by Jeff Sykes


Lori Walton isn’t going to give up. School administrators and law enforcement in Guilford County should come to terms with this and give the mother of twin boys what she wants: full disclosure on what happened to her son on a school bus back in 2012. One of her sons told her that a bus monitor touched him inappropriately. Like any parent would, Walton began looking into the claim. But what she received along the way was mere obfuscation from school officials, and worse, a lack of commitment to justice from prosecutors.

Walton hasn’t stopped yet, and it’s doubtful she will.

She spoke at a recent Greensboro City Council committee meeting and a Guilford County School Board meeting in an effort to get closure for the wrong she believes was committed.

In measured tones, Walton explained how she will not back down from the stonewalling she’s received thus far. We’ve experienced a bit of that silent treatment as we’ve tried to look into the case. A public records request to Guilford County Schools submitted on March 5 has gone without a response.

Walton and her sons deserve closure. Public officials in Guilford County should see that it is provided.


One would think that Duke Power would clean up its image in the wake of the coal ash spill on the Dan River in Eden that occurred last month. But in spite of the damage done to that popular waterway, Duke followed up with a claim that its customers would bear the expense of removing the coal waste from ponds spread across North Carolina.

Environmental activists this week discovered Duke Power up to no good along the Cape Fear River Watershed near Moncure. That’s where members of the Waterkeeper Alliance caught Duke Power pumping coal-ash water from a retention pond into the woods near a steam that feeds into the watershed, just miles above the municipal water intake for the city of Sanford.

State officials said Duke Power did not notify them of the discharge, which company officials labeled as “maintenance.”

The watchdog group has spent four years investigating coal ash ponds in the state and claims that every Duke Power

retention pond they inspected had an illegal leak.


Art gallery Greenhill on Davie Street announced a staff reorganization this week that included the elimination of its longtime Director of Education and Community Partnerships.

Citing “economic realities” the museum staff announced that the position held by Mary Young for more than 20 years would be cut. Young was cited as having been instrumental in the development of ArtQuest, the Hemphill Library Partnership and as serving previously as director and associate director.

“Mary is an incredible artist, humanist and community member, and the board and staff all wish her the very best as she moves on to new opportunities,” wrote Lauren Davis Gordon in a press release announcing the cuts.

A listing of other staff changes, including reductions and realignments was announced, with the intent of leaving “the organization in a better position to handle the challenges and opportunities ahead “¦” !