The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a couple of thefts dealing with stolen car parts. In the first report is from Millers Creek. A property owner there reported that someone stole tires and wheels valued at 800 dollars. The tires and wheels were laying outside the home at the time of the theft. There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending. Then a Purlear resident called with a report of things stolen from their truck. The victim said it appears someone stole the battery from the vehicle and replaced it with an old battery. The trailer hitch was also stolen from the truck. There are no suspects in this theft, but the Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate.
The Wilkes County Health Department is currently urging everyone to get their flu shot. As we reported yesterday, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services this week announced the state's first three adult deaths linked to infection with seasonal influenza. The patients were from Eastern North Carolina, the Triad region, and the Charlotte area. All three patients were middle aged adults who were at increased risk for complications due to underlying medical conditions. All passed away during the past two weeks after testing positive for Influenza A. Flu vaccination is the most effective treatment against the flu. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet this season, it is not too late since flu season has not yet peaked.. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccine is widely available and protects against the strains of flu circulating this year, including H1N1. Flu vaccine is available in nasal spray and shot form. Contact your physician, pharmacy or the Wilkes County Health Department to schedule a flu shot. To schedule an appointment, please call the Health Department at 651-7450
The Wilkes County Annual Christmas Parade is this Saturday. According to the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page, Chance Cleary has been chosen to be the Grad Marshal this year. Chance is a Wilkes Native who was wounded from an IED last year while serving in Afghanistan. Everyone is invited to come out to enjoy the parade and show Chance how much you appreciate his service to our country. For those wanting to be in the parade, you can still send in your entry forms to the Chamber this week. The Wilkes Christmas Parade begins Saturday at 1pm in North Wilkesboro and travels through Wilkesboro, ending at the Intersection of Main Street and Curtis Bridge Road. Also, ENACTUS, a service and leadership club at Wilkes Community College, will be collecting soup cans during the annual Wilkes County Christmas parade this Saturday. The club will have a box located on the WCC float for collecting the cans to donate to Samaritan’s Kitchen. Parade spectators and participants can hand their soup can donations to ENACTUS club members who will be walking with the Wilkes Community College/SGA float.
One year after the first strike hit the $200 billion fast-food industry, Greensboro workers are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday, joining a 100-city strike wave. Workers will go on strike in every region of the continental United States and will be joined by supporters rallying in an additional 100 cities, as the fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation continues to grow. Fast food workers' complaint is that the country’s fastest growing jobs are also some of the lowest paid. While the fast-food industry is making record profits, some workers are forced to rely on public assistance just to afford the basics. That’s why fast-food workers from across the country are joining together to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without interference.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol participated in the More Stops “I-40 Challenge” during the Thanksgiving travel period. The “I-40 Challenge” took place on Wednesday, November 27 and Sunday December 1, which are two of the busiest travel days of the year. In support of the More Cops, More Stops campaign, there was a significant increase in troopers assigned to I-40. Law enforcement agencies from eight states including North Carolina, teamed up to push for a zero fatality rate along the 2,555 miles of I-40 over Thanksgiving. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is now pleased to announce that there were no fatalities that occurred on I-40 during the two-day challenge campaign. Often the rate of fatal and injury crashes on Interstate 40 is particularly high. But this year, while there were 40 crashed investigated along I-40, none resulted in death. Over 3000 citations were issued for DWI, seatbelt violations, and other offenses. The Highway Patrol reminds motorists that too many people lose their lives in traffic crashes that could be prevented by simply obeying the law. In fact, more than 22,000 people across the nation were killed in traffic crashes in 2011. Of those fatalities, 52 percent were NOT wearing seat belts. Approximately 9,900 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes, more than 3,330 were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and nearly 10,000 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. So obey the law, and arrive alive.
An arrest has been made in a home break-in and theft in Wilkesboro. The victim called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office concerning a theft in which several collectible dolls, washing machine, and a dryer were stolen. There was a suspect in the theft. Further investigation led Deputies to Richard Ward of Wilkesboro. He was arrested and charged with larceny. In addition, over the weekend, the Wilkes Sheriff's Office arrested two others for larceny, two for not paying child support, two arrested on drug charges, one for car theft, and 9 others on various charges.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating damages to property in Roaring River. The victim reported finding 500 dollars in damages to a section of wooden fence on their property on Bethany Ford Road. There is a suspect in this vandalism case and charges are pending further investigation. Also, a property owner on Clint Johnson Road reported that their mailbox had been damaged. No suspects were listed with that report.
They saw who grabbed the wallet, but the identity of the thief is still unknown. Wilkesboro Police were called to the Food Lion on Westwood Lane concerning a wallet theft. The victim reported that he had gone to the store, purchased groceries, and loaded them in the car. When he sat down in the car, he realized his wallet wasn't in his pocket. As he exited his car to look for it, he saw someone grab the wallet and take off in a gold pick-up. Police will be reviewing store surveillance video in order to identify the thief.
Wilkes County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Julia Houck urges area producers wanting coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to purchase it now before the sales closing date of January 1, 2014. NAP provides financial assistance to Wilkes County producers of noninsurable crops when low yields/grazing loss, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters including drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive wind or hurricanes. The following crops have a NAP application closing date of January 1, 2014: Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Rutabaga, Spinach, and Turnips. Houck said, "Natural disasters in Wilkes County are an unavoidable part of farming and ranching and FSA programs like NAP help producers recover when they experience a loss."
According to the most recent edition of Spotlight on Education in the Wilkes County Schools, students are busy learning with fun activities. Brandon Moree, a 2009 graduate of WWHS and Team Media Intern for the NFL Denver Broncos, spoke to the 5th grade students at Mt. Pleasant about the importance of developing good writing skills. Wilkes Central High School Air Force JROTC held a field day for fellow Wilkes Central students, Mtn. View students observed Red Ribbon Week that concluded with a big red ribbon student assembly, and Traphill Elementary first graders pretended to travel with Columbus on the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Wilkes County School Superintendent Dr. Marty Hemric says that it is important to “stay the course” and keep promoting student growth through mastery in learning as we finish up with 2013. And, Dr. Hemric expressed his gratitude to everyone who has contributed and/or assisted in the 2013 Fundraising Campaign titled Further the Future of Music. Nearly $50,000 was collected district wide to assist with uniforms, instruments, and other needs associated with Wilkes marching and orchestra bands.