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News & Sports For April 26th

What Does The Bush Announcement Mean?
On Tuesday, President Bush announced plans designed to lower the cost of gasoline. But how will they really affect your wallet? Bush called for a temporary stoppage on gas deposits made to the national petroleum reserve, releasing those gallons back to the public. Administration officials said that the reserve had enough stored up that even in the face of a major crisis, there would be enough to distribute. Deposits will begin again in the fall. Also the president ordered that environmental rules for gasoline be halted, to help meet the growing demand. What that does is remove the restrictions companies have in developing their gas products, allowing them to keep the gas free of additives such as ethanol that are put in to meet the clean air standard. That could mean a better quality of gas at the pump this summer but some analysts are advising caution. The new guidelines mean that a higher sulfur content is also possible in the gas. Coming up tomorrow in the 3WC News, we take a look at what that extra sulfur could mean and some warning signs to help prevent long term damage to your car.

3WC Eye On Politics Part II: Clerk Of Court
As we continue the countdown to next Tuesday’s election, 3WC News is wrapping up our political coverage over the next two days. Today and Thursday we’re concluding the conversations with candidates for the Republican primary for Clerk of Court. On today’s newscast we’re talking with John Yates.
7am-Mr. Yates explains why he decided to run
8am-In the second segment of our conversation, Mr. Yates discusses how important experience is in a job like this
noon-what changes he would make
Coming up tomorrow we wrap up our conversations with the candidates by talking with Geoff Farmer.

Thieves Hit Wilkesboro Home
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a mobile home in Wilkesboro on Monday after thieves paid a visit. Over a thousand dollars worth of merchandise, including a set of speakers and some DVDs were taken from the residence. The owners had moved out of the home several weeks ago after it had caught fire, but kept some of their materials inside for storage. However the fire damage prevented them from being able to lock the door and thieves walked right in. There is a suspect in the case and that investigation continues.

Blood Drive Later Today
There have been several blood drives going on over the last few weeks, in an effort to help rebuild the area’s supply. But if there aren’t any wrecks or massive surgeries, why do we constantly need more blood? It's due to the fact that blood is a living product, one only good for forty two days. After that time period it has to be thrown out. There will be a blood drive going on later today at the Alleghany campus of Wilkes Community College from 2-6:30pm. To set up an appointment, you can call the local Red Cross at 838-4563.

Focus On The Children
With the upcoming Share-A-Thon and Singing in the Foothills later this summer, there are a lot of events set up to support Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home. But what’s going on now at the home? How far along are they with the Hope home? And what do they have planned for the future? Coming up on tomorrow’s Focus on the Foothills, 3WC’s own John Wishon will be Brian’s guest as they’ll be talking about the upcoming projects to benefit Ebenezer and a little about the Home itself. That’s coming up tomorrow at 1:05pm right after the midday stock report.

Baby Teethers Recalled
Before you give that teether to your baby, there’s some news you need to hear. A recall has been ordered of five different styles of teethers, put out by The First Years Inc. 500,000 of the teethers have been called back due to a possible contamination of bacteria inside. The company has learned that in several liquid filled teethers, the bacterias aeruginosa and putida can be found. If somehow the teether gets punctured and a baby ingests the liquid, that can cause serious illness. The recall involves all Disney Days of Hunny Soft Cool Ring Teethers, all Disney Soft Cool Ring Teethers, the Sesame Beginnings Chill and Chew Teether, the First Years Cool Animal Teether and the First Years Floating Friends Teether. A hotline has been set up to get more information at 1-866-725-4407. You can also get information from the company’s website at

Be Careful Where You Leave Your Keys
It’s always a good idea to take your keys with you when you leave. A Wilkesboro woman found out why earlier this week. Monday night, she had come home and parked her car, leaving a set of keys inside. Later on, she heard noises outside and saw a man entering the vehicle. He grabbed the woman’s car keys, before slashing all four tires and running off. The homeowner was able to identify the vandal and warrants were taken out on 36-yr-old Brian Keith Icenhour for breaking & entering, misdemeanor larceny and property damage. An estimated $275 worth of damage was done to the vehicle.

Samaritan’s Kitchen Needs Help
It’s hard at times to put food on the table and also pay your bills. Here in Wilkes, several organizations reach out and help people who are struggling through hard times, including Samaritan’s Kitchen. Now however the Kitchen finds itself needing some help of its’ own. So many people have been by in recent weeks that the shelves are almost empty and there aren’t enough workers to prepare meals on the weekends. If you can set aside thirty minutes or three hours, whatever you can spare, please give the Kitchen a call at 838-5331.

State News

Student Charged After Hostage Situation
A Chapel Hill high school student is facing charges today after igniting a hostage situation Monday night. 17-yr-old William Barrett Foster walked into a classroom at East Chapel Hill High around 5pm on Monday, pulling out a shotgun and taking hostages. A sophomore from the school along with a teacher were held inside, as Foster repeatedly fired the weapon. No one was injured and within an hour he took off running out the door. The school was placed in lockdown while officers searched the area for Foster, who was discovered by his parents and put in the hospital. It’s still unknown what caused the teenager to bring the gun to school, however as a result he’ll face charges once released by the doctor. Foster will be charged with possessing a firearm on school property, discharging the weapon on school grounds, assault and two counts of second degree kidnapping.

Search Continues For Two Brothers
Officials in Charlotte are continuing the search for two brothers that have gone missing. Monday night, two boys walking down Birchcrest Drive in Charlotte were approached by someone in a vehicle. They climbed in and the driver took off. Now two days later no one has heard or seen the boys since. Witnesses place the time of the disappearance at 7pm and describe the vehicle that came up as a dark blue SUV. 9-yr-old Trevell Bellman was last seen wearing jean shorts, a gray short-sleeve shirt and white Airforce One shoes. His brother, 10-yr-old Latrell Adgerson was wearing black mesh shorts, a yellow short sleeve shirt and light blue Nike shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-704-334-1600.

Piedmont Natural Gas Facing Fines
A North Carolina utilities company is facing almost a half million dollars in fines if it doesn’t change its’ current policies. Piedmont Natural Gas was ordered to improve customer service by the NC Utilities Commission, which told the company that it will be fined $100,000 for each month next winter that things stay the same. In addition, another $100,000 fine will be handed out each month if the company continues to estimate certain bills instead of going out and performing a meter reading. As a result, Piedmont has promised to double their customer service staff before the proposed September 1st deadline.

Great Battery Roundup Begins
Virtually everyone has an old car battery lying around the house somewhere and every week you promise yourself it’s going to the dump. One North Carolina company is looking to solve that problem and help save the land at the same time with the Great Battery Roundup. AAA of the Carolinas is now paying $1 for every car battery that people bring in to one of their affiliated locations. AAA officials said they wanted to help cut down on contamination brought on by the illegal dumping of car batteries in dumps and some waterways. That deal ends on April 29th.

Accused Thief Turns Herself In
Wake County officials got a surprise this week when Elizabeth Christopher turned herself in. The 20-yr-old had warrants out for her arrest on suspicion of stealing over $2 million worth of merchandise from a home in Apex. Christopher and her husband had worked in the home, helping out the owners by doing different jobs. Then in late February someone broke in and ran off with jewelry, coins and some electronics from inside. Then next day, the couple had vanished, pawning off the items in shops stretching from Florida to Colorado. Christopher had been arrested in March on similar charges up in Colorado, but then released from jail. She and her husband returned to North Carolina, where she turned herself in this week.

Sports Headlines

Free Baseball Clinic Coming Up
Baseball players ages 5-10 years old will have an opportunity next month to work on their skills with the Wilkes Wildfire team. On May 20th, a free clinic will be held over at the VFW Field from 2-4pm. The focus of the clinic will be on helping the kids develop their hitting skills. However space will be limited to just 30 kids for the clinic, so if you want to sign your child up, you can call 667-3867 or 927-3348.

Two Wolfpack Players Set For First Round
With the NFL Draft set to start on Saturday, players are waiting to see which team will pick them up. According to scouts and analysts, two players from North Carolina schools are set to go in the first round. Defensive end Mario Williams from NC State is almost a lock to go in the first five picks. The 6’7 ft. 295 lb. Williams is a pass rusher that could one day rival Julius Peppers of the Carolina Panthers, according to scouts. The Texans, Packers, Jets and Saints are all interested in signing him. Williams’ teammate from the Wolfpack, fellow defensive end Manny Lawson is also considered a first round lock. The 6’5 ft. 241 lb. Lawson however is expected to make a position change in the NFL. Too small to match up against offense lines, Lawson will most likely become a linebacker in the pro scene. The Chiefs, Patriots, 49ers and Buccaneers all have an interest in drafting Lawson.

Former Coach In Critical Condition

Some sad news today for the ACC as a former football football coach for both UNC and Wake Forest is fighting for his life. Former coach Bill Dooley is in critical condition after surgery last week to fix an aneurysm. Dooley worked with the UNC Tarheel football team from 1967 to 1978, claiming the ACC title in three of those years. Later on he took the same job at Wake Forest and guided the Deacons to their first bowl game in almost 20 years. Over a 26 year coaching career, Dooley has a record of 162 wins and 125 losses. Dooley’s family has asked for people’s prayers as he struggles to recover.

Wachovia Championship Has Mickleson
In golf, two big names have committed to play in the Wachovia Championship this May. The event in Charlotte, which takes place May 1st-7th, has landed Masters champion Phil Mickelson. Mickelson has finished in the top ten both times he’s played at the championship and will be looking for number three this year. In addition, David Duval has also added his name to the list of commitments.

Change Of Pace On The Busch Circuit
Some changes could be coming soon on the Busch circuit as NASCAR plans to experiment. NASCAR wants to separate Busch from the Nextel Cup, with not only different drivers but now possibly different vehicles. Plans are being put together for Busch drivers to have their choice of several different car models, although no definite candidates have been announced yet. If the deal goes through, Busch drivers would also get the option of switching over to a V-8 engine instead of the current V-6 used. All Nextel Cup cars run on a V-8 motor. A decision is expected before the end of the season.


News & Sports For April25th

Ballot Out Now For Singing News Awards
Fans of Southern Gospel music have sent in their votes and a new Top Ten List has been released for this year’s Singing News Fan Awards. The ballot is out now in the May edition of Singing News magazine and our own John Wishon made the Top Ten in the Small Market DJ Of The Year category. Fans can now cast their ballots to narrow the field down to five in each category and then those five will go on to the National Quartet Convention for a chance at being selected.

