Governor Pat McCrory visited Concord over the weekend to take part in the 12th Annual East Coast Women’s State Police Softball Tournament. The governor threw the opening pitch for the tournament. The proceeds from this year’s tournament will go to Victory Junction and the North Carolina Troopers Association Caisson Unit. The N.C. Troopers Association Caisson Unit is a horse-drawn military wagon that transports funeral caskets. The caisson serves North Carolina and neighboring states and operates only by contributions. Victory Junction is a year-round camp for seriously and chronically ill children in Randleman. Thousands of children throughout the U.S. participate in the camp. Fundraisers help families cover the $2,500 cost per child. "It is an honor and a privilege to host this tournament here in North Carolina this year and for such worthy causes," said Col. William Grey, State Highway Patrol. Teams from nine states are participated in the tournament at Frank Liske Park in Concord.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) issued a statement upon the House of Representatives’ passage of a Continuing Resolution (H.J. Res 59) to fund the government: “Consistent with our conservative values, this legislation maintains current savings and also specifies that no taxpayer dollars should be wasted implementing the Obamacare train wreck." Foxx also said, "The American people, by and large, do not want the changes they see coming to their health care because of Obamacare. House Republicans agree and are united in firm opposition to the President’s unfair health law." According to a press release from Foxx: The Continuing Resolution Funds the Government at current levels ($986.3 billion) and Fully Defunds Obamacare.
A North Wilkesboro man died over the weekend from injuries sustained in a traffic accident Friday afternoon. According to the Wilkesboro Police report of the wreck, a 19-year-old man also from North Wilkesboro was attempting to make a left turn from behind Aarons Rental. The man failed to see a motorcycle driven by 26-year-old Larry Reeves until he began making the left turn. Reeves was traveling southeast on Winkler Mill Road. His motorcycle slid for 120 feet prior to the impact. Reeves was taken to WRMC and later died from his injuries. The other driver, Joshua Hutchens, was charged in the wreck.
One person is dead as the result of a shooting about 10am this morning off Windy Gap Road. 3WC News spoke with Major David Carson with the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office. Carson stated the Wilkes County Communications center received a 911 call regarding a shooting at 251 Goldmine Ridge, in the Windy Gap area of Wilkes County. Upon arrival deputies found George Howard Moses W/M 49 YOA, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. At approximately 1024am The Wilkes County Communications Center also received a report of an armed robbery at 1899 W US Hwy 421 (Wells Fargo Bank). The Wilkesboro Police confirmed that the robbery suspect matched the description of the shooting suspect, Rainer Johannes Hoedl W/M DOB 04/19/1962. A description was broadcast to law enforcement in Wilkes and surrounding counties for the suspect and his vehicle. At approximately 1210pm a North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper, observed the vehicle traveling west on US Hwy 421 in Watauga County. The Trooper along with Deputies with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office conducted a vehicle stop and apprehended Mr. Hoedl without incident. Rainer Johannes Hoedl is currently in custody of the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office with charges of Murder and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. No bond has been set at this time. Both the suspect and victim list an address of 251 Goldmine Ridge Rd, North Wilkesboro, NC.
Over 10,000 dollars in property was stolen from a Ronda resident last week. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a theft report from a property owner on the Clingman Road. A list of equipment was stolen from a shed on the victim's property. Stolen equipment included a Bobcat mower, a pressure washer, a weed eater, and a chainsaw. Again, stolen property from the victim's shed totaled over 10,000 dollars. There is no word on suspects, but the Wilkes Sheriff's Dept is still investigating.
Someone has been using his credit card without his knowledge. A North Wilkesboro resident called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office last week concerning financial fraud and ID Theft. The victim has determined that someone has been using his credit card without his permission. Charges totaling over 500 have been made in various locations in Elkin and Jonesville. There is a suspect and an arrest is pending further investigation. For more information on how to protect yourself from financial fraud and ID theft, visit www.fdic.gov.
Tax collections are down but sales tax receipts are up in Wilkes. Last week, the Wilkes Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting and Jerry Shepherd, Wilkes Finance Office was there to give a report. The tax collections for August are 2.4 million dollars less then this same time last year. For the year, tax collections are 1.6 million dollars less so far than 2012. As for the Wilkes County Sales Tax, there is a 71,722 dollar increase for July through September. This is nearly a 7 percent increase over the same period last year. For the year, Wilkes Sales Tax Receipts are up 21 percent. Overall, the county continues to operate in the black with revenues exceeding expenses by 6.9 million dollars.
Wilkes Community College students are exploring the production of alternative fuels that offer environmental benefits that make petroleum-based fuels less appealing. Recently the students offered demonstrations of alternative fuel sources being used. The alternative included ethanol, methane, methanol, solar and hydro energy, biodiesel and the Stirling engine. Ricky Smith, lead instructor of Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology, introduced the students to these “green” alternatives to petroleum. UPS and some other large companies are experimenting with using biodiesel in their trucks. In this area there are limited stations offering biodiesel, but out west many stations offer it straight from the pump. Biodiesel burns cleaner than regular diesel, which means it has less of an adverse effect on the environment. Wilkes Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System and is a public, two-year, open-door institution.
The United Way of Wilkes County kicked off its annual Community Campaign last week. For 60 years, United Way has worked within Wilkes County to make a difference in the lives of citizens. To find out more about United Way and to make a secure credit card donation, you can go to www.uwWilkes.org.
Wilkes Community College’s Program Advisory Committees held a kickoff event on Thursday, September 19, at the Doc & Merle Watson Theatre on the Wilkes Community College Campus. WCC’s Program Advisory Committees are an essential link between the area’s business and industry community and the college. Whether preparing students for entry into the world of work, or for transfer to a four-year college or university, advisory committees provide input to ensure the relevance of the college’s curricula in a rapidly changing world. Additionally, the committees advise the institution regarding the improvement of programs in an effort to more adequately meet the needs of the community. There are 258 advisory members. Committee members are local educators, business and industry representatives and local citizens from the three-county service area. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties.