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Friday
Jan022015

New NC Laws

As the state starts a new year, new laws took effect in North Carolina as of yesterday, January 1, 2015.  Among the new laws taking effect on January 1: the Omnibus Tax Law Changes which will further reduce tax rates for individuals, families and businesses as a part of tax reform; certain provisions of the Energy Modernization Act, which regulates North Carolina’s safe and needed entry into the energy business; the Credit for Military Training Act, which grants college credits uniformly to students with military training; the Fiscal Integrity/Pension Spiking Prevention Act, which increases protections for workers and retirees and further ensure the solvency and sustainability of our state’s retirement system; and portions of the Regulatory Reform Act of 2014, which modernizes and simplifies cumbersome or outdated regulations.  “With help from the General Assembly, North Carolina has put in place major reforms and initiatives aimed at improving our economy, education, quality of life and support for veterans over the past two years,” stated Governor McCrory. 

Friday
Jan022015

5th Anniversary of NC Smoke-Free Restaurant Law

Today, marks the fifth anniversary of North Carolina's smoke-free restaurants and bars law. The smoke-free law prohibits smoking in enclosed areas of most restaurants and bars, with limited exceptions for private clubs and some cigar bars.  "During the first year of the law, North Carolina saw a 21 percent drop in average weekly emergency department visits for heart attacks. Further studies demonstrate the law has improved air quality in North Carolina restaurants and bars and reduced emergency department visits for asthma attacks," said Ruth Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of the N.C. Division of Public Health.  An additional benefit of the smoke-free law is the reduced exposure to secondhand smoke, a known risk factor for cancer, heart disease, stroke and asthma.  The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) worked to help pass the statewide law, which not only prohibits smoking indoors in virtually all restaurants and bars, but also specifies that no more than 20 percent of a lodging establishment's guest rooms may be designated for smoking.

 

Thursday
Jan012015

Buying and Shoplifting

Some things he purchased and some he shoplifted.  Wilkesboro Police were called by a local store regarding a thief.  Store Management explained to Police that they saw a white male conceal some staples, a shaver, and other items on his person while he was shopping inside the store.  The same man then purchased several other items that were in his shopping cart.  When the man walked outside, he was stopped by store personnel.  The stolen property was recovered.  The man was cited for shoplifting and was banned from the store.  His court date is set for February.

Thursday
Jan012015

Caught Dumping Needles

She tried to dump the needles but was arrested anyway.  A Wilkes Sheriff's Deputy saw a suspicious person walking along the Elkin Highway and decided to stop and talk to them.  A check on the woman's name revealed that she had open warrants for misdemeanor larceny.  The woman has tried to get rid of several needles in her possession.  The Deputy saw her and recovered the needles.  The woman was arrested and charged with the outstanding warrant and with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday
Jan012015

Stolen Gun

Guns were all year...even to the end....one of the most popular items among thieves locally.  In one of the final reports of the year, a Traphill homeowner called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office concerning the theft of a firearm from their house.  According to the victim, the Rugar Mark 22-45 Wide was stolen from their home sometime between the middle of November and the end of December.  The stolen handgun is valued at 450 dollars. There were no signs of a break-in.  The victim said only a few people knew where the gun was kept, and there is a suspect.  Charges are pending further investigation by the Wilkes Sheriff's Office.

Thursday
Jan012015

Passing Bag to Shoplift

At the same store but in a separate incident, it was tag team shoplifting of sorts.  Store personnel observed a man selecting several items and placing them inside a store brand shopping bag.  The man then passed the bag to a woman in the fitting room area.  She took the bag to the service desk in order to "return the items."  The woman was given an in-store gift card in the amount of 161 dollars.  Both the man and woman were detained by store staff until Police arrived.  They admitted to their crime and were arrested for obtaining property by false pretense.

Thursday
Jan012015

Flu Season

As we are in flu season, the North Carolina and Wilkes health departments continue to advise you to get the flu shot.  Thousands of people die and hundreds of thousands are hospitalized each year because of flu-related illnesses.  There have already been 5 flu related deaths in North Carolina. The flu vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray.  A recent study showed that flu shots reduced the risk of children being hospitalized by 74 percent. Another study showed that vaccinations were associated with a 71 percent decline in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages, and a 77 percent drop among adults 50 and older.  So, get your flu shot or spray as soon as possible.  It is especially important to get the vaccine if you, someone you live with, or someone you care for is at high risk of complications from the flu.  Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine.  For more information or to get your flu vaccine, contact your doctor or the Wilkes Health Dept.

Thursday
Jan012015

To Prevent Heating Fires

According to statistics from the American Red Cross, heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires.  Fixed and portable space heaters, including wood stoves, are involved in 74 percent of fire-related deaths. Nearly half of American families use alternative heating sources such as space heaters, fireplaces, or wood/coal stoves to stay warm.  Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds says we have several heating related fires locally.  AIR  Our complete interview with Fire Marshal Bounds can be heard as a Focus on the Foothills podcast on our website:  HometownChristianRadio.com

Thursday
Jan012015

Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives

According to www.redcross.org, every 2 seconds someone in the US needs lifesaving blood.  So, make a difference in someone's life and donate blood.  There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drives in Wilkes County on Monday, January 5th  at the Speedway Road Ruritan Club  (2411 Speedway Road, North Wilkesboro) from 2:00pm-6:30pm; call Tommy Thomas at 667-8158 for an appointment.  There will also be a Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, January 10th  at Bethel Baptist Church (3656 Mountain View Road, Hays) from 9:30am – 2:00pm; please contact Melissa at 696-2842 to schedule an appointment.  For a complete list of blood drives and to sign up for an appointment, please visit our website at www.redcrossblood.org.  As we are nearing the year's end, you are also encouraged to make a financial donation to the Red Cross.  You may donate online at www.redcross.org.

Thursday
Jan012015

Friday Is a 5th Anniversary in NC

Friday, Jan. 2, marks the fifth anniversary of North Carolina's smoke-free restaurants and bars law. The smoke-free law prohibits smoking in enclosed areas of most restaurants and bars, with limited exceptions for private clubs and some cigar bars.  The health outcome results for this law are significant and impressive, especially in such a short period of time, according to Ruth Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of the N.C. Division of Public Health. "During the first year of the law, North Carolina saw a 21 percent drop in average weekly emergency department visits for heart attacks. Further studies demonstrate the law has improved air quality in North Carolina restaurants and bars and reduced emergency department visits for asthma attacks."  An additional benefit of the smoke-free law is the reduced exposure to secondhand smoke, a known risk factor for cancer, heart disease, stroke and asthma.  In 2006, a report issued by the United States Surgeon General stated that scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) worked to help pass the statewide law, which not only prohibits smoking indoors in virtually all restaurants and bars, but also specifies that no more than 20 percent of a lodging establishment's guest rooms may be designated for smoking.