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News & Sports For July 20th

Staying Cool As Weather Heats Up
As the temperature continues to hit the mid 90s across Wilkes, staying cool has become the number one priority. With that hot weather expected to stick around for the rest of this week, there are some things that might help ice down your home. First make sure to close any drapes or shades during the day. That can drop the temperature by ten degrees or more. Also for anyone with an air conditioner, clean the filter every month. A dirty filter on your AC will force it to work harder, raising your energy bill while not exactly keeping things cool. Also be sure and check your weather stripping. A properly sealed door can keep most of the hot air outside and away from you. Finally, make sure to turn down your fans to the low setting when it’s humid outside. The reason being is that slower movement can allow the fan to pull moisture out of the air, basically acting as a buffer to drain that humidity and make things more comfortable.

Warrant Issued As Prisoner Escapes
Sheriff’s deputies issued a warrant on Monday for the arrest of 26-yr-old Daniel Boone Call Jr. after he disappeared from a work release program. Call had done this once before, to be with his wife when she was taken to the hospital, but in that case had called and cleared things with the officers. This time however no one heard from the man and deputies had no idea as to his whereabouts. Warrants were issued for the 26-yr-old Call, who is described as a white man standing 6’2, weighing 168 with brown hair and brown eyes.

Check For Oncoming Traffic
A wreck on Cherry Street totaled two vehicles this week. A woman from Moravian Falls was driving down Cherry Street when she was suddenly hit by another vehicle, The second car’s driver hadn’t noticed anyone coming and pulled out from College Street, slamming directly into the other vehicle. Both cars had to be towed away, however thankfully nobody was injured in the crash. Total estimated damages were placed at $16,000.

Ebenezer To Hold Benefit Tournament
The Ebenezer Christian Childrens Home is gearing up for their annual benefit golf tournament. This year the tournament will be at Oakwoods Country Club on Saturday August 13th. There will be morning and afternoon flights. The format for the tournament is 4-man's captains choice and there will be over $50,000 in prizes up for grabs. Entry fee is $75 per person and if you pay by August 1st you will automatically be eligible for a 3 day- two night vacation. To sign up or for a brochure you may call the Home at 667-5683, that's 667-LOVE.

Mailbox Vandals Go One Step Further
Over the past few months, cases of mailbox vandalism have continued to pop up around Wilkes County. But now the practice has been taken to another level, as a Wilkesboro man came home earlier this week to find his mailbox had been stolen. Both the plastic mailbox and the post it was on had been ripped up from the ground and taken. No one in the area could recall hearing or seeing anyone nearby however deputies are continuing the investigation.

Time Ticks Down For Beginning Of School Year
While most kids prefer not to think about it, we are getting closer to the end of summer vacation. School here in Wilkes County officially begins on August 15th and orientation programs will be going on the week before that. At West Wilkes High, that will go on Thursday, August 11th starting at 6pm. The event will last for an hour and will be held in the gym. Parents of the incoming students are also requested to attend. To get more information about the orientation, you can call the school at 973-4503.

Thieves Break Into Millers Creek Home
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a Millers Creek residence on Monday, after the homeowner returned to find that someone had paid him a visit. Over $200 worth of merchandise was stolen from the home, including a car speaker and $5 in change. There were no signs of a break-in and nothing damaged at the residence. However there is a suspect as a local man had been seen around the home before the break-in. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Just Drove Off With The Car
Never leave your keys inside your vehicle. A Hickory man learned that the hard way this week after thieves jumped into his truck and drove off down the road. The man had been working at a construction site on Hwy 16 South when he turned around and noticed the vehicle was missing. Also stolen was a table saw and generator that had been in the truck. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

State News

Police Searching For Would Be Kidnapper
Officials in the Charlotte area are searching today for a would be kidnapper. Around 12 midnight Tuesday morning, a young white male tried to grab a 7-yr-old girl in the lobby of the Omni Hotel. She resisted and took off, while the would be kidnapper quickly made himself scarce. A description of the man has been released however, using footage from the video surveillance cameras. The man is about 5’7, weighing around 150 lbs. and is believed to be between the age of 23 and 27 with hair dyed blonde and done in a buzz cut. If anyone has information you can call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.

Meth Lab Destroyed And Charlotte Woman Tied In

Families were evacuated from a South Charlotte neighborhood Monday night as law enforcement destroyed a meth lab that had been operating in the area. Officials also called in DEA agents along with members of the Hazmat unit to help with the destruction. An arrest has been made in the case, as 25-yr-old Eva Piatt was charged with the possession and manufacturing of methanphetamines. Despite an extensive lab and large supply of chemicals found inside, neighbors said nothing was unusual about the place and they would have never given it a second thought.

Companies Say Fluid Swap Not Their Fault
Earlier this year, hydraulic fluid was swapped out with traditional cleaning fluid at two Durham hospitals. Doctors then used the fluid to clean their surgical tools with before performing operations, leading to complications for the recovery time of some patients. Now as the companies responsible for putting out the cleaning fluid are being sued, they’re trying to cast blame on someone else. Cardinal Health Incorporated said that as an Ohio company, they shouldn’t be sued in North Carolina, denying any responsibility for the mistake despite being the one who returned the mislabeled containers to the hospital to be used. The other company, Automatic Elevator of Durham, is believed to be responsible for mixing up the fluid in the first place. Aside from saying they weren’t responsible, the North Carolina company had no comment.

House Plugs In Another Band Aid Instead Of Budget
North Carolina is still lacking an official budget today, despite several weeks of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats. With that being the case, the House approved a measure Monday night that would extend the current spending bill, allowing the state to keep paying bills for another two weeks. After those two weeks are up however, state officials will be right back where they started, fighting over one major issue and several others that have popped up as negotiations stretch on. A grand total of ten cents separate Republicans and Democrats on the issue of a cigarette tax, but lawmakers can’t seem to bridge the gap. The current spending measure will expire on August 5th.

Smell Brings out Officials To Fayetteville
A Fayetteville company got an unwelcome surprise on Tuesday after strange smells started coming out of a package that had arrived from South Carolina. The package was supposed to contain personal items from a military family, but after workers started smelling the odor, they began to get dizzy and nauseated. Authorities were called out and some of the workers had to be decontaminated. Details on what exactly was in the package hasn’t been released by local officials.

Area Shut Down Near Morrisville After Spill
Portions of I-40 near Morrisville North Carolina had to be shut down on Tuesday, after fluid spilled out on the highway. 330 gallons of cleaning fluid was spilled after the truck that was carrying it became involved in a traffic accident. The spill stretched out for almost a quarter of a mile and led local officials to call in members of the EPA. However there was no danger to the area, as EPA agents said that nothing had been contaminated by the fluid. After a few hours of clean up, the fluid was removed and things went back to normal.

Sports Headlines

Duke And Carolina Lock Up Prospects
Some good news from the football side of things for Duke and Carolina, as the two schools locked up several prospects for the 2006 season. Ed Barham, a tight end from Dendron Virginia committed to UNC this week, fulfilling a childhood dream. The 6-4, 230 lb. Barham signed up literally minutes after receiving the scholarship offer from the Tarheels. Up the road in Durham, Duke also bolstered their tight end ranks by adding Brett Huffman, a 6-4 recruit from Ohio. Huffman, who also has a 3.8 GPA in the classroom, might be starting as a freshman due to the fact Duke may lose it’s current group to graduation and possibly the NFL.

Transfers And Suspensions
The news wasn’t all good however for the Tarheel football squad, as one member announced his plans to transfer and another may be kicked off the team. Sophomore guard Donnell Livingston declared that he would be transferring to another school, although he didn’t say where he’d be going. Meanwhile incoming freshman Mark Paschal will find out if he’ll be on the team this week, after Coach Bunting determines his fate. Paschal, a 6 ft. 220 lb. fullback, was arrested last week and charged with assault, resisting arrest and drunk & disruptive behavior after an incident on Franklin Street. The police report said that Paschal tossed another man to the ground, before punching him in the head and face. A decision is expected on his future in the next week.

Maybin Holding Out For More Money
Every baseball player dreams of one day making it to the major leagues, but for one high school player in Asheville, those dreams have been put on hold. Cameron Maybin was selected by the Detroit Tigers in this year’s draft, taken with the 10th selection. But while other members of his draft class have already suited up and started making their way toward the big leagues, Maybin is holding out in a contract dispute. The issue is the amount of a signing bonus given out to the #10 pick. The Tigers have offered him $2 million, but Maybin’s camp thinks he deserves a bonus of $3 million. Time is also ticking away for Maybin this season, as he only has until August 25th to join a rookie league team, or be forced to sit out until spring training of next year.

Minor League Scoreboard
Around the minor leagues last night, it was Winston Salem dropping a second straight game against Lynchburg 12-7. The Warthogs rallied from being down 9-2, but just couldn’t close the gap in the final innings. Winston starter Ryan Wing got the loss after giving up four runs in three innings of work.

NBA Scoreboard
In NBA summer league action, the Charlotte Bobcats got their third win in four games, knocking off the San Antonio Spurs 84-62. Sean May led the Bobcats with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Raymond Felton had six assists, four points and four rebounds before getting hit in the chest during the third quarter. Felton was knocked to the ground while fighting through a screen and was slightly bruised. Coaches held him out of the rest of the game as a precaution.

Roush Racing To Partner With Former NFL Player
Tim Brown retired on Monday from the Oakland Raiders, ending a 17-yr career in the NFL. One day later he began arranging plans for a new line of work, one that involves cars going around a track. Plans are being finalized to have Brown partnering up with Roush Racing to field a new NASCAR team out of Charlotte. The proposed team would start competing next season if the deal goes through. An official announcement is expected in the next few weeks. Brown said that he wanted to get involved with NASCAR and help bring in different types of people who might not otherwise take a look at the sport.


News & Sports For July 19th

Byrd First To Enter Clerk Of Court’s Race
At the end of this month, Shirley Randleman will officially retire as the Wilkes Clerk of Court. After that a person will be nominated to assume her position until next year’s elections. One candidate has already put his hat into the race, as Joe Byrd announced that he would be running for the Republican nomination. The Republican primary will be held in May of next year and as more candidates declare, we’ll try to have them here on 3WC to discuss the race.

One Stop Shopping In Ronda
Thieves broke into a home in Ronda earlier this week, causing several hundred dollars worth of damage in the process. The victims returned to find that someone had climbed in through their bedroom window and stolen over $20,000 worth of items from inside. Included in the theft were their wedding rings, some more jewelry and four guns that had been around the house. There is a suspect in the case and deputies are continuing the investigation.

Stuff The Bus Continuing
The annual Stuff the Bus program is continuing around Wilkes County. Several locations have been set up around the area to take donations. Each year, Communities in Schools attempts to help needy kids around Wilkes, by providing them with the supplies they lack for class. If you want to donate supplies, there are buses at several locations including Wal-Mart, CVS, Eckerd, Staples and also between the First Baptist and First United Methodist Churches in North Wilkesboro. You can also drop off items at Dollar General, Super 10 and the Communities in Schools office. All different types of school supplies are needed, everything from paper to pens to calculators. For more information you can call Amie Blevins at Communities in Schools. Her number is 651-7830 extension #23.

Trash Talking In Wilkesboro

Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a Wilkesboro residence over the weekend, after a man woke up to find trash stuffed in his vehicle’s gas tank. $300 worth of damage was done in the incident, which had occurred during the night. No one in the area was able to remember hearing or seeing anyone near the home, however there is a suspect in the case.

BROC Head Start Continues
Applications are still being taken for this year’s Head Start program, a preschool plan designed to help 3 and 4 year old children with their education. The program, which is run by the BROC agency, is currently accepting new students at their three locations here in Wilkes: The Cub Creek Center, the Lomax Center and also the North Wilkesboro Center. To be eligible, children and their families have to meet certain guidelines, mainly concerning the household income. In addition, the program also accepts disabled or special needs children regardless of their family income. In order to be eligible, the child has to turn three years old by October 16th of this year. The program itself will run from August until May of 2006, 8:30am until 2:30pm Monday through Thursday. For more information you can call Judi Mitchell at the BROC head office. Her number is 667-7174.

