The Internal Revenue Service this week warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service. The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.” Recipients are directed to click on links but these links lead to web pages that solicit personal information that can be used for fraud and ID theft. Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. For more information, visit the IRS's web page www.irs.gov.
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Featuring one of the toughest, technically elite courses in the world, the fourth annual Carolina Cup is expected to attract more than 700 paddlers to Wrightsville Beach, April 23-27. Catering to a roster of SUP professionals, the Carolina Cup is the first large international race after the winter hiatus, offering professionals and amateurs an opportunity to compete in multiple divisions on SUP boards, outrigger canoes, ocean kayaks, surf skis and traditional, prone paddleboards. Hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, the Carolina Cup was one of only two must-attend standup paddleboard races named by Outside Magazinein its March 2014 race guide. The Carolina Cup is sanctioned by the World Paddle Association. For more information visit www.wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com
A North Carolina Trooper is headed to DC. Congress could vote on legislation as early as April that would allow an increase in the maximum size of big rigs traveling the nation’s highways. In response, Trooper Danny Jenkins, vice president of the North Carolina Troopers Association, will travel to Washington, D.C., armed with a simple message for lawmakers: Please consider the dangers to motorists and oppose bigger trucks. During his meetings in Washington, Jenkins will discuss his concerns about raising truck weight to 97,000 pounds—an additional 17,000 pounds to existing truck weight—as well as triple-trailer trucks that often experience “crack-the-whip” and “sway” effects. Jenkins believes it is important for Congress to use this information along with many other important facts to oppose bigger trucks. In Washington, Jenkins plans to meet on Wednesday, April 9, with members of North Carolina’s federal delegation, including Reps. Mark Meadows and Howard Coble, both members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
It's being called a murder/suicide. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a Pads Road residence Monday evening when two people were found shot in their home. 30-year-old Aracelia Limon was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. Her husband, Renaldo Limon-Garcia was found unconscious from an apparent self-inflicted single shot to his head. He was transported to Baptist Medical Center. According to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, the two were found after their kids came home from school and could not get inside the house due to the doors being locked. A neighbor helped the three elementary school age children get inside the house and that is when they found their parents with gunshot wounds. The three children are now in the care of Social Services. Again, Mrs. Limon was found dead in the home, and we just received word yesterday that Mr. Limon-Garcia died Tuesday night.
Two people died in a head-on collision on Hwy 21 near State Road Grocery yesterday. According to Trooper Jones of the NC Hwy Patrol, 22-year-old Camden Power was traveling South on Hwy 21. Mr. Power passed a truck in a no-passing zone and was speeding. He was unable to get back in his lane and struck another car head-on. 73-year-old WJ Michael Palmer and Elizabeth Palmer of Ontario, Canada, were in the other car. Both Mr. Power and Mr. Palmer were killed in the wreck. Mrs. Palmer was transported to Baptist with non-life-threatening injuries and was expected to be released last night. The wreck happened on Hwy 21 Wednesday just before noon. State Road and Mountain Park Fire Departments responded, and emergency crews were on the scene for about 3 hours.
Voter registration closes on Friday, April 11, 2014 for the May 6th Primary Election. Residents who wish to register in Wilkes County for the first time, or voters who wish to change their name, address or party affiliation must do so before 5:00 p.m. on April 11, 2014. Registration forms are available at the Wilkes County Board of Elections office, located in the County Office Building, third floor, Room 315 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mail in registration forms are also available at the Public Library on 10th Street in North Wilkesboro. Registration forms are available at the Public Assistance Agencies and the Employment Security Commission office. A person may also register at the Department of Motor Vehicles if renewing a license. All voter registration forms must be received by the Wilkes County Board of Elections by 5:00 pm Friday, April 11, 2014 or be postmarked April 11, 2014 to be applicable for the May 6th Primary Election. Persons will no longer be able to register and vote at one stop early voting, as in previous years. Those who wish to participate in May 6th Primary will need to submit a voter registration form by 5:00 pm on April 11th.
The recent increase in Wilkes County’s monthly jobless rate (7.9 percent in January, up from 7.4 percent in December 2013) doesn’t have to translate into foreclosures. A statewide program that already has helped more than 100 county residents hold on to their homes still has funds available. The North Carolina Foreclosure Prevention Fund has helped 16,000 homeowners statewide keep up with mortgage payments while they seek or train for jobs. The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has available funds to assist approximately 5,000 more homeowners. Already in 2014, as many as 6,100 North Carolina homeowners have received foreclosure notices, including 29 in Wilkes County. The N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund makes mortgage payments for qualified unemployed homeowners – including returning veterans and people recovering from temporary hardships such as divorce – while they look for jobs or complete job training. Eligible homeowners can apply through more than 40 participating HUD-approved counseling agencies, or online at www.NCForeclosurePrevention.gov.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a rash of mailbox vandalisms in the Ferguson area. All the vandalisms were reported on April 1. At least 6 different mailboxes on the Elk Creek Darby Road were damaged. The damages happened just after midnight. According to the report, no one saw or heard anything and there are currently no suspects.
On Saturday April 5, 2014 from 11:00am-2:00pm the Wilkes County Health Department and partner agencies will be sponsoring a Kick Butt’s Day Celebration at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market. There will be games, a medication take back for expired for unused medications, and free food. Guest speakers from SAVE will talk about their experiences related to tobacco use, and local politicians will also be in attendance. Other partner agencies involved in planning and supporting this event are the Northwest Tobacco Prevention Coalition, Community Transformation Grant Project, Project Lazarus, the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department and local business partners. This event kicks off National Public Health Week in Wilkes County. It is designed to promote tobacco-free living, educate the community about the risk associated with tobacco use and share tobacco cessation resources. According to the 2013 joint Community Health Assessment/Community Health Needs Assessment, led by the Wilkes County Health Department and Wilkes Regional Medical Center, 89% of Wilkes County residents who responded to the community health opinion survey indicated they supported a tobacco-free environment. In addition, cardiovascular disease and cancer were ranked in the top-five priority health issues identified in the assessment; these diseases are often associated with long-term tobacco use.
Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed April 2, 2014 as "World Autism Awareness Day" and the entire month of April as "World Autism Awareness Month," encouraging citizens to cultivate a better understanding of autism and its prevalence in North Carolina. The governor and first lady illuminated the executive mansion in blue the evening of April 1. The mansion lighting is a part of the "Light It Up Blue" campaign, sponsored by the national organization Autism Speaks. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides a variety of services to people with autism. In addition, services are provided through the Division of State Operation Health Facilities and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation which provide employment services for individuals with autism. These organizations support early intervention services in North Carolina.