Changes In the Polling Places
With a week left til the primaries, the Board of Elections has announced some changes in the polling places around Wilkes County. Throughout the rest of the day here on 3WC, we’ll be going over the changes and explaining where people can go to vote on May 2nd.

Polling Places In Wilkes County
(Precinct Number and Name followed by Location)
Antioch-Antioch Sub-Station Roaring River FD
Boomer-Boomer Fire Dept
Brushy Mtn.-Brushy Mtn. Community Center
Cricket-Cricket Fire Dept.
Edwards #1-Ronda Town Hall
Edwards #2-Roaring River School Media Center
Edwards #3-CB Eller School Old Gym
Fairplains-Wilkes Senior Center
Ferguson-Ferguson Community Center
Jobs Cabin-Mt. Pleasant School Gym
Millers Creek-West Wilkes Middle School Gym
Moravian Falls-Moravian Falls Fire Dept.
Mt. Pleasant -Mt. Pleasant School Cafeteria
Mulberry #1-McGrady Fire Dept.
Mulberry -Mulberry School Gym
New Castle-Ronda Clingman School Gym
North Wilkesboro-North Wilkesboro Fire Dept.
Reddies River-West Wilkes High School Media Center
Rock Creek #1-Mtn.View School Gym
Rock Creek #2-Mtn.View School Multi-Purpose Room
Somers-South East Wilkes Community Center
Traphill #1-Traphill Fire Dept.
Traphill #2-Austin Fire Dept.
Union-Wilbar Fire Dept.
Walnut Grove-North Wilkes High Gym
Wilkesboro #1-Wilkesboro Civic Center
Wilkesboro #2-CC Wright School Gym
Wilkesboro #3-Wilkesboro Fire Dept.

A Return To Cold Temperatures
Bad news for anyone looking forward to summertime weather as a cold front will be moving into Wilkes by Wednesday. The front is moving our way from the northwest and is expected to drop at least another inch of rain before leaving sometime next week. According to the National Weather Service, the time to break out the umbrella is today and tomorrow, as there’s at least a 50% chance of rain til Thursday. Temperatures over the next few days are expected to struggle just to reach 60 degrees, as forecasters believe the front will stall over North and South Carolina.

3WC Eye On Politics Part II: Clerk Of Court
With one full week left before the election, we’re continuing our political coverage here on the 3WC News. Throughout this week, we’re airing segments of the conversations with candidates for the Republican primary for Clerk of Court. Yesterday we started with Janet Handy and today we continue with Joe Byrd.
7am-why he decided to run
8am-what problems are there in the current office
Noon-does experience matter?
5pm-what he plans to accomplish

3WC Healthwatch: The Road To Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be a problem for anyone from nine to ninety two. But it turns out one simple activity might dramatically reduce high blood pressure in senior citizens. In today’s 3WC Healthwatch, a report was recently released from the Oregon Research Institute that found the road to good health may be laced with stones. Researchers did a study of 108 volunteers over a 16 week period and found that after just 30 minutes of walking each day on cobblestones, the group’s blood pressure dropped significantly. Moreso than the control group, which had been walking on regular pavement. The reason for the difference? The group doesn’t have a clear answer, but believes the smooth and uneven surface of the stones help stimulate nerve points in the body that don’t get used as often otherwise. With these nerves running at full steam, it takes pressure off other areas and allows the body to relax. More tests are being conducted but the group suggests that if you want to lower your blood pressure, make a walkway of your own. Find some smooth but uneven stones, possibly in your creek bed, put them into the ground as a walkway and go over them for about 30 minutes each day. Within a few weeks your blood pressure could take a nose dive back into the normal range.

Help Needed For Yadkin Cleanup
Coming up next month, anyone and everyone is being asked to lend a hand or pick up a shovel. As part of National River Cleanup Week, which is May 8th through the 13th, volunteer crews will be out picking up trash on the Yadkin River. For the section of river between Roaring River and Ronda, work will be going on May 12th. Then one day later on May 13th, cleanup crews will head to the section stretching from Ronda to Elkin. The work each day will last from 10am til 2pm and for more information you can call 659-0596.

Wreck Near 421 Damages One
One car was damaged after an accident near Hwy 421 over the weekend. A Purlear woman was pulling into the parking lot of the Addison just off of 421, but didn’t notice a concrete pole directly in front of her. She slammed into it, causing several thousand dollars in damage and totaling her car. Estimated damage to the vehicle was placed at $2000. Thankfully no one was injured in the wreck.

Recall Issued Of Ice Cream
Bad news for all you ice cream lovers out there. Harris Teeter has ordered a recall of all 1.75 quart cartons of its’ Sundae Carmel Cone Crunch ice cream. The reason being that peanuts could be in some cartons without it being advertised on the box, leading to potential problems for anyone with a peanut allergy. The affected cartons all have the UPC code 7203643026 and customers can return the product for a refund. In addition a hotline has been set up at 1-800-432-6111 to answer any questions.

State News

FBI Director Comes To Charlotte
North Carolina played host to an important guest on Monday, as FBI director Robert Mueller was in town. Mueller took a tour of the Charlotte FBI branch and announced that investigations were continuing to plug leaks in the organization. Last week a senior analyst was fired after admitting that she leaked classified documents to the Washington Post. Mueller also said that he was concerned people would forget September 11th as time passes and explained that we need to stay vigilant against terrorism.

Missing Boy Found In SC

A North Carolina boy that had been missing since April 15th was located in South Carolina over the weekend. The body of Primtvio Ledesma washed up on a section of Myrtle Beach and discovered by vacationers. The 13-yr-old had been on vacation with his family two weeks ago when he vanished. Now it’s believed that Ledesma got caught up in a rip current and taken out to sea.

Furniture Market Providing Jobs
In High Point, company officials from around the world are coming in for the furniture market this week. While the event itself brings several billion dollars into the local economy, it’s also helping out with economics of a different sort. Several hundred thousand furniture workers have been laid off in the area as plants have shut down and moved to Mexico. With market exhibitors needing help moving their product, some of these unemployed factory workers have found at least temporary jobs. In fact, 13000 of them, according to a study done by UNC Greensboro.

Another Plant Shutting Down In Alamance
Bad news for people in Alamance County today, as another textile plant will be shutting its’ doors. Cortina Fabrics has been in the area since 1982, producing mesh fabrics for use by pro athletes and other companies. Now the company is closing down operations in Alamance and putting 95 employees out of work. Company officials said the move was necessary due to the continuing flood of overseas imports.

Sports Headlines

Little League Scores
Some Little League scores to report from last night. In the girl’s softball coach pitch division, it was the Braves over the Dodgers 8-5. In minor league softball it was the Phillies over the As 12-1 and the Braves over the Dodgers 9-2. In Little League baseball’s coach pitch division it was the Mets over the Rockies 8-4 and the Yankees over the Indians 6-3. In minor league baseball, it was the Indians over the Rangers 14-4, the Angels beat the Red Sox 12-0 and the White Sox slid by the As 4-2. In the major league baseball schedule, it was the As shutting out the Yankees 7-0 and the Angels barely squeaking by the White Sox 5-4.

High School Baseball Tonight
If the weather cooperates, we’ll have high school baseball on the radio tonight. Surry Central heads over to Moravian Falls for a game against the Wilkes Central Eagles. The first pitch is set for 7pm and we’ll go on the air with the McDonald’s pregame show at 6:45pm. And speaking of baseball, one varsity game on the schedule last night as the East Wilkes Cardinals made the trip down to North Iredell. Unfortunately the Cardinals fell just short, losing to North 4-3.

Former Tarheel Coach Switching Teams
Taking a look at college basketball, a former Tarheels coach is swapping schools. Matt Doherty accepted an offer on Monday to become the new head coach at Southern Methodist University. In his first season at Florida Atlantic, Doherty guided the Owls to a 15-13 record. The team he takes over, the Southern Methodist Mustangs, finished 2006 with a 13-16 record, 10th in Conference USA.

Manning Signs With Chicago
In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers will probably be looking for a cornerback in the draft now that Ricky Manning has left the team. Manning signed a deal over the weekend with the Chicago Bears for 5 years and worth a reported $21 million. Because Manning signed an offer sheet, the Panthers had an option to match the deal, which they declined because doing so would put them over the salary cap with draft picks still to sign. As a result, the Panthers get Chicago’s third round pick in this Saturday’s draft.

NHL: Hurricanes In Playoffs
On the ice last night, the Carolina Hurricanes continue to struggle in the NHL playoffs. They lost to Montreal 6-5 in double overtime, dropping to the edge of elimination at 0-2 in the series. The next game will be Wednesday night up in Montreal.

Rumors Flooding NASCAR About Sponsor
In NASCAR, rumors are flying about some possible changes on the manufacturing side. Nothing has been confirmed, but news outlets are reporting that one of the big manufacturers for the Nextel Cup circuit could be pulling out soon. Officials from Dodge, Ford and GM all denied the reports, saying that they have a strong relationship with the circuit, a sentiment echoed by the teams.


News & Sports For April 21st

Changes In Store For Clingman Polling
For anyone heading out to the polls on May 2nd, there’s going to be a change of plans in the Clingman area. Due to the fire at the Clingman Community Center, the polling place for voters in the New Castle Precinct has been moved to the Ronda Clingman School gym. Polling places across the county will be open on May 2nd starting at 6:30am and continuing until 7:30pm that night.

Big Turnout For Family Center Opening
Politicians and other dignitaries from across Wilkes County turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Kulynych Family Life Center. The event was held at 4pm Thursday afternoon, with most of the county commissioners on hand along with State Senator John Garwood and Representative Tracey Walker. Sheriff Dane Mastin and Wilkesboro Mayor Norman Call were there as well. After the ribbon cutting itself, Susan Whittington from the Rainbow Center welcomed people, calling the project “not a building, but a commitment between government, businesses and individuals”. She also gave a personal story about why working at the Rainbow Center was so important, talking about a young girl she met at a Christmas party whose soul appeared to be gone due to the horrible things that had happened in her life. She also explained that this Family Life Center will affect not just Wilkes County, but will be used to help kids and families across the entire Northwestern region of the state. Once the center is up and running, they will hold counseling sessions for couples considering divorce, families dealing with stress or those who have recently lost a loved one. In addition, the center will also provide substance abuse therapy and bring in specialists to help educate the community about certain issues and health concerns.

Thieves Hit North Wilkesboro Home
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a home in North Wilkesboro earlier this week, after thieves ran off with a woman’s weedeater. The incident happened at a home on the Suncrest Orchard Road Wednesday evening, as a woman returned to find both her weedeater and a battery charger stolen, along with an air compressor. There was no sign of a break-in and no damage done to the property itself. There is however a suspect in the case and that investigation continues.

