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Thursday
Apr232015

Big Air Show in NC in May

"This air show and open house will be one of the largest and most thrilling events North Carolina will experience in 2015," says Colonel Mark Slocum, 4th Fighter Wing Commander, extending a public invitation to the Wings Over Wayne Air Show in Goldsboro, May 16 and 17. Admission to the air show and ground displays is free. Headlining the show is the tightly choreographed ground and air demonstration of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Seymour Johnson's F-15E Strike Eagles will lead a combined arms demonstration package joined by the Black Daggers U.S. Army Special Operations Parachute Team from Fort Bragg. The Wings Over Wayne family-friendly weekend includes a Kids' Zone, filling the largest aircraft hangar on the base. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is home to the 4th Fighter Wing, which consists of 7,000 people and 95 multi-role F-15E Strike Eagles. Formerly commanded by Chuck Yeager, the 4th Fighter Wing is one of the largest wings in the United States Air Force. Air show dates: May 16 and 17. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. each day. Admission and parking: Free. 

Thursday
Apr232015

NC Tick & Mosquito Awareness Month

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health (DPH) recommends taking precautions to protect against tick and mosquito bites. Tick- and mosquito-borne infections are common in North Carolina, with more than 750 cases of tick-borne diseases reported in 2014. Additionally, more than 100 cases of domestically acquired and travel-associated mosquito-borne diseases were reported in 2014. In proclaiming April as Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory noted that ticks and mosquitoes are a natural part of our environment and cannot be eradicated, so protective measures should be taken. Tick-borne diseases include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease  To reduce exposure to ticks:  Avoid tick habitats, such as wooded, grassy or brushy areas; Use tick repellent that contains DEET; and Reduce tick habitat on your property with selective landscaping. If there is a tick attached to your body, carefully remove the tick by grasping it with fine-tipped tweezers as close as possible to your skin, then gently pull until it releases. Mosquito-borne diseases usually cause either no symptoms or mild, flu-like illness. However, they can cause more serious conditions, including encephalitis and meningitis which can be fatal. To reduce exposure to mosquitoes:  Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET; Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside; and Reduce mosquito breeding by emptying standing water.

Wednesday
Apr222015

Not His Bank and Not His Account

The bank said he had insufficient funds, and he said he didn't have an account with that bank.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a fraud.  The victim met with Sheriff's Investigators and explained that on 04/11/2015 he received a letter from American Express Bank.  Once the letter was opened, the victim read that an account in his name was being cancelled due to lack of funds.  The victim said that he had never banked with American Express.  The victim had already taken steps to protect himself and had contacted his bank.  He spoke with the Fraud Department and that they advised they would put a block on the account.  No suspects were listed with that report; the investigation is continuing. According to the Federal Trade Commission, If someone steals and uses your personal information, take these three steps as soon as possible:  Place a fraud alert with the credit reporting companies; Get your free credit reports; and Create an Identity Theft Report by filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and your local police or sheriff's department. Then, you can begin to repair the damage. For more ID Theft Protection information, visit the Federal Trade Commission website at www.consumer.ftc.gov

Wednesday
Apr222015

Broken in While Owner Away

While they were away, the thief broke in and stole over 3200 dollars in property. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a Purlear home. The victim told a Sheriff's Investigator that she and her husband left Friday around noon to go to Fayetteville. When they returned the next day, they discovered that there rear garage door and the door going into the home had been kicked in. The jewelry box had been ransacked, along with the dresser drawers where some old coins were stored. The coins were uncirculated and were still new in sleeves and in a white envelope.  Stolen coins and jewelry was valued at $3200.  Damages were listed at $200.

