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December 2013

Second Student Passes Away As A Result Of Truck Wreck By The Star OAK RIDGE – A second Northwest Guilford High School student has died from injuries sustained in a single vehicle truck accident that occurred on October 28th on Bethel Church Road in Forsyth County. Timothy “Tim” Johnson, age 17, died on November 3rd, days after being airlifted to the hospital and treated for his injuries there from the wreck. A funeral service was held on November 6th at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home Chapel in Kernersville with Dr. Pete Kunkle officiating. Graveside interment services were held the next day at the Mt. Gur Cemetery. Johnson was a senior set to graduate in 2014 and according to his obituary, some members of his graduating class served as pallbearers. Survivors include his mother Shelly Frazier and Chad of Kernersville; father

Tim Johnson of Greensboro; brothers Derek Johnson and Alston Frazier; maternal grandparents Rick and Lil Williams of Greensboro; paternal grandfather Paul Johnson of Greensboro; and other friends and family. According to his family, Johnson was an avid drum player and also was a cofounder of a club at Northwest called the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, named after a movie starring Sean Connery. Johnson and fellow student Eric Begay-Ahmed died (see article in our previous edition) as a result of injuries sustained when the truck they were riding in went off the road and struck a tree. The students were thrown out of the back of the truck and were not driving. Two other students were also injured in the wreck including the driver. Flowers have been placed on the scene by those remembering the two students.

Sessoms Elected Summerfield Mayor, Braswell In Stokesdale GREENSBORO - After the elections in November, both Stokesdale and Summerfield have a new mayor. The Guilford County Board of Elections says that in Summerfield Tim Sessoms beat opponent Dwayne Crawford by a tally of 942 votes to 464 with 10 writein votes to become the new mayor. On the Summerfield Town Council, winners included Mike Adams who received 780 votes and also Diane Laughlin who had 666 votes to both have seats on the council over opponents Jane Wilson, John O’Day, and Rich Lipinski. In Stokesdale, the town has a new mayor after long serving Mayor Randle Jones announced he would not run again. The voters elected council member Randy Braswell as mayor over fellow

candidate Michael Lane Tatum by a margin of 296 to 131 votes cast. Also in Stokesdale, town council candidate Vicki White-Lawrence earned a spot on the council with a total of 254 votes. Candidate Gary Drexel Albert was second with 133 votes and Eric Lowe was third with 45. In Oak Ridge, town council candidates Jim Kinneman and Mike Stone won seats on the council in a tight race, earning 256 and 250 votes respectively. In third place, Danny Yanusz was not far behind with 240 votes. In Greensboro, city council member Nancy Vaughan beat incumbent Mayor Robbie Perkins to become the Gate City’s next mayor. Perkins faced financial and marital problems that affected the race. ::

Fire Marshal Says Man Died In Garage Fire At House In Colfax By The Star COLFAX - According to the Guilford County Fire Marshal’s Office, a man died in a fire just before Thanksgiving at a residence in Colfax. Officials say the fire occurred on Monday night November 25th at 9:17 pm at 600 Lakedale Road, Colfax and the Colfax Fire Department responded to the call. The fire did not take place in the house at the address but rather at a 21 foot by 24 foot garage that was separate from the house. When firefighters entered the building to fight the fire, they found a 45 year old man inside the building, said the fire marshal’s office.

“Resuscitation efforts were started by the fire department on scene and the victim was transported by Guilford County EMS to Baptist Hospital Burn facility in Winston Salem,” said the Guilford County Fire Marshal’s Office. “The victim later succumbed to his injuries at that location.” The victim’s name has not been released by authorities, but according to a Northwest alumni Facebook page, the decedant was Chris Williams, a 1987 graduate of the school. Investigators said they believed that the fire was not an accident. “The cause of the fire was determined by the Fire Marshal’s Office to be intentionally set by the victim,” said the marshal’s office. ::

The fatal fire was located at an outbuilding on Lakedale Road. Photo: The Star.

High Point Mayor Indicted On Criminal Charges, Wanted In MD By The Star HIGH POINT - After an investigation by the NC State Bureau of Investigation, High Point Mayor Bernita Sims has been indicted on charges stemming from an alleged bad check that she wrote to her sister Annie Ponce for $7,000. Sims claims that she did bounce the check but that she paid it off at a later date. The check was reportedly to pay her sister for a portion of their deceased sister’s estate.

According to an article in The Rhino Times newspaper, Sims also has a warrant out for her arrest in Maryland due to her not appearing in court for a hearing regarding the disposition of her sisters’s estate. Her sister, Virginia Sims, died in Maryland in 2008 and Mayor Sims was named her executor. Mayor Sims has faced some legal challenges by relatives in the distribution of funds from her sister’s estate. In recent weeks, Sims has refused to resign from office. ::

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