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Monday
Jan232006

News & Sports For January 23rd

Foxx To Visit Wilkes County
5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx will be stopping off in Wilkes County this morning, giving local people a chance to voice their concerns. The congresswoman is doing a listening tour throughout the 5th district this week, stopping off in each of the 12 counties. The meeting will go on in the Wilkes Public Library from 9-10am today. Local leaders will be there as well, to discuss issues affecting the 5th district as a whole and also Wilkes County.

Gun Stolen From Local Home
A local chicken farmer got a surprise this week when he walked out to his shed. The gun he had stored there was missing. The incident happened on the Happy Corner Road and after talking with neighbors, a suspect was found in the case. It seems that a neighbor’s son had taken the weapon back before Christmas and kept it hidden all this time in a fort he had built in the woods. The case was turned over to Juvenile Services, however the suspect’s name wasn’t released since he was under 18.

Local Churches Working To Help Hurricane Victims
Two local ministries are asking for help in reaching out to a family in need. Calvary Baptist Church has been working to rebuild a home for a family in Gulfport Mississippi. Now in connection with Rescue America Baptist Missions they want to finish the job. The group is looking for help of any kind, from physical labor to any type of donations. If you or your church can help by volunteering or through financial means, the person to call is Jean Hodges at 262-0385.

Gas Thieves Target Local Man
Instead of hitting a convenience store, gas thieves changed tactics last week and targeted a person instead. A North Wilkesboro man walked out of his house last week to find someone near his vehicle. He used the gun in his hand to fire a shot, which sent the thief running. But the man apparently didn’t leave empty handed. Two gallons of gas and the vehicle’s gas cap were missing. A description of the thief was given to sheriff’s deputies and that investigation continues.

Confusion Over Traffic Signs Leads To Wreck
Confusion over traffic signs led to an accident last week on Hwy 421. A North Wilkesboro man was getting set to turn off into the Lowes Hardware parking lot, when his light turned green. However he didn’t notice that it was simply a green light and not the green arrow giving him the right of way and turned without looking. A Salisbury man was coming from the opposite direction and couldn’t stop in time to avoid a collision. No one was injured but $3000 worth of damage was done.

Hot To Cold Mix Actually Good For Plants

Here in Wilkes winter has been a lot warmer than usual, leaving some people concerned about how the changing weather might affect their fruit crops. Be sure and tune in to the 3WC News today, as Brian will be talking with Bill Hanlin from the Cooperative Extension about what potential issues the warmer climate could pose. Then coming up tomorrow, we’ll be talking with Matt Millin from the Cooperative Extension about how the weather change affects cattle and other animals.

Thieves Hit Millers Creek House For Some Entertainment

How could someone break in and not leave behind any evidence? That’s what a Millers Creek man is wondering today. Late last week he left home to do some errands, returning that night to find over $2000 worth of items had been stolen. Included in the theft was a DVD player, a guitar, over 100 CDsa clock radio and several other items. Despite the theft, there was no sign of a break-in and no damage done to the property. That investigation continues.

Three Cars Involved With Accident On 421
Three cars were totaled after an accident last Thursday on Hwy 421. A Millers Creek woman was turning back onto 421 from the Lowes Hardware parking lot, attempting to cross three lanes of traffic in doing so. She didn’t see a Wilkesboro woman who was in the same lane she was trying to get into. The two vehicles crashed into each other, causing the second car to spin out and hit a third. Heavy damage was done to all three and Wilkes EMS was called out to the scene, however treatment was refused. An estimated $8500 in damage was done.

Blood Drive Later Today
Each day in North Carolina, 1500 pints of blood are needed. With a shelf life of just over one month, blood either has to be used quickly or it gets tossed out. With the local blood supply at critical levels right now, the Wilkes Red Cross has organized several more emergency drives including one today. The drive will be going on from 2:30 til 7pm at Center Baptist Church. Appointments aren’t needed but if you want to plan around your schedule and set up a time to give, the number to call is 838-4563.

State News

UNC Charlotte Aiding In War On Terror
UNC Charlotte is stepping to the frontlines of the war on terror. The university is working in connection with the Georgia Institute of Technology, to design programs that can aid homeland security forces in preventing attacks. The schools are helping to build an artificial analytic reasoning system, which would allow U.S. officials to study massive amounts of information all at once.

Jobs Coming To Alamance County
Good news for people living in Alamance County. More jobs are on the way. International Designer Transitions, which has a plant in Graham announced over the weekend that plans are in the works to add 50 new workers by March. The pay rate will range from $8 to $15 an hour.

Police Searching For Impersonator In Davidson County
Officials in Davidson County are searching today for a man pretending to be a police officer. In Thomasville, police received calls telling of a man in a red Ford F-150 that would pull up behind people and start flashing a blue light. After a few minutes, the man would take off down the road. Such infractions are punishable by at least a $50 fine.

Rockingham County Searching For School Superintendent
The Rockingham County school system is on the hunt for a new leader today. Superintendent Dr. William Capehard announced over the weekend that he was resigning. School officials plan to discuss potential replacements when they meet in February. Capehard said that health concerns were one of the reasons he stepped down, but declined to name the others.

Lost Prop Leads To Bomb Squad
Late last week the bomb squad was called out in Charlotte, after a construction worker found a package near I-85. The package was found near the I-85 South exit ramp and had wires sticking out along with what appeared to be a cell phone stuck to it. Police closed down the area and the bomb squad cut it open, only to find that it was a prop, accidentally left behind by the crew filming Will Ferrell’s NASCAR movie.

Sports Headlines

High School Scoreboard
In high school basketball Friday night, it went down to the wire but the Lady Cardinals of East Surry knocked off West Wilkes 48-45. West Wilkes had a chance to tie but couldn’t make the shot as the team falls to 3-15 on the season while East Surry improves to 13-5. The Lady Eagles of Wilkes Central meanwhile improved to 16-1 with a 63-48 win over Starmount. Amy Will had 19 to lead the Lady Eagles, being helped by Sarah Brown’s 17 and 14 points from Laura Rollins. The Lady Vikings of North Wilkes had some problems in the scoring department, as no one on the team put up more than 8 points. They fell 53-30 to North Surry as the Lady Greyhounds went on a 34-15 run to finish the game. It was Alleghany over the East Wilkes Lady Cardinals 53-50. Kasi Shew had 17 to lead East and Makayla Sales put in 10. On the boys side of the court, it was a rough night for Coach Larry Sears and his West Wilkes Blackhawks. They lost 85-50 to East Surry on senior night in Millers Creek. West drops to 5-12 with the loss. Also in boys action it was North Wilkes falling to North Surry 66-47.

NCAA Scoreboard
Taking a look at the college scene, it was Radford over Coastal Carolina in overtime 70-69, Elon beat Western Carolina 50-48, Winthrop beat High Point 70-67, UNC Asheville took care of VMI 83-65, NC A&T knocked off Coppin State 78-71. In other action, it was Gardner-Webb beating North Florida 71-67, UNC Charlotte getting crushed at home by George Washington 83-69 and UNC Greensboro beat Appalachian State 62-60. DJ Thompson had 22 points for the Mountaineers, who drop to 7-11 with the loss. In the ACC, it was NC State over Wake Forest 92-82. State was led by 26 points and 2 blocks from Cameron Bennerman, while the Deacons got 19 points and 8 rebounds from Eric Williams. A major upset happened on Saturday, as the unranked Georgetown Hoyas beat the Duke Blue Devils 87-84. It was mainly the J.J. Redick show, as the shooting guard put in 41 points, but he was one of only three players on Duke to finish in double figures. Duke falls to 17-1 on the year. And it was the UNC Tarheels surviving a major test against Florida State 81-80. Reyshawn Terry hit two free throws with 23 seconds left to win the game for the Heels, who were led by Wes Miller’s 18 points. Carolina improves to 11-4.

Bobcats Fall To Bucks
The Charlotte Bobcats continue to limp on, as the lineup card gets smaller and smaller. Before the game on Saturday, the team announced leading scorer Gerald Wallace will be out 6 weeks with a sprained MCL and they needed his explosiveness badly. The Bobcats lost to Milwaukee 101-91. Charlotte was led by Primoz Breznec’s 21 points and 11 rebounds, as the team drops to 11-30.

Panthers Knocked Out By Seahawks

The season came to a close on Sunday for the Carolina Panthers, as they lost to Seattle 34-14 in the NFC Championship. Carolina came limping into the game, missing both of their top tailbacks. Then in the first quarter, Carolina lost another back when Nick Goings had to leave with a concussion. The lack of a running game hurt the Panthers, who also had to deal with 3 interceptions tossed by Jake Delhomme. The Panthers will finish the season at 11-5.

Friday
Jan202006

News & Sports For January 20th

Help For Heating Bills In Wilkes
People in Wilkes could be suffering from a bit of sticker shock today, after opening up their power bill. With rising prices for natural gas and oil, it can be hard at times to pay for electricity and also have enough money to put food on the table. Gov. Mike Easley has allocated an additional $4 million to be split among the counties and here in Wilkes, people can get help from Social Services. Now you can go and request assistance in paying for your heating bill anytime during the agency’s operating hours from 8:30am til 5pm, but there are some things to know beforehand. First, you can only bring in a heating bill if it’s five days or less away from being disconnected. The reason for this being that the money is given out on a need based approach and so those facing disconnection take first priority. Once again be sure to bring the bill with you when you apply. In addition, Social Services can also help those who use propane heating as long as it doesn’t involve a camper as per state regulations. You can call Social Services and schedule an appointment at 651-7400 or simply stop by their office at 304 College Street in Wilkesboro.

One Car Totaled In River Street Collision
One car was totaled after a wreck on River Street Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened just after 2:30pm, when a light turned green at the intersection with School Street. A North Wilkesboro man was sitting at the light, waiting for it to turn. When it did however, he was a little slow in pulling out. The vehicle behind him, belonging to a Wilkesboro man, only noticed the light changing and didn’t pay attention that the car in front hadn’t moved. The driver of the second vehicle put his foot on the gas, creating a domino effect. Thankfully no one was hurt, however estimated damages to that second car were placed at $3000.

All For Some Free TV
What would you do for some free tv? For thieves in the Lakeview Drive area, the answer was anything it takes. A woman returned home Tuesday night to find that her satellite dish had been stolen, the second time this has happened in the last six months. Nothing else was missing or even touched at the home. There is a suspect in the case and deputies are continuing the investigation.

