On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory partnered with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to recognize Family Day in North Carolina. CASA Family Day is a national initiative that encourages simple acts of communication and engagement as key ways to help prevent substance use in children and teens. The governor and first lady are committed to raising awareness of substance use, underage drinking and addiction by promoting parental involvement to help prevent substance use. First Lady McCrory said, “We encourage families and communities alike to make time to discuss these issues.”
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Following his efforts to make college more affordable, Governor Pat McCrory has applauded the inclusion of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University in a new national rankings list for best value. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was ranked 14th, while East Carolina University ranked 99th in Educate to Career’s 2017 College Rankings Index of the Top 100 Best Value Colleges. “This is further evidence that North Carolina is an outstanding place to get a top-notch, affordable college education,” said Governor McCrory. The budget signed by Governor McCrory caps university fee increases at three percent annually and freezes undergraduate tuition at all UNC system schools for students who graduate in four years, or five years for those enrolled in a five-year degree program.
The rain yesterday was needed, but it most like contributed to two separate traffic accidents. In both accidents, only one vehicle was involved and the vehicles overturned. The first wreck was about 4pm on Suncrest Orchard Road. A car ran off the road, hit a tree, and overturned. Two of the four people in the car were seriously injured and taken to the hospital. The second wreck was just minutes later on Hwy 421. A pickup ran off the road and overturned. The two people in the truck did not suffer serious injury. Again, both wrecks are believed to be weather related.
The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is investigating a couple of break-ins and thefts. In the first, a man reports that his house on Shew Ridge Mission Road and his vehicle were entered. Some prescription medication was stolen from the house and a pistol was stolen from a car. Also, resident on Wood Wallace Drive saw a suspect in her storage building. She went to call 911 and the suspect left in a SUV. A weed eater and some tools were stolen. There is a suspect in this theft, and charges are pending further investigation.
MerleFest will begin accepting entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest beginning October 1. Aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using the online entry form or by mail. The deadline to enter will be February 1, 2017. Early birds take note: During the month of October and November, all entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC) will receive an early entry discount price of $25 per entry. Submissions received in December and January will require a $30 fee per entry. To read more about the contest rules and how to enter, visit http://merlefest.org.
Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) have announced that Avadim Technologies Inc. will launch a major expansion in Buncombe County, creating 551 jobs over the next five years. Avadim will invest nearly $20.4 million in its North Carolina expansion over the five-year period. “Great companies are born in North Carolina and great companies grow here,” said Governor McCrory. Founded in 2007, Avadim Technologies, Inc. is a life sciences company, and Inc Magazine ranked Avadim Technologies as one of the 500 fastest-growing U.S. companies for 2016.
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and the Blue Ridge Electric Leadership track will be hosting a three-hour workshop by professional college consultant Elizabeth Hartley, President of Scholarship Gold, Inc. on Thursday, October 13 at 6 PM at the JE Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. This workshop is open to and essential for any college-bound student—from the freshman just starting to the junior preparing for the college application process. The content will equip student to know how to make the best decisions and find the most available funding for their college education. The cost is just $25 per student and parents can attend free of charge. To find out more about the Blue Ridge Electric Leadership Track and the College Bound Essentials Workshop, visit the “In the Community” tab at www.blueridgeemc.com
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, awarded Rep. Virginia Foxx with its biennial Guardian of Small Business Award for her outstanding support of America’s small business owners in the 114th Congress. “Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.
It's coming this Saturday. Apples, apples, apples....The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is not just this club's largest fundraiser, but has become a one of Wilkes County's biggest fundraisers. Over 100 civic, church and other non-profit organizations participate in the festival. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in Downtown North Wilkesboro is this Saturday, October 1 rain or shine.
A call by a Probation Office led to arrest for local break-in. Wilkesboro Police were called to a James Street location regarding drug paraphernalia found at the house. Officers arrived and conducted a search. Drugs were found, but also, Officers found property that was reported stolen in a Laurel Road home break-in. In that home break-in, over $4000 in stolen property was reported including jewelry, a gaming system and games, computer, power tools, and prescriptions. 24-year-old Kyle Chidester was arrested and charged with breaking, entering, and larceny.