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Friday
Nov232012

It's Black Friday; Sheriff Says Shop Safely

It’s Black Friday, traditionally the biggest retail shopping day of the year.  shoppers are neglecting is their safety.  According to Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours.”  These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.  So, the Sheriff reminds all Wilkes County residents to follow these safety tips:  A single shopper is the best target for theft.  Always shop with a friend or relative.  When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to return.  Also, make sure they know what you are wearing, as well as the type of vehicle you are driving.  Shop during daylight hours.  If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.  Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.  If carrying cash, keep it in your front pocket rather than in a purse or wallet.  This makes it much more difficult for a pick-pocket to remove.  Also store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket.  If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.  Pay careful attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with packages.  It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.  When returning to your vehicle, check around it and in the back seat.  Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  Have you car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.  And finally, if you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard and ask them to walk you to your car.

Friday
Nov232012

Thousands Stolen in Home Break-In

A thief made off with thousands of dollars in stolen property from a residence in Wilkes.  In a report to the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office, the victim said someone had broken into a secondary residence they own in Millers Creek.  Since someone doesn’t live in the house all the time, it is not known exactly when the theft occurred; only that it happened sometime since November 1.  According to the break-in report, the property owner returned to the house this week and discovered the theft.  It is believed the thief entered the house through a back window.  Stolen property included a GE stovetop, GE dishwasher, Hotpoint air conditioner, 50-foot roll of chainlink fence, and a steal mobile home tongue.  Again stolen property totaled over 2000 dollars.  There are no suspects.

Friday
Nov232012

Virtual Walk Through the New Jail

Wilkes County Commissioners were given a “virtual walk-through” of the new county jail during their meeting this week.  Earlier this month, Commissioners approved a proposal from Jefferson-based Vannoy Construction Co. as the construction manager for building a new county jail.  Commissioners unanimously approved a contract with Vannoy with a maximum guaranteed construction cost of $9.8 million. The new jail is to be a 40,000-square-foot, two-story cell and dormitory facility connected with a 12,000-square-foot, one-story building with an intake and booking area, offices, laundry and food preparation area with a total of 53,000 square foot under roof.  At Tuesday night’s meeting, the architectural firm Hemphill-Randel Associates presented a computer generated virtual tour of the inside of the jail when it is completed.  At this time, everything is on schedule and the cost estimates are on target.

Friday
Nov232012

One Stayed and One Ran

One left the scene on foot and another was detained until Police could arrive.  Wilkesboro Police received a call from Walmart concerning a shoplifting involving two people.  The woman was in the parking lot, but the man had run toward KFC.  Officers tried to find the thief who fled the area on foot but were unable to find him.  The woman, a white teenager, was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting.  She was released and her brother picked her up at the jail.  The 24-year-old white male responsible for stealing less than 50 dollars in clothing from the store was not found.  Family said they had no knowledge of where he was.  Warrants have been issued for his arrest, and charges are pending.

Friday
Nov232012

Christmas: Friend or Foe

The Liberty Counsel has launched its tenth annual “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign,” pledging to be a “Friend” to those who recognize Christmas and a “Foe” to those who censor it.
Liberty Counsel has helped overturn a number of grinch-like decisions, including nativity scenes which were banned from public property, senior living centers banning elderly residents from singing Christmas carols, public schools which sought to ban students from wearing the Christmas colors of red and green, school officials who censored religious words from Christmas carols, companies which renamed Christmas trees to “holiday trees,” and Christmas parades renamed to “holiday” parades. In all of these situations, Liberty Counsel successfully educated and reversed these anti-Christmas sentiments.  Liberty Counsel offers a Help Save Christmas™ action pack, which includes educational legal memoranda to educate government officials, teachers, parents, students, private businesses, employees, and others that it is legal to celebrate Christmas.  “Renaming a Christmas tree to a holiday tree, stopping students from wearing red and green, and censoring religious Christmas carols are absurd, but true, examples of the war against Christmas,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. Liberty Counsel wants to give the gift of Christmas back to those who support it.   For more information, visit www.LC.org

