Tickets for NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Sale Feb. 2

"Greensboro, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2015)  North Carolina State University and the Greensboro Aquatic Center are proud to host the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday-Saturday, March 19-21.
Join us this spring as the best collegiate swimmers and divers from across the nation come to Greensboro for their chance to become a champion.

All-Session tickets for the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center will go on sale Monday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and the Greensboro Coliseum box office.
All session tickets books are $70 for adults and $55 for children/seniors (age 12 and under/ age 60 and above). Single-session tickets, if available, are scheduled to go on sale March 9.

There are only a limited amount of tickets for this event, so get yours today before it's too late! Visit NCAA.com and greensboroaquaticcenter.com for more information and updates."

- A Press Release

GEORGE FOUTS RECEIVES HIGHEST HONOR FROM STATE BOARD

George Fouts
"JAMESTOWN, N.C. — The State Board of Community Colleges has announced George Fouts as the recipient of the I.E. Ready Award, the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the Board. Named for Isaac Epps Ready, the first state director of the North Carolina Community College System, the award was created in 1983 to recognize individuals who have made significant, statewide contributions to the establishment, development or enhancement of the North Carolina Community College System.

Fouts of Jamestown, N.C. served two terms (1991-1994; 1997-2001) as executive vice president at Guilford Technical Community College. He retired to pursue teaching Development Education as an adjunct instructor (2002-2010) at GTCC and became the grant coordinator of the Developmental Education Initiative (2009-2010), a three-year effort (2009-2012) to make developmental education more effective and efficient in order to help underprepared students get on the completion track.

A teacher, mentor and leader, Fouts’ career in the N.C. Community College System and his major contributions span more than 40 years.

"It has been my good fortune to work for a System that provides an opportunity for so many North Carolinians to improve their lives and, in doing so, to improve the future of our state," Fouts said.

One of Fouts’ most significant contributions at GTCC was his expertise and guidance in the grant application process for Completion by Design (CbD), a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative to increase graduation and completion rates among young, low-income students nationwide. As a result of his involvement, North Carolina became one of only three states to receive the competitive grant in May 2011.

Shortly after, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation named Fouts as senior partner for the cadre of North Carolina community colleges participating in Completion by Design. He became a nationally recognized consultant, who guided each institution in adopting a culture dedicated to student completion as well as counseled and empowered presidents and their teams to carry out CbD’s mission. His leadership and expertise were critical to the administration of CbD – both statewide and nationwide. Fouts retired from the position in 2013.

“George helped the colleges see the interconnections between CbD and all of their student success initiatives,” said GTCC President Dr. Randy Parker. “The implementation of Completion by Design is the crown jewel in George’s lifelong contribution to the founding principles of the North Carolina Community College System.”

A native of Thomasville, N.C., Fouts’ career in the N.C. Community College System began in 1973 as an instructor of English and philosophy at Western Piedmont Community College and eventually became executive vice president in 1983. He went on to serve as interim president of Mayland Community College and Roanoke-Chowan Community College, which he effectively led through particularly challenging times.

In 1989, he became special assistant to the president of the N.C. Community College System and coordinated the implementation of goals recommended by the Commission on the Future of the N.C. Community College System, creating much of the standardization that marks the System today.

“The work that our community colleges do is vital to ensuring that North Carolina has a skilled workforce,” said State Board Chair, Dr. Linwood Powell. “The recipients of these awards embody the foundation that North Carolina’s Community College System was built on – providing opportunities for education to all North Carolinians, taking students from where they are, as far as they can go.”

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.
- A Press Release

An Evening of Romance in High Point

"Spend the most romantic evening of the year with the High Point Arts Council and High Point Ballet. Whether you are a fan of Frank Sinatra, the Era of Swing, the romance of the Tango, or the emotional 1940s, An Evening of Romance is sure to touch heartstrings.

The event consists of a 3-course dinner buffet, dancing, and performance by the High Point Ballet. Featuring the work of award-winning choreographer and artistic director, Gary Taylor, High Point Ballet’s performance is sure to delight. The show features “Love and Marriage” a piece which won acclaim when last performed at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival 2014 in Montgomery Alabama. Several other highly intricate and acclaimed pieces will complete the program including "Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree," and the ever popular swing dancing. Plus, what would a night of romance be without the Tango!

And what is an Evening of Romance without decadent food? Plain & Fancy is catering the event and the menu includes a salad, Chicken Wellington, Peppercorn Encrusted Roast, sauteed vegetable medley, potato gratinee, and of course lots of chocolate with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Red Velvet Trifle, and Chocolate Ganache Mousse.


An Evening of Romance is on Saturday, February 14, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Centennial Station Arts Center, 121 S. Centennial Street, in downtown High Point. Cost is $40 per person plus a cash bar. Call the High Point Arts Council at 336-889-2787 ext. 21 by February 10 to make reservations. Tables may be reserved for two, four, six or eight."

