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– and we felt health,” Michael said. “It was about a vibrancy. We had a delightful time in that conversation and that hospitality, which has always been a hallmark of this congregation.”

With graciousness and gratitude, Michael and Karen Kurtz prepare to leave Oak Ridge United Methodist Church and the community they have grown to deeply love

Over dinner, they discussed the church’s longtime plan of expanding its outreach within and beyond the Oak Ridge community.

by PATTI STOKES OAK RIDGE – Surrounded by stacks of books, folders and photographs soon headed to a new home, Michael and Karen Kurtz sat calmly in the senior pastor’s office recently while reflecting on the last 10 years. They recall how excited they were in the spring of 2006 after learning they had been appointed to Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, Michael as senior pastor and Karen as associate pastor of congregational care. “I remember when we were told where we were going. We made a field trip here,” said Michael. “As we walked around, I thought, ‘Wow, how beautiful this setting is!’” “We knew several people who had served this church before,” said Karen. “They had told me years ago, ‘If you ever have the opportunity to come to ORUMC, run there, don’t walk!’” The Kurtzes met with members of the church’s leadership team soon after it was announced they had been appointed to ORUMC. “From the very beginning, we were met with warmth and kindness,” Karen said. “You can feel sickness and you can feel health

“We realized that these were people with a vision,” Karen said. “Years and years before ground was broken (on the family life center) they had seen that as an outreach to the community. They wanted to be an ‘intentional’ church. We were blessed enough to come alongside the church when that was ready to happen.” On June 27, 2006, Michael and Karen moved into the parsonage along with their son Josh, then a rising college freshman, and their daughter Anna, a rising high school freshman. “People were there to welcome us and serve however they could,” said Michael. Sadly, on that same day Edna Linville, a former school teacher at Oak Ridge Elementary, much beloved, longtime member of ORUMC and “matriarch” of the Oak Ridge community, was at Cone Hospital on her death bed. Instead of settling into his new home, Michael went to be by her side. Edna died later that night, but not before Michael had the opportunity to pray with her. “I didn’t know Edna other than that moment, but it felt like such a privilege and an honor to be there with her,” he said. Edna was an eloquent writer, and in her 80s she wrote about a congregation whose best days are yet to come, with new folks on the horizon. That resonated deeply with

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Deputy dismissed In this issue we continue our coverage of the Stokesdale Town Council’s meeting on June 9, in which the budget for FY 2016-2017 was approved and for the first time since 1993, it does not include funding for a sheriff’s deputy. by PATTI STOKES STOKESDALE – In a survey mailed out to 1,511 homes in 2004, Stokesdale residents were asked whether they supported the Town continuing to fund its own deputy. Of the 548 respondents, 412 were in favor of doing so. Alice Hoffman, who spoke at Stokesdale Town Council’s June 9 meeting, said she believes if another survey were conducted, the percentage of respondents in support of the Town

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$2.35 million budget approved SUMMERFIELD – To balance the 20162017 fiscal year budget that was recently approved by the Summerfield Town Council, $1.14 million will be transferred from reserves. If all goes as planned, that will leave about $7.4 million in reserves at the end of the fiscal year that begins on July 1 and ends June 30, 2017, and in the meantime the Town will undertake several capital projects. Don Wendelken was the only citizen who spoke during the public hearing for the budget on June 14. He urged the council to look ahead five to six years and ensure that reserves will be sufficient at that time to avoid having to increase the Town’s property tax, which is currently 2.5 cents per $100 property valuation. About $556,500, or 24 percent of the Town’s general fund revenues for next fiscal year, will come from intergovernmental transfers – i.e., franchise taxes the town receives from Duke Energy, internet/cable and piped natural gas bills, as well as ABC profit sharing and beer and wine excess tax.

sales and use tax distribution that Guilford County uses, because the Town charges a property tax it also receives a portion of sales and use tax that its citizens pay; that amount for next fiscal year is projected at $115,250, or 4.9 percent of the Town’s projected revenue. The largest capital project planned for next fiscal year is the development of an additional parking lot at Summerfield Athletic Park, which is projected to cost $500,000. At $350,000, development of the A&Y Greenway is the second largest capital expense planned. Construction and architectural services for the Martin House and Gordon building improvements at the intersection of Summerfield Road and Oak Ridge Road are also on the capital projects list, and projected to cost $200,000. The Town has had longterm plans to renovate the Gordon building for office and meeting space, though a timeline for completion has not been announced.

