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Stokesdale To Likely Keep Water Contract With Firm

Sheriff’s 911 Column: DWI Task Force Out On The Roads from the Governor’s Highway Safety program to combat DWI violations in Guilford County.

By The Star

We asked for this grant because Guilford County is one of the leading counties in Have you seen “Cola” in Summerfield? North Carolina when it comes to alcohol related deaths. Now that’s a area I don’t want to lead the state in. Persons driving drunk place your life as well as your families’ lives at risk anytime they get behind the wheel. This DWI task force is comprised of officers from Greensboro Police, High Point Police, UNC-G Police and the Guilford Co. Sheriff’s Office. I have given them authority through out the county. The unit is under the direction of a Guilford County Patrol Sergeant and they are doing an outstanding job.

Lost Dog In Summerfield

SUMMERFIELD - A small dog has been reported missing in the Pleasant Ridge Road area of Summerfield near the intersection with Fleming Road. According to signs posted, a 30 pound dog named “Cola” is a Chihuahua and miniature pinscher mix that is dark brown and tan in color. The dog is described as “skittish,” but the flyer said the dog likes food. If the dog is found, please call the owner at 336-790-0369. ::

They perform license checks, seat belt checks and roving patrol. Their sole purpose is to make our roads safer and protect your family and mine. To say GUILFORD COUNTY - As we enter into they are being successful is a a new year we find ourselves asking what understatement. did we accomplish and what hopes we The stats they have developed show a have for the new year? direct pattern between the person who is The Sheriff’s Office had another drunk driving and those who drive successful year in reducing crime and without a license (and probably no that’s a good thing, thanks to the men insurance) and those who have and women who respond to your calls for participated in other crimes or are STOKESDALE – The town is trying to get a company to pay for damage to a committing other offenses. service. water pipe that took place this summer. We are down to date this year in every This program has gotten much attention The company hitting the pipe three times category except two, rape and aggravated nationwide thanks to the efforts of these on Highway 158. So far the firm has been unresponsive. Town Clerk Carolyn assault, crimes we could not stop unless officers. Joyner said company signed for receipt we had been standing there when they These officers have gone to other of a certified letter asking them to pay for occurred. locations to share how we do the the damages but they have not Homicide, robbery. burglary, larceny and program and its members have been responded. Further, the company does motor vehicle theft make up the rest of recognized not only by the Governors not return phone calls, said Joyner. The the part one crime report and they are all Highway Safety Program, but the town will get one of the council members National Sheriff’s Association and the to call before getting the town attorney down. involved. Getting an attorney to write a NC District Attorney’s Association. letter “polarizes things,” said Bill We had a increase in serving papers and issuing gun permits as well as concealed So, the next time you see a roadblock for Trevorrow, town attorney. :: By Sheriff B.J. Barnes, Special To The Star

Stokesdale Pipe Busted, Firm Unresponsive

a license check or a safety belt check, please keep in mind, these guys are We have finished our first year in the saving lives and stopping crime. Be safe new jail and it was completed with few in all your travels. problems, that is a credit to the men and CONTACT US women who work as your detention officers. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office has All in all, Guilford County is recognized the best men and women in law as a pretty safe place to live and raise a enforcement who are committed to family, maybe not so much in some parts protecting you and your family. of the city of Greensboro and High Point, If there as anything we can do to assist but all in all pretty safe. you please call our District One office at We are dedicated to making sure we 641-2300. If it is an emergency of course call 911. continue to keeping that record going. carry permits.

Stokesdale Council Apps Extended To January 10th

STOKESDALE - If you live in Stokesdale and would like to be a member of the town council, you have until January 10th at 12pm to apply to fill an empty town council seat that is currently open. The So, what projects are we working on for Your District Captain is Capt. Phil Byrd town has received 4 applications so far or if you need to reach me, Sheriff BJ and town council may vote on the 2014? Barnes, I can be reached at 336-641- replacement as soon as the meeting in January or February. There is no cost to The Sheriff’s Office has just finished the 3694. :: apply and ask the clerk for an application. first year of a four year grant we obtained

STOKESDALE – The Town of Stokesdale will likely continue its contract for the administration of its water system with the Meritech firm with a few changes. At the December meeting, the town council voted 4-0 to include language in the new contract that says that Meritech will pay any fines or levies if they do not file paperwork with the State of North Carolina on time for the water system. Previously, the Town of Stokesdale was on the hook if Meritech did not file the paperwork in a timely fashion. “They are responsible for any penalties assessed to the town, if any, [in the new contract,]” said town attorney Bill Trevorrow. ::

Town Hopes To Improve Park Video Cameras STOKESDALE – The Town of Stokesdale is seeking to “upgrade” the video camera system at the town park, said the council at the December meeting at town hall. Stokesdale Town Council member Frank Bruno said the town is hoping to be “looking at a couple more companies” to get prices and details before replacing the current security video camera system at the park, which has needed constant repairs. The council will likely revisit the issue after getting more proposals. ::

Stokesdale Waives Fees For Culp, Inc. STOKESDALE – The Stokesdale Town Council voted to waive the planning and zoning fees for Culp, Inc., as the firm adds onto its textile facilities in town. Mayor Randy Braswell made the proposal and it passed the council by a vote of 4-0. ::

Email News Now Offered STOKESDALE – The Star newspaper now offers a free monthly email newsletter that links to an online version of the newspaper. The online version of the newspaper is just like the print edition and is in full color. Send an email to StokesdaleNews at to sign up for this free service.

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