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No Charges in Surry County Mauling Incident

Surry county officials say no charges will be filed against the grandparents of a 5-year-old boy who was mauled by five Rottweilers when he jumped into the dog's pen Friday. Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson called the incident an "awful accident." Rescuers said that when they arrived at the scene, they discovered that the child had been attacked by the five dogs as they were being fed. Relatives of the boy, whom they called "J.J.," said he jumped into the pen.Family members told Channel 12 the boy is no longer in critical condition. She said that, even a day after the incident, she doesn't know what caused the family dogs to attack.


Holy Farms Chicken Could be Back and so Could More Jobs at Tyson

Tyson Foods Incorporated said it plans to bring back the Holly Farms brand name.

And it could add more than 300 jobs in Wilkesboro. Tyson and Food Lion LLC officials announced an arrangement to reintroduce fresh chicken with the Holly Farms label at over 1,200 Food Lion, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food supermarkets in the eastern United States. If all goes as planned, Tyson could process about 300 thousand more chickens a week and add the jobs at the Wilkesboro complex. Officials say those jobs could be created in the next year.


Goss: Health Care Town Hall Positive, Productive

45th District State Senator Steve Goss says he was surprised at the turnout for his recent Town Hall meeting on health care. In a news release today, Goss said he was pleaded not only at the turnout, but at the representative mix of young and old, health care providers, and experienced users of the present health care system.

A particularly positive outcome from the meeting, said Goss, was the number of suggestions for change based on local experiences. These suggestions included:

· That hospitals and insurance companies be required to send bills that be understood by the average person.

· Tort reform aimed reducing cost of malpractice insurance.

· Legislation to prevent shifting assets of seniors to kin, thus shifting of burden of costs to Medicaid from persons who can afford to pay for their own care.

· A possible shifting of the public health services in the state out of the jurisdiction and budget of the Department of Health and Human Services to some other oversight agency such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

· A suggestion that we should all choose a healthier life style.

· That the current laws that limit the number of insurance companies that can offer coverage in the state be revised to allow greater choice and competition. According to Goss, "this suggestion has caught my attention, and I am investigating where and how this might be accomplished."


Man Charged in Murder is Out on Bond

Court records show a Durham man charged a second time in connection with a 2007 murder had been released on bond. Keith Donnell Miles is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jonathan Whitmore. A grand jury indictment handed down earlier this month resulted in his arrest. Prosecutors say they sought the indictment due to new evidence in the case.

Miles was released after posting a quarter-million dollar bond and agreeing to submit to GPS monitoring in Durham, surrender his passport, and not be in Wilkes county except for court matters related to the case. Prosecutors had sought no bond in the case, but defense attorneys said Miles is not a flight risk, noting he has strong family support in Durham and has a business there. Miles was also represented at the hearing by attorneys Freda Black and Jerry Clayton.

The original murder charge against Miles was dismissed in January after prosecutors decided the evidence was not sufficient to hold a trial. Whitmore's body was found on the morning of Oct. 19, 2007, along Holland Street near the intersection with Mimosa Lane and within view of Whitmore's home. A passing neighbor saw the body and called 9-1-1. Whitmore died from a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities believe the murder was the result of money owed from a legitimate business deal between the two.


The Mission of Operation Christmas Child

Soon, collections will start for the annual Samaritan's Purse shoe box ministry. Karen Bromby of Samaritan's Purse talked with 3WC's Angela Henley Thursday on Focus on the Foothills about the mission of Operation Christmas Child:

We'll have additional excerpts from the interview on upcoming 3WC newscasts, or you can hear the entire interview by visiting our podcast page at


Socks Speed to Stores Thanks to Hickory Company

Hickory based Hosiery Technology has helped companies throughout its industry to get products on the market faster.

They have proved to the Consumer Product Safety Commission that there's no risk to children from lead in socks and hosiery, so they got exempt from federal testing of said socks. The Hickory Record reports that Manufacturing Solutions Center and its Hosiery Technology recently showed their research to the commission. The company said that by not having to test for lead, they can get their products to market faster. Dan St. Louis with the company. He said that its a boon for all sock manufacturers because quote -- "If the law had gone into effect as written, it would have essentially put those industries out of business."


Unemployment Rate Down in Wilkes, Yadkin, Surry

Unemployment rates dropped in 90 North Carolina counties in August, according to statistics released Friday by the state Employment Security Commission. Rates increased in six counties, and remained the same in four.

“Rates have decreased in many of these counties for various reasons,” said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. “Most counties experienced some loss in the labor force. People moving away and looking for work in other areas, students returning to school or, some people exhausting their benefits, are reasons for such declines. This can have an impact on the unemployment rate.”

In the 3WC Listening area, the picture looks like this: Wilkes, Yadkin and Surry counties improved, while Alleghany County stayed the same from July to August. For Wilkes, unemployment in August was down from 13.1 percent to 12.9 percent. Yadkin county had the best improvement, dropping from 10.4 percent in July to 9.6 percent in August. Surry county improved by half a point, from 12.7 percent to 12.2. Alleghany county's unemployment in August was 11.2 percent, the same as July.


50th Renunion Tomorrow

The 50th Reunion for Wilkes central High School's Class of 1959 is this weekend. Dorothy Snyder Myers has donated two detailed cross stitched framed eagles. These are symbolic of Wilkes Central High School’s mascot - the eagle. Myers will be one of the 115 who plan to attend the reunion of Wilkes Central High Schools class of 1959. Her cross stitch work will be among the door prizes given away at the event. She and other class members have either made or bought items to be given away on Saturday. She said she started the pieces in February and finished them last month.
The 50th reunion is tomorrow at the Stone Center for the Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro.


Operation Christmas Child is A Year-Round Ministry

Soon, collections will start for the annual Samaritan's Purse shoe box ministry. Karen Bromby of Samaritan's Purse talked with 3WC's Angela Henley yesterday on Focus on the Foothills about the history of Operation Christmas Child

A little-known fact that might surprise you: it takes almost a year sometimes to get the shoe boxes where they are going!

We'll have additional excerpts from the interview on upcoming 3WC newscasts, or you can hear the entire interview by visiting our podcast page at


Principal's Husband Served with Warrant

Court records say the husband of the North Wilkes High School principal was served Monday with a warrant charging him with simple assault in connection with a confrontation on school grounds. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the complaint, filed by Gray Elledge, the vice president of the school's athletics boosters club, said that Tom Johnson committed assault by "holding the victim's hand and squeezing, while stating, ‘I'll do anything to protect my family.'" The alleged incident happened as there's a continuing conflict among some students, athletics boosters and new principal Helen Johnson.