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Wilkes soldier severely wounded in Afghanistan


Record Editor

An Army private from Mountain View was severely injured when a bomb exploded beneath the vehicle he was driving Sunday morning.

Chance Cleary, 20 years old, a 2010 graduate of East Wilkes High School, was in the intensive care unit in a military medical facility in Afghanistan on Monday afternoon. He is a member of the 3rd Battalion, 509 Parachute Infantry.

His stepmother, Denise Cleary, told The Record at press time Tuesday that he was in critical but stable condition with multiple fractures and collapsed lungs. Chance, by that time, had been transferred to a hospital in Germany.

Mrs. Cleary said that the family was notified around 2:45 p.m. on Sunday about Chance’s injuries. She said that he was driving a Humvee around 7:30 a.m. or 8 p.m. our time when the vehicle ran over and IED (improvised explosive device). One of men in the vehicle was killed, Mrs. Cleary said.

Chance Cleary is the son of Lynn and April Cleary. He has four brothers and two sisters. He has previously been stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska, before being sent to Afghanistan in December.

Denise Cleary describes her stepson as kind and caring and energetic. She said he was on the track team and also played football at East Wilkes High School.

“He loves the outdoors and riding dirt bikes and stuff like that,” she said.

She went on to say that Chance had always dreamed of joining the military.

“His grandfather and uncles served,” she said. “That’s all he ever wanted to do.”














Election Bulletin


Elmore wins House race

Shumate, Kennedy, Bush win Board of Education seats


Record Editor

North Wilkesboro Town Commissioner Jeff Elmore will be moving his office to Raleigh.

Elmore, 34, handily won the Republican primary Tuesday in a three-candidate race for N.C. House 94th District. He claimed 6,910 votes for 61.9 percent.

Since Elmore, who works as a school teacher, has no Democrat opposition in November, only an unlikely massive write-in campaign could thwart his win.

Rounding out the race, John Reavill, a Wilkesboro certified public accountant, collected 2,148 votes for 19.27 percent. John Goudreau, an Alleghany County commissioner from Sparta, got 2,089 votes for 18.74 percent.

In a phone interview with The Record, shortly after all of the district’s precincts reported, Elmore said, “I am absolutely honored that voters here in Wilkes and in Alleghany County felt confident enough to send me to Raleigh.”

The 94th District includes all of Alleghany County and most of Wilkes.

Elmore will continue to serve on the North Wilkesboro Town Board of Commissioners until he is sworn in to the new post in January.

In the Wilkes County Board of Education race, Darren Shumate was the top vote-getter, collecting 7,980 votes for 18.35 percent.

The other two available seats were claimed by Hardin C. Kennedy III, who gathered 6,326 votes for 14.55 percent, and incumbent Coleen Bush, who got 5,620 votes, only four votes ahead of fellow incumbent Rick Lankford, who received 5,616 votes.

School board candidates incumbent Peggy J. Martin received 5,501 votes for 12.65 percent, Maria Lynn Barringer got 4,696 votes for 10.8 percent, Alexander Erwin 4,466 votes for 10.27 percent and Nolan Belk had 3,139 votes for 7.22 percent .

In the GOP primary for in the Wilkes County Commissioners race, Elkin’s Eddie Settle grabbed the top spot.

Settle, a business owner, brought in 6,259 votes for 21.7 percent.

Incumbents G. Keith Elmore (5,944 votes for 20.61 percent) and Gary D. Blevins ( 5,628 votes for 19.52 percent) took the other two spots. The three will face Democrat Michael Holleman in the Nov. 6 elections.

 “I’m elated that the Republicans of this county had that much confidence in me,” Settle said late Tuesday evening. “It’s tough to be a top vote-getter coming from Eastern Wilkes. We had a lot of good people working for us. I am grateful and thankful.”

 “I feel good about it,” Elmore said. “ I’m ready to go to work. If we get past November, it will be a tough four years. I am very appreciative of the confidence that the public has in my ability in helping us get through these tough times. I’m ready to take on the challenge.”

 “It looks like I may get to serve another term, if I make it through the General Elections,” Blevins said. “ I’m just very pleased to have come out in the top three in the primary. Now I think I just have to work a little harder in November. I am ready to give it everything I have the next four years.”

County commissioner candidates Steve Walter had 4,164 votes for 14.44 percent, Heath Blake received 3,889 votes for 13.49 percent and Charles A. Hale collected 2,955 votes for 10.25 percent.

In the Republican primary in the race for the 73rd N.C. House District, Mark Hollo of Taylorsville won with 9,034 votes (67.58 percent) over Darrell G. McCormick of Yadkinville who had 4,334 votes for 32.42 percent. The district includes the Wilkes precincts of Brushy Mountain, Somers and part of Wilkesboro 2 along with Yadkin and Alexander counties.


Amendment 1 vote

North Carolina voters passed Amendment 1 on Tuesday.

