Among the list of arrests over the weekend, Deputies re-arrested at least 8 for failure to appear in court or parole violations. Five individuals were charged with larceny and two for breaking and entering and larceny. Two were arrested on drug charges, and two were arrested for communicating threats. Three people were charged with assault, including one for assault intent to kill. Also, one person was arrested for cyber-stalking, one for harassing phone calls, one for ID Theft, and two for obtaining property by false pretense.
The Wilkes County Commissioners will meet today at 7pm for their regular meeting. Public Hearings for road name requests will be held at 6:50. Items on tonight's agenda include: budget amendments and transfers, monthly financial report, and board appointments. Again, the County Commissioners' meeting is tonight in the County Office Building at 7.
Can you adopt a room for SAFE. Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies or SAFE provides services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. SAFE has also recently welcomed a new executive director, Jennifer Casstevens, who is wanting to spread the word about the many services provided by this non-profit agency. The number of individuals that SAFE of Wilkes serves each year has been growing and the resources to provide services have been shrinking. In 2013, SAFE provided shelter to 290 women, men, and children. The shelter is currently in need of some updates. So SAFe is introducing the Adopt A Room Project in an effort to beautify and create a more healing space for these women and families. If you or your group want to help with the Adopt A Room Project, call SAFE at 838-9169.
Wilkes Community College’s Division of College Readiness awarded diplomas at its thirty-sixth annual graduation ceremony on Sunday, August 17, at 4 p.m., at the John A. Walker Community Center. The College Readiness Division’s 178 graduates; 165 graduates earned a General Educational Development certificate (GED), and 13 received an Adult High School Diploma (AHS). Following the commencement ceremony, a reception was held to honor the graduates and their guests. The College Readiness Division serves Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties through several locations in each county. Classes are free, and instruction is self-paced and structured to fit the needs of students at their current functioning level. Students range in age from 16 and up. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.
More than 30 students across North Carolina took new steps in their future careers by formally joining Registered Apprenticeships last week. In an apprenticeship, participants prepare for an industry through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Apprentices earn progressively higher wages as they move through the programs. The Apprenticeship & Training Bureau works with companies across the state to set up programs in which they can train apprentices according to their needs. “Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular means for employers to train qualified workers,” said Will Collins, Executive Director of NCWorks. In April, Governor Pat McCrory announced NCWorks, a new partnership between the N.C. Department of Commerce, the N.C. Community College System, and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to improve the state’s workforce system. For more information about NCWorks, visit www.nccommerce.com/ncworks.
Last week, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan from North Carolina applauded a decision by the F-35 Joint Program Office to support construction of the F-35 Vertical Lift Fan (VLF) Repair and Test Facility for Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East at Cherry Point. Earlier this year in February, Senator Hagan joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to the Navy Secretary requesting that the Navy restore funding previously planned for construction of the facility. Also this month, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan announced that she has introduced a bill to designate two North Carolina highways as a "future interstate" that will begin in Raleigh and pass through Rocky Mount, Williamston, and Elizabeth City to Norfolk, Virginia. The Route to Opportunity and Development (ROAD) Act of 2014 will enable transportation improvements to U.S. Highways 17 and 64. "Designating these highways as a future interstate is another step in improving North Carolina's transportation network," said Hagan.
Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker have announced that Cascades Tissue Group will open a new manufacturing facility in Scotland County. The company plans to create 68 new jobs and invest $62 million during the next three years. “This investment in the Sandhills region of North Carolina not only provides much needed jobs, but also confirms a global company’s commitment to Scotland County in the years ahead,” said Governor McCrory. The company produces eco-friendly packaging and tissue products and now employs nearly 12,000 people in more than 100 operating units across North America and Europe. Cascades Inc. currently employs 178 workers at facilities in Kinston and Rockingham, North Carolina. This announcement will also secure existing jobs at the company’s other North Carolina locations. The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $402,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and grants require local matches.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a cement monument and a mower. In the first report, a resident on Hwy 16 in Wilkesboro reported the theft of a stepping stone cement monument that was engraved. The stolen monument which was stolen from the victim's yard was valued at 100 dollars. Then a property owner on the Speedway Road reported the theft of a push mower. Someone broke off the lock on the outbuilding door and took the Cub Cadet pushmower valued at 200 dollars. No suspects were listed with either report.
Employees at a local bank and Wilkesboro Police were able to stop a possible financial fraud case before there were any real damages. The bank contacted Police about one of their clients who had banked with them for many years. Reportedly, he had some health issues and the bank became concerned about someone taking advantage of the man when they noticed some suspicious activity with his account. There was someone who was requesting the transfer of funds from the man's bank account. Police talked with the suspicious person by phone who hung up when they discovered they were talking with a Police Officer. The man's bank account was closed out and a new account was opened. The fraud department at the bank was alerted, and Police have information on the possible financial fraud suspect. Also Adult Protective Services has been contacted concerning future help for the victim.
It's back to school time again, and time to pray for all Wilkes County Students, Teachers, and Administrators. The fifth annual Wilkes County Prayer Around the School System (PASS) is scheduled for Saturday, August 23 and/or Sunday, August 24. Teacher and PASS Coordinator Amy Samples explains what PASS is all about....AIR There are in Wilkes County 13 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 high schools, and one early college. Amy told 3WC News that so far this year, there are still schools that do NOT have a church scheduled to pray. Churches who wish to participate in praying around the schools here in Wilkes may call Amy Samples at 835-7133.