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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
“Smart people don’t get bored,” my friend announced when I told her that a lot of people were getting bored from the home-confinement imposed by the ongoing pandemic.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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 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 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.
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.