In North Carolina the 2014 Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is one week from today on November 20th. Any tobacco user who registers to quit with QuitlineNC on November 20th is eligible to receive eight weeks of free nicotine patches to help them quit for good. “The nicotine in tobacco is addictive and it can be difficult to quit,” said Allison Marron, Health Promotion Coordinator at the Wilkes County Health Department. “The combination of coaching and nicotine replacement therapy of this special offer can be a lifeline to help more people in Wilkes County quit successfully.” Get your own Quit Coach and free nicotine patches on November 20th by calling 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669). You may also call the Wilkes Health Dept for more information at 651-7450.
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Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and the Economic Development Partnership of NC announced this week that Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) will open a new IT Delivery and Operations Center in Charlotte. The company, a leading provider of information technology, consulting and business process services, plans to create 500 jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2018 and invest more than $1.4 million. Cognizant is ranked among the top performing and fastest-growing companies in the world. The Fortune 500 company currently has nearly 1,500 employees working in North Carolina in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro and Wilson. The project was made possible in part by an award to Cognizant from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program. Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements.
Governor Pat McCrory announced this week that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has approved the state’s application for a waiver of additional Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) penalties. That means North Carolina employers, who have shouldered the unemployment insurance debt, will save approximately $180 million for tax year 2014 thanks to reforms that have reduced the state’s federal unemployment insurance debt from a high of $2.8 billion (in 2012) to a current $465 million. Governor McCrory signed the reforms contained in House Bill 4 in early 2013. “Restructuring North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system and aligning it with those of our neighboring states has set our unemployment program on a path to sustainability,” Governor McCrory said. Governor McCrory applied for a waiver of additional debt penalties and USDOL has granted the request after North Carolina worked hard to reduce the $2.5 billion debt and set in place a foundation for sustainable funding by the state’s employers. “This is great news for the employers of North Carolina,” said Division of Employment Security Assistant Secretary Dale Folwell.
Counterfeit money has now invaded the offering plate. Over the past couple of months, there have been a few reports of counterfeit cash around the area. Recently, Wilkesboro Police were called to Great State Bank after a fake 10-dollar-bill was discovered in the deposit from a local church. It is impossible to know when the funny money was given at the church or who passed the counterfeit money. There are no suspects.
Two white 50-something females were arrested at Kohls for shoplifting and removing anti-theft device. Store employees called Wilkesboro Police after watching the two women remove various items from their packaging and then hide those items on their person and in their pocketbooks. When the two attempted to leave the store, they were stopped by store staff who called Police. The nearly 450 dollars in stolen merchandise was recovered and included jewelry, cosmetics, clothes, and candles. Both women were arrested and charged with larceny and removal of anti-theft device. Police also obtained a video from in-store surveillance of the two women shoplifting.
CareNet Counseling of Wilkes, a non-profit faith-integrated counseling service, is very excited to be hosting Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages. New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman, creator of The Five Love Languages series, will speak tomorrow evening at the Stone Family Center for the Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro. AIR Dr. Chapman will address the topic, “Mind Your Family Health.” Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his first Five Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children. He is the author of numerous other books. The November 13 Season of Caring event is a fundraiser for CareNet Counseling of Wilkes, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Doors at the Stone Center will open to the public at 6:00 p.m. and feature a Silent Auction, light appetizers, and entertainment prior to Dr. Chapman’s talk. Advance tickets may be purchased from any CareNet Counseling of Wilkes board member or at Tilley’s Auto Sales and For Heaven’s Sake.
Wilkes Community College will hold a MerleFest Apparel Clearance Sale at the Walker Center tomorrow on Thursday, November 13, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. “This is the perfect opportunity to find terrific deals to kick off your holiday shopping,” said Tabitha Hudler, lead events specialist. Earlier this month, the initial lineup of the music festival was announced. Tickets for MerleFest 2015 went on sale yesterday and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. As of yesterday, Monday, Nov. 3, the USDA mailed ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country. FSA County Committee members provide an important link between the local agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level. Eligible voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week may pick one up at their local USDA Service Center or FSA office. The deadline to submit ballots is Dec. 1, 2014. The Wilkes FSA is located at 207 West Main Street, Wilkesboro.
The Child Abuse Prevention Team and Our House are once again collecting coats for kids. You are asked to bring new and lightly used children's outerwear to the Hour Glass Cleaners or Wilkesboro Cleaners. The coats will be distributed at the Ministry of HOPE. The 15th Annual Coats for Kids Drive is going on now through December.
Governor Pat McCrory toured the future Veterans Life Center (VLC) in Butner yesterday on Veterans' Day. The VLC is designed to serve homeless veterans and those struggling with mental health, substance abuse and other problems hindering their transition into civilian life. When completed, the VLC will house 150 veterans and will provide veterans: clean, safe housing, mental health and substance abuse counseling, vocational training and mentoring, as well as life skills training. The project is being spearheaded by the Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina, founded by John Turner, a former Army officer and Iraq combat veteran. On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory announced the establishment of NC4VETS, a new initiative to serve North Carolina’s nearly 800,000 veterans, their families and the more than 120,000 active duty military, Guardsmen and Reservists that call North Carolina home. The governor unveiled the program during a visit to the North Carolina Veterans Home in Salisbury where he presented an Order of the Long Leaf Pine to World War II-era veteran Claude W. Lyerly, who recently celebrated his 103rd birthday. The governor also celebrated the 239th birthday of the United States Marines Corps with the assembled veterans and emphasized the importance of veterans to building North Carolina’s future. NC4Vets is a “one-stop-shop” information resource being launched by the North Carolina Department of Administration’s Division of Veterans Affairs.