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Friday
Mar152013

Damaged Car Seen Coming Down the Road

When an off-duty Police Officer saw a car traveling down the road with a blown tire and damage to the side of the vehicle, he called for back-up from Wilkesboro Police.  The officer saw the car traveling on Woodfield Way with the front passenger side tire blown out and severe damage to the passenger side.  When the car stopped in the Food Lion parking lot, Police went to question the two young men inside the vehicle.  Both admitted to drinking.  A small amount of drugs was found in the car, and the driver blew a .15 on the alcosensor test which is nearly twice the legal limit.  One young man was charged with DWI and Hit & Run.  The other young man was charged with an ABC violation as he is under age and simple drug possession.  They were released to the custody of a parent.

Friday
Mar152013

West High Students Explores American Diplomacy

Elizabeth Brown, a sophomore at West Wilkes High School recently attended a six-day, National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security (NYLF/NS): Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense. The program introduced students to the challenging careers in national security, intelligence, the diplomatic corps and more. The forum was held February 19-24, 2013.  Ms. Brown comments on her experience, “Other than the simulation, meeting so many new and amazing people was the absolute best part. I became such good friends with so many people up there. I made friends from all over the U. S. that I am still keeping in touch with and I will forever keep in touch with them. The National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security was the best experience I have ever had. I only wish I could do it all over again.”

Friday
Mar152013

Not the Son; Only a Thief

He said he was the son of the tenant.  In an unusual report filed with the Wilkes Sheriff's Office, a man was caught in the act of stealing but was able to lie his way out of trouble temporarily.  A landlord of a Boomer rental property caught a suspect in the home of the victim.  The suspect gave the landlord his name and said he was the son of the tenant.  In fact, the man is not the victim's son and he stole some money while inside the house.  Again, Sheriff's Officials do have the name of the suspect and charges are pending.  Nothing other than the money was reported stolen from the house.

Friday
Mar152013

Stuffed For 45-Minutes

Store personnel watched her for 45-minutes in the act of stealing.  Wilkesboro Police were called to Walmart this week regarding another shoplifter.  This time store employees told Police that they observed Nancy Verdic of Statesville for over 45 minutes in the store as she stuffed multiple items into her purse.  Stolen merchandise included packs of lighters, hygiene products, playing cards, dice, and keyrings.  Verdic had given store management an ID card instead of a driver's license.  Police asked her how she got from Statesville to Wilkesboro.  She admitted that she drove and that she did not have a license.  Verdic was arrested and charged with misdemeanor larceny and driving with license revoked.  Her bond was set at 1500 dollars.

Friday
Mar152013

Wilkes Farmers Can Get Assistance With NAP

Wilkes Farmers, do you know about NAP?  The Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to Wilkes County producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to a natural disaster.  The application and service fee must be filed by the sales closing date.  Since sales closing dates vary by crop, contact the Wilkes County FSA office for the applicable date for your crops. Limited resource producers in Wilkes County may request a waiver of the service fee.  For more information, contact the Wilkes County FSA office at 336-838-3622 ext 2 or at 207 W Main St, Room 108, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.  

Friday
Mar152013

Be Careful: Upcoming Fire Season in NC

The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents throughout the state to think about safety and exercise caution during the upcoming fire season, which typically lasts statewide mid-March through mid-May.  The spring fire season coincides with when many people are getting back into their yards and doing spring cleanup that often includes burning leaves and yard debris.  The N.C. Forest Service encourages anyone considering debris burning to contact the local county forest ranger. There are many factors to consider before burning debris. The forest ranger can offer technical advice and explain what the best options are to help maximize the safety to people, property and the forest.  “Protect our natural resources by acting safely; don't burn on dry, windy days, and maintain a careful watch over a fire until it is extinguished,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. For people who choose to burn debris, the N.C. Forest Service urges them to adhere to the following tips to protect property and prevent wildfires:  Make sure you have an approved burning permit, Check with your county fire marshal’s office for local laws on burning debris, Check the weather. Don’t burn if conditions are dry or windy, Consider alternatives to burning, Only burn natural vegetation from your property. Burning household trash or any other man-made materials is illegal, Keep fire tools ready, Never use flammable liquids such as kerosene, gasoline or diesel fuel to speed debris burning, and Stay with your fire until it is completely out. In North Carolina, human carelessness leads to more wildfires than any other cause. In fact, debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires in the state.

