Shots fired from a BB gun caused damages to a house. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating some damage to property on Russell Gap Road. The homeowner reported finding six holes in the vinyl siding and two window broken out due to shots from a BB gun. There was no damage to the interior of the home and no injuries were reported. It seems the shooting and damage occurred while the homeowner was not in the house. Damages are estimated at 500 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report.
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There was never a fire, but there was a gas leak. Roaring River, Knotville, and Ronda fire departments were called to the feed mill in Roaring River Monday after a natural gas line was cut by a construction crew. Firefighters sprayed water on the gas leak to prevent a fire and to dissipate the gas. Fire crews were on the scene until the gas leak could be contained. There was never a fire and no injuries were reported. The feed mill is owned by Tyson Foods.
A 24-year-old North Wilkesboro man was involved in a single car crash after fleeing from Police. A Wilkesboro Police Officer observed a car go through a stop sign without stopping and then continue at a high rate of speed. When Police tried to initiate a traffic stop, the car increased speed and made several turns to elude Police. The chase ended when the car crashed into a power pole at Oakwood's Road and Forest Hills Drive. The power pole broke from the impact and the car flipped over. The driver, Christopher Pruitt, was able to get out of the car and refused treatment by EMS. He later blew .14 on the alco-sensor test. Pruitt was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, DWI, failure to stop for a stop sign, reckless driving and other traffic violations. His car was seized and towed.
First, they didn't pay the rent. Then they stole property and trashed the place before leaving. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a damage to property report in North Wilkesboro. The property owner had issued an eviction notice to the renters. They were out by the time appointed but they stole 2 heaters and a rug. The house was also left open and in a mess. Warrants have been issued and arrests are pending. Stolen property was listed at 250 dollars.
Calling all local young basketball players! Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is offering middle school students the chance to win a full scholarship to summer basketball camp. Young men can apply to attend the June 20-24 Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Young ladies can apply to attend the June 14-17 Wolfpack Women's Basketball Camp at N.C. State University in Raleigh. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives, including Blue Ridge Electric, are providing scholarships for deserving young men and young women to attend basketball camps on these college campuses. Scholarships will be awarded to 50 rising sixth through eighth graders from across the state. The deadline for applications is March 31. Applicants will be judged on their academics, extra-curricular activities and accompanying essay. Students can pick up an application from their school’s physical education teacher or download an application at www.ncemcs.com/community/sportsCamps.htm. For more information, call Blue Ridge Electric at (828) 759-8994. Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties. Their website is: www.BlueRidgeEMC.com.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is now accepting applications from communities interested in participating in the Watch for Me NC campaign. Watch for Me NC is a nationally-recognized bicycle and pedestrian safety, education, and enforcement program. The campaign is led by local partners with technical support and safety materials provided by NCDOT and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. The 2015 Watch for Me NC campaign is supported by the NCDOT Governor’s Highway Safety Program. The campaign, now in its fourth year, is seeking new partner communities in North Carolina as part of an effort to expand statewide. Communities interested in joining the campaign can learn more about the program or can download an application at www.watchformenc.org/about/participate. Selected partners receive free law enforcement training and safety materials to support their local efforts. Safety materials include bicycle lights, reflective arm bands, bumper stickers and banners. The campaign also educates the public through paid advertising such as billboards and radio public service announcements. Applications will be due on March 27, 2015.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, of the 5th District here in Wilkes, spoke out this week in opposition to President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on popular college savings accounts. “Paying for college is hard work, and it’s getting more difficult as tuition and fees continue to increase at rapid rates,” said Foxx on the House floor. Since 2001, students have been able to withdraw earnings from 529 investment plans tax-free if the funds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. Last week President Obama proposed taxing those withdrawals and treating the earnings as student income, which would hurt a child’s chances of receiving financial aid. “With student loan debt surpassing credit card debt, it is incredibly irresponsible of the president to take away this valuable tool that millions of American families use to save for college,” Foxx said. The Congresswoman also stated that House Republicans will fight this attempt to raise taxes on hardworking American families.
They opened Saturday night to a packed house, and were for a time, standing room only. HIS Light Church and Ministries has opened a soup kitchen in the former Quincy's Steakhouse building. Their mission is to feed the hungry of Wilkes and to share the love of Jesus. Michael Brineager is heading up the project and is asking for other churches to join with him. Volunteers are needed. Again, the kitchen is on Curtis Bridge Road in Wilkesboro and is open to the poor and hungry every evening at 5pm. If you would like to volunteer, you may call Michael Brineager at 336-984-7930. Church services are held in the same building every Sunday morning.
Some funny money has surfaced again here in Wilkes. The Wilkes County Sheriff's Department was called by First Community Bank regarding a counterfeit bill. Bank employees told Sheriff's Investigators that a teenage white female came in to get change for a 100 dollar bill. When the bank told the teenager that the bill was fake, she said she didn't know and was given the money by her dad. The young girl then left the bank. No word on arrests; the investigation is ongoing.
The Sheriff's Office is also investigating a series of thefts from one mailbox on Hwy 268 East. The victim told Sheriff's Deputies that papers from the Social Security Company, a Social Security Card, and a set of earrings have all been stolen from their mailbox. The thefts have been occurring since August of last year. No suspects were listed and no other information was given as to why the thefts are just now being reported.