World-class competition with excellent weather and surf conditions ruled this weekend’s 2017 Hobie and Salt Life SUP Surf Pro-Am in Wrightsville Beach. After back-to-back qualifying heats and intense finals competition, Martin Letourneur from Saint-Malo, France, captured the overall performance trophy, All Waterman Award. The Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro Am is a prelude to this week’s 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup, the world’s largest gathering of professional and amateur paddleboard athletes, and a major stop on the World Paddle Association’s World SUP Tour. All races, clinics, demos, plus an expo and trade show will originate at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort, April 18-23.
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NC Gov Cooper signed a bill to strengthen the Rainy Day Fund but with reservations. Governor Roy Cooper signed into law House Bill 7, An Act to Strengthen the Savings Reserve, as Recommended by the Legislative Research Commission. Governor Cooper shared the following statement on the bill signing: "Today I signed HB 7 that saves 15 percent of each year's tax revenue growth for the state's rainy day fund." Cooper also said, "However, I caution lawmakers that bills like this combined with others could ultimately hurt efforts to give tax breaks to middle class families and to invest in schools and economic development."
According to the Wilkesboro Police, a number of counterfeit bills have been passed in our town and area recently. The Secret Service offers the below methods to detect counterfeit bills: Hold a bill up to a light and look for a holograph of the face image on the bill. Both images should match. If the $100 bill has been bleached, the hologram will display an image of Abraham Lincoln, who appears on the $5 bills, instead of Benjamin Franklin. Looking at the bill through a light will also reveal a thin vertical strip containing text that spells out the bill’s denomination. Also, hold the bill up to a light to view the watermark in an unprinted space to the right of the portrait. If you believe you have received a counterfeit bill, do the following: Contact law enforcement agency. Do not handle the counterfeit note. Place it inside a protective cover, a plastic bag, or envelope to give to Police. Remember, if you are passed a counterfeit bill, you own it. So when accepting cash, it pays to be knowledgeable about the crime of counterfeiting. For more information on detecting funny money, visit the Wilkesboro Police Facebook page.
The two parents got into an argument that led to a broken car window and child abuse charges. Wilkesboro Police initiated a traffic stop following 911 calls of a man on the hood of a vehicle traveling down the road. The two parents admitted to getting into a fight with the children in the car. At one point, he was on the hood of the car bashing the windshield while she was driving. Broken glass was all over both parents and both children. The children were released to the custody of a grandparent and Wilkes DSS was contacted. The two parents: Bradley Bridges and Brelan Redmon were charged with child abuse and endangerment.
A total of 19 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools were honored for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of “Heart of a Champion” recognition on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The sportsmanship recognition is part of the program offered by the NCHSAA Student Services Division. Each of the NCHSAA member schools had the opportunity to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the recognition. Congratulations to the two "Heart of a Champion" winners from North Wilkes: Luke Miles and Emily Childers.
Tomorrow is the deadline. Rebekah Gardner, Wilkes Community College's GEAR UP coordinator, is ready to begin promoting the summer STEAM Academies to rising 6th-10th grade students (and their parents). Separate STEAM Academies will be offered in Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties. The STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics - Academies offer a variety of fun and educational courses for students to take while out of school for summer break. Deadline to register for the Wilkes County STEAM Academy is April 18. For more information, call WCC.
From Easter and Mother’s Day events to benefit concerts and farm tours, there are plenty of reasons to visit a North Carolina agri-tourism farms this spring. “North Carolina is known for the variety of agri-tourism farms available year-round,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Locally, Ridenour Ranch in Thurmond (Wilkes County) will host its annual alpaca shearing event on April 21 from 8 a.m. to noon. North Carolina is home to more than 700 agri-tourism farms. To find a complete listing of farms near you, go to www.visitncfarms.com.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds the public handling, moving or feeding seemingly abandoned wildlife can harm animals and can put your safety at risk. “Most of the time, fawns that appear to be abandoned are simply waiting for their mother to return,” said Jessie Birckhead, the Commission’s extension biologist. If a fawn is in the exact same location for longer than a day or is lying near a dead, contact NC Wildlife Resources for guidance. Do not touch the fawn or take it into your possession. It is illegal to remove mammals and birds from the wild without a permit. Though feeding wildlife may seem harmless or even helpful, it can cause a wild animal to lose its natural fear of humans. Also, some diseases, such as rabies and roundworm, can be transmitted to humans through wildlife interaction. For assistance, call the N.C. Wildlife Helpline at 866-318-2401. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There have been several fake 20-dollar bills passed over the last few weeks. Local law enforcement are currently investigating. Now two counterfeit 100-dollar-bills have been passed at a local store. The Lowes Foods on Winkler Street called Wilkesboro Police concerning the funny money. Police have viewed surveillance video and there is a possible suspect concerning this fake cash. The counterfeit bills were seized as evidence; the investigation is continuing.
Cub Creek Park closed to fishing at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, April 13th in anticipation of the Troutacular Kids Fishing Day this Saturday. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday. Those interested can register in parking lot at Cub Creek Park Saturday morning at 9:00 AM. A NC Wildlife Agent and sponsors will be onsite during event to answer questions. The Troutacular Kids Fishing Day is for ages 15 & under. Each child must have adult to accompany them. Ages 16 and above and adults can fish after 12:00 pm. Bring rods if you have them. A few extra rods will be available to check out with a valid Wilkes County Public Library card. Kids ages 15 and under do not need fishing license; however, kids age 16 and older are required to have a fishing license. Cub Creek is stocked prior to event by NC Wildlife and there will not be any fishing until the event starts and is over. For more information, call 336-838-3951 or visit www.wilkesboronc.org