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Friday
Dec182015

Get Gun Permits by Today

Due to the upcoming Christmas holiday, there are some closings you need to know.  As for governmental offices:  County Manager John Yates says that the Wilkes County Offices will be closed:  at Noon – Wednesday, December 23, 2015, Closed – Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Closed – Friday, December 25, 2015.  According to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, if you want a gun purchase permit, then you need to come in and apply by 4:30 Friday, December 18 in order to get it back before Christmas.  Due to a change in state law, the Sheriff's Office can no longer do same-day gun permits.  You will need to apply for a permit by this Friday in order to pick it up before noon on Wednesday, December 23 when the Sheriff's Office closes for Christmas.

Friday
Dec182015

Candidate Filing Ends Monday

With an earlier Primary of March rather than May in North Carolina, candidates began filing earlier.  The Filing Period began Noon December 1for local and state elected offices in North Carolina and ends at noon, Monday, December 21. The people who have filed for elected offices at the Wilkes Board of Elections include:   Republicans David Gambill, Misty Smithey and Scott Church as candidates for Wilkes register of deeds; Republican Eddie Settle, an incumbent, for county commissioner;  Republican Incumbent Shirley Randleman of Wilkesboro for State Senator for the 30th District; Republican Incumbent Jeffrey Elmore of Wilkesboro NC General Assembly Representative for the 94th House District; and Incumbent Hardin Kennedy for Wilkes Board of Education. The primary election and the Wilkes Board of Education election is March 15 and the general election is November 8, 2016. 

Friday
Dec182015

Baptist Medical Combo Organ Surgery

Wake Forest Baptist has performed its First Heart-Kidney Transplant, and the 54-year-old recipient is doing well more than three months after the Combined Operation. Keith Overcash is a 54-year-old Denton resident who in early September underwent the first heart and kidney transplant performed at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. In the procedure that spanned more than 18 hours, Overcash received both organs from the same donor. The heart transplant was done first, by Edward Kincaid, M.D., associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery. After that, the kidney operation was performed by Jeffrey Rogers, M.D., professor of surgery. Overcash was first diagnosed with heart failure in 1995 when he was in the Army. He remained on active duty until 2006, when he retired as a command sergeant major after 26 years in uniform. Overcash was admitted to Wake Forest Baptist in late September 2014. Overcash was then evaluated for a heart-kidney transplant and it was determined that he was a candidate. Now 3 months after the surgery, Overcash is living at home but returns to Wake Forest Baptist three days a week for exercise therapy. A licensed Pentecostal Holiness minister, he is preaching occasionally and has applied to be a volunteer at the Baptist Medical Center.

Friday
Dec182015

NC Gov's Office Reaction to Voter Lawsuit

The Office of the Governor of North Carolina released the following statement after learning that three groups filed a lawsuit in federal court against State Board of Elections (SBOE), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) alleging violations of the National Voter Registration Act.  “These left wing and labor advocacy groups are ignoring the facts regarding voter registration efforts...," said Graham Wilson, Press Secretary for Governor Pat McCrory.  

Thursday
Dec172015

Get Gun Permits by Friday

Due to the upcoming Christmas holiday, there are some closings you need to know.  As for governmental offices:  County Manager John Yates says that the Wilkes County Offices will be closed:  at Noon – Wednesday, December 23, 2015, Closed – Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Closed – Friday, December 25, 2015.  According to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, if you want a gun purchase permit, then you need to come in and apply by 4:30 Friday, December 18 in order to get it back before Christmas.  Due to a change in state law, the Sheriff's Office can no longer do same-day gun permits.  You will need to apply for a permit by this Friday in order to pick it up before noon on Wednesday, December 23 when the Sheriff's Office closes for Christmas.

