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Monday
Jun262017

Doughton Park Re-Opened

On Friday, June 23, the National Park Service hosted a special event to celebrate the re-opening of the Doughton Park Visitor Center & Park Store for the 2017 season. An effort to rehabilitate the restaurant and lodge at Bluffs is also a current focus.  Needed renovations and restoration of services at the restaurant adjacent to the Park Store are identified as the next step in the process. Through collaborative efforts of local community leaders, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Eastern National, Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the National Park Service, the revitalization of this historic area is currently underway.

Monday
Jun262017

NCSBI Cracking Down on Fraud

Two agents with the State Bureau of Investigation have saved taxpayers more than $10.1 million since they began investigating fraudulent Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid disability claims eight months ago. The two SBI agents are part of the Social Security Office of Inspector General’s Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit which investigates questionable statements and activities of claimants, medical providers and other third parties on potential fraud in the Social Security Administration’s disability programs. Last month, a special agent in charge of SBI’s Eastern Area and one in the Western Area, investigated 20 questionable fraud claims and either closed or denied 14 of those cases which resulted in a savings of nearly $1.8 million for both state and federal funds. Donald Jefferson, the special-agent-in-charge of the Office of Inspector General’s CDI Division, said his agency has zero tolerance for fraud.

Monday
Jun262017

Escape Inmate Returned

A Tabor Correctional Institution inmate who left his work assignment on Tuesday is back in custody after being captured Thursday at 1 a.m. Members of the prison staff, along with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department, captured Ricky Robinson (#0348782) in Whiteville early Thursday morning.  Robinson, a minimum custody inmate, was discovered missing from his work assignment Tuesday. Robinson, 59, will face charges for his escape. He is currently serving a sentence as a habitual felon. He was scheduled for release in June 2021.

Monday
Jun262017

Foxx on Technical Education

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) issued the following statements upon House passage of theStrengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) last week:  “All education is career education," Chairwoman Foxx said. "Our nation’s career and technical education programs prepare many Americans to enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed, and help close our nation’s skills gap."  Foxx stated that this bipartisan bill opens the door for more innovation in workforce development with the help of community leaders, educational institutions, and private business. 

Friday
Jun232017

North Wilkesboro Fire Chief Charged with Misdemeanor Assault

It was a domestic disturbance involving the North Wilkesboro Fire Chief Jimmy Martin.  North Wilkesboro Police responded to a domestic disturbance at Chief Martin's house on June 14.  Martin's wife told Police there was a verbal argument that escalated.  She said he attempted to choke her and pushed her to the ground.  Martin was later stopped by Police in a traffic stop and said his wife was lying about what happened.  Police observed marks on Martin's wife below her chin and on her knee.  However, she refused to give Police a written statement and would not let Police take pictures of the possible injuries.  North Wilkesboro Fire Chief Martin was arrested on  misdemeanor assault charges and released on bond.

Friday
Jun232017

Living in an Empty House

They were living in the vacant house.  A North Wilkesboro property owner called the Wilkes Sheriff's Dept this week due to people living in a house he owns.  The house was supposed to be vacant.  Deputies arrived and found one glass door broken and another door open.  While clearing the house, a Deputy found a male and a female asleep in the Master bedroom with all their personal belongings.  The two people were awakened and arrested on breaking and entering charges.  Damages to the house were listed at 300 dollars.

Friday
Jun232017

Stolen Scooter

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a scooter.  The victim reported the vehicle theft this week.  The scooter valued at 1000 dollars was taken from outside the victim's residence during the overnight hours Monday.  No suspects were listed with the report. 

Friday
Jun232017

Outbuilding Break-In

It was yet another outbuilding break-in.  The property owner reported that their outbuilding near their residence on Greenhorn Road was forcibly entered.  A Stihl weed eater valued at 250 dollars was stolen.  No other property was taken. There is no word on suspects; the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Friday
Jun232017

Two Fireworks Displayed

Only two fireworks displays this year for the Fourth.  The Wilkes Fire Marshal's Office received three requests but one withdrew a request.  So only two were submitted to the County Commissioners this week for approval.  Crossroads Harley Davidson will have a fireworks display on July 1 and then the annual display at Memorial Park will be on the Fourth.

Friday
Jun232017

MESH Sports Physicals This Summer

The Wilkes County Health Department’s MESH unit will be providing sports physicals this summer for $15 to the students of Wilkes County beginning July 11th, 2017. This is a screening examination for participation in sports.  This does not substitute for a comprehensive examination with your child’s regular physician where important preventive health information can be covered.  For this sports physical, you may visit your child’s regular physician, or you may call 336-651-7450 to schedule an appointment with the MESH Unit. The sport physicals will be in the back parking lot of the health department on the mobile unit.