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North Carolina is blessed with great writers. And I am looking over some of my favorites from my 20-plus years hosting PBS-NC’s “North Carolina Bookwatch.”

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Wilkes County’s weather this month was generally more comfortable than normal in June, especially on days when the dew point temperature was especially low.

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Over 100,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant, according to the Mayo Clinic.

It’s been said that reading a book can take you to the ends of the world and back, and all you have to do is turn one page to start the journey.

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I was disappointed to read in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot that Wilkes school administrators decided to end the school system’s participation in the Battle of the Books program (June 8, “Battle of the Books program ended”). Respected and recommended programs like this offer enrichment opportun…

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According to U.S. Census estimates released in late May, well over half (61%) of North Carolina’s 551 municipalities gained population from 2020 to July 2021.

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A 14-year-old boy begins attending secret meetings with an up-and-coming political party. He becomes so dedicated to their cause that he participates in the destruction of property and secures weapons for both himself and his friend, who later dies as a result of the conflict. The year is 17…

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An Appalachian State University professor I spoke with recently about physical changes in the landscape over long periods said it generally is believed that centuries ago, major streams in North Carolina cut much less deeply into the land.

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The decision of Wilkes County School central office administrators to end the school system’s participation in Battle of the Books (BOB) leaves a disturbing impression.

The personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its best and worst cities for “staycations,” which are vacations spent close to home without breaking the bank.

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This is going to be hard to read, but facts are facts. A recent statistic indicates that so far this year, our nation has experienced 241 mass shootings of four or more people. It’s time to act.

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The annual Wilkes ADAP luncheon, held April 26, was the most successful ever. We have raised over $70,000 so far. This includes tickets, sponsors, donations and tip money. The Health Foundation Challenge grant matched the $30,000 we raised to help us reach this amount. Ourr building will be …

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North Carolina, including Wilkes County, is in the midst of a silent surge in COVID-19 cases.

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The portion of this year’s Wilkes County high school seniors planning to directly enter the workforce after graduating appears to be higher than the pre-pandemic norm, as was true for the local classes of 2020 and 2021.

One of the more interesting tidbits about Gov. Roy Cooper’s visit to North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 17 concerned the building of a moonshine and motorsports historic trail.

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The Brookings Institute recently released results of research indicating significant student learning losses nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A statewide initiative called “Portrait of a Graduate” is nearing completion to help define the mindsets and durable skills North Carolina students should possess when they graduate from high school to ensure their readiness for civic life, career or college.

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The Wilkes County commissioners have taken a definitive step toward addressing the county’s roadside litter problem.

While their numbers are slight compared to their male counterparts, girls who wrestle on the high school level are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

Wilkes County Emergency Medical Services reached a new milestone on April 28 when it began carrying whole blood for administration directly on the scene of emergencies and while transporting patients to trauma centers.

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Some still haven’t put the 2020 elections to bed even as early voting has started for the 2022 primary elections. No doubt you’ve seen mailers, TV ads and phone calls from candidates, but we don’t hear much buzz among voters. Are they worn out with politics and politicians or just keeping th…

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An audit of Bridges Charter School by the State Auditor’s Office revealed more clearly the lack of appropriate oversight and accountability in North Carolina’s charter school system.

For the benefit of those who reside beneath stones, racing is returning (again) to North Wilkesboro Speedway.

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Perhaps it has something to do with emerging from the hardships of a pandemic, but we can’t remember a time when there have been so many efforts with so much potential for positive change in Wilkes County.

The noteworthiness of news in 1958 was apparent during a search of our back issues for certain information about the North Wilkesboro Speedway.

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A book is going to put North Carolina in the news — again. Where the Crawdads Sing is set in North Carolina. And so is the upcoming movie based on the book. There is a little problem here, but I will explain at the end.

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A team of local people representing health, legal, human service and other sectors of the community believes a recent sharp rise in child fatalities in Wilkes County could be partly the result of unsafe infant sleeping conditions.

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I’m just going to leave(s) this right here: 2022 is the year of the tree, as declared by the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

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We enthusiastically concur with many of the Wilkes County Outdoor Action Plan’s recommendations, shared with local elected officials last week and in a community meeting from 4-6 p.m. today at the Stone Center in North Wilkesboro.

Once again, we see that justice is not blind in North Carolina; it is tainted by partisanship. If it please the court or, more importantly you, let me argue my case.

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Once again, we see that justice is not blind in North Carolina; it is tainted by partisanship. If it please the court or, more importantly you, let me argue my case.

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Lawns have been described as North America’s largest use of irrigation and beyond that one of the ecological disasters of the 20th century, partly because of their adverse impact on pollinators and other insects.

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Heart disease has replaced cancer as the leading cause of death in Wilkes County, according to the 2018 and the 2022 Community Health Assessment reports.

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In response to the letter concerning Christian religion being taught in our schools (March 23: “Keep religion off school property,” as a mother with five children ranging from kindergarten to 10th grade, I can attest that our schools in no way preach to, bully or exclude children period.

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These are the words of the late John W. Luke, a Presbyterian minister who established Presbyterian churches in the mountains of northern Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties in the 1930s through the 1970s.

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The many matters of public interest that failed to get the attention they deserved due to the upheaval of COVID-19 include results of a study on workforce-related transportation needs in Wilkes County.

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On March 10, our General Assembly adjourned a session that spanned 14 months, starting in January 2021. It was the longest session length on record since 1965, and it’s not a record to boast about.

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One of the outstanding aspects of MerleFest is the opportunity to be exposed to great music and musicians you never heard before.

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You might say the Wilkes Soil and Water Conservation District is producing a good return on investments, considering its success in seeking grants over the past three years.