Some can get a discounted phone service if they qualify. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund. The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands. Consumers with proper proof of eligibility may be qualified to enroll. To participate in the program, consumers must have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in a qualifying state, federal or Tribal assistance program. To find out if you qualify for the discounted phone service, call your local phone company or go online www.fcc.gov/lifeline
It's time for the meeting for the Wilkes area. In an effort to develop a long-term, strategic plan for growing the economy in North Carolina, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and Tony Almeida, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Jobs and the Economy, will embark on a listening tour across the state. One event will take place in each of the newly-established Prosperity Zones. Decker and Almeida are asking economic development professionals, community, business and education leaders, and other stakeholders about the barriers and threats to progress and local opportunities for economic growth. Information shared at the listening events will be compiled and reviewed for inclusion in the new, ten-year strategic plan asked for by Governor McCrory. On Monday, the NC Department of Commerce Listening Tour will be for the North West Prosperity Zone which consists of 15 counties including Wilkes. (Alleghany, Ashe, Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Iredell, Mitchell, Rowan, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin Counties.) The meeting is Monday, September 30, 2013, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory.
They came in while the owners were away. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a Moravian Falls residence recently regarding a home break-in. The homeowner came home to find the front door kicked open. The thief or thieves entered the house and stole a 40-inch Plasma TV. The theft occurred during the daytime hours while the owners were gone. There is no word on suspects.
In trouble in Surry County and now in trouble in Wilkes. Wilkesboro Police were called to Kohls regarding a theft. Police met with store personnel who informed them that a white male was observed inside the store. The man cut a watch out of the packaging and tried to leave the store. The man, Jamie Richardson, admitted to Police that he stole the Arbitron watch valued at 40 dollars. During the course of the investigation, Police discovered that Richardson was also wanted in Surry County. Richardson was arrested, served with the outstanding warrant, and charged with larceny. He was taken to the Wilkes County Jail.
Bro Larry Adams of Rescue America Baptist Missions based here in Wilkes is heading to Colorada to help the flood victims, and they are asking for your help. AIR Again, they will be accepting donations for the Colorada flood victims starting Monday morning at Calvary Baptist Church on the Pads Road. For more information, call 667-8660 or 927-2182. To make a financial donation, make checks payable to Rescue America Baptist Missions or RABM and mail it to PO Box 1465, Millers Creek, NC 28651. Bro Larry says they always present Jesus when they deliver donations to disaster areas, and last time after the Oklahoma tornados, there were souls saved. AIR
According to the Wilkes Health Dept, there have already been confirmed cases of flu in our state. AIR: Diane Bauguess of Wilkes Health says we were once told to wait to October or later to get the flu shot, but the shot lasts longer now so you can get it earlier. However, it doesn't last forever. If you got a flu shot last year, then you still need to get another flu shot this year. AIR For more information on influenza or to make an appointment for a flu shot or flu mist for children, call the Wilkes Health Dept at 651-7450. Also Health officials from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services encourage residents and visitors to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illness following the death of a Wilson County adult from West Nile virus infection. West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses common to North Carolina. To eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites around your home, you should get rid of any standing water. Also, health officials say mosquitoes are most active from dawn to dusk, so if you plan to be outdoors, always use repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
While some visit NC for the leaves in the Fall, others may want to visit a battleship. For the explorer at heart, it's a behind-the-scenes tour of un-restored areas of the Battleship North Carolina. The four-hour tour consists of small groups with guides. Guests explore the bow (officers' country and boatswain locker), third deck (Radio II, brig, after gyro, storage rooms, ammunition handling, Engineer's office, torpedo area), Engine room #1, and climb inside the fire control tower to the top of the ship. The tour is limited to ages 12 and older and limited to 40 participants per time slot. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. For dates and times, call 910-251-5797 for reservations. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship's Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. For more information, visit www.battleshipnc.com
The N.C. State Highway Patrol has 2,340 employees including State Troopers, telecommunications, radio engineers and civilian staff. The N. C. State Highway Patrol is currently accepting applications for the 135th Basic School which is scheduled to begin May, 2014. The application cut-off date is Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants for the Highway Patrol School must be at least 21 years of age and no more than 39 years of age on the first day of Patrol Basic School. As a member of our team, you will contribute to public safety by enforcing traffic laws and reducing crime on public streets and highways in North Carolina. Any potential applicants can contact me at (704)775-6042. Or visit the website at WWW.NCDPS.GOV
According to the Wilkes Health Dept, there have already been confirmed cases of flu in our state. AIR: Diane Bauguess of Wilkes Health says we were once told to wait to October or later to get the flu shot, but the shot lasts longer now so you can get it earlier. AIR For more information on influenza or to make an appointment for a flu shot or flu mist for children, call the Wilkes Health Dept at 651-7450.
Many people sell scrap metal to get some extra cash; however, it's best to sell only the scrap metal that you own and not steal. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is trying to determine who stole several pieces of scrap metal and other property from a Millers Creek location. The property owner reported that a refrigerator and some scrap metal was stolen from an unoccupied mobile home they own. There are no suspects.