Recall Of Medical Devices
For the third time this week, 3WC has a recall to tell you about. This time the information affects all diabetes patients out there. Roche Diagnostics has recalled several thousand of its’ ACCU-CHEK Aviva Meters due to an electronic malfunction. The recall involves all of the meters with serial numbers that begin with the number 5250 through 5251, but not including those with a number of 52511 or higher. The malfunction could cause the meter to give a false result when a diabetes patient uses it. As of this week, 8 such malfunctions have been reported. For a replacement or just for more information you can call 1-800-858-8072.

Be Careful Where You Leave Your Phone
It’s never a good idea to leave your phone behind. A North Wilkesboro woman found out why on Tuesday. She had finished eating at a local restaurant and got up to leave. However before she got out of the parking lot, the woman remembered her phone was still inside. When she went back in, no one could recall seeing the phone. Information was turned over to Wilkesboro police and the investigation continues.

Blood Drive Later Today

42 days. That’s how much time blood can be used after it’s donated. Once that time period passes, it has to be thrown out. With the local supply still at critical levels, poor turnouts at the recent drives hasn’t helped the situation. The Wilkes Red Cross is holding another emergency drive today over at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement. That will go on from 2-6:30pm this afternoon and is open to everyone. To set up a time to give, you can call the Red Cross at 838-4563.

Painkillers Stolen From Wilkesboro Home
A Wilkesboro woman let some family members use her car but later that night, found they took more than just the keys. This happened on Monday and after the car was returned, the woman discovered some painkiller pills of hers were missing. An estimated 100 pills of Percocet were taken in the theft. There is a suspect however and that investigation continues.

Scholarship Available For Wilkes High School Seniors
Some good news today for any parent concerned on how they’ll afford tuition costs. USA Today and the Got Milk campaign are partnering together to offer the SAMMY Awards. 25 student athletes across the nation will each be given a $7500 scholarship to the college of their choice, while winning other prizes as well. The winning students will be inducted into the SAMMY Hall of Fame and be featured in a Got Milk ad in USA Today. SAMMY stands for Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year. To be considered, students have to write a short essay, describing how milk is part of both their lifestyle and training program. The deadline to apply is March 3rd and you can download an entry form by logging on to www.whymilk.com.

Trailer Causes Accident On Winkler Street
One vehicle was totaled and another damaged after a wreck Tuesday afternoon on Winkler Street. A Concord man was pulling onto the highway, dragging along a trailer behind him. A Millers Creek man was coming from the other direction and couldn’t stop in time to avoid a collision, as the trailer was taking up both lanes of the road. That second man’s car was totaled, with estimated damages placed at $3000. Thankfully no one was hurt in the crash.
State News

Charlotte Native Named To NC Supreme Court
Gov. Mike Easley has appointed the next chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. 63-yr-old Charlotte native Sarah Parker will take over when current chief justice Beverly Lake Jr. steps down January 31st. Lake’s term is over due to the fact he turns 72 on January 30th and must retire in accordance with state law. Parker, an associate justice on the court, is the only Democrat and will become only the third female chief justice in North Carolina history.

Jobs Leaving Greensboro
Bad news for people living in the Greensboro area, as the local economy took another hit this week. Officials from Konica Minolta announced plans to close down their facility in Whitsett, which currently employs 258 people. The company said there wasn’t enough of a need for film cameras to keep the facility going. The plant will be shut down permanently in March of 2007.

Major League Baseball A Possibility In Charlotte
The Queen City may have another sports team to call its’ own in the near future. Officials from the Florida Marlins are going to be paying a visit to Charlotte in March, to consider relocating. The Marlins’ lease in Miami is up in 2007 and the franchise plans to leave south Florida due to the fact a deal couldn’t be reached on a baseball only stadium. Currently they play in Pro Player Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

NC Native Named As U.S. Representative
A North Carolina man was named this week as the US representative to the European Union. C. Boyden Gray, a Winston Salem native, was put into the post as a recess appointment by President Bush, this coming after two years of stalled votes by the House and Senate. Gray’s appointment will last until January 2008, where it will expire unless he’s confirmed by the Senate.

Kannapolis Holds Centennial Celebration Tomorrow
The town of Kannapolis is inviting people to come on Saturday and help them celebrate their 100th birthday. The Centennial Winter Fest will start at 12:30 Saturday afternoon with an opening ceremony, as items are put into a time capsule to be buried later on in the day. Also there will be ice skating, a chili supper, winter crafts, snowboarding video games, movies, storytelling and other events throughout the day. All of that will take place at the Kannapolis train station on South Main Street.

Sports Headlines

Boys Basketball Tryouts Taking Place
For any teenage boys wanting to play basketball, there’s a league being put together over in Jonesville. The Yadkin Valley 13U team will be holding tryouts tomorrow for any 13-yr-old looking to suit up and get on the court. Tryouts will be held at the Jonesville Elementary School starting at 1pm. If you want more information the number to call is 838-5339 after 5pm today.

NCAA Scoreboard
Taking a look at some college basketball from last night, it was Winthrop over Liberty 67-47, UNC Wilmington knocked off Towson 78-46, Campbell fell to North Florida 95-84, Coastal Carolina took care of Charleston Southern 63-62. Gardner-Webb beat Jacksonville 72-67, thanks in part to a 26-point performance from Brian Bender. The Running Bulldogs improve to 7-9 with the win. Finally in the ACC, it was Virginia beating the UNC Tarheels 72-68. The Heels only shot 36% from the field and only three players scored in double figures. Tyler Hansborough led UNC with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the team falls to 10-4.

Change Of Plans For UNC Charlotte Senior
UNC Charlotte’s basketball team learned this week that it’ll be one man short for the rest of the season. Senior forward E.J. Drayton will miss the rest of the year due to tendonitis in his knee. Drayton has applied for a medical hardship and doctors expect him to be back with the team in the fall.

Duke & State land Football Commitments
In the college football field, some good news this week for two ACC teams. Both NC State and Duke landed commitments that will help the offensive line. Senior Ryan Wischenfski from Melbourne Florida agreed to play for the Wolfpack. Ryan is 6’3, weighs 315 lbs and can play both the center and guard position. The Duke Blue Devils received a commitment from Marcus Lind, a 6’3 260 lb. lineman from Fort Lauderdale Florida. The high school senior helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas High School to a state 5A championship this past year.

NHL: NY Islanders vs. Carolina
On the ice last night, the Carolina Hurricanes made it nine in a row with a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. Four different players scored for the Hurricanes, who improved to 32-10 with the win.

Jake Raising The Bar For QBs
With time ticking down til Sunday’s NFC Championship, Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is among some truly great company. Delhomme currently has the highest playoff quarterback rating in NFL history, being ranked at 108.4 right now. That’s enough to pass 49er great Joe Montana, who was ranked at 95.6 and Bart Starr at 108.4. A victory Sunday against Seattle would also give Delhomme the most road playoff wins in NFL history. He’s currently tied with Len Dawson and Roger Staubach. Each has four.

Thursday
Jan192006

News & Sports For January 19th

Wind Rips Through Wilkes County
The power flickered and trees fell as wind gusts reached over 25 mph in the county yesterday. There were no injuries reported due to the wind, however downed trees caused headaches for local homeowners, who were busy cleaning up their property. Wilkes appears to have got off easy, as over 8000 people were still without power yesterday in Forsyth and Randolph Counties.

Recall Of Children’s Toys
This next bit of news is for all parents of young children. A recall has been ordered by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission of just over 600,000 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Musical Learning Chairs. Product testing has shown that children can get trapped between the seatback and side table of the chair, which could possibly lead to strangulation. So far across the country there have been three reports of children getting caught in the toy, but thankfully none that were fatal. The Laugh & Learn Musical Learning Chairs were sold from May 2005 until earlier this month and have model numbers of H4609, H47167 through H7173, H8157, H8998 and J0272 through J0275. You can find the model number on the underside of the chair’s seat. Fisher Price is offering a free repair kit that is supposed to solve the problem and you can get one by calling 1-866-552-3914.

All For A Twenty Dollar Bill
A North Wilkesboro man got a surprise Tuesday morning. He was awakened by what he thought were scratching noises, but instead found a man in his kitchen. When the two made eye contact, the thief took off running out the door. Nothing was missing from the house except the man’s wallet and a $20 bill which was inside. The thief had apparently shattered a window in the nearby utility room, then used a stepladder to climb inside. An estimated $180 worth of damage was done and a description of the thief was turned over to deputies. That investigation continues.

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Bust
Sheriff’s deputies were driving down 421 near Lewis Fork Church Road on Monday when they clocked a driver going 72 in a 55. After pulling him over, a K9 was brought in to check the car for drugs. A smoking pipe was found wrapped up in a sock under the passengers’ seat, with marijuana residue on it. 19-yr-old Kevin Young Marsh was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Blood Drive Later Today
1500 pints of blood are used across North Carolina each day, with more being sent down to aid the Gulf Coast. With such a desperate need both here in Wilkes and around the state, a blood drive is going on today at New River Behavioral Healthcare. The drive starts at 10am this morning and lasts until 1pm this afternoon. Just remember before giving you must be at least 17 years old and weigh no less than 110 lbs. No appointments are needed but if you want to set up a time to give, the number to call is 838-4563.

Focus On The Red Cross
With the new year, a lot of changes are taking place here in Wilkes. One of those changes involves the Red Cross, as the local chapter has a new executive director. Scott Glaze is taking over the position and he'll be Brian’s guest today during Focus on the Foothills as they talk about the Red Cross, some of the misconceptions about the organization and what the goals are heading into a new year. That’s today at 1:05pm right after the midday stock report.

Paper Rack Thieves Return To Wilkes
Deputies were called out after another paper rack went missing in North Wilkesboro. The thieves stole the rack from the Little Dipper on Hwy 18 North, grabbing it from the front of the store. That was over the weekend and then earlier this week, the rack had been dropped back off. The investigation into this and several other paper rack thefts continues.

State News

Natural Gas Rates To Drop
Some relief from high heating prices could be coming in the next few weeks. PSNC Energy announced on Tuesday that it will be cutting natural gas rates beginning in February by an average of $20 a month. The move would mean on average, natural gas customers across the state would be paying $133 a month, down from an average of $174 back in November.

Charges Dropped Against UNCG Students
UNC Greensboro announced this week that it’s dropping charges brought against two students for violating the speech code. Allison Jaynes and Robert Sinnott were charged with a violation of campus policy for helping to organize a rally November 16th. The event took place in front of the library instead of a designated “free speech zone”. Campus officials said that the free speech zones were created so that students wouldn’t be blocked from their classes during any type of rally, but they did agree to study the issue and consider changes.

Robinson Returning To Politics
Former 5th District congressional candidate Vernon Robinson is jumping back into politics. Robinson, who is also a former Winston Salem City Councilman, announced that he was entering the 12th Congressional District race against Democrat Mel Watt. He said that a formal announcement would be coming in the near future and explained that he’s needed in Congress because the country is under attack.

East Carolina Facing Problems
There are some issues facing East Carolina University, according to an audit done by the state. The report, which was released this week, found significant problems in the area of financial aid. The current situation places the school at an increased risk of errors and misuse of funds, according to the report. It was recommended that the university re-establish and strengthen control of the financial aid office.

Former Ag Commissioner Given New Position
Shortly after learning that a member of his cabinet was stepping down, Governor Mike Easley filled the post. Department of the Administration Secretary Gwynn Swinson announced this week that he was leaving later this month to take a job at Duke University. His replacement is no stranger to North Carolina politics as former agricultural commissioner Britt Cobb will serve in the position. Cobb’s new duties includes overseeing government operations such as building construction, purchasing and managing contracts and managing state vehicles among other things.

Sports Headlines

High School Scoreboard
Around the high school scene last night, it was East Wilkes over Surry Central 58-55. With a minute left in the game, the Cardinals’ Noah Johnson stepped up and hit a three pointer to win. Johnson finished with 11 points while East was led by Brent Poplin, who had 17. Cody Cook also had 10 points for the Cardinals, who improve to 6-9 on the year. On the girls side of the court, it was East Wilkes getting their second win of the year, knocking off Surry Central 47-42.

NCAA Scoreboard
Taking a look around the college basketball scoreboard last night, it was Radford beating High Point 96-76, Elon took care of Montreat 90-76, in overtime it was SMU over East Carolina 74-70. In the ACC, Duke improved to a perfect 17-0 with a 81-68 win over NC State. J.J. Redick had 28 points and Sheldon Williams added 21 points and 9 rebounds for the Blue Devils, while Cedric Simmons led NC State with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. Meanwhile Wake Forest got back on track with a 86-71 win over Georgia Tech last night. Justin Gray had 25 to lead the Deacons, who improved to 12-5.

Former Wide Receiver Returns To Appalachian
A familiar face is returning to help with Appalachian State’s athletic program. Rick Beasley, who played wide receiver at the school from 1978-1980, was named this week as an associate athletics director. Beasley will be working under athletic director Charlie Cobb to help with fund raising and also lead the financial campaign for new facilities. Beasley still has the school record for most receiving yards in a season at 3124 and most 100 yard receiving games in a career with 16.

Duke Lands Football Commitments
The Duke Blue Devils landed two recruits for next year’s football team this week. Cornerback Chris Rwabukamba, a senior from Windsor Ontario agreed to play for the school. The 5-11 173 lb. Rwabukampa turned down offers from Michigan State and Illinois to come play for the Blue Devils. Also cornerback Abraham Kromah committed to play. The 6-2 ft. 200 lb. Kromah had 11 interceptions over his three years as a starter at Tottenville High in New York

NBA: Charlotte vs. Indiana
The Charlotte Bobcats gave it all they had but came up just short last night against Indiana. They lost 98-92 to the Pacers, despite getting 15 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds from Raymond Felton. Charlotte drops to 11-28 with Orlando coming to town on Friday.

Several Panthers Limping Into Sunday’s Game
The news wasn’t so good for the Panthers coming off of practice on Wednesday. Fullback Brad Hoover, center Jeff Mitchell, guard Tutan Reyes and defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead are all listed as questionable for the NFC championship. Defensive tackle Jordan Carstens and safety Mike Minter both sat out practice on Wednesday as well, Carstens because he was sick and Minter because of a wrist injury, however both of them are listed as probable for Sunday’s matchup.

Warthogs To See Changes
In minor league baseball, some changes are in store for the Winston Salem Warthogs. Gone is manager Chris Cron, who’s been promoted to Double AA Birmingham. In his place comes new coach Rafael Santana, a former shortstop with the New York Mets. This will be Santana’s first time as a manager after serving as a first base coach for the Chicago White Sox from 2003-2004.

Wednesday
Jan182006

News & Sports For January 18th

Run-In Damaged By Thieves
Thieves hit the Moravian Falls Run-In over the holiday, causing over $1000 in damages. Employees came in on Sunday to find a window had been shattered and beer stolen from inside. Nothing else was taken or even touched inside the store, as it appears the thieves simply shattered the window, grabbed the beer sitting directly behind it and left. Deputies are continuing the investigation.

Car Stolen From Post Office

Be careful where you leave your vehicle. That’s the lesson a Ronda man learned this week. He had parked at the Ronda Post Office, leaving his vehicle behind while joining friends on a trip out of town. He locked the doors and had the keys in his pocket. Later that night when he returned, the vehicle was missing, with so signs of damage or any indication what happened. That investigation is ongoing.

Focus On Red Cross
With the new year, a lot of changes are taking place here in Wilkes. One of those changes involves the Red Cross, as the local chapter has a new executive director. Scott Glaze is taking over the position and he'll be talking about the job this week on Focus. Scott will be Brian’s guest as they talk about the Red Cross, some of the misconceptions about the organization and what the goals are heading into a new year. That’s tomorrow at 1:05pm right after the midday stock report.

Always Lock Up Before You Leave
Always lock up before you leave. A woman visiting friends on Statesville Road found that out the hard way this week. She left her cell phone in her car, but didn’t lock the doors. When she came back out, the phone was gone. That investigation continues.

Gun Stolen From North Wilkesboro Home
Thieves stole a handgun from a North Wilkesboro residence earlier this week. The homeowner told deputies he had left the gun on top of his washer & dryer before leaving the building. When he returned later that day, the gun was missing. There is a suspect in the case and deputies are continuing the investigation.

Recall Of Christmas Lights

If you went out over the last few weeks and did some shopping for next year’s Christmas decorations, it might be a good idea to wait before packing them up. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall this week of 861,000 sets of Christmas lights. All of the brands involved were sold at Target and include the “mini light” and the “chasing light” sets. Several of the packages have exposed wires and could lead to a fire next year when hung on the tree. The recall includes all 50-count multi-color, all 100 count blue and 140 count chasing light sets with “Mini Light Set” or “Chasing Light Set” written on the packaging. You can call Target for more information at 1-800-440-0680 between 7am and 6pm Monday through Friday for more information.

Wreck On 421 Totals Two
Two cars were totaled after a wreck on Hwy 421 Monday morning. The incident happened just before 11am when a Garner man was traveling through a green light. A Millers Creek woman pulled out in front of him from another direction and caused the crash. Despite serious damage to both vehicles, no one was hurt in the wreck. Estimated damages were placed at $9000.

Broke In To Steal A Washer
An Elkin man is trying to determine how someone managed to break into a building on his property without leaving any evidence behind. A pressure washer was stolen from the man’s shed, but there was no damage done to the area. There is however a suspect and deputies are continuing the investigation.

Scooter Stolen From Ronda Home
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to a Ronda home to investigate a theft, one that occurred somewhere else. The homeowner had allowed her son to borrow her scooter and he had driven it to a friend’s house. He left it there and went back to get it earlier this week, only to find it missing. Information was turned over to deputies and that investigation continues.

State News

Supreme Court Rejects Annexation Plea
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t get involved with Fayetteville’s annexation battle. The decision was announced on Tuesday as justices refused to examine a court decision here in North Carolina on the subject. At the center of the controversy is the question do cities have the ability to annex outlying areas without their consent? The city of Fayetteville plans to annex 27 square miles of land, bringing over 40,000 people into the tax base. Citizens opposed the move, saying they were concerned about the cost of city sewage services and also increased taxes. A North Carolina court had already ruled in Fayetteville’s favor and the plans will go forward now that the Supreme Court declined to intervene.

NC Troops Find Weapons Cache
A group of North Carolina Marines made a major discovery in Ramadi. In a press release on Monday, the Marine Corps said that troops from the 1st Marine Regiment of Camp Lejeune uncovered a weapons dump while patrolling the area this weekend. Inside were 11 separate caches of weapons including 137 artillery rounds, 56 mortar rounds, 47 rockets, some armor piercing bullets and 1900 pounds of explosives.

Duke & UNC Make Record Books

Students from Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill made history on Monday, getting their names into the Guinness Book of World Records. Starting at 8am Saturday, the students wrapped up a 2 ½ day basketball game at 6pm Monday night. That was enough to get them into the record book for the longest continuous basketball game in history. The final score from the 58-hr-marathon turned out in Duke’s favor, as the Blue Devil students won 3688-3444. Both schools also raised $60,000 during the game for the Hoop Dreams Academy, a charity that helps to improve the lives of kids with potentially life threatening illnesses.

More NC Troops Heading To Middle East
Some more North Carolina soldiers shipped out this week for the Middle East. Just over 200 troops from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro were deployed on Tuesday, with some heading to Iraq and others to Afghanistan. The group, which includes air crews, pilots and ground crews will be split up and assigned to units where they’re needed as replacements. The deployment is supposed to last four months.

Sports Headlines

NC State Loses Football Recruit
Some more bad news for the NC State football team as they’ve lost a player before he even arrived on campus. High school player Gavin Smith announced this week that he’s changed his mind and would no longer honor his commitment to the Wolfpack. Smith, a defensive end at Wakefield High School, said that he changed his mind after getting more information about the school itself. Before committing, he had just checked into the football program and nothing else. The 6’4 ft. 280 lb. Smith said that he’s considering Virginia, South Carolina or possibly UNC Chapel Hill and expects to make a decision by next week.

Peppers Expects To Play
Some good news for the Carolina Panthers, as defensive end Julius Peppers says that expects to play on Sunday. Peppers had to sit out part of the second half against Chicago with a shoulder injury but he said he should be ready to go when Sunday rolls around. Coach John Fox however was more restrained, saying that the team is just taking it one day at a time.

Charlotte Knights Land New Manager
In baseball, the minor league Charlotte Knights will have a new face in the dugout come spring training. The team introduced new manager Razor Shines this week. The 49-yr-old Shines was the Southern League’s Manager of the Year in 2005, working with the Double A Birmingham Barons. He’ll inherit a team that went 57-87 last year and has only one winning season in the past five years.

