by Jordan Green

Items from across the Triad and beyond

Forsyth parks department seeks to save July 4 fireworks

The Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department has canceled its annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Tanglewood Park.

Parks Director Michael Anderson said the $5 gate fee has not been sufficient to cover the $10,000 cost of the event in recent years, and county officials felt that without corporate sponsorships they could not justify the event when the county is projecting a reduction in tax revenues in coming years.

“The event has lost money over the past several years,” Anderson said.

“We used to have sponsorships for it. With the economy down we haven’t been able to get any corporate sponsorships.”

The fireworks display hasn’t had a sponsor in the past two years.

Anderson said if a sponsor were to step forward soon, there’s a chance the event could be salvaged.

“We’re still holding out that there’s a possibility we could pull it off,” he said. “We’re running out of time. That’s why we felt that we needed to go ahead and notify people that we would have to cancel it.”

Cities hire new department heads

Two Triad cities have selected new department heads in recent days. Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity has appointed Toneq’ McCullough to replace Stan Polanis as transportation director. Polanis is retiring after 32 years with the city. McCullough has worked for the city for 13 years and currently serves as the city’s utilities capital projects engineer. Garrity cited McCullough’s “sharp and logical mind” and drive to advance projects in announcing her promotion. The new transportation director’s salary has been set at $96,410.

And last week, High Point officials announced the hiring of Rick McIntyre as the city’s new fire chief. McIntyre, who has served 16 years as fire chief for the city of Jacksonville, NC, was selected from among 71 candidates from 24 states, including 24 internal candidates. He has also worked for Lockheed Martin Energy Systems and Duke Energy.

McIntyre underwent a final interview with a panel that included Bernita Sims, chair of the city council’s public safety committee, former High Police Chief Jim Fealy and Greensboro Fire Chief Greg Grayson.

City Manager Strib Boynton said McIntyre’s experience working with Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in his role as fire chief for the city of Jacksonville and private-sector experience with Lockheed Martin and Duke Energy “will help us better evaluate and manage the major fire and emergency management risks that we have associated with our four major electric delivery facilities and 13 electric substations, the two major gas and diesel transmission lines under High Point’s residential and commercial neighborhoods, and the various chemical and other risks associated with 25 freight trains running daily through the Market District and other neighborhoods.”

Congressman to hold veterans town hall meeting in Greensboro

US Rep. Mel Watt will hold a veterans town hall meeting at VFW NC Post 2087, located at 2605 S. Elm-Eugene St. in Greensboro, on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.