A grab and go at a local store resulted in the thief getting over $5500 dollars in property. Wilkesboro Police were called to Walmart. According to store staff, a white male came into the store, broke into a jewelry display, and grabbed over 4900 dollars in various pieces of jewelry. Then the man grabbed Pokeman cards and collectibles valued over 500 dollars. Some stuffed animals were also taken from the store. The theft occurred in the early morning hours around 2am. He was seen by a store associate, but he was captured on in store surveillance. The thief is described as a young white male wearing an orange camo hat, brown Carhartt Jacket, green pants, and brown boots. The thief was driving a white Pontiac Grand Prix. If you have any information on the identity of this thief, you are asked to call Wilkesboro Police.
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Over 3000 dollars in property was taken in a Ronda home break-in. The theft was reported this week. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the break-in. Some type of pry tool was used to gain entrance inside the house which caused 300 dollars in damages to the door. An xBox gaming system and games, a safe, a Fender guitar, an air compressor, 2 framing guns, a chainsaw, nailgun, and backpack sprayer. No suspects were listed with that report.
It's unclear how many if any will be affected in Wilkes. North Carolina-based Lowe's Home Improvement has said that about 2,400 full-time workers will be laid off. A statement from the store said the majority of the cuts are at the store level, with other cuts occurring at distribution centers, customer support centers and vice presidents at the company's corporate office in Mooresville. The company said they will be providing severance and other resources to displaced employees.
The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, January 17, at the John A. Walker Community Center. Prior to the business session, four college alumni shared stories of how Wilkes Community College contributed to their career success. Also, Trustee Terry Bumgarner reported that Dr. Cox and Chris Robinson made a presentation to the Ashe County Board of Commissioners on January 3 regarding the Ashe Campus expansion project. After the presentation and a question/answer session, the Ashe County Commissioners voted 5-0 to reaffirm their commitment of up to $6 million in support of this project. Wilkes Community College has committed to providing $3 million in N.C. Connect Bond funds and another $1 million from the WCC Foundation.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating damages at a local post office. The Traphill Post Office reported on Tuesday that the loading dock at the post office had been damaged. It appears the loading dock was hit by a vehicle breaking the support post. Damages are listed at 2000 dollars. There is no word on suspects.
State health officials are emphasizing the importance of testing homes for radon during the month of January – National Radon Action Month. The N.C. Radon Program is distributing free test kits while supplies last. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is released from the ground into outdoor air, but can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and other buildings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 22,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. To request a free radon test kit, visit the N.C. Radon website at www.ncradon.org.
The Wilkes Health Dept presented some statewide changes to County Commissioners this week regarding Rabies Post-Exposure Management of dogs and cats. While the new practice has been discussed by the State Legislature, it has not yet become law but is believed that it will be. In the mean time, several counties in the state including Wilkes have implemented or will be implementing the changes. One change--for rabies exposure of a vaccinated dog or cat--the past policy was a booster within 5 days. Now there needs to be immediate veterinary care with rabies booster within 96 hours and observation by owner for 45 days. There are other changes for dealing with unvaccinated exposure and overdue vaccination with exposure. For a detail listing of changes, contact the Wilkes Health Dept or Wilkes Animal Control.
It's "Thank A Mentor Day." Communities in Schools of Wilkes works with youth in our area and has several Mentoring programs. Volunteer Coordinator Tiger Posey says being a mentor is very important to a child. AIR And Communities in Schools Mentor Elliot Herman says there is a need for more people to work with youth in Wilkes and being a mentor is fun. AIR If you would like more information on becoming a mentor to a Wilkes County child, call Communities in Schools. And 3WC says, thank you to all you are making a difference in the life of a child!
Wilkes County Commissioners held a public hearing on Roadside Trash and what can be done prior to their meeting Tuesday night. After public comment, the Commissioners decided during their meeting to have committee consult with the Solid Waste Board and with the county attorney to determine some possible fines related to littering from both commercial haulers and from individuals. The committee is to have some possible solutions to present at the next county commissioners' meeting.
He said they were breaking in with AR-15's. Wilkes 911 received a call this week from an 18-year-old Roaring River resident. The teen told the 911 Dispatcher that there was a home break-in in progress and that the suspects had AR-15's. Upon arrival by Wilkes Sheriff's Deputies, it was determined that there was no break-in and no armed suspects. The teen was taken into custody and charged with misuse of the 911 System.