They asked to use the phone and then they left without paying. Wilkesboro Police were called to Lowes Hardware regarding a theft. In that report, the cashier who said that an unknown white male came up to the register and asked to use the phone. When she reached for the phone, the man quickly rushed out with the shopping cart containing a vacuum cleaner and a kitchen faucet. Stolen property is valued over 300 dollars. Police have a description of the man's vehicle and are getting video surveillance from the store to determine the identity of the suspect.
Governor Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 3 into law over the weekend at the Governor's Western Residence in Asheville. The bill modifies the Job Maintenance and Capital Development (JMAC) Fund. Governor McCrory said, "This bill gives us an economic development tool to help existing companies in North Carolina modernize and grow. This tool not only helps our state retain and add more jobs, but it also helps companies convert to cleaner energy." The JMAC program encourages the retention of significant numbers of high-paying, high-quality jobs and large-scale capital investment that will modernize and provide more globally competitive products. The Fund is a discretionary incentive program that provides grants to businesses, and is an important tool that helps North Carolina remain competitive in business and manufacturing. Senate Bill 3 also incentivizes the conversion to cleaner burning fuels.
According to Julia Houck of the Wilkes Farm Service Agency, everyone is getting on board with September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). The National Day of Action is September 30, 2014. USDA’s Farm Service Agency has committed to participate in America’s PrepareAthon in September in order to increase preparedness throughout the U.S. The event, now in its tenth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. The FSA is participating this year by sharing helpful tips to educate the local community on the importance of being prepared for emergencies. One of NPM’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue. The Wilkes FSA reminds you to Access the Ready.gov website to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency.
The body of the missing 18-year-old ASU student from High Point, Anna Smith, was found over the weekend in a wooded area near the Town of Boone. Police have not yet released any information concerning the death of the Appalachian State Student. The body was sent to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for an autopsy. Smith was reported missing on September 3 and found Saturday morning. Her driver's license and student ID were found with the body. A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night by family and friends of the Smith.
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan applauded passage in the Senate of a bipartisan bill she cosponsored to provide a vital increase in benefits to America’s veterans and their families. TheVeterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act would provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in benefits for veterans and surviving spouses and children of deceased veterans at the same level as the increase that applies to Social Security benefits. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. Once passed, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act would take effect onDecember 1, 2014 and would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the rates of veterans’ compensation to better keep pace with the rising cost of living, as dictated by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the same model used to increase benefits for Social Security benefits.
Governor Pat McCrory announced on Friday that he would not reconvene the State Legislature for a special session. McCrory said, “It would be counterproductive and a waste of taxpayer money to bring the General Assembly back when there is no agreement in place on issues already voted on. However, if a major job recruitment effort develops and it requires legislative support, I will bring lawmakers back to Raleigh." The Governor also said, “While lawmakers remain at home, my administration will continue to work on other important areas like developing a 25-year strategic transportation plan, cleaning up our coal ash ponds, improving our efficiency and infrastructure, and listening to medical providers on how to best reform Medicaid."
In the case of a North Wilkesboro resident, lightening may not strike in the same place twice but thieves will. A resident on Tanglewood Lane called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office when he came home to find a break-in. The thief used a pry tool to open the back door which damaged both the door and door frame. Once inside the house, the thief grabbed the 39-inch flat screen TV and PS III with controllers and games. Stolen property is valued at 1000 dollars and damages are estimated at 100 dollars. The victim told Sheriff's Deputies that about a month ago someone stole his weed-eater, but he did not report it. There is no word on double-dipping suspects.
They tried repeatedly to get in the house and did get in the outbuilding. A resident on the Baptist Home Road called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to report an attempted break-in and a theft. The victim told Deputies that they returned to find damage to four doors to their home. The thief attempted to gain entry into the house by prying on four metal doors. All four doors had deep pry marks on them. The suspect was not able to get in and nothing was stolen from the house. However, the thief did get inside the unlocked outbuilding and stole two Poulan chainsaws that did not work. The value of the broken and stolen chainsaws was 150 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
At a Millers Creek house, someone pried on the door but did not steal anything. According to the report which was filed with the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, the homeowner found the door to their home pried open. Nothing was reported stolen from the house, but damages were listed at 400 dollars. There is a suspect in this break-in and charges are pending.
The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor. You can donate locally this month--Sept. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church, 1585 Bethany Ford Road.....Sept. 22 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at North Wilkesboro Elementary School, 200 Flint Hill Road...Sept. 25 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Medical Associates of Wilkes, 1919 West Park Drive....and Sept. 21 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Center Baptist Church, 2948 S. Center Church Road in Thurmond. Information about other ways to help prepare for emergencies is available at redcross.org.