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Monday
May212018

Tillis Working to Free NC Pastor Held in Turkey

Last week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) once again spoke on the Senate floor to call for the Turkish government to release Pastor Andrew Brunson, of North Carolina who has been wrongfully imprisoned since October 7, 2016. Last month, Pastor Brunson was indicted on bogus charges related to terrorism and espionage, and faces up to 35 years in prison. Senator Tillis has visited Pastor Brunson in Turkey twice, including attending his trial on April 16th. Tillis recently led a bipartisan letter signed by 66 Senators to the President of Turkey calling for his release and introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey.

Monday
May212018

NC Sen Burr about New CIA Director

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Friday released the following statement regarding the confirmation of Gina Haspel to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency:  “I’m pleased to see Gina Haspel confirmed today to be the Director of CIA,” said Chairman Richard Burr.  “Perhaps the most qualified individual ever nominated for this role, Ms. Haspel has earned the respect of her peers, predecessors, and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle."  Sen Burr also said that he looked forward working with Ms. Haspel in the years to come to keep our country safe.

Friday
May182018

Fatal Car Wreck This Week in Wilkes

According to the NC Hwy Patrol, a Wilkes County man was killed and two children injured in a wreck just before 10pm Wednesday night.  Timothy Dean Ellis of North Wilkesboro was driving a Ford Focus and traveling westbound on Suncrest Orchard Road when his car went off the road in a curve, went down an embankment, and hit a tree.  Ellis died at the scene.  Two small children in the car were taken to Brenner's Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The wreck is still under investigation.

Friday
May182018

More Wilkes Proposed Budget Info

County Manager John Yates has presented the Commissioners with a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.  The total County Dept of Social Services budget is $14,199, 053 which is only 44 percent of the total DSS budget.  The Sheriff's Department appropriation is $5.1 million with the Jail at $3.6 million, the Emergency Communications is $1.3 million, and the EMS at $4.9 million.  Also in the proposed budget, $225,000 has been appropriated for the Wilkes Economic Development Corporation to enable them to continue work on job growth and business retention in Wilkes.  The Airport operating budget is recommended at $1.9 million and the Landfill operating budget at $2.7 million.  County Commissioners set a Public Hearing on the proposed budget  at 6pm on June 19.

Friday
May182018

Some County Fire Dept Requesting Increases

The Wilkes County Commissioners have had a couple of work sessions concerning the upcoming budget.  County Manager John Yates presented the Commissioners with a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.  At least 3 fire departments have requested increases:  Mulberry Fairplains requested a 3.5 cents increase, Pleasant Hill a 2 cent increase, and Ronda a 3 cent increase.  County Commissioners set a Public Hearing on the proposed budget  at 6pm on June 19 which will be followed by a Public Hearing on the fire departments that are requesting increases.

Friday
May182018

Multiple Thefts

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating some thefts in the area.  A Ronda resident reported that a gun was stolen from a building on his property.  The 300 Magnum Bolt-Action Winchester Rifle valued at $800 was stolen.  A North Wilkesboro victim reported that someone entered their home and took an LG flat screen TV valued at $600.  And finally, a Wilkesboro man says his vehicle was entered a property stolen.  A Trex tactical backpack and a Ruger 40-caliber gun were stolen out of his truck.  All three thefts were reported Wednesday.  No suspects were listed. 

Friday
May182018

Stuff Stolen While Victim in Jail

The man said while he was in jail someone stole his stuff.  The North Wilkesboro resident came to the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to file a theft report.  The man explained that while he was incarcerated someone sold his Nissan Altima to a scrap yard.  His xBox and a 55-inch TV were also stolen.  Stolen property was valued at $2100.  That investigation is still underway.

Friday
May182018

Grilling Fire Safety

It's grilling season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages grillers to pay attention to safety during this time when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, grills caused an average 4,500 burns in patients seen at emergency departments in 2012 – 2016. Children under five suffered 35 percent of these burns. As for grilling fire safety tips:  BBQ grills should only be used outdoors; Children and pets should be at least three feet away from the grill area; Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup; and Never leave your grill unattended.

Friday
May182018

NC Sen Tillis and Police Week

It's National Police Week.  On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) honored the 360 officers who were added to the National Peace Officers Memorial, including six from North Carolina. “My deepest condolences go out to the families of the men and women who were added to the National Peace Officers Memorial,” said Senator Tillis. “Law Enforcement officials make tremendous sacrifices each and every day to protect and serve the public. 

Thursday
May172018

County Commissioners Working on County Budget

The Wilkes County Commissioners have had a couple of work sessions concerning the upcoming budget.  County Manager John Yates presented the Commissioners with a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 that is $78,656,971 which is less than 1/2 percent increase from the current year's budget.  The proposed budget includes $15,995,371 for the Wilkes County Schools and $4 million for Wilkes Community College.  The year's recommended appropriation for the Wilkes County Library is just over $590,000--a 2 percent increase in funding, plus, an additional $27,900 for the Traphill Library.  The proposed budget includes 3 new personnel positions:  one with the Wilkes Cooperative Ext and two with Wilkes DSS.  A 2 percent salary increase has been recommended for all full-time employees.