North Carolina officials are working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to transition displaced residents from emergency shelters in flooded areas to more stable temporary housing. At the height of the emergency on Oct. 9, there were over 4,000 people housed in 81 shelters. By Friday that number was down to about 900 people in 20 shelters. “Getting families out of shelters and into stable housing is one of my top priorities through our North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund and the Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee we have established,” said Governor Pat McCrory. A state-led housing task force that includes FEMA, local and voluntary agencies and the private sector is working to identify as many options as possible to keep families close to their home communities.
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Governor Pat McCrory joined state and local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to begin improvements on a 20-mile portion of the historic Business 40 highway between I-40 east of Kernersville and I-40 west of Winston-Salem. The governor also announced that former Business 40 will now be known as the Salem Parkway. In September, the state announced the award of a contract for the Business 40 Improvement Project. The project will streamline portions of the highway through the downtown section of the city, creating a safer roadway.
We've collected less, but then the tax rate is lower. According to Wilkes Finance Director Jerry Shepherd, so far for the year- Wilkes County has collected $36,000 less than we did last year. At this week's County Commissioners' meeting, Shepherd reminded everyone that the thing to keep in mind is the lowered the tax rate from .69 to .67, so naturally the County will collect less tax this year than last year. The tax collections were about $2.9 million short for the month of September – but in August, the collections were about $2.9 million more than in August of last year. So for all 3 months of the current fiscal year added together, the County has collected only $36,000 less than this same time last year.
If you're voting before General Election Day of November 8, then now is the time. The polls are open in North Carolina. Yesterday marked the first of 17 days of one-stop absentee voting. The early voting period also offers “same-day registration,” allowing any individuals eligible to vote who aren’t yet registered in their county of residence to register and vote at the same time at any early voting location in their county. As of October 1-- more than 6.7 million voters were registered in the state, more voters than at an y other time in history. Also, more than 23,100 voters had returned absentee ballots as of Friday, Oct. 7. Early voting times in Wilkes are October 20 and 21 (8:30 to 5); Oct 24 - 28 (8:30 to 5); Oct 31 - Nov 2 (8:30 to 5); Nov 3 & 4 (8:30 to 6:30); and Saturday, Nov 5 (8:30 to 1). As for mail-in ballots, requests must be delivered to the county board of elections office no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 1. Completed Ballots should be returned to the county board of elections office no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 8.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., will host a U.S. Service Academy Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wilkesboro Civic Center, 1241 School Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. The event will help familiarize students with the application and nomination process for applying to the nation's five military service academies. Representatives from all five academies will be in attendance. The event will allow local students the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice about the admissions process. High school students of all ages and their parents are encouraged to attend. Individuals wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 1-866-677-8968.
Make a Difference Day is tomorrow. The Wilkes County Commissioners voted to pass the proclamation for October 22, 2016, which will be Wilkes County's 19th Make a Difference Day. The work done on these day are estimated to have a cost savings of over $300,000. Last year, over 265 volunteers completed 76 projects which included: building ramps, washing windows, raking leaves, building steps, collecting soup, delivering meals, spreading mulch, and underpinning. County Commissioners urge Wilkes residents to get together with family, friends, fellow employees, and religious, civic, and school groups to make a difference with a project for the community tomorrow.
Governor Pat McCrory announced this week that the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the firebombing that occurred at the Orange County Republican Headquarters. On Sunday morning, October 16, 2016, at approximately 8:58 a.m., it was reported through the Orange County Communications Center that a fire had occurred at the Headquarters located in Hillsborough. The fire caused significant damage before extinguishing itself. The SBI is investigating the fire.
Governor Pat McCrory announced this week in a state address that he has established a Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee to coordinate rebuilding after the storm. The Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee will help meet five objectives: to raise money for those in need through the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, particularly in regards to providing permanent housing; reopen and rebuild critical infrastructure as fast and as safe as possible; implement a comprehensive strategy for how to rebuild towns and communities; assess the storm's financial impact on state industries, and develop an economic recovery plan; and finally, to implement a plan for any needed legislative action for any additional relief funding.
A motorcycle rider was hurt in a wreck in downtown Wilkesboro this week. Wilkesboro Police advised that a North Wilkesboro man in a car was traveling East on Hwy 268 toward Oakwoods Road. A motorcycle was also traveling in front of the car. The motorcycle slowed to make a right turn onto Corporation Street when he was hit from behind by the car. The motorcycle driver was taken by Wilkes EMS to WRMC. The driver of the car, Warren Whiteside, was charged with failure to reduce speed.
For many years, Chatham Manufacturing was the main business and primary employer of many residents in and around Elkin. That plant was sold and closed long ago. Some of the buildings from the old plant are being rented by Duvaltex. Recently, the entire property was purchased by JW Industrial LLC, a company based in Charlotte. JW Industrial purchases large industrial and warehouse buildings. They renovate and develop buildings that can be reused and then demolish the buildings which are no longer able to be utilized. That is the plan for the Chatham property in Elkin. Already, one building has been cleaned and should be ready to rent in a few weeks. Economic planners in Elkin have also announced plans for an Advanced Auto and possibly a Hardees on CC Camp Road.