From what I can tell, we all would desperately like for this COVID-19 pandemic to come to an end. I really do not like wearing my mask, and I desperately miss being out and about with family and friends just doing “stuff.”

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RALEIGH — While announcing a cumbersome set of guidelines for schools to reopen in August, Gov. Roy Cooper pointedly made no promises about whether he will, in fact, allow North Carolina schools to open at all. Citing a recent rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Cooper raised doubts about the…

Considering that COVID-19 is spread primarily by infected people expelling virus-laden respiratory droplets when they talk, cough or sneeze, wearing a face covering in public is common sense.

Although public access to government records and meetings is protected – with limitations - under North Carolina law, a bill in the legislature sponsored by Catawba County Rep. Mitchell Setzer would make that a right under the N.C. Constitution.

It’s always important to get the annual flu shot, but public health officials are saying it might be essential this year.

The emergence of Brood 9 of the 17-year periodical cicada this spring in northern Wilkes and parts of Surry, Alleghany and Ashe counties added an appropriately odd backdrop to the year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In regard to Dave Wolfe’s letter (June 17 issue, “Dems have no achievements”), I must say that to have such a poor opinion of Kathyrn Charles and the Democratic Party of Wilkes, he offers little to no validation. Furthermore, Mr. Wolfe himself created an article riddled with inaccuracies by …

The Millers Creek Fire Department board responded appropriately to concerns of citizens when it asked the Wilkes County commissioners to raise the Millers Creek Fire District tax rate by 1 cent instead of the original 3-cent hike it requested.

My five-year-old granddaughter, Salem, got her first taste of fishing last week on the Pamlico Sound in northeastern North Carolina. Her father, T.J., got a friend of theirs to take them out on a boat and then sent my wife and me a short video of the outing.

Comments of Gov. Roy Cooper in a press conference Thursday indicated the likelihood of face coverings becoming mandatory in North Carolina to help turn the tide against the coronavirus pandemic.

Many years ago, the head of Sears Roebuck’s advertising department reported that half of all the dollars they spent on advertising was wasted, he just didn’t know which half.

As of Saturday, summer will be officially underway. That’s the day of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

Shortcomings of North Carolina’s communicable disease reporting requirements are among many lessons learned so far during the coronavirus pandemic.

RALEIGH — Should Gov. Roy Cooper continue his current approach to reopening North Carolina’s shattered economy, speed up the pace to save more jobs and businesses, or slow it down in response to increases in hospitalized patients with COVID-19?

I have to take exception to the letter printed in the June 10 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot (“Move ahead in unity as nation”) from Kathryn Charles, chairman of the Wilkes County Democratic Party. Although well written, it is full of inaccuracies.

A book published last year by UNC Press explores the history of fast cars and moonshine in North Carolina (and Wilkes County), a path well-trod by historians.

A device that steals credit card information was found on a gas pump at the Marathon Gas convenience store on U.S. 421 West on Wednesday, according to a Wilkesboro police report.

The Wilkesboro council introduced a new sign ordinance at its meeting Monday night. The town planner emphasized then that reasons to do this included to promote business activity and manage potential problems.

Along with the rest of the country, we have watched in dismay as events continue to unfold following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The phrase, “a life well-lived,” is a commonly used expression to describe someone who lives their life with intention and purpose.

The expanding breadth of public reaction to a video showing a white Minneapolis, Minn., police officer with his knee on George Floyd’s neck before he died on Memorial Day is unprecedented.

It has come to my attention (through news media commentary) that spray painting graffiti on homes, public buildings, and automobiles in America is no longer a crime, but an exercise of one’s First Amendment Rights.

Before COVID-19 shutdown all live sports, Major League Baseball was in the heart of its spring training schedule with its sights set on opening day, which was supposed to be March 26.

As if we need more reason to pick the flesh off each other’s soul, now we have the mask conflict. I was in Walmart in Wilkesboro recently not wearing a mask over my face but I did not sneeze, speak, smile or say hello until I got to the register where one of my favorite cashiers was wearing …

Adjustments made in North Carolina’s legal system to help keep people out of courthouses and reduce jail populations during the COVID-19 pandemic may well show the way to changes that should be permanent instead of going back to doing things like they’ve always been done.

The Class of 2020 will always remember their senior year as “different.” This group of students missed many senior memorable moments, such as prom, senior awards assembly and baccalaureate, not to mention the graduation ceremony itself, which hopefully will be held in July.

This past weekend should have been filled with pomp and circumstance in Wilkes County, congratulatory and reminiscent speeches and photos galore.

I told a friend Saturday that despite everything in the news, “I’m still optimistic about the future of our country.” Look how far we’ve come. Look how close we are to living in a just and righteous world.

I was surprised and very pleased with your choosing to honor Pozy Roten as a World War II veteran who is buried in Europe. Pozy was my wife’s uncle.

During the past few months, my husband, Drew, and I have been spending our Wednesday afternoons riding around Wilkes County roads, re-organizing and substituting on some of the newspaper’s home delivery routes.

RALEIGH — Our elementary and secondary schools will reopen this fall. During these past months of disruption, dismay and despair, I’ve never once doubted it. There really is no practical alternative to reopening schools. Life, work, and education must proceed.

Mosquito-and tick-borne diseases are most commonly acquired from June to September, but Wilkes County residents can take proactive steps to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and prevent the likelihood of both mosquito and tick bites.

RALEIGH — A decade ago, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, business analysts and policymakers thought they saw a turn toward a new urbanism. Downtown lofts and dense developments were the vogue. There was an uptick in transit use. Old-style suburbs and market-bubble exurbs were suppose…

Many people had never heard of “contact tracing” before the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has rapidly become recognized as a key to halting the spread of the disease.

North Wilkesboro and Wilkes County were in the news this week as a COVID-19 hot spot.

At various times in our state’s history we’ve been compared to Rip Van Winkle, the lethargic sleepy-head, or the Dixie Dynamo,” a fast-moving, progressive economic engine. Right now we are more the former than the latter.

The Wilkes Health Department announced this week that the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, N.C. Hospitality Education Foundation, Visit NC and N.C. State University are working together to make online training courses available to help the restaurant industry recover from the CO…

The other day, my wife told me to come over and look at something she’d seen online.

When I recently spoke with Sylvia Robinson, the community leader, teacher and a personal mentor who I have always called, “Coach,” she said if she could go back and live her life all over again she would always be a teacher.  I felt humbled by the integrity of this statement and proud to be …

As Gov. Roy Cooper prepares to remove the stay at home order he implemented on March 27 by initiating the second of three-phases of easing of COVID-19-related restrictions, there is good cause to consider opening some parts of the state faster than others.

It is interesting that you are giving this county little to no information, regarding what is “really” going on at Tyson. Why aren’t you reporting their infected numbers?

Something happened in June 1978 that radically changed my world. I got my driver’s license.