It's a scam. If you are asked or instructed to send money to claim your prize money, do not send the money, because it's a scam. A McGrady resident called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office this week to report the loss of money due to a phone scam. The victim said that over the past 5 weeks she has been contacted via her cell phone. She was informed that she had won a 2.5 million dollars sweepstakes. Following the instructions of the caller, the Wilkes victim sent $2,500 to clear the money transfer to her bank. Now the victim has lost the 2500 dollars as this "You've Won Money, Send Money to Claim" is a scam. Law enforcement and the Better Business Bureau continue to warn people against sending money or giving out personal information to phone callers. There are many phone scams, beware, and do not become the next victim.
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Wilkes County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Julia Houck announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. There are changes this year. "In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Wilkes County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said Houck. For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Wilkes County FSA office at 336-838-3622 ext. 2.
Preparation, relevance and improvement were the themes weaving through conversations during Wilkes Community College’s Program Advisory Committees kickoff event on Friday, October 21, at the Walker Center on the Wilkes Campus. Advisory committee members and WCC faculty, staff and administrators took part in the discussions. Program Advisory Committees are an essential link between the area’s business and industry community and the college. Committee members are local educators, business and industry representatives, and local citizens from the three-county service area who are familiar with and interested in the needs of the community. “One of the primary responsibilities of Wilkes Community College is to produce a highly skilled workforce that meets the needs of employers throughout our service area and beyond...,” said WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox.
To date, 37 counties in eastern and central North Carolina have received public assistance, while 27 counties have now qualified for individual assistance. 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. This is one of the best ways to help fund long-term recovery efforts. For more information about hurricane recovery in your area, call 2-1-1. For more details about Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, vist the Hurricane Matthew resource site. Follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter andFacebook for the latest on Hurricane Matthew.
Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew slammed eastern North Carolina, residents are still reeling from the storm’s impact. Crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation are doing everything they can to help life return to normal. Transportation workers continue to review damaged sites and determine a method of repair. They are being assisted by co-workers from Raleigh, Charlotte, Hickory, Winston-Salem and Asheville who are supporting efforts with debris removal, pipe replacements and damage assessments. For real-time travel information, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov, call 511, follow NCDOT on Twitter or check the ReadyNCmobile app. Visit the website for updates on Hurricane Matthew Recovery and relief efforts.
There was a break-in at a local business and the stolen property was then sold at a pawn shop. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a break-in and theft at Hobes Ham on Elledge Mill Road. Several hand tools were stolen including: a half-inch drill, wood router, and drill bit set. The stolen property valued at $275 was then pawned at Main Street Music and Pawn. Sheriff's Investigators do have the name of a suspect and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Thieves were seen but not identified. A property owner from the River Road/ Liberty Grove Road area called the Sheriff's Office regarding a theft. The victim said that his riding mower was stolen from outside his residence. The stolen TroyBilt riding mower was valued at 300 dollars. A neighbor reported seeing two men in a white full-size truck back up the driveway of the victim, load the mower, and then leave. The two men have not been identified and the investigation is continuing.
Wilkes Community College will host a Job Fair on Tuesday, October 25, from 2-4 p.m. at the John A. Walker Community Center located on the Wilkes Campus. The fair is a collaborative effort of workforce and economic development partners including Wilkes Community College, NCWorks, Goodwill Career Connections, Wilkes Economic Development Corporation, Wilkes Chamber of Commerce and the High Country Workforce Development Board. More than 20 employers will be available to speak with potential employees for administrative, general labor and manufacturing positions. Participating employers are from Ashe County, Wilkes County, Surry County, Alexander County, Alleghany County and Caldwell County. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring an up-to-date resume. Veterans are encouraged to attend.
As 3WC News reported last week, a card reader or skimmer was found on a local bank. Wilkesboro Police were called by First Citizens Bank on Hwy 421 regarding a card reader on their ATM. The card readers or skimmers are used by thieves to steal the information off Debit cards that are used at ATM's, gas pumps, or anywhere cards can be used. In this case, the device was seized from the bank's ATM and given to Police for evidence. On their Facebook Page, Wilkesboro Police have a picture of a female suspect. The public is asked to view the photo and call Wilkesboro Police or CrimeStoppers if you have any information at 336-667-7277 or 336-667-8900. Wilkesboro Police remind you to protect yourself from fraud when using your credit/debit card at ATM's, always shield the entry of your PIN from view.
Surry and Wilkes counties were not involved with the Hurricane Matthew damage; however, the Mayor of the City of Elkin received an update from the Governor over the weekend. Governor Pat McCrory updated elected officials from many of the North Carolina League of Municipalities' 540 member cities, towns and villages on the ongoing efforts to recover from Hurricane Matthew. During a conversation with Elkin Mayor and President of the League, Lestine Hutchens, Governor McCrory discussed the newly established Hurricane Matthew Recovery Task Force. The governor encouraged individuals and groups to help in the relief efforts by making a financial or other contribution. 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.