Friday
Mar152013

Sen Hagan Joins With Republican Senator to Help Military

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan has joined Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to introduce an amendment reinstating the Tuition Assistance program for servicemembers. In the wake of sequestration, the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps have decided to suspend Tuition Assistance benefits, which are designated for active duty servicemembers. Earlier this week, Hagan sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing her deep concern about the decision.  In FY2012, approximately 300,000 servicemembers participated in the Tuition Assistance program. In the same time period, more than 50,000 degrees, diplomas or certificates were earned by active duty servicemembers enrolled in the program. The decision exempts those already receiving aid, but prevents servicemembers from submitting new requests for the assistance.  In the letter Hagan wrote:   “While I recognize that sequestration is forcing the Department of Defense to make difficult budgetary decisions, I believe that denying educational opportunities to our servicemembers is the wrong way to find savings, and I fear this decision will inhibit the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps from developing the highly skilled forces they need to succeed in this current environment."  You can read the complete letter at Senator Hagan's website:  www.hagan.senate.gov

Thursday
Mar142013

More Stolen Copper in Wilkes

The increasing price of copper has led many around Wilkes to steal copper to sell for cash.  The latest incident occurred at a house in Ronda.  The property owner called the Wilkes Sheriff's Office to report the theft.  Someone removed a central air pump from the outside of the victim's rental house.  Copper tubing was removed from the outside of the pump connecting to the unit inside the house.  The thief also attempted to cut a copper ground wire at the electric meter but did not succeed.  There is no word on suspects.

Thursday
Mar142013

Wilkes Students and Code Read

The United Teens in Action Youth (UTA), in conjunction with Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, held an official ribbon cutting at North Wilkesboro Elementary School to kick-off Code Read. Code Read was designed to increase reading fluency and comprehension while promoting exercise to reduce obesity. Code Read addresses two major issues in Wilkes County; literacy and obesity. The United Teens in Action Youth (UTA) Leadership Group of the Wilkes County Schools (WCS) in conjunction with NC Rural Center’s New Generation Leaders Grant held its community project on March 8, 2013 at North Wilkesboro Elementary School. The New Generation Leaders Grant is designed to help emerging young leaders become more active in civic and economic affairs, in part through engagement in community improvement projects. UTA, high school students from four of the five Wilkes County high schools, working as part of an action team, designed and implemented Code Read. Additionally, C.C. Wright Elementary and Mt. Pleasant Elementary Schools received the Code Read funding. One thousand forty-five students will benefit from the community project. Students from all three elementary schools participated in a pre-Code Read survey. The survey measured reading habits. A future survey will be conducted at all three schools to measure the effectiveness of the project. Equipment purchased with the grant included 78 magnetic resistance recumbent exercise bikes and mats. Books at varying reading levels to meet individual needs of the students Pre-K thru 5 are available. A year end celebration will be held on April 4, 2013, at 2:00 pm at the Stone Center for Performing Arts. Representatives from the three elementary schools and UTA will discuss different aspects of the project. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.

Thursday
Mar142013

Wilkesboro Buildings and Break-Ins

Wilkesboro Police are investigating break-ins and one theft at two buildings in Wilkesboro.  This week Police were called to a storage building on River Street.  The victim stated that she arrived at the A1 Self Storage Unit and found the lock missing from the door.  Several things were stolen from inside the unit including an RCA TV, sheets, towels, blankets, antique porcelain dolls, jewelry, and other property.  There is a suspect in this theft and charges are pending.  Then Police were also called by the Dept of Transportation.  A building they own on Cothren Street was damaged.  Someone had pulled open the doors to the building and damaged the lock; however no property was missing from inside the building.  There is word on suspects in this break-in; Wilkesboro Police are still investigating.