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No tax increase proposed

The meeting on April 14 between the Town Council and Town Staff was full of optimism as the groups discussed the proposed town budget for fiscal year 2015-16,

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Sheriff's report: Driver faces multiple charges including DWI
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:49 am

• Stephen Eric Ruggiano, of Summerfield, was charged April 18 with driving while impaired, driving while his license was revoked, no liability insurance, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and failure to register a motor vehicle. The incident occurred at 2:40 a.m. on East Main Street in Jamestown and he was stopped in the parking lot behind Southern Roots at 119 E. Main St.

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JBA Business Corner: Agency there to help in times of need
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:43 am

In times of trouble, a good neighbor can be a real blessing. Sharing food or offering a shoulder to cry on, a supportive friend makes the difficult times a little more bearable. So as the slogan goes, “Just like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”

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Arbor Day planting in Wrenn Miller Park
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:54 am

A dogwood tree in honor of Jack and Katy Jacobs – and donated by their son, Atlanta attorney Mike Jacobs – was planted in Wrenn Miller Park on April 24 in recognition of Arbor Day. Members of the HOPE Club from Ragsdale High School (Help Our Planet Earth) helped town staff with the planting.

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Jamestown Market celebrates Earth Day
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:46 am

The Jamestown Market invited children of all ages to stop by and plant vegetable seeds in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Children planted various vegetable seeds in small seed pots and learned about how seeds need fertile soil, water and sunshine in order to grow into food that is nutritious for their bodies. They enjoyed selecting which seeds to plant and getting their hands into the soil. Once the seeds have been planted, they now can watch the progress of the plants as the growing season continues. This event was also part of the Jamestown Market’s grand opening celebration, which was held April 24-25.

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Wireless expansion needed in town
Posted: April 28, 2015

These days, everyone is familiar with the cellular communication towers and dishes that have popped up seemingly everywhere. But the Town of Jamestown, while not wanting to prohibit towers, does not want them littering the community, especially in residential areas.

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Town updates approved sites for certain businesses, considers left turns
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:32 am

After several months of discussion in Planning Board meetings, Town Council finally had the opportunity on April 21 to hear discussions and recommendations regarding locations for tobacco-related businesses.

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Geese threatened in oil spill off Bridford Parkway
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:54 am

On Wednesday, April 14, 2015, a tar-like spill was discovered in a retention pond located next to stores located at 1314 Bridford Parkway in Greensboro. It appears to have originated in a storm drain behind the shopping center where HAZMAT crews discovered over 50 gallons of a thick oily substance had been dumped into the pond. The spill has resulted in the injury of Canada Geese that were nesting in the pond.

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New outdoor space for Potent Potables
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:48 am

A worker puts finishing touches to the new patio at Potent Potables last week. The outdoor space, located along Main Street in front of the establishment, was open for Potent Potables guests April 23, and just in time for the 5th Jamestown Food Truck Festival on April 26. Proceeds from the festival benefitted the Autism Society of North Carolina – Guilford County Chapter.

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P&R to hear golf course renovation update
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:36 am

Members and public who attend the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting on May 4 will hear several items of interest to the town.

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Christopher Coke keeps moving forward
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 11:41 am

“I can’t” and “why me” are words Christopher Coke has eliminated from his vocabulary.

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
Sheriff's report: Cemetery site of burglary
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 2:08 pm

• Carolina Biblical Gardens, 5710 Riverdale Drive, Jamestown, reported a burglary to a locked outbuilding. The incident occurred on April 18 around 2:51 a.m.

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Bus stops to improve in town
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 2:42 pm

High Point’s Hi Tran bus system is making it a little easier to get around Jamestown and to connect with the GTCC campus and High Point. The organization is installing several concrete pads in town to not only make bus stops more visible, but to also make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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GTCC plans layoffs
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Guilford Technical Community College will reduce its workforce by about 20 positions within the coming weeks.

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Pack 17 Crossover Ceremony
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 2:49 pm

On Monday, April 13, the Webelos Scouts of Pack 17 crossed over to Troop 17 during a special ceremony held at Jamestown United Methodist Church. After exchanging pins with their families, each Scout walked over the bridge to begin their new journey as a Boy Scout. Pictured on the bridge from left to right are Sawyer Mitchell, Will Saunders, Spencer Sherrill and Jaiden Edwards. Their leader Karl Sherrill is standing behind them. As part of the ceremony, each Scout received the Arrow of Light Award, the highest rank in Cub Scouting.

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Woodpeckers abound in Jamestown area
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 2:32 pm

It’s morning and you’ve snuggled in bed for those last minutes of sleep before the workday begins. Then you hear it – that tap, tap, tapping. It’s constant and relentless and it’s giving you a headache.

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Ragsdale teacher, coach charged with sex offense against student
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 12:43 pm

A first-year teacher at Ragsdale High School has been charged with eight counts of sex offense by a school official.

