HIGH POINT — People going to the 10th annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival next week will have to bring a couple of things: a face mask and proof of either a COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test.
Those without proof of a vaccination or a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours will be asked a series of COVID protocol questions before being allowed in. Face masks will be required for entry.
The Friends of John Coltrane board members have been monitoring and consulting with other music festival organizers on best practices to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19. Based on the continuing rise of delta variant cases, they will follow all recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the festival, set for Sept. 4-5 at Oak Hollow Festival Park.
CDC guidance for outdoor activities has not changed, board member Patrick Harman said.
“We wanted to protect our attendees as much as possible while also understanding that, with the festival being so close, communicating new information to all our attendees could be problematic,” Harman said. “We are hopeful that our attendees will appreciate the extra steps we are taking at this year’s festival.”
The FOJC also is requiring all on-site volunteers and event staff to be fully vaccinated.
VIP guests and volunteers who return each year have been supportive so far of the new safety guidelines, said Joe Williams, director of the festival.
“Everyone who is volunteering has already shown their credentials that they are fully vaccinated,” Williams said. “I think it’s important that we ask those COVID questions and just try to make sure that we keep people safe. We didn’t lose any volunteers, to my knowledge.”
FOJC board members have been in contact with VIP guests while making seat assignments and answering questions.
“For the most part, they seem to be delighted about it,” Williams said. “It’s more of a relief rather than a negative. We’re doing something to try to keep everybody safe.”
Attendees are asked to maintain comfortable social distancing while at Oak Hollow Festival Park. Hand sanitizer stations will be available at each entry and throughout high-traffic areas, which will be expanded to minimize lines.
Organizers ask that people not attend the two-day festival if they have:
• Tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days before the event.
• Experienced high fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting or any other symptom related to COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to the event.
• Traveled to any country that has quarantine advisories in place due to COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the event.
“As we talk about it, this has been a rough year for many people,” Williams said. “You hear that when they say they’re looking forward to a chance to enjoy music and get out. We want to make it as comfortable and stress-free as possible.”
Restricted backstage access will help protect performers, who have become more familiar with Coltrane’s connection to High Point as the festival has grown over the past decade, Williams said. Artists are telling other artists about it, he said.
“We should be proud to say that John Coltrane grew up here in High Point in his developmental years,” Williams said. “People may not realize how big he is throughout the world, not just in one genre of music but to music in general.”
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HIGH POINT — A man who was fatally shot this past weekend outside a west High Point residence may have startled his assailant in the early-morning darkness, police say.
High Point Police Department officers found Eleuterio Gallardo, 53, dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the 1100 block of Campbell Street, between his residence and a neighbor’s, about 2:25 a.m. Saturday. Two .40-caliber shell casings were found in the yard.
Gallardo’s widow reported he went outside because he believed someone was attempting to break into a residence along the street, police said.
When he went out, Gallordo may have “startled the suspect” and may not have been targeted, Lt. B.J. MacFarland told The High Point Enterprise.
“The investigation is ongoing and we will not be releasing any further information about the investigation at this time,” MacFarland said.
On Wednesday morning police officers and volunteers with High Point Community Against Violence went door-to-door in the neighborhood to seek information and reassure residents. The neighborhood flyer response is a regular step taken by police in the aftermath of a homicide.
The city has recorded 15 homicides this year, already eclipsing the 14 homicides for all of 2020. All but three of the homicides this year have been resolved through arrests. In another, police fatally shot the gunman during a stand-off at a W. English Road house.
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HIGH POINT — A developer is asking High Point to allow up to 450 new homes on a 74-acre tract that borders an interstate highway.
LeoTerra Development has filed a rezoning application for the site at Cox Avenue and Jackson Lake Road to accommodate a residential development of up to 310 townhomes and 140 single-family detached homes, according to Tom Terrell, an attorney representing the company.
The owners of the property, Jay Patrick Short and Dawn M. Short, have petitioned the city for voluntary annexation of the site, which is in unincorporated Guilford County.
The property, which consists of undeveloped land that backs up to Interstate 74, is in High Point’s annexation area and its extraterritorial jurisdiction.
LeoTerra Development is asking the city to rezone the site from a combination of employment center and residential single-family to a conditional zoning residential multifamily category that could allow up to 16 units per acre.
At this point, there are no multifamily uses, such as apartments, being proposed for the site.
Terrell said the site is being designed so that the townhome portion of the project would be adjacent to I-74 and the single-family detached homes would be contiguous to these types of existing neighborhoods.
The targeted sales-price range for the homes would be between $300,000 and $350,000.
LeoTerra Development, which is based in the Triad, has multiple High Point projects in various stages.
Earlier this month, the City Council approved the company’s request to annex and rezone 44 acres at Johnson Street and Skeet Club Road to allow up to 300 townhomes.
Also recently, the company bought 21 acres at 1918 Eastchester Drive that it got rezoned in March to allow an apartment and office development.
In addition, it has a 42-lot single-family subdivision under development on Village Springs Drive, just south of Willard Dairy Road.
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DAVIDSON COUNTY — For the second time this week, a person was hit and killed by a train in Davidson County on Wednesday.
Just before 6:45 a.m., Gary Dale Beck, 37, was struck and killed at Lee Smith Road in Lexington by an Amtrak train traveling north from Salisbury to High Point, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office said. Beck, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was found about a quarter of a mile from the site of impact.
Thomasville police also released the name on Wednesday of a Thomasville woman who was hit and killed by an Amtrak passenger train downtown on Monday night. Mary Fowler, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene along the 300 block of W. Main Street.
The Amtrak engineer reported seeing someone trying to cross on the southbound side of the tracks in front of the train, which was unable to stop in time. The train was traveling 79 mph as it was on its way to Raleigh from Charlotte. No other injuries were reported.