Tuesday
Jan172006

News & Sports For January 17th

Speedway One Step Closer To Re-Opening
The dream of hearing engines revving at the North Wilkesboro Speedway came one step closer to reality over the weekend. Save the Speedway, the organization who has been working to buy the track from its’ current owners, announced that they have got a commitment from one investor. One million dollars has been committed toward the purchase, with hopefully more on the way. The organization said in a press release that they hope to find investors willing to commit a total of six million dollars. The hope is that money, combined with what they already have, would be enough to end negotiations and finalize the deal.

3WC Healthwatch: Signs Of Parkinsons
There are some warning signs for Parkinsons that older Americans need to be aware of, as we explain in today’s 3WC Healthwatch. A new study was released this month by Dutch scientists, who discovered a link between certain behavior and Parkinsons. The scientists discovered that adults who begin to have a hard time maintaining their balance, falling or suffering tremors are 71% more likely to get the disease. This comes after a five year study of over 6000 people. 56 of those studied contracted the disease and almost all reported at least one of the behaviors beforehand. Discovering the biological links will not only help a patient get diagnosed earlier, but it could also lead scientists to a cure.

Salvation Army Offering Help
Many families can find themselves in a time of need as it can be hard to pay the bills and also put food on the table. The local Salvation Army is taking applications for their financial assistance program. The program is open to anyone who can demonstrate a need for help paying utility or rent bills. However before going out, please remember that you can only be seen with an appointment, during either Tuesday or Thursday from 1-5pm. Also there is a limited amount of money available to help, given out on a need based approach. The Salvation Army is located in the Wilkes United Way office building, at 910 C Street in Wilkesboro. For more information or to set up an appointment you can call 651-7800.

Newest Protection Against Fraud

January is a busy time for shoppers, working to hit those winter sales and clearance specials. But thieves are also keeping occupied this year, both the usual kind and those who travel on the internet. Credit cards, social security numbers and other personal information are severely at risk. But now, people here in North Carolina can take steps to protect themselves against ID Theft. The Identity Theft Protection Act, a new law that went into effect December 1st will allow you to block access to your credit records, preventing any would be thieves from gaining access and ruining your finances. You will be able to do that thanks to a security freeze. The only problem is that while thieves won't be able to use your credit to purchase things, neither can you. Once the freeze is placed on, no company or business can check up on your credit history until its' lifted. If you do want to fill out an application for a credit freeze or just want more information, you can log on to the state Department of Justice website at www.ncdoj.com/idtheft.

Cold Medicine Now Behind The Counter
Some bad news for anyone suffering from a cold or runny nose. You have to see a pharmacist to solve the problem. Gone are the days of over the counter cold medicine, that you could run in and buy. As of this past Sunday, all medicine containing pseudophedrine or ephedrine can only be found behind the counter at the pharmacy. In order to buy the medication, you must be at least 18 years old and can only purchase limited quantities. In fact, pharmacies have to record who is buying the drugs, just like they would for any prescription medication. The reason for the change is due to the fact that pseudophedrine is used to make meth. Before the year 2000, only 9 cases of meth making were reported in North Carolina. In 2005 alone, there were 328.

DirecTV Offering Refunds
Good news for any DirecTV customers in Wilkes County. You may be eligible for a refund. North Carolina's attorney general has reached a settlement with the satellite company, requiring DirecTV to pay back customers who feel they were lied to. The small print in DirecTV's ads proved to, on occasion, contradict the offer on the same page. Now to avoid a legal battle, DirecTV customers can appy for a refund. You're eligible for a refund if you believe to have been overcharged for anything by the company since 2001. That includes contract terms, installation problems, programming issues or cancellation charges. To apply for a refund, you need to mail a complaint to DirecTV Complaint Program P.O. Box 29079 Glendale California 91209-9079.

Wilkes Cares Needs Help
As we head into the new year, many families face a struggle to put food on the table. Wilkes Cares has been there to help, providing food and also clothes to needy families here in the county. But now Wilkes Cares is facing a problem of their own, as their shelves are almost empty of food and they don't have enough clothes to give out. One of the major needs is for childrens' coats, especially with winter weather constantly in the forecast. If you have any children's clothes or extra food to donate, you can drop it by to Wilkes Cares. They're located on the Elkin Hwy in North Wilkesboro. You can also call at 838-4900.

State News

Serial Arsonist A Concern In Stokes
Officials in Stokes County are concerned they possibly could have a serial arsonist on their hands. Over the past four months, a series of suspicious fires have ignited in the county, all targeting abandoned buildings close to the road. Officials are still investigating and believe that the cases could be linked to several more fires in Forsyth County.

Charter Schools Want Lottery Dollars
North Carolina needs to fund charter schools just like they do public ones. That was the claim on Monday as representatives from 20 different charter schools launched their campaign. The schools are requesting for Governor Easley to include them in as a piece of the pie when lottery money is handed out next fall for education. Charter school officials said they believe their students deserve the money just as much as those who attend public school, as both are funded by the state. The only differences are that charter schools are privately operated and don’t have to follow all the rules which govern other so called secondary schools. An estimated $350 million is expected to divided up among the state’s public schools

Help On The Way To The Classroom
Some good news for North Carolina public schools. Some more teachers could soon be on the way. The State Board of Community Colleges has assembled a new program it hopes will recruit more people to teach. All 56 colleges will be allowed to offer lateral entry programs. That would allow qualified people to begin teaching, while also working on getting their license. The board will meet this Friday to consider the program and possibly vote on it.

Universities Struggling To Meet Healthcare Need
More and more, a new field is rising to the top of the list of needed workers in North Carolina. Universities across the state are asking for more money and teachers to help in training nurses. As the baby boomer generation gets older, nurses are needed both in hospitals and home healthcare situations. Unfortunately at the same time, a lot of nurses in the field are getting ready to retire. Currently there are about 650 nurses in programs, while at least 1300 are needed to keep up.

Water Cut Off In Madison
People in Rockingham County had some problems on Monday, after a water main broke. It’s unknown what caused the main to break, however 50 homes were without water throughout the day as crews worked to repair the damage.

FBI Investigating Greensboro Police
Greensboro’s police department is under investigation by the FBI, according to Bureau officials. Agents are checking into claims of civil rights violations, including rumors of a covert operations unit in the department that racially profiled their own officers. This comes less than a week after police chief David Wray resigned from the force, under rumors of corruption.

Sports Headlines

NCAA Scoreboard
Taking a look at the college scoreboard last night, it was NC A&T over Bethune Cookman 69-67. Coastal Carolina knocked off UNC Asheville 84-72, Western Carolina took care of UNC Greensboro 87-76. Winthrop beat Charleston Southern 79-61 and Wofford beat the Citadel 67-52. Finally it was Chattanooga all over Appalachian State 73-57. The Mountaineers got 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals from DJ Thompson but they just couldn’t seal the deal. With the loss, Appalachian drops to 7-10.

Duke Lands Recruits For 2008
The Duke basketball team continues to reload, this time stocking up for 2008. Two of the county’s best high school juniors agreed to play for the school this week. Nolan Smith from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and Taylor King from Mater Dei High School in California both committed. Smith is a 6-3 guard regarded as the 16th best in the junior class, known for his great defense and his 62% shooting percentage. Able to play either point guard or shooting, he’s the son of former NBA player Derek Smith. Meanwhile the 6-7 King averages 26 points a game and is being compared to former Duke star Shane Battier.

New Orleans vs. Charlotte
In the NBA, injuries continue to plague the Charlotte Bobcats. Playing most of the game without any center or power forward, Charlotte lost to New Orleans 107-92. Gerald Wallace led Charlotte with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks as the team drops to 11-27.

Foster Out For Season
It’s a case of bad news, good news for the Carolina Panthers, as they get set for Sunday’s game in Seattle. The good news is they’re in the NFC championship game for the second time in three years. The bad news is they’ll have to play without starting tailback Deshaun Foster, whose season is over. Foster broke his ankle during the third quarter of the game against Chicago. Taking his place on Sunday will be Nick Goings, who has been rotating out with Foster over the last two weeks. Behind Goings will be Rod Smart and Jamal Robertson for Sunday’s game, which starts at 6:30pm.

NASCAR Reconsiders Car Of The Future
The car of the future may not be arriving for a while. NASCAR had plans to unveil its’ new designs this fall at the Talladega race, but those ideas have hit a snag. The car has yet to roll off the assembly line, according to auto makers, because NASCAR isn’t providing the needed information regarding the vehicle’s body configuration. Several prototypes are going through testing, but it looks like 2007 will be here before the new cars will hit the track in force.

Monday
Jan162006

News & Sports For January 16th

Wilkes County Celebrates Martin Luther King Birthday
People around the county are gathering together to pay tribute to a great American today. January 15th is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and here in Wilkes a celebration will be going on at the old Lincoln Heights school. Stephen McCloud, a deacon from Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Winston Salem, will be speaking at the event, which begins at 7pm tonight. Dr. King was only 39 years old when he was gunned down on April 4th 1968 in Memphis Tennessee.

Wilkes Farmers Will See Tax Breaks In New Year
2006 brings some good news for Wilkes County farmers. There is a tax break coming for all farmers here in North Carolina on supplies and farm equipment. Certain items are now exempt from all sales and use tax, including grain, feed or soybean storage equipment. Also exempt are all farm machinery parts, attachments, lubricants and repair parts. In addition, farmers won't have to pay sales tax on any containers bought to use in planting, cultivating, harvesting, packaging or transporting farm products. Under the previous law, those products all had a tax assessed of 1%. In order to have proof on hand that they qualify, farmers need to fill out Form E-595E, known as the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement Certificate of Exemption. The forms are available online at www.dor.state.nc.us/downloads/sales.html or you can also call and get it mailed to you at (877) 252-3052.

News From WCC Trustees Meeting
The trustees at Wilkes Community College met last Thursday at the John A Walker Center to discuss some ongoing projects. Construction is progressing on the new science and technology building, with 34% of the work completed. The college has also been picked to serve as one of 15 pilot sites for the state’s new Career Readiness Certificate. The certificate is designed to serve as verification for potential employers that a person has developed the basic skills of reading, writing and processing information. People can go to the local JobLink center and test their skills, then get help in setting up any additional training they may need to qualify.

Search Continues For Missing Girl
Sheriff’s deputies are continuing the search today for a missing Ferguson girl. Tiffany Nicole Griffith was last seen January 9th at the Wilkesboro Sonic. She disappeared after being fired from her job at the Sonic and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Tiffany is a 18 year old white girl, about 5’3ft and weighing 138 lbs with hazel eyes and brown hair. If anyone has information regarding Tiffany’s whereabouts, please call the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department at 903-7600.

Wreck Totals Two On 421
Two cars were totaled after an accident on Hwy 421 last week. A Millers Creek woman was merging back onto 421 from a side street, but didn’t notice the oncoming traffic. She pulled out right in front of a Wilkesboro man who wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid a wreck. No one was injured however estimated damages were placed at just under $11,000.

Fish Recall
Before you sit down and eat that fish for supper tonight, you might want to take a look at where it’s been. Whole Foods Market is issuing a recall of all Whole Catch Lemon Pepper Garlic Hot Smoked Trout. Packages of the trout were found to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can prove deadly to young children or the elderly. North Carolina is one of 11 different states where the food was shipped to stores. No reported cases of sickness have been reported yet, but testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture earlier this month uncovered the bacteria. An investigation continues as to how the bacteria got inside the food, but anyone who purchased the Whole Foods Smoked Trout can return it to the store for a full refund. The product has since been pulled from shelves and a number has been set up for anyone with questions. You can call 1-512-542-0656. Once again the affected packages are all “Whole Catch Lemon Pepper Garlic Hot Smoked Trout” and the UPC code on the affected boxes is 9948241183

Health Department Offering Car Seat Help
85% of child safety seats across Wilkes County were not installed correctly, according to the local SafeKids organization. While this is slightly lower than the national average, it’s still high enough for concern. However if you’re still trying to figure out what the right way to install one is, you don’t have to wait until the next safety check. The Wilkes Health Department is partnering with SafeKids to help show parents the right way to install the seats. You can contact the Health Department and make an appointment anytime during the week by calling Jean Edwards at 651-7478.

Check Road Conditions Before Leaving
With rain and wind in the forecast, it's important to know what road conditions are like across the county. For people in Wilkes, that can be accessed now on the internet by visiting the state DOT webpage at http://www.ncdot.org/. You can also check out information on proposed road projects and how the weather might affect both their schedule and your traffic conditions at www.ncdot.org/projects/wilkescounty/. There you will find information on public meetings, schedules, and area maps.

State News

New Jobs For Textile Workers
Some good news today for unemployed textile workers in the Tarboro area. They may be going back to work. Glenoit Corporation closed down their operation in the area last year, but now a new company has bought out the plant and plans to reopen. Tarboro Textiles, a local business created by former Glenoit workers, will reopen the plant in the next month and hopes to have 140 people on the payroll by March.

Answers Coming Regarding White Sludge
Officials finally have some answers regarding the white substance covering a Raleigh creek. Tests have determined it’s a type of dead algae, mixed in with deposits of calcium. The calcium is used by a nearby water treatment plant to remove chorine. It’s not toxic, however the calcium will burn exposed skin it comes into contact with. It’s still unknown how exactly the calcium is leaking out, but officials are continuing the testing, to make sure there’s no risk to the population.

Rockingham Gets Shot In The Arm
Some good news today for people in Rockingham County. Plans are moving forward to build a $10 million equestrian center in Reidsville. The center would be used for regional horse shows and current projections believe it could generate up to $15 million a year in revenues for the county. When plans are finalized the center will be just off US 29 on a 152 acre spread.

Sports Headlines

High School Scoreboard
Around the high school scene, it was the Lady Cardinals of East losing to Mount Airy 37-23 in a game of missed free throws and turnovers. The Lady Cardinals drop to 1-11 with the loss. It was Ashe County over the North Wilkes Lady Vikings 63-40. Blake Shumate had 16 points as the only player in double figures for the Lady Vikings, who drop to 4-8 with the loss. The West Wilkes Lady Blackhawks gave it their best shot but weren’t to knock off Bishop McGuiness, losing 72-29. Lauren Overton led West with 14 points. Meanwhile on the boys side of the court, it was Mount Airy knocking off the East Wilkes Cardinals 68-57 in a game that was a lot closer than the final score. East led for most of the second half, being led by 17 points from Matt Garris and Brent Poplin, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the Granite Bears’ offense, as East drops to 5-8 on the season. North Wilkes lost to Ashe County 76-54 despite 16 points and 7 rebounds from Aaron Church. The Vikings fall to 3-12 with the loss. And it was West Wilkes losing to Bishop McGuiness 66-49 despite 15 points from Chad Lankford.

NCAA Scoreboard
Taking a look at some college basketball over the weekend, it was Maryland over Wake Forest 90-86. Justin Gray had a career night, scoring 38 for the Deacons but it wasn’t enough as Wake drops to 11-5. Also it was Florida Atlantic over Gardner-Webb 72-51. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 6-9. It was Birmingham Southern over Coastal Carolina 77-64, Charleston Southern over UNC Asheville 70-68, Xavier knocked off UNC Charlotte 78-65, Elon beat UNC Greensboro 62-56, it took triple overtime but Hofstra beat UNC Wilmington 92-87. It was Appalachian State over Montreat 105-57. Appalachian was led by D.J. Thompson’s 18 points and 7 assists, as the Mountaineers improve to 7-9. NC State beat Georgia Tech 87-78 thanks to a balanced scoring effort led by Cameron Bannerman’s 16 points. It was Miami over the UNC Tarheels 81-70. Carolina got 25 points from freshman Tyler Hansborough as they drop to 10-3. Finally it was Duke over Clemson 87-77. J.J. Redick had 34 points for the Blue Devils, who stay undefeated at 16-0.

Bobcats Lose To Detroit
The Charlotte Bobcats gave it all they had but came up short Saturday, in a 114-91 loss to Detroit. Primoz Breznec had 18 to lead Charlotte, as the team drops to 11-26 on the season. They’ll take on New Orleans later today.

Panthers Advance To Championship
In the NFL last night, the Carolina Panthers came one step closer to the Super Bowl with a 29-21 victory over the Chicago Bears. The Panthers got 218 yards and 2 touchdowns from Steve Smith, while quarterback Jake Delhomme tossed for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day. Next the team will head up to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in the NFC championship.

Hurricanes Keep Winning Streak Going
In the NHL, it was the Carolina Hurricanes over the St. Louis Blues 4-2. Eric Staal had 3 goals and an assist for Carolina, who improve to 30-10 with the win.

Friday
Jan132006

News & Sports For January 13th

Wilkes Soldier Now Charged With Premeditation
A Wilkes County soldier was officially charged with premeditated murder as his preliminary hearing began this week. 19-yr-old Brandon Bare faces two counts of indecent acts and one count of premeditated murder in the death of his wife, 18-yr-old Nabila Bare last July. Mrs. Bare was stabbed over 70 different times at the couple’s home in Tacoma, mostly being targeted in the head and neck. The charge of indecent acts comes due to Bare’s mutilation afterward of his wife’s remains. Bare served with the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in Iraq and was home on leave when the murder happened, recovering from injuries sustained in battle. Bare’s case manager at Madigan Army Medical Center testified this week. Michael Collins said that Brandon had problems controlling his anger and didn’t approve of his wife going out and partying. Collins had helped Bare get enrolled into a therapy program, to help in dealing with his anger and also the stress of combat. Bare’s attorney denied the premeditation charge, saying that the murder was an act of rage with no evidence to prove his client had in fact planned it in advance.

Tip Leads To Drug Bust On Martin Road
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a tip on Martin Road this week and ended up busting another drug dealer. After obtaining a search warrant, deputies went inside and discovered 387 grams of marijuana and 151 grams of cocaine, hidden in bedroom dressers, under the sink and in several other bags throughout the home. Also inside a locked closet deputies uncovered a marijuana growing operation. $12,088 in cash was seized, along with a 1999 Dodge Durango, two handguns and several computers. 32-yr-old Shalijamon Japhet Gilchrist and 28-yr-old Warren Anthony Brown were both charged with maintaining a dwelling for the sale of drugs, manufacturing & trafficking cocaine, manufacturing marijuana, possession of drugs with intent to sell and distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Wreck On Main Street In Wilkesboro Totals Two
The wet road played a part in an accident Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened around 1:30pm on East Main Street, as a North Wilkesboro man was traveling down the highway. The vehicle in front of him was getting ready to make a right turn and had slowed down, but due to the wet pavement he couldn’t stop in time to avoid the wreck. No one was injured, but both vehicles were totaled as an estimated $6500 worth of damage was done.

Children In Wilkes Part III: School Situations
Some children here in Wilkes are struggling in school, according to a study by North Carolina's Child Advocacy Institute. The report finds that among other things, a language barrier seems to be part of the problem. 631 students here in Wilkes have a hard time speaking English. Some developmental and physical problems are also to blame, with 1175 students having at least one or more disabilities. However there are encouraging signs as well. Out of the students who speak foreign languages at home, 837 of them are able to converse in and understand English. Also out of the entire student population, only 878 have dropped out. The report finds that by supplying additional support, such as tutors to help overcome the disability and language barriers, will help the county to improve.

Graveyard Vandals Hit Millers Creek Church
Sheriff’s deputies were called out to the Wesley Outreach Center in Millers Creek on Wednesday, after church officials discovered someone had been visiting the graveyard. Five gravestones had been colored with spray paint, but no messages had been left and that was the extent of the damage. Estimated damages were placed at $200 and that investigation continues.

They Took Everything But The Kitchen Sink
A Wilkesboro woman called sheriff’s deputies after returning to her property on the Ottie Allen Road this week. The woman had let some people into the house recently as a relative had lived there and they wanted to recover a few items. Instead she came by to find over a thousand dollars worth of items stolen. Pictures had been taken, towels, bowls, tools and several other things. Names and addresses of the suspects were given to sheriff’s deputies and the investigation is ongoing.

Old Wilkes Takes People Back In Time
Coming up tomorrow, the Wilkes Heritage Museum invites people to go back in time for a “Civil War Afternoon”. The event runs from 1-4pm and will feature re-enactments, an exhibit on Confederate currency, music and a book signing by “The Secret of War” author Terrell Garren. Garren’s book deals with actual events that occurred during and just after the Civil War here in Western North Carolina. There is however a fee to attend, as people must pay regular admission price in order to get in. In addition to the Civil War events, that fee will also include tours of the Old Wilkes Jail and Robert Cleveland Log Home. For more information you can call Old Wilkes at 667-3171.

