One of Governor Pat McCrory’s top efficiency initiatives, North Carolina’s Procurement Transformation Project, is saving the state an estimated $32 million over the course of three years on four major state contracts. “My administration is committed to bringing the best practices of the private sector to government,” said Governor McCrory. According to the Department of Administration, cost savings include: $14.9M in savings for office supplies/paper, $4.02M in savings for laboratory supplies, $11.6M in savings for maintenance supplies, and $1.35M in savings for food supplies. The $10M per year in costs savings is expected to substantially increase as educational institutions and local governments take advantage of the improved pricing created by this initiative. Secretary of Administration Bill Daughtridge said, “This program not only saves the public millions of dollars a year, it also improves vendor service to our state agencies and their many customers. It’s not just cheaper, it’s better.”
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Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., on the Anniversary of Roe v Wade voted in favor of legislation that would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. AIR H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, passed the House by a vote of 242 to 179. H.R. 7 also would prohibit federal medical facilities and health professionals from providing abortion services. Additionally it would prohibit individuals and small businesses from receiving federal subsidies and tax credits under Obamacare to purchase health care plans that cover abortions. Also last week, Congresswoman Foxx spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Foxx stated: I fear for both our future and our present if we continue to tolerate the death of innocent children in the womb.
Wilkes County Elementary Schools Closing at 1 pm
Wilkes County Middle and High Schools Closing at 1:30
Wilkes County Schools: No afterschool activitites and no ballgames tonight
Millers Creek Christian School Closing at 1pm
Gordan Baptist Christian School Closing at 1pm
Wilkes ADAP closing at 1pm
Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for a regular meeting and discussed several items. County Manager John Yates and County Attorney Tony Triplett asked Commissioners what they wanted to do with property now vacated due to the new jail and new Wilkes Sheriff's Office. The old jail in Wilkesboro, the Women's Jail in North Wilkesboro, the old Sheriff's Office, and the Main Street Wilkesboro CJPP Office are all now vacant. Commissioner Gary Blevins expressed some concern about selling the old jail or women's jail to a private entity. However, all the Commissioners agreed to take bids on the properties through the County website and the Journal Patriot newspaper. Concerning lease agreements at the Wilkes Airport, the Commissioners approved the Assignment and Assumption of Ground Lease to Myer Wilkes Properties LLC for MX Aircraft. MX was leasing part of a hangar, but they are now in the process of purchasing the Quest for Life Hangar that once belonged to Golden Needles.
January is Sanctity of Life Month. Yesterday was the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v Wade Decision by the Supreme Court that legalized abortion in the US. Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center opened 23 years later in 1996 and has been serving Wilkes and surrounding counties ever since. They are a nonprofit, non-denominational, non-political organization committed to providing care, compassion, information and support to anyone facing an unintended pregnancy. They offer free pregnancy tests and pregnancy support services to anyone in need. Director Susan Sturgill says their goal is support and education for women. AIR: Sturgill also said that all life is important and abortion is moral depravity. AIR Find out more about the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center at www.wilkespcc.com or by calling 838-9272.
Will the local Wilkes Hospital someday be part of a Healthcare System of Hospitals and/or medical care facilities?The Board of Directors for Wilkes Regional Medical Center this week began a process to inquire about joining WRMC with a hospital system. Currently, Wilkes Regional is a community hospital which is owned by the Town of North Wilkesboro. Any final decision concerning the hospital must be approved by the North Wilkesboro Town Board which is scheduled to meet again on February 3. The resolution approved by the WRMC Board was to get information from other hospital or healthcare systems about leasing or purchasing Wilkes Regional.
It was there that night but gone the next morning. A resident on Mtn View Ridge Drive called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office concerning the theft of his motorcycle. The victim reported that his 2007 Honda CRF 250 dirt bike was stolen from his carport during the overnight hours. The victim said he left his motorcycle outside his house one evening, and when he went out the next morning, it was gone. The 2007 Honda red and white dirt bike is valued at 2500 dollars. There is no word on who might have stolen that bike.
Thanks to the generosity of the community of Wilkes County, Our House received over 1700 coats during their annual "Give a Kid a Coat" campaign that ended in December. Many coats have already been given out to those in need by Wilkes Ministry of Hope, but they still have a large number of coats that need owners. So Our House is having a coat give away. These coats will be available at Our House on Main Street in Wilkesboro this Friday, January 23 from 10am until 5pm or until the last coat is given away. Our House has coats for men, women, and children. For more information, you can call Our House at 667-5555. And again, the coat give away at Our House in Wilkesboro is this Friday from 10 til 5 or until the last coat is given out.
It’s the biggest disaster threat to people in this country. It happens quickly, devastating lives and homes in just minutes. It’s not always in the news, but it’s happening right now somewhere in the country. According to the American Red Cross, people die daily from home fires. An astonishing 93% of all disasters the American Red Cross responds to are home fires, and unlike floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters, home fires can be preventable. More importantly, knowing about fire safety and prevention can save lives. Just one out of every ten households is prepared for the worst, including creating a fire escape plan. That’s why the Red Cross has set some goals for the next five years, including: reducing deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25% and making sure individuals are testing smoke alarms and practicing fire escape plans. For more information, visit www.redcross.org
In response to Pres Obama's State of the Union Address this week, NC Senator Richard Burr said the President has missed his opportunity to move forward with Congress. Burr said: The President began the year with an opportunity to work with Congress on policies that would help restore economic prosperity to our nation. Yet, before the State of the Union could even take place, he threatened to veto multiple bipartisan initiatives without ever seeing legislative text. Burr also stated: It is clear that the President is once again proposing to raise taxes for new Washington programs -- doubling-down on the failed policy of more taxes, more debt, and more spending and expanding the size and scope of the federal government. The President has missed his opportunity to move forward with this Congress. As for terrorism around the world Sen Burr said: The last several weeks have proven that Al-Qaeda is not decimated. It is time for the President and his Administration to admit that and to seriously attack the threat that radical Islamic terrorists present to us and the rest of the world.