The Walker Center, on the campus of Wilkes Community College, will present Amy Grant on Thursday, September 10, at 8 p.m. Dove and Grammy Award Winning Amy Grant is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, including many Platinum and Gold albums. A limited number of tickets are available for this performance. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office at 336-838-6260 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Walker Center online at www.walkercenteronline.orgor on Facebook.
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Wilkes Regional Medical Center, Wilkes County Health Department, and the Health Foundation have been working closely with community members to craft the Community Health Needs Assessment for Wilkes County. They are inviting you to help by taking part in the community health opinion survey. There is a link to the Community Needs Health Assessment survey. WRMC, Wilkes Health, and the Health Foundation are asking any Wilkes County resident over the age of 18 to complete the survey. It is anonymous, it cannot be tracked back to you in any way, and will allow you the opportunity to tell them what YOU believe is important in Wilkes County concerning Community Health Needs. Your input, along with others in the community, will be combined and presented at a community meeting next Spring. Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015WilkesCommunityHealthSurvey
More than 1.5 million students across the state are back in the classroom this week and North Carolina officials want to make sure those students arrive safely and ready to learn. With more cars, buses and pedestrians packing North Carolina roadways Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol urge motorists to stay alert and exercise caution on the road, especially around schools, crosswalks, school buses and bus stops. “We also want to remind all drivers, particularly our teen drivers, to put their phones away, keep their eyes on the road and avoid all distractions and slow down,” said Governor McCrory. Seven students statewide were hit and injured crossing to get on the bus or at the bus stop during the entire 2014-2015 school year. While texting, the average time your eyes are off the road is five seconds. That's enough time to drive the length of a football field blindfolded when traveling at 55 mph. With more than 14,000 school buses traveling North Carolina highways daily, paying attention to the road and avoiding distractions can help keep everyone safe.
Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) announced this week that North Carolina has received a $746,800 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help North Carolina companies increase international sales. The funds will be allocated to enhance the companies’ export capacity over the next year. The grant was authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, under the State Trade and Export Promotion program (STEP). “When small and medium sized businesses increase their global market share, that growth creates jobs,” said Gov. McCrory. “Last year North Carolina companies broke a record, with $31 billion in exports. The STEP program will allow North Carolina companies to find new opportunities in the global market.” The North Carolina STEP grant will be used to continue and expand an export assistance initiative called NC Passport to Export, managed by the EDPNC. For more information on the NC Passport to Export program, contact the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina at (919) 447-7757.
There's over $10,000 in damages and $40,000 in stolen property from the Carolina West Wireless store on Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro. Police responded to an alarm there at 2am yesterday. When Police arrived, they found the bottom half of the glass front door smashed. Police cleared the building looking for suspects and waited for store management to arrive. In store surveillance showed two black males break open the door, crawl through, and then go to the inventory room where several Apple products including iPhones and iPads were stolen. Store management are still trying to access how much inventory was taken but it is believed at least $40,000 in property was taken in the break-in. Wilkesboro Police are continuing to investigate.
They were all prayed for. The annual Prayer Around the School System or PASS was held over the weekend. It has been reported that all elementary, middle, and high schools were prayed for except the Wilkes Early College. But for the record, there was a late entry to the prayer lineup and 18 members of Rock Creek Baptist Church stopped by the Wilkes Early College Sunday at 1pm to pray for the students and staff there. 3WC News spoke with Principal Michelle Shepherd of the Wilkes Early College who was thrilled to learn that they too were prayed for. The Wilkes County Administration is thankful to the 30 churches in the area that prayed for ALL schools including the Early College, teachers, and students.
In light of recent videos and revelations that Planned Parenthood has been harvesting and selling aborted baby parts, Pro-Life Groups and concerned citizens across the Carolinas including here in Wilkes County called for a protest at Planned Parenthood facilities on Saturday. This effort was part of a National Day of Protest which took place in over 300 cities at Planned Parenthood offices and abortion facilities including Winston-Salem (http://www.protestpp.com) to raise awareness about Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted baby parts. Undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress reveal that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, with the sanction of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, are involved in the harvesting of body parts of unborn children aborted in their facilities and profiting from their sale contrary to federal laws prohibiting such practices. As a consequence, Tami Fitzgerald of the NC Values Coalition called on Governor McCrory to work the legislature to explicitly and permanently ban the sale or donation of the remains of unborn children and to immediate defund Planned Parenthood in our state. Following the release of the videos Governors in New Hampshire, Louisiana, Alabama, Utah and Arkansas have ordered Planned Parenthood defunding measures. On Saturday, many from Wilkes traveled to a clinic in Winston-Salem to protest. Pastor Mark Hall of Calvary Baptist Church in Wilkes was one of the speakers at that event.
Wilkes Community College has named Cinnamon Martin of Purlear to be dean of the Arts & Sciences Division, effective September 1, 2015. Martin holds a master’s degree in Higher Education/Psychology from Appalachian State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Martin is a familiar face at Wilkes Community College. She joined the college in 1993. During her tenure at the college, Martin received the WCC Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjuncts in 1999 and 2000, and the Academic Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. Martin succeeds Blair Hancock, who was recently named vice president of instruction for WCC. Hancock replaced Dr. Dean Sprinkle, who retired earlier this year.
The National Park Service, established by Congress in 1916, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Parkway partner organizations, and the Blue Ridge Music Center will usher in the 2016 centennial on Saturday, August 29, 2015 with an afternoon showcase highlighting the work partner groups perform in support of the Parkway and an evening performance by the Steep Canyon Rangers. Organizations participating in the August 29th showcase will provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the important contributions of each partner group, including fundraising, volunteerism, cultural and natural resource protection. The National Park Service will also offer additional information about centennial happenings, and Junior Ranger activities for children. The showcase will begin at 1:00 p.m. and run through the start of the concert at 7:00 p.m. Concert attendees will also hear from Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Mark Woods about the National Park Service Centennial and the future of the Parkway. The concert will feature the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers and the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Concertgoers should plan to bring lawn chairs. The Blue Ridge Music Center is one of the major attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway and includes a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Find out more at www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org
The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office was continuing over the weekend to arrest all 54 people in the county's latest drug roundup. According to Greg Dancy of the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, one of the largest known cocaine dealers in the county, Robert Daniels of Wilkesboro, was arrested on 6 counts of trafficking cocaine and taken to jail with a half million dollar bond. Robert Martin of Wilkesboro, who is reportedly one of the largest meth dealers, was arrested through a joint operation with the Alexander Sheriff's Office. Martin was charged with multiple counts of selling meth and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Others charges are pending on Martin in both Wilkes and Alexander counties. Benny Ferguson of Lenoir, one of the largest pill dealers in the area, was arrested on multiple counts of possession and selling opium. And then there was the Grandma and Grandson duo from Boomer who were trafficking pills. 75-year-old Betty Crane and her 19-year-old grandson Dylan Watson were arrested and charged with trafficking opium. From the 2 1/2 month investigation, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office charged 54 people and seized over $28,000 in cash, 241 grams of cocaine with a street value of $10,500, 30 grams of meth worth $1800, 337 pills street valued at $10,000, and 319 grams of marijuana. Several firearms were also seized.