The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted yesterday on proposed rule changes to 39 agency regulations related to wildlife management, fisheries, game lands, and law enforcement for the 2017-18 seasons. The effective date for these regulations is Aug. 1, 2017. Of the 39 proposed rule changes presented during public hearings in January, 38 were approved. Wildlife commissioners approved fishing proposals that will add 40 miles of wild trout waters to the agency’s Public Mountain Trout Waters program — 10 miles on Rendezvous Mountain State Forest Game Land in Wilkes County and 30 miles on Stone Mountain State Park in Alleghany County. The addition of these wild trout waters brings the total number of miles in the Public Mountain Trout Waters program to more than 5,300 miles.
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Carolina Farm Credit has announced that it is now accepting grant applications for the Corporate Mission Fund. “Our Corporate Mission Fund is another way that Carolina Farm Credit strives to enhance agriculture and the rural communities in North Carolina.” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit. The Corporate Mission Fund operates on an application-based grant system. Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per year to help in their endeavors to promote agriculture as well as stimulate the local agricultural economy in the western half of North Carolina. Grant applications will be accepted to September 1, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the Carolina Farm Credit Corporate Mission Fund page.
A 2-year-old child from Wilkes was airlifted to Brenner's due to a gunshot wound in the chest. Sunday evening the Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to Hugh Chatham Hospital in Elkin. A child had been brought in by the parents who said the child found a .380 handgun in the car and accidentally shot himself. The child was airlifted to Brenner's. The incident happened on Chuckwood Road in Thurmond. No charges have been filed yet; the investigation is ongoing.
She tried to attack her room-mate with a sword and then threatened to kill her room-mate for calling police. Wilkesboro Police were called to a disturbance at River Street Apartments. The two women inside had been in an argument with one threatening the other with a Samurai sword. The woman was unharmed and wasn't going to press charges, but as the Police were leaving, the one who had the sword, threatened to kill her room-mate for calling Police. Myint Aung of Wilkesboro was arrested and charged with communicating threats.
Twelve Wilkes Community College instructors completed a semester-long instruction, CORE (Collaborative Online Reflective Experience), to apply best practices in online learning. The CORE approach was developed by WCC as part of its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). All colleges accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) are required to develop a QEP as part of their reaffirmation. Wilkes Community College was reaffirmed in June 2016. According to WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox, “Wilkes Community College is committed to offering quality online courses, and the CORE approach promotes the highest of online course standards..."
It is believed the phone was stolen out of the shopping cart. A Wilkesboro woman called Police last week when she started to leave a local store and realized her Apple iPhone was gone. The woman had her pocketbook and cell phone in a shopping cart. When checking out, she discovered the phone was gone. Police checked with store staff to see if anyone had returned the phone. In store video will also be checked. There is no word on suspects at this time.
Wilkesboro Police Department was awarded the Gold Medal designation by NC Special Olympics this month for fundraising efforts in 2016. The Wilkesboro PD thanks everyone who donated, bought merchandise, or participated in events to provide opportunities for those served by the NC Special Olympics. Officer Bradley Dancy and Officer Donald Caudle were present to accept the award in Pinehurst. Currently, Wilkesboro Police Department has 2017 NC Torch Run for Special Olympics fundraising t-shirts for sale! If you would like to help in their fundraising efforts for Special Olympics this year by getting a T-shirt, call the Wilkesboro PD at 336-667-7277
Wilkes County Schools Pre-K Classes are accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. If your child will be 4 years old on or before August 31, then please call the school in your district and provide initial contact information. Families will be mailed a screening invitation with an appointment time to attend. Screenings will take place at each elementary school March 1 through April 12. For questions, call Wilkes County Schools at 336-667-1121.
On Tuesday, the South African Police Service in Pretoria charged parents of a 14-year-old girl with multiple sex crimes discovered by the State Bureau of Investigation through a Catawba County child pornography case. The SBI Computer Crimes Unit received information about a North Carolina man who was allegedly soliciting someone to engage in sex acts with his six-year-old niece. Working with Homeland Security Investigations Charlotte, the SBI was led to a suspect in Catawba County. Then HSI agents traced the activity to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. On Feb. 14, the girl was located by HSI. The South African Police Service arrested those involved in the pornography case which had a connection to a man in Catawba County.