The car followed them home from the store in town. Wilkesboro Police were called concerning two female teenagers being followed. The teens told Police that they saw a white BMW in the parking lot before they left to go to the home of one of the girls. When they arrived at the house, the BMW drove by slowly. The girls went inside the house and then came back out a short time later. The teens saw the white BMW had backed into the driveway and a white male was inside a car belonging to one of the teens. When they asked what he was doing, the man left. According to the Wilkesboro Police investigation report, nothing was reported stolen from the vehicle and the girls were not harmed. There is no word on the identity of the man who was following them.
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets is a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients. Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may donate.
The NC Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a hub of activity on Hatteras Island. Summer has always been an extremely active time for Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Literally thousands of visitors come to fish, observe wildlife, paddle, or simply to walk on a beautiful and peaceful beach. This summer....in an effort to facilitate safe access for our neighbors to the south, the refuge has issued a number of permits to facilitate repair work and protection of NC Highway 12, the only road to these southern villages. Many federal and state agencies are working together to accomplish the needed work while maintaining the protection for wildlife that is required by law. Currently, there is major construction activity on the north, middle and south sections of the refuge. Refuge Manager Mike Bryant asks for patience and cooperation, if you are driving on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Currently, some sections of NC Highway 12 through the refuge have one-lane traffic, so visitors and residents are advised to plan ahead for stop-and-go traffic and delays. Much of the highway through the refuge has heavy equipment coming and going, so motorists should drive with extreme caution. For information on refuge activities, visit www.fws.gov/peaisland or call 252-473-1131.
A couple of neighboring towns made the list. The N.C. Department of Commerce, Office of Urban Development has announced that 20 North Carolina communities have achieved accreditation from the National Main Street Center for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street®programs, which have demonstrated exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®. The North Carolina Main Street programs that have earned accreditation for their 2013 performance are Brevard, Burlington, Clayton, Concord, Elizabeth City, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Goldsboro, Hickory, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Marion, Monroe, Morganton, New Bern, Spruce Pine, Statesville, Wake Forest, Waynesville and Wilson. Working in partnership with the National Main Street Center, the North Carolina Main Street Center evaluates each of the state’s local Main Street organizations annually to identify those programs that meet ten performance standards. More information is available at National Main Street Accreditation.
The weekend started out with several wrecks in a short span of time locally. Wilkesboro Police were called to investigate 6 different car wrecks on Friday, half of which were in area parking lots. Only one of the wrecks happened in the morning; the other 5 were between 1:30 and 6:30pm. A couple of the car accidents happened with 15 minutes of each other and just a few miles apart. Wrecks occurred in the parking lots of Kohl's, Walmart, and Applebee's. In the Kohls parking lot a pedestrian was hit in the parking lot but only suffered minor injuries. The Walmart and Applebee's wrecks were both a hit and run causing 500 dollars in damages to both vehicles and no injuries. The wreck on Hwy 421 near 16/18 was a one vehicle wreck in which the driver ran off the road and hit a guardrail. She was not injured; however, there were over 8000 dollars in damages to the driver's car and the guardrail. The other Hwy 421 wreck was just a fender bender causing 800 dollars in damages to each car. And finally, the Winkler Mill Road wreck was also a 2 car fender bender with no injuries and 1000 dollars in damages to each vehicle.
He was charged with drug possession and she was charged with prostitution. Wilkesboro Police were called to the Red Carpet Inn after two women were approached and offered money for an illicit act. The women refused and called Police. The suspects were identified and stopped by Police in the parking lot. The man admitted to paying the woman for illegal activity and admitted to having a bag of cocaine in his truck. The woman denied any wrong doing and denied any knowledge of the drugs. The man, who is from Spartenburg, South Carolina, was arrested for drug possession and for solicitation. The woman was arrested and charged with prostitution and 2 counts of solicitation.
The Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Red Cross sent volunteers from Wilkes to a house fire over the weekend. The fire occurred Saturday afternoon about 3 o'clock at a house located at 206 Kyle Street in North Wilkesboro. The North Wilkesboro Fire Dept responded to the fire. The Red Cross assisted one adult after the house fire by providing lodging and transportation. The victim of the house fire has also been referred to the Emergency Services Dept of the Red Cross for further assistance.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office had a variety of arrests over the weekend. Of the nearly two dozen arrested by Sheriff's Deputies from Friday to Sunday, charges ranged from simple assault to drug possession to a fugitive warrant. There were three charged with assault charges, 3 for breaking and entering or possession of stolen property, 3 on drug related charges, and 7 arrested for failure to appear or parole violations. One person was arrested for obtaining property by false pretense, one charged with failure to pay child support, another charged with exploiting the elderly, and one arrested on a fugitive warrant. All were taken to the Wilkes County Jail.
State health officials are urging North Carolinians to remain diligent in personal efforts to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The reminder comes on the heels of Thursday's announcement by Florida health officials that they have confirmed the state's first two locally acquired cases of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye). Sometimes referred to as CHIKV, the virus has been spreading throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America, and has now reached the continental United States. So far this year, the nine cases that have been confirmed in North Carolina were people who recently traveled to the Caribbean. Chikungunya virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, and the Asian tiger mosquito that is commonly found in North Carolina could effectively transmit this virus. At this time, there have not been any cases of the disease known to have been acquired in North Carolina.
A State Legislator for Wake County Jim Fulghum, a retired neurosurgeon, died Saturday. Fulghum, age 70, a Wake County Republican, had already withdrawn from his campaign for state Senate earlier this month after a cancer diagnosis. Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement after learning of the death of Representative Jim Fulghum: “As a medical doctor, Jim had a professional and personal passion for helping those in his community and state. Wake County and all of North Carolina lost a great man today,” said Governor McCrory. Fulghum was first elected to the House in 2012. When Sen. Neal Hunt, another Republican from Raleigh, announced this February that he planned to retire after 10 years in office, he quickly recommended Fulghum to replace him. Gov. Pat McCrory ordered all North Carolina state flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in honor of North Carolina Representative Jim Fulghum, M.D.