- A Press Release

Call to Artists for Train Artwork

"The High Point Arts Council invites visual artists to enter their artwork in an exhibit that will open on February 22, 2015 in the Sidetrack Lobby & Gallery in the Centennial Station Arts Center. This exhibit is in celebration of the Pullman train car that is in front of the facility and its 100th birthday. The theme is "Trains, Trains, and More Trains." Any medium will be accepted as long as it fits within the theme.

Whether you're an amateur or a professional, or if it's a first work of arts, this is a great opportunity to share it with others. There is no charge to enter this exhibit. In honor of the Pullman train car's 100th birthday, artists that wish to sell their artwork will receive 100% of the sell price! Artists should make sure that the back of each piece is marked with their name, address, telephone number, title of piece and the sale price.

On February 22, there will be an opening reception at 2:00 p.m. with performances beginning at 3:00 p.m. by the Arts Council and its affiliated arts organizations. This event is free and open to the public.


Artwork should be delivered to the Arts Council on Monday or Tuesday, February 16 or 17, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Arts Council is located in the Centennial Station Arts Center, 121 S. Centennial Street in downtown High Point. The exhibit will run from February 22 - March 22. For an application or more information, contact Travis Compton at the High Point Arts Council at 336-889-2787 ext. 26 or rtcompton@highpointarts.org."

- A Press Release

Line Dance Social planned in High Point

"The High Point Arts Council will host its first Line Dance Social on Saturday, January 31, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Centennial Station Arts Center. The first hour will include lessons by line dance teacher, Sharon Baldwin, and the rest of the evening will be dancing to music by a professional disc jockey. No partners or reservations are required!

Admission is $10 plus a cash bar. Dinner will be available from Zeko's 2 GO food truck that will be on the premises. Dinner options include Lamb Gyro, Philly Steak & Cheese, Chicken Fingers, amongst other items.

"If you are looking for something different to do on a Saturday night, the Line Dance Social is a fun thing to do with friends and a great way to meet new people," said Debbie Lumpkins, Executive Director of the Arts Council.

Also, by popular demand, the line dance classes at Centennial Station will continue in February on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Classes are just $5 per class. In addition to learning old and new line dances, the students are exercising while moving to the music.

For more information about the classes or social, call the Arts Council at 336-889-2787. The Centennial Station Arts Center is located at 121 S. Centennial Street in downtown High Point."

- A Press Release


Greensboro College Professor Wins Scholarship to Attend Writing Workshop

L. Wayne Johns, 2014-2015 Moore Associate
Professor of English at Greensboro College
"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- L. Wayne Johns, the 2014-2015 Moore Associate Professor of English at Greensboro College, has received a scholarship to attend a writing workshop Jan. 24-25 in Raleigh.

The workshop, "The Poet as Translator: Bridging the Language of the Universe and the Universe of Language," is part of the "Southern Recitations" workshop series, sponsored by the literary/arts magazine Raleigh Review.

The workshop will be led by Malena Morling, author of "Ocean Avenue" and a prominent translator of Swedish poets into English.

Johns holds a B.A. from St. Andrew's Presbyterian College, an M.F.A. from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He joined the Greensboro College faculty in 2007.

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.


Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,150 students from 26 states, the District of Columbia and 10 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

GCS Believes in the Power of the Dream: Superintendent updates community on 2016 Strategic Plan at State of Our Schools event

"Believe in the Power of the Dream. That was the message at the 2015 State of Our Schools event at the Carolina Theatre Thursday. Guilford County Schools Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green discussed the achievements, challenges and some exciting new prospects for the school district when he updated the community on the progress of the Strategic Plan 2016: Achieving Educational Excellence: Personalizing Learning. The Strategic Plan was introduced at the 2013 State of Our Schools event; it serves as the district’s blueprint, detailing goals and strategies to guide GCS through 2016.

Every year, GCS gets closer to reaching those goals. In 2014, the district reached a new all-time high of 88.5 percent of students graduating in four years. That’s higher than the state rate of 83.8 percent, and is the highest percentage of the five largest districts in North Carolina.

The event highlighted that not only are more students graduating, but more are leaving with college-level experience. In the Class of 2014, 35 percent of students passed at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam or qualifying college-level course while still in high school. GCS students improved in most state measures, including grade and course assessments, the ACT and percentage of graduates passing challenging math courses.

“At GCS, we are invested in raising dreamers, who have strong minds and characters, who grow up with the vision of a world beyond simply themselves and who have the passion to be the change they want to see in the world.” said Rev. Amos Quick, vice-chair of the Guilford County Board of Education. “When our children realize their potential, our community benefits too.”

