The announcement was made yesterday in a press conference at the Wilkesboro Town Hall. Carolina in the Fall is the newest Wilkes Festival and it's coming to Downtown Wilkesboro in September. The organization known as Heart of Folk, The Kruger Brothers, the Town of Wilkesboro, the Wilkes Heritage Museum, and Wilkes Communications are the driving forces behind the festival Carolina in the Fall which was also a song by the Kruger Brothers. According to Yens Kruger, this festival showcases the music of the Wilkes County area. AIR Museum Director Jennifer Furr says they are excited about having the event in their front yard. AIR Wilkesboro Mayor Mike Inscore says that Carolina in the Fall is part of the revitalization plan for Downtown Wilkesboro. AIR Along with showcasing the music, there will also be a food truck competition. Again the Festival will be September 25 and 26 in front of the Wilkes Heritage Museum with the streets lined with food trucks, vendors, and festival participants. Tickets and information can be found at www.carolinainthefall.org.
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It's almost two weeks later....but it's still just not totally sunk in that the Wilkes Central Lady Eagles won a State Basketball Championship, even though Principal Michelle Shepherd says they always believed. AIR Lady Eagle Team Member Maegan McUmber says she was amazed that everyone knows AIR Principal Shepherd, the Coach, and the Team were also amazed and thrilled about the reception they received when they got home as Wilkes County residents turned out to line the streets and welcome them. And Coach Scott Waugh says this wasn't just a team victory, but a win for the community, too. AIR If anyone would like to hear the Lady Eagles Championship Game, it's a podcast on our website www.hometownchristianradio.com
County high schools are hosting blood drives for the Red Cross on Fridays in March. Today, the blood drive is at East Wilkes High School (13315 Elkin Highway, Ronda). The Red Cross Blood Drive at East High today is from 8:00am – 1:30pm; please contact the school office at 651-7200 to schedule an appointment.
Wilkes County Hall of Fame Committee will publicly announce the second class of inductees at 2:00 pm on March 30 at The Stone Family Center for Performing Arts. The ten inductees were chosen from forty- eight nominees. The Wilkes County Hall of Fame is located in the Wilkes County Schools Administrative Offices in The Stone Family Center for Performing Arts at 613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro. Displayed on the walls of the Stone Center is the 2014 Inductees in a permanent display which includes photos, memorabilia, and personal statements from the recipients. The Class of 2015 will be on display at the Induction Gala on May 21, 2015. The Wilkes County Hall of Fame was created to recognize citizens and corporations that have made invaluable contributions to Wilkes County and beyond. The mission of the Wilkes County Hall of Fame is to promote and honor the excellence of the people of Wilkes County in order to encourage and inspire the youth and citizens of Wilkes. The 2nd Annual Induction Gala for the Wilkes County Hall of Fame is May 21, 2015 in the Stone Family Performing Arts Center at 613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro. Tickets to the Gala will be made available to the general public on April 15.
There have been several train derailments recently. Just a couple of weeks ago, a train wreck happened in the eastern part of the state, but this week, a train derailed near Elkin. The train derailed along a section paralleling Hwy 269 near the Perdue Chicken Feed Plant. No one was injured in this latest train wreck, and initially, the cause of the wreck is unknown. The track has been clear, but train debris is still at the scene. The investigation into the accident is still underway.
Two Montgomery County residents face alcohol charges related to a high speed chase and crash earlier this week in Richmond County. Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents charged Jesson Keifer Almond, 20, with aiding and abetting the underage possession of alcoholic beverages, and Jonathan Roberts, 17, for underage possession of malt beverages. ALE initiated its investigation after learning that the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office charged 18-year-old Dillion Paul Chesney of Troy with numerous offenses including underage possession of malt beverages and driving while impaired. On March 22, Chesney led Richmond County Sheriff deputies on a high speed chase, reaching more than 100 miles per hour, which ended when he hit the back of a pick-up truck. The driver of the pick-up truck suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. ALE agents have the authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense. ALE is a branch of the State Bureau of Investigation.
The 2015 Operation Medicine Drop is a success with a statewide collection of more than 15.5 million dosage units of potentially deadly unused prescription medications, according to the State Bureau of Investigation. On Tuesday, local, state and federal agencies delivered the 17,592 pounds of medications they collected March 15-21 at SBI district offices where the SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit secured and prepared the items for destruction. 96 law enforcement agencies participated in 200 events across North Carolina receiving unused prescription drugs from anyone who wanted to dispose of them. An approximate total of 500,000 dosage units were collected in the western half of the state. Studies show that about 75% of all prescription medications abused by young people for non-medical purposes were found in homes of friends and families. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that half of all young people that visit the emergency departments are there for overdose reasons. This medicine drop was co-sponsored by Safe Kids NC and the SBI.
There seem to be more reports this year than ever of ID Theft and Tax Return Fraud here in Wilkes County. According to IRS.gov, tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Generally, an identity thief will use your SSN to file a false return early in the year. You may be unaware you are a victim until you try to file your taxes and learn one already has been filed using your SSN. This week, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office received another report this time from a Wilkesboro resident. The victim advised that she had been notified by mail and by phone that someone had filed a tax return in her and her husband's name. The woman is already in contact with the IRS about the problem. If you find that you have become a victim of ID Theft and Tax Fraud, you should: File a report with law enforcement, File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a ‘fraud alert’ on your credit records, and Contact your financial institutions to close any accounts opened without your permission or tampered with. Also the IRS advises, if your SSN is compromised and you know or suspect you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, take these additional steps: Respond immediately to any IRS notice by calling the number provided, Complete the IRS Form--Identity Theft Affidavit, and Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper. More information on ID Theft and Tax Fraud can be found at IRS.gov
Over 1300 dollars in power tools was stolen from an outbuilding at a property off Brushy Mtn Road. The victim reported her property stolen from an outbuilding behind her residence . The theft was of several power tools including a Fluke Multimeter, Tormex Grinder, Dewalt Skil Saw, a Dewalt cordless drill kit, and a Black and Decker cordless drill. The stolen tools are valued at $1,339. Mrs Baity said that keys for her husband's 2001 Chevrolet pick-up were also missing. The victim advised the tools were all in the building Saturday night; however, after church on Sunday, they noticed the break-in at the building. There is no word on suspects.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called this week to investigate a couple of reports of vandalism to property. One report was from Purlear and the other from Boomer. In the first, the president of the Buck Mountain Property Owners Association said that someone over the past 36 hours has damaged a Memorial Stone on the property. Damages were listed at 300 dollars. Then, a Boomer resident reported mailbox damages. The victim stated that sometime in the middle of the night that her mailbox was busted. The victim stated that she did not hear any sounds, but when she woke up that morning, she noticed the mailbox. Damages were estimated at 100 dollars. No suspects were given with either report.