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Friday
Mar112011

Spring Forward One Hour This Weekend

This weekend…Sunday, March 13 at 2am…Daylight Saving Time begins, so spring forward one hour Saturday night before going to bed.  Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during Would War I in order to save energy for war production using the later daylight hours between April and October.  During WWII, the Government again required states to observe the time change.  In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time.  However, Daylight Saving Time has been four weeks longer since 2007 with the passage of the Energy Policy Act.  The Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November and was to save 10,000 barrels of oil daily by reducing the use of power by businesses during daylight hours.  In case you’re wondering, the energy savings from extended Daylight Saving Time have not been proven.  Nevertheless, remember to spring forward one hour this weekend.

Friday
Mar112011

Trying to Cash a Forged Check

It was an observant and quick thinking bank teller that foiled the plans of a couple of people trying to cash a stolen check.  In a report filed with the Wilkesboro Police Department, a BB&T teller at the drive through window advised that two people, a man and a woman, drove up wanting to cash a check.  The check was from a customer at the bank, and the teller immediately realized the two were not that customer and that the signature had been forged.  The teller had someone call 911 while she tried to detain the couple at the drive-through.  Before police arrived, the couple became suspicious and left.  The teller did get a description of the suspects, a license tag number, and the name of one of the suspects.  Charges of forgery are pending further investigation.

Friday
Mar112011

Possible Changes for Upcoming School Year Calendar

Will it be August 17 through June 6 or August 16 through May 23?  The Wilkes County Board of Education approved two school calendars this week:  a traditional and an extended day.  Since the extended day calendar must once again be approved by the State Legislature, the Board went ahead and approved both calendars.  If approved, this will be the third year that Wilkes has chosen to go fewer but longer days for their school year.  Dr. Stephen Laws, Superintendent, originally worked with then State Senator Steve Goss to craft the legislation to get the extended school day in Wilkes for the purpose of saving money and saving teachers’ jobs.  Laws explained this week that many parents have asked to start earlier in August so that high school exams would be completed before the Christmas break.  Therefore, if approved, the upcoming year would begin on August 16 instead of August 24.

 

Friday
Mar112011

Wilkes EDC's Plan

This week the Wilkes Economic Development Corp held a public meeting at Lowes Corporate Offices to unveil a 5-year-plan to raise 750,000 dollars from the private sector to aid in economic development.  3WC spoke with Jeff Garstka, President of the Wilkes EDC, and he explained how the money raised from the private sector would be used.  Garstka said the money would not go to pay for anything or anyone with the EDC, but the money would be used to help businesses move to Wilkes or existing businesses to expand in Wilkes.  He said the campaign was off to a really good start as they have already raised nearly 60 percent of their goal.  My complete interview with Jeff Garstka can be heard as a pod cast on our website:  www.hometownchristainradio.com .

Friday
Mar112011

NC Ag Office Opens in China

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler officially opened the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ first trade office in Beijing Wednesday, marking an increased focus on the growing Chinese market.  “china is poised to become North Carolina’s largest export market for agricultural products, “ said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.  “We have seen the value of NC agricultural exports to Chian double from 2008 to 2010...”  The Beijing office will be located in the Chaoyang District near other US agricultural trade offices according to Peter Thornton, the department’s assistant director for international marketing.  “The location in the central business district puts North Carolina agricultural interests in a good position to meet with potential buyers,”  Thornton said.  The office opening wa part of a 30-person trade mission to China.

Friday
Mar112011

Gov Perdue's Veto

Gov Bev Perdue does not plan to allow NC to join with other states across the nation in challenging the new Healthcare passed by the Obama Administration.  The federal healthcare law will require most people to buy health insurance in 2014, or otherwise face a penalty.  Several states have chosen to challenge the health care law.  Some of those states are also pursuing lawsuits.  In signing the veto, the governor stated:  There are 27 other states that are engaged in this process.  It’s extraneous to North Carolina.  This issue will reach the Supreme court in a timely manner without North Carolina spending money and energy on it.  It’s superfluous.”  Republican state house leaders attempted to override Perdue’s veto of House Bill 2, the measure that sought to exempt NC from the  individual mandate portion of the federal healthcare overhaul.  NC House Republicans needed 4 Democratic votes to reach the 3/5 vote required to override a veto, but they failed to get the votes.  Not one Democrat voted with them; not even a couple of state Democrats, who had previously voted in favor of the bill.  Both said they did not like the federal overhaul, but they were unwilling to vote against the governor.

Thursday
Mar102011

Shooting at 4 Brothers

Wilkesboro Police arrived at 4 Brothers Convenient Store on Westwood Lane this week following a report of shots fired.  When police arrived they interviewed a woman who said she had an argument with her boyfriend and he had fired the shots from inside his car.  The woman stated that her boyfriend did not threaten her or physically touch her; he had only threatened to harm himself.  Police then received a call that the man was at Wilkes Regional Medical Center.  Wilkesboro Police went to the hospital and found the man identified as Darrell Walker of North Wilkesboro.  Police also confirmed that Walker had a fugitive warrant on him from California.  The arrest report does not state if Walker was injured; however, he was arrested and charged with going armed to the terror of the people, possession of firearm by a felon, discharging a firearm in the city limits, and parole violation.

Thursday
Mar102011

They Can Break-in and Steal in Less Than One Hour

Sometimes it doesn’t take long for a thief to break-in and rob you.  A resident of Cub Creek Apartments told Police that she was only gone for about an hour.  When she returned to her apartment she found that her TV and PSIII were missing.  A lock on a kitchen window was broken and the screen was lying on the ground.  Apparently, the thief gained access to the apartment through that window.  The victim stated that all windows and doors were locked when she left.  Other residents at Cub Creek Apartments were questioned by police, but no one reported seeing anything.  There are no suspects.

Thursday
Mar102011

Counterfeit Checks

There have been several reports since last fall of counterfeit money, but now the Wilkesboro Police are investigating counterfeit checks.  According to the victim, someone has been cashing counterfeit checks from her bank account.  The victim lives in Fayetteville, but 3 counterfeit checks from her account were cashed in Wilkesboro:  one at Walmart for over 1700 dollars and two at Lowes for 367 dollars and 25 dollars.  The bank has since reimbursed the victim’s account, so the bank is now pursuing charges against the person or persons responsible for passing the fake checks.  

Thursday
Mar102011

Robbed While Sleeping

Someone broke into her house and robbed her while she was sleeping.  In a report filed with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department, a North Wilkesboro resident who lives on Hwy 268, stated that she discovered her house had been robbed while she was asleep Tuesday night.  The victim woke up about 7am and realized that someone had been in residence while she was sleeping.  The burglar entered through a window in the livingroom, went through every room except the victim’s bedroom, and stole several items.  Stolen property from the home includes a leather pocketbook, checkbook, some cash, and gold jewelry.  Stolen property is valued over 700 dollars.  The thief apparently left through the front door.  The sheriff’s department is currently investigating this first degree burglary report.