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Wilkes Health Says Prepare for Winter

Wilkes County Health Department reminds all Wilkes County citizens that it is important to prepare for winter weather before the winter season begins. Severe winter weather is something that every family in Wilkes County should be prepared for since it is one of the most common natural weather occurrences here in Wilkes County. September is National Preparedness Month and it is the perfect time to begin preparing for winter weather. Jacqueline Phillips-Hayes, Wilkes County Public Health Educator assigned to Preparedness, encourages everyone to take steps now to prepare for extreme winter weather. Some important steps to take include:  1. Making an emergency plan and a communications plan.  2. Add winter items to your emergency supply kits at home and in your cars.  3. If you have pets don’t forget to bring your pets inside and include them in your emergency preparations. 4. Charge cell phones and be prepared for power outages. 5. Stay informed. Listen to your local news resources to know when winter weather may be expected and find information about how to prepare before, during and after extreme winter weather at


NC State of Emergency

Governor Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency on Wednesdayat 11:00 p.m. upon the request of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. The governor has also initiated efforts to deploy the North Carolina National Guard and the State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement.

“Upon a recent request of Chief Putney, the National Guard and State Highway Patrol are sending in resources to further help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department,” said Governor McCrory. “Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated. I support and commend the law enforcement officials for their bravery and courage during this difficult situation.”
The declaration allows the state to send the N.C. National Guard to Charlotte to provide support to the State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement as needed. Charlotte officials requested state assistance following two nights of violent riots.
Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry will direct the State’s Emergency Operations Plan and deploy the State Emergency Response Team to assist Charlotte and Mecklenburg County officials in maintaining safety and security in the city.

Stolen Car

Someone stole her car while she was gone from home.  The vehicle owner, who lives in Hays, reported the car theft this week.  She told Wilkes Sheriff's Investigators that she left home Monday night and her black Chrysler 300 was parked in her driveway.  When she returned Tuesday morning, the car was gone.  The stolen car was valued at $8000.


Stolen Toolbox

A North Wilkesboro man reported that a tool box was stolen while he was away from home.  Tuesday, the victim called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to report the theft.  He said that while he was gone to town, someone came by his house and took his tool box that was full of hand tools.  Stolen property is valued at 1000 dollars.


More Stolen Road Signs

More road signs have been reported stolen for the second consecutive month.  This time the Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the theft of several road signs and funeral signs from the Glenn Dancy Road area.  There is a possible suspect and charges are pending.  Just last month, a report was received at the Sheriff's Office regarding the theft of 17 county road signs in the Moravian Falls and Oakwoods Country Club areas. The cost to the County to replace the 17 Street Signs was estimated at  $3000.  


Mountain to Sea Trail Update at Commissioners' Meeting

Wilkes County Commissioners met this week for the last regular meeting for the month.  Representatives from NC Division of Parks and Recreation and the Elkin Valley Trails Association were there to give a report and have a discussion with Commissioners about the Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina.  One section of the proposed Mtn to Sea Trail would be along Carter Falls here in Wilkes.  Dan Park, who owns the property, is willing to work with the state on the project.  The State has 4.5 million in NC Connect Bond Funds for state trails.  The State would purchased the land in Wilkes for the Trail and lease it back to the county for a dollar.  The Elkin Valley Trails Association is willing to construct and maintain the walking trail along Carter Falls.  State Officials told Wilkes Commissioners that these State Trails increase property value and help the local economy.


Gear-Up Week at WCC

County Commissioners declared this week as GEAR UP Week. Wilkes Community College, in partnership with Appalachian State University (ASU), hosted national best-selling author and motivational speaker Arel Moodie in celebration of National GEAR UP week. The GEAR UP –Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – mission is to encourage young people to prepare, enter and succeed in postsecondary education immediately after high school. Approximately 1,050 sixth or eight grade students from Wilkes, Alleghany and Watauga counties attended the event at the John A. Walker Community Center on the campus of WCC. GEAR UP program funds are used to support students and their families to be prepared and have the resources needed for success in college. The grant-funded program serves a cohort of students (4,600 from Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties) in sixth through ninth grades and will continue to serve those students until they graduate from high school. 


NC Expanding Foreign-Trade Zone

Governor Pat McCrory announced this week that southeastern North Carolina has received approval to expand Foreign-Trade Zone 214, making the region more attractive to businesses looking to relocate or expand and increasing the region’s competitiveness in global trade. Foreign-trade zones stimulate economic growth and development by offering companies tariff and tax relief on the storage and operation of commercial merchandise, both domestic and foreign, within the zone. By order of the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone Board, the 22-county area can now offer foreign-trade zone services for companies looking to expand or relocate their business in southeastern North Carolina. Foreign-trade zones are sites near a U.S. Customs port of entry where foreign and domestic merchandise is considered in international trade. 


NC Unemployment Rate Drops Again

The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent. North Carolina’s August 2016 unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than a year ago.  Governor Pat McCrory announced that North Carolina’s unemployment rate is the lowest since April 2007. “North Carolina has seen one of the largest decreases in unemployment in the nation since 2013 and we are home to one of the fastest growing economies in the nation,” said Governor McCrory. Unemployment has decreased in all 100 counties since 2013. The last time North Carolina experienced an unemployment rate below 4.6 percent was in January 2001. The number of unemployed persons in North Carolina is 46.3 percent lower than January 2013. These results have been supported by efforts to cut taxes for families and businesses by $4.7 billion, while assuming a $430 million revenue surplus. Additionally, the state paid off the $2.5 billion unemployment insurance debt to the federal government ahead of schedule saving employers more than $760 million in taxes since 2013. The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 when the county unemployment rates for August 2016 will be released.


People Home When Burglars Came In

Three broke in the while someone was at home.  A Ferguson man called 911 after someone broke in his house this week.  The man reported hearing someone trying to force open his back door about 11pm.  The man grabbed his son and had the son hide in a closet.  The property owner then went to confront the burglars.  He saw three people in his house.  He yelled at them and ran out without taking anything.  There is no word on suspects at this time.