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.
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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.
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 shot to the head. Her husband, Renaldo Limon-Garcia was found unconscious from a single shot to the 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 today that Mr. Limon-Garcia died at Baptist Medical Center Tuesday night.
With all the home break-ins that occur around the area, many homeowners have chosen different ways to secure their house and property from thieves. In a recent home break-in, it is believed that the victim was robbed by someone known to them and known to their dogs. A resident on the Fairplains Road called to report a break-in and theft. The victim returned to find their pit bulldogs outside. The dogs were left inside the house for protection; however, the dogs were outside and a Playstation and xBox were stolen from inside the house. It appears the thief or thieves entered through a window at the back of the house. Since the dogs did not attack, it is believed the thief was someone familiar to the victim and their dogs. That investigation is still underway.
Perhaps most people would not think of going to a place that collects trash to steal something of valued, but someone not only thought of it, they did it. This week the Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a theft from the Wilkes County Landfill. According to that theft report, someone came on the landfill property and stole a set of Bobcat pallet forks valued at 850 dollars. The workers at the Landfill just noticed this week that the forks were missing and are not sure when the theft occurred. There is no word on suspects.
Someone got away with hundreds of dollars in jewelry from a home in Ronda. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was also called to investigate a home break-in at a residence on Old 60. Someone forcibly entered the house and stole several pieces of jewelry. Nothing else was reported stolen and no suspects were listed.
The Health Foundation of Wilkes says that together they are improving the health and well-being of the people who live in Wilkes County, North Carolina by bringing new programs and services here as well as supporting tried and true organizations. And one of the things available through the Health Foundation is Allied Health Care Professions Scholarships. Students entering health care professions who are willing to work in Wilkes County, North Carolina are encouraged to apply for our competitive awards. Successful applicants win up to $1,500 per year. Students must be accepted into their program of study. The 2014 pre-application is now available at the Wilkes Health Foundation website: www.healthfoundationinc.org. Once approved to apply, you will have access to the full application. Applications for 2014 scholarships must be completed by Friday, June 27th, 2014. If you have any questions or issues with the process, please don't hesitate to call the Health Foundation office at (336) 838-1949.
Wilkes Community College will begin offering the Computer Technology Integration program this fall, pending approval from Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Graduates of the program will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. “This program was initiated at the state-level to offer colleges more flexibility in curriculum design, giving us the ability to respond to local industry training needs more quickly,” explained Kristen H. Macemore, Chair of Computer Technologies and Public Service. For more information about the upcoming CTI program, call 336-838-6427 . Wilkes Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System.
Carson Dunlop and Wilkes Community College have formed a strategic partnership to offer an online home inspection training program. The comprehensive 10-course certificate program is available through distance learning and is delivered in a highly visual and easy to understand format. “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Wilkes Community College,” commented Alan Carson, president of Carson Dunlop. “The ability to offer our program through Wilkes Community College creates new opportunities for individuals looking for a career in home inspection.” The online Carson Dunlop Home Inspection Training Program is only offered by two colleges in North Carolina, Wilkes Community College and North Carolina State University. Contact WCC’s Continuing Education office at 336-838-6203for more information about the Home Inspection training program now offered. Wilkes Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System.