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Friday
Feb262010

BREMCO Announces Second Month of Bill Cuts

The Board of Directors of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation last night approved a second month for a temporary rate reduction in an effort to help members struggling from higher than normal winter electric bills due to extended severely cold weather.

The reduction will be reflected on bills members receive in March. The Board first approved a reduction that was reflected on February bills. For the average Blue Ridge Electric member using a monthly 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, the reduction will result in about a nine percent savings. In other words, members will save $9 on every1,000 kilowatt hours of usage on their March bills.

Colder than normal temperatures this winter has increased electricity usage, especially for heating, and has resulted in much higher electric bills for consumers.

“The Board felt it was important to help members and that it was possible to extend the temporary rate reduction by one more month without negatively impacting the cooperative’s financial stability,” explained Doug Johnson, chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Electric, which is a not-for-profit electric cooperative. “The extreme cold has created a situation of higher electricity usage and costs this winter. Combined with the current struggling economy, we believed we needed to reach out in every possible way to assist members,” he explained.

“We hope this temporary reduction, along with energy efficiency steps members are making, will all add up to make a positive difference for our members,” Johnson concluded.

Friday
Feb262010

Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Palin To Visit Wilkes

As you heard on the morning show today, Former First Lady Laura Bush and Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be in Wilkes this summer. The Blue Ridge Educational Resource Group is hosting both women as part of its "Complete Women Expo 2010" to be held June 5th at Wilkes Community College. Bush and Palin will both speak at the event; there is also a $500-per plate luncheon scheduled with the former First Lady. Attendance at that event is limited to 75 people. Palin will have a book signing in the afternoon, with attendance again limited to 75. For more information on the concert and the womens' visit, go to the Blueridge Educational Resource Group website at www.blueridge-erg.org.

Friday
Feb262010

Heart Attack Doesn't Always have "Classic" Symptoms

It's National Healthy Heart Month for a couple of more days. Lynn Day from the Wilkes Chapter of the American Heart Association says heart disease is the number one killer health problem nationwide and here in Wilkes. Stroke is the #3 condition that causes deaths here. A heart attack may not exhibit the symptoms you expect -- massive chest pain, for example:

We'll have more excerpts from Lynn Day's appearance on yesterday's Focus on the Foothills in upcoming 3WC newscasts. You can hear the whole thing on our podcast, available at 12403wc.com.

Friday
Feb262010

High Wind Warning

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT.

* EXPECT SUSTAINED NORTHWEST WINDS TO INCREASE TO BETWEEN 20 AND 35 MPH LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY...WITH SOME GUSTS TO 50 OR 60 MPH POSSIBLE. WINDS OF THIS STRENGTH CAN KNOCK DOWN TREES...POWER LINES AND WEAK BUILDINGS. SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES...MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE...AND DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES ARE ALL POSSIBLE.

Thursday
Feb252010

Benefit Set for Mom with Lou Gehrig's Disease

A benefit is set next month for a local mother of four recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mikki Bryan is faced with mounting medical bills and day-to-day living expenses, as she is unable to work. A benefit will be held on March 20 at East Wilkes High School cafeteria. The event, which will feature bingo, an auction, door prizes and food, will begin at 5 p.m. Her brother in law, Garry Walker is helping organize the event. Walker said that Bryan is now wheelchair bound and unable to work. Up until recently, she had been employee for a vendor company and before that worked for Lowe’s. Her husband, Randy, is a house painter. There has also been a benefit account set up at State Employees Credit Union.

Thursday
Feb252010

Jody Brady Starts Forestry Consulting Service After Losing County Forester Job

Nobody's saying why, but Jody Brady is out after more than 17 years as county forester. Wilkes is one of just two counties int he state to have a separate forester, because of the large amount of forest management activities by private landowners here. The employs the forester, but the position is funded jointly by the state and county. District 2 Forester Hunter Birckhead says the state plans to continue the position, which a state forest service spokesman says Brady was "terminated" from on January 25th. Brady tells the Journal-Patriot there was a misunderstanding, but that he feels he's on good terms with the forest service. He's started a private consulting firm, doing much the same work he's done for the past 17 years.

Birckhead said that because Wilkes County government funds 40 percent of the position and the state funds 60 percent, he'll seek input from Wilkes County Manager John Yates and the Wilkes County commissioners on the person the forest service recommends before anyone is hired.

Wednesday
Feb242010

Wilkes United Way Comes SO Close to Goal

They came SO close...yet Wilkes County United Way officials say they're pleased.

They announced on Tuesday that they raised more than 700 thousand dollars during the 2009-2010 campaign. even though the goal was 800 thousand dollars. 2009-2010 Campaign Chairman Luther Parks said in this tough economy, this was good. He said quote -- "In these extremely challenging economic times, we want to thank you all from the bottom of our heart." The announcement came at the Stone Family Center for Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro.

Wednesday
Feb242010

Lovette Arrested for Stabbing Father

Authorities have arrested the man wanted for stabbing his father and brother earlier this week. Jonathan Cole Lovette is charged with assault using a deadly weapon and is held on a 15-thousand dollar bond, according to an arrest report. As we reported earlier, the altercation between him and his father Monday night resulted in his father being taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. His brother, Chad Lovette, suffered a minor wound to the arm as he tried to separate the two.

Wednesday
Feb242010

Foxx Awarded for Tax, Spending Votes

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) today awarded Foxx an “A” grade for her record of consistently voting to reduce spending and keep taxes low. In NTU’s detailed rating of more than 300 House votes in 2009 Foxx scored a 94 percent, giving her the highest score out of North Carolina’s congressional delegation. NTU’s rating of members of Congress’ votes covers 333 House votes in 2009 that had a significant effect on taxes, spending or debt. Foxx’s “A” grade reflects her voting record on these 333 votes and also earns her the NTU’s “Taxpayers’ Friend Award”.

Wednesday
Feb242010

WCC Volunteer Day is March 4

The Wilkes Community College Annual Volunteer Recognition is set for next week. The event will be held on March 4th at the Walker Center. Everyone who volunteered for Wilkes Community College, The Walker Center, and for events at the college is invited to the event which will begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature a buffet dinner, special entertainment, and the presentation of the Chloe Sturdivant Award of Appreciation for Excellence.

School officials say the event is an opportunity to recognize individuals who contribute their time and talent to the college and its other operations. Volunteers provide support for every aspect of the college from serving on various boards, assisting in the gardens, providing extra help for golf tournaments, lending a helping hand in the library, being available for Walker Center events and school shows, providing clerical work, and decorating the Walker Center Christmas tree.