WCC SkillsUSA students brought home two gold, one silver and four bronze medals from the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., on June 20-25, 2016. WCC was represented by 37 students and 21 advisors. The 37 students qualified to participate in the national competition because they won first place gold medals in the April state competition in Greensboro. Of the 16,000 student competitors from across the nation gathered in Louisville, 36 of the 37 WCC students placed in the top 15 positions with 22 placing in the top five. “We are thrilled that our students who competed at SkillsUSA national had their best year ever. Success doesn’t come easily; it can’t be achieved without much hard work and dedication,” said Hardin Kennedy, WCC SkillsUSA advisor and Transportation Technology Program chairperson. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.
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Governor Pat McCrory was joined by students, teachers, elected officials and Sheyenne Marshall’s family this week at Cox Mill High School as he signed legislation to crack down on drunk boating. House Bill 958 was named in honor of Sheyenne Marshall, a Concord teen and rising senior at Cox Mill killed by a drunk boater on Lake Norman last year over the Fourth of July weekend. Sheyenne’s Law will strengthen penalties for causing death or serious injury by impaired boating from a misdemeanor to a felony. In 2015, 25 people died due to boating-related accidents in North Carolina, and nearly half of those fatalities involved alcohol.
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the Democrat leadership’s filibuster of legislation to combat the Zika virus, provide health care for veterans, and fund military construction priorities for North Carolina: “This legislation provides the funding for Zika that every Democrat Senator voted for six weeks ago,” said Senator Burr. “It also allocates a record level of funding for our veterans, providing every cent that the President himself asked for in his budget to ensure VA health care is fully funded." Burr also explained that for pregnant women, and women who hope to become pregnant, the Zika virus is not a game; and for our veterans who need health care, VA funding is not a game. H.R. 2577, the Military Construction, Veterans Administration, and Zika Appropriations Act includes the following key provisions: $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus; $52.8 billion to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA hospital system, satisfying 100 percent of President Obama’s budget request; Policies to improve Congressional oversight in the wake of the VA wait time scandal; and $297 million for 12 military construction projects in North Carolina. Again, that legislation was blocked by the Democratic filibuster.
A Wilkes County resident reported the theft of $800 in property from an outbuilding. The victim, who lives on Cain Ridge Road, reported that someone entered the building near their home and stole several things including Briggs & Stratton lawnmower, Husqvarna chainsaw, Craftsman air-tools, and a Ryobi weed eater. Again stolen property was valued at $800; the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating this theft.
Charges of fraud and obtaining property by false pretense are being investigated by the Sheriff's Office. It appears someone has used the name and personal information of a 16-year-old Wilkes County resident to acquire a vehicle. The teen received information from the NC DMV concerning the 2017 Dodge and called the Sheriff's Office. There are suspects in this case and charges are pending.
Early yesterday morning, two people were injured in a wreck on Oakwoods Road. The call came in just be 1am. Wilkesboro Police investigated the wreck. Mariah Martin of North Wilkesboro was traveling south on Oakwoods Road when she ran off the road to the right, attempted to correct, lost control, spun around, and hit another vehicle in the northbound lane. Both drivers were taken to WRMC by Wilkes EMS. Martin was charged in that wreck with DWI, driving with license revoked, failure to maintain lane control, and unsafe tires.
Thankfully, no one suffered serious injury in a 3-car chain-reaction wreck on Hwy 421 Monday afternoon. According to the Wilkesboro Police report, Nathan Walsh of Wilkesboro reached down to pick up something out of the floorboard of his vehicle. He failed to see the vehicle in front of him had stopped and he hit the back end of that car knocking it into a third vehicle. All 3 drivers were checked by Wilkes EMS but refused treatment. Walsh was cited in that wreck for failure to reduce speed and no operator's license.
Last week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and several of his Republican and Democratic colleagues on the Senate floor to speak in support of the Veterans First Act, bipartisan legislation that would give the VA the tools it needs to fire bad actors, prohibit bonuses for employees accused of wrongdoing, and institute protections for whistleblowers. ((WATCH SENATOR TILLIS’ SPEECH HERE.)) Tillis spoke out specifically against Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent announcement that the Department of Justice would no longer defend a provision of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The Veterans First Act is the only piece of pending accountability legislation that would withstand the constitutional challenge raised against current VA accountability law. Senator Tillis co-sponsored the bill, which was passed unanimously by the Senate VA Committee.
The American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) released the following statement today, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-3 decision to strike down Texas law HB2 in the first abortion-related case to reach the Court in 20 years. AFA President Tim Wildmon said, “Today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court served a blow to the pro-life movement and to states’ rights to regulate healthcare within their borders. The Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down today required abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Admitting privileges for any surgical clinic is common practice. For the Court to refuse Texas’ ability to ensure that abortion clinics have access to local hospitals is shameful and unconstitutional." Wildmon also said that: “Our court system is no longer run by judges who use the Constitution as the basis for rulings. Rather, the Supreme Court works as an activist bench that rules on personal opinion rather than Constitutional application." Wildmon concluded by saying that this latest court ruling is exactly why America needs a President who will appoint pro-life judges who will honor the Constitution.
In health news and on a sad note for tea lovers: Summer increases everyone’s risk of heat stroke and sunburn, but there’s another warm weather risk that often flies under the radar—kidney stones. “More people suffer from kidney stones when the weather is hot and dry because they become dehydrated,” said Jorge Gutierrez-Aceves, M.D., professor of urology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The Wake Forest Doctor said that drinking about ten 10-ounce glasses of liquid each day will help prevent all forms of kidney stones, and though water is best, drinking citric drinks such as lemonade or orange juice may help prevent kidney stones. Limiting sugar-sweetened drinks also can help prevent stones. Thus the South’s unofficial summertime beverage– sweet tea—can contribute to kidney stones.