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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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Saturday was a day this Carolina blue-tinted Tar Heel won’t forget for a long, long time.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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RALEIGH — To the extent Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube and other online companies engage in viewpoint discrimination against conservatives and Republicans, they deserve condemnation and ridicule. But do they also merit oversight by lawmakers or regulators?

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Throughout our lives, significant moments in history are imprinted on our minds. We can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when momentous events took place.

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North Carolina is getting a political show in the legislature for the first time in years. Republicans face a governor with enough Democrats in the both chambers to sustain his veto for the first time since 2012. A budget the GOP passed with little Democratic input is in limbo.

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Reports indicate most Wilkes County beekeepers have full supers of honey after a summer with a strong sourwood nectar flow.

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RALEIGH — When it comes to public affairs, bad news is good and good news is bad. That is, political speeches and media pieces that describe a problem as big and getting worse tend to attract more attention, so more are produced. That, in turns, fuels more public disaffection. It’s a vicious cycle.

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It’s summertime and you’ve been out in the yard pulling weeds in the hot sun. The next day, unfortunately a few telltale blisters appear on your body and you realize you have been in touch with poison ivy.

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After a couple of ill-timed rainouts, summer in downtown Wilkesboro officially kicked into gear this weekend with a fun-filled family movie night on Friday and a well-attended double-billed tribute concert on Saturday.

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper says he won’t sign a new state budget unless the N.C. General Assembly says yes to Medicaid expansion. The Republican-majority legislature has said no to Medicaid expansion. Now weeks into the new fiscal year, neither side has budged so far.

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As a young teenager, I spent many wonderful days with my father, hunting for small game and birds.

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Good sportsmanship is appropriately the key selection criteria for the James Cook Memorial Scholarship, established this year in memory of a longtime Wilkes County businessman and supporter of athletes and athletics. (Details about the first two recipients of the scholarship are in a story o…

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Democrats held the General Assembly after the 2000 elections, as they had for nearly all of the state’s history. During the ensuing 2001 session, top lawmakers, Democratic consultants, and progressive activists devised a set of gerrymanders that would have guaranteed…

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On Thursday, we American citizens celebrated our nation’s hard-won independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, which today is officially known as the United Kingdom.

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North Carolina’s criminal code is a muddled, archaic monstrosity. The laws that govern criminal behavior are often unclear, encouraging senseless litigation and allowing bad actors to slip through the cracks.

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As we roll into July, it’s perhaps the most popular time of year for families and individuals to take long-awaited vacations to exotic locales and trendy tourist destinations.

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Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year, whether we process it that way or not, because they’re so deeply engrained in our image of America. We see ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists, seizing the bull by …

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Unbelievably, in one week we will celebrate our nation’s birthday, July 4. The day will be full of parades, family gatherings, cook-outs, swimming and of course, fireworks.

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Writing a weekly, nonpartisan opinion column on North Carolina politics for the past two years has given me a front-row seat to our hyperpartisan, polarized political environment.

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Men from Wilkes and adjoining counties were involved in various ways in activities leading to the first human steps taken on the moon 50 years ago next month.

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Last week U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criticizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based Catawba Tribe’s efforts to acquire land near Kings Mountain in Cleveland County to build a casino.

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As of 11:54 a.m. today, summer was officially underway. That’s the moment of the summer solstice.

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The biggest challenge facing some North Carolina small towns isn’t declining population or shuttered businesses. The problem sits underground in the form of crumbling, leaky pipes, or a dysfunctional sewage treatment plant tucked away in a far corner of town.