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Tuesday
Oct162018

Money Stolen From Safe

Wilkesboro Police are investigating a break-in on Winkler Mill Road.  The victim returned to find his house forcibly entered.  Someone had gone through the house and took some cash from a safe in his bedroom.  No other property from inside the house was stolen.  There are a couple of suspects that Police are questioning.  The investigation is continuing.

Tuesday
Oct162018

Man Found Deceased in Parking Lot

A 56-year-old white male was found deceased in his car at Two-Rivers Cinema on Saturday.  Another man coming to the movie theatre noticed a man slumped over in his car and called 911.  Some people in the parking lot attempted to get the man from the car and do CPR.  However, it was determined that the man had already been dead for about 15 minutes.  According to doctors report and the Medical Examiner, the man died of medical problems related to his heart.

Tuesday
Oct162018

North Wilkesboro Police Chief Honored

Congratulations to North Wilkesboro Chief of Police Joe Rankin on receiving the "Best Public Servant" award. Citizens of the community voted in several categories on the "Best of Wilkes" series sponsored by the Wilkes Journal-Patriot.  The Facebook page for North Wilkesboro PD also congratulated Chief Rankin, agreed he is the best public servant, and said he goes above and beyond the call of duty every day.

Tuesday
Oct162018

Wilkes County After Flood

Wilkes County and surrounding areas continue to recover from the passage of Hurricane Michael last week which produced heavy rain, downed trees, and local flooding. There were reports that many in Wilkes received 7 to 9 inches of rain causing many creeks, streams, and rivers to  overflow their banks.  NC Governor Roy Cooper visited Wilkes and other northwestern counties on Friday.  Cooper announced other deaths last week from the storm including one from neighboring Iredell County where a tree fell on a car.  Also, residents are reminded that during crisis situations, we now have the statewide NC 211 information line which can provide callers with nearby shelter, housing and other storm-related details. Just dial 211.

Tuesday
Oct162018

Elkin Fire Dept Applying for Grant for New Truck

The Elkin Fire Department received approval last week to apply for a grant to get a new fire truck.  The FEMA Assistance to Firefighter program grant of $388,310 would provide the city with another much-needed pumper/tanker truck. Elkin Fire Chief Matthew Crawford came to a Elkin Town Board meeting to make the request.  The maximum the town would have to provide for the purchase of the tanker truck would be five percent or $19,415.50.  The earliest the grant could be awarded would be June of 2019.

Tuesday
Oct162018

Blue Ridge Parkway and October

The Blue Ridge Parkway historically welcomes nearly 2 million visitors during October. So, National Park Service Rangers have prepared a series of short videos.  The Ranger Reminders videos will be posted to the Parkway’s social media sites. Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent J.D. Lee opens the series with a message that highlights the fall events. Visitors can also find information on the park website that provides a real-time road closure map, facility schedules, suggested itineraries, and visitor center locations. As October comes to a close, Parkway staff will begin the seasonal closure of visitor services in certain areas. A full schedule is available at http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/hours.htm.

Monday
Oct152018

Break-In With Damages

They broke in and caused 800 dollars in damages.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to a Congo Road residence regarding a break-in.  The property owner reported that he returned to find that someone had forcibly entered his house.  a pressure regulator on a portable air compressor and a pressure switch on his pump were damaged.  Nothing was reported stolen; there were only damages to the property. There is no word on suspects.

Monday
Oct152018

Health Foundation Receives Grant

The North Wilkesboro-based Health Foundation Inc. has received a $71,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation for a bike-share program to improve local access to bicycles. The Health Foundation will be seeking projects that improve access to bicycling throughout the community. The bike-share project is scheduled to begin later this year. The goal is to reach over 4,200 people through the program.  The mission of the Health Foundation of Wilkes is to improve the health and well-being of citizens of Wilkes County.

Monday
Oct152018

Returning Shoplifted Items for a Refund

Maybe it could be called a reverse bait and switch.  A man was caught trying to fraud a local store last week.  According to the report, the white male had purchased about $28 in merchandise from Walmart.  He then returned to the store with a Walmart bag and receipt.  He fill the bag with the exact same stuff he had purchased earlier and then took the receipt to Customer Service to get cash back on a return.  The man was stopped by Store Management and Wilkesboro Police were called.  The man, Robin Rhyne, Jr., was arrested and charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense.  He bond was set at $1500.

Monday
Oct152018

County Commissioners' Meeting Tomorrow

County Commissioners will hold their second meeting of the month tomorrow at 7pm in the County Office Building in Wilkesboro.  On the agenda Tuesday evening:  Three local fire departments requesting approval for addendum for Secondary Provider Rescue Services, an update from Wilkes Rescue Squad, action on Wilkes Airport leases and operations, and a report from the tax office.