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Friday 04/17/2015
Accident causes widespread power outage
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 5:01 pm

A combination of driving while under the influence and texting while driving left hundreds of people in the Jamestown area in the dark on Tuesday, April 14, and missing their favorite television programs.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Man charged in 1989 Voncannon murder in Jamestown
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 2:06 pm

In January, Guilford County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Pass stopped by the Jamestown News office to look at newspaper accounts of the murder. He said the Sheriff’s Office was going over evidence, trying to find something new in the unsolved murder of Jamestown’s Vicki Cook Voncannon on May 16, 1989. Many items in the case file were damaged in a flood June 3, 2009, at the Otto Zenke Building in Greensboro where the records were stored and the law enforcement agency was trying to reconstruct the file.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
JBA Business Corner: Rental company covers equipment and event supplies
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Rental Supply Incorporated (doing business as Grand Rental Station) could almost be considered two businesses in one. It started in 1997 to serve the Triad area with equipment rental, focusing on construction, landscaping and the do-it-yourself homeowner.

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Sheriff's report: Scooter taken from residence
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 2:28 pm

• Daniel Ryan Dix reported someone stole his motor scooter between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 7 while it was parked at his residence at 504 W. Main St. in Jamestown. The scooter was valued at $700.

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Bales Church members forgive vandals
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 2:15 pm

It was quite a scene for church members when they arrived at Bales Wesleyan Church at 1000 Bales Chapel Church on Saturday.

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Painting business helps students become bosses
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 2:54 pm

The student rang my doorbell in February. He looked like he was frozen, having walked through snow and ice. He was the marketer for Student Painters and he was drumming up business.

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Foundation helps patients after cancer treatment ends
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 2:37 pm

“You have cancer.”

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Lightning causes Adams Farm fire
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 2:29 pm

A lightning strike started a fire early April 10 at 5015 Windermere Drive in Adams Farm. According to local reports, the homeowner Ronald Murphy and his wife were awakened about 3 a.m. by the sound of the smoke detector. Initially, they thought the thunderstorm raging across the area at the time had caused the smoke detector to malfunction. However, after investigating, the couple saw smoke and flames licking out of a heating vent. Firefighters responded and had the blaze under control within 30 minutes. It was determined the fire originated in the venting system in the crawl space underneath the house. The lightning strike also split a tree in the front yard of the home. As luck would have it, this is the second time this house has been impacted by lightning. Four years ago, lightning hit a tree causing it to crash into the side of the house. At that time, there was no fire, but structural damage was extensive.

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Standoff ends peacefully
Posted: April 14, 2015

Guilford County Sheriff’s officers were able to peacefully resolve a standoff situation in Jamestown on April 8.

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SWC members enjoy Garden Party
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:14 pm

According to Wikipedia, a garden party is an outside gathering in a park or garden. In the case of the British Monarchy, it is a prestigious event and invitations are highly sought after. And, in the case of the Sedgefield Woman’s Club, both definitions apply. But, the last Friday of March obviously hadn’t heard the old folk tale that, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”  

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How David slew Goliath in Virginia
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 2:41 pm

More times than not, a newspaper reporter’s job is repetitive – covering a committee or club meeting over and over, interviewing people for similar human-interest stories or reporting the most recent sports scores.

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Vaping amendment tops council agenda
Posted: April 14, 2015

How will Jamestown handle vapor lounges, cigar bars and hookah cafes?

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GTCC holds groundbreaking, schedules open house
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 2:26 pm

The new Greensboro downtown campus uniting Guilford Technical Community College, NC A&T State University, UNC Greensboro and Cone Health got off to a start on April 7 as representatives turned over soil at a 9 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony.

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Vera McLendon honored for 50 years of service
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Recently at the Sedgefield Woman’s Club’s March meeting and Garden Party, Vera McLendon was honored for her 50 years of service and membership. Vera has dedicated her time and energy to this club over the years. She served as club President in 1969-1971 and then again in 2009-2010. She received the Pat denBoer Memorial Community Service Award in 1966. In 1977, she received the Sedgefield Woman’s Clubs Distinguished Service Award, an award given each year to the person who best exemplifies the true spirit of the Club. And, in 2011, the club awarded her the Kay Holland Clubwoman with a Heart Award. An award, named for a much loved past member which specifies that the recipient must be a woman of dignity, courage and compassion and one that brings light and laughter to anyone fortunate enough to cross her path. Vera absolutely embodies each and every one of the qualities set out by these awards. Her life has revolved around her family, her church and her club and she has been able to juggle every responsibility beautifully. She is a model that we would all do well to emulate. 

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Autism Awareness Month at Haynes-Inman
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:08 pm

April 2 was “Autism Awareness Day” at Haynes-Inman Education Center. The staff wore blue in support and honor of Autism Awareness Month. We recognize the value of educating pre-K to grade 12 students diagnosed with autism.

