The American Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after about 37,000 fewer donations were given in November and December than expected, including nearly 950 here in the Carolinas Blood Services Region. Donations are critically needed now so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments. In Wilkes this month there are 4 Red Cross Blood Drives planned with the first one today at East Wilkes Middle School on January 12 from 2:30 til 7. Also this month, Blood Drives are at: Bethel Baptist Church in Hays on January 21 from 9:30 til 2; Sweet Frog of Wilkesboro on the 25th from 2:30 til 7; and Temple Hill United Methodist Church on Somers Road on the 26th from 3 til 7:30.
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It was when she tried to use her debit card to pay for a meal that discovered she was victim of ID Theft and Fraud. The North Wilkesboro woman was at a restaurant and tried to pay with her debit card. It was declined. The victim checked her bank balance and determined that someone had been using her card number without her consent. No suspects were listed in the report; the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating.
Parents of eighth grade students in Wilkes County are invited to attend the Wilkes Early College High School Information and Application Night on January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the John A. Walker Community Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College. Eighth graders from public, private, and home schools are welcome to attend with their parents to ask questions, learn about the benefits of WECHS, how to earn a tuition-free associate degree, and explore the options students have to earn college credit while in high school. Applications for incoming WECHS freshman will be available at the event, on the WECHS website, and at each of the Wilkes County middle schools’ guidance offices. The deadline to submit applications for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year is February 10. If the area experiences inclement weather on January 26, the 8th Grade/Early College event will be postponed until January 31 at 6:30 p.m.
New Year’s resolutions geared toward weight loss or healthy living often fall by the wayside before January runs out because they are overwhelming or unachievable. But when approached in small steps, they can result in success--says William Satterwhite, M.D., J.D., chief health and wellness officer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Fresh, unprocessed foods are healthier than food that comes in a box, bag, individual wrapper or drive-thru window, Satterwhite added, as they can contribute to weight loss, decrease inflammation, reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. Other tips include: Get at least seven hours of sleep every night , Take a 30- to 40-minute walk three times a week, and Avoid sugary soft drinks--rather drink at least six glasses of water a day.
In a news release yesterday, Wake Forest Baptist Medical says cancer deaths are decreasing. Death rates from cancer, the second-largest killer in the United States, have dropped 25 percent since 1991, according to a new American Cancer Society (ACS) report. The improvement in cancer survivorship translates to approximately 2.1 million fewer cancer deaths than might have been expected if death rates had remained at their 1991 level.
Foster care and adoption are in a state of crisis,” said Brian Maness, President and CEO of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, the state’s largest private provider of foster care and adoption services. In North Carolina, the number of children in foster care increased every month in 2016 compared to the corresponding month in 2015, with over 2,400 children eligible for adoption. The number of children in Foster Care locally has also been on the rise. Wilkes County currently has 214 children in Foster Care compared to 195 last year at this time. For information on becoming a Foster Parent locally, call the Wilkes Dept of Social Services.
The custom built 4-wheeler was stolen. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a theft from an outbuilding on Austin-Traphill Road. The property owner said that he returned home and found his outbuilding door open. Upon inspection he saw that his white and black, custom-built racing 4-wheeler was gone. The stolen ATV is valued at 6500 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report.
There have been two deaths in North Carolina from the winter storm this past weekend and now possible three. One death was a car wreck in Montgomery County and one from the extreme cold and exposure in Surry County. There was also a one-vehicle wreck in Wilkes on Saturday evening in which the driver later died. Michael Whittington, age 51 of Purlear, was driving a Chevy pickup on Old 421 Saturday when his vehicle went off the road in a curve and overturned. Whittington died Sunday at Baptist Medical from head injuries suffered in that wreck.
Video surveillance captured the theft of a lottery ticket. Wilkesboro Police were called to a gas station on Hwy 421 Tuesday regarding a theft. Video in the store showed a white female reach across the counter and taken a lottery ticket when the clerk wasn't looking. The white female has been identified by Police and an arrest warrant has been issued.
MerleFest, slated for April 27-30, 2017, has announced six more additions to the 2017 lineup. This year will be the 30th celebration of this homecoming of roots music artists and fans that draws over 75,000 participants every year to the campus of Wilkes Community College. MerleFest has already announced over 75 artists for 2017. The rest of the packed lineup for MerleFest 2017 will roll out over the next few months. Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.