I hope everyone’s New Year holiday was as relaxing and enjoyable as mine. I personally hang in on New Year’s Eve and let the amateurs have their night out.

Catching up:

*Yes, good doc, apparently there is a desire to build the the proposed taxpayer-funded downtown hotel next to Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston’s International Civil Rights Museum. Gosh, this is going to be fun. Remember, too, that county commissioners —technically speaking —-hold the fate of a certain taxpayer-funded city aquatic center in their hands. Looks like some hand-washing going on here.

*Alston’s buddy Steve Arnold still owes $1.2 million to a creditor, says a U.S. bankruptcy judge. Hey, Steve — a bankruptcy hearing is not exactly the proper place for sarcasm.

*Looks like Joe Killian is now on the N&R’s Guilford County beat. He’s a good reporter —- let’s see what he digs up on the county’s shadowy effort to reign in spending in what looks to be another tough budget year.

*I’d rather not, but let’s talk some more about Demario Atwater. Apologies for inaccurately reporting that Atwater’s trial for the murder of Eve Carson is scheduled to be held in Winston-Salem. Atwater will be tried on federal carjacking, kidnapping and firearms charges in W-S, but his lawyers want that trial moved out of state.

*Looks like Charlotte has some pretty fancy “public art” going up along its new greenway. My partner riding shotgun said she thought “it was just a greenway.” It’s never “just a greenway,” sweetheart.

*In a surprise move, Kevin Terry resigns as president of the Winston-Salem Dash as the team makes the mad dash to finish its taxpayer-funded downtown stadium. Incoming prez Geoff Lassiter has a lot of tickets to sell.

*While talking about Greensboro Mayor Bill Knight’s conservative platform, Biz Journal editor Justin Catanoso says here “you know you can’t save your way out of a recession.” Catanoso’s talking about government, and no, I don’t know that.

Happy New year!