For the second time in a week, it appears a Wilkes County resident has fallen victim to ID Theft by someone filing for unemployment benefits in the victim's name. This time a Moravian Falls woman called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. She said that her employer received a notice via the US Mail stating that the victim had requested unemployment benefits. The victim denies filing such a claim as she had not been unemployed. In a similar report a few days ago, a North Wilkesboro woman called Wilkesboro Police. She said that her employer said they had received a FAX concerning unemployment benefits. The victim explained that she had not filed for any benefits and called the Unemployment Office. Both victims have contacted the Employment Security Commission and were advised to fill out a Social Security Fraud Report. There is no word on suspects at this time. The Wilkes Sheriff's Dept and Wilkesboro Police are still gathering information and paperwork on these ID Thefts.
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Yesterday, we reported on the attempted theft of vehicles at a local business. According to the Wilkesboro Police report, someone had damaged the steering columns on both a car and truck while they were parked at Perry's Service Center. Now more vehicle damages have been reported to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. A Millers Creek victim found the back driver's side window broken out and her purse stolen. The vehicle was parked in the owner's driveway at the time of the break-in. The same victim also reported the theft of a white Razor bicycle. A second Millers Creek reported damages to her car. In the morning when she came out to the vehicle, she noticed someone had been inside and caused damages. The keys, which had been left in the car, were gone and the steering column was damaged. There is no word on suspects in either report.
Two from Wilkes will be graduating Friday and going on patrol in neighboring counties. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will have their 135th Basic Patrol School graduation on Friday, September 26th at 10 a.m. The graduation ends 16 weeks of extensive academic and physical training. The ceremony will be held at the Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road, Cary. The two graduates from Wilkes County are Jonathan Barnes and Samuel Staley. Barnes will be reporting for duty in Iredell County and Staley will work in Alexander County.
Attention local farmers--Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, can apply for assistance through the program. The program will pay 75 percent of the cost of certification up to a total of $750. Under the grant, operations can be certified and reimbursed in four separate categories: crops, livestock, wild crop and handler/processor. The program is for the 2013-2014 season and is funded through a $212,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions, call the Wilkes Farm Service Agency or call the NC Dept of Agriculture in Raleigh at 919- 707-3127.
App State and the NC Carolina Symphony will soon be performing in concert together. Out of the 175 annual performances the North Carolina Symphony performs each year, one of them will be in Boone, North Carolina featuring the students of the Hayes School of Music. On October 7, the North Carolina Symphony will perform at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 p.m. The symphony will be conducted by Associate Conductor, David Glover and joined in their last piece by the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra. The North Carolina Symphony will also be performing that morning for the APPlause! Series—a matinee performing arts series for K-12 students in the surrounding counties sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today commented on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) publication of the final regulations implementing the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Hagan said. “Our veterans and their families exposed to toxic water contamination have waited too long for answers, and I am pleased they will now begin to receive the critical health care benefits they deserve. This is an important step, but much remains to be done to correct this wrong...” The first regulation released by the VA, which will take effect immediately, provides health care services to veterans who served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987. The second regulation will give the VA the ability to reimburse eligible Camp Lejeune family members for out-of-pocket health care costs incurred for any of the 15 covered medical conditions listed in the 2012 law after other health insurance coverage and reimbursement is received. Family members will be eligible to apply for this benefit 30 days following the publication of the VA’s regulation.
This week, Governor Pat McCrory was named as a member of the National Governors Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee. The Education and Workforce Committee has jurisdiction over issues in the area of education (including early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary) as well as in the areas of workforce development. Members of the committee ensure that the governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy. “North Carolinians deserve the very best in education, and I look forward to engaging committee members from other states as we strive to reach that goal,” Governor McCrory said. Founded in 1908, NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors that speak with a collective voice on national policy. For more information, visit www.nga.org.
Two vehicles parked at a local business were damaged when someone tried to steal them. Wilkesboro Police are investigating damages to two cars at Perry's Service Center. Wilkesboro Police were called to Perry's and spoke with the owner who showed them a car where the steering column had been damage in attempt to steal the vehicle. Police asked Mr. Perry to check other vehicles in the parking lot. A second vehicle, a pickup, was found with the same damages to the steering column. Surveillance video showed a tall thin male subject around both of the vehicles that were damaged. There is no word on the identity of the suspect. Damages to car were listed at 400 dollars and to the truck 200 dollars. Wilkesboro Police are still investigating.
That virus D68 that has affected so many across the country and sent so many children to the hospital has now come to our state. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, in six patients from North Carolina. The specimens that tested positive for EV-D68 were obtained from children ages 10 and under with respiratory illnesses. Specific information about the children, including county of residence or hospital location, is not being released in order to protect patient confidentiality. Allison Marron with Wilkes Health Dept says this is not a new virus. AIR Enteroviruses are common viruses that can cause a range of symptoms, include runny nose, coughing, mouth sores, fever and body aches. Some patients will also develop wheezing and difficulty breathing. Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. Health officials are recommending that people wash hands vigorously and often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If you or your child experience cold-like symptoms and difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider right away.
It was passed sometime over the weekend. Wilkesboro Police received a call from Great State Bank this week regarding the discovery of a counterfeit 20-dollar bill in a deposit. An employee at the bank told Police that the fake cash was found in a deposit from Taco Bell. The manager of the restaurant said that no deposits were made on weekends and it was impossible to determine when the funny money was brought in or who passed it. The counterfeit money was seized as evidence.