He asked him to leave and to leave his motorcycle. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a disturbance involving a fight with a would-be thief. The property owner saw someone trying to steal his Honda 4-wheeler at his residence on Gilmore Harrold Road in Hays. The victim saw the man and asked him to leave his property. A fight began with the suspect assaulting the victim and his wife. The wife called 911 and retrieved a ball bat. Both the suspect and property owner suffered minor injuries. The suspect, Laban Byrd, was arrested on larceny and assault.
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While the homeowner was away for the night, someone broke in and stole property. The victim returned to her McGrady residence and found that someone had forcibly entered her home. A wallet, bank cards, and power tools were stolen. The stolen property was valued at $120. No suspects were listed with the report; the Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating.
The estimated cost of Phase 1 is 1.8 million dollars, but the Wilkesboro Town Council says some of the cost will be offset by grant funding. This week the Wilkesboro Town Council discussed the Downtown Renovation Project that includes re-doing the Open Air Market area as a park area with a stage for concerts and a courtyard for the front lawn of the Wilkes Heritage Museum. Council members stressed that no tax dollars should be used but rather money from grant funding, the General Fund, and the Utility Fund.
Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver 1 million nutritious meals to seniors every day. Volunteers also provide safety checks and friendly visits – helping seniors to stay healthy and in their own homes. With 1 in 6 seniors already facing the threat of hunger and the senior population projected to double by 2050, Meals on Wheels needs dedicated volunteers now more than ever. For more information on the Meals on Wheels programs here in Wilkes, call the Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission or BROC at 336-667-7174.
The board of advisors of the Wilkes Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects funded from its community fund, according to Graham Wyche, board president. Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that serve general charitable needs in Wilkes County. Grants have generally ranged from $1,000 to $2,500. Applications are available beginning June 24. Visit nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon July 26. The Wilkes Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. The community fund was established to help support local charitable needs through annual grants.
Attention Wilkes County farmers: If you or someone you know is interested in serving on a local FSA County Committee, now is the time to submit that person’s name as a nominee for the 2016 County Committee Elections. Now through August 1, you can nominate yourself or a candidate for your local FSA county committee. And almost anyone participating or cooperating in FSA programs - and of legal voting age - can be nominated. FSA county committees are a vital link between farmers and ranchers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And through the county committee system, farmers and ranchers have a voice and their opinions and ideas are heard. Download the nomination form from our website at fsa.usda.gov/elections or pick one up at your local Wilkes FSA office. And remember, forms must be postmarked or delivered back to the county office by the August 1 deadline. Voting takes place this fall.
Average teacher pay in North Carolina will be more than $50,000 for the first time in state history under North Carolina’s newest budget signed this week by Governor Pat McCrory. The governor signed the $22.3 billion state budget Thursday surrounded by teachers, local elected officials and legislators at Shiloh Elementary School in Union County. The budget makes key investments to strengthen education, provide tax relief for middle class families, make college more affordable and improve the health of our communities and bolster the state’s savings reserves. Teachers will receive an average 4.7 percent pay increase, bringing average teacher pay in North Carolina above $50,000 for the first time in state history. With health and retirement benefits offered to full-time teachers in our state, the budget will boost average total compensation to more than $67,000. Teacher pay in North Carolina is growing faster than in any other state in the country. Since 2013, North Carolina has invested more than $1 billion in new funding for teacher raises.
Over $4000 in property was stolen from an outbuilding in North Wilkesboro. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft at a residence on Rock Creek Church Road. It appears someone used some type of cutting tool to steal an electric furnace valued at $1100, 600 feet of copper wire valued at $600, and a 2.5 ton heat pump unit valued at $2500. The theft was reported this week. No suspects were listed with the report.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is also investigating a theft from a Millers Creek residence. The homeowner reported finding their house forcibly entered. Ten antique dishes and an antique homemade tablecloth were taken from a house off NC 16. Stolen property is valued at $500. Damages to the door are also estimated at $500. That investigation is still underway.
Wilkesboro Police are warning us about a scam that has been around for a long time, and continues to hit local residents. On their Facebook page, Police show a picture of a scam check in the amount of $1760 that was sent to someone in Wilkesboro. Wilkesboro PD says to: Be aware of scammers that encourage you to cash a check and send part of the proceeds back to them or someone else. The check is very likely worthless, and then you will be liable for the amount of that worthless check you cashed. So, Police say: "Don't cash it. Ignore their lies. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't be a victim of these thieves."