About: Sam Hieb

Recent Posts by Sam Hieb

Paved into a corner

Two paragraphs in yesterday’s N&R story about the former Colonial Ice plant stuck with me: Since the property has been for sale, only one offer has been close to the appraised value….It was rejected because the buyer wanted to demolish the ice house. At the time, (city director of inspections and engineering Butch) Simmons said,Continue Reading

No defense

You have to give N.C. A&T athletic director Dee Todd credit for her honesty during yesterday’s athletics subcomittee meeting discussing recruitment of “troubled players.” Todd laid it on the line: “My job is to do what’s best for North Carolina A&T, but that also encompasses trying to be competitive in our conference. I’m afraid thatContinue Reading

Lofty goals

In an unposted article in yesterday’s N&R, UNCG geography professor Keith Debbage gushes over Charlotte’s light rail system: What is happening in Charlotte is nothing short of stunning. Charlotte is emerging as a national leader in integrating transit-friendly land-use patterns with its developing rail system. According to Charlotte planning director Debra Campbell, CATS is notContinue Reading

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Winston-Salem’s city-county planning board ponders a sign ordinance. Opponents turned out in full force, among them Gayle Anderson, president of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce: “This community is speaking loud and clear that there are many more important things that we need to be doing for economic development.” But here’s the proponents’ argument: …Neighborhood advocatesContinue Reading

The Perfect Storm

Words used by GCS chief financial officer Sharon Ozment to describe the system’s construction budget (if you can call it that) at last night’s school board meeting: “I described our capital outlay situation the last time we talked as the perfect storm, and the seas continue to rage. I think this year will be aContinue Reading

Morning eye-opener

Loud and clear: A group of Davie County residents, all 100 of them, tell the B of E to build a new high school. It’s not quite that easy: Voters rejected a $29 million school bond package in 2003, the cost for a new high school is now $35 million and county commissioners just raisedContinue Reading

For rent, but not to you

Owners of a Clemmons office park vote down a proposal to rent office space to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s office. Their (only) reason: The owners said they were concerned that the deputies do not meet the center’s definition of what kind of professional can rent space there. Village manager Gary Cooper best sums it up:Continue Reading

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