Wilkes County Health Department officials have identified a rabid cat that was found on October 23 at Highway 18 North / Byrd Ridge Road. Due to its illness this animal was euthanized and testing proved be positive for rabies yesterday. The cat was a domestic long hair, smoky gray in color with white on its chest and both front feet. Anyone who had contact with this cat, or was bitten by it between October 9 and October 23 should call the Health Department at 336-651-7524 for medical and rabies risk assessment. Wilkes County Animal Control has been working with the Health Department to track down other potentially rabid animals in the area, including cats and dogs who may have had contact with the rabid cat. Rabies is a fatal disease of both humans and animals. If you, your child or your pets were bitten by this cat or suspect you had a non-bite exposure to the cat’s saliva, please call the health department immediately. Rabies post exposure prophylaxis consists of wound cleansing and a series of four rabies vaccines. Residents concerned about their pet’s exposure to this rabid cat should contact Animal Control at 336-903-7688. Rabies is common in wildlife in our area. Domestic animals are commonly infected with rabies as a result of exposure to raccoons. Cats are the domestic animal most commonly identified with rabies in North Carolina. Stray and feral cats should be left alone and the public should not attempt to interact with them or feed them. For the welfare of the animal, and the safety and health of the public, all cats and dogs in Wilkes County should be vaccinated for rabies. When bitten or scratched by any animal (even a dog or cat that is currently vaccinated against rabies) you should thoroughly clean the wound with soap and warm water and contact your physician or the Health Department for additional advice.
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The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a couple of Identity Theft Cases locally. The first is another involving someone trying to get benefits in another person's name. This time a Ronda resident called to report that she had been contacted by the Employment Security Commission in Statesville regarding a missed appointment. Apparently, someone was using the victim's name and Social Security Number to obtain unemployment benefits. The victim advised that she had not applied for benefits. There have been at least two other reports from Wilkes recently involving someone's name and personal information being stolen and used to try and obtain unemployment benefits. In the second ID Theft report, a Millers Creek Victim called the Sheriff's Office about credit card fraud. The victim was contacted by letter from Capitol One stating that was card was opened in their name. The victim had not applied for this card. No suspects were listed; the investigations are continuing.
Another chicken house has been broken into. A property owner in Purlear called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to report a break-in of a chicken house on Dragway Road. The victim said someone broke in and stole a DeWalt drill and drill bit. The thief also cut and removed 1800 feet of electrical cable. There is no word on suspects.
The Wilkes Community Foundation Grants Committee Chairperson Amanda Perry presented the T3LC Youth Philanthropy Group a check for $1,000.00 at the Wilkes County Board of Education monthly meeting. Dr. Marty Hemric, Superintendent and Dennis Huggins, Director of Development for Wilkes County Schools accepted the check for the T3LC students. The funds will be used to offset the cost of operating the youth philanthropy group. This grant was made possible from the Greater Wilkes Community Fund and the Kyle Hayes Memorial Endowment Fund for T3LC. Ms. Perry also presented a check for $1,000.00 for the Flint Hill Beanstalk Adventures Playground. Mrs. Elizabeth Horrell, art teacher at North Wilkesboro Elementary School received the check from Dennis Huggins. Mrs. Horrell wrote the grant to add activities for the students at her school. This grant was made possible through a recommendation from the board of the Wilkes Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation.
A reminder: If you are voting early, then stop by this week as the election is Tuesday. One Stop Voting is underway in the Wilkes County Commissioners' Meeting Room of the County Office Building from 8:30 til 6 today and Friday. One Stop Voting Saturday, November 1 is 8:30 til 1. Also, all voted absentee ballots must be returned to the Wilkes County Board of Elections office by 5:00 pm on Tuesday. The deadline to return absentee ballots by mail is 5:00 pm on Friday, November 7th, if the envelope is postmarked on or before Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th. One Stop Early Voting is only this week at the County Office Bldg.
It began on March 9th and ends Sunday morning at 2am. Daylight Saving Time 2014 ends early Sunday morning. Before going to bed on Saturday, November 1, remember to "fall back" by setting your clocks back one hour. (The exceptions to DST are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.) The credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. So, good news is...you get an extra hour of sleep Saturday night. Just remember to fall back or set back your clocks one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
Governor Pat McCrory was in Concord for Alevo Energy’s opening of its new facility this wee. Alevo Energy, an energy service provider that uses a combination of innovative battery technology and smart data analytics to reduce waste and inefficiencies in the grid delivery system, says it plans to create 2,500 jobs initially and invest $1 billion in the state, with more expected to come over the long term. No state or local incentives were used to help make this project possible. “Not only will these batteries reduce waste and inefficiencies, but they will also help lower the cost of energy for consumers. The energy technology sector is a growing part of our economy that employs thousands in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. While at Victory Industrial Park, Governor McCrory unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of the Alevo Manufacturing facility and the rededication of the plant. To create the infrastructure for the scale of the manufacturing required, Alevo bought the 3.5 million square foot former Philip Morris factory in Concord and will build multiple production lines there beginning in 2015.
Some say while away the mice will play, but in this case, while away the thief will steal. A homeowner on Airport Road returned home after spending a night away from home to find that someone had broken into their home and had stolen some pennies and a lock box containing a pistol and a ring. It is believed the thief got inside the house by prying open the front door. There is a suspect, and charges are pending. Stolen property was valued at $1300.
Police are working with bank officials to get video of a possible thief. A Wilkesboro man called the Police this week after finding unauthorized charges on his Debit card. The man showed Police a bank statement that included to Debit card transactions at area ATM machines that occurred when he was at work. The amount stolen from his account was 140 dollars. Wilkesboro Police have contacted the banks of the ATM's to get video of the dates of time of the unauthorized transactions in order to identify a suspect. Charges are pending.
Again a reminder: If you are voting early, then you need to stop by this week as the election is next Tuesday. One Stop Voting is underway in the Wilkes County Commissioners' Meeting Room of the County Office Building from 8:30 to 5:30 through Wednesday and until 6pm Thursday and Friday. One Stop Voting Saturday, November 1 is 8:30 til 1. Also, all voted absentee ballots must be returned to the Wilkes County Board of Elections office by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4th. The deadline to return absentee ballots by mail is 5:00 pm on Friday, November 7th, if the envelope is postmarked on or before Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th.