There are suspects in a theft of 1000's of dollars in property and money from a local business. Wilkesboro Police were called to the Business Centers of Wilkes off Hwy 421. Management at the business explained that cash, 12 computer motherboards, and 3 32-inch TV's were stolen. In all, 4400 dollars in money and property was taken. There are 3 possible suspects in this theft but no arrests have been made at this time as that investigation is ongoing by Wilkesboro Police.
The DOT has reported a theft and damage to property. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called this week to investigate a theft from a piece of DOT equipment off Hwy 16 in Millers Creek. The Department of Transportation reported that 2 batteries were stolen from one of their tractors that was parked just off the highway. The batteries were valued at 100 dollars, but there was 800 dollars in damages to the DOT tractor where someone cut the battery cables and also broke out the back window. There are no suspects.
Over 1000 dollars in equipment was stolen from a residence in Boomer. The victim told Sheriff's Deputies that 2 Husqvarna chainsaws and a weed-eater were taken from an open garage. The stolen property is valued at 1400 dollars. There is a possible suspect in this theft and charges are pending further investigation.
It's tonight--an NCAE Educational Forum in Wilkes. This evening, the NCAE or North Carolina Association of Educators in Wilkes will sponsor an Educational Forum in the Boardroom of Wilkes County Schools. The Forum begins at 7 pm. All candidates for the local and state offices have been invited to speak about educational issues. Everyone is invited to attend this important opportunity to learn about your choices for the upcoming elections. Again, it's a Educational Forum in the Boardroom of the Wilkes County Schools on Cherry Street, this evening at 7, and the public is invited.
Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory is the latest hospital to become a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network. The addition of Frye Regional, a 355-bed acute-care facility, brings to 11 the number of North Carolina hospitals participating in the system, which is part of theComprehensive Stroke Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The Telestroke Network provides regional and community hospitals 24-hour access to Wake Forest Baptist stroke experts through telemedicine robots that have real-time video teleconferencing and image-sharing capabilities. The other members of the Telestroke Network, which was established in November 2009, are Lexington Medical Center, Davie Medical Center, Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, Granville Health System in Oxford (in partnership with WakeMed Health & Hospitals), Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville and also Wilkes Regional Medical Center in North Wilkesboro.
Tuesday, it was announced that North Carolina retained its "AAA" rating by all three agencies, the highest credit rating available to state governments. Keys to the rating according to Fitch Ratings include a low debt burden, strong debt management practices, an improving economy, and one of the strongest pension funds in the nation. “It’s great news that North Carolina has retained its ‘AAA’ credit rating,” said Governor McCrory. “Our attention to efficient spending practices, cash flow and low debt continue to prove that the state is financially stable..." North Carolina is one of 10 states in the country to have the highest rating by all three agencies, Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, held a hearing this week with expert witnesses from the Department of Defense (DoD) on preserving science and technology programs that keep the military on the cutting edge. Hagan questioned witnesses on efforts underway to improve K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education programs for military children. DoD has not requested funding for the coming year to support these educational activities. Hagan requested specific ideas for improving the quality of STEM education for military children, who face an educational disadvantage from frequent relocations and stress related to parental deployments. Hagan held the hearing in preparation for markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015. In its Fiscal Year 2015 budget request, the Administration reduces funding for science and technology programs by $500 million, or four percent of the amount allocated in Fiscal Year 2014.
Wilkesboro Police are investigating a couple of expensive thefts from area businesses. The first report is from Empire Chevy on Hwy 421. Dealership management called the Police when workers arrived one morning and saw that the wheels and tires of a car had been stolen. The wheels and tires of a 2014 Chevy Camaro valued at 4500 dollars were stolen and the car was left up on blocks behind the building. The theft happened during the overnight hours. Police collected part of a jack and other evidence at the scene. In addition to the stolen wheels there was also 300 dollars in damages done to the car. Then in the second report, there was a theft at the China Wok on Woodfield Way. This time apparently someone entered the restaurant through a back door during the afternoon. A BB&T bank bag and a wallet were stolen. The thief got away with hundreds of dollars in cash. No information on suspects was given with the reports.
We have been warned by the Better Business Bureau, by local law enforcement, and by consumer agencies, but some just do not heed the warning. So again, let it be said as a warning to you: If someone notifies you that you have won money, DO NOT SEND MONEY OR A MONEYGRAM OR WIRE THEM MONEY TO COLLECT YOUR WINNINGS!!! It is a scam! Two people in Wilkes have fallen victim to this scam recently. In the first report, a resident on the Yellow Banks Road reported that they received a phone call stating that they had won money from Publishers Clearing House and that they needed to sent 30 dollars via Western Union to a location in Jamaica to collect their winnings. This Wilkes victim did send the money and is now out 30 dollars. There is an entire page on the Publishers Clearing House website warning about this scam. Then in another case, a Wilkes victim lost 2500 dollars. They received a letter in the mail stating that they had won 2.5 million dollars and should send 2500 dollars through Western Union and Green Dot Credit Cards to an address in Jamaica. They did send the money and are now another victim of that scam. It is also almost impossible to find or prosecute anyone for this crime. Just remember to NEVER NEVER send money to collect any winnings. It's a scam.
Julie Shepherd, Wilkes County Schools District PBIS Coach, and Dr. Westley Wood report that five of Wilkes County Schools were recognized by the Exceptional Children Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at the annual Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) Initiative Workshop & Recognition. Four hundred seventy-six schools from across North Carolina were recognized for successful implementation of PBIS. Schools who received recognition were CB Eller Elementary, Boomer-Ferguson Elementary, Moravian Falls Elementary and North Wilkesboro Elementary. West Wilkes Middle School was recognized as a North Carolina PBIS Exemplar School with school-wide implementation at 95% or above. Moravian Falls Elementary School and C.B. Eller Elementary School were recognized as North Carolina PBIS Model Schools with implementation at 90% or above. North Wilkesboro Elementary School and Boomer-Ferguson Elementary School were recognized as North Carolina PBIS Green Ribbon Schools with implementation at 80% or above.