East Wilkes Middle School is participating int he program, and has received the grant to get its startup efforts. The program, according to the release, will last at least eight weeks, and will end with a mass running event to celebrate the students' achievements. The program, which is a series of lesson plans developed by the National Association, also includes activities such as a distance log and a running journal to keep the kids engaged. Grant funds from ING have been distributed to nearly 300 schools nationwide that are starting the program this year.
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Hammonds is a registered sex offender. She and Michael Setzer made national attention when a video of the two appeared on the Internet while they were working at the Conover Dominos. The video allegedly shows the two tampering with food at the Dominos. The Jessica Lunsford Act states that it is unlawful for a sex offender to be on premises where children regularly congregate, and some minors attend Wilkes Community College. Hammonds said she was given a copy of the bill during her meeting with the administrator.
Administrators said she was just one of several students who had to be kicked out because of the law. Wilkes Community College officials said there is nothing they can do because they have to follow the law. One of Hammond’s teachers said despite her past, she is an excellent student who seemed to be trying to do the right thing for herself and her children.
In a release, Governor Perdue said there are six projects on the table that total more than 92 and a half million dollars. The state's part of that would be about 16 and a half million and Perdue is asking the feds, specifically the Federal Railroad Administration for the other nearly 76 million dollars. We could know before the end of this year if we get it. Perdue says the projects would create or retain almost 15 hundred jobs and the money would come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. She said quote--“These rail projects are critical for communities throughout our state working with our partners in other states will improve the transportation system in North Carolina and in the Southeast.” Perdue said the catch is that the projects have to be finished within two years of the grant awards.
In a release, Governor Perdue said there are six projects on the table that total more than 92 and a half million dollars. The state's part of that would be about 16 and a half million and Perdue is asking the feds, specifically the Federal Railroad Administration for the other nearly 76 million dollars, and we could know before the end of this year if we get it. Perdue says the projects would create or retain almost 15 hundred jobs and the money would come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Purdue said quote--“These rail projects are critical for communities throughout our state working with our partners in other states will improve the transportation system in North Carolina and in the Southeast.” She says the catch is that the projects have to be finished within two years of the grant awards.
"We continue to feel the effects of a struggling global and national economy," said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. in a news release. "We experienced a slight drop in the state's labor force in July. However, this change was not enough to affect the unemployment rate. Our network of offices statewide continue to provide services to those needing assistance with job searches and unemployment insurance claims." The single largest job-losing category statewide last month: government, off more than 21-thousand jobs across North Carolina.
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Raleigh-based Mainline Contractors was awarded the contract in 2008 to complete the work. WXII TV reports that Mainline then hired out some of the work on the project to several local companies. Tola Oduyoye is the owner of FT Trucking in Kernersville and said quote--"We hauled dirt from Patterson Avenue to the airport." He said he has yet to be paid for the work his company performed. Oduyoye said he was quoted $13,000 to complete the work but so far has only been paid $3,500. A second contractor said he has not been paid either. Airport Commission chair Tom McKim said the airport is trying to determine what went wrong that caused the contractors to not collect their money. McKim said the commission contacted Mainline and Mainline gave its side of the story, but McKim wouldn't elaborate citing the ongoing investigations.
In a news release, 45th District Senator Steve Goss said, “I am pleased that the Governor is returning these school construction funds to the school systems across our state. It’s the right thing to do." Ashe, Watauga, and Alexander counties will together receive a little over $300,000.
Two crews from the Wilkes Correctional Center in North Wilkesboro, with eight inmates per crew, worked nearly 30,000 hours in 2008 alone as part of the N.C. Department of Correction's Community Work Program. One correctional officer per crew supervises them. Even if the inmates were being paid as little as $6 per hour, which they're not, that's nearly $180,000 worth of labor. It's mostly general maintenance, ranging from spreading mulch and other landscape work at Wilkes schools to remodeling a room in the North Wilkesboro Police Station. Officials tell the paper much of the labor intensive, time consuming work completed through the program would now likely go undone or require the hiring of private contractors.