6 RHINO TIMES | Thursday, July 6, 2017 | www.rhinotimes.com
by John Hammer Sad news for fans of News of the Weird. Chuck Shepard, the inventor of News of the Weird, is retiring from the weird news business and this is his last column. No word yet on whether or not someone else will take up the weird news ball and run with it, but we?ll let you know what we hear. Here?s an opportunity to enjoy barbecue in historic Jamestown and help raise money for a good cause. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, Potent Potables at 115 East Main St. in Jamestown is hosting the third annual Barbecue Cook-off to benefit JDRF, the leading organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at jdrfbbqcook-off.eventbrite.com. The Fun Fourth Festival in downtown Greensboro was packed this year and there were a wealth of activities. Kids seem to enjoy the fountain in Center City Park where, technically, they aren?t supposed to play and the fountain at La Bauer Park where they are. But unnamed sources say the best water feature was the fire truck south of the railroad tracks that had a fire hose spraying down from the top of a ladder truck. Now they?ve even taken away traditional Fourth of July fireworks. July Fourth fireworks are traditionally watched from a blanket in a park or grassy field, or maybe from a convertible by the side of the road, or from a lawn chair in the back of a pickup truck, but not in Greensboro. Now in order to see the fireworks, which by the way the City of Greensboro pays for, you have to march into the First National Bank ballpark. (In a couple of years perhaps they?ll have assigned seats just like at a baseball game.) Maybe for those who followed orders and went to the stadium it was a fantastic show, but for those of us who wanted to watch the fireworks from somewhere other than where we were ordered to go, it was a big disappointment. Next year, couldn?t we have regular old traditional fireworks where people can gather in parks and fields with blankets and lawn chairs to watch the show, or next year will people be forced to pick up tickets in advance, show three forms of picture identification and pay a $5 handling fee for their free ticket? The Lake Jeanette Homeowners Association received a letter last week from Will Dellinger, one of the prospective buyers of Lake Jeanette and Buffalo Lake. The letter states, ?We have no plans to drain the lake, open the lake up to the public, make drastic changes to the current buffer or damage the existing tranquility of the current landscape.? He also said that before the new owners make changes, they will (continued on page 37)
(continued from page 4) Avid Rhino reader Jamie Williams and his grandson Dylan Williams exploring the cannons at The Battery (White Point Gardens) in Charleston, South Carolina. Send your Rhinos Around the World to firstname.lastname@example.org. currently runs much of its legally required advertising, not in the News & Record with a circulation of about 40,000, but in the Jamestown News, which doesn?t publish its circulation figures. But the total population of Jamestown is about 3,400 and the number of homes in Jamestown is 1,380. If every single homeowner in Jamestown subscribes to the paper, that would give it a circulation of 1,380, and everyone in Jamestown doesn?t subscribe. So being generous and assuming a circulation of 1,000, advertising in the Jamestown News meets the legal requirement for legally required advertising in a county of over 500,000. Guilford County for years ran pages of advertising in the News & Record to list people who had not paid their property taxes, as is required by law and the cost was about $90,000 a year. To save money and meet the legal requirement, Guilford County a few years ago started running the list in the Jamestown News at a cost of about $5,000 a year. The idea was not to inform the people of Guilford County but to meet the legal requirement, and the state statute is so out of date that advertising in the Jamestown News met the legal requirement. It?s all about money, as the publisher and owner of the Kernersville News, John Owensby, told the committee considering bill. He said that without this state mandated monopoly on legal and government advertising he could go out of business. The North Carolina League of Municipalities and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners support Wade?s bill. When the law requiring advertising was first passed decades ago, it made sense to require newspaper advertising. Television had not yet been invented. Today, not only do we have television, we have the internet, which is where more and more people are getting their news. Most people don?t read the foreclosure ads run by attorneys and few read the advertisements run by the governments. Those who are interested know to look for them in Guilford County in the Jamestown News or the News & Record. For most people it would be easier to simply to check the Guilford County website.