Thursday
Dec172015

WCC Hosted Kurdistani Professors

Wilkes Community College has hosted Kurdistani professors Dr. Adnan Shihab, Ahmed Raheem and Hussein Ibrahim for over four weeks as part of a collaboration between Erbil Polytechnic University and WCC to establish an automotive technology program in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. WCC automotive technology lead instructor Johnny O’Connell traveled to Erbil in October as part of the collaboration. The collaboration began as a result of a grant from the U.S. State Department through the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The grant was given to the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), an international nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lori Mason, project director of IREX’s Iraq University Linkage Program, explained that sanctions enforced by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein prevented the people of Iraqi Kurdistan to have broad access to modern vehicles. When Iraq was liberated in 2003 and its markets opened to foreign countries, the Iraqi people gained access to modern automobiles. Yet no automotive technology program exists in any of the public colleges or universities to train people to repair modern automobiles. Mason said that she was aware of WCC’s commitment to raising global awareness and engagement as well as preparing students for a global workforce, thus they decided to do the collaboration with WCC.

Thursday
Dec172015

Multiple Home Break-Ins

More home break-ins are being investigated by the Wilkes Sheriff's Office.  A couple on the Austin Little Mtn Road in Ronda reported that their house was forcibly entered while they were away from home for only a few hours.  They returned home to find the door at the carport had been kicked open.  Property was stolen from the home.  A resident on the Elledge Mill Road in North Wilkesboro reports that her house was forcibly entered.  This time, the only thing stolen was prescription medication.  There is a suspect in this break-in and charges are pending.  Also, another North Wilkesboro homeowner reported a break-in with only drugs stolen.  This victim lives on Staley Lane.  At a house on Newport Lane in North Wilkesboro, several things were stolen.  The homeowner was away from home for a couple of days and returned to find the break-in.  Again, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.

Thursday
Dec172015

Blue Ridge EMC Power Bills Reduced

Members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation will soon receive double the rate reduction for twice the length of time due to lower wholesale power cost projections primarily driven by historically low natural gas prices. On January through June bills, member bills will be reduced $18 for each 1,000 kwh (kilowatt hours) of electricity used. This is equal to a 15 percent rate reduction for those months. On December bills, as previously announced, members are receiving a $9 per 1,000 kwh of electricity reduction. The average residential Blue Ridge Electric member uses 1,000 kwh monthly. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Blue Ridge Electric returns any excess funds to its members. Recent domestic production of natural gas has resulted in an over-supply, which is causing the significant cost decrease. The cooperative’s provider, Duke Energy, has increased its use of natural gas to replace retired coal plants. Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in 7 counties including Wilkes. 

Thursday
Dec172015

Brenner FIT at Wilkes health

You no longer have to always travel out of town; you can stay here in Wilkesboro. Brenner FIT, the Brenner Children’s Hospital program that takes a family-centered approach to treating children with obesity, has extended its electronic reach to Wilkes County. A secure video link between Brenner Children’s, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and the Wilkes County Health Department in Wilkesboro allows patients and families members to have some of their Brenner FIT sessions locally. The Wilkesboro location is the seventh to have a Brenner TeleFIT connection. The network’s other links are to sites in Boone, Dobson, Elkin, Greensboro, Hickory and Lenoir. A grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission helped support the network’s expansion to Wilkes County. Brenner FIT is one of the most comprehensive weight-management programs in the country for children ages 2 to 18

Thursday
Dec172015

New NC Training for Child Care Facility

Governor Pat McCrory announced this week that a new web-based tool is now available to help North Carolina’s more than 7,000 child care facility operators develop and update emergency plans that provide protective actions for children in their care during a crisis situation. The rules require licensed child care programs to be prepared to respond to the needs of children and their families during disasters and emergencies by having a current Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan in place.  The training will assist in creating and practicing plans for responding to emergencies. An estimated 7,000 child care providers will complete the training over the course of two years. Upon completing the training, staff must review the facility plan with new hires at orientation and provide an annual review of the plan with all current staff at each licensed child care facility.