Two were arrested by Wilkesboro Police after Loss Prevention Officers at WalMart discovered theft by employees. In the report, Wilkesboro Police were called to view a video in which a Walmart employee, Mark Higgins, was seen taking items from sporting goods and putting them behind the counter. At some point, Higgins put all the items in two Walmart bags. He had another employee ring up a cheap flashlight, but he then put an expensive flashlight in the bag with the other stolen items. Higgins was questioned and admitted to taking the items from the store without paying. He was arrested and charged with Felony Larceny by employee. Later Wilkesboro Police were called back to the store. Another employee, Joseph Arnold, admitted to knowing about the theft by Higgins and helping him. Arnold was arrested and charged with one Felony count of aiding and abetting larceny by employee.
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Wilkes Community College is pleased to announce the recent re-accreditation of their Fire and Rescue program. This re-accreditation, granted by the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission, is effective for five years and will allow the college to continue to offer students fire and rescue training that will be eligible for state and international certification. The dental assisting class of 2010 passed the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) with a 100 percent passing rate. The class of 2010 participated in SkillsUSA at state and national levels, and one student, Melissa Blackburn, received third place in the national SkillsUSA for dental assisting. WCC conducted an athletics interest survey at both the college and the local high schools during 2010 spring semester to assess the athletic interests and abilities of female students. Results of the survey indicated a significant interest in volleyball, which has resulted in the decision to reactivate the women’s volleyball program for the 2011-2012 school year.
Gov. Bev Perdue Tuesday announced that The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences of RTP and the XY Group International of China have signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding that will focus on advancing biomedical innovation and technology collaborations, facilitating international business development and creating unique training and education opportunities. This partnership continues the relationship between the State of North Carolina, China, The Hamner Institutes and XY Group International to create a global biosciences gateway that will serve as a prototype for China/USA technology, business and economic development partnerships. “If North Carolina is going to not just compete but thrive in a 21st century economy, we must build on relationships around the globe that will provide mutual benefit to both sides,” said Gov. Perdue. “What we’re doing today is paving the way for future development between our countries – development that may one day translate into jobs for our people. That’s what it’s all about: finding opportunities to position North Carolina for job growth and better, stronger investments for our future.” Under Gov. Perdue’s leadership, North Carolina has made building relationships with other countries an economic development priority. Relationships established during Gov. Perdue’s trade mission to China in 2009 helped influence Tuesday’s agreement. The Biosciences Partnership formed between The Hamner Institutes and XY Group International will locate its U.S. operations on the RTP campus, fostering economic development opportunities for both China and North Carolina/U.S. government and private sector investors.
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, January 13, in the John A. Walker Community Center. The committee announced that the state construction office has approved a contract with CBSA Architects to complete a study and prepare preliminary plans for additional facilities for programs currently housed in the Power Mechanics Building. The WCC Endowment Corporation is funding the architectural work included in this initial contract. The expansion is necessary to meet National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) accreditation requirements for the Automotive Systems Technology and Heavy Equipment & Transport Technology programs. CBSA will present their site survey findings and recommendations to the administration in early February. Hayes Hall Room 312 was renovated during the winter break to replace 1969-style fixed arm furniture and tiered tile floor. In addition to new student seating and an upgraded instructor’s station, the room is outfitted with new energy-efficient lighting. The board congratulated recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Staff and Faculty Awards. Patsy Church, recipient of the WCC 2011 Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award, and Cinnamon Martin, recipient of the WCC 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award, each received $500 awarded by the WCC Endowment Corporation. 3WC News will have more on the Trustees recent meeting in upcoming newscasts.
Wilkesboro Police were called recently to the Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to assist EMS with a possible combative family member of a patient. While at the Center, police noticed the smell of alcohol on a woman who was visiting the Center. Police waited in the parking lot to see if the woman would attempt to leave in her car while under the influence. When the woman stepped outside, police questioned her. She admitted to drinking earlier in the evening and said she was just going to sleep it off in her car in the parking lot. Police advised her not to drive, and she agreed. About 10 minutes later, Wilkesboro Police saw the woman driving South on Fletcher Street. They pulled her over and asked why she was driving when she was warned not to. She said she was just trying to get home. Police administered a Alco Sensor test and the woman, Angela Wilkinson, blew a .09 which is over the legal limit. Wilkinson was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DWI.
It was a hit and run but unknown to the guilty party. Wilkesboro Police were called to investigate an incident in the Fuel-Ex parking lot. A witness saw a vehicle hit another car that was parked and unoccupied. The witness got the make and color of the hit and run vehicle and said it had out of state plates. The store attendant told police that several employees from Suncrest Farms came in to cash their paychecks at the time of the hit and run. Police found a vehicle matching the description at Suncrest. The owner, Christopher Billings, stated that he had been at the Fuel-Ex but didn’t know he had collided with another vehicle. Billings was issued a citation for hit and run.
It has happened before, and it happened again last week. A man was banned from the store after he was caught shoplifting at WalMart. Wilkesboro Police were called when the Loss Prevention Officer at the store witnessed a 31-year-old white male conceal 3 DVD’s and then try to leave the store without paying. The man was issued a citation for misdemeanor larceny by Police, and he was banned from Walmart by the Loss Prevention Officer. Since he was not arrested, we are not releasing his name at this time.
Last week I spoke with Julie Smith of Samaritan’s Kitchen here in Wilkes. Smith says they still have the Client Choice Pantry and Backpack Program, but they did have to eliminate one service. Because of funding and the lack of volunteers, they have done away with the Saturday meals program. For those families needing food, Smith explained how the Client Choice Pantry works. The people need to come by and fill out an application, and then they are given a box of food. To find out more call Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes at 838-5331. My complete interview with Julie Smith can be heard as a podcast on our website: hometownchristianradio.com.
Thousands of Americans will demand that children gain access to more effective and challenging schools during America’s first-ever National School Choice Week, January 23-29, 2011. National School Choice Week will shine a dramatic spotlight on the need for effective educational options for every child. More than 150 state and national organizations will host major events across the country, which are expected to attract tens of thousands of participants. National School Choice Week comes after an historic election season during which the chronic failures of many American public schools were hotly debated. As numerous high-profile documentaries this year have highlighted, education spending has increased by more than 200 percent over 25 years but student academic achievement has remained stagnant and unacceptable. In addition to high-profile events, governors and state legislators from across the country plan to issue proclamations celebrating National School Choice Week.
To learn more about events in your area, to discover national participants, and to sign up to participate, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com .
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) announced eight Vice Chairs for the cycle today, giving each a specific role that will help drive the committee’s mission through 2012. Since the beginning of his tenure as Chairman, Sessions has made it a priority to increase Member involvement in the committee. Included in the 8 vice chairs is Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC). Foxx will chair the Grassroots Development for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Also, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx has announced that she introduced legislation to crack down on abusive political robo-calls. Her bill, the Robo Calls Off Phones Act (H.R. 116), allows anyone who signs up for the federal government’s existing “Do Not Call” list to opt out of political robo-calls. Currently, political robo-calls are exempt from compliance with the federal “Do Not Call” list. Foxx does not do political robo-calls. Anyone who wishes to continue to receive automated political calls will still be able to receive them. Foxx’s legislation strictly applies to unsolicited, political robo-calls.