Students in the West Wilkes Middle School choir plan to sing during the upcoming Walker Center show, “Christmas with The Celts,” on December 2 at 7:30 p.m. The students will join The Celts in performing “Happy Christmas” by John Lennon. The producers of the show contacted the Walker Center and asked if there is a local chorus made up of middle school-aged youth who could join The Celts for a song. The Wilkes County School System was contacted, and after a selection process, WWMS was chosen. A limited number of tickets are available for this performance. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office.
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The public is invited to visit with Santa Claus on the campus of Wilkes Community College on Saturday, December 10, from 1-3 p.m. Santa will be at in ECMD Commons in Alumni Hall, which is located on the lower campus. Children will have the opportunity to get their photo made with Santa and to share their Christmas wish list with him. WCC Rotaract Club will take photos for purchase as a club fundraiser or parents may use their own cameras to take photos.
Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced a 100-job expansion by Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. in Mecklenburg County. The company will invest $38 million over the coming three years at its Charlotte headquarters and production facility. “Snyder’s-Lance is a leading name in North Carolina’s food manufacturing industry and a prominent corporate headquarters,” said Governor McCrory. Snyder’s-Lance (NASDAQ: LNCE) is the second largest maker of salty snacks in the U.S. The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $100,000 from the One North Carolina Fund.
For the second consecutive year, North Carolina is the nation’s No. 2 best state for business according to Forbes magazine. Forbes' annual “Best States for Business” list measures which states have the best business climates and are poised to succeed going forward. North Carolina is the only state in the southeast to be ranked in the top five. “This ranking is further affirmation that our pro-growth economic policies and excellent business climate have once again made North Carolina a top destination for jobs,” said Governor McCrory. Forbes' “Best States for Business” rankings are based on an assessment of criteria that include job growth, costs, educational attainment and start-up activity. Among the highlights of North Carolina’s ranking is the cost to do business in the state, which is 10 percent below the national average.
A man was seriously injured after a fall on the Parkway over the weekend. Wilkes Emergency Personnel received the 911 call about 5:30 Friday evening. A man stepped off the path at Cascade Falls to take a picture and slipped. He was taken to Wilkes Regional by Wilkes EMS and then airlifted to Baptist Medical for treatment of head and possible internal injuries.
According to Nathan Gatlin of the NC Forest Service Office in Wilkes, the big Blowing Rock Fire on the Caldwell, Watauga, Wilkes line was contained by Friday and took in 1350 acres. Gatlin said due to the very dry conditions, the Forest Service has two 5-men FAST teams on duty in Wilkes each day in case of additional wildfires. Also, remember that Wilkes County is under a burning ban until further notice.
Effective last Wednesday, the Town of Wilkesboro implemented the first step of their Water Shortage Response Plan. Town Manager Ken Nolan declared a Water Shortage Advisory and requested voluntary water conservation. This action is triggered by the fact that the Reservoir level is at or below 1027 feet above sea level and the Yadkin River Flow is below 300 cubic feet per second. Wilkesboro residents are asked to check for water leaks and repair them immediately; don't fill pools or fountains; take short showers; limit car washing; and only use dishwasher when full. Again, this request by the Town of Wilkesboro is for voluntary water conservation.
Someone stole a lawnmower from a Roaring River location. The property owner called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office last week concerning the theft. The MTD Yard Machine valued at $1300 was the only thing reported stolen. There is no word on suspects at this time.
Wilkesboro Police are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle at Tyson. The victim returned to their vehicle after work to discover the break-in and theft. The driver's side window of their SUV was broken out and a pocket book was stolen. There is a possible suspect in the break-in and theft; charges are pending.
Wilkes Community College Health Sciences Division received a $10,000 grant from North Carolina Baptist Hospital (NCBH) Foundation on November 4. The grant will be used to help offset the additional costs health science students incur due to purchasing uniforms, stethoscopes, background checks, and drug screenings. Each year, the NCBH Foundation approves grants to non-profit, community-based programs and services in the home communities of NCBH board members to support the hospital’s overall mission and advance its ministries of healing. The maximum grant award is $10,000 and is announced each year in August.