The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office and Fire Marshal's Office have some seasonal fire safety tips. With the holiday season upon us and winter’s low temperatures, the chances of a fire occurring in your home dramatically increase as decorations, candles and Christmas trees are the leading cause of house fires during the holidays. As for trees: Select a fresh Christmas tree that has been kept in water at all times--falling needles show that the tree is too dry and is a fire hazard; The tree stand should hold at least one gallon of water...The water level should be checked daily; and Secure the tree with wire to keep it from tipping and be sure the tree is placed at least three feet from floor heaters, fire places, or other heat sources.
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They have almost reached their goal. 3WC News received an update on 2014 Christmas Cheer Project. TOTAL DONATIONS RECEIVED as of Friday: $6,970.00. A special thanks to everyone who has donated money to the Christmas Cheer project. Without these generous donations, this project would not be possible and we encourage anyone who can to please donate to this very worthy cause. 300 Cheer Boxes containing (18) food items per box will be delivered to the needy and elderly within the town limits. Thanks to Tyson Foods for the donation of 300 chickens, Pet Dairy for the donation of 300 quarts of milk and Flowers Bakery for the donation of 300 loaves of bread. A special thanks to Just Save who provided the low bid for the other food items which are not donated. The total cost of the project is approximately $7,500. For more information on donating, contact Kay Minton, Town Clerk at 667-7129, ext. 3001.
America’s surging trade deficit with China has cost more than 3.2 million U.S. jobs, 119,600 alone in North Carolina. This ranks NC as sixth in the nation. The overwhelming majority of jobs lost are manufacturing, according to a study released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Every congressional district but one has lost net job opportunities since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the study found. “This report leaves no doubt, if there ever was any, that the nation’s staggering trade deficit with China continues to be the single biggest impediment to a true jobs recovery, especially in regions with heavy concentrations of high-tech manufacturing,” said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). The EPI study revealed that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs were lost between December 2001 and December 2013, accounting for some two thirds of all U.S. manufacturing jobs lost or displaced during that time. The states suffering the worst job losses were California (564,200 jobs), Texas (304,700), New York (179,200), Illinois (132,500), Pennsylvania (122,600), North Carolina (119,600), Florida (115,700), Ohio (106,400), Massachusetts (97,200), and Georgia (93,700).
Governor Pat McCrory was in High Point last week for the grand opening of the North American Headquarters of BuzziSpace, a manufacturer of high-end office furniture. The move, and the 113 jobs and nearly $2 million investment, was announced just 10 months ago. The headquarters will be located and operate out of the old Pickett Cotton Mill in downtown High Point. Governor McCrory used the grand opening to highlight the importance of the Historic Tax Credit, which will sunset at the end of the month. “This area was once booming with a flurry of activity but has sat idle for decades until now, thanks to BuzziSpace. Secretary Susan Kluttz and I want to mimic what we see here today across the state, and that’s exactly why the historic tax credit is so important to North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. Since 1998, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credit projects have brought nearly $1.5 billion of private investment into North Carolina through an impressive 2,483 projects. Historic rehabilitation projects have taken place in 90 of our 100 counties, from rural to suburban communities. Some are calling on lawmakers in NC to retain the Historic Tax Credit.
As we mentioned earlier this week, it seems the home break-ins have increased over the past few weeks. Well, also this week, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office has arrested two people from McGrady who were charged with several counts of breaking and entering here in Wilkes. After a month long investigation by Wilkes and Ashe County law enforcement, Chad Hawkins and Kesha Hawkins were both arrested on multiple charges including 7 counts each of breaking and entering here in Wilkes. They have also been charged with break-ins in Ashe County. Both are still in the Wilkes County Jail. His bond was set at $667,500 and her bond was set at $417,500. Over 10,000 dollars in stolen property was recovered.
It's free and open to the public and you're invited to the Wilkes Heritage Museum's Annual Christmas Open House. There will be tours, refreshments, music, and it's this Saturday from 10 til 4 at the Museum in Downtown Wilkesboro. Jennifer Furr of the Museum explains: AIR Again the Annual Open House is tomorrow from 10 til 4 at the Wilkes Heritage Museum on East Main Street, Downtown Wilkesboro.
The report does not say why...it just says she stopped the mail...and yes, that is a crime. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called regarding a disturbance in the vicinity of Osborne Sunset Drive in North Wilkesboro. According to the report, a woman had been chasing the US Mail carrier until she was finally able to block the road with her car. The woman then started blowing her horn and yelling at the mail carrier. When Deputies arrived to the scene, the woman was arrested for breach of peace and taken to the Wilkes County Jail. She did post bond and was released. The mail was also released to continue on their route.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is also investigating a couple reports of damage to property. In the first report, a property owner on Country Club Road advised that during the overnight hours someone broke the light fixtures off the tops of the brick columns which are located at the end of his driveway. Damages are listed at 85 dollars. Then a victim on Mahaffey Lane reported damage to her vehicle. The victim stated that she left her car with family members at their home. When she returned she saw the damages that included scratches to the paint around the door handle. Damages are estimated at 300 dollars. No suspects were listed with either report.
Tis the season for colds, sniffles, and influenza. And this is National Influenza Vaccination Week. If you have not received your flu shot yet, it is not too late. Flu season typically lasts through March 31, and a vaccine received now can still protect you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals with medical conditions including asthma, epilepsy, COPD, heart disease, diabetes, immune-suppressing conditions and others are at high risk for developing flu-related complications. Already 2 children and 2 adults in North Carolina have died from the flu this year. Contact your doctor, pharmacy or the Wilkes Health Department at 336-651-7449 for more information on getting a flu shot.
Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, reiterated his support for Outer Continental Shelf energy development today at a workshop in downtown Raleigh's Nature Research Center. "Exploring the potential oil and gas reserves located in the Outer Continental Shelf will solidify North Carolina’s position as an energy leader and drive us to energy independence," Governor McCrory said. Governor McCrory cited information from the Quest Offshore Resources that points toward dramatic economic benefits from OCS gas and oil development for the state. The impact to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia combined by 2035 would be 116,000 jobs, $56 billion in cumulative spending, $9 billion annually and $9.5 billion from revenue sharing. The numbers are based off of previous estimates of offshore resources. Addressing the need for environmental precautions, the governor noted that responsible resource development is in everyone’s best interest. He acknowledged there are risks associated with any type of economic and energy development and that a significant amount of investment would be needed to provide the support facilities and processing capacity required for development and production.