Always Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Two cars were damaged over the weekend in Wilkesboro, during a wreck on Main Street. The incident happened Saturday afternoon, as vehicles were slowing down for a red light. A Wilkesboro woman glanced away for a second and turned back to see that all the cars had come to a halt. She couldn’t slow down in time to avoid a collision and so slammed into the back of another local woman’s car, causing a domino effect. Thankfully however no one was injured and the damage was just under a thousand dollars.

Rabies Becoming A Concern This Year
As we head into the dog days of summer, rabies is once again becoming a problem both in Wilkes and across the state. With a shortage of the rabies vaccine possibly looming, officials are predicting this could be a problem much like this past winter’s flu scare. The easiest way to fix things is to go and have your pet vaccinated, which at the local clinics costs $10. Keep in mind if that seems like a lot, humans can also contract the virus and it costs around $2500 to treat an infected person. If you’re not sure, call your vet and check that your animals all have up to date vaccinations. If you have any questions, you can call Animal Control at 903-7688 or the Wilkes Health Department at 651-7450.

3WC Healthwatch: The Road To Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be a problem for anyone from nine to ninety two. But it turns out one simple activity might dramatically reduce high blood pressure in senior citizens. In today’s 3WC Healthwatch, a report was recently released from the Oregon Research Institute that found the road to good health may be laced with stones. Researchers did a study of 108 volunteers over a 16 week period and found that after just 30 minutes of walking each day on cobblestones, the group’s blood pressure dropped significantly. Moreso than the control group, which had been walking on regular pavement. The reason for the difference? The group doesn’t have a clear answer, but believes the smooth and uneven surface of the stones help stimulate nerve points in the body that don’t get used as often otherwise. With these nerves running at full steam, it takes pressure off other areas and allows the body to relax. More tests are being conducted but the group suggests that if you want to lower your blood pressure, make a walkway of your own. Find some smooth but uneven stones, possibly in your creek bed, put them into the ground as a walkway and go over them for about 30 minutes each day. Within a few weeks your blood pressure could take a nose dive back into the normal range.

Gun Stolen From Hays Home
Sometimes it’s not even enough to keep your weapons locked up. A Hays man found that out over the weekend, as he returned home to find that someone had been inside and stolen a .45 caliber pistol he owned. The weapon had been taken from the man’s closet, with no sign of a break-in and nothing else stolen from the residence. There is a suspect in the case and the investigation is ongoing.

State News

Missing Girl Found In Virginia
Authorities in Virginia have located the High Point girl who went missing over the weekend. 12-yr-old Pracilla Ann Frazier was found in Wythe County Virginia, in the company of 36-yr-old Charles Douglas Parry. The U.S. Marshall’s didn’t explain how they found the missing teen, only saying that both were taken into custody without incident. Frazier is being kept by Wythe County officials until her parents can come and pick her up, while Parry is sitting in jail awaiting a possible extradition. An Amber alert was announced across North Carolina and the surrounding area after Frazier disappeared from her home over the weekend, leaving to meet up with Parry.

Charlotte Police Investigating Armed Robbery
A BP station in Charlotte was robbed early Monday morning and now law enforcement are asking for help in identifying the suspect. The incident happened around 10:15 Monday morning as a black man came walking in with a gun and robbed the cashier. He then walked out the door and took off. Officials say the suspect is a black man, around 5 feet tall and 140 lbs who was last seen wearing jeans and a white t-shirt.

Possible Breakthrough Study At Duke
Yesterday a six month study was started at Duke University Hospital, testing a potential replacement for human blood. PolyHeme, a synthetic blood substitute, has a shelf life of a year or more, a great improvement over the 42 days regular blood can be stored before breaking down. Patients can volunteer to be part of the study if they arrive at the hospital with a life threatening illness or situation. However people can’t just show up, the only ones admitted will be those who are brought in by local ambulance services. Duke officials said they hoped to be successful with the tests, so that PolyHeme can be released for mainstream use in the next five years if possible.

Former QB To Run For House
A former NFL quarterback is stepping onto another playing field as Health Shuler announced his candidacy this week for the U.S. House. The Democratic Shuler will run for election in the 11th Congressional District, taking on Republican Charles Taylor. The former quarterback, who played for both the Redskins and New Orleans Saints in his four year career, said that he felt new voices were needed in Congress to deal with the problems facing working families.

Some Units To Remain At Pope
Even if the recommendations are approved for Pope Air Force Base, the area won’t be completely shut down, Pentagon officials announced. Officials said that five units would stay at the base, to work with the 18th Airborne Core and other paratroopers from the Army. The current plan, over 4000 troops would move to another post, however 4100 troops and 250 civilians would come in soon after from the Army to take over. Pope has served as an airforce base since 1918.

Bladen County Questions Why Money Is Coming In
Officials in Bladen County have an unusual request to the General Assembly. Stop sending money our way. Despite receiving only two inches of rain and virtually no damage from Hurricane Frances, the county was awarded $2.7 million in disaster aid money, which was given out to slightly over 1200 households in the area. That’s almost double what was given out to the mountain counties, where homes were damaged, mudslides created and in some areas towns partially destroyed. While state officials have no answers as to the discrepancy, still more money is expected to come into the Bladen County area as people continue to apply for grants. Federal authorities in the meantime have started an investigation into the entire grant process.

Sports Headlines

Wake Forest Lands Football Commitment
Some good news for Wake Forest football, as the team landed another commitment for the 2006 season. Matt Woodlief of Bandys High School committed to play for the Deacons after wrapping up his senior season. Woodlief chose Wake over Carolina, in part because the Deacons wanted him to play linebacker, a position he loves. The Tarheels on the other hand wanted to switch him to the fullback spot, which he played part time last season. The 6 ft. 238 lb. Woodlief heads into his senior year averaging over 150 tackles over the past three seasons

Appalachian Lands Another Quarterback
While the starting position appearing locked up, a battle as to who’s going to be the backup quarterback faces Appalachian State this fall. The team has welcomed in transfer Chase Laws, who came in from Army this spring after two years of being a backup. Now he hopes to compete against Trey Elder for the right to backup All American Richie Williams when practice opens up on August 5th. The Mountaineers wrapped up last season at 6-5 and will look to improve on that mark as they take on Eastern Kentucky on the road in their season opener September 3rd.

Minor League Scoreboard
Around the minor league, it was Winston Salem taking the loss against Lynchburg 4-3. Warthogs starter Ryan Rodriguez got his fifth loss of the season, giving up four runs in eight innings of work.

NBA Scoreboard
While November is still some time away, there was some NBA action to tell you about on Monday. The summer league is in full swing, giving draft picks and free agents a chance to play their way into a team’s rotation. The Charlotte Bobcats have a team in the Salt Lake City league and they picked up their second win in three games on Monday night, beating Dallas 85-79. The Bobcats were led by Matt Carroll’s 20 points, while Raymond Felton chipped in 15 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Felton’s UNC teammate Sean May scored four points in the first two minutes, before having to leave with a sprained ankle. Up to that point, May had averaged a double double in points and rebounds during the first two games

NASCAR Standings
In NASCAR, as drivers prepare for this weekend’s Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway, Jimmie Johnson sits atop the leader board. Greg Biffle is 77 points behind in second, followed by the surging Tony Stewart in third, Rusty Wallace in fourth and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five. Some major names sitting just outside the Top Ten and so far out of the chase are Dale Earnhart Jr., who comes into this weekend in 13th and Jeff Gordon, sitting at 15.


News & Sports For July 18th

Wilkes Soldier Arrested For Murder
A Wilkes County man is in jail today after being charged with the murder of his wife. 19-yr-old Army Specialist Brandon Scott Bare was arrested at Fort Lewis in Washington State, where he had been currently stationed. Bare’s 18-yr-old wife Nabila had been found dead earlier in the week at their home on the base and he now stands charged with premeditated murder. The North Wilkes graduate had just recently returned from Iraq in April, to recover from head injuries sustained during a bomb blast. But after his return, Bare didn’t appear to be completely ok, according to people close to him. He was still dealing with several problems linked to his injuries and had enrolled in a counseling program at the nearby Army Medical Center. No other information was released regarding why Bare was arrested and charged so quickly. In the past five months, two other officers from the base have been charged with killing their wives.

Traphill Man Arrested In Financial Fraud Case
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Traphill man late last week in a case of financial fraud. Over a hundred dollars was stolen from a Lewisville woman’s bank account over the past month, with the money being taken out in several small amounts. It’s unclear exactly how the account numbers were obtained, as the woman still had both her debit card and all of her checks. However sheriff’s deputies were able to track down a suspect, who gave a written statement as he was arrested. 22-yr-old Scott Brandon Wyatt was arrested and charged with financial fraud and financial card theft.

Health Department Offering Car Seat Help
85% of child safety seats across Wilkes County are not installed correctly, according to the local SafeKids organization. While this is slightly lower than the national average, it’s still high enough for concern. However if you’re still trying to figure out what the right way to install one is, you don’t have to wait until the next safety check. The Wilkes Health Department is partnering with SafeKids to help show parents the right way to install the seats. To set up an appointment, you can call Jean Edwards at the Health Department. Her number is 651-7478.

Wheels Stolen From Local Business

Sheriff’s deputies were called out over the weekend to Quality Heating and Air, after employees came in to find that someone had stolen the wheels off their work truck. Nothing else was damaged at the business and no other items had been stolen. There are no suspects but deputies are continuing the investigation.

Heat Actually Keeping Hurricanes Away
Tired of looking outside and seeing yet another thunderstorm dumping rain across Wilkes County? Well it turns out those storms are actually helping keep another larger problem out of the area. According to the national weather service, these storms we’ve been experiencing are part of what is called a Bermuda high. That’s a pressure system that expands during the summer months. Moving up from Africa to cover parts of the United States. Currently it’s sitting in the Atlantic Ocean pulling hot, moist air our way from the Gulf of Mexico. That air in turn acts as a buffer zone, blocking the tropical storms and hurricanes from directly heading our way. We may still see some wind and rain, but as long as the Bermuda system is just off the coast, there’s a significantly smaller chance we’ll see a full fledged hurricane knocking down the door. And according to weather officials from Raleigh, you can expect much of the same this week, as the front is expected to hang around for the next few days at least.

Man Arrested After Traffic Stop
Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a man for a traffic violation late last week and end up taking him to jail. Deputies had originally pulled over the man for a busted taillight and he informed them he didn’t have any identification. After telling them his name was William Rush, the man sat back as deputies went to run the license plates. While that was going on, additional units came in for backup and informed the deputies that the man hadn’t given his real name. In fact, the man was 28-yr-old Marty Gwen Shumate and had warrants out for him. Deputies arrested Mr. Shumate for the open warrants, in addition to resisting an officer by lying about his identity.

Drugs Found At Local Home
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a tip on the Liberty Grove Church Road, searching a nearby residence. Once inside, no drugs or any other illegal items were found until they came upon a man walking through the house. He told deputies he’d be back in a second, he just had to use the restroom. Deputies were suspicious of his behavior and the fact he had a large bulge in the pocket of his pants. Deputies searched the man and found a crack pipe along with a small amount of cocaine. 27-yr-old Henry Larry Shew was arrested and charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

State News

Fire In Monroe Caused By 5 Year Old
A fire over the weekend in Monroe is being investigated by local authorities today. The blaze happened at a home on Carmel Church Road, putting a man and his 18-month old daughter in the hospital. Now the man’s 5-yr-old son has confessed to setting the fire, although he didn’t explain why. The man and his daughter are in serious condition at a nearby hospital, with burns covering their face and arms. They are expected to survive.

Police Searching For Young Girl
Police in the High Point area are on the hunt today for a 36-yr-old man and the 12-yr-old girl that he has with him. 36-yr-old Charles Douglas Parry of High Point left the area on Friday, picking up a 12-yr-old girl as she snuck out of her parents’ house to join him. The 12-yr-old, Pracilla Ann Frazier, is 5’3 ft, weighing 118 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The two are traveling in a 1999 Gold Jeep Cherokee with the license plates RPK7107. Police believe they may be leaving the state. An Amber alert has been issued for Frazier and warrants are out for Parry’s arrest.

