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Tuesday
Jul222014

Passing of a State Legislator

A State Legislator for Wake County Jim Fulghum, a retired neurosurgeon, died Saturday. Fulghum, age 70, a Wake County Republican, had already withdrawn from his campaign for state Senate earlier this month after a cancer diagnosis. Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after learning of the death of Representative Jim Fulghum:   “As a medical doctor, Jim had a professional and personal passion for helping those in his community and state. Wake County and all of North Carolina lost a great man today,”  said Governor McCrory. Fulghum was first elected to the House in 2012. When Sen. Neal Hunt, another Republican from Raleigh, announced this February that he planned to retire after 10 years in office, he quickly recommended Fulghum to replace him. Gov. Pat McCrory ordered all North Carolina state flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in honor of North Carolina Representative Jim Fulghum, M.D.

Tuesday
Jul222014

Gov Welcomes Fuel Exploration Off NC Coast

Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, released the following statement in the wake of President Barack Obama’s decision to open up the Eastern Seaboard for energy exploration through seismic testing.  “We can finally begin to assess the amount of oil or gas that could be beneath the ocean floor after decades of waiting on the sidelines,” said Governor McCrory. “This is an important step in the right direction toward more jobs for North Carolina and our country, as well as greater energy independence for our nation. I would like to thank the Obama Administration for its decision to open up the Eastern Seaboard for seismic assessment.”  In early February at an Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition hearing, Governor McCrory met with Department of the Interior Secretary and other senior officials to voice his support for energy exploration off of the North Carolina coast. “I am especially pleased that there will be safeguards in place to ensure the safety of our wildlife and the integrity of our environment,” explained Governor McCrory, who chairs the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, a group of bipartisan coastal governors that advocate for energy expansion through safe and responsible resource development.     

Tuesday
Jul222014

NC Teacher In DC

R.J. Reynolds High School teacher Michael T. McCulloch has completed Congresswoman Virginia Foxx’s week-long Teacher in Congress Internship.  In remarks delivered on the House floor, Congresswoman Foxx spoke highly of Mr. McCulloch:  “I commend Mr. McCulloch for his commitment to teaching the next generation about the revolutionary ideas on which our nation was founded,” said Rep. Foxx. Foxx’s annual Teacher in Congress Internship is unique in Washington.  Since 2007, the  program has invited one Fifth Congressional District high school teacher to travel to Washington, D.C. for a week of intensive learning and curriculum development during the summer school break. Mr. McCulloch has been teaching high school social studies, economics and history for 19 years. He plans to integrate his experiences at the United States Capitol into his International Relations and U.S. History lesson plans this coming year.

Monday
Jul212014

Stolen Heads, Pig, and Table

They stole three animal heads, a dead wild pig, and a coffee table.  In Wilkes County, often the things that are stolen are rather unique.  A recent report proves that fact.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a break-in and theft from a Traphill residence.  The property owner found a back window smashed out of his house.  A thief or thieves then entered the home and stole an interesting list of items including a stuffed 8-pointer deer head, a stuffed 9-pointer deer head, a stuffed 4-pointer deer head, a wild boar mounted on a rock frame, and a cherry coffee table.  Stolen property is valued at 500 dollars.  There is a suspect and an arrest is pending.

Monday
Jul212014

WIlkes Crimes and Wilkes Crimestoppers

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office continues to have a list of break-ins and thefts.  Recently, a North Wilkesboro property owner reported a theft from their outbuilding. Over 850 dollars in property was stolen.  There is a suspect and charges are pending.  Then a Boomer resident reported a break-in with no apparent theft.  A Hwy 268 resident reported coming home and finding the front door kicked open, but nothing was stolen from inside the house.  A Millers Creek homeowner  also called in a report of a theft.  A Playstation III valued at 320 dollars was stolen from their house.  And finally, another Millers Creek victim report a theft from outside his home.  A water tank valued at 550 dollars was stolen.  The water tank was stored beside the victim's house.  Again, there are suspects in both of the Millers Creek thefts and charges are pending.  The Sheriff's Office, local police departments, and Crime Stoppers encourage members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy. Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number and Web Tips to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender. Crime Stoppers relies on volunteer Directors and tax deductible contributions from the public in order to operate the administration of the program.  Find out more at www.wilkescounty.crimestoppersweb.com.

Monday
Jul212014

MESH Sports Physicals for July and August

The Wilkes Health Dept and MESH Unit have released the schedule for sports physical clinics over the summer break.  Sports Physicals done at the Health Dept back parking lot on the MESH Unit will be every Tuesday and Thursday for the remainder of July.  In August, the MESH unit will be at the Health Dept every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through August 21.  There is a non-refundable $15.00 charge for the student sports physical. Make checks payable to: Wilkes County Health Department. NO MEDICAID WILL BE BILLED. Forms can be picked up from your athletic director, high school office, Wilkes County Health Department or the Wilkes County Health Department website. Please call (336) 651-7450 to schedule an appointment or for further information.

Monday
Jul212014

More Than Just Blood Drives

Yes, they do blood drives, but they do more than blood drives. The Red Cross  along with the National Swimming Pool Foundation have developed an online safety course for pool and hot tub owners. Home Pool Essentials (HomePoolEssentials.org) helps people understand the risks of pool ownership, how to maintain a safer and cleaner pool, what safety equipment is appropriate, how to prevent pool and hot tub entrapment hazards and how to respond to an emergency. More water safety information is available at redcross.org. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org

Monday
Jul212014

Wilkes Health Foundation in the Community

Together they are improving the health and well-being of the people who live in Wilkes County by bringing new programs and services here as well as supporting tried and true organizations.  The Health Foundation of Wilkes is an assembly of volunteer leaders engaged in inspiring a community-wide effort to improve health care through the faithful stewardship of philanthropic pursuits.  They match donor resources of those who share a common desire to achieve and maintain good health with community needs. The Health Foundation has two grant programs: the Challenge Grant and the Healthy Futures Open Grant. The Challenge Grant is designed to help local non-profits encourage support from the community to build a sustainable fundraising or development program. The Healthy Futures Open Grant considers building projects, equipment purchases, general program support, expansion of program services, and training requests.  Also, Students entering health care professions who are willing to work in Wilkes County are encouraged to apply for our competitive awards. Successful applicants win up to $1,500 per year. The 2014 scholarship cycle is now closed.  For more information on the Health Foundation of Wilkes, visit their website: www.healthfoundationinc.org or call their office at (336) 838-1949

Monday
Jul212014

Sen Burr's Statement at VA Hearing

Sen Burr of North Carolina said in a statement for the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Hearing that was held held week that more work must be done.  Burr said, "I want to be crystal clear; the culture that has developed at VA and the lack of management and accountability is simply reprehensible."  The Senator also stated, "Secretary Gibson, you have taken several actionable steps in the last month and a half. I commend the work you have done."  Sen Burr then added, "However, what has happened over the course of years is a horrendous blemish on VA's reputation.  And much more work will be needed to repair the damage."

Monday
Jul212014

FOXX on Airliner Being Shot Down

Over the weekend, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of the 5th District here in Wilkes released this comment following what appears to be a missile attack on a civilian airliner:  "The news reports of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are horrifying and tragic. As the cause and consequence of this catastrophe come into focus, may we now reflect on the many precious lives lost and pray that God will provide His peace and comfort to those suffering such tremendous loss."