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Another Company Moving to Charlotte

Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced last week that Spectra Group Inc. will be moving its financial services delivery center to Mecklenburg County. The company plans to create 250 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2018. Governor McCrory who was on hand for the announcement at the Charlotte Chamber and said,  “This move to Charlotte will put it in the center of one of the largest banking and financial communities in the country.” Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage will be $84,996.  House Speaker Thom Tillis said, “North Carolina continues to be an excellent place to do business, and I look forward to seeing more companies like Spectra Group choose to bring jobs to our state.” For more information about Spectra Group, including job opportunities, visit


Flags At Half Staff Sunday to Honor Korean Vets

Did you noticed flags at half-staff yesterday?  Gov. Pat McCrory ordered all North Carolina state flags to be lowered to half-staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, July 27 in honor of Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs estimates that 149,754 North Carolina citizens served in Korea between 1950 and 1953. “The North Carolinians who fought in Korea helped stop the aggression of one of the most oppressive communist regimes the world has known,” Governor McCrory said. “While their sacrifice is often overlooked, tens of millions of people on the Korean peninsula are free because North Carolinians were among those who selflessly answered their country’s call to defeat tyranny.” Governor Pat McCrory will launch the state’s four-yearlong Centennial Commemoration of World War I at a wreath-laying ceremony at the North Carolina Veterans Monument on the grounds of the State Capitol Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and re-enactors will be on the State Capitol grounds throughout the day. The state’s official commemoration is under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Governor Pat McCrory said, “We sent thousands of soldiers to combat, bravely leaving loved ones to fight for freedom abroad. The War’s centennial commemoration and this ceremony present an important opportunity for North Carolinians to reflect upon the valor of those who answered their country’s call 100 years ago.” 


Children's Home Benefit Concert Tonight at Walker Center

They are celebrating an anniversary. Ebenezer Christian Children's Home has been serving children in Wilkes for 20 years.  As part of their 20th Anniversary Celebration and to help in the continuing mission of Ebenezer, a benefit gospel concert is scheduled for tonight at the Walker Center featuring Michael English and The Nelons. Ebenezer Director Jean Davis talks to us about what Ebenezer does.  AIR  And Davis talks about the benefit concert tonight to help children. AIR:  Again, The Nelons and Michael English will be in concert tonight at the Walker Center.  Proceeds benefit Ebenezer Children's Home.  Doors open at 6; concert begins at 7pm.


Took the Planters and Took the Plants

They stole the ceramic planters and the plants.  Wilkesboro Police were called to a business location on River Street.  Both stolen planters are nearly 3 feet tall and had various plants in them.  The planters were located on each side of the front door of the business.  The property owner searched with Police and said that nothing other than the planters was stolen.  The stolen property is valued at 300 dollars.  Other nearby businesses were questioned, but no one reported seeing anything. There are no surveillance cameras and are no suspects at this time.


Multiple Parking Lot Wrecks in Wilkesboro

Parking lots continue to be a dangerous place for motorists in Wilkesboro.  The Wilkesboro Police have investigated multiple parking lot wrecks already this week.  The traffic accidents were reported in the parking lots of Bojangles, Golden Coral, and Walmart.  Damages ranged from 500 to 1500 dollars.  No injuries were reported with any of the wrecks.  Two people were charged with unsafe movement and one was charged with having no driver's license.


Wal-Ka-Thon on Greenway for Children's Miracle Network

The Wilkesboro Walmart is having a Wal-Ka-Thon to benefit the Children's Miracle Network this Saturday on the Greenway.  It's the 3rd Annual Walmart Wal-Ka-Thon, and it's Saturday from 9 til 1 at the West Park Greenway location near the dental clinic.  It's a day of fun for children and adults with a hotdog wagon, dunking booth, games for kids, vendor booths, cake auction, and emergency vehicle displays.  Opening ceremony is at 9am Saturday with the Wal-Ka-Thon beginning at 9:30.  Donations will be accepted for the Children's Miracle Network.


Blood Donors Really Needed Now

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage as donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. Leigh Brock of the American Red Cross explains why there is currently a decline in donations.  AIR  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. 


NC Bills Signed into Law This Week

Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation this week that protects health care personnel who work with or near hazardous materials and antineoplastic agents (chemotherapy drugs) from disease and injury caused by exposure. House Bill 644 requires the North Carolina Department of Labor, byJanuary 1, 2016, to develop and enforce regulations that conform to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommendations. Governor McCrory also signed: Senate Bill 812 – A bill that ensures educational standards are robust, appropriate and enables students to succeed academically and professionally by reviewing Common Core standards; Senate Bill 614 – A bill which grants the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission greater flexibility to advocate for military missions, installations and infrastructure within the state; and  Senate Bill 794 --This bill directs the Industrial Commission to adopt various workers' compensation rules, and provides uniform statewide guidelines for the computing retroactive child support obligations.


Another Company Headquarters Comes to Charlotte

Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Sealed Air Corporation will establish its new global headquarters in Mecklenburg County.  The company plans to create 1,262 jobs in Charlotte by the end of 2017. “North Carolina’s business-friendly climate continues to attract corporate headquarters to the Charlotte region,” said Governor McCrory. Sealed Air is a Fortune 500 company that creates packaging and hygiene solutions and that generated revenue of approximately $7.7 billion in 2013.  Sealed Air will be relocating to Charlotte from its current headquarters in New Jersey. Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage will be $119,482.  The average annual wage in Mecklenburg County is $59,046. The project was also made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $2.5 million. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. For more information about Sealed Air, including job opportunities, visit


Scamming a Grandfather for Money

Someone was running a scam on a 75-year-old Wilkes County man this week.  The man was notified by phone that his grandson was involved in a wreck and that money was needed to post bail for the grandson.  The victim was told that 2000 dollars was needed to get his grandson out of jail after he ran a stop sign and caused a wreck.  The victim reportedly received several calls concerning the incident.  The man then went to a local drug store and bought a card and placed the 2000 dollars on the card.  When he returned home, someone called and he gave them the number off the back of the card so the money could be collected supposedly for the bail.  The man then went to the Wilkes County Jail to get his grandson and was told at that time that his grandson was not there, nor had 2000 been needed to post bail.  The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office is investigating this case, there are suspects, and charges of fraud are pending.