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Seventeen Greensboro police officers will be promoted in a ceremony May 14 beginning at 3:30 pm at the Elm Street Centre.

Four officers will advance to the rank of lieutenant; seven to sergeant; and, six to corporal.

“The Greensboro Police Department is fortunate to have so many talented officers in its ranks,” said Police Chief Wayne Scott. “The 17 officers we promote later this week have demonstrated that they have the skills, values, and commitment to accept additional leadership responsibilities. The promotions mark a milestone in their careers, and are good for eth department and the public.”

Being promoted to lieutenant are:

Sgt. G.M. Gardner who will be assigned as the Executive Officer for the Resource Management Division Sgt. W.J. Graves who will serve as a Watch Commander Sgt. J.W. Moore who will also serve as a Watch Commander Sgt. R.L. Walton who will be assigned as the Executive Officer for the Vice/Narcotics Division

Advancing to the rank of sergeant are: Cpl. G.K. Ferrell, Cpl. S.K. Flowers, Cpl. P.D. Nix, Cpl. A.C. Price, Cpl. B.S. Williamson, Cpl. L.G. Wilson, and Cpl. A.G. Wimbish.

Earning the rank of corporal are officers: J.A. Buchanan, D.P. Counts, E.P. Ellsworth, D.L. Farrish, J.P. Randazzo, and E.L. Shafer.

Assignments for sergeants and corporals have not yet been finalized.

All promotions are effective May 16, 2015.

The promotions support Scott’s strategy of retaining qualified employees with a focus on diversity.


As part of “May is Mental Health Month” the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County is sponsoring a free speaker event, “BRAIN STORMS: One Woman’s Triumph Over Bipolar Disorder” on Monday, May 18, 6:30 pm in the Colhoun Room at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Norma Jean Wilkes, MA, has lived 31 years with Bipolar II Disorder. Her story of weathering the many storms of her condition is raw and compelling. Her personal account of living through a roller coaster of moods, thoughts and behaviors has touched many lives and given hope to others who struggle with brain disorders.

Norma Jean Wilkes is a Peer Specialist and volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County. She has been a therapist, workshop presenter, public speaker and storyteller.

The May 18 event is sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Call the Mental Health Association In Forsyth County at 336-768-3880 for more information.


The Center for Visual Artists is partnering with Geeksboro to premiere the film “Fool’s Mate”, a short film created by the CVA’s film class, the Interactive Film Factory. The film is a tale of two detectives, one much more clever than the other, attempting to track down an art thief, who has stolen a painting from a local art gallery.

The Interactive Film Factory is a 12-week film production class for teen and young adults who work as a team to produce a single film from start to finish. Participants have worked together beginning with an introduction of the basics like the anatomy of the camera, fundamentals of cinematography, sound  acquisition, lighting and concept development, and advancement to shooting and editing a final film.

The film premieres Tuesday, May 26th at 7pm with daily shows from May 30th – June 4th at 2pm. Geeksboro is located at 2134 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro.

All shows are “pay what you can” and 100 percent of the proceeds will support the Center for Visual Artists Scholarship Fund.

Scholarships for the 2015-2016 year have been made possible by the generous support of the VF Foundation, Just Be, and individual donors. Each year, the CVA gives scholarships to children and adults in financial need. Learn more about how you can support our Scholarship Program or apply for a scholarship on our website at” !