A lawsuit filed in Wilkes Superior Court claims a man defamed a high school student by falsely implicating him in a sexual assault that the suit said didn’t occur.

Wilkes County Health Department Director Rachel Willard said Friday that she expects alternating periods of new COVID-19 case totals spiking and falling in the county in the next 12-18 months, barring a substantial increase in Wilkes residents vaccinated for the virus.

Wilkesboro’s recycling centers on School Street and in Cub Creek Park will be permanently closed after Aug. 31 due to people using them to dispose of non-recyclables, said Town Manager Ken Noland.

After harvesting a bumper crop of sourwood honey in 2020, most Wilkes County beekeepers are finding little to none of this highly-prized product in their hives this month.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Organizers of the Brushy Mountain Peach & Heritage Festival honored the late Frank F. and Mae Winebarger Baity of the Brushy Mountain community by naming them marshals for this year’s festival. The event is from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Saturday, July 31, in the Carolina West Wireles…

The second iteration of Wilkes Comic Con attracted around 600 attendees on Saturday, doubling the participation of the inaugural event in 2019.

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The North Wilkesboro Police Department charged a former employee of Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission with nine counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, announced Interim Police Chief Rob Thornburg on July 16.

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The second annual Brushy Mountain Peach & Heritage Festival is in the Carolina West Wireless Community Commons and the adjoining section of North Bridge Street in downtown Wilkesboro from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 31.

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The North Wilkesboro Police Department charged Donald Chad Ferguson, 42, of Moravian Falls, with 12 felony counts of breaking into a coin operated machine and 12 counts of damaging a coin operated machine.

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A standoff in North Wilkesboro between law enforcement officers and an armed man ended late Sunday afternoon when the man was taken into custody without anyone being injured, said Rob Thornburg, interim North Wilkesboro police chief.

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A man charged with murder in a fatal shooting in eastern Wilkes County early Sunday morning was apprehended about 11 a.m. Monday, the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office reported.

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Candidates for two North Wilkesboro commissioner seats on the ballot this year doubled to four and a fourth person filed as a candidate for mayor of the town before the filing period ended at noon Friday, July 16.

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Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd responded to questions and released an additional statement concerning an April 22 incident at Wilkes Central High School that resulted in five students being charged with simple assault by the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office.

Funding is in place for repaving and other maintenance on 75 contiguous miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Wilkes and nearby counties and also for replacing a 550-foot-long Parkway bridge in Laurel Springs, said Tracy Swartout, new superintendent of the linear national park.

Restoration and reopening of the historic Bluffs Restaurant in Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway was heralded as a model of success through collaboration during an event Thursday.

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The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office charged five students with the misdemeanor offense of simple assault as a result of an incident at the school in April involving a juvenile victim, said Major Logan Kerr of the sheriff’s office.

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The Ronda Board of Commissioners learned that increased popularity of the Yadkin River for recreation has also made it harder for emergency personnel to conduct rescues on the river.

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By late Tuesday morning, three people had filed as candidates for North Wilkesboro mayor, two for two North Wilkesboro commissioner seats and three for two Wilkesboro councilman seats in this year’s elections.

Wilkes Community College’s Workforce Development and Community Education Department announced the addition of two new online educational programs, one focusing on cyber security and the other on computer networking.

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Town of North Wilkesboro crews recently completed installation of new speed limit and “No Thru Trucks” signs at prominent entrances to the town’s residential "grid" streets.

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The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at a residence on Bagley Springs Road southeast of Ronda late on the morning of July 6, said Chief Deputy James Summers on July 7.

Two people filed for North Wilkesboro mayor, one for North Wilkesboro commissioner and one for Wilkesboro Town Council at the Wilkes County Board of Elections when the municipal candidate filing period opened July 2.

As we roll into July, it’s perhaps the most popular time of year for families and individuals to take long-awaited vacations to exotic locales and trendy tourist destinations.

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The Wilkes County commissioners voted unanimously to withhold county government funds from the Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission (BROC), with the exception of money for specific needs as requested, until an investigation into the nonprofit’s finances is completed.

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An employee of the Wilkes County Tax Department since 2008 is the new county tax administrator.

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The Wilkes County and Wilkesboro governing bodies have discussed but still haven’t held public hearings on incentives proposed to land a company’s apparent significant economic investment with new jobs.

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A suspect in a Caldwell County murder was fatally shot in Traphill during an encounter with Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office deputies late Friday night, said Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew.

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Gayle Manchin, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) co-chairman, and Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Tracy Swartout will bring attention to the economic importance of resources like the Parkway in an event Thursday at Doughton Park.

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A motor vehicle chase over 25 miles long in southwestern Wilkes County ended about 2:30 p.m. June 29 soon after the pursued vehicle’s front tires were punctured by spike strips placed by a Wilkesboro police officer.

“Not everything is the way it appears” could be the motto for a crash reconstruction team that became a joint effort of the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro police departments earlier this year.

The North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioners on Thursday agreed to extend town waterlines from the under-construction elevated water storage tank at the Wilkes Industrial Park to the planned Wilkes County Business Center.

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The Kruger Brothers will conclude their free concert series at the Carolina West Wireless Community Commons in Wilkesboro the next two Sundays, July 4 and July 11, from 5-7 p.m.

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Church youth groups from across North Carolina are in Wilkes County again this summer building wheelchair ramps and decks, doing home repairs and yard work, working in food pantries and taking on other service work through Carolina Cross Connection (CCC).

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Wilkes Community College’s new Blan Bottomley Welding Lab, adjacent to the WCC Alleghany Center in Sparta, was dedicated during a ceremony with a ribbon cutting on June 23.

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A State Road man charged with committing dozens of sex crimes involving juveniles while he was in the role of pastor was sentenced to a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 29 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to one count of statutory sex offense with a child.

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U.S. Senatorial candidate Jeff Jackson stumped in North Wilkesboro Sunday, saying he is visiting all 100 North Carolina counties in 100 days to learn concerns of the state’s residents and incorporate them in his agenda.

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Over five years after voters locally and statewide approved a $2 billion bond package, plans for the portion included for building a new N.C. Army National Guard facility in Wilkes County remain uncertain.

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A Downtown Art Walk featuring artist demonstrations and extended shopping hours in downtown North Wilkesboro is planned from 5:30-8 p.m., July 16.

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The Independence Day fireworks display at North Wilkesboro’s Memorial Park and the Great American Fire Truck Parade in the Wilkesboros are scheduled Sunday, July 4.

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Scythian, a band known for feeding off the energy of its audiences, praised the return of live music during a high-energy set Saturday night at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace in North Wilkesboro.