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Monday
Jan042010

Racing School and 3 Races at North Wilkesboro Speedway This Year

Three weekends of racing and a racing school highlight plans for the North Wilkesboro Speedway this year. "We are right on target with where we wanted to be at this point," said Alton McBride Jr., president of Speedway Associates, tells the Journal-Patriot the racing school has just completed plans to offer classes for 12 to 20 weekend days next year. They may start late this month. McBride would not identify the school, but said it's one of the most well established and well known in the racing industry. Driving schools cater both to people simply wanting the experience of driving on a professional track and those serious about learning to race.

Tickets for the three races already scheduled in 2010 go on sale in January or February instead of April as originally planned. That's due to strong demand. "We would like to have one or two more races in this first year, but we are working hard to have other events there" for the financial stability needed to bring the speedway back to life, said McBride. Although emphasizing that Speedway Associates wasn't trying to take anything away from existing venues in the region, he told the paper the community can help accomplish success of the venture by utilizing the speedway for local events. "It can't just run three races a year and survive…. We need something going on each month and possibly bi-weekly."

Sunday
Jan032010

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Jan032010

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Thursday
Dec312009

Hutchens Scholarship Set Up

The family of fallen Winston-Salem police Sgt. Mickey Hutchens has set up a scholarship fund in his honor. Hutchens died in October after being shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Beth Hutchens says the support from the department and community, along with family, friends and her faith, have helped. The couple met when both worked at the Police Department. They have two daughters: Leah, who is in pharmacy school, and Jillian, who is a teacher. They think a scholarship's a good way to honor their father, who stressed the importance of higher education. Leah says she's been the recipient of several scholarships. The first scholarships will be awarded to two high school students in the spring.

Thursday
Dec312009

Power On

Yesterday was a happy New Year's Eve for members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation in Watauga County where the most devastating ice storm in recent history had left some without power since Christmas Day. At the end of major outage restoration there may be isolated, single residence outages that are difficult to detect. Therefore, members in Watauga County who are at their service location and do not have power are asked to contact the cooperative at 800-448-2383. Line technicians will continue cleanup work and final details into this weekend.

At the height of the outage, more than 25,000 members of the cooperative were without power in Watauga, Ashe, Caldwell, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Wilkes and Avery counties. Power restoration efforts were helped by crews from crews from 11 different utilities including neighboring cooperatives Rutherford, Randolph, Piedmont, EnergyUnited, UnionPower, Pee Dee, Lumbee River, and Central EMC, and Blue Ridge Energies as well as crews from Pike Corporation, Carter Utility Services and Asplundh Tree Expert Company.

Public Relations Director Renee Whitener said the lengthy outage is an unusual event for Blue Ridge Electric, as the ice storm damaged nearly half the cooperative's 3,000 miles of power lines and took down some 150 power poles. Hundreds of outage source locations and damage to the system occurred in areas served by the cooperative in very remote, mountainous terrain. Heavy debris and fallen trees also blocked access to major as well as secondary roads early in the restoration process.

Thursday
Dec312009

Wilkes Traffic Deaths Lowest Since 2004

Assuming there are no more traffic deaths tonight, Wilkes will end the year with ten fatalities due to crashes. It's the fewest in five years. Highway patrol troopers say of the ten who died in Wilkes this year, seven were not wearing seatbelts when they wrecked. troopers were increasing enforcement of the state seatbelt law due to the high percentage of people not wearing them in highway fatality cases. The Journal-Patriot reports seven of Wilkes County's 14 highway deaths in 2008 and seven of the county's 23 highway fatalities in 2007 were a result in part of people not wearing seatbelts. Five of the county's highway deaths in both 2006 and 2005 were people not wearing seatbelts. The total was four in 2004. 2004 was the last time fewer than ten people died in Wilkes county traffic.

Thursday
Dec312009

Wilkes Volunteer Firefighter Dies While At Firefighting Job in Benton

Family members in Wilkes and firefighters on multiple departments are mourning the loss of 24-year-old firefighter from Wilkes County who died while at work in Benton Tuesday. Fire officials say Richard Adam Miller died while participating in physical fitness training at Gaston County Fire Station 43. He was reportedly running on a treadmill when he collapsed. Miller was rushed to Gaston Memorial Hospital where he later died. Miller was a paid firefighter in Belmont since August 2009. He was also a Lieutenant with the Millers Creek Volunteer Fire Department. The cause of death is still unknown. Firefighters and paramedics stood on a bridge over Interstate 85 last night to honor Miller as his body was brought home. Representatives from ten Gaston County fire departments showed their support for Miller's friends and colleagues by lining up on several interstate overpasses.

Funeral services will be held 11:00am Saturday at Millers Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in Calvary Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Glendale Springs. The family will receive at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 tomorrow night.

Wednesday
Dec302009

Left Turn, Speeding Cause Crash that Injures One

A two-vehicle crash Monday night sent one person to the hospital. Wilkesboro police were called about 7:20pm Monday to the intersection of Highway 421 and Dancy Road, where a driver had failed to yield to an oncoming car as he was trying to make a left turn. The driver making the turn, 46-year old Timothy Allen Dehart of Millers Creek, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Wilkes Regional Medical Center for treatment. He was alone in the vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle, whom police say was speeding, is identified as 22-year old Phillip Austin Church of Wilkesboro. He was uninjured. Both drivers were ticketed; Dehart for making an unsafe movement and Church for speeding and having an expired tag.

Wednesday
Dec302009

Brooks Earns Re-Certification from National Board

A Wilkes teacher has once again earned accreditation according to the rigorous standards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Jim Brooks, an English teacher at West Wilkes High School has successfully earned National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession. The advanced teaching credential is good for 10 years, according to a statement from the Board. It demonstrates Brooks' ongoing commitment to professional development and student achievement. Brooks is one of about 17-hundred teachers to earn re-accreditation this year.

Wednesday
Dec302009

Could ABC Stores Go Private?

State officials are currently looking into how ABC stores are run to see whether the system needs to be tweaked or overhauled. Government officials could consider privatizing ABC stores across the state. Gov. Bev Perdue says she expects recommendations within weeks from her Budget Reform and Accountability Commission on the details of their probe into ABC stores.

Some local board members say their concern is that if the state's overhaul includes privatizing ABC stores, then they would be giving up too much control of state liquor sales. They say the current state-run system has kept liquor sales in North Carolina efficient and effective. He says it also should not be overlooked that ABC boards are able to give back to the community.

A 2008 report by the state's program evaluation division suggests that at the very least, North Carolina's ABC system needs updating. It says the mission of local boards is currently not clearly defined, and that the state should consider changing its ABC system to one found in other states, which includes the option of private sales. This decision will likely need to be made by the legislature as to how to control, or give up control, of the over 400 ABC stores throughout the state.