3WC Eye On Politics Part II: State House
Here on the 3WC News, we’re counting down to the May 2nd primaries by taking a look at the races around Wilkes County. Today we continue with the Republican primary for the 94th District of the State House with challenger Barry Brown.
6am-why he's running
7am-what he can do to help with the job market
8am-His take on the lottery
Noon-His take on the current state budget and the pay increase for lawmakers
5pm-How to help the local farmers

Fundraiser Being Held For Prison Ministry
Families in Wilkes County have a loaded day of music, food and information waiting on Saturday as Faith Christian Assembly is holding their Southern Explosion 2006. The event, which begins at 10am and lasts til 5pm that afternoon, will include nine different musical groups, a KidsFest with an air castle and other games. Also people can come in to take part in the Community Health Connection’s annual Healthfest event. Child ID’s will be done by the Wilkesboro police, the county’s Health Department will perform several different health screenings free of charge and doctors will be on hand to discuss different medical tests. Southern Explosion will be held at the Faith Christian Assembly, located at 161 Greenhill Road behind the Canipe School of Dance. All proceeds from the event will go to the Wilkes Prison Ministry and for more information people can call 667-8777.

Blood Drive Going On Today
As we count down to the end of school, it’s a time of year when proms and parties are going on across the state. Unfortunately with these events each year comes an increased risk of traffic accidents. To help keep the blood supply above critical levels, a drive is going on today at the Louisiana Pacific plant at Roaring River from 10am til 2:30pm. With low turnouts at the recent drives, the Red Cross is asking people to come out and donate if at all possible. To set up an appointment, the number is 838-4563.

Regional News

More Jobs Leaving Caldwell County
Bad news for people in the Caldwell County area, as more jobs are leaving the region. The Paxar company, which makes printed t-shirt labels and tags, announced plans this week to layoff 112 employees of their Lenoir plant. The jobs will be terminated by December, in a move company officials said was necessary as they switch the work to plants in other countries. The Lenoir plant will remain open however with a reduced workforce.
State News

Police Go Hunting Pajama Bandit

Officials in Greensboro are hunting for a man in his pajamas today. Late Wednesday night, a man came into the Texaco Gas Mart, wearing a t-shirt, pajama pants and some black bedroom slippers. He asked for some cigarettes and then indicated he had a gun, ordering the clerk to hand over all the money in the register. A description of the thief was turned over to local authorities and police say that it matches a suspect in yet another robbery, one that happened two hours earlier on nearby Pisgah Church Road.

Company Shutting Down Local Operations
The economy in Davidson County took a hit this week, as Billings Transportation announced it will be shutting down operations and selling the business. The logistics division of the trucking company was bought by Aero Logistics, a group based out of California. What that means is almost all of the 225 employees at the company’s Lexington division will lose their jobs, along with almost 100 more across the country.

Reward Offered For Robbery Information
Over one thousand dollars has been offered for information leading to an arrest in a Kernersville robbery case. Purdue Pharmaceuticals has put up $1000 and the Kernersville police are adding an additional $2000, for anyone who can provide leads in the robbery of a CVS store. On March 17th, a man came into the CVS store on Union Cross Road in Kernersville, pulled out a handgun and ordered an employee to provide him with drugs. After he received the drugs, the man then took off out the door and into a waiting car. The man is described as being a white male about 5’9ft, wearing a white baseball cap, dark jacket, blue jeans and had tattoos on his knuckles. Anyone with information can call the Winston Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

World News

North Carolina Missionaries Arrested
In some world news, several North Carolina missionaries were arrested in China, after a raid on a Christian retreat. No official charges were filed and the missionaries were released soon after, but police officials in the Chinese city of Kunming are accusing the five Christians of being “foreign religious infiltrators”. While the accusation is not an official criminal charge, it ties in with the Communist Party’s belief that missionaries are being sent in from other countries to use the gospel as a weapon, converting the people and then overthrowing the government. All five have ties to churches in the Greensboro area and were working at a Christian retreat center outside of the city when the raid occurred.

Sports Headlines

High School Baseball Tonight
If the weather cooperates, we’ll have high school baseball on the radio tonight as the 3WC Sports Team heads up the road to Cardinal Country. East Wilkes will be playing host to West, in a battle of Northwest 1-A teams. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm tonight and we’ll go on the air with the McDonald’s pregame show at 6:45pm.

UNC Player Misses Out On Award
In women’s college basketball, a player from the UNC Tarheels just barely missed landing the top award in the country. UNC’s Ivory Latta was one of five finalists for the Honda Award, given out each year to the nation’s top female college basketball player. Seimone Augustus took home the trophy, marking the second straight season she’s won the award.

Carroll Expected Back
A day after putting up 24 points in the Bobcats’ season ending victory over Philadelphia, Matt Carroll’s future seems to be secure. Team sources said this week that they plan to pick up the option on Carroll’s contract, guaranteeing him a spot on the roster for next season. In his third year in the NBA, the Notre Dame grad averaged 7 points and shot 81% from the free throw line.

McCauley Out For Subway 500
Kurt Busch will have a new guy working with him from pit row this Saturday, during the Subway 500. Crew chief Roy McCauley is recovering from surgery he had on Tuesday to treat a blocked artery. The 36-yr-old will be replaced on the No.2 Dodge team by Matt Gimbel, who will serve as a fill-in until McCauley returns.

Former Panther Signs With Giants

In the NFL, the rebuilding of the Carolina Panthers continues as linebacker Brandon Short agreed to a deal with the New York Giants. Short had been released by the Panthers in a salary move March 2nd, but team officials had discussed a possible return with his agent. Taking Short’s spot in the starting lineup will be either last year’s first round pick Thomas Davis or second year player Adam Seward.


News & Sports For April 19th

Neighbors’ Store Robbed On Monday
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a robbery that happened early Monday morning at Neighbors’ store. Just after midnight as an employee was getting ready to lock up, a white man came in holding a knife. The employee ran outside as the robber jumped over the counter & took the money drawer. He then ran out the door and into a waiting red mustang. A description was given over to sheriff’s deputies of both the driver and passenger of the car. One hour later a similar red mustang was pulled over by Surry County deputies, in addition to a jeep that was following behind. The driver of the mustang was arrested on several outstanding warrants, however when deputies came back to the jeep it was empty, despite having lights on inside and the motor running. Several dollar bills were found scattered in the floor of the jeep, all of which were taken as evidence and both vehicles impounded. A security camera from the store is also being examined.

Wilkes Hunters May Soon Go Out On Sunday
Some changes could be coming for Wilkes County hunters, as state wildlife officials consider some changes to the guidelines. The current ban on Sunday hunting might be lifted, after a study on the subject is complete. Members of the National Wildlife Resources Commission are studying what, if any effect, removing the ban would have on individual counties. Within the next few months, registered hunters will also be getting either a phone or mail survey asking their position on the issue. North Carolina has had a ban on Sunday hunting ever since 1869, when it was passed for religious reasons.

Thieves Drive Off With Elkin Woman’s Car
An Elkin woman got a surprise Monday morning when she looked outside. Her car had gone missing. Sometime during the night, thieves had broke into the vehicle and driven it off, despite no one in the area being able to remember hearing or seeing anything unusual. A description of the car, a 2001 silver Oldsmobile Alero, was given over to sheriff’s deputies and that investigation is ongoing.

Wreck Near Tyson Totals One
One car was totaled and another damaged after a wreck Monday morning near Tyson. The incident happened as two people were driving in the Tyson parking lot. A Millers Creek woman turned to exit her lane, but didn’t notice a Lenoir man heading in the same direction. The two vehicles collided, with estimated damages placed at $1800. Thankfully no one was injured in the crash.

3WC Eye On Politics Part VII: County Commissioners

Here on the 3WC News, we’re taking a look at the political races in Wilkes County. That series continues today as we air parts of a conversation with Jason Carlton, Democratic candidate for county commissioner.
6am-Jason talks about his views on the current school system and also how government should be run
7am-Mr. Carlton explains why he decided to run and what problems he sees
8am-Jason gives his views on how Wilkes can grow & develop in the 21st century
noon-details his goals if elected
5pm-talks about what role county government should have in assisting business

Money Stolen From McGrady Home
Thieves hit a home in McGrady on Monday, running off with over $3000 in cash. The owner returned from visiting her husband, who is in Baptist Hospital, having hidden away some money before leaving. When she went to get it, the money was missing. All total an estimated $3800 was stolen from the home, however there was no damage done or any sign of a break-in. There is a suspect in the case and that investigation continues.

Focus On Economics
Throughout the political season, concerns have been raised about the state of the economy here in Wilkes. But what may have gone unnoticed is that at the end of February, the county hired a new director for the Economic Development Corporation. Now almost two months into the job, Director Don Alexander explains how his approach, working from a marketing perspective, gives Wilkes an advantage. Director Alexander will be doing that during tomorrow’s Focus on the Foothills program. They’ll be discussing some of the challenges facing the Wilkes job market and also some of the positives ahead. That’s coming up tomorrow at 1:05pm right after the midday stock report.

Recall Ordered Of Buick & Cadillac Vehicles

More car owners may find their vehicle going back into the shop as certain Buick and Cadillac cars are under recall. The order affects all 2006 models of the Buick Lucerne and the Cadillac DTS. A malfunction has been discovered in certain cars, as they were built with a power steering hose that doesn’t meet specifications. After a certain amount of time, the hoses can separate and start leaking fluid, making it a lot harder to steer the vehicle. Car owners are asked to return the vehicle to the dealer they got it from, for a full and free repair. Or if you have questions, you can call Buick at 1-866-608-8080 or Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339.

State News

Two Officers Charged With Murder
Two officers in Davidson County are facing murder charges today. Back in January, inmate Carlos Claros Castro died after a confrontation with jail officials. Upon examination, the state medical examiner’s office found that Castro died from multiple blunt trauma injuries to his head, chest and other areas. Now the investigation has led to charges being filed against Sgt. Brandon Huie and Lt. Ronald Parker, the two officers involved in the altercation. Both are facing second degree murder charges for Castro’s death.

Man Removed From Death Row
A man sentenced to death after committing three murders has been taken off death row this week. 55-yr-old Elton McLaughlin was found to be mentally retarded, with an IQ of just 70. Last month, a judge in U.S. District Court ruled that he be removed from death row and re-sentenced, a move the state attorney general’s office opposed. However now several weeks later, the attorney general’s office is dropping their appeal, saying that it was in the best interest of future cases. McLaughlin was hired by Shelia Worley to kill her husband and then he turned around and murdered her after she refused to pay him, also killing the couple’s 4-yr-old daughter. Under North Carolina law, anyone who scores 70 or less on an IQ test cannot be put to death.

