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THE WILKES UNITED WAY Annual Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled, stated a United Way spokesman.

OPEN HOUSES AT BLACKCAT STATION scheduled April 11 and May 9 have been canceled to help control the spread of the coronavirus. Blackcat Station is a model train display open to the public on Elizabeth Street in North Wilkesboro.

WAKE FOREST BAPTIST HEALTH announced visitation restrictions at all of its inpatient facilities, including at Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro. Effective March 20, no visitors are allowed at these inpatient facilities except for visiting hospitalized minors (maximum of two family members per day); patients at the end of life (maximum of two family members per day; or patients needing help with communication, decision making or mobility. In addition, all non-essential surgeries, procedures and ambulatory appointments are being rescheduled.

N.C. DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES has closed 61 of its driver’s license offices across the state, including the office on School Street in Wilkesboro, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The N.C. License Plate Agency on Boone Trail, North Wilkesboro, remains open, according to a recorded message reached with that office’s phone number.

MERLEFEST 2020, scheduled April 23-26 at Wilkes Community College, is cancelled due to the coronavirus. People who already bought tickets for this year’s MerleFest have three options: 1. convert ticket purchases to a tax-deductible donation to the WCC Foundation; 2. roll over this year’s tickets forward to MerleFest 2021. This option allows fans to retain the same seat, package, parking, ticket, etc. at 2020 prices; 3. get a refund of everything paid for tickets, except non-refundable service charges. All refunds must be requested by April 15.

W. KERR SCOTT DAM AND RESERVOIR’S Visitor Assistance Center and Environmental Education Center, as well as campgrounds, public beach areas and picnic shelters are closed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. Still open are all trails, wildlife management areas, Tailwater Access Area, Blood Creek Overlook, Boomer Boat Launch, Pump Track, Mountain View Overlook and West Yadkin River Trailhead. Also still open are Smithey’s Creek, Fish Dam Creek, Dark Mountain, Dam Site and Keowee parks. All U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ day use fees are waived until further notice.

STONE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK will have no programs in March and April due to concerns about the coronavirus. In addition, all campgrounds and visitor centers in Stone Mountain and all other state parks in North Carolina are closed through March 31. Still open at Stone Mountain State Park are the trails and bathrooms. Fishing is also still allowed in the park, said the spokesman.

NORTH WILKESBORO TOWN HALL is closed to the public starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 23. Public access prohibited to help prevent person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus, announced Town Manager Wilson Hooper on Friday.Hooper said towns services are ongoing but with certain modifications.

RENDEZVOUS MOUNTAIN STATE EDUCATIONAL FOREST’s office, picnic areas, restrooms and educational facilities are closed to the public effective Friday, March 20. In addition, no private group events are being held. These steps, in effect until further notice, are being taken in support of social distancing due to the coronavirus. Rendezvous Mountain, including its trails, otherwise is open to the public for the season.

THE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM, with libraries in Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes counties, is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 outbreak as of March 18 and continuing through at least March 30. Call one of the libraries in the Appalachian system to inquire about availability of certain  services. Updates and for hours that limited services are offered and details specific to that location area available at for the Wilkes County Public Library and Traphill Branch Library.

DINING ROOMS OF THE BOJANGLES restaurants in North Wilkesboro, Jefferson, Yadkinville and Galax, Va., are now closed to the public due to safety recommendations for customers and employees related to the coronavirus, stated William B, Baker III of Huffbo LLC dba Bojangles. “The drive-through is open to serve you. We appreciate your patience and support,” said Baker.

TWO RIVERS CINEMA in Wilkesboro is temporarily closing until further notice due to the coronavirus, announced owner Richard Johnson.

CONGREGATE MEAL SITES in Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission’s senior nutrition program are being closed, starting Wednesday, as a result of President Trump recommending that gatherings of 10 or more people not be held. These meal sites are at Temple Hill United Methodist Church, the Austin Community Center, Maple Springs Community Center and the Wilkes Senior Center.

THE TOWN OF NORTH WILKESBORO announced that the opening of the Yadkin Valley Farmers Market on April 18 and farmers market sessions scheduled April 21, 25 and 28 have been cancelled. Cruise-Ins scheduled on the CBD Loop on April 4 and 11 have also been cancelled

WILKESBORO BREWS, BITES AND BANDS, an inaugural festival scheduled in downtown Wilkesboro on April 17, has been cancelled due to requirements of a declaration of a state of emergency in Wilkes County. 

THE WILKES SENIOR CENTER in the former Fairplains Elementary School has been temporarily closed.

WILKES-YADKIN HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION annual raffle drawing scheduled at the Wilkesboro Civic Center on March 19 has been postponed due to the temporary closure of the civic center by the Town of Wilkesboro. The drawing, which raises funds for the Joe Faw Scholarship and SkillsUSA, will be held at a later date.

SHINETOPIA benefit concert, cook-off and bike show scheduled April 18 in North Wilkesboro has been cancelled.

WILKES HERITAGE MUSEUM in Wilkesboro announced Wednesday afternoon that it will be closed to the public until at least April 2. More information about museum events and operations would be posted on the museum’s social media accounts and website, stated a press release. The book signing for “Mary Bohlen’s Heritage Cooking: Inspired by Rebecca Boone” scheduled for Saturday has also been postponed.

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Why haven’t they close that 421 Arcade? It’s packed right now. Doesn’t seem safe

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