Governor Pat McCrory praised the economic and cultural impact of the Fall 2014 High Point Market today during a visit to the furniture exposition. “The High Point Market is more than a trade show,” Governor McCrory said.“With its colorful history and economic benefits, it’s become part of North Carolina’s culture and has made High Point the furniture capital of the world.” The fall market is expected to attract approximately 75,000 visitors, of which 10 percent will be from international destinations. The show is expected to have 2,000 exhibitors. A 2013 Duke University study found that the High Point Market generates more than $5.39 billion in economic impact to regional economy and supports 37,616 jobs. The economic activity generated by the market provides North Carolina approximately $123 million in tax revenue annually, according to the Duke study. The Duke report also found that despite globalization, the furniture industry remains a critical source of jobs in North Carolina and an important source of tax revenue for state and local governments. The market is the key event for the furniture economic sector and includes a range of activities from manufacturing, to distribution, to design, marketing and professional services.
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Governor Pat McCrory has asked North Carolina education, law enforcement, mental health, government and business leaders to work together with the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to focus the public’s attention on methods to ensure all state schools are safe as Safer Schools Week is observed this week, Oct. 19-25, 2014. Governor McCrory said. “As we observe Safer Schools Week, I encourage all North Carolinians to become active in your children’s lives and in their schools, and learn how you can help keep our schools safe and secure.” Established by Governor McCrory in 2013, the N.C. Center for Safer Schools – based in the Department of Public Safety – is a customer-focused information center for research, training and technical assistance related to school safety, crisis prevention and response. Safer Schools Week also occurs in conjunction with Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month in North Carolina, proclaimed by the governor on October 1, 2014. For additional information on the Center for Safer Schools, including its latest progress report, please visit www.centerforsaferschools.org.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Dept has moved to their new office, the final phases of the new jail are in the works, and the public is invited to spend the first night in the jail as a fundraiser. 3WC News spoke with Sheriff Chris Shew about moving into their new office in a building that was part of the old Wachovia property off Brushy Mtn Road. AIR And the new Wilkes Detention Center or Wilkes Jail is scheduled to open soon. AIR The first night in the Wilkes Jail is this Friday night and the public is invited to come visit and take part in a fundraiser for Samaritan's Kitchen. AIR Again, the First Night in the Jail is this Friday. You can purchase 10-dollar tickets at the Sheriff's Office or from Sheriff's Deputies to stop by the jail Friday for pork or chicken BBQ, games, a tour, and even spend the night in jail. Again, proceeds benefit the Kid's Backpack program with Samaritan's Kitchen.
Representatives from the Wilkes County Health Department met Friday with other county leaders and agencies to discuss protocol and procedures to prepare in the event of an Ebola response. This is the third meeting held of the Ebola Preparedness Team to discuss guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Division of Public Health regarding preparing for potential Ebola cases. Team members represented at Friday’s meeting were from the Health Department, Wilkes Regional Medical Center, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, Wilkes Communication Center, Town of Wilkesboro Police, Wilkes County Schools, Wilkes County Emergency Medical Services including first responders representative, Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home, and Animal Control. The County Clerk and County Manager were also present. Other community members invited were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. Ann Absher, Health Director at the Health Department, commended the large showing of community groups. “I am proud of the presence and leadership represented today,” said Mrs. Absher. Mrs. Absher and Diane Bauguess, Communicable Disease Nurse at the Health Department, are the lead Health Department contacts for this team. Other team members include Wilkesboro Fire Department, and new groups are being invited throughout the process to ensure it remains comprehensive, including the Wilkes Rescue Squad and Department of Social Services. The team met twice in August to review protocol for protective gear, isolation and quarantine. North Carolina has been preparing since July for the possibility that a patient in North Carolina might be diagnosed with Ebola. For questions about Ebola, please call the NC Ebola Public Info Line at 1-800-222-1222 and select option 6.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan issued the following statement about the ongoing Ebola crisis: "I have said for weeks that travel restrictions should be one part of a broad strategy to prevent Ebola from spreading in the U.S. and fighting it in Africa." Hagan said, "I am calling on the Administration to temporarily ban the travel of non-U.S. citizens from the affected countries in West Africa." Sen Hagan also stated that although stopping the spread of this virus overseas will require a large, coordinated effort with the international community, a temporary travel ban is a prudent step the President can take to protect the American people, and Hagan said he (the President) should do so immediately.
Orientation and registration for spring semester for new students entering Wilkes Community College will be Monday, November 10, until Friday, November 14. Currently enrolled and admitted students have two options for registering for classes: online registration begins Monday, November 3, and on-campus registration will be November 10-14. A late registration day will be held Monday, January 5, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Spring semester begins Wednesday, January 7. Wilkes Community College has four divisions that offer an array of degree, certificate and diploma programs: Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences; Industrial and Workforce Development; and Business and Public Service Technologies. The two newest programs at WCC are Computer Technology Integration and Applied Animal Science Technology. Information about all programs and the spring curriculum schedule is available at www.wilkescc.edu.
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.
Found at www.AFAAction.net, the Voter Guide can help voters learn where the candidates in all 50 states stand on the pressing issues that face the nation. The guide can also be shared with friends via Facebook, Twitter, text and email, with buttons along the left-hand side of each page. Voters can also view congressional scorecards to see how Members of Congress voted on key issues. “November 4 is a time that Americans, especially Christians, must exercise their privilege—and responsibility— to vote,” said AFA Action President Tim Wildmon. An AFA Action app is also available by searching in app stores for “AFA Action.” Wildmon said the 2014 election is one of the most crucial in American history, as religious freedoms, Constitutional tenets and moral laws are being constantly violated. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July of this year, 206 million Americans were eligible to vote and 146.3 million were registered. Just over 131 million Americans voted in the 2012 presidential election—or 64 percent. Voter turnout tends to be much lower during non-presidential election years. For example, just 42 percent of voters headed to the ballot box in 2010, according to FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy. Last week, AFA debuted its new 60-minute documentary “A Time To Speak: The Threat to Religious Liberty in America,” which highlights the urgent need for Christians to pray, speak out and vote. The film will be available for viewing at www.ATimeToSpeak.com this month. Again, Voter Guides available at www.AFAAction.net
They stole his trailer apparently so they could haul off and steal his mower. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a theft from a residence on Clingman Road. The victim advised that his Bobcat zero turn lawn mower and his red dual axle trailer had been stolen. The mower was parked under his shed and the trailer was parked in a field behind his house. The stolen mower is described as a green and black 2004 Bobcat 218ES with an 18 hp Briggs & Stratton motor and 52-inch cut. The trailer is a red dual axle dump trailer with white wheels and no tailgate. The stolen mower and trailer were valued at 7600 dollars. There are currently no suspects.
There is a suspect in a local case of a stolen driver's license and Identity Theft. The local victim called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office after he was notified by an out-of-state law enforcement agency that he had an outstanding warrant in their area. The victim told that law agency that he had not been in their town and was not guilty of the charges. The victim found out that his old driver's license had been stolen and was being used by someone else. Again, there is a suspect in this ID theft case and charges are pending.