Fort Bragg Soldier Back To Face Charges
A soldier from Fort Bragg has been extradited to North Carolina, to face over 50 different charges. 38-yr-old Scott Kendrick Miller was caught by officials in Kentucky earlier this month, after disappearing from Fort Bragg once his actions became known. The Special Forces soldier is wanted on 53 felony sex charges, most of them involving young children. Miller is currently in the Cumberland County Jail, where he will remain until his court date.

Sports Headlines

High School Scoreboard
Taking a look around the high school scene last night, it was North Wilkes over Wilkes Central 15-5 in varsity baseball, snapping a losing streak that dated all the way back to March 31st. Next up for the Vikings will be a home game against Ashe County this coming Friday. Also in varsity baseball the East Wilkes Cardinals made the trip to Mt. Airy and pulled off the 10-7 win. Noah Johnson tossed a three hitter for the Cardinals. On the girls side of things in varsity softball it was the Lady Vikings of North beating the Lady Eagles of Wilkes Central 11-5.

Lack Of Coach Hurting State
In college basketball, it’s been bad news for the NC State Wolfpack. Not only do they not have a coach in place yet, but that uncertainty is causing some of their recruits to go elsewhere. High school junior Chris Wright, who had announced his intent to play for the Wolfpack, has pulled back and announced he was looking for another school to attend. In addition three members of this year’s recruiting class are reconsidering their decision to be a part of the Wolfpack. All four said that Coach Sendek’s firing played a part in the decision.

College Football To Be Held In Panthers Stadium

While we’re five months away from the start of the NFL season, football of a different kind will soon be coming to the home of the Carolina Panthers. Bank of America Stadium will play host to a college game on Thursday October 12th. Clemson will be taking on Temple in a game originally scheduled to be played at the Owls’ home field. However due to scheduling conflicts the location had to be changed.

Minor League Scoreboard
Around the minor league last night, it was the Greensboro Grasshoppers getting shut out by Lakewood 7-0. The Grasshoppers committed three errors in the game and only got two hits. Meanwhile up the road in Hickory, the Crawdads beat Delmarva 6-2. Crawdads starter Joe Bauserman got his first win of the season, going six innings and only giving up two runs. With the win Hickory improves to 5-7. In Winston some bad news for the Warthogs, as they lost their fourth straight to Myrtle Beach 5-3. Winston starter Wes Whisler got the loss, after coughing up four runs in four innings of work.

NHL: Carolina vs. Buffalo
In the NHL, Carolina wrapped up the season with a loss to Buffalo 4-0. The Carolina Hurricanes had already locked up a playoff spot, along with first place in their division and let some of their young guys have a chance to play, with mixed results. With the loss Carolina drops to 52-22.


News & Sports For April 18th

Early Voting Has Started
We’re less than two weeks away from this year’s primary election in Wilkes County and that means it’s time for One Stop Voting. For anyone whose work or school schedule will keep them away from the voting booth on May 2nd, the Wilkes Board of Elections has started the early voting process. From now until April 28th, you can go in to the Board of Elections office and cast your ballot. The Board’s operating hours are from 8:30am til 5pm Monday through Friday and then on April 29th, they’ll hold one final early voting day in the basement of the county office building from 8:30am til 1pm. Ballots that day will be cast for the primary only, not the school board race. The Board is located at 110 North Street in Wilkesboro and for more information you can give them a call at 651-7339.

Wachovia Numbers Good For Stock Holders
The first quarter earnings for Wachovia were announced on Monday, meaning good news for Wilkes County shareholders. The business reported $1.73 billion in earnings for the first quarter of 2006, up from $1.62 bilion at this same time last year. The company made $1.12 a share, up 11 cents from 2005. Wachovia is facing some concerns for stockholders, as short term interest rates are on the rise, meaning that the difference between what banks pay and what they charge on long term rates is shrinking.

Changes To Come For School Report Cards

If things go as planned, some changes will be coming in the way Wilkes County parents learn their childrens’ grades. Late last week, officials from the Department of Public Instruction announced that by 2008, parents could be getting their child’s grades in an email, instead of waiting for a report card to be brought home. As of now, one third of North Carolina schools take part in a state run data network, where the student’s grades, attendence, class schedule and other items are put in. Once all schools join the network, which is expected to happen by 2008, the individual county systems will be able to let parents log in. Under the current proposal, parents would be given an individual password which would allow them to check up on their child’s grades at any time, to learn how they scored on a test or how it affected their GPA. The plan won’t eliminate report cards, just give parents more information about their child’s progress in the classroom.

3WC Eye On Politics Part VI: County Commissioners
Here on the 3WC News, we’re taking a look at the political races in Wilkes County. That series continues today as we air parts of a conversation with Matt Ledford, Democratic candidate for county commissioner.
6am-Mr. Ledford discusses his qualifications
7am-talks about what changes he would like to make
8am-discusses his attitude about the role of county government in business
noon- Mr. Ledford talks about the county’s tax situation
5pm-discusses his goals if elected

Applebees Supporting The Children’s Home
If you’re out today hunting a place to eat, you might be able to help the Children’s Home at the same time. Applebee’s has announced that throughout the day today, if someone brings in a flyer for their “Dining To Donate” program, 15% of the meal price will be given to the Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home. You can pick up those flyers here at the radio station and that’s good for today only, at the Wilkesboro location.

3WC Techwatch: Keeping Track Of Kids

It’ll be a little easier to keep track of your kids, as we explain in today’s 3WC Techwatch. A new system launched by Sprint will make it easier to keep track of kids by using their cell phones. The system is called the Sprint Family Locator and was officially launched last week. In the system, a GPS device embedded in the cell phone transmits a unique signal, giving the owner’s exact location. That information is then relayed to the parents, providing an interactive map and street address. The service was created in response to the recent string of child kidnappings and disappearances across the United States. One thing however some parents may not like. Every time information is requested, the cell phone’s owner is notified with a text message.

Recall Ordered Of Toyota Cars
Bad news today for some Toyota owners, as a recall has been ordered. Over 50,000 Lexus vehicles have been called back due to a malfunction. The problem is a faulty part in the seat belt assembly, which can cause the belt to jam after extended use. The cars affected are some Lexus GS and IS sedans. Owners of the affected cars will be contacted in the mail over the next few weeks and given instructions on where to take the vehicle, which will be repaired for free.

State Headlines

Hatred Spreads Through Durham On Easter
While most North Carolina citizens were spending time with family and friends on Easter, officials in Durham were cleaning up. Over 500 pamphlets were released across the city Sunday, all containing hate speech towards Jews, Hispanics and other minorities. Despite the propaganda, there were threats left with the literature, which was left in front yards, on light poles and in other areas across the city. Police spent a good portion of the day picking up the flyers, to use as evidence in an ongoing investigation.

North Carolina In The Running For Auto Plant
Possibly some good news on the horizon for workers in the Greensboro area, as an assembly plant could be moving in. Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that North Carolina is one of the finalists to land a proposed Toyota assembly plant. Supposedly on tap is a site near Greensboro, however officials from the NC Department of Commerce have refused to discuss the report as a matter of policy.

Two Arrested After Mooresville Shooting
Two people are in a Mooresville jail today, after a weekend shooting spree that wounded three. Mooresville police were called out Easter morning to a southern section of the city, responding to a report of shots being fired. They found a 16-yr-old boy and two men in their mid-20s, all wounded from gunfire. The three were airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center and remain in stable condition. Now officials have arrested 24-yr-old Kevin Ryan Conlon and 29-yr-old Desimon Barkeith Powell, charging them with the shootings. However it’s still unknown what started the violence and police are asking anyone with information to call them at 1-704-664-3311.

Sports Headlines

Baseball Later Tonight
High school baseball will be back on the radio tonight as we’ll be out in Viking County. North Wilkes will be taking on Wilkes Central in our 3WC Game Of The Week. Ken Byrd and Keith Briand will be out at the field for the first pitch around 7pm and we’ll go on the air with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

ACC Schools Land Football Commitments

Taking a look at college football, it was a good week for the NC State Wolfpack. Tight end George Bryan, who has played his high school ball in Wilmington and safety Chris Culliver from Garner committed to the Wolfpack this week. Bryan comes in at 6’6 ft. and weighs 250 lbs, was also recruited by Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina program and also the UNC Tarheels. Culliver meanwhile comes in at 6’1 ft and 190 lbs. The NC State coaching staff is expecting him to play strong safety and possibly fight for the starting position.

UNC Losing AD

The UNC Tarheels are missing some personnel today, after their associate athlete director announced he was resigning. Norwood Teague, who has been the Tarheels’ associate AD since 2001, will leave on July 1st to become the athletic director at Virginia Commonweath. Teague was responsible for setting up the Heels’ radio and tv arrangement with Learfield Sports along with their sponsorship by Wachovia.

NBA: Bobcats vs. Knicks

In the NBA last night, it was the Charlotte Bobcats beating the New York Knicks 98-91. Charlotte was led by rookie guard Alan Anderson, who had a career high 18 points. Also Raymond Felton added 16 points and 14 assists in the win. With the victory Charlotte improves to a franchise best 25-56 as they get set to end the season tomorrow against Philadelphia.

“First Lady Of Racing” Passes On

Members of the racing community are in mourning today, as the “first lady of racing” has died. Louise Smith, the first woman to ever race in Nascar passed away over the weekend. Smith raced the NASCAR circuit in the 40s and early 50s, winning 38 events on her way to a spot in the Motorsports Hall of Fame. Bill France gave Smith her first opportunity, in a race at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Without any training or ever having raced before, she finished third. Louise Smith was 89.


News & Sports For April 14th

Man Injured In 4-Wheeler Wreck
One man was seriously injured in a 4-wheeler wreck on Thursday. The incident happened on the
Billings Hill Church Road, as a local man was out riding late at night. He lost control of the vehicle, running off the road and soon overturning. Highway Patrol officers and Aircare were called out and the man was airlifted to a local hospital.

Local Man Assaulted & Robbed

A North Wilkesboro man was caught by surprise when going out for some supplies Thursday morning. He was at the Grocery Bag Store when another man came walking up and punched him in the face. As the victim was lying dazed on the ground, his assailant went through his pockets and took $25 before jumping into a car and taking off. The victim was able to give sheriff’s deputies a description of his assailant, as well as the car he drove off in. That investigation continues.

