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Don Martin and Ted Kaplan were sworn in as the newest members of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Monday night. Kaplan, a democrat, defeated incumbent Bill Whiteheart 55 percent to 44 percent in the election while Martin, a republican, ran unopposed. Despite Kaplan’s victory, republicans still hold a 4-3 advantage on the board. However Martin and Plyler are considered to be moderate republicans, leading some to believe that the overall direction of the board is beginning to shift leftward.

Commissioner Dave Plyler was selected to be the board’s chairman, a capacity he has served in before. The position has most recently been held by commissioners Richard Linville and Gloria Whisenhunt. Martin was appointed vice chairman of the board.

Kaplan served in the North Carolina General Assembly for six years as a representative and 10 years as a senator. He also previously served on the board of county commissioners when he was elected in 2006. Martin was superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools from 1994 until 2013 when he retired. He has also taught at High Point University. Although Martin did not face an opponent in the general election, he defeated Mark Baker in the primary 54 percent to 46 percent.


The Greensboro Police Department has extended its deadline for applications for the 99th Police Basic Introductory Course. The application deadline is now Jan. 31, 2015.

“We extended the window in order to encourage more people to apply to our department,” explained Interim Chief of Police Anita Holder. “Law enforcement is a challenging and rewarding profession, whether you’re looking for your first professional position or a second career. If you are the type of person who finds helping others and problem-solving rewarding, this is the line of work you want to be in.”

The 99th PBIC is scheduled to begin in April 1, 2015, and lasts 27 weeks. The Academy is an intense program that demands high academic performance in areas such as law, human relations, first aid, firearms, driver training, defensive tactics, and modern law enforcement techniques.

The academy also includes daily rigorous physical activity, weight training, aerobic activities, and periodic assessments on the physical abilities course.

Among other qualifications, applicants must be at least 21 years of age and a US citizen. Residency in Greensboro is not a requirement. A full list of qualifications, applications, and other information can be found at the Greensboro Police Department’s web page Follow the ‘Join the GPD Team’ link.

The entry-level salary is $35,556. Recruits are paid while attending the Academy.

Applications can also be picked up at the City’s Employment Office, and the Greensboro Police Department – Resource Management Division at 300 W. Washington Street.

For more information, call 1-888-GPD-JOBS (1-888-473- 5627).


ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion announced this week that ArtsGreensboro has joined #GivingTuesday, a first-of-its-kind effort that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, families, businesses, and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season.

Coinciding with Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. “It’s our hope that on December 2, 2014—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—people in Greensboro will join forces with others around the country to give back,” said Philion. “#GivingTuesday is a new platform that will help us remind our community of the importance of supporting the arts as part of their holiday giving.”

Secure online donations to ArtsGreensboro may be made by visiting Donations may also be made by calling 336-373-7523, x245, or by check to ArtsGreensboro, P.O. Box 877, Greensboro, NC 27402.

#GivingTuesday was created in 2012 by a group of friends and partners, led by New York City’s 92nd Street YMCA, to celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Now in its third year, more than 10,000 nonprofits across the country are joining forces to create a national movement dedicated to holiday giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping. !