Wednesday
Apr222015

Merlefest Starts Tomorrow at WCC

MerleFest 2015 officially begins this week, Thursday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, April 26,on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. As in previous years, the list of performers fits the “traditional plus” definition originally described by the late Doc Watson which describes the unique mix of music found at MerleFest: traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region. Thursday is a day for community outreach, with several MerleFest artists visiting and performing at local schools. MerleFest Outreach touches the lives of nearly 11,000 students each year. Finalists in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest compete on Friday to determine who will win first place and some great surprises, including the opportunity to record a song with Pinecastle Records. The culmination of the contest is Friday evening when contest chairperson Jim Lauderdale announces the winners, and the songwriters perform the winning entries on the Cabin Stage at 8 p.m.Tickets for MerleFest may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A ticket discount is still available through Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. 

Wednesday
Apr222015

Controller Shoplifter

A 19-year-old white male from Wilkesboro got a trip to jail after stealing from a local store.  Wilkesboro Police were called to Walmart regarding the theft.  Store staff said they watched the teen tear a wireless Playstation Controller from a magnetically locked inventory in the Electronics Dept of the store.  The teenager then removed the controller from the packaging, concealed it, and left the store.  He was stopped in the parking lot and detained until Police arrived.  The teen was charged with larceny by defeating an inventory control device.  His bond was set at $5000.

Wednesday
Apr222015

WCC Vice President Takes Job in Virginia

Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle, senior vice president of instruction at Wilkes Community College, will become the next president at Wytheville Community College, announced Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Sprinkle will begin his new post July 1, replacing retiring president Charlie White.  “Dr. Sprinkle will be a tremendous fit for Wytheville Community College,” DuBois said in making the appointment. Sprinkle first joined Wilkes Community College as a counselor in August 1992, after having served as staff psychologist for Tri-County Mental Health of Statesville and for Wake County Mental Health in Raleigh.  “Dr. Dean Sprinkle has served with distinction in many different roles here at Wilkes Community College over the last 22+ years,” said Dr. Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College. Dr. Sprinkle said, “While I am sad to leave my many friends and colleagues at Wilkes Community College, in the community and in the North Carolina Community College System, I am extremely excited to join the college family at Wytheville Community College."

Wednesday
Apr222015

Lobbying Group Calls for NC Redistricting Change

One Lobbying Group is calling for state action on redistricting. This week’s US Supreme Court action, sending the lawsuit over North Carolina’s 2011redistricting back to the North Carolina Supreme Court,  sends a clear signal that North Carolina needs a new redistricting process, according to the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform.  There have been about thirty judicial interventions in North Carolina redistricting in the last 35 years. “It is time for North Carolina to have a nonpartisan system that creates fair, impartial districts.   It is also time for North Carolina to have a redistricting system that  does not require court involvement..., “ said Jane Pinsky, Director of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform.  The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform has been working to create a fair impartial nonpartisan redistricting system in North Carolina since 2006.

Tuesday
Apr212015

Not Her Card and Not Her Bill

The used her name and information to open up a credit card and then run up a bill. A Purlear woman called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office concerning a case of fraud and ID Theft.  The victim advised that on 3/28/15 she got a bill from PayPal.  The bill was concerning PayPal credit card in her name which had a $999.33 balance, and PayPal was requesting payment.  The victim found the Pay Pal security number and called them.  The victim advised Pay Pal that she does have a Pay Pal account nor does she have a Pay Pal Credit Card.  Pay Pal advised her that they would close the account and that they would investigate her claim.  The victim received another letter from Pay Pal stating that they did validate her claim and confirm that someone had fraudulently used her information to create a credit account.  Pay Pal advised her that the account was closed, and recommended that she contact her local law enforcement, the credit bureaus, and the FTC.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office also advised her to contact her bank to put an alert on her account and check with the credit bureaus.  

Tuesday
Apr212015

Stolen Moped While Eating

Wilkesboro Police are looking for a stolen moped with missing pieces and broken parts. According to the victim, he arrived at a local restaurant and parked his moped.  Later he returned to find the vehicle gone.  The Duster moped, valued at $2000, is described as having a broken battery container, a broken ignition, and red tape on the tail light.  There were no known witnesses or suspects.  The restaurant did not have video surveillance where the moped was parked.  Police searched the area, but no moped and no suspects were found.