The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, October 9, at the Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College. Before starting the business meeting, WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox, presented an overview of financial aid. Board Chairman Dick Johnston recognized Paul Howell for his prior service as a trustee by presenting him with a framed resolution. Johnston also introduced and welcomed the new trustees, Bert Hall, Mike Inscore and SGA President Eric Arnold. The board approved adding course fees to a couple of nursing courses due to the addition of some ATI components. The board approved a lease agreement with Wilkes County Schools in the amount of $10,162.60 annually for the CTE Magnet School/Lincoln Heights facility. WCC uses this location for Basic Skills and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The building is owned by WCS, which covers utilities and maintenance for the facility. And, the board approved a lease agreement with Ashe Family Partnership for Children in the amount of $4,400 for space at the Ashe Family Central facility for the Family Literacy program. Space use is determined annually depending on the availability of grant funds to continue program offerings. Also during last week's WCC meeting, The board approved WCC’s 2014-2015 salary plan, which includes a salary increase of $1,008 for full-time employees and a pro-rated amount for part-time curriculum instructors, as provided by the 2014 State Budget Act. Increases associated with educational advances and changes in job responsibilities were also awarded. Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties continue to provide funding for a supplement for all college employees in those counties.
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It was a fight at a local restaurant where things were thrown, someone was hurt, and things were broken; however, it was hard to determine who did what to whom. Wilkesboro Police were called to Applebee's regarding a fight in which a bar stool was throw, a bottle was thrown, someone was hit in the mouth, and a TV was broken. Everyone had conflicting stories as to what happened or who was at fault. Wilkesboro Police advised the people involved about the warrant process. The only person injured refused medical treatment. There were no arrests or charges filed. Damages to the restaurant were estimated at 1000 dollars.
Lt. Governor Dan Forest will be joined by constitutional scholar Michael Farris at two upcoming townhall style events to discuss the many arguments for and against the Convention of States Project. The Convention of States Project says that Article V of the US Constitution allows us to call a Convention of States to restrict the power and juridiction of the federal government, effectively returning the citizens' rightful power. Michael Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. Farris is a constitutional appellate litigator who has served as lead counsel in arguments before the United States Supreme Court. The first Town Hall meeting with NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest and Michael Farris is in Henderson County on Tuesday, October 14th from 6:00—8:00 PM at The Opportunity House—1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. The second Town Hall meeting with the Lt. Governor is in Guilford County on October 28th from 6:00—8:00 PM at Oak Branch Conference and Events Center (aka Greensboro Regional Realtors Association)—23 Oak Branch Dr. Greensboro, NC. Lt. Governor Forest organized these events and said, “The two upcoming townhall style discussions will be an excellent opportunity to raise questions, address concerns and confusion, and allow for the expression of individual opinions surrounding the Convention of States Project.”
In a press release following a Judge overturning the Marriage Amendment , NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest said that this was a violation by our Federal Government. Forrest said, "Friday, an unelected federal judge violated the foundational principles of this great nation." Forrest explained that: Sixty-one percent of North Carolina’s voters chose to amend our constitution to ensure the preservation of marriage defined as the union between one man and one woman. This definition predates North Carolina, the United States, and goes back as far as recorded history. Forrest asked: What does it say about the state of our nation when a large majority of voters can have their reasoned decision overturned by a single, unelected individual--an individual who waited until a Friday after the close of the normal court day to issue his ruling? The Lt Governor said, "Our people will either submit themselves fully to a federal oligarchy of unelected judges or stand up and proclaim that federalism is alive and well. I hope that you will join me in standing against judicial tyranny, and fight to restore the balance of power intended in the Constitution of the United States."
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) made the following statement after a recent press report indicated President Obama is considering unilateral executive action to transfer prisoners housed at Guantanamo Bay to the United States mainland: “Closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is a fanciful idea but importing vicious terrorists onto the United States mainland and giving them legal protections reserved for American citizens has been consistently rejected by bipartisan majorities in Congress who have worked together legally to prohibit the President from doing so." The Congresswoman went on to say, “The President’s stubborn naïveté distracts from ongoing threats to American national security and highlights the failures of his foreign policy agenda." Congresswoman Virginia Foxx is currently in her fifth term as the Representative of North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District .
Over 2600 dollars in property was stolen from an outbuilding in Ronda. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a location in Ronda last week regarding the theft. The property owner reported that their outbuilding was forcibly entered. The thief or thieves then took antiques, a Schwinn 18-speed bicycle, a kid's bike, Disney VHS movies, a Playstation II and several games, an electric fireplace, a toolbox, and tools. Again, stolen property is valued over 2600 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report.
You know it's gonna be a bad day when....you steal something and then hit a parked car. Wilkesboro Police were called to Lowes Home Improvement regarding a hit and run and a larceny. A white man was caught on video surveillance taking a bathroom vanity valued at 349 dollars. The man pushing the shopping cart out of the store without stopping to pay, loaded the stolen property into a truck, then backed out and hit a parked car. The suspect and another white male in the truck then left the scene. Damages to the parked car are listed at 3000 dollars. A witness got a description of the truck and a tag number. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is working with Wilkesboro Police to locate the owner of the truck involved in the theft and the hit and run.
Congratulations to the North Wilkesboro National Guard upon receiving an award in the nation's capitol. The 875th Engineer Co. of the N.C. National Guard (Horizontal) received a Deployment Excellence Award at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., last month. The unit placed first in the nation in the category of Army National Guard Deploying Unit. The Deployment Excellence Award recognizes active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard units and installations for outstanding logistical performance during deployment and deployment support. The 875th Engineer Co. is headquartered in North Wilkesboro and has a detachment in Lexington. The company deployed 160 soldiers in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2012. It conducted horizontal engineering operations in support of Area Support Group Kuwait and Army Central Command from July 2012 through April 2013 to improve and maintain transportation facilities in Kuwait and Afghanistan. The unit was redeployed to Kuwait from February 2013 to April 2013.
The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it’s never too late – or too early – to make blood donation a lifelong habit. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. You are asked to give the gift of life by donating blood this month with Red Cross Blood Drives in Wilkes. Blood drives for the month include: Saturday, October 18th – Liberty Grove Baptist Church (5899 River Rd/Liberty Grove Rd., N. Wilkesboro) from 10:00am-2:30pm; Tuesday, October 21st – C.C. Wright Elementary School (200 C. C. Wright School Road, N. Wilkesboro) from 2:00pm - 6:30pm; Thursday, October 23rd – Baptist Home Church (2367 Sparta Road, N. Wilkesboro) from2:00pm – 6:30pm; and Monday, October 27th – North Wilkes High School (2986 Traphill Road, Hays) from 8:00am – 1:30pm. For a complete list of blood drives and to sign up for an appointment, please visit our website at www.redcrossblood.org.
Hey Wilkes County High School and College Students, would you like to win a scholarship for college. Blood donations often decline during the winter holidays when school is not in session. The Red Cross is offering 16- to 24-year-old students currently enrolled in school a way to help overcome this seasonal decline and have a chance to win a college scholarship. Students who sponsor a successful blood drive between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 15, 2015, through the Leaders Save Lives program will be entered to win a college scholarship and will receive a gift card. More information is available at redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives. And speaking of blood drives, there is a blood drive today at Millers Creek United Methodist Church (3260 North NC Hwy. 16, Millers Creek) from 2:00pm-7:00pm.