A 76-year-old Wilkes County man died in a tractor accident about 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon. Joseph Franklin Church , age 76, of the Champion Community was bushhogging for a neighbor. The front tire of the tractor apparently went off an embankment causing Church to fall under the tractor and bushhog. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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There was discussion at the County Commissioners' meeting this week about what to do with dilapidated houses and property. Eddie Barnes of the Wilkes County Planning Dept said that they had received complaints in writing concerning property on Boone Trail, at Congo and Winkler Mill Rd, and on Eastway Drive. Barnes explained: The Wilkes County Planning Dept has received numerous complaints in writing regarding dilapidated homes, burned homes, and homes in a severe state of disrepair. Under Article 2, Section 5 of the County Ordinance: "vacant dwellings that are in a severe state of decay or disrepair are considered Junk and shall be removed from the property." When a violator is unwilling or unable to remove such structures in a timely manner the Ordinance authorizes the county to seek an order of abatement. The Commissioners asked questions about demolition of the houses in question, burning houses by fire departments as training exercise, and asbestos removal. Commissioners choose to investigate the properties and options available before making a decision.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is looking for a jewel thief. A North Wilkesboro resident called to report the theft. The victim, who lives on Byrd Ridge Road, told Sheriff's Investigators that someone entered her home while she was away and stole her jewelry. There is a possible suspect in this theft and charges are pending further investigation.
A car was stolen and resold. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called regarding a stolen vehicle. The 1995 blue Honda Accord valued at 1500 dollars was taken from the victim's driveway. The thief then sold the vehicle to Miller Automotive in McGrady. No suspects were listed at this time; the investigation is still underway.
Beginning on Tuesday July 6, 2016 through August 25, 2016 the Wilkes County Health Department’s MESH Unit will offer Sports Physical Clinics at the health department. During the month of July sports physicals will be offered on Wednesdays1:30pm-4:15pm and Thursdays 9:00am-12:15pm. During the month of August sports physicals will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00am-12:15pm, and 1:30pm-4:15pm. Sports Physicals will still be offered at area high schools on the following dates: Wilkes Central on July 25, West Wilkes July 26, North Wilkes July 27, and East Wilkes High July 28. If you would like more information, or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 336-651-7450. To download a copy of the Summer MESH Sports Physical Clinics and Sports Physical form please visit our website at www.wilkeshealth.com/services/teens/mesh-school-health/.
Thirty-eight employees, including a Trooper from Wilkes, of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be recognized for promotions in a ceremony on Monday, June 27, 2016. The promotional ceremony will be held at the Hope Community Church in Raleigh. The promotions include 8 civilian and 30 sworn members from various sections within the organization. The promotions include Trooper W. E. Hall who has been working in Wilkesboro. Trooper Hall is being promoted to Sergeant and will be working in West Jefferson.
Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation this week that allows disabled veterans to park in a handicapped parking space upon displaying a Partially Disabled Veteran special license plate which is administered by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. House Bill 256 also clarifies that medical certification and recertification requirements for handicapped parking privileges may be satisfied by a disability determination issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs indicating the person is handicapped. "Disabled veterans deserve our full support, from connecting to jobs, education, health care or other services," said Governor McCrory. Governor McCrory also signed several other bills into law including: Senate Bill 748- Extends the reporting date of the Blue Ribbon Commission to study the building and infrastructure needs of the state to 2017. Senate Bill 575- Facilitates the work of the Boundary Commission in confirming and reestablishing the original boundary between North Carolina and South Carolina.
U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee made remarks on the Senate Floor on his legislation with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The amendment would enable the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to more quickly obtain the electronic transaction records of suspected terrorists. Sen Burr: “We are here today to fix something that’s broken. This is simply to provide law enforcement with tools that enable them to fulfill their mission, which is to keep America safe.” The amendment failed to move forward on a vote of 58-38, but the Senate may reconsider the vote.
County Commissioners met this week for their last regular meeting for June. As 3WC has already reported, Commissioners decided to cut the County Property Tax Rate from 69 cents to 67 cents just prior to passing the new budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July1. Other items on the agenda were the approval of budget amendments and transfers. The Runway Overlay Project at the Wilkes Airport is to be completed earlier than anticipated so the Grant Match from the County for that project of $274,000 was paid from the General Fund of this year's budget rather than from next year's budget. Also after closing out the Jail Capitol Project Fund, there was about $404,000 leftover that was put back in the General Fund. Commissioners approved Grant funding for BROC and the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. Also fireworks permits were granted for Wilkesboro Raceway Park, Traphill VFD, and Crossroads Harley Davidson--all for July 2; Memorial Park and Roaring River VFD for July 4th, and Wilkesboro Raceway Park for August 13.
He was arrested and a mental health adviser was called to assist. Tyson called the Wilkesboro Police Dept regarding a former employee that had been fired. The former employee had posted some disturbing things on Facebook regarding taking his own life and going out "with a boom." Police found the man. He had marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession. He also had an open warrant for damage to property. The man was arrested and someone from Daymark was asked to speak with the man in jail.