The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Wilkes Community College a $4,000 grant to support the Ashe Family Literacy program in 2016-2017. This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Ashe Family Literacy is located at Ashe Family Central in Jefferson. Classes begin August 22 and are held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout the school year. Transportation is also available. Students may enroll during the class time or by calling 336-902-8611. Visit www.facebook.com/AsheFamilyLiteracy to learn more. Ashe Family Literacy is a program offered by Wilkes Community College and also receives support from the Ashe County Partnership for Children, the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge and donations from generous individuals.
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Wilkes isn't the only place with a Greenway. On Friday, our mountain neighbors received state funding for a Greenway Bridge Linking Boone and Blowing Rock. Governor Pat McCrory joined state and local officials Friday to announce a $145,000 grant to help fund a key pedestrian bridge on the Middle Fork Greenway. The grant was funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation Contingency Fund. The 90-foot bridge is part of the 6.5-mile Middle Fork Greenway connecting Boone to Blowing Rock. The bridge will also help provide access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and North Carolina’s cross-state Mountains to Sea Trail. Greenways are an increasingly important part of the state’s transportation network. In 2015, Governor McCrory unveiled his 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, which includes the expansion of bicycle and pedestrian networks as a statewide goal.
Governor Pat McCrory announced recently that visitation to North Carolina's state sites, attractions and museums is up compared to last year. From Fiscal Year 2014-15 to Fiscal Year 2015-16 ending June 30, 2016, total visitation to the state's natural and cultural sites increased by nearly 1.8 million visitors, or 7.7 percent. “Data shows that visitors from within our state and across the country and world are flocking to North Carolina to experience our natural beauty and quality of life that is second to none," Governor McCrory said. The top two divisions within the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that experienced increased attendance were the North Carolina Museum of Art, which saw an increase of 34.4 percent, and North Carolina State Parks, which saw an increase of 11 percent.
They used her name on the card. Wilkesboro Police were called to investigate a case of financial fraud and ID theft last week. The victim told Police that someone had opened a Walmart credit card in her name and using her Social Security Number. The victim discovered the ID theft after the store called her to report that the card in her name was maxed out and needed to be paid. The Wilkes victim reported that she had never opened a credit card with Walmart and had never received a card statement from them. Police are attempting to determine more information from the store. There are a couple of suspects in this theft and charges are pending.
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, August 11, at the WCC-Alleghany Center in Sparta. Before the business session began, Judge Richard L. Doughton, N.C. Special Superior Court Judge, administered the oath of office to reappointed trustees Katrina Miller and Gerald Lankford and to newly appointed trustee Bob Hege. Newly appointed trustee Tracy Walker will take the oath of office at a later date. The building and grounds committee announced that Ameresco is the energy services company of choice for the guaranteed energy savings performance contract. College maintenance staff and trade contractors have been busy this summer making renovations to the Wilkes Early College High School (WECHS) space in Randolph Hall. Renovations will be complete prior to the start of school in August. The board gave authority to the finance committee to approve the 2016-2017 state budget allocation and other budget related items. Colleges are scheduled to receive their state budget allocations on August 19. The board approved appropriations for the 2016-2017 fiscal year from: County of Wilkes: $3,334,495, capital outlay of $150,000, and salary supplement (3%) of $366,000; County of Ashe: $358,918; and County of Alleghany: $93,646. The board also approved the 2016-2017 schedule of student fees and fines.
A 50-year-old white female from Wilkesboro was given a citation for shoplifting after being caught by store personnel. Wilkesboro Police were called to Kohls concerning a woman who was detained for shoplifting. The woman was observed by store staff putting several items in her pocketbook. All but one of the items were recovered. The woman was given a citation for shoplifting and released.
Wilkes County Commissioners will meet Tuesday evening for their regularly scheduled meeting. On the agenda is some budget amendments, Wilkes Transportation Authority Update, Wilkes EMS franchise vote, and a discussion of the Mountain to Sea State Trail. Commissioners will have a time of public concerns at 6:45pm with the meeting starting at 7pm Tuesday in the County Office Building.
The 15th annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign is underway again through August 19. Things such as pencils and paper, backpacks, 3-ring binders, staplers, folders, highlighters, and notebooks are being collected for students in the Wilkes County School system. Drop off boxes for school supplies are at Walmart and Big Lots, both on U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro and at the Dollar General stores in Millers Creek, North Wilkesboro, across from C.C. Wright School and near Central Wilkes Middle School. School supplies may also be dropped off at the office of Communities In Schools on Cherry Street in the Wilkes County Schools’ administration building. The school supplies will be given to counselors and social workers at each Wilkes County elementary, middle and high schools on Monday, August 22 or Tuesday, August 23 from the CIS office. School personnel will then distribute the items to students in need of school supplies. The first optional teacher workday is August 17th, and the first required workday is scheduled for August 22nd. Wilkes County Schools will welcome back students on on August 29.
High school athletes can get your sports physical now through the Wilkes County Health Department’s MESH Unit. During the month of August, sports physicals will be Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-12:15pm and 1:30pm-4:15pm. Sports Physicals were offered at area high schools last week. If you would like more information, or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 336-651-7450. To download a copy of the Summer MESH Sports Physical Clinics and Sports Physical form please visit our website at www.wilkeshealth.com/services/teens/mesh-school-health/.
In addition to clothes and school supplies, Wake Forest Baptist Medical offers a Back to School Healthy Checklist. For a healthy start to the school year, Julie Linton, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offer these reminders. Immunizations--North Carolina law requires children to receive certain vaccines. Immunization records are checked upon entering child care, kindergarten, seventh grade and college. Medications and Medical Conditions--Children who regularly take medication at school are required to bring a completed authorization form to have it administered at school. For more information on Immunizations and Medication Forms, contact the Wilkes Health Dept or you family doctor.