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TRUCK VERSUS TRAIN IN DOWNTOWN GREENSBORO

A black pick up truck with a Meat’s Unlimited logo on the side became stuck on a railroad crossing on Elm Street in downtown Greensboro on Thursday and was struck by an Amtrak passenger train a few hundred yards away from the train station.

Passengers on the train could be seen in good spirits, with some talking to emergency workers through the train windows.

Police blocked off Elm Street on both sides of the track, which runs just next to the Cascade Saloon on the southside of the tracks.

The pickup truck was lodged between the train and the Cascade Saloon, an abandoned building currently being considered for redevelopment.

Mecklenburg County state Sen. Jeff Jackson was on the train one car back and said they had just left the station when passengers heard a thud.

“We could tell that the train had pinned a truck against a brick building,” Jackson said. “The conductor came on after a few moments and announced that a man driving a truck had tried to beat the train across the tracks and failed.”

Jackson said the truck driver was pinned in the truck for 5 to 10 minutes until fire and rescue personnel freed him from the vehicle. The man appeared uninjured. After it was clear there were no injuries, passengers on the train remained in good spirits, he said.

“Once we learned that he was OK, the reaction was amusement at the whole situation and a little frustration at the delay,” Jackson said. “The consensus among the passengers was that if a train hits you, you are wrong.”

CSW’S WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY BREAKFAST IS AUGUST 29

This year’s Women’s Equality Day Breakfast begins at 8:30 am on August 29, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Terrace and features a panel discussion with Dr. Veita Bland, owner of the Bland Clinic; Anita Holder, Greensboro Deputy Police Chief; Addy Jeffrey, community advocate; and Barbara Harris, director of the City’s Neighborhood Development Department. Guest speakers include Mayor Nancy Vaughan and City Council Member Nancy Hoffman. The event theme is perseverance.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased from the City’s Human Relations Department. For additional information, call the department at 336-373-2038.

Women’s Equality Day honors the 95th anniversary of the end of Women’s Suffrage and Ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution signed on August 26, 1920. The equality breakfast is sponsored by the City’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Women of Guilford, and Greensboro Coliseum.

The mission of CSW is to improve the quality of life for women in Greensboro, in part, by creating and conducting educational programs on issues affecting women.

M/WBE DIVISION INVITES BUSINESSES TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION

The City of Winston-Salem is soliciting eligible businesses to apply for Section 3 certification, which could boost their opportunities to get contracts related to projects funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

To be certified as a Section 3 business, a business must be owned by someone with low or very-low income; or have at least 30 percent of its full-time employees who are low or very-low income; or subcontract with businesses (at least 25 percent) that provide economic development opportunities to low-income persons.

The program takes its name from Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, which requires that employment and economic opportunities generated by federal assistance for housing and community development projects shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed toward low- and very-low-income persons or businesses, particularly those residents who are recipients of government housing assistance. Construction projects that are financed in whole or in part by federal HUD funds are subject to Section 3 subcontracting requirements.

The M/WBE Division administers the Section 3 program for the city of Winston- Salem.

Businesses interested in applying for certification or in learning more about the Section 3 program should go to MWBE. CityofWS.org or contact Tiesha Hinton at 734-1262 or tieshah@cityofws.org. !

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