Property taxes are projected to total $384,000 next year.

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SERVANT LEADERS ...continued from p. 1 Michael and Karen. “She had that vision, which was symbolic of the whole community,” Karen said. “I wish I had known people like Edna, and Mack Peoples and Tom Brown, who had such influence in this community. We missed them, but we still hear about them.” Through the fall of 2006, Michael and Karen met with over 200 church members in small cluster groups. “We asked them three questions: ‘What do you celebrate about ORUMC, what are challenges the church faces, and what are its goals and dreams?’” Michael said. “We took notes and we used that with our strategic planning team, so the people knew they were heard.” With Michael and Karen’s guidance, ORUMC solidified its mission statement and vision the following year.

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Christ with more excellence?” Mindful that its newest facility does not belong to the members, their goal is to “serve God faithfully through the facility.” Expanding church facilities comes with angst, and inevitably, some members leave after growing weary of the intense planning and decision-making process. “It stretches us, and it hurts to be stretched,” Michael reflected. “It brought about some conflict, but the beauty to me is that we grew (spiritually) through the conflict because we allowed someone bigger than us to help us go through it.” Repeatedly, Michael and Karen express gratitude for the congregation’s faithfulness and vibrancy, which has remained steadfast through good times and hard times. “We are so blessed to have gotten to come alongside this. The people are so well-gifted and they seek to embrace newcomers,” Karen said lovingly of the church’s congregation. “There is an excitement here that people want to be part of.”

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The daughter of a United Methodist minister, Karen knows firsthand the impact a church and community can have on “the preacher’s kids.”

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“This is a place of hospitality and a place of hope,” Karen added. “We’re so grateful for the privilege to have lived 10 years in a place that has fleshed that out. I can never thank the community enough for that.” The Kurtzes are also grateful to the congregation for embracing their children and “bringing them along.” Josh, 28, interned with the church’s youth ministry and is now married, has two sons and is pastoring in Ramseur. Anna, 24, served in the church’s weekday school for eight years; she’s also married and lives in the mountains, where she continues her work with children’s ministry.

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people, she is so impassioned and empowered in that role,” Michael continued. “What a blessing to have someone like that on staff in that capacity. And she also affirms my gifts.”

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loved me as the preacher’s kid, and who have loved our children,” she said. “The congregation has shown them what the church looks like at its best and they have helped our children love the church. This congregation joins all those in my life who have shown them the face of Jesus Christ. I’m very grateful for the congregations who took the responsibility of caring for our children seriously.”

Of working with Michael, Karen said, “He is highly organized and he has a great pastoral leadership style because he is a servant leader. I look to that leadership and when we are at separate churches, I will miss that. He is also a marvelous pastoral counselor and has great gifts across the board; I respect and need those gifts.” “And I’ll miss going just down the hall (to Karen’s office) when I need to cry, or symbolically cry, release, process or celebrate … it will be a different dynamic,” said Michael.

As for working as a “clergy couple” at the same church these last 10 years in Oak Ridge (and six years before that), Michael and Karen said it has had many pluses – and a few challenges. “The blessing is, we can take church home and we can get ready for the service … we can process it together,” Michael said. “The down side is, we can take church home – that can be a tension and we’re working on it.” “When I observe Karen’s God-given gifts and passion for connecting with

from ORUMC, which has grown to about 1,600 members, they asked to go to smaller churches at this time in their lives. The smaller congregations and one service on Sundays instead of three will not only allow them to work at a more moderate pace, but give them the opportunity to more intimately know their congregations. The churches they are going to are very “intentional,” Karen said. “They have a food pantry, a child development center and they are very ‘missional’ churches. Even though they are smaller in membership, they are large in heart. They are blooming in the community where they have been planted.” Michael, who is now 60, quickly pointed out he and Karen are not retiring.

June 26 will be Michael and Karen’s last Sunday at ORUMC. They’ll soon make their new home in Candler, North Carolina, where they’ll minister at separate churches four miles apart – Michael at Francis Asbury UMC, which has 275 members, and Karen at Montmorenci UMC, which has 157 members.

“I’m still ready to roll up my sleeves for ministry, but I want to do it at a simpler, slower pace,” he said.

