The Town of North Wilkesboro has adopted bow and archery deer hunting within the town limits for both the regular archery season and the special Urban Archery Season for the coming deer season. Any person hunting within the town must have the property owner’s permission to hunt on any particular property. North Wilkesboro has announced a lottery process for those hunters interested in hunting on town owned property. Interested hunters should go by North Wilkesboro Town Hall at 832 Main Street during regular business hours to apply for the lottery process. A drawing will be held at 2:00 p.m., at town hall on August 8th to determine the allowed permits for the coming season. Any hunter given permission to hunt on town owned property must obtain a $50 season permit prior to hunting; these will be issued at town hall beginning August 12, 2014 during regular business hours. All hunters harvesting within the town must abide by all regulations of the N.C. Division of Wildlife for all bow and archery hunting at all times.
Looks like they grabbed some smokes and left. Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies responded to a break-in and theft at McGrady Grocery. The thief or thieves forced open the front door of the store causing damage to the entryway. Once inside, they grabbed several cartons of cigarettes. Candy, chips, and dip were scattered all over the store and out into the parking lot. Store employees are working on a list of stolen property. The suspects had left the store before Deputies arrived, and there is no word on suspects.
THE WILKES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL HOST A WEBINAR ENTITLED “2014 LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATIVE REVIEW” PRESENTED BY THE UNC SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT TO HIGHLIGHT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION AFFECTING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THE BROADCAST WILL BE AIRED VIA THE INTERNET ON THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014, FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M. IN THE COMMISSIONERS’ BOARD ROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE WILKES COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING IN WILKESBORO. LOCAL ELECTED TOWN OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN INVITED AND MAY BE IN ATTENDANCE AS WELL AS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.
The American Red Cross is issuing steps people should take to be safe while poolside. A recent Red Cross survey found that eight out of ten Americans are planning water activities such as going to the beach, pool, waterpark, or boating or fishing this summer. A third (32 percent) of all Americans plan to swim at a place without a lifeguard. The Red Cross has launched an anti-drowning campaign this summer that promotes swim lessons and safe swimming. Here are some ways people can stay safe while enjoying the water. First, learn to swim and only swim in areas supervised by lifeguards; also Always swim with a buddy; Have young children wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets; and For a backyard pool, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit. Another helpful tool, you can download the free Red Cross Swim and First Aid Apps to learn water safety and drowning prevention information.
On the shores of the nationally ranked surf town in some of the country's cleanest ocean waters, more than 100 female surfers from New York to Florida will compete in shortboard, longboard and standup paddleboard heats during the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17. Female surfers of all skill levels and all age groups are welcome during the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, which is one of only three all-female contests on the East Coast. The quintessential surf town made National Geographic's short list of America's Last Best Beach Towns in its June/July 2014 issue. Also in June 2014, Wrightsville Beach was named by the Natural Resources Defense Council as one of its 35 Superstar Beaches for its clean ocean waters.
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after learning of news that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is set to acquire Lorillard Inc.--“I am pleased to see continued investment in our state from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company,” said Governor McCrory. “This is another positive sign showing that our business climate continues to improve." RJ Reynolds has also stated that that more jobs will be needed once the acquisition is complete, which is expected by the beginning of next year. As for the Lorillard factory, it will be purchased by Imperial Tobacco. All 2,900 Lorillard employees will become employees of Imperial Tobacco after the acquisition is completed.
Approximately 10,000 dollars in sound equipment and other property was stolen from a residence near Elkin. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the theft. According to the report, DBX sound equipment including a quad compressor, drive rack PA, EQ, stereo compressor, Juice Goose power supply and lights, and other BBE, Alesis, and Ross equipment plus cables and a hand truck were stolen. The equipment was located inside a storage shed near the victim's residence. Again, the stolen property totaled nearly 10,000 dollars. There is a possible suspect; charges are pending as the investigation is continuing.
The homeowner told them he had a gun, and they decided to leave. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a home break-in in progress. It's was after 11pm, and the victim told Sheriff's Deputies that he was in bed when he heard two loud bangs just before his front door came open. The man said he grabbed his revolver and yelled, "I have a gun." When the homeowner went into his living room, the suspects fled out the back door by knocking it off the hinges. Nothing was stolen during the home invasion, and no injuries were reported. The victim did not see who entered his house, so he could not give Deputies a description of the suspects.
Over 3000 dollars in cash was stolen from a local business. Wilkes Sheriff's Detectives are investigating a possible theft by employee. The Bojangles on Hwy 16 in Millers Creek called the Sheriff's Office when they found that someone had cracked open the safe inside the restaurant and had stolen over 3000 dollars. According to the Sheriff's Office, there are several suspects. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office also responded to a home break-in at a Moravian Falls home where there were only damages and no stolen property. The homeowner returned to find a door to the house had been kicked open. Damages were estimated at 200 dollars. The victim did not notice any items missing. However, the suspect also broke 3 locks off the storage building located behind the house. Again, nothing was stolen from the building. It's unclear why someone would go to so much trouble to get inside the house and inside the outbuilding, and then not take anything. There are currently no suspects.