It was a practical joke that did not end well. Over 450 baby chicks were found on the football field at Wilkes Central High School Monday. Many of the small chicks were dead apparently from exposure to the rain and the rest were euthanized. The baby chickens were believed to have been stolen from a local poultry farm. There are suspects in this theft and prank; charges are pending.
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Years ago with the imminent closing of the Hayes Federal Building, local officials petitioned for a new Ag building. Yesterday afternoon, a Dedication Ceremony was held for that new Wilkes County Agricultural Center in Wilkes. The new Ag Center is located on Executive Drive off Brushy Mountain Road near the new office of the Wilkes County Sheriff. Several were in attendance. County Commissioner Chair Eddie Settle spoke, Ron Wilcox CFO of Samaritan's Purse gave the Invocation, and NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler gave the keynote address. County government bought the building for the ag center and some additional acres for $800,000 back in 2013. After renovations, the GSA signed an agreement leasing 5,000 square feet in the county ag center from the county to provide offices for the U.S. Farm Service Agency, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Rural Development, all now all housed in the Johnson J. Hayes Federal Building. Under the lease agreement, GSA will pay county government over $146,000 annually for the first five years, over $104,000 annually for the following five years and approximately $113,430 annually for the next five years. County officials said about 1,840 square feet in the building will be leased to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to house the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance and will also serve as a meeting site for agricultural functions with available seating capacity for 350 people in the meeting room of the Center.
There was a break-in but no theft reported. A Wilkes Sheriff's Deputy responded to a report of a breaking and entering at a house on Pleasant Home Church Road in Millers Creek. The victim advised that nothing had been taken from the residence in the breaking and entering. According to the Deputy's report, the doors of the home showed signs of forced entry. A metal entrance door and a wooden front door with glass were both damaged from an apparent break-in or attempted break-in. Damages were listed at $625, but again, nothing was reported stolen from the home. There is no word on suspects.
The video showed someone taking the wallet. Was it an accident or was it a theft? A Boomer resident reported that his wallet was accidently left behind at Burger King in Wilkesboro. When he went back to get it, the wallet was gone. Video surveillance at the restaurant showed a white male coming in after the victim. The man pays for his order out of money from his wallet which he places in his jacket pocket. He then gets change back and picks up the victim's wallet left on the counter, puts the change in that wallet, and puts it in his back pocket. The victim was advised by Wilkesboro Police how to get a new driver's license, Social Security Card, Conceal Carry Permit, and how to protect himself against ID Theft. The identity of the man who picked up the wallet is unknown. The investigation by Wilkesboro Police is continuing.
Last week, Governor Pat McCrory has signed the following bills into law. H.B. 334 - A bill making changes to various charter school statutes and other education statutes pertaining to tuition and fees. According to the new law, a charter school is not allowed to charge tuition or fees except for fees that are charged by the local school administrative unit in which the charter school is located, and, upon approval by the board of directors of the charter school, fees for extracurricular activities. H.B. 44 - A bill amending various laws related to overgrown vegetation notices. Municipalities may now notify chronic violators via regular mail along with certified or registered mail. And finally, H.B. 173 - A bill amending various criminal laws for the purpose of improving trial court efficiency. Improvements include extending the time to pay court costs from 20 to 40 days to avoid additional costs, requiring that a bond be doubled for anyone charged with a new crime on pre-trial release, and changing the term "mental retardation" to "intellectual disability" to model two U.S. Supreme Court cases.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., announced that she will host a benefits workshop for seniors on Friday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Davie County Senior Center in Mocksville, NC. “As the open-enrollment period for Medicare approaches, this workshop will include timely information for beneficiaries and their families,” said Foxx. The open-enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries will start on Oct. 15 and end on Dec. 7. This is the only time during the year, except in unique circumstances, when current Medicare enrollees are able to make changes to their existing coverage. Local organizations as well as state and federal agencies will be available to answer questions and provide information on the benefits they have available for senior citizens. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Foxx Clemmons District Office at 1-866-677-8968.
She found a window broken out and thousands of dollars in property missing from her home. A North Wilkesboro resident called the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office regarding a home break-in and theft. The victim stated that she found a back window to her house broken out. Once inside the thief or thieves took a small metal lock box, a 45 caliber handgun, and some cash. Stolen items were valued at $8800. No suspects were listed with the reports. Damages to the window were estimated at $200. A Wilkesboro victim reported a similar break-in. This time the homeowner told Wilkes Sheriff’s Investigators that she had just returned home after being gone for almost 24 hours and found that her home had been broken into. The thief or thieves entered the house by breaking a window in a sliding glass door. A window screen and blinds were also damaged with damages totaling $375. Stolen property included two TV’s: a VIZIO 28" FLAT SCREEN TV and a SAMSUNG 32" FLAT SCREEN TV valued at $437. No suspects were listed with either report.
Wilkesboro Police are investigating several reports of thefts from and damages to vehicles in the area. One victim reported over 500 dollars in property was stolen from a vehicle in the Food Lion parking lot. Police are obtaining video surveillance from surrounding businesses in order to determine a suspect. A witness in the Food Lion parking lot called Police after they saw someone vandalize a truck. The owner is working out of town. Again, Police are looking at surveillance video and have a possible suspect. A property owner from South Bridge Street reported that 3 tires on their car were cut overnight. Damages were estimated at 600 dollars. There is a possible suspect and charges are pending. Another victim reported damages to a vehicle parked at their apartment on River Street. A windshield and back glass were broken out and damages were estimated at 1000 dollars.
From the Wilkes Farm Service Agency, here is an announcement for dairy farmers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the deadline to enroll for the dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 has been extended until Nov. 20, 2015. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Vilsack encouraged producers to use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Agency Service (FSA) online Web resource at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation. The secure website can be accessed via computer, smartphone or tablet. To enroll in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, contact your local Wilkes FSA county office at 838-3622.
Attention farmers: The US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced that $2.5 million in grants is now available for projects to educate new and underserved farmers about more than 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency programs that can provide financial, disaster or technical assistance to the agricultural community. The grants will be awarded to nonprofits and public higher education institutions that develop proposals to improve farmer education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance, and crop production practices. Awards between $20,000 and $100,000 per applicant will be available. To learn more about the funding solicitation and the related Farm Service Agency programs, call the Wilkes FSA Office at 838-3622.