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Friday
Jun072019

Stolen Laptop

A computer was taken from a home in Millers Creek.  The victim reported a burglary at their residence on Lovette Homes Street.  The only property taken from the house was an HP Windows 10 laptop valued at $1000.  No suspects were given with that report.  The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Friday
Jun072019

Ronda May Change Years to Vote

Will the Town of Ronda go to even-numbered year elections?  A bill in Raleigh has passed the NC Senate and is expected to pass in the NC House.  The request to move elections to even-numbered years was originally for two towns in Buncombe County.  However, NC Senator Deanna Ballard added the Town of Ronda onto the bill.  The request by the Town is to avoid Wilkes County election fees that are only applied in odd-numbered years. If passed, the next Ronda election would be in 2020 rather than this fall.

Friday
Jun072019

Middle Schools Celebrate

Tuesday, Wilkes County School Officials got together to honor and celebrate with two of the middle schools that received Lighthouse Status for their implementation of Leader in Me. The two schools honored were North Wilkes Middle and West Wilkes Middle.  Student speakers and choral groups took part in the celebrations this week.  Wilkes County Schools thanked everyone who came to celebrate and to those that helped make this program a success in our schools.

Friday
Jun072019

Farm News: Nominate for County Committee

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Friday, June 14, 2019. Farmers and ranchers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for the county committee.  Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.  Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally.  Local Agriculture Producers should visit the Wilkes FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election.

Friday
Jun072019

Sen Burr on D-Day

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the 75thAnniversary of D-Day: “Today, three-quarters of a century later, we honor the men and women who answered the call to service in World War II. May we never forget their sacrifice and may we remain forever humbled by the legacy of the Greatest Generation.” In 2009, to honor the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, Senator Burr led a delegation of Senators to the official Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery in France.  

 

Thursday
Jun062019

County Passes Annual Budget

Wilkes County Commissioners held their first regular meeting of the month on Tuesday and  voted on the proposed budget for the upcoming year. In May, County Manager John Yates presented Commissioners with the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year which begins July1.  The budget had a tax rate of 66 cents per $100 of assessed value which is a 1 cent decrease from last year.  The proposed Wilkes budget includes 4 new full-time EMS positions and included a 2 percent salary increase for all full-time county employees.  Before the budget vote, Commissioners agreed to 4 amendments including an additional $2000 for Lincoln Heights, additional $100,000 for Wilkes schools, $100,000 for the Airport Grant match, and one additional full-time employee at Register of Deeds.  The budget was passed unanimously.

Thursday
Jun062019

Digging in the Sink Holes in Wilkesboro

The Town of Wilkesboro has work crews digging around sinkholes near the old Taco Bell off Hwy 421.  The crews are digging to gain information on what pipes are involved in creating the sinkholes and to provide information on the best ways to fix the problem. Under a consent judgment issued by Superior Court Judge Michael D. Duncan earlier this year, the estate of the late J.C. Faw and Wisco Development must reimburse the town for any liabilities, losses or costs from remedying the sinkhole problems beyond what is covered by the town’s insurance.  Thus far, the Town of Wilkesboro has spent $100,000.  Meetings are being held with the Town, DOT, and other businesses in the area to get the pipe drainage system fixed.

Thursday
Jun062019

Damaged Mailboxes

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating some damaged mailboxes.  The mailboxes were in the Raven Green Street area of Wilkesboro.  Two different mailboxes were damaged.  The damages are estimated at $70; there is no word on suspects.

Thursday
Jun062019

NC Restaurant Cited for Child Labor Laws

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Cowboy LKN LLC – a restaurant based in Cornelius, North Carolina – has paid a $12,085 civil money penalty for violating the child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  WHD determined the Cowboy LKN LLC – operating as Cowboy Steak Chicken Ribs – violated child labor requirements by allowing 15-year-old employees to work outside of legally approved hours, and for more hours than allowed by law.

Thursday
Jun062019

NC Gets Commendation on Swift Water Rescue

North Carolina has received a special commendation from the Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards in Swift Water Rescue for the coordinated local, state and federal response to Hurricane Florence in 2018, when responders rescued and evacuated more than 5,200 people. This marks the third time North Carolina has received an award. The state received Outstanding Achievement twice, in 2005 after swift water rescue teams saved more than 1,110 people during Tropical Storms Frances and Ivan, and in 2017 after crews rescued more than 2,300 people during Hurricane Matthew.  The internationally recognized awards for excellence in swift water and flood rescue were presented this week during the annual conference of the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals.