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Friday
Jun222018

DSS Update for Wilkes

DSS Director John Blevins gave a monthly update to the Wilkes County Commissioners this week.  When asked about the continuing high number of children in foster care here in Wilkes, Blevins said that Wilkes has historically had higher numbers than neighboring counties.  Currently, there are 234 children in Foster Care which is an increase from last month.  Commissioners also asked about the need for more staff at the DSS.  Blevins said they have 3 positions that need to be filled.  It was noted during the discussion that Wilkes and the entire state is seeing a decline in DSS workers.  For information on becoming a foster parent or job qualifications for one of their current employee positions, call the Wilkes DSS.

Friday
Jun222018

Four Wilkes Fire Dept Raising Fire Taxes

Four local fire departments were at the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners Tuesday to talk about fire tax rate increases.  McGrady is seeking a 3 cent increase, Mulberry Fairplains a 3 ½ cent increase, Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department a 2 cent increase, and Ronda Community a 3 cent increase.  All the departments cited rising costs, aged out fire trucks, and increased training for rescue services as the reasons for the increase in fire tax.  Also the departments noted this was the first increase in years. No one showed up to comment during the Public Hearing on the Fire Tax increases.  All the departments said the increased had been approved by their local boards and the public had been notified. 

Friday
Jun222018

Ronda Passes Budget

Ronda Town Commissioners voted to accept their proposed budget at their meeting for June.  The budget was accepted with no change in the property tax.  It remains at 35 cents per $100 evaluation.  The next meeting of the Ronda Town Board is set for June 28th at 3pm.

Friday
Jun222018

Car Stolen from Driveway

A car was reported stolen from a North Wilkesboro residence.  The victim called the Sheriff's Office regarding the theft.  The Hyundai valued at $3000 was stolen while parked in the owner's driveway.  There are no suspects at this time.  That investigation is still underway.

Friday
Jun222018

Stolen Lawnmowers

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating a couple of push mower thefts.  In the first report, a Millers Creek victim said that someone took their black Murray push mower valued at $180.  The mower had been parked on the victim's back porch.  In the second, a resident on the Little Mtn Church Road reported that a Murray red and black push mower was taken from behind their house.  The mower was valued at $200.  No suspects were listed with either report.

Friday
Jun222018

NC Health Warning of Heat Related Illness

Again, public health officials in North Carolina Department are warning about heat-related illnesses this week. Symptoms of heat-related illness include muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, fainting, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Every summer there are about 3,000 heat-related illness emergency department visits. Children, older individuals, outdoor workers and those with chronic health conditions are most at risk. To reduce risk of heat-related illness:  Increase fluid intake; Take frequent breaks in cool or air-conditioned places; Check on neighbors, and if working outdoors, check on your co-workers; and Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, especially during warm or hot weather.

Friday
Jun222018

Still Recovering From Hurricane Matthew in NC

Even though Hurricane Matthew hit our state 2 years ago, some are still trying to recover. North Carolinians whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew should apply for help through application centers, state emergency management officials urged this week.  With more than $650 million already spent on Hurricane Matthew recovery – and more help on the way – North Carolinians whose homes were damaged by the storm are encouraged to complete applications as soon as possible.  ReBuild NC Housing Application Centers are currently open in Cumberland, Edgecombe, Robeson and Wayne counties. More information, visit  rebuild.nc.gov/apply.

Thursday
Jun212018

County Commissioners Approve Budget with Changes

On Tuesday evening the Wilkes County Commissioners met at the County Office Building.  No one was there to speak for or against the budget for the upcoming year.  During the meeting the Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the proposed budget with a few changes.  Commissioners removed $384,000 for a EMS building and then added $15,000 to Wilkes Rescue Squad, $46,000 to the Library, and nearly $299,000 for School Resource Officers and Equipment.  Commissioners also removed the 2 percent cost of living allowance for all county employees.  They added $566,000 to the Sheriff's Office, Jail, Comm Center, and Fire.  They also added 3 percent to all non-sheriff dept county employees and increased the school allotment to a total of $500,000.

Thursday
Jun212018

Copper Taken from Barn

There was nearly $20,000 in damages and stolen property at a barn in Traphill.  The victim reported to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office that an old dairy barn was entered by thieves that cut out and stole copper wires and pipes from several pieces of equipment.  The theft and damages were discovered on Tuesday.  That investigation is continuing.

Thursday
Jun212018

Outbuilding Theft

About $1100 in property was stolen from an outbuilding.  The property owner called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office this week regarding a theft from an outbuilding near her home in Boomer.  Several things were taken including a Kayak, BBQ smoker, truck tool box, some tools, a deer blind and stand, and a portable welder.  No suspects were listed with that report.