Rep. Jon Hardister Passes Regulatory Reform Bill

Raleigh - Today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) passed HB 651 - Appraisal Board Recordkeeping and Background Checks - which provides regulatory relief for the real estate appraisal industry.

The bill eliminates the discovery rule for civil action related to real estate appraisals and establishes a five year statute of limitations, which puts North Carolina in line with the United States Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. This will reduce insurance and compliance costs for real estate appraisers, many of which are small businesses and independent contractors.

The bill would also eliminate the necessity for real estate appraisers to submit a separate background check to each AMC they work for. Instead, real estate appraisers would be able to cycle a single up-to-date background check to each AMC. This would streamline the background check process and reduce costs on those who work in the industry.

"This bill provides regulatory relief for small businesses," Hardister said. "It is a good, bipartisan bill that makes sensible changes to laws regulating the real estate appraisal industry. This bill will reduce costs on small businesses and independent contractors across the state."

Hardister expressed thanks to his primary co-sponsors of the bill; Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Brian Turner (D-Buncombe). He also noted that the bill passed with strong bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate chambers.

"It is great to see a comprehensive regulatory reform bill receive strong bipartisan support," Hardister said. "I am honored to be the lead sponsor of this bill."

The bill was supported by the NC Real Estate Appraisers Association and the NC Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

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Theatre Alliance Presents Del Shores: SINgularly Sordid

"Theatre Alliance is pleased to present Del Shores’ new stand-up show, Del Shores: SINgularly Sordid, on Sun., Aug.16, at 6 pm. The presentation is benefitting Theatre Alliance’s building campaign.

The Southern-loved writer/director/producer -- and most recently added stand-up comedian – is a familiar name to Winston-Salem theater audiences. His plays Southern Baptist Sissies, Sordid Lives, Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?), and The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife have been performed on the TA and other area stages. Theatre Alliance also produced a staged reading of his drama Yellow last season.

The creator of the Sordid Lives franchise and writer/director/producer of Southern Baptist Sissies, Blues for Willadean, and Queer As Folk is back on stage with all new hysterical, sordid stories. This time, Shores discusses the unexpected comedy of returning to the world of dating after divorce in your 50s. Tinder, Grindr, Scruff, OkCupid – “Oh, sh*t!” Shores quips, “Sometimes it's just too damn much!” He shares a litany of bad dates and his own trials and tribulations of being on the prowl again when you are a "minor gay celebrity".

In SINgularly Sordid, Shores also poses the question – “Did my movie Sordid Lives really influence six different women to super-glue their cheating boyfriends and husband's… um, members, to their stomachs?”

And of course, Shores shares more letters from the haters and his responses. Also, he has some new celebrity dish on Dolly Parton, George Lopez, Leslie Jordan, and more. The censors will be absent and if you are easily offended, Shores warns, “Stay home!”

Shores has had a busy year with the release of the film of his play Southern Baptist Sissies, which received both critical and commercial success. He has also just completed the screenplay for the final chapter of his Sordid Lives franchise – A Very Sordid Wedding. “Yes, we’re returning to the characters one last time, bringing them into 2015 with Equality marching into Winters, Texas.” Shores said recently. The film is set to film in Dallas in October.

Del Shores: SINgularly Sordid will be presented Sunday August 16th at 6 pm at Theatre Alliance. There will be a VIP meet and greet with Shores after the show. Tickets are $20 and benefitting TA’s capital campaign, Size Matters. Reservations are strongly suggested and available by visiting:

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GCS Teachers Return from China with New Experiences and Ideas

Teachers received grants through
Fulbright to spend 4 weeks in China

"Greensboro, N.C. – Several GCS teachers and staff members spent part of their summer in China, gaining new cultural experiences and new ideas for their classrooms.

The teachers each applied for and were accepted into the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Study Abroad program through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The teachers participated in university courses as well as culture experiences in China in an effort to design curriculum activities in collaboration with Chinese teachers.

“We’re planning to hold a Chinese New Year Festival in our ACES programs,” says Crystal Slade, an ACES program coordinator and one of the educators who went to China. “We’re working with UNCG to bring in some Chinese students to teach our kids Chinese phrases and read Chinese folktales that are similar to stories they’re already familiar with in order to compare the two.”

Slade says she’s also working on other projects to include throughout the year that will expose students to a new culture. They’ll read the book “A School Like Mine,” which looks at different schools around the world and ACES students will make their own posters about their schools; she’ll share pictures and her experiences from her summer; and plans to create a pen-pal partnership with some of the teachers she met overseas.

“In this global economy, it’s important for our students to be exposed to the various cultures around the world,” says Charlos Banks, executive director of student services and character development. “That’s why our ACES programs are working to expand on topics covered in class and give them a greater understanding of the world around them.”

