Tis the season for shopping and being aware. She turned her back for just a few seconds, but it was enough time for someone to steal her wallet. The victim from Hays was shopping at the Dollar General at Rock Creek Road when the theft occurred. She stated that she was putting her purchases in her shopping cart and laid her wallet on the counter. When she turned back around, her wallet was gone. The victim confronted someone at the store about the theft, but they denied it. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies were called to investigate and found the suspect at his home. He admitted to taking the wallet and was arrested. So as you are shopping, beware and do not lay down your pocketbook or wallet even for a second as you are distracted doing something else. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to grab your wallet.
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There have been a number of house fires in Wilkes over the past week. October is traditionally Fire Prevention Month; however, with this past October being one of the warmest on record, heating and fire prevention was not a topic of concern until now. Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds says we should do an annual check on all heating sources. AIR Our complete fire prevention interview with Fire Marshal Bounds can be heard as a Focus on the Foothills podcast on our website: www.hometownchristianradio.com
Property totaling 650 dollars was stolen from an unoccupied house in Hays. The property owner discovered the theft this week and called Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies. The victim said he came to check on the residence and noticed there had been a break-in. A belt sander, ceiling fan, Zenith 27-inch TV, Refrigerator, window A/C unit, hand tools, and a set of encyclopedias were stolen. No suspects were listed; the Sheriff's Department is investigating.
Here's a reminder as you get ready for colder weather. If you have new or used coats in good condition that your children have outgrown, then donate them. The Child Abuse Prevention Team and Our House are once again collecting coats for kids. You are asked to bring new and lightly used children's outerwear to the Hour Glass Cleaners or Wilkesboro Cleaners. The coats will be distributed at the Ministry of HOPE. The 15th Annual Coats for Kids Drive is going on now through December.
And to the Beekeepers of Wilkes--The U.S. Department of Agriculture/USDA has announced that nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013. The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs. Eligible losses may include damaging weather, natural disasters, or in the case of honeybees, losses due to colony collapse disorder. Beekeepers, most of whom suffered honeybee colony losses, represent more than half of ELAP recipients. "As promised, we're making sure that thousands of producers who suffered through two and a half difficult years without Farm Bill assistance, are getting some relief," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Farm Bill caps ELAP disaster funding at $20 million per federal fiscal year. To accommodate the number of requests, which exceeded funds available for each of the affected years, payments will be reduced to ensure that all eligible applicants receive a prorated share of assistance. To learn more about USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster assistance programs, visit the FSA factsheet page at www.fsa.usda.gov/factsheets or contact your local FSA office in Wilkes at 838-3622.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other state and local law enforcement agencies from across the country by participating in the I-40 Challenge. This campaign will focus special attention to the I-40 corridor and other interstate highways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 8 States will participate in the combined effort including North Carolina. The purpose of the campaign is to combat fatal collisions. Increased patrols will be used during this initiative by placing a trooper every 20 miles throughout the 420 mile stretch of I-40 during the most heavily traveled periods of the holiday weekend. The campaign will be conducted today, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and again on Sunday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Along with the I-40 Challenge, the State Highway Patrol will also focus on secondary roadways as a part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with checkpoints and saturation patrols. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday season, the State Highway Patrol investigated 10 fatal collisions, 248 injury collisions, and 980 property damage collisions.
Governor Pat McCrory has declared November 30 through December 6 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. He urged all residents to update their emergency plans and stock their emergency supplies kits. “The four back-to-back winter storms we experienced earlier this year are good reminders that North Carolina winters can pack a punch,” said Governor McCrory. Nick Petro, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said this year’s winter outlook features a slightly higher chance of above average amount of precipitation. Winter safety tips include: Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them. Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors. Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios. And, always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home. For more information on how to prepare for winter storms, download the free ReadyNC app from the AppStore or GooglePlay or visit www.readync.org.
After hearing noises outside, the victim went to investigate and then called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. According to the report, a Sheriff's Deputy responded to a Summerville Place residence regarding some damage to property. The victim told the Deputy that he was inside his residence when he heard several loud banging noises outside. The victim went outside to investigate and found over 1500 dollars in damages to his car. The Deputy reported that the windshield was broken out on the passenger side, and there were 3 separate marks where the suspect had apparently hit the window. The passenger side rear window and back glass were also broken out. It was noted that there were many other vehicles around, but only the victim's car was targeted by vandals. No suspects were listed with the report.
There was a knock at the door and then there was a theft. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called concerning a theft from a Millers Creek location. The property owner stated that someone knocked on the door of their house about 2:30am. The homeowner did not get up and go to the door. When the victim did go outside about 9am, they saw that the door of their outbuilding had been pried open and a toolbox with tools was stolen. Stolen property totaled about 100 dollars.
He said they would be expanding their footprint in Wilkes. Recently, Samaritan's Purse received a donation of over 130 acres just off Edgewood Road near Wilkesboro. Earlier this year, Samaritan's Purse purchased 21 acres along Hwy 268 in North Wilkesboro. That 268 acreage joins their property used by the North American Disaster Relief Operation Center in the former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant. Back in October at the Dedication of the Wilkes Airport Hanger for Samaritan's Purse, Franklin Graham, said they really appreciated Wilkes County and hope to expand their presence here soon. AIR