The 46th annual Wilkes County Agricultural Fair is going on each day through Saturday at the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club’s Worth Evan Tomlinson Park, adjacent to West Park in North Wilkesboro. Gates open weekdays at 5 p.m. and at 2pm on Saturday. The Fair features rides, a petting zoo, 4H exhibits and other activities. Admission at the gates is $8. Children under 5 are admitted free.
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The Wilkes rate was unchanged. Unemployment rates increased in 68 of North Carolina’s counties in August, decreased in 14, and remained unchanged in 18 including Wilkes County. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent. Wilkes unemployment rate remained the same at 4.8 percent but is down from one year ago when the county rate was 6.0. The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, October 21, 2016 when the state unemployment rate for September 2016 will be released.
Elections officials have begun issuing ballots to voters who request to participate by mail. To request a ballot, voters must complete the form available at ncsbe.gov. The form must be completed by the voter or by the voter’s near relative. Requests must be delivered to the county board of elections office no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 1. Ballots should be returned to the county board of elections office no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 8. Voted ballots delivered between November 9 and November 11 will be counted only if postmarked on or before Election Day. To check registration status, or to view a sample ballot, visit ncsbe.gov. Early voting in Wilkes begins October 20 and continues through November 5. The General Presidential Election which includes a NC Governor's race, US Senate Race from NC, and 5th District Congressional Race will be Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has completed its’ investigation into a deadly bus wreck earlier this month that resulted in four deaths and multiple injuries. A 1993 MCI Motor Coach Bus from Sandy River Baptist Church of Chesterfield, S.C., was traveling east on U.S. 74 near the city of Hamlet, N.C., when the front left tire blew out. The bus to traveled out of control into the median where is struck a guardrail before colliding into a concrete bridge support. The collision resulted in the deaths of the driver and three young passengers ages 21, 19, and 10. At the time of the collision, the bus was traveling from Rock Hill to Fayetteville to participate in a football game at the University of God’s Chosen. After a review, investigators have determined that the cause of the collision was contributed to tire failure.
Governor Pat McCrory and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced that Corning Optical Communications LLC will expand operations in Hickory and Winston-Salem. The company plans to add 205 jobs and invest nearly $83.5 million in the state over the next five years. “This expansion will build on the more than 300,000 new jobs added in North Carolina since 2013 and will further support our position as one of the fastest growing economies in the nation,” said Governor McCrory. Corning Optical Communications is a worldwide provider of fiber optic communications solutions for voice, data and video networks. Corning’s expansion adds 105 people at its Hickory plant and 100 employees in Winston-Salem.
As National Preparedness Month comes to an end, Wilkes County Health Department would like to remind Wilkes County citizens that continuing to be aware and be prepared throughout the year is very important. At Wilkes County Health Department, their mission is “Promoting health and preventing disease in our community.” The best way to be prepared for the flu season is to get a flu vaccine. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot by the end of October every year. Remember it can take around 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to be effective, so get your flu shot early. Also, here are some simple things you can do to help prevent the spread of germs: Wash your hands thoroughly and often; If you are sick stay home to prevent others from catching your illness; Cover your mouth and nose completely when sneezing or coughing; and Avoid touching unwashed hands to your mouth, eyes or nose. Call Wilkes County Health Department at 336-651-7450 to schedule an appointment to get your flu vaccine today.
A thousand dollars in property and some money was stolen from a home on the Fishing Creek Road. According to the victim, someone entered their home over the weekend. A Samsung 60-inch LED Smart TV and a jar of quarters was stolen. There is a possible suspect in the theft and charges are pending further investigation by the Wilkes Sheriff's Office.
In Millers Creek, someone took a tow dolly. Wilkes Power Equipment called the Sheriff's Office this week to report the theft. They explained that someone stole an orange 2010 U-Haul tow dolly valued at 1000 dollars. The dolly was located on Hensley Eller Road at the time of the theft. No suspects were listed in this theft.
When you remove an anti-theft device, then it's no longer misdemeanor larceny--it's a felony. Wilkesboro Police were called to Kohls this week regarding a shoplifter being detained. The 45-year-old white male was seen by store personnel removing 3 watches from their boxes and putting them in his pocket. Police explained that since he had removed anti-theft devices to get the watches, he would be charged with a felony.
It's coming this Saturday. Apples, apples, apples....The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is not just this club's largest fundraiser, but has become a one of Wilkes County's biggest fundraisers. Over 100 civic, church and other non-profit organizations participate in the festival. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in Downtown North Wilkesboro is this Saturday, October 1 rain or shine.