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February 12, 2016
North Wilkesboro, NC
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Downtown revitalization is initiated

The Wilkesboro Town Council Monday night approved funding construction documents for the first phase of a downtown revitalization project.

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Monday 02/08/2016
Five apply to oversee intake work
Updated: February 08, 2016 - 2:05 pm

Qualifications have been received from five contractor companies that wish to oversee the proposed raw water intake project at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir as a construction manager at risk.

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Friday 02/05/2016
Decision nears on Wilkesboro plans
Posted: February 05, 2016

Wilkesboro council members will hold a work session Monday to decide if they want to move ahead with a downtown revitalization project by requesting construction documents for the initial phase of the work.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Council supports replacing grant funds
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 3:13 pm

The Wilkesboro Town Council on Monday indicated support for allocating additional funds to compensate for expiration of a $1.5 million grant that helped the fire department develop membership and improve fire protection over the last five years.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Repairing water main break
Updated: January 27, 2016 - 2:49 pm

TOWN OF WILKESBORO employees on Wednesday morning addressed an underground water main break off Industrial Park Road. The town was notified of the break Tuesday afternoon by nearby residents experiencing abnormally low water pressure, Town Manager...

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Monday 01/18/2016
UDO process begins in towns
Posted: January 18, 2016

By unanimous votes, the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro planning boards each approved the first section of a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) during a joint meeting Thursday night.

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Wednesday 01/13/2016
Seeking intake contractor initiated
Updated: January 13, 2016 - 2:35 pm

Local officials on Monday approved a request for qualifications (RFQ) for contractors to oversee the proposed raw water intake project on W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, an action that signifies the initiative is again moving forward.

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Monday 01/11/2016
Town planning boards to begin aligning codes
Posted: January 11, 2016

The Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro planning boards will hold a joint meeting Thursday to take the initial step in aligning the two towns’ zoning codes and ordinances.

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Friday 01/08/2016
‘Tragedy to not proceed’
Updated: January 08, 2016 - 1:58 pm

An update on the proposed raw water intake project on W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and related water lines, including North Wilkesboro’s ability to pay its share of the project, were discussed during a Wilkes Economic Development Corp. board meeting Fr...

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Stocks

IRS scam season
Posted: February 12, 2016

Tax scams can take many different forms, but most recently in Wilkes County and many other places they appear to be phone calls from thieves claiming to be from the IRS and telling people they owe money.

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Disturbing stats
Posted: February 10, 2016

Disturbing statistics were released recently with the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention draft guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain:

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Lake pollution
Posted: February 05, 2016

As has happened before, the deluge of rain Wednesday washed trash down the upper Yadkin River and into the coves of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir. It’s a tremendous eyesore and can harm wildlife, but it also raises health concerns for humans.

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Learn from Flint
Posted: February 05, 2016

If you managed to make it through even some of the 278 pages of emails Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder made public, you probably recognized something in how state officials responded to a water quality crisis in Flint.

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Lessons learned
Posted: February 03, 2016

It’s troubling that it took school administrators so long to detect something was wrong at Wilkes Central High School and initiate a process that led to a former bookkeeper there being charged recently with embezzling over $100,000 in ticket proceeds from athletic events.

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Lessons for politicians
Posted: February 12, 2016

The trick to winning elections, old political warhorses say, is to rally the enthusiasm of the young, the idealistic, and the angry crazies, without getting stuck with a presidential candidate who cannot be stomached by the voters in the middle, the persuadables who decide elections.

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Make good government the prize for bets
Posted: February 12, 2016

RALEIGH – By the time you read this, Super Bowl 50 will be over, and politicians in either Colorado or North Carolina will have gambling debts to pay.

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Panthers’ motto inspirational
Posted: February 10, 2016

Wilkes County became a sea of blue, black and silver on Friday, Feb. 5, as fans of the Carolina Panthers wore their team colors to support the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.  Many offices and schools around the county celebrated “Panthers Day,” with people sporting T-shirts, jerseys, sweatshirts and caps.

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Just how Republican is North Carolina?
Posted: February 10, 2016

RALEIGH — How Republican is North Carolina? My answer is 63.

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A winning game day spread
Posted: February 05, 2016

With the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos facing off in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, the time is now to stock up on snacks for the big game.

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More Columns
Who are the Christians?
Posted: February 12, 2016

The word Christian is used very loosely in today’s culture. There are so many counterfeit Christians walking around today. They think they are in tune with God. In reality they are living in a fantasy world.

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Town’s ‘warm glow’ missed
Posted: February 05, 2016

There’s a sadness over our little town and I don’t know if it will ever be lifted.

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No more pro politicians
Posted: February 05, 2016

As an 82-year-old proud U.S. citizen who has traveled all 50 states and many other parts of the world, I am very concerned about what is happening to our beloved country.

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Vote yes on referendum
Posted: February 05, 2016

One of the things that makes me proudest of North Carolina is our university system.

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Elks Lodge is wrong choice
Posted: February 01, 2016

I agree that building a new fire station and police department are among the highest town priorities, but I think the Elks Lodge property is the wrong location for a number of reasons.

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