Schools dismissed today because buses couldn't get to some parts of the county, and the lower part of Wilkes County Community College campus was flooded this morning. The water has since receded, leaving behind a lot of mud and muck. Dispatchers say at least 8 homes have sustained flood damage. One woman was also rescued from her vehicle after it was surrounded by water in the Boomer community.
MILLS...DOCKERY...CRICKET...CLINGMAN...BUCK...BENHAM...WILKES COUNTY AIRPORT...MULBERRY...MILLERS CREEK AND FAIRPLAINS.
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS REPORTED FLOODING ALONG BIG WARRIOR CREEK WITH HIGHWAY 18 FLOODED. ADDITIONAL FLOODING WAS ALSO OCCURRING IN THE SOUTHERN SECTIONS OF WILKESBORO DUE TO
PERSISTENT HEAVY RAIN.
EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY...COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS...STREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY.
This morning, in a plea deal approved by the families of the victims, Hammer pleaded guilty to five counts of capital murder, one count of robbery, one count of breaking and entering a building attached to real estate with the intent to commit larceny while armed with a deadly weapon, one count of grand larceny and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He received five consecutive sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole, two additional non-capital sentences of life in prison, additional prison terms totaling twenty-three years and fines totaling $600,000.00.
The council's seventh annual Turtle Regatta is at 2 tomorrow afternoon. It begins with about 2,000 toy turtles being dumped into the Reddies River from the D Street bridge in North Wilkesboro. Turtles are still available for "adoption" for $5 each. With each turtle will be a paper with the name, address and phone number of the person who "adopted" the turtle, as well as a number for the turtle. Spectators can follow the turtles from the greenway as they float down the Reddies to the finish line, just upstream from where the Reddies enters the Yadkin River. Spectators also can view the race from the greenway pedestrian bridge over the Reddies.
Turtles can be adopted at Cook's, Wilkes Antique Mall, Brushy Mountain Smokehouse, Hallmark-Quickframe, Wilkes Chamber of Commerce and Ruby's or by calling the greenway office at 651-8967. Tomorrow morning, turtles can be adopted at the Yadkin River Greenway booth at the Greenway Day at Lowe's Rivers Edge Park and at the Reddies Trailhead near CVS until 1 p.m.
Sheriff Dane Mastin explained the strategy used to capture the remaining four robbers:
All that, for something that netted the robbers -- well, pretty much nothing, according to Mastin They grabbed a bag they thought was full of money, but by the time it was all said and done, all they earned was some time in the local pokey, and after the requisite legal proceedings, a good likelihood of an extended visit to the big house.