The 2nd Annual Historic Downtown Wilkesboro Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Wilkes Heritage Museum Courtyard. The event will feature a performance by the Cub Creek Baptist Church Hand Bell Choir, caroling by the Wilkes Playmakers and friends, and a Christmas story time. Mayor Mike Inscore, downtown merchants, and Santa Claus will be there. The event is sponsored by the Town of Wilkesboro, Historic Downtown Wilkesboro Merchants Association, Lil’ Grandfather Mountain Christmas Tree Farm, Wilkes Communications, Inc., Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, and the Wilkes Heritage Museum. A Fraser Fir tree was donated by Lil’ Grandfather Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Laurel Springs, which has provided trees to the White House. Downtown businesses will be open for shoppers preceding and following the ceremony until 8 p.m. For more information, contact Wilkesboro Town Hall at (336) 838-3951
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With shopping for Christmas on the minds of many this week, Sheriff Chris Shew reminds all Wilkes County residents to follow some safety tips: A single shopper is the best target for theft so always shop with a friend or relative; When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to return; Shop during daylight hours or if you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area; If carrying cash, keep it in your front pocket rather than in a purse or wallet; and Store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket, so if your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
The 2015 North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project is well underway for those less fortunate. Mayor Robert Johnson says the Town of North Wilkesboro has sponsored the Christmas Cheer Project for families for many years. AIR Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected in the Clerk’s Office by referrals and telephone calls. These lists are reviewed by the Christmas Cheer Committee to determine their eligibility. Contributions for this project are received from businesses and private citizens. 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel and will be delivered on Thursday, December 24th. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. The total cost of the project is approximately $7,000. To donate, contact Kay Minton, Town Clerk at 667-7129, ext. 3001.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging the public and healthcare providers to use antibiotics carefully and appropriately to reduce the growth of antibiotic resistance, particularly during flu season. Unnecessary and inappropriate uses of antibiotics are primary causes of the increase in drug-resistant bacteria that can lead to serious illness or death. "During flu season, people often feel symptoms that can be uncomfortable and immediately request or are prescribed antibiotics,” said Acting State Health Director Megan Davies, M.D. “We don’t want people to destroy the good bacteria that they have.... Overuse can cause unwanted side effects and can lead to infections that are difficult to treat or untreatable." Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed last week as “Get Smart – Know When Antibiotics Work Week” in North Carolina to increase awareness. The NC Dept of Health advises to: Talk with your healthcare provider about antibiotic resistance, Ask your doctor which over-the-counter medicines can help with symptom relief, Take a prescribed course of antibiotics exactly as directed by the doctor, and Never take antibiotics that were prescribed for someone else.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., voted in favor of legislation that would strengthen the vetting system for Syrian and Iraqi refugees being admitted to the United States. “Obama administration officials have said there are inherent shortcomings in the current screening process for refugees, especially those fleeing embattled Middle East countries where government databases are unreliable or nonexistent,” said Foxx. H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, would put in place the most robust national-security vetting process in history to ensure terrorists do not exploit humanitarian programs to enter the United States. The bill also would require the FBI Director to certify that an individual has received a background investigation that is sufficient to determine that the refugee is not a security threat to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General would be required to independently assess the refugee approvals and provide an annual report detailing its findings to Congress.
Another big drug bust in Wilkes---the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is currently rounding up 45 people on drug charges following a two-month investigation. Officers seized 181 pills, 116 grams of cocaine, 124 grams of meth, 27 grams of heroin which is the most seized at one time since 2012, 1248 grams of marijuana, and 322 marijuana plants. The street value of the drugs seized was over $25,000. Included in the 45 people charged is Kevin DeWalt of Ronda who was out on probation from Federal drug violations. DeWalt was charged with multiple counts of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver, selling, heroin possession with intent to sell and deliver, and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office worked in conjunction with the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office to charged Samuel McDaniel of Jonesville. He was caught with 105 grams of meth. McDaniel was charged with multiple counts of trafficking and selling meth. From Yadkingville, Perry Leland Davis was charged in Wilkes for trafficking narcotic pills and charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and selling pills. Detective Greg Dancy with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office said that the drug problem in Wilkes continues to be pills and meth. Of the 45 people charged in the drug bust, all have been arrested except for 8 who are still on the run.
Let's light up for Christmas and battle badges for blood. The 20th Annual Light up Downtown North Wilkesboro event is this evening 5:30 to 9:30 with arts, crafts, Santa, and more. Also today in Wilkesboro, it's the Wilkes Battle of the Badges Blood Drive for those with a fire department, police department, Wilkes Rescue, etc. You must present a current officially-issued photo ID to donate. The Wilkes Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is today 1 til 6 at the Wilkesboro Fire Station on Cherry Street. This blood drive is part of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas where every drop stays here and saves local lives.
We have often been warned to be careful with those we hire to do repairs around the house. Wilkes Sheriff's Officials are currently looking for someone involved in a possible home repair scam. The victim, who lives off Speedway Road in North Wilkesboro, signed a blank check to a man they thought was at the residence to do home repairs. Instead, the man tried to cash the check at a local bank. The transaction was stopped. Sheriff's Officials do have a name of the suspect and charges are pending further investigation.
Wilkes County, other NC counties, and victims all across the country continue to receive harassing scam phone calls supposedly from the IRS in order to steal people's identities and money. So yesterday in DC, the IRS joined in an historic partnership with state revenue departments and the entire tax industry to redouble efforts to battle identity theft related to tax returns. It was called the: “Taxes. Security. Together.” New Taxpayer Awareness Campaign Announcement. While identity thieves are constantly changing their tactics, the states, industry and the IRS are taking new steps to battle this issue, and also calling on taxpayers to take additional steps to secure their information. There are several government websites with information on scams, ID Theft, and protecting yourself, including: www.irs.gov and www.ftc.gov
When they removed all the stolen items, there was nothing else in the pocketbook. Wilkesboro Police were called to Kohls regarding a shoplifter. Store staff watched a white female on in-store security camera. She was wearing a coat, carrying a large pocketbook, and made several trips to the dressing room. The woman was stopped in the parking lot. Police arrived to question her. She admitted to stealing clothing items from the store totaling over $300. The stolen clothes were on her and stuffed in the bag. When they removed all the stolen clothes from the handbag, there were no personal items in it. The woman told Police she brought that bag just for the purpose of shoplifting. The woman, Sarah McKinney, was arrested for shoplifting and taken to the Wilkes County Jail.