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News Index

Scamming a Grandfather for Money

Someone was running a scam on a 75-year-old Wilkes County man this week.  The man was notified by phone that his grandson was involved in a wreck and that money was needed to post bail for the grandson.  The victim was told that 2000 dollars was needed to get his grandson out of jail after he ran a stop sign and caused a wreck.  The victim reportedly received several calls concerning the incident.  The man then went to a local drug store and bought a card and placed the 2000 dollars on the card.  When he returned home, someone called and he gave them the number off the back of the card so the money could be collected supposedly for the bail.  The man then went to the Wilkes County Jail to get his grandson and was told at that time that his grandson was not there, nor had 2000 been needed to post bail.  The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office is investigating this case, there are suspects, and charges of fraud are pending.


Golf Course Damaged

Yes, golf can be a frustrating game, and sometimes disgruntled golfers have been known to throw a club or two.  However, an incident at Greenstreet Golf Course in Traphill is more vandalism than just a disgruntled golfer.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called out this week to the golf course at Greenstreet regarding some damage to property.  Staff found the damages Monday afternoon.  Apparently, someone damaged the putting greens on 1 and 2 by using a 4-wheeler to spin up the turf.  A sandtrap was also damaged.  The damages are estimated at 150 dollars.  There is a suspect and charges of vandalism are pending.


Stolen Meds and Mailbox

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office continues to have number of thefts to investigate each week.  A couple of interesting reports this week regard medicine and a mailbox.  A resident on Dowell Ridge Road reported that some prescription medication was stolen from the lock box in his home.  Nothing else was reported stolen from the house.  No suspects were listed with this report. Then a Traphill resident reported the theft of her mailbox.  Both the mailbox and post had been pulled from the ground and stolen from her property.  There is a suspect in this theft.


Farmers Need Form on File

Attention Wilkes Farmers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026).  "It's important that farmers and ranchers taking the right steps to conserve valuable farm and natural resources have completed AD-1026 forms on file at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office," said Vilsack. For local farmers to be eligible for premium support on their federal crop insurance, a completed and signed AD-1026 form must be on file with the Wilkes FSA. Since many FSA programs have this requirement, most producers should already have an AD-1026 on file. If producers have not filed, they must do so by June 1, 2015. The Wilkes County FSA Office is at 207 West Main Street in Wilkesboro.


Wilkes Board of Elections Meeting

It's a Notice of Public Meeting by the Wilkes County Board of Elections.  Pursuant to state law, the county board of elections is to meet and hold public meetings. The Wilkes County Board of Elections will meet Monday, July 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the Board of Elections Office in the Wilkes County Office Building. On the agenda is One Stop Voting Plans for the upcoming General Election in November and any other old and new business. If you have any questions or concerns about this notice please contact the Wilkes County Board of Elections. 


Wal-Ka-Thon on Greenway for Children's Miracle Network

The Wilkesboro Walmart is having a Wal-Ka-Thon to benefit the Children's Miracle Network this Saturday on the Greenway.  It's the 3rd Annual Walmart Wal-Ka-Thon, and it's Saturday from 9 til 1 at the West Park Greenway location near the dental clinic.  It's a day of fun for children and adults with a hotdog wagon, dunking booth, games for kids, vendor booths, cake auction, and emergency vehicle displays.  Opening ceremony is at 9am Saturday with the Wal-Ka-Thon beginning at 9:30.  Donations will be accepted for the Children's Miracle Network.


Red Cross Blood Donation Crisis

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage as donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. 


Foxx Helped Author Bill Signed Into Law

President Obama signed into law H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), legislation authored by Congresswoman Virginia Foxx providing for a long overdue reform of the Workforce Investment Act.  WIOA represents a compromise between Congresswoman Foxx’s SKILLS Act (H.R. 803) and S. 1356, theWorkforce Investment Act of 2013.  “President Obama’s signing of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Actdemonstrates the good that can be done when we legislate the old fashioned way, using negotiation and compromise,” said Representative Virginia Foxx. WIOA streamlines and improves existing federal workforce development programs and fosters a modern workforce that American businesses can rely on to compete.  The bill was supported by a broad array of business, and workforce development leaders, as well as governors and mayors from throughout the country.


NC Gov Joins Other Governors Concerning Influx Crossing Border

The recent influx of undocumented, unaccompanied minors crossing the southern United States border has compelled Governor Pat McCrory to join governors calling on President Barack Obama to address the crisis situation in a pragmatic and humanitarian way. Governor McCrory, alongside governors from 5 other states, sent a letter to President Obama this week urging him to secure our country’s borders and to protect the safety of the children involved in the crisis.  Governor McCrory was among a bipartisan group of governors who met with Health and Human Services Secretary last week at the National Governors Association Meeting in Nashville to discuss the issue.  During the meeting, governors from both parties took issue with the Obama Administration’s handling of the situation. In the letter, the governors mention the mutual concern that a larger movement toward our southern border may be encouraged by a failure to return children home. It has been reported that 90,000 minors could make the journey to the border by fall. 


Same Store Hit Twice and Two Arrested

The same store was "hit" twice in two days.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a couple of incidents at Logans Station on Hwy 268 West.  On Saturday, Deputies investigated some damage to property.  It appeared that an unknown vehicle had struck the metal framed canopy that was attached to the front of the building above the front doors.  No one saw the incident, there were no witnesses, and damages were estimated at 1000 dollars.  Sheriff's Deputies were then called back to Logans on Sunday.  On this second day of property damage, it appeared that someone tried to throw a rock through the glass door in an attempt to break into the business.  Entry was not made into the store and nothing was reported stolen.   However, the Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies did make an arrest in the second incident.  Another business, Moravian Mart, had also reported a break-in on Sunday.  The scene was the same.  Someone had thrown a rock through the front glass door to get inside the store and steal some cartons of cigarettes and some loose change.  Stolen property totaled 150 dollars, and damages totaled 700 dollars. A surveillance video caught a white male suspect going in and out of the store during the break-in.  Further investigation led Deputies to arrest Johnny Lee Brown and Tressa Elizabeth Wandling for this break-in.  Brown and Wandling were then also charged in the Logans attempted break-in.