Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) Wednesday embarked on a three-day Energy Independence Tour across North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District to hear from constituents about how high energy prices are impacting them and to learn how some are using alternative energy to lower energy costs. Foxx kicked off the tour with a visit to Appalachian State University’s Solar Homestead project in Boone, NC. “High energy prices are a major drag on our economy,” Foxx said. “Constituents all across the Fifth District have taken a hit from the high cost of energy. That’s why I’m spending the next three days focused on learning how energy costs and federal energy polices impact my constituents…” In addition to her visit to ASU’s Solar Homestead project today, Foxx will also visit local farms, small businesses and regional transportation providers. To learn more about Foxx’s Energy Independence Tour and to get details on the individual stops on her tour please contact Aaron Groen at 202.225.2071.
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The N.C. Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the July 4th holiday. Motorists who slow down and travel at posted speeds will not only increase their chances of arriving at their destination safely they will also conserve fuel. There will be an increased presence of troopers on the interstates and major four lane highways. Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state. Troopers will be cracking down on speeders during the holiday and will be using LIDAR and other speed timing devices to assist them in enforcing the speed laws. Troopers will increase patrols on all interstates and major four lane highways during the holiday. Last year in North Carolina, 18 people died and 471 were injured over the July 4th holiday period. The 2011 July 4th holiday begins at 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 1 and ends at midnight, Monday, July 4. Troopers will target aggressive drivers who tend to cause the most crashes. The aggressive driver are those who speeding, follow too closely, make erratic lane changes, and do unsafe movements and other forms of reckless driving. Citizens may report crashes, drunk drivers, stranded motorists or other highway situations to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on their cellular telephones. This is a toll free call that connects the caller with the nearest Highway Patrol communications center.
He is a former Wilkes County resident, and until this week, he was a wanted man. Rainer Hoedl turned himself in to Wilkesboro Police Tuesday. Hoedl had run off to Florida after stealing money from his employer here in Wilkes. According to the report filed with the Wilkesboro Police Department, a financial crimes investigator for Wells Fargo contacted police back in March. He told police that Rainer Hoedl had stolen a check from his employer Black Dog Consulting. The check was made in the amount of $71,988.76 and deposited in Hoedl’s Wells Fargo bank account. Five days after the deposit a stop was placed on the check, but in that 5 days, over 16,000 dollars had been spent or withdrawn. Police conducted an investigation but were unable to find Hoedl; his wife said he not been home since February which was right around the time he stole the check. Wilkesboro Police issued a warrant for his arrest and Hoedl was entered in the NCIC. This week, Hoedl turned himself in at the Wilkes Intake Center and received his first court appearance the same day as he is now living in Florida.
The Wilkes County Commissioners had their regular meeting this week. Budgets and annual reports were the theme of the night. Sheriff Chris Shew was at there to present the 2010 Annual Report from the Sheriff’s Department. According to that report, the amount of people held in the Detention Center increased nearly 12 percent. Over 6400 Civil Papers were served and over 4600 warrants and orders for arrests were issued. In 2010 in Wilkes, there were 2 murders, 3 rapes reported, over 300 assaults, over 500 burglaries, 57 car thefts, 6 arsons, 158 drug arrests, 43 sex offenses, 77 DWI’s, and 240 vandalisms reported for the year. Shew reported that the Narcotic’s Division seized 2, 346 grams of cocaine; 4,884 grams of marijuana; over 2900 marijuana plants; 1,434 dosage units of prescription drugs, and over 500 grams of Methamphetamine. The Sheriff also reported that the Narcotic Division seized numerous firearms and vehicles as well as 18,564 dollars in US Currency. There are 121 registered sex offenders residing in Wilkes County. Gun permit fees, narcotics, civil, administrative, and operations divisions contributed to the Sheriff’s Department generating 349,040.00 dollars in total revenue. Including the Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, fire departments, highway patrol, and other agencies-- 255,429 calls were dispatched in 2010.
