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Pepsi Machine Opened, Money Stolen

Wilkesboro police rapidly closed the investigation of the reported theft of money from a soda machine, after not finding enough evidence to really get it started well. They were called to the Run In on Oakwoods just after 9am Christmas Eve, when Wiley Bumgarner opened the machine to restock it and found the padlock missing and about 100-dollars gone from inside the machine. There as no damage to the machine, though, leading officers to conclude whoever got in the machine must have had a key. They were unable to find the padlock anywhere in the area, and Bumgarner tells them he is the only person with a key to the machine. The case sounds similar to several reported this summer in the city and county, where the thief also apparently had a Pepsi machine master key. Officers have closed this case after saying they have exhausted all leads.


Man Arrested after Fight

Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 21-year old Wilkes man for assaulting another man and causing extensive damage to his pickup truck. Brent Antone was arrested recently after deputies were called for a fight at a home on Suncrest Orchard Road. According to the victim, Servando Ramos, Antone had punched him in the face and then taken a stick to the side of Ramos' pickup, causing numerous scratches and dents on the driver's side. Deputies arrested Antone on a charge of assault and battery, one of damage to personal property, and an additional charge of habitual misdemeanor assault.


Fight in Middle of the Road

Deputies called to a fight in the middle of the road usually know they're in for something a bit unusual, and a recent case didn't disappoint. When they got to the intersection along Highway 16, they found a man and a woman in the roadway, the man holding a 2-by-2 porch railing and pointing at a house. It turned out, that was the house the pair had been forced out of, after the woman allegedly attacked her ex-husband, scratching him several times on the left side of his neck. The woman and man, who are now married, admit they were at her ex's house drinking when the fight happened, a fact echoed by the four young children who saw the fight. She says afterward, he chased her and her husband out into the road using a knife. They were both arrested -- her for the assault, him for being drunk and disruptive. The porch rail came from a neighbor's house, and that person will be pressing charges against the man on his own.


Wachovia Conference Cup Standings

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the fall standings in the Wachovia Conference Cup competition for the 2007-2008 academic year. The Wachovia Conference Cup, sponsored annually by Wachovia and sanctioned by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, recognizes high school sports programs that achieve the best overall performance within their respective athletic conferences. Wachovia has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.

The Wachovia Conference Cup, formerly known as the Wachovia Trophy, is a companion to the Wachovia Cup, a statewide award given to schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performance in each of the four classifications.

East Wilkes is listed in second place in the Northwest 1-A Conference, due to a first-place finish in men's cross country. West Wilkes is in thrid, trialing by only 4 points. IN 2-A, Wilkes Central leads the Mountain Valley Conference with a tie for first place in football and championships in socer and men's and women's cross country. North Wilkes trails the conference.


Hay Reimbursements Increased

Amid increasing costs for hay shipments, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced higher reimbursement limits for two programs aimed at helping drought-stricken livestock owners with the cost of transporting hay to their farms.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services set up the Ag and Equine Partners hay relief programs to help owners of cattle, sheep, goats and horses with the cost of moving hay purchased outside North Carolina.

The programs will now reimburse livestock owners up to $500 for a load of hay moved from out of state. Livestock owners may seek cost-share funds for up to three loads. The higher limits are possible because the Council of State recently approved $250,000 in emergency funds for the cost-share programs.

Previously, payments were limited to $300 for a single load of hay.

Reimbursements will be made on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available.

“The money from the Council of State augments $50,000 in private donations our department previously obtained,” Troxler said. “Through this public-private partnership, North Carolina is helping its livestock owners cope with the drought and feed their animals this winter. I am thankful to Governor Easley, my fellow Council of State members and the companies and organizations that have stepped up to help our ag industry handle this challenge.”

For information about applying for Ag Partners or Equine Partners, call the department’s Hay Alert hotline at 1-866-506-6222


NCCAT Announces Teacher Courses

Forty-seven seminars for teachers will be offered by the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching from January through May. The seminars, designed to renew vitality and enthusiasm for teaching and to provide new knowledge for the classroom, are for full-time teachers (pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade), media specialists, school counselors and school nurses who have been employed in North Carolina schools for at least three years.

For teachers who want to learn something new, NCCAT offers seminar topics relevant to many subject areas, including the arts and humanities, physical sciences, social studies, technology, and health and fitness. The seminars, usually five days in duration, provide intellectual and creative renewal, opportunities for research, scholarly pursuits and professional networking. The seminars are aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, the state curriculum for public schools. All seminars are offered at no cost to teachers or to their school systems. The cost for a substitute teacher while the participant is attending the seminar is also paid by the state.

