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SHERIFF’S 911 COLUMN: To Call Or Not To Call 911

Northwest High School Graduate Returns Home To Open New Orthodontist Practice

By Sheriff B.J. Barnes, Special To The Star GUILFORD



Imagine yourself riding down the road and you see a guy run into a store carrying what appears to be a gun. It’s dark and you don’t see anyone else in the parking lot. Should you call the Sheriff’s Office 911 or should you just ride on? You see someone weaving on the road, obviously distracted or worse yet possibly drunk. Do you call 911 or do you back off the person and wait and see if they hit something or someone and hope and pray nothing happens? In your neighborhood you hear a loud argument, dishes breaking, children crying, dogs barking, all coming from the same area. Do you close the blinds and hope nothing happens or do you call 911 and request someone look into the disturbance? You see a person coming from behind your neighbor’s house during the day at a time you know your neighbor is at work. Do you confront the person or do you call 911? All these events have happened and will probably happen again. It is citizens such as yourself reporting these suspicious activities to Sheriff’s office that helps us keep you and your family as safe as possible, but we need your help to make that happen. We look at you as our partner in stopping crime and keeping our communities safe. The first instance happened recently. A man was seen running into a store carrying a gun. It turned out to be the owner but it could have just as easily been a robbery getting ready to happen. The passing citizen did the right thing, they called us and we responded quickly. Had it been a robbery we would have stopped it and stopped any future robbery by that person and it could have saved lives. Luckily that was not the case but the citizen who called is exactly the type of partner we want. The other examples I used are also real. The citizens who call in are doing a public service. I have talked to many citizens who say, you guys have a lot to do, I didn’t want to bother you or I wasn’t sure what I was seeing was actually a crime. I’ve had citizens who say, it’s really none of my business, I don’t want to get involved. What if something were to happen to you? Would you want someone to take that attitude? You can report what seems suspicious by calling 911 and telling the operator simply that something seems to be suspicious, can you have it checked please and I don’t want to be identified or contacted. The officer will not disclose any information about you. You help can make the difference, it can help solve crimes, and it can help save lives. I hope that when you see something that your heart tells you is not right that you will give us a call. We don’t mind, it’s our job. Be our partner in making our community safer. CONTACT US: The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office has the best men and women in law enforcement who are committed to protecting you and your family. If there is anything we can do to assist you please call our District One office at 641-2300. If it is an emergency of course call 911. Your District Captain is Captain Yousef Sansour or if you need to reach me, Sheriff B.J. Barnes, I can be reached at 336-641-3694. ::

Dr. Matthew Olmsted, a Summerfield native and a Northwest Guilford High School graduate, has returned to the area to serve as an orthodontist. Photo: Star.

OAK RIDGE – Northwest High School graduate Matthew Olmsted has returned to the area to open up a new orthodontist practice in Oak Ridge in the Oak Ridge Commons Shopping Center. Despite

COLUMN: Ask Your Pharmacist Dr. Bret By Bret Stevens, Pharmacist Special To The Star STOKESDALE - Hormones are critical for all types of cellular function, and hormone levels change in response to our environment, thought processes, stress levels, food intake, and medications. We know that when hormone levels decline as part of the normal aging process, problems with health arise. Supplemental hormones can be considered to relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, prevent chronic illnesses, and maintain wellness. The type of hormone therapy that is selected “is what makes the difference and must be carefully considered,” according to according to Erika T. Schwartz, MD, and Kent Holtorf, MD, leading experts in hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones which are molecularly identical to hormones found in the human body can be compounded in patient-specific doses. Stop in today to fill out a hormone replacement questionnaire and find out the difference that hormone balance can make in your life. :: ABOUT DR. BRET: Bret Stevens, a second generation pharmacist at Stokesdale Family Pharmacy, earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. He has 12 years of retail pharmacy experience as either a technician, intern, or pharmacist. ::

being a young man, Dr. Olmsted has accomplished a lot already both as a student and in the field of dentistry. Growing up in Summerfield, Matt was an avid swimmer and coached

swimming at the Oak Ridge Swim Club. After high school, he earned his undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and continued his swimming efforts, as he lettered on the Duke Varsity men’s swimming team and diving team. After graduating from Duke, Dr. Olmsted attended the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. In school, his student research was awarded at the 2007 American Dental Association Clinician Research Program and he also served as the student body president at the School of Dentistry. He graduated with highest honors and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2008. Dr. Olmsted attended three more years of school to earn his Master of Science degree and specialty certificate in Orthodontics from UNC. He was awarded the 2011 UNC Boka Hadzija Award for Distinguished Service. Recently Dr. Olmsted earned Diplomate status with the American Board of Orthodontists and is now a clinical assistant professor at UNC. After working as been an associate for the past two years with an orthodontist in Charlotte, Dr. Olmsted says he is happy to return home to help local patients. His brand new office has just opened in Oak Ridge and he seems excited be seeing new patients. ::

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