Red Cross Looking For Fundraising Help
We’ve talked a lot here on the news about the need for blood in Wilkes County. But thanks to the recent hurricanes and the cost of relocating some survivors, the local Red Cross needs help of a different kind as well. The local chapter continues to sell cookbooks, to help raise the money it needs to cover costs of daily operations, in addition to the funds used to help victims of the recent hurricanes. The cost of a cookbook is $10 and it contains recipes from chapter members along with their family and friends. For more information or to purchase one, you can call the Red Cross at 838-4563.

State News

Money Offered For Information
A reward is being offered today by Winston Salem property owners for information leading to the arrest of a graffiti artist. $510 has been put up by Diversified Realty, after the word “kudzu” kept appearing on their buildings in the downtown area. The money will be handed out to anyone who can give the person’s name and address. To give out information the number is 336-391-2129.

Company Knew Beforehand About Pet Food

Over the last month we’ve kept you informed about a pet food recall going on with Diamond Foods. It appears now that the company knew about the contaminated dog food back in September, three months before it went public with the information. Diamond revealed that information during a conference this week, saying that each week in September one or two truckloads of corn was coming in infected with aflatoxin. Most of the loads were rejected but some got through the screening at Diamond’s South Carolina plant and were turned into dog food. Aflatoxin is a natural chemical found in fungus that can get into corn and then in pets once it’s converted to food. In animals the chemical causes liver damage and eventually death. The Agricultural Departments of North & South Carolina, along with the FDA are investigating the facility.

Table For Two In The Non Furry Section
People going out to the North Carolina zoo will have one less place to eat at. Junction Restaurant has been temporarily shut down while officials remove some patrons that don’t want to leave. A family of raccoons have taken up residence in the ceiling of the building, and while it’s not believed they got into the food prep area, the zoo wanted to take precautions.

Jobs Coming To Research Triangle Park
Good news for people living in the Durham area. More jobs are on the way for Research Triangle Park. Stiefel Research Institute is planning to bring in 200 new jobs over the next five years. The company, which helps to develop and manufacture skin care products, will pay an average salary of $71,750. The move comes thanks to tax breaks from North Carolina’s Job Development Incentive Grant worth $3 million. Those incentives only kick in however if the jobs are created and kept for at least 9 years.

North Carolina Firm At Work On Grizzly
A North Carolina security firm is at work designing a new type of vehicle to protect troops in combat situations. This 14-person vehicle, called the Grizzly, will be able to survive both bullets and bombs through the use of unique angles and blast shielding. Once finished, the Grizzly would help to take away one advantage of insurgents, making the roadside bombs virtually useless. Blackwater USA said that they hope to have the vehicle ready for combat by April.

Sports Headlines

High School Basketball
Coming up later tonight, three of the county teams are in action. West Wilkes goes on the road against Bishop McGuiness, while North Wilkes heads into Husky Country to take on Ashe County. 3WC will be over at East Wilkes, to broadcast the Cardinals’ game against Mt. Airy. The McDonald’s pregame show starts at 7pm and we’ll turn things over to Ken and Keith for the play by play at 7:15.

NCAA Scoreboard
Taking a look at last night’s college basketball scoreboard, two NC teams in action. It was High Point over Virginia Military 100-90. The win brings High Point to 10-4 on the season, good enough for second in the Big South conference. Also it was UNC Wilmington beating Drexel 66-60. The win takes Wilmington to 12-5.

Rush Out For A Month
In the NBA, the news isn’t good for Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Kareem Rush. Rush injured the index finger on his left hand back in December and now it appears he’ll be out at least another month. Doctors now say that Rush may have torn a tendon the first time he injured it and further damaged the finger by trying to keep playing.

Panthers News & Notes

Panthers safety Marlon McCree’s wallet is a little lighter today, after he was fined by the NFL. A $5000 fine was handed down due to what the league called excessive celebrating after one of his interceptions last Sunday. In other news, four members of the team will be limping into Sunday’s game against Chicago. Fullback Brad Hoover re-injured his ankle last week, offensive guard Tutan Reyes sprained his toe and linebacker Brandon Short continues to have problems with his knee. The news means expanded roles for rookie linebacker Thomas Davis and halfback Nick Goings.

Former Panther Going Into Hall Of Fame

In other NFL news, a former member of the Carolina Panthers made the list of 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame. Voters put Reggie White into this year’s class. The Minister of Defense joins a group that includes Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and receiver Michael Irvin, along with Redskins great Art Monk. The inductees will be announced the day before the Super Bowl, on February 4th.

NASCAR News & Notes
In NASCAR this week, the first round of testing wrapped up on Wednesday, as drivers prepare for the Daytona 500. Jeff Gordon had the fastest car out on the track, finishing with a speed of 189. 298. Jimmie Johnson was second, just a few ticks off at 189,195 and Matt Kenseth concluded the top three with a speed of 189.024. In other NASCAR news, some changes are in the works for Las Vegas Speedway. The banking will be increased from 12 to 21 degrees in all of the turns. NASCAR drivers won’t have to worry about the changes for the first part of the season, as construction won’t start until after the March 12th race. Everything is expected to be finished in time for the Truck Series to run on the new track September 23rd.

Thursday
Jan122006

News & Sports For January 12th

Children In Wilkes Part II: Choices
Just over 7% of Wilkes County’s children are living in poverty, according to a study done by North Carolina’s Child Advocacy Institute. In part two of our series examining the study’s impact on local kids, we take a look at the family situation here in Wilkes. A new type of family structure is popping up, not just here in Wilkes but around the U.S. Grandparents are raising their grandkids. Here in Wilkes alone, 1084 children are living with their grandparents full time. This is due in some cases to their parents being in jail or in others they’ve simply abandoned the children and left. Also a lot of children here in the county are living in single parent homes, 6733 of them according to the study. How has this affected the kids? We’ll take a look at the numbers tomorrow in the final part of our series.

Local Woman Falls Victim To ID Theft
A local woman went to Duke Power, to get power hooked up to her house. What she found however, was that someone was already using her name to get power. In addition, the woman checked her bank account and found there was an additional purchase on it, to the tune of $170. Apparently back in December, she had left her wallet and the debit card at Food Lion in Millers Creek and the card was missing when she got back the wallet. Information was turned over to sheriff’s deputies and that investigation is ongoing.

Dog Food Recall Still A Concern
Pet owners here in Wilkes and across the state are being asked to pay close attention to a recall going on. It’s been almost a month since Diamond Pet Food issued a recall of certain brands, but already 76 dogs have been killed after eating the food. Included in the recall are all brands that were produced at the company's Gaston South Carolina facility, due to a toxic chemical that was discovered. The chemical aflatoxin, which is found in corn that's been infected with a certain type of fungus, was located in several cans of the food. It can make a pet sluggish and even in some cases cause sudden death. North Carolina's Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler is asking pet owners to get in touch with their local vet immediately if their pet has been weak, sluggish or just generally out of sorts. The brands involved are:
All types of Diamond Dog and Puppy Food
All types of Country Value Dog and Puppy Food
All types of Professional Dog, Puppy and Cat Food
You can determine if your brand is one of those under recall by checking to see if it has a Gaston facility production code. The South Carolina facility's codes have a capital G as either the 11th or 12th letter. Also those brands all have a sell by date of anywhere from March 1-June 1st 2007.

Video Game Thief Hits North Wilkesboro Home
A North Wilkesboro man got a surprise when he returned home on Tuesday. The door to his house was unlocked and some visitors had stopped by. Taken from inside was an N64 game system, several games and a CD radio. It’s unclear how the thieves got inside, as there was no sign of a break-in and no damage done to the door itself. That investigation continues.

Focus On Foxx
It’s a time of controversy in our nation’s capital. Questions have been raised about the president’s wiretapping plans, which some have called unconstitutional. While Democratic and Republican leaders have come out saying that they knew nothing about the program, that’s not exactly true, according to 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx explains. The congresswoman will be Brian’s guest later today during Focus on the Foothills, as they’ll be talking about the wiretap controversy, going over what exactly Congress was told about the subject. Also gas prices and illegal immigration will be part of the conversation, coming up today at 1:05pm right after the midday stock report.

Hungry Thieves Raid Local Man’s Popcorn
Always keep your house locked. A North Wilkesboro woman learned why that’s a good idea this week. She returned home to find that thieves had been inside. No money or any other valuables were taken, in fact the only thing missing was a Christmas popcorn tin. There are suspects in the case, as some people were seen leaving the house. That investigation is ongoing.

Blood Drive Later Today
The blood supply continues to stay at extremely critical levels, as turnouts have been less than expected. Type O negative, Type A negative and Type B negative are all under a two day supply and all blood types are desperately needed. The American Red Cross has put together an emergency drive today over at Wileks Central High School, that will last from 8:30am til 2pm. No appointments are needed, but if you want to avoid the crowd as kids change classes, you can call 838-4563. And as always you must be at least 17 years old and weigh no less than 110 lbs to give.

All The Music That’s Fit To Steal
A North Wilkesboro woman called sheriff’s deputies after discovering her missing mandolin at a local pawn shop. Apparently the thief had come in and pawned the instrument for food. The suspect’s name and information were turned over to sheriff’s deputies, but he agreed to pay for the mandolin and return it, so no charges were filed. It’s still unclear exactly how the thief got inside the home on Little Mountain Church Road to steal the instrument in the first place.

Regional News

Highway 52 In Mt Airy Shut Down
Cleanup crews worked throughout the night and on into this morning in Mt. Airy, as they took care of a propane leak. An estimated 30,000 gallons of propane leaked out yesterday afternoon from Carolane Propane and caused Highway 52 to be completely shut down. It's unclear how the propane leaked, but there were no injures to people at Carolane and no evacuations were ordered.

State News

NC Universities Violate The Constitution
North Carolina’s public universities are under attack today, for violating the constitution. The Pope Center For Higher Education, a conservative think tank, issued the accusations in a report released on Tuesday. The report said that campus speech codes are the problem, as they restrict what people can say. 13 of the state’s 16 public universities have policies that restrict free speech, including Appalachian State. ASU was cited for not allowing abusive language, insults or taunts. In addition, Fayetteville State was reprimanded for not allowing vulgar language, UNC Chapel Hill for not allowing sexually explicit jokes. The Pope Center said that such rules open up the universities for a lawsuit, one they would lose.