More than 2.1 million votes were cast statewide on the issue dealing domestic legal unions with 61.05 percent voting for the amendment and 38.95 percent voting against it.

Wilkes voters posted a wider margin – 15,642 votes (83.07 percent) for and 3,189 (16.93 percent) against.

The passing of the amendment will change the wording in the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, and not recognize other types of "domestic legal union" such as civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Same-sex marriage is already illegal in the state of North Carolina. The measure, however, will add the ban to the state constitution.








ChickenFest is May 25, 26, 27

Around 35 musical acts will be featured During ChickenFest 2012.

The seventh annual Americana music event will be held on Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at The Record Park at the corner of Fourth and E streets in North Wilkesboro. ChickenFest is sponsored and hosted by The Record and is free to attend.

A tribute to Dr. T.R. Bryan will be a highlight of this year’s ChickenFest.

The Americana music festival, heading into its seventh year, will be held Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27. ChickenFest is sponsored by The Record and held at The Record Park at the corner of Fourth and E streets in North Wilkesboro.

The event is free.

Award winning musician and Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame member David Johnson will emcee and organize the tribute to Bryan, which will be held on Saturday, May 26.

 "I think that it's very fitting that we do this," Johnson said.

The tribute will feature Johnson, Eric Ellis, Grammy winner Tut Taylor – all members of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, BackPorch Bluegrass, Charles Tesh and many others.

Dr. Thomas Rhudy "T. R." Bryan Jr. delivered more than 9,000 babies and was beloved by countless members of our community.

Bryan, 81, of North Wilkesboro, died Sept. 7, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. The well known pediatrician practiced in Wilkes for 48 years - from 1955 until he retired in 2003. Known as "Doc" or "T.R." to most of his friends, Bryan also was a fan of the traditional music of the region and was instrumental in the formation and perpetuation of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.

As always, music is the main attraction of the event.

The festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25. The evening will be WKBC Radio’s Hometown Opry Night at ChickenFest. North Wilkesboro Mayor Robert Johnson and Record Publisher Ken Welborn will welcome the crowd. The night’s music will feature The Ward Eller Band, Doreen Pinkerton, Ray Allen, Jr., Maple Creek, String Hysteria, County Line and R.G. Absher and Mountain Heritage.

Saturday’s lineup will include Darby Road, Devin Huie and The Elkin Creek Boys. A flag raising ceremony, conducted by the VFW Post 1142 Honor Guard will be held around noon. Lauren Stutts will sing the National Anthem. Music will resume with Jerry and Gabriella Lankford and Lauren Stutts, Bill Ellis and Andy Rhodes, Crystal Owen, Anna Lankford, Steve Englebert, Ruby Williams and Chris Eller, The Dixie Duo, Jacob Johnson, Ernest Johnson, Davaughn Ladd, Carol Minton and Jane Noland with Logan Welborn, The Liver Spots, Ralph Clanton, Madison McKinney, Heidi Holloway, Rick Brockner, Edwin Osborne, Larry Griffin, Sonny Remington, BackPorch Bluegrass and Kudzu. The evening will conclude with the Tribute to Dr. T.R. Bryan.

Sunday will begin with an 11 a.m. church service by Arbor Grove United Methodist Church. Music will resume at noon with Linda Cabe and Joey Neal, Doreen Pinkerton, and The Davis Family.

Food, which will consist of all chicken dishes, will be sold by Arbor Grove United Methodist Church, The Church of God Union Assembly and Dennyville Baptist Church.

A play area for children will also be provided.

For more information about ChickenFest, call 336-667-0134 or email




Company to bring 50 new jobs to Wilkes

Millwork Products, LLC (MWP) headquartered in Paducah, Ky., announced that it is expanding its operations to Wilkes.

MWP's wholly-owned North Carolina subsidiary, Jenkins Millwork LLC, has leased production facilities in Wilkesboro with more than 48,000 square feet and hopes to have more than 50 production, sales and office employees as the expansion proceeds. Sales and distribution of millwork products to a four-state area will begin right away. An experienced staff and a local workforce with many years of millwork experience will provide MWP the opportunity to be a leading distributor of millwork and wood products in the area market. MWP President Bob Allen is excited about the opportunities and synergy these two companies create.

 "The business models of Jenkins Millwork LLC and Millwork Products, LLC will be very similar," said Allen. "We are a medium size, privately-owned company seeking to partner with other like-minded operators to supply customers in the markets we serve. I've known several of the staff and customers for more than 30 years. We're all going to work together really well."

The Wilkes Economic Development Corporation assisted the company during its search and decision process over the last several months. EDC president Jeff Garstka said, "We are pleased to welcome Jenkins Millwork LLC to Wilkesboro and Wilkes County. This announcement is good news for our local economy as we continue to work towards creating jobs and investment in the County. The EDC looks forward to being a long-term partner with Jenkins Millwork LLC as it grows here locally. I want to thank Millwork Products, LLC for their investment here with Jenkins Millwork and wish them great success."

