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Friday
Feb092018

Hwy 421 3-Car Pile-Up

It was a three-car pileup on Hwy 421 Wednesday morning that backed up traffic and sent one person to the hospital.  According to the Wilkesboro Police accident report, one vehicle braked suddenly in heavy traffic causing a chain-reaction accident.  The driver in the second car was taken to the hospital.  The driver in the first car was charged in the wreck with failure to reduce speed.

Friday
Feb092018

Local Economic Issues and WCC

WCC is working on a plan. In 2016, the average median household income for Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany was about $37,000.  In comparison, the North Carolina median household income was $48,000, and the national household income was $55,000.  The poverty rate for the 3 counties was higher at 19.9% compared to 16.8% for the state and 15.1% nationally. This 3-county region has undeniable economic challenges. A key ingredient to change is quality, accessible education. Wilkes Community College is stepping up and working on a comprehensive strategic planning process for Wilkes Community College.  The plan began last year as WCC engaged community stakeholders about the lack of economic mobility for Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany and continues this year through is funding from the Leonard G. Herring Family Foundation. 

Friday
Feb092018

Donations to Humane Society

A local business is helping dogs and cats at the Shelter. The Tractor Supply Co. store in Wilkesboro is donating 54 bags of pet food to feed dogs and cats in need of adoption.  Tractor Supply presented the pet food donation to:  Humane Society of Wilkesboro. 

Friday
Feb092018

NC Gov Flu Precautions

Governor Roy Cooper Thursday urged all North Carolinians to take extra precautions to avoid catching or spreading the flu virus during peak flu season. Influenza has claimed the lives of at least 140 North Carolinians since flu season began in October. State epidemiologists report that influenza activity remained widespread during the week ending Feb. 3. Flu-associated deaths reported since Oct. 1 include 97 who were 65 or older, 33 ages 50-64, six ages 25-49, three ages 5-17 and one younger than five. To protect yourself and others as flu continues to circulate during the coming months: Get a flu shot; Take common sense steps to reduce the spread of flu by washing hands frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes and stay home while sick. 

 

Thursday
Feb082018

Commissioners Sign K-3 Resolution

The Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for their first meeting in February.  On the agenda was a resolution concerning the impacts of K-3 class-size reduction.  Wilkes County Schools Superintendent Mark Byrd presented the problems with the state's requirement to lessen class size for K-3.  Byrd said this means Wilkes needs to hire 23 teachers which would cost about $1.2 million per year or Wilkes would need to cut 23 other positions to offset cost.   This will also increase class size for Grades 4-12.  Byrd said the number of new teachers for all 100 counties would cause a shortage of certified teachers and the need for substitute teachers to fill positions.  The County Commissioners agreed to sign a resolution to be sent to Raleigh requesting that the General Assembly fully fund the smaller classes and slow implementation through a multi-year phase-in to give school systems time to meet the challenges of the new requirements.

Thursday
Feb082018

Man-Hunt for Suspect in Wilkes

Wilkes Sheriff's Office was involved in a man-hunt yesterday for a suspect possibly armed and dangerous.  Sheriff's Deputies were pursuing Todd Collins of Virginia in McGrady yesterday morning.  Collins is wanted on multiple thefts in the area.  Collins was able to get away from officers when he exited his vehicle and took off on foot.  Collins is described as a white male, 5'10", brown hair and beard.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office and other local agencies were involved in the search. 

Thursday
Feb082018

Job Opportunities Through Sheriff's Office

The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office has job opportunities for Detention Officers and Telecomunicators.  Anyone interested in applying can find the job listings with requirements and applications online on the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is located on Executive Drive in Wilkesboro.

Thursday
Feb082018

NC Gov Continues to Oppose Off-Shore Drilling

NC Gov Roy Cooper continues to push against offshore drilling. In a meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the weekend, Governor Cooper underscored North Carolina’s opposition. Cooper was joined by elected officials and stakeholders from coastal North Carolina who stressed the threats both offshore drilling and seismic testing pose to North Carolina’s coastal economies and tourism industry. In the meeting, Gov. Cooper stressed that offshore drilling would put North Carolina’s $3 billion coastal economy, 22 barrier islands, and millions of acres at risk. Sec. Zinke agreed to consider the Governor’s request to extend the public comment period and add additional public hearings in coastal communities.

 

Thursday
Feb082018

Rural Areas Access to State Funding for Industrial Sites

Rural communities will soon have access to $12 million to get industrial sites ready to attract new jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced yesterday. Through the Rural ReadySites Development Program, rural areas can apply for funding to build or improve public infrastructure to attract employers, create jobs and support the local, regional and state economy.  “North Carolina’s rural communities have so much to offer businesses, but sites must be ready when employers are looking to bring new jobs,” Governor Cooper said. The program will be run out of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. It will launch this spring with applications due April 13.  Interested local government applicants should contact Mark Poole at mpoole@nccommerce.com

Thursday
Feb082018

Postage Stamp Increase

Have you noticed that postage stamps now cost more than last year?  The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes that took effect January 21, 2018. The new prices include a one cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents. Postcard stamps and metered letters also have a one cent increase. So, a book of stamps is now $10.