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Combs, Long-time Public Servant, Dies

Wilkes County has lost a long-time public servant. C-C "Jack" Combs of North Wilkesboro, passed away yesterday. Combs served 16 years as a county commissioner, and was the owner of East Side cars, and part-owner of North Wilkesboro Speedway. He was a charter member of the Speedway Ruritan Club, and served on numerous boards including the county health department and social service department boards.

Mr. Combs was born in 1926 in Wilkes County, to Bruce Levi and Celia Williams Combs. He was a member of Fishing Creek Arbor Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and elder, along with serving over a decade as Sunday School Director and for a number of years as an Adult Sunday School teacher. He also served on numerous church committees.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Zell Williams Combs, one son and three daughters, their spouses; one brother, six grand children and six great grandchildren. His family will receive visitors tomorrow evening from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral Service is Saturday at 2 at Fishing Creek Arbor Church, the Rev. David Wellborn and the Rev. Sherill Wilson officiating. The family requests memorials to the church.


Disaster Area Requested for Wilkes, Other Counties

Governor Easley is Requesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Designate Ashe, Alexander, Wilkes and Watauga Counties as Disaster Areas

Governor Easley noted that “Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry in North Carolina, and we will do everything we can to help our farmers.” He continued, “This freeze destroyed many of this year’s fruit and vegetable crops, including cultivated plants, perennials, shrubs and vines which suffered the highest losses at $57.9 million. Fruits and vegetables, which include apples, peaches and various berries, suffered estimated losses of $26.5 million. Other crops affected included corn, wheat, barley and Irish potatoes.” According to the initial assessments, 47 counties had excessive losses, which is defined as experiencing at least one crop with a 35 percent or greater reduction in normal yield.

Preliminary reports submitted by the U.S. Farm Service Agency offices in North Carolina estimate crop losses across the state total $111.7 million. The disaster designation is the first step toward making federal Emergency Credit Loans available to the farmers in these counties.


North Wilkesboro Fight Injures One

A fight between two friends ends with one in critical condition and the other in jail. North Wilkesboro police were called to the SARS Store on Boone Trail recently after the co-workers began fighting in the parking lot. They found 37-year old Steven Eugene Fletcher on the ground, with a head injury they aren't sure whether was caused by his fall or by him hitting a car bumper. 39-year old Boomer resident Thad Walsh was still standing, and he was arrested without incident.

Walsh was in court Tuesday facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. He was released on a $14,500 bond, and charges could be amended if Pittman doesn't recover. The Record reports it's unclear what the two men had been fighting over


Break-In Nets $450 in Jewelry

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a break-in at a rural North Wilkesboro home Tuesday afternoon. Tama Bare arrived home just after 3pm Tuesday, to find a number of items missing from around the house. Deputies say the house showed no signs of force being used to get in, but bare said the front door could easily be jimmied with a credit card or something similar. The missing items were all jewelry taken from a shelf in her bathroom. they include a quarter-karat diamond and white gold earring set,  a heart shaped gold pendant, a ladies watch, and a heart shaped diamond ring. Total value of the missing items is 450-dollars. Bare offered deputies the name of a 31-year old local man as a possible suspect. The case remains under investigation.


Fight Victim in Critical Condition

An update on a story we first told you about last week. Hospital officials in Winston-Salem say the condition of a man severely injured in a bar fight last week has taken a turn for the worse. Randall Smoot has been in Baptist Hosptial since the fight at Dooley's April 9th.

As we originally reported, Smoot was hurt after he reportedly struck Jeffrey Scott Davis with a glass ketchup bottle in the men’s restroom. Davis turned on him and knocked him to the ground, and according to a police report, kicked him repeatedly while he was down.

Davis was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and jailed on $15,000 secured bond. When they are finally able to interview Smoot, police say they will probably have reason to file assault charges against him.


Hmm...Don't Believe the Dog is Supposed to Be Out

The first clue that something was amiss at a Miller's Creek home, was when the owners found their dog outside as they returned from being out for the afternoon. Ronald Brewer called sheriffs deputies yesterday evening, saying he'd returned home to find the dog roaming loose, and when he pulled up at the house, he found the front door had been kicked in. When he and deputies went inside, they found a stereo missing, along with about 20 CD's and several bottles of prescription medicines. Total value of the loss is about 400-dollars. So far, deputies have no suspects.


Porch Tools Missing

A couple of items sitting on a local man's front porch, aren't sitting there any more. Larry Drown, who lives in Ronda, reported yesterday afternoon that he'd discovered a chainsaw and a push mower that had been on the porch, weren't anymore. The total value of the items is about 600-dollars. Dronw says they disappeared sometime overnight, and he doesn't know who came on the porch and took them. Neighbors haven't reported anything out of place.


Trailer Break-In

Wilkes sheriff deputies are investigating a theft of several tools from a storage trailer. Yesterday morning, an employee of Mountain Top Builders discovered a trailer that had previously broken into had been pulled off its blocks, and the side door had been pried open. The business owner, Cecil Blevins, says he went inside the trailer, he discovered a Husqvarna chain saw missing, along with a Dewalt saw, and an air-powered framing nail gun. The total value of the missing items is 11-hundred dollars, and the burglary caused about 550 dollars damage.

Blevins says he fired two workmen about two months ago. One of them had the code to get in the trailer door. In both cases, the fired employee threatened at the time of the firing to retaliate against Blevins. During the burglary, the thief left behind some blood, and detectives recovered some paint samples as well. Detectives plan to question the two men in the near future.


Tax deadline Extended

If you were directly affected by the windstorm, the IRS has thrown you a bone, by extending the due date for your tax return from yesterday to tomorrow. In addition to affecting Wilkes and most of the Carolinas, the storm affected most of the northweast. The IRS announced the deadline extension late yesterday.

Across the Northeast, there have been power outages and public transportation problems making it difficult in some cases, if not impossible, for some taxpayers and tax professionals to meet the April 17 filing deadline.


Chase Leads to Taser Use, Damage, Arrest

A high-speed multi-agency police chase this weekend resulted in damage to a sheriff patrol car, a Taser being used,  and the arrest of a 19-year old Madison man. A sheriff deputy was driving toward Wilkesboro on US 421 near the from the highway 115 exit, and encountered Jonathan Schroll, who passed him at about 70 miles an hour. The deputy caught up with Schroll near Brushy Mountain Road, and paced him at 70 in a 55-mile an hour zone. As the car approached the 421 and Business 421 intersection, the deputy says the driver slowed down to about 50 miles an hour, but would not stop for the lights or siren.

Two more deputies and a Wilkesboro officer picked up the chase near Taco Bell. They stopped the car for the first time near Lowe's, and as they tried to approach, the deputy says Schroll sped off at between 70 and 80 miles an hour, hitting a patrol cruiser in the process. On Highway 16, a deputy was able to disable the car, causing it to swerve and hit a line of mailboxes near the Run-In store.

Officers stormed the car, and opened the driver's door, ordering Scholl out of the car. He would not respond to any of their commands, and a deputy ended up using his Taser to bring the situation under control. After they had Schroll checked out by EMS, deputies contacted his parent, who say the teen is bi-polar, and has not been taking his medication for about six months. He faces a multitude of charges, including assault on an officer for ramming a deputy's car as he sped away from the stop near Lowes. He was being held without bond, and may face commitment to a medical facility as well as jail time.