In a home break-in on Mountain Valley Road, there is a possible suspect. Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the house when the homeowner returned and found both doors damaged. The thief gained entrance to the home by breaking a window out of a door. The only thing reported stolen was a TV valued at 200 dollars. Again, the homeowner did have the name of a possible suspect, and charges are pending further investigation.
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A person who is under house arrest had an oil barrel and oil stolen from their residence on Yellow Banks Road. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department was called out last week to the North Wilkesboro home regarding the theft. The victim, who is under house arrest for crimes that were not listed with this report, said she woke up and saw the oil barrel was missing. Reportedly, the barrel contained about 70 gallons of oil at the time of the theft, so the stolen barrel and fuel are valued at 800 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report.
The Salisbury-based Soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 131st Aviation Regiment, North Carolina Army National Guard, returned to their homes by New Year's Day after an eight-month
deployment to Iraq. The unit had deployed to Southwest Asia last spring where it used its UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to support Operation New Dawn. "We're happy to have these soldiers home safe and with their families in time to ring in the new year," said Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina. "They've done an outstanding job supporting critical operations throughout Iraq, particularly playing a key role in the safe and efficient drawdown of U.S. forces there." This was the unit's second deployment to Iraq. The unit is part of the nearly 12,000 citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen who make up the North Carolina National Guard's ready team.
Yes, there is an app for that. Plan now and be ready for tax time with tips for the Internal Revenue Service like: Get the most out of your retirement accounts. Are you maximizing your contributions to your retirement accounts? This year, you can contribute up to $5,000 in an IRA, as well as another $16,500 to a 401(k) employer plan. If you’re 50 or older, those numbers go up to $6,000 and $22,000, respectively. The Saver’s credit for low- and moderate-income workers helps offset part of the first $2,000 workers voluntarily contribute to IRAs and to 401(k) plans and similar workplace retirement programs. The IRS is on Twitter and YouTube. And if you want mobile IRS info, then there’s an app for that. Download “IRS2Go” for Android or iPhone. It’s free and you can use it to check your refund status after you file.
The end of 2011 was also the end of the nearly 9 year tenure of Dr. Steve Laws as Superintendent of Wilkes County Schools. Recently, 3WC spoke with Dr. Laws about his 9 years in Wilkes and what brought about the current extended day calendar. Dr. Laws also believes the school technology program which most school systems do not have continues to benefit students in Wilkes. Dr. Laws said he couldn’t have dreamed of a better 9 years and he will miss working in Wilkes County Schools. Dr. Marty T. Hemric, a Wilkes County native, is the current Wilkes School Superintendent. Hemric was also assistant superintendent of the Wilkes schools from July 2007 to June 2008. My complete interview with Dr. Laws can be heard as a Focus on the Foothills podcast on our website: www.hometownchristianradio.com
It was a gun in a sock. The local Goodwill in Wilkesboro called police last week when they found a firearm with some clothing donations. The small black six caliber handgun was found inside a sock while employees were going through some clothing donations. According to a spokesperson, there was no way to determine who brought the gun in as several donations had come to Goodwill during the past few weeks. Police ran a trace on the gun to see if it had been reported stolen. There was nothing on file, and the ATF has been contacted. The gun was confiscated by police and is being held as evidence.
The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department continues to have a number of home break-ins and larcenies to investigate. So far, 2011 was a banner year for home break-ins locally. A property owner reported a break-in with no theft at their house on Friendship Cross Street. This is a second residence for the homeowner who lives out of town. The victim reported to Sheriff’s Officials that he returned to the Wilkes residence and found the Masterlock was cut off his basement door. Nothing was reported stolen. Then a Ronda resident reported that someone had stolen items from their carport. Apparently, there was not a break-in of the home this time. Only 3 tow hitches and a small metal trailer were stolen from the carport of the house on Bethel Road. Stolen property is valued at 500 dollars. There are no suspects in either case and the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
When someone at the Wilkes County Jail what he was in for, he said, “It’s just stupid. I took a chainsaw from Walmart.” In a report filed last week, Wilkesboro Police were called to Walmart regarding a theft. A black male was seen running out of the store with a chainsaw in hand. The Poulan Pro chainsaw was valued at 150 dollars. The man had left the scene in a silver Nissan car before police arrived. However, the man was seen on store video surveillance and identified as a repeat offender, Jonas Eller of Wilkesboro. Police obtained a warrant for larceny and second degree trespass. Eller was arrested and held in the Wilkes County Jail under a 500 dollar bond.
2011 was an interesting year in Wilkes. We had an earthquake, the Governor visited Wilkes Community, and the President visited West Wilkes High. Recently, 3WC spoke with former School Superintendent Dr. Steve Laws and asked him if he ever thought that he would be called upon to introduce the president of the United States as he did back in October at West Wilkes High. Laws said, "No, but he was really impressed and proud with how Wilkes County Citizens handled everything that day." It was a big day in Wilkes with Secret Service and State Highway Patrol Officers stationed all around the county and lines to get in to see the President seemed endless.
Have you heard about The Produce Lady? A program of the NC Cooperative Extension, The Produce Lady program teaches farmers and consumers the wonders of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The program shares nutritional details, demonstrates how to prepare fresh produce as tasty meals and snacks, and advises how to preserve them to use throughout the year. It is a video series that shows how to select, store, prepare and preserve fruits and vegetables as well as some protein and dairy items. You can find The Produce Lady by going to the Wilkes Cooperative Extension website: www.wilkes.ces.ncsu.edu . Agriculture and agribusiness account for nearly 20 percent of North Carolina's jobs and income, but the industry faces changing technology, world markets, consumer demands and environmental regulations. So, the Wilkes and North Carolina Cooperative Extension's websites and educational programs provide farmers and agribusinesses with the research-based knowledge they need to continue producing a stable, safe and affordable food supply in economically and environmentally sustainable ways.