March 23, I interviewed Wilkes County native Aimee Call via FaceTime for an article for the newspaper. Aimee had just returned to North Carolina from Florence, Italy, after spending six months as dean of students at Instituto Lorenzo de’ Medicii.

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As our county prepares for the worst of the Coronavirus Pandemic to strike, a local business has stepped up to help our system deal with this challenge.

North Carolina is at a critical point in the war against the coronavirus, according to information presented Monday by a team of epidemiologists and data scientists from some of the state’s top universities and research institutions.

In the Wilkes Journal Patriot of March 27, 2020, “Jerry Hudler explained that as a self-employed business owner, he can’t draw unemployment benefits because he doesn’t pay into the tax.”

If someone in your famiy becomes sick wih COVID-19, a good way to prevent other loved ones from catching it is to have a “sick room” prepared in advance for the two-week period the person is quarantined if hospitalization isn’t necessary.

On National Census Day, which was April 1, there was no better time to remind households that responding to the 2020 Census is convenient, confidential and critical.

The Villages of Wilkes in North Wilkesboro is participating in a program called #WorldOfHearts Project to help address the emotional consequences of COVID-19 experienced by its residents.

Frohn and Marcia Krause of the Cranberry section of Roaring River are extremely puzzled by something they’ve been seeing flying in the sky on clear nights for about three months.

Lives have been lost in the U.S. and many more will die because of the nation’s lack of readiness for a pandemic on the scale of the coronavirus.

What has happened to the God-fearing Wilkes County in which I grew up? With absolutely nothing but fear of this virus, not only has the Constitution been suspended, but churches have been forbidden from meeting. Please take a moment to process this: by decree, churches cannot meet.

Stay at home orders. Social distancing. MerleFest cancelled. Social gatherings banned. Schools and businesses closed. Church meetings cancelled.

If someone were a follower of astrology, I suppose they could argue that we are all now under the sign of the “black swan.”

Can you win a war hiding in your house? I don’t think so, but here I am, hiding in my house. I spent most of the day wiping household surfaces with alcohol, and the rest retraining myself not to touch my face.

Wilkes County residents, like other North Carolinians, have sacrificed much in recent weeks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The line outside Costco last Saturday morning wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building. Only a few people at a time were allowed inside to keep the store from being overcrowded. This seemed ridiculous. Why would so many stand in a drizzling rain for so long? Was…

As of Monday morning, Wilkes County still had no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Since cooking is not my favorite thing to do (grilled cheese and tomato soup is my specialty) and to give my wife a break, I patronize the restaurants in Wilkes fairly regularly. Therefore, we’re very grateful that the gallant restaurant owners have remained open, and the brave cooks and ser…

It’s still early in the coronavirus pandemic, but already there are indications of this event causing long-term changes in the ways we live and work.

Germs and viruses love gas pumps. They’re cool, damp and made of metal and hard plastic, If we don’t want to transfer whatever was left on them by the last 200 coughing and sneezing customers to our steering wheel and then our face, we should be extra vigilant there.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in this country, people have begun buying up food up in high quantities without regard for their fellow man. Store shelves are becoming bare because of irrational fear, causing others to suffer.

In the past few weeks, since the onset of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the new buzz words are “social distancing” and “self-isolation.”

During World War II and other times of great threat, Americans have demonstrated a willingness to rise above ardent individualism and dislike of government control and do what is best for the greater public.

I’m feeling quite annoyed at the residents in Wilkes County and other parts of North Carolina for allowing our beautiful countryside to become their personal trash bin.

On Sunday, we watched our church worship service on YouTube, after Methodist bishops in North Carolina told churches not to hold services for at least two weeks. I admit being surprised that watching from my favorite chair could be so meaningful. Gov. Cooper and health officials have made it…

We’re in the midst of times unlike any we’ve seen before.

The coronavirus crisis is hardest on older adults, from the standpoint of physical health and emotional well-being.

This past week (actually half a week) in total surpassed anything ever experienced in Wilkes County during a pandemic or epidemic.

Local retailers and restaurants are feeling the effects of the coronavirus crisis because of consumers heeding advice to stay away from public places.

RALEIGH — I am a conservative who seeks to expand freedom and limit government. In most circumstances, there is an inverse relationship between the two. When government grows in size and scope, it must either collect more taxes or issue more regulations. Both restrict the freedom of individu…

It’s likely that many people will mistakenly think they have COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend our honeymoon in beautiful Rome, Italy, which is definitely one of Europe’s jewels.

My dad was 4 years old when his mom died from the Spanish Flu. She was one of a reported 13,000 North Carolinians who died as a result of the H1N1 virus that started in 1918.

The following definitions are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and/or the World Health Organization (WHO).

The truth is that we can all dance around the maypoles of political parties, primaries and general elections, but until the nation’s Electoral College is taken into custody by every American, votes are so much confetti in the wind.

The Wilkes County response to the global coronavirus pandemic is shaping up to be a lesson in preparedness instead of fear and panic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled an overabundance of information — some accurate and some not – on the coronavirus as an “infodemic.”

The MerleFest website recently posted a coronavirus statement; a good first step. For now, subject to change, the plan is to hold MerleFest on schedule with an increased emphasis on sanitation on site.

The city of Baltimore, Md., conjures up images of two things—a world-class hospital in Johns Hopkins and crime. After all, Baltimore is ranked one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the United States and had 358 homicides in 2019, second only to the number in 1993.  And Johns Hopkins is …

Valuable insight into Wilkes County’s chronic problem with unusually large numbers of children in foster care was shared during the Wilkes State of Addiction Community Forum on Feb. 28.

When South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn announced he was endorsing Joe Biden in that state’s primary on Saturday, Biden’s 30-point victory demonstrated how quickly political fortunes can change. North Carolina was evidence of those changes, as were most Super Tuesday states.

As a rural community, Wilkes County residents seem to feel that all this “political stuff” has no bearing on their day to day lives. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A Purlear resident known for her demonstrations of Colonial period campfire and hearth cooking has documented some of that knowledge for others in a new book.

Kudos to the Town of North Wilkesboro for clearing off the badly overgrown portion of the town-owned Elks Lodge property at the top of Second Street Hill, near where N.C. 268 East intersects with Second Street (N.C. 18 North).

In the mountains and foothills of North Carolina, March is an exhausting month for N.C. Wildlife Commission personnel, just as it is for workers at the state’s trout hatcheries. It is during this month that every hatchery-supported trout stream and pond in the state is closed for stocking.

A few questions voters most often ask are addressed below. Most of the information came from the N.C. Board of Elections.