2010 in review

by the YES! Staff


1. Greensboro Mayor Bill Knight and City Manager Rashad Young came on the job at more or less the same time, and completed their first year together. [“Ten Best: promises we hope Greensboro politicians will keep”; Jan. 6, 2010; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

2. Jibreel Khazan, one of the four NC A&T students who launched the Woolworth’s sit-ins, stopped to greet activist Hal Sieber during the opening of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on Feb. 1. [Opening of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro; Feb. 3, 2010] (photo by Quentin L. Richardson)

3. Racing runs in the Flemming family: Father Chris works on a car with one of his sons, Jordon, who races in the Stadium Series at Bowman Grey Stadium in Winston-Salem. [“Track record”; Feb. 3, 2010; by Jesse Kiser] (photo by Jesse Kiser)

4. Hotel developer Mike Weaver (right) was part of one faction in a dispute over a proposed luxury hotel development obtaining recovery zone facility bonds. Developer George House (second from left) was on the other side of the fight. [“Downtown luxury hotel project to subject to influence plays by contesting faction”; Feb. 10, 2010; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

5. Michael Moore showed up for the screening of documentary filmmaker’s Amir Bar-Lev’s I’m Pat Tillman! at Sundance Film Festival. [“A cinematic rebellion”; Feb. 10, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

6. LaTonya Stimpson, shown here with her children outside a Guilford County courtroom, and other residents of JT Hairston Apartments fought a legal battle against alleged discrimination by the management of the public housiing community. property. [“City wins reprieve for tenant facing eviction, in unprecedented legal move”; Feb. 17, 2010; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

7. Actor Ed Asner (left) came to High Point for the filming of Elephant Sighs. [“From page to stage to screen: Ed & Ed’s Elephant Sighs”; Feb. 17, 2010; by Mark Burger] (photo by Devender Sellars)

8. Nora Barbee was among the players at Pots O’ Gold, a video sweepstakes parlor in Greensboro. A statewide ban on the gambling form went into effect on Dec. 1, but the new law remains mired in the courts, and the NC Justice Department has given ambiguous guidance about how it should be enforced. [“Odds-on favorite: How gambling became legal in the Triad”; Feb. 24, 2010; by Brian Clarey] (photo by Devender Sellars)

9. The capital city of Port-au-Prince in Haiti was devastated by an earthquake. [“For Greensboro native, Haiti night missions are scary but effective”; Feb. 24, 2010; by Randall Gregg] (photo by Randall Gregg)


10. The Other Mothers, which include Al Cowett (left) and Randall McCorquodale, a Greensboro punk band that formed in the 1980s, returned to the scene. [“Old wave: Triad music scenes aging lions play on”; March 17, 2010; by Daniel Bayer] (photo by Daniel Bayer)

11. Ann Martin (left) and Fay Hoggard joined the Tax Day Tea Party at Governmental Plaza in Greensboro on April 15. [“Having their tea and drinking it, too”; April 21, 2010; by Jordan Green] (photo by Devender Sellars)

12. Oak Hollow Mall was put on the market in April, and an unsuccessful mayoral candidate called the shopping center a “dead mall” in an attempt to discredit the city’s current leadership. [“Like watching something die”; April 28, 2010; by Brian Clarey] (photo by Brian Clarey)

13. US Senate candidate Cal Cunningham greeted a group of supporters gathered inside the Edward C. Smith Civic Center in Lexington on primary election night. Cunningham finished 9 percentage points behind NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, and the two candidates faced off in a June 22 runoff election where Marshall handily defeated Cunningham by 20 percentage points to secure the Democratic nomination. [“Coble sails through primary; Marshall and Cunningham headed for runoff”; May 5, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

14. Triad Stage, under the artistic direction of playwright Preston Lane — shown with his mother, Shelby — celebrated its 10 th year in 2010. [“Artistic lineage”; May 5, 2010; by Brian Clarey] (photo by Devender Sellars)


15. Gladys Robinson celebrated a primary victory in May, and went on to win the seat representing NC Senate District 28, filling a vacancy left by her friend, Katie Dorsett. [“Brandon, Robinson win big in Guilford County”; May 5, 2010; by Jordan Green with reporting contributed by Brian Clarey] (photo by Brian Clarey)

16. The Avett Brothers threw down during the final performance at MerleFest. [“MerleFest 2010 in review”; May 5, 2010; by Ryan Snyder] (photo by Ryan Snyder)

17. Bruce Davis (left) and Billy Yow were both rebuffed in their respective aspirations for higher office in 2010, but found their hands full as Guilford County commissioners contending with the county’s ballooning debt. [“Balance sheet: Is Guilford County heading over a cliff of debt?”; May 26, 2010; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

18. Amy da Luz (center), director of Paper Lantern Theatre Co.’s production of Kimberly Akimbo by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, rehearses with actor Tim Austin (left) and assistant director Miranda Lowder at Wake Forest University’s Ring Theatre. [“No guts, no glory: Paper Lantern Theatre Company revels in pushing the boundaries”; May 26, 2010] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

