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Friday
Dec182009

Winter Storm Warning in Effect Starting at 9am

.A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO EARLY FRIDAY...NORTHEAST ALONG THE SOUTHEAST U.S. COAST FRIDAY NIGHT...TO JUST EAST OF THE OUTER BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED OVER SOUTHEASTERN CANADA WILL DELIVER COLD AIR PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE STORM. THE PRIMARY PRECIPITATION TYPE FOR THIS STORM IS EXPECTED TO BE
SNOW. SNOW WILL DEVELOP DURING THE DAY FRIDAY AND CONTINUE INTO MUCH OF SATURDAY...WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING.

There are still some significant disagreements among meteorologists concerning snowfall totals, because the major factor determining the snowfall will be just when the temperature drops below freezing clear down to the ground. Of course, that will happen sooner at higher altitudes. Weather service forecastsrs peg a total snowfall of 12 to 16 inches for Wilkes county, while our Wayne Marcus is saying between 5 and 10 inches before it's over tomorrow afternoon.

Thursday
Dec172009

Challenging Weather Ahead

Weather will be a challenge the first half of this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for part of North Carolina and Virginia and is calling for snowfall amounts as high as 16 inches by Saturday morning. As usual, the highest accumulations are to be in the western regions of Wilkes, with somewhere between 4 and 10 inches possible in the Wilkesboros. The key to how much snow falls will be just how long temperatures stay above freezing tomorrow. At the higher altitudes, the precipitation will start as snow and may be heavy enough at times to cause near white-out conditions. Lower and further east, there is a chance temperatures could remain above freezing into the afternoon, so things would start as rain then switch to snow. Either way, temperatures are to remain within a few degrees of freezing during the snowfall, so be prepared for heavy, wet snow wherever it falls. Fortunately, wind will not be a problem with this storm, though the weight of snow on tree branches could cause some power problems, especially tomorrow night and Saturday morning.

Thursday
Dec172009

Children in Need This Christmas Nearly Double from Last year

The agency that took the lead this year when Christmas in Wilkes folded says it expects to serve about 800 kids this Christmas. The Care Connection is sponsored by Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission and Wilkes United Way. Karen McNeil, the Care Connection director, said this week she has received 740 children's names and will continue to accept names until Christmas Eve. She expects to have at least 800 names by Christmas.

Distribution of gifts by the Care Connection for most of those children will be from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. today at the BROC/Care Connection office. A second distribution day will happen next Tuesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Volunteers are still needed in almost every capacity. From folks to help hand out the bags today to help with shopping and donations for last minute requests, there is room for everyone to help. She said there is a gift a need especially for boys, ages 2-11. Suggested gifts include remote control cars and sports equipment, such as footballs or basketballs.

Already 12-hundred children have been assisted through Wilkes Ministry of hope, sponsored by the Brushy Mountain Baptist Association. The Salvation Army of Wilkes has assisted 400 children. With the 800 expected by the Care Connection, total need is estimated at 24-hundred families, an increase of nearly 1,000 over the 14-hundred families helped by Christmas in Wilkes last year.

Thursday
Dec172009

LRC Building Sought for Affordable Housing

Northwestern Housing Enterprises wants to convert the Learning Resources Center building in downtown Wilkesboro into affordable housing for elderly and disabled households on fixed income. The agency is willing to pay $325,000 for the property, according to Executive Director Ned Fowler, if an appraisal supports that amount. The Journal-Patriot reports he told commissioners the group would consider other means of acquiring the property if that would be more acceptable to the county. There are legal questions concerning the transfer of county-owned property to a non-profit, and County Attorney Tony Triplett will report to the board soon concerning those. The matter has been placed on the agenda for the January 5th meeting.

Fowler says the project would provide 42 to 48 dwelling units, with rental prices based on income. Northwestern's proposed timeline includes starting construction in late 2010, with initial occupancy in late 2011. He said the process would result in the building being named to the National Register of Historic Places. The 13,500-square-foot, two-story LRC building was constructed in 1937 for primary grades of Wilkesboro Elementary School. It housed some of the first offices and classes and the first library of Wilkes Community College.

