Someone stole the Biden-Harris sign out of my yard. My dog barked and when my husband went out on the porch to see who was coming, there was a car with its headlights pointed at the sign at the end of our driveway. The car left quickly. I went out to check and sure enough the sign was gone.

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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.

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Have you ever received a jury summons? If you haven’t, chances are you will if you live in Wilkes County long enough.

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Not surprisingly, there has been an unprecedented rise in reports of adults pressuring minors to produce sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves during the COVD-19 pandemic.

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Whether it was leading one of the nation’s largest poultry companies or the Wilkes County Republican Party, Blake Lovette was driven to make things better.

The sudden shift to cooler fall weather here recently has been good for jump starting two things in particular here in Wilkes County: leaf watching and deer hunting.

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The recent COVID-19-related death of a sophomore at Appalachian State University, followed by a spike in virus cases in Boone, has many people in that college community calling for stronger safety measures.

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A report released last week documents the tremendous pent up demand for rental and for-sale housing in Wilkes County and should prompt action by county and town elected officials.

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The good news is that retail sales tax revenue rose in May and June in Wilkes County, despite expectations of a drop due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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RALEIGH- State government began fiscal 2020-21 with $1.5 billion in cash left over from the prior year, plus $1.8 billion more in rainy-day funds and other earmarked reserves. Since then, the state has collected some $1.5 billion more in general fund revenue than it has spent.

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Like the cooing of mourning doves in a river bottom and colorful chestnut oak acorns littering a forest floor, the smell of fermenting persimmons on the ground helps define autumn in western North Carolina.

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The news of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot’s sale to Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group is bittersweet. It’s encouraging to know that their reporting and coverage will live on under the ownership of PMG, but it’s sad that the changing business model has made it so difficult for locally-owned news…

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Shame on you, whoever dumped out five helpless kittens barely weaned on Cora Caudill Road. We have an animal shelter that will come pick up unwanted animals at your convenience.

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The reasons to vote before Election Day (Nov. 3) are more compelling than ever this year and North Carolinians have two choices for doing so: by absentee ballot or during the early, one-stop voting period.

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I recently attended a North Wilkesboro Board of Adjustment meeting regarding the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter and its desire to relocate from temporary accommodations into a vacant facility at 106 Elkin Hwy, across from the old Carolina Mirror complex.

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Most Americans believe in truth over lies, good over evil and love over hate. Most Americans would agree with democracy over dictatorship.

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An advertising slogan from the 1960s used the phrase, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Some credit Irish poet Oscar Wilde for the quote and others American actor Will Rogers; regardless of who said it first, Wilkes County does not need to worry about second chances.

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With this year’s MerleFest, Brushy Mountain Apple Festival and other fundraising events canceled due to COVID-19, local nonprofits are facing big financial challenges.

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The North Wilkesboro Board of Adjustment botched a good opportunity to provide the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter a long-term home last week.

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Earlier this month I covered a Wilkesboro Parks and Recreation Board meeting for a follow-up story on the possible expansion of pickleball courts at Cub Creek Park.

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When I was at Wofford College in the early 1980s, as is the case today, January was designated as a month of specialized study simply called, “interim.”

The 2020 election will be the strangest in our lifetimes. Coronavirus is a game-changer, but even before March North Carolina’s elections were shaping up to be different.

It becomes harder to maintain diligence in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the pandemic drags on.

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The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking the public’s input for developing a plan for connecting existing greenways and other trails across the state.

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After a nearly 10-year hiatus, the iconic Bluffs Coffee Shop, located at milepost 241 in Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway, recently re-opened. A soft opening was held the weekend of Aug. 14-16 and a grand opening was held Aug. 22.

During the pandemic, we have become aware of how nurses, doctors and other workers in hospitals are working long hours and exposing themselves to the danger of COVID-19.  We honor these people and call them heroes.

I have a couple of memories of playing the piano for my mother while she was in the Taylorsville House, a nursing home in Alexander County, that I would like to share.

There’s an easy step you can take that will go a long way toward ensuring everyone gets the representation and resources they deserve. By completing the 2020 census questionnaire -- online, over the phone, or by mail -- you can add your voice to the conversation and make yourself and your fa…

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This has been a year like no other  and it stands to reason that the November elections will be interesting, to say the least.

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Early, one-stop voting in Wilkes County is Oct. 15-31, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 24; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Early, one-stop voting sites are the Wilkesboro Civic Center at 1241 School Street in W…

Rainwater runs downhill when it hits the ground and can’t evaporate or soak into the soil, particularly in towns like North Wilkesboro built largely on slopes rising from a floodplain.

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On a North Carolina map with each county one of six shades of green to show levels of agricultural cash receipts in 2018, Wilkes is the only dark green county (at least $200 million, the highest) in the western quarter of the state.

“Why Wilkes,” a marketing campaign on social media launched by the Wilkes Economic Development Corp., makes a strong case for visiting or living in this county.

How would you like a job that pays nothing, requires lots of training and asks you to work all different hours, day and night?

RALEIGH — In this year that sometimes feels like a decade, North Carolinians have yet to cast a single general-election ballot for president or other offices. Lots of politicos and pundits are making predictions about the state’s key electoral contests based on data from voter surveys.

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I had a completely different topic, and idea, for my column all written up and ready for today’s e-Edition as I left the Wilkes Journal-Patriot office Wednesday evening.

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The governments of Wilkes County, Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro should do more to meet certain outdoor recreation needs.

I well remember the first time and place I ever went trout fishing, and, in detail, the first time I ever caught one of these colorful, finny critters. Though some 50 years have passed, recollection isn’t so difficult because both events occurred on the same day.

Despite the importance of students being in their classrooms, Wilkes County school officials appropriately decided to join at least half of the state’s school districts by starting the 2020-21 academic year with everyone engaged in remote learning.

This post is about a country in turmoil. There is no political agenda. Just a call for humans to start considering the welfare of our neighbors and family instead of using the term “civil rights” as an excuse to continually endanger others by not wearing masks and demanding that public place…

RALEIGH — Excluding people based on race, sex, or other characteristics doesn’t just keep those individuals from pursuing their dreams. It violates moral principles of human dignity and equality and does great harm to others.

For years, when I taught school, I wondered silently if newly elected school board members were taken somewhere and previously determined in some way, so that when they met as a board, they just echoed whatever the central office staff wanted, whether it made sense or not.