"We'll see people sitting out there in chairs as we leave work for the day," she tells the Journal-Patriot. ESC staff will then spend the first half of the next day assisting people seeking Tyson jobs. The number of people waiting in line has gradually dropped to not much more than 20 because job seekers have come to realize the ESC hands out only 20 Tyson job applications at a time, she said. That's the number of applicants sought by Tyson each time. Tyson has added about 135 jobs at the processing complex in Wilkesboro since the first of May, bringing the company's total employment in Wilkes to about 2,800.
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Teaching Assistants will work ten-percent fewer hours this school year, a fact Laws acknowledges hurts their families quite a bit. He believes the action is preferable to having to get rid of several teaching assistants or teachers. Laws says he doesn't want people to get the wrong idea: he's not a supporter of shortening the school year:
The calendar approved by the school board, which is awaiting Legislative approval as a pilot project, shortens the school calendar by 18 days by lengthening the school days by 45 minutes. You can hear the full interview with Dr. Laws on our podcast page at 1240-3wc.com, and we'll have more excepts in upcoming 3WC newscasts.
But they're not at Tyson, they're at the N.C. Employment Security Commission office in North Wilkesboro. People who are out of work are in the line to be the first to apply for jobs at the chicken processing complex in Wilkesboro. Ann Bowlin is the manager at the ESC office at Midtown Plaza and says on several different occasions over the past several weeks, people have waited overnight to put in applications. Bowlin says ESC only hands out 20 Tyson applications at a time, so the number of those in line as gone down over the past few weeks.
A calendar with fewer, longer days has already been passed by the Wilkes Board of Education. But it needs legislative approval to put the calendar into effect, because state law requires a 180-day calendar currently. Local legislators are pushing to have the adaptation tried this year as an official state pilot project. You can hear the entire interview on our podcast page at 12403wc.com, and we'll have additional excerpts in upcoming 3WC newscasts.
We'll have more explanation of the plans and the potential money saving if this pilot project is allowed by the Legislature, coming up in future 3WC newscasts. You can also hear the entire interview on our podcast page at 12403wc.com.
Chatham parking lot, Town parking lot(across from Chamber), Post office/library parking lot, Smith Phillips parking lot and Combs/old Brendles parking lots. Services will start at 6pm.
On Saturday, the Shuttle service will be available, but from Chatham parking only. Additional seating with audio and video will be provided in the church chapel and fellowship hall. Hollywood Cemetery will be closed to all vehicles not in the funeral procession. The cemetery will be open to pedestrian traffic.
The N.C. General Assembly still has not passed a spending plan for the current fiscal year, but it is expected to have less money for teacher assistants this fall. The salary cut for teacher assistants will remain in effect regardless of the calendar for the school year, Laws said. "We still don't know whether our calendar will be approved," he said. "But we remain optimistic that it will be."
At the June 30 session, the school board also approved a calendar with 162 days in the school year instead of the current 180 days, but it requires students to attend school 45 minutes longer each day. The shorter calendar for Wilkes County is designed to reduce the school system's daily operating costs. The calendar change also needs approval from the state legislature, and the provision is being considered along with the state budget.
The town's wastewater treatment plant was opened 44 years ago, and much of the main equipment installed then is still in use. Officials expect as many as eight "very competitive bids," according to the Journal-Patriot, since the economy has slowed down and contractors are vying for projects. A consultant that is preparing the bid packet says the bids could bring the cost of the entire project in right at the budget for the treatment plant work alone.
The project has been delayed as plans were modified several times, and while the town sought funding. Tyson Foods had agreed, at one point, to give the town its pre-treatment basins near the main plant, as well as its main feeder line while also paying for over half of the cost. The estimated cost of the project six years ago, when Tyson was involved, was $3.5 million for plant expansion. As the project costs grew, Tyson withdrew from the agreement. The town expects to receive a $1 million grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce to apply toward the cost of the project. Also, the state has reserved $7.2 million for the town to use for the project. That money will probably carry with it a 2.5 percent interest charge.
As we've reported earlier, David Wheeling was the victim of the incident. He was reported by the sheriff's department to have non life-threatening injuries and to still be a patient at Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The hospital will not confirm that. Deputies are not releasing any accounts of what led to the stabbing.