3WC Eye On Politics Part V: County Commissioners
Here on the 3WC News, we’re continuing our series on the political races in Wilkes County. Beginning with today’s newscasts, we turn the focus toward the candidates in the Democratic primary for county commissioner, starting with incumbent Luther Parks.
7am-Mr. Parks shares some things he’s proud of from this past term.
8am-Commissioner Parks discusses the current tax situation in the county
12 noon-Commissioner Parks will be discussing his take on how local government should interact with businesses
5pm-we’ll continue the conversation with Mr. Parks as his discusses his goals if elected for another term

Gun Stolen From North Wilkesboro Home
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a North Wilkesboro home earlier this week after thieves broke in. The incident happened on Statesville Road, as the homeowner returned to find the front door standing wide open. Nothing was damaged inside however a .303 British rifle was missing from the man’s bedroom. That investigation continues.

Blood Drive Later Today
With the Easter holiday upon us, some people will be on the highways today traveling to visit relatives. Unfortunately that also raises the risk of an accident on the road. To plan ahead, the Wilkes Red Cross is holding a blood drive today over at the Speedway Ruitan Club. Everyone who comes out to donate blood will receive a free umbrella, commemorating 125 years of the Red Cross. That will run from 2-6:30pm and to schedule an appointment, the number is 838-4563.

Broke In To Have A Look Around
Someone broke into a camper on the Vannoy Road earlier this week, but apparently just wanted to look inside. Nothing was missing from the camper and no damage was done, except for the aluminum door which had been pried open. An estimated $300 worth of damage was done to the door and that investigation is ongoing.

Know What The Roads Are Like Before Leaving
As people pack up today to visit family and friends, it’s important to know what road conditions are like across the county. For people in Wilkes that can be accessed now on the internet by visiting the state DOT webpage at Once there you can click on the real time travel information option and it will let you know what roads are like and how long a delay you can expect on your drive into work. In addition, the DOT wants to remind people of the “Move Over Law” now in effect across North Carolina. Under the new law, drivers are required to switch lanes or slow down when passing EMS, police or any other emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road.

Warning Continues For Bronchitis Medicine
If you’re fighting bronchitis, there are some things you need to know before reaching for that bottle of medicine. Federal regulators are continuing their investigation into the drug telithromycin, commonly known as Ketek. It’s a prescription drug that is used to fight bronchitis, sinusitis and pneumonia. A recent series of deaths and heath problems could be linked to the drug, officials say. One patient at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte died earlier this year after taking the drug, while another developed hepatitis. There is no evidence proving that Ketek was responsible for the problems, however the FDA is asking anyone who is taking Ketek to immediately call their doctor if any signs of liver problems start to occur.

The Taxman Returns Part I: Stress Reducers
Well we are t-minus three days and counting til the dreaded tax deadline of April 17th. But if you haven’t filed yet, don’t feel bad. An estimated 35% of Americans wait to file til the last minute, due to job and family responsibilities. If you’re one of those last minute filers, the IRS has some suggestions. First, start today and organize your tax records. With four days left, you might be surprised how quickly the filing process goes once you start. If you need to, pull out last year’s tax returns to use as a guide in preparing your documents. Also if you have questions, the IRS will probably have answers. They have a free question and answer section set up online at The IRS also suggests that you file electronically, as it will get your return sent out quicker and that refund check brought back a lot faster. So far, over 1.6 million Americans have filed online this tax season, some using a variety of free programs. Here in North Carolina, you can file for free through the State Department of Revenue’s website at That program applies if you’re making $50,000 a year or less. Coming up on Monday’s newscast, we’ve reached the end of the road and it’s time to get that return in the mail. But what if you can’t afford to pay the government what you owe? We’ll offer some suggestions to consider.

Spring Share-A-Thon
The Spring share-a-thon for Ebenezer Children’s Home on 3WC will be held on April 28th & 29th. Volunteers are needed, as always, to make the event a success. Help is needed to answer the phones at the radio station, to work at the hot dog stand, and stand at various intersections in Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro and collect money. To get involved you can call the Home at 336-667-LOVE.

State News

Explosion Hits UNC Charlotte
An explosion rocked the UNC Charlotte campus Thursday morning, leaving students and teachers in the dark. Just after 7am, work crews were attempting to repair an electrical line underground when suddenly the ground exploded and fire started pouring out of the hole. It’s unclear what ignited the explosion, which knocked out the power across campus and caused classes to be cancelled for the rest of the day. Out of the four workers, one has been released from the hospital, two others are in serious condition and the last has been taken to the North Carolina Burn Center in Chapel Hill in critical condition. No one else was injured in the blast, which witnesses said could be heard almost a mile away. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has investigators on the scene, checking into what caused the damage.

Pinehurst Man Stages Kidnapping
A Pinehurst man is in jail today, charged with staging his own kidnapping. Earlier this month, Jarid Hardee was arrested for stalking his ex girlfriend. He was placed on house arrest but then vanished. Soon after, his mother started receiving text message threats about what would happen to her son. Detectives investigated and found Hardee unharmed, living under the ex girlfriend’s house. He had set up shop in the crawlspace under the woman’s home, complete with canned food, a scanner, a machete, duct tape and a ski mask. Officials believe that Hardee was listening to the detectives, sending out the text messages to throw them off course.

Thousands Stranded Due To Bridge Problem
A defect in one North Carolina bridge stranded thousands of travelers on Thursday. While doing some routine work on Wednesday, engineers discovered a structural problem on the Little River Bridge in Johnston County. By Thursday morning, work crews were on their way out to the site, but the bridge, which is part of a major Amtrak rail line, had to be shut down. In doing so, Amtrak cancelled all of its’ New York to Florida and Virginia to Florida trains, as they would all have to cross the bridge. Over 2500 people have already been stranded by the repairs, as they’ve had to take buses or altogether cancel their Easter plans. Workers estimate that the bridge should be back up and running by this afternoon.

Job Cuts Coming For Mental Health Facility
A plan to save the state money will end up costing some Guilford County workers their jobs. $1.6 million in funding was taken away from the Guilford County Mental Health Center when the state outsourced work to a Virginia company. That company will now handle all Medicaid cases at a cheaper price, saving the state but leaving patients and workers out in the cold. Under the new guidelines, the Guilford Center can no longer handle Medicaid recipients, meaning they’ll have to go to another agency for help. In addition, 135 workers see their jobs terminated between now and December.

New History Museum Opens Its’ Doors
If you’re heading out to the coast this summer, there’s a new attraction to check out. On Thursday, the long delayed Museum of the Albemarle opened its’ doors for the first time. The 50,000 sq. foot area is dedicated to the history of the northeastern part of the state, displaying items such as handmade silver, a restored farmer’s house from the 1700s and an old shad boat from 1904. The project has been over 8 years in the making, delayed first by Hurricane Floyd and then by poor economic conditions.

Sports Headlines

High School Scoreboard
Around the high school scene last night, it was the Elkin Bucking Elks beating East Wilkes in varsity baseball 15-7. In the jv matchup Elkin also took the victory, winning 11-4 and in softball it was East Wilkes beating the Lady Elks 8-0.

Redick Receives Top Award
While the Blue Devils season didn’t end as planned, Duke’s J.J. Redick continues to clean up the awards. On Wednesday Redick was given the Sullivan Award, handed out by the AAU organization to the nation’s top amateur athlete each year. In winning the trophy, Redick became the first men’s basketball player to do so since Bill Walton back in 1973.

UNC Charlotte Lands Recruit
In other college basketball news, UNC Charlotte officially landed another recruit for next season. High school senior David Booker, a 6’7 ft. forward from Mississippi, signed on with the team. As a senior for Moss Point High School, Booker averaged 27 points and 12 rebounds a night, scoring 50 points in the school’s first round game of the state tournament.

Bobcats Look To Reward Felton
In a season shot by injuries, the Charlotte Bobcats took a step toward securing their future by announcing this week they plan to pick up the third year option for rookie guard Raymond Felton. Felton has won back to back Rookie Of The Month awards in February and March and is giving Chris Paul some competition for Rookie Of The Year. The former UNC Tarheel says that the move makes him feel good, because he feels it was earned on the court.

Panthers Cornerback To Possibly Leave
In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers could be minus one familiar face come training camp. Cornerback Ricky Manning is meeting with the Chicago Bears this weekend and is considering a deal with the team. As Manning is a restricted free agent, the Panthers have the right to match any offer but must do so within seven days. If the Panthers decline the offer, Chicago will owe them a third round draft pick.

Debuts Coming In Racing
Taking a look at the Busch racing circuit, this will be a debut weekend of sorts as drivers head to Nashville. Erin Crocker will be making her first start in the Busch series this weekend along with another rookie driver with a familiar last name. Steve Wallace, son of Rusty Wallace, will climb behind the wheel for his first Busch race as well.


News & Sports For April 12th

Two People Injured In Overnight Wreck
Two people are in the hospital today after a wreck on the Brushy Mountain Road. The incident happened just before 9pm last night, as a Boomer man lost control of the vehicle he was driving.The driver, 24 yr old Jason Allen St. Clair drove off the road in his 4-Runner and slammed into a tree as the vehicle overturned. Both St. Clair and his passenger, 23-yr-old Elizabeth Miller were injured badly in the wreck, to the point they had to be airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Highway Patrol officers said that alcohol was involved in the crash.

Questions Remain In Community Center Fire
It’s being labeled one of the worst fires in Wilkes County history, so bad that it took ten fire departments to put out. Early Tuesday morning, the Clingman Community Center went up in flames, also damaging portions of the medical center which is housed in the same building. Crews were called out at 12:44am and spent several hours battling the blaze, which completely gutted the center itself. Fire Marshal Nikki Hamby said on Tuesday that the blaze started near the door of the building and while the official cause is undetermined, investigators are considering several possible sources. A suspicious container was found near the front of the door, which has been sent off to the SBI lab for analysis. In addition, the building’s electrical system could have played a part in the fire, as the outdoor light had been left on.

Forest Fire Labeled As Arson
A forest fire that torched 50 acres near the Wilkes-Alleghany county line is officially being labeled as arson. The fire ignited late Monday afternoon on the side of Highway 18 North and people were evacuated as several homes in the area were placed in danger. However no houses were damaged and fire crews, working with the forest service were able to get the blaze under control. Forestry officials now say that it appears someone intentionally ignited the blaze.

