While reading the April 20 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, I saw that Wilkes Regional Medical Center got a three star rating for customer satisfaction.
The centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued these star ratings. As a Medicare recipient I do not agree with this rating. On April 5, I had some health issues and had to call an ambulance to my home. I would like to say I was very impressed by the respect and the proficient way that I was treated. From the first responders in Ferguson, to the ambulance attendants, and the emergency room staff at WRMC.
I have used WRMC on several occasions and found it to be a good hospital. I would by all means give it a higher rating than three stars.
On behalf of MerleFest, I’d like to thank the citizens of Wilkes County for the support you gave and continue to give to the festival.
I receive many comments every year from fans about the wonderful hospitality they receive while visiting our area.
That is what makes MerleFest a one-of-a-kind event. We are blessed to have it here in our own backyard.
We would like to thank the Sheriff’s Department for the wonderful job they are doing. While I was at the hospital by my daughter’s bedside before she passed away, someone stole several items from my property valued at several hundred dollars.
I never thought I’d see them again. What a surprise it was to hear from the detectives that they found a couple of the items and I could come and get them.
They are doing a great job in my opinion and don’t get as much credit as they should for the job they are performing. Thanks again to the detectives at the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department.
In the Friday, April 3, edition of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, John Hood correctly stated, “North Carolina financial reserves inadequate,” and a front page headline said, “Town officials vent concerns.”
Both articles addressed budget shortfalls and increased pressure on local governments for adequate funding for everything from education to economic development caused by radical cuts in taxes at the state level.
Legislation that passed in 2013 cut tax revenue by more than $500 million in 2014-2015 and by more than $650 million in 2017-2018. The North Carolina legislative recapitulation of who pays taxes and how much they pay was one of the most significant redirections of tax policy in decades.
On behave of the family of Delbert Wilson, I would like to thank the Wilkesboro Fire Department and the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro police departments for their display of professionalism toward Delbert and the family. We all heard many comments about this during our time of grief.
It was very impressive and we all will never forget it.
Last April, Barium Springs and Grandfather Home for Children merged, making the combined agency one of the largest child service providers in North Carolina. Over the past year, Barium Springs and Grandfather Home operated together, but under two separate names. On March 30, the two agencies began operating as one cohesive organization under the name “Children’s Hope Alliance.”
During April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Children’s Hope Alliance encourages Wilkes County to come together to celebrate community efforts to ensure all children have great childhoods. When children have safe, stable, nurturing relationships with their parents and other adults in their community, it builds healthy brain architecture, forming a sturdy foundation for future success.
Adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse and neglect result in toxic stress that damages the developing brain architecture.
Like so many others I was elated to hear of the Wilkes Central High School girls’ basketball team’s success in Saturday’s state championship game. Congratulations to everyone associated with that victory.
It is to recognize Coach Scott Waugh, however, that prompts me to write.
Few teams can boast of a coach of the caliber of Scott Waugh. Like the recently honored Dean Smith, Coach Waugh’s legacy will eventually be recognized for far more than wins and losses.
As a one-time proud resident of Wilkes County (first graduating class from Wilkes Central High in 1952) and many proud years of residency later, I’m writing this letter to sincerely express my gut feelings about this great place to live.
First, the good much outweighs the bad. That’s the main reason I’m in the process of building a cabin in the wonderful community of Summit.
Not only are you blessed with such magnificent natural beauty, your people are the most caring, neighborly and helpful of any area south of Alaska.
On March 10, the Wilkes Journal Patriot published an article titled, “Mexican methamphetamine bust,” by Jule Hubbard that appears to be very misleading. Based on the title, it seems as if Mexican-Americans are dealing, purchasing or otherwise using drugs. When you read the article, it becomes apparent that four white men are accused of the crime. In other words, the article’s title is intended to provoke interest, but it is biased and inaccurate.
After all, “Dancy said the meth is believed to have come from Mexico.”
