It's Thursday.... a golfing fundraiser for the CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION TEAM here in Wilkes. So get your teams together, grab your clubs, and let's help the children of Wilkes. The Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Our House and the Child Abuse Prevention Team is 18 Holes - Four Man Captain’s Choice, Thursday, April 16th- 2015, at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. Registration & Lunch @ 11:30 am with Tee Off- Shotgun Start @ 1:00 pm Prizes for: Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Straightest Drive, & Much More! The cost is $60 each/$240 per 4-some and Includes: 18 holes, cart, lunch and prizes! For more information, call Our House at 667-5555.
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The Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Endowment recently awarded $5,000 to Wilkes Community College to use for student scholarships during the 2014-2015 academic year. Five WCC students received WAW-funded scholarships this year: Kenneth Gilvear, from Deep Gap; Jessica Hinnant, from Boone; Cory Shawn Pennington, from West Jefferson; Jennifer Leigh Powell, from Ronda; and Kayla Renea Martin from North Wilkesboro. The scholarship is awarded to students who are residents of Watauga, Ashe or Wilkes counties and maintain a 2.5 GPA. The Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Endowment was established in 2001 to make a difference in students’ lives by giving them an educational opportunity that they may not have had before receiving the scholarship. The Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Endowment is governed by the North Carolina Community Foundation and is a 501(c)(3) organization.
NCTracks, the claims payment system implemented by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on July 1, 2013, has earned certification by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS found that NCTracks, the largest IT project in North Carolina's history, meets the federal government's stringent requirements for accurate and timely payment of claims for medical services submitted by health care providers. This certification will result in an infusion of about $19 million from CMS to the state because the federal government will now bear more of the cost of its operation. Retroactive to the July 1, 2013, go-live date, CMS will now cover 75 percent of NCTracks' annual operating costs, instead of the 50 percent it has covered since the system went live. This results in approximately $19 million in additional federal funding to the state.
While he was out of town, a thief stopped by. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a Miller's Creek home break-in. The victim said that he had been out of town for a few days. When he returned, he noticed that someone had broken into his house and his outbuilding. Several things were stolen including a Colt 308, a Modular Carbine with conversion kit, a 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, a key hole saw, and cans of racing fuel. Stolen property was valued at nearly 3000 dollars. There was a witness in the neighborhood who reported seeing a car in his driveway and a white male walking around the house while the victim was away. The investigation is continuing.
The Wilkes resident did NOT fall for the scam, but he did call the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. The Tax Filing Deadline of April 15th Wednesday. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says, "Everyone should be on the lookout for threatening calls from people faking IRS phone numbers and demands for immediate payment." Last week, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a call from a local man who stated that a subject whose name is David called and said that he needed to go to Walmart and buy payment cards to send to the IRS as payment for taxes he has not paid. The Wilkes man was told to get the payment cards and then call a number with a 206 area code. The victim did not purchase any of the cards and did not contact the caller back as he realized that this is a scam. The man did call the Sheriff's Office to inform them that this scam was occurring in Wilkes. According to the IRS, there has been an increase in this type of phone scam over the past few week. Please note: The IRS will not: Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. --Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card. --Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. --Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. For more information, visit www.IRS.gov
A local bank is closing this Summer. The Atlanta-based SunTrust Bank has announced plans to close their only branch bank in Wilkes County by July 31. SunTrust says they are in the process of notifying customers about the closure of their bank location at 924 Main Street, North Wilkesboro. According to SunTrust, customer accounts there will be transferred to SunTrust branches in Yadkinville, Lenoir, or other branch locations. Of course, customers still have access to SunTrust’s ATMs, telephone banking, and 24-hour online banking. SunTrust officials reported that they considered market growth, real estate arrangements, transaction volumes and other factors before deciding to close the North Wilkesboro branch.
Two Wilkes County Students-Athletes were honored over the weekend. A total of 19 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools were honored for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of “Heart of a Champion” recognition. The sportsmanship recognition is part of the program offered by the NCHSAA Student Services Division. Each of the NCHSAA member schools had the opportunity to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the recognition. The students must have participated in at least one varsity sport or activity, including cheerleading, during the 2014-15 school year, have not been ejected from any contest, and must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship during their high school careers. Two students from North Wilkes High School received the Heart of a Champion recognition: Stephen Mabe and Taylor Wyatt.
A faith-based effort to improve health care is currently seeking volunteers to help the sick in Wilkes and Yadkin Counties. Wilkes FaithHealth has scheduled three free volunteer training courses across the area this spring. One training session begins tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14th and continues on Tuesdays through May 12th, from10 a.m. until noon at the Brushy Mountain Baptist Association in Wilkesboro. Other training sessions are scheduled for May 1 and May 14. Participants will learn about compassionate care giving, patient privacy, and the limits of the volunteer caregiver role. No medical background is required, and there is no obligation to serve. To register, call (336) 838-5197 or register online at www.wilkesfaithhealth.weebly.com.
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and its propane and heating fuels subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, were recently named as two of the top Best Employers in North Carolina for 2015. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in North Carolina, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolinamagazine, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group. Blue Ridge Electric ranked third and Blue Ridge Energies ranked ninth in the state’s small to medium sizes companies. Blue Ridge Electric is an electric cooperative utility serving some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and parts of Wilkes, Alexander and Avery counties.
The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that quick and easy solutions are available if they can’t file their returns or pay their taxes on time, and they can even ask for an extension, make a payment, or request payment options online at IRS.gov. Most taxpayers have already filed their 2014 returns. Figures released last week show that as of April 3, the IRS had already received just over 99 million returns and issued more than 77 million refunds averaging over $2,800. For those who have yet to file, the IRS says don’t panic. Tax-filing extensions are available to taxpayers who need more time to finish their returns. Remember, this is an extension of time to file; not an extension of time to pay. However, taxpayers who are having trouble paying what they owe may qualify for payment plans and other relief. Either way, taxpayers will avoid stiff penalties if they file either a regular income tax return or a request for a tax-filing extension by this year’s April 15 deadline. While taxpayers should pay as much as they can to minimize any penalties and interest, they should always file even if they can’t pay the full amount due.