Interested community members are invited to attend an open meeting on Tuesday March 15, 2016 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Wilkes County Agricultural Center, 416 Executive Drive (the new road, adjacent to Herring Hall, and across from the Run-In on Brushy Mountain Road), Wilkesboro, to discuss final conceptual designs to enhance the site. The Health Foundation, Inc. is creating a conceptual master plan for the West Park Medical Complex with the assistance of the Community Design Assistance Center, an outreach center of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The project is sponsored through a grant from the North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program and the U.S. Forest Service. At a public meeting in February, the CDAC design team described the grant awarded to The Health Foundation and explained two, preliminary, conceptual, design concepts. Attendants commented on the designs and come to a consensus about the design ideas presented. Since the preliminary design presentation, CDAC finalized survey results and revised the design. This final design will be presented at the March 15th meeting. It is crucial to hear the public’s voice and opinion. All participants’ time will count toward The Health Foundation’s required in-kind contribution, which is a requirement of the grant. Again, the open public meeting is set for Tuesday, March 15 at noon. Call 336-838-1949 to reserve a lunch if attending.
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Someone had been using her power and someone had been sleeping in her bed. Wilkesboro Police were called to a home break-in on Fletcher Street. The property owner reported that she did not live there anymore and came by occasionally to check on the house. Last week when she checked, she found the power turned back on, the lock to the door broken, a window left unsecure, and items moved to a bed where someone had been sleeping. Nothing was reported stolen from the house; it just appears someone was using the house to live there. The property owner is having the power turned off again and house secured again. There is no word on suspects.
The State Board of Elections has designated a special filing period for qualified candidates to file for election for State Supreme Court. Qualified candidates may file from noon on Wednesday, March 16 to noon on Friday, March 25 at the State Board of Elections office in Raleigh. The filing fee for this office is 1% of the salary. If required, a primary will be held on June 7 to coincide with the primary for U.S. House of Representatives. The filing period was established to comply with an order entered last week by a three-judge panel. The North Carolina State Board of Elections is the state agency charged with overall responsibility for administration of the elections process and campaign finance disclosure in North Carolina. The office of the State Board of Elections works in conjunction with County Board of Elections offices to ensure that elections are conducted lawfully and fairly. For additional information visit North Carolina State Board of Elections website at www.ncsbe.gov.
Governor Pat McCrory commends Goldsboro (Wayne County) for being recognized as one of ten “Great American Defense Communities” in the nation by the Association of Defense Communities and the Defense Communities Caucus. The Great American Defense Communities program was launched this year to acknowledge the unique contributions made by communities that host military installations to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. This inaugural class of communities was selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts to support military personnel and their families. These supportive efforts include education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the first medical center in the United States to offer the FDA-cleared DigniCap scalp cooling system to patients undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. In clinical trials of the system, seven out of 10 patients with early stage breast cancer kept at least 50 percent of their hair. No severe adverse effects were reported. Although the cooling system has been available across Europe and in Asia and Australia for several years, it wasn’t FDA-cleared for use in the United States until Dec. 8, 2015. The scalp cooling system features a patented tight-fitting silicone cooling cap that is placed directly on the head. The cap is fitted to the head, and the temperature of the scalp is lowered, resulting in a constriction of the blood vessels with reduced delivery of chemotherapy to the scalp, as well as reduced uptake of the chemotherapy drugs in the scalp. These factors together reduce the risk of hair loss. Because it is considered an elective treatment, the DigniCap may not be covered by medical insurance; women should contact their insurance provider.
Don’t forget to spring forward. This weekend, it will be time to set the clocks forward one hour — or spring forward — on Sunday, March 13, at 2 a.m. Most will set their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The twice-yearly routine of changing the clocks is mandated by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The times of falling back and springing forward have been altered through the years, but since the Energy Act went into effect in 2007, daylight time begins in most of the U.S. on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. So, remember to spring forward one hour this weekend as we switch back to Daylight Saving Time.
Super Tuesday is next week and includes voting here in North Carolina. Election Day is March 15 from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. A separate primary for U.S. House of Representatives is planned for June 7, 2016. There are nearly 6.5 million registered voters in North Carolina, with 2,709 polling places across the state. For this election you will need to show a photo ID to vote. Tim Joines of the Wilkes County Board of Elections says that a driver's license that has not been expired for more than 4 years, a DMV issued photo ID, a current Military ID, Veteran's ID, Passport, or Tribal ID are acceptable for voting. One stop voting continues at the County Office Building today from 8:30 am-6:00pm, and tomorrow, Saturday from 8:30am-1:00pm. There are additional sites throughout the county today10:00am-4:30pm and Saturday from 10:00am-12:30pm. Those additional sites are: Millers Creek Fire Department; Mountain View Ruritan Building in Hays; Mulberry Fairplains Fire Department on Sparta Road, North Wilkesboro; and Pleasant Hill Fire Department on Austin Traphill Road, Elkin. If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote or if you want to see a sample ballot, visit www.wilkescounty.net.
The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is investigating a couple of thefts from the area. A resident on Forester Lane this called the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of a license tag. The tag was taken off the victim’s vehicle that was parked behind his house. Then a resident on the Winfield Huffman Road in Wilkesboro reported that someone had stolen a log splitter. The log splitter was stored in a shed on the victim’s property. Nothing else from the shed was taken. There is no word on suspects in either report.
If you can spare about 4 hours per month and if you want to make a difference in the life of a child, then the Guardian ad Litem program needs you. A Guardian ad Litem is a trained volunteer appointed by a district court judge to be his or her eyes and ears for an abused and neglected child in foster care under DSS. You go with the child as they go through the court process and act as the advocate for the child. For more information, call the Wilkesboro Office at 336-651-4421.
It’s tax season and if you’re having trouble filling out your taxes due to Obamacare, then visit IRS.gov. The official IRS website IRS.gov has information on The Affordable Care Act which contains comprehensive health insurance reforms and includes tax provisions that affect individuals, families, businesses, insurers, tax-exempt organizations and government entities. These tax provisions contain important changes, including how individuals and families file their taxes. The law also contains benefits and responsibilities for other organizations and employers. Again, get answers to tax questions at IRS.gov