In today’s economy, Wilkes Community College is facing a very good problem to have. The college is challenged to graduate enough students to satisfy the region’s growing demand for CNC machinists, a highly-skilled manufacturing worker who has computer programming knowledge. CNC stands for computer numerically controlled, and it is a manufacturing process where a CNC machinist uses a computer to produce or craft a three-dimensional part. “In the U.S., our greatest concern in manufacturing is not the growing field in China, as so many people believe. The number one concern right now is finding or educating a skilled manufacturing workforce here in the U.S.,” says Lyndell Duvall, chair of the Applied Engineering Department at Wilkes Community College. “And jobs in this field are plentiful. If you’re looking geographically from the WCC Wilkes Campus, there are employers within a 45-50 mile radius hiring machinists from our program,” says Duvall. Spring 2012 was the first semester WCC offered a CNC machining program at North Wilkes High School. This allows high school students to begin working toward a CNC certificate, diploma or degree while still completing their high school education. A certificate may be earned in one semester or 16 weeks; a diploma is a one-year program. Most of the students at WCC opt for the two-year associate degree program. Students entering the CNC machining program at WCC Wilkes Campus learn in the Haas Technical Training Center, which is equipped with a half million dollars in of state-of-the-art equipment. Similar facilities exist at Ashe Campus and Alleghany Center. Currently a lab with CNC training equipment is being developed at the North Wilkes High School location. For more information on the CNC machining program at Wilkes Community College, contact Lyndell Duvall at 336-838-6228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wilkesboro Police are working with other agencies regarding a financial fraud investigation. A North Wilkesboro resident told Police that she was trying to buy a dog online from a website that she had used before to purchase dogs. This time, a man from Texas instructed the woman to put a 500 dollar deposit on a Money Pak Card for a dog that cost 2000 dollars. The woman purchased the card, sent the card number to the seller, and then discovered the phone number for the seller was disconnected. Before she could stop payment, the man had already gotten the 500 dollars from the card. The woman contacted Police as well as the Money Pak Fraud Department to investigate. Money Pak Cards are used to make same-day payments. According to the Green Dot MoneyPak website, card users are instructed to use the Money Pak number only with businesses on their approved list. If anyone else asks for your Money Pak number, it’s probably a scam…as appears to be the case with the Wilkes resident. Card users are also told: Don’t give your Money Pak number to pay for something you buy through classifieds or to collect prize money. Money Pak is not a bank account and funds are not insured against loss.
March in National Diabetes Month, and Denise Monahan of the Wilkes Health Department explains the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. AIR Monahan says that sometimes a lifestyle change of what we eat and exercise can greatly help with controlling and/or preventing diabetes. For information on diabetes and prevention, you may call the Wilkes County Health Department at 651-7450.
As a business owner, what are your feelings on energy and would you like to talk about it? The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is bringing its "Energy Choices Now" Roadshow to every region of our state beginning in early April. The events are free, but registration is required. The NCSEA will provide updates on the latest clean energy activity in NC, there will be an overview of the energy issues being considered by the NC General Assembly and tips on meeting with legislators, and participates will engage in discussions about the energy laws and regulations. For more information, go to www.energync.org .
A loud telephone conversation in a public area led to two arrests and multiple charges. In a report filed with Wilkesboro Police, the College Park Citgo called Police regarding a disturbance. When police arrived, they were told that two white males and a white female were in the parking lot. One of the men had engaged in a loud conversation on the phone. Police questioned the trio and asked for their names. One of the men was Nathan Everette of North Wilkesboro, and he had one open warrant. The female with him, Amanda Motsinger of North Wilkesboro, had 8 open warrants for her arrest. While police were searching both Everette and Motsinger, they found drug paraphernalia. Both were arrested for their open warrants and for drug possession. Motsinger was taken to jail with a 20,000 dollar bond; Everette was given a 1200 dollar bond.
Were they trying to break-in or was vandalism their only goal? An Elkin Highway resident called the Sheriff’s Department about damages to property. The victim reported that she and her family were asleep in bed when she heard a loud noise outside. The homeowner got up and found the glass shattered in the front door of the home. Also their vehicle parked in the driveway was damaged with some type of blunt object. No entrance was gained inside the house and nothing was reported stolen. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
They tried to break into the house and then tried to steal the puppies. They were unsuccessful in both attempts at a residence on Byrd Ridge Road. In a report filed with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office, the victim returned home and saw her back door had been pushed open; however, the thieves were unable to get inside the house due to objects at the door. Then a neighbor saw two white males carrying the victim’s Boston Terrier puppies through the woods. The neighbor yelled at the two men, and they dropped the puppies and ran away. The dogs were returned safely to the owner and nothing else was reported stolen. The identity of the two would-be thieves is unknown at this time.
It’s amazing that thieves can often be seasonal. It is that time of year when homeowners start reporting the theft of lawn and garden equipment. Recently a North Wilkesboro resident called the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office to report a theft. The victim left home at 9am and returned home at 6:30 that evening. When they returned home, they saw that the riding mower was gone. The home was not broken into; only the mower was stolen from outside the residence. Then another North Wilkesboro resident called with a break-in but no theft. According to that victim, they came home and found both doors to the residence had been unlocked and opened; however, nothing was reported missing. There is no word on suspects in either case but the Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate.
The Wilkes County Health Department has passed along a warning concerning baby poultry. Giving live chicks to children is a long-time tradition during the Easter season and for backyard poultry producers, this is the time of year to buy chicks and ducklings for their flocks. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health is working with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to encourage businesses that sell or display chicks, ducklings and other live poultry to help educate the public about certain health risks associated with handling live birds. “All poultry, including baby chicks and ducklings, can potentially carry Salmonella in their droppings as well as on their feathers, feet and beaks, even when they appear healthy and clean,” said Dr. Megan Davies, State Epidemiologist. Davies offer a simple tip to help avoid exposure such as washing your hands thoroughly with hot soap and water after handling or touching any area where poultry is produced or housed. Salmonella infection is a serious illness with most people developing the illness between one-to-seven days after exposure. While many people recover in a few days without any medical treatment, some will experience life-threatening illnesses. State Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Carl Williams warns that Salmonella can also get on cages, coops, hay, plants and soil in the area where the poultry live or roam. Last year 15 states, including North Carolina, reported 40 documented human cases of Salmonella illness associated with baby poultry.
Wilkes County High Schools are placing high in the standings. Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2011-2012 winter sports season. The Wells Fargo Cup award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. In the Mountain Valley 1-A/2-A: Finishing first in women’s basketball, second in men’s basketball, and third in wrestling and women’s swimming, Wilkes Central has distanced itself from the pack. Elkin is now in second thanks to a top finish in women’s swimming and a second-place finish in men’s swimming. Third-place belongs to Forbush, which finished first in men’s swimming. Total points for the Mountain Valley 1A/2A are Wilkes Central 84.5, Elkin 69.5, Forbush 64.5, Ashe County 63.5, Starmount 60.5, West Wilkes 49.5, North Wilkes 47, East Wilkes 41.5, and Alleghany 34.5.