The largest minority population in Wilkes County is Hispanic according to the latest U.S. Census figures. Not only is the Hispanic population growing, but it is also becoming more affluent. This would be an excellent opportunity to welcome and embrace the diversity that makes Wilkes a great place to live and work.
What a fabulous event for Wilkes County, the “Wilkes Bridal Expo” which was held this past Sunday, March 8 at the lovely Walker Center.
Hats off to the event organizer and visionary Kelly Shumate of Bridal Traditions for a job well done.
She did this to help families and vendors for our county and surrounding area.
This time I read in the local paper “Convicted sex offender faces new charges” and I am reminded that somewhere along the way the punishment did not fit the crime.
While I was reading the article, I noted that the criminal has been abusing children for many years and has been put back on the street again and again to continue the ruination of childrens’ lives.
Who is doing this? Who is putting these child abusers back on the street to once again ruin the lives of small vulnerable children who cannot defend themselves against adults who commit crimes against nature.
I don’t even want to pull up the statistics of how many kids go to bed hungry every night in Wilkes County.
I don’t want to pull the stats on test scores, teacher pay, incarcerations, unemployment, EBT eligibility, underfunded social services programs, etc.
I am a fiercely proud native of Wilkes but I am so shocked to see that the representative from the county where I was born and educated believes that his constituents care about crossing a double yellow line.
The N.C. Senate recently passed a bill that violates the Constitution and the oath of office sworn to by our 30th District senator, Shirley Randleman. The job of our senator is to represent all of the estimated 189,000 citizens of the district, not just the 35,000 who voted for her. SB2 is a discriminatory piece of legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Randleman, and designed to further divide our great state. The term “sincerely held religious objection” (SHRO) does not appear in the Constitution, but according to the SHRO theory, if I am clearing the roadway on Sunday morning in my DOT snowplow and I am of the Baptist faith, I can refuse to plow the road in front of the Methodist Church because I have a sincerely held religious objection to the Methodist form of baptism.
The nonsense of Senate Bill 2 should give us all pause to wonder where and when this kind of legislation ends. Jesus said in Matthew 12:25: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”
The politicizing of religion for partisan advantage has taken America down a destructive road; it is dividing us against each other and it is wrong.
Thank you for the recent coverage of the battle of Iwo Jima and the men who fought there. “Iwo” has a special place in the hearts of all Marines and Navy Corpsmen.
We, as a nation, must never forget the sacrifices made by others that enable us to enjoy the freedoms and lifestyle we have.
On every continent, on every sea and the air above, men and women have risen and answered the call.
I read in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot last week, “News of 1954,” about a person who sat in the emergency room at Wilkes General Hospital (so called back then) over two hours waiting to see a doctor.
Nice to know that 60 years later people are still waiting two hours or more to see a doctor.
Like the N.C. Department of Transportation in Wilkes County, year after year, the graders, plows and trucks are rubbing the white lines off U.S. 421, N.C. 16/18 and N.C. 115.
Wilkes Circles of Care (WCOC) would like to thank Frances Hayes for her recent articles concerning our organization. Many people in our community aren’t aware of the many services and volunteer opportunities available. Mrs. Hayes has focused on several groups offering assistance and her interest and involvement is apparent.
WCOC appreciates the help from all the groups mentioned in the article. One group that provides meals six times a year is the Wilkes Democratic Party. In the article, they were listed as Wilkes Democratic Women due to my error. Although the Women spearhead the meals, they are provided by the Wilkes Democratic Party.
If you’re interested in being in one of Wilkes Circles of Care’s next class of Circle leaders beginning March 5, contact Greta at 801-810-9262 or email@example.com. Circle leaders must be willing to attend classes on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. for 18 weeks and have a goal of becoming self-sufficient.
My mother, Lael Carlton, and I would like to offer our thanks to Jule Hubbard for the recent tribute he wrote about my father, Pete Carlton.
We appreciate Jule’s friendship, which extended over many years, and his last visit, which pleased my dad so much in his final days. My dad would have loved the article as much as we did.
CINDY CARLTON WINSLOW,
On D-Day, General Eisenhower did not tell his troops that we were going to defeat the Nazis so that we could cooperate with them. The order Eisenhower gave was to rid the earth of Hitler, his band of murderous thugs, and everything that they stood for.
In the November elections, America gave the Republicans a mandate to stop Obama and the Democrats from wreaking this country and we expect that this carnage to be stopped and reversed. We now hear Republicans say that they want to cooperate with Obama so that he will move to the middle. Americans don’t want to hear this nonsense because Obama is a leftist who hates our Constitution and deliberately circumvents it.
Thank you for your very thorough story Jan. 28 on the continuing foreclosure situation in your area and on the work the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund has been doing there. We received a copy from our clipping service.
Hopefully, your article will encourage your readers who need help to take advantage of this resource.
Thank you Frances Hayes and the Wilkes Journal-Patriot so much for all the support to the Guardian ad Litem program and all the articles, pictures etc.
This past article was excellent and we have already heard from people interested in volunteerng,
TAMARA LAKEYGuardian ad Litem,
I would like to thank those in the Wilkes Regional Medical Center operating room on July 18, 2014. Along with Dr. Polidoro and Dr. Thompson, they saved my wife’s life.
Due to complications in her pregnancy she about lost her life. These people stepped in and let God guide them through the process. After this those in ICU and second surgical made the week in the hospital a blessing.
I would also like to thank those who prayed for us during this time.
I recently attended a meeting and learned a little of the history of driver education funding. North Carolinians have for years paid an extra $3 per car registration that was supposed to go for the N.C. Driver Education Program. From what I understand, this money continues to go to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) allotment fund.
However, driver education has for some time and still is funded from the Highway Fund. I learned that the owners of 8.8 million registered vehicles in North Carolina are still charged the $3 per registration, which is enough to fully fund the N.C. Driver Education Program.
If state funding of driver education ends on July 1, 2015, as planned, I propose that legislators stop charging this $3 per car registration. However, I think the extra $3 should be shifted back to fund one of the most important things U.S. citizens will do throughout their lives, which is to learn to drive and to do so safely.
This Christmas season was filled with miracles. BROC/Care Connection served 1,348 children, exceeding expectations.
As Christmas Day inched closer, needs grew, funding was short and our hearts began to break.
“Christmas for Kids” is by faith only. The agency reached out to the community for sponsors and miracles occurred. BROC/Wilkes United Way Care Connection stood in awe as the people of Wilkes responded.
As readers of The Wilkes Journal-Patriot know, our county could profit from a growing economy in North Carolina.
One way we can help bring this welcome financial boost to our state and Wilkes County would be to support President Obama’s efforts to fix our broken immigration system.
Such actions have been conservatively estimated to increase North Carolina’s economy by around $2.5 billion over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, Congress (including members we sent to Washington) is opposing and even threatening to sue the president over this common-sense approach that would benefit us all.
The failure of North Carolina’s latest round of tax cuts is seen in information showing the state is asking less of those making the most while increasing taxes paid by about everyone else. The new evidence is in an analysis of taxes in all 50 states released recently by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).
North Carolina’s tax code has long been plagued by this upside-down design and ITEP found changes made in 2013 are making it worse. Today, North Carolinians making on average $11,000 a year pay 9.2 percent of their income in state and local taxes while those making on average $1 million pay 5.3 percent of their income.
Several actions in 2013 are to blame: changing to a single-rate state income tax from a graduated structure under which rates rose according to ability to pay; letting the state Earned Income Tax Credit expire, a key tax policy for low-paid working families and expanding items subject to sales tax.
On behalf of the board of directors, workers and staff of Wilkes Adult Developmental Activity Program, I wish to thank the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for selecting Wilkes ADAP Inc. to receive the $12,000 grant to restore and improve our facility.
Our agency has been here since 1982 and one of our most definite needs was new carpet. Thanks, to those wonderful Lowe’s Heroes who hustled and bustled during the busy holiday season-moving/placing and replacing furniture in all of our offices. Thanks to Brittany, Becky, Steve, Jamie, Tanya, Terry and Shannon. Thank you Ron Berryman and crew for installing the new carpet.
Once again I read on the front page of the local paper about the sexual abuse of a small, innocent, vulnerable child, only 21 months of age.
I want to thank Det. Nancy Graybeal, Assistant District Attorney Kisa Posey and especially Judge David Hall of Forsyth County for the lengthy sentence given to this criminal who committed this uncivilized crime against this helpless child.
All judges, attorneys and law enforcement agents hopefully will continue to do everything possible to put these criminals away for a lifetime. But before the judges, law enforcement and attorneys, parents you are the front line for your child’s safety. Please protect your children. You are responsible for their protection.
It is time to set the record straight regarding my stand on WRMC during my term as mayor of North Wilkesboro.
Several town commissioners untruthfully told that I wanted to sell the hospital and now you (Wilkes Journal-Patriot) have printed it.
I never wanted to sell the hospital, it was never for sale, I wouldn’t do it now, and it is time people learned my side of the story instead of the one that has been told by people who wanted to hurt me politically.
Good deeds are all around us.
About 11 a.m. Jan. 23 as I was leaving Lowe’s on U.S. 421, I managed to drop several large items I was carrying to my car. Rain was coming down pretty hard.
A lovely young lady got out of her car and came over to help me get my items together and helped me load them into my car.
Recent events have brought to our attention the horrific devastation that accompanies the loss of innocent lives.
Yet every day, legally and routinely, heinous carnage of the most vulnerable innocents is “performed.”
We go about business as usual while the silent cry of an unborn child is not only unheard, but unheeded. How can we keep on looking the other way while babies are killed in the name of “prochoice.”
On Oct. 13, my two Australian shepherds and I were attacked by dogs while camping in the Nantahala National Forest near Robbinsville.
My dogs were severely injured and one almost died. I suffered serious injuries to my hands, leaving lasting scars and reduced function. As a veterinarian who requires full use of my hands for surgery and work, this was a potentially life-changing experience. After fighting off the attacking dogs for 45 minutes, the owners arrived and two led me to my car. Nobody offered to help me get medical aid for my dogs or myself. They vanished.
The Graham County Sheriff and the Forest Service failed to immediately investigate the incident. Apparently, hunting dogs can legally attack livestock, pets, or people in N.C. As law enforcement refused to locate the owners or dogs, I had to undergo post-exposure rabies vaccinations.
“Few Made it to the Majors” (“Viewpoints on the State of Wilkes” column in the Dec. 22 issue) left out Lenoir’s Albert Bluford “Rube” Walker, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers as a backup for catcher Roy Campanella.
Rube had the misfortune of being behind the plate when Bobby Thomson hit the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” but he also had the honor of being on the 1955 World Series Champion Dodgers’ roster. He was a better coach than a player. As pitching coach for the 1969 Miracle Mets, he invented the modern pitching rotation, among other innovations.
Rube’s brother Verlon, also nicknamed “Rube,” never made it to the majors as a player, but he was a major league coach as a member of the Cubs’ College of Coaches.
The Apostle Paul wrote two letters to the people of Corinth. The first contained the love chapter with the admonition, love one another. This was the theme of the 36th annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party, sponsored by the North Wilkesboro Recreation Department, on Dec. 1.
Four hundred gathered then to celebrate at the VFW Post 1142 Home Hall. North Wilkesboro Recreation director Nelson Martin and his assistant, Larry Barnes, directed the event.
Cub Creek Baptist Church Bell Ringers, directed by Edwin Taylor, furnished lovely entertainment. The Rev. Tim Roten gave the invocation and benediction Thanks to Robert Bailey and staff for an excellent menu.
What is justice? (a) The maintenance or administration of what is just (morally right), especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited (earned) rewards or punishments; (b) judge.
