This morning as you travel, beware of black ice on roads. As the snow melted yesterday and refroze overnight there is the potential for black ice conditions this morning, so be careful if you have to drive.
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Speaking of wrecks--In the past week, there have been at least 5 “parking lot wrecks” and that was before the bad weather and hazardous driving conditions. Two parking lot wrecks happened at Walmart, one at Monte de Rey, one at Lowes Hardware, and one at Wendy’s. No injuries were reported in either bump-up. Damages ranged from 100 to 800 dollars. Of the 5 parking lot collisions, one person was charged with unsafe movement.
The Hickory Police Department contacted the Wilkesboro Police this week regarding a theft from vehicle case where a stolen credit card was used in Wilkesboro. The card stolen from a car in Hickory was used at the local Walmart. Wilkesboro Police were able to obtain in-store video that showed two suspects, a black male and white female, using the stolen card to make a purchase. The suspects were identified and charges have been issued.
They’re coming to Wilkes. Hundreds of regional high school students are coming here. Wilkes Community College will host the Region 7 SkillsUSA Conference and Career Showcase on February 27. In 2014, the event drew over 500 high school student competitors and career showcase participants from the high schools in the 15 counties that make up Region 7 including Wilkes and, as well as the Home School Association of North Carolina and Christian schools. There were over 75 business and industry representatives on site to participate in or view contests. This year organizers expect approximately 400 students from 17 high schools in Region 7 to participate in the event hosted at WCC. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. In addition to the competition, students explored career opportunities with the Career Showcase which is designed to increase student awareness of the programs at Wilkes Community College. For more information about the SkillsUSA program, contact Hardin Kennedy at 336-838-6219.
Wilkes County Schools Pre-K Classes are accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. If your child will be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2015, please contact the school in your district and provide initial contact information. Families will be mailed a Screening Invitation with an appointment time to attend. Screenings will take place at each elementary school and are scheduled March 24th – April 29th. All age eligible children are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, you may contact Wilkes County Schools at 336-667-1121.
3WC News has reported several times over the past month about IRS phone scams of Wilkes residents being called and threatened by someone claiming to be from the IRS. These are fake phone calls to steal your money; the IRS never makes calls demanding money. Now in addition to phone calls, some scammers use fake emails known as phishing. The IRS has been alerted to a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS and include a link to a bogus web site intended to mirror the official IRS web site. These emails contain the direction “you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.” The emails mention USA.gov and IRSgov (without a dot between "IRS" and "gov"). Don’t get scammed. These emails are not from the IRS. Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. For more information, visit IRS.gov
In a press release and on social media last night, Gov McCrory warns black ice is a major possibility on our roadways, even roads cleared by DOT crews Tuesday. McCrory said: Please continue to avoid driving if possible and continue to check on neighbors who might need assistance. The Governor thanked utilities crews who worked hard to restore power to over 60,000 without it, and thanked road crews who risked their own safety to improve roadways. In anticipation of the wintry weather hitting our state, the Governor declared a state of emergency and the NCDOT spent several days treating roads with more than 1.3 million gallons of salt brine across the state. Governor McCrory signed two executive orders to expedite storm response. The State of Emergency declaration enables the governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to a storm. As a reminder, real-time weather and road conditions, can always be found on the free ReadyNC mobile app or on line at www.readync.org. Travelers are urged to call 511 or go to www.ncdot.org for up to date roadway conditions. Only use 911 for emergencies so those lines are not overloaded with non-emergency calls.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., is encouraging high school students in North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District to submit entries for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, which is a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize talented young artists and promote the valuable role art plays in our society. “Every year our country’s top young artists have the chance to display their work in the United States Capitol where it will be seen by visitors from around the world,” said Foxx. As for guidelines for the competition: Only high school students residing in the 5th Congressional District may compete. Students may be enrolled at public, private or home schools and each submission must be accompanied by a completed Congressional Art Competition release form, which is available on Foxx’s website.
Guns continue to be one of the most stolen items in our area and across the country. Recently, a gun owner on the North Marley Ford Road in Wilkesboro called to report the theft of a pistol. The .357 revolver was kept in his vehicle. The serial number of the gun was obtained by Sheriff's Deputies and entered in NCIC. The stolen .357 was valued at 350 dollars. There are no suspects; the investigation is still underway.
In another theft from vehicle report, a safe was stolen. The North Wilkesboro victim reported to Wilkes Sheriff's Investigators that her black Century Safe cash and lock box was taken from her unlocked vehicle. Some prescription medication was in the safe at the time of the theft. Nothing else was reported stolen from the car. Again, there is no word on suspects.