The N.C. National Guard’s government and legislative affairs director said possible sites for a new Guard facility presented by Wilkes County government would be considered as an alternative to renovating the existing armory in North Wilkesboro.

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The lineup of shows for the 2021-22 season at Wilkes Community College’s John A. Walker Community Center in Wilkesboro has been announced.

Relationships between families in the area that includes today’s Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the late 1800s and early 1900s was a focus of a recent event.

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After cancellation of one MerleFest and a six-month delay of another due to COVID-19, delight over the return of this premier Americana music festival was clear on faces of fans and in comments of artists on stage this weekend.

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The Wilkes County Schools ranked 18th out of 116 districts statewide in percentage of students who scored either grade level proficient or career/college ready on standardized math, reading, science and ACT tests combined in the 2020-21 school year.

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Wilkes Community College has announced an initiative designed to grow a new generation of technology professionals and entrepreneurs in Northwest North Carolina.

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The Town of North Wilkesboro announced Friday that the two remaining 2021 Concerts on the Deck performances at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace are canceled.

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MerleFest 2021 had an energetic start with strong attendance Thursday and Friday, setting the pace for more of the same on this last weekend of summer.

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A Wilkesboro man who has been publicized for his moonshine expertise is charged in a federal indictment with being part of a conspiracy that produced and sold over 9,000 gallons of untaxed liquor within about 2 ½ years.

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The collision of a Wilkes County school bus and a 1998 Toyota Corolla Thursday afternoon in Roaring River left the driver of the car seriously injured and resulted in two students on the bus being transported to Wilkes Medical Center for observation.

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A FEMA-funded monoclonal antibody clinic opened in North Wilkesboro early last week and is treating people with COVID-19, as well as people at high risk due to pre-existing health conditions.

The Wilkesboro Town Council on Monday unanimously approved the resubmission of a grant application that, once approved by the state, would be used to make improvements to and expand the trail system at Cub Creek Park by over three miles.

An impressive new collection of vintage music posters is on display until Nov. 30 at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro.

The North Wilkesboro commissioners on Sept. 7 tabled a vote to convert a former women’s prison off Boston Avenue to a training facility for the town’s fire department and other area firefighters.

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United Way of Wilkes will have a kickoff event for its annual fundraising campaign from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace on the CBD Loop in downtown North Wilkesboro.

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Splashes of bright colors filled the Stone Center in North Wilkesboro Friday and Saturday as the talents of local quilters were displayed.

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The Wilkes County commissioners on Aug. 7 unanimously approved holding a public hearing at their Oct. 5 meeting on proposed economic investment incentives for the Block, a family fun center planned in downtown North Wilkesboro.

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Hinshaw Street Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro commemorated paying off remaining debt from construction of its sanctuary building with a note-burning ceremony on Sept. 12.

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The Wilkes Heritage Museum on Main Street, Wilkesboro, will present live gospel music and demonstrations of life in the Colonial period as part of a Community Day on Sept. 25.

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A spokesman for the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) announced opportunities for volunteers to help develop hemlocks that are resistant hemlock woolly adelgids.

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Wilkesboro was one of two finalists for a project with an investment of several hundred million dollars and hundreds of new jobs before the company planning this chose the other site, which is in another state, less than a month ago.

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North Wilkesboro is among places in North Carolina chosen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a monoclonal antibody treatment center for people with COVID-19.

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Tyson Foods Inc. announced an increase in wages for hourly production and maintenance workers at the company’s chicken processing complex in Wilkesboro, effective Sunday, Sept. 12.

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An elderly woman hospitalized after being bitten by dogs near her home in southeastern Wilkes County died Aug. 30 at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

The Wilkes Journal-Patriot is holding a question and answer forum on Oct. 7 for candidates in the Wilkesboro Town Council, North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioners and North Wilkesboro mayoral races.

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A Catawba County woman died and five other people were injured when two vehicles collided Monday on N.C. 16 near Sussex Road in the Grassy Creek community of Ashe County.

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Clear skies and moderate temperatures helped offset any negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 50th annual Wilkes County Agricultural Fair, which was Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 at the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club’s Worth Evan Tomlinson Park near West Park in North Wilkesboro.

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Samaritan’s Purse is encouraging churches and families to fill more shoebox with gifts than ever before for the ministry’s Operation Christmas Child to help make sure millions of children experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ and joy of Christmas.

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A boil water advisory in place for some Mulberry-Fairplains Water Association customers was lifted Sunday afternoon after water in a main line broken Friday and repaired later in the weekend tested safe for human consumption, said Josh Reeves, association general manager.

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W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir near Wilkesboro is wrapping up the 2021 recreation season over the next few weeks, said a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project.

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A westbound tractor-trailer, in background at left, felled a utility pole with Duke Energy lines and a street light attached on Main Street, North Wilkesboro, about 7 p.m. Wednesday, causing about 350 Duke customers to lose electricity for several hours. The pole was severed at its base. The…

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All fifth grade and two exceptional children’s classes at Mountain View Elementary School in Hays switched to virtual learning at home on Sept. 2 due to COVID-19, said Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd.

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The fifth iteration of FaithFest drew tens of thousands of attendees to the lower Wilkes Community College campus Saturday in Wilkesboro.

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The North Wilkesboro commissioners on Thursday called for a public hearing on the reestablishment of a mobile home park within town limits.

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Charles “Rob” Thornburg has been named North Wilkesboro police chief, announced Town Manager Wilson Hooper on Aug. 26.

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Wilkes Medical Center had 28 COVID-19 patients as of Aug. 26, equaling nearly 60% of the hospital’s average daily census of 42 or 43 patients.

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Lack of access for reaching paddlers and tubers in emergency situations on the Yadkin River was addressed during the Aug. 17 Wilkes County commissioners meeting.

The Rev. Stephanie Parker was recently named rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 206 West Cowles Street in Wilkesboro after serving in that role on an interim basis since August 2020.

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The Wilkes Economic Development Corp.’s accomplishments in 2020-21 were recognized during the organization’s annual meeting Friday afternoon at the Stone Center in North Wilkesboro.

On certain summer mornings in downtown North Wilkesboro, you can smell it before you can see it.

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Wilkes Literacy announced the success of its 2021 sessions of Summer Educational Enrichment for Kids (SEEK), completed in August.

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The Wilkesboro Police Department arrested people in two unrelated breaking and entering and larceny cases.