The 23-year-old North Wilkesboro man was beaten in an attempted robbery. According to a report filed with the Wilkesboro Police, the man was visiting relatives at an apartment on River Street. As he was leaving, he told Police that he was approached by a black male who hit him. The attacker tried to steal the man’s cash but was unable to find any money on the victim. After the attacker left, the man had a family member take him to Wilkes Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Police have a description of the attacker but his identity is unknown at this time.
Over a 1000 dollars in property was stolen from a location off Old 60. The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a theft from an outbuilding this week. Several things were stolen from the unlocked building including a Stihl chainsaw, 3 cans containing gasoline, a propane camping grill, a Craftsman tool set, a shovel, and a climbing belt. Again stolen property was valued over 1050 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
North Wilkesboro Town Board of Commissioners said yes and now it’s up to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. A public hearing was held weeks ago in which citizens were able to express their views for or against. Due to an apparent over-population of deer within the town limits of North Wilkesboro, a proposal was made to allow deer hunting by bow hunters beginning later this year in September. A written request must be received by the NC Wildlife Commission for approval by April 1. Also, if approved, bow hunters will need written permission from property owners before they can hunt within the city limits of North Wilkesboro.
The mobile app for MerleFest 2014 is now available for download. The MerleFest free app was launched last year. The mobile app once again provides the MerleFest lineup and stage schedules, artist biographies, maps, announcements, social media links and more. People who already have the app on their device may download this year’s updated information through the app itself; for those who need to download the complete app, a link is available at www.MerleFest.org. A bonus for MerleFest fans is that once downloaded, the app will be fully functional without having connection to phone service. Those planning their MerleFest 2014 experience will be pleased to learn that the “early bird” ticket discount has been extended toMarch 24 at 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.MerleFest.org or call 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of the late American music legend Doc Watson.
Wilkes Community College hosted the high school Region 7 SkillsUSA® Conference and Career Showcase on February 28, 2014. This annual educational and professional development activity is open to all SkillsUSA members and advisors, Career and Technical Education (CTE) students, business and industry partners and educational partners. “This year’s event was the largest in our history of hosting the regional gathering,” says Hardin Kennedy, SkillsUSA college advisor. There were over 750 high school student competitors and career showcase participants from the high schools located in the 15 counties that make up Region 7. There were 67 contests offered at the WCC competition. Region 7 encompasses the following counties: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin, as well as the Home School Association of North Carolina and Christian schools. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps students excel in their respective trade areas. For more information about the SkillsUSA program, call Wilkes Community College 336-838-6219
Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development have announced the recipients of the Winner’s Circle awards, given annually since 2004 to people who have made significant and continuing contributions to North Carolina’s tourism industry. The 2014 honorees are Richard Petty, charter member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame; Horace Holden, Aurelia Kennedy and Payson Kennedy, founders of the Nantahala Outdoor Center; and Ron Kimble, Charlotte Deputy City Manager. Gov. McCrory said, “Tourism is such an important economic driver for us, and it’s visionaries like these who have helped develop all the diverse and unique attractions we enjoy in North Carolina.”
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), spoke at a SASC hearing yesterday morning about the Air Force’s decision to inactivate the 440th Airlift Wing from Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg in its recent budget proposal. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before the Committee to discuss the Department of Defense proposed budget for 2015. The 440th Airlift Wing provides airlift, airdrop and aero-medical operations in support of Department of Defense objectives. They support in-garrison training and operational requirements of Air Force, Army and Joint Operations forces. Because of this decision, Pope Army Airfield would lose over 1,100 full time and part time jobs. Senator Hagan expressed her opposition to the proposal to inactivate the Air Force’s 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg.
An 18 year old man was arrested Monday and charged after he continually helped a 17 year old run away from home. Sherriff Deputies arrested the 18 year old and charged him with contributing to deliquesce of a minor. The 18 year old was arrested but released on bond.
Another arrest was made for position of drug paraphernalia yesterday but this one by the Wilkes County Sherriff’s office. Officers responded to a stranded motorist at 442 Hawkins Hollow rd Monday morning which then led to Officers arresting the man for position of drug paraphernalia after finding a syringe in his lap. The suspect was charged and did make bond.
Sometimes you have to be careful which friend you call for help. On Monday morning, a Wilkesboro Police officer was investigating a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of East Main Street and Cothren Street. The car owner had called her friend to the scene to give her a ride and as police officers approached the friend’s vehicle, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the lowered window on the car. After giving the citation and paperwork on the wreck to the owner of the car, police officers then told the friend that he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside his vehicle and asked if he had any marijuana inside. He said yes, retrieved it from the center console, and handed it to the officer. After the officer asked both suspects to exit the vehicle, officers searched the vehicle only to find a glass pipe for smoking the marijuana. After seizing the evidence, officers issued the friend a citation for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.