RHINO TIMES | Thursday, August 10, 2017 | www.rhinotimes.com
by John Hammer
The Wyndham Championship will
be here before you know it, Monday,
August 14 to Sunday, August 20.
And it’s really too early to tell, but if
this unusually cool August weather
continues, it’s going to be great for
watching some of the best golfers in
the world out at Sedgefield.
The Wyndham has been attracting
more and more of the top players
every year. The word is that the pros
love the Sedgefield course and enjoy
playing in Greensboro.
We should know how to run a golf
tournament here because we’ve been
doing it since 1938. That first year the
total prize money was $5,000 and the
tournament attracted a lot of golfers
because of the big money being
offered. Sam Snead won $1,200 as
the first winner.
False alarm on News of the Weird.
Chuck Shepherd started News of the
Weird as a letter to friends and it grew
into a syndicated column carried by
newspapers all over the country. When
we received word that Shepherd was
retiring, we called the syndicate to find
out if they were offering a replacement
column, but got no answer.
So this week we found out that
Shepherd has retired just like he said
he would, but News of the Weird lives
on and the latest column is in this
edition of the Rhino Times.
Last year Greensboro voters
approved $126 million in bonds, and
$25 million was for the downtown. Most
of that money is planned to be spent on
downtown streetscaping, mainly Elm,
Davie, Church and Bellemeade streets.
Greensboro Department of
Transportation Director Adam Fischer
said they are still in the planning
stages for exactly how the money
will be spent and they plan to ask for
input this fall to find out what the public
would like to see.
He said he thought there were some
areas where it will be easier to work
than others, and they may get started
on some of the streets as early as next
Fischer also said that it wasn’t part
of this bond project, but that Greene
Street north of West Market was slated
for streetscaping next spring, and the
funds had already been allocated.
According to Fischer, the work they
will do on Greene Street will work
whether that portion of the street stays
one-way or is changed to two-way,
like both the northern and southern
portions of Greene Street. It has long
been the goal of some members of
the City Council to have Greene Street
become a two-way street its entire
length, but so far the votes haven’t
been there to do it.
My mother, who will be 90
next month, received a robo-call
purportedly from the Internal Revenue
Service saying she was going to
be arrested if she didn’t call some
number. Instead, my mother called
me and I assured her that the IRS does
not use robo-calls to threaten people
But that means another scam
preying on the elderly is out there and
no doubt some will call the number
and give them financial information.
If you have any doubts about the
validity of a call from the IRS, hang
up the phone, look up the IRS number
in the phone book and call them,
but don’t give out any information to
people claiming to be from the IRS on
Last week there was an event giving
a home to a veteran in Adams Farm
due to the efforts of Building Homes
District 1 City Councilmember
Sharon Hightower was invited, as was
District 28 state Sen. Gladys Robinson.
When Robinson spoke, she welcomed
the family to Senate District 28.
The problem is that the house in
Adam’s Farm is not in City Council
District 1 represented by Hightower nor
is it in Senate District 28 represented by
Robinson. The house is in City Council
District 5 represented by Tony Wilkins
and Senate District 27 represented by
Since Hightower and Robinson are
Democrats and Wilkins and Wade
are Republicans, some might see
a grand conspiracy in the mix-up.
But then again, as frequently as the
districts change in North Carolina,
with the ongoing battle between
the Republican legislature and the
Democratic federal court judges, who
can keep up.
If you haven’t been down South Elm
Street in a while, it’s worth a trip. What
was once the sleepy little corner of
Lewis and South Elm streets is hopping.
I was there recently at the Downtown
Greensboro Inc. office talking to DGI
President Zack Matheny, and after 5
p.m. I kept noticing people walking
past on the sidewalk out front. It was
a Tuesday afternoon, and there was no
event scheduled, but that didn’t stop
the steady stream of mostly young
adults strolling past the office.
Lewis and Elm is pretty much the
epicenter of Andy Zimmerman’s efforts
downtown. The many businesses
he has had a hand in bringing to the
downtown are attracting a crowd even
on Tuesday afternoon.
This is really getting funny. Last
week we reported that the North
Carolina State Board of Elections and
Ethics Enforcement held a public
hearing, the only problem being that
there is no State Board of Elections
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Sale of Lake Jeanette,
Buffalo Lake Goes Through
by John Hammer
A lot of people were hoping
it wouldn’t happen, but last
week the sale of Lake Jeanette
and Buffalo Lake closed and
now JW Demolition is the new
owner of the two lakes.
At the Lake Jeanette Homeowners
Association meeting on June 26
to announce that the lakes were
under contract, the homeowners
were united in their desire that Lake
Jeannette not be changed, and it
appears they will get most of what
they wished for.
According to Dixon Johnston,
the president of the Lake Jeanette
Homeowners Association board of
directors, the new owners signed the
lease that restricts the use of the lake,
and specifically outlaws jet skis and
Will Dellinger, the president of JW
Demolition, sent the homeowners’
association a letter in June stating
that they had no plans to make drastic
changes to the lake, but one change
they were considering was allowing
some private docks on the lake.
Private docks were prohibited under
the previous owner, International
Textile Group (ITG), which acquired
the lakes when it bought Cone Mills.
Johnston said that the homeowners’
association board would be meeting
with the new owners in about two
weeks and his understanding was
that private docks were still being
Johnston said he had been told that
the owners planned to concentrate on
Buffalo Lake first.
Currently, Buffalo Lake is pretty
to look at but no type of recreational
activity has been allowed by ITG. Both
fishing and boating were prohibited
and there are no docks on the lake.
It is expected that both fishing and
boating will be allowed but boating
will be restricted to boats without
motors, or perhaps electric motors
will be allowed, and the lake will be
open only to the residents of the area.
It is also expected that docks will
be allowed on the lake.
It is expected that at the next
meeting of the Lake Jeanette
Homeowners Association board
more complete plans of what the new
owners have in mind for the lakes will