MerleFest, slated for April 23-26, 2015, has announced their lineup of singers and musicians for the upcoming music festival. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, blues, country, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” Tickets for MerleFest 2015 are now on sale and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.
Your Hometown Christian Radio Station. WWWC Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
As winter weather makes headlines, N.C. DHHS wants to remind North Carolinians about the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Applications are still being accepted through March 2015 or until funding is exhausted. LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides almost $51 million toward helping eligible households pay their heating bills. To be eligible, households must meet income requirements, have reserves at or below $2,250 and be responsible for paying its own heating bills. For more information, contact Wilkes DSS.
Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The Keystone Bill passed the Senate 62 to 36 and passed the House 266 to 153. “The President has vetoed Congress’s first jobs bill of 2015, Keystone XL. The legislation is a bipartisan, commonsense measure that garnered support with the American people and was granted a favorable ruling by the President’s State Department.” Sen Burr also said, “It's clear from the President's first veto that he has no intention on working with Congress to create jobs here." The President's Veto of the Pipeline was the third for his presidency.
Next year, we're not letting the Groundhog out of his hole on Groundhog day. Back-to-back winter storms are bringing snowfall to much of the state twice in three days, a rarity for North Carolina. On Tuesday, snow totals ranged from 1 to 4 inches. Accumulations from the second snow storm are forecast to bring an additional 3 to 6 inches of snow across most of the state. Governor McCrory activated the State Emergency Operations Center Wednesday afternoon and is prepared to declare a state of emergency if needed. Real-time weather and road conditions and shelter openings, as well as winter safety tips, can be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or online at www.readync.org web site. Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions. Motorists are reminded to call 911 for emergencies only and refrain from calling the State Highway Patrol Communication Centers for roadway conditions.
All Wilkes County Basketball Games scheduled for tonight are postponed
Wilkes Corn Production Meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, march 3 at 6:30
Wilkes Cattlemen's meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26, has been canceled and rescheduled for next Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 pm
Churches Cancelling Services Tonight:
Mt Carmel Bapt in Moravian Falls
Baptist Home Church
First Baptist Church on Main St North Wilkesboro
Lewis Fork Baptist Church
Unity Missionary Baptist on Boone Trail
Roaring River Baptist Church
Millers Creek Baptist Church
Friendly Grove Baptist of Millers Creek
Haymeadow Baptist Church
Bethany Baptist on Brushy Mtn Rd
Over 5500 dollars in property was stolen from some rental property in North Wilkesboro. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called over the weekend concerning the theft. The victim said that she had multiple items stolen from her old rental property. She stated that she had given the landlord a 30-day notice that she was going to be moving out. When she returned to gather her belongings, everything from the house had been removed. Stolen property included a Mitshibushi 70-inch TV, wrap around couch, Dell flatscreen computer, computer chair, house telephone, dryer, lawn chair, TV stand, DVD player, surround sound, Century Link phone box, and DVD's. Again stolen property was valued at 5560 dollars, there is a suspect, and charges are pending further investigation.
It's another theft from vehicle that happened during the overnight hours. Just yesterday we reported on a theft of hubcaps and lug nuts from a car parked under the victim's carport. The theft happened sometime during the night-time hours. Now a Hays resident has called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office with a similar report. This time the victim states that someone took the wheels and tires from their 2000 Nissan Altima. Again, the theft happened during the night. Stolen property is valued at 600 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
Looks like it's back to the drawing board at least for now on the Proposed Raw Water Intake Project from W Kerr Scott Reservoir with water lines to the two towns. The lowest of the bids for construction recently submitted were millions of dollars higher than anticipated. Local Officials from Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, and the County all met on Friday to discuss what to do next. Officials want to re-do the plans and re-submit for bids with hopes of lowering the cost. However, any re-design of the project will need to be approved by the US Army Corps of Engineers. So, it could be months before the new bids could be requested for the Raw Water Intake Project.
They're coming from 15 counties to WCC this weekend. Wilkes Community College will host the Region 7 SkillsUSA Conference and Career Showcase on Friday, February 27, 2015, from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. This annual educational and professional development activity is open to all SkillsUSA members and advisors, CTE students, business and industry partners and educational partners. In 2014, the event drew over 500 high school student competitors and career showcase participants from the high schools in the 15 counties that make up Region 7: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin, as well as the Home School Association of North Carolina and Christian schools. There were over 75 business and industry representatives on site to participate in or view the contests. This year organizers expect approximately 400 students from 17 high schools in Region 7 will take part in the event. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
Historic low temperatures caused members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation to set a peak high record for electricity demand due to heating needs. Early Friday, the cooperative’s nearly 74,000 members used 383 megawatts of electricity, which is over 10 percent higher than normal. Cooperative members also reached this same peak usage level during extreme cold temperatures around this same time period last year. Blue Ridge Electric also thanked members for helping the cooperative coordinate with its wholesale power provider to conserve electricity as requested on Thursday and Friday mornings. These efforts helped ease the strain on the power grid created by high electricity demand for heating due to extreme low temperatures all across the region. More winter weather could be on the way this weekend. If members experience outages, call PowerLine: 1-800-448-2383. The cooperative provides an online outage map at www.BlueRidgeEMC.com