The board of advisors of the Wilkes Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects funded from its community fund, according to Graham Wyche, board president. Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that serve general charitable needs in Wilkes County. Grants have generally ranged from $1,000 to $2,500. Applications are available beginning June 24. Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon July 26. The Wilkes Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. The community fund was established to help support local charitable needs through annual grants.
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Attention Wilkes County farmers: If you or someone you know is interested in serving on a local FSA County Committee, now is the time to submit that person’s name as a nominee for the 2016 County Committee Elections. Now through August 1, you can nominate yourself or a candidate for your local FSA county committee. And almost anyone participating or cooperating in FSA programs - and of legal voting age - can be nominated. FSA county committees are a vital link between farmers and ranchers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And through the county committee system, farmers and ranchers have a voice and their opinions and ideas are heard. Download the nomination form from our website at fsa.usda.gov/elections or pick one up at your local Wilkes FSA office. And remember, forms must be postmarked or delivered back to the county office by the August 1 deadline. Voting takes place this fall.
Average teacher pay in North Carolina will be more than $50,000 for the first time in state history under North Carolina’s newest budget signed this week by Governor Pat McCrory. The governor signed the $22.3 billion state budget Thursday surrounded by teachers, local elected officials and legislators at Shiloh Elementary School in Union County. The budget makes key investments to strengthen education, provide tax relief for middle class families, make college more affordable and improve the health of our communities and bolster the state’s savings reserves. Teachers will receive an average 4.7 percent pay increase, bringing average teacher pay in North Carolina above $50,000 for the first time in state history. With health and retirement benefits offered to full-time teachers in our state, the budget will boost average total compensation to more than $67,000. Teacher pay in North Carolina is growing faster than in any other state in the country. Since 2013, North Carolina has invested more than $1 billion in new funding for teacher raises.
Over $4000 in property was stolen from an outbuilding in North Wilkesboro. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft at a residence on Rock Creek Church Road. It appears someone used some type of cutting tool to steal an electric furnace valued at $1100, 600 feet of copper wire valued at $600, and a 2.5 ton heat pump unit valued at $2500. The theft was reported this week. No suspects were listed with the report.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is also investigating a theft from a Millers Creek residence. The homeowner reported finding their house forcibly entered. Ten antique dishes and an antique homemade tablecloth were taken from a house off NC 16. Stolen property is valued at $500. Damages to the door are also estimated at $500. That investigation is still underway.
Wilkesboro Police are warning us about a scam that has been around for a long time, and continues to hit local residents. On their Facebook page, Police show a picture of a scam check in the amount of $1760 that was sent to someone in Wilkesboro. Wilkesboro PD says to: Be aware of scammers that encourage you to cash a check and send part of the proceeds back to them or someone else. The check is very likely worthless, and then you will be liable for the amount of that worthless check you cashed. So, Police say: "Don't cash it. Ignore their lies. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't be a victim of these thieves."
Wilkes Community College awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships to 14 students – 10 curriculum and four continuing education – during the Summer 2016 semester. The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation. Curriculum students may apply for up to $750 per semester, including summer term, and occupational education students are eligible for up to $250 per term. Awards may be applied toward tuition, fees, books and supplies; transportation; childcare expenses related to attending classes; and credential testing. Scholarships are awarded during the fall, spring and summer semesters. The deadline to apply for a Golden LEAF Scholarship for Fall 2016 semester is September 9, 2016. To apply, contact the WCC Financial Aid Office at 336-838-6146 or toll free at 866-222-1548 (ask for financial aid).
During this hot weather, county and state health officials are urging citizens to take extra precautions against heat-related illnesses. Symptoms of heat-related stress and illness include muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, fainting, headaches, nausea and vomiting, and can be avoidable with proper precautions. Children, older North Carolinians, outdoor workers, and those with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to illness during the hot summer months. To reduce risk of heat-related illness: Drink plenty of fluids; If spending multiple hours outside, take breaks in cool or air-conditioned environments; Speak with your physician about how to stay safe if you take medicines; and Reduce time spent outside during the hottest part of the day, usually 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
NC is not the only one. According to NC Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam: The first was North Carolina GovernorMcCrory and Secretary Perry v. USA and U.S. Department of Justice and Senator Berger and Representative Moore v. U.S. Department of Justice, 23 other states have joined the battle. Ten more states have joined the legal fight against the Obama Administration’s “guidance” letter that would force all public schools to allow students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers that correspond to their “gender identity” as opposed to their biological sex. There are now 24 states, including North Carolina, that are legally challenging the Obama administration’s radical bathroom agenda. A document issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on May 13 to public schools, colleges, and universities across the nation, stated that they must allow students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and dormitories that correspond to their “gender identity” or risk losing federal education tax dollars. This means that female students could be forced to share bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities with male students who self-identify as female, and it would also allow boys to participate on girls’ sports teams. In response, on May 25, eleven states (later joined by two additional states) sued the Obama Administration. Now ten more states for a total of 24 or nearly half the country have filed a separate but similar lawsuit.
In another encouraging sign for North Carolina’s economy, Governor Pat McCrory announced this week that for the third time this year, the State Budget Office has revised revenue figures upward above May projections by $95 million. The state is projecting a final revenue surplus of $425 million, mainly driven by more people working and earning more money. “North Carolina has posted record revenue surpluses driven by strong economic growth, job creation and responsible financial management,” said Governor McCrory. The state's strong economy continues to receive national recognition. North Carolina improved to the No. 5 Top State for Business by CNBC, up from No. 9 last year. Access to capital, workforce quality, and technology and innovation contributed to improving this year's ranking. North Carolina has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. Since 2013, unemployment is down in all 100 counties and the private sector has added more than 275,000 jobs.