Thursday
Dec172009

Great State Bank to Expand in Boone

Wilkesboro-based Great State Bank is expanding. Great State Bank President Greg Edwards says an expanded branch will be located in Boone Heights Shopping Center off U.S. 321 in Boone. The location is just down the street from the current branch, and will have room to double size from two to four employees. The new branch is being purchased from Hendersonville-based Mountain First Bank in a deal that has taken about 8 months to put together. The deal includes all the assets of the branch, including $5 million in deposits. Edwards told the Record the move should happen next month. Great State Bank was formed in July 2008 and now holds about $40 million in assets.

Thursday
Dec172009

Four Arrested in Barnes Robbery, Murder

Authorities say they have arrested four men in relation to the stabbing death of a Boomer man last week. Brothers James Douglas Triplett and Edward Arnold Triplett, Dillon Blake Walsh, and Benjamin Derek Watson were arrested this week in connection with the death a week ago today of Bruce Barnes. Barnes' body was found by his landlord about 6:15am, and an autopsy confirmed he had died of multiple stab wounds to the torso. In a statement released by the Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Dane Mastin said the case was a robbery that got out of control, or, in Mastin's words, a "robbery gone bad." A search of the four mens' homes on Tuesday resulted in the seizure of clothing, vehicles, and electronic equipment. Deputies did not locate the knife used in the stabbing.

Wednesday
Dec162009

Hawks Flying Back To Texas

Two Harris Hawks siezed in North Carolina are returning home to Texas.

They won't be flying on their own...They'll fly Delta Air Lines back to Texas tomorrow. Before they take off from the airport, they'll be on display, saying their good byes at the Carolikna Raptor Center today. The hawks were seized as part of a law enforcement investigation into illegal trapping and transporting of the birds.

Wednesday
Dec162009

Burglary Interrupted When Victim Comes Home

A Purlear woman says she arrived home and interrupted a burglary, but not in time to keep the thieves form running off with several items. One of the burglars even spoke to her, Kimberly Church tells deputies, but a crime report does not indicate what the man said. Church was able to give deputies a description of both the male and female thieves, and is still assembling a list of the stolen items. As of when the crime report was released, the stolen items included a 17-inch laptop computer worth about 15-hundred dollars and a digital camcorder worth about 250-dollars. The burglars also caused about 17-hundred dollars damage to the house as they broke in, kicking their way in through a back door. Church was able to get a tag number from the pair's car, and the number reported is valid, but from out of the area. Deputies continue their investigation of the break-in, which was reported yesterday afternoon just before 3.

Wednesday
Dec162009

Wilkes Jail Plans Move Ahead

Wilkes County commissioners are moving ahead to develop plans for a new 256-bed jail. They voted yesterday to spend $427,000 to adapt and downsize architectural plans that had already been developed for a larger jail that commissioners decided was too expensive. Blue Ridge Engineering of North Wilkesboro will take the lead in developing the plans, with a target of about $13.9 million in construction costs.

The bids to do grading and other work to get the site ready could come back in spring 2010. The construction bids for the building itself will probably take about a year to be ready. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that if commissioners accept the bids, site work it could start as early as next summer. The new jail site is behind the Wilkes County Courthouse.

Last spring, the county had building permits in hand for a new 298-bed jail and law-enforcement center, but commissioners voted to reject the bids because they didn't want to spend an estimated $26 million for the project. The new downsized jail plan eliminates the law-enforcement center and other areas, essentially cutting the building in half.

County Manager John Yates told the paper that the plan is to set aside $500,000 for the new jail in next year's budget and then finance $15 million. That would make the annual debt payment about $1.3 million to $1.4 million.

Wednesday
Dec162009

Elkin Break-In, Fire

An Elkin family is in shock after someone broke into their home yesterday, stole Christmas, then set the house on fire. Dawn Martin tells channel 2 someone broke into the home Tuesday morning, unwrapped the presents under the Christmas tree and stole several items before burning the home. Martin, who lives with her husband, 17-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son and 16-month-old grandson, said no one was home at the time of the incident. The Elkin police and fire departments are investigating the incident. The cause of the fire has not been released. The Martins are staying with relatives. Christine Bumgarner, who was renting the house to Martin, is collecting donations for the family at her salon, Christine's Hair Designers. It is located at 510 N. Bridge Street in Elkin.