The Wilkes County Board of Elections has released information on Candidate Filing For Municipal Elections. Candidate filing for the November 3, 2015 Municipal Elections will begin on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 8:30 am at the Wilkes County Board of Elections office. Persons will be able to file for the following offices: North Wilkesboro Town Commissioner (3 seats – 4 year terms); Ronda Mayor (4 year term); Ronda Town Commissioner (2 seats – 4 year terms); Ronda Town Commissioner Unexpired Term (2 seats – 2 year terms); Wilkesboro Mayor (4 year term); and Wilkesboro Councilman (2 seats – 4 year terms). Persons interested in filing for office will need to be a registered voter of the municipality. Candidate filing will end on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
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WCC SkillsUSA students brought home five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals from the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Ky., on June 22-26, 2015. WCC was represented by 39 students and 21 advisors. Students participating in the national competition all won first place gold medals, a total of 39, in the state competition held in Greensboro in April. Out of the 16,000 student competitors from across the nation gathered in Louisville, 37 of the 39 WCC students placed in the top 20 positions with 29 of those placing in the top five. “We are thrilled that as Wilkes Community College celebrates its 50th year, our students who competed at SkillsUSA national had their best year ever. Success doesn’t come easily; it can’t be achieved without a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Hardin Kennedy, WCC SkillsUSA advisor. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.
The Wilkes Education Foundation (WEF) has awarded 31 mini-grants for the 2015-16 academic year to Wilkes County school teachers. The grants of up to $1,000 each are designed to provide funds to implement creative and innovative instructional programs in the classrooms for which federal, state or local funds are not available. Teachers submit applications that are reviewed anonymously and ranked based upon clarity of goals, creativity, benefit to and involvement of students, efficient use of foundation funds and adaptability of projects for use by other teachers. The 31 mini-grants awarded to Wilkes County School Teachers for 2015-16 totaled $26,060. Founded and incorporated in 1984, WEF has been awarding mini-grants since 1985. To date, some 592 grants have been awarded to Wilkes County school teachers totaling approximately $358,485. Funding for grants and scholarships is obtained from individual and corporate contributions. The Wilkes Education Foundation is a private, non-profit, IRS 501(c) (3) tax-exempt endowment corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in education in the Wilkes County Schools.
If you’re preparing for summer nuptials, make sure you do some tax planning as well. A few steps taken now can make tax time easier next year. Here are some tips from the IRS to help keep tax issues that may arise from your marriage to a minimum: Change of name. All the names and Social Security numbers on your tax return must match your Social Security Administration records. If you change your name, report it to the SSA. Change tax withholding. When you get married, you should consider a change of income tax withholding. To do that, give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. The withholding rate for married people is lower than for those who are single. Some married people find that they do not have enough tax withheld at the married rate. Find out more at IRS.gov or on IRS YouTube videos.
Bernard W. (B. W.) Collier II took the oath of office as Director of the State Bureau of Investigation at the State Capitol in a ceremony this week. As Director, Collier oversees more than 300 SBI and Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents across the state. Collier is the first SBI director to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. The 2014 state budget transferred the State Bureau of Investigation from the North Carolina Department of Justice to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety where operates as an independent agency. The Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency is a branch of the SBI. Collier spent 26 years as an SBI Special Agent and was the director of Alcohol Law Enforcement in 2013 before being appointed acting director of the SBI in 2014.
Yeah, you have a right to legally carry and gun...until you start scaring people. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office received several calls this week about a man walking along the side of Rock Creek Road carrying a firearm. When a Deputy arrived, he found the man walking along Rock Creek Road near Stone Brewer Road. The man was carrying a 22-caliber rifle that looked like an AR-15. When questioned by the Deputy, the man explained that he was only walking and didn't mean any harm to anyone, and he wanted to know how long it would take law enforcement to arrive. The man, who had been listening to a scanner while walking, said he was just exercising his right to open carry. The Deputy explained that when his actions began to scare and terrorize the public then it was illegal. The man apologized, said he understood, and said he would be more thoughtful next time. The Deputy transported the man back to his home without incident.
More fraud or possible fraud has been reported in Wilkes. According to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, a State Road resident called to report of on-line fraud attempting to steal money from their bank account using their debit card information. Scamwatch.gov says that: The last couple of decades have seen huge changes in how we do our banking and pay for goods and services. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of new technology to generate a number of potentially very costly scams. These scams aim to steal your account information and your money. Many of these scams can look and sound like the real thing, but there are ways of picking up on the warning signs so that you don't lose out. Phishing emails are fake emails usually pretending to be from banks or other financial institutions. They make up some reason for you to give your account details and then use these details to steal your money. Another possible scam is phony fraud alerts. Scammers pretend to be from your bank or financial institution and tell you that there is a problem with your account. They ask for your account details to protect your money, but then use these details to steal your money. Then there are the credit and debit card scams. These types of scams aim to steal your credit card details, either by taking the card itself or by tricking you into giving them the card’s details. Some things to remember to protect yourself is to: Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust; Always check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank; and Keep your credit and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.
There have been several reports of lawn and garden tools and/or power tools in the past few weeks. The most recent is from the Purlear area. A property owner called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to report the theft. This time the thief or thieves took a Stihl leaf blower and Stihl weed eater from the porch of the victim's house. No suspects were given with the report.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating two reports of vandalism: one involving paint and the other rocks. A resident on the Haymeadow Road returned home to find the side of his garage and the back of the house had been spray painted. Then a Mulberry Creek Road property owner called to report damage to his cars. It appears someone threw rocks at the victim's vehicles causing damages. No suspects were listed with either report; the Wilkes Sheriff's Dept is continuing to investigate.
US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced that starting today, July 1, 2015, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. USDA also has an online resource available to help dairy producers decide which level of coverage will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The enhanced Web tool, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily calculate their coverage needs. For more information regarding the Margin Protection Program or other FSA programs, contact the Wilkes County FSA office at 207 W Main Street, Room 108 or by phone at 336-838-3622 ext 2 or visit the USDA Web site at www.usda.gov.