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NC Gov Says the State Thankful for Military

Gov Pat McCrory recently released a statement about the military in our state.  He said:  North Carolina is blessed and honored to be the home of six major military installations and 139,000 brave men and women in uniform who serve our state and our country. An additional 769,000 veterans call The Old North State home. Our military presence has enormous economic impact for our state. It accounts for $48 billion dollars, which is 10 percent of our economy and 540,000 jobs.  While much of the military activity is located in Eastern North Carolina, 82 of our 100 counties have businesses that received military contracts in 2012. Clearly, we must work vigorously to nurture and grow North Carolina’s relationship with the military. We’re proud of our military installations and our military communities. They support many of our towns and businesses throughout the state. That’s the message we took to Washington, D.C., earlier this month when meeting with military and congressional leaders at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. We’re thankful for the military’s presence as an economic engine and North Carolina wants to be a permanent partner. Sustaining and growing our state’s relationship with the military is a key part of North Carolina’s economic revival.


Consolidating Mental Health in NC

Leadership of the 10 organizations responsible for the management of mental health, substance abuse and intellectual developmental disability services  across North Carolina have notified Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos of their intent to consolidate into four regional local management entities-managed care organizations (LME-MCOs). In 2011, the legislature created a plan to move the approximately two billion Medicaid dollars for mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance abuse into a managed care system by July 1, 2013. This year, the McCrory Administration completed the task of moving the entire state into the managed care model. This year, in addition to working towards this consolidation, DHHS also convened an internal workgroup to increase oversight over the behavioral health system and closely monitor financial and performance measures.


Out of State Bank Card Used Locally

The victim is from out of state, but the crime was in Wilkesboro.  A Pipestone, Minnesota resident called the Wilkesboro Police this week concerning bank card fraud.  The woman stated that she was last in North Carolina back in 2009 on work related business.  So she was confused when she found a 500 dollar charge on her bank card from the Walmart in Wilkesboro.  According to her bank statement, the card was used at the local store on December 2 of this year.  Police are trying to determine if someone came into the store to make the purchase or if the purchase was made online.  The victim's card had not been stolen or lost.  She did report that she had obtained a Target credit card on December 2.  There was recently a breach of information dealing with Target stores.  Wilkesboro Police are still investigating the fraudulent charges.  The Better Business Bureau has issued a statement regarding the data breach at Target Stores which said:  If you used a credit card at Target in the past few weeks, don’t panic! You are not liable for ANY fraudulent charges on your account. Monitor your credit card statements carefully.  If you used a debit card at Target in the past few weeks, you should be more assertive in paying attention to your account. With credit cards, you can withhold payment of an amount in dispute, but debit card transactions remove funds directly from your bank account, potentially wreaking havoc on your finances.  The Better Business Bureau also says you can contact your bank or credit card issuer for more information.  


Someone Was Using Their Checking Account

Their bank account was emptied by a thief.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft of bank funds from a Hays resident.  The victim told Sheriff's Deputies that they went to their bank to take out some money and were told that their account was overdrawn.  A look at their bank statement revealed that someone had forged checks in the victim's name.  A number of checks were used at various locations until the funds in the account were depleted.  There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending.


Left Mower and Took Battery

They left the mower but stole the battery.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Department received a report of a break-in this week at a location on the Union Baptist Church Road.  Reportedly, someone pried open the door to a storage shed.  The thief then took a 12-volt battery from the riding mower.  The mower was left and no other property was stolen; only the battery valued at 50 dollars was taken.  There are no suspects.


Stolen Laundry

According to the report, someone has been stealing laundry.  Wilkesboro Police were called to the Glenn Hill Apartments regarding a theft.  The victim said that she had washed several loads of laundry and was taking all of her clothing back to her apartment as they finished drying.  She left the laundry room with a load of clothes and returned 30 minutes later.  When she went to retrieve her towels from the dryer, she discovered that they were gone.  Other tenants at the apartments have also had clothes stolen from the laundry room but did not report the thefts.  There is no video surveillance, no known witnesses, and are no suspects at this time.


Beware of Norovirus

Following confirmation of an outbreak of norovirus since the first of December in Wilkes and other parts of the state, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is alerting health care providers and the public to protect themselves against this contagious virus and to be aware of symptoms to avoid transmitting the virus to others.  Norovirus is a common cause of gastrointestinal illness and is especially common during the winter months.  "Noroviruses are very hard to kill," said Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, acting state health director.  "As with most viruses, the most important way to prevent the spread of illness is by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.  Hand sanitizers are not effective against norovirus." The symptoms of norovirus illness include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and possibly stomach cramping.  Some people may also have fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and a general sense of tiredness.  The illness begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick.  In most people, the illness lasts for about one or two days.  


TV and Film Industry in NC Has Record High Year

Popular television productions fueled one of the strongest years experienced by the film industry in North Carolina.  More than 60 productions registered with the N.C. Film Office and filmed in North Carolina in 2013.  Those productions amassed a record-high of more than 5,700 production days with filming taking place in more than 30 of the state’s 100 counties. Year-end projections show television and film productions had a direct in-state spend in excess of $254 million and created more than 4,000 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled workforce.  These productions created nearly 25,000 job opportunities.  Five Major Television series headlined production in North Carolina in 2013.  Beyond the more than $254 million in direct spending, additional spending and job creation has taken place on numerous lower budget projects and commercials. Established in 1980, the North Carolina Film Office is part of the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development in the N.C. Department of Commerce.  Since its creation, 400+ projects have filmed in the state, directly spending over $1 billion and creating more than 100,000 job opportunities.


More NC Jobs

Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced that Key Gas Components, Incorporated will be expanding its manufacturing operation in McDowell County.  The company plans to create 37 new jobs and invest more than $2.2 million over the next three years in Marion. Key Gas Components is a closely held, family-owned and operated manufacturing and engineering services company operating a 35,000 sq. ft. facility in Marion. The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $110,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. For more information about Key Gas Components, including job opportunities, visit


Over $3400 in Property Stolen

The thief was able to get away with over 3400 dollars in property that was stolen from outside the victim's home.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a theft at a residence in Millers Creek.  There was no break-in, but victim advised that the thief had cut the locks off some property that was located outside his house.  A generator and a yellow and black Suzuki 250 motorcycle were stolen.  The theft occurred the day after Christmas.  There is no word on suspects.  In another outside theft, some chairs were stolen.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office also investigated a theft at a home on Rainbow Trout Drive.  This time three wooden rocking chairs were stolen from a porch.  Again there are no suspects.