For beginning teachers in their second or third year in the classroom, NCCAT is offering four five-day seminars specially designed for teachers new to the profession. These seminars (Jan. 7–11; Feb. 4–9; and March 3–7 in Cullowhee; and April 28–May 2 in Ocracoke) will focus on the best practices in educational theory as well as tips, tools and techniques to help teachers promote student success.

Other seminars for teachers will examine ways to enrich the science and math curriculum and to explore inclusion of other disciplines. “NASCAR: Science on the Race Track” (Jan. 27–Feb. 1, Randleman) will incorporate aspects of not only the math and physics involved on the race track, but also the economics, artwork, public relations and technology that have expanded NASCAR to the cultural status it has today. “Sea Level Rise: The Impact of Climate Change on the Outer Banks” (Feb. 11–15, Ocracoke) addresses the growing concern of global warming and climate change by encouraging firsthand exploration of the effect on North Carolina’s outer banks.

To find out more about participating in an NCCAT seminar, teachers should call 800-922-0482


Christmas Gifts Stolen

A Wilkes family preparing to head to Tennessee for the Christmas holiday found themselves the victim of a break-in, before they even got out of town. Amber Scott tells sheriff deputies she had packed up to leave for the holiday, and had put all her gifts into a large trash can for easy handling. She left to run an errand to a friend's house and was gone about half an hour, and when she got home, she found the trash can had been taken from just inside the back door. Over 570-dollars wroth of presents, including three Nintendo systems and games, were taken. Neighbors described seeing a light blue car leave the area not long before she got back home. She recognized the description of the car, but did not know the name of the owner. SHe was able to tell deputies where she'd seen the car before, though. They continue their investigation.


Chemical Rules May Affect Farmers

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler reminds farmers and agribusinesses that store certain chemicals that they may be affected by a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation. The new rule requires facilities that fall under the guidelines to fill out an assessment form or face possible penalties.

“North Carolina farmers and agribusinesses storing fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals might be affected by this regulation. We want farmers to be aware of this change and review their materials to see if they need to complete an assessment form or not,” Troxler said. “The deadline for filling out the required form is Jan. 19, so every farmer needs to look at the list and quantities of chemicals involved as quickly as possible to be sure they are in compliance. Farmers with questions about the requirements should contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”

In an effort to increase the security of high-risk chemical facilities, the Department of Homeland Security recently released a list of chemicals that, if possessed by a facility in a specified quantity, would require them to complete a Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Top-Screen assessment.

Information on how to register in order to complete the assessment is available on the Department of Homeland Security’s Web site.


Suspected Explosives from Boone House, Aren't

Local authorities have finished their testing on the suspected explosive device taken from a home in Boone last week. Members of the Wilkes bomb squad were called to assist Boone police in removing the device, which had been reported in an abandoned house early last week. As we told you at the time, the bomb squad removed what appeared to be blasting caps and blocks of a substance that closely resembled C-4 plastic explosive. Through their testing in the past 10 days, authorities have determined the items were not an explosive device. What initially appeared to be blasting caps are some sort of electric thermostat or bi-metal thermocouple device, and the blocks turned out to be modeling clay. Multiple tests have returned negative results for any traces of explosive material. Now that tests are complete on the local level, the materials are being forwarded to the State Bureau of Investigation's lab for confirmation of the result. Authorities say the investigation is still open.


Easley: Conserve Water or Pay More for It

Governor Mike Easley urged local governments Thursday to charge hefty prices to residents who use more water than necessary as state leaders look at ways to curtail a worsening drought. The plan would keep prices low for necessary water use but "significantly" raise the price of water on customers who use excessive amounts, Easley said. He wants the plan to remain permanent for long-term conservation.
"I hope statewide that we can get all of our municipalities to adopt that conservation pricing strategy," Easley said during a meeting of the Drought Management Advisory Council, a panel of local and state officials. "I hope people will understand it and know that they have to conserve. The water bill will certainly be one more reminder." Water usage dropped about 30% between August and the end of October after Easley issued a call to cut water usage by 50%. But water use has crept back up, Easley said.
The U.S. Drought Monitor released a report Thursday that said about two-thirds of the state is under exceptional drought conditions, the most intense category. The remainder of the state -- small sections along the Virginia border and much of the coast -- are classified in extreme or severe drought.