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time. With the vibrancy here, we would be selfish not to want to share this.” Almost in unison, they said, “This is not Karen and Michael’s church, this is God’s church. We are servants of the church. The bottom line is, the Kingdom will go right on.” As a United Methodist pastor’s daughter, Karen had never lived in one place for 10 years. “We feel very blessed and honored that we got to live here for 10 years, and our lives will be forever impacted because of being here,” she said. Before closing the conversation, Michael said a prayer. He thanked God for the blessings of the last 10 years and prayed for Craig and Abby Kocher, the church’s new clergy couple who will soon move to Oak Ridge with their two young daughters. And he repeated what Edna Linville wrote long ago – “The best days of the congregation are yet to come, with new folks on the horizon.”

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additions of varied worship choices offered, and the formation of activities to draw the community into our church. “Nationally, they are active in missions to disaster response and support food bank needs. “Globally, they have both served in Haiti and Guatemala. Their ongoing support for the missions to Guatemala has made it possible for many church members to participate. “The love they show daily to our community will be missed and we are grateful for the 10 years we were able to have them serve Oak Ridge United Methodist Church.” Jerry Chance, parish nurse “From the beginning, Karen has reached out far beyond the walls of our church. If anyone in our community, and often beyond, had a need and Karen became aware of it, she would minister to them, whether at home, in a retirement home, assisted living facility, hospital, or wherever. She began our Precious Memories service, a monthly weekday worship service offered for those suffering from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Her gentle spirit combined with her relentless compassion has made a difference in so many lives throughout our community. “For all who know her, who have been cared for and comforted by her, Karen is a friend, a mentor, a counselor, a gifted teacher and preacher, and above all an inspiration and a wonderful example of sharing God’s love and grace by serving others. “I offer heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all Karen and Michael have done for our community. We will miss them, and we wish them Godspeed.” Spencer Sullivan “When Karen and Michael first arrived in 2006, we were amazed at how quickly they were able to learn everyone’s name in the congregation and greet all of us by name within weeks. Beyond knowing everyone’s names, they were and are incredibly compassion-

ate and caring towards everyone. They share the uncommon ability to be not only our “respected pastors,” but also our “true friends.” As they move to their new congregations, we are assured that they will be every bit as successful and loved as they were here.” Lynne and Bill Toth

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“We have been blessed for the past 10 years to have the dynamic duo in our midst – Michael, with his leadership and vision, and Karen, who has been a walking example of how we are to truly love one another. Both amazingly talented and uniquely gifted, they humbly shared those gifts with us and the Oak Ridge community to help grow us closer to the God they love so dearly and serve so faithfully. They will continue to be a shining light in our lives as they warm the hearts of those who have yet to have the pleasure of knowing them, learning from them, and loving them.” Gail Fritz “Karen and Michael’s gifts and talents were exactly what we needed and they have touched the lives of so many people within our congregation and our community.

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“Michael is a true leader in every sense of the word. He has worked with church staff and lay leaders to set a vision of making disciples of Jesus Christ and helping people grow in their faith. Through this vision we have seen tremendous growth not only in the size of our congregation, but also in the number of lives that are touched through our outreach ministries. His warm smile and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed. “There could not be a better person than Karen to be our pastor of congregational care. I don’t believe I’ve ever met a more ‘Christ-like’ person. Her compassion, humbleness and most of all her ability to make everyone feel like the most special person in the world is truly a gift from God. “We know that whatever church Karen and Michael serve, they will make an impact on the lives of those around them.” Teresa Sullivan ORUMC Council chair

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SUMMERFIELD town council

June 14 / MEETING HIGHLIGHTS as reported by PATTI STOKES  Mayor Mark Brown called the monthly meeting to order. Following an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance and introduction of council and staff members, the meeting agenda was adopted, as were minutes from open meetings on May 10 and May 24.

 Mayor Brown read a proclamation to Ralph Kitley, principal of Northwest Guilford High School, in honor of Kitley receiving North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Principal of the Year award in May (see News Briefs for more).


 Adrian Williamson said he had read in the Northwest Observer that no citizens commented thus far on the draft budget for the upcoming fiscal year, but he felt there was no point in doing so because no one on the town council pays attention to citizen concerns about spending.

 Town Manager Scott Whitaker announced a special called meeting will be scheduled in July for a presentation of the water/fire protection feasibility study results (in January, the Town contracted with The Wooten Company to review options for providing a supply of water for fire protection inside the town limits).


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COMMITTEE / ES REPORTS Finance. Town Finance Officer Dee Hall said at the committee’s last meeting, members discussed the Town of Stokesdale’s request that Summerfield also petition the county commissioners to change the method of sales and use tax distribution to the per capita method (based on population). Historical. Committee Chair Linda Southard said the committee will decorate Town Hall for July 4. Summerfield resident and Korean War veteran Dewey Trogdon was interviewed last month; copies of veteran interviews will be available at Town Hall.

