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Winners emerge from close contests

HIGH POINT — Longtime state Rep. John Faircloth, R-Guilford, narrowly held onto his House seat in Guilford County by fending off a challenge by Democrat Brandon Gray in Tuesday’s general election.

The 62nd House District contest was one of several local midterm elections in which final results weren’t reported until late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning.

Faircloth, who’s from High Point, trailed most of the evening as returns were posted in the 62nd House District that covers parts of the city and western and northwestern Guilford County. Faircloth took the lead by a thin margin as the final precinct totals were posted.

With all 29 precincts reporting, Faircloth had 20,304 votes, or 52%, to Gray’s 18,498 votes, or 48%, according to complete but unofficial returns from the Guilford County Board of Elections.

Faircloth, who’s a co-chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, has been responsible for securing state appropriations for local needs such as the High Point Market and local community organizations and nonprofits. He is a retired High Point police chief and former city councilman.

The race between Faircloth and Gray, a small business owner from Oak Ridge, was a rematch of their 2020 contest. Faircloth won the race two years ago by a more comfortable margin of 14 percentage points.

Faircloth told The High Point Enterprise that he wasn’t surprised by the close race.

When the 62nd House District was redrawn during redistricting, Faircloth said, he lost a stronghold in southern High Point.

In another close race, Republican Pat Tillman edged out Democrat Derek Mobley for a seat on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in District 3, which covers parts of Greensboro and northern and northwestern Guilford County. With all 25 precincts reporting, Tillman had 16,870 votes, or 52%, to Mobley’s 15,772, or 48%.

Tillman will succeed GOP Commissioner Justin Conrad, who didn’t seek reelection.

Tillman currently serves on the Guilford County Board of Education. The leadership of the Guilford County Republican Party will select a replacement for the District 3 seat on the school board to serve the remaining two years of Tillman’s unexpired term.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Cathy Manning, D-6th, declared victory late Tuesday night against Republican challenger Christian Castelli. With all 215 precincts reporting, Manning had 138,104 votes, or 54%, to Castelli’s 116,076 votes, or 45%. The remaining 1% of ballots were cast for Libertarian Party candidate Thomas Watercott.

In the Guilford County sheriff’s race, with all 165 precincts reporting, Democratic incumbent Danny Rogers had 102,300 votes, or 55%, to Republican challenger Phil Byrd’s 81,734 votes, or 45%. Rogers secured his second consecutive term as Guilford County sheriff.

Democrats maintained their 6-3 advantage on the Guilford County Board of Education, losing no seats to Republicans who had leveled harsh criticism at the board.

Four Republicans ran on a common platform critical of the board’s Democratic majority and of Guilford County Schools administrators, but only two won: In District 2, Republican Crissy Pratt won with 58.5% of the vote to Democrat Amanda Cook’s 41.5%, and in District 4, incumbent Republican Linda Welborn won with 52% of the vote to Democrat Deon Clark’s 48%.

The District 2 seat currently is held by longtime Republican board member Anita Sharpe, who didn’t seek reelection. The district covers western and northwestern High Point.

District 4 covers parts of Greensboro and northern Guilford County.

In District 6, which covers north High Point and southwestern Guilford County, incumbent Democrat Khem Irby had 52.5% of the vote, and Republican Tim Andrew had 47.5%.

In the race for the only countywide at-large seat, Democrat Alan Sherouse had 55% of the vote, and Republican Demetria Carter had 45%. The seat currently is held by Democrat Winston McGregor, who didn’t seek reelection.

Incumbent Democrat Deena Hayes-Greene had no opponent on the ballot in District 8, a Greensboro district.

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Early sign of Christmas season goes up

HIGH POINT — A crew has erected High Point’s 44-foot-tall Christmas tree outside the centerfield entrance of Truist Point stadium in downtown High Point, beginning a countdown to a day of events — including a fireworks show — designed to draw hundreds if not thousands of people downtown.

Furnitureland Rotary Club, which gave the tree to the city last year, announced that the 2022 High Point Holiday Party will be on Saturday, Nov. 19.

That is the same day as Downtown Drink and Dine, sponsored by the High Point Jaycees, a ticketed event offering the chance to sample food and drinks at places that operate downtown.

