January is Sanctity of Life Month. Yesterday was the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v Wade Decision by the Supreme Court that legalized abortion in the US. Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center opened 23 years later in 1996 and has been serving Wilkes and surrounding counties ever since. They are a nonprofit, non-denominational, non-political organization committed to providing care, compassion, information and support to anyone facing an unintended pregnancy. They offer free pregnancy tests and pregnancy support services to anyone in need. Director Susan Sturgill says their goal is support and education for women. AIR: Sturgill also said that all life is important and abortion is moral depravity. AIR Find out more about the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center at www.wilkespcc.com or by calling 838-9272.
Your Hometown Christian Radio Station. WWWC Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Will the local Wilkes Hospital someday be part of a Healthcare System of Hospitals and/or medical care facilities?The Board of Directors for Wilkes Regional Medical Center this week began a process to inquire about joining WRMC with a hospital system. Currently, Wilkes Regional is a community hospital which is owned by the Town of North Wilkesboro. Any final decision concerning the hospital must be approved by the North Wilkesboro Town Board which is scheduled to meet again on February 3. The resolution approved by the WRMC Board was to get information from other hospital or healthcare systems about leasing or purchasing Wilkes Regional.
It was there that night but gone the next morning. A resident on Mtn View Ridge Drive called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office concerning the theft of his motorcycle. The victim reported that his 2007 Honda CRF 250 dirt bike was stolen from his carport during the overnight hours. The victim said he left his motorcycle outside his house one evening, and when he went out the next morning, it was gone. The 2007 Honda red and white dirt bike is valued at 2500 dollars. There is no word on who might have stolen that bike.
Thanks to the generosity of the community of Wilkes County, Our House received over 1700 coats during their annual "Give a Kid a Coat" campaign that ended in December. Many coats have already been given out to those in need by Wilkes Ministry of Hope, but they still have a large number of coats that need owners. So Our House is having a coat give away. These coats will be available at Our House on Main Street in Wilkesboro this Friday, January 23 from 10am until 5pm or until the last coat is given away. Our House has coats for men, women, and children. For more information, you can call Our House at 667-5555. And again, the coat give away at Our House in Wilkesboro is this Friday from 10 til 5 or until the last coat is given out.
It’s the biggest disaster threat to people in this country. It happens quickly, devastating lives and homes in just minutes. It’s not always in the news, but it’s happening right now somewhere in the country. According to the American Red Cross, people die daily from home fires. An astonishing 93% of all disasters the American Red Cross responds to are home fires, and unlike floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters, home fires can be preventable. More importantly, knowing about fire safety and prevention can save lives. Just one out of every ten households is prepared for the worst, including creating a fire escape plan. That’s why the Red Cross has set some goals for the next five years, including: reducing deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25% and making sure individuals are testing smoke alarms and practicing fire escape plans. For more information, visit www.redcross.org
In response to Pres Obama's State of the Union Address this week, NC Senator Richard Burr said the President has missed his opportunity to move forward with Congress. Burr said: The President began the year with an opportunity to work with Congress on policies that would help restore economic prosperity to our nation. Yet, before the State of the Union could even take place, he threatened to veto multiple bipartisan initiatives without ever seeing legislative text. Burr also stated: It is clear that the President is once again proposing to raise taxes for new Washington programs -- doubling-down on the failed policy of more taxes, more debt, and more spending and expanding the size and scope of the federal government. The President has missed his opportunity to move forward with this Congress. As for terrorism around the world Sen Burr said: The last several weeks have proven that Al-Qaeda is not decimated. It is time for the President and his Administration to admit that and to seriously attack the threat that radical Islamic terrorists present to us and the rest of the world.
The Wilkes County Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting this week. First on the agenda was the NC Hwy 268 Waterline Project for Ronda. The Commissioners approved an agreement between Randal Holbrook of Southeastern Cars & Parts and the County of Wilkes. They also approved awarding a construction contract to Carolina Environmental Specialists of Boonville. Years ago, a leaking underground gas tank at Southeastern near Ronda was removed. Nearby residents along 268 expressed concerns about the risk of contamination to water and petitioned Ronda for municipal water. Ronda agreed to waterline extensions and asked the County to help with obtaining grants for the project. Also Ronda and Elkin had an issued with Blue Ridge Water for a water line, so additional funding was received. Holbrook was eligible for state reimbursement funds due to the underground tank removal, so he his passing these funds through to the County for the Waterline Project. Total funding of 922,790 dollars has now been obtained for the 12-inch water line and construction can begin. The project is expected to be completed in about 5 months.
Wilkes County Commissioners also agreed to an additional funding request to the Wilkes County Board of Education for the completion of the Moravian Falls Elementary Construction Project. According to Superintendent Dr. Marty Hemric, the project had incurred some contingency costs including finding an unknown well on the property and asbestos removal from a building. Due to a security concern, an enclosed walkway was added to the construction. Commissioners were supportive of the school construction and approved the request for an additional 207,000 dollars to the School Board. Commissioners also commended the Board on the purchase of 4 activity buses to be used by the County Schools. Dr. Hemric said they hope to get one new yellow bus every 2 years.
A Wilkes County resident has fallen victim to a scam that has been occurring all across the country. The North Wilkesboro victim sent 376 dollars and some change to an individual in Oklahoma who claimed to be a Duke Power representative. The caller told the victim that he if did not send the money that his power would be cut off. After the money was sent, the victim contacted Duke Power. The power company informed the victim that they did not owe any money. Both Duke Energy and Blue Ridge Electric have warned their customers of an ongoing payment scam in which people received fake phone calls. The caller says they must pay their bill with a prepaid card or wire money in order to prevent interruption of service. Some have even threatened legal action against the customer if they did not pay. These calls are a scam. Both power companies report that they do NOT call customers to demand payment. To add credibility to the scam, the caller often use "spoofing technology" that makes your caller ID display the name and phone number of the local utility. "It's a despicable scam," said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from your power company, hang up and then contact your local power company or local law enforcement. DO NOT send any money. This is a scam.
According to www.redcross.org, every 2 seconds someone in the US needs lifesaving blood. So, make a difference in someone's life and donate blood. There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drives at area Wilkes County Middle Schools for the next two Thursdays. Today, there will be a blood drive at East Wilkes Middle School (2202 Macedonia Church Rd., Ronda) from 2:30pm – 7:00pm; contact the school office at 651-4300 for an appointment. And then next Thursday, January 29th at West Wilkes Middle School (1677 NC Hwy. 16, Wilkesboro) from 2:30pm – 7:00pm; contact Anne Johnson at 651-4381 to schedule an appointment. For a complete list of blood drives and to sign up for an appointment, please visit our website at www.redcrossblood.org.