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An information session on NC AgVentures, which provides grants to North Carolina farmers and community groups for new and innovative agricultural project ideas that increase profits, is from 4–5 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilkes Cooperative Extension office in Wilkesboro.

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Thomas Brothers Meat Processing on Thomas Street, North Wilkesboro, has been acquired by its largest customer, Seth Church and his business, Wilkes County-based Apple Brandy Beef LLC.

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On Wednesday, Lowe's Companies Inc. reported net earnings of $1.7 billion and earnings per share of $2.14 for the quarter ending Aug. 2, up from $1.5 billion and of $1.86 in the second quarter of 2018.

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The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded a $63,000 grant to the Wilkes Economic Development Corp. for buying agricultural equipment for Wilkes County farmers to rent at reduced prices.

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The ECMD Inc. Board of Directors has promoted Todd Meade to president and CEO of the North Wilkesboro-based company, effective immediately.

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Lowe’s Companies Inc. announced today that the Lowe’s customer support center in Wilkesboro will lose about 680 positions, with about 600 going to the Lowe’s headquarters in Mooresville and about 80 to the company’s data center in Winston-Salem.

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Wilkes County farmers have until 9 a.m. March 17 to apply for free seed through the Spring Pasture Renovation Seed Initiative to replant pastures damaged by heavy rain associated with Hurricanes Florence and Michael, said Wilkes Cooperative Extension Director John Cothren.

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A man who sold his Raleigh-based software company in May so he could focus on helping prison inmates succeed in business spoke at the recent Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Membership Celebration at the Walker Center.