The Christmas Tree from Lil' Grandfather Mountain Tree Farm arrived yesterday in Wilkesboro. The Historic Downtown Wilkesboro Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held in two weeks on Thursday, December 4, from 6-7 p.m. at the Wilkes Heritage Museum Square. But tonight....it's the 19th annual Light Up Downtown Celebration in North Wilkesboro and all gets started about 5:30 p.m. This Christmas Season Kickoff event will have live music and entertainment, food and craft vendors, downtown shops and restaurants open for business, lights, decorations and holiday displays, hayrides, marshmallow roasting, children’s activities and visits with Santa Claus at Melody Square. The local businesses will be decorated and votes will be taken for the best holiday display at the Downtown Partnership booth in front of Town Hall. Due to the festivities this evening, Main Street, parts of Ninth, Tenth and C streets will be closed to traffic beginning at 4 p.m. today.
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Wilkes County Commissioners received the results of the Wilkes County Financial Audit this week. For the 7th year in a row, Martin-Starnes and Associates conducted the annual audit. Some of the highlights of that audit show that Property Tax revenues were up for the year 2014 by about 1.5 million dollars and the 2014 Collection Rate had increased over the previous year from 94 percent to 95 1/2 percent. Also the General Fund Balance was up about 2.3 million dollars. Continuing on the upward scale, the Local Sales Tax increased by 700,000 dollars. According to the audit report, the money allotted for Education was down but that decrease was due to the county receiving less state education lottery funds. One of the biggest changes in a year was the Cash Flow from Operations of the Wilkes County Airport which went from a negative balance of 195,000 dollars to a plus side balance of 170,000 dollars.
He had drugs, money, and a gun...so he ran, but it all started with a loose license tag. A Wilkesboro Police Office observed a black BMW with a tag about to fall off. The car was traveling west on Main Street. The Officer followed the vehicle to the Food Lion parking lot where he initiated a traffic stop near an ATM. The officer talked to the driver about the tag and was walking away when he smelled marijuana. He asked the driver about the smell and the driver admitted to having a joint in the console of the car. When the Officer reached into the car, the driver took off running. There was a foot chase that ended with the driver being taken into custody. Other officers arrived and searched the man and the car. Police found a lighter, 902 dollars in cash, marijuana, baggies, a cutting board, a Ruger handgun, and ammunition. It appeared the vehicle was used to manufacture, deal, and transport marijuana. The man, Harold Martin II of North Wilkesboro, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, and manufacture of marijuana. His car was seized and towed. Martin was taken to the Wilkes County Jail; his bond was set at 7500 dollars.
The Wilkes Emergency Manager, Wilkesboro Fire Dept, Wilkesboro Police, and others were called out Wednesday due to a possible gas leak. As it turns out, it was illegal dumping in the car wash drain. A environmental company from Lenoir was called to pump out the substance from the drain. Fumes had backed up into nearby businesses and employees were evacuated as a precaution. Police obtained a video of someone in a white Ford F150 who had pumped gas from 4Brothers. A white male got out of that truck with a 5 gallon bucket and walked toward the car wash. It is believed he dumped something into the drain that caused the fumes. The identity of the illegal dumper is unknown at this time. Police have the surveillance video and charges are pending further investigation.
Right now, churches, businesses, warehouses and homes across the Wilkesboro are being transformed into collection spots for Operation Christmas Child. The High Country team hopes to collect 24,000 gift-filled shoeboxes from individuals, families and groups for needy kids during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week which is this week through Monday, November 24. Jennifer Davis of Samaritan's Purse explains how important each shoebox is...AIR. Drop Off locations for the Shoeboxes are at Specialty Car Company on Old Brickyard Road, Baptist Home Church on Sparta Road, and the North American Disaster Relief Warehouse on Elkin Hwy--all in North Wilkesboro.
The 2014 North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project is well underway. The Town of North Wilkesboro has sponsored the Christmas Cheer Project for families within the Town for many years. Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected in the Clerk’s Office by referrals and telephone calls. These lists are reviewed by the Christmas Cheer Committee to determine their eligibility. Contributions for this project are received from businesses and private citizens. 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel and will be delivered on Wednesday, December 24th. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. The total cost of the project is approximately $7,000 - $7,500. Be a part of the true meaning of Christmas by donating. For more information, contact Kay Minton, Town Clerk at 667-7129, ext. 3001.
Author Naomi Faw will deliver her unique charm and humor in storytelling on Monday, November 24, with “Spotlighting Skunks and Other Adventures with Granny” and other tales of living in Western North Carolina. Faw’s presentation will be from 10-10:50 a.m. in Alumni Hall Room 1112 on the Wilkes Campus. Naomi Faw, an instructor at WCC, spins stories about living in Wilkes County and the region in general. Her essays have appeared in local publications such as All about Women and Carolina Mountain Life. She has performed at the Wilkes Heritage Museum, and other local venues. Faw describes her stories as ones that keep people laughing while sometimes being poignant without being preachy.
The Wilkes County Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, and Chairman Gary D. Blevins said this would be the last full meeting that he would preside over as Chairman. Gary D. Blevins will continue to serve as Commissioner. New members will be sworn in at the next meeting, and a new chairman will be chosen by the Board members. Tuesday night, Commissioners approved awarding the Courthouse Drive Extension project to Jimmy R. Lynch & Sons, Inc of Pilot Mountain. They had the lowest bid at $704,079.63 which is within available budgeted funds. Construction is expected to be about 120 days and should begin by December 15th. The Commissioners also approved the low bid and contract with Mathis and Son for the Gardner Glass Project to build waste water lines, fix a storm sewer, and repair sink holes. The county applied for and received grant money for the project, so the county must administer and oversee the contract for construction.
Nearly 600 dollars in property was stolen from the Children's Home after the thief caused about 600 dollars in damages. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called by Ebenezer Christian Children's Home regarding a break-in and theft. Two back windows were broken out of a house belonging to Ebenezer. The thief or thieves then came in through the dining room window. A 42-inch Samsung TV and Toshiba DVD player were stolen. A medicine cabinet was torn off the wall in the office inside the house and the lock pried open. The house was in the process of being opened up as a group home. Also a side door to a storage building was forced open, but nothing appears to be missing from the building. Again, stolen property from Ebenezer Children's Home totaled 600 dollars and damages totaled 600 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report.
3WC News has received a Notice of Recount from the Board of Elections. The Wilkes County Board of Elections will conduct a recount for the Associate Justice NC Supreme Court (Beasley seat). Boards of Elections across North Carolina, including Wilkes, will conduct a recount of the votes cast in one race for associate justice of North Carolina Supreme Court. The close race for the “Beasley Seat” is within the potential margin of error. The contest is between incumbent and current leading vote-getter Cheri Beasley and challenger Mike Robinson and any write-in votes cast. Statewide, Beasley received 1,239,222 votes, or 50.11 percent, to Robinson’s 1,233,795 votes or 49.89 percent. However, the reverse was true for the local vote. In Wilkes, Robinson received over twice as many votes at Beasley. In Wilkes, Robinson got 69 percent with 10,245 votes and Beasley only 31 percent with 4,559 votes. The recount must be completed by 5 p.m. today so the recounts constitute emergency meetings of all county elections boards in the state. Locally, the recount is in the Wilkes County Commissioners Room located in the Wilkes County Offices at 110 North St, Wilkesboro, NC today (Thursday, November 20, 2014) starting at 9am.