The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a couple of cases of damage to property. In the first, a North Wilkesboro man reported that the tires on the front of his car were slashed. Damages are listed at 100 dollars. In the second report, a man said he was driving down New Browns Ford Road when something broke out the back glass in his semi-truck causing 250 dollars in damages. Both incidents are being investigated as vandalism.
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Nearly 900 dollars in property was taken from a house on Welcome Home Church Road. The victim reported that he returned to the residence to move out some items and found they were moved out for him by a thief. A bag of tools, various home decorations, and some baby items were stolen. No suspects were listed. The Sheriff's Office is investigating.
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.
The Wilkes Community College Small Business Center has a variety of seminars scheduled for January and February that support the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses. These seminars are offered at no charge. Attendees must pre-register. Starting Thursday--Small Business Taxes – January 19, 2017, 6-8:30 p.m and How to Make Money on eBay – January 24, 2017, 6-9 p.m. The Small Business Center Network is comprised of 58 small business centers throughout North Carolina and supports businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling and resource information. 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. To learn more about the Small Business Center and seminars, contact Laurie Brintle-Jarvis at 336-838-6166
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has invited potential conservation partners, including private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts, and universities to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. USDA is now accepting proposals and are due April 21. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.
She was only gone for an hour but that was long enough for someone to steal her car and medication. The North Wilkesboro resident told Sheriff's Investigators that she went to the store with a friend. They were gone about an hour. When she returned, she found the front door to her house open. Also, some prescription medication was gone, some cash was taken, and her white Ford Fusion car were gone. Stolen property is valued over 12,000 dollars. There are suspects in this theft and charges are pending.
On Social Media, several were following and concerned for the safety of a child last week as someone was being chased by local law enforcement. A domestic dispute on the Austin Traphill Road led to a man taking his 6-month old and then trying to elude Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies and Elkin Police. The report on social media was that the man threatened to wreck the car with the child inside. However, the Wilkes man was stopped by Elkin Police and charged with domestic assault. The child was safely returned to the mother.
At the Wilkes County Commissioners meeting last week, there was a discussion among Commissioners about the trash littering roadways in Wilkes, especially along the sides of Hwy 268. Commissioner Keith Elmore called for a public hearing regarding the roadside trash, how to enforce littering ordinances on the books, and possible fines. A Public Hearing regarding roadside trash will be held before the next Commissioners' meeting at 6:50pm on January 17 in the County Office Building.
Severe winter weather has compounded the winter blood shortage at the Red Cross. There is currently an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types. Eligible donors should consider making an appointment to donate. In Wilkes this month there are Red Cross Blood Drives planned. Bethel Baptist Church in Hays on January 21 from 9:30 til 2; Sweet Frog of Wilkesboro on the 25th from 2:30 til 7; and Temple Hill United Methodist Church on Somers Road on the 26th from 3 til 7:30.
It's Sanctity of Life Month with Sanctity of Life Sunday coming up this Sunday, January 22. The Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center which offers alternatives to abortion locally is asking for volunteers. Director Susan Sturgill asks that you prayfully consider what God would have you do to help the Center. A training session for volunteers is planned for February. Both women and men are needed to help. The Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center is located on School Street in Wilkesboro. Call for information on volunteering at 336-838-9272.