Jobs Leaving Burlington Industries
Bad news tonight for people living in the Raeford area as 350 jobs will be gone by the end of this year. Due to a decline in the need for dress uniforms in the military, Burlington Industries announced plans over the weekend to lay off some of their employees. 200 people will lose their jobs in the Raeford plant, with an additional 150 to be dismissed from the plant in Richmond County. Most of the jobs lost will be in manufacturing and company officials said the move was needed to avoid losing profits.

Meth Lab Busted In Union County
Officials in Union County raided a home on Route 601 over the weekend, discovering a meth lab in the process. On a tip, sheriff’s deputies went through the home and found that virtually the entire structure was being used as a meth lab. However while the lab itself has been destroyed, it might be a while before arrests can be made. Whoever had been running the operation appears to have vanished with no evidence in regards to their identity left behind.

Bush Visits North Carolina
Attempting to raise support for his CAFTA proposal, President Bush visited Charlotte on Friday before stopping to speak at Gaston College. The trade agreement passed in the Senate earlier this month and will go before the House for a vote in the next two weeks. Supporters of the agreement say that it will help to generate jobs in the U.S., although no evidence for this can be provided. Opponents on the other hand say much like NAFTA, this agreement will simply make it easier for US companies to move to Central America, where the labor costs are cheaper. Since NAFTA was passed in the early 90s, 600 people have been put on the unemployment line as 42 textile plants have either closed or moved operations to other countries. Bush said he hopes to end restrictive trade barriers between the U.S. and Central America.

Sports Headlines

Coach Williams Under Investigation
In college basketball, UNC Coach Roy Williams finds himself under investigation today, after a report was released on Friday by the University of Kansas. In the report, university officials allege that Williams was responsible for several violations of NCAA regulations while he was the head coach. Williams spoke to the media over the weekend and apologized, saying that the violations had come as a result of a miscommunication about the rules. The two year investigation found that Williams had given $6.22 to a potential student for gas money, while two walk-on players had been allowed to eat at the training table without being charged, for a grand total of $26. As for the other violations, Williams said he wasn’t aware that NCAA regulations extended even after a student had graduated. Williams had allowed athletic boosters to give graduation gifts to some of the students, including a new suit and a small amount of cash. Nothing given totaled over $400. But under NCAA rules, once a student joins a college program, they can’t accept any type of gift from fans for the rest of their lives. NCAA officials said they are reviewing the report and will make a ruling of their own this coming fall.

UNC Possibly Lands Another Recruit
In some good news for the Tarheels, another face might be added to this year’s basketball squad, if he can pass summer school. Mike Copeland, from Winston Salem Reynolds High, has an offer from UNC waiting for him after the report card comes in from his last two classes. The 6-8 Copeland put up 17 points and 9 rebounds during his senior season last fall and just needs to pass World History and English in order to qualify for college. Copeland said it would be a dream to play for the Heels and he’s determined to pass with flying colors in hopes of suiting up for this year’s team.

NC State Out Of Jimmy V Women’s Classic
In a strange twist, NC State won’t be playing in the tournament named after a former coach from their school. The Jimmy V Women’s Basketball Classic won’t be held in Raleigh anymore, instead moving up to Hartford Connecticut. As a result, NC State won’t be a part of the event but rather the UNC Lady Tarheels will be facing off against the Lady Huskies of Connecticut on Dec. 5th. Poor attendance was the main reason cited for the move, as only 6734 fans attended last year’s game. Profits from the event go to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Minor League Scoreboard
Around the minor league scene, it was Hickory beating the Charleston River Dogs 6-3. Derek Hankins went eight innings for the Crawdads, striking out four while only giving up two runs for his 5th win of the year.

NASCAR Scoreboard
It was Tony Stewart taking the checkered flag Sunday at the New England 300. Kurt Busch was second, Bobby Labonte third, Kyle Busch fourth and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.

Waltrip To Part Ways With DEI
After five years together, Michael Waltrip will say goodbye to Dale Earnhart Incorporated after this season. The move was announced over the weekend before Sunday’s race and Waltrip called it a mutual decision between himself and the company. It’s unknown where the 42-yr-old Waltrip will find himself next season, as he plans to keep racing but doesn’t have any sponsors lined up.


News & Sports For July 15th

Soybean Rust Following Dennis
While it’s been several days since the rain from Hurricane Dennis fell on Wilkes, the storm left behind some potential problems for farmers. On the way up here Dennis managed to pick up particles of soybean rust from the Gulf Coast, which can ruin an entire year’s crop. Officials from the Cooperative Extension have warned soybean farmers to be on the lookout and take preventive measures, even if there hasn’t been any sign of the fungus. Soybean rust appears on the plant as little bumps that will quickly spread if not immediately treated. The only way to save the crop once rust has started to seep in is to spray it with fungicide that same day. With around 300 acres of soybeans here in the county, farmers need to keep an eye out for their plants.

Look Before You Leap
One car was totaled during a wreck on Hwy 268 this week. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon, as a Thurmond woman attempted to cross all lanes of traffic to get to a nearby building. That didn’t work out so well, as she slammed into a Wilkesboro man’s vehicle as he was coming from the other direction. The man’s car was totaled and hers was damaged. Thankfully however no one was injured in the accident.

Drugs Stolen From McGrady Home
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a home in the McGrady community on Wednesday after thieves ran off with the homeowner’s medication. She had locked up and left home a few hours earlier, only to return and find that someone had been inside her medicine cabinet. Several bottles of pain medication had been taken, however aside from that nothing was damaged in the home. There was also no sign of a break-in. Sheriff’s deputies do have a suspect however and the investigation is ongoing.

3WC Eye On Health: Wood Smoke Can Be Health Hazard
In today’s 3WC Health Report, If you were to hear that smoke could cause lung cancer, it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise would it? But we’re not talking about cigarette smoke here. In a recent report in the medical journal Chest, doctors identified wood smoke as possibly a major trigger for the disease. Researchers studied 62 cancer patients, most of them non smokers who hadn’t been exposed to any major tobacco products for extended periods of time. Instead, one third of them had used wood stoves all their lives. But the smoke itself wasn’t the problem. Most of those who took part in the study didn’t routinely check to make sure vents and windows in their homes pushed the smoke outside. So instead the smoke just hung inside the house, leading to asthma, bronchitis and the doctors believe, lung cancer. While the evidence wasn’t strong enough to officially link the two, doctors said it might be a good idea to make sure your chimney vent is working before you toss another log on the fire.

Money Taken From Elkin Home
Thieves broke into an Elkin residence this week, walking out with $60 in cash. The incident happened while the homeowner was out of town, as she returned to find the money was missing from her bedroom and also some cigarettes had been stolen. In addition, gasoline had been siphoned out of the lawn mower in the front yard. There was no damage done to the home however, no sign of a break-in and also nothing else missing. There is a suspect in the case and deputies are continuing the investigation.

Samaritan’s Kitchen Update
Samaritan’s Kitchen has been expanding their operations in the last few months, to the point where they now deliver meals to over 450 different families across Wilkes County. That’s just over 1600 meals that need to be prepared, loaded up and delivered each week. With that progress comes a greater need for volunteers, as the organization finds itself falling short in most categories. The man need is for drivers to transport the meals on Saturdays, however cooks, assembly line workers, greeters and other volunteers are needed as well. If you’re interested in volunteering or just want some more information, you can drop by the Kitchen anytime from 8am til 2pm during the week. They’re located just down the road on Woodland Blvd from the Wilkesboro Post Office. You can also give them a call at 838-5331.

Check Road Conditions Before Leaving
With rain once again in the forecast this weekend, it’s important to know what the road conditions are like across Wilkes. Where the DOT has been working, what sections of highway have been closed off, things like that. You can access that by visiting the state DOT website at Also you can check out information on proposed road projects and how the weather might affect both their schedule and your traffic at There you will also find information on public meetings, schedules, and area maps.

Voting Continues For Gospel Music Awards
There’s not much time left if you want to cast a ballot for this year’s Southern Gospel Music Awards, put out by online magazine In each category ten finalists are presented for voters to choose from and this year 3WC made the cut. The station was named as a top ten finalist for Favorite Radio Station and morning show DJ John Wishon was selected as one of the Favorite Radio Personalities, in addition to making the list of Favorite Concert MCs. Now if you want to get involved and vote, you can log on to , click on Southern Gospel Music Awards 2005 and cast your ballot. All it takes is a working email address to be able to make your voice heard.

State News

Election One Step Closer To Resolution
Eight months after voters first went to the polls and North Carolina still doesn’t know who is going to be the new superintendent of public instruction. State lawmakers took another step toward solving that problem on Thursday, as both candidates testified before a legislative committee. Democrat June Atkinson won the election in November and the ensuing recount, holding a lead of 8355 votes over Republican Bill Fletcher. Still Fletcher refuses to admit defeat, as he has continued to challenge the legitimacy of the current results. Fletcher kept that up on Thursday, questioning even the legitimacy of the committee he was testifying at. He said that until the final vote count is determined, nothing else should be done. Fletcher was referring to a ruling by the state Supreme Court in February that determined 11,310 ballots were illegally cast in precincts other than the one voters were registered in. Atkinson meanwhile contends that the out of precinct ballots were legal, as a law passed in 2004 states that such votes should be counted. After the committee wraps up testimony, it will make a recommendation to the full House and Senate, who will then meet in a joint session and decide the winner. If that happens it will be the first time since 1835 that lawmakers in North Carolina have determined the winner of a statewide race.

Defendant Walks Out Of Court
A man in Troy North Carolina was found guilty on drug charges this week. Now all police have to do is find out where he is. Francisco Garcia Reyes just got up and walked out of the courtroom during a break in the trial, disappearing from sight. Officials lost sight of Reyes due to the crowded courtroom and have since issued a warrant for his arrest. It’s unknown if any of the officials in the courthouse will face disciplinary charges because of the escape.

Cell Phone Customers Have Information Leaked
A mistake made by a cell phone company in Pineville North Carolina exposed the personal information of hundreds of clients this week. The mistake was discovered when a man asked if he could have some empty boxes from Cingular’s store at a local strip mall. Store employees agreed, telling him to dig through the garbage and take what he wanted. However when the man started going through the trash, he found several boxes full of papers and folders. Those documents in fact contained the credit card numbers and bank account statements from store clients. One paper even gave the details for when the store’s armored truck pickup stops by for the money. When told of the error, the company said it was a one time accident that happened as an employee was cleaning out the office.

Students Might Pay To Play
Controversy is being stirred up in Pender County today, after a proposal by the Board of Education has people up in arms. The board wants to charge an annual fee of $50 to each high school student who takes part in a school sponsored athletic event. In addition, all middle school athletes would be charged a fee of $15. The reason for the fees? The Board wants to eliminate a gap in the budget of $500,000 and projects that charging to play sports would raise $80,000 over the next year alone. The topic is going to be brought up during the next meeting of the Pender County commissioners.

Dell Bringing In More Jobs
Some good news for people in the Winston area today, as Dell announced plans to bring in over a hundred new jobs. The company is building a conveyor system at its’ new plant and has issued a contract for the construction work. Just over a hundred temporary jobs will be created by the move and after the conveyor is complete, 10 workers will be hired on a permanent basis to help with tech support.

Move Over Law Signed By Easley
Drivers across the state have to move over now when they see flashing lights behind. Governor Easley signed the Move Over Act into law yesterday, making it illegal for drivers who block emergency vehicles. Under the new law, all drivers have to either pull over or slow down so that emergency vehicles can get around them without any delays. Anyone caught in violation of the law will be looking at a $25 fine and having to pay all court costs.

Sports Headlines

Little League Scoreboard
It was a tough night for the Wilkes National #1 Little League squad, as they lost in extra innings to East Catawba 2-1. The game went down to the wire, going into extra innings as the two teams battled it out. But even with the loss, the season isn’t over for the 9-10 year olds, as the playoffs are a double elimination tournament.

Minor League Scoreboard
Around the minor leagues, it was Winston-Salem beating Myrtle Beach 12-3 last night. Travis Hinton had four hits to lead the Warthogs, driving in three runs with a double and a triple on the night. And Winston starter Gio Gonzalez got his second win of the season, giving up two runs in five innings of work.

