The thief took over 3500 dollars in property including the dog. The home break-in happened at a residence in Traphill. The victim found that their house had been forcibly entered. Several things were stolen including a Miniature Cocker Spaniel, gold jewelry with emeralds, diamonds, and onyx, a 1930's 5-dollar silver certificate, Confederate money, and other old money and coins. Again, stolen property totaled 3500 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating.
Well, someone had been in there, but nothing was reported stolen. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called last week regarding a home break-in and damages at a house on Hwy 268 East. The victim said that when he was looking around his residence, he found that basement door had been tampered with. The doorknob had been taken off but was still in place. Inside the house, the homeowner found that the door leading down to the basement had been pushed open. However, no property was missing from the house. There is no word on suspects.
He was out of state when he got word that someone back here in Wilkes was driving his work truck. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a vehicle theft and damages. The victim said that he was out of state when he received the report of a person driving his work truck. When he returned home, the truck was there and didn't seem damaged, so he decided not to press charges. Then when a couple of employees tried to use the truck they saw where wires were pulled from under the steering wheel to hotwire the vehicle. Damages were estimated at 2000 dollars. The suspect is now being sought and charges are pending.
It was rent to own, but now it's stolen and gone. A North Wilkesboro resident reported the theft of a mower from his property. The MTD riding lawnmower was parked in the side yard of his house at the time of the theft. The stolen mower was a rent to own purchase from Aaron's and was valued at 1400 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
We are now about two months away from the General Election on November 4. According to the Wilkes County Board of Elections, sample ballots are now available at www.wilkescounty.net under the elections tab. There are 3 different ballot styles for our county. If you have any questions, you may call the Wilkes County Board of Elections.
The Wilkes Farm Service Agency is reminding local dairy farmers that the USDA has announced that starting today, September 2, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program. The online resource is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool. The secure site can be accessed via computer or Smartphone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Farmers may also call the Wilkes County FSA office at 838-3622.
Fifty percent of Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan for family members about where to go and what to do in the event of a local disaster, according to a 2014 national survey conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is now pushing for a national Ready campaign to encourage parents to develop an emergency preparedness plan as yesterday began the 11th annual National Preparedness Month. “The first step to preparing for disasters is simple and it’s free – talk to your family and make a plan,” said Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator. North Carolina Emergency Management asks parents, teachers and students to make a plan, get prepared and stay informed so they are ready for any type of emergency. “Emergencies can occur any time, any day, any place – even at school,” said North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. While hurricanes are the most prominent weather threat in North Carolina during August and September--floods, tornadoes and even hazardous materials spills are also possibilities. The best way to be ready is to be prepared. “Parents, talk with your children about what they should do if severe weather threatens while they are in school,” Sprayberry said. For more information about how to get ready for emergencies, go to ReadyNC.org.
Checks were stolen and forged before she realized the theft had occurred. A Roaring River resident called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office concerning the theft of some personal checks. Several of the checks were forged and used at area stores without her permission or knowledge. The total amount stolen from her account due to the forged checks was not given with the report. There was no sign of a break-in, but it is believed the checks were stolen from her home. There is a possible suspect and an arrest is pending.
As part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it showcases Mountain Hardwood trees and has educational trails and exhibits to display the ecology of a managed forest. Here in Wilkes, Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest is enjoyed by thousands of people each year, including schools, scout troops and other groups. But starting today, there are changes. Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest in Purlear will be closed on Tuesdays, effective today, September 1. Rendezvous had been open Tuesday through Sunday, but will now be closed two days a week, both Monday and Tuesday. The N.C. Forest Service press release cited a shortage of staff as the reason for going to a five-day schedule. The Educational Rangers at Rendezvous will honor current commitments scheduled on Tuesdays, but they will are not taking future reservations for Mondays and Tuesdays. Also, Rendezvous Mountain State Forest will close for the winter on November 22 and is scheduled to reopen on March 1, 2015. For more information on the dates, times, and features at Rendezvous, call 667-5072.
Wilkesboro Police are looking for a SUV involved in an assault on a cyclist. The victim stated that he was riding his bike on Oakwoods Road when an SUV came by him. A white male in the vehicle opened the door and hit the cyclist in the arm and then yelled at the bicycle rider to get off the road. Police due have a tag number of the SUV and a possible name of the suspect. Charges are pending.