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Wednesday
Dec122018

Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes

The stats are in for Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes.  Just in the month of October, nearly 2900 backpacks were filled and 723 children were served.  There were 952 families served in the food pantry and over 117,000 pounds of food were distributed.  The mission of the Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes is to eliminate hunger in Wilkes County.  They continue to need your help to fill 725 backpacks a week and fill 240 shopping carts of food for families a week.  Call Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes for more information at 336-835-5331 or online www.SKWilkes.org

Wednesday
Dec122018

One Snow Death Locally

Many meteorologists were calling this recent snowstorm, a “heart-attack snow.”  The snow was so wet and heavy that attempts to shovel could overly stress people before they realized.  That is apparently what happened in neighboring Yadkin County Sunday evening.  Reportedly, a tractor-trailer driver became stuck in the snow and got out the shovel the tires free.  He was able to drive the big rig a short distance on I-77 before became stuck in traffic. Witnesses said he was having chest pains.  Emergency measures were taken at the scene, but the driver later died at Hugh Chatham Hospital in Elkin.

Wednesday
Dec122018

Still Contesting Ballots in NC

The ongoing investigation in Bladen County into absentee voting irregularities and other alleged activities in the 9th Congressional District is the top priority at the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement.  The agency confirms that there is a person of interest in connection with an alleged absentee ballot operation in the congressional district.  Four State Board investigators with law enforcement experience are working full-time on this matter. 

Tuesday
Dec112018

Suspicious Vehicle

Wilkesboro Police received word regarding a suspicious vehicle.  The vehicle, a pickup was stopped by Police, and the two occupants inside were identified as having open warrants for arrest.  Also, the tag on the truck was now registered to that vehicle.  The two were arrested and taken into custody for the open warrants.  The driver, Jamie Call, was also cited with multiple vehicle and driving violations including driving with license revoked and fictitious tag.

Tuesday
Dec112018

Stolen Packages

The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of some packages from their residence.  The packages were delivered to a home on Hamby Mtn Road in Purlear, but apparently, the packages were then stolen.  The stolen packages contained nearly $400 in licensed Disney toys and other items.  The investigation is continuing.

Tuesday
Dec112018

Power Outages in Wilkes

Besides roads being treacherous, the snow storm over the weekend caused several power outages in our county.  According to reports, there were over 3000 without power in Wilkes as power crews worked Sunday and throughout the day yesterday to restore electricity to local residents.  Outages were from downed trees and power lines from the heavy wet snow.  Reports of snow totals in our area ranged from 10 to 16 inches.

Tuesday
Dec112018

Surry Drops to Tier 1

The North Carolina Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties based on economics and assigns each a Tier designation. This Tier system is incorporated into various state programs in the less prosperous areas of the state.  The 40 most distressed counties are designated as Tier 1, the next 40 as Tier 2 and the 20 least distressed as Tier 3. Wilkes County and our other neighboring counties remain at Tier 2.  In the latest calculations, neighboring Surry County dropped to the bottom third in economic strength or Tier 1. However, it means that Surry also is more apt to get state and federal funding, including school expenses.

Tuesday
Dec112018

Avoiding the ER in Cold Temps

The temperatures dipped well below freezing overnight.  The NC Dept of Health reminds us to take precautions.  Cold temperatures can cause the body to lose heat faster than it is produced, which can lead to health problems such as frostbite and hypothermia. Last winter, over 1,400 people went to the ER in North Carolina for cold weather-related illnesses. Populations at highest risk include people 65 and older, infants, children, people who work outdoors, and people who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs. To protect against these health problems:  dress warmly and in layers, limit time outside, and check on those who might be at risk.

Monday
Dec102018

Samaritan's Purse Expanding in Wilkes

Samaritan's Purse continues to buy, build, and expand in Wilkes with more people employed here.  Last week, a spokesperson for Samaritan's Purse presented their expansion plans to the North Wilkesboro Town Board.  In the coming year, Samaritan’s Purse will build a three-story office building on the 3.9 acre site where the old Nancy King Textiles facility is on Elkin Highway. The 150 jobs in the new 50,000 square foot building will be in addition to 178 people who work in the organization’s nearby 202,000-square-foot warehouse and office building, completed in May 2017.  Earlier this year, Samaritan’s Purse bought a building behind the North Wilkesboro warehouse from Wilkes Community College for $175,000. This building at 122 White Pine Street, is being renovated for use as a training center for Samaritan’s Purse employees. 

Monday
Dec102018

Stolen Gun

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a gun in North Wilkesboro.  Some of the most popular items among thieves are guns, jewelry, money, and prescription medications.  On Dehart Church Road, a homeowner reported that they came home and found their house forcibly entered.  A .38 special was the only thing reported stolen.  The stolen gun is valued at $400.  No suspects were listed.