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The Wachovia Conference Cup, formerly known as the Wachovia Trophy, is a companion to the Wachovia Cup, a statewide award given to schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performance in each of the four classifications.
East Wilkes is listed in second place in the Northwest 1-A Conference, due to a first-place finish in men's cross country. West Wilkes is in thrid, trialing by only 4 points. IN 2-A, Wilkes Central leads the Mountain Valley Conference with a tie for first place in football and championships in socer and men's and women's cross country. North Wilkes trails the conference.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services set up the Ag and Equine Partners hay relief programs to help owners of cattle, sheep, goats and horses with the cost of moving hay purchased outside North Carolina.
The programs will now reimburse livestock owners up to $500 for a load of hay moved from out of state. Livestock owners may seek cost-share funds for up to three loads. The higher limits are possible because the Council of State recently approved $250,000 in emergency funds for the cost-share programs.
Previously, payments were limited to $300 for a single load of hay.
Reimbursements will be made on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available.
“The money from the Council of State augments $50,000 in private donations our department previously obtained,” Troxler said. “Through this public-private partnership, North Carolina is helping its livestock owners cope with the drought and feed their animals this winter. I am thankful to Governor Easley, my fellow Council of State members and the companies and organizations that have stepped up to help our ag industry handle this challenge.”
For information about applying for Ag Partners or Equine Partners, call the department’s Hay Alert hotline at 1-866-506-6222
For teachers who want to learn something new, NCCAT offers seminar topics relevant to many subject areas, including the arts and humanities, physical sciences, social studies, technology, and health and fitness. The seminars, usually five days in duration, provide intellectual and creative renewal, opportunities for research, scholarly pursuits and professional networking. The seminars are aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, the state curriculum for public schools. All seminars are offered at no cost to teachers or to their school systems. The cost for a substitute teacher while the participant is attending the seminar is also paid by the state.
For beginning teachers in their second or third year in the classroom, NCCAT is offering four five-day seminars specially designed for teachers new to the profession. These seminars (Jan. 7–11; Feb. 4–9; and March 3–7 in Cullowhee; and April 28–May 2 in Ocracoke) will focus on the best practices in educational theory as well as tips, tools and techniques to help teachers promote student success.
Other seminars for teachers will examine ways to enrich the science and math curriculum and to explore inclusion of other disciplines. “NASCAR: Science on the Race Track” (Jan. 27–Feb. 1, Randleman) will incorporate aspects of not only the math and physics involved on the race track, but also the economics, artwork, public relations and technology that have expanded NASCAR to the cultural status it has today. “Sea Level Rise: The Impact of Climate Change on the Outer Banks” (Feb. 11–15, Ocracoke) addresses the growing concern of global warming and climate change by encouraging firsthand exploration of the effect on North Carolina’s outer banks.
To find out more about participating in an NCCAT seminar, teachers should call 800-922-0482
“North Carolina farmers and agribusinesses storing fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals might be affected by this regulation. We want farmers to be aware of this change and review their materials to see if they need to complete an assessment form or not,” Troxler said. “The deadline for filling out the required form is Jan. 19, so every farmer needs to look at the list and quantities of chemicals involved as quickly as possible to be sure they are in compliance. Farmers with questions about the requirements should contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”
In an effort to increase the security of high-risk chemical facilities, the Department of Homeland Security recently released a list of chemicals that, if possessed by a facility in a specified quantity, would require them to complete a Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Top-Screen assessment.
Information on how to register in order to complete the assessment is available on the Department of Homeland Security’s Web site.
"I hope statewide that we can get all of our municipalities to adopt that conservation pricing strategy," Easley said during a meeting of the Drought Management Advisory Council, a panel of local and state officials. "I hope people will understand it and know that they have to conserve. The water bill will certainly be one more reminder." Water usage dropped about 30% between August and the end of October after Easley issued a call to cut water usage by 50%. But water use has crept back up, Easley said.
The U.S. Drought Monitor released a report Thursday that said about two-thirds of the state is under exceptional drought conditions, the most intense category. The remainder of the state -- small sections along the Virginia border and much of the coast -- are classified in extreme or severe drought.