Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is warning the public about telephone scams targeting its members. Various types of telephone scams occur year round but several reports from members have been received recently. Many times, the caller demands immediate payment over the telephone and threatens to disconnect their electricity if the member doesn’t comply. Telephone scams such as this are becoming increasingly common. The cooperative warns members to be aware of this type of fraudulent activity and to take steps to protect their identity, personal information and money. The cooperative recommends the following tips: If someone calls asking for immediate payment on your electric bill, don't give out your personal information! This includes your Blue Ridge Electric account number, your banking information, social security number or any other personal information. If you’re suspicious or uneasy about the caller, feel free to end the call and immediately call Blue Ridge Electric at a number you know to belong to the cooperative to discuss any concerns about your account, any time of the day or night. Don't trust a telephone number a caller gives you! You can also set up secure, 24/7 online account access at www.BlueRidgeEMC.com. Always report fraudulent calls to your local law enforcement authority as well as to Blue Ridge Electric. Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties.
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Both Wilkesboro Fire Dept and Wilkesboro Police Dept were involved in rescuing 9 people from the Yadkin River this week. Wilkesboro Fire responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call from an unknown individual reporting overturned boats in the water near the Curtis Bridge Road area. Wilkesboro Police were called to assist with traffic control. Chief Jason Smithey of Wilkesboro Fire reported that 9 people were rescued from the river. It seems the 9 had gotten in the river at the Spillway. The river level was up due to recent rains. All were in kayaks or canoes. One kayak became stuck on a tree in the river and sank. All 9 people, some of whom had been drinking alcohol, were rescued from the water with no serious injuries reported. The NC Wildlife Enforcement, who oversee boating, were also called. One 20 year old boater blew a .08 on the alco-sensor and was given a citation for underage drinking. No other charges were filed.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft from the Ruritan Club Road area of Roaring River. This week, the victim called the Sheriff's Office regarding the theft of a power meter. The stolen power meter was valued at $119. No suspects were given with that report.
The Substance Abuse Task Force will meet on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Herring Hall, located off Brushy Mountain Road in Wilkesboro. The Subst ance Abuse Task Force was established in April of this year by County Commissioners to tackle the drug problem in Wilkes. The Task Force includes members of the community, since April, they have been gathering information to decide a course of action. The SATF has met with the DEA, Project Lazarus, and The Health Foundation on their efforts to battle substance abuse locally. Last month, the Task Force reported to Commissioners that they had chosen 3 focus points for their efforts including: Public awareness; Behavior health services, providers, and treatment; and Community involvement.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state's first death from flu for the 2015-2016 influenza season. An adult in the western region of the state died last week of complications from an influenza infection. (To protect the family's privacy, the person's hometown, county, age and gender are not being released.) The CDC recommends yearly vaccination against the flu for everyone 6 months and older. Other precautions you can take to protect against the spread of flu and other viruses include: Staying home when you are sick until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours; Washing your hands frequently, preferably with soap and water; and Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then discarding the tissue promptly. For more information on flu and flu vaccines, call the Wilkes Health Dept at 651-7450.
Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency in all 100 counties in preparation for severe weather that is predicated to cause severe flooding throughout the state. At a news conference at the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center, the governor said that weather systems, independent of Hurricane Joaquin, are likely to dump flooding rains on the state. Hurricane Joaquin will increase rainfall totals should it make landfall in North Carolina. Presently, the hurricane is predicted to brush the Outer Banks. “We’re hoping for the best, but hope is not preparation nor is it a plan,” Governor McCrory said. “I’ve ordered all state agencies to begin preparation for the severe weather, particularly flooding, that is going hit just about every corner of the state during the next few days.” The governor signed an executive order authorizing the state of emergency which will waive hour and weight restrictions for truck drivers responding to the storm. The waivers particularly help farmers and electric utility crews working to restore power. The governor noted that fallen trees could be a particular danger given much of ground in the state is saturated after rains that have fallen throughout the state during the past week. The governor said the state is contacting federal emergency partners and will activate Emergency Operations Center Friday morning.
The stole property from a local bee farm. The Wilkesboro Police Department was called this week concerning a theft from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm in Moravian Falls. A truckload of scrap metal valued at about 200 dollars and some old Lineberry Cart parts valued at 100 dollars were taken from the business. The scrap metal and parts were stored outside. Employees reported the property was there at closing time Monday evening and gone Tuesday morning. Management is looking at surveillance video to try and determine suspects in the theft. Wilkesboro Police are continuing to investigate.
This week, a Dedication Ceremony was held for that new Wilkes County Agricultural Center in Wilkes. The new Ag Center is located on Executive Drive off Brushy Mountain Road near the new office of the Wilkes County Sheriff. Several were in attendance. County Commissioner Chair Eddie Settle spoke and talked about farming in our county. Wilkes is not only 7th in total Agriculture Receipts in the state, but Wilkes is also 7th in the nation. Wilkes is ranked 3rd in Broilers, cattle, beef cattle, and hay production. 3WC News asked Commissioner Settle about farming in Wilkes and the importance of the new Ag building. AIR NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler gave the keynote address and emphasized the importance of farming now and in the future. AIR As for the use of the new Wilkes Ag building, the US General Services Administration or GSA signed an agreement leasing 5,000 square feet from the county to provide offices for the U.S. Farm Service Agency, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Rural Development, all that were housed in the Johnson J. Hayes Federal Building. County officials said about 1,840 square feet in the building will be leased to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to house the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance and will also serve as a meeting site for agricultural functions with available seating capacity for 350 people in the meeting room of the Center. And with all departments out of the Hayes Federal Building on Main Street, Wilkesboro, now except for the Post Office, the process is underway to sell that building.
It appears they tried hard to get in but were not successful. Wilkesboro Police were called to an attempted breaking and entering this week at a residence on East Street. The property owners returned home at 8:30 pm to find things knocked off the back porch. A pry bar was also left near the back door. According to Police, there were multiple pry marks on the door and molding on the door frame was pulled loose. However, it is not believed that the thief or thieves ever got inside the house and nothing was reported stolen. Damages were estimated at 300 dollars.
First he tried on the clothes, and then he tried leaving the store. Wilkesboro Police were called when store management stopped a black male in the store parking lot after he store several items of men's clothing by wearing them and leaving the store. According to the report, the man was very cooperative with Police. The stolen property valued at nearly 120 dollars was returned, and the man was given a citation for shoplifting.