MerleFest 2014, presented by Lowe’s, begins today here in Wilkesboro and runs through Sunday, April 27, on the campus of Wilkes Community College. One of the biggest names on the line up for tonight is Alan Jackson, who is scheduled to be on the Watson Stage at 9:30pm. Fans of MerleFest can enjoy 130+ acts performing on 13 stages during the four-day festival. As in previous years, the list of performers fits the “traditional plus” definition originally offered by the late Doc Watson. Today is also a day for community outreach, with several MerleFest artists visiting and performing at local schools. The conclusion of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest takes place tomorrow on Friday. The complete lineup and stage schedules are posted at www.MerleFest.org and available on the MerleFest mobile app; festival updates are delivered via Twitter (@MerleFest) and Facebook.
Wilkesboro Police are investigating a theft at a group home on College Street in Wilkesboro. The Group Home Manager told Police that she and another staff member left with the residents in the afternoon and returned about 2 hours later. It was when they returned that she noticed the safe in the office had been opened and some money taken. The money belonged to the residents in the home and totaled just over 70 dollars. Several people have keys and access to the home, but no suspects were listed with the report.
Wilkesboro Police were also called to investigate a theft of money from the YMCA. A Wilkesboro man came to the Y this week. He did lock his wallet in his car, but he left his car keys in his unlocked locker at the Y. After exercising, he returned to the locker room and discovered his keys missing. The man returned to his car. He found the car unlocked, the keys inside, and 200 dollars missing from his wallet. There is no word on suspects.
Last week the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program surpassed 3 million pounds collected since the program began in 1980. At a collection day in Nash County the program needed just 763.5 pounds to hit the 3 million pounds. Instead, residents dropped off 6,000 pounds for disposal. “North Carolina’s was the first pesticide disposal program in the nation,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. The program is paid for through the Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund, which receives money through registration fees that companies pay on each pesticide product sold in the state and through an appropriation from the General Assembly. The program rotates collection days among all 100 counties so that each county has a collection day every other year. Since 1976, it has been illegal to dispose of pesticides in landfills. This program provides a way for them to be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Upcoming disposal dates near Wilkes are Iredell County, this Saturday, April 26 from 12:30 to 5pm; and Yadkin County, Thursday, May 8 from 10 til 2. For more info go to the website www.ncagr.gov
Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced this week that Novozymes will expand its North Carolina presence by adding a new bioagriculture research and development facility in Wake County. The company plans to create 100 new jobs and invest more than $36 million over the next three years in Cary. “With one of the fastest growing economies in our state, Cary and Wake County are leading the way in the Carolina Comeback,” said Secretary Decker. “Cutting edge research and development in the biotechnology field will attract even more of the best and brightest minds to North Carolina.” Also,Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced that Cambro Manufacturing Company is locating its North Carolina manufacturing operations in Alamance County. The company plans to create 100 jobs and invest more than $30.4 million over the next three years in Mebane. “North Carolina has a strong legacy in manufacturing,” said Governor McCrory. “Our talented and knowledgeable workforce is a top reason companies choose to locate in North Carolina."
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is continuing efforts to address the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) that is devastating pork producers in North Carolina and significantly impacting the agricultural economy. Hagan led a group of six Senators in sending a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leaders requesting funding to help develop a vaccine to stop the spread of the disease. No treatment currently exists for PEDv, which has killed millions of pigs across the United States and impacted 562 farms in North Carolina alone. To address the outbreak, the Senators requested funding in FY2015 to provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). PEDv poses a serious threat to the agriculture economy in North Carolina, which currently ranks second in the country in total pork production, accounting for nearly 14 percent of total U.S. pork production. In 2012, the pork industry supported more than 24,620 North Carolina jobs and contributed $1.46 billion to the state’s economy.
She has no idea how they got her number. A North Wilkesboro woman contacted the Wilkes Sheriff's Office this week concerning a case of fraud. The victim found 3 unauthorized charges from her checking account at the Belk store in Wilkesboro. Further investigation determined that someone was making checks using the victim's bank account number. The name and address on the check was not the victim's, but the checking account number was hers. Three checks were written at Belk totaling 402 dollars. The Sheriff's Office is investigating but no suspects were given with the report.
Over 1600 dollars in tools were stolen from the garage of a home in Wilkesboro. Police were called out over the weekend regarding the theft. The tools including a DeWalt bench grinder, electric winch, generator, Stihl chainsaw, Wheelhorse plow, Blank & Decker Jig Saw, and Black and Decker hedge trimmer were stolen from a house on Fletcher Street. The victim said some of the tools were in the unlocked part of his garage and others in the locked portion. It is believed that the tools were stolen while the man was away from home during the daytime hours. No suspects were listed with the report.
Looks like several around the area ended up spending the Easter Weekend in the Wilkes County Jail. According to records from the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office, over 30 individuals were arrested since Friday on various charges. Four people were apprehended on drug charges, 4 arrested for assault, and 4 taken in for vandalism. Three were arrested for larceny and one for breaking and entering. Nearly 20 other people were arrested on a variety of charges including child support, obstruction of justice, and probation violations.
Preparations are well underway for MerleFest 2014, presented by Lowe’s, which officially begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday, April 27, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Fans of MerleFest know to expect the unexpected with special surprises, jam sessions and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations from the 130+ acts performing on 13 stages during the four-day festival. As in previous years, the list of performers fits the “traditional plus” definition originally offered by the late Doc Watson. Thursday is also a day for community outreach, with several MerleFest artists visiting and performing at local schools. The conclusion of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest takes place on Friday. The complete lineup and stage schedules are posted at www.MerleFest.org and available on the MerleFest mobile app; festival updates are delivered via Twitter (@MerleFest) and Facebook.