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Tuesday
Feb022010

Randleman to Run for Term 2

Shirley Randleman will run for a second term as 94th District state representative, according to an announcement yesterday. Randleman is a Republican finishing her first term in the General Assembly. In her release, Randleman looked forward: "I continue to work very closely with the county and towns to promote economic growth and workforce development. We cannot count on government to restore our economy," she said. "It's going to take all of us working together to grow and maintain our small businesses. It's great when General Motors and other large companies hire a few hundred people, but, think what would happen if every small business could add one or two employees."

Tuesday
Feb022010

WIlkesboro Hires Full-Time Fire Chief

Wilkesboro has a new Fire Chief. Lee Sudia of Fayetteville will become the first full-time professional chief for Wilkesboro when he begins work February 22nd. His first order of business: hiring three full-time firefighters. Current Chief Keith Reid has been asked to be one of two Assistant Chiefs. The other is Fletcher Reeves. The expansion to a combination full-time and volunteer fire service is being financed by a federal grant, according to the Journal-Patriot. The 325-thousand dollar grant from the Homeland Security Department is being matched by over 427-thousand dollars form the town, which has purchased an aerial platform truck and built the fire station on Cherry Street. The federal grant pays the full-time staff salaries for five years. Over 30 people applied for the chief position.

Tuesday
Feb022010

Freezing Rain, Sleet to Start Our Day

Forecasters say that freezing rain or sleet today may glaze over area roadways that only yesterday were cleared of snow and ice from this past weekend's winter storm. Neighborhood streets and rural roads in Northwest North Carolina still covered with snow and ice could be even more slippery, said Marc Clenard, National Weather Service meteorologist in Blacksburg, Va.

The frozen precipitation likely will begin after sunrise and turn to rain in the afternoon, when temperatures rise as high as the mid-30s to the low 40s, said both Clenard and Jonathan Blaes, a weather-service meteorologist in Raleigh. Less than 1 inch of accumulation is expected, but freezing rain and sleet may accumulate on bridges and overpasses. The freezing rain and sleet could also topple limbs and trees onto power lines, knocking out electricity to homes and businesses.

Most school systems in the region, including Wilkes County Schools and Wilkes Community college will remain closed for a second day. City and state road crews told the Winston-Salem Journal yesterday that they have made good progress clearing snow from roads and highways. However, streets in city neighborhoods and rural areas remained covered with snow and ice.

DOT crews will monitor the weather and will put down more salt this morning, if necessary, said Charles Reinhardt, a DOT-division-maintenance engineer in North Wilkesboro.

Monday
Feb012010

Wilkes EDC CEO Resigns

The Wilkes' Economic Development Corporation's Executive Director resigned last week. Don Alexander would not comment on the resignation, saying he had no definite plans. Wilkes EDC board chair Blake Lovette said EDC assistant director and CFO Robin Hamby will now serve as the interim CEO until a replacement is found. Alexander's contract calls for him to continue to get paid for five months as the CEO of the EDC. Lovette said Alexander wants to work in a bigger market than Wilkes and the board wishes him all the best.

Monday
Feb012010

Alexander Resigns as Wilkes EDC Director

Less than two weeks after the Wilkes Economic Development Commission voted to hire a consultant to create a strategic plan for future economic development efforts in the county, the head of the group has resigned. According to a brief release from the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce this morning, Wilkes EDC Director Don Alexander tendered his resignation at the end of the business day Friday. It was effective immediately. No reason was given. The WilkesEDC Twitter account posted a message this morning saying "Don Alexander is no longer associated with Wilkes EDC. I would gladly welcome any professional referrals or recommendations. Thank you." It is unclear whether the message originated with Alexander or with personnel at Wilkes EDC.

