A recent report finds that North Carolinians may be giving more wisely than many other Americans. The just released 2009-2010 North Carolina Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division Annual Report states that charities licensed by the State collected over 30.6 million dollars from North Carolinians during the 12-month period. The report also shows that of the money collected over 16.4 million dollars went directly to the charities for which the fundraising campaigns were conducted. That is a 54 percent return which is a dramatic improvement over last year’s dismal 41 percent return to charities. The new report still does not match the high percentage hit in 2007-2008 when the average return to charities was 60 percent for every dollar given. While the new report has encouraging news, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall cautioned the public that many good causes are in continuing need of financial support. “The one story we hear from charity after charity is that they are facing a growing demand for services,” Marshall said, “and we already know that the new North Carolina state government budget is going to be reduced compared to last year—so 2011 is going to be a tough year for those in need and those trying to help them.”
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Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC) have discovered what may become a new weapon in the fight against breast cancer and lung cancer. For the first time, a peptide found in blood and tissue has been shown to inhibit the growth of human breast tumors in mice, according to a study recently published in the journal Cancer Research. Scientists in the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center at WFUBMC, demonstrated that the peptide angiotensin-(1-7) attacked breast cancer in two ways: by inhibiting the growth of the breast cancer cells themselves and by inhibiting the growth of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), the tissue surrounding the tumor. Based on this research information, scientists studied the effect of the peptide on lung cancer and discovered that angiotensin-(1-7) inhibited the growth of lung tumors in mice, as well as reduced the supply of blood vessels to the growing tumor. Both scientists and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center hold a patent on the use of angiotensin-(1-7) for the treatment of cancer.
Several things were stolen in an outbuilding break-in at a Moravian Falls residence. The owner of the building went outside and saw where someone had pulled open the screens on the outbuilding doors to gain entrance. The thief took 4 saws, 2 saddles, 2 bridles, a stick welder, a ladder jack, and a generator. Stolen items are valued over 2000 dollars. There is a suspect in this case and charges are pending further investigation.
A resident on the Fairplains Road came home and found her basement door standing open. Two windows were broken in the basement, and the door and doorframe coming from the basement into the upstairs portion were damaged. Several items were taken from the home including a flatscreen TV and numerous pieces of jewelry. No suspects were listed but the Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
A Millers Creek resident reported a break-in and theft recently. Someone gained entrance through the backdoor to the house. The only thing taken was some cash. There is a suspect that Sheriff Officials have questioned. Neighbors were interviewed but none reported seeing anyone suspicious around the house.
A North Wilkesboro woman reported that someone entered her unlocked car and stole her bank debit card. The car was parked in the owners driveway at the time of the theft. The bank was able to determine that the card was used twice at the Rock Creek BP; once for 39 dollars and once for 5 dollars. Sheriff’s Deputies interviewed employees at the BP concerning the two transactions. Both times, the card was used at the gas pumps and no one entered the store, so the suspect or suspects are still unknown. The bank has reimbursed the woman for the two unauthorized transactions.
The victim says, his house has already been broken into and now someone has stolen his mailbox, too. The theft was reported over the Christmas weekend. The theft occurred at the victim’s residence on the Congo Road in Wilkesboro. A wood covered mailbox and the 4 x 4 post were both stolen. There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending
Ever notice how some things happen in three’s? For example, we have 3 reports of damage to property by breaking glass. First the owner of a 1996 Ford Explorer reported that the passenger side back glass had been broken out. The Explorer was parked near the road. Sheriff’s Officials searched inside and outside the car but could not find what shattered the glass. Another car owner who had car trouble, parked their car in an open area off Hwy 268. When they returned, they found the passenger side glass was broken out. And as we have already reported, someone has not once but twice tried to break out a window at Dockery’s Grocery. There are no suspects listed with either of these reports, but the Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
According to a statement from Wilkesboro Police Chief Robert Bowlin, the stabbing at WalMart Monday afternoon was not a random occurrence. Both the victim and suspect knew each other, they had agreed to meet, and got into a fight over a missing wallet and jewelry. No other shoppers were harmed during this incident. Witnesses told police that the victim Terry Shomaker of Wilkesboro and Deveron Horton of North Wilkesboro got into a verbal confrontation in the Walmart parking lot just after 4pm Monday. Shomaker punched Horton. Then Horton reached in his sock, pulled a knife, and cut Shomaker in the neck area. Horton jumped in a car driven by a female and left the scene. Shomaker ran to the grocery entrance of Walmart and fell to the floor just inside the door. Shomaker was treated by Wilkesboro First Responders, Wilkes EMS, and transported to WRMC before being taken airlifted to Baptist Hospital. The car Horton was in was followed by an off-duty police officer. There was never a vehicle pursuit. The off-duty officer advised the officers responding to the stabbing where the suspects were. They were boxed in and stopped by Wilkesboro Police at the intersection of Country Club and Oakwoods roads. A red handled knife and black cell phone with blood on them were in the car. Horton and the driver Mariah Martin were both taken into custody. Their car was impounded. Video from the Walmart Security System were secured by Wilkesboro Police as evidence in the stabbing.
Out with the old, in with the new. As families make way for holiday gifts, many take the opportunity to increase their income tax deductions. One of the busiest donation times for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has repeatedly been December 30th and 31st. On these days, thousands of donors will line up at Goodwill's 35 stores and 61 donation centers located throughout northwest North Carolina seeking their last minute tax deductions for the year. These donations serve as a lifeline for Goodwill's employment and training programs during the slow donation period of January to April. With the economic uncertainty still looming, demand for Goodwill’s services continues to increase. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores funds workforce development programs that help people find jobs and become more independent. In Wilkes, you can donate at the Goodwill on Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro.