The Wilkes Sheriff's Department is looking for a suspect captured on security video. Deputies responded to a breaking and entering on Cabin Creek Road. Two items were stolen: A charger for an electric golf cart and a trail camera from the driveway. However, the homeowner did get footage of a suspect on security video. Stolen property was valued at nearly 1000 dollars; the investigation is still underway.
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Several items have been reported stolen from a Christian camp in Hays. The Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft. According to the report, 13 Red and Blue Zebco 202 fishing rods, a Craftsman weedeater, and a metal gas can were all taken from a building at the Walk By Faith Christian Camp in Mountain View. Stolen property was valued over 400 dollars. No suspects were listed with the report.
Most of the time in home break-ins, thieves will grab smaller items such as TV's, laptops, gaming systems, guns, jewelry, and cash. However, there are exceptions to every rule. In Millers Creek, a property owner reported the theft of some appliances. When the victim returned to the property, he saw that someone had entered the residence and had stolen his front load Whirlpool Dryer and Washer Set. Stolen property was listed at 1500 dollars. Damages were estimated at 200 dollars.
Wilkes Community College’s Division of College Readiness awarded diplomas at its 38th annual graduation ceremony on Sunday, August 21, at 4 p.m., at the John A. Walker Community Center. Of the 63 graduates, 49 earned a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, eight received an Adult High School (AHS) diploma and six received the Project College Program’s Skills, Tasks and Results Training (START) certificate. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.
An escaped inmate was captured near Greene Correctional Center --Greene County sheriff's deputies captured escaped inmate Waylon Flynn at about 8:30 Monday morning in the woods just a few miles from Greene Correctional Center. Flynn, 37, had been on the run since Saturday night when he went over a fence to escape the minimum-security prison. Flynn was serving a sentence for obtaining property by false pretenses and was scheduled for release in December. He is not known to have committed any new crimes while he was escaped.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on the severe flooding in Louisiana: “Ann and I are continuing to pray for the people of Louisiana as they face their second week of catastrophic flooding. We have reached out to offer support and stand ready to assist.” North Carolina has offered assistance to other states in similar situations. Over the past 18 months, North Carolina has helped Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia by providing resources and staff expertise during emergencies including a mobile disaster hospital, imagery and geographic information system analysis, as well as emergency workers and bottled water.
Governor Pat McCrory addressed members of the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) Saturday at their 2016 Leaders Workshop. The governor thanked Guard members for their service and innovative leadership, the theme of this year's workshop. Governor McCrory also recognized a NCNG tank crew which won the 2016 Sullivan Cup at Fort Benning, Georgia in May and was deemed the best tank crew in North America. The winning four-member crew, based in Southern Pines, competed for six days against 15 teams from other military branches. This was only the second time the NCNG competed in the Sullivan Cup and unlike most other teams, North Carolina's National Guard crew was comprised of part-time soldiers. To build on this progress, the Connect NC bond has $70 million for three National Guard Readiness Centers including one in Wilkes.
The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent. North Carolina’s July 2016 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 13,000 over the month but there is still an increase of 114,000 over the year. Since July 2015, Total Nonfarm jobs gained 94,100 with the Total Private sector growing by 79,200 and Government increasing by 14,900. The largest over-the-year increase among major industries was Professional & Business Services at 28,600. The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, 2016 when the county unemployment rates for July 2016 will be released.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating another case of financial card fraud. The Wilkesboro victim was checking her bank account and discovered that someone had stolen 500 from her bank account using her bank card at a teller machine. Usually in these thefts from ATM's, video is obtained from the bank to determine a suspect. That investigation is continuing.
At the recent WCC Board meeting, Dr. Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College, announced that the college’s accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges. The college’s next reaffirmation process will take place in 2026. Full Time Enrollment (FTE) for curriculum programs in the spring of 2016 is down about 59, or 5.4%, when compared to spring of 2015. WCC’s Basic Skills program is hailed by individuals from the system office who conducted an audit of this area last year as a program that truly could be a national model. Despite this endorsement, enrollment in Basic Skills is down in FTE (22.47%) in spring 2016 compared to spring 2015. Dr. Cox said, “When we take everything together, our overall enrollment at WCC continues to be relatively flat over the last few years." Dr. Cox also indicated that the growth in Career & College Promise enrollment continues to be a saving grace for WCC. Continued growth in enrollment of high school students in CCP courses should lead to more of those students completing two-year degrees with Wilkes Community.