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Tuesday
Jul172018

Baptist Medical Gets $8 Million for Study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $8 million to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to study cognitive decline and impairment in older adults with type 2 diabetes who are overweight or obese. This new study will collect data needed to confirm the earlier findings. Participants will be enrolled at 16 sites across the United States. The NIH Action for Health in Diabetes study is the only randomized trial of long-term lifestyle intervention in people with type 2 diabetes. It has been coordinated by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist since 2000. 

Tuesday
Jul172018

State Hwy Patrol and Survive the Drive

The State Highway Patrol, in partnership with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, has concluded a multi-agency initiative entitled Survive the Drive.  Launched in January, the six-month campaign focused on reducing collisions along rural roads throughout the state. Officials from local, county and state law enforcement organizations intensified their efforts to alter driver behavior using a two-prong approach; education and enforcement.  Agency participation was statewide. The campaign was the result of recommendations made in a report by the National Governors Association and is part of a nationwide vision in the reduction of traffic fatalities.  

 

Monday
Jul162018

Deadly Vehicle Accidents in Wilkes Since Thursday

Two people died in car accidents over the past few days in Wilkes.  On Saturday, 87-year-old Worth Theodore Smithey died when his pickup was hit by a tractor trailer and over-turned near the Igloo on Hwy 16 in Millers Creek.  According to the Highway Patrol, Smithey turned left into the center lane and then tried to make a right turn resulting in his pickup being hit by the big rig.  Smithey was pinned in the vehicle and died from his injuries.  On Thursday, July 12, a trooper with the State Highway Patrol was involved in a collision with a pedestrian on NC 18 in Wilkes County.  As a result of the collision, the pedestrian succumbed to their injuries at the scene. The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation in conjunction with the internal SHP investigation which is standard procedure. The trooper is identified as J. L. Millsaps, an 11-month veteran, assigned to Troop F, District 2,  Wilkes  County.  Trooper Millsaps has been placed on administrative duty pending the ongoing SBI investigation.

 

Monday
Jul162018

Catching Perfume Thieves in Wilkes

Wilkesboro Police and the Wilkes Sheriff's Office set up a sting of sorts to catch some perfume thieves in Wilkes.  Wilkesboro Police were called to Belk regarding an ongoing theft.  Store management had noticed missing inventory of bottled perfume for the past few years.  Video surveillance was set up and a custodian was caught on video placing the perfume in garbage bags and leaving the store.  Police caught the employee leaving the store with stolen property.  The man admitted to selling the perfume to another man.  A meeting was set for Millers Creek where Police and Sheriff's Deputies were there to catch the buyer of the stolen property.  Charges are pending against both men.

Monday
Jul162018

Board of Elections Meeting and Public Hearing

The Wilkes County Board of Elections will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Wilkes County Commissioner’s Meeting Room in the County Office Building at 110 North St, Wilkesboro. The purpose of the hearing is to receive input from the voters of the county concerning the new one stop early voting guidelines adopted by the General Assembly. The new guidelines make changes to hours of operation at additional one stop early sites for November Election. The board will meet to receive input from the public concerning the new guidelines for additional voting sites. If the board has any additional early voting sites for the November Election they are required to be open the entire early voting period (10/17/2018 to 11/2/2018) from 7 am to 7 pm and Saturday Nov. 3rd 8 am to 1 pm. The new changes to the early voting period will be reviewed at the hearing next Thursday and then the board will be open the floor for comments. 

 

Monday
Jul162018

Helping a Local Pregnancy Center

Abortion.... believe it's wrong? Then you can take a stand locally. The Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center has the opportunity to get another building, so they can continue the work of Life and Truth. It's a $600,000 property... but God....has given them the opportunity to get it for $250,000. They need the money this month for the building. So, they need your help. If you're willing to take a stand locally for life then call the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center at 336-838-9272 or send donations to 1224 School Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.

Monday
Jul162018

BROC Head Start Enrollment in Wilkes

The BROC Head Start Program, a preschool child development educational program is accepting applications for children 3 and 4 years of age for the upcoming school year. Children are being recruited for the Cub Creek, Lomax, and North Wilkesboro Head Start Centers, all in Wilkes County. Head Start serves income eligible families. A limited number of over-income families can be served if their children have disabilities or special needs. All Head Start sites are licensed Child Care Centers with 5 Star Ratings. For questions on eligibility and enrollment at any of the Wilkes sites, contact the BROC Head Start Administrative Office at (336) 903-2056.

Monday
Jul162018

New Tick in the State

A new species of tick is in North Carolina. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found the Longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in Polk County.  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said, “The good news is that the Longhorned ticks respond to insecticides used to control other common species of ticks on pets and livestock.”  The Longhorned tick is an exotic, East Asian tick and was not typically found in the United States. It is a serious pest of livestock, and its presence in N.C. signals livestock producers and residents for greater awareness, surveillance, and tick control management. It is an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on animals causing great stress, reduced growth and production, and blood loss.  It is a known/suspected carrier of several viral, bacterial and protozoan agents of livestock and human diseases. The best way to control diseases spread by ticks is early removal. Prevention remains the best method to deter tick-borne illnesses. 

Monday
Jul162018

We Have a New Poison Plant in NC

Yes, we have giant hogweed in NC but there are only a few known infestations and the NCDA&CS is working to eradicate those. Giant hogweed is a very impressive plant reaching heights of over 6 feet with leaves over 3 feet long and a huge flower head — up to 20 inches in diameter. Please note, the sap of this plant contains chemicals that can cause SEVERE skin rashes. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services states that the plant can cause skin reactions resulting in large, painful blisters with eruptions, within 24 to 48 hours of exposure. The sap from the plant can also result in blindness if exposed to the eyes. Giant hogweed has been found around Blowing Rock in Watauga County.  If you think you have spotted giant hogweed in North Carolina, please contact your local NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Representatives or your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office.

Friday
Jul132018

Wilkes ID Theft

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called this week concerning ID Theft of a McGrady woman.  The victim advised that she was doing a credit check when she discovered something wrong with her credit report.  Upon further investigation, it was determined someone had used her name and personal information to purchase a vehicle without her knowledge.  According to the Federal Trade Commission, each of the nationwide credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — is required to provide you with a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months, if you ask for it. To order, visit annualcreditreport.com, or call 1-877-322-8228. You may order reports from each of the three credit reporting companies at the same time, or you can stagger your requests throughout the year.