Governor Pat McCrory’s office issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court entering a stay in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.: The governor is pleased to see the U.S. Supreme Court has set aside the Fourth Circuit’s direction to allow student access to restrooms based on gender identity. While this is a Virginia case, the rules adopted by the Gloucester County School Board, which the Supreme Court has now reinstated, are very similar to North Carolina law. More than 20 states have now joined North Carolina in fighting federal overreach. This is a national issue that should be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court. “This administration’s goal is to protect expectations of privacy in bathrooms, locker rooms and showers at our schools, state parks, highway rest stops and all government facilities, while providing reasonable accommodations when necessary. State law permits private businesses to set their own policies,” said Governor McCrory. And the Governor said, “The attorney general should have fulfilled his responsibilities in this effort to defend our state’s common sense approach to this complex issue.”
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Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are closer to understanding what causes cocaine to be so addictive. The research findings are published in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. Cocaine addiction is a debilitating neurological disorder that affects more than 700,000 people in the United States, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Cocaine addiction can be characterized by repeated attempts at abstinence that often end in relapse. Data demonstrate that cocaine leaves a long-lasting imprint on the dopamine system. Hope is on the horizon through preclinical trials that are testing several drugs for effectiveness in treating cocaine addiction.
The County Commissioners held their regular meeting this week at the County Office Building. Several items on the agenda required action by commissioners who were short by one member as Commissioner Greg Minton was in Raleigh for work-related training. Alex Hamilton presented Commissioners with tax collection totals for 2015. Over 36 million dollars was collected which equates to nearly 96 percent collection rate for 2015 and is about $600,000 more than the previous year. EMS Director Eric Morrison was at the meeting to renew the franchise application between EMS and the County. The renewal requires two votes over two separate meetings, and Commissioners voted unanimously in their first vote this week. Fireworks permits, rezoning requests, and the sale of some county property were all approved.
This week the 3WC Sports Booster Scholarship Winners came by the station to received their gift. A graduating senior from each high school was chosen based on their good character, morals, and academics. From East: Taylor Tharpe, from Wilkes Central: Brooke Bentley, from North: Allison Livengood, and from West: Caitlin Shepherd--all received a $700 scholarship and a sandblasted granite plaque. The money was provided from the 3WC Sports Sponsors and the granite plaques were courtesy of Southern Improvements. Any business interested in sponsoring local sports on 3WC and being a part of the scholarship program can call the station at 336-838-1241.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office has had a number of reports recently regarding windows broken out during the overnight hours with no break-in. In the latest incident, the homeowner called 911 to report a possible attempted break-in. They found a back window to the house broken out overnight. No entrance was gained to the house and nothing was reported stolen. Damages are listed at 200.
It was a 4-car pileup that sent one to the hospital and injured one other driver. Wilkesboro Police investigated the wreck on Hwy 421 Tuesday morning. Three cars were stopped waiting to merge into traffic when a 4th vehicle collided into one car and knocked it into the other two. David Naylor of Mocksville with failure to reduce speed. He was treated by Wilkes EMS. A second driver was taken to WRMC for treatment of their injuries.
Wilkes County - PASS or Prayer Around the School System is coming soon: Saturday, August 27th or Sunday, August 28th. Would your church be willing to participate and pray for the administration, staff, and students of Wilkes County Schools? The goal is to have at least one church at each school for this special time of prayer. Date and time may be set by church leading the prayer service at each school site. Call today to sign your church up for a school. Please contact Amy Samples at (336)835-7133 or email at email@example.com . Prayer services are held at each elementary, middle, and high school.
The success story of North Carolina’s economy is in front of a world-wide audience, featured in a multi-page profile headlined North Carolina: Transformation Through Innovation in a recent issue of Newsweek magazine. Articles include interviews with Governor Pat McCrory, Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson and Economic Development Partnership of N.C. CEO Christopher Chung. The articles highlight the number of net new jobs added since 2013, the dramatic turnaround in North Carolina’s unemployment rate, the lowering of individual and business income taxes, its innovative industries and the state’s competitive advantages over its neighboring states when it comes to job recruitment.
Governor Pat McCrory is supporting efforts for North Carolina to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG). Administered by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the WEG occurs every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle and is the major international championship event for equestrian sport. The 2010 WEG were held in Lexington, Kentucky and had an economic impact of $201.5 million over the event’s 14 days, according to a financial study commissioned by the state. The Tryon Equestrian Partners has invested over $125 million over the last two years developing 1,500 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to create an equestrian lifestyle destination and resort.
Unemployment rates increased in 96 of North Carolina’s counties including Wilkes in June and decreased in four. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.2 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.5 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.1 percent. The June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.2 percent. In Wilkes the unemployment rate rose from 4.5 to 5 percent. However, even with the increase in June the Wilkes unemployment rate is lower than one year ago -- June 2015 when the rate was 6.3. The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, August 19, 2016 when the state unemployment rate for July 2016 will be released.