The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has issued a stop-sale order for three types of Everclear brand motor oil after the products failed tests for viscosity standards. Viscosity refers to the thickness of the oil offered for sale, and its ability to protect against engine wear. “Only one of 96 samples of these products passed our inspection,” said Stephen Benjamin, director of the NCDA&CS Standards Division. The order applies to bottles of Everclear 5W30, 10W30 and 10W40 motor oil. The products are distributed by Everclear Oil in Austintown, Ohio. In addition to failing a viscosity test, the products are not labeled according to industry standards. Retailers or distributors with this product in stock should return it to their suppliers. Inspectors with the NCDA&CS Standards Division have already held 175 cases of product at distribution centers located in Greensboro and Charlotte. Consumers who have bottles of this motor oil should return it to the place of purchase. Everclear was notified of the problems, but has yet to respond to the Standards Division.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure small farmers are treated fairly in new food safety regulations. Hagan and Senator Jon Tester (MT) included an amendment in 2010’s Food Safety Modernization Act that protects small farmers from excessive regulations. However, new rules proposed by the FDA left a number of terms inadequately defined when determining whether a farm qualifies for small operations food safety requirements. Hagan said, “One size does not fit all, and the FDA must follow through and ensure that final rules do not unnecessarily threaten the livelihood of local farmers and hurt economic growth.” Hagan and Tester’s amendment clarified that family farmers and smaller producers would continue to be overseen by local and state food safety and health agencies. Agriculture is North Carolina's largest industry, generating $77 billion in economic activity and employing nearly one-fifth of the state's workforce.
A problem with an electrical panel is being blamed for a fire this morning in North Wilkesboro. Someone passing by Ferrellgas on Wilkesboro Blvd just after 2am today saw smoke and called 911. North Wilkesboro Fire Department arrived on the scene and quickly put out the fire that was contained to the attic portion of the business. There was water and smoke damage to the interior of the building; only the attic and roof suffered fire damages. There were no reports of injuries.
According to the tag number, the thieves are from out of town. Wilkesboro Police were called to Lowes Home Improvement regarding a theft of 1500 dollars in tools. Store employees told Police that a white male and white female were observed entering the store. They got a shopping cart and put inside it a leaf blower, pressure washer, and 4 different DeWalt cordless drills. The couple them left the store without paying, loaded up their car, and left. Store staff got a description of the couple, their car, and a tag number. Police ran the tag number which came back to someone in Caldwell County. A BOLO was issued for the vehicle and charges are pending. Police also have the theft by the couple on in-store video which was seized as evidence.
A local business called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office this week regarding a theft by using a bad check. The report was filed by The Logger Shop of Wilkesboro. It seems someone came into the store and purchased a chainsaw and some pre-mix fuel. The amount of the purchase was 592 dollars that the suspect paid for with a check. The Logger Shop later determined by talking with the bank that the check was written on a fake account. The business did get a surveillance picture of the suspect and charges are pending.
Two local Wilkes residents discovered a broken window and a theft at their home this week. In the first report, a North Wilkesboro homeowner found their house had been forcibly entered by someone breaking a window. The only thing reported stolen was a flatscreen TV. In the second report, a Ronda resident said they went to town and returned to find a broken window at their house. This time the thief stole prescription medication and some cigarettes. No suspects were listed with either report. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating both break-ins.
Her wallet was lost and found at Walmart, but the money was gone. A Purlear resident called the Wilkesboro Police following an incident at Walmart. The woman was shopping with her husband. When they went to pay for their purchases, she realized her wallet was missing from her pocket. She contacted store personnel and discovered the wallet had been turned in to lost and found. However, the 100 dollars in cash was missing from the wallet. Store management reviewed store video which appears to show an employee remove the cash before turning in the wallet. The investigation is still underway and charges are pending.
A 7-year-old Wilkes County girl wants to give back and has started her own non-profit organization called Luke's Love in honor of her late- Uncle Luke. In May of this year, 7-year-old Jaycee Hobbs fell, severely injured her arm, and spent several weeks at Brenners. Now Jaycee wants to give back, so Luke's Love is doing a craft show and sale at Wilkes Community College on Saturday with proceeds going to Brenners. Area TV stations have heard about Jaycee's mission and her story has gone viral. Many businesses have donated items including all the major restaurants in Wilkes have donated 50, 100, and 200 dollar gift cards to be used as door prizes and in raffles associated with the Craft Show on Saturday. Jaycee's mom Kim Hobbs says they have over 5000 dollars in crafts and other items such as Coach Bags, candles, jewelry, and gift baskets from area stores. Again, the big Craft Show and Sale with door prizes and raffles is this Saturday at WCC from 10 til 4 at the Commons Area. Admission is free.
According to the latest report, donations are coming in very slowly. The 2013 North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project is well underway again for families living within the city limits. Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected, and 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel to be delivered on Friday, December 20th. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. The most recent bid set the total cost of the project at $7,074 (not including tax), and thus far, $4,800.00 has been received. Approximately, 2300 dollars is still needed. Please send donations to Kay Minton, Town of North Wilkesboro, P O Box 218, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659; or drop off at Town Hall.
Tomorrow, December 7th, is the anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. It was a Sunday morning in 1941, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radar operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. According to www.history.com--at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes descended on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious surprise attack that struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States into World War II. With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security. Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded, many while valiantly attempting to repulse the attack. The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." After a brief and forceful speech, Roosevelt asked Congress for and was given a resolution for war.