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"

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GCS Math Teacher Named One of Best in the State

Sara Vaughn, an 8th grade
math teacher at Northwest Middle
Northwest Middle’s Vaughn selected as a state finalist for national award

"Greensboro, N.C. – A Northwest Middle teacher was named one of the best math teachers in the state.
Sara Vaughn, an 8th grade math teacher at Northwest Middle, was selected as one of three North Carolina mathematics finalists by the state-level selection committee for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program.
“It is my job to help my students get the best possible education available, and I am very passionate about contributing to their educational goals every day,” says Vaughn. “There are so many excellent and passionate teachers in this county and state, and I am just fortunate to work among them.”
As a finalist, Vaughn was named a candidate for the state Presidential Award. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country.

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"

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Forsyth Tech Groundbreaking Ceremony Officially Launches Construction on New Stokes County Center

Elected officials and invited guests join Forsyth Tech President Gary Green,
center, on July 27 to mark the official groundbreaking of the college’s new
Stokes County Center in the Meadows community near Walnut Cove.
"(Winston-Salem, NC) – On July 27, more than 80 people turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony hosted by Forsyth Tech to celebrate the commencement of construction on the college’s new  Stokes County Center at 1165 Dodgetown Road in the Meadows community near Walnut Cove. The Center represents the college’s first permanent facility in Stokes County.

On hand to offer remarks were Dr. Gary Green, president of Forsyth Tech; Ed Welch, Chair of Forsyth Tech’s Board of Trustees; Ronda Jones, Chair of the Stokes County Commissioners; and Ann Watts, Director of Stokes County Operations for Forsyth Tech.

Attendees included county commissioners, the county manager, members of the board of education, the school superintendent, representatives from the offices of Senator Richard Burr and Congressman Mark Walker, State Representative Bryan Holloway, members of Forsyth Tech’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, as well as students from the Stokes Early College program.

Watts expressed her excitement for the center, saying, “It’s been over 30 years in the making, and I could not be more proud.”

“We are embarking on a new era in Stokes County,” said Jones. “Education is imperative to our economy, and we could not ask for a better place or better people to move this county forward.”
Following the remarks, Green, along with 10 of the invited guests, pushed ceremonial shovels into the ground and tossed dirt to officially mark the groundbreaking of the Stokes County Center.

The new 20,000-square-foot center, which was designed by the architecture firm of Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce, has been designed to meet the educational needs of Stokes County’s growing population. It will offer expanded space for adult and early college students, a lab for the nursing program, facilities for EMT training, and state-of-the-art science and computer labs. Plans are also in place to create within the center an agriculture and agritourism program, tapping into the unique farming opportunities available in Stokes County. 

Blue Ridge Enterprises is overseeing construction of the center, which is expected to open in fall 2016.  

Forsyth Tech received $6 million from Stokes County for construction of the center."

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Greensboro author releases new Christian novel on overcoming sex addiction

"GREENSBORO, N.C. — Author T.J. Billie announces the nationwide release of her new Christian novel, “I’ll Tell Him in the Morning,” where she finds God amidst a different kind of addiction.  
In “I’ll Tell Him in the Morning,” Jenne Newman does not want to be described as “sexy,” “alluring,” “hot” and “steamy.” She is struggling with a sex addiction, and does not understand why. From her trifling ex-boyfriend, Kevin Rider, to the intriguing, godly, Ivan Patrick, Newman has a fight on her hands. With Rider haunting her, and Jaleesa Camielle hot on the heels for Patrick, Newman struggles to keep her secret. Will she ever be free from this addiction?      
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Billie is an educator and mentor in her local community. Her God-given ministry is to advise, to encourage and to empower society’s youth. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from North Carolina Central University and her master’s degree in counseling from North Carolina A&T State University. The author, who is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, currently works as a school counselor in a public elementary school."

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Clay Howard & the Silver Alerts to perform as part of ArtsGreensboro 17DAYS

Three Winston Salem bands  to make up "Camel City Takeover
at The Crown at Carolina Theatre on 9/25/2015

"Greensboro, NC, July 28, 2015Long Time North Carolina musician Clay Howard today announced that his new band, Clay Howard & the Silver Alerts, will perform their debut Greensboro show at the Crown at Carolina Theatre as part of artsgreensboro's 17Days festival. The show will take place on Sept. 25 at 7pm.

The concert, billed as "the Camel City Takeover," features three bands from the Winston-Salem area: The before mentioned Clay Howard & the Silver Alerts, Luxurious Sedans, and Doug Davis & the Solid Citizens.

"When I was putting together the bill for this show, I thought of the other 2 bands I would love to see, and asked them to be a part," said Clay Howard. "These three bands represent but a small part of the rich music scene in Winston-Salem, and we are happy to bring this slice of that to Greensboro."

Clay recently released the 10 song collection entitled, Who the Hell is Clay Howard, which is available at all the usual online retailers, as well as via either of Clay's websites: or

Tickets are available at:"

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