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Florence Elementary holds Family Fitness and Fun Night
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Florence Elementary held their 4th annual Family Fitness and Fun Night on March 31. The Cone Health Foundation, GCS and Guilford Parent Academy supported the evening through a Health and Wellbeing Mini-Grant. Over 400 were in attendance.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
FAA suspends testing at GTCC campus
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Aviation is a growing business in the Piedmont Triad and the demand for skilled workers is on the rise. Guilford Technical Community College has stepped up to provide that technical training so sought after by area companies. The reputation of the program has been exemplary.

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Grassroots organization advocates for common sense gun reforms
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 1:05 pm

“Parenting is the most amazing, wonderful thing that has ever happened to me, but it is also the scariest thing.”

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Kisco announces additional plans for Pilot property
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Kisco Senior Living will not receive final rezoning approval for the former Pilot Life (Jefferson Pilot) Insurance property on High Point Road until the Greensboro City Council meets April 21. However, that is not stopping the company from announcing the property will be marketed by CBRE|Triad, according to the Triad Business Journal.

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Nominees sought for preservation award
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Do you know someone who has contributed to the history of Jamestown? Nominate that person for the Mary A. Browning Historic Preservation Award.

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Town schedules meetings for wireless telecommunications, budget plans
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 12:39 pm

The Jamestown Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 13 and will conduct a public hearing to consider amendment to the Land Development Ordinance, specifically deleting Section 10.1 – 32 Wireless telecommunication facilities, microcell and Section 10.3 – 14 Telecommunication towers. The Board will also consider amending Article 3 – Definitions, Article 2 section 2.9 – 4 Height Limitations and the Permitted Use Table to reflect a proposed ordinance regarding Wireless Telecommunications Facilities or Complexes and consider the proposed Article 25 Wireless Telecommunications Facilities or Complexes.

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Field Day Fun
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 1:23 pm

It was all fun and games on April 2 as students – and teachers – from Jamestown Elementary School participated in their annual Field Day.

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Civil War came to a close in Guilford County
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 1:00 pm

When one thinks of the happenings of the Civil War, the great battles at Gettysburg, Bull Run (Manassas), Chickamauga, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Antietam, Chancellorsville and others come to mind.

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Sheriff's report: No crime reported over Easter weekend
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 12:41 pm

Michael Sawyer, of 1109 Penny Road, reported the theft of lawn and garden equipment from his work trailer during the overnight hours of April 1-2.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Jamestown Easter Egg Festival
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 1:45 pm

Is there a better way to celebrate Easter than with an egg hunt? Well, visitors to the fourth annual Jamestown Easter Egg Festival didn’t think so. Children of all ages braved the cold temperature and gusty wind Saturday, March 28, to join in the fun and fill their baskets full of eggs at the soccer fields at Jamestown Park, 7107 East Fork Road. Sponsored by the Town of Jamestown and Jamestown Parks and Recreation, the festival offered a variety of other activities too. Kids could test their skills at corn hole and miniature golf, participate in a Zumba demonstration, jump in the bounce house, and feed the animals at the petting zoo. Of course, there was plenty of food available for humans to enjoy also. Any kid with a full basket can tell you the festival was once again a successful event.

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Sheriff's report: Warmer weather brings burglaries
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 11:51 am

• Merritt Daniel Bussiere-Nichols, 505 O’Neill Drive, Jamestown, reported someone entered his garage through an open door and stole a 17-foot aluminum ladder between March 24-26.

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Jamestown physician offers healthy-living tips
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 11:29 am

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

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April 1 – The day the world believes anything
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 11:22 am

It’s the duty of a newspaper to accurately report news events, giving clear details of occurrences so their readers can keep abreast of what is going on in their area. Readers trust their newspaper to tell the truth.

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Southwest High School Drama Club produces play in grayscale
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Those of a certain age will remember the excitement of seeing color television and color photographs for the first time. But Kylee Silvas, the new drama teacher at Southwest High School, is returning to the days of yesteryear when entertainment was viewed in shades of black and white. Putting it in today’s language, the school’s drama club is producing the play Alice in Wonderland in grayscale.

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Section of Groometown Road to close for repairs
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 11:51 am

Work starts Monday, April 6, on an NCDOT project to replace the bridge over Reddick’s Creek on Groometown Road, east of High Point.

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Business corner: Absolute Comfort makes your home cozy
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 11:33 am

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. Absolute Comfort, that is.

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Post Office lockers
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 11:27 am

There’s something new in the lobby of the post office – nine new lockers.

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Discovery sheds light on forgotten past
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 1:54 pm

For over 20 years, Dr. David G. Moore has spent a good deal of his time digging in the dirt. And what he and his colleagues have discovered is changing the face of history.

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