U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee made remarks on the Senate Floor on his legislation with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The amendment would enable the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to more quickly obtain the electronic transaction records of suspected terrorists. Sen Burr: “We are here today to fix something that’s broken. This is simply to provide law enforcement with tools that enable them to fulfill their mission, which is to keep America safe.” The amendment failed to move forward on a vote of 58-38, but the Senate may reconsider the vote.
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County Commissioners met this week for their last regular meeting for June. As 3WC has already reported, Commissioners decided to cut the County Property Tax Rate from 69 cents to 67 cents just prior to passing the new budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July1. Other items on the agenda were the approval of budget amendments and transfers. The Runway Overlay Project at the Wilkes Airport is to be completed earlier than anticipated so the Grant Match from the County for that project of $274,000 was paid from the General Fund of this year's budget rather than from next year's budget. Also after closing out the Jail Capitol Project Fund, there was about $404,000 leftover that was put back in the General Fund. Commissioners approved Grant funding for BROC and the Wilkes Sheriff's Office. Also fireworks permits were granted for Wilkesboro Raceway Park, Traphill VFD, and Crossroads Harley Davidson--all for July 2; Memorial Park and Roaring River VFD for July 4th, and Wilkesboro Raceway Park for August 13.
He was arrested and a mental health adviser was called to assist. Tyson called the Wilkesboro Police Dept regarding a former employee that had been fired. The former employee had posted some disturbing things on Facebook regarding taking his own life and going out "with a boom." Police found the man. He had marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession. He also had an open warrant for damage to property. The man was arrested and someone from Daymark was asked to speak with the man in jail.
In Moravian Falls, it seems the thief was hungry. A woman called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to report a break-in at her home. The victim found a door to the home forced open. Once inside the thief ate her food, but no property was reported stolen. Again, no suspects were listed with the report, and the Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.
The National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has cited 44 North Carolina communities for economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic preservation and community revitalization championed by the center. Eleven new communities joined the ranks of 33 accredited North Carolina communities as compared to last year’s roster. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners issue accreditation to Main Street® programs across the country. There were 11 new communities and 33 communities receiving accreditation again this year included locally: Boone, Elkin, Hickory, Lenoir, North Wilkesboro, and Statesville. Since 1980, The North Carolina Main Street program has generated $2.3 billion in private and public investment. More information is available at National Main Street Accreditation.
Mecklenburg County and North Carolina state health officials received notification from the CDC that the June 19 death of an Ohio resident who recently visited North Carolina is suspected to be from an ameba that is naturally present in warm lakes during the summer. The suspected cause of death was Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis, an infection caused by Naegleria fowleri, a one-celled organism that does not cause illness if swallowed, but can be fatal if forced up the nose. The deceased’s only known underwater exposure was riding in a raft with several others that overturned at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. According to the CDC, fewer than 10 cases have been reported annually in the United State during the last 53 years. This ameba can cause severe illness up to nine days after exposure. A person cannot be infected with the organism by drinking contaminated water and the ameba is not found in salt water. Several health agencies and the CDC are collaborating with this investigation.
Governor Pat McCrory’s office issued the following statement from Press Secretary Graham Wilson regarding the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System’s policy to allow students to self-select their gender and self-select restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities: “Instead of providing reasonable accommodations for some students facing unique circumstances, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System made a radical change to their shower, locker room and restroom policy for all students,” said Graham Wilson, Press Secretary for Governor Pat McCrory. “This curiously-timed announcement that changes the basic expectations of privacy for students comes just after school let out and defies transparency, especially for parents. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System should have waited for the courts to make a decision instead of purposely breaking state law,” the Gov's Press Sec said.
And the good news is: County Property Taxes will be cut two cents from a 69 cents rate to 67 cents. Wilkes County Commissioners met last night to a full agenda of items including final passage on the budget that they had been working on since May 3 when it was presented to the Board by County Manager John Yates. The budget called for the property tax rate to remain unchanged at 69 cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation. At last night’s meeting just prior to passing the budget, Commissioner Gary Blevins proposed cutting the property tax rate by 2 cents. Commissioner Keith Elmore agreed. Both Chairman Eddie Settle and Commissioner Greg Minton stated that this decrease should have been considered from the beginning when cuts could have been made in the budget to cover the decreased rate. Both Blevins and Elmore said to take money from the General Fund to make up the difference. A motion was made to accept the current budget with a few amendments for additional funds to the Sheriff’s Dept and County Library and to include the 2 cent decrease in property tax. All 5 Commissioners unanimously accepted the County Budget with the property tax rate decrease.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating thousands of dollars in damages to some rental property. The owner reported that a house they own in Hays was entered and damaged. The front door was taken off the hinges and stolen. Inside the house, someone marked on walls and messed up the carpet. Damages are estimated at $5000 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report. The break-in and vandalism happened sometime between the 9th and 18th of June.
After having some remodeling done, she noticed the guns were missing. The Wilkes Sheriff's Dept was called to investigate the theft of 3 guns from a North Wilkesboro residence. The victim reported that during the remodeling there were several people in and out of the house. Later she noticed 3 pistols taken from a closed cabinet in a basement storage room. The 3 stolen guns were all older model handguns and included a .357 snub nose, a State Trooper special revolver with pearl handles, and a .45 Colt. The guns were valued at $1250.