Wilkes County students selected for all-county middle and high school bands will perform Saturday at Wilkes Community College’s John A. Walker Community Center. Each year, middle and high school students from the West, North, Central, and East schools in Wilkes audition for spots in the all-county middle and high school bands. The middle school all-county band has 81 members and the high school all-county band has 71 members. The Middle School and High School Band Clinic and Performance at the Walker Center on Saturday begin at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
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The Dental Health Fair is this Saturday, February 25 from 10 til 2 at the Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic at 1915 West Park Drive, North Wilkesboro. There will be fun, games, and prizes for the kids, door prizes, and dental educational materials. Again the Dental Health Fair is this Saturday, staring at 10 am at the Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic in West Park.
The Wilkes Community College 26th Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception will be held on March 2 at the Walker Center on the Wilkes Campus. Everyone who volunteered for Wilkes Community College in 2016 is invited to the event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature a meal, entertainment and the presentation of the Chloe Sturdivant Award of Appreciation for Volunteer Excellence. Volunteers provide support for every aspect of the college. For more information about the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception or volunteer opportunities at Wilkes Community College, call 336-838-6262.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued an attack fire hose safety bulletin this week reminding the fire service to purchase, maintain, inspect, remove and repair fire hose in accordance with NFPA standards. Thermal degradation of fire hose has been identified as a factor during fire hose failure incidents in recent years. Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org
Wake Forest Baptist Medical now offers the world's smallest pace maker. It is a miniature wireless pacemaker recently approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). About 93 percent smaller than traditional devices, it is the world’s smallest and the first “leadless” pacemaker to be approved for use in the US. Conventional pacemakers are placed under the skin near the collarbone and connected to the heart by lead wires running through a vein. The Micra’s smaller size, however, allows it to be implanted directly in the heart’s right ventricle in a minimally invasive procedure. Wake Forest Baptist is the only hospital in the region currently offering the Micra pacemaker.
While in the midst of hiring, they also did some firing. Lowe’s Home Improvement announced recently that they will be hiring people for 600 jobs at the contact center and central production operations in Wilkesboro. These new jobs were announced last Thursday at Lowe’s Companies Inc. Then, Tuesday Lowes's announced the elimination of about 70 jobs at its customer support center in Wilkesboro as part of the latest phase of a company-wide restructuring which will also eliminate 430 corporate office positions at Lowe’s headquarters in Mooresville. Those who found out yesterday that they are no longer employed will receive a severance package and may be eligible to apply for other jobs within the company.
A 32-year-old North Wilkesboro man was arrested after he assaulted another man in the Walmart parking lot Monday night. Apparently, it was a domestic related dispute. The victim was sent to WRMC with injuries to his face and arm. Jonathan Sheets used a metal hammer handle to assault the victim. Sheets turned himself in to Wilkesboro Police and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
It's tax season, and the ID Thieves are already at work. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a report this week concerning taxes and ID Theft. A victim on the Roaring Gap Church Road reported that someone used their daughter's Social Security Number to file a tax claim. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. You may be unaware that this has happened until you efile your return and discover that a return already has been filed using your SSN. Or, the IRS may send you a letter saying we have identified a suspicious return using your SSN. If you are a victim of identity theft, the Federal Trade Commission recommends: file a report with local law enforcement and File a complaint with the FTC
MerleFest, slated for April 27-April 30, has announced the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2017 festival. The Acoustic Kids Showcases allow the next generation of pickers and singers and other traditional-style performers to highlight their talents for music fans at the four-day festival. Young pickers and singers are encouraged to apply before the March 21 deadline in order to perform during the showcases. Also, The MerleFest 2017 mobile app and stage schedules will be available on March 1. The app is being offered at no charge to users and features the 2017 lineup and stage schedules, artist biographies, map, announcements, social media links and more.
A youth poultry workshop held at Wilkes Community College on Monday drew 22 middle and 22 high school students from Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Guilford, Iredell, Stanley, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. The workshop, offered at no charge, helped students gain a general understanding of the poultry industry. “This was a great opportunity for these students to learn about this major industry in North Carolina. The poultry industry is the number one agricultural industry in the state, employing almost 39,000 people and creating an additional 88,000 jobs in supplier and ancillary industries,” said Mindy Herman, lead instructor of Animal Science Technology. For more information about the Animal Science Technology program, contact Mindy Herman at 336-838-6226