Wilkes soldier severely wounded in
By JERRY LANKFORD
Army private from Mountain View
was severely injured when a bomb exploded beneath the vehicle he was driving
Cleary, 20 years old, a 2010 graduate of East
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
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.
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.
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
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
loves the outdoors and riding dirt bikes and stuff like that,” she said.
went on to say that Chance had always dreamed of joining the military.
grandfather and uncles served,” she said. “That’s all he ever wanted to do.”
Elmore wins House race
Shumate, Kennedy, Bush win Board of Education seats
By JERRY LANKFORD
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
voters posted a wider margin – 15,642 votes (83.07 percent) for and 3,189
(16.93 percent) against.
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
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,
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
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
"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
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.
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.
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.
will begin with an 11 a.m. church service by Arbor Grove
Church. Music will resume
at noon with Linda Cabe and Joey Neal, Doreen Pinkerton, and The Davis Family.
which will consist of all chicken dishes, will be sold by Arbor
The Church of God Union Assembly and Dennyville
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
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
By DARE STROMER
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
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
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benefit gospel singing for Patty Sebastian will be held on Saturday, May 12, at
Hillcrest Baptist Church
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
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
Center. We are now
accepting entries for talent. In order to sign up please contact Sherry Dancy
at 957-7680 or 957-4574
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
may contact Kim Waddell or Sabrina Byers at 336-667-3389 with any questions
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
will be 4 man Captain's Choice. Lunch will be provided to all players.
336-696-2013 or 336-696-2473 to register now.
Moravian Falls Baptist
Church Milers Golf Cart
Parade and Hotdogs!
June 16 at noon at Moravian
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