Charlotte Guard Goes To The Bulls
Former UNC Charlotte guard Eddie Basden will start his NBA career this weekend after agreeing to a contract with the Chicago Bulls. Basden, who went undrafted after a senior season where he was named defensive player of the year in Conference USA, will look to not only make the team, but be a key part of the rotation. The 6-5 Basden will sign a 5 year deal with Chicago when the free agency period officially begins next Friday.

Charlotte Gets Set To Impress NASCAR
NASCAR officials will be going around the country in the next two months to the final five cities who are trying to land the Hall of Fame. North Carolina gets its’ chance to impress on August 17th, which is the date set for NASCAR to tour Charlotte and see the plans presented for the Hall. Delegates will also hold meetings with local officials, discussing the proposal and touring the potential site. A final decision will be made by the end of the year.

$50,000 Fish May Be In North Carolina Waters
Currently somewhere in North Carolina a fish worth $50,000 is swimming. The Early Times company has created a contest, in which they released 25 tagged largemouth and spotted bass into both Lake Norman near Charlotte and Jordan Lake near Raleigh. If one of the bass are caught, the fisherman then can register the number on At the end of the month, one of the tags will be drawn out and the fisherman will walk away with the $50,000 check. The contest is open to anyone 21 and older.


News & Sports For July 14th

Land Dispute May Cause Tweetsie To Relocate
As 3WC reported back in June, Tweetsie Railroad may soon be forced to find a new location. The park has hired the services of two firms to help resolve some real estate issues it finds itself facing. Tweetsie is located on three parcels of land, leased from two separate owners. Now issues have arisen regarding how much the lease payments should be among other things and the park may find itself being evicted in 2007 when the lease expires. Caldwell County still remains the frontrunner, due in part to both their location and the economic package being offered. However a dark horse candidate has entered the race as Wilkes County is being considered as a potential choice. One major problem facing the county however is that two sites have already been presented by Caldwell while Wilkes doesn’t have any under consideration. A final decision is expected by this fall.

More File For County Elections
As the deadline for filing is less than a month away, the list of candidates for this year’s election continue to grow. As 3WC reported on Monday, Steve Foster has decided to run for re-election as Major of North Wilkesboro, going against Gerald Lankford in the Republican primary. Also there will possibly be some new faces being named town commissioners this year, with Democrats Debbie Ferguson, Eric Williams and independent Laura Welborn entering the race. They’ll be vying for the seats of Faye Cox and Robert Johnson, both of whom are running for re-election. Over the bridge in Wilkesboro, incumbents Mike Inscore and James Hartley have both filed to run again and so far stand unopposed. Finally over in Ronda, three town commissioners seats have opened up. Brison Combs and Ricky Cothren are running for re-election but the final incumbent, James Jennings, hasn’t made an official decision. Going against them in the race are newcomers Manuel Wood and Holly Duplisea. All races are still open for people to file, with the deadline being August 5th at noon. Then after primaries are held, the regular elections will take place Nov. 8th.

Case Of ID Theft In Wilkesboro
Wilkesboro police have linked a case earlier this week to one reported back in May. Earlier this week officers were called out to Lowes Foods, after a $179 check was written from a local woman’s account. The only problem was that the woman had reported her checks stolen back in May, providing officers with a suspect. However the cashier couldn’t recall what the person looked like, unable to even tell if it was a man or a woman. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Always Look Where You’re Going
It’s always a good idea to keep your eyes on the road. A Wilkesboro woman learned that the hard way this week, after being involved in an accident. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon, as she was driving down 421 South. The woman took her eyes off the road for a minute while looking for something and glanced up in time to see that the cars in front of her had stopped at a red light. She slammed into the vehicle in front of her, causing an estimated $500 worth of damage. Thankfully however no one was injured in the crash.

Just Came In To Have A Look Around
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a construction site in Hays earlier this week, after someone broke into a trailer in the area. One of the trailers set up by Vannoy & Sons Construction had been broke into, as the would be thieves pried open a window and climbed in. Nothing however was taken from the trailer and no other damage was done on the property. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Focus On The Community
Teenage mothers and unwanted pregnancies are an issue we as the church have a hard time relating to sometimes. We don’t know if or how we can help these soon to be mothers, so we at times back away from the situation. There is however an organization here in Wilkes that is dedicated to working with these women, helping take care of their needs and showing them the love of Christ. The Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center has been doing this for 10 years now and today on Focus on the Foothills, associate director Susan Sturgill will be Brian's guest. They'll be discussing the ministry itself, how people can get involved and some of their upcoming events. That's coming up later today at 1:05pm after the midday stock report.

Alzheimer’s Workshop Coming Up Tonight
Alzheimers can be a scary thing for both the victim and their family as well. How can you tell if someone has the disease? What are the warning signs? Tonight Villages of Wilkes is sponsoring a workshop on Alzheimers, where people can learn all the information they need to spot if a family member has the disease and also learn what they can do to help take care of that person. That workshop will take place at 7pm, at the Peace Haven Baptist Church Family Life Center. For more information you can call Donna Shumate at Villages of Wilkes. Her number is 667-2020.

Accident Leads To Drug Bust
Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident Monday night only to later charge a driver for drug possession. 20-yr-old Jonathon William Matthew had already been arrested by the Highway Patrol for driving under the influence when deputies arrived. However a search of Matthew’s vehicle found 16 grams of marijuana and several different types of painkillers. Jonathon Matthew was additionally charged with drug possession with intent to sell and maintaining a vehicle for the sale of drugs.

Wilkes Open Forum To Discuss Energy
Have you ever wondered what other options besides gas are available to us here in North Carolina? What would happen if we made the switch to renewable energy to power our homes and is that a viable option? In this week’s Wilkes Open Forum, Dr. Dennis Grady of Appalachian State University will be talking about the subject, providing answers as to what choices we have here in North Carolina. That’s coming up tonight at 6pm, at the Wilkes County Library.

State News

Problems For State Employment Security Commission
The layoffs may continue around North Carolina this fall, with a state agency getting into the act. The Employment Security Commission announced on Wednesday that due to a recent court ruling, 175 workers may have to be let go. North Carolina’s Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that civil penalties collected by the state have to be put into a fund designated for school districts to use. This is a problem because $6.2 million of the commission’s budget has come out of fees collected from companies that have filed late reports. Without those funds, the commission says that some of their smaller offices may have to shut their doors and programs that help food stamp recipients find jobs might be terminated. As an alternative, the General Assembly has been asked to use state tax dollars to plug the $6.2 million hole. So far no decision has been made.

Local Task Force Appointed To Review Base Decisions
North Carolina’s Council of State approved $250,000 yesterday to be spent on a task force that would review the military’s decision on Pope Air Force Base. People from Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke and Moore counties are all represented on the task force, which is hoping to protect Pope from the recent string of base closings. Earlier this summer the Department of Defense had recommended that Pope be turned over to the Army and all air force equipment be transported to other states. If that were to happen a total of 743 military jobs would be lost, with 1055 civilian jobs being added. A final recommendation will be presented to the president by September 8th.

Wilmington Water Not Safe After All

A few days after people were allowed to go back into the water, it turns out that might not be a good idea. Almost two weeks ago, a busted pipe caused three million gallons of raw sewage to pour into Hewletts Creek in Wilmington, which then spread out to the other local waterways in the area. However over the weekend, officials said the bacteria had died down to the point it was safe to get back into the water. Two professors from UNC-Wilmington disagree. The professors found that bacteria in the sediment is at least three times higher than normal and in some cases thirty times higher. The reason for the difference is that the official studies only monitored the bacteria in the water, whereas the university studied bacteria in both the water and the sediment below it, where people would be walking. There has been no official response to this latest test.

Bombs Found In Northampton Residence
Officials in Northampton County are concerned after finding bomb making materials at a local residence this week. Following leads in an unrelated investigation, sheriff’s deputies had been searching a home just off Highway 158 when they discovered pipe bombs inside. Also inside were fuses and some black powder. No other information has been released except that the investigation is ongoing.

Hickory Restaurant Closed Down By County
Officials in Hickory shut down McGuffey’s Restaurant for the foreseeable future, in the wake of weekend storms that collapsed most of the parking lot. The restaurant has been deemed unfit for human habitation, as damage has been done to the building’s foundation. Now both the parking lot and the building itself have to be repaired before it can welcome back customers.

Leaders In Raleigh Unhappy With CAFTA
Less than two days before President Bush is set to speak in Charlotte, drumming up support for his latest free trade proposal, several leaders in Raleigh came out against it. CAFTA, or the Central America Free Trade Agreement, is opposed by virtually all working unions in the state, including the AFL/CIO. They say that the proposal is almost identical to NAFTA and will only encourage companies to outsource more jobs. Supporters of the bill didn’t deny any of this, only saying that CAFTA would allow free trade between the U.S. and Central American countries, which would benefit both parties.

Sports Headlines

Little League On The Radio Tonight
If the weather holds up tonight, the 3WC Sports Team will be back in action bringing you the Little League All Star game from the 9 & 10 year old division. Wilkes Nationals #2 will take on East Catawba at 6pm and we’ll be on hand to bring you the play by play. Ken Byrd will be out at the game and Brian Carlton will be at the station, updating you on all the day’s sports headlines and highlights. The first pitch is set for 6pm and we’ll go on the air at 5:50pm. That’s Little League baseball on your home for local sports, 1240 3WC.

Tarheels Replace Announce Team
The UNC Tarheels introduced a familiar face as their new basketball analyst this week. Eric Montross will take over from Mick Mixon, who left to become the new announcer for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Montross worked with the team on a part time basis last season, being used during home games and during the ACC tournament.

Minor League Scoreboard
In the minor leagues last night, Winston Salem was beaten by Myrtle Beach 4-2 as Warthogs starter Ryan Wing gave up four runs in 3 2/3 innings of work. With the loss, Wing falls to 0-2 on the season. Micah Schnurstein had one of the team’s eight hits, as he extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Hawks Sign Williams
Marvin Williams took one more step towards NBA stardom on Tuesday, as he signed a deal with the Atlanta Hawks. Williams, the #2 pick in June’s NBA draft, left school after one year to play with the pros. He was the last of the four Tarheels to sign a deal and also the last of the Top Ten draft picks to sign. He’s already been working out with the team’s summer league squad and plans to be ready to suit up when they start playing this weekend.

Bobcats News
Some news from the Charlotte Bobcats on your Thursday. The team said goodbye to several players on Wednesday as George Leach and Tamar Slay were released. Slay was a member of the Bobcats last season, but had to miss most of the second half after having surgery on his left ankle. His contract wasn’t renewed but he was invited back to try out. Slay had originally accepted the offer, but changed his mind on Wednesday. Also bad news for a former Tar Heel trying to make the team. Jason Capel will miss the first round of summer league games after back spasms put him out for a few weeks. A deadline for his return wasn’t given.

NC State Player Signs With Jets
In the NFL, a former member of the Wolfpack signed with the New York Jets on Tuesday. Andre Maddox, who was selected in the fifth round by the Jets this year, came to terms with the team and will be in training camp later on this month. Maddox, who played safety with NC State, saw his college career end with 341 tackles and eight sacks.

In NASCAR, Nextel Cup officials announced fines had been handed out to five different crew chiefs for violations during the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Michael Waltrip’s crew chief Tony Eury Jr. was fined $500 for missing a driver’s meeting, while Kevin Lepage crew chief Glenn Darrow was docked $2500 for using unapproved fuel cell foam. Morgan Shepherd’s crew chief Dan Kolanda was fined $10,000 for a spring mount violation, while the #9 Joel Shear received a $15,000 bill first for an unapproved rear coil spring mount and also because he violated his probation. Finally Bobby Hamilton Jr.’s crew chief Harold Holly was also docked $10,000 for using an unapproved oil tank reservoir cover.


News & Sports For July 13th

Property Broke Into At Mountain View Elementary
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to Mountain View Elementary on Monday, after reports came in of a break-in on the property. Thieves gained access to the school’s storage building, breaking the lock and going inside. A weedeater was stolen, along with a leaf blower, black & decker tool kit and a gas can. The thieves apparently left in a hurry as the bolt cutters they had used to get inside were still on the ground when deputies arrived. The investigation is still ongoing.

