The Wilkes Community College Small Business Center has a variety of seminars scheduled for January and February that support the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses. These seminars are offered at no charge to participants. Attendees must pre-register for seminars. Small Business Taxes – January 19 and How to Make Money on eBay – January 24. To learn more about the Small Business Center and seminars, call 336-838-6166. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System.
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Parents of eighth grade students in Wilkes County are invited to attend the Wilkes Early College High School Information and Application Night on January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the John A. Walker Community Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College. Eighth graders from public, private, and home schools are welcome to attend with their parents to ask questions, learn about the benefits of WECHS, how to earn a tuition-free associate degree, and explore the options students have to earn college credit while in high school. Applications for incoming WECHS freshman will be available at the event, on the WECHS website, and at each of the Wilkes County middle schools’ guidance offices. The deadline to submit applications for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year is February 10. If the area experiences inclement weather on January 26, the 8th Grade/Early College event will be postponed until January 31 at 6:30 p.m.
The American Red Cross is urging the public to give blood now to help overcome a severe winter blood shortage, which was compounded by recent winter weather. Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in. You can help ensure blood is available for patients by sharing the upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area. ; Sweet Frog of Wilkesboro on the 25th from 2:30 til 7; and Temple Hill United Methodist Church on Somers Road on the 26th from 3 til 7:30.
Recognizing that having an MRI can be stressful for patients, Wake Forest Baptist Outpatient Imaging has opened a new space with custom features designed to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. The new MRI unit also is quieter and faster than older devices, and it produces sharper, more detailed images. In the new MRI suite at the facility on Executive Park Boulevard, patients are able to select videos, soothing music and ambient lighting to personalize their experience. The suite, which opened late last year, is the first of its kind in Winston-Salem and is available to all individuals for whom physicians have ordered MRIs, not just Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center patients.
A grab and go at a local store resulted in the thief getting over $5500 dollars in property. Wilkesboro Police were called to Walmart. According to store staff, a white male came into the store, broke into a jewelry display, and grabbed over 4900 dollars in various pieces of jewelry. Then the man grabbed Pokeman cards and collectibles valued over 500 dollars. Some stuffed animals were also taken from the store. The theft occurred in the early morning hours around 2am. He was seen by a store associate, but he was captured on in store surveillance. The thief is described as a young white male wearing an orange camo hat, brown Carhartt Jacket, green pants, and brown boots. The thief was driving a white Pontiac Grand Prix. If you have any information on the identity of this thief, you are asked to call Wilkesboro Police.
Over 3000 dollars in property was taken in a Ronda home break-in. The theft was reported this week. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the break-in. Some type of pry tool was used to gain entrance inside the house which caused 300 dollars in damages to the door. An xBox gaming system and games, a safe, a Fender guitar, an air compressor, 2 framing guns, a chainsaw, nailgun, and backpack sprayer. No suspects were listed with that report.
It's unclear how many if any will be affected in Wilkes. North Carolina-based Lowe's Home Improvement has said that about 2,400 full-time workers will be laid off. A statement from the store said the majority of the cuts are at the store level, with other cuts occurring at distribution centers, customer support centers and vice presidents at the company's corporate office in Mooresville. The company said they will be providing severance and other resources to displaced employees.
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, January 17, at the John A. Walker Community Center. Prior to the business session, four college alumni shared stories of how Wilkes Community College contributed to their career success. Also, Trustee Terry Bumgarner reported that Dr. Cox and Chris Robinson made a presentation to the Ashe County Board of Commissioners on January 3 regarding the Ashe Campus expansion project. After the presentation and a question/answer session, the Ashe County Commissioners voted 5-0 to reaffirm their commitment of up to $6 million in support of this project. Wilkes Community College has committed to providing $3 million in N.C. Connect Bond funds and another $1 million from the WCC Foundation.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating damages at a local post office. The Traphill Post Office reported on Tuesday that the loading dock at the post office had been damaged. It appears the loading dock was hit by a vehicle breaking the support post. Damages are listed at 2000 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
State health officials are emphasizing the importance of testing homes for radon during the month of January – National Radon Action Month. The N.C. Radon Program is distributing free test kits while supplies last. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is released from the ground into outdoor air, but can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and other buildings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 22,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. To request a free radon test kit, visit the N.C. Radon website at www.ncradon.org.