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Expanded Polar Bear Exhibit at NC Zoo

North Carolina's expanded polar bear exhibit was unveiled last week at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro. Governor Pat McCrory was on hand to unveil the three-years-in-the-making, $8.5 million exhibit. The expansion triples the size of the zoo’s polar bear exhibit and provides increased land space that includes a stream flowing through its center. State-of-the-art educational graphics and interactive computers tell the story of polar bears and their endangered status in the wild. The zoo celebrated its 40th anniversary on Aug. 2, 2014. Today, the zoo maintains 2,200 acres, including 500 acres of extensive exhibits.  Governor McCrory said, "We look forward to the positive economic impact the exhibit will make on the region and state." 


Fire Thursday Destroys Garage and Old Cars

A fire off Curtis Bridge Road yesterday caused 100's of thousands of dollars in damages.  Cricket, Millers Creek, and Wilkesboro Fire Departments were all called to a structure fire in the 900 Block of Curtis Bridge Road about 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon.  Fire Investigator Nikki Hamby told 3WC News that the fire occurred in a two-story garage that contained nine older model, vintage cars.  Everything was completely consumed and destroyed by the fire.  Damages to the building are estimated at 150,000 dollars and damages to the cars and property inside the building estimated at 250,000 dollars.  Hamby said the cause of the fire was undetermined due to the extensive damage of the building.  No injuries were reported.  Traffic on Curtis Bridge Road was backed up for a couple of hours while fire fighters fought the blaze.


New Jail Needed and Better

Several Wilkes County, Wilkesboro, and North Wilkesboro leaders were on hand Wednesday afternoon for the dedication of the new Wilkes Detention Center.  Chairman of the Wilkes County Commissioners Gary D. Blevins praised the work of Vannoy Construction and thanked all those who worked so hard on the project.  Blevins said the new Detention Center is beneficial and much needed.  AIR  Sheriff Chris Shew says this new jail allows them to better do their job.  AIR  Everyone is invited to see the new Wilkes Jail during First Night at the Jail starting tonight at 6pm.  For 10 dollars you can tour the jail, have a nice meal, enjoy some games, and even spend the night in the jail if you wish.


Suspicious Vehicle Was Stolen

An observant Sheriff's Deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle which led to a thief and recovery of a stolen truck.  While responding to a call on Cane Creek Church Road, the Deputy observed a red and black Ford F250 that had been seen in the Mt Vista Lane area where several break-ins were reported.  The Deputy wrote down the tag number and continued on to the call.  After clearing from that call, the Deputy ran the tag number of the suspicious truck which came back stolen from Grayson County, Virginia.  The Deputy again found the stolen truck with three subjects inside and initiated a traffic stop.  The 19-year-old driver was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.  The truck was recovered and is being held for the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.


Early Voting Now Through November 1

The Wilkes Board of Elections reminds everyone that One-stop early voting began yesterday (Thursday) at 367 sites across North Carolina, the most sites ever offered during a midterm election. Registered voters may participate at any early voting site in their county of residence now through November 1.  Voters choosing to vote on Election Day must do so in their proper precinct.  The State Board of Elections has provided an online schedule of early voting locations. The Agency has also published a mobile application available for Android devices and has coordinated with the Voting Information Project to offer an API to third-party application developers looking to incorporate North Carolina voting data.  Photo identification will not be required to participate in this election, though election officials will inform voters that photo identification will be required beginning in January 2016.  Voters who present at one-stop locations will be shown an illustration of acceptable forms of identification. Those who indicate that they do not possess an appropriate form of identification will be provided written information on how to obtain a no-cost identification card from the Division of Motor Vehicles and asked to sign an acknowledgement. More than 20,000 North Carolinians had already cast absentee ballots as of Wednesday morning. 


