Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency in all 100 counties in preparation for severe weather that is predicated to cause severe flooding throughout the state. At a news conference at the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center, the governor said that weather systems, independent of Hurricane Joaquin, are likely to dump flooding rains on the state. Hurricane Joaquin will increase rainfall totals should it make landfall in North Carolina. Presently, the hurricane is predicted to brush the Outer Banks. “We’re hoping for the best, but hope is not preparation nor is it a plan,” Governor McCrory said. “I’ve ordered all state agencies to begin preparation for the severe weather, particularly flooding, that is going hit just about every corner of the state during the next few days.” The governor signed an executive order authorizing the state of emergency which will waive hour and weight restrictions for truck drivers responding to the storm. The waivers particularly help farmers and electric utility crews working to restore power. The governor noted that fallen trees could be a particular danger given much of ground in the state is saturated after rains that have fallen throughout the state during the past week. The governor said the state is contacting federal emergency partners and will activate Emergency Operations Center Friday morning.
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The stole property from a local bee farm. The Wilkesboro Police Department was called this week concerning a theft from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm in Moravian Falls. A truckload of scrap metal valued at about 200 dollars and some old Lineberry Cart parts valued at 100 dollars were taken from the business. The scrap metal and parts were stored outside. Employees reported the property was there at closing time Monday evening and gone Tuesday morning. Management is looking at surveillance video to try and determine suspects in the theft. Wilkesboro Police are continuing to investigate.
This week, a Dedication Ceremony was held for that new Wilkes County Agricultural Center in Wilkes. The new Ag Center is located on Executive Drive off Brushy Mountain Road near the new office of the Wilkes County Sheriff. Several were in attendance. County Commissioner Chair Eddie Settle spoke and talked about farming in our county. Wilkes is not only 7th in total Agriculture Receipts in the state, but Wilkes is also 7th in the nation. Wilkes is ranked 3rd in Broilers, cattle, beef cattle, and hay production. 3WC News asked Commissioner Settle about farming in Wilkes and the importance of the new Ag building. AIR NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler gave the keynote address and emphasized the importance of farming now and in the future. AIR As for the use of the new Wilkes Ag building, the US General Services Administration or GSA signed an agreement leasing 5,000 square feet from the county to provide offices for the U.S. Farm Service Agency, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Rural Development, all that were housed in the Johnson J. Hayes Federal Building. County officials said about 1,840 square feet in the building will be leased to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to house the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance and will also serve as a meeting site for agricultural functions with available seating capacity for 350 people in the meeting room of the Center. And with all departments out of the Hayes Federal Building on Main Street, Wilkesboro, now except for the Post Office, the process is underway to sell that building.
It appears they tried hard to get in but were not successful. Wilkesboro Police were called to an attempted breaking and entering this week at a residence on East Street. The property owners returned home at 8:30 pm to find things knocked off the back porch. A pry bar was also left near the back door. According to Police, there were multiple pry marks on the door and molding on the door frame was pulled loose. However, it is not believed that the thief or thieves ever got inside the house and nothing was reported stolen. Damages were estimated at 300 dollars.
First he tried on the clothes, and then he tried leaving the store. Wilkesboro Police were called when store management stopped a black male in the store parking lot after he store several items of men's clothing by wearing them and leaving the store. According to the report, the man was very cooperative with Police. The stolen property valued at nearly 120 dollars was returned, and the man was given a citation for shoplifting.
It's no longer September and Child Safety Month, but the Wilkes Health Dept and SAFE Kids reminds us that keeping kids safe is a year-long responsibility. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. On average, nearly 2 children under 13 were killed and 345 children were injured every day in 2013 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans. We can help put an end to this tragedy by taking some important steps. Last month, Safe Kids of Wilkes held public education events. During that time, 11 car seats were replaced, because they were not up to specifications. Throughout the event, adults or caregivers were educated on the importance of safe car seat usage, the dangers of leaving children in cars alone, and being aware of children around cars. Today, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories require the use of car seats for children traveling in motor vehicles. Car seat laws were enacted because they save lives and prevent injuries. Safe Kids Wilkes County encourages all parents and caregivers to make sure that their children are in the right car seats for their age and size, and that seats are installed correctly. For more information contact the Fire Marshall’s Office at 921-7534, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office at 903-7600 or the Wilkes County Health Department at 651-7478.
The 25th annual North Carolina Paramedic Competition gets under way Sunday at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, pitting the 2014 state champs from Rowan County EMS against five teams that clinched regional championships this summer for the right to challenge them. The regional champions are teams from Davidson, Davie, Forsyth and Stokes counties and from the town of Leland. These five challengers won regional competitions held in July at community colleges in Cumberland, Gaston, New Hanover, Surry and Wake counties. The competition provides a training opportunity for the competitors and for the hundreds of paramedics, EMTs and medical directors who closely observe each team's analysis and reaction to the scenario. The Winner will be announced Oct. 6.
As the debate continues in the Nation's Capitol and in Wilkes concerning Planned Parenthood, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., from the 5th District here in Wilkes voted this week in favor of legislation that would give states much-needed flexibility to prevent Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from participating in their Medicaid programs. “Over the past few months, extremely disturbing information has come to light about the activities of abortion providers and their sale of unborn children’s hearts and other organs for compensation,” said Foxx during a speech on the House floor. “In light of those discoveries, states should have the right to decide whether their Medicaid funds support a provider whose atrocities have shocked our national conscience and devalued human life.” H.R. 3495, the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act, passed the US House by a vote of 236-193. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that $390 million of the $450 million in taxpayer funds that Planned Parenthood receives annually is provided through Medicaid. Congresswoman Foxx will be our guest today on Focus on the Foothills at 1:05 here on 3WC.
It's a year round scam that has been reported on numerous times and warned against many times by the IRS, but people continue to send money to the fake callers claiming to be from the IRS. Yet another Wilkes resident has fallen victim to the scam that has affected so many in our county and across the country. The Wilkesboro resident received a threatening phone call from someone who said they owned money to the IRS, so the victim sent money to an address in Florida. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office says they receive calls every week from people who say that they are being threatened by a caller or by someone who has left a message on their machine to send money to the IRS. Again....this is a scam. The Internal Revenue Service has issued many consumer alerts about caller scam artists. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request. The IRS reminds people that the IRS does NOT call to demand immediate payment. The IRS does NOT require a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; nor do they ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. And the IRS does not threaten to call local police. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, hang up and you call local police or the sheriff's department.
It was a practical joke that did not end well. Over 450 baby chicks were found on the football field at Wilkes Central High School Monday. Many of the small chicks were dead apparently from exposure to the rain and the rest were euthanized. The baby chickens were believed to have been stolen from a local poultry farm. There are suspects in this theft and prank; charges are pending.