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has had and he didn’t think any of them were “too good.” Moving on to the Town’s recent purchase of the Vandergrift property, located next to Summerfield Community Park, Williamson said it was nothing more than a stump dump and one more unnecessary expenditure. He went on to say some people were intent on bringing a municipal water system to the Town, regardless of what others think. In closing, Williamson said he was recently notified by the City of Greensboro that property within 500 feet of his home will be developed, and eventually development will be right in his back yard. “When the city decides they are going to take it, it doesn’t matter. That’s why I’m not for all this growth … we want to keep what little bit we’ve got.”

Trails and Open Space. Committee Chair Jane Doggett said the Trails Committee received many positive comments at its tent on Founders’ Day; representatives from Stewart, a trails/greenway specialist firm hired by the Town to develop the A&Y Trail, were available to talk with citizens and present potential trail possibilities and the committee also had children’s activities at the tent. Three guest speakers were scheduled to attend the committee’s June 22 meeting to discuss trails. Fire Department. Capt. Jenna Daniels with Summerfield Fire District said

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the department ran 19 fire-related, 54 EMS-related and 12 other calls in May, and installed 27 car seats. Around 200 children enjoyed the fire safety bounce house during Founders’ Day. District personnel enjoyed going to Greensboro Day, St. Pius, Summerfield Elementary and Summerfield Charter Academy to spray children with water from fire hoses during the schools’ field days. With summer here, Daniels urged everyone to keep a close eye on their children when in and near the water. Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Carter Clendenin said the District 1 office was happy to introduce its newest detective, Michael “Brad” Stewart, who grew up in Summerfield. Two men were arrested last month in Summerfield for breaking into coinoperated machines; also, two vehicles were stolen from Brookbank Auto Auction; both have been recovered. With school out for the summer, Clendenin encouraged everyone driving through neighborhoods to be ever more mindful of children playing outside and also to continue to be vigilant and call 911 if something doesn’t seem or look right. EMS. Whitaker gave the report for Guilford County Emergency Management director Don Campbell, who could not attend the meeting. EMS responded to 57 calls in Summerfield in May. The county’s EMS was recently re-accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, making it one of only four agencies in the state to receive this certification.

PUBLIC HEARING FY 2016-2017 budget. Whitaker gave a brief overview of the draft budget, noting it will be balanced by appropriating $1,143,935 from reserves (reserves at the end of the FY 2016-2017 year are projected to be about $7,400,000). Outside of the operating budget, about $1.2 million of larger expenses or capital projects are proposed (see News Briefs for more budget details).

COUNCIL DISCUSSION  Dianne Laughlin noted there had been several budget meetings, all open to the public, and the council had listened to citizen input. Also, over $0.5 million in capital projects will not be completed in the upcoming fiscal year but still had to be budgeted. As for the “stump dump property” which Adrian Williamson had referred to earlier in the meeting, it was purchased as open space, Laughlin said.  Reece Walker asked about the $250 fee for voluntary annexations, saying it might discourage someone who wanted to be annexed into the Town. Noting the Town is “tied down” on its southern, eastern, western and northwestern boundaries, Mayor Brown said he didn’t anticipate a volume of voluntary annexations. Any property annexed must already be in the Summerfield Fire District and Guilford County.


 Don Wendelken said not a lot had been discussed about how much the Town will ultimately spend on developing the A&Y Trail, but it and other capital projects will entail significant expenses. “Five or six years from now, has council and everyone looked down the road? When you start spending the

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and some funding for the intersection project may be available from nonprofits within the county, Barnes added.  Mayor Brown said the budget covers a lot of projects and he felt it was a very responsible budget.  Whitaker praised recently hired Finance Officer Dee Hall for her work on the budget, especially after coming into the budgeting process midstream.

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reserves and growing the Town … how are we going to pay for all we are doing in Summerfield, other than coming back to the taxpayers. I hope that you all are considering that – it (all these projects) sure looks nice, but it has to be paid for.”