Pastors in NC Ask North Carolinians to "Vote Their Values"

Representative Paul Stam hosted a Press Conference at noon at the North Carolina General Assembly, Legislative Building on emerging threats to religious liberty.  Several pastors were present to share their perspectives.  "[The Houston situation] nothing short of a direct and intentional violation of our First Amendment rights. If we do not fight this unconstitutional action now, it will soon come to your city and your church. Christians must take a STAND," said Pastor EW Jackson.  "As a Pastor, [we] can't stand by and see the Word of God and that which is best for society trampled over and say nothing," said Bishop Wooden.  Also, African American pastors are held a press conference yesterday on the first day of early voting in North Carolina on the steps of the State Capitol. Their aim was to encourage N.C. voters to vote their values and to build on the national movement to protect Christians from “growing hostility, discrimination and anti-Christian bigotry.”  As part of a nationwide effort, Bishop E.W. Jackson, Harvard educated Attorney, and nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia hosted a Unity Forum for Religious and Civil Rights with leading black ministers in Raleigh, at Bishop Wooden’s Upper Room Church of God In Christ on Tuesday.  With early voting starting statewide yesterday, these pastors took their concerns to the North Carolina State Capitol urging North Carolinians to “vote their values”


Another NC Works Center Opens

Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker participated in the grand opening of a new Wake County NCWorks Career Center this morning. This latest career center joins others in offering programs that help employers find qualified workers and people find jobs and training programs. Through the NCWorks initiative, partners will create a stronger alignment of services and resources to meet the workforce needs of businesses, connect North Carolinians to technical training and quality careers, and use data to monitor and assess program outcomes. "Our NCWorks Career Centers can help businesses find skilled workers, offer grants for on-the-job training, and set-up hiring events or workshops,” said Secretary Decker.  NCWorks online regularly gets more than 5 million page views a week, with more than 519,000 job seekers registered with the system to apply for jobs and see how well their current skills match what employers are looking for. For more information about NCWorks, visit


Company Expansion in NC

Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced this week that E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) is expanding its operations in Lenoir County.  The company plans to create 18 new jobs and invest $30 million over the next three years in Kinston. DuPont employs more than 750 workers in North Carolina. Governor McCrory said, “By adding these high-paying, quality jobs to their production facility in Kinston, the company is making a much-needed difference to the economy in this part of the state.” The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $80,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state.


Area Break-Ins While Victims at Hospital and at Work

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating several break-ins reported this week.  A Millers Creek victim told Deputies that she left her house one evening to go the hospital.  When she returned the next day, she discovered the break-in.  The victim reported that the doors were secure when she left.  The doors had been kicked open and a TV was reported stolen.  The stolen flat screen 22-inch Vizio was valued at 250 dollars.  Then a victim from Little Elkin Church Road called to report a home break-in that occurred while he was at work.  He left one morning for work, and when he returned that evening, he saw a side door standing open.  This time a Sanyo TV and an HP computer monitor were stolen.  The stolen property is valued at 500 dollars.  And finally, a North Wilkesboro resident called to report an attempted break-in.  Again, the incident happened while the victim was at work.  When she returned from work, she saw that someone had tried to pry open her door.  It does not appear the suspect was able to get inside the house, and nothing was reported stolen.  No suspects were listed with either report; the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.


Robbed in Her Car

She said she was robbed while still in her car.  Wilkesboro Police are investigating the report of a common law robbery which occurred in a parking lot of Winkler Street in Wilkesboro.  The victim said that she went to the Yadkin Bank ATM located in the parking lot.  After exiting the ATM, the victim drove to a parking place in front of a store.  According to the victim, a black Grand Am with two Hispanic males inside pulled behind her car.  One got out, came up to her car, reached through the open window, and grabbed her pocketbook.  The two then took off.  Some cash, prescriptions, personal papers, and an ID Badge were all stolen.  Officers searched the area but were unable to find a vehicle matching the description given.  Police are searching area video surveillance cameras of nearby businesses.  There are no suspects at this time.