They opened in January to a packed house, and they continue to feed the hungry locally. HIS Light Church and Ministries has opened a soup kitchen in the former Quincy's Steakhouse building. Their mission is to feed the hungry of Wilkes and to share the love of Jesus. Volunteers are needed to help. Again, the kitchen is on Curtis Bridge Road in Wilkesboro and is open to the poor and hungry with a meal served every evening at 5pm. If you would like to volunteer, call Michael Brineager at 336-984-7930.
Your Hometown Christian Radio Station. WWWC Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
In light of the multi-state measles outbreak linked to a California amusement park, public health experts in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging preventive measures and reminding everyone that vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against measles. Measles is a respiratory disease that is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing. It also can be transmitted through contact with an infected person. Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children and adults over 2. Measles can be prevented by the combination MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. Public health experts recommend all children receive two doses of MMR vaccine, with the first dose beginning at 12 months of age and a booster at four to six years of age. North Carolina law requires all individuals to be immunized with two doses of MMR vaccine prior to school entry. CDC has reported that, from Jan. 1 to Jan. 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported as having measles. North Carolina has no reported cases of measles in 2015. For more information on measles vaccines, call the Wilkes Health Dept at 651-7450
MerleFest, slated for April 23-26, 2015, has announced their lineup of singers and musicians for the upcoming music festival. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, blues, country, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” Tickets for MerleFest 2015 are now on sale and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.
As winter weather makes headlines, N.C. DHHS wants to remind North Carolinians about the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Applications are still being accepted through March 2015 or until funding is exhausted. LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides almost $51 million toward helping eligible households pay their heating bills. To be eligible, households must meet income requirements, have reserves at or below $2,250 and be responsible for paying its own heating bills. For more information, contact Wilkes DSS.
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The Keystone Bill passed the Senate 62 to 36 and passed the House 266 to 153. “The President has vetoed Congress’s first jobs bill of 2015, Keystone XL. The legislation is a bipartisan, commonsense measure that garnered support with the American people and was granted a favorable ruling by the President’s State Department.” Sen Burr also said, “It's clear from the President's first veto that he has no intention on working with Congress to create jobs here." The President's Veto of the Pipeline was the third for his presidency.
Next year, we're not letting the Groundhog out of his hole on Groundhog day. Back-to-back winter storms are bringing snowfall to much of the state twice in three days, a rarity for North Carolina. On Tuesday, snow totals ranged from 1 to 4 inches. Accumulations from the second snow storm are forecast to bring an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow across most of the state. Governor McCrory activated the State Emergency Operations Center Wednesday afternoon and is prepared to declare a state of emergency if needed. Real-time weather and road conditions and shelter openings, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or online at www.readync.org web site. Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions. Motorists are reminded to call 911 for emergencies only and refrain from calling the State Highway Patrol Communication Centers for roadway conditions.
All Wilkes County Basketball Games scheduled for tonight are postponed
Wilkes Corn Production Meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, march 3 at 6:30
Wilkes Cattlemen's meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26, has been canceled and rescheduled for next Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 pm
Churches Cancelling Services Tonight:
Mt Carmel Bapt in Moravian Falls
Baptist Home Church
First Baptist Church on Main St North Wilkesboro
Lewis Fork Baptist Church
Unity Missionary Baptist on Boone Trail
Roaring River Baptist Church
Millers Creek Baptist Church
Friendly Grove Baptist of Millers Creek
Haymeadow Baptist Church
Bethany Baptist on Brushy Mtn Rd
Over 5500 dollars in property was stolen from some rental property in North Wilkesboro. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called over the weekend concerning the theft. The victim said that she had multiple items stolen from her old rental property. She stated that she had given the landlord a 30-day notice that she was going to be moving out. When she returned to gather her belongings, everything from the house had been removed. Stolen property included a Mitshibushi 70-inch TV, wrap around couch, Dell flatscreen computer, computer chair, house telephone, dryer, lawn chair, TV stand, DVD player, surround sound, Century Link phone box, and DVD's. Again stolen property was valued at 5560 dollars, there is a suspect, and charges are pending further investigation.
It's another theft from vehicle that happened during the overnight hours. Just yesterday we reported on a theft of hubcaps and lug nuts from a car parked under the victim's carport. The theft happened sometime during the night-time hours. Now a Hays resident has called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office with a similar report. This time the victim states that someone took the wheels and tires from their 2000 Nissan Altima. Again, the theft happened during the night. Stolen property is valued at 600 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
Looks like it's back to the drawing board at least for now on the Proposed Raw Water Intake Project from W Kerr Scott Reservoir with water lines to the two towns. The lowest of the bids for construction recently submitted were millions of dollars higher than anticipated. Local Officials from Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, and the County all met on Friday to discuss what to do next. Officials want to re-do the plans and re-submit for bids with hopes of lowering the cost. However, any re-design of the project will need to be approved by the US Army Corps of Engineers. So, it could be months before the new bids could be requested for the Raw Water Intake Project.