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Men from Wilkes and adjoining counties were involved in various ways in activities leading to the first human steps taken on the moon 50 years ago next month.

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Last week U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criticizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based Catawba Tribe’s efforts to acquire land near Kings Mountain in Cleveland County to build a casino.

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Thumbs up for the Town of Wilkesboro’s Heritage Square Splash Pad, a big hit of the summer of 2019.

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As of 11:54 a.m. today, summer was officially underway. That’s the moment of the summer solstice.

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The Asheville-based Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has come up with a great idea for encouraging low-income families to make healthy food purchases from the Asheville City (Farmers’) Market and also for increasing support of mountain farmers.

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The biggest challenge facing some North Carolina small towns isn’t declining population or shuttered businesses. The problem sits underground in the form of crumbling, leaky pipes, or a dysfunctional sewage treatment plant tucked away in a far corner of town.

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The Wilkes Economic Development Corp.’s mission statement is to “facilitate the creation of new jobs and capital investment in Wilkes County through the recruitment of new businesses and the retention and expansion of existing businesses.”

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The roar of the bikes faded in the distance and our hearts were touched by many fond memories of Harley-Davidson bikes, rides and events. It’s a sound we will always treasure because it stirs the heart of every bike rider, present or past.

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The flooding in western Wilkes County Saturday night and Sunday were sharp reminders of W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir’s great importance and primary purpose: flood control.

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Due to improvements in warning systems and extreme weather occurring more frequently, it’s understandable if some people take hazardous weather announcements less seriously these days.

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Since Father’s Day is Sunday, the question asked in many households this week will be,  “What do you want for Father’s Day?”

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As we read the story on the front page of the June 4 Wilkes Journal-Patriot about the young man getting hurt at the Devil’s Wash Tub, we couldn’t help but get sick on our stomachs. All the feelings and bad memories from June 11, 2011, came rushing back. This is a story of an injury at the “D…

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In a pile of dust-covered documents in the vital records room of her office in the Wilkes County Courthouse, Wilkes Register of Deeds Misty Smithey recently found old records giving insight into care for poor in the county from the mid- to late-1800s.

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 Plenty was said about the ways young people can be exposed to potential careers, especially skilled trades, during the Working in Wilkes expo for educators and employers at the Stone Center this past Friday.

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My wife has something in her wallet that she has never before possessed. It’s a North Carolina fishing license.

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RALEIGH — Although it may not appear so, the leaders of both major political parties in North Carolina favor lowering the tax burden of large businesses. Their real dispute is about the scope and magnitude of the tax relief.

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Wilkes County Relay for Life, among the most important annual public events in Wilkes County, is this Friday at the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club’s Worth Tomlinson Park near West Park.

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The Town of North Wilkesboro’s Wilkes County Farmers’ Market is up and running – since late April as a matter of fact - at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace on the CBD Loop in downtown.

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All four of my daughters graduated from their respective schools in May. Throw in a birthday, Mother’s Day and two proms, and you have the makings of a very busy month that is, thankfully, over (but not soon forgotten).

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Thursday is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the start of the invasion  in which the Allies defeated Germany and ended Nazi tyranny across Europe.

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I want to apologize to the family and friends of Bryan Charles Higgins. I was unable to attend his memorial service Thursday due to a sudden health issue. Charles lived in one of my rentals for well over 12 years. He always had a smile for everyone and was a very caring, honest, trusting, de…

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There are moments in life that bring huge change. You could call these watershed moments.

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RALEIGH — It might sound odd to hear this from someone who’s been writing a syndicated column on politics for more than 30 years, but politics has become more important in our lives than it should be. 

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When two assessments of patient safety at hospitals nationwide were released this month, Wilkes Medical Center received a “D” letter grade in one and was recognized for being among the best in the other.

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On the front page of the May 24 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, we once again read about a convicted juvenile sex offender who had been put on probation in a story headlined, “Sex offender faces charges in new case.”

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This letter is in response to the May 21 Wilkes County commissioners meeting when representative of Triad Multiple Listing Services and the president of the Wilkes County Association of Realtors spoke to the commissioners on behalf of the Wilkes Association of Realtors concerning the fee nee…

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The tragic death of a 9-month-old boy in Wilkes County on May 2 is being cited in a statewide campaign intended to raise awareness of the risks of leaving small children in motor vehicles on hot days.

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Early records of many North Carolina counties were lost in fires, but most of the minutes of the Wilkes Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Wilkes County Court) survived as a record of life here from the county’s formation in 1778 through the late 1860s.

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Yard sale season is upon us. When we had an estate sale of our parents’ things earlier this month, a young lady walked off with a box of about 30 sheets. I caught up with her at her car and tried to get her to pay up, but she drove off. Rule 1 is don’t steal. That’s God’s rule.

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Only about half of Americans know that Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces, according to nationwide surveys conducted in recent years.

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In the early 1950s, the Millers Creek community’s need for a fire department and fire truck was the driving force for the growth of chickenques in Wilkes County. North Wilkesboro resident Gerald Lankford, who was a teenager at the time, was witness to chickenques’ very beginning.

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I was interested in buying the 912 Main Street property for my son for a future hobby store after hearing that the town was trying to sell the building after buying and renovating it and another Main Street building at the taxpayers’ expense.

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A recent column cites opposition to an anti-choice bill to claim that North Carolina Democrats are “rejecting moderates,” yet ignores the party’s priorities, recent accomplishments, and the attacks on reproductive rights happening across the South (“Democrats rejecting moderates in state pol…

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Volunteering lives in the heart of the American spirit. An example is the two days that Clean Up Wilkes volunteers recently spent picking up litter along N.C. 268 West. Adopt-A-Highway groups give of their time, effort and expense to keep North Carolina’s roadways clean and green.

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If you’ve ever been inside the immaculately revamped 1915 building in historic downtown Wilkesboro, you know it’s ready for its close-up, to borrow Norma Desmond’s classic line from “Sunset Boulevard.”

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Wilkes County has a tradition of quality emergency medical services, which is especially important in a county of largely mountainous terrain stretching over 40 miles east to west and over 30 miles north to south.

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When temperatures start heating up in Wilkes County, you can be sure of one thing....it’s time for a chickenque. At our house, we enjoy cooking barbecued chicken on the grill several times during the summer months, especially Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

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Jodi Tonsic’s resignation as Wilkesboro Tourism Development Authority (TDA) president in early May provides a logical opportunity for the Wilkes County commissioners to approve an occupancy tax for areas outside the municipalities.

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RALEIGH — Congressional elections in odd-numbered years? Odd is certainly one way to describe what many North Carolinians are experiencing right now. But in some ways, the special elections of 2019 are confirming rather than breaking the political rules.

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Thank you, Wilkes County, for your compassion and generosity at the 29th Wilkes Adult Developmental Activity Program Inc. Luncheon, “Celebrate ADAP Treasures.”

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Students in the Wilkes County schools are left at a disadvantage by not having foreign language classes in elementary and middle school grades.

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Consider this: Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington and Pete Fountain.

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Since its inception, North Carolina’s school voucher program has suffered from a stunning lack of transparency and accountability that should safeguard the public’s investment in private schools.

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When I graduated from high school in 1980, the “American dream” was the guiding ideal for many, if not most, of my classmates.

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RALEIGH — Although the N.C. House has approved its version of a biennial budget, there’s a lot that North Carolinians can’t yet know about how much will be spent, and on what, over the next two years. Here’s something we can assume with near-certainty: Gov. Roy Cooper will veto it.