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North Carolina Gets 'B' for Palliative Care

North Carolina Gets 'B' for Palliative Care

North Carolina received today another "B" for the attention and resources it puts into palliative care.

The ranking was provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, which is affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. North Carolina got the same grade in the group's last ranking in 2008.

Palliative care is defined as a medical specialty that helps people facing serious and chronic illness be more comfortable through alleviating pain and symptoms and focusing on their quality of life.

About 90 million Americans could benefit from palliative care, according to the center. Out of 2,489 hospitals nationwide who participated in this survey, about 1,500 provide palliative-care services.

The national ranking rose from "C" to "B" in the past three years, according to a report released in the October issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Elon Poll: Majority of NC Disapproves of Obama, Congress

Elon Poll: Majority of NC Disapproves of Obama, Congress

A new Elon University poll shows President Barack Obama has his work cut out for him if he wants to keep North Carolina in his camp for 2012.

The survey showed that 51 percent of residents disapprove of how Obama is handling his job as president. About 42 percent approve.

Forty-four percent of residents also say his economic policies have made things worse, with only 22 percent saying Obama's
policies have helped improve things.

North Carolinians are even tougher on Congress, though. More than 80 percent of residents disapprove of the way Congress is
doing its job. Just 43 percent approve of how their district's own representatives are doing.

Assistant poll director Mileah (mi-LAY'-uh) Kromer says the poll shows an across-the-board dissatisfaction with elected officials.

Two Teens Arrested for Stokes County Break-in

Two King residents have been arrested after deputies allege they broke into the Quaker Gap Community Building in Germanton on Sept. 24.

Christopher Steven Callahan and William Glenn Stratton III, both 17, have been charged with one count each of misdemeanor breaking and entering.

The suspects were found at the building at 2858 Flat Shoals Road by deputies with the Stokes County Sheriff's Office the night after the alleged incident occurred.

Each received a $1,000 secured bond. No further information was provided.

PART Seeks Money From Counties In Lieu of Route Cutbacks

PART Seeks Money From Counties In Lieu of Route Cutbacks

The board of the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation voted Wednesday to ask counties it serves to make payments to shore up a $1.1 million shortfall or face a reduction in regional bus service.

Without an infusion of cash, PART will decrease the hours that its bus service runs by about one-third, PART executive director Brent McKinney said.

It's the latest move for the financially strapped agency that has already approved two fare increases in the past six months.

In the spring, PART's board voted to ask the counties it serves, including Forsyth, to allow PART to collect a $3 vehicle registration tax to help fund its service.

But the counties did not respond to that request or to a later request for direct payments from the counties in lieu of the registration fee.

Stokes County Starts 'Buy Local' Campaign

Alan Wood wants to put a bug in the ear of Stokes County consumers who drive into Winston-Salem or Stuart, Va., for hardware, groceries and other goods and services.

Think Stokes First.

The simple request serves as the motto of a new "Buy Local" campaign that Wood, the director of the county's economic-development commission, helped launch this month.

The King Chamber of Commerce and merchants on Walnut Cove's Main Street are also involved in the campaign.

Wood pointed to a "gap analysis" report from 2010 that showed Stokes residents and businesses spent nearly $397 million on goods and services outside of the county. The report was prepared by Nielsen Solution Center, a market research firm in San Diego, and used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census.

HPU Poll: NC Residents Disapprove of State, National Political Leaders

HPU Poll: NC Residents Disapprove of State, National Political Leaders

A recent poll from High Point University suggests a growing number of North Carolina residents disapprove of how state and national political leaders are doing their jobs.

The survey found 41 percent state residents approve of President Barack Obama, 53 percent disapprove and six percent expressed no opinion.

Seventy-nine percent disapproved of the job that Congress is doing, while 11 percent approved and 11 did not express an opinion.

Officials said the survey also found that 77 percent of North Carolina residents believe the country is on the wrong track.

Also, 46 percent disapproved of how Gov. Beverly Perdue is doing her job, 32 percent disapproved of how Senator Richard Burr is doing his job and 33 percent disapproved of how Senator Kay Hagan.

Perdue's approval ratings were 37 percent and Burr's and Hagen's both at 31 percent. The remaining percentages had no opinion.

Sheriff: Walnut Cove Man Shoots, Kills Wife

A Walnut Cove man is accused of fatally shooting his wife, according to Stokes County Sheriff Mike Marshall.

Deputies and EMS responded to 1258 Bumpy Hollow Road around 3:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving a call from a man who said he had shot his wife, Sheriff Marshall said. Upon arrival, deputies found Alicia Heath Bowman, 36, who had been shot several times in the upper-body.

Mrs. Bowman was pronounced dead at the scene. Chief Deputy Craig Carico said the victim's 11-year-old child was home at the time of the shooting.

George William Bowman, 35, of 3192 Hwy 89 East, was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree murder. He was being held in the Stokes County Jail without bond as of Sunday afternoon.

Family members reported that Mrs. Bowman was pregnant, but Sheriff Marshall said that can not be confirmed until an autopsy has been performed.

Sheriff Marshall said there had been domestic issues leading up to the shooting.