For those headed out on the water, what looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. North Carolina ranks No. 5 in the nation for boating accidents and No. 9 in the nation for boating fatalities, with 139 boating mishaps causing 16 deaths in the state in 2013. The National Safe Boating Council will kick off its Wear It! campaign promoting safe boating and life jackets with National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22. So, when you're out on the water, wear that life jacket and stay safe.
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Governor Pat McCrory announced very positive news for the state of North Carolina, which includes an estimated revenue surplus of approximately $400 million dollars for the current fiscal year which ends June 30. Previous consensus budget forecasts predicted a revenue shortfall of $271 million for the fiscal year. “This surplus is the result of a growing economy, fiscally responsible budget, and tax reform that’s putting more money in the pockets of North Carolinians,” said Governor McCrory. Final decisions on the new investments have yet to be made, but the governor will continue on a conservative, fiscally responsible path by investing more money into the state’s savings reserve as well as the repair and renovations reserve. Additionally, the governor will propose reinstating the medical expense tax deduction for seniors as well as targeted salary investments in employees that can deliver the greatest positive impact for North Carolina citizens. The governor will also budget funds to cover debt service payments of the Connect NC bond investments, should the program pass the General Assembly and be approved by voters.
At a house on Hwy 268 a window was broken, but nothing appears to be missing. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm at the Elkin Hwy location. Deputies found an exterior window broken out. The owner lives in Florida and had another local man who checks on the property to meet with Deputies. The man told Deputies that the residence had been broken into on two other occasions. He also said that nothing appeared to be missing. The man was going to board up the windows and secure the property. Again, there is no word on suspects.
The thief stole equipment from a house that is having construction work done. The victim is working on remolding a house in Moravian Falls. He had his pressure washer at the house and left it in the basement. According to the victim, he last saw his pressure washer on Monday around 1200 hrs. When he returned to the construction site on Tuesday, the JOHN DEERE PRESSURE WASHER was gone. The stolen washer was valued at $1500. The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
A local business also called the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office concerning a theft. Last week, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a larceny at Bare Sand and Stone in Millers Creek. The business reported that several wooden pallets valued at $400 were taken. Video surveillance recorded a suspect and their vehicle. Charges are pending further investigation.
The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office and the Wilkesboro Police are both investigating a car theft and recovery case. The Dodge car valued at 15,000 dollars was stolen from a North Wilkesboro man. The car was later found abandoned on Elm Street in Wilkesboro. According to Wilkesboro Police, a witness reported seeing a black male and a white male leave the vehicle parked near some storage buildings walking toward River Street. The owner was contacted by the Sheriff’s Office to retrieve the vehicle. The theft is still under investigation.
It’s happens this Saturday. Wilkes Community College will mark its 50th anniversary with a celebration on Saturday, May 16th, at the Doc & Merle Watson Theater on the Wilkes Campus. Everyone is invited to the FREE event! Gates open at 4-30-p-m. And a concert begins at 6. There’ll also be food vendors and children’s activities. Guests may bring a cooler but no glass containers or alcohol are permitted. Again, everyone is invited this Saturday afternoon to WCC’s 50th anniversary.
Allison O’Neil of Millers Creek won Wilkes Community College’s Student Business Plan Writing Contest. Dr. Dean Sprinkle, senior vice president of Instruction, presented her with a check for $2,500. The three campuses of Wilkes Community College in partnership with area Chambers of Commerce and local businesses sponsored the WCC Business Plan Writing Competition during the spring semester of 2015. Applicants were required to write their business plans for a for-profit business endeavor that is or would be located within Ashe, Alleghany or Wilkes County. Additionally, the applicants had to be active Wilkes Community College students enrolled in either a curriculum or continuing education program. The WCC Small Business Center provided for applicants seminars and counseling sessions throughout the semester, cumulating with plan submissions on April 27, 2015. The contest judges were Linda Cheek from the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, Dan Little from the Wilkes Economic Development Corporation and Johann Louchez from BB&T.
Governor Pat McCrory delived the commencement addresses at Forsyth Technical Community College and Elizabeth City State University last week. "North Carolina's community college and university systems are among our state's most important assets and I'm committed to supporting them in their efforts to prepare North Carolina's next generation with needed skills," said Governor McCrory. Addressing Forsyth Tech on Thursday and Elizabeth City State on Saturday, the governor highlighted efforts to support both community colleges and the university system. Last month, Governor McCrory unveiled his Connect NC bond proposal which includes more than $700 million for infrastructure to support innovation and research at community colleges and universities throughout North Carolina. Governor McCrory has also delivered commencement addresses at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Wingate University, Campbell Law School and his alma mater Catawba College.
Governor Pat McCrory announced that North Carolina tourism generated record visitor spending in 2014 with a total of $21.3 billion, a 5.4 percent increase over 2013. Additionally, tourism industry supported employment topped 200,000 jobs for the first time. “Nearly 50 million people from across the United States visited North Carolina last year, and the money they spent supported more than 204,000 jobs and more than 40,000 businesses,” Governor McCrory said. “North Carolina is the sixth most visited state in the nation thanks to the quality travel experiences provided by our natural scenery and the warm welcome visitors receive from citizens all across the state.” Governor McCrory, who proclaimed May 2-10, 2015 as Tourism Week in North Carolina, applauded the growth in direct tourism employment. In addition to topping the 200,000 mark for the first time, the 3.3 percent growth in tourism jobs was the largest increase in 14 years. In other North Carolina findings by the U.S. Travel Association, state tax receipts as a result of visitor spending rose 3.9 percent to more than $1 billion. Visitors spent more than $58 million per day in North Carolina last year and contributed more than $4.6 million per day in state and local tax revenues as a result of that spending.