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WIlkes Steel Expands

Wilkes Steel is expanding. Owner Bert Hall tells the Journal Patriot the North Wilkesboro-based company is reaching out to more customers than ever before. One of the factors in the increase is the recent move of the steel and fabrication and distribution center operation to the old Lowe’s Millwork building on River Road. The 62,000 square feet metal and concrete building allows for inside storage of steel beams and other materials. With the expansion, Wilkes Steel now has locations on both Maple Street and River Road in North Wilkesboro. The Maple Street operation still deals with scrap metal and recycled metals. The new space focuses on fabrication and distribution. Hall told the paper about 90 percent of his company’s steel inventory is now housed indoors.


Municipal Elections November 3rd

Those municipal elections will be on November 3rd in Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro and Ronda. The Record reports that North Wilkesboro has a three way mayor's race going on. and four candidates want seats on the town board. Three candidates in Wilkesboro are funning for two seats on the town board there. Voters in Wilkesboro cast their ballots at the Wilkesboro Civic Center, in North Wilkesboro voters will go to the North Wilkesboro Fire Department and in Ronda at Ronda Town Hall.


Early Vote Ends Saturday

Its not too late to get in on early voting for fall municipal elections. The Wilkes County board of elections says early voting will continue through Saturday at the board of election offices on the third floor of the Wilkes County Office building. The Journal Patriot reports that the office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This Saturday, there will be special open hours for early voting from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Just under 200 voters have cast early ballots.


Condition of North Wilkesboro Fire Victims Unchanged

Hospital officials report no change this morning in the condition of a North Wilkesboro woman who was critically injured when she breathed in superheated air Monday morning as her house was burning. Linda Call was pulled from her burning house just before 7am Monday by an unidentified neighbor. Officials at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem still list her condition as critical. Her husband, William Call, who was also helped from the home when the dryer caught fire, was listed in fair condition. Their home is a total loss, according to fire officials.


Jail Idea Presented, Tabled

Wilkes County commissioners can't agree to spend an estimated $26 million to build a 298-bed jail and law-enforcement center, so they are looking at shorter-term, less expensive options to relieve jail overcrowding.

Yesterday, commissioners were presented with a conceptual plan for a new dormitory-style, 144-bed jail that would be built beside the Wilkes County animal shelter. The concrete-block building would be enclosed with a chain-link fence and razor wire. Commissioners didn't reach a consensus during the work session, which was the first time that they had seen the plan, but they agreed to consider it further at next Tuesday's board meeting. "Time is of the essence," said Zach Henderson, the board chairman. "Every day we don't do something, we're going to risk being shut down by the jail inspector or ship prisoners out of the county with money we don't have."

The cost of building, furnishing and equipping a new jail would be about $4 million. Construction would take about a year, once approvals are granted, but the Winston-Salem Journal reports it's not clear whether the state would allow a dormitory-style jail.


Men Arrested in Jonesville Metal Thenfts Have Wilkes Ties

Two men from Wilkes and one from Elkin are charged with stealing large amounts of metal from local utility companies and selling it at area scrap yards for what police estimate to be thousands of dollars. Randall Darron Pruitt of Elkin, Daniel Hayes Billings of Traphill and Casey Wade Schumate of North Wilkesboro were arrested by Jonesville police Friday and face over a dozen counts apiece.

The three are accused of stealing metal from Duke Energy Co. and Embarq on several occasions during first three weeks of this month. Police said that in one incident they apparently used one of Duke Energy’s forklifts to place a 1,000-pound roll of metal onto the truck they were using. They are accused of stealing 13 rolls of metal wire from Embarq and at least 1,000 pounds from Duke Energy.

Pruitt remains in jail with secured bond set at $25,000, while Schumate and Billings were released under $25,000 unsecured bond.


C.C. Wright PTA President Arrested for Stealing from the Organization

Police arrested the president of the C-C Wright Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Monday, and charged her with the theft of more than $6-thousand dollars from the organization. North Wilkesboro police say 33-year old Tesha Witherspoon Johnson used an organization debit card for personal purchases such as groceries, meals, clothing and other items during a spending spree that started in June and continued through Oct. 8.

The school's annual fundraiser, the Tiger Walk that has schoolchildren walking around the track, raised $14,700 last year from students' families and business donations, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Court records indicate Johnson is set to appear Jan. 20 in Wilkes District Court.


No One Hurt When House Blows Up

There isn't much left of a house that was on Lake Hickory after and explosion blew it to bits on Sunday.

The Catawba County Fire Marshal's office has not released much about what could have caused the explosion, but the Hickory Daily Record says there is only the brick frame of the garage and a couple of brick supports for the house after the 3:30 a.m. Sunday blast. No one was hurt in the explosion as the homeowner was in Charlotte for the weekend. Steve Bryant said there isn't even so much as a picture left that might have been inside the house. The investigation into what caused the blast is continuing.


Industrial Park to Get City Water

City water service will soon be coming to the Wilkes Industrial Park. North Wilkesboro commissioners have approved extending an eight-inch water line nearly a mile to reach the industrial park on River Road. It will cost a bit less than 200-thousand dollars. Funding for the water line extension will come from an N.C. Rural Economic Development Center grant with a 50-50 match from the town. The water line will extend over three-quarters of a mile, from the Lowe's Companies warehouse on River Road in North Wilkesboro to the entrance of Wilkes Industrial Park, where park clients Powersports Grafx and LifeSpan will both connect for water service as a part of the grant.


Sewer Line Replacement to Close Cub Creek Park for the WInter

Work to replace a new sewer line from Bridge Street to the wastewater treatment plant will close Cub Creek Park this week, a closure that's expected to last the winter. Wilkesboro Town Manager Ken Noland tells the Journal-Patriot all access to parking areas will be closed, and there will be no access to the main walking trail. Park facilities on the west side of Bridge Street (including the Hidden Oaks Dog Park) will not be affected. "There will be a lot of large, cumbersome equipment in there as well as open trenches," Noland said, "so the decision was made to close the entire park for the safety of the public."

The work will involve removing the old sewer main and replacing it with the new pipe in the same trench. The contractor will install temporary lines and pumps for a "pump around" operation between manholes while the work is under way. Also, the town plans to divert some of the wastewater to the Tyson Foods main, which runs parallel to the town line. The work is part of an $8.3 million wastewater system improvement project that includes work at the wastewater plant as well as to the feeder lines. The cost for the replacement of the 30-inch main is about half a million dollars.