More people in North Carolina will receive help preparing for jobs in high-demand occupations, thanks to a $5.25 million federal grant awarded to the state. The money will be used to create and implement a new program called NCWorks Certified Career Pathways. The state received a Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support education and training programs, such as on-the-job and classroom training, for people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own or have struggled with long-term unemployment. This funding will help more job seekers, as well as ensure that employers have access to a steady pipeline of talent. North Carolina was one of 27 states to win the competitive grant award. For more information about NCWorks, visit www.nccommerce.com/ncworks.
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Over the weekend, North Carolina National Guard's 621st Survey and Design Team returned home from a year-long deployment to the Middle East, in support of Operation Spartan Shield. The unit is headquartered in Gastonia, N.C. Their mission was designed to foster partnerships with Kuwaiti Land Forces and collaborate in training and engineer projects. This deployment was the 621st Engineers' third after deploying in support to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2009. Members of the unit are no strangers to deployments as nearly 75% of the unit has been deployed more than twice. The NCNG currently has over 860 Army and Air Guardsmen deployed overseas supporting our nation.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., over the weekend released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision that the federal government can subsidize health insurance policies purchased on Obamacare’s federal exchange: “For the past two years, my email inbox, mailbox and phone lines have been flooded with reports of cancelled health insurance plans, soaring premiums, increased deductibles and frustrated constituents trying to navigate the confusing Washington bureaucracy that is Obamacare." Foxx explained, "Despite its central promise, the Affordable Care Act has proved to be anything but affordable for many North Carolinians, and today’s Supreme Court decision doesn’t change that fact." Foxx said, "Rather than making piecemeal fixes, the best approach to solving the multitude of problems resulting from Obamacare is to unite behind a complete repeal of the law and replace it with solutions that lower costs and empower patients to choose the care that’s right for them.” The Supreme Court ruled against the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell who argued that only residents of states that set up their own exchanges are entitled to government subsidies to help them pay for insurance. North Carolina is one of 34 states that did not set up its own insurance exchange and instead relies on the federal marketplace.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., on Friday released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine the definition of marriage: “Two years ago the Supreme Court insisted that marriage was a policy decision that properly belonged to the states, but today they have imposed a redefinition of marriage nationwide." Foxx explained that this decision undermines the ability of states to set public policy within their borders as voters in North Carolina overwhelmingly did in 2012." Congresswoman Foxx said, "I’m also extremely concerned about the threat this ruling poses to the conscience rights of people and organizations who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. I will do everything in my power to defend these rights and protect the sacred institution of marriage.” In a landmark opinion, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a victory.
The reports of Identity Theft or at least attempted Identity Theft continue in Wilkes. The Sheriff's Office received a call this week from a Traphill man who said that someone tried to use his identity to get a cash card. No suspects were listed with the report. While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk. If you think someone is using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes, or make purchases, visit IdentityTheft.gov to report and recover from identity theft. Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. There are four main ways to do it: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security number; ask questions before deciding to share your personal information; and maintain appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices.
THE TOUR - STRINGS ACROSS AMERICA is coming to Wilkesboro to honor local Purple Heart Veterans. On Saturday June 27th in Wilkesboro, the event starts out with an honors motorcycle ride, which will begin at Crossroads Harley Davidson (registration from 10am - 12noon) and will proceed to 2 other stops ending at Fort Hamby Amphitheater, with live music and a 21 gun salute and honors ceremony. The 3 patriots honored on Saturday, are all purple heart combat veteran medal recipients. 1. Matt Cooke (shot 5 times in Fort Hood Shooting massacre) Matt threw himself on his superior officer to protect him from the assault. 2. Jesse Gladney is also a purple heart combat veteran. 3. Edwin Canter, purple heart combat veteran. The mission of Heart Strings for Heroes is to bring the community together and to honor and heal these HEROES with the power of MUSIC! They give FREE guitars and awards to these soldiers to assist in their ongoing mental and physical therapy. For more information, visit www.HeartStringsForHeroes.org
Earlier this month, it was drink machine break-ins and now it's a newspaper machine. The break-in and theft occurred at the newspaper machine at Mall Square. The lock, locking bar, and coin tray were stolen from the machine. Damages were listed at 75 dollars. An unknown amount of money was stolen. Police are checking nearby surveillance video for possible suspect evidence, but there are no suspects at this time.
From the Gridiron to the Gospel, a Men's Conference is being held in North Wilkesboro on Saturday with Evangelist Otis Duhart who was a member of the 1999 Florida State NCAA Football Championship Team. The theme of Saturday's Journey of Faith Men's Conference is Redeemed, Reconciled, Restored. AIR The men's conference with Otis Duhart is Saturday 9 til 2 at Grace Kingdom on 10th Street, North Wilkesboro.
This time the thief did not get to steal anything. A property owner in Millers Creek called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office regarding an attempted break-in. The victim found evidence that someone attempted to pry open a door to their storage building. No entry was made into building, and nothing was reported stolen.
Did you know that the American Red Cross receives fewer donors at blood drives hosted in the months of June, July, and August? One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives! So, McDonald’s at Winkler Mill Shopping Center will be hosting a Blood Drive Saturday from 10am – 2pm. You can sign up to donate inside the McDonald’s Wilkesboro location or online at www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.