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Road Rage Leads to Charges

His wife says a Wilkes man got mad when he felt another driver endangered his young girl, but his road rage ended up causing the he man to be charged with multiple crimes, including child endangerment. Wilkesboro police arrested 26-year old Remijio Ramirez after they were called by the other driver, who had been harassed by Ramirez since he'd failed to pull his fully-loaded logging into the left lane of US 421 so Ramirez could get on the highway from Brushy Mountain Road.

The entire distance between there and the Yadkin River Bridge, Ramirez allegedly would speed up, pass the truck, then slam on his brakes, forcing the driver to panic stop to avoid hitting him. The final straw, according to the logging truck driver, was when Ramirez darted into a space between the truck and another car that was so small Ramirez' car could barely fit. The truck driver followed Ramirez to Lowe's, where police were waiting.

The officers spoke to Ramirez' wife Lorena Samboni, who works at Lowe's, and she confirmed the other driver's account, saying Ramirez felt the logging truck endangered his three year old by not pulling over when he wanted to get on the road. He was later informed of the law, which is that he was required to yield to the truck, not the other way around. He was taken before a magistrate on multiple misdemeanor charges and released on a promise to appear.


Wilkes Co SAT Scores Dip Slightly

SAT scores in Wilkes County took a bit of a nosedive, but not enough to affect an overall upward trend.

Wilkes County's latest scores on the SAT, a national college-entrance exam, show a slight decline over last year's results, but continue to demonstrate an upward movement. The 2009 results show Wilkes County high school students scoring an average of 1,026 on the traditional reading and math portions of the test, down only slightly from 2008. School officials say they're pleased though, that last year's scores are higher than those in 2007 and 2006. Wilkes County Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen C. Laws said quote -- "While the 2009 results show some decline from 2008, they show consistency with our strong performance in the 2006 and 2007 school years, particularly in the traditional SAT results of reading and math," He said the scores are above both the state and national averages.


Local SAT Scores Drop, But Long Term Trend is Up

Wilkes County's latest scores on the SAT show a slight decline over last year's results, but school officials say they continue to demonstrate an overall upward trend. The 2009 results show Wilkes County high school students scoring an average of 1,026 on the traditional reading and math portions of the test, which is 11 points down from 2008. However, the 2009 scores remain higher than the results from 2007 and 2006.

Superintendent Steve Laws told the Journal-Patriot, "While the 2009 results show some decline from 2008, they show consistency with our strong performance in the 2006 and 2007 school years, particularly in the traditional SAT results of reading and math. We remain ahead of both state and national averages."

State and national SAT scores continue to show a steady decline. The state average on the traditional reading and math portions of the SAT was 1,006, one point lower than last year's result and two points down from the score in 2006. The national average on the traditional SAT was 1,116—one point down from last year and five points lower than the 2006 average.


Red Cross Regional Executive Director to Retire

After 40+ years with Red Cross, George S. “Sandy” Koontz will retire October 1st. According to a news release, his first day with the Greensboro Chapter was on October 2, 1989. He had previously served the Red Cross in various positions throughout North and South Carolina and his home state of Tennessee for 20 years before joining the Greensboro Chapter. Now, after 20 years of extraordinary service and dedication to the community, Sandy is retiring.


Yadkin County Manager Moves On

The Yadkin county manager has resigned. County Manager Stan Kiser has accepted a position in Caldwell County. He explained that this move would allow him to be closer to his family. Kiser said that he had enjoyed working with the people in Yadkin County. Each of the commissioners wished him the best and thanked him for his service. County employees who were present at the meeting expressed sincere regret to see Kiser leaving. He has been a well respected county manager by the employees. “You knew where you stood with him,” said one who wished not to be identified. Applications for both an interim county manager and someone to fill the position permanently are being accepted. Kiser is scheduled to report to work with Caldwell County on Sept.1.


Services Offered by the Pregnancy Care Center of Wilkes

In the final day of our look at the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center, Susan Sturgill explains, for those who have not become aware during the agency's 13-year existence in Wilkes, what they do:

There are requirements of the pregnant woman who participates in the program, too. If you'd like to learn more about the Pregnancy Care Center, call them at 838-92-72. You can also hear the complete interview on our podcast page at


NC Wants You to Help Improve its Efficiency

The state of North Carolina wants to know how you think the state can run more efficiently. That's why Governor Bev Perdue formed the Budget Reform and Accountability Commission or BRAC this year and then launched a new website: Perdue says the website and BRAC will take input from state residents. Perdue said quote--“As North Carolina continues to be deeply affected by this national recession, state government must ensure that every tax dollar is used as efficiently and wisely as possible.” The governor says the commission is expected to come up with ideas that can be implemented quickly to save taxpayer dollars.


Pregnancy Care Center Volunteers -- Training for Intense Emotion

As we continue our update on the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center, Susan Sturguill explains why they believe expanding the volunteer training form a few nights to an entire week of evenings is an important improvement:

She continued, to explain the depth of emotion volunteers for the agency have to hep people deal with:

Susan's comments came during a Focus on the Foothills interview with 3WC's Angela Henley last Thursday. The complete interview is available on our podcast page at If you'd like to find out more about what volunteers with the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center do, call them at 838-9272.


Service Arrangements Announced for Man Killed in Saturday Wreck

Funeral arrangements have been announced for the Wilkes man who died this weekend in a traffic accident. Billy Brown will be remembered by family and friends tomorrow at 2pm during a service at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. Russell Sheets officiating. Burial will be in Scenic Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends before the service from 12:30 to 2:00 at the funeral home.

Highway Patrol troopers say was southbound on 421 in Yadkin county about 4pm Saturday when a tire blew, causing his car to roll over several times. He was not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected form the car. The auto ended up in the northbound lane.


In-state Students Get No Break at UNV

Out-of-state athletes at UNC schools are getting more of a break on their tuition than instate students. That's because under the law, hundreds of out of state athletes and scholars are counted as in state students. They're also taking spots that could have been given to North Carolinians. The Charlotte Observer reports that the law was slipped into the 2005 budget and it provides funding to expand enrollment. The law also says organizations that pay for scholarships are charged in state tuition and taxpayers footed the bill to the tune of 12 million dollars.