Greensboro Baseball LLC, which owns Grasshoppers stadium and the Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball team, came before the Guilford County Board of Equalization and Review (E&R) recently to ask that board for forgiveness on about $35,000 in penalties associated with six years of unpaid back taxes on the stadium at 408 Bellemeade St. in downtown Greensboro. The stadium owners didn’t get everything they wanted but the county did agree to knock off $10,000 on the penalties.
Announcing that he had gotten over 90 percent of what he asked for, Gov. Pat McCrory signed the state budget into law Friday, Sept. 18 – hours before the third continuing budget resolution was to expire.
Sex education is once again a hot topic in the NC General Assembly. Some say they are worried that a return to abstinence only as a curriculum is on the horizon, while others say they feel that current curriculum encourages an anything goes approach.
Former Guilford County Animal Shelter Director Marsha Williams and two other former shelter workers were indicted last week by the Davidson County district attorney’s office. However, that was just the start of the bad news for Williams and other shelter workers who are still under investigation by law enforcement in both counties – and still being scrutinized by state and federal authorities as well.
In order to assure oversight of a much maligned Guilford County Animal Shelter, where oversight has apparently been non-existent for years, Guilford County is preparing to change the way it handles animal services and those changes are likely to include the creation of a new county department to run the shelter, the establishment of an oversight board and the merger of Guilford County Animal Control into the new department.
Finally there was some action in the slowest, most moribund City Council election in decades.
The Greensboro City Council Tuesday, Sept. 15, decided to throw good money after bad and start the process of buying all 177 units of Heritage House off Randleman Road, which the city closed down and declared a blighted area last year.