While investigating one theft, the Sheriff's Deputy discovered a second crime. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called this week to the Run In Convenience Store on Statesville Road in North Wilkesboro. The manager of the store stated that her cashier called first thing that morning to report the front door of the store was unlocked. Then it was discovered that the money and cash drawer were missing from the safe along with 8 cartons of cigarettes. While the Wilkes Sheriff's Deputy was looking at surveillance footage of the breaking and entering he discovered that the Pepsi machine was also broken into and cash removed. A white male arrived in a white Geo Tracker. The identity of the man was not given in the report. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
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No one was living in the house, so someone stole the air conditioning unit. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a rental house on Old NC 18. The property owner told Sheriff's Investigators that someone had stolen an a/c unit from outside his rental home. The owner stated that he knew the A/C unit was there the first of July. The stolen outside air conditioner was valued $2500. There were no suspects listed with the report.
The woman called to report fire damage to her yard. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on Country Club Road in Wilkesboro. The victim said that someone has had a fire in her yard sometime in the last week right by her house. The victim showed the Deputy an area about 4` from the side of her house. It appeared whoever built a fire put some of the gravel that was in her driveway in the yard and had the fire on top. Some evidence of burned magazines were found. Damages were minimal. According to the property owner, no one is supposed to be at the house. The victim requested some extra patrol by the Sheriff's Department in that area.
There is an upcoming public meeting for the Wilkes Board of Elections slated for next month. The Wilkes County Board of Elections will meet Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at 8:30 am in the Board of Elections Office in the Wilkes County Office Building. On the agenda for the Board of Elections meeting is: Town of Ronda Polling Place and Multi-Partisan Absentee Assist Team Appointments.
It's a local fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Wilkesboro Mini Golf and Games on Pennell Street in Wilkesboro. The fundraiser is set for tomorrow, Saturday, August 29 from 11 til 6 at Wilkesboro Mini Golf and Games. Little Mountain Railroad, God's Smile Factory, and other vendors will be on hand. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
It's being call a Night to Honor Israel and a once in a lifetime event. Christians from Wilkes and surrounding counties are being invited to hear and meet Israeli leaders as they share their past, present, and hopes for the future at an event in Elkin. The Israeli delegation of current and former leaders are currently living in Miami, Florida, and will be visiting Elkin over the Labor Day Weekend. If your church would like to help with the event, you are asked to contact Rex Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org. A Night to Honor Israel event will be Saturday, September 5th at 7pm at the Elkin High School Auditorium.
The National Park Service, established by Congress in 1916, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Parkway partner organizations, and the Blue Ridge Music Center will usher in the 2016 centennial on Saturday, August 29, 2015 with an afternoon showcase highlighting the work partner groups perform in support of the Parkway and an evening performance by the Steep Canyon Rangers. The showcase will begin at 1:00 p.m. and run through the start of the concert at 7:00 p.m. Concertgoers should plan to bring lawn chairs. The Blue Ridge Music Center is one of the major attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway and includes a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Find out more at www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org
The latest deadline to have an agreement on a state budget is set for August 31; however, it appears the deadline will be postponed again. State lawmakers have been struggling with the budget since June. A big concern locally and across the state is budget cuts that could eliminate many teacher assistant positions. The two chambers agreed last week that overall spending would be $21.74 billion this year. Despite a $445 million surplus from last year, budget negotiations have been hampered over the summer by large policy differences and by bottom-line spending. The two chambers still differed Wednesday on funding earmarked to pay several thousand teacher assistants in public schools. If another extension is needed, a third temporary measure would expire September 18.
Hundreds of jobs in the bio-manufacturing field are coming to our state. Governor Pat McCrory and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced this week that Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc., will create approximately 700 jobs at a new bio-manufacturing facility in Johnston County. The company will invest from $1.2 to $1.7 billion at its local site over the next five years. “This billion-dollar decision by Novo Nordisk more than doubles the size of its North Carolina workforce and underscores the Research Triangle’s global leadership in bio-manufacturing,” said Governor McCrory. Novo Nordisk currently employs more than 700 people at an insulin production plant in Clayton, near where it plans to construct its new facility. Its existing facility opened in 1996 and has since undergone several expansions, most recently in 2013. Jobs at its new production site will average $68,420 in annual compensation which is about double of Johnston County’s average wage of $34,448 per year. New positions will span manufacturing, administrative, technical services and support personnel. An award from the state’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program to Novo Nordisk helped make the project possible, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee.
$2500 in truck parts were stolen from a Wilkesboro business. The theft happened at NMC on Walker Street. Store management called Wilkesboro Police concerning the theft that was discovered on Tuesday. Reportedly, someone stole several parts for a 1959 Chevy pickup including a hood and two fenders. The total cost of the stolen parts was $2500 dollars. Investigators have checked with several local scrap yards, but no one has brought in the parts to sell. Police are checking with nearby businesses with outdoor surveillance to try and determine the identity of a suspect.