HB 716, a bill to prohibit sex-selective abortions, passed the NC House last week and now has been referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. HB 716: Clarify Law/Prohibit Sex-Selective Abortion passed the House on Tuesday (79-40). Polls have consistently shown that the majority of people believe that sex-selective abortions should be illegal. In March 2006: A Zogby Poll found that 86 percent of Americans believed that an abortion performed because of the sex of the child should be illegal. In April 2013: A Civitas Institute poll asked North Carolinians if they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: “women in North Carolina should be allowed to have an abortion when their primary reason for the abortion is the sex of the unborn child.” Seventy-six percent (76%) of respondents disagreed with the statement; 18 percent agreed. When separated by Party ID, 66 percent of Democrats disagreed with the statement. Twenty-five percent (25%) agreed. Finally, 74 percent of women who are registered as Democrats disagreed with the statement. Nineteen percent (19%) agreed. Six separate studies over the past four years document the sad reality of baby girls being aborted in the United States simply because they are girls. Five states already have bans on sex-selective abortion including Pennsylvania—Pennsylvania’s law has been in place for over 20 years. Thirteen other states including North Carolina are considering it.
The Highway Patrol will conduct Operation Road Watch beginning today, Tuesday, May 14, at 6 a.m. focusing on Cleveland and surrounding counties. Operation Road Watch is a 48 hour multi-agency enforcement event that focuses on commercial motor vehicle inspections with an emphasis on commercial motor vehicle driver violations, aggressive driving around commercial vehicles, unsecured load violations, hazardous materials transported across state lines and fuel violations. The goal is to reduced collisions in and around the I-85 Corridors of Gaston, Cleveland & Mecklenburg Counties. During the Road Watch operation, North American Standard roadside inspections and portable weight operations will be conducted. The intent of this operation is to heighten public awareness and achieve voluntary compliance within the trucking industry, in order to ensure safe and efficient transportation on our streets and highways. Again, Troopers will conduct safety inspections today on commercial motor vehicles on I-85 in Cleveland County and other highways in adjacent counties during the operation.
Over 3000 dollars in property was stolen in addition to 1000 dollars in damages to property. A self-employed businessman called the Sheriff's Office regarding the a break-in and theft at a job site. The victim had a truck parked at a job site on Benge Ashe Road in Purlear where he was cutting some timber. While he was away from the site, someone broke into a work truck. Two Stihl chainsaws, 1 Husqvarna chainsaw, some walkie-talkies, a battery for a Caterpillar, and some chains were stolen. Also some toolboxes on the truck were damaged. Again stolen property was valued over 3000 dollars and damages were estimated at 1000 dollars. There are no suspects, but the Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
The tractor would not start and then it was gone. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to WE Sale and Sons on Hwy 268 in Ronda regarding a theft. The victim stated that the company's red and silver Massey-Ferguson 35 tractor was in Building #3, and it wouldn't start. The owner stated that when he returned to work the next day, the tractor was missing. Upon further investigation, they found the door to the building damaged and tire tracks leading down through the woods toward Big Bend Road. It is unknown if someone got the tractor started and drove it off or if they pushed it off. The stolen tractor is valued at 7000 dollars, and there are no suspects.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is also investigating damages to a car parked on the side of the road. According to the report, the owner of a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle was having trouble with the vehicle. She had parked the car on the side of Somers Road and left it unattended. When she returned to wait for assistance from AAA, the car owner found that the back glass of the VW had been broken out causing 300 dollars in damages. An ax handle was found at the scene, and it is believed someone used the ax handle to break out the window. Nothing was reported stolen from the car, and there are currently no suspects.
Last week, we reported on a single mailbox vandalism and considered it unusual as these reports tend to come in bunches. Well, here comes the rest of the bunch. There are now more to add. All the recent reports come from the Moravian Falls area. At least 3 more property owners called the Sheriff's Office concerning damages to their mailbox. In all 3, the mailboxes were pulled out of the ground. There are no suspects.
Have you walked on the new bridge in Wilkes? On Saturday May 4th, a group of volunteers met at North Wilkesboro Elementary School’s nature trail to construct a new bridge with materials purchased from the 2013 NC Beautiful Grant. Volunteers worked to clear an area for the new bridge so construction could begin. Volunteers worked hard landscaping around the bridge so the trail would flow naturally in to the creek crossing. Once the new bridge was complete volunteers disassembled an old dilapidated bridge and removed it. Volunteers moved up the trail and installed three large signs along the way to help direct students around the trail safely. North Wilkesboro Elementary would like to thank NC Beautiful, Beth and Larry Horrell, Alan Bare, Dodie Maxted and Ken Lyall for donating funds, time and tools to construct the new bridge on our school’s nature trail.
Listen up Wilkes County horse owners: It’s mosquito season and it’s time for equine owners across North Carolina to talk to their veterinarians about protecting their animals from mosquito-borne diseases. West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis are endemic across North Carolina and can cause illness or death, but they can be prevented with a sequence of two vaccines. In 2012, there were 20 confirmed cases of EEE and three cases of West Nile Virus, but state officials say they expect up to four unreported cases for each one confirmed, making the possible impact much larger. “North Carolina has an extended mosquito breeding period, so every horse owner should talk to their veterinarian about how to protect their animal year-round,” State Veterinarian David Marshall said. People, horses and birds can become infected from a bite by a mosquito carrying the diseases, but there is no evidence that horses can transmit the virus to other horses, birds or people through direct contact.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) issued the following statement upon the passage of the Full Faith & Credit Act (H.R. 807), which Foxx cosponsored, from the House of Representatives: “Washington has a spending problem. Every time the federal government approaches its debt limit, like clockwork, big spending politicians – from the White House down – begin threatening ‘default’ unless the government is able to continue with its spending binge. Such gamesmanship is a disservice to everyone." The Full Faith & Credit Act requires that the U.S. Treasury always make debt payments to the public and Social Security Trust Fund, even when the federal government’s debt limit is reached. By taking the threat of default off the table, the United States’ credit rating will be protected, which is essential for economic growth, and seniors will have certainty regarding Social Security. The Congressional Budget Office affirms this legislation will not affect federal spending or revenues and contains no unfunded mandates. For more information, please visit Congresswoman Foxx’s website www.foxx.house.gov or call (202) 225-2071.
There is a bill making its way through the State Government right now that would require information be given concerning how an abortion can cause problems with future pregnancies. SB 132: Health Curriculum/Preterm Birth passed the Second Reading in the Senate last week. The Third Reading will be on today. Rep. Stam sent 3WC News with the following background information on SB 132: First, Dr. McCaffrey’s Original Proposal--Request that CFTF support the development of legislation that mandates the dissemination of information regarding the risk for a future preterm birth after a termination of pregnancy (TOP), and the further elevation of that risk after multiple TOPs. Second, Senate Bill 132l requires information about the preventable causes of pre-term birth, including induced abortion, to be included in the reproductive health and safety education. The Child Fatality Task Force supported this bill. For more information, go to www.ncleg.net