The 2016 Wilkes County Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 3:00 p.m. The theme for 2016 is “Christmas in Toyland.” Participates are asked to incorporate the “Christmas in Toyland” theme. Parade line-up and float construction begins at 11:00 a.m. on the CDB Loop between Sixth and Ninth Streets. All participants are asked to check-in at the registration table at the Corner of Ninth and CDB Loop. Linda Cheek, President of the Wilkes Chamber, asked that all entries be in place by 2:00 p.m. and be ready to begin the parade by 3:00 p.m. 2016 Parade Grand Marshals are J.C. and Judy Faw of Wilkesboro.
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A Wilkes resident from the Somers Road has called the Sheriff's Office concerning Identity Theft and Fraud. The victim reported that he received a statement showing that someone in Ohio was using his personal information to purchase items online. He has contacted the company and cancelled the order. According to the Federal Trade Commission--While identity theft can happen to anyone, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk--such as: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely; and maintain appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices. If you think someone is using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes, or make purchases, contact local law enforcement and visit IdentityTheft.gov.
One vehicle was damaged and another had something stolen. A Wilkesboro property owner reported finding the back glass broken out of their car. Damages are estimated at 500 dollars. Then a Ronda resident reported a theft from their car. The car was unlocked and parked in the owner's driveway. The next morning, they found the driver's side door open. The only thing taken was a pack of cigarettes. There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending.
It's a two-story warehouse expected to be completed this month and in use by the first of the year. Samaritan's Purse released information this week on the building under construction beside their Disaster Relief Headquarters in North Wilkesboro. The new two-story warehouse will house offices for the organizations various ministries and house inventory for the World Medical Mission. There are some employment opportunities at the new warehouse. Samaritan's Purse takes applications online through their website.
Governor Pat McCrory’s Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee will hold its final regional meeting today. Regional meetings have been held throughout North Carolina over the last month in the communities most impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The committee takes comments from the public, discusses relief fundraising efforts, community outreach, and develops recommendations to address needs not be met by existing federal relief programs. Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org.
In another encouraging sign for North Carolina’s economy, Governor Pat McCrory announced that state revenue collections are $191 million ahead of projections through the first third of the fiscal year. The surplus is driven by more people working and earning more. “At a time when neighboring states ended the fiscal year with steep revenue deficits, our continued economic growth, job creation and responsible financial management have helped North Carolina post another revenue surplus,” Governor McCrory said. According to the latest revenue figures, total General Fund revenues for October were $46.3 million or 2.6 percent above target. The primary drivers of the upward revisions are higher than anticipated growth in personal income and franchise tax revenues due to higher than expected wage growth and business profits.
Low Income Energy Assistance is available through the Wilkes DSS. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning today. Households with someone aged 60 or older or with an individual receiving disability benefits are eligible to apply for assistance from Dec. 1 - 31. All other households may apply from Jan. 1 - March 31, 2017, or until funds are exhausted. The energy assistance program is a federally-funded and provides a one-time payment directly to the utility company to help eligible households pay their heating bills. For more information, Wilkes Department of Social Services.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of: doors forced open and property stolen. In the first report, a North Wilkesboro resident returned home to find a door kicked open. The thief took $450 in property including an xBox with games, charger, and stereo speakers. There is a suspect and charges are pending. In Wilkesboro, property owners returned to find their home and an outbuilding broken into. The front door of the house and building were forced open. Stolen items included money, boxes of checks, Black & Decker power tools, and a SnapOn Toolbox full of tools. Stolen property is valued at $3400. No suspects were given with that report.
A Millers Creek man has had tools stolen. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was contacted this week to investigate the theft of a siding brake valued at 1334 dollars and a Poulan wood shark saw valued at 100 dollars. The tools were taken from outside the residence at Millers Place in Millers Creek. The stolen property has been listed with NCIC. There is no word on suspects.
Unemployment rates increased in 44 of North Carolina’s counties in October, decreased in 22, and remained unchanged in 34 including Wilkes. Robeson County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.6 percent. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in 92 counties, increased in seven, and remained unchanged in one. In Wilkes County, the unemployment rate was the same as last month at 4.5, but the current rate is lower than one year ago when it was 5.4.