Focus On The Community
For the past ten years, the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center has been helping people in the community. But some people still remain confused as to what the Center actually does. Associate director Susan Sturgill will be talking with Brian about the ministry on Focus on the Foothills this coming Thursday. That’s coming up Thursday July 14th at 1:05pm right after the midday stock report.

Be Sure To Slow Down At Traffic Lights
A wreck on 421 damaged two cars and totaled one earlier this week. The accident happened Monday afternoon, as a Millers Creek man was driving down the road. He saw the light in front of him had just turned green and expected the cars to speed up and move on. However the vehicles in front of him were slow in moving and the man couldn’t slow down in time to avoid a collision. He slammed into the back of a Boone man’s car, totaling his own vehicle while causing $500 damage to the other one. Thankfully however no one was injured in the crash.

Vandals Hit Wilkes Recreation Buildings
For the second time in under a month, someone damaged the concession stands at Cub Creek Park. The incident was reported to polic on Monday, after workers found the damaged buildings. The doors had been damaged to one of the stands, allowing the vandals to get inside. However nothing was taken from the building, instead the table and bench nearby were torn apart and tipped over. On the other side of the field, vandals were unable to gain access, despite damaging portions of the building. All total over a hundred dollars worth of damage was done to the property and officers are continuing the investigation.

Stuff The Bus Continuing

The annual Stuff the Bus program is continuing around Wilkes County. Several locations have been set up around the area to take donations. Each year, Communities in Schools attempts to help needy kids around Wilkes, by providing them with the supplies they lack for class. If you want to donate supplies, there are buses at several locations including Wal-Mart, CVS, Eckerd, Staples and also between the First Baptist and First United Methodist Churches in North Wilkesboro. You can also drop off items at Dollar General, Super 10 and the Communities in Schools office. All different types of school supplies are needed, everything from paper to pens to calculators. For more information you can call Amie Blevins at Communities in Schools. Her number is 651-7830 extension #23.

Drove Off With The Trailers
How do you steal a trailer without anyone noticing? Sheriff’s deputies are trying to figure that out today, after two utility trailers were taken from a Millers Creek residence earlier this week. The homeowner returned from a trip out of town to find them missing, with the cables and locks lying on the ground. No other evidence was left at the scene and no one in the area could recall seeing someone drive off with the trailers. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Cameras Stolen From Wilson’s Market
A Ferguson business fell victim to thieves earlier this week, as deputies were called out to Watson’s Market. However nothing was taken from inside the store itself, only the security cameras that had been positioned outside the business were taken. No damage was done to any other part of the property and there are currently no suspects. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Wrecked Car Stolen From Thurmond Home
Why would someone steal a wrecked car? That’s what a Thurmond man is asking today, after returning to find his vehicle had been stolen. The car had broke down at his sister’s house, where it had been left until the man could return and get it towed. Instead he came back to find it was missing. There is a suspect in the case. His name & description were turned over to sheriff’s deputies and the investigation is ongoing.

State News

Workers Laid Off Across The Piedmont
This hasn’t been a good week for some workers in the Piedmont. Over 400 people lost their jobs on Monday as two separate companies announced layoffs. The Sears Call Center in High Point dismissed 42 workers, after the company said they were no longer needed. Sears officials said that new technology is being installed that can handle the clerical positions most of the workers held while increasing efficiency. And just up the road in Winston Salem, Sara Lee announced plans for yet another round of cuts. 400 people will be let go from the company’s Winston Salem plants, part of a larger layoff throughout the nation. Sara Lee officials said that competition with foreign imports were to blame for the layoffs as they would lose profits otherwise.

Bush To Make Trip To Charlotte
President Bush will be in North Carolina this week, as he tries to drum up support for a new trade agreement with Central America. Bush will visit Charlotte on Friday, then speak at a Gaston County textile mill to discuss the particulars of the plan. The Central America Free Trade Agreement, similar to NAFTA, is designed to create a free trade zone between the U.S. and countries such as the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Honduras. It was passed by the Senate in June and now faces a vote within the next month in the House.

Jobs Coming To Alamance County
Good news for people in Alamance County today, as Kayser-Roth Corporation announced plans to expand operations and add new jobs. An estimated 180 new jobs will be added by the apparel maker over the next three years at the site. Most of the jobs will be in manufacturing, with workers moving into a new 100,000 square foot facility that is currently being built in Burlington. The jobs were made possible due in part to a $200,000 grant from Governor Easley’s One North Carolina Fund, which helps to provide assistance to economic interests in the state.

Cigarettes Holding Up Budget
Lawmakers announced on Tuesday that most of the details for a new budget have been hammered out with only one thing standing in the way. A cigarette tax. Officials can’t agree as to how much the tax should be raised, with House members wanting it brought up to 30 cents, while the Senate has demanded it be pushed to 40. That ten cent difference is the main issue being focused on as lawmakers sit down to the bargaining table. If a deal on the cigarette issue can be reached, a new budget might be ready for a vote by as soon as this Friday.

North Carolina A Good Place For A Nap
North Carolina is apparently the place to go if you want to get some sleep, according to Men’s Health magazine. A recent study in the journal ranked four North Carolina cities in the Top 100 places where people go to get some rest. Raleigh came in 16th, Durham was right behind at 20, down the list a bit was Charlotte, which came in 34th and finally Greensboro barely squeaked in at number 89. The study took into account the people in each city who averaged 7 hrs. of sleep a night, also those who need medicine to sleep and those suffering from insomnia. The study also found the best place in the world to sleep is Honolulu Hawaii and the worst is Fresno California.

Road Closed On Tuesday After Plant Fire
Officials in Johnston County shut down the Rainsmill Road on Tuesday after a fire broke out at a local factory. The fire, which burned parts of the Barrus Construction plant before being put out, was caused by a spark in the dust filtration system. The road was closed for two hours on Tuesday afternoon as cleanup crews picked up debris from the fire.

Sports Headlines

Duke Lands An Offensive Line Prospect
The Duke football team got a shot in the arm this week, as high school senior Jarrod Holt committed to the program. Holt, a 6-6, 300 lb. rising senior from Florida, will join the Blue Devils in 2006 and will provide some much needed help to the offensive line. Last season Duke was 2-9 and heads into the coming year with four holes in the offensive line, with only one new face ready to suit up. Holt said he picked Duke over NC State because he thought he could get a better education in Durham.

Tarheels Lose Pitching Coach
Bad news for the Tarheel baseball team today, as they lost their pitching coach. Roger Williams leaves Chapel Hill to take the same position at Georgia. He’ll leave a pitching staff that was ranked 10th in the nation last season with a combined ERA of 3.17, the school’s best record in over thirteen years. Williams also helped the pitchers develop confidence, which showed in a school record seven shutouts.

McCants Signs Up With T-Wolves
Rashad McCants officially became a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, as he signed a deal with the team. The two year contract was done in time for McCants to join the other rookies at the T-Wolves minicamp this week, before taking a starting role in their summer league. McCants was picked with the 14th selection in last month’s NBA draft, the last of four Tarheels to turn pro this year.

Panthers Player Honored
In the NFL, a member of the Carolina Panthers was honored this week, as linebacker Mark Fields received the George Halas Award. The award is given out every year to a player who overcomes personal or injury related issues to excel on the field. Fields had been battling Hodgkin’s disease but as the illness went into remission, he was able to return to the field and put on a show, with 60 tackles, four sacks and one interception. That was good enough to make it to the NFL’s Pro Bowl, but now he’ll be sitting out again, as the disease has come out of remission and will require treatment.

Panthers Sign Picks
In other Panthers news, the team signed up two more players on Monday. 5th round pick Geoff Hangartner, a center out of Texas A&M agreed to terms. Hangartner was an All-Big 12 player with the Aggies, starting 36 straight games at one point. Hugo Lira was also added to the roster this week. A wide receiver in NFL Europe, Lira will compete for a spot either on the team itself or to be assigned to the practice squad.


News & Sports For July 12th

Foster To Run Again
There’s officially a race on for mayor of North Wilkesboro. Incumbent Steve Foster has filed papers to run again, choosing to go against challenger Gerald Lankford. Foster had held off on making a decision until now, as he wanted to clear up some health concerns before committing. The two faced off once before during the 2001 election. Other races are also still open for contenders as the deadline to file in August 5th at noon.

Guns Stolen From North Wilkesboro Residence
How do you break into a locked house without leaving behind any evidence? A North Wilkesboro couple is wondering that today, after returning to find that thieves had broke into both their house and also one of their cars. Two guns, a Remington .22 rifle and a Ruger . 22 were both taken in the theft, in addition to a set of Pioneer car stereo and a set of Sony speakers. All total an estimated $1350 in merchandise was stolen, despite there not being any sign of a break-in and no one seen around the property. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Blood Drive Today With Supply Still Low
One day after people gathered around the county to donate blood, another drive will take place later this afternoon in hopes of raising the local supply above the critical stage. Even as donations come in, the need continues to hover around the critical stage. One of the reasons for that is the fact blood is only good for a 42-day period. After that time is up, the blood is worthless despite there being a need. The drive today will go on at the Wilkesboro Civic Center from 2-6:30pm. As always you must be at least 17 years old and weigh no less than 110 lbs before giving blood. To donate, you can either show up at the scene or call ahead for an appointment. The Red Cross number is 838-4563.

Wreck On 421 Totals Two
A wreck over the weekend on Hwy 421 totaled two vehicles as Wilkesboro police were called out to the scene. A Wilkesboro woman had been attempting to turn off but failed to look both ways before doing so. She didn’t notice a North Wilkesboro woman coming from the other way until it was too late. No one was injured in the crash, however estimated damages were placed at just over $9000.

Just Took Off Running

During a traffic check Sunday near the Mountain View Road, sheriff’s deputies saw a vehicle pull up and then stop. The driver then jerked the wheel and pulled off the road, jumping out of the car and taking off running into the woods. Deputies pursued by were unable to catch up with the man. His car was impounded and now authorities are using the man’s license plate to track him down and find out why he was in such a hurry to leave. No drugs or any other illegal substances could be found inside the vehicle still the investigation is ongoing.

Shots Fired At Man’s Vehicle
Deputies are trying to determine who took a shot at a local man as he was pulling out of the Circle C parking lot over the weekend. The man was helping carry his passed out friend to the vehicle when he got into an argument with an employee of the business. Then as the two were driving off, the friend woke up and started yelling obscene things out the window. Seconds later the man heard a shot ring out and when he pulled over down the road to check, there was a bullet hole in his truck. Neither man could give deputies a description of who shot at the vehicle however the investigation is ongoing.

Ebenezer To Hold Benefit Tournament
The Ebenezer Christian Childrens Home is gearing up for their annual benefit golf tournament. This year the tournament will be at Oakwoods Country Club on Saturday August 13th. There will be morning and afternoon flights. The format for the tournament is 4-man's captains choice and there will be over $50,000 in prizes up for grabs. Entry fee is $75 per person and if you pay by August 1st you will automatically be eligible for a 3 day- two night vacation. To sign up or for a brochure you may call the Home at 667-5683, that's 667-LOVE.

Farmers May Be Eligible For Federal Grant
Some good news for Wilkes County farmers today, as a new federal grant could be returning money to your pockets. Under the new program, put out by North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture, a portion of certification costs would be reimbursed if the farmers met certain guidelines. This applies to any farmer who has been certified by a USDA-accredited agent between October of 2004 and September of this year. Farmers have to turn in applications in order to be reimbursed and you can do that by getting in touch with Kevin Hardison at the state Agriculture Department. His number is 919-733-7136 ext. 232.

Relief From The Heat Available For Seniors
Yesterday the sun came out and quickly brought temperatures up into the mid 80s. With the same thing being forecasted for the rest of the week, it’s important for everyone to stay cool. That’s especially important for seniors and the Wilkes Senior Citizens Council recognizes this, as they are giving fans to anyone who meets their requirements. In order to get one, you must be at least 60 years old, live in Wilkes and be served by Duke Power. In addition, your home situation must present a threat to your life without the fans. Applications are being taken from 8:30am til 5pm at the Wilkes Senior Citizens Council office, located at 910 C Street in Wilkesboro. For more information you can contact them at 651-7811.

