Other colleges along with WCC are encouraging support of the NC Connect Bond. As we reported yesterday, the Connect N.C. Bond Act, a state referendum to be voted on in March 2016, will issue $2 billion in state bonds for projects including for university and community colleges. If passed, the allocation to Wilkes Community College would be $5,242,674. In Boone, Appalachian State University also released a statement encouraging passage of the Bond. Funding from the Connect NC Bond will provide $70 million for Appalachian to build a facility for the Beaver College of Health Sciences. A facility for ASU to reduce current constraints Appalachian faces in meeting workforce demand for health care professionals, particularly in rural areas of our state. Governor McCrory went on a statewide tour last year concerning and promoting the Bond. The Governor has repeatedly said that it is important to note that no new taxes or tax increases are necessary to finance the Connect NC bond.
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Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., this week voted in favor of a disapproval resolution seeking to stop the Obama administration from implementing its flawed “Waters of the United States” rule, which would negatively impact North Carolina farmers and landowners. The measure passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 253- 166. In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a rule that would significantly broaden the federal government’s power to regulate waters and adjacent lands under the Clean Water Act. The Congressional Review Act of 1996 established a process through which Congress can overturn regulations issued by federal agencies by enacting a joint resolution of disapproval. Along with The House, The Senate also passed the disapproval resolution. Now disapproval resolution must be signed by the president before it can go into effect.
The Wilkes County Hall of Fame (WCHOF) governing board recently awarded $ 15,325.00 in grant monies to be spent in the areas of arts, PE, and athletics in the Wilkes County Schools including the area elementary, middle, and high schools. The Wilkes County Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) non- profit (Federal Identification # 46-5541867). The Mission of the Wilkes County Hall of Fame (WCHOF) is to promote and honor the excellence of the people of Wilkes County in order to encourage and inspire the youth and citizens of Wilkes. The 3rd Annual WCHOF will be May 26, 2016 in the Stone Family Center for Performing Arts. For more details visit: www.wilkecountyhalloffame.org.
A car stolen in Wilkesboro was recovered in King. Wilkesboro Police received a report of a car stolen from the parking lot of Tyson back on December 10. Two days later, King Police called to say they had recovered the stolen car from Wilkesboro. As the investigation continued, King Police obtained information on a possible suspect, Wilkesboro Police reviewed surveillance video and other evidence, and a suspect was determined. Bobby Green of Winston-Salem, who works at Tyson in Wilkesboro, was arrested, charged for felony vehicle theft, and taken to the Wilkes County Jail.
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, January 12. Prior to the business meeting, college administrators and trustees discussed the declining enrollment at Wilkes Community College. While this is a statewide and national trend, the administration is taking a sharper look at declining enrollment to determine which program areas are seeing the most substantial declines and which, if any, are seeing increases in enrollment. Also the Board voted to establish a campus police department. Since the campus police proposal was first discussed at the April 2015 board meeting, work has been done to gather additional information to determine whether or not to proceed. The budget was scrutinized and conversations were held with Mayor Mike Inscore and Wilkesboro Police Department Chief Craig Garris before the Board voted in favor of establishing a campus police department at Wilkes Community College. Then board adopted a bond resolution in support of the Connect N.C. Bond Act, a state referendum to be voted on in March 2016 to decide the issuance of $2 billion in state bonds for projects including for university and community colleges. If passed, the allocation to Wilkes Community College would be $5,242,674.
There's a meeting tonight in Elkin. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2016-17 seasons. One of the nine meetings will be held in Elkin tonight. Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes is one that would allow the sale of raw (untanned) deer hides from an animal that has been legally harvested or was killed by a motor vehicle. Another wildlife management-related proposal would change the definition of a bear cub from any bear weighing less than 50 pounds to one weighing less than 75 pounds. Again, the Wildlife Hearing scheduled for Elkin is tonight at 7pm at Elkin High School.
National Sanctity of Human Life Day will be celebrated on Sunday, January 17, 2016. With preserving human life at the very center of the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center's ministry, they are asking churches to help promote the importance of this day by making plans now. You are asked to go ahead and schedule a visit from one of the staff or board of the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center at your church. You are also asked to make plans to be a part of the annual fundraiser "Baby Bottle Boomerang" that's planned for January. You can find out more by calling the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center at 336-838-9272.
Governor Pat McCrory joined members of the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee to highlight the work they have done to improve education in North Carolina. The governor charged the committee with providing feedback and recommendations on top priorities including increasing access to digital learning, bringing business and education leaders together to close the skills gap, and rewarding teachers. Since Governor McCrory entered office in January 2013, North Carolina has committed more than $1 billion to teacher raises. The governor underscored the importance of providing a career ladder that will keep our best teachers in the classroom.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., issued the following response on Tuesday night regarding President Obama's final State of the Union address: “For the past seven years, President Obama has given us 47,625 words of meaningless promises. Tonight’s State of the Union address was more of the same empty words." Foxx also said, “President Obama promised hope and change, but his failed agenda has brought the wrong kind of change and many North Carolinians are losing hope."
The home break-in investigations continue here in Wilkes, even with weekly arrests for break-ins and larceny. In a break-in reported this week, the only thing reported stolen was a gun. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in and theft at a home on the Longbottom Road in McGrady. The victim advised that they returned home to find a door to the residence kicked open. The only thing reported stolen was a Winchester Shotgun. Damages to the door are estimated at 400 dollars. No suspects were listed with that report. In another break-in, someone entered a house in Millers Creek. The property owner reported that several electronic devices were taken. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate these break-ins.