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.
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As of Wednesday, the early vote totals in Wilkes were 3,015. If you are voting early, then you need to stop by this week as the election is one week from today. 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.
Nearly 5000 dollars in property was stolen in a home break-in at a residence on Thankful Church Road. The victim showed a Sheriff's Deputy where the intruder came in. According to the report, the thief broke a glass out of a back door to get in the house. A turquoise ring, turquoise bracelet, and a 70-inch Sony 3D Flat Screen TV were stolen. Stolen property totaled 4,250 dollars; damages were listed at 500 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating.
Could it be the person who asked for a ride? The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a home break-in and theft off Roaring Gap Church Road. The victim advised that someone stopped by their house and asked for a ride to get gas. The homeowners said they could not give them a ride at that time, because they were going to town. The person left on foot. When the homeowners returned, they found that someone had forcibly entered the home and had stolen a Playstation 4 with games valued at 600 dollars. Damages to the door were listed at 100 dollars. The person who came by wanting a ride is a suspect, and Sheriff's Deputies are looking for that person so they can question them about the break-in.
The Child Abuse Prevention Team and Our House are once again collecting coats for kids. You are asked to bring new and lightly used children's outerwear to the Hour Glass Cleaners or Wilkesboro Cleaners. The coats will be distributed at the Ministry of HOPE. The 15th Annual Coats for Kids Drive is going on now through December.
The Wilkes County Health Department encourages all women to take charge of their health by going for regular breast screenings. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, October is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, celebrating the lives of the many women who survived, and remembering those lost. Appoximately 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women of all races. The good news is that early detection and treatment increases chances for survival. The Wilkes County Health Department receives grant funding from Susan G. Komen of Northwest North Carolina to provide education and services. These services are offered to women who are under-insured and uninsured, and have included screenings, mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, and surgical consults. For more information about these services or to make an appointment, call the Wilkes Health Dept at 336-651-7450. Also this fall, the Health Department raised approximately $1,110 for Susan G. Komen of Northwest North Carolina through multiple fundraisers and donations at community events.
On Tuesday the Tax Foundation releases its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index and once again Wyoming leads the nation in welcoming commerce. On that score, the state showing the most improvement since last year’s ranking is North Carolina. The Tarheel State climbed to 16th this year from 44th in last year’s ranking. The Tax Foundation reports that “North Carolina’s largest improvement was in the individual income tax component section, where legislation restructured the previously multi-bracketed system” with a top rate of 7.75% to a single-bracket system with a rate of 5.8% “and a generous standard deduction of $7,500.” North Carolina is also reducing its corporate income tax rate—to 6% this year from 6.9% last year. The rate could drop as low as 3% by 2017 if the state achieves certain revenue targets for its general fund. North Carolina also received credit in this year’s ranking for a simplified sales tax system.
Governor Pat McCrory’s military affairs advisor, General Cornell A. Wilson Jr., a retired Major General of the United States Marine Corps, was recently appointed to the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans. The Committee consists of veterans who represent minority groups and are recognized authorities in fields pertinent to the needs of the minority group they embody. "This appointment is a testament to General Wilson's expertise and our commitment to making North Carolina the most veteran-friendly state in our nation," said Governor McCrory.
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.
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.