COUNCIL COMMENTS  John O’Day thanked Town staff for their work during the budget process. “I’d like to be spending less money, but with what we need to do and are committed to do, I think this is a very good budget,” O’Day said.  Regarding the cost of a master plan for developing the Oak Ridge Road and Summerfield Road intersection as a working, historical focal point, Dena Barnes said preserving Summerfield’s history will be worth it and citizens will appreciate it over the years. Assistance

FY 2016-2017 budget, keeping the tax rate at 2.75 cents per $100 property valuation, with one change in the fee schedule: reduce the fee for voluntary annexation from $250 to $0.

with Guilford County to collect property taxes; the county will receive 0.62 percent of collected taxes and an annual fee of $2,158. In a separate vote, the council also unanimously approved the renewal of a 5-year contract with the county to provide Animal Control services and operate the Guilford County Animal Shelter, at a cost of $25,816 for 2016-2017 (to be adjusted annually). Committee re-appointments. Vicky Bridges was re-appointed to her second two-year term on the Finance Committee; Millie Hoffler-Foushee has exceeded committee term limits, but with no new applications, she was re-appointed to a

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Warren’s contributions to the Stokesdale community aren’t limited to her work at the school. For a brief stint, she served as interim pastor at Stokesdale Church of God. “I was able to help people on another scale, to be there and walk beside folks as they went through difficult times in their life,” said Warren. “My philosophy in life is that I was born to be a blessing. So I try to ask each day – ‘Who can I be a blessing to?’” Post-retirement, Warren, who has lived in Stokesdale for 37 years, hopes to stay involved with her church.


“I love doing ministry, so I want to focus more on that, and maybe do some mission work,” she said.

Patricia Juszczak and Linda Southard were re-appointed for a one-year term on the Historical Committee and John Plybon for a two-year term. Nancy Hess and Kathy Rooney were re-appointed to three-year terms on the Zoning Board, which has no term limits.

 5  0 to revise the Town’s personnel policy and manual to reflect a new employee pay date. Christmas Tree Lighting. Staff’s recommended date for this annual event – Saturday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. – was approved.

REPORTS, UPDATES  Whitaker said a softball tournament held at the athletic park last month drew teams from all over the state. Entrance road. Grading work on the new entrance road to the athletic park on U.S. 220 is underway, in preparation for paving.


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scheduled to attend the Trails Committee meeting on June 22. Outdoor light fixtures. Whitaker said he has been in ongoing conversations with Duke Energy about federal guidelines which require certain kinds of outdoor light fixtures. “We have a Night Sky Ordinance to reduce light pollution – we have been working with Duke trying to figure out a fixture that is a replacement option,” Whitaker said, adding that earlier in the day a solution had been reached for those who need to replace their outdoor lights.

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Mayor Brown agreed, saying the Town has so many irons in the fire already that he felt it was best to “let this one rest.” Barnes said she had spoken with several county commissioners and there was no interest in changing the sales tax distribution method at this time.

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With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

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June 18 | A female resident of Stanley Huff Road in Summerfield and a male resident of Westbury Drive in Kernersville were cited for Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia and Possession of More Than ½ Ounce of Marijuana; the offense occurred about 1:27 a.m. on Alcorn Road in northwest Greensboro.

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In 2013-2014, Guilford County was ranked sixth in the state for household recycling (according to North Carolina Solid Waste and Materials Management Annual Report). This is good, but I know we can do even better. In conclusion, I think we should


Limit access to military-style guns In response to Mike Stone’s recent letter stating that the root cause of the Orlando massacre will be ignored, I’d like to point out that if the perpetrator had been unable to purchase automatic-like weapons because he was on an FBI watch list, that might have prevented or limited his attack. It wasn’t Mr. Stone’s bogeyman liberals who allowed that loophole, it was the NRA’s

death grip on elected officials. Additionally, if folks that Mr. Stone wants us to call “Islamic terrorists” as well as any hate-filled wacko of any ethnic or religious persuasion did not have access to military-style weapons, this country would be a lot safer. That’s the truly ignored message of Orlando, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and San Bernardino. Beth Walker, OAK RIDGE

Recycling – we can do better My name is Daken Whitaker and I’m a Boy Scout in Troop 139 in Oak Ridge. I think recycling should be encouraged more in our community. I know we have

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encourage more recycling in schools, specifically because as a student I see a lot of things thrown away that could be recycled. Please remember that when you throw something away it doesn’t go away. Daken Whitaker, OAK RIDGE

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 CrossFit for snubbing their nose at the Town of Oak Ridge, and the community. Rules and laws are made to be followed by everyone. They should pay the full fine amount because they knew exactly what they were doing!  Nail salons that favor certain clients by offering them a Coke during their pedicure, but don’t offer one to others – that is rude! Also, backed up? Be honest to clients and don’t leave them soaking over 30 minutes!  Stokesdale Town Council majority. Voters need to get a new council that is for the people and not the council’s ideas. Also, what about the surplus money the town has?  The dump truck driver who spilled the asphalt down N.C. 150 and N.C. 68 on June 9. I didn’t even get my new SUV home. Thanks to you, I have a large crack in my windshield from cars throwing your asphalt.

