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Wednesday
Sep202017

Thousands of Dollars in Tools Stolen

Someone broke into an outbuilding in Millers Creek to steal thousands of dollars in property.  Assorted hand tools (Mac, Snap On, and Kobalt), a Snapper mower, and a Lincoln welder were all taken.  Stolen property is valued at $16,600.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating this break-in and theft.

Wednesday
Sep202017

Stolen Guns and Smokes

It's a home break-in where mainly guns were taken.  A North Wilkesboro resident called the Sheriff's Office this week concerning a home break-in and theft.  The victim works third shift and returned recently and found that his house was forcibly entered.  The thief took two handguns, a rifle, a case of drinks, and cigarettes.  Stolen property is valued at $1250.  No suspects were listed with the report. 

Wednesday
Sep202017

Man Killed in Tuesday Car Wreck on 421

Elderly man killed in a Hwy 421 traffic accident early Tuesday morning.  About 5:30 am Junior Blackburn, age 80 of Taylorsville, was in a Nissan car and traveling west in the eastbound lane of Hwy 421 near the Hwy 115 Exit.  Blackburn collided with a pickup driven by Charles Stone of Taylorsville.  Blackburn died at the scene.  Stone was airlifted to the hospital with leg, face, and head injuries.  Traffic was blocked on Hwy 421 for about 3 hours as both men had to be extracted from the vehicles and the helicopter landed on the highway.  

Wednesday
Sep202017

Songwriting Contest at Merlefest

MerleFest will begin accepting entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC) beginning October 1. Winners in four categories – bluegrass, general, gospel, and country – will be chosen at MerleFest, which will take place April 26 - 29, 2018. MerleFest is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans that takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. Now in its 26th year, CASC is an opportunity for songwriters to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals. Songwriters may submit entries to (www.merlefest.org/ChrisAustinSongwritingContest/). The deadline to enter isFebruary 1, 2018.

Wednesday
Sep202017

NC Company Expansion

Edwards Wood Products will open a new sawmill, creating 46 new jobs over three years, N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today.  The manufacturer of wood pallets, high grade lumber, wood chips, and by-products will invest $30 million in the next three years to open a sawmill in Scotland County that will increase capacity and expand markets. A performance-based grant of $150,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate the construction of the facility in Scotland County.  The One N.C. Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. 

Wednesday
Sep202017

NC Child Abuse Cases

Early data shows there were over 121,000 investigated cases of child abuse and neglect in North Carolina during fiscal year July 2016 through June 2017. “The high number of children impacted by neglect or abuse indicates too many families are struggling and under severe stress,” said Rebecca Starnes, Vice President of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. Nearly 70-percent of the abuse and neglect cases were reported by educational personnel, medical personnel, and human services. Demographically, the male-female ratio of investigated cases was virtually even at 51 to 49-percent. Approximately 51-percent of abuse and neglect last year were Caucasian. African-Americans made up the second largest segment with about 36-percent, followed by Hispanic at around 11-percent. State law requires child abuse or neglect case be reported to Division of Social Services (DSS) for investigation (G.S. 7B-301).

Tuesday
Sep192017

Early Morning Fatal Car Wreck

Elderly man killed in a Hwy 421 traffic accident early this morning.  About 5:30 am Junior Blackburn, age 80 of Taylorsville, was in a Nissan car and traveling west in the eastbound lane of Hwy 421 near the Hwy 115 Exit.  Blackburn collided with a pickup driven by Charles Stone of Taylorsville.  Blackburn died at the scene.  Stone was airlifted to the hospital with leg, face, and head injuries.  Traffic was blocked on Hwy 421 for about 3 hours as both men had to be extracted from the vehicles and the helicopter landed on the highway.  

Tuesday
Sep192017

Thousands of Dollars in Coins Stolen

The thief got away with over $12,000 in coins.  The victim called the Sheriff's Office regarding a break-in and theft at their home in Millers Creek.  The victim reported the theft of a 5 gallon jar of quarters, a 2.5 gallon jar of quarters, a 5 gallon jar of dines, and a gallon jug of pennies.  All together, $12,500 in change, was stolen from the house.  No other property was taken.  This theft is still under investigation.

Tuesday
Sep192017

Burglar Stopped in Traffic Stop

They got the report, and then made the arrest.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Dept was called concerning a break-in and theft on Cotton Mill Road in Roaring River.  The thief took two long guns, money, a computer, a cooler, and jewelry.  Shortly after taking the report, a Deputy recovered some of the stolen property in a traffic stop.  Joseph Holloway was arrested and charged with breaking, entering, and larceny.

Tuesday
Sep192017

Selling a Wilkesboro Fire Truck

Wilkesboro Town Council recently took bids for 40-year-old ladder truck that was used by Wilkesboro Fire Dept.  The process got a couple of bids including one, the lower bid, from Ronda Fire Dept.  The Wilkesboro Fire Chief Jason Smithey spoke in favor of allowing Ronda to get the truck as they needed that type of equipment in that part of the county.  In accordance with advice from the Town Attorney, the Wilkesboro Council rejected all bids and offered to sell the truck to Ronda for $5300.