creek Rd., Greensboro. It’s YARD SALE season! To place your Yard Sale ad, visit and click on Place a Classified. The deadline is Monday!

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flOOrinG It’s a CARPET thing! Repairs, restretch, replace. (336) 643-6500. MONTERO’S HARDWOOD FLOORING Installation of hardwood, laminate & tile; hardwood sanding & finishing. Commercial & residential. Insured, 17 yrs. exp. Free estimates & excellent references. Visit, or call (336) 215-8842.

GEnEral rEpair & SErvicES L & T SMALL ENGINE SERVICE Complete lawn equipment service located in Oak Ridge. Free pick up and delivery. Tune up, preventive or rebuild on all lawn service/ yard equipment. Commercial or residential. Call or text Rick at (336) 501-8681.

FREE PICK-UP of unwanted riding & push mowers, any and all gas items, tillers, gocarts, ATVs, generators, power washers, grills, chain saws, etc. (336) 689-4167. CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING, gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. (336) 595-2873.

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APPLIANCE REPAIR – Call Mr Appliance. A step above the rest! (336) 609-5707. GARY’S HANDYMAN HOME SERVICES “Providing value for the home-ownership experience.” Gary Gellert, serving NC’s Piedmont Triad area., (336) 423-8223. HOUSE & YARD HOME MAINTENANCE “Anything to improve your home and property.” Jeff Ziglar, (336) 456-9992 / 643-9609. JLB REMODELING, INC. Home repair, maintenance & handyman service. Licensed & insured. Competitive rates. (336) 681-2902 or

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




ANA’S HOUSECLEANING. Good references, free est., 25 years exp. (336) 309-0747.

GENERAL HOME REPAIR, bathroom repair, small/odd jobs. (336) 644-8710, 708-0522.


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GAULDIN TRUCKING, grading & hauling, bobcat work, lot clearing, driveways, fill dirt, gravel, etc. (336) 362-1150.

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AQUA SYSTEMS IRRIGATION. Quality irrigation systems. NC licensed contractor. We service all systems. Free est. (336) 644-1174. Your business should be here! The NWO reaches over 11,000 mailboxes every week! Let us introduce you to our readers. Call Laura, (336) 644-7035 for more info. STEVE NEWMAN TREE SERVICE. Free est. Lic/Ins. 30 yrs. exp. Bucket truck/chipper, total cleanup. Selective thinning & lot clearing. 24-hr. ER svc. OR, NC. (336) 643-1119. GUZMAN LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE Pine needles, mulch, leaf removal, tree pruning, complete lawn maint. (336) 655-6490. CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 6439332, D & D LANDSCAPING & IRRIGATION Complete outdoor living spaces – fireplaces, retaining walls, patios, more! NC licensed irrigation contractor. BBB A+. (336) 480-4101. TRACTOR FOR HIRE Bush hogging, grading, brush/tree removal, food plots and more! (336) 207-6632. BRAD’S BOBCAT & HAULING SVCS LLC. Mulching, landscaping, pine needles/straw, gravel, concrete work. (336) 362-3647. COLFAX LAWNCARE Complete lawn care & maintenance. Mowing, trimming, fertilizing, pine needles. HOA & annual agrmts Res./comm., fully insured. 27 years serving the Triad. (336) 362-5860. WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Complete lawn care & landscaping. NC lic. irrigation contractor. 20 years exp. Hardscaping, fertilization & weed control. (336) 399-7764. A-LIST LAWN CARE Spring special: 4th cut FREE! Licensed & insured. Free estimates. (336) 609-7013.





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 (336) 643-9157.

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


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

BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic. & insured. Call Mark, (336) 337-7924.

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

TLC LAWN CARE Affordable mowing, seeding, aeration, fertilization and weed control. (336) 681-0097.

MASONRY MASONRY CONCEPTS, brick, block, stone, concrete & repairs. Free estimates. (336) 988-1022, 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.

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FIVE STAR PAINTING Licensed & insured professional painters. “Five Star Quality Without the Five Star Price.” Please call (336) 790-8319, or visit DJ PAINTING SERVICES Guaranteed, insured, quality work. Faux painting. Dwayne Johnson, (336) 648-9628.

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


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

WILHELM POOL SERVICE Full service & supply since 1988. Pool start-ups, liner replacements, salt systems, 24/7 service. (336) 687-1977.

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

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. Tell our readers about your business!