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funding a deputy would be even higher. And if doing so meant reducing the Town’s reserves – which are significantly more than what the state requires it to have – or even levying a small property tax, it was worth considering, she said. William Gibson, president of Stokesdale Elementary’s student council, also spoke at the June 9 meeting. He said the Town’s deputy visited the school often, read a book to students at Literacy Night and played in the school’s Parents vs. Teachers basketball game. “When we see Dep. Casey at all these things, it shows he cares about us,” Gibson said, adding it also makes the students feel safer.

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Both Mary Maness and Joe Thacker said a full-time deputy has given them and many residents a greater sense of security. “He patrols through the developments and I see him by my house at least a couple times a week,” Thacker said, noting it was impossible to know how many crimes in the Town had been prevented because of having a deputy. Dr. Angel Fuller, owner of Kings Crossing Animal Hospital, said she and her husband moved to Stokesdale in 1999 because it was “a rural community and a beautiful community.” After briefly moving away, they moved back when their son was ready to start school. “At that time I worked with the Guilford County Sheriff’s canine officers. One of the officers, who was a client of mine, asked, ‘Are you crazy, moving back to Stokesdale? That is like the Wild West!’” Fuller said she would like to think that funding a deputy for the last 23 years had helped deter some of the crime that once was more prevalent. As a Stokesdale resident and a business owner, Dep. Casey has made her and her family feel safer, Fuller said. “I ask you please to reconsider taking him off the budget. He is invaluable.” “We’re talking about the cost of a police officer who is a presence in our community for the protection of our com-

munity … Let’s think of the kids and let’s think of Stokesdale,” said Nancy McCoy. In response to Councilman Bill Jones’ statement earlier in the meeting that the Town needs to hire an administrator, Mary Maness asked if a full-time or part-time administrator was needed. Jones said Mayor Randy Braswell had been working 30 hours a week since former Town Clerk/Finance Officer Carolyn Joyner left in February. “Also, I don’t know how you can justify taxing people to pay extra (for a deputy) when you already have the service (from the sheriff’s office),” he said. “If it’s going to cost you $125,000 or $150,000 (for an administrator) and you don’t have the income, then you just can’t afford it,” Tom McCoy said. “Come up with another revenue stream, but don’t cut back on safety.” After closing the public hearing for the budget, Mayor Braswell said he wished more citizens would attend workshops where issues like this were discussed. He also said Councilman Bill Jones has been working hard on getting the Town’s sales and use tax back, which could bring as much as $900,000 back to the Town.

“The citizens of Stokesdale have got to step up and listen to what Bill is saying. We need our money back!” he said. Stokesdale was a different place 23 years ago, and the sheriff’s office provides excellent law enforcement coverage to the Town, Councilman Tim Jones said. “If I thought this would impact my family’s safety, I would not be in favor of it,” Councilman Frank Bruno said. “I think we will be just as safe without having that (the deputy) in the budget …” Council member Vicki White-Lawrence said she opposed the fact that citizens weren’t informed earlier that the council was considering taking the deputy’s salary out of the budget. “It’s not the first time we’ve done this … I’m not going to vote for the budget because we didn’t allow people to have proper input,” White-Lawrence said. After further discussion, the council voted 4-1 to approve the budget, which did not include the deputy’s salary; White-Lawrence voted against it. Dep. Casey will be relieved of his duties in Stokesdale as of June 30.

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Large Baptist church in Greensboro seeking RECEPTIONIST/MINISTRY ASSISTANT. Answer telephone calls and questions related to ministry information. Greet members and guests and handle clerical tasks as a part of ministry. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Publisher, with church database experience preferred. Perform other general office duties as required. F/T with benefits. Hours M-TH, 8am-5pm, Fridays 8am-1pm. Must be able to work with all types of people. Send resume and salary requirements to: SALES ASSOCIATE needed at The Shrimp Connection, Summerfield. Parttime, Fri./Sat. Send resume / introduction to: DRIVER: CDL-A. New business, new trucks. Dedicated regional. Medical, dental, vision, 401K, vacation/holiday pay, driver incentive program. Call Nu-Way Recruiting, (309) 834-2017.

