The report does not say why...it just says she stopped the mail...and yes, that is a crime. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called regarding a disturbance in the vicinity of Osborne Sunset Drive in North Wilkesboro. According to the report, a woman had been chasing the US Mail carrier until she was finally able to block the road with her car. The woman then started blowing her horn and yelling at the mail carrier. When Deputies arrived to the scene, the woman was arrested for breach of peace and taken to the Wilkes County Jail. She did post bond and was released. The mail was also released to continue on their route.
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The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is also investigating a couple reports of damage to property. In the first report, a property owner on Country Club Road advised that during the overnight hours someone broke the light fixtures off the tops of the brick columns which are located at the end of his driveway. Damages are listed at 85 dollars. Then a victim on Mahaffey Lane reported damage to her vehicle. The victim stated that she left her car with family members at their home. When she returned she saw the damages that included scratches to the paint around the door handle. Damages are estimated at 300 dollars. No suspects were listed with either report.
Tis the season for colds, sniffles, and influenza. And this is National Influenza Vaccination Week. If you have not received your flu shot yet, it is not too late. Flu season typically lasts through March 31, and a vaccine received now can still protect you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals with medical conditions including asthma, epilepsy, COPD, heart disease, diabetes, immune-suppressing conditions and others are at high risk for developing flu-related complications. Already 2 children and 2 adults in North Carolina have died from the flu this year. Contact your doctor, pharmacy or the Wilkes Health Department at 336-651-7449 for more information on getting a flu shot.
Governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, reiterated his support for Outer Continental Shelf energy development today at a workshop in downtown Raleigh's Nature Research Center. "Exploring the potential oil and gas reserves located in the Outer Continental Shelf will solidify North Carolina’s position as an energy leader and drive us to energy independence," Governor McCrory said. Governor McCrory cited information from the Quest Offshore Resources that points toward dramatic economic benefits from OCS gas and oil development for the state. The impact to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia combined by 2035 would be 116,000 jobs, $56 billion in cumulative spending, $9 billion annually and $9.5 billion from revenue sharing. The numbers are based off of previous estimates of offshore resources. Addressing the need for environmental precautions, the governor noted that responsible resource development is in everyone’s best interest. He acknowledged there are risks associated with any type of economic and energy development and that a significant amount of investment would be needed to provide the support facilities and processing capacity required for development and production.
Governor Pat McCrory urged parents and adults to talk to young people about the dangers of underage drinking during the launch of the “Talk- It-Out” campaign which was introduced this month. “We must change the culture that treats underage drinking as a rite of passage or considers it less dangerous than drug abuse,” said Governor McCrory. The “Talk-It Out” campaign is the second major alcohol abuse prevention program developed by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. Earlier this year, Governor McCrory signed an executive order creating a multi-agency task force aimed at reducing substance abuse and underage drinking. Research done by the ABC Commission titled “The State of Underage Drinking in North Carolina" shows that: More kids try alcohol for the first time in middle school than try it first in high school; 38 percent of eighth graders have had alcohol at least once; and 5.7 percent of 7th - graders and 12.4 percent of 8th - graders reported binge drinking… that’s 5 or more drinks at one sitting… during the past 30 days. However, Governor McCrory also noted that students told researchers that the problem would be lessened if parents spoke more often to their children about the hazards of underage drinking. The governor told parents that it would take a series of conversations with their children to stop alcohol abuse before it happens, but said the results are well worth the effort. Research shows that a child who gets to age 21 without abusing alcohol is virtually certain never to do so during their lifetime. To help parents talk to their children about underage drinking Governor McCrory and ABC Commission have placed numerous resources on the web at talkitoutnc.org.
Just yesterday, 3WC News reported on a house owned by Ebenezer Christian Children's Home that had been broken into twice recently with property stolen both times. The house is located on Sleepy Hollow East Road in Wilkesboro. Now another house in that same area has also reported a break-in. The Wilkes Sheriff's Department responded to a breaking and entering at Sleepy Hollow East Road Tuesday afternoon. When the Deputy arrived, the victim advised that his door was kicked in while he was gone playing cards at a friend's house. There was some mud on the door near the handle. A 50 inch TV and a PS3 were taken from the living room and PS4 was taken from the bedroom of the home. Stolen property is estimated at $800; there is no word on suspects at this time.
TV's are a popular item on the Christmas home break-in list among thieves locally. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to yet another home break-in this week, this time in Millers Creek. The victim reported that he arrived home to find the back door to his house pried open. A Samsung TV, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, shoebox of change, and phone charger were all stolen. Stolen property is valued at 1700 dollars.
The Wilkes County Hall of Fame recently awarded over $8,000.00 in grant monies to be spent in the area of the arts and athletics in Wilkes County Schools. Grants ranged from 393 to 1000 dollars. Basic requirements to apply for a grant were: group must be affiliated with the Wilkes County Schools, the project must have a positive impact on the school and our students, the sponsor organization could be a class, group or school team, a maximum amount of $1,000.00 could be requested. All requests were to help with funding of art programs, band, chorus, drama, and athletic programs. The mission of the Wilkes County Hall of Fame is to promote and honor the excellence of the people of Wilkes County in order to encourage and inspire the youth and citizens of Wilkes to strive for similar excellence in life’s endeavors. This year 11 different grants were awarded to several elementary, middle, and high schools in the County.
Wilkes Community College dental assisting students recently learned by serving as volunteers in Winston-Salem at the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (MOM) portable free dental clinic, an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society and sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Health Fund. The students assisted with fillings, extractions, cleanings and patient education for the patients, who live at or below the poverty level. The free dental clinic was held at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Education Building where 840 patients were seen in two days. Dental services were provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and patients camped out in the cold to be in line to receive services. WCC students and three faculty members worked with over 300 volunteer dentists, hygienists and supporting staff who applauded the students’ strong work ethic and skills. Students said the experience brought what they have learned in the classroom to life. The students were impressed by the great need for dental services, excited about the opportunity to serve, and glad to have this experience to learn more about clinical dentistry. Over 500 community volunteers assisted with the event.
Their first stop was last night in Fayetteville, NC. Jason Crabb - Grammy winner and twenty-one time GMA Dove Award winner - is joining country music superstar Trace Adkins as his very special guest on the final leg of The Christmas Show tour this season. “I’m excited about Jason joining for a few dates,” Adkins stated. “I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time and I’m glad our schedules finally worked out. This is the perfect tour for us to work together.” Crabb said: "I can't wait to join Trace for his Christmas Show tour. We're going to have a great time celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ - the true reason for the season. You don't want to miss this!" A full list of tour dates and tickets can be found online at www.JasonCrabb.com