If City Won't, The Rhino WillUnlike the City of Greensboro, The Rhinoceros Times will be happy to help the US Department of Justice in its search for information about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint filed by 39 black police officers against the city for supposed racial discrimination.
Proposed County Tax Hike: ZeroOn Thursday, May 7, Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox will hand her budget proposal for fiscal 2009-2010 to the Board of Commissioners, and her budget will appropriate, $175 million to the schools – the same amount of county funds that the schools got this year – and will contain no property tax increase. The county's tax rate in Fox's proposed budget will remain what it is in the current fiscal year: 73.74 cents per $100 of property value.
Hebert Walks Out On School Budget MeetingThe Guilford County Board of Education did a line-item review of its budget on Wednesday, April 29 – a review that one school board member boycotted because he said he hadn't gotten enough information from the school administration to properly make budget decisions.
Holders Bookend Council MeetingThe Greensboro City Council meeting Tuesday night, May 5, began and ended with a discussion of the alleged police surveillance of black political leaders in 2005 during the administration of former Police Chief David Wray.
'A-pork-alypse' May Not Mean The EndPublic health and emergency management officials in the Guilford County Department of Public Health have spent a lot of time over the last two weeks trying to convince county residents that the swine flu problem isn't likely to turn out to be the end of the world – what some people are calling "the a-pork-alypse."
Fox Trapping Industry May Get Big BoostChickens, other small farm animals and domestic pets can relax a little because it looks almost like a sure thing now that the North Carolina General Assembly will grant Guilford County what it just asked for – a fox trapping season. Currently, with very few exceptions, county residents aren't allowed to intentionally trap foxes at any time of year; and, if a fox does inadvertently get caught in a trap set for other animals, the law says those foxes must be let go.
Barber Credits Mayor With Justice ProbeCity Councilmember Mike Barber held a press conference on Monday, May 4, at city hall. Greensboro is under two investigations by the US Department of Justice and Barber talked about both of them.
Northern Mess May Mean Policy ChangeAs the school year comes to a close, Northern Guilford High School is being run from miles away on Eugene Street, not the principal's office. The investigation at Northern Guilford entered its fourth week, with no resolution.
Land Buy Won't Delay Jamestown MiddleGuilford County Schools will ask the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, at the commissioners May 7 meeting, for $389,000 to buy a 14-acre plot of land on Harvey Road in Jamestown for the site of an $18 million special education school for the western half of the county. The new school will be the western equivalent of the Gateway Education Center on East Wendover Avenue in Greensboro, which is now the main special education school in the county.