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There has been an outbreak in other North Carolina counties, so Wilkes is trying to be pro-active in preventing the disease before it gets started by offering a free vaccination clinic later this month. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a respiratory illness that is very contagious and is spread by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others. If infected, symptoms usually develop within 7-10 days after being exposed, but sometimes it takes as long as 6 weeks. The symptoms usually start with cold-like symptoms. Following an outbreak of Pertussis in Alamance County, the state has provided vaccine to local Health Departments that can be given free of charge. Our own investigations of pertussis cases here in Wilkes have led us to determine that there are adults, adolescents, and children in our county who need to be vaccinated. Donna Shumate of the Wilkes Health Dept explains who should get vaccinated. AIR: Most adults and children can be vaccinated against pertussis for free of charge by making an appointment at the Wilkes County Health Department (651-7540) or by attending the Free walk-in Tdap clinic on April 21st from 9-12 at the WCHD.
The BROC Head Start Program, a preschool child development educational program is accepting applications for children 3 and 4 years of age for the upcoming school year. Children are being recruited for the Cub Creek, Lomax, and North Wilkesboro Head Start Centers and for the Home-Base program, all located in Wilkes County. Head Start serves income eligible families. Only a limited number of over-income families can be served if their children have disabilities or special needs. Proof of income and proof of child’s age (birth certificate) must be shown when applying for Head Start. In Wilkes, all Head Start sites are licensed Child Care Centers with 5 Star Ratings. For more information on eligibility or to make an appointment to apply at any of the Wilkes sites, contact Judi Mitchell at the BROC Head Start Administrative Office at 903-2056.
It was Share A Thon time over the weekend here in Wilkes and on 3WC. The annual spring Share A Thon for the Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home began at 6am Friday and continued through Saturday night. The Home continued to raise funds for the completion of the John Shepherd Home. Hotdogs and bricks were sold, and of course, volunteers were all around the Wilkes area with buckets for donations. Praise God the amount raised and pledged for the Spring Share A Thon for The Home was $77,000. Thank you to everyone who gave, pledged, and volunteered.
If you were in the Hays and Rock Creek communities Wednesday evening, then perhaps you noticed about 7pm the Highway Patrol and Sheriff’s cars passing by with lights and sirens blaring. They were involved in a car chased that ended with a Mulberry man in jail. Trooper Walker of the Highway Patrol noticed a driver without a seatbelt. When the Trooper tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver took off at a high rate of speed, running red lights and stop signs, and forcing other cars off the side of the road. As is their policy, when the Trooper got the tag number of the car he cancelled the chase. However shortly after Trooper cancelled the chase, the other car ran out of gas and pulled over. The driver, later identified as Stephen Billings of Mulberry, jumped out and ran from the car. Billings was caught with cocaine and marijuana in his possession. Billings was arrested and taken to the Wilkes County Jail under a 15,000 dollar bond. He was charged with multiple charges including drug possession, driving with license revoked, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, felony speeding to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, and DWI.
Sometimes it leaves you wondering which is best: to lock doors or not to lock. When you lock they break-in and when you don’t lock they just walk-in and steal from your car or residence. In some recent reports at the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department, there was no break-in report but rather just a theft. A Moravian Falls resident came by the Sheriff’s Department this week to report the theft of a firearm from his residence. Another victim on the Roaring Gap Church Road called the Sheriff’s Department to report a theft from her home. While she and her children were away from home, someone entered the residence and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. No forced entry was reported in either of those thefts. And finally a victim from North Wilkesboro reported the theft and unauthorized use of her ATM bank card. The victim believes the card was stolen from her wallet at her residence. There is a suspect in this case and charges are pending.
This week we spoke with the Wilkes Representative in the NC General Shirley Randleman about the debate between Gov. Bev Perdue and the GOP led General Assembly concerning budget cuts to education in the state. Randleman says the previous Democratic General Assembly in Raleigh and Gov Perdue cut education by 5 percent while the GOP has only cut less than 1 percent. And Randleman says some good news is the tax cuts for North Carolinians. My complete interview with NC Representative Shirley Randleman can be heard on our website as a Focus on the Foothills podcast.
It’s Share A Thon here in Wilkes and on 3WC. The annual spring Share A Thon for the Ebenezer Christian Children’s Home began at 6am today and continues through Saturday night. The Home continues to need funds for the completion of the John Shepherd Home. Hotdogs will be for sale at Midtown Plaza, there will be bricks for sale for the Shepherd Walk, and of course, volunteers will be all around the Wilkes area with buckets for donations. Please be praying for God’s Will to be done during the Share A Thon this weekend for The Home on 3WC
The charges continue to mount up as more and more stolen property is identified by local law enforcement and property owners. As 3WC has already reported, Jerry Dowell was arrested recently after he was caught attempting to steal a wheel from a car at Perry’s Service Center on Hwy 421. After Dowell’s recent arrest, he provided Sheriff’s Deputies with information on a truck load of stolen items in his possession. Wilkesboro Police were contacted, and they were able to ID some of the stolen items as being from cases they were investigating. Much stolen property has been recovered and returned to the owner, and several theft cases have now been closed by the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department and by Wilkesboro Police. Added to the list: a break-in at Bob Young’s Appliances on Hwy 421 where some copper wire and 24 electrical plugs were stolen, the Town of Wilkesboro where tools were stolen from a work truck, Cub Creek Countertops that was broken into and several tools were stolen, and Interconnect Product and Service where hundreds of dollars in tools were stolen. Dowell has been charged in these cases with multiple counts of larceny, possession of burglary tools, and possession of stolen property. He was taken to jail with a 15,000 dollar bond. His court date is set for August.
The Wilkes Sheriff’s Department has been bombarded with several reports of damage to property in the past week. A resident on Winston Road reported that overnight someone had flattened two tires on her vehicle parked outside her residence. No other damages were reported and nothing was reported stolen. Then a resident on Green Acres Road in Millers Creek called Sheriff’s Officials to report a theft and damage to property. The man said that someone stole the power cord off his truck and damaged the air line in the process of cutting off the cord. Again, the theft and damages happened in the overnight hours while the truck was parked at the owner’s residence. A victim on the Mulberry Creek Road in North Wilkesboro called the Sheriff’s Department this week when she discovered her mailbox was missing. Someone apparently stole the mailbox off the post. And finally, Cub Creek Church called concerning some vandalism and property damage. It seems someone drove their vehicle off the pavement and behind the church when the grass was wet and spun up the yard. No suspects were listed with either of these damage reports that the Sheriff’s Department is investigating.