The wreck was called in as being near the Dollar Store on Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro, and resulted in the death of a Wilkesboro woman. According to Major Craig Garris of the Wilkesboro Police Dept, they received the call just before 10am today. 60-year-old Pamela Vaughan Wood of Fishing Creek Road, Wilkesboro was driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla and pulled out of Zion Hill Church Road and into the path of another vehicle as she attempted a left-hand turn. The other vehicle was a Dodge truck driven by Sabrina Buckner of Winston-Salem. Wood died at the scene from injuries she sustained in that wreck. Buckner and another passenger in her truck sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to WRMC. Wilkesboro Police have asked the DOT to block off a section of Hwy 421 were the fatality occurred as they are reconstructing the wreck for their investigation.
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Guns were stolen from a Cedar Creek Drive house. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office has received a number of home break-in reports recently in which guns were stolen. The latest report is from the State Road community. The victim reported that while he was away at work someone jimmied his front door and stole three of his long guns. The victim had a serial number for one of the guns, and it has been entered NCIC. The stolen guns included a SAVAGE 308 RIFLE, 8MM MAUSER, and an old 20gauge pump shotgun. Guns were valued at $750. There is no word on suspects.
For the second time in a week, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office has received the report of a stolen motorcycle. This time an ATV was stolen. The theft occurred at a residence on Meadows Branch Lane. When a Deputy went to investigate, the victim advised that he had been out of town for a few days and when he returned, he found his 1987 Honda TRX 125 4-wheeler was missing. The stolen Honda 4-wheeler is valued at $1000.
This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) visited the UNC Genetic Medicine Building to discuss the recently announced public-private partnership between UNC and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to create an HIV Cure Center and a jointly owned company, Qura Therapeutics, dedicated to discovering a cure for HIV/AIDS. During his visit, Senator Tillis toured UNC’s HIV/AIDS research labs, participated in a roundtable discussion, and held a meeting with UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt to discuss the UNC-GSK public-private partnership.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office has received a couple of reports this week in which gaming systems were stolen. The first report was from a home in Moravian Falls. A Deputy arrived to investigate a home break-in. The victim stated that he had been on vacation for a few days and when he arrived home, he found that someone had been in his home. The only thing reported stolen was a Playstation 4 with video games. The Playstation and 5 games were valued at 700 dollars. The second report is from a Millers Creek homeowner. The victim told the Sheriff's Office that they had just recently moved to their home in Millers Creek. We the victim came home they found that someone had been in their house. This time an xBox and a Phillips Blue Ray/DVD Player were stolen. Stolen property is valued at 500 dollars. No suspects were listed with either report.
The month of May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. On May 16th , approximately 100 foster/adoptive parents and their children gathered at Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock to celebrate National Foster Care Awareness Month. For the eighth consecutive year, Wilkes County Department of Social Services recognized their foster and adoptive parents by inviting them for a day of fun and fellowship. The event is an opportunity for the Department to honor their wonderful group of foster parents by providing their families an opportunity to spend a fun day at Tweetsie. The Wilkes County Department of Social Services currently has 32 licensed foster homes who provide care for 40 children. The Department needs additional foster homes in Wilkes County to serve more foster children and keep children in their home community. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, please contact Shirlene Call at 651-7490.
The push continues for energy exploration of the coast of North Carolina. David McGowan, the North Carolina Petroleum Council’s executive director, released a statement this week concerning drilling off our state's coastline. McGowan said that motorists had seen some relief at the pump recently because of an increase in oil and natural gas production. He went on to say that in order for these benefits to continue, there must be more development in the Atlantic with North Carolina having the largest section of coastline being considered. McGowan said all would benefit from the energy, especially North Carolina. AIR: According to the North Carolina Petroleum Council, the latest research finds that 71 percent of North Carolina voters including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, support offshore drilling.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., announced that seven students from the 5th District have been appointed to the nation’s service academies. Foxx nominated the students last fall after a rigorous application and interview process. “North Carolina’s 5th District has a proud tradition of military service. Each year it is an honor to nominate some of the area’s finest young men and women to attend America’s prestigious military academies and contribute to this legacy,” said Foxx.“These appointments are a testament to their hard work, discipline and strong desire to serve our country.” Each member of Congress may nominate qualified young people to the nation's service academies. Those nominees who are accepted into the academies are awarded full four-year scholarships that include tuition, books, room and board, medical and dental care. Foxx will host a reception for the students and their families on Friday, June 5, at 4:30 p.m. at her district office, which is located in Clemmons.
We started this week with Memorial Day. And we end the week reflecting on the true meaning of the Day. On Monday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) spoke at the USS North Carolina’s Memorial Day Program. His remarks included the following: “Memorial Day is a day of remembrance,” said Senator Burr. “It’s not the start of summer. It’s not the day the pools open. It’s a day to remember the sacrifices of so many.” Burr continued: "It's the individuals that built this vessel [USS North Carolina], it's those who served on it, it’s those who really committed to the acts of World War II that are the reason we're here today the fact that we can come here and assemble and talk about America’s history."
The Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for their regular meeting. The biggest item on the agenda was the budget. Only one person showed up at 6:30 to speak during the Public Hearing on the Budget. The Chairman of the Wilkes County Library Board, Rick Harvin, presented a request to Commissioners for an additional 1000 dollars. The funds are to replace a cut back in federal funding for commuter connectivity through the library. Harvin said they have about 3500 computer users a month at the library. During the regular meeting, Commissioners said they would consider the request at a later date. The Wilkes County 2015-2016 84.5 million dollar budget was passed unanimously by the Commissioners. While the budget is a slight increase from last year, the tax rate remained the same.