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Ashe County

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • associate's degree
    Oak Ridge Military Institute
  • bachelor's degree , business management
    University of Alabama
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Our Commissioners from left to right ..., 29 July 2015 [cached]
Our Commissioners from left to right are, Commissioner Larry Rhodes, Commissioner William Sands, Chairman Gary Roark, Commissioner Brien Richardson, and Vice Chair Jeff Rose.
Ashe County Sheriff's ..., 28 Oct 2013 [cached]
Ashe County Sheriff's Detective William Sands, an ACEAPT member, said people in the mountains of western N.C. are particularly hard-hit by out-of-country scams in recent years, according to FBI reports.
"We continue to have reports of sweepstake scams," said Sands.
"In the past, people were to send money for prepayment of taxes and handling charges on their winnings. These amounts ran into thousands of dollars," he said.
"We continue to tell people 'if it seems to good to be true, it is,'" said Sands.
"We're so fortunate and blessed in ..., 9 May 2013 [cached]
"We're so fortunate and blessed in this county to have the people we do have involved in volunteerism," said Ashe County Board Commissioner William Sands.
Recognition for volunteers is well deserved; volunteers spend time at Ashe Memorial Hospital, Ashe Service for Aging, hospices, tax aid, and provide countless other services in the High Country. With this in mind, how much money are volunteer services worth in Ashe County?
According to Ashe County Commissioner William Sands, the total dollar amount of volunteer hours in Ashe County is worth about $8 million per year.
To arrive at this amount, Sands received an estimate of how many volunteer hours are donated to Ashe County every year from Glenda Luther, Ashe County's volunteer coordinator.
William Sands ..., 1 May 2014 [cached]
William Sands (Incumbent):
Bio: Sands was raised in Surry County, graduating from Oak Ridge Military Institute in Guilford County with an associate's degree. Sands graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in business management.
Sands worked for 34 years with Duke Power Company, has worked 19 years with the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, working 17 of those years as a detective. Sands is a member of Bald Mountain Baptist Church in West Jefferson and also is a member of the West Jefferson Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and Oasis Shrine Temple.
Several speakers gave presentations ..., 26 Oct 2012 [cached]
Several speakers gave presentations during the forum, including Ashe County Commissioner William Sands, who spoke on behalf of the sheriffs office.
"A few years ago, an FBI agent stated that people in the mountains of Western North Carolina were hit hardest by out of country scams. Our people are very trusting," said Sands.
Sands also said "once money leaves the United States, any recovery is nearly impossible."
After the meeting, Sands said there are several different ways for elders to lose money in scams.
"Investment/ponzi scams have taken life savings from a number of Ashe County citizens. One person was charged with taking over $250,000 and most were Ashe County victims," said Sands.
In this case, the suspect did not come to superior court and was also charged with failure to appear in court. The police continued to search for him.
According to Sands, several residents have invested and lost money in ponzi scams originating outside of Ashe County. Black Diamond was operated from Ashe, but no investors were found in our county.
Victims loss $40 million, said Sands
Sands also said lottery scams continue to be a problem. People are told they have won large amounts of money, sometimes in the millions.
At the same time, they receive counterfeit checks, ranging from a thousand to several thousand dollars. The victim is told to cash the check, wire the larger portion to pay taxes and handling and keep the smaller amount, said Sands.
The check bounces and the victim is responsible to the bank. The winner's check never comes, said Sands.
"We see fewer people taken in by this scam than in the past. People have become more aware, and our local banks keep a close watch for these checks," said Sands.
Within the past few months, people have been notified they are winners, but rather than wire large amounts of money for taxes, the request is to send only $20 which is used to verify the winner's eligibility. Of course, the winner check never comes, only many unwanted scam letters, said Sands.
"People need to remember," said Sands, "you should never have to pay for anything you have won."
According to Sands, elders should be very careful when purchasing items through the Internet, such as ebay, Auto Trader and Craig's List. "Most ads are legit, but some people never receive their purchase," said Sands.
Identity theft was also mentioned and is a big concern, said Sands.
"Protect bank account and credit card information. Check or have someone check your monthly statements as soon as possible," said Sands.
Concerns about home safety were also mentioned during Tuesday's meeting. Don't let people into your home without knowing them or verifying who they work for.
Sands also said elders should be aware when paying for home repairs before work completed.
David Kirkland, from the N.C. Attorney Generals Office, agreed with Sands and told a story about an unidentified elderly couple from Wake County that was exploited.
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