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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.

Knowingly or not, people who refuse to be vaccinated for COVID-19 without legitimate health reasons are relying on others to bring about herd immunity and end the pandemic instead of doing their part.

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For all his talk of unifying the country, Joe Biden and his administration have caused more strife and division than ever in our country. The constant cry of white supremacy, racism and the never-ending tirade of blaming the past administration is sure proof that not only do we have a presid…

As a Black conservative Republican, Mark Robinson isn’t North Carolina’s traditional lieutenant governor. But he’s squarely in the tradition of lieutenant governors bedeviling governors. 

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Hello fellow residents of Wilkes County and beyond. Let’s talk trash, litter and all things messy and ugly. Since I last wrote on this subject, it's my opinion things have just gotten worse, messier and uglier. I will give everyone the fact that these past 12 months have been like no other a…

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Wilkes County Democrats, along with fellow N.C. 5th Congressional District Democrats, condemn all forms of violence, discrimination, racism, harassment, and xenophobia. We are saddened by the violence against the Asian American community in Atlanta and around the country. Misinformation abou…

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The First Amendment only prohibits Congress – the legislative branch of the United States government – from censoring free speech. The First Amendment does not prohibit companies such as Twitter, Facebook and the Journal-Patriot from restricting speech.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and state budget decisions apparently combined to make roadside litter more severe locally and statewide this spring.

Social studies education is important because it helps young people make sense of the world around them, become responsible citizens and participate civilly in our democratic society.

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North Carolina’s new social studies standards are a much-needed step toward helping students think critically about important issues and consider a wider spectrum of views.

Presley Barker, who got his start in music nine years ago as a flatpicking guitar prodigy from Wilkes County, is about to get national exposure under the bright spotlight of an iconic reality-singing competition series.

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Terri Parsons bears the title of Wilkes County film commissioner, but she is equally an ambassador for Wilkes.

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Last week, according to Bloomberg News, China’s top military leaders were using a North Carolina native’s concept to justify their commitment to increasing China’s military budget.

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I recently became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.  I accessed the Wilkes Health Department’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic website and successfully made my appointment. At my appointment, I arrived at the River's Edge vaccination clinic site about 30 minutes early. The four lanes of incomin…

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Ever seen the move, “The Majestic,” starring Jim Carey? At the beginning and end of this movie, just enter the word “conservative” instead of Communist and you’ve got the gist of what’s beginning to happen in this country. I’m referring to recent hearings concerning conservative news outlets.

There’s a 16-year cycle in modern politics. If it holds, the 2022 and 2024 elections will be good for Democrats — nationally and in North Carolina. But that’s a big if.

True to its title, much of a new history of the Blowing Rock area focuses on notable visitors, waves of settlement and important routes of travel with maps through that part of northwestern North Carolina.

It certainly has been a strange transition for high school football practice this year, going from heat advisories in August to winter storm warnings in February.

My insides have been in knots since I heard Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, on Jan. 6, say that today is the day “we kick ass and take names.” His audience included a significant number of hate groups, and not long after, these groups assaulted the U.S. Capitol. (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/1…

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Fifteen of North Carolina’s 100 county governments don’t impose an occupancy tax on places of lodging and Wilkes is one of them.

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Fact checkers. Do you ever wonder who their checkers are? What is fact one day may not be fact the next after events occur. An example is President Biden’s Jan. 28 order rescinding the “Mexico City Policy,” a federal policy that barred U.S. foreign aid from being used to perform or promote a…

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The North Wilkesboro commissioners are justified in being cautious about a landowner’s recent request for adding 33 non-contiguous acres adjoining N.C. 268 East and River Road/Liberty Grove Road to the town through satellite annexation.

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An article about Harmon School in the northern edge of Wilkes County being named to the National Register of Historic Places and a related “Viewpoints” column, both in the Feb. 3 issue, prompted an interesting phone call.

If you’re still not convinced, the increasing presence of COVID-19 mutations is another reason to always wear a facial mask when social distancing isn’t possible.

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In 1919, residents of the Sheets Gap area on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Wilkes County petitioned the Wilkes County Board of Education for a new school building.