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The terror was real when a man chased and pointed a pellet gun at customers and employees at the Dunham’s Sports and Walmart stores on U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro Saturday night.

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This is a modern day re-telling of the familiar Bible story of David and Goliath. In our version, David is played by State Treasurer Dale Folwell. The Philistine giant Goliath represents the large hospitals in our state.

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Generations from now, or even sooner, the Wilkes County commissioners’ approval of a new agreement that retains the county’s rights to water in W. Kerr Scott Reservoir could prove to be an investment of vital importance.

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I was out of town and unable to attend the inaugural Brushy Mountain Peach and Heritage Festival in downtown Wilkesboro, but based on what I’ve heard and seen about the successful event, there’s no way I’ll miss the second incarnation in 2020.

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Establishing a regional tourism destination is no easy task, requiring years of fortitude and collaboration among many different community and local government leaders.

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Growing interest in privatizing liquor sales in North Carolina justifiably raises concern about an otherwise reasonable plan for building a new ABC store in Wilkesboro.

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When my husband, Drew, and I attended the Wilkes Farmers’ Market July 27, one thing was readily apparent...tomatoes are in full swing. It seemed every booth had fresh tomatoes for sale.

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Heat and dry weather can drive snakes into basements and other cool and moist areas of houses and other manmade structures, where their presence is sometimes detected by skins they shed.

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 RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats and Republicans have sparred for years about the level of state funding for public schools. Democrats argue the GOP-led legislature has the wrong priorities, that it ought to have cut taxes less and boosted school funding more. Republicans argue that the b…

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Well before most people seriously imagined the Russians might attempt to interfere with U.S. elections, the N.C. General Assembly passed a law requiring that all voting machines used in the 2020 election and beyond generate a paper record showing how votes were cast.

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Last week in Wilkes Superior Court, Shelley Lovette Gamble of Millers Creek was tried for and convicted of embezzling something approaching half a million dollars from a nonprofit organization.

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What is it about birthdays that make you reflect on what has been and think about what’s to come? The birthday I recently observed wasn’t a milestone, but after you pass your seventh decade, every year should be both a celebration and a time for reflection.

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Mention “zoning board of adjustment” and you might get a clueless response, but this appointed local government body brings a limited but important level of flexibility to zoning.

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The 20 candidates who qualified for the July 30 and 31 CNN Democratic presidential debates include no Southerners, unless you count Texans Castro and O’Rourke or border state candidates Biden and Delaney, which I don’t.

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As the saying goes, even the smallest stone can create a giant ripple over time.

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Congratulations to all involved for pulling off a great Brushy Mountain Peach and Heritage Festival at the Carolina West Wireless Commons and North Bridge Street in downtown Wilkesboro Saturday.

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RALEIGH — To the extent Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube and other online companies engage in viewpoint discrimination against conservatives and Republicans, they deserve condemnation and ridicule. But do they also merit oversight by lawmakers or regulators?

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Throughout our lives, significant moments in history are imprinted on our minds. We can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when momentous events took place.

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North Carolina is getting a political show in the legislature for the first time in years. Republicans face a governor with enough Democrats in the both chambers to sustain his veto for the first time since 2012. A budget the GOP passed with little Democratic input is in limbo.

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When the North Wilkesboro commissioners hired Ed Evans as interim manager in early March, he said he hoped to leave the town in better shape than he found it. As he leaves North Wilkesboro this week, Evans can take pride in knowing he did just that.

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Reports indicate most Wilkes County beekeepers have full supers of honey after a summer with a strong sourwood nectar flow.

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Honey beehive losses are continuing at an alarming rate nationwide and locally, but the situation is far from hopeless.

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RALEIGH — When it comes to public affairs, bad news is good and good news is bad. That is, political speeches and media pieces that describe a problem as big and getting worse tend to attract more attention, so more are produced. That, in turns, fuels more public disaffection. It’s a vicious cycle.

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My husband, a Korean War veteran, and I were very touched and impressed by our president’s perfectly planned Independence Day program. The tank parade and jet fly-overs and the exhibition of the Blue Angels all gave a feeling of security and safety for our country.

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It’s summertime and you’ve been out in the yard pulling weeds in the hot sun. The next day, unfortunately a few telltale blisters appear on your body and you realize you have been in touch with poison ivy.

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The South Carolina coastal city where many in Wilkes County and the area spend summer vacations is a better place because of Wilkes native Herbert Riley Jr., who died there July 10 at age 68.

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Back at Fort Polk, La., a few decades ago, we were organized into fire teams, squads, platoons, companies and battalions (smallest to largest). I expect that hasn’t changed much since then.

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After a couple of ill-timed rainouts, summer in downtown Wilkesboro officially kicked into gear this weekend with a fun-filled family movie night on Friday and a well-attended double-billed tribute concert on Saturday.

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper says he won’t sign a new state budget unless the N.C. General Assembly says yes to Medicaid expansion. The Republican-majority legislature has said no to Medicaid expansion. Now weeks into the new fiscal year, neither side has budged so far.

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The Wilkesboro Police Department’s recent underage drinking and driving cases reflect an ongoing serious problem.

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Although limited to a small area of Wilkes County, heavy rain late Monday night and before dawn Tuesday caused unprecedented flooding.

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Watching Donald Trump’s takeover of a beloved summer holiday - the 4th of July - may have delighted some, but the events taking place at the feet of President Lincoln on the Washington Mall actually filled me with dread.

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The News and Observer in Raleigh has a good idea for breaking the stalemate over the new state budget: put expansion of Medicaid eligibility up to a vote of the people in 2020.

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As a young teenager, I spent many wonderful days with my father, hunting for small game and birds.

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I have become increasingly concerned about our county’s efforts to educate young learners beyond the classroom. The options of productive things to do for teenagers are slim to none. The new movie theater, mini golf and two new pizza restaurants are among those things to do.

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Good sportsmanship is appropriately the key selection criteria for the James Cook Memorial Scholarship, established this year in memory of a longtime Wilkes County businessman and supporter of athletes and athletics. (Details about the first two recipients of the scholarship are in a story o…

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The 2020 Census is less than a year away, and there are concerns about preparedness for this Constitutionally-required decennial enumeration and accuracy of the results.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats held the General Assembly after the 2000 elections, as they had for nearly all of the state’s history. During the ensuing 2001 session, top lawmakers, Democratic consultants, and progressive activists devised a set of gerrymanders that would have guaranteed…

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On Thursday, we American citizens celebrated our nation’s hard-won independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, which today is officially known as the United Kingdom.

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Considering concerns about a proposed new site of the Catherine H. Barber Homeless Shelter on Sparta Road in North Wilkesboro and the worsening problem of homelessness in Wilkes County, here’s an idea.

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North Carolina’s criminal code is a muddled, archaic monstrosity. The laws that govern criminal behavior are often unclear, encouraging senseless litigation and allowing bad actors to slip through the cracks.

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As we roll into July, it’s perhaps the most popular time of year for families and individuals to take long-awaited vacations to exotic locales and trendy tourist destinations.

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Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year, whether we process it that way or not, because they’re so deeply engrained in our image of America. We see ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists, seizing the bull by …

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Unbelievably, in one week we will celebrate our nation’s birthday, July 4. The day will be full of parades, family gatherings, cook-outs, swimming and of course, fireworks.

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The long-discussed expansion of Medicaid eligibility in North Carolina is perhaps simultaneously closer to occurring and more contentious than ever.