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Owners of short term rental properties in Wilkes County are now prohibited from renting to out-of-county and out-of-state guests anywhere in Wilkes County except Ronda.

Effective immediately, mass gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited within the town limits of Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro and Ronda under a revised declaration of emergency approved by mayors of the three municipalities Wednesday.

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Mass gatherings of 50 or more people at the same time and location are now prohibited in Wilkes County, plus church and other religious gatherings are not exempt from the limit.

Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew spoke with conviction about the need to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people and other federal guidance to slow the spread of coronavirus during a Wilkes County commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

Communication with the public for essential services such as law enforcement, fire, emergency medical and public health is continuing as usual, but Wilkes County Manager John Yates said the public is asked to call in advance concerning other matters to reduce risks of spreading the coronavir…

The Wilkes County commissioners approved a 99-year three-party lease agreement for the site of a Wilkes Emergency Medical Services substation along Mountain View Road in Mountain View and took related action in their meeting Thursday night.

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Two Wilkes County commissioners said during their board’s meeting Tuesday night that they support doing a study to determine if Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro should consolidate.

Ground was broken Thursday for a Wilkes Emergency Medical Services substation on Mountain View Road in Hays.

The Wilkes County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night declaring Wilkes a “Second Amendment Constitutional Rights Protection County.”

Marty L. Roberts said he won’t appeal a Wilkes County Board of Elections decision that made him ineligible to continue as a candidate for a Wilkes Board of Education seat in the March 3 election, stated Wilkes Board of Elections Director Kim Caudill.

The Wilkes County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night declaring Wilkes a “Second Amendment Constitutional Rights Protection County.”

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The new year that starts Wednesday will include local, state and national elections, with North Carolina playing a prominent role as a swing state in determining the nation’s next president.

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The Wilkes Board of Elections will hold a public hearing Friday on whether one of six Wilkes Board of Education candidates in 2020 is a Wilkes County resident as a result of a challenge filed with the board.

As 2019 draws to a close, plans for meeting long-term water needs of the Town of North Wilkesboro and the rural water associations it serves are as uncertain as ever after well over a decade of investments of time and money.

The Wilkes County commissioners unanimously approved appointing Niki Hamby as county fire marshal and Tim Pardue as assistant fire marshal Tuesday night, effective Jan. 1.

Wilkes County government will pay the interest on loans taken out by fire departments for building substations to help expand fire protection in the county.

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While still pursuing building a raw water intake on the Yadkin River, North Wilkesboro officials are also investigating the possibility of buying treated water from Wilkesboro and other alternatives.

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The Wilkes County commissioners responded only with questions Tuesday night when asked to approve a resolution in support of establishing a WS-IV watershed for North Wilkesboro’s proposed water intake on the Yadkin River.

A countywide litter pickup, organized by Clean Up Wilkes and the Wilkes County Litter Committee, began Friday and continues through Nov. 7.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Replacement of Mulberry Elementary School’s failing septic system with a connection to the North Wilkesboro sewer system has been delayed because only two companies submitted bids for the project.

The N.C. Board of Transportation has awarded $3.96 million to Wilkes County government for improvements to the Wilkes County Airport.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The number of warranty deeds filed at the Wilkes Register of Deeds office, a barometer of the real estate market, increased by 8.5 percent from 2017 to 2018 (calendar years).

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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.

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.