Let me say, to start, no law enforcement officer is going to harm or bother anyone who is not breaking the law.
What if we didn’t have any law? God’s word says we are to pray for all in authority, which includes our president.
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the Wilkesboro Town Council and especially the Parks and Recreation Committee for the two new outdoor pickleball courts that were recently constructed at Cub Creek Park.
While most of us had never heard of pickleball a year ago, our community has now joined the list of over 100 places in North Carolina where people are now having fun and enjoying the health benefits of playing the fastest growing sport in the country.
It should be noted that the Wilkes Family YMCA now has two indoor courts and the Wilkes Senior Center has one indoor court for folks eligible to use those facilities.
I am seeking old photos of my long-past relatives, especially any of the Edsel, Barnette or Lowe families in Wilkes, Alexander or areas surrounding these counties in North Carolina.
I want photos of any of the following family members: Nancy Lowe Edsel, Edmund C. Edsil, born circa 1828; Richard Martin Edsel, born 1853; Martha Barnette Edsel, born circa 1859; Nesbett Edsel, born 1855; Catharine L. Edsel, born 1859; Betty
Edsel, born 1860; Mary Alice Edsel, born 1863.
We would like to publicly thank Dr. Hayes Calvert and the Wilkes Regional Medical Center Emergency Room staff for their quick decision-making and prompt attention that helped save the life of our infant daughter, Mercer, on the morning of Aug. 28.
She was born with a previously undetected heart condition and began exhibiting troubling symptoms at our home on the previous evening.
We will forever be grateful for your stabilizing actions that enabled her transport to Brenner Children’s Hospital where she received surgery to repair a narrowing in her aorta on Sept. 3 after a week of improvements under their care.
November is National Adoption Month, which makes it an opportune time to appeal to those thinking of adoption to please consider adopting a child in foster care. These children, having experienced neglect or abuse, are the most vulnerable. They need a family that will give unconditional love, and a family that is able to provide for all their needs, both emotional and physical, on a consistent basis.
Child advocates and staff of the Guardian ad Litem Program have witnessed the transformation that occurs when a child is placed in a “forever” home. With proper care, these children are able to reach their full potential. It’s not an easy journey, and may take a lifetime of support, but the rewards are immeasurable.
The trauma of neglect and abuse as well as foster care can be over-whelming; however, with nurturing and love, anything is possible.
The Wilkes Community Foundation has a special opportunity this November to participate in a challenge matching campaign to build the Greater Wilkes Community Fund, our community grantmaking fund.
This challenge is made possible through a special Chairman’s Challenge Campaign of the North Carolina Community Foundation.
Any gifts we raise for the Greater Wilkes Community Fund through Nov. 30 will receive a proportional share of the matching pool, now at $125,000.
Only a few days after the fall election, the president was threatening to end-run Congress on illegal immigration.
As a Christian, I’m taught to love my fellow man. I admit there are a few individuals I don’t care for, but I honestly don’t hate anybody. So please don’t call me a bigot when I offer my suggestions to deal with illegal immigration, a perspective you probably won’t see elsewhere.
I believe that people who have entered the U.S. illegally should be permanently prohibited from ever becoming citizens.
A well written article by Jule Hubbard in the Wilkes Journal Patriot on Nov. 12 brought to light, once again, the total ignorance of school systems in North Carolina and around the country when it comes to constitutional rights.
Hubbard’s article covered the story of West Wilkes High School’s invitation to a motivational speaker, former Florida State football player Otis Dubart.
According to the article, Dubart is a Christian and spoke of his faith at a forum provided for him.
Stand in the gap. Our world is in need of Christians willing to stand in the gap between the things of God and the forces arrayed against it. We need Christians willing to boldly declare themselves counted among Christ’s followers, willing to confront – lovingly and with respect as Christ would have us to – the persecutors of faith.
