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Wilkes Deputies Bust Man on Meth Charges\

You just never know what a traffic stop will lead to! Wilkes County Deputies stopped a pick up truck on Bethany Ford Road because they said they knew the passenger had an outstanding warrant. As the arrested Joseph Church, they said they smelled alcohol so they got permission from Mike Church to search his truck. That's when they found pseudoephedrine, drain cleaner, lye, coffee filters, a funnel...yeah, stuff to make methamphetamine.


WCSD Confiscates Marijuana Plants

Its not the biggest pot seizure ever, but still....
Wilkes County deputies got a tip that somebody was growing marijuana in a wooded area in Moravian Falls, Specifically Greens Orchard Road is where deputies found three plants growing, so they destroyed them. No one's been arrested.


USDA Policey Benefits Chicken Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing rule changes to provide significant new protections for poultry growers and livestock producers. "Concerns about a lack of fairness and commonsense treatment for livestock and poultry producers have gone unaddressed far too long," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement. "This proposed rule will help ensure a level playing field for producers by providing additional protections against unfair practices and addressing new market conditions not covered by existing rules."

The proposed rules include regulations that provide poultry growers with new protections when producers require them to provide expensive capital upgrades. The rules include a provision to ensure that poultry growers have the opportunity to recoup at least 80 percent of the cost. Chicken houses may cost $300,000, but as things stand now poultry companies may terminate a grower's contract at any time, leaving the grower deep in debt without income.

Among other changes, the rules would also require that poultry growers receive a written notice of a company's intention to suspend the delivery of birds at least 90 days in advance and that companies follow a fair process for using arbitration to remedy disputes.


Foxx Introduces Surviving Spouse Home Loan Bill

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx has introduced bipartisan legislation that corrects a current injustice in the VA home loan system. Her bill, the Disabled Veterans’ Surviving Spouses Home Loans Act, provides access to VA home loans for surviving spouses of permanently disabled veterans whose deaths are not necessarily attributed to their service-related disability.

Under current law, most surviving spouses of veterans whose deaths were not service-connected, but who had permanent, service-connected disabilities, are eligible to receive monthly compensation payments from the VA. These same spouses could not, however qualify for a VA home loan. Foxx’s bill corrects this problem by making these spouses eligible for the loan.

Her bill has been endorsed by the Disabled American Veterans, America Legion, the MOAA and the VFW.


Man From Wilkes Held in Iredell County Thefts

Iredell County authorities have arrested a Wilkesboro man for a home break-in, and say he could be tied to other cases. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said 43-year-old Joe Henry McDuffie is being held at the Iredell County Detention Center on $40,000 bond. Investigators said on June 9th they received a report of a break-in in the northern end of Iredell County. During the investigation detectives said they received information on where to locate some of the stolen property at a home in Wilkes County that was linked to McDuffie.

Deputies said they also received information regarding several other breaking and entering incidents that had occurred in the northern end of the county. Several items from the break-ins were located at a business in Catawba County. Authorities said they recovered more $12,000 in stolen property that was returned back to the victims.


Two Women Busted for Shoplifting

Two people were arrested last week for shoplifting at a local store. Wilkesboro Police say the loss prevention director called them on a shoplifting. When police arrived, they found that the women had put shirts and shorts in their purses and left the store. Police arrested the suspects on charges of larceny and took them to jail.


NC Legis Considers Temp Halt to Fireworks Ban

The bombs may in fact be bursting in air this Fourth of July. That's because, as the Wilkes Journal Patriot reports, the state general assembly is considering a temporary hold on the new law that would put a permanent halt fireworks displays. The new law that went into effect would stop individuals from setting off fireworks. It allows only properly trained operators with NC permits to set off the pyrotechnics. Legislators are considering legislation for this year only that would let adults who have worked six displays or more a 30 day permit.


Runoff Election, Sales Tax Question on Tuesday Ballot

Primary Election, round 2 is on Tuesday. Jerry Swaim with the Wilkes County Elections Board says it is concerning that voters may not be aware of the election:

Tim Joines explains what's on the ballot:

All of the 28 polling places in Wilkes County will be open on Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. One-stop voting is available tomorrow from 8:30am to 1pm at the Board of Elections office, room 315 of the Wilkes county office building.


Wilkes to Benefit from ARC Grant Recommendations

A set of 25 grant recommendations announced yesterday includes money for Wilkesboro's planned Cherry Creek water line replacement. Gov. Bev Perdue says the projects in Western North Carolina have been recommended to receive more than $5.7 million in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Two projects in Surry and Watauga counties leverage additional grants from the Golden Leaf Foundation to provide access to mobile technology in schools, including laptop computers for students and teachers in Watauga County.

The Wilkesboro project, which was recommended for a $300,000 grant, would replace the water line that serves one of the Tyson Food plants in Wilkesboro. The lack of fireflow, the amount of water a service line can supply to battle a fire, has proved to be a problem when a previous building caught fire and was lost due to ineffective stream from a nearby hydrant. This grant will build new water and sewer infrastructure. Total project cost is over a million dollars.

A regional program to assist growers of specialty crops will also benefit Wilkes. Applicant: North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning has been recommended to receive $35,000 to start a region-wide entrepreneurial training and support network to create and expand sustainable agriculture based businesses in Western North Carolina. The project will include convening partners to discuss regional needs related to sustainable agriculture, holding sustainable agriculture expos, and training instructors to offer specialized entrepreneurial training.


Jonesville Man Dies in WIlkes Crash

The North Carolina State Patrol has identified the man killed in a single vehicle accident yesterday in far eastern Wilkes County. 59-year Roger Dale Cook of Jonesville was alone in the SUV when he crashed about 5:45am. The Ford Explorer ran off US 21 about nine miles south of Elkin. Troopers say Cook went off the road to the right and over-corrected, causing it to roll several times and ejecting Cook. He was not wearing a seatbelt.