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Tuesday
Jul092019

Stolen Motorcycles

While the victim was out of town, someone stole their motorcycles.  A friend was checking on the property and discovered the theft.  A Honda CR250 valued at $2500 and a Suzuki RM85 valued at $1500 were stolen.  There are possible suspects in this theft.  The Wilkes Sheriff is investigating and charges are pending.

Tuesday
Jul092019

NC Gov and Disaster Declaration

Governor Roy Cooper signed a state disaster declaration for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, including Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union, making additional assistance available to people affected by heavy rains that flooded homes and roads in those counties on June 7-10. “This declaration will help those who do not qualify for disaster loans from the Small Business Administration,” said Governor Cooper. At the Governor’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration granted a disaster declaration last week.

 

Tuesday
Jul092019

State Rep from Wilkes Sponsors Bill on School Testing

NC Representative in Raleigh Jeffrey Elmore of North Wilkesboro is the primary sponsor of a State Bill that would merge State legislation to reduce the number of standardized tests given in the public schools. The Bill sponsored by Elmore and other NC House Reps would eliminate many state exams and overhaul the state testing program. Many of the changes would be in place for the 2019-20 school year.  The new version of Senate Bill 621 also: replaces the state EOGs exams given in grades 3-8 in reading, math and science with the N.C. Check-Ins, which are shorter exams given to students three times a year in each subject.;  eliminates four remaining state EOC exams for biology, English and math typically taken in high school. 

Monday
Jul082019

Drink Machines Robbed

The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating some drink machine break-ins.  The Rock Creek Marketplace reported 3 machines damaged and money stolen.  About 20 dollars in change was stolen and the thief or thieves caused about $200 in damages.

Monday
Jul082019

New Homeless Shelter Concerns

Community concerns have been voiced regarding a new homeless shelter in the Fairplains Community. Tonight, the Catherine H. Barber Homeless Shelter Board of Directors will vote to continue plans on a 1.60-acre parcel at 108 Sparta Road in North Wilkesboro for a new shelter or to look elsewhere.  Members of the community and the nearby Beulah Presbyterian Church have voiced concerns about the homeless and drug use in the area.  There are plans to build a shelter with capacity for 40 homeless people (compared to the current shelter’s capacity for 11) next to the church.  The Shelter Board plans to build a shelter with a learning center and full kitchen at an estimated cost of $500,000. A little over $100,000 has been raised toward the goal. The homeless shelter board’s application for a conditional use permit is on the agenda of the Planning Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 11 at North Wilkesboro Town Hall.

Monday
Jul082019

Local Police News

Congratulations for two local police officers.  At Wilkesboro Police Department, Officer Chase Shumate received his Intermediate Certificate from the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. The Intermediate Certificate is the second highest award from the Commission. At the North Wilkesboro Police Dept, there is a promotion announcement.    Officer Mitchell Elledge was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to supervise "C" Squad. Again, congratulations to our local law enforcement officers who continue their training to serve the local communities better.

Monday
Jul082019

Utility Bill Crisis Help Through Wilkes DSS

Funding is available to help North Carolinians in crisis pay utility bills or secure fuel or cooling resources. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Crisis Intervention Program provides assistance to qualifying, low-income households experiencing a cooling related crisis. Applications are available through county departments of social services. A life-threatening emergency is defined as a household which has no heating or cooling source or has a disconnect notice, and the health or well-being of a household member is in danger. During state fiscal year 2018-19, county departments of social services helped 106,253 North Carolina households experiencing a crisis.  For local residents in a utility crisis, call the Wilkes DSS. 

Monday
Jul082019

Apply Now for Wilkes Medical Foundation Grants

The nonprofit Wilkes Medical Center Foundation, established as a result of North Wilkesboro’s lease of the hospital to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2017, is accepting applications for grants of up to $10,000 each.  North Wilkesboro Commissioner Junior Goforth, vice chairman of the foundation board and chairman of its grants committee, said: “This foundation is about Wilkes County citizens and making their health better. We want to provide educational and health care programs and promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in Wilkes County.”  Grant application forms are available by emailing Lori McNeil at lomcneil@wakehealth.edu. The deadline to apply is July 31.

Monday
Jul082019

NC Gov Cooper Appoints Wilkes Resident

Last week, Governor Roy Cooper announced North Carolina boards and commissions appointments. Locally, Gov. Cooper has appointed to the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees:  Dr. Pam Scott of Moravian Falls as a member-at-large. Scott currently serves as a professor at East Tennessee State University, where she is a graduate program coordinator. 

Friday
Jul052019

Unemployment Rates Increase in Wilkes

Unemployment rates increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in May including Wilkes, decreased in three, and remained unchanged in two. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 6.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.1 percent. The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.0 percent.  Wilkes unemployment rate of 4.1 is slightly higher than the state rate.  The Wilkes unemployment rate is also higher than last month at 3.6 and this time last year at 3.4.  The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2019 when the state unemployment rate for June 2019 will be release.