Troops To Be Welcomed Home Today
Some troops from Iraq will be welcomed home today. This afternoon, B Company of the 1-126th Aviation Regiment will be greeted by friends and family during a ceremony in Salisbury. The event starts at 3pm at Catawba College. The soldiers have served a year and three months in Iraq, logging 4400 flight hours in combat.

Tobacco Farmers Criticize Buyout
Now that the first payments have been sent out, some tobacco farmers in North Carolina are having second thoughts about the federal buyout plan. Some growers feel that they’ve been shortchanged as much as $60,000 and are talking to lawyers about suing the government. An estimated 181,000 producers and 380,000 tobacco quota holders are taking part in the plan, which forks out $951 million each year for the next ten years. As a result, companies can buy tobacco at cheaper prices.

Officials Raid NC State Building
SBI officials raided a building on the NC State campus yesterday. The search was prompted by an anonymous tip over the internet to the National Center for Missing Children. The SBI wouldn’t release any details, but did say that no one at the university is involved in the investigation.

NC Shell Fishing Taking A Hit
Pollution is slowly strangling North Carolina’s shell fishing business. That announcement came on Wednesday, as parts of the state’s economy continues to struggle. An estimated 2800 acres of shell fishing land has been closed down on the Newport River, thanks to contamination from pollution. State officials are blaming people who live on the waterfront, who they believe are dumping materials into the water for use as their own personal dump.

Sports Headlines

High School Basketball
Taking a look at high school basketball from last night, it was Mount Airy over North Wilkes 84-52. Despite playing at home, things didn’t exactly go too well for the North Wilkes Vikings, who gave up 45 points in the second half alone. Aaron Church led North Wilkes, the only Viking to score in double figures. With the loss, the team drops to 3-11. Meanwhile up the road in Millers Creek, it was Ashe County over West Wilkes 72-49. Micah Dancy had 14 points to lead the Blackhawks and Kurtis Lankford added 11, but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies used a 42 point second half to seal the deal. West drops to 5-10 with the loss. On the girls side of the court, it was Ashe County over West 59-50. The Lady Blackhawks got a great performance from Lauren Overton, who had 22 points, but she was about it as Meredith Wingler was the only other West Wilkes player to score in double figures, finishing with 11. West falls to 3-12 with the loss.

NCAA Scoreboard
Around the college basketball scoreboard last night, it was Winthrop over UNC Asheville 74-49, UNC Greensboro took care of Montreat 96-68, UNC Charlotte had no problems against LaSalle as the 49ers won 64-52. East Carolina lost to Memphis 77-67, Wake Forest was upset by Clemson 74-73. The Deacons got 27 from Justin Gray but it wasn’t enough as they fall to 11-4. And Duke survived another test as they took care of Maryland 76-52. J.J. Redick had 27 points to lead the Blue Devils, while Sheldon Williams added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. Duke stays undefeated at 15-0 with the win.

NC State Lands More Football Recruits
Some good news for NC State’s football team. Even as the Wolfpack keep losing players to the draft, there are some incoming freshmen looking to fill their shoes. High school senior Jevon Walker is the latest to sign on with the Wolfpack. As a senior at South Dade High in Florida, Walker was a safety, defensive end and also a linebacker. He racked up 104 tackles, seven sacks and 3 interceptions. In addition, the 5-11 180 lb. Walker runs a 40-yd-dash time of 4.4 seconds and turned down offers from Colorado State, Mississippi and Eastern Michigan to come to NC State.

Moore Named Coach Of The Year
If winning a national title wasn’t enough, Appalachian State football coach Jerry Moore was honored again this week. The American Football Coaches Association named Moore the Division I-AA Coach Of The Year. With 14 victories under his belt, Moore has the most wins in Southern Conference history. He’s also been invited to serve as an assistant coach in the 2006 Hula Bowl, a college version of the NFL’s Pro Bowl all star game.

NBA: Charlotte vs. Toronto
It was Toronto over a wounded Charlotte Bobcats team 95-86. Charlotte was missing five players, including rookie Sean May and last season’s rookie of the year Emeka Okafor, both out with injuries. Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals, but it just wasn’t enough. The team drops to 11-24, with Milwaukee coming to town on Friday.

NASCAR Rookie Walking Wounded
One NASCAR driver hopes to be healed in time for the Daytona 500. Rookie David Stremme strained ligaments in his leg while blowing away leaves in the yard. Because of the injury, Stremme will have to wear a brace on his foot and might not be able to climb into his #39 Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing. No replacement has been named if Stremme can’t suit up.

Thursday
Jan122006

News & Sports For January 11th

Wilkes Spotlight: Over Four Thousand Kids Living In Poverty
Over four thousand children are living in poverty here in Wilkes, this according to information released from the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute. As of last year, North Carolina considered a family making less than $19350 to be living in poverty. That balances out to a cost of $13 each a day for an average family of four. There are 34,833 children here in the county, out of which 4469 live in what the state considers poverty conditions. In addition out of that number, 1859 live in extreme poverty where the family makes 9700 or less. Tomorrow in part two of our series on Wilkes County kids, we take a look at the family situations each live in and how that compares to the rest of the state.

Wilkes County Takes People Back In Time
This Saturday, the Wilkes Heritage Museum will take people back in time for a “Civil War Afternoon”. The event runs from 1-4pm and will feature re-enactments, an exhibit on Confederate currency, music and a book signing by “The Secret of War” author Terrell Garren. Garren’s book deals with actual events that occurred during and just after the Civil War here in Western North Carolina. There is however a fee to attend, as people must pay regular admission price in order to get in. In addition to the Civil War events, that fee will also include tours of the Old Wilkes Jail and Robert Cleveland Log Home. For more information you can call Old Wilkes at 667-3171.

Missing Piggy Bank Proves Valuable
A Wilkes County man came home earlier this week to find someone had beaten him there. It seems that thieves found the spare key he had stored away and got inside the house. Once in, they stole over $800 in change. Coins dating back 70 to 80 years were taken. Deputies do however have suspects and that case is ongoing.

Focus On Foxx
It’s a time of controversy in our nation’s capital. Questions have been raised about the president’s wiretapping plans, which some have called unconstitutional. While Democratic and Republican leaders have come out saying that they knew nothing about the program, that’s not exactly true, according to 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx. The congresswoman will be Brian’s guest for this week’s edition of Focus on the Foothills, as they’ll be talking about the wiretap controversy, going over what exactly Congress was told about the subject. Also gas prices and illegal immigration will be part of the conversation, coming up tomorrow at 1:05pm right after the midday stock report.

Property Stolen While Owner In Hospital
Thieves waited until a Millers Creek man was in the hospital before paying a visit to his property. When the man returned home on Monday, he discovered over a thousand dollars worth of items had gone missing. It’s unclear how the thieves managed to get inside, as there was no sign of a break-in and no damage done to the property. Taken in the theft was a chainsaw, a weedeater and other tools. That investigation continues.

Recall Of Mixed Nuts
Before you pick up that bag of nuts to eat, you might want to check the date on them. A recall has been ordered of all Fisher Brand Deluxe Mixed Nuts in the 32 oz. plastic containers. The company issued a recall because some containers had peanuts inside but weren’t clearly labeled, meaning that anyone with an allergy could have serious problems. All the packages have a sell by date of November 5th 2006 and you can take them back to the store for a full refund. For more information a number has been set up for customers at 1-847-593-2300.

Car Damaged At Wilkesboro Home
A Wilkesboro woman called police after finding that someone had damaged her car. The incident happened while she was at a friend’s apartment. Walking outside, the woman found nails in two of her tires and shattered glass all around. An estimated $250 worth of damage was done to the vehicle, however there are suspects in the case as witnesses saw two people hanging around the car. That investigation continues.

State News

Jobs Lost At Charlotte Tire Plant
Over 500 people will be out of work in Charlotte this spring thanks to Continental Tire. The company announced plans on Monday to lay off 513 people at their Charlotte plant, due to manufacturing costs. Continental said they tried a compromise to keep all the workers employed but couldn’t reach an agreement. They had asked the employees to take a pay cut from $40 an hour to $26. That was shot down by the union. The first round of layoffs will begin in March.

People Arrested For Church Break-Ins
Two couples in Carroll County have been arrested and charged with breaking into area churches. Over the past month, six separate churches have been broke into with items being stolen from inside. Jerry and Donna Church and Harlen and Rosalie Workman were all charged in connection with the thefts. Apparently all four worked together as a group to gain access to the buildings. It’s unclear why churches were targeted in the crime spree.

Baseball In Charlotte Moves Forward
The dream of bringing baseball to Charlotte took a step forward this week, as city council members approved more study of the idea. The Charlotte Knights, a minor league team that actually plays in nearby Fort Mill SC, would pay for building the stadium, covering all but $5 of the $34 million total costs. That $5 million would come from the city’s tourism fund, allowing the stadium to be built in Charlotte’s Center City.

Dangerous Slime Covering Raleigh Creek
State officials are trying to determine what exactly is covering a creek in North Raleigh. Some type of slimy white goo began appearing in the creek last week. When residents tried to touch it, the slime burned their skin. It’s believed that the local water treatment plant could be at fault, as it releases water into the creek. Concerns have been raised because the creek flows into a nearby lake, where Raleigh gets part of its’ drinking water. Officials have done tests and collected samples, which they sent off for examination. Results are expected next week.

Lawyers Present NC With Legal Bill
North Carolina owes over $10 million in legal fees, according to lawyers. A 47-page document was filed in December requesting the money, which was earned through the lawyers work on the Leandro case. In that 1997 case, a judge ruled that North Carolina has a constitutional duty to give each student a good, basic education that meets minimum standards. State Board of Education officials said they weren’t exactly sure where the money would come from.

Civil Rights Icons Honored In Chapel Hill
Three civil rights icons are being honored in Chapel Hill. Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin and Mary Louise Smith will all have memorial plaques placed on the front seat of the town’s transit buses. Colvin and Smith, while not as well known as Parks, did just as much for civil rights. They were the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case which ended bus segregation.

Sports Headlines

High School Scoreboard
Around the high school scene last night, it was Starmount over North Wilkes 75-37. Also it went down to the wire, but East Wilkes pulled out a victory 59-55 over West Wilkes. East improves to 5-7 with the win, while West drops to 5-9. On the girls side of the ball, it was Starmount over North Wilkes 51-36 and the Lady Cardinals of East lost by the same score 51-36 to West. The lady Blackhawks get their 3rd win of the season, improving to 3-10 while East Wilkes falls to 1-10.

