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Speed Played Role in Fatal Wreck Saturday

An Elkin man is dead after he lost control of his pick-up near Elkin Saturday and was thrown from the vehicle. The highway patrol reports that 26-year old Douglas Wayne Colvard was traveling north on C.B. Eller School Road near Elkin shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned. Following an extended extrication, Colvard was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where he later died. A passenger in the truck, 29-year old Christopher Williams a passenger in the truck, was taken to Hugh Chatham Hospital in Elkin and treated for minor injuries. Troopers say speed contributed to the wreck.


Foxx: Stimulus Comments, Part 2

President Obama is speaking today to rally support for the bailout legislation that is stalled in Congress. Fifth-District Representative Virginia Foxx, speaking last week on 3WC's Focus on the Foothills, says there's a reason things are stalling -- the proposal put forth by the administration and the Congressional majority contains a lot of spending on what she called their pet programs

Foxx saays the money for the bailout is is not sitting aside -- it has to be borrowed -- on top of deficit in current spending

We'll have additional comments from Congresswoman Virginia Foxx on upcoming 3WC newscasts. You can also hear the entire interview linked from our home page at


Foxx: Encoraged, But Disappointed

Several weeks into the new session of Congress and the Obama Administration, Fifth District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx says she is encouraged by the President's recent efforts to bridge the gap with House Republicans on the stimulus bill. But while she agrees that the process should not be politicized, but be discussed on the basis of one's core philosophies, Foxx believes that isn't happening consistently.

We'll have additional comments from Virgina Foxx's monthly Focus on the Foothills interview in upcoming 3WC newscasts. You can also hear the entire interview, linked from our home page at


Wednesday Wreck Injures One

Minor injuries sent one woman to the hospital yesterday following a wreck in Wilkesboro. Police say Jodie Tiffenee Nelson of Wilkesboro was on Collegiate Avenue slowing down to turn left into the back parking lot of Burger King shortly before noon, and was rear-ended by a 2004 Toyota driven by Megan Leigh Wainwright of North Wilkesboro. According to Wainwright, Nelson stopped suddenly in front of her and she could not avoid hitting her 1997 Nissan. Police, however, ticketed Wainwright with failing to slow to avoid a crash. Nelson was taken to Wilkes Regional Medical Center by ambulance.


Fire Damages North Wilkesboro Business

North Wilkesboro firefighters quickly extinguished an apparent electrical fire at the new location of K&K Formals on 10th Street. The business, which was Betty's Fabrics, had recently moved across the street from their old location. 3WC's Patrice Edwards was on the scene shortly after the fire was reported:

She's referring to Tanya's Dance Studio, which is upstairs from the shop. Both businesses suffered smoke damage, and K&K Formals also had some fire damage, although it appears the structure is sound. Nobody was hurt.


North Wilkesboro Traffic Study to Start Soon

An engineer has been chosen to manage the traffic feasibility study scheduled for downtown North Wilkesboro. As part of the work, some design research is planned on streetscapes and downtown master planning. The 69-thousand dollar study is funded mostly by state funds, with North Wilkesboro having to come up with only the last 9-thousand dollars. The bid from McGill and Davenport of Asheville was chosen from among five firs that submitted bids ranging in cost from $60,500 to $98,000. “After reviewing the qualifications of the candidates, we felt that the bid from McGill and Davenport was the way to go,” Perkins told the Journal-Patriot. The effort to look at traffic patterns in downtown came from requests from some downtown merchants last year to make Main Street a two-way thoroughfare. The state-maintained road has been one-way for many years. However, Perkins said the study would also deal with all the traffic options available to the town, not just Main Street. The long-term engineering study will start as soon as possible.


Public Hearings Set for Tyson Incentive Proposals

Public hearings have been set for the proposed incentives for Tyson that we told you about earlier this week. Wilkesboro Town Council will hold their hearing on February 16th at 6pm, while the county will hold its hearing at 6:45pm February 17th. Both entities are considering a one-time incentive -- 17-thousand dollars from Wilkesboro and 50-thousand dollars from Wilkes county. The money is to be used to help Tyson change from a line which processed chickens weighing an average of 4 pounds to those averaging weight 6 pounds. In order to receive the checks, Tyson has to meet certain producion goals at the plant by the end of its fiscal year September 30th, and pay county property taxes by that date. Both WIlkesboro and the county are allowing for the possibility of a prorated payment if Tyson misses the production goals. “The increased production is the key for the county and Tyson. Employment will increase with the higher production,” County Attorney Tony Triplett told the Journal-Patriot, adding that no specific increases in employment are in the agreements. “We agreed to not use specific job numbers.” Town Manager Ken Noland said, “it’s our way of trying to show our willingness to help both the Tyson corporate office as well as the community. We are working with Tyson to keep them here and to help make them stronger.”


Gary Blevins Captured Wednesday

The inmate at Wilkes Correctional Center who has been on the lam for almost a month has been captured. Authorities in Surry county caught Gary Blevins yesterday. Administrator Bobby Harless says Blevins, who got out of the minimum-security prison January 11th, was arrested late yesterday afternoon at an unidentified home in Surry county. Blevins was serving time for assault on a female and a police officer and driving while intoxicated. His term is two years and five months. The arrest was a joint effort of the Surry County Sheriff's Office and the Department Of Corrections. Blevins is now held at Cleveland Correctional Center, another minimum-security facility.


Area Group Re-Starts Fibrowatt Opposition

Months after Fibrowatt LLC announced that it would burn chicken litter to make electricity in Surry County, a group of residents is organizing to fight the placement of the company's $140 million power plant along the Yadkin River near Elkin. Residents say that there has been a lack of public awareness, and they are concerned about air pollution. The group is small, according to the Winston-Salem Jouranl -- about ten people. In June, Fibrowatt selected a 60-acre tract along the Yadkin River next to a Duke Energy Corp. substation, and Interstate 77 and N.C. 268. It's also close to the region's poultry producers.The plant would bring at least 80 jobs, and officials say it would be the largest single investment by any company in the history of Surry County. At the time, members of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League criticized the project, but there was no visible local opposition. Residents say they plan to meet again at 7 p.m. Monday at the arts-council building.


Love Matters

It seems a simple thought -- Love Matters. Often, in our hustle and bustle, we forget to make time for those who matter the most. A couples event titled "Love Matters" is being held this weekend at Oakwoods Baptist Church. One of the organizers, Monica, spoke with 3WC's Angela Henley yesterday about what the weekend is meant to accomplish:

For information on the event, or to register, call the church at 667-7838