3WC Eye On Politics Part III: David Day
Over the next two weeks, 3WC News will be taking a look at candidates in the political races in Wilkes County. That series continues today with David Day, Republican candidate for county commissioner.
6am-Mr. Day explains why he's running
7am-Mr. Day discusses his views on the current tax situation
8am-Mr. Day talks about ways the current budget and tax rate could be cut
12 noon-Mr. Day gives suggestions as to what needs to change to help Wilkes County move forward
5pm-Mr. Day talks about his views and ideas for small business in the county

Thieves Run Off With Mail
A Jonesville woman woke up earlier this week to find her mailbox was missing. During the night, thieves had literally ripped it off the post and ran off, taking the checks she had marked to pay bills inside. Since then the woman has called her bank and cancelled all of the checks, however despite the theft, no one in the area could recall hearing or seeing anything unusual during the night. That investigation continues.

JobFair Coming Up Today
The job market here in Wilkes County has taken a hit in recent months, with over 200 people on unemployment since January. However coming up today there is a Job Fair going on at Wilkes Community College. The fair will stretch from 10am til 1pm at the John A. Walker Center and is put on by the Wilkes Joblink Center. People are asked to bring their resumes and dress to impress when attending, as there will be over 40 businesses represented.

Car Insurance Rates On The Way Down
Good news for car owners both here in Wilkes and across North Carolina as auto insurance rates are on the way down. North Carolina’s Insurance Commissioner Jim Long announced this week that the maximum rate companies can charge will be dropped starting November 15th by 2.9%. That’s in addition to a rate decrease of 2.5% set to take effect May 15th. Good news for anyone who’s been in a wreck or has a bad driving record, as your insurance bill could drop as much as $70 a year.

Salvation Army Offering Help
Many families can find themselves in a time of need as it can be hard to pay the bills and also put food on the table. The local Salvation Army is helping to solve that by taking applications for their financial assistance program. The program is open to anyone who can demonstrate a need for help paying utility or rent bills. However before going out, please remember that you can only be seen with an appointment, during either Tuesday or Thursday from 1-5pm. Also there is a limited amount of money available to help, given out on a need based approach. The Salvation Army is located in the Wilkes United Way office building, at 910 C Street in Wilkesboro. For more information or to set up an appointment you can call 651-7800.

Customers Asked To Stop Using Contact Solution
This next bit of news is for everyone who has eye contacts. The Bausch and Lomb company is putting a temporary hold on all its’ ReNu contact lens solution, stopping shipments to stores across the United States. The reason is that since 2005, 109 people who used the solution have been been infected with a fungus. This fungus grows inside the cornea and without treatment can cause its’ victims to go blind. Warning signs for the fungus include constant red eyes or pain, increased sensitively to light, blurred vision, increased tearing or some type of discharge. It should be noted that those infected might not have all the symptoms however if you are experiencing any of this, it’s advised that you get checked out by your doctor immediately. The FDA is also advising people to be sure and wash your hands with soap before handling your lenses. In addition, be sure to follow all cleaning and storage guidelines as given out by your doctor.

Red Cross Looking For Fundraising Help
We’ve talked a lot here on the news about the need for blood in Wilkes County. But thanks to last year’s hurricanes and the cost of relocating survivors, the local Red Cross needs help of a different kind as well. The local chapter continues to sell cookbooks, to help raise the money it needs to cover costs of daily operations. The cost of a cookbook is $10 and it contains recipes from chapter members along with their family and friends. For more information or to purchase one, you can call the Red Cross at 838-4563.

State News

Murder Trial Postponed
An accident by one judge in North Carolina Superior Court this week has set back the start of a murder trial. Judge Abraham Jones sent prospective jurors home on Monday, after he referred to the defendant as a habitual felon. The entire pool of jurors was released from duty, as the judge believed his statement tainted their objectivity. The defendant Kenneth Wayne Maready stands accused of second degree murder in the case. He’s accused of stealing a car back in 2005, slamming into a Durham woman’s car while evading law enforcement officials. That woman was killed in the accident.

Winston Woman Arrested For Severe Child Abuse
A Winston Salem woman is in jail today, facing charges of felony child abuse. Earlier this month, Winston police were called out by a local man, concerned because his children and their mother had disappeared. He also told police that he feared for the children’s safety. The two children and the mother were located in Greensboro, however both kids were sent to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for needed treatment. One of the children, a five year old boy, had severe burns on both his legs and buttocks that hadn’t been treated. The mother, Paige Montrell Rouse is in the Forsyth County Jail, waiting for her court date.

Mandatory Fire Tax Being Proposed In Gibsonville
Dealing with a house fire could be a little more expensive for residents of Gibsonville, as the town considers a fire tax. The mandatory tax has made its’ way onto the May ballot and could mean increases of over $100 on property taxes. The local fire chief has said he plans asking for a 10 cent tax with the proceeds going to buy new materials for the firemen, some of whose equipment is over 20 years old.

Sports Headlines

High School Sports Changing Playoff System
There’s going to be a change next year in the way champions are crowned in some high school sports. Beginning in the fall, the playoff system in boys & girl’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball will all expand to a 64 team field. That was the recommendation made by a 20-person committee put together by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, which made its’ report public this week. The recommendation will be voted on and is expected to be approved when the full association board meets in May. Council members said that one major reason for the change was to eliminate byes from the playoff format. Instead teams will go through a situation similar to that in college basketball, where the conference champions automatically get in and everyone else is selected by the board. However in this case, teams will be selected based only on their record within their classification. For example, if a 2-A school plays a 3-A team, regardless of the outcome, that game won’t count when it comes time to determine the playoff seedings. The recommendation will be voted on and is expected to be approved when the full association board meets in May.

Minor League Scoreboard
Taking a look at the minor league scoreboard last night, it was the Greensboro Grasshoppers beating the West Virginia Power 4-2. Greensboro starter Chris Volstad, the Florida Marlins first round pick in last year’s draft, went seven innings and only gave up three hits to record his first win of the season. And up the road in Winston Salem, it was the Warthogs beating Myrtle Beach 5-1. Winston starter Lucas Harrell got his first win, going 5 1/3 and only coughing up one run. Warthogs infielder Chris Kelly kept his hitting streak going, which now stands at five games.

Bobcats Lose Another Player
And in the NBA, just when you thought the Charlotte Bobcats were safe, the injury bug strikes again. Bernard Robinson has joined the growing list of injured Bobcats as he’s out for the season. Robinson broke a finger last week in New Jersey and has been unable to dribble the ball or shoot effectively since. However expect the 2nd year player back in a Charlotte uniform next season, as coach Bernie Bickerstaff says Robinson is his utility guy, able to play all five positions on the court. The Bobcats take on Memphis later tonight.

Hurricanes Lose To New Jersey
On the ice last night, it was the Carolina Hurricanes losing to New Jersey by a score of 4-3 in overtime. Carolina players and fans alike are counting down the days, as there are only three games left til the playoffs begin in three weeks.

NASCAR Standings
Around the track in NASCAR, it’s almost dead even with less than 20 points separating the top two drivers. Jimmie Johnson is in first, 15 points ahead of Matt Kenseth. Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin are tied for third place, 46 points behind Johnson. Tony Stewart rounds out the top five, 97 points back of the leader.


News & Sports For April 11th

Austin Man Arrested For Murder
A man from the Austin Little Mountain area has been arrested for a murder that happened over the weekend. On Friday two men got into an argument on the Austin Little Mountain Road. As the argument got heated, one of the men pulled out a small caliber weapon and shot the other several times in the body. 46-yr-old Richard Dale “Ricky” Johnson was found dead at the scene by sheriff’s deputies, who arrested his assailant just down the road. 22-yr-old Timothy Laurence Phelps has been charged with first degree murder.

Thieves Break Into C.C. Wright School
A 19-yr-old teenager is in custody today after breaking into C.C. Wright school. Sunday night sheriff’s deputies got a call about a break-in in progress over at the school and arrived to find the teen walking away from campus. Additional stolen items were found at the teen’s home and in the Ford pickup truck he had been driving. $30 in cash and change had been taken from the school’s safe, which the boy had cracked open. Also batteries, tools, markers, calculators and other items totaling over $4000 was taken. 19-yr-old Zachary Linville Huffman is facing charges of safecracking, breaking & entering, felony larceny and possession of burglary tools.

More Counterfeit Money Coming Into Wilkes
Counterfeit money continues to enter Wilkes County, this time at the Dollar General in Wilkesboro. Over the weekend, employees at the Wilkesboro store were going through the day’s receipts when they discovered some of the money handed out had been counterfeit. A fake $20 bill had been slipped in. The money was given over to Wilkesboro police and the investigation continues.

3WC Eye On Politics Part II: County Commissioners
Over the next two weeks, 3WC News will be taking a look at candidates in the political races in Wilkes County. That series continues today with Robert Crews, 21-yr-old Republican candidate for county commissioner. We'll be airing a different part of the conversation with Mr. Crews throughout the day.
6am-why he's running for office
7am-what qualifications set him apart
8am-what he sees as the responsibility of a county commissioner
12 noon-how he sees the current tax rate
5pm-how a tax decrease would affect local services
7pm-what he promises to focus on if elected

Highway Patrol Out & About
The Highway Patrol has started a new program as we head into the Easter Break. 174 teenagers were killed last year in highway collisions, a number the Highway Patrol wants to see drop through their Operation Drive To Live. Over the next two weeks, Highway Patrol officers will be speaking at high schools here in Wilkes and around the area as well as patrolling near campus.

Blood Drive Later Today
Every day 1500 pints of blood are needed throughout North Carolina. With that in mind, a blood drive is going on today at the East Wilkes Middle School, partially organized by the students. The drive will last from 2-7:30pm and if you want to come out and give the gift of life, the number is 838-4563 to make an appointment.

Break-In At Roaring River Home
Thieves hit a home in Roaring River earlier this week, but apparently just came by to have a look around. One of the windows at the home had been shattered and as the owner arrived, they found the radio on along with several of the lights inside. There is a suspect in the case and that investigation continues.

State News

Questions Being Raised About NC Executions
Executions scheduled for later this month in North Carolina may not go on as planned, as a federal judge has stepped in. Judge Malcolm Howard spoke in U.S. District Court over the weekend, questioning if the current way of administering executions is humane. State officials have until Wednesday to provide the judge with material proving the inmates will be unconscious when put to death and therefore feel no pain. Otherwise executions here in the state will be put on hold while a humane way of performing the task is found.

