The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft from a hanger at the Wilkes Airport. The crime happened at Corporate Aviation Drive. According to the report, someone entered a hanger at the airport and then stole a 2000 dollar welder and stole 850 dollars in aircraft fuel. The theft happened sometime during the past 2 weeks. The exact date of the theft is unknown and there are currently no witnesses.
It's another vending machine break-in. Over the weekend, Wilkesboro Police were called to investigate several coin-operated machine break-ins. Most of the vending machines had money stolen and all had hundreds of dollars in damages. Now a break-in has been discovered at a snack machine at the Addison Inn. The snack machine owned by Triangle Vending sustained over 800 dollars in damages from the break-in. It is believed at least 100 dollars was stolen along with 10 dollars in snacks. The hotel did not have video surveillance near the vending machine, so there are no suspects.
The Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for their regular meeting. During the meeting, Commissioners received information from the County Planning Department about grant money for Urgent Repair Projects. The Wilkes County Planning Dept was notified by the NC Housing Finance Agency that the county has received a grant of 75,000 dollars to provide loans to low income households with an emphasis on serving elderly or disabled persons. The program guidelines allow a maximum of 6000 dollars per home for urgent repair needs. The anticipate being able to repair a minimum of 11 homes. The project will be co-administrated by the High Country Council of Governments. Also during the Commissioners' meeting, County Manger John Yates explained that the Wilkes County Purchasing Dept has surplus items for sale including 2 SUV's and 4 cars that were used by the Sheriff's Department. Another surplus item for sale is an Advance Floor Cleaner. For more information on bidding or purchasing the county surplus items online, call the County Office at 651-7349.
Sometimes lightening does strike in the same place twice. Thieves came calling a couple of weeks ago and then they came back. A Millers Creek resident called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office concerning a theft at his home. A solar-powered electric fence box, a battery, and some aluminum roofing were stolen. There is a suspect in this theft as there was a similar incident just two weeks ago. That time, a woodstove was stolen, the thieves were identified, and the woodstove was returned. Additional charges are now pending as the investigation is still underway.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a car break-in this week. The theft occurred during the overnight hours while the car was parked at the owner's residence. Someone pried open the passenger side door causing 1000 dollars in damages to the Chevy Cobalt. Once inside the vehicle, the thief took some cash, a Bark Mobile cellphone, and prescription medication. No suspects or witnesses were listed with the report.
The Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College will offer an alternative fuels class through continuing education beginning August 19 through December 12. The 96-hour class will explore and develop the skills to make homemade fuel. The class will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Tuition for the class is $180.00. “Alternative Fuels” will address the legal production of alcohol for fuel as well as examine the production of biodiesel and hydrogen. The class will also explore gasification, the process used to turn biomaterial, such as wood chips, coal or petroleum, into carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The result of this basic gasification is called synthesis gas, or Syngas, which can be used to run an engine. Off-campus labs will offer hands-on experience using these alternative fuels. For more information or to register, call 336-846-9035 ext. 3117. Wilkes Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan this week co-hosted the 12th Annual Defense and Economic Development Trade Show in Fayetteville. The event aims to build relationships among senior representatives of the North Carolina Congressional delegation, Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and numerous defense contracting firms, including both large and small North Carolina businesses. More than 700 people attended this year’s trade show. “North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the country, and we are positioned to be a leader in defense contracting work,” Hagan said. In North Carolina, the military has a $23.4 billion impact on our economy and supports almost half a million jobs in the state. Last year, businesses in 83 of North Carolina’s 100 counties received $3.43 billion in prime contracts from the Department of Defense.
This week, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx presented the highest cadet award in the United States Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol to Mr. Josiah Gourley, a rising high school senior from Walnut Cove. Gourley’s achievement marks only the 1899th time in the history of the Civil Air Patrol that the Spaatz Award has been earned. Gourley earned the Spaatz Award by engaging in extensive leadership and character training, leading search-and-rescue teams, participating in disaster relief efforts and facilitating aerospace education for others. A lifelong resident of Walnut Cove, Josiah Gourley is the son of Timothy and Leslieann Gourley. He has excelled academically through homeschooling and is an active member of his community through civic, church and Civil Air Patrol activities.
The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners met yesterday for their regular meeting. First on the list was a Public Hearing regarding Broadway Water Association's request for the County to donate a .07 parcel of County owned property on Park Road in Wilkesboro Township, across from the Central Telephone facility. Broadway has plans to used the site a pumping station to feed water from North Wilkesboro to Broadway but can also be used in times of need to pump water from North Wilkesboro to Wilkesboro. There was no opposition, Commissioners approved the request, and the County Attorney is currently drawing up the official papers to be signed at the next meeting. Also at the Commissioners Meeting, Veterans Service Officer Ralph Broyhill presented a resolution regarding a VA Outpatient Clinic at WRMC. The hospital has offered the space at no cost to the Veterans Administration, and the clinic would be there to serve the approximately 43,491 veterans who live in Wilkes and 9 surrounding counties. The Commissioners approved to have petitions sent out for people to sign in support of the VA Outpatient Clinic at WRMC. For more information on the clinic or signing the petition, contact the Wilkes Veterans' Service Office.
The Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for their regular meeting. They approved the request from Broadway Water Association for the donation of a small parcel of land to be used as a pumping station, they approved a resolution from Veterans' Services on circulating petitions for a new VA Outpatient Clinic at WRMC, and they heard from Wilkes Economic Development President Jeff Garstka. With the announcement over the weekend regarding Key City Furniture, Garstka said that they were all taken by surprise and disappointed with the news of the plant closing. Garstka told County Commissioners that the EDC is currently working on 7 active projects: 3 recruiting manufacturing, distribution, and aviation, 2 existing manufacturing projects, and 2 start-up projects for manufacturing and food processing. The EDC is also waiting on a decision from Golden LEAF grant money for a Cattle Improvement project.