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The Wilkes County commissioners discussed possibly increasing county government’s financial support of the Wilkes Transportation Authority (WTA), among other topics, when they met as the public transit’s governing body last week.

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Plans for a new Wilkes County Airport terminal were reviewed but no action taken to build it during the Oct. 15 county commissioners meeting.

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A contest to come up with a mascot to help promote litter prevention in Wilkes County began Wednesday and continues through Oct. 18, announced Wilkes Solid Waste Director Anderia Byrd.

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The Wilkes County Clerk of Superior Court’s office was closed for the day at mid-morning Wednesday due to foul odors in that area of the first floor of the county courthouse in Wilkesboro.

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The Wilkes County commissioners edged closer toward building a Wilkes Emergency Medical Services substation staffed 24/7 in the Mountain View community Tuesday night.

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The Wilkes County commissioners were told Tuesday night that the county’s transition to a Medicaid managed care system has been delayed to Feb. 1 due to North Carolina still not having a new budget.

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Wilkes County government has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the state for building a taxiway connecting the runway to a new Samaritan’s Purse hangar to be built at the Wilkes County Airport.

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The Wilkes County commissioners unanimously approved two agreements with Wake Forest Baptist Health related to emergency care Tuesday night.

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Despite reservations, the Wilkes County commissioners approved a new agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detailing financial obligations of the county and Winston-Salem with W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir Tuesday night.

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Wilkes County government’s retail sales revenue for June 1 through April 30 was 12.36% ahead of the same period last year, according to a report given by County Finance Director Chris Huffman at the county commissioners’ June 18 meeting.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Wilkes Fireman's Association sponsors the July 4 fireworks display at Memorial Park. It should have said the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officers Association.

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The Wilkes County commissioners included a 1-cent property tax rate cut, while the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro governing bodies kept their tax rates unchanged in fiscal 2019-20 budgets approved this week.

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Chairman Keith Elmore unsuccessfully pushed for leaving the Wilkes County tax rate unchanged at 67 cents during a work session on the fiscal 2019-20 budget Tuesday night.

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The Wilkes County commissioners heard funding requests on behalf of Hospitality House in Boone and the Wilkes County Library during a public hearing on the fiscal 2019-20 county budget Tuesday night.

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Possible approval of an occupancy tax in areas of Wilkes County outside the towns was discussed during a Wilkes Economic Development Corp. (EDC) board meeting Friday morning.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said $47,350 is included in the proposed budget for Wilkes Emergency Medical Services. This amount actually is in the proposed budget for two new vehicles for the Wilkes Department of Social Services.

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The Wilkes County commissioners learned about plans to build a new and considerably larger Catherine Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter and were asked to contribute to the effort Tuesday night.

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The North Wilkesboro commissioners on April 2 agreed to fund up to $70,000 of any cost overruns of a proposed project connecting Mulberry Elementary School to the North Wilkesboro sewer system with a 6-inch forced main sewer line.

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Fueled by strong volunteer participation, progress is continuing on a 26-mile multi-use section of the Mountains to the Sea Trail from downtown Elkin to Stone Mountain State Park.

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The Wilkes County tax office mailed 50,369 notices with new real property values, one for each land parcel in the county, to owners Monday.

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A case was made for establishing more Wilkes Emergency Medical Services bases to achieve a goal of responding to at least 90 percent of emergency calls in 10 minutes or less during the Wilkes County commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

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Vaya Health has pledged additional operational funds as part of new plans for spending $1.4 million from the state to enlarge and renovate a county-owned building on Peace Street, North Wilkesboro, for expanded behavioral health care services.

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A meeting Tuesday (today) should result in plans for spending $1.4 million budgeted by the legislature to establish a facility-based crisis (FBC) center, said Keith Elmore, chairman of the Wilkes County commissioners.

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Information shared during a Wilkes Transportation Authority board meeting Tuesday indicated that the public transit’s finances have stabilized as the search for a new director continues.

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The Wilkes County commissioners began fiscal 2019-20 budget deliberations by addressing their broad objectives, including how a new property valuation might impact the county property tax rate, in a two-hour work session Tuesday night.

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Wilkes County officials are hoping the Wilkes Department of Social Services fares as well in an upcoming Medicaid audit as it did in 2016, when the agency made the fewest errors among 10 county DSS offices chosen at random for a similar review.

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Alternatives to building a facility based crisis (FBC) center in Wilkes County and the risk of losing $1.4 million approved for Vaya Health to construct the 16-bed mental health facility were addressed in a meeting Thursday.

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The Wilkes County commissioners approved expanded fire districts for the Champion, Traphill and Buck Shoals fire departments Monday night.

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A proposed 16-bed facility-based mental health crisis center will be back on the table for discussion in a Wilkes County commissioners work session at 3 p.m. Thursday.

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Six skateboarders appeared before the Wilkes County commissioners Tuesday night to request repairs to the skate park at Lowe’s Park at River’s Edge in Wilkesboro.

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A Yadkin Valley Economic Development District (YVEDDI) public transit official was offered the job of Wilkes Transportation Authority (WTA) director last week and turned it down, said Keith Elmore, chairman of the Wilkes County commissioners.

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A new county property revaluation, decisions regarding Wilkes County’s water source, downtown improvements and other public facility projects are among topics expected to be in the headlines in 2019.

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Plans to increase Wilkes Transportation Authority transportation rates, reduce staffing and other changes to improve the agency’s finances have been announced.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the Wilkes County property tax rate. The correct rate is 67 cents per $100 of property valuation.

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Wilkes County’s new fire tax and insurance district boundaries resulted in a little over 2,000 parcels being moved to different districts, in districts for the first time or no longer in any district.

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Keith Elmore was elected chairman and Eddie Settle was re-elected vice chairman of the Wilkes County commissioners Monday night, both with unanimous votes.

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Merging the financially-troubled Wilkes Transportation Authority with another public transit would reduce costs and facilitate an expansion of services in Wilkes County, stated a consultant.

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A committee will be appointed to consider and make recommendations on use of $1.4 million included in the 2018-19 state budget for building a facility-based mental health crisis center in Wilkes County.

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A certified public accounting firm reported to the Wilkes County commissioners that it had trouble substantiating Wilkes Transportation Authority payroll and billing records.

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A revised schedule of land values (per acre) taxed on the basis of its use for agriculture, forestry or horticulture has been proposed for Wilkes County as part of a new revaluation for property taxes.

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A $279,319 federal grant has been awarded to expand substance abuse and other behavioral health counseling at the Wilkes Community Health Center, which is part of the Wilkes County Health Department.

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The Wilkes County commissioners approved rescue services contracts with the Champion, Ronda and Wilkesboro fire departments Tuesday night.

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The three candidates for two Wilkes County commissioner seats on the ballot are Democrat L.B. Prevette and Republicans David Gambill and Brian S. Minton.Voters can vote for two or just one of the three. All commissioner terms are for four years.Gambill and Minton were winners of the Republic…