While filing to run for a political office ended last Friday, Candidate Filing has been extended for Ronda Commissioner Unexpired Term. The Wilkes County Board of Elections voted to extend candidate filing for the Town of Ronda unexpired commissioner term due to an insufficient number of candidates for that office. Filing for the Town of Ronda unexpired commissioner term began at the Wilkes County Board of Elections on Wednesday of this week and will continue until next week at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
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It's that time again and they are asking churches to help. The 6th Annual Wilkes County - PASS or Prayer Around the School System is scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd or Sunday, August 23rd . If your church would like to participate and pray for our administration, staff, and students of Wilkes County Schools, then please call 835-7133 to schedule a day, time and school. The goal for the Wilkes County PASS is to have at least one church at each school for this special time of prayer. Date and time may be set by church leading the prayer service at each school site. For more information or to sign up, call Amy Samples at 835-7133. Again, Prayer services will be held at each elementary, middle, and high school on August 22 and/or August 23.
Wilkes Community College has reinstated the Student Ambassadors program, effective for the 2015-2016 school year. Curt Miller, student activities coordinator/admissions representative, will serve as program advisor. Initially the program will be piloted at the Wilkes Campus before expanding to the Ashe Campus and Alleghany Center. Students selected to serve as Wilkes Community College Student Ambassadors will represent the college in an official capacity at special events throughout the year. The Student Ambassadors Program, which will bring together students from various academic disciplines and cultural backgrounds, will serve to cultivate role models and mentors within the student population. Faculty members in each division of the college will begin identifying potential ambassadors during fall 2015 semester. Once students are identified, they must complete an application packet by January 2016. Eight ambassadors will serve the Wilkes campus, two from each academic division and will officially begin their duties in the summer of 2016. Students will benefit from serving as a student ambassador. The program will offer leadership development and a $500 scholarship for each semester serving as an ambassador and a stipend provided by student activity funds. For more information about WCC’s Student Ambassadors Program, call 336-838-6142
The North Carolina Governor is threatening the General Assembly with a veto. Governor Pat McCrory said he would veto Senate Bill 369 which would change the sales tax distribution formula in North Carolina. “This bill will result in a tax increase for millions of hard working middle-class families and small business owners throughout North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “Redistribution and hidden tax increases are liberal tax and spend principles of the past that simply don’t work. More importantly, this bill will cripple the economic and trade centers of our state that power our economy," the Governor explained. In contrast McCrory is pushing for the General Assembly to implement the NC Competes jobs strategy and to pass the Connect NC bond program. The governor said SB 369 would be more accurately titled the “Tax Increase, Redistribution and Spending Act.” The Governor has repeatedly said that Connect NC is targeted investments in North Carolina’s roads, education, public health, parks and military. And the Governor says because of the state’s fiscal strength and strong balance sheet, no tax increase is needed to fund the bonds and the state’s AAA bond rating would be preserved. To learn more about Connect NC, visit http://connect.nc.gov.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, from the 5th District and representing Wilkes, this week voted in favor of legislation that would give Congress and the public access to key data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “America’s veterans deserve better than the inexcusable mismanagement we’ve seen over the last few years, and this legislation will help ensure Congress has access to information that is essential to holding the VA accountable,” said Foxx. H.R. 2256, the Veterans Information Modernization Act, would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report to Congress. The bill also would establish the Veterans Expedited Recovery Commission to evaluate the VA’s ability to effectively treat veterans. Additionally H.R. 2256 would amend the VA’s definition of a “homeless veteran” to include a veteran or veteran’s family who is fleeing domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or other dangerous situation. H.R. 2256 passed the House unanimously this week.
The old saying that lightening doesn't strike in the same place twice has been disproved, and apparently it's a proven fact, thieves will also strike the same place twice. A property owner from the Antioch Church Road called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to report another breaking, entering, and theft from his farm on Antioch Church Road. In this latest theft, the suspect took a Kubota RTV 900 that was parked in the barn with feed on it. It appears that the suspect dumped the feed out of the bed of the vehicle and drove away with the RTV. It is believed the theft happened in the middle of the day one week ago today. The stolen Kubota RTV 900 was valued at $14,000. Sheriff's Deputies are still investigating; charges are pending.
Danny Holman, president of the Wilkes Education Foundation (WEF) presented a check for $9,000 to Dr. Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College (WCC), on Monday, July 20, to support scholarships for WCC students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Wilkes Education Foundation Scholarships provide funds to assist WCC students, with priority consideration given to Wilkes County Public School graduates who have earned college credit in a cooperative program with the college and/or a platinum, gold or silver level Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Over the past 14 years, WEF has provided a total of $85,000 in need-based scholarships to students furthering their educations at WCC. Also, WCC awarded just over $10,000 in WEF scholarships in 2014-2015. The Wilkes Education Foundation is a private, non-profit, IRS 501(c) (3) tax-exempt endowment corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in education in the Wilkes County Schools. For information about making a donation to the WEF, call 336-667-1121.
There were 200 dollars in damages and there is a suspect. Wilkesboro Police were called to Windemere Apartments this week regarding damages to property. The victim returned from work to find that someone had been inside her apartment causing damage. The door to the outside was damaged, there was a hole in a wall, and other doors and windows in the apartment damaged. Nothing was reported stolen. The victim did give Police the name of a possible suspect and charges are pending.
It looks like they tried to get in but did not succeed. Police were called to Cub Creek Apartments regarding a break-in. The victim said that she was only gone for about 30 minutes. When she arrived back at her apartment, she that a glass top table, a figurine and a fish bowl were damaged. It looked as if someone were trying to remove the air conditioner to get inside the apartment; however, it did not appear anyone got inside and nothing was reported stolen. Police questioned others at the apartment building but there is no word on suspects.
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine), commend the Senate passage of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation to continue social and nutrition services—from home-delivered meals to senior centers—for nearly 12 million U.S. seniors. This week marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Older Americans Act into law. “More and more seniors have been calling North Carolina home over the past 15 years,” said Burr. “Programs like the Older Americans Act ensure that local communities can help provide services to their older, and often most vulnerable, members," Burr explained. The Older Americans Act has been due for reauthorization since 2011.