Governor Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency on Wednesdayat 11:00 p.m. upon the request of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. The governor has also initiated efforts to deploy the North Carolina National Guard and the State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement.
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Someone stole her car while she was gone from home. The vehicle owner, who lives in Hays, reported the car theft this week. She told Wilkes Sheriff's Investigators that she left home Monday night and her black Chrysler 300 was parked in her driveway. When she returned Tuesday morning, the car was gone. The stolen car was valued at $8000.
A North Wilkesboro man reported that a tool box was stolen while he was away from home. Tuesday, the victim called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to report the theft. He said that while he was gone to town, someone came by his house and took his tool box that was full of hand tools. Stolen property is valued at 1000 dollars.
More road signs have been reported stolen for the second consecutive month. This time the Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the theft of several road signs and funeral signs from the Glenn Dancy Road area. There is a possible suspect and charges are pending. Just last month, a report was received at the Sheriff's Office regarding the theft of 17 county road signs in the Moravian Falls and Oakwoods Country Club areas. The cost to the County to replace the 17 Street Signs was estimated at $3000.
Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for the last regular meeting for the month. Representatives from NC Division of Parks and Recreation and the Elkin Valley Trails Association were there to give a report and have a discussion with Commissioners about the Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina. One section of the proposed Mtn to Sea Trail would be along Carter Falls here in Wilkes. Dan Park, who owns the property, is willing to work with the state on the project. The State has 4.5 million in NC Connect Bond Funds for state trails. The State would purchased the land in Wilkes for the Trail and lease it back to the county for a dollar. The Elkin Valley Trails Association is willing to construct and maintain the walking trail along Carter Falls. State Officials told Wilkes Commissioners that these State Trails increase property value and help the local economy.
County Commissioners declared this week as GEAR UP Week. Wilkes Community College, in partnership with Appalachian State University (ASU), hosted national best-selling author and motivational speaker Arel Moodie in celebration of National GEAR UP week. The GEAR UP –Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – mission is to encourage young people to prepare, enter and succeed in postsecondary education immediately after high school. Approximately 1,050 sixth or eight grade students from Wilkes, Alleghany and Watauga counties attended the event at the John A. Walker Community Center on the campus of WCC. GEAR UP program funds are used to support students and their families to be prepared and have the resources needed for success in college. The grant-funded program serves a cohort of students (4,600 from Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties) in sixth through ninth grades and will continue to serve those students until they graduate from high school.
Governor Pat McCrory announced this week that southeastern North Carolina has received approval to expand Foreign-Trade Zone 214, making the region more attractive to businesses looking to relocate or expand and increasing the region’s competitiveness in global trade. Foreign-trade zones stimulate economic growth and development by offering companies tariff and tax relief on the storage and operation of commercial merchandise, both domestic and foreign, within the zone. By order of the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone Board, the 22-county area can now offer foreign-trade zone services for companies looking to expand or relocate their business in southeastern North Carolina. Foreign-trade zones are sites near a U.S. Customs port of entry where foreign and domestic merchandise is considered in international trade.
The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent. North Carolina’s August 2016 unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than a year ago. Governor Pat McCrory announced that North Carolina’s unemployment rate is the lowest since April 2007. “North Carolina has seen one of the largest decreases in unemployment in the nation since 2013 and we are home to one of the fastest growing economies in the nation,” said Governor McCrory. Unemployment has decreased in all 100 counties since 2013. The last time North Carolina experienced an unemployment rate below 4.6 percent was in January 2001. The number of unemployed persons in North Carolina is 46.3 percent lower than January 2013. These results have been supported by efforts to cut taxes for families and businesses by $4.7 billion, while assuming a $430 million revenue surplus. Additionally, the state paid off the $2.5 billion unemployment insurance debt to the federal government ahead of schedule saving employers more than $760 million in taxes since 2013. The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 when the county unemployment rates for August 2016 will be released.
Three broke in the while someone was at home. A Ferguson man called 911 after someone broke in his house this week. The man reported hearing someone trying to force open his back door about 11pm. The man grabbed his son and had the son hide in a closet. The property owner then went to confront the burglars. He saw three people in his house. He yelled at them and ran out without taking anything. There is no word on suspects at this time.
Thousands of dollars in property was taken from a Ronda Company. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the break-in at theft at Precision Fibers on Factory Street in Ronda. An employee reported finding a hole broken out in the back wall of the garage at Precision Fibers. Several high-end tools including a 35 ton air jack, Craftsman toolbox with tools, and mobile universal trailer tester were stolen. The stolen property totaled over $5000. The theft was reported early Monday morning, so it is believed the theft happened sometime over the weekend.