ORTIZ REMODELING – Total restoration & home improvement. Drywall, painting, kitchen cabinets, interior trim & more. Free estimates. (336) 280-8981.


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

JDB PLUMBING. Repair, remodel, well pump. Lic/Ins. Accepts all major credit cards. Office (336) 656-0019, cell (336) 382-6905.

31 yrs exp • Workmanship guarantee • Insurance specialists

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


Services TM Construction , INC


Roof replacements and repairs

644-8615 office 508-5242 cell Licensed & insured NC Gen. Contractor #72797

BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens/baths, custom decks, garages, siding, dock work, windows, roofing, rotted wood. Sr. disc., 35 years exp. (336) 362-6343. RENOVATION WORKS INC. New construction, remodeling, additions, kitchen and bath, decks & patios. We are a full-service design and build company. Call us for a free competitive quote on roofing and replacement windows. We are a certified 203k contractor and are A+ accredited with the BBB. Call (336) 427-7391 or visit

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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 (336) 643-8191 or (336) 580-3245. A.L. CORMAN ROOFING INC. Res. roofing specialist serving Guilford Cty. area since 1983. BBB 25+ years w/ A+ rating., (336) 621-6962. ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS – if you had hail during the storm on April 28, call us for a free roof inspection. Let us make sure that your roof was not damaged by the storm. Red Rhino Roofing, based in Oak Ridge, NC. BBB accredited A and listed with Angie’s List. Call (336) 944-6118, or visit

 MISC. SERVICES COMPUTER REPAIRS – ITBASICS.COM Inside Mailboxes & More, Oak Ridge Commons. (336) 643-0068.

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WILL PICK UP most appliances, metal and elec. items, for a small fee. (336) 689-4167.



HORSE BOARDING: Little Bit of Farm, (336) 509-3103,

Stokesdale 2BD/1BA DUPLEX, appliances included, $675/mo, $675 dep. Available June 1. (336) 643-9402.

PIANO LESSONS, all ages and levels, Summerfield area. Patti, (336) 298-4181. SAM’S AUTO BODY SHOP. Any type of body work. 45 years exp. (336) 347-7470.

 MISC. FOR SALE 2013 KZSP CAMPER, 19’, 2 double beds, full bath, stove, fridge, microwave, storage & more. $10K/obo. (336) 686-6751.

HORSE BOARDING, Green Acres Horse Farm, Stokesdale area. Full board & pasture board, riding trails, lots of green pastures. (336) 707-7118.


Basic baths to designer clips 10+ years

FREE LAYING HENS, healthy, 1 year old. I have too many. (336) 707-7447. ALL NEW MATTRESS SETS. Still in plastic, w/ warranty. Twin, $99; Full, $109; Queen, $129; King, $191. Can deliver, layaway available. Mattress Outlet. (336) 992-0025. UPRIGHT FROST-FREE FREEZER, $100. Antique oak buffet, $200. (336) 497-3218.

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7251 US Hwy 158 Ste. B, Stokesdale

Leslie Livengood • (336) 441-2266 LOOKING FOR A HOME

PURIFIED 5-GALLLON BOTTLED WATER and water coolers for home and office delivery. Competitive pricing, fast and friendly service. Buy from a locally owned and operated company. Call Wat-R-Boy, (336) 765-7873, and ask about our Northwest Observer special. KNIGHTS PRODUCE & PLANTS. Flowers, vegetable plants & hanging baskets. 14809 Hwy. 158, Summerfield. (336) 708-0485.

Visit and click on Place a Classified to advertise.

 MISC. WANTED WILL PAY CASH for cheap, non-working golf cart equipped w/ rear seat. (336) 689-4167. CASH for riding mowers needing repair, or free removal if unwanted, including go-carts, tillers, any gas equip., generators, power washer, ATVs, grills, etc. (336) 689-4167. $$$ – WILL PAY CASH up to $200 for your junk or wrecked vehicle. (336) 552-0328.


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HOME FOR RENT – OAK RIDGE, 3BR, 2BA, 1,611 sq. ft., renovated home in Weatherstone. FP, tankless water heater, 2-car garage, storage building & fenced yard, yard maint. incl. No pets. $1,500/mo. (336) 215-7958.

