April is Autism Awareness Month. Children with autism have differences in the way their brains develop and process information. They may have language delays or trouble communicating with others, perform certain unusual or repetitive behaviors, or have difficulties learning in school. No two cases of autism are exactly alike. In the past, doctors didn’t know a lot about the disorder, but new research has made it easier for children to be properly diagnosed. With early intervention and therapy, children with autism can develop the skills needed to reach their fullest potential. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov
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North Carolinians oppose billboards bill. A strong majority of North Carolina voters oppose key provisions of SB320, a bill that would force the North Carolina Department of Transportation to issue permits for billboards even if they violate local zoning and appearance laws, according to a new poll. The poll shows 68% of North Carolina voters surveyed oppose the provision overriding local rules. Opposition to this key provision of SB320 is bipartisan, with 73% of Democrats and 61% of Republicans surveyed against it. Independents also opposed key provisions of the bill by margins as high as nearly six to one. Sixty percent of voters surveyed said Gov. Pat McCrory should veto SB320 if the General Assembly passes it. Respondents also opposed the bill’s provisions allowing billboards to be moved and converted to digital billboards and increasing the amount of money NC DOT will have to pay to the owners of billboards that are condemned to permit highway expansion. “By a margin of more than four to one, North Carolinians are overwhelmingly opposed to this bill,” said Reyn Bowman, President of Scenic North Carolina, a non-profit group concerned about North Carolina’s scenic beauty.
Over $8000 in jewelry was stolen from an apartment in Wilkesboro. Ironically, the 79-year-old victim had moved the jewelry from her bedroom to a hiding place in the bathroom out of fear that someone might steal it. The stolen jewelry included diamond rings, wedding sets, necklaces, earrings, and an Italian handmade man's necklace. Again, stolen property is valued over 8000 dollars. The Wilkesboro Police do have a few leads and a suspect. Charges are pending further investigation.
Another Wilkes County victim near Elkin has called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office regarding ID Theft and Tax Fraud. The victim reported their taxes being filed without their knowledge. The victim told Sheriff's Officials that her husband`s social security number had been used to file. The victim's accountant received an email from the IRS stating that their SSN had already been used to file. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office has received several such reports since the beginning of the year. According to the IRS in tax-related identity theft, the criminal generally will use a stolen SSN to file a forged tax return and attempt to get a fraudulent refund early in the filing season. You may be unaware that this has happened until you file your return later in the filing season and discover that two returns have been filed using the same SSN. To reduce your risk of ID Theft and Tax Fraud, Don’t routinely carry your Social Security card or any document with your SSN on it. • Don’t give a business your SSN just because they ask – only when absolutely necessary. • Protect your personal financial information at home and on your computer . • Check your credit report annually. • Check your Social Security Administration earnings statement annually. • Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, anti-spam/virus software, and change passwords for Internet accounts. • Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or the Internet unless you have either initiated the contact or are sure you know who is asking.
The victim called Wilkesboro Police while hiding in her bathroom. Wilkesboro Police were called to a breaking and entering in progress at the Covington Way Apartments in the early morning hours. The woman stated that she heard someone in her apartment and went to her bathroom to call 911. When Police arrived, they searched the apartment but did not see anyone. A key to the victim's apartment was missing. It is believed that someone used the stolen key to enter the apartment looking for drugs. There is a suspect and charges are pending.
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met last week at the Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College. Before starting the business meeting, board of trustee members toured Herring Hall, which will house WCC’s Health Sciences Center. As with any renovation project of this scope, a number of issues were discovered during the construction that were not readily apparent before demolition. These have resulted in several change orders, and others yet to be processed. While some of the costs have been significant, college officials still expect the project to be completed within the original planning budget. Back in March 2013, a team visited the college from the N.C. Community College System Office to review WCC’s compliance with the Office of Civil Rights regulations. The review included examination of policies and procedures and facilities regulations associated with accessibility. Following the visit, the reviewers required the college to submit a voluntary compliance plan, including a timeline for correcting the deficiencies noted. Since the review, college facilities staff has been working to correct the findings. With the exception of items associated with restroom accessibility that require significant renovations, all findings have been resolved.
It's Thursday.... a golfing fundraiser for the CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION TEAM here in Wilkes. So get your teams together, grab your clubs, and let's help the children of Wilkes. The Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Our House and the Child Abuse Prevention Team is 18 Holes - Four Man Captain’s Choice, Thursday, April 16th- 2015, at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. Registration & Lunch @ 11:30 am with Tee Off- Shotgun Start @ 1:00 pm Prizes for: Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Straightest Drive, & Much More! The cost is $60 each/$240 per 4-some and Includes: 18 holes, cart, lunch and prizes! For more information, call Our House at 667-5555.
The Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Endowment recently awarded $5,000 to Wilkes Community College to use for student scholarships during the 2014-2015 academic year. Five WCC students received WAW-funded scholarships this year: Kenneth Gilvear, from Deep Gap; Jessica Hinnant, from Boone; Cory Shawn Pennington, from West Jefferson; Jennifer Leigh Powell, from Ronda; and Kayla Renea Martin from North Wilkesboro. The scholarship is awarded to students who are residents of Watauga, Ashe or Wilkes counties and maintain a 2.5 GPA. The Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Endowment was established in 2001 to make a difference in students’ lives by giving them an educational opportunity that they may not have had before receiving the scholarship. The Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Endowment is governed by the North Carolina Community Foundation and is a 501(c)(3) organization.
NCTracks, the claims payment system implemented by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on July 1, 2013, has earned certification by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS found that NCTracks, the largest IT project in North Carolina's history, meets the federal government's stringent requirements for accurate and timely payment of claims for medical services submitted by health care providers. This certification will result in an infusion of about $19 million from CMS to the state because the federal government will now bear more of the cost of its operation. Retroactive to the July 1, 2013, go-live date, CMS will now cover 75 percent of NCTracks' annual operating costs, instead of the 50 percent it has covered since the system went live. This results in approximately $19 million in additional federal funding to the state.
While he was out of town, a thief stopped by. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a Miller's Creek home break-in. The victim said that he had been out of town for a few days. When he returned, he noticed that someone had broken into his house and his outbuilding. Several things were stolen including a Colt 308, a Modular Carbine with conversion kit, a 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, a key hole saw, and cans of racing fuel. Stolen property was valued at nearly 3000 dollars. There was a witness in the neighborhood who reported seeing a car in his driveway and a white male walking around the house while the victim was away. The investigation is continuing.