Operating in Wilkes for many years, their mission is the same: To “feed the hungry in Wilkes County.” Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes is a non-profit 501c3, faith based program that works with everyone regardless of religious status. Robin Morgan of Samaritan's Kitchen explains: AIR To find out more about the Client Choice Pantry or to make an appointment, you may call 835-5331. As for the Backpack Program, the goal is to serve 700 children in Wilkes. They currently serve 626 children each week. These children are referred to Samaritan's Kitchen by the schools, parents fill out an application, volunteers at Samaritan's Kitchen pack the bags each week, and the schools collect the backpacks. AIR Donations of food or monetary donations are always needed, and volunteers are also needed. For more information, call Samaritan Kitchen at 835-5331.
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The Wilkes County Commissioners held a regular scheduled monthly meeting this week. County Finance Officer Jerry Shepherd presented Commissioners with a monthly financial report for Wilkes. While tax collections back in August were 1.3 million dollars more than the same time last year, the November tax collections were 380,000 dollars less than the same time one year ago. Wilkes County Sales Tax from October through December 15 was nearly 9000 dollars more than last year. Thus far, Wilkes County has still received 2.8 million dollars more than has been spent.
And speaking of County Commissioners' meetings: There will be a “Special Called” meeting of the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners on Monday, December 22, 2014, at 5:30 P.M. in the Commissioners’ Board Room located in the County Office Building in Wilkesboro. The purpose of the called meeting is to consider the qualifications, competence, performance or conditions of appointment of a public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee.
The thief was able to just walk in and steal. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called by a resident in Moravian Falls regarding a theft from an outbuilding. The victim reported that a saw had been stolen from his outbuilding. He is remodeling the outbuilding and at the time there was no lock on the door. There was no damage or forced entry. The stolen saw is described as a DEWALT VS RECIPROCATING SAW and is valued at $85.
A Wilkesboro woman was caught on video stealing from her employer and later arrested by Police. Wilkesboro Police were called by Burger King regarding some money being taken from the cash register. There was an employee who was a suspect. Police collected video surveillance from the restaurant and determined that an employee was guilty of theft. When Police questioned the employee, she at first said no. After viewing the video showing her steal the money, she confessed and was arrested. Her bond was set at 2500 dollars. She was charged and released until her court date.
There’s still time for Wilkesboro residents to make a difference for kids in need. The Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Boone will be open until December 20 to receive shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items packed by caring Wilkesboro-area participants who are volunteering. More than 760,000 shoebox gifts from surrounding regions in the United States will be prepared for shipment in Boone. Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough gift-filled shoeboxes to reach 10 million children in 2014.
With the holiday season upon us and winter’s low temperatures, the chances of a fire occurring in your home dramatically increase, so the Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds and Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew have some seasonal fire prevention tips. Decorations, candles and Christmas trees are the leading cause of house fires during the holidays. When it comes to decorations, Wilkes County residents are reminded to: Inspect lights before using them to ensure they don’t have frayed wires, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, or excessive wear. Avoid overloading electrical outlets; Turn off Christmas lights when you sleep, or if you will be away from home for an extended time. Never use candles in place of light strands, even on artificial trees; Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage; Never use electric lights on a metallic tree; All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant; Never place trimmings near open flames or electrical connections; Remove all wrapping paper from trees and fireplace areas immediately after presents are opened; Keep matches, lighters and candles out of reach of children; and Avoid smoking near flammable decorations. "The holiday season is a joyful time in Wilkes County, filled with generosity, warmth, family and tradition,” Sheriff Shew concluded, "But let’s make it a safe time as well.”
According to Forbes' Best States for Business: North Carolina is one of the best. North Carolina moved up one spot to third in the Forbes' ranking. People have descended on North Carolina for the past decade, and the state boasts one of the highest net migration rates in the U.S. Many are chasing jobs. The state's unemployment rate was stuck above 10% for most of 2009 through 2011, but is now down to a recent 6.7%. North Carolina has the smallest union workforce in the U.S. in percentage terms. The resulting benefit is labor costs that are 16% below the national average-third lowest in the country. In fact, North Carolina has ranked in the top five overall each year of Forbes' Best States study.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office just this week completed a 65 person drug roundup. According to Narcotics Division of the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, 65 people were arrested on various drug related charges following a 4 1/2 month investigation. From Millers Creek to Traphill and out-of-town offenders from Jonesville, Winston, and Stokes County all found themselves facing charges here in Wilkes. Angela Fenton of Millers Creek was charged with selling meth, Kayla Taylor of Jonesville and Jennifer Bledsoe of Winston were arrested for trafficking "Molly" the purest form of Ecstasy, Sandra Scroggs of Millers Creek was arrested on multiple counts of selling pills, and from Stokes County Anthony Walton and Kathy Martin were charged with trafficking opium. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office seized 1922 pills, 235 grams of marijuana, 38 grams of meth, 10 hits of acid, 7 1/2 grams of cocaine, and 10,000 dollars in cash. Bonds of the 65 people arrested in this latest drug roundup ranged from 5000 to 25,000 dollars.
Law Enforcement are also on the lookout for an escaped inmate. Monday afternoon Christopher Church, who is an inmate at the Wilkes Correctional Center in North Wilkesboro, walked off from a prison work crew while helping the DOT in Ashe County. Church was convicted of habitual DUI in 2011. He was scheduled to be release in July of next year. He will now face additional charges of escaping from prison. Church, age 29, is a white male, 5'9", 130 pounds, and has brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing green pants, white t-shirt, and brown jacket. If you have any information you the whereabouts of Church, you are asked to call the Wilkes Sheriff's Office at 903-7600.