State News

Charlotte Police Ordered To Cut Down On Overtime
Charlotte police have been ordered to cut down on the time they spend investigating crimes in the area. The reason being that the city’s police department is hoping to cut down on the amount of overtime they pay out, a decision that was first reached in May and is now having some effects on the local area. According to statistics, violent crimes are up 30% in the area from the same time a year ago. While officials had no comment, the police union is checking into if the cuts are legal.

Blame It On The Squirrel
Over ten thousand people without power, thousands of dollars spent cleaning it up and traffic jams created throughout the day. For all this, you can thank one little squirrel. In Raleigh on Monday, a squirrel climbed into a transformer breaker in the western part of the city, shorting it out and leaving 11,500 people in the dark for nearly thirty minutes. That means traffic lights malfunctioned, businesses had to shut down operations and kids at home were in the dark. Thankfully however no one was injured and no accidents were reported during the blackout.

Debate Arrives Over Dancing Bill
Does North Carolina really need an official state dance? That’s what members of the State House are asking today, after a bill was proposed that would define several dances as being linked to the state. Clogging and shagging were the two that made the final vote, 101-7 and will be turned over for a vote in the Senate. Those seven politicians, members of both parties, were outraged that during a time when the state doesn’t even have a budget in place, time would be wasted on designating an official dance. Russell Capps, a Republican from Wake County, said that the naming craze is getting out of hand, after recent votes saw an official cat and official carnivorous plant chosen. It’s currently still unknown when a new budget proposal will go before the floor for a vote.

New State Drug Plan Causes Controversy
A new plan to cut the cost of prescription drugs has some state employees up in arms today. Under the plan, state workers would have their prescription drug costs significantly lowered, but certain things have been left off the list. As a result, state employees are saying that their quality of life has been damaged along with their bank accounts. What drugs were left off? Hair regrowth formula, male dysfunction and anti-wrinkle creams. As the plan is currently, all drugs that deal with medical conditions would see prices drop.

Advisory Lifted In Time For Vacations
Anyone planning a trip to Wilmington won’t have to worry about the water anymore. The advisory against swimming in Wilmington waterways has been lifted, after bacteria levels in the area dropped off significantly during the last four days. The bacteria got into the water as a result of a sewage spill, that happened last week. A 20-inch pipe ruptured in Hewletts Creek, allowing three million gallons of sewage to pour out into the water.

Greensboro Wants Drug Treatment Center Gone
If you build it, they will come. That’s what people in an East Greensboro neighborhood are worried about today. DREAMS Treatment Center has recently moved into the old YMCA and after remodeling the building, plans to open its’ doors. DREAMS is a drug treatment center, one that would allow addicts to come in and break their habit in a clean environment. People in the area said that by bringing in drug addicts, dealers will come back with them and are hoping that the treatment center moves out soon. To fight the concerns, owners of the center have agreed to a public hearing to be set up in the near future.

Sports Headlines

Local Scoreboard
Around the Little League field last night, in the girls 12 year old softball tournament it was the Wilkes National All Stars beating the Wilkes American All Stars 6-0. And in the boys 12-yr-old division, it was the Wilkes American League All Stars beating Ashe County 12-0. Coming up later today there’ll be a boys game at 5:30 and girls softball with the first pitch at 6pm.

American Legion Scores
In American Legion ball, Lexington pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in history over the weekend, as they beat Winston Salem 11-10. Lexington was down 10-0 in the bottom of the seventh with one last chance to bat, as the ten run rule would have gone into effect. Instead of giving up, the team rallied to score eleven runs in the next three innings, pulling out the win and taking a 2-0 lead in the series.
Meanwhile, Rowan County might be out of the Legion playoffs, but that doesn’t mean their season is over. The team entered a wooden bat tournament over the weekend, taking part in one held at the University of South Carolina. The weekend proved to be a good one for Rowan County, as they ran through the tournament with a 3-0 record.

ASU Quarterback Honored
And up the road in Boone, Appalachian State’s quarterback was selected as a second team All-American. Quarterback Richie Williams received the honor from the Sports Network, who also rated his school as 28th among all Division I-AA football programs heading into this season. Williams earned the honor during a junior year that saw him set school records with 3109 passing yards and 24 touchdowns.

Minor League Scoreboard
Around the minor league scoreboard last night, it was Hickory beating the Rome Braves 4-1. After a rain delay of over an hour, the game started off with a bang, as Crawdads catcher Neil Walker hit a solo shot home run to make it 1-0. Hickory starter Julio Guerrero got his 4th win, going seven innings while only giving up one run on three hits. Up the road in Winston, the Warthogs beat Kinston 5-2. Winston starter Ryan Rodriguez got his ninth win of the season, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning before giving up a two run homer.

Taking a look at some NASCAR headlines, officials are considering a plan that would ban all testing during the last 10 races of this year. No reasoning was given for the idea, as it’s still in the planning stages. Also due to the damage from last week’s tornadoes, the October 30th race set for Atlanta Motor Speedway may have to be moved. Repair work is still continuing at the site but there are concerns that it might not be finished in time for drivers to roll onto the track. A final decision has yet to be made.

Martin May Hold Off Retirement
News from the Roush Racing camp today, as Mark Martin may not be retiring at the end of the season. Jack Roush asked Martin to consider staying around for one more year, as his replacement won’t be able to take over until 2007. Jamie McMurray was signed by Roush to take over Martin’s car, but his current contract with Chip Ganassi doesn’t run out until the end of next year. Martin hasn’t commented yet, but did tell Roush he was considering it.


News & Sports For July 11th

Keeping An Eye On The Storm
Hurricane Dennis made landfall over the weekend, hitting the coast of Florida and Alabama with wind gusts of over 120 mph. That could be bad news for Wilkes and the surrounding areas, as thunderstorms are supposed to blanket the region from now until possibly Thursday. As the storm, now a Tropical Depression, continues to follow the path of Hurricane Ivan, the next 24 hours will determine what affect it will have on the western part of our state. If it turns left or stays on its’ present course, the National Weather Service said that North Carolina will get rain but nothing else. However if the storm does keep following Ivan’s trail and turns right, the remnants would hit us sometime early Wednesday morning. We’ll continue to update you on the storm’s progress as the day goes on.

School Board Approves Measure To Keep Running
With state lawmakers dragging their heels to approve a new budget, funding for several programs is starting to run out. To head off any potential problems, the Wilkes Board of Education met last week and approved a new measure that would allow the county schools to keep operating until a budget is passed. Board officials authorized the Finance Officer to continue paying salaries and covering the day to day operating costs, which would then be taken out of the new budget once funding is passed down from the state level. A decision isn’t expected from state lawmakers on a new budget in the near future.

Thurmond Man Returns To Find Home Vandalized
A Thurmond man called police after discovering that a house owned by members of his family had been vandalized. The incident happened late last week, as the man came to check on some things he had in storage at the house. What he found was over twelve thousand dollars worth of damage, done to virtually every part of the property. Windows had been shattered, doors busted and floors torn to pieces. Also some of the chairs and tables inside had been damaged as well. No one had lived at the house in over a year as it had mostly been used for simple storage. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Drugs Stolen From Traphill Home
Always lock up before you leave. A man in Hays found out why that’s a good idea late last week, after returning to his truck to discover that thieves had got inside and stolen his medication. The medicine had been kept inside the vehicle, which the man forgot to lock as he went to work. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Wilkes Honors Veterans
Wilkes County took time out to honor our veterans over the weekend and people also got to see their first glimpse of the new Heritage Museum in the process. The names of over 350 soldiers were installed as part of the Veteran’s Brick Walk, which will now lead into the Museum. Families bought bricks for $100 a piece and saw their veterans honored during a ceremony on Saturday. The event itself started at 6pm and afterwards a special concert by the NC National Guard band was held. Throughout the day people could also tour the Robert Cleveland Log Home and the Old Wilkes Jail, while getting their first look inside the Heritage Museum. The Brick Walk ceremony is scheduled to be a yearly event and anyone who buys a brick now will have their veteran honored at the ceremony next July.

Blood Supply Hits Critical Levels
Over 1500 pints of blood are used every day in this state, to perform surgeries and treat patients at local hospitals. When you combine the recent holiday along with the storms that hit the area last week, it’s a recipe for disaster. Wilkes County’s blood supply has fallen past critical levels, to the point there’s not even a full day’s worth left on hand. With the possibility of more storms coming into the area this week, it’s important to get as many people as possible out to the blood drives going on today and tomorrow. Peace Haven Baptist Church is holding a drive from 2-6:30pm and there will be one also at the Glade Creek Community from 2:30-7pm tonight. Then on Tuesday a drive will be held at the Wilkesboro Civic Center from 2-6:30pm. As always you must be at least 17 years old and weigh no less than 110 lbs before giving blood. To donate, you can either show up at the scene or call ahead for an appointment. The Red Cross number is 838-4563.

Wilkes Open Forum To Discuss Energy
Have you ever wondered what other options besides gas are available to us here in North Carolina? What would happen if we made the switch to renewable energy to power our homes and is that a viable option? In this week’s Wilkes Open Forum, Dr. Dennis Grady of Appalachian State University will be talking about the subject, providing answers as to what choices we have here in North Carolina. That’s coming up this Thursday at 6pm, at the Wilkes County Library.

Workshop Coming Up Next Week On Alzheimer’s
Alzheimers can be a scary thing for both the victim and their family as well. How can you tell if someone has the disease? What are the warning signs? This coming Thursday Villages of Wilkes is sponsoring a workshop on Alzheimers, where people can learn all the information they need to spot if a family member has the disease and also learn what they can do to help take care of that person. That workshop will take place at 7pm on July 14th, at the Peace Haven Baptist Church Family Life Center. For more information you can call Donna Shumate at Villages of Wilkes. Her number is 667-2020.

State News

State Officials Upset At INS Over Raid
Less than a week after federal agents arrested 49 illegal immigrants at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, controversy has developed over the case. But the issue isn’t anything related to national security or how the illegals got into the country. Instead, officials from the state’s Labor Department have come out criticizing the immigration agents for the way the arrest was made. They said that federal agents abused the trust of the illegals, by inviting them to a fake safety meeting and then putting them under arrest. The Labor Department also said that the arrests have made their job harder, because illegals will be less likely now to come learn about current safety measures.

Goats Infest Raleigh Prep School
Students at the School of Communication Arts in Raleigh have been noticing some new classmates over the past few weeks. Goats have started appearing at the school, eating grass on the property and running around on the sidewalks. On Saturday however one of the creatures decided that he wanted to be part of the class. A billy goat slammed into the double layered window at the student’s entrance, shattering the outer pane before just as quickly bouncing away. Animal control had attempted to remove most of the goats, but some escaped. It’s still unknown where the goats came from, as no farmers in the area would lay claim to them.

DSS Miscommunication Blamed In Boy’s Death
Miscommunications between the Social Service agencies in two North Carolina counties are being blamed for the death of an 8-yr-old boy. The boy died from heat exposure after being left in his mother’s car during the weekend of May 21st. Now an investigation has found that complaints had been filed against the mother in two separate counties, Madison and Buncombe. In Buncombe County, complaints were raised against the mother for limiting food from her son. Social workers said they could find no problems and then referred the case to Madison County, where they said the mother then lived. Madison County officials then referred the case back to Buncombe, after workers discovered the family was living in Buncombe, where the mother was being held in jail. Buncombe DSS however says that they never received any files back from Madison. In the meantime, Devin Gibson died in the trunk of his mother’s Ford Escort, where he had been kept 16 hours after she couldn’t find a babysitter. 36-yr-old Michelle Gibson has since been charged with second degree manslaughter, two counts of felony child abuse and voluntary manslaughter.

Soldiers Heading Back To Iraq
The rest didn’t last long for a battalion from Fort Bragg, as the troops have been ordered back into service less than four months after returning from Iraq. The 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment’s 1st Battalion has been called back to deploy to Afghanistan. Around 700 troops will pack up and ship overseas when the battalion leaves in two weeks. The soldiers served in Iraq for one year from 2003 to 2004, also returning to provide security during the elections earlier this year.

Traffic Stop In Randolph County Uncovers Drugs
A traffic stop over the weekend in Randolph County led to the discovery of over a hundred thousand dollars worth of drugs. Deputies at the traffic stop pulled over an Asheville man’s vehicle and searched the car after a K9 unit smelled drugs inside. 5000 doses of Ecstasy were discovered inside, along with just over $9000 in cash. Heip Hoang Pham of Asheville was charged with drug trafficking and deputies estimated the drug’s value at $110,000.

