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Monday
Jul082019

New Homeless Shelter Concerns

Community concerns have been voiced regarding a new homeless shelter in the Fairplains Community. Tonight, the Catherine H. Barber Homeless Shelter Board of Directors will vote to continue plans on a 1.60-acre parcel at 108 Sparta Road in North Wilkesboro for a new shelter or to look elsewhere.  Members of the community and the nearby Beulah Presbyterian Church have voiced concerns about the homeless and drug use in the area.  There are plans to build a shelter with capacity for 40 homeless people (compared to the current shelter’s capacity for 11) next to the church.  The Shelter Board plans to build a shelter with a learning center and full kitchen at an estimated cost of $500,000. A little over $100,000 has been raised toward the goal. The homeless shelter board’s application for a conditional use permit is on the agenda of the Planning Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 11 at North Wilkesboro Town Hall.

Monday
Jul082019

Local Police News

Congratulations for two local police officers.  At Wilkesboro Police Department, Officer Chase Shumate received his Intermediate Certificate from the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. The Intermediate Certificate is the second highest award from the Commission. At the North Wilkesboro Police Dept, there is a promotion announcement.    Officer Mitchell Elledge was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to supervise "C" Squad. Again, congratulations to our local law enforcement officers who continue their training to serve the local communities better.

Monday
Jul082019

Utility Bill Crisis Help Through Wilkes DSS

Funding is available to help North Carolinians in crisis pay utility bills or secure fuel or cooling resources. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Crisis Intervention Program provides assistance to qualifying, low-income households experiencing a cooling related crisis. Applications are available through county departments of social services. A life-threatening emergency is defined as a household which has no heating or cooling source or has a disconnect notice, and the health or well-being of a household member is in danger. During state fiscal year 2018-19, county departments of social services helped 106,253 North Carolina households experiencing a crisis.  For local residents in a utility crisis, call the Wilkes DSS. 

Monday
Jul082019

Apply Now for Wilkes Medical Foundation Grants

The nonprofit Wilkes Medical Center Foundation, established as a result of North Wilkesboro’s lease of the hospital to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2017, is accepting applications for grants of up to $10,000 each.  North Wilkesboro Commissioner Junior Goforth, vice chairman of the foundation board and chairman of its grants committee, said: “This foundation is about Wilkes County citizens and making their health better. We want to provide educational and health care programs and promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in Wilkes County.”  Grant application forms are available by emailing Lori McNeil at lomcneil@wakehealth.edu. The deadline to apply is July 31.

Monday
Jul082019

NC Gov Cooper Appoints Wilkes Resident

Last week, Governor Roy Cooper announced North Carolina boards and commissions appointments. Locally, Gov. Cooper has appointed to the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees:  Dr. Pam Scott of Moravian Falls as a member-at-large. Scott currently serves as a professor at East Tennessee State University, where she is a graduate program coordinator. 

Friday
Jul052019

Unemployment Rates Increase in Wilkes

Unemployment rates increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in May including Wilkes, decreased in three, and remained unchanged in two. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 6.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.1 percent. The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.0 percent.  Wilkes unemployment rate of 4.1 is slightly higher than the state rate.  The Wilkes unemployment rate is also higher than last month at 3.6 and this time last year at 3.4.  The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2019 when the state unemployment rate for June 2019 will be release.

Friday
Jul052019

Shoplifting by Shopping Cart

Wilkesboro Police are looking for the man who just pushed a shopping cart outside with nearly $90 in property.  Video surveillance shows a man load up a 45-gallon power container, tent and other items.  He then exits the store without paying.  The suspect is a white male, 6'4", with a beard, and wearing yellow shorts, green shirt, and red tennis shoes.  He was seen leaving the area in a dark colored sedan.  The investigation is continuing.

Friday
Jul052019

Wilkesboro Sinkhole Update

Local officials continue to monitor the sinkholes. Town of Wilkesboro crews have been inspecting the Taco Bell-area sinkhole site along Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro for further cave-ins due to recent heavy rain.  Town Manager Ken Noland said that town officials are concerned that the sinkholes could get worse and/or new ones could appear.  Wilkesboro Town Officials plan to meet with North Wilkesboro-based Blue Ridge Engineering officials over the next several weeks to review initial engineering plans drawn up to abate the sinkhole issue. Last month, an evaluation led to estimated repairs.   It was determined that replacing collapsed culverts with new concrete culverts will take about a year to complete and could cost $1 million to $1.5 million.

Friday
Jul052019

Babies Moved to New Unit at Brenner's

Thirty-six babies were moved Tuesday from the old Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to the new Dale and Karen Sisel NICU, at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. The new 34,000-square-foot NICU is a Level IV NICU, the highest level possible, and features 51 private rooms and around-the-clock in-hospital physician coverage with respite suites for on-call physicians, specialists and staff on the same floor as the NICU. The Birth Center opens later this month at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, with a full range of labor and delivery services.

Friday
Jul052019

State Funds for Opioid Treatments

Six rural North Carolina communities will share $1.2 million in federal grant funds to strengthen and expand their response to opioid use disorder with increased planning; prevention; evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment; and recovery service delivery.  Opioid use disorder is a chronic disease and opioid-involved overdose deaths are high throughout the state, with more than five North Carolinians reported dying each day from an unintentional opioid overdose. The impact is felt at a higher rate in rural areas — from 2013-2017, there was a 130 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths in rural areas. This new federal funding was awarded as a $200,000 grant to: Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson and to facilities in Wilmington, Chapel Hill, Pembroke, Forest City, and Wilson.