The Town of Elkin received an award from the Governor this week. Gov. Perdue honored nine North Carolina communities with the inaugural Governor’s Innovative Small Business Community Award for their creative and innovative ways to help small businesses bring jobs to North Carolina. Two-thirds of all new jobs are created by small businesses, making them critical economic drivers for local communities across the state. “Small businesses are the backbone of North Carolina’s economy. Supporting our small business owners and entrepreneurs is the best way to improve the unemployment rate,” said Gov. Perdue. The Town of Elkin and Surry County converted a vacant unused grocery store in a strip shopping center to create The Elkin Center, a workforce training center. Partners in the project included the NC Rural Center, Golden LEAF, Lowes, Duke Energy, Yadkin Valley Bank, BB&T and others. The town credits this facility with being able to attract the Pittsburgh Glass Works company which plans to create 260 jobs and invest $85 million. The Governor’s Innovative Small Business Community Award program recognizes projects, strategies and initiatives that reflect excellence in community economic development, small business and entrepreneurship, and sustainability in North Carolina. Nominated communities were evaluated based on their creative solutions to improve quality of life and well-being through job creation and job sustaining activities.
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The burglar simply reached in an unlocked window to get inside and steal. In a report filed with the Wilkesboro Police, two roommates at Cub Creek Apartments said they went to bed about 1am. When they got up about 6:30, they realized they had been robbed. A back window with a cut screen had been left unlocked when the victims went to bed. It appears the robber reached through the screen to open the window and then reached over to open the back door. One pocketbook had been dumped out on the table inside the apartment. A second pocketbook had been dumped outside the back door. Three Social Security Cards and about 80 dollars in cash was stolen. There are no suspects; the Wilkesboro Police is investigating.
Someone threw a flowerpot through the window of a local business, but nothing was reported stolen. Wilkesboro Police were called to Raebell’s this week concerning a break-in. The store owner left the store about 6:20 pm Monday. Then about 3 hours later, her husband drove by the store and noticed the front window broken out. It appears someone picked up a large flower pot from the front of the store and threw it through the window. Other things inside the store were also damaged. In all, there was nearly 600 dollars in damages to property at Raebells. There was no video surveillance and are no suspects at this time. It is unknown if someone only wanted to vandalize or if something scared them off before they could complete a robbery.
Wilkesboro Police made a couple of drug related arrests recently. On Saturday, Police had a license checkpoint set up on Cherry Street. Shortly after midnight, a Wilkesboro woman stopped at the checkpoint. When she rolled down her window, police smelled a strong odor of marijuana. The woman did not have her driver’s license with her and was asked to pull to the side of the road. At first she admitted to smoking earlier in the evening, and she said a friend who had been in the car with her had been smoking. The woman told police she did not have any marijuana with her. When police asked to search her and the car, she admitted to having some marijuana in the floorboard. Police searched the woman identified as Zala Mahan and found marijuana, scales, and baggies. Mahan was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor accounts of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia
Also on Saturday, Wilkesboro Police were called to Windemere Apartments regarding a suspicious white male. When police arrived, they asked the man for some ID. He said his name was Gregory Lawson of Boomer, but he did not have any identification with him. Lawson said he was there to see his girlfriend. Police asked Lawson to wait in the patrol car until they could confirm who he was. A witness then saw Lawson take a baggie out of his hat and toss it under the car. Police retrieve the baggie that appeared to be marijuana. Lawson was arrested for misdemeanor drug possession. Police then discovered Lawson had two outstanding warrants, so he was also charged with those and taken to the Wilkes County Jail.
The man was burned and taken to Baptist Hospital and the house was severely damaged by the fire. According to a release from Chief Deputy Doug Cotton of the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, there was more than one attacker that entered a house Monday about 9pm where a man was beaten, robbed, and left inside a burning house. John Wayne Martin opened the door of his home on Grange Road to people he believed to be trick or treating. Those people then forced themselves inside Martin’s home. Martin was beaten and robbed. Before leaving, the attackers set fire to the house and left Martin inside. Martin was able to climb out of the burning house and get to a neighbor’s house to call for help. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene and put out the fire in the single wide mobile home. The man was transported by ambulance to Baptist Medical Center where he is being treated for burns and other injuries. The Wilkes Sheriff's Department is still investigating the attack and chose not want to release any information on the attackers or on what was stolen from the house.
A local church sign has been damaged and the Sheriff’s Department is investigating. A member of Dennyville Baptist Church on Old Hwy 60 in Ronda called Sheriff’s Officials over the weekend when the damages were discovered. It appears that someone threw an object at the glass sign at the church causing 200 dollars in damages. No witnesses or suspects were listed with the report.
Following four packed and vigorous public hearings across western North Carolina including one with reporesentatives from Wilkes, the NC Utilities Commission will receive public testimony on Duke Energy’s request for a rate hike for electricity customers. The meeting will take place today in Durham. Duke Energy is seeking an 18.6% rate hike for residential electricity customers and over 14% for businesses. That’s on top of an 8% increase since January 2010 and this September’s 5% increase in fuel surcharges. If Duke’s rate request passes, residential bills will have jumped over 30% since the beginning of last year. Duke has already announced that it is coming back for another rate hike next year, and they’re pushing the General Assembly to allow annual rate hikes so customers pay years in advance for nuclear plants that might never come on-line. Recent hearings on this rate hike in Charlotte, Marion, Franklin, and High Point have resulted in very large turn outs of electricity customers who think it is crazy to be asking families and businesses to pay higher rates in this economy. They have objected strongly to Duke’s agenda of continuous rate hikes to pursue a fossil fuel and nuclear agenda. At last night’s County Commissioners meeting, it was noted that Wilkesboro Mayor Mike Inscore and Wilkesboro Town Councilman Sam Stroud had attended the High Point meeting to oppose rate hikes. Also the County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution last night to oppose various electricity rate increases for North Carolina. That resolution will be sent to the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) this week introduced the Violence Against Women Health Initiative. “October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, but this is a problem that demands attention 365 days a year,” said Hagan. Since its passage in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has transformed our criminal justice and social service systems, helping to prevent and respond to domestic violence. The last reauthorization of VAWA, set to expire this year, included three programs. Hagan’s bill would consolidate the existing three health programs into one program, increasing evaluation and accountability. Nearly one in four women in the US has reported experiencing domestic violence at some point in her life. Young women experience the highest rates of sexual assault and stalking. And sadly, 15.5 million children in the US live in families in which partner violence has occurred in the past year. Domestic violence has a significant impact on our country’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), domestic violence costs the health care system over $8.3 billion annually.
A man was beaten, robbed, and left in a burning house last night. According to preliminary reports a man, John Wayne Martin, living on the Grange Road opened his door around 9pm Monday to people he thought were "Trick or Treaters" and was attacked. He was beaten, robbed, and left inside the house that the robbers set on fire before leaving. Martin was able to climb out of the burning house and get to a neighbor’s house to call for help. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene and put out the fire in the single wide mobile home. Martin was transported to Baptist Hospital due to the severity of his injuries. The Wilkes Sheriff's Department is still investigating the attack and are still searching for the attackers.