The N.C. Local Government Commission (LGC) voted Tuesday to issue notices of warnings to the towns of Wilkesboro and Ronda for not submitting annual financial audit reports for 2018 and 2019.

Wilkes County government’s initial allocation of $1.36 million through the federal CARES Act for coronavirus-related costs has been nearly doubled.

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Local law enforcement leaders are urging citizens to take seriously Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay at home order, which took effect at 5 p.m. Monday.

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Ronda Town Hall, as of 5 p.m. today (Monday), will be closed for the duration of Gov. Roy Cooper’s 30-day stay-at-home order, Ronda Mayor Victor Varela said.

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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.

Wilkesboro, Ronda and Elkin have been awarded Community Development Block Grants for water and sewer infrastructure projects, the state announced Thursday.

A Ronda man lost his life in a fiery collision Monday afternoon on Greenhorn Road in the Shepherds Crossroads community, according to Trooper S.R. Hargrove of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

In a short meeting Monday night at town hall, Ronda commissioners voted down a proposed nuisance property ordinance.

The mayor of Ronda cast the deciding vote during an Oct. 8 meeting at town hall to schedule a public hearing on a long-debated nuisance property ordinance.

In a meeting Tuesday night at town hall, Ronda commissioners passed a budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year and a resolution supporting a study of the best way forward for the water system.

Ronda’s mayor and commissioners would be elected in even-numbered years rather than odd-numbered years as they are now under a bill approved by the Senate and now in the House.

The husband of a Ronda commissioner told the board during a meeting at town hall Tuesday night that he wants the town’s charter dissolved.

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Ronda Mayor Victor Varela released an announcement Sunday afternoon saying that based on laboratory analysis of water samples collected from the Town of Ronda on Oct. 11, “Ronda water users are hereby notified that it no longer is necessary to boil water used for human consumption. We apprec…

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In a meeting Tuesday night at town hall, Ronda commissioners adopted a 2018-2019 budget that keeps its property tax rate at 40 cents per $100 valuation.

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Ronda needs to perform maintenance on its two water tanks to ensure quality going forward, town officials were told Monday night.

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Women dominated the three non-partisan municipal elections in Wilkes County Tuesday, winning six of the eight four-year seats on the ballots.

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Election Day is Tuesday for mayor and two commissioners in North Wilkesboro, two council members in Wilkesboro and three commissioners in Ronda, with polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Preliminary planning for a joint festival in Ronda and Jonesville called the Yadkin Valley River Festival was announced by Mayor Victor Varela during a work session on Thursday night in Ronda.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the filing period ends at noon July 18. It actually ends at noon Friday, July 21.

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Five incumbents and one former elected official threw their names in the hat after the filing period for upcoming municipal elections opened at noon Friday, said Wilkes Board of Elections Director Kim Caudill.

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The period to file as a candidate for a seat on the North Wilkesboro or Ronda boards or on the Wilkesboro council this fall is scheduled to begin at noon July 7 and end at noon July 21.

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Ronda commissioners unanimously approved the proposed 2017-18 budget of $401,730 on Tuesday night with no increases in water fees and a five-cent decrease in the property tax rate.

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Gene Fowler was unanimously named to replace Cody Soots as a Ronda commissioner during a brief town meeting Tuesday night and was sworn in by Town Administrator Talesa Carter on Wednesday morning at town hall.

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Cody Soots resigned as a Ronda commissioner on April 5, two days after a letter was sent to him by town officials asking for his resignation.

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The Wilkes County commissioners on Tuesday night approved expanding the Ronda Fire Tax District to include the corporate limits of the Town of Ronda.

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After being discussed for over 15 years and numerous delays, construction of a raw water intake and pump station on W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and related water lines could start in 2017.

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Ronda Commissioner Manuel Wood on Dec. 23 took out a warrant charging Ronda Mayor Victor Varela with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor offense, after an encounter the two had that day.

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There were significant accomplishments in healthcare, education, economic development, public services and on other fronts in Wilkes County in 2016.

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A much-discussed issue in Ronda, ordinances regulating farm animals, nuisance properties and a general penalties code, will be back on the agenda Tuesday night for Ronda commissioners to consider.

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Problems with air bubbles and excessive chlorine in water on the portion of the Ronda water system within the town limits have been corrected, said Ronda Mayor Victor Varela.

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Regulations affecting public nuisances and farm animals, along with general penalties and ordinances, are expected to be approved next month by Ronda commissioners.

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Ronda commissioners discussed possible changes in collection of water bills and enforcement of ordinances during a work session Thursday night.