Four Month Old Murder Solved In Greensboro
Officials in Greensboro have solved a four month old murder. Back on December 2nd of 2005, an elderly couple was assaulted at their home with the man later dying at the hospital. Now two suspects have been arrested in connection with 79-yr-old James Shoffner’s murder. 17-yr-old William Alexander Brown and another 15 year old boy are facing charges of first degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. No motive has been given for either the robbery or the killing.

The Great North Carolina Cheese Robbery
Two employees of MBM Food Service in Statesville stand accused of stealing over $200,000 worth of meat and cheese. Local police say that the thefts occurred over a six month period that began last October and just recently ended, with the thieves taking 5948 cases of various items. 34-yr-old Wilbert Thomas Johnson and 36-yr-old Harvey Rayfield Archie Jr. would steal the food, then turn it over to 46-yr-old Anthony Eugene Burton, a truck driver from Atlanta. Burton would sell the stolen food in Georgia as damaged goods and all three would share in the profits.

Greensboro DA Asks For Investigation Into PD
The Greensboro police department is under investigation again, this time by the state. Douglas Henderson, Guilford County’s District Attorney, requested that the state Attorney General’s office step in to take over parts of the investigation of the Greensboro PD, to avoid a conflict of interest. The State Attorney General’s office will be going over actions of the department, to determine if any laws were violated. If any violations are found, the case will be turned over to the SBI for a full criminal investigation.

Sports Headlines

Free Baseball Clinic Coming Up
Baseball players ages 5-10 years old will have an opportunity next month to work on their skills with the Wilkes Wildfire team. On May 20th, a free clinic will be held over at the VFW Field from 2-4pm. The focus of the clinic will be on helping the kids develop their hitting skills. However space will be limited to just 30 kids for the clinic, so if you want to sign your child up, you can call 667-3867 or 927-3348.

Wolfpack Going After Memphis Coach
NC State has set their sight on a new candidate for the head coaching job in men’s basketball, one that’s no stranger to the Final Four. Memphis coach John Calipari is in negotiations with the Wolfpack administration, discussing a possible deal although one has not yet been reached. State will face some strong competition with Calipari’s current school, as Memphis officials are working to present a new contract worth almost $1.5 million a year.

Redick Given Wooden Award
The top award in all of college basketball was handed out over the weekend, with Duke’s J.J. Redick taking home the Johon R. Wooden Award as Male Player Of The Year. The 6’4ft Redick won in the voting by just 72 points over Adam Morrison of Gonzaga. Redick’s teammate from Duke Shelton Williams came in third, more than 2000 points behind the top two finalists.

The Race Is On
We’re still several months away from the start of college football season, but the games have already begun for the UNC Tarheels. For the first time since he took over the team, coach John Bunting is holding a competition for the starting quarterback’s job between junior transfer Joe Dailey and redshirt freshman Cam Sexton. Dailey appears to have the early edge, going into the fall practice. During last Saturday’s spring game, Dailey tossed for 65 yards on 8-of-15 passing while Sexton only threw for 13 yards, going 2-of-3.

Minor League Scoreboard
Taking a look at the minor league scoreboard last night, it was the Hickory Crawdads losing to the Lexington Legends 4-3. Hickory starter Derek Antelo gave up 3 runs in 5 innings of work and the Crawdad offense only generated 6 hits as Hickory drops to 1-4 on the year. Up the road in Greensboro, the Grasshoppers saw their unbeaten streak come to an end as they lost to the West Virginia Power 2-0. And finally it was Winston Salem beating Myrtle Beach 5-1 Monday night. Winston starter Adam Russell only gave up three hits in 5 innings as the Warthogs pick up only their second win of the year.


News & Sports For April 10th

News & Sports For Monday April 10th 2006

Possible Changes Coming For Middle Schools

Middle school students in Wilkes will possibly have some extra help next year, thanks to Governor Easley’s new budget. Easley outlined some of the plans he has for education in a conference last week, this time targeting middle schools. The 2006-2007 plan would include money to hire literacy coaches for 100 middle schools in the state, as part of a test program. These coaches would work with classes and individual students, to help improve both their reading and writing skills. The test program will cost $5 million and if the results are positive, all middle schools could see literacy coaches hired by the 2007-2008 school year. Schools will be chosen for the test program based on their current test scores, with the lowest being selected first.

Man Arrested After Shooting In Hays

Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a residence on Hays Thursday night, after reports of shots fired came in. The incident happened on the Dehart Community Center Road. The victim wasn’t hurt thankfully and told deputies that his nephew had come over to the house drunk and started firing a shotgun in his direction. Deputies arrested Arthur Mack Brown, who yelled to the victim as he was being arrested that he was going to blow his brains out. The 34-yr-old Brown was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats. His shotgun was also taken until the court date.

3WC Eye On Politics Part I: County Commissioners

With the primaries on May 2nd just a few weeks away, we’re going to be taking a look at all the candidates here on 3WC News, starting with the county commissioners. Each day we’ll be talking with a different candidate about his or her views regarding issues in Wilkes County and what they plan to do if elected. On today’s newscasts we’ll be talking with current county commissioner Zach Henderson.

6am-What accomplishments he’s proud of

7am-How he views the current tax situation in the county

8am-Ways the county commissioners are looking into helping local businesses

12noon-What his plans are for a second term, if re-elected

Air Conditioners Stolen From Local Homes

Two Wilkes County residents fell victim to air conditioner thieves last week. Apparently the thieves were preparing for summer, as they ran off with air conditioners from a North Wilkesboro home and one on Arbor Grove Church Road. In both cases, someone just walked up to the house and ripped the AC unit out of the window where it had been kept. Information on both cases was turned over to sheriff’s deputies and that investigation continues.

Blood Drive Later Today

With the countdown on to summer, it’s important to keep the local blood supply out of critical levels. A drive is going on today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, running from 3-7pm. Please remember before giving however, you must at least 17 years old and weigh no less than 110 lbs. To set up an appointment, the number to call is 838-4563.

Three Cars Totaled On Hwy 421

Early Friday morning, three cars were involved in an accident on Hwy 421. A North Wilkesboro woman was attempting to turn left onto 421 Business from Hwy 421 and thought her light was green. However the green light was actually on the other side of the road, as two vehicles had already started through the intersection. Those three vehicles collided, with the driver of that first car being taken to Wilkes Regional. An estimated $9500 worth of damage was done in the crash.

Recall Ordered Of Battery Charger

A recall has been ordered of several thousand battery chargers across the nation. Pelican Power is calling back an estimated 231,000 of its’ Brick Battery Charger. The problem comes due to a malfunction in the charger’s circuit board, which can lead to overheating and possibly a fire hazard after extended use. Customers are asked to call Electro Source LLC to receive a replacement at 1-800-263-1156 or through the website

Car Abandoned In Moravian Falls

An abandoned car brought sheriff’s deputies out to Moravian Falls last week. Early Friday morning, deputies got a call about a vehicle parked in the middle of Cub Creek Church Road with no one inside. There was no sign of foul play, no damage done to the vehicle itself and it was towed away. As of this weekend, deputies hadn’t been able to get in touch with the vehicle’s owner.

State News

Hodge In Hospital After Shooting

A former NC State star is in the hospital today after a shooting this weekend. Julius Hodge, who was taken in the first round of the NBA Draft this year by the Denver Nuggets, was returning home from a nightclub when he was shot by an unknown assailant. Hodge had been at the club visiting a friend who was performing and then traveling home on I-76 in Denver, was shot three times in the leg. Officials say they don’t have any suspects and are clueless regarding any possible motive in the case. Hodge has been updated to good condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

One Man’s Junk Is Another Man’s Treasure

An Asheville woman got a surprise last week when she went to sell an old painting for $100. She took it to a local auction house, where the owner asked permission to check into the painting’s history before selling it. He found out the painting dated back to the Baroque period and was the work of Dutch artist Jan Havicksz Steen, done during the 1660s. Instead of $100, she ended up selling the painting this weekend for $397,000 at auction.

Children Injured During Rowan County Wreck

Several middle school kids were injured on Friday after their bus overturned. The incident happened in Rowan County, as the driver was attempting to avoid a wide load truck.. The driver swerved and got the bus back on the road, but lost control soon after and the vehicle flipped. About 20 students were on the bus when it flipped, with several reporting back pain. All of them were taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center and checked out, with officials calling the injuries minor.

Bomb Scare Causes Durham Evacuation

Durham police had to evacuate their headquarters on Friday after a bomb scare came in. A man came walking into the police station and told officers that he was concerned there was a bomb in his car, because he didn’t recognize one of the packages inside. The police station and portions of two local streets were shut down while the bomb squad investigated and later detonated the package. The package itself was determined not to be explosive and the man was taken to the local hospital to check his mental status.

Cabarrus County Candidate Claims Abuse

A candidate for sheriff in Cabarrus County is accusing his opponent of dirty tricks. Candidate John Brafford says that the current sheriff, Brad Riley, is using people in his department to attempt to scare him out of the race. Brafford claims to have been detained illegally for almost two hours recently by sheriff’s deputies. The deputies said in their incident report that they were keeping Brafford because he was both mentally and physically impaired, possibly due to medication. Sheriff Riley also swears that he had nothing to do with the incident.

Sports Headlines

Appalachian Invited To San Juan

Taking a look at college basketball, there’s a trip to the islands in the future of the Appalachian State team. The Mountaineers have been invited to take part in the San Juan Shootout , which will run December 17-22nd. Appalachian joins a loaded field including Utah, Virginia, Central Florida, Tennessee Tech, Vanderbuilt and the native Puerto Rice-Mayaguez team. Games and times will be announced later on this summer.

Barnes Shoots Down State

NC State’s hunt for a basketball coach is continuing today, after their first choice shot them down. Texas Coach Rick Barnes officially declined the offer after speaking with State Athletic Director Lee Fowler earlier this week. The announcement leaves State without two of their top three choices, as Villanova Coach Jay Wright just signed an extension with the Wildcats.

Minor League Scoreboard

Around the minor leagues this weekend, it was Hickory beating Lake County on Sunday 9-4. Crawdads starter Todd Redmond went 5 innings, giving up one run and striking out 7. Hickory also got some help from shortstop Brent Lillibridge, who had two homeruns on the night. The win was Hickory’s first on the season, bringing them to 1-3. Meanwhile over in Greensboro it was the Grasshoppers on Sunday night shutting out Hagerstown 3-0. The win keeps Greensboro at a perfect 4-0 to start the season, with starter Sean West going 6 innings and only allowing two hits while striking out four.

