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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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The Wilkes Community College Small Business Center has several online seminars in October to help develop new businesses and help existing businesses grow. They’re offered at no charge, but preregistration is required.

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Insect pests are abundant in many gardens this fall because of the time they had for mating and reproducing after emerging from overwintering.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation announced Thursday that the Bluffs Restaurant in the Parkway’s Doughton Park will suspend food service for the rest of the season for the safety of guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Five Wilkes County companies received federal Paycheck Protection Program loans of between $1 million and $2 million, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Eighty-two people who work at a fiber cement siding manufacturing operation in Roaring River were placed on furlough on April 8, according to a WARN Act notice filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

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The Brushy Mountain tree fruit crop made it through a spring freeze warning issued for early Saturday morning and a severe thunderstorm late Sunday night and early Monday morning without any damage.

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Craftmaster Furniture, an upholstery producer with operations in Alexander and Wilkes counties, announced that its manufacturing operations and offices will be shut down for two weeks starting Thursday due to concerns about the coronavirus.

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Wilkes Economic Development Corp. President LeeAnn Nixon spoke about several available buildings in North Wilkesboro owned by businessman Scott Nafe, and two in Wilkesboro that Nafe is buying, during the Wilkes EDC board meeting on March 13.

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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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The new horticulture agent in the Wilkes Cooperative Extension Service brings strong experience in agriculture - both as a producer and helping others produce.

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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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One of two Capital Bank offices in Wilkes County is among 22 branch banks being closed by the parent company, Memphis-Tenn.-based First Horizon National Corp.

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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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A Wilkes County native who practices law in Raleigh was recently named a “Rising Star” by “Super Lawyers Magazine,” an honor only 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state receive.

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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.