Wilkes Community College congratulates five students for winning state-level awards in the 51st Annual National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Poetry and Poster contest. Megan Edwards won third place in the Adult Student Poster Category and received a $10 prize for her winning poster. WCC students won three awards in the Adult Student Poetry Division. Maria Jimenez won first place and received $50, Isabel Palacios won second place and received $25, and Blanca Salazar won third place and received $10. Each November, schools and colleges from across the state hold contests to celebrate National Career Development Month. Winning submissions from these local contests are then forwarded to the state contest.
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Speedway LLC (Speedway), the nation’s second-largest chain of company-owned and -operated convenience stores with approximately 2,730 stores in 21 states, is looking to hire more than 1,000 employees across Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Speedway will hold open interviews at multiple store locations in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia on Wednesday, March 22. The full list of locations can be found at speedway.com. The locations closest to Wilkes include: Boone, Hickory, and Winston-Salem.
The NCWorks Commission has approved and endorsed five new regional plans to help people prepare and train for work. NCWorks Certified Career Pathways are education and training plans that help job seekers enter particular industries. These pathways are designed by employers in collaboration with the state’s workforce development and education professionals. Career pathways are designed not only for students, but also for adults and individuals who have lost jobs through no fault of their own. Individuals access a career pathway through public schools, community colleges, and public and private universities. For more information about NCWorks, visit nccommerce.com/ncworks.
A Wilkes County man was burned in a house fire yesterday morning. Robert Dawson, the homeowner, was filling a kerosene heater with fuel when it caught fire. He tried to carry the burning heater out of the house and was burned on his arms and face. The house, a mobile home on Hwy 268 East, was destroyed in the fire. Mulberry-Fairplains and Knotville responded to the fire about 12:30am Tuesday. Dawson was transported to Baptist Medical where he was listed in good condition.
Wilkesboro Police are trying to find two white females who took 149 dollars in food from Lowes Foods this week. Monday evening, the two entered the store, took steaks, shrimp, and Pepsi, and then left the store. The two were seen on video surveillance. A manager got a tag number of their car, possible a Toyota Prius. Charges are pending further investigation.
Since the 2014-15 school year, free breakfast and lunch meals have been available to all students every day in all Wilkes County Schools through the Federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. However, next year due to cut backs and decreased participation at the high schools, only Wilkes County high school students who actually meet income requirements will get free breakfast and lunch. No other immediate changes were cited for any of the other county schools.
For 30 years, MerleFest has been discovering new talent in American roots music. This year’s celebration, slated for April 27-30, will introduce what Steve Johnson, MerleFest artist relations manager, calls “must-see talent discoveries” made during his travels around the globe this past year. Johnson has identified ten innovative artists who will perform at MerleFest 2017. Many new acts will at the MerleFest Band Competition on the Plaza Stage on Saturday. Complete Lineups,Tickets, and other information can be found at MerleFest.org
To raise awareness for suicide, post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries within the military and our veteran population, the North Carolina National Guard and the Moldovan Army joined in a “22 Push-Up Challenge.” Despite being separated by 5,100 miles, the NC Guard and Moldovan Army regularly work and train together. Moldova, a state partnership program country with the NC Guard, challenged the Guard via Facebook. The NC Guard accepted the challenge with each organization producing a video. Since 1996, the Guard and Moldova has sent soldiers to each other’s countries to train, learn best practices and strengthen ties between their services.
Last week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) participated in an immigration roundtable hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center where he highlighted his immigration reform framework and the potential path forward. (Watch the roundtable discussion by clicking here.) Senator Tillis said: “I think it’s kind to say that we haven’t made much progress on immigration reform over the last 30 years. I characterize it differently; I think it has been a consistent series of failures...” Tillis also stated: “We’ve created a framework that is really trying to think about the logical... measures that we could put into bills and start working on getting the votes on both sides of the aisle ...” Find out more at www.tillis.senate.gov
The thief got away with over 3100 dollars in property. A homeowner in Hays reported that her house was forcibly entered. The thief took an RC 65-inch flat screen TV, a Sony Playstation 4, and some cash. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft; there is no word on suspects.