Yeah, like January 5th soon. That's the deadline to pay your Wilkes County property taxes so you don't pay a penalty. Wilkes Tax Administrator Alex Hamilton said a two percent penalty is assessed on billsd that are not paid by 5 p.m. on January fifth. He said after that, three quarters of a percent will be added each month that taxes are not paid. Hamilton said he does expect there will be late payers.
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The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has sent letters to Marion Deerhake of Raleigh, a member of the N.C. Environmental Management Commission, and Robert Gruber, the executive director of the public staff for the N.C. Utility Commission. David Mickey, a spokesman for the league, urged Deerhake and Gruber to consider Fibrowatt's experience in Minnesota "and avoid the problems encountered there." Fibrowatt and utilities are facing deadlines, but Fibrowatt has not applied for any state permits for its planned plants near Elkin and in Montgomery and Stanly counties because it has not reached purchase agreements with Duke Energy Corp. and Progress Energy Corp. The General Assembly passed a law in 2007 that requires utilities to begin getting some energy from hog and chicken manure by 2012.
State Rep. Sarah Stevens of Mount Airy represents Surry and Alleghany counties in the N.C. House. Stevens said she is considering adding an amendment to a bill in the General Assembly next year that would suspend the law that requires utilities to get some energy from animal waste by 2012. Stevens said that the measure may be necessary because Fibrowatt has not applied for any state permits to operate its planned plants, and she doubts whether the company or the utilities will meet the goals outlined in the law.
The smoking ban goes into effect on January 2nd, but its not making bar and restaurant owners breathe easier. Many are not happy that they no longer have the choice to be a smoking or non-smoking establishment. Legislators saw to that when, as the Winston-Salem Journal reports, they made the decision instead of leaving it the owners of the eateries. Many who own restaurants that are now non-smoking, say they have not seen the drop in business that they thought they would. They're telling owners who allow smoking not to worry -- patron will still eat there -- and smoking will be allowed outside bars and restaurants.
The animals have been under the care of a private veterinarian and have recovered from the illness.
“The herd veterinarian noticed signs of mild illness in the pigs and conducted tests to determine the type,” State Veterinarian David Marshall said. “Confirmatory tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, indicated the virus was H1N1.
“Pigs are subject to flu viruses just like humans, so it’s not unexpected to find it in a herd,” Marshall said. “These cases show that our surveillance system is working.”
People cannot contract H1N1 from handling or consuming pork or pork products, according to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. meat inspection system provides an additional safeguard by inspecting all animals presented for slaughter.
Dr. Tom Ray, director of livestock health at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said it appears the pigs at both farms caught the virus from humans. The herd owners indicated that workers who had contact with the animals had exhibited flu-like illness in the days preceding the animals’ illness.
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The workshop is designed for small food entrepreneurs and food producers who sell directly to the public, meat handlers producing and selling meat products, individuals interested in developing food recall plans to protect their businesses, and those who want to expand market outreach and are required to obtain liability insurance to enter new markets. Topics to be covered include the economics of food recalls, lessons learned from the peanut products recall, and procedures for issuing a recall.
Following lunch, there will be a tabletop exercise where instructors will walk participants through the scenario of a Class I food recall. The workshop is limited to 30 participants and the deadline to register is Jan. 19. Cost is $30 and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact Annette Dunlap, agribusiness developer, at (919) 733-7887.