Two local businesses called Wilkesboro Police Monday to report vandalism and property damage. Wilkes Farm and Garden had 10 bales of hay damaged with someone spray painting them. Also, a vehicle belonging to Blue Ribbon Lawn Care was scratched down one side and a black circle was spray painted on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Both businesses are located on James Street. There was evidence left at the scene by the vandal or vandals. Wilkesboro Police have the evidence and are investigating the incident.
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The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department is investigating some area break-ins and larcenies. A Roaring River resident reported the theft of a GE Hotwater Heater and a window air-conditioning unit from the front porch of his home on Old Hwy 60. Another Roaring River resident reported that his black 50 cc Easton Scooter was stolen while it was parked at a friend’s house. While a North Wilkesboro woman was in the hospital, someone entered her residence and took several items including: prescription medicine, money, jewelry, and a 22 revolver. Finally, a Moravian Falls resident called the Sheriff’s Department with an attempted break-in at her residence. No entrance was gained and the thief left a putty knife at the scene that had been used to try and open a window at the residence. There is a suspect in the attempted break-in and charges are pending.
Firefighters and emergency rescue workers descended onto the campus of Wilkes Community College this past weekend for the 27th annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College. Participates came to learn the most up-to-date techniques used to save lives in extreme situations. Emergency situations in this year’s training included everything from basic fire pump operations to explosives to Fire On The Mountain. More than 350 firefighters and emergency rescue workers from the coast of North Carolina to the far western corner attended the Northwest Fire & Rescue College, one of the most acclaimed trainings in the state. The Fire College began on Friday and concluded on Sunday. Wilkes Community College offers this annual training in conjunction with the Wilkes County Firefighter’s Association and the Wilkes Rescue Squad. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.
Beware of power poles…especially if you are traveling through Aaron’s parking lot in Wilkesboro about 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Monday not one but two different vehicles hit the same luminary power pole within minutes of each other. First, a North Wilkesboro woman said her vision was obscured by the sun and struck the base of the pole. Minutes later, a Ferguson man repeated the process. The bright sun in his eyes caused him to hit the same pole. Damages were listed at 300 dollars for both vehicles. No charges were filed in either incident.
It was originally called Armistice Day. After World War II, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. So, tomorrow in North Wilkesboro on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month there will be a special Veterans Day service at the WWI Memorial on 9th Street.
The 2010 North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project has officially started. They have raised $640 thus far and the total project cost will be over $6,000. For the past couple of years, donations have been leaner, but due to the economy, the need is greater. The Town of North Wilkesboro has sponsored the Christmas Cheer Project for families within the Town for many years. Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected in the Clerk’s Office by referrals and telephone calls. These lists are reviewed by the Christmas Cheer Committee to determine their eligibility. 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel and will be delivered on Thursday, December 23rd. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. The total cost of the project is approximately $6,000. For more information, contact Kay Minton, Town Clerk at 667-7129, ext. 3001. To make a contribution, please make check payable to: NORTH WILKESBORO CHRISTMAS CHEER FUND, P. O. Box 218, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.
Cricket Baptist Church was struck by a car about 11:30 this morning and a 4-year-old was injured in that accident. According to the Highway Patrol, a woman was allowing her grand-daughter to play inside her car. At some point the vehicle came out of gear, travelled down the driveway, across Boone Trail, down an embankment, and ran into the side of Cricket Baptist Church. The 4-year-old was injured and taken to Wilkes Regional. Damages to the church are estimated at 50,000 dollars as the car pushed all the way into the sanctuary. No charges were filed in this incident.
The North Carolina Symphony is coming to the Walker Center tonight at 8pm and will give a free concert for Wilkes County fifth-graders at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Walker Center. They will also be performing at Farthing Auditorium on the campus of Appalachian State tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. Founded in 1932 and subsequently the first state-supported symphony in the country, the North Carolina Symphony’s 175 performances annually are held in communities large and small, in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums and outdoor settings. The Symphony also performs approximately 40 free concerts per year for schoolchildren throughout the state as the core of an education program unrivaled by any U.S. orchestra.
A head-on collision about 3:30 Monday afternoon on Hwy 268 near Elkin sent two men to area hospitals. Trooper RD Holbrook of the North Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the accident. Trooper Holbrook said Mark Johnson of McGrady was in a 99 Nissan car and traveling westbound on Hwy 268. Robert Light of Elkin was in a 97 Dodge truck and heading east. Light swerved to miss a car that had stopped in front of him, went left of center, and hit Johnson head on. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and according to Trooper Holbrook was the reason he did not have to investigate a traffic fatality. However, both drivers did sustain injuries. Johnson was transported to Baptist Hospital by ambulance and Light was taken to Hugh Chatham Memorial. Light was charged in the wreck with going left of center.
A Wilkesboro man parked his vehicle at a local business, and when he returned, pieces were missing. The man parked his 91 Toyota at Chile Verde Saturday evening and didn't return until Sunday evening. When he cranked the vehicle, it made a strange noise. Upon inspection, the car owner realized his catalytic converter had been cut off. There was no video surveillance in the parking lot and are no suspects.