Due to the earlier Primary Voting Day in North Carolina of March rather than May, Candidate filing for State and Local 2016 Elections will begin at noon on December 1, 2015 and will close at noon on December 21, 2015. Persons filing for County or Legislative office will need to file their Notice of Candidacy with the County Board of Elections office in the county of residency. Persons will be eligible to file for the following office at the Wilkes County Board of Elections office: NC Senate 30th District - filing fee $207, NC House 94th, 90th and 73rd Districts-filing fee $207, County Commissioner-filing fee $65, Register of Deeds-filing fee $450, and Board of Education-filing fee $48. In order to file as a candidate for a party primary the person must have been affiliated with that party for at least 75 days prior to filing a Notice of Candidacy. A person registered as Unaffiliated is ineligible to file as a candidate in a party primary. More information on candidate filing may be found at www.wilkescounty.net/elections/downloads or contact the Wilkes County Board of Elections 336-651-7339
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The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating reports from the North Wilkesboro area. A woman who lives on the Byrd Ridge Road called concerning a theft. The victim advised that someone entered her residence and took her pocketbook which contained all her prescription medication. The purse and meds were the only things reported stolen. Then a woman living on the Tindall Drive reported property damage. It seems someone poured sugar in the gas tank of the victim's Dodge Durango. And finally, a Sparta Road resident reported the theft of their vehicle from the driveway of their home. No suspects were listed with either report.
Lottery Tickets can be valuable, so that makes them a target of thieves. Wilkesboro Police were called to 4 Brothers Store on Westwood Lane regarding a theft. According to store staff the store was short 3 $30 lottery tickets. There are a couple of suspects in the theft. In store surveillance is being viewed by Police to determine suspect information. Charges are pending further investigation.
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. The first-ever Small Business Saturday took place on Nov 27, 2010. It encouraged people across the country to support small, local businesses. Now in 2015, you're invited to celebrate Small Business Saturday, tomorrow, November 28. You can support local artisans on Small Business Saturday. Look for Wilkesboro Open Air Market vendors at the Wilkes Habitat for Humanity "Buy Local Gift Fair" on Saturday, November 28th from 9:30 am - 2 pm. The event will be held at the Habitat ReStore - 320 Cothren Street, Wilkesboro.
Wilkes Community College ushered in the holiday season on Tuesday by trimming its majestic 16-foot Christmas tree in the Lakey Ballroom of the John A. Walker Community Center. Volunteers along with several Walker Center staff members created Christmas Decorations especially for guests of the Walker Center. Over 10,000 lights sparkle around the hundreds of delicate ornaments that embellish the large tree. Members of the community are invited to enjoy the Christmas tree by visiting the Walker Center. Many families take the opportunity to snap some family photos in front of the tree. The tree will be available for viewing from December 1 until noon on December 22. Visitors are encouraged to call the Walker Center at 336-838-6260 before arriving to ensure that the Lakey Ballroom is not being used for an event. Also, the public is invited to visit with Santa Claus on the campus of Wilkes Community College on Sunday, December 13, from 2-4 p.m. Santa will be at the Waldon Christmas Caboose located on the lower campus near the children’s playground. Children will have the opportunity to get their photo made with Santa and to share their Christmas wish list with him. WCC Rotaract Club will take photos for purchase as a club fundraiser or parents may use their own cameras to take photos.
It started last month; have you remembered to dial 10 numbers instead of 7 even with local calls? The local 336 area last Saturday went to a 10 Digit Dialing System. To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 743 area code will be added to our local area served by 336. This is known as an area code overlay. The 336 area code generally covers the Piedmont including Wilkes. You should now be dialing 10 digits whenever you place a call from the 336 area code. If you forget and dial just seven digits, there will be a temporary grace period and you call will still be completed. However, beginning April 23 of next year, use of the new dialing procedures will be mandatory. Also, all 3 digit numbers will remain the same such as 911. You will still just dial 911 for an emergency.
North Carolina is requiring new packaging and label requirements on electronic cigarette products sold in the state, effective December 1. Electronic cigarette refill fluids are to be sold in child-proof packaging with labels to alert consumers if the product contains nicotine, the addictive component in tobacco. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, vapes, mods, e-hookah and hookah pens, are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid solution - sometimes containing nicotine - into an aerosol inhaled by the user. The Carolinas Poison Center has noted a steady increase in calls related to children accessing e-cigarette nicotine liquids since the products were introduced. North Carolina residents who want free help to quit tobacco use, including e-cigarette addiction, can contact QuitlineNC at 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669).
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced Friday that the state now allows the use of short-barreled rifles while legally taking wildlife. A short-barreled rifle is defined by the N.C. General Assembly as “any rifle with a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches.” This statutory change is not reflected in the 2015-2016 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, as it was published before the legislation was passed. Now a hunter or trapper must meet federal requirements to own a short-barreled rifle, which includes registering the device and paying a federal tax, along with a criminal background check processed by the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s county of residence. “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms administers the procedure to own a short-barreled rifle,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy, field supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement.
Due to the holiday today, many businesses will be closed. Some are also refusing to be open for shopping until Friday. As for governmental offices: according to County Manager John Yates, the Wilkes County Offices will be closed for the following holidays: Today, Thanksgiving, County Offices are Closed – Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Closed – Friday, November 27, 2015. Next month for Christmas, Wilkes County Offices will be closed: at Noon – Wednesday, December 23, 2015, Closed – Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Closed – Friday, December 25, 2015.
The 2015 North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project is well underway for those less fortunate. Mayor Robert Johnson says the Town of North Wilkesboro has sponsored the Christmas Cheer Project for families for many years. AIR Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected in the Clerk’s Office by referrals and telephone calls. These lists are reviewed by the Christmas Cheer Committee to determine their eligibility. Contributions for this project are received from businesses and private citizens. 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel and will be delivered on Thursday, December 24th. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. The total cost of the project is approximately $7,000. To donate, contact Kay Minton, Town Clerk at 667-7129, ext. 3001.