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Wednesday
Aug212019

Wilkes EDC Discusses Gas Line Expansions

To expand the gas-lines or not is the question. Proposed natural gas line projects and expansion of the Elkin-based Frontier Natural Gas Company was on the agenda at the recent Wilkes Economic Development Corporation meeting.  They also discussed a feasibility study and the cost of converting from propane to natural gas. Wilkes EDC President LeeAnn Nixon said the Wilkes EDC can help Frontier hold community meetings to gauge public interest in expanding to certain areas.

Wednesday
Aug212019

Beware of Algae in Water in NC

The North Carolina Department is urging the public to stay out of the Chowan River near Indian Creek because of an algal bloom producing the highest levels of toxin recorded this year. Blooms are more common during late summer due to warm water temperatures.  Because toxicity levels can change rapidly, it is best to stay away from all algal blooms.  Harmful algal blooms can cause adverse health effects in people as well as animals. The algae can cause skin irritation or respiratory irritation in people who get in the water or handle the algae. Some harmful blooms can be toxic to animals and people who drink the untreated water.  As a precaution, state health officials encourage the public to avoid contact with large accumulations of algae and prevent children and pets from swimming or ingesting water in an algal bloom.

Wednesday
Aug212019

Vaping Related Hospitalizations in NC

The North Carolina Department of Health is investigating recent reports of severe lung disease after vaping. Three patients have been hospitalized in North Carolina since late July.  No deaths have been reported. Although no infectious causes have been identified in this investigation, symptoms are similar to pneumonia caused by bacteria or viral infections. The severity of the disease has varied among patients, with some requiring treatment in the intensive care unit and assistance to breathe. Vaping products and e-cigarettes contain harmful substances, including heavy metals and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled into the lungs. Symptoms reported from patients include shortness of breath, fever, cough and nausea or vomiting. 


Tuesday
Aug202019

Stolen Car

A car was stolen in Ronda and a toolbox was stolen in North Wilkesboro.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called over the weekend to a vehicle theft in Ronda.  A Nissan Altima valued at $1000 was taken.  In North Wilkesboro a black Stanley toolbox with various hand tools was stolen.  The toolbox and tools were valued at $400.  No suspects were listed with either report.

Tuesday
Aug202019

WCC Board Meeting and Update

At the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees meeting this month, Dr. Jeff Cox recognized two Ashe County High School students who both earned their Associate in Arts degrees a couple of weeks prior to their high school graduation:  Anna Blackburn and Chloe Parker.   Dr. Cox gave an update on the Ashe Early College High School. The 2018-2019 school year was a year of “Rising to the Challenge” for Ashe Early College High School, and he announce that the challenge was met. The first cohort of 60 students to enter the early college included 16 sophomores and 44 freshmen. Trustees also approved the new WCC policy manual. The WCC Board of Trustees will meet again on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the John A. Walker Center, Lakey Ballroom.

Tuesday
Aug202019

WCC Animal Science and Poultry Workshop

The Wilkes Community College Animal Science Club hosted the Annual Wilkes Youth Poultry Workshop on July 25.  Fifteen students from Wilkes, Ashe, Alexander, Iredell, and Stokes counties participated in the event. Participants gained a general understanding of the poultry industry based on the United States Department of Agriculture Quality Standard.  Students also learned to grade poultry and eggs, toured the campus broiler farm, and dissected birds.  “The Wilkes Youth Poultry Workshop provides participants the chance to get a detailed, hands-on experience in the poultry world, we are excited to see the next generation of poultry industry leaders,” stated Matthew P. Greene, WCC lead Animal Science instructor. This event was sponsored by the US Poultry and Egg Association.

Tuesday
Aug202019

County Commissioners' Meeting Tonight

Wilkes County Commissioners will hold their second meeting of the month on Tuesday.  If anyone signs up, Public Comments will be heard at 6:45 before the meeting at 7pm.  On the agenda tomorrow:  bids on the Wilkes County Courthouse roof, reappointment of Planning Board Members,  EMS lease with the hospital, and approval of an airport lease.  The public is invited to the Commissioners' meetings held at the County Office Building.

Tuesday
Aug202019

NC Prisoners Taking Ministry Classes

Seventy long-term prison inmates will begin college classes in the third year of the N.C. Field Minister Program. In partnership with the NC Department of Public Safety, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and the nonprofit ministry Game Plan for Life--The Field Minister Program is a four-year, college-level program that allows inmates to earn a bachelor of arts in pastoral ministry degree, with a secondary emphasis in counseling and psychology. After earning their degree, offenders will assume jobs as field ministers within the state prison system. Program funding is through Game Plan for Life, a nonprofit organization started by Joe Gibbs, the former Washington Redskins’ head coach and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing

 

Tuesday
Aug202019

NC Psychiatric Hospital Dedication Tomorrow

The dedication ceremony is tomorrow. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and partners will host a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting at the new Broughton Hospital on Wednesday.  The new 477,000-square-foot, three-story building in Morganton, NC,  will serve the psychiatric care needs of individuals residing in the 37 westernmost counties of North Carolina including Wilkes. The state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital houses 297 beds and employs more than 1,400 healthcare professionals. 

Monday
Aug192019

Visitor Spending Increase in Wilkes and NC

Visitor spending increased in Wilkes and across the state. Record visitor spending in 2018 was reflected with increases in all 100 NC counties. Domestic visitors spent a record $25.3 billion statewide in 2018, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2017. Visitor expenditures directly supported more than 230,000 jobs across North Carolina.  Positive spending growth was seen throughout the state’s economic development regions including where Wilkes County is--the Western Region (5.7 percent) experienced the strongest growth.  As a single county, Wilkes increased 3.75 percent in visitor spending from the previous year. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina.