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Thursday
Jan052017

Red Cross: Emergency Call and Wilkes Blood Drives

The American Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after about 37,000 fewer donations were given in November and December than expected, including nearly 950 here in the Carolinas Blood Services Region. Donations are critically needed now so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.  In Wilkes this month there are 4 Red Cross Blood Drives planned.  East Wilkes Middle School on January 12 from 2:30 til 7; Bethel Baptist Church in Hays on January 21 from 9:30 til 2; Sweet Frog of Wilkesboro on the 25th from 2:30 til 7; and Temple Hill United Methodist Church on Somers Road on the 26th from 3 til 7:30.

Thursday
Jan052017

Songwriting Contest at Merlefest

MerleFest, set for April 27-30, 2017, has assembled a distinguished team of songwriters –Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Maya de Vitry and Joseph Terrell – to judge the on-site final round of this year’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Now in its 25th year, the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals. The first place winners will receive $500 cash from MerleFest and a performance slot on the Cabin Stage on Friday night at MerleFest 2017. The deadline to enter the contest is February 1, 2017. Aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using the online entry form at merlefest.org or by mailing MerleFest/CASC, PO Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. 

Thursday
Jan052017

NC Health Says: Get Healthy

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services encourages adding healthy and smart lifestyle choices to New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. Eat Smart Move More NC encourages North Carolinians to make healthier food and to increase physical activity. Individuals can strengthen their immune system and reduce the likelihood of weight gain by learning how to read nutrition labels, creating smaller servings of food, and setting aside time each day to exercise. For information, visit: www.myeatsmartmovemore.com.

Thursday
Jan052017

Foxx Sworn In and Working in New Congress

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., this week was sworn in to her seventh term as the representative of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. Foxx voted for Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to serve as Speaker of the House. Foxx also got right to work by teaming with Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, to introduce legislation. “Every year Washington imposes thousands of rules on local governments and small businesses. Hidden in those rules are costly mandates that stretch state and city budgets and make it harder for businesses to hire,” said Foxx. H.R. 50, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, would increase transparency about the costs imposed by unfunded mandates on to local governments and small businesses. Foxx has introduced this legislation in the past five Congresses, and it has successfully passed the House with bipartisan support on four separate occasions.

Wednesday
Jan042017

Woman Shoots Boyfriend in Leg

The woman called 911 after shooting her boyfriend in the leg.  Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies arrived to a residence in Purlear just before midnight on New Year's Day.  The 45-year-old white male was on the floor in the garage with a gunshot wound to his left leg.  The weapon was secured before First Responders and EMS were allowed to treat the victim who was transported to WRMC.  The shooter, Kelly Denise Kibley, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm in an enclosed area. 

Wednesday
Jan042017

Tools Stolen in Break-In

Over 600 dollars in property was stolen from an outbuilding in Moravian Falls.  The property owner called the Sheriff's Office when he discovered the break-in which occurred during the overnight hours.  Several tools were taken including a chop saw, jig saw, two drills, an air nailer, a Dewalt light and charger.  There are security cameras in the area, but there is no word on suspects.  The investigation is continuing.

Wednesday
Jan042017

Wilkes DSS and Heating Assistance

According to DSS Director John Blevins says that people were lined up at the door Tuesday morning to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance now available through the Wilkes DSS. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).  All households needing assistance may apply now - March 31, 2017, or until funds are exhausted. As of yesterday morning, Wilkes DSS has issued over $129,000 in assistance to 301 households with about $211,000 in funds remaining. The energy assistance program is a federally-funded program and provides a one-time payment directly to the utility company to help eligible households pay their heating bills. For more information, Wilkes Department of Social Services.

Wednesday
Jan042017

County Commissioners' Meeting: Farming and Health

At the Wilkes County Commissioners meeting this week, Commissioners approved extending the property listing period to March 1, 2017.  For the Wilkes Voluntary Agriculture District Annual Report, Chairman Claude Shew reported that of the 58 enrolled there are 1154 parcels of 6,747 acres.  5600 acres or 84 percent are traditional farm land, 1000 acres or 15 percent are forestry land, and about 45 acres or 1 percent is horticulture.  The Wilkes Voluntary Ag District told Commissioners they had plans to host a Cattlemen's meeting, and they help farmers develop conservation plans.  The County Commissioners also approved a grant of 1300 dollars to the Health Dept from the Women's and Children's Branch to assist with the purchase of supplies in the Family Planning Clinic.  No county money was involved with that grant.

Wednesday
Jan042017

NC Speaker Says NC Business Climate Looking Good

From the NC Speaker of the House Pro Tem:  North Carolina Business Climate Fair Weather Alert.  In 2010, for the first time in 140 years, the voters gave the North Carolina House and Senate clear, historic Republican majorities. Stam says since then, improvements in the economic climate have been remarkable.  In 2011 the state sales tax rate was reduced from 5.75% to 4.75%, a 16% reduction in that rate (although there have been some add backs to the base). The total amount collected over the first four fiscal years was $4 billion less from consumers. Reduction of the corporate income tax rate from 6.9% in 2011 to 3% starting January 1, 2017. Reduction in the personal income tax rate from a top rate of over 7% in 2011 to 5.499% rate in 2017. The Census Bureau reported in the spring of 2016 that since 2013 North Carolina has had the fastest growing economy in the nation.

Wednesday
Jan042017

Gov McCrory's Statement on His Term

Governor Pat McCrory released a statement concerning his 4-year term. Since Governor Pat McCrory entered office in January 2013, North Carolina's economy added 300,000 new jobs, the state experienced one of the largest drops in unemployment in the country, $2.6 billion in debt for federal unemployment insurance was paid off, personal income and business taxes were cut, teacher pay was significantly increased, transportation funding was revolutionized and $2 billion was invested in our education, parks, National Guard and other infrastructure through the Connect NC bond. These accomplishments are among many mentioned by Governor McCrory in a video message released this week.