NBA: Bobcats vs. Raptors

In the NBA last night, the Charlotte Bobcats beat Toronto 94-88. The Bobcats were led by Brevin Knight, who had 19 points, 10 assists and 3 rebounds in the winning effort. With the victory Charlotte improves to a franchise best 22-55, with their next game coming on Wednesday against Memphis.

NHL: Carolina vs. Atlanta

On the ice this weekend, Carolina took a step back as they lost 5-2 to the Atlanta Thrashers. The Hurricanes, having already locked up both a spot in the playoffs and first place in their division, are preparing for the postseason by letting their young guys have a chance to play. The loss drops Carolina to 51-21 on the year, with a game coming tomorrow night against New Jersey.

NASCAR Results

Wrecks and tempers ignited during Sunday’s Samsung/Radio Shack 500. Kasey Kahne took the checkered flag, with Matt Kenseth second, Tony Stewart third, Denny Hamlin in fourth and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five. Greg Biffle was in the hunt for the checkered flag, but got bumped by former teammate Kurt Busch and spun out, slamming into the wall and ending his day.


News & Sports For April 7th

Time’s Almost Up To Register
If you haven’t registered to vote yet, your time will soon be up. At 5pm today, voter registration will end for the Republican and Democratic primaries on May 2nd. If by this afternoon you aren’t registered, you won’t be able to cast a ballot in the primary elections or in the school board race. All registrations have to be turned in to the Board of Elections by 5pm or if you’re out of town, you can mail it in with a postmark of today’s date.

Thieves Hit Local Business
Thieves were apparently getting ready for summer on Wednesday, as they hit a local business. Someone went up to Wilkes Heating & Air on Wednesday morning and took several air conditioners that had been sitting next to the building. The joke is on the thieves however, as the air conditioning units had been set aside for scrap metal since they didn’t work. Information was turned over to sheriff’s deputies and that investigation is ongoing.

Wilkes Part Of Large Problem For NC Schools
Here in Wilkes and across North Carolina, the student population is increasing. With that increase comes a need for new schools or renovations to ones already standing, something that will cost the state an estimated $10 billion over the next five years. That figure comes from a survey released this week by the State Board of Education, detailing education projects in all 100 counties. North Carolina school enrollment is expected to hit 1.5 million students within the next eight years, straining already crowded classrooms. Right now over 7000 trailers are being used to house students across the state, as counties search for the money to build new facilities. Here in Wilkes, the local board has a $33 million renovation deal on the table for high schools, to help at least temporarily solve the problem. Still, state leaders from the Board of Education are calling for a change, not in personnel but in thinking. During their meeting this week members called on county leaders to help fund repairs and renovations, both of current schools and those being built so that North Carolina wouldn’t be in this situation again.

Fox To Have Wilkes County Office
5th District Congresswoman Virginia Fox wants people of the area to know that she’s available to help whenever possible. With that in mind, the congresswoman has an office here in Wilkes County that is in operation for certain portions of the week. On the first and third Friday of each month, Foxx has representatives available at the Wilkes County office building from 2 til 4pm. Her representatives will be over at the office building today from 2-4pm. If you’re not able to make it out during those hours, you can also send your comments or concerns to the congresswoman via her website, which is located at

Open Season On Turkey
Wilkees County hunters can get ready to lock and load, as Saturday is the official opening of turkey season. The season runs from April 8th to May 6th for bearded turkeys only, with a limit of one per day. One thing hunters suggest is that before you go out Saturday morning with gun in hand, be sure that you’ve scoped out the right spot. According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, a lack of food or drought status could have the birds moving to a different location. So just because you saw them in one area back in the fall, it doesn’t mean they’ll still be there. For more tips, you can log on to To report a kill, hunters can call 1-800-446-8663 or go online to You can also check out different regulations and more information on the site.

Car Disappears From North Wilkesboro Home
A North Wilkesboro man got a surprise when he woke up Wednesday morning. His car was missing. Despite the theft, there was no damage left behind and no signs that the thieves had broken into the vehicle. There is however a suspect in the case and that investigation is ongoing.

Toymaker Orders Recall
This next bit of news is for all parents and grandparents out there, as a recall has been ordered of a specific toy. About 3500 models of the Primary Sounds Toy Vehicles, sold from Kohl’s Department Store, are involved in the recall. That includes the yellow taxi, police cars and fire engine models. All are about 6 inches long and 5 inches wide. The problem stems from the hubcaps on the toy’s plastic wheels, which can come off and present a choking hazard. Customers are being asked to get in touch with the manufacturer, Kids Preferred LLC, for a full refund. The number to call is 1-866-763-8869.

Thieves Hit Roaring River Home
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a home in Roaring River this week, about a theft that happened sometime in the last two weeks. The homeowner couldn’t be sure, but believes that between March 21st and April 3rd, someone broke in and stole over $300 worth of merchandise. Taken from inside were two bottles of perfume, a pair of diamond earrings and over 100 vicodin painkillers. Deputies have a suspect in the case and that investigation continues.

State News

Bush Speaks To Charlotte Crowd
On Thursday, President Bush spoke to a crowd at Central Piedmont Community College, saying that he plans to stay the course in the war on terror. Bush said that he is still convinced invading Iraq was the right thing to do and that while putting troops in the country was a hard decision, he plans to stay as long as it takes. Bush said that the enemy believes Americans to be weak and we would only support the idea by pulling out early.

Coalition Asks For Wage Increase
North Carolina workers making minimum wage could soon be seeing more money in their paychecks, if a state coalition has their way. The group North Carolinians for Fair Wages requested that the General Assembly consider a bill to increase the minimum wage to $6 an hour, up from the current $5.15. An estimated 101,000 workers would be affected by the increase, one third of which are living below the poverty line, according to the NC Justice Center.

Fugitive Caught In NC
A joint effort by the FBI and Granville County authorities helped to catch a wanted fugitive on Thursday. Early Arnold Connelly was wanted on rape and incest charges back in Gwinnett County Georgia when he disappeared earlier this year. Members of the FBI’s Raleigh Safe Streets Task Force worked with officers from the Oxford Police Department to track Connelly down, once he was spotted in the area. He is currently being held in the Granville County Jail awaiting extradition.

Bull Goes After Deputy’s Car
A bull on the loose in Jacksonville caused some problems for one Onslow County deputy on Wednesday. Deputy Nicholas Wheeland had responded to a call for help, from a local man wanting to get the bull back in his pen. The animal had other ideas however and charged the patrol car, attempting to gore it with his horns. Thankfully the deputy managed to escape but the bull ended up causing over $1000 worth of damage to the vehicle before being herded back to his pen.

Jobs Leaving North Carolina
Bad news for some workers across North Carolina, as the Collins & Aikman Corporation announced plans on Thursday to shut down four plants here in the state. The company, which makes fabrics for automobiles, is one of the largest auto suppliers in the United States but officials said that they couldn’t compete in the current market. Three plants in Roxboro and one in Farmville North Carolina will be shut down by the end of September, meaning that over 1000 people will soon on the unemployment line.

Convicted Murderer Asks For DNA Test
A convicted murderer set for execution is asking Governor Easley to reopen his case. 40-yr-old Jerry Conner is set to be executed on May 12th for the 1990 murders of Minh Rogers and her daughter Linda. Conner is asking that the governor order a DNA test done of evidence found at the scene, which he believes will prove his innocence. Previous DNA testing on the evidence proved inconclusive but Conner and his attorneys now believe that will change with current improvements in technology. The claim of innocence caught some by surprise, considering that Conner’s own attorney admitted during the trial that his client had in fact killed the two women.

Sports Headlines

Tryouts Tomorrow For Wildfire
For any 11 year olds out there looking to play baseball, a tryout will be held tomorrow for the Wilkes Wildfire team. That will go on at the VFW Park from 2-4pm however there are some stipulations. Boys trying out for the team can’t turn 12 until after May 1st of 2007. In addition, there are only three spots available on the squad. If you’re interested you can call Manager Doug Staley at 667-3867 for more information. And also call the coach if it rains, to get information about a possible make up date.

Boateng To Leave Duke
In college basketball, the Duke Blue Devils will be one man short when the season starts next fall. Center Eric Boateng announced this week that he plans to transfer from the school. The 6’10 ft. Boateng saw limited time with the team this season, averaging .7 points and .6 rebounds in 20 games.

Beasley To Stay A 49er
The news was better however for Charlotte 49er fans, as recruit Michael Beasley plans to stick around. There had been concern that the 6’10 high school senior would leave after his recruiter, assistant coach Dalonte Hill, left Charlotte to take the same position at Kansas State, however Beasley’s mother said on Wednesday that her son remains committed to UNC Charlotte. The 6’10 225 lb. Beasley is considered to be one of the top prospects of the 2007 class and has been wanting to play with the 49ers since he was 15.

Minor League Scoreboard
For minor league baseball teams in the area, Thursday was Opening Day and several local teams got involved in the action. Just up the road in Winston Salem, it was the Warthogs beating the Kinston Indians 4-3 at Ernie Shore Field. Catcher Donny Lucy helped lead the way for the Warthogs with a home run and three RBIs on the night. John Hurd got the win and Garry Bakker recorded the first save of the season with a perfect ninth inning. The two teams will square off again in Winston tonight with the first pitch set for 7pm. Meanwhile over in Greensboro, the Grasshoppers saw a record crowd of 9110 enter in and watch their 11-7 win over the Hagerstown Suns. One of the top prospects in A ball, Aaron Thompson, will take the mound tonight for Greensboro in game two of the series. The first pitch is set for 7pm tonight in Greensboro. Over in Hickory, the news wasn’t as good for the Crawdads, as they opened up with a 2-0 loss to the Lake County Captains. Fans got to see a pitching duel at L.P. Frans Stadium. Hickory starter Louis Valdez went seven innings and only gave up four hits before being pulled in the eighth inning. His replacement Jean Garavito got saddled with the loss after being rocked for two runs in two innings. The series continues tonight in Hickory at 7pm.

NBA: Bobcats vs. Nets

In the senior circuit of the NBA last night, it was the New Jersey Nets over the Charlotte Bobcats 113-102. The Bobcats were led by rookie guard Raymond Felton, who had 20 points and 7 assists in the loss. After last night, the Bobcats drop to 21-55, with a game coming up Sunday against Toronto.

Panthers To Hold Tour Across Carolinas
The Carolina Panthers will be going across the state in the next month, helping to educate kids about ways to save for college. Members of the team will be making their way to Winston Salem on April 25th at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. The event will run from 3-6pm and will help people learn more about 529 Savings Plans. They will also be in Asheville and Raleigh on May 9th and 11th discussing the program.