Governor Pat McCrory has asked Attorney General Roy Cooper to protect local school districts. The Obama Administration has joined with the ACLU in an attempt to force local school districts to open sex-specific student locker rooms and bathrooms to individuals that are not of that biological sex. “This extreme position directly contradicts the express language of federal law and threatens local control of our schools,” said Governor McCrory. The Governor of NC said, “It also disregards the safety and privacy concerns of parents and students. The Obama Administration has already informed school authorities in North Carolina and around the country of this directive, and is threatening resistant schools with legal action and loss of federal funding." Gov McCrory concluded by saying, “This federal overreach is unacceptable and unnecessary."
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They took prescription meds and electronics. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a home break-in at a residence on Peachtree Drive. The homeowner came home to find the window air condition unit had been pushed inside the house in order to gain entrance into the house. Several things were stolen including medication, PS4, surround sound system, 54-inch flat screen JVC TV and a 24-inch Emerson TV. No suspects were listed with that report; the Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
A local business called Wilkesboro Police concerning a break-in. Hamby's Muffler Shop in Wilkesboro discovered a break-in, damage to property, and a theft on Saturday when employees returned to work. The shop was secured the night before. The next morning, the front door was unlocked, the window on the back door was broken out, money was taken from the filing cabinet, and the toilet was damaged. Damages were listed at 350 dollars and stolen cash totaled less than 100 dollars. There was no video surveillance at the shop, and there are no suspects at this time.
As 3WC News reported yesterday, a man was shot in Wilkes Sunday night, and the shooter was arrested early Monday morning. According to a Wilkes Sheriff's report, Donnie Ward of Lenoir was arrested early Monday after he led Sheriff Officials to a site in Wilkes where he shot another man. The shooting was the result of an argument. Ward and another man were traveling along Stony Fork Road when they stopped and got out of the car and the shooting occurred. Ward then drove back to Lenoir and confessed to Police. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies picked up Ward and he took them to where he left the body of Eleuterio Petrez off the side of the road just inside the Wilkes County line. Petrez was dead, and Ward was arrested and charged with murder. Ward was taken to the Wilkes County Jail.
Their summer home was hit by thieves. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a home break-in at a house in McGrady. The victims reported finding the back door to their summer home kicked open. The house is located on Cane Creek Church Road. A 12 gauge shotgun, Remington rifle, 17-inch TV, microwave, coffee maker, and hand tools were stolen. There are no suspects in this break-in and theft.
Mr. Harold Steven Faw received recognition at Wilkes Community College’s Northwest Fire & Rescue College for his 32 years of dedicated service and support of the school. Mr. Faw has actively participated with the fire college planning committee ever since the school began in 1984. The Northwest Fire & Rescue College is one of the most acclaimed trainings in this state and draws firefighters and emergency rescue workers from across North Carolina and parts of Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina. Wilkes Community College offers this annual training in conjunction with the Wilkes County Firefighter’s Association and the Wilkes Rescue Squad on the first weekend in November.
The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate. The national rate declined 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.0 percent. North Carolina’s October 2015 unemployment rate was unchanged from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 10,871 over the month to 4,488,328 and increased 124,146 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 2,042 over the month to 273,645, and increased 11,591 over the year. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Government at 6,400, followed by Construction, 2,200. The only major industry experiencing a decrease over the year was Mining & Logging, 100. The next unemployment update is scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2015when the county unemployment rates for October 2015 will be released.
Governor Pat McCrory and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced the arrival of Ivar’s Cabinet Shop, Inc. to Cleveland County. The company designs and builds custom displays for retailers and other buyers around the country. Ivar intends to create 27 jobs in Shelby over the coming three years, investing $2.8 million in a new facility. The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $50,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Also announced: AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge Major Laboratories (AAIPharma/CML) is expanding its laboratory operation and global headquarters in Wilmington and will create at least 37 new jobs by 2018. The company will invest at least $15.8 million for lab expansion and a new headquarters over the next three years. Additional jobs and investment are anticipated through 2019. The company’s expansion in North Carolina was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $50,000 from the One North Carolina Fund.Since Governor McCrory took office in January of 2013, North Carolina has witnessed the net creation of nearly 240,000 private sectors jobs.
Governor Pat McCrory strongly urged President Barack Obama to reconsider his veto threat after the U.S House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill sponsored by North Carolina Representative Richard Hudson to halt the administration’s plan to take in thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees until it can assure they don’t pose a security risk. In the vote, 47 Democrats joined 242 Republicans in favor of the bill, creating a majority in the U.S. House that could override President Barrack Obama’s veto. “For the sake of our country’s safety and security, I strongly urge the president to reconsider his veto threat,” said Governor McCrory. “The people of North Carolina expect our commander-in-chief to do everything in his power to ensure our citizens are safe and unite this country around a solution to the threat posed by ISIS, not alienate and attack people who disagree with him." Governor McCrory explained, "This is no longer just governors urging the president to halt this program, it is now a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House demanding the president to listen and change course."
The man was shot in Wilkes Sunday night, and the shooter was arrested early this morning. According to a Wilkes Sheriff's report, Donnie Ward of Lenoir was arrested early this morning after he led Sheriff Officials to a site in Wilkes where he shot another man. The shooting was the result of an argument. Ward and another man were traveling along Stony Fork Road when they stopped and got out of the car and the shooting occurred. Ward then drove back to Lenoir and confessed to Police. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies picked up Ward and he took them to where he left the body of Eleuterio Petrez off the side of the road just inside the Wilkes County line. Petrez was dead, and Ward was arrested and charged with murder.