HIGH POINT — The City Council plans to have its first face-to-face encounters with city manager job candidates at a special meeting Friday.
Council members Wesley Hudson and Victor Jones both said the purpose is to interview prospects for the top position. The meeting, which will be a closed session for personnel issues, is scheduled for 8 a.m. at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro.
“This is our first set of interviews,” Hudson said.
The council last month narrowed the field from more than 40 applicants to a pool of semifinalists.
Hudson and Jones said they were not sure how many candidates were coming for interviews Friday, but the overall search process has not yet reached the finalist stage.
“I know we’re down to a few candidates,” Jones said.
The consultant leading the search, Ellis Hankins, has presented the council a timeline for more in-depth, follow-up interviews at a later date, Hudson said.
“I’m sure that there will still be discussion among council, and most likely another interview with finalists,” he said.
The city has been without a permanent manager since May 2020, when Greg Demko resigned. The council appointed then-deputy manager Randy McCaslin to serve as interim manager. He plans to stay in that role, help the new manager transition into the job and then retire.
Jones said there are particular issues that he plans to ask candidates about during Friday’s interviews.
“My questions are going to be focused on economic development and making sure our city is business-friendly,” he said, referring to the city approval process for construction permits and other aspects of development.
Hudson said Hankins is still involved in the search process.
“He is handling all the initial screenings and presented a slate of preliminary candidates,” he said. “I am extremely happy with the candidates we’ve been presented. There is a very talented field, both local and state, and some out-of-state. I couldn’t be happier with the choices we have. They’re all very qualified. I have great confidence that we’ll find a great city manager.”
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THOMASVILLE — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a ferocious fire that burned a house to its foundation in Thomasville on Sunday.
No one was hurt in the blaze, though the family’s pet was killed, a fire official saiad.
The fire happened shortly before noon at the one-story house at 101 Veach Court. The fire was so intense that crews dispatched from the fire station on National Highway saw the smoke from 5 miles away, said Michael Wilson, Thomasville Fire & Rescue battalion chief.
The first Thomasville Fire Department unit arrived to find heavy smoke and the building engulfed in fire, Wilson told The High Point Enterprise.
“The house was already collapsing when the first units arrived,” Wilson said. “So we made no interior attack — everything was exterior attack only. It was contained to the walls and the foundation.”
No one was home when the fire began. The resident had gone out to get fuel for his lawn mower, Wilson said.
“He was on-scene when we arrived,” Wilson said. “He had gotten a call from his neighbor to let him know the house was on fire.”
The family is being assisted by a local American Red Cross chapter.
Investigators were working through the rubble Monday to seek the cause of the fire.
“We’ve had to get heavy equipment out here to dig through it,” Wilson said. “It’s going to be a long process.”
The house, which dates from the 1990s, is a total loss, though a dollar estimate on the damage wasn’t available. The house had a tax-assessed value of $87,210, according to Davidson County property records.
Firefighters received reports from callers to 911 of loud explosions during the fire, though Wilson said Monday it wasn’t clear to investigators what would have caused any explosions.
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The annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride, a fundraiser benefiting the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, will be held virtually this year.
The event, called “Walk, Run, Ride for 45,” honors the memory of Kyle Petty’s late son, Adam, who died in 2000.
Last year’s event had to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, so organizers decided to hold the event virtually this year, rather than cancel again, said Kyle Petty, former NASCAR driver, current racing analyst and founder of the ride.
“After receiving so many requests to hold a virtual event in place of the ride, we are excited to deliver and open up the event to allow not only our riders, but also allow our fans to participate,” he said. “Our sole mission is to raise funds each year to provide magical camping experiences for deserving kids at Victory Junction.”
Registration began April 5, and participants have nearly a month to fundraise before conquering the physical challenge of walking or running 4,500 steps or riding 45 miles on their bicycle or motorcycle over the course of five days — May 10-14. All proceeds will be used to help send children with chronic and serious medical illnesses to camp at Victory Junction.
A $10 registration fee enters participants into the virtual fundraiser challenge, where they can then choose to fundraise individually or as part of a team. The top three individual fundraisers and the top fundraising team will receive prizes including NASCAR race tickets, a Zoom call with Petty, autographed hats and assorted other items.
During the challenge, participants can choose to walk, run or ride all at once or spread it out over the course of the five-day period.
For more information about the “Walk, Run, Ride for 45” fundraiser, and to register, visit bit.ly/WalkRunRideFor45.
Since the ride began in 1995, riders have raised more than $19 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.