The charges will include manufacture of counterfeit bills and possession of a counterfeit instruments, and there will be multiple charges from at least 3 or 4 counties. Wilkesboro Police was called to Food Lion on Westwood Lane regarding someone passing counterfeit cash. In all, 350 dollars in funny money was used to pay for Visa Gift Cards. Police viewed surveillance video and got a description of a white male who used the fake cash. Later they received a tip from a local hotel of housekeeping discovering possible money making materials. Police determined that it was the one of those staying in this hotel room was also the one who used the counterfeit money at Food Lion. Police seized discarded partially printed paper, rubber gloves, ink, and various counterfeit bills in the room along with other evidence. It was determined that this same man and woman team had also passed fake cash in Charlotte, Statesville, and were headed to Boone. Warrants have been issued for arrest of at least one suspect. The Secret Service is working with local law enforcement of the apprehension of the suspect or suspects in this counterfeit money investigation.
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Wilkes Community College’s Small Business Center joins the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) in encouraging North Carolinians to #ShopSmall by supporting local small businesses. Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally-recognized day to support your local independent merchants with the power of your dollar. “We encourage everyone to set aside a portion of their shopping dollars to support local small businesses this holiday season because our community will see greater economic health overall when our small businesses thrive,” said Jeff Foster, director of the Small Business Center at Wilkes Community College. Consumer spending with independent merchants during the 2013 Small Business Saturday® neared $5.7 billion according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). A recent forecast by consulting and financial advising firm Deloitte, US indicates that holiday shopping sales are expected to increase by as much as 4.5 percent in the 2014 season, with sales expecting to total between $981 and $986 billion. Furthermore, in North Carolina 47 percent of the workforce is employed in a small business setting. Small Business Saturday® is our opportunity to support the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and quality of life to our community. The SBCN encourages you to use the power of your dollar to #ShopSmall on November 29 and help make a lasting impact in the place you call home.
According to the Wilkes Health Dept, residents in North Carolina with questions or concerns about the Ebola virus are directed to call a new number: 1-844-836-8714. The North Carolina Ebola Public Information Line will continue to be staffed by the Carolinas Poison Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals handle the calls. As of early November, the Carolinas Poison Center has fielded 279 calls about Ebola. The Carolinas Poison Center, operated by Carolinas HealthCare System, offers residents in all 100 counties of North Carolina free and confidential phone assistance with poisoning emergencies and questions.
Governor Pat McCrory joined North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Meeting in Charlotte this morning. Addressing nearly 700 transportation executives from around the country, the governor and transportation secretary highlighted North Carolina's transportation reforms, including the strategic mobility formula and laying out a 25-year vision for transportation. "Under the leadership of Secretary Tata and along with the Legislature, we have implemented sweeping reforms in transportation aimed at boosting safety, alleviating congestion and spurring economic development," said Governor McCrory.
MerleFest, slated for April 23-26, 2015, has added Robert Earl Keen to the music festival’s lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Additional performers for MerleFest 2015 will be announced in the coming months. The lineup is viewable at www.MerleFest.org/lineup. MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region. Tickets for MerleFest 2015 are now on sale and may be purchased atwww.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857.
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.
Happy Thanksgiving and Safe Cooking. According to Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds, cooking fires are the number one reason for home fires. Some of his cooking and fire safety tips include staying in the kitchen with what you are cooking and staying focused. AIR Bounds said that sometimes, TV and cellphones can be a distraction that can lead to accidents or fires in the kitchen, so this Thanksgiving, don't text and cook!
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft from a chicken house in Thurmond. The victim called to report that nearly 300 dollars in property was stolen including a transmission adapter plate for a jack, part of a pickup roll-bar, an ammo box, syringes, and 3 electric fan motors. There was some evidence left at the scene including footprints and tire tracks. There is also a suspect in the theft, but no charges have been made at this time.
Two locations in Wilkesboro have had vandals to repeatedly steal or discharge fire extinguishers. The latest report is from Windemere Apartments. Police were called this week when an employee of the apartment complex found damages in the laundry room. It appears someone place duct tape over the security camera and then completely discharged a fire extinguisher in the laundry room floor. According to the Wilkes Community College Campus Security, they have had numerous occurrences on campus where the fire extinguishers were discharged or stolen. There is no word on suspects.
The 2014 North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project is well underway. The Town of North Wilkesboro has sponsored the Christmas Cheer Project for families within the Town for many years. This tradition originated during Johnny Walker’s tenure as Chief of Police between 1936-1953. Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected in the Clerk’s Office by referrals and telephone calls. These lists are reviewed by the Christmas Cheer Committee to determine their eligibility. Funds for this project are solicited by the Mayor, Town Commissioners and media advertisements. Contributions for this project are received from businesses and private citizens. 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel and will be delivered on Wednesday, December 24th. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. The total cost of the project is approximately $7,000 - $7,500. This is a very worthwhile project, as many families look forward to this Cheer Box for their Christmas meals. Be a part of the true meaning of Christmas by donating. For more information, contact Kay Minton, Town Clerk at 667-7129, ext. 3001.