by Jordan Green

Items from across the Triad and beyond

Guilford County discloses taxpayers’ SS numbers

The Social Security numbers of Guilford County taxpayers for whom the tax department sought a garnishment between December 2010 and Sept. 9, 2011 were inadvertently posted on the internet, the county disclosed a week after the discovery. The county reported that after the breach was discovered, employees took measures to correct the problem, including contacting search engine companies to remove exposed data. The county is investigating the cause of the breach. Without referencing any county official, the press release states, “Guilford County sincerely regrets this serious error.” The press release warns taxpayers to monitor their credit reports closely. Citizens may call an informational helpline at 336.641.2698 or e-mail with questions or concerns.

PART hikes fares

The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation is raising fares effective Oct. 1. Single-trip fares are going up from $2.40 to $3, 10-ride passes are increasing from $24 to $30 and 31-day passes will be hiked from $74.50 to $90. Route 4 Medical Connector fares will remain the same price, and students, disabled riders and seniors will still received half-fare discounts. The agency’s board voted to delay service reductions until further review, accord ing to a recent press release. The board meets again on Sept. 28 to review route adjustments and budget changes.

Free prostate cancer screenings offered in Winston-Salem

Baptist Hospital is sponsoring free screenings for prostate cancer on Thursday and Saturday at the Downtown Health Plaza, located at 1200 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem. The Thursday screening is available from 6 to 8 p.m. by appointment only, by calling 336.716.2255. The Saturday will be conducted on a walk-in basis from 7 to 10 a.m. Prostate cancer is reportedly the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States, and nine out of 10 men can beat the disease with early detection. The American Urological Association recommends that men be screened for prostate cancer at the age of 40.

VA to hold informational session in Jamestown

The rural health program from the VA Medical Center in Salisbury provides information and services to former and current military members at the Jamestown Civic Center, located at 301 E. Main St., on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 800.469.8262 ext. 4958/4960/4962 or visit