Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., last week voted in favor of a resolution of disapproval that blocks an Obama regulation which forced states to include abortion providers as recipients of grant funding. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress may pass a resolution of disapproval to prevent, with the full force of the law, a federal agency from implementing a rule without congressional authorization. Last week the House approved five resolutions of disapproval, in addition to the eight it has already passed in the 115th Congress, to undo the most harmful aspects of President Obama's administration including forcing states to include abortion providers with funds.
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A Wilkes man was arrested for murder over the weekend. On Saturday, February 18, about 4am, the Wilkes County Communications Center received a 911 call from 59 year old Bryan Keith Hendren who stated that his brother was on his way to his home, and he was going to kill his brother. The male caller also stated that he would be awaiting for Deputies and would be cooperative when they arrived. Deputies with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 1285 Mt. Sinai road and arrived 10-12 minutes later to find the victim, Barney M. (Benny) Hendren age 63, deceased lying in the driveway of the home. The victim appeared to have suffered a single shotgun wound to the chest. Bryan Keith Hendren was sitting on his porch awaiting the Deputies. This incident appears to have been caused by a domestic dispute over land that the two had inherited. Bryan Keith Hendren was cooperative with Deputies and is currently in the Wilkes County Jail under a $250,000.00 bond after being charged with one count of Murder. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
The NC State Park Service and NC Forestry Service will be conducting a 500 acre controlled wildland burn at Stone Mtn. State Park today, Monday February 20. Expect to see heavy smoke in the northern end of the county. Controlled burns are used to manage forest across the United States.
The Wilkes-Yadkin Homebuilders Association is teaming up with Operation Finally Home, a national non-profit that builds home for injured veterans, to build a home for a local hero. An East Wilkes Graduate, Private First Class Chance Cleary was injured by an IED in Afghanistan. Park of his right leg was amputated. Chance returned to Wilkes last year and has been living in a one-room cabin. Community members stepped in to build the house. Donations are already coming in. The home to be built by the Wilkes-Yadkin Homebuilders Association Operation Finally Home for the local veteran and hero will be mortgage free.
He is being sought by law enforcement including here in Wilkes. A report was filed in Yadkin County after a 25-year-old black male from Goldsboro dumped his girlfriend out of the car and left with their 3 children. In Wilkes, an apartment rented by the girlfriend and her mother was broken into and items belonging to the children were stolen. Wilkesboro Police are investigating that break-in. Law enforcement are continuing to look for the man and the children.
Local law enforcement are looking a car that was rented a vehicle but not returned. Wilkesboro Police were called last week by McNeill Nissan. A Wilkesboro man came to the car dealership and rented a Nissan Altima on December 14th. The man used a credit card and his ID for the rental. The vehicle was never returned. The man who rented the vehicle, Kris Tharpe, was picked up by a Sheriff's Deputy. The man said he let someone else borrow the car he rented. Police are currently trying to get find the stolen car and the other person involved. The stolen car is valued at $16,000.
A couple of neighboring Towns have received grants from the state. The North Carolina Economic Infrastructure Program provides grants to local governments to fund infrastructure projects that will lead to job creation. Town of West Jefferson (Ashe County): Received a $349,410 grant to support a Downtown Redevelopment Fund project to renovate a two-story historic building, constructed in 1925, that has been vacant for 20 years. Town of Elkin (Surry County): Received a $300,000 grant to support a Downtown Redevelopment Fund project to renovate a former general store and Masonic Temple, built in 1915, has been vacant for 10 years. For additional information about N.C. Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division, visit http://www.nccommerce.com/rd.###
DO YOU KNOW WHAT HUNGER LOOKS LIKE? Wilkes Community Partnership for Children wants to explore the effect of hunger in our county. They are looking for parents of young children who are willing to come together and share their experiences through a camera lens. Participants will take pictures in our community which will become part of an educational exhibit. Contact Wilkes Partnership for Children at 336.838.0977 to learn more.
The N.C. Tomato Growers Association will conduct a statewide referendum in March to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes. Funds generated by the assessment would support research, education and marketing to promote tomatoes grown in North Carolina. The proposed assessment term is six years, beginning with the 2017 crop. All N.C. farmers engaged in the production of tomatoes on a commercial basis, including owners of farms where tomatoes are produced, tenants and sharecroppers, are eligible to vote. Ballots will be mailed to growers March 2. Those who have not received ballots by March 6 will have 10 days to apply for an official ballot from the association. Growers' Ballots must be postmarked by 5 p.m. March 23. The proposed assessment referendum must pass by a two-thirds majority.
There's a new stent at Baptist Medical. A new device, called the Absorb GT1 Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold System, was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It is the first fully absorbable stent for the treatment of coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. Most stents are made of metal and remain in the body permanently, which can produce negative side effects in some people. The new Absorb scaffold is gradually absorbed by the body and completely dissolves after about three years. Made of a biodegradable polymer, the device also releases a drug to limit the growth of scar tissue that can block the artery. The Absorb stent is currently available in more than 100 countries and has been used to treat more than 150,000 people worldwide. Wake Forest Baptist is the first hospital in the region to offer this groundbreaking treatment.