Celebrate Halloween with the City of Greensboro

Enjoy the Halloween season with these City of Greensboro-sponsored events, including a reverse parade-style festival, DIY costume demos, kids activities, spooky radio plays, ghost stories, a Halloween drive-in movie, costume contest and more. All events and activities are free unless otherwise noted. Trick-or-Treating The City of Greensboro does not regulate trick-or-treating activities. Due to the pandemic, this year the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services “strongly recommends” against traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating in favor of lower risk activities, such as outdoor, socially-distanced pumpkin carving or having a movie night with members of your household. Residents are advised to consider NCDHHS’s Halloween event guidance when determining whether to participate in Halloween celebrations. All these city-sponsored events will follow state and federal health and safety guidelines. Events & Activities for Kids DIY Costumes: October 14, 5 p.m., Facebook live Greensboro Youth Council (GYC) teaches how to make some do-it-yourself …

Cold weather may lead to combo of COVID-19 and influenza

Health experts warn that the United States may see a surge in COVID-19 and flu cases as temperatures decline in the fall and winter months. Here we go again, I am amazed and shocked that there have been more than 208,000 deaths in this country due to COVID-19. The numbers still dumbfound me as I think about the people we have lost this year due to this pandemic. Even as we enter fall and winter, the fact remains that there is no quick end to this global health crisis. Health experts have indicated that we can decrease our incidence of COVID-19 by washing our hands often, practice social distancing and wearing a mask. Wearing a mask is not a political statement but rather a statement of caring for others and yourself. People are also increasingly fatigued by their social isolation and they are beginning to move about more. Such movement …

A&T’s Kearney makes history

Members of the Phoenix Fury and Coach Kim Terrell-Kearney (pictured top, left).North Carolina A&T women’s bowling head coach Kim Terrell-Kearney made history in the world of bowling recently. First, she became the first woman to coach an all-female team in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). Second, her team, the Phoenix Fury, recorded the first win ever in the league by an all-female team. Terrell-Kearney is staying busy. On top of coaching the Aggies and a PBA team, she was named an assistant coach for Team USA earlier this year. The collegiate team Terrell-Kearney coaches was excited to see their coach making history. Cameron Strombeck, the 2021 MEAC preseason bowler, called Terrell-Kearney’s actions inspirational. “Seeing a team full of female bowlers compete against the men was super cool,” said Strombeck. “It showed us (as a team) if you can bowl then you can bowl, it doesn’t matter that you’re female.” …

ELECTION 2020: Black early voting ready to break records

Socially Distanced March/ Car Caravan to the Polls Thursday, October 15th, 11:30 a.m. from New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 1105 Willow Road to Barber Park, 500 Barber Park Dr. (off E. Florida Street). After early voting, all attendees are encouraged to return to New Light Baptist for free drive-thru COVID-19 testing from to 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free fresh foods will also be given away via the drive-thru at 2:30 p.m. From today, Thursday, Oct. 15th, through Saturday, October 31st, early voting in North Carolina will be the rule, especially for African Americans, who, statistics show, come out in large numbers during this period. On Monday, Oct. 12, the state of Georgia broke its own first day early voting record with 126,876 voters casting ballots, as video showed long lines of African Americans at the polls in what many consider to be a strong conservative …

ELECTION 2020: Doug Emhoff visits Greensboro

North Carolina A&T State University students Ariana McClay and Julian Woods stand with Doug Emhoff (husband of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris) and students Aigné Taylor and Angela Medcalf in front of the A&T Four Statue and the Dudley Building on the university’s campus. Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker David Emhoff, husband of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, hit the campaign trail last weekend, making a stop in Greensboro on October 2. Emhoff served as the keynote speaker for the grand opening of the Biden-Harris Triad Campaign Hub on 2300 Meadowview Rd. in Greensboro. His other stops in Greensboro included a visit to North Carolina A&T State University, and a listening session with working women at SouthEnd Brewing Co., moderated by State Rep. Ashton Clemmons. “This helps build a better campaign that is responsive to what the people are talking about. These are the issues that are important …

