Wilkes County Schools have seen their share of missed days due to snow and frigid cold temperatures during the month of February. Superintendent Dr. Marty Hemric has announced that make-up days will be added to the end of the school year. Wilkes County Students will now be going to school on May 4 and 5 and on June 3, 4 and 5. May 4 and 5 were originally scheduled as optional teacher workdays. June 2 had been scheduled as the last day of the school year. Wilkes School Officials tried to avoid using any of spring break for makeup days due to vacation plans by students and their families for these days. Also, Spring break is scheduled for April 3-10. Dr. Hemric said that Friday, June 5th as the last day of the school year is closer to the high school graduation ceremonies.
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Two white female teenagers were caught for shoplifting over the weekend. Wilkesboro Police were patrolling on foot when they were contacted by Walmart Loss Prevention concerning the two girls who were stopped for shoplifting. The two had pushed a shopping cart out the door with items inside which had not been paid for. Police questioned the two and were given consent to search their pocketbooks. Police also found food and makeup that the two had stolen. Both girls were arrested, charged with misdemeanor larceny, and released to their guardians.
Get ready. Prepare now. Drill is Wednesday. Governor Pat McCrory has declared March 1-7 Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina, cautioning North Carolinians to practice how to be safe when thunderstorms and tornadoes threaten. While damaging storms and tornadoes can occur any time of the year, March through May is peak tornado season for the state. “Despite the snow, sleet and freezing rain over the past few weeks, we are now entering the peak severe storm season, and we need to prepare and practice what to do when severe weather occurs," Governor McCrory said. Schools and government buildings statewide will hold tornado drills Wednesday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m. to practice their emergency plans. Test messages will be broadcast on NOAA weather radios and the Emergency Alert System. All North Carolinians are encouraged to participate in the drill. In 2014, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued 81 tornado warnings for North Carolina and recorded 36 tornadoes that killed one and injured 34 people. Combined, the tornadoes caused more than $22 million in damages. In addition, the NWS issued more than 632 severe thunderstorm warnings, and recorded more than 686 incidents of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and/or large hail. The severe storms killed three people, injured seven others and caused $3.5 million in damages. More information on tornadoes and overall emergency preparedness can be found in the ReadyNC mobile app and online at www.ReadyNC.org.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before a joint session of Congress today; only the Vice-President and Congressional Democrats say they will boycott the speech since he was asked to speak by Speaker John Boehner and not the President. President Obama, who has avoided meetings with Netanyahu before, has also refused to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister while he is here today. Recently, I spoke with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx from the 5th District here in Wilkes. I reminded the Congresswoman that those of us who believe the Bible also believe that God blesses those who stand with Israel. I asked if she believed that the Democrats would actually refuse to come to the Prime Minister's Speech today. AIR The President has stated that his reason for not meeting with Netanyahu is due to the upcoming election in Israel. NC Senator Richard Burr said: I’m planning on attending Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress ... because I believe we should support our longtime friend and ally, Israel.
Apparently, someone did have a rock to throw. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called last week to investigate a damage to property incident on Gooseberry Lane. A Deputy spoke with the victim who advised someone had thrown a rock through her bedroom window. There was a rock about the size of a baseball laying in the bedroom floor with glass all in the floor. The victim reported that they left around 3:00 p.m and then returned home around 9:15 p.m . There are no other signs of a break-in and nothing was reported stolen. Damages to the broken window are listed at 200 dollars. No word on suspects.
A truck stolen in South Carolina was recovered in Wilkes County last week. A State Highway Patrol Officer contacted Wilkesboro Police when he was notified of an abandoned vehicle at the Rest Area off Hwy 421. A check of the vehicle registration revealed that the blue Nissan truck was stolen from someone in Spartenburg, South Carolina. The truck was towed from the Rest Area and will be store until the owner can be come get it. Police were able to get some information on a possible suspect and charges are pending further investigation.
Wilkes County Commissioners will meet tomorrow, weather permitting. The last County Commissioners' meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. The agenda for the Tuesday Morning County Commissioners meeting includes the appointment and swearing in of the new County Clerk; a report from the County Forester, update on the Courthouse Drive Extenstion; and Airport ground space lease resolution. Again, the Wilkes County Commissioners' meeting is tomorrow morning at the County Office Building and will begin with a public hearing on a road name request at 10am.
Listen up Wilkes Dairy Farmers. USDA North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Bob Etheridge, has announced that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also launched a new Web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage needed. The online resource is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool. The Margin Protection Program, which replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program, gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation. Enrollment begins Sept. 2. For more information, farmers may call the Wilkes County Farm Service Agency at 838-3622.
Blood donations help millions of patients in need. In fact, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and one pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. You are invited to go out and give the gift of life today at a blood drive here in Wilkes. Fishing Creek Arbor Baptist Church is hosting a blood drive today from 2:30 til 7pm. You can call for an appointment at 984-3501. Find out more about blood donating at www.redcrossblood.org
More than 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this year as the Internal Revenue Service continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations. The sites provide vital tax preparation services for low- to-moderate-income and elderly taxpayers. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help generally to people who earn $53,000 and less. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program offers free tax help to taxpayers who are 60 and older. Also, many sites have multilingual volunteers who can assist people with limited English skills. As part of the IRS-sponsored TCE Program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program at more than 7,000 sites nationwide throughout the filing season. Trained and certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteer counselors help all taxpayers with special attention to people age 60 and older. To locate the nearest free tax preparation site taxpayers can use the online locator tool on IRS.gov or download the free IRS smartphone app, IRS2GO.