Wilkes Community College is pleased to announce scholarships are available through a grant made by the Golden LEAF Foundation to the North Carolina Community College System. Curriculum students may apply for up to $750 per semester, including summer term, and occupational education students are eligible for up to $250 per term. Awards may be applied toward tuition, fees, books and supplies at the community college where enrolled; transportation; childcare expenses related to attending classes; and mid-skills credential testing upon course completion. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships are awarded during the fall, spring and summer semesters. The deadline for applications for the Summer 2015 semester is June 12, 2015. Students interested in applying for a Golden LEAF Scholarship should contact the Wilkes Community College Financial Aid Office at 336-838-6146 or toll free at 866-222-1548 (ask for financial aid). The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy.
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It's National Safe Boating Week. For those headed out on the water, what looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. North Carolina ranks No. 5 in the nation for boating accidents and No. 9 in the nation for boating fatalities, with 139 boating mishaps causing 16 deaths in the state in 2013. The National Safe Boating Council will kick off its Wear It! campaign promoting safe boating and life jackets with National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22. So, when you're out on the water, wear that life jacket and stay safe.
U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced legislation to ensure that veterans, students serving in the armed forces, and their qualifying dependents, can take full advantage of the federal education benefits they have earned for themselves and their families. The Veterans Priority Enrollment Act of 2015 allows veterans using their GI benefits to attain priority enrollment at four-year institutions so that they can finish their degrees before their benefits expire. The bill would not require colleges or universities to change their existing priority enrollment systems. U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and Phil Roe (R-TN-1) will introduce companion legislation in the House.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., has announced that she will host a telephone town hall for 5th District residents on Tuesday, June 9, at 7:15 p.m. “Telephone town halls are one of the opportunities where the people I represent can share directly with me their concerns and ideas,” said Foxx. “It’s my hope that many constituents will choose to take part in the June 9th discussion, and I look forward to hearing their thoughts and questions.” Constituents can participate in the telephone town hall in one of two ways. They can either call the toll free number 1-877-229-8493 and enter the passcode 114272 at the start of the event or they can register at http://vekeo.buzz/j1W to receive a phone call connecting them to the telephone town hall. This telephone town hall is open only to constituents in North Carolina’s 5th District. To find out if you are a 5th District constituent, visit http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.
Multiple reports of car break-ins have come into the Wilkes Sheriff's Office this week. Most of the recent vehicle break-ins were in the North Wilkesboro area. A victim on Taylor Drive was outside about 4:30 am and saw nothing, but when they went back out at 6:30, they saw that their pickup had been entered and a gun was stolen. Another victim on Caudill Road reported having both their vehicles entered and things gone through. Some cash and debit card were stolen. Two people on Cartpath Road, one on Monticello Drive, and one on Hillsdale Drive also reported vehicle break-ins. A victim on Woodmen Lane said their vehicle was entered and several things were stolen. There is no word on suspects at this time; the Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
No one lived there, but someone trashed the house. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a breaking and entering that occurred sometime between 2 pm on 05/11/2015 and 2:30 pm on 05/15/2015. According to Kelly Realty of Lenoir NC, they have been assisting Citibank with a property on Alonzo McNeil Drive in Millers Creek. When someone from Kelly Realty arrived at the property, they found that 18 of the windows had been knocked out, the back door panel was broken, the floor and walls had been spray painted, and one of the interior walls had been completely knocked out. Damages were listed at $2000. There is no word on suspects.
Another local business this week has been targeted by thieves. According to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office report, Ed's Hometown Cafe in Roaring River was broken into during the overnight hours. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen and the front door was damaged. Damages are listed at 200 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a call from a Charter School in the county concerning a larceny. Reportedly, when staff arrived to the Bridges Charter Road on the Pleasant Ridge Road in the State Road Community, they saw that food and drinks were stolen. Someone had also written obscenities on the blackboard. It's a bit of a mystery as to how the thief or thieves got inside the building as the doors were locked and there were no signs of forced entry.
He used his debit card to get gas, and someone else used his debit card to purchase gas. A North Wilkesboro man stopped at a Wilkesboro convenience store to purchase 30 dollars in gas. When he got home, he noticed that his wallet was missing. The man immediately contacted his bank and discovered that his card had been used at the same store to purchase another 53 dollars in gas. The man returned to the store, but he was unable to find his wallet. Police have tried to get video from surveillance cameras, but currently, there are no suspects.
Travelers will find a harmony of patriotic and festive events across North Carolina to mark Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff of summer. With everything from a symbolic homecoming at Duke Homestead State Historic Site to the inaugural WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest and the 56th running of the Coca-Cola 600, destinations across the state present spirited reasons to observe the holiday and celebrate summer. “Memorial Day falls on the earliest possible date and Labor Day on the latest, so travelers have 15 weeks to sample and savor experiences from the mountains to the coast,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. And for more ideas, inspiration and trip-planning tools, link to VisitNC.com.