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Monday
Jul142014

Stolen from the Field

It was out in the field to be used later, but it was stolen.  A property owner in Moravian Falls called the Sheriff's Office with the theft of equipment.  A 200 gallon field sprayer valued at 900 dollars was stolen from an open field.  No suspects were listed with the report.

Monday
Jul142014

Tobacco Growers Approve Assessment  

According to the NC Dept of Agriculture, tobacco farmers have approved an assessment. North Carolina growers of flue-cured tobacco have approved an assessment that will support the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina’s efforts to promote the interests of its farmers. The assessment was approved on 88 percent of ballots in a mail-in referendum. A two-thirds majority was needed for approval. Growers approved an assessment of up to 15 cents per hundred pounds of flue-cured tobacco sold in North Carolina. However, the initial assessment will be 10 cents per hundred pounds. It takes effect this year and will be collected when farmers sell their tobacco.

Monday
Jul142014

Workforce Grant for NC 

The N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions has received a federal grant worth $6.1 million to expand its programs to train workers who lost a job in high-demand industries. The state will receive the grant over two years through the federal Job Driven National Emergency Grant program to augment on-the-job and classroom training programs in targeted regions for dislocated workers, helping them prepare for in-demand industries.  Individuals served through this grant will be those who have been unemployed for the long term, more than 27 weeks, with a special priority given to veterans.  The division will work in collaboration with the Workforce Development Boards and the N.C. Community Colleges in the targeted areas to offer the expanded programs. The division also operates NCWorks Online, the job-search portal designed to connect talented job seekers to employers.

Monday
Jul142014

College Credit and Licenses for Military Members

Active duty members, veterans and military spouses can have selected military training and past experience converted into college credit and/or professional licenses in North Carolina under legislation signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory. “Service members and veterans receive some of the best training in the world. This law gives them the opportunity to turn that training and experience into certifications and college credits that will help them get good-paying jobs in the civilian world,” said Governor McCrory, who signed the bill into law at the Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh last week. This new law also instructs the UNC and NC Community College systems as well as the state’s licensure boards to work with the military to develop programs to fill any knowledge or skills gaps between military occupational training and civilian license requirements. The law applies to active military, military spouses and veterans. 

Monday
Jul142014

Gov, NC House, and Teacher Pay Raises

Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the ongoing negotiations over providing much needed raises to North Carolina teachers: “...I received a call from Speaker Tillis and they have moved to a 6 percent raise. In an effort to come to a resolution, but with some concerns, I have agreed to accept that position. I've moved from a 3 percent raise to a 6 percent raise for teachers."  Gov McCrory stated that they have a plan that "doesn't raise taxes, provides meaningful raises for teachers without cutting thousands of teacher assistants and avoids ending critical services..."  The Governor warned, “I will veto the latest Senate plan or any plan that resembles it because I know of no financial way we can go beyond the House proposal without eliminating thousands of teacher assistants, cutting Medicaid recipients and putting at risk future core state services."  The Governor also said he was committed to clearing his calendar this week to meet with any State Senate or House member, both Republicans and Democrats, to resolve these issues for teachers.

Friday
Jul112014

911 Call Centers Need Backup

Every 911 center in North Carolina will be required to have a backup call response plan in place under legislation signed this week by Governor Pat McCrory. Senate Bill 797 requires all public agencies operating 911 centers (known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)) to have an alternate plan for taking 911 calls in the event that a primary call center can’t receive and process those calls. The state’s 911 Center answered 6.9 million 911 calls last year, but outages at 21 centers resulted in 62 hours with no 911 service. “North Carolinians should have confidence that emergency services will be there when they are needed most,” said Governor McCrory. 911 Centers in the state have until July 1, 2016 to comply with the new law.

Friday
Jul112014

Same Crime at the Same Store Two Times

Since they have her on in-store video committing the crime not once but twice, warrants have been issued for her arrest.  According to store personnel at Kohls, a white female was seen entering the store, taking an electric shaver off the shelf, and then returned the shaver for store credit of 74 dollars.  The woman was stopped in the store and asked to wait for Wilkesboro Police to arrive.  She ran from the store and left the scene in a gray Audi.  More store video was pulled which showed the same woman entering the store two days earlier and doing the same crime this time with a coffee maker. When she returned the item which she had stolen and not purchased, she was asked to show and did give the clerk her driver's license.  Police now have a name and address of the suspect.  Warrants have been issued for obtaining property by false pretense; an arrest is pending.

Friday
Jul112014

Studying Town Fire Departments to Lower Cost

A study is currently underway with a completion date set for September of this year concerning the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro fire departments.  This study is establish information about the future direction of the fire departments from the two towns and how they might work together to provide fire coverage for the area.  Reportedly, this is not a study about consolidation but rather of cooperation for reducing cost of equipment and fire insurance.  Speaking of cost, the cost for the study will be divided between the two towns, the county, and the Wilkes Economic Development Committee.  

Friday
Jul112014

Caught on Video Taking Wallet

Wilkesboro Police have a picture of the suspects who stole the lost wallet.  Police were contacted by a Wilkesboro woman this week concerning a lost or stolen wallet.  The woman had allowed her son to hold the wallet while going through Walmart.  When she went to pay for her purchases, she discovered her wallet was gone.  Video surveillance show the child tossing the wallet out of the shopping cart.  A short time later, the wallet is picked up by a man and woman.  The couple then went to customer service to return something.  Police have video of the couple and a name of one of them.  Charges are pending further investigation.

Friday
Jul112014

8 Trashbags Stolen

It was another theft from an outbuilding here in Wilkes.  In fact, the thief or thieves got away with 8 bags of property.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a report of a break-in and theft from a property in the Windy Gap area.  The victim said 8 trashbags of cans valued at 50 dollars were stolen from the shed located near their house.  No suspects were given with the report.