Merlefest began yesterday afternoon and continues today. The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest finalist competition, hosted by MerleFest, will be held today. Writers of the 12 songs, selected from over 744 entries, will compete on the Austin Stage in Alumni Hall at MerleFest today. Now in its 24th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. The first place winners will receive $600 cash from MerleFest and a performance slot on the Cabin Stage on Friday night. For more details about the contest, visit www.MerleFest.org/ChrisAustinSongwritingContest. The complete lineup and stage schedules are posted at merlefest.org/lineup and available on the MerleFest mobile app; festival updates are delivered via Twitter (@MerleFest) and Facebook.
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A Wilkes County resident is a recent victim of a Publishers Clearing House scam. The North Wilkesboro woman was contacted by someone who advised that she had won prize money and needed to send money to Jamaica by Western Union to insure the money and claim her prize. Now the Wilkes victim has lost the money she sent as this was a scam. Publishers Clearing House is the REAL deal― a legitimate sweepstakes company that has awarded more than $225 Million in Cash and Prizes so far! Unfortunately, sometimes criminals try to cash in on our good name and trick unsuspecting people like you with Publishers Clearing House Scams. While they may be convincing, here are 3 foolproof ways to know for sure if an offer is from the REAL PCH — or if it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. 1. If you’re required to wire or pay any amount of money in order to claim a prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. PCH sweepstakes are ALWAYS FREE to enter, and there is never any fee associated with winning. 2. If you’re asked to load up a Green Dot MoneyPak or other money transfer card, in exchange for claiming your prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Again, PCH will NEVER ask you to pay a cent to collect a prize. 3. If someone tries to contact you in advance regarding a prize delivery, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam!
They say it decreased in Wilkes and all across the state. According to the NC Dept of Commerce, Unemployment Rates decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in March. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.2 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.6 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.4 percent. The March not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.4 percent. Here in Wilkes the Unemployment Rate last month was 5.3 compared to 5.7 last month and 5.6 one year ago, so Wilkes is now 0.1 lower than the state average. The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2016 when the state unemployment rate for April 2016 will be released. This information may be accessed on the Commerce website at nccommerce.com/lead
They even stole her Bible. Wilkesboro Police were called to investigate a theft in Lowes Hardware parking lot. The victim reported that while she was inside the store that someone stole her pocketbook from her car. In her purse was checks, bank card, medication, and a Bible. Police are checking surveillance video to determine a suspect. There are no other leads at this time. The theft happened about noon Tuesday.
Fire activity on the Whipping Creek Road Fire of Hyde and Dare counties in Eastern NC has been declining for several days. Infrared flights have shown few hotspots; those spots have been dealt with individually and directly by water drops and hand crews. Since the fire complexity and activity level have decreased, the need for resources, including both people and equipment, has also declined. As a result, state teams are being replaced by local units. With the forecast weather of rain and low wind, the fire is not expected to increase in size from its current 15,453 acres. However, firefighters will take no chances and will continue to monitor and mop-up until infrared flights indicate there is no heat at all. Current containment is almost 80 percent.
North Carolina is proactively settling workers’ compensation claims that will result in more than $24 million in cost savings. “We owe it to the people of North Carolina to be good stewards of their tax dollars,” said Governor McCrory. To facilitate the settlement of these claims, a $2 million Workers’ Compensation Settlement Reserve Fund was created to augment settlement funding available from individual agencies. So far, seven claims have been approved by the Industrial Commission and paid in full. By closing just these seven claims, the state has achieved nearly $5 million in future cost avoidance. By increasing oversight and enhancing the claims management process, the State of North Carolina has succeeded in reducing the payout for workers’ compensation claims.
MerleFest 2016 begins today, Thursday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, May 1. Approximately 75,000 participants will gather at this annual homecoming of musicians and music lovers at Wilkes Community College for the nation’s largest celebration of American roots music with over 100 artists on 13 stages. The complete lineup and stage schedules are posted at merlefest.org/lineup and available on the MerleFest mobile app; festival updates are delivered via Twitter (@MerleFest) and Facebook. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music.
A 16-year-old Wilkes Central High School student was arrested this week for possession of a weapon on school grounds. According to Brandon Absher of the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, the girl and her brother came to school in their Dad's truck. They all forgot that a gun was in the truck. Then at break, the 16-year-old girl found the gun and took a selfie of herself and the gun. No one was harmed or even threatened by the teen or the weapon; however, the Wilkes County School System and the Sheriff's Office has a zero tolerance for possession of weapons on school grounds. The girl was charged with felony possession and is awaiting her court date.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a couple of thefts. In the first report, a Purlear resident reported that someone had stolen a pressure washer off their front porch. In the second report, a Millers Creek victim reported that someone over the past week had taken a weed eater from an outbuilding. No suspects were listed with either report.