What has become of the freedoms of speech and of religion our founding fathers so wisely ensconced as pillars of our Constitution? Shame on the American Atheists who have sought to accuse West High and Principal Wayne Shepherd of wrongdoing. As a Christian and an American citizen I accept the AA’s right to exist and to espouse their take on the realities and meaning of life; however, I expect them to afford others the same freedoms.
I support Wayne Shepherd and West High and am willing to “stand in the gap” in defense of them and their efforts to bring to our youth a positive message of inspiration that, by coincidence, also happened to include a personal testimony of redemption. Lord knows our youth and our world need more messages of hope such as this.
Once again, I read on the front page of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot about a 6-year-old being sexually exploited.
Finally, the punishment fits the crime. While nothing will ever take away the horrible ex-periences this small child has endured, the sentence given to the perpetrator will ensure that this criminal will never harm another child.
Thank you so very much Det. Graybeal and SBI agents Alan Flora and Nathan Anderson and Judge Edgar Gregory for doing everything you could to right this terrible wrong.
Dear brother pastors of Wilkes County and beyond.
I am the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in McGrady.
I am burdened for our country and our kids. I believe that God’s judgment is coming on America. I am calling for God’s pastors to come together and have an old fashioned prayer meeting to pray for our country, our kids and anyone who is lost.
Thank you for covering the recent Operation Christmas Child presentations and the open house at the new Samaritan’s Purse hangar at the airport.
We appreciate you sharing the mission of Samaritan’s Purse with the Wilkes community through these articles. The folks in Wilkes are very receptive and encouraging of the work Samaritan’s Purse does.
One reason for that is the coverage the Wilkes Journal-Patriot gives us.
Please print in the paper as to why our papers can’t be on time or more consistent. Sometimes they are out on the corner there as early as 2 p.m. and sometimes it’s 3–3:30 p.m. or later. Why can’t you set a time to print it and stick by that time frame?
Several (probably 100 or more) are wasting time and gas riding up and down and around town waiting on you.
Also, why is only one person (in an old white Chevy pickup) delivering to the racks up Old 421, through Cricket, Millers Creek area, back down new 421 to Wilkesboro, then back up 421 toward Champion-Mount Pleasant area? Sometimes it’s 5:30–6 p.m. and again we’re wasting time and gas looking for a paper. Please explain in the paper. Hundreds of people would like to know.
The staff, board members and volunteers of the Child Abuse Prevention Team (CAPT)/Our House would like to publicly thank Susan Allen for her unwavering dedication and loyal service to Child Abuse Prevention Team for over two decades.
Ms. Allen was hired by CAPT in the fall of 2012 as the family advocate coordinator.
In addition to serving as a faithful member on the board of directors, she also held several important positions within CAPT.
Please vote against the constitutional amendment on the November ballot. It allows a person to choose not to have a jury trial in Superior Court cases not seeking the death penalty. The judge, alone, would decide guilt or innocence and the punishment.
This would increase the likelihood of uneducated and poorly represented persons making bad decisions and would help the affluent and well connected get sweet deals from judge acquaintances.
Since there are more poor and uneducated in the justice system, it would save the system money, but justice is never cheap.
This is an appeal for all Christian registered voters to exercise their privilege and duty to vote.
Pray for America and pray for God’s guidance as you vote and do whatever part you can to keep God’s principles in our homes, schools, communities and foreign policies.
Seek out and support godly candidates. Encourage others to do the same.
The old North Carolina tax law for individuals was complex, and so is the new tax law passed in 2013. Tax rates were cut for everyone, but several deductions were changed also, so one can predict whether we will be paying more or less next April 15, 2015.
However, senior citizens need to be on guard. Two important deductions were taken away that may hurt older people.
The first is the pension deduction that allowed retired citizens who had pensions to deduct $2,000 or $4,000 from their pension income, depending on the source of income.
What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina?
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.
While reading the April 20 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, I saw that Wilkes Regional Medical Center got a three star rating for customer satisfaction.
On behalf of MerleFest, I’d like to thank the citizens of Wilkes County for the support you gave and continue to give to the festival.