The Wilkes County Commissioners had their regular meeting this week. Budgets and annual reports were the theme of the night. Commissioners in a 3 -2 vote last meeting had asked Mary Edna Faw to include 24,000 dollars for the Ruby Pardue Blackburn Daycare in the Aging Services in Wilkes County budget before they would approve it. Faw returned to say they had taken 17,000 from the Senior Council and 7000 from the Senior Center to get the requested funding for the adult daycare. Commissioners then approved the Aging Services budget. County Manager John Yates presented County Commissioners with the proposed 2011-2012 County Budget. There was some discussion about a request from the Wilkes County Library for additional funding. The library’s initial request was for 107,000 dollars to be added to their annual funds. They then said that they really needed 37,000 additional dollars. After a discussion, the Commissioners agreed to give the Library an additional 15,000 bringing their annual piece of the county budget up to 508,920 dollars.
It was a stabbing that wasn’t reported by the victim, but it was reported by witnesses. In a report filed with the Wilkesboro Police, two witnesses saw a confrontation in the parking lot at McDonald’s. The witnesses stated they saw a man hit a woman and then stab her in the side with a knife. The witnesses yelled that they were calling police, but the man and woman got in a car and left. The witnesses followed the man and woman while calling in reports to 911. Wilkesboro Police caught up with the vehicle and had them to stop at the Intersection of Hwy 421 and Business 421. Initially, the woman told police the assault had not occurred until police pointed out her stab wound. The woman refused treatment by EMS and said she would go to the hospital herself. The 4-year-old son of the two involved in the fight was in the car and witnessed the assault. He was allowed to leave with his mother. The man, Jason Brown of Boone, was arrested by Police and charged with assault on a female and assault with a deadly woman. Brown was taken to jail and held without bond.
Willow Springs, N.C., resident Elizabeth Dickens Austin, the first female North Carolina National Guard Soldier selected for promotion to brigadier general, officially accepted her promotion Wednesday, June 29, during a 2 p.m. ceremony on the front lawn of the Guard's new Joint Force Headquarters building. North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, state government leaders and senior military commanders as well as Austin's family, friends and rank-and-file Soldiers and Airmen attended what the military calls a "pinning" ceremony where Austin officially began wearing the symbol of her new rank. "This is a promotion for one person, but I owe a lot to a lot of people who showed me the way," said Austin who insisted on holding the event on the Joint Force Headquarters campus so Soldiers working at nearby maintenance facilities, where she started her career three decades ago, could easily attend. With her promotion, Austin, who has more than 32 years of service as a North Carolina National Guard Soldier becomes the North Carolina National Guard's Assistant Adjutant General for Army.
Gov. Bev Perdue this week announced that North Carolina has moved up one spot to third overall in CNBC’s annual survey “America’s Top States for Business.” According to CNBC’s report North Carolina dramatically improved in two key categories — Cost of Doing Business and Infrastructure & Transportation. In addition, the Tar Heel State placed third in the Workforce category for the second straight year. “North Carolina’s continued high marks as a business-friendly state is a direct result of our hard work and commitment to create jobs and provide employers with the best educated and well-prepared workforce in the world,” said Gov. Perdue. “Our aggressive recruiting has paid off and we must continue to make the investments in North Carolina to help businesses grow and expand.” The ranking is the highest North Carolina has achieved in the five years of the survey. North Carolina has finished in the top 10 in all five years. The announcement follows on the heels of a #2 ranking for the best state for business by CEO Magazine in May and the top ranked business climate by Site Selection Magazine for the ninth time in 10 years.
You’ve heard the old saying “It looks like it was hit by a truck.” Well, in a recent report to the Sheriff’s Department that old saying IS the report. A member of the Majestic Mountain Property Owners Association called the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department Monday with a report of property damage. Majestic Mountain is a gated community, and according to the association member, someone had hit the metal gate to the entrance on Mars Mountain Road. The damage looked as if a full size truck had run into it. There are no leads or suspects at this time. Damages to the gate are listed at 500 dollars.
An employee of Westwood Hills Nursing Center has reported a theft that occurred while she was at work. In that report taken by Wilkesboro Police over the weekend, the victim stated that she arrived to work and put her pocketbook in an orange bag in the shower room on the Blue Hall of the nursing center. She was in and out of the shower room several times during her shift; however, was gone at one point for about 45 minutes. When she returned, she noticed that her wallet was in a different place inside the bag. When she checked, 3 20-dollar bills were missing. Police questioned other employees and there are a couple of suspects, but no charges have been filed.