Since the beginning of the year, many in Wilkes and surrounding counties have been harassed and threatened by people pretending to be from the IRS. In fact, this has become a real problem all across the country. The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay immediately by sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, there have been over 700,000 scam calls reported with nearly 4,550 victims, and unfortunately, over $23 million paid out to thieves as a result of the IRS Phone scam. Again, if someone calls your home claiming to be from the IRS, hang up. You can call the IRS Scam Reporting Hotline at 800-366-4484.
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Dec. 1, 2015. Households eligible to apply for LIEAP must contain a person aged 60 or above, or at least one disabled person receiving disability benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability or Veterans benefits, through the Division of Aging and Adult Services. LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides a one-time payment directly to the utility company to help eligible households pay their heating bills during the cold-weather months. Last year, the program provided approximately $40 million to help more than 141,000 households pay their heating bills from December 2014 through March 2015. For more information, contact the Wilkes County Department of Social Services.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging the public and healthcare providers to use antibiotics carefully and appropriately to reduce the growth of antibiotic resistance, particularly during flu season. Unnecessary and inappropriate uses of antibiotics are primary causes of the increase in drug-resistant bacteria that can lead to serious illness or death. "During flu season, people often feel symptoms that can be uncomfortable and immediately request or are prescribed antibiotics,” said Acting State Health Director Megan Davies, M.D. “We don’t want people to destroy the good bacteria that they have.... Overuse can cause unwanted side effects and can lead to infections that are difficult to treat or untreatable." Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed last week as “Get Smart – Know When Antibiotics Work Week” in North Carolina to increase awareness. The NC Dept of Health advises to: Talk with your healthcare provider about antibiotic resistance, Ask your doctor which over-the-counter medicines can help with symptom relief, Take a prescribed course of antibiotics exactly as directed by the doctor, and Never take antibiotics that were prescribed for someone else.
The charge is assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. Wilkesboro Police were called to Lowes Motel regarding a disturbance. When Police arrived, they followed a trail of blood that led to the victim who had head injuries. The victim said he was jumped from behind who hit him, but he did not know who the attacker was. Surveillance video showed a man approach the victim from behind and carrying a ballbat. The attacker then hit the victim several times in the face and head. He even continued hitting him after the victim collapsed to the ground until the bat broke in half. The attacker, who left the scene before Police arrived, has been identified and warrants have been issued for his arrest.
Nearly $2000 in property was stolen. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called concerning a break-in and theft of some property in Ferguson. The property belongs to Southeast Commercial Real Estate Group. A representative from that real estate group called to report the break-in of a Clubhouse on Ridge Road. It appears thieves entered through the screen porch and stole patio furniture. The table and four chairs was valued at 400 dollars. A wicker set valued at $1200 was stolen. Also, two rocking chairs valued at $200 were taken. No suspects were listed with the report. The theft happened sometime between October 1 and November 23.
Due to the upcoming holidays, many businesses will be closed. As for governmental offices: according to County Manager John Yates, the Wilkes County Offices will be closed for the following holidays: Thanksgiving, County Offices are Closed – Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Closed – Friday, November 27, 2015. Next month for Christmas, Wilkes County Offices will be closed: at Noon – Wednesday, December 23, 2015, Closed – Thursday, December 24, 2015, and Closed – Friday, December 25, 2015.
They are investigating contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A North Wilkesboro woman called the Sheriff's Office this week regarding some drug use. The woman said her daughter stayed the night at the home of a friend, and someone there gave her daughter marijuana. Names are withheld at this time as that investigation is ongoing.
National Sanctity of Human Life Day will be celebrated on Sunday, January 17, 2016. With preserving human life at the very center of the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center's ministry, they are asking churches to help promote the importance of this day by making plans now. You are asked to go ahead and schedule a visit from one of the staff or board of the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center at your church. You are also asked to make plans to be a part of the annual fundraiser "Baby Bottle Boomerang" that's planned for January. You can find out more by calling the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center at 336-838-9272.
Because Thanksgiving falls late this year, many Christmas tree growers are opening up early for the season. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages consumers to use proper techniques to care for their fresh trees. The department offers the following tips for consumers to care for their real Christmas tree this holiday season: If you can’t set up your tree immediately, put it in a bucket of water in a cool, shady place; Cut off a half inch from the base of the tree before placing it in a stand; Use a stand that will hold at least a gallon of water; Check the water levels often; Place tree away from heat sources; and Check lights and cords for broken bulbs and frayed wiring. North Carolina is the second-largest producer of Christmas trees in the nation, producing about a fifth of U.S.-grown trees. Consumers can purchase trees directly from choose-and-cut farms, at retail stores, as well as farmers markets and tree lots across the state. To find real Christmas trees, choose-and-cut farms, poinsettias, wreaths and more holiday products, go to www.NCFarmFresh.com.
Governor Pat McCrory has announced that utility work necessary to begin construction of the new Bonner Bridge replacement is underway. “The Bonner Bridge has been a lifeline for the residents and visitors to the Outer Banks, and this first step toward building its replacement is a historic milestone for the region and entire state,” Governor McCrory said. The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge is on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County and has been in service since 1963. Construction is slated to begin next spring. The 3.5 mile span is expected to take approximately three years to construct and is a $216 million dollar project. Governor Pat McCrory also announced that the final leg of the eastern section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, the Asheville Connector, the Weddington Road/I-485 interchange and the Mid-Currituck bridge are among the numerous projects that will be accelerated thanks to the reforms of the NC 2015-17 budget. The budget reforms signed by Governor McCrory added over $700 million in new funding for transportation over two years and ended the annual transfer of $216 million from the Highway Fund to the General Fund. Over 10 years, these budget reforms are projected to provide an additional $1.6 billion for North Carolina Department of Transportation construction projects.