MerleFest, slated for April 23-26, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2015 festival. Young pickers and singers are encouraged to apply before the April 1 deadline in order to perform during the showcases. The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers, singers and other traditional-style performers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival. Participants selected will be notified by April 15. Selection is not based on how advanced a child’s performance might be, but rather it is based on a child's confidence in performing at his or her level. In fact, beginners are encouraged to apply. A printable application for the Acoustic Kids Showcases, and additional instructions and details about the showcases, may be found at www.MerleFest.org/YouthShowcases/.
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Crowned as one of the world's five major stand up paddleboard races for 2015 by Australia's SUPracer.com, The Carolina Cup, celebrating its fifth year, returns to Wrightsville Beach, April 22-26. Expected to grow from 750 participants last year to well over 1,000 in 2015, The Carolina Cup features a weeklong family-friendly festival, including clinics, exhibits, demonstrations, and special events all culminating with four stand up paddleboard races to meet the spectrum of skills from beginner to world-class Olympians and professionals. Again, the world race is coming to Wrightsville Beach, NC, April 22-26.
Governor McCrory hosted a recognition reception for organizers, volunteers, and sponsors of the North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) this week. In 2014, more than 18,000 state employees donated nearly $3.8 million to the SECC. The donations make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families across the state. "Since 1985, the SECC has raised more than $99 million to support charities serving North Carolinians. In 2015, we fully expect to surpass $100 million in an ongoing effort to improve and strengthen our communities,” said Director Neal Alexander. As the only charitable campaign permitted in the state workplace, the SECC provides state employees the opportunity to plan and pay for contributions to over 1,000 charities in North Carolina through their payroll deductions. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about the SECC, visit www.ncsecc.org.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., has introduced legislation to stretch the limited funds available to the Highway Trust Fund by exempting it from the 1931 Davis-Bacon Law’s outdated, wasteful labor requirements. “With Highway Trust Fund deficits expected to hit $157 billion by 2024, ...,” said Foxx. “Big Labor should not continue to use this Depression-era legislation as a shield to line its own pockets at the expense of non-union workers and taxpayers.” According to a 2011 Joint Economic Committee report, Davis-Bacon inflated labor costs by 22 percent. Researchers at Suffolk University also found the 1931 Law cost U.S. taxpayers $8.6 billion annually and adds 9.9 percent to construction costs. By removing the Davis-Bacon’s implications, H.R. 1483, the Highway Trust Fund Reform Act, would free up funds to create more market-priced construction jobs and more affordable, timely completed projects.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the report of fraud involving a Wilkes victim and Craigslist. The victim advised that he purchased a Yamaha R6 from an add on craigslist. The Wilkes County man told Sheriff's Investigators that he purchased the bike from a someone from Utah. He had corresponded with the seller by phone and text message. The victim said that he sent a money gram in the amount of $1800 on 3/14/15. The bike was located in Mississippi and was to be shipped to Wilkes. Since the victim sent the money gram, he has not received the bike, and he has not been able to contact the seller. According to NetSecurity.com, Craigslist is all about no-frills buying and selling. They do give some tips on buying safely: Never give out your real contact information but rather use the Craigslist email, Shop local when possible, Never give out financial information, Avoid using money wiring services, Never buy something without seeing it in person, and Always meet the buyer or seller in a public place.
A stolen vehicle from Wilkes was later found wrecked and abandoned. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the theft of a 1993 Jeep Cherokee. The victim lives on off Elk Creek Darby Road and reported that the Jeep was stolen from his driveway around 1100 pm on Saturday. The Jeep Cherokee was later located in Leatherwood where it had been involved in a wreck and abandoned. North Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the accident and had the Jeep towed from the scene of the wreck. There is no word on suspects at this time; both the Sheriff's Office and the Highway Patrol are investigating.
Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies or SAFE of Wilkes is hosting an Artist and Domestic Violence Survivor to speak April 8th in Wilkesboro. The event was originally scheduled for February but was cancelled due to winter weather. The SAFE event has now been rescheduled. Artist and domestic violence survivor Michelle Johnson Major will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8th in the Pit Auditorium at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. For more information, please call event sponsor SAFE, Inc. at (336) 838-9169.
The Farm Service Agency of Wilkes has a message for farmers. It's time to make decisions about choices on federal safety net programs that could make a big difference for you, your family and your farm through 2018. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is urging farmers and landowners across the nation, to finalize your decisions on updating crop yield histories and reallocating base acres for new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. March 31 is the deadline. If you don’t make a decision by the March 31 deadline, then you will be assigned Price Loss Coverage, the default program, and lose payments for losses incurred in 2014. However, if apply by the deadline, you will be protected against 2014 price or revenue losses. For more information, call the Wilkes FSA Office at 838-3622.
3WC News received a news release from the Wilkes County and NC State Boards of Election yesterday concerning this past November's mid-term election. As part of its ongoing effort to improve the process and experience of voting in North Carolina elections, the State Board of Elections (SBOE) conducted a study of voter wait times during the 2014 General Election. This report summarizes SBOE’s research, analysis, and findings regarding reports and incidents of voters waiting in line to cast their ballots, and presents conclusions about potential causes of and factors contributing to wait times. The 2014 General Election set records for voter participation. Over 2.9 million North Carolina voters made their voices heard through their participation in the electoral process, more than in any other midterm election in North Carolina’s history. Over 1 million voters cast their ballots using one-stop early voting, an increase of 27.6% over the most recent comparable election in 2010. More voters cast more ballots in fewer days than in any similar election in recent memory. Despite record participation, and contrary to widely reported anecdotes of voters waiting in long lines at the polls, counties reported that lines at over 90% of one-stop early voting sites and over 98% of precinct polling locations on Election Day never exceeded one hour at any point during their operation. In fact, Wilkes County was one of 64 counties in the state with a wait time of only 30 minutes or less. Only 13 of the 100 counties in NC reported wait times of an hour or more.
Have you missed a refund by not filing? Federal income tax refunds totaling $1 billion may be waiting for an estimated one million taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2011. To collect the money, these taxpayers must file a 2011 tax return with the IRS no later than April 15, 2015. The IRS estimates half of the potential refunds for 2011 are more than $698. If no return is filed to claim a refund within three years, the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury. The IRS reminds taxpayers seeking a 2011 refund that their checks may be held if they have not filed tax returns for 2012 and 2013. In addition, the refund will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS, or their state tax agency, and may be used to offset unpaid child support or past due federal debts, such as student loans. Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the IRS.gov Forms and Publications page, or by calling toll-free: 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).