The poinsettia is a staple for the winter holidays, but few may know that North Carolina is the second-largest producer of poinsettias in the United States. “North Carolina produced about 4.2 million poinsettias in 2010 and generated cash receipts of $16.1 million,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “That’s an important part of the state’s $239 million floriculture industry, which ranks fifth nationally.” Poinsettias are grown in greenhouses across the state under specific climatic requirements. Troxler said, “You can find locally grown poinsettias at nurseries, farmers markets, garden centers, florists and even grocery stores.” For more information about the open houses or where to find N.C. poinsettias, go to www.ncflowers.org or www.ncfarmfresh.com.
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On this Black Friday, it’s good to know that jobs are still coming to our state. Gov. Bev Perdue announced this week that Baldor Electric Company, a global marketer, designer and manufacturer of industrial electric motors, mechanical transmission products, drives and generators, will expand its facility in Mc Dowell County. Baldor Electric plans to create 41 new jobs and invest $17.7 million during the next three years in Marion. Also, the Governor announced that Sonoco Plastics Inc., a global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and packaging supply chain services, will expand operations at its packaging facility in Waynesville. This expansion will create 35 jobs and result in an $11.7 million investment over the next three years. And, Henniges Automotive will add new manufacturing jobs at its plant in Reidsville. The expansion will bring 64 new jobs along with a $2.2 million capital investment. All these jobs were made possible in part by grants from the One North Carolina Fund. North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate. According to the Governor’s Office, through the use of the One North Carolina Fund, more than 55,000 jobs and $11 billion in investments have been created since 2001.
Key community partners recently announced they will work together to establish a center to coordinate the investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases. SAFE, Inc., the Wilkes Department of Social Services, the 23rd District Attorney’s office and all three local law enforcement agencies signed a letter of commitment to support the development, implementation and operation of an accredited child advocacy center in Wilkes County. The agreement, signed Nov. 17 in a meeting at Rose Glen Village in Wilkesboro, also recognizes SAFE, Inc. as the lead agency in the development of the center. Organizers say an accredited child advocacy center will improve care for sexually abused children who are currently carted off to Winston-Salem or Statesville for investigative interviews and medical exams. Accredited child advocacy centers bring medical services, counseling and victim advocacy together all under one roof. The center will also provide a continuum of care not currently available locally under one roof. Counseling and victim advocacy services will be available to victims and non-offending family members after initial investigations are completed. The move to establish an accredited child advocacy center in Wilkes began in March when SAFE brought together representatives of Wilkes Regional Medical Center, law enforcement, the Department of Social Services and the District Attorney’s office to discuss the community’s response to sexual assaults. Participants identified a need to improve care for sexually abused children. SAFE is currently seeking start-up funding for the center, and they hope to start serving clients in 2013 under a provisional license. Preliminary data indicates more than 100 Wilkes County children a year may be victims of sexual abuse. SAFE offers free, confidential help with domestic violence and sexual assault situations 24 hours a day at (336) 838-SAFE (838-7233).
The Highway Patrol is targeting speeders and aggressive drivers on North Carolina interstates and major four lane highways through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Last year 9 motorists were killed and 402 were injured on North Carolina highways during the holiday period. Speed and aggressive drivers are the leading cause of traffic deaths in our state. The aggressive driver has been identified as those drivers who flagrantly violate the motor vehicle laws, including but not limited to: excessive speeding, following too closely, erratic lane changes, safe movement violations, and other forms of reckless endangerment. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend officially began at 6:00 p.m. yesterday and ends at midnight, Sunday, Nov. 27. Citizens can report highway problems to the Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on their cellular phones. The toll‑free call goes directly to the nearest Highway Patrol communication center.
Along with everything else, the price of tires has really increased over the past year. Perhaps that has resulted in an increase in tire thefts locally. A resident on the Congo Road reported that she is currently living out of town but came to Wilkes recently to check on her house. When she got to her residence, she found that tires and wheels had been stolen from two vehicles parked in her yard. Six tires and wheels were taken; there are no suspects. Then a man in Millers Creek reported there had been some tires stolen from his back yard. The 4 tires and wheels were valued at 200 dollars and were taken from the victim’s home on Meadowbrook Lane. Again there are no suspects; the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the thefts.
