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Yippee! G’boro gets fed energy grant

Get ready —-the ‘community organizers’ will be knocking on your door to see if you need a new furnace or just a little weather stripping.

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N&R endorses Am Ex deal

The N&R predictably endorses the proposed economic incentives deal for an American Express data center. The combined $13 million package would be the richest in the history of both Guilford County and the City of Greensboro.

The N&R touts American Express’ reputation as a good corporate citizen here in Greensboro, evidenced by the call center the company has operated here since 1985. I guess the question is what kind of ‘good corporate citizen’ would play Greensboro against another community, in this case Des Moines Iowa, which is also bidding for the data center.

Echoing commenter Bosco’s question —not to mention a conversation I had yesterday with Triad Watch —- anybody wonder who the broker on Roy Carroll’s property is?

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GSO council disses Nussbaum Center

The Greensboro City Council balked at providing $1.2 million in funding for the Nussbaum Center to renovate its proposed new headquarters.

Something tells me the issue’s not closed and the city will find money from somewhere to help the business incubator relocate. Trudy Wade — the most skeptical voice on the council —-suggested that the Nussbaum Center seek federal stimulus bonds to help with renovation of the former Carolina Steel building. Good luck with that.

On that note, the council approved an ordinance establishing the Southeastern Building as a Guilford County landmark. The designation will provide a tax break for developers who purchased the building for years ago but have struggled to get renovations underway.

Again, council members asked developer Barry Siegal if he had pursued stimulus bonds. Siegal said he had, but was unable to secure the letter of credit required. Interestingly enough, he said he was looking to HUD to provide some form of assistance, but —–of all things —–HUD requires that parking issues be addressed beforehand.

For those unaware, the Southeastern Building is located smack in the heart of downtown Greensboro, where parking is already an issue.

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Hege opponents keep it up

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After having their affidavits thrown out by the Davidson County Board of Elections, opponents of Gerald Hege have refiled, hoping to get the felonious former sheriff thrown off the May primary ballot.

Election officials say it’s too late since early voting has already started, so opponents hope the board just won’t count votes cast for Hege.

Interesting that the leader of the protest can’t sign an affidavit herself, since she’s not a resident of Davidson County. Meanwhile, the N&R’s Lorraine Ahearn writes up the race:

But the crux of the matter, for which carrying a firearm is a mere symbol, is trust. Why would Republican primary voters elect a candidate for sheriff who once presided over a department that misused vice narcotics money, and saw two jailers indicted for a prisoner-sex scandal and three ex-deputies sentenced for dealing drugs?

That is the question Hege is trying to answer. Like the speech he used to give the inmates at the end of Court TV’s “Inside Cell Block F,” he argues that he has paid his dues and deserves another chance.

“I made some mistakes, but I’m a darned good lawman,” he said. “It humbles you to the fact.”

Ahearn’s story focuses on Hege and incumbent Sheriff David Grice, barely mentioning Terry Price, the third candidate in the primary.

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