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Tuesday
Sep182018

Samaritan's Purse Serving in Eastern NC

On Saturday, Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries out of North Wilkesboro sent two disaster relief teams to eastern North Carolina to assist those who were hardest hit by Hurricane Florence. Samaritan's Purse has sent the two teams to the towns of New Bern and Wilmington. Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteer teams began work yesterday by aiding homeowners with cleanup including “tarping roofs, chainsaw work, and mud-outs.” According to Samaritan's Purse, "Our task is to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus for those in need in the hardest hit areas.”

 

Tuesday
Sep182018

Some Flooding in Wilkes

Flooding over the weekend and early Monday was limited to low-lying areas of the county.  Duke Energy reported about 1100 Wilkes residents without power periodically over the weekend.  Blue Ridge Energy line technicians have restored the majority of the over 8,000 members impacted by weekend outages related to the remnants of Florence, and those outages were in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties.

Tuesday
Sep182018

County Commissioners' Meeting Tonight

The Wilkes County Commissioners will hold their second regular meeting of the month tonight at 7pm.  On the Agenda tonight, the 6-mile fire insurance designations for 4 more local fire departments; update on the Mulberry School Sewer Extension Project; approval of the Sheriff's JAG Grant; and amendments to airport leases.  Should anyone sign up to speak, there is a time for public concerns at 6:45 and public hearings following on the BROC block grant, road name request, and JAG grant.  The meeting will begin at 7pm in the County Office Building.

Tuesday
Sep182018

Limited Flexibility for EBT in NC

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced new flexibilities for people in the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program to those affected by Hurricane Florence. Beginning this week, North Carolinians in the FNS program can purchase hot food, including food prepared for immediate consumption, from authorized Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) retailers using their EBT card. All authorized EBT vendors in the state have been notified about this change, which is effective until Oct. 31. This will ensure families who are not able to prepare food at home due to displacement or power outages still have access to warm meals. Customers should inquire first with the store to see if they can process hot food purchases. This is for authorized retailers, not restaurants.

Tuesday
Sep182018

American Red Cross NC Shelter Update

According to the American Red Cross of the Carolinas, Overnight Saturday, more than  20,000 people sought refuge in more than 200 Red Cross and community shelters across the impacted region. This includes at least 17,000 people in 139 shelters in North Carolina, and 3,000 people in 59 shelters in South Carolina. About 2,330 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country are mobilizing with 130 emergency response vehicles with equipment and supplies, including ready-to-eat meals and enough cots for more than100,000 people.  The Red Cross is also working with the Southern Baptists to deploy multiple field kitchens that can together produce 170,000 meals per day.

Monday
Sep172018

Stolen Collectible Gun

A gun worth thousands of dollars has been stolen from a McGrady location.  The property owner reported that someone broke-in and took a Winchester Collectors 3030 Leaver Action with gold inlay and walnut stock.  The gun is still in the box with the paperwork and is valued at $6000.  No other property was reported stolen.  No suspects were listed with the report.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Monday
Sep172018

Stolen Trailer of Pumpkins

In Moravian Falls, it was a theft of produce.  The property owner call the Wilkes Sheriff's Office on Thursday to report the theft of a trailer load of pumpkins.  The trailer of pumpkins valued at $6000 was parked at a location on Brushy Mtn Road.  The theft was reported late Thursday night.  There is no word on the identity of the produce thief.  The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate.

Monday
Sep172018

Wilkesboro Taking Legal Action on Businessman's Delinquent Taxes

The Wilkesboro Town Council last week approved taking legal action against JC Faw and his businesses to collect about $225,000 in back taxes.  The town clerk and tax collector, told the Wilkesboro Town Council that Faw and others receiving tax bills at Faw's Wilkesboro address, owe about $225,000.  Town Officials had tried to collect taxes without legal action but to no avail.  Faw is also the owner of the Taco Bell property where the sinkhole is.  The Town Attorney was asked to begin legal action to collect the delinquent taxes.

Monday
Sep172018

Wilkesboro Increase in Sewer Rates

As part of the budget process for this year's budget, the Wilkesboro Town Council approved an 5% increase in sewer rates effective October 1, 2018. To view the rates, see page 7 on the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Schedule of Fees.  According to the Town's website, the Town of Wilkesboro's rates can be compared to other local municipalities in the state at the UNC School of Government's NC Water and Wastewater Rates Dashboard

Monday
Sep172018

Shelters for NC Evacuees

Hurricane Florence forced several people to evacuate the North Carolina Coast and eastern sections of the state.  Many shelters were open to these evacuees.  The local chapter of the American Red Cross reported that hundreds of people stayed overnight and/or throughout the weekend in one of the 12 shelters including the LJVM Coliseum opened for evacuees.  These shelters were and are supported by the Greater Carolinas Region in Western N.C.