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Monday
Jan212019

Tow Truck Driver Killed in Elkin

A State Road man was tragically killed Saturday night in Elkin. 59-year-old Benny Sprinkle was a tow truck driver for Moody's Garage. Sprinkle was loading a vehicle on a roll back Saturday evening on the Hwy 268 Bypass near Westend Elkin when he was hit by another vehicle. Elkin Police interviewed witnesses and plan to take the case to the DA's Office. The name of the hit and run driver was not given in the report.

Monday
Jan212019

Home Break-in and Thousands of Dollars in Property Stolen

Stolen property totals nearly $18000.  A homeowner off Hwy 421 in Wilkesboro returned home last week to a break-in.  Someone had entered his house and taken cash, a Nightforce scope, and a computer.  The cash was hidden inside a picture frame.  An inventory of stolen property from the house is still underway.  No suspects were listed.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Monday
Jan212019

BROC and Poverty Services in Wilkes

The Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission or BROC was at the County Commissioners' meeting last week to get approval for the Community Services Block Grant Emergency Assistance Project, Family Self-Sufficiency Project, and the budget.  The Emergency Assistance Program helps those in need with fuel and electricity services. The Family Self-Sufficiency Project helps with education and employment supports.  BROC gave some statistics for the tri-county area of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany.  The percentage of the total population below poverty level in Wilkes is 19 percent, Ashe 16 percent, and Alleghany 21 percent.  In all three counties, the age group with the largest number below the poverty level is 18 to 64.  Commissioners approved the projects and the BROC budget.

Monday
Jan212019

Damages in Roaring River

Over $200 in damages were done to an old business in Roaring River.  The property owner called the Sheriff's Office last week with the report.  It appears someone forcibly entered the basement area of the old Willie's Tavern on Grand Ridge Drive.  There were damages to the door and other property inside.  Nothing was reported stolen, and again, damages were estimated at $200.

Monday
Jan212019

WCC Chris Austin Scholarship Winners

Wilkes Community College congratulates the 2018-2019 Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship recipients.  Makenna Shumate, a graduate of North Wilkes High School, is dually enrolled at Lenoir-Rhyne University and Wilkes Community College.  Hannah Canter, a graduate of North Wilkes High School, is currently enrolled in the Associate in Arts transfer program. Cheyenne Winters, a graduate of North Wilkes High School, is a freshman at WCC and is enrolled in the Medical Assisting program. Benjamin Barker was homeschooled in Wilkes County. He will graduate in the spring with a Business Administration degree. To date, Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship has helped 93 students with a total of $39,100. Funds are raised through the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest.

Monday
Jan212019

Congresswoman Foxx: No Global Funding for Abortion

Last week, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R – N.C.) introduced H.R. 661, the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Act of 2019.  The bill would codify President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assis­­­tance (PLGHA) by requiring foreign NGOs to agree, as a condition of receiving global health assistance, that they will not perform or actively promote abortion. Rep. Foxx stated, “The U.S. is the largest provider of global health funding in the world, and ...  Supporting the termination of human life in the names of ‘global health’ and ‘economic development’ must end for good, and this bill would do just that.”

Monday
Jan212019

FSA Offices Open Temporarily 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The USDA recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday today, Monday, January 21.  For questions, you may call the Wilkes FSA Office at (336) 838-3622.

Friday
Jan182019

Increasing Safety in Wilkes Schools

The Wilkes County Board of Education has been awarded a School Safety Equipment Grant of $38,800.  The Wilkes Board of Education chose to use the funds to purchase the Sheriff’s Office VIPER radios and gun safes for the School Resource Officers throughout the County.  The Board of Education asked for and received approval from County Commissioners this week for the purchase.  This funding project will continue to increase school safety by creating better communication with school resource officers and provide higher safety measures at the schools in Wilkes.

Friday
Jan182019

Dozens Trained in North Wilkesboro at Samaritan's Purse

A group of two dozen doctors and nurses received training last week at Samaritan’s Purse  on Hwy 268 East in North Wilkesboro as they are headed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC to work as an Ebola response team. Newly trained medical personnel will leave by the end of the month to serve for about a month at Samaritan’s Purse’s new Ebola treatment center in the DRC. The team will relieve another Samaritan’s Purse team currently in the Congo.  Last week’s training was the third session for the Christian relief ministry’s Ebola response teams. Different groups took the same training at Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone in October and locally in North Wilkesboro in August.

Friday
Jan182019

Stolen Car

The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is looking for a stolen car.  The vehicle owner called to report that the Honda Accord with a sun-roof and valued at $1000 was stolen while parked at a business.  The car was in the parking lot of Uncle Kenny’s off Yellow Banks Road at the time of the theft.  No suspects were listed with that report.