In the effort to personalize learning by connecting with students through their interests, GCS grew. A few of the district’s offerings include:

  • More than 54 specialty programs for students including technology, performing arts, health sciences, advanced academics and aviation.
  • 208 Career and Technical Education courses in 52 schools
  • 30 Advanced Placement college-credit courses in high schools
  • Four high schools with the prestigious International Baccalaureate degree program
  • The state’s only AP Capstone Academy
  • Nine early and middle colleges where students can earn college credit while still in high school

Academics and character education are the pillars of GCS’ strategic plan. Students work on service learning projects throughout the year that connect them to the community and improve everyone’s shared quality of life. The partnerships and hard work of GCS students, staff, faculty and the community help make GCS a national leader in character education. In 2014, the district and 14 schools received the Promising Practices Award showcasing innovative character education programs; three schools were named 2014 National Schools of Character; and four schools were named 2014 State Schools of Character.

Another focus of the Strategic Plan is closing the achievement gap. The State of Our Schools event highlighted several initiatives designed to do just that, including a partnership with historically black colleges and universities to attract more minority STEM academics to the teaching profession; the Male Advisory Group of young men from five pilot schools which meets each month to learn about topics they can use for life and give them additional role models who encourage them to believe in themselves; and the “Future Thinkers, Doers and Innovators Fund” provided by Dun & Bradstreet Credibility, which gives middle and high school students the opportunity to participate in national competitions and conferences.

Business and community partnerships, like the one with Dun & Bradstreet were highlighted throughout the event. The district has faced six years of budget cuts, making community partnerships even more important for student success. Other partnerships and volunteer efforts highlighted included:

  • First Baptist Church in Greensboro’s partnership with Bessemer Elementary to host a two-week camp for incoming kindergartners who had not been in a pre-K program;
  • Hundreds of volunteers donating time to read with students each week;
  • Alpha Kappa Sorority and Lincoln Financial Foundation, which provided new books for students at the Falkener Elementary summer literacy camp to take home and keep each week; and,
  • Burroughs Wellcome, which provided a $150,000 grant to create robotics teams in every GCS high school.

GCS also received more than $3.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions to help fund summer reading camps, field trips, national competitions, robotics teams, aviation clubs, science camps and more.

Those partnerships and others will be key in helping Guilford County become the nation’s next “Say Yes” community. The superintendent invited Nathan Duggins, vice-chair of the Guilford Education Alliance, to discuss the opportunity which could help every student in the county access, afford and complete a college or post-secondary education. The nonprofit organization plans to add at least one Say Yes community to its program in 2015 – and to do so outside New York State and the Northeast. Say Yes has informed Guilford County that it is the leading candidate to be the nation’s next Say Yes community.

Other honors celebrated Thursday night included:

  • 15 high schools on the Washington Post’s 2014 America’s Most Challenging High Schools list;
  • Two high schools on the US News & World Report’s Best High Schools list;
  • Four GCS schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education since 2011;
  • Seven GCS students from the Class of 2014 named National Merit Scholarship winners and 22 semi-finalists;
  • Four GCS students named National Achievement Scholarship winners;
  • 36 students selected for Governor’s School of North Carolina, the nation’s oldest statewide summer program for academically gifted students; and,
  • The Class of 2014’s record $149.5 million in scholarship offers.

Superintendent Green looked ahead to potential challenges in the next year, including a new A through F school grading scale which will come out next month. The superintendent expressed the district’s stance that the grades do not reflect the quality of education GCS schools provide to students. Last year, the Board of Education passed a resolution calling for a repeal of the legislation.

He also addressed state budget cuts that total more than $47.6 million since 2008-09, and the failed ¼-cent sales tax referendum. The cuts included millions of dollars from central office, eliminating dozens of high school graduation coach and testing positions, reducing magnet transportation costs and increasing class sizes. The superintendent asked that, even though the referendum failed, the conversation about school funding continue.

The superintendent said the district is grateful to the 1,300 community agencies, faith organizations and business partners that work with the district to address student needs, but emphasized that isn’t enough to replace adequate public funding.

About Guilford County Schools

Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,200 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com."

- A Press Release

Man robbed at gunpoint trying to make a deal

"On Jan. 22, at approximately 11:26 pm, Greensboro Police Officers responded to the area of Castlewood Dr. and Sullivan St. in reference to a robbery call.

Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the victim who stated that he spoke to the suspects about a purchase. The suspects agreed to meet at one location and then changed the location to Castlewood Dr. and Sullivan St.

The suspects arrived, brandished a handgun, and demanded money from the victim. The victim complied and fled the area on foot. The suspects fled the area heading towards East Bessemer Ave.

Officers arrived in the area and set up a perimeter. The suspects were subsequently located and identified as Juan Keith Moore, 17 years of age, and Allen David Little, 18 years of age. Both Moore and Little were charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

There were no injuries in this incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

The name and address of the victim is being withheld temporarily."

- A Police Report