She was only gone for an hour but that was long enough for someone to steal her car and medication. The North Wilkesboro resident told Sheriff's Investigators that she went to the store with a friend. They were gone about an hour. When she returned, she found the front door to her house open. Also, some prescription medication was gone, some cash was taken, and her white Ford Fusion car were gone. Stolen property is valued over 12,000 dollars. There are suspects in this theft and charges are pending.
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On Social Media, several were following and concerned for the safety of a child last week as someone was being chased by local law enforcement. A domestic dispute on the Austin Traphill Road led to a man taking his 6-month old and then trying to elude Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies and Elkin Police. The report on social media was that the man threatened to wreck the car with the child inside. However, the Wilkes man was stopped by Elkin Police and charged with domestic assault. The child was safely returned to the mother.
At the Wilkes County Commissioners meeting last week, there was a discussion among Commissioners about the trash littering roadways in Wilkes, especially along the sides of Hwy 268. Commissioner Keith Elmore called for a public hearing regarding the roadside trash, how to enforce littering ordinances on the books, and possible fines. A Public Hearing regarding roadside trash will be held before the next Commissioners' meeting at 6:50pm on January 17 in the County Office Building.
Severe winter weather has compounded the winter blood shortage at the Red Cross. There is currently an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types. Eligible donors should consider making an appointment to donate. In Wilkes this month there are Red Cross Blood Drives planned. Bethel Baptist Church in Hays on January 21 from 9:30 til 2; Sweet Frog of Wilkesboro on the 25th from 2:30 til 7; and Temple Hill United Methodist Church on Somers Road on the 26th from 3 til 7:30.
It's Sanctity of Life Month with Sanctity of Life Sunday coming up this Sunday, January 22. The Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center which offers alternatives to abortion locally is asking for volunteers. Director Susan Sturgill asks that you prayfully consider what God would have you do to help the Center. A training session for volunteers is planned for February. Both women and men are needed to help. The Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center is located on School Street in Wilkesboro. Call for information on volunteering at 336-838-9272.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services encourages adding healthy and smart lifestyle choices to New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. Eat Smart Move More NC encourages North Carolinians to make healthier food choices and to increase physical activity. Individuals can strengthen their immune system and reduce the likelihood of weight gain by learning how to read nutrition labels, creating smaller servings of food, and setting aside time each day to exercise. For information, visit: www.myeatsmartmovemore.com.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting two events for farmers and agribusinesses Feb. 2 in the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds. The 12th annual Agricultural Development Forum will focus on the 2017 economic outlook for N.C. agriculture. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Following lunch, the department will host an information session on agricultural energy market opportunities for N.C. farmers. Admission to both events is free and lunch will be provided, but registration is requested by Jan. 31. Register online at www.ncagr.gov/agforum. Both events are being held in conjunction with the Southern Farm Show.
Nearly 1000 dollars in tools were stolen from a truck in Wilkesboro. The victim who lives on Shew Ridge Mission Road reported that the tools were taken from the bed of his truck. All the tools are marked with his initials or with 3 notches from a metal file. There are no leads at this time, but the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
One improving transportation idea was kicked out and another was added for the Wilkes area. The widening N.C. 268 from Airport Road to Elkin was taken out and building a bypass highway from the N.C. 18/N.C. 268 intersection in North Wilkesboro to U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro was added. The new bypass idea was added to a draft of a statewide 10-year plan of major transportation projects. This same N.C. DOT’s 10-year draft for 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) also moves up the schedule for improving Oakwoods Road from U.S. 421 to Main Street Wilkesboro and improving N.C. 115 from U.S. 421 to Second Street, North Wilkesboro. The DOT will consider public comments on the draft plan this spring. The plan must then be approved by the State Board of Transportation.
At the first County Commissioners' meeting of the year, each Commissioner was given appointments to local boards and organizations. Chairman Greg Minton is the Region D Development Corporation County Personnel Liaison and on the High Country Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC). GARY D. BLEVINS is on the High Country Council of Governments, Airport Board, Board of Equalization & Review, Ordinance Committee, and Vaya Health County Commissioner Advisory Board. KEITH ELMORE represents the Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, is the Wilkes Community College – Liaison, is with Wilkes Senior Resources, and Workforce Development Consortium. DAVID GAMBILL is with the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC), Fire Commission/Emergency Management, and Local Emergency Planning Committee, Animal Control Committee, Board of Health, and Wilkes Transportation Authority (WTA). Former Chairman EDDIE SETTLE is the Board of Education – Liaison, is on the Child Fatality Team, Economic Development Commission, and Wilkes County Library Board