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Cityscape Travel Tours Greensboro As A Top Place To Live In North Carolina

Check this out. The Youtube channel Cityscapes Travel did a video car tour of Greensboro, North Carolina. They listed it as a top place to live in North Carolina in this relaxing video. Greensboro is the third most populous city in North Carolina. The estimated population is 294,395. The median income is $49,492. The median home value is $163,000. Greensboro was named in honor of [fellow Rhode Islander!] Nathan Greene, who led American troops to fight against the British back in 1781. Greensboro used to be home to the largest denim manufacturer in the US: Cone Mills.

Guilford County Accepting Grant Applications to Support Community Non-Profits

Funding aims to support Community-Based Organizations and Economic Development Organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for Guilford County residents.

Guilford County is now accepting applications for funding to support local non-profits that provide a wide variety of services to county residents. Each year, Guilford County dedicates county funds to support 501(c) organizations providing human services and economic development programs. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, youth and community development, education, arts, culture, improving business prospects, and job creation.

“Our local non-profits are not only trusted resources in our community, they are on the ground every day supporting a wide variety of initiatives to improve the overall wellbeing of our communities and are consistent advocates for the residents they serve,” said Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin “Skip” Alston. “Increasingly, our local non-profits are serving more people and doing more work with fewer resources. These funds will help bolster their capacity to serve our communities in critically important areas.”

Community non-profits seeking to improve the quality of life for Guilford County residents are strongly encouraged to review and complete the Community Based Funding application before March 31, 2023.

A local non-profit organization intending to use funds primarily for economic development purposes can complete the same application. Applications primarily focused on economic development activities will be separated from community-based organizations to align with North Carolina statute (G.S. 158-7.1). Under state law, economic development applicants must complete a separate process that includes a public hearing.

A panel of county department representatives most closely affiliated with the proposed service will review applications and make recommendations for funding. Funding recommendations will be included in the County Manager’s FY2024 Recommended Budget and presented to the Board of Commissioners on May 18, 2023. The Board of Commissioners will review the recommendations as part of the budget adoption process. The County will notify non-profits that are awarded funding and begin the contracting process before July 1, 2023.

Funding awards of up to $100,000 will be distributed upfront, and organizations receiving funds must submit quarterly reports documenting how the dollars are spent. Funding awards of more than $100,000 will be eligible to receive $100,000 upfront with the remaining funds distributed quarterly. Awardees receiving more than $100,000 must submit quarterly reports documenting the funding expenditures and must provide an external audit.

Guilford County estimates as much as $1.6 million will be available for Community Based Funding in FY 2024, however the total amount is subject to change based on funding availability.

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Craghead Street to be closed at Wilson Street In Danville, Virginia

Craghead Street will be closed to through traffic at Wilson Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, to allow for installation of a new water line, weather permitting.

Traffic will be detoured onto Loyal and Newton streets to Lynn Street (see map).

Motorists are urged to slow down and be alert to the altered traffic pattern, allow more time to reach their destination, or consider an alternate route.

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Real Estate Agent Gives Tour Of Cross Creek Development In Danville, Virginia ( $300,000 to $400,000 New Construction)

So are you’re thinking about moving to Danville Virginia and looking for new construction homes? Then you may want to examine the Cross Creek subdivision in northern Danville Virginia. Located on the north side of Danville Virginia off of Franklin Turnpike and Iris Lane, you will find the Cross Creek subdivision in this video. Watch and we will talk a walk through the neighborhood, look at the available floor plans, talk about the home prices and share the standard features and options available for each floor plan. Home prices in the Cross Creek subdivision range between $300,000 and $400,000 in Cross Creek.

You can contact David Totten via email at info@livingindanvillevirginia.com

April ServSafe Certified Food Protection Manager Courses & Exams Coming To Reidsville Rockingham County Governmental Center

ServSafe Certified Food Protection Manager Courses & Exams

Environmental Health will offer a ServSafe Certified Food Protection Manager Class on April 24th & 25th (13 hours of class time) with the exam held on the 26th.  The cost of the class and exam is $165 and it will be held in the large conference room on the second floor of the Rockingham County Governmental Center. The class is limited to 15 people and is on a first come first serve basis for those that register.  If you would only like to take the exam on April 26th, the cost is $50.

2023 ServSafe CFPM Class/Exam Registration Form

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Danville Police Department Seeking Public Comment for CALEA Accreditation

The Danville Police Department is participating in its first year of review after being awarded CALEA Accreditation in March 2022. CALEA, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, will be collecting public comment on the department through April 21.

The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding an agency’s compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the participating agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence.

IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes.  Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement to submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.

To submit a comment about the Danville Police Department, click here.

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Bill proposes requiring all Virginia motorists to have insurance – Source – Virginia Mercury

Bill proposes requiring all Virginia motorists to have insurance

by Nathaniel Cline, Virginia Mercury
February 16, 2023

Virginia drivers may soon be required to have car insurance to drive in the commonwealth after bipartisan support sent legislation to the governor for approval.

