The Wilkes County Board of Elections has put out a notice for a meeting held Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8:30 am by a teleconference. Persons wishing to be personally present to participate in the teleconference may be at the Board of Elections Office in the Wilkes County Office Building March 10. If you have any questions or concerns about this notice please contact the Wilkes County Board of Elections.
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the release of IRS2Go 4.0, an update to its smartphone application featuring new added features available in both English and Spanish. The redesigned IRS2Go provides new features for taxpayers to access the latest information to help them in the preparation of their tax returns. In this version, IRS2Go highlights the addition of an innovative new refund status tracker, providing taxpayers an easy-to-use feature to follow their tax return throughout the process. There have been about 3.5 million downloads of IRS2Go since its inception in 2011. The newest version of the free mobile app offers a number of safe and secure ways for taxpayers to access other popular tools and the most up-to-date tax information. For more information on IRS2Go, products and services through social mediachannels and other media products, visit www.IRS.gov.
The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners are scheduled for a regular monthly meeting tomorrow morning. The meeting is scheduled for 9am in the Commissioners' Room of the Wilkes County Office Building. On the agenda for tomorrow morning, Commissioners will get an update from the Smoky Mountain Center, the Wilkes County Child Fatality Prevention Team will present their Annual Report for 2013, and the Wilkes Library Annual Report. The Commissioners will also take action on some budget amendments and road petitions. Again the County Board meeting is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9.
Here's a reminder that local college students will be making up some days next week. Wilkes Community College announced inclement weather makeup days for instructional time lost during last month's snow storm. Wednesday, February 12, will be made up on Wednesday, March 12, Thursday, February 13, will be made up on Thursday, March 13, Friday, February 14, will be made up on Friday, March 14. Established in 1965, 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.
They need sponsors and players and it's for the children. The Child Abuse Prevention Team known as “Our House” located on Main street of Historic Wilkesboro is having their First Annual C.A.P.T./ “Our House” Golf Tournament. It's Thursday, April 17th, 2014. All proceeds from this event will be used for prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing parenting classes, advocating for families in the community, and providing free supervision during court-ordered visits. Although CAPT serves families throughout the state, the majority of the families that they serve come from Wilkes, Surry, Ashe, Iredell, Watauga and Alexander counties. CAPT / “Our House” is a charitable organization with a state approved 501 (c) (3) nonprofit license which means that roughly half of the annual funding is provided through fundraising events and private donations. Thanks to the United Way of Wilkes and the County of Wilkes, CAPT is able to provide all services to those in need for free. The golf tournament will be held at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. Hole sponsorships are available for individuals or businesses for a tax deductible donation. Also, donations of door prizes will greatly be appreciated. For registration or more information, contact Barry Shew – Executive Director, CAPT by phone (336) 667-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
A Wilkes County Middle School teacher was arrested last night for trafficking drugs. According to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, Denise Stripling Amick was arrested for trafficking and manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver. Amick is a 7th Grade Teacher at West Wilkes Middle School. 36 marijuana plants were found growing in the basement of her home at 160 Rolling Pine Street, North Wilkesboro. The marijuana plants found in Amick's home had a street value of 23,000 dollars. Amick is currently in jail under a 20,000 dollar bond. Her 18-year-old son, Carson Amick, was also arrested for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is in jail with a 2000 dollar bond.
According to NC Dept of Health and Human Services, there have been 81 deaths including one in Wilkes related to influenza since October of last year. Influenza A or H1N1 has been the predominant virus this season. According to the Wilkes Health Dept, Wilkes County has recorded one flu related death since the first of the year. That Wilkes County woman who tested positive for H1N1 was elderly and their immune system was compromised by other health issues. Influenza-like illness decreased across the state during week 8 ending on 2/22/2014.
Doors locked or unlocked; front door, back door or basement door...in Wilkes, thieves will go in any way they can. In an incident reported this week, they came in through the basement. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called Wednesday concerning a home break-in at a North Wilkesboro residence. The homeowner found that someone had forcibly entered their home. The thief broke open the basement door to get inside the house. A Christmas Barbi Doll Collection and a quarter cable combo kit were stolen. No suspects were listed with the report.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a food stamp or EBT card. The victim stated that someone had stolen her EBT card and used it at the Holly Mountain IGA on Hwy 268. The card was used to buy groceries by an unknown individual. There is no word on suspects at this time. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that replaced paper food stamp coupons with a magnetic striped card (similar to a credit or bank card). North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recipients use EBT cards to access FNS benefits. EBT cards can be used at any USDA authorized retailer including most major grocery stores.
A film about slavery in our time is being presented this week in North Wilkesboro. Did you know that small towns like Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro are exactly the kind of area human traffickers are looking for? Traffickers enslave human beings for the purpose of sexual or commercial exploitation. Many traffickers are choosing to move their business beyond big cities into unsuspecting rural communities. In an effort to promote awareness of the perils of human trafficking, Erin and Jessy Mitchell will be providing a free screening of the documentary "Not My Life" at Talia's Expresso Cafe on Main Street in North Wilkesboro. You are asked to come see this human trafficking documentary and see how this affects you, your children, your grandchildren, and what you can do to prevent it. Again the presentation is free and will be Friday at 7:30 at Talia's.