Governor Pat McCrory says that the Connect NC bond proposal will enhance North Carolina National Guard facilities by investing in much needed upgrades and renovations at statewide armories. “We must provide our dedicated National Guard soldiers and airmen with the proper facilities and equipment to answer the call of duty,” Governor McCrory said. According to the Governor, the bond package will allocate $19 million to update the aging infrastructure at National Guard armories and future regional readiness centers. Out of the 93 National Guard armories across the state, 83 percent are considered to be in poor or failing condition. The North Carolina National Guard is a ready team of nearly 12,000 citizen-soldiers and airmen who are deployed around the world and in all of the state’s 100 counties. The National Guard has a dual federal and state mission to provide ready military forces to answer the call of the governor to respond to disasters in the state or the president in times of national crisis. To learn more about Connect NC, visit http://connect.nc.gov.
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The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of embezzlement from a local business in which over $30,000 was stolen. The report came into the Sheriff's Office over the weekend, but apparently the theft has been an ongoing event. The owner of Curtis Automotive spoke with Sheriff's Investigators. He advised that over the past year an employee has obtained $34,572.00 through fraudulent activity. The type of activity was not detailed in the report released to 3WC News. The name of the employee was not listed on the report. The investigation is currently underway.
Over $2200 in property was taken in a home break-in in the Thurmond area last week. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to Thurmond Road in reference to a Breaking and Entering. The Investigating Officer spoke with the owner of the residence. The victim advised the Deputy that she left Tuesday of last week to go to New York. When she returned home from her trip, she found items in her house were missing. Stolen property included a DELL LAPTOP, PEARL NECKLACE, VASE FULL OF LOOSE CHANGE, and 5 GALLON GLASS JAR FULL OF PENNIES. Again, stolen property is listed at $2230. There is no word on suspects.
Wilkes Community College participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of GE Aviation’s new 80,000-square-foot expansion of its West Jefferson facility. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last month. GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, announced last week a $58 million dollar investment in its West Jefferson facility and adding 105 new positions at an average wage of $47,000. To prepare for this expansion, GE Aviation partnered with Wilkes Community College in March 2014 to develop and implement a customized training program. Ginger Shaffer, chair of Workforce Development at WCC, is representing the college in this partnership. Chris Bare, director of industry and trade services for the Ashe Campus, was appointed as the primary trainer for the GE project. Chris Robinson, associate vice president of WCC Ashe Campus and Alleghany Center, and Dr. Pat Mitchell were both instrumental in working with GE Aviation to develop this project. The total training package offered by WCC and funded through the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) is approximately $1.2 million, including training, equipment and space rental. In fall 2014, the college was awarded a $198,000 grant for equipment for the training program from the Golden LEAF Foundation. Included in the grant was training equipment for Ashe County High School to build a pipeline of students to the college and then on to GE. The new facility is part of a larger commitment by GE Aviation to invest $195 million across its North Carolina operations through 2017. GE Aviation has more than 1,300 employees in North Carolina at sites in Durham, West Jefferson, Wilmington and Asheville.
The Wilkes Education Foundation (WEF) board approved $54,000 in scholarships to be awarded for the 2015-16 year. Scholarships include the Della Arnold Scholarships awarded to Wilkes, Iredell and Yadkin county students pursuing religious education; G. Gerald Hendley Family Scholarships awarded to individuals in Wilkes County pursuing careers in the medical fields; and Wilkes Education Foundation (WEF) Scholarships awarded to Wilkes County students based upon scholastic achievement, personal essay, community service and financial need. Additionally, $9,000 was awarded to Wilkes Community College to assist Wilkes County School graduates with priority consideration given to those who have participated in the Career & College Promise program and/or earned a platinum, gold or silver-level Career Readiness Certificate. Funding for grants and scholarships is obtained from individual and corporate contributions, the annual Hugh Martin Memorial Golf Tournament and endowment income. The Wilkes Education Foundation is a private, non-profit, IRS 501(c) (3) tax-exempt endowment corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in education in the Wilkes County Schools.
Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015, can apply for assistance through the program. The program will pay 75 percent of the cost of certification up to a total of $750. Under the grant, operations can be certified and reimbursed in four separate categories: crops, livestock, wild crop and handler/processor. The program is for the 2014-2015 season and is funded through a grant from the USDA. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 1. The application can be downloaded at www.ncdaorganic.org.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., last week praised passage of legislation that will create an official identification card for veterans. “Many veterans have contacted me over the years expressing their frustration at having to carry official Department of Defense discharge papers to prove their military service,” said Foxx. “This legislation makes it easier for our veterans to access services available to them and better protects them from identify theft," Foxx explained. H.R. 91, the Veterans Identification Card Act 2015, unanimously passed the House and the Senate and has been sent to the president’s desk for his signature. The legislation will make it easier for veterans to prove their military service without having to produce a service record or other valuable document. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs currently offers identification cards only to those who have served at least 20 years in the Armed Forces or those who receive medical care for a service-connected disability. As a result, many veterans have to document their military service through official records, which contain sensitive personal information that leaves them at unnecessary risk for identity theft.
The counterfeit money was passed in Boone and discovered in Wilkesboro. Police were called to the Goodwill on Gateway Avenue concerning some counterfeit money. A man was at the Goodwill and tried to pay for his purchases with two 20-dollar-bills. The cashier used a marker to determine the money was fake and called Police. The man said the money was from a deposit at his business in Boone. It is not known who passed the funny money at the business in Boone. Wilkesboro Police advised the man to contact Boone Police to conduct an investigation. The counterfeit bills were seized and taken into evidence.
The stolen debit card was used and the thief was caught on camera. In another example of Big Brother is watching you, police are looking for a white male who is using a stolen ATM card. The victim is from Claremont. She didn't realize her debit card was missing until she went to her bank recently and discovered that money had been withdrawn from her account. According to the bank, one location where money was stolen out of the account was at the Cash Points ATM on Westwood Lane in Wilkesboro. Police contacted the ATM company and have obtained video and pictures of a white male using the stolen card to withdrawn 300 dollars. Charges are pending further investigation.
The Wilkes County Board of Elections has released information on Candidate Filing For Municipal Elections. Candidate filing for the November 3, 2015 Municipal Elections began Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Wilkes County Board of Elections office. Persons will be able to file for the following offices: North Wilkesboro Town Commissioner (3 seats – 4 year terms); Ronda Mayor (4 year term); Ronda Town Commissioner (2 seats – 4 year terms); Ronda Town Commissioner Unexpired Term (2 seats – 2 year terms); Wilkesboro Mayor (4 year term); and Wilkesboro Councilman (2 seats – 4 year terms). Persons interested in filing for office will need to be a registered voter of the municipality. Candidate filing will end on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon.