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The initial stage of converting the Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LP Building Solutions) complex at the end of ABTco Road in Roaring River from a manufacturing to a pre-finishing operation has been completed, the company reported.

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The governments of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro are asking area residents to consider alternative Halloween activities this year due to a rise in COVID-19 cases locally, said North Wilkesboro Town Manager Wilson Hooper and Wilkesboro Town Manager Ken Noland in a statement released Friday.

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Wilkes County’s 27 precinct polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). People wishing to vote that day must do so at their assigned precinct polling place, which is based on residential address.

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There are three different ballots in Wilkes County in this year’s general election because Wilkes is split into the 90th and 94th N.C. House of Representatives districts and the Town of Ronda’s election is the same year as a presidential election for the first time.

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Firefighters were able to quickly contain and extinguish a house fire in Elkin Friday afternoon, limiting most damage from flames to one room.

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Two Wilkes County commissioners again voiced displeasure with Wilkes having only two one-stop, early voting sites for this year’s general election during the board’s meeting Tuesday night.

Wilkes Heritage Museum will hold its annual veterans brick dedication ceremony on at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 on the front lawn of the museum in Wilkesboro.

The Town of Wilkesboro’s annual “Christmas in the Commons,” planned for Dec. 5, in the downtown, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A “po man’s lunch” of pinto beans and side items will be served at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10.

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The annual Trail of Treats on the Yadkin River Greenway near West Park in North Wilkesboro has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Dick Johnston, executive director of Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes.

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Juror notices were mailed last week for the first jury trials in the Wilkes County Courthouse in over a year as part of the latest step toward restoring normalcy in North Carolina’s justice system.

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Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew said foul play is suspected in connection with a body found on private property in the White Plains Road section of the Roaring River community Monday.

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A man died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle collision Saturday evening at the intersection of U.S. 421 West and South Recreation Road in the Mount Pleasant community.

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A member of a construction crew building a house on Briar Creek Drive in the Mulberry community was seriously injured in a fall about 10 a.m. Friday.

Driver of Ford Mustang in wreck Friday morning was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with serious injuries.

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Voters in the Town of Ronda are electing a mayor and two commissioners this year, all for four-year terms. Ronda’s elections are non-partisan.

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The U.S. 421 West retail area of Wilkesboro other areas of both Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro lost electricity for about 45 minutes Thursday afternoon.

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One-stop, early voting for this year’s general election had a strong start Thursday, with about 500 people casting ballots by noon at the Wilkesboro Civic Center on School Street and about 425 by 2 p.m. at the Edwin McGee Natural Resources Center on Fairplains Road, North Wilkesboro.

North Wilkesboro commissioners approved the immediate sale of 10 town-owned surplus properties—excluding another that the town mistakenly “sold” to a resident about five years ago—during the board’s regular monthly meeting at the Stone Center on Oct. 6.

The North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioners discussed restricting through traffic on Finley Avenue as a means of discouraging tractor trailers and other large trucks from using the road as a shortcut between N.C. 18 and D Street (Business U.S. 421).

The planning department of the Town of Wilkesboro announced Tuesday that “Christmas in the Commons,” planned for Saturday, Dec. 5, in the downtown, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Republican Deanna Ballard of Blowing Rock and Democrat Jeanne Supin of Boone are candidates this year to represent the N.C. Senate’s 45th District, which includes all of Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties and about three quarters of Surry County. Ballard is the incumbent.

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A man injured when his bicycle collided with a car in the intersection of N.C. 16 North and U.S. 421 West about 6:30 a.m. Saturday was listed in fair condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Tuesday afternoon, said a hospital spokesman.

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One-stop, early voting, when eligible people can register to vote and then vote at the same time and place, starts Thursday and continues through Oct. 31 in Wilkes County and across the state.

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Resilience Forge LLC in the Brushy Mountain community is offering a two-day, Hammer-In event at no charge to veterans.

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Plans of Frontier Natural Gas to install a natural gas distribution line along Edgewood Road in and near Wilkesboro and over a mile of N.C. 115 were announced Friday in a Wilkes Economic Development Corp. board meeting.

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RALEIGH — Voters will choose the chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court, two of the six associate Supreme Court justices and five of the 15 members of the N.C. Court of Appeals when they go to the polls this year.

Plans of Frontier Natural Gas to install a natural gas distribution line along Edgewood Road in and near Wilkesboro and over a mile of N.C. 115 were announced Friday in a Wilkes Economic Development Corp. board meeting.

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Three people were injured when a Chevrolet pickup and Jeep Liberty SUV collided on N.C. 268 West in Wilkesboro while it was raining about 10:35 a.m. Saturday.

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Nine out of the 13 Wilkes County elementary school principals surveyed favored allowing their students to return to full-time in-person learning when the second grading period starts Oct. 20, said Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd.

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A civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks a court order requiring the Town of North Wilkesboro and its zoning board of adjustment to allow the Catherine Barber Homeless Shelter to operate in a building at 106 Elkin Highway (N.C. 268 East).