Allen is no stranger to the millwork industry or to North Carolina. Beginning in 1974, he was a sales representative of a large millwork company in the Asheville, NC, territory. In 1984 he was promoted to manager of the Paducah, Ky., branch where he increased sales threefold in just six years. In 2002 Allen and local investors purchased the company now known as Millwork Products, LLC. Over the past nine years, his style of one-on-one contact with purchasing managers has helped him more than double the number of MWP employees and sales growth.

Allen continued, "I have the utmost respect for the quality of the North Carolina workforce, and I'm looking forward to the potential for growth that the comeback of the housing market offers." Millwork Products, LLC operates in one business segment, the wholesale distribution of pre-hung door units and the distribution of exterior door units, windows, stair parts and molding. MWP currently serves more than 370 lumber yards in Western Kentucky, Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, Southwest Indiana and Northwest Tennessee from one location in Paducah, Ky.




Letter Carriers Food Drive to help local agencies



Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, Inc. (BROC), a Community Action Agency and a partner agency of United Way of Wilkes will participate in the 20th National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Postal Food Drive on Saturday, May 12, along with Wilkes Ministry of HOPE, Ebenezer Garden Christian Children's Home, Rainbow Center-Barium Springs, Antioch Baptist Church, SAFE and Samaritan Kitchen. This is the largest day of collecting food across the nation.  Over 70 million pounds of food was collected last year to stamp out hunger and over 20,000 pounds was collected in Wilkes. BROC staff and other volunteers will be assisting with this year's drive. This will be an important day to help replenish the shelves at BROC and other food ministries.

When clients come to BROC for assistance, food is distributed to those with a verifiable need based on size of the family for one week. 'The number of clients receiving assistance, including food from BROC has tripled this past year", said Ms. Dare Stromer, BROC Executive Director. BROC is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to take applications for food. This service is offered to people in need according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines regardless of age, race, gender, creed, or national origin.

It would not be possible to meet the needs without the generous support of the National Association of Letter Carriers and Rural Carriers Food Drive, United Way of Wilkes County, Schools, Faith-based organizations and the wonderful support from the citizens of Wilkes County.

BROC would also like to thank others whose support makes a difference in feeding the hungry. They are Wilkes County Commissioners, business and private donations, "Friends Feeding Friends" Food Drive sponsored by Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Wilkes County Area Lowes Food Stores, Food Lion and Wilkes Community Action Committee (a supportive arm of BROC).

The staff wishes to thank in advance the Sponsors, the Letter Carriers, United Way of Wilkes and everyone that donates food.  Join us in fighting hunger in our county. This is a very rewarding day. Your help will truly make a difference and will be delivered during a time of need.

Please leave non-perishable items by your mailbox that day for your postal carrier to pick up, or you can drop off your donation at your local post office. The food will sorted and, weighed and delivered to the six local crisis ministries.




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Community Happenings

A benefit gospel singing for Patty Sebastian will be held on Saturday, May 12, at Hillcrest Baptist Church

The event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free but love offerings will be taken. All proceeds go to help with Sebastian’s medical bills. Musical acts will include Brothers In Christ, Doug Davis and Family, The Waymakers and others.



The Humane Society of Wilkes offers registration for the low cost spay/neuter clinic every Tuesday night, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Wilkes County Public Library.  Registered pets are transported to the clinic on the second Monday of each month. For more information please call 336-984-0227.


 The Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Care Center will host a caregiver support group meeting on the first Monday of every month from 1-2 p.m. Call 336-667-2541 for more information. 


Wilkes Cowboy Church will hold refreshments and live music every Thursday night beginning at 6:30. All are welcome.  For additional information, call Sandy at 667-4247. 


Relay for Life Events: Collection at Daniel Boone Day at Whipporwheel Village in Ferguson, May 12 from  11a.m.-5p.m. Donations and proceeds will go to Relay for Life; 2nd Annual Wilkes Relay's Got Talent, Saturday May 12 at the John A Walker Center. We are now accepting entries for talent. In order to sign up please contact Sherry Dancy at 957-7680 or 957-4574

Gentiva Home Health Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser, Saturday, May 12 from 7a.m. -10 a.m. Breakfast is $7 and proceeds will go to benefit Wilkes Relay for Life

You may contact Kim Waddell or Sabrina Byers at 336-667-3389 with any questions

 Mountain View Baptist Church Golf Tournament, Saturday, May 19 morning and afternoon at Stone Mountain Golf Course in Traphill. A donation of $50 per player will be taken to support Wilkes County Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

Teams will be 4 man Captain's Choice. Lunch will be provided to all players.

Call 336-696-2013 or 336-696-2473 to register now.

 Moravian Falls Baptist Church Milers Golf Cart Parade and Hotdogs!

Saturday, June 16 at noon at Moravian Falls Baptist Church. $10 entry fee and all proceeds will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. If you have any questions you can call Shirley Welborn at 336-667-2773










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