The Holiday Party starts at noon with complimentary trolley rides on the Support Local Retailers Trolley Hop, which will have 10 stops featuring 13 retailers and also will tour High Point University’s Christmas decorations. Trolley riders can take part in a scavenger hunt, and the first 150 who complete the hunt will receive a long-sleeved event T-shirt.

From 3-7 p.m. at the intersection of Elm and Church Streets and the Truist Point concourse, where the giant tree is, the main attraction is a holiday market and craft bazaar with about 50 vendors and food trucks. There also will be three Kids Zones that will include bounce houses, pictures with Santa, face painting and free hot cocoa and s’mores.

Downtown Drink and Dine also will take place 3-7 p.m. People will check in at Stratagon on English Road and will choose where to go. A tree-lighting ceremony will start at 5 p.m. with live musical performances, concluding with the tree-lighting.

Events will conclude with a fireworks show sponsored by Visit High Point.

For more information on the High Point Holiday Party, go to the website www.hpholidayparty.com.

For a link to information and tickets for Downtown Drink and Dine, go to www.highpointjaycees.org/calendar/


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I-85 Business interchange ramp to close

HIGH POINT — Crews for the N.C. Department of Transportation will close one of the ramps at Interstate 85 Business and S. Main Street for two years starting tonight as part of a reconfiguration of the interchange.

The ramp from northbound I-85 Business, now known as U.S. 29, to Main Street will close at 10 p.m. today and will not reopen until November 2024.

The long-term closure is necessary so crews can construct a new ramp.

A detour is marked for drivers to reach S. Main Street. Drivers should be cautious and alert when approaching the area.

The N.C. Department of Transportation announced details about the project this past March, when the agency awarded a contract for construction. The project was estimated to cost $25.3 million.

The work primarily involves replacing the highway bridge dating from the 1950s, widening S. Main Street to add turn lanes and bringing the interchange up to current design standards.


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Chapin named CEO of furniture hall of fame

HIGH POINT — Former Business High Point-Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Patrick Chapin is the new CEO of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation, the organization announced Wednesday.

Chapin started his new role in October, replacing Karen McNeill, who was promoted to chief vision officer and president of the board of directors.

He will lead the opening of the hall of fame headquarters in downtown High Point at 311 S. Hamilton St., which is slated for April 2023.

It will include a gallery that honors the 131 members of the hall of fame, as well as year-round museum exhibits open to the public.

“Patrick is perfectly positioned to expand on our core strengths and take the hall of fame to the next level, as we continue to chronicle our history, celebrate our leaders and unite the industry across all roles,” said Caroline Hipple, president of the hall of fame foundation board of directors and of Norwalk Furniture.

Chapin, who stepped down from BHP Chamber in August after a six-year tenure, said his new job offers a chance to lead an organization that has a national scope that will bring a strong local presence to downtown revitalization with its new headquarters.

“Our new home, with world-class interactive exhibits and immersive technology, will be an incredibly powerful and beautiful venue for the industry, community and visitors to celebrate, discover and be inspired,” Chapin said.

Hall of fame representatives praised his record leading BHP Chamber from its inception in 2016, a period that saw the organization post growth in revenue, membership, sponsorship and fundraising. Chapin also helped lead the development of the Congdon Yards campus, which serves as a hub for aspiring and established businesses.

“He has the business experience, the intimate understanding of High Point and a thirst for learning and progressing that is really unmatched,” said Mark Phillips, a hall of fame board member and president and CEO of Phillips Collection in High Point.

Phillips is also on the building committee for the new headquarters, a former showroom that’s being renovated and expanded into a 23,500-square-foot building and museum.

“I have a feeling we’re really going to make a quantum leap. Everybody who has been to that building has just been floored, because it’s so much more than they ever dreamed of,” Phillips said.

McNeill said the headquarters will be a $15 million project once both phases are completed. Freeman Kennett Architects of High Point designed the building and ROTO of Columbus, Ohio, is developing the exhibits.

McNeill said the building will showcase the history of the furniture industry and feature a “forward-facing museum” with interactive exhibits with kiosks.

“Our new building has been designed as a place to gather, a place to honor and a place to learn,” she said. “You can stand in front of the kiosk and say, ‘I’m interested in interior design.’ You would have the choice to approach that according to the kind of design you’re interested in. It’s not a lot of furniture. It’s really more of a discovery center.”


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