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Local Boy Scouts present joint-effort project to Rural Hall business leaders

July 22, 2015/Charlotte Evans

Forsyth County ballots set as candidate filing ends

July 20, 2015/Charlotte Evans
  The filing period for local elections in Forsyth County closed on Friday, meaning the names voters will find on their ballots this November 3 have been set.
  In Rural Hall, three seats on the town council, one of which is an unexpired term and the mayor’s seat are up.
  Mayor Larry T. Williams and council members John N. McDermon, Jerry Canady are running unopposed and C. Thomas Griggs will face challenger Kimberly T. Hinton-Robinson, who has run for town council before, for the unexpired term of the late Herman Denny.
  There won’t be much to think about when choosing who to vote for Bethania commissioners or for Tobaccoville village council and mayor this November.
  In Bethania, three four-year-term seats on the Board of Commissioners are available for which the incumbents Deborah Stoltz Thompson, Chris Sapp and Michelle M. Leonard are running unopposed.
  The three incumbents in Tobaccoville are also running unopposed. Only Mayor Billy W. McHone, and council members Myron W. Marion and Joyce R. McGee entered bids for election in the candidate filing period.

Local Boy Scout, resident provide difference to routine Town Council meeting

July 16, 2015/Charlotte Evans
  After Mayor Larry T. Williams called the Rural Hall Town Council meeting to order Monday night, Boy Scout Alex Lynch of Troop 409 in King led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lynch is earning his Citizenship in the Community badge.
  During the public comment period, resident Barbara Lawson of Pilot View Drive alerted the council that her concerns from last month’s meeting had not yet been addressed. Lawson expressed her opinion that all employees should live within the town’s limits and claimed she would circulate a petition at that meeting.
  At Monday night’s meeting Lawson expressed interest in acquiring the attachments to the meeting’s agenda, asking how she could get them. Town staff quickly provided her and others with copies of the agenda attachments, informing them that the agenda packets are available online on Fridays prior to the meeting from the town’s website.
  Mayor Williams responded to Lawson, “We haven’t had the opportunity to meet and discuss these concerns.”
  Town Council members unanimously approved the contract with the Forsyth County Tax Collector’s office authorizing, empowering and commanding the office with the collection of taxes for 2015, 2014 and prior years.
  Additionally, the council adopted the Northern Piedmont Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan, maintained by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management, identifies hazards a community or region faces, assesses their vulnerability to the hazards and determines specific activities that can be taken to reduce the risk from hazards. The region includes Forsyth County and the six surrounding counties: Caswell, Davie, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin.
In other business:
  National Night Out, an annual nationwide event designed to strengthen relationships in neighborhoods, raise crime prevention awareness, and strengthen police-community partnerships, will be on Tuesday, August 4, the first Tuesday in August.
  Town Clerk Dora Moore announced that the town had mailed information to the neighborhood block captains of the upcoming event. According to Moore, two block captains have scheduled parties for the event.
  Mayor Williams recognized Ricky Rakes and Chad Boyles as July’s Garden Spot of the World Club’s Yard of the Month recipients. A certificate will be presented to the Transitions Salon owners.