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Tuesday
Oct022012

Break Window and Steal Thousands

Over 11,000 dollars in property was stolen in a home break-in Saturday in Wilkes.  The house located on Elledge Mill Road was entered after a thief or thieves broke out a back window.  Several things were stolen from the residence including gold and collectible coins, a Rolex watch, diamond and gold earrings, and cash.  In all over 11,000 dollars in property was taken.  No suspects were listed with the report.  The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is conducting that investigation.

Tuesday
Oct022012

Through the Basement Window to Steal Meat, Tools, & Car

In a similar incident, a Thurmond resident reported a home break-in where again the house was entered by someone breaking out a window.  This time a basement window was broken so the thief could get inside the house.  A variety of things were stolen including meat from the refrigerator, 2 bags of tools, some holiday decorations, and a ’99 Ford Escort.  The car was left unlocked in the driveway.  Wilkes Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating this home break-in and auto theft.  Deputies did find the stolen car, and it has been returned to the owner.  Also, there are suspects in this break-in and theft and charges are pending.

Tuesday
Oct022012

Wilkes Youth Preparing to Give Away Money

They are preparing now.  Wilkes County Schools’ philanthropy group, T3LC (Time, Talent, Treasure- Leading to Change in Wilkes County), is part of the North Carolina Youth Giving Network. Representing our four traditional high schools, these 18 Wilkes County students make a difference in our community.  Later this month, more than 200 high school-aged youth from across North Carolina will come together to attend the Seventh Annual North Carolina Youth Giving Summit. The Summit will occur on October 13th at the Winston-Salem Marriott. Entitled “The POWER of Giving”, the Summit is designed to prepare how and where these high school students will grant over $150,000 to help their communities. The funds have been donated from philanthropic organizations across the state and will be entrusted to these youth for allocation. The planning and training for the decision-making is taking place, but actual decisions on how to spend the money will take place in individual communities later in the year. The 2012 Summit draws youth and adults from 14 counties in North Carolina, including Wilkes. This Summit marks the only annual convening of all of these counties for youth philanthropic efforts. For more information email:  info@NCyouthgiving.org

Tuesday
Oct022012

Farm Loan Information

Here’s some news for local farmers.  North Carolina USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Aaron Martin announced that guaranteed farm ownership loan funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 have been exhausted.  North Carolina farmers and producers received $33,265,064 in guaranteed farm ownership loans this fiscal year. "Fiscal Year 2013 begins on October 1” said Martin. It’s anticipated that guaranteed farm ownership funds will be available in October."  FSA guaranteed loans allow lenders to provide agricultural credit to North Carolina farmers who do not meet the lender's normal underwriting criteria.  Farm producers apply for a guaranteed loan through a commercial lender, with the lender arranging for the guarantee.  FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. Guaranteed loans can be used for farm ownership and operating purposes.  Questions regarding guaranteed farm loans should be directed to a lender, or the Wilkes County FSA Office, 207 W Main Street, Room 108, Wilkesboro or call 336-838-3622 ext 2. 

Tuesday
Oct022012

NC Sen Hagan Invites All to Job Fair

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina is inviting job seekers and employers to her North Carolina Back to Work Job Fair in Rutherford County this Friday, October 5th. The job fair will be Hagan's 18th stop of her North Carolina Back to Work Jobs Tour, which has taken her across state to gather ideas and initiatives that can help move the workforce out of the unemployment line and into a job.  AIR  The job fair, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, is free to employers and job seekers. Businesses and employers large and small with open positions are strongly encouraged to participate. For employer questions or to register, call Senator Hagan's office toll free at 1-877-852-9462.

Monday
Oct012012

Growing Marijuana, Misdemeanor Child Abuse, & Other Charges

A  Wilkes County man was arrested on multiple drug charges after Deputies found his house for growing marijuana on Ranse Staley Road in Roaring River.  Heath Hamilton age 28 was arrested and charged with drug possession, manufacture of drugs with intent to sell and deliver, maintaining dwelling for an illegal substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  While Deputies questioned Hamilton, he admitted to having more drugs and weapons at an apartment in Wilkesboro.  Deputies contacted Wilkesboro Police to assist with the search warrant at Cub Creek Apartments.  Kimberly Barker and two small children were in the apartment.  At first she refused to answer the door.  Officers waited outside for 3 hours before Barker finally came to the door.  While searching the apartment, Officers found drugs, guns, bow and arrows, broken glass, and other hazardous materials in the children’s bedrooms and around the apartment.  DSS was called and took custody of the children.  The two children were later released to the custody of another family member.  Both Barker and Hamilton were charged with misdemeanor child abuse.  Hamilton received additional drug charges and Barker was also charged with resisting a public officer.

Monday
Oct012012

WCC's Technology Day

Wilkes Community College’s Industrial and Workforce Development Division conducted a Technology Day for Alleghany High School last week. Students participated in various hands-on activities, including creating a house design using computer aided design (CAD) software. Students were involved in building a crystal radio from scratch in the electronics lab and then listening to broadcasts. A dent repair contest was held in Collision Repair and followed with a tour of the Diesel, Automotive and Welding labs. The Industrial and Workforce Development Division, located in Daniel Hall, includes programs of study in architectural technology, automotive systems technology, collision repair & refinishing technology, building construction technology, computer engineering, electronics engineering, heavy equipment and transportation technology, horticulture and bio-agriculture technology, industrial systems technology and welding technology.  Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. 

Monday
Oct012012

West Wilkes Coach Gets Award

Commissioner Davis Whitfield of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), on behalf of the Association, presented the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award to Chris Skabo, athletic Director of West Wilkes High School at the Region 7 NCHSAA meeting in the Stone Center on September 9, 2012.  The Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards are given per region and go to a person with at least 10 years experience in education and athletics who is still active in the field and has regularly gone “above and beyond” the call of duty at both the local and the state level.  Dr. Marty Hemric, Superintendent of Wilkes County Schools attended the meeting as did many of Coach Skabo’s colleagues and friends across the county and region. Dr. Hemric states, “Coach Skabo is a dedicated educator, athletic director and coach with Wilkes County Schools. On behalf of the school system, we want to say how very proud of him we are and to thank him for his contributions as he represented Region 7 and Wilkes County as a member of the NCHSAA Board.”

Monday
Oct012012

Revenge Truck Towing?

Well here’s an interesting idea.  If you want to get back at your ex-girlfriend, then have her new boyfriend’s truck towed.  The Wilkes Sheriff’s Department was called last week concerning the theft of a Ford F-350 from a residence in Hays.  While conducting an investigation into the missing pickup, it was determined that the vehicle had been towed by Hayes Towing.  The towing company was hired to tow the truck to Iredell County.  Sheriff’s Officials do have a suspect, the ex-boyfriend of the victim’s girlfriend.  Charges of auto theft are pending further investigation.

Monday
Oct012012

Fugitive Warrant and Drug Charges

A fugitive warrant served in Wilkes led to additional drug charges.  Wilkes Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at a Poplar Grove Road house to serve a fugitive warrant from Virginia.  The suspect, James Ester, was at home at the time.  As Deputies were explaining to Ester about the warrant, they noticed marijuana and some drug paraphernalia in plain view.  Ester admitted that the drugs and other items belonged to him.  He was arrested on the fugitive warrant and received additional charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was taken to the Wilkes County Jail and given a 1000 dollar bond.