Judge Michael D. Duncan of Wilkesboro sentenced one man to 30-39 years in prison and gave another 15-19 years in prison after they entered pleas in separate murder cases heard Monday in Wilkes Superior Court.

The Town of North Wilkesboro’s revitalization of Smoot Park is expected to be a multi-year, four-phase process, with work starting later this year on phase one.

Scott Heacock views his gift to Mark Eller as a response to a brother in Christ in need and what he hoped someone would do for him.

Sixteen inmates from the Wilkes Correctional Center in North Wilkesboro were reunited with their children for several hours on June 18 (day before Father’s Day) for quality time they normally can’t have.

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

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An unoccupied single wide mobile home on Speedway Lane in the Speedway Road community was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon, said Broadway Fire Chief Jason Hart.

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The driver died and a passenger was injured in a single vehicle accident on Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro, about 12:04 a.m. Saturday.

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The Wilkes County commissioners approved a fiscal 2022-23 budget on June 21 with one more addition — $11,140 to partially fund a truancy officer to work in the Wilkes public schools.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday that abortions aren’t a constitutional right, leaving the issue in the hands of state governments.

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A fire Wednesday evening was the second in the same double wide mobile home in about a month and the latest of several blazes this year within a small area of the Benham community.

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CHARLOTTE — O. Bruton Smith, who emerged from North Carolina farm country and parlayed his love of motorsports into a Hall of Fame career as one of the biggest track owners and most successful promoters in the history of auto racing, died Wednesday. He was 95.

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A federal indictment accuses a man of defrauding at least 19 people at or near retirement age in Wilkes, Alleghany and Surry counties of more than $3.6 million, announced the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of North Carolina on June 22.

The Ronda commissioners on June 14 approved a fiscal 2022-23 budget with a smaller increase in the base rate for out of town water customers than proposed earlier.

The 2022 N.C. Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year manages timberland for various purposes, including to help meet his family’s future needs.

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The ECMD Inc. Board of Directors promoted Kelly Hendrix to be the North Wilkesboro-based company’s president and CEO, effective June 1, as part of a strategic succession plan, the company announced Tuesday.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is seeking support for 20 projects and programs for the country’s most visited national park unit.

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Wilkes Recovery Revolution Inc. is getting $799,999 from the state for its ongoing efforts to address opioid addiction and other substance use problems in Wilkes County.

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One person died and two others were injured in single vehicle wreck Friday night on N.C. 901 in Union Grove in Iredell County, a couple of miles south of the Wilkes County line.

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A heavy hail storm in a small area of the Brushy Mountain community Friday afternoon damaged peach and apple crops, as well as gardens, homes, vehicles and other property.

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The Leonard G. Herring Family Foundation announced Monday that it is funding a comprehensive study on childcare needs in Wilkes County and organizing a task force to lead the study, all with a goal of expanding quality and affordable childcare.

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Ryan “RnB” Barber and the group, Boogie Therapi, will be featured Saturday at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in recognition of African American Music Appreciation Month, which is observed in June.

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A woman was sentenced to 146-200 months (about 12-16.5 years) in prison Friday after she plead guilty in the hit and run deaths of two people whose bodies were found near the Curtis Bridge Road bridge over the Yadkin River in Wilkesboro.

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Five men were sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte for their roles in a Wilkes County-based conspiracy involving the sale of over 9,500 gallons of moonshine.

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Wilkes County School Superintendent Mark Byrd announced principal changes at seven schools, two new directors and a new chief academic officer for the system Wednesday.

The North Wilkesboro commissioners unanimously approved the town’s 2022-23 budget during the board’s regular bi-monthly meeting June 7 at Town Hall.

Abby Bryant & the Echoes brought the Asheville sound and Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones delivered their tribute to Prince in Wilkesboro on Saturday night.

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Daily reported positive COVID-19 tests early this month and in late May in Wilkes County were at their highest point since early this year, but since then have leveled off.

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Wilkes Solid Waste Director Anderia Byrd announced that hours of county government’s three manned convenience centers will be expanded as a result of plans to close unmanned recyclable collection sites at all Wilkes schools outside the Wilkesboros.

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About 100 people joined similarly-minded individuals nationwide Saturday by participating in a “March for Our Lives” event in downtown Wilkesboro in support of gun law reform and other steps to prevent gun violence.

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Problems related to a surge in recreational vehicles (RVs) used as permanent residences were addressed during the June 7 Wilkes County commissioners meeting.

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Tamborazo Santa Cecilia and Jorge Delafuent will perform Saturday at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace in downtown North Wilkesboro as part of the Concerts on the Deck series.

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The operator of a golf cart and one passenger in the vehicle died as a result of a collision just north of Statesville Monday night.

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The need for improvement in math proficiency in the Wilkes County Schools was discussed when preliminary end of grade (EOG) and end of course (EOC) test scores for the 2021-22 academic year were given at the June 6 Wilkes school board meeting.

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Six recipients of the latest round of entrepreneurial grants from the Wilkes Economic Development Corp. were announced at the EDC board meeting Friday.

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An upgrade in job classifications and corresponding pay increases for the director and staff of the Wilkes County Board of Elections was requested during a June 7 public hearing on the proposed fiscal 2022-23 Wilkes County government budget.

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The Wilkes County commissioners agreed by consensus to include an additional $50,000 for the Catherine Barber Homeless Shelter in the draft 2022-23 budget during a budget work session on June 7.

The Wilkesboro Town Council unanimously passed the town’s 2022-23 fiscal year budget Monday during its regular monthly meeting.

A woman who turned 100 on June 6 recently shared memories that reflect how life has changed in Wilkes County since the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s.

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A late afternoon storm on June 2 felled a large white oak tree near Winkler Mill Road on the Randy Marion Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership property in Wilkesboro, revealing that the lower portion of the trunk was hollow. The tree had attracted attention since Marion left it standing as lan…

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A mother and daughter and a school media coordinator voiced concern about the Battle of the Books (BOB) program in the Wilkes County Schools being ended during the Wilkes school board meeting Monday night.

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The Golden LEAF Board of Directors on June 2 announced that Wilkes County was chosen for participation in a program that helps identify potential industrial sites.

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The Winston-Salem Urban League is trying to recruit low income Wilkes County residents age 55 or older for training programs with pay at local non-profit organizations.

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Downtown Wilkesboro was the scene of a prayer vigil early last week in response to recent mass shootings nationwide and is scheduled to be the venue for a “Walk for Our Lives” Saturday.

The North Wilkesboro commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a formal request to the Wilkes County Joint Planning Board asking the county to extend watershed protection ordinances that would allow the town to build a new raw water intake on the Yadkin River.