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There have been a couple of incidents involving people being hit by cars this week. On Wednesday, a Wilkesboro woman was hit while walking through the Tyson parking lot. According to the report filed with Wilkesboro Police, the woman was walking from her vehicle through the parking lot when she was hit by a car and knocked to the ground. Only minor injuries were reported. The driver, Steven Hildebran of Lenoir, was charged with failure to reduce speed. Also, a pedestrian was hit on Tuesday in the parking lot of the Four Brothers store on Hwy 421 Business in North Wilkesboro. North Wilkesboro Police investigated and said a 35-year-old woman from Moravian Falls was unloading a truck when she was hit by an SUV. The woman was taken to Baptist Medical Center where she was treated and released. The driver of the SUV, Janiece Bumgarner, of Todd, was charged with driving while license revoked in the incident.
For the second time this week, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office has received a reported of damages by a car being keyed or scratched. The latest report is from a resident on Byrd Ridge Rd. The victim said that sometime between 10:30 pm the night before and 4:00 p.m. the next day, someone keyed the right passenger side doors of their 2013 Nissan Sentra. The trunk also had key marks on top of it, and sugar had been poured into the gas tank. Damages estimated at 1500 dollars. There is a suspect, and charges are pending further investigation. As 3WC News reported earlier this week, a victim on the Fairplains Road called with a similar report. He found that someone had keyed his 1984 Chevy Corvette all the way around the car. Damages that time were listed at $3800 dollars.
Preparations are well underway for MerleFest 2015, which officially begins next Thursday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, April 26,on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. With over 80 acts performing on 13 stages during the four-day festival, attendees should expect the unexpected with special surprises, spontaneous jam sessions and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations. As in previous years, the list of performers fits the “traditional plus” definition originally described by the late Doc Watson. Watson coined this term to describe the unique mix of music found at MerleFest: traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region. The complete lineup and stage schedules are posted at www.merlefest.organd available on the MerleFest mobile app; festival updates are delivered via Twitter (@MerleFest) and Facebook.
Wilkes Community College held its 18th Annual Student Awards Reception on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The program was hosted in the John A. Walker Community Center, and students received a variety of academic, club and leadership awards. Kayla N. Myers, Wilkes Community College’s 2015 Academic Excellence Award recipient, is a dual-enrolled student who took on the challenge of earning a high school diploma and an Associate in Science degree through Wilkes Early College High School (WECHS). Annually, each of North Carolina’s community colleges selects a student to receive the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Academic Excellence Award. The Dallas Herring Achievement Award was established by the N.C. Community College System to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring whose philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go” is the guiding principle of the system. Wilkes Community College nominates one student each year to compete for the statewide award. Esther Fensterle, who will graduate in May with an Associate in Arts degree, received this year’s nomination.
As Americans faced the annual deadline to file their tax returns, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., praised passage of several pieces of legislation designed to protect hardworking taxpayers and rein in IRS abuse. “Taxpayers shudder at the mere mention of the IRS, and that image hasn’t been helped since the federal government’s most feared agency admitted to singling out conservative groups for unprecedented invasive scrutiny,” said Foxx. The bills that passed the House include: H.R. 709, the Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act, which would authorize the IRS to terminate employees who engage in political targeting. In addition, The House is expected to pass H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, which would permanently repeal the death tax so that families who have lost loved ones are not faced with an enormous financial burden in the event of a death. Foxx also called for comprehensive tax reform that ensures fairer distribution of the income tax burden.
The Governor was not pleased with comments by the President this week during a stopover in Charlotte. Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after President Barack Obama mischaracterized North Carolina's commitment to education during a brief visit to Charlotte: "I was disappointed to learn that the President used a portion of his quick visit today to unfairly and incorrectly malign our education system in the great state of North Carolina, then hop back on Air Force One and return to Washington." McCrory explained that he had signed one of the largest teacher raises in state history and more students are graduating high school now than during any time the three Democrat governors who preceded him in office. The Governor also said, "I would urge the President in the future to stick with the facts - and refrain from 'editorializing' on a quick trip funded by taxpayers."
For some local residents who waited to the last minute to file taxes, they have discovered they have become the victims of a crime. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office continued to get reports of ID Theft and tax fraud this week leading up to yesterday's tax filing deadline. A victim from North Wilkesboro reported that someone had used her and her husband's Social Security numbers to file a fake tax return. There was a return check issued and sent to the victim. The 4900 dollar check was sent to the victim's old address. The woman took the check to the bank and was told the check was not any good. The woman says their tax preparer has already reported the tax fraud to the IRS for an investigation.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called concerning a theft in the Rock Creek Community. When the Deputy arrived to the Walt Brewer Road residence, the victim explained that someone had stolen his pushmower. According to the victim, his Toro pushmower was parked in the yard at the time of the theft. The stolen mower is valued at $300. There are no known suspects and the investigation is continuing.
Two were cited for shoplifting after being caught in the act. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to the Dollar General on Hwy 268 regarding two female shoplifters being detained at the store. The store manager told Deputies that he caught the two women attempting to put clothes and various health and beauty aids in their pocketbooks. The property was recovered and returned to the store manager. The two women were given citations for shoplifting and were banned from returning to the Dollar General.