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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.

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In his column on Saloon Studio and the Woodstock event held in August in West Jefferson (“Woodstock tribute in Ashe,” Aug. 27) Mr. Marty McGee stated that they have an “outstanding light and sound system that resonates throughout the hills of West Jefferson.”

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Autumn: “The season between summer and winter comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of September, October and November or, as reckoned astronomically, extending from the September equinox to the December solstice.”

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In various forms, an onslaught of evil exists through social media and smartphone messaging.

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Nothing is more important in education than children learning to read. It is the foundation upon which all learning is built; however, North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master reading proficiency isn’t stellar.

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It’s time for the Wilkes County commissioners to act on constructing a spec building for manufacturing to provide higher paying jobs for our county and assist with keeping younger adults living and working in the county. The spec building could either be constructed with public funds or a co…

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A Woodstock 50th anniversary concert was cancelled this month in upstate New York, but another two-weekend event in nearby Ashe County still celebrated the legendary festival’s birthday.

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If you come to the end of the year and you’ve got surplus money in the bank what do you do? This seldom happens in most homes, but would you spend it? Save it? Or, with a government,  would you return some of it to the people who sent it? That’s the option Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berge…

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These days, few phrases are as politically charged as “climate change” and “global warming.”

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper insists that Medicaid expansion be part of a state  budget deal for 2019-20. GOP legislative leaders disagree. That’s the main reason state government has been operating at last year’s spending levels since July 1. It’s the main reason the legislature is still in session.

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“It takes a village to raise a child” is a truism used in our society today which has African roots. The quote suggests it takes an entire community of people for children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.

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Democrats are seeing how far and fast they can run to the left. Trumplicans – they don’t act like most Republicans we’ve known – are march-stepping to the right before falling off the edge of the earth. You have to wonder whatever happened to moderates. Did they die off or are just hiding?

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Strong schools make strong communities and the best schools are those with good community support.

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RALEIGH — In the context of American politics, North Carolina is a middle state — which is not the same thing as saying North Carolinians are especially moderate. It means that our Democratic and Republican coalitions are roughly the same size, making our elections highly competitive and dif…

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On behalf of the family and friends of our fallen hero, State Trooper Samuel Bullard, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who showed their support during this most difficult time. We have seen and felt God’s love in many ways through the actions of businesses, organiza…

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Considering the decline of so much else, it might come as no surprise that interest in collecting and nearly anything old isn’t  what it used to be.

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With K-12 students across the state returning to classes, the N.C. Department of Transportation issued some timely reminders about looking out for school buses and students on foot.  

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One cannot help but be aware of mass shootings, drug and alcohol problems, random violence and the general harshness of the population reported on a daily basis in the media.

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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.