Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is pleased to once again be the official medical provider at the Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament, scheduled for Aug. 20-27. Medical experts from Wake Forest Baptist will serve a dual role during this year’s tournament. While they will provide care for the competitors, they will also offer health information to spectators. In addition to caring for the athletes, experts from Wake Forest Baptist will offer ticketholders many opportunities, including free shoe fittings, advice from a physical therapist, information about aging and Alzheimer’s programs and ways to protect children from severe injuries.
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North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased below the national average to 4.7 percent in July. “As home to one of the fastest growing economies in the country, North Carolina’s unemployment rate has now dropped below the national average and more than 300,000 new jobs have been added since 2013,” said Governor McCrory. The unemployment rate is now lower than it has been since May 2007 and the size of the labor force is 2.9 percent larger than in January 2013.
The 15th annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign has been going on for over a month. Communities in Schools thanks all those who have given and encourages you to help them organize and get ready for schools to pick up supplies Monday and Tuesday. AIR The school supplies will be given to counselors and social workers at each Wilkes County elementary, middle and high schools on Monday, August 22 or Tuesday, August 23 from the CIS office. School personnel will then distribute the items to students in need of school supplies. The first optional teacher workday is August 17th, and the first required workday is scheduled for August 22nd. Wilkes County Schools will welcome back students on August 29.
When a disabled man dropped his newspaper and some cash, someone stopped to pick it up for him but then drove away. Wilkesboro Police were called to a local parking lot regarding a theft. The victim stated that he dropped his paper and a one-hundred dollar bill beside his truck. Due to his disability, the man was unable to get out of the truck quickly. A car drove up with two women inside and one got out, walked over, picked up the hundred dollars and then left. The victim yelled for her to stop. He got the license tag number of the car and called Police. The Police were able to get a name and address from the tag number, but they have been unable to locate the suspect. Charges and an arrest are pending.
There is a suspect in a theft this week at a Bethany Ford Road location. The victim reported that an extension ladder and some cash was stolen. No other property was reported stolen. The victim did have a possible suspect in mind. Charges are pending further investigation.
Local authorities are still looking for a blue Dodge Van involved in a hit and run on Hwy 268 in Ronda. The hit and run happened Monday evening before 7pm. The 30-year-old female victim was walking along Hwy 268 when she was hit by the van. She was transported by Wilkes EMS to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released. The blue Dodge van was last seen going North on Cemetery Street in Ronda. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation, they do have a suspect, and charges are pending.
She was wearing some stolen property, had stolen items in her pocketbook, and had some drug paraphernalia. Wilkesboro Police were called to Kohls concerning a shoplifter. Store staff had stopped the 49-year-old white female after watching her exit the dressing room with less than she took in and watching her rip tags off jewelry to stuff in her purse. After Police arrived, a search was done which revealed the woman was wearing stolen items and other stuff was in her pocketbook along with a small amount of marijuana and some drug paraphernalia. A check of the woman's name did not reveal a past criminal history, so she was given a citation for misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor drug possession before being released.
Medical students from Wake Forest School of Medicine will offer free screenings and health education to the public at the inaugural Boomer "Share the Health" Fair. The event will be held on Saturday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thankful Community Center, 416 Thankful Church Road, Boomer NC, 28606. It is sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Wake Forest School of Medicine, the Northwest Area Health Education Center, and the Thankful Community Club. A variety of screenings will be offered along with health education for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, exercise, nutrition and mental health and wellness. Individuals found to have health issues that require further attention will be given referrals and information about additional steps they should take. Spanish-language interpreters also will be present. The fair is open to adults and children regardless of age, insurance coverage, income level and/or immigration status.
Governor Pat McCrory applauded today’s announcement that the 2017 AIM Convention will be held in Charlotte, and welcomed positive economic numbers in the city and statewide. “This is just another example of how North Carolina continues to be a global destination for jobs, business, tourists and talent,” Governor McCrory said. The AIM (Auxiliaries in Ministry) Convention is organized by The Church of God in Christ, the oldest Pentecostal denomination in the world, with churches in over 82 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million people. The annual convention regularly draws 10,000 to 15,000 attendees and is expected to bring $14 million in revenue to the city. The total number of hotel rooms booked in Charlotte so far from July 2016 to July 2017 is up 3.2 percent from the same time last year, according to the most recent Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority report.
To better improve survival rates among victims of trauma, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is providing lifesaving hemorrhage control kits to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. This partnership is the first of its kind in North Carolina. These kits have the capability of saving lives in an active shooter event or any incident where victims often die from arterial bleeding while waiting for the scene to be safe enough for paramedics to enter. State troopers are often the first to arrive on the scene of a traumatic injury. "The Highway Patrol is appreciative of the long-standing partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and we are excited about the life saving possibilities that these trauma kits present," said Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The trauma center at Wake Forest Baptist purchased 200 of these kits which are in the process of being distributed to the more than 100 state troopers who are EMS trained. The remainder of the kits will be used as replacements.