The Wilkes Education Foundation (WEF) is making a difference in the lives of students it supports via its scholarship programs. Among the scholarships awarded annually is the $10,000 Wilkes Education Foundation Scholarship. Recipients are chosen by the scholarship committee, which is chaired by Vaughn Hayes. Following a review of applications and interviews of leading applicants, selection is based on academic performance and financial need. The Wilkes Education Foundation is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt endowment corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in education in the Wilkes County Schools. For information about making a donation to the WEF, contact Jody Hamby at 309 9th Street, North Wilkesboro, N.C., 28659, or call 336-667-1121.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a health advisory related to acetyl fentanyl, following at least three deaths related to the synthetic drug. Toxicologists at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner detected acetyl fentanyl in specimens associated with deaths that occurred in January in Sampson, Person and Transylvania counties. The final death certifications in these cases are still pending. "It is important for law enforcement, medical professionals and our citizens to be aware that this dangerous drug is in North Carolina," said Acting State Health Director Robin Gary Cummings. Acetyl fentanyl is an opioid analgesic drug that is up to five times more potent than heroin and is not available as a prescription drug in the United States. Last June, the CDC issued an alert to public health agencies, state laboratories, medical examiners, coroners, and emergency departments to be on the lookout for acetyl fentanyl. The CDC also advised emergency departments and emergency medical services to ensure that they have adequate supply of naloxone, an emergency antidote to opioid overdose. The alert came after Rhode Island officials reported that 14 overdose deaths from acetyl fentanyl between March and June 2013. Since then, the drug has been linked to additional deaths in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and now North Carolina.
Over the weekend, Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after learning of the death of a paratrooper during a training exercise at Ft. Bragg. “Today, we are reminded of the risks the men and women of the armed forces assume when they choose to defend the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “I ask all North Carolinians to join Ann and I in prayer for the family who lost their loved one and for the speedy and full recovery of those injured.” The paratrooper killed was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Seven other paratroopers were injured, two of whom sustained serious injuries.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after the State Board of Community Colleges and University of North Carolina Board of Governors last week signed a revised Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between the two public higher education systems, making college transfer options more defined and easier to follow. “Today is a great day for the students of North Carolina. Thanks to the teamwork of North Carolina’s community colleges and public universities, thousands of students will attain their degrees faster and at a fraction of the cost,” said Governor McCrory. Broadly, the articulation agreement identifies courses that will transfer to all UNC campuses to meet general education requirements. It also encourages community college students to complete an AA or AS degree before transferring to a UNC campus by guaranteeing entry as juniors with full transfer credit.
The equipment was rented and then damaged. Wilkesboro Police were called to a job site off Hwy 421 at Hwy 16/18. An employee with Vannoy Construction showed Police damages to a Lull Lift Forklift. It appeared someone had shot the piece of equipment with some type of firearm. Damages were listed at 1500 dollars. Police took pictures of the damaged lift to enter into evidence. There is no word on suspects. The equipment had been rented from Hertz Rental in Winston-Salem.
It seems the winter storm last week caused some to consider getting different tires...even if they have to steal them. A resident on Sparrow Lane called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office this week to report a break-in. Someone entered their outbuilding located near their residence. The only thing reported stolen was 600 dollars in tires. There is no word on suspects.
Pursuant to NC General Statute, the county board of elections is to meet and hold public meetings. Thus, the Wilkes County Board of Elections will meet Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:30 am in the Board of Elections Office in the Wilkes County Office Building. The Tentative Agenda for next week's meeting is: Oath of Office, Election of Officers, Precinct Official Appointments, and One Stop Voting Plan/Reduction of Hours. If you have any questions or concerns about this notice please contact the Wilkes County Board of Elections.
Wilkes Community College has announced inclement weather makeup days for instructional time lost during recent snowfall. Wednesday, February 12, will be made up on Wednesday, March 12, Thursday, February 13, will be made up on Thursday, March 13, Friday, February 14, will be made up on Friday, March 14. Established in 1965, Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.
The Cultural Arts council of Wilkes will present their annual Black History Concert this Saturday, February 22. Wilkesboro Baptist Church at 300 West Main Street in Wilkesboro is hosting the concert which will be in the sanctuary beginning at 6:30pm. The concert will focus on the history, songs of faith, and relevance to African Americans throughout the centuries. The concert will include a diverse presentation of spirituals, hymns, gospel and contemporary formats. Participants include a combined choir from Pleasant Hill and Piney Grove Baptist churches, Shama (a female trio), Four Him (a male quartet), and the Grace Kingdom Life Ministries' Praise Team. A reception will follow the concert in the Wilkesboro Baptist Fellowship Hall. The event is free to the public and certain to be an uplifting and wonderful time for everyone. A love offering will be taken to help support this event and others of the Cultural Arts Council of Wilkes, whose mission is to foster and promote increased art awareness of the literary, performing, and visual arts in Wilkes and surrounding areas.
They need sponsors and players and it's for the children. The Child Abuse Prevention Team known as “Our House” located on Main street of Historic Wilkesboro is having their First Annual C.A.P.T./ “Our House” Golf Tournament. It's Thursday, April 17th, 2014. All proceeds from this event will be used for prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing parenting classes, advocating for families in the community, and providing free supervision during court-ordered visits. Although CAPT serves families throughout the state, the majority of the families that they serve come from Wilkes, Surry, Ashe, Iredell, Watauga and Alexander counties. CAPT / “Our House” is a charitable organization with a state approved 501 (c) (3) nonprofit license which means that roughly half of the annual funding is provided through fundraising events and private donations. Thanks to the United Way of Wilkes and the County of Wilkes, CAPT is able to provide all services to those in need for free. The golf tournament will be held at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. Hole sponsorships are available for individuals or businesses for a tax deductible donation. Also, donations of door prizes will greatly be appreciated. For registration or more information, contact Barry Shew – Executive Director, CAPT by phone (336) 667-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .