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Foxx: Administration Pushing to Get Agenda Thourhg Before Public "Wakes Up"

Cap and trade -- it's a term that is growing in strength on Capitol Hill, as environmentalists try to use the unproven global warming theory to control much of our lives. Fifth district Congresswoman Virginia Foxx says the cap and trade legislation pushing through Congress is another example of the current administration's attempt to foist something off on an unaware public:

We'll have additional comments from 5th District Representative Virginia Foxx' recent Focus on the Foothills interview on upcoming 3WC Newscasts. You can also hear the entire interview on our podcast page at


421 Repairs to Take 6 Weeks, Cost $1.5 Million

A repair to a landslide along U.S. 421 could be finished by mid- to late July and cost an estimated $1.5 million. The southbond lanes of the highway have been reduced to only one lane since a section of asphalt and a concrete barrier near Exit 286-B collapsed May 27 when a 40-foot high concrete retaining wall failed on the slope below the highway. The collapse left a hole that's about 150 feet long and 25 feet wide, taking out the concrete shoulder and a portion of asphalt at the beginning of the exit ramp.

The repair work will happen from below, according to NCDOT, in hopes of keeping the single lane open and avoiding a through-town detour. Mike Pettyjohn, a division engineer for the DOT, tells the Winston-Salem Journal contractors are standing by to start work on the permanent repair once crews finish cleaning the asphalt and concrete out of the hole. DOT soil specialists say that the concrete retaining wall collapsed because Moravian Creek had gotten so high and the current was so strong that it forced water under the retaining wall, as well as into the soil behind the retaining wall.

The creek normally empties into the Yadkin River just north of the area that collapsed, but the river was so swollen with the heavy rains that the creek backed up and flooded. The ground beneath and under the retaining wall was already saturated when water levels began to rapidly drop. "When the water came down, it came down so quickly, it sucked the dirt out from under the wall," Pettyjohn said.


Burglars Take Tools in Two Locations

Hand and power tools were stolen in a pair of burglaries this weekend. Other than the similarity in what was taken, deputies do not indicate any connection between the crimes. A home being remodeled on Friendly Grove was the site of one of the burglaries, reported Friday just after 11am. The back door had been kicked open, according to a crime reports, and there was a Nintendo system taken from a bedroom along with various power tools including a nail gun a DeWalt power tool set and a hammer drill were taken. Total loss is about 17-hundred dollars.

The second break-in was reported in the 56-hundred block of Traphill Road Saturday afternoon. Martha wood realized about then that her garage had been broken into sometime between May 23rd and last Saturday. The thief had taken impact wrenches, sanders, power screw drivers and drills, together worth about 1-thousand dollars. These items all had identifying marks. Deputies list both cases as under investigation, and say there are no suspects in either one.


Mechanical Problem Caused Ultra-Light Crash in Surry County

The pilot of an ultra-light plane suffered minor injuries when his airraft crashed last night in Surry county. Calls started coming in at approximately 8:10 p.m. on Monday evening reporting a plane crash in Southeastern Surry County. "Access to the site is by traveling a muddy logging road and forging two creeks," Sheriff Graham Atkinson said. "The pilot was out of the plane and walking around, but was transported to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital for observation." The pilot was Thomas Robert Granville, 63, from Orlando, Florida.
"Mr. Granville reported that there was a malfunction with the plane," Sheriff Atkinson said. "He reported that he was flying at 6000 feet when oil started spraying the windshield of the plane. The plane was equipped with a parachute and when the malfunction occurred, the pilot flipped the control for the parachute and the plane glided down into the field."


Foxx: Spending Does Not Equal Prosperity

A trillion here, a trillon there and suddenly you're talking about real money -- or so the saying goes, paraphrased somewhat. But in the case of the federal government, it's not real money, says Fifth-District Representative Virginia Foxx. In an appearance on Focus on the Foothills last Thursday, Foxx commented about the thought that government spending leads to prosperity:

We'll have additional comments from 5th District Representative Virginia Foxx on upcoming 3WC Newscasts. You can also hear the entire interview on our podcast page at


Cross Conneciton Work Here Soon

The Carolina Cross Connection, a Christian outreach ministry for youth and adults, will be back in Wilkes this summer working on projects such as painting homes, fixing porches and wheelchair ramps, repairing roofs, cutting weeds and more. This is the ministry's 18th summer working in Wilkes County and its second summer being based at West Wilkes Middle School. Staff will begin scheduling projects on Wednesday in Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties. You can request assistance by calling the Carolina Cross Connection at 452-9761. The organization is headquartered in Lincolnton and is in its 22nd summer of serving people in the southern Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.


Memorial for Kyle Barber is Tomorrow Afternoon

The North Carolina Highway Patrol will hold a memorial service on tomorrow for Master Trooper Kyle P. Barber, who died May 19th a result of complications following surgery. While the service will be held outside the John A. Walker Center in Wilkesboro, the event will actually start at 2 p.m. with a procession from the Barber home near Roaring River. According to a news release, the procession will travel on White Plains Road to Ruritan Road, and back onto White Plains Road to N.C. 268 in Roaring River. The vehicles will turn onto Red White and Blue Road to U.S. 421 and then take U.S. 21 to Wilkes Community College and the Walker Center. The ceremony there is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.

According to Highway Patrol officials, participation in the procession is being limited to troopers from Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and troopers who went to Patrol training school with Barber. They have also invited each of the Wilkes fire departments to have one truck in the procession. Other individuals, according to the Patrol, may stand alongside the procession route to pay tribute to Trooper Barber, or may attend the brief ceremony at the college.

In the ceremony, Highway Patrol Col. Walter J. Wilson Jr. will present the state flag to members of the Barber family, and "Taps" will be played. Finally, the Troop F communications center in Newton will check Trooper Barber as "10-42," the designation for ending his duty.


WPD Releases Details of Friday Shooting Death at Hamption Inn

Wilkesboro police say they are investigating the death of a woman Friday. Officers were called to the Hampton Inn Friday afternoon after Gerianne Jones Miller, 45, of Raleigh was found dead in a room there. She was found by hotel employees after she failed to check out and they opened the door to her room. Her death was caused by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Her body was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for an autopsy and there is an open death investigation at this time. Wilkesboro police are being assisted by the NC State Bureau of Investigation.


Foxx Honored by ACU

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx has been honored by the American Conservative Union. According to Foxx’ spokesperson, Aaron Groen, the congresswoman was named “Defender of Liberty” for her conservative voting record. ACU’s chairman, David Keene, said Foxx was named the 2008 Defender of Liberty for her support for conservative principles on a wide variety of issues. The ACU is the oldest conservative lobbying organization in the country.

In an interview on 3WC's Focus on the Foothills, Foxx responded to the honor:

We'll have additional comments from 5th District Representative Virginia Foxx on upcoming 3WC Newscasts. You can also hear the entire interview on our podcast page at


Flooding Victims Get Victimized Again

It's bad enough that there has been a general increase in the number of burglaries of homes in Wilkes county recently. But the targeting of flooded mobile homes by burglars is just icing on the cake of bad fortune for those who are having to start over. Since the flooding a week ago Tuesday, five of the six mobile homes that were flooded out when the Moravian Creek went out of its banks have been broken into. There are no suspects in the cases, according to a series of reports on the incidents, which all happened since the flooding. Items valued at about $10,500 were reported stolen in the break-ins. "These folks are having to start all over. They lost about everything, from toothbrushes to cars," Wilkes United Way's Rick Stegall tells the Journal-Patriot. "And then they find that some low life went in and stole" what they might have salvaged. "Someone even jacked up one of the cars and took the wheels, tires and brakes."