Governor Pat McCrory is encouraging citizens to nominate state employees for the prestigious John R. Larkins award. The award is named after Dr. John Rodman Larkins to honor his legacy and to recognize his pioneering race relations work in state government. "The award serves not only to honor some of our best and most valuable state employees, but also to keep alive the legacy of Dr. Larkins’ pioneering work and groundbreaking contributions to our state," Governor McCrory said. The Larkins Award was established in 1998 and is presented annually at the North Carolina State Employees Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Program. This year, the Award will honor a state employee who exemplifies the same virtues that made Larkins stand out at work and in the community, and who has made an impact on the lives of others. For information and to make a nomination go to http://www.governor.state.nc.us/john-r-larkins-nomination-2015. Nominations are due November 15, 2014.
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The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents to think safety and exercise caution during the fall fire season, which typically lasts from mid-October into December. In the fall, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris. These fires sometimes escape and start wildfires. The N.C. Forest Service encourages residents considering debris burning to contact their local county forest ranger. The ranger can offer technical advice and explain the best options to help maximize the safety to people, property and the forest. “By acting safely, we can all help to protect our natural resources,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Don’t burn on dry, windy days, and maintain a careful watch over a fire until it is out.”
Governor Pat McCrory helped Ashley Furniture celebrate a major expansion of its mid-Atlantic manufacturing and distribution center located in Advance. The expansion will add approximately 550 jobs to the state’s manufacturing economy. The governor noted this major expansion comes less than two years removed from the facility’s groundbreaking. “Furniture and manufacturing have always been an integral part of North Carolina’s economic history,” Governor McCrory said. The facility will primarily produce bedroom furniture. The company has been producing upholstery on the site since November 2012. The facility is designed to serve customers in East Coast states including Virginia, West Virginia, the Carolinas and parts of Georgia and Florida.
She left that morning and was back by lunch, but that was time enough for someone to steal her TV. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a home break-in and theft at a residence on Old 60 in Roaring River. The victim said that she left for work at 7am. When she returned at lunch, her 32-inch LG flat screen was gone. Reportedly, a door to home was left unlocked. Stolen property is valued at 500 dollars.
Wilkesboro Police were called to Wilkes Community College due to the theft and damage of fire extinguishers. Police spoke with a Security Officer at the College who reported one fire extinguisher missing and three discharged. There was also an electrical outlet damaged on the Watson Stage. Damages are estimated at nearly 300 dollars. There are no suspects.
The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it’s never too late – or too early – to make blood donation a lifelong habit. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. You are asked to give the gift of life by donating blood. Today there ia a Red Cross Blood Drives in at North Wilkes High School (2986 Traphill Road, Hays) from 8:00am – 1:30pm. For a complete list of blood drives and to sign up for an appointment, please visit our website at www.redcrossblood.org.
Last month the Wilkes County Diabetes and Nutrition Center, and Landra Roope, RN, BSN at the Wilkes County Health Department, were recognized by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation for their contributions to child health. The awards were presented on September 17 at the North Carolina Public Health Association meeting in Wilmington, NC. The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Child Health Recognition Awards program honors local health departments, public health staff and individuals for innovative, collaborative programs that improve the lives of North Carolina’s children. The Wilkes County Diabetes and Nutrition Center serves children at an unhealthy Body Mass Index, as well as many other serious dietary problems, such as food allergies, picky eaters, or children on feeding tubes. By counseling healthy eating habits and nutrition, dietitians Maggi Birdsell, and Jerri Mayberry, MEd, RD, LDN , CDE are playing a vital role in the lives of Wilkes County children working with pediatric focused nutrition programs. To learn more about the services offered at the Diabetes and Nutrition Center, call 336-667-0460 or visit http://wilkeshealth.com/.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Locally, a Domestic Violence Awareness March and Candlelight Vigil will be held Tuesday, October 28th in Wilkesboro. The march will start at 5:45 p.m. at the Wilkes County Heritage Museum, and the vigil will begin at 6 p.m. at the labyrinth at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The 59 victims of domestic violence in North Carolina in the past year will be remembered in word, prayer and song. Assistant District Attorney Kisa Posey will speak. For more information, please call SAFE, Inc. at 838-9169.
Wilkes Voters who want an absentee ballot mailed to them for the November General Election must do so by tomorrow. Voters or a near relative may complete the request form. The NC Absentee Request Forms are available online at www.wilkescounty.net under the Elections tab or in-person at the Wilkes County Board of Elections office in the County Office Building. The last day to submit an absentee ballot request form to the Board of Elections office is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 28th at 5:00 pm. All voted absentee ballots must be returned to the Wilkes County Board of Elections office by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4th. The deadline to return absentee ballots by mail is 5:00 pm on Friday, November 7th, if the envelope is postmarked on or before November 4th. Also, One Stop Voting is underway in the Wilkes County Commissioners' Meeting Room of the County Office Building from 8:30 to 5:30 through Wednesday and until 6pm Thursday and Friday. One Stop Voting Saturday, November 1 is 8:30 til 1.
Nearly 50 people are behind bars in Ashe County on methamphetamine charges following a joint investigation and arrests by the Ashe County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation. Operation Witches Brew targeted "smurfers," those who buy the products to make methamphetamine, and the "cookers," the ones who make this highly addictive stimulant drug. "For the past two years, we have been conducting investigations and making arrests, and today's arrests are the largest meth round-up ever in this county," Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said. Those charged with manufacturing methamphetamine are being held in the Ashe County Jail on a half million dollar bond. Those charged with the illegal purchase of meth ingredients are being held on a $250,000 bond. Sheriff Williams said the morning flowed well in picking up the 54 targeted suspects. Boone Police Department and the Alleghany Sheriff's Office also participated in the operation.