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The 9/11 attacks were from a foreign, anti-American group that fostered hatred for America, Americans and our way of life. The Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was birthed by a self-centered, egotistical individual who lives in his own reality show. The president of the United States incited thi…

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The Wilkes Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic was among the first public clinics in the state offering the vaccine.

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I've only visited Washingon, D.C., twice - once as a high school student and the second time as a college student. I experienced the two visits in entirely different ways, but they were connected by a similar theme: protest.

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This week’s opening of a Samaritan’s Purse field hospital in Lenoir to help Caldwell UNC Health Care (Caldwell Memorial Hospital) and hospitals in Boone, Hickory and Morganton handle COVID-19-related patient overflow was sobering news.

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The Boone-based Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) announced last week that completion of two conservation easements in Wilkes County allowed it to reach a benchmark of 22,000 acres of protected land in northwestern North Carolina in the final days of 2020.

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Protecting individuals — especially those most vulnerable — obviously is important, but the larger goal of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign is to achieve herd immunity.

The year 2020 is one of the worst in recent memory, with a pandemic, economic crisis, months of social unrest and a divisive election. Over 300,000 Americans are dead from COVID-19, including nearly 70 in Wilkes County.

The vision that brothers B.B. and D.D. Dougherty had when they created what now is Appalachian State University has been fulfilled by people like Etta Lee Triplett Idol, who died Dec. 7 at age 98.

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Christmas is a time when needs of others should take precedence.

Baseball fans know that behind every great pitcher is a great catcher, and that’s indeed the case at West Wilkes High School with Riley Ledford and Braxton Church.

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I would like to pay tribute to Misty Martin, who passed away Nov. 22 at the young age of 35 and was one of my former athletes. As the obituary stated, she was a member of the 4x100 meter relay team at Wilkes Central High School that set a school record in 2003, which still stands. That relay…

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Details about the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine expected in North Carolina next week are a bright light at the end of one of the darkest tunnels this state has experienced in generations.

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People are spending time dressing up their homes for the holidays, but people are also dressing down our roads. As I went down Mertie Road this morning, someone had dumped a sofa and a couple of older TVs on the side of the road — almost in the road. There are a lot of places on this road th…

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Dr. Anthony Fauci stated in a Wall Street Journal podcast in April that in the interest of public health, it’s time to end the custom of shaking hands.

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Kim Caudill, director of the Wilkes County Board of Elections, and her staff deserve the gratitude of the citizens of our county for conducting the November election in such a professional, competent manner. All the poll workers took the necessary precautions to insure the safety of the vote…

No stranger sight has greeted my return to covering prep sports than volleyball players wearing masks during indoor games and cross country runners wearing masks during outdoor warmups.

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Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd brought attention to the challenges teens have faced recently during last month’s Wilkes Economic Development Corp. board meeting.

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Our governor has given us until Dec. 7 to start consistently wearing masks and for businesses to do their part. Now, more counties are in the critical status that Wilkes is in. Now is not the time to be obstinate because of one political party or another. It is also not the time for our loca…

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A potential silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic is that when it’s over we might have greater appreciation of things we never imagined having to do without.

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Gov. Roy Cooper’s orders requiring face masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible and limits on the number of people in indoor settings need to be enforced in Wilkes County.

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My favorite local band, the Trailblazers, has a new record coming out Friday. If you’re a fan of great music that pushes boundaries, you should be as excited as I am for the release.

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In 2020, North Carolina Republicans and Democrats took their respective cases to the public. Each party asked voters to put them fully in charge of North Carolina government.

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A man described as Wilkes County’s most decorated soldier in World War II tragically died from injuries he received in a wreck on July 4, 1946, one year after he was discharged from the Army.

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Veterans Day should be a time of national unity as we honor the men and women in uniform who have served and defended the United States.

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I’m thinking of ordering a bumper sticker that says, “I survived the 2020 election.” We knew this election cycle was going to be ugly, but this one hit new lows — filled with half-truths and outright lies, conspiracy theories, nasty character smears and little substantive content.

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A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in rural North Carolina has raised concern about the possibility of small town hospitals becoming overwhelmed this winter.

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Per the dropping off of unwanted cats and dogs addressed in a recent letter to the editor, I am in great sympathy. Someone dropped off a kitten at my house in early June. It looked like a baby red fox and was trying to get into my chicken pen. When I live trapped it, I realized it was a kitt…

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Change in the news presented in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot has been a positive. When the newspaper ownership changed, I was concerned it would mean the loss of our local news.

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It has been my great honor to volunteer and now serve on the board of directors for the Hospitality House of Northwest N.C. since retiring from the Wilkes Journal-Patriot in June 2018.

RALEIGH — For 16 years, former state Rep. Cherie Berry has served as North Carolina’s labor commissioner. Now she’s retiring, and another Republican state representative, Josh Dobson of McDowell County, is running to replace her. 

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During this pandemic, most folks are a bit afraid to fly. So, what are they doing? They’re making shorter, drivable trips and spending their money closer to home. Wilkes County is seeing the benefit of this transition and should for the foreseeable future. Wilkes County rental properties are…

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Except perhaps immediately before and during the Civil War, it’s hard to think of a time when Americans have been more polarized than now.

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The most famous story — equal parts fact and legend, some say — to ever come out of Wilkes County is getting a cinematic reboot next year.