A 10-year-old boy from Concord, North Carolina, was killed in a 3-car pileup in North Wilkesboro Wednesday morning. The boy, Brylan Coward, was a passenger in a car that was hit from behind by a truck and pushed into a 3rd vehicle. Coward was pinned in the car and died from his injuries. The car Coward was in was driven by Pastor Lewis Hall of Hinshaw Street Church of God. Hall was stopped in traffic when he was hit from behind by a truck driven by Todd Blackburn of Roaring River. Two other children were in the car. The two children and Hall’s wife were taken to WRMC. The third vehicle was driven by Burl Huffman of Wilkesboro. The wreck happened Wednesday morning about 11:30 on D Street near Specialty Car Company.
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The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a couple of thefts in the North Wilkesboro area. In the first, a property owner on the Speedway Road reported that he was only gone from home for a few hours, but when he returned, he saw that both his lawn mowers had been stolen from his carport. A victim on the Elledge Mill Road called the Sheriff's Dept regarding a home break-in and theft. The front door of the house was pried open. The thief took prescription medication and several hundred dollars in cash. No suspects were listed with either report.
In the property damage reports, suspects have been identified and charges are pending. A Traphill man called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office regarding damages to his house. The man said he saw three young men walking the road next to his house about 9:30pm. The man said it looked as if the three were carrying something. Then the next morning, he found that his house had been hit with rocks, eggs, and balloons containing a yellow liquid. Deputies are trying to track down the 3 suspects and charges are pending. Then Wilkesboro Police were called to an area parking lot regarding $700 in damages to a Nissan Xterra. The victim reported that when they returned from shopping, they found the scratch along the side of their vehicle. Surveillance video showed a white male causing the damages. The man was identified due to a previous shoplifting, and also in this case, charges are pending.
They said it wasn't the first time that this type of theft had happened. Wilkesboro Police were called to Avante regarding a theft of gasoline. The victim had returned to her vehicle after work. She noticed the gas tank door open and the gas cap hanging down. Once inside the vehicle she discovered that about a quarter tank of gas was missing. Other staff at the company said this was not the first time someone had stolen gas from a vehicle in the parking lot. There were also scratches around the door of the vehicle. Damages were listed at 100 dollars.
The Wilkes County Board of Elections has released information on Candidate Filing For Municipal Elections. Candidate filing for the November 3, 2015 Municipal Elections will begin on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 8:30 am at the Wilkes County Board of Elections office. Persons will be able to file for the following offices: North Wilkesboro Town Commissioner (3 seats – 4 year terms); Ronda Mayor (4 year term); Ronda Town Commissioner (2 seats – 4 year terms); Ronda Town Commissioner Unexpired Term (2 seats – 2 year terms); Wilkesboro Mayor (4 year term); and Wilkesboro Councilman (2 seats – 4 year terms). Persons interested in filing for office will need to be a registered voter of the municipality. Candidate filing will end on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
WCC SkillsUSA students brought home five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals from the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Ky., on June 22-26, 2015. WCC was represented by 39 students and 21 advisors. Students participating in the national competition all won first place gold medals, a total of 39, in the state competition held in Greensboro in April. Out of the 16,000 student competitors from across the nation gathered in Louisville, 37 of the 39 WCC students placed in the top 20 positions with 29 of those placing in the top five. “We are thrilled that as Wilkes Community College celebrates its 50th year, our students who competed at SkillsUSA national had their best year ever. Success doesn’t come easily; it can’t be achieved without a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Hardin Kennedy, WCC SkillsUSA advisor. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.
The Wilkes Education Foundation (WEF) has awarded 31 mini-grants for the 2015-16 academic year to Wilkes County school teachers. The grants of up to $1,000 each are designed to provide funds to implement creative and innovative instructional programs in the classrooms for which federal, state or local funds are not available. Teachers submit applications that are reviewed anonymously and ranked based upon clarity of goals, creativity, benefit to and involvement of students, efficient use of foundation funds and adaptability of projects for use by other teachers. The 31 mini-grants awarded to Wilkes County School Teachers for 2015-16 totaled $26,060. Founded and incorporated in 1984, WEF has been awarding mini-grants since 1985. To date, some 592 grants have been awarded to Wilkes County school teachers totaling approximately $358,485. Funding for grants and scholarships is obtained from individual and corporate contributions. The Wilkes Education Foundation is a private, non-profit, IRS 501(c) (3) tax-exempt endowment corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in education in the Wilkes County Schools.
If you’re preparing for summer nuptials, make sure you do some tax planning as well. A few steps taken now can make tax time easier next year. Here are some tips from the IRS to help keep tax issues that may arise from your marriage to a minimum: Change of name. All the names and Social Security numbers on your tax return must match your Social Security Administration records. If you change your name, report it to the SSA. Change tax withholding. When you get married, you should consider a change of income tax withholding. To do that, give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. The withholding rate for married people is lower than for those who are single. Some married people find that they do not have enough tax withheld at the married rate. Find out more at IRS.gov or on IRS YouTube videos.
Bernard W. (B. W.) Collier II took the oath of office as Director of the State Bureau of Investigation at the State Capitol in a ceremony this week. As Director, Collier oversees more than 300 SBI and Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents across the state. Collier is the first SBI director to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. The 2014 state budget transferred the State Bureau of Investigation from the North Carolina Department of Justice to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety where operates as an independent agency. The Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency is a branch of the SBI. Collier spent 26 years as an SBI Special Agent and was the director of Alcohol Law Enforcement in 2013 before being appointed acting director of the SBI in 2014.
Yeah, you have a right to legally carry and gun...until you start scaring people. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received several calls this week about a man walking along the side of Rock Creek Road carrying a firearm. When a Deputy arrived, he found the man walking along Rock Creek Road near Stone Brewer Road. The man was carrying a 22-caliber rifle that looked like an AR-15. When questioned by the Deputy, the man explained that he was only walking and didn't mean any harm to anyone, and he wanted to know how long it would take law enforcement to arrive. The man, who had been listening to a scanner while walking, said he was just exercising his right to open carry. The Deputy explained that when his actions began to scare and terrorize the public then it was illegal. The man apologized, said he understood, and said he would be more thoughtful next time. The Deputy transported the man back to his home without incident.