The fire appeared suspicious from the start, and now an arrest has been made for arson. The Champion, Millers Creek and Cricket fire departments were dispatched Wednesday morning to a house fire on the Summit Road in the Champion Community. The house was already fully engulfed with fire when firefighters arrived. According to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Jordan Tyler Brittain was arrested and charged with second-degree arson and burning personal property. Brittain lived in the house that was burned with his grandmother and was home alone at the time of the fire. As of yesterday, Brittain remained in the Wilkes County Jail Thursday with a $250,000 secured bond.
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A Ronda Town Commissioner has resigned. Cody Soots resigned as a Ronda Town Commissioner last week. Soots was given a letter by town officials asking for his resignation due to his lack of attendance at Town Hall Meetings. Soots was elected to his first term as a commissioner in November 2015. His two-year term will end this year. The remaining Ronda Commissioners are considering who and how to fill the vacancy left by Soots.
One of the hottest fads in Wilkes right now....finding and re-hiding painted rocks. Color Wilkes was created in hopes of spreading positivity around Wilkes. According to their Facebook page, THIS IS 100% NON PROFIT! Color Wilkes is not associated with any profit of any kind. The idea is to paint a rock with whatever you choose and add positive picture or message. Those participating are asked to NOT place rocks INSIDE businesses, schools, government buildings, or restaurants. You are also asked to place the rocks in a safe area. If you find a rock, post a picture on the Color Wilkes Facebook page and then re-"hide" it. If you find a rock and want to keep it, that is fine. Finally, to all that get involved--remember to have fun while we Color Wilkes.
Today is the last day of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This week is designated by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials to honor the often unseen contributions our telecommunicators make to our public safety on a daily basis. Those communications professionals are more than just the voice you hear on the radio or on the other end of a 911 call, they are the first line of defense for the officers, medics, firefighters, and all citizens of Wilkes County. Sheriff Chris Shew and all the men and women of the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office are saying a special heart felt “Thank You” to all of our telecommunicators, who help maintain calm in our times of crisis.
One week ago today, the Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Unites States Supreme Court. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement last Friday: “Neil Gorsuch is a trusted mainstream jurist who is ready to shoulder the incredible responsibility of serving on the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch will serve the American people well as a defender of the Constitution. I congratulate Justice Gorsuch on his confirmation, and I thank him for answering the call to serve this great nation.”
Jewelry was taken in a Purlear home break-in. One of the most popular items among thieves is jewelry. Such is the case with a home break-in on Hoover Mtn Road. The homeowner found the house forcibly entered. Several pieces of jewelry were taken including clip earrings, 2 West Wilkes High Classrings, and a wedding set. Two articles of clothing were also taken. Stolen property was valued at nearly $1000. The Wilkes Sheriff's Dept is investigating.
Gas and a camera were the items. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called this week regarding a break-in and theft at a location on Jennings Road in North Wilkesboro. The thief took 5 gallons of gas and a deer camera. Stolen property is valued at about 100 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report.
Rabies Vaccination Clinics are coming to Wilkes soon. NC State Law states: It shall be unlawful for an owner to fail to provide current inoculation against rabies (hydrophobia) for any dog or cat 4 months of age or older. All dogs are to be held securely on a leash and all cats are to be contained in a carrier or box by a responsible person. A charge of $7:00 will be made for each dog or cat vaccinated. A licensed veterinarian will administer the vaccine. The first Rabies Vaccination Clinics in May are Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 at Southeastern Community Center, North Wilkesboro; Traphill Elementary; Millers Creek Elementary, Mt Pleasant Elementary; Ronda Clingman Elementary; and Mtn View Elementary.
Yesterday a fire in McDowell County north of Marion, NC, had taken in over 500 acres and was only 10 percent contained. Called the Dobson Knob Fire, it began Sunday on private land and now includes US Forest Service lands. Some homes and structures are threatened by the wildfire. Firefighters are working to protect structures and establish fire lines. Some Forest Service Land and some roads in the area are closed due to heavy smoke and the spread of fire.
The tax filing deadline is Tuesday, and appointments with some tax professionals may be limited. The IRS urges taxpayers to avoid fly-by-night preparers who may not be available after April 18 and suggests checking the preparer’s qualifications and history. The IRS Choosing a Tax Professional page has information about tax preparer credentials and qualifications. Each year, millions of tax returns are prepared for free by taxpayers using IRS Free File . For more information, visit www.IRS.gov