As a first-time visitor to MerleFest (having come from Seattle) I want to thank and commend the hundreds of volunteers who helped to make the experience a truly fabulous one.
The tens of thousands of people at MerleFest this weekend, including many spending their nights in Wilkes County, was a reminder of revenue being missed by not expanding the occupancy tax beyond Wilkesboro to include the entire county.
A singer, guitarist and songwriter who performed at MerleFest for the first time Saturday and Sunday represents the deeply-rooted connectedness and influence of Americana (or roots) music.
This is in response to a recent letter in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot with opinions on the COVID-19 vaccine based on misinformation and untruths. Such opinions amaze me. Instead of following science, they follow conspiracy theories and ignorance.
We share the Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club’s “deep regret” over having to cancel the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival for the second year in a row due to COVID-19, especially considering that clearly it didn’t have to turn out this way.
Wilkes County Commissioner Eddie Settle’s statement about life in North Carolina during the 1918-19 pandemic does not accurately portray the impact of the flu on daily life then. He said, "... people had to keep on living. They moved into World War I and kept on going.”
I would like to thank the Wilkes Board of Education for putting back in place mask requirements. While controversial to some, it is the right choice. My child wearing a mask gives some protection, but an unmasked child with COVID lessens the safety level that would be in place if both were masked.
Wilkes County is in the grips of an exploding COVID-19 variant that is twice as contagious, makes people sicker and is more of a threat to school-age children than the original alpha strain.
If you follow national politics, you’ve likely seen or heard references lately to the “Byrd Rule” as it pertains to how federal budgets are debated—and eventually passed—in the legislature.
Records show Wilkes County’s population decline from 2010 to 2020 was the first time the county lost people from one decennial U.S. Census count to the next since 1850. (It increased by only half of 1% from 1950 to 45,269 in 1960.)
If all men were really created equal, we'd all be as smart as Thomas Jefferson, but we're not. So, his oft repeated phrase seems to have been just political rhetoric. Talent, ability, intellect are unevenly distributed, and all men are not created equal.
The Wilkes County Board of Education let us down by not making masks mandatory. I know there are many who won't agree with me, but regardless of your politics, masks do work. You don't want to trust Fauci, fine. You don't want to trust Governor Cooper, fine.
There are three great festivals lined up in the coming months: FaithFest on Aug. 28, MerleFest on Sept. 16-19 and the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival on the first Saturday in October. There is a risk of these events being COVID-19 super-spreaders or even being canceled.
As of Aug. 17, the Wilkes Board of Education still planned to start the 2021-22 academic year Monday with masks optional instead of mandatory for students, staff and visitors inside Wilkes schools.
Back on July 28, I introduced you to Wilkes County native Zachary Sheets, who was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his costume work on the HBO series “Lovecraft Country.”
Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week that he’ll let a statewide mask mandate expire on July 30 and leave it up to local school districts to decide if children must wear them when they return to classrooms.
As a lifelong Wilkes County resident, taxpayer, library user and Wilkes County Library Research Committee member, I wanted to give my take on the committee’s first meeting on June 14. The county commissioners appointed the committee after pulling the Wilkes County Library out of the Appalach…
An April 22 incident at Wilkes Central High School resulting in five male students being charged with simple assault should prompt a review of policies and actual practices impacting adult supervision of locker rooms at all Wilkes County schools.
Two Wilkes County all-star softball teams won district titles this past weekend in Wilkesboro, and a baseball team came within two runs of making it a clean sweep for our local squads.
In a high school sports year filled with pandemic protocols, the wearing of face masks, fan limitations and fearful uncertainty, Wilkes County prep athletes rose to the occasion in 2020-21.
The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise, thus depleting the nation’s blood inventory.
Kudos to the Ronda town board for agreeing to host the Wilkes Fresh mobile farmer’s market and to Ronda Town Clerk Tracy Romans for suggesting this in the first place and then helping to make it happen.