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Sen Hagan Votes Against Senate Budget

After the US Senate passed a budget over the weekend for the first time in four years, Sen Hagan from NC released a statement that she was pleased that the Senate approved her deficit-neutral amendments, on a bipartisan basis, to make room in the budget to support military families and to strengthen trade enforcement. The Senator also said, “However, as a Senator from the most military-friendly state in the nation, I am concerned that the $240 billion in cuts to defense spending called for in this budget resolution are too deep. Our military is already grappling with the deep cuts forced by sequestration this year, and in order to prevent damage to our national security and military communities I strongly believe that any further cuts should only be made in cooperation with our military leadership. I am concerned that the cuts in this budget could further hamper our military’s ability to maintain readiness, while also harming the military communities across North Carolina."  Senator Hagan ended by stressing that our country needs a long-term deficit reduction plan that is balanced and bipartisan.   Hagan said she would keep working with other Senators to get our fiscal house in order.


For Sale and Not For Steal

The vehicle was parked near the side of the road because it was for sale and not for steal.  A property owner in Ronda called the Wilkes Sheriff's Department last week regarding a vehicle theft.  The victim reported that he had a silver '89 Toyota 4 Runner for sale.  The SUV was parked at the side of the road.  During the overnight hours, it is believed someone hooked up to the vehicle and drove off.  The stolen 4 Runner is valued at 2500 dollars.  No suspects were listed with the report.


Burglars Get Over $2000 in Tobacco

Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Clingman Pit Stop & Subway.  When Deputies and management arrived at the store in Clingman, they found that someone had broken a window out to get inside the store.  Various tobacco products totaling over 2100 dollars were stolen.  Damages were estimated at 750 dollars. The thief or thieves had already fled the scene by the time law enforcement arrived.  Sheriff's Investigators will be viewing surveillance video to try and determine a suspect in the burglary.


Lawn Tractor Outside Tractor Company

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office continues to investigate an attempted break-in and theft at Blue Ridge Tractor on Hwy 268.  A delivery truck driver arrived to find a lawn mower outside the fenced in area of the business.  He immediately called 911.  Sheriff's Deputies and store management arrived to access the scene.  The fence and gate was locked at the close of business the day prior and no equipment or mowers were left outside.  Upon further inspection, they determined that a portion of the fence had been cut at the back of the store.  The gate lock was also gone.  However, management could not find any equipment missing from the business.  The Sheriff's Office is still investigating.


Stolen and Used Bank Card

Wilkesboro Police are investigating the theft and fraudulent use of a bank card.  A Traphill resident contacted Police recently to report the theft.  The victim stated that they had opened an account last year with a local bank and was issued two bank cards.  One of the cards was missing and was believed to be stolen.  The victim checked her account online and noticed some transactions on their bank account that they did not authorize.  Police obtained the dates and locations of those unauthorized transactions.  They interviewed store employees and tried to obtain surveillance video.  The amount of money stolen from the bank account was not given with the report.  Police do have a confirmed suspect now and charges are pending further investigation.


Cut Tire...Again

A tire was cut at home and another tire cut in town.  A Sparta Road resident called the Wilkesboro Police last week concerning some damage to property for the second time.  The victim stated that he had parked his truck at the parking lot of Walmart and went inside to shop.  When he returned to his truck, he found that someone had cut the left rear tire of his vehicle.  The victim reported that this was the second time this had happened within a matter of days.  The victim told Police that while his truck was parked at his residence just days earlier, someone had cut a front tire.  Damages were listed at 190.00 dollars.  There is no word on suspects at this time.  The victim said he had no idea who might be doing this or why.  The investigation is continuing.


Wilkes Schools Benefited by Former Wilkes Students

Last week, Wilkes Schools received a donation.  Dr. Joe Bullis, Arts Director in Wilkes, met with Larry Watson, former Wilkes resident to accept a generous donation of an art print for each school.  Larry and Billie Watson recently donated 144 poster grip frames to the Wilkes County School System. The 11 x 17 inch aluminum frames are designed to be used repeatedly. The value of the donation was more than $3,000.00.  Mr. and Mrs. Watson also donated a limited edition print of the Marine Corps War Memorial (commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial) to each Wilkes County school and the central office. The print depicts the raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi during World War II.  The print was commissioned by Mr. Watson and has been used to raise funds for the Young Marines organization. Mr. and Mrs. Watson are both former Wilkes students and currently reside in Fairfax County, Virginia. They maintain close local ties and also have a residence in Wilkes.


NC Cantaloupe Pilot Program

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is partnering with N.C. State University Cooperative Extension to offer the N.C. cantaloupe pilot program.  The two-pronged education and outreach program will consist of a seminar in the classroom and voluntary assessment on the farm. The goal is to help cantaloupe producers develop strategies for reducing the risk of food contamination and for handling such incidents if they occur.  The April seminars are free and include lunch and refreshments, sponsored by N.C. Farm Bureau and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, respectively. Registration is required by April 3. Register online at  The on-farm outreach portion is voluntary and will provide an assessment of the farming operation to help identify potential concerns with regard to future federal food safety rules and regulations. “The N.C. cantaloupe pilot program’s voluntary assessment serves as a means to help reduce potential contamination,” NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler said.  For more information, contact Kristen Baughman at 919-733-7366 


Sen Hagan Joins With Republican Senator for Military

U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Jim Inhofe, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent the termination of the Tuition Assistance program for servicemembers. The bill would limit the program’s funds from being reduced beyond the overall percentage by which the Services’ Operations and Maintenance accounts are cut because of sequestration.  “Denying educational benefits to our men and women in uniform is not the way to get our fiscal house in order,” said Hagan. The legislation was first introduced by Hagan and Inhofe as an amendment to the Senate’s year-long funding resolution. However, the Senate could not reach agreement on additional amendments to consider and voted Monday to end debate on the resolution.  In early March, the Marines, Army and Air Force abruptly suspended Tuition Assistance for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. Those currently enrolled were eligible to complete coursework, but no new students were permitted to enroll. Last year, military members took 870,000 courses and earned more than 50,000 degrees diplomas, and certificates.


Medicine Drop Today

Wilkes County parents, you can safely get rid of old and used medicines today and help keep your children safe.  This is National Poison Prevention Week, and this week, Safe Kids Worldwide released a new report that found kids are getting into medicine at an alarming rate. Every minute of every day, a poison control center receives a call about a potential medicine poisoning for a child age five and under. And 67,000 times each year, or every eight minutes, a young child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. This is a 30 percent increase over the past ten years. The increase in exposure reflects the increase in medicines in the home. Safe Kids of Wilkes advises you to put medicine and vitamins up and out of sight. In 67 percent of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the medicine was left within reach of the child, such as in a purse, on a counter, or under a sofa cushion. Also, look around your home for products that can be harmful, like rubbing alcohol, eye drops or gummy vitamins, and store them out of the reach of children.  Friday Safe Kids of Wilkes and the Wilkes Sheriff's Department is sponsoring Operation Medicine Drop from 1-6pm at Walmart.  You can drop off any old and unused medication this afternoon at Walmart in Wilkesboro from 1-6.