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

PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF OAK RIDGE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Town Council of the Town of Oak Ridge will hold a public hearing to consider an amended Special Use Permit request. The Town Council may also consider requests for subdivisions and other matters.

Public Hearing: Rezoning Case #RZ-16-02: AG-SP to Amended AG-SP. Located at 4541 Peeples Road, in Oak Ridge Township. Being Guilford County Tax Parcel #0162299, approximately 14.01 acres. Owned by David S. Cole. The property is located in the Scenic Corridor Overlay District and the Greensboro (GW-III) Watershed Overlay. The applicant seeks an amendment to an existing Special Use Permit for a Rural Family Occupation. All citizens will be given an opportunity to be heard at this meeting. Spencer Sullivan, Mayor

SAVE THE DATE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, June 24-26, New Garden Friends Upper School, 2015 Pleasant Ridge Road. For more info, visit FAIRY GARDEN WORKSHOP, Saturday, July 9, 2pm, The Garden Outlet, Summerfield. Come join the fun! Please call ahead to reserve your spot, (336) 643-0898. FREE COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT at Oak Ridge Town Park, Friday, July 15, featuring Zootopia. Live music, fun and food vendors starting at 6:30pm. Movie will begin at dark. FREE concessions! Sponsored by The Summit Church Oak Ridge.



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YARD SALES YARD SALE, Saturday, June 25, 7am, 6807 Koala Drive, Oak Ridge. Housewares, furniture & decor galore, wedding decor, luggage, women’s, men’s & girls’ name-brand clothing, girls’ toys, including an American Girl doll. BIG GARAGE SALE, Saturday, June 25, 7am-12n, 5757 Bunch Road, Oak Ridge. COMMUNITY YARD SALE, Sat., July 9, 8am, Golden Antiques & Treasures, 341 Ram Loop, Stokesdale. $10/space. Call (336) 949-4958 to reserve your spot.

HOME SERVICES CLEANING BEST MAIDS LLC – Expert home & business cleaning service. Fully insured. (336) 430-6747, CARPET CLEANING. We clean the dirt out of your carpet, not the money out of your pockets! Starting at $20 per room, $60 minimum. Call David, Cleaning Solutions, (336) 989-4318, ROSA’S CLEANING SERVICE. 11 yrs. exp. Excellent references. (336) 423-8720. MAID-2-SHINE. Homes, offices, move in/ out. 10+ years exp. Detail oriented, professional, bonded, exc. ref. (336) 338-0223.

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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.


BRAD’S BOBCAT & HAULING SVCS. LLC Debris removal, grading, gravel/dirt, driveways. (336) 362-3647.

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.

CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOW CLEANING, gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Fully ins. (336) 595-2873. MAXWELL’S CLEANING SERVICE Dependable, thorough, experienced, reasonable rates, references avail. (336) 709-0794. CastleWorks WINDOW CLEANING Includes gutters, pressure washing, chandeliers and other high ladder work. Fully insured and bonded, free estimates. (336) 609-0677. 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. ANA’S HOUSECLEANING. Good references, free est., 25 years exp. (336) 309-0747. MAID 2 GLIMMER – Maid Cleaning Premier cleaning service with Amazon Local. Call (336) 441-8388,

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. HOUSE & YARD HOME MAINTENANCE “Anything to improve your home and property.” Jeff Ziglar, (336) 456-9992 / 643-9609. GENERAL HOME REPAIR, bathroom repair, small/odd jobs. (336) 644-8710, 708-0522. APPLIANCE REPAIR – Call Mr Appliance. A step above the rest! (336) 609-5707. JLB REMODELING, INC. Home repair, maintenance & handyman service. Licensed & insured. Competitive rates. (336) 681-2902 or


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DECORATING EXPERIENCED INTERIOR DECORATOR & personal furniture shopper will help you with style, color, shopping & furniture placement. E-mail or call Ann Appenzeller, (336) 314-1411.

ELECTRICAL BALEX ELECTRICAL COMPANY, LLC Residential, commercial & solar electrical services. (336) 298-4192.


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MOWER TUNE-UP and mower deck repair. Free pick up and delivery within 5 miles of Oak Ridge. Call or text (336) 880-7498. GARY’S HANDYMAN HOME SERVICES “Providing value for the home-ownership experience.” Gary Gellert, serving NC’s Piedmont Triad area., (336) 423-8223.


