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Coming to NC First

Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced that Tosaf USA, Inc. is planning to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Gaston County, creating 75 jobs in five years and investing approximately $13.1 million over the next three years in Bessemer City.  “That Tosaf USA would choose North Carolina for its first U.S. manufacturing plant says volumes about what we have to offer,” said Governor McCrory. The parent company of Tosaf USA, Tosaf Compounds Ltd., is based in Israel and specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of advanced polymers and compounds.  The company’s products are used by plastic molders and processors serving a wide range of industries including automotive, medical, electrical and packaging.  The Bessemer City facility will be its first entry into the U.S. market.



Early Morning Earthquake Felt in Wilkes

If you live in Caldwell, Wilkes, and surrounding areas--then perhaps you felt some shaking this morning.  According to the US Geological Survey, a 3.0 magnitude earthquake occurred just before 2am today.  The epicenter of the early morning quake was 10 miles north of Lenoir.  Several reported feeling some odd shaking and roaring sounds in nearby areas including Ronda, Deep Gap, North Wilkesboro, Purlear, Ferguson, and Hamptonville.  3WC News has not heard of any injuries.  Many still remember that back in August of 2011, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia was felt here in Wilkes.  That quake 3 years ago caused damages in the Washington, DC area.


Property Damage by Mistaken Identity

It seems it was damage to property by mistaken identity.  Wilkesboro Police were called to Wilkes Community College last week regarding damage to a vehicle in the parking lot.  Someone had scratched words and pictures into the paint on the vehicle.  The victim was visiting the college for the first time to see if their son wanted to attend school there, so they were clueless as to who would want to do this.  Campus Security is checking surveillance video for a suspect.  However, they believe it was a case of mistaken identity.  There is a male student on campus with a similar vehicle, and it is believed that the vandalism was aimed at the student and not the victim.  Damages are estimated at 400 dollars.


Wrecked and Then Stolen

First his car was involved in a wreck, next it stopped running, and then it was stolen. A North Wilkesboro man called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office last week.  He reported that he was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Wilkesboro.  He then drove his car home, but on the way back to work, the vehicle stopped running on River Road.  He had to call someone to come get him.  Later his insurance company called and said they would send a truck to tow his car, but when they went to get the car, it was gone.  The investigation is continuing.


County Commissioners' Meeting Tomorrow

The Wilkes County Commissioners will hold their next regularly scheduled meeting for the month on Tuesday, December 16 at 7pm in the County Office Building.  On the agenda for the upcoming Commissioners' meeting is appointments for the High Country Rural Planning Organization, Approval of Assignment of a Lease at the Wilkes Airport, a Financial report for the county, and other appointments.  Again the next County Commissioners' Meeting is Tuesday at 7pm.  Also, 3WC News has received word of a special called meeting by county commissioners this month. There will be a “Special Called” meeting of the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners on Monday, December 22, 2014, at 5:30 P.M. in the Commissioners’ Board Room located at 110 North Street, Wilkesboro, NC.  The purpose of the called meeting is to consider the qualifications, competence, performance or conditions of appointment of a public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee.  


Christmas Tree Fire Safety

The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office and Fire Marshal's Office have some seasonal fire safety tips. With the holiday season upon us and winter’s low temperatures, the chances of a fire occurring in your home dramatically increase as decorations, candles and Christmas trees are the leading cause of house fires during the holidays.  As for trees:  Select a fresh Christmas tree that has been kept in water at all times--falling needles show that the tree is too dry and is a fire hazard; The tree stand should hold at least one gallon of water...The water level should be checked daily; and Secure the tree with wire to keep it from tipping and be sure the tree is placed at least three feet from floor heaters, fire places, or other heat sources.


North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project Update

They have almost reached their goal.  3WC News received an update on 2014 Christmas Cheer Project.   TOTAL DONATIONS RECEIVED as of Friday:  $6,970.00.   A special thanks to  everyone who has donated money to the Christmas Cheer project.  Without these generous donations, this project would not be possible and we encourage anyone who can to please donate to this very worthy cause.  300 Cheer Boxes containing (18) food items per box will be delivered to the needy and elderly within the town limits.  Thanks to Tyson Foods for the donation of 300 chickens, Pet Dairy for the donation of 300 quarts of milk and Flowers Bakery for the donation of 300 loaves of bread.  A special thanks to Just Save who provided the low bid for the other food items which are not donated.   The total cost of the project is approximately $7,500.  For more information on donating, contact Kay Minton, Town Clerk at 667-7129, ext. 3001.


NC Losing Jobs to China

America’s surging trade deficit with China has cost more than 3.2 million U.S. jobs, 119,600 alone in North Carolina. This ranks NC as sixth in the nation. The overwhelming majority of jobs lost are manufacturing, according to a study released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).  Every congressional district but one has lost net job opportunities since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the study found. “This report leaves no doubt, if there ever was any, that the nation’s staggering trade deficit with China continues to be the single biggest impediment to a true jobs recovery, especially in regions with heavy concentrations of high-tech manufacturing,” said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). The EPI study revealed that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs were lost between December 2001 and December 2013, accounting for some two thirds of all U.S. manufacturing jobs lost or displaced during that time. The states suffering the worst job losses were California (564,200 jobs), Texas (304,700), New York (179,200), Illinois (132,500), Pennsylvania (122,600), North Carolina (119,600), Florida (115,700), Ohio (106,400), Massachusetts (97,200), and Georgia (93,700).


More NC Jobs and Historic Tax Credit

Governor Pat McCrory was in High Point last week for the grand opening of the North American Headquarters of BuzziSpace, a manufacturer of high-end office furniture. The move, and the 113 jobs and nearly $2 million investment, was announced just 10 months ago. The headquarters will be located and operate out of the old Pickett Cotton Mill in downtown High Point. Governor McCrory used the grand opening to highlight the importance of the Historic Tax Credit, which will sunset at the end of the month.  “This area was once booming with a flurry of activity but has sat idle for decades until now, thanks to BuzziSpace.  Secretary Susan Kluttz and I want to mimic what we see here today across the state, and that’s exactly why the historic tax credit is so important to North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory.  Since 1998, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credit projects have brought nearly $1.5 billion of private investment into North Carolina through an impressive 2,483 projects. Historic rehabilitation projects have taken place in 90 of our 100 counties, from rural to suburban communities. Some are calling on lawmakers in NC to retain the Historic Tax Credit.



Two Arrested for a List of Break-Ins

As we mentioned earlier this week, it seems the home break-ins have increased over the past few weeks.  Well, also this week, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office has arrested two people from McGrady who were charged with several counts of breaking and entering here in Wilkes.  After a month long investigation by Wilkes and Ashe County law enforcement, Chad Hawkins and Kesha Hawkins were both arrested on multiple charges including 7 counts each of breaking and entering here in Wilkes.  They have also been charged with break-ins in Ashe County. Both are still in the Wilkes County Jail.  His bond was set at $667,500 and her bond was set at $417,500.  Over 10,000 dollars in stolen property was recovered.