19. Local native and Season Three American Idol Fantasia Barrino (center), performs in Soul Kittens Cabaret at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro. [YES! Pics; June 30, 2010] (photo by Quentin Richardson)

20. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich poses with Stanly County Commissioner Lindsey Dunevant during an appearance at Wake Forest University. [“Erin Brockovich lends celebrity profile to Alcoa controversy”; July 7, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

21. Rosaleen Clarey, a good girl, favors the pancakes with strawberries at Jake’s Diner on Wendover Avenue in Greensboro. [“Every good girl deserves pancakes at Jake’s”; July 7, 2010; by Brian Clarey] (photo by Brian Clarey)

22. NC. Rep. Dale Folwell reviews incoming e-mails during the waning days of the NC General Assembly’s 2010 legislative session. [“State government on a stopwatch”; July 14, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

23. Bill Harper keeps meticulous records about his residency at Whitehall at Richland Creek, a condominium in Greensboro, including a 380-page grievance against the board of directors. [“The plight of the condo”; Aug. 4, 2010; by Brian Clarey] (photo by Brian Clarey)

24. Paul McCartney shelled out every era of his career over three hours at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. [“Sir Paul gets all of NC’s loving during lengthy Charlotte gig”; Aug. 4, 2010; by Ryan Snyder] (photo by Ryan Snyder)


25. Former UNC-TV senior legislative correspondent Eszter Vajda interviews Alcoa spokesman Gene Ellis outside the shuttered Badin Works plant in Stanly County as part of Vajda’s documentary, The Alcoa Story. Vajda was fired by UNC-TV management a month after the public broadcasting station turned over all of Vajda’s footage to the NC Senate Judiciary II Committee. [“UNC-TV blocks distribution of ‘NC Now’ episodes and documentary about Alcoa’s operations on the Yadkin”; Aug. 11, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (courtesy photo)

26. The Rev. Randall Keeney (back left) and leader Jorge Cornell (second from left, back) posed with members of the North Carolina Latin Kings in the group’s house in Greensboro. [“After a lull, GPD gang unit renews suppression efforts against Latin Kings”; Aug. 18, 2010; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

27. Greensboro police officers Robert Reyes, AJ Blake, Joseph Pryor and Charles Cherry (l-r) were at the center of a prayer service dedicated to addressing alleged discrimination in the department. [“Police captain who helped officers with grievances is fired”; Sept. 1, 2010; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

28. Travis Smith (left) plays Lucky Eric and Quentin “Q” Talley played Ralph in “Bouncers,” the inaugural production at the Hanesbrands Theatre, which premiered in September in conjunction with the grand opening of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston- Salem. [“‘Bouncers’ an impressive opening act for Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts”; Sept. 8, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

29. A “True Blood” event at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro featured several cast members from the hit HBO television show. [YES! Pics; Sept. 15, 2010] (photo by Cheryl Green)

30. Alcoa’s Badin Works facility includes a number of local landfills including the Old Brick Landfill along the shoreline of Badin Lake. According to a 2008 NC Department of Water Quality report, Alcoa has discovered contaminated groundwater seepage at two of its landfill sites. Groundwater pollutants listed in the report include aluminum, fluoride, cyanide, chlorine and arsenic. [“Alcoa Saga, Part 2”; Oct. 13, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)


31. Clyde Fitzgerald, executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina (right), inspects a can of donated food with volunteer Nicholas Schnyder. [“Local nonprofits feeling the pinch as holiday season approaches”; Nov. 17, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

32. Wiz Khalifa and the Taylor Gang were on their best behavior during a November concert at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem. [“Wiz Khalifa ‘continues to smoke’ two days after arrest”; Nov. 17, 2010; by Ryan Snyder] (photo by Ryan Snyder)

33. Greg Taylor sat on a couch in his immaculately tidy home where he now resides comfortably, a significant change of scenery from the prison cell he lived in for 17 years. [“Ed Taylor’s boy”; Dec. 8, 2010; by Brian Clarey] (photo by Alexandria Stewart)

34. Sn’zz performed at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, as part of the benefit concert Sn’zzfest. [“Sn’zz rules!”; Dec. 15, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Agatha Donkar)

35. Bill Clinton gave a talk at the Greensboro Coliseum on Nov. 30 as part of the fromer president’s Guilford College Bryan Series talk on sustainability. [YES! Pics; Dec. 8, 2010] (photo by Quentin L. Richardson)

36. Susan Speaks Frye was sworn in as the Forsyth County clerk of superior court by District Court Judge Denise Hartsfield as her daughter, Monnette Carter, holds the Bible during an impromptu ceremony. [“Frye sworn in as Forsyth clerk of superior court after board of elections dismisses Polston protest”; Dec. 22, 2010; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)