One of the strongest arguments for passage of a county occupancy tax during an hour-long public hearing on the topic on Aug. 2 came at the very end after 13 other people had spoken.
Wilkes County School Superintendent Mark Byrd said during Monday night’s school board meeting that he was “owning this decision” to end Battle of the Books (BOB) in the Wilkes County Schools, thereby saying he took full responsibility for the decision.
For eight years, same-sex couples have enjoyed the right to marry in North Carolina. This right, acknowledged in October 2014 and then guaranteed in June 2015, is one I exercised in June 2021 by marrying my now husband. We bought a home here in August. We've been together for seven years. We…
If the Wilkes County commissioners adopt an occupancy tax, Wilkes citizens won’t pay it unless they stay overnight at local hotels, motels, rental cabins, AirBnBs or similar lodging.
It’s often said that tourism is the “first date” in a long-term relationship with economic development. On Aug. 2, the Wilkes County commissioners will take a big step toward economic development by holding a public hearing whether to impose a 6% occupancy tax.
Many people may still be unaware of a new federal law designed to prevent patients insured by private companies from receiving surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers.
Closure of unmanned recyclable collection sites at Wilkes County schools outside the Wilkesboros, effective June 30, makes it even harder to recycle in Wilkes. This is especially true for rural residents who don’t live within reasonable driving distance from one of Wilkes County government’s…
I was disappointed to read in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot that Wilkes school administrators decided to end the school system’s participation in the Battle of the Books program (June 8, “Battle of the Books program ended”). Respected and recommended programs like this offer enrichment opportun…
A 14-year-old boy begins attending secret meetings with an up-and-coming political party. He becomes so dedicated to their cause that he participates in the destruction of property and secures weapons for both himself and his friend, who later dies as a result of the conflict. The year is 17…
An Appalachian State University professor I spoke with recently about physical changes in the landscape over long periods said it generally is believed that centuries ago, major streams in North Carolina cut much less deeply into the land.
The decision of Wilkes County School central office administrators to end the school system’s participation in Battle of the Books (BOB) leaves a disturbing impression.
This is going to be hard to read, but facts are facts. A recent statistic indicates that so far this year, our nation has experienced 241 mass shootings of four or more people. It’s time to act.
The annual Wilkes ADAP luncheon, held April 26, was the most successful ever. We have raised over $70,000 so far. This includes tickets, sponsors, donations and tip money. The Health Foundation Challenge grant matched the $30,000 we raised to help us reach this amount. Ourr building will be …
The portion of this year’s Wilkes County high school seniors planning to directly enter the workforce after graduating appears to be higher than the pre-pandemic norm, as was true for the local classes of 2020 and 2021.
One of the more interesting tidbits about Gov. Roy Cooper’s visit to North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 17 concerned the building of a moonshine and motorsports historic trail.
A statewide initiative called “Portrait of a Graduate” is nearing completion to help define the mindsets and durable skills North Carolina students should possess when they graduate from high school to ensure their readiness for civic life, career or college.
Wilkes County Emergency Medical Services reached a new milestone on April 28 when it began carrying whole blood for administration directly on the scene of emergencies and while transporting patients to trauma centers.
Some still haven’t put the 2020 elections to bed even as early voting has started for the 2022 primary elections. No doubt you’ve seen mailers, TV ads and phone calls from candidates, but we don’t hear much buzz among voters. Are they worn out with politics and politicians or just keeping th…
An audit of Bridges Charter School by the State Auditor’s Office revealed more clearly the lack of appropriate oversight and accountability in North Carolina’s charter school system.
Perhaps it has something to do with emerging from the hardships of a pandemic, but we can’t remember a time when there have been so many efforts with so much potential for positive change in Wilkes County.
A book is going to put North Carolina in the news — again. Where the Crawdads Sing is set in North Carolina. And so is the upcoming movie based on the book. There is a little problem here, but I will explain at the end.