Senate Bill 951, which is being carried by Republican Sen. Frank Ruff of Mecklenburg, would repeal an option in state law for drivers to register an uninsured motor vehicle by paying a $500 fee. The registration does not provide vehicle insurance to drivers.

Virginia and New Hampshire are the only two states in the U.S. to not require car insurance, according to AAA.

Macaulay Porter, a spokeswoman for Gov. Glenn Youngkin, said the governor will review the legislation.

“Most uninsured drivers have limited assets to either pay for their repairs at the time of the accident or assets for others to attach,” said Ruff in an email to the Mercury. “Therefore, they are doing the repairs partially themselves or junking the vehicle.”

Under the legislation, all registrations of uninsured vehicles would expire prior to July 1, 2024.

Insured motorists generally have to pay for their own damages if hit by an uninsured driver. Ruff said he hopes the focus on the issue will help drivers understand the need for insurance. 

The law allowing vehicle owners to register an uninsured motor vehicle and still comply with Virginia’s insurance laws was enacted in 1958, according to Jessica Cowardin, a spokeswoman with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The fee was originally set at $15. 

Fees are deposited into the Uninsured Motorist Fund, which aims to reduce the cost of insurance coverage for accidents involving uninsured motorists. 

The fund also receives revenues from penalties and fees for noncompliance with Virginia’s financial responsibility laws.  

Today, approximately 5,000 of Virginia’s 7.5 million registered vehicles are uninsured, according to fiscal year 2022 data collected by the DMV. Of the $5.3 million transferred by DMV to the fund that year, approximately $650,000 was from the uninsured motor vehicle fee. 

In January 1995, the DMV convened a task force to study issues related to liability insurance. The group recommended that Virginia continue to offer motorists the option to pay an uninsured motorist fee rather than requiring mandatory insurance. 

“Compulsory insurance appears at first glance to be the right answer,” says a 1996 report on the task force. However, it concluded, “compulsory insurance is not the solution to the problem of uninsured motorists. Instead of reducing the number of uninsured motorists, compulsory insurance requirements have prompted citizens, who are trying to circumvent the state’s insurance requirements, to acquire short term policies that are canceled as soon as the vehicle is registered or, obtain a fraudulent insurance card that is shown at the time of registration.”

Ron Jenkins, executive director of the Virginia Loggers Association, said the group reached out to Ruff about addressing the issue of uninsured motorists after logging truck drivers began installing dash cameras to document “some of the crazy things we see on the highway these days” and protect themselves in a potential court case. 

“We think it’s a good policy,” said Jenkins. “We think it’s a perfect time to change policy, and we hope the governor signs it.”

Matt Overturf, a regional vice president with the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, said it’s difficult to predict how drivers of uninsured vehicles might respond to the proposed elimination of the fee option. 

“Some may continue to obey state laws and obtain coverage despite the likely higher costs, some may opt to continue driving but without coverage, and some may simply stop driving,” Overturf said. “But what remains certain is that having insurance coverage is a positive for both the driver and others on the road and a financial lifeline in the wake of an accident.”

Ruff admitted he had had no expectation of the legislation passing since the law allowing drivers to pay the fee had been in place for decades.

He said drivers would also illegally use a “farm use” placard to avoid insuring vehicles. Last year, lawmakers passed legislation that requires vehicle owners using the farm use exemption to obtain a nontransferable permanent farm use placard from the DMV for $15 and certify that the vehicle is insured.

Lawmakers last year also passed Ruff’s legislation to automatically fine drivers $600 every time a car was stopped if a driver could not show proof of insurance within a couple of weeks. He said a no-frills liability policy can often be purchased for less than the fine.

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High Unemployment Numbers Leads To A Year Of Few Labor Strikes In 2020 – The NewsRoom Syndicate

The Bureau of Labor Services released its annual report today documenting the number of labor strikes and disruptions in the previous year. They found that last year marked the third fewest number of strikes in an annual period since 1947.

The year began, though, with a large number of workers on strike:

There were 27,000 workers involved in major work stoppages that began in 2020. The education and health services industry supersector accounted for over 75 percent of idled workers. Within these sectors, 21,700 workers were idled for 26 cumulative days. In 2017, 25,300 workers were idled and the information sector accounted for the majority of idled workers at 15,000 workers. In 2009, 12,500 workers were idled with almost half of the idled workers coming from one stoppage in the transportation and warehousing sector.

Overall, though, last year had eight major work stoppages, defined by 1,000 or more workers on strike. The lowest annual total was five in 2009, the year after the 2008 stock market crash and real estate meltdown. Last year of course unemployment exploded to even higher levels than it did in that economic slowdown and today the real unemployment level remains around 11-12%.