Governor Pat McCrory took part in Sugar Mountain Resort's Summit Express Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony last week. The grand opening was for a $5 million high speed, detachable, six passenger chairlift from the base to the summit. "Sugar Mountain Resort has been an icon in our state for years, attracting families from around this region and our country," Governor McCrory said. The nearly one mile long ride to Sugar Mountain’s 5,300 foot peak will take just five minutes with the new chairlift. It will carry 2,518 people per hour. Sugar Mountain Resort is one of the many businesses benefiting from North Carolina's thriving tourism industry. North Carolina is the sixth most visited state in the nation, and 50 million people from across the U.S. visited N.C. last year. In 2014, N.C. tourism generated record visitor spending with a total of $21.3 billion.
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Governor Pat McCrory helped Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) open its new Customer Care Center last week in Charlotte during a ribbon cutting ceremony. “This announcement is a true testament to our improving business climate and the talented workforce here in North Carolina," Governor McCrory said. CCBCC employs more than 2,000 people in the Charlotte region. Since moving to the renovated 72,000 sq. ft. facility in the past month, the company has already hired additional people, employing 200 at the renovated facility, and plans to grow that number. CCBCC is the nation's largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. The Company operates primarily in the Southeast, with corporate offices located in Charlotte. North Carolina’s employment and personal income growth are among the strongest in the nation and historic tax reform has meaningfully improved our economic competitiveness by leaving more dollars in the paychecks of hardworking North Carolinians.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx spoke to economics students at Wilkes Community College on Thursday, November 12. Rep. Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. She discussed and took questions on the federal budget and the budgeting process. Dr. David Ritter is the instructor of ECO 151 Survey of Economics, which is offered on the Wilkes Campus and simultaneously taught at the Ashe Campus via the cyber classroom. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce.
Over $7000 in equipment was stolen from a local business. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft from Combs Country Market on Hwy 18 in Moravian Falls. According to the store owner, someone stole the air conditioner and the compressor for the walk-in cooler at the store. Again, stolen property from the store is valued at $7000 dollars. The Sheriff's Dept does have a possible suspect and charges are pending further investigation.
They got equipment and TV's. A Ronda resident called the Wilkes Sheriff's Department concerning a break-in and theft. The homeowner returned to find a door frame to his house damaged. Once inside, the thief took a LED TV, Smart TV, and Smart Camera. A leaf blower and push mower were also stolen. The stolen property was valued at about $1300. There is a suspect in this break-in. An arrest and charges are expected.
When she returned home, she discovered her van was gone. The Wilkes Sheriff's Dept was called last week to a break-in and theft at a house on Zion Hill Church Road in Wilkesboro. The victim reported that she had been out of town. When she returned home, she found the front door to her house unlocked. The only thing taken from the house was the keys to her van which was missing. The stolen vehicle is described as a 1995 Chevy Conversion van that is white and teal in color. That investigation is continuing.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The 20th Annual Light up Downtown North Wilkesboro event is scheduled for this Friday, November 20 from 5:30 to 9:30 with arts, crafts, Santa, and more. Also on Friday in Wilkesboro, it's the Wilkes Battle of the Badges Blood Drive for those with a fire department, police department, Wilkes Rescue, etc. You must present a current officially-issued photo ID to donate. The Wilkes Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is this Friday from 1 til 6 at the Wilkesboro Fire Station on Cherry Street. This blood drive is part of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas where every drop stays here and saves local lives.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Dec. 1, 2015. Households eligible to apply for LIEAP must contain a person aged 60 or above, or at least one disabled person receiving disability benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability or Veterans benefits, through the Division of Aging and Adult Services. LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides a one-time payment directly to the utility company to help eligible households pay their heating bills during the cold-weather months. Last year, the program provided approximately $40 million to help more than 141,000 households pay their heating bills from December 2014 through March 2015. For more information, contact your local county Department of Social Services.
The 2015 North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project is well underway as we turn our thoughts to those less fortunate. The Town of North Wilkesboro has sponsored the Christmas Cheer Project for families within the Town for many years. This tradition originated during Johnny Walker’s tenure as Chief of Police between 1936-1953 and has been faithfully carried out since that time. Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected in the Clerk’s Office by referrals and telephone calls. These lists are reviewed by the Christmas Cheer Committee to determine their eligibility. Funds for this project are solicited by the Mayor, Town Commissioners and media advertisements. Contributions for this project are received from businesses and private citizens. 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel and will be delivered on Thursday, December 24th. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. Make donations payable to North Wilkeboro Christmas Cheer Fund, PO Box 218, North Wilkesboro.
Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced that GKN Sinter Metals, LLC will expand in Catawba County. The company plans to create 55 new manufacturing jobs in the next five years and invest $19.8 million in the city of Conover to expand its state-of-the art aluminum manufacturing facility. “Nothing compares to North Carolina and the opportunities it provides to grow a business,” said Governor McCrory. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading supplier of powder metal precision automotive and industrial components. The GKN Driveline division also operates multiple manufacturing facilities in NC. Together, the GKN family of companies employs more than 2,500 people in North Carolina, GKN’s largest workforce in any U.S. state.