In support of Operation Stop Arm week the State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones. The operation will be conducted this week through Friday, October 21st. The Patrol expects Operation Stop Arm will decrease violations and reduce school bus incidents involving children.
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People from all walks of life are reaching out, seeking ways to assist victims and communities devastated by Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. Those wishing to help should make donations to well-established, charitable organizations assisting the disaster relief effort. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery in the disaster area. Unlike material donations, financial contributions entail no additional costs. On Tuesday, Governor McCrory activated the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew to support long-term recovery efforts in partnership with the United Way of North Carolina. People or organizations who want to help can visit NCdisasterrelief.org or text NCRecovers to 30306.
Turkey Hill Dairy Issues Class I Voluntary Recall of Select Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream - 48 oz. size
After discussion and a public meeting, the North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioners decided to purchase the Elks Lodge from the National non-profit Elks organization. The board felt it imperative to consider the historical significance of this property as future decisions were made. The Town owning the property would help assure consideration of the property and its significance to the town, area and surrounding community. The Board stated that this was the sole consideration in the property acquisition. The Town is doing a similar project at 908 and 910 Main Street to help ensure the protection of the downtown from derelict structures with a plan to place this property back in private use as downtown businesses. After consideration of four separate properties, the Elks Lodge property, the old Detention Center on Boston Avenue, the current Police Department and the property off of 2nd Street by Jim Powell of ADW Architects, the 2nd Street property was recommended for a combined Fire and Police facility because it was considered more cost effective by at least $600,000 and provided room for future growth as well as being centrally located. The Town continues to weigh the various real estate options for the combined facility. The action taken on the 2nd street property is another step in the process before a final decision is made by the Town Board.
Make a Difference Day is coming this month. The Wilkes County Commissioners voted to pass the proclamation at their meeting this week. October 22, 2016, will be Wilkes County's 19th Make a Difference Day with an estimated cost savings of over $300,000. Last year, over 265 volunteers completed 76 projects which included: building ramps, washing windows, raking leaves, building steps, collecting soup, delivering meals, spreading mulch, and underpinning. County Commissioners urge Wilkes residents to get together with family, friends, fellow employees, and religious, civic, and school groups to make a difference with a project for the community.
Voter registration at the Wilkes Board of Elections office in the Wilkes County Office Building ends today. Also, the Wilkes Board of Elections says all mail-in voter registration forms must be received by or postmarked by today. Early voting begins October 20 and ends November 5. Those who miss today's regular voter registration deadline can register and vote at one-stop early voting locations. Early voting times in Wilkes are October 20 and 21 (8:30 to 5); Oct 24 - 28 (8:30 to 5); Oct 31 - Nov 2 (8:30 to 5); Nov 3 & 4 (8:30 to 6:30); and Saturday, Nov 5 (8:30 to 1).
The State Board of Elections office has been in regular contact with county election officials to assess flooding and other issues resulting from Hurricane Matthew. Despite any challenges related to the storm, they are ready to accept and process voter registrations in advance of the deadline. Counties are still evaluating the full impact the storm may have on early voting sites and Election Day precincts. In a few counties, alternative polling locations are being identified to replace sites that were damaged or inaccessible. The State Board of Elections office issued guidance Wednesday indicating it will not extend the regular voter registration deadline. In North Carolina, voters can register and vote on the same day throughout the early voting period, which runs from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5. Voters cannot register on Election Day, Nov. 8.
While substantial progress is being made in the recovery from Hurricane Matthew, Governor Pat McCrory today noted that new flooding from rising river levels will create challenges in several eastern counties. The governor said that stabilizing Robeson County remains a top priority, as officials also respond to new flooding in Edgecombe, Pitt, Lenoir, Pender, Greene, Bladen and other counties. The number of storm-related fatalities stands at 20 persons, while one person is still reported as missing in Johnston County.
For those traveling across our state, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to avoid US301 and I-95 if at all possible in Robeson County. Both northbound and southbound lanes of I-95 have been closed between Exit 13 (US74/I-95 interchange) and Exit 56 (Cumberland County) due to flooding conditions. US301 south of Fayetteville is closed to all traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles and local residents. Furthermore, motorists are being advised NOT to rely on their GPS to navigate in and around US301 and I-95 as they travel around flooded areas. Relying on the GPS will result in the motoring public being re-routed to primary routes such as US301and secondary routes that are inaccessible due to continuous flooding.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating another home break-in at a Purlear residence. In the most recent report, a homeowner on the CC Hayes Road reported that someone entered their home and stole nearly 650 dollars in property including a TV, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Gamecube, Motorola smart phone, LG slider phone, Blu-Ray/DVD player, and a flash drive. It appears the thief entered through a window in the home. There is no word on suspects. Just yesterday, 3WC News reported on a Purlear home break-in where over $7200 in property was stolen. It is also unknown at this time if the two break-ins were done by the same thief or thieves.