Sports Headlines

Preseason Polls Out & Local Colleges Ranked
September is still a long way off, but the preseason polls have already been released for Division I-AA football and some local teams made the top 100. Appalachian State comes in ranked 28th, with some major hurdles to overcome. After a 6-5 season, the Mountaineers have to replace wide receiver Davon Fowlkes in the lineup, as he’s now in training camp with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Western Carolina came in at number 55 after a 4-7 season and the Running Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb made the list at 73, looking to bounce back after a 5-6 season that saw quarterback Nick Roberts toss 17 interceptions. Furman got the number one ranking as the Paladins are coming off a 10-3 year in Division I-AA.

FSU QB Diagnosed
Last month, police took Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton to a hospital after he was found in the street calling himself God. At the time people believed that drug use may have had something to do with Sexton’s state, but that turns out not to be the case. Sexton has an advanced stage of Lyme disease, a virus carried by ticks and dangerous to humans. While the disease is treatable, Sexton will miss the entire 2005 football season in recovery. FSU coach Bobby Bowden plans to file with the NCAA to get a sixth year of eligibility for Sexton, so he can finish out his college career on the football field, instead of in a doctor’s office.

Duke Player Accepts invitation To US Tryouts
In college basketball, one player from here in the state accepted an invitation to play for the country. Duke’s Shelden Williams was one of 13 players who accepted invitations to try out for the U.S. team in this year’s World University Games. After the trials, which will go on from July 28th-31st, the team will be put into training camp and then head off to Turkey, where the games will be held starting August the 11th. With only 13 accepting invitations so far, only one will be cut as the team will carry 12 players.

Minor League Scoreboard
Taking a look at the minor league scoreboard this weekend, it was Winston Salem beating Kinston 8-3 in ten innings. The Warthogs snapped a three game losing streak as closer Ehren Wassermann got his fourth win of the year. Up the road in Hickory, the Crawdads broke out with a 5-3 win over the Rome Braves. First baseman Mike Hofius was the hero of the night, coming in to pinch hit before slamming a two run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. That gave Hickory a 5-3 lead that they would never give up.

Bobcats Lock Up Draft Picks
And in the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats locked up their draft picks as Raymond Felton and Sean May both came to terms on contracts. Both players are signed for two years guaranteed, with two additional years as a club option. Felton and May will be back on the court this week as they’re part of the Bobcats’ summer league team. They’ll be joined by a former teammate, as Jason Capel has signed on for the summer. Capel, who’s been playing in Europe since graduating from Chapel Hill, is hoping to land a spot on this year’s Bobcat team as a reserve.

NASCAR Scoreboard
For the first time this season, Dale Junior took a seat in victory lane as he won the USG Sheetrock 400. Matt Kenseth came in second, Jimmie Johnson third, Brian Vickers was fourth and last year’s winner Tony Stewart rounded out the top five. The win also helped Junior move back into the playoff hunt, as he stands in 13th now, four back of last playoff spot currently held by Kurt Busch.


News & Sports For July 8th

Wilkes Cleans Up From Cindy
The remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy swept through the area yesterday, bringing along severe thunderstorms and a lot of rain. Now in the wake of the storm people are working to clean up the damage. Reports came in throughout the afternoon yesterday of downed trees, power outages and standing water covering the roads in some places. Duke Power crews worked on into the evening hours, to restore power to all of the affected customers, which totaled in the dozens. Rainfall varied from 3 inches reported in the Traphill area to 1 ½ in Boomer. And Wilkes County residents can now brace for yet another storm on the way. Hurricane Dennis has entered the Gulf of Mexico and is heading towards Florida. If it hits Florida in the next two days, as is expected, the remnants of it could follow a similar path to Cindy and end up passing through North Carolina in the early part of next week.

Second Arrest Made In Assault & Robbery Case
Earlier this week, 3WC reported about a break-in that left a Wilkes County man in the hospital. 83-yr-old Dewitt Warren Souther was beaten and robbed Tuesday night at his home. That same day officials arrested 23-yr-old Justin Charles Haynes and charged him with the crime, noting that he didn’t act alone. Now a second arrest has been made in the case as Haynes’ 21-yr-old girlfriend has also been arrested. Angela Beth Byers was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and felony larceny.

Missing Girl Found In Charlotte
Some good news today for a local family. As 3WC reported earlier this week, police have been searching for a missing Ashe County teen after she disappeared over the weekend in Wilkesboro. She was found Wednesday night at the home of a man in Matthews North Carolina, uninjured and there of her own accord. Police were able to locate 17-yr-old Amanda Mallette due in part to a caller who saw the missing posters as he came into Wilkes County and informed officials where the girl was and who she was with. Charlotte police were contacted and they met Amanda, determining that she had been staying with the man willingly. Amanda’s father was called and told of his daughter’s whereabouts and drove down to Charlotte to pick her up.

Head Start Taking Applications
Applications are now being taken for this year’s Head Start program, a preschool plan designed to help 3 and 4 year old children with their education. The program, which is run by the BROC agency, is currently accepting new students at their three locations here in Wilkes: The Cub Creek Center, the Lomax Center and also the North Wilkesboro Center. To be eligible, children and their families have to meet certain guidelines, mainly concerning the household income. In addition, the program also accepts disabled or special needs children regardless of their family income. When you come in to apply, you must have the child’s birth certificate and also proof of your income for the last year. This year’s program will run from August until May of 2006, 8:30am til 2:30pm Monday through Thursday. For more information you can call Judi Mitchell at the BROC head office. Her number is 667-7174.

Gas Thieves Hit Before Storm
Before the rain hit Wilkes County, yet another local business fell victim to gas thieves. The Rock Creek Run-In on Elkin Highway was the site of the latest incident, as a man pulled up Wednesday night, pumped his gas and told employees he’d be back to pay in fifteen minutes. He then got into his car and drove off, failing to return as promised. A description of both him and his vehicle were turned over to sheriff’s deputies, along with his license plate number. That investigation is ongoing.

Flood Preparation
In the wake of the storms that passed through Wilkes on Thursday, the water is going down and cleanup is beginning. But after the storm is over, there are some things you need to check out. For instance, If your power was out for any extended period of time, the US Department of Agriculture suggests to keep an eye on your food. Supplies can go bad quickly once the power goes out. And if your house suffered any damage from flood waters, any carpets, mattresses or furniture that was soaked needs to be thrown away if possible. The reason being that the longer water sits in one place, you run the risk of mold or bacteria growing, which can lead to health problems. Finally be careful when walking around your house after a flood. Snakes and other creatures tend to look for dry spots to take refuge during a storm and that could include your basement or outbuilding.

Drugs Found At License Checkpoint
Sheriff’s deputies were operating a license checkpoint on Hwy 16 North earlier this week, when a man pulled up with a gun in the seat next to him. There was a temporary tag on the vehicle and no registration. After a few minutes hesitation, the man agreed to let deputies search his car. Inside they found eight grams of marijuana, some drug paraphernalia and a bottle of Xanax. 35-yr-old James Ivan Roland was arrested and charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cars Vandalized Around Wilkes
Several drivers across the county found their cars vandalized this week. A Roaring River man walked outside his home to find that during the night, someone had smashed the drivers’ side window. No one in the area heard or saw anything during the night, including the homeowner himself. The same thing happened to a North Wilkesboro woman, as she also took a walk outside to find her drivers’ side window smashed. There are suspects and deputies are continuing the investigation into both cases.

Search Warrant Leads To Drug Bust
Acting on a search warrant, sheriff’s deputies went to a residence on Boone Trail this week. After being let in, deputies discovered 32 grams of marijuana, including some that had been stuffed down into the dog’s food. In addition they also found Xanax and Lorcet bottles lying around in the living room. Deputies arrested 41-yr-old William Andrew Johnston and charged him with felony possession of marijuana, along with another charge of drug possession for the pills and maintaining a home for the sale of drugs.

Veterans Walk Dedication Tomorrow
Tomorrow afternoon people in Wilkes will gather together to honor of some of the county’s veterans. The Veteran’s Brick Walk will be unveiled in a special ceremony on Saturday at the Wilkes Heritage Museum. For anyone who bought a brick before the May 30th deadline, their veteran will be honored during the ceremony. There will also be a car show during the event, tours of the Old Wilkes Jail and Robert Cleveland Log Home and a special concert put on by the North Carolina National Guard Band. Once again that will take place tomorrow July 9th at the Old Wilkes Courthouse. The car show starts at 2pm and the ceremony itself begins at 5:30 that night.

Medicine Stolen From Wilkes Residence
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a residence on Absher Road this week, after thieves kicked down the door and had a look around. The homeowner and his wife returned to find their back door had been forced open and several bottles of prescription painkillers had been stolen from the house. Nothing else was taken from the residence and no other damage could be found. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

State News

Festival Pays Bills Two Years Later
Over two years after it took place, the Festival of Flight in Fayetteville has finished paying off creditors. Due to a lower turnout than expected, the 2003 festival racked up $263,000 in debt and organizers have spent the past two years trying to raise the money to pay. But an anonymous gift from a member of the festival’s board of directors helped the group put together enough funds to make good on their bills. The 11-day event was originally put together as a celebration of the Wright Brothers and their historic flight.

Cindy Leaves Mark Across Western North Carolina
Across North Carolina, Tropical Depression Cindy left her mark on Thursday. In Alexander, Catawba and Surry Counties, tornadoes knocked down trees and caused damage to homes while in Stokes County, a local school was flooded. Severe rain and wind beat down across the rest of the Piedmont and Catawba County also saw a sinkhole form in the parking lot of a Hickory restaurant. Lightning storms were also reported throughout the day and night in several parts of the state. Official damage estimates haven’t been finished yet but the final bill is expected to be in the millions.

Meth Lab Found And Destroyed In Conover
Police in Conover responded to a domestic disturbance this week, only to discover a meth lab in the process. A woman at the house had called police, wanting to take out assault charges on the two men inside. Police agreed and took her to the magistrate, where warrants were obtained. Once both men were in custody, they began talking about a meth lab being run out of the home by some of their friends who actually live in the home where they were arrested at. Police confirmed the lab’s existence and turned things over to the State Bureau of Investigation, whose agents began destroying it on Wednesday.

Two Men Charged With Shooting At Deputy’s Home
Officials in Catawba County have made two arrests in a case we first reported for you earlier this week. Two deputies with the Catawba County sheriff’s department had come home to find their houses had been shot at over the past week, in addition to one of the men’s patrol cars. Now 21-yr-old James Drew Ballard and 20-yr-old Adam Michael Miller have been arrested and charged with firing a weapon into an occupied property. Both men were arrested late Wednesday night, after investigators received an anonymous tip. The two had a brief struggle with officers, which resulted in them being taken to the hospital afterward for minor injuries. Now both are in jail without explaining why they took shots at the two homes. The two are also being investigated now by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Concerns Raised As Illegals Go To Trial
A federal judge raised concerns on Thursday about the case moving forward against 43 illegal immigrants that were found to be working at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Originally 49 had been arrested, but six were later released. Some of the illegals had been working for a subcontractor of the Department of Defense on the base, doing construction work. Now the judge overseeing the case has said he’s not sure that the workers understand the charges being brought against them and need to have attorneys, which they presently don’t. As a result, he ruled that all proceedings will be slow to guarantee the case is handled in the right way. The illegals got the jobs by using fake social security and green cards, which they obtained after coming across the border. INS officials called the incident a matter of national security, due to the fact that terrorists could easily use the same techniques as the illegals to gain access to the United States.

Thieves Steal From The Red Cross
The Highland chapter of the Red Cross is investigating itself today, after $20,000 was discovered to be missing. Officials believe the money was embezzled by a volunteer, who confessed when confronted. Formal criminal charges are coming as the case has been turned over to Fayetteville police. The organization is requesting both criminal charges be filed and the money repaid in full before any plea deal would be considered. Officials with the organization say that while the incident might hurt donations, they are more than willing to open up their books for any concerned donors.

