Someone stole a car from a Moravian Falls residence. In a report filed with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department, the victim says that sometime overnight, someone stole a ’99 Lincoln Continental car from his residence on Germantown Road in Moravian Falls. The car is beige or champagne in color and is valued at 1000 dollars. According to the Sheriff’s Department report, there were no witnesses to the theft and are no suspects at this time. A BOLO or be on the lookout order was sent to city and county law enforcement as well as the Highway Patrol. The car was also listed in NCIC or the National Crime Information Center, and the Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate this car theft.
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High school students in Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties will have new and expanded opportunities to earn free college credit at Wilkes Community College under a new statewide program recently announced. Career and College Promise (C&CP), as the program is known, offers ways for eligible high school juniors and seniors to get a jump on their post-high school coursework. The pathways include both technical programs and college transfer opportunities, with courses in each area offered tuition-free to high school students. Also included will be cooperative and innovative high schools such as the Wilkes Early College High School on the campus of WCC. The primary goals of the Promise program are to broaden educational opportunities and to accelerate a student’s job readiness while lowering the cost of a post-secondary degree. Wilkes Community College’s Career and College Promise program offers many of the courses on the high school campuses. To be eligible for the college transfer programs, students must be “college ready” using a combination of grades and test scores on accepted college admission exams, including the SAT, ACT, PSAT and PLAN. Students also need to meet the WCC entrance requirements. Other students looking for career training must be juniors or seniors and have a 3.0 GPA or recommendation of the high school principal. For more information about the Career and College Promise program, parents and students may call their high school guidance office or contact Wilkes Community College.
Build a robot or go read and ride a bike. Two schools in Wilkes are the recipients of grant money. Mulberry Elementary and West Middle School are just 2 of nearly 600 schools nationwide that received a portion of over $2 million from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation grants. West Wilkes Middle received a 4,000 dollar grant to develop a robotics program. Students at West Middle will now learn to build and program robots to perform various tasks. A 4,015dollar grant for Mulberry Elementary will provide 25 stationary bicycles which the school will used for a “Read and Ride” room. To promote health and fitness and reading skills is the goal of the unique learning room at Mulberry. The Lowe’s grants were given to schools and parent organizations for parent-initiated, school-improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education.
Wilkes Community College–Ashe Campus has been awarded a $25,000 Project Skill-UP grant through the NC Tobacco Trust Fund. This award is part of a larger $450,000 grant secured by the North Carolina Community College System to be shared by 24 community colleges across the state to target workforce development initiatives. The grant is for developing outreach activities to individuals, communities and businesses adversely impacted by changes in the tobacco industry; providing skills assessment and short-term occupational skills training; and providing financial assistance to students to meet their educational goals. Becky Greer, director of Human Resources Development (HRD) says, “For Ashe County, we have targeted healthcare-related continuing education classes and the cosmetology program. The grant monies will be used to help offset tuition, book fees and other class-related costs.” The grant period runs January 18 through December 31, 2012, and will benefit Ashe County residents.
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (VAWA 2011). The Act included Hagan’s Initiative intended to raise awareness of domestic violence and to better treat survivors of domestic violence. Hagan said, “As a mother of two daughters, I was proud to include my Violence Against Women Health Initiative to streamline efforts to prevent and respond to domestic partner violence, and I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to take swift action on this very important bill.” Hagan’s provision in the bill consolidates the existing three health programs into one. Hagan worked with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) on her portion of the bill. Nearly one in four women in the US has reported experiencing domestic violence at some point in her life. Young women experience the highest rates of sexual assault and stalking. Domestic violence has a significant impact on our country’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intimate partner violence costs the health care system over $8.3 billion annually. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act will now move for consideration by the full Senate.
Gov. Bev Perdue this week released the final report of the Governor’s Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy-- addressing North Carolina’s offshore potential energy resources – oil, natural gas, wind, thermal and hydrokinetic technologies. The report found these resources will most likely be developed outside North Carolina’s jurisdictional waters. This means critical decisions concerning oil and gas exploration will be made at the federal level. “Under current law, North Carolina would not receive a share of lease payments or royalties from development of offshore oil and gas,” according to the report. Gov. Perdue has called on Congress to enact legislation ensuring revenue sharing with the state. The report also said there is much more exploration necessary to determine if there is a significant oil and natural gas resource off the state’s coast. “Previous geophysical exploration for oil and gas in offshore North Carolina suggests limited resources…,” the report found. The panel also found that North Carolina has the largest offshore wind resource on the east coast. “The offshore-wind industry may offer significant opportunities for renewable energy generation and for economic development and job creation,” the panel said. Research and development on other forms of ocean renewable energy, such as thermal and hydrokinetic technologies is promising. North Carolina is poised to be a leader in the research and development of these potential energy resources due to the state’s unique geographic position between two major ocean currents which meet off Cape Hatteras. The full report is available online at: http://www.nccommerce.com
According to an article online, reading through the list of ingredients that make up crystal meth seems more like the inventory of a toxic waste dump. The article also states that it’s difficult to understand who in their right mind would try putting all of these things together and then ingesting them into their body. The drug, which is quickly reaching epidemic proportions in the United States, causes people to have similar symptoms to that of schizophrenics. While it induces a false sense of euphoria for the new user, over time, meth destroys the body's ability to create feelings of happiness and well-being, leaving them in a perpetual state of dark depression. In addition, law enforcement officers have to be specially trained to handle and dispose of the toxic mess. Thus, it is dangerous to drive around with meth products in your car. However, there have been a number of mobile meth labs discovered in Wilkes. Most recently at a traffic stop at the Intersection of Hwy 18 and Cartpath Road, Officers stopped a car in which the driver had marijuana, prescription meds, and meth making products. The female driver, Laura Lee Ward age 42, was arrested and charged with one count of possession of marijuana. Additional charges are pending for the prescription drugs and the meth material found in the car.
She says the money was stolen from her wallet while she was at work. In a report filed with the Wilkesboro Police, a North Wilkesboro woman stated that she had 600 dollars in cash in her pocketbook. While working at Wendy’s in Wilkesboro, the victim said she kept her purse in the back room of the restaurant with other employees’ personal items. The report doesn’t indicate if the pocketbook was locked up in any way at the time of the theft. The victim noticed the money missing Tuesday afternoon and called police. There is a possible suspect in this theft and charges are pending
An assault was witnessed by store employees and customers, but both people involved were gone before police arrived. The local Kohl’s store assistant manager called Wilkesboro Police about an incident they witnessed in the parking lot involving an employee and her boyfriend. Police obtained a copy of the store surveillance video which showed the female employee walking across the parking lot to her car. Her boyfriend was crouched down between cars and when the woman approached he ran toward her and grabbed her arm. The employee tried to return inside the store, but the man blocked her way. She was able to get back to her car, but the man followed her and jumped in the back seat before the car sped off. Management told police the man had caused disturbances at the store before and they wanted him banned from returning. Police have names of both the employee and the man. Charges could be pending when police are able to question them about the altercation in the parking lot.
Wilkes Community College financial aid officers will join college financial aid specialists across the state in offering financial aid assistance on Saturday, February 18, to help high school seniors and families complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms online. At Wilkes Community College, assistance will be offered in Lowe’s Hall rooms 1705 and 1706. There will be free FAFSA Day programs in all 100 counties with most sites open from 9 a.m. until noon. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To pre-register at Wilkes Community College, contact Vickie Call, director of Financial Aid, at 336-838-6146. More than 300 sites will be available, including campus sites and State Employees’ Credit Union branches. A list of all locations and registration is available atwww.CFNC.org/FAFSAday or by calling 866-866-CFNC toll-free.