The N.C. Department of Transportation reopened N.C. 12 on Monday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m., seven weeks after Hurricane Irene caused several breaches and ripped up asphalt along the highway between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe at the end of August. Crews worked around the clock to build a temporary bridge and repair the highway. Crews have filled in three breaches with sand and pieced together a temporary bridge to cover the largest breach, which was located six miles south of Oregon Inlet. Although the bridge is a temporary solution, its strength and durability will allow it to remain in place as long as necessary to keep traffic flowing. With the re-opening of NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island comes the re-opening of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Just in time for fall migration and Wings Over Water, the refuge welcomes you to come and enjoy the outdoors and all its wildlife and habitats. To learn more about Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, visit http://www.fws.gov/peaisland
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U.S. Senators Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today reintroduced their bipartisan bill to crack down on fraud and illegal trade practices that damage the American textiles industry. The Textile Enforcement and Security Act (TESA) will beef up enforcement and oversight on the trade of textiles and apparels. Textiles and apparels, which have both suffered from increases in illegal trafficking and duty evasion, have the highest fraud ranking of any industrial products in the United States. “With North Carolina’s unemployment rate at an unacceptably high 10.4 percent, I refuse to allow one of my state’s biggest industries to be handicapped by an inability to enforce proper trade rules,” said Hagan, co-chair of the Senate Textile Caucus. Graham said, “This common sense bill will add significant protection for textile workers by strengthening existing customs enforcement mechanisms and creating new tools to combat fraud. ” The U.S. textile industry is the world’s third largest textile exporter, and it relies on proper customs enforcement to protect American businesses and jobs. It is estimated that up to $1 billion in revenue is lost each year due to this type of customs fraud.
Local firefighters were called out again yesterday to another house fire in the area. According to Assistant Fire Marshal Nikki Hamby, the fire initially started in the kitchen. The homeowner was deep frying some French fries and left the pot unattended on the stove to step outside. When she realized there was a fire, it was already out of control. The fire had breached the attic space by the time firefighters arrived, and they had to cut a hole in the roof to put out the blaze. Champion, Millers Creek, and Wilkesboro were called out to the house fire when it first happened just after 7pm Tuesday. Then Champion Fire Department was called out two more times early Wednesday morning to extinguish flare ups. The house was severely damaged from the first fire, and the Red Cross was called to assist the family. Hamby says the fire is still under investigation. As 3WC News first reported, Wilkesboro Firefighters were called to a fire Monday night at an
Ironically, this is National Fire Prevention Week. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Fire Prevention Week is this week and was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire which occurred October 8 and 9, 1871. Wilkes Assistant Fire Marshal Nikki Hamby reminds us that this week is a good time to change those batteries in your smoke alarms, be sure smoke alarms are working properly, and clean those chimneys. And Hamby says to use caution with portable heaters and candles. Get more information on fire safety and fire prevention from the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org
At least 3 different reports dealing with vehicles locally came in to the Sheriff’s Department this week. In the past few months here in Wilkes there have been numerous car break-ins including one this week. A Rock Creek Church Road resident was the latest victim. She told Sheriff’s Deputies that she discovered the break-in to her 2006 Chevy when she started to leave for work Tuesday morning. No damages were reported to the car; however, a portable DVD player and DVD case holder were taken from the vehicle. Stolen property is valued at nearly 200 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report.
Then a Millers Creek victim reported some damage to property with no theft. The woman told Deputies that sometime during the night someone shattered the back passenger side window of her 1990 Plymouth. Damages are estimated at 300 dollars. Nothing was reported stolen from inside the vehicle and again there are no suspects.
And finally a Roaring River also reported a theft from her car. The woman was stopped recently by a highway patrol officers, because the license tag was missing from her car. As the woman reported to Sheriff’s Officials, the traffic stop was the first time she realized that the tag was stolen from the vehicle. Law enforcement do have the tag number and the investigation is continuing.
We are on Day 16 of the 40 Days of Life Campaign. 40 Days for Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends, and families. During the 40 Days, the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center also has their Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraiser. Susan Sturgill explains the mission of Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center is to provide positive alternatives to abortion, to promote sexual integrity in our community, and provide post-abortion recovery and support. All the services at WPCC including pregnancy tests are free. The Baby Bottle Boomerang is now through November 6th, where people collect donations in bottles and end with a candlelight vigil. For more information on the 40 Days of Life or the WPCC call locally 838-9272.
Someone tried to break in, but apparently, did not succeed. In a report filed with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department recently, a North Wilkesboro resident reported that attempted break-in. The victim returned home and found that someone had tried to get inside the house by prying and cutting the garage window screens on the front of the residence. Entry was not made by would-be thieves and total property damage was only 100 dollars. There were no witnesses in the neighborhood to the attempted break-in and are no suspects.
Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that Honda Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of American Honda Motors Inc. and the manufacturer of the new HondaJet, will expand its facilities and land usage at Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport by constructing a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) center on its campus. The company’s new $20 million MRO facility is part of a broader plan to create 419 new jobs and invest a total of $78.7 million during the next five years in Guilford County. The project was made possible in part by a $1 million grant from the One North Carolina Fund. According to Gov Perdue’s office--through use of the One NC Fund, more than 50,000 jobs and $9 billion in investment have been announced since 2001.
Gov. Bev Perdue sent a letter this week to leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly requesting that the General Assembly take a first step in implementing a court order regarding NC Pre-K. The governor requested resources to enable 6,300 additional at-risk students to enroll in NC Pre-K starting in January 2012. On July 18, 2011, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Howard Manning issued an order that said “[t]he State of North Carolina shall not deny any eligible at-risk four year old admission to the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program (NCPK).” Judge Manning reaffirmed that ruling last month. The Dept of Health and Human Services estimates that it will cost approximately $30 million to serve 6,300 additional children starting in January 2012. Gov. Perdue said that she has identified existing funds that the General Assembly could use without raising taxes, without putting the budget out of balance and without damaging critical priorities.
The roof was already collapsed and the abandoned house fully involved by the time Wilkesboro Firefighters arrived. Neighbors called 911 Monday night when they saw the house burning on Kelly Hill Road. Wilkesboro Fire Department responded just before 8pm Monday and were on the scene for about 3 hours to make sure the house fire was extinguished and the surrounding area was secure from hot spots. Reportedly, no one has lived in the old 2-story house in over 30 years. The cause of Monday night’s fire is still unknown at this time. No injuries were reported from the fire.