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May 27, 2015
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Wednesday 05/27/2015
Of snails, slugs and galls
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 2:00 pm

What’s the difference between a snail and a slug?

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Debate on state budget mostly meaningless
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 2:00 pm

The strong, bipartisan vote in favor of the state House budget showed that the 120-member chamber is becoming at least slightly more moderate, that Republicans are yielding a little ground to Democrats and that Democrats are willing to go along as long as they are thrown a bone or two in the process.

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Monday 05/25/2015
Education does bring success
Posted: May 25, 2015 - 2:00 pm

No matter how you cut it, education, combined with hard work, remains the only dependable recipe for success. It always has been that way.

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Firsthand account of life as foster child shared
Posted: May 25, 2015 - 2:00 pm

In 2014, more than 14,800 children spent time in foster homes in North Carolina.

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Friday 05/22/2015
How well do you know ’cue?
Posted: May 22, 2015 - 2:00 pm

TripAdvisor waded into hotly contested territory Wednesday by ranking the top 10 states in the country for barbecue.

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Historian Leuchtenburg on Hillary’s challenges
Posted: May 22, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Is it too early to start putting the 2016 presidential election in historical perspective?

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Connecting with the past
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Recently, while visiting daughter, Kate, in Clemson, S.C., I had a chance to re-connect with a piece of my family’s history in neighboring Walhalla, S.C.

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Asking right questions a key to educational reform
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 2:00 pm

RALEIGH — Call me a starry-eyed optimist. I don’t assume that those who disagree with me about school reform are out to destroy the education system. I assume they share my goal of expanding educational opportunities and getting a better rate of return on money spent on schools. We simply disagree about the best means to achieving our common ends.

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Monday 05/18/2015
What’s in a plate slogan?
Posted: May 18, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Starting July 1, North Carolina drivers are supposed to be able to choose between the familiar “First in Flight” or the new “First in Freedom” license plates at N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles offices.

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4 observations about the state’s budget surplus
Posted: May 18, 2015 - 2:00 pm

RALEIGH – The recently announced $400 million state budget surplus generated more discussion on Jones Street than just about anything this year.

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Friday 05/15/2015
A transformative moment in ’44
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 2:00 pm

If you just want to read about the incredible basketball game described by Scott Ellsworth in “The Secret Game, A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball’s Lost Triumph,” you can skip the first 250 pages. Then you can read about that secret game played in 1944 between a team of all-white college all-stars at the Duke medical school and the North Carolina College for Negroes Eagles.

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How are addiction and dependence different?
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Am I an addict?

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
Fundraisers are for good causes
Posted: May 13, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Two major fundraisers, the Wilkes March for Babies and the Wilkes Relay for Life, will be held in May and you can expect big crowds to be participating in these annual events.

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Economy will be key in how McCrory is judged
Posted: May 13, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Pat McCrory will likely run for re-election next year as governor of North Carolina against longtime Attorney General Roy Cooper.

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Monday 05/11/2015
Commercial vehicle safety
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol’s Motor Carrier Enforcement section carried out a commercial vehicle checking station Wednesday on U.S. 421 East, using the new rest area to conduct inspections. The results were a bit shocking.

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Recipe for a state pizza budget is shared
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 2:00 pm

RALEIGH – The state budget process, which is about to begin in earnest, is like making a pizza.

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Friday 05/08/2015
Doughton got Parkway to N.C.
Posted: May 08, 2015 - 2:00 pm

When driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I instinctively hold my breath each time I pass through one of the road’s iconic tunnels.  

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Powell was gateway and guide to N.C. history
Posted: May 08, 2015 - 2:00 pm

When UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus William Powell died last month at the age of 95, North Carolina lost its dean of history. With constant help and support from his wife Virginia, he authored countless books and articles, including the preeminent history of our state, “North Carolina Through Four Centuries” – all 670 pages of it. Even though it is now 25 years since its publication, it is still the best.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Volunteers are a key to MerleFest
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 2:00 pm

What makes MerleFest so successful? Is it the diverse range of bluegrass music? Is it the convenience of Wilkes Community College’s beautiful campus? Maybe it’s the availability of hotels/motels and campgrounds in the area and the transportation in and out of the festival?

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Export-Import Bank needed to give U.S. firms a fair chance
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 2:00 pm

I’ve worked at GE for 12 years. Since early 2014, I’ve had the privilege to lead our growing facility in West Jefferson.

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Fallacies sometimes impede sound policymaking
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 2:00 pm

RALEIGH – Those who advocate rational public policy, based on a thorough understanding of the principles of human action and the benefits of voluntary exchange, are bound to be disappointed much of the time.

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Monday 05/04/2015
‘Mahogany’ is sweet birch
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 2:00 pm

If you look up “mahogany tree” on the Internet, you’ll see information about a tropical hardwood species from Central and South America and the Caribbean that produces high-quality wood.

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Death and dying issues on legislative agenda
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 2:00 pm

RALEIGH – If you had a fatal disease, would you want to try experimental drugs if there was a chance they would save your life, even if they might kill you sooner? Or would you consider ending your own life if you were in great pain with no chance of recovery?

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Friday 05/01/2015
N.C. and the U.S.-Mexican border
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 2:00 pm

What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina?

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Good cop, bad cop with Gov. Pat McCrory
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 10:55 am

RALEIGH – When it comes to the treatment of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration, the House often is the good cop, and the Senate is the bad cop. Or maybe the Senate is the strict parent, while the House is more lenient.

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Of snails, slugs and galls
Posted: May 27, 2015

What’s the difference between a snail and a slug?

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Debate on state budget mostly meaningless
Posted: May 27, 2015

The strong, bipartisan vote in favor of the state House budget showed that the 120-member chamber is becoming at least slightly more moderate, that Republicans are yielding a little ground to Democrats and that Democrats are willing to go along as long as they are thrown a bone or two in the process.

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Bowlin praised for work as police chief
Posted: May 20, 2015

Cudos to Robert Bowlin and his Wilkesboro Police Department.

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CAPT support is appreciated
Posted: May 08, 2015

As the National Child Abuse Prevention Month draws to a close we would like to thank all of the donors and sponsors that we have had at each of our awareness events and fundraisers this April.

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