THE TOUR - STRINGS ACROSS AMERICA is coming to Wilkesboro to honor local Purple Heart Veterans. On Saturday June 27th in Wilkesboro, the event starts out with an honors motorcycle ride, which will begin at Crossroads Harley Davidson (registration from 10am - 12noon) and will proceed to 2 other stops ending at Fort Hamby Amphitheater, with live music and a 21 gun salute and honors ceremony. The 3 patriots honored on Saturday, are all purple heart combat veteran medal recipients. 1. Matt Cooke (shot 5 times in Fort Hood Shooting massacre) Matt threw himself on his superior officer to protect him from the assault. 2. Jesse Gladney is also a purple heart combat veteran. 3. Edwin Canter, purple heart combat veteran. The mission of Heart Strings for Heroes is to bring the community together and to honor and heal these HEROES with the power of MUSIC! They give FREE guitars and awards to these soldiers to assist in their ongoing mental and physical therapy. For more information, visit www.HeartStringsForHeroes.org
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Earlier this month, it was drink machine break-ins and now it's a newspaper machine. The break-in and theft occurred at the newspaper machine at Mall Square. The lock, locking bar, and coin tray were stolen from the machine. Damages were listed at 75 dollars. An unknown amount of money was stolen. Police are checking nearby surveillance video for possible suspect evidence, but there are no suspects at this time.
From the Gridiron to the Gospel, a Men's Conference is being held in North Wilkesboro on Saturday with Evangelist Otis Duhart who was a member of the 1999 Florida State NCAA Football Championship Team. The theme of Saturday's Journey of Faith Men's Conference is Redeemed, Reconciled, Restored. AIR The men's conference with Otis Duhart is Saturday 9 til 2 at Grace Kingdom on 10th Street, North Wilkesboro.
This time the thief did not get to steal anything. A property owner in Millers Creek called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office regarding an attempted break-in. The victim found evidence that someone attempted to pry open a door to their storage building. No entry was made into building, and nothing was reported stolen.
Did you know that the American Red Cross receives fewer donors at blood drives hosted in the months of June, July, and August? One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives! So, McDonald’s at Winkler Mill Shopping Center will be hosting a Blood Drive Saturday from 10am – 2pm. You can sign up to donate inside the McDonald’s Wilkesboro location or online at www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Wilkes County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Julia Houck has announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on June 15, 2015. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Wilkes County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 3, 2015. "County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level," said Houck. To be eligible to serve on the FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county election and reside in the Local Administrative Area (LAA) where they are nominated. This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 2, which includes Walnut Grove, Mulberry, Union, Jobs, Cabin, Stanton, Reedies River, Rock Creek, Lewis Fork, Moravian Falls, Elk, Beaver Creek and Boomer. Producers may nominate themselves or others. The form and more information about county committee elections is available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as federal farm program issues.
While National Homeownership Month in June usually focuses on buying and owning a home, it is also a time to remind homeowners facing foreclosure that help is available in North Carolina. The state’s N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund can make mortgage payments while homeowners get back on their feet after a layoff, reduction in hours, divorce or illness. It can also assist returning veterans while they attend school on the GI Bill. The Fund is designed and offered through the N.C. Housing Finance Agency, a self-supporting state agency, using funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. There is no cost for mortgage assistance, which is offered as: A zero-interest, deferred loan that pays the homeowner’s mortgage for up to 36 months ($36,000) during job search or retraining; A zero-interest, deferred loan up to $36,000 to bring a mortgage current after reduction of income; or A zero-interest loan up to $30,000 to refinance a second mortgage for a homeowner who has experienced a reduction of income. The North Carolina Foreclosure Prevention Fund is available. For information and a list of local counseling agencies offering assistance, homeowners can go to www.NCForeclosurePrevention.gov or call 888-623-8631.
More and more information is coming out about the shooting Monday morning in Wilkes. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office released the initial 911 calls from 3 different victims of the attack by the shooter and arsonist James Barrett. This clip is from the third caller who was hit in the head...AIR The complete 911 calls released can be heard on our website at HometownChristianRadio.com. (911 Calls) The Wilkesboro Police SWAT Team also aided in getting the shooter on Monday. According to the Wilkesboro Police their SWAT Team, which was scheduled for training that day, was requested by the Sheriff's Dept to assist and staged their team at Bethel Church. The SWAT Team was told the shooter was still at large and a family was trapped inside their home within the incident area. A rescue plan was developed with the SBI and Sheriff's Deputies. The team proceeded in an armored vehicle. As they approached, the shooter was seen nearby with a rifle, and he began firing on the team. Shots were exchanged. The shooter, James Barrett, was shot and died at the scene.
Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for a regularly scheduled meeting. On the agenda for the meeting was a Resolution In Memory of Max Bauguess who served as County Commissioner for 10 years, was President of the of the NC Association of County Commissioners, and served on the DSS Board. Mr. Bauguess' wife and other family members were there to accept the honor. Commissioners also approved DOT Replacement Property for the Cub Creek Bridge Project. The Fire Marshal presented Commissioners with 4 requests for Fireworks Display Permits including Wilkesboro Raceway Park for July 2 along with Memorial Park, Roaring River and Traphill all for July 4. All 4 permits were approved. Commissioners also received information on a new local company Natural Products, LLC aka Herbal Innovations LLC. The company plans to develop property on Lineberry Road and create at least 23 full-time jobs over 5 years in exchange for an performance based incentive package from the county just over $22,000 or about $4500.00 a year for 5 years in annual appropriation payments. If the company fails to make the capital investments or create the jobs, they the appropriations by the County would be reduced by a pro-rated amount. County Commissioners unanimously approved the economic incentive agreement.
The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners met this week for their regular meeting. Before the meeting, 3 people showed up to speak during a time of Public Concerns. The three who spoke all talked about the possibility of the County Commissioners dissolving the Dept of Social Services Board following some problems with the Wilkes DSS over the past year. John Myers, the DSS Board Chairman, suggested that the Commissioner ad another County Commissioner to the DSS Board as a means to monitor the work of DSS. Blake Lovette explained that the caseloads with the Wilkes DSS had tripled in recent years due to the loss of thousands of jobs in Wilkes, and he said that DSS staffing had only increased 30 percent. Lovette also told County Commissioners he believed the action to dissolve the DSS Board was political and asked them to re-think their position. Former County Commissioner Charlie Sink also spoke on behalf of preserving the DSS Board, and he too urged Commissioners to sit in on DSS Board meetings before deciding. At the end of Tuesday night's meeting, Commissioner Keith Elmore asked his fellow Commissioners to take to heart the remarks of the speaker and to consider keeping the DSS Board. Chairman Settle said that the Commissioners had not voted on anything yet and were still discussing the matter. Settle also said their decision to keep the DSS Board or not was not political.