Voter registration closes today 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. today. 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, 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 today or be postmarked by today 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 today.
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They have the suspects on video stealing a 25,000 dollar camper. Wilkesboro Police were called to the Robert Handy Camping Center off Hwy 421. The camper was parked behind the business in a back lot. From the surveillance video reviewed by Police, two white males arrived in a late model dark pickup, possible a Nissan Titan. The truck entered the back parking lot, hooked up to the camper, made sure the lights were working, and then left the scene. Again, the truck appeared to have two white males inside. Information on the stolen camper has been entered into NCIC, the National Crime Information Center; the identity of the two suspects is unknown at this time.
April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Barry Shew, Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Team and “Our House” says that child abuse continues to be on the rise. Our House located on Main street of Historic Wilkesboro is having a fundraiser next week. It's the First Annual C.A.P.T./ “Our House” Golf Tournament this coming Thursday, April 17th. All proceeds from this event will be used for the sole purpose of preventing child abuse and neglect by providing parenting classes, advocating for families in the community, and providing free supervision during court-ordered visits. The golf tournament will be held at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. The cost is $60 per player/ $240 per foursome which includes cart, green fees, door prizes, and a catered lunch. For registration or sponsorship information, contact Barry Shew at Our House at (336) 667-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
In a couple of break-ins this week, one had stolen property and another did not. A resident on the Austin-Traphill Road called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office when they came home and found damage to a door. The glass out of the front entry door was broken out. Someone had been inside the house, but nothing was reported stolen. There are no suspects. Then a Moravian Falls homeowner called with a break-in and theft. In this incident, someone again broke out a window to get inside the house. But this time, a Toshiba Flatscreen TV and DVD Combo was stolen. There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending.
She was only gone for a few minutes, but that was enough time for someone to steal her phone. A North Wilkesboro woman reported that she parked her car at Cagneys. She left her cell phone in the car with the doors unlocked as she was only going to run in for just a few minutes. When she returned, she saw that her LG cell phone valued at 500 dollars was gone. Authorities are trying to track the stolen phone. There are currently no suspects, but Wilkesboro Police are investigating.
Hey teachers, you can apply now for grants. EnergyUnited and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have pledged nearly $600,000 to the state’s teachers in Bright Ideas education grant funding for the 2014-15 school year. This year marks the 20th year the co-ops have offered Bright Ideas grants, and applications are now available. EnergyUnited will award grants of up to $2,000 to educators for creative, hands-on classroom projects that might not otherwise be funded. EnergyUnited expects to award $40,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers across its 19-county service area. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for innovative projects in any subject. Teachers can apply individually or as a team and must apply online. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 19, but teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Friday, Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards. To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Teachers can learn more and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com.
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that GKN Driveline will expand its Catawba County manufacturing facility. The company plans to create at least 228 new jobs in North Carolina by the end of 2018 and invest more than $113.8 million in this location. “Automotive manufacturing companies like GKN know that North Carolina is a strong fit for their company,” said Governor McCrory. GKN Driveline is the world’s leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems, serving global vehicle manufacturers, including BMW, Chrysler, GM and Ford. The company currently employs 729 people in its Catawba County facility. GKN employs an additional 1,530 people at companies in other counties across North Carolina, making North Carolina the state with the largest GKN presence in the country. For more information about GKN Driveline including job opportunities, visit http://www.gkn.com/Careers
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Jeffrey Alan Cox as the next president of Wilkes Community College, contingent upon approval by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges on April 25, 2014. Cox accepted the board’s offer on Tuesday, saying that he is proud to join Wilkes Community College and continue to build on the successes achieved by the faculty, staff and students over the college’s 50-year history. Dr. Jeff Cox, superintendent of Alleghany County Schools since 2005, was elected president of WCC by the Board of Trustees during the board’s regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday, April 8. Cox will assume his new duties on July 1, succeeding Dr. Gordon Burns, who announced in December that he would be retiring after serving as president at WCC for 18 years. Because of the gap in time between Dr. Burns’ retirement on June 1 and Dr. Cox’s reporting on July 1, contingent upon SBCC approval, the board named Morgan Francis as “acting president” during the interim period. The board also announced the naming of the new Health Sciences Center. It will be named Herring Hall in recognition of Leonard and Rose Herring. On March 14, trustees approved a construction manager at-risk/preliminary guaranteed maximum price contract with James R. Vannoy & Sons Construction Co. Inc., for the renovation of the Health Sciences Center. The contract amount was $3,431,937, which is subject to minor revisions based on bids received for subcontract packages and any related changes in the cost of bonding and contingency. The board gave authority to the building and grounds committee to approve minor changes in the guaranteed maximum price contract (if necessary) and report the same at the July meeting.
There are suspects in a theft of 1000's of dollars in property and money from a local business. Wilkesboro Police were called to the Business Centers of Wilkes off Hwy 421. Management at the business explained that cash, 12 computer motherboards, and 3 32-inch TV's were stolen. In all, 4400 dollars in money and property was taken. There are 3 possible suspects in this theft but no arrests have been made at this time as that investigation is ongoing by Wilkesboro Police.
The DOT has reported a theft and damage to property. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called this week to investigate a theft from a piece of DOT equipment off Hwy 16 in Millers Creek. The Department of Transportation reported that 2 batteries were stolen from one of their tractors that was parked just off the highway. The batteries were valued at 100 dollars, but there was 800 dollars in damages to the DOT tractor where someone cut the battery cables and also broke out the back window. There are no suspects.