The Walker Center, on the campus of Wilkes Community College, will present “An Olde English Christmas” with Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone on Saturday, December 6, at 8 p.m. This show promises to deliver Christmas favorites as well as the classic hits made famous by Herman’s Hermits, including “Wonderful World.” Herman’s Hermits sold over 60 million recordings. Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone is a multi-talented entertainer who has been delighting audiences nearly all his life. 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 visit www.walkercenteronline.org.
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepting applications beginning Dec. 1, 2014. LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills during the cold-weather months. Citizens interested in applying should review the application process and the eligibility requirements for the LIEAP benefit, which may be found at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/energy/req.htm. Eligible households containing a person aged 60 and above, or at least one disabled person (receiving SSI, SSA or VA disability) receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) can apply Dec. 1. If funds remain available after Dec. 31, any other eligible households may apply from January through March 2015, or until funds are exhausted. For more information, please contact the Wilkes County Department of Social Services.
One present that is not on anyone’s wish list this holiday season is bedbugs. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division encourages travelers to take extra steps to ensure they don’t pick up any hitchhiking pests this holiday season. . “Bedbugs are excellent hitchhikers. This holiday season I encourage you to be alert and be aware as you travel,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Eradicating bedbugs from a home can be difficult and expensive. Keeping them out of your home is a better option. Travelers can take these steps to help prevent bedbugs from traveling home in their personal items. When traveling: Inspect mattress and headboard with an LED flashlight and look for tiny black spots that look like ink spots; Keep bags, luggage and backpacks off the bed to unpack.; and Keep clothes in the suitcase, not in the provided dresser. Bedbugs do not transmit diseases, but bites do need to be reported to the county health department. If you suspect bedbugs at your home, call a pest control company that is licensed by the NCDA&CS.
Named one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2013, the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla weekend, a coastal Thanksgiving tradition, returns to Wrightsville Beach, November 27-30. Celebrating a 31-year run, the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla attracts 50,000 visitors to its culminating event, a maritime parade featuring decorated power yacht and sailboat floats. The spectacle, reflected in the Banks Channel, glitters with thousands of twinkling lights. Saturday the 29th at 6:00 p.m., a short burst of aerial fireworks will light up the sky announcing the twilight parade of beautifully lit and decorated power and sailing vessels. The flotilla weaves a 4-mile route through Motts Channel, Banks Channel and the Intracoastal Waterway. Immediately following the flotilla, a stunning 21-minute, 4,000-round fireworks display illuminates the night sky, showering the waterway with sound and color. Flotilla website: www.NCHolidayFlotilla.org
Tis the season for shopping and being aware. She turned her back for just a few seconds, but it was enough time for someone to steal her wallet. The victim from Hays was shopping at the Dollar General at Rock Creek Road when the theft occurred. She stated that she was putting her purchases in her shopping cart and laid her wallet on the counter. When she turned back around, her wallet was gone. The victim confronted someone at the store about the theft, but they denied it. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies were called to investigate and found the suspect at his home. He admitted to taking the wallet and was arrested. So as you are shopping, beware and do not lay down your pocketbook or wallet even for a second as you are distracted doing something else. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to grab your wallet.
There have been a number of house fires in Wilkes over the past week. October is traditionally Fire Prevention Month; however, with this past October being one of the warmest on record, heating and fire prevention was not a topic of concern until now. Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds says we should do an annual check on all heating sources. AIR Our complete fire prevention interview with Fire Marshal Bounds can be heard as a Focus on the Foothills podcast on our website: www.hometownchristianradio.com
Property totaling 650 dollars was stolen from an unoccupied house in Hays. The property owner discovered the theft this week and called Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies. The victim said he came to check on the residence and noticed there had been a break-in. A belt sander, ceiling fan, Zenith 27-inch TV, Refrigerator, window A/C unit, hand tools, and a set of encyclopedias were stolen. No suspects were listed; the Sheriff's Department is investigating.
Here's a reminder as you get ready for colder weather. If you have new or used coats in good condition that your children have outgrown, then donate them. The Child Abuse Prevention Team and Our House are once again collecting coats for kids. You are asked to bring new and lightly used children's outerwear to the Hour Glass Cleaners or Wilkesboro Cleaners. The coats will be distributed at the Ministry of HOPE. The 15th Annual Coats for Kids Drive is going on now through December.
And to the Beekeepers of Wilkes--The U.S. Department of Agriculture/USDA has announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013. The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs. Eligible losses may include damaging weather, natural disasters, or in the case of honeybees, losses due to colony collapse disorder. Beekeepers, most of whom suffered honeybee colony losses, represent more than half of ELAP recipients. "As promised, we're making sure that thousands of producers who suffered through two and a half difficult years without Farm Bill assistance, are getting some relief," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Farm Bill caps ELAP disaster funding at $20 million per federal fiscal year. To accommodate the number of requests, which exceeded funds available for each of the affected years, payments will be reduced to ensure that all eligible applicants receive a prorated share of assistance. To learn more about USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster assistance programs, visit the FSA factsheet page at www.fsa.usda.gov/factsheets or contact your local FSA office in Wilkes at 838-3622.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other state and local law enforcement agencies from across the country by participating in the I-40 Challenge. This campaign will focus special attention to the I-40 corridor and other interstate highways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 8 States will participate in the combined effort including North Carolina. The purpose of the campaign is to combat fatal collisions. Increased patrols will be used during this initiative by placing a trooper every 20 miles throughout the 420 mile stretch of I-40 during the most heavily traveled periods of the holiday weekend. The campaign will be conducted today, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and again on Sunday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Along with the I-40 Challenge, the State Highway Patrol will also focus on secondary roadways as a part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with checkpoints and saturation patrols. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday season, the State Highway Patrol investigated 10 fatal collisions, 248 injury collisions, and 980 property damage collisions.