The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was also called to a break-in with no theft at a house on Kite Road in Millers Creek. The victim called 911 when he returned home to find the back door pushed open. Nothing was reported stolen. The Sheriff's Dept is still investigating.
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The Town of Wilkesboro called 3WC yesterday to say that they are now ready to take Duke Energy Payments. There had been a delay with the bank, but all was cleared on Monday. So, those with Duke Energy service can now drop off your payments at Wilkesboro Town Hall on 203 West Main Street between 9 and 5 Monday through Friday.
The annual Coats for Kids program is underway again this year. Gently used children’s coats can be dropped off at Hour Glass Cleaners’ two locations in North Wilkesboro and at Wilkesboro Cleaners. Hoodies, sweaters, gloves and hats are also accepted. The coats and clothing are cleaned at the two local businesses, free of charge and then collected by CAPT staff for distribution to those in need locally. Coats for Kids will continue through the end of November.
Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew has some tips for a safe Halloween. The Sheriff reminds all Wilkes County residents to: Watch for children darting out from between parked cars; Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs; and At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. Sheriff Shew advises parents to: Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12; Check the sex offender registry at www.ncdoj.gov when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route; and Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered that the regular voter registration deadline be extended until close of business on Wednesday (October 19) in 36 counties receiving assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. “Our agency appreciates Judge Stephens’ thoughtful consideration of this matter and will fully comply with his order,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board executive director. In the other 64 counties, the regular voter registration deadline ended Friday. Would-be voters may still register and vote at the same time during the 17-day early voting period, which begins Thursday (October 20) and runs through November 5.
A NC Political Office was firebombed over the weekend. Hillsborough police said somebody threw a bottle of flammable liquid through the window of Orange County’s GOP headquarters, setting campaign signs, supplies and furniture on fire. Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on the vandalism and firebombing of the Orange County Republican Headquarters: “The firebombing of a local political headquarters in Orange County is clearly an attack on our democracy. Violence has no place in our society - but especially in our elections." No one was injured in the bombing and the Governor stated that he "will use every resource as governor to assist local authorities in this investigation.” In addition to the fire, a nearby building was painted with graffiti warning "Nazi Republicans" to "leave town or else."
Governor Pat McCrory updated the state's ongoing recovery and relief efforts from flooding after Hurricane Matthew. The governor confirmed two additional deaths, a 53 year-old male in Cumberland County, and a 47-year old female in Wayne County, who perished when their vehicles encountered flood waters. The total number of storm-related deaths now stands at 26. The governor also announced that two healthy babies had been successfully delivered in a mobile hospital unit. Flood levels continue to drop, but it will be several days before water levels return to normal. The number of statewide power outages dropped to 13,000 from a peak of over 800,000. Over 660 roads remain closed through central and eastern North Carolina due to flooding. The governor reminds drivers not to rely on GPS devices for road closure and detour information. Call 5-1-1, download the ReadyNC app, or visit ReadyNC.org for road closures.
While she was in jail, someone stole nearly $10,000 in property from her house. The victim lives on Hamby Mtn Road. She told Wilkes Sheriff's Investigators that she returned home from a Detention Facility in another county. She found that someone had entered her home and took several things including appliances. The thieves took a Whirlpool washer/dryer set, LG flatscreen TV, Whirlpool stove, queen size bed, side by side refrigerator, stereo, muzzle loader, prescription medication, and a heat pump. Again, stolen property totaled nearly $10,000. There are suspects in this theft and charges are pending.
On Monday October 3, 2016 the Wilkes County Board of Health passed a public health rule that prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in local government buildings and in vehicles. The FDA says e-cigarette contain nicotine, known cancer causing substances, and toxic chemicals. “E-cigarettes, are an emerging challenge for public health,” said Ann Absher, Health Director Wilkes County Health Department. “Despite their differences in appearance, these devices all function similarly in that they create an aerosol that can contain nicotine and other additives." Health Director Absher also said, "This ruling is a great achievement for the health and safety of our citizens in Wilkes County.” In recent years there has been an 800% increase in the number of kids using e-cigs in North Carolina. In North Carolina 13.1% of youth smoke. In a recent survey in Wilkes County, 15.5% of high school students reported smoking in the last 30 days, and 21.5% of students surveyed reported using an e-cigarette in the last 30 days. Again, the recent ruling passed by Wilkes Health prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in local government buildings and in vehicles.
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, October 13, at the John A. Walker Community Center. The board approved the culinary lab capital project and gave the buildings & grounds committee the authority to select the project architect. As part of the college’s facility master plan, the new building will house the culinary arts and baking/pastry arts curriculum programs. The proposed facility will provide much needed instructional space for the programs, while also providing vacated space in Randolph Hall to help meet the needs of the Wilkes Early College High School. The plans are for the facility to be constructed on upper campus above the greenhouses. The estimated building size is 8,000 square feet, and the initial cost is estimated at $2 million, with funding provided by ConnectNC bond funds.