And Now, The Conclusion ... Part 92Cops in Black & White by Jerry Bledsoe, Part 92Just a week from now, four years will have passed since I innocently set off down a path that turned out to be far longer, more arduous – and even dangerous – than I ever could have imagined. That was when I told a friend who'd spoken with David Wray, Greensboro's ousted and demonized police chief, that I'd like to talk to Wray, too.
Secret Memo Debunks TaleOn Thursday, Jan. 21, Guilford County Attorney Mark Payne emailed a memo labeled "Private and confidential" to the Guilford County commissioners that was meant to refute allegations that he and other staff had failed to fully inform the commissioners on the stimulus bonds they voted on last month.
Museum SoldIn 1993, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston and NC Rep. Earl Jones put together an organization to buy the old Woolworth's building – the site of the 1960 sit-ins – and turn it into the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, which opens next week.
Courthouse Security Segways Into 2010The Guilford County Security Department is getting some high-cost high-tech toys that it requested: In about a month, people on county property will begin seeing county security officers whisking around the county grounds on Segways. They are getting the Segways despite the fact that Guilford County is cutting expenses left and right and county commissioners and Guilford County Manager Brenda Jones Fox have pledged to cut spending anywhere they can – and despite the fact that 2009 was a year when a lot of positions were cut because the county couldn't afford to keep paying those salaries.
Stimulus Package: Free-For-All Money GrabOn Feb. 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and, while the spending package totaling $787 billion hasn't made a dent in the nation's unemployment rate, that doesn't mean the money isn't getting out there – and now, as some of the $787 billion package filters into local government, it's becoming clear that billions of those dollars are being thrown around with abandon in much the same way a billionaire with a generous streak might get rip-roaring drunk one night, order his chauffer to drive to the poor side of town and get out of the car and start throwing wads of $100 bills at whoever he happens to stumble by.
Fiscal 'Conservatives' Support DC LobbyistIt looks like the new Greensboro City Council is going to discuss the budget this year, something it never got around to doing last year, but it also appears that the majority on the council is inclined to give in to every whim and fancy of the city staff.
Political Brawl Brewing In High PointHigh Point City Councilmember Latimer Alexander finds the idea of Vice Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Steve Arnold running for mayor of High Point funny, saying Arnold's District 2 popularity wouldn't carry over to an at-large mayoral race.
Commissioners Get Into Taser, Mold TalkMembers of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners grilled the Guilford County Board of Education on the cost of law enforcement officers in the schools and the lack of clear answers as to the cause of illnesses at Oak Ridge Elementary School at a joint meeting of the two boards on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Survey Says: School Skeptics Still AroundGuilford County Schools has released the weirdly honest results of a lengthy survey of parents and other county residents on their level of satisfaction with the school system.