Right now, churches, businesses, warehouses and homes across the Wilkesboro are being transformed into collection spots for Operation Christmas Child. The High Country team hopes to collect 24,000 gift-filled shoeboxes from individuals, families and groups for needy kids during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 17–24. Jennifer Davis of Samaritan's Purse explains how important each shoebox is...AIR. Drop Off locations for the Shoeboxes are at Specialty Car Company on Old Brickyard Road, Baptist Home Church on Sparta Road, and the North American Disaster Relief Warehouse on Elkin Hwy--all in North Wilkesboro.
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One present that is not on anyone’s wish list this holiday season is bedbugs. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division encourages travelers to take extra steps to ensure they don’t pick up any hitchhiking pests this holiday season. . “Bedbugs are excellent hitchhikers. This holiday season I encourage you to be alert and be aware as you travel,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Eradicating bedbugs from a home can be difficult and expensive. Keeping them out of your home is a better option. Travelers can take these steps to help prevent bedbugs from traveling home in their personal items. When traveling: Inspect mattress and headboard with an LED flashlight and look for tiny black spots that look like ink spots; Keep bags, luggage and backpacks off the bed to unpack.; and Keep clothes in the suitcase, not in the provided dresser. Bedbugs do not transmit diseases, but bites do need to be reported to the county health department. If you suspect bedbugs at your home, call a pest control company that is licensed by the NCDA&CS.
Governor Pat McCrory was on hand recently for a groundbreaking ceremony for the first section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway in Forsyth County. Governor McCrory and the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $154 million contract for the 4-mile section of the eastern part of the Beltway between U.S. 158 and U.S. 421/Business 40. "I-74 plays a major role in our state, connecting the east to the west and rural to urban. Breaking ground on this stretch of roadway will continue our goal of building roads based on congestion, safety, and economic development," said Governor McCrory. Construction for the project can start as early as December 1. The road should be open to traffic by Nov. 1, 2018. Eventually, the Beltway will provide a 34-mile multi-lane freeway around the northern side of Winston-Salem. The new highway will improve the transportation network in Forsyth County and the surrounding area by increasing connectivity, helping alleviate congestion and enhancing safety along heavily traveled routes such as U.S. 421/Business 40 and U.S. 52.
3WC News now has more details concerning a fatal car wreck over the weekend. A 28-year-old man was killed in a car wreck Sunday afternoon. According to the NC Highway Trooper Jennings, Joshua Brian Wiles of Rock Creek Road was traveling East on the Traphill Road when his vehicle ran off the road to the right. Wiles overcorrected, went left of center, and hit another vehicle in the westbound lane driven by 62-year-old Linda Swaim of Benham Church Road in Elkin. Wiles was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Swaim was transported to Baptist Hospital. Graveside services for Joshua Wiles will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Little Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home is in charge of those services.
A woman from McGrady suffered several broken bones after being hit by a car just before 8 o'clock Sunday evening. Trooper Holbrook of the NC Highway Patrol investigated the incident. Trooper Holbrook said that 27-year-old Terri Gaylean of Arlie Myers Store Road in McGrady was walking in the middle of Rock Creek Church Road around 8pm Sunday. She was walking with some other people, all of whom were wearing dark clothing. A 19-year-old of Dowell Ridge Road was driving down Rock Creek Church Road when she saw the people in the roadway and tried to avoid them, but Gaylean was hit. Gaylean had broken bones and was taken to Baptist Medical Center. No charges will be filed against the driver.
Three were taken and two were recovered. A Wilkes Sheriff's Deputy responded to a larceny call at Integrity Automotive located at 5684 Elkin Highway 268. The owner reported that three automobile engines and three transmissions were stolen from behind his building. The garage owner said that he had closed at 745pm on Thursday and everything was there. Friday morning, he noticed the engines and transmissions missing. The victim went to the local junk yards and located most of the stolen items at Lowes Fur and Herb. According to the garage owner, everything was recovered except the Camry 2.2 Engine which was valued at $1200. There is a suspect and warrants have been issued.
It was a busy weekend for arrests locally and a busy day on Sunday with calls to 911. Of the 3 dozen arrests over the weekend, most were on drug charges. Five were arrested on non support of a child, 5 arrested for breaking and entering, 3 arrested for assault charges, 3 for larceny, and 8 people were arrested on multiple drug charges. On Sunday, EMS and Ambulances services were stretched to the max a couple of times. The 911 Communication Center in Wilkes received a total of 210 calls that included fire, EMS, Sheriff's Dept, and Police.
A commissioner in a neighboring county was arrested last week. A Surry County Commissioner was arrested Friday for allegedly receiving fraudulently obtained travel expense reimbursements from the county over the past three years. Paul Matthew Johnson, 53, of Pilot Mountain, was charged by the State Bureau of Investigation with four counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense for submitting falsified travel expenses and making other fraudulent travel claims to the county. He was released on a written promise to appear in Surry County District Court on December 15. The SBI investigation was initiated at the request of District Attorney Ricky Bowman after Surry County officials allegedly discovered in March that Johnson had submitted questionable travel claims for mileage reimbursements. Johnson sits on a number of committees and represented the board at meetings that required travel in his role as commissioner. An audit of all of the commissioners’ travel and expenses found that Johnson had made more submissions for repayment than all of the other commissioners. Bowman also requested that the state Attorney General’s Office Special Prosecution Division review the SBI’s investigation and conduct any prosecution deemed appropriate to ensure fairness and impartiality.
Last night, Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory recognized "World Prematurity Day" by illuminating the Executive Mansion in purple. “Helping mothers learn about how they can give their newborns the best start in life is of vital interest to every North Carolinian," Governor Pat McCrory said. The March of Dimes Foundation supports World Prematurity Day. The foundation was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fight polio. It now focuses on preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Last week, Governor Pat McCrory wrapped up a week long charge honoring veterans and highlighting his agenda to continue making North Carolina the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. Governor McCrory proclaimed last week as "Veterans Week" and as “Employ a Veteran Week” in North Carolina. A resource guide for veterans is now available in print and online at www.nc4vets.org. A call center has also been established to guide veterans to services in their area. The number is 1-844-NC4VETS (624-8387).
A 28-year-old man was killed in a car wreck Sunday afternoon. According to the NC Highway Patrol, Joshua Brian Wiles of Hays was traveling East on the Traphill Road near Gristle Tail Lane when his vehicle ran off the road to the right. Wiles overcorrected and hit another vehicle in the westbound lane. Wiles died from his injuries in the wreck. The condition of the other driver is unknown at this time. Also, a female was hit by a car on Rock Creek Church Road after lying in the roadway. Comm Center said the woman was air-lifted to Baptist. The NC Highway Patrol is investigation both of these Sunday car accidents.