The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners met this week for a regular meeting. They approved a request by Wilkes Social Services for 2 additional employees. The county will be reimbursed for 75 percent of this cost. The net cost will be about 7900 dollar after reimbursement. There are additional revenues available in Medicaid to cover this cost. Also, the Wilkes County Airport Board recommended to Commissioners that a new ground space lease agreement be approved between the County and Meyer Wilkes Property, LLC for the hangar at the Airport which Meyer Wilkes is purchasing from Quest for Life Church. At their last meeting, County Commissioners voted to approve this purchase and the assignment of the existing 1990 ground space lease to Myer Wilkes. The approval process involves two steps including publishing a Notice of Intent to Approve the Lease Agreement which is what Commissioners agreed to do this week. Commissioners also approved a contract with Mulberry-Fairplains Fire & Rescue Dept which is just like the contracts with the other fire departments in the county.
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Some property was taken and some was left behind. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a home break-in off Old 60 in Wilkesboro. The victim left home about 4:30 in the afternoon. When he returned later that night, he saw that his house had been entered and his bedroom closet was ransacked. Stolen property included a 32 inch LED TV, Playstation III with two controllers, 8 Playstation games, and 4 DVD's. There was another 50 -inch TV that was not stolen from the home. Stolen property was valued at 600 dollars.
MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 23-26, 2015, has announced additional singers as part of the music festival’s lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, blues, country, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” Tickets for MerleFest 2015 are now on sale and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.
A special speaker about domestic violence is coming to Wilkes. According to a news release from Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies or SAFE of Wilkes, Artist and domestic violence survivor Michelle Johnson Major will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 25th in the Pit Auditorium at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. In 2008, Michelle Major's husband attacked her. Before strangling her unconscious, he took a butcher knife to ninety four of her paintings, destroying twelve years of artistic work. Major will display her artwork and share the compelling story of her journey from victim to survivor. For more information, please call event sponsor SAFE, Inc. at (336) 838-9169.
As winter weather makes headlines nationally, N.C. DHHS wants to remind North Carolinians about the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Applications are still being accepted through March 2015 or until funding is exhausted. LIEAP is a federally-funded program administered in North Carolina through the Department of Health and Human Services. It provides almost $51 million toward helping eligible households pay their heating bills. Since Dec. 1, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program has provided approximately $24 million to help more than 80,000 households pay their heating bills and stay warm this winter. To be eligible, households must meet income requirements, have reserves at or below $2,250 and be responsible for paying its own heating bills. For more information, contact your local department of social services.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., this week voted in favor of legislation to repeal Obamacare in its entirety. H.R. 596, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 239 to 186, also calls on the relevant House committees to submit legislation within each committee’s jurisdiction to find alternative health care reforms. “The simple truth is that the president’s government takeover of our health care system has increased barriers to care, and North Carolinians are seeing some of the highest increases in insurance premiums as a direct result of Obamacare,” said Foxx
Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed February Black History Month in North Carolina, encouraging citizens to learn about our state's rich heritage of black history and its profound place in the advancement of African American culture and life in the United States. The governor also announced his appointments to the African-American Heritage Commission. "The establishment of Shaw University, Bennett College, 'Black Wall Street' in Durham, the sit-ins at Woolworth's - these and many more were pivotal moments in the history of our nation, and they reveal our state's wealth of courage, ambition and resolve," Governor McCrory said.
Governor Pat McCrory is praising the teamwork that helped secure an additional $4 million from the United States Army Corps of Engineers for desperately needed dredging of the Morehead City Harbor Channel. “Ensuring access to our ports is critical because it supports thousands of jobs in Eastern North Carolina. The Port of Morehead City is a vital resource that contributes more than $1 billion to our state’s economy,” said Governor McCrory. “U.S. Senators Burr and Tillis and Rep. Jones are to be commended for securing this much-needed additional funding." The Morehead City Harbor has an authorized depth of 45 feet, but through rapid shoaling sand has limited the depth to about 34 feet. The current depth makes it difficult if not impossible for some of the Port of Morehead City’s biggest customers to gain access to the facility. Corps of Engineers last dredged the channel in May. “North Carolina Ports support more than 76,000 jobs across the State.... I appreciate the support and look forward to working with the State and the Corps to address this and the other ongoing needs of our deepwater port facilities” said Paul J. Cozza, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina State Ports Authority.
Brushy Mountain, Moravian Falls, and Boomer fire departments along with the NC Forest Service were called to a brush fire yesterday afternoon. The fire apparently started from a tree falling on a power line. The fire burned about 15 acres in a steep, wooded area of the Brushys before fire fighters were able to get it under control by setting back fires. No injuries were reported.
The Wilkes County Commissioners met yesterday with several items on the agenda including considering a season for fox trapping. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) has very limited authority to regulate fox hunting and trapping seasons. The North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) has elected to classify foxes only as a game animals. There are numerous session laws that have been approved by the NCGA relating to foxes, and all 100 NC counties have their own regulations regarding fox hunting and trapping. Some surrounding counties including Ashe, Alleghany, and Surry already have fox trapping seasons that are handled by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. A ruling was passed in Wilkes back in 1971 which prohibited fox trapping. County Commissioners this week unanimously approved a resolution to establish a season for taking foxes by trapping in Wilkes, and the fox trapping season will be coordinated through the NC Wildlife Commission. Also at yesterday's meeting, Commissioners said thank you and happy retirement to County Board Clerk Judy Snyder as yesterday was her last meeting with Commissioners. Snyder was praised by all Commissioners for a job well done. She cried as Commissioners and all in attendance stood to applaud. Sarah Call will now assume to position of Clerk of the Board of Commissioners.