Disaster Debate: Trump to White Supremacists – “Stand By”

For the second time in his presidency Donald Trump, when offered the opportunity, declined to denounce White supremacists. Instead, during Tuesday night’s fiery and stunning presidential debate with Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump, when asked by beleaguered moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, to condemn “White supremacists and militia groups” and tell them to “stand down,” replied, “Sure, I’m willing to do that, but I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing.” When Wallace asked for clarification, giving the example of the right wing violent neo-racist, Trump replied, “Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by.” Even the FBI has declared that America’s most dangerous terrorist threats come from White supremacist groups, not Black Lives Matter, which Trump and leaders in the Republican Party routinely and falsely accuse of starting violent demonstrations, burning and looting. Doing the Tuesday …

Gov. Cooper says, if metrics remain stable, he might ease more restrictions

Gov. Cooper’s administration agreed to let the N.C. State football player’s parents attend the game against Wake Forest last weekend at Carter-Finley Stadium as long as face masks were worn and families appropriately distanced themselves from others. The new rule would allow for seven percent of stadium capacity to attend, which in the case of Carter-Finley, would be close to 4,000 spectators. RALEIGH – Outdoor stadiums and venues with a seating capacity of more than 10,000 will be able to allow some fans back in early October if North Carolina’s COVID-19 trends and metrics remain stable or improve over the next 10 days. Gov. Roy Cooper made the announcement on Tuesday during a briefing with reporters so sports teams and any concert promoters hoping to bring audiences back would have time to print tickets and set up strict social distancing plans. The current Safer at Home Phase 2.5 executive order …

Mount Zion Baptist donates $50K to aid Guilford Co. Schools

Bishop Bryan J. Pierce, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro presents a monetary donation to GCS and Guilford Education Alliance (GEA) representatives. (L-R) Bishop Pierce, GCS Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras, Louise Courts (above) and Phillip McCall Jr. (far right), both with GEA. Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Mount Zion Baptist Church (located at1301 Alamance Church Road in Greensboro) donated $50,000 to The Guilford Education Alliance on September 23 for the purchase of much-needed devices for students. When schools closed in March due to COVID-19, GCS only had 16,000 devices available for 73,000 students and 10,000 teachers across the district. According to Dr. Contreras, the donation will be earmarked for the communities in which Mount Zion resides, which include Bluford, Peeler, and Faulkner Elementary Schools, Hairston Middle School and The Academy at Lincoln and Dudley High School. Bishop Bryan J. Pierce, …

Voters concerned Biden Campaign not doing enough to win N.C.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris are the 2020 candidates on the Democratic ticket for U.S. President and Vice President. Absentee/ mail-in ballot voting has already begun in N.C. In-person early voting will begin October 15. This week it was reported that a “Women for Trump” tour through North Carolina was kicking off, and Trump himself is visiting Charlotte today – his fifth N.C. trip in a month – and that was after the Republican president made a fly-in campaign stop at Fayetteville Airport last Saturday. Meanwhile, Joe Biden made his first in-person foray into North Carolina with a visit to Charlotte yesterday, having limited the campaign to two virtual events last week. The Joe Biden – Kamala Harris presidential campaign has made it clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely limited his ability to freely campaign in key battleground states like North Carolina, and …

People of color needed for COVID-19 vaccine trials

As I write this article, 194,000 people have died from COVID-19 and this number grows each day. In the United States, we are losing 1,000 people per day. The numbers continuously show that we are far from controlling this highly contagious virus. The numbers are also a harbinger of the fact that in the U.S. this pandemic is far from being over. I abhor that there are models predicting a loss of life of more than 300,000 people due to COVID-19 before the end of this year. What are we to expect by the New Year? More of the same? We are hopeful that a vaccine will be developed which will be helpful. However, we must also be realistic in considering several points. First, we must recognize that we are hopeful for a vaccine and not assured of a vaccine. Second, we must understand that a vaccine will not …