Monday
Feb012010

Man Convicted in 1993 Wilkes Murder Denied Parole

A man sentenced to a life prison term for a 1993 murder in Wilkes County will remain behind bars. Johnny Leonard King was sentenced for the January, 1993 murder before laws were toughened in late 1994, eliminating parole.King had a long criminal record prior to his life sentence; ha has had numerous disciplinary issue will in the state prison system. He is currently incarcerated at the Albemarle Correctional Institution, where he has been since 2006. King had been participating in a program known as MAPP -- the Mutual Agreement Parole Program, which is a scholastic and vocational program offered to selected convicts. According to the parole commission, his participation in that program has been revoked, and he will not be considered for parole again until early 2012.

Monday
Feb012010

Officials Confirm Closure of Wilkes CompuCredit Center

Officials at CompuCredit confirmed to 3WC News late Friday something they announced to employees on Thursday: the collections call center in Wilkes will close the end of March. The Wilkesboro center and one in Salt Lake City are both set to close March 31st, according to CompuCredit officials in Atlanta. Two Atlanta-area centers will also close. All told, 740 employees will lose their job, 234 of them in Wilkes County. The employees were offered a severance package and outplacement assistance, according to the company. State officials say a "rapid response team" from the N.C. Employment Security Commission and the Wilkes JobLink Center will share information on workforce training and unemployment benefits with employees at CompuCredit before it closes.

Monday
Feb012010

Winter Storm Aftermath Update

Driving conditions this morning are slick in many places, as the runoff from yesterday's snow melt refroze quickly last night. Secondary roads were still slushy late in the day, so they will be pretty rough this morning due to the refreezing. Gov. Bev Perdue on Saturday signed an emergency declaration to help the state recover from snow and ice storms. The declaration paves the way for authorities to seek federal funds for debris clearing, emergency utility restoration and other damages.

The governor also said as many as two thirds of the school districts across the state made the decision to cancel classes today, including Wilkes County Schools and Wilkes Community College. District, Superior and Small Claims courts in Wilkes are also closed today, and the county Library will not open until 11am.

Much of the northern half of the state received 8 or more inches of snow and sleet.

Authorities said that state highway patrol troopers responded to nearly 1,800 calls of vehicle crashes. About 1,000 of them were collisions. The patrol said there were no storm-related fatalities, and that 1,800 troopers remain on alert to help stranded motorists. One death in Surry County is being blamed on the storm. A Dobson-area man was the victim of an apparent cardiac arrest Saturday morning, which is being linked to the weather.

Friday
Jan292010

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Starting at 4pm

...SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATION EXPECTED FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY...

.LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE EAST ALONG THE GULF COAST REGION TONIGHT...AND THEN OFF THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST SATURDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO NORTH CAROLINA.

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY.

* LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY THROUGH THE EVENING. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TAPERING OFF BY LATE SATURDAY.

* SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED WITH SNOW TOTALS RANGING FROM 10 TO 15 INCHES...WITH THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS FROM WHITETOP AND MOUNT ROGERS...SOUTHWARD INTO THE NORTHERN NORTH
CAROLINA MOUNTAINS.

* THERE WILL BE A SHARP GRADIENT IN SNOW AMOUNTS FROM SOUTH TO NORTH. ANY CHANGES IN THE TRACK AND SPEED OF THE STORM WILL INFLUENCE THE TIMING AND THE AMOUNT OF SNOWFALL.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...
FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Friday
Jan292010

BREMCO Preparing for Storm

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is monitoring severe winter weather scheduled to hit western North Carolina later today and employees are prepared to implement the cooperative’s emergency power restoration plan in the event outages are caused by the storm.

Line technicians are topping off fuel supplies, checking safety equipment, chains for trucks and items like chain saws that are sometimes needed to remove trees and limbs from power lines or to provide road access to reach outage locations.

Engineers, work management staff and other employees are monitoring weather conditions as well as power load to ensure safe and rapid response. Member service representatives are also ready to take phone calls and process reports of outages if needed. All employees are on high alert and ready to respond should outages occur.

If members experience an outage they should call the cooperative’s Powerline at 1-800-448-2383.