As a lifelong Wilkes County resident, taxpayer, library user and Wilkes County Library Research Committee member, I wanted to give my take on the committee’s first meeting on June 14. The county commissioners appointed the committee after pulling the Wilkes County Library out of the Appalach…

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An April 22 incident at Wilkes Central High School resulting in five male students being charged with simple assault should prompt a review of policies and actual practices impacting adult supervision of locker rooms at all Wilkes County schools.

Two Wilkes County all-star softball teams won district titles this past weekend in Wilkesboro, and a baseball team came within two runs of making it a clean sweep for our local squads.

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The good news is that three wonderful books about North Carolina will be published soon. The bad news is we must wait a few months to buy them.

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If the primary purpose of public education was to prepare young people for jobs, its entitlement to taxpayer support would be far weaker.

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The State of North Carolina is reneging on a promise to voters by even considering not building an N.C. National Guard Readiness Center in Wilkes County.

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Wilkes County’s mother county is observing her 250th birthday next month.

In a high school sports year filled with pandemic protocols, the wearing of face masks, fan limitations and fearful uncertainty, Wilkes County prep athletes rose to the occasion in 2020-21.

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This year’s bumper crop of blackberries would have been a big deal for the many Wilkes Countians who relied on the wild fruit for supplemental income decades ago.

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The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise, thus depleting the nation’s blood inventory.

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Kudos to the Ronda town board for agreeing to host the Wilkes Fresh mobile farmer’s market and to Ronda Town Clerk Tracy Romans for suggesting this in the first place and then helping to make it happen.

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One definition of Socialism is redistribution. The Left understands that Capitalism creates income gaps and envy of the wealthy, and they buy votes by pledging redistribution (Democratic-Leftist politicians will promise anything to be reelected, even if we can't afford it.)

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No offense to admirers of the red leaves and berries of nandina shrubs and the way butterfly bushes attract pollinators, but these foreign invaders are prime examples of why planting native species is a much better option for the ecosystem.

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W.K. Dickson Co. has made a strong case for Elkin owning, operating and maintaining the Ronda water system, or at least operating and maintaining the system under an inter-governmental agreement.

Traditionally, obituaries told the history and reflected the personality of a place more than any other part of a community newspaper.

Public employees work for you. Your taxes pay their salary. In fact you — every person reading this — have a right to find out what any public employee is paid.

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Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday lifted the mask mandate in most indoor and outdoor settings and ended all mandatory capacity, gathering limits and social distancing requirements.

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I reached out recently to Joe Mickey of State Road, retired state fisheries biologist, for photos of old moonshine still sites in Stone Mountain State Park for an article.

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I don’t know why the passing of anyone surprises me anymore but it shocked and saddened me to read of Carol Childers’ recent journey beyond our realm. I knew Carol for the good care she gave to my two Russian Blues, Garbo and Spring Breeze, when, as a newcomer to this part of our country, I …

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When a committee authorized by the Wilkes County commissioners starts studying ways to improve library services in Wilkes, close consideration should be given to bringing back bookmobile services.

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Congratulations to the North Wilkesboro commissioners for approving two new grant programs that promote job creation and tax base growth last week.

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When I think about climate change, I think about my brother-in-law Tillman, who spent his career with Big Oil. He traveled the world finding places to drill, baby, drill. He’s now comfortably retired in Dallas, Texas. And he’s a Republican

The Town of Wilkesboro announced a return of its free summer concert series a couple weeks ago, with a stellar five-event lineup that kicks off on May 8.

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I would like to respond to the letter to the editor titled, “Solutions should be rooted in compassion,” (April 14). The comment that we need to call out white supremacy and dismantle the things that continue them is not a valid point.

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The National Park Service’s recent announcement that a woman would be the new superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a reminder of the important role Josephus Daniels played in the Parkway’s location.

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Recent studies documenting the long-term ill health effects of COVID-19 should help convince those not yet vaccinated to get the shots.

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Spring is here, which means it’s time for home improvements and an increase in home improvement scams.

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I just want to say a big thank you to the volunteers who worked so hard to clean up Boomer Road. As I went to town before lunch, they were hard at work. When I came back, there were many bags filled with trash and the worker were still busy.

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While all good folks condemn violence, the recent letter from Kathryn Charles, Wilkes Democratic Party chair, (“All forms of violence are condemned,” March 31 issue) is less than truthful.

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A letter to the editor in the April 7 issue (“Now is time to act and pray for nation”) argued that President Biden and his administration caused more strife and division. I disagree. I need only recall my time at App State during the 2016 election to know that strife and division didn’t star…

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Data released last week by N.C. Child, a nonprofit organization that promotes policies helping every child in the state have the opportunity to thrive, reveal mixed progress toward this goal in Wilkes County.

I traveled back to my hometown to cheer for my nephew on the Wilkes Central High School homecoming court the last weekend in March. We were even more excited to see that he won. This was cause for celebration. We enjoyed the weekend and anxiously awaited the newspaper announcement. Unfortuna…

Our March 31 article on Pond Mountain in northwestern Ashe County mentioned Wilkes County native Wilburn Waters, for whom Wilburn Ridge in Virginia’s nearby Grayson Highlands State Park is named.