Produce farmers and animal-food manufacturers can learn more about updated rules proposed under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act at a listening session November 20 in Greensboro. The listening session will focus on updated proposed rules for produce safety and preventive controls for animal food. Attendees will have an opportunity to pose questions to a panel of subject matter experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and learn more about the rulemaking process. FSMA, the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. FSMA aims to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. On Sept. 29, the FDA released updated proposed rules for comment, largely because of an unprecedented level of comments and valuable input from farmers and others directly affected by the regulations. Individuals interested in attending the listening session are encouraged to register at www.ncagr.gov/FDAlisten or call 919-707-3008.
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The State Board of Election may order a recount in a State Supreme Court contest between Cheri Beasley and Mike Robinson. With only 10 precincts unreported, the margin between Beasley and Robinson is just over 5,000 votes. North Carolina law provides for an automatic right to a recount in any statewide race when the margin is under 0.5% or 10,000 votes, whichever is lower. The second-place candidate must submit a written demand to the State Board no later than noon on Tuesday, 11/18. Again, Midterm voter participation in North Carolina set a new record with nearly 18,000 more ballots cast than in 2010. “We are pleased that more than 2.7 million voters made such a strong statement for the democratic process —increasing early participation by over 20% and besting the state’s prior midterm record,” said Executive Director Kim Strach. “We commend the counties for their hard work and commitment on behalf of voters in our state.”
Local officials continue to prepare for Ebola. The Wilkes County Health Dept, Wilkes Regional Medical Center, and several other local agencies have been meeting since July to work on a plan and response to the possibility of an Ebola patient in Wilkes. Staff from Samaritan’s Purse will be providing Wilkes Health and other agencies a briefing/educational session on today from 10:00-12:00 at the County Office Building in Wilkesboro. The meeting will be held in the Commissioner’s Room. All community partners in Wilkes that have been meeting since July to work on our Ebola preparedness plan and others that may be interested were invited to this information session. The Wilkes CD Nurse was able to attend this presentation in Watauga County last week. Ken Isaacs, Vice President of Samaritan’s Purse for Programs and Government Relations and Dr. Tom Wood, epidemiologist, will be the presenters. They both are quite well read about Ebola and have been working with the fight worldwide to aid victims.
It happened at the school sometime overnight Monday and was discovered early Tuesday morning. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was dispatched to CB Eller Elementary School just before 6am Tuesday. School staff met with the Deputy at the school where some vandalism was discovered. The school grounds were secure at 8:30 Monday evening. Then when staff arrived at 5am, they saw the spray paint on the outside of two buildings. The paint was on the brick and on windows of the two school buildings. No suspects were listed with the report.
He called when he noticed the gun was gone. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the theft of a rifle from a North Wilkesboro residence. The victim advised that the .22 Marlin Semi Automatic Long gun was stolen from inside his house. The gun had been kept in a case in the living room closet. There was no signs of a break-in and only the gun was taken. The theft occurred sometime during the last 2 weeks of October. No suspects were listed with the report.
CareNet Counseling of Wilkes, a non-profit faith-integrated counseling service, is very excited to be hosting Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages. New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman, creator of The Five Love Languages series, will speak November 13 at the Stone Family Center for the Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro. Dr. Chapman will address the topic, “Mind Your Family Health.” Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his first Five Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children. He is the author of numerous other books. The November 13 Season of Caring event is a fundraiser for CareNet Counseling of Wilkes, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Doors at the Stone Center will open to the public at 6:00 p.m. and feature a Silent Auction, light appetizers, and entertainment prior to Dr. Chapman’s talk. Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased from any CareNet Counseling of Wilkes board member or at Tilley’s Auto Sales and For Heaven’s Sake.
The Child Abuse Prevention Team and Our House are once again collecting coats for kids. You are asked to bring new and lightly used children's outerwear to the Hour Glass Cleaners or Wilkesboro Cleaners. The coats will be distributed at the Ministry of HOPE. The 15th Annual Coats for Kids Drive is going on now through December.
Wilkes Community College will hold a MerleFest Apparel Clearance Sale at the Walker Center on Thursday, November 13, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. “This is the perfect opportunity to find terrific deals to kick off your holiday shopping,” said Tabitha Hudler, lead events specialist. All items available will be priced at $5 or less. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. All sales will be final. Earlier this week, the initial lineup of the music festival was announced. Tickets for MerleFest 2015 go on sale next week, Tuesday, November 11, and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.
The 11th day of the 11th month is Veteran's Day. The Memorial Avenue Tree Committee Veterans' Day Service is Tuesday at 11am at the corner of 9th Street and D Street in North Wilkesboro. There will be music, special speaker Russell G. Pearson, CDR United States Navy/Retired, a roll call, presentation of colors by Wilkes Central ROTC, 21 Gun Salute and Taps, and laying of the wreaths. Wilkes Community College will also hold a Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, November 11, at 11 a.m. The service will be held on the front lawn of Thompson Hall. The Veterans Day Ceremony will include as a parade of local motorcyclists, the presentation of the colors by North Wilkes High School ROTC, music, and guest speaker, Dr. Greg Minton, director of Law Enforcement Training and recently elected Wilkes County Commissioner. The Veteran's Day ceremonies are normally held on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918, which became known as “Armistice Day.” The public is invited to these events.
The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents to think safety and exercise caution during the fall fire season, which typically lasts from mid-October into December. In the fall, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris. These fires sometimes escape and start wildfires. The N.C. Forest Service encourages residents considering debris burning to contact their local county forest ranger. The ranger can offer technical advice and explain the best options to help maximize the safety to people, property and the forest. “By acting safely, we can all help to protect our natural resources,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Don’t burn on dry, windy days, and maintain a careful watch over a fire until it is out.”