It’s a CARPET thing! Repairs, restretch, replace. (336) 643-6500.


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Driveways, fill dirt, topsoil, mulch, lot clearing, basements etc. (336) 451-1282.

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

LAWN CARE / LANDSCAPING 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. TWO OAK RIDGE BOYS will mow a standard-sized yard for $25. Can do basic yard work too. Call or text (336) 253-8734. 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.

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. FAY’S LAWNCARE & LANDSCAPING Summer mowing and lawn care. Bed reconstruction, pine needles & mulch. Reasonable and honest. Call Taylor, (336) 464-5215. TLC LAWN CARE Affordable mowing, seeding, aeration, fertilization and weed control. (336) 681-0097. AQUA SYSTEMS IRRIGATION. Quality irrigation systems. NC licensed contractor. We service all systems. Free est. (336) 644-1174. 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.

A-LIST LAWN CARE Spring special: 4th cut FREE! Licensed & insured. Free estimates. (336) 609-7013.

CAROLINA STUMP & TREE SERVICE Complete tree service, $1 million liability, workman’s comp. Rick & Judy, (336) 6439332,

BRAD’S BOBCAT & HAULING SVCS LLC. Mulching, landscaping, pine needles/straw, gravel, concrete work. (336) 362-3647.

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

MY GROUNDSKEEPER Landscaping and lawn care, shrubs, mulch, cut low limbs, garage & building clean out. Timothy, (336) 643-5154. WILSON LANDSCAPING, INC. Complete lawn care & landscaping. NC lic. irrigation contractor. 20 years exp. Hardscaping, fertilization & weed control. (336) 399-7764.

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

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



BEK Paint Co. Residential & Commercial David & Judy Long, owners

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PLUMBING WEBSTER & SONS PLUMBING, Inc. (336) 992-2503. Licensed, insured, bonded. 24/7 service. Plumbing, drain cleaning, well pumps. Give us a call, we do it all! Go to for more info. BRANSON PLUMBING & SOLAR No job too small! Experienced, guaranteed. Lic. & insured. Call Mark, (336) 337-7924. JDB PLUMBING. Repair, remodel, well pump. Lic/Ins. Accepts all major credit cards. Office (336) 656-0019, cell (336) 382-6905.

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 JLB REMODELING, INC. Remodeling and additions. Fully insured. NC GC license #69997. Free est. Call (336) 681-2902 or visit ORTIZ REMODELING – Total restoration & home improvement. Drywall, painting, kitchen cabinets, interior trim & more. Free estimates. (336) 280-8981.



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POWER WASHING 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 – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR 32 yrs. exp. Sheetrock repair. No job too small. Insured. Brad Rogers, (336) 314-3186. STILL PERFECTION PAINTING Reliable, skilled, affordable. Painting, pressure washing, handyman services. Scott Still, (336) 462-3683,

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



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BELEWS CREEK CONSTRUCTION Kitchens/baths, custom decks, garages, siding, dock work, windows, roofing, rotted wood. Sr. disc., 35 years exp. (336) 362-6343.

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ROOFING 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 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.

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MISC. FOR SALE ITEMS FOR SALE: Used furniture, PlayStation 4 and games, Black Powder rifle, Black Powder pistol, 1998 Jeep Wrangler, 2008 Harley Davidson 1200 Custom Motorcycle, Harley Davidson jacket and helmets. Call (336) 445-0163. Massey Furguson 135 DIESEL TRACTOR, restored, with 6’ mower and umbrella. $9,000. (336) 595-5104. Burgundy Lane leather RECLINING SECTIONAL, $750. One-year-old washer and dryer, $350/ea. Loveseat, $100. Breakfast table & chairs, $350. Power incline treadmill, $250. More! (336) 508-5242. Whirlpool 30-inch GAS RANGE. Set up for LP gas, conversion kit included. Good condition. $250. Summerfield. (910) 264-7046. FARM EQUIPMENT; 5’ finishing mower, 5’ box scrape, 5’ rake, post hole digger, all 3-point hitch. (336) 298-4645. UTILITY TRAILER, 5’ x 10’, excellent condition, $650. (727) 207-2783.

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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.

KPS – KELLY’S PET SERVICES Professional in-home pet sitting. Bonded & insured. Member Pet Sitters International. Pet sitting while you are away, daily walks or runs, play, pet taxi, and more! KPS gives a portion of profits to animal charities. Call, email, or Facebook message for a free consultation: (336) 706-6706, kpsforyourpets@,,




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