The North Wilkesboro Fire Department is collecting for North Carolina flood victims who weeks after Hurricane Matthew are still struggling to recover. Assistant Chief Kipi Hamby says they have spoken with Samaritan's Purse about the things that are needed most in the central and eastern part of our state. So, North Wilkesboro Fire Dept is collecting paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, rubber gloves, and baby diapers size 5 and 6. They will also accept financial donations. All donations can be dropped off through November 4 at the North Wilkesboro Fire Dept, Hamby's Pawn, and Ferrell Gas.
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There have been two fire reports at local stores in Wilkesboro this week. According to Wilkesboro Police, they responded to an alarm at the FuelEx on Main Street. The owner and Police arrived to find a small fire at the back door. Wilkesboro Fire Dept was called, they checked the store throughout, but the fire was contained to just the back door area. The Police stated that they did not see any obvious signs of foul play. After the fire was extinguished, the Fire Chief said it appeared the fire was from a faulty door mechanism. There were no injuries and damages were listed at $3500. Then Tuesday afternoon, Wilkesboro Fire Dept along with Millers Creek were called to the Lowes Home Improvement Store on Hwy 421. The store was evacuated after people reported seeing smoke on the roof. Maintenance personnel reported they had been working on the roof and the smoke could have come from an A/C unit. No actual fire or damage was found.
He bought the car, and the next day, it was gone. Miller Automotive spent 80 dollars on Monday to buy a Nissan Sentra for scrap. The next day, that car was gone. Investigators are reviewing video surveillance to try and determine a suspect. That investigation is still underway.
The Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center is already in the process of collecting Christmas stockings, and you can help. This is the first year they will be doing Christmas stockings for men and women. The Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center asks everyone to donate men's and women's devotionals, gloves, socks, and hygiene items. The donations for men's and women's Christmas stockings can be dropped off by November 30 at the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center on School Street.
The N.C. State Board of Elections is aware that some voters have contacted advocacy groups or elections officials with concerns about touch-screen voting machines in several counties. Similar reports have been made in recent elections, and we take them very seriously. We want to ensure voters that safeguards are in place to ensure touch-screen machines accurately record voters’ selections. Touch-screen machines are tested thoroughly before each election. They are recalibrated daily before voting begins to test and ensure accuracy. If a voter notices an issue with selection accuracy of a machine, they should raise their hand and notify an election official immediately.
It's a scam. If you are asked or instructed to send money to claim your prize money, do not send the money, because it's a scam. A McGrady resident called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office this week to report the loss of money due to a phone scam. The victim said that over the past 5 weeks she has been contacted via her cell phone. She was informed that she had won a 2.5 million dollars sweepstakes. Following the instructions of the caller, the Wilkes victim sent $2,500 to clear the money transfer to her bank. Now the victim has lost the 2500 dollars as this "You've Won Money, Send Money to Claim" is a scam. Law enforcement and the Better Business Bureau continue to warn people against sending money or giving out personal information to phone callers. There are many phone scams, beware, and do not become the next victim.
Wilkes County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Julia Houck announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. There are changes this year. "In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Wilkes County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said Houck. For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Wilkes County FSA office at 336-838-3622 ext. 2.
Preparation, relevance and improvement were the themes weaving through conversations during Wilkes Community College’s Program Advisory Committees kickoff event on Friday, October 21, at the Walker Center on the Wilkes Campus. Advisory committee members and WCC faculty, staff and administrators took part in the discussions. Program Advisory Committees are an essential link between the area’s business and industry community and the college. Committee members are local educators, business and industry representatives, and local citizens from the three-county service area who are familiar with and interested in the needs of the community. “One of the primary responsibilities of Wilkes Community College is to produce a highly skilled workforce that meets the needs of employers throughout our service area and beyond...,” said WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox.
To date, 37 counties in eastern and central North Carolina have received public assistance, while 27 counties have now qualified for individual assistance. Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org. This is one of the best ways to help fund long-term recovery efforts. For more information about hurricane recovery in your area, call 2-1-1. For more details about Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, vist the Hurricane Matthew resource site. Follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter andFacebook for the latest on Hurricane Matthew.
Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew slammed eastern North Carolina, residents are still reeling from the storm’s impact. Crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation are doing everything they can to help life return to normal. Transportation workers continue to review damaged sites and determine a method of repair. They are being assisted by co-workers from Raleigh, Charlotte, Hickory, Winston-Salem and Asheville who are supporting efforts with debris removal, pipe replacements and damage assessments. For real-time travel information, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov, call 511, follow NCDOT on Twitter or check the ReadyNCmobile app. Visit the website for updates on Hurricane Matthew Recovery and relief efforts.