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I am sure you will receive many responses to the article in the Dec. 3 issue, “Need for unity in Wilkes cited.”

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I applaud the plain and frank words of Larry and Diane Stone in the Dec. 3 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot (“Need for unity in Wilkes cited,” speaking on the need for unity in Wilkes.)

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I have a memory dating back to early childhood, probably around age 4. It was summertime, and I was standing in the driveway of my family’s home on Emory Street in North Wilkesboro’s Highland Park neighborhood.

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Thanks for the excellent article, “Christmas Love Light Tree lit in honor of Dr. Jerry Pinkerton” (Nov. 29).

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 RALEIGH — While the health care debate has usually focused on questions of insurance coverage and finance, the composition and delivery of medical services have been changing significantly. Some of these changes are worrisome. Others are promising.

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Mindful that this is the season for holiday scams, the Better Business Bureau compiled a list of the “12 scams of Christmas.”

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A major historic trail that winds through Wilkes County might just get a shot in the arm if a major motion picture gets filmed in the area next year as planned.

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Wilkes County’s placement among the state’s 40 most economically distressed counties in an N.C. Department of Commerce report released last week should give the county commissioners added incentive for helping with the purchase of a large tract in Wilkesboro for economic development.

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In the past few years, large public universities have garnered headlines by freezing tuition. Purdue University, Pennsylvania State System and every public four-year university in Virginia all froze tuition and fees. Three University of North Carolina schools—UNC Pembroke, Western Carolina U…

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Nov. 21 was National Rural Health Day – a day to celebrate the grit and ingenuity of rural communities like Wilkes County. It was a time to give thanks to tireless and selfless rural healthcare providers, community health workers, health educators, public servants and others who work to keep…

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The holidays can bring opportunities for shared memories, laughter and close times, often with those we care about the most.

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According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), over 55 million people will hit the road during the Thanksgiving weekend.

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A new documentary produced by Appalachian State University faculty, staff and alumni tells the most unusual story of Dulatown, a predominantly African American community in Lenoir.

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We venture to say Wilkes County is among the few communities of any size nationwide fortunate enough to have a music festival that raises over $450,000 annually for dozens of local non-profit organizations.

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In six short days, people from across our great nation will gather to give thanks for our many blessings. It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving and the holiday season are upon us.

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Limits on the density of development on over 13,000 acres as a result of North Wilkesboro establishing a raw water intake on the Yadkin River are another reason the North Wilkesboro commissioners should seriously consider buying water from Wilkesboro instead.

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The U.S. Census Bureau recently released data from its 2018 American Community Survey (ACS), revealing some interesting trends about people who live in North Carolina and here also in Wilkes County.

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The inability of Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work together for the public is grossly obvious in their failure to repair a glitch in the 2017 federal tax law that heavily increased taxation on survivor benefits for children of military personnel who died during wartime.

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During the Civil War, America was divided, a gaping, horrible, violent separation between the states of the North and those of the South.

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Some of the struggles of early childhood development in Wilkes County are reflected in data released this week by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Poverty in the U.S. is mostly self-inflicted. In capitalist America, even a modest commitment to work and self-discipline could almost abolish it.

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“Insanity,” said Albert Einstein, “is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” What we are doing in public education isn’t working for many of North Carolina’s children. Our leaders and educators obviously didn’t get Einstein’s message.

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Dams that appear to be in questionable condition are becoming more of a safety concern as heavy rain events increase in intensity and frequency.

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Among the many high school extra-curricular opportunities, none can offer as much to as many students – and as cost-effectively – as a strong marching band program.

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A few years ago on our wedding anniversary, my husband, Drew, gave me a cooking gadget he thought I needed to have, a Cuisinart pressure cooker. This was before the Instant Pot pressure cooker became all the rage. A pressure cooker uses steam for the cooking process.

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Veterans Day is a time for mindfulness and taking the time to show gratitude to all who served our country in the armed forces during war and peace.

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There are lots of us out here - veterans that is. We appreciate not only well-wishers, but also our service to our nation. Some were drafted, some enlisted and some commissioned, and yet the words duty, honor, and country impressed us enough to fulfill that duty.

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It won’t be long until the first commercial beer brewed right here in Wilkes County will be poured into a frosty mug and served to a thirsty patron. It’ll be liquid history paired with a pretzel or two.

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The open enrollment period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) began Friday and continues through Dec. 15.

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In June, I wrote a column about the Northwest Visitor’s Center on U.S. 421, just past exit 282, a tourist stop in our county that is largely forgotten.  Local people pass by every day, but don’t think about stopping in.

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Sometimes seen as an overlooked aspect of poverty, lack of reliable and affordable transportation often is a major reason people - especially older adults – don’t get the health care, food and other basics they need.

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In the early 1980s, students at C.C. Wright Elementary School produced “Ghost Stories from the Bottom of the Brushies and Beyond,” largely from their families or based on interviews with adults in the community.

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In case you missed it, Oct. 21-27 was “Native Plants Week” in North Carolina.

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RALEIGH — So far this decade, North Carolina’s economy — as measured by inflation-adjusted gross domestic product — has expanded by an average of 1.7% a year. That’s a bit faster than the Southeastern average but slower than the national one.  

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When it comes to catching up on the classic horror movies I loved as a child, Halloween is a bountiful season. Particularly with the online “streaming” version of television my wife and I use, these obscure scary flicks are available at just about the touch of a button.

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Tamara Lakey has something to offer people who want to make a positive difference in the lives of children in Wilkes County who have been abused or neglected.

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“Are we going to see a ghost tonight?” whispered a precocious child just before setting off on a lantern-lit ghost tour of historic downtown Wilkesboro on Friday.

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A new report on a National Audubon Society study says climate change threatens the survival of about two thirds of bird species in North America, including over 200 species in North Carolina.

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The recent skirmish between the State Board of Education and superintendent for public instruction is yet another reminder of the longstanding debate about just who is in charge of public education in our state.

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I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has sent condolences after the passing of my husband, Charles Hale Sr.