They stole the car, and then, they brought it back. It was damaged, but they brought it back. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called concerning a automobile theft. The victim was visiting a friend, and their car, a 2013 Chevy SS Camero, was parked in the friend's driveway. Someone came by and stole the car. Several hours later, the victim noticed that the car had been returned. The tires had been spun up and there was a dent in it, but the car was returned. No suspects were given with the report; the Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate as to who took the car for a damaging joy ride.
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It's back to school time again, and time to pray for all Wilkes County Students, Teachers, and Administrators. The fifth annual Wilkes County Prayer Around the School System (PASS) is scheduled for Saturday, August 23 and/or Sunday, August 24. Teacher and PASS Coordinator Amy Samples explains what PASS is all about....AIR There are in Wilkes County 13 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 high schools, and one early college. Amy told 3WC News that so far this year, there are still several schools that do NOT have a church scheduled to pray. Churches who wish to participate in praying around the schools here in Wilkes may call Amy Samples at 835-7133.
Attention Wilkes and local farmers: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Bob Etheridge, announced that North Carolina farmers and producers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is September 30, 2014. Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection. The interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay. FSA encourages all interested applicants to apply for direct farm ownership loans. For more information about the program and other loans administered by FSA, visit the Wilkes County FSA office at 207 W Main Street, Room 108, Wilkesboro, NC 28697 or by phone at 336-838-3622 ext. 4 or www.fsa.usda.gov.
NC Governor Pat McCrory was busy last week signing several bills into law. On Thursday, he signed legislation authorizing a $21.1 billion budget for North Carolina state government. "This budget reflects a pragmatic and thoughtful approach to managing taxpayer dollars," Governor McCrory said. "It provides raises for our teachers, highway patrol officers, court employees and a cost of living increase for retirees and preserves Medicaid eligibility standards. This budget will continue to fuel North Carolina’s economic comeback.” The governor thanked his budget team and legislative leaders for making some very tough decisions during difficult economic times. Then, Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after signing charter school legislation into law. “I signed two charter school bills (Senate Bill 793 and House Bill 884), that will help to ensure that our state’s public charter schools are held to the highest standards of transparency, ethics and student performance,” said Governor McCrory. The Gov went on to say, “I am pleased the Legislature responded to my concerns and required full transparency for the names and salaries of all charter school teachers and employees." The two charter school bills the governor signed also launches an inventive charter school dropout prevention and recovery program as well as ensures charter school students are held to high academic standards.
Registration is open for the 10th annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum, scheduled for Aug. 26 at the State Fairgrounds. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will host the event. “This year’s forum will focus on how the federal Food Safety Modernization Act will affect international accountability, international trade and the importation of food products,” Troxler said. “In addition, a panel of North Carolina producers will discuss consumer food choices and food safety practices on the farm.” Following lunch, attendees are invited to stay for a screening of the documentary “Farmland,” which focuses on the lives of young farmers and ranchers. Go to www.ncagr.gov/ncfoodsafetyforum by Aug. 22 to register for the forum. People with questions may call 919-707-3008.
Ok....could this be another of those only in Wilkes County news stories? The Wilkes Sheriff's Office receives a list of home break-ins and thefts each week. Usually, electronics, guns, jewelry, and prescription medication top the list of things most often stolen in a break-in. Occasionally, the stolen items is a bit unique, such as a report that came in this week. The victim lives in Ferguson and returned home to find that someone had forcibly entered his house. It appears someone kicked open the door causing damage to the wooden door frame and window. Also a trashcan was damaged. Damages were listed at 110 dollars. Now here is where the break-in takes a unique turn--the only things reported stolen were a mop, a broom, and bottle water. Stolen property is valued at 50 dollars. No suspects were listed with that report.
They continue to feed the hungry here in Wilkes. Julie Smith of Samaritan's Kitchen of Wilkes explains....AIR Samaritan's Kitchen of Wilkes, now located at 4187 Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro, is a non-profit 501c3 faith based program that works to assist over 100 families each week and over 700 children through our BackPack Program during the school year. They are currently in the midst of their Souper Summer event where they are asking for the donation of canned soup. Also, they are able to accept fresh garden produce if anyone has any extra from their gardens to donate. They have different fundraisers throughout the year including an upcoming yard sale where you help is needed. AIR Find out more at their website www.samaritankitchenofwilkes.org, like them on Facebook, or call 838-5331 for more information.
The drawing is this afternoon. The Town of North Wilkesboro has adopted bow and archery deer hunting within the town limits for both the regular archery season and the special Urban Archery Season for the coming deer season. Any person hunting within the town must have the property owner’s permission to hunt on any particular property. North Wilkesboro has announced a lottery process for those hunters interested in hunting on town owned property. Interested hunters should go by North Wilkesboro Town Hall at 832 Main Street during regular business hours to apply for the lottery process. A drawing will be held at 2:00 p.m., at town hall today, August 8, to determine the allowed permits for the coming season. Any hunter given permission to hunt on town owned property must obtain a $50 season permit prior to hunting; these will be issued at town hall beginning Tuesday, August 12, 2014 during regular business hours. All hunters harvesting within the town must abide by all regulations of the N.C. Division of Wildlife for all bow and archery hunting at all times.
The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent need call issued in late July. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. To increase donations between August 30 and September 1, all presenting donors will receive a mason jar tumbler, while supplies last. Locally, there are three blood drives on Monday, August 11th at Wilkes Family YMCA (1801 YMCA Blvd., Wilkesboro) from 2:00pm-6:30pm; at Clingman Community Center; sponsored by Ronda Fire Department (3369 Clingman Road, Clingman) from 3:00pm - 7:30pm; and at Union Baptist Church (919 Union Baptist Church Road, Hamptonville) from 2:30pm-7:00pm. Again, all three of those blood drives are Monday and blood donations are urgently needed.
Two horses have been confirmed this week as having died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis within the past two weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. The unvaccinated horses – an 18-month-old Paint from Carteret County and a 3-year-old Quarter horse from Bladen County – exhibited signs of generalized weakness, stumbling, depression and inability to stand or eat. The Carteret County horse was euthanized July 21, and the Bladen County horse died Aug. 2. They are the first reported cases of EEE in horses in North Carolina this year. The state recorded 15 EEE cases in horses in 2013. EEE is usually fatal. “If your horses exhibit any symptoms of EEE, contact your veterinarian immediately,” said State Veterinarian David Marshall. Symptoms include impaired vision, aimless wandering, head pressing, circling, inability to swallow, staggering gait, paralysis, convulsions and death. Once a horse has been bitten by an infected mosquito, it may take three to 10 days for signs of the disease to appear. Marshall recommends that equine owners talk to their veterinarians about an effective vaccination protocol to protect horses from EEE and West Nile virus. The vaccinations initially require two shots, 30 days apart, for horses, mules and donkeys. Marshall recommends a booster shot every six months.