Selling or renting? Place your classified ad online at,


8014 Perlette Court, Kernersville Love to play tennis or relax by the swimming pool? One-owner home in Arbor Run with oversized master bedroom on main, chef’s kitchen with keeping room and 2,000 square feet of space to expand in unfinished basement. One of the most private lots in the community. $549,900.

or call (336) 644-7035 for more info.

Ramilya Siegel CRS, GRI, SRES, Chairman’s Circle Award ( 336 ) 215.9856

LAND FOR SALE ONE-ACRE LOT adjacent to 9935 E. Hwy. 65, Rockingham County. Ready to build, surveyed w/ site plan. $27,900. (336) 643-6078. TWO LARGE LOTS, each lot perked for 3BR, Hwy. 158E, 1/2 mile from Hwy. 220. Call (336) 402-0849.

OPEN HOUSE Sun, May 22 • 2- 4pm

1.5-ACRE BUILDING LOT with existing well and septic tank. Excellent building site. 8204 Cogan Lane in Stokesdale. $59,900. (336) 382-2553.


Meet LINCOLN, a 2-year-old small female kitty. She is a black and beige tabby who is patiently waiting for her new family to come find her. To learn more about Lincoln, or any of the animals awaiting adoption, visit the Guilford County Animal Shelter, www., or call (336) 641-3400.

 REAL ESTATE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE in Oak Ridge. Mini suites to full suites; 100 to 1,000 sq. ft. available. For info, call (336) 643-7577.

MANUFACTURED HOME, 4BR, 2BA, living room and den, large fenced back yard. Rockingham County. Take over payments, need to relocate. Call for apt to see, (336) 643-1531 or 423-6171.

6058 Windsor Farme Rd, Summerfield Exquisite home with private lot, professional landscaping and no detail overlooked inside or out! Main level master and guest suite. Text T583940 to 85377 for details!

WATERFRONT TOWNHOME on Belews Lake, 2/3BR, 2.5BA, 1-car garage, 2 boat slips, covered storage, quiet private community. $279,000. (336) 280-5065.

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BUILDING & REMODELING Brian Thompson Homes ............... 20-21 Builders MD ........................................23 Disney Construction Company ............20 Don Mills Builders ...............................20 Friddle & Company .............................20 Johnson & Lee ....................................21 Kickin Clouds .....................................24 Naylor Custom Homes .......................21 On-Target Construction Service ..........37 R & K Custom Homes ........................21 Ray Bullins Construction .....................20 TM Construction Service ....................37

CHIROPRACTIC Summerfield Family Chiropractic ........14

A/C & HEATING Stokesdale Heating & Air.....................22


CHURCHES First Baptist Church, Summerfield .......31 Oak Ridge United Methodist Church ..32

Kimberly Thacker Accounting .............40 Samuel Anders, CPA, MSA, PC .............8




Piedmont Truck Tires, Inc. ....................9

BANKS / MORTGAGE SVCS. Carolina Bank .....................................26 David Nishan, McLean Mortgage .......15

Beth Borden, DDS ..............................29 Run the Ridge & Rugged Ridge ............2 Seussical the Musical ..........................27

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Bethany Medical Center .....................19 Eagle Family Medicine at Brassfield ....27 LeBauer Healthcare ...........................33 Novant - Ironwood Family Medicine .....7 Novant - Northwest Family Medicine ..28

Northwest Animal Hospital ..................33 Stokesdale Veterinary Hospital ............40 Veterinary Hospital at Oak Ridge ........14 Westergaard Kennels...........................33

REAL ESTATE A New Dawn Realty ...........................18 Ann Powell, Allen Tate ........................25 Berkshire Hathaway, Yost & Little .......17 Bobbie Gardner, Keller Williams ..........14 Dede Cunningham, Keller Williams 25, 38 Ed Purgason, ReMax of Greensboro ...16 Jason Smith, Smith Marketing ............20 Jill Oakley, Tyler, Redhead & McAlister 15 Johnnye & Jake Letterman, BHHS ......16 Ramilya Siegel, Allen Tate ..................38 Smith Marketing .................................25

RETAIL Bi-Rite Food Center ......................11, 40 Carpets By Direct, Inc. ........................34 Harley Davidson of Greensboro ............5 The Bed Gallery ...................................8

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Spring Arbor .........................................3


Bark-N-Barber ....................................38 KPS – Kelly’s Pet Services ...................14

YOUTH SPORTS Oak Ridge Youth Association .............30

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Bringing the hometown news to northwest Guilford County, North Carolina since 1996