Friday
Nov232012

Gov Perdue on the Affordable Care Act

Gov. Bev Perdue declared the state’s intent to establish a state-federal partnership exchange to support implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Governor signaled her support of the grant application to begin North Carolina’s health care exchange planning process. Her decision gives North Carolina input and a degree of control over the health care decision making process, and provides greater flexibility for the incoming administration. Gov. Perdue notified Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, legislative leaders and Governor-elect Pat McCrory about her decision to choose the state-federal partnership model for expanded health care.  Gov. Bev Perdue said, “It is critical for our state to participate in decisions that affect our state’s citizens. We will not cede total control to the federal government. It remains my goal to pursue a state-based plan.”  Under North Carolina Session Law 2011-391, the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NC DOI) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) are charged with collaborating and planning the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. 

Wednesday
Nov212012

Money Stolen From Two Local Churches

The Sunday morning offering was placed in the safe and then removed by a thief.  Wilkesboro Police were called Monday to investigate a theft at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  When Police arrived, they spoke with 2 church employees who said they found inside rooms of the church broken into.  The doors to both rooms had been damaged at the door handle and a safe had been broken open.  The safe had contained the offering from last Sunday.  There was no visible damage to any of the exterior doors of the church, so Police are trying to determine how they entered the church from the outside.  Police questioned neighbors to see if anyone saw anything suspicious.  In a similar incident, North Wilkesboro Police were called Monday by staff at the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church.  This time the office and a filing cabinet were broken into and a bank deposit bag of money was stolen.  A sliding glass window was damaged and a door to the fellowship hall was found unlocked.  There are no suspects at this time, but Police are continuing to investigate who stole money from the two churches.

Wednesday
Nov212012

Thieves Ran and Then Came Back

A neighbor ran them off one time but they came back.  It seems the two thieves were determine to steal even if at first they didn’t succeed.  In a report filed with the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, a man reported that over 200 dollars in various metal items including engine parts and old bicycles were stolen from his residence on Windy Gap Road.  The property was not at home at the time of the theft.  He said a neighbor was driving by and saw two people loading up metal on a Chevy S-10 pickup.  The neighbor stopped and told the two suspects to unload the metal from the truck and leave.  They did and the neighbor also left.  Later the neighbor saw the truck driving down the road.  He went to check and saw they had again stopped and loaded up the scrap metal from the victim’s residence.  They left before the neighbor could chase them off a second time.  The two suspects are described as a teenage white male and female.  The neighbor did get a tag number of the suspects’ vehicle.  The Wilkes Sheriff’s Department is currently searching for that truck.  Charges are pending.

Wednesday
Nov212012

Stolen Car for Wilkes Residence

They have suspects, but as of yet, no car and no arrests.  The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen car from a North Wilkesboro residence.  The car, a blue and black Pontiac Sunbird valued at 4500 dollars, was stolen during the overnight hours from the owner’s residence.  The car was locked, but reportedly, it could be started without a key.  Sheriff’s Investigators do have a couple of suspects, but they have been unable to find them or the stolen car.  Charges are pending further investigation.              

Wednesday
Nov212012

Christmas Tree Up at WCC...Come See

Wilkes Community College ushered in the holiday season on Tuesday, November 20, by trimming its majestic 16-foot Christmas tree in the Lakey Ballroom of the John A. Walker Community Center. Volunteers Aileen Bentley, Linda Farthing, Abby Burns, June Hege, Arnold Lakey, Mary Beth Phillips, Susan Phillips and Mona McRae along with several Walker Center staff members spent the morning creating the vision especially for guests of the Walker Center. Over 10,000 lights sparkle around the hundreds of delicate ornaments that embellish the tree.  It takes about a week to fully set up and trim the massive tree which is anchored at the ceiling due to its height. Staff members utilize a man-lift, two 10-foot ladders as well as six-foot ladders to assemble the tree and hang the lights. Volunteers put on the final touches by helping to place the hundreds of colorful ornaments, which have been collected over 25 years. And, every year the tree is decorated a bit differently, but it is traditionally topped with a big bow with long ribbons draping down the sides.  Members of the community are invited to enjoy the Christmas tree by visiting the John A. Walker Community Center.  The volunteer program at Wilkes Community College welcomes new participants by 336-838-6262 for more information.