It's the first day of school for Wilkes County. School buses are back on the highways so remember it is unlawful to pass a stopped school bus. Each day, about 3,000 vehicles illegally pass stopped school buses in North Carolina, putting children's lives in danger. According to state law--When a school bus is displaying its mechanical stop signal or flashing red lights and the bus is stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers, the driver of any other vehicle that approaches the school bus from any direction on the same street, highway, or public vehicular area shall bring that other vehicle to a full stop and shall remain stopped until after the mechanical stop signal has been withdrawn, the flashing red stoplights have been turned off, and the bus has started to move. Wilkes County Schools began gearing up last week with Open Houses for parents and students. If you haven't already, check out the new Wilkes County Schools' website at www.wilkescountyschools.org. As the new school year begins, it is very important that all parents and guardians update information for their child(ren). Schools need current emergency contacts and other information (health concerns, transportation plans, yearly permissions, etc.) in order to properly meet the needs of each child in their care. This information is on the new website. Directions for updating your student's information in InfoSnap can be found on the Wilkes County Schools' Facebook page. Also, an ACT Prep Program is being offered for high school juniors and seniors. The program offers 24 hours of instruction along with a pre and post test. There will be a mandatory parent meeting for anyone interested on August 30th at 6 pm at the Stone Center for Performing Arts.
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Last week, the Wilkes EMS Race to Revive was busy placing defibrillators at area organizations. Wilkes EMS says their job is not just to respond to emergencies but to help prevent whenever possible and to prepare the community to respond when bad things happen. Last week, Wilkes EMS was at Oak Grove, Fishing Creek Arbor, and Sweet Home Baptist churches for training. If your church or non-profit organization is interested in applying to participate in the program, please see the Race to Revive Facebook page for more information. Even if Wilkes EMS is unable to provide an AED, they can still send a team to teach you how to recognize the need for and operate an automated external defibrillator.
The Wilkes County Hall of Fame committee is currently accepting the application for the 2017 Inductees. This will be the 4th Class. On-line Applications can be obtained by visiting www.wilkescountyhalloffame.org under “forms” or they can be picked up at the Wilkes County Schools Board of Education Office. Applications are accepted until January 31, 2017. The Wilkes County Hall of Fame was created to recognize citizens and corporations that have made invaluable contributions to Wilkes County and beyond. The mission of the Wilkes County Hall of Fame is to promote and honor the excellence of the people of Wilkes County in order to encourage and inspire the youth of Wilkes. The Wilkes County Hall of Fame is located in the Wilkes County Schools Administrative Offices in the Stone Family Performing Arts Center at 613 Cherry Street in North Wilkesboro.
Governor Pat McCrory joined 500 students, staff and community leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the John Yowell Aviation and Logistics Lab at Phoenix Academy last week. Phoenix Academy has partnerships with both Guilford Technical Community College and the aviation industry, and was recently named an IB World School, the only public charter school in the state to receive this distinction. The Governor has been working to bring education and business leaders together through the North Carolina Business Committee for Education. Also last week, Governor McCrory attended the groundbreaking of HAECO Americas expanding aerospace operations at nearby Piedmont Triad International Airport, an announcement that will bring 500 new jobs and $60 million in investments to the state.
Governor Pat McCrory joined community leaders and representatives from the Texas Rangers organization last week to celebrate the return of baseball to the City of Kinston. “I am thrilled that baseball is coming back to the historic 1949 Grainger Stadium,” said Governor McCrory. The Texas Rangers recently announced the new Carolina League franchise, which will begin play in 2017. Baseball was last played at Grainger Stadium in Kinston in 2011.
As part of Governor Pat McCrory’s Project Phoenix initiative to return underutilized state properties to more productive and efficient use, the governor announced today that the state has completed the $1.5 million sale of the historic Heck-Andrews House in Raleigh’s Blount Street District. The closing on the Heck-Andrews House follows the sale of two other historic properties over the past two weeks in downtown Raleigh. The sale of these homes is estimated to return $7 million to the state. Additionally, properties on Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh and the former site of the Charlotte Correctional Facility have been listed for sale.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is warning on Social Media concerning Phone Scams in Wilkes. Residents are urged to please be aware that there are currently several phone “scams” going around the county. Sheriff Chris Shew reminds us to NEVER give out personal, banking, or identification information over the phone to anyone you do not know. If you didn’t solicit the call then it's probably a fraudulent call. These scam calls have many ways to convince you to send them money or get your banking information, including: “You have won a sweepstakes, and all we need is for you to send us money”; “This is the IRS and if you don’t send us money you will be arrested”; “You have been awarded a government grant, just give us your banking information and we will place the money in your account”; and “Grandma/Grandpa this is --- (Actual grand child’s name.), I’m in trouble and need you to send me money.” If you have questions or feel you have been the victim of a phone or mail scam, and you would like to speak to an officer, don’t hesitate to call the Wilkes Sheriff's Office: 336-903-7600 or 336-838-9111.
Two in Wilkes were arrested for misuse of 911. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a residence on South Recreation Road in reference to a 911 hang up call. Deputies tried several times to get the two people inside the house to open the door. One person opened the door to deny calling 911 and to say there was no emergency before closing and locking door. The Deputies were instructed to arrest the occupants for misuse of 911. Deputies explained they would force open the door if they two inside did not open it. The two again refused and Deputies kicked open the door. A cell phone on one person inside showed that there were 7 missed calls from the 911 Communications Center. The two, Pamela Stamper and Maurice Kennedy, were both arrested and charged with misuse of 911 and resisting arrest.
It began in 2014 and continues for the upcoming school year. All students in Wilkes County’s public schools can receive breakfast and lunch at no cost, regardless of income. Wilkes County Schools will again participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, during the 2016-17 school year. CEP in Wilkes County will allow all students one free reimbursable breakfast and one free reimbursable lunch each day the student is in attendance. Known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), qualifying high-poverty school systems can offer free breakfast and lunch to all students. Wilkes is eligible for CEP because it was designated an area of “severe poverty” under federal standards, meaning seven out of every 10 Wilkes students are considered “food insecure." For more information, visit the Wilkes Schools website or contact your child's school.
Wilkes County - PASS or Prayer Around the School System is coming this weekend: Saturday, August 27th or Sunday, August 28th. The goal is to have at least one church at each school for this special time of prayer. Prayer services are held at each elementary, middle, and high school. Wilkes Prayer Around the School System has partnered with churches for several years now for a time of prayer at each school prior to the start of each new academic year. For more information on Wilkes County PASS, call (336)835-7133.