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Conditions are ripe for wildfires in Wilkes County and the area, resulting in a ban on open burning until further notice.

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After last year’s lockdown, it’s great to once again gather with family for the holidays. Some will be traveling “over the river and thru the woods to grandmother’s house.” During the holidays our already crowded and inadequately maintained roads will be strained, especially since speeding h…

I was struck by what a Vietnam War veteran said he has sometimes done when life got tough for him, as reported by Margaret Martine in her “Ferguson News” column in last week’s issue of this newspaper.

No amount of money can make up for the lives lost, damage to families (in some cases for generations) and economic loss from unscrupulous efforts of pharmaceutical companies to increase profits through the sale of prescription pain medication.

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I commend and thank Pastor David Dyer of Fairplains Baptist Church, who submitted the “Right to Life Resolution” to the Wilkes County commissioners. The standing room only crowd of about 250 people applauded when the resolution was unanimously approved by the commissioners.

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Maybe you remember the classic 1975 film, Network, where the anchor Howard Beale, throws open a window and shouts, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

The unofficial start to the Christmas season in the Wilkesboros is Friday, in my unofficial opinion.

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I wish to respond to the letter to the editor printed Nov. 10, 2021 and titled, "Right to Life resolution worsens division.” The writer says the resolution stating that Wilkes County supports all life is absurd. Her rationale for this is the fact that the nearest abortion clinic is 50 miles …

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I’ve been following the analysis by pundits, partisans and pollsters about the recent November elections, especially the gubernatorial races in neighboring Virginia and New Jersey. Opinions and suggestions are all over the board, but one column started me thinking.

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The Wilkes County Band Expo was started to showcase the four Wilkes high school marching bands and raise money for these programs.

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The recent pro-life resolution stating that Wilkes County supports all life is absurd. The nearest location to safely obtain an abortion is 50 miles away, proving their claims to be debatable. Additionally, I question the churches supporting this resolution. When did we as a people start rem…

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The Wilkes County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 2 approved a resolution that stated Wilkes County will “defend the unalienable right to life…. of all human beings.”

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Admittedly, I know very little about the politics, or administration, of the Appalachian Regional Library. However, the Nov. 3 letter by Dr. George Shafer (“Library should remain in regional system”) made several points worth considering. The takeaway from Dr. Shafer’s letter is that
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Seventeen Wilkes County children in foster care through the Wilkes Department of Social Services are waiting for the security of being part of a family — permanently.

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You’ve had your eye on a new car and have made logical arguments for why you need it and how it would benefit your life. Problem is, you can’t afford it.

Imagine this scenario: your high school sports team has just finished fifth out of seven teams in the league standings, several games short of a winning record.

In a dedication ceremony Saturday for a new nature and environmental education center at Camp Harrison in Boomer that largely resulted from his efforts, B Townes observed that the disconnect between young people and the outdoors worsened during the pandemic.

Accounts of harassment and intimidation tied to race, ethnicity or sexual orientation in Wilkes County public schools are told in a new site called “Stop Wilkes Hate” on the social media platform, Instagram.

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Coleen Triplett Bush, who died on Oct. 22, will be remembered for her strong leadership on the Wilkes County school board and for breaking new ground in education, especially for women.

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I read with interest the letter to the editor (“Sources of Cooper’s funds concerning”) in the Oct. 20 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot submitted by Andrew Palmer concerning the sources of Mike Cooper's campaign finances. Personally, I am not opposed to a candidate soliciting funds from ou…

Not since women flooded the workplace in support of the war effort during World War II have we seen a worker revolution such as we are experiencing now.

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As newcomers to Wilkes County, my wife and I are very impressed with the quality of the local library. For such a small community, it provides big city services. I attended the last Wilkes Library Research Committee meeting on Oct. 18 and left with the following impressions. First, three mem…

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It’s concerning that campaign finance reports for the North Wilkesboro mayoral race show that as of Sept. 21, mayoral candidate Michael Cooper had raised $18,533 in campaign donations. Of that amount, only $1,028 was donated by North Wilkesboro citizens who can vote in the current election.

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My walk to and from school in first grade was past the house of the neighborhood bully. Day after day I came home crying. Finally, my mother told me, “I don’t like fighting, but I am sick and tired of you coming home every day crying because of that bully. The next time he starts in on you, …

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Many top administrators in the Wilkes County Schools rolled up their sleeves and spent days working in school cafeterias to help make sure students were well fed when there were 12 food service vacancies, not counting people out due to medical leaves or COVID-19-related situations.

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There is considerable interest in the North Wilkesboro mayoral election this year, seen in the fact that four people (including the incumbent) are running for that office.

Now that we’ve flipped the calendar to October, brace yourself for weeks of spooky chills and thrills as Halloween lurks ahead on the 31st.

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The number of vehicles in the parking lot for W. Kerr Scott Reservoir’s Warrior Creek mountain bike trails in recent weekends indicates a surge in use of this outstanding outdoor recreational resource.

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Since completion of the roadwork on N.C. 268 East, residents can use the sidewalks. However, there are many portions of the sidewalk covered in kudzu, making it unsafe and almost impossible to use the sidewalk for biking or walking. My husband has had to go out, along with other residents, a…

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Wilkes County you are the best. It’s been a topsy-turvy year due to COVID, but Wilkes Adult Developmental Activity Program Inc. (ADAP) continues to be blessed. Our luncheon was canceled in 2020 and in 2021 it was postponed from April to Sept. 14. We followed CDC recommendations by wearing ma…

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The last Sunday afternoon in September was perfect for sitting outside, enjoying nature in the balmy weather. It reminded me of my younger days.

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When the 2021 General Assembly session began, passage of legislation increasing public access to records of disciplinary actions taken by state and local government employees seemed like a longshot.

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Indian pipes are among our most unusual native flowering plants, visually and botanically.

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The tens of thousands of people at MerleFest this weekend, including many spending their nights in Wilkes County, was a reminder of revenue being missed by not expanding the occupancy tax beyond Wilkesboro to include the entire county.