They even took the kitchen sink from a foreclosed house in North Wilkesboro. A Contractor for Bank of America went to a property on Apple Tree Lane to check on a property which had been foreclosed on. The Contractor found that the front door had been forced open damaging the door jam. There was also property stolen including a kitchen sink, water heater, and heat pump. Stolen property was valued over $2500.
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$1400 in property was stolen from a residence in Ronda. A Wilkes Sheriff's Deputy was flagged down by a man who said someone broke into his garage. The property is located on the Elkin Hwy in Ronda. Stolen property included a Miller Welder and metal stand, a Tractor Supply Air Compressor, 4 Harbor Freight paint guns, 4 Toyota wheels, and 4 18-inch aluminum Hyundai wheels. That investigation is still underway.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating some criminal damage to property. The property owner on Statesville Road reported that someone had vandalized a truck. A jack was thrown through the windshield and it is believed that sugar was put in the gas tank. Damages are estimated at 800 dollars. No suspects were given with that report.
Wilkes Board of Elections reminds everyone that Early Voting began last week and ends November 5. Voters may participate at any early voting location within their county of residence. Residents can register and vote at one-stop early voting locations. Early voting accounted for 56 percent of total votes cast during the 2012 general election in North Carolina. Early voting times in Wilkes are Oct 24 - 28 (8:30 to 5); Oct 31 - Nov 2 (8:30 to 5); Nov 3 & 4 (8:30 to 6:30); and Saturday, Nov 5 (8:30 to 1).
Ralph Broyhill of the Wilkes Veterans Office says they are needing the names of Veterans. In preparation for Veterans' Day Observances, the Wilkes Veterans Office is collecting the names of local veterans who will be recognized and honored. If you are a Wilkes Veteran, please, call the Wilkes Veteran's Office at 336-651-7327. The names of local Veterans must be received by October 31.
The state’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from the August revised rate. The national rate also increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.0 percent. North Carolina’s September 2016 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 7,559 over the month. The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, when the county unemployment rates for September 2016 will be released.
North Carolina officials are working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to transition displaced residents from emergency shelters in flooded areas to more stable temporary housing. At the height of the emergency on Oct. 9, there were over 4,000 people housed in 81 shelters. By Friday that number was down to about 900 people in 20 shelters. “Getting families out of shelters and into stable housing is one of my top priorities through our North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund and the Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee we have established,” said Governor Pat McCrory. A state-led housing task force that includes FEMA, local and voluntary agencies and the private sector is working to identify as many options as possible to keep families close to their home communities.
Governor Pat McCrory joined state and local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to begin improvements on a 20-mile portion of the historic Business 40 highway between I-40 east of Kernersville and I-40 west of Winston-Salem. The governor also announced that former Business 40 will now be known as the Salem Parkway. In September, the state announced the award of a contract for the Business 40 Improvement Project. The project will streamline portions of the highway through the downtown section of the city, creating a safer roadway.
We've collected less, but then the tax rate is lower. According to Wilkes Finance Director Jerry Shepherd, so far for the year- Wilkes County has collected $36,000 less than we did last year. At this week's County Commissioners' meeting, Shepherd reminded everyone that the thing to keep in mind is the lowered the tax rate from .69 to .67, so naturally the County will collect less tax this year than last year. The tax collections were about $2.9 million short for the month of September – but in August, the collections were about $2.9 million more than in August of last year. So for all 3 months of the current fiscal year added together, the County has collected only $36,000 less than this same time last year.
If you're voting before General Election Day of November 8, then now is the time. The polls are open in North Carolina. Yesterday marked the first of 17 days of one-stop absentee voting. The early voting period also offers “same-day registration,” allowing any individuals eligible to vote who aren’t yet registered in their county of residence to register and vote at the same time at any early voting location in their county. As of October 1-- more than 6.7 million voters were registered in the state, more voters than at an y other time in history. Also, more than 23,100 voters had returned absentee ballots as of Friday, Oct. 7. Early voting times in Wilkes are October 20 and 21 (8:30 to 5); Oct 24 - 28 (8:30 to 5); Oct 31 - Nov 2 (8:30 to 5); Nov 3 & 4 (8:30 to 6:30); and Saturday, Nov 5 (8:30 to 1). As for mail-in ballots, requests must be delivered to the county board of elections office no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 1. Completed Ballots should be returned to the county board of elections office no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 8.