Broken lights, broken windows, and cut locks summarize a list of property damage reports that have come in at the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department over the past week. A property owner who lives out of town will have some broken windows to replace when they return to Wilkes. A neighbor on Ava Jane Lane reported that someone had broken all the windows on one of the victim’s campers. Damages are estimated at 500 dollars. On Tuesday, someone called the Sheriff’s Dept to report a broken light. It appears the halogen lamp and fixture that illuminates the Bell Meade Estates Community sign was broken by using some type of large object. Damages are listed at 100 dollars. And finally, Deputies are investigating why a lock was cut and replaced at the Mulberry-Fairplains Ruritan Club. When a club member arrived for a meeting, they found that someone had cut the lock on the chain at the gate. The chain was then locked back with a different lock that was imprinted with on the side with the words: Duke Power. All these investigations are still underway.
History tells us that when two men are passionate about the subject at hand, a lively debate is about to ensue. That was certainly the case late last week when religion and culture expert, author and talk show host Dr. Alex McFarland debated David Silverman, president of the American Atheists, at the Church For All Nations in Colorado Springs, Colo., on the topic of “Is Christianity Good for America?” McFarland and Silverman, keeping the debate lively, entertaining and respectful, presented arguments for Christianity’s place according to McFarland—or lack thereof according to Silverman—in America. McFarland centered his arguments on nine main points of why Christianity is good for America, which included Christianity’s: Shaping of U.S. history, Presence in U.S. polity, and Protection of human rights. McFarland also pointed to the research that found that America is 80 percent Christian. “This is not ‘fringe,’ he said, “this is the majority.” An American Religious Identification Survey found that, from 2001 to 2008, the Christian population has grown in the U.S. from 159,514,000 to 173,402,000, while the American atheist population sits at about 1.6 percent.
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) last week cosponsored the bipartisan Patient Access to Medical Innovation Act to get innovative medical devices to market more quickly and safely. The Patient Access to Medical Innovation Act would: Promote the development of devices to treat patients with rare diseases; help improve the FDA’s approval process for medical devices; and lift the current profit cap on "humanitarian use devices"-- devices that treat rare conditions. Sen Hagan said, “This bipartisan legislation will cut unnecessary red tape… helping to get innovative treatments to the patients who need them most.” Hagan also said, “North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park is a national leader in developing these life-changing tools. Passage of this bill will ensure these products reach patients as quickly and safely as possible.”
We at 3WC and the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce have encouraged you for several weeks now to support our local economy by doing business with Wilkes County businesses. Now Gov. Perdue has proclaimed this Saturday, November 26th as “Small Business Saturday” in North Carolina. Gov. Perdue said. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our state’s economic future. They make up 47.9% of all businesses in the state and create two-thirds of all new jobs.” This event, celebrated nationally, is dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. The national 'Small Business Saturday' movement is an excellent way to contribute to the local economies by patronizing local stores, restaurants, and service providers. The Governor urges consumers shopping this weekend and during the weeks to come to think local and support North Carolina’s small businesses. Small business success is critical to North Carolina’s and the nation's overall economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are approximately 28 million small businesses in the United States, which have created 65 percent of new jobs over the past two decades.
Over 8000 dollars in property was stolen from the State of North Carolina after a local break-in. A resident on the Roaring Gap Church Road called the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department with the report. The victim works for the North Carolina State Wildlife. Over the weekend, someone entered the victim’s outbuilding and stole his work trailer that had a 4-wheeler on it. The black trailer was black, displayed a yellow permanent tag, and had NC Wildlife stamped on the side. The 4-wheeler was a John Deere Trail Buck 500 which also belonged to NC Wildlife. Again stolen property is valued at 8000 dollars. The investigation is still underway.