In state news, this month NC Gov Roy Cooper vetoed House Bill 100 that would restore partisan information to judicial elections. Cooper opposed having judges identified by political party. This week, Governor Roy Cooper highlighted his proposed NC GROW (Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce) Scholarship. Starting next year, good students who graduate high school with a 2.0 GPA or higher would get free tuition to any NC community college through the NC GROW scholarship.
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One man died in a traffic accident on Hwy 421 Monday morning. According to Trooper Tim Hemrics of the NC Hwy Patrol, a Subaru Forrester driven by 69-year-old Gary Ray of Deep Gap was traveling west on Hwy 421. A Freightliner box truck was traveling east on Hwy 421. Ray's vehicle went left of center and hit the truck head-on. The truck went off the road and hit a guardrail. Ray's vehicle caught fire and he died at the scene. The driver and passenger in the truck were not injured. The wreck happened about 10am Monday on 421 about 10 miles east of Boone. The road was blocked until about 2:30pm.
Ashes left on a porch are thought to be the cause of a Sunday afternoon fire off Speedway Road. Broadway, Roaring River, and Little Brushy Mtn fire departments all responded to the house fire about 2pm Sunday. No injuries were reported. The homeowner had cleaned out a wood stove before leaving the house and had left the ashes on the back porch. Windy conditions may have fanned the ashes back to life starting the fire. The house was completely destroyed by the fire. The Red Cross is helping the two people who lived at the house. Coals and ashes from fires can remain hot enough to start a fire for many days after you think the fire is out. Fire officials recommend that you place ashes in a metal container, wet them down, and take the metal container outside the house and away from anything combustible.
In a follow-up to a shooting 3WC News reported last month, one person has now been charged. On February 19, a two-year-old child got a gun that was in the family vehicle and accidently shot himself in the chest. The child was taken to Hugh Chatham Hospital, later transported to Brenner's, and has been released from the hospital. The two-year-old is expected to fully recover from the incident. The father of the child, Cody Groce of Thurmond, was charged with a misdemeanor of improper storage of a firearm to protect a minor. Groce was arrested and released on bond.
Two vehicles were reported stolen, and one was recovered. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called concerning the theft of a 1992 Toyota Corolla from North Wilkesboro. The vehicle was taken from the victim's resident while they were away from home. The stolen car is valued at 1000 dollars. Then a second victim called the Sheriff's Office concerning a stolen 1977 Ford truck. A Deputy found the stolen truck a few miles from the victim's residence, and it was returned to the owner. No suspects were listed with either theft report.
The Wilkes County Commissioners will meet tonight for their regularly scheduled meeting. On the agenda: Wilkes Regional Medical Center Transition Update; Town of Ronda Joint Resolution concerning fire tax; and the purchase and sell of county property. The County Commissioners' meeting set for 7pm at the County Office Building.
In Wilkes, the Unemployment Rate went from 4.5 to 5.2. Unemployment rates increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in January. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 16.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.3 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. The January statewide rate was 5.5 percent with the rate in Wilkes being lower at 5.2. The Wilkes rate was lower than one year ago, but up from the previous month.
Twenty flu deaths were reported in North Carolina for the week ending March 11, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. While flu activity has started to decrease in the state, the virus continues to be widespread. The number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season, which started Oct. 2, is 110. Antiviral medications are available to treat flu infections. People who think they might have the flu and are at high risk for severe complications should contact their doctor right away to see if antiviral medications might be needed. High risk groups include those with underlying conditions like asthma or heart disease, pregnant women, people older than 65 and children younger than 5.
One man died in a traffic accident on Hwy 421 earlier today. According to Trooper Tim Hemrics of the NC Hwy Patrol, a Subaru Forrester driven by 69-year-old Gary Ray of Deep Gap was traveling west on Hwy 421. A Freightliner box truck was traveling east on Hwy 421. Ray's vehicle went left of center and hit the truck head-on. The truck went off the road and hit a guardrail. Ray's vehicle caught fire and he died at the scene. The driver and passenger in the truck were not injured. The wreck happened about 10am today on 421 about 10 miles east of Boone. The road was blocked until about 2:30pm.