Elkin Football Player Commits To Liberty
Liberty University’s football program is getting a shot in the arm, thanks to one local player. Elkin High’s Terry Adams announced this week that he was committing to the school. The high school senior, a 6’1 235 lb. defensive end, recorded 69 tackles and 7 sacks this past season while helping Elkin to a state title. Adams can sign the national letter of intent on February 1st.

NCAA Scoreboard
Taking a look at the college scoreboard, it was Davidson over the Citadel 85-49. Also the UNC Tarheels survived another major test, as the young team took out Virginia Tech 64-61. Freshman forward Tyler Hansbrough had 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Heels, who improve to 10-2 on the year. NC State meanwhile had no problems taking care of Boston College 78-60. Cedric Simmons had 15 points to lead the Wolfpack, who improve to 12-2.

Wolfpack Exodus Continues
The bad news continues for the NC State Wolfpack. Two more members of the football team announced on Monday that they were planning to leave early for the NFL. Offensive tackle Derek Morris and defensive tackle John McCargo will both leave school for the draft. It could be a mistake however as McCargo is only predicted to go as a third round pick and Morris is completely off the board.

NBA: Houston at Charlotte
It took double overtime but the Charlotte Bobcats held on to win 111-106 over the Houston Rockets. Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 26 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Also Emeka Okafor came back from injury, in limited action he put up 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. The win brings Charlotte to 11-23 on the season, as they get set to play Toronto tonight.

NHL: Detroit at Carolina
The Carolina Hurricanes notched their 28th win of the season, after a 3-2 win over Detroit on Tuesday night. Eric Cole led Carolina with a goal and an assist.

Tuesday
Jan102006

News & Sports For January 10th

North Carolina Safer In The Workplace
According to a recent study, Wilkes County and North Carolina as a whole are improving safety measures. The State Department of Labor released the figures, which showed that 80 people in North Carolina were killed last year in work related accidents. That’s a drop from the previous total of 83 back in 2004. Construction was listed as the most dangerous profession, totaling 34% of the deaths. Manufacturing came in second and the agricultural industry ranked third. Out of the 80 deaths, 77 were men and three were women. In Wilkes and the surrounding area, one person was crushed by falling equipment in the past year, while seven received injuries just simply listed as “other”.

High Speed Chase Lands Local Man Behind Bars
A routine stop for a revoked license soon turned into a high speed chase for Wilkesboro police. On Saturday, Officers pulled over a man for driving with a revoked license. As they approached the vehicle, he suddenly spun tires and took off down the road. The officers followed, traveling at a high rate of speed from 421 to NC 16 South, at times exceeding 90 mph. Police lost the suspect at the Alexander County line, however warrants are now being taken out for the driver, 33-yr-old Jody Lane Clonch. In addition to eluding arrest, it seems the vehicle wasn’t his, but instead belonged to his employers at Empire Chevy. Warrants have been taken out on Clonch for resisting arrest, speeding, reckless driving and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Trailer Stolen From Local Home
How does a trailer get stolen without anyone noticing? That’s what a Yadkinville man is wondering today. He called sheriff’s deputies after arriving at the house he’d been working on to find the trailer had vanished. The incident happened on the Mathis Farm Road and no one could recall hearing or seeing anything unusual in the area. That investigation is ongoing.

3WC Techwatch: Keeping An Eye On Credit
Keeping track of your credit report is a good way to avoid being a victim of ID theft. But as we explain in today’s 3WC Techwatch, you need to be careful. Now more than ever it’s important to keep up with your credit cards and make sure no one’s using your name. However free credit report scams are popping up, as hackers change with the technology. Everyone is eligible to order one free credit report from each of the three major credit reporting companies as of September of last year. But hackers have set up several dummy websites that for all intents and purposes appear to be the real thing. The only difference is that once your information is entered, you get locked out while the information is used to ruin your credit. The Federal Trade Commission has located 130 imposter sites over the last year alone. To solve the problem, you can get a free credit report by going through the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.ftc.gov. You can follow the directions on the site to one of the three credit reporting companies and guarantee that your information is secure. Or if you’re not comfortable using the internet, then request the information over the phone by calling 1-877-322-8228. After all, it’s better to deal with this now instead of finding out later.

Frostbitten Thieves Run Off With Generator
Thieves broke into a Boomer home over the weekend, just searching for some help in keeping warm. They left with a Briggs and Straton Generator, taken from a section of the house that was being remodeled. Nothing else was taken or even touched in the theft. That investigation continues.

Vandals Leave Behind Expensive Repair Bill
A Roaring River woman called Wilkesboro police after leaving work this weekend. She discovered over $200 in damage had been done to her car. The bumper had been damaged and key marks stretched across both sides. No one in the area could recall hearing or seeing anything unusual but that investigation continues.

Blood Supply Still Shrinking With Drive Today
With the blood supply at critical levels, it’s more important than ever to come out and give. However over the past few weeks, blood drives in Wilkes have seen a very small turnout, meaning that on average more blood is being used than what is coming back in. The Red Cross is holding a series of emergency drives this week to try and replenish the blood. The next one is going on today at Wilkes Senior Village, by appointment only. To call and set up a time to give, the Red Cross number is 838-4563. That drive today lasts from 1:30-4:30pm.

One Car Totaled On Hwy 268
One car was totaled after an accident on Hwy 268 West this weekend. A Wilkesboro man was driving down the highway when he says that a white vehicle suddenly swerved into his lane of traffic, forcing him to get out of the way. In doing so he slammed into a nearby guardrail. No one was hurt and the other vehicle quickly left the scene. Estimated damages to the rail and car were placed at $3000.

Thieves Ride Off With Local Woman’s Bike
Always keep things locked up when you leave. A North Wilkesboro woman learned why that’s a good idea this week, as her son’s bike was stolen. The bike, which had been left outside, was discovered missing when the family returned home from a recent trip. There are suspects in the case and that investigation continues.

Regional News

Search Over For Caldwell Woman
The search has ended for a Caldwell County woman who disappeared December 29th. The body of 48-yr-old Emily Anderson was found over the weekend in South Carolina. She was found dead, locked up in the tool box in the back of her truck. Authorities were able to track down the woman’s vehicle just west of Spartanburg on I-85. The FBI have been called in to assist in the case.

State News

Greensboro Police Chief Resigns
A few days after being locked out of his own office by the city manager, Greensboro police chief David Wray announced he was resigning. Wray sent letters to the press on Monday, declaring the end to his 2 ½ year term. The chief said that recent controversies in his department, including some race related, have hurt his ability to lead. Wray also said in the letter that he was ultimately responsible for everything that goes on and calls the decision “in the best interests of the department”.

NC Highways Ranked 4th In Nation
North Carolina is considered a good state to go driving in, according to a political watchdog group. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety release a study each year, called the Roadmap to State Highway Laws. In this year’s roadmap, North Carolina was ranked 4th, just behind Georgia and Washington. Nevada was ranked number one. The study ranks states based on child safety, teen driving and impaired driving, among other things.

Hepatitis Outbreak In Alamance

Officials in Alamance County are working to contain a possible outbreak of Hepatitis in the area. Already five cases of Hepatitis A have been confirmed and seven more people could be infected. So far, the health department has no clue as to what could have spread the infection. Local leaders say they believe the situation has been dealt with and don’t expect anymore cases to pop up.

Myrick Attacks NC Gas Increase
Another lawmaker has come out criticizing North Carolina’s gas tax increase, this time on the federal level. Representative Sue Myrick, along with the 13 other members of North Carolina’s Congressional delegation, received letters from State Senate leader Marc Basnight and House Speaker Jim Black. The letters requested federal help with the problem. Myrick responded by suggesting that state lawmakers fix the situation by putting a halt to the one billion worth of funds that have been transferred from the Highway Trust Fund in the last five years. Funds from the gas tax are placed in the Trust Fund, for use in repairing roads. Instead, money has been taken out for pet projects of state leaders. Both Black and Basnight refused for the state to take responsibility for the problem.

Sports Headlines

High School Basketball
Around the high school scene, some scores from last night. It was East Wilkes knocking off the heavily favored Bishop McGuiness squad 71-55. The Lady Cardinals didn’t fare as well however, as they lost to Bishop McGuiness 57-19. And all four county teams are in action tonight. North Wilkes plays host to Starmount, while Wilkes Central is on the road playing Surry Central. Then in our 3WC Game of the Week, it’s going to be East Wilkes marching up to Millers Creek as they’ll take on the Blackhawks of West Wilkes. We’ll go on the air at 7pm with the pregame show and then join Ken Byrd and Keith Briand at 7:15 for the play by play.

NCAA Scoreboard
Taking a look at some college basketball from last night, it was East Tennessee State over Gardner-Webb 89-66. The Bulldogs fell despite 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks from Simon Conn, as they drop to 6-7, good enough for 6th in the Atlantic Sun conference. It was High Point over Coastal Carolina 82-62, the streaking Elon Phoenix over Chattanooga 92-74, Delaware State knocked off NC A&T 56-52 and it was Appalachian State over Western Carolina 68-53. DJ Thompson had 18 points and 5 assists to lead the Mountaineers, who improve to 6-9 on the year.

NC State Lands Basketball Recruit
In other college basketball news, NC State has already started planning for 2008 as 6'2 ft guard Chris Wright committed to the team. Wright, who plays for St. John's High In Washington DC is ranked as the 6th best high school junior in the country. He picked the Wolfpack over Duke, Villanova and Wake Forest. Scouts believe he could be a star in the NBA, with some calling him a taller version of Philadelphia guard Allen Iversion.

NC State Loses Football Coach
The news wasn't so good however for the NC State football team. Coach Chuck Amato will have to replace part of his staff before next season. Special teams coach Manny Diaz announced that he was leaving to take the defensive coordinator job at Middle Tennessee. Diaz had been with the Wolfpack for six seasons.

Smith Named Comeback Player Of The Year
With one round in the books, the Carolina Panthers were celebrating a win of another kind as wide receiver Steve Smith was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, an award he shares with Teddy Bruschi of the New England Patriots. Votes for the two were split 50-50 down the middle, as writers didn't know which achievement to award. Smith returned from a broken leg to lead the league in catches and receiving yards, while Bruschi bounced back from a mild stroke he suffered last year.