The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office is investigating the whereabouts of two juveniles. On August 22, 2016, Ethan Burns was reported missing from his foster home on Mulberry Mill Road. Ethan is believed to be a runaway still in Wilkes. He is 16, 5'8", 180 lbs, has blond hair, and blue eyes. Then on February 16, Stephanie Belt was reported missing from her home on Germantown Road. Stephanie left her residence to get on the school bus nut never made it to the bus stop. She is 5'5", 100 lbs, with wavy blondish brown hair, and blue eyes. It is believed that Ethan and Stephanie may be together. The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office asks if anyone sees or know the whereabouts of Stephanie Belt or Ethan Burns, to call the Sheriff's Office at 336-903-7600 or call 911.
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To protect the health of patients, their loved ones and the medical staff, as of 7 a.m. today, Friday, Feb. 24, Wilkes Regional Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have implemented temporary visitor restrictions that will remain in effect through the remainder of the flu season. Effective today at Wilkes Regional and Baptist Medical, children age 12 and under may not visit patients. Exceptions for extreme family circumstances may be allowed, but parents or guardians need to get permission from the patient’s nurse. Only healthy adult visitors and healthy family members age 13 and older are permitted to visit patients. Also, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin issued the same measures on Tuesday with only healthy family members age 13 and older are allowed to visit. The restrictions are until further notice.
Duke Energy has issued an alert concerning an ongoing scam in our area. If you receive a call from someone posing as Duke Energy employee who threatens to cut power unless you provide a credit or prepaid debit card number over the phone--it's a scam. Do not give out any card numbers over the phone. If you have questions, you can visit their website, Facebook page, or call a local Duke Energy Office.
Some former Lowe's employees are still reeling from the news they received this week. While in the midst of hiring, Lowe's also did some firing. Lowe’s Home Improvement announced just last week that they would be hiring for 600 jobs at the contact center and central production operations in Wilkesboro. Then, Tuesday Lowes's Companies announced the elimination of 70 jobs at its customer support center in Wilkesboro as part of the latest phase of a company-wide restructuring which will also eliminate over 400 corporate positions at Lowe’s headquarters in Mooresville. Those who found out Tuesday that they are no longer employed will receive a severance package and some may be eligible to apply later for other jobs within the company.
Wilkes Community College will host the high school Region 7 SkillsUSA Conference and Career Showcase on February 27. The public is encouraged to attend the event of advanced professional skills demonstrated by the high school students. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Walker Center. The awards ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. Many business and industry partners attend to view the talent level of potential future employees. The 2016 regional event included over 400 high school student competitors and 300 career showcase participants from high schools in the 21 counties that make up Region 7. Last year over 75 business and industry representatives attended, and elected officials from the local, regional and state level came to the event. For more information about the SkillsUSA program, call WCC at 336-838-6219 .
In honor of American Heart Month, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital will be offering a free heart health screening on Saturday, February 25 from 1-4pm at the Hugh Chatham Urgent Care Yadkinville location. For more information or to register for this event, contact Hugh Chatham Hospital at 336-677-1500.
The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons, which is overseen by the State Highway Patrol, has announced the implementation of the N.C. Blue Alert system. The system is used to notify the public when any law enforcement officer in North Carolina has been violently attacked and a suspect is being sought. State Highway Patrol telecommunications will issue the alert along with descriptions of the suspect. The information will be broadcast on radio and television, DOT message boards and on terminals at all retail locations of the N.C. Education Lottery. Blue Alert began in 2015 as a nation-wide initiative in honor of two New York City police detectives assassinated in 2014. The Blue Alert system is modeled after the AMBER and Silver Alert systems currently in place in every state. Twenty-seven states, including NC, have implemented the Blue Alert program.
Wilkesboro Police are warning about SCAMMERS! The scammers are asking people to pay for big online purchases — like cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs and tractors — with Amazon gift cards. Posing as sellers, scammers say they need to sell a car fast — maybe they’re in the military or about to deploy. They tell you to pay with an Amazon gift card. Wilkesboro Police warns: Don’t do it. Amazon gift cards aren’t a way to pay someone — you can only use them at Amazon.com. Scammers also might ask you to use Amazon gift cards to pay for electronics, taxes, bail money, debts, or utility or cable bills. So if someone asks you to pay with an Amazon gift card, it’s a scam. If you share the code from an Amazon gift card with someone, you’re giving that person control of the money on the card. By the time you realize it’s a scam and report it, the money will likely be gone. So, if someone who wants you to pay with an Amazon gift card, don’t do it and report it to the FTC.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of air compressors. The victim lives on Ruff Road in North Wilkesboro and had two air compressors stored in the garage at his residence. This week, he noticed the Ingersoll and Craftsman air compressors were gone. It is believed the theft happened Monday night. There is no word on suspects. Stolen property is valued at 100 dollars.
Another North Wilkesboro resident called to report a stolen scooter. The property owner told Sheriff's Investigators that the Yamaha Scooter valued at 700 dollars was stolen from the front yard of their house. Again, there are no known suspects.