Wilkes Community College would like to congratulate four of its participants in the 49th Annual National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Poetry and Poster contest for winning state-level awards. WCC students dominated the Adult Student Mixed Media Poster Category, winning first, second and third places. Autumn Eastridge won first place; Megan Johnson, second place; and Julian Stanford, third place. In the Adult Student Poetry Category, WCC students won two state awards. Heather Resendiz won first place, and Megan Johnson won second place. These winning entrees will now proceed to the national level competition.
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on the proposal to charge a fee for hunting permits on Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge. The proposal is to charge a fee of $15 for limited-entry 3-day hunting permits for waterfowl, turkey, deer (gun), and deer (archery). The current fee is 5 dollars. Beginning 2016, successful applicants will also be required to request a $15 refuge permit to participate in their assigned refuge hunt. This fee will bring Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge in line with other North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges who charge hunting fees. Also, Roanoke River Refuge is open to small game hunting. A State small game license is required; however, no refuge or Commission permit is needed. There is no fee for small game hunting on Roanoke River Refuge.
A recently developed risk-evaluation protocol can help hospital emergency department personnel more efficiently determine which patients with acute chest pain can be sent home safely, according to a randomized trial conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study, published in the current online issue of the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, found that chest-pain patients who were evaluated with the new protocol, called the HEART Pathway, had 12 percent fewer cardiac tests, 21 percent more early discharges, and shorter hospital stays than those who received standard care. No patient identified for early discharge in either group had a major heart problem within 30 days of their emergency department visit. Up to 10 million patients complaining of acute chest pain show up at U.S. emergency departments each year, and more than half of them are hospitalized to undergo comprehensive cardiac tests. These evaluations cost between $10 billion and $13 billion annually, yet less than 10 percent of the patients are found to have acute heart problems. The study was funded by the American Heart Association Clinical Research Program.
Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced this week that Packrite, LLC will expand its operations in Guilford County and create 100 new jobs over the next five years. The company plans to invest $8.9 million in building and equipment in the city of High Point over the course of the first year. “Packrite is a home-grown, locally-owned North Carolina company that has a successful history in High Point,” said Governor McCrory. “This is a company that was started during a down economy and has grown to be an industry leader in just a few short years.” The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $100,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments.
There have been several home break-ins recently resulting in costly losses to the victims. The latest report is from a homeowner on Miller Street. The victim told Wilkes Sheriff's Investigators that he got home around 3 pm and the garage door would not open, which he thought was odd. He opened the garage door manually and noticed the kitchen entry door was wide open. The homeowner then entered the residence and noticed that his bedroom door was open and someone had left his night stand drawer open, so he called 911. The thief stole a Harley Davidson Bulova watch, a Smith & Wesson 357 snub nose gun, a Rossi 38 caliber gun, a 32-inch and a 47-inch TV. Stolen property is estimated at 2000 dollars. Damages to the house are listed at 850 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
The Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for their regular meeting. On the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting was a Drug Task Force Discussion. Representatives from Project Lazarus were there and explained some of the things they have done to decrease drug abuse in the area especially with prescription narcotics. The Commissioners are currently seeking names and input on who should be on the Drug Task Force. They want to know what areas are involved with drug problems in the county, the ripple effects, and what can be done to resolve the problem. No action other than a discussion was taken Tuesday. Commissioners will address this again at a later date.
The Wilkes County Dept of Social Services is a public foster care and adoption agency. The agency currently serves 196 children in foster care. Children in foster care have been removed from their birth families due to abuse and neglect. Most of these children will return home and need temporary families to provide stability until that time. The Wilkes DSS currently has 32 wonderful licensed foster homes. However, this is not enough home to keep Wilkes children in need in their home community. Foster parents can be married or single but have to be at least 21 years of age. Upcoming Foster Parent Training begins April 7 at the Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Daycare Center. Its every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 til 9 through May 7th. If you would like to serve the children of the Wilkes community by becoming a foster parent, then call the Wilkes DSS at 651-7490.
County high schools are hosting blood drives for the Red Cross on Fridays in March. Last Friday, North Wilkes held a blood drive. This Friday, March 20th , tomorrow, Wilkes Central High School (1179 Moravian Falls Road, Wilkesboro) will have a blood drive from 8:00am – 1:30pm; please contact the school office 667-5277 for an appointment. Next Friday, March 27th – East Wilkes High School (13315 Elkin Highway, Ronda) will have their blood drive from8:00am – 1:30pm; please contact the school office at 651-7200 to schedule an appointment.
It's 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.
Tropical Cyclone Pam hammered the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu on Saturday, damaging 90 percent of the buildings in the capital city of Port Vila and leaving thousands homeless. At least 11 people were killed, and officials fear many more fatalities. The full extent of the damage from the category 5 storm is unknown, as communications have been knocked out between many of the nation's 80-plus islands, where more than 267,000 people live. Samaritan's Purse, based in Boone, NC, is rushing 70 tons of emergency aid to the scene including shelter materials, clean water and hygiene supplies, and cooking kits. They have also deployed a medical team to provide basic care to victims. Samaritan's Purse relief efforts will ramp up as they evaluate damage in the hardest hit areas. Prayers are requested for the Samaritan's Purse emergency response team as they bring help and hope to the people of Vanuatu in Jesus' Name, as they want to share with those affected that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).