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What makes a community “livable?” Partners For Livable Communities, livable.org, defines livability this way, “The sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational oppor…

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With the death of R. Tracy Walker on Monday, Wilkes County lost a native son who truly was a public servant.

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It’s voting time once again. We should all be engaged in doing what is right to better our town. Get out and vote, and vote for the right people. Let’s get our town back on its feet. Don’t complain and then do nothing about the town’s problems. We, the people, are the system and we need a ch…

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Judge Julius A. Rousseau Jr., nearly 89 when he died Oct. 3, will long be remembered through stories and his good reputation.

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Despite improvements in the local economy, thousands of Wilkes Countians still live day to day with uncertainty about their next meals.

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I recently was fortunate to attend the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain at Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. I didn’t realize that this battle was the turning point of the Revolutionary War, which secured our freedom as a nation.

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“Love others, don’t judge,” “Inclusion, not division needed” and “Compassion is the answer” are the titles of three lengthy letters recently published in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot,  all reflecting and promoting abortion and the LGBTQ lifestyle in response to a letter from Rev. Ken Pardue, w…

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For those really into North Carolina trout fishing, October is usually the best time of the year.

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Two aspects of the case in which Wilkes Correctional Center employee Michael Todd Holloway has been arrested on federal felony firearm offenses are especially disturbing.

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This is an open letter to Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew to let you and your entire staff know how much the citizens of Wilkes County appreciate your hard work of protecting us and our children from a cancer of drugs that not only destroys a person’s life but destroys our entire community,…

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To whomever flipped the autumnal weather switch on Saturday, just in time for the annual Brushy Mountain Apple Festival and my 30-year class reunion, I offer my sincere thanks. Timing, as they say, is everything.

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When he was about to retire from the bench in December 1998, Judge Julius A. Rousseau Jr. of Wilkesboro said in a newspaper interview that all he wanted professionally was to be remembered as fair.

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We wish to express a big thank you to every individual and every business that helped with the  pinto bean supper fundraiser for Trooper Chris Wooten of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

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RALEIGH — What does it mean to be free? Many seemingly intractable disputes about specific issues — ranging from welfare spending and school choice to abortion and alcohol policy — originate from the fact that people don’t answer this question the same way. It’s hard to have a useful politic…

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International Peacemaker the Rev. Arlington Trotman visited North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church Sept. 21 as part of the 2019 Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) International Peacemaking Program.

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Kudos to the Wilkes Solid Waste Department for implementing an initiative that pays nonprofit organizations $3 per bag of trash picked up from secondary roads in the county.

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Excellent articles in the September issue of “Wildlife in North Carolina” include a piece about the loss of a longleaf pine in Montgomery County listed by the American Forestry Association as the national champion of its species in 2004.

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The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in downtown North Wilkesboro on Saturday celebrates the heritage of western North Carolina and one of many great things about living here - proximity to tree-ripened apples available directly from the families that grow them.

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A certain perspective continues to attempt to persuade individuals to limit the rights of others. The social issues surrounding abortion and same-sex familial units should be simple in answering. The masses cannot and the government shall not limit an individual’s choices and rights.

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I don’t like chaos and discord. I can’t always avoid it, but you could say I’m not a fan.

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Due to baby boomers retiring and recent economic growth, many local employers are more interested in young people knowing there are good career opportunities right here in their home county of Wilkes.

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This letter is in response to the letter to the editor, “2 issues hurt Biblical family,” in the Sept. 20 issue. The cited issues are abortion and same-sex marriage. The author challenges Christians to have courage and take a moral stand.

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The foremost documentarian in the history of the medium hit another home run with “Country Music,” the first six parts of which have been broadcast on PBS and UNC-TV since Sept. 15.

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The good news is that the Catherine Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter board has found a new temporary shelter location, plus it has opportunities for a new permanent site.

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In the Sept 20 issue, the Rev. Ken Pardue addressed two issues that he stated were hurting the “Biblical family.” What constitutes the “Biblical family?” The definition changes frequently in biblical references and includes the nuclear family and outright polygamy. Which one is considered Bi…

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In covering events and meetings for the newspaper, one of the difficulties I’ve found is in reducing my many notes into a story. Because of space limitations, I just can’t include everything in the story I’m writing.

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At almost the same moment our state was boasting of a $900 million cash surplus, one important sector of state government was encountering serious shortfalls.

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New technology and carelessness may be driving factors behind a nationwide rise in motor vehicle thefts.

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The Yadkin River is many things in the upper Yadkin Valley: drinking water, wildlife habitat, recreation and simultaneously a symbol of division and unity between Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro.

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Questions sometimes arise about what we do at the Wilkes Journal-Patriot and why.

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On one particular night in early September a number of years ago, I saw the most amazing thing.

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E-cigarettes are the suspected cause of at least six deaths and nearly 500 more people becoming ill nationwide in recent months, giving even more reason to avoid these products.

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Just before the 2019-20 school year started, the Wilkes County Board of Education decided to replace a program that has been praised for what it accomplished for students with serious mental health needs.

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Saturday was a day this Carolina blue-tinted Tar Heel won’t forget for a long, long time.

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Kudos to Wilkes County school officials for a soon-to-be implemented school threat assessment system that provides a way for school staff, students and parents to anonymously report safety-related concerns.

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In this time of political rancor and hate, it is nice to find something that old time politicos agree on regardless of political affiliation, when they answer this question: Who is North Carolina’s most colorful political figure?

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Throughout the summer, my husband, Drew, and I tried something new...a cooking class through the North Carolina Extension Service at the Wilkes County Agricultural Center. The six-week class, “Med Instead of Meds,” was taught by Courtney Parker Tevepaugh, Wilkes County Family and Consumer Sc…

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According to the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of the homeless and people involved in addressing homelessness, this issue is worse than ever in Wilkes County.

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High-speed broadband Internet service is no longer a luxury. It’s a necessity for students to research and do homework, for businesses to conduct commerce, for telemedicine in underserved areas and for citizens to enjoy the amenities so commonplace in today’s culture. Too many North Carolini…

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Homeless people in Wilkes County are losing a shelter that has been helping the less fortunate for many years. Just down the street, Franklin Graham is getting a new taxiway for his planned aircraft hangar, funded by state taxpayers. I would rather my tax money help the homeless instead of G…

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Tompkins Knob, subject of an article in the Aug. 23 issue, is where Wilkes, Ashe and Watauga counties corner, but Wilkes is a sprawling county and is part of seven other “tripoints.”

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It’s past time for representatives of the five local rural water associations to have seats at the table when important discussions are held concerning public drinking water in Wilkes County.