Sports Headlines

Lawson May Leave Early For The Pros
UNC Tarheel fans might not want to get too attached to Tywon Lawson when he steps onto campus in 2006. During an interview this week, Lawson said that if the NBA hadn’t installed an age limit, he would have considered going straight to the pros. Lawson is currently the nation’s number one high school point guard and said that if the opportunity presents itself, he’ll do what’s best for him. If that means leaving school after one year, he’ll go if an NBA team guarantees him a spot as a lottery pick.

Former Duke Player To Make Professional Debut
A former member of the Duke Blue Devils will make their professional debut this weekend in golf. Brittany Lang, who was the ACC player of the year, left the Duke team after the season ended to pursue her dream of becoming a professional and she’ll get that chance today. Lang is part of the field at the LPGA’s Jamie Farr Owens Coming Classic, which teed off yesterday. She’s also received a sponsor exemption to play in next weekend’s BMO Financial Canadian Women’s Open in Nova Scotia.

Randolph Given Another Chance
Shavlik Randolph has another chance at making it onto an NBA roster. The 6-10 Randolph left Duke after his junior season, only to go unnoticed during last month’s NBA draft. Now the Philadelphia 76ers have extended an offer to come in and work out during the summer. If the team likes his performance, a contract could be waiting. The Sixers’ staff said they liked Randolph’s athleticism and thought he was worth taking a chance on.

Good news from around the NASCAR circuit today, as fans will be making the trek out to the Lady in Black for another season. Darlington Raceway is safe for 2006 according to track owners, who allowed letters to be sent out this week for ticket renewals for the May 13th Dodge Dealers 500. Over the past few years concerns have been raised as to Darlington’s future, but the “Lady in Black” as the track has come to be known will live for another season. Officials said that the sold out race this past May convinced them to keep the track going at least for a few more years. The full schedule for next season will be released later on this summer.

Atlanta Speedway Damaged
North Carolina wasn’t the only area to fall victim to the remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy. Georgia was also hit hard, especially at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Two of the scoring towers were torn down and the Weaver grandstand was ripped to shreds, in addition to several buildings near the starting line. In addition, the Richard Petty tribute garden was wrecked, with lamp posts and flag poles tossed around the area. Estimated damages were placed at around $35 million however track officials said they would have things up and running by October 30th, when the Nextel Cup comes to town with the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.


News & Sports For July 7th

Breaking News:Missing Girl Found In Charlotte
As 3WC reported earlier this week, police have been searching for a missing Ashe County teen after she disappeared over the weekend in Wilkesboro. She was found last night at the home of a man in Matthews North Carolina, uninjured and there of her own accord. Police were able to locate 17-yr-old Amanda Mallette due in part to a caller who saw the missing posters as he came into Wilkes County and informed officials where the girl was and who she was with. Charlotte police were contacted and they met Amanda, determining that she had been staying with the man willingly. Amanda’s father was called and told of his daughter’s whereabouts and drove down to Charlotte to pick her up.


Man Assaulted And Robbed At His Home
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a North Wilkesboro man’s home on Tuesday, after he was assaulted and left for dead. The man’s son called deputies after walking in to find his father lying on the bed with multiple injuries. The house had also been ransacked and an estimated $2700 worth of material taken, along with the man’s Plymouth Voyager. Authorities were able to track down the thief in Winston Salem, after he used the man’s credit cards. 23-yr-old Justin Haynes was arrested and charged in the assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and felony larceny. In addition, officials are still searching for others who were also involved. The 83-yr-old victim was taken to the hospital and later transferred to Forsyth Medical Center, where he’s currently recovering. Sheriff’s deputies are asking that anyone with information regarding the case please contact them at 667-8900.

Marijuana Traced And Burned In Ronda
Sheriff’s deputies were tipped off on Monday about some marijuana being grown on Clingman Road in Ronda. After investigating they found 42 plants along the field, across from a nearby park. All the plants were pulled up and destroyed, ranging in size from two to seven inches high. It’s unknown at this time who planted the marijuana but the investigation is ongoing.

Wreck Totals Two And Driver Later Arrested
Two cars were totaled after a wreck on 421 Monday night. A Wilkesboro man was driving down the highway when another vehicle attempted to cut in front, pulling out of the local Shell Station. The two cars slammed into each other, with estimated damages placed at $8000. The second driver then jumped out of his car and took off running down the highway, only to be caught by Wilkesboro police later on that night. Carlos Rodriguez-Torres was arrested and charged with DWI and hit & run.

Wilkes Board Of Elections Meets
The Wilkes County Board of Elections held a meeting Wednesday morning to renew their municipal agreement with all the towns in the area. Representatives from each town in Wilkes signs an agreement, allowing the board to help them run elections throughout the year and those documents were renewed during the meeting on Wednesday. In addition, more candidates have put their names in for the election as Manuel Wood submitted to be a candidate for town commissioner of Ronda. So far only five total candidates have put their names in the hat for positions in the county, but as we get closer to the deadline you can expect that to change. The deadline for filing in this year’s election is August 5th at 12 noon. You can also go online to check out who has already entered the races at Just scroll down the left side of the page and click on the elections icon.

Games Stolen While Owner Fishes
A Roaring River man called sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday after returning from a fishing trip to find that someone had broke into his trailer. A window had been busted out and the thieves climbed through, stealing the man’s Playstation II game system. However no other damage was done to the property and nothing else was stolen from the home. There are no suspects but deputies are continuing the investigation.

Orientation Date Set For West Freshmen
Even though we’re not even halfway through with the month of July, it’s time for some kids to start thinking about the upcoming school year. West Wilkes High School has announced the date for this year’s freshman orientation. That will take place Thursday, August 11th starting at 6pm. The event will last for an hour and will be held in the gym. Parents of the incoming students are also requested to attend. To get more information about the orientation, you can call the school at 973-4503.

Focus On Charity
For every normal ordinary charity out to help people, there are usually three or four just looking to make a quick buck. But how can you tell the difference? There are several ways that fake charities can hook you in a scam, and we'll be discussing them today during Focus on the Foothills. David Dalrymple with the Better Business Bureau will be Brian's guest during the program today. They'll be discussing what makes a charity legit and how you can donate money with confidence, knowing that it won’t be lining someone’s pockets. That’s coming up later today after the midday stock report at 1:05pm.

Came In For A Look Around
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a residence on the Damascus Church Road earlier this week after reports came in of a break-in. The home’s back door frame had been broken and someone had been through the house, but didn’t take anything. Nothing was stolen and also nothing else was damaged in the residence. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Stuff The Bus Continuing
The annual Stuff the Bus program is continuing around Wilkes County. Several locations have been set up around the area to take donations. Each year, Communities in Schools attempts to help needy kids around Wilkes, by providing them with the supplies they lack for class. If you want to donate supplies, there are buses at several locations including Wal-Mart, CVS, Eckerd, Staples and also between the First Baptist and First United Methodist Churches in North Wilkesboro. You can also drop off items at Dollar General, Super 10 and the Communities in Schools office. All different types of school supplies are needed, everything from paper to pens to calculators. For more information you can call Amie Blevins at Communities in Schools. Her number is 651-7830 extension #23. And once again that program kicks off in two days on July 1st.

Ran Off With The Generator
A North Wilkesboro couple returned home earlier this week to find that someone had broke into a building on their property. Two rocking chairs had been broken and a generator was missing from the storage area. In addition, the thieves had written obscene phrases on the couples’ trash cans. Just over a hundred dollars worth of damage was done to the property and the investigation is ongoing.

State News

Bank Of America To Close Several Carolina Branches
Bad news today for some Bank of America employees, as the company announced plans to shut down 12 branches in North Carolina. Most of the banks affected are in Charlotte, including both stand alone and offices inside other stores. The move was part of a larger shut down of 100 locations across the nation, which company officials say is necessary as they examine their branch network. Mainly any employees affected will possibly just be relocated, as the company is also planning to build 100 new branches across the U.S. later this year. Any customers that would be affected by the move will be receiving a letter in the mail.

Illegal Workers Arrested At Air Force Base
A raid at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base uncovered several dozen illegal immigrants working at the site. On Wednesday, 49 people were arrested at the base in Goldsboro, all charged with violating the nation’s immigration policy. Federal agents said that the group was able to slip through immigration by using counterfeit documents. The group members had access to several sensitive areas at the base. As part of a construction crew, they worked on local homes, the infrastructure of the base itself and possibly some of the security systems. All are currently in an INS office in Cary, awaiting a federal court date.

Raw Sewage Spills In Wilmington
Officials in the Wilmington area have learned that a sewage problem is larger than they expected. Over the July 4th holiday, gallons of raw sewage spilled out into Hewletts Creek after a sewer line ruptured. All fishing & swimming has been banned in an area stretching from Wrightsville Beach to the Intracoastal Waterway near Peden Point and now comes news that cleanup might take longer than expected. Originally officials estimated the spill at one million gallons, but that number has since more than doubled. After examining records and taking samples, it’s now been placed at three million gallons, with officials concerned that the bacteria has merged with the sediment of the local waterways. What that means for locals is that all waterways are off limits until further tests can be done.

Harris Teeter To Buy Some Winn Dixie Stores
Good news today for some Winn Dixie employees, as Harris Teeter announced plans this week to buy nine of the company’s stores in North Carolina. In exchange for $16.75 million, Harris Teeter takes over each store’s lease and bought out the inventory. Overall 326 stores over a four state area are being closed by Winn Dixie if buyers can’t be found, causing a job loss for 22,000 people. In related news, the North Wilkesboro store has yet to receive an official bid, according to company officials.

US Air To Cut Out Pretzels

Still trying to find more ways of saving money, US Airways announced this week that they’ll be cutting back on some of their in flight services. As of September, the airline will no longer give out bags of pretzels to customers during the flight, a plan that will put an extra one million a year into the company’s pocket. Instead hungry passengers can buy a three ounce bag of trail mix for one dollar on domestic flights, while sandwiches are sold now on all flights over 2 ½ hours for at least $5 each. US Airways did say however that free juice and soda will still be served. Company officials said the change was made so that they could compete with lower-priced airlines.

Sports Headlines

Duke Recruiting Class Ranked Number One
It looks like this might be the year of the Blue Devils, if preseason predictions turn out to be right. Scouts from across the nation have come out and said that this year’s recruiting class for Duke is the strongest in the nation, with several players that some analysts believe could have gone in the NBA draft. Power forward Josh McRoberts was rated as the number one player in the nation, with point guard Greg Paulus right behind at number eighteen. Practice begins for the upcoming season on October 15th.

Blue Devil Possibly Pulling Double Duty
A member of the Duke basketball team will be pulling double duty this fall if some staff members have their way. Point guard Greg Paulus was also New York state’s all time passing leader in football when he finished high school this past year, wrapping up his senior season with 11,763 yards to go along with 152 touchdowns. The 6’1 Paulus is hoping to focus on basketball and fight for a starting job, but several members of Duke’s football team are trying to get him to pull double duty. As for Paulus himself, he says he’s just at the university to play basketball.

Tarheels To Face Davidson In Hoops
While a complete schedule hasn’t been announced yet, the UNC Tarheels at least know one of their opponents for next season. Davidson head coach Bob McKillop announced this week that the two schools had agreed to face each other in Chapel Hill on January 3rd 2006. The Heels aren’t the only big name school on the Davidson schedule however, as they have away games set up against Duke on Nov. 19th, Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 26th and UNC Charlotte on Nov. 30th.

Minor League Scoreboard
Around the minor league last night, it was Hickory beating Columbus 6-3. Crawdads first baseman Mike Carlin went four for four at the plate, hitting his tenth home run in the process while starter Julio Guerrero got his seventh win of the season. Guerrero went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. Up the road in Winston, the Warthogs took over first place in their division after a 6-5 win over Potomac. Winston took the lead for good in the eighth inning, driving in three runs while holding off a Potomac attack. Winston reliever Juan Ovalles got his third win of the season, striking out three in two innings of work.


Around the Nextel Cup circuit, Carl Edwards bounced back and recorded the quickest time of any driver in the first day of testing for next month’s Brickyard 400. Edwards had a speed of 179.165 around the track, beating Jimmy Spencer, Ricky Rudd and Edwards own teammate, Kurt Busch, who finished second.