Governor Pat McCrory has declared November 30 through December 6 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. He urged all residents to update their emergency plans and stock their emergency supplies kits. “The four back-to-back winter storms we experienced earlier this year are good reminders that North Carolina winters can pack a punch,” said Governor McCrory. Nick Petro, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said this year’s winter outlook features a slightly higher chance of above average amount of precipitation. Winter safety tips include: Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them. Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors. Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios. And, always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home. For more information on how to prepare for winter storms, download the free ReadyNC app from the AppStore or GooglePlay or visit www.readync.org.
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After hearing noises outside, the victim went to investigate and then called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. According to the report, a Sheriff's Deputy responded to a Summerville Place residence regarding some damage to property. The victim told the Deputy that he was inside his residence when he heard several loud banging noises outside. The victim went outside to investigate and found over 1500 dollars in damages to his car. The Deputy reported that the windshield was broken out on the passenger side, and there were 3 separate marks where the suspect had apparently hit the window. The passenger side rear window and back glass were also broken out. It was noted that there were many other vehicles around, but only the victim's car was targeted by vandals. No suspects were listed with the report.
There was a knock at the door and then there was a theft. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called concerning a theft from a Millers Creek location. The property owner stated that someone knocked on the door of their house about 2:30am. The homeowner did not get up and go to the door. When the victim did go outside about 9am, they saw that the door of their outbuilding had been pried open and a toolbox with tools was stolen. Stolen property totaled about 100 dollars.
He said they would be expanding their footprint in Wilkes. Recently, Samaritan's Purse received a donation of over 130 acres just off Edgewood Road near Wilkesboro. Earlier this year, Samaritan's Purse purchased 21 acres along Hwy 268 in North Wilkesboro. That 268 acreage joins their property used by the North American Disaster Relief Operation Center in the former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant. Back in October at the Dedication of the Wilkes Airport Hanger for Samaritan's Purse, Franklin Graham, said they really appreciated Wilkes County and hope to expand their presence here soon. AIR
Artwork created by four Wilkes Community College students has been selected to become a part of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Permanent Art Exhibit in Raleigh. The artists are Chelsea Mahala, Megan Johnson, Autumn Eastridge and Julian Stanford. The students’ artwork captures the mission the NCCCS – to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals. Wilkes Community College is a public, two-year, open-door institution. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce.
County Manager John Yates has released the Wilkes County Holiday Schedule. County offices will be closed for the following upcoming holidays: For Thanksgiving Wilkes County Offices will be: Closed – Thanksgiving Day, November 27 and Closed – Friday, November 28, 2014. For Christmas, Wilkes County Offices will be: Closing at Noon – Tuesday, December 23, Closed – Wednesday, December 24, Closed – Thursday, December 25, and Closed – Friday, December 26.
Two men who escaped from a NC prison were re-captured over the weekend. Correctional officers captured escaped inmate Frankie Noles Saturday afternoon in Marion, about 24 hours after they picked up Jacob Pilkington, his fellow escapee. The pair had been on the run for most of a week after from the minimum-security unit at Morrison Correctional Institution in Richmond County by climbing out a window and then scaling a fence. Information provided by Pilkington after his capture Friday led officers to a junkyard in Marion where the two escapees had been living in old cars for most of last week. They found Noles there and arrested him after a short chase. Friday afternoon, officers spotted the pair under a railroad bridge in Marion and were able to capture Pilkington, but Noles got away and eluded them for one more day. Both inmates will face charges for felony escape from prison and will be returned to incarceration in a higher custody level.
As retail stores gear up for the busy holiday season, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges shoppers to pay attention at the register to make sure sale items are ringing up at the right price. “We have 21 inspectors throughout the state that inspect price scanners at grocery stores, discount stores and large-format retail stores as a part of their job,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. The NCDA&CS Standards Division conducts periodic, unannounced inspections of a business’ price-scanner system to check for accuracy between the prices advertised and the prices that ring up at the register. If a store has more than a 2 percent error rate on overcharges, inspectors discuss the findings with the store manager and conduct a more intensive follow-up inspection at a later date. Undercharges are also reported, but do not count against a store. Inspectors try to inspect stores every 18 months. State Inspectors say that in their experience, they believe most stores want the customer happy, so errors are usually the result of human error and not dishonesty. Consumers can contact the Standards Division at 919-707-3225 to register a complaint.
They left the swing set but stole the trailer. A Miller's Creek man called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office when he found his utility trailer gone one morning. The victim advised that he had only purchased the 10 x 6 utility trailer the week before. The trailer was loaded down with a swing set and parked at his house. When he awoke and looked outside, he saw the swing set on the ground and the trailer gone. The black and rust colored utility trailer is valued at 1000 dollars.
In another theft, it was chained to a tree, but that did not stop thieves. A North Wilkesboro property owner called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office regarding a theft. The victim told Sheriff's Deputies that his flat bottom boat was chained to a tree at the pond near his house. It appears someone cut the chain and stole the boat which is painted camo and valued at 500 dollars. No suspects were given with the report.