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Bellamy-Small asks for recount in nail-biter election
Long-serving Greensboro Councilwoman Dianne Bellamy-Small asked for a recount in her District 1 loss to Sharon Hightower at the behest of her constituents, she said in a press release last week, but Hightower maintained her lead after the official tally on Tuesday.
Hightower narrowly defeated Bellamy- Small in last week’s general election, winning with a mere 15 votes, according to unofficial results. After adding in votes sent absentee by mail, provisional ballots and removing a vote of someone who voted twice, Guilford County Elections Director Charlie Collicutt said the gap narrowed to 12 votes. The official results were 2,656 to 2,644, with Hightower remaining on top.
There were also 14 write-in votes in the district, Collicutt said. A losing candidate can call for a recount if the gap between the vote tallies is 1 percent or less, Collicutt said. The District 1 race was the only contest that qualified for a recount in the recent Greensboro City Council general election.
Hightower will be one of two new candidates joining the city council. Jamal Fox, 25, upended District 2 Councilman Jim Kee. All other incumbents held their seats except for Mayor Robbie Perkins, who lost to At-large Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan. Former councilman Mike Barber, who last served in 2009, was elected to the at-large seat left vacant by Vaughan.
The new council will be sworn in next month. — EG
Beer festival canceled in High Point
The Great American Craft Beer Tour, which had been scheduled for this weekend at Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, has been canceled.
Kelly Sutton, a media relations professional with the Great American Craft Beer Tour, said the event was event was canceled because the High Point Police Department couldn’t provide the level of support organizers thought they would need. She added that Tom Kiermaier, the founder of the Tennesee-based company, finalized plans with the parks and recreation department to hold beer festivals at Oak Hollow Lake on two dates next year — May 10 and Nov. 1.
Sutton said moving back the festival will allow organizers to bring in nine Triad-area microbreweries. — JG
Hoots Flea in Winston-Salem
The first iteration of Hoots Flea, a combination bazaar and social gathering, goes down at 918 Bridge St. in Winston-Salem on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info posted on fliers around town